* Posts by captain veg

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

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Oi, Xavier

Where's my fibre optic internet connection, eh?

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France says NON! to UberPop: New law to kill off amateur cabs

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Re: Paris in a taxi - never again

Paris taxi drivers are a variable lot. Some are good, some are frighteningly, dangersously bad. For the wheelchair, best to order from a company that specifically caters for disabled passengers, such as G7.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

I used to say that there are two types of sysadm -- fascists and incompetents -- and that it was tricky to chose which kind to wish for.

However, following a reorganisation of corporate IT a while ago I now realise that there is a third variety: incompetent fascists.

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bigots, xenopobes and paranoid control freaks

Don't forget fruitcakes, loons and closet racists.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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How about "go to a food bank for your baked beans", does that qualify?

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Re: hay man

You might then have a legitimate complaint against the Graun. In one of the linked articles it is clearly stated "public spending as a percentage of GDP [will] fall to its lowest level since the 1930s", and that was written by proper journalists that often write on economic matters.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/03/autumn-statement-2014-george-osborne-spending-cuts

I'm not sure, though, how many people would make this distinction between spending and consumption. The fact that Osbourne is having to stump up an additional pile of cash for (largely in-work) benefits may well be unwelcome and unexpected (to him), but it is a consequence of the same set of policies.

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hay man

I think it worth mentioning that the article was not written by any Guardian staff member. This was an invitation piece.

And in an article of over 700 words, Tim concentrates entirely on just ten. Yes, I understand that they are not literally true, but it's still a bit of a straw man. What about the rest? Do you deny that "[t]he Office for Budget Responsibility just reported that the level of public spending will be at second world war levels once this government has finished with its cuts."?

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: VB6 was the one of the best things MS made

Like most of the good stuff from Redmond, they bought it in.

http://www.cooper.com/alan/father_of_vb.html

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they should do the honorable thing...

... and open-source VB6.

OK, it's a bit late, but some of us still have a lot of (real) VB code to maintain, and no easy way to make it run well and look good on current versions of Windows. It is sobering to realise that when VB6 came out, Windows 98 was Microsoft's premier offering.

VB.NET and its successors are just C# with superficially VB-like syntax. Porting really is not that different from a total rewrite.

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Coming to Blackphone: An app store loaded with privacy tools

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Re: bending or folding

Shirly that's the iPhone 6?

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It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

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Portmanteau

Combination of "hole" and "whore"?

Dunno about "findling", though. The context would appear to require a verb.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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totally arse about face

Whisky should be served at room termperature and mixed with a little water. So this idea is a cluster-fail.

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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Re: Google translate?

The author clearly subscribes to the strangely common belief that all foreigners secretly speak English fluently, and only insist on practising their mother tongues in order to annoy Americans and Brits. It is of a piece with the assertion that France is a socialist country (it is actually deeply conservative; the current president is only the third of that persuasion out of nine since the war) and that House of Cards was created by Netflix, rather than the BBC.

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blatant propaganda

Got shares in Netflix,by any chance?

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

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Free facts

"Iliad’s Free offering cellular add-on purchases to customers for ridiculous prices, with deals going down to €2-a-month for cellular"

Nope. That's the price for the basic cellular package as a standalone product. If you are an ADSL/fibre subscriber, it is free gratis. The Free/Iliad model is to keep adding new services while keeping the price the same, rather than entering a price war.

"The device uses 802.11N WiFi, so it could follow down the precise same route as Free, offering Wi-Fi First handsets"

Again this strange assertion. I'm a customer, so I should know -- there is no WiFi access to the Free Mobile network. And they don't "offer" handsets at all. They will sell you one, if you like, but at retail price, and they are just bog standard unlocked devices.

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Re: when will they unchain WhatsApp?

Does it run on x86 Android? If so then spin up a virtual machine on the lappie.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Re: "a paragraph in my first chapter explaining why tiled windows were better"

> Apart from 'Microsoft don't know how to do the overlapping ones they promised two years earlier

They could and did do overlapping windows in Windows 1. That's what a drop-down menu is. What they chose not to do was overlapping top-level app windows, partly for fear of litigation from Cupertino and partly because they genuinely thought, backed by observation of novice user behaviour, that it was less confusing.

This belief later gave us the Metro UI. Someone hammer a stake through it, please.

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Re: I still have...

That book was single handedly responsible for my switching from C to VB in my day job!

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

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Birthplace of Microsoft^WBoeing

"Seattle is famous as the birthplace of Microsoft"

That would be Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Ooops

This is all true. What the author meant to says is "the absence of language features and classes make JavaScript projects hard to maintain for large teams of barely competent (but cheap) programmers who need protecting against themselves." We rockstar coders can continue writing framework-free uber-code using ed.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Straw man

Clearly everything he said is bollocks. The only people gaining additional privacy protection by turning on encryption in everyday internet services are their everyday users. Bad guys already know how to use secure channels. or can make them for themselves. Its hardly rocket science. So the real target must be everyday users. Us. Q.E.D.

Now fuck off and find some criminals.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Re: What about the VAT?

> That's it. It's value added tax because it's added to the value of the goods, not it's a tax on the added value. Jesus wept.

I care not for your deity's tears, and they don't change the fact that the government only receives nett tax on the value added. Sure, the retailer simply collects 20% but at each stage of supply (except the last one to the consumer) the recipient claims back the VAT that they paid to *their* supplier. So the final cut to Apple is more than 80% and the final cut to government is less than 20%.

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Re: What about the VAT?

Err, no indeed. The clue is in the name: VAT is a tax upon value added. Not retail price.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Sold

"When I took my seatbelt off, the Caterham 160 didn’t beep at me. I didn’t get electronically reprimanded when I got out and left the headlights on "

You just sold it to me.

Cars should *never* beep at you except possibly to warn that you are about to reverse into something solid. I don't want it to turn the wipers on for me, nor the headlights, nor apply the parking brake. I can do all of those thing just fine for myself, thanks. Better, in fact. I don't even want self-cancelling indicators. I can do that better than the car too. I'm the driver, godammit!

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Small point

"Sopwith was liquidated in 1920 and Ham was sold to British car maker Leyland Motors"

Leyland was mostly a lorry and bus maker until it merged with BMC in the 1960s.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Sinofsky

First the Ribbon, then Metro.

What a guy!

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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torque

"Engine friction can be reduced simply by changing the gearing it to run slower to produce more torque at lower rpm."

That is.... illogical, Captain.

Upping the gearing will indeed allow you to exploit the reduced weight and improved aerodynamics, but it won't change the torque curve of the engine one jot.

For urban driving, you can get much the same effect anyway just by changing up earlier.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Re: Pencils

> Also, we should outlaw talking without recording yourself for possible law enforcement use.

Especially talking furrin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Fact alert!

"In the world of inclined playing fields, little beats your TV licence fee going towards setting up an online store to compete with online stores that are not governmentally subsidised"

BBC Worldwide is a commercial organisation that is not supported by the licence fee. In fact it subsidises it.

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: Nice idea

> But I wouldn't want an x86 phone or tablet.

I would, if it meant that I could install my choice of OS on it.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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triply safe

"while you are at Starbucks, some hacker next to you will be able to post tweets in your Twitter account and read all your Gmail messages."

Never been in Starbucks, never had a Twitter account, don't use Gmail. Next!

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Nonsense.

> if you're (still) struggling with the ribbon interface there are free (as in beer) options at your disposal

Indeed. I use the Ubit add-in, without which my sanity would be in an even worse place.

http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/

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Re: Nonsense.

Bollocks!

> The Office toolbar / menu UI was broken

Yes, it was broken in a previous round of cheap UI gimmickry. Simply unbreaking it would have been the correct action, not wholesale replacement by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.

> It even supports the old menu shortcut keys.

No. It. Doesn't. I don't know how this myth ever gained traction. Almost none of the shortcuts I had ingrained into my fingers work post-2007.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

Not France, alas.

I quite regularly take the train from Paris to Toulouse. There is NO signal at all between the large towns, so you have about 5 minutes roughly every hour to get what communication you can done.

Free WiFi? No WiFi at all on the trains. Or in most of the stations.

On the other hand, a standard ticket costs 55 euros, and I have paid as little as 17 in advance.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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Re: And so...

If their samples are anything like those in MSDN, that would be a herculean task.

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Single biggest bug source

Copy/Paste. How many bugs would be avoided just by removing that functionality from code editors?

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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Re: Never a good idea..... @ PeterM42

"Usually it's essential if a company is not to produce only what the engineers deem fit and the bean counters will countenance.."

It's worked pretty well as a strategy for Daimler Benz.

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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der!

> If it's just a PDA, I wondered, why include a cellular chipset at all?

Same reason I tether my netbook and used to have a Vodafone Mobile Connect card in my portable. In fact the very reason for having a smartphone at all, rather than a disconnected PDA.

I have never wanted a mobile phone, only ever a wirelessly connected pocket sized computer. The ability to make calls as well is entirely incidental.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: Keep Scandinavian

That would be perfect so long as they:

1. Kill all the Blink-based abominations and restart at version 12.

2. Continue to support all the non-Windows platforms.

If they did that I wouldn't even mind Bing being the default search engine.

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Yahoo servers? SHELLSHOCKED? by Bash?

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Re: Lycos?

And WinZip? Why does the world need that? Windows Explorer can mount Zip archives since, I dunno, 2000?

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EU's super-commish for tech: Geo-blocks on cat vids, music – NOT FAIR

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Tog Gear

Possibly Pippin's outfits too.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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how about a GPL version?

Open Windows.

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RG

http://windowsreallygoodedition.com/

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: OK, it's very rare

> X pounds to deform, Y pounds to separate

Yes, but the aluminium frame means that the Adonis-phone takes a set in the stressed form.

Z pounds to snap it while trying to straighten it out again?

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Adonised

"adonised aluminium-wrapped phones "

So no longer the Jesus phone, but something more Greek god-like?

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Shark jumped

> "Sadly, after listening to hold music courtesy of Adele and Coldplay"

They really have lost it, haven't they?

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Same here

Not only that, but my N9 survived being chucked down a cobbled hill from my speeding bike (zip failure) with no visible damage whatsoever.

Aluminium case, eh? Like with the "digital interference" prone external antennae on the iPhone 4, this is what happens when you let designers do engineering.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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to be fair

Mr Fry's Graun piece is explicitly a profession of unconditional faith in the Jobsian heresy. It's just as embarassing as any other religious rant and self-invalidating as journalism.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: If i had a vote

Algerian independence: 1962.

EU created: 1993.

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Re: Shut up already

> Why doesn't everyone in the United Kingdom get a vote?

Possibly for the same reason that Dave's putative EU referendum won't be open to the French, Germans, Luxembourgers etc.

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