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* Posts by Carlton Browne FO

45 posts • joined 3 Dec 2012

Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

Carlton Browne FO

Re: Any coicidence here that yesterday was patch tuesday

"Because patches to *nix systems never fuck up, right?"

No because you get all your patches from one place and you don't have to reboot the fucker 10 million times just to update notepad !

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Good Old MS

You always know you are dealing with a shitty underhanded corporation that will use just about every dirty trick in the book.

This does have echoes of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial ( made in to play/movie called inherit the wind) where backward bible bashers tried to make it a criminal offence to teach evolution in schools and prosecuted a teacher for doing so.

"He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind"

Careful Microsoft this could backfire and be known as The Microsoft Monkey Boy Trial

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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

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@1rafayal

Are you dual booting on that drive ? Be interesting to see it's perfomance on a dual boot windows/linux set up.

Anyone out there got that set up and care to report ?

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Carlton Browne FO
FAIL

7200 rpm 2.5 inch ?

Erm think you might want to correct the article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/04/seagate_momentus_hybrids/

Seagate takes 7.2k notebook drives out back - and shoots them

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Bank Muscat hit by $39m ATM cash-out heist

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FAIL

Probably the tip of the icberg

How many banking security failures do we not hear about on the same scale and they insist the systems are infallible.

Bollox !

ps RBS just for a laugh uses java for their RBSMarketPlace applications.. How ironic is that ?

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

Shit expands to fill space.

Never have been a network admin have you ?

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Carlton Browne FO

Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

JDX, your talking rubbish about dual boot. There is barely enough SSD space left for one OS never mind two.

As regards my server comment, it was illustrating a point of do you really need full fat windows on an 11inch screen and for a vast majority of people I suspect the answer is no. I think MS need to re-align their OS strategy into Server, Workstation and Mobile (tablet, laptop and phone). WTF do I want Modern UI on a DT or Server for ?

Modern UI (i.e the runtime) really should be a virtualised option for server and DT.

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A very expensive mobile computing solution

Has too much PC baggage and just doesn't quite work. I think I'll give this a pass, certainly at the price of a second mortgage. WP needs scaling up to tablet and not Server 2012 shoehorned into a tablet.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Terminator

Crosses, wooden stakes and garlic at the ready

Here comes Murdoch

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

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Re: Apple really take the piss

That only takes about 20% of the wind out of opposition sales, but I hear another patent app to follow. This time for a diatomic molecule with a MM of 28 and this stellar new trademarked product will be Nitrogen which is expected to capture about 80% of the market.

So Apple having taken the piss and now all the wind will be re-branded as Piss and Wind

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Carlton Browne FO
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Apple really take the piss

I hear their next patent application will be on a diatomic molecule with a molecular mass of 32, they have also registered the trademark and called it Oxygen.

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Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites

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Judges are not tech minded though

See the classic Not the nine o'clock news judge sketch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VgwxKW0J6I

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Mobes with monster 72-core GPU to debut in China

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I wonder how this stacks against Intel

Anyone know how this stacks up against Intel's HD4000 GPU ?

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Stop

Re: The solution is simple - just change the language's name.

Stop this, your just being too silly.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: Not only can't MS sell tablets... @David Hicks

Yep that's what most people want. If you listen to MS fanclub they think the whole world want Office. Well here's news for them, office is a bloated something you are forced to use at work that I have absolutely no fucking use for 99.9999% of my life.

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Carlton Browne FO
Linux

Re: Not only can't MS sell tablets... @danny 14

There are rumours of android apps coming to chrome OS, that could really be a winner and make for an excellent cheap laptop.

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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Big Brother

Route one to GCHQ

All this DPI snooping is just what GCHQ are looking for. Coincidence ?

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

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Stop

MS kills netbook market

Then wants to charge you four times the price for something that does exactly the same job and that has a worse keyboard. It's just too expensive.

Blah blah full blown office, god I'm sick of that argument from MS apologists. Only a masochist would torture themselves using Office on a 9.2 inch screen.

Why on earth did MS just not scale up WP8 to a tablet ?

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Dell finally takes Dell private - with $24bn and help from Microsoft

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Devil

A Loan from MS !

When you sup with the Devil, use a long spoon.

I hope Michael Dell is well versed with Faust.

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Oracle blocks security hole with quick, hot 'n' premature Java update

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Re: If Java were a boat @AC 12:08

Nice, upvote

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Carlton Browne FO
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If Java were a boat

I'd feel much safer sailing in a paper mache colander that a java boat as the leaks are easier to plug.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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Re: Random Poking

I suppose the moral here is PEEK before you POKE, it saves a lot of embarrassment the following morning.

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Tablets BEAT DOWN laptops in 4-to-1 Xmas bloodbath - analyst

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Re: The netbook is dead, the laptop is dying, long live the tablet.

Second that,

make a cheap touch netbook with KDE on it and I'll be first in the queue.

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Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

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Windows

Re: Android on x86??

Frank,

most competent computer users can run Android on x86, sadly most computer users are not competent.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Star "Coronation Street" Wars

Just going to be soap in space and flogging the franchise to death.

I've just given up going to the cinema as there just seems to be one mediocre movie after another. At least in a restaurant you can refuse (or demand a reduction) to pay if the food is rubbish.

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Microsoft acknowledges the long and winding road ahead

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Re: Touch Screens in the office? Forget it.

Yep, someone at MS watched Minority Report and thought touch was cool. However what the idiot didn't realise was they were virtual screens and the reality of touch is a real pain in the arms on screens that big. Modern UI for desktop is an absolute mess and doomed to fail.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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WTF?

Re: Surface heavily panned for dumbness

And WTF has this to do with the article ?

Ever read Viz ?

Look out for a character called Roger Irrelevant.

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Carlton Browne FO
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Overpiced

Expect the next wave of Android tablets to up their game even further giving the same experience for less than half the money. Yes blah blah legacy apps but try running them on tablet windows and you are going to have an excruciating experience as they are not design for touch. As for office meh, who need such a bloated word processor and calculator ?

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Inside the new climate row as Mystic Met Office goes cool on warming

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Re: Global warming...

Well put, bravo Sir.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Stop

Re: What exactly is good about it?

The Austin Allegro was deeply unpopular for a very good reason, it was shit. When something is unpopular it is usually with good cause.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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They Looked At The W8 Machines....

And thought WTF is that GUI all about, no thanks.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Re: The big problem...

Yeh maybe in 1975, but things have moved on since then.

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Carlton Browne FO
Linux

Re: KDE/Plasma is a much better contender

Couldn't agree more about KDE. Everyone moaned about the changes when KDE4 first came along but now you can see why those engineering decisions were made all that time ago. The challenge for the KDE team is to release a finished stable version of the touch interface without their usual monthly tinkering where features are pulled or added by complete surprise.

KDE is a great desktop interface, I'd love to see a good stable version on a tablet.

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Review: Kingston Hyper-X 3K 240GB SSD

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Coat

$159 !

Ah yet again we get shagged for pricing in blighty, best UK price £150

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

Carlton Browne FO
Stop

Tim, you assume perfect competition.

However there are the little matter of patents (and patent abuse) which can stifle competition for up to a period of 20 years. This is certainly the case in the software industry where trivial patents are being lodged and passed even when there is plenty of evidence of prior art or obviousness for the sole purpose of hindering competition.

20 year patents do have a place when the invention is innovative, novel and required huge amounts of R & D spend. I can sympathise with the pharmaceutical industry as regards patents where the investment is huge and late stage failures common. It costs about £1bn (and 10 years worth of testing) to bring a test tube invention to market giving about 10 years exclusivity, if you are lucky.. However a bit of code that can be cobbled together on a Friday afternoon by an intern that was probably lifted from someone else's work then given a 20 year patent beggars belief. As for rounded corners, fuck off Apple.

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

Carlton Browne FO

Didn't someone once say......

"If you think you understand quantum mechanics then you don't understand quantum mechanics"

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Cheaper, slimmer Google Nexus 7 rumored for Q1 2013

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Re: lets just modify a typical Fandroid commentard on an iPad article

You can use USB OTG, try that with an ipad.

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Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

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WTF?

Horrahhh for the patent trolls !

We can all look forward to higher prices for our tech and slower product development, while the morally brankrupt grave robbers drive around in nice new maseratis.

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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Re: Microsoft the Patent troll @ joseph lord

I'm not sure you understand the MS strategy..

MS have been hawking around some very flimsy patents to frighten off or extort people using Linux asking stupid fees and actually were caught out using prior art:

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/ms-patent/

If MS want to use patents as a barrier to entry or deliberately stifle competition then quite frankly they deserve all they get. The same applies to Apple for their ludicrous patents. Hopefully the system will get so bogged down and become unworkable as to require a complete overhaul.

The only people who lose, no matter who wins in court, are us mug punters to have to pay these ridiculous fees in the form of higher prices.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Re: I don't want a smart TV. @AC

"A TV is not a computer"

Oh yes it can be, down vote for ignorance.

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Carlton Browne FO
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Re: If it looks like a computer.... @AC

Do you know what and an Android stick or media box is ? Obviously not. It's no more difficult than using a smart phone. By the way idiot most smart TVs already are using linux so yes a granny is already using Linux without help from you, anonymous troll.

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If it looks like a computer....

Smells like a computer, acts like a computer and connects to the Internet then it always has the potential to be hacked.

If you want a smart TV get an android usb stick computer or similar then if that gets bricked by a hacker at least it's not £1000 down the drain.

As Scotty said "The more the plumbing the easier it is to stop up the drain"

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Deputy PM: Rip up Snoop Charter, 'go back to the drawing board'

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Facepalm

An Asshole law

Drafted by assholes. Have these morons never come across encrypted off shore VPNs, real criminals and terrorists use these anyway.

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2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON

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Ryan Air Are Doing It For £50

However that is one way, no luggage and oxygen is extra.

After checking in and credit card handling fees the return comes out at a very reasonable £2.1bn

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A valid use for Windows 8?

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Re: Well, sort of.

"That's all you'll need. It can be a frontend to Myth as well if you want PVR stuff."

Check out XBMC 12 Beta - bringing PVR.

Personally if building home theatre use something like openelec or the official XBMC distro. They make for very light and fast starting home theatre set-ups than can be run on very cheap kit.

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