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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Alan Bourke

Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

Can I do a major version upgrade of Mint yet without backing up/reinstalling from scratch/restoring? No? Bye then!

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Irish plod biro outrage invites Limerick Limerick challenge

Alan Bourke

WINNAR

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Alan Bourke

My dad's from Limerick

An unreasonable head beak from Limerick

went completely ballistic

the cops had no pens

the perps and their friends

thought the whole thing was terrific

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Alan Bourke

It's all silly.

Not every kid should be a coder any more than they should be a car mechanic. The people with a natural affinity should be identified early and encouraged in that direction. For everyone else, a good grounding in using computers, staying secure online and basic troubleshooting is all they need. The whole idea of everyone being able to code is daft. It's complicated, not everyone can do it. Like fixing a car engine.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

Alan Bourke

Re: Javascript is the VB6 of the 2010's

The lack of scoping is a total PITA

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Alan Bourke

JavaScript's OK ...

... if a bit reliant on confusing messing around with functions.

"If a mobile developer can use HTML5 and JavaScript to build a potentially 'ubiquitous' app capable of running everywhere, then why wouldn’t they?"

Maybe in a few years you'll be able to do that. Maybe.

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I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

Alan Bourke

The usual sales flim-flam

from a vested interest.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

Alan Bourke

Re: Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

Fair enough, but I'm betting those offices are mainly Apple

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Alan Bourke

Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

It was never common in the home, and in the office they're still most cabled in.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

Alan Bourke

Disabledt cut & paste eh?

Let's see how you do against screen cap software,

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

Alan Bourke

Regarding VPNs and VNC

They're all great and all - but require configuration and dicking around with firewalls. The attraction is stuff that works over port 80.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

Alan Bourke

I wouldn't have a problem with going to LogMeIn Pro ...

... except it's kinda expensive.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

Alan Bourke

A common API is definitely a must.

Also clarity as regards to the path forward for developers.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

Alan Bourke

This internet of things

Maybe don't plug the fridge into the ethernet/don't put in the WiFi password? That's what I'd do.

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

Alan Bourke

Re: What?

Well indeed. But of course all operating systems have holes, so it's academic to take the piss.

I use Linux every day.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

Alan Bourke

Re: Give some credit where it is deue

Hugle is my new favourite word.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Alan Bourke

I still remember the first time I saw a sit-down Out Run cab.

Coming from the C64 and other arcade games, it was literally jaw-dropping. The music, presentation, hundreds of scaled sprites bring flung around ... a real classic.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Alan Bourke

Except Apple aren't giving it away for free.

Notice how Mac hardware is that bit more expensive? Partially down to manufacturing, partly down to trying to add exclusivity, partially making up for giving the OS away for tuppence.

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eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'

Alan Bourke

Re: Yeah...but...

Buy a book online - what were the hurdles to overcome? Books existed, the web existed, technology to process credit cards existed, warehouses and trucks existed. All it needed was somebody to devise a working business model and take a punt. Using drones is just silly. Being possible doesn't mean it will ever be sensible,.

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Alan Bourke

Well of course it is.

Did anyone with even a basic understanding of the science not realise that this was just bullshit kite-flying to get them in the news on Black Monday, and detract attention from stories of working practice unpleasantness in their warehouses? No? Good.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Alan Bourke

Of course it's Dynamics that is the problem

but why let that get in the way of a good old anti-MS whinefest.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

Alan Bourke

Re: Recommendations for private cloud software...

> Why did the FTP/FTPS/SCP thing not work out?

I would guess that the people on the other end couldn't find their arse with both hands, never mind use a secure transfer method that involved any sort of setup.

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Sceptic-bait E-Cat COLD FUSION generator goes on sale for $US1.5m

Alan Bourke
Pint

cough(orbo)cough

The hilarity

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

Alan Bourke

Re: "Too good to be abandoned"

Yes he should immediately embrace the cool shiny thing that all the kids on the internet are talking about this week, regardless of whether it's the best tool for the job or whether the existing application does everything users need.

The lunatic.

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

Alan Bourke

To quote Ian Dury ...

... there ain't half been some clever bastards.

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Google: Hey, devs - grab ahold of our Chromecast pipe and work it

Alan Bourke

After we've worked the pipe

do we work the floor, and then work the pipe some more?

In serious leather? Serious chains? Serious clothing?

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Native Americans were actually European - BEFORE the Europeans arrived!

Alan Bourke

Columbus?

Is this the same Columbus that not only didn't discover America but never set foot on what is now the United States?

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

Alan Bourke

Right now I can see only specialist application

Medical prosthetics, specialised jewellery, some types of models ... can't see it ever being fast or scalable enough to replace most current industrial processes.

Mind you I confidently predicted, pre Direct 3D, that Windows would never be fast enough for gaming and we'd always have to boot to DOS. So WTF do I know.

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Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

Alan Bourke

The potential for a real wide-reaching revolution is here ...

... unlike this 3D printing bollocks.

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

Alan Bourke

Ah, Notes.

At one time there was nothing that could touch it.

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

Alan Bourke

So no, your console is not banned

and you should dry your eyes.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

Alan Bourke

They're COCKROACHES

Kill them all, I say. They're not puppies FFS.

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

Alan Bourke

For the local backups ...

I have a Sheevaplug plug computer running Debian Squeeze. This has a TB hard drive off it, NTFS format, Samba shared. Then on the PC I have Beyond Sync. This just watches nominated directories and replicates file changes to the share above.

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A steam punk VDU ?

Alan Bourke

Something like the Entex Adventure Vision / Nintendo Virtual Boy?

A spinning mirror and a vertical line of LEDs (or bulbs) producing this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4gNP74tqsI

Or Logie Baird's 'Televisor' ?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Alan Bourke

This man is both right and wrong.

He's absolutely right that it is pointless trying to teach every kid to be a coder any more than it's a good idea to teach them to be a car mechanic. However, it's a good idea to know how to drive both a car and a computer, and troubleshoot problems up to a point. The latter is what they should be learning.

He's talking out his hole in describing it as a repetitive mechanical skill though. Maybe it is when (if) he does it.

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Phantom Flan flinger: The story of the Elan Enterprise 128

Alan Bourke

First Elan, then Flan ...

E to F ... it's just as well they weren't forced to then take the next letter in another rebranding, or the press would have got extreme mileage out of gags about their 'Glans' ...

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PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs

Alan Bourke

Is the RM of Nimbus fame?

Like the Amstrad kit, looked and worked tantalisingly like a PC, yet ran little actual PC software.

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NSA-friendly cyber-slurp law CISPA back on the table with new Senate bill

Alan Bourke

"Saxby Chambliss" ?

Where do they get these names.

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

Alan Bourke

Re: Ditch Windows, save the planet?

Probably them all, since all the software used to run businesses runs on Windows.

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New Development. Where do we go?

Alan Bourke

Look at your use cases!

Do not listen to people telling you that everything has to be browser and HTML5-based if this thing is designed to run on desktops in the corporate LAN space. You will go through a world of hurt trying to get a UI anything like as rich as a desktop application.

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Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

Alan Bourke

Re: I'm still baffled as to how anyone can do proper work on a tablet.

Well, it's a use-case thing. Anything involving a lot of typing or mousing, and a big screen, use those. Farting about looking at spreadsheets or documents and pinging the odd email off, tablets fine.

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Alan Bourke

They're not.

"This means you can have the odd experience of seeing apps like Excel and Internet Explorer 11 running on an iPad or Android tablet."

They're not running on the tablet. They're running on the server. A client that receives a picture is running on the tablet.

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

Alan Bourke

They really need a different three letter acronym ...

... because that one is just asking for japery.

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PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

Alan Bourke

I think this horse has definitely bolted

just in time for lots of people coming up with app development skills hoping to write the next Angry Birds. Only a very, very few apps ever make any real money once you've been violated by the T&C's of whatever platform it is.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Alan Bourke

Re: Slow news day eh?

It's one of the biggest companies in the world, and they just had an unsuccessful, uninspiring (by their standards) product launch with corresponding effects on their share prices.

This is news for a tech site like El Reg.

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Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now

Alan Bourke

I can't help noticing

that I am considerably richer than Yu.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

Alan Bourke

titter

snort.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Alan Bourke

What's that you say?

"no more Xorg.conf to spend long hours wrestling with."

Allah be praised. Trying to get that bastard to recognise resolutions and refresh rates that weren't picked up by default was a pain in the swiss.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

Alan Bourke

Ah yes, Myst ...

The beginning of games for people who don't like or play games.

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Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

Alan Bourke

So remind me again ...

why I would want me db's in the cloud?

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