* Posts by king of foo

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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I could say the same thing about condoms... the human race should be long gone!

People must REALLY value their porn collections... what troubles me is exactly what it is people have to lose... Family photos/videos?

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Diarrhoea.

It's better than Windows 8.

That is all.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: Business as usual

Or... was that his/her point???

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Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

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MAC + cheese?

I like the idea of associating pictures to other pictures instead of using text. E.g. 'monkey in blue hat' = sad so eats something sweet to cheer himself up. Sorry we are all out of banana splits but you can have a 'chocolate fudge sundae' - user is presented with 50 images to map to a choc fudge sundae, of which a fair % are very similar to the correct answer, however there is only 1 right answer. Sundae = like Sunday, which is really the first day of the week but we think of it as the last... days of the week have their own logic; we can count upwards from 1 or 0 so it could, relate to 4 possible numbers; 0167 - this forms a pin code secondary password. Today is Friday... Friday is an "up" day, meaning the pin numbers are sorted lowest to highest. On a Monday they might be sorted high to low.

The Mac address of the device I'm using has not been associated with the service/application I'm trying to use so before I get any further I get an email and an SMS. Clicking the link in the email requests that a 4 digit code from the SMS be entered to register the device and gain entry.

I must have stolen this idea from somewhere/perhaps multiple different trains of thought - is anyone aware of any proper research?

Yes, this wouldn't work for the visually impaired however variants using noises/songs/text could be optional.

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Ad slingers beware! Google raises Red Screen of malware Dearth

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Re: Ads in the Pot meet Kettle world.

Better the devil you know?

I don't think this sounds like a Google Mafia situation... Nice website ya got dere... shame if someone blocked it...

More like Ew! Malware peddler! Keep out of my browser! And take yer filthy flash with ya...

Pretty sure I used to have a plugin that replaced all ads with cat gifs - similar principle, but only for dodgy ads. I'm in favour of this. Just need to trust that they don't abuse this...

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FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

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Ads, a-ah...

So far as I can tell, flash is mostly used for adverts nowadays (by el reg to boot)

Ming: Get off my planet!

Steven 'Flash' Gordon: The sooner, the better.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Looks like an arse to me on mobile. The image only scales so you can see the gun/case when you click it.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: Google Photos labelled me Cunt

Was it accurate?

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Apple apes Microsoft with iPhone BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

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Re: SUE THEM !!!

What shade exactly? Royal?

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: xbox music, anyone?

Forbes brands: Evil Microsoft is worth $69.3B vs apple's $145.3B... Google is ranked 3rd at $65.6B

So, MS' closest competitor is Google (and wow is it close!).

MS can easily play the "good guy" here - it's the only economically viable play - this does not mean they care/are any better than apple. Doesn't 'iPhone' make more money than all of MS combined? That's why zune/win8/Nokia epic fail. I haven't any stats on 'xbox music' but I'm pretty sure it will be laughable when compared to iTunes... or even YouTube...

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Re: Usual Apple greed

Milk.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Oh yes!

I've recently been asked to add "like" functionality to our company's salesforce.com deployment. My "fuck off and die" button was just going to be a red cross, but now I'm feeling creative...

What icon, exactly, best expresses this sentiment?

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Honeytrap?

Call me jaded, but...

This sounds too daft to be "true"; meaning perhaps the US gov wants to catch some of them dang hackers by advertising an easy target, encouraging poor judgement re self protection on the hackers' part. I suspect the target isn't that easy... and full of malware/other nasties intended to identify and track the 'enemy'.

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BBC, Facebook steer users to vuln-afflicted Unity Web Player plugin

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Re: The view from Unity...

Tough call...

A) Spend time/effort fixing issue with plugin that will be obsolete in a few months.

B) Try to rush replacement, hoping issue won't cause too much damage in the meantime.

I'd likely be using door number 2. I'd probably be trying to keep quiet about it as well! But ignoring a bug hunter results in bad publicity so they should have opened a dialogue with the guy at the very least imho.

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

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Re: Avoiding people with clipboards and television cameras is a very basic skill

Sounds like you missed an opportunity to show the world your deathstarfishes.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

Jesus definitely existed.

He brought us the Jesus phone.

He died and was resurrected in 2009. In 2011 he "ascended".

So sayeth people who drink tea in coffee shops...

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

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Re: Bovine Excrement.

The interesting thing about "forecasts" and "predictions" is that 4 times out of 7 you can just make up the numbers and everything looks plausible and well researched. I spend most of my working life looking at and composing bollocks like this.

Me, I know next to nothing about selling mobile phones, but bollocks? Yes. If you ever have any testicle related problems I'm your man. The girls in the office are always complaining I don't have any framed photos on my desk so feel free to send me selfies...

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Bovine Excrement.

Apple to LOSE market share

To Microsoft

Re SmartPhones?

Ha. Ha ha ha. A-hahahahahaha.

I will neither buy an apple nor a ms smartphone, but this is insane.

I confidently predict that the "other" category will take share from android, as will apple, but windows will continue to flop. Yes they will sell more but because the market is expanding not because the tide turns. Unless they do something clever to win over the corporate/business market.

Also, the apple numbers look a little low, but I reckon there's a thriving 2nd hand market that isn't being covered. Androids likely end up in landfill or "man drawers" more frequently than being sold but every iPhone owner I know has sold their old model on when a new one comes out.

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Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

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Re: nice... "cross platform" approach

nice

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nice...

Fully embracing the "cross platform" approach, I see. Is this a "new" Microsoft?

Perhaps windows 9 won't be shite after all...

The thing is, they're skipping straight to 10 aren't they...

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Re: Good, but not quite right: about bloody time someone did something

Are you talking about doing something like the "this site uses cookies bla bla bla ignore my techno gabble I'm reputable because I'm warning you about something no need to read me further, oops I forgot to add a cross/close me link, oh well never mind it's not as if I'm taking up half the sodding page and won't go away.... leave this website now or I will continue to annoy you" that pops up on every ***** website you visit?

That's almost as bad as the Fwitted JavaScript popups inviting you to download an "app" (a shit version of the website, with missing features but twice the privacy invasion) or "join us/subscribe/register for a free account so we can sell your info to the king of Nigeria because he has a lucrative opportunity you may be interested in" before you've had a chance to read the bloody page.

I think the punish bad behaviour ethos is a good one, and gets the ball rolling re future punishment of other similar practices.

I don't use 'social media', it uses me.

I like the idea of a "free" internet. As in speech. In order to accomplish this we need policing, not censorship.

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: re: why would the toaster need to talk to the 'fridge'?

Because we are Borg

Bjorn: "I enjoy fashion."

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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Re: 802.11 ay?

I'm holding out for '802.11 yay'

I don't do alpha testing.

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School's in for Chromebooks, Google's the top swot in class

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Noooooo.....

I can hear stallman's wailing from here!

By hey, at least they're cheap AND conditioning our kids to be good little products...

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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breaking news : european dna

New evidence suggests the Welsh are direct descendants of the Germans...

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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the moral of the story

If you find a bug, and a company doesn't have a bounty scheme in place, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Now eat, and drink, and be merry. And tell all your friends...

...because they don't deserve the benefit of your goodwill and will likely act like twats instead of being appreciative.

Sometimes you have to do bad to do good...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Even worse

Durchfall ?

Because I can't spell it in Englisch... despite being Schottisch.

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

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Re: oh and re the android comment...

The choices:

1. Buy a mac and don't go on holiday this year...

2. Buy a "windows PC" and spend your entire holiday running endless loops of windows update and installing antivirus or Gnu/Linux/BSD on it...

3. Buy a cheap android device and get a cheap deal on a holiday!

Let's face it, the great unwashed use sites like Facebook so privacy isn't their main concern. Apple devices are "trendy + cool" and Google devices are (were) "cheap + cool". Windows devices have been trying to do both, with obvious results. The only people who "care" about this stuff spend their time on sites like this!

Now... to the important Q'n; will it play crysis???

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: Cocaine rat - Jesus liked it

Hmmm... not sure I like your logic.

2 Kings 6:26-29

As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, "Help me, my lord the king!"

The king replied, "If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?" Then he asked her, "What's the matter?"

She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him."

Om nom nom nom...

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Re: Office 2007 is fine

I was talking about a seemingly small workbook in excel 2007 xlsx format (yes, ancient, but FTSE 50 corporate environment, so cutting edge...) with approx 50 rows and 10 columns actually in use on one sheet. The most complex formula was a sum at the bottom of said 50th row. File size = 16MB (when compressed)

The only thing I could find "wrong" was a teeny tiny vertical scroll bar, indicating phantom content in the gazillion unused rows - but there really was nothing there. They'd already tried clearing the contents of all unused rows and columns.

The "fix" was to firstly clear all formatting then delete all unused rows and columns (not just clear). After doing so it was reduced to mere KBs. Both format clearing and deletion were required. I was able to try each in isolation with no change in size or time taken to open.

So... Bloat. In excel 2007

But thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm sure note recent versions have been corrected, but we don't have that luxury.

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Re: Office 2007 is fine

Office 2007 is NOT fine.

Aside from users still feeling the GUI change pain, it's proven (anecdotally) less stable than 2003 and prone to insane formatting issues (excel) when trying (and failing) to make use of all those extra cells...

I checked out the XML behind a bloated xlsx and I shit you not, in 2 sheets there were a million+ rows all coded a bit like this "<row 5><col 1>{empty}</col 1></row 5>"

I almost did a LOL, instead favouring a facepalm

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: So just like SkyDrive....

Currently available

onefriedchicken.vision

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Huh?

"has to be useable one handed"

Leaving the other hand free to do other things

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Re: Did I miss something

Hmmm... This sprang to mind... Not quite the same thing, but close.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Windows as a "Service"

People forget, MS is a company. It wants your money. All creativity goes into finding ways to get more money from you. Apple is also a company... and so is Google. Fact.

I'm a CUSTOMER of all 3 of the above, as, likely, so are you.

Customer != User

Now, I would like to be able to claim that I'm somehow different and am not just a customer, but it's untrue. I've tried various alternatives (gnu/Linux) but the reality is that I'm forced to be a Microsoft (laptop) and apple (iphone) customer at work, and at home I'm a google (nexus 5) customer. I wish someone would find a way to make software and hardware I want to buy without acting like a company selling me stuff. I really thought that might be Ubuntu. I still have hope...

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Re: Arse'oles

I just want it to be fast.

And small.

And stable.

And to run well on a wide range of hardware, from ancient to cutting edge.

As an "enthusiast" that tries lots of different things I can recall using an operating system like that. It was called "puppy".

I wonder - could El reg do a "special" on lightweight operating systems? Comparing them to the mainstream? Some people might get a shock.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: downvotes.

...my down vote above was meant to be funny...

Usually I reserve them for trolls or stooges making false commentary, however I seem to get a lot from people disagreeing with what I have to say, which is fine. Free speech etc.

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Re: el reg still using cutting edge tech...

My mistake... it might have been an ad...

But my point stands. I've been seeing a lot of flash content lately...

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el reg still using cutting edge tech...

Oy! Sort it out! The next time I see a blinking flash video in an El reg article I'm going to scream.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: Senior management super powers widely misunderstood

Absolutely. They don't read emails on screen and they certainly don't type/click anything. Dictation all the way.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: One day they'll realise that...

I'd go one further and say it pushes some of us away from the product or service being stuffed in our face every 5 mins.

Recently I've become increasingly irritated by having Amazon adverts for something I looked at earlier that day appearing in every sodding website I visit - or, cunningly (on chrome), eBay equivalents...

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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

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will only work for noobs

For "new" android users moving from winphone or iOS this preloaded bloatware strategy makes sense, but established android users will likely end up importing all the apps/settings from another device during initial startup - along with whatever existing/established alternative to ms that they've been using for the many years prior to ms' lightbulb moment.

Unless the ms equivalents are actually "better" I can see those apps just wasting space/never being used.

*I use kingsoft/WPS office and IMHO it's vastly superior to the ms apps but YMMV.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Re: @king of foo - Opt-In

As for the "spoilt vote" idea, unfortunately there's no way to tell the difference between that and stupidity.

I'd rather someone try to insinuate that I simply don't care (which isn't the case) than I am too stupid to complete a ballot paper correctly.

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Re: Opt-In

I like how you think.

Can we "opt in" for the current Party Politics setup as well please?

The way I see it if enough people don't vote (at all) then a new system of government that actually represents its citizens could be "voted for" as that would mean "the people" don't accept the authority of current government.

I'm not proposing anarchy, just change.

And, worst case, say PP survives... what if voting meant filling in a questionnaire covering lots of different (divisive) issues, and the results were mapped to the closest matching party? Nah, I prefer the smug leader on the left with the pink tie and the monocle, he looks fun. But sir, that's the leader of the Mandatory Suicide party. So what, the tie, man... The tie!

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: it's silly @zot

Joffrey, is that you???

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it's silly

I'd pay twice retail for the full boxed set of series 5 right now. Before it airs on subscription TV that I don't have. I don't want to subscribe to a service.

They can't want my money...

Also, this is all I can hear now...

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years

first!

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: We have noticed...

Did you just copy/paste this from Facebook's T's & C's page?

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Call me jaded, but wasn't this Microsoft's intention all along?

By enabling by default they gave advertisers ammunition to argue against DNT, whilst appearing to support it.

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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I don't get it (Big...)

Can't IE mode just be baked into Spartan, with a "switch engine" button/intuition that remembers if a particular site needs IE or not? Why not make this offer ie6+ modes for full-on legacy support. And how about a similar concept to handle Java needs... and, er, cringe, flash?

Hmmm... wouldn't that make this actually "attractive" for business users? Bundle it all up in a mega secure sandbox with paranoia settings and you've got something for everyone. And release it on w7 as well, with a guarantee that anything that works in Spartan on w7 will work in w10.

Of course we want to abandon legacy crap, but sometimes that's easier said than done.

The "unique selling point" of windows should be legacy support, especially for business. When I upgrade yes I want a little shiny, but I want all my old stuff to keep working, otherwise it's not an upgrade, it's a "change". Change is hard. If businesses are to change to w10 before 2021 then ms need to shift their focus to where it matters before all our software is "cross platform"/cloud and we, shock/horror, don't need Microsoft any more...

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