* Posts by WylieCoyoteUK

114 posts • joined 22 Apr 2012

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: WinPho not doing better than before?

No surprise that the OS with around 80% of the market has more malware than the others.

Of course if Windows phone10 is actually just a flavour of Windows, that figure will change dramatically, won't it?

How much malware is there for Windows?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

Of course the camel was the result of the horse design committee.

Mine's the one with the hump.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

WylieCoyoteUK
Facepalm

willing to watch adverts...I don't think so.

I had a shock the other day, I thought that my "skip forward" button had stopped working, I was actually being forced to watch adverts.

Then I realised I was actually watching TV in real time. I pressed pause, made a cup of tea, and all was right with the world again.

But even though I never watch adverts, I am not naive enough to think they don't have an effect.

What really annoys me is that I am paying for them (and indirectly all commercial TV content) every time I go shopping.

Yes, I use adblockers too, and spam filters.

I still purchase products, so I must really screw up all that analysis of ad campaigns.

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WylieCoyoteUK

willing to watch adverts...I don't think so.

I had a shock the other day, I thought that my "skip forward" button had stopped working, I was actually being forced to watch adverts.

Then I realised I was actually watching TV in real time. I pressed pause, made a cup of tea, and all was right with the world again.

But even though I never watch adverts, I am not naive enough to think they don't have an effect.

What really annoys me is that I am paying for them (and indirectly all commercial TV content) every time I go shopping.

Yes, I use adblockers too, and spam filters.

I still purchase products, so I must really screw up all that analysis of ad campaigns.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

WylieCoyoteUK
Paris Hilton

Ho Hum

We have reached a sort of plateau where even a cheap PC is more than man enough for most users.

Especially when you can carry an 8 core processor and several gigabytes of stuff in your trouser pocket.

The only way for windows10 to drive new PC purchases is to be bloated and a bit rubbish, slow down your hardware, etc, and that just isn't going to wash these days.

Extended life of hardware means an extended refresh cycle.

Even Paris is looking a bit sad and boring these days.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

No, just the kitchen PC....

*We assume that most of our keen readers will not be using anything so basic as a stone-age telly without digital storage. We presume it'll be more along the lines of custom media servers with a fistful of tuner cards, top-end DVRs, iPlayer run on a variety of exotic platforms, that sort of thing.

A little quad core Kabini with MythTV and dual HD tuner, streams LiveTV or recordings to a RaspberryPi behind the TV, or various other devices (phones, Tablets, PC, Android TVbox, etc.)

I originally built it as a backup for my YouView box.

Now it seems to be the other way around.

Shame there is so little worth watching these days.....

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

Re: Actually....

Nigel is one of our finest operators. Blends right in, doesn't he?

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WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Actually....

We've been here for a while, but you simple humanoids are easily fooled.

You won't even believe this post.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

WylieCoyoteUK

you probably have misjudged Will.I.am

For a start, he is quite an astute businessman, which is probably why he has igored this.

Most of his money had been made producing for others, and he makes huge charity donations.

You should probably investigate more before dismissing someone.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: HiFi vs Premium

Where can I get a subscriber list?

I have a $1000 HDMI cable to sell them....

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Streaming? more like Steaming

Yeah, My car ignores my playlist order, it plays everything in alphabetical order by song title.

Which dumbass thought that was a good idea?

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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: tablet sales will continue to decrease because of their longer-than-expected lifecycle.

Actually, I think that is what is meant by "longer than expected lifecycle"

PCs as well as tablets are good enough these days that there is no urgency to replace them, either because of functionality or obsolescence.

Laptops (and does that include Chromebooks by any chance?) seem to be taking a while to catch up, but they will reach the plateau soon.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

As someone who has tried to order goods from Amazon's German website, for delivery to someone in Germany, the language might be a small issue?

As for delivery, you might get it quicker from china than France.

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

WylieCoyoteUK

Worth 25.99?

Of course value is in the eye of the merchandiser.

A true BOFH would have bypassed the middleman and had some shipped direct from the sweatshop in the third world, and by now be selling them on eBay for a tenner.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

So, I need to drink 100 pints to save a pound?

Better get started saving money right away........

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

WylieCoyoteUK
Meh

Could just be a little arm twisting..

I wonder if Kyocera was making noises about dropping windows phone?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Lot of heat and noise on here

Poll Tax?

That was per person, not per household, remember?

License fee

Started off as a way to pay for the infrastructure, only the BBC had the transmitters.

I don't really mind paying the license fee, I use the BBC quite a lot.

But I have no choice but to pay for commercial TV, even though I don't use it, ever.

Every time you buy a product that is advertised on TV, you pay for the commercial TV companies.

I bet it adds up to a lot more than £145 a year.

Bear in mind, if there was no Freeview then the monthly sub costs would increase, as they would then become the only game in town, and advertisers, bless them, would love to use more and more airtime to feed you the important stuff.

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WylieCoyoteUK
Mushroom

Re: So

Other defence and education services are not.

There are private schools. Can't afford them? tough.

Maybe we could franchise defence to another country, Putin would be keen, I'm sure.

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Matbe they don't really have much to offer.

Microsoft are exceedingly coy about which patents are actually involved.

Perhaps they are worried that their supposed patent pot might melt away if examined?

Barnes and Noble's "prior art" declaration led to MS backing down.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Unity is fine with me

Tried most distros at one time or another.

Mint is for XP refugees as far as I can see, don't like it much.

Xubuntu is Xcellent, run my Main home server (which doubles as a Kitchen desktop) on it, with MythTV and Zoneminder (for security cams).

Lubuntu isn't bad, used it on my netbook until I got a tablet.

I use Ubuntu 14.04 as my main desktop at home, but I use Android more and more, the desktop is becoming a fading memory for many.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

I have a killer recipe for Bacon Jam.....

Yes, I can do the other stuff too, just thought it might give me an edge :)

Bacon Jam, described by my daughter as "emergency bacon" keeps for up to 3 weeks in the fridge . ...Apparently, not actually been able to resist it that long.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

WylieCoyoteUK
Go

Or Hollandaise the easy way....

Melt butter, put eggs and other ingredients into liquidiser, whizz until mixed well, then slowly drizzle hot butter in the top.

That way, the heat from the butter cooks the eggs, avoiding all the bain Marie faffing.

I add Bacon Jam as well.

(I make my Bacon Jam with free range streaky bacon, red onions, garlic, cholula sauce, demerara sugar, cider vinegar and Calvados)

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

WylieCoyoteUK
Childcatcher

What else are they inserting?

I thought that it was just coincidence that Benedict Cumberbatch was in everything.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: What exactly is being exploited here?

If you are running an internet server, you should be taking basic precautions to reduce the attack surface.

I know that default VPS setups are often pretty poor, so if you just set one up thinking "it's Linux, I'll be safe", your server was probably rooted a couple of months ago, right when you put it on the internet with no firewall settings, and a big sign saying " PLEASE ROOT ME".

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

WylieCoyoteUK
FAIL

Alphabetical list of programs with no categories?

And no customisation.

Who thought that was a good idea?

Probably the same dork that programmed my car entertainment system.

It took my carefully arranged playlists and played them alphabetically by title!

I don't mind some people using search for everything, I just want the choice.

Nobody two people use a PC the same way, why must they be limited to one method?

Progress is not about removing options.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Sorry...

Yeah, that stopped being the case after Vista, pretty much....

The number of "Vista capable" PCs sold that were no such thing left a sour taste in many consumer's mouths.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

OK computer, Is there a god?

THERE IS NOW

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

WylieCoyoteUK

Would be a shame to see Blinkbox go. I only watch films infrequently, but it is nice to have the option to watch one without taking out a monthly subscription to channels filled with loads of American TV carp.

Because it isn't an all you can eat service, it tends to have a better choice, whereas the sub channels only have some stuff for a limited time. I assume because the royalties are on pay per watch.

Sky store is apparently similar, but I haven't tried that.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: What kind of numpty prints out email, ever?

Simple solution, just tell your printer to print page 1.

I only print email out when it is money off food or drink at >insert name of pleasant hostelry here<

And then the voucher is conveniently designed to print the bottom few lines (or half the bar code) on page2 ! DoH!

Happily a lot of them allow you to show the barcode on your phone now :)

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

WylieCoyoteUK
Thumb Up

Re: good as they first thought

Yes, you are in the main, right.

Like Netbooks before them, Tablets fit certain niches very well, but they are not the all purpose devices they were touted to be.

I have just replaced my 2.5 yr old Samsung 10" tablet (which replaced a 4 yr old Netbook). With a Sony 10" Android tablet with a faster processor, more storage and more memory.

I find it invaluable.

I use it for reading, surfing, email, etc. I can carry software, firmware and manuals for all of the 6 manufacturers' hardware and software I support in the field. Best point: it weighs less than 500g.

With a USBOTG cable and a USB stick, I can use it for 99% of the stuff I need when away from my desk.

My laptop mostly stays in the boot of the car nowadays, but in a case with its charger it weighs over 3Kg.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Billing

And the bill can be changed after it has been issued.

A few examples: (CBA to find sources at the moment, but they should be easy enough to find similar stuff)

Guy has a few stitches after an accident, bill $200. After they find out he has insurance, bill magically triples, but is still not high enough for his insurance to pay out.

Woman is hit by another vehicle, hers is written off,

Hospital bill suddenly doubles when they try to claim some of her payment from the car insurance.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Because the CD is basically free....

Buy the CD off Amazon, and most of the time you get instant download.

A few days later the shrink-wrapped CD arrives, goes straight into the CD rack, in case you ever want to sell it on/rerip it/move to another format..

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

WylieCoyoteUK

TWM has one too......

http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/Apps/phone_app.aspx

It works very well, and the bus connections usually work well too.

As someone who has to use a car to get to work on the days when I am not able to work form home, (25 miles away and no direct bus or train service)

I was pleasantly surprised how much things have changed since I used to be a commuter.

I regularly use it now to visit the town centre for restaurants and theatres etc.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: The best urban transport

Unless you are shopping.

And don't mention bike trailers or home delivery.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

Re: Farting gnats

Just hope it doesn't follow through.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

WylieCoyoteUK
Childcatcher

Re: Money

I always pre-record TV, or on LiveTV, pause it by about 15 mins.

That way I can skip the ads when they come on.

One thing that I prefer about broadcast TV, you can skip the ads.

Too many streamed services have unskippable ones.

I rarely see any ads, and I expect much of my shopping is unadvertised, but I can't be sure, except when I am shopping from my local grocer or butcher.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

It will have a START MENU!

And lots of flashy stuff that nobody will ever use, but MS want to convince us we that we need.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Does intrusive advertising even work?

Yes, I know that advertising is a necessary evil, but I only want to see it when I am looking to buy something.

Intrusive advertising strikes me as self defeating.

Pop-ups that won't go away or have a tiny close button which is almost impossible to hit on a touchscreen, pages that take several minutes to load because of the advertising, etc, etc.

My instinctive response is click away and not return.

Particularly obnoxious ads make me determined to avoid the proffered product at all costs.

Mind you, I maybe particularly ad-averse. I even deliberately record TV so that I can skip over the commercial breaks

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

WylieCoyoteUK
Happy

Poor coverage is sometimes a blessing

I often holiday at my daughter's house in a village in Cornwall, where the only mobile phones that work are on Orange.

My company phone is on Vodaphone, so it stays in the glove compartment of the car, and I use a PAYG Orange phone for personal use. Needless to say only one trusted colleague has that number.

He has never called me on it.

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Netbook

Market saturation, what's the surprise?.

There's a limit to what you can do with one.

I have a Samsung GT210.1, nearly 3 yrs old, I use it daily. It still does everything I need it to, why update?

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

WylieCoyoteUK
Mushroom

Why even have windows?

They have to have an OS, did you think they were going to put Linux in there? :)

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Elon Musk knows.....

But he thought it was 5 years away

BwaaaHaaaHaaa

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

I use an airfryer, cooks the sausage meat and breadcrumbs beautifully without getting it all greasy.

Much safer (and less smelly) than deep fat frying.

Oh, and organic Black pudding from a Black country farm, (much better than the northern efforts I've tried), mixed half and half with organic sausages from the same source.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

The patents can't be that solid and defensible. Note that when challenged on the Nook (which runs Android), Barnes and Noble came up with 20 pages of prior art, which led to them getting a nice deal from MS to shut them up.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: New start menu

Yes, Live tiles, Active desktop, 3D films, Video phones, all "cool features" that offer little except additional visual noise and rapidly become irritating.

I haven't used Microsoft software at home since 2008.

At work, I support Win, Lin and Mac.

Try using over a hundred applications with stupid manufacturer based names.

Search just doesn't work, because lots of them start with the same 8 or 9 characters, and TIFKAM was just a mess.

A nice hierarchical menu which I can customise is just easier.

I expect that the next thing will be Windows watches with step counters in them.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

WylieCoyoteUK
Mushroom

You're all couch potatoes

"BingeWatch"?

NOOOOO!! I get stir crazy after an hour.

How can people willingly surrender so much of their life?

Mind you for me the worst is ToBe, as in "To be continued...."

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Still a drop in the ocean

Except that all the pointers are that the PC market will change, and will continue to shrink, while tablet sales are slowing.

Chromebooks are growing sales against the trend.

As for judging computer sales by looking in WalMart..........

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WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

They are probably the same people who complained that an iPad was not a PC, and that Tablets wouldn't catch on.

There was a lot of iHate around on PC forums when the iPad launched.

What they didn't get then, and won't get now, is that like tablets, Chromebooks are are not popular just because they are cheap, but because they aren't PCs.

I use my tablet more for leisure than my Home PC, for those who can't cope with a touch interface, a Chromebook is way better than a PC for web, email, simple games and social networking.

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Its Windows that's the problem.

Microsoft have always strived to be a one OS company, and charged more for anything over basic.

Trouble is that the code base still does not scale well, and MS are still missing the point(s)

Chromebooks aren't just selling because they are cheap, it's because they are very good at what they do.

ARM Tablets aren't just selling because they have touch, it's because they very good at what they do.

Android and iOS phones aren't just selling because they are shiny, it's because they are very good at what they do.

Windows is a multi-purpose OS, not particularly good at any one thing, and the archaic and convoluted licensing deals are what will kill it.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Voice control is useless in a noisy environment, like your average office.

Drawing would be pretty useless without a large digitiser and hand editing a CAD drawing freehand is not a good idea. Writing legibly is harder work than typing.

What else? Oh.yes gesture.

So instead of sitting at a desk we should just sit and wave at our PCs.

There is a reason that voice, gesture and other analogue inputs are not really suitable for work in a business environment.

They are by nature imprecise.

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