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27 posts • joined 13 Jun 2011

Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?

If you re-read my post, you'll notice that I wasn't actually trolling (though I did leave myself well open to the light roasting).

It's just that I've seen more and more articles like this recently - I'm sure I'm not the first to pick El Reg up when they slip from their usually high quality, and I certainly won't be the last. The pedantry endemic to the commentarati is what makes this place, after all.

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Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?

I admit I may have been a little harsh, but the overall article was quite difficult to get through. I'm not asking for perfect formal English, but a level of readability consistent with the rest of this fine site would be appreciated.

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Was this written by a 14 year old?

Did anyone bother to proof-read this in between copying and pasting from the press release?

A few pointers:

- Sentences shouldn't start with 'But'

- You don't need a comma between the final element of a list and the 'and'

- 'It can also performs dangerous operations' makes no sense

- 'a skilled hackers' makes no sense

- I'm not sure what 'unsecured HTTP' means. I know what unencrypted HTTP is, though...

- There are various clunky and awkward phrases dotted around the place

I don't claim to be anywhere near perfect, but I can at least make myself understood. Can we have this article sorted, please?

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So fondleable Windows 8 didn't work out so well: Why not try it IN 3D?

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Well done...

... you seem to have invented Leap Motion...

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Ermm...

You seem to have forgotten 'Logan's Run'... I'll fill out the 'send corrections' form now.

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Man the floodgates! David Cameron takes to Twitter

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Re: If I follow him, ...

Depends if you jokingly threaten to blow him to smithereens if some snow isn't cleared.

On reflection, I wish someone *would* bloody bury him under a few tonnes of the stuff. Preferably along with that other snake by the name of Ed Milliband.

I would post AC but due to the super-snoop powers of the British plods, it would do nothing to protect me should they wish to charge me with a 'terror' offence.

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

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"Touch seems a natural progression in the evolution of operating systems"

It's total hogwash like this that produces things like Metro. For goodness sake!

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Actually...

On the face of it, this sounds great (though I obviously have to look at it in detail).

Static Typing (though I assume var is still supported for interop) is exactly what we need for well-engineered clientside functionality

Proper inheritance will make things much easier to structure

Generics support would be fannytastic

This is pretty exciting! It's like C#, for the browser.

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Populous

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Catan!

I've recently been introduced to Catan, and it's awesomely good fun with a few mates and vast quantities of wine.

WAIT! I'm only 25. What the hell is happening to me? HELP!

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Valve puts Steam on the TV

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Good Stuff

I've just tried this on my shiny laptop, and it works a treat. Can't wait to get it on my TV at home :D

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

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This is completely and utterly bonkers. That is all.

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Raspberry Pi served with Ice Cream Sandwich

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it's a 3M (the brand) M170 (serial), which I 'liberated' from work.

Besides, I thought diagonal screen size was measures in decimal furlongs or something as per The Registers' weights and measures guidelines?

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Sir,

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

'The R-Pi does not have a touchscreen and the foundation has no plans to produce one at present.'

Actually, there are a number of touch screens on the market that communicate over USB or Serial. I myself have a 3m monitor with a serial touch controller, and am writing some drivers for it. You can also get units consisting of an LCD panel and touchscreen for ~£75 from various online tat bazaars.

'...enforces by remotely disabling and/or removing the 'offending' item'

Yes, but only on devices with the Play Store installed. These are so-called 'Google Experience' devices, which are approved by Google. Android is to the Play Store as Windows is to Office.

I think you'll find the door is over there.

Kisses,

Dan

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Lego ponders Portal pack

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Dear Lego,

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

(please)

Yours,

Dan

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Pegatron named as Microsoft Surface fondleslab foundry

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$799

I fail to see why everyone is so up-in-arms about paying $799 for the Surface (I refuse the acknowledge that the ARM version even exists). It's not cheap, but it's not too over the top either.

Let's face it, you're getting:

- Decent build quality (by the looks of things)

- Reasonable processing performance (I'm currently developing on a 1.6GHz i7, and it's great)

- I assume a reasonable amount of ram (3 or 4 gb)

- FULL 1080p HD (a real winner for me!)

- Touch and Pen input

.. for the price of an upper mid-range laptop.

(and no, I'm not a MSFT fanboy...)

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

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Re: worst hosting company I ever had the misfortune to deal with

We host about 20 domains and a few virtual servers with Fasthosts - I've not got a bad word to say about them (except for their slightly odd management console).

Their support people are great, and things get sorted fast when there are issues.

Just lucky, I guess.

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Come on, el Reg...

I thought this site was produced by technically competent writers with real-world experience of technology?

"...apps for Android can only be served from Google's marketplace"

Really?

Come on, el Reg, sort it out! I'm rapidly losing faith in you!

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Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years

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Re: HOORAH

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE KEY LABELLED 'CAPS LOCK' ON YOUR KEYBOARD.

It makes your text go all lower-case and readable, just like this!

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Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

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Ermm...

You seem to have stumbled upon this website by accident. This site is visited mostly by technology enthusiasts more interested in the potential of said technology, rather than the artificial/short-sighted shackles applied by the device manufacturers.

Might I suggest you retire somewhere safer? Possibly ZDNet or the BBC?

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MS wipes out 23 flaws in October's Patch Tuesday

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...because - having obviously never written any software - you wouldn't know that what you are suggesting is impossible.

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Amazon's Silk looks creepily Phorm-ulaic

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Optional

I was under the impression it's more to do with the round-trip time when requesting 100 or so assets (js, images, stylesheets, xmlhttp) to load one page. This silk stuff essentially does the actual loading of the assets server side, then squirts it all back down to you in one compressed gobbet of data.

This removes the overhead associated with each individual request.

This is all crap of course. If websites were written by proper, able coders instead of designers with a different hat on, the whole internet would be a better place.

And that's the end of my rant. Cue flames.

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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

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Required, apparently...

As a 20-25 year old software developer, I agree with this totally.

And now for a rant about other 20-25 year old programmers...

My first experience of writing software was on my dads old ZX Spectrum (the posh +2A version with the integrated tape drive!) when I was 5 or 6, and it has stood me in good stead giving me a solid understanding of how to write efficient, low-footprint software.

We recently had to recruit a new software developer to work in my department, and the quality of the candidates was SHOCKING. Asking the candidates to explain the point of the .NET CLR, not one candidate could give me a sensible answer.

How can these people be expected to write decent software in a high-level language like C# when they don't even know the basics.

I'm sure they could all make a very flashy and pretty website with jQuery though...

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Motorola Atrix Lapdock

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Actually...

I own one of these, and use it all the time. The screen is somewhere between a netbook and a laptop, it's very small and convenient to lug around, does exactly the same job as a netbook, but has 9 hours of battery life. Also, it has no fan vents to cover, so I don't have to worry about it melting down when I'm using it on my lap.

Oh, and it works great with our Citrix server at work.

OK, so it's a bit pricey, but hey, it's got the geek factor :)

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Google erects master API for linking web apps

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Don't we already have this?

Although the idea sounds great, and fits in well with the 'web application' model of thinking, we already have the ability to do this - they're called URLs, and we can already pass data between stuff in a standard manner - this is called XML.

For example, lets say I want to send an email from a web page - I simple embed a mailto: link. mailto: causes a 'handler' to be started to create an email. Others exist - you may have encountered http: or even https:!

Then there's this newfangled invention of xml, which can be used to wrap up data in an easy-to-parse, standardised format. Why do we need yet another framework?

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Mexican narco attempts suitcase jailbreak

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...wrong Ajax

I do believe he was referring to Ajax the cleaning product, rather than Ajax the loose collection of godawful technologies half-baked into various browsers...

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Motorola Atrix dual-core Android smartphone

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You may also want to mention...

You may also want to point out that WebTop comes with Citrix Receiver baked in, so accessing XenDesktop or XenApp deployed solutions is, in a word, awesome.

We're seriously considering a few of these for our sales team in the field.

There's also rumours of a WebTop NDK coming out - suddenly this becomes a whole lot more interesting (and useful)!

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