* Posts by GBL Initialiser

137 posts • joined 7 Feb 2013

HOT SWEATY RACKS blamed for Outlook.com, Hotmail MELTDOWN

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Re: Cloud based services continue

Yeah, why can't we have good old fashioned Internet services with no data centres and no temperature contro...WAIT A SECOND!

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Advert auto playing annoying fanfare sound

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Re: Advert auto playing annoying fanfare sound

Denmark, IE10, Win8.

Going to the advert URL directly in Firefox also plays the music instantly though I haven't run in to it normally in FF yet.

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Advert auto playing annoying fanfare sound

One of the adverts displayed on your site is an obnoxious flash concoction that automatically plays an annoying fanfare without any user interaction. The flash video URL in question is http://www.aldaniti.net:8080/imagenes/creatividades/20130228112406.swf (The audio seems to only play once in a while). The URL it takes you to is http://www.aldaniti.net/wingames/apple_dk/index.php

I hope that you find chaps over at El Reg will agree that automatically playing sound is a no-no and will euthanise this particular advert.

Oh and to pre-empt the standard web user reply to posts like these, no I wont use adblock because I'm not a parasite.

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Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

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Windows

Re: hotmail/outlook.com works fine to me

@Grikath

Yep, one can only surmise that people are so sensitive to criticism about their chosen company that the articles seem, to them, to be worse than those about other corps.

Additionally, a number of commentards accuse El Reg of being in Microsoft's pocket. So there you have it, El Reg is both anti-Microsoft & pro-Microsoft at the same time. The commentards have spoken!

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Facepalm

Re: hotmail/outlook.com works fine to me

I'm one of the three people who really likes Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. That out of the way I would like to add that this site isn't anti-Microsoft any more than it's anti-Apple, anti-Google, anti-Blackberry etc... Stop taking it so seriously. Corps don't need you to stick up for them.

I haven't had any issues with outlook this time either (though there was an issue a few weeks back that I got stung by). Microsoft ballsed up and people should know they did.

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Devs tease early screenshots of Ubuntu Touch Core Apps

GBL Initialiser

Try making a point without resorting to hyperbole. On the other hand if you actually think your abortion analogy is reasonable you may wish to take break from tech* for a while**.

* and asterisks.

** and seek help***

*** For the tech addiction, not asterisks.

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

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Happy to see that El Reg app is the only news app I have seen that is smart enough to have a view in browser button so its easy to access features the app doesn't deliver such as copy & paste.

I get quite a lot of use out of the feature as the WP8 app doesn't add the headline when sharing to twitter (hint, hint).

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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This is why the term 'die' isn't valid for this situation. Your XP install will still work and as such so will your printer.

If you were forced to stop using XP then you may have had a point.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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If they didn't think to turn it off in their login script then they didn't deserve said quids.

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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I got this one.

Let me explain

See, Apple is the name of the company that produces iOS but it's also the name of a fruit.

Now pay attention as this is where it gets a bit botanical or what have you.

The thing about your basic apple (the fruit) is that it has a quality that could be described as "fruity" and the thing about Apple corp, your basic Apple corp thing, is that it's named after said, fruity fruit. So the writer of this article decided - and I hope you are prepared for this humdinger of a pun realization - to use the term to describe Apple.

I hope I have been able to put your mind at ease by explaining this clearly enough. If you need further assistance the El Reg news desk may be willing to borrow Anna on a consultancy basis so she may try her hand at explaining.

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

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I can't see advertising changing enough that it would prevent such services from selling advertising space. We have had advertising for a long time and it only seems to be increasing both online and out in the real world.

I'll admit that I know sod all about advertising but the only way I can ever see Facebook having trouble selling adverts is if the advertisers decide that they aren't reaching enough users. This could happen if Facebook's user base plummets or if major shopping websites (e.g. Amazon) start to have a more effective form of advertising i.e. not suggesting that people buy the same product (or type of product) that they purchased 5 mins ago

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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Re: FUD

@Eadon

Last year some time I tried to update Ubuntu but as they didn't have time to fix a major OS bug (that was known prior to release) with a popular graphics card before the code freeze it locked up mid install and rendered my system unbootable. I never reinstalled, I was only installing it to give it a spin to see what it was like these days. Now I use Windows & BSD, the former handles Binary updates well and it seems the latter can compile from source smoother than Ubuntu handles binary updates.

I seem to recall mentioning this before on El Reg in the past and it didn't go down well. But yeah, I have good reason to have uncertainly, fear and doubt over the update processes of Linux distros.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Quite. If this is the response they get then they may as well not have bothered with relaxing the agreement.

No pleasing some people. I found the Microsoft is dead to me chap(ette) the most amusing.

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Proto Steam box may feel your arousal, hints Valve daddy

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I find myself wondering if Valve/HW vendor focus for gaming on Linux will shift when this releases. Unless Valve keep focus on Steam on the desktop as well as this Linux "Steam box" is there not a risk that hardware/software support will revolve around it?

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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It's one small step for man; one giant dump for mankind.

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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On my last install of Windows 8, after installing updates, it wouldn't stop giving me the damn browser choice screen. Had to manually disable it via the registry.

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Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

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Coat

Re: Confessions of a search engine Exec

Quite so. Televisions foster hyperbole, drama etc... We want none of that around here do we, Eadon?

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GBL Initialiser

The iDevice that exploded in that guys trousers was potentially emasculating. I'll give him that.

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

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Coat

Re: Apple really take the piss

That'll take the wind out of the competition.

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"As part of its weekly patent-application release, the US Patent and Trademark Office published "Magnetic Stand for Tablet Device" on Thursday, which describes "a way for securely attaching a tablet device to a stand where it can be removed and replaced with ease.""

Your Honour, as you can see the witness was able to remove the tablet from its holder without even the most minor of wrist injury. I therefore feel justified in requesting an immediate ban on all sales of it in this country.

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Which? There are two versions of IE10 on Windows 8. One Metro styled and one desktop. You can choose which you use and they share data.

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I switched from Chrome to IE10. Chrome was being sluggish and crashing on occasion. IE10 seems consistently faster & I haven't had a crash yet after months of use.

Chrome also randomly failed some http://www.acidtests.org/ where IE10 worked every time.

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Apple patents situational awareness for oblivious fanbois

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I would have hoped that such a patent would require specific situations to be aware of as to not be too wide ranging. As it stands does this mean Apple now have a patent on a device doing something based on something happening around it?

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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Re: Can I have Andrew's MWC ticket?

Would that be because he questioned a high profile open source project (Firefox OS), questioned an "open" source product (Android), made a small remark that could cast WP in a positive light or some other reason?

I suppose you could object to the overall tone but I found it quite amusing whilst still being news.

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GBL Initialiser

Updates are pushed out from phone makers, not Microsoft.

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Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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Re: Puzzled

"The fact that it only comes to less than 200MB is exactly my point - if I have GBs free, why can't I use it?"

As said, Google are in the business of gathering data on you, storing it, and using it to sell you stuff. If you are offline then they can't gather data about you. Arguably they could have it all uploaded later when you go online but this would be harder to spin as they couldn't use the "necessary to provide the service" excuse.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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You will need to narrow it down a bit. Was it one that blew up too?

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Samsung makes you scream but nobody is allowed to hear because Apple patented it.

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Trollface

Official: Android makes people scream, nobody can hear the cries for help ;)

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Meet Antarctic sysadmin Richard Youd

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If anyone can an Aussie can.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Holmes

Re: Also...

The text you quoted says "on the horizon". I think there are already one or two mobiles running Android. Sherlock indeed.

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

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Re: Quick, get me Saul Goodman on the line!

That would be rather unfair considering it had nothing to do with Google.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Joke

Re: Different kinds of products

@dogged

Of course it's an OS feature! Making sure there is a little image there to let people know they can get to a list of programs and save them from the terror of having to press Windows Key & Q at the same time is just as important as process scheduling & memory management ;)

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Re: Desktop Wars!!!!!

Only one? Hardly. Handy how you relegated the Office wars to "Next we will have", Eadon. Instead of saying that they won. And Chromebook is Google competing on the desktop now is it? So it's going to compete with tablets, desktops and presumably laptops? That means it's a potential trouble for Linux too then.

Back soon, throwing all my stuff away so I can replace it with a Chromebook.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?

They already have us covered. El Reg has a "Vulture Central units" converter

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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So next time the headline will read "Apple store glass doors nicked in don't-smash and grab"

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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"informing it that it had to provide users with an opt-out option for each of its products"

I would imagine that this will directly interfere with Google's current 'you use it even if you don't...use it...' social marketing strategy.

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Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013

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Re: Well...

Adblock branded ear protectors in order on your next visit.

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Joke

Re: The car alone would be enough.

If you buy the car it would probably automatically drive you back to the shop on your way somewhere else due to your previously expressed interest in Google products.

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Russian boffins race to meteorite crash lake as shard prices go sky-high

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Alien

There's going to be trouble when those giant aliens come looking for their golf ball

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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"It's so cold in here I'm freezing my AES off"

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Joke

Re: Actually looking forward...

"Close Windows so it doesn't get so cold" maybe?

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

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Re: Its a sad day

"when stupidity means you cant even name your shop after the product it sells."

Next time I'm hankering for a golden delicious I'll head to an "Apple Store" then. Are they next to the iPhones or the iPads?

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Holmes

Ah wait, all these sites all over the world are now linking to both Veber and their python.co.uk site.

Could this possibly be some convoluted SEO manipulation?

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Mushroom

Damn, you are right! There is even more at stake here than I realised!

Europe, rally, rally, rally!

(Oh for an edit button for all users)

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Yep, seems that it's going to cost the PSF tens of thousands even if they win. There should be a way to recoup the costs of objection when a trademark application is filed that's as obviously flawed as this.

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