* Posts by hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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?

hitmouse

"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

hitmouse

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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hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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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hitmouse

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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hitmouse

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

hitmouse

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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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

hitmouse

Re: iPlayer overseas

So all those production companies end up getting nothing, because baby only a tiny percentage goes overseas as sales.

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hitmouse

Re: Nail on head.

+1

I'd pay the license fee just to get access to BBC radio content that I used to be able to download as podcasts - the BBC closed down that avenue in 2012 with the promise that a paid option was about to become available. ... and nothing.

So now I record off air. BBC makes nothing from that.

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

hitmouse

Gave up on MyCloud - my WD could never finish indexing my photos even when left for weeks to do nothing but index. Seems to be a common problem.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Yawn powerpoint diss

Should we blame the creators of the word-processor, typewriter and pen for inflicting hackneyed prose on the world?

There were a billion somnolence-inducing presentations from lecturns, recited from over-head projectors, and beamed from earlier presentation software before Microsoft purchased the pre-existing Presenter software.and renamed it PowerPoint.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: So they won't be diversifying...

They could call them iJobs

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This would be the same Apple that allows Playboy for iPhone and yet won't allow apps like Grindr to display men in bathing suits ??

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

hitmouse

Re: Sonos legacy support...

Don't invite another SONOS user into your home and give them Wifi access - that may trigger a cascade of updates in your home system that make your handsets incompatible.

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hitmouse

I bought my first SONOS equipment before I bought my first iPhone in 2008.

Interestingly, SONOS haven't upgraded the basic hardware to support higher capacity libraries or better indexing in that period, yet they seem to think that Apple the intervening 5-6 generations of Apple hardware are disposable.

With new media streaming functions coming from all quarters, disposing of SONOS gets easier and easier.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: So

"it's too hard getting UK-QWERTY keyboards"

I lived in France for three years. QWERTY keyboards were easily found in computer stores, and computer sections of places like Carrefour.

Also delivery from the UK was so cheap that I generally bought computer gear direct from UK suppliers and had them delivered at minimal charge within 2 days. I also found it was cheaper and faster to buy many French products from John Lewis and have them delivered to France.

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hitmouse

Re: République du Bisonoursland!

There is the large Francophone selection at amazon.ca

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Sonos Controller app update conflict

hitmouse

Re: I am disapointed with the lack of Windows Native App support.

Sonos keep updating the hardware and tinkering with the controller apps, but they have nothing to increase the fundamental capacity of the system to store metadata. Library size limitations and lack of support for multivalued tags are (in my not isolated view) the biggest daily drawbacks of the system.

For those saying that not many people have libraries that big:

1. the people who typically buy Sonos are more likely to have large, well-managed libraries

2. a household of people with varying tastes and libraries will hit those limits very quickly

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It took me ten minutes to find the current queue with the new interface because the UI element for it is so small as to be nearly invisible.

Sonos also make it difficult to avoid updates because if one person on the network upgrades their controller app, it triggers updates in the system that mean everyone else has to follow suit. I had a house guest once who had their own Sonos system, and once they came on my network, an earlier update that I had resisted because of flaws was also forced onto the household.

There are much older threads on their forums with more than 150 posts I am sure, where the response is the usual "we're listening" mantra.

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

hitmouse

I can't think of a time that Ancestry has ever compensated subscribers for lost time due to their appalling lack of technical proficiency. They probably qualify 10 people logging in simultaneously as a DDoS.

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Panasonic pulls pyromaniac batteries

hitmouse

The only battery I've ever had explode was a Panasonic, and yet they put firmware in their cameras to stop "dangerous" third party batteries from working.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I really don't see...

I went through this weeks ago: turned off in it iMessage and deregistered the phone from Apple's servers. That didn't work - messages were simply lost, going neither to old iPhone or new Android phone. No error registered at sender's phone.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

hitmouse

Re: Good

Having worked with a few ex-WordPerfect employees in my time, I can vouch for them HATING Novell and feeling like they were a pawn for Ray Noorda to play out his hatred for Gates. If he invested as much in employees and the product rather than litigation then things might be a bit different. However there were a lot of overpaid egos around at that time who resisted Microsoft's invitations to develop for the new platform: Noorda, Kahn, Manzi. Go back to the newspapers of the late 80s, early 90s and see where they were spending their money.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: Allowing for bezels

A4 paper may have margins, but the vast quantity of A4 formatted documents still need to be comfortably read without zooming. That includes not only text, but music, equations, diagrams.

So 12.6 is not, for me at least, an "effective" A4 implementation.

It's worth pointing out that large tablets have virtues other than portability. I have a number of uses for them which would mean they rarely left home or the office. Much like many large books I own.

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hitmouse

I spent years "running around" with a 13+ inch M1300 tablet that weighed 3lb, and now run around with a Yoga 13 of approx same size.

I sometimes get the feeling that most reviewers don't have the strength to lift more than a skeptical eyebrow.

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hitmouse

"does the world really need an Android tablet this big?"

Actually It could be bigger. A4 is 14.3", and I would be very happy with A3 (as an open A4 book), or a folding pair of A4 screens thus.

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

hitmouse

Those people using styluses for (pressure-sensitive) handwriting and drawing on Windows tablets can hardly wait. Oh yeah, they've had them for twelve years now used in Journal, OneNote and a plethora of mind-mapping, drawing and painting apps.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

hitmouse

Thirty meters!

What are they all measuring?

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

hitmouse

Re: It's nice to see they're updating iOS 6.x also

But they're not making it available for iPhone 4, which is really to slow to run iOS7.x

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

hitmouse

Strictly speaking, all attachments are electromagnetic bonds even if two bits of wood glued together.

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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

hitmouse

This is not an isolated example, but part of a pattern of incompetence in transitioning Federal government sites for years. Some have had multiple name changes in recent years, with a failure to update not only links between them, but also email addresses, and documents referencing all of them.

No one competent to complain to.

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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

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Doug Burgum ... you mean Atlassian is hiring people over 40 now?

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

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More research money pissed into the wind

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