* Posts by Bob Vistakin

1064 posts • joined 24 Dec 2011

Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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It is the Microsoft way to quite literally not know what day it is.

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

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Perhaps this car dealer uses them as an ISP

Since their site recently died too.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Re: Embaressing moment....

Clearly, since this guy was walking like C3P0 he could have just said he's testing their bendability.

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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That's the real issue. No-one is going to use the new extensions - web users won't recognize them as addresses and they are all stupid money anyway. Since all the decent .com domains were bough up 15 years ago, and even the vowel-dropping variants 10 years ago, unless you really want xsqgglyfy.com or whatever, the only real business is waiting up to a year for renewal time and seeing how much you'd save transferring over.

its time for every other registrar on the planet to invest in new underwear.

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

Please Google, don't be horrid to us. By the way, thanks for moving the needle above floor noise for us with our mobile revenue.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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Re: How did they make this so complicated?

I'd like to know if it's compatible with WinRT :-)

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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Re: Support is impossible

@Jim 59 And so it begins.

Apple invented the smartphone.

Microsoft invented the computer.

Google invented the internet.

And we all lived happily ever after in whatever la la land we're told to.

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Re: Support is impossible

@ZanzibarRastapopulous

You still talking about Win 8? If they are prepared to ditch everything they know, your reasoning applies to any of the modern Linux distros.

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Re: Support is impossible

@Dave steady on now. Even his colleagues from the Church group etc are all on Win 7. Should they ditch theirs too? You know how long it takes for them to get used to it?

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Re: Support is impossible

Agreed, unless the person requesting support had spent a lifetime helping you. By telling them to avoid Win 8, I am helping him - its just the nasty way ms have stacked things up so those who don't know about the emperors new clothes tell him otherwise.

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Support is impossible

Not from ms, but from us poor IT admins for friends and family. I had someone this Christmas asking what laptop to buy from PC World - a good family friend in his 70's. I told him to try to get a Win 7 one so that I could help him set it up when he got home and with the occasional err, "hiccup" he will inevitably encounter. So he tried this and at the store was insistent he didn't want the hated Win 8 on, and was told straight it wasn't possible. In the end he was totally bamboozled into getting one with excellent hardware, ruined by Win 8 - something even Vista would have been an improvement over. So what the fuck do I do when he asks me for help? What do I advise others to do who ask the same question?

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Re: "a screen size between 7 and 10.1 inches "

A lot of people have really taken the piss out of Microsoft over the years. At the end of this video, you can at last see what its founder does with it.

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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Nah.

Lower would be to have branded this as a Microsoft or Windows phone. Someone there isn't that stupid - Joe public at this end takes one look at these and knows nothing about how Nokia was raped and murdered by them, so just sees this years new Nokia phone.

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Secretive Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi gets TALKY over HUGE sales

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Microsoft will be pleased

At all the Android extortion fees this Chinese company must be paying them.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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You're GigaByting it wrong

Lets start 2015 off the same way it's always been, eh suckers?

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Curious - why no Linked In share icon?

I'm sure you've discussed this internally and the outcome is "no", but since I'm involved in making the same decision for various sites I'd be really interested in your reasoning.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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"Affects IE8 + IE9 users only"

So if quality browsers are unaffected what's the problem? You also gonna sort out that scrolling glitch on Netscape 1, and how about the lack of images in Lynx?

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Re: Could be worse

This guy is on the side of the pensioners, you know. That's because he'll be one when his party is next in office.

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We even paid for the fucking iPad he did it on

We pay for his time, we pay for his second house ... did we even pay for the app itself? Some enterprising journo should look into his expenses, if we did that would be an even bigger pisstake than this at first appears.

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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It's enough to drive you Round the Corner.

Aussie judge: "Think you can buy the law here like you do in Texas? Think different."

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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Re: Wtf?

Bacause Microsoft wants apps for a mobile platform with more users than can fit in a phonebox.

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Einstürzende Neubauten's haunting World War I tribute

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No road drills?

Gosh, seeing that name brought back some memories. In my student days I remember my total inability to distinguish one of their tracks from a bunch of navvies in the street digging up the road again. I recall the rather unusual instrument used on another being a steel bridge being whacked with a large hammer, and it wasn't even in time, thus depriving anyone of the tiniest redeeming benefit of tapping your foot to it.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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I wonder if it will settle the decades-old Blade Runner riddle - is Deckard a replicant?

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Giving mobile users the applications they want is child's play

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Re: Alternatively

Ok then, well lets just make it no users and getting fewer every day, with whatever variant of garbage microsoft are ruining perfectly good phone hardware with.

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Alternatively

Like most real-world companies, just ignore windows mobile seeing as it has no users.

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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People really run windows as a *server*?

For real? Well I never. And then they are surprised when this keeps happening all the time?

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Re: Strangely Poetic

Odd .. it's not a leap year so I wonder what trivial little feature a watch you get free with cornflakes beats it on this time?

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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It's clearly a burning platform extinguisher

Combined with an asshole detector, which causes any it encounters to leap from it into the fires of hell.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Hey Elop

Hows that fucking burning platform you jumped onto doing?

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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When crap hardware meets crap software

You just know Microsoft *has* to be somewhere in the mix.

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

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But wait, what's this?..

Having shaken off its trojan is the reverse of this now true, and Nokia is in fact returning to the solid unburning platform it should have jumped to in the first place?

Mods - can we have a Hokey-Cokey icon please?

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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Re: "inserting section breaks"

Don't knock Microsoft's tablets - it turns out they can be useful after all.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Re: Be nice to shop workers

This "mentally unstable" condition - is it brought on by too much Thinking Different? Like wanting a phone which keeps its shape under normal use, to throw in a recent example.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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You're erecting it wrong

Can I have one of the new ones which automatically adjusts itself to the shape of your pocket, unlike its competitors which remain boringly stiff and unchanged no matter how rigorously you subject them to normal use?

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Qik as mud: Skype adds self-destructing video messages years too late

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FTFY

"It would have been interesting to see how the internet had developed had Microsoft been quicker off the mark."

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Steve Jobs makes world a better place FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: humpf

And for those who thinks he's joking, here's the evidence.

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Yeah, right.

Let's reflect on how Mr Cook has handled the great legacy passed onto him then, shall we? First we had the Apple Maps fiasco, then the Apple apologizing fiasco, quickly followed by the Apple apologizing wrong fiasco, then the Apple U2 fiasco, the Apple iOS update fiasco to be finally topped off by the Apple bendy iPhone fiasco. And it's not over yet - is there an Apple bluetooth fiasco on the way?

Still, you can see why such a premier experience commands such a premier price, and as your typical fanboi would still say after all that: "But its prettier - and mine has the bigger gee bees".

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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

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Re: Bored

But Apple and Samsung have actually contributed to the mobile industry.

Microsofts only meaningful revenue stream by miles is what they leech by extortion.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: *

Looks like this asshole was spot on to me.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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This "Facebook" you speak of

It's some kind of website, right? Where people buy things?

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: Streisand effect

Titter, chuckle, chortle.. It's turning into a fiasco of Microsoft proportions.

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Re: Streisand effect

You're reporting it wrong.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Yaaaaawn

Did I miss something?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Blogger Fraud, even? @Bob

@thames Thanks for that link - wow, it bends much easier than I'd realised.

I love the way Apples denial machine is going overboard, such as this "only 9 complaints so far" malarkey. The more they do it, the stupider they look when a month or two down the line they have to issue the inevitable recall, as the cumulative effect of normal daily use hits home. Or some crappy support frame for it, the same way bumpers were issued when, dammit, those darn stupid users just kept on holding it wrong.

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Re: Blogger Fraud, even?

Aye, that'll be it.

And you know this iOS8 "bricker" update? It was fine when it left Apple towers - the damn networks corrupted the bits as it flew over to the handsets.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Name not important

"I truly regret that MS don't have a real competitor in this market because I would have bet my house on their competitor gaining huge ground after these recent fiascos."

3-5 years? One word - Android.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: OK, it's very rare

And guess what else is being blamed for this bending? The Apple logo itself. You just couldn't make this up.

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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

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Obvious question for anyone outside the US

"Based on our analysis, we believe that a combination of Yahoo and AOL could offer synergies of up to $1 billion by significantly reducing the cost overlaps in their Display advertising businesses as well as synergies in corporate overhead," the letter reads.

Did anyone outside the US even know they had an advertising business like Googles? Ever since I found out, and tried to apply years ago, I was told it was US only. AdSense has had no such qualms. Now colour me naive, but isn't there a remarkable pattern between the time Yahoo has enforced this artificial restriction (i.e. for ever) and the stellar Ad profits Google has enjoyed, contributing to 98% of its revenue?

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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Perhaps he's bent?

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: Optional

And as it happens, the new iPhone 6 ad is out now.

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