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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Robert Forsyth

Re: I'm sure you were railing against something

I think "nobend" is missing a k at the beginning and a hyphen/space after the "b", if it isn't obvious.

The picture is to illustrate the effect of the gushing cheesy words of a particular press release partly described in the article.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

Robert Forsyth

Re: Bah!

Dowsing

Could it be that the water make a feint low frequency rumble which resonates the rib-cage?

Ever been too close to the bass bins at a concert and have the feeling your lungs vibrate?

Why does Tarzan beat his chest?

Although missing out the machinery in a hydroelectric plant, which converts the potential energy of water up hill to rotating magnets was amusing - akin to being frightened by the WiFi signal, but not the microwave oven, car alarm remote, cordless phone, etc.

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

Robert Forsyth

Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously

Currently, the document is emailed amongst the group and then there is a merge headache at the end of the day.

With Google Docs the problem was, as I see it, your bit of the document moved up and down as someone else deleted and inserted lines above your insertion point.

The other problem with these word-processors, is (other) people spend most of their time fiddling with the font and line spacing for page layout, which is wasted when someone corrects their spelling or grammar.

Most corporate templates, I have seen/used, are more of a problem than a solution, based on thinking that the word-processor is a dumb typewriter.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Heart Warming Article

Just as an eBook reader, it might replace expensive books.

I added a Bluetooth keyboard to my Nexus 7 for a similar experience to a netbook.

The film Beijing Bicycle might be worth viewing.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Robert Forsyth

Re: Rename Windows

The computers Microsoft write for are not really called Micro, nowadays, since perhaps they are more powerful than mini-computers of yesteryear. Long time since writing BASIC for hobby microprocessor computers. I assumed microprocessor software was reduced to Microsoft.

More problematic, is that tablets and phones do not typically have windows, tending to have full screen interaction.

I assume Azure refers to the (colour of the) sky or sea; Windows implies a user-interface, despite how poor a simile that is. Azure for sky-blue would seem a good fit for something for your clouds to float in.

Dibs on Screens and Panels

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

Robert Forsyth

Re: Last weeks images.

These cameras are not geostationary, you take two pictures the second one from a different place from the first (at a later time).

Obviously for moving things like waves, it is not going to work.

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Protect data by deleting it: Ground Labs

Robert Forsyth

Help or Hinder

Would it be useful to a data thief to piggy back on this tool, to show them where all the sensitive data is?

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Projector on a smartphone? There's a chip for that

Robert Forsyth

Re: vector graphics

Asteroids

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TSMC sole supplier of Apple's A8? NO WAY, says Samsung, US TOO

Robert Forsyth

Re: Unlikely

It might be a bit risky to have all your chips in one egg basket.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

Robert Forsyth

Is it not Cellular automaton

Conway's Game of Life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Robert Forsyth

MS name for app?

Apple have App

Google have apps (should that be Gadgets?)

Mozilla have Add-ins

Microsoft could have Mod

for a widget which enhances the existing product, such as an Microsoft Office template to do your tax returns

Apple Apps

Google Grommets

Java Jars

Mozilla Firefox MFs

Microsoft Mini-apps or Minis

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Build your own mobile network for the low, low price of US$2,000

Robert Forsyth

Re: I've used one of those

I saw and used one (with my own phone) at Oshcamp2012 in Hebden Bridge, also a smaller sysmoBTS. The guys demonstrating it had provided a private mobile network for a festival in a desert in the USA

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Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

Robert Forsyth

I dun no, it seems like the board members were from non telecommunications backgrounds.

AFAIK, Nokia should have been using the "cash cow" of Symbian to develop some replacement "problem children" into "rising stars" - which is what they did, then threw it away, followed by killing the cash cow and flushing any remaining cash on a former competitors under developed "pet project".

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

Robert Forsyth

Re: TCP/IP has been multi-path from the git-go.

Beat me to it.

May be the problem with a phone it that the mobile and wi-fi are given different IP addresses and your phone would have to add a simple virtual host/router to use both interfaces simultaneously. However, my netbook has both on at the same time, not sure how it decides.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Robert Forsyth

Re: Confused

IIRC it was pseudo security

If someone was running a fake login screen with password snaffling, then pressing Ctl-Alt-Del would end the fake program, in theory .

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Robocars, backseat fun, satnav 2.0: Meet the bit of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy

Robert Forsyth

Re: Now I'm Completely Confused

Rolls-Royce etc. etc.

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Nokia quiz: Do you know what a phablet is?

Robert Forsyth

How about?

Phoney - bit bigger than a phone

Phtwo - ph one, ph two

or

Phonez

Phune

OK, I'm off

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Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

Robert Forsyth

@Stuart Longland

Surely, day 0xFF - flip-flop day

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

Robert Forsyth

Surely, ...INTERSTELLAR SPAAACE

to keep the recent theme

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Robert Forsyth

How far away is it?

Is the 17 hours for the radio signal (18E12 metres away) to get here or for the press release to be published?

;-)

If they sent up a series of radio signal relay/booster satellites, with additional instruments, every few years, they might have a chain from the far reaches.

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Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

Robert Forsyth

Re: He has gone to work for

One could predict:

Microsoft will move into Apple like devices, meanwhile Apple will move to servers and server OS (enhancements) with their new found 64 bit ARM.

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Let's talk about continuous delivery

Robert Forsyth

What happened to Continuous Iintegration?

That is all.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

Robert Forsyth

Re: Affordability my arse

@03:15 GMT Anonymous Coward

Polycarbonate is used for bullet proof glass, a'nt it? In 2011 Nokia were machining* the phone case out of a single piece of polycarbonate, Apple are innovating again.

* I think they meant machine finishing: mould it roughly the right shape then precise cut with machine tool.

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

Robert Forsyth

Reaction

The cleaner could push the debris down (mechanically) and be pushed up itself. Solar energy could be collected and used to lower the debris and raise the cleaner to compensate for atmospheric drag.

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

Robert Forsyth

Re: Storage Desnity...

The more 1 bits you punch, but the un-punched 0 bits? However, most characters/numbers will have some bits punched.

Each line adds another card or 8 inches.

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

Robert Forsyth

Re: They totally missed the boat

My Nokia 5800 played BBC iPlayer fine (with the option to download the video and just checked the server for the licence) and it could output to TV with the included AV lead.

However, it wasn't an N series, being much cheaper including free music subscription, so was not the same market as the iPhone.

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Campus Party: Did it start Silicon Britain or let 5,000 geeks sleep together?

Robert Forsyth

Re: Travelling Godberries

Aren't most wars fought for acquiring and protecting resources for the greedy, the ideology thing is a marketing smoke screen to make the non-greedy support the greedy cause?

Some belief systems are for people who find science too hard, but mostly it allows oversized groups/packs of humans to live together efficiently (in towns and cities). These are the social protocols which allow trust and trade between people - think about the amount of work getting a bank account, if you did not trust them to look after your money.

Obviously this is an oversimplification.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

Robert Forsyth

Re: Ummm

On my OpenSUSE laptop/netbook

[Alt Gr]+' e -> ê

; -> é

@ -> ě

# -> è

~ -> ĕ

[ -> ë

] -> ẽ

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

Robert Forsyth

Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal

I don't see how you can say Apple's phone is a fashion item, it has not changed much every six months.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

Robert Forsyth

How is it pronounced in Finland? Does that matter?

I think it is Nok ee-a in UK and No key a in US. From Wikipedia it is noc-i-ar ('n'anny, ch'o're, s'c'old, k'i'd, f'a'ther).

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

Robert Forsyth

Why is Nokia a brand?

A brand name is to indicate a level of quality in the branded product; branded bread did not contain saw dust.

If you "borrow" the brand name, but not the design and manufacture, what does the brand stand for?

The Nokia brand, in phones, stood for robust, value for money, but competent products - admittedly they had MS style cock-ups on the software sometimes.

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Robert Forsyth

Re: Smart phone from dumb people

Or get your marketing department to "create" a market in which you can be number one - like unique towns in Britain: the only town which has ... (then a long list of attributes) two public conveniences in the town square.

None of the ancient US software makers seemed to have properly integrated their services they have acquired, I think Apps on a phone are a red herring they typically only provide a "port hole" to one service - Android SDK does have the concept of providing a service to be used by many screen interfaces. MS Office applications played together poorly, obviously written by different (competing) teams, although I accept Excel was about fast calculation and not text layout like Word - there goals were different - is this the US psyche jocks competing and not sharing and helping each other?

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

Robert Forsyth

Me too.

I was thinking a plot inspired by Brazil

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

Robert Forsyth
Facepalm

Re: Another Cloud service down.

It is a time of year when people go on holiday and leave the deputy in charge.

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

Robert Forsyth

Re: Just counted my tabs

I think there should be a (open) standard for bookmarks, open tabs, passwords, etc.; so that any browser can be used.

Chrome annoys me storing binary data unusable by other applications in my computer's (k)wallet.

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

Robert Forsyth

Surely propane or butane "refrigerant" is cheaper

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Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

Robert Forsyth

Nokia NFC phones pre WP already had some of this

On Nokia NFC phones, Angry Bird players can gift extra levels to each other.

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BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

Robert Forsyth

Re: They should try to hold on

I think I agree.

Why do companies only have to have one product (set) ?

Apple appear to have/had several products: iTunes-iPod/iPhone/iPad, Laptop-accessories and iMac-accessories; not all were madly successful, so were quietly dropped. Nokia although providing several services which made their phones better, but seemed too willing to let an incompetent carrier replace them, I think it would be better if the carriers just bought a complete package, instead of not understanding the tech they were selling.

Generalization

People will put up with an unreliable product and even say it gives it character, but when they are able and can afford a more reliable one they will switch (perhaps after a morning period). Reliability is one aspect of usability, important when you depend on it for communication with family and friends or colleagues and clients.

I think Blackberry should have been in all aspects of company - mobile device communication, a speedy, secure and reliable link between, say, architect's office and their pad/book for showing a client plans. Managing lost mobile devices, not just remote wiping private data, but providing alternate access to that private data - leave your phone on a train, just go to a phone shop at the station, get a replacement (for a cost), type in a configuration key and carry on.

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Amazon to ship Android-based gaming console by year's end?

Robert Forsyth

Amazon could use razor blade model and sell it at discount so long as you can only play games from its store or using its services, etc.

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2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'

Robert Forsyth

Re: Surely it's obvious

It is very difficult to explain to middle management how some "innovation" is good for the business and should be invested in (unless some competitor is already doing it).

Some huddles are the IT department's own doing, and the rest (although various) can be classed as "oil - water interfaces" between different branches of an organization.

IT is often viewed as modern day typing pool or office cleaners, and are too busy with day-to-day duties. They are the nurses of IT equipment - essential and poorly paid. What is needed is a fitness instructor or personal trainer.

Poor internal marketing skills. With someone in technology with a strong clean vision and good communication skills. Innovations (to others in the company) might provide solutions looking for a problem, barriers to entry (user training, new equipment, etc.) which appear too high.

Since it is so difficult for technology departments to plead their case to the bean-counters, the few solutions which do make it, get all the love and the IT department becomes polarized and inflexible - hypothetical example, buying MS products has a clearly defined cost (fixed and variable) over a free/open product with fuzzy costs (this is why cloud services win with bean-counters); more MS tools are bought to service the MS environment, then fashion changes to BYOD and the IT department is left looking stupid.

In your face arrogance, the technology experts use complexity and jargon to exclude other business units. Other business unit leaders send their stupidest employees (from a business point of view) to interface with the technology experts, to avoid feeling stupid themselves.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

Robert Forsyth

Reasonable Patent

A new solution to problem would seem a reasonable patent.

A new combination of existing things is patentable.

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

Robert Forsyth

All that space junk could form a shield against some space rocks

Use this to attach remote controls to the junk

With enough junk, the planet would have a roof, and cool down, would it still rain?

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Robert Forsyth

Re: Disproportionate

I think other commentators are trying to express, they are sold on things non-technical people can measure, such as, "it is expensive it must be good" or "$famous_person person has one". There are measured by some pseudo-science (or non-provable or fuzzy) quality - intuitive (says Steve), best browser (unable to render sites my Nokia 5800 could).

How is a blank/black rectangle (with rounded corners) place-mat with an unlabelled dimple with a small square in it (a button which does not look like a button) intuitive of a phone or media player? Do four (mainly) unlabelled un-buttons which look like locator pins around the edge help?

One of the tear-down sites calculated it cost $60 to make, assuming manufacturing yield is near 100%.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Robert Forsyth

re: PrettyPrint

Me too, first year of Computer Science, but I see this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prettyprint#Example_of_formatting_and_beautifying_code

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BONG goes HYPER as default.gov POWERS the FUTURE

Robert Forsyth

Re: Dear Steve Bong...

CV out, Portfolio in

may be portfolio is also out, just meet at "the*" sushi bar

* if you don't know which one, then you are not the man for the job.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

Robert Forsyth

Re: The next 24 months is Microsoft's true window of vulnerability.

IIRC NeXTSTEP fat binaries ran on four differing architectures: Sparc, PA-RISC, Intel 486, 68k

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

Robert Forsyth

Re: Why does plastic make it 'cheaper'?

No, it only has to look cheaper so you can sell the same thing at two different prices for two different markets, without culling your higher price market.

Does a lux version of a car really cost twice the base model? Does the size of the engine make much difference to the cost?

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Google's second-gen Nexus 7 fondleslab STRIPPED BARE

Robert Forsyth

Re: E-waste

become = becomes

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