* Posts by BobChip

254 posts • joined 15 Feb 2010

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It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

BobChip
Coat

Re: And who got fired for taking all the wrong decisions?

Windows 11 will be based on 7 UI?. Nah. Linux, obviously.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

BobChip
Holmes

Incoming....

Incoming. Take cover! Enemy missile approaching. WILL do serious damage on impact.

Yeah. Seems about right..

Question: How fast is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rolling out? Answer: Not very

BobChip
Paris Hilton

Yawn....

Every other headline in the IT media (not just El Reg) seems to relate to Win 10 / MS failures. I am zoning out. Let me know if ever MS makes something that WORKS. Now that would be news!

Paris, because you don't offer a "yawn" icon.

BobChip
Facepalm

Once bitten....

No surprises here then.... But probably not too much new wisdom either.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Happy

Re: You paid

I pay good money to build my own (desktops). Second HD for data, so no cloud for me. Load up Linux. Adblock, Ghostery, Ublock deal with ads and tracking etc. Fast, stable, rock solid and great for WORK.

Happy bunny

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Keeping old kit? - YES if it still does it's job.

OK, I am guilty of almost every behaviour identified in previous posts, and possibly some quirky ones of my own. But I will make a case for keeping SOME old kit. For example, I have an old Minolta 35 mm film scanner, for which Windows support was dropped around Vista time. However, it is recognised by Mint 18 and still works perfectly well. It is probably far better built than most modern equivalents costing £00s to £000s. Why throw out anything that still works? Linux OS seems to have a remarkable ability to breathe new life into (some) old kit.

OK, so I am Scottish and traditionally tight fisted, but it is my money.

The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

BobChip
Linux

Re: sudo

Quite so. No basic system update has ever, in six years of continuous use, borked my system. or taken more than a few minutes to complete.

Suits me very well, thank you.

Icon, because you already knew without being asked.

BobChip
FAIL

Windowswatching?

Don't think I will bother. Past performance is more than sufficient to predict what watchers will see. I'll rely on El Reg to let me know if anything spectacular happens - like it actually working, for example

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

BobChip
Happy

Re: "You (won't)need the Internet for this"

Correction - I have LibreOffice, so I don't need – or want – MS Office. At all. Simples.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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FAIL

Win 10 broken beyond repair?

An IT salesperson asked me this week how I could possibly prefer Linux to Microsoft. I asked him if he had ever tried, or even looked at Linux, to which the answer was unsurprisingly, an emphatic NO! Why on earth should I? (Wrong religion, I guess)

It does not seem to matter how terminally broken Win 10 is, like a car with a written off engine, unthinking fans will continue to sing its praises. Even though it is not going anywhere. Corporate users, who cough up for MS's profits, are bound to see things differently.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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FAIL

iFixit score of 1

Note that the latest MS fondleslab gets an iFixit score of just 1 for maintainability and repairability. Looks like the OS should get the same score as well. Or possibly less. Consistency seems to be the key here.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Linux

Deinstall Win 10?

Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.

I'd rather be able to remove the entire OS - i.e. all of the cruft.

Or, preferably, not have to install any of it in the first place.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

BobChip
Linux

Re: Yes I understand Microsoft's problem ...

Microsoft have always been legendary for their ability to get it wrong, but someone has raised the bar dramatically this time. And still, they have cleared it with ease.

Contrast Linux. I have been a user for more than six years now, and have NEVER had an update bork the system. (I have done it myself, by buggering about in ignorance, but that's my fault.) Not only will it run on a wider selection of hardware, but it will also support a large number of older peripherals (printers, scanners) which still work perfectly well, but have long been abandoned by Windows.

The hobbyist system? Windows, obviously, because you can spend endless hours trying to get it to work. Trouble is, I thought you were supposed to enjoy your hobby.......

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

BobChip
Linux

Re: Hmmmm - updates

(work PC updated overnight) - and found the process markedly faster than the April 2018 Update – less than an hour from start to finish.

One (more) reason why I use Linux.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

BobChip
Big Brother

Re: The Other Way Round

Quite so. I started using Linux seriously about six years ago, dual booting with Windows at first. I then found, after a couple of months, that I was preferentially booting into Linux almost all the time. I now run a Linux host with Win 7 in VirtualBox, which I sometimes use to open and convert old Corel Draw files.

But run Linux under a Win host? What on earth for? "You cannot be serious!"

Icon because Big Brother is NOT watching me.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

BobChip
FAIL

Re: Classified and commercially sensitive documents?

Can users be sure that copies of their documents are only stored in accordance with their organisation's security policy or their country's national security legislation?

NO

That simple.

Yada yada, take my money: Firms do not scrutinise software support spend – report

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Coat

Contract renewal

What about some sort of "Compare the Market" for IT contract renewal? Not sure how this could be made to work in practice, but it could put the wind up some of the major suppliers .......

Just a thought

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

BobChip
Linux

Re: Microsoft is giving people some extra time...

Yes, people are now switching to Linux, but still in relatively small numbers. It is only AFTER you have made the switch, AND you have become comfortable with the new system, that you begin to appreciate just how very much better than MS Windows (Win 10 in particular, but that's not difficult) it really is. I have NEVER had a BSOD, or an update bork my system, in 6 years of daily use. I love the support it provides for my legacy film scanner. Updates are not forced on me, and take from a few seconds to two or three minutes, silently, in the background, with no need for repeated reboots etc. etc. etc. Modern printers and scanners are easily supported, and the major manufacturers all provide Linux drivers these days.

Linux may become dominant in time, but only after a large enough body of day to day users has become established for the word to spread. And M$ have lost their stranglehold on the supply chain, where they continue to push out a seriously unsatisfactory OS on new hardware that, more often than not, customers really do not need. Sad.

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

BobChip
Happy

Word Perfect 5.1

Remember the "Reveal Codes" feature? This allowed you to see exactly which text and formatting codes - features - were in use at any point in a document, and to edit or delete them if you wanted to. Never seen anything half as useful in any "modern" word processor. Dug me out of some horrible formatting holes in tables and forms, that did. I really miss it. WP 5.1 was pretty damn good really, even by today's standards. (I still have a copy, on 5 floppies....)

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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The best software .......

The best software in the world is the software you know best.

Any truly capable software will be complex and will take time to learn. And it will be different. As Ragarath says, make the effort to learn it before commenting or complaining.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

BobChip
Linux

Re: Why so traumatic? Since you ask

The system I am typing this on is a somewhat elderly - 4 years ish? - home build put together as follows :-

Gigabyte motherboard

Intel i5-2500 @ 3.3 Ghz quad core chip

Nvidia GTX 550 Ti graphics card

1Tb Western Digital system disc (Spinning tin - have not gone SSD yet)

2Tb W.D. data hard drive (manual switch, not powered up on boot unless I think I will need to access it)

24 Gb RAM (I use CAD and play about with virtual machines)

all running Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit V3.6.7 on 4.15.0-29 generic kernel

In other words, absolutely nothing special at all. Hope this helps.

BobChip
Linux

Why so traumatic?

I cant help but wonder why MS updates always seem to cause so much grief. Linux (now on Mint 18) updates happen quickly and silently in the background, and so far - I have been a user for the last 6 years - have never borked anything.

Suggestions?

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

BobChip
Linux

Re: good news

There are already several very good replacements for Win (any number you like) freely available out there ........

It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

BobChip
Linux

Boy am I glad..

that I don't use anything made by Microsoft any more. Stability and reliability are much more to my taste.

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

BobChip
WTF?

MS abandoning Windows??

The only thing that will make MS sit up and take notice of it's (Windows) customers is that they start losing them. Losing money will do it.

That said, since they seem determined to move to being a "cloud and services" business, and have suddenly decided to "love" open source and Linux, could it just be that they have simply lost interest in Windows - not making enough money - and are preparing to abandon it?

Interesting times.

MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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FAIL

Garbage in......

OK. Let's fill it with the entire UK population, all presumed guilty in the first place, on the basis that all of us will commit some sort of offence sooner or later....... Stuffing a database full of false data only makes it harder to search for the good stuff. If you do not know whether any bit of data is true or false, can you really call it a "database" in the first place?

Scrap the ruddy thing.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

BobChip
Linux

Re: GIMP is pretty good

Note that it also runs on Windows as well (if you must stick with MS). And it is FREE, as well as being powerful.

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

BobChip
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Adblocking is stealing

Adblocking is NOT stealing. Unsolicited advertising hogging my bandwidth IS. The adslingers are soaking up bandwidth I have paid for, without my consent, meaning that I cannot use it for the purposes for which I paid for it. Taking someone else's goods without their consent satisfies every definition of theft that I have ever seen.

Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

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Unhappy

State of the art

Nice to know we can make this stuff -- but not quite so nice to know that we have to rely on someone else to launch it...

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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Unhappy

This is NOT "A minor quibble"

There are fundamental issues of data security and privacy here. If the Court finds against Microsoft - and it looks very likely that they will - the US government will feel free to trawl through any data they like, provided that :-

a) It is "owned" by Microsoft, for which read produced or transmitted using any MS licensed product, or has passed through MS's hands from other sources, and / or,

b) Is held on any cloud service operated by any US provider, and / or,

c) Is "secured" by any cryptographic method provided by a US company.

I admit I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but no company should be held to ransom in this way. How on earth can they be expected to sell SAAS and claim to provide customer privacy and security under these circumstances? I think I'd be selling my MS shares pretty smartly.

Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

BobChip
Stop

Re: It's a fundamentally bad idea to use administrative data

Absolutely! Scraping existing data = "garbage in, garbage out". A reality check requires real data.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Linux

Re: What I did, actually

Step 1 is to give MS the finger. The rest follows automatically.

Get that finger in the air!

Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

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Unhappy

Another (sceptical) dinosaur

I also download to my local device, and then back up to an external HD. This is unreadable until it is powered up. My family know where it is, and how to read it if necessary. Then I delete everything on the provider's server. Nothing is stored in the cloudscape, ever. Job done!

EXCEPT THAT..... What do I actually know about what happens when I delete emails on the server? Deleting files on most systems merely deletes the address, not the data. And that is easily enough recovered. And what about backups? I'd like to think (hope?) that my provider backs up my data until I tell it to stop doing so, but how thorough is that deletion process?

What with software revisions, corporate takeovers and defunct companies, there are probably hundreds of copies of all my old emails lying around somewhere. Somewhere........

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

BobChip
WTF?

Suicidal business plan?

It is beyond comprehension why MS seem to be determined to drive away as many of their long term customers as possible. Suicidal? Thoughts?

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

BobChip
Happy

Re: LibreOffice Writer or Math

The Libre Office Math utility works fine for me, and I don't have any problem reworking or modifying old documents, including some stuff done on MS Office, long before I switched to Libre Office.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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FAIL

BT srew up, I think

Yahoo mail server is working fine, through Yahoo Mail login. BT is not accessing it through the BT login process. Looks to me like BT have screwed up - again. I hate Yahoo and am becoming increasingly pissed off with bt. Push is getting close to shove (off).

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

BobChip
Unhappy

Brown envelopes?

While I am sure there is (probably won't ever be) no incontrovertible evidence to support this claim, it is equally clear that software performance and systems compatibility are a smokescreen for something else. And Occams Razor suggests that brown paper probably comes into the picture somewhere.

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

BobChip
Meh

Not used since 1980

I wish more of the stuff we have to buy today could still be relied on to work in 30 years time. Surface, anyone?

US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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Unhappy

Not borrowing...

This is indeed fatal to your "credit" score. If you never borrow money, there is no way lenders can ever make a profit from you - you are a bad credit proposition. If on the other hand you regularly borrow money, only pay back the minimum every month, but always clear the debt at the end of the day, your score will be almost 100%. Lenders will make a fortune from you, and you are the perfect credit proposition.

A careful and prudent money manager is a dead loss to a lender. Sad but true.

High Court judge finds Morrisons supermarket liable for 2014 data leak

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Pint

Vicarious liability

Interesting to see a finding of vicarious liability here, with the employer being held accountable for the (mis)behaviour of an employee. I'm surprised to see that this is a first, and I can see lots of opportunities to extend this to other areas such as downright incompetence etc. Lawyers will be rubbing their hands; Megacorp (fill in your preference here) will be worried.

But 100,000 employees? Where are they all hiding when I go shopping?

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Unhappy

Use median speeds instead

Silly idea of course, because the adslingers would have to understand what "median" means in the first place, and then gather enough information to calculate it. No chance on either count ......... Just keep on lying and hope that no one notices..

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Coat

Pearl Harbour

Note, of course, that the Japanese raid sank almost everything APART FROM the aircraft carriers, which were out playing at the time.

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Linux

Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

Upgrade your hardware..... Exactly what we were told to do years ago when MS Vista failed to support a large format A0 design office printer. I don't know what these cost today, but back then they cost about £3000.

Then we discovered that Ubuntu/CUPS did support the printer, so we updated our software instead, and have not looked back since.

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Linux

Misprint in title

Forget One Windows? No. Forget Windows. Fixed it for you.

MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

BobChip
Go

Secretive tracking is fundamentally unaceptable

Never mind "innovation", the "business model" and the "theft" of worthless content, tracking net users without their consent is utterly unacceptable. Advertisers will of course claim "implied consent", but consent that is not informed, and knowingly and freely given, after sober consideration, is NOT consent. (Think Weinstein-)

And talking of theft, what about my bandwidth? I pay for this, and advertisers consume large chunks of it without my consent, while slowing down everything else I am trying to do. So I adblock.

I can only plead for the strongest possible implementation of this legislation.

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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FAIL

No longer "cool" - but quickly going cold

MS were a genuinely great company, back then. They were once THE software company, but no longer seem to care much about that. And Win 10 has certainly not taken off as they had hoped. They have tried being a hardware company - phones, surface, - but have pulled back from that, while losing buckets of money. Now they are going to be a cloud business, and have promised that they will make that work properly. Soon....

Why am I not convinced?

Mozilla extends, and ends, Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista

BobChip
Happy

Re: Let's be fair - XP has it's uses

I still use XP to run some old Win games, and I love it. It is fast, stable and easy to manage. However, it runs in VirtualBox on a Linux host and it NEVER, never, ever connects to the big bad world outside. I set it up as XP SP1 and then leave it alone, so no need for "security updates" etc.

Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Holmes

Data is not necessary ....

"Data that is vital to the operation of Windows" and "when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly."

NO it is not necessary. Not when you do NOT USE Windows in the first place. This may be a clue to my present state of security and contentment .....

Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Unhappy

Key purchasing point

This is surely a fundamental point in the argument. I can't buy a bare desktop off the shelf, but it really does not matter as I can - and have done - easily build one myself.

It is much harder to find a bare laptop. And as laptops or similar portables are what most users want these days, the practice of selling machines pre-loaded really does restrict consumer choice. Since the court's decision seems to have been based on a presumption of free consumer choice, which in practice does not exist, I suspect that it could be challenged.

That said, there are a few suppliers out there who will build a laptop for you. The bits must be available from somewhere. Argument for someone to step up and offer to supply DIY laptop kits? Such a machine might not be as slick as a MS Surface, but it would be maintainable, repairable (not glued together for keeps), open to component changes and upgrades, and a damn sight cheaper. It could even run Windows if you really wanted it to

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