* Posts by jzlondon

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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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Difficult to tell

But... it doesn't half look like it's lying on its side to me.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Software

Looks like a really good piece of kit. As soon as they release the iOS version, I'm in.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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You guys need a "Like" button on the bottom of your articles.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Off Topic

When the hell are the Register going to join 2008 and introduce AJAX comments?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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Re: Not what it seems

The real kudos goes to the people developing aDosBox in the first place, but they didn't install Windows 95 on it and attract your Mayfly-like attention :)

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Not what it seems

He says in the captions of the video itself that he's using "... ADosBox which is available on the Play store". So what he's done is load an app onto the watch, then load a Win95 vhd (probably downloaded neat off the internet) onto that, probably using the app's own UI.

Interesting exercise, and points for originality, but hardly the display of virtuoso hacking you're making it out to be. Even for a sixteen year old.

I'm not dissin', just sayin'.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Only in America

The world's first autistic food.

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DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race

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Easiest way to compromise a network? Bribe a sysadmin.

Job done.

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Maths. Not math.

<shudder>

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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The tagline of the website is "For people with more money than time".

More money than something, that's for sure.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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Another week, another way to save Moore's law.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement

The BBC comments section frightens me, and I'm not easily frightened.

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Re: Do you get what you pay for?

Pretty easy to take good photos from that sort of distance, with that sort of velocity. It's a question of payload weight - bigger lenses are heavier and more precise tracking equipment is also heavier.

The bigger the payload, the higher the costs. The point above stands - India's achievement is outstanding, but other more expensive missions were not a waste of money, they were doing much more.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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If they were overpriced, they wouldn't sell. That's the thing about pricing.

They're just overpriced *for you*.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Sounds brilliant. I'll definitely buy one wh en t .... buffering ...

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Travelling and operator lockin is the dealbreaker for me too - I'm writing this right now in Moscow using a cheap Megafon data SIM bought just for this two week business trip.

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Re: @h4m0ny, re Capitalism

I doubt that's true - cross subsidy is difficult to do in a competitive market. If one network was subsidising expensive phones with cheap ones, other networks would be able to easily lower prices and attract those users.

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And the reasons that Apple can continue to command a premium are varied, but not really about the hardware costs.

It's a combination of non-geek design, iOS, and a smidge of the conspicuous consumption factor.

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I have an iPhone which I paid full rate for with no contract. It worked out fractionally cheaper over two years, with the big advantage of no operator lock-in.

But it's amazing how many iPhone owners express shock when they found out how much I paid, even though they paid the same amount themselves. Because the price they paid was hidden and they allowed themselves to be fooled.

Price psychology is such an important part of this market.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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If the Raspberry Pi is intended to help children experiment and learn to code, why all the focus on end-user desktop software?

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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These days going to university is synonymous with taking a three year course in Hair Care (with Powerpoint) at the University of North-West Runcorn. An apprenticeship is definitely better than that.

But is an apprenticeship better than a physics or maths degree at Bristol or Sheffield? No. Not in a month of Sundays.

The problem is that the concept of a degree has been watered down.

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