* Posts by jaywin

101 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

jaywin

>a hybrid phone built on an x86 chip, which runs desktop Windows when docked, and Android in phone mode.

Sounds like a vision of hell. A phone which runs two incompatible operating systems, which it chooses depending on whether you connect it to an external screen.

"Sorry Bob, I did get your report, but I can't open it because I saved it on the Windows bit of my phone and can't access it until I'm back in the office next week."

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jaywin

Re: WIndows Phone.

No.

Microsoft's phone division made something different to the competition, which worked well and was popular with those who used it. Then they started listening to marketing droids who told them that they needed to be more like Android. Then they also got forced to change direction twice by upper management wanting to create an "experience". End result is a weakened, fractured OS that's only real plus point is that it's more stable, smooth and secure than Android.

If they'd just stuck with their vision, and marketed that, we could be seeing a very different market share today.

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

jaywin

Re: A pleasant (very) lightweight IDE

That link should come with a warning for people's eyesight.

Do people really still develop such ugly software? I thought that sort of UI look & feel died out in the 90's?

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jaywin

Re: Wow! 3 (count'em...THREE) files at a time!

Yay! More Microsoft bashing by comentards that can't be bothered to find out what they're talking about...

You can open more than three files at once - they all appear in a list in the sidebar - almost like tabs! However, you can easily have three files visible at once, split vertically. And you can select which file appears in each at your whim.

Yes, this is possible in VS proper, but when I try it I normally end up in a fight with its window manager trying to snap to anywhere and anything other than the bit I want.

Brilliant

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jaywin

Re: Underimpressed...

> To me it looks like every other dime-a-dozen web-based IDE but hosted locally.

Under the skin it's Chromium.

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Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

jaywin

I hear there was another power cut overnight.

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

jaywin

Re: Nice Article

> ask some non-tech if he knows Android is Linux

That's the thing, nobody outside the fanatical tech world cares.If it works, great, if it doesn't then Samsung need to fix it.

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Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors

jaywin

Re: Really....

Go read the original blog post. It's exactly what the story is about.

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jaywin

Re: Really....

In fact, if you did manage to write a web browser that doesn't load any DLLs (or equivalent), you still wouldn't have this protection - because you don't need it.

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jaywin

Re: Really....

Firefox will be loading DLLs (or equivalent), virtually every browser does as a matter of course. It's incredibly difficult to write any non-trivial piece of software for a full OS that doesn't dynamically link against any other components.

What's changed is that Edge is now verifying that every DLL it does load is signed by Microsoft or the Windows Hardware certificate, so the only external code it will ever load, even if another process is injected / hacked or whatever is guaranteed to come from MS. This certificate checking is being done with kernel protection so that it's not possible for a user process to bypass the checks.

Same as splitting different tabs into separate processes, I expect this development to be taken up by the other browser developers as a matter of course.

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jaywin

Inexplicable

> Edge also remains the only browser which inexplicably lacks the bog-standard feature to open all folder bookmarks in tabs

Oh, have they got round to adding tabbed browsing to Lynx at last?

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Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board

jaywin

Re: No comprende

> Windows 10 IoT does not "have a display". UWP _apps_ running on W10IoT may "have a display".

That is: there is no OS GUI.

If you boot up a clean OS install with a monitor attached it will output video. No, it doesn't include a shell application, but there's nothing stopping anyone from writing one.

> A full Windows 10 PC is stated as a requirement. This is required _each_time_ you image the RPi2 SD card and each time that you need to change the app.

Please, go and give it a try. It's obvious that only one of me and you has actually used the thing. You can copy the SD cards without needing a windows PC, and you can install / uninstall / change boot app via a web browser running on any other computer.

And also get a sense of reality. Microsoft has never suggested that W10IoT will be a drop in desktop OS. It's designed for different purposes - is that really that hard to understand? You're currently doing the equivalent of complaining that a screwdriver is rubbish because you can't use it to slice bread.

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jaywin

Re: No comprende

> The Windows IoT thing doesn't even have a display.

That's strange, I've got mine hooked up to a screen and its quite happily rendering to it.

I wish people would criticise MS for the stuff they do (there's enough of it) rather than making things up. Like the guy down the page who says you need a windows PC to drive the Pi when you use W10 IoT - you don't. You only need one for the initial imaging. After that they run stand alone.

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jaywin

Re: No comprende

No, 67MB is the size of the partition it creates on the 8GB card. Apparently it requires the other space (you have to manually expand the partition) to allow you space to store your apps. I've found the 67MB partition is actually big enough for the OS and a couple of simple apps, I've not looked at how much space is actually occupied by the OS files.

My point that it is only 67MB is not to challenge Linux for the crown of smallest usable OS, but to counter Mark's position that you wouldn't be able to shrink W10 down very much.

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jaywin

Re: No comprende

The W10 image for RPi's is 67MB. That's fairly stripped down from the 10's of GB's that a clean install takes up on PC.

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

jaywin

Re: Counter Move

Well Waze is already on WP. There's about 20 results when I search for Teamspeak, but TBH they all look a bit dodgy.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

jaywin

Not Mr Sod, but similar - Muphry's Law. According to Wiki - "If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written."

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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

jaywin

"Apple triumphed with iTunes on PCs"

Really? I've heard lots of things about iTunes running on Windows. Triumph is not one of them.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

jaywin

Re: "It's worth turning on the (potentially) privacy-invading Cortana for that feature alone."

> But you can decide not to download Chrome and the OS on the computer doesn't push you into having a Google account.

Have you heard of Chrome OS?

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

jaywin

Re: Enough.

You make it sound like the only reason people choose Android is the UI.

Microsoft's poor sales figures have a multitude of reasons, many of them self inflicted, such as the WP7 hardware won't run WP8, buying Nokia and then not releasing any high end hardware until <random date in the future>, making decisions and then reverting them once people got used to them (social media OS integration).

The Windows Phone UX is great (cue downvotes) - even my iPhone and Android phone owning friends agree that once you're using it it's better than they've got. The problem is that MS themselves are trying to turn a clean-slate design which works very well, into some clone of the other platforms. If they want to release an Android clone, then they should just fork it and start selling it, not slowly breaking apart everything that was good about a very nice platform.

I've been using WP since the first Nokia was released. With these changes and now the lack of decent hardware coming to the platform, I'm pretty sure my next phone will be featuring half eaten fruit on the back. And it's this negativity being picked up, including by existing users, which is bringing the whole thing down - not them choosing to stick with big squares for icons.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

jaywin

Re: to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster

Nice tangent.

Anyway, I thought you were complaining about bias, not funding models. Does this mean you accept the BBC does do a better job at remaining unbiased than the rest of our PSBs?

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jaywin

Re: to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster

> You seem to miss the point. They are not supposed to be. They are private and capitalist, not public service broadcasters with special treatment under the assumption of being held to standards and impartiality.

You're wrong. BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 are all public service broadcasters, with strict requirements on the output they produce, and in return they get various benefits of that status. For example, ITV can't get rid of it's news provision without permission from the government - regardless of how much money it loses a year having to fund all the regional news centres.

While the commercial PSB's don't have access to the licence fee, they are guaranteed carriage on all the UK broadcast platforms (including the Freeview "lite" transmitters), as well as the slots at the top of the EPG (Sky can't decide to put Sky One in before the PSB channels even if they wanted). These two factors alone guarantee them a significant share of the UK commercial advertising income.

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jaywin

Re: to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster

> A standard that is supposed to be better due to it being a public service broadcaster.

As are ITV, C4 and C5. None of which are anywhere near to being as unbiased as the Beeb.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

jaywin

Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

Virtually all of the UK based HD channels are broadcast in 1080i. Nobody in the UK really bothered with 720p, as it wasn't much of a step up in quality from 575i. However 720p is very popular in the US as they were lumbered with 480i, so many US imports shown in HD today in the UK are upscaled copies of 720p imports.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

jaywin

Re: New Pi

> New Pi , Now with NSA and other related outfits backdoors and trojans ..

Only if you put the μSD card in labelled "Windows". You do realise that action is voluntary, right?

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jaywin

Re: Excellent

> I am not surprised about the the announcement of core and memory increase to match the Windows 10 requirements which is _NOT_ a Linux requirement or a requirement for 99.9% of current Pi apps.

And what about the ∞% of apps which can't run on the existing Pi hardware, but could with a hardware upgrade? Just because the only use you can see is as a media centre or NAS, doesn't mean every possible use for the Pi is already out there and running happily.

Only two weeks ago we wrote off using the RasPi for our digital signage software, because it couldn't run the animations smoothly enough. I suspect the new version will be more than adequate, so the order has gone in for one for testing.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

jaywin

Re: Ugly, inconsistent, unfinished, and dangerous

That's hardly surprising considering virtually nobody ever clicks anything that says Explorer, or sees a window that says Explorer in the title bar, when they need to look at files on their computer.

I suspect if you used the full name of the program "Windows Explorer" (or "File Explorer" in earlier versions), people wouldn't be questioning whether you mean Internet Explorer.

Personally, I just tell them to open My Computer from the Desktop. Everybody knows what that is, and knows where to find it (unless they've managed to hide the desktop icons *again*).

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

jaywin

Re: It's not so bad

No official Dropbox app you say?

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/dropbox/47e5340d-945f-494e-b113-b16121aeb8f8

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

jaywin

Re: Not just Chrome cast, smart TVs & iPlayer are broke too!

It's far from just European TV - it's anywhere which uses 50Hz mains electricity - which is most of the planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_frequency#mediaviewer/File:Voltage_and_frequency.png

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jaywin

Re: 24 fps

> No content is interlaced at source (film is not interlaced, contrary to what you imply by mentioning de-interlacing it). The whole interlacing issue only arises when recording from broadcast TV source. If it's analogue, the definition will typically be poor by today's standards anyway. If it's digital and the broadcaster is using interlaced format to squeeze more bandwidth out of their cable network, they are almost certainly also over-compressing the video to the point where it looks horribly blocky anyway.

Many (all?) European broadcasters doing live events come straight out of the back of the camera in 1080i, keeping it interlaced throughout the entire broadcast chain, and long before there's any compression done.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

jaywin

Re: Windows 7 is too blame

I have never experienced this, and can't reproduce it when trying. It sounds very unlikely that it's intended functionality, and I'd be looking at buggy shell extensions for the blame rather than explorer.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

jaywin

If you have a Lumia 930 or 830 you can get a free portable wireless charger from Microsoft at the moment.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/mobile/campaign-wireless-bundle/

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

jaywin

Have you told Google and Firefox to stop developing their browsers too?

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jaywin

Re: It's not just about Skype

But, firstly, that's not what the other commenters are all complaining about - they're complaining about Skype making IE bloated / unstable / spyware, and that they want to turn it off - basically assuming that the current Skype code is going to be embedded into IE to force people to use it. It's not.

Secondly, the ORTC group say this on the W3C CG page "The mission of the Object Real-Time Communications Community Group, is to define Object-centric APIs (client-side at first) to enable Real-Time Communications in Web browsers, Mobile endpoints and Servers.", but on ortc.org they say "Our mission: To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in mobile endpoints and servers via native toolkits, simple Javascript APIs and HTML5. It is also a mandate that Object RTC be compatible with WebRTC." - I suspect that most of the CG imagine that mobile is the primary use of these APIs, not that it should only be used on mobiles. I can't find anything from them which says it is not designed for use on the desktop.

Finally, remember that the version of IE on desktop has the same features and support as IE on Windows Phone. By building these features for IE, they're not just targeting the desktop, they're also targeting mobile, which falls right into agreement with what the ORTC CG have said.

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jaywin

It's not just about Skype

Have any of the other commenters actually read the Microsoft post?

Yes, this technology will allow them to implement Skype in IE, but it will be by using open web standards, not by merging the proprietary Skype code into the IE codebase. It also means you will be able to create video and voice RTC web applications, without writing plug ins or using the likes of Flash.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

jaywin

What about this sort of camera then - as used at Wimbledon - the ball under the basket has a 44x zoom, and the crane itself is parked right next to homes.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rDV3DHxEZYo/UcnF5_xMewI/AAAAAAAABBI/dFZMcS0Qn3Q/s1600/IMG_0794.JPG

Surely that would be in a position to get infringing shots which the broadcasters would already have to be aware of?

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jaywin

> And unlike, conventional, helicopter based news filming, a UAV is far less noticeable while being able to get much closer.

However, a UAV isn't going to be carrying a 72x + zoom lens.

You only need to look at the police TV shows like Interceptors to see how oblivious people can be to full size helicopters.

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jaywin

Agreed, it's not like the broadcasters have never had access to cameras that can fly above the public in the past. I would hope their risk assessments for using a full blown helicopter with two or three occupants is a bit bigger than what they produce for using a UAV (which isn't allowed within a few hundred metres of the public, and has to be line-of-sight to the operator anyway).

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

jaywin

Re: Windows 10 who cares?

Because people use them.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

jaywin

We're already seeing savings

In live events, LED sources are already saving significant quantities of electricity. And, yes, at the same time, people are using more and more fixtures, but they use so much less electricity than the discharge / incandescent predecessors that a real decrease in energy usage is happening.

Even more so where it comes to outdoor temporary events. Using LED can mean a more impressive stage / better lit site, while needing a smaller generator, less diesel and smaller, lighter cabling.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

jaywin

Designed their own EPG

You can tell. That thing looks un-navigable from a normal remote control.

And why does it need two, slightly different, clocks within ten pixels of each other? It looks like it's been thrown together by a graphic designer in Dreamweaver in about fifteen minutes, rather than the result of actually looking at other EPGs and designing something good, usable and quick.

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

jaywin

But with 8k on the way...

... and the broadcasters actually interested in that format, anyone investing in a 4K TV now is likely to find that investment short lived when 8k comes on stream. And with the Japanese wanting to use the Japan 2020 Olympics as a showcase for their 8k technology, it's likely to happen much quicker than the panel manufacturers would like us to realise.

Besides, at least 8k has a frame rate increase - I'd be happier with a double frame rate HD resolution screen than a double resolution panel operating at the same early 1900's frame rate that was chosen as a compromise back then.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

jaywin

Re: Clumsy giant buys butterfly farm

> Modding is what makes Minecraft special - certainly that's what keeps my kids playing - but MS don't do variety/community at all well.

Flight Simulator says differently.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

jaywin

Re: How about Rockall?

Fairly good chance of the replacement playmonaut repeating his predecessors fate though...

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

jaywin

I honestly can't see one reason why I would ever want to do this.

Does anyone outside of the mobile phone company bubble actually seen any advantage of having a direct link to your bank account by waving your phone around?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

jaywin

Re: Concerning IPTV

> there is no reason that an IPTV solution requires client side storage of streams - timeshifted streams could be stored on a server and accessible on demand.

Which kind of throws out the idea of everyone sharing a single multicast stream doesn't it?

And as for a client side buffer enabling pause/rewind, how does that work if you rewind to the beginning of the programme you tuned into half way through?

While UDP multicast may be the most efficient use of bandwidth, using it will require bringing in many restrictions in what the public already expect from a streaming video service.

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jaywin

Re: Concerning IPTV

A single UDP stream would prevent many of the useful tricks iPlayer currently does, like changing resolution on the fly, buffering without losing any of the programme and live pause / rewind.

It would also require the live channels to have a completely different streaming infrastructure to the on demand channels.

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jaywin

Re: Screw +1 and +24

No, we'd just lose other services instead. Look at BBC Three being closed down to allow BBC One +1 to be launched without incurring additional transmission costs.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

jaywin

Re: It doesn't matter how good the display is if there's nothing to display

All UK broadcast HD is transmitted at 1080i50. 1080p25 content can be accommodated within the same broadcast stream.

99% of UK content is produced at 50 interlaced fields, or 25 frames per second (depending on artistic choice). Only things intended primarily for transmission abroad are produced at 60/30.

Most films (24fps) are sped up, reducing the running time and altering the audio pitch, rather than introducing quantization errors. American (60hz) programming can either be slowed down, have the frames interpolated, or a combination of both, which is one reason American stuff looks worse on broadcast TV to the Blu-Ray release when seen on the same television.

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Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

jaywin

Sounds like someone's found a way around those pesky trademark laws when making cheap clones of Western products.

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