832 posts • joined 23 May 2011
Comets as coprolite..
That would be a truly brilliant way to discover alien life: scat ejected from the airlock and frozen for billions of years.
Re: PhoneGap and Cordova are the same thing
I was after an alternative to Cordova for HTML5 apps, not an alternative to HTML5.
HTML5 is a bit spotty but, with care, the same codebase can run on Windows' desktop (as a Chrome packaged app) and iOS and Android. And I can do that as one dev. I could never do that if I was writing native for each. There are some compromises, but we're broadly happy with them.
But writing for mobile is definitely harder than for the desktop. Your app could run 24/7 or be killed suddenly. And people expect extra functions and integration they wouldn't expect on a desktop, but less CPU, GPU and memory to handle it. And then there's the reach. 100,000 users? Mobile stretches my codebase way more than desktop. (Also, I miss C++. *sigh*)
Re: Now do this to the rest of the OS
Agreed. But they're already going that way - a lot of Google's libraries (I forget what they call them) update already. And the browser is the biggest outstanding vector.
Re: PhoneGap and Cordova are the same thing
Genuine request: better alternatives for a HTML5 app?
Well as Chrome is also open-source-ish, Amazon et al could, presumably, supply updates via their stores or ship their OS with a fixed version. (IIRC, Amazon Fire already uses Chrome in preferences to the Android Browser.)
About fucking time.
Thanks for keeping us updated, Kieren.
Re: But isn't the entirety of www-land just rubbish anyway?
But are there cat pictures on the kernel mailing list? If not, count me out.
Paris, because she's the closest thing we have to cat icon. :/
Re: Complexity to the point of no return
"Who in Microsoft thought that it was a good idea?"
And who thought it was a good thing to launch bash when invoking one program from another?
Yeah, another gaping back door. But at least this one isn't at ground level - you need to bring a ladder.
Re: God, keep me from harm and working on FPUs
And if your read the post, fsin et al are not worth the transistors; every library is using their own version. For those of us doing sums using a large number of sins given to us by mathematicians with no idea of the limits of practical hardware, these things matter.
...paging Tim Worstall....paging Tim Worstall...
Re: apis can be protected, sometimes
But if a company says, "My API is copyright" is it worth the risk of taking them to court, or do you settle or go out of business? This would be the definition of "chilling effect".
Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory
Yeah, but MS got there first with a tablet too. And while I'm not a big Apple fan, you'd have to say that if any company were going to succeed at it, it would be Apple.
"Does anyone actually use those stupid style things that take up half the bloody ribbon?"
I use Libre Office.
We need an icon for smugness.
Re: I for one look forward to this
Thermodynamics for economists: the universe extracts rent from every transaction.
Alternate formulation: if you think you're making a profit, you've not accounted for all the externalities.
Exceptional Doctor Who plots have always been the exception. Largely, it's re heated sci fi for a family audience. And that's true pre- or post- reboot.
But Nu Who had become a chore to watch; I was just hanging on for Matt Smith's charms. Not this series, however. Whether it's being daft or being serious, it's zinging. The Caretaker was so Whedonesque it could have been an episode of Buffy. And I love the screwball comedy that Clara and Capaldi are generating; it may not be deep but it does deconstruct how we judge people by appearance ("why is your face all coloured in?") and young children won't have really thought about those issues before. So its great.
People take Doctor Who too seriously. It's meant to be fun. At the moment it is. Enjoy it.
(And also, nobody mentioned Clara's outfits. How could you not want them all???!!)
There is going to come a point, sooner or later, where judges in different jurisdictions make conflicting demands about Google's global search results.
I'm starting to feel sorry for Google. Politicians and lawyers can't reach the top shelf but they can make life miserable for the guy lending out a step ladder.
Paris, because "Paris, because..." has got old and I'm feeling sorry for her, too.
"Will bring my own crayons"
Sure, but DWP get to keep them
when if you're fired you resign.
Welcome, you're gonna fit in just fine here.
Re: Windows vs Linux
This isn't another "hole" in the fence; it's open back door into every vulnerable system.
But if you can't tell the difference already, what "breakthrough" could possibly improve the experience?
I understand the urge to keep an "uncorrupted" "master". But I'm not sure its justified. (That said, when our phones all have terabytes of storage, we'll probably all use lossless.)
Yeah, one suspects fewer paths mean the code can be better optimised by the developers, the compiler and the CPU. But that's only a guess.
Re: Oh $!#t.
"But I don't think it will affect anyone unless they're using OS X Server facing the Internet."
Until it skips through the firewall on a vulnerable device.
Re: Good cables are better
"...provided you treat TB like your genitalia..."
I keep mine in the cloud. I think they should be safe there.
Haters gonna Hate
No stability problems. It's a bit slower than Acrobat. But there are fewer security holes. And its certainly not bloated.
Reading these forums makes me think there either aren't many IT jobs in Scotland or the Scottish IT workers are a lot more rational than the general population.
@ I ain't Spartacus
I think the polls aren't counting:
- voters who are concealing their 'no' vote because they believe it would be badly received by the people around them; cf the spiral of silence.
- voters on the council estates who are planning to vote 'yes', and are difficult to survey.
In short, the polls are meaningless; it could be 60/40 either way.
Re: Actually this is an error I'd quite like to see more of.
Hey, at least somebody thinks I'm worth it!
"The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people:"
Yes, and I am going to "protect" myself from the world: BY NUKING YOU ALL. HahaHAHAHAhahAHHAHAHAHAAAA.
Re: @Pax681 @Anonymous C0ward
No, not North Sea oil. They get most of that money back in extra spending. They may not get it all but, arguably, the surplus goes to Wales and Northern Ireland. Anyway, the loss of the majority of the oil (the rUK gets to keep ~10%) won't be catastrophic, even if revenues hold up.
And not Faslane either. It's nice to have and it will be "inconvenient" to relocate our subs. (And for that reason I'm sure we will get an extended lease as part of the negotiations.)
And other than that, what?
As I said, the rUK may well be worse off. But not significantly. And not to the extent that we need to bully the Scots.
It's purely a case of London-centric business getting involved and trying to bully the electorate with more FEAR FEAR FEAR... that has been the staple of the NO campaign.
But why would the rUK want to bully Scotland into staying? Even if Scotland is a net contributor to the UK---and that seems to depend on who's doing the counting and what's counted---it's not a huge sum (as a percentage of GDP), is subject to the fluctuations in oil price and is set to decline as the population ages. So what does the rUK get out of keeping Scotland? You've definitely made a fair contribution to the union and I wouldn't kick you out, but the rUK is not going to be noticeably worse off without you. So why would we bully you? What have you got that we need to hang on to?
Re: If they say yes...
But why would we want to?
Have we dropped the requirement that commentards pass a test on elementary LIE algebra?
Plans within plans...
I've not read the books but I keep thinking that about the TV series. (Did someone mention Face Dancers? From Tleilax, perhaps?) They both deal intelligently(-ish) with religion, court politics, duty, betrayal and revolution. And Dune, with its feudal society, is very medieval in tone. There also seems to be a vague resemblance between Lynch's movie and the GoT TV series; if you said Sansa was a young Jessica I would believe you and Baelish could easily be a twisted Mentat.
If Microsoft won't support the OS without being handed a fat wodge of cash, why should anybody else?
"The desperation to fill recruitment holes is leading to continued wage growth, which is creating a market that is both unsustainable and unrealistic”
Unrealistic and unsustainable for whom? I would argue the wage growth in executive salary is unrealistic and unsustainable but we keep finding money for it. Maybe we should divert some of that executive pay into into coal face jobs. Or perhaps dividends could be reduced to to pay for the people necessary to earn the money.
Re: Out of cheese error
I don't have a passport, don't have a driver's licence and most bills are in the other half's name. Identity verification comes down to my birth certificate, a letter from HMRC and a bank statement.
And that was just to get a Library Card. (No, I'm not joking. But at least it doesn't have a photo on it.)
Re: With incredible uptake of IPv6
@Michael, I think the OP was being sarcastic.
Re: On the flip side...
Yup, cyberwar gravy train.
Re: Please remember that this is America.
I predict Google's next purchase will be a company specialising in armour plating. Or perhaps camouflage (aka "blue paint").
Seriously? It will be sending live data back to Google. Shoot it down and your mug shot will be emailed to law enforcement. And thereafter there'll be one less gun nut on the street. Everybody wins!
Re: Assuming this is an encryption issue
Please, stop victim blaming.
Re: "It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"
Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...
The point of all those laws is to makes sure you are guilty of something if there is ever a need to lock you up. Simples.
Re: Not surprising
I use C++ because TEMPLATE META PROGRAMMING! Truly, it's one of life's greatest pleasures! Oh shit, I may have outed myself as a crap programmer. Thanks for my coat, I always wanted to be a writer anyway.
"Innovation" might happen best in a "market", but it doesn't need to be a capitalist market: imagine $invention, the telephone say, had been invented in a post-scarcity world. (Magic aliens have given us replicating machines that replicate anything we create.) You could have created a bunch of them, cost free, dumped them on the world and people would have found their own use for them, different to Bell's. That has nothing to do with The Market, as conventionally understood.
You've also cherry picked inventions, too; a hoover or a washing machine are used as intended, 99% of the time.
I also know I've overlooked the infrastructure. And we can have arguments about whether that's best provided by the state, non-profits, or private enterprise. But having a network doesn't control what we do with the phone.
And, of course, we are now using "the phoneline" (the internet) to listen to concerts...
Re: What about the Arapaho?
I wear glasses. I don't wear a watch. So I know which wearable I'm more likely to use.
And the scope for Augmented Reality is massive.
The goldilocks version doesn't sit still, but keeps on dancing away.
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