* Posts by Alan Bourke

534 posts • joined 15 Aug 2006

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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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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

Alan Bourke

This happily put me in mind of Orbo.

Remember that particular jam tomorrow from Steorn?

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

Alan Bourke

System 7?

Why, run it here in your browser via JavaScript:

https://jamesfriend.com.au/pce-js/

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IoT DANGERS: BYOD’s trashier cousin becoming a right tearaway

Alan Bourke

I'll say it again

it's a bad idea, and it mostly only exists to harvest more data and to target more advertising. We can't even keep a lot of existing networked stuff secure, why would you be connecting fucking fridges to the internet.

This decade's cloud. Something for marketing to spin.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

Alan Bourke

Re: A fool without money will soon be ignored

Except Apple and Windows operating systems aren't bad software. So it's a win/win for them.

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Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters

Alan Bourke

Re: Ludicrous stupid beard fashion

I'm waiting until they're not trendy, then I'm growing one.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Alan Bourke

"Just for starters, Nano Server is 64-bit only, meaning 32-bit binaries won't run"

The what now? Do you mean 16-bit binaries?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

Alan Bourke
Thumb Up

1200 mbps eh?

Finally something that won't bottleneck my 240mbps broadband!

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

Alan Bourke

Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

Given adequate funds, would it be possible to build a jet-engined full-size X-Wing that could fly like a normal aircraft? In other words with s-foils in attack position, is it an aerodynamically viable proposition?

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

Alan Bourke

Found favour

with mall security and police who are too lazy and fat to walk as far as I can see.

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

Alan Bourke

Perfect application for Linux

one would have thought.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

Alan Bourke

Peer to peer updates

well, I'm sure they'll employ some sort of centralised signature verification

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Alan Bourke

The Unadulterated Cat

is the best book about cats ever written.

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

Alan Bourke

Re: I guess that's a start

Welp, they've already got XBox and PS4 versions that are presumably C++ rewrites ... it MIGHT happen down the road, especially now that the core of .NET is all nice and open source.

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

Alan Bourke

RIP

Lovely story.

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

Alan Bourke

Re: Crap in - Crap out

I know - and there was me thinking the entire business and gaming world ran on it. Whatever was I thinking.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

Alan Bourke

Re: Is IE still cack on it?

Speed-wise it's OK, the problem on Windows Phone 8.1 is:

The mechanism for opening tabs is extremely unintuitive.

It loses state very easily if you switch to another app.

A lot of sites don't understand which browser it is and so serve a desktop version that spasms wildly as the browser tries to render it, or they can tell it's some sort of mobile and then offer an iOS/Android app, or you just get a white screen.

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Alan Bourke

Is IE still cack on it?

I miss Chrome.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

Alan Bourke

Tax is an issue

But it's not as big an issue as you might think. The fact that Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Euro currency is very important too.

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Silicene takes on graphene as next transistor wonder-stuff

Alan Bourke

You're absolutely

rite.

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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

Alan Bourke

Re: Why

Novell were largely architects of their own demise. Netscape to an extent also, but they couldn't compete with the resources behind the IE juggernaut. But that's business. Not everything has to be ooooo big bad Microsoft.

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

Alan Bourke

We have a winner

... in the tenuous extrapolation awards 2015.

The PC is going nowhere not because of some pie-in-the-sky new world of 3D visualisation but because, like with its supposed heat-death in the furnace of phones and tablet adoption, it remains the best tool for an awful lot of jobs.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Alan Bourke

Re: The Business Legacy

Business won't be taking advantage simply because the 'upgrade for free' offer doesn't apply to the professional variants of Win 7 and Win 8.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

Alan Bourke

Couple of things.

Firstly, I wonder if there would be a more vibrant app ecosystem if you didn't need to have Windows 8 to be able to use the SDK.

Secondly the Twitter app on my 8.1 phone updated yesterday, and now integrates into the People Hub and puts notifications on the front screen tile.

But yes, finding the lack of proper YouTube and other stuff a pain in the face.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Alan Bourke

It's not impossible

... the option is just well buried.

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Alan Bourke

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

I'd like to run some business software and play games is why wait.

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Nice SECURITY, 'Lizard Squad'. Your DDoS-for-hire service LEAKS

Alan Bourke

What's worrying to me ...

... is that if you accept that these hackers are clueless, then Sony et al can get hacked by clueless people

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

Alan Bourke

This is the first use I have seen of the word 'spavined' in print

... since whichever volume of Milligan's war memoirs I first saw it in.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

Alan Bourke

I heard a Radio 4 thing about this last year.

What struck me was it seemed to be mainly people who had moved to a little village somewhere, started a business - often to do with design or something else involving shifting huge files around - and the last thing on their list to check was available broadband, rather than the first thing.

I'm not saying they shouldn't have decent BB, I'm saying don't start a business and THEN complain about it.

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GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

Alan Bourke

F**king Apple

They'll actually invent something of their own someday.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

Alan Bourke

Mainframes are dead are they?

Deader than the dead PC that I keep hearing about? Or less dead?

Or is it consoles this month .. I forget.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

Alan Bourke

Re: Meh

Em. Good luck with that.

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Alan Bourke

Re: Year of Linux on the laptop

Yes, those people who need to run business software and games are different for a start.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Alan Bourke

Re: A modest proposition

ZING

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Alan Bourke

Re: It would appear to be worse...

Nuclear power plants are designed to shut down safely with this in mind.

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DNA egghead James Watson sells Nobel prize for $4.8m, gets it back

Alan Bourke

He's of his generation

in terms of his racial comments which appear to have been a teeeeeny bit misrepresented.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

Alan Bourke

MUST WE FLING THIS CLOUD FILTH

AT OUR POP KIDS?

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

Alan Bourke

Re: Mood changers

Can we? Aside from the known effects when you're about to get hit by lightning.

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Alan Bourke

Power lines?

If one falls on you or you touch one then there's danger there. Aside from that ....

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

Alan Bourke

Re: Another Train Wreck... Stupid Devs this SH!T is worse than COBOL!

COBOL is legacy now?

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Alan Bourke

You're not running code 'anywhere'.

The code is still running on a Windows box. What you're doing is viewing the UI through an RDP session with nipples.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

Alan Bourke

I love Prof Hawking

but he's talking out of his jacksie on this AI thing. We are so very far from anything even approaching it.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Alan Bourke

Almost all of this is buying presents no?

So who gives a rat's arse if it doesn't arrive next day, as long as it's in the next few days?

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