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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Move on - nothing to see here

The Win32 API has been around for twenty years and it's half stable, so C or C++ are the main languages, but maybe someday, we'll switch to C# when it gets better.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

What software was developed for the Mac?

You mean Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite?

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Daniel von Asmuth
FAIL

The Mosaic browser begat Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer

The Netscape browser is actually 20 years old - happy birthday 2 U - and in 1998 it gave birth to the Open Source Mozilla project. In 2002 a new branch appeared which was to become Firefox. Afaik Firefox or Iceweasel is a standalone browser edition of the Mozilla Internet suite.

The Netscape browser was seen as bloated, buggy, and not standards-compliant. The Open Source project seems to only have added more features. If only Internet Explorer 6 ran on Linux.....

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Upgradability

I understand the Macbook Pro is a laptop; enough said.

Now why didn't they design the Mac Pro so that there's no room for expansion like discs or PCI cards? It comes with one two year old processor and a measly 64 GB or RAM.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: To think Apple once marketed the Mini as a server machine (do they still do that)?

What, a 5400 RPM disc, when we've used 15000 RPM part since the turn of the century? 1 Gb Ethernet that has been around for an equally long time?

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

punish serious hacking offences

Offend a serious hacker like L. B. Torvalds or R.M. Stallman and spend the rest of your miserable life off-line!

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: Microbrachius Porn?

Indeed! About time that England declare independence from obscene Scotland.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

Daniel von Asmuth
Big Brother

Re: Terrorists win some more....

"this suspicion would be based on secret notes from intelligence services that people would not be able to challenge."

This sounds like the bad old times preceding the French Revolution.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

Daniel von Asmuth
Go

Progress, Oracle, Intel, Digital (call it anything you want)

If you want performance on Cray scale, you have to buy 1000 of these boxes, and you will get nice designer seats for free.

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EU waves remote at Liberty Global's Dutch telly takeover

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Low countries sinking to new depths

There is something repulsive about having your TV served by some for-profit company (cable TV is mostly for watching BBC and ARD/ZDF/WDR channels). Next thing you get another Berlusconi-style reverse nationalisation where the TV operator buys the government.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

Daniel von Asmuth
Megaphone

Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

There is a system for legally taking value out of a company: it's called taxation.

When there are several stakeholders in a company:

1) its employees

2) its customers

3) its suppliers

4) the community

Should not each group get its share in the policy-making of the company?

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

Re: Just a few suggestions

Just one: forbid organisations offering services for profit on the Internet, the cable TV network, the telephone network, and the cloud.

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

The great Internet robbery

Blimey! To think that our Eurogov has that much coin in its coffers (that's about 16 billion Pounds).

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

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Just provide one API

"No - code and conventions should be managed - otherwise you get a zoo - and incompatibility issues forever more - which is what the .Net Common Language Runtime already fixes"

1) In what way does Microsoft .NET 'manage' code?

2) In what way does Microsoft .NET 'manage' conventions?

3) Should coders, code, and/or conventions be managed? Why?

4) Is Microsoft .NET successful in this aspect?

5) Precisely what goes wrong without such management? Aren't there better ways of preventing that?

6) How does Microsoft .NET fix compatibilty issues?

7) Doesn't Microsoft .NET just create new compatibility issues? How 'universal' is it?

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Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: Just provide one API

The Universal API for Microsoft is DOS (more or less compatible with CP/M and OS/2).

From the C programmer's point of view the DOS API is somewhat similar to the POSIX API, that all versions of Windows NT more or less support.

Microsoft are making things easier and easier for the developer with newer, better, and/or shinier API's, one or two per decade....it's just that the number of APIs 's gone out of hand:-)

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Firefox eats thunderbird

Does this mean the Mozilla team gives up its attempt to create a web browser?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

"politically unstable, if not ideologically opposed to western democracy"

I suppose this is referring to the North-Sea oil wells, that may soon fall into the hands of the Republic Of Scotland.......

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Chocolate was a Dutch invention

Do you suppose that Apple's Cocoa is killing the Swiss chocolate industry?

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: I know what it is...

It denotes the Neander Pound currency, or it's the name of a minor deity.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Let's try to see if coding works @ El Reg

178 static int gcov_seq_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)

179 {

180 struct gcov_node *node = inode->i_private;

181 struct gcov_iterator *iter;

182 struct seq_file *seq;

183 struct gcov_info *info;

184 int rc = -ENOMEM;

185

186 mutex_lock(&node_lock);

187 /*

188 * Read from a profiling data copy to minimize reference tracking

189 * complexity and concurrent access and to keep accumulating multiple

190 * profiling data sets associated with one node simple.

191 */

192 info = get_accumulated_info(node);

193 if (!info)

194 goto out_unlock;

195 iter = gcov_iter_new(info);

196 if (!iter)

197 goto err_free_info;

198 rc = seq_open(file, &gcov_seq_ops);

199 if (rc)

200 goto err_free_iter_info;

201 seq = file->private_data;

202 seq->private = iter;

203 out_unlock:

204 mutex_unlock(&node_lock);

205 return rc;

206

207 err_free_iter_info:

208 gcov_iter_free(iter);

209 err_free_info:

210 gcov_info_free(info);

211 goto out_unlock;

212 }

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

Daniel von Asmuth
FAIL

The nerds who say Ni

China had a Linux ditribution called Red Flag and terminated it. Past claims indicate that they would like an OS that can run Windows applications.

Seven months? That's how long Microsoft takes for beta-testing a new version of Windows.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

IS ISIS ISISIS IRA?

Do you mean Britons are starting to talk in Gaelic, drink black beer and celebrate St. Patrick's day?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: I smell a shill

Microsoft is considering to move its german headquarters from Unterschleißheim to nearby München (Munich). Wouldn't it be nice if the city government got rid of those pesky penguinheads?

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Real journalists stick to the facts

- Did the alleged chicken actually visit both sides of the alleged road?

- What was this chicken's name? What color, race, age, weight, sex, and social security number was it?

- Which road was it trying to cross and when?

- Who saw it happen? Are they reliable witnesses?

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Migrate or wait?

Should XP users all migrate to Windows 7 now or wait unitl 9? If you cannot upgrade XP to 7 smoothly or Seven will not be supported long enough, what's the point of migration?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Best Browser

It may not be the best browser, but what about all those web site that work only with IE6?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Let's not dwell on the negative

In Redmond county, you thank Gates on your bare knees for any update that fixes bugs, but you curse his name for any update that brings new bugs^H^H^H^Hfeatures.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

Daniel von Asmuth
Black Helicopters

From the people who brought you the C-130 Hercules

A system to target the unemployed with heat-seaking missiles??

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Google translate!

"What goes up, must come down" ---> "Quod ascendit, deveniatur."

There are only two native speakers: Pontifices Franciscus et Benedictus XVI.

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iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

Daniel von Asmuth
Unhappy

Re: This needs a patent

Maybe so, but the Registered Trademark has already been claimed .. see http://www.isense.nl

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Re: Shmoptional

Where is the 'A' in "SPICE GIRLS"?.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Old stopgap measures never die

They tend to outlive laws designed for eternity.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

The WIndows XP dilemma

- Should you stick with XP?

- Should you upgrade to 2000?

- Should you upgrade to Vista?

- Should you upgrade to 7?

- Should you wait for Windows 9?

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

You were cheated

if you thought that upgrading from Windows XP (to 7) would make your PC safe!

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Plasma loudspeakers?

I've seen plasma loudspeakers, but they were expensive. My wish list includes a law prohibiting mobile phones and:

- railguns.

- holographic TV

- hovercraft

- software without bugs

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

Re: Dark Matter

The opposite of light water is:

[] dark water

[] heavy water

[] anti-water

[] holy water

[] strong liquor

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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

Daniel von Asmuth
Flame

DT

Wasn't Windows '95 disruptive enough for you? Internet Explorer? Visual Basic? Outlook?

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

Daniel von Asmuth
Go

green-faced liar

The mission of the computer industry implies wrecking the natural environment. Going green means stopping completely making semiconductor devices.

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AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

heterogenous architectures

Well, there would be the Intel Itanic that supported both IA-32 and IA-64 instruction sets. Will this AMD baby drive the next version of Microsoft XBox?

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

No

I heard a future update may return the Start menu. Why not stick with Windows 7? How long will *that* be supported?

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: Suspicious haste

If nothing is seriously wrong with Windows, then Windows XP must be ideal: no more updates to install!

I wonder how you could upgrade your Windows XP, if you haven't yet. Buy Vista on the second-hand black market, and run upgrade. Same thing for 7, then 8, then 8.1, but if you dont install that update Real Soon Now, you will always be vulnerable and miss out on Windows 9 and beyond for ever.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: One friggin small universe I'm sure.

Joe Bloggs can develop applications with free-as-in-free-beer compilers, it's just that he will have to pay to upload the software to the App Store and then buy it from the App Store before being able to run it.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Universal?

I guess developers will get one Visual Studio on which to build apps for four different platforms and build 32-bit and 64-bit software too, but users would get a binary for their platform only.

Maybe this unification will make MSDN even harder to use.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: In Other News, Linux Is Still A Nonentity...

If 1 % of all desktops and laptops run Linux, that's a dazzling number, even though the desktop market be declining. Apple? I've been told Jobs has ascended into cyberspace, let's wait till they find a new leader. Microsoft? I've been told they have a new leader. Let's wait and see where he will lead. Windows? When will it be retired in favor of Midori?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: <XP

I am NOT running Windows XP. Lucky me, for sticking with WIndows 2000.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

What this country needs is more male ballet dancers

So, the EUvil Empire has 400K vacancies for ICT jobs. How many millions of candidates are fighting over those positions?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Well done El Reg

'fraid I cannot book a jet plane on such short notice, so I propose a virtual toast!

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Windows 2008R2

Windows 2008R2 is the server version of Windows 7. It was release at the end of 2009, so you would be a real quickie if you were running it in February 2010.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Ivy Bridge?

Where are the Haswell Xeons? Why no L4 cache?

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