* Posts by wikkity

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: my £50 chinatab is pretty useless

How old is it? Are they comparable specs?

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Re: RT seems pointless now

> They are way better than Android tablets at this price point though. A full OS and none of the laggyness.

Hardly worth coming out from under your bridge for 4 measly downvotes was it.

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

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Re: "Shopping" is the latest crime thing here

Wow, the US is really behind the times we had that in the 80s and called it something much better "ram raiding". If it really is new try starting a business installing concrete/metal bollards in front of shops so the cars can't get though or build up enough speed, you'll make a fortune.

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KimDotCom flails desperately, launches chat service

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Re: MegaChat is in-browser, that's not very practical

I'd have thought the exact opposite, much more practical than have bespoke clients installed on every device that I may want to use. If you really need a native app I'm sure there are/will be plenty of browser wrapper apps out there.

Ok, so most of the names you mentioned are involved with WebRTC buts thats just at the standard level, plenty of implementations to choose from.

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: Pretty amazing pictures!

War and medicine have always been major drivers in technological development. Of course, nowadays you can add porn to that list.

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

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Re: That's the way the UK as well as the US has worked for years

UK != EU

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: object orientated

You can write OO code in any language if you are perverted enough.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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he tell delegates he will tell delegates

I've heard of EU and government inefficiencies and requiring things in duplicate/triplicate but surely this is taking things a bit too far?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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a human finger attached to a human arm

So thats were I'm going wrong. Could explain why they leave sticky smelly trails after a few days of been snipped off.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: Waiting for a company to patch before you disclose could go on for years

Just like moonpig

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: About that Picture

Looks like standard streaky bacon to me, but unsmoked :-(

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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ISO not ANSI

Please don't belittle the effort that other national standards committees do, ANSI is one of 150+ national members. A significant amount of the work involved in developing the C, C++ and related standards came from countries from other than the USA.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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"send tips and corrections"

That requires sending an email. At work I can only access my work email and I won't send a non work related email with that, hence the errors I have noticed in the past remain incorrect.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: From the user's POV, cars are awesome

It always makes me chuckle when schools are on holiday that just a small percentage of less cars on the road means my bus actually runs on time.

And it always makes me frown when I get stuck in a traffic jam when on a bus with 50 people crammed in when the turn off is only 20m away. When all it would take is for a few of the cars in front (with a single driver) to move a little closer to the car in front instead of leaving a gap twice the length of their car as they can't be bothered of moving every time.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Re: If the attacker has physical access, then it's no longer YOUR computer.

RE: Wow, where do you get the authority to deny your office workers USB flash drives?

It's very common. And many more places only allow encrypted drives.

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: It's Oracle Java: Of course it's going to be riddled with security holes!

This is running on a server.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Tax on profits...

> but the above is the principle behind it

I'm not convinced, it should be but not what I believe is their actual intent. Given how difficult it will be to write, never mind the legalities involved and the fact that there are global attempts to do this I can not see how this will achieve anything. I find it hard to believe the government has anything up their sleeve to implement this and think that this is nothing but some pre-election posturing to gain some points with potential voters.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

We've now got a smart meter. I miss providing my own meter reading, I used to add a bit extra on just before a price increase.

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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Re: I'd like to know

> Why it let him run 14,000 password guesses, and didn't lock him out completely after less than 10 failed attempts??

Thats probably why the admins were logged out, their accounts had probably been disabled. Of course his IP should have been blocked assuming all attempts were from the same src.

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

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quite a few XCode setups break on upgrade

I completely agree. NEVER, upgrade xcode until the project is shipped or you have plenty of slack to waste time getting a project that builds again. I've lost count the number of corrupted files I've left with (no I can't revert from scm as xcode simply corrupts them again next time).

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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Re: but unreadable code for me

Apart preferring that that big hardcoded would be defined differently, the rest of the code is perfectly readable. Had browse though some of the code and it would appear to be easy to follow and understand.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Sorry Tim

I've pretty much supported every opinion you've had to date, but this is just crazy. Why just coding, why not get them to do electronics. Maybe they should also be taught biology/chemistry for health related bills etc...

Whatever your opinions on politicians and whichever side of the fence (or just sitting on it) they are on I would rather they concentrated on the job they already have, they usually made a bad job of it as is with the time they put in now. Of course, if some of them actually wanted to I'd support them as long as it did not detract from their job.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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Re: Impetus to check

Would it be illegal to sell shares and buy them back when the price goes down if you realised the statement was a fake but you knew others would think it true?

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Meanwhile, all the nice people (who actually spend money) get screwed.

Nothing new there, we certianly didn't need an Apple insider to tell us what happens to those who spend their cash there.

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Re: Assholes with a sense of entitlement?

> Southerners, can never get the inflections right when trying to do Northern speak.

Aye ye reet they divvent

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: How it's Made

> Show me somebody excited about 3D printing

Ok, I am. I've worked in a (car) factory, many years ago, I'm also reasonably familair with how many other things are made. Are you suggesting that once someone knows how something is made the urge to make stuff disappears. Maybe all those here who like tinkering away with a soldering iron should stop as fab labs can print straight to silicon?

I can assume that that you have never at to fork out £25+ for a simple bit of molded plastic that your £1000 power tool won't work without? Assuming the part is still stocked that is, even though spare part availablity is a big factor when buying expensive tools there always seems to be a few bespoke parts that are hard to find 10 years down the line.

Anyway, a factory is well out of my price range to make stuff I want, so in the mean time while I'm waiting for 32 printing quality to improve/price to come down I'll continue to persue my hobbies by making things in a time consuming manner or using saved searches on ebay for spare parts as I do now.

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Wanna be Facebook? It just open-sourced some of its web server code. Now to find 1bn users...

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Incorrect link

The link for Folly is incorrect, you are missing a :/ after https. Firefox sends me to https.com that redirects me to HomeImprovement.com. I know many people look at open source as DIY software so maybve thats right.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Re: is this anything new?

> To the motorcyclist who says he'll now drive assuming everyone is out to kill him - that's how I've always driven even in cars

My (car) driving instructor told me the exact same thing on my first lesson almost 40 years ago. Saved my life a few times I'm sure as both a driver and a pedestrian.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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Apologies

I'm really so sorry for this incorrect comment. I should check things when told things, someone (i thought reliable) told me he died a couple of weeks back, I thought it strange I had not heard anything in the press but put that down to me just been too busy recently.

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> So... I can go to Waterstones, speak to Terrry Pratchett

Alas, no I'm afraid. Unless the author at Waterstones is a psychic

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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RE: I'm struggling to see much if any need for Runtime Introspection in a language

A lot of people said the same when it was introduced into java. A trivial but common example for a web page would be annotate a variable with a min/max value, a framework can then example that the validate data entry.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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Re: What

> Do people forget that many city dwellers also have a country residence.....

pretty sure if I had one I would not any phone signal whilst I was there.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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Re: Oh Dear

Or people would install every single bit of shareware distributed with PC magazines. Of course, nothing sensible permissions would not cure.

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Re: no surprise to me

Was going to ask which finger they bit until I realised I miss read what you said and they don't bite like humans.

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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> How can I get any sleep if you keep waking me up to go to meetings!

Thought you were supposed to sleep during meetings not before.

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

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think this kind of activity is cool

Or in more likelihood, profitable. It's probably more likely someone trying to commit fraud was hacking around than someone trying to do a cool hack.

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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Re: Where is the vanilla android version?

Thanks for that, never noticed that. Looks like it only came out last month though, about time.

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Where is the vanilla android version?

If they made app available on non-amazon android devices they might get a few more customers. I had a "free" subscription to this with Prime but no hardware I could use it with, no longer have prime but may have kept it if I could have used this.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: It's not my choice...

I need this too. However I simply white list works access site, bingo, java does not run for any other site. Maybe your IT department needs to understand how java works in the browser and provide suitable instructions rather than encouraging you to drop security down.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: "The spiel for the app even encourages users to walk roads less travelled"

At least the police would know where you went missing.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Why?

Maybe I'm getting old and missing the point, but why do people want to watch people playing computer games? I can vaguely understand why someone would want to watch the actual gameplay but watching the player completely stumps me.

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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Re: Funny..

Thought they meant it was invite only for the vendor.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: entire region

Their forecasts for a specific location are very good. For an entire region is impossible unless the whole region by some freak chance has the same weather. An area by the sea could be quite windy with fog, a couple of miles inland. Giving a forecast in the style of the TV forecasts is pretty nonsense really and gives nothing but a guide of what to expect.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Re: ebola.co.uk

Thought that was a bingo site

Seriously though. Ebola has been around for a longer than the current crisis. I don't know how long it has done so but this site is collecting donations for UNICEF.

Interestingly the site appears to be a genuine UNICEF site but the whois entry state a registrant type as an individual.

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Natural Ebola remedies

Judging by the other websites they probably intend to sell a natural remedy for Ebola. I'm sure there are easily enough people willing to buy Ebola targeted snakeoil.

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Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

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Re: England is /not/ synonymous with Britain.

Of course it is, the referendum is over and they voted to stay. We can continue our disregard for them. I'm sure there was someone else involved with our island, can't remember now.

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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Concentrate on the browser please

Firefox used to great but over the years it's started to lag behind. Maybe if they concentrated their effort on what made them they could claw back some users.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: Stop using landlines

I guess you are lucky enough to not need to ring 999 very often. Can't really nip outside for a better signal when giving first aid.

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Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

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or maybe a

typo?

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

> reductio ad absurdam doesn't help your argument and fails in any case. There's nothing wrong with crayon art

Hardly meant to be taken seriously. Plus, there are people don't think Latin is too bad, just as you like crayon art.

>What you're not going to do is write a program that changes the way the world thinks about anything in Pascal. You'll bin it. You will waste idea after idea on a dead language.

I never mentioned any language, if I was desiging a course for kids to learn "proper" langauge based programming Pascal would certainly not be considered

> It's like suggesting that kids should write all their essays in Saxon English rendering them effectively worthless for the future.

So the concepts and ideas the child expressed in Saxon English would not be abe to be transfered to a different language? True, I'm sure there is likely to be some aesthetics lost in translation if it was poetry.

This week, I've worked in C (no ++ there), java and javascript on the same system, that software shares the same domain model, interact with each other via a defined vocabulary/contract, there is even an embedded DSL based on scheme in there. The nature of the language imposes some mechanical issues at the implementation level but that is all they are, _implementation details_. In the same way I might print a picture with laods of tiny dots or pain the same image with brush strokes.

The implementation medium is a way to express your intent, if you can't express your intent in a particular language easily then it is the wrong choice for the problem, this looks perfectly good for 10 year olds sterring a Dalek

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