Re: Why not just buy Smartflash...
Because the Patrick Racz would make a fat packet and it would encourage him to keep on trolling. You know the thing about not giving in to a terrorists demands? That.
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Because the Patrick Racz would make a fat packet and it would encourage him to keep on trolling. You know the thing about not giving in to a terrorists demands? That.
It's a bit different, isn't it? Patent trolls buy up, and patent, ideas without producing any product (say, purple oranges would be neat. Quick! Patent it. No, there's no need to actually produce one. We'll just say that we have). ARM produces a lot of software, and an entire, tested, CPU design (which it then licenses). I'd say that that was a tangible product. And, don't forget, ARM has produced chips - and entire computers - in the past. Acorn RISC Machine.
So a patent troll is trolling and it's Apple that's been naughty? Seriously? Would this headline have been worded in this manner about Google? Microsoft? Amazon? Samsung?
I mean, I get that people hate Apple (although I don't understand why, anymore than I understand hatred of the other above named companies), but to the extent that the troll is given some degree of sympathy. Isn't that taking it a bit far?
How about using the x for a significant rewrite or for multiple new functionalities that will affect everyone, y for a significant addition, whether or not it benefits everyone, and the z for bugfixes. I don’t see why the kernel should be given special exemption in version numbering - and it seems to me that x.y.z works just as well as it would for any other software.
The mans a lunatic. A very clever lunatic, responsible for an excellent OS, but a lunatic nonetheless. His version numbers mean nothing. He might as well just give them silly names.
The thing is, a version number should mean something. It should give the user an inkling of what they'll be getting. Personally, I'm a bit fan of x.y.z (foo) where x is a major revision or rewrite, y is a minor revision, z is a bug fix and foo is the build number. I don't care how big the numbers get. I'm a big boy. I can count quite high.
His weird obsession with keeping numbers small is - odd. Never mind, I suppose he can't be good at everything - and I suppose it's better for the world that he's good at kernel programming than that he's good at counting (even though I would have though basic numeracy was a prerequisite)
Beautiful piece of journalism, this, in the best traditions of this esteemed organ. I take my hat off to you. And well done for ensuring that high investigative standards are maintained by actually visiting the site concerned rather than merely relying on hearsay. Top job.
@the spectacularly refined chap
You've never actually used an Apple product have you? You've read some guff on the Internet - but nothing more than that. Somehow though, you think you're qualified to comment.
Rest assured, there is no need to hand Apple any of your information just to use (and update) a Mac. On the other hand, I do think that you'll be missing out if you don't take advantage of Apple's free online services (which are really rather good). And, as I've said before, I think that (of all the online service providers) Apple and Microsoft can be trusted. After all, their business models are not predicated on selling what they know about you.
I use Microsoftt's online offerings too, other than Hotmail, and they partner each other well.
You’re in the minority, and of course exceptions need to be made - chairs for those who require them, just as lifts are provided for the frail and disabled. The point remains that a) most people don’t need a chair in a meeting and b) most meetings are too long.
Besides, if you’re only going to read the minutes then you’re not going to be in a position to contribute - and you’ll have to accept the conclusions as a fait accompli (and, of course, most of the actions will be on you as an absentee - har har). And if you’re only going to be reading them with your brown eye, you probably don’t deserve the job anyway.
I don’t sit down in meetings. Why should I? I stand - and especially if I’m the one doing the presenting. Occasionally I might sit for a moment to scribble down some notes - but that’s about it. And at least if people are standing, I know that they’re awake and not nodding off. If I had my way, there’d be no chairs in meeting rooms - and it’d have the added advantage of keeping meetings pertinent and brief.
I had an Amstrad PC1512 too and it was far and away the worst computer that I have ever owned. So bad that I replaced it with an ostensibly slower 4.77MHz Compaq Deskpro. The Compaq was well built (unlike the Amstrad) and didn't get in my way (unlike the Amstrad) which meant I could work a good deal faster on it. So yes, I'd agree that the Pi is the best selling British PC if only because the Amstrad doesn't deserve the title - I wouldn't even use an Amstrad as a doorstop. Also, I thought Amstrads were of far eastern manufacture.
I think Alan agrees too. I seem to remember that he had a Ratner moment in 1987 or thereabouts when challenged over the continuing availability of the PC1512 despite the fact that the rather-better-but-still-a-toy PC1640 had been launched for only a couple of hundred quid more. If I remember correctly he said something like 'the 1512 will continue to be popular because, for the sort of idiots who buy Amstrad, 200 quid is a week in Majorca'. I may have that wrong - but if anyone has any late 80s PCW magazines kicking around, they can verify this by grepping through Guy Kewneys news section.
If this is more than just someone at Apple playing around with the technology to understand it better then I say that this hubris.
Apple has something to bring to the computer business - it has nothing to offer the car business. For it to think that it can outdo Ford, VW, Volvo and so forth is just nonsense. It makes as much sense as Microsoft entering the brewing business or Goofle opening up a restaurant.
@DougS Yup. Although it's just possible that I may have been slightly flippant there.
I broke my leg a few weeks ago in a cycling accident - so, despite the risks involved in a healthy lifestyle, I'm not seriously suggesting that we should all live like hedonists - but I think that hedonism is no bad thing. Besides, I think that the body is usually pretty good at moderating itself. Since I've found myself on an enforced spell of no gym, no running, no cycling, no sport, I find that I don't really want to eat meat. Mostly I crave fish, salad, and chilli sauce. My body doesn't need the extra meaty energy and protein, so I don't crave it. I'm guessing. I'm as qualified in this field as 'Dr' Gillian Mckeith.
My appetite for beer and spice remains undiminished.
Taking the 'evidence' that we're continually bombarded with, we can prolong our lives by:
* Giving up the booze.
* Giving up eating meat.
* Giving up chips.
* Giving up puddings.
* Giving up caffeine.
* Giving up tobacco.
* Going to bed early.
* Getting up early.
Seriously, what next? Must we give up fucking too? I have no reason to disbelieve these reports - but I think I'd rather enjoy my life than live like a prisoner in exchange for a few extra years. And the extra years that I'll get will be at the end of my life, when my body is frail anyway, rather than in my twenties when I'd have liked to have had more time.
@Ivan 4 “they have had a few questions along the lines of 'why didn't we do this years ago’."
I’ve been in the Linux vanguard - pressing ahead with Linux when all others wanted to preserve the status quo. It seems to me that Linux has a lot of upside. But I’m not entirely comfortable about running on an old, and unsupported, version of Windows for up to 12 months while we finish porting the last few systems to Linux / mysql.
We'll pay for custom support, if it's available, otherwise we'll just take our chances whilst we finish porting our code to Linux. The thinking is that there's no point updating and porting (because SQLServer has changed too much) to a newer version of Windows when we're planning to give Redmond the heave ho in the next twelve months.
That's not my thinking by the way, I'm far too lowly to be privy to such negotiations, but I have to say that (for once) I kinda understand it - even though I've been pressing for an interim Windows upgrade.
It looks more or less exactly like Office for iOS, or Office for Android. Does this mean that, up to now, the best tablets for business have been the tablets not running Windows? Are Windows tablets going to catch up with the competition at last?
I’m a Country Bumpkin. I even play Duelling Banjos, albeit with a Strat. I’d like (in a not really all that interested kind of way) to have 2MB internet (I heard her too - and chortled). Frankly, 2Mb would be alright too. I’m not really that bothered though - updates can download over night, and all I’m really missing out on is gaming (which doesn’t interest me) and online movies (which I can live without).
The thing is, I don’t buy the argument that remote rural areas need high speed internet. It’d be nice, but it’s far from essential. She kept carping on about how farmers need the internet to apply for subsidies - but 2Mb internet isn’t really necessary to fill in forms online. At a pinch 56k is sufficient for that.
Which is not to say that I think high speed internet is pointless. I think it’s very worthwhile - like cinemas, and supermarkets, and petrol stations, and theatres, and swimming pools, and department stores and, y’know, all the other things that towns and cities have. Some of us are quite happy with our village hall, village pub and village post-office. My oil comes in a lorry, and my shit goes into a big hole in the ground.
Scoring political points in the run up to the election? She’ll have to try harder than that. A decent price for produce, paid to the farmers - now that’s a far greater concern.
It seems to me that you've picked a nice headline, but the rabbit hole is deeper than that.
It used to be the oft repeated refrain that "Linux is hard to install" and "Not suitable for desktop use." My own experience is that the pendulum has swung the other way. When I installed Ubuntu on my PC (DFI mobo, AMD Phenom quad core CPU - so far from state of the art), everything worked. Sound. Graphics. Network. Everything. There was no need to install extra drivers, and the whole process was not much harder than installing Mac OS X on my Mac. Subsequent upgrades to Ubuntu have been equally painless (barring one where the power failed half way through - but I don't think that that was Ubuntu's fault, and I was able to recover using single-user mode and the command line).
Windows, we're told, is painless and easy to install. Sadly, that's not been my experience. On the same PC, I tried to install Windows 8.1 on an additional hard drive - but the Windows 8.1 installer (booted from USB) got a little way through the installation and then decided that it didn't like the hard drive. The same happened when I tried with a second, box-fresh, spinner. Fine. Okay. So I bit the bullet and bravely upgraded my Windows 7 partition. It installed (very slowly) without issue - but, after completing the install, it became apparent that Windows 8.1 can't recognise the resolutions supported by my monitor, and I no longer have any sound. Marvellous. The first issue I can fix by fiddling with the registry, and the second I can fix by manually searching for and installing drivers. So neither issue is insurmountable - but why should I have to surmount them? I didn't have to with Linux - Linux just worked.
I'm very aware of the argument. Windows will perform faster for games - but I couldn't give a crap about that. I don't play games. I work. And Ubuntu is quite as fast as Windows for what I do.
There are a few things that Microsoft needs to do before it releases Windows 10 (in my opinion). Most importantly, it needs to make Windows 10 as easy to install and as reliable as Ubuntu. Get the basics right before fiddling around with fripperies like Cortana. Fingers crossed that it can - and this will be the best Windows yet.
Surely this isn't evidence of the awesomeness of the iPhone - this is merely evidence that the market is healthy. In the olden days, if you worked on a PC, or PCW, or an Amiga, or a Mac or an <insert platform of choice here> then you'd have the very devil of a job getting your work onto a different platform if you ever wanted to jump ship. Networking was non-existent (or as good as) and floppy formats were incompatible - even if you were able to get the disk to fit into your new computer. Whole businesses were founded on software / hardware solutions to jam your work down the serial port and (hopefully) reconstruct it on your new platform. And once reconstructed, there was a very good chance that you wouldn't be able to open the file that you'd carefully copied anyway. And this is why I have a "you don't know how lucky you are" moment whenever someone whines about lock-in.
If users really are switching to and from Android or iOS then it demonstrates that there is little or no lock-in. In fact, beyond any apps that you purchase, I can't think of any lock in. After all, it is the data that you own / create that's really valuable. Email, contacts, calendars and so forth - and these can me moved as easily as making a cup of tea.
It doesn't show that the iPhone is necessarily better than Android. The iPhone probably is better than Android for some people, just as Android is better than iPhone for others. Same applies to Windows and Blackberry. People are buying what's best for their needs at this moment in time and you can be sure that the stats will be different again in a year. People move. The market is healthy. Don't read too much into it. Move along…
There are times, and this is one, when I realise what an absolute beginner I am at this writing software malarkey. Okay, so I don’t have the luxury of absolute minimalism - my code has to be readable and easily maintainable - but sometimes (for fun) I try to write tiny software. My best effort so far is 6.5KB Tetris. Which is appallingly bloated compared with this chap’s effort. And Tetris is a simpler game than Chess - if I were to attempt a Chess game you can be certain that I’d need at least 20KB to do it in.
That's not entirely true. After all, look what happened to the Liberal Party. The trouble is that whenever a party makes itself unelectable they immediately find themselves usurped by another bunch of (potentially even bigger) wankers.
The Liberals by Labour, the Tories (maybe) by UKIP. It was ever thus.
But, as has been said many times before, a back door for the security services is a back door for hackers, once they've worked out the key (and they will work out the key). The keys will then be shared and then anyone of nefarious intent will be able to read anyone's messages.
David Cameron, Barak Obama and all politicians (who are, of course, all well intentioned and would never do anything illegal) will use these insecure by design services - and we'll be able to read anything that they commit to the Internet - be it email or encrypted message.
The Terrorists, on the other hand, will go deeper underground and use bespoke secure by design services for all their plottings.
So how is this plan of Cameron's anything other than an own goal? Especially since he'll piss everyone off and render himself, and his party, unelectable. Alternatively, he'll be a massive hypocrite and use the now outlawed services himself, until news of this is broken in the Encryptgate Scandal, he'll piss everyone off and render himself, and his party, unelectable.
@Tsung and others.
"I cannot help but feel those who complain about lack of single player offline mode are more interested in being able to "copy" the game rather than buy it. They have the bandwidth to download it (it isn't available in shops) but lack the bandwidth to play it!"
I cannot help but feel that you're full o' shit. One day, maybe in five years, maybe in thirty, Frontier will no longer exist - and nor will its servers. What happens if I want to play the game then? And don't discount that possibility - I like playing old games and why should I piss my money up the wall just because some untrusting scumbag publisher thinks that an always-on connection is required to reduce piracy?
The thing is, it's not necessary to have an always on connection. Taking one example that I have personal experience of as a software developer, Apple's app store does an excellent job of controlling casual piracy - but only requires the user to be online for the actual download. It doesn't solve the 30 year question entirely, so it's not as good as perhaps it should be, but it's a hell of a sight better than Frontier's kick in the teeth.
And no, not all offline gamers are pirates. Your attitude makes me want to feed the 30 year old copy of Elite (on a 5.25in disk) that I have in my desk into the shredder. Braben and Bell have lost all my respect this day.
I was looking forward to this new Elite. I loved the original, and I’ve been getting my fix with Oolite since. But if there’s no offline mode in this game then, sorry chaps, I will not be flinging any of my hard earned in your direction. I don’t game very often but, when I do, I like to play with myself. So to speak. I’m not a sociable gamer, and I don’t see why I should be.
…or regain your virginity.
Aww. You made it match iOS 7. Was that intentional?
Something like VB, but for Linux? How about Xojo then? Previously known as RealBasic, you can find it here - http://www.xojo.com
"They're both top notch languages with extremely strong capabilities, they both run on the same platforms, and can both achieve exactly the same things."
They don't both run on the same platforms though do they? C# runs on pretty much anything - especially now that Microsoft has done the decent thing and open-sourced it. Linux? No problem! Mac OS X? No problem! And the source code is available - so you can bet anything you like it'll end up in the likes of ReactOS soon - if it hasn't already. VisualBasic runs on Windows and… No, that's it. Just Windows*. And in this modern world of tablets and smart phones, where (according to several reports**) the most used OS in the world is from Mountain View, and the second most used is from Cupertino, a programming language that only works for an OS with diminishing market share is no good at all.
Satya Nadella is doing an amazing job of halting the slide into irrelevance that seemed to be Ballmer's mission plan for Microsoft. The problem with VB is that it doesn't really have a raison d'être any more. VBA kind of does, but it needs to be extended to encompass the entire OS and everything that runs on it (like AppleScript). Then it would be truly useful. If this isn't done then it's just an esoteric and kind of crufty language which needs to be taken outside and given an overdose of barbiturates and vodka.
*Okay, old versions run on MS-DOS too. Hardly counts as cross platform though, does it?
**Taking into account mobile OS's, Gartner pegs Google's share at 41%, Apple's at 25% and Microsoft's at 22%. You can argue that the figures are wrong - and they probably are, but what can't be argued is that the heady days of Windows 95 are long gone, and one can no longer rely on ones users running Windows.
Yes, yes, that’s all very well. But do you have a link to a rip of the DVD concerned? I think we should be able to make up our own minds how depraved this so-called filth is.
@Powernumpty - Your argument is irrelevant because this isn’t about protecting the children (oh won’t somebody please think of the children!). This law won’t make it any harder for children (or anyone else) to get hold of seriously hard core smut. It won’t make it illegal to distribute or view scenes of lovely ladies squirting and spanking, or lusty lads pissing and swearing. It’ll just make it illegal for such porn to be made in the UK. You’ll still be able to get hold of this content, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that they’re Muricans or Russkies. If the content is legal to distribute and view then it should be legal to make as well. This is just a farkin’ ridiculous law made by a bunch of politicos who are desperately out of touch.
@Raumkraut Aha. No. Wait. I still don’t understand. Surely the thing to do is just prohibit the squirting of water into the woman beforehand. It’d have to be self policing ofcourse, making it kind of pointless, but if the porn starlet objected then she’d have legal grounds to prosecute her employer I suppose.
As for banning urination, why? It’s not my thing - but if others get their kicks by peeing (or shitting) on each other, why should I care? It’s not going to spoil my day. Besides, in my practical experience, surely there’s no need to add water - the amount of liquid an aroused woman can squirt is truly astonishing (unless there’s some new ‘fill the bath with fanny-juice’ kink that I’m not aware of).
And has anyone died because their lady friend sat on their face? I think that we should told. In the meantime, I have some research to be getting on with.
Darling, get the leather out, I’m on my way…
Why the hell would female ejaculation be banned? And a spot of face sitting never hurt anyone. Is it case that what gives a man pleasure is fine (within limits), but what gives a woman pleasure is to be prohibited. Ridiculous.
I loved my Scirocco. It was a 1982 GT in Mars red with Pirelli Alloys. It was fast for its day, but slow compared with this new version. Thing is, speed isn't everything - and I haven't found a modern car yet that isn't dull to drive. Too many safety gadgets have spoiled the fun. I don't deny that the gadgets are a good and worthy innovation, of course, responsible for saving many lives - but I rather enjoy the frisson of fear that comes with a car that has a tendency to seek out the nearest tree if one happens to over cook a corner.
To that end I put the kids in a staid and boring modern estate, and myself in a 1959 GT car. That way the future is assured even if my sorry arse isn't.
No - bootcamp is available, but I don't want to use Bootcamp. For my use-case, the best tools are available for Mac OS X, so running it exclusively in bootcamp would defeat the purpose of it being a Mac. If I needed a laptop exclusively for Windows, I'd buy a Lenovo or a VAIO and have done with.
I'm sure that the Air can run Windows adequately in Bootcamp, but I know that it's very poor at running Windows in a virtual machine, and especially once you start working with Visual Studio, SQL Server and the rest.
Got the MacBook Pro Retina 15”, and it’s a superb Unix Workstation on the move. Pretty crappy as a laptop, in my opinion, it’s just too big and too heavy - but the battery life is amazing, and the performance is fantastic. It can comfortably max out the Windows performance score - whilst running in a VMWare Fusion VM, and running multiple Mac programs as well. I don’t use it for Video Editing - mine gets used for cross platform development (all C, me), with Visual Studio, Xcode and Netbeans installed.
On balance though, if you don’t need to run Windows or have HiDPI, I’d say that the best laptop is still the MacBook Air. Let’s face it, most people don’t need Windows* or HiDPI, they just need a reliable, well built, and light notebook computer. I had one, and I miss it - as a pure laptop it beat anything else I’ve used hands down. It was shit at running Windows though, hence the MacBook Pro.
*Frankly, most people don’t need Mac OS X either and would be perfectly comfortable with a nice cheap ChromeBook.
Wow. I think that this might be the first article on the reg to give me a hard on. More please!
Oh wow. I can't wait for my ears to be assaulted by bad, commercially motivated muzak. Okay, perhaps I'm being unfair - I've never used Beats - but the name hardly inspires confidence does it? It sounds as if all the music on the there will be bassy rhythms with no melody or treble. Does Beats offer Jazz? Blues? Rock'n'Roll? Baroque? Classical? Punk? Romantic? Does it offer variety?
I haven't got a problem with feminists - why would I? All they seek is equal rights and standards of behaviour for men and women.
I have feminist friends, both male and female, who have shirts celebrating the naked fleshy beauty of the human body. I know of feminists who work in the porn industry. The trouble is that the shirt-objecting dick-spanks who have raised this complaint aren't really feminists - that's just an excuse. They're narrow minded prudes. They'd be pond life, if it weren't for the fact that pond life tends to be more open minded and less trivial.
How sad that this man, a genius, should have to apologise for his wardrobe.
Damn. That's me. Tea in a pot, made with a strainer. A 50 / 50 blend of Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong.
My car is over fifty years old too. Living in the past, and making things hard for myself no doubt, but I love it. I work with the latest tech - I guess the retro stuff is just a way of balancing it all out.
I'm not going to disagree with you. However, I would say that for people who enjoy pantomime, they enjoy panto for its aesthetic. One person's art is another's unmade bed and all that. So if I want absolute purity I'll listen to a lossless high bit rate audio file or DVD-Audio. But if I just want pleasure served up with a goodly dose of nostalgia, if I want to kick back with a whisky, then I'll have my music served on the record player whilst I read the sleeve notes. I know that the music won't be as pure, just as I know that my whisky isn't as pure as ethanol - but that's okay, I derive more enjoyment that way (probably because of all the memories it stirs of my wasted, but thoroughly enjoyed, youth.)
It's the whole aesthetic rather than the sound quality - and part of that aesthetic extends to CDs as well as Vinyl. It should start with the purchase. Buying online, whether through iTunes, Amazon or <insert preferred online vendor here> is a horribly soulless experience. I used to love the experience of dashing to Andy Cash or Swordfish records to buy the latest Hawkwind album or, if Hawkwind didn't have a new album out, just going for a good old browse, chat and listen. Clicking the mouse just doesn't have the same appeal as flipping through racks of vinyl records. Actually, HMV, OurPrice and Virgin were pretty bloody soulless too.
And then, new album purchased, there was the journey home on the bus - quick as possible - to get my prize on the deck. And through the journey I'd be reading the sleeve notes. Every last one. Happy days.
Will we see small, one man band, independent record shops ever again? I doubt it. Which is a huge pity. Unfortunately, they just didn't seem to have the same stickiness in the national conciousness that a small bookshop has - and even they are in decline.
Aha - but have my chances of winning the lottery also surged?
More recently, and sandwiched between the Angel and The Business Shop (IIRC), there was a sandwich shop called Brunch which did amazingly cheap bacon sandwiches (cheap white bread, butter, grease, bacon, red sauce that had never seen a tomato) that hit the hangover spot every time like a magic headache skewering bullet. Or, if you wanted to have a quality bacon sandwich, there was Mantega (on City Rd). Mantega was owned by a bald racing cyclist, excellent chap. Last time I went there there was a Subway in its place. Travesty. Very sad.
I used to work near there, and one of the things that I really liked about it where the unashamedly shabby, sticky old pubs that stunk like public lavatories. An odd thing to be attached to, I know, but in a bland, americanized, sterilized, world I liked the brazen fuck you attitude of these old boozers. The Angel. The Griffin. The Nelson. The Litten Tree. Horrible pubs, all of them, and yet I loved them dearly - and I generally spent my lunchtimes there. I went back recently - and only the Angel was left, and I doubt that it can be long for this world.
So sad. The passing of an age.
It'd be a odd kind of plaintiff who didn't try to present themselves as the entirely innocent party, but it seems to me that (despite protestations to the contrary), GTAT has smoked the cigarettes and is now acting all surprised that it's got lung cancer. The warning was on the packet, chaps, didn't you read it?
I've been in a few negotiations with big businesses trying to buy my product. I never see reading the contract or negotiating as a waste of time - so I'm amazed that GTATs management and council apparently decided that they could skip being diligent. In most instances I find that the bigger party digs their heels in and won't change any of the contract in my favour - so then I walk away. Others are happy to make changes to suit both parties.
The best presentation I ever attended had no PowerPoint at all. It was given by a chap who was so engaging, who was such a good orator, that (even though the topic was quite dry - a new cross platform API) I doubt anyone would have noticed PowerPoint had it been there.
The biggest two problems with presentations, in my view are:
1. The presenter has had a charisma bypass and either drones on in a monotone, or tries to cover it with shit comedy (I'm thinking of Monkey boy Ballmer and the crappy skits that recent Apple 'events' have subjected us to)
2. The PowerPoint slides are treated like a word document and filled up with closely typed text rather than a few salient and punchy bullet points.
And no. I don't have a solution to the problem.
Perhaps we all need to “let go of the notion that for Android* to win, iOS** has to lose”.
*insert name of OS that your tribe thinks is amazing here.
**insert name of OS that your tribe believes will be the downfall of civilization here.