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* Posts by Ian Yates

878 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

Boffins develop microwave weed-zapper

Ian Yates
Alert

Re: "Far happier are those who worry about the prevalence of pesticides"

Dear $DEITY! Save us from this microwave RADIATION! (etc., etc., etc.)

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Time has already run out for smart watches

Ian Yates

Re: Mens watches are jewelery

Agreed. Potentially, once epaper (or similar non-backlit display) has a high enough resolution, colour range, and refresh rate, it could have the appearance of a normal (albeit completely flat) watch, but respond to gestures to occasionally perform smart functions...

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Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!

Ian Yates
Unhappy

Whoops

Wasn't aware of this exploit and told my cousin to change her password when I got some spam from her account. She did, but 12 hours later it happened again so I told her to change it to a completely different and more complicated one.

Feeling a bit mean now...

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

Ian Yates

Re: Open console is needed

"The Xbox - from a business perspective, is disastrous." You're confusing 'business' and 'commercial'. From a business perspective (Microsoft's) the XBox is one of their most important products; just look how many living rooms and bedrooms they are in. Plugged directly in to most people's preferred form of entertainment: their TV.

That aside, I'd take a lot of the profit announcements with a pinch of salt. MS certainly is an odd one in that the hardware has always been sold mostly at loss, but the licensing for the various parts of the system is the real money-maker, and I've never seen anything that has been able to confirm it falls within the "XBox division's" profit centre (i.e., the profits are reported somewhere else).

If it was really losing them money on all fronts, why would they not have made some changes to it? They still plough huge amounts of R&D in to the annual dashboard refresh.

And EA deserve what they get. Their games have focused on pointless sequels for years and Origin is an abomination

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Aw grandad, I asked for an iPad and you got me an iPod

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: I wanted a Nexus 7

All I got was a pesky replicant that kept trying to tell me it was human :(

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

Ian Yates
Windows

Re: Great idea!

"a full desktop OS onto a phone and released Windows RT on a mobile."

Windows RT is far from a full desktop OS [citation]

Or, in more detail: "Windows RT can't run third-party desktop applications. At all."

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

Ian Yates
WTF?

Matt's diatribes are generally divisive, but this one is just downright bonkers.

As a long-time user of Android, I'll agree that it may still lack some of the polish of iOS, but it would be insane to argue that it isn't catching up. Is Matt really suggesting that Google dropping Android would have left Apple any incentive to continue work on iOS? I saw someone use the "new" notifications system on their iPhone the other day, which clearly draws inspirations from Google's efforts (which isn't a bad thing, despite what software patent trolls think).

Competition breeds innovation and consumers starve the garbage out of the market by not buying/using it.

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: Herbertsmithite (named after its discoverer)

Shame it couldn't be used as a popular food ingredient, with appropriate advertising campaign.

<sings> I feel like *cough*

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

Ian Yates
Pint

Re: Whatever. It's SOLSTICE! Celebrate!

I truly hope that nothing happens "today" (which, let's face it, means something different depending on where you are on the Earth) that could be taken to be the "cataclysm"... it would make all the usual believers of such prophecies even more insufferable.

Anyway; last orders gentlemen.

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Apple shifts iTunes to HTTPS, sidesteps China’s censors

Ian Yates
Flame

Re: Does this scale?

Nah. There'll be enfored MITM certificate substitution soon. If UKGov were considering it (idiots), there's no reason to think China won't go ahead with it.

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Dotcom titan funds 'Mark Cuban Chair To Eliminate Stupid Patents'

Ian Yates
Stop

Except that software patents are stupid. Small devs do not have enough time or money to check if something they're working on is patented; I'd argue that "no patents = more innovation" in software (just look at FOSS).

Sure, trademark your look-and-feel if that's what consumers use to associate something to you, but don't pretend that dragging something across a screen with your finger is a patentable invention.

Your comparing developers of software (something that is completely intangible) with manufacturers of physical things.

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US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

Ian Yates

Re: USPTO=Incompetent

"let the courts decide"

Unfortunately, the juries tend to be told that a granted patent must be valid because the USPTO checked it... hmm

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ICANN'T believe it's not Apple: Vatican wins domain-handout lottery

Ian Yates

Re: Insanity

A more obvious abuse would be ".corn"

Who exactly would be held responsible if such a TLD was used for phishing?

I don't mind new TLDs, but granting them to companies is ridiculous. Just continue with making them public (and less of them)!

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Ian Yates

Re: a domain squatter company gets in first with a valuable TLD

Brilliant. So it's alright that ICANN is introducing a class system to the Internet?

I can't afford to buy my own TLD, so my company page will now look like some kind of budget URL. The whole thing is a sick joke.

The average Joe doesn't even understand the (non)significance of "www" before a normal domain; how are they possible going to tell the difference between "coke" and "coke.com". Perhaps a bad example; there are bound to be more ambiguous new URLs.

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

Ian Yates

Re: "a bidet-like spray"

Seriously? This is a remote controlled toilet and you think the idea of a targetting system for the spray is daft?

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

Ian Yates

Re: Brilliant

Could you expand on your statement? I really don't get what you're implying.

Just calculating population growth backwards wouldn't get you anywhere near the correct population for a given year. Just try it to 1900 and tell me what number you get. (Hint: there were some large, unexpected population drops in that period)

I won't argue that Evolution doesn't have a belief system inherent in it; but then so does gravity. I believe (and hope) that gravity will continue to work today and tomorrow. But calling it a "religion" is hyperbole.

The key is that the theory of evolution (and gravity) is adjusted based upon what is observed, wereas religious beliefs are used to explain away observations that do not agree with the belief (e.g., "God works in mysterious ways").

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Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

Ian Yates

Re: Even with $2.6B

Seems like a better plan (for them) would have been to devolve in to the exact kind of patent troll that they sold out to. Would give an income in the long term, with which to rebuild some kind of R&D work.

I might have read it wrong, but it sounds like everyone who might have been interetested in buying the patents (hence the $2.6B valuation) joined together and split the bill. Isn't that a form of price fixing?

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

Ian Yates
Megaphone

"Mayan prediction"

Wasn't a prediction, blah blah blah, move along

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Worldwide LCD price-fixing conspiracy: Another exec guilty

Ian Yates

Re: Karaoke

I like the thought that they dropped the information in to popular song.

"Well I guess it would be nice, if I could fix my profit, I know not every outfit, can fix a profit like you."

No prizes for guessing the song ;)

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to use HTML5

Ian Yates
Headmaster

Re: Ah, Mr Asay

Annoyingly, I can't see the graph used because we're stuck with IE8 at work, but touting such "relative" figures always rings alarm bells for me.

I don't know the figures, but if no one wanted HTML5 devs three years ago but they do today, those relative figures are going to be massive. Whereas Android jobs could have been in demand three years ago, so an equivalent (or even larger) rise in today's number will appear as a smaller relative rise.

Show me absolute month-on-month changes in *new* ads (since not being able to hire someone isn't the sign of increased demand), and I'll start to listen.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: Ping Time

"Just talk and don't worry about a two way conversation"

That sums up my general attempts at being social (in hindsight)

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

Ian Yates

Re: Probably...

"There shouldn't be "proper channels" as regards the Interwebs, Ian"

That wasn't what I was talking about. I meant proper channels with regards to free speech in the state; in this case, the USA.

It should be pretty clear that the WBC are purely abusing their right to free speech and there should be sensible ways of curbing that. IANAL, but I would think banning their right to protest in public, initially for a short time, would be a fair and just response.

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Ian Yates

Re: Probably...

"A right must be tempered with responsibility. If this group was in the UK they wold have been arrested by now for the shit they say. because its illegal to be racist or homophobic etc here"

And that's exactly my point: "there should be proper channels to correct/punish this behaviour". Although, I'm personally not a fan of how far the UK laws go, due to the ease with which they can and have been abused.

Anon's biggest "win" here is in highlighting the WBC to the world (again) for being the twisted individuals they are. While we'd probably normally try to starve them of publicity, what needs to happen is more people in the USA get riled up and actually raise complaints against them.

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Ian Yates
Unhappy

Re: Probably...

I'm with AC @ 08:55.

The right to free speech has to be universal.

While I don't condone the WBC in any way, if you believe a particular group is abusing their right in order to preach hate, there should be proper channels to correct/punish this behaviour; Anon's kind of vigilantism (while funny) does breed a "we're louder so we know best" skew on what free speech is.

Or in this case, "we're more technically competent, so we control your interwebs".

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It's official: Mac users are morally superior to Windows users

Ian Yates
FAIL

Fact: Saying "Fact." is not an acceptable substitute for actual facts.

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Ian Yates
Stop

Re: Statistics

"thousands of other peoples opinions"

Well... let's be fair, thousands of other people's choice to use one particular donation site, that I've personally never heard of.

I'm not a Mac user, but all of my donations are either direct debit or paid directly to the charity/organisation.

So the headline should be (if it was serious) "Qgiv is used by Mac users more than Windows users" or "Qgiv detects more 'Mac' user agents than 'Windows'", since user agent spoofing is hardly complex.

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

Ian Yates
IT Angle

Re: Wow, just wow

"the story here isn't about a garage door opener"

Makes more sense. I was wondering why you'd need something so computationally powerful just to open a garage door ;)

Can't see the video at work

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Micro-computer bakers open Raspberry Pi shop

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: Pah!

I used to love adding a "cheat", such as infinite lives/ammo to character 1 or removing collision on a certain wall, for when I played multiplayer with a friend

Good times

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Good

10 years!

I can't even imagine what he and his family went through; I feel old just thinking about how long it's been since his story first came to light.

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Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

Ian Yates
Holmes

Is it just me...

"more energy for the nation than North Sea oil"

I took this to be a surreptitious nod to Scotland that we weren't worried about their potential independance. Although, I could just be growing overly cynical.

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Apple loses iPhone patent lawsuit

Ian Yates
Stop

Re: The Irony

While this is certainly Apple getting a taste of their own "obvious" medicine and watching them lose at their own game gives a warm fuzzy feeling, the patents in question are still rediculous.

The two regarding incoming calls basically boil down to: phone receives call and displays contextual tasks, user selects the task (accept/reject) to perform.

True, Sony and Nokia land-grabbed these concepts in the 90's, but seriously, what else would you do with a phone that receivse incoming calls?

I agree with the poster below that says that almost all IT patents are obvious or prior art. It's just land-grabbing and patent trolling. The system is still broken and this is still just irrelevant numbers being batted from one corporation to the next.

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Facebook ditches mobile HTML with native Android app

Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Oh, awesome.

"android movie rentals don't work"

Yikes! I'd better let them know, as it's working on my rooted Sensation...

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

"It's pretty good for device drivers and graphics libraries and other low level stuff."

I agree.

If I need to write something that has to manipulate data as quickly as possible, I'd opt for C++ and all of the wonderful memory control it provides; if I need a GUI or high-level RESTful web service (etc.), I'd go for Java or C# depending on any existing infrastructure.

My time is money, as is the time of the people that need to maintain my code in future, and C++ just costs more of both.

Sod the "best" arguments, the purpose of a programming language is to abstract away the problems you don't need to solve for your current work. If memory efficiency isn't important, why include it within your current solution when you could spend the time on other things?

That's the reason I don't do assembly at work, anyway. YMMV.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: C# is dead

"But of course, you need professionals to work with a professional system, and MS did everything in its power over the last 2-3 decades to de-professionalize the programming world."

As someone who moved through C++, Java, and into .NET, I actually agree with you.

I have a real problem trying to hire people who know/care what .NET is and how the CLR works, even at a high level.

A GC is not some black magic that you should assume will do its job correctly, nor is the JIT. You need some understanding of what happens at run time in order to understand what tools are suited to what tasks. /rant

That aside, anyone who "manually builds an installer from their local workstations" is in the wrong role or has their hands tied by a manager who is in the wrong role (I've been there).

.NET has had brilliant CI and packaging tools for a long time (my current personal favourite being TeamCity), as well as NuGet, which can save hours, in the right hands.

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Ian Yates

Re: C# is dead

Ignoring that you've gone from "C# is a rip off of Java" to ".NET [...], just like Java" (which isn't the same thing):

So you also believe that Java rips off UCSD Pascal, since that uses a VM for each process? Or that C++ rips off C?

I completely agree that C# is an evolution of Java (which is being strangled to death by Oracle), but Anders thingamy (could look it up) was a major Pascal/Delphi guy, and there's a lot of those languages in (ignoring syntax) C# and .NET as a whole.

Also, check out NGEN, which does compile .NET to a "native binary".

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Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: C# is dead

"C# was a rip off of Java anyway"

Except that... it wasn't. Sure, there are a lot of similarities to is, but that's like saying Java is a rip off of C++.

C# has many influences in it (including Java), but it also had things like autoboxing, "foreach" iteration, and generics long before Java (no thanks to Oracle).

On top of that, it has many features that Java still lacks entirely, then ot least of which is a well-defined Date/Time API.

I'm a Java, C#, and C++ developer. Each language has strong and weak areas (productivity, expert cost, and maintainability included), but saying C# ripped anything off is doing a massive disservice to the team that designed it.

Also, you can call C# a dead language as much as you want, but check the job listings for greenfield projects. Maybe London is unique in the world, but I have more work requests for my team doing C# than any other language.

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Guatemalan judge orders McAfee released from detention

Ian Yates

Re: Has anyone stopped to consider ...

I think you can drop the "sub-" bit. All of the red tops have been known to create sensational stories on the barest of rumours; it's just the careful wording that (usual) keeps them from libel, but enough readers take it as fact to be an issue.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Ian Yates
Facepalm

Re: The joys of open software

I know you're a troll but... "Every major release changes everything all over again"

Surely, that's exactly the definition of a major release? If it doesnt include breaking changes, the convention is to call it a minor release or revision.

Remember that (commerical) Windows versioning is more related to the GUI than any underlying architecture.

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Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: How not to build a 32-bit CPU

I remember doing that on my first home PC (massive steel-framed beige box that it was).

When it was finally retired by my dad's purchase of a 486, I took the thing apart and was slightly disappointed to find that the values shown on the 7-segment display were purely down to the state of the toggle button (being now much wiser, it clearly makes sense).

On the plus side, it meant that I was able to fit it to the 486 case and continue with the placebo "active turbo!" fun ;)

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Ian Yates
Windows

Re: How not to build a 32-bit CPU

"ended up with anything less crufty than x86"

As always, it's the marketting and "ease" of use that wins, not the better implementation or sophistication.

I used to be surprised at how well x86 coped with the exploding computing market, but (as you said) Windows lock-in pretty much guaranteed that no one really wanted to put money in to alternatives.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

Ian Yates
Thumb Down

I'll stick to my home-built HTPC.

True, it isn't quite as sleek as an all-in-one, but it is considerably more future-proof hardware-wise, and the I trust the FOSS community far more than Samsung in releasing security and feature updates for it. Plus, I have or can use any media streaming provider of my choice, rather than whichever ones are asked to and can be bothered to release a half-arsed "app" for my particular TV.

Perfectly highlighted by the fact that Linux has only just dropped 386 support, but how long will Sammy (and the others) continue to release updates for the current batch of "smart" TVs?

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Boffin: Android's on-board malware scanner utterly FAILS

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

While not a solution for the average Joe user, LBE Privacy Guard can do exactly that

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite&hl=en

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Ian Yates
WTF?

"Like Windows, Android fans have gone mad for gimmicks and features."

I can only assume that you're singling Apple or BB users out as not going "mad for gimmicks and features"... So what would you call BBM, Siri, Facetime, etc.?

The rest of your post was equally bizarre...

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Behold ATLAS, the fastest computer of 50 years ago

Ian Yates
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Google

Think what you like about their business practices, but I have a lot of respect for the work Google put in to preserving and celebrating historical technical and scientific achievements.

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Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

Ian Yates

Re: Inspiring

"burning-building stopper"

Is there much work in stopping burning buildings from doing whatever it is that they need to be stopped from doing? As a professional keyboard tapper (dual-roled with screen staring), I'm open to alternative lines of work.

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The best tablets for Christmas

Ian Yates
Pint

Agreed. It would be nice to know what the top three could have done for the extra 15%.

He described the N7 as almost impossible to beat (amongst other hyperbole), but 85% leaves a large gap for someone to improve (assuming there are quantifiable reasons for the score).

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John McAfee blogs from Guatemalan jail, says coffee excellent

Ian Yates
Joke

He's probably just got a virus

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

Ian Yates
Facepalm

Re: new shapes for computers and ways of interaction

In an office environment or a busy hospital? I don't see how that could work.

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

Ian Yates

"LG phone build quality has never been good"

If you're referring to the Nexus 4 here, I think that's a little unfair. Google take some control in the Nexus builds and I've seen nothing but praise for the build quality of the N4.

Personally, I've always found Samsung to have the cheapest feel (certainly the SGS2 felt cheap and flimsy), but the SGS3 is supposed to be well made.

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