* Posts by Philip Lewis

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Philip Lewis

Re: I don't remember this weekend

ICL1904, surley?

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Philip Lewis

Re: "To improve system performance, Lenovo is ... adopting RAID on the SSDs..."

@ Kurt Meyer

No true statement goes unpunished ... duly downvoted ;)

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

Philip Lewis

Re: Where is Tim Cook's PR team?

"...all the former Microsoft software quality assurance testers."

At the front of the queue then.

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

Philip Lewis

Re: Exported untaxed profits under the guise of importing IP rights

"They've just exported their untaxed profits to Ireland, where the tax rate for Apple is somehow 0.00005%."

I am sometimes astonished by the subtle wit of the commentardery here at The Register. But it's all going too slowly and being missed.

My arithmetic suggests the real value is 0.0000005% - your calculation may vary

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Philip Lewis

Re: What if taxation is inherently unjust?

I have no earned income, but inherited a brick shithouse.

I didn't ask to inherit it, but I did. It stands on a lovely bit of land which came with the shithouse on it. When I inherited it, it was valued by the state at $100 and the state took $15 in tax because. In order to pay this $15, I had to borrow some money, I used the shithouse as collateral. I pay interest to an evil bank on a regular basis, money which I am forced to borrow, adding to my principal debt. I also pay $2 a year to the tax department in land/building taxes based on the public valuation of my shithouse and the land on which it stands. There are also water rates, garbage collection services and so on paid semi-annualy. I must borrow this money each and every year. So far I have borrowed $47 additional dollars to pay taxes and services to the state for my ownership of the shithouse.

I would like to sell my shithouse as a form of tax evasion - but no one wants to buy it at any price.

Recently, the state revalued my shithouse, noting that brick buildings sold nearby seem to have risen substantially of late. My shithouse is now valued at $200. So it's now $4 a year in land/building taxes based on the state's new assessment. I shall have to borrow this extra money. An increase in land/building taxes is being discussed in council, this amount will rise shortly. I predict this will not be the last tax increase.

I would like to give my shithouse away as a form of tax evasion - but no one wants to have it.

A recent change in zoning of the land upon which my shithouse rests, made said land extremely valuable (it is now residential) according to the state, thus the taxes I owe will be raised to reflect this new zoning and valuation. The shithouse is on a small strange shaped block, and building regulations prohibit building a residence on this parcel of land, so no one will want to buy my shithouse for the land to build a residence. The new valuation is likely to be an order of magnitude above the current valuation, as the state needs to raise money to put in "services" for the coming residental area. As a wealthy landowner, apparently I must pay my fair share.

I would like to demolish my shithouse as a form of tax evasion. I am unable to do this, it is illegal.

It seems my shithouse was once owned by Thomas Crapper and it is rumored that his famous invention was first tested in my shithouse. Thus, the building is listed, and it may not be demolished or changed in any way. Further, I am thus required by law to maintain my shithouse so that it does not fall into disrepair. The "old buildings department" recently advised me that under threat of legal action, I had 14 days to comply with their directive that a new roof be placed on my shithouse. The previous roof (thatched) had disintegrated due to age and lack of regular thatchery. The thatcher has quoted me $3842 + materials for a new thatched roof, and this was the discounted price!

I will need to borrow this money and now pay interest on it.

However, it seems the bank is no longer willing to accept my shithouse as collateral for the loans that I keep taking out, while the state continues to invent new and creative ways to exert state authorised power over me with respect to all aspects of my shithouse, resulting in new taxes and charges I must pay, or be sent to prison. As I can no longer raise cash to service my bank debt, they are threatening foreclosure and advising the start of civil actions to recover their loans and interest due.

Soon the bank could own my shithouse. But they do not want it, for the same reasons that I never wanted it as its primary purpose is a piece of capital from which the state can legally extract money directly from the owner. The bank will thus not foreclose. They will sue. I will need to seek Legal Aid from the state.

I think I need a shit, while I evaluate my options. Luckily, I will be able to "save a penny", having my own convenience for just this eventuality.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

Philip Lewis
Headmaster

Re: Weeping shareholders!

"If I was a Microsoft shareholders"

If I were a Microsoft shareholder

FTFY

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Philip Lewis

Re: Meanwhile, elsewhere the sky fails to fall in

Thumbs up for being able to spell "lose" ;)

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

Philip Lewis

Re: If its good enough for Rick Mayall ...

RIP Rik "Drop Dead Fred" Mayall, sadly missed

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CEO meeting fails to resolve Oracle-versus-Google java case

Philip Lewis

Big Red Java Chocolate Factory

To me, as an Australian of advancing years, this sounds like a recipe for a confection that has been missing from my life all these years.

The "Coffee Jaffa"!

It would be a massive hit!

(see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffas)

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

Philip Lewis

Re: Success of the Apple II

@ L05ER

An appropriate epithet?

Anyway, VISICalc WAS extremely compelling, its value could be measured and those paying for the Apple IIs in business knew how to do the sums. If you weren't there at the time, it is hard to communicate what a massive game changer VISICalc was. It spawned other and better products of the genre, and made billions for many people, while fundamentally changing the way lost of business tasks were done. VISICalc changed the world and the Apple II was a facilitator.

The PC was to come later, and very, very much later came the Apple hardware we know today, where the products are not only very functional, but rather stylish as well. Back in the Apple II days, Apple was a nerd company still, with the influence of the Woz and the nerdy engineers still front and centre.

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Philip Lewis

Re: Success of the Apple II

I bothered to read the comments before posting this varey factoid ... you are correct. VISICalc was a game changer!

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Philip Lewis

Re: Cars

I cannot up vote this sentiment more than once.

There are lots of scenarios where breaking the law is the appropriate action, and some where one needs to choose the lesser of two evils - the "I Robot" movie sub-plot.

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Philip Lewis

Re: Half-Hunter

And yet, TAG has a somewhat successful product in this space.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/tag-heuer-smartwatch-apps-development-news/

Not my TAG of choice I must say, but obviously for some.

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

Philip Lewis

Re: Not similar at all

"The Cubs are favored to win the World Series this year"

You made that up, right?

I was a Chicago resident during the legendary Superbowl XX season - a stonkingly good season marred only by a poor Monday Night Football appearance. Ditka, Payton, Perry, McMahon, Gault and the list goes on.

Go Foxes!!!!!!!

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

Philip Lewis

Re: I have to admit that

I trust you are doing well Tim, the quality of discourse here hasn't been the same since you wandered off

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Philip Lewis

Re: Contaminating

"Purity of Essence, Mandrake. Purity of Essence"

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Philip Lewis

Re: What's the problem?

"MS have a solution to that, add "telemetry" to W7 in the updates."

I am somewhat surprised that this hasn't already happened. Oh, maybe it already has :( ?

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Philip Lewis

Re: User feedback

The underlying kernel is just fine, and IMHO better than the *ix world, but as an old VMS guy, this goes without saying.

MS made several bad decisions back when they made NT, most of them to do with backwards compatible support and putting stuff that has no business being in the kernel in there. The OS is pretty good though. And it has improved markedly over the years.

The UI peaked at Win7, and TIFKAM is abominable. MS could fix this, they won't for reasons that will require at least one more CEO to be shown the door and the death of a board member or two. The Win8 UI is not the future of desktop computing, or any computing judging by sales - but hey, I've retired and don't have to deal with MS data centre software any more

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Philip Lewis

Re: @ AC: "It works scarily well..." @ paply

Apparently, the actual OS on Win8-10 is a significant improvement over Win7 in resource usage and performance.

What sucks donkey balls is the UI that is imposed in Win8-10, a UI reasonably suitable for touch devices but fucking awful for the desktop. I can live without every TIFKAM application, now and in the future I expect. What I want is the Windows7 interface on my desktop without constant intrusion of the Win8-10 bollocks.

Like everyone else, I have many years (and $) invested in Win and software, but Win8-10 is so fucking awful (and yes I have used it) that I have drawn the line in the sand.

I have had a MacAir for over 5 years now, but my home server remains Win7 - but I have installed Cinnamon now, and at expect at some point I will make the switch.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Philip Lewis

Re: Small != Small

@fibbles

... and people claim Trump is NOT a politician. It would seem that he has mastered the political art of nonsense speak eqiually as well as his idiot opponents from the other side of the chamber

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

Philip Lewis

Re: best keyboard made is the IBM 3279

Indeed it was. RIP DEC

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Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

Philip Lewis

Re: Query optimizers

You have clearly never investigated how many broken optimisations the optimizer comes up with, including many that simply give the wrong results.

Microsoft just ignores them, and has been ignoring them for quite some time. I expect they will continue to ignore them.

In essence, they don't care, because they simply do not understand how critical a "wrong answer" optimization is. Oracle, on the other hand, is usually pretty snappy fixing "wrong result" types of error.

Much as I do not like classic Oracle (I love OracleRdb of course), they at least understand data, and they can deal with very large databases far better than most imagine in their "red mist" dislike of LE.

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Philip Lewis

Re: How do you mess that one up?

"IMHO relying blindly on the "actual implementation" is just too risky."

It is not "risky" it is wrong! And when it breaks, the shit will start flying.

I get so tired of explaining this to morons, one despairs! Just because it "works", does not mean it is semantically or theoretically correct. The amount of "dodgy" code I have ficed in the SQLServer environment where idiots simply assume order because there is an index that just happens to get chosen by the optimizer is very large indeed.

Without an ORDER BY, there is NO ORDER in the returned results, even if it looks like that at first flush. Learning some relational theory would be a good thing for a very large percentage of the world's programmers and sadly a lot of DBAs :(

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Philip Lewis

Re: Stop bullying the optimizer

I agree. The code expends more effort bending the optimizer than returning the result. As a DBA at my last client, I spent an inordinate amount of time unwinding this sort of crap (and much worse).

There is a reason that data people who know how databases *actually* work and how to design them logically and physically get paid well - we are few and far between, and the number of "programmer designed" databases seems to be growing exponentially.

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

Philip Lewis

TG475

I about an hour I shall be boarding TG 475, a 747-400 I expect, and walking upstairs to where Business Class is located. I am not sure if this is the new or old seating configuration, but in any case, it will be a very comfortable and quiet flight back to SYD.

Back in the 70s, I flew Business Class on TG's then brand spanking new 747! TG's first 747, and as I recall they were very proud to be operating the "Jumbo". It was my first Business Class sector. 3 1/2 decades have passed, and several million air miles as well, but I still like the 747 - I suspect that I will pass away before the last 747-8 retires from service (I haven't flown this latest variant yet. LH operate them, but wiki informs of only 121 orders, so I may have to look hard to find a flight)

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Philip Lewis

Re: Some dodgy facts in there

ETOPS, aka. Engines Turning Or Passengers Swim

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

Philip Lewis

Re: How Great Minds Occupy Themselves.

In Elon Musk's bio, he comments the sad fact, that some of many great minds of his generation have spent their careers figuring out how to make people click on ads, rather than building stuff.

Elon is right, it is a waste of talent

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Philip Lewis

Re: Microsoft == The new Blue

Lite Blue, surely?

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Philip Lewis

Re: "he has a higher degree of tolerance for unfinished software than his customers"

hahahah - "one row at a time". Perhaps they should have loaded the entire load data set into memory first, because you know, memory is cheap and fast, right?

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

Philip Lewis

Re: FOU: Field of Use Restrictions was the original sticking point.

So, Google is in fact evil?

Who knew? I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

Philip Lewis

Re: how is this news?

Indeed. I was looking at the website the other day. I spent 25 years in the VMS/Rdb world, then I got buried in the kindergarten with WindowsServer2008/SQLServer. Oh dear ...

I guess there will always be clients for VMS, but the bottom line is that the children in charge at most sites don't understand anything at all, so the likelihood of VMS being used on bespoke systems is low. Most of the talent in the employment pool had to leave for better pastures during the HP "reign of terror", so it is actually probably rather hard to man a VMS project these days.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

Philip Lewis

Re: If it's getting confused with Australias...

" where the sun goes on the Australian Flag?"

CRIKEY!

That is not the sun! Were you an Australian, I would roundly abuse the Australian education system's malaise.

"The sun" as you call it, is a star with each point representing one of the 6 states and the territories

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Philip Lewis

Re: Yes please

nah ... Hawaii first!

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

Philip Lewis

@ Cynic_999

... which is exactly why I have always considered BitCoin to be a resource rather than a currency, and one which should be regulated (for trading purposes) as such, like goldetc.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

Philip Lewis

IIRC in Germany, there are two MWst rates, one for food (and anything else you sw allow) and a higher rate for everything else. This is to lessen the impact on the poor, who use a proportionally higher amount of income on food.

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Philip Lewis

Re: "We don’t think that it is appropriate"

Not all countries impose VAT on transport. While not a taxi driver, I am pretty certain there is no VAT on taxis, bus tickets, airline tickets and so on in Denmark (where I happen to live).

Taxis are hideously expensive in the socialist utopia Bernie Sanders so loves, about USD 8 flag fall when booked and some hideous km rate and time rate on top. On the other hand the taxi will be a late model Mercedes or similar, so you get a comfortable ride

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Tor Project: US government paid university $1m bounty to hack our networks

Philip Lewis
Headmaster

Re: tor should be happy

"Could of been far far ..."

Could HAVE been!

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Roamers rejoice! Google Maps gets offline regional navigation

Philip Lewis

Re: Here Maps

Here is my preferred solution, as I roam the world - plan in advance.

" ... and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty "

The authors have obviously visited Australia, which makes the 3rd world seem positively advanced on this particular score.

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

Philip Lewis

Re: XP

The problem with people who think that their particular cabbage patch is representative of all cabbage patches, is that they are wrong by definition.

Travel to asia some time (or the seriously 3rd world), where internet access via internet cafes is still very common and very much a normal activity. In these cafes you will invariably find XP machines that are at some "state", and reset on every boot. I do not recommend accessing you bank from these machines, but for surfing and webmail they are OK. I usually install AVAST immediately on boot, to kill most of whatever has managed to get into the systems, before using email or whatever it is that took me there.

XP will be around for a while, despite the fact that windows 7 is vastly superior and has been wholly and totally compromised with custom boot loaders with real OEM keys.

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Philip Lewis

Re: Where do I sign?

"Where is the new blood?"

They are all busy becoming the masters of advanced button pushing and object obfuscation, skills which require precious little understanding or intellect - the results are available for all to see at your nearest "abortion of a website"

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Philip Lewis
Coat

Re: High level languages?

" (Basically, all they're fit for is putting a few buttons and text boxes around a ready-made library)"

Never a truer word spoken IMHO, based on my 35 years in this industry and recent entry into the world of "retired but always interested in something that might be interesting"

Mine is the one with the MACRO-11 manual in the pocket!

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Your 30-second guide to why Samsung is acting all Smugsun today

Philip Lewis

Re: How do you cut a wireless phone "cord"?

Their TVs are pretty good though

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

Philip Lewis

What me! Upgrade?

And there we have it. 2 iPads in this family, an iPad2, still going strong and an Air2. Needless to say, the iPad2 was "handed down" the family tree. (the one Android tablet I had was consigned to the dustbin almost instantly - it was truly horrible)

The issue for tablet sales is the upgrade cycle. We long ago passed the point where there were compelling reasons to upgrade every couple of years. The use cases haven't changed much, and I hadn't noticed too many apps that "required" me to upgrade before I did so for other reasons.

I guess everyone who wants one has one, and the upgrade cycle is about 4-5 years (or accidental destruction) whichever comes first.

Still, USD 4B in quarterly sales (for Apple) is hardly a failure, so I don't think they are all that concerned at this point.

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Oracle Java 'no longer the greatest risk' to US Windows PC users

Philip Lewis

Re: itunes unpatched

... and now iCloud for windows needs tha Windows Media components installed AND enabled befor it will install!!? WTF is that all about?

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Bacon can kill: Official

Philip Lewis

Re: Risk assessment...

This is one of the few double plus good things about living in denmark. I have 4 top tier bakeries within walking distance of my home, plus an OK one. The bread and pastries and tarts etc. are relatively expensive, but they are handmade on a daily basis with the finest of raw materials :)

Honestly, the only reason to buy a supermarket loaf is if you want to make Breville toasties (yummmm) and the square shape is a convenience.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Philip Lewis

Just got the memo

Sorry to hear that TW has been "consigned to the dustbin of (El Reg) history" which I think is an appropriate misquote from some famed economist or philospher.

In any case, I have enjoyed Tim's take on all things, and shall miss his articles.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Philip Lewis

Re: Just wondering

Either way, I predict the anti theft device is a moddern interpretation of the electic chair!

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Philip Lewis

The Italian Job

The original, began with the demolition of a Miura, follwed by 3 Es, 87 minis and quite a lot of Fiats. The tone was set a loooong time ago.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Philip Lewis

Re: WHO cares?

As a snuff snorting Swede once remarked;

There is a difference between living, and being alive!

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Philip Lewis

Re: I think they're all missing the point

And I thought it eas just me who just loves the diplodicus!

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