* Posts by Jet Set Willy

28 posts • joined 25 Oct 2007

Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent

Jet Set Willy
Stop

utter horseshit

I've been writing interfaces like this for 30 years. How can this be possibly patentable?

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

Jet Set Willy

Hawker Typhoon for me - would love to see one of those flying, even though they are/were big noisy bastards (apparently). However, a Mosquito flying near me would legitimately make me blub if I saw one. I once worked with a baker who was an engineer on them. You would not believe the stories about fixing up a mostly wooden plane to go back to war!

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

Jet Set Willy

Re: I wonder...

BURN THE HERETIC!

The batteries of JOBS will Forever Be Charg'ed!

REPLACEMENTS are the Workings Of The DEVIL and must be PURGED from the minds of the PEOPLE! Lest they consume us in the FIRE of Lithium-Ion RUNAWAY!

Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

Jet Set Willy

This is new?

I had assumed this sort of thing has been happening for years.

I hope there is a serious expansion of the type of roads they test. While it is certain that autonomous vehicles will be seen first in city/town environments, there are a lots of rural roads in the Western world, let alone elsewhere. Where I am in the Dorset/Somerset area just getting from one town to another involves travelling on roads that are (sparsely) signed at the national speed limit - 60mph in a car - but driving at that speed would be suicide. Not to mention that road markings, cat's-eyes, etc. are in many cases in poor repair, and in others simply non-existent.

Scares the shit out of some city types when I give them lifts. For them it is inconceivable that the nearest train station is a 30 minute drive and the lines point north/south, not directly at London.

Facebook fined €1.2m by Spain for… you'll never guess what

Jet Set Willy

Owt or N'owt?

I think "Done owt wrong" means "Done something wrong" in Northern English vernacular - "N'owt" means nothing.

Not speaking from personal knowledge - I'm a Midlander brought up in the South so could very well be wrong. Just remembering back to my Uni days when I shared a house with a couple of Northish types.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

Jet Set Willy

Re: You might have also looked up "Social Darwinism"

*Rear Admiral* Grace Hopper, if you don't mind.

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

Jet Set Willy

"some hospital buildings dating back to the Second World War"

As modern as that? I'm pretty sure that one or two of the places I've visited were older - Victorian by my (layman's) estimation of the architecture. Obviously the facilities were not.

SAP is now hosting VMs in its cloud. Just don't call it HANA

Jet Set Willy

SAP S for Hana?

I believe it is branded as SAP S/4 HANA, not "S for", although it is pronounced the same way.

This follows the major SAP re-engineering nomenclature: S/2 (before my time), S/3 (what most people are using today for SAP ERP, although also called many other things) and S/4 (SAP ERP on in-memory).

Of course, as the article notes, the marketing bods at SAP have great fun changing version names all of the time - I could well be out of date myself. I just develop on it and sometimes an upgrade gives us new toys to play with.

How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

Jet Set Willy

Massively off topic but why is there a spanner in this picture? At this point of threading you use your fingers, Spanners (for US readers, Wrenches) are for tightening/untightening when you can't do it by hand.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Jet Set Willy

Re: Preview

Have you ever met anyone who is not on the autistic spectrum? This kind for file keeping is beyond almost everyone, as well as not taking in to account sync errors and branch versions created on a whim.

Technically you are correct. In the real world it aint gonna happen because humans tend to have human foibles.

Air-to-ground rocket men flog top-secret mobe-crypto to Brad in accounts

Jet Set Willy
Black Helicopters

Realy?

"When the phone is in standard mode the screen is edged in green, and while it's in secure mode it has a red border"

Better hope none of their operatives are red/green colour blind then.

NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

Jet Set Willy
FAIL

Re: 'This has to be a first', admits hospital insider

Pretty sure I read about this happening to a guy in China some years ago - in Private Eye's "Funny Old World" section (so may not be true).

However, the circumstances were a bit different. He was a cook and had got massively drunk with his "buddies". After he passed out they thought it would be a jolly jape to stick a spare live eel up his fundament. Unfortunately this eel was bigger than the one in NZ and had teeth. Neither eel nor human survived.

Ten iPhone 5 challengers

Jet Set Willy

No Galaxy Note II?

Ah well... I guess the release is a bit far off (Oct?) and for some reason people want to call the Notes "Phablets".

It seems to me that the Note is about as big as you can get and still put it in your pocket so, to me, they are phones - although maybe I have big pockets. I'm saving all my pennies for the Note II.

Tried the iPhone but too limited for me (and pisspoor at making/receiving calls in my rural setting).

Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

Jet Set Willy

Tourist?

"Martian robot tourist" - more like "Martian robot immigrant" because it ain't coming back.

BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Jet Set Willy
Happy

Reminds me of my HP-3000 days...

...they had a 4 digit hex display on the front showing the system status in red characters. "Everything's fine" was 61695 whicn in hex is "F0FF".

Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

Jet Set Willy
WTF?

Eh?

Not just Apple - surely everyone's been doing this for ages. I had a mid range Nokia die due to excessive baby slobber (she liked playing with it as it cycled through ringtones and vibration settings) and after returning it I was told "No refund, failure due to water damage". I was even sent a picture of the main board with water detectors highlighted. Said baby is now gone 7 so this must have been 6.5 years ago.

Steel-woven wallet pledges to keep RFID credit cards safe

Jet Set Willy
Coat

20,000 super-fine strands of stainless steel?

Wouldn't tinfoil be a more appropriate medium?

Mines the one weighing 20 kilos with the rust marks.

Mitsubishi iMiEV five-door e-car

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Happy

I want one!

Never thought I'd say it but I'd take one of these today if I had the cash. Not bothered by the "green" credentials, just interested in the acceleration, handling, decent amount of meatspace and low-low-low cost per mile. I'm guessing that maintenance is going to be significantly easier/cheaper as well with moving parts being 10 times less than in the petrol version.

My commute is a 30 mile roundtrip through twisty Somerset roads so I would really enjoy the ride and not spare the electrons.

Jupiter takes a serious knock

Jet Set Willy

@Planetry defence types

I'm pretty sure that Jupiter's gravity may have something to do with why it gets hit by stuff fairly often. I think I read something like "The solar system can be considered to contain the Sun, Jupiter and miscellaneous space debris" somewhere.

Having said that I'm also pretty sure I read that we are due a big strike any day now (in geologic terms) and there's pretty much nothing we could do abount it but kiss our backsides goodbye.

SAP pays Sun to keep Java on NetWeaver alive

Jet Set Willy

@AC - Hang in there

Some of your criticisms of SAP are true. The documentation is often non-existent (in English anyway), the support can be terrible and many consultants couldn't find their arse with an altlas. If you started the implementation is 2007 you are only at the early stages. You probably have about another 2 years of pain to endure before you get to the level you were already at before you started implementing SAP.

However...

After all the pain, stress, misery you will finally get an integrated system which has some really neat features. SAP certainly isn't perfect but as the experience of using it, configuring it and developing it grows you will eventually see some real benefits. Assuming you company is still in business by then.

La Cie's quiet fans

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Coat

We're doomed!!

From Monty Python's Life of Brian...

"For the demon shall bear a nine-bladed sword. Nine-bladed! Not two or five or seven, but nine, which he will wield on all wretched sinners"

Mines the anorak with "Romanes Eunt Domus" on the back.

Hutton robs forces, pours MoD cash into UK arms biz

Jet Set Willy
Black Helicopters

Slight correction...

Yeovil is in Somerset, not Dorset. Otherwise the article is spot-on. Even though a number of my friends were relying on the Future Lynx being approved it is obvious even to them that its a waste of money (and even then just a posponement of the next Westlands crisis).

Mashed up Met Police crime maps go online

Jet Set Willy

Hows about...

"Bonkers" Boris Johnson.

or "Barmy"

or "Buffoon"

they don't rhyme but they are fairly accurate monikers.

Apple iPhone 3G

Jet Set Willy

How ironic

I can't view the review on my iPhone!

Apple really needs to add Flash support to truly offer the full web to mobile peeps. Great product though - I only bought because I came in to some money at the right time. New tariffs finally make it sellable.

On another note, I thought I'd try my arm at getting a 3G iPhone on Friday but there were 7 male 40 somethings in front of me and the O2 shop (in a sleepy Somerset market town) only had 5 to dish out. No great loss. I can wait and round here 3G really doesn't mean much but my wife wants my old one.

RAF strafes Next in pirated duvet copyright rumpus

Jet Set Willy

Really?

That appears to be a red maple leaf at the centre of the roundel. Can't be sure because of the low res image but bears a resemblance to the one on the vertical stabiliser.

'Heavy' handset challenges all comers to prove its mettle

Jet Set Willy

Not required

My ultra cheap Sony Ericsson K310i managed to survive the drowning and repeated pummeling of a full washing machine programme including a 1500 rpm spin cycle. No obvious damage except the silver plastic coating is worn at the corners and on the button edges. I let it dry out a bit before I plugged it back into the mains though.

Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy

Jet Set Willy

@AC

English number system?

Don't you mean Arabic (or Indian, Hindu etc.). Definately not English though.

Hypersonic hydrogen airliner to bitchslap Concorde

Jet Set Willy

Friction?

As I understand it the SR-71 (Blackbird) leaked fuel like a sive from takeoff because there were no sealing compounds that could withstand the heat generated by air friction on the fuselage. They had to do a quick run to heat everything up, expand the airframe and plug the gaps (and then refuel because there wasn't much left in the tanks). Since it did just over Mach 3 when cruising, what are the implications of cruising at Mach 5? Do adequate sealing compounds exist now?

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