* Posts by Zane

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

Zane

Re: Ringtones

Very nice answer. Seems we have some WinMobe fans here that never used an Android or an iPhone. What can I say - my iPhone just works.

/Zane

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Zane

Re: Bovine Excrement.

What drug are you on?

All I see is frustrated WinMobe users - can't use that thing for anything. Smartphone? Boohaha...

/Zane

OK - I admit. I have even met 2 people that actually liked their Windows phone.

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

Zane

Re: Preloaded apps

First: you got the upvote. Because you are absolutely right, pen & paper is more productive than using Office products.

But then, however, it's not only better than using Office on a tablet, it's also better than using Office on a desktop.

/Zane

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

Zane

So much...

(money) for the stylish. Now can be also get a list of bags that are useful + nice?

/Zane

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Zane

Re: caused by human error and inattention

Well the fact that the software is written by humans is not that big issue... because the software for driving a car is rather simple. You'd be surprised, but there is not much in there on the algorithmic part.

The point why autonomous vehicles are better than humans is not that there is some clever software inside - one major reason is that they have better senses...eh sensors... and that their calculation is more accurate. Driving itself is basically keeping the steering wheel so it follows the road + avoid collisions with others.

/Zane

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

Zane

Yep - sometimes I will even send them a mail that their password policy is plain stupid. So far I never got an answer.

/Zane

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

Zane

Re: So blameMicrsoft because it doesn't innovate...

It is possible to design user interfaces that are intuitively usable.

The point is you need to put a lot of testing in it. Microsoft doesn't, that's why their user interfaces suck. They suck even if you have used them for ten years - just watch Windows fan bois using Word - takes them hours to get things done.

Steve Jobs did an amazing job designing a smartphone where you do not need to think while you use it. That's the reason why so many people are willing to spend money on it - using an iPhone is fun. I'm a developer, so I prefer to play around with Android as it gives so many possibilities. But when I'm on business trip, I use my iPhone - it just works.

/Zane

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Zane

Re: This is *NOT* how you do interfaces

Yep this will one of the very big problems of software systems in the future - there is a bunch of developers (developers! developers!) out there who do not know anything about how communication works.

I don't know how many examples I have seen: first they need to come up with their own protocol, or at least with their own version of a protocol. Then they will write some spaghetti code that works for a while - as long as bandwidth is not a problem. Then things get more complex, and at some point they start getting into problems with packet loss, bandwidth problems etc. Takes them a while to understand what the problem is (if they either get it at all), and then they will come up with often very weird solutions, which only will work by magic. In the best case, they will re-invent the wheel.

One of the examples, the company had a working product for years. Then suddenly, there was a real demand on the bandwidth. The first build of software could only cope with 5% of the traffic. They had some rather hectic months, but finally got it working. They proudly presented their solution to the rest of the company - it was a bit sliding window with size 2 (that was 20012, not 1953).

/Zane

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

Zane

Re: Keep on hating......

Hate Microsoft - why should we? They're a bit annoying, but in fact always good for a laugh. And it's pretty amazing that they can sell 15 year old technology as novelty on the market.

The thing is: we are not using Microsoft. Because we need to get our work done.

/Zane

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

Zane

What's the big deal?

I'm on systemd now for nearly two years - what can you say? Well, yes you need to get used to some stuff, so you should take your time, and read some documentation to understand how to start and stop services, and how to read logs. But then - it works.

/Zane

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Zane

Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

Which ones did you try?

Mint and Manjaro seem to be just fine.

Seems to be especially ok if you use them with KDE as dekstop.

And you might be surprised that they have features you would not dream of if you still use Windows.

/Zane

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Nena-bothering stats tempt Ericsson into Cleversafe's arms

Zane

Thanks for pointing out that "software" is in the english lyrics of Nena's song - no mentioning of software in the original German version (but Captain Kirk is mentioned instead).

You could be right that this is the first chart song that mentions software - at least I can't come up with another one. However. there must be a lot of songs in the 70s about software - for sure Kraftwerk used it in their songs. And what about Devo? At least they used "you must technology or technology uses you" as an advert, didn't they?

/Zane

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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

Zane

I feel safe

Two companies - MS and SAP - who have seen their best years - are still giving out the bullshit that tells us they have no idea where to go. I think that's good - no surprises to be expected.

/Zane

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

Zane

Say what you will about MS's products...

I would say their PR is in fact the only part of the company that is doing a good job.

/Zane

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

Zane

Re: A money burning exercise

Can you explain what is so great about VS?

Have you ever used a different IDE? I must say that some are really great, and I cannot think of one that is as old-fashioned and hard to use as VS.

/Zane

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

Zane

Biggest problem is the quality of the Apps

Yes. In fact the biggest problem of Microsoft is the quality of their products - and no light at the end of the tunnel.

/Zane

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

Zane

Re: Still too big

Yea right get rid of this crappy light-weight JSON - better to use XML, XSL, XSLT and then lots of SOAP. This way we'll be clean - and can simply ignore the REST.

/Zane

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

Zane

Re: For me

Hm - I agree that VB is nice and simple for... simple things.

I am not sure what you mean by "development" - but when I think of development, I am thinking of applications of 10,000 or 100,000 LoC, or bigger. Have ever tried things like that in VB? Have you ever seen a VB applications written by a team of 20 developers jointly?

All examples of "VB tools" I have seen were either really really simple, or they grew into a complexity that could not be handled with VB - in other words: they were dumped when they started to become useful.

/Zane

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

Zane

Yep - what is this guy really talking about....

Well, living in Germany and working here, I tend to claim that most of what William says will not be true at your work place. No, I don't think he's in NRW. My house is expensive, my car is not, my salary could be better (and would be in several places in the UK). And you can get Cadbury at Edeka here - but it's expensive as well.

So all William is saying might be true for some places in Germany, but I would not generalize too much of it.

/Zane

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

Zane

Missing the point...

Hm - seems you miss the point of the argument. What you are saying is exactly that: there is no machine that could produce these thoughts. Your post in fact proves Penrose to be correct.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Zane
FAIL

So how do you measure this?

"Microsoft's serious performance improvements in Windows 7"

I wonder where you get this from. Yes, Win7 is faster than XP. However, running Linux Manjaro on the same machine lets Win7 look like a snail. And whenever I switch from Mac to Windows, I have this feeling "oops, did the machine just freeze?". Response time of mouse and keyboard is lousy, and when doing things fast in Outlook, you will see the machine gets locked for periods of up to 60 seconds. I love the spinning mouse pointer 8^(

/Zane

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

Zane

Re: Average?

Are you really surprised?

Salary is low, quality is low. Seems to be a perfect match.

/Zane

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

Zane

Re: RE: And that is why mobile Windows is so shite - they want you to use Android

Ok - and so why is it that your colleagues laugh about people using phones that actually do what you want and where you can install apps you really need?

Yes I also know some people you have a WP - most hate it. The ones who like surprisingly have never had an Android or an iPhone.

/Zane

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Zane

Sorry for my gay colleagues - while most of them are nice, some of them will go on your nerves, especially when drunk. There was this one guy who just didn't stop - and I fact he did this stupid thing like hinting at his penis size (I told him too small for my taste...) like the guys in this article.

And in fact I have even been harassed by (drunk, elder) women - yep, I was a cutie long time ago...

but it happened more with males, and I also found it more unpleasant. But in the end all pretty harmless.

I am sorry to say - I don't like the feminist anti-man attitude, but it seems true: males will harass more often, and in fact they are more often those using force.

/Zane

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Zane

Re: This article's about the minority

Yep, you are right. It's a minority - and a damn stupid one... does any of this ever work on any girl?

While, besides, you might like to read this:

http://iangent.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-petrie-multiplier-why-attack-on.html

/Zane

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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

Zane

Read between the lines

I cannot speak for the whole of London, but I can say that I wrote a prototype for a time-criticial application for TfL, and my company took away the business from MS as we could show we were able to handle critical stuff MS couldn't. My impression is that MS cloud is for low bandwidth customers only. So I must admit that MS is at least clever enough to know this.

/Zane

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Zane

Ignorance on all sides

One of the things that really annoys me about this - of course these stupid rules "upper+lower case, digit, special symbol" do not yield a good password. Not at all. And there are lots of good passwords that are lower case only, eg. wcbhfeae (easy to remember, isn't it?) is not that bad.

Ranking passwords by these categories is completely senseless.

/Zane

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

Zane

Too bad...

"Didn’t that seem like a lot of money for what amounts to a few lines of HTML and a couple of server-side scripts?"

Too bad I wasn't there. Would have luved that.

/Zane

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

Zane

Re: Fire a few people?

Balmers' 'yes men' will stay for sure.

If you're clever, now is the time to leave MS.

/Zane

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

Zane

Re: Really

One thing where Microsoft is really successful,

is that they were able to make people think that their data is more safe with Microsoft than with Google or Apple.

A Microsoft "private" cloud? Just look how often your Windows likes to phone home.

/Zane

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

Zane

What's your point?

I like to take notes and put links to the emails related to the notes. I don't think you can do this in your ecosystem. I really use computers as tools to make me more efficient. You still use them as playstations.

/Zane

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

Zane

Not programmable

So do I get this right: it's not programmable, i.e. it's not a computer at all, it's just a machine that is optimized for some special problem? Than what is the problem that it solves so fast?

/Zane

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Zane

Re: Nope, Sorry!

C'mon.

My Google know her well 8^)

I think she was good in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus".

There are some really nice pictures of her on the net.

She proves that Brit girls are attractive.

You should be proud.

/Zane

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

Zane

So what's the name in other languages?

In German, people like to call it "Schweinegatter" (pig fence), for obvious reasons.

When I was small, I was taught it is the number sign - as apparently Brits wrote #1, #2, ... meaning number one, number two,...

I always though it was called "pound sign", as it was used for British pound on typewriters that didn't have a pound sign, due to the fact it was at the same position. Well, I learned typewriting on a machine with the pound sign, which I think was however rather unusual in Germany.

Then I know people who call it "railroad crossing", I guess for obvious reasons as well.

Why it's called a hash, I have no idea. Then people call associative arrays hashes, which is confusing the specification with the implementation. So I guess people like to use the word hash when they don't know what they are talking about.

Yep, it then it seems a lot of people call it sharp, that's why C# is pronounced C-sharp, isn't it?

/Zane

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

Zane

Re: Deep integration of Twaddle @ Terry 6

Yep, invaildates warranty. However, a rooted phone can normally be brought back to its original state, so hard to prove you've rooted it.

Main problem with the stuff is that they are very different levels of complexity. Some phones can be unrooted with one-click solution, others need much more work. Find your phone+provider on the net, for most flavors you get tons of how-to's. Take your time to read them - it pays out!

/Zane

who has rooted a Galaxy 2S with T-Mobile Branding and 2.3 Kernel (I'd claim it doesn't get harder).

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Re: Deep integration of Twaddle

That has nothing today with your Android - it's your bloody provider who is the reason (or the manufacturer, or both).

Get your phone rooted. Don't cry about living in a cage when the door's wide open.

/Zane

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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So women deserve higher pay

I did not think about it before, but now it has become clear that women are just more expensive than men due to geometrical reasons. I'm so sorry for having had silly ideas about the reasons before - now I understand the poor creatures just can't do anything about it.

So consequently, women need higher pay than men.

/Zane

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Zane

Good point

Very good point here.

I am not so worried about Google having my data, but then there are some plans that online access to government services is only available through a special government account, that needs to be verified blah blah. Whatever they say, what they want is control. I don't need that.

With the industry, there normally is an opt-out, and mostly its anyway an opt-in. Not scary. You should just be aware what you are giving away. Do you get money for value?

Biggest problem is: politicians have already started diversionary tactics to make the people believe Google (or whoever) is the enemy. I know too many people who believe that politcians are really here to make this a better place, so they don't get what's going on.

/Zane

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Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

Zane

Re: 9 Billion

The talk about "subscribers". So it's the number of subscriptions, not the number of users. Does not say anything about the terminal.

So basically it's the number of SIM cards. And for the backbone, it doesn't matter if you use a mobile or a tablet. They make profit on your usage in both cases.

/Zane

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Zane

> Red goes to red + amber

Not everywhere.

> You certainly don't wait for green to begin gear selection, or if you do, then please refer yourself to your nearest driving school for some further tuition.

Never heard that you must not wait for green.

But it looks like you have never been in second row before the traffic light.

There are quite some drivers who will need more than one second.

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Zane

Re: Sorry to say...

Oliver,

you have no idea how precise these platoon maneuvers can be. They can be done literally without any safety gap.

You will never see a human doing this. Not even on a German autobahn. Not even if the driver is completely.

But you might be right - maybe we'll get used to it.

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Zane

Re: These cars need a human level AI....on the contrary

You'd be surprised how bad the "human level AI" compares to some rather simple algorithms

for coping with the situations you mention.

Humans are not very good at driving cars.

Two simple examples:

- parking: normally, in about 30% of the cases where the car would have fit into the parking lot, the driver is too afraid it won't or thinks it will be too complicated, or just doesn't have a good 3dimensional view of the situation to get it done. The algorithms to get a car into every parking lot if it fits is pretty simple - I worked with guys who have written this kind of software, it works amazingly well.

- breaking: a lot of accidents happen because drivers are too shy to break hard enough. In fact, if you have moderately modern car, there is already a lot of software involved when you break, which will make sure that the car really stops and does not break out. Software is very good at breaking your car hard enough so it does not touch anything.

/Zane

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Zane
FAIL

Sorry to say...

...but you have no idea what you are talking about.

Is this a serious article, or did I miss the irony tags?

This article is so full of silly assumptions, it's the worst thing I've ever read on El Reg.

The authors have not the least idea how automatic driving works. And for theircounter arguments

they use scenarios which are stupid.

Do you really believe that the first (human) at a traffic light

always starts within less then a second after the light becomes green?

Do you even understand that everyone in the row adds to the delay when crossing the traffic light?

Just one example that is plain silly.

Automatic driving works pretty well - and it has done so for quite a time. Most things a machine can do better than a human, but it seems you want to tell me that you can cut anything better than a laser beam will.

The real problem with automatic driving will be with laws (who's in charge when an automatic car causes an accident?) and with human psychology (ever seen a car being added to a platoon at 120 mph? Looks pretty dangerous).

/Zane

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

Zane

Yeah where are they?

It's funny with all this stuff - even with Xboxes, I know far more people with whatever non-XBox play stations than people with XBoxes (but, yes they do exist).

I know one person who owned a Zune (when still working at Microsoft 8^)

A know three people with a Windows Mobile: 2 got it from the employer, and as they are using it for email and calls only, they have not even noticed it sucks - one really bought it for himself. Well, the first time he called me we had to switch to the fixed phones (true. really really true. I laughed my ass of for the rest of the day... "Was that your Windows mobile? What was going on?"- " Err I don't know, but now, after a reboot, it works normal again")

I haven't seen anyone with a Surface yet. I know someone who knows someone who has a Surface, and he says it looks cool.

So where are all these people buying MS devices like mad? Just afraid to show the devices in public because they are so uncool?

/Zane

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Zane

Re: how does this compare to phones from a few years ago?

At least for me that's easy:

- no automatic brightness

- takes 20 secs to look up a contact

- music player WIP

That sucks, compared to my SGII.

I'll have another Android, not sure if it will be a Samsung or a Motorola.

/Zane

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Zane
Happy

Re: A couple of problems with this

The guy was talking about CEO's - and you are apparently not one of them.

/Zane

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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

Zane
FAIL

Re: The trick, Saunders said, is that these days,

While QNX is quite impressive, iOS is not lightyears away from it.

In fact, QNX in a device would have been a reason for me to buy the device.

That is - was a good reason until now.

/Zane

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

Zane

And so?

"the division works on long-term ideas that take a while to feed into products"

good to see that El Reg knows quite something about MS Research 8^)

Wonder if anyone has a number how much of the MS Research ideas ever made it into a product.

Should be a small number.

Research labs are not about driving product innovation - they're here to file patents.

/Zane

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

Zane

Re: Lots of great info... But...

I'd really like to know which 25 markets you are speaking of.

Maybe you should read The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/29/microsoft_nokia/

Windows Phone is starting losing on the US market - that's quite an indicator they will lose in most other Western markets as well, the US is just a little ahead.

And even if Windows Phone increases market share, there's quite a way to go in some markets.

/Zane

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Job for IT generalist ...

Zane

Re: RE: 75 month CIO

No, this guy is just a good engineer.

He used months as unit when talking about the other CIOs. Months is a good choice here, as it was less than a year, but much more than several weeks.

He then re-used the unit when talking about himself. Makes it easier to compare when you use the same unit.

He could've used weeks or days instead. That would look like nitpicking, wouldn't it?

/Zane

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