* Posts by dogged

4050 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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> everyone will call them the same thing and try to buy them in the same place

I doubt that that Windows Store software is stupid enough to allow W10 apps to be bought and downloaded on Win8.x

They might call them the same thing but they won't be buying them unless they can run them.

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Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

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> The idea of identical code working on all platforms has been tried so often and just doesn't work. Pick the example of your choice, HTML and the web? Java? CP/M? Unix?

But this is about three (or four, counting the XBone) platforms that MS have absolute control over.

That hasn't been done before.

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upvote for nostalgia.

(truncation stopped with WP7).

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Re: Only techies care about phone OS

because that's working so well for Blackberry?

And forget about Android apps. Google won't even supply a WP version of Youtube, let alone allow MS to use their app store.

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

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Re: Oy, don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

Tim's wrong on that one anyway. The two staples were bread and pottage, pottage being "whatever you've got boiled in a pot until you can eat it. With bread". Similarity in word to the French "potage" is absolutely intentional.

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> loose

STOP DOING THAT

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WTF?

Re: If you know how to cook ...

> feeding people for under a buck a day per head isn't exactly rocket science

That's true. It's economics.

Specifically, the only way you can reliably manage it in current Western culture is via economies of scale. A factory-kitchen feeding 5000 kids and distributing meals to schools will probably do so for under $1/day by exploiting those economies of scale. However, you don't need to be Jamie Oliver to realize that the food in question is never going to be exactly great. Or nutritious. Or sustaining.

Could i - personally - feed myself for less than £1/day? For a week? Sure. A few rabbit snares, fishing with worms (it's not cheating when you're starving), maybe 5p for a handful of raisins to take a couple of pheasants with.... none of these are an option if you live somewhere urban (unless you enjoy the taste of fox or cat or you decide bin-diving outside Tesco is allowed). Almost none of these are an option for kids.

And don't pretend you do it, either. Not without a freezer and fridge at least. Seriously man, I'm with Tim on this one. "Raising awareness" is almost always bullshit and often actively counter-productive but this challenge - raise a few quid and actually start to get an idea of how the other half lives - cannot be a bad thing. Why do you have to scorn even this? Isn't sneering at every single new piece of technology that arrives enough for you? Who pissed in your cornflakes? And did you still count them toward your $1.25/day?

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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> After all, that's something I can never loose...

See me after class.

*flexes cane*

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Preeminent domain

> Google's ethical principles

can't. stop. laughing.

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

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@Paul Shirley

> ..yet the majority of CM users first action is installing the Google software that so offends you!

It doesn't offend me, it is what it is. But Cyanogen have stated that they want to build a wholly open source Android distro that doesn't rely on Google which makes some sense because it's no longer possible to build a wholly open source Android distro that does rely on Google.

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Re: And them who darest not be named ?

Always remember to thumb down information with cites if that information is not what you wish it was.

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Re: And them who darest not be named ?

No, they weren't participating in this funding round.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-13/cyanogen-said-to-raise-110-million-microsoft-passes-on-funding

While Microsoft and Cyanogen failed to strike an investment deal, talks between the two illustrate how Microsoft is trying to get its applications and services on rival operating systems, a key goal embraced by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system.

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Re: Another fork!

> why distance itself from core android?

Because core Android is being left to die by Google, who continually shift more and more functionality into the wholly proprietary and closed-source Google Play.

Short version, Android isn't open any more (or rather, what's open is barely functional).

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BT STORMS back to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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BT subsidiaries?

Does PlusNet (for example) count as "BT Broadband" for the definition of who's a customer?

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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

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Re: (No title required)

Pretty much, yeah :)

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Re: (No title required)

Adobe Web Platform Team are among the largest UI/UX contributors to Chrome and about a third of the way down the list on Firefox.

Just don't let them anywhere near scripting.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: So the award for programming kudos

feasible, given asm.js but nightmarishly difficult. I wouldn't want to try it.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

Another danger is inappropriate speed limits.

For example, three years ago a car full of teenagers doing about 90mph on a blind bend smashed through the trees and killed all occupants just outside Devizes. The council, in their "wisdom" have responded by making the whole 3 mile stretch a 30mph zone (previously it was National Limit).

Any experienced driver using this clear, wide country A road with only one bend will find themselves doing at least 40 (especially those massive arseholes who do 40 all the time in every zone, but I digress) and those who actually stick to the limit get overtaken and that is going to lead to accidents.

The council naturally see it as a way to plant speed traps and gain revenue but it's making an accident into a tragedy.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian? @ ~Spartacus

> Anyone spotted any dino-tech on the moon?

Iron Sky 2, anyone?

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: Shock news

Add up 25 telegraph poles and it's going to look pretty similar.

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NIMBYs, BANANAs and the Green Party who say they give badgers headaches.

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Re: Shock news

Well, I don't like them one little bit but it seems that actually, they have a point.

If cell towers make less money than the land rental (set by HMG) they cost to site, there's a problem. Especially if a similar footprint such as a telephone pole costs BT effectively fuck all.

One thing that does rather add to the confusion is tax. Not jumping on the "Vodafone owes me a gazillion pounds" bandwagon here - simply pointing out that equipment site rental is a wholly tax-deductible expense for everyone else. Is it not deductible for MNOs? If not, why not? If so, why aren't they deducting it?

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

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BizTalk is awful.

Almost as awful as all of its competition.

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: The media had it all wrong

> Have you also given HoloLens a go? No? Could that be because all we've had a chance to find out about HoloLens are hardware mock-ups (they wouldn't let anyone show the *actual* hardware used) and the gushing of carefully selected tech media types (well known for their ethics and objectivity)?

except that those journalists actually tried it. Even the Verge tried it and they're basically a marketing wing of Apple. Even the Register tried it and the Reg is where you come for your daily hate-chant, right?

Piss off back to Slashdot, you troll.

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Re: Glass is dead

> For Industrial and medical uses (eg. use during surgery), however, Glass has no equivalent AFAIK.

You might be right - although the hololens "plumbing" demonstration indicates not - but how are those sectors useful to Google? There's no real data to slurp and sell on.

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It's not dead until they have some other means of sucking up all information from billions of people all the time including where they go, what they see, what interests them about what they see, who they meet, what they say, what they don't know and what they buy when they're not even using the interwebs.

They were never Glassholes. They were tiny eyes of Sauron.

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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

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That makes no sense whatsoever, AC. The compiler is installed sure but it's not been a part of any VS install I've used in years. And the runtime only deals with intermediate language.

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> JScript.NET has existed since .NET 1.0 was released in 2002. However, it hasn't been tracking ECMAScript releases, being approximately based on ES3.

I don't think I've even seen JScript.NET installed since about 2003. I honestly thought it was dead.

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.Net projects written in [...] JavaScript

wait, what?

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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Re: Haliburton?

Are war crimes worse than aiding and abetting the sale of fake and potentially lethal pharmaceuticals?

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Re: Absolutely

> Goddam, what absolute bastards!

I mostly agree but when the adverts are basically blood money - and those illegal pharmaceuticals fall right into that category - then it becomes less a case of business as usual and more a case of organized crime.

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Re: Mississippi

I used to think that too, and then I followed the reporting on Ars Technica.

It turns out that yes, the MPAA did donate to Jim Hood's election campaign but only about $3000 - less than one hundredth of the total funds he raised. He's not owned by them and they don't do him any favours - his opponent, however, was a big "let's make copyright illegal!" guy so they weren't without motive.

Basically though, your conspiracy theory is a dud.

Seems to be very popular though. You'd almost think that it turned up every time someone searched for "Jim Hood" on a popular search engine...

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> Linux grew as a direct response to Microsoft's monopolist actions and snuffing software rivals but now Google is effectively "killing" *information*.

Really? And here was me thinking it grew because a lot of people - including me - had a desire to run UNIX-like environment on hardware that didn't cost ten years' salary.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next

I like Maplins. I agree some of the stock is crappy and they're edging into turf already held by Halfords on quite a lot of the motoring gear (although Maplins are much cheaper and Halfords are bastards).

I also agree with a poster above who stated that the way to success would be to do electronics clubs, make your own drone weekends, ATX Case modding (Dremel 101!)...

All these places used to be great because they had public support. Now, thanks to Amazon, Scan and (in the US) Newegg, that support has gone and the retailers need to build it back up.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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what worries me is the assumption that CIOs need a "non-techies guide". If they need a non-technical guide, they should not be CIOs.

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Re: The oil tide is ebbing

the worst thing about energy-saving lightbulbs is how long it takes to have an idea.

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Re: 100-year discount rate

Those companies didn't exist in 1912 or 1985, you bell end.

We're talking about market valuations, not astrology. The difference is that market valuations sometimes reflect reality.

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Re: All this long

If there's no long-term investment, what's a mortgage?

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Re: Oh look...

I thought being warm wasn't going to be the problem?

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk

Welcome to everywhere. There is literally nowhere this kind of thing doesn't happen. You just don't see it because either a) you're not paying attention b) you're lucky enough to have a different lifestyle and/or c) you don't watch Channel 4 documentaries

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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> A payment backlog of six months was considered good.

when it comes to agricultural payments, 6 months is amazingly good. You tend to think in terms of 18 months to two years or three if Margaret Beckett is in charge. Unless you're not a farmer but an "agribusiness" - then you get your money pretty quickly. The UK Government loves giving money to rich people.

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Visual Studio will never be a cross-platform IDE

Are you absolutely certain about that, Tim?

Given a decent implementation of WPF on OSX or $preferred_shell along with MSBuild and .NET Core, I really can't see why not.

It's not a money thing - VS Community is already free.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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The shamrock isn't really a symbol of anything (except possibly the Trinity if you happen to be Sister Robbie Coltrane). The symbol for Ireland is the harp.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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you missed the real story

That being, the upgrade from Win7 is free regardless if whether the Win7 install is legit or pirated.

That's news. That means a billion or so Universal App customers.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Healthy democracy

> A sign of a electorate happy with their life is one where many don't bother to vote as they don't see the need to get new policiticans in to change the system.

No, I'd say what we're currently looking at is a society where all the choices are the same and there is no way to make a meaningful choice so people don't even dignify the process by turning up to it.

Who can blame them?

Do you want rain or rain?

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

I was with you up until the House of Lords thing.

I quite liked the old hereditary peers. They weren't elected so weren't beholden to Paul Dacre or Rupert Murdoch, a lot of them were far too rich to be worried about bribes and cash-for-questions/access and they were, by and large interested tinkerers. Angus Hamilton used to build off-road cars and hardware encryption , for example. An awful lot of the Lords used to be in one business or another, usually at the "cottage industry" level.

On legislation affecting normal rights they were great. "Should we allow Government to spy on everyone? No. Should we make it illegal to own a dog that somebody might be frightened of? No. Is it right that people who don't buy a TV license go to jail? No". All good decisions by the _old_ Lords, all overturned by the Commons and the _new_ Lords, the unelected financial contributors to political parties that Tony Blair decided should be doing that job and rubber-stamping his every whim.

There really wasn't much wrong with the old system except if you're a Class Warfare type. There's a lot wrong with the new one.

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Re: Good

No, I won't be able to retire until I'm at least 70. My retirement was spent on bailing out banks, remember?

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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Meh

MEPs go on expenses-paid junket. Taxpayers pick up bill.

Film at 11.

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