* Posts by Robert Grant

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Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

Robert Grant

Ireland office

Apparently has a lot of wasted time - lots of playing table tennis and other stuff. Anywhere that's funded by too much VC is going to struggle to not get like this, and FB goes further than most with all the PC stuff going on that's great for the recipients of that, but isn't exactly going to contribute to the bottom line. Hopefully they'll find a way to do both.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

Robert Grant

An ironic outcome is not always the most likely.

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

Robert Grant

I'm depressed now

Hopefully they'll spit and polish the thing into something cohesive, after feedback like this. I'd hate to have to change platform just because MS can't be bother to pay for a product owner for WP.

P.s. MS: I will do this job for you.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

Robert Grant

Dude, don't be an idiot about it. Yes, running it in userland is bad now. You're saying modern Macs (some of the most expensive consumer computers on the planet) can render fonts in userland very fast, when Windows on a 386 couldn't? What an amazing point to make.

Hate these forums when illogical, rubbish reasoning gets posted, and upvoted just because it (nonsensically) ridicules what other people disagree with.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

Robert Grant

Re: Driverless Cars ... Death to Detroit

I agree that Americans (incorrectly) link car ownership to independence, but that could easily change if the thing works better and doesn't take away any conveniences, and adds others (e.g. you'll be independent from having to repair or insure the thing).

E.g. what if there was a self-driving car lane, like a car pool lane? All the cars drive along 10cm from each other at full tilt, getting you home much faster. Adolescent fantasies about independence might vanish then.

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

Robert Grant

Mani beam is still halogen or optionally Xenon

Someone played too much Far Cry 4.

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

Robert Grant

React Native and Angular not comparable

As already mentioned, this article is weird. ReactJS doesn't compare directly to Angular (for obvious reasons, if you know a little about each of them) and ReactNative is even less comparable, as it's for building native apps with. Why is Angular even being mentioned here?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Robert Grant

Same old

We all kick up a fuss; MS reverses the stupid decision some anonymous MBA made and promotes a techie instead; we simmer down.

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

Robert Grant

Re: @Ivan Not sure what it is

Don't forget that if you hit a person in an SUV you hit an adult in the chest instead of the legs, and a child in the head instead of the chest. Worth considering.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

Robert Grant

It's standard stuff - a group that's oppressed (or even one that merely views itself as oppressed, although that's not relevant here) learns how to fight, and that fight becomes part of its identity, making it more like a tribe, and then the tribe keeps fighting long after its won (or about to win) the stuff it's been fighting for, because the fight is all it knows.

Thus the old liberals become the new conservatives, because they were never genuinely liberally minded in the first place. They just happened to want certain changes that liberals wanted. But once that change appears, they defend it using classic conservative tactics.

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

Robert Grant

Re: How do they know?

Now on Vivaldi - beta but pretty stable.

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

Robert Grant

Re: Fragmented

Don't forget the gamers.

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

Robert Grant

Huge strain on the public purse?

Why not fix it by selling shares in a bank? That totally makes up for it!

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Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

Robert Grant

Re: It's one of two MS apps I still use

Yeah it's awesome - I captured a hilariously bad work environment with it once. No photo could've done that room justice.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Robert Grant

The thing about this being impossible is

You easily solve this problem by resigning if you aren't allowed enough budget to do what you think is best, instead of getting a well-paid job and hoping it'll all be okay.

You can't do that, however, if you aren't ethical or expert enough in your field to understand the situation.

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

Robert Grant

Re: Universal Apps

Websites have different views for phone browsing vs PC browsing because people tend to use the platforms differently.

This is a perfect analogy for what MS are trying to do - responsive views/layouts based on screen size.

An analogy that would help your point would need to argue in favour of going back to totally separate mobile and desktop websites.

I remember those days. Don't miss 'em.

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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Re: Is this a good analogy?

No idea what the stuff about some US Constitution amendments is about, as it seems to imply that warrant-based searching is unconstitutional in the US.

Anyway, to the non-crazy response: thanks - that makes sense. Except, as far as I understand things, that's not 100% correct, because you can forcibly open someone's house while they aren't there with a warrant. It doesn't require their cooperation. Basically the equivalent of a skeleton key.

Does it just boil down to the process not being in place to restrict law enforcement access, or is there some other genuine issue?

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Robert Grant

Is this a good analogy?

Currently, law enforcement can get a warrant and search our house. With unbreakable encryption, we're saying the equivalent of that our house should be impossible to get into, regardless of the legality of the attempted search.

Is that right?

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

Robert Grant

Gartner calls it multisourcing

I have some experience of it, as I work for an IT service provider. It's not a terrible plan, but it takes a lot of time* to shake out all the communication and blame-game problems between suppliers who need to regularly interact to provide a service.

* How much time? I'll let you know when we've done it.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

Robert Grant

Re: Petrol taxi?

It still seems to be a lot. That the US consumes it in a day doesn't change that.

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

Robert Grant

Re: When a Company has run out of Ideas

Good idea!

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

Robert Grant
Joke

If Swift is a programming language

Then so is Powerpoint.

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

Robert Grant

Hulu and Netflix didn't get big on content

They got big on delivering content. Overcoming the technical challenge is what paid, not buying a camera and filming people in costume.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

Robert Grant

Re: How is Let's Encrypt vapourware?

Can you get a certificate from LE? Today?

If you can't, then it's still currently vapourware

This really isn't the case. Do you think all announced games coming out are vapourware? Is Windows 10 vapourware? LE is scheduled to come out in September. It hasn't been dragging on for years of announcements and postponements. It's not vapourware.

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Robert Grant

How is Let's Encrypt vapourware?

That's the crux of this: if genuinely free SSL certs are available, then this is a good thing. So you need to back up your claim that LE is vapourware or this article is pointless FUD.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

Robert Grant

Re: Wrong question

They're both bad. The only thing I think would work is to have the car know what the speed limit currently is, and to change an environmental colour (one that can be seen in peripheral vision) to red.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

Robert Grant

Re: Living in SA now

>South Africa's policy of exchange control legislation was first promulgated in 1961. Shuttleworth , like all South Africans would have been well aware of exchange control regulations at the time he and / or his legal financial team allowed the funds to enter SA following the Thwaite transaction.

He's already passed exchange control. This is an extra levy to pay for a second fire pool or whatever.

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Living in SA now

And this sort of chicanery is totally normal, unfortunately. The government (whose president, amongst a million other blunders, has said on record that corruption is okay) sees cash leaving and grab at some of it.

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Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

Robert Grant

Re: Reviews all appear to be on the PS4

Xbox One version very nice looking and performs well; don't worry about it.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

Robert Grant

This article is a bit bizarre

1) It's asymmetric, not asynchronous

2) Most people don't need to send around gigs of data every day. It's not the slow strangulation of telework, it's the slight disadvantaging of people who send gigs of data on a daily basis for their work. Everyone else can still telework just fine.

3) It's not all "creative" people, it's some video and audio specialists who can't work from home.

Seriously, this is a terrible article. A few adverts have to be made from the office if you want them to transfer straight away, and your podcast audio takes longer to send before you downgrade the quality anyway to fit into a podcast-sized file. THEREFORE TELEWORK IS IMPOSSIBLE - no.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

Robert Grant

That's weird

I downloaded the installer, and it tried to install Java!

Looks like Marissa's been applying her legendary focus there as well.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

Robert Grant

Re: Didn't the OOD books tell us about this?

Some weird OOD chip on your shoulder has left you looking like a crazy person.

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

Robert Grant

Google copies Apple when Play Music already exists?

Pre-Renaissance Europe called; it wants its lack of perspective back.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

Robert Grant

Re: Missing a major point?

> Apple fans aren't necessarily as stupid as you seem to assume.

Being a fan of a business you don't own isn't a great sign.

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

Robert Grant

Re: Java != JavaScript

Yep, was also going to say :)

On the plus side, el reg seems a bit snappier today. And nicer login UI.

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

Robert Grant

@gideon 1

Yeah, good point actually. Infringement should decay over time, like this (x=years; y=penalty %) (positive values of x only):

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=y%3D-%28x-37%29%28x%2B37%29

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Robert Grant

In other news

The Dean is often seen wearing blue tights under red pants, so they're also suing DC for their reckless infringement.

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Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

Robert Grant
Angel

You're confused; Google liked Dart because they wanted more speed, but the Dart team decided it wasn't worth it from a browser compatibility point of view. Two different entities with different opinions.

Another fake irony blasted!

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Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

Robert Grant

Probably still waiting for the original Elite :)

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

Robert Grant

This from the guy who couldn't decide between making a $350 watch and a $5,000 watch.

Not to mention the fact that the colour isn't that important (or hard) from a design point of view. Making sure your phone's aerials can't be bridged by holding it normally, now that's a design issue.

Also: iPhone C comes in different colours. What's the difference?

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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

Robert Grant

Re: If it ain't broke

It is broke. Spam is not a thing caused by natural laws. It's there because email is broke.

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

Robert Grant

Re: Remind me again

Why would anyone want to use the internet which is hugely dependent on its online services to function.

Fixed!

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

Robert Grant

That was for a much harder thing to develop: a grid of icons with rounded corners. Wow, I still get chills about it even now.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

Robert Grant
Happy

Re: Wonder what would happen if I legally changed my name to :

Shouldn't that be "kind thanks"?

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Microsoft updates Outlook app security, but haters still gunna hate

Robert Grant

Why is the tagline "Amazon moving to Azure"?

Linkbait much?

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

Robert Grant

Re: So... what then?

Much, much prefer it over Android, and always have. Ditto my wife, who loved it so much she used to bore people to death showing my phone (until she got one too) to people at parties because she loved the design so much.

But she is an architect, so she cottoned on to the whole flat thing a bit quicker than Jony. Bless him.

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

Robert Grant

Re: How is this net neutrality?

But it doesn't have the same net effect. If - say - Netflix is willing to contribute money to networks and tell them, "don't charge the customer for this data" then that isn't treating Netflix data any differently to anyone else, it's just changing how the data is charged for. The consumer is still footing the bill, as they pay for Netflix, so everything is paid for, and the traffic isn't being treated as higher priority.

It's arguably more ethical to do things this way, as it makes explicit the hidden cost of a service that uses the internet to do its delivery, ie the consumer has to pay for internet bandwidth and the service they're signing up to.

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Robert Grant

How is this net neutrality?

Maybe I'm missing something ("Yes! A brain hahahaa!") but this doesn't seem to be net neutrality at all.

E.g. certain ISPs allow Steam traffic to pass through without counting towards a bandwidth limit. This doesn't mean they're getting a special route or higher priority (which would be a net neutrality problem), they're just not being paid for.

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Oh, lordy! 'I do not begin to understand the dark cloud. LEGISLATE NOW'

Robert Grant

I know this is totally nitpicky

But that's just who I am.

When did people start saying things like this:

the Scouts' Association took the decision to take down its central database

instead of "made the decision"? Who says, "Hurry up and take a decision!"

Footnote: obviously thing would be to say "decided to take down its central database", or even just "took down its central database", style nitpick fans. I haven't lost my touch!

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

Robert Grant

Re: Jesus wept!

People on here (and quite a lot of tech people generally, from what I've seen) are relentlessly (sometimes detrimentally) fair and logical in some regards, and get upset by obviously silly claims and comments such as yours. For example, go visit Verdun if you think white males are all privileged.

But, more simply, your comment is a) very sexist and b) very racist. Until you can comprehend that, then there's nothing to discuss.

To put it one final other way, white males are the ones who decided amongst themselves to relinquish power voluntarily (as in, only people with the vote could vote to allow other people to vote), and even went to war against other white males for equality. Until you (not women, or people from other races, or whoever you identify with, but you personally) have the same fierce, external sense of fairness, and stop fighting just for increased power for yourself, then you're the same as anyone who ever got some power and rode roughshod over others.

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