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5502 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google's Dart on target to replace JavaScript? That'll be the day

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This is still going?

I'd assumed it had died like so many other Google technologies e.g. Gears. And what's the story with NaCl while we're on the subject - gaining traction or just another technologically cool idea that isn't going to take off in real life?

I really don't think the right idea is to introduce ANOTHER language. Being able to re-use code between your browser and desktop apps (and even the server for shared libraries) is surely a better idea than having to port your code, rewrite standard libs from one language that don't exist in another, etc?

Streamlined versions of JS are not solving the underlying problem.

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Re: Java

Sorry Steve but you're showing your ignorance. Certain Java IMPLEMENTATIONS have security holes. Not the Java language itself. Using Java as the native browser language doesn't mean we have to use Oracle Java.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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Re: No sympathy...

Yeah, chicks only dig people who know their unix commandline. Oh wait, it's generally the opposite, sitting on your PC all day telling everyone how smart you are is more likely to result in YOU not reproducing.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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Smart

Since true nanobots remain over the horizon, some sort of hybrid is a very clever idea. Our own cells are far better than anything we can yet dream of making.

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Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

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Re: Poor ol' 5C

Yeah poor old Apple selling squillions of their old model.

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Re: Nokia

I'd like to see a longer list. With so many handsets, and even the Lumia range now quite wide, for any handset to make the list is notable but doesn't tell so much about the OS war.

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Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

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Snapchat spurned a $3bn buyout offer from Facebook.

If this is true, then WHY? They think they are worth more?!!!

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Re: Ads, Ads and yet more [redacted] ads

Sure - as soon as people want to start paying for services rather than expecting them to be free.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: That Takes Brain Cells

Seems rather dumb to assume all criminals are dumb.

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Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps

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Re: I'm with you on that.

But bizarrely not the comments.

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You don't have to be open-source to be open, although if you are bound to Google-issued IDs then I agree with you in this case.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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It looks really slick which is a nice change, but it sounds like the actual usefulness and cost are widely at odds.

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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Re: i wonder..

So how is that better or worse than writing it down and finding that in 7000AD we don't use writing anymore?

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Re: i wonder..

You can read most of the content in a DOCX file with notepad if you wish to.

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Smarty Ring promises technology at your fingertips

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Iain M. Banks RIP

Clearly an early version of a ring terminal.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

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Reward?

More likely he'll be sued

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Re: Obviously someone who loves their work!

>>Imagine having a job that you loved so much that you'd be happy to do something like this in your own time?

Like being a computer programmer you mean?

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Re: As with all Climate models

Applying it to Orbitals, Rings or Spheres might be more interesting.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Sphero

That looks kind of cool but sadly for me it'd have to fall into the £20-ish price bracket alongside those remote-control mini-helicopters

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eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'

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What would eBay know about it?

They don't post anything to anyone, that's kind of the entire basis of their business.

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Mars One's Red Planet foray is still on – but not until 2018

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Re: What will Planet Earth's attention span be?

I suppose you're thinking along the lines of Apollo 13 where nobody wants to watch anymore? If they really get people living on Mars, I think you can bet the project will attract more serious attention.

Plus, even if/when attention wanes, I reckon the first colony will still attract a lot of TV viewers around the globe. Even another moon landing would get a lot of interest.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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"Give me $200,000 and 20 devices"

Why on earth would you want 20 devices rather than the money to buy them?

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Re: "This kid might outlive RIM.” Everyone laughed

Not just an idiot but an ignorant idiot?

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Performance, 17"

I'm not sure I would have been quick to criticise a laptop with 8Gb RAM, a 2GB GPU and an i7 for not being well-specced!

Also, good to see there are still some decent 17" options out there, it seemed like that size was being killed off the last few years but for me it would be essential in a desktop replacement.

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

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Re: MS's business plan:

2. Get it on a PC in every home

This is well known and has been incredibly successful the last 20+ years

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Re: Windows phone outselling iPhone?? Nah

That's a report from August on Q2 sales. It's now December. Things move fast.

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Re: A casual Observation

Were people ever interested/excited in buying a PC/laptop for its own sake? Other than ultrabooks or gaming rigs, the whole point of a PC is that it isn't exciting, it's just something you need. You don't get people excited about the Ford Focus or a crowd in the toaster section, but people keep buying them.

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Of course people buy a PC with Windows not Windows alone, but it was very clear that last year, people were NOT buying PCs BECAUSE they had W8. The hope is clearly 8.1 does enough to remove the OS as an impediment to purchasing a new machine.

As for WP Vs iOS, it's not hard to out-sell a company who only sell expensive high-end products, on number of units sold. No doubt Lada used to outsell Porsche.

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Re: Windows 8.1 - you shouldn't have

No OS makes a good gift but a PC running it might do.

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

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Re: All lies

90% of even fundamentalist Christians, never mind the majority of more moderate Christians, would not claim that.

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Re: Good picture.

It looks more like a picture of Rafa Nadal.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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Charging phones/radios

I'm confused how 0.1W is any use for charging anything?

Otherwise it's a neat idea although even for lighting 0.1W seems very low indeed... what is a very efficient .1W buld equivalent to in old-fashioned bulbage?

If 20lb is a problem to lift, a simple block & tackle would be a low-tech solution.

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European Commission gives Microsoft/Nokia merger the green light

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You posted this 3 years too late. Sales are growing.

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Re: We will wait for the inevitable

Indeed. The Nokia workers are what made Lumia not a total failure.

Also it may well be in the agreement that they must retain Finnish workers in the first place, if the Finnish government has any sense.

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

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Re: Hastening French Revolution 2.0, I see

>>There's two paths - a Star Trek universe where everyone does what they're good at and there's zero scarcity, and a messy revolution when the majority of society gets pissed off at being broke and unemployed.

3)All the manual labourers get paid to not work by the government. We could call it Just Sit Around payments or JSA for short. Housing would be paid for and free entertainment would be provided to fill their time in the form of satellite TV.

Of course you'd have fraudulent claims where smart people claim they are only stupid enough to do automated jobs, when they could earn a living as doctor, but the government would surely clamp down on such things.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

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re:MS / Nokia are selling a lot of units because they are very heavily subsidized

Really? How much does an Android phone with a 1GHz CPU and 512Mb RAM sell for? Considerably more than £150?

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Re: Lolz

Developers target the ecosystems based on their overall value, not the number of devices. If Apple users spend far more on apps than Android/WP users, iOS will still get a lot of attention.

You also have to remember apps includes tablets too, and iOS has much bigger share in that market (for now).

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@Richard Plinston re:there's no real landfill Windows Phone category.

Valid points but does it really matter if the phone OS can be upgraded? Before you answer, consider what % of android phones ever receive an OS upgrade to a new major version.

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So, what is new in SQL 2014, exactly?

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Re: Only Microsoft?

"Most people" use MySQL not either of those.

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Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD

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Fairly meaningless

The Wii has outsold all of those other consoles. First day sales are just for bragging rights.

I think it'll be an interesting battle, if MS can avoid shooting themselves in the foot so often.

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Your MP routes their VAT through Luxembourg?

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Never mind price

When other stores can match Amazon on delivery (I have Prime, virtually everything comes next-day) and more notably, customer service, maybe I'll switch back. I'm not talking family stores for who every return is a real hurt, but big online stores... when something returns faulty or breaks in the warranty, do not ask me to post it to you so you can inspect it and decide if I get a replacement, and you'll reimburse me the postage. Do what Amazon does - send a replacement right away and then arrange a courier to come and collect the original.

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"Morally wrong"

Translation: totally legal but we don't like it

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Re: Did they include the Ian Chappell speciality in this game?

It's not legal anymore

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No decent cricket games at all?

You'd think the Wii or Kinect would allow a fairly decent gaming experience on the batting side of things.

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Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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Re: Yawn

>>Just change the DNS server to an opendns server that doesn't resolve porn. How stupid are these people?

Why would you expect someone running a coffeeshop to know what DNS is, or have heard of OpenDNS?

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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"tax"

I wish people would stop calling things a "tax" when they are not. Call it a fee or a charge whatever, but "tax" is a word with a meaning, and this is not it, no matter how cool you feel using it when talking about 'M$' or 'Crapple'

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: How is this a tablet?

What has GPS/accelerometer got to do with it being a tablet or not?

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Obligatory

Amazed the first comment wasn't the always-funny "if only they sold it with a proper OS".

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Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

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Happily.

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