* Posts by Philip Lewis

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

Philip Lewis

Re: English translation please...?

Well Tim, I think I know what you meant to write, but I am unable to reconcile my thought with what you did write and with what you might have written to indicate what you clearly thought. geddit?

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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

Philip Lewis

"... indication that the laws won't be used against specific vendors"

yep, that is totally believable, not?

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Phishing gone: eBay patches to block session-jacking Magento holes

Philip Lewis

@ Six_Degrees

My conjecture is ...

a) The score range is 1..5

b) That in this case, the direction of "scoring" is irrelevant

YMMV :D

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

Philip Lewis

Re: Request line

... or a band

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

Philip Lewis

These might be cool though

https://www.teenageengineering.com/products/od-11

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Philip Lewis

Re: Lots of people have to fill this out

Actually, first pet is the one i always choose. there are only 5 living people who know the answer to this one.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Philip Lewis

Re: Seems like a good idea to me.

Isn't .NET currently needed in order to use powershell? Probably enough reason not to use it actually ...

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

Philip Lewis

Re: R. A. E.

if were able to upvote from this app, i would do so!

I am reduced to tears.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Philip Lewis

Re: Hear him! Hear him!

I am reliably informed that a Citation IV will remove the panties of even the most difficult wench!

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Philip Lewis

Re: Hear him! Hear him!

No iPhone 6 for me, for that reason alone! And here I was thinking that I was the last guy in a 3 piece suit!

I am hoping Apple come to their collective senses and release an iPhone7 mini around the time I need to upgrade my current version

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Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

Philip Lewis

Re: Business/corporate cloud backup is a fraud and a shame.

Joerg. True, but after one presents the bill for the hardware, software, human intervention time etc. it transpires that the stuff is not that valuable after all, and lesser solutions are acceptable. That is, until the shit hits the fan, at which time new jobs must be found.

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Philip Lewis

Re: Not Likely

Crikey, my compressed save sets are approaching 1TB a day on average ... and I limit my first tier recovery options to the past 15 days, simply in order to manage the storage space.

Getting this data across the net to some cloudy end location while possible, is hardly a viable solution, especially when the inevitable recovery is necessary after SQL Server borks another multi-TB database.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

Philip Lewis

Re: chavmobile

wicked!

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Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

Philip Lewis

Re: What's the use case for 100 Gbps wireless?

never underestimate banwidth of a utility van filled with disk drives

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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

Philip Lewis

Re: For More On the Story

Flah Boys is not Michael's best book, but well worth the read anyway. I hope Segey wins, it was a all totally bogus.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

Philip Lewis

Re: How to accurately measure diversity?

race=human

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

Philip Lewis

Re: Square the circle

Slide keyboards are a mechanical weak spot, an accident waiting to happen. I've had 2 from different tier-1 manufacturers and both succumbed - the keyboard was the problem. YMMV

My past history included many years where almost everything I did was recorded on my PSION 5mx. I have a personal preference for keyboards still, but my experience in the past was not good, and pretty much everything after the PSION was second rate for serious use. I only scrapped it when the screen became too weak to read - RIP to the best PDA I ever tried or owned.

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Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!

Philip Lewis

Re: @ AC Inertial Guidance I think

This comment inexplicably, or not, reminded me of this ...

Aircraft Inertial Guidance:

The aircraft knows where it is at all times. It knows this because it knows where it isn't. By subtracting where it is from where it isn't, or where it isn't from where it is (whichever is the greater), it obtains a difference, or deviation.

The Inertial Guidance System uses deviations to generate error signal commands which instruct the aircraft to move from a position where it is to a position where it isn't, arriving at a position where it wasn't, or now is. Consequently, the position where it is, is now the position where it wasn't; thus, it follows logically that the position where it was is the position where it isn't.

In the event that the position where the aircraft now is, is not the position where it wasn't, the Inertial Guidance System has acquired a variation. Variations are caused by external factors, the discussions of which are beyond the scope of this report.

A variation is the difference between where the aircraft is and where the aircraft wasn't. If the variation is considered to be a factor of significant magnitude, a correction may be applied by the use of the autopilot system. However, use of this correction requires that the aircraft now knows where it was because the variation has modified some of the information which the aircraft has, so it is sure where it isn't.

Nevertheless, the aircraft is sure where it isn't (within reason) and it knows where it was. It now subtracts where it should be from where it isn't, where it ought to be from where it wasn't (or vice versa) and intergrates the difference with the product of where it shouldn't be and where it was; thus obtaining the difference between its deviation and its variation, which is variable constant called "error".

And a thanks to the poster where I read it first, whomsoever he/she might have been.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

Philip Lewis

Re: In world where news is mostly Celebs..

What has Nigel Farage to do with any of this? That really is just a bit too left field for me. Explain, please.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

Philip Lewis

Re: Bugs please

I was just thinking the same thing!

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

Philip Lewis

Re: It could be worse

Every bank in the country of denmark, and most of Scandinavia I think requires. Further, the national secure identity system (nem-id) used for access to government sites requiring secure identification is Java based.

Java is alive and well, and required if you wish to interact with the government.

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

Philip Lewis

Re: Sapphire will happen

"Sapphire-screened mobiles will happen sooner or later. "

Vertu already have them, but they are hand assembled and in no way mass production. At the present time they exist only as a very expensive option.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

Philip Lewis

Re: It's time to grow a pair

"either they're ALL in on it "

This is completely unnecessary.

It merely requires that sufficient number of climate scientists to have independent but similar interests and act according to those shared interests. The climate science community as whole, and the individuals within it specifically, have the same interest ... funding and continuing funding, and within their respective academic or other professional communities, recognition and for some, empire building. If the path to these interests is to promote AGW, then that is what will be promoted.

I would posit that these conditions exist, in a provable sense (follow the money and measure its growth over the past 15 years) and observe the ris in prominence of "climate" faculties and the fact that research grants pretty much require the climate card these days to have a shot at the h(m)oney pot.

You do not need a conspiracy. This is a false argument.

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Hans Neij of Pirate Bay arrested in Thailand

Philip Lewis

Hmm, 17 months in detention for a transgression that the court valued at 6 months. Welcome to Scandinavia. I thought it was just Denmark (absolutely the worst place in the world for time in prison awaiting trial) that was like this, apparently Sweden also.

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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Philip Lewis
Headmaster

Re: IDC Proove they are useless

Oh dear, first it was loose and lose, now will it be prove and proove?

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

Philip Lewis

IIRC Samsung stopped selling Windows laptops here in Europe (we have one in the office - not bad kit). Maybe the rest of the world too (or soon).

Perhaps they have decided to dump everything MS associated and figure that taking some pocket change "in advance" by failing to pay their contractual dues to MS is the right way to exit.

Stupider strategies have existed in the past.

Remember, Samsung is a multiply convicted cartel operator and IP infringer (we can exclude Apple in the list for to save trolling) with a habit of bleeding competitors dry in court. This play from Samsung is not exactly an unnatural act for them.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Philip Lewis

Re: ITunes?

Newsflash.....

I personally know a lot of people who do not find iTunes unpleasant. They use the 1% of the functionality necessary to get their tracks onto their device and that, as they say, is it. They do not know what mp3 actually is, or any other music format. For them Hi Fidelity is a book written by Nick Hornby and a pretty good movie, and is only peripherally related to music. These people my friends, are the vast unwashed masses, who do not sip lattes together sharing their hispster experiences and waxing inteligently on trends in fashion, these are the people who are ARE Apple's customers. In some circles, these people are called consumers.

Disclaimer: I personally think iTunes is an abomination, but I am in the software industry, so my opinion is only relevant in the sense that I evaluate it differently from consumers. If iTunes was perceived as badly by consumers as I (and everyone here I think), then I suspect that Apple would never have been as successful in the music delivery business.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Philip Lewis

Re: "Flat" design

Wow, down voted for terse, 2 word observation and an emoticon.

In the name of Apple inspired minimalism, I am gunning for down votes for a one word post sans smiley - stay tuned.

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Philip Lewis

Re: Copying or improving?

"Please, for the love of God, Apple, copy Android and make your keyboard display lower case when not in caps. Or, as this might be too shocking for iFans, make it an option."

My Nokia N9 has this. It is one of the last pieces of skeuomorphism left in iOS and I am actually surprised that it did not disappear in iOS7.

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Philip Lewis

Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

"@SuccessCase I absolutely do take offense to a broad generalization whose very clear aim was to paint techies as "generally non creative" and to indicate that those with creative skills were rare. That's a bunch of bullshit and you know it."

It is not bullshit where I work now (or pretty much anywhere in the past). After several years of abominable design, the PHB finally hired a graphic designer with some creative sense, and someone else with a slight clue about usability (factors missing from the tech nerds) - the next version of the product shows the result.

I realise that this is anecdotal, but like @SucceCase, I have been around the trapds for a very long time. My opinion on this matter, like his, is informed by a very long experience in the industry.

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Philip Lewis

Re: "Flat" design

"Maybe flat design will become all the rage "

... too late :(

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Philip Lewis

Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

Success case, an upvote for cogent intelligent commentary, dutifully downvoted by the commentards here who demonstrate yet again their paucity of objectivism and sense of reality.

Your post should be post of the month.

Sorry I can only give 1 upvote

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Philip Lewis

@Daggerchild

"Thermogeddon" is generally (by me) deemed to be a time series temperature graph showing runaway positive feedback - something rather like the infamous "hockey stick", which was in fact contrived to demonstrate exactly this.

It is this particular "feature" of global temperature which is the underlying thesis of the entire AGW community - the problem is that the observed data do not show this to be true in the satellite era, which is now well into its 4th decade.

.15C p.a. is slight, and an increase not inconsistent with what one would expect when observing the geological record.

What 'people' see though, is local changes in weather patterns, and being morons, they extrapolate this to the entire planet. This is what you are doing, when you imply that local changes have caused local fauna to adapt. It is also true as well where I happen to live, where the particular pollen to which I am allergic arrives earlier than it did 50 years ago. These are local events, they are not global events. It IS getting warmer, ever so slightly on average every year, and it will likely continue to do so until whatever causes ice ages happens again.

Warmer is better for life, we live in a benign climatic period in geological time.

You, and I, are so amazingly unlikely, that we should try to live and enjoy our one chance at this, and stop stressing about the universe doing what it does. Humanity didn't cause the last ice age (or end it) and it won't cause the next. Neither will it precipitate Thermogeddon.

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Philip Lewis
Headmaster

Re: Antactica is melting too

"Both are loosing "

A down vote for being incapable of spelling

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

Philip Lewis

Re: Yeah right

Have you ever seen a HTC or Samsung windows phone in the wild (not in the store)?

I haven't, and I travel a lot!

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Philip Lewis

Re: It could have been so different

I really like my N9 - It could have used a slightly more powerful processor, but other than that I have few complaints.

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

Philip Lewis

Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

Have you ever been to an Apple store immediately after a product release?

I doubt it very much, because had you done so, you would not have written something so clueless.

I shouldn't think that there are 10 million "hipsters" on the planet, and even if there were, it is doubtful they constituted the bulk of the buyers on the release weekend.

The whole Apple --> Hispster meme, aside from being provably wrong (how many hispsters do YOU think there are on the planet?), it is tedious.

ps: The troll does not excuse you

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Philip Lewis

Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

Jasper is preaching to the choir here at The Register. Hating Apple (a bizarre concept at best) is apparently the majority position amongst the commentards here, so he just panders to them. Rational commentary gets downvoted instantly and the site generates clicks.

The Register is on my adblock list and will remain there forever more.

There is still enough relevant news and intelligent discourse on the forums to justify my continued participation.

Downvote ---->

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

Philip Lewis

Life sapn

"I want to buy an SSD, but I'm terrified of the life span thing."

It is unlikely a personal usage pattern will exceed the life of the SSD before th electronics in the computer itself fail - in either case, you can monitor these things, it is not like it will suddenly die. You will know what will effectively be years in advance of total failure.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

Philip Lewis

Re: So you think apps are dead...just use the browser... LOL

"The fashion for ramming everything through the most unreliable, insecure, undocumented, poorly-specified, cruft-ridden and functionally limited front end - only to present the end user with yet another gratuitously different and incomprehensible UI experience, needs to be taken out and shot."

"I wish I'd said that ..." -- Oscar WIlde.

Actually, I am pretty sure I did say that, about 15 years ago, maybe more :(

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

Philip Lewis
Headmaster

For f* sake, it is "lose interest".

That is the third broken spelling I have read today - I despair :(

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

Philip Lewis

Re: Only an IDIOT...

You would be surprised how often it happens. In fact it happens so often that there must be something I am missing. However, in this case, MS only has the name for a very short time, so they are in a bit of a hurry to "rebrand" - not that it will help, mind you.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Philip Lewis

Which major chipperies missing?

"Apple-designed A8 64-bit ARMv8-compatible system-on-chip: it has a couple of billion transistors, is manufactured by TMSC using a 20nm process"

Ha!

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Philip Lewis

"Isn't Apple tip-toeing along the same tightrope here ... are they abusing market position and blocking out competition?"

No.

Please educate yourself on the legal framework involved and the definitions that are relevant.

Apple does not have any "abusable" market position in any legal or logical sense.

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Philip Lewis

Re: 8.0 or 7.0.1

Since the current version is 7.1.2 you probably think it should be called 7.1.3, or if you are being a troll, 7.1.2.1

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Philip Lewis

Re: Doesn't matter if the features have been available for years...

"True, the fact that Nexus 4 had NFC for years isn't really that important, but you're missing the point - it's Apple who are touting this as some great feature, so it's fair game to point out that this is a standard feature on other platforms."

ApplePay != NFC

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

Philip Lewis

Re: Top marks

14:1

This is far less than the average ratio of moron programmers to top tier database professionals.

The Register, home of the unwashed, I mean brainwashed.

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Philip Lewis

Re: The numbers don't add up

Precisely, not only do these children not even know what a transactiojn monitor is, they have no clue why you would even need one. They are still in the sandpit building sand castles, watching them collapse and then blaming the collapse on the type of sand and move to the next sand pit.

It is as if 40-50 years of accumulated systems software knowledge was jettisoned when VB was invented!

The youf of today, our future - eeeeeeeeek!

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Philip Lewis

Re: NoSQL I thought was Not Only SQL

"Different kind of querying, direct key lookup, secondary indexes, range scans etc etc"

Errr, which commercial relational DBMS doesn't have these things?

Nothing you mention is even remotely different or state of the art. You should perhaps familiarise yourself with how commercial relational database management systems work, and why they work that way. After you get a basic understanding of what is going on, you can then tackle query optimization, which is the actual "secret sauce" that makes things work.

There is a class of applications for which object store style databases are appropriate, and this case might indeed have been one. It detracts not a jot from the power of the relational model (as distinct from implementations) for solving the vast majority of data base problems.

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