Feeds

* Posts by sabroni

1258 posts • joined 11 May 2007

IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: simply out of spite

Hardly. To push users towards the failing Windows 8 more like. Big corporations (Apple's ongoing litigation shenanigans excepted) tend to do things to make money. Do you think keeping XP going is going to make MS much cash? I don't.

0
0

Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Pick me!

I'm a love albatross!

1
0

Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: To summarize....

Like that, yeah?

0
0

Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

sabroni
Silver badge

Not bad, but I can't imagine them getting compensated enough to dent Apple's ardour for frivolous court cases. You do have to wonder how much this BS has cost Amazon.

We need some way to restrict companies like Apple from throwing their legal weight around safe in the knowledge that they can just go "oh, actually, don't bother" once the other party has spent a small fortune on lawyers.....

2
0
sabroni
Silver badge
Meh

Re: Hmmm

Just for balance, this wasn't about patents, it was about trade marks. Apple are still being unbalanced twats when it comes to patents...

4
1

Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Minimum wage

No, I think it's actually an attempt to make sure that working people have enough money to live on. It might not work, but I'm pretty sure that's what the intent is.

22
0

BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

sabroni
Silver badge
FAIL

BB that you can't battery pull?

BB10 better be a lot better than previous versions of BB os or that's going to become a paperweight pretty quickly....

0
0

Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: otherwise untouchable bloat

Do you mean the ad server code that generates a small amount of revenue for the developer of the app? If so my heart bleeds for you....

0
1
sabroni
Silver badge
WTF?

Wow.

If you're correct, and I have not reason to doubt you, that is truly pathetic. Paying lip service to security while allowing any old bollocks to claim to be a signed app. Giving the illusion of security is worse than no security.

1
1
sabroni
Silver badge

So effectively...

..you're saying that Apple's walled garden approach is the only way to be secure?

1
2
sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@Reda

What a badly constructed and ill thought out rant. The issue is that older Androids do not get updates. It's nothing to do with how stupid Apple customers are or whether Apple publish full lists of vulnerabilities and fixes. Apple do have issues with security. But they don't have problems pushing updates to devices. So bringing them into the argument only emphasises the fact that Android's update infrastructure is crap.

Well done!

12
2
sabroni
Silver badge
Meh

Re: How quickly the argument changes...

..from "our OS is super secure" to "that vulnerability is useless".....

5
4
sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Down

Downvoted!

That'll learn you to post a sensible and informative response....

1
3

Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: One-handed operation is key to Many buyers' needs

Wankers.

8
0

Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: It seized to exist in 1990.

Yeah, it's holding on, but only just!!!!

1
0

Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

sabroni
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Usual initial left wing diatribe from Dabbs

I think he did a fine job of shoe horning his politics into the story, it's not like the market has morals so he's perfectly correct in his "I can make money so I don't care" comparison with Goodwin. I notice you haven't attempted to counter his point at all, you just winge about the fact he's left wing.

If you don't like reading him, why not stop reading him? No reason to abandon the whole site though, his picture is at the top of his articles so he's easily avoided....

0
0

Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Hang on a sec

How is that any better than windows update? It don't always need a reboot, and it happens automagically if you configure it to...

But I'm not really clear on your answer. Are you saying it's never possible to update a running kernel, or that running a desktop makes updating a running kernel impossible? Or are you drawing a distinction between updating and upgrading? Or does a micro kernel (whatever that is) enable an update to the kernel (but not, presumably, to the microkernel.) Remember I don't use linux, speak slowly and clearly, I'm a windows user!

0
1
sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Hang on a sec

I thought updates that required reboots were a prime example of how Windows does things wrong and isn't written properly...?

1
4

ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: for legal reasons it wasn't actually published as an actual 'news' paper!

I remember it always having a "registered with the post office as a news paper" message on it somewhere. (Not sure why it registered with the post office, but surely I couldn't have made that up.....)

There was a time ("double decker found on moon") when it was actually quite funny, before it just became the cheapest and least graphic of the grot mags....

0
0

Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@dogged

Good rant! I pretty much agree, but at the same time I should point out that people (not engineers, but end users) find beautiful things easier to work with. Wish I could find a link to the article I read about this, basically there was a study where identical functionality was wrapped in an ugly gui and a beautiful gui and users found the attractive one much easier to use and were keener to use it again. They were also less likely to be put off when they couldn't find what they wanted straight away.

So while I agree that engineers just need utility I understand when an ugly interface puts them off...

3
1

Apple back in court as Shanghai firm takes offence at Siri

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: If anybody needed any proof

then they've had plenty since Apple started it's stupid "thermonuclear war" on Android. If you've only just noticed now because Apple are on the receiving end then your vision is a bit skewed.

3
0

Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: So HTML 5 has been ratified?

I think you'll find they call it "a living standard". So yeah, not ratified...

0
0
sabroni
Silver badge

useful APIs .... no longer portable

Not true. W3C standards are being developed for loads of apis to integrate with the browser. There's apis for sms, tcp, bluetooth, contacts, file store, database, light sensor, battery status, geolocation, device orientation and a load more. Presentation is where most cross device headaches are, not in getting access to the hardware.

Think about it from the point of view of a developer not a customer. Why write for one of iPhone / Android / WinPhone when you can target them all and more besides with one app?

The problem to my mind is making money. App stores allow developers to monetise very easily, how you achieve that with an easy to copy web app is a different matter....

1
0

Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

sabroni
Silver badge

@William Donelson

Sounds like healthy cynicism to me. You might want to read some non-apple articles. You'll find they're "envious" of everyone around here....

4
0

Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Why am I not swayed by this argument?

Is it because you never listen to any argument that could possibly paint MS in a positive light? Is it because it's you paraphrasing someone else's argument and fucking it up? Is it because you are a strange person who likes to end his posts with capitalised nonsense?

I don't know, to be honest it's difficult to work out what your motivation is. You seem to be some kind of reverse psychology advertising construct from microsoft, sent here to make people who don't use MS products look like nutters...

1
1

Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: They obviously want it

My industry sources (hem hem) lead me to believe that it is the big publishers that wanted this (DRM, no second hand sales), and that both Sony and MS had paid lip service to complying. Of course once Sony saw the shitstorm MS's announcement kicked up.....

8
0

Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Maybe, maybe not.

He says "buy a mediocre android". Shouldn't be tricky to find....

13
2

Fifty, fired and fretful: Three chaps stare down CAREER MORTALITY

sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Bottom line? Keep your fscking story straight

Agreed, jake could Smug for his country.

4
1

Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: patronising self-important arseholes is one of the joys of IT, right?

Patronising self-important arseholes are the backbone of the industry! Oh, did you meant "patronising" as a verb...?

6
0
sabroni
Silver badge

Re: DEC... and SONY

Yeah, they used to be cool (Gameboy advance, sp, micro and original ds all used the same charger) then they got greedy and now each new handheld needs a new charger (except the 3DS XL, which doesn't come with one!)

0
0

MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: why in God's name would anyone bother?

Because there's plenty of money to be made here? Even after tax? They made 18 billion in five years, they could lose a good chunk of that and it'd still be worth doing. It's all about the bottom line, they won't give up on 10bn just because they think it should be 18bn....

6
1
sabroni
Silver badge

Re: "pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:

Um, no. They lied to the committee by claiming they did their selling in Ireland but whistle blowers from their own company showed that they were selling in the UK.

25
7

STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: @sabroni Puzzled

If someone settles out of court because they are guilty they're not going to post about it on here if the whole point was to keep it quiet. Your story is an interesting example but it doesn't really shed any light on the goings on in this particular case.

In my original post I foolishly said they'd settled because they were guilty, which of course I don't know. By settling out of court they specifically kept it so we don't know and that leads to speculation. I think it's likely that they had something to hide (they have pleny of cash to spend on litigation and a public image to protect and it sounds like they would have made money by colluding illegally) but without evidence we're all left making guesses...

1
1
sabroni
Silver badge
WTF?

but i'm sure i saw an episode of The Practice or Boston Legal or similar

Sweet! Actually, I've watched Scooby Doo a few times and I think you'll find it was old Mr. Grainger, the caretaker. Yoinks!!!

1
0
sabroni
Silver badge
Happy

Re: pig-headed anti-corporate shill @TeeCee

I agree, it was supposed to be a witty, post-modern youtube-comment style putdown, not an actual mathematical proof....

0
0
sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: pig-headed anti-corporate shill

pig-headed anti-corporate shill > pig-headed corporate shill * 100

7
2
sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Puzzled

Ok Tom, if you're really 13 I guess you might think that they settled out of court because they were innocent. The reality is they settled because they thought they'd lose in court. They probably thought they'd lose in court because they had agreed to do something illegal. It might not be so, but that's the simplest reason....

It's not that freetards think settlements mean something they don't. it's you confusing "not found guilty in court" with "didn't do it". Those two things are very different.

12
1

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"

I'm typing this really slowly. I should be able to play a video game without the console watching me. That's too much to ask for?

1
0

Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: The alternative is having to write software from scratch for a single platform

No, the alternative is decent browser integration and web apps that work across devices and platforms.

0
0

NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

sabroni
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: There's no end to the confusion a fool causes in the world when he opens his mouth

or starts typing....

1
0
sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Oooh, can I play too!

It's spot the words that aren't in the article time!! hurrah!!

How about "relevant comment", "insight" and "tired, scratched old record"...

10
5

Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

sabroni
Silver badge

Re: Also a standard USB keyboard would also probably have worked just fine.

There's one usb slot. The install image is on a usb stick. When using a usb hub the boot drive doesn't work. So a standard usb keyboard didn't help. It's all in the article....

2
0

Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

sabroni
Silver badge
Unhappy

Ouch!

Downvoted for being able to count. Nasty...

0
0

Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline

sabroni
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: This is such a non-issue, I'm bored.

This is such a non-issue I can't even be bothered to post about it....

0
0
sabroni
Silver badge

Re: so many software companies are in it for the quick buck

And Google highlighting vulnerabilities in other people's software will surely be beneficial for Google. But they're playing a long game so a quick buck isn't what they're after. Putting the fox in charge of the hen house again....

(And it's "too many" not "to many")

0
2

How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

sabroni
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Perhaps a little research ?

yeah, maybe start by trawling through the internet to find the specific command line needed to extract the package and installl it?

3
1

Apple's two-factor security isn't as good as Microsoft or Google's, say experts

sabroni
Silver badge
Happy

Re: "Fanbois...

nuked, you've been posting here for nearly a year and only just noticed that apple users are referred to as fanbois?

ATTENTION FAIL!!!

7
0

Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out

sabroni
Silver badge
Happy

Did they really say..

..."shot across the bowl"? Better than one across the bowel I guess...

4
0