1452 posts • joined Thursday 16th October 2008 09:53 GMT
On the subject of boffins, on the bench for West Ham last night was one Ruud Boffin. What a tremendous loss for science.
HIs business is under threat.
It's a dumb stunt but his business is under threat. The market for stores other than Amazon selling Kindle books is pretty much zero. Amazon's already killed off countless bookshops and the Kindle will account for a lot of those remanining.
I'm also sad to say I rarely buy books other than from Amazon and plan to get a Kindle once my "to read" pile's a bit less brutal. Sorry bookshops, I liked you but you can't compete.
And if anyone knows about poor security...
...it's an ex-Windows "guru"
Open this file...
...and your're fooked.
Aaaaand normality is restored
After defending plod over retaining 999 caller data I'm back to thinking they're a bunch of arrogant shitebags who think they're above the law.
I believe them
In these days of uberfast processors and mahoosive wads of RAM, disk IO has long been the bottleneck. Those of you crazy enough to splash out on x.0 Apple kit could do worse than voiding your warranties on this.
So there's a correlation between people who pay £70 a month for a mobile phone and people who trustingly give their details to criminals? Goodness me.
If anyone missed the Facebook boat
I've some prime swamp real estate they can invest in.
Just like the iPhone
OI BALLMER! JOBS HAS JUMPED OFF A CLIFF!
"plus a proprietary port into which you can hook a selection of USB and HDMI adaptors"
These are portable machines. Their poor users shouldn't have to schlep adaptors around just to use USB peripherals.
Manufacturers, why do you do this? CEO's son just finished his undergraduate engineering project?
USB ain't broke!
After a couple of weeks' laziness and limited IT press I'm not ready for such irony. I'm off for a lie down.
God bless the land of the free.
I don't know if we're spared as a nation or I'm spared individually by choosing not to listen to such guff.
I suppose the big advantage we Brits have is BBC radio which does have high quality programming (even if not all of it appeals to me).
Not that surprising really
I'm no fan of plod retaining needlessly retaining data but there is a definite need here.
Whether you're dialling 999 to report a genuine crime or to, say, ask for an emergency soapy tit-wank (as an old boss claimed someone had done from his house one Christmas) they do need those details.
'He will stay working as a “political evangelist” of the party mainly covering “keynote invitations” in Europe.'
So he'll ditch the work and keep the jollies? Nice work if you can get it.
If it wasn't such shameful horsepucky I'd think about leading the UK's Pirate Party myself.
Explicit Radio Stations?
Is there such a thing? There isn't here in the UK anyway (unless you're a very delicate flower and remember John Peel playing records by Bastards in the late 80s).
That said I'd like one that banned Talksport.
And there was me thinking Jodrell, etc. were just a bit of a laugh.
More fuel vs new spaceport?
They're good points but Shirley the fuel savings can't be enough to construct a new facility, especially one in a remote state that's frozen solid for chunks of the year.
In my day
It was a Sherman tank
Comedy fans might dub 2010 as an "Annus Mirabilis" instead. A top 10 with Playmobil reconstructions would round the year off wonderfully.
Graun: Inside Anonymous
The Graun ran a great article the other day, which managed to avoid foaming at the mouth criticism and breathless fanboyism. It's well worth a read:
Sad but true
Google search is going the way of all the old search engines it trounced in its early days. Their hubris generally expressed itself as portalitis, where the race to add features meant that search was generally neglected. Google's hubris manifests as Chrome OS and an appalling lack of respect for its users (and especially its ad customers).
I honestly can't see who would take the crown from here. A web search startup would struggle to get funding ("who are your competitors" "Google" "ah, right - bye then") so maybe we're looking for a rejuvenated Infoseek or something. Hell, even MS are on the ropes enough to get the odd sympathy search from me.
"Piers was that you?"
Sralan I don't like you but hats off for that one.
It's a mobile computer that tips the scales at almost 2kg. Weight is the reason my netbook travels with me and not my ThinkPad. This class of browser only device needs to weigh less than a netbook to make up for the lack of a hard drive.
And it's not just we nerds that want a hard disk. Normal people want to store their music collections, too.
Netbook and laptop pricing does overlap quite a bit, where it becomes a question of "do I want to carry the extra weight?".
If "cloudbook" and netbook pricing overlap I can't see what would prompt me (or anyone else) to get the less capable device.
That sounds lovely. Dangerous as I've not done the weekend food shopping yet.
Best single of 2010?
I Knew You Didn't Love Me Anymore When You Changed Your Facebook Status to Single by Trevor Sensitive and the Locals
Disclaimer: I'm neither Trevor Sensitive, not a Local. I just like em.
A fool and his money are soon parted
Since the majority of the mouth-breathing newspaper readers out there think the site's being taken down means no more Wikileaked documents, Amazon step in to sell it to them for a nice tidy sum. Nice one Amazon. Seriously.
Save your eyes, get a proper ebook reader
As someone who can happily spend an entire weekend buried in a book there's no way I'd do that on a smartphone. It'd be fine for a commute (were I to use public transport) but for a proper sesh? No chance.
Speaking more generally, I've been sceptical about ebook readers. Since moving my mountain of paper books around has shown me it's not as "pointless bling" as I'd thought. So once my "to read" pile goes down, I'll be in the market for an ebook reader.