* Posts by Andy Prough

862 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Linux

My first Wooden Twig of Fail

Such a proud moment. Sniff. Right up there with the births of my children.

And thank you fanbois nation for this amazing shiny trophy. I couldn't do what I do without your wonderful, predictable downvotes and rant responses anytime I compare Torvalds to Saint Jobs. I'm going to keep my Wooden Twig trophy on my mantel - right next to the iPod Nano with the cracked screen and the download of the entire "Eat to the Beat" album by Blondie.

(BTW - I did get 17 upvotes, so I beat the Ploppr "bump to dump" commenter 8.5 to 1).

11
2

Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Thinness.

@AC - "Also Applecare now includes insurance for accidental damage - so smash up your iPhone / iPad and you can it fixed or replaced for an excess of about £50..."

Who are you talking to? Why would I care? Your comments aren't even responsive to anything I said in any perceptible way. I was discussing the ribbon cables being glued down, and how it seems to be done in order to ensure repairs are not attempted. Are you just copying and pasting Apple promo for some reason? News flash - the purchasing public isn't reading this forum - I don't think your evangelizing efforts are going to gain you any new iWorshipers.

12
6
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Thinness.

Not sure why thinness means that you have to glue down all the ribbon cables. Seems like the only reason to do that is to make darn sure no one ever repairs one. Keep that upgrade purchase cycle alive and well.

5
1

Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Call me crazy but...

...no way in hell I'm ever paying rent to Apple AND AT&T for the right to access my content on a freaking TABLET.

So no - I won't be having switching problems. This is apparently a problem for rich, hipster goofballs. Thanks for the word of warning though.

11
4

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

"All M$ had to do was the option to change between metro and a start button and it would have been a great release"

All MS had to do was nothing and let Classic Shell take over the desktop menu. Which is exactly what happened for any intelligent user of Win 8.

7
1

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

How much did they blow on Fire phone?

Got to figure they've blown a couple billion easy on putting out one of the worst phones of the year. If you can't get over a 2-star review rating on your own website for the phone, might as well drop it.

If all they do is stop chasing boondoggles like that, they'll be out of the red pretty quickly.

And by the way Amazon - your Kindle is a wonderful device, but your app store apps get older and dustier by the day. Let the people have Chrome and access to the Play Store - clearly you aren't making much money off 2-year old versions of apps.

4
0

DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: #Bonkgate?

Bonkgate and Bendgate - Apple seems to have a one-track mind recently...

1
2

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Now that's just going too far

"Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people".

That quote applies far more to the work of Torvalds than anything the two Steves ever did. Without cheap LAMP servers, broadband internet would be too expensive to afford, and there would be no services like iTunes, Google, etc to connect to. Without cheap as chips Android phones, half the world still wouldn't be connected with any kind of computing device.

The vast majority of everything that we have in terms of interconnectedness of billions of people rests on one fundamental decision - Torvalds' initial decision to license the Linux kernel under the GPL.

Compared to the work of Torvalds, Apple is practically just a savvy marketer of high priced luxury goods for the ultra-wealthy.

24
43

Google puts Chrome credentials on USB drives for two-factor authentication

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Kind of nice

The new keys are cross platform - Win, Max, Linux.

0
0

UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: the "fun" part about systemd

Again - if you want to install Gnome under Gentoo then systemd is the default, and really the only way to install it without doing some serious mucking around under the hood. To just say "systemd is not the default on Gentoo" kind of twists that fact.

1
1
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Linux

Or they could just do what long-bearded hippies have always done...

root@slackware:/# setup

16
0

Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Yes - Apple has totally responded to bendgate and selfie-gate. They blamed them on users, of course.

8
4
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Meanwhile inside the office...

The execs are all gathered around a window, asking "do you think it will just go away, or do we have to shoot it with this totally legal assault rifle? Turn off it's posting privileges again, see if it leaves."

40
5

FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: I've had enough

@AC - "Assuming your not a troll and are serious, with what are you planning to replace you Macbook with?"

I'm sure he will want to replace his Macbook with "the most secure computer you’ll ever own":

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/29/5664884/this-is-the-most-secure-computer-you-ll-ever-own

3
1

Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

Andy Prough
Silver badge

Re: 16GB

@AC - "My apps take up more than 16GB".

You have too many apps. Do you really need all 50 Flappy Bird clones?

3
4
Andy Prough
Silver badge

Re: Software

I'm waiting for them to put Ubuntu on it personally.

3
0

Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Might as well buy a new device. I'm sure they've got their tendrils deep into your chips by now.

And a tinfoil hat wouldn't be a bad idea. Since they are probably tracking your brainwaves too.

0
1

iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Apparently you missed the big ruckus this past year with phone carriers complaining about their iPhone contracts due to the huge handset purchase requirements.

1
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Windows

Re: I am going to puke.....

I'm kinda diggin those Windows phones for my next mobe.

0
2
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

@jbelkin - "BTW, Apple has sold 20-MILLION iPhones in China so far in one week of ordering and one day in stores."

You counted them yourself, did you? I'm sure Cupertino has managed to channel-stuff millions upon millions. They are the grand masters at it...

1
4
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: I am going to puke.....

Meh - it's not even hip anymore to be an Apple hater.

Used to be so cool to be an Apple hater, and wear baggy jeans, cargo shorts, no turtlenecks, no rounded glasses. To shave every once in awhile just 'because'...

3
1
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: I am going to puke.....

Your sense of outrage at the iPhone religion is a bit late - by about 7 years.

1
1

#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

But isn't the entirety of www-land just rubbish anyway?

"But the terse folk of social media are furious that their constant stream of rubbish has been sullied with yet more rubbish."

But couldn't you say this about 90% of the www-net? Certainly reddit, youtube, slashdork, HuffPo, etc etc etc... All the news sites. It's all just rubbish. Rubbish and shopping. And the other 10% is probably just pR0n.

Anything really useful is probably happening on a mailing list like the kernel mailing list, or on a developer IRC channel, or simply through email from one intelligent individual to another.

1
1

Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: If the tone is wrong the content is lost

@Voland - "There is a fundamental problem in a volunteer project. If someone's contribution is crap and is not improving how to tell them to go away."

So you are saying Alan Cox was a crap coder, and Linus cussed him to try to get him to take his crap code and go away?

Poettering - whether you like systemd or not - clearly knows how to code.

Your idea sounds all well and good, but when you apply it to the actual situations that occurred, the logic falls apart.

3
6

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: the Atom in this one is plenty zippy for web browsing and office documents

This thing is also - full Windows 8.1. It has MS Office full version pre-loaded. I'm running all the normal programs - VLC player, regular Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Pro. No games of course - I'm sure it would run some simple games, but it's more like a netbook in that regard.

With this 10 inch size, you can really see where the Metro apps work - the full screen IE is definitely the best tablet browser. I've heard other people say that, but using it on this thing it's extremely clear to see. Basically they've built it so that all the controls are within easy reach of one thumb or the other - very smart. And all those side swipes and "charms" menus and the split keyboard really make sense when you are using your thumbs for everything.

1
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge

Re: Learn something please, Microsoft

Oh I see - I hadn't kept up with the Surface Pro specs - used to be 10 inch I thought. My bad. This is still a cool little tablet to get for trading in a dead Kindle.

0
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Learn something please, Microsoft

Screen size is the same (10 inches), it has a mini-USB port which I got a $5 cable on Amazon to run full USB devices, it has a display port, and I wouldn't use the pen anyway. The i5 processor would be nice, but the Atom in this one is plenty zippy for web browsing and office documents. If the only real difference is the processor and some RAM, then it's hard to see why the Surface Pro is an extra $500 bucks.

4
7
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Learn something please, Microsoft

I'm still unclear on why MS can't start it's Surface Pro's at less than 800 bucks apiece - $399 is clearly the starting point of interest for any tablet-centric devices.

I had a Kindle under warranty with BestBuy that had a dead battery. Took it in last week and they didn't have any new Kindles at the same price to trade out with me, so they gave me a Toshiba Encore Windows tablet that was listed at the same price - $269. Sweet little device, think I'll get a lot of use out of it. I don't really see what it's missing from the basic level Surface Pro, other than a little RAM. But it's still plenty zippy.

Learn something MS. Even Apple, the king of overpricing, knows that you can't start any kind of tablet device at an $800 price point.

4
8

Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Andy Prough
Silver badge

Re: Cello and Winsock

Lynx on a 2400 bit/s modem was my introduction to the webernet -- faster than today's broadband in 1994. Just goes to show you how much energy we waste moving bits of pictures and videos and audio around the net.

7
0

Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Yup.

0
1

Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: But will an Apple Hater step up to the plate?

Apple Haters?

You mean someone who is sick of supporting devices where most of the useful configuration options have been stripped out? Or someone who is tired of telling the Apple phone reps, "no, we truly don't still have that 10-year old credit card", when simply trying to access data on a device their company paid for with its own money? Or someone who is tired of having to uninstall iTunes and Safari and Quicktime and "bonjour" off a bunch of bogged down office PCs? Or someone who is tired of hearing "All my documents are missing from my MacBook - can you help me? Were they in that folder thingey I deleted last weekend so I could download more movies?"

Those Apple-haters?

I'll bet they would actually be pretty impressed with this earliest of PC boards. You have to separate out the business of screwing people out of their money from the marvel of technological innovation - two completely different things.

11
7
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

"At the current price of $1,299.00, you could buy about 300,000 units"

@Jasper - "And remember which journalists to invite to the opening."

Yes - the one who is severely multiplication-challenged.

14
1

Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Not trying to take Google's side - but how many devs are really using Chrome OS in their work? I got a Chromebook and put Ubuntu and then Debian on it. Eventually my daughter wanted it for school and Chrome OS is fine for her. But for a developer? It seems like it's far too stripped down of an OS to get much real work done.

2
1

Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

@SuccessCase - You lost me at "there IS some important principleS" and "any SINGLE factorS and label IT as copying".

Your butchery of grammar rules related to the use of plurals is hurting my tiny creative brain. And I don't own a Sammy (besides a cheap Chromebook my daughter stole from me) or any Sammy stock, so beat them up all you like. I'm sure they are just stealing rounded corners and bouncy icons all over the place - real important stuff. But please get your verbs and nouns to match up.

22
3
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: So how come

Better because it bends?

22
3
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

So how come

the new iPhones look exactly like Samsung and LG phones we've seen for years?

29
4

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Shock news. Startup pins whole business plan on single big order and gets screwed.

@John Tserkezis - English and American law have the concept of the "unconscionable contract" - a contract with terms that are so one-sided and unfair to the relatively weaker party that they are unenforceable because no reasonable person would otherwise agree to them.

In England it is referred to as "inequality of bargaining power", and courts won't enforce such contracts because they are considered exploitative of the relatively weaker party.

You could imagine that if you are a small specialty glass supplier worth a few million bucks, and Apple comes along and dangles a billion dollar opportunity under your nose, it's quite possible you would feel compelled to agree to any terms they offer, no matter how unconscionable or exploitative they actually are. If such is the case, GT can request relief from the court, probably including payment of sums of money that the court finds that GT reasonably relied on under the legal doctrine of promissory estoppel, otherwise known as "detrimental reliance".

Anyway - there's a lot of case law that says GT may come away with a bunch of money if they can prove certain facts about the contract.

11
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Shock news.

Tim Cook is the new Bill Gates.

Let the lawsuits fly.

11
1

Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: What's weird is...

I'm just suggesting starting them at $399 cause that's about the price point for a decent tablet or cheap laptop.

If MS had prices ranging all the way from $399 to $1,999, that would be OK- some people would want all the bells and whistles. But if MS wants to actually sell some, they might want to find out what price most people are willing to pay. Marketing 101.

And don't tell me that something with about 10GB of available memory (after the OS), a single USB port and a flimsy, condensed keyboard should be priced as much as a premium laptop. That's not just me saying that - read the reviews.

0
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

What's weird is...

I've talked to quite a few people who want a Surface Pro. MS is honestly just pricing them too high. They need to start at a price around $399, instead of $799.

9
0

AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Vulture Central

Looking out for the little guy since ....

...about October, 2014.

OK, enough of that - time to poke fun at the little guy again.

4
0

Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: When I leave the house ...

Oh dear - Frank is a zombie and doesn't even realize it...

1
0

Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Linux

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Finally someone gets it. Good job!

1
0
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Gentoo Wiki: "systemd is a modern sysvinit & RC replacement for Linux systems. It is supported in Gentoo as an alternate init system."

And of course, a Gentoo Gnome install is going to require systemd. Unless you want to start going through and removing and replacing various packages. But it is the default.

So yeah. KTHXBAI.

3
6
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

@Destroy - 'Someone has to says "let's put this in, I suppose it's a good idea, people will get used to it". He may be wrong. Like with TIFKAM.'

Comparing one decision made at one company (Windows Metro) to a common decision made by all of the largest Linux distros (systemd) is a bit of a stretch. Each of the distros has a different technical evaluation process, and each one independently decided to change to systemd.

3
6
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Name a major distro that's not using systemd? That's not using pulseaudio? Even if it's not as broad as the kernel, it's very broad adoption on the systems that could use them.

1
1
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Unpaid volunteers in a lot of cases

You just assume the volunteers who get screamed at are bad at their jobs. The specific instance I recall, Torvalds was screaming one-to-one at distro bug tracking volunteers because he was having trouble getting his daughter's laptop to hop onto the local public school network. Turns out that the "bug" wasn't really a bug, and that it was an upstream security decision from KDE maintainers anyway - nothing to do with the distro's volunteers that were getting screamed at.

8
2
Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Hostile leadership vs hostile software

@AC - "There are a lot of sysadmins who think that Lennart's software achievements, like pulseaudio, NetworkManager and systemd, were designed to make their lives a living hell."

And yet those exact technologies have been extremely broadly adopted. So, somewhere there's a big disconnect between what "a lot of sysadmins think" and what actually works.

7
11

'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: bankruptcy

@psychonaut:

" 'GT said there is still about $85m of cash in its coffers.;

how then can you go bankrupt?"

Easy - when you owe a BEELLION.

1
0

AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

Andy Prough
Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Bah!

Chase bank CAN encrypt your data, but...

...there's a bit of a monthly service fee for that.

4
0

Forums