* Posts by Steven Raith

1773 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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Re: Hololens isn't VR...it's AR..

WRT to Steam, SteamOS is coming along pretty well, just still in beta/testing. It's never been claimed as anything else that I recall. Sort of hoping that the GDC conference has a bit more info. It's 'launch' has really been series of announcements of progress on SteamOS and info about how hardware partners would work with them and what to expect from them.

As for Xi3 (makers of the piston), they worked with Valve for a bit in the early days, then backed out - Valve mentioned that they had worked together but have since gone seperate ways - probably after a senior person at Xi3 started banging on about how awsume Windows was. Xi3 then continued to use Steam terminology to fluff up their PR, saying that the Piston was the first commercially available Steam Box, even though (more likely because...) partner hardware is called Steam Machines....

Basically Xi3 are a pretty shady bunch when it comes to their association with Valve, and I'm prepared to cut Valve some slack on that one as I got confused by it too back in the day.

Source? Google and widely known facts. Plenty of info on the Xi3 debacle here.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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Re: Battery in straps

I'd imagine it's fear of having a lipo fire.

If you smack your wrist against a door jam or something else that punctures the battery pack - which you'll note, is strapped to your wrist - and if it catches fire (or at best, expands and heats rapidly), it can only be undone by the parts that are at that moment in time, on fire (or very hot and difficult to hold).

Highy unlikely, but having the battery exposed in a what by design needs to be a fairly soft and supple casing (IE the strap) would leave it more vulnerable to damage.

If we can get good capacity batteries that aren't made of....just awful materials (in terms of skin damage, fire risk, etc) then it's likely that'll happen though.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Re: Heads will roll?

Shame that would be a major case of a pot calling the kettle black, eh?

Every major vendors consumer level computers are filled with pish-ware, Lenovos was just marginally more shitty than some others.

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Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

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Re: Waiting for Blizz to pull all this into WoW

It'll run on anything OpenGL ES 3.1 compliant from what I've read elsewhere (which suggests hardware tesselation support it's necessary?) providing the vendor implements it correctly, so that'll be a Geforce 400 or newer.

Not entirely sure about the AMD side, but given Vulkan contains a fair chunk of Mantle in it, I'd hope they'd make the effort to get it working nicely.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: No-one at all? But I thought...

I'd wager that streaming a game broadcast costs less than having a video crew and production suite to make a 'traditional' video - see Motor Trends Roadkill series, ///Drive, et al.

Roadkill have 30+ videos, almost all with over a million hits each, and they still need sponsorship from outside for it to make sense.

I'm guessing paying a couple of professional cameramen and hiring a crew cab van to transport them (IE traditional way of making a broadcast video) costs more than the few grand a month per million hits that would make someone like pewdiepie/totalbiscuit perfectly capable of paying the bills without having external revenue.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

And to compliment Solmyr ibn Wali Barads point, getting a hold of a Windows 8 ISO of the correct variant (And even knowing which one to get) is a massive pain in the arse - Microsoft appear to have deliberately made it so.

In all honesty, this was one of many reasons why I got out of teching on Windows; At the end of the day, I enjoy working on computers, but I don't enjoy working on broken Windows 8 machines in the slightest.

Doing Linux Sysadmin is complex as hell for someone who has been a Windows chap most of his professionial career (although I've been using Linux at home for some eight years now) but it's still not as blindly frustrating as trying to rebuild a Win 8.1 laptop with no recovery media, which is an exercise in futility and frustration, and I don't see it getting any better any time soon.

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

David Austin is correct.

I've been that guy, and I can assure you not having a sysprepped image wasn't due to lack of comptetence - I've got thousands of machines rolled out under my belt, including WDS network builds with automatic application installs before the first login etc, IE The Way It's Meant To Be Done, but most SMBs want some control over what hardware they have - so unless you want to have one guy making images for every single Lenovo, Acer, Fujitsu etc that their customer is likely to buy - normally in quantities of less than half a dozen at a time, normally several years apart, then you just aren't going to be able to justify the time in image building.

And if you, as a supplier, only stock one kind of laptop/desktop to facilitate image building and make the economics work, then

A: You're going to need to buy 100+ at a time - something beyond the reach of most small IT shops

B: If you screw up the spec even slightly - wrong chassis size, no serial ports, needs four RAM slots not two, needs chassis expansion, must be ultrabook class, needs to be 15", not 13" etc - the one time someone comes who needs that bit of spec or form factor you missed, you lose a sale. Screw up the provisioning badly (for any reason - wrong spec, or local economy changes - IE you buy lots of laptops and suddently everyone wants tablets/ultrabooks/whatever) you might not be able to shift them at all and they end up as dead stock...company goes under due to £15-20k of unsellable kit.

There's more to this than competence - at the non-enterprise scale, things become....more fluid.

As a rule, if you have less than 20 systems going in at a time, justifying the expense of building an image (properly) to a customer can be hard - especially when they can just order 20 machines off Amazon and only ask you to install them, etc.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: The best solution would be to allow removal of demos and other useless software

Acer, of all people, used to offer this - on their X-series desktops, IIRC.

Don't recall seeing it more recently than Win 7 though.

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Re: A tragedy of errors continues

Nah, a shitload of businesses, particularly at the SMB end, use consumer laptops and hardware.

Seriously, most business users don't want (or need) to spend £800 on a magnesium chassis'd ultrabook and don't value next business day replacement because of the extra cost - something plastic with 4gb of RAM and an i3 is all they want for Excel, why spend £500 when £300 will get it done? Next day replacement? Just buy six instead of the five you need.

This is not at all unusual when you don't have a formal IT budget and you tend to replace hardware every five years or when the old stuff starts failing.

I'm not saying it's necessarily sensible, but it's what happens outside of the enterprise space, all the time.

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To be honest, I think you've hit the nail on the head; it's mostly the tech community who are pissed off with this (with obvious support from the consumer rights/EFF sorts) and I think we'd all be interested to see exactly how the effectively 'ad supported hardware market' stacks up and what benefits it gives to the consumer in terms of lower prices.

It'd go some way towards chilling us out, and the attitude of the CTO is pretty good IMHO - it basically reads along the lines of

"Read about this, facepalmed hard, had a strong coffee and a cigarette, now I'm up for sorting this so that we can reaassure you that we're not actually a bunch of cretinous fuckers - at least not any more creitnous than anyone else"

As he rightly notes - we're not idiots - we know that the bloatware helps firm up the margins and give us usable hardware at reasonable costs (I mean, you can get a perfectly usable, if perhaps cheaply built, laptop for under £300 these days), and I think a bit of openness about the practises involved in getting to that stage and why the product management types who made the decision to go with SuperFish (presuambly not realising how bad it was) felt it was justified, and how they plan to avoid that, would go some way to at least clawing back some of their reputation.

I think it'd take a bit more than that to get my trust back though. That said, even just including a raw Windows image sans tatware would be enough for most of us....

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: "Stross is a long-time Linux user...."

2460 Something - HP Folio 1040 here, runs Ubuntu fine. OK, it's not an XPS, but it's damned portable, has docking station options (With two DP outs...) and is plenty quick mit SSD.

Trackpad is a pain though - you can push to click, but it's damned stiff.

Otherwise, works a treat.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Only what they deserve

It's highly likely that first and second line support weren't even aware of the bruhaha at that time, and were following the prescribed script, as per usual. Fixing out of warranty stuff would be chargable, of course - show me any manufacturer who will just give you general tech support on their kit, for stuff that isn't part of their install build (or they don't believe is...) for free, and I'll be amazed.

So support aren't scumbags, but the middle management who thought intercepting https traffic to inject ads in it are.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

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Re: Sounds a bit adverty

You may wish to check other reviews, which are similarly glowing - even from the high end motoring press. The Trophy R version even made Evo's Car Of The Year competition; you don't get in there by just asking them nicely, you get in there because the car is seriously capable in every respect, above that of the rest of it's class.

Some cars are just plain good enough where little niggles like the interior plastics not quite being up there with a Merc S class aren't really relevant enough to warrant criticism.

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Re: Quaint

To be fair, modern CADCAM means that designing suspension has got rather better lately - 250hp+ through the front wheels just isn't a problem any more, not like it was even ten years ago.

I'm happy with half that in my shed, no chance of traction problems and no need for fancy knuckles, electronic diffs (pah) and shizzle to tame it, just good old fashioned Macpherson struts.

And retarded ignition up to 30mph. Must do something about that....

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Re: No passengers?

Bosch and Seimens may have made the sensors, but Renault integrated them into the cheap housings and shoddy wiring loom.

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Re: No passengers?

IHateWearingATie is correct for all the trackdays I've been on as well; now, test days are a different matter, but these generally tend to be more selective about who can be on track - amateurs in their Clio 182s mixing it up with pro-am racers in pure club race cars is a dangerous mix.

I've never gone to a trackday as a driver - only ever as a passenger, and I've never been told I can't jump in for a ride - most of the time, the organisers supply helmets, too.

As for dodgy french electrics, I'll give OP that one - my dads ten year old C4 has an auxilliary electronic control module for things like the boot release and other non-primary electronics - and it's going wonky. Lots of things just don't work any more, or don't work properly.

My 15 year old Ford shed? Every electric connection that doesn't go through the ECU/(or Powertrain Control Module as Ford would have it) seems to have it's own relay and fuse and bar the aircon, everything works. And the aircon not working is because of a corroded condenser thing (if you have a Ford of that age, it's likely similar - a metal 'bottle' with three tubes ahead of the front drivers side suspension turret) meaning the pressure is too low for the AC compressor clutch to kick in.

To be honest though, everyone seems to be going for segregation of primary and secondary electrics these days, with control modules for everything. I'm not looking forward to buying a ten year old car in ten years time; I worry they'll all be as bad as something french is today. That said, we had the same concerns about fuel injection, catalytic converters (remember stories of them being £1000? I just replaced my collapsed one for £100+fitting....), and other such scary modern additions.

Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy :-(

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Re: re. 'Casio' and 'Pure' items

I'd expect if the modications are clearly stated with their intended purpose and aren't sold as being approved or directly supplied by the manufacturer by the person selling it (which lets face it, is going to be a spy/surviellance outfit - so it should be clear), then they are just modified second hand goods from that perspective?

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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...and all of Godzillas rampages probably cost less than the green levy on our electric bills to pay for middle class people to get solar panels, but hey ho, eh?

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: World domination in three easy steps

Good call - upvote delivered!

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World domination in three easy steps

1: Wait for this device to become ubquitious and hackable

2: Hack as many as possible to only - and I mean only - show the most weird eposides of The Krankies Klub and KTV

3: Make your demands, and wait. World powers will capitulate to every demand you make.

I only ask for 10% of all profits you make based on GPD.

Yours,

Steven R

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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I know what penguins tongues are for.....

....and that's why they won't let me in Scarborough Sealife Centre any more.

Steven 'it's actually a pretty cool place, check it if you in the area' R

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: I am glad you're excited about this.

You may want to read the last part of the article again, and the link in it.

HTH

Steven R

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Unstealable

"Dodge Neon"

You sick fuck.

Says the owner of a (currently sickly) bright yellow Ford Puma.

Suppose I'm in no position to criticise....

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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So that's why we have a robots.txt file....!

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Re: Higher standards than me.

Dead geese?

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To be fair, if you get to the stage where 'still warm' is acceptable, I think you've found a good justification for utilising ladies of the night.

No, not vampires - they're cold, and thus don't meet the 'still warm' criteria.

Steven "had a couple of dates recently that went not distastrously, to his eternal surprise and fear for the forthcoming apocalypse" R

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Corporate IT Management == PHB

My experience is that places that slap down on internet usage are also the sort of places that do really shitty performance reviews.

Oddly, the sort of places that trust you to manage your own time tend to have very relaxed performance reviews as the staff are trusted to Do Stuff.

Survey of one, etc. Maybe it's just the sort of workplaces I gravitate towards, though...

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Re: Corporate IT Management == PHB

At a place I worked at previously, they banned non-work related sites.

Productivity went *down* because people felt they had no personal time to chill between bouts of work and were getting stressed, a few people quit, etc.

Things chilled out when the staff were actually trusted to manage their own workload again.

S'funny, actually treating your staff like grown ups, and singling out the actual skivers = better performance overall - who'da thunk it?

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Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

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Standard response

Something, something something....something.

HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED.

Oh come on, someone had to do it.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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IDNet

Just to say that I've had great service from IDNet since I started using them some four or five years ago - no complaints at all other than that they do bandwidth caps, but given the actual service they give (no throttling, no congestion of any measurable level at any time of day, IPv6 over PPP etc) I'm OK with that.

My work have a good relationship with A&A and offer a free connection with them as part of the employment, so I really must put the two aside each other and see how they stack up.

In the past I've been with Central Point (before they were bought out), Be* and Demon - I've seen how the big players operate and it doesn't appeal to me. My brother would be fine with it, but I do prefer to have a smaller, more focussed ISP who have the same ethics as myself when it comes to how the internet should be used.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Wrong location

"The review and many replies here, appear to think the motoring world revolves around the UK for some bizarre reason."

Maybe because it was reviewed in the UK, for a primarily UK based audience?

I mean, it's not rocket science...!

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: I'm delighted

Oh, chill out kids, there's a three-series rivalling version coming out soon which should be closer to £30k and be eminently leasable, if that's your thing.

Lets face it, anyone who isn't on £30k+ a year isn't looking at paying for a new car anyway, not even close - it's a braindead move when a three year old example of almost any car will cost you half of the new one, and a five year old one 1/3rd in most cases.

Or you could be really cheap and get a ten year old car for a grand and just accept that rather than putting £350/month into a lease, you'll be putting £100-200 towards it every couple of months for running repairs till you get the bits that die over time (bushes, CV joints, clutch, belts, etc) all replaced at which point it'll be time to replace it because it's rusting at the chassis or somesuch.

I like older cars meself. I do like what Tesla are doing, even if it does prove the old adage that if you want to make a million quid selling cars, start with ten million quid...

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Vid

I emailed corrections for you ;)

Also, that video is even more metal and includes the landing stages \m/

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Re: What is it with these people

Rockets are metal as fuck.

HTH

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GDS builds UNICORN HERDER, plays with Puppets

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Re: rvm use build gem bundle install... ARRRGH!!!

Yeah, but you know what it's like - if they used something normal, they'd be ripped for not using something new and shiny....

I used to work in DirectGov back when it was something new and shiny, and GDS is sort of doing similar work in terms of taking that general "stop fucking around and just make stuff that works" part of their ethos which seems so rare in government IT work, and it does pain me somewhat to see some pretty good people I have a lot of respect for get a kicking just because it makes a fun headline.

Gov IT is an easy target, but in a lot of respects I don't think GDS really deserve much of the ire it gets given they're working within a government that has proven itself to be flat out incompetent when it come to tech - they seem to be one of the rare exceptions.

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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Facebook/Portugal

"But still, 358 of you, yes, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-EIGHT OF YOU favoured Facebook over Portugal."

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

Steven "petrol and matches" R

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: AKA Meatfucker

Yugguy - go read it. It's great.

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Slowed down and reversed it's

"HAIL SATAN AND ALL THE DENIZENS OF HELL WHO WILL COME BEFORE HIM TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR HIS MILLION YEAR REIGN"

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: In situations like this, I find it useful

War and peace?

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: There are a lot of unscrupulous people in the world

My vocabulary is perfectly fine Graham me old chum :-) and to be fair, if someone does take great offence at my use of language - I do tone it down, although I tend not to let myself get into situations like that. But these are exceptions, and generally, once people realise that I'm not swearing just to be offensive or crass but to make an important point then they tend to be very chilled about it.

When I swear, it's either because it's necessary or because it's funny. Because I'm a fucking professional, I am*

Steven R

*see what I did there? ;-)

PS: Upvote because you're not wrong - I just have a different opinion on the subject...

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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I may have to eat my words after yesterdays Win 10 free for a year announcement!

:-D

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Re: Linux? @ Nelbert Noggins

Ah, nice one sir, that makes a lot more sense TBH. I did see references to Fedora in some of the search results (a black screen boot, but at least it got past the bootloader) but the EFI implementation being 32bit certainly answers a lot of the questions in my mind.

Have an upvote (because I'm a goddamned child ;-) )

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Re: Linux?

So much tragic butthurt, so little time.

I love this place :-D

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Unless, of course, Microsoft don't make a Windows 10 with Bing variant.

You then also have to implement an update path that ideally doesn't nuke the device - not easy with Widows due to the sprawl of config and application files. An update path that uses a custom, manufacturer specific WIM with the correct drivers preloaded and configured.

I've suffered through enough 'inplace upgrades' to know that, believe me.

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Fat chance.

HTH.

:-)

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Re: Linux? Re:Steven R

theblackhand - I'm not even sure what you're talking about, frankly.

I was just curious if anyone had any luck throwing a Linux distro on these devices - I rarely dabble in Windows these days so it's not as relevant to me as it used to be. Linux is a better fit for me, but I'm well aware it's not for everyone.

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Re: Linux?

Meh, there are at least three people registered on this site who are tragically close minded when it comes to fiddling with tech, given none of them have posted as to *why* it's a stupid question from a technical perspective.

I suppose it is a bit much to hope that a Windows + Bing device would allow alternate installs, but apparently the option to boot from external media is there in the BIOS - it just doesn't seem to work properly. You'd think if they wanted to bar it, they'd remove that option (and only enable manufacturer specific devices to boot off a whitelist) rather than have it there at all.

Suppose it might explain the cheapness - limited developer time for detail stuff.

Anyway, suppose I'll have to wait for that cheapy Linux tablet fiddly experience thingy. No hardship...

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: It's not a movie but...

I'm perfectly familiar with the gym, I'll have you know.

And that's why I don't go to one. It sounds like far too much like hard work.

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Re: Cough Cough!! Independence day

As I recall in different cuts of the film, or at least the script, the character had spent lost of offscreen time playing with the alien fighters systems, hence having an idea of how to interface with it cleanly.

Still doesn't explain how he managed to write a virus for it. I mean, what did he do?

guest@Fighter406:~ man self-destruct

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

Meh, why wait?

Steven "Had Ubuntu as primary OS for six years now" Raith

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