Re: Pay your tax like everyone else
I agree in theory - what I don't agree with is HMRC retroactively applying rules to things that were legally legitimate (albeit questionable morally) at the time.
143 posts • joined 25 May 2007
I agree in theory - what I don't agree with is HMRC retroactively applying rules to things that were legally legitimate (albeit questionable morally) at the time.
Does it still do that obnoxious thing of asking to be set as the default browser? Because that would be a serious oversight on Microsoft's behalf!
Is exactly the kind of man who only has sex for procreation.
I am lucky out here as my apartment building has just installed a private Fibre connection (Seeing as the NBN is a complete farce), I now pay around $70 per month for 25Mbps Download AND Upload (I could pay more for up to 100Mbps each way but meh), I work at home (mostly) for a company who are based out in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne and who get a maximum of 7Mbps/500Kbps (shared between 9 people I might add), I physically cant do my job at times in the office.
Kelly Fiveash on that title.... take 10 internets Ma'am
One of the biggest gripes I have with IE (apart from that fact that people are still using it), is that when there are bugs, the developer tools on ALL versions of Internet Explorer make tracking down IE specific bugs a complete pain in the ass.
I know it is saying it will be "Standards Compliant" (don't forget we heard that about IE9 as well), but there will inevitably be idiosyncrasies between it and other browsers, I just hope the developer tools are up to scratch so we actually have a chance of tracking these down.
I'm one of the lucky ones, I live in an Apartment in inner city Melbourne and the Owners corporation have recently installed Fibre to the Building (Not NBN - private), however before this I was lucky if I got 4mb/s downloads and that was with a small ISP who pretty much only existed to serve this and another apartment block.
My friends have ADSL with Optus and they are lucky if they get 5mb/s, add that into a house where a few people are sharing this along with around a 120GB a month allowance on the cheaper packages and you have a disaster. There aren't all that many areas where you can get cable internet either.
IINet have this nailed, they are one of the better performing ISP's here but they still rely on copper unless you are in one of the tiny fraction of areas that can get NBN, by aligning themselves with Netflix on this they will definitely get a head start, I expect others to follow suit fairly soon!
Butter, Egg Yolk, Salt, Lemon is all that's needed, Cayenne is for dusting! :)
I haven't seen an advert in close on 3 years....
Storing stuff in environment variables FTW
PHPStorm, RubyMine, PyCharm - all of them! This is great news as I have always cringed when having to go back to Eclipse for Android development, as someone said above Dev Environments and IDE's especially are a very personal thing but IDEA's keyboard shortcuts and context aware coding make things so much easier!
Whatever happened to Gimpshop? All Photoshop keybindings for GIMP! It frustrates the hell out of me using it even though I know it is probably just as powerful as what I use Photoshop for, would love to have familiar keybindings for it!
Fair enough on things where the bots can actually cause some serious annoyance / forgeries / bulk buying, but on a standard website 9.9 times out of 10 a simple honeypot system works as effectively and is much less annoying to the user, we have implemented it on all of our contact forms and spam from these forms has dropped to zero!
No other government (that I am aware of) has really stepped in to back Net Neutrality (I am admittedly the other side of the world from the UK but I'm pretty sure Cameron tried to turn it around to something to do with his porn filter?), At least Obama is taking the first steps (and therefore a voice with some gravitas) that might bring this into the mainstream and get more people on board with it?
and release a smaller phone alongside this phablet crap!
I am still on the Nexus 4 (the Nexus 5 isn't enough of an upgrade to warrant changing) and I REALLY don't want a 6" phone :(
I think the reason Dropbox is so popular is because it "Just Works" and is available on pretty much every platform going, we use Copy.com because it offers a decent amount of storage for free and is multiplatform - but it is less than intuitive at times - I really hope Amazon sort out a native linux sync client as soon as possible as would be nice to have everything in one place!
I have an Aeropress which I use for my morning Bulletproof coffee, to be honest I was just lazy and bought the kit from their website but I have to say I do like it!
I tend to just stick a scoop in, fill it up to the top and stir it and then press it through! I think if I was going to upgrade id get a proper espresso machine but I feel no need to at the moment.
I was wondering the same thing - just because there is an approval process in iOS apps doesn't necessarily mean there is a code review process to weed out stuff like this.
This runs Android and will hopefully accept side loaded "Normal" Android apps (unlike GoogleTV which crashes on 90% of them). This could be great :)
What is "Google" in this table? The others relate to a web server offering but what (if any) is Googles web server offering?
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 :)
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!
Haha you beat me to it!
..... that have automatic updates enabled (surely?)
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!
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.
What about if you need to.. you know.. type words and stuff?
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 :(
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"
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.
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!
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!
+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!
For me Vi as its what I was forced to use at IBM, University preferred Emacs but I never really felt comfortable with it!
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 :)
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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?
Why cant it just follow standards?
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>
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!
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?
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!
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!