* Posts by hitmouse

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Even with this massive tax advantage, Apple has not invested in support for its products in Europe, either at the design or post-sales level.

I tried to get iTunes support in France, only to be switched through to Ireland, and then finally to an "ïnternational" guy in Apple HQ who admitted that he frankly knew very little about any of how Apple's products worked outside the US.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: Killing spreadsheets for fun and profit

People should just learn to compute in their head.

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I read all of these things and wonder how I figured this stuff out in less than a minute in the days when you couldn't Google a variety of solutions in five seconds.

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Re: More appropriately...

Or make users understand that sometimes significantly more users want something different than you do.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Re: "We're the Hakowi" - F Troop

I tracked a local business around the corner from me back to a current Yellow Pages listing. However there has not been anything there for a decade, unless the rotting premises of a long abandoned fish and chips shop qualifies as worthy of Yellow Pages relevance.

I should note that for the first two years after Ikea opened its flagship store in Tempe, Google Maps showed a vacant lot. But then again, most American companies can't put two and two together without an Allen key.

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For years, Bing maps has totally relocated dozens of Sydney landmarks around the city as it indiscriminately treated X street in the CBD as X street in another suburb, Notifying them of the scale of these errors (via feedback, twitter etc) has been a thankless exercise.

Bing also has a gift for identifying the main location of some institutions at minor branch locations. It placed the University of NSW in Manly for several years, and now places it at the location of its small College of Fine Arts, several km from its main campus. At least it's now on the correct side of the Harbour.

Anyway, all you need to do is open Bing maps in a neighbourhood you know well, to find dozens of businesses that you heretofore thought were located elsewhere: beach holiday resorts in suburban streets. It's hilarious.

Much of the data appears to come from the Australian Yellow Pages, which - from following links - seems to be years out of date. Obviously a poor partner for Bing's local offerings.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: Hiring laws

Generally people can make quick assessments based on surname of someone's foreign-ness.

This is something that has come up time and time again in France, which collects no statistics about race. Tests have been run against mailed-in applications to employers who claim not to discriminate on race because they're unaware of it - however applications from non-traditional French surnames are massively rejected

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"" the purpose of a business is PROFIT. Therefore, you hire the person who will MAKE THE MOST MONEY FOR THE COMPANY. ""

In theory. My experience of working in a big west coast software company is that a lot of managers would rather the company lost business of large market segments than they would have to address issues completely foreign to their way of thinking.

I've seen it time and time again. Smart people, but blinkered in so many ways.

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Re: re:just it is easier to get a job with them if your skin is white

One big problem with starting out with a homogeneous workforce is that they often simply don't know what skills and knowledge they are missing out on by hiring only for competencies THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF.

American software companies are generally lousy at hiring people who know how to address customer issues outside of the US. They cannot even conceive how living in a different hemisphere, set of timezones, school system etc might be possible or require changes in the way that they design and support their products,

Case in Point, Facebook has not addressed a single internationalization bug that I have reported to them in the last five years. It's like asking their employees to breath something other than American Oxygen. They can't even imagine what it would take to solve such issues, and they don't hire people who might know how.

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Virtual reality will take over the world by 2020, reckons analyst haus

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Given the great difficulty that so many organisations have in creating reliable 2D web experiences, I can't fathom how they can possibly manage immersive 3D

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Given my experience trying to run various versions of Samsung's horrendous Kies software, I am sure they are giving customers this advice in Korean, just as with most of the error messages on my English installation.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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Considering the number of ex-Microsoft people at Google, and the general career merry-go-round between Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle etc, I wouldn't lend much credence to any avowed policy of one vs the other.

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

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Re: Single version?

"..yet the Linux version Skype is Advert free."

Because advertisers recognise that once someone has Linux they yearn for nothing else but an opportunity to tell the world that they have Linux.

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Beyond iTunes: XML boffins target sheet music

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Re: xml to midi

Essentially long-established art. Most music notation programs (which themselves allow round-tripping of custom file formats with MusicXML) have export to MIDI options.

It is worth underlining the fact that MIDI provides performance/playback instructions and so opening a MIDI file in a notation program can show you a lot of jangly garbage unless you pre-process with a lot of heuristics regarding rhythm etc.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

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Re: OSX is just too far behind Windows

"MacOS (and Windows) were both designed for mouse & keyboard input." So you're going to rule out all forms of natural input forever?

For those of us who use computers for diagrams, music and other non-text-based endeavours, having touch/stylus + speech etc interfaces are essential additional tools.

"What idiot thought you'd have a touch interface on a server?" Lemme see, someone managing media with a push-button interface or otherwise "naturalistic" interface.

Can we please get more commentary from people not stuck in a 1970s mindset?

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Re: Apple OSX2 Moonbeam 2017

They've been selling moonshine for decades.

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Re: OSX is just too far behind Windows

" I don't know of a Win tablet with a capacitive screen that measures pressure (aka force touch) but if one is made Windows could support it."

The first Windows tablets released with Windows XP SP1 by NEC, Acer, Motion Computing etc etc had 256 levels of pressure reading. If you use the Windows Journal application released at the time (Tools > Options > Pen and Highlighter Settings) you can set pressure-sensitivity on or off. I favour using it on with the Chisel point pen so that you get variable thickness in your hand-writing.

More information here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms703290(v=vs.85).aspx

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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Re: licensing

So that gives you a mountain of ephemeral (but still enormously entertaining) radio content which the BBC was going to flog to the world before it closed down the BBC Radio Downloader service a few years ago, ... and then never got around to selling any content. Lose lose situation

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It's not just USA ( there's a Commonwealth-load of countries to start off with) and it's not just TV.

I'd happily pay the license fee JUST for BBC RADIO 4. Most of which is BBC owned or contracted or could be trivially negotiated for international. As it is most of it is not onsold anywhere else in the world

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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22nd century technology

... And no bionic ear or automatic/ambient speech translation facility?

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Australia the idiot in the global village, says Geoff Huston

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Re: That's too generous

correction to "I think it's slightly different.." They didn't find it in the bible where traditional connections are honoured.

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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My complex pattern is a nightmare when the screen is even the tiniest bit moist (a raindrop screws it up) and any double-back just gets lost. A disconnected numeric pin is much easier to manage in such a circumstance.

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Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

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Re: won't make much difference

I buy stuff from overseas because it is simply not available in Australia. I can't even buy lossless digital releases of Australian music unless I use a VPN to buy from an overseas retailer - there are simply no outlets here.

Also books - digital or paper - most of what I get is simply not available here.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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Re: "... you probably shouldn't be checking delicate electronics into the hold anyway."

Actually well-packed electronics in the hold are, in my experience, less likely to be damaged than by exposing them to the fumbling fingers of airport security staff during gate inspections. It's like watching chimps inspect a bag that's fallen out of the sky: sharp objects are smashed against glass, camera lenses are re-packed with caps off. No thanks.

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As the article says, you put them in your cabin baggage.

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Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

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Except they would never use it in a forward thinking manner to divert traffic at major junctions before a blockage. No - let traffic accumulate into gridlock at the point of failure.

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Sydney Council has already done that with the old signs - they put up event signs after I'd parked, and then fined me.

The NSW State Recovery Office is an unassailable pit from whence fine notices are issued and no discussions may be entered into. My solicitor thinks its appalling - the only way to contest is in court, usually meaning you lose more in wages missed than in erroneous fine monies recovered.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: The view from Silicon Valley

@dan1980 "The simple truth is that most people who want to use Macs don't just want to use a Mac computer - they want to run the way they do at home, without the burden of IT policies and having to use this program or that program or accessing files in this way rather than that way."

No one wants to use their computers with the restrictions they have at work. Being on a Mac has nothing to do with it.

I look at Macs as having a higher initial outlay cost, and then a higher support cost per head and per incident across the organisation.

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Re: The view from Silicon Valley

If you think these very very recent editions are as featured as the Windows version you are wildly mistaken.

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"the bloated XP" - which is smaller than a phone OS these days.

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Re: The view from Silicon Valley

Working in a large research environment, I can unequivocally say that the Mac users generate at least 3x the support calls per head that Windows users do. There is much less problem solving capability demonstrated when issues arise.

I also see a lot of younger scientists preferring Windows laptops so they can use OneNote.

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"NT4: Great, snappy, fast, reliable. No USB, no drives over 8GB, no DirectX"

NT4 - released two years before USB devices were generally available with USB 1.1

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For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

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Re: Just one problem

The real issue is in-house devs as the mobile workers are generally using custom apps - often highly form-driven - that are used elsewhere in the organisation.

Management might have to cough up for resources to train their devs in creating touch/pen-centric interfaces rather than the lazy 100 fields on a screen approach that has kinda worked for decades.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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"They are not precious and religious as many in the computing industry are."

BWAAHAHAHAHAHA

Did you hear Steven Jobs' preciously pious reaction when Microsoft released this technology 14 years ago?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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What many forget unless they were from other parts of the globe, is that IE was the first international browser supporting non-European character sets etc. Netscape took too long to realise that it had forgotten to support the first two Ws in WWW and so even when AOL bought Netscape, the AOL browser had to be built on IE technology to support international customers.

It's not a lesson well learned. Other browsers are still full of code that assume WWW=USA.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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I have met plenty of smart people over the years who could not deal with the user shells most people are familiar with. Bob was a godsend for such people, but it was lampooned and harpooned by people it was never designed for, and those people bullied into submission.

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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I've been following bugs in Chrome for years without any sight of an attempt to rectify them.

In a nutshell, any bug that involves Chrome/Google actually recognising non-US dates, temperatures, or other measures simply does not rate.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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In a rare display of agreement, Steve Jobs said the same thing "because Apple's products are timeless".

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

diddum$

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Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

Windows has supported Bluetooth for a very long time.

The issue is whether the hardware has in-built Bluetooth support, or a spare USB port for an adaptor.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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There's a great radio interview with Brian Eno where he claimed that he hasn't had a phone conversation with David Bowie in 20yrs which wasn't carried on as them doing Pete and Dud. Eno provides spot on impersonations to illustrate.

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Australia ignores data retention in summer slack-off

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As you note Labor's stated position on these (and other) matters isn't visibly different to that of the Liberals so it's hard to give feedback on single issues at the polls.

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This is one of many issues where the Australian government just keeps having enquiries on the subject until it gets the answer it wants or it simply exhausts the electorate.

There have been earlier enquiries on very similar topics, so many people may be forgiven for thinking they have already responded.

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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1) it might be a little different, but then Americans are wildly different. I've lived in UK, US, Australia and some other places. The Brits, Aussies and Kiwis find each other through shared humour.

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

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The only new tablet I would buy is one that has an A4 or bigger screen. I've got my "book" tablet and a phablet which will get replaced as needed, but I'm in no hurry for either.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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This recent talk at UNSW by two leading experts on ageing: David Sinclair and Steven Simpson is quite revealing. Their general thrust is on delaying the onset of diseases that affect the elderly and reduce life satisfation.

Skip ahead (through some interminable intro) to about 13m30 for Prof Steven Simpson talking about carb vs protein vs fat profiles and how they work differently for different outcomes.

http://video.mypremiereshow.com/view/x0-Jt7az-54/Scientists-close-to-reversing-ageing.html

Prof Sinclair talks about resveterol and other promising compounds.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: Not just on Windows

I had to turn off automatic app updates on my Android tablet because Chrome simply doesn't work at all since a recent update. I've had to reset to factory settings.

I must be far from alone as the number of 1 star reviews has leapt up recently.

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Re: hmmmm

Rather like Apple's treatment of the 90% of its iTunes users on Windows where the temple of UI doesn't respect the UI conventions of the host platform.

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Omnibox has been appallingly random in its use of my history for ages. It seems to look for the most remote in time, infrequently used sites first over anything I have visit regularly or recently.

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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And for the forgotten southern hemisphere which has its own aurora ("australis"), details here:http://www.softservenews.com/southern_lights.html

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