* Posts by Robert Grant

929 posts • joined 22 Aug 2006

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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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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

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

Then I'd be asking you, as I do so many others, what the heck are you doing adding a nonsensical "kind" to "regards".

Regards

Rob

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Microsoft updates Outlook app security, but haters still gunna hate

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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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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?

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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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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

Robert Grant

To quote Dawkins

"CLEVER SCIENTISTS ARE ATHEIST! IF YOU ATHEIST, YOU CLEVER LIKE THEM!!!!!!111eleven" *

* citation needed

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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“WPF is not quite to the done state yet,”

English version: "WPF isn't ready"

Good grief. Paid to communicate, and produces a sentence with more misses than hits.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Pure Genius

Hah HS2. I thought you meant CrossRail. Now that's a short length of line :)

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

Robert Grant

Very expensive

Considering they don't actually store your stuff. I do want a return of the MS Live Mesh-style syncing, where my devices' folders sync etc, but if I'm paying then I basically want to be buying cloud storage for my encrypted-on-the-client files.

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

Robert Grant

Re: Intel HD Integrated Crappics

Some pretty nice laptops (e.g. Macs) use Intel integrated graphics; they hold up very well. Not hardcore, but then for the weight you'd be insane (are you?) to expect that.

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Re: That is it, Intel, take away the motivation for most of your existing workforce.

That's one hell of a massive assumption WatAWorld. There is nothing to support the claim that any minority group makes better / worse suggestions than any other group, or that they are less likely to benefit from it.

That wasn't what was being said. A little less overreacting would be good in this thread.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Robert Grant

Re: Apps stores.

Actually they do mention the lack of apps on WP here. And WP has the Guardian, Dropbox, at least my banks' apps, Uber and Foursquare. So when you say its app selection is better than Windows Phone's, what you mean is, it's way worse, particularly when looking at the list the reviewer mentioned.

Or what you really mean is The Register doesn't automatically parrot 2010's news that WP Store has no apps, the way most sites you read do.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

Robert Grant

Re: How it will work in absence of a radio signal?

Or alternatively, what if you blasted it with a custom radio signal? Could you ever do that accurately enough to prescribe the next number?

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Robert Grant

Standard mistake to make

1) Seems unlikely that one month from release is when they decided this

2) Everyone who requires online is hated

How can they get both of those things so wrong?

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

Robert Grant

Been sharing a calendar for a while

Wife and I both have the same Google calendar configured. No iOS needed.

In fact, why on earth is a calendar being mentioned here? What's the got to do with Amazon? You could say that Amazon also don't let you see it on computers made by them, which Apple does let you do. Is that just a random iOS advert?

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Brake energy regeneration

Good idea for this?

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

Robert Grant

Step 1: buy stake in Facebook, all of Skype and Nokia Devices at vast valuations

Step 2: fire lots of people because there's no money left.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: profit.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

Robert Grant

I prefer the original title

Changed the title but not the slug: after_20_years_apple_finally_enters_the_third_dimension :)

I'm sure if this were MS and IE then some Apple happy subeditor wouldn't have considered changing it.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Robert Grant
Angel

Why are we debating what Steve would/wouldn't have liked?

Instead, let us pray.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

Robert Grant

Have these images been resized really badly?

Or is it just my browser? It looks like My First Image Resize Attempt over here.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

Robert Grant

Re: 23 Years @ P.Lee

Persuading someone else to do things the way you do is a vindication that Linux zealots seem to need very strongly.

You've obviously never been around iPhone users. They make Linux users look like disinterested judges.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

Robert Grant

Re: "Premium smartphone buyer"

I use the Kindle app, but only v basic usage. What's it missing?

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Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

Robert Grant

It looks as though you're trying to buy a non-Apple product

Let me close that for you.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Robert Grant

Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

I think Lync is awesome; what don't you like?

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

Robert Grant

Or

We just have a global, federated LDAP, and each system authenticates against it. If you want to use a system you need to be added to that system's group(s). You can request that yourself, and the permissions thing just looks up who your manager is and who else should be informed, and they need to approve it electronically. If you haven't used that system for a while generally you'll get swept out of the group.

Easy, quick, pretty secure by default. I can't believe a defence agency trusts everyone on its network by default.

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

Robert Grant

Re: Apple?

About time Apple makes all its developers write for a new CPU again.

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Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

Robert Grant

Re: "Leaks"

I can understand you saying this before Heartbleed was public knowledge.

But...now?

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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

Robert Grant

Re: Clever...

My life for Aiur!

Oh, now I have to go and install that.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

Robert Grant

What about a QUOTATION watermark

With legally specified dimensions and padding relative to the size of the image, and an inversion factor for each pixel of it (so it's not just white/lighter text on a white background, as that would pull it towards the "darker" end of the scale).

Solved for 99.9% of cases?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Robert Grant

Despite risking trying to reason with a crazy person (folders are about as inventive as rounded corners on icons) but Windows Mobile 6.5 had folders. About a year before iOS. Probably at the same time Android got them.

While it's nice that you're trying to join in with the patenting jokes, the cargo culting approach to humour does mean that you miss the fact that Apple are the ones who've done the most public and hilarious patent enforcement in recent years.

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Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

Robert Grant

Re: Back to the Future

While I'm sure Microsoft's PR department is happy that you're giving them credit for virtual appliances (note: virtual machines run multiple applications that can bluescreen, or they would if they were really in evidence in 2001), but I'm pretty sure this is a Linux-only thing for now.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

Robert Grant

Re: Dare I say differentiation

Not really, no. The UK's infrastructure is very strong, internationally speaking, but I'm currently working in South Africa, and having monthly access to the internet is pretty normal here as well.

Pro tip: you don't need a long stretch of high rises to lay phone cables or set up cell towers.

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Re: Dare I say differentiation

Maybe it calls once per month, but what if it happens when you have no connection?

Exactly - all I want to do is go into the wilderness and create Adobe files. It's bad enough I have to connect to the internet to send them to someone.

AND, did you know this tablet can't even run a full month without being recharged with electricity? This thing is so impractical, I'm surprised anyone is tricked into using it.

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Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?

Any argument that can equally argue for only ever using IE6 on Windows is being unfairly applied.

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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I hope the other OSes follow suit

And offer a more "flat" style. Can't wait!

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Robert Grant

Re: "Anonymously because i do work for Oracle."

Don't apologise. Tomorrow you won't be hysterical, but he'll still be rich :)

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Robert Grant

Re: Camera button

Yes exactly, Live Tiles are in no way deprecated.

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Google's SPDY blamed for slowing HTTP 2.0 development

Robert Grant

Re: Good

At least it's still an optional protocol, so it can always just be turned off if it's as bad as they say.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Robert Grant

Re: Amongst the worst...

I'd prefer Darth-Darth Binks

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