* Posts by MCG

63 publicly visible posts • joined 10 May 2010


It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant


Re: No MS account

What's so bothersome about setting up an MS account? You don't have to give any personal info, not even a mobile number. Too much effort?

Free Software Foundation suggests Microsoft 'upcycles' Windows 7... as open source


Re: Do they know an open source Windows would be the death of Linux?

Ubuntu tends to require more resources than Windows 10.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana


I would switch to Linux without a moment's hesitation if it wasn't for all the applications I use that only run on Windows.

Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada


Re: It is better than the alternative

You wouldn't get very far on XP with 512MB never mind Vista.....

Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS


Re: My solution

I can't honestly say I've run across any websites that work in Chrome but not in Firefox. URL, please?

Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'


Re: And we should give a Rat's Arse about this why?

Because it's ZERO progress in space exploration. It's just a suborbital hop which is missingh from "the likes of NASA" because it serves no useful purpose whatsoever. Well, apart from exciting scientifically-illiterate morons, of course.


Re: They have been making overly optimistic statements about "when" since they started

Also - This vehicle does not get anywhere near "space" - not sure it can even achieve low earth orbit.

Nope, it definitely can't reach low earth orbit - that would require a delta-v of about 9.2 km/s vs about about 1.4 km/s for sub-orbital flights, plus Shuttle-style heat shields.

US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling


Re: My username is...

Nice one. We all suspected the Republicans were soft on terrorism.


Re: Huh?

I don't think even Republicans would make possession of a Facebook account mandatory for US visitors :D

Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT


Re: So I forsee a win7 upswing again

Why Windows 10 rather than Windows 7? Seems a little rash....


Re: I used to be like you

I wish I'd had you around when I tried out Linux Mint.... I could never get it to work properly without overheating grotesquely due to the fact that the proprietary GPU driver had been rendered obsolete by kernel upgrades and the open source one was quite frankly shite. It would have been fun watching you spend hours tackling that one.

What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display


Re: Good idea

Does anybody here upgrade their washing machines, toasters, ovens, HiFi amps, AV equipment, etc. ?

Yes, it's a simple process involving getting rid of the old appliance and buying a new one. Perhaps if you ask a grown up they might help you?

World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10


Re: "and they're losing faith.'

When the day comes that I can comfortably run everything I need to, I'm off this windows rat ship.

So basically never?

All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale


Okay... no NSA backdoors. But what about FSB ones?

No, really, that 12.9-inch MaxiPad is totally on the way now


Re: Much like fusion power

The paperless toilet is already here :(

Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance


Re: what a lot of people..

"The same task on OS X is usually a walk in the park for anyone of any age, however - even nowadays Microsoft haven't managed to catch up in such fundamental areas."

Oh, really? That's assuming that the printer vendor has gotten around to releasing a driver for the latest version of OS X. We have a large Konica machine in the office here, for example, whose driver works fine under Mavericks but won't even install under Yosemite.... some walk in the bloody park. I told everyone to steer clear of Yosemite for at least a year, but did they listen? Nooooo of course they bloody didn't!

'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE


Err, it's a glass not a metal... the word "glass" in the name is a dead giveaway.

Acer cranks Chromebooks with Core i3 models


Re: It's an Acer...

"EU 16GB SSD limits"? Seriously, I never heard of such a thing and Google turns up nothing. What are you referring to?

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update


Re: As if this will make people happy!

Err, because of the lack of apps and drivers on Linux?

Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft


Re: So what's in it?

Never mind that - we finally discovered someone admitting to using a Metro app!

Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK


Re: Did you try?

I've been in the same boat with LaCie drives conking out - it has never once turned out to be the PSU - it always without fail seems to be the interface inside the case that fails, probably due to lack of adequate cooling.

Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow


Re: How long before...

All-in-ones and non-expandable boxen have inexplicably never been all that proper in the PC market.


Re: Shame

Ha ha yeah, right. The Mac Pro market segment want a Mac Pro with room for additional drives, a replaceable graphics card, a couple of PCI slots, not this gigantic dildo. This is aimed squarely at poseurs with more money than sense - Apple clearly hates real pro users.

GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer


Re: FLOSS nutter

"If a Windows user (more likely to be lay computer user) has a good experience with things like The GIMP or Libre Office, they are more likely to try a Linux distro."

I suppose it's _possible_ someone might have a good experience with the GIMP or LibreOffice but I'm having trouble imagining what possible arrangement of contrived circumstances could possibly lead to such an event....

Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs


Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...

I like how you felt you had to post that sh1te as AC...

Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go


Re: Total amount of

Well, sure - if you're a f*****g idiot or totally incompetent. Troll.

500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?


Re: Is that really true?

XP in 160Mb? Well, good luck with that. In my experience it sucks donkey dicks on anything less than 1GB...


Re: Software is not magic!!

"Microsoft boldly states that if you have a Windows XP or Vista machine, chuck it out and get new hardware, because the new OS will run like a dead dog on it."

Here in the Real World (TM), Windows 7 and 8 run very well on any machine that could handle that old slug Vista, while XP era machines from 2005 on can easily handle Windows 7 given a little more RAM.


Re: But slowly – over time

"Move to Linux"

Haw haw, no wonder you posted as AC :)

Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi


Re: Can we PLEASE get to grips with this "Apple are expensive" line?

Yes, well, good luck if you ever realise you need more RAM or you need to replace a failed hard drive.

Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'


Re: How

Well, why don't you spend five minutes getting some answers on Google, you drooling ignoramus?


Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?


Re: Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.

Seriously? You're finding Gmail's UI challenging? Haw haw haw. Oh you septics kill me, you really do.

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Re: Use Thunderbird

Yes, and about a thousand other more annoying problems introduced, since Thunderbird is the pits :)

KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

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Re: Real World Priorities

>What sort of shit heap have you got on your desk that means you have to get coffee while it copies files?

Probably a recent model Apple desktop.... got a 2013 i5 iMac right here and it is a pisspoor performer in every respect, the very epitome of style over performance :)

Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor


I too correct mistakes on Wikipedia without being reverted all the time. Possibly because I use references and I aren't grinding any axes or pushing crank theories. YMMV

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters


Re: feature creep

The Tories, of course... They're responsible for everything bad that happens :)

Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits


Re: Alternative to Windows?

"Linux generally runs cooler than windows* in my experience. However I have heard of your situation with bad drivers running the graphics at full power constantly. It is the unfortunate joy of the card/chip makers not to support the users. If you are using AMD or Nvidia graphics you may want to try changing the driver in use. Mint should give you some driver options but if they dont work you may need to download drivers."

Genius! The damned thing has a Mobility Radeon - if that's running full tilt it would explain the whole thing quite nicely :(

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

Okay, I bit - I downloaded Linux Mint 15 at the weekend, burnt a disc, and installed in on a somewhat idle laptop.

First time I've tried Linux in ages - sadly, it'll probably be the last....

Mint ran fine and looked great, but the laptop's fan NEVER stopped running at full tilt! And looking at the temperatures reported by the sensors revealed why - the damned thing was 10-15 degrees hotter than under Windows 7!

What gives? I posted a plaintive appeal for assistance on the Linux Mint forums, but either nobody has a clue or they can't be arsed :(

Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds


"On a paperback you print it with the price, so it's stuck at that price. eBooks however you can change dynamically as time goes by."

If only there was a way by which those dratted prices on paperbacks could be covered up with some sort of self-adhesive paper-based product with a different price printed on it.....

British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?

Spot on, fuzzy. Since buying my Kindle two years back I've read at least a thousand ebooks without buying a single one from Amazon. Or from anyone else for that matter....

Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: We didn't throw netbooks under the bus, Microsoft did

Nope, sorry, the truth is that nobody wanted the original Linux netbooks, because they didn't run the users' familiar old apps; the average user wants MS Office, not half-baked tat like OpenOffice or LibreOffice or whatever that shoddy old abandonware calls itself these days. And neither did they "grind to a halt" when "the obligatory virus scanner" was installed; I had one of the Acer netbooks and it ran just fine under Win XP and just as well under Windows 7 as well, certainly better than the peculiar variety of Linux it came saddled with.

Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

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Re: Have you ever noticed OS X and iOS run on Apple devices only?

"And if their windows license sticker has been damaged, even just one character unreadable, they'll have to fork out for a new license as well."

GTFO with your witless scare-mongering FUD, you dribbling troll.

Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Mount an ISO

In actual fact, all versions of Windows 7 and 8 can be purchased as downloads in ISO format.

Christ, I hate you anonymous twats.

HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Re: @GitMeMyShootinIrons Agreed.

How much do you think they saved by deleting the internal optical drive? I mean, seriously, it can't be more than £20 or so; they're cheap commodity items.

You knob.

Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

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Re: Actually since there are refurbished notebooks...

Sadly, the T400 was when the rot set in at Lenovo, and the renowned Thinkpad build quality began to head south. T400s are notorious for their bendy keyboards, dubious touchpads, and ropey USB sockets.

Oh, and the dual-graphics, 1440x900 screen T400s can be easily picked up here in the UK for £220 or so - no need to get them sent from Canada :)

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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Sod Steam. Every time I decide to play a Steam game it decides it's time to update either the Steam platform or the game. Every. Sodding. Time.

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: Oh well

That all said I actualy prefer Vista over windows 7

That was the point when my eyes rolled back in my head. Very droll, sir.

'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum


Re: Re: Linux is just a kernel

....and usable applications :)

HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI


Didn't they carry out any usability testing? Or is that sort of la-de-da tomfoolery frowned upon by the brawny-thewed lads and lasses in the Open Source world?

Mozilla denies OS X Leopard 2012 kill


Or on the other hand, chances are that someone who hasn't upgraded OS X for 4 years is actually an old and experienced Apple user, who knows very well that each new version of OS X means more applications and peripherals refusing to work, and who wishes to stick with something that *just works*.

This is one thing Microsoft has always been good at, and which Apple could care less about, namely backwards compatibility.