* Posts by Boothy

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Re: Google docs, what about Office 365?

Wonder what it's like with Sharepoint?

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: No mention of Double Extensions?

One of the first changes I do on any Windows system I use/install is to switch of the 'Hide extensions for known file types".

It's a feature/option that to me, shouldn't even exist in the OS, let alone be enabled by default!

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Re: 3D buttons

Would be nice if they could add a Skin/Theme option, that changes more than just things like font sizes, and colours.

Would be especially good if it was via an open API, so people could home brew, and add them to the Store, or as a direct download.

I'd be curious to see how popular the Win 7, or Win XP themes were :-)

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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I did a bit of quick googling, as far as I can see, in the USA, normal private property owns all rights to the immediate airspace above the property, up to 500 feet.

So anything entering that airspace without permission, is trespassing.

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He shot it with bird shot, which has quite a limited effective range,

In the US, 500 feet above your property is considered private airspace, if the drone was above 500 feet, it would have been out of range of the bird shot, so the fact it was shot down over his property, means it must have been under 500 feet to be in range, and so therefore was trespassing.

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Re: Na Na Nana Na @ShadowDragon8685 PRIVATE AIRSPACE!

The airspace above a private property is owned by the property owner (up to a point, where it becomes public airspace).

Any aircraft, or drone etc. that is flying below the public airspace is technically trespassing, irrespective of their reason.

So when they flew the drone over the persons garden/yard, they were breaking the law.

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Quote: "Actually, a homeowner normally DOES possess air rights to the space..."

If that's the case across the USA, then I guess the drone itself was trespassing, and so was effectively 'asking for it'.

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Re: Let the arms race begin...

He apparently loaded bird shot, specifically because he was using it in a built up area.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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Re: Cookies now non negotiable...

You should still be able to use the site without cookies, just some of the functionality (visible or hidden) might not work, or at least might not work as well as it should.

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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Re: Smaller and cheaper

€40 is around £28, starting price for SSDs is around £25 for 30GB, so within your budget. Although I suspect a lot of these are probably old stock.

Although if you want better value for money (i.e. £ per GB), £50 will get you a faster 120GB drive.

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Half the price per GB and I'll probably get one.

Still a bit pricey for use at home, at least for me (unless your a money bags of course).

The 480GB version works out at around 79p per GB.

Same size SATA SSDs are ~30p per GB range. (although of course limited speed to around 550MB/s).

So currently, these are 2-3 times the price per GB, to give you 2-3 times the speed of a SATA SSD.

As a comparison, SATA SSDs were around the same 79 Pence per GB in late 2011/early 2012. So hopefully these will drop to 25p per GB (or less) by 2018.

Get the price down to around 55p per GB (so mid to late 2016?), and I might be tempted.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Stop

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Same here.

I have a Laptop that will act as the sacrificial lamb guinea pig, for initial testing, see if it breaks access to my network shares (BSD box), or anything else first.

My main PC, a desktop (i7 gaming rig, Steam etc), will remain on Win 7 64 bit for the time being, at least until I've seen a few 'all clear' type forum and blog posts etc.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Smart casual

Casual : Jeans & T-Shirt

Smart Casual: Jeans & ironed T-Shirt

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: I've noticed the effect.

I used Adblock+ to block all the frames down the right hand side of the Facebook page. So all the chat, notifications, game page links etc.

Also using the mobile pages on a desktop work very well. (I do that with The Reg quite often :-) ).

I also run Ghostery.

I don't seem to have any issues with CPU utilisation of 'idle' pages now, and I typically have around 10 tabs open at once. (Mostly work related, but there is FB, gmail, outlook etc sat in the background (Chrome)).

Ghostery + ADP = Reasonably pleasant browsing experience. :-D

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Law not a problem

I think the main issue here is the drones flying in the way of the firefighters, i.e. their aircraft/helo can't drop the water, without risking taking out the drone at the same time.

This is more about making sure the fire-fighters don't get prosecuted for an inadvertent drone take-down, than someone purposely trying to take one out with a gun, other diver etc.

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Re: Unintended consequences - Darwin Award more like

@ thx1138v2

If it was shot down by the emergency services, it would mean it had to be impeding those emergency services from doing their job. i.e. trying to put a fire out.

Anything underneath the drone would likely already be damaged, or potentially about to be if the fire spread further.

If you were stood underneath said drone, it must mean you were also in the middle of the declared emergency location, and so should have evacuated already.

If you were still there, long enough for some neighbour or local TV crew, to dig out their drone, get to the location, get it airborne, and fly it over the declared emergency area. Then you'd have to be a bit of an idiot, and this would mean that you too were likely also in the way of those same emergency services personal, trying to do their job.

If you did get killed by a falling drone in this circumstance, to me that's just another nomination for a Darwin award, as you shouldn't have been there in the first place!

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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ISP email!

I haven't used an ISP email address since my early days on dial-up!

I quickly switched to Hotmail (before MS took over), as after switching ISPs about 2-3 times, I realised having an ISP email address was a pain in the a$$.

It must be a real nightmare these days to switch ISP if you use their provided email address, with the number of web sites insisting on using email addresses as the 'Username'!

I've used a mix of web based email, and my own domains since then.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: SSD Essential

The only time I've noticed any HD 'churn' with Win 10 preview, has been when it's been downloading the next release.

Otherwise things like the Start Menu etc have been quite snappy. And this is running under a VM on a HDD.

Usually a slow Start Menu tends to mean either there isn't enough free memory available (so system data has been pushed to VM on disk, and stalls when it tries to pull it pack into RAM), or there is a driver issue somewhere.

Although SSDs do rule, I can't see me ever putting a primary OS on a HDD after using SSDs for about the last 3 years or so.

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@ Ivan

As far as I know, you either have to buy a retail copy (i.e. non upgrade), or you have to upgrade 'in place' over the existing Windows install. As this is (as far as I know) the only mechanism available for registering your existing installation as being valid for the free upgrade offer.

If you don't like this restriction, go buy a new disk via $RetailerOfYourChoice

If you do the in situ upgrade, you can still do a clean install afterwards. You can create Win 10 install/recovery media from within the updated Win 10 machine itself, then wipe the system and do a fresh install afterwards (to the same hardware).

MS also stated somewhere that after release, Win 10 ISO images of the retail version would be made available to download from MS (was on one of their forums, tying to find the link). But you still need to have done the in-situ update first, in order to register your PC with Microsoft (it's done at hardware level now). Otherwise the fresh install won't recognise the machine, and so wouldn't be a registered install.

If your wanting to install to a new HD (or SSD), I'd suggest doing the in situ update first, write or down load the ISO, install the new drive, then a fresh install.

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It's nice to de-clutter anyway periodically. The amount of unused apps, and stuff left behind by uninstalling things builds up over time.

My current main rig, a Win 7 64 bit desktop (gaming etc), was re-built about 3 years ago (new MB, CPU etc). It's stable, no issues really, but after 3 years is due a rebuild/refresh. So this Win 10 update is a good excuse.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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Re: WIN10 Compatibility Checker

Oddly I have a lot of crap software installed on my main Win 7 PC, and the only thing that got flagged up was a couple of ancient games, and VMware Workstation.

The games, would likely either run in a compatibility mode, or being old so not very demanding, under a Win XP or Win 7 VM. I've played other Win XP only games under a VM on Win 7 without any real issue.

For VMware Workstation, it just stated I needed to re-install after the upgrade. My guess would be it didn't like the virtual network that VMware creates.

Either way...

* Leave it a month for other people to be the first adopters.

* Full system backup (already do this anyway).

* Run the update, and see how it goes, restore if needed.

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Re: Non-Story!

^^^ This

HP will have their own junk software to install on their boxes.

They probably want to test on the release version of Win 10 before actually putting the image onto their PCs.

They probably also need to make sure their help desk scripts are updated to match the released version, as well as providing some training for their staff.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

Quote: "Are you implying that traditional taxi companies as a general rule vet their drivers?.

No, not the taxi companies, but when the prospective driver applies for a license to become a taxi driver, they do get vetted at that point.

If Uber required their drivers be licensed taxi drivers, then I suspect much of the issues they face, would go away.

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: OK, but is this really relevant?

Also bear in mind that the KB itself does mention Windows 10 at all.

This is the KB description: 'Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1'.

A search of the related KB article doesn't mention anything about Windows 10.

So unless a sysadmin knew in advance about this specific KB, or had read about it elsewhere, the details for the KB itself would not really give many clues as to its real purpose.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Re: Don't want 10

I'm planning on something similar.

I have 3 Windows devices.

* A current (ish) home built desktop, which is my main rig. (Gaming, Office etc).

* A functional, but retired Laptop. (Replaced by tablets and a Chromebook over the last couple of years or so).

* And an old Acer Aspire R3610, that used to be my Media PC under the TV (replaced by an Intel NUC last year).

All three have Win 7 64 bit, full on the Desktop, OEM on the other two.

The Desktop is the only one to pop up the "Win 10" notification so far, but I will not be updating that machine any time soon.

I will update the Laptop though, and maybe the Aspire, so that I'll at least get some familiarity with the new OS, and to see what it might screw up on my local setup (Nas drive access etc) (Things like the Live login etc worry me).

Edit: Typo.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device" £50 tablet?

@ illiad

Quote: "DO watch out for "windows with bing" - it is a cheap version that is NOT upgradeable!!"

You'd best tell MS then, as according to MS it is upgradable :

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From Edition : Windows 8.14

To Edition : Windows 10 Home

4Also applies to Windows 8.1 country specific editions, Windows 8.1 Single Language, Windows 8.1 with Bing.

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Taken from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Re: Glasses?

@ Shrimpling

My glasses don't work with the DK2 (I have varifocals), so I wear my contacts instead, which works fine, but means faffing about, and then they can get a little uncomfortable after a while.

My preference if possible, would be prescription lenses.

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Re: Glasses?

Hopefully you'll be able to buy replacement lenses, ordered for specific prescriptions.

The DK2 lenses just pop out, so it would only takes a few seconds to replace them. Hopefully the retail devices will have a similar mechanism.

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Re: Neck Fatigue?

I concur with Numpty.

I've also got a DK2, and E:D, and have played for around 2-3 hour sessions, without any noticeable issues.

Looking forwards to seeing what the retail gear will be like in comparison.

HL2 on the other hand, and eek.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Monitor support is the issue for me..

I was thinking more of DVI-D (digital).

Whilst GFX cards still seem to have DVI-D, some new spec monitors seem to now be dropping DVI-D.

For example, the Samsung S34E790C UHD (Ultra wide monitor), only has HDMI and DisplayPort for video input, and only the DisplayPort input supports 60Hz at the native res of 3440 x 1440.

Just wondering if this will spread, and DVI-D is now becoming depreciated as well?

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Re: Monitor support is the issue for me..

Unfortunately for you, and many other people (me included), DVI-D seems to be a dying, tech, and only seems to be being included these days for legacy device support.

DisplayPort, which has been included in most GFX cards, integrated GFX, and displays devices for some years now (usually alongside DVI-D), now seems to be becoming the standard display connector for anything above 1080p.

I've noticed many new displays, such as UHD devices, now only support their fastest frame-rates when used through DisplayPort, and often they no longer come with a DVI connector at all!

I suspect DVIs days are numbered :-/

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Free for a year

Quote: '...for free for the life of that device'.

It's this bit that worries me, 'that device'.

They don't seem to be taking into account those people who currently have full, rather than OEM licenses.

Currently I can update, re-build, create a completely new PC, and then just reinstall my copy of Win 7 as often as I want, with no restrictions other than not being allowed to have it installed on another machine at the same time.

If I lose that ability, by updating/upgrading to Win 10, then that's a bit of a deal breaker for me, might have to stick with Win 7 if that's the case, at least on my gaming rig.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Re: Does Anyone Use this capacity?

If you're watching a movie in low resolution, it's 2mbps.

There fixed that for you.

For HD you typically need around 4-5Mbps, although it depends on the service, and these days, most new video content is uploaded in HD.

For example, BBC iPlayer recommends 3.2Mbps as a minimum for their HD content, but if your trying to stream a Sky HD movie, you need around 4.4Mbps minimum.

This is assuming no one or no other device, is using the Internet in your house at the same time of course.

I'd say these days, that an absolute minimum speed for residential connection, would be around the 6Mbps, otherwise people will see the 'buffering' messages on a regular basis. (My GF is on 2Mbps, and it's buffering hell).

This is of course ignoring new things like 4K/UHD streaming, where you are looking at 25Mbps speeds being recommended.

Even for Steam games downloading, recent AAA titles are in the 20GB+ size ranges, that takes quite a while over a 2Mbps connection (20+ hours).

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Quote: "That's ample to give a fair impression of whether customers of those providers are falling well short of what they promised.".

Erm, no it's not. Several 100 from a single provider is still statistically insignificant. Any results would be very unreliable.

To produce reliable figures, you'd need a minimum % of the providers customer base (or of the entire customer base).

Typically you need a sample of around 5% before the results can be considered reliable. Although depending on things like how you choose the sample, that could be as low as 1%.

Just for TalkTalk, if we assume rounded down to 500,000 to make this easier (based on their 'over half a million customers' comment).

That would mean a sample range of 5,000 to 25,000 users, before the results would be of any statistical significance. And that's just for a single (smaller in comparison to BT etc) provider.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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084* numbers

It aught to be a legal requirement for a 'local' service, to provide a local phone number.

I've no issue with them also having an 084* number, but it should be in addition to a local phone number, not as a replacement.

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Quote: "should users pick emojis in sequential order"

So randomise the layout of the input screen each time!

That also stops people from using placement patterns, which are common on keyboards. (e.g. people doing 1793 on a key pad (i.e. the corner keys).

Password cracking tools these days, not only do dictionary lookups and substitution etc. they look for key position input patterns (qwerty etc).

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Lets hope they don't implement something into the Oculus drivers that restricts usage to only 'authorised' apps!

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Bye bye Oculus, been nice knowing you, Hi HTC/Valve

Been a fan of Oculus from the start, own a DK2, and love using it.

But the general feeling here with FB (as expected really, once they took over!), and also bundling a XBox controller with the package, means they are likely to be pushing people towards the HTC/Valve implementation instead.

Although would still like to see a proper HTC vs Oculus comparison.

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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A tablet shouldn't be able to get noisy (other than via speakers), as it shouldn't have any moving components.

If it needs cooling fans, it's not really a tablet, it's a cut down laptop masquerade as a tablet.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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Re: strange...

Ninite is your friend :-)

https://ninite.com/

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

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Re: Never mind gaming..

Already being done....

For example: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/broadcasters/sky-looks-to-virtual-reality/5080621.article

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Re: "Microsoft will bundle an Xbox controller with every headset"

A hight end gaming PC from a couple of years back would likely be using a GTX 780 Ti, which is broadly comparable to the GTX 970 (except on power usage, which is much improved on the new gen cards of course).

A top end gaming rig from then, would be using GTX 780s in SLI. Which would likely beat a GTX 970 by around 70-80% on performance (although a massive power drain of course).

Perhaps my 3-4 years was a little optimistic (I'd forgotten when the 780s had come out (it was May 2013)), but I'd still say people with a 2 year old high-end rig could likely use this without much issue.

Regarding the Xbox controller.

Completely agree. I already have a knock-off XBox 360 compatible wired controller for the (very few) games that are better (or at least easier) to play with using controller. (Usually lazy console ports).

In general for me, keyboard/mouse, or HOTAS, depending on game type :-)

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Re: Too late?

Sony is fairly irrelevant to the Rift, different platform, so not a direct competitor really.

HTC/Valve on the other hand, that's different.

Going to be interesting to see what the comparison will be between the two (PC) platforms, i.e. hardware, resolution, response, controllers etc.

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The cost of the PC itself should not be being considered here.

The target audience for these, will be the existing (quite large and growing) PC gaming market, not completely new gamers.

Granted a few XBox gamers might think about switching over (seen as VR is coming to PS4), but most of the people interested in VR will likely already have a suitable PC, perhaps only with a upgraded GFX card being needed, depending on how old their current rig is.

The listed spec requirements are around what would have been classed as a high end, but not top end ((i.e. single GFX card, rather than SLI etc), gaming PC from about 3 or 4 years ago.

Anyone with a current mid range+ gaming rig, will likely not need to do any upgrading.

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Re: torture

I've played Elite Dangerous on the DK2 for hours without issue.

I tried Half Life 2 on the same rig, and lasted about 20 mins before starting to feel a queasy.

Apparently something to do with being sat in a cockpit, which sort of 'grounds' your motion with a point of reference.

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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Re: What next SFTP added to IIS?

Erm, no SFTP is not supported in IIS.

Even the article you link to specifically states SFTP is not supported!

Quote from the page you linked: "Microsoft currently does not provide a solution for securing FTP traffic using FTP over SSH (SFTP).".

FTP over SSL is FTPS, not SFTP, completely different protocols!

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I'm on what I expect is probably average spec Win 7 PC (a Lenovo T420).

From click to > prompt, took about 7 seconds for PowerShell

Out of curiosity, Cygwin64 Terminal on the same PC, about 3 seconds from click to prompt.

For reference, this is running on mains, not battery, the spinning rust was not sleeping, and the machine was otherwise idle.

No doubt sticking an SSD would give me a big boost. but that's not likely to happen in any typical corporate environment, as they cost money! (Damn penny pincher's)

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Re: In remission?

I'll bite.

SSH was written from the ground up to be secure, unlike HTTPS (or FTPS) where it was basically bolted on top of an existing legacy protocol.

SSH has been the standard login to all other modern server platforms for years.

This just means Windows is finally catching up with existing business practice.

And what does 'from legacy OSs' mean? Most of my SSH sessions are initiated from Windows Desktop using PuTTy, is that the legacy OS your talking about?

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What next SFTP added to IIS?

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