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* Posts by Gr0nk

24 posts • joined 3 Oct 2012

Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: Someone please...and so on and why is the title now too long?

@ sabroni

He was suggesting a toggle button to do it all at once. Very good suggestion, don't know why it never occured to me. But in case you don't know, when we - probably most of us - work on various significant others' machines, we want to see file extensions, hidden and system files, all folders etc etc. You appear to have totally missed the meaning of the comment. You toggle expert features on. Fix machine. Toggle expert features back off. Perhaps you thought it was something to do with duffle coats?

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- Mr Ballmer, you remind me of a twat!

- What twat?

- The twat with the power?

- What power?

- The power of Hoodoo doo-doo

- Hoodoo doo-doo?

- You do.

- Do what?

- Remind me of a twat!

- What twat?

...and so on ad infinitum...

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re: Classic Shell anyone?

@ El Andy

See my post above.

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Re: Who moved my cheese?

"Cue the haters"

Yes. Well, the way my ex put it, was that I don't suffer fools gladly.

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Re: expect techies to neuter the Win8 experience

"MS will make their usual mistake of assuming folk are still using the bad features and must love them to not complain."

Yes. Running the Enterprise 90 day trial (third time I've run 8, so vague impressions are coalescing into firm opinions). This is the first time I've run with 'Classic Shell', the installation of which made me think 'Windows 8 - any colour you like as long as it's black' (to paraphrase). Next I thought - might have occured earlier but so automatic after all these years it barely registers on consciousness - that the forcing Metro on PC users is a bit like the way MS still have all those fucking awful sounds and animation/fade/slide effects enabled by default, which I disable as about the first thing I do after any Windows install. And while plenty of non-geek users apparently don't even realize you can turn that shit off, there are actually some who don't mind it!

But at least you have the option to turn that shit off. The sounds annoy me - like people using mobile phones on trains annoy me (particularly in the Quiet Zone coaches); while the visuals are like a far off echo of the nausea I recall from too long playing Wolf 3D.

I think Henry Ford had some justification for Ford's lack of choice, given how new his industry was at the time. Microsoft, oth, for not providing the choice of a Start Menu instead of the Start Screen - imho - can go swivel.

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Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

Gr0nk

I once broke a cordless handset throwing it against the wall trying to get through to them back when I was with Tiscali broadband (briefly the only option besides Tesco at a previous address. And I'd already ditched Tesco). Satisfying as it was, I've resisted the temptation to do it again, which given that the phone side was still provided by BT...

Gee it's been a satisfying few years since being free of that bunch of showers of bastards! And my various handsets thank me daily.

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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

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Re: Steady decline

Oh yes, and openSUSE on the laptop (along with Windows 7 HP, of course).

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Re: Steady decline

"In the old days you needed sudo and command lines but not any more (unless you're a power user and use them to increase productivity over mouse clicking)"

Bollocks. You need sudo to fix the broken updaters; you need sudo to get things like popular wifi adapters to work. I'm not going to spend time remembering the other things I've resorted to sudo for lately, but of all of the popular current distros (beyond Slackware, Arch and *BSD) the only ones I haven't eventually removed as not fit for purpose are Mint and Fedora. I particularly like Mint, though even that has more issues than Windows. I'm running 64-bit XP , Windows 7, Windows 8, Mint 13, and VMs of Windows 7 x86, XP x86, and Fedora 17 x86_64.

Before XP SP2 there were lots of problems with Windows. Windows 7 is essentially trouble-free, which Linux certainly isn't. FFS.

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US climate-change skeptics LOSING SUPPORT

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Re: It

"As any Democrat will tell you - repeat the big lie often enough and people will believe it."

Do you mean to imply that unlike Republicans, Democrats sometimes tell the truth?

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EARTH was a BAKING LIFELESS DESERT for 5 MILLION years

Gr0nk

Re: Fishes?

And eggses too?

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Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

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Re: Maybe he has an unrooted China or Japan or Korea type phone that makes the shutter click..

"enffuckingraging"

Is your real name Eight Ace?

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Snoopers Charter is for 'incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists'

Gr0nk

I think the fact is, really,

that the Home Office is - and has been for quite a time - a puppet of the Security Services.

And yesterday's extradition denial was just a diversionary tactic, because most people ache to implicitly trust State institutions and could be on the verge of revolt one moment then fawning with gratitude the next thanks to an empty gesture, and all of the evil organisations of the world know this, including the British Government.

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

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Re: Theresa May, Theresa May not

Right, because the bankers have suffered, haven't they. Prat.

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Re: The Asperger's angle is not top of my concerns

'If someone were to fire a gun on the French side of the Rhine and deliberately kill someone on the German side, in which country would/should they be tried for murder?'

In a sane and just world, the French side. The French should consider it as serious an offence as the Germans (and some might say they are), while the Germans should trust the French to see that Justice is indeed done.

On the other hand, in a land that doesn't 'get' that there is no place for revenge in 'Justice'...

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: An important idea here.

One might imagine that his patients are of his own ilk and whatever happens to them is "God's Will" and it wouldn't even occur to them to sue him.

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EU green-lights 'copyright land grab' law on orphan work

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What happens to the money put aside

when after what length of time (?) its decided the author isn't going to be found? How much the State gets it i.e. its another stealth tax?

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Microsoft spruces up crap apps in early Win8 update

Gr0nk

Re: Is it just a cunning plan...

I don't mean 'in the room'.

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Gr0nk

Re: Is it just a cunning plan...

Big grey thing with a trunk.

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

Gr0nk

Another way to put it

Left-leaning types believe in truth; unfortunately being human their bias creeps in anyway (like some neurotransmitter equilibrium shifting to permit them to say what in their hearts they want to). Right-leaning types don't believe in truth.

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Gr0nk

Castor and

Frankly I think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is more credible than the Bond franchise.

Ewar Woowar as Callan, on the other hand...

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UK.gov to spunk £2m a year policing global cyber-security

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Re: Your tax money ...

I should say the point is softening up the average voter for the Interception Modernisation Whatever they're calling it now. When the average voter next hears about everything they do online being recorded and all of their email being read, by the State, they'll think it must be justified, because 'we' lead the world in cybersecurity.

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

Gr0nk

Re: Elephants

I think everyone here is ignoring the hippopotamus in the room!

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Microsoft installs new Win8 evangelism boss – weeks before launch

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Wasn't he in 'Police Academy'?

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

Gr0nk

Re: "You need a new calculator mate..."

Ha, just hit Windows key + R and typed calc and nothing happened! I guess that's Linux for you.

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