* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Harder to ignite...

Diesel can be burned like wax. Dip something porous and somewhat flammable in it (like a rag, paper, whatever), and burn that. In fact I've seen candles that use diesel instead of wax, with the wick on a floating thing atop a pool of the stuff. Cheaper than lamp oil, I guess.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: Only one accurate name

Bidsum.

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UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

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Re: Rights don't exist in isolation

"Namely that if you copy, you have a duty to publish everything."

Uhm, no you don't. I have copies of GPL software here that I'm not distributing. You should try reading the GPL some time.

As for "publish all work using it".. depends on what you mean. I don't see many of the commercial developers (yes they do exist) being forced to give their stuff away for free just because they made a Linux version.

Now if you're on about making your own Linux, taking the hard work of thousands of others who have given their work to the community, locking it up behind a pretty veneer and a layer of proprietary binaries.. no, no you can't do that. And quite right too.

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Re: Rights don't exist in isolation

" If you don't accept the concept of copyright, there's no reason to obey the terms of any open-source licence, after all."

You know why the GPL is referred to as "copyleft", right?

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We already have copyright, we already have patents, and US software companies are already doing a bad enough job of exporting American "IP" values to the rest of the world.

So, uhm, what the hell was the point of this whole thing?

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Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets

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Re: Plus, Apple are very busy alienating developers...

screenWidth = whateverHandler.screenWidth

screenHeight = whateverHandler.screenHeight

unitWidth = arbitrary_number

unitHeight = arbitrary_number

scaleWidth = screenWidth / unitWidth

scaleHeight = screenHeight / unitHeight

function coordScale(xPos, yPos){

return [xPos * scaleWidth, yPos * scaleHeight]

}

No I'm not a phone developer, but is the above pseudocode really that hard?

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Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

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Re: Isn't it ironic?

Don't you mean the comments section of a Nexus 7 article got hijacked by a few sour Apples, and the rest of us are too busy laughing to pour on any real amount of hate?

Really, if you don't care for Android, just ignore it and the gazillions of manufacturers that produce devices running it, please. Care for what you like and use and buy.. or come on here and and say how your Ferrari is so much better than my Fiesta, or something. I really can stand lots more.

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Re: I want a really high resolution display for reading

Sub-pixel accuracy. Well, sub-cone-and-rod accuracy anyway.

That's why.

Really, if the tech is going that way anyway, then whyever not use it? Games, especially polygon-based, will use whatever resolution you throw at them and are not limited by the resolution the video was recorded at. Plus give it a couple of years and you'll be downloading 2K and 4K movies, you mark my words.

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Re: @AC 12:42

you're right... you'd have to pay me a lot more to be seen in a BMW than a Fiesta.

Upvoted. Not because I hate BMWs. I think their addiction to rear wheel drive is lots of fun.

However that was an awesome one-liner.

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Re: @AC 12:42

And then you show them a decent Droidslab, one of the Nexus devices or something by Asus, and suddenly it swings the argument again.

There was a company in the 80s and 90s. Amstrad. They sold on the principle of "stack it high, sell it cheap", and did more to put a computer into people's homes than any amount of price gouging by Microsoft or Apple. This is the same thing, but 30 years later. Trying to say "well I have a Ferrari and you have an icky little 1.1L A-reg Ford Fezzbomb" is just elitism, and sounds maybe a little bit like sour grapes. I know people who have more fun in their Fiesta than you'll ever have in your delicate little Precious. That's probably what hurts the most, isn't it?

Also https://wiki.goonfleet.com/images/Dinc-noammo-ruinyourlife.jpg - just because.

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California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

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"You could stick a paragraph in there about users having to sacrifice their first-born to a graven image of Baal and virtually no-one would notice."

Pretty sure something similar to this has already been done to highlight how stupid EULAs are.

In fact, here it is.

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Ballmer claims Win 8 sales strong, WinPhone to follow

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Re: I call FAIL

"Win 8 OS looks too much like a damn Android screen."

You sure?

Positive about that?

Or as Jim Carey might say...

REE HEEE HEE HEEEEEEEEALLY?

Sorry, I call shenanigans.

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Ahem.

When I said "combination of operating systems", I was trying not to attract attention by saying "Linux".

Good luck getting anything Microsoft to work there.

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"Syncing data from your pc to your tablet, phone and console..."

I have a Nintendo 3DS, a Transformer Prime TF201, and a PC that runs a combination of operating systems including Windows. This trick I would like to see.

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One million Facebook users' names and email addresses: $5

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Re: ...third-party developer....

Really, don't go there. The "west" might not be perfect, but compared to a fuckload of other places it's a goddamned paradise.

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How much more useful is Facebook compared to, say, a CC/BCC email list?

Then you own your own damned contact list. Hardly an inconvenience. "Ohai, I want to send this mail to..." *click each user name or select groups/all*

I'm pretty sure people used to use these things called "email clients" that did something surprisingly similar to this at one point, before Facebonk decided to get a whole load of suckers (Zuck's words, not mine) signed up.

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I wonder...

...how much the usernames and email addresses of several thousand Reg commentards are going for these days?

(Oooh, I'm such a naughty feller)

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Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog

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You can develop for a laptop on the laptop you're developing for, and no need to pay a tax to a price-gouging vendor with a history of lock-in.

Oh, wait.

Come on Microsoft, Apple. Catch up, won't you?

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

They would be stupid not to put a phone emulator in their IDE.

However, how is a 32" not-touch monitor going to emulate multi-touch? Or non-mocked GPS? Accelerometers? Gyroes? Cameras? Any of the myriad extra bits of hardware on a real phone or tablet?

That and emulators have a tendency to run like frozen pigshit uphill in Winter compared with the real hardware. If you want to see how your app will really run, you really need a really real device. Really Microsoft, are you so stingy as to charge $99 to give someone the ability to do what they want with what they own? How much does it cost to give out an unlock key? About 0.000000001p for the cost of the electricity to run the server? Why do you even need to dev-lock the device in the first place?

Oh yes. Copying Apple.

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

$99, apparently.

There's a very limited, crippled unlock for $9.

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Re: developer tools for android suck

Or buy AIDE Premium and develop your app on the same device you're deploying it to. £7.99 in the old empire money, which is not bad for a full IDE with Dropbox and Git integration that can take your eclipse project files and import them directly. There's a free version for you to play about with to see if you like it, too.

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

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Re: "I advocate them for professionals"

" a gaming laptop for any serious deployment in a work environment where there is demand for high-end mobile computing performance."

Games aren't high performance?

T'aint' all about the GPU you know, and I don't think you can get 16-core server-class CPUs in laptops quite yet anyway.

Really, if it can do high end gaming, it can do just about anything. Asides maybe run cool.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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Re: > "Tech used to be exciting. "

"Now there is little appreciable benefit to buying a faster CPU/GPU/disk"

Games.

"I don't know of anyone who's considering 128bit cpu's."

Only because it's not hitting the mainstream yet. When it does? Games.

"We could get better GPUs for realtime photo-realistic rendering but that isn't needed by most people (at least, not to the point where they want to pay for it).

Don't know many serious gamers, do you?

I still remember a friend splunking five thousand pounds on a gaming rig. A grand of which was the cooling system. He was running Crysis at full tilt when magazines were saying it was impossible and marking the game down for it.

Don't underestimate the power of shiny.

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Re: Apple never dominated anything.

My dislike of Apple is far from irrational. If it was, I wouldn't mention "proper web browser in a phone".

My dislike of Apple comes from their attitude of locking people into an expensive ecosystem, in ways that Microsoft only wish they could emulate. It's been going on for far longer than the iThings, too. Want a new power supply for that G3 power mac? Sure, that'll be a couple of hundred quid please. Never mind that it's a bog standard ATX power supply with the pins changed and a 21V line for some reason. The iThings with the curated app store, no other way other than Apple's of doing anything at all, and every chance a popular app could be emulated by Apple and then banned due to replicating functionality, is just a logical progression for this company.

Ignoring that in an attempt to make me look irrational is, well, just sad.

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Re: The problem with the 'give it away for free' model

Upvoted, because I've been downvoted a few times for stating facts.

For "sell it at cost" model, see Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Oh, and Geohotz.

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Apple never dominated anything.

At least not outside of some graphic design and publishing businesses. They had a brief blip due to putting a proper web browser in a mobile phone and having a shit-ton of advertising done for free by fans in said design & publishing businesses. Now a less vertically-integrated (and mostly free) option is available, surprise surprise it's overwhelmingly popular.

This is a good thing. Apple are worse than Microsoft in some ways. Two peas in a pod, I call 'em.

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Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

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Asus seem to be consistently good.

No surprises that people buy their stuff a lot, be it cheap netbooks, high end tablet-netbook-crossover-things, or motherboards and graphics cards.

Happy owner of an Asus motherboard with all kinds of lovely features, and a TF201 which is one very nippy Droid-top. Updated to Jelly Bean flavour too.

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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

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Re: More cap, less data

"Sour as a daily fail reader sucking on a bag of lemons while reading latest news on Jimmy Saville"

You should write for the Reg.

Or do you already, Mr AC?

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Re: A reasonable priceplan

You sure you own a smartphone? I'll give you a clue: Some ancient Nokia or Alcatel with a two-line text display is not a smartphone. If you even think about using the features of a smartphone you can easily exceed 500MB/month.

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Re: Data Caps

"Here's what people do without data caps:"

So? 0s and 1s don't cost anything to make. So long as a couple of heavy users aren't swamping the cell - something which a few people including myself have already mentioned can be dealt with by careful use of throttling - who cares?

Three should be congratulated for understanding what the word "unlimited" means.

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I really don't care...

...so long as they keep letting me download sometimes upwards of 30GB in a month without any nasty surprises. At £25 a month, I could buy another phone with a monthly rolling contract just for voice and still be paying less than EE customers.

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...and I'd rather have a throttle than a nasty bill or getting completely cut off.

Seriously, why are there data caps these days? What decade is this?

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Google Nexus 4 flips finger at Sandy, appears on YouTube

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Re: Real attempt at a new UI

Tiles are not new.

Even mixing tiles with traditional icons is an old idea.

However I will admit, making them look like Tomy toys and removing half the functionality is uniquely Microsoft.

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Re: One day old, a generation ahead...

I really don't see how the Android UI has improved much over Froyo. Battery life, sure that's better (and not part of the UI). Things run a little smoother, but it's still the same old icons+widgets affair unless you're running a tablet. In that case, the notification bar becomes part of the non-removable waste of screen space at the bottom along with the Home, Menu and Recent Apps "buttons".

On a phone though? You could show someone every version of Android from Donut onwards and they'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Android might have had some stuff added under the hood, but the UI is pretty much the same as it's always been.

Anyway, wonder how long until Google sue Microsoft for copying Android's widgets and calling them "tiles"?

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

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Re: The way I thought this worked:

And you're an anonymous bell-end who likes to downvote people for missing out an "n".

Sorry for offending your sense of grammar.

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The way I thought this worked:

Bank: We'd like to run a credit check on this person.

Experia: Okay, here you are.

The way it now appears to work?

Bank: Give us your entire database.

Experia: Okay, here you are.

Anybody else see what's wrong here?

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Your mouse may actually be a RAT in disguise

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Uhm

I'm pretty sure many games run on an event driven routine where mouse, keyup/keydown and joy events get pumped into a handler. I'm also pretty sure at least in SDL's case, that mouse events only happen when the mouse is inside the SDL window, and keyup/keydown events only happen when the SDL window is active.

So, no I don't see the need for a system wide hook on human interface devices in games.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Re: "on grounds that it does not accurately reflect user intent"

Indeed.

It's a little like Silverlight. Or Windows.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: Use case

"...None of those require either a keyboard..."

I'm sure you can write War and Peace on a slab of glass, but some of us like to know what letters we're hitting and not take half an hour to write a 200 character email to someone.

Not required perhaps, but very very much desired, especially for email and "social" (yuck) media.

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Re: DVD

The open source (usually libdvdcss2-based) solutions usually fail spectacularly when the DVD publisher has included some arsey extra copy protection measure that makes the movie appear to be 99 titles, or makes it so open source players break unless you skip the first megabyte or so of the disk.

There are however, paid solutions that are regularly updated to get around publishers being dicks. Just saying that since I'm a lifetime-updates owner of a certain couple of Slysoft products. It works rather well!

Means I can play my DVDs in proper quality on any device I like. All good.

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Re: eh?

"which was the same price as the wifi-only iPad, and the less-well-equipped Asus Transformer."

Fixed it for you. Don't forget when the original 3G-equipped Tab 7 came out.. quite a while ago now. Like, back when the iPad 1 was new.

But yes, pricey compared with other 7-inchers.

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Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

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But.. but...

I thought shipping a free copy of malware with every game was meant to mean you don't need CD keys!

Ho hum. Guess not.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: I propose a new operating model...

Because we all have the money for co-location

Anyway, so long as Amazon are charging per instruction or however you measure CPU time these days, who cares? Your instance is slower, so it costs less per hour, surely?

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

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Re: Great!

Or just, you know, not have the program running and taking up space

Oh hang on, it's always on isn't it?

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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It takes all sorts.

I have to ask, did she expect to be able to use the laptop while extended out at arm's length?

Has she not heard of a USB wifi adapter and a long extension lead?

Wonders will never cease. Shame there's no headscratching icon because, well, I am.

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'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

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"his usual methods of choice wouldn't work."

Now that depends on how you define "work".

The industrial virus would be taken care of, certainly.

Unfortunately, so would the rest of the machinery in an almighty conflagration.

But hey, that's got to be more fun than watching Stuxnet burn some motors out.

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UltraViolet universal movie format still a no-show

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Uh huh.

Yay, I can get a locked-down, limited and shit version of a film if I go the official route. I have to create an account, I have to give login details, I have yet another password to remember, and yet more advertisers trying to cram their shit down my throat.

Or I can stick the DVD or BD in, engage rip software, come back later to a perfect copy (with no nag screens) that I can use however I like. Legally, too.

Wow, UV is really compelling.

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Re: What about Apple?

Unfortunately this person has Chrons amongst other rather nasty maladies. He could sit there in the store for hours, but only if wearing adult nappies, yaknow?

I think he's tried a lot of the above, but I'll suggest it anyway. If no luck, maybe The Reg would like to pick up a story about a practically-disabled feller who's been without a thousand pound's worth of laptop for months so far.

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