* Posts by dogged

4514 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

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Re: If you thought the browser wars didn't really matter...

Oh come on. Netscape lost because it was a) much more expensive than "free" and b) it became increasingly shit as the iterations went on. Communicator was dire.

Had the Korean government bothered to support Mozilla when it arrived, they wouldn't be in this hole.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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> Only if it's in car bombs, though.

That's true, tractor bombs are fine.

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Bear in mind you can be arrested if you use red diesel.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Its all about "Businesses" being "People"

Not at all. If you don't want to serve somebody, don't.

Just don't say "because you're queer". It's really very simple.

This law, however, is pretty much encouraging the local Westboro Baptists to hang up banners declaring "WE DON'T SERVE NO FILTHY FAGGOTS" over their shops and if you can't see the problem with that, the problem may well be you.

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> "For we live not under the Law, but under grace"..

So why do you keep invoking this law that you don't follow?

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Re: @ Matt the bigot: How does this boycott thing work again?

> You seem quite happy to foist your views on Matt.

I think there's a sizeable difference between somebody writing down their beliefs in a form you don't have to read and somebody making their beliefs into the law.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

"religion". Please.

Otherwise you're doing quite well. But it's a religion, not a pigeon.

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Re: So what about the other nineteen states and the U.S. Government

> I'll believe that a corporation is a person when it can be drafted or imprisoned. I have never seen a corporation praying in a church, synagogue or a mosque, or being baptized, circumcised. They do not get to have religions.

Well said.

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Microsoft to slash price of top-level MSDN subs for Visual Studio 2015

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Re: Perhaps they have realised

or perhaps you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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Damn you Montenegro!

There goes about 80% of the profit on my new *.sideways and *.backwards TLDs.

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

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Re: Only techies care about phone OS

> I don't know why you think that Google should write Windows Phone apps.

I don't. However, when they don't write them and MS write them instead and then Google disbarr the MS app from their APIs, something is going on. Did MS's app "break the terms of service"? Yes, because it did not include Youtube ads because Google refused to allow MS access to their ad API.

Not that you ever admit it, but this did actually happen with the Youtube app. Twice.

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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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Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

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Ring

That NFC ring for opening your front door looks handy. Especially when carrying all the shopping.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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Re: Poor compliance with web standards

> ith Windows 95 they included access to the (original) MSN which was a closed network only for Windows 95 users. To get access to the internet the later !Plus Pack was required (or 3rd party networking).

Really? I don't remember anything being locked down (if you could remember a URL).

Then again, I was a Navigator user at the time. On Slowlaris.

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

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Re: Hitler in Asia is just not seen in the same way

Thank you for the link to John Rabe. Fascinating. And rather sad.

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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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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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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 gently returns 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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