* Posts by Andy Prough

935 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Let me be the first to say...

> "Our rallying cry for Windows 10 became 'the web just works'," Morris wrote.

It's been "just working" for many years, despite your best attempts to fsck everything up Redmond.

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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

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Androids and iPhones are great for big businesses...

...especially the ones that want to listen in on their employees' every communication and track their every move. Both on the job and in their personal lives.

Must be so much easier now for HR departments to build a case to fire an employee. Just print out a copy of their smartphone tracking log. "What's this? You visited your grandmother in the hospital for 10 minutes when you said you were traveling to a customer's office? Terminated!"

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Don't be fooled! He's not from the IT crowd... he's a CYBERSPY – FireEye

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Hackers?

Sounds like crooks and crime gangs to me.

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: Inadmissable...

Doesn't matter much now if the photo is inadmissable. They have a confession. Lawyers would have to go after the confession if they wanted to mount a defense.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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@Coward - "Why? is a laptop so expensive now?"

Can you stuff a laptop in your trouser pockets?

Well, probably you can. I can't. And I don't even wear skinny jeans.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

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Ads?

What are those?

They sound horrible - glad I never see any.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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Re: Malware Solution

@FailureCase - "No need to worry, I've found a successful solution for all Android malware problems. You can find a write up here. It is so effective, I've found it also greatly improves performance, battery life and the user experience in general."

Similar to the solution I've seen for iPhone users who were being vastly overcharged:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Net10-LG-236C-Flip-Cell-Phone/29048520

Save you about $800-$1,000 dollars, and you get 19 days of battery life. Plus, you no longer have to wear the latest skinny jeans.

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Cash'n'Carrion January sale: Get in there while you can

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Re: 3D printed...

@Dave 126 - "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!"

I almost peed my pants.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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I put it on a desktop system

Works fine. Only real problem I had was the driver for a Netgear USB wifi dongle wouldn't load - I had to swap it out for a Linksys wifi dongle.

Sometimes Windows 10 throws up weird messages. For instance, about twice a day I'm reminded that my plugged-in desktop has "0% Battery". Not a real problem though - the system is basically stable, which was my biggest concern. I'm running Visual Studio (Community edition), Unreal Engine 4 and Chrome on it, along with Malwarebytes and a few utilities like CCleaner.

Start menu is a bit messy - I'll probably load the free Classic Shell version eventually. But honestly, the Classic Shell team does Start menus so much better than nearly anyone else right now, there's no reason not to install it. I even install it on my Win7 machines because it's just simply better.

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Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

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Last time I was in SF, Google was providing city-wide wifi

And it sucked. Unbelievably slow. Not sure if others have had better experiences with it.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Downloaded it

Installing tomorrow. Should be interesting.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: The trouble with journalists...

...is that they get their info from disgusting vats of lying shit like Wikipedia.

Bunch of shit-mongers, all of them.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Loved the picture of the fox in the article

Nice picture. Too bad a firefox is not a red fox. It's another name for the Chinese Red Panda, and looks nothing like any of the pictures that have ever been used for Mozilla's browser - much more like a cross between a very cute red puppy and a raccoon.

http://www-archive.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/firefox-name-faq.html

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Lucky you then.

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Diesel and Coal are...

@Dan Paul - "But even that minimal control will never happen in China"...

You'd be surprised. People are fed up, and the people are gaining more power on a daily basis.

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Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

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Re: Blackberry Desperation

Funny - here I thought South Korea had already bought all of Canada. Or was that China that bought it? I'm confused now...

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Re: Tizen's dead...

@bazza - "...looks like Samsung are going to buy BlackBerry."

Yeah, cause who wouldn't want a TV and a washer-dryer running BB10?? Can you imagine all the thumb-swipe options Blackberry can pack into a freezer or a toaster-oven?

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Adults-only Chrome add-on grabs you by the Googlies

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No. And no.

It's just a simple remote - sorry to burst your cynic bubble. Not really good for much else. Not even the best free remote desktop - teamviewer is much nicer.

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Re: Does the world really need another remote desktop option?

@Gordon10 - ".... exploit coming in 3..2..1..."

Chrome Remote Desktop has been around for years on Windows and Linux and I haven't heard about the exploits. I've used it - works alright as long as you've got a good wifi connection on both ends.

As with all Google services, be sure to use 2-step verification for account safety.

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Latest NORKS Linux and Android distros leak

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The Norks just messed with the wrong dead IT Saint

Apple scorched-Earth patent war initiating in 3,2,1.... we have lift-off...

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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Re: Just waiting for all the support calls

I was referring to people calling me and yelling about their new $250 shiny hard drive.

But I'll keep your response handy and use it when they do call. Good one. Although I might change it up a bit - an Orca might be a bit more thrilling.

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Just waiting for all the support calls

"Why won't my Macbook Air connect to my Seagate Mirror?!?!"

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VMware planning 'biggest launch' on Feb 2

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Biggest launch event?

Like a vSphere client for Linux?

Nah - just more cloudy bits.

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Woz moves to Oz

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I love photos like that

"Hey Woz, lets take a picture of me acting like I'm doing something that looks techie while you sit there and work".

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

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Autonomous Military Robot sharks

What could possibly go wrong?

Has anyone checked to see if Sarah Connor is still alive recently? Could be important...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Please make MORE changes

And much more drastic. Maybe a bright red, pulsing background? Do the whole site in 32-point comic-sans font?

I love seeing all the reg-tards crapping their pants over a font or the size of a jpg. This re-design is pretty much the best Vulture troll ever.

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Re: What's it supposed to look it?

@Known - Text looks perfect to me on Chrome 40.0.2214.28 beta-m. Browser issue?

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Re: Nicely done

I like it. The red banner is a bit too red right now, but otherwise you've added some nice features.

Also, looks like you pissed off all the reg-tards at once today, which is always fun. Nice bit of trolling there!

Oh - when do we get some new comment icons? Sometime before the singularity occurs in 2045 I hope? Aren't these the same ones we've been using for 6-8 years now?

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Re: To be expected

@tnovelli - "This troll is correct. Systemd is relevant here"

No. There is a lot of buzz around systemd integration with Docker, but Docker works just fine on Ubuntu under upstart and on other non-systemd systems (Slackware and Gentoo for example). Upstart seems to handle automatic starting and restarting of containers similar to systemd. I wouldn't move to a distro running systemd just to use Docker.

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Re: To be expected

Troll much? And not very subtle are you, squeezing a systemd blast into a comment on a Docker article.

Back to Trolling 101 class for you, Coward.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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I thought I was in the Reg forums

Turned out it was just a another movie-snobbery website.

Sorry to hear that this movie pained the tender sensibilities of all the reg-tards. I'm sure it will have a big impact (not) on my decision to go see it.

Why do I get the feeling that the movie-snobbery reg-tard crowd is the same group as the fanbois-sheeple-Jobsian crowd? Hmmm.... Same "consumer-as-victim", "save-me-from-myself-and-my-unmet-expectations" vibe from this group of comments. Got to wonder how many of the comments were tap-tapped onto bent iPhone 6-pluses?

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Apple could easily make your 4s stop running like a dead pig. But then you would have less reason to fork over $1,000 or so for your new 6 Plus.

It's a profit deal. Get it?

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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The one a couple of weeks ago seemed to have a nice murderous ending, with the copier sales rep and the blood-stained staircase.

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Taiwan: Top tech giants must stop playing fast and loose with privacy

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These phones should all be free

If Apple and Samsung and their little buddies are going to sell us all out anyway, we shouldn't be paying them for the privilege of letting them spy on us and monetize our private lives.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

@AC - "Some people you just can't help. A £170 Chromebook (or Chromebox) would have been just the ticket for what they use a PC for (web/email/basic office), and would have been secure too and would have just worked as soon as they signed in, no need to copy stuff across, or worry about backups."

Now that I agree with - many people would be better off with a Chromebook. They think they need full MS Office, but don't ever use its advanced functions and wouldn't know how to. What they really need is a cheap device with good internet connectivity that updates itself and is relatively secure.

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Re: The answer is still no.

@Chris Lively - "Maybe because it's a techie nightmare. Simple things like user management are incredibly hard. Features that used to exist are simply gone or so buried it's nearly impossible to find."

Control Panel. It's still right there. More features than ever in fact. And more administrator apps and options than I recall on Win 7. The only real hassle is with UEFI, but that's becoming universal, so what are you going to do?

But, whatever. I've spewed as much M$ hate as anyone over the years, and I'm relatively devoted to Linux. I just don't see the reason for the extreme hate for this particular version - it's closer to what we've wanted from Windows than any previous iteration, what with baked in security, significant performance enhancements, etc etc.

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@AC - "The reason for "the techie crowd doesn't like the fastest, most secure version of Windows ever" is simple: they prefer other faster and more secure OS instead. For legacy or windows-only stuff, there is 7 which works just fine."

I use Linux for servers and number crunching, but if I've got to use Windows apps, why not use it in the latest, most secure and fastest form? All this bullshit about interface is just stupid when you can install Classic Shell on a system in about 1 minute for free to get your start menu back.

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Re: The answer is still no.

Funny to me that the techie crowd doesn't like the fastest, most secure version of Windows ever. I've been onboard since day one - no regrets whatsoever. I've put both my parents on it, wife, kids, co-workers, never heard a single complaint or issue. Classic Shell handles the start menu issues for free.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Re: Ads worse than begging banner?

In my experience, most Wikipedia sources no longer exist at all if they ever did. Broken links or links to non-existent material seem to comprise the majority of their sources, and appear to be written in as "support" for the editor's opinions. Another problem is that links that do work are often to a source that is completely contradictory to the opinion formed by the Wikipedia editor.

Wikipedia used to be somewhat useful when you could follow their links and form your own opinion of the source materials. But now? Worse than worthless as far as I can tell.

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Re: Ads worse than begging banner?

No, the worse thing about Wikipedia is not the banners. It's all the opinionated BS that is passed off as fact, and the millions of broken links.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

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Why am I thinking the school budgeteers will pick door #3?

The $49 Android landfill tablet...

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: $$$???

@Ken - "We're not part of the USA, yet"

Only cause 'Merica doesn't want your drivers on the wrong side of our roads screwing up all our traffic.

Although Congress would love to get their hands on the Crown Jewels and the Royal Palaces - we could auction them off at half-price and pay for a couple of days worth of our national debt interest payments.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: mousepads...

@Chika - "I'm also an opensuser but I don't mind having a peek. My biggest problem is the intense dislike of KDE4 and more recent GNOME, so Cinnamon is certainly a possible contender for a replacement."

Agreed, and I'm also an opensuser, but I won't be bothering with Mint 17.1. Stick me with a nearly year-old kernel? NO THANKS. I prefer my systems to have access to current drivers, graphics system updates and kernel optimizations.

Guess I'll remain an opensuser, struggling along with KDE.

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Lenovo: We'll say HELLO MOTO to profits in 18 months

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Re: Lenotorola?

Motorovo. Rolls off the tongue a bit better.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

There's still a bunch of educational websites using Silverlight to deliver DRM-locked content. Universities, K-12 education, textbook makers and the like. Companies that want to deliver content at ridiculously high prices without giving you the ability to copy and paste it into a document.

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

The larger sizes could be trouble for those who are addicted to texting/facebooking/emailing while driving. Around my community, if you pull up to nearly any stoplight you can see people in their cars one-hand stabbing on the glass of what appear to be iPhones.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Re: All this really shows is...

Can't spare them right now. Trying to put together $7 billion to purchase "zz.com".

Can you IMAGINE how popular that will be? It's so amazingly 3D. And stuff.

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Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

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Re: Lots of fat to cut from their budget

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like the mobile OS itself IS the biggest distraction they need to get rid of. Very expensive to develop and run a mobile OS, and so far the benefit looks extremely tiny - basically selling cheap handsets in countries that already have tons of cheap handsets.

But again - maybe it's just me.

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Re: Remember the old Firefox you used to love?

Very interesting - thanks!

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