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5324 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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So you say now...

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@TekYousa

"Every time I think this site is full only of people who work with IT, know about IT, understand IT and think carefully and perceptively about IT, up you pop."

You're new here, right?

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Re: EVOLUTION of IT

Appstore an evolution of Linux repositories, hilarious.

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If they are leaving optical drives out because they think most people don't need them, it would be plain stupid to then include an external drive with every macbook - most people wouldn't use them and it would push the price up for everyone.

Can you buy a generic external optical drive or do they have to be Apple? Is there anything special?

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

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Surely it will be an OS upgrade available over the web.

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Re: VB Scripts - probably not

Can it not even run new macros written in whatever the modern way is... Javascript or something?

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Finally a [slim] glimmer of hope for RT... proper Office+Outlook at least makes it useful and differentiates it from the competitors for those who rely on MS stack. The price difference from Pro and the free keyboard mean if I wanted a Windows tablet, I might actually consider RT now.

Probably still DOA rather than WOA though.

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Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

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Why are they fighting USB3?

What is in it for them... licensing the tech or some other financial reason, or a genuine belief it's better?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: Hugh Laurie

It would confuse the US audience why he has to do a British accent

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Re: Ben Cumberbatch

It's a bit "oh he's popular put him in".

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Eddie Izzard

Based on The Riches he can actually act, not just be zany.

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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Re: StartIsBack

That wasn't the point. The point is IT people are claiming it is UNUSABLE for them. This is patently false. For a non-IT person, the missing start button can be considered unusable since they may literally have no idea what to do. But people here aren't speaking on behalf of their mum, they are saying they themselves find it unusable.

Really? You can install and configure Linux but you literally cannot use W8? Look up the meaning of the word unusable.

Fine to complain if you find W8 annoying or crap, but saying it is unusable is, I would claim, a flat-out lie. You do not deserve to work in IT if you can't figure out awkward software... because about 50% of software is annoying. How about all those Linux tools which rely on you memorising hundreds of shortcut keys?

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Re: ActiveX

But it's OK for Firefox and Chrome to run native code in plugins?

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Re: So to summarise:

Did you actually have a point to make Philip? Because nowhere did I say W8 UI was better than W7, or that it was good. Nowhere did I say Ribbon was good either (though I think it is).

What I said was that all this "W8 is unusable" guff is just toy-throwing bullshit. I can count on one hand the number of times W8 has caused me any problems actually using my PC or getting work done. It may be a step backwards, but anyone with a brain and IT experience should be able to adapt within a few hours if not a few minutes.

The OS, like the PC, is just a tool to get work done. Learn how to use it, don't lie about being too stupid to know how to.

And grubbing for votes on a site where "M$" is enough to make people titter, how low you sink sir.

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Re: So to summarise:

Yeah because the start screen/menu IS the windows UI. Oh wait it's 1% of the UI that you use a few moments of the day.

It is bewildering how many supposedly smart IT people are so stunningly stupid at learning how to use new things. Even if you don't like it, it should take about 5 minutes to figure out how to use it and get on with your work. Same with Ribbon... a few minutes and you're back to work, and yet supposed IT professionals still bleat about how they can't understand it. If you were regular users I could understand the difficulties but you're not... perhaps IT isn't the field for you and you should be looking at flipping burgers.

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Re: StartIsBack

I installed W8 on my Macbook recently. It took me about 30s to figure out the new layout. Seriously are you that stupid you can't figure out a big scrollable screen full of icons... annoying perhaps but unusable, absolutely not.

Did you actually spend days trying to figure it out, or days deliberately not understanding so you could complain about it while I was getting work done on mine?

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W7 is Vista with new lipstick and it's great. W8 is fundamentally a tweaked W7 with no makeup :)

No reason W8 can't be good with a bit of tweaking and actually, these sound like decent changes.

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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

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No businesses pay tax on UK sales. They pay tax on profits.

What makes you think supermarket chains don't use the same legal tricks Amazon do... if they don't Amazon will easily be able to undercut them.

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Walmart and Safeway definitely run such services, very similar to Tesco here - we used them -but in small towns I'm not sure. You have to remember America is on a whole different scale to the UK; saying "they're backward because we have X and they don't" ignores the fact that scale affects financial viability. In the UK you are never far from a supermarket (with a few exceptions), in the US you can often have several miles between houses.

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Seemed obvious

I didn't know Amazon already did this but it seemed obvious, they are one player who can compete with supermarkets. Online grocery shopping exists in the US but doesn't seem very well known about, so they could "do an Apple" and get people thinking they invented it!

Over here, they would have an uphill battle against Tesco & Asda who both have strong online delivery infrastructure.

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Re: Pointless without decent delivery

Yeah right, they'll use a regular courier like yodel for groceries.

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Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: @Khaptain (Reg video still doesn't work in chrome)

Videos often stop working when Chrome gets out of date with the newest version, not sure if that's due to technical reasons or Chrome deliberately breaking so I'll update.

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Re: Reg video still doesn't work in chrome

Yes it does, and always has done for me.

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Exclusive Halo game coming to Windows 8 and WinPhone 8

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Re: Windows - now that *is* a name from the past...

I wouldn't quit your day job for the comedy career Bob.

Just imagine, a Vistakin-Eadon double act... who would play the straight man?

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Good idea

I'm not a fan but this is surely exactly the right kind of thing to do to get interest in the platform, over empty marketing gobblespeak. WP at least is a good platform, the major criticism is lack of apps for those who like apps, so some exclusives could be sensible.

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Sacked Zynga bods learn their jobs are gone via Facebook

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workers would get “generous severance packages”

Unless they bitch about it on Twitter of course.

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Why not intelligent sockets?

You don't need an intelligent socket to measure how wise an investment efficient bulbs are. You just keep a record how often you replace them and how much they cost compared to old-fashioned kind, and factor in the energy usage based on their Watt rating. A piece of paper and a pencil are quite adequate, or a simple spreadsheet if you want to be techy.

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I cannot decide...

... if this is totally pointless, or raises wonderful possibilities.

I think quite possibly it is both.

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Review: HP Slate 7 Android tablet

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I see more and more tourists around London capturing the sights with tablets

I really hope you 'accidentally' walk into them and knock them to the ground. As if London pedestrians really needed another way to be even less considerate of other people.

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EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

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"We will be looking at ways to compensate players"

I think forcing them to get off their computers is compensation enough.

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PowerShell daddy on Windows Server 2012 R2: Cloudy cloud cloud

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Re: Cloud

You missed the all-caps.

EADON FAIL.

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PayPal denies stiffing bug-hunting teen on bounty

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Re: Pulling a fast one.

Boo-hoo, one person CLAIMS they stiffed him.

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Love the fact that commentards automatically assume a hacker is telling the truth.

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Re: Pulling a fast one.

Or literally every single other business on the planet who runs such a program. It's their game, their rules.

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Or, 17 year old kid lies to get publicity.

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Microsoft opens kimono on Server 2012 R2 at steamy Orleans bash

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It's easy to mock, any fool can mock

You sure can.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Martin Freeman?

Would be nice to have a black doctor at last

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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Re: Agh, my poor brain

I don't think it's really a theory, merely a useful mathematical construct - to TREAT anti-particles as regular particles travelling backwards in time is nice for the maths solutions but that's all.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Hmm

El REg said MS should and probably would do deals on free covers to boost sales. Now they follow your advice and you criticise them for it :)

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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by the mid-2030s rocketry will not have advanced sufficiently

Has it really advanced since the 70s? It seems astounding to me that with the money being spent, things move that slowly... competition, either private sector or another space race, would perhaps be a good thing?

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Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

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A cheaper 16Gb Touch makes sense since to many people 16Gb is enough. But that simply seems to be expanding the range a bit, and I thought we talking about a CHEAP iPhone not just a slightly cheaper one.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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Their customers have not been screaming for a Start Menu. Reg Linuxtards have been screaming about how Windows users are apparently screaming for it.

In actuality, the lack of the Start BUTTON is the single biggest confusion to users. A giant screen full of applications and documents is pretty intuitive - click on the thing you want - but getting to that point is the sticking point because many people aren't aware of the windows key.

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Re: "You can even use more than two apps at once – three, to be precise."

I don't think he understands that an app is not a desktop application.

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Re: IE11 - The only browser built for touch?

Supporting touch is not the same as built for touch. The latter implies they are designed primarily for touch, not just regular browsers you can poke at i.e. Safari on iOS.

There is definitely a lot to improve in this area. Maybe it's IE's turn to get things moving!!

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Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

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Theory why it's Symbian only

Nokia cannot afford a high-profile flop, putting something new and buggy into Lumia. So they put it on a 'dead' platform where nobody expects much from the OS, and which gets little interest outside professionally interested people. Develop the thing on Symbian, iron out issues and make improvements to UI, etc... then integrate the polished, real-world-tested, version in a way most people will think is a 1.0 product.

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: High Street

I'm pretty sure free parking is a big factor. Why go into town and pay £3 when the out-of-town-mall is free? Even a small fee can put people off on principle.

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Good

It would be better if town centres moved towards being interesting places focused on services like restaurants and coffee shops (independent please) rather than desperately trying to cling on to the old model of people going into town to shop. Put all the boring Boots/Tesco stores out of town if that's how it is going, and make town centres about leisure and people.

And please ban £ shops from the high street.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: This seems rather half-arsed

Customers complained they can't find how to launch apps. MS add a start button. THe way apps are laid out is not the issue and in fact for "your granny" a single screen of apps is arguably better than delving through pop-up menus which close if you move the mouse a bit hastily.

There is also nothing really wrong with a full-screen start menu because you cannot multitask while the start-menu is open anyway.

I had zero problems using the W8 start screen, it's simply people complaining about change and deliberately finding things difficult (Reg Users anyway).

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Where is there a legal requirement for open standards?

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Re: Can I have my money back now please?

2 degrees would be quite nice in the UK. But it's not happening until after virtually everyone reading this will be long dead.

So now politicians have to keep everyone convinced that in the midst of recessions, it's better to spend trillions on something that will not benefit them or (in most cases) their children rather than helping them put food on the table.

I wonder if the pendulum of mass support for environmentalism will swing the other way in the next few years.

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