* Posts by Robert Grant

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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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Robert Grant

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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Robert Grant

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

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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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?

Robert Grant

“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

Robert Grant

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

Robert Grant

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

Robert Grant

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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