* Posts by Alan Bourke

577 posts • joined 15 Aug 2006

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Apple will be grilled by Irish National Planning Board over €850m data centre plan

Alan Bourke

Re: Puckering Paddies

Yeah we definitely have a 'three bags full sir' attitude to the Yanks, but in fairness US tourism and investments like this are about the only game in employment town in a lot of the west.

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

Alan Bourke

The corporate tax rate is part of it for sure ...

... however to cite it as the only reason is just incorrect - many of these companies are just as interested in the fact that Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Euro currency area. And in the event of Brexit, it'll be the only English-speaking country in the EU.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Alan Bourke

This is sort of meaningless.

'Elite' had an entire galaxy and fitted in a 32KB BBC Micro. Also Doom is 2.5D.

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

Alan Bourke

Re: Wonder how much

They would only have to repay a percentage of IDA grants if they leave the country completely.

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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

Alan Bourke

"In many ways, the existence of Chrome with support for Windows XP"

Hmmm ... not sure about that to be honest. I suspect most home users still on XP without being forced to stay on it by some piece of software they need to run are quite happily using IE6.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

Alan Bourke

Re: Burning platform

LibreOffice? Is it still looking like a 15-year-old shareware program lacking in programmability?

People pay for Office for a reason, that reason being it's the best option.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

Alan Bourke

We had a Mac network in college in the late 80s.

It was great. Immense fun to be had going round the machines and using ResEdit to assign an orgasmic sigh sample on floppy insertion, then watching confused agricultural science students look around the room in a panicked fashion.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

Alan Bourke

Re: Imagine my joy

Is this the level of Microsoft slagging these days? Clippy? Really?

Why not put a '$' for the 's' in 'MS' as well, since you seem to be in a retro mood.

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Windows 10 Mobile bug fixes come thick and fast as official upgrade nears

Alan Bourke

Re: @Clive S -- Windows Phone - Every day, in every way, getting more and more meh [...]

MS Word ... hmmmm ... is that the one that everyone uses and that makes Libre Office look like an early 90s shareware application?

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A glass of soda-and-lime is the straight dope for graphene

Alan Bourke

I notice there is a layer of CIGS

Is there a cadre of white-coated scientists tasked with ripping up Bensons for research purposes?

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Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 open graphics specification

Alan Bourke

MOAR TRINAGLES

YES TRINAGLES

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

Alan Bourke

Re: Twats

No, it's nothing like Family Guy whatsoever.

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Alan Bourke

Na-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaaa

aaa.

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

Alan Bourke

Re: Just wait...

Various TCP/IP stacks for the C64 including one written in BASIC:

http://6502.org/users/andre/hwinfo/ethernet/index.html

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Hell, high water, and ice: Facebook's Dublin data center choices

Alan Bourke

Yes tax

although that will be less of a factor going forward presumably. The fact that Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Euro currency (and if Brexit happens the EU as a whole) is also a big factor.

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Is hybrid cloud fundamental for your organisation? Tell us, readers!

Alan Bourke

Re: More nuanced than this

Like anything in this game it is a question of the right tools for the job. Sometimes that's cloud, sometimes it isn't. Beware of sales drones selling *any* tech as a panacea for everything. Next up: The Internet Of Things.

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Bad luck, Ireland: DDoS attack disrupts isle's National Lottery

Alan Bourke

I was due to win it this week and all.

For feck's sake.

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Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware' feature to be made opt in

Alan Bourke

Re: Either that or...

"MS paid them off ..."

Even in the annals of irrational MS hatred that's quite the tinfoil hattery ...

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

Alan Bourke

Re: its not about their revenue

This.

They are being leaned on by Big Media - I'm sure Netflix would rather not do this.

Yes providers love geoblocking. Decide how much gouging a market will support and tailor pricing based on that.

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Former prez of Misco parent Systemax declared bankrupt

Alan Bourke

Pim Dale

Loved him in the Carry On films.

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T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

Alan Bourke

Ah, PLCs ...

Rotherham. 1992. On placement for 6 months from a college course. Siemens PLC controlling a machine that put steel bands around flat reels of steel 'tape' to hold it together during transport. A similar situation saw me doing a 24-hour straight shift to get a new ladder program working. When I got home the Freddie Mercury tribute concert had just started.

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

Alan Bourke

Is IE still cack on it?

IE is still cack on it. Also many websites don't seem to test on it, so a lot of times you just get a blank page. Then there's the app gap, and more specifically midlevel apps like your local travel company, who will have an iOS and Android app, but never bother with WinPho. And it just errs too much on the 'walled garden' side for me in general. So back to Droid.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

Alan Bourke

Re: Done before, failed before

See LiveCode.

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Mega Microsoft dev tools update includes Clang codegen for Windows

Alan Bourke

VS, considering what it is, is pretty good.

Thank farg they've fixed that ridiculous palaver of having to re-authenticate the whole time if you're on an MSDN sub. I also hope the Git support is better.

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Why are only moneymen doing cyber resilience testing?

Alan Bourke

Always loved that NORAD display.

... and I always wondered why Grand Forks looked like buying the farm first in 'War Games'. Granted, Grand Forks AFB is there but I always wondered if it was an in-joke from someone involved in the film.

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German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment

Alan Bourke

Re: Jail sentence?

Yeah, so backward the gays can get married.

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

Alan Bourke

I drove from Sheffield to Worksop

... to turn a monitor on, circa 1992.

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

Alan Bourke

I haven't dabbled in Android development

since 2010. Is the phone emulator still murderously slow?

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

Alan Bourke

Re: re "a matter for a living representative of the Catholic church"

Yes C of I tend to not have pointed spires.

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Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

Alan Bourke

So, okay ...

... can I get a report for the management bods out of it yet?

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

Alan Bourke

Look, look for shite's sake.

Driverless vehicles are an unfeasible solution for a problem that doesn't exist. Driverless postal vans is running-bullshit-up-the-flagpole writ large.

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

Alan Bourke

Re: Learning.

I guarantee you all those games companies were full of people with their own comprehensive pirated libraries of games.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Alan Bourke

Re: Trust, indeed

Aside from gaming, there's the fact that every application that every business uses is on Windows. And the fact that the Linux alternatives for those are usually half-maintained and look like shareware from 2005.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux lands on Microsoft Azure cloud – no, we're not pulling your leg

Alan Bourke

Re: Typical MSFT!

Give people supported, functional software to run businesses with!

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Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man

Alan Bourke

Yeah, there are reasons people use Excel.

* Finance wonks love it.

* CFO's love it.

* Everyone knows how to use it.

* It's been around 30 years ... yes, and? It's mature and trustworthy.

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Verisign opens up its DNS

Alan Bourke

Re: OpenDNS

Plus the inexpensive paid OpenDNS service has useful content filtering abilities as well.

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Grounded: Can big data do for agri-business what it's not doing for retail?

Alan Bourke

Is big data really just about ...

"Is big data really just about gathering enough information about a consumer to target ads to them that they’ll block as unneeded and annoying?"

In my case I try my utmost to stop them getting the data at all, before I even start with the blocking as unneeded and annoying.

Present company excepted of course. Ad-blockers off on nice sites like the Reg that don't take the piss.

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Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Alan Bourke

Re: "Lightning"

I came in here to post this exact thing. It's actually a fascinating example of crowd unintelligence. Even people you'd expect to get it right now get it wrong.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

Alan Bourke

Oh yes you may mock

but when you're being bombed by autonomous robot prostitute-drones you won't be.

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

Alan Bourke

I remember them well ...

they were still floating around in the early 1990s PC boom, and always got on my tits for not being a PC. I bet Victor Meldrew had one for pounding out complaint letters to the local paper.

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Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

Alan Bourke

Re: The concern will be...

What colour is the sky there, in la-la land?

Only a few? Walk into an SME and make a list of what they need to operate. ERP, payroll. Or a design shop. Then show me the stable, maintained Linux versions.

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Larry Ellison's yacht isn't threatened by NoSQL – yet

Alan Bourke

Sounds great this NoSQL stuff.

Can I get reports out of it yet?

Horses for courses, and NoSQL has a fairly narrow course.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Alan Bourke

You missed the ONE stat that really matters ....

.... will it shift Minecraft?

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

Alan Bourke

The main problems with WinPho 8.1 for me

are

(a) lack of official Google apps

(b) errs too much on the Apple 'walled garden' side, so not really configurable, no choice of browsers, no choice of keyboards

(c) pay for voice navigation? GTFO

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

Alan Bourke

" Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X."

*wipes away tears of laughter*

Yeah, even more so if you run business software or games ....

AHAHAHAHAHAAA

(I'm an Ubuntu user so shaddap)

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

Alan Bourke

Re: It's a damn pity...

Open Office, Libre Office, Google Apps, or even Office 365 are a not even close to a replacement for any sort of serious word processing or spreadsheet work especially if automation is required.

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Alan Bourke

Re: Linux Desktops?

"We seem to be at a position now where you can do whatever you want to do using any of the three major OSs out there."

As long as what you want to do isn't running business software or playing games.

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Microsoft dangles $500k cash wad over boffins: Please, pleeease write some HoloLens apps

Alan Bourke

Still contains

ZERO F**KING HOLOGRAPHY

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Alan Bourke

You have to wonder how much they spent

to arrive at something almost identical to the existing logo.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Alan Bourke

My father in law did his national service in Farnborough

... in the 50s, billeted off the end of the runway. When Vulcans took off they would have to go round standing lamps back up and putting everything back on the shelves.

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