* Posts by Mark Allread

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

Mark Allread

Another day, another anti-Windows 8 story on The Register

Honestly you guys should be ashamed. The tone of this article, as if another update to their OS is somehow a bad thing, betrays a very negative agenda.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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HTML, USB and PCMCIA aren't acronyms

So before we get too excited about taking the piss, let's make sure we know what we're talking about ourselves eh?

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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That's the impression I've got when I've spoken to them. I don't think the front line people know it's a scam. They're following instructions and training but they don't really understand the tech. They're given 'leads' (which are just random numbers), and they attempt to get a sale. Some of them get really defensive when you tell them they're part of a scam.

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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It's a shame they didn't bother to include Windows Phone

Where they will have seen how developers make much more money since the apps-to-users ratio is much much better. The Android store is *so* broken now because it's impossible to charge for anything. I don't know why developers even bother with it.

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: RT is pointless

"As for the cheap Nokia 520 it has one epic fail, no front facing camera"

Everyone wants a FFC. No-one ends up using it.

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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This is a good move

People didn't like RT because they thought it was full Windows and didn't get that they couldn't install x86 software on it until they got home. With the 8" tablet, people are going to realise that this isn't a full PC and will not have incorrect expectations of it.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: Can't see the point if

"Windows RT can't execute Windows binaries and the app store's got hardly any apps"

100,000+ is not "hardly any"

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Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?

"what use does ten point touch screen have?"

Multiplayer finger Twister.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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This makes perfect sense

I work with some women who turn up every day looking like they're going out on a night out. Loads of make-up etc.. There's simply no reason for anyone to turn up to work with make-up on. Be neat, be clean, but as soon as you start applying transient stuff designed to make you appear more attractive (including certain attire), then you'll be judged in that way. It would the same for blokes too, but blokes very rarely do indulge in this. Simply put, if you turn up for work looking like you want to be judged on your appearance, you'll be judged on your appearance - to the detriment of being judged any other way.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

Mark Allread

Another day, another surface hater story on the reg

The Surface RT was great, but the apps weren't there. No-one thinks their iPad should run OSX software.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Re: The purpose of Surface

You're getting very confused here. Expecting to run full Windows apps on an RT device is exactly the same as expecting to run OSX applications on your iPad. No-one seems to bitch about that?

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Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

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Re: Meh

You'll be back

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Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

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"Has anyone actually recorded who makes all the 100k+ apps? Could it perhaps be that the majority are all MSFT ones?"

Ah... conspiracy theories... Maybe Apple did the same huh? Maybe Google did the same huh?

Or perhaps the development environment, languages and tools are streets ahead on Windows.

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Re: Why bother?

* The "file manager" in Windows 8 is much improved over Windows 7

* If you double click an .ISO in Windows 8, it gets mounted as a new virtual drive.

Y'see, ignorance about Windows 8 is rife.

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Chap, there are loads of aspects of Windows 8 that are better than Windows 7. Seriously, the state of the ignorant haters in here...

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LOL! You have fun with your Firefox mobile won't you..

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Re: Wow... Just... wow

Yeah, but you're comparing it to Windows7 figures that were calculated in exactly the same way. So those Win7 sale figures also included unsold PCs etc..

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Re: Can I bee the first to say.....

So much ignorance in your post.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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There's also..

Grand Theft Auto 5, which promises to be utterly epic.

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Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

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Call me paranoid but..

A friend of mine and his wife have a Samsung TV in their bedroom. I did point out that it's connected to the internet and it has a camera on it pointing at the bed. He didn't seem to concerned that he might be releasing his own sex tape soon. Perhaps he just doesn't get lucky very often...

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Deep breath now...

@ Khapatain: Prepare to be seething even more. The rumour is they're going to put the Start *button* back, not the start menu.

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Re: Good observation

"So there you go, two or three counterpoints to "it works well for me"."

Well it works great for me, on a number of PCs. People who have trouble with it are generally idiots of people resistant to change.

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Re: I agree...

"That's the problem - it lists ALL your applications"

No it doesn't, it lists all the ones that are pinned to your start menu.. You can then arrange them, group them, add and remove them as you see fit.

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

Mark Allread

As predictable as night following day

Whenever The Register posts an article about Windows 8, Phone 8 or Metro, the comments section is filled with mongs saying they don't like it, whilst at the same time showing that they don't understand it or have massive holes in their understanding. They moan about being unable to do things that in fact, they can. They moan about missing features that are in fact, present. It's incredible.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

Mark Allread
Meh

What is this article supposed to be?

Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.

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GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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What about the review?

Was it a negative review? They rarely are.

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Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

Mark Allread

Another day, another win 8 hater story on the reg

This time, the surface angle. The Register seems keen to forget that the Surface is in a market with all other Windows 8 machines whereas the iPad is not. Microsoft has deliberately balanced the Surface's availability and exposure to keep their competing OEMs sweet. The Register really ought to know and understand this.

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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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Yet again

Another day another Window 8/RT hater story on The Register. Some agenda there lads.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Price...

Why would they make the GPU upgradeable? Don't you understand the difference between a console and a PC?

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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Re: Unsurprising really..

Mate, if you're really expecting a Windows Phone all to be able to run Windows apps and you also think that makes any kind of sense, then I don't think you really understand the market.

Secondly, the Windows Phone platform is the most solid smartphone experience I've ever had. It doesn't crash, like ever. It just works, all the time. My brother has Android and the comparative experience he has with his devices is hilarious. He's constantly upgrading to the next new model in the hope that it'll finally be solid and fast enough, but it never seems to be.

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Unlucky for you: UK crypto-duo 'crack' HTTPS in Lucky 13 attack

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It's about time they made this sort of 'research' illegal

Maybe I'll pop around to their house, throw a brick through the window and then tell them I was demonstrating their security problem.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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"I'm not writing puff advertisment pieces and passing them off as journalism"

Nah, you're just writing a typical Windows 8 hater comment.

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Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

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If I worked there and they were holding my wages

I'd be walking out of there with my PC and anything else I could carry.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

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It's DEFINITELY because

He's fallen in love with Windows 8. The lure of the live tiles did it in the end.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Loving all these bedroom market analysts

Telling us just what Microsoft are doing wrong, what they should have done. All contradicting each other, most displaying a misunderstanding of the products. Sheesh...

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Gil Grissum: "Not many people are going to buy a hobbled Surface Tablet to get a hobbled OS and hobbled office suite when they can get an iPad mini for less and be able to do more than with a Surface Tablet"

Sorry mate, but that's just f*cking hilarous. How do people come up with these stupid opinions.. really?

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Another day, another win 8 hater story on the reg

In the UK at least, no-one bought the Surface because they were mail-order only and therefore no-one saw one. Bizarrely, the only place to buy a Surface on the high street is in CEX. Along with every other kind of tablet.

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LIVE TODAY: Windows 8 licensing - Speak your brains, believe your eyes

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New PC?

"Putting Metro aside and forgetting the fact you must buy a brand new PC"

What does this even mean? I've in-place upgraded on 3 different PCs (one a tabet) without any issues.

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Colleges eh?

Well done braniac.

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Another day, another win 8 hater story on the reg

"I don’t mean in the sense of what’s the fallout of poor Q4 sales for Microsoft and the PC makers"

Really? <sigh>

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Microsoft to give free TV ad to top-voted Windows Phone 8 app

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Re: How about spending the $1B on reducing the prices?

But you don't need to do that. I've got apps in the Windows 8 App store despite never having had an ARM tablet to test them on. I just coded against the WinRT API.

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Re: How about spending the $1B on reducing the prices?

It's a reasonable point. I know all about the Surface and I'd love one. I could afford one too, but they're just not worth that money. Make it about £250 and I'll probably buy two!

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Surely this has been faked?

No? It's just a still image, on a phone?

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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Doing this protects the developers

It's the same with the Playstation. As soon as you can sideload programs onto it, then you can run pirated or hacked software, obtained from elsewhere. Developers want to make sure that everyone running their app has bought or obtained it from the right place, not from a bloke in the pub. Honestly, some of you with your "orwellian" conspiracy theories ought to be ashamed.

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Re: Microsoft's vision -locked down computing

Hi, in what way do Apple do this better than MS? It seemed to me that Microsoft sat back and watched the two opposites (locked down iOS vs insecure Android), and plumped for a solution that veered massively towards the locked down model Apple had done.

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Re: a second machine with Visual Studio running a remote debugger

"..a standalone tool you simply run on the Rt device"

Isn't that catch-22 though? In order to be able to run any app, you have to run this app... I can't see MS putting it into their app-store any time soon!

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Fuck me, a joke from the 90s.

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

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Sales lost to

The Lumia 920, gathering huge momentum now.

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Biz users, hard-up punters: Nobody loves Windows 8

Mark Allread

Another day, another win 8 hater story on the reg

complete with the usual hater comments... It's like groundhog day.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Re: Mens watches are jewelery

Downvoted for saying "brought from".

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