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* Posts by Steve I

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Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

Steve I

Re: Re returns

What on Earth are you wittering on about? Claiming money plus interest for the time you had a product before you decided to return it? What colour is the sky on your planet?

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

Steve I

Re: One Windows doesn't work!

"Sooner or later, people will wake up, and Apple will be in trouble.". Too right. OK, so we were a bit off with the 'iPhone will flop" comment before it launched, but this will surely come true.

OK, we thought it'd happen in 2008, then 2009, then 2010, then 2011 and err ummm,, but no fear - one day people will realise The Truth and that us nerdy techies knew best all along and that they don't want some that they can just use without having to re-compile the kernal every few weeks.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Steve I

I can't see it catching on...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Steve I

Re: Did he code?

I wasn't aware that Google were the sort of company who paid people who didn't 'get things done' enough money buy a yacht...

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Steve I

Re: Did he code?

Why is the death of a 10-a-penny code-monkey a 'travesty' (you need to look that word up - you probably meant tragedy), but the death of someone who got things done, not?

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Steve I

Re: Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone

"They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.

The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.

All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove.."

Who do you think they are? Apple?

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

Steve I

Re: No tablets before 2008?

Yeah - I had one of those. I carried it around in my jacket pocket and pulled it out on the train and effortlessly held in one hand to read e-books and swipe through emails and web-pages.

Hang on - no I didn't.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

Steve I

Re: Why won't the mainframe die?

"I may have even written one or two myself." One or two what?. Mainframe viruses? No - you haven't.

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Steve I

Re: S/360 I knew you well

IEFBR15, surely?

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

Steve I

Re: vexabibulus is a word

(vexabibulus ... means the feeling that one experiences when one discovers that the toilet roll has been mounted incorrectly)

....or that the perforations don't line up... (Yes - I know how to fix that).

It should go in the dictionary with reciprivesexclusional (a number defined as having any value other than that of itself e.g. the number of guests at a restaurant - will be any number other than the number on the booking) an luposlipoculinophobia - the fear of being chased around a kitchen table by timber-wolves whilst wearing socks and a newly-waxed floor.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

Steve I

Why do they do this?

"It is a big opportunity and we are all over it. We will have something by the middle of next year."

Personally, I prefer Apple's approach - which, for the most part, would be HP saying "Here's our new 3D printer and it's available now." (Ok - maybe a couple of weeks). Not "Just wait until the middle of next year woo-hoo!"

Everyone moans about hugely early announcements that are inevitably late. Or so vague ("We'll have something") that you could announce anything 'on-time' and be months or years away from a product release.

Who remembers Google's "We'll have an iPad killer by Christmas"? Didn't happen - it was months late.

All of you - announce the damm thing when it's ready to ship! None o this "Just wait a few months and don't buy anything else - we'll be brilliant - honest!"

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Whoops! Apple drops kimono, flashes 'FREE' GarageBand for iOS7

Steve I

"Ah Logic Lite. The equivalent of Ejay Dance 6"

Not really - Garageband is Garageband; it's not the 'lite' version of anything in as much as there's no menu options that, when you try to use them, you get a pop-up saying Sorry - that feature is only available in Garageband Pro. would you like to upgrade for the special one-time fee of $29.99?"

And the same for all the other iLife apps - they are their own apps with support forums etc and you know that other Mac users have the same software, unlike all the other bloatware, feature-crippled, unheard of, unsupported, written-by-1st-year-Java-students cr@p that other machines get loaded with.

So when my Dell-owning friends ask for advice about their free photo editing software "Glorius Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Editor Pro Lite V32.5!" and why it's asking for $30 to crop a photo "Please be upgrading to wonderful Korean Software Kompiny (sic) Foto Manipulator Expert V 24.8 for advance features" I have to say "Dunno mate. My last pc was an Acer it it came with "Most Brilliant Picture Changer V5" but needed upgrading to "Hoo-soon Picture Magic 9 " to save changes."

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Now that's real science: CYBORG MONKEYS with PROSTHETIC ARMS

Steve I

"It's definitely been tried. I attended a talk by a guy who did an experiment like that on himself (essentially inserting tiny wires directly into the nerve - an incredibly painful process apparently).

If I remember correctly he was receiving the stimuli from someone else, having it sent over wifi then into his own hand."

aaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddd... we're back at comment 1.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

Steve I

Re: look at the web logs

"...do exactly what I need them to do... lack of camera for Skype."

Good job Skype isn't one of the things you need them to do.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Steve I

Re: Well yes... I guess

Perhaps a 'depth-first' approach wasn't the most suitable, in this case?

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Steve I

Re: Well yes... I guess

"The files are organised in folders by genre, sub-genre (...),"

I salute your dedication sir - this can be a difficult job. I know this, having just finished populating my "Pop Music/Acoustic/Solo/Female/World Music/Eastern Hemisphere/Tropical/Pacific/Easter Island" genre.

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Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

Steve I
Paris Hilton

By 'fling', I thought you meant...

...actually launching and landing a 1TB HDD. "There's no way that can be cost-effective" I thought...

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

Steve I

Re: A fundamental problem with this...

This : HS2 alleged benefits - beat me to it.

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

Steve I

Re: Facetime?

"So in true The Register style, they are jumping the gun looking for theoretical negatives against a tech Apple have implemented first, before checking the real world performance. They did the same with their ill informed article on Apple 5s 64 bit processing, which has now been confirmed as ignorant speculative negative hokum:

http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/friday-qa-2013-09-27-arm64-and-you.html"

Don't come around here with your 'facts', young man. This is The Register, not some tawdry fact-reporting website.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

Steve I

Re: Tray-loading optical drive?

You're right - in years and years of owning slot-loading optical drives, I've never had one scratch the crap out of my discs.

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Steve I

No VGA port?

It should have one. Along with serial, parallel and PS2 ports. Oh, and the ability to swap the optical drive for a floppy, whilst we,re reminiscing.

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Steve I

Tray-loading optical drive?

Just looks nasty these days.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Steve I

Re: You forget to add Tax to the US price

"Except sales tax here is usually around 8.5%, not 20%."

He's talking about how much the US price would cost in the UK, so adding 20% is right.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Steve I

Re: Less is more?

"- One button. One LED. Just 2 UI elements.

- Use Morse code for all IO."

Binary, surely?

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

Steve I

Remember that...

Just lately Apple have released a new iPhone every year (the 4, 4S, 5 and now the 5S), yet in the UK I think a lot of people are on 2-year contract, which means one tends to skip a generation. If you do, then the changes to one's new iPhone seem a bit more exciting if you go from a 4 to a 5, a 4S to a 5S etc.

So whilst the 5S is a nice phone, I don't see the need to upgrade my 5. Next year however, I might be more interested in upgrading to a 6, especially if my last few experiences of only having to fork out a small amount after selling or trading-in my old iPhone are repeated.

But it would be nice to see something with 'Wow!' factor again...

Steve

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

Steve I

I always find it funny...

...the people moan that iOS didn't do anything original and yet repeatedly fail to point out a phone that could have multiple smoothly scrolling windows (that's 'smoothly' as in how an Amiga did it, not 'smoothly' as in how an Atari ST did it) etc etc and a finger-orientated UI.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Steve I

What about ME?!

I tend to code using the 'Brush' font - neither tabs nor spaces work well...

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

Steve I

An ode...

I teleported home one night

with Ron and Sid and Meg.

Ron stole Maggie's heart away,

and I got Sydney's leg.

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Steve I
WTF?

Are they really...

...proposing matter transmission instead of transdimensional displacement of a remotely induced singularity? I despair...

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Steve I

You don't need that many bits - for a lot of the people I know all you'd need to send is a couple of medium-resolution photos and enough 'for rudimentary brain functions - just enough to say "What?" and "Where's the tea?".

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

Steve I

Re: Seems Irrelevant

"But very few people want 4k video. Many people still buy DVD because it's £5 cheaper than Bluray"

But very few people want HD video. Many people still buy VHS because it's £5 cheaper than DVD.

There's a pattern here...

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

Steve I
Go

Re: By far

Like the time when someone mis-placed the apostrophe in "Pedant's Corner", sparking a debate that implied it was a corner belonging to a pedant, rather than a corner for pedantry?

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Steve I
Go

Re: By far

Surely you mean 'twas?

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Steve I
Go

Re: Refusal to Print

"The sort of person who wants a 3D printer... Any of those missing would be a dealbreaker."

From this, we can draw 1 of 2 possible conclusions:

1. No 3D printers have ever been sold.

2. Your logic is wrong.

I'm going for.............................................1.

Therefore any 3D printers people claim to own are an illusion.

Q.E.D.

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Steve I
Facepalm

Re: Remember the article here about how you'd never 3D print a gun?

"Yes, I do remember that article - and until today, he hasn't been proven wrong."

It's been about 3 months, FFS! Give progress(?) a couple of years, at least.

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Steve I
Go

Re: One up the spout!

</YODA Mmmm, observant you are... />

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Steve I

Remember the article here about how you'd never 3D print a gun?

..due to various flaws etc. this was after the '3D printed gun' uproar a few month ago The author seemed to overlook the fact that it was early days yet. Had he been at the Wright brothers inaugural flight, he would no doubt have concluded that powered flight was a fantasy, due to it being limited in range and only capable of carrying 2 people.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

Steve I
Happy

Understanding...

"My 2 years old decent but by no means special smart tv does everything this dongle does and much more. People with super old tvs may want to invest these $35 bucks directly in a new tv."

Yes - it said that in the article.

Except over 2 years old does not qualify as 'super-old' and I'm not sure that spending $35 to watch YouTube/NetFlix would not be a sensible choice compared to spending $500-$600 on a new TV.

But, as you said yourself, you find modern technology confusing (The Apple TV is not hard to understand).

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Steve I
Linux

Re: There is an answer.

"more or less".

Personally, I use less. I find it does more than more, whilst more does less than less.

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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

Steve I

Bear in mind...

... that "a Linux slice with an effective 105MHz of processing capacity and just under 1GB of memory" is not the whole story. The VMs aren't limited to these figures, these are the averages if each VM was running flat out at the same time. The machine is very good at directing the CPU and memory towards the VMs that need it at each split-second, so whilst one's CPU might be idle whilst it does some I/O, another might have multiple cores running at serveral GHz, crunching some numbers.

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Apple patents touch display that KNOWS YOU by your fingers

Steve I
FAIL

Re: What if you don't have fingerprints?

"Let's say you've been using a lathe or something and all your fingerprints have rubbed off? How do you unlock your phone then?"

Very good point. And suppose you're on a desert island and you've cut your hands off using a machete whilst harvesting coconuts. And your phone's flat and you've no way of charging it? and it's not your phone - you found it? And it's not even an iPhone, but an original old non-GSM Motorola? How does your fancy-shmancy technology work now, Apple? Huh?!?? HUH?!?!

See - that told 'em....

Buggrit....

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Steve I
Thumb Up

Re: Just another example

Nice to see you've understood the article...

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

Steve I

And of course...

...adding keyboard/mouse/printer support to iOS or Android (should these thing prove to be what the *majority* of people need) will be far beyond the capabilities of Apple or Google, and MS will simply clean up.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

Steve I
Go

Re: Cooling

"The heat of a railgun firing is generated in milliseconds, mostly in the rails themselves. The problem is keeping the rails from vaporizing, melting, or even just deforming"

Couldn't you employ lots of poor people to blow on them?

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

Steve I
WTF?

Re: PANTS

"Without red & green I am unable to distinguish the up and down-vote buttons."

Don't the up and down vote buttons have other distinguishing features?

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

Steve I

Top Gear Space Shuttle...

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Steve I
Black Helicopters

And next month, if Russia still hasn't handed over Snowden/turned a blind eye to a US SEAL snatch squad, they'll be another 'accident'...

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Steve I
Go

Re: "It's a Sony"

Yeah - down with Sony. Let's not forget the whole 'Pearl Harbour' thing on our trip down Memory Lane...

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Unix luminary among seven missing at sea

Steve I
Go

Trending...

You're worried that there's a conspiracy to bump off "major contributors to the OS and networking world." and you're worried about Bill Gates?

I think Ol' Bill better start working on his alibi...

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A simple SSL tweak could protect you from GCHQ/NSA snooping

Steve I
WTF?

Re: RE. Re. Acres of computers

"But the most secure method is a onetime key stored in volatile memory at both ends and deleted bytewise as the messages are sent."

Wouldn't you have to post each other the keys.

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