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Comment Re:Windows itself seems close to being deprecated (Score 1) 226

a traditional Windows desktop will be available (certainly on x86, perhaps on arm) for those who are determined enough to figure out how to reenable it

You mean to say that clicking on the "desktop" tile that's conveniently located on the welcome 'Metro' screen requires determination and figuring out? It's not even re-enabling it. It hasn't gone anywhere that requires any trickery to get back - unlike the Start Menu.

Comment Re:Google (Score 2, Informative) 354

As I said, the only groups being hurt by this are Google and those dumb enough to rely on Android for their future, anyone else with a brain will take a look at the competition and more open platforms.

Newsflash: Consumers don't care about whether Google's playing nice with the Linux community or not.

Comment Re:Proxy? (Score 3, Informative) 102

No. It's a network setting that Optus needs to change. You can get around it by using the "Market Enabler" app that's available on the net, but you need to root your phone* and void your warranty etc to use it.

*and in Australia, this phrase is rather amusing because "rooting" something is usually vernacular for "have sex with"...

Comment Re:You can't pay a negative amount (Score 2, Funny) 330

The billing system for a contract I was recently on tried to bill a customer for negative 33 pence. That is, it didn't try to credit him with 33p, and it didn't send him a notice saying "you owe us -£0.33" - it put through a request to his bank to deduct negative 33p from his bank account.

Needless to say, when I discovered this, I immediately rang the customer and advised them to check if their bank was still there or not. Then I took two aspirin and lay down for a while.

Comment Re:Missing essential sensors, usable screen (Score 1) 181

I'm not sure if this phone was running cupcake or donut, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it was cupcake (there are supposedly speed improvements in donut.)

Yeah, it would have been 1.5 - the problem with the Hero is that because it's so heavily customised, you can't just update it to Donut and run with it, unlike the Sapphire/Magic/myTouch3G.
Having said that though, there is a recent official firmware update that supposedly significantly speeds the device up. I don't actually have a Hero, but I've tried one of the backports to the Magic hardware, and it seems to work fairly well.

However, I'll have to agree with the spirit of your post; the Hero's OS is biting off more than it can chew. Sadly, 1st-generation Android hardware is underpowered for such things.

Comment Re:Num Lock! (Score 1) 939

you're probably being facetious, but typing numbers for an extended time is a hell of a lot faster and easier on the numpad than with the main keyboard ones.

You raise an interesting point though - I use all those symbols a lot more than I use the numbers they're set to by default. If I were to design the computer keyboard today, I'd leave the numbers off those keys and force people to use the numpad.
It might even have the bonus side-effect of reducing the amount of SMStalk in the online world. Maybe.

Comment Re:Scroll lock! (Score 1) 939

The Scroll Lock key is useless but not harmful

I beg to differ - my work uses this arcane software package for some services (Ericom PowerTerm). It has this "feature" that stops the screen from updating if Scroll Lock is on.
Couple that with some of the keyboards at work having a retarded layout where Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause are directly above the arrow keys, and you have a recipe for annoyance.

Comment Re:Scroll lock! (Score 1) 939

You know, the Windows Key has been there for going on fifteen years now... I think it's time you got used to it and learned not to hit it.

Hen I got my Logitech G15 Keyboard, it had a feature where you could turn the winkeys off. The only thing I thought of when I saw this was "What kind of hamfisted people keep pressing it by accident?"

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