* Posts by Khaptain

3138 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: Gesture me THIS

Eadon:

I think it is the same as the CTRL-ALT-BackSpace gesture that the Linux users use ;-) It is usually followed by the vocalisation "Oh FFS".

The detection of the "Oh FFS" is much easier than than flailing of arms and the kicking of anything inanimate.

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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Re: Thats it Luke, let the hatred flow through you...

@h4rm0ny

The enterprise featureas are a +"Nice to Have" list of things.

But what everyone really wants is the damned start menu back to what is was and at least to give us the choice to use TIFKAM or not.

Windows 8 is probably ready from an "administrators" point of view it is not ready from the "Users" point of view. This is an OS that has been desinged for touch screen computing, how many office workers do you know that have touch screens ?

It's not hatred, it's frustration, two very different things. We want a new OS just not this one.

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Smut-for-Glass app suffers premature ejection

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FAIL

Not really an app

It's just a poor excuse to gain traffic for their pr0n site.

They even list "El Reg" in their "As featured on" list.

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Unemployed? Ugly? Ugh, no thanks, says fitties-only job website

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WTF?

The Arianistic approach.

They can call it what they want but I don't see the difference between this and a form of Arianism, selective breeding for selective tasks.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell even Kim bloody Dotcom etc were/are anything but good looking, they all managed to do quite well.

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Twitter, Facebook are 'a MENACE to society', says Turkey's PM

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Re: "the worst menace to society"

That article is indeed interesting and well written.

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"the worst menace to society"

Of course it is a menace , the last thing that he wants is for the people to remain together and actually communicate. From what I have understood this guy is a radical who is extremely unpopular with the secular Turks.

Obviously he belongs to the conquer and divide group of dictators leaders.

He was voted in democratically so it is not easy to take a position either way.

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Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam

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Re: Big testicles you say?

This video gives a whole new meaning to "One swift kick to the balls".

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

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Re: Wikipedia shows a completely different story.

I am quite sure that a lot of business wouldn't agree with that remark.

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Re: More traction...

It's not just the applications, it is also all of the appropriate drivers, hardware compatibility, support that is required. It is the entire eco system that has to be be ready, available and capable of providing exactlly what the business wants.

MS Windows is a lot more than just a desktop operating system. It is also the servers, the applications, the usability, the familiarity, the print spoolers etc etc etc .

I don't believe that Linux will ever replace windows but I do believe that a spinoff like Android or similar might.

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Wikipedia shows a completely different story.

Strange, Wikipedia shows a 1.21% for Linux, 6.99% for Apple and pretty much all the rest is MS.

OK, Wikipedia is not an almight being and probably doesn't have exact details but I am sure that it won't be far from the truth.

So what/where are the figures to back up Shuttleworths remarks ?

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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@JDX

>A giant screen full of applications and documents is pretty intuitive

I would consider a giant screen full of applications very counter productive. It takes too long to find things, scanning a screenfull of icons is a nightmare when looking for a seldomly used program

This is one of the areas in which the original start menu was excellent and still is. Neat, short alphabetical listings/folders are far easier to scan.

Regardless the point still remains that MS should give us a choice, TIFKAM or the original Start Menu, then everyone would be happy.

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Listening to customers -- What a joke

How many of those customers asked for a Proxy start menu ?

FFS there are million so users that are used too and love the traditional Start Menu. WTF can't they actually listen to the millions rather than listen to marketing bods.

This who Touch Screen crap is becoming a f****ing joke. Mice and Keyboard are fine,

Corporates don't want/need touch screens and corporates are where the money really lies, because they are the biggest users of MS Office ( Office is the real money spinner).

W7 is fine, so I will remain here until this shit all fizzles out.

( PS : I have W8 on a secondary machine but it still pisses me off 6 months down the line, I am not being stubborn I just don't find the interface as productive as W7)

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Drupal hacked, resets passwords after millions of accounts exposed

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Re: Are there really ....

I agree, I don't understand the figures. There might be Millions of people using Drupal but Millions on their website seems quite dubious.

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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WTF?

Snake oil or Marketing cream

Cover up the Hitler picture with your hand and just look at the kettle, what do you see : A Kettle.........

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Give us the damned choice

They started by ramming TIFKAM down our throats.

Now they would gently like to nudge it donw our throats.

Why not simply give us the choice, TIFKAM OR the Start Menu ( aka W7 Start menu).The half arsed approach never works.

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Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

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Re: @AC 13:27

@ac13:36

Linux Distro ( Which one there are thousands to choose from also blank DVDs, USB Sticks cost money. If you get stuck whilst installing you are on your own. By not knowing how to pass the correct parameters to Grub for your graphics card you will be treated as a complete noobie on any Linux forums. They won't help but they do sneer. Professional Pyschological treatment is expensive and you will need several sessions.

GIMP : Shouldn't take any more than 3 years to learn the basics. It's the kind of software that you will use only after being tied to a tree and beaten with a big stick. You will need to stock up on plenty of toilet paper/tissues. It will have you shitting and crying in next to no time.

Libre Office : Welcome to the 1990s, it makes MS Office 95 feel modern. You will never again feel Hip and Cool. You will have to rush out and buy yourself a "beard". You will lose your friends and your parents will no longer send you files, they will say things like "WTF is ODF". You will be relegated to solitary confinement at the end of the garden.. You will end up buying expensive copies of the "survivalist guide to Linux and office for the poor".

TCO : You will become bald, tearing your hair out as soon as a LIB is out of sync or between deciding with Desktop Manager Thingy to use for the day.... Hair replacement is more expensive than MS Windows.

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Re: But...

>What does an ROI mean on no outlay?

It's a bit like winning the Loto without having had to buy a ticket. ( If I correctly understood the logic)

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Ripe

"ripe for exploration".

Shouldn't that read "Exploitation."

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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How about diasplaying a list of Anonymous's members and telephone numbers as well.

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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

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Re: Great news for the Taxman ( not)

Yes, you are correct, I was thinking in terms of the Multinationals, Amazon, Ebay, Google etc which are the online crowd.

And yes effectively the Starbucks, Applse, MacDonalds ( The high street crowd) etc are probably pulling of the same stunts.

The importance being that the International nature of these business allows them to exploit the loopholes

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'Secret Pentagon papers' show China hacked into Patriot missile system

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Re: Really?

>Anything classified above Confidential certainly wouldn't have been on a machine connected to a public network

Were there any Chinese engineers/students working in your department back then. Today you might find that there are......

Firewall can't protect from attacks from within..

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PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

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Re: Naah, its market saturation

@Charles

If it were market saturation would the prices not normally fall ? Which I do not believe is currently the case.

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Re: @Khaptain (Windows 8)

For those that know the difference ( The El Reg crowd), they would simply uninstall and reinstall system of choice.

For those that don't know ( Typical Joe Punter types), they would continue to buy anyway.

In other wordds:

Those that know about PCs don't have to worry about the OS, others are usually too uninformed to care.

That's it is why I do not believe the W8 is the influential factor.

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Re: Windows 8

I doubt if Windows 8 is the cause,it is more of a victim of circumstance. I would say though, that it happened to come along at the same time as a major recession, at a time when tablets and smart phones were reaching maturity and in which the non-power users realised that a PC was overkill in relation to their real needs.

W8 is also on the, "I hate Windows Cycle" ( every second version) and it was developed for touch screens so it shouldn't really have any influence over the non touch screen market.

Business is also extending refresh from 3 years to 4 years for financial reasons, PCs now have far more power than office workers require, XP is still fine for business, so there are fewer reasons to upgrade ( that's what the bean counters want anyway).

PC sales are failing because there has been a paradigm shift in what users currently use/require. It's called evolution.

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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

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Solution to global warming is easy

All that is required is to create an economic system that does allows the Rich to remain rich without the requirement of a continually expanding society ( ie Bye Bye Capitalism).

Imagine the impact on the environment of the world population was reduced to 2 Billion within the next 50 years.

We honestly do not need to expand eternally and we don't need to deploy drastic solutions to reduce the populations, we simply need to educate people and ensure that every remains fed. The chinese "one baby" solution is not such a bad idea if only it could be done in a manner which avoids system abuse .

The real pollution is the quantitiy of "Human Beings" on the earth. Scientists and politicians need to stop looking anywhere else. We are eating up and using/abusing all of the earths natural resources at an alarming rate, what else did anyone expect as an outcome.

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First 'adult' app for Google Glass planned 'within days'

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Re: Chat roulette just got scarier!

>augmented reality nudifier

The TSA and major airports have been using them for quite some time already. Unfortunately for the security agents they see what people actually look like.

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Symantec retires low-end security software

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Re: Security begins at the keyboard

Unfortunately, I agree with what you are saying.

I don't know how many of the major AV providers can actually protect from the RansomWare, personally I wouldn't like to do the test. We use Macafee at work and it doen't catch all the Ransomware either.

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Re: The best way to keep your system stable

If MS supply an A/V - the others shout "Anti Trust"..

If MS do not supply an A/V - the other others shout "Insecure System".

It's a "Lose Lose" situation for MS.

Personally I hate the alternative solutions, popups, PITA updates, cost..

Security begins at the keyboard, the OS is the second line...

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: Waiting for a reboot of...

Can we also have the "Clangers". In this day and age of recycling they would be perfect.

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Lenovo planning US smartphone push as PC sales stall

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ThinkPhones

Presumably they will be black with an excellent keyboard, I'll have one please.

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Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

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Goodbye to the Cybers

Cyber war is about the capacity to rid the other side of their Cybers. If you are not a Cyber then you have nothing to worry about.

Cybers and Cyberling should not panic, they should mearly head off to the closest Cyber shelter where they will be cared for by the RSPC. ( Royal Society for the Protection of Cybers)

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: Fanboi Mania - difficult to understand, from either camp

Oops that should have been :

What are the premises ( instead of why)..... I was too late to hit the edit button..

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Fanboi Mania - difficult to understand, from either camp

Something I have never really understood is why anyone, other then business, even care about how many phones were sold by Apple, Samsung or Nokia.

I, personally, find it a little bit off-putting knowing that I currently possess the 1st, 2nd or 3rd best selling phone on the market. Kind of makes me feel like a brainless sheep.....

Why are the premises that leave people being "proud" that they have the same phone as 50 Million other people ?

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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@AndrueC

Third party applications are fine but not for something as essential as the start menu. It is one of those elements that you really want to be "perfectly" integrated.

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Re: Deep breath now...

@Panser and the Regular

If TIFKAM is so usable then why are MS deciding to do a u-turn and give us back, at least partially, the existing start menu. ????

So calm down ladies, when MS also admits failure then there was obviously something wrong somewhere along the line and it can't always be the users fault.

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@AndrueC

No OS should ever require 3rd party programs in order for it to become useable.

TIFKAM appears to have been designed by Microsoft in order to follow Microsoft's strategic plans, it seems very difficult to believe that many actual objectively thinking users were consulted during it's developement.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

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Gimp

You might even get the chance to lick a very special lollipop.

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MIT takes battery-powered robot cheetah for a gallop

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Why legs.

I love these "anibots" ( Animal Robot, copyright "me") but I have never understood the quest for them to have legs rather than wheels or tracks.

Is there a particular reason for them having legs ? I presume that there is a functional purpose but I can't really see what it is.

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

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Apples and oranges

Zuckerberg did not buy Facebook so whatever he comes away with, he is still a winner.

Murdoch on the other hand lost 256 Meeeelllllionnns.

Smells more like sour grapes than anything else.

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Have your users managed to force iOS devices on you?

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Re: No business case

These kinds of devices are usually in addition to existing material and the company will have to pay for pay for the Hardware ( refreshed each 3 or 4 years ), Licences, Maintenance and Training and Support ( annual - Recurring costs).

By the way support will never be pushed onto the user, it always falls through to the IT dept. ( Unless you work in a tech company)

As for the cost of the device, I would like to see just how many users are willing to stump up 700 USD/ EUR for a device for the workplace...

I really don't see any long term cost efficiency coming out of this.. I would be interested in reading your Business Case in order to establish where you are really saving money.

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No business case

No-one was capable of providing a valid business case for BYOD......

So in answer to this blatent PUBLICITY, No iOS devices will set foot in our company.

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Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

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Re: The European Parliament

If what you say is true then he will fit right in within the Parliament.

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The European Parliament

I have been a few times for a variety of reasons, I can't think of any other occasions on which that I have ever met such a large set of numties in one place..

As for Sunde, I am absolutely convinced that he would do any worse, if nothing else Bittorrent is well thought out, resilient and capable of surviving through the worst storms.

I will give him my vote.

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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Strange Coincedence

Our El Reg hack shares the same family name as one of those star wars characters, mmmmhhhhh, something smells fishy here.

Is your wifes maiden name Fischer by any chance ?

Swinging back to the dark side.

The 63 year old man was dressed as which character ? Don't let me guess Obi Wan....

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My god, what's that STENCH belching from your iPhone?

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Re: I can see the future...

All it needs now is a little tube that spits out some brown liquid into the users face and so they can realise what having a shit day really means.

Lets call it the "iExperience", complete immersion into your environment.

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Marlinspike: Saudi mobe network tried to recruit me to sniff citizens' privates

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No need to look at the Saudis

Why do the words "Echelon" and "Phorm" spring to mind.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity ends in Kazakhstan

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Re : Next stop...

I wonder if he now knows if there really is "Life on mars" ? Did he ever get the change to meet "Lady Stardust" , was she really the "Prettiest Star", does he have any aspirations of joining the "Spiders from Mars" ?

He truly knows the meaning of going from "Station to Station", although he is probably glad that he didn't use a "V2-Scheider" to get there, whilst he was travelling "Across the Universe".

I am convinced that he would have made "Ziggy Stardust" proud and I hope that the paparzzi never got a pic of him "Loving the Alien".

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Re: Welcome home Commander.

I definately agree that this guy has actually re-motivated my interest in the ISS and space station/exploration.

He adds a human touch to a very "difficult to truly appreciate profession".

Well done Mr Hadfield, your doing a great job.

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Amazon launches own currency

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Monopoly characters

Since it appears as though this is just another large game where we are the pawns can I be the Locomotive.

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World Web Consortium warms HTML bed for forced DRM snuggle

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Re: DRM

@Eadon

I have no idea how you managed to extract that out of my post.. Sometimes you can even make AMANFROMMARS seem sensible....

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