* Posts by Barry Rueger

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Tech leaders: Can you predict the future? Tell us all about it

Barry Rueger

Tech leaders: Can you predict the future?

You bet!

First, it's a no-brainer that 3D TVs will remove all of the old 2D ones from the market.

You know, just like DAB totally eliminated AM and FM across the globe?

And Google Glass will surely be a positive and disruptive force.

Internet of Things!

Wearable Tech!

Big honkin' smart watches!

Seriously though, given the realizations that pretty much everything that travels via the Internet gets hoovered up and examined by Big Government, I predict a resurgence of fax machines, with some heavy duty encryption added.

Oh yeah, almost forgot: THE CLOUD! THE CLOUD!

(If you gather that I think that predicting the tech future is largely a mug's game, you're correct.)

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

Barry Rueger

A Minor Quibble

I may just buy a smartwatch ... if I ever see one that isn't insanely butt ugly!

I've watched a raft of these things being enthused over recently, and every one of them has been big, ugly, and looks like it would eventually cause elbow injury hauling it around.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Barry Rueger

Who Doesn't Hate Upgrades?

The Significant Other in this house is still running Windows XP, and steadfastly refuses to upgrade software because, in her words, "It ALWAYS breaks something."

Sadly she's right.

Strange thing is, the one exception seems to be my Mint Linux box, that merrily upgrades everything without a thought, and which thus far has had only one or two niggling issues with software changes.

So why is it that I tend to dread software upgrades on our Windows machines, or my Android phone, or even my goddamn Smart TV?

It honestly feels like the attitude is a) we have your money. b) unless you want to give us more money for a new version you don't matter.

And what company any longer thinks it's acceptable to create "solutions" that only work on either Apple or Windows? Particularly stuff that's "cloud" based?

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

Barry Rueger

What? Just electricity? LUXURY!

While managing a radio station at an unnamed Canadian University we decided to purchase a group of new PCs, and chose to do so through the university computer services - they're experts, right?

Imagine our surprise a couple of months later when they started to fail.

"Fail" meaning loud noises, smoke, and a great long blast of sparks out the back of the PSU that honestly looked like a roman candle!

Thankfully that was the PC sitting on the desk in front of me, and not one in an unoccupied studio!

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Barry Rueger

OB GIMP disclaimer

Just to get it out of the way, The GIMP is in no way, shape, or form a replacement for Photoshop.

If you're used to the Adobe product GIMP is an exercize in frustration.

And I speak as a semi-regular GIMP user because PS is priced far, far out of my budget these days.

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Nutanix to release 'community version' of its secret software sauce

Barry Rueger

Re: "Secret software sauce"

OK. It's hyper-converged....

"Nutanix hyper-converged solutions marry web-scale engineering with consumer-grade management to simplify every aspect of the IT infrastructure lifecycle and deliver real business benefits."

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Barry Rueger

"Secret software sauce"

Is it too much to ask that the first paragraph of an article include some hint what a product does?

The Great Unwashed of the Internet would appreciate something like "Nutanix, whose software does this, is months away from releasing a free, “community” version..."

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Barry Rueger

WAT HiFi

My source for audio geek nonsense! http://wathifi.tumblr.com/

““The damn things do lower noise, increase dynamics, remove haze, and open up the top octaves. Once you listen to their effects, even a skeptic like me has to admit that it is hard to take them back out of the system. Music sounds more like music with the Cable Elevators in place. I recommend them strongly, especially given their price!”

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Snowden reveals LEVITATION technique of Canada’s spies

Barry Rueger

What wasn't said...

The Canadian spymasters have been very careful to not say when or if data about "innocent" people is destroyed.

The working assumption is that all of it is being archived indefinitely.

Past experience strongly suggests that it will be cheerfully shared with foriegn goverments, other government agencies, and the inevitable "North Korean hacker."

We have truly reached the point where the only rational assumption is that everything that you do on-line is being watched, recorded, and can be used against you years or decades later.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

Barry Rueger

#PrayForFacebook

As usual, Twitter is the place to be.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Barry Rueger

Re: Call filtering

Years ago I figured out that a call coming from a toll-free number, or a blocked number, or no ID at all, is one that can safely be ignored.

If, by some miracle, it's a call that I actually would have wanted, they'll leave voice-mail.

To me a phone call with no proper ID is the equivalent to an email that has been spam filtered - the only way I'll bother to look at it is if it can give some real evidence that it's worth my time.

I'm not alone - if you've ever worked for a polling company you'll know that significant portion of the telephonic population simply don't answer any call that they don't recognize on Caller ID.

(Note: the term "land line" is a bit much these days, at least in Canada, where large chunks of the population get their "home phone" from a cable TV company or other non-copper provider.)

(And yeah, we get shafted by all phone companies, repeatedly and with great passion. My favourite is a voicemail package that only allows three messages at a time, forcing you to cough up $5 or $10 a month for a "real" mailbox.")

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

Barry Rueger

Evil Corp Speak

We also needed to consider the impact on the people who work with us. If the company wasn’t realising its potential, employee growth would begin to stagnate. Could another company give our co-worker’s greater professional and economic opportunities than we could on our own?

Um, in other words, "Hey, we're out of here, and it's your problem to find another job!"

Remember folks, be sure to stock up on Post-It notes, staplers, and copy paper as you're whisked out the door!

(and that's ignoring the rather ominous misuse of an apostrophe.)

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

Barry Rueger

Fu-who?

Am I alone in reading this and saying,"Fujitsu? They're still around?"

My first laptop was a Fujitsu, a real tank, running a 486 chip as I recall, but I can't recall seeing a Fujitsu product since then.

But apparently they're still going strong!

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

Barry Rueger

Kudos to Google

Or anyone who can take GoDaddy down a few notches. I don't expect that I need to list all of the ways that GoDaddy fails its customers, or its penchant for using half naked women to flog web hosting.

Suffice to say that anything that drives GoDaddy into the dust is fine by me.

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This boat can move 234,989 cubic pink elephants! (honest)

Barry Rueger

Wipes tiny tear from eye...

I am so proud, and would like to thank all of the little people....

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

Barry Rueger

Re: Lobsters...

More years ago than can be counted a bartender pal played me that record. I have never forgot that line....

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Barry Rueger

Same old story

I recall the days when people were adamant that sigs should be no more than three lines long because there wasn't enough capacity to "waste" it on unneeded characters.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

Barry Rueger

Dear Marriot

Lord almighty. Just once can't a corporation have the balls to say "Because we're greedy, that's why."

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

Barry Rueger

Basic Good Manners

Wow. This is really the time when a reassuring notice on your web site is good PR move.

Even if you don't admit liability, it's good practice to at least acknowledge that there's been a problem and offer some reassurance that you're fixing it.

Or, like Moonpig, you can just pretend that it never happened....

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Barry Rueger

oooh! Mobile!

Late in the game I've discovered the glory of the Reg mobile site - WOW!

Lots of text, little pictures NO ADVERTISING OF ANY SORT, and fast to scan and read headlines.

Essentially, all of the things that are annoying about the new Reg disappear as if by magic.

And all of the things that were annoying about the old site for that matter.

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Barry Rueger

I'm wandering away

Am I alone in finding that I visit and read far fewer stories than in the past?

For whatever reason this new look just doesn't draw me in, and I'm finding that I'm just not enticed to scroll down through all of the great swaths of white space.

In other words, because I can see only four stories in their entirety when I visit, I don't tend to look any further. More stories visible without scrolling = more pages visited.

I'd love to see how visitor metrics have changed.

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

Barry Rueger

Tempting but...

Just switched back from a BlackBerry Z10 to Android.

I really, really miss the superb BB writing tools. It was the first on-screen keyboard that actually worked for me, and the predictive text was nothing short of brilliant after less than an hour.

In short, if writing long or complex messages you really do want a BlackBerry - Android is painful by comparison. REALLY painful.

But, and they are big buts....

BlackBerry's integration with Google services is pathetic.

Have a nice big contact list with lots of custom tags? Not only will your BlackBerry do a piss poor job of working with it, it will also change records with no warning.

Other common Google services may or may not work, and some can only be got at via the browser.

Android apps? I guess you no longer need to side load them, but there's no way of knowing which of them will work properly - especially those that rely on Google integration.

This matters because the pool of BlackBerry native apps is tiny, very tiny, and most of them are at least one or two generations behind the Android versions.

If you're a Linux user be warned: BlackBerry offers you nothing. If you don't run a PC or Apple box you're out of luck.

On my system I could access only the SD card via USB, and only the internal storage via wifi - via a strange and convoluted trick not for the fainthearted. I won't speculate about the logic behind that.

Because I run Linux there was no possible way to back up the device.

I found that many of the frequently changed settings (like turning on USB file access every single time you plugged in.) were buried many steps down odd and unintuitive menus.

And BlackBerry has what has to be the least understandable icon set yet imagined.

At this point what I really what is to see somone rip out all of BlackBerry's text handling tools and graft them onto Android.

I'd pay real money for that.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Barry Rueger

Re: Crap Crap Crap Crap

Actaully, I'll admit that it could be worse.

They could abandon the forums and install Disqus instead.

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Barry Rueger
Paris Hilton

Crap Crap Crap Crap

Call me old school but I like to use these old fashioned things called WORDS to get information.

GIANT pictures are not words, and in 99% of cases do not add any useful INFORMATION. Even if they're real purdy.

WHITE SPACE is not words, and if the page has more white space than words, it is wasting my time.

And oh yeah, in case this is also planned: VIDEO is a horrid way to get across information, and it is exceedingly rare for me to watch any embedded video.

I've been a Reg reader for more years than I can remember, and it's one of maybe two or three sites that I have consistently kept open in my browser for all of those years.

If you go for the stupid eye-candy instead of content I'll be gone.

(Paris because, like this redesign, it's all about style, not substance.)

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BlackBerry's turnaround relies on a secret weapon: Its own network

Barry Rueger

Selling to Grown Ups

I still think that BlackBerry's one saving grace may be the decision to focus on adults and corporate customers instead of teenagers.

Note the current lack of pink phones in their line up of devices.

They're selling to the people who value service and security, and who will tend to build loyalty to the company that serves them well. What they're not doing is selling to the kids and hipsters who can be swayed by the latest shiny shiny bauble.

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In a mall at the weekend? WORSE STILL, are you LOST?

Barry Rueger

Happy Happy Joy Joy

lone worker efficiency

The kind of euphemism that explains why trade unions are still popular.

"Jones, we're letting you go, as you spent five point seven minutes in the toilet, and another three point six at the coffee machine before returning to work."

"And just what were you doing in that closet that caused your phone to change elevation repeatedly and quickly for ten minutes?"

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

Barry Rueger

Old School Version

Somewhere around 1978, in the age when 8-track tape was king, I worked for a stereo store that had as a sideline, a "service" that allowed people to make one off "personal copies" of commercial tapes.

We had a high speed duplicator, and blank cartridges of various lengths, and a library of popular tapes, and would even set up the original and blank on the machine for you.

The claim was that as long as the customer pushed the big "Start" button, it was legal.

Then there were the legions of people in the 90s who argued with great vigor that copyright and other laws "don't apply to the Internet."

Face it folks, just because you think your scheme to game the system if cool doesn't give you a get out of jail free card.

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

Barry Rueger

Ordinary person here

YMMV, but 97% of people have never changed out a battery, and probably 75% have never changed an SD card in their phones. It would be just as sensible to complain that you can't upgrade the RAM or swap in a new processor.

Likewise I chuckle whenever someone suggests that two microscopic speakerettes two inches apart could ever offer reasonable sound. Sorry folks, but there are laws of physics involved, and no speakers that will fit into a phone, or even a laptop or tablet, will ever offer high quality audio.

(Then again we're all used to MP3 quality through earbuds or Dre Beats, so maybe the standards have just dropped that far.)

Finally, I know this is a bit much to ask, but How the hell is the damned thing for making phone calls? Especially in fringe areas.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

Barry Rueger
Paris Hilton

Even Better

I took the ultimate option a month ago and just shut my account down. Never looked back.

I shut down my Facebook account entirely, then created a new one with a bogus name and no identifying information. Carefully invited the ten or twenty people who I really wanted along (of the 150+ that over the years had been added) and things are much more manageable.

Likewise, I'm pretty brutal when it comes to unsubscribing from email lists, Twitter and RSS feeds. If I even think I wouldn't miss it - blam - it's gone. I generally keep thing to about fifteen Twitter feeds that I follow, and a dozens RSS feeds in TinyTinyRSS.

Seriously, in this age you really need to say "No," an awful lot more than you would even five years ago.

@ParisHilton to keep things topical.

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Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

Barry Rueger

Lenovo? Think Not.

Word has long been that the Canadian government (or their American masters) will continue to overrule any takeover of BlackBerry by Lenovo or any other Chinese company.

The theory is that with both governments still using tons of BlackBerry phones it would seem a bad idea to have them manufactured by a country that would happily add spyware.

On the other hand Emperor Harper just signed a big fat "free trade" agreement with China, which will more or less let the Chinese ignore any Canadian law that gets in the way of their business interests.

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

Barry Rueger

TO;DR

Too obvious; Didn't read the stupid article.

Suffice to say the author likely missed the points being made, probably read a review, not the book, and came to it with so many pre-conceived notions that he wouldn't have absorbed the central thesis in any event.

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

Barry Rueger

Woof woof

One of the common veterinary diagnoses out here on the West Coast of Canada is stoned dogs.

For some reasons a lot of canines have a fondness for the herb, often finding carefully hidden plantations deep in the forest.

Or maybe that's just British Columbia dogs...

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

Barry Rueger

Re: Good

I went on holiday and 4 weeks passed, came back and I hadn't heard anything. So I went to the shop and asked what was going on, the phone hadn't even left the store to be fixed. Took them another 3 weeks after this to send it off to BlackBerry, at which point it came back fixed.

This is one of my real big gripes with BlackBerry - absolutely no end user support. No matter what your problem is, you have to work through either a retailer or wireless company to get near the people who might actually solve a problem.

That can do nothing but delay repairs or service issues.

At least with Android you have a reasonable likelihood of finding someone on-line who knows the underlying code well enough to figure out a fix. And if that fails, you can actually file a bug report. Or install Cyanogenmod.

No such options exists for BlackBerry.*

* Yes, yes, Crackberry does exist, and Blackberry's own forums, but compared the Android equivalents they really don't cut it. Too often the answer that you get back is either "That's a feature, not a bug" or "Reset the device to factory install."

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

Barry Rueger

Re: Toxicdragon

potentially, their lives were at risk

Actaully looked into that old claim a while back, and found that cops don't even make the top ten in terms of dangerous jobs.

They do though have much better PR departments than most construction workers.

Beyond that, there's actually one way they could have got the guy out: STAND THERE AND WAIT.

Seriously, how long would the guy sit in a toilet before coming out, hands up?

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

Barry Rueger

I like it but....

My Z10 keeps developing just plain weird problems for no obvious reason.

First, after two weeks, it suddenly refused to send group text messages.

Then after another two weeks, it stopped connecting to my Bluetooth handsfree.

This week though, a new problem - suddenly one of the three email accounts set up on the phone refuses to send if the phone is connected to WIFI.

The other two work fine, but the third will not send unless WIFI is turned off.

In each case a troll though the BB forums finds that these are BB problems - it's not just me.

These sorts of things, and utterly abysmal support for anything Google, are why I'll be back to Android by the end of the year.

There's lots to like in BlackBerry, but you have to balance the strengths with the weaknesses.

Adding insult to injury is the repeated suggestion that you should reinstall the OS to solve problems - what is this? Windows 95?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

Barry Rueger
Paris Hilton

Re: Excuse me, but...

Burner phones though are purchased with no backtrace to the owner (cash) and are used generally for an illicit act, and then dumped immediately after.

Damn. I had visions of Clooney lining up at Wal-Mart with arm full of cheap Android devices.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Barry Rueger

The Only Opinion I trust is....

Wat HiFi ‏

Pseudoscientific wank from the pages of audiophile magazines.

wathifi.tumblr.com

Also on Twitter: @wathifi

“With these [speaker stands], our kit sounded ponderous, with a flabby low-end” http://tmblr.co/ZSi1ar1RoDr9o

“We like the warm, full-bodied and gentle sound that these slim wooden stands bring out of our reference” http://tmblr.co/ZSi1ar1RerMT0

“For best results have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music. For example, NAS to Router...” http://tmblr.co/ZSi1ar1H7i3Kn

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Barry Rueger

Re: Strange habits

Count me among those who cannot understand why some designers INSIST on moving or removing more or less universally standard features.

Maximize/Minimize buttons are one. Moving them from the left to the right hand side without an obvious and simple way of changing it back is another.

Despite what a lot of younguns might believe, there are some things in computing UI that really have, if not matured, at least have become defacto standards.

Just because you and your mates think some new idea is super cool doesn't mean that world plus dog wants to deal with it.

(That goes double for inventing your own inscrutable icon set.)

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Barry Rueger

What? A Naked iPhone???

Feel obliged to note that I cannot recall ever seeing an iPhone that didn't wrap it's incredible silky loveable design perfection in a nasty cheap-ass plastic case. Often bedazzled.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Barry Rueger
Paris Hilton

Icons and Goop

My eternal gripe has been with companie that INSIST on putting stupid stickers on things. Stickers that serve no purpose. Stickers that cannot ever be entirely removed, or which leave behind some kind of eternal glue film that will never, ever look clean.

At one point I even managed to get Brother to replace the handset, the paper tray, and at least one other removable part that came with a brand new fax machine, arguing that the garish stupid stickers made it unsuitable for a professional environment.

Icons? Like it or not the icons used by Microsoft are more or less the defacto standard. Why oh why can't we also define an Open Source standard for common icons? Why does EVERY Open Source software insist of inventing new icons for common activities?

Yes LibreOffice, I'm talking to you.

Then again, after six months I'm still finding the icons used on my Blackberry Z10 to be utterly unintuitive and baffling.

(Paris, surely iconic?)

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Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

Barry Rueger

And Would You Like....

The $949 model turns into $1,400 by the time you add on AppleCare and charging cords.

One can surely marvel at Apple's overall ability to suck dollars out of users, but it still staggers me to realize how many of them are still buying Extended Warranties.

Even the most uninformed shopper these days knows that such things are primarily just a very large profit margin for the companies selling them; predicated on the assumption that a) most of a particular product won't fail, or b) most of a particular product's purchasers can't or won't bother to try and claim money from it.

But hey, once you've paid them just shy of a grand, what another $100 for the privilege of paying them another $79 if you break it?.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

Barry Rueger

Re: They call $1920.99 a "fire sale"??

Yeah, but you know those Americans - if you give them cheap cel phone service next thing you know they'll be demanding universal health care.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

Barry Rueger

Watch the Funny Man!

Admittedly, TL;DR entirely, mostly because I've heard more or less the same hackneyed arguments for many, many years.

It borders on idiotic to suggest that (lacking lots of cheap space flight options to exploit extra-planetary resources) a) infinite growth (of anything) is possible; or b) that any specific resource will not, eventually run out.

You can debate the end dates for either, but cannot reasonably or intelligently argue that either will not happen.

And that's leaving aside the varying definitions of "growth" that only measure selective targets that suit the people who most stand to profit from "growth."

I am not remotely in the neo-Luddite, hemp will save us, and we should all ride bicycles and eat home brewed tofu camp, but neither am I so blinkered as to ignore the very real consequences of our current business and economic practices.

What we know:

More industrial production almost invariably leads to more green house gas production, or, as we called it in olden days, "pollution."

By "pollution" I mean "stuff that is unhealthy for people, animals, or plants."

Somewhere along the line we have been convinced that the almighty need for "growth" trumps any need for clean water, air, or even a habitable planet. Is this in any way sane or reasonable?

In the absence of government regulation many, if not most corporations will pollute with impunity, will drive incomes down endlessly, and will as quickly as possible exploit a given resource and then leave the clean up for whoever is left behind.

Go on, show me a country without strong regulation where these things don't happen.

No matter how you look at it (and debunking fairly ancient Club of Rome projections is really quite beside the point) the trend is towards more people, more use of finite resources, and more pollutants dumped into our environment.

Regardless of "growth," there comes a point when people start dying off, or critical resources start disappearing. And no, recycling old Christmas tat won't fix it - only in science fiction is any industrial process 100%. And the idea that you can always just substitute resource A for resource B is equally daft: all that does is speed up the eventual depletion of Resource A.

At some point you wind up at Resource Z, and need to figure out how to drive an entire global economy with nothing but lead and belly-button lint. It may be possible, but I don't want to be around when it happens.

It is telling that the people who write drivel like this article never really offer up a solution to these problems, aside from the magical promise that either the "free market" or technology will fix everything.

When people like Worstall start telling us explicitly how they will maintain endless "growth," while simultaneously reducing the amount of pollutants generated, and how they will deal with the eventual loss of resources, I'll bother to read their articles.

"Er, we're not all going to die. Sorry about that"

Er, yes we are. All of us. The only question is how fast, and how soon.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

Barry Rueger

Re: Meh

An Canada. My Bank (Scotiabank) STILL refuses to use case sensitive passwords, and STILL refuses to allow "special" characters.

However, the fact that they ask me the name of my first pet makes feel very secure....

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

Barry Rueger

Re: An example to follow

In other app stores, particularly the Play store, the good apps are chosen by the market, as it should be, and float to the top of the search results. Bad apps may get into the store, but they sink to the bottom of the results.

Really? I despair every time I try to find a useful app on the Play store.

As far as I can tell the ratings are useless - half of the reviews are obvious astro-turf - I mean REAL obvious, written by the developer obvious - and the other half are useless one line "Hate it" trashes that don't tell me anything useful.

Then there was the review that read "The app is still downloading to my phone, but it's really amazing!"

I'd guess that 60% of what's on the Play store is utter crap, and thirty percent is overpriced or lacking significant features. The great challenge is that it's pretty much impossible to tell which is which without actually downloading and installing the damned thing.

Somewhere in all of this there's got to be a way to make money with a site that has actual live human beings testing out apps, or at least reading and approving reviews.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

Barry Rueger

Video... not more video....

Despite the seemingly endless onslaught of such things, I will hardly ever click on video - on news sites, on Facebook or Twitter, or on The Reg.

There are very, very few times when video is the best or more efficient way to get information across - especially technical information, and I will always prefer to read than watch and listen. In my experience the vast majority of "informational" videos can be summed up in one short paragraph with no loss of meaning.

Although I'm sure the video is cute, I didn't watch it. There are, simply, better things to do with my time.

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Amazon.gov.uk

Why aren't we hiring them to run e-everything.gov.uk, and offer really useful online services?

I've always thought: why doesn't <large company or government> just hire Amazon to design and run their web systems?

Whatever you may think of Amazon's business practices, they have by far the most consistently easy to use retail front end anywhere on the 'net.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

Barry Rueger

Re: Wrong platform.

Dunno - I've had more than a few issues with the BB10 browser.

Followed by a realization that NONE of the big guys offers a BB 10 version fo their browsers - no Chrome, no Firefox, no Opera.... so, aside from a couple of "never heard of it" alternatives, I'm stuck with the factory browser.

As much as I like some things about the Blackberry, the Apple-esque lack of choices and options is feeling a bit uncomfortable.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

Barry Rueger

Re: "puts his life on the line every day"

Always wondered just how dangerous being a cop really is. Turns out it doesn't even make it into the top ten.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/22/americas-10-deadliest-jobs-2/

1. Logging workers

2. Fishers and related fishing workers

3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers

4. Roofers

5. Structural iron and steel workers

6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers

9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

10. Construction laborers

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