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11 posts • joined 26 Jan 2015

Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

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Autoplay No

It's against web accessibility guidelines. Google would get hammered for making videos autoplay.

KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Let the uni do your backups

Fortunately my uni only backs up the standard Windows system, which only poor students and other losers use. I wouldn't let them anywhere near the data on my data. So I take the stuff home each evening. It's against the data protection laws? Catch me! Prosecute me! Lol!

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Remember Vodacrap we know where you live

It was clear when Vodafone took over that they had no interest in personal customers, and their dropping the 'free' (don't kid me I was paying for it) web hosting caused me considerable trouble on a website I support. After having to transfer to namesco for a couple of months while I got things sorted I wouldn't go anywhere near them again. I transferred web hosting to Mythic Beasts — a small cheap operation with only email support and FTP access, but absolutely brilliant if you can handle that. (Have several sites hosted by them. ) Now I've switched my mail to them (no extra charge) although pissed as hell with Vodafone for my wife who is abroad and won't be back before their one- month notice expires. Need to think about a new ISP now, because they'll go business only next.

Needless to say I'll never do business with Vodacrap again.

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

Chemistry degree, not Biochemistry. (Just so we keep things accurate.)

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

Chemistry degree, not Biochemistry. (Just so we keep things accurate.)

Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Three-day week

" ...in 1974 (when I was very small) the UK only had commercial electricity for three days a week.... Amazingly, the UK survived."

I'm older than you and remember it well — it wasn't fun. Is this the Albanian option? No doubt the Albanians were without electricity for years. What's your point? We're in the ****, but, hey, it was fun waving the union jack.

'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Hope she has the sense…

…to buy herself a Mac with the money.

Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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Cycling in Glasgow?

The weather's lousy, it's all uphill and the roads don't have enough room for cycle lanes. Furthermore half the people who work in Glasgow don't live within cycling distance. But let's encourage idiots to dive with death because that's the politically correct solution. Wasting money on an app will fix the problem. OMG.

BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

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Information wants to be free

Stuff their pay wall. How do we hack it on our iPhones!

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Really?

Do readers of El Reg really play computer games? I mean how old are they?

Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Let's look at this dispassionately

The author of this article does not seem to understand the problem with browsers underlying Microsoft's actions (or he's not letting on). This problem is that the 20-year old plugin technology (NPAPI) which supports things like Flash and Java Applets (and Microsoft's Active-X plugin equivalent) is on its last legs. This is mainly because of security problems, but also because of its impact on performance. The replacement for this is HTML5, but, of course not everyone has rewritten their software for that yet.

I am what I believe is called an 'Apple fanboy', and do not run a Windows machine and have no particular love for Microsoft. However it would seem to me that what Microsoft is doing is quite reasonable: providing Spartan as an HTML5-only browser for those businesses that are not dependent on legacy plugins/activeX, while retaining a version of IE which still supports the latter.

I don't see Microsoft loosing much browser share as a consequence as Chrome has stated publicly that it will withdraw all support for plugins in September 2015. The browsers on Apple and Android tablets do not support plugins (and Windows phone doesn't support Java or Flash) so plugins are clearly living on borrowed time. Those who depend on plugins will stick with IE for the time being. As the plugins get replacements (or are abandoned) those using Windows will be able to move from IE to an HTML5 browser - Spartan or Chrome as they see fit - or buy a Mac ;-) .

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