253 posts • joined 16 Feb 2007
This shall not be allowed? Really? I use a "loan-based crowdfunding site" (fundingcircle.com), and a large proportion of the loans made through it are partially funded by ... the government, as part of some programme for supporting small business. Yes, clearly it shall not be allowed.
Re: History says otherwise
I bought a shiny new iPhone on Saturday, to replace my shiny old iPhone. There are two main reasons that I went with Apple and not Android.
First, my existing apps would continue to work. Second, continued availability of new apps.
Given that both of those apply, there's no reason for me to go Android. However, if the second stops applying, then Apple will eventually lose me as a customer. Palm lost me for the same reason - Palm arsed around for years and lost all their third-party developers, so users got no new apps or services and no updates to existing apps. Users then jumped ship and by the time the Pre came out it was too late - all their customers now had iPhones, Windows Mobile (or whatever it was called that week) or Blackberries.
Re: Totally agree about WTFapp
Don't build the infrastructure! For a long time you could make pots of cash by just running a switch and flogging number translation services for businesses that thought they needed an 0845 number. These days, run an MVNO.
Re: Face meet Palm
Currency doesn't make very good arse-wipe because it's the wrong sort of paper. Been there, done that, got the smeary mess. Sorry to disappoint you :-)
Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy
A business can say that they can refuse to serve you for any reason they like, just like they can put anything they like in a contract. But statute always trumps that so that, in civilised countries, businesses can *not* in fact refuse to serve people just because they're gay, just like they can't put clauses in contracts saying "and you can't sue us for any reason ever".
Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy
Because "no dogs, no blacks, no Irish" is disgusting and those who want it shouldn't be allowed to have it.
And ... code coverage analysis will tell you where you've got missing tests.
And also ... use 'else if' for long chains of independent conditions. Not only does it make the code clearer by making their independence obvious, but it would also have turned this particular error into a syntax error and compilation failure.
Easy. There are examples out there. Which means that creating a test case is also easy. Time-consuming, perhaps, but easy. All the certificate tests would be time-consuming but easy, and I *really* hope that they've got at least some - and that means that they know how to create them, so creating more shouldn't be such an awful task.
Re: You'll get nothing from clang using -w
In current gcc, -Wunreachable-code doesn't do anything. That functionality was removed. In Clang it does work, but isn't turned on by -Wall. Apparently 'all' doesn't mean 'all' in Clang-land.
The real problem though is that the code clearly doesn't have unit tests, and they probably didn't do any analysis of whether all the code was covered by the tests.
Re: Funny thing is
It happens occasionally on the beaches between Seaford and Eastbourne too. Whenever I get hit with those roaming charges I gripe at my cellco and they give me a refund.
If you pick the right cellco then international roaming is so cheap as to be not worth worrying about anyway. On O2 a week of using just as much data and making just as many calls abroad as I do normally costs only about 15 quid. Sure, I'd love to get it for free instead, but there are costs arising from them buying bandwidth from the foreign cellco. If they can't recover those costs - and make some profit - from the person responsible for those costs, then they'll just have to put everyone's bills up instead.
Re: Who in there right mind is doing this
I'd never recommend Linux to someone who wouldn't choose it for themselves anyway, because the applications they want aren't available.
The reason I won't help people with generic Windows boxes isn't that I don't like the people, it's that I can't help. The hardware is pretty reliable these days, but I don't know the software at all.
It's been my policy for something like a decade that I'm happy to support peoples' PCs, provided that they are bought from Apple and run a recent version of OS X. I'll support as far back as 10.6. OS X on Apple hardware "just works", without having to worry about hardware compatibility or arsing about with obscure configuration parameters, which is good from the support point of view. And all the applications that a normal person would want are available, which is good from a user's point of view.
No, I don't give a toss about video games on a PC. The iPhone and iPad are much better gaming platforms, and if you must have FIFA Call of Grand Theft Halo LVII then get a Playstation 360 or whatever it's called this week.
I loved the 464 that my parents got me for Christmas 1984. By then I was already enthusing about programming, on the BBCs we had at school, but those were unaffordable, especially considering that they'd also have to buy a cassette player and a screen for it as we didn't have a TV. The CPC, with tape deck and monitor included, was cheaper than the Acorn machine alone, and that alone makes it a better machine.
I was still using it up to 1992 when I used Protext on it to write up my A-level physics project, and to crunch the numbers for my A-level stats project.
In between, I must have spent most of my waking hours hacking on it. It made me the highly-paid IT pro that I am today. Thanks, Alan, Roland, Richard et al!
Re: It's quicker and easier to do stuff on my tablet (Nexus7).
Yes, and that PC can run OS X.
They win at Most Boring Video Ever
"Imagine Harvest Moon set to Doom’s 'Nightmare' difficulty setting and you have Don’t Starve"? I'd love to, but I have no idea what "Harvest Moon" is. I assume it's a video game, but other than that - nothing.
64kbps MP2 is fine for Radio 4. And there are no other radio stations in this country worth listening to. Therefore DAB is great.
The idea here is presumably for the information to survive periods when it isn't possible to copy it to new media, or when it isn't thought necessary to copy it to new media.
IIRC there's fancy-pants stuff in an iPhone tariff to support push notifications
They might *currently* be used by the people who developed them, but that sort of thinking leads to massive problems down the line when those people leave or move elsewhere in the company. What's more it will lead to communication problems with people outside their group. And they *will* need to communicate outside their group.
See also the stupid Debian naming scheme and the stupid OS X naming scheme. In both cases unless you just memorise a list of idiotic names you have no idea whether wheezy was one or three versions before etch, or whether Leopard preceded or followed Lion. This makes life harder than necessary for those who have to only occasionally know what's going on. Such as users asking for support.
> do pros really want to buy into something that’s about as upgradeable as a mobile phone
I use a Macbook Pro made out of Chinese slaves' retinas, utterly un-upgradeable, every day for my job, so the answer is clearly "yes". I've been mainly working on laptops for nearly 15 years, and have only once felt the urge to replace any of the bits - that one time being to upgrade a hard disk immediately after buying a device where the manufacturer didn't sell it with anything reasonable. Apple *do* sell a version with something reasonable, so that's moot.
Re: Here's a quick summary
Most London homes are heated with gas, not electrickery. The smog was caused by smoke - ie small particles of soot, which are nothing like as big a problem when you burn natural gas.
Re: That's some battery
I'd love to be driving an electric car, but I remain sceptical that we will within the next decade or two. Not because batteries die, or because there aren't enough places to recharge - those can be overcome with a good warranty like this has, and with just building out some infrastructure. The real problem is that recharging takes too damned long. Even half an hour to recharge will lead to mammoth queues at recharging points on the motorway network.
Electric vehicles are great for short local journeys, but if you ever need to make a journey longer than the battery can support, then you either need some technology that doesn't exist yet for ultra-fast charging, or you need a car that can burn dinosaurs.
Re: @Electric Panda
ISIS LLC? Will the Independent Schools Information Service stop at NOTHING to indoctrinate our youth into, umm, whatever it is they indoctrinate them into??!?!?!!?!?!?!!!?!?!?!
Re: It isn't a huge prblem...
Interest doesn't equate to actually wanting one, and even wanting one doesn't equate to buying one - especially if you have to buy it with your own money.
Re: Dashed hopes
There's little point in recycling phones, but not for the reason you give. There's no point recycling them because they're still useful even if they no longer suit your particular needs. My last Mac laptop, after serving me well for four years, and then having its screen break, now sits next to a mate's TV, where it functions as a DVD player and for playing videos off his NAS. My current iPhone 3gs will, when I eventually replace it, be handed on to someone else too.
Re: Battery Life
If you're killing your batteries within two years, you're doing something wrong. My iPhone 3gs's battery still works just fine and that's over four years old now.
Re: Do they know what ''science'' means ?
There are plenty of supposedly hard sciences that are like that. Astrophysics and cosmology. Any biology involving organisms that won't fit in a lab. Climatology. As pointed out in the article, if you're going to accept any of those as having some scientific basis then you need to accept economics too.
Re: What really pisses me off
What millions of quid? A coupla plod standing there 24 hours a day (so you need four shifts of two, making 8 salaries) is about a quarter of a million.
They're delusional if they think that people are moving out of Ruralistan because of lack of interweb. They're moving because there are few jobs in their backward shit-holes (not even agricultural ones), little money, and no opportunities for personal development.
Re: Spanner Spanner @Matt Bryant
"Dummicrat" ... "Obambi" ... "Dimwitt" ... this sort of childish name-calling is why no-one apart from your fellow-travellers can take you seriously.
Cash, however, is overwhelmingly used to pay for legal transactions. Bitcoin isn't, as can be seen by it suddenly losing so much of its value.
No, there isn't a large market. There are a great many tiny producers of good beer, but that isn't the same thing at all. Decent beer (which isn't just real ale, of course) accounts for less than 10% of the market.
Re: @ Pete 2 - Reversing Moore's Law
xfce had better work or I'll not be using any new versions of Ubuntu.
And even then, xfce is a bit shit. I'd rather just have a plain old boring window manager - olvwm by preference - and none of this desktop or panel nonsense, as just about everything I do is done in an xterm or a browser.
Bah and harrumph.
Re: stock issues
Meh, I don't think the 5s is much of a step up from the *3gs*. The only significant differences as far as I'm concerned are that it has room for an extra row of icons on the home screen, and a bit more storage. But not enough storage, so I'd still have to pick and choose which bits of my music collection to carry around with me, which is annoying. Those two minor differences aren't enough to make me shell out several hundred quid.
I'll upgrade either when my 3gs breaks, or when they release one with 128GB.
What's wrong with the 3gs? Provided you're intelligent enough to not kick your several hundred quid of equipment around like a football they last well, they feel solid, and they don't break. And that's without one of those idiotic third party cases. Mine is, apart from a few unimportant scratches and scuffs on the back, as good as new.
Instead of tinkering around the edges like this, how about they just collect some fucking taxes instead?
And things will get even more exciting if the Jocks vote to leave.
Re: Anything for publicity
This is just a marketing stunt, just like it is at the Pembury in London. At the Pembury they just assume the transactions will go through OK. If after a few minutes one of them gets declined - well, you're only down one pint, and the customer is almost certainly still on the premises, and will probably want to buy another pint soon.
64 bit my arse (was Re: Affordability my arse)
No, a 64 bit CPU in a phone is not amazing, it's pointless. Unless you've got huge amounts of memory to address, a 64 bit CPU is actively bad. It wastes board space, wastes power, and, unless they've done something funky with the memory architecture, wastes memory because of alignment issues.
Re: No wonder
English isn't terribly irregular, it's just that most of its speakers don't know what the rules are. For example, lots of people think that 'sing' is an irregular verb. It ain't, it's a class 3 strong verb.
If you are that desperate to save a handful of pennies on shaving, just grow a beard and then either trim it with scissors that you already own, or get your barber to do it when he does your hair.
Two big problems with this. First, it doesn't appear to take into account that the iPhone 3 has been around for longer - it's not even *possible* to have broken an iPhone 5 after even a year. Second, your reporting makes it seem like they're only counting broken phones, not all phones, which, in conjunction with the first flaw makes the headline a load of rubbish.
"It's just foundations" - quite remarkably sensible there, from the local council bod. If only his British counterparts would do likewise
Re: “conveniently undefined concept”
FWIW Madison is clearly thinking about the Roman republic as his model there, not the Greek city-states. Anyone interested in how the Roman republic worked, and how it was corrupted and collapsed, Tom Holland's book "Rubicon" is excellent.
Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom
The UK is a genuine democracy. As is the US. If you're thinking of an Athenian-style democracy where everyone (well, all the people who matter anyway, which is far less democratic than the UK or US) gets to vote on everything, then the closest that exists is Switzerland.
You are also incorrect in thinking that republics are automatically different from democracies. Some are democracies (Ireland, Germany, the US, Switzerland), some aren't (China, Belarus, Syria), and democratic republics can be anything from mostly benevolent (Finland) to kinda evil (Israel, Iran) or accidentally evil as a result of corruption (South Africa, Russia).
Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom
"He knowingly broke the law therefore he's not being persecuted" is silly. Try telling that to, for example, a Saudi who decides to change her religion.
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