* Posts by Paul Shirley

2059 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

Paul Shirley
Mushroom

still 700mil short

Hence the switch to mugging your pc instead of conning it into Win10 downgrades. Won't be surprised if new ransomware strikes before the 1bil deadline and the unlock solution is Win10...

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

Paul Shirley

App updates is a common vector for malware, advertising or just breaking the apps. Forced app updates is unacceptable and another money sink if they try to verify each one.

Someone didn't really think this through.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

Paul Shirley

Re: but the upgrade crapped out

What's more disturbing is the updates keep crapping out as well. Not failing but leaving parts of the system broken. My network PVR 8.1 -> 10 upgrade went pretty well, drivers were replaced with bad ones as expected, the network took a while to come back but mostly it just worked after un-updating then hiding the drivers.

Last weekend's surprise (and forced while I was out) update installed the same blocked drivers, destroyed the firewall (?because I'd blocked most MS spyware and they were 'fixing' it) and generally raped my settings. Took more than half a day getting the damn machine back on the network and nearly working. And I know it will happen again if I don't completely cut it off from Microsoft servers :(

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Paul Shirley

...you missed the report of 4 separate processes guarding each other. Not much chance you'll taskkill them all before they relaunch each other :(

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

Paul Shirley

Found this 2011 survey showing <50% wearing watches and phones already taking over for time telling. https://today.yougov.com/news/2011/05/05/brother-do-you-have-time/

I stopped wearing one as a teenager, stopped carrying one when cheap pocketable alarm clocks became available, then switched to phones-as-clocks when they reached disposable prices. Didn't use my 1st mobile as a phone for over a year but it made a great (and tiny) portable clock :)

Even as timepieces watches are irrelevant for most of the population now.

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Windows 7, Server 2008 'Convenience' update is anything but – it breaks VMware networking

Paul Shirley

Re: I am not surprised at anything MS do anymore

To be fair to MS, updates have broken hyperv networking on my Win10 box far too often. They spread the incompetence around...

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

Paul Shirley

"the court argued that the producer could have reproduced the distinctive drum sample himself"

which will also get you sued in much of the world. So hardly a workround.

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Not two, not four, but 10 cores in Intel's new PC powerhouse

Paul Shirley

Gamers will get zero benefit

That's changing. DX12 and Vulkan unlock big rendering gains from multithreading. Xb1 and PS4 are driving game programmers to try maxing out 8 cores and that spills over easily into pc work. 10 cores won't be excessive in the not so distant future even for gaming.

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Paul Shirley

not just gaming but building games

Couple of years ago I spent a week using a dual Xeon PC, lots of cores (12?). Then I had to go home and watch my 6 core Phenom 1100T chew through massive C++ compile jobs at less than half the speed - despite clocking >1GHz higher. Very nice compile engines.

An i7 with that many cores has me eyeing the bank balance... even with Intel price gouging.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Paul Shirley

re:Something a couple of years old has probably had the bugs ironed out

Sadly that's not my experience of win 8 or 10. Nothing ever send to get fixed without causing as much breakage somewhere else in the os. Some of it by design, perpetually trying to update my driver's to newer versions bit me again yesterday, when i came home to a network pvr with half it's tuners non functional. Whatever forced update took the machine down yesterday replaced the functional ones with broken versions I'd hidden to stop that happening. The cnuts are now ignoring my settings whenever it takes their fancy.

Wiping all my firewall settings was pretty catastrophic on a network service. Couldn't vpn into to it to fix the mess or access any pvr functions. Microsoft damn near bricked it.

Expecting things to magically get better on windows is misguided, they just shuffle where the bugs are from time to time.

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Paul Shirley

Re: Sleep and Hibernate have always been iffy

Very iffy. After serial failure since win95, win10 finally has nearly working sleep on my current desktop. It's a bit too fond of spontaneously waking, occasionally decides not to wake, frequently forgets where the network is and OpenVPN never survives. But it sort of works. Even my old laptop was picky about restarting from sleep on xp.

The retired desktop my wife uses never had working sleep till I put kubuntu on it...

The pc running as a network pvr lost sleep mode with the Win8 to 10 upgrade. Not unexpected since every windows update breaks something.

Iffy is being generous. Fusterclucked.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

Paul Shirley

Re: " in the end they [WP] mostly competed with themselves."

Also worth remembering Android has plenty of internal competition, with every manufacturer trying to stamp their own ideas on it's UI, built in apps and hardware (something the Android haters also tend to bundle into the 'fragmentation' theme). Then throw in all the tweaks, hacks, apps and firmware hackers independent developers create.

Much of Android's evolution is driven by Google plucking out the best ideas from that sea of experiments. Most of the 'new' ideas in WP were being tried somewhere on Android before Microsoft 'inventet' them. Most failed.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Paul Shirley

Microsoft have generously provided a pop-up just before the scheduled update starts. You'll have 30min to work out which option actually cancels and this time the X will follow guidelines and cancel the cancel option. For added convenience they'll leave the scheduled time just when you expect it, while you're soundly asleep between 4 and 5 am. Don't worry, the pc will wake up for it, even if they have to hack your settings and BIOS.

Have I said ”cnuts” yet?

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

Paul Shirley

Re: provide Nokia with the basis for some excellent phones

Only part true. Hard to agree MS had any beneficial effect on the quality of the hardware, that's all Nokia. They did indeed provide a shippable OS where Nokia had dithered and failed to complete multiple attempts themselves. But shippable & good/desirable aren't the same and you need willing buyers as well as a shipping product.

More telling, neither iOS or Android appear to have done anything in reaction to WP. No OS features copied, no attempt to compete with the hardware (though only Nokias cameras stand out on the WP side), I'm not sure either have even run any PR against the lame duck.

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Paul Shirley

Re: even that 300 million is forced

Going to be interesting watching them force install the missing 700mil in the next 2 months, to hit their 1billion running Win10 in a year boast ;)

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Paul Shirley

sometimes I'm easily pleased

Not seeing Orlowski regularly pop up ludicrously claiming 10% Winphone share in Europe makes me happy. (Not so) Strangely the couple of people I know that had Winphones no longer do, back to a big round zero.

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Paul Shirley

Oracle excluded themselves from smartphones

Oracle flat out refused to licence full strength Java for mobile, insisting on crippled J2ME. Their own actions excluded Oracle from licensing in the smartphone market, where J2ME is totally unsuitable.

You can't lose licensing income in a market you're refusing to take part in.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Paul Shirley

Re: Barking in the wrong forest.

Microturbines were pushed hard for a few years but failed because they don't work well enough to cover their installation and maintenance costs in domestic settings. The larger commercial ones sitting on a few larger buildings locally suffered the same fate and were all locked of almost immediately to avoid maintenance costs.

An 8% pv installation would need to cover most of the surface of my city house to generate enough electricity. Labour costs mean it would never pay for itself. Until someone thinks up a way to spray pv on its not a good enough solution for most available locations.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

Paul Shirley

still sucking value out of the sites

"or at least free of intrusive ads, and then split the revenue 70:30 with publishers."

So, they intend to take the lions share of the revenue and still retain the option to show me ads? Not happening. I might be interested in a non profit middleman service that passed almost all the revenue on, policed the publishers compliance and did NOTHING more.

For profit middlemen would quickly fall to the same pressures that created this cesspit while sucking value out of the system. The internet doesn't need more layers of leeches between us and content.

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Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub

Paul Shirley

my near miss

Back in the 80's I had to patch a C64 game for the US, which amounted to changing 1 byte in the file. After a week the US office couldn't get it done using faxed instructions and they hauled me down to London to talk them through patching. They still couldn't get it working. That's when they decided I was going to the US to patch that single byte...

Luckily they eventually found someone with a clue a few days later and many weeks before my passport would have arrived ;)

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Paul Shirley

Re: So where's EU

...and still running. You need kill its process then nuke the executable in the split second before it restarts.

Then check and repeat after every update is forced on your machine

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Paul Shirley

quitting just after they've won? what surprise is that

Or is it simply that they've succeeded in prodding the EU into attack mode and need to be quiet, in case the EU starts thinking too hard about their involvement.

They'll be back.

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How to overcome objections that stop your enterprise from adopting DevOps

Paul Shirley

Re: Enough already!

I can believe Microsoft do devops. It would explain why I'm still finding things last weeks "throw it at the users and see what sticks|stinks" Win10 update broke. I think I'm spending more time testing it than they did :(

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Paul Shirley
Flame

Surely you noticed the similarities with the Start Screen? It's the Program Manager in an always maxed window, in auto arrange mode...

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Paul Shirley

Re: All apps

With the classic start menu it didn't really matter if overenthusiastic installers injected extra crap, it was easy to delete them, easy to move them and a multilevel tree has vastly more space to hold them anyway. You always felt you were in control of it and you never had to search tediously through an endless flat list.

That's win8/10 for you, no control over and no help from the ui.

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Paul Shirley

Re: No, seriously

By the time I'd bludgeoned win10 into submission after the update I didn't have the energy to complain. Before that I didn't have a net connection to complain with, the fscking update careful corrupted my network settings and I couldn't even ping the router. When Microsoft break a system they do it thoroughly.

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Paul Shirley

Re: scary

And I think we can assume one of those tweaks will be yet another hijack of my associations/default apps, the desktop will resprout the duplicate drive folders I'm sick of hacking out of the registry and random crap will be sprayed over random settings while it replaces good drivers with bad.

Just like last weeks Windoze update did :(

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

Paul Shirley

Re: So what is it???

It's not a closed system. If it was it would need to either convert 100% of input energy to momentum, have perfect lossless mirrors and tiny/zero input energy or melt. None of those is happening so waste energy must be leaving the drive. The em drive may just be an extremely inefficient photon rocket and simply aiming a laser into space would do a better job.

Propellent free, maybe.. New physics, unlikely.

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

Paul Shirley

amd innovation

Major innovation in Zen: backing out the disastrous module innovation in Piledriver!

Done good work lower down the stack with APUs and heterogenous computing though. Wonder what the Chinese are licencing.

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Paul Shirley

Re: I've always backed AMD

I think they probably do have the majority of that market but it's not a high margin one. That's AMDs ongoing problem, they can't put together compelling high margin products. Even in the performance market the performance deficit is so marked they're forced to compete on price. Unlike other AMD diehards I'm not expecting Zen to fix that :(

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

Paul Shirley

Re: @DougS

What many Reg commenters persistently forget is the general public don't have a rabid hatred of Google, they actually like the apps and plumbing so many here have problems with. Years of using AOSP ROMS made it clear very few CyanogenMod etc. users are doing it to escape Google. What they're escaping is the clutching hand of the phone OEMs and carrier customisation.

It's easy to forget the liberties carriers took with phones before Android and regaining that control would be a disaster for users. This EU complaint is misdirected if the reward is simply a choice of which blend of crapware your device ships with. If action leads to anything more than compulsory windows style ballot screens on app use (something Android has already built in BTW) power will shift firmly from users to suppliers and not in a beneficial way for users.

What the actual complainants are fighting for is the right to fsck up your phone before you even see it. Google did pretty well with nearly stock Android while they owned Motorola, it's not obvious they need the phone businesses help any longer.

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Paul Shirley

Re: Others?

If Google decided to follow Apple into large scale mobile manufacturing and refuse to licence anything to competitors, I wonder what the EU reaction would be? Massively disruptive but completely moving them outside the scope of this action. Would they like the result, a monopoly where only Apple and China get to compete at all and no EU oem receives any share of Android income?

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

Paul Shirley

GPs regularly prescribe inappropriate and useless treatments to pushy patients demanding treatment rather than wasting time convincing them that, for example, antibiotics won't help their cold. They frequently don't know if treatments prescribed in good faith actually work. Prescription rates are a terrible way to assess efficacy.

Such a pity we can't trust them to use this data to solve that problem.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

Paul Shirley

Re: If it isn't any good

@DougS: they do it because a real quantum annealer could be a genuine improvement. Problem is D-Wave keep demonstrating significant speed improvements over classical implementations only to see the classical version improved to beat them, usually on hardware at 1% of the cost.

At some point they'll either put together enough usable qbits to beat classical hardware on speed, cost or both. OR they'll hit a noise wall and fall out of the race. We're a long way from finding out which.

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Paul Shirley

The unqualified use of 'quantum computer' plays on expectations of what the device actually does. 'Adiabatic quantum annealer' risks too many noticing it's not a general purpose quantum logic device, which is what most tend to think 'quantum computer' means.

A quantum annealer would be a useful device in theory for the problems it can solve, there's little evidence it's actually any faster in real life so far.

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Paul Shirley

Re: Quanum leap... in PR magic?

Yep, not only does it not 'consider all possible solutions at the same time' it's not even guaranteed to consider 'all solutions' at all. Left wondering if they're even comparing equivalent quality results for those timings.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Paul Shirley

Re: Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

99% of home Windows users didn't consciously buy Windows, they bought a cheap PC with 'free' Windows install. In some cases an actually free install like my £120 PC running as a pvr on its "Win8 with Bing" freebie OS.

The only conscious choice they made was the path of least resistance and falling in with the MS monopoly and that's what worries Microsoft as they stop needing PCs MS loses those hidden sales.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

Paul Shirley

I've got a degree

I've got a degree but I'm only a Reg reader. Does that make me lower than a Reg hack?

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

Paul Shirley

cygwin and others

Think I'll stick to cygwin for those odd times I need linux tools in Windows - can interact directly with Windows (and 'top' works). For anything more extreme I'll just boot Linux or use a VM. Bit of a strange frankensteined beast more about keeping you in Windows than doing useful stuff.

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

Paul Shirley

Re: Can I hope we've reached "Peak protocol"?

My Twiiter is full of rugby news, commentaries, photos and videos. Most of the many pubs I spread my time between post their beer lists and events, I even get Belgian beer and bar news on it.

In many ways it's targeted advertising done nearly right, opt in, fine grained and correctly targeted. If Twitter could work out how to monetise that without drowning us in traditional advertising they'd have a business model, sadly they're well on the way to annoying ad overload instead.

There also a tiny amount of 'gossip' and keeping in touch with family & friends when emails too much effort. A tiny amount but I'm long past my thirties ;)

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Paul Shirley

Re: is this bit a leftover from earlier draft

Brother abandoned his laptop for a Samsung tablet, wifes parents couldn't give away theirs when they started using iPads exclusively. Niece needs a pc for degree work but uses her phone for everything else.

The death of the pc in consumer land is further along than many of us want to believe, an optional extra not necessity. Microsoft didn't shit on their own product without reason, the market changed, it's the implementation they got wrong.

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

Paul Shirley

Today's ransomware explosion can't explain the 2013 study unless you generalise to say Android simply isn't a valuable enough malware target in general. I think most owners simply don't put anything they worry about losing on them and the Google cloud let's them restore enough to not care about resets.

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

Paul Shirley

Re: $22bn

$22bn not in advertiser pockets is $22bn real businesses don't need to spend or recover from customers. Not sure why that counts as a loss at all.

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Paul Shirley

Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind!

... And forget to say: paying doesn't bypass the acceptability checking...

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Paul Shirley

Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind!

You only pay for whitelisting above a threshold of views. They claimed the threshold means something like 90% pay nothing.

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

Paul Shirley

Re: The falacy of Framework dependencies

I know the piece was pitifully short on detail but maybe you should go find out how this actually works (for the week it has left to live). No dependency on them to build his site, shims they wrote supplying an external service that's nice to be part of but far from essential in any way. An offer the top 'service' very easy to just ignore it they continue down this path.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

Paul Shirley

Re: Why can't IBM finish them?

... SCO declared bankruptcy, that protects them from most attempts at debt recovery. Neither the bk judge or trustee seem interested in letting them be squashed.

Also: the only remaining asset is the lawsuit, it's more important to IBM to win that than simply close it down

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

Paul Shirley
FAIL

Re: I am shouting at the screen again.

Not that I condone violence

Violence is of course the traditional next step after politics has failed. Hague is claiming his well deserved share of fail while denying culpability for the violence these cnuts have invited into our lives.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

Paul Shirley

Re: VR sounded shit in the 90s

>pimped Amiga

It was a pity they went bk before the 3dfx powered pods and games shipped. The last prototype headset I played with was smaller and more comfortable than any of the new offerings, sadly also uncompleted.

Sadly several decades on Moore's law still hasn't quite got us to 'finished' hardware at an affordable price.

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