355 posts • joined 4 Sep 2006
"There's nothing wrong with the dashboard now"
I have a 2008 Citroen C5. It has the most confusing, distracting and down right obstructive button-based UI imaginable.
Any attempt to locate and use the horn or hazard light buttons whilst driving are most likely to cause an accident. I suspect infiltration by Nokia engineers.
Fortunately the car mostly lives in the garage having expensive work done on leaky struts, pollution control systems, the dual mass flywheel, air con, remote tyre pressure sensors...
Ballmer at Microsoft: an annotated shareprice
Re: The real letdown here...
No, I'm not suggesting that. Let me try a different tack.
In the 1940s we had Alan Turing and Colossus.
Seventy years later we have Steve Ballmer and Sharepoint.
Maybe this is a PSYOPs campaign designed to breed overconfidence in their enemies.
The real letdown here...
...is that our Matrix/Minority Report-style tech fantasies are brought down by the crushing realisation that twelve years after 2001 the spooks are using the same annoying point-and-click shite inflicted on the rest of us.
I haven't felt this demoralised since that woeful "THIS IS A UNIX SYSTEM" 3D file explorer in Jurassic Park.
Green screens, 3D gesture recognition or GTFO.
Re: Battery life
My 2010 Air has 87% capacity 5839mAh vs 6700mAh, as reported by the Battery Health app.
This is a machine that has been used for three years with a casual disregard for correct charging protocol (whatever that is) by several people.
I agree that 1400x900 is just a *little* low res for 13". I also don't understand why my 13" screen sits inside a lid with a 15" diagonal. I want less bezel and more pixels.
Smells like Microsoft
I realise there are all kinds of ways this is different, but the idea of one juggernaut of a company developing operating systems, browser engines, scripting languages and applications makes me nervous.
Sure, it's mostly free-as-in-beer, do no evil etc, and somewhat constrained by standards and licences for now, but it still smells bad.
Tell me I'm wrong.
Re: Beefed up Macbooks et al
I think you have to ship Steve Ballmer in for a proper song and dance.
Apple just do a long, dull, slideshow that some people make a fuss out of.
Re: On the absence of leaks
New MBAs with Haswell, better battery life and 802.11ac. Available "now".
New Mac Pro with PCIe flash, Thunderbolt 2, dual GPUs, 4k video support and added roundness. Available not yet.
Don't say I didn't warn you
Mega yacht + Nazi ICBM* technology = evil dictator.
* for small values of C.
"Android today is like Microsoft's Windows 3.1"
From the end user perspective, Android is more like desktop Linux would be if Windows suddenly ceased to exist.
Android and iOS represent starkly different world views. Let the market decide, it's all good. Well, apart from the evil stuff.
Re: Must stop commenting on Apple articles
"$400 a share is still a lot of money"
The shares are $400 because Apple rarely does stock splits (three times since 1980 AFAIK). It doesn't mean much in isolation.
Apple is funding the "capital return program" using debt because it doesn't want to pay tax on repatriated profits.
Re: Free investment advice from a recruitment consultant
I wouldn't pay a fund manager either, FWIW.
On topic: Apple is a massive cash generator. Nobody knows if they can sustain it.
Free investment advice from a recruitment consultant
Good luck with that.
No SD card slot, no removable battery
It's like they rifled through the iPhone spec sheet and picked the worst features to copy.
Re: Is this the start of the post-iPhone era?
I think the wider issue is that all smartphone and tablet makers are struggling to develop anything genuinely game-changing at the hardware and OS level, as evidenced by the fuss about phablets being the next greatest thing (really?).
Perhaps that's a positive sign of maturity and stability. The online world still hasn't totally adjusted to the death of the Windows-PC-as-primary-computing device yet. Many websites still don't work very well in a mobile browser, and there are banks (and the Irish revenue service) that still require Java to log in.
There have been many dead-ends in consumer electronics (my attic-crap-boxes are full of things like folding Palm keyboards and Xbox 360 HD-DVD players) but it seems like touch-based smartphones and tablets are here to stay.
Thumbs up for long-lived devices* and incremental improvement.
* unless your battery is glued
P/E: 25.49. Dividends: 0.
Sometimes I wonder whether Facebook is an elaborate ruse to make Google shares look good value.
"A doctor is just a very well trained flow chart"
Ah, the "how hard can it be?" fallacy.
I volunteer to conduct free brain surgery on this idiot, and I will accept any number of flowcharts to assist me in the procedure.
Whatever about taxes...
...Facebook appear to have blown somewhere in the order of their entire profits on employee stock options.
Dividends, they've heard of them.
Contemptuous snort at "trusted brand"
Putting aside the historical meaning of torture-based cattle identification, "brand" is an entirely synthetic marketing concept developed by professional liars which deliberately separates meaningful things (products and companies) from each other.
A "brand" is essentially a substrate for growing lies, and every time a marketing droid uses the word God kills a kitten.
How anyone can trust a "brand" I have no idea.
Must this be hard?
I wonder whether CompSci might be easier to teach kids than software engineering or whatever, in the same way that F=ma is easier to teach than building a rocket.
I'd really rather see a physical Turing machine in the classroom than a Raspberry Pi.
This, for instance, is all kinds of cool....
Re: Frameworks make life more complicated without any real advantage - IMHO
tldr version: you're doing it wrong.
Spring is a large framework and provides many nooses with which to hang yourself.
Taking one small part of your rant, the ORM bit, there are several programming models for querying within Spring/Hibernate, including Criteria queries, HQL, pure native SQL, and a sort of HQL-SQL hybrid which allows you to use entity syntax within an SQL query. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses.
Looked it up on Wikipedia. Want.
Normalised homophobia is not a contemporary development
This is not a recent development.
Q: Are you a benny tied to a tree?
Y -> Hah! You're a benny!
N -> Hah! Benny on the loose!
British secondary school, circa 1980.
I must have missed the golden era of schoolboy tolerance and respect for diversity that Diane harks back to.
The Irish Revenue service requires Java
"ROS makes extensive use of Java applets in order to keep your data secure."
Oh, the irony.
Correlation != causation
....would turn Ghandi into a chair-throwing Ballmerite.
(in fairness I haven't used it for a few years, perhaps it's better now)
Re: Shame it doesn't work
It's a proof of concept, not a complete app. They haven't attempted to implement the whole of Facebook.
Whilst I don't buy into their central claim that HTML5 is currently in a fit state to supplant native apps (just check out the recommended Android version), it's nice that they've gone to all this trouble to crawl along the bleeding edge and document (albeit subjectively) their findings. The code is open to inspection, at least on the client side.
The login screen hung (infinite spinner) on the HTC One X we have here in the office, but worked fine on the older Moto Defy+. YMMV.
The bottom doesn't move because it's being held in place by spring tension, which is only released when the adjacent coils collapse.
Nice slo-mo though.
Unlabelled Y axis which doesn't start at zero.
Kill it with fire.
I don't understand the specific problem with patent trolls
If software patents were a socially/economically useful thing then companies which exist solely to fully exploit those patents could not be a bad thing.
To kill the software patent troll we must kill software patents. All of them. Or at least match the patent lifespan to the speed of technology development so that all obvious crap will permanently expire within a handful of years.
I don't buy the story pedaled by Google et al that they're just victims of a broken system forced to fight against their will.
Re: And still no overhaul of the patent system.
Re: "Low yield rate"
Whether it's "shameful" or not rather depends on how low is "low", no?
FWIW there are some environmental ratings for the finished product here:
"Low yield rate"
...is presumably manufacturing-speak for "we have to chuck most of them in the bin".
Can't be very environmentally sound. Out of sight...
Don't come crying...
...when you give birth to Magneto.
Waterboarding? Suicide missions?
I thought he leaked a load of low-grade junk that hundreds of thousands of people had access to?
Ho ho, very good.
I guess Raiders of the Lost Ark should now be retitled for YouTube "Ark Of The Covenant unboxing FAIL!".
Re: Agility requires robustness
My point was that the software engineering profession seems to have accepted that having a codebase that can be automatically proven to be no less broken than it was X days/weeks/months ago leads to a lower rate of defects AND greater development velocity, both initially and on a sustainable basis, therefore allowing the alpha finance types to trade, snort coke, shit on each others' desks or whatever else they do to earn their bonuses.
If there's some other approach that Excel hackers use to achieve the same pleasant outcomes, so be it.
Agility requires robustness
"Furthermore, the design and coding of a Java system is always significantly more involved than relatively simple Excel scripting"
Including the tests, right? You do have tests for your spreadsheet? Or do you prove it works by drinking Red Bull and thinking really hard?
...awaits the downvotes as a legion of Register spreadsheet programmers educate me about how to write unit tests for spreadsheets :-)
Apparently "The equipment costs $2.3 million with an annual operation cost, including depreciation, of $1.44 million". Based on 24x365 continuous operation, that's $164/hr.
Based on claimed speed of 75s per 300µm layer, I make that 69 hours to complete a full 1m-deep build, at the cost of $11-12k + markup.
You wouldn't want to balls up the 3D model.
'the verb "medal" (from the Olympics)'
Am I the only one to experience tightness of chest and breathing difficulty when reading that?
Getting that one in the dictionary would be a Big Ask.
Come back <blink>, all is forgiven.
If ever there was a use case for 100px red flashing text on a web page, this is it.
"Open source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products"
I stopped reading at that point.
...because terseness abuts godliness.
"Baumgartner presumably wants to see NASA's budget (and with it that of the ESA etc) diverted into renewable power subsidies or some such money-pit"
Wow, what incredible journalistic insight you have. Maybe you should ask him what he means rather than leaping straight on to your hobby-horse?
...AAPL closed at 666 the day before Steve popped his round-cornered clogs and it's been going to hell ever since.
"In the dead zone, the tropics would have been very wet but with almost nothing growing, no forest, only shrubs and ferns, no fish or marine reptiles, just shellfish and virtually no land animals."
I'm not surprised the land animals were all dead with nothing to eat but shellfish served at 50C.
The death of curiosity
"Then, a short while later, you get absolutely bombarded with these really obvious terrorists. People looking up how to make acetone peroxide (a high explosive so sensitive it explodes spontaneously), HMTD, gunpowder, ANFO and the like."
Back in the 1980s, whilst the IRA were busy creating havoc on the mainland, I was studying chemistry at school and attempting (badly) to make small quantities of gunpowder in my back garden. I remember buying the ingredients from my local chemist, in Brighton, the same town where the 'RA failed to blow up Thatcher a couple of years previously. No one batted an eyelid, because it was screamingly fucking obvious that I wasn't a terrorist.
Christ knows what would happen if kids tried that sort of stuff now.
Teh interwebz have just had it easier for spooks to be lazy. Why bother leaving your desk to develop human assets if you can underpay a bunch of geeks to write search engines for you?
Re: Sauce for the goose...
Down with Freemasons! Up with The Ancient Mystic Society of No Homers!
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?
- Review 'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth