* Posts by Gavin Ayling

17 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jan 2008

Microsoft's Edge browser for Linux hits the Beta Channel ... if you're into that kind of thing

Gavin Ayling

Some real Microsoft hostility from the other comments. One cannot claim that a multi-billion dollar company has changed permanently, but it is nice to have a browser that syncs your settings like Chrome, has vertical tabs and other features being added frequently, and that is a competitor to Firefox. I have been missing having Edge on both my Windows and Linux OSes, and I am sure I am not alone.

You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

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You're all a bunch of grumps. I reckon it could be quite interesting.

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

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Re: Crikey, That Is Expensive...

I suspect their out-of-date service is now a burden, but they are not going to turn away customers willing to pay more for a worse service.

As a general comment, I really don't understand the concerns of OFCOM in these circumstances. If people want to pay more, then they should be left alone to do that. It's their money they're wasting, and we're all shareholders of these companies in our pensions.

Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

Brexit is a legitimate alternative to a political supranational organization - it does not compare with vaccine-denial...

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Re: Social Attacks

A disease is considered rare if 50,000 people contract it per year in the USA. So 13,000 people per day is only 300 times that, in a world with only 4.4% of the world's population living in the US. In other words, people unfortunate enough to click malicious links are only about ten times more common than a 'rare' disease...

Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: How long until Google decides ...

I've been trying to explain this to the world for ages. I cannot even consider the prospect of buying all my apps again, even if I was tempted by a Windows Phone. Also, all my movies and music...

GCHQ wants to set your passwords. In a good way

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Re: Huh?

Did you miss the point? Perhaps you should read the article before applying 'common-sense'.

The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

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While Google makes the best product, we'll all stay 'loyal'. But the users of Google products were, 10 years ago, users of Microsoft products and, when the next significant change in the market comes, we'll be customers of that new behemoth. There's nothing wrong with a single, popular platform that allows anyone to create software and make their fortune. There is something wrong with games consoles and iPhones in terms of freedom for developers.

Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe

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Not a monopoly

Google is demonstrably not a monopoly. What it chooses to prioritise, or not, is its business and if people don't get the right results, they'll go to Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo.

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

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Also, launching into TIFKAM is quicker than loading all the desktop paraphenalia. If you are using a TIFKAM app upon boot then you don't *want* the Desktop's baggage to load up.

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Re: ???

You can with Media Center edition. DVD's are old-school anyway and a third party app is a requirement for a lot of activity.

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IT Angle

Re: So regulator...

I think this misses the point. The idea is that apps move to a common design that doesn't have a start menu etc. For now, not all things can be done this way, but it's the beginning of a brave new world.

Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: !!! - but it's only a click away

Erm, no. If you put your mouse at the bottom left exactly where the old button was and click, the start menu appears. And it appears, amazingly, if you push the windows key on the keyboard -- just like Windows 7. And if you open a desktop app just by typing it's name in Windows 7, you still can in Windows 8.

Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating

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Samsung Galaxy S2

Does anyone happen to know why the new browser is not compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S2? I'm such a geek that I got excited only to have my excitement dashed!

'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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Removing background image?

Why did blue-whatever remove their background image? If you have the background image, then whenever there's an interesting Google logo, they add some colourful dots above Google's name in order to view it. Silly person!

Royal Society: Schools should show creationism 'respect'

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I agree with Richard Dawkins

The arguments against Creationism are not required in the debate, but are strong nonetheless.

Creationism is barely more defensible than a nursery rhyme and the suggestion by anyone with any amount of intelligence, that it should move into the class room where *facts* are taught belies belief.

Spammers dive into Google's lucky dip

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Google URLs

Unfortunately Google URLs are used for lots of useful purposes like sharing documents, links to Google Maps etc. Nice idea though Mr Coward.