* Posts by RussellMcIver

28 posts • joined 15 Dec 2010

ARM arms devs for 64-bit Android push with 'Juno' board


Didn't Samsung promise a 64-bit flagship this year because they were worried that everyone would suddenly jump ship now that Apple had gone 64-bit?

Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS


Re: Is it not ethically and maybe legally questionable to provide this reg hack?

What difference does that make, it is still an over ten year old OS. If you buy something out of date you should be prepared for the limitations that brings.

It's not like MS are alone in this, or even in any way the worst. Look at Apple and its support of iOS and OSX. I knew one poor fool who bought an iPhone 3G just weeks before the iPhone 4 came out. His last software update came only a month or two after buying the handset, and all that did was move the phone to a half baked version of iOS4 that effectively crippled the device and made it unusable. Good work Steve!

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec


Re: “can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE”

Well if I was going to be picky I'd suggest that whilst users of the English language within the IT sector are possibly FOND of verbing, I wouldn't say they were FOUND of it.

Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR


Horses for Courses

I enjoyed some of the Tennant era but largely found him annoying.

I have yet to see any other Doctor show the range of preposterous gurning that David Tennant showed throughout his time in the blue box.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7


Re: OSX? Original iMacs?

Ah yes, that authentic "pinstripe" glass effect.

OSX did indeed incorporate lots of transparency effects, but as I said in my previous comment nothing like the brushed glass effect seen in Vista/Win7 and which iOS 7 very closely resembles.


OSX? Original iMacs?

Those original iMacs which ran OS9 you mean?

Either way early OSX had nothing like the Aero Glass style interface, whereas the trasnparency in IOS7 is practically identical.

Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack


User error?

What version of Windows are you using there sonny? Behaviour as far as I have always been aware is thus:

* Single Click = place cursor

* Double Click = select word

* Triple Click = select whole line/paragraph

Also left arrow key always goes to left of selection.


Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't


Re: Oops - They forgot to remove the Streetview Images

Those are just generic date stamps that Google plaster over everything, they don't refer to the actual date of the image data.

For example all the imagery from around my house is copyright 2013 but dates from ~2009.

Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook


Re: 1366 x 768

Were widescreen monitors that prevalent back in '02?

I think back then you were looking at a lot of 15" @ 1024x768 or at a push 17" @ 1280x1024.

Not that any of this is taking away from that 1366x768 is shocking in this day and age!


Re: Have I missed something?

I don't think people have been complaining about the manner in which the start screen is accessed, I think the larger complaints are that the start screen exists at all (at least on the desktop). Windows 8.1 isn't going to do anything about that, I think some people have been getting their hopes up that the old start menu is going to make a return.

I don't care either way, I've never had much of an issue with Windows 8, although given a choice I'd have kept the Windows 7 start menu.

Also is a hot spot really harder than the old way of accessing the start menu? They both basically involve flinging the mouse to the bottom left corner and clicking?


Have I missed something?

"Until Windows 8.1 appears, having a touchscreen is a huge advantage to straddle the new Windows 8 user interface dichotomy."

Have I missed something here? 8.1 isn't going to do anything to overcome what many people are struggling with regarding the overt focus on touch input that Windows 8 has. They're just allowing you to boot to the desktop and sticking on a button to take you to the "start screen" aren't they?

Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Thumb Up

Re: Colour me shocked

JEDIDIAH has it right.

PC's are a saturated, mature market, and people do not need to upgrade as often as they once did. When tablets have been around longer and every man and his dog already has one, and the market has matured to a point where a 2+ year old model is still perfectly servicable, then we will see the same reduction in sales in the tablet market as we are seeing in PCs.

PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’


Re: As ever ...

Okay, when we hear a story about Samsung burning millions of surplus mobes, or burying them in the desert, or completely halting all future production of their hardware, then I will accept that there is a difference.

Until then lets just accept that all those shipped devices are as good as sold.

Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else


Re: Installation easier with Linux

The "Linux breathes life into old hardware" line isn't as clear cut as it used to be, it seems there is a lot more bloat surround most distros these days.

For example I used to use Ubuntu on an old (circa 2005) laptop as it was far quicker than the running XP, but have since switched back to XP as later versions of Ubuntu have been very slow indeed.

63 TRILLION maths ops a second - in 5 inches? Mm, show me


Re: Minor quibble

Yes and the integrated GPU in an Intel desktop CPU is somewhere around 100 GFLOPS so the difference is still substantial.

SimCity Classic


A true classic

I played very little of the original SC before 2000 came along and washed it away.

For some reason my most treasured SC2000 memory was replacing the sprite for the Tornado disaster with that of the Cyberdemon from Doom. Oh how I laughed as the giant demon from Mars trampled those poor helpless Sims...

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it


Re: NO problems with old Samsungs

That sounds like the GS3 "Sudden death" problem. Apparently this is a kernel code issue, which has since been fixed.

Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set


"to come next month"

You guys know it's February already right?

Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed


Re: Stats for the other cities please Register.

Not sure that speed is your key problem here, possibly more the quality of services you are using.

We have a broadband speed that peaks at around 3Mbps, but rarely have problems streaming movies from Netflix. Even things like iPlayer, YouTube and, to a lesser extent, 4oD are largely reliable.

The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds


Re: Seriously, who misses the "Up" button?

Or even "CTRL+C" ... whoops!


Seriously, who misses the "Up" button?

Never heard of "Alt+Up"?

Can't remember the last time I used a mouse to perform an operation like moving back to the previous folder, the whole thing make me shiver, it's like using the menu to select "Edit -> Copy" rather than just pressing "CTRL+V"

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review


Increased Performance

Running the latest CyanogenMod 10 alpha release of JB on my Desire S I can say that this version of Android definitely does improve performance. Everything is far faster and smoother than it ever was on GB and ICS.

And that's on a single core device.

Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?


Re: Xbox loss?

Again, that only lists figures for the entire Entertainment and Devices division so cannot be used to indicate whether or not the Xbox itself is still a loss maker.

Anyone got actual figures for just the Xbox?


Xbox loss?

As Microsoft don't publish figures specifically for the Xbox product, instead just giving information on the whole Entertainment and Devices Division, I'm wondering where this ~$200m loss figure comes from?

Deadly drive drought derails Dell's PC biz


100% increase?

Try more like 500%.

A 1TB Samsung HDD was going for ~£40 a month ago but since the flooding I have seen the same product listed at prices in excess of £200.

Winter for webOS, winter for Droid, but springtime for iPad!


Oh really...

That link has a clear motive to try and make the point that everyone is ripping off Apple so they have obviously chosen a bunch of images that back up there point.

For a contrary example here is another image:

HP Slate (Announced pre iPad): http://www.lorenheiny.com/2010/01/06/steve-ballmer-shows-off-hp-slate-prototype/

Hmm... might need to give those HP lawyers a heads-up...

HTC 7 Pro WinPho 7 smartphone



3GS didn't get copy and paste until the iPhone OS 3.0 update in June 2009, approximately a year after its release.

Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'


Doesn't sound terribly new

All seems a lot like Jolicloud (http://www.jolicloud.com/)

Only less useful.

This sort of computing will catch on massively eventually, but they need to make it easier for people to do the things they want - work with THEIR own media and files. Until there is an easy and reliable way to transfer/access these files on a dumb-internet terminal such as this then they are going to struggle. That means no loss of capability regardless of where you are in the country/world and much greater flexibility in terms of network usage limits.


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