* Posts by Fat Northerner

23 posts • joined 4 Jul 2011

In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

Fat Northerner

The answer is obvious.

The world is populated by "UI Experts" who've never written a line of code in their life, they are "Experts" in "Experience"

I wouldn't trust any of these people to toast bread.

So, can we have a button, top right, which switches between "Their seamless experience" and the old fashioned Windows interface, which simply worked, with an added Up button in explorer, the return to a search which radically just searched files when you wanted to, and didn't wander off searching things just in case you wanted to, and then only searched things it thinks you might be interested in, or marketeers have paid for you to see first.

Completely radical, I recognise, but with the removal of the dozens of background processes, letting Microsoft approve and be aware of everything you do, Windows would absolutely fly.

I don't want whole screens of information blocking everything I do, because I can't minimize it or shrink it without removing it. I don't want a window, just because it's playing music, to look like the turner prize. I just want text menus, buttons that look like buttons and so on.

I don't want an Icon which is what they think save as is, today, and a different icon in the next version of the product. I don't want big flat tiles. If I want to know the news, I'll look at it. If I want my wife to see my porn, I'll show her it, and so I don't want them putting pictures on folder icons showing publically what's in folders that I'm not looking at. I don't want libraries. I want to know exactly where I've put something. I don't want aero peeks. I want all the rubbish chopped off and every CPU cycle going towards improving the performance.

Google is no better. They used to have links to websites along the top. News, shopping etc. Now they're "Apps" and you have to click a link to "Show the Apps" and then wander around looking for it in the morass of coloured pictures.

Jesus.

Why can't Microsoft get it into their thick skull. I don't want their latest style experiment. A computer is a tool for working.

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Women crap at parking: Official

Fat Northerner

It thought it was almost universal.

Men have 50% more accidents than women, but drive 2.25 times the distance on average.

Before the European union feminists changed the law to get men's pensions, Insurers always used to go by women having 50% more accidents per million miles.

Men used to cost more to insure when young, because their typical accident was a 100mph motorway shunt or losing it on a bend, or taking off on a humpback bridge in the dark and landing in a house.

And while I've not had any of those for 15 years, women's accidents were misjudging corners, distances etc, and scratching paintwork.

And while 80% of them involved male drivers, being hit by a woman would still make me in that statistic even though I wasn't to blame.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Fat Northerner

Forget retirement.

There'll be world war three in under 10 years.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

Fat Northerner

Re: COSH - new idea???

"Didn't know it was a new-ish idea"

It wasn't a new idea, I solved this in about 1976, around the time of the drop in aluminium canisters into floors safes, when I thought that filling the safe with mercury would bring them to the top.

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Elon Musk to release open source Hyperloop plans in August

Fat Northerner

As it looks like everyone else's alresdy said. Should read the comments before posting, not just the story.

Apologies.

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Fat Northerner

Sounds like a vacuum tube plug.

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

Fat Northerner

Re: Six degrees of Kevin Bacon ...

That is logical. Do you think perhaps piping it to dev \ null would be useful? What are your views?

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Fat Northerner

Re: War on Terror or war on us?

You won't get an answer.

Thankfully, neither of us are hypocrites.

I support the oppression of foreigners to get oil, and have no problem therefore criticising the government if they don't secure it.

I do however stand side by side with your stated intent to not hold it against the government, when your children and or mother dies for the lack of fuel for an ambulance. Your stance has principles I could only wish for.

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Microsoft SQL Server 14 man: 'Nothing stops a Hekaton transaction'

Fat Northerner

Re: Been asking for it for years for store and forward concepts.

The other thing is that I've started turning up at places where they want to squeeze more performance out of a box, and aside from one or two massive write only audit tables, the whole of the rest of the DB would fit, indexes and all, into ram with tons to spare.

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Re: Been asking for it for years for store and forward concepts.

My idea was a system, where each node models say, "A low paid shop assistant," and the "transaction log" is merely a "Stock Added", "Stock sold list", "Schema change" thus providing a very long feed and audit trail.

Before each move, the node asks the central server, or on of it's neighbours, if there are any more transactions, and applies them before it does anything.

Thus, if you want more machines, you simply add another one, and set latest transaction to zero. It then rapidly builds the store representation from nothing, after which it announces it is ready to serve.

Of course, the cloud bypasses lots of the problems it was intended to solve, but only if you trust it.

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Fat Northerner

Been asking for it for years for store and forward concepts.

After I wrote an ecommerce website, my first venture in, I came up with the concept of millions of nodes using an identical code base, with a shared transaction log. I've been waiting for this solution for ever.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Fat Northerner

click start get metro.

But the whole point was to boot to windows and completely remove metro.

Why doesn't Microsoft sack all these useless currants?

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

Fat Northerner

Re: Splayd

I thought it was the viners splade.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Fat Northerner

Re: What gives ANY company the right...

How can they know who they're spying on if they are sold outside their control?

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 delivers modest improvements

Fat Northerner

Re: Slick!

Can you tell what is a button yet?

I have been holding off because it reminds me of metro.

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Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft

Fat Northerner

Re: Microsoft in full desperate mode trying to mimic Apple and failing completely at it...

I too thought Metro was awful, until I tried it out for a few days. After you get used to it, and use it the way it was intended, and get the work arounds in**, then you realise that under it all, Windows 8 is screaming fast.

** (Just before anyone at MS thinks I'm complimenting Metro, I'm not. I'm actually complementing it. My work arounds for Metro is to completely remove all the buttons, except for the desktop one, (so I can get back there when I end up on the Metro page by accident,) then write a small winform app, which I've called "Start". It opens a menu page with stuff in I've described in an XML document, and shells them.)

Win 8 really is fast, it's just that Metro promotes the usability of a deaf blind quadroplegic. Try coordinating work between two metro apps at the same time. I'll bet the number of people who could do it, is less than the count of Mother Theresa's lesbian lovers.

Microsoft. What are you doing? Wake up!

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Becrypt disk crypto earns first Brit spook kitemark

Fat Northerner

I believe traitorous twatty northern fat boy David Shayler once ...

in response to the question as to whether they laptop left in a bar by some guy from the South Bank Massive, could be cracked, said....

"It's more likely that the Sun will melt."

So the last thing I'd expect would be the security services using it, Mr Section.

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Global warming COULD SHRINK THE HUMAN RACE

Fat Northerner

Will never happen.

Unlike all other animals, we've conquered the environment with intelligence, so physical characteristics are irrelevant.

However we carry over our evolution so birds fancy tall blokes, the tendency is for increase in height. World war two and the welfare state has caused the massive increase in height over the last century, and I see no reason to see it end.

Firstly the war meant that all the dutch are tall because half the dutch women were screwing the same giant of a german soldier, if you're going to fall on your back with your legs in the air for an occupying force, it might as well be for a tall one. The same is true for all the HausFraus in the 50s, with the yanks.

Secondly, the welfare state allows women to screw whoever the want and not worry about how they're fed.

Hey presto, any society where you've conquered the environment and women have a choice, will ensure increasing physical attractiveness. (and intelligence, because stupid men can't get laid, because they're poor.)

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Patients to access NHS records via web by 2015

Fat Northerner

What a great thing.

Good for men whose wives are getting the pill from their company doctor, and their husbands don't know about it, so they can find out, and sort her out.

Or Muslim men who want to see if their daughter's had sex with a Jew, so they can restore their family honour.

All very tongue in cheek, natch... but it will be interesting to see in Hello, which royals have had illegitimate children, which film stars have had the clap, and which male stars have had treatment for rectal collapse, without Rupert Murdoch having to get involved.

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Supermassive surprise: the biggest black holes EVER

Fat Northerner

If a black hole was a long way from a galaxy...

and moving directly towards it in the same orbital plane, would it hoover it up?

The reason I ask is that, everything would come from one direction, and the matter would perhaps funnel into towards it, as it approached. Is it only when there's a lateral movement do we see orbits and accretion discs?

This question I forward to the astrophysicist known as Dobbin.

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Beyond the relational database

Fat Northerner

There is no reason why query should be limited to merely set operations on tabular data.

And no reason why decision support should be limited to preconfigured cached/non cached queries a la OLAP.

It is my view that from a base set of "Don't repeat yourself" (DRY) data (i.e. things that actually happened, and can't change.) then basically anything that you can logically derive from this data, is also unchangeable, and true. It doesn't matter if it didn't happen, if it's a factual derivation then it's as valid as a SQL query.

Not only does deductive inductive queries like this (I call my view of it UQ - unified query, because it allows for relational, hierarchical, object, network and inductive queries like functional (function query is induction, because the function models the nature of the man you speak Clarice) - all current databases being just a subset;) but the mode of derived query gives rise to all sorts of other paradigms such as the enterprise replicated dataset whereby derivation sets can be published, but the base data hidden. (The simplest possible example being ANPR, one such set could be the average speed of each vehicle - it's perfectly possible to have an immutable view - i.e. a derived dataset which is the average speed of each car yesterday, without disclosing any details of ANPR sitelocations. The average speed dataset is just as valid as the point to point observations and can be replicated. Other examples "people who couldn't be in London at the moment,")

I think this work is the most interesting place to be at the moment, and just wish I could find someone to pay me to do it. What I could make of SQL Server with a freehand, I just can't describe. It shouldn't be a relational database. It should be a database that among other things, also implements the relational paradigm.

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Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

Fat Northerner

Journalists?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/04/milly-dowler-voicemail-hacked-news-of-world

Could it be the news of the world?

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