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* Posts by sad_loser

36 posts • joined 25 May 2010

Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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compensation

apology is all well and good but I have been sick with worry as my friends thought I had spent money on a U2 album.

I am setting up a class action to address the reputational damage caused to many people like myself who have been harmed by this thoughtless and unnecessary self-indulgent noise pollution.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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Convergence done properly

the true convergence is probably 3 years off but as Mac has been 64 bit for 5 years and iOS for 1 year you can see how a common code base would be a good thing.

Cleverly, they made the big jump OS upgrade (Mavericks) free and pretty bug-free to take people with them.

MS tried to do it with win8, but instead of showing their supporters the love, they couldn't help themselves and just rogered them senseless with big fees and a non-intuitive UI. Meanwhile android and chrome are cannibalising their core market.

All good fun

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Look it's pretty simple

If it isn't someone else's fault, then it must be incompetence at HP.

So sue everyone else and cross your fingers.

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Nokia Lumia 530: A Windows Phone... for under £50

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Re: That's a low price for a smartphone..

Agree. It should come with Childline on speed dial.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Why??

Just tether off your phone.

Saves a whole load of grief.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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B.O.S.E

Buy

Other

Sound

Equipment

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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whither = wither

whenever anyone uses the term whither about a product / company / service, I know it is withering.

yes he is verbose, but at least there is the nub of a sensible strategy: stick to the knitting.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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wrong market

This is fine for my mum who wants to do email and watch cat videos, and do a bit of light word processing.

In short it is something quick and easy to use for those people who have bought an ipad or iphone and is a chance to bring them into the OSX fold.

There are a lot of these people and they have the disposable income so if it comes in at a halfway reasonable price and it plays nicely with ipad/ iphone - they're in.

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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HSCIC = CfH

Never forget that that HSCIC is just CfH rebranded, but full of pretty much the same bunch of cock-up magnets as before.

The same bunch of 'have a go heroes' that pissed £ 20bn of our money by being willingly bum-raped by every IT consultancy and major IT supplier that ever drew breath.

Yes they have sacked the most incompetent, and there are now a some people around who know what they are doing, and the lower rungs have always been decent people but the case for dropping a nuclear device on Leeds is still overwhelming.

COI : I deal with CfH and now HSCIC on a regular basis.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: Anti-trust?

I think that is right. I was an avid microsoft user then.

I used to set aside a day a year to clean all the cruft out of my MS box.

back then apple was flaky, linux desktop was only for the dedicated, and tablets and phones were dumb bricks.

Microsoft execs seem to exist in a parallel universe where they think the world owes them a living.

They are destroying their business by reaming all their commercial customers who will jump to OS/ cloud asap and their Office business by being late to the cloud and then overcharging.

They don't seem to get it that google doc and dropbox have changed the game

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Happy day

DH did studies to look at the effect on Emergency Department attendance as a result of putting in NHS Direct.

It doesn't prevent people coming at all and if anything NHSD just trained patients to come straight to the hospitals because that is where the doctors are - they don't get dicked around on a phone for 2 hours and then told to come to hospital anyway.

http://www.collemergencymed.ac.uk/photos/EIEDattendances1987-2013.png

When people are ill, they want someone else to take responsibility for managing their condition - they don't really want advice, and if they did then they have wikipedia. But most of the time people just think "I don't get a website to manage my plumbing, I get a plumber - someone who actually knows what they are talking about" why would your illness be any different?

So I am afraid you wasted 6 years of your life. sorry. that is why they shut it - it is expensive and it doesn't work. Now we have 111 which is cheaper and guess what? it doesn't work either.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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IT Angle

thyrotoxicosis ??

The IT angle on this story for some reason eluded me.

always a bit dodgy making diagnoses over the internet, but it looks like he has got Graves disease - thyrotoxicosis, whch can send people a bit mad.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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FAIL

That's just silly

I paid similar money

£325 for a crucial m 500 1TB SSD

£13 for a nice innateck USB3 enclosure

I have then distressed the enclosure so no one would bother nicking it

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

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Re: Where's the matt screen?

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/matt

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sad_loser

Where's the matt screen?

I have got the money ready but until I can get a non reflective screen, am sticking with my 2010 15" MBP with a 512 SSD.

C'mon apple, some of earn our living with this kit. We aren't all sitting round in shoreditch being Nathan Barley.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Trollface

Re: I suppose...

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with shill....

or have I just been trolled?

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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Missed some essentials

red swingline stapler for TPS reports

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/61b7/

Big post-it notes

http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/catalog/catalogSku.do?id=4864082

scotch C10

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotch-C10-Desk-Tape-Dispenser/dp/B000KJOI0E/

www.amazon.co.uk/Scotch-Magic-Tape-Invisible-Dispenser/dp/B000LCVHJA/

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

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One of the sponsors of the car was a well known motor testing ground.

The car was completed at the beginning of summer with the aim of putting > 2000k of testing, so you can't say they didn't think of this.

This is a very sad end to an inspiring skunkworks project, but let's hope it rides again

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Belkin

I remember something about belkin trying something similar - I think it was that their router would insert adverts into webpages.

the interesting thing is that I don't remember the exact detail, only that i have never bought a belkin product since.

This is sort of thing only too predictable from BT, which is why I am no longer with them, but there are plenty of sheep who will tolerate this sort of treatment.

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Coat

Pedant alert

I think the BOFH would be equipped with a Stillson wrench.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Happy

Good old Portege

ultrabooks before their time - I used to have 2 x 7200 porteges - one linux, one W2000 and they were stable and pretty bomb-proof with magnesium frames.

you could pick them up ex-business when the execs had moved onto their next shiiny for 1/4 of their new value and barely used other than for watching cat videos and playing minesweeper.

ah those were the days....

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Stop

if you are going to get in bed with the devil

wouldn't google be cheaper -would be interested in a direct independent comparison.

but not as cheap as libre office + dropbox.

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

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Thumb Up

That's totally Jackson

They need more funding otherwise what will happen to all the self facilitating media nodes?

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Thumb Down

crap glossy screens

I know that the glossy screen can make cheap displays look good but for that kind of money I would expect a no cost matt option.

I am still using an apple big matt screen (not imac) from >5 years ago and will not upgrade until there is a matt option. Gloss is fine for watching funny cat videos but if you depend on your computer for making your living, you want something that does not reflect the entire world around you.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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Go

Re: Gaps

or HP65 as the first programmable, went on apollo etc

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Ten... Ultrabooks

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Meh

not new really

the toshiba portege owned this sector many moons ago.

good quality, very robust for their size and weight. Before the advent of VMs I used to cart two of them around to develop on, one linux, one windoze, ah the good old days.

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Arcam rPac

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Black Helicopters

Don't be too harsh

it is easy to plug in and works.

If you can get a £10 box of bits and sell it for £150, welcome to capitalism.

A lot of cheap laptops have crap sound out, and this will fix it, but for £150 extra you could get a laptop with decent sound out. I think the M-Audio products are very good

A lot of second hand DACs available very cheaply though.

I bought an old meridian DAC second hand off the bay which I feed from my MBP's optical out, and an adaptor and the whole thing cost me £100, including a tinfoil hat.

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

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olympus tough rules

I have got the previous gen one of these - you can pick them up on ebay for about £100 and apart from a few megapixals difference there is not much loss. Just check the seals.

the super macro is very good with built in LED light.

I bought one because it looked wife-proof, and so it has proved. It is also child proof which means that you can give it to a six year old to go and make videos of her rabbit/ the dog and know that the camera will survive.

good for taking underwater in the swimming pool or on holiday - can do snorkelling or shallow dives quite happily.

GPS would be nice but do they hoover up a lot of battery?

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The iPad 3 would make me so horny...

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Go

on the other hand

there is no reason to go higher resolution than the IP3's, so it means that it is reasonably safe to develop for that.

The odds are that all the MacBookPro and Air screens will use the same (+/- widescreen) resolution, which will settle things down again, as this will become the main standard in the same way that 1024x768 has been for about 15 years.

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NHS strikes new deal with CSC for electronic patient records

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FAIL

This will not work

The Morcombe Bay implementation - the first full Lorenzo - has not gone live and from the testing phases the problems have been deep, most likely as a result of not having clinicians spec them properly.

This is not going to end happily.

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sad_loser
FAIL

Turkey

This turkey isn't going to fly.

I have been involved in testing one of the modules. Absolutely hopeless. Took >8 hours and still could not process the patient, crashed multiple times.

I would be very interested to see how this was spec'd because it doesn't bear any relationship to clinical practice.

They had an opportunity to kill this overblown vanity project and blew it.

They should be looking at what NZ have done - specify how stuff talks to each other and let the market sort it out.

utter utter mess.

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Hitachi quietly slips in new, big hardness

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Go

magnificent subbing

what sets a really good website apart from the hoi-polloi

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Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

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Boffin

terminological inexactitude?

I don't want to get epistological on your asses, but trying to disprove something is the basis of Popperian science. If I cannot disprove something, then it is probably true. So we spend quite a lot of time trying to prove a negative.

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Microsoft launches MSN health application

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FAIL

highly flawed logic

ok so the people that look after their weight, exercise, smoking (thin, rich, active) use less health resources than the couch potatoes (fat, poor, sloth-like)

This is an association. not causation.

Therefore if all the couch potatoes suddenly put their data into a big box, particularly one owned by Bill Gates, it does not automagically follow that they somehow become healthy.

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3 men charged in $100m scareware scam

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Badgers

microtards

there will always be stupid users. However, if you say to to a luser 'would you like to drive this van around, and by the way, the back doors don't lock, they would say 'why not - that's stupid - people will just get in and steal stuff'.

The problem is that the microtard just wants a cheap shiny box to surf the information superinterweb they don't bother about the doors being open. I think the van designer is responsible for looking after that side of things - no one else.

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

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Badgers

agree with AC 'look you numpties'

at least they are not pedo-bear clones like most of the crappy mascots.

Conran can insert his opinion where the sun don't shine.

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