* Posts by WylieCoyoteUK

90 posts • joined 22 Apr 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

yes, under the desk, behind someone's handbag.

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Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

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Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?

Last Wednesday, apparently, but no mention in the media.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

Re: Good read!

I would comment on this, but I wouldn't want you to think that I write for nothing.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Re: Distribution via John Lewis is sensible business strategy

Finally, a good reason to Buy a surface,

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: Not that easy

The catweazel controller will read Amiga disks on a PC, now you just need to find a working PC floppy drive :)

https://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=206

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Re: that's strong evidence that the patents are robust.

Indeed, so why did MS settle with Barnes and Noble?

Couldn't it be that the 43 page documentation of prior art have something to do with it, and nobody else had the balls to stand up to them?

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

WylieCoyoteUK

yes, there were alphabet singing games, counting games and spelling games, just because something has the label "game", doesn't mean you can't learn from it.

What do you think young children in our schools do on computers?

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

WylieCoyoteUK

Didn't work for me

Bought an import a while back.

Didn't with my XperiaZ, or my ground floor AP.

When I got it working with my Android tablet, the only thing that worked properly was Youtube.

Netflix and Plex are of no interest to me, and iPlayer wasn't available at the time.

Tab casting didn't work from Chrome on mobile either.

Sent it back.

Streaming is still in its infancy, and it shows.

I dropped Netflix after the free month because the content was so poor (unless you like American TV, which I don't) I only actually watched 2 films in that month, and the second was so bad I turned it off halfway.

Lovefilm was better, but most of the stuff I wanted wasn't available to stream , and can't be bothered waiting for a disk.

These days I use Blinkbox because I don't have to shell out a monthly sub, when there is so little worth streaming.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

Re: Regular pliers not doing it for you?

"El-reg, can we get a tools icon?"

I think we have enough tools in the comments section as it is.

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WylieCoyoteUK
Stop

Re: Journalistic Integrity

Having in the past removed a pair of pliers from a document feeder, I can attest that they will in fact jam one.

As will school exercise books, rivets, dead mice and wasps (all things I have removed from photocopiers).

Is there an Arapaho word for photocopier?

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Others?

I can't help noticing that the "other" category has risen to from almost zero to almost the same level as OSX, and is higher than IOS.

IS this just a blanket label for unidentified OSes, or a conglomeration of windows2000, 98, and BSD?

It actually has a higher growth rate than OSX.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: As if this will make people happy!

Cool. so I just type kmnet on my laptop and I get 12 apps, none of which looks any different from the others, because it doesn't show the whole n.....

I have well over a hundred specialist apps for dealing with equipment from several different manufacturers, none of whom use a sane naming convention, most of the beginning of the name being some made up corporate label.

Maybe they should make the search field black with green lettering......then we can type an entire string just to launch what used to take 3 mouse clicks (if, of course, we can actually remember exactly how to spell it) like "stupidlylongmeaninglessname.exe"

I also want multiple windows open at once, and default settings that are consistent.

It may be OK for some, but to be honest I just don't like it, and I don't like it because I have no choice but to spend half a day configuring the desktop, and then show someone else.....

People are complaining because it is a huge waste of time, ugly, unwanted, unnecessary, and achieves nothing.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

WylieCoyoteUK

Mint not to my taste, but..

I actually dislike Mint, but I think that may be because it is a lot like WindowsXP, so XP refugees should feel at home with it.

I prefer Unity, but I use Lubuntu on older kit, mainly with Intel Gfx, that can't support Unity.

Apparently the Ubuntu installer now expects PAE support in the CPU, whereas Lubuntu doesn't.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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Re: No right of anonymity

Not what I meant, but of course you knew that.

If people are allowed to post lies about others with no comeback, no proof required, and no checking, that is not free speech, it is an open invitation to defamation, and possibly blackmail.

Likewise good reviews should be subject to checking or traceability, simply to prevent shills.

I never pay much attention to these sites, but some people do.

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WylieCoyoteUK

No right of anonymity

If you are going to say something bad about a person or a company, there should be no right of anonymity.

Free speech does not mean "tell lies about anyone you like with no comeback".

Tripadvisor is another scam website.

Hotels have been blacklisted for trivial reasons, and with no real evidence, (apparently often after they choose not to advertise),

These review sites are a scam, and a waste of time.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Start Screen vs Start Menu

Well spotted, MS have been trying to put people off it since XP, mainly by making it less usable.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Had enough of Microsoft.. start menu whingers

I expect you think that the marketing ploy called "The Ribbon" is usable as well.

Despite the fact that 60% of users still hate it apparently.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Ads? what ads.

I block and ignore ads where I can as well.

In fact if an ad is particularly irritating, I make a mental note never to even think about buying that product.

A bit like Spam, I think "Really? despite me installing spam filters in my firewall, setting junk filters in my mail program, you manage to get past them and expect me to even hesitate before hitting delete?"

Advertising does work with some people, but not me.

I do have a TV, but I never watch anything in real time, I always record it so that I can skip the ads.

(I used to use MythTV's Auto ad skip, but the channels do everything they can to block that, so I just use the skip forward button).

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Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson battles bullfighting

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

maybe if pam joined in...

Naked bull wrestling would be much more entertaining, and the normal bullrings would go bankrupt.

OK,OK, it;s the shabby raincoat

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Re: Just an idea

No, touch and gesture are not the future, they're already proving to be inadequate.

speech and direct brain interfaces are the future.

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

WylieCoyoteUK

Not on my holiday

We went to France in May, went over on the Plymouth-Roscoff overnight ferry, free wifi, the apartment had a wifi router, 10meg broadband...Heck even the Boulangerie's cafe and the Hypermarche had free wifi.

And it's useful, we could check out local restaurant menus, reviews, prices, through L'internaute or their own websites, Google maps and street view to check out routes, even tracked down the Vineyard where our favourite Grolleau Gris came from and bought a few cases.

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: "everyone bets on Linux today"

You're forgetting the Android phones and tablets, and the telephones, photocopiers, faxes and printers running Linux. (Funnily enough, quite a few of the latter run BSD).

I even saw an Android monitor the other day.

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: Maybe when Pro 2 is available..

Re: Maybe when Pro 2 is available..

"I wish Microsoft would do two things..

1. Stop trying to sell Windows 8"

Fixed that for you.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Stop

Re: Desktop monopoly

Windows embedded has been haemorrhaging market share for some time.

WinCe was the last real version with market share, XPe never really took off.

In the MFD market as an example, there are to my knowledge, only two companies still using Windows embedded, and their products suck (and they are based on XP)

Toshiba, Ricoh, KonicaMinolta, Kyocera, Samsung, Panasonic, all use a flavour of Unix, Linux, NetBSD, or their own Unix-like RTOS.

Or telephone systems, Windows is almost non-existent again.

Entertainment devices? Bluray players, Video cameras, NAS boxes, streaming devices, mainly run BSD or Linux, although some are now starting to run Android.

Oh, and of course, mobile phones.........

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