* Posts by Sean Gray

15 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Aug 2008

1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

Sean Gray

Re: Windows XP Upgrade

Improved performance?

Increases security?

USB 3 support?

GPT support (needed for drives larger than 2TB)?

The ability to have more than 4GB of RAM?

Dramatically improved support for large scale deployment and management?

Google adds Chrome finish to Android

Sean Gray

No UA switcher?

A brief test on a few websites indicates that it's the best browser I've tried on Android for handling anything more fancy than basic words and pictures but unless they give us the option to tell websites to stop feeding us the 'mobile' (read as: inferior) version of their site, it's going to severely limit my use.

Modern Warfare 3 prompts hand-wringing, chiming cash tills

Sean Gray

Size matters

But does the game actually last longer than a couple of hours this time?

Google slips open source JPEG killer into Gmail, Picasa

Sean Gray

Re: What's the use?

It may not make much difference to the end user but a 40% reduction in image size is a hell of a difference in bandwidth for the web servers of a high-traffic site or for ISPs who shift massive volumes of data every day.

I agree that it'll take time for it to become popular but it won't become popular at all if they don't start now.

Dixons warns it's getting worse

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They won't be missed

It's good to see a company failing due to treating their customers like dirt. Whenever I'm unlucky enough to find myself in one of these shops I have to summon up massive amounts of willpower to stop myself interrupting salesmen in conversations with other customers after hearing the ridiculous lies that they spew just to make a sale.

On one occasion, I was in Currys with a friend who was buying a laptop (it was on offer so the price was surprisingly good) and had to argue quite loudly on the shop floor with a member of staff because he simply refused to get the message that we didn't want to pay extra for bad antivirus software.

Sergey Brin: Only 20% of Googlers still on Windows

Sean Gray

ChromeOS seemed complicated to me

I tried ChromeOS on my netbook a while ago. It started up and asked me to login with my Google account. Unfortunately, it didn't have the drivers for my network adapter out of the box so it wasn't actually possible for me to login to my Google account which meant that I couldn't even login to the machine to install any drivers.

I'll stick to operating systems that work, thanks.

Apple spits out increment iOS version

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They could be right...

... but I'm not sure it'd be a case of them finding another hobby - more likely a better phone.

Can we have an android icon?

Wanted: Nude female web coders

Sean Gray

Only females allowed?

Surely this is sexual discrimination. Why can't any male naturists take this job? I can see no reason why they'd be any worse at it.

Might we worth popping in a CV and giving a lawyer a ring.

Extended Lord of the Rings Blu-rays to hit Blighty

Sean Gray

Exchange rates

So that'll be £120, then.

Drive-by exploit slurps sensitive data from Android phones

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I agree that vendors should be forced to support updates but I'm not sure what you're talking about when you refer to a Windows-only updater app - my Android updates itself quite happily over the air - I very rarely plug it into any computer at all.

Can we have an Android icon yet?

Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

Sean Gray

More research into Star Trek ships is needed here.

This is why the starships have navigational deflectors. The big dish on the front generates a shield specifically to prevent this kind of thing.

Microsoft retires AutoRun (kinda, sorta)

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People could just learn to read

I've seen the types of viruses mentioned that appear in the autoplay menu with misleading names such as "Open folder to view files" and they're horribly obvious. It actually states that it's going to run a program from the drive - if people would just learn to read then there'd be no problem. I don't think it's particularly useful to disable a convenient feature that is perfectly safe for sensible people and claim that you're making things more secure for people that are so stupid that they'll just go find a virus somewhere else anyway.

Entire class fails IT exam by submitting in Word format

Sean Gray

Not incompetent enough!

Maybe that's why I spent a year failing to get a job as an IT teacher - I actually know the difference between filetypes and can read! Now I understand what they meant when they said I wasn't what they were looking for.

Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

Sean Gray

@I like Vista

I completely agree. I've used Vista for a while now, and it did have some issues initially (though to be fair, these were mostly due to lazy manufacturers not producing drivers), it's much more stable now than XP ever was for me and runs nice and fast (my machine isn't all that great, either).

I think that most people just complain about Vista because it's fashionable, much as it's fashionable to bash Microsoft for whatever they do. (Example: Linux requests that you enter a root password whenever you want to make changes to the system and everybody hails it as a brilliant security feature. Vista adds the exact same feature and everybody shouts that it's a horrible waste of time and Microsoft are stupid for doing it).

It'd just be nice if people were slightly more informed about it so that their complaints didn't sound so stupid.

Filesharing teen gets damages reduced in ignorance claim

Sean Gray

Nothing like a sweeping generalisation

Despite what people seem to think, here. Not all teens are computing experts.

I've worked as an IT teacher and while the average 16 year old knows more than their parents about how to work a PC, most of them still know very little, and they certainly aren't aware of a lot of the legal implications of certain actions.

It's true that we're all acutely aware of how much the record labels don't want us to share their music but how many of the places you see this being pushed in our faces are seen by teenagers? I'm guessing they don't read all the stories on this site about filesharing, and I'm pretty sure they won't be reading the warnings on the CD labels (especially if they're not downloading them). I'd be willing to bet good money that very few people who aren't terribly IT literate are aware of the situation at all (beyond some vague knowledge that what they're doing might be a bit naughty, but not really cared about).

And just to set the record straight, Pete - it's not illegal to drink underage - it's illegal to sell alcohol to somebody underage, since the person underage is deemed to not be responsible for their actions - exactly the same argument as in this case.