* Posts by James 51

1467 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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I have used 8 and 8.1 without a touchscreen and DOS was less opaque and frustrating (and bloody stupid by design).

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My PC doesn't have a touch screen and I don't have a microphone either. How is it going to cope on low/mid level powered systems without those features.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Won't help spreadsheets or word processing much but think about OO code displayed in three dimentions. You could view the structure of the relationship and when you open up a class nested code could be indented in three dimentions. It would be tricky to get the GUI right but it has potential.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: Maemo

Where's my N901 with mameo and preview camera?

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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How would this interact with using bulbs to transmit data?

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Any idea of their size? If they're Pluto sized or smaller then they'll be planatoids/dwarf planets.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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No off line back ups? Hope the admin is taking this opportunity to make a few sharp points (assuming that he doesn't have to fall on one).

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Samsung and BlackBerry: Coming together? Not at this price

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Always thought a lot of this kind of speculation is stoked by people who sell reports or would make money in fees if it was even considered or went ahead.

It's also difficult to see samsung taking on BB10 on top of all the other OS they currently support.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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In the long term yes but in the next ten years/the next generation of rockets will the extra mass that will go into what goes up and goes down again cost more in payload capicity, maintance and reliability that (presumably) simpler single use engines? It's cool and I hope it works sooner rather than later but I wonder if it would be better to put this into the next generation of SpaceX rockets.

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Good luck to them. Not sure how much practical benefit there is over a splash down landing in the short to medium term but it's nice to see someone try something new.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: Inkpad

Calibre is free and does a good job of converting between mobi and epub.

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Re: Inkpad

My prs-t3 does a good job on pdfs. Screen is reasonable though the cover with the light is both fragile and expensive .

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BlackBerry: Internet of Things! Smartwatches! Anything but the sound of a flushing toilet

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Re: QNX may be one of the better systems in the closed source embedded market...

Ah yes, the four sprung duck technique but that applies to QNX as well as FOSS. FOSS is ideologically purer but many companies will still choose to pay for support or go with closed software to lessen the burden of bringing products to market and keeping them there.

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I remember reading the Java licence and it said something like it shouldn't be used in critical situations like a nuclear power plant or submarine. The advantage QNX has is that it's built to be reliable and efficient from the ground up.

Nokia, you mean that now profitable company with the excellent offline map software?

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Netflix famously tried this once. Researchers were able to determine the sexuality of a lady whom they were able to identify despite the data being 'anonymous'. Let's not forget this isn't to improve your health. It will be used to push up insurance premiums, deny people jobs (the building industry ran a black list for years based on willingness to stand up for your rights so it's easy to see that spreading. Hmmm he had cancer and it has a 20 percentage chance of coming back, let's got for the other guy). Targeted advertising to from companies that hide the full picture about their drugs or don't have to prove the help in the case of implants. There are scenarios were sharing the data done properly would be a good thing but this is nothing like one of those scenarios.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Thanks.

Yea, ours gets called the iSeries as well. These things hang around so long even if the name of the thing changed the people looking after them keep calling them the same thing. Just glad I'm not at the COBOL/JCL level anymore.

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It sounds like there might actually be a business case for moving to an AS400. That expense claim thing is a mistake I hope. If not, wow. Just wow and what the hell!?!

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Re: Not even a little schmoke...

Bit of effort and you could turn Amish Paradise into a protest song.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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My post seems to have been eaten by gremlins so second time's a charm.

The problem with quoting spending by GDP without mentioning the absolute amount spent or average spending for patient/procedure is that a place that is twice as rich could spend half the amount of GDP on something but still be spending the same absolute amount. I doubt that Singapore is twice as rich as the UK but it would be interesting to have that information too.

Edit: If labour and drugs cost half the amount in Singapore that would account for a lot too.

And as someone else has touched upon, the smaller size of the system probably makes it easier to mange. It would be interesting to know what the writer thinks of the reorganisations of the NHS and the desired v actual impact.

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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Without this context your post seemed to be indicating that 51 percent of the UK would vote to leave. I am sure that there are a lot of people all over the EU would like to leave if only so they have fewer people asking what goes on in their jails and their courts and asks them to explain how all that nasty 'by-product' ended up in that river.

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Once again the EU is trying to protect us from our own government. Wonder what Farage thinks of that.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Silly Question #1

Beat me too it. Unless the people they spying on are the ones who would be handing the info over.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

Re: silverlight there is a kludge out there to get it to run on firefox. It's how I watch prime on ubuntu. Does tend to crash the plug in if you leave it paused for a while though.

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'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

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Re: "Plenty of alternatives are available"

What about duckduckgo?

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I remember some time ago hearing about Google creating profiles of people who appeared in the contacts of people who had Gmail accounts but did not have one themselves. Remember, Google is selling you to advertisers and their approach seems to be to avoid taking responsibility rather than asking for permissions before hand.

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BYOD: How to keep your data safe on their mobile devices

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Was going to ask why the iOS/Android focus when BlackBerry literally builds these features in as key selling point but I guess the weakness is convincing employees to pay and use the best tool for the job (combining work and personal phone on single device).

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

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Re: "It's time to recognize the internet as a basic human right," he said.

Wow. Way to farm the down votes.

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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So, we’re going to have a space elevator within a decade then?

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: Yes !!!!!

"in an effort to clear out the negative IT staff who generally start the conversation with "it can't be done"."

The missing part at the end of that sentence is 'for the price you want it at.'

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Re: Yes !!!!!

Yes, antagonise the person who controls your appraisal which determines your pay rise (ha) and possibility of promotion. It only takes a ‘doesn’t give his all’ or ‘unhelp and obstructive’ to put the brakes on your career. You’d be right if all managers were professional but a lot, far too many obviously are not.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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hmm use my personal phone for business because they're too cheap to provide me with one? In that case I have a lovely nokia 100. Email? umm sure, I've heard of it.

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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Re: "Mommie, Can We Play Obombie Truth Origami"

I always thought the bigger insects were due to higher levels of oxygen.

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Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016

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Re: pah peanuts

Don't normally feed the trolls but I would like to know how encouring OAPs to use buses has lead to the closure of numerous routes and bus companies.

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If a minister had to start his weekly interview on newsnight with 'We're having to waste £x million this year on legacy contracts with X, Y and Z' I wonder how much longer that would continue.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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There has been this faux outrage since GTA 2. Doesn't seem to do the games sales any harm. Kids shouldn't be playing it any more than they should be watching an 18 movie.

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Oh dear, traders: Banker bosses are monitoring your smoke breaks

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Re: To Paraphrase Revd Niemoller

No doubt they will but when thinking is a big part of your job how do you tell when someone is snoozing or trying to work something out on good old pen and paper (unless you have to log your thinking time but I am sure people will always tell the truth when doing that).

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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It is anything more than a Pi in a big case?

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FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

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It was catwoman.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

Yea, but if they using the same operator or you could make calls to anyone in the EU like it was a national call... Will probably happen sooner or later with the single market. One of the nice benefits.

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

Only problem is that then you'll count as roaming in the UK. If there was a truely European operator this could be less of an issue.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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The Pebble is certainly the only wearable I've considered and it works with Blackberry.

The sony e-ink screen watch looks interesting but seems to be a limited run experiment.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Temptation

Good point. If only they could think to write it down. Might make an interesting start to next brain storming meeting.

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Re: Temptation

Perhaps but eatting the apple is suppose to have endowed him with the ability to tell right from wrong. Booze seems to have the opposite effect.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

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Re: WinTel gettting back in the ring

My secondary school still used a BBC Micro during chemistry lessons as they had a range of programs that went with the sensors they had. Have the googleboxes the ability to be hooked up to sensors, store data for over twenty years and still be working? Plus we did our programming on 286's running DOS 3.3 . *sigh* The days before PHB.

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Re: Why am I thinking the school budgeteers will pick door #3?

And use webcams to take photos of kids in their bedrooms:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/19/school_laptop_spy_row/

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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I am sure that if Google wanted to stick with ARM they could find another supplier or come up with a chip themselves.

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

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All sony movies will be shot on ceulliod from now on.

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So, how long before the movie of this comes out?

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

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Re: Another reason for Netflix Difficulty

You've over looked the possibility that it's designed to prevent internationally owned stations buying material from related companies and not showing anything local. It is to prop up the industry in France but the qualify of their tat tends to be a bit higher that UK/US tat of a similar variety. Still a lot to filter out to get to it but that's true everywhere.

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Re: "France has one of the highest levels of VoD consumption per head in the world"

A large amount of TV in France is unfortunately stuff like CIS that has been badily dubbed. There are a few shows like the Spirals and The Returned are well worth a look. The Tunnel isn't bad but The Bridge is better.

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