* Posts by quarky

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

quarky

Re: It's not difficult to _Learn_

" but scrolling thruo all of my games to get to SQL Developer... well, I might not make it. ("just a few minutes on SimCity...")"

You know you can drag the tiles around right?

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

quarky

Re: I want Windows 7 back because I prefer to be slow!!!

"What we all want"

Speak for yourself. I (and clearly others) find the new interface and start menu to be a huge step forward from the Start button which is not that far removed from how it was in 1994. I also like the new functionality that TIFKAM brings while still having the ability to run my legacy apps.

"We are not paid by Microsoft to fuck around all day fighting a user interface that we did not ask for and would dearly love to be shot of!"

I am paid to do a job, not being an obstacle to progress because I am afraid of change, or don't want to learn new things. Still, your comment sounds eerily familiar from those days migrating from Netware to Windows NT. Don't worry, there will always be people like you!

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Re: Perhaps a metaphore will help you

"Why does a car have a steering wheel, a bike handle bars and a horse have reigns?"

<slaps head>

Reading some of these comments almost makes me ashamed to work in IT. A car, a horse, and a bike have completely different methods of movements and working. You turn a bike by leaning and steering the front single wheel AWAY from the turn (at anything other than slow speed), while a car is turned by turning the front two wheels IN to the turn. Just because they both "go" doesn't mean they work the same way. Similarly, the throttle on a bike has much more control than just "faster/slower". Throttle control is critical to control and stability of a bike through a turn, and even in a straight it is vastly more important than in a car, hence the requirement for a much more subtle touch (and hands rather than feet). A horse, well, obviously a horse is an animal so you give it an instruction and hope it goes the way you want it to. However you slice it, you are going to have to learn three methods of operation because they are all completely different beasts that are made to "go" in fundamentally different ways.

A PC/phone/tablet pretty much all work the same way. In all cases you input instructions (typically via a keyboard and/or mouse but these days also with a touch screen (either as well or instead)) and tasks are run on the CPU, data is retrieved and processed, and displayed back to you. The difference is purely device size. Some are convenient to hold in one hand, some are not convenient to hold at all, but a 8" Windows tablet works the same as a desktop with a 40" screen running Windows. The same for Android. The difference is that some (most these days) smaller devices (phones and tablets) have a touch screen. Some laptops and desktops also have a touch screen. That is often an additional control method, or a replacement control method. However, if you know how the OS works, and you how to find an application, start an application, control and application etc, whether you do that by pressing on the screen with your finger, or moving a mouse pointer there and clicking, IS THE SAME. The difference in required learning between leaning a new way to activate an appilcation (press with your stylus or finger vs click with a mouse) is much less than learning a new (going from an XP like interface on one device to a Win8 interface on another).

I thought all that would be obvious, but I guess not.

As for a touch screen on a desktop/laptop, it is an ADDITIONAL interface. It doesn't stop you using a mouse or keyboard. It isn't one of the other. Having said that, why don't you ask people who have worked with touch screens for years? Certainly the ones in the ticket office at St Pancras find them very useful, but I suppose they haven't been told yet that they should be having back pain etc.

It is just like the Kindle e-ink debate. The number of times I have been told that I must get eye strain by reading from a tablet instead of an e-ink... The same tribal blinkering here.

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quarky

Errr no, but nice try. User satisfaction has often fallen in previous cases after an upgrade because users need to get used to a new work environment, and there is a learning curve.

As for XP, I can only assume you were not around then when "Teletubbie Windows" was released.

"But the launch has been overshadowed by criticisms about pricing, the bundling of unwanted features and Microsoft's all-powerful market position."

http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/1830275/windows-xp-mixed-reception

"Research firm Gartner predicts that most consumers won't switch operating systems until they buy new PCs. Gartner predicted tepid initial sales, which would be in line with the lukewarm reception received by Windows Me and Windows 2000 last year."

http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-274939.html

Or this one from December 2003 (from than two years after XP's launch):

"By contrast AssetMetrix found that only 7% of the PCs companies were using had the latest Windows operating system, XP, installed. Windows 2000 was the most popular operating system."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3324471.stm

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So many people are missing the point. Metro is there to provide a consistent interface across different devices, so you don't need to learn three different ways of doing things across three different platforms (PC, tablet, phone). I think most people would consider that a great idea if it wasn't MS pushing it.

The problem is, people don't like change. XP was hated when it came out too but it went on to be a great success. I think most of the public are starting to come around to Windows 8 too. Certainly in our company where we have rolled it out, many in management were concerned. I still have an email from a senior manager talking about a "growing groundswell against Windows 8", yet it has been our smoothest, most successful, and most well received upgrade since, well, ever, and I remember the move from Windows 98!! That isn't just anecdotal. User satisfaction (yes, I hate that too) with IT has risen more than 8% in a year since the rollout.

13% is not a huge market share, but it continues to grow, even in these times where many companies don't need to run the latest and greatest, and that is no disgrace.

Ultimately though, there will always be those bitter about anything MS, and resistant to change, that is human nature to some degree, but thankfully, the innovation doesn't stop, and we will continue to see progress.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

quarky

Does GTAV come with multiplayer?

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

quarky
Windows

Re: Windows 3.x was never an Operating System

""Windows NT 3.5 WAS MS' first 32-bit Operating System ;)"

I think you mean Windows NT 3.1 here. ;) ;)"

Windows CE surely. Windows NT was based on a lot of code co-developed with IBM.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

quarky
Facepalm

Re: Sun wasn't in climate model before 2013

"The model they did use predicted heating for the last 20 years, and there hasn't been any."

Only if you read the Daily Mail.

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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Go

Windows 8

Our users love it, including the new start menu. I guess not being technical, they are were not so easily swayed by bitter techies. Who'd have thought that IT staff would be more resistant to change than the business?

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

quarky
Facepalm

Re: Keep the fight going...

Has someone been reading the Daily Mail again?

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Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

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So profits are up across the board, despite the shrinking PC market. Not bad for a company that many commentards on here have been writing off for years.

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Twenty classic arcade games

quarky

WWF Superstars

I spent more time on that game than any other. Bad Dudes vs Dragonninja was another one..

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

quarky
WTF?

Re: Very good indeed

What is "desktop mode"?

The start screen replaces the start menu, but the desktop is still there just like it has been before. Is Windows 7 or Windows XP in "desktop mode" when the start menu isn't open?

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The best e-readers for Christmas

quarky

Re: Thumbs up for Nexus 7

Yep, mine fits in my motorcycle jacket pocket too. For my suit jacket inside pocket, I often need to take it out of its case, but it fits fine.

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Re: Thumbs up for Nexus 7

Yep. More than 40 books this year, and 90%+ on the Nexus7 (and it's Playbook predecessor). A great multi-function device!

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

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No surprise

People are starting to realise that e-ink isn't actually that great compared to a modern LCD screen, especially if you are not doing most of your reading in direct sunlight.

Generally, the massive amount of functionality that a tablet provides compared to a single purpose device like an e-ink Kindle more than makes up for those rare times when then tablet isn't practical for reading on.

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

quarky

Why are these still so expensive though, especially for movies & TV?

It isn't iTunes (although it is of course more expensive than Google Play), but when it is cheaper to buy and rip the physical media, something is broken.

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Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

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Holmes

"Interestingly, however, for web browsing over cellular networks, Android actually edges iOS, with 34.4 per cent of all mobile web traffic versus 32.8 per cent for iOS:"

Andoid users are smart enough to use the correct device for the correct task. If you want a full browser experience, desktop/laptop is still the best. So when in the office/home, it is probably stil the case that a lot of people use a ful lsize device with a full size keyboard and monitor, and of course support for all the major websites and technologies (obviously this won't be the case for long, but for now it is probably a valid assumption).

Perhaps people who spent hundreds on an iPad feel that they need to use it, even when better options are avaiable, to justify the expense?

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Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

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Great choice

Well, better choice than for the prequels anyway!

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

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Re: Ipad as generic name for tablet

My five year old often asks if he can play on my iPad. I haven't had an iPad for nearly two years.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

quarky
FAIL

Barcodes

Only 666 if you don't understand them though right?

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

quarky
Facepalm

It does do iPlayer though...

Still doesn't detract from the overall review though.

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Windows System Center 2012: The review

quarky
WTF?

"..employing Windows Server Datacenter Edition. For these organizations "8 extra Windows Server instances" comes "free" and the cost of server resources required to run the entire System Center suite is just a rounding error."

I thought Data Center comes with an ability to run an unlimited number of VM's. Where does the limit of eight come from?

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

quarky
Alert

Really?

How many of those are stock, and how many are rooted?

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

quarky
Happy

Marked "read later"

...With instapaper.

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Amazon: e-book purchases push past paper

quarky
FAIL

Who cannot read?

"The figure doesn't include freebies, either."

So all of you talking about freebies, go back and read the article.

Personally I think this is fantastic news. More people reading (even if it is trash) is always a good thing. I know that I have read more books this year already than in the last three years combined.

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Dell blades up EqualLogic storage arrays

quarky

Re: Striping across SAN units?

Thanks, I was actually talking about striping an entire array, not just a volume. So if you have three/four/five arrays, you can lose one, and carry one. That would be nice!

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quarky
Gimp

Striping across SAN units?

"This includes Array Software 6.0, which turns the disk clusters into a SAN and automatically virtualizes and optimizes the placement of data on the arrays."

So this means that as well as striping across disks, we can strip the entire thing across several Equallogic units? I hope so, we have been waiting for that..

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HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya

quarky
WTF?

Why is he offended?

GoT is more entertaining than the circus that was his time in office..

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Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'

quarky
FAIL

Re: Gun ownership.

"I'm really not sure why you are so offended that an entire country full of people thousands of miles away from you has a different opinion on gun ownership."

The ENTIRE country has a different opinion? Really?

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Last.fm tell users to change passwords IMMEDIATELY

quarky

Re: You know how I know they have iPhone apps?

So are you saying that your linkedin password was published, even though you don't use the iPhone app?

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LucasArts unveils Star Wars game for grown-ups

quarky

Hasn't Star Wars always been gritty?

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82 London Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi for the Olympics

quarky
Facepalm

Re: Bollox to the wifi

..Don't covert the heat to electricity...

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quarky
Unhappy

Re: Bollox to the wifi

I still don't understand why they convert the heat to electricity. There are vacuum diodes that can do this already, and since efficiency isn't the key requirement here, they are probably quite suitable. I did suggest this approach during the competition, but didn't get anywhere :(

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

quarky
Unhappy

Re: Slight problem

"Now if they can make the lorrys all follow each other and not mess about trying to overtake each other - clogging up the motorway in the process, then I think they'd really be onto something."

Don't forget one truck at 56mph in Lane 1, and the other at 56.1mph in Lane 2. Effectively turning the M1 into a rolling roadblock.

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Diablo III dev rolls 12d6, scores PC sales record

quarky

Re: Eh?

I have Diablo 3. I have put about in about 1.5 - 2 hours a day, since Monday. Not once have I had any problems playing it.

Some people just need to have something to moan about. If you go to the official forums, there are even people "demanding" compensation (yes, real money), because Blizzard made changes to the game.. Incredible.

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Flash Array Frenzy

quarky

FusionIO

So when do they get gobbled up, and by who? I would like to see Dell buy them out to be honest...

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Apple fights off ebook suit with anti-Amazon defence

quarky

Re: Apple needs a hammering

What?

Previously: Amazon buy the product at an agreed price from the publishers. Any discounting done by Amazon reduces their profits, and reduces the costs to the consumer. = more books sold.

Now: Amazon buy the product at the agreed price from the publishers, and must sell the product at the price agreed with the publisher. Increased cost passed to consumer = less books sold.

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

quarky
Coat

Lewis Page in...

A race against time for Lewis to convince people that journalists know more then climatologists about the climate. Shot in 80's style, which cheesy music, freeze-frame effects, and plenty of rubbish special effects, and of course Lewis completely and utterly misinterpreting even the most basic whitepapers.

The ending is a race against time after Lewis is buried under an avalanche of his own making (from print outs from conspiracy sites), and he is rescued just in time to be mocked in public again as he gets his next article into El Reg.

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Gartner snips 2012 IT spending forecast – again

quarky
Facepalm

Yawn

Who cares what Gartner say? The only thing Gartner seem to get right regularly, is that idiots will pay to listen to the garbage they peddle.

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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

quarky

No it wasn't how they were sold. Publishers set a recommended price and companies like Amazon could turn around and see at whatever price they wanted.

The new model pushed by apple (the agency model) means that for those books, Amazon cannot discount them, and must sell that at whatever price the publisher decides. So that 20 year old Stephen King ebook is still £4.99.

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Can't come too soon.

Price fixing by the publishers is inexcusable, and I hope the judge throws the (e)book at them.

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Brush up your Microsoft skills, win date with Ferrari

quarky
Windows

News? Or advertising?

I am guessing that MS paid for this article :)

Still, I signed up, it is about the only training I will get at our place this year, despite being expected to upgrade all our desktops to Windows 7!

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Chip forecast upped by Gartner

quarky
FAIL

Gartner...

The ones who predicted that we would have stopped using mice by now, and that Vista would be the last major version of Windows?

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

quarky

Re: What about the rocket??

3368 even, that is the big one!

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quarky
Happy

What about the rocket??

If they can get the shuttle to orbit, can they get the Lego City Rocket (3366) to to the moon? I for one want to see them try.

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Windows Phone armed with 'military-grade' email upgrade

quarky
Facepalm

Please no.

Surely the device has encryption anyway doesn't it? Good is truly awful..

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10GigE jetpacks strapped on EqualLogic underlings

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Really?

I haven't had any problems with snapshots? Sync replication would be nice, but because our DR site is quite far away, we can't really use it at the moment anyway, so we async fits the the bill.

I loved it when one vendor came in and tried to blame the iSCSI storage for their applications poor performance. Benchmark tests were more than 15 times faster than their requirements (we have several units)!

Overall, I find them excellent pieces of kit, and just so easy to install and use.

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