* Posts by Alan Bourke

522 posts • joined 15 Aug 2006

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

Alan Bourke

"energise the opportunity"

Hold my hair while I vomit, somebody ...

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

Alan Bourke

Re: Assuming an application is an application .....

"developers should look at web, mobile and cross-platform "

They should, and they should be prepared for the colossal, monumental ballache of achieving something with a UI that even comes near what can be achieved with a native desktop application that works across platforms and browsers.

Horses for courses. Browser-based applications are still a long, long way from being the silver bullet here.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Alan Bourke

Shite troll of the month award!

Maybe I want to run some business software and games huh?

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Cmder

... if you want a command prompt approaching what you get on Linux.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

Alan Bourke

Are major version upgrades still a pain in the face?

In other words are you still forced to back up/clean install/restore?

Because screw that. After a couple of those I went back to Ubuntu.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Alan Bourke

I love these articles

... they remind me of the ones in the 70s where we'd all be living on the moon discussing our new flying cars over the videophone.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Alan Bourke

Re: Forgetting something Mr Chemist?

It's not installed by default on 7 or 8. However FileZilla, or NCFTP are moments away.

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Re: Firefox is the most stable on Android

Yes HTC are twats like that. Stick Cyanogenmod on it.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Alan Bourke

It powered my first ever tinterweb experience

in an internet cafe in Kyoto, 1995. Happy birthday old timer.

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No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

Alan Bourke

Tiles on a server

... mentalism. Aside from anything else, all the graphical wazoo is like watching a slideshow over slow RDP connections. Powershell? Yeah. Very powerful, but also insanely wordy.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Alan Bourke

Windows 10?

Insert 'Windows 2' binary-related jokes below.

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The 'sanity at last' release.

Who thought the Metro UI on servers was a good idea. This looks like a Touch UI where appropriate, or where the user wants to use it, and a traditional desktop alternative as an equal citizen, and hopefully all the startup speed and other benefits of Windows 8. Lovely.

Nice to see the prompt getting some love too, although I think I'll still be using Cmder.

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