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* Posts by Simon R. Bone

40 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

Simon R. Bone

Re: Don't really see a big deal here for BB...

weirdly enough they planned to do this in the 1930s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Plan_Red

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Simon R. Bone
IT Angle

Still One Question Unanswered

For a solely desktop user what is the advantage (other than longer support time) of upgrading to 8 from 7?

Server 2008-> 2012 yes, lots of benefit - but how is 7-> 8.1 going to improve my computing experience?

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Simon R. Bone

A lone tumbleweed blows across the Interwebs

Is this in any way related to the delays in rolling out high-speed broadband across the UK???

Perhaps they think this will mean we can all go back to using 56k modems...

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Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

Can I....

...sue her for my "pain and suffering" caused by reading about her stupidity?

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Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

Simon R. Bone
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Good work - also reminds me of

the blackcurrant tango ad from a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odCBml5TuNI&feature=related

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Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

Simon R. Bone
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Thinkpad...

...Accept No Substitutes!

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Simon R. Bone
Happy

Re: @AC

er..... rather than looking at your Windows phone can't you just look out of a "window" for that?

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How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

was...

... it buying Facebook shares?

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Simon R. Bone
Windows

Re: XNview

oh and Classic shell

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

for those of us who believes GUI's peaked at windows 2000

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Simon R. Bone
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XNview

very fast universal image viewer and manipulator

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High Court asked to keep 'cheap DVD' VAT loophole open

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

Will actually lose money

I'm originally from the channel islands and have many friends who work in industries based on LVCR.

Yes it is a loophole but the main problem is that they are ONLY applying this restriction to the channel islands - almost borderline racism and also quite stupid -> the companies will just move their operations to other countries e.g. Hong Kong or Switzerland and continue to exploit the loophole but now from places that DON'T put buy from UK suppliers - don't forget 95% of the islands' internally consumed imports come from the UK - i imagine it is the other way round with Hong Kong!

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

win2k

oh dear.... oh dear....

I'm using this nice piece of freeware

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

to make my win7 box look like win2k so I can actually get work done efficiently - let's hope they can create something similar for win8

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US nuclear aircraft carrier George Bush crippled by toilet outages

Simon R. Bone

So a Nimitz carrier is cheaper than the new UK ones?!

Our new carriers are supposed to come in at £7b for the the pair (and may rise) - $6.2b = £3.9b, so why the hell didn't we just buy a pair of far more capable (toilet aside) Nimitzes?!

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Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

Simon R. Bone
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Here you go - viliv n5

http://www.dynamism.com/viliv-n5.shtml

8 hour batter life, runs windows 7, fits in your pocket reasonably well

I reading this page on one now

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Windows 8 to boot in 8 seconds

Simon R. Bone
Windows

I see....

"Windows 8 will retain the - optional - ability to perform a full cold boot, loading and initialising the drivers and services from storage."

What's the odds that Windows Update will require a cold boot after every time it runs?

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UK's first Stealth fighter in successful catapult test

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

" the plane will surely be sold in large numbers"

surely that means you have far more chance of running up against an enemy with identical planes!

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'Blitzer' railgun already 'tactically relevant', boasts maker

Simon R. Bone
Black Helicopters

er....

which even Wikipedia lists as " widely regarded as a hoax" - oh look, what are those pretty black helicopters doing outside? Aaaaargh.....

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Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast

Simon R. Bone
WTF?

Why?

Why are their faces blurred out? Are they secretly claiming disability benefit or something?!

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Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

Simon R. Bone
Megaphone

Polaris

didn't holding back on the upgrade from Polaris to Trident costs huge amount of money in the end because the Yanks had moved on and they had to reopen all plants and assembly lines to support Polaris for us?? would be silly to make the same mistake twice

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Empires built on free code aren't cheap

Simon R. Bone
Badgers

you're forgetting one thing

whatever you're spending on hardware/software you generally need to spend 10-100x more on marketing to make it a success.

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Visa tightens rules for small sellers

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

Shared Hosting

It's VERY difficult for small sites using shared hosting pass all the PCI tests which means they often have to plump for pricey (and OTT) dedicated servers...

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Sony Vaio P netbook

Simon R. Bone
Alert

I'm waiting for....

... the Viliv n5 - see http://www.dynamism.com/notebooks/viliv-n5.shtml

a windows pc you CAN fit in your pocket (if they ever launch it...)

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2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

Roar!!!!

Isn't the symbol of Britain supposed to be a Lion? So why not a that?!!? It lends itself well to merchandising etc. Or is the real problem that you can't trademark a lion...

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Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

Simon R. Bone
Pint

90+ comments?!

for a story about siphoning??

Slow day at work guys?

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Twitter bomb joker found guilty

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

Because...

.... all the major terrorist masterminds reveal their plans on Twitter beforehand - can't wait to see the next James Bond... "The Spy with My Face(book)"?

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Javascript guru calls for webwide IE6 boycott

Simon R. Bone
Pint

But...

IE6 is better than IE5 ;-)

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Steve Jobs issues open letter on Flash

Simon R. Bone
Alert

So Why no Java?

none of his arguments against Flash would seem to apply to Java... which is ALSO banned, surely they're just worried about revenue loss from apps running on Flash/Java so bypassing their app store?

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Giant solar-powered aircraft takes to the skies

Simon R. Bone
Alert

@Trevor 10

er..... there are 24 hours in a DAY -> 44miles*24 = 1056milers per day -> 23ish days of flying

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Open source - the once and future dream

Simon R. Bone
Linux

Very Interesting Article!

2 points always interest me about FOSS though...

1. what percentage of programmers contributing in their spare time have full time paid jobs in firms selling proprietary/closed software? i.e. if all software became FOSS tomorrow would the economic model be self-sustaining?

2. there now seems to be a large degree of awareness in the business community about "free software" HOWEVER this has the trickle down effect that they then translate this to mean support and other professional time based fee should be on a lower rate than for traditional systems! i.e. the rather illogical "this software is free, why are you charging me to put it on my computer argument?"

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'Larry and Sergey' to offload 10m Google shares

Simon R. Bone
Unhappy

jammy....

... b'stards. That is all.

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Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm

Simon R. Bone
Pint

best way to clear his name...

simply ship him to Iraq and place him in the middle of a mine field with one of his "detectors" and place his big pile of money on the perimeter...

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Chinese stamp on Avatar

Simon R. Bone
Big Brother

Always makes me laugh....

... how people say we defeated communism - and yet almost half the world still live under such a regime!

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iSlate? I spy more control from Cupertino

Simon R. Bone

Maybe

the launch delay is due to their printer breaking down as they try and print "iSlate" labels to stick over all those Newtons they have left in the warehouse??

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German strato-sperm airship prototype flies

Simon R. Bone
Coat

re: "next up" & "My moped runs"

You do know that Viz cartoon must be 15 years old now!

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Google: Do no evil, pay no tax

Simon R. Bone

simple solution

the UK should reduce the rate of corporation tax to be just below that of Eire - companies flock to UK, tax income actually increases overall, unemployment drops, problem solved.

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TechCrunch dubs Linux a 'big ol’ bag of drivers'

Simon R. Bone
FAIL

netbook linux is bad enough

isn't a fact that a large proportion of people in the US who have bought one of the cheaper netbooks with Linux on have subsequently returned them as they didn't realise they can't run their windows software??

In which case what will happen when they try and run ANYTHING other than the web browser on this new Chrome OS?????

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iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

Simon R. Bone
WTF?

Microtac madness

all well and good.... but following the link are you telling me I was constantly extracting the fiddly aeriel on my Motorola in the early 90's all those times FOR NO REASON WHATSOVER??!!

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Oracle reels in Sun Microsystems with $7.4bn buy

Simon R. Bone
Alert

the end

bye bye MySQL :-(

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Google mistakes entire web for malware

Simon R. Bone
Thumb Down

Lost income and loss of site reputation??

Class action potential?

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Jet-powered go-kart roars onto eBay

Simon R. Bone

Afterburner???!!!

is that really a necessary feature on a jet-powered go-kart?

oh and keep it away from the producers of Top Gear, lest they get another great idea....

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