* Posts by Cameron Colley

2108 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Cameron Colley

Re: it's irrelevant

I "grasped it" fine - it's just shit. It's an absolutely pointless and pathetic thing to put on a desktop PC.

As a simple example of its pathetic nature they've taken off the start menu button to replace it with a blank space. So they've saved zero space and now you have piss around hovering over the corner (very annoying in VMs and RDP) instead for _no reason_. Similar goes for the stupid fills-the-screen start menu -- you gain absolutely nothing at the expense of covering your entire desktop when you want to look for an application.

There are absolutely no gains in usability on the desktop and there is no need for metro to be on the desktop apart from MS's mistaken belief that doing so will help sell their tablets.

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Cameron Colley

How about using some letters from Metro?

The could skip some letters and call it Windows ME. It's not like that's been used to brand anything of significance before and a nice touch is it's also the name of a debilitating illness.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

Cameron Colley

Re: So, what next after windows 9 ?

Windows 0xFOAD

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

Cameron Colley

Re: "Well, it's 15 years old, so Hotmail could totally procreate."

Anywhere. Most 15 year olds are quite capable of procreation (heck, I was a late developer but pretty sure I was). How the law views such matters is mentioned in the article, if you bothered to read it?

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

Cameron Colley

Re: Why oh why

To add another reply:

Because it's either a consistent 10Mb/s (or 20 or 50 or 100 when I get around to upgrading) from Virgin or 2.5Mb/s through the 2mm wires from BT (probably billed as 10Mb/s).

Until somebody replaces the piss-poor 50+ year old cabling then Virgin will be the only choice for some areas. I'm not talking rural here either, but in the busy suburbs of a large city.

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Olympic athletes compete in RAYGUN SHOOTING for the first time

Cameron Colley

Re: Why bother. " ...a precious poster ..."

Yes, amusing typo.

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Cameron Colley

Why bother.

As a precious poster mentioned there is more to shooting than simply aiming and pressing a button. Why not just drop the sport since it has been decided that guns are evil and nobody who isn't under the employ of the government must be allowed to touch one?

They should drop the bow and arrows too in case they're stolen to order by criminals wanting to hold up the local Tesco.

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Cloudy emails up in smoke for FIVE days after fire knackers Giacom

Cameron Colley

More proof that "cloud" is meaningless marketing bollocks.

Since "cloud" can mean in one, badly provisioned data centre or dozens or redundant data centres spread around the world then it's a pretty pointless term to use.

It's sad that IT has been taken over by marketroids and adopted a term based on a manager's interpretation of a Visio diagram.

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

Cameron Colley

We were told this in a story on El Reg.

It was too long ago for me to recall when but there was an article stating that energy companies needed more money from customers for less power "due to an ailing infrastructure". It was pretty much stated that household bills will rise, and significantly, whilst household consumption must go down. So the energy companies did tell us they were going to fuck us over.

Then there are smart meters whose objective is to make the consumer use less energy so that prices per unit can be put up.

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@UnSteveDorkland Twitter satirist faces 4 charges in US court

Cameron Colley

Thanks Daily Fail.

You have shown yourselves up, yet again, as the hypocritical scum you are. I only hope that a few of your brighter readers decide to take another paper.

I am also grateful to you for letting me know that Steve Auckland is a pathetic arsehole with less right to exist than dog shit on the sole of one's shoe.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

Cameron Colley

Re: common sense at last

Rather than suggesting that people be blamed for just doing their jobs in a professional manner you should, perhaps, take note of the chain of events. The person who first reported the tweet did so because he would likely have lost his job if he did not and because it was part of his terms of employment to pass anything like this, no matter how frivolous, "up the chain".

Some reading comprehension would tell anyone that the only people who made stupid decisions were South Yorkshire Police and the CPS.

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Cameron Colley

From my reading the CPS are to blame.

The airport personnel did their job and passed it down the line -- nothing wrong with that as it may have a bearing on a future case (he may have turned up and kicked off, for example).

The airport police seemed to do similar: logged it and passed on the infornation.

South Yorks Police did similar in passing it to the CPS, though one wonders why it wasn't treated as "intellegence"..

Then the CPS decided to prosecute and the judge made an error of judgement -- these things happen, perhaps it is a sign of a need to retire?

To me that decision to prosecute is the crux of it -- how was the public good served by prosecutiong him?

Remember, this is the same CPS who were, a few years ago admitedly, suggesting cautions for burglary.

CPS seems to stand for convictions are all that matters.

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Daily Mail group boss spoof tweeter fights to protect anonymity

Cameron Colley

So the Mail Group gets to dictate the rule of law in California?

Why the hell should any company have any right at all to find out the personal details of an individual poster on a social networking, or any other, site? If the broke the law the police should investigate, otherwise the Mail Group should be told to fuck off.

As for the Dorkland account upsetting his colleagues -- there's an old saying that starts "You lay with dogs...".

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4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit

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@Morg

If you can reliably detect the radiation from a mobile phone you will be famous.

Find an agent, find an independent lab to back your claims then become very rich and famous. Or are you just bullshitting?

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Ten... PC games you may have missed

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Linux

RE: Running using WINE.

Steam is on its way to Linux and the creators of Dear Esther, for example, have stated they will produce a Linux version.

Perhaps 2012 will be the year mainstream gaming comes to Linux?

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Top plods reconsidering mega deals with Olympo-blunder firm G4S

Cameron Colley

OK, so who's getting a job with G4S soon?

They obviously have somebody in their back pocket if a council was contemplating making a private company in charge of enforcing law and order. Selling the police is surely and act akin to treason?

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

Cameron Colley

Re: Er, no, iOS has had folders for ages.

Wow, much better than allowing a user to have as many icons as they want on their home screen -- that would just be stupid.

Heaven forbid anyone should feel the need for more than 20 icons on one screen!!!!!!!!!!

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Cameron Colley

25 screens to scroll through?

Are there really people out there who scroll through 25 screens to get to their desired "app"? Or do they defeat the object of a "touch" interface y having to type into the search every time?

Either way, I don't know how people can cope with having more than 60 apps on the unconfigurable PITA operating system. Or have Apple relented and decided the user may know how they want their desktops to look?

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Yes, you can be sacked for making dodgy Facebook posts

Cameron Colley

If you go into the pub and slag off work.

Don't wear your name badge form work.

Same applies on the internet. If you must complain about idiot customers and bosses, as many of us do, then do so anonymously* and do so with extreme care not to mention any real names. That way, even if the bosses read and know it's you talking about them (though they never should be able to) them they're on much shakier ground trying to suggest defamation, or otherwise bringing your employer to disrepute.

*Anonymously as in your real name not attached without a court order ought to be sufficient for most employers. Idiot "friends" do still have to be guarded against, however.

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

Cameron Colley

I know this is just a HiFi.

But you missed the ultrasound tweeters and the fan subwoofer.

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Cameron Colley

Re: I honestly COULD NOT TELL

The example that jumped out at me was some Michael Jackson played through some cheap Mission speakers. I'd never heard some of the music in there before and I realised why Quincy Jones was respected -- I am sure anyone would hear the same. Music can just be "BOOM_BOOM_TISH" but it is so much more enjoyable if you hear the nuances, and I think most people feel the same when they hear them.

As for live music, if it's acoustic instruments then yes, if it's amplified instruments you will almost always get a better mix on the CD -- with the possible exception of bands who take their mixing engineer on the road with them and have them test the venue and live mix, but even then you're let down by the venue's acoustics.

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@Lee Dowling

The thing is that a lot of people *do* care about sound quality but they never get the chance to find out. When confronted with a sound system that's been given some consideration, and I don't mean costs thousands, most people will notice an improvement. Even modern day pop crap has detail that many people have never heard thanks to today's obsession with Lo-Fi rubbish.

Of course the system in the article is probably not discernibly better than one costing 1000 time less, but that doesn't mean that decent audio gear can't be appreciated by most people.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

Cameron Colley

I really want this to succeed as if a product comes I'm in the target market.

However, I can't see the room in the mobile market for a very good very expensive phone from a relative unknown. Perhaps they'll manage a great launch product they can use to showcase and end up succeeding, but I can't see it.

Please, please let them prove me wrong.

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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

Cameron Colley

Re: All I can hear...

Nice trolling. I bet those folks at CERN only use old hardware to run their faffy OS.

Of course, that laptop you bought 5 years ago is still new hardware, isn't it? Hardware never ages, people never update their hardware, ever. People never give away hardware to friends and family to get them on the internet, then install Linux because it's better supported than the four-versions-behind-current Windows version that came on it. Nope, you're right, Linux will only ever be run on hardware made before 08/07/2012 and that hardware will, magically, always be just behind state-of-the-art for the rest of its life.

So, that cleared up you ill-informed diatribe, didn't it?

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Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

Cameron Colley

Who in the US patent office is taking bribes?

Other companies have been adding water detection to electronics for years.

Other people have made all sorts of multi-window systems using all sorts of concepts.

Playing songs in order in a shuffled playlist -- isn't that just "add to queue".

Even assuming they're doing something slightly novel in these cases I really fail to beleive that there is anything _that different_ to current technologies that it wouldn't be obvious.

So, either the US Patent Office just pass anything without any checks or Apple are paying someone to do that for them.

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Ten... alien invasions

Cameron Colley

What about Chocky?

It was a little frightening to watch as a child and the plot has been pinched by at least one sci-fi TV show.

The book, of course, was even better.

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

Cameron Colley

Re: Why would following constitute endorsement?

You raise a good point that the author missed: Who is to say you only follow those you like? If I follow Microsoft, for example, I would likely do it to keep up with developments regarding my work -- despite actually being unimpressed by their software and being a Linux advocate. If I spent more time on Twitter I may well follow the EDF or BNP but should anyone suggest I supported either I would sue for libel if able -- I would follow them to see just how ignorant people can become as that kind of knowledge interess me.

As a lesser example, wouldn't a sensible marketing department follow and friend the competitor to see how they do it?

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Cameron Colley

The problem are the idiots who expect you to be on Facebook.

I have no problem with anyone wanting to use any social media or any other website (certain illegalities aside) . However, when they then expect you to have to sign up to, for example, see the pictures they took of their new baby or to organise a party -- then I have a problem.

As somebody who is opinionated and interested in contentious subjects I am as careful as possible never to use my real name or the real name of my employer (or anyone else) on the internet. This is so that if, for example, I post on El Reg something critical of the Pope I'm not then in the slightest bit worried if I happen to apply for a job which involves mowing some church lawns.

It could be said I could sign up to Facebook and only use it to view baby photographs and check event times but what happens when I don't use it for a year and it's hacked, the privacy settings change, or similar? You also have problems off cross-linking with other things if some twunt uses your handle along with your name or some such which are a lot less likely to happen when real names aren't part of the medium at all.

It also seems the height of pointlessness to sign up to something to not use it.

I love online discussion and find it actually helpful knowing the extent of views and opinions -- online debate has both changed and strengthened my views on many subjects. I doubt, however, that some subjects would even have been discussed with real names attached.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

Cameron Colley

Am I missing something?

My impression from the article was this is about determining whether it is likely to be accident or malice?

I realise the two are hard to separate but, as others have alluded to, things like having somebody else check your work mean you're less likely to the the guy who accidentally removed a disk from the RAID5, went to fix it and hot-swapped the wrong drive, rebuilt it, then tried to restore from a tape you accidentally kept appending to for ten years and have been storing next to a speaker.*

If Dominic Connor's job is merely to "find who is to blame" then it is, indeed, a very sad reflection of corporate culture and a chilling reminder that IT staff are not the ones who get golden parachutes. However, if he's called in to give some indication as to whether an individual responsible for a chain of cock-ups is unlucky, an incompetent liar or bent on destruction I'd say there's less to fear and more articles like this are needed.

*yes, I know, data centres aren't like that.

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Brit anti-terror hotline hacker teen pleads guilty

Cameron Colley

Re: Cornish electro-geek

According to a couple of articles he's a submarine captain. I do wonder though if he's just bought a nuclear one so he can use the generator to power his GX1.

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Cameron Colley

Re: ..said to have prevented legitimate callers..

It's the lizzards coming from the TV you ought to worry about. Well, that and the screaming, skinny effigy of a Cornish electro-geek.

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Google Chrome serves up only emptiness, for many users

Cameron Colley

Re: Re: This wouldn't happen

I prefer netcat to ping for viewing web pages, it formats the content better ;)

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Sony SmartWatch Android remote

Cameron Colley

@CCCP

"good self winders 'adapt' to your wearing pattern" Citation needed.

If you are correct about the time keeping then you are very, very lucky. I suspect, however, you are mistaken and really ought to pay attention next time you change the date or correct for daylight saving.

There isn't a mechanical watch in the world that can compare in accuracy to a cheap quartz -- and cheap quartz tend to need adjusting every month or so when they're a few seconds out.

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Cameron Colley

Re: USB Charging

Oh, of course, because that £2K Swiss bracelet that you have to be careful not to scratch, get serviced every year and set the time on every couple of months is much better at the job of telling the time than a £40 Japanese digital which will set itself and take a few knocks...

Don't get me wrong, there are some nice pieces of Swiss jewellery out there but in reality they are just that -- nice, fairly functional jewellery.

Of course, the product being reviewed isn't particularly good at being a watch either and given the choice I would pick the Swiss bracelet.

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Net publishing happens in the server AND the eyeball, says EU Bot

Cameron Colley

@Crisp

I couldn't care less about the purity of anything, I'm wondering out loud why people who profess to love football pay these leaches and show brand loyalty to something which stopped being a "local team" years ago.

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Cameron Colley

So why does anyone put up with the "football authorities"

It seems they want their match information to be known to all, yet they still want it kept secret so that they can extract more money from people.

They're useless parasites extracting as much money as they can from a game they know people will pay outrageous fees to watch being played both live and broadcast. Why does anyone bother with their product? Imagine if the music industry gave sole "performance listing rights" to one company and sued anyone else who published a list of concerts.

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

Cameron Colley

Bloody hell.

I was about to suggest that Tristan da Cunha is a more villainous-hideout shape and Deception island has a better name, but looking at Lanai it looks like the real-deal!

Perhaps his meddlesome nemesis will be Dog The Bounty Hunter.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

Cameron Colley

Am I the only one who doesn't like the film?

Could never see the attraction. Think I'd rather go to mass and that's saying something.

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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

Cameron Colley

Am I the only one wondering...

What does the senator have or do in his back yard that he's so worried people will see?

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Ten... celeb headphones

Cameron Colley

I'm too poor.

So I went for the ATH-M50.

IEMs seem to be more expensive, or perhaps I'm manipulated enough, so I went for some Ultimate Ears -- other manufacturers produce good products also.

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Rogue kebab provokes Carlisle post-pub car deathmatch

Cameron Colley

Could have been worse.

He could have walked to a friend's and posted racist comments on Twitter.

Remember kids: Drinking and driving costs lives: but it's preferable to being a twat on Twitter.

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Cameron Colley
FAIL

Re: Message to El Reg

Further to that the "normal" site which used to be browsable on my old "feature phone" is now unusable on it due to a huge popup which will has no button to dismiss it and blocks up to 90% of the page.

My phone shows me your adverts too (PCs always have AdBlock) and I used to use it to browse your site at least as much as my PCs so you'll be losing all my "ad impressions" if you care.

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UK cookie law compliance takes effect today

Cameron Colley

Just bloody annoying.

Now I have to put up with a stupid banner every time I visit El Reg, and other sites, because some twat in Brussels was told it was a good idea?

Wow, yeah, great, way to save the world Eurocrats. Shouldn't you be, I don't know, trying to find a way out of the economic crisis rather than this bullshit?

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

Cameron Colley

Re: Where's all the red????

Unless I'm very much mistaken the spiel chocker is built in to your browser. If you're using Firefox then I seem to recall that US English is the default but you can add proper English by right-clicking and selecting Add Dictionaries form the Languages menu.

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Greene King pubs to offer free beer Wi-Fi

Cameron Colley

Re: Re: Cloud is not that useful compared to an open hotspot

@AC: Please provide a citation that this service is not free to the end user.

Fine, you're miffed at having to use a disposable email address but that does not mean the service costs money.

I have no love for any brewery or any other company, neither have I any particular fondness for signing in to WiFi but as fas as I can tell you are talking bollocks. That is unless you have specific information that the company in question is not providing the free service, in which case it might be a good idea to provide that information to the ASA (and the rest of us) rather than just posting anonymous comments.

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Cameron Colley

Re: But it's not "free" is it?

It's "free as in beer", at least the Wetherspoons is where I sign in as Pubby Mcpubson from Stonybridge with password "ThePub".

Granted it is a PITA to have to remember a disposable email address and password, but it's still provided free of charge.

That said, I'm more impressed by places which offer it without login.

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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

Cameron Colley

Do se need a new error message?

"sda is on fire"?

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Real-time drone videos get GPU-tastic

Cameron Colley

Re: Tsk

The last shaved what belonging to the guy? Or do you mean "... you can see when the guy has last shaved." is the correct English?

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Mobile fee dodgers will get away with enough cash to bail out Greece

Cameron Colley

Re: DAMN RIGHT WERE PARANOID

How dare you sell my country of birth short!!

It's full of drunk _teenage mothers_.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

Cameron Colley

Re: Don't you love when Linux elitists

I think you'll find Linux users who dislike Ubuntu do so for a variety of reasons including not liking Unity, objecting to Canonical dropping "Linux" from its site and seeming to take credit for the work of others, and disliking how some things are automated in such a way that problems occur in slightly out of the ordinary cases.

That said, I've seen very little evidence of people "hating" Ubuntu. Many people still recommend it to new users, though other distros like Mint get a lot of mentions too.

You may not find all that many long-term Linux users, or professional Linux users, running Ubuntu themselves but that is generally because they either want something more stable or they want something lighter or more tweakable with less hand-holding.

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