* Posts by James Anderson

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

James Anderson

How long till....

HP inc is rebranded to COMPAQ perhaps with a grey box to signify that they are makers of PCs in grey boxes and for the first time ever the letter O will be a circle.

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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Searching for the dead C scrolls again

Verity Stobb must have here team of crack archaeologists searching for a lost scroll of "The Sons Of Khan" after the follwing fragment was found :

" .... and so he did lead the Sons Of Khan from the desolation of Metro to the Land Of Fruit .. "

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Poor Oisin

Considering it was Jeeza who dubbed himself in, and, Oisin had no intention of taking the matter further -- in fact he thought he was going to be sacked for letting the worlds most unlikely media star run amok on his watch.

The most probable explanation is that after a hard days larking around JC decided enough was enought and delivered a spectacular resignation letter.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Messed UP!

"Copyright expires" -- never happen if Disney gets its way.

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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

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The folly of a single user interface

Image if Honda decided to make there customers like easier by have a single user interface for all thier products.

Maybe they would put a steering wheel and gear lever on the motor cycles.

Or perhaps a handbrake on the jetskis.

Or maybe do the microsoft thing and have a completely new interface for everything. Something intuitive like a tiller to steer with and an anchor to throw overboard when you want to stop.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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The Hedgehog Song would be more appropriate

Probably the one and only time this statement could possibly be true :-)

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

James Anderson

While agree with the thrust of the article -- Current copyright laws are bollocks. Just one small not to pick -- All the BBC channels are freely and legally available on Belgian cable TV though not Channel 4 which in keeping with its long tradition of broadcasting programs nobody watches televises cricket matches.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

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Re: H&S.

Be a more useful statistic if they adjusted for the fact that the construction workforce is a fraction of what is was 40 years ago.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: I can hear it now

YOU CAN STOP WRITING I DON'T WANT TO APPEAR IN ANY MORE BOOKS

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

James Anderson

Absolutely pathetic.

President Johnson OKed the bombing of neutral Cambodia and Laos an act which eventually caused the death of over a million people.

JFK had sex in the Whitehouse with various starlets (including Marylin Monroe -- the guy had taste)

GW Bush embroiled the west in a useless war in Iraq -- meltdown still in progress and body count still rising.

Hilary Clinton used a personal e-mail account -- shock horror has the girl got no morals! Is she fit to be president, how many innocents will die. Just what you'ed expect from a non Texan.,

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Never made it to civilisation.

"Nestle" -- the Swiss food mega corp created/owns Nespresso. Nothing to do with the brown muck company "Nescafe" other than a common corporate parent.

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Re: Never made it to civilisation.

In the some parts UK metal containers must be "clean and empty" which is just too fiddly for the coffe pods.

Where I currently live in South East Asia things are not so much re-cycled as re-used so far nobody has found a use for used coffee pods. The K thingies look like they would be excellent for propagating seeds.

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Re: Never made it to civilisation.

Nespresso is completely different. The K thingies are just a pre-packed coffee grounds with a built in filter the actual coffee making process is the same as a drip filter.

Nespresso is a sealed container which plugs into a machine which forces steam and water under pressure through the capsule -- the same basic process as an espresso machine.

The whole shebang was developed by Nestle from scratch and was covered by an astonishing 1700 patents. Most of the patents have now expired which is why a whole bunch of compatible capsules have appeared on the market recently.

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Never made it to civilisation.

These thing are unheard of in Europe -- possibly because the result is only slightly less awful than the truly awful coffee US citizens slurp by the gallon.

Here in the civilized world we have Nespresso which really is an environmental disaster as the composite aluminium and custom plastics are prohibitively expensive to re-cycle.

But it makes for a really nice cup of coffee!

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

James Anderson

Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

They are based in the Peoples Republic of China -- I doubt they have such a thing as shareholder lawsuits.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Symptom of a much deeper problem.

One of Thatcher's many innovations was to rope in "volunteer"s from advertising agencies to design and manage her election campaign. These professional ad-slingers were richly rewarded as government spending on publicity increased twenty fold during her reign.

Messers Blair and Madelson were quick to see the benefits of this system. You get elected, you get invited to smart dinner parties and you get to chat with amusing well dressed people who went to the same schools as you did. They also extend the concept by giving "volunteer" marketing and media types plum jobs once they got elected.

The end result is we have a government and civil service that is entirely centered on image, spin and buzzwords; but totally incapable of dealing with reality.

And they wonder why a flake like Farage looks attractive to voters -- sadly he looks more capable than they do.

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IBM chasing ex-staffers for $20 payments

James Anderson

Along with:

Bristol Motors who licensed there aircraft engine designs to BMW and Kawasaki

AMAL carburetors who licensed the design of their carburetors to Mitsubishi

and almost any other large enterprise that could make something the Germans or Japanese could not make themselves.

WWII finished 69 years ago. It really is history.

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SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA

James Anderson

Re: little big data

Big Data as used by marketeers of say Hadoop usually refers to some number minimum number of Terabytes, You would not be considered a serious big data geek if your site had less than a Petabyte.

So "several GB" does not even begin to hack it.

Next they will be claiming these power guzzling (even when idle) machines have "green credentials

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little big data

I don't see how an in memory database like hana can qualify as big data when its restricted to the RAM in a single machine.

Gotta love an accounts package that's so inneficient it needs a custom in memory dB just to implement standard business practice.

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

James Anderson

us steals foreign government taxes

These are taxes on profits made in other countries like Britain.

For instance had the greedy f***s in the city of London not sold Cadburies to Hershey's then Camaron and not Obama would be collecting the readies.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

James Anderson

Re: Yes It's terrible

At least the math in Cryptonomicon is correct, and, it is (intentionally) very funny in places.

It also puts a spotlight on the equally remarkable but unsung US reverse engineering of the Japanese crypto systems.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

James Anderson

Empirical evidence that Y2K was b*ll*cks.

The conmen^h^h^h^h^h^hmarketing at several major software companies were so concerned that their Y2K "solutions" were not selling at all well in Italy that they persuaded the State Department to make a high level Diplomatic approach to the Italian government.

The Italian politicos (probably realizing there would be no money to trouser themselves) politely ignoredthese approaches. Italian business continued to ignore the aforesaid salespeople, and, by Jan 1999 Italy had the lowest Y2K spend of any developed country (and lower than some underdeveloped ones).

The tragic consequence of this negligent behavior? Well the citizens of Milan got free tram rides for a couple of days while the ticket machines were being manually rebooted, and, that was about it.

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4.2 is the answer to life, the universe and the Internet of Everything

James Anderson

Re: Can you use bluetooth and Wi-Fi at the same time then?

The point is existing blue tooth devices stop working whenever there is any wi-fi activity in the vicinity.

Why do you think logitek et all use there own protocols for mice etc. It's because blue tooth just dods not work well enough.

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Can you use bluetooth and Wi-Fi at the same time then?

Perhaps they could also get it to work in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi connection.

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Lord Lucan, Murakami's Strange Library ... and a hitchhiker's guide to the Computing Universe

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Re: Bugs

Hear hear -- the urban legend comes from the misinterpretation of an entry in Admiral Grace Hoppers diary where a moth was pinned to the page and labelled "the first real bug".

The moth in question had indeed managed to get itself fried by a relay and caused a long running program to crash. It was labelled a real bug to differentiate from all the previously encountered bugs which did not involve a real insect.

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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LEO -- a valve based computer from 1950s superior to S360 a transitor based computer from the1960s.

I think not.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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Lenovo Yoga

You should have mentioned the Yoga has many cpu options -- mine has a 2.0/2.5 GHz I7 that goes like stink.

I also upgraded to 8GB memory and added a second 250GB SSD.

A word of warning:- upgrading memory and adding an SSD is tricky. It involves ripping the keyboard of the machine (and I mean ripping its held down by dozens of little catches and double sided sticky tape -- think leg waxing!); disconnecting/ reconnecting some fiddly micro connectors. Refitting the keyboard takes several attempts before it seats properly.

So avoid an upgrade and ensure it comes with the spec. you want.

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AMD, Oracle sweep their glasses off the table, ARM wrestle Hadoop for the data center

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Re: Linux market penetration

Its actually about 12% for all servers, and 30% for web facing servers.

Whats more interesting is that its about 50% for new systems, Windows Solaris etc. is fast becoming legacy.

It should also be noted that companies like Google source there own hardware and all that kit in their massive data centers do not show as "server market share".

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

James Anderson

The shop has a hundred phones all looking the same but slightly different ....

some cost $20 some cost $400.

Nokia was s****d long before ELOP took over because its product development department turned into a workfare scheme for mediocre designers.

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Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

James Anderson

Hardware renters don't get it

The most important thing about an application is how accurately the business rules and logic within it reflects the needs and requirements of the business it serves.

So I have an FX trading system written for a VAX in the nineties and ported at great expense to Solaris/C++ at the turn of the century which after years of tuning and augmentation serves the quirks and intricacies of my currency traders and does so at lightning speed.

So I am going to port all this to some monstrous JEE framework and run it on a timeshare complete with a "we reserve the right to change these terms and conditions with written notice" clause in the contract -- probably not!

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

James Anderson

Re: Talking of 1-2-3

I have actually seen this in use and it worked just fine once the user got us to it.

The 3270 was effectively a text only web page and worked very much like a browser with java script turned off.

Incidentally I once installed some software in a branch office in Lisbon that was connected to London via Madrid on an absurdly cobbled up network.

It worked acceptably for the 3270 apps, but supporting my unix software remotely was bizarre. It echoed any command you typed at one character every two seconds. It was so distracting the only way to get anything done was NOT to look at the screen.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

James Anderson

Re: so many versions

I was quite happy with Ubuntu -- until an upgrade to unity broke all me virtual machines.

Please everybody get behind Linux Mint -- it just works, and is workable by anyone who has used a computer in the past ten years.

There is a serious opportunity to make a dent in windows market share.

XP to Mint is far easier and less of a jolt than XP -> Windows 8 you can even use the same hardware.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

James Anderson

Re: 420 patent applications

bong, joint and chillum -- a little help for those of you who spent there time at unuversity reading books.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

James Anderson

Re: G00gle is

Er -- that is how it works in the real world.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...

Could not agree more. I have a nifty Lenovo Yoga thingy with an excellent touch screen.

But I use a the keyboard, mouse and Ancient desktop. The only time I actually use the

touchscreen is when my effing expensive and useless blue tooth mouse is arguing with the wireless card and not responding.

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

James Anderson

It always amuses me when these "analysts" pick numbers out of the air to justify some consulting boondoggle. They are about as accurate as the "street value" numbers the police claim on drug busts.

The potential costs of a rouge DBA stealing your data are nothing compared to a mismanaged takeover (and they are all mismanaged), or, a PHB deciding to install an SAP package.

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

James Anderson

Nice to know my sites ahead of the game for once .......

We have a levee around our data center! Admittedly we are on a flood plain next to a big river, and, we had to use sandbags to keep the water out a couple of years ago.

The advice about switching to wireless is rubbish for two reasons. One only the "last mile" is wireless; the trafic is carried over copper or fibre the rest of the way. Two fiber and copper can carry data quite happily under several feet of water, it's only a problem if you need to repair or upgrade.

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Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

James Anderson

Re: I've got a cunning plan...

Sounds a more expensive option than a bottom of the line Nokia

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

James Anderson

repairable devices perhaps

Or even the option of changing a battery instead of trashing the whole device.

Still its head office must be well insulated with all those piles of un-taxed money stacked against the wall.

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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

James Anderson

But most of the other revenue is based on hardware sales.

Most of the software IBM sells is based on top of its own hardware.

Most of the software services IBM sells is based on software implemented on hardware it sold.

So without the hardware sales very little software and services will be sold. Expect a decline in these as the "supplementary" software and services revenue will lag about 1 or 2 years behind the initial hardware sale.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

James Anderson

I will have to delete all my tiles then.

As I get half a dozen new tiles appearing every time I install something, my little "live tiles" menu would occupy most of the screen -- even after aggressively deleting the pesky things.

Has anyone at Redmond actually tried using windows 8? Its a beautifully written, well crafted piece of software whose main use case seems to be "Disgruntled user reboots to windows XP".

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

James Anderson

Re: Why (not) IBM

Could not agree more.

IBM management would gladly bend over and spread their cheeks for the US government who are after all one of their biggest customers.

But as you say they don't have much data of interest, and, the data that is interesting to NSA , for example sales of serious hardware to dodgy dictators is routinely reported to various government agencies.

Even if al-Zawahiri had an IBM account, I am fairly sure that information on which red books and CICS support packs he downloaded would add nothing to the NSAs intelligence efforts.

As for the outsourcing -- yes IBM does a lot of this but the data still belongs to the clients. It would be much easier for the NSA to slap an order on the client companies than enter the legal minefield of forcing a corporation to breach thier contractual obligations.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

James Anderson

Re: Good performance? Scalable?

Any decent (not over engineered!) java program will run at about 1 and a half times the speed of the equivalent C++ program.

The difference is the Java will be debugged and in production while the C++ programmer is still trying to sort out his memory leak in between arguing with his colleagues over what Soustrup really meant to say in chapter 13.

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

James Anderson

Prior Art

These were on sale at the local gadget store at least two years ago.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

James Anderson

Re: Linux desktop

I cannot help feeling that if Ubuntu/GNOME etc. had stopped p***ing around and just improved boring old Gnome 2, then Linux would have captured about 10% of the desktop market place by now.

This urge to change everything for no particular reason has just given MS a "get out of jail free" card, and, two years to backtrack from the "Modern" disaster.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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the old our nukes are bigger than your nukes argument

For a country that basicly on the side of the good guys the septics make themselves very hard to like. Even there closest allies are starting to say what they have felt for a long time. Basically that they are a bunch of arrogant pricks who don't give a shit about anyone except a few thousand voters in a few swing states.

The guy seems to be setting himself up as a tea party candidate. His next argument will probably run "all data was created by god and right thinking godfearing american citizens should have access to it all"

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

James Anderson

Re: Good.

Will people please stop pretending that you can define the budget and scope of a project BEFORE the project has started.

You cannot!

Pretending that you can has lost a lot of people a lot of money and given IT "professionals" a bad name.

Please can we initiate a well funded "scope and design study" before engaging in the actual project to uncover the hidden gotchas and get a realistic view on the amount of work involved. At least 50% of projects would not get past this stage. Which sounds bad but not nearly as heartbreaking as watching thousands of lines of your code going through the virtual shredder because the "back end" half of the project was not, and never could be, delivered.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

James Anderson

Tipping Point

I think we have reached a tipping point where 6% of GDP on university education has stopped being merely wasteful and started to be actually harmful.

The number of low quality papers published by thousands of PHD students and there mediocre professors is drowning out real science.

I mean is it really necessary for a software salesbody or a payroll clerk (sorry HR consultant) to spend four years of their life studying something totally irrelevant?

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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

James Anderson

why its called english

English derives from anglish which is what the Angles spoke. Although a minority compared with the Saxons Jutes Welsh Cumbrian's etc they occupied a central position and provided crucial trade links with the rest of the Germanic tribes in Europe. So their German/Danish dialect formed became the common language.

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Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

James Anderson

ah the intel Bluetooth tax.

Intel just won't give up on Bluetooth. There must be nearly a million unused Bluetooth chips by now. I have bought at least five of the useless things tacked on to other kit.

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