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* Posts by Ian Yates

858 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

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Re: So Full of It (and not IT)

Agreed.

The _only_ solution is to ask for anonymous briefs on what the speaker will discuss and pick from a shortlist.

Of course, this doesn't work when you want specific people to talk on a subject that they are well known for, as is probably the case here. But screaming "diversity" and getting such a conference cancelled helps who, exactly?

Specifically picking a female or minority speaker to replace someone from the original line-up is (IMO) more racist/sexist than not even noticing you'd done it to begin with.

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OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!

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Re: Duke Nukem Forever?

Is that a threat?

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Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

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"leave when you arrive"

Sounds more like London's bus system to me. I arrive at the bus stop in time to see the bus leave (with a wry smile on the driver's face).

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: *chunder*

<StretchingAnalogy>

I was in a massacre once, but it was rubbish so I got out

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Google Chrome app offers guided tour of known universe

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Re: At last!

I strongly recommend you try out Universe Sandbox, for some extra functionality.

Though this experiment is very good.

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Kobo Mini 5in compact e-reader review

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I especially liked the low-quality jpeg showing how good text looks on the screen.

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.2 to select devices

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Re: Wish I hadn't

"other users don't have access to apps already installed and need a google account to use the tablet properly"

While I haven't actually used it, this review specifically states that users don't need a Google account, assuming they don't want to do things like use the Play store: http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/21327/android-42-multiuser-support

Seems sensible to me, since you can set up an android device without one, if you so choose.

Also, "If one user goes into the Play Store and installs an app that another user has already downloaded onto the tablet, Android will "install" the app for the user -- basically making it available to her -- but won't actually redownload it".

I agree that it would make more sense to have a list of available apps that you can show/hide, but at least it isn't downloading dupes.

Though, how would you do this if you didn't associate a Google account?

I'm looking forward to putting this on my Transformer: the idea of an open "Games" account for guests is great.

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Apple forced to cut dealers in to get iPad Mini shifting, says analyst

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Re: OK so you agree with the analyst then.........

"anything from the ONS"

Damn straight. I read their report the other day that 80% of statistics are just made up! What do we pay them for?!

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Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

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Nah!..

He was a mole. He started in 2009 and spent the last three years building an OS that would destroy them, before running back to his "real" employer.

So, the question is who would benefit from MS' demise? ;)

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Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi only tablet review

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"he is constantly having to tinker to get it to work"

Then I can only assume he has either a defective phone or is an utter moron.

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Snooper's-charter plans are just misunderstood, sniffles tearful May

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Re: Theresa in the Dark? ....... Let there be Light

I struggled to read the first paragraph three time before worrying I'd lost the power of comprehension... and then I saw who posted it

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Re: Utter ballcocks!

Contrast this with her comment about not reading the email content.

Today: "We have to decrypt the whole thing, but we only read the header"

Tomorrow: "Well, it was already decypted, and we were suspicious. Oh, and the legislation said it was fine."

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

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"Sales only mean more people buying content, whereas the iPad Mini has justify its existence."

Which sounds like a logical argument until you realise that the only official way to use an iAnything is through purchasing from Apple's store, where they take a pretty cut from the revenue.

The profit margin on the device is massive, but they know that (within reason) the masses will still buy enough to make it a commercial success.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Re: This is going to be funny

Stop feeding the troll!

He clearly hasn't kept up with Linux since the late 90's.

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Re: Piss off

My issues are that it pointlessly throws all standard usability out for no obvious gain.

Metro just seems to be an annoyance to me (I can see no use for it, personally), and there's no way to turn it off.

Luckily, I have Classic Start. But why should I need third-party software to make my purchase* work for me?

* Hypothetically

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Re: Piss off

"If Windows 8 is a failure it won't be because of the OS, it will be arsehole commentards on various tech websites blowing minor learning points into deal breakers."

No... it'll definitely be because of the OS.

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Re: How do I distinguish bugs from features?

Wow... really?

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: Windows® 8™ TIFKAM™

Magic corners are one of the strangest decision (well, after the whole of TIFKAM).

To paraphrase a well-known UI guidelines document, all user actions should be obvious and recognisable.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa468595.aspx

Sections 1, 2, and 3 apply here

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"friend's home"

I'll have you know that I have more than 1 friend!

I do! Really!

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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Re: But why would you want to?

"stop charging £300 for an OS"

The prices are right there in the article, and you still spread FUD.

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Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

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Yeah, but...

It requires installing Origin... perhaps EA figured that was a high enough cost?

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Apache man disables Internet Explorer 10 privacy setting

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Re: Well now I've seen everything!

"we the public benefit from having DNT on"

I do kind of agree with the sentiments of "Apache man" (the world's worst superhero). Having it on by default dilutes the purpose of user's choice in the eyes of advertisers.

It would be like everyone in the UK automatically being enrolled on the original TPS list, which (until this year) had no penalty for companies breaching: everyone would just ignore it.

Unfortunately, his logic falls down in that if you followed his advice and asked every user on the first run, I'm willing to bet at least 95% of people would still enable it (depending on wording), so you'd get the exact same result.

TL;DR: DNT is a bit of a joke.

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Or what it should always have been called "please be nice and honour my request that you do not track my activity" - PBNAHMRTYDNTMA for short

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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Published in the Daily Mail with the headline...

"Cancer Ray Invented"

(to be revised in 6 months as "Electricity Gun Cures Cancer")

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Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech

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"The USPTO lets past many patently false claims"

I see what you did there

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Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

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Re: All this and the Open Source community...

"Did I say that Closed Source\Commercial software was never abandoned? Did I say that they were saints who didn't upgrade at will and never provided you with a situation where you had to upgrade or be left behind[?]"

Wait, so you're argument is that open source should be ignored for "business critical data" because it might be abandoned, but you weren't then implying that closed source (the only alternative to open source) is a better choice?... So what is your point? What would you use for business critical data?

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Re: All this and the Open Source community...

"If you were using [FOSS] as an integral part of your business you have no assurance of ongoing development or even if these fights are going to cause issues going forward with the actual use of the product. If you have to switch to another fork or whole different DMS who's going to undertake the work to get your data across and ensure it's validated?"

Yes, because that's an issue only with free software. You certainly never hear of commercial software being abandoned when the next version appears with an incompatible file/repository type.

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Microsoft gives Android punters some official SkyDrive love

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Re: "The app benefits from Microsoft's new minimalist approach to GUI design"

It's an interesting point: interfaces are expected to be intuitive, with interactive elements being visually distinct from non-interactive ones. The time-honoured tradition of 3D elements has always helped emphasise the "you can press this bit" paradigm and making everything flat and samey raises a whole slew of possible usability problems.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: A solution in search of a problem

Because having more than one person crowded round a 4" screen to watch a movie is no one's idea of fun

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

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Without a wide angle shot, just looks like erosion to me...

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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Re: Flogging round the fleet

"bring down on our heads everything we hold precious about civilization"

Not the sneezing cats on YouTube?!

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: I would care...

I'm not even sure his comment is the worse thing about this budget-deprived and poorly written... "comedy" (I assume that's what the canned laughter was meant to imply).

I was more offended by the enforcement of stereotypes and I cringed more when the token Asian couple "have the code to fix it"...

I can only hope that the average attention span of the target audience mean that they only noticed the pretty colours and points when they were expected to laugh. Is this clip typical of USA kids TV?

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

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Re: We have had to destroy this rock..

I love the idea that all of the time, money, and effort for this mission was spent to burn a hole in a small rock ;)

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Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak

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Re: Bits are bits

"the fact tethering doesn't work at all on the iPhone ... is one factor in my planned jump to Orange"

How is changing carrier going to fix your iPhone; unless you're getting a new one, I suppose? I tether through GiffGaff without any problems.

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Re: All I want is ...

I can't say I've ever seen that option. TelCo's seem to assume that if you want unlimited data you aren't using a phone so they should then charge more for the data.

It's some kind of weird paradox.

In the end I went with GiffGaff's £10 offering, since I was the same as you and only interested in the data.

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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Re: What about...

+1 for MX Player

I also use BubbleUPnP for network streaming, but Skifta does look like it's improved since I last tried it.

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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

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Re: Standards

Because that's the wonderful thing about them, there are so many to choose from!

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Designer punked fanbois with asymmetric screw

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Re: The real Apple screw is being patented elsewhere

They've already done it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentalobe

Reusable tamper-resistant screws are a mythical creature.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: BBQ Sauce

I'm definitely HP over BBQ, but I'll let it pass as I agree on the rest.

All this talk of no butter is just madness; the butter goes on cold bread and is melted by the bacon.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

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Or, you know, don't say anything you wouldn't say to someone's face in public (i.e., with witnesses).

And it's also worth remembering that sarcasm/irony/etc. are difficult to express through text - especially when u dnt spl prply

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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS

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Re: doh

"oh look,a manky dead worn out planet,just like we knew a century ago,brilant"

Even ignoring the rest of your ignorant tripe, have you really not understood that NASA have actually found liquid water on Mars?

Seriously, look in to the research and engineering they fund some time, and check out their motto.

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They're aiming for understanding more of our solar system and what was/is in it with the goal of expanding our tiny biological accident of a species on to other planet(s) before it's too late.

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

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Re: *If* I can download to multiple devices, what's the problem?

The new DRM is just to encrypt the local app download to the current device. You'll still be able to download to extra devices and future ones.

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Re: Entitlement is part of device OWNERSHIP

"Being free of a walled garden is WHY I chose Android"

Ditto, and I don't see how it's relevant to this article. Android already has DRM for paid apps, albeit easy to circumvent.

DRM != walled garden; you can still choose the Amazon store instead of Google Play.

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

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Re: I am thoroughly confused by it all

"I don't see anything wrong with looking at someone elses software and thinking "I can do a better job than that." and then going off and writing a similar piece of software."

Then you clearly aren't a lawyer, sir! Dontchaknow there's plenty of money to be made around patenting such things?!

Protect their... err... innovation... or something

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Re: I must of missed

Try harder. I found 6 in the first paragraph alone.

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Iran’s ‘domestic Internet’ schedule slips

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Quite right. I've suddenly realised how foolish of me it is to expect that every person on this planet has basic rights that should be protected by those in power.

Certainly most are just pointless: education, health care, not being detained without reason, freedom of thought... why should we demand that everyone have access to these?! They are clearly "Western" ideologies with no place in countries such as Iran.

Power to the few!

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

The screenshots I've seen (possibly not from those laptops, however) are not OSX, so possibly they're just using the hardware.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: You got me

Ditto. I was actually thinking "at last, they understand!"... shame

The "Classic" Win8 desktop seems quite reasonable, but I just found the Metro (or whatever) stuff a huge waste of my time...

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Google+ mission creep continues with Hangouts slotted into Gmail

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Re: Gmail will eventually lock-in its users to Google+

"spamming G+ users with weekly emails"

Hmm... I'm not getting those. Am I missing out?

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