* Posts by Raedwald Bretwalda

8 posts • joined 9 Nov 2012

Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

Raedwald Bretwalda
FAIL

Re: They are not my users, friend

"Your users are the people paying your salary or your fee. If those people want to rip of their users it is their problem."

That's right. You can always claim that you were "just following orders".

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Raedwald Bretwalda

Re: Well meant but still narrow minded thinking...

"they are simply wage slaves and out of a job if they don't bend personal principles to fit their employer's desires"

In the short term, true. But you do have some choice about your employer. You can take your labour-power elsewhere, unless you have been made redundant and/or there is a recession on.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

Raedwald Bretwalda

ROI

So, the members of British Parking Association would have to spend £50m to upgrade their machines, saving themselves £40m per year in fraud. on a little over a year, the upgrade would pay for itself. Thats a bloody good investment.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

Raedwald Bretwalda

Re: This is a tough one...

You are confusing patents with copyrights. Understandable, because people and organizations that want to extract unearned rent (such as Oracle, here) often try to confuse them by using the term Interllectual Property as an umbrealla term to imply they are the same thing.

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

Raedwald Bretwalda

Re: And for your next trick ...

"Nothing like three different decisions/opinions/strategies to work around to help a project along."

Can be handled, I'm told, by taking the line that only your immediate boss can give you orders, regardless of how senior they are, and that everyone else must go through them.

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

Raedwald Bretwalda
Flame

Re: Radical solutions needed

Yes, what good do these HFT do for society. What good do they do *even if* you accept the need for capitalism. It's just high-tech coin clipping.

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Fashionably slate

Raedwald Bretwalda
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Smart TVs will die

I guess that smart TVs will die out soon after the manufacturers "end of life" their early smart TV products.

We are used to a TV being something that, once bought and installed, contionues to give years of service. When the TV manufacturers decide to pull the plug on the servers providing the smart TV service, customers will be up in arms that the manufacturer has in effect stolen their TV from them. The fallout will be either plummeting demand for smart TVs, or the manufacturers deciding that providing the ongoing support for them is not worthwhile.

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

Raedwald Bretwalda
IT Angle

So available, but poor video quality

As a lad I read battered Penguin editions of the shows. They had some monochrome plates in them. I've always wondered whether watchable recordings existed. Sad that they don't, except for the last.

IT trivia: IIRC, one script refers to an electronic digital calculating device as a "computor" rather than "computer", because the conventional spelling had yet not been settled.

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