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* Posts by Jonathan 27

25 posts • joined 21 Jun 2010

Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

Jonathan 27

Free Meat!

Enough Meat to feed a tribe for a week? I'd eat that! Might be a bit tough but the calorie/effort ratio is very good.

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

Jonathan 27

Re: Win rdp server support

I think you'll find that most cases that require a lot of remote access, all the systems are running Pro versions of Windows because after you get past a certain number of machines domain support is pretty much a requirement. If you're just talking about your toy computers at home...

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: It could be their best chance for a solid return...

The problem with that is that Android (recent versions only) and iOS are also quick and slick. App support is missing and overall user opinion is negative. Also the hardware specs on the phones aren't great and the prices are higher than Android equivalents.

BlackBerry doesn't have to put out a product that's "as good as" the competition at this point. Unless their OS is mind-blowingly fantastic they're not going to get past the app gap and even then they still have to deal with the negative associations BlackBerry has picked up over the years. It would take a miracle for BlackBerry to pull out of this.

As an example, there are only two reasons Windows Phone is still competing and they are:

1. Microsoft is willing to throw billions of dollars at it.

2. Windows Phone's UI is genuinely quite different from Android/iOS and very good for the simple/integrated organizer tasks.

I've used BB10 and it has a few novel ideas but it doesn't feel like anything that couldn't be done in an Android skin. I personally believe that BlackBerry should have released the interface as an Android skin instead of a full OS. That would at least solve half their problems, but they seem to be locked into the mindset that it's still 1999.

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Re: paint.net

Those misleading advertisement download buttons are exactly why I now run AdBlock all the time. I've decided I'd rather feel mildly guilty about not supporting the web sites I visit than be constantly bombarded by crap that wastes my time and serves no purpose (because I'm not going to download their fake crap anyway). That and the talking ads, those should be illegal and if your site has them you'd better believe that 90%+ of your readers are running adblock right now.

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Colour me sad, 3 years after Sandy Bridge and max overclock hasn't really moved anywhere. The 4790K overclocks like a 2600K. Sure the IPC is a bit better, but nothing compelling. You need to at least add a few more cores to make a compelling product Intel.

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

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Re: Something smells rotten here...

Any money at all is wasted on an app that doesn't have any new functionality and is basically just a reduced-functionality clone of a popular app (any IM app).

P.S. writing an app to send other people "Yo" and the infrastructure behind that does not require 10 people.

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

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Ah, you see. This story displays a misunderstanding of how language works. Since the term "hashtag" is so popular more people call that symbol "hash" than anything else. This means that in a few years the dictionary will list the official name as "hash". "octothorp" would never catch on, that's why not one ever says that. It's a goofy name and it will eventually be relegated to a footnote on the bottom of an encyclopedia that no one will read.

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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

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Discontinued

The Civic was discontinued in Japan recently, they weren't selling. Everyone there wanted a smaller Fit or more practical Honda Stream (which is a station wagon/van hybrid thing). They build Civics in at least two places that I know of, the hatchback version is built in Swindon in the the UK and the sedan is built in Alliston Canada. I think they also build them in Ohio and Brazil.

But, if you're in Japan you'd definitely want the UK version. They're both right-hand drive countries.

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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Yeah...

Nyan-nyan is also baby-talk for cat (and several other things), I really don't think the makers of this product are going for the sex angle so half your story doesn't make any sense.

P.S. Nyan is one syllable, N as in the consonant N followed by yan like the chinese surname Yan. All in one syllable and yes this is a stupid product.

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

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Annoyed WP7er

As one of those "idiots who bought a Windows Phone 7" this is the last straw. No Google services after December? Ok then, I'm going to buy an Android phone. Maybe an HTC One or Nexus 4. Microsoft has really screwed early adopters on this.

Combined with the whole Xbox One and Windows 8 (No third party anything, no apps at all really) things I'm fed up with Microsoft. Sure, I'm a .NET developer but I'm sick and tired of their consumer devices teams screwing me over.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Canada

They would do this to us Canadians too if they could. The only reason they don't is if they did we would just all drive down to America, but a PS4 and then drive back. Most of us live so close to the US that it wouldn't take more than a few hours.

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

Jonathan 27

Re: A real driver's car...

A lot of cars don't have a rev counter , oil pressure, temp and fuel guages.

For example, the Mazda 3 I drive only has a rev counter, speedo and fuel guage. I've also driven several vehicles that don't have rev counters, mostly American models that only come in automatic.

I'm fairly certain I could make do with only the speedo and fuel gauge. You can make due with an idiot light for the rest.

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App reads The Indie's dead-tree pages - so you don't have to

Jonathan 27

"Last October a Tokyo newspaper, Shimbun,"

Just as a heads up, every Japanese newspaper name contains the word "Shimbun" which just means newspaper. The publication in question is called "Tokyo Shimbun".

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Jonathan 27

Out of Date

Your impression of Visual Studio's launch time seems out of date. A modern computer (even without an SSD) only takes a few seconds to launch Visual Studio 2012. With an SSD, it's a fraction of that. Not that I use it to modify batch files, I switched to PowerShell a few years ago.

P.S. Eclipse is still slow. If I'm on Linux I just use VIM or gedit.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

Jonathan 27

Meh

Dart's problem is that there really is no advantage to using it over Javascript and it's not supported by ANY current browsers. Google can't just force everyone else to support a new programming system, this should have all gone through a standards body. That way we could be seeing support in all major browsers.

As is, I'm not going to use it in any production projects. It's just a toy at this point unless it gets picked up by other browser vendors.

P.S. Python whitespace is it's biggest issue, but not it's only. I've seen it used for everything from web apps to full graphical client apps and I think it's biggest issue is that people use it for things it was never designed for. If you're doing a web app, a system designed for web apps is the way to go and for complex client apps python's performance is just too poor.

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Meh

I don't see why they think girls don't play with Lego, and need pretty pastel sets. My sister used to love the medieval Lego sets that they used to make and we used to create all manner of different things out of Lego (which we kept organized by type, not set). Then again, I've been told that my youth was unusual I used to have some of those littlest pet shop things which apparently are for girls. I honestly think it may have been my parents just not typecasting this stuff.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Price without reason

None of these ultrabooks have discrete graphics, the current Intel graphics are worthless, ergo high-end buyers will avoid them. Then you only have lower-end buyers who will be scared off by the price. I have no idea who they thought would buy these, they've priced themselves out of the market.

The Macbook Air is a niece product, not a category of notebook. Not everyone can be Apple because if they were, no one would be.

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Why Android houses should give Google the 'fork you'

Jonathan 27
Devil

Terrible Plan

Forking Android is exactly what the industry doesn't need. The Android ecosystem is already fragmented enough, the last think App developers need is 3 new Android derivatives to support. We already have iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Android, Bada, Symbian (for now) and about 5 smaller players. I'm hoping this all boils down to 3 competing operating systems and the others die out.

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Nvidia boss: Windows 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps

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Not Surprising.

Windows Phone Apps run on Silverlight so it's not a big thing to run them on the desktop. As it stands you need to do practically nothing to your Win 7 code and recompile to get a WPF windows app out of it.

The WinPhone silverlight is a true subset of WPF/.NET. I'm quite surprised that anyone would be surprised by this.

P.S. I am a Windows Phone 7 developer... The reason there aren't more apps is that people are too cheap, it takes a lot of work to develop apps and I'm not making any money. My next project is cross-platform

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Google does a mean spring clean

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Good Riddance Google Desktop

I'm sick of removing Google Desktop from idiot's Windows terminal servers. Running the entire engine per user is horrible programming and kills terminal servers. And it does nothing but duplicating internal Windows features (gadgets, search indexing).

Trust me, you haven't seen slow until you use a terminal server with 20 users where each is running Google desktop and each copy is updating it's indexes constantly. It feels like you installed Windows server on a DVD player.

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Apple resellers squeezed out of volume licensing model

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3rd Parties are Mistaken

"Apple clearly believes that the channel adds no value [where software is concerned] but we provide a single point of purchase for Macs, servers, software, we install and support,"

No, you're describing the Apple store. 3rd parties are now Apple's abandoned stepchildren. Apple is very much about controlling the whole experience, from hardware purchase to support to app sales. Apple has built their own ecosystem and the channel doesn't fit into it.

Frankly they don't need anyone else so why would they cut into their profit margin?

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WinPho 7.5 captured in action

Jonathan 27

Wrong

Have you ever used a Windows Phone 7? The OS is substantially different from Windows Mobile, sharing only a (very modified) kernel. Not only that it runs much smoother on similar hardware (I have used the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Focus)

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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

Jonathan 27

Classically Stupid

All these "pay walls" do is reduce readership of your publication. If you want to make it on the web you can't be doing things like that. It's a vestige of an obsolete system that's being perpetrated by the very dinosaurs that held up the old system for so long. They need to learn that media has moved on or they're going to die out.

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Firefox, uTorrent, and PowerPoint hit by Windows DLL bug

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Not Actually a Bug

This is an exploit that works because of the design of the OS. It's not really a flaw per say and doesn't just affect Windows but Linux, Unix, Mac OS and nearly every other OS out there.

I suppose they could mitigate this issue by not allowing code outside the program files folder to execute and not allowing non-administrators from installing programs into Program Files.

I suppose the other thing they could do is run all native applications inside a sandbox, which would be a more complete solution. I expect Microsoft to do that at some point in the future, maybe the version of Windows after 8 or the one after. I'm sure they'll be forcing us to switch everything to .NET (which doesn't suffer this issue itself) eventually.

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Microsoft offers iPhone devs Windows Phone 7 cash

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Not quite

It's not quite that easy. Some recoding is necessary, different interface assemblies and Silverlight for web doesn't have XNA so anything on that is a no-go. I need to get back to recoding my WinMobile 6 apps for Phone 7...

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