* Posts by h4rm0ny

4544 posts • joined 26 Jul 2008

Can YOU crack the Gauss uber-virus encryption?

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Re: Textbook clueless agent

Presumably the encrypted parts must be unencrypted at some point to be of use. This is a genuine question. How possible is it to monitor this thing and see what they are when they are opened up? Presumably the keys to the package are stored elsewhere. Is it possible to run this thing in a VM under a variety of different circumstances that might trigger it to go get the keys and do whatever it is it's supposed to do, and see what the RAM contains at that point or else grab the keys as they are retrieved?

I wont be the first person who has ever thought of that so what stops it working?

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Apple, Microsoft reveal their Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

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Re: Ummm

Windows 8 looks very very different to both OSX and iOS, im;, the Surfaces have this different software on them as well as being a hybrid devices rather than a pure tablets. And as to the App store, I don't believe the story actually listed this as something they'd agreed not to compete on at all, you just added that in.

That said, this sort of non-compete stuff is bad for all of us both because we benefit from real competition and because it creates a barrier to entry for new companies.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

"Except the person who started this thread in the first place?.."

Okay. So someone was saying that this was something they liked about Win8. Didn't notice that. But I was only posting to correct someone who thought that you couldn't use the Windows key in Win8 as you could in Win7, which you can. The whole thing about it not being a selling point was a point that someone else raised.

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Re: The irony is

And there's no reason Linux shouldn't copy it. Linux has always taken good features from other OSes and incorporated them, along with adding its own good stuff. Standing on the shoulders of giants, etc. All these OSes influence and drive each other to improve. What will be really funny is when Apple copy things from it. There's a certain core of Apple users that will really struggle with that.

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Re: No need to wait.

"My main gripe with Win8 is: take away the new "Windows 8 user interface" which was formerly known as Metro and what do you have left ?"

It boots faster. Also runs faster. They've refined the built-in software RAID and you can actually do chkdisk drive repairs on a volume whilst it's mounted. It's better for multi-monitor (handles different sized monitors more comfortably, better thought out in how you can manage them - e.g. I no longer have to move my mouse pointer all the way across two or more 24" monitors to get to the "Start" button. It neatly integrates with Cloud services (and that's not Skydrive in my case, I'm setting up a private cloud). It's got a superb performance management tool. It's got a built in File History tool to go back in time on files. There's streamlined profile management with far greater granularity over what is and isn't allowed, e.g. if you want to set up accounts for your children (site whitellsting, usage limits, monitoring, etc.). For businesses, you can install software based around an authentication key so that when they are connected to your VPN or on site, the software is "installed" and when not, it is invisible. In fact, the BYOD work they've put into it is really nice all round. Better default IPv6 handling. They've re-written a lot of the graphics handling so you get better performance and on laptops, it uses less power. They've redone various parts such as the File Manager (no more faffing around when you want to show Hidden files - you just flip them). The Task Manager is now something far more impressive. The Security Essentials stuff is now no longer a separate thing you have to go and get but something built in. Native SVG handling...

Not sure what you're interested in. But basically there's a lot of refinement and new things in Win8 and it's going to be the platform going forward. The new UI is obviously the most visible part, but it's far from the only part. And you did ask.

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Re: You're not alone!

"Maybe I'm in the minority, but I find the notion of having to type an app's name problematic. Being the geeky type, I have dozens and dozens of apps installed on my PC. Some of these I use daily, and typing the name isn't a problem"

I strongly suggest you try it yourself rather than trying to work out how it functions from other people's comments. You don't have to type the name of a program. You can just click on it with the mouse. It's just that you *can* type the name if you want. Just as you could in WIndows 7. It's my normal way of launching something in Linux too and has been long before Unity (which I don't use). I've been using Alt+F2 in Linux for years. Mice are for moving windows around, imo. ;)

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

"Erm, yes, that's the point. The OP sold it as "additional functionality" of a start menu, when it's existed since Vista. It's not new, and it's not a benefit of Metro."

It's the part where they go on to say that they can do this "without having to clicking" (sic). They were responding to (checks subject of discussion) someone who said they could click in the corner and type what they wanted by saying they didn't have to click in Windows 7. Kind of strongly implies that they think in Windows 8, you do. You're reaching here.

Besides, it would be a complete strawman to pick on some random feature that is the same in both OSes and loudly complain that it's not an advantage when to the best of my knowledge no-one has been billing that feature being a selling point.

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

Got to love this place. Someone complains that you can't click the Windows key and type the program that you want, they get votes up. I post a single line in reply pointing out that you can do this on Win8 exactly the same as on Win7 and in come the down votes. Bias > Truth, apparently with some people, apparently.

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

"Windows 7 already does this? Without having to clicking anything (Windows button -> type)"

That works exactly the same on Win8 as well.

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You don't need a touch-device for Win8 at all. You can do pretty much everything with the same amount of clicks / mouse movements / keyboard shortcuts as you can in Win7. I've found very few cases where it takes more.

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Re: trying it now

If you can, dual boot it. I tried one of the earlier ones in a VM (Virtualbox) and found the VM software didn't handle full-screen / edges of the window very well. Using it normally, it's been fine. Better than fine, in fact. I use it as my preferred OS over Win7 at the moment. It's been plenty stable enough so far and everything I installed on Win7 has installed fine on Win8 that I've tried so far.

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Saudi royals seek ban on .virgin, .sex, .catholic, .wtf and 159 MORE

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Re: "Many societies ... consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture [or] morality"

I doubt that Jedit meant that. Personally I'm fine with telling Saudi Arabia oppression of women is wrong whether they keep their noses out of our business or not. There's a point where minding your own business becomes looking the other way.

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: Expect lots of furious customers........."

The "I want a Google" crowd are probably better off with a more locked down system that has their email, browser, Office setup for them, along with the usual Facebook integration and whathaveyou. These will do what 90% of that demographic want, I expect. Those of us who need more will be informed enough to know the difference between a machine running full Windows 8 and a "RT PC" as these are being called.

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Re: Er, that gesture graphic... unknown object

"much to the puzzlement of many males."

Now that I belive. *sigh*

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Re: @Nate

Windows 8 comes with anti-virus built in. No need for Norton or McAfee (*shudder*) who sneak onto practically any new system you buy. Last time I removed McAfee for someone, I actually had to download a special program buried in the depths of their website to uninstall it, as the regular Windows uninstall process wouldn't work.

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Re: Er, that gesture graphic...

"The problem is they've forgotten the key gesture that many people will give Win RT, namely the one finger salute (or possibly the two finger one, if you're being historic)."

I think you'll need the Kinnect for that.

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Re: Slavish Copy

"Even the Surface announcement press conference shamelessly copied Apple to the tiniest detail."

People have been standing on stages holding products up for the press since before Apple. Just so you know.

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Re: Slavish Copy

"They've slavishly copied the iPad."

Because it has rounded corners? ;)

Not sure if you're joking - probably are. But just in case, exactly what format would you expect a touch-screen interface that you want to be easily held in the hand to be? Normal screen-sized? Obvious. Thin and light? Obvious.

So is a thin, rectangular device supposed to be some strikingly unexpected design revolution that anyone who uses it must be "slavishly copying" Apple from? Does anyeone expect Asus to start manufacturing triangular devices now? I hope you're not a jury member on the Apple v. Samsung trial! ;)

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Re: Er, that gesture graphic...

Those nubs have always been called clitorises. It's the common name for them in the UK in my experience.

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Re: Looks like the TF Infinity

"It does, and it is... But can I install RT on my current infinity???"

Looks highly unlikely. From their blog post:

"Windows RT software will not be sold or distributed independent of a new Windows RT PC, just as you would expect from a consumer electronics device that relies on unique and integrated pairings of hardware and software."

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AntiLeaks boss: We'll keep pummeling WikiLeaks and Assange

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Re: Could well be some run-of-the-mill Obamites

Have a downvote for emphasizing the irrelevant factor of Obama's race.

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YouTube escapes Google's piracy site smackdown

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Re: Google favours its own services shock story.....

If Google base the algorithm around the proportion of content, then YouTube will be less affected, and it will be legitimate to do so. A site that hosts a million videos and gets a thousand take down requests - e.g. 99.9% legitimate content is compared to a smaller site that hosts a thousand videos and gets five hundred take down requests - i.e. only 50% legitimate content. If the algorithm were just to compare the number of take down requests, then the former site which is overwhelmingly legitimate would get penalised by the site that is plainly either aimed at pirated content or doesn't care.

Naturally the algorithm should be based around take-down requests as a proportion of the content. In which case, it may well be the case that YouTube wont be as penalised.

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Google may face grilling by MPs over 'immoral' tax avoidance

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Re: If it's legal

I would. And in principle I do. I could save money by avoiding paying some of the tax I do in the UK (note, that's avoid by legal means, not evade by under reporting etc.) It's not the £1million you use in your example, but I voluntarily pay tax that I could get out of. The reason being that whilst there are legal ways out of it, I don't see it as ethical to get out of the tax.

Not everyone thinks like you do whether you believe it or not.

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Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy

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Re: Blue

"Here's a frackin' good idea. Instead of using water+additives to frack wells, why not use an alkane gel? Comes back up as gas, and contamination of water is impossible."

It's interesting, but I would guess the logic is as follows: the people who do the frakking believe that water+additives is safe and wont contaminate water tables, therefore there is no advantage to using the gel. Secondly, whatever they do, the loudest parts of the environmental movement will still condemn them and shout that it's unsafe. Thus more cost for no benefit, unless groups like Friends of the Earth were willing to take a more nuanced view of things, which in my experience they are not.

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Re: Intelligent?

"Remember that half the population falls on the left side of the bell-curve to begin with"

But those on the right-side of the bell-curve have more influence.

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Just remember, you may not change the mind of the person you are arguing with, but you may change the minds of those listening to you both.

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Do you really have to call them environmentalists?

It's obnoxious the way some people have tried to claim the word when there are many of us out here who actively work to protect the environment but happen to be, for example, pro-nuclear.

There's an Old Guard that have a lock on the top of the environmental movement. There's no way any pro-Nuclear argument will ever get past the people at the top of Friends of the Earth, for example, no matter how much sense it makes. But where do the rest of us environmentally minded people go when we're put off from all the main environmental movements because of the closed-minded people at the top.

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Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes

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Re: *blink*

"Say what? Doesn't believe? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhkaaaaayyy....* Have to say I smell something that typically comes from bulls in smelly brown loads."

Funny. I smell a post by someone from half way around the world who probably doesn't speak the language of the people involved (and is thus cut off from any primary source) and is confident in pronouncing that they know more about this than the child's mother.

The kid is seventeen. For all I know, he's slighly mentally disadvantaged, he was heavily lied to by people who were or he was told were physicians, he was pressured into it by someone who wanted to get out of gambling debts or any number of other possible explanations. But no - James O'Brien knows all!

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

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Re: About as modern as an old Ford Poplar

Your entire post is bizarre to me as the Desktop with all its multi-windowing and capability is still there. You can flip between that and Metro with a single keypress. I do it all the time. And I can use a mouse with it just as I always have (though I actually have a trackball - makes no difference). Have you actually used Win8 for any length of time?

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"Well you would do. There's a lot more Microsoft stuff about."

No. I meant that I see a lot more bias against Windows than I do against Linux in any given story about either.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

Well as someone who generally likes the new stuff from Microsoft, I can give you countless examples of where simple factual corrections from me have been modded down heavily. Time and time again. Respectfully, if you think that Linux has as bias against it here as Windows, then I think you should try to conciously be more neutral for a week and see what you can spot against Windows. As a heavy user of both Linux and Windows, I am very sensitive to FUD against both, and I promise you I deal with a lot more directed against Windows than I do against Linux. Regarding the motivations of the downvoters, you say Linux users. I would more specifically say Andoid fans in general.

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Re: Modern Scam they should call it instead...

"The number of clicks might be the same, but I bet scrolling through page after page of initially-unordered non-hierarchical tiles might take up a wee bit more time. You know, they put directories in MS-DOS 2.0 for a reason..."

No, there's very slittle scrolling through pages. I regularly use around twenty programs on Windows. That many tiles fits on my laptop screen even without have to reduce the double width tiles. On my 24" monitor on my desktop (where I actually use the twenty programs), it can put fifty tiles on there which is way more than I need so I don't have to scroll. Only very rarely do I need to expand out to the All Applications view and if I find I need to do that more than a couple of times for a program, I just pull it onto the main screen. In fact, the All Applications view isn't reached by "scrolling" which makes me wonder if you've actually used this.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"The DIFFERENCE would be that no-one is paying them"

I'm not being paid to post here either. I doubt any of the other people you consider to be "Microsoft Shills" are being paid to post.

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Re: Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

"Mostly it's ignorant people but some of it is malicious - so don't whinge on about Windows getting a hard time - it all depends where you're standing."

The correct position, imo, is not to balance ignorant bias against one OS with ignorant bias against another OS, but to balance it with informative posts regardless of direction. The factionalism on these forums is insane. I know that I have corrected misinformation about Linux on several occasions, but I know that I far more often have to do it with Windows on these forums (and I have been modded down heavily on occasion even just for factual corrections when it comes to Windows.)

Your comment about someone "whinging on about Windows getting a hard time" is unfair, imo. Windows *does* get a much harder time here than other OS. It's a pathological hatred for many to the point that they appear to get genuinely angry at facts that undermine criticism. If you're against FUD, you should be against all of it. I.e. don't call someone "whinging" if they object to it just because it's FUD against a non-prefered OS. It's as much a valid complaint as when we get RICHTO here launching partisan attacks against Linux (and you'll find a number of posts from me correcting their slanders as well).

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Re: Darwin prize - yes a repost but but I need to say it again..

"Well, obviously it looks like you have a requirement for a more traditional Desktop...

Me: That you disabled in the last Win8 release

Him: ........

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I am literally using the Desktop in the latest release of Win8 right now.

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"Don't forget that Microsoft comes up with new GUI toolkits about every 3 years. I would guess that Modern won't survive the test of time either, and after that the name will just sound silly."

Because we all find the term 'Modern Art' so confusing after forty years of it. ;)

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Re: Modern Scam they should call it instead...

"Microsoft is going to see that reality is not their fantasy on crack at all. They seriously believe to be able to sell to everyone and force everyone to use such an unproductive childish interface"

I've actually done counts on the number of clicks and mouse movements I need to accomplish the same things in Windows 8 as in Windows 7. A few things take longer (turning on a VPN is an extra two clicks). More things are quicker. A lot of it is the same. So I see no evidence that it is "unproductive" As to "childish", I can only guess that you see large, easy to click on and read icons childish. That's a matter of taste but it's not any usability problem. Don't you think that calling for "tonnes of people" to be fired is a bit extreme? Is El Reg the new Slashdot?

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Middle Eastern Gauss malware could be state sponsored

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Re: Palida Narrow?

"Get this on enough (uninfected) systems and pretty soon the significance of having it will be compromised."

I am failing to see why you would want to assist the spread of malware.

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Re: Wouldn't it be funny...

The specific exploit that this uses according to Kapersky, is this one: Link

Note the date. This was patched in August 2010. What exactly is the solution to people who don't keep their software up to date?

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Google to skew search results to punish PIRATES

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Re: I was about to say...

"pennies is what the artist gets paid in the best of cases, after all"

And everyone else involved in producing that product? So someone pirates, e.g. the film 21 Jump Street. A product that involves unnumbered special effects people, actors, camera and lighting crews, technical people working on all the fiddly aspects of editing and adjusting the resulting film for colour, sound-balance in 5.1; and then all the subsidiary people who support them with deliveries, cleaning, catering, transport, accommodation, paperwork, security... All of this is paid for up front by investors who calculate whether they can afford to do this based on future sales both box office and DVD / legal downloads.

But go ahead and justify piracy with "the artist only make pennies". It makes no sense when you examine it, it's just a post-fact justification meant to convince that the profit from a movie or an album isn't going to the people you think deserve it and thus it's ethical to take It without paying.

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Re: Find content from legitimate sources...

"If the f*cking copyright holders want people to go for legit sources, don't f*cking region code! Simple as that!"

So should the BBC not be putting any of their content online, or should we British be subsidizing the entire rest of the world with our licence fees?

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Re: Hang on!

"Or are people convinced that Facebook and Google ARE the Internet?"

I think they are. I had a family member round last week using their laptop once. They opened Firefox, it defaulted to that Firefox Google home page and they'd type, e.g. Hotmail into it and then click on the resulting link. When they wanted to go somewhere else, they'd type Google into the address bar and when it came up they'd type the name of the next site they wanted into Google (e.g. BBC iplayer) and click on the resulting link. Every time. Never mind that all these things were in their address history and would come up the moment you typed a few bits of the name into it.

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Re: Google to alter search results to hide PIRATES

"I honestly think this move will benefit people who do want to violate IP. Google was shining a light on it in such a way it made it easy for people with the IT skills of politicians to see how many sites were offering copyright infringing content."

If all else is equal, that will probably be true. But it does change how easy it is to find new sources of pirated material. If copyright owners can shut sites down fast enough, hiding their replacements will slow uptake of the new sources. The more piracy requires special effort or a knowledge of where to go to get the material, the more it will be reduced.

I'm actually surprised by Google for this, but good for them for doing something.

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AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks

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"New Breed of Terrorist"

Yeah, right. A terrorist is one that tries to terrify a population as a means of coercion to get what they want. "A new breed of..." is the sort of term you'd get in a Hollywood movie to signify something greater / more terrifying. But when I compare Julian Assange with the IRA... Yeah, I'm just not seeing this.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: "50% boot times over Win7"

"And that's an objective decision."

Well it's not really answering the poster's question though, is it? You didn't give an objective reason why to dislike Windows 8, you gave a reason why the the very much faster boot time is something you personally don't care about. Note the "you personally" in there. That makes it a subjective opinion, not an objective one.

So you say you personally don't care about one of the advantages in Windws 8. That's hardly answering the poster's question of how Windows 8 is so objectively bad.

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Re: So

"Far too much confusion for the average joe to deal with. EPIC FAIL"

The "average joe" typically doesn't think much about different GUIs or APIs and they especially don't spend a lot of time thinking "the name of this OS overlaps with the name of this API, I'm so confused.". They just grab a program, install it and expect it to run. Which it will because Win8 is backwards compatible with Windows 7.

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Re: Finally it's official!

"The Windows 8 user interface isn't very usable on desktops."

I have been using it fine on my multi-monitor Desktop set up for the past month. I've had very little trouble. I've checked how many keystrokes and mouse clicks it takes to do something in Windows 8 as it does to do in Windows 7. A few rare instances take longer, e.g. starting a VPN (two extra clicks), more take less and most are around the same as I'm accustomed to just hitting the Windows Key and typing the first character or two of the program I want to launch which is the same on both.

My Start screen easily holds about fifty different default programmes which is far more than even I need, so that's actually better. A hierarchical menu is not the best approach when you have space for all the things you'd want at the top level and an easy way of identifying which are which (colours, images, etc.).

Why are some so determined to hate? If you can objectively show that it takes the same or fewer clicks to do something on average, what is the problem?

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Microsoft opens app store for Office 2013

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Re: web applications that are hosted within Word, Excel, and the other Office component,

"Especially if the IT department has blocked Internet access."

There's no intrinsic need to connect to the Internet with these. They're applications that can be hosted within Office that can use HTML5 and a JavaScript API. They can still be entirely local.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Re: Vermin

Sonic deterrants are not only completely useless against animals, they are also extremely annoying to those of us humans who can hear them.

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