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Comment Re:And how many (Score 1) 153

Well, for the subset of Steam users who choose to participate in the survey. In principle, that group is more-or-less representative of all Steam users unless there's some correlation between avoiding the upgrade and not participating in the survey.

I do wish Steam that would add report the sample sizes of their surveys so we can actually draw useful statistical information from them. (If they actually do report the sample sizes then I'd be grateful if somebody were to point out where)

Comment Re:Does it.. (Score 2) 129

Yes, it does. You can enable it by right-clicking on the toolbar and ticking the "Menu Bar" option. To make the menu bar a fixture rather than appearing only when you press alt. When the menu bar is enabled in this way you can still toggle its visibility by pressing F10.

Personally I find the menu bar occupying a whole row on its own to be a waste of space, so I install the Personal Titlebar extension, which allows me to use the "Customise" screen to add a page title next to the menu.

Here's what my browser looks like at the moment.

Comment Re:EXTRA EXTRA! (Score 1) 217

iPHONE 9 TO DO AWAY WITH PHONE ITSELF. APPLE States it will be the lightest device they have ever sold!

Box contents: 100% Fresh hipster air


That's nothing! (literally and figuratively) Samsung is already planning to release the Galaxy H2, which is even lighter than fresh hipster air* because it's a sealed container of hydrogen**.

* provided that the ambient air pressure is at least 0.072 atm
** Keep away from fire. Samsung claims no responsibility for hydrogen explosions

Comment WSUS Offline (Score 4, Informative) 405

We'll see what happens, but for now I've taken the precaution of using WSUS Offline to download all updates as of today. If I ever need to install Windows 7 again I have my original disc (and backed up ISO on cloud storage) and I can use the update installer from WSUS Offline to apply the updates I downloaded without ever needing to put the computer on the Internet. (And yes, this tool lets you add specific updates to an exclusion list so that they don't get installed).

Comment Re:Google Grow a Pair (Score 5, Interesting) 68

I find that the vast majority of sites that ask for Flash when it's set to "ask to activate"/"click-to-play" will work just fine when Flash is set to "never activate" or removed entirely.

Have a look at this fairly typical code to play a video file:

    <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="player.swf">
        <param name="file" value="video.mkv">
        <video src="video.mkv">

If Flash is installed it uses the embedded Flash applet "player.swf" to play the video, otherwise it simply plays the video directly. However, when Flash is click-to-play, the object element is treated as an opaque placeholder until the user clicks it, whereupon Flash becomes activated.

I don't know the details on how Google is "de-emphasising" Flash, but I'd imagine that they check to see whether the object has child elements other than <param> inside, and replace it with the click-to-play placeholder only if it does not instead of doing so all the time.

Comment Re:for a minute there i thought i had freedom. (Score 4, Insightful) 236

I don't find it hypocritical at all. If I want to use addon that isn't signed I can simply send it to Mozilla to be signed. It's quick and easy, and has no cost. I can do this for as many addons as I want, whether the addons are my own creation or somebody else's. Alternatively, I can use the developer edition, or a nightly, or the current ESR version of Firefox where this ceases to be an issue at all. With Windows 10 I have none of those options - getting a driver signed by Microsoft is prohibitive, so there's simply nothing I can do. Being completely different situations with nothing more than a superficial similarity, having a different reaction for each is quite reasonable.

Comment Re:Multi-process not available for most users? (Score 4, Informative) 236

If you're using Firefox 47 or later you can enable e10s yourself. What you read simply means they won't be switching it on for you until FF49.

You can enable e10s by going to about:config and setting browser.tabs.remote.autostart to true. Restart your browser and then visit about:support and look up "Multiprocess Windows" on that page to see if it's enabled. (It might still be disabled if you have one or more add-ons that don't support e10s - if only it would tell you which)

I haven't installed the Firefox 48 update yet, but it may well introduce an option in the Options panel for you to enable multiprocess without having to go through about:config.

Comment Re:How do you know an OS sucks? (Score 1) 272

Very true. I was just checking old market share stats (via and it turns out that ~20% is what Windows 7 reached after 12 months too. Bear in mind that, while they pushed hard for both Windows Vista and 8 adoption, Microsoft was far more relaxed about leaving people to get Windows 7 in their own sweet time (in fact, adoption remained steady for years) and even backported the improvements down to Vista, so Vista users had little impetus to upgrade at all

So despite having some genuine improvements, being free, having a deadline to encourage rapid adoption, and being pushed so hard it was extremely difficult to avoid, Windows 10 usage is no better after a year than Windows 7 got from just early adopters willing to pay money. In context, 21 market share for Windows 10 after a year is quite dreadful.

And while the first year of sales for Windows 7 was just the tip of the iceburg, with the free period and forced upgrades over Windows 10 adoption is likely to drop off steeply. Of course it will still gain ground, but that will in all likelihood be driven almost entirely by new PC purchases.

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