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* Posts by Ian Yates

878 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

AI boffins take on Angry Birds

Ian Yates

Re: Random levels required

From similar competitions I've been involved in, I would expect they've been given some levels to develop against but the results are recorded against levels that only the judges have access to.

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

Ian Yates
WTF?

Re: Apple haters can start getting their rotten tomatoes ready now

Either my morning coffee hasn't taken affect or you were very subtle in your own irony.

"some people hate Apple/Jobs with a vengance or blindness"

"anything with Mr Kutcher in makes me cringe"

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Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case

Ian Yates

Re: Curious argument

"I still want to know what this microsoft patent everyone is infringing is."

I thought it was pretty much known that it's the FAT32 extensions? I could be wrong, but that was my understanding.

Everyone wants to store data in a compatible way and, annoyingly, FAT32 seems to be the unspoken industry standard.

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Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

Ian Yates
Pirate

Re: Just goes to show

"Profit driven manufactured "artists" are."

In fairness to Chisu, she's gone on record as saying that the case has nothing to do with her and she hasn't asked anyone to go after copyright holders on her behalf.

Of course, the chances are she isn't even the "owner" of her musical releases, so it will be some Big Label that sees any kind of "compensation" for this.

As others have stated, the whole thing is a complete farce.

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Hold the front page for ETERNITY: Murdoch kills The Daily

Ian Yates
Childcatcher

Re: Don't knock the Daily Mail website

And countdowns until almost-celebs are 16 alongside headlines shouting about disgusting paedo perverts and the increasing sexualisation of our children?!

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A valid use for Windows 8?

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

Re: Well, sort of.

@GJC Take a look at MediaPortal, if you already have Windows.

It was originally a MythTV fork but (IIRC) is now a ground-up separate project.

I mostly use it for streaming (online and local - the My TV Shows plugin is amazing), but I have two SD and one HD digital receivers in it and it works pretty well. The setup is more akin to Linux/MythTV than your typical Windows user might like, but I'm sure you'll manage.

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Ian Yates
Windows

"which seems like a stupendously stupid thing to do"

I think, from their POV, it's very smart. They have to pay the DVD playback licence for every instance of Windows they ship that can play DVDs, regardles on if any of the users ever actually use it for that (hence "Business" flavours not being able to). By stripping the functionality out to an optional "upgrade", they can control these costs.

It's a sensible decision given that physical media is becoming less popular/important.

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

Ian Yates
Linux

Re: Are fanbois a dying breed?

There's a difference between buying/using kit from one company for a long time and only buying from one company because you believe they're the best and can do no wrong, no matter what anyone else says.

I only have Android phones and tablets, not because Android is teh bezt!, simply because it does what I want in a way I've grown to like with hardware choices I like.

I don't believe that Android completely defeating iOS would be a good thing for consumers, in much the same way that Microsoft/Apple "winning" the desktop wouldn't be. But I agree with Trevor that those days are likely long behind us as people tend to be more tech-savvy.

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

Ian Yates
Holmes

Re: People who

"Only when you go to paedophile does it suddenly become a word to describe an offender"

Not true - "phile" just means loves or likes. The fact that (an adult) loving children (too much) is illegal (in some cultures) is indifferent to the meaning of the word.

Another example of an "illegal" one would be necrophile.

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LOHAN's mighty orb launch live NOW

Ian Yates
Pint

Well, I say...

Congrats to all involved and their hard work.

Doesn't look like it went 100% to plan, but a max altitude of over 27k (and down again) is still pretty impressive.

Looking forward to the debrief. Enjoy your pints!

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Ian Yates
Pirate

Re: Deep thought ...

The Reg will be a far calmer place once the different warring (bickering?) factions can ignore each other... I'm not sure it's a brave new world I'm looking forward to. I always enjoy the rabid and pointless arguments ;)

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

Ian Yates
Windows

Re: This is going to take some getting used to

I may be on my own, but I think UI design for media managers hit its useful peak years ago.

The number of use-cases for them is pretty low and most people just want to access a song/album/artist/playlist/genre quickly.

Even my original Nomad Jukebox Zen (how I miss thee) had an entirely usable interface with just a clickable scroll wheel. I could build playlists on the fly back in 2002, a feature that went missing from many subsequent products.

On the desktop, I'm still a WinAmp user. Sure, I don't get to see the album art while browsing (though I could), but I've just always found it quick and easy to browse my music collection and sync a playlist to any device.

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Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

Ian Yates
Joke

Eh? It didn't.

They coded it; they released it; the users testers spotted it; they fixed it.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

Ian Yates
Pint

Re: Karma

Rubbish! Just look at the innovation that has gone in to this patent.

They filed this in 2002, which everyone knows is before "mobile phones" were able to be used to transmit your voice, hence the idea they had to add a microphone to the headphones. Genius!

Or maybe the innovation that the USPTO care about is being innovative enough to file for a patent that no one else bothered to?

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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

Ian Yates
Boffin

Re: 5 better then 3 ?

Probably true. I'm possibly a little short-sighted in that the environments I've worked have either weighed on the stable-cheap-large side (where my gut says three platters would be best) or the get-it-fast side (where we've had the budget to build large SSD arrays).

I've not personally bench-marked on the performance difference in the number of platters, but you've piqued my interested to have a look around.

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Ian Yates
Flame

"WD's three-platter 4TB SATA product now faces competition from Toshiba's [...] five 800GB platters"

Err... unless WD's drives have a large failure/corruption rate, I don't personally see that as much of a competition.

Even if Tosh's prices are significantly lower, the power and heat reduction are normally enough to convince those with the PO-power.

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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

Ian Yates
Angel

Re: Note on Sagan

Surely, the important point is that if it has proven to be impossible to record/measure such supposedly major effects (i.e., curing cancer) of something that appears to be undetectable, does it even matter?

Lump it in with psychics and homeopathy.

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

Re: Ironic

"based on contribution record" and thus how little time you spend doing your real job ;)

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Ten Linux apps you must install

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: Sad

Pff! GUI? CLI? I hand etch the binary on the hard disk, as God intended!

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

Ian Yates

Re: Obvious flaws

"I can feel my eyes relax when I put my screen down and pick my book up."

Agreed. I stare at a computer screen all day and definitely notice the difference between then reading a book/e-reader in the evening over reading something on my phone/tablet.

It's not so much that your (or mine, at least) eyes feel more tired reading on LCD, it's that they feel less tired when reading non-LCD stuff.

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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

Ian Yates
Paris Hilton

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!

Ian Yates

Re: Duke Nukem Forever?

Is that a threat?

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Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

Ian Yates
Joke

"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

Ian Yates
Joke

Re: *chunder*

<StretchingAnalogy>

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

</StretchingAnalogy>

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Google Chrome app offers guided tour of known universe

Ian Yates

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

Ian Yates
Facepalm

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

Ian Yates

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

Ian Yates
Joke

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

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

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

Ian Yates
Mushroom

"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

Ian Yates
Thumb Up

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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Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

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

Ian Yates

"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

Ian Yates
Devil

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

Ian Yates

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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Ian Yates
Trollface

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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Ian Yates
FAIL

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

Ian Yates
WTF?

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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Ian Yates

"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

Ian Yates
WTF?

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

Ian Yates
Trollface

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

Ian Yates

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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Ian Yates
Joke

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

Ian Yates
Joke

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

Ian Yates
Pint

"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

Ian Yates
WTF?

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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Ian Yates

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

Ian Yates

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

Ian Yates

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

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

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

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