* Posts by jrb

6 posts • joined 23 Jan 2008

Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update


exactly the kind of content I expected from el Reg.

so here's how it actually is.

1) no one commenting here has a windows phone, and updated it to 8.1. I have, and have been using it since it went live.

2) I've been following reddit,com/rwindowsphone for the past few days, the reality is a practically everyone is happy with the update. There are however the following issues that people seem to uniformly agree on

1) xbox music app is really not very good at all, and for those subscribing to the "xbox pass" music subscription it has lost a key function. the ability to see new music.

2) previously games were hidden from the app list, instead stored in their own games container. now they're in the app list. People don't like unexpected change, and this was never publicised.

3) in certain places the hubs aren't at first, as nice as they used to be. The general issue people have is they think they cannot see social media feeds under specific contacts, or under the people hub. They can, that functionality in its entirety is still there.

People also think they cannot access their facebook photos from the photos hub. they can, that function is still there in its entirety.

So what has really changed is

a) the music hub is 100% gone, it's now an app. A rubbish app.

b) some of the facebook integration has gone, e.g. you can't see the facebook photos of a contact in their profile, or see what new photos have been uploaded by other people in the photos hub. Remember, we didn't have a facebook app when WP launched, now we have a good one developed by Microsoft that doesn't come with all the fluff that the official app does on other platforms. :-)

everything else 8.1 brings, and there is A LOT, is very very nice, especially if you have been using Cortana.

> Websey said "RTFM If you have enough sense to be able to read a how to install 8.1 you should be able to read that this is a preview,"

this is a feature complete release, it's RTM (released to manufacturing), not RTFM. But will microsoft stop with development of WP? Of course not, most of the OS is split out in to Apps that can easily be updated bypassing carriers.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross


oh dear

he should probably update his copy of word, since it hasn't relied on .doc format, or even .docx in quite a while now. Not that I like word, but it's hardly the worst word processor out there.

But then, he clearly has an inconsistent axe to grind, and as such I really couldn't care less. It certainly doesn't paint his fictional work in good light if he can't even write a half decent critique of a word processor.

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law


Re: Way cool

Google's argument only holds up if they hold NO personal data in the EU AND they specifically state upon account creation that all personal data will be held in the US.

I suspect that's not the case, which simply means google have to abide by EU privacy laws if they wish to continue to operate in the EU - where the money / tax is made and paid is as irrelevant as where the web site is made. Claiming it's of any importance is clearly an ill-thought out stalling tactic.

If this were the US the government would look at seizing google's US domains. I'm fairly sure Google wouldn't want to lose all of their EU specific domains. ;)

'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'


oh god

idiots. stop complaining.

finally you have a use for your cpu

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

IT Angle


google isn't often this critical of competitors, or defensive of its work like this. i wonder why they feel the need to be so bitchy.

Drive-by download menace spreading fast

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too quick to blame IE?

i think you're missing the point here if you're going to jump on the bandwagon, and try to blame internet explorer.

How are these zombie sites getting infected. Sophos' research suggests a combination of javascript, and a web server exploit. Apache was named as a webserver that's been exploitable, although it seems it's not limited to just that..



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