* Posts by gobaskof

176 posts • joined 4 Dec 2015


Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

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Other headlines:

"Despite being hugely unpopular, 150 million Windows 8 users don't want a free copy of windows 10."

"Nearly 80% of Windows 7 users dexterous enough to avoid Windows nagware!"

(I suppose 2 isn't really true with Enterprise being nagware free, but still..)

My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

Thunderbird is great. But if you are forced to use Microsoft's awful exchange nonsense to connect to the email server, you need to install davmail to translate (unless you want to pay for the custom exchange addon someone made). I use thunderbird and davmail at work, it works, but it is definitely not a simple solution would recommend to someone who isn't tech saavy.

This is why we have standard! It annoys me when a proprietary protocol becomes more common that a recognised standard. It is a step backwards and everyone else suffers.

Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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This will make conferences hell - like prezi did

These features are probably good in the hands of serious presenters. As a scientist at conferences, there are too many people who present badly, and spend too much time designing overcrowded slides rather than considering 3 things:

1. What do I want the audience to learn?

2. What do I need to say so they can learn this?

3. What visual information will add to this?

When Prezi first introduced its non-linear presentations, suddenly a bunch of enthusiastic PhD students spent hours writing incomprehensible talks, where the field of view spirals around zooming in and out of a giant page, inducing motion sickness to the audience. The first one I saw got people somewhat engaged, I heard the audience guessing where it would next zoom, no one learned anything.

Bringing these features to powerpoint will bring the ability to write mind warping presentations to everyone who has never strayed from powerpoint. And you just know that everyone who still uses slide transitions will be all over this feature, like a tramp on hot chips.

We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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Was this an advert or an article?

Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: "run MS Office"

"Appears you can use Office365 using a Linux based web browser:"

I have to do this at work occasionally when people send me things. Normally presentations to look over and forms to fill in.. But large files wont open in the browser version so the presentations rarely work and lots of other features don't work including the in-word form thing. Maybe this improved over the last few months. I just log into a VDI machine for these things, but it is ridiculous that we need to do that.

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@ mark 177

"Historically, yes. But those monopoly days are over for MS. Now we can tell them to take a hike."

Try buying a laptop from a major vendor without Windows (or Mac). You can either go the somewhat specialist route of system76 or the like, or start arguing with sales about Windows refunds which is often near impossible. Acer will let you buy the computer then mail it to support (at your own cost) for an unspecified refund. Dell used to offer some linux machines but that is harder and most Dell's suck.

Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

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Re: Dead Parrot

Also the F3 to split screen in Nautilus disappeared. When people complained on a forum that it was a good feature, they were told to set up pack left/right hotkeys. Simply failing to realise that on a small screen the sidebar now appears twice and there is little space. Plus all the move/copy to other pane options disappeared.

Still, Unity is the worst. An almost uncustomisable is about the most arrogant program you can design. Do you really believe your favorite layout is SO much better than anyone else's in every single possible situation that you can just remove any other options. Are you Steve Jobs?

Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Billions of data points of aggregated telemetry

"Average power consumption per browser based on billions of data points of aggregated telemetry."

What is the power consumption associated with monitoring, logging, and sending data about everything the user is doing constantly?

Stopped buying Oracle's kit? You've literally decimated its profit

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Re: "[L]iterally decimated"

Good use of the word "Decimate" bad use of the word "profit".

Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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US Goernment also hooked on flash

I am currently working across the pond at a US Federal government institute. On one hand they talk the talk about how all the computers must be super secure, on the other hand all of their IT security training (and all other online training) is only accessible with Flash.

Microsoft planning blockchain-as-a-service for Azure apps

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Re: BaaS

BaaS, Nowhere near as useful as FOaaS!


Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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Great idea!

'an "SOS" function that automatically places an emergency call and sends medical ID information (such as allergies or health conditions) when the side button is held down.'

Luckily the emergency services wont have to deal with nuisance calls, because no on has ever accidentally held in a watch button.

Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger

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I hope the browser chat will still work on the desktop site. I work in a basement deep underground. No phone signal, no internet for non-work devices, and I don't install non work software on work machines. Facebook is very useful because I can still contact people if I need to and have them respond quickly. (Email would work except most people check it so infrequently.)

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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This article conflates two important issues

There are two distinct issues in this case and they have very different results for the FLOSS community.

1. Is and API itself copyrightable

An API is how other programs interface with your software. The people writing that code, as far as I am concerned, are users of your software. Hence the API is the user interface. Copyright doesn't extend to user interfaces as was decided in the case Lotus v. Borland. If the court rules against Google this then this is devastating for open source efforts to duplicate the functionality of propriety software while maintaining compatibility.

2. Direct copying of code sections:

IF it is clear that google did copy the Java source code then this article is correct. THEN result for FLOSS should rule in Oracles favour, as we need to be able to protect our source for the GPL to be powerful. It is a big IF and a big THEN and I admit I haven't delved into the code, but a cursory glance at the example seem to point to code stealing as all the private variable have identical names.

So as long as the court decides that an API is a user interface and copyright doesn't extend to it, this becomes just a code stealing case. I am disappointed that the API distinction is largely glossed over in this piece.

Broadcom, Apple sueballed

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This nonsense has to stop

All the patent nonsense has to stop. Look at the first patent it is essentially a mathematical formulation. If we can patent maths then all bets are off. Normal software patents, are bad enough, but this is frankly insane.

US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Re: @noh1bvisas

I am in the US on a J1 visa in a university setting. There are academics who are exceptionally important to the work that goes on in this physics department who are past 5 years on their J1. These people are on H1B and applying for green cards. This is very common in an academic setting. Yes tech companies abuse H1Bs, but just completely removing a system rather than clamping down on abuses is crazy.

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If you end the H1B visa program entirely you are screwed in science. All over the world science is done by the best in niche fields travelling to the best groups all over the world. If America block all talented scientists who are past 5 years on their J1 scholar visas from staying it will fall into ruin. How ever good you try to get your education, science works best with easy spread of knowledge and expertise over borders.

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Init freedom

You have "init freedom" as demonstrated by your new distro, easily created with your favourite init system. Other people exercise their "init freedom" by choosing to use systemd. And others are aware they have an "init freedom" but are unsure how best to use it so they stuck to what they knew.

In short, some people didn't like a new feature so they used the free software to make a version they were comfortable with. This is perfect, however much you do or don't give a shite about systemd, you have to love that people have the tools to do what they want.

Not sure it is "news", but then El Reg has the freedom to decide what it calls news, not I.

Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: Microsoft SOP == FUD

But that was old Microsoft. I thought their new strategy was:

1. Announce date for exciting new product

2. Release product on this date even though it isn't ready

3. Start trying to force people onto the incomplete product

4. Profit?

AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Well in the strategy.

1. Build add blocker

2. Get add blocker onto computers to block ads

3. ???

4. Profit

We finally learned what '???' is: Serve only ads that pay them or which they really like.

Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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What a ridiculous title

I like the register, but I would rather slow news days were quiet rather than blowing tiny things out of proportion. I assumed the LTS was cancelled early after this headline, otherwise why would it be a story? If this really is a story how about:

"Long term support of Debian Squeeze happens at time originally announced"

"5 years have passed since Debian 6.0 was released, this marks then end of its support"

Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

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This is a good thing but the journal owners are just using it to rip off scientists further. I was part of a project where we were rightly told to publish open access. To publish open with most journals we have to pay money. Other groups with other grants don't publish open (plus there is the whole back catalogue) so we also pay for a subscription. Open access just becomes another revenue stream for these predatory publishers.

What we need to do is stop the reliance on stupid journal metrics. The journals the bean counters claim rate as good, know that we must publish there to please our bureaucratic overlords. Hence they have us by the balls and can charge us insane prices both to publish and to read what is published. While providing a bit of web-hosting and a name. What really takes the biscuit is they then get us to review work for them free of charge.

Visual Studio Code: Let's talk about Extensions

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I don't get the hype

I don't really understand why El Reg is giving a whole series of articles to what appears to be a rather normal code editor with pretty standard features and a rather ugly default theme.

At least it seems pretty upfront on the the website about what data they are slurping from you.

Samba man 'Tridge' accidentally helps to sink request for Oz voteware source code

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Re: Is source code necessary to validate correctness?

I doubt they will be happy to freely allow an executable version of the code to be available to all who wish to test it. They would need to do this along with enoug description of the required inputs and outputs.

Even then, personally I am uncomfortable using people analysis code unless I can see the source. While yes I can run some test cases, it is nice to be able to dissect the code to know what mistakes might happen. And to be able to output what is happening in the middle of some analysis. If the analysis is difficult enough it is hard to know who made the mistake when two codes disagree. At this point is is nice to be able to run through both with a fine-tooth comb until you find out what the source of the disagreement is, and from there who made the error.

Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

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Re: Google isn't great either

I also use Firefox, but I am really not that sure if it is my dislike of Chromium/Chrome or my own habits. The first version of Chrome that everyone shat a brick about didn't have RSS feeds as bookmarks (natively, perhaps via and addon), since that I have to admit I have barely tried it. But either way, at least like Firefox, Chromium consistently adheres to web standards.

Microsoft's full-fat E5 Office 365 plan with phone extras goes live

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Just rubbish

Work has office 365 and it truly sucks. Being a turbo nerd I never touch word processors (LaTeX baby!!) and I run Linux, so I admit I am not their target audience. We run our email through 365, and the web client is far worse than even the old outlook web interface. Word online is a joke, 3-4 times I have needed to edit a document someone sent me and every time it has just thrown an error message about unsupported features or the file being too big. What is the point of a cloud office if it supports office features worse then open office. Utterly pathetic.



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