* Posts by Daniel B.

3141 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

US decommissions massive Cold War nuke

Daniel B.
Happy

Wasn't that the Castle that used that term?

It does look like something Agatha and/or Gil would build, though!

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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

Daniel B.

Something's worng

You know something's wrong when even XKCD seems to make a Jobs memorial, but completely ignores Ritchie and McCarthy. Especially since LISP has been featured in xkcd...

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

Daniel B.
Happy

Except for the lack of tuners, you just described my PS3. It's been the media player at home for years. Oh, and you can buy an official BT remote for it, which has all the options needed for most things. Now if they could only add a tuner, it'd be perfect!

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

Daniel B.
Boffin

Nice!

That means that the Blackberry is still the only one actually caring about security. The app launches at idle time, always.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

Daniel B.
Meh

Slight difference...

"A cousin of mine is currently using a combination of macrobiotic foods and chemo to deal with an inoperable brain tumour."

Notice the "and chemo" part. That's why it works, it isn't replacing the other stuff and actually helps the chemo process. Jobs not only had an operable thing, he neglected everything for his diet stuff. Having already lost someone near to our family to "switch chemo for naturist solution", I know that anyone doing this switch is probably a Darwin Award nominee.

Doing the naturist stuff + chemo does seem to work. But don't cut the treatment!!!

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US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now

Daniel B.

Stupidlicious

Of course, anyone should see that this particular "doom day" must be out as the Christian counter to the Mayan 2012 "doom day". Hell, even the site had 2012 encircled by the "NO" symbol.

Of course, the only thing they are doing is either making an ass of themselves, or duping people into selling all their stuff and ending up broke because the world WON'T end.

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WTF is... Bluetooth 4.0?

Daniel B.
Boffin

Security Settings

BT has a "High Security" setting which forces the device to do "device pairing" before being able to connect to the other device. Some smartphones are even locked into said mode for security reasons.

You mean the iPhone can't do that?

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Daniel B.
FAIL

Re: How old??

Have you tried to send/receive files to/from another handset, one that isn't an iPhone? THAT is the thing that doesn't work. And yes, we tried to do this with an iPhone4.

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

Daniel B.
Thumb Down

Yes, reallyi.

The problem being that Ritchie was rarely mentioned, if at all, in the news while Jobs' death "shook the world". Jobs was both a good salesman and a First Class Jerk. While he has done stuff worthy of admiration, hs bad stuff has been pretty bad.

You can't talk about Good Steve without talking about Bad Steve.

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MC Hammer getting into search business

Daniel B.
Thumb Up

The first thing that happened when I read "MC Hammer search engine" was that my mind started playing U can't touch this with "U can't search this".

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Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

Daniel B.
Happy

The 3DS was a lackluster because people don't give a flying fudge for 3D, and aren't going to pay the 3D tax optiong for a DSi or PSP instead.

PS Vita might actually have a good chance among gamers.

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Daniel B.
FAIL

who U calling fanboi, iFanboi?

Both the DS and PSP mobile console lines have been chugging along pretty well. Detractors saying that the 3DS lackluster reception spells DOOOOOM to Nintendo and Sony are ignoring the fact that the DSi has sold pretty well, and that one came after the release of the Jesus Phone; the PSP has been selling pretty well during all this time.

Also, some of the titles are PS3 ports (like MGS4) or based on already bestselling titles like Uncharted or God of War, so it isn't like the roster is full of unknown games. It also helps that the big iOS games are also on the PS3/PSP (Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies). Even buying an iToy doesn't exclude someone from having a portable gaming console! Same argument was given with the Wii when the truth was that most people buying a Wii were actually outside the traditional "gamer" market. Sony and MS are still selling consoles.

"Millions of game sales put you on the wrong end of this argument." Millions of Big Macs are sold daily. Does that make them the best burgers in the world? Nope. They're cheaper, so they sell more.

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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

Daniel B.

How did that shark manage to look like Mike Wozawski?

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Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

Daniel B.
Terminator

You wanted to build A.M.? Yipes. Just don't hook it up to the nukes...

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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

Daniel B.
Meh

Remote Control over mobile devices

I suppose you can do a Remote Wipe through IMAP then.

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Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

Daniel B.

HSBC is British

That's why they relocated to the UK.

In fact, that's why they even exist at all! As a bank to do trade between British Hong Kong and mainland China, hence the Hong Kong-Shanghai Banking Corp.

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It's official: Microsoft, Skype marriage consummated

Daniel B.
Boffin

it depends

Video conferencing has been possible for years now; even during the dialup era we had crappy videoconf capabilities using crappy webcams. My laptop totes a webcam as well... and it has never been used.

Most of us smartphone-toting people tend to use email/IM/SMS much more than actual calls. It is less intrusive than a call, never mind a videocall. Yes, I sometimes wish we had "Total Recall" or even "Evangelion" style vidphones, but it seems that they took long enough for people to simply not care about them now that we do have the tech.

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Hadoop: A Linux even Microsoft likes

Daniel B.
Linux

Server Side.

It might not be really visible on desktop PCs, but Linux has taken over what could've been a juicy server market for MS. It is a threat to existing Windows Servers, especially when there are OSS stacks that are capable of serving as a drop-in substitute for Active Directory.

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Energy minister gives grudging nuke endorsement

Daniel B.
Boffin

However....

ITER is being built, and the roadmap to DEMO is pretty much outlined to be on schedule by 2050. Unless NIF beats ITER to the game, which would bring fusion closer...

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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

Daniel B.
Trollface

Stallman?

every time you run a GNU tool, it'll happily show the GNU credits. It isn't Linus' fault that the GNU project got stalled short of releasing the full GNU OS.

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

Daniel B.
Joke

The Apple is a lie!

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Daniel B.

PS3

Yup. Apple would simply release a console that's too expensive, lacking in games (or full of non-brand generic games) and be even more restrictive than XBox360 (which itself is more restrictive than PS3). Not many outside the iFan sphere would buy it.

Also, Apple has already failed once in that market: Pippin.

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Daniel B.
FAIL

Re: Closed mind

"So if Apple released a product that did EXACTLY what you wanted and was at a price that you were willing to pay, you wouldn't buy it just because Apple did it?"

Given that as long as Apple clings to the SJ walled garden policy, it won't release a true open system, I doubt *any* Apple product will do EXACTLY what I want.

You sir, fail at logic.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

Daniel B.
Flame

Dennis Ritchie

Given the media coverage of Jobs, you'd think he invented boolean logic. Yet Ritchie has much, much, much more to do with modern OS and programming, yet he is being overshadowed by the iCult.

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Daniel B.

free(dmr);

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

Daniel B.
Trollface

... says a follower of the iCult.

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

Daniel B.
Meh

Relevant.

Apple made the "clusterfuck of icons in the background" popular, hence Microsoft copying the UI over. But true, it is more of a case of passing off the touch interface into non-touch devices.

But wait, Apple is *also* doing that in Lion: reverse scrolling.

Meh.

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RIM stands, staggers, falls again

Daniel B.
FAIL

Crash!

Having been mostly unaffected by the Blackberry disservice ... today, we've been hit. HARD.

Most of the day my BB icon has been showing ... but I haven't been able to actually SEND or RECEIVE messages. ARRRGH!!!

RIM, Fix This Thing! I can't get others to buy into BB if the damn thing loses connectivity while convincing new people! :P

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Sony network ransacked in huge brute-force attack

Daniel B.
Boffin

Not a brute force attack

More likely someone nicked either a hashed pwd list, or applying the infamous Gizmodo list on the PSN. It is bound to end up scoring with people who use the same password for everything. That's the reason why I now use random passwords on most sites and keep said passwords on a Password Safe.

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Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

Daniel B.
Mushroom

This sounds familiar

... isn't it the plot of "Inconstant Moon"? Half the planet gets fried, the other half suffers major cataclysms resulting from the frying of the other side. In the end, people in the "dark" half survive, though in small numbers, including the scientist that discovered it. Though the event in that one was a solar flare, not gamma radiation bursts.

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BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN

Daniel B.
Boffin

Meanwhile, in Latin America

Blackberries seem to be working just fine.

Except for some downtime around 00:00 GMT -0500, when I noticed that my BBM messages ceased to get sent, and my 3G indicator stopped showing the BB logo. However, even TCP-Direct stopped working, so I suspect it was a carrier-related hiccup, not a BB one. Didn't have a nearby WiFi to verify this...

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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

Daniel B.
Boffin

Firewalls

I assume they're talking about SIPRNet. If that's the case, then yes, it is completely separated from the "public" internet.

Then again, Manning was able to get stuff out of there via "sneakernet".

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Sony wants Ericsson's half of their mobile biz

Daniel B.

Telecom stuff

Ericsson does a lot more stuff than just cellphones. Telecom equipment is their specialty as well. They make a lot of money on that stuff :)

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Google breaks South African embargo on Dalai Lama

Daniel B.

SA is turning into a facepalm

This is the second time in this year that the SA Gov't acts pretty stupid in the int'l relationships dept. First was Libya, trying to push a Gaddafi-friendly "peace" proposal, second one would be this.

The ANC is turning into a big FAIL!

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'Silent majority' is content with elderly Java, says startup

Daniel B.

Part of that Silent Majority

Java EE is a pretty good stack for building true MVC / 3-Layer apps. Most of my Java stuff uses it, ever since college and it has resulted in an easy to extend model with a good security model. I probably owe JavaEE for knowing basic RBAC concepts, and LDAP.

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Users shut down Italian Wikipedia to protest Wiretapping Act

Daniel B.
Big Brother

It's much better

to strike down the law before it becomes law, instead of doing clever workarounds on said draconian laws. The latter course of action is commonplace in countries ruled by dictators, tyrants, or military juntas ... what does this say about Italy?

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

Daniel B.
Boffin

Lack of SIM

To me, the lack of a SIM card is what makes CDMA a "shit" technology, as I haven't had to worry about handset auth since 2003. GSM was actually welcomed as 'freedom from telcos' because of the SIM card; this freedom was threathened by Apple and their "virtual SIM" thingy, thankfully it got blocked by the GSMA.

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

Daniel B.
Happy

MSX

.. was pretty popular in Japan. In fact, the Metal Gear series was originally made for the MSX2.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

Daniel B.
Unhappy

iDied

As a former Mac user (circa 1985-1998) and currently critical of the "walled garden" approach of the iUniverse, I still feel sad by the untimely death of Steve Jobs.

The man was able to pull Apple out of near bankruptcy, turned it into a very profitable company.

RIP Steve Jobs.

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Oracle previews Solaris 11, due in November

Daniel B.
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Meh

I actually liked Larry trying to beat x86/64 to death. It's about time someone rids the computing world of this crappy architecture; RISC always had the upper hand but the dominance of the Wintel boxes killed most of the RISC chips.

Oh, and Carly killed PA-RISC. HP must be feeling stupid now that Oracle is actually improving Sun's hardware, while HP is stuck with a dying platform (Itanium) with no clear migration paths.

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Put down the Java manual

Daniel B.
Boffin

Probably will still have good demand.

Java landed me most of my well paid jobs. The thing that is actually helping us Java devs to keep getting decent salaries is the fact that shitty languages are still luring the sheep, who will ditch Java for something awful like Visual Basic, something interesting but rarely used in the business sector (Ruby! PHP!), something useless outside of web2.0 sites (JavaScript) or the Apple-centric Objective-C.

By the time these guys find out they went to a saturated market, or one that is slowly dying (VB), the Java devs have taken all the good jobs.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

Daniel B.
Boffin

@Steven Gray

""...when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially"

You seem to have missed the "went out hiking 92 miles" part. I think there's no way he was going to be able to charge his phone at all, given the lack of power outlets during said 92-mile hike.

I remember having two batteries for my Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx; thanks to this, I was able to cope with a long flight running on both batteries. :)

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

Daniel B.
Boffin

Already happening

Dead Space 2 has the "online pass" thingy. According to this article, it isn't "all ps3 games" though, it is all Sony published games. Still shitty of them to do this...

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Daniel B.
Thumb Down

Bad substitute

MS pimps off their users by charging for online play, overcharging for HDDs and locking out third-party HDDs (Sony lets you stick any HDD on your PS3). If you really want to stick it to the man ... switch your PS3 for a PC, not an Xbox.

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'Boss from hell' knuckle-rapped for 'firing contests'

Daniel B.

Betting on who's going to get sacked is definitely a hostile environment. You're encouraging your workers to sabotage their target coworker so that you earn your measly $10.

I wouldn't quit, I would sue that jackass for as much as the law would allow me... and I would win!

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Super Mario jumps on domain squatter

Daniel B.
Devil

They do make money

Parked domains will usually have some kind of advertising, which will tran$late into $$$ to the domain's owner.

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Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party

Daniel B.
Meh

Oh dear no. VB.NET was kept because of VB6ers whining at MS. Of course, they "fixed" the language, throwing away all the crap and hacking it so it would mostly match C#'s syntax. And C# is basically a pirated Java version which added nifty things that Java lacked, but then tied the whole thing to the MS stack.

Fortunately, the new wave of programmers have a true programming language background, which means C-like languages, that is C/C++/Java/C#; that and having C# being easy to make GUI apps for Windows meant VB wasn't the only easy path for Win32 apps and thus VB is finally dying off. But at least what passes for VB.NET these days is infinitely better than VB6.

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Daniel B.
Happy

VB must die

VB "classic" was a pile of steaming doo-doo. It infected a whole generation of devs with sloppy syntax and bad coding practices (ON ERROR RESUME NEXT). IIRC, MS was going to kill VB and go for C# as a forced replacement for VB, but the VB dudes didn't want to move.

So then Microsoft did something awesome; they left "VB" but actually made it so that VB.NET is actually C# with enforced syntactic sugar. Fortunately, the new generations have mostly gone C# or Java; others with PHP, Ruby, some go C++ but the trend does seem to be that most people are finally putting VB out to pasture.

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

Daniel B.
Boffin

Now all I need

... is for boffins to design a way for me to get JARID1a at the exact time I have to wake up.

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Oracle revs up Sparc, speeds up roadmap

Daniel B.
Boffin

HP

It seems that what I had been saying for years has finally been proven right: HP fucked up abandoning PA-RISC and betting on Intel's Itanium. But then I think that one can be chalked to Carly's Follies...

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