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Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

The Brave Sir Robin

Re: "I rather like the Windows 8 interface on a fondle slab"

I believe thats what I said. I like it on a fondle slab but hate it on a mouse driven laptop or desktop.

You need a choice. Why not have full fondle interface on a tablet and a start menu with Metro apps in floating windows for laptops/desktops. How about a check box to switch between the two modes ? Not a big deal for MS to provide that. Maybe they'll come to their senses and do that in Windows 9.

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The Brave Sir Robin

Re: I was very pleasantly surprised...

I happen to think that netbooks were a good idea. I really liked mine. A bit too slow unfortunately. This tablet is much, much faster. The Venue 11 has a lot going for it in that its not an iPad, more useful than my Asus Transformer TF101 for actual work use in that it runs Office properly and stuff like Cisco VPN, can join a domain and can be managed by Enterprise software. It is much faster than the old netbooks and has a massive battery life. It also has a fairly good touch interface and a active stylus for note taking.

What's wrong with any of that ?

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The Brave Sir Robin

I was very pleasantly surprised...

...when I bought a Dell Venue Pro 11 from the Dell Outlet at a rather fantastic price. Its a great piece of kit and I've discovered that I rather like the Windows 8 interface on a fondle slab. I hate it on a mouse driven PC or laptop though, The price I got it for was in the 'take a punt' area. Not sure I would have at the full retail price.

I find the Venue Pro much more usable for 'real' work than my Android tablet and I'm using it in preference nearly all the time. Battery life is awesome and the speed from the quad core Atom CPU is more than acceptable. I just wish there were a few more and higher quality 'apps' in the store for fondle use. I end up having to resort to the desktop with the optional keyboard dock much of the time due to poor quality apps or the unavailability of them.

Due to it running a full copy of Windows 8.1 Pro it can be fully managed in the domain setting and can run any corporate utility and security software.

I really, really like it much to my surprise. Enough that I'm going to recommend trialling them at work. They could do with a price drop though.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Government

In order to stop the constant and unnecessary government interference and inefficiencies you'd need to find a government not made of public schooled fuckwits.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

The Brave Sir Robin

Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!

Having said that... There should still be as much of Professor Alice Roberts on telly as it is possible to fit in. I feel that I learn an extraordinary amount from her.

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The Brave Sir Robin

Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!

We need a Magnus Pyke and a Heinz Wolff for the 21st century. Bring back "The Great Egg Race".

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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That's because..

...the people in charge are a bunch of self serving, greedy, useless, public school fuckwits no matter what colour badge they wear.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

The Brave Sir Robin

Re: TIFKAM

Oddly enough. I was going to say exactly the same thing but prefixed by the word utter.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Search as primary means of navigation?

This is one of the most true and wise posts I've ever read here. I am in awe.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: That awesome Tomorrow People theme

I used to love the Tomorrow People when I was a kid in the 70's. The music really set the mood. Feeling nostalgic and very old right now. I hope they do a good job on this. Supernatural is one of theirs and that is excellent so they can make good telly if they try.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Re: Come back Vista. All is forgiven.

I'd take the POS that is Vista over Windows 8 with TIFKAM any day.

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The Brave Sir Robin

Re: Numbering

Come back Vista. All is forgiven.

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The Brave Sir Robin
Unhappy

Surely a more appropriate name would be

DESQview 2.8. 'cos that's more or less what the new bloody awful user interface is like, only worse. At least DESQview could have more than two windows open at the same time.

I do hope that sense prevails in the end.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Headmaster

Research Machines. Now there's a blast from the past

I remember playing with the school 380z a very long time ago. It was one the only computer the school had until the BBC Model B and a 48K Spectrum turned up.

Those were the days. I remember giving the physics teacher (who had responsibility for the computers dumped on him) tutorials on it. I had to teach him how to use CP/M and code in BASIC and Pascal (which I'd been learning for O level computer science at an FE college 'cos my school couldn't teach it) .

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Fanbois possibly responsible for sat nav failure ?

A heck of a lot of UK Tomtom sat nav users have been unable to connect to the Live Traffic HD service since Feb 6th. The service is hosted on the Vodafone network. The error is something along the lines of "Can't establish wireless data connection".

I'll be well miffed if my getting stuck in traffic is Apple's fault. Not content with buggering up fanbois navigation they want to bugger up everybody else's.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Re: Netflix for me

That argument is bollocks. Netflix runs on Gingerbread and even Froyo. The whole Android "fragmentation issue" is also bollocks. Developers need to write their code properly. Netflix runs on anything with Froyo or newer. The only issue potentially is for someone running a cheap and nasty budget phone/tablet.

The market share argument for supporting Apple over Android is a non-argument and there is no fragmentation issue for Android if the code is properly written. The BBC and Sky seem to be populated by Fanbois IMV or they're in Apple's pocket (probably in the case of Sky anyway). It is fundamentally wrong of the BBC to waste license fee on supporting the Apple platform over Android when there are more Android using license fee payers.

Cut off 50% of their customers ? How can they cut off 50% of their customers when they don't bloody have any customers ? BBC iplayer on Android is lazily and badly written, relying on utterly rubbish Adobe technology to bodge in DRM. Sky Go is so crap it's not worth bothering with even if it does work on your device. Amazon just want people to buy Kindle Fires so they won't support other devices even though there's no technical issue why not.

If Netflix can produce a quality product on a wide range of Android devices then there's no excuse for Sky, the BBC and Lovefilm not to do the same.

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Netflix for me

With Netflix I get HD content with 5.1 surround sound on my WD TV Live STB and great HD video on my Android phone, Android tablet and PCs. Using the DNS bodge I get access to the US content. Currently working my way through some series I missed such as Warehouse 13, Eureka and Breaking Bad.

Lovefilm doesn't support Android which is a big no-no for me. Especially as there's no reason for this as they do support the Kindle Fire. Also no support on the WD TV Live.

It amazes me that Netflix can provide HD quality streaming on Android tablets and phones with DRM but the likes of Lovefilm , Sky and the BBC can't. Perhaps they should license streaming technology off someone who knows how to do it like Netflix.

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New stats: Blighty's PC market ended 2012 on its KNEES

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Meh

There's very little reason to buy a new PC...

...unless the one you have is broken. I'm a s/w developer and I'm more than happy with my 5 year old Dell laptop which is very heavily used and serves my needs perfectly. My wife and son are also pretty happy with their Dell laptops too, both of which are even older than mine. All the machines do what we all want, so why spend money on a new one? We may have to replace the wife's machine which is suffering from very floppy hinges but it won't happen until the day it breaks. I expect there are many people out there with perfectly adequate older machines just like us. Windows 8 is certainly no incentive to buy a new machine given that it is crippled with TIFKAM.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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FAIL

Yeah

Good luck with that.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Coat

They'd better ban Team Fortress 2

'cos there's bound to be a mass outbreak of teenagers beating people to death with wet fish.

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YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

The Brave Sir Robin

Re: Tsk! Youngsters...

Peri.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

The Brave Sir Robin
Childcatcher

Re: Have they ...

Of course not! You're not supposed to use a mouse you silly person. You're supposed to use a touch screen for everything.

Wonder if the EULA for Windows 8 includes a cop-out absolving Microsoft from responsibility for the neck and shoulder strains people will suffer when they spend all day reaching out to touch their screens. Or indeed for the responsibility for the eye strains caused by people spending all day looking at their monitor screens through the inevitable layer of awful, greasy, finger smears. Yuk !

Won't somebody think of the children who will grow up looking all lop sided like Quasimodo from using touch screen interfaces on laptops and desktops ?

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Want ! Want ! Want !

Want ! Want ! Want ! Want ! Want ! Want ! Want ! Want ! Want !

You get the idea.

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

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Re: More fake numbers by Google....

Does that mean that the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer TF101 that I've been using for the last 18 months is also crap ? Why did nobody tell me ? I'm going to have to bin it straight away and buy an iPad 4 if its the only one worth buying. I can't wait to enjoy the benefits of using the not at all bloated, slow and poorly designed iTunes on my PC with my new fruity piece of genius. It'll be so satisfying to penetrate its Appley case with my fully loaded SD cards of musical pleasure. Oh how could I have been so completely wrong in my choice of tablety goodness.

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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

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Oh FFS

See subject.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !

Please, please tell me it won't be so.

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

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4G will be awesome

We'll all be able to exceed our download caps in seconds rather than minutes.

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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Happy

Mortal Kombat

Had a brilliant soundtrack though so all is forgiven.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Windows Tablets First

or Windows WTF for short.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

The Brave Sir Robin

Re: I see what you did there!

The only reason I run Windows on my home PC is so I can play HL, CS & TF2. If I could run them on Linux then the last hurdle to ditching Windows would be removed. Any other Windows s/w I have that don't run on Linux would be fine running in a VM.

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Re: Fixed with a fracking start icon

So the correct solution is as implemented in 3rd party utilities like Actual Multiple Monitors or Ultramon where you get a task bar and Start button on every monitor rather than having to hover over specific pixels in either corner. The main problem. This would have been much more sensible that the context breaking major distraction that is Metro on the desktop.

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Gamers bereft as Xbox Live takes a dive

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Alert

Winter is coming

And even so they make me write a post which must contain letters the Others take them.

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I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

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Finally !

We have the successor to DESQview. I've been waiting 20 odd years for that.

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Hit upgrade on Symantec Backup Exec, and unleash Hell

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Disastrous Penile Manfunction perhaps ?

or maybe not.

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The Brave Sir Robin
Windows

Re: Serves them right

tar ? xcopy ? Used to dream of using tar and xcopy. I had cpio to contend with.

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Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

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Re: Reincarnation of the PC in another form

Considering they've been playing the same sort of stuff for the past 40 years or so, I doubt Status Quo will change very much now.

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GiffGaff gaffe charity spaff to quell miffed riffraff

The Brave Sir Robin
Coffee/keyboard

You...

...owe me a new keyboard for that headline.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

The Brave Sir Robin
Childcatcher

Worst film...

... was definitely The Avengers (1998)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118661/

Its like they never watched the TV shows.

Utter rubbish.

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French get unlimited mobile for €20

The Brave Sir Robin
Facepalm

I wish someone...

would do something about the use of the word unlimited when it comes to data comms. Clearly this deal is NOT unlimited. There are obvious limits.

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Doctor Who girl Amy Pond axed in 'heartbreaking' exit

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Coffee/keyboard

Phwoaarrrrr !

Peri !!!!!!

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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Married to Rachel Weisz ?

Lucky bastard !

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Having owned a BMW...

...and being a current owner of 2 Skodas I can safely say that the Skodas are better built, more reliable, cheaper to run, and generally better cars than my BMW was. They may not be quite so much fun but they do their work-a-day jobs much better.

In this respect your analogy is quite good. BMWs = iphones = expensive fun toys. Skodas=Androids=Useful tools that get the job done affordably and reliably.

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Bill Gates drops $1m on laser-based malaria fighter

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Coat

Typical...

First there was Mosquito.NET which is now now longer a supported technology and will be replaced with Mosquito Laserlight. How about Mosquito Homosexually Transforming Mosquito Liquid version 5 to turn all mosquitoes gay so they don't breed. Yes, I'd say HTML 5 is the way of the future.

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Brits forced to join waiting list for iPhone 4S

The Brave Sir Robin
Trollface

Alternatively

Get a Samsung Galaxy S II instead.

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This Dianamania is a slur on Jobs

The Brave Sir Robin
Paris Hilton

Not a big fan of the guy

But the Apple II was awesome. I so wanted one. Went off Mr. Jobs big time during the whole Digital Research GEM lawsuit.

Paris ? For she too has her knockers.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Mushroom

Utter flame bait.

But the points are valid.

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

The Brave Sir Robin

My iPod has been gathering dust since I got my Android phone. Always hated the iTunes program. Glad to be rid of it TBH.

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Gartner: Apple rivals can't touch iPad

The Brave Sir Robin

There have been

3 updates to the ASUS Transformer since I got mine. It's running the latest 3.2 and is likely to get ICS in Nov.

As I said before, more apps is not necessarily better apps, just a bigger selection of dross. There are probably similar quantities of good apps.

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The Brave Sir Robin
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Oh dear

“So far, Android’s appeal in the tablet market has been constrained by high prices, weak user interface and limited tablet applications,” Milanesi said.

I must have been mistaken in my belief that my ASUS EEE Pad Transformer was comparatively low priced, with an excellent user interface, loads of expansion potential and a perfectly acceptable number of very useful and entertaining applications that do everything I want.

I'd better throw it away immediately and buy a iFad so I can have an expensive device, limited multitasking, no expansion, no keyboard and access to a massive number of applications, of which 5% are any good and which are available just the same on Android.

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Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

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Happy

Golly

I remember doing CESIL for 'O'-level computer science on a PDP-11 at the local FE college. We had to catch the bus from school to go to the college for lessons as we only had 2 BBC Micros, a Spectrum and a 380Z at school. I also remember writing a stock control system in BASIC for my 'O'-level too. Lots of fun using a line editor on a VT-52 terminal.

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