* Posts by Flossie

44 posts • joined 18 Sep 2009

Nokia: The first year of the Elopcalypse

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I don't see the problem with Symbian

I have a Symbian touch screen smart phone (Nokia X6) and I honestly can't see why so many people seem to think it is no good. It seems to me to involve far less hassle for normal day to day functions than my Girlfriends Android phone (note, I am a Linux desktop user by choice, so i'm hardly biased against Linux based stuff in general). eg: Perhaps you could explain what is supposed to be wrong with the email client, it works perfectly for me.

Because of this decision by Nokia, my next phone will probably be an Android, and therefore not a Nokia. Nokia lost my loyal custom with this decision (my last 5 phones were all Nokia/Symbian) and I suspect quite a few others will make the same decision.

Also, please remember the human cost. The developers who remain at Nokia may like the new tools, but a lot of people have been made redundant in Finland because of this decision, so I suspect the opinion of those developers that remain is coloured by a strong desire to tow the line and keep their jobs.

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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Anti-competitve

"Eric Raymond has stepped in to defend his open-source colleague"

I suspect that RMS would dispute the "open-source colleague" bit, since he hates the term open source and refuses to be associated with it in any way.

Personally, I agree with RMS that the walled garden that Apple has created is a really bad thing.

My primary problem here isn't with the proprietary/closed nature of the software, it's that fact that if I use an iPhone/iPad I can only obtain my software through Apple (who choose what is and is not allowed) and as a developer I can only sell through Apple and have to accept their terms. This is highly anti-competitive and i'm amazed that the anti-trust people haven't shut this down.

If I buy a car I can choose where to have it serviced and buy spare parts or accessories. Some actions may invalidate the warranty, but I can still choose to perform those actions if I want to because it is MY car. If your car refused to start because you had installed a new radio from a third party dealer, how would you feel? Would you accept this? I don't think anybody would and yet millions seem to accept this kind of behaviour from Apple without a single thought.

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Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10

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HTML 5 lacks video streaming support

The problem with HTML 5 video isn't just down to the lack of a standard codec and DRM (assuming you agree with such technology). HTML 5 also fails to specify support for a video streaming protocol, without which HTML 5 is useless for any serious video application.

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Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5

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HTML 5 still a draft spec

Once the HTML 5 spec has been ratified by the W3C (which is still some years away), i'll start to worry about who supports it best.

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HP Pavilion dv7 17.3in Llano notebook

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Finally, A Welsh Laptop

The name Llano was blatantly chosen to appeal to the Welsh speaking market.

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Canonical ARMs Ubuntu for microserver wars

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Lost at sea

"Just under three years ago when ARM-based netbooks were taking the PC market by storm"

I wanted one, but couldn't find anybody to sell me one, so the storm must have swept them out to sea.

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Mozilla strokes coders with Firefox 6

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Nonsense

This new version numbering from Mozilla is a bad joke. Can somebody please fork FF and restore some sanity?

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BBC bigs up iPlayer for TVs and consoles

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Draft standard

HTML 5 is still a draft standard. How can the BBC justify using it as the basis of anything beyond a test service when the W3C advice is that it shouldn't be used yet?

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Re: KDE 3.5 is alive and well

Trinity is now supported on Mandriva. See: http://forum.mandriva.com/en/viewtopic.php?f=181&t=135503

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Apple eyeing Hulu acquisition, insiders say

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Boffin

Still needs a plugin.

HTML 5 isn't going to work for Hulu because it doesn't specify support for streaming video protocols and trying to run a service like Hulu using http progressive downloads just isn't going to work. I also suspect that DRM isn't possible with HTML5. That rules out HTML 5 for the time being, so one way or the other, Apple are still going to be using a browser plugin or extension of some kind to deliver this service, unless they dump the web interface and push everything into iTunes.

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Ballmer's breaking point: Is Windows 8 already too late?

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No Office?

"You still need Office on the PC to make it work properly."

My computers work just fine without it and always have. I've never personally owned a copy of MS Office, legal or otherwise.

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Nokia X7 Symbian Anna smartphone

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What's wrong with Symbian

I honestly can't understand why so many people seem to have it in for Symbian, I've been very happy with my Nokia X6 and don't intend to replace it any time soon.

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Microsoft+HTML: The antidote to iOS and Android

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Java isn't dead

Android apps are mostly written in Java (although because of the trademark issues they can't say that it is java), so Java is hardly dead.

I also agree with the above comment that HTML 5 doesn't exist yet. It is still a draft specification and is likely to remain so for some time. HTML 5 support in our products is turned off by default for this reason since we cannot guarantee the consistency of the end result.

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Ex-Google engineer dubs Goofrastructure 'truly obsolete'

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Noting wrong with old code

I have 10 year old code on some of the websites I run. It still does the job it was written for very well and I see no reason to waste time and effort re-writing it because it is old. I re-write it when it ceases to be fit for purpose.

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California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

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Collect at point of sale

The complexities of VAT vs sales tax are irrelevant. The main point about VAT from a collection point of view is that it is levied in the country where the business is located and paid to that government, no matter where the customer is. We sell EU (and worldwide) through our website, but the VAT is all collected at the UK rate and paid to the UK government on all sales within the EU. That way each state still gets to set it's own rate without making life difficult for the retailer.

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4G interference will knock out Freeview

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No Satelite or Cable

I can't get Cable (I tried, they won't extend the network by the 20 feet necessary to cover the last two buildings on my road) and the satellite signal is blocked by surrounding tall trees (again I tried), so DTT is all I can get. However, the signal is weak, I find a booster to be essential even though I have my own external ariel. This needs to be blocked,Offcom shouldn't allow new services which have the potential to degrade existing ones.

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Intel PC hegemony facing ARMy attack

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Design intent

"Media tablets are not PCs in IDC's taxonomy, and the processors inside them are not PC processors. I define a PC processor by the design intent of the manufacturer."

The original design intent of the ARM processor was for use in a PC, namely the Acorn Archimedes, and later the RISCPC. They were simply more successful selling to the embedded market where conformance to a specific chip type (ie x86) to run a specific OS (windows) wasn't a big deal.

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Nokia deal to 'rocket Windows Phone 7 past iPhone'

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My next phone will be Android

I've been a loyal Symbian user and buyer of Nokia's for many years now, but it's likely that my next phone will be an Android (unless Nokia see the error of their ways and revive Symbian), so that's one Symbian number that won't be transferring.

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Microsoft man riles update-hungry Windows Phone 7 users

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Nokia

and Nokia want to use this software?

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Southampton Uni shows way to a truly open web

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PDF has nothing to do with A4

Since when was PDF tied to A4 portrait? I was under the impression that PDF was designed to provide a consistent fixed document display across multiple platforms. It could easily be formatted to match a typical widescreen monitor.

Portrait is not a "legacy format". He also ignores the fact that there are good reasons why portrait is the best format for text (we've been using it for 100's, probably 1000's of years for a good reason), there is a limit to the length of line which the human eye can cope with, so the portrait format is ideal. Widescreen monitors are now the norm because of the economics of the screen manufacturing industry and because many people use their laptops as video players, so consumers demand widescreen. It has very little to do with what is actually best when it comes to reading written documents.

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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

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Radio and Sample stations?

I don't think people ever bought quite in quite as random or uninformed a manner as Bon Jovi seems to imply. I rarely bought an album based on the jacket artwork, it was always an informed choice based on one of four things:

1) I liked and enjoyed previous work by the artist.

2) I had heard the song on the Radio prior to release, or a friend had played it too me.

3) I had listened to a part of the CD in store on one of a sample stations. (Or in earlier days on the in store record deck).

4) Reviews of the album in the press.

For me digital downloads simply make option 3 a bit easier, it doesn't really change anything else.

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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

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Word count?

Why not simply specify a maximum word count? Easy to check with an electronic document and likely to cause less problems than having to define fonts, margins etc.

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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

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Re:Real CO2 cost please

I suspect the CO2 cost of manufacturing can be largely ignored, it's probably about the same for both since the only practical difference between an electric car and a petrol one is the engine and fuel tank/battery. An electric engine is simpler than a petrol/diesel one but batteries are more complex than fuel tanks, so I suspect they roughly balance.

Now if you have a hybrid, which has both, then the CO2 cost is almost certainly higher.

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After Black Friday, Nokia acts to halt share slide

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I want Symbian not WP7

I've been a loyal Nokia customer for 12 years. I love my Symbian phone and I actively chose it over Android because it had features I needed that Android didn't have (surprising though that may sound), although Android ran it very close. I never even considered a windows phone, there didn't seem to be much point. If Symbian is being dumped for WP7, then my next phone will be an Android, which won't come from Nokia.

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Coalition rejigs gov procurement to give SMEs an in

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PQQ's

PQQ's are an absolute nightmare for a small business, they can sometimes involve days of work just to be allowed to bid for a small job. I dread to think how much it costs the government to pay people to wade through the responses. I'll be glad to see the back of them.

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How to stop Apple and Google's great web lockdown

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HTML5 and Video

To the best of my knowledge HTML5 does not require the browser to support streaming video protocols, so for any serious video application HTML5 video is essentially useless. Therefore while it may displace flash for some basic functions, it won't have much impact on the higher end and that is where Adobe make their money.

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HP sues Hurd to keep secrets from Ellison

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Not guilty

So they are suing him because he "might" give away secrets even though he has signed an NDA with HP. Unless Hurd actually gives away secrets, HP have no case.

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Cleveland residents get RFID-equipped recycling

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Jobs Horns

Fines for the wrong day

Yes, but they've probably got vans equipped with detectors driving about on non-collection days making sure that you haven't put the bin out on the wrong day handing out fines to people who do. So leaving the RFID on the curb side will probably get you an automated fine every week for this instead.

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Xmas kicks off on 2 August

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WTF?

parties

I passed a restaurant yesterday which was already advertising it's deals for Christmas parties.

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Rancid IE6 'more secure' than Chrome and Opera US bank says

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Flawed logic

I can't see how this makes any difference, my choice of web browser only affects the security of my computer (and the network it is located on), so depending on which browser I use I may or may not end up with the latest malware/virus installing itself on my computer. If the malware gets in it doesn't really matter which web browser I use to access my online banking.

Chances are if i'm using opera/chrome for my day to day browsing, i'm going to continue to do so and only switch browsers (or use a user agent switcher) for the services which lock out my preferred browser. Therefore the chances that I might have a password stealing virus on my system are exactly the same no matter which browser I am forced to use for the online banking.

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Two infosec blunders that betrayed the Russian spy ring

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Linux

Forensic copy?

What's the difference between a forensic copy and a normal copy, or is this just a fancy word for disk imaging software? Perhaps they used a linux boot disk ad dd.

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Diary of a somebody - life in iPhone 4 land

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Noika stand in Brum

I was amused by Nokia setting up a special demo stand right next to the iPhone 4 queue at the Birmingham Apple store. Now off to get me a nice and shiny Nokia X6.

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The internet, as imagined in 1965

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Printer waste

I love the way the printer seems to output straight into a waste box. Did they expect the majority of the output to be rubbish?

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Silicon Valley hypegasm for miracle shoebox powerplants

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Norway

It's certainly true that a lot of gas is being imported into Europe as a whole is from Russia, however, I think you'll find that a significant proportion of imports into the UK come from Norway.

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Nokia's free Ovi Maps scores a download every second

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Only free for some

I have OVI maps on my E51 and it isn't free. They are only giving away the free version to people who have phones with a built in GPS receiver, if you have a bluetooth receiver (as I do) you still have to pay.

I also found that you need to re-download all of your maps, it dosn't like the map data used by Nokia Maps 2.0, once that is done it seems to be happy without an internet connection.

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Multi-million investment hints at UK battery swap shops

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Redundant technology

Battery cars are a good interim technology, but Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are going to be going into production in the next few years and will make this kind of technology largely redundant. I wouldn't want to invest my money in battery swapping stations.

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Cadbury flakes in face of Kraft bid - cuts expected

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Terrible News

I hope this gets blocked further down the line. I don't work for Cadburys but I live next to the HQ in Bournville, Birmingham. Local jobs have already suffered worse than average in the recession. Now our most profitable and successful local business is going to be forced to make job cuts just to make profits for the the very people whose speculation caused the recession in the first place.

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O2 gives birth to GiffGaff in gust of gabble

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MVNO ??

MVNO=Mobile Virtual Network Operator

I had to look this term up, you might want to try defining it in the article for those of us who aren't familiar with the acronym.

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Guide names mass e-car adoption potholes

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Hydrogen

They seem to have dismissed hydrogen fuel cell technology as a 'someday' technology, even though the German car makers are gearing up to make test production runs of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aimed at normal consumers. It seems to me that the authors information on this area of research is woefully out of date.

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Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

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Ugh

I realise i'm probably in a minority on this one, but I really hope that these changes aren't so hard wired into Firefox that they can't be switched off or reversed with extensions to restore the old interface design. I find the Chrome interface design to be ugly and inefficient. As a developer I need to get at menu options easily, this hide the menu bar things just makes my life more difficult. I also prefer to have separate windows rather than tabs, because I can easily move them about on my muitl-monitor desktop. One of the things I like about the current design is that if you don't want tabs you can easily hide the tab bar and change the default so that stuff opens in new windows. This new design looks to have made the tab bar a more permanent feature.

I've not got a problem with a new interface design being the default, I just want to be able to switch it off if it doesn't work for me.

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Apple chokes on Woolworths logo

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Wow

Wow, Oz still has Woolworths ! Perhaps they could come and re-open some of the British stores for us and show us how it's done.

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DVLA pledges investigation over Castrol spy posters

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Creepy

This is creepy. Remind me not to buy any Castrol products.....

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Mozilla plans to tie Firefox 3.7 pigtails in pretty Ribbon

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Slow ribbons

The ribbon is painfully slow and awkward to use compared to menus, it also takes up more screen space. Why do Mozilla want to copy something that amounts to nothing more than a bad re-arrangement of the deck chairs ?

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North Wales Police institute new happiness law

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Llanberis pass

The speeds being done by some of the Bikers going over the Llanberis pass last sunday were nothing short of frightening. For those who haven't been there, it's narrow (for an A road) and on a mountain ledge. The slightest mistake and you're either into the wall/cliff face or tumbling down a very steep slope. If the police want to catch dangerous bikers, this would be a great place to hang out, but i've never see a police officer there ever, obviously they are far too busy hassling the innocent elsewhere.

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