* Posts by Julian Bond

176 posts • joined 20 Feb 2007

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Parliament: All's well with RIPA snooping, no problem here

Julian Bond

Re: Snowden award

I'm confused. Is Sweden wonderful because they want to give Snowden asylum. Or are they dreadful because they want to get their hands on Assange and then pass him on to the USA?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Julian Bond

Not just me then. I kind of thought it had something to do with HTML5 video and facebook or G+ notification checks. So background javascript then. Win7, 32 bit. I was getting the "Aw-snap" about once a day, and then more recently I'd walk away to make a coffee and come back to find Chrome had crashed completely.

This stuff comes and goes. Frequent hidden upgrades are both a blessing and a curse. You do get quick fixes, but you also get quick borkens. Methinks their regression testing could be a little more rigorous.

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

Julian Bond
Facepalm

Forgetting

The doubling rate for total data generation appears to be faster than the doubling rate in total storage. So we're actually forgetting more, faster, than ever before.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

Julian Bond

Alternative

I'm one of those strange dinosaurs who collects music and wants to take it all with me in a device with good battery life. So what I really wanted was a 1Tb iPod Classic. And by the usual standards of the electronics industry I should have had one by now. So when Tim Cook says "there were reasonable alternatives", I'd love to know what they are. And although a Sansa plus SD card makes a lot of sense, SSD is still too expensive in >128Gb sizes. I hit the limits on my 6th gen 160Gb about 5 years ago, so definitely want 250Gb and preferably 512Gb.

There are expensive and increasingly difficult options of taking a 2nd hand 5.5 or 7th gen Classic and fitting a 240Gb disk. But the firmware can't really cope as there are some hard limits you'd run up against.

Getting on for 10 years ago now I had a Creative Xen based on a 2.5" disk. I really wouldn't mind the extra size and weight of a 2.5" disk based device and that would mean it was that much more likely to survive into the future.

I know it's a small market but what is the alternative? Is there one?

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

Julian Bond

The only guy I ever met with the Windows Logo tattooed on his shoulder.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

Julian Bond

Re: Surplus

all network filesystems were missing.

This is something that puzzles me greatly. I find it very strange that Chromebooks (Chrome-OS) can't support the typical home NAS. There does seem to be a project to integrate network file systems but it's happening very, very slowly. Which again is strange when this is mature stable tech in every linux distro.

I also understand the logic of the control freakery around the boot process and stuff like Dev Mode, but I still think these things should be general purpose computers that can be booted into an alternate OS without jumping through hoops. So I'm glad that the hardware in chromebooks seems to be resurrecting the idea of the inexpensive netbook.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Julian Bond

Will the catapult help create Fliegende Kinderscheisse? fnord ...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Julian Bond
Unhappy

iPod

And then they went and cancelled the iPod Classic. Bastards.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

Julian Bond

Re: Bah!

This doesn't seem so unreasonable to me, If you imagine Glastonbury running for 200 years, and then being discovered 3000 years later, we'd be finding the same stuff. The John Peel tent would have burnt down several times, been rebuilt as a permanent structure and then lost so only the post holes were left. And there'd be lost implements involved in the making of falafel buried nearby.

The earliest known graffiti on the stones dates from 700 years after it was built. I'd wager they'd already forgotten why it was built but recognised the solstice significance. And got back into the habit of having a yearly 3 day bender every mid summer.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

Julian Bond

If not Apple

If Apple won't make the iPod Classic 1TB I want (with a quality output stage) then who will? And is there a realistic alternative even to the 160?

I feel like a dinosaur for having a big music collection and wanting to listen to it on the road.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Julian Bond

The most important thing is the quality of the coffee. But if you really can't get anything decent, Tescos Italian, Lavazza Black and Carte Noire are remarkable for being wholly unremarkable while still perfectly acceptable. But then there's the Algerian Coffee shop and they sell online and deliver.

After that I think it's all about convenience. A cheap electric drip filter coffee machine for quantity and an Aeropress for single cups. Everything else just seems like obsession.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

Julian Bond

Re: WinRT

Except Chrome OS has no support for a NAS or network shares. Which is a complete mystery to me. It's not as though Samba and SMB/CIFS support in linux is exactly new.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

Julian Bond

Not only that, but also,

While we're at it can we please stop the man hug and the air kiss. And when you've got flu, don't come in to the office, cancel the meeting.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Julian Bond

USA

Bear in mind this is California, where the most common accident is drivers driving into stationary objects.

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Google's revenues swell yet again, yet big earnings elude it

Julian Bond

Profit? Tax!

So Google makes a profit. Why doesn't it pay tax then?

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'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

Julian Bond

Re: Not buying this "often-cited"

Then he ought to put more effort into SEO so that this result drops off the first page and his financial services company dominates the searches instead.

Wait a minute. An ex-bankrupt is offering financial services? Isn't Google doing the world a service by highlighting this?

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Julian Bond

Re: Google-friendly?

I also don't see a lot of discussion about being able to demand (via the courts) that the site that actually hosted the data implements noindex, nofollow or a robots.txt suggestion to search engines for those pages.

It's so tempting to post another goo.gl short link here to the original source. But I won't.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

Julian Bond

But no network shares

But where do you store it? Still no support for NAS and network shares. Which I find ridiculous. It's not as if linux support for Samba/SMB/CIFS/NFS is exactly experimental or new.

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Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

Julian Bond

From the Scottish play,

Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood

Clean from my iPhone? No; this my iPhone will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine,

Making the green one red.

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Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

Julian Bond

I've been on the other end of this as sysadmin for a social network and had to deal with requests for allegedly libelous content too be removed that was posted by 3rd parties on our site and then indexed by Google. I don't believe this is Google's problem but rather that of the source and hosting site.

If somebody wants something removed they should inform the site hosting the information. The host should remove it, return a 404 with no index and no follow for that URI and then request a re-index of that page from google and other indexing sites that they allow via robots.txt. That includes archive.org.

The Internet Archive raises the issue of cached copies. This should also be dealt with via the 404-noindex-nofollow. Good caches should always respect the 404 and delete their cached copy.

This approach recognises that a piece of data on a URI may be copied repeatedly all over the web not just by search engines or by some future technology that makes that data visible. There needs to be a protocol for saying "It's gone as if it never existed". And sure enough, there is. It's 404.

There is a problem though that perhaps this EU ruling deals with. It's not normally possible for a 3rd party to tell Google to re-index a URI where they're not the webadmin as recognised for Google's webadmin tools. The source may have disappeared and 404 but google still has a record. It should be possible for the courts or a private individual via the courts to force Google to re-index that URI.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Julian Bond

Interpreter

So what date was the first BASIC interpreter fired up? And how does that compare with the first interpreted language? I only ask because Sinclair Basic was unbelievably easier than compiled COBOL on punch cards, or FORTRAN on paper tape. Reducing the edit-run-fail cycle to seconds from days changed everything.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

Julian Bond

Re: You can have my ipod when you get it from my cold dead fingers

Quite. So where's my 1TB iPod Classic, Apple? I know it's a small market but it's a real one. So if Apple won't make a pocket player that stores 1TB, plays FLAC, Ogg and so on and has a high quality DAC and output stage, then who will?

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

Julian Bond

Re: upgrading old boxes

Quite so. A free (or very, very cheap) copy of Win7 premium for the ancient laptop next door please. And a cut down version of same for the ancient eeePC 900 upstairs.

Anyway. If all I want to run is Winamp, Chrome, Thunderbird, why do I need to upgrade from XP? It just works. There are no kids in the house any more so no-one who's going to click on some dodgy porn or film download site. So what's the problem?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

Julian Bond

Charging from this device is not supported

Will this deal with the problem where a perfectly good USB cable or USB port/charger doesn't work because "Charging from this device is not supported"? Even on Nokia phones with a nominal 5v charger this seems to be a problem because their phones expect a charger putting out 6.1v. Then there's the progressive corruption of the USB standard to support a whole range of high current support depending on either various voltages on the data pins or a data handshake. Can we please make this stuff "just work".

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Microsoft may slash price of Windows 8.1 on cheap 'slabs

Julian Bond

"it's hard to see much enthusiasm for the reinvention of the netbook"

Because Chromebooks are capturing that market since Microsoft failed to kill it by charging too much for a crippled version of XP and 7?

And just when netbooks are getting enough screen res and processor power to make a tablet with an attached keyboard and a real OS a useful thing again. All they really have to do (apart from cut the price of the OS) is to point out the failings in the Chrome-OS left there by the control freak Chrome-OS developers. Like, say, lack of Samba support. Or the inability to run things like iTunes (I know, I know!).

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

Julian Bond

There's a thing in here that always does my head in. "quasars that are so far apart, they cannot possibly have any “causal contact” in the last 14 billion years" So there can be a pair of quasars that are both in our light cone but are not in each other's light cone within the current life of the universe. Uh-huh?

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Julian Bond
Windows

So will MS give me a free upgrade to Win7 Home Premium?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Julian Bond
Trollface

I'd happily pay a small increase in my Virgin Cable sub instead of the license fee to have access to BBC (including BBC America please).

And Virgin is about to apply a small increase to their sub.

So that's done then. Next?

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

Julian Bond

Why is he standing in front of a bunch of giant novelty ties from Disneyland?

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

Julian Bond

Not quite ready yet

What can't you do on a Chromebook (without using dev mode and Crouton or Chrubuntu and maybe not even then)

- Access a home NAS

- Rip a CD

- Run a full Open/Libreoffice

- Run a dedicated media player like iTunes, Winamp, WMP, Amarok etc

- Sync an iPod/iPhone

- Upload to Google Music Player

etc etc. This will get fixed but Chrome-OS still feels a bit unfinished to me.

All too often you can't upgrade the hardware either. Soldered RAM? No thanks.

Meanwhile the latest and current crop of Chromebooks would make excellent Netbooks. Can I have one with Win7 Home Premium on it please?

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

Julian Bond
Coat

Sadly my iOldDevice won't run iOs6 or iOs7. And all Google's recent app upgrades require >= 6 So while my top of the range iOldDevice was very expensive and state of the art at the time, it's now a handy paperweight and Winamp remote. Except that the very hard to replace battery is now dead so it's not even portable any more. And it complains about non-Apple USB chargers as well. So I guess it's a good thing the (deceased) company paid for it and it didn't cost me anything.

Upgrade? Pah!

Just checking my iPod Classic is still in my coat. I'd hate to lose that. Now Apple, about the 1TB Classic I was hoping for. Next year, m'kay?

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

Julian Bond

- You should try Windows 7 home premium and report back. Your experience with WIn8 makes me never want to go anywhere near it. Which is a shame for a very long term Windows user.

- Probably current and working Chromium-OS available from http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/ Will run from USB key to try it out. If it can't find the USB key ESC during boot and then

chromeos-usb.A root=/dev/sdc3

or sdd3 or whatever device the USB key is on.

- Puppy Linux with Google Chrome will run from USB and worth a look. Fast, snappy, but not very pretty

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Julian Bond

Can it run Winamp?

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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

Julian Bond

There's a 3rd option. AOL sell it on. How much would they need to simply take over the source and support web sites?

There's a lot of proprietary libraries and agreements in winamp at the moment. Open Source may not be possible or it may be at least awkward.

While we're looking at music applications that were bought by a huge company that doesn't know what to do with it, last.fm Can we get CBS to sell it to somebody who understands? Like the original authors.

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

Julian Bond

Some random comments

- Apparently we're not supposed to build a music collection any more. nothing else seems to work for those of us with really big collections. As much as anything it's the 5 pane window of the tree, artist, album, track, playlist that differentiates Winamp from pretty much every other player.

- And on that same subject, where's my 1Tb iPod Classic. Eh, Apple?

- Now where's Google in all this? If Winamp Android is better than Google play, perhaps Google could buy it. They need a desktop music player.

- It's not like it's costing AOL much. So why close it down? Is this some US MBAs idea of cost saving to get themselves a pay rise?

- MS buying Winamp is likely to be a disaster if Skype is anything to go by. It'll be fine for a year until some middle manager will want to rationalise the product set and combine WMP with Winamp creating a monster of the worst parts of both.

- Ideally, Winamp should be sold back to the original authors, or perhaps a consortium of the remaining programmers, for pennies.

- Same goes for last.fm. CBS don't know what to do with it, and so it's costing them money. So sell it to somebody who cares and can make a proper go of it.

- Why does an iTunes update take ages, require a huge download and often require a reboot. While a winamp update is 16mb and can be completed in under a minute?

- Makes me sad when things you come to rely on, disappear. Like Winamp, last.fm API and free streaming, Google reader, Latitude, iGoogle, Friendfeed, Turnpike, and so on.

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John Kerry bombshell: 'Yes, the NSA... reached TOO FAR, inappropriately'

Julian Bond
IT Angle

Re: Perfectly said

So this an attempt to solve the travelling salesman problem using a Monte Carlo method?

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Julian Bond

Not just the connector shape

Add another vote for mini-USB. More robust, easier to use.

Can we also please have a common documented standard for high current charging (above 500mA).

And devices that will charge from a powered USB port on a switched off laptop or a USB hub connected to a powered off laptop.

And standardise on 5v seeing as I've got recent Nokia featurephones where the charger produces 6v and the phone expects 6v. It still charges from 5v, but it doesn't show when it's fully charged.

It's amazing how many combinations of USB charger or port, cable and older iDevice don't work. FFS, It's a USB port with 5v active. What do you mean "charging is unsupported from this device".

So yes, let's please have the standards committees solve the problems, manufacturers support the standards and if absolutely necessary make adherence to the standards a condition of sale in the EU.

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Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

Julian Bond

iPod

Never mind a slab, I'd like to see this kind of thing in an update to the iPod Classic. It's late 2013, so where's my 1TB iPod? And if I can't buy one from Apple where can I buy an equivalent?

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

Julian Bond
Trollface

NOW that's what I call Trolling! - #83

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

Julian Bond
Facepalm

Foot-In-Mouth Friday

I wonder what Greenwald's and the Grauniad's release schedule is? Is "Foot-in-mouth Friday" going to be a regular thing with yet another expose in the morning UK time, followed by an embarrassing press conference late afternoon, Washington time.

Because I think I'm going to have to subscribe to a popcorn delivery service to keep up.

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

Julian Bond
FAIL

Cyberpunk?

I think you meant "Steampunk". And yes, I don't like the brass and big wooden handles. But then I'm not sure plugging the TARDIS into the the back of Dr Who's neck would be such a good thing either. If it's going to be perpetually 2014 in the next incarnation's TARDIS, then surely the UI should be an app on an android cleverphone?

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. DEAL WITH IT'

Julian Bond

There is no possibility of action; The crash is coming.

Because of human nature It's very, very unlikely we'll change. So we'd better work out how to deal with it. Or we can just leave it to our great-grandchildren to work our how to deal with it.

As for the puppets above, you need a new pair of socks. Those one's have got holes in them and I can see your fingers moving.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

Julian Bond
Headmaster

Re: Secret laws

So which country is it that you're claiming is "ours", Tonto?

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Julian Bond
Mushroom

It's a deeply strange place and highly recommended. I half expected to see Gordon Freeman or a face crab round each corner. Especially with the sound effects playing constantly in the background. "skrrrsh skrrsh MEDIC!"

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

Julian Bond
Coat

Gizza job! I can do that!

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'I think you DO do evil, using smoke and mirrors to avoid tax'

Julian Bond

2 issues and one annoyance.

1) Is Google obeying the letter of the law? If not then what are HMRC doing about it?

2) If Google is obeying the letter of the law, what's the Government doing about it?

These questions matter much more than some grandstanding about corporate and government ethics, not to mention "EVIL"; however entertaining that might be.

And what's Google's profit on that £4.3bn of UK sales revenue? Because in the UK we don't tax corporate revenue, we tax corporate profit after a whole range of allowable costs. Saying "£2.4m in tax on £4.3bn of sales is just a joke" is meaningless. Especially if, say, costs were £4.299bn.

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Has Europe finally passed Peak Disk?

Julian Bond
Coat

So where's my 1Tb iPod Classic? Oh. Sorry. Wrong thread.

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Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

Julian Bond
Facepalm

In other news

The X Market will be Y big in Z years.

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Help save the endangered QUANTUM OWL, pleads Reg man

Julian Bond
Thumb Up

Faraday's Shed

Slightly off topic, but I can recommend http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/whats-on/news/2010/11/regular-attractions-the-faraday-effect.php to fans of Faraday's sheds. Just by Lea mouth on the other side of the city.

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