* Posts by Numpty

15 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

Numpty

Re: What?

Most, perhaps, but certainly not all... just need to look at how many games are "redistribution denied" in the World of Spectrum archive. Codemasters, Mastertronic and Elite spring to mind -- the former still very much in business, likewise the latter who also market retro Spectrum hardware and software of their own. (I presume Sega now own the rights to all the Mastertronic games, and I can't imagine they're especially keen to let randomers play them for free either.)

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Oracle crushes Apiary's hope in slightly awkward email to customers

Numpty

Re: Reading between the lines...

Yep. First day after the Sun deal closed, every member of staff on our Sun campus was told, in person by the local Oracle suits, "make no mistake, this is an acquisition, not a merger. Welcome to Oracle."

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

Numpty

Re: More details needed...

I'm sure his family and friends are asking all the questions that need to be asked right now. No need for a public investigation unless they don't get suitable answers.

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

Numpty

Xbox Cloud Storage is definitely down as well (and presumably related) -- http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-live-status

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

Numpty

Re: Does anyone know the etimology of the word "Inglish"?

You can switch on "Verbatim" mode on the results page when that happens, then it'll only search for exactly what you typed...

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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

Numpty

Boo Hoo

If you don't want people to see your photos, don't put them on the internet.

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Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice

Numpty

Nope, not obvious

Sun never did any such thing. The only things in StarOffice that weren't in OpenOffice.org were license-encumbered features like commercial fonts and dictionaries.

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McNealy to Ellison: How to duck death by open source

Numpty

Er...

Er, you obviously haven't heard how much Oracle are investing in SPARC, then...?

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Illumos sporks OpenSolaris

Numpty

What Java-based crap?

Exactly what "Java Based Crap" is present in OpenSolaris to be removed?

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Twitter on a ZX Spectrum

Numpty

I was taught by the guy who co-designed the Dragon 32...

One of my university lecturers (Duncan Smeed at Strathclyde) also worked on it...

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Numpty

Sinclair keyboards/Dragon 32

"It also has something you'd never expect to see on a Sinclair: a decent keyboard".

Eh? All Sinclairs from the 48K Spectrum+ onwards had that keyboard (or better).

Oh, and one of my lecturers at university co-designed the Dragon 32 :)

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Blighty surrenders to Street View

Numpty

Don't panic

They will remove or mask any image you ask them to, within reason. However, since their software blurs all faces and number plates automatically by default, who's going to know they're your kids anyway?

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Open source boss quits Sun Oracle

Numpty

That was never Sun's model

Sun's model was never to make money selling open source software support, though. It was to sell big SPARC iron, which it did very successfully until companies stopped buying SPARC iron. And they were too late to the x86 server party-- or in fact, they were too soon, but fatally decided to walk away just before everyone else turned up. And then they turned up again just as everyone else had already paired off and started making out in the kitchen.

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Ubuntu 8.10 - All Hail new Network Manager

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Nothing to do with Shuttleworth...

Mark Shuttleworth had nothing to do with most of the UI improvements you've mentioned. The network manager, device eject buttons etc. are all upstream changes that Ubuntu has just picked up in the usual way.

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Sun tries to flex R&D muscle with homegrown package manager

Numpty

Package manager? Nah, installer.

To be honest, I'd hardly call the new package manager the most interesting aspect of Indiana; there's nothing wrong with Sun's current SVR4 package management that a decent GUI wouldn't fix. The new installer, however, is wicked-- Solaris installations have never been for the faint-hearted, but now it only takes a handful of clicks.

Agree with your comment about Murdock, though, seems ridiculous that Sun have never produced a Live CD before.

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