* Posts by Steen Hive

850 posts • joined 17 Nov 2007

Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected

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Gates Horns

Windows 7 does rock

hmm never thought I'd say that. :-)

But Visual Studio wins over Eclipse in surprisingly few areas - the native debugger being one that comes immediately to mind. The MS Compiler is usually pretty tight with good compile times too.

Eclipse is such a mammoth project that it is a whole platform unto itself and a direct comparison with VS is kinda lame anyway. Eclipse gets a lot of somewhat justified stick for being a resource-hog and a bit slow, but if the betas of VS2010 were anything to go by, it's got some competition in that department.

Just for spite - VS loses out 100% to Eclipse in coding any language targeting anything but windows, from embedded systems up to big-iron. It even loses out ON windows for the likes of Adobe Flex, PHP, enterprise Java, etc.

M-Audio Pro Tools Recording Studio

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M-Audio

Were never much to write home about. "Prosumer" gear usually isn't - you won't get much better results out of any of this sort of stuff than you will from an onboard soundcard.

And as for the tonka-toy interface and overpriced hardware that is the "industry standard" protools - don't get me started. Avid make Apple look like amateurs in the lock-in market. Definitely for mouth-breathers only.

Broadband tax scrapped in 'wash-up'

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Yeah... choose outside the UK

I live in the middle of nowhere and have cheap, uncapped 8MB - sure it's not the 100MB I could get in a city, but it's not in the infrastructural backwater that is the UK either.

Wikileaks video shows US gunfire on Reuters staff

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@Decrypted

"Are they claiming they can break military encryption?"

No, only military-grade stupidity.

Data loss fines hit £500K from today

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Cost their organization?

What? People who for any reason have data in their possession that may be covered by the DPA should be personally responsible for it!

If some spiv can't be bothered to learn how to operate their tools beyond clicking on the blue "e", then they are not qualified to have access to such data, full stop. If they can't learn, fire them and get someone suitable for the job.

"Lose that laptop, and it'll cost you £500k" will stop their farting in church.

Chronos EZ430: An SDK packing watch for real techies

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Joke

Fantastic

TI are now officially the cure for Apple and win the "Sir Clive Sinclair Hackable gadget award 2010"

Although finding places to solder JTAG cables into Apple and Sony products does give a much more profound sense of satisfaction.

Turk unwraps doner kebab robot

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Joke

Ah good lamb doner

Is food of the Gods.

Protein, carbs, raw veg all in a handy package.

The 12 pints of lager people usually have beforehand has nothing to do with the health problem at all, right?

Woman finds Romanian living in shed

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Happy

Meh

Everyone is a threat.

Being of a certain age, I remember my gran letting the French "Onion Johnnies" stay in our shed gratis. Wonderful, mysterious characters to a child.

The Pirate Party is the shape of things to come

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@@AC

"You dare not ask them, as I suggested, because most creators hearing your argument would rip your head off, then flush the gristly bits down the pan."

Not only are you repeatedly exposing yourself as an economics numbskull by apparently suggesting a monopoly on supply improves choices in market ( or being disingenuous and saying fuck the market to support your particular prejudice ), but you have the unmitigated, narcissistic gall to presume to speak for content creators too? Puhlease!

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@AC

"I can't tell if you are for or against either of the arguments."

Maybe because you are drinking too much beer yourself? :-)

Dude, I am against *both* arguments! "You're either with us or agin' us" a quaint concept seemingly prevalent in American culture, and I just don't get it.

I am like most people I would expect, not against copyright *per se* because I am not against social-engineering per se, and social-engineering is exactly what copyright law is.

However, appreciating the mechanics of a market economy for generating wealth is not the sole province of extremist libertarian loons either.

What is happening in this copyright farce, though is that powerful actors - "rights holders" in the market are attempting to use the state to socially-engineer their market to the detriment of consumers, and ultimately to the detriment of actual creators themselves. They want to give imaginary property the same legal status as real property - criminalise what they describe as "stealing" it, and in the process, do away with all that nasty, bothersome "due process" stuff that is enshrined in law for stealing real property, and all the while extending the copyright time-limits for all intents and purposes indefinitely.

So. Creator creates something. "Rights holder" pays creator for "rights" - rights holder now has a product that he can sell to people and still possess it *forever*. A perpetual-motion generator of wealth! The ultimate "have-your-cake-and-eat-it" scenario.

Now what the fuck do these people think is going to happen if everytime someone creates some imaginary property, property of essentially infinite monetary value is created? What is going to happen to creativity, the elasticity of supply and demand essential to the market? What is going to happen to people's *other* rights?

Answers on the back of a postcard to Orlowski's office in Lubjanka.

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Re hm

You could certainly ask them. Why don't you start with me?

I don't feel the musical content I create is supercilious, and rather monotonous hot air, as I do most of your writing, but I'm also not under the illusion that non-rival resources have any true value as property. I am given the opportunity to get value from it by copyright law which has been illustrated before as a "socialist" interference in the market which creates artificial scarcity. Even you must have heard about artificial scarcity and the associated deadweight loss inefficiency when you were cleaning the windows of the Chicago School .

As a content creator, I don't feel persecuted by copyright infringement, but by having my (real) rights to property, privacy, freedom of speech eroded to in support of any business model.

You haven't made any such case for "handicapping creators access" to anything, much less have me agree to it, but attempting to argue from a position that overall choices in a market are increased by the creation of a monopoly on supply ought to raise a giggle in a few places - it certainly gave me one.

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Re hm

Only in your imagination is it anything else. Copyright is being used as a coercive weapon against the general public at the expense of their privacy, due process, and other like, you know, grown-up rights.

If some "rights" holders are going to be poorer by a balanced copyright arrangement, tough shit. Their "rights" are only extant through our consent anyway. Actual creators, on the other hand are unlikely to be made poorer overall by losing the millstone of "rights" holders around their necks.

"The record industry is "squeezing" less money out of consumers than at any point in the past ten years. About half as much. You've even explained why."

No hesitation taking a trip to the garden shed yourself though, eh? You might as well blame copyright infringement for the sub-prime mortgage crisis, in fact given your form I'm surprised you haven't. As far as music is concerned there is research done by Raghuram Iyengar that attributes at least some of the blame for the depressed profits in the industry to unreasonable price expectations at the wholesale end of the distribution channel. Coupled with a stinking recession, a well-documented business inertia in the face of rapidly changing market, and the fact that much of the product catalogue is unadulterated shit, what would you expect, growth?

Apple display patent enslaves sun

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External light source?

Apple users don't need an external light source - the glow off their own halo should be enough to light any display. ;-)

Pirate Party UK launches manifesto

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Yeah Yeah

Two words. "price" and "value". Come back and argue once you learn the difference.

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Good Grief

Academic my arse. Market forces DO (buy and large) dictate the value of property, intangible or real.

Here's some more more-or-less "academic" economics 101 for you.

The value of something is what a buyer is prepared to pay for it, not the value the producer puts on it. The "tension" (oooh! non-academic word) between the supply, costs of production, the price, demand and the market value of goods are what drive economies, giving you your pampered existence and the luxury of coasting through life being an ignorant fuck troll.

Unlike Anonymous Coward here I would be more of the "social-engineer" persuasion - I don't think "socialist ideas always fail in practice" anymore than I think that market forces should govern every aspect of out lives. The strongest societies for me are social democracies, on the fine line between state tyranny and the regression into feudalism, gated communities and robber-barons precipitated by big players (mini states) in the tyranny of a market. I can accept a notion of "the common good", much like my capitalist countryman Adam Smith could.

Political persuasions notwithstanding, the monetisation of intellectual "property" takes place in a *market* - no way out of it and as has been repeatedly drilled into your skull, the market value of it is as near-as-fuck zero. If you don't think that the market should decide the value of it feel free to explain how wealth can be generated and collect your Nobel Prize at the door on the way out.

"Copyright" is an interference in the market that extends the old "patronage" reward scheme for creators to the general population - they are now your patrons, bound by law (not ethics!) to provide creators with *the opportunity* to market their creations for a certain amount of time, free from the obvious disadvantage of trying to sell a product of zero value. This *creates* an artificial market through coercion and it is the degree of this coercion that is at issue here. Most people would like creators of good content to be rewarded for their work - without copyright law many people would certainly still pay for content that they liked, but that is not a market - it is charity, so to enable a more-or-less predictable market we collectively have this "socialist" law that enables it.

Now to the problem. Entities with vested interests in intellectual "property" are so powerful that they have made *real* rights subservient to their imagined property "rights". They have extended the application of copyright in their own interests to the extent that every single piece of content they produce essentially never goes out of copyright - this fucks the market completely because in effect you have a glut of products of zero value given infinite value through coercion - they can be monetised indefinitely. Not only have they fucked the market, but they are extending copyright law into areas of our personal lives where they have no business being, trashing privacy rights, due process, freedom from arbitrary punishment , among other things - in the process enabling intrusive state surveillance from the proto-Stalinists in government.

You seem to be confused, or a simpleton, or both. If a product is to have monetary value, it must be traded in a market, the value of a product in a market is not set by the seller, but the price the buyer is willing to pay.

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I have to add

That not only do you come across as a rather poor excuse for corporate shill, but as a bit of a cretin too.

Another of those inadequates that either can't conceptualise the difference between real and intangible "property", theft and copyright infringement or piracy and copyright infringement, and is deliberately dissembling in order to hide that inability, or an agenda.

Without restrictions in supply, intangible property has a maximum market value of the marginal cost of reproduction - as basic economics as you can get. As pointed out to you, copyright is a government-mandated monopoly of supply given to creators purely to enable them to live off their creations. This is not a "right", it is an endowment by us, the people - so say "thanks", you ungrateful bastard.

If you want to be a Stalinist pig, feel free to assault your customers until they have had enough, but be aware that statistically within the general public, the largest copyright infringers are also the largest purchasers of content - it's a pity that in possibly signing the death-warrant of their own industries, these corrupt idiots and their familiars in politics are taking down independent creators and civil rights with them.

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No fuck you

If you want so-called intellectual "property" to be treated on a par with real property, then you can look forward to it not being "yours" as soon as you sell it to someone else.

Your protection under copyright is solely a deal between you and the people as represented by the state so you can make money off something that has a true value of zero by restricting the supply by law. When your customers have had enough of you taking the piss, all bets are off.

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FAIL

Hrm reply rejected.

By moderator - the most incredibly innocuous post. WTF? It was even mildly on topic!

FBI cyber cop says 'very existence' of US under threat

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Determined?

"I am convinced that given enough time, motivation and funding," he said, "a determined adversary will always - always - be able to penetrate a targeted system."

Fuck me, lucky that evil cyber-genius McKinnon was really luckily looking for UFOs then - otherwise he'd have DELETED THE COUNTRY!!

Won't somebody think of Chabinsky's children - or at least their college fund?

Britain expels diplomat over faked passports in Hamas hit row

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Not a message, a reply

To the message - If you plonk a racist country down on land other people are living on, getting gaffa-tape & ball-bearing rockets thrown at you is getting off fucking lightly.

Blunkett: 'The dog howls when I whip out my ID card!'

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The last thing WE need

Is more stupid fucking laws sending more stupid fucking "messages". If you want to send a message, write a letter. The dangers of pot-smoking notwithstanding, any law that is all social-engineering and no justice is bad law.

Blunkett IS clueless, please try to be less so.

Game developer's lost electric buggy FOUND ON MOON

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Private enterprise in space

You gotta be kidding me:

The moon's orbit would be a trade secret, the trajectory calculations patented and distributing pictures of the moon could get your internet connection cut off.

And all the parts of your rockets would probably run on different voltages with incompatible plugs.

Need a half-joking icon.

El Reg insults 'millions of Irish Catholics'

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Shock, horror.

21st Century website forgets to celebrate 5th Century god-botherer.

Pirate Bay blocking row silenced in Norway

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$$$$ lettersand/ordigits

Of course they have no chance to win. In the absence of bent judges like Tomas Norström, bent coppers like Jim Keyzer, or bent politicians like Mandelson, their sick little universe of makey-uppey property laws and private militias dissipates like a fart, leaving only the faint smell of corruption behind..

Trojan armed with hardware-based anti-piracy control

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Is this copy if Zeus legal?

"You may have been the victim of software counterfeiting"

Bloggers spring 'baccy happy landlord from slammer

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civilization?

I'd hazard a guess people were smoking whatever they could get their hands on long before the dawn of civilization, however the debate of the evils of smoking versus the evils of an overbearing state apparatus ramming social engineering and nouveau-puritanism down people's craws might be a tad more recent. No analogies from me, no arse-figures - but certainly no-one ever forced me to goto, drink in, piss in, work in or smoke in a smoking pub and I sincerely doubt it was ever done to anyone else here either.

Steve Jobs says 'No' to iPhone-to-iPad tether

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Exiled iPhone Wi-Fi apps move to Cydia

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I bet

One pound sterling to one pinch of shit, that apple will now break these apps in the next update - just for fucks, and one wouldn't expect anything else of them.

US burg renames self 'Google'

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So

If you google "Google, Texas", does it break the intertubes?

Microsoft and the Windows Phone 7 noise machine

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Joke

44 seconds

Of musical intro?

Waiting for Win 7 to boot before you could talk? :-)

Men at Work appeal Down Under plagiarism ruling

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FAIL

So sue me, ya twats.

"Larrikin sits by an old gum tree,

waiting like a troll for the copyright fee"

Visual Studio 2010 - chunky but has a great personality

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WTF?

Not sarcasm

Psychosis, obviously. The "ribbon" is marginally less useful than that fucking dancing paperclip.

Adobe squishes code execution bug in download manager

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Grenade

WTF?

What the hell is wrong with these people? World + dog is installing background services, "updaters", "crash reporters", "download managers" and all manner of fucking useless crud that does absolutely nothing of import except hog resources, destabilise systems and drive mildly tech-savvy people insane with calls from granny + dog.

They should be shot, or even better, grenaded.

Microsoft's Mountain man sees Jobsian past in .NET

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FAIL

Open

"For example, to the best of my knowledge, you can't do a commercial application with Mono unless it's running on Novell/Suse."

http://www.unity3d.com

The myth of Britain's manufacturing decline

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Quality

Wealth produced by service output is fiat. Stuff that translates directly to property without passing go (manufacturing output) , produces a higher quality of wealth - it's true value is more based on need versus output rather than confidence. Now the losses in fiat value are being socialised again for a loss of confidence in the banking sector, surprise. Nothing has truly been lost but everybody ends up paying for it.

Lost Nazi nuke-project uranium found in Dutch scrapyard

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Allied nations wtf?

"Nowadays the Allied nations are once again deeply concerned about hostile countries developing nuclear weapons. According to the Euro nuke-forensics team at the JRC-ITU:"

I think you'll find empirically that most of the openly hostile countries ( i.e. engaged in hostilities ) are already in possession of vast amounts of nuclear weapons. A bit of a ham-fisted attempt to equate those not "allied" with Nazi Germany, really.

Interpol issues arrest warrant for fake passport hit team

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Sauce for the goose is sauce for the shill

In that case, you'll no doubt be equally keen to see the surviving members of Haganah, Irgun, Lehi and the Stern Gang - gun runners and terrorists to a man - get bullets in their skulls, notwithstanding the high positions they hold in the Israeli body politic?

Aussies cane cane toads with cat food

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Joke

More Engineering

I await with bated breath news from the colonies about the plague of giant, predatory ants destroying the ecosystem.

'I'm an IT worker not an assassin'

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Grenade

Fail II

"Fits all of the available evidence and explains the obviousness of the hit. But a very different outcome to the knee jerk anti-israeli responses most of you lot are spouting."

Gone through your whole life without hearing about Occam's Razor, I see.

Israel have form as long and miserable as your propaganda, and statistically speaking the murder of ANY Palestinian, militant or not has a very good chance indeed of being at the hand of Israel. So like it or not, until further notice they are in the frame

You can tell the loons are out in force when all the "anti-this, anti-that" meaningless bullshit starts surfacing - it's not a fucking football match.

Grenade, there's no cluster bomb.

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Evidence

"Everyone just assumes this is Israel without a shred of evidence."

Absolutely! Hamas members meeting extra-judicial sticky ends at the fourth attempt are obviously the M.O. of the feared and ruthless Lichtenstein security service, "Institut Für Krapfen".

What a prat.

Scots unleash world's strongest beer

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Freezing

The video I saw for the making of "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" shows that they freeze the water out of the beer to up the strength.

Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests

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Money talks.

"Secondly, focus police attention on areas like p2p networks where real child sex abuse images are exchanged and sold."

Huh, there is an ecommerce solution for p2p networks?

The only way to tackle problems like these - as ever - is to follow the money and not the content per se. Shut them down and lock them away forever.

Echelon computers can't cope with bad lines

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Joke

Of course!

That's why expensive, high-technology, rustly crisp packets have been standard issue to brown people/communist spies/Emmanuel Goldsteins for a generation!

What next? Bin Laden sending in his order for an ICBM by singing an overdub to "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World", or something?

Labour MP denies calling Tories 'scum-sucking pigs' on Twitter

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All this brohuha

Over a tautology? C'mon people! it's a simple mistake.

Of course the scumbag should be flayed for lying about it afterwards...

MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly

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@Punishment by allegation

"At the very least, this bill should require copyright holders to present evidence to some sort of independent tribunal before action is taken against a person. It doesn't need to be a court. It shouldn't be done privately"

We already have excellent "independent tribunals". They actually ARE called "courts". The entire reason for all this Stalinist shenanigans is that the courts actually protect individuals against corporations making land-grabs for citizens' rights - and that will never do.

Opera plays chicken with Apple iPhone police

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@Lee

Let me reiterate.

Opera don't make phones. Apple is exerting true monopoly abuse on the browser market for iPhone apps, much more so than Microsoft got whacked for over IE. Arguing that the market is too small for the government to be interested is a straw man, just as much as arguing that installing linux on a PC breaks the IE monopoly - legislation doesn't discriminate on the size of the market.

In the big picture, the jobs at Opera are more important than the Jobs at the cult.

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Free Market and others.

Well here's a whack of a cluebat for you.. The competing product is Safari, not the bleedin' iPhone. The market is browsers, not phones. Consumers being able to buy another phone is irrelevant.

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Market Shmarket

Meh, We're back in bizarro universe when arguably the most restricted and regulated platform in the wild is described as a "free market". Corporations attempt this rubbish all the time, but only the most retarded of sect dupes celebrate vendor lock-in to the extent appletards do.

Nevermind, that's what we have that little thing called "anti-trust" legislation for - Apple *isn't* free to use "whatever criteria they desire", thank fuck, and personally I hope they get shat on from a great height. Go Opera!

New cig peril: Third-hand smoke coats puffers in poison

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Joke

Satire Gasket? I would like one!

I lit up on a bus the other day just for the Rosa Parks vibe.

Nvidia launches dual-GPU tech for notebooks

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FAIL

A Solution looking for a problem?

Of course it would not make any sense at all to dump all the extraneous chippery crap and make a discrete GPU that switched parts of itself off and powered-down to IGP-comparable power-levels when unneeded?

I mean either switched off, or sucking the guts out of Three Mile Island seems to be a bit pointless.

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