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* Posts by Spender

30 posts • joined 5 Feb 2008

Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

Spender

Re: Unity support for WebGL

I don't buy this argument. As Microsoft are observing parts of their business collapse in slow motion, they are looking at the increasing revenues of companies with apps on other platforms. They want a slice. The difference is a change in attitude to interoperability and an embrace of the widened opportunity provided through actual contribution to open source. They need the developer community to notice this change in attitude or they risk further decline as more and more people notice how far open source code and software has moved forward over the years. Without willing developers, MS is dead in the water. They need to re-win our trust.

Given the announcement a few months ago of the open-sourcing of most of the .net stack, i think your argument here is... dated.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-open-sources-more-of-its-net-technologies-7000028031/

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

Spender

So is it WiFi or 4G? The author seems confused...

http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-4g-and-wifi/

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

Spender

"Let's see what time brings us."

A court summons?

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: Yet another Adobe plugin

Why would you say that? Adobe's track record is exemplary, no?

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Spender

Re: what about...

LinqPad gets my vote. It's the only software I've ever purchased that hasn't left me feeling shortchanged in some way or another.

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

Spender

I'm surprised that in 2014...

...they go and equip it with a camera that seems to barely rival a cheap 10 year old webcam.

Somehow I expected more bandwidth.

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SiriusXM sued for millions in 'unpaid' music royalties

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"Never understood why playing music on the radio means the radio station pays the artist money"...

Yeah, because listeners tune in just to listen to adverts and the music is an annoyance that drives the punters away, right?

If you're attracting listeners and revenue because they like the music that you play, then some sort of renumeration is only fair.

The real problem is the various different mafia-esque outfits that scam both punters and musicians by unfair pricing structures that appear to favour only the incumbents.

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TypeScript 0.9 arrives with new compiler, support for generics

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Clearing up misconceptions

Typescript is **not** a web language, and is never intended to be used directly in a web browser. Typescript is a standalone language that brings many advantages over Javascript (many of which were mentioned in the article). This is **not** an attempt by MS to subvert an existing web-technology by causing fragmentation. Anyone who sees TS and comes to the conclusion that MS is simply repeating the tactic that they employed with Java is sorely missing the point.

The most important thing to realise here is that the compiled output of TypeScript is JavaScript. The purpose of TS is to provide compile-time type-safety so that code written by developers is more easily checked and enforced at compile time. Once compiled, the output is standard, vanilla Javascript.

Anyone who thinks that this causes disadvantage to the web at large simply doesn't understand what TypeScript is and the aims of the TypeScript project.

+1 to Microsoft for finally "getting" the web.

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300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed

Spender
WTF?

That's just astonishingly negligent. I'm taking my custom elsewhere with immediate effect (it will be my next action after posting this message).

Those morons don't deserve my business. Thanks for the heads-up, reg.

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Boffins use DVD burner to scale graphene supercapacitors

Spender

Crafty sods. Nice.

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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Why not...

...just hand management of the entire steaming poo over to Oracle instead of getting stuck in the middle of somebody else's release schedule. Then they can just point the finger without the reputation damage that Java is currently causing them.

What is this cosy relationship between Java and Apple anyway?

Since Apple demoted Java from being the "first class" citizen of OS X that they originally anticipated, there's no real decent reason for them to be involved in the release of somebody else's software.

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Soak up CO2 with sponges, says CSIRO

Spender

What is the surface area of a football pitch?

...taking into acccount all the blades of grass growning on it.

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Microsoft leads from behind on Windows 8

Spender
FAIL

Metro?

Isn't it TIFKAM now?

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

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"can soak up so much of the stuff ..."

"can soak up so much of the stuff that a fuel tank stuffed full of the compound could match a conventionally-sized fuel tank for energy potential"

Can you define the difference between a "tank" and a "conventionally-sized tank"?

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

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Big Brother

Censorship by machine...

...is definitely possible... and certain to be shit. I'm somewhat worried that yet another politician climbs on a soapbox preaching that this is a clever idea.

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2011's Best... DVRs and Media Streamers

Spender
FAIL

Unfair advantage given to Virgin Tivo

As the only product that is only available as part of a larger subscription (and very much tied in to the Virgin package), I'm not surprised that the Virgin offering is the winner. However, a review that is nominally about DVRs and MediaStreamers (as opposed to the quality of the subscription product that none of the other candidates carry), I find this article disturbingly biased. Are you sure Virgin didn't pay for this one? Seems a little too much like an advert to me.

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Coders are creatives too: Where's our love?...

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Happy

the people who built our world are dismissed as geeks and bottom feeders?

I think somebody has self-esteem issues.

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LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed

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Go

RICHIE

Rocket Ignition Chamber for Hypobaric Integrity Experimentation

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Three complains to Brussels over NFC exclusion

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FAIL

NFC?

WTF?

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Korean antitrust agency raids Google over Android

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re: Seriously?

@xanadrew: Of course it makes sense. Do you think it's a coincidence that after Microsoft faced similar actions over Internet Explorer that the browser market has moved to a more healthy state of competition?

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WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'

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Flame

Good to know

that my donation to WikiLeaks is being spent on furthering their cause and not on lining the pockets of gutter filth litigation lawyers.

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Google urges background tab websites to throttle themselves

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FAIL

Is it just me...

It seems that the benefit to the developer of co-operating to allow tabs of other sites to perform well seems to be very slight. OTOH, when coupled with a "name and shame" interface telling the user about sites that perform badly in the background, this might take off, but otherwise... meh.

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Scanner snares senior servant

Spender
Big Brother

Dude's better off...

...without a job from Big Brother.

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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WTF?

"allow offenders to adapt or restrict their behaviour...

... to conduct which falls short of our prosecution threshold"

Isn't this the point of laws?

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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

Spender

No AV for 5 years

That's right. I haven't run any AV for over 5 years on my Windows machines. A good hardware firewall and diligent browsing has kept me away from the bad stuff. AntiVirus IS the virus as far as I am concerned.

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French operator pooh-poohs iOS4

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FAIL

"Double Hard Reset"?

WTF? A quick search of "the brain" reveals that this is common iPhone parlance. Once again... WTF?

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Microsoft's .NET at ten: big hits, strange misses

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FAIL

"particularly when it's a plugin that only works on Windows boxes"

Actually, there's a mac version of silverlight. Can't vouch for how well it runs though.

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It's boffins versus bookies on the World Cup Rankings

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FAIL

"England and Germany look nice and close"

Um. Yep. I'm really sold on this analysis.

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BT quotes pensioner £150,000 to get broadband

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@Dave Moffat

"BT has an obligation to provide service but not where it is unfeasably expensive."

What that amounts to is that there's no obligation at all, unless they can wring money out of it. Much like any other business free of such obligations.

Either it's an obligation or it isn't.

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Dutch fire up petrol-pumping robot

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Stop

master locksmith?

my 10 year old car has a fantastic pair of devices associated with the petrol cap called lock and key. take note that the link to the video seems to show a cheap replacement petrol cap that were all the rage in the days when it was possible to leave your petrol cap on the roof of the car and drive off. In fact the chief benefit of the lock/key combo is that it prevents this from happening, as your keys remain attached to the cap, which makes forgetting to replace the cap near-on impossible to achieve. Are we to believe that the robot is also a master locksmith, and it is simply the modesty of manufacturer that stops him proclaiming this far greater technical achievment?

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