Feeds

* Posts by Mage

2764 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

Mage
Silver badge

QT Framework

It's a nice alternative to Java GUI classes/libraries to have a cross platform framework, but can be faster due to underlying C++ and other languages. You can in theory do a lot of GUI without using the real programming languages. But I doubt you'd do a real application in QT without the underlying design in C++ or something. It's a wonderful way to do the GUI part of any application.

It was a pity that Nokia didn't adopt it earlier to produce a new GUI for Symbian instead of S60 GUI, they should have just outsourced that to Trolltech instead of buying the company. By 2002 Nokia could no longer manage software.

3
0

First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Mage
Silver badge

Re: OS vs apps: Paint

Ah, clever sarcasm.

Original iPod

Apple enters MP3 player market after Creative and others, but does better marketing and end to end ecosytem. People are convinced iPod is original MP3 player.

Original iPhone

Apple does a phone with no physical keypad based on off the shelf chips (Samsung SC6400 family ARM CPU) that is an iPod merged with a reference phone design.

They do a lovely port of OSX as iOS (derived from Next, derived from BSD) with a very slick UI designed for capacitive low resolution touch (ignored from 1980s because foolishly the goal was handwriting recognition which needs a resistive screen to get resolution).

The original iPhone is hugely successful because it's the first with a decent Data plan from phone operators. Other smart phones are only usable on WiFi or by business due to x100 data cost. Yes the simplicity and slick GUI helped a lot.

Ever after they have been accused of innovation.

2
1

Amazon REINTRODUCES Kindle swindle vulnerability

Mage
Silver badge

Mitigation

1) You have to be NOT using USB storage mode to copy books. Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon. Surely Amazon monitors everything sent to a kindle.

2) You probably have to be getting 'pirated' books

Does this work on any Kindle reader?

There are three different kinds:

1) eInk type Kindle

2) Kindle Fire, a Tablet

3) Kindle reader app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android etc.

0
0

OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

Mage
Silver badge

Tax Rate

There does need to be a universal system system without exploitive loop holes. having NO corporation tax and tax elsewhere MIGHT work. Because you can tax the income of dividends, tax sales, tax workers and Management etc.

I have no idea if zero corporation tax everywhere would solve this. But at least there is agreement that big international companies are getting an unfair advantage over small local companies and distorting the economies.

2
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: probably not enough

Corporations like Apple & Google do not act the same way as Super Rich people.

Apple actually BORROWED money to pay a dividend, rather than pay tax on their offshore cash mountain.

6
0
Mage
Silver badge

probably not enough

But a start.

Dragons depress the economy by sitting on cash rather than putting it into circulation.

8
6

As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

Mage
Silver badge

Maplin is likely next.

I think online became the only feasible way to buy electronics parts ages ago. The SAME part as in Radio Shack or Maplin from Asia, 1/5th price. INCLUDING postage.

Selling "boys toys" and junk tools won't save maplin.

8
0

Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Mage
Silver badge

Re: WTF?

They bought Skype already, which used to do Text Chat fine!

Though they are messing up Skype

QQ is a good alternative From the #2 Social Network company you never heard of.

If the aim is a whole platform, it's daft. Actually this is just bonkers.

1
0

Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

Mage
Silver badge
Flame

TV

The content was good up to 1980s (but not so good in USA), but the technology was poor.

Now TV tech is good but the content is poor. Apple can't fix that. It's USA media domination that makes it poor!

Radio content hasn't gone down hill as much. But the available AM/FM sets are poor compared to 1980s (or even 1930s to 1950s) and DAB is pointless. Terrible concept, bad UI, bad delivery and no decent sets.

TV sets now universally need decent external speakers as otherwise they are like a 1970 pocket disposable Hong Kong AM radio with 2" speaker.

2
0

eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

Mage
Silver badge

Fire Alarm

And if a member of staff set it off accidently?

0
0

Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

Mage
Silver badge

Re: 470kHz?

used to be around the 1950s

but 455kHz is the standard since Asia took over.

It would be bad for cheaper sets as they have almost no IF rejection!

1
0

Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Scientists...pah

It's well known that charging and discharging isn't uniform. That's why NiCd get dendrites.

But interesting research to quantify it.

2
0
Mage
Silver badge

What?

This was known AGES ago about Alkaline cells (which unlike Zinc Carbon can be somewhat or entirely recharged if not discharged too much).

I was sure I read it a year ago about Lithium Ion cells.

0
2

Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

Mage
Silver badge

Hillarious

Wonderful Tim.

2
0

The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

Mage
Silver badge

U2

I've heard of YouTube.

Remote controls are free and a replacement is under £20. I agree mostly with the sentiment ...

BUT

1) Needs to run a week between charges not one day

2) Needs to be under £50

Apple have lost the plot.

If I'm honest I seem to remember something called the Joshua Tree

6
5

Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Mage
Silver badge

Army powered suit

They are also advanced on an exoskeleton that allows load/unload of freight in forward area with no hoist/forklift.

Also Mule replacements.

0
0

Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

Mage
Silver badge

Re: " ... our nearest star."

I hope it is our start or the back rental / leasing bill will be horrible.

I suspect none of the others are ours.

0
0

Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

Mage
Silver badge

OS refund ruling

Wasn't there a similar ruling some years ago somewhere else?

Certainly I heard of Dell purchasers getting Windows OS refunds.

1
0

spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

Mage
Silver badge

Meh

opening random email attachment no matter what it is called is stupid

0
0

Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

Mage
Silver badge

Sapphire

I doubt it will be on larger mobile devices ever. Break too easily.

Smaller gadgets. like a watch. Or a pebble sized tight jeans pocket flip phone. with two screens like a powder compact.

1
0

Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Simple solution

Black listing on router doesn't work if the neighbour can pick it up directly.

Actually some stuff is so badly done, the likely scenario is that it connects to Internet with neighbour's public WiFi (stupid people think it's good to encourage people to share public WiFi) without the owner even knowing they bought an IoT gadget.

5
0
Mage
Silver badge

Simple solution

Don't buy an Internet connecting Fridge.

If you buy a gadget with the stupidity of built in WiFi that can't be disabled and no other way to operate it, take it back as "unfit for purpose" under Sale of Goods Act.

No matter what you do with your Router/Firewall, you can't make a WiFi gadget secure.

18
0

Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Mage
Silver badge
Happy

Re: The REAL problem with Scottish independance

Most of the price is already Excise duty and VAT. Scotland will decide how much it is taxed in Scotland, The UK situation will be unaffected. Unless for some bizarre reason the Scottish put an export duty on it.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: What's in a name? Little Britain

If we are going to be pedantic, Great Britain is in contrast to Little Britain, AKA Brittany, Never Ireland.

Meanwhile N.I. is going the opposite direction. Its assembly doesn't work.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge

Geneva Convention

Even the current UK Nationals Grandchildren will be probably be UK citizens.

All people who had parents or grandparents born anywhere in the Island of Ireland before 1922 are UK Citizens with right of abode in UK. (Under EU law any Irish Citizen has right of abode in UK even if they are not eligible for a UK passport).

1
0
Mage
Silver badge

Ulster Bank & RBS

Maybe Scotland will be better off WITHOUT idiots like the RBS.

The UK has negative balance of payments already. Nearly £40 Billion of UK exports will become Scottish Exports. Maybe more.

All of Scotland will still get BBC on Freesat if BBC pull out. STV (not part of ITV), C4 and Five won't. Given the stupidity of the BBC lately maybe Scotland will be better off having their own TV tax (aka TV licence) instead of the misused BBC funding. I'd miss BBC Radio Scotland in the evenings, but maybe they can do better.

2
6

Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Mage
Silver badge
Facepalm

129 per cent

Tiny when the market is tiny.

Also the stupid battery life makes Sinclair's daft LED black watch look good.

Very very niche product. Without the cache (or is it Cachet? I can't spiel) of being a true luxury brand.

In other news the price cut of Apple's poor iCloud offering is now only twice the price of the competition. Some day the iFans will stop paying the Apple Idiot tax. Apple have the BIGGEST MARGIN in the industry. So irrespective of how good the products are and the market share people are paying far too much.

8
4

What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

Mage
Silver badge

Cables?

If I'm at my own desk I like cables. No pesky batteries to run out.

Reliable fast data transfer

Mouse always works

Fast SCSI scanner

1
0

Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Other options

Only stupid tinny gadget speakers have no Aux In. Every HiFi since 1950s can be fed from an earphone socket with a suitable cable.

Also the data has to be changed from Digital to Analogue somewhere. Some phones and MP3 players have better DACs than your typical plastic dock with 1960s transistor radio speakers inside jazzed up with alloy domes on the voice coil.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge
Mushroom

Cloud & Streaming?

Don't be daft.

That costs a lot.

No ubiquitous universal Internet coverage in ANY country, nor will there ever be.

Streaming and Cloud is complementary to having your own copies.

I have all my music on CD/DVD/Vinyl/78 etc as well as saved on my Server, my laptop, my media PC, my 160G Byte Archos player and only a subset on my Android phone. I don't yet have any of it stored on my "personal cloud" aka hosting. I may do that as an off site backup, but at someone's house that has fibre and no cap. Too slow on my broadband.

Does any current iProduct take an SD card?

2
0

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Mage
Silver badge

The Solution

The solution the TV content providers appear to have currently is to make the content so rubbish no-one would want to pirate it.

Personally they'd have to pay me to watch some of the Garbage.

1) Invest in better content

2) More Local TV companies will buy it (more profit)

3) Have a sensibly priced Netflix style service. (more profit)

4) Offer it at sensible prices on DVD & BD. BBC sets are mostly overpriced. (More Profit). Less than 1/2 people have suitable broadband for (3).

Then piracy will not matter.

0
0

Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Dieter Rams

I know all about classic Braun designs. Since before I bought an Apple II (which is pre-Apple Copy Braun Era)

But spelling is what I'm worst at.

My Magery is purely in technical stuff. I have studied Dieter Rams and know that he does believe that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. But most deluded iFans think Apple is original and deserves their patents, of the design kind and the technology sort. Having worked in Electronics and Computers and studied the artistic side (industrial) as well as engineering design since late 1970s I regard Apple as a very successful confidence trick.

I suspect he was was only half joking.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge
Coat

Dieter Rams

Ives is deluded.

Now that he has already copied all of Dieter Rams he's clutching at straws.

I doubt that this will displace any luxury product, nor does Switzerland rely on watches (or Cuckoo Clocks, or Toblerone).

I'm sceptical that it will do much better than the Newton or Pippin. But who knows how many chumps are out there.?

5
2

Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

Mage
Silver badge

Re: a quick Google tells us exactly who you are

I see what you did then Jack.

2
0

Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

Mage
Silver badge

More Like Facebook?

How ghastly.

10
0

Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

Mage
Silver badge

Cheap PIC

The Pi is fine if you want / need RiscOS or Linux and I/O.

If you want a veroboard and PIC, and a £10 (inc everything) solution then PIC programmed in JAL is far superior learning or DIY embedded environment to BASIC (or C). What ever bits of OS you need you write or port yourself. Ardunio is a 3rd different market again.

1
2

BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Mage
Silver badge

Oh Dear.

This will go badly.

0
1

Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

Mage
Silver badge
Thumb Up

£30 isn't bad though

Presumably the tools will allow applications that run on a server and are accessed by Web Clients, Android, Windows, OS X and Linux, not just iOS. I presumed the iOS was only an example?

0
0

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Mage
Silver badge

Obnoxious

They keep putting banners now and again telling me that I ought to use Chrome. That's abuse of their dominant position,

I prefer Mozilla's spyware.

14
3

If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

Mage
Silver badge

the kit's been discontinued?

Where does the typical home user get the CAD model?

Also the car parts etc. Most people can't use CAD SW to draw anything much more than a cube or pyramid. If that.

Even if someone has a decent 3D scanner, it's not like scanning books.

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

The File

Where are the decent CAD models, 3D scanners etc even if a home 3D printer produced better than kitch nik-naks?

3
0

Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Mage
Silver badge
Boffin

Planning

You STILL need planning laws.

Otherwise mad stuff happens.

I agree Rent control doesn't work. But this is very very hard stuff.

Also increasing Rent allowance or 1st Time buyer Grants etc doesn't work. Also "buy to let" doesn't work either (you get incompetent landlords). The supply only increases a little and prices go up.

There needs to be conditions on providing Infrastructure or the Developers won't do it.

Nor oddly are Developers smart enough to build houses or the kinds of apartments people want where they want them. We have a shortage of housing in Ireland yet empty ghost estates.

Selling off Council housing is only laudable if councils build more accommodation to rent. That increases supply and keeps rents down. It's absolutely the only way to help with housing for poorer. Giving poor increased rent welfare only creates a marginal increase in supply. Mainly it puts the price up.

5
0

Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

Mage
Silver badge
Thumb Up

science is really, really cool

Also can be Weird and Dangerous.

I'm temped to drop hints to anyone buying me a Christmas present.

1
0

RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

Mage
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Skype, QQ is good alternative

Even before MS bought it, it was getting broken.

It's been unusable on many Win7 machines (recent ones).

Since June MS started killing Skype log on of older Windows Clients.

What alternatives to Skype? Loads but some are too complicated for Consumers (Teamviewer) and others creepy (Google & Facebook). Others are poor

QQ seems to be one

QQ is better functionality than Skype, and I worry less about Chinese than Google/Facebook/Microsoft/NSA spying on my messages.

Only gripe is that "Search" only searches your EXISTING contacts. You click on an Icon with a Cluedo Head and + to add a Contact, then click on new form to "find people you might already know". Also nickname search failed. But QQ ID number worked. The Image Caphta thingy on International Sign up page doesn't work, but using English on the Chinese site Signup page (which is presumably why the blog post has two URLS / Domains) does work.

BBC had this MSN news too

End of MSN Messenger

Probably redirects to bbc.com outside UK.

I still have IRC but that's very limited. I used MSN and ICQ a million years ago before using Teamviewer and Skype. QQ seems fine.*

(* Can I have my free stuffed Penguin now?)

0
0

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

Mage
Silver badge
Headmaster

Temperature

Equally important are:

Blend of Tea chosen: Not just Red vs Green etc. Personal preference largely.

Temperature: A problem at higher altitudes for open "kettles" to get 100 C

Water: Pure distilled deionised isn't nice. The water has to be just right hard/soft. The sort that only causes very slight limescale, not too much nor none. I think water from peaty or granite source isn't as good. Obviously should have no taint from excess chemical treatment. But this may be personal preference.

Oxygenation: Water reboiled too much is too low in dissolved gas.

Brew Vessel: (pot or cup, Metal, type of china, Glass, etc)

Brew time (also on Stove or natural): Depends on personal preference

Cup : A cup only used for tea. Different kinds of tea seem nicer in differing styles of cup / mug.

Additions: Natural, Milk (low, normal, UHT, condensed etc), cream, whitener, Lime, Lemon, Rancid Yak butter, sugar etc are in the realm of personal preference. I prefer tea with only water, or occasionally lemon or lime slice in certain red (black) teas.

See also Chai

1
0

Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

Mage
Silver badge

Audio

Is it the Accent, my tiny laptop speakers or the Audio encoding quality?

I couldn't make out a word.

0
0

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

Mage
Silver badge
Alert

Bestiality

Philosophically is a sentient entity who isn't Homo Sapiens a beast? Surely only sexual activity with Beasts (Animals) is Bestiality and a lizard like sentient being is something not quite envisaged in past Moral codes. Or was it?

It's not clear who the "benei ha-elohim" and "ha-nephilim" were. Maybe Eric Von Danken claims they are Aliens, I don't remember.

The Koran and Hindu writings have strange beings.

Greek Myth has Zeus as Bull seducing a woman.

http://www.desy.de/gna/interpedia/greek_myth/zeusLover.html

Genesis 6:1-4

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants (ha-nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God (benei ha-elohim) came unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men (ha-gibborim) which were of old, men of renown."

0
0
Mage
Silver badge
Facepalm

Agenda

BBC seems to care more about promoting LGBT than actually decent plots / Stories any more. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with "promotion of LGBT" but if you think it is your mission surely it should not be amateurishly shoe horned into kids programs. Well Dr Who used to be for kids long ago.

1
0

Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

Mage
Silver badge

Most Apps are pointless

No surprise.

A decent Web browser with big enough screen and decent User interface makes most of them pointless.

The only App I've added was a "Jotter" that makes text files. I'm not going to sit talking to it, even assuming the speech recognition is good enough to replace writing.

1
0

Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Russian sanctions against European sanctions about Ukraine

Certainly a good one for the Tin Foil Hat users.

0
1