* Posts by kevin biswas

160 posts • joined 11 Jun 2008


Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

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will it matter ?

Vista might have killed off M$ as a serious contender before 7 hits the market........

UK.gov 'to drop' überdatabase from snoop Bill

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Cant work it out...

So it has been canceled. Except that the spooks are going ahead with it anyway. Huh ?

OK. So that means that any evidence gained from it will not be admissible in any court except for the seriously-heavy-shit guantanamo bay type military tribunals where they probably decide the verdict beforehand anyway.

So perhaps that means that ordinary people like file-sharers, income tax dodgers, dope smokers, benefit cheats, lefies, greenies, speeders, fox-hunters, fuel protesters, privacy advocates, you, me, my mates mum and her cat might be able to just get on with life (till Gordon Brown kicks their door in at 3am with a bunch of goons) Or somthing.

Feck it all, I got a headache now. Need more whisky. Is that the paranoia fatigue setting in ?

Sainsbury's punts 'Innocent kids juices' for £2.99

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IT Angle

Extraction method ?

So are they cold pressed and filtered, or solvent extracted, or simply pulped or what ? There is a hint of a technology angle there.

Tosh on top for laptop reliability

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HP Vista-XP comment

HP's are cheap at the moment and feel nicely made but some of the DV series (and maybe others too) are, to all intents and purposes, Vista only (Or Linux). XP can only be installed on them with a hard-to-find bios downgrade (which will only work on certain cpu core revisions) or with a non ACPI HAL installed (which throws the machine back into the stone age and breaks support for wlan and usb and many other things) If you want really want Windows Fistula (or linux) and are certain you will never fancy XP or 2k then they might be OK but otherwise best be careful.

MS beefs up WinXP Pro's anti-piracy nagware

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When will people learn to leave windows update OFF !!

Allow a bunch of untrustworthy corporate twats to install anything they like on your box ? errr, yeah. Right. Autopatcher, we miss you.

British boffins perfect process to make any item '100% waterproof'

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Nano particles can be dangerous too.

You get nice dry tumours though.

UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on snooping silo

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Beggars belief.

The fact they WANT to do stuff like this proves they are, by inclination, perverted fascist bastards of the worst possible ilk who should never be allowed within 100 miles of the seats of power. The fact that it is technologically preposterous and almost certainly won't work properly (because of jurisdiction issues, good encryption and the general nature of the internet etc.) proves that they are utterly clueless and incompetent. The fact they are happy to spend a billion quid or a trillion quid (or whatever all those zeros on the bottom line work out at) proves they are *at best* moronically gullible and incompetent, or at worst that significant somebodies amongst them or near to them are on the fiddle, and stand to gain financially from it.

What does the fact that we are putting up with it prove ?

I feel a Trainspotting quote coming on.

"We're the lowest of the fucking low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some people hate the English, but I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. We can't even pick a decent culture to be colonized by. We are ruled by effete arseholes. It's a shite state of affairs and all the fresh air in the world will not make any fucking difference"

Microsoft pledges love and money to open source

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three little words...

Embrace And Extend...........

Windows Vista has been battered, says Wall Street fan

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calculating time remaining.....

When vista RTM was first released an MVP friend gave me one of his evaluation copies to evaluate. I used is as my main OS for 8 months before dumping it and going back to XP. When I first got it I was open minded and prepared to be impressed. Even if I didn't like it myself, it seemed inevitable back then that it would be widely adopted and so I would have to learn it in order to be able to fix it.

My box is pretty old (2.5 athlon with a gig of ram) and although the general overall performance was a little bit sluggish, it was not too appallingly bad. The eye candy was nice but I turned it all off after a couple of days because i wanted the extra 5% or whatever of performance. The UAC nagging might be OK for end-lusers who don't do anything more than bashing out reports is MSWord but as far as I was concerned it was just unremitting torture. Not acceptable.

The nice things were the big thumbnails, the improved picture-and-fax-viewer (does anyone ever use it for faxes by the way ? what is a fax, mummy ?) the excellent spam filter in OE7 (MSmail 7 or whatever it was called) and the cursor going to end of the filename rather that the end of the extension when renaming.

There were a few other small small detail improvements too such as the big alt-tab previews but sadly all these pluses were canceled out by negatives such as the missing menu bar (DUH !) the hidden network connections folder, the command line shutdown being crippled and general application compatibility. The new search seemed unnecessarily complicated too.

One of the most annoying things about XP and previous Windows was the lack of a folder size column in explorer. I imagined that that would be finally sorted out in Vista but it wasn't. Worse still, the third-party folder size utilities I use with XP didn't work at all in Vista as the neccecary API's are removed.

One of the worst windows features has always been a habit of hiding important things in really stupid places (like emails stored in C:\Documents and Settings\myname\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{1D2A742B-69D9-4BCE-ABBA-1F45BFF465C1}\Microsoft\Outlook Express) but unfortunately with the advent of Vista's virtual folders and its roaming profiles this has got even worse. Many more folders tended to come up as 'access denied' too, even though I was administrator (with the extra fixes to make me 'real' administrator (which was another puddle of shite I had to wade thru to get anything done))

The final, and maybe biggest problem of all was the "calculating time remaining" bug. A flagship OS which that is not capable of reliably performing basic copy/move/delete operations is almost unbelievable, but MS Vista was that OS. This bug seemed so big that MS couldn't ever even admit it, let alone fix it. I never found out if there was truth in the rumors that it was a DRM mis-feature but in the end this disability was the final nail in the coffin.

At first I was prepared to be impressed by Vista but having used it for 8 months I was impressed only by what a bloated mess it was, and how little extra real functionality it offered.

US bars ID refuseniks from planes - but not ID losers

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Nurr nurr nee nurr nurr

Your big brother is bigger than my big brother, nurr nurr nee nurr nurr........

In defense of Fascism-UK, it's one saving grace is its ludicrous, comic incompetence which provides some humorous relief from time to time.

From what I have seen from afar, the US version appears to veer more towards heavily-armed, trigger-happy, razor-blades-under-the-fingernails incompetence of a much chillier cast.

Someone once told me that the difference between the Brits and the Yanks is that for the Yanks life is serious but not hopeless, whereas for the Brits it is hopeless but not serious.

Anyway, tis all villainously vile. The truth is there is something terribly wrong with both these countries, isn't there ?



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