* Posts by gregthecanuck

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Same here - 1920x1200 on an HP Elitebook 8730w.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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At my company we put customer issues first. If that means stopping some/all mainline development until we figure out the issue, solve it and deliver a fix to the client so be it. Existing customers come first.

Your existing customer base will be loyal and give great support references which in my industry counts for a lot. They are also much more forgiving of other foibles in the product.

Seems MS needs to adjust their priorities.

(Speaking as a Lumia 920 owner)

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Devil

Jeb Bush rap

Jeb Bush pushed a PST

Without no thought to privacy.

In a panic he did redact

A great big fail and that's a fact.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Angel

Look at the plus side....

... it reboots in a flash!!

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Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

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Meanwhile Intel's price gouging continues.

Their prices are never reduced once a chip comes out. Been watching their price lists for a while now. Since AMD has become not quite so competitive Intel has pretty much owned the medium to high end and it shows. Not impressed.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Angel

Re: Fair play to them

Actually it only has one leg. ;-)

But yes the hardware is nice. Surface 3 I give an 8/10. Surface 4 should be a 9/10 with newer Intel 14nm CPUs and Windows 10.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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Re: Low end will probably be dropped

From your mouth to....

I also have a 920 and would be seriously displeased if it was orphaned.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Facepalm

Philae Phail

Why is nobody landing on this very close body, but instead focusing on a comet n-squintillion miles away?

Surely this must have some very interesting possibilities?

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Trollface

Re: THe problem with the FBI...

Yes the Americans don't mention that too much in their history lessons, heh.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Abort, retry, fail?

Using this on a 1920x1200 laptop...

For goodness sakes! The first article starts 2/3 way down the screen. Did ANYONE test this site for regular HD screen size usage? Copious usage/waste of white space, etc...

Thing is, this isn't a social media site. The same rules about large amounts of white space and "prettiness" don't apply here. We don't have users with grade 5 reading comprehension that need all the help they can get navigating the site.

Who is your target audience? Why do they come to this site?

It's great that the site layout is being tinkered with. Go for it. Maybe in future pilot as a beta site before giving us all heart attacks? ;-)

Thanks for listening.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Come to Vancouver

Tofino - if you want somewhere gorgeous to unwind that's the place. It's worth the drive.

Try to make it there are least once a year...

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

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Fail

Oh dear this looks like fail on so many levels.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Powershell 5 and W7 / Svr2K8r2

It doesn't look like Powershell 5 will be backported to Windows 7 or Server 2008/R2? Drat.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: Backward compatibility to 7

I am 1000% in agreement and have mentioned this in a different thread.

Windows store will continue to be DOA until we can develop universal apps for W7. An SP2 update will do that nicely. Come on MS, what are you waiting for? It's so "bleedin' obvious".

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

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Burg vs. Borg

Get the popcorn...

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Can I...

I would expect that to be an option - either by simply unpinning them from the start menu and/or via a global start menu setting.

I would like the option to put live tiles on the desktop.

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gregthecanuck

OK, it looks like the rush-job that was Windows 8 has finally been beaten into something that is usable. My first suggestion for W10 is to allow live tiles on the desktop.

The Universal Application API also sounds good. I assume this is only for W10, but if the hints of free upgrades from 8.x to 10 are true then that's good news.

HOWEVER

As a developer the big, huge bonus would be for MS to back-port that universal API to Windows 7 and make that part of Windows 7 SP2. Some of my clients are only going to be completely rid of XP in the next few months (and installing Windows 7).

Our product(s) are targeting Windows 7 (and Server 2K8/R2) as a minimum requirement. That means Win32/.Net which is supported on 7/8.x/10.

Unfortunately we can't migrate to U-API since we must support Windows 7.

What are the chances of U-API being back-ported? Probably nil. This will be MS's final hurdle to clear - the humongous installed base of W7. I suggest that until they "get it" and backport U-API to W7 their app store will continue to flounder.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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This is not Captain Obvious

Windows 2015 - make it consistent with the server naming.

Seems an obvious option...

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Facepalm

Shades of Home Depot!

That screen shot looks very, very similar to the self-checkout machines at Home Depot.

Which company is providing the software?

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Congratulations SpaceX!

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Suggestion

Try talcum powder - really!

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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Trollface

Owned Depot

Evil pill kills tills, HD wills ill to shills.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: "Scotland would probably ally with France"

I was just going to suggest a Canadian alliance. Makes sense to me. :)

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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Re: Can't wait to see COBOL syntax highlighting in KDE's Kate text editor

You would probably be interested in the fact that the MF COBOL has Eclipse integration as well as Visual Studio.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Trollface

It's going off the tracks...

Crank's tank bank bid shoots blanks thanks to skanky wanks.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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Angel

Schrodinger's phonon?

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Trollface

Abandon ship!

Starting to sound like a fire sale to me...

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

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Angel

Oh gosh!

Sounds like a case of pre-ejeculation to me...

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Facepalm

Re: Misuse over Misuse

Congoscenti?

Some sort of African way to sniff out security issues?

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Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

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Well-written. Thanks!

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New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

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So we are being told we need an anti-virus anti-virus?

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Slapdash SSL code puts tons of top Android Play Store apps in hack peril

gregthecanuck

>> Google Play has no approval process, so tests like this can't be part of it. :)

Well, that's scary! One more reason to avoid an Android phone.

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Sounds like the Google Play Store should do this same type of testing prior to approval.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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Angel

Just couldn't resist...

Courtesy of AC/DC's "Shake a Leg" lyrics, with some tweaks:

...

Keepin' outta trouble with eyes in the back of my face

Kickin' ass in economy class and they tell me I'm a damn disgrace

They tell me what they think but they stink and I really don't care

Got a mind of my own move on get outta my hair

Shake a leg shake your head

Shake a leg wake the dead

Shake a leg get stuck in

Shake a leg shake a leg

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Until there is a good selection of 4K content, why bother?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Reminds me of ....

Logan's Run.

Watching the vid was rather spooky.

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Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

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Is Intel getting into the bitcoin mining business?

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

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Mushroom

Well I think this idea is just... well..... er pants!

Of course if anything goes wrong, its "buyer, buyer pants on fire!!"....

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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Happy

Re: Oh, how the mighty have fallen

They're just turning over a new leaf

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Nokia Camera guru: I'm finished being Finnish, and off to 'the company you're thinking of'

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Of course...

The cynic would think the hire could simply be part of a strategy to slow down Nokia's development as much as boosting anything at Apple.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

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Trollface

Product name suggestions

For grins:

- Surf

- Sink

- Surfactant

- Surface X 2014 R2 V1.0 Limited Personal Edition Metallic Grey

- Surface Pad

Seriously:

- Surface Mini (if that's it I will laugh)

- Surface 3

- Surface Light

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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I particularly enjoyed the "whooshing" sound of the Calcium ions in the video.

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AMD stock soars after positive quarterly report

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Intel price list says "no"

For the last few years Intel has not been competitive on their chip prices.

Years back when AMD came out with new chips Intel would start to reduce prices. Pretty much every Intel price list revision would show decreases in quite a few areas. These days a price reduction on any chip is an unlikely occurrence.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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It would be interesting to see some sort of geographical or national breakdown.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Pops likes it

Just picked up a new ASUS minitower for my dad to replace his old creaking XP box.

Nice machine on sale for $369. 6GB memory, 1TB disk, zippy AMD A8-6500. Came with Windows 8. Upgraded it to 8.1, set dad up with an outlook.com account which gives him online email synced with Windows 8's mail application (replaces old Outlook Express).

Automatically recognized his new Samsung laser printer no problem when plugged in first time. He likes the fact that printing works the same now in all Metro apps (from charms). Now does a nice print preview as well which is a nice touch.

After about an hour dad had it all figured out and thought it was pretty cool. Big smile on his face. He likes the metro UI with the bigger icons and the single-click requirement. Yes he actually liked it, and liked it using a mouse. All the basic apps included such as weather, news and stocks aren't too bad at all, especially for a non-power-user.

So based on my one-person conversion experience for a typical web-browsing and emailing use-case 8.1 seems to work quite well.

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How d'ya make a JPMorgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

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Re: Hey El Reg, here's a better source of some of those tasty Twitted comments

And of course the inevitable follow-up.... #Snarknado

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Hero HTC phone takes a BULLET, saves shop worker's life mid-robbery

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Angel

Zing!

I don't think the product managers realized what they were asking for when they demanded a bullet-proof design!

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Coat

Well obviously for large computational loads

They are looking for improved floating-point performance.

I'll get my raincoat...

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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They are following Microsoft's lead again

Microsoft's newest tablets are shipping with office built in. For example the newest Dell Windows 8.1 Pro machine (Venue 8 Pro) comes with Office Home and Student pre-installed. For $299 and up that is a heck of a deal!

Apple is starting to feel the pinch more and more!

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Intel bakes super-snooper to stop industrial espionage

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Had a good laugh - the googleads inserted item was for a movie:

They See Your Every Move

CLOSED CIRCUIT

In theatres August 28

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