* Posts by Mark Allread

138 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jun 2012


Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

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Perhaps this article was imported, but in the UK, the noun is "licence", whereas "license" is the verb.

Disco, Pogs, and the Microsoft Surface 3

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Re: Microsoft and hardware

Anyone who still keeps saying "M$" can't really be taken seriously.

Microsoft offers sneak peak of Hyper-V containers with Win 10 nested virtualisation

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"Microsoft offers sneak peak of Hyper-V containers"

peek, not peak

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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"Microsoft decides, never admits a mistake, never apologizes and very, very rarely accedes to customer demands"

This is just actual bullshit. The Windows Insider program had literally millions of people giving feedback and shaping Windows 10. They put the Start menu back because too many people cried.

How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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1. Why is actual serious commercial software being written in a language where you have to include and external component just to left pad a string?

2. Why is actual serious commercial software being written using components that are themselves written by unpaid bedroom coders and chancers who have no liability, no SLA etc.. Who are the idiot project managers who allow this?

Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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"Corporations just getting round to installing Windows 7 on refreshed hardware won't have been best pleased"

But will only have themselves to blame. W7 was released nearly 7 years ago.

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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Re: looks much cheaper

"It doesn't look cheap. But then it doesn't do anything worth doing that a laptop a quarter of the price doesn't do"

You've seen the 13.5" detachable screen with pen input yeah?

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Re: The Dance while you wait to get permission to remove a drive/device

"Windows says the equivalent of

'Sorry Dave, I can't let you do that'.

When I tell it to eject the drive.

Yet, there is nothing using it."

Something *is* using it, you just don't know what it is. Sure Windows ought to be better at telling you what is using it and in fact Windows 8.1 onwards does usually tell you.

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Re: looks much cheaper

I didn't want one of these, I was very happy with my Yoga Pro. Then I saw one in the flesh and boy, they're just lovely.

Microsoft: Ditch your phone biz and do crazy hardware experiments

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Re: "looks for ways of getting people to write Universal apps"

"Is that 30% really stopping anyone more writing them? No, it is the fact that there is no one is buying Windows Phones, meaning you will make a pittance whether you collect 70% or 100% of the top line revenue"

You actually make a decent amount because any app you write doesn't have much in the way of competition. Most apps written for Android sink without trace.

Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

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Re: Re:The FTC started looking at Microsoft's anti-competitive activities......

"If this is true then MS are intending to lock out of the Windows pc market every independent software producer on the face of the planet"

Well they aren't intending to do that, there's nothing they've done that suggests that they've done that and you'd be an idiot to believe the tin-hat brigade that are ranting about scenarios that they've invented.

Microsoft scraps Android Windows 10 bridge, but says yes to Objective-C compiler

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Re: "2 bridges was 'unnecessary' says dev platform VP"

"As written, it's clearly a plural ("2 bridges") followed by a 'was'. It could have been written "Having two bridges was unnecessary"; but it was truncated into incorrectness. "The idea" (offered as a counter-example) is singular. Thus perfectly non-applicable"

The very nature of the article is that of the two approaches only one is really necessary. Therefore in the sentence "two bridges was unnecessary", we know that it's referring to the "idea" of two bridges, therefore it's singular. If the sentence had been "2 bridges were unnecessary", it would have implied that both bridges were unnecessary, and perhaps that there were actually more than two bridges.

Compare these two sentences:

"It was not necessary to have two bridges"

"Two bridges was not necessary"

If you think the second sentence ought to be "were", then reconsider when you see these two sentences, because that's effectively what you're saying:

"Two bridges were not necessary"

"It were not necessary to have two bridges"

In short, "two bridges was not necessary" is correct.

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Re: Contemporary Microsoft Thinking

"If true then they burned the wrong bridge. The "run apk in simulator" approach could have worked - and can't have been that difficult given that Android simulators already exist for development use. "

Ah yes, I imagine your finger in the air research definitely trumps their thousands of man hours of research. Android simulators exist, but they only work to a decent level of performance on PC hardware. You can't start emulating apps on a phone and expect them to perform just as well as they do in similar hardware with native Android.

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Re: Contemporary Microsoft Thinking

"So."a lot" of people told you that you wouldn't need to develop a bridge tecnology for iOs and a seperate one foe Android because even though they are 2 very different things it would be "unnecessary"?"

The thinking is that most app developers have an iOS and Android app already and to create a WP app, only one needs to be ported. They've done a lot of work and decided that it's easier and/or the results are better when the iOS version is ported and therefore dumped the Android porting tools. The only problem is, Microsoft should have done this research and made this choice before making any announcements like they did at Build last year.

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Re: "2 bridges was 'unnecessary' says dev platform VP"

There's nothing wrong with the original statement

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"Microsoft no longer positions Windows 10 Mobile as a mass-market challenger to Android or iOS"

Really? I must have missed that announcement. Can you provide a quote or link to it?

Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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"Windows Mobile is a flop"

It's not even out yet FFS. Why is The Register so relentlessly anti-MS as to come out with this bullshit?

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Re: Change it to a noise that doesn't sound like a text message...

It *does* have a learning mode. It both runs you through the gestures on first install and then continues to provide prompts until you dismiss them.

Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

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Re: Price

The Oculus has to be connected to a PC, which does most of the work. The HoloLens is a standalone device.

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Trust The Register to

.. put a negative spin on a truly amazing product, just because it's Microsoft. Come on guys, you *know* this is a dev-kit price, not an end-user retail thing.

Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

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Another day, another anti-Windows 8 story on The Register

Honestly you guys should be ashamed. The tone of this article, as if another update to their OS is somehow a bad thing, betrays a very negative agenda.

HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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HTML, USB and PCMCIA aren't acronyms

So before we get too excited about taking the piss, let's make sure we know what we're talking about ourselves eh?

Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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That's the impression I've got when I've spoken to them. I don't think the front line people know it's a scam. They're following instructions and training but they don't really understand the tech. They're given 'leads' (which are just random numbers), and they attempt to get a sale. Some of them get really defensive when you tell them they're part of a scam.

Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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It's a shame they didn't bother to include Windows Phone

Where they will have seen how developers make much more money since the apps-to-users ratio is much much better. The Android store is *so* broken now because it's impossible to charge for anything. I don't know why developers even bother with it.

Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: RT is pointless

"As for the cheap Nokia 520 it has one epic fail, no front facing camera"

Everyone wants a FFC. No-one ends up using it.

Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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This is a good move

People didn't like RT because they thought it was full Windows and didn't get that they couldn't install x86 software on it until they got home. With the 8" tablet, people are going to realise that this isn't a full PC and will not have incorrect expectations of it.

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: Can't see the point if

"Windows RT can't execute Windows binaries and the app store's got hardly any apps"

100,000+ is not "hardly any"

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Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?

"what use does ten point touch screen have?"

Multiplayer finger Twister.

Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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This makes perfect sense

I work with some women who turn up every day looking like they're going out on a night out. Loads of make-up etc.. There's simply no reason for anyone to turn up to work with make-up on. Be neat, be clean, but as soon as you start applying transient stuff designed to make you appear more attractive (including certain attire), then you'll be judged in that way. It would the same for blokes too, but blokes very rarely do indulge in this. Simply put, if you turn up for work looking like you want to be judged on your appearance, you'll be judged on your appearance - to the detriment of being judged any other way.

Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Another day, another surface hater story on the reg

The Surface RT was great, but the apps weren't there. No-one thinks their iPad should run OSX software.

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Re: The purpose of Surface

You're getting very confused here. Expecting to run full Windows apps on an RT device is exactly the same as expecting to run OSX applications on your iPad. No-one seems to bitch about that?

Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

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Re: Meh

You'll be back

Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

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"Has anyone actually recorded who makes all the 100k+ apps? Could it perhaps be that the majority are all MSFT ones?"

Ah... conspiracy theories... Maybe Apple did the same huh? Maybe Google did the same huh?

Or perhaps the development environment, languages and tools are streets ahead on Windows.

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Re: Why bother?

* The "file manager" in Windows 8 is much improved over Windows 7

* If you double click an .ISO in Windows 8, it gets mounted as a new virtual drive.

Y'see, ignorance about Windows 8 is rife.

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Re: Hate Win8? Get Classic Shell.

Chap, there are loads of aspects of Windows 8 that are better than Windows 7. Seriously, the state of the ignorant haters in here...

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LOL! You have fun with your Firefox mobile won't you..

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Re: Wow... Just... wow

Yeah, but you're comparing it to Windows7 figures that were calculated in exactly the same way. So those Win7 sale figures also included unsold PCs etc..

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Re: Can I bee the first to say.....

So much ignorance in your post.

Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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There's also..

Grand Theft Auto 5, which promises to be utterly epic.

Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

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Call me paranoid but..

A friend of mine and his wife have a Samsung TV in their bedroom. I did point out that it's connected to the internet and it has a camera on it pointing at the bed. He didn't seem to concerned that he might be releasing his own sex tape soon. Perhaps he just doesn't get lucky very often...

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

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Re: Deep breath now...

@ Khapatain: Prepare to be seething even more. The rumour is they're going to put the Start *button* back, not the start menu.

Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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Re: Good observation

"So there you go, two or three counterpoints to "it works well for me"."

Well it works great for me, on a number of PCs. People who have trouble with it are generally idiots of people resistant to change.

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Re: I agree...

"That's the problem - it lists ALL your applications"

No it doesn't, it lists all the ones that are pinned to your start menu.. You can then arrange them, group them, add and remove them as you see fit.

The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

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As predictable as night following day

Whenever The Register posts an article about Windows 8, Phone 8 or Metro, the comments section is filled with mongs saying they don't like it, whilst at the same time showing that they don't understand it or have massive holes in their understanding. They moan about being unable to do things that in fact, they can. They moan about missing features that are in fact, present. It's incredible.

Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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What is this article supposed to be?

Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.

GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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What about the review?

Was it a negative review? They rarely are.

Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

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Another day, another win 8 hater story on the reg

This time, the surface angle. The Register seems keen to forget that the Surface is in a market with all other Windows 8 machines whereas the iPad is not. Microsoft has deliberately balanced the Surface's availability and exposure to keep their competing OEMs sweet. The Register really ought to know and understand this.

Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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Yet again

Another day another Window 8/RT hater story on The Register. Some agenda there lads.

Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Price...

Why would they make the GPU upgradeable? Don't you understand the difference between a console and a PC?