* Posts by James Anderson

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

James Anderson

Re: OpenSource

Groove had a decent catalouge. Not as many tracks as Spotify but 20% of Spotify's catalouge is click bait and cruft. vis the 10,000 versions of happy birthday by artists such as Elviz Presley etc.

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James Anderson

Re: OpenSource

Grooves product is music and video tracks licensed from record and movie companies. Good luck with outsourcing that.

Any current open source media player is better than or equal to grooves' player.

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Sputnik-1 replica used to test the real thing goes under the hammer

James Anderson

So we are just a tribe of monkeys with bigger rocks to throw.

The science we have has totally outstripped our emotional and social intelligence.

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

James Anderson

Re: Turtlenecks, boybeards...

I think the old testament writers (along with Norse sagas Greek myths etc.) had what we shall now call a Trumpian relationship with facts. Never let Fake News get in the way of a good rune byte.

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

James Anderson

Microsoft are making a habit of this

See another ditched product:

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/2/16401898/microsoft-groove-music-pass-discontinued-spotify-partner

How can anyone trust MS to support any product long term?

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

James Anderson

Re: General issue

Probably

"They found that many developers do not understand Spring"

Problem java EE over engineered complex bloated.

Solution over engineered, complex bloated framework -- duh.

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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

James Anderson

Re: 'we experienced a network issue '

Hardware fails, things go wrong in ways you never thought possible.

Any serious professional has been there. The point is they recovered pretty quickly and given the volume of traffic they deal with 0.001% of their customers were affected.

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

James Anderson

Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

I think the real point is not to lose customers who are going cloudy by prefer Amazon to being locked in to Azure.

SqlServer is certainly a good enough database to compete with Oracle and cheap enough to be a viable alternatve to PostGress et all.

The MS only syntax and extensions would make porting an application from SqlServer to Postgress or MySql a fairly painful process -- so paying for an SqlServer license and porting to a Linux environment is quite doable.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

James Anderson

As uber are only a booking service

Every single self employed independent driver ought to be made to apply for license a individually.

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Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

James Anderson

Re: Official reg units please

Tea Tray = 22 beermats

Cricket Pitch = 180 Tea Trays

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James Anderson

Official reg units please

Can we please have this in units of Cricket Pitches or Tea Trays so El Reg readers know what area is covered.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

James Anderson

Re: HTC was the architect of its own demise

HTC are actually a big company ( O.K. a subsidiary of a large company ) its just not a big brand name.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

James Anderson

Proir art

Petty sure the first "mail" program that looked like e-mail ran on various DEC pdp 11 operating systems. IBM comes a close second and third system linked IBM and all its customers.

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Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

James Anderson

Bad Karma

Naming your release after a mess of coloured sugar and fat of dubious origin. Gotta expect some trouble.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

James Anderson

Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Surly Brian and Dylan would be better names. Dougal and Zebedee were stars andfar to important to be mere moons?

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

James Anderson

Re: IT snobbery

You hit the nail on the head.

Computer programming is an art. You either have a brain capable of logic and pattern recognition or you don't. No amount of teaching can make up for a lack of basic aptitude. Conversely anyone with aptitude can pick up the basic skills without formal training.

Nobody complains that John Lennon never attended a school of music, that Jack Vetriano never went to Art College etc. etc.

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Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

James Anderson

Re: Go Java!

"Jave runs almost anywhere" may be true for pure Java code. But any non trivial JavaEE program can only be guaranteed to run on a particular version of a a particular framework (Websphere, JBOSS whatever).

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James Anderson

Re: Go Java!

To be fair JavaEE is a bloated mis-conceived monster, written in a rather nice language.

A pure java "guten tag welt" is only 4 lines, a properly multiligual one about 6 lines not including the translations.

I only I type "a == b" and have it mean "does a have the same value as b" and not "does a have the same object reference as b".

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

James Anderson

OREOS -- yuck

Bad karma naming your release after a chemical concoction of sugar, black food colouring and fats of unknown providence.

Whats the software equivalent of diabetes?

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

James Anderson

Liar!

"Sonos has always collected functional data from its devices. "If you choose to authorize Spotify," a company spokesperson explained in a phone interview with The Register, "we need to share information with Spotify."

If you signon to Spotify with your Spotify userid from a device, there, is absolutely no need for the manufacturer of that device to be aware of your account. Spotify knows you have registered and does not need Sonos to tell it who its customers are, (or Apple or Android or Microsoft who let you use Spotify without insisting that you give up your privacy).

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

James Anderson

Re: Wot! Someone copying Apple?

Where to start almost everything you mentioned was avaiable on some other computer or some other OS before it appeared on an apple device.

Almost all the GUI elements you see on a modern computer were developed at Xerox PARC and were commercially available on Xerox Viewpoint workstations years before Lisa or the MAC.

There were many home computers from Tandy, Commodor etc which came in neat beige boxes with built in floppy drives at the same time as the first Apples (cheap enough chips were avaiable to make a hobby PC viable -- several companies had a go!).

Probably the only real innovation were the full page Glossy adds in Omni magazine.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

James Anderson

Re: Food imports which may see a 20% import duty after Brexit

WTO has a set of rules for deciding the MAXIMUM tariff that can be applied to particular imports from a particular country.

There is no obligation to charge the maximum value.

Besides I seem to remember joining the Common Market resulted in an increase in food prices. Losing the EU restrictions on imports from outside the EU should result in cheaper food prices.

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

James Anderson

Nearly as good as Perl

PERL has been doing this async type stuff since PERL 5 (and a lot of it before).

Its nice to know that Python has got there eventually, now it could just do it a little faster in a little less memory it could become a language useful for things other than prototyping an POCs.

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RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

James Anderson
Happy

We really need a Prozac ICON.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

James Anderson

Re: Phew

h dear -- you have a burner phone you must be a degenerate lefty terrorist.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

James Anderson

Had windows 10 running for 6 months now

... and I rather like it.

Admittedly it's not a patch on ubuntu/mate for real work.

But for what I use it for (streaming telly from miscellaneous hotel rooms and some minimal e-mail and Skype) it works just fine.

In particular the network settings are not only miles better than the hokey menus on win xp, they are superior to anything on Apple or Linux.

Want to connect your old kindle , but cannot get past the hotels Pita login screen -- three mouse clicks and you have a wi-fi hotspot.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

James Anderson

Re: Proper Full English

Almost there -- you missed out the black pudding friend until surface is crunchie.

Disclaimer as a Scot going off-topic and recomending full scottish:--

More of less as above but:

Nice thick smoked back bacon -- fried not grilled.

Beef sausage.

Small round of Haggis instead of (or as well as Black Pudding).

Preferably tinned tomatoes -- fresh is acceptable if you are a wimp who went to a posh school.

Toast (even wholemeal toast) is acceptable if you have insufficient frying pan capacity.

Mug of strong tea.

Pint of 80/- if its after 10:30.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

James Anderson

Betamax myth again...

Betamax failed because the 60 minute tapes could not hold a standard film release.

By the time the fixed it all the movie reltal companies had standardised on VHS which had 90 minute tapes as standard.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

James Anderson

Re: Other than failing, what do the following have in common

Gotta be really bad if HPE looks better.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

James Anderson

Re: Another transformation movement...

But the problem is does paying some far eastern company to put Intel chips in boxes and stick an HP label on the box really count as manufacturing?

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

James Anderson

Re: Panning for mud?

Too right.

Don't normally pay much attention to the adds but lately I paid more attention.

So I get lots of ads for travel to places I have just been to, hotels I have already booked, products I have already bought.

I mean what's the point of sending an ad for a hotel I have already booked. I just bought a raspberry Pi , how likely is it that I will buy another one a week later?

Headless chickens with a great sales team.

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

James Anderson

Re: Voting machines are a bad idea

Ever heard of ballot box stuffing?

Either you get many of your supporters to slip more than one paper into the box.

Or you just get your friendly election official to stuff an extra 1000 or so

papers into the box.

Especially fun if your vote exceeds the number of voters -- you really show the suckers who's boss.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

James Anderson

If it was a properly architected and configured mainframe system it would have just worked.

High availability, failover, geographically distributed databases, etc. etc. were implemented on the mainframe sometime in the late '80s.

Some of the commentards on this site seem to think the last release of a mainframe OS was in 1979, when actually they have been subject to continuous development, incremental improvement and innovation to this day. A modern IBM mainframe is bleeding edge hardware and software presenting a venerable 1960s facade to its venerable programmers. Bit like a modern Bentley with its staid '50s styling on the outside and a monster twin turbo multi valve engine on the inside.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

James Anderson

Re The single points of failure?

Probable senario:

About 5 years ago they set up a load balanced system where each data centre handled 50% of peak load with a few spare boxes.

About 3 years ago they upgraded some servers to handle extra load but did not bother upgrading the spare capacity.

About 2 years ago IT pointed out that with increased traffic each data centre could now handle only 70% of peak load but 50% of normal load and management decided that was "good enough" as peak load only occurred 5 or 6 days a year.

About a year ago everything outsourced to India, nobody noticed (or were too embarrassed to point out) that each data centre now only coped with 80% peak load.

Yesterday one data centre crashed. The remaining data centre tried to cope with 160% of peak load, chaos theory was invoked and the systems crashed one by one, and, crashed again on restart.

When power was restored at the other data centre the databases, queues etc. were in a state that required experienced engineers with deep knowledge of the systems involved -- like the ones that were handed there P.45 last year.

Not sure how much this will cost BA -- but just the 200 to 400 euros due to each and every passenger should be enough to have the shareholders demanding cruel and unusual punishment.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

James Anderson

Price googing?

$2.5 million to "preserve" the data, when $50 gets you a 2TB hard drive down at Walmart.

These cloudy stuff begins to look pretty expensive.

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

James Anderson

I am on my third HTC phone (over a period of 10 years), and, I will probably by another one in two to three years time if they are still in business.

There main problem is the lack of advertising/marketing clout compared with Samsung and to a lesser degree LG.

They produce well designed Android phones, with superb, better than Apple, build quality; whats not to like. Yes they tweak the Android UI -- bit unlike rivals the tweaks are usually an improvement on the vanilla OS.

Ignoring a brilliant phone just because its not a best seller makes no sense at all.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

James Anderson

Re: Haters gonna hate

To support an old Windows only application I have just set up a new (cheap!) windows 10 pc to replace the geriatric Vista PC it was running on.

Cannot say I am impressed. There does not seem to be any way to kill Cortana -- it is the cockroach of apps and will still be offering to help the surviving twinkies long after armegeddon.

Likewise Edge will not go away and keeps nagging to be the default browser again, though I suspect it will replace chrome as the default after every security upgrade.

GIven all the "phone home" stuff that it sends back to Microsoft it is touch and go whether its more secure than an unpatched copy of Vista; just because it is MS stealing your data does not make it OK.

So the only lesson they have really learned is not to have a viable fall back like XP when forcing a rubbish new OS on to their customers.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

James Anderson

Re: The mother of democracy

Proportional representation -- that works really well for Italy.

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James Anderson

If its so hard to import/export from the EU how come China,Malaysia,Taiwan manage such a massive trade surplus with the EU?

One the management and workers at Volswagen realise they will lose the entire UK market to Nissan, Honda, Hyumda and Kia they will push the beleaguered Angela for a better deal.

Once the wine makers of France, Italy and Spain realise the UK can quite happily get all it can drink from Austraila, NZ, South Africa and Argentina Maria Lepen and her ilk will get their votes.

Besides as Canada found out there is no point in negotiating with the EU -- you just don't know who you are negotiating with -- Junker, Merkel or the stroppy Walloon regional government.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

James Anderson

I was dubious

But I find the keyboard on the T450 to be the best I have ever used.

I find its better than the older thinkpad keyboards ( the keys are bigger fir a start!).

My only quibble I have is the enormous trackpad responds to wrist movements while

typing and there is no way to disable the useless thing.

The only possible rival would be the keyboard from the second generation of IBM 3270 terminals.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

James Anderson

"Disconnect it from the outside world".

Actually quit sensible given that:

a). no one outside Australia has a legitimate reason to access the website.

b). an attack from inside Australia could be traced and the perpetrators locked up by local law enforcement.

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

James Anderson

Plumbing was always a bit of a novelty in France.

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James Anderson

Apart from the two Elite colleges and INSEAD french univerities are really low on the academic league tables. Open admission and disinterested staff would seem to be the norm.

I really do not see the problem Abertay univerity is full of Malaysian and Singaporean students who seem to have got there without hiding in a lorry at Calias and are very happy to be there (after a quick trip to Millets for the coats, gloves, scarfs thermal underwaer etc.).

Don't see why a German or Frenchy should have any more trouble.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

James Anderson

Time to ditch corporation tax.

It has become a tax which only locally owned and registered businesses pay.

There is no effective way to apply this tax fairly so that British owned and registered company pays the same rate as a foreign owned multi-national.

Just look at how much tax Cadburys paid when they were a British registered PLC making chocolate compared with the tax they paid as a subsidiary of an American brown sugary fat manufacturer.

The only fair thing is to scrap the tax and allow local companies to compete with multinationals on even terms.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

James Anderson

hard vs soft graduates.

Most of my brainy friends claim to have voted "leave".

All these articles claiming only the thick and lumpen would ever vote leave go totally against my personal experience.

Has anyone seen a breakdown of the voting intentions of "hard" subject graduates such as science, maths, engineering vs. soft subject graduates such as History of Art, Sociology, Media Studies, English Lit etc.?

I think those graduates with experience of evidence based analysis voted Leave after a rational look at what the EU actually is and what it has (and has not) achieved.

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

James Anderson

Re: The money! The money! Won't somebody think of the money!

Correction "some of the EE packages" --> "most of the EE packages".

Pure java is actually reasonably nice to work with, EE is a bloated ill thought out committee designed monster which morphs into a differently bad ball of slime every five years or so as they try to fix past mistakes.

Before you dismiss Java think of all that code running in all those Android phones running something exactly unlike java.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

James Anderson

Re: Female Privilege

Has anyone ever been prosecuted for doing a mail redirect?

I doubt it very much. Some sort of internal disciplinary procedure and a black mark on the personnel file maybe.

Ms Clintons "special treatment" seems to be a level of scrutiny that has never been directed at any previous presidential candidate. No one asked about the million dollar bailouts George W. received from Saudi Arabia, no one questioned any of the many screwups that took place during Bush seniors term at the CIA.

Hopefully some of the better Republicans will start putting the interests of their country above that of their party or personal ambition -- take a look at the brexit mess to see how badly wrong such selfish and partisan behaviour can turn out.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

James Anderson

Why on earth would the EU renegotiate?

Britain subsidises the EU for little or nothing in return -- why would they give that up?

If the UK leaves we hold all the cards on trade negotiations. 130 billion imports from the EU vs 78 billion exports to the EU. So in any tariff war the EU would be the loser.

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James Anderson

Re: @Custard Fridge: Cracking article

So how exactly will this reform take place?

The European parliament is powerless and capable of little more than claiming expenses.

The council of ministers is dominated by Germany who operate using 19th economic theory driven by thier race memories of hyper inflation. The second most dominant member is France where Napoleon and Louis 14th are still regarded as role models.

Add to this the fact that in the next five years a majority of EU counties will have nasty right wing leaders, Poland and Hungary are there already, Austria is getting there, France is likely to elect Madame Le Pen (one of the few French politicians with a detectable pulse).

So thie choice is for an "Ever Closer Union" of people who hate each other, or, keeping a reasonable distance from the forthcoming mess.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

James Anderson

Re: So why is Brexit the answer?

Its just one of many many areas where the EU acts against the UKs interest.

The main thrust of the article is that the FT article said that this lax and expensive patent regime was beneficial to the UK quoting only IP lawyers -- all of whom stand to gain from a flawed and dysfunctional patent system.

If you really want to look at how the EU "benefits" the UK -- take a look at the fishing industry. British waters are over fished while British fishing ports are in economic ruin.

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