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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Daniel Voyce

This could be what GoogleTV tried to be

This runs Android and will hopefully accept side loaded "Normal" Android apps (unlike GoogleTV which crashes on 90% of them). This could be great :)

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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

Daniel Voyce

Excuse my Ignorance but

What is "Google" in this table? The others relate to a web server offering but what (if any) is Googles web server offering?

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

Daniel Voyce

I'm sort of interested...

I'd be interested if:

1) It ran Android apps I really dont want to have to wait another X years for their app store to get up to speed

2) If that whole "Plug in to a dock and get full linux" thing ever actually works

3) The phones have a MicroSD slot so I can actually install stuff I need for number 2 to be of any use for me!

That said I am all for open-ness and when I upgrade my Nexus 4 ill probably install it to have a look :)

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Daniel Voyce

Great news!!

Its nice to see gaming companies taking note of Linux - Now it Adobe can get it's suite working on linux (Wine would be fine) I can completely say goodbye to windows forever!

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Daniel Voyce

Re: Ubuntu without Ubuntu?

Haha you beat me to it!

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Daniel Voyce

That message will appear on all XP desktops.....

..... that have automatic updates enabled (surely?)

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

Daniel Voyce

I would be much happier with Video calls

Surely video calling would be a logic step after this? The market is pretty much dominated by either Facetime (iOS only) or Skype, if it is true that they are planning on creating a desktop application this might actually be the first platform that could challenge Skype and to be honest I would embrace it if they created a Linux client for it as the state of Skype on Linux at the mo is questionable at best!

However if this means I can sack off Viber then it gets a Thumbs Up from me!

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Daniel Voyce

XFce <3

I stopped using Gnome after version 2 and moved to XFce and have never looked back, lightweight - allows me to have the layout I want (App shortcuts, Menu and Notifiations at the top, Taskbar and Clock at the bottom) - Gnome 3 can probably do the same but there are so many quirks and idiosyncrasies that it just became painful to set up correctly.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Daniel Voyce

Hmmm

What about if you need to.. you know.. type words and stuff?

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Daniel Voyce

Gah :(

I really wish XP would die already - although I really don't blame sys admins for keeping it around! it is fairly lightweight and when all of your users are basically just writing word documents and using outlook why would they spend a bucket load to upgrade the infrastructure to support windows 7 / 8?

I guess IE7 will never die and us people involved in making T'interweb are forever going to be busting our ass with older technologies because our userbase requires it :(

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

Daniel Voyce

I am actually pretty excited over this

I have a nexus 4 and I have it permanently underclocked to 700mhz (Because it is plenty speedy enough for what I use my phone for), and I use Ubuntu on my desktop so if I can literally rock up to work with my phone in my pocket and have a fully working desktop ready to go then I can definitely see the benefit in that. Only thing would be storage but as most new phones have USB on the go I guess they could all be connected up with a hub for all that? In the words of Jasper Beardly - "What a time to be alive"

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Daniel Voyce

Re: I feel it in the air

To be fair I have never had a problem sending something back to eBuyer - they did initially try and troubleshoot problems (Have you turned it off and on again....) and when they couldn't solve it issued an RMA immediately.

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

Daniel Voyce

Hmm

I just don't get this, I know this means I am probably not in the intended demographic for this but I know I would just find myself getting annoyed that I couldnt do certain things!

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Daniel Voyce

For the young grads - If you are doing a degree - do a sandwich year!

Your university should help with the introductions for the application process, but after that it is down to you to impress!

It pretty much set me up for life! If you go for one of the big companies and get into it then it is entirely possible that not only will you get some serious inspiration (and expert advice) for your dissertation - you will also get offered to be fast-tracked through the graduate process after your degree, that way you get Training, Qualifications and Experience on top of your degree and with a decent company name behind you people will even notice and ask you about it 10 years on giving you a solid start for any interview!

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Australia's States in online shopping tax grab

Daniel Voyce

Re: Idiots!

+1 on this - lets take ebay for example, Australian ebay is pretty poor for things that in the UK I took for granted, even little things, I needed to buy a DVI -> HDMI cable and looking on the Australia site there were 2 for around $25 or one for $8 + $2 postage from the UK with a delivery time similar to that of the Aussie one!

Saying lowering it would give you $X income might be off the bat numbers, but what about all the extra staff, all the extra processing, all the extra delays and eventually the fact that people will stop getting the stuff they need sent over and have to spend a fortune internally which will eventually screw up inflation as people bankrupt themselves with ridiculous prices here!

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

Daniel Voyce

My work here is done

:wq

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Daniel Voyce

Emacs or Vi(m) - what's your preferred?

For me Vi as its what I was forced to use at IBM, University preferred Emacs but I never really felt comfortable with it!

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

Daniel Voyce

Totally agree with the Sandwich year thing

I graduated from Aston University in 2005 with a Comp Sci degree, I have to say the degree itself provided us with pretty much nothing that we could have taken and used in the real world unless in really specialised areas, our main programming language was Ada and apart from that there was a brief touching on some things like Assembly and Java but certainly not enough to make you feel skilled enough for a real world job in it. Sure, I could have gone into a job with Ada but to be honest I just didnt enjoy it enough to ever be a consideration.

My "Professional Placement" (I am pretty angry its called that considering how much I bust my ass to get that job, the 2 day long interviews and review after review) was pretty much what I rode on through the start of my professional career! It was with IBM and I have to say was the best decision I made going for it. I was lucky in that I had a really decent manager there who basically let me explore whatever I wanted to do as long as it was solving problems that existed around my team (I was working as a DBA in Service Delivery on a big forex project!). Because of this I was able to get a decent amount of real world experience in PHP and Python (which I had planned to learn anyway for my Final Year Project).

I think that without the programming fundamentals of Ada - I would have found it harder to learn the languages which I now use every day, I appreciate that side of my degree, however if you dont take the initiative and see what skills are relevant in the real world and then go obtain them - you will have a less than positive outlook on it - I know when I looked at the Job market for Ada and Java jobs I felt pretty disillusioned with it - I am glad I had IBM on my CV and a dissertation done in a language I wanted to do in the future - without that Sandwich year - I definitely would have gone a different path in my life :)

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

Daniel Voyce

Re: Does this mean people will consider building Android apps first?

All valid points, It's good to know the thought process behind this, and while I wasn't specifically asking after the "Companies who create and sell apps as standalone products" - It was more the "Companies who offer a mobile product alongside their main offering" - E.g. Sky Go, Netflix, Hulu etc, they all started out with iPhone only apps at the start and in some cases took years to offer anything on Android.

I can see why Android would frustrate the hell out of App Developers, Being open obviously gives way to easier piracy, however Iphones are not immune to this, however the process of Jailbreaking a phone is much more involved than simply sideloading a ripped off APK.

Then there is the 3rd Bracket, where companies build apps that are limited to specific devices where there is absolutely no reason for this. I guess its a marketing / brokered deal with them, Foxtel here in Australia has just released an Android version of Foxtel Go (Similar to Sky Go!) but have limited it to Samsung Galaxy devices - for absolutely no reason! I thought it might be because it was using TouchWiz for something - but nope! If I rename my phone in my build.prop it works - There is no need for that!

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Daniel Voyce

Does this mean people will consider building Android apps first?

I'm sure it's not just me, but companies STILL end up building iOS apps first with Android apps as an afterthought, often years down the line (Sky Go for example!). I understand the fragmentation issue but with 70-80% of the phone market and at least a majority in the tablet market (Results differ on Analyst sites) - and more importantly - rising. I know Android device users often fall into the cheapskate category - is this what drives those decisions? If you make Smartphone apps - what is your decision tree for choosing which platform to develop first?

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

Daniel Voyce

Where can I get a media player that has the same version of Milkdrop that Winamp has?

I use Winamp on the TV in my lounge for background music when mates are around and the Amazing Milkdrop 2 visalisation pack - Does anyone know of another Media player I can get it on? I remember looking a year or so back but it seems the presets that come with Winamp are in a league of their own!

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

Daniel Voyce

Standards Compliance

My heart sank when I saw there was a new version of IE out - "What weird and wonderful quirks would it have so my lovely website would look shit in this latest version" I wondered (Not so quietly).

Thankfully it actually looks pretty good so far! I panicked a bit when I saw this headline but its mostly pretty niche stuff at the moment not included in the Win 7 version.

I'm all for newer (more) standards compliant browsers, however the fact that XP is still stuck on IE8 and the majority of corporate clients still use that POS will never, ever, ever get MS back into my good books where browsers are concerned.

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

Daniel Voyce

Hmm

I have no problem with this as long as we can install extensions manually - I know it says it is blocking from a website (which I get - it stops potential malware being pushed from sites) - however if I cant use adblock plus then I WILL be moving away from Chrome and that is a shame as the last thing the internet needs right now is more people moving away from good standards compliant browsers.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

Daniel Voyce

Is no one going to mention the car crash that was MSN Messenger Integration?

I honestly think I could have drunkenly shat out a better method to do that compared to what Microsoft has done with it! I unfortunately have to use Skype for managing external dev teams some of which I originally had to deal with on Messenger and the fact that in order to get my Skype & Messenger contacts I have to login with my defunct Hotmail address (through a crappy afterthought link on the Linux Client) - logging in with my Skype details only gives me my skype contacts. Not to mention the silent crashes and piss poor performance on the Linux client.

Are there actually any reasonable alternatives?

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Daniel Voyce

Why the hell does it have a "Compatibility List"?

Why cant it just follow standards?

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Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

Daniel Voyce

I'm stuck in IE8 Development Hell at the moment

I can't convey via keyboard just how angry I am at the persistence of IE8, I know a lot of sites have started discontinuing support for it and I would love to do the same but 70% of our users come into the site on IE8 :( I reckon that it currently doubles our Front End development time to have to support it - would love to implement something like Kogan have done and create an IE8 tax! The sooner major services stop suppprting this - the sooner sysadmins might actually upgrade past XP so IE9 upwards can be installed or just forego IE altogether!

The other problem is that many people simply associate that little blue E with the internet in its entireity, I actually heard someone say the other day "I dont want Firefox I want to go in the internet" - ARGH </rant>

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Daniel Voyce

Re: What happens when you want to do something that cannot be done via USB?

I agree with you to a point - however just because they have to include a standard charger doesn't mean they cant include another port for any other innovation they want (or a combined port that does both (e.g. the eSATA/USB ports on many laptops now) - that's where their innovation can come in!

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Daniel Voyce

This is ridiculous! Is there a work around?

I would never buy a phone that is region locked - I have been travelling around Asia for the past year and buying a local sim card in each country as I have gone has been the cheapest way of keeping in contact!

Is this done in software only? E.g. could it be removed with a custom kernel / ROM? Anyone know?

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

Daniel Voyce

What is the actual method they are going to use for this?

I moved to Australia 6 months ago and while I do follow UK news where possible - have they said how they are going to do this? I assumed it would be using the ISP's DNS servers to filter this out, but as someone said above - they would have to do it on a URL by URL basis for sites that might contain something people might find offensive....

Either way it's bullshit - leave the internet alone you massive shower of wankers!

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

Daniel Voyce

4.2 and staying there for now

I have rooted my phone and disabled OTA updates mostly because of stuff like this - They should have a [better] Beta program for updates to the phone so that people can test on real world devices. Personally I am just going to wait for Paranoid Android to have a solid 4.3 build and update to that - [certain] custom roms are far superior to stock android - even when it comes to stability!

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Daniel Voyce

And how long until

A list of politicians who have opted out of the pr0n filter is leaked online?

I can already see the Mail headlines now "Dirty Dave ditches own filter to fap frantically to dwarfsex.com"

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

Daniel Voyce
Linux

Re: It is even worse than fragmentation

Ubuntu has always been about a simple, clean off the shelf implementation of Linux with a bit more polish than other distros - surely if this accomplishes this for the masses then it is fulfilling it's goal, if one wanted to use Wayland as a power user - removing Mir and installing Wayland instead shouldn't be a problem surely? I have to believe that Shuttleworth has a reason for his choice that fits in with his vision of where Ubuntu is going in the future.

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

Daniel Voyce

Gutted

I have been travelling for the past year and have been using Latitude to track my movements so I can put them into Google Earth later and my friends so I can see who is nearby - It's a shame that this is going - offline maps are really useful aswell!

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

Daniel Voyce

Python is a great language to learn, it is used all over and has a decent job market exposure. It depends what kind of coding you want to go into, Python is pretty flexible as it is used on the web a lot aswell if that was your area of interest.

The way I see it - if you have time to teach yourself a language and are confident you can do it well - then go ahead - get some code examples of stuff on GitHub and use that as part of your application process.

If you are looking to get involved in Web stuff - PHP is still the best for employability.

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Daniel Voyce
Headmaster

Relevant programming languages are needed...

Although unfortunately the ones that are often used IRL are often the worst to learn fundamentals on. I did Computer Science at Uni and we learnt Ada as the main language - realising then that were very few Ada jobs on the market we asked our professor why we were learning it - his answer - "Because it will force you to code correctly" - He was right.

Ada is a ridiculously strict language - it wasn't fun to code in but as a teaching language it gave us a decent grounding in programming (and distributed and realtime systems) - However from a purely Job oriented point of view - it was somewhat harder to come out of Uni and get a job, all of my friends that are programming now are doing so in Languages they have basically had to teach themselves, we did touch on Java at school but not in any capacity where we would have been useful in the real world - even at Junior level - there was no talk of C++.

I think Python would be a decent language to teach at Uni nowadays (as an interpreted language) and has a lot of scope in the real world and something like C++ for a compiled language.

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

Daniel Voyce
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Re: If you don't keep learning...

My sentiment exactly!

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Re: Keep current or become unemployable

Totally agree - the fundamentals are what are important, before programming languages got more complex one had to accomplish complex things with less complex language constructs - it makes you approach a problem in a differerent way (a more pure way some would say). Tools should be there to take the grunt out of developing not to replace the core language, you wouldnt believe how many developers I have worked with who have only learnt how to use a specific framework and can barely utilise the underlying language it was written on.

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Re: Keep current or become unemployable

I learn on the job, I keep up to date with all the new features of each language release, use tools to increase my productivity (such as MVC Frameworks) and learn as I go, I find that the time I was spending on the learning curve of these new technologies was negated by the efficiency these new tools brought to my workflow. Again - one of the benefits of having good fundamentals is that you can pick these up quite quickly.

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Daniel Voyce
Headmaster

Keep current or become unemployable

I have always believed that if you are in the business of coding that you should be constantly updating your skill set or soon enough you will become obsolete, Younger coders are coming into the market at a time where there is alot of buzz around new technologies and frameworks to enable faster coding, they throw a few of these buzz words around in interviews and get a job, The problem is that most of them dont have solid fundamentals or experience to handle these technologies / frameworks competently or the ability to see the "bigger picture" and more often than I would have like to have seen - things come crashing down around them.

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Ancient website from 1999: By Mark Zuckerberg aged 15¾

Daniel Voyce

Its in the way back machine from 1999

http://web.archive.org/web/20021104225654/http://www.angelfire.com/ny/mez51/

Looks legit? The code is definitely 1999 style and it just looks like a high school kid learning programming using it to show class projects!

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Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

Daniel Voyce
Coat

Brontosaurii?

Surely?

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

Daniel Voyce
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Not happy about this

I don't really watch sports, so have no need to purchase Sky Sports at Exhorbitant prices.

BBC coverage was awesome, the pre race build up was in my opinion one of the main reasons so many people got hooked into the past few years - highest viewing figures in 10 years - for it now to move to a paid service?

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Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

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Urgh

I just vomited in my mouth a little

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Sony Ericsson posts Android bootloader unlock code

Daniel Voyce

Motorola

.... need to follow suit on this one - My Milestone is past its sell by date now and would love to be able to install a proper custom rom & kernel on it rather than a one legged version of Cyanogenmod :(

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Virgin preps step-down Tivo box

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Good! £200 is way too expensive for the 1TB box

Virgin just seem to be taking the p*ss more and more with various things lately - the price for the 1TB TiVo box is just stupid - why not invest some more money in some of Sky's offerings / technology that people want? (Remote recording / remote viewing for instance) - for a supposedly superior network they are p*ss poor at utilising it.

I would be tempted with this cheaper version 500GB is plenty for what I need - but mainly because my V+ box is so sh*t at doing anything faster than 1mph and loves resetting mid recording.

Not to mention even thinking about using your box after midnight as it is completely unusable.

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Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

Daniel Voyce
Megaphone

Surely.....

....this is botchable? Get some Birmingham Contractors in - We'd botch the hell out of it!

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Motorola Milestone 2 Android smartphone

Daniel Voyce

@Jon Bright

I have the original milestone and got sick of waiting for the 2.2 update so installed Cyanogenmod on it and its like having a new phone. Google it - it was pretty painless to do!

Also do we know if they have locked the bootloader on this new milestone? If so it will be a deal breaker for me im afraid.

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Lone Android dev 'almost brought down T-Mobile'

Daniel Voyce
Go

What was the App?

Just wondering what this fabled app is?

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Hotmail still not working? Use Chrome to fix it, says MS

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Atrocious interface - Trying too hard = fail!

I cant stand the new hotmail interface, I don't use it reguarly - it is just an old email account before I (wisely) made the switch to Gmail - its clunky and ugly - do they not understand people want simple clean interfaces?

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