* Posts by Marco van de Voort

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Re: Soft in the Head

The problem is that Android was the rushed junk. Microsoft had to do better to compete, and to some degree they succeeded.

But the push was lacklustre, and the constant changing of the development platforms (and them being late while the previous was already declared dead) added to the failure. You can't afford such slips when you are the underdog, and Microsoft is not good at being the underdog.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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graphite?

graphite is a conductive carbon "material", and used as a filler in many substances ?

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EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

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7281 faster but cheaper than 7351IP

7281 lower clocked, multi socketed and cheaper but faster than 7351IP?

Or does it simply have larger caches, and a SPECINT is a biassed benchmark?

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: He's right

Well, it was primarily for the benefits of his mobile ambitions. And Linux derivatives are the most dominant mobile platform.

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Re: summary: People resist when somebody else set the agenda without consulting them

Yes, in an ideal world in a crystal ball vacuum, it would be that way. Everybody would make his own distro, making his own choices, and integrate packages from all sources without ever making any demands (code modifications, support for a certain direction) upstream.

The real world is not ideal however, and Ubuntu-the-most-dominant-distro and MIR would be a package deal, and droves of users would use it anyway, and Canonical would set the agenda and direction of MIR. And Ubuntu is too big for any package or application maintainer to not support.

MIR would not surface because it was the best in traditional open source way, but because Canonical had pushed it no matter what. And that very real scenario (the early MIR stages happened entirely within Canonical) created the resentment. And rightly so IMHO.

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summary: People resist when somebody else set the agenda without consulting them

People that don't expect that should be considered anti-social.

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SVN commit this: Subversion to fix file renaming after 15 years

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Re: SVN will never beat GIT

I just wish GIT would finally implement the stuff that make SVN so practical. We recently had the eternal discussion about git vs SVN again. I'm not a SVN fanboy, but it does irk when every argument against is countered with a "you shouldn't want that, DVCS is a different world" etc etc, without a list of concrete issues.

1. global revision versions instead of not sequential unwieldy guids or urls. revisions are easy to communicate with, and reach across branches.

2. partial checkouts (needed depending on if the solution to (3) is to stuff everything in a giant repo)

3. externals

4. one should be able to mark certain branches that never should have mutliple heads. (fixes and other stability branches)

5. decent merge tracking of what is merged to which branch. cherry picks already fail if you need some minor editing to merger.

(6.) lineendings handling. Lineendings in the repo should never be an issue and human error should be minimized (no client setup or post commit hook fiddling required etc). There was some movement on this in GIT since the last discussion, so it might be solved. Didn't get a practical evaluation of the current state though, so I put it in parenthesis

It is not just BSD, teams like GCC and LLVM are afaik still using SVN as well.

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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betamax

Even if the PC is on the way around, THE rule of VCR is that the expensive standard (read Video2000) doesn't make it, and the successors will be cheap and multivendor.

So that, more than anything spells the doom for Surface.

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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startups

Are the statistics only gathered in young, dynamic startups with freshly selected people ?

I got talked into pair programming twice, in two different jobs. The first time they paired me to a programmer who couldn't reuse any preexisting module or even 3 lines of code without redesigned the whole global IT ecosystem.

The second time they paired me to an older person who had done no real programming in the last 10 years (but "architect" and "customer communication", and none too practical.)

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

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contactless with card

Here in the NL the last two years doing small payments (up to Eur 20) with contactless "swiping" of the (Mastercard Maestro) debitcard has become popular. Most supermarkets have already converted, and small retailers are halfway.

Works fine, if you do it too often (my guess is over about Eur 50 a day), terminal will ask pin as in a normal pay-with-pin solution, but it could be that the limits are bank dependent.

Frankly, I don't think I have ever seen sb pay with a phone around here.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Marco van de Voort

Re: No card slot

Yeah, and forget about people that live outside silicon valley or major cities without permanent high speed internet. Or people that go on holiday there ;_)

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Arduino vs Arduino

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Cool, finally I'musing Arduino

... instead of genuino

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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Good business for apple

Chance to get the list value for show models.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: if my primary school maths serves me correctly...

Not till the end of time, just till the support period they advertised when they sold you that @$*^% version.

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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So...

basically they took 30 years to redo pascal but then with curly braces?

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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Did anybody tell them about threads?

>Electrolysis will see Mozilla “split Firefox into a UI process and a content process.” Long-time Firefox >developer Asa Dotzler explains that “Splitting UI from content means that when a web page is >devouring your computer’s processor, your tabs and buttons and menus won’t lock up too.”

Maybe sb should inform them, that you don't need to spawn processes to emulate threads anymore nowadays. Not even on Linux.

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

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Re: Prophetic

Dajames: What about DevCo ? :-)

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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Von Neumann probes

Better known as von Neumann probes ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-replicating_spacecraft#Von_Neumann_probes), and the central plot in "Anvil of Stars" series of Greg Bear.

That also would be the reason NOT to do it, all other races band together to destroy the creators of the self replicating machines.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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win-i enter now settings instead of control panel

I'm also just playing, and I don't care much about the general UI, for me the startmenu disappearance was never the issue the media made it to be.

But I found one strike against win10 in my book, windows-I + enter in win8 opens control panel (which is then navigable with cursor keys in win8), but in win10 it opens metro based settings.

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

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US to colonize Europa

... would have been a much better title. Sad to see standards slipping.

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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I don't mind the drm, but am scared of adobe crafted plugins

I don't mind the drm, but my experiences with browser plugins from Adobe (flash, reader) from a stability and security viewpoint are not great.

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AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

Marco van de Voort

Re: computational density...

Personally I hope for the opposite. That uploading/downloading to the GPU no longer require more time than doing it directly on the GPU in the first place. (*)

(*) I'm not thinking HPC here, but simple machine-vision applications.

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Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS

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Tulips

Pity this isn't the 17th century, I still have a lot of Tulip bulbs lying around. Back then that was a valid and overpriced currency :-)

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The importance of complexity

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Unlimited scalability

1) State that NP complete means unlimited scalability.

2) state that a common engineering rule-of-thumb is that magnitude more precision/scaling costs a magnitude more money.

3) ask for an upper limit, however crazy.

4) Let the person asking (who probably just wants to be interesting) prove that with that upper limit to N, the problem warrants thinking (as opposed to copying).

5) never happens

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Air

The Air rule excludes anything from Adobe :-)

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Embacadero in the past usually narrowly followed Windows Policy in these kind of issues. Recently they seem to orient themselves more against Objective C, Mac (because of their iOS offerings, only their mobile offerings are LLVM), but that is also utf16

My guess is Embarcadero will adapt if their core targets adapt. Ranting against them (with baseless sentiment) is there for useless..

That is also my problem with this whole rant. The main problem is not UTF16, but there being two standards, with two opposing camps. Even if you thing UTF8 is superior, if your core platforms are utf16 oriented, you will spend your days fighting windmills

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Paramount

They simply handed the architect anything related to "Star Trek" and "Paramount" from their database.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

Marco van de Voort

Re: The Reg will assume...

Stress is measured in percentage writes, and the compiled object code is iirc larger than the kernel source, and refreshed/rewritten quite often (because usually cleaned after major updates).

Moreover he works with a DVCS so has a whole repo db, not just checkouts.

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

Marco van de Voort
Devil

Re: It's a smartphone ?

It's a smartphone, will it make a flight to Australia on one battery charge?

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

Marco van de Voort

Re: C++

The problem with elegant languages is that they mostly meant to be displayed, not to be used :-)

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

Marco van de Voort
Meh

Updates

Basically it will get tricky when the first major vulnerability is left unpatched by MS.

Afaik MS did some fixes to win2000 after the expiry date, and since much larger XP user numbers won't be ready by April 2013, leaving something that is actively exploited or otherwise extremely dangerous would lead to big trouble and a bad publicity for MS.

So my guess is that they will continue fixes for the worst vulnerabilities a while longer, and in as many ways as possible give you a "subtle" hint to upgrade.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Apple OEM version?

The article compares cheap Apple's OS X with the retail price. Shouldn't it compare to the OEM/system builder price?

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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Devil

We come in peace ! (Shoot to kill, shoot to kill)

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: The writing was on the wall

9 times out of ten that you run such old systems, it is also attached to other hardware (read: cards) and software that are hard to replace.

If the 386 was a database server it had been virtualized or migrated eons ago.

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Re: 486?

The 486 also introduced some other instructions iirc, bound and bswap. (though for bulk swapping SSE solutions are faster)

Note that this might not only kill 386s, but also 3rd party x86 chips that are not entirely 486 compatible in the sense that matters for the kernel. Cyrix and UMC among others had 486 alikes.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Lazarus 1.0 ?

I had expected a remark about Lazarus going gold (1.0)

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The best e-readers for Christmas

Marco van de Voort

Re: Bedtime reading...?

Afaik the retina has some cells that are triggered by blue light that also play a part in day-night rhythm.

IOW it should be fixable by setting your tablet background to red :)

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EInk: Battery and readability

In addition to Nightfox's battery remark, for me EInk (I have a iRiver story HD) is way better.

While backlit tablets read better in low lighting, reading a lit surface in a dark area is more fatiguing. So unless you specifically target places with bad lighting (planes mostly), I'd go for EInk.

Between EInk devices, ask around, battery life and startup time can be worth shelling out a few tenners extra if you are a heavy user. (my old story HD takes nearly a minute to come from sleep and load the book. Not a dealbreaker, but any improvement would be great, as long as it doesn't reduce battery life too much)

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Robusta, Chicory anyone?

The prospect of drinking Robusta your whole life isn't terribly attractive ;-)

Or worse, chicory.

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ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

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AMD or ATI

Article seems to assume the license is for the traditional AMD biz. Maybe it is for the ATI part (a controlling CPU core on GPGPU cards?)

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Quite contrary Somerville: Behind the Ada Lovelace legend

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Megaphone

Lovelace day: general beta science or math/computing.

What struck me when I read the site of Ada Lovelace day is that it doesn't pretend to be just about mathematics or computing. It seems to target more beta science and engineering as a whole.

And if I then have to pick a female figurehead, then my vote goes to Marie Curie (-Skłodowska), not Lady Ada.

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Got loads of old databases clogging up your company's storage?

Marco van de Voort
Devil

Pascal

Does it work with Pascal?

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

Marco van de Voort
Devil

Re: Yes please!

I think Imperial unit standardization already went a step to far, let alone the even more radical SI.

Every town should have its own measurements again! It's like insane that a mile in London is the same as a mile in Brighton! Reverting to the old tried and tested practice from before all this standardization nonsense will encourage thinking local again !

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Microsoft: Azure now holds FOUR TREELLION objects

Marco van de Voort

Choice of metric

Why is this an interesting metric at all?

Live objects per day/week/month is the interesting metric to gauge the real use, and profit (since people using Azure as a backup serivce at least pay)

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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

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Legal torrents

What does this spell for legal torrents? Most *nix distributions have torrents mentioned on their main download page.

I personally don't want to go back to the days that *nix sites were unreachable for at least a week after every download. Torrent solves that, despite some minor Hollywood collateral damage,

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RIM should focus on BBM, find a human CEO

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next bad thing

Seems NXP is suing RIM for infringement of 6 patents relating to integrated circuitry and communicationtechnology:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/NXP-sues-BlackBerry-maker-RIM/articleshow/12528939.cms

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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Marco van de Voort
WTF?

Spanish Inquisition

I assume

""who must have substantial discretion to devise reasonable solutions to problems."

was part of the mandate of the Spanish Inquisition too.

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Shuttleworth: Ubuntu rockets up at enterprises

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long term

Fedora simply excludes itself for server use due to its 18 months support policy.

The more popular ones (Debian, Centos, Ubuntu (Server which are LTS)) all have long support periods.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Great article

Great article. An island in an ocean of media insanity.

Seems that the media (and Microsoft) are still writing for a time when 80% of the people still had to get acqainted with computers.

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Flood-hit Thai disk fabs to pour out 140m drives

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Kobe earthquake all over again

But then it was for DRAM, not HDDs.

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