* Posts by Gulraj Rijhwani

14 posts • joined 30 Jun 2008

IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London

Gulraj Rijhwani
Meh

"Chessington, which while strictly speaking counting as greater London would be considered more a day trip venue by most of the capital’s residents."

Utter nonsense. Chessington is a 35 minute train journey form Waterloo. I know. I live there. I commute to the other side of the capital most days. Many's the time I come back from work, change and then go straight back into London. Yes it is the outer edge of the London conurbation, but we're not talking San Angelean scales of urbanisation. Remember that the M25 is only about 127 miles point to point, and that skirts the whole thing. It's only a "day trip venue" if you're hinting at the so-called World of Adventures.

Chessington is actually a very appropriate location for London access, particularly if you take maintenance and supply into consideration. Granted the rail connection is only a half-hourly service (serving both the Chessington stations, and Tolworth which is actually closer to most of the industrial estate), but it is situated just off the A3 - a major arterial route straight out of London, and is within ear-shot of the M25 which is also only 5-10 minutes distant, 12 miles as the crow flies from the centre. Digital Realty have a co-lo site here for that very reason.

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

Gulraj Rijhwani
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Yup, the UK price is a total rip-off

...but then even if it matched the dollar exchange rate, it would still be an over-priced locked-in piece of crap.

I wouldn't take one if Mickey$oft paid *me*.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Encouraging discussion...

When I post a comment on a YouTube video I don't WANT it appearing on Google+ to stimulate discussion. The discussion should be limited to the intended forum - i.e. the video on YouTube. If you want to see what is new on YouTube, that is what direct subscription is for. If you want a feed aggregator there are plenty around. It doesn't need all the baggage that having a G+ account brings with it.

There is one reason, and one reason alone why Google have done this. To FORCE users to interact through G+, to add them to their relationship and identity database and stimulate data generation for same.

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"We note that dictionaries including Merriam-Webster and the OED define the uke as being a type of guitar. -Ed"

And you felt the need to get pissy about it? Ordinarily I'm with ElReg, but this was unnecessarily ascerbic.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

Gulraj Rijhwani

Re: So what

The only way you are not Facebook's product is if you are not a Facebook member.

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Re: Clearly I am out of touch ..

It is more likely relative cursor positition within the browser window, and you can get at it with Javascript.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Oops

It's the "anthropic principle" not "anthropomorphic" (which would be the projection of human intent onto the universe - a pretty tall order).

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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FAIL

Why does Amazon do anything?

Because they can...

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Re: Anyone want to bet...

ICANN is supposed ot be internationally neutral, but it originated in America, and is run from America. I will be very surprised if any other government than the US could achive such a thing.

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Chocolate Factory chucks out Checkout

Gulraj Rijhwani
FAIL

Isn't this the problem with any independent service provider

Google is particularly bad. They're so big the just throw their weight around and no-one has the inertia to stop them. (A bit like IBM of old times.) But whereever you get a service from, there are no guarantees it will last forever. In Google's case, of course, potential customers are - if they have any sense - going to become increasingly wary of starting in with one of their services, lest it be consigned unceremoniously to the tip.

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easyJet warns 'several websites' to stop selling its flights

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Not much of a leap of imagination

"However, this would also be expensive, as they would buy the tickets at the same cost as the consumers, then have to add something to make a profit.

Still, having seen the prices at Expedia and Lastminute, they may well be doing this."

According to these articles, that's exactly what Easyjet are alleging the screen scrapers do. And indeed that is exactly how a screen-scraped interaction works. Dead easy with Python, Perl, PHP or similar.

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Comedy UK social network berates moaning users

Gulraj Rijhwani
Linux

1001 uses for a used limitation

"Hang on why make a Ltd co for your hobby?"

Because money is changing hands, and there are costs to be borne, and creating a limited liabilty company does exactly that - limits the personal liability of the operators if it all goes Horribly Wrong(tm).

Plenty of people run Limited companies as vehicles for hobbies, often with a view to stepping up to a full-time paying career, but not always. You see them at comic cons, book trades and computer fairs.

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easyJet warns Expedia: 'Hands off our flights'

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Screen scraping? Old news.

"72 hours later and I'm still waiting, and having read this article I suspect they screen scrape car hire websites as well as airlines."

Of course they do. Expedia are not the first people to develop their business by screen-scraping others, and definitely not alone even now, just amongst the most famous. Aggregators have been around for a long, long time, in the travel trade, since the before earliest days of retail web operations when the principal means of selling was the High Street, and the main business channel for travel agents was viewdata. Screen-scraping was often used to cherry-pick information (often from the opposition) either for reformatting for republishing or for importing into proprietary business systems.

These days most major operators (both operators and retailers) will co-operate using rather more efficient methods of interaction. But not always, and the rebuffed aggregator will often resort to screen scraping (sometimes bearing a strong resemblance to a DDoS) because the significantly greater resource cost is borne largely by the operator. The retailer still gets their product at the same price, and sells it for the same profit margin. It's a bully tactic to try to force suppliers to "behave" and enter into the commission-selling relationship the retailer wants.

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