* Posts by lesession

29 posts • joined 21 Dec 2010

More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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Countryside Alliance doing something valuable shock horror!

Maybe they're not just a single-issue pro-fox hunting group after all. It's only taken them 8 years, but they've finally found something valuable to do with all that critical mass of tweed and brown corduroy!!

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

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Only for people who really, really can''t cope with any sort of change whatsoever

Stardock's business model is dead.

There is nothing that Stardock or ClassicShell do that can't be achieved by 5 minutes in the Taskbar properties and / or by right-clicking on the Start button.

Microsoft dropped the ball big-time by removing the start menu from W8, but now, ooh look, it's back. I can quite understand Stardock's need to maintain their revenue stream by trying to persuade the hard-of-thinking that there's still a need for their product, but Start8 is now more than ready to join Mosaic, Clippy, those shell replacements that emulated W3.1 windows in that accursed new-fangled Windows 95, and third-party autoexec.bat editors in the dustbin of history.

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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

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Puff piece

Did this actually get any Register input at all or was it just cut & pasted from the Trust's press release?

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'Backronym' crowdfunds itself into Oxford English Dictionary

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Re: New pro-Vitamin B5 Tile Grout, for that fresher, long-lasting whiteness

And I hope your teeth are also completely waterproof!

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Headline of the day

Not even read the story yet, but beer to the sub who came up with that Register headline classic ...

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Why we keep 'falling for it'

Developers keep 'falling for it' because

1. A service or API gets launched in a blaze of publicity

2. The senior director who thinks they know all there is to know about technology reads about it

3. They insist that it is built into the product

4. The developers present all the reasons why this is a very bad idea

5. The senior director insists it is built into the produce

6. The developers get on with it

7. The senior director boasts to the other directors that yet again they're ahead of the technological curve.

8. Three years pass and the API is pulled

9. The senior director blames the developers for wasting company resources.

10. the developers produce the email trail.

11. The senior director shuts up about it.

12. Go to 1.

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

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Re: Pot, kettle, black

With my deeply cynical hat on, I'd wonder whether Google are actually going to sneak out a fix for the Chrome memory issue at the same time as this release; then, when Chrome performance improves after this fix rolls out, they can let it be known 'off the record' that it was obviously the Flash issue was the real cause of Chrome's performance issues all along ...

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

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Re: Office 365 integration

I do wish I could update this comment more than the mere once ...

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

lesession

Sorry, there's people who actually still bank with RBS?

I left after the great IT crash of 2012 revealed that they'd outsourced all their key functions to two clerical workers in a Mumbai call centre armed with a dial-in token and with a low-res scan of the instruction manual ...

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

lesession

So, just to be clear, the Reg's early assertion on the day that this was caused by Windows devices was just utter and complete b*llocks then?

Well what a surprise.

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FUMBLE! NFL app drops privacy ball just before Super Bowl Sunday

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Well I suspect the Pats equipment guy they're trying to pin DeflateGate on will be shortly getting far more than their online security investigated ...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: Pointless latest update

Because The Register believe that linux runs on fairy dust and the breath of unicorns, whereas naughty bad Windows doesn't and therefore that's why the outage has had such an effect ...

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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Re: Windows 10 ?

Is this going to be this release's 'bring back the Start menu'?

Every thread, every build, every discussion about W10, some wag is going to jump in and make a hilarious comment to the effect of 'where's Windows 9'?

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: Whatever.

Whereas your contribution, on the other hand, is ...

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Video?

I can't make head nor tail of the time lapse video. It looks to me like every single star in shot is jumping about like a drunk at an office disco.

Is that the rock in the middle or a scratch on the lens?

If this is the quality of imagery they're working with no wonder they don't spot these things until they're sailing straight past ...

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

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'Welcome here' - odd, because that's exactly what the Broncos defence said to the Seahawks, every single time they got anywhere near the end-zone. So much so that they obliging handed over a safety with the very first play.

Hopefully both the Broncos and the command centre will hopefully be beefing up their security in the off-season.

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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Raymond Chen

As Raymond would say, 'That rather relies on us being on the other side of that airtight hatchway' ...

If the black hat has already managed to get sufficient elevated privileges on the device to execute this exploit, isn't the game already over and the device already owned?

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: not on madn aa

> Also it appears to LACK an opton to upgrade with installed aps in place.

That's because this is a full operating system ISO for developers to test and develop on - the in-place upgrade is still being held back until 18th October.

As it says in the article and on every other bit of coverage on the Interweb.

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Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting

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I'll 'watch out for bikers' the moment they start watching out for me. Round here a couple of the roads I regularly use are regarded as test tracks by bikers out from Manchester, and I've lost count of the number of times I've met some moron coming round a blind corner on my side of the road.

Like text-drivers and phone-drivers, I really don't mind if they want to kill themselves, but if they take me out as well I'll be extremely peeved ...

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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

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Re: Lies, damned lies and ...

http://www.xkcd.com/978/

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

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Where's the ambition?

Three films? Amateurs. That's nearly 100 pages a film. They've just made a full film of The Very Hungry Caterpillar which has only about 20 pages and very little dialogue in, and no CGI battle sequences whatsoever.

Peter Jackson is seriously underselling himself and his 'vision' - by that yardstick he should be able to screw at least 20 or 30 films out of The Hobbit.

The sooner Martin Freeman hangs up his prosthetic ears and feet and escapes back to make the third series of Sherlock the better.

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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Reminds me of ...

> So some might argue that the long running shows still pull out an

> occasional "gem". Is that really worth the pain and investment

> in the other 20+ episodes?

*cough* Doctor Who *cough*

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Pint

Egg roller

The Coach House pub next to the Town Hall in Chester is currently selling the 'Egg Roller', which is a pint of beer with a creme egg smoothied into it.

I like creme eggs, and I like beer, but the combination is revolting ...

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Lord Of The Rizzzzzz

Any of the Lord Of The Rings films - over-hyped, overacted, over-long and over here.

The Return Of The King was probably the worst, jeez that could have been done in about an hour and a half less than it took; just cut out all the long lingering looks, speak the pompous dialogue at a normal speed, and only use each bit of tacky CGI battle footage once, and the whole thing would have been over in 90 minutes tops.

The fact that they reckon they need 6 hours to do The Hobbit (that's well over a minute a page!) says it all.

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BBC iPlayer boss: smart TVs not sufficiently simple

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Panasonic

Several commentards have mentioned thir Samsung machines, so I just thought I'd put a word in for my Panasonic Viera.

Step 1: Cable from ethernet port on the back of the TV into the broadband router

Step 2: Watch IPTV services.

That's it - how hard was that even for a non-techie?

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Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

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Obligatory xkcd reference

http://xkcd.com/978/

Sums up everything that is wrong with Wikipedia.

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

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+1 for Brennan, -1 for the complainant

I've owned a Brennan for just under a year & it's a brilliant bit of kit - easy to use, makes your entire collection accessible, helps you rediscover all sorts of hidden gems you've forgotten about in your collection (Was listening to The Barely Works only last night - how could I have forgetten about them!).

Let's hope that Brennan only benefit from all the extra publicity, find an acceptavble wording asap, and that the complainant goes away and shhrivels up with their three Matt Munro CDs.

And yes, let's also go after Microsoft, and Apple, and Creative, and Archos, and ...

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MSE releases revamped freebie malware scanner

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Gates Halo

Re: Automatic upgrade?

Ah, OK, answered my own question - if you do the download and run the installer on a machine that's got 1.x it does an upgrade.

I'll stop talking to myself now ...

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Automtic upgrade?

Does anyone know if this will automatically upgrade itself from a 1.x install to 2.0, or will we need to actively download & install the new version?

Can't see it on the MSE website, apologies if it's stated in big red flashing letters on the front screen ...

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