* Posts by jzlondon

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Facebook's mobile ad bonanza brought it record returns in 2014

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Three billion videos viewed per day? Really?

I'll bet that include all the videos that start playing automatically as you scroll past them.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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What is a holiday gift? Is that like a Christmas present?

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

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Re: About time councils put their foot down

Maybe you should consider employing a proofreader before you post comments? I'm not sure what you're trying to say and I don't think I'm alone.

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

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Re: No way, no how

I want one already.

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

Microsoft hardware isn't at the low-budget end though and a chip to do basic encrypted key exchange is a few pence.

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Re: Information Security Officers...

At most large organisations, information security is an ar$e-covering exercise. They're interested in reducing legal liability by ticking all the appropriate regulatory boxes. They're not interested in actually becoming more secure.

So we get lots of communications on "best practise". Lots of forms to fill in and online training sessions. All this is so that when a breach occurs, the company can say "we gave all the required training".

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Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

If the system has a spare USB socket for a wireless keyboard adapter, it has a spare USB socket for a Bluetooth adapter instead.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: Use of words

They didn't get it right.

A Watt is 1 Joule per second. Your interpretation makes no account of read speed. You say that reading a total of 450mb would consume 1W. What if that read took 10s? Would it stil consume 1W over all those seconds?

You can't actually consume 1W of power. What you can do is draw 1W of power for a certain amount of time.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: You're GigaByting it wrong

"If you want to have the freedom of buying large storage at reasonable prices or doing what you really want to with your device, you need to be brave enough to break away from Mother Apple."

I bought a 128GB iPhone. The price was reasonable, in the sense that I was happy paying it. Perhaps it was higher than other 128GB phones, but none of them come with iOS.

And as for the freedom to do what I want with my device, well I can. Everything I want to do with it, I can do. I tried an Android once. It was 1000 questions every time I used it, fifteen different apps for each function, no UI consistency. I had less freedom to use it because the damned thing was so fiddly.

Point being, you may not see the point of Apple devices and consider them overpriced, but there are many who disagree with you and are happy to pony up. Not all of us see our phones as pocket computers and toys - some of us want to use them like appliances and are happy to pay a premium for that experience.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Look, it's quite simple!

Welcome to 2015. You might find things have changed since you were frozen back in 1954.

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Re: @Dana W

My wife has a PhD from Oxford in aeronautical engineering (well, they call it a DPhil but it's a PhD to me). I have nothing more than a BSc. Her day job is CFD modelling at a nuclear research lab.

I still choose computers for her. It's not so much ability as interest.

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My father-in-law bought a 15" Macbook Pro in October. He's not a techie, but has plenty of money so doesn't really care about cost.

It went wrong last week ("My Safari keeps crashing") so I told him to call Apple, who "fixed" it (trained him how to use it) after an hour of extreme patience on the end of the phone.

But that's the thing - the Mac is perfect for him. It's reliable, easy to use, and when there's a problem Apple are on it with no fuss or drama.

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The thing had a totally different operating system, couldn't run most desktop applications, and what worried you was that it had a slightly slow CPU?

Yeah, that's really the elephant in the room. Sure.

Not that I'm dissing Chromebooks. Far from it, but in this day and age CPU speed is a non-starter for non-gaming home users.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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If you can lock the wheels up, the brakes are good enough. Obviously modern cars have ABS to prevent this, but the point stands: brakes can only be *so* good. Unless you start fitting parachutes to the car.

As for handling, the worst situation is that I'm going to need to swerve. Generally, all cars are capable of doing that. And most of the time, safety is about keeping a good distance and not speeding.

Fast cars tempt people into speeding.

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I don't give a rat's a*se how a car drives and I'm proud of it. How well it functions as transport is key. Does it cost a bomb to run? Is it reliable? Is it safe? Is it big enough?

If cars are your hobby, that's nice for you. But the number of people who need to buy cars is much greater than the number of people who care about the process of driving them.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: Tech Angle

Depends.

A lot of the Register readership works in banking technology - it is one of the biggest employers of technologists in the UK, after all. It's nice to get an angle like this.

Some of us even work for Russian banks - most have London and NYC offices as well as Moscow.

Besides, when did you become editor of the Register?

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Re: Cheap Holiday in Other Peoples' Misery

The collapse of the Russian economy wasn't "orchestrated" by the USA. The Russian economy is a bag of nails and was going to collapse sooner or later regardless.

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This is a genuinely great article, but it will not be widely read as it sounds like it was written by Al Murray's pub landlord.

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Re: I think I'll just stick with

Actually, one of the things Russians are particularly good at is soup. And not just cabbage or beetroot. They have loads of soups.

And dumplings. They're pretty good at those too.

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Re: @DavCrav @Mage

It's like when people use the word "Quantum" or "Pharma" in a discussion about healthcare.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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When they bought QNX, I assumed that was the end of QNX in anything but mobiles. I love being wrong sometimes.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Another rant

Currently there are around 10 million TV sets sold in the UK each year and rising. There are 25 million households in the UK.

That means that each household is buying a new TV every 2.5 years. And the numbers are going up.

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-data-research/market-data/communications-market-reports/cmr11/uk/1.22

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I read the Register out of habit - have done almost since it started - and I'm a programmer. A pretty decent one too, if my earnings and career path are any measure.

I'm not "against progress", whatever that even means. I have a science background and I think science and engineering are the most worthy of all human activities. But I'm pretty sure that if slightly better tellies count as progress then we've lost our ambition.

As for the comment about renting stuff, well that's kind of the point isn't it? I watched an entire season of Game of Thrones recently and did it all on a laptop. It did the job perfectly well.

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Re: Another rant

And they're not even exciting. I want my hoverboard. Not interested in a slightly better telly.

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Another rant

The real thing that upsets me about this is the waste. Not so long ago, a TV was something you kept for 15-20 years. Now, people are changing them every few years. The waste is astonishing - these things are big and they're full of complex parts with energy-intensive manufacturing processes. Not to mention the rare earths and the conflict minerals.

And it's not like they even really provide a boost to our economy. They're all made in China by far Eastern firms and sold to us by people whose jobs pay close to minimum wage.

Gah.

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No you didn't.

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Also, it's a TV. I'm happy enough to see the story hear the words. If it's a good programme, you soon forget the image quality anyway.

If I wanted an immersive experience, I'd go out for a walk.

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Still happy with my non-HDMI, non-HD, circa 2001 TV.

Why?

There's nothing worth watching.

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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I *HATE* ringtones

Phone manufacturers should be forced - on pain of executive sterilisation - to lock all mobile phones down to a choice of one or two simple, unobtrusive ring-ring noises.

Happy bloody Christmas.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Simpler possibility

Or... they just altered the "About" box to display 10.0, regardless of the internal version numbering scheme.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: Region Locks

If a film has different release dates in different regions/countries, it also *pretends to protect* the rights of the distributor in the country that releases the film later or last.

There you go, fixed it for you. All these things seem to operate in a weird alternate universe where Bit Torrent doesn't exist.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: VB5/6 was nice

I can seriously recommending spending some time with C# as a hobbyist. It's superb and satisfyingly elegant and expressive.

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The big problem with choosing VB for a project over C# is hiring people. There's an increasingly small pool of developers willing to let VB.Net show up on their CVs.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Re: Move on - nothing to see here

+1 for C# in the enterprise, particularly on the front end. I've worked in a number multi-billion dollar, >100,000 people enterprises that have huge deployments of extremely complex WPF based software.

The level of expressive power that WPF gives you per employee-year of dev effort *far* outstrips anything that can be produced with Win32. It's not even close. Hell, it's not even the same race.

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I love WPF, which is useful because I make a chunk of my living from it. But this article is spot on - the whole desktop has been horribly neglected for years now. Moving to web front ends is fine for some situations, but it really doesn't work in, for instance, front office trading environments in banking, or in many other situations which require the sort of rich functionality that only thick-ish clients can manage.

Even after the U-turn with Windows 10, Microsoft is still struggling to realise the importance of looking after one of its main sources of revenue - enterprise customers wedded to the Windows desktop.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Now I've seen LG's WebOS in action, I wouldn't even consider buying any other brand at the moment. It's streets ahead.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: designed by ex-nokia guys

Spoilsport

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Or possibly Sevastopol.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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Re: A money burning exercise

"Microsoft is the company you buy because you have no choice"

That may be true on the OS side, but it's not true everywhere. SQL Server is superb, as is Visual Studio and Microsoft Office is also pretty good. I also happen to think the end-user experience with Exchange is decent.

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Re: Backdoors??

Well done with the casual homophobia there, in among the other bigotry.

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Calling the OS plain old "Windows" will improve customer uptake? That would be surprising.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Yes, but are they going to patent the thing and actually gain some benefit from it?

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Why Britain or the US? Given how tightly they co-operate, I'd expect it to be both.

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

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Re: WTF am I reading?

Win / win, right?

If quantum computers work, that's great because they'll be incredibly useful.

If quantum computers don't work, that's great because it opens up new science.

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The Lambda that ROARED: Amazon unveils event-driven AWS compute service

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Re: Is this really 2014?

Amazon isn't a university. It's a corporation. It wants to make sales, not make a point.

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Re: Finally

True, dat.

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Re: Lambda?

It's not that obscure. The intended market is software developers, after all.

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Finally

Proper cloud computing. The way I always imagine it when I think of it. Write some code and don't worry about where or how it's run.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Re: Difficult to tell

Of course, I am quite literally no expert.

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