* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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Re: Wait...

The "lightweight" RT is 8GB before applications?

*shakes head*

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Wait...

...their tablet OS takes 16GB?

16GB?

<Examines hard drive>

My current install, including office suite, hypervisor, games, media players, logs, etc just touches 16GB.

What the bloody hell are MS putting on there?

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Windows 8 Euro PC sales SHOCKER: Results actually not bad

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Re: More fake statistics paid by Microsoft

@h4rmOny - I know perfectly well what SecureBoot is, thank. I also know the impact that MS's diktat has had, and it can be summarised as "Pay us US$99 or piss off out of the PC market". Add to that the inability to change keys on Win8 badged ARM devices and you have, IMHO, more than enough for regulators to stick the boot in.

Oh, and do lay off the straw men.

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Re: More fake statistics paid by Microsoft

I don't like the enforced choice either, but the "No OS" option seems the least bad to me as the current situation is untenable. Also, it does not force anyone to carry a competing product.

Now, this is where someone drags out a car analogy and asks if I want or buy a car with no engine. It's not the same. I have a choice of car engines, if I buy a Ford or Mazda or Honda I will get a different engine. One simply can do this in the IT world because there is effectively only one "engine" manufacturer and actively blocks any competitors. Would we stand for this? No, of course not.

Yet, somehow, because it's in the IT world it is somehow acceptable.

Competition is good, we need this in the PC marketplace to drive innovation and investment.

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Re: More fake statistics paid by Microsoft

"I really don't fully understand the entire preoccupation with MS bashing. There are, in fact, far more dishonest companies out there ripe for a kicking (i.e. Google/Apple)."

Neither of which are convicted monopolists (yet). Look, MS has been found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, faces massive fines in the EU and should face sanction for their actions of SecureBoot. Period.

I'm not arguing about Google or Apple, that's a different topic, but as the industry isn't providing choice - it's time to enforce choice. I don't really like regulation, but I don't see it happening any other way.

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Re: More fake statistics paid by Microsoft

Came here to say something similar. As it is basically impossible to buy a non-Apple PC without Windows, it is pretty easy for MS to get the figures it wants. So a few doom-and-gloom stories, then have the OEMs start to ship Win8 "OMG! LOOK! Our Win8 got n% sales. WE ARE THE AWESOME!"

What the public need is some actual competition in the PC marketplace. Come on regulators, give MS a kicking, please.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: Yoinks!

Facebook is a public forum, and this is how you should treat everything you post there. If you don't want it known to the world and total strangers - don't post it.

I know they have privacy controls, but leak still happens.

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Skype IDs hijackable by ANY FOOL who knows your email address

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Re: secret email address

Can't tell you, it's a secret.

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Re: @The BigYin

Not if you are correctly handling the data. And that means not writing your own code, but using the widely available libraries for escaping etc. that exist for every major language. But you are quite right, if one has hired developers who just concatenct email addresses into SQL strings, then you will suffer.

The BigYin's maxim: If you think you know how to validate an email address, then you don't know how to validate an email address.

If there is some limitation, then that needs to be clearly documented and a proper error shown, not just crap like "Your address is invalid".

For example, I've worked on projects where we can't accept a backslash ("\") amongst other things in certain situations (not going into all the ins and outs of why - legacy is a bitch) - so we displayed a message along the lines of "The characters "\, £, and /" cannot be used in an email address". Clear, simple and let's the user know enough to use a different email (or call support and have a good moan).

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Re: Three months...

No to worried about downvotes to be honest (check out some of my other posts).

I just don't follow how pointing out the timeline specifically mentioned in the article can be disagreed with.

I'm confused, not upset.

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Gmail (to name one) does this, I am not sure about others. It also allows you to put a random "." anywhere in the localpart. The big problem with using a "+" is that most sites reject it, when it is in fact valid.

Are you a web dev? Read this, now go and fix all your no doubt incorrect email validation. So many sites fail on the "+" it's depressing.

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Re: Three months...

How the hell is that worth a downvote? It says it in the article FFS!

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Three months...

...if the article is anything to go by.

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Microsoft offers Internet Explorer 10 preview for Windows 7

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I don't use IE9 if I can avoid it...

...so why the FOOK would I want IE10? If I had my way, I'd delete IE entirely. Oh wait, I can't.

Thanks MS.

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SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!

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Re: "does it also have to be impartial about string theory, quantum mechanics and everything else"

"If somebody has a new theory (different to string theory) then the BBC should not be able to say 'doesn't agree with our stance on string theory....not going to show it"."

So they have to allow every crack-pot, moon-unit a voice? Bollocks. The Beeb should give weight to proper, peer-reviewed results/theories and that's it. Otherwise we'll be having crap like Creationism given the same air-time as evolution and that is plain wrong (creationism isn't even a theory FFS) and homoeopaths given the same credence as actual medical doctors.

I'm sorry, but no.

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Why all the secrecy?

Trying to deny climate change is like trying to deny gravity. You can try it, but it's pretty futile.

All that really remains to be debated around climate change is the rate, exact details on the feedback mechanisms (i.e. the finer details) and what (if anything) can be done. If the BBC has to be impartail about science of this nature, does it also have to be impartial about string theory, quantum mechanics and everything else?

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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Re: So....

Oh, and I forgot one, if you want to avoid paying billions in tax; it will only cost you a nice dinner and a handshake!

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So....

...government passes tax laws with loop-holes.

Government cuts HMRC inspectors.

Government follows advice from accountants and bankers on tax (those with the biggest incentive to avoid it).

Government engages in fiddles to avoid revealing true costs (i.e. PFI)

Government allows "non-doms" to get away with little or no tax (when they aren't really non-dom)

Government...it's long list...

What the government is annoyed at here is that the information is public. People only used to suspect that the major high-street chains and other paid little-to-no tax; but now we know. Up until they information was public, the government were very happy for their rich cronies to get away with paying nothing, whilst the lower-middle and working class get gouged for just about every penny.

These companies are wrong for not paying their due, but the government is even more wrong for trying to be all high-and-might about it. It was the Tories and Labour who created this mess in the first place.

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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Re: Free speech?

@AC - "I'd imagine there would be a fair few people who know or knew people being honoured by the poppy who would love to express there free speech in burning this chap alive"

See, this is Daily Fail logic at its finest. So destroying a small paper flower = capital punishment. FFS. Here's a question....do you have all you poppies from previous years? No? You threw them in the bin! MY GOD MAN! The mob will be round to throw you in next!

"I'd probably break laws excercing my free speech rights on there ass's"

You want to impregnate their donkeys? Eh?

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Re: Free speech? @AC

@AC - "You have a right to an opinion but only if it is the same as mine."

You have the right to an opinion, however you only have a valid argument when you can back it up with facts. The Daily Fail (or Daily Hate, if you prefer) is rather "facts light" and "vitriol heavy".

Amusing how irate you are getting about this.

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Re: Free speech?

@AC - Straw man,but nice to know you read the Daily Mail.

"What;s your view about peeing on a cenotaph - guess that's acceptable?"

Wrong question. Is peeing in public acceptable?

Tell me, how is this the fault of the immigrants again?

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Re: Free speech?

@AC - Do learn to read. There's a good fellow.

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Free speech?

His alleged act was offensive to many, but he was simply exercising his right to free speech.

Curtailing that should be even more offensive. (Unless you are a Daily Fail reader of course.)

In fact, I find Kent police's action grossly offensive and as they were communicated to me electronically - can Kent police please arrest themselves?

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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What is this all about?

Windows (any version): a pile of festering hacks that you can't see.

Linux (any version): a pile of festering hacks you can see.

In the former, you can only find out about the problem after the fact. In the latter, you can do some due diligence (or pay someone else to do it) before the fact (maybe even knock up a few test cases; whatever). Which one is better?

Oh, and most Linux devs are professionals who draw a salary.

As to GPL "infection"...if code has a license you don't like, don't use that code write it yourself! Who are you (or I, or anyone) to tell an author what license they should use? You could, of course, ask the author how much a dual license deal will cost you. Y'know...pay them.

People who moan about the GPL are fools who want to have their cake and eat it. Correction. They want to have your cake and eat. Then demand you do the washing up.

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Microsoft's touching Xmas gift for Brits: MORE licensing price hikes

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Re: No Price Rise For Linux

I'm not saying that open-source shouldn't be looked at seriously, I'm just pointing out that "free" is setting expectations too high. Also, the final item on my list, might make any savings in licensing costs moot.

If you are starting out new, and some says "Hey! Let's use IIS and SQL Server!" Unless there are some very good reasons for those (e.g. you entire company's skill-set is MS only) then you should take that person and beat them to a pulp. This is the perfect situation to go F/OSS.

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Re: No Price Rise For Linux

Infrastructures still costs.

Support still costs.

Training still costs.

Migration will cost (assuming suitable alternative application can be found for those that are MS only).

I love me some GNU/Linux, but to call it "free" at the enterprise scale is rather misleading. "Much less likely you bend over and scream 'Squeal, piggeh!" is accurate though.

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The Z-Factor: Meet the Simon Cowell of Linux

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RedHat...legacy?

Pfft. That's just something to get a few headlines.

Here, Mark me lad. How's about getting a few OEM deals so we can buy Ubuntu pre-installed in the UK. You know, that country where you are based?

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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It's too generic a shape

Pure and simple. Coca-Cola bottles? Sure.

The noise Harley-Davidsons make? Sure (although I will admit, it may have been trade-mark or copyright).

These are both unique and clearly identify something (not going to argue the toss about patent being the correct tool, just that these two example are unique).

But a rectangle with rounded corners though? A generic shape? That already was is use for a myriad of hand-held objects....really?

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Re: Just a thought

Uh...how do you know that old scans are not medically important?

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Levels of subscription?

Why not just let people pay for the service they want:

No fee, 100% ad funding (no skipping allowed); or

Small fee, but still partly ad funded (no skipping allowed); or

Bigger fee, but still partly ad funded (skipping allowed); or

Fat fee, no ads (a bit like the Beeb really - and my preferred option as I hate adverts).

Either way, advertisers are screwed once we move to 100% V.o.D. as there will be no gaps to put adverts into and they'll have to find a way to insert them into the shows (which probably means product placement - something else that totally hacks me off).

We record just about everything to we can fast-forward through the adverts at 32x. If MythTV worked with my service, I'd probably use that and have it nuke the ads for me.

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Microsoft offers cut-price Win 8 PCs and fondletops to UK schools

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Wait...

...are these cheaper than a RasPi? You know, that little thing kids can actually learn how to do actual computing on? And if they manage to break it...no big deal? And it's a UK designed device? And...and...and...

I know the RasPi would still need a keyboard etc, but it strikes me as being a lot better than the latest MS "push the buttons and don't think" crap-ola.

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Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

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"she's disappointed by illegal activity"

Were any laws actually broken? if not, then it's not illegal and that would be for a court to decide,

Sharp practice? Sure.

Dishonest? Sure.

Immoral? Sure.

And if the conspiracy theory is true, then the laws might need to be changed to cover this situation. Certainly, the ability to weasel out of this due to the lack of any governing body is staggering.

But I wonder why she isn't going after Vanguard? Surely they are guilty of negligence or malpractice if what she claims is correct?

Of course, just like in the UK when the banks collapse, the rich can afford justice that simply isn't available to the rest of us.

And if you are losing at blackjack...you need to practice more memory and counting games. Ahem. Cough. Cough.

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Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

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Re: All your eggs in one basket

"What would you do in a power cut? (Serious question)"

WTF? In a power outage your biggest concern would be TV and Internet? Good grief. Someone has their priorities the wrong way round. In such a situation the steps are as follows:

1) Secure your property (lock all windows etc)

2) Proceed to nearest pub that has power.

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Shame it doesn't work on PC

According to their site (and I quote): "All you need is a PC or Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch..."

Well there's the first alarm bell, a Mac is PC or a laptop and when they say "PC" they really mean "a computer running Windows". Nice.

At least the stupid OS-block is gone and it at least lets me log in and even list the show. But work? Nah. No worky-worky, fails at "Detecting device, please wait". And how hard is it to "detect"? The information is in the User Agent FFS! All rather odd as iPlayer is just a Flash app and that works perfectly (as doe Demand 5, 4od etc). So there is no real reason why it couldn't work on GNU/Linux and it's Virgin (and maybe Sky?) that seems to be screwing this up.

Runs nicely with the OS-block by-pass trick though (VM Forums post).

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Question

I can't follow why a simple question got downvoted...but the explanation that the game engine pays attention to the frames coming through and thus a higher framerate (even above what the monitor actually can display) may give better/smoother response is interesting.

Are there any authoritative sources on this?

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Question

If I have an LCD screen which claims to be running at 60Hz, is there any benefit to my GPU firing out data at over 60fps? Won't I just see tearing? Or do LCDs not work like that?

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Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

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Wot, no leftfield?

What about the Pengpod or the Vivaldi or just anything but the same staid crap from the predictable vendors.

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One in seven North American home networks full of malware

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Re: WTF

@Christian Berger - Android is not "GNU/Linux" as it has no GNU components. It does run a patched version of the Linux kernel (and I believe those patches are being mainstreamed). This makes it "a Linux" or, to give it its full name "Android/Linux" or possibly "Goog/Linux".

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Re: Timely

If the analysis is accurate, report the supernodes and have the ISPs block them until resolved.

If the analysis is accurate...

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Re: WTF

Massive assumption: the results are accurate and not "45 minutes" sexed-up bullshit.

It's not just the USA, it's everywhere. Computers are like cars, almost everyone uses them but very few understand how they work or are capable of even basic maintenance. The analogy with cars goes even further given than it is increasingly difficult to do work on a car without access to specialist equipment, and in the computer world it is increasingly difficult to replace parts without access to specialist equipment.

The other big issue is the homogeneous nature of most networks. Windows all the way down and suffering all the ills that brings. Although it is interesting how Linux is now being infected (Android is a Linux, remember).

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Re: Multiplayer game based on Elite?

@SoaG - Do you even have the most vague clue what you are talking about?

Didn't think so.

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I predict failure

Just about every incarnation of "Elite" after the first few originals has been dreadful. "Frontier" was barely acceptable and "First Encounters" was an utter abhorrence.

It's a shame this is going to over-shadow the likes of the excellent Oolite and I wonder if the gameplay will be any better than Diaspora? Probably not given Braben's past form.

And Elite is nothing like EVE. FFS people...

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

You made a point that one piece of software/hardware(not Virgin's) did a thing that Virgin's doesn't and wondered why Virgin's didn't. I made a similar example with Ford and a remote control car. I could have made it about, say, LinuxMCE. Why doesn't Myth let you control your house? LinuxMCE does. What is keeping those work-shy Myth devs, eh?

My point was, that unless your software/hardware can do the fundamental most important thing (decode the encrypted Virgin media TV streams) then it is useless in this context and you are comparing apples and marmots.

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

Oh...so you system which has nothing whatsoever to do with Virgin and can't even interface with it, can do things that Virgin can't. Hmm...this is relevant why?

"Hey, I can't control my car from my phone. Why not Ford, why not? I've seen radio controlled cars that do things like that Ford, why not you? What's holding you up?"

I think you just wanted to show off a little. I'm kinda surprised you didn't mention that you run Arch.

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At most you'll probably get a "Your OS is not supported" message, just like their website. Feckin' eejits.

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

Can it decode Virgin and record cable channels?

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Welsh council's unused mountain of 2,400 laptops

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"Educational and Council licenses are not the same so they wouldn't be able to shift a bunch of latops from the Corporate side into Education without sorting that out with MS."

So MS control councils' use of assets? One more reason not to use MS in that case.

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What the hell?

So these "bargain" laptops weigh in at £1,400-ish? Really? Why the bloody hell to kids need laptops with that level of juice? I'd say give 'em all a RasPi (plus peripherals) but I doubt RaspPi could deliver until next year. Still, there are heaps of vendors who could sell kit for much, much less than what the council paid. Even allowing for on-site support etc.

Although I question the children needing a latop at all.

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