* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Asus VivoBook S200 11.6in touchscreen notebook review

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Happy

Re: 5 tiles

5 rows of tiles is 5 rows too many when it comes to Win8...

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FAIL

Photoshop Fail

Witness the hand touching screen of first image on page 2.

Either that's the hand of a very slim 3 year old, or that 11" laptop is in fact a 18" laptop...

Oh and there's the shadow and lighting issue...

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Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

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Re: Attorney's eyes only = "samsung"

Apple are right to be worried here, given the "leakage" from Samsung in the past:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/02/apple_samsung_fight_press_statement/

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Total APPLE DESKTOP ABSENCE set to last past XMAS - sources

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Angel

Re: Rotten Fruit in non-fake-shortage shocker!

Manufacturer in standard-channel-and-stock-clearing-exercise-before-new-stock-arrives non-shocker!

Apple in poor execution of above tactic and subsequent loss of revenue shocker!

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Happy

Simples!

Just install the same DO_NOT_TRACK code that MS uses in IE...

...oh wait. I spot a flaw.

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Public sector 2 YEARS behind biz on cloud adoption - suppliers

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Pint

Re: I was ready...

Indeed. +1's all round.

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Apple DID buy social video network - check out this BONKERS lawsuit

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Joke

Color

I hope the guy he fired by speakerphone was the one who spelt Colour wrong in the logo...

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Netscape founder pays off MASSIVE tax bill with Facebook shares

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Re: Tax Bills

You can bet they've already looked at it and found the tax levy to be watertight, especially if it's applicable at the point of liquidation of those assets, and those assests can be proven to have - and gained in - personal value.

They'll pay, but will now be looking at every trick in the book to punt their remaining assests offshore before they need to liquidate them into cash.

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Windows

Multi-million dollar tax bill

... A nice problem to have.

Tramp, because in comparison, that's what I am.

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Nearly 90% of SAP customers find its cloud pricing confusing

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Happy

SAP = confusing

..and this is news? You'll be claiming they're overpriced next...

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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

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Joke

... human mathematicians and without needing toilet breaks, sleep, or a social life...

Mathematicians have a social life? I must have missed that memo...

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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Boffin

Why the upgrade to win 8 ainn't sellling

It's really, really simple.

99% of existing laptops and desktop do not have touchscreens. Win 8 is being sold on virtue of it's touch interface. The implied secondary upgrade is a new screen or laptop. The new screens don't exist, and the laptops are expensive.

Ergo, shit win8 upgrade sales.

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

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Re: Yes Minister!

As relevant today as it was 20 years.

Which is a pretty damning indictment on our political system if you think about it (see episodes on Trident, freedom of information, corruption etc etc)

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

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Obvious flaws

Ghosting and flash blacks. This presents an issue with looking at something like a Nexus 7 as an LCD-based reader...Which is worse: supposed eye fatigue (never had any myself I'll be honest) versus ghosting and blacking?

Personally I find the ghosting and blacking "amatuerish" and annoying (ghosting in particular), so Nexus 7 is still my preferred option for my forthcoming xmas present.

However, if the ghosting and blacking was fixable...?

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Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

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Flame

unless someone cuts a hole in the side of the kitchen microwave

... Must...cut.... hole... in.... Microwave...

el reg told me to.

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

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FAIL

Next up, sky blue and water is wet.

The sky can also be wet, and water can also be blue. Analogy fail.

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Joke

Re: Be careful what you post!

Science? That wasn't invented until 6,000 years ago, along with everything else...

<-- joke icon. Because creationism is a big joke.....surely?

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Apple iCloud collapse forces fanbois to shower, meet face-to-face

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Happy

Re: Holy Crap...

IT Support fail:

- failing to diagnose single failure source.

- trusting Apple

- trusting a user

- resorting to factory reset last. Always perform this FIRST, for every call. It discourages repeat callers.

- And your biggest, most epic fail of all...Answering the call after midnight. You muppet. :-)

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Facepalm

Put critical/important data in the cloud?

Yessiree, lets do that!

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Space station 'nauts in successful plonkdown to wrap Expedition 33

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...Russian Malenchenko, who was on his fifth flight, bringing him up to 642 days in space.

2 years in space - Kudos! They probably have the bone density of an 80yr old and probably glow in the dark, but that would be nothing compared to the mental effects, I suspect.

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

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Kiwi approach to H&S

Other eruptions have closed the ski field on the mountain, after ash covered the snow and made skiing impossible

They cancelled the skiing because skiing in ash is hard.

Nothing to do with being consumed by lava, avalanches, asphixiation from escaping CO2 or being crushed by flying red-hot rocks, no....

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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Joke

Also Cougar?

<insert predatory-but-old jokes here>

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Black Helicopters

Re: Boots

I live (near) there, and have never seen their HQ. I thought it was in Nottingham.

Like most corps, I suspect it's simply a tax-friendly, monitored mailbox in an anonymous corporate office block. This is a surprisingly common occurance.

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World Bank says world likely to warm by four degrees

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Re: To boldly overpopulate like no race has overpolutated before.

Almost correct - we do indeed bread like rabbits, but that causes poverty more than anything else. The developed world birthrate is far less than that in africa/india etc, but the CO2 emissions are far higher per capita.

Less reliance on hydrocarbons (for energy, materials or agriculture) would be a far better ideology.

Breading like rabbits is still not a wise life choice though...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

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Mushroom

Re: Damn

They only look like photo's because of the graphic superiority of <console X> as compared to <console Y>...

Fanbois...commence thermonuclear flame war now!

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Mechs

The logical part of my brain says that mechs are a useless design for warfare - urban, ruran or otherwise. Even if you could conquer the physical and packaging problems. A conventional tank would be better.

However...they are bloody satisfying to play...mechwarrior ftw!

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Agreed - given most companies ban access to farcebook etc at the web proxy, most of these web 2.0 features will just be unseable bloat.

Not to mention the security concerns - it will make hardening the OS much...errrr....harder.

My vote: leave it out, and start managing the frankly ridiculous bloat and addressing the counter-intuiative UI (eg Ribbon). And leave the OS to do OS things only.

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Saucy MINX in a THONG makes GoDaddy's hy-PHWOAR-visors go

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Coat

...must...buy...virtual datacenter...

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: So

The cake is Null. My companion cube said so.

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Happy

Keyword aggregator

ok, so to summarise the upvoting public's thoughts on this new feature:

Creepy, evil, chunder, scary, cheesy, naff, weird, shit, shebopdadoowop, saccharin, absurd, mini-sick, satan...

Translated into "marketing": "Roaring success"

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Mushroom

I initially wondered in which parallel universe this seemed like a good idea. Then I realised...the "marketing" universe.

<-- Drop one of these on it, Facebook. Right now. Without delay.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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If ever there was a "avoid version 1.0" product, bendy screens is where it's at.

Still...Kudos where kudos is deserved!

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

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Joke

Next weeks news

...GTA5 game banned for being too similar to a GT86 advert, with too much driving and not enough violence.

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ViewSonic VSD220 22in Android mega tablet

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This looking interesting...I am holding off the win8 "upgrade", because I want to retrofit a touch monitor onto the games rig first. Afterall, would be a shame to pay for metro and not use it as intended?

Just a pity it's only 22"/1900x1080 - a 27" with 2500x1600 would be perfect.

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...are downloadable.

Next!

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Re: No icons...

It does actually - a tiny bit of evidence at last that some people downvote simply because they're twats. Something I had long suspected.

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No icons...

...but new features.

Being able to see who downvotes you. Maybe it will encourage to post more constructive votes (ie not "sour grapes") if your voting habits were public.

It would also cut the downvoting clicks by 99% too, I suspect...

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Apple to settle with Samsung? Korean honcho: 'Fuggedaboutit'

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Re: Khannnnnnn!!!! KHANNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

If he has, he's had the equivilent of a Xp -> Vista "upgrade".

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Mushroom

War

As in any war there are no winners. Only degrees of losing.

Expect nothing good to come of all this.

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Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo

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Lacks innovation?

A strange thing to claim, given you can't actually imperically measure "innovation". Innovation is perceptive and subjective.

Some people will weight the finger print scanner has greater innovation than a thin form factor. To others, it could be the other way round. Backlit keyboard vs Thinkvantage support? The same. It's all bollox.

Nothing to see here - keep calm and carry on.

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Microsoft offers Internet Explorer 10 preview for Windows 7

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Joke

Re: Does this mean...

Yeah, but I've just spunked £200,000 on a "4 wheel drive" Ferrari, I'd certainly hope it didn't have any annoying niggles either.

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Re: Still a pain to code for

+1; XP = a ton of enterprise blue chips, so this is hardly a minority audience you can just ignore.

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Happy

Did anyone else read this as...

...<rex the runt>

Join us...join us....

</rex>

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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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Re: Hardcore gamers

You're onto something with the gamers...they are the target of these big machines.

Snag is, the gamers also know that upgrades are incremental, especially with Video cards which is where most of the immediate benefits and requirements lie. Buying a brand new machine from scratch is rare

What these guys should be doing it getting into the components business. Box shifting is dead.

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Apple forced to cut dealers in to get iPad Mini shifting, says analyst

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Re: Peak Apple

Apple has peaked? Are we sure?

I thought this was just another in the series of El Reg titles for Apple...makes a change from Foxcon rebrander, for example.

While I agree with the El Reg sentiment, I can't claim it with anything more concrete than "gut feeling". I hope there's an El Reg article soon to justify the title.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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FAIL

Re: Ethernet vs wifi - HD streaming

Errr, no, I think you read that wrong.

I used Apple TV as an example of a device being able to stream HD over wifi, which was the authors original concern and thus his reliance on ethernet.

Why did I chose Apple TV? Because I own one, and know this scenario works, and because it has both wired and wireless media, is easy to analyse/prove streaming quality.

What you *should* have correct me on, was the signal degradation wireless vs wireless being a factor in the design; trying to stream HD wirelessly to 3 rooms away through solid concrete walls will fail, whereas ethernet signal degredation will be minimal.

The fact you picked up on the Apple TV rather than the actual point, say more about you than it does about me.

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Ethernet vs wifi - HD streaming

Just FYI - the apple TV can stream 1080p content across wifi just fine, so there is no absolute requirement for ethernet. Well, unless you're streaming native blu-ray bitrates that is.

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Windows

Re: Touch

Witness the bile directed to W8 and it's touch/metro interface on this very forum, and you maybe understand why not going touch - at this moment in time anyway - is probably a good thing.

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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Re: How they do it

then hide the Swiss profits elsewhere.

Most likely in....errr...Switzerland. Banking secrecy laws an' all that, and even then, the TAX cooperation agreements need a legal case from the originating country, and only apply to individuals.

The added advantage of buying in CH is the 8% VAT rate, compared to the 20% in the UK. Even taking into consideration the "import duty" of the UK (if it even applies), I bet they're still quids in.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Facepalm

30,000 sold in the first hour?

By the looks of the posts above, it's due to people ordering far too many by mistake - either due to flaky web hosts or plain ol' PEBCAK...

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