2030 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
Re: Technology for technology's sake
Tories == increased paper work?
Think you are mixing up your political parties. The explosion in metrics, measurement and bureaucracy happened when Labour started spending increasingly insane amounts on the NHS. Labour wanted numbers to beat the opposition with, with league tables for everything to demonstrate how much more their spending was doing. Everything must have a KPI.
This, combined with the introduction of hundreds of PCTs, is what has increased the bureaucracy from that of the early 90s. Even Labour thought that many PCTs was wasteful, they halved them in 2005..
EA fucked by consumers
It's one of those endearingly backwards headlines, like "Man bites dog".
My favourite bit in Spiceworld is when the girls get to the Albert Hall and run up the steps to the Rocky theme, it's so emotional it really cracks me up.
Re: "All Aplle had to do was just put on some various strokes and an uncopyrighted face"
I very much doubt this was "We're Apple, we can do whatever we want". If you've ever worked with anyone from marketing, they really don't get anything other than "ooh look, pretties". They made some comps using this image, showed it to someone higher up in marketing who just looooved it, and then it went on from there. It is marketing 101 behaviour.
Re: What I never got
Standards patents are often valuable solely because they are part of a standard, which is why FRAND pools were invented.
Re: And like Spotify, new sign-ups need a Facebook account.
Me too. Spotify stopped working under Wine when they added 'social' features; I think Wine has a taste filter that prevents it from running.
Re: Not buying it
The only "wow" factor any phone or tablet had was that it was a powerful computer that I can sit in my pocket and use for an entire day without looking for a power brick.
That happened with the original smartphones, the latest technologies added slightly more speed so everything happened a bit quicker, but there hasn't been a 'wow' since then.
I can talk to my phone, and it understands? No shit, it's a computer. I can do turn by turn navigation on it? No shit, it's a computer.
I'm struggling to understand what people were expecting these newer devices to do. They're simply better/newer/smaller/larger/cheaper versions of what we already have. Expecting this to change everything (again) is simply hype and nonsense.
Re: First question
In most situations can't tell a difference between HD & SD unless I am looking for it.
Really really? Its as obvious as the nose on my face when I'm watching SD and when I'm watching HD..
Re: 4k Monitors
4k aint there yet, but there are plenty of cheap 2560x1440 panels around, and for not much more, 2560x1600.
Eg, DGM IPS-2701 is £300, Hazro HZ27WB £315, Dell UltraSharp U2713HM £480, Samsung S27A850D £475, yadda yadda. (all +VAT)
Re: I'm confused...
I don't think that's weird. I play FPS on the same few servers, and know - approximately - the route from me to them. If one day I'm playing on that server, and my ping is 50 ms higher than it usually is, I would fire off a traceroute to see wtf is going on, and would notice 3 extra hops that weren't there before.
…publishers that sell "premium digital content that's superior to the free alternatives"
Murphy, who joined HP in April 2011 months after resigning from his position as UK chief at HDS
Wow, normally I only leave it a few weeks between jobs, this guy took 167½ years off.
$3499 (£2172), which is $1199 for the 2.5GHz, 4GB MacBook Pro and $973 for parts and assembly
3499 != 1199 + 973
2172 == 1199 + 973
$2172 = £1348
EQ is a similar measurement to IQ, which measures emotional rather than intellectual development. You can have a high IQ and a low EQ, meaning that you are smart, but a total twat.
I think this guy meant IQ though.
It's not even close to the same principle:
GCC compiles C++ straight to object code.
Debugging C++ using GDB or similar does not have you examining some generated C code, you step through C++ statements.
Python does not 'generate intermediary C code', it generates python bytecode which runs on a singly specified C python interpreter.
clang++ does translate C++ to C prior to compiling it to object code, but it translates it to only be compiled by clang - it does not generate C which it expects icc, gcc or bcc to compile.
A frontend generating code to be used by it's coupled backend == good, a frontend generating code to be used by unrelated backends that do not strictly conform to any standards == bad. Do you need diagrams, or have you got it yet?
And yes, it is a real fucking pain in the arse when you write valid python code, run it on the python interpreter, and end up having to debug the python interpreter. Fortunately, this almost never happens, since the bytecode compiler and the interpreter are tightly coupled. which they aren't in TypeScript.
Utter tosh. You can develop class based JS applications perfectly fine in JS right now, no external tools required.
I'll pass on your ad hominem quips; I develop daily in C, C++ and Python, thankfully haven't had to use anything Java related in 12 years.
* However, when the language compiled to is only used as an intermediate, and immediately re-compiled against a single backend, this is an exceptionally good pattern. For instance, clang++ will first translate C++ into C, which is then immediately compiled into object code.
"Tech savvy Linux users" and "Ubuntu".
Re: I have gone to Mint KDE
Am I alone in thinking the unity desktop looks aweful with or without Amazon.
Do you mean "appalling; terrible" or "inspiring awe; profoundly impressive"?
What happened to Low Earth Orbit broadband?
Also what happened to WiMax?
Let's face it, the UK is corrupt and there will never be competition beyond Virgin and BT Wholesale.
Bat-shit insane non sequitur.
TBH, Colchester has never looked so good.
Re: It's not too bad
Well, you would be wrong. It happens to me every day, queuing up in Eat behind people paying for stuff with card - contactless or otherwise. It's miles slower than cash.
Cash: Here's a fiver, here's your change, I'm gone.
Card: Tap it where? Oh, ok. Wait, that one didn't work, try again. Its authorizing... Ok.
Cash is always negotiable, has no barrier to acceptance, and is accepted worldwide.
Re: It's not too bad
All of these payment options take longer than giving the guy a fiver. They have machines now you can go up to, stick your card in and get cash instantly, and you can get enough of it in one go that you can give it to other people in return for services for several days.
Works for me. Plus, no-one is analysing what you spend your cash on.
Re: EU should look into others
No, Apple do not have a monopoly on tablets. A monopoly would mean that you could not easily go out and buy a non Apple tablet, which is clearly nonsense.
Re: EU should look into others
Surely that has to be even more anti competitive?
So the fuck what? Apple do not have a monopoly on phones, they don't even have a monopoly on smart phones, and they particularly don't have a monopoly on PCs. Anti-competitive behaviour is only disallowed when you use your monopoly position to provide it.
A company only allowing the OS that it made to be sold with hardware that it also made is not monopolistic, nor is it anti-competitive.
I'm just waiting to see how the EU deals with Windows RT not even allowing other browsers at all. Ha, should be funny.
Well, guess what? They will do nothing about it, due to, y'know, no monopoly in tablets. It's quite straightforward, if you aren't clueless.
Re: Actually, for once...
In theory, in the UK, this could get me sued for libel, as unlike in the US, the truth is not an absolute defence against libel
I'd return your law degree, fair comment has always been a defence in the UK against both libel and slander, along with justification and privilege. What you said about Nick Clegg was both justified and fair comment.
Re: External storage
I doubt HP get away with a 40%+ mark up these days. Ditto Lenovo, Dell etc.
Dell's prices are public record, go buy a Dell branded hard disk.
Re: Demonstrations or Riots -- AC 08:51 GMT
What a 'riot' is under the law is irrelevant here, unless you are charging someone with a crime. Here, the word used was 'riot', and here is the context:
a hundred people who were arrested during the tuition-fee riots
We are not being asked to judge whether the people where rioters, only if a riot was taking place. Thus, we are not bound by legal definitions of a riot, and are simply bound by the meaning of the word riot - which does not reference any laws or statutes.
A wiktionary definition, which is all I can be arsed to look up, says Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.. As an observer of the scenes in question, I would personally qualify what has happened as a riot.
The legal definition of a riot is only pertinent if you intend to take action under the law (reading the riot act, so to speak).
Re: An ode to down votes
I've up voted your down vote :)
An ode to down votes
Down-votes actually engender more conversation (and hence posts/views) than up-votes. Up-votes avoid boring "+1" or "Me too" posts, but down-votes often come with a vitriolic response explaining precisely how and why you are completely stupid - AND SO IT BEGINS.
Most discussions about the iphone would normally peter out after 2 or 3 posts, but someone is guaranteed to post something like "lol Samsung smokes cock", which magically grants life to the thread. Down-votes are like deep sea black smokers, bringing life into a desolate landscape.
I hope the former, given track records of Heads not grasping when HP is a rip-off:
Liz Steel, former head of Glemsford Primary School in Suffolk, was one of the victims of mis-selling firms. Her school was left owing more than £500,000 for 125 laptops.
She said: "When the auditor came in, supposedly to count the equipment, he just sat down and told us that it was a colossal scam. And it was like my world had just fallen apart."
Ms Steel had signed the deal after being told the school could lease as many laptops as necessary and, because of corporate sponsorship, would not have to pay for them.
( source )
The key ingredient in every scam is a stupid mark who thinks they can get something for less than it is worth, and believe anything as long as they think it will lead to that fairytale.
Re: Where the hell is it?
In the article it says it was a Samsung branded store, which I think was outside on the street, 'ground floor' level (really first floor), next to M&S.
Re: Another Olympic leech goes down..
As a resident of Stratford - present throughout the games - I can assure you that the modern Olympics are solely about money, and only corporate money at that. To get to the Olympic Park, you have to walk right through the Temple of Mammon at Westfield and give sacrifices to the great god.
All foot traffic was routed to keep those offered to Mammon within the constraints of Westfield and the Olympic Park, so almost no-one who went to 'Stratford' to see the Olympics even crossed the road into Stratford proper.
The Temple itself is a wonderful creation - all the shops you ever wanted to go to, but with only half the space to have the stuff you actually wanted. There is a Borders, but it is tiny compared to other Borders outside of Westfield. Ditto HMV, PC World, M&S, John Lewis, Waitrose (calling that a Waitrose is a joke). I imagine space in the Temple is at a premium, and comes at a premium cost, which is passed on to us in terms of lack of choice and higher prices.
Having said all that, Micro Anvika is a company preparing to go bust. They were the Kings of Tottenham Court Road, selling last years remaindered kit at next years prices to anyone they could tempt.
They don't sell anything you can't get elsewhere - like the PC World store 100 yards away in Westfield - or online for cheaper, so I'm not surprised they didn't sell much during the Olympics. Plus, the place is ridiculously situated to buy high value large items - most MA employees I saw around Westfield were about a quarter of a mile away, standing by a customer, his kids and his new Samsung TV waiting for his wife to find her way there to pick the damn thing up.
I haven't seen an actual paper ticket inside London in over 10 years, except for the occasional tourist.
How bizarre, I've seen thousands of people using paper tickets in London. If you buy a rail travelcard, you currently cannot put this on Oyster. If your travelcard includes tube travel, then this is a paper ticket you have to put in and take out of every ticket gate you pass through,
If your travelcard is an annual purchase (usually on a company loan), this means putting a paper ticket through at least 880 ticket machines (4 a day, 220 work days). The ticket will normally give out after about 100 passes through, and be no longer machine readable, and you have to go to the train station, queue up to talk to the man and get another one.
Masses of people working in the city have tickets like this. I spend as little time as possible on the tube, but get on or off anywhere City and you are guaranteed to see a paper ticket used.
'accept' - to receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
'except' - to exclude; to specify as being an exception
Re: I've only once queued up at a shop before opening time to buy an item of limited quantity..
You used your real name on IRC?
One wonders why you don't get quite the same level of piss take at similar events for Xbox, PS3, even some games...
Re: Just Pissed
I am pissed at Apple for having me upload ios6 to my iPhone 4s and then lose google maps
Apple mind controlled you into installing the update did they?
He was on the board then because Apple and Google were best friends back then, with Google not interfering in anything Apple did. Apple launched a phone, then shortly afterwards Google bought a phone OS in development, secretly developed a phone and launched it. At this point, Google and Apple stopped being friends, and became frenemies.
Now, even the veneer of friendship that is the frenemy has gone, they flat out don't like each other now, no hiding it.
Re: well.. a 100Million years from now..
A porn cache is a subset of porn from your porn stash that you keep on hand for low latency access.
This piece is missing the other important detail that whilst this longevity has been documented in a group of castrated Korean monks, there have been many studies on castrati, which document no longevity benefits to losing your scratchings.
Castrati lived fairly normal lives to any other singer - hence there is a comparable control group -whilst Korean monks inhabited a different sector of society to regular workers.
Asay is a Gooner
Now everything makes sense.
Re: It's impressive
Agreed, but many probably forget (or don't even know) that Apple's iOS is based on BSD.
That is because it's not. It reuses certain components from BSD (specifically FreeBSD), but the OS is not and never has been based on BSD.
As an example, one of the things that is reused is part of the network stack. All versions of Windows also re-use the same parts of the same network stack, is Windows based on BSD?
Re: Language, language!
We give "the Earth" a definite article because 'earth' is a word with many meanings, and so in a sentence the definite article is required to impart the gravitas - there is earth everywhere, but of the Earth, there is only one.
This isn't required with Mars - there is only one Mars (unless you got a Mars Duo) - so it is fine to say "The rover drove across Mars".
You wouldn't say "The rover drove across the London" or "The rover drove across the France". You would say "The rover drove across the UK" because 'UK' is a plural collection, but you wouldn't say "The rover drove across the England".
You get better luminosity information per bit with greyscale than you do with colour, which is why all photos from Curiosity are greyscale, apart from the ones from MAHLI, which is intended to only be used in specialised scenarios where colour is important.
I'm not sure the "bad for the author" thing holds up though does it, wouldn't an author get paid per book sold, a fixed bit of cash worked out in advance "we'll pay you £1 for the first 100k books then 50p for each book sold up to 250k and then 10p per book after 500k" for instance?
Not if Amazon are setting the prices, in which case they are free to discount the
This quote from a publisher:
When ebooks started, we were pricing ebooks at the same price as the print book, and Amazon was selling them all for $9.99. So they were losing like $3-$4 per book. And they weren’t doing it simply to move Kindles, since they don’t actually make any money on the Kindle unit sales. Now with the “agency model” we get to set the ebook price and Amazon simply takes 30% of that. source
The agency model is the one that Apple et al are getting sued for. Before the agency model came along, Amazon bought ebooks wholesale, and sold them as a loss leader:
So for instance, for a new e-book, let's say the list price was around $24.99. Amazon paid publishers $12.50 per copy, but then turned around and sold the e-book for $9.99. They took a loss on e-book copies to help sell Kindles and to build a huge early lead in the e-book market.
Take that $24.99 list price. Let's say the e-book would have sold for $9.99 at Amazon in the old days but now the publisher charges the consumer $12.99:
Wholesale model e-book:
Publisher: $12.50 (roughly 50 percent of $24.99 hardcover retail price)
Amazon: - $2.50 (selling at $9.99)
Agency model e-book:
Publisher: $9.09 (70 percent of $12.99)
E-bookseller: $3.90 (30 percent of $12.99)
This wasn't a story of money-grubbing publishers trying to stick it to consumers. They actually left money on the table.
The result: The e-book marketplace competition that publishers wanted began to take place. Rather than competing on price, e-book sellers like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and others have, up until now, mainly been competing on user experience. source
Amazon subsidize all their ebooks sold under the wholesale model by selling related kit, and generally encouraging people to buy stuff from Amazon. Because they, in effect, are not competing means that there is no effective competition in the ebook marketplace. The only way to get an ebook would be from Amazon.
I don't agree with 'favoured nation' status, that seems like anti competition bullshit to me, but allowing Amazon to scoop up all the ebook market by default would be bad, I feel. The agency model, without 'favoured nations', allows all publishers and sellers to behave fairly, where as with that clause, the sellers are protected against price wars against other sellers, with the publishers taking the hit if a non favoured seller lowers their prices below the favoured seller.
If Amazon then wanted to compete on price, they could only do so by reducing their cut, discounting the cost to consumer out of their cut, and publishers have a measure of reliability about what they will receive. They would still be able to undercut other stores by selling as a loss leader, but they wouldn't be able to screw the publisher.
Re: "any large-scale product that isn't making about 50% markup…"
I wouldn't expect Apple to sell the iPad or iPhone as a loss leader, but they could definitely sell it for significantly less and still rake in cash hand over fist.
Or they could sell it for what they currently do and make billions and billions. One of these approaches is more appealing to shareholders…
Besides, I thought people didn't buy Apple for ideological reasons, reducing the price wouldn't make those people buy.
CompuDay Photo 250 is a seriously snazzy backpack and for under £50
Technically, "£50" is not "under £50"
Re: The US
There is no requirement for you to make allocated addresses routable, you are allowed to use them for non-routable segments. Just like DWP are doing.
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