* Posts by Tim Almond

218 posts • joined 27 Oct 2008


No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Re: Who are the big users of the NHS?

80% of 65-74 year olds use the internet.

But even if you only get 25% of users opting for letters, that's 25m saved on postage per year.

I get the feeling a lot of people in the health service just don't want any sort of improvement to administration.

NHS needs to pull its finger out and prep staff for future robotics, genomics, data-led healthcare

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Hell No

"NHS needs to pull its finger out and prep staff for future robotics, genomics, data-led healthcare"

The NHS can barely manage IT at a level that your average private dental practice can. They've recently got SMS reminders at my GP surgery, something my dentist had a decade ago. They're just rolling out e-referrals instead of sending paper letters in the post. Something my dentist did years ago for specialists. My dentist also has everything digitised. There's a PC in every surgery and a PC at the front desk. You want to check what was done on your last but one visit, they can pull it up in seconds. Can my GP do that? No, he can't.

Go to a hospital and you see people wheeling trolleys of paper around. It's like something out of the 70s.

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Re: Duty to be exploited by the greedy and liars

"This means that we are expected by vendors to pay huge amounts of money for anything. They charge 12 billion for NPfIT and deliver nothing."

And who signed the contracts for that? Who monitored what was being delivered for the money? It's not like they walked into the vaults of the NHS with sawnoffs and left with bags of gold.

I really wish I could blame the large consultancies. I've worked with some of them and they're about as honest as a timeshare salesman but in the end, someone in government failed to manage the overall project. No-one in the private sector writes off 12 billion on an IT system or even close to it. You might get a small number of millions before someone realises the guy in charge is incompetent and fires him and replaces him with someone else.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Government taking credit

The thing when governments manage to get businesses to do things, and make a big announcement, is that it's often something business is going to do anything because of business development, and the EU taking credit for scrapping roaming charges is one of these things.

Before their announcement, Three had already scrapped roaming charges, so if Three could do it, presumably everyone else could. And this was partly about one company gaining a competitive advantage, but also that the value of roaming had collapsed. I knew someone who was doing business around Europe and switched from making calls on phones to buying hotel wifi for £5 a day and using Skype. He reckoned his bill fell from over £200/month to around £30/month.

If roaming was introduced by a company they'd gain nothing. Even if all of them did it there would be little advantage. People would just use cafes in Magaluf or Paris to upload their data.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Often the reprehensible culprits, despite being generously permitted by an employer to acquire their own smartphones and pay for their own network contracts with their own money so they can make themselves available to their millionaire bosses 24 hours a day, have wilfully avoided buying any business-quality comms apps at their own expense. What a bunch of skinflints these employees are, eh?

I already have a phone, the services are free and given the choice between using my phone to send messages on Whatsapp and some overpriced "enterprise" solution for messaging, I'd much rather use the former, because it works, someone has thought about a good UI and it has more features.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Will no one rid me of this turbulent pest?

A lot of people really don't care. I really don't care. I post photos of my dog, lunch with my family in a restaurant. Movies I've seen. I have a few hundred followers many of whom are vaguely friends. I'm not going to post the results from the VD clinic or my bank account details.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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Re: Apple boredom

"Steve Jobs at least made sur that there was some evolution, whereas the current numpties seem to have lost all creativity or sense of adventure."

To be fair, products hit a point where it's hard to develop them.

I remember cars from the 1970s to the 1990s getting new innovations almost every year - rear wipers, electric windows, central locking, turbochargers, fuel injection, automatic choke, servo brakes, ABS, tape players, reclining seats, heated seats, airbags, crumple zones. The BBC used to televise the motor show every year because there was a lot of innovation and Top Gear was mostly about car reviews. What's different between a mid-range Renault of 2001 and a mid-range Renault of 2019? A little more MPG? Slightly better aircon? A USB socket?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Phones are Done

I don't really understand the sales of expensive phones.

I have a Moto G5. Cost me £150. Does maps, music, Netflix, the sort of games I want on a mobile, bus and train times, subcard, web surfing. The camera isn't great, but for posting something disposable on Facebook it does the job. I wouldn't use it for photographing the hanging gardens of Babylon or herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the Serengeti but I wouldn't use an iPhone for that either. I'd use a M43 or DSLR camera.

I also just find phones too disposable to spend much. Easy to break the screen, easy for the internals to fail. Operating systems that don't have particularly long lives. I'd rather spend money on things that generally last, like a standalone camera or laptop.

iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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What's it "bound" to?

Maybe you can render a page faster, but that still depends on the network connection. Your CPU is waiting for packets of data from the server. All these cores and faster speeds are great, if everything else they depend on is fast enough. It's why almost everyone stopped upgrading PCs.

I've been using a Moto G4 for about a year and I've seen tests next to iPhone and none of it convinces me it's worth the extra. OK, the camera is nicer, but it's still a camera phone. It's for photos on Facebook, not photos for your wall.

Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

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"Please tell me what important innovations are coming out of the Android world, other than phones that can cook your dinner?"

Not much either. But Apple are selling a high-end product. If you're just going to make something a bit faster and with a nicer case than a Moto G4 (which is a very capable phone), you're going to find people saving their money and getting a Moto G4.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: So!

I'm not sure if it's getting worse, or just that the Americans are getting a lot better.

I still like the news and I find I like the odd show like that Portillo railway thing, but in general, I'm more likely to be watch C4, Netflix or Amazon. It's getting close to the stage where I'll be watching it as much as ITV.

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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As a software developer and project manager, something that you and John Gruber aren't, let me explain why we're cheering Google: Because Oracle's case is ridiculous. Pretty much no-one cares about protecting the headers on their public interfaces. It's of almost no value. On the flip side, being able to reimplement an interface is healthy for the market in software. It means that if I buy a component from a company and they don't want to change it, or go out of business, I can get someone else to rewrite it without changing everything making the calls.

And really, most people would be glad for this to happen. Your language/tool/standard gets used, it gives your language/tool/standard more community and then, more value. You've got Java developers on phones, well, it might make sense to run Java on your servers. And the natural fit there is Oracle as a DB. And maybe, we'll hire Oracle to do the work. That's how the modern world of software tools works. Unfortunately, Oracle are still dinosaurs that think you can make money licensing a language, despite the fact that there's dozens of free ones out there.

Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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you could drive down to Waitrose/your local wine shop and in 30-40 minutes with minimum hassle have one of dozens of beers produced by some of the worlds most interesting craft breweries.

TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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Re: Are we to believe this is the work of a 15yr old ?

I've not used it, but look at videos on using SqlMap and I am certain a 15 year old who is a bit into computing could have done it.

Like nearly all hacks, there's not some David Lightman level of hacking going on. It's nearly always someone leaving a port open or a SQL Injection attack. The idea that the government needs to protect incompetent twunts like Sony and TalkTalk is risible.

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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Dido Harding is unfit

It's clear that her whole attitude is one of being slopey-shouldered about taking any responsibility. Her attitude to the hack not only is to view it as not her problem, that TalkTalk is the victim of a crime, but her interview on Newsnight had her pulling a load of whataboutery about how many other cyber attacks there were.

And it's not like this is Laura Ashley you're running. I might understand if someone selling soft furnishings seemed to be clueless about data, but data is your bread and butter at an ISP. You shouldn't even have any systems with SQL injection in such an organisation, because you should have figured out a mitigation strategy that can be applied globally (like using an ORM) and sometime in the past decade, that should have been a priority.

I'd love to know who does their IT. What's the odds it's some outfit that bid the lowest price stuffed full of guys from Bangalore straight out of college?

Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

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Re: You've got it backwards

I still install IrfanView as my image viewer because despite certain other improvements, the developer has stuck to keeping it small and fast. It's something like a 2mb installer, and you click an image and *boom* it's there. You click using the built-in viewer in Windows, you're waiting a few seconds for it just to load.

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The problem with abstraction is that you can just end up moving the problem and burying it deeper. Abstraction costs in many ways that people don't understand, and most people do not think too hard about the risks and costs of massive levels of abstraction.

I've decided that I'm going to rewrite my personal website away from Wordpress. Because at this point, it's just this massive, unmanagable beast. I added a new page to my site and noticed it appeared at the end of the menus. So, I moved it in the menu editor. And it didn't move. Now, where's the problem with this? In the theme I'm using? Server side? Client side? In Wordpress? So, fixing it means digging through a load of PHP or JS code to find the answer. In that time, and all the times in future that I might need to do that, maybe it'd just be better to rewrite it as some .htm pages and some .inc files for the headers.

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Over 20 years ago, I built a piece of code that showed a customer's summary in a place I was working. And I know from someone still working there that it's still used. It's had a few changes because of bugs and enhancements, but it's still there. As I built it as a separate function from the old mainframe screen, someone stuck a different thing in front of that function and it now produces XML and that gets used by the website. It's been through so many bits of bug fixing and enhancement that all their stuff just works. Throwing it away, when it works, even with higher costs of enhancement would be nuts. You'd be starting from the same place that I was at 20 years ago, and I promise you that it would have more bugs than the current version.

Almost everything can just be improved upon today. If you've got an old VB6 system, you might want to rewrite it because of getting hold of people or the software, but I know places running on code based on .net 2.0 and they do so because it just works. I know a framing shop that run a DOS application for calculating frame sizes. Because it does the job.

Reading this chap's bio, it seems he's never actually worked in corporate IT.

US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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Compared to an F35?

The only reason for dealing with this is to discourage others from doing the same and spending the whole defence budget on strippers. In reality, $96K is "who cares" money in government. I can think of far worse ways that governments spend far more than that. What did it cost us to arm and train some anti-Assad rebels in Syria who just handed over their gear to ISIS at the first opportunity?

If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

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Pro Tip on Media

"There are films I've bought on DVD (and a couple on Blu-ray) that have only been watched once and I wonder if it's worth it"

Rent first time, unless you can't get it on rental. The cost of an extra £3 for 10% of your films that you want to watch again is much cheaper than £15 on 100% of your films, 90% of which you could have spent £3 on. And by the time you want to see them again, they'll have fallen from £15 to £7 anyway.

Tim Almond

Looking at it wrong

You have to look at Amazon or Netflix like a restaurant. You turn up, you get some stuff to eat the chef offers you. He'll probably tell you to clear off if you ask for prawn cocktail and crepe suzette if they aren't on the menu. But as long as they have caesar salad or waffles, you'll be happy, you'll find something to eat. No Hot Fuzz, but you can get Scott Pilgrim vs the World on Amazon. No Throne of Blood, but you can watch Seven Samurai.

One tip: 2nd hand DVDs and BDs on Amazon. I got the 2nd hand blu ray of Die Hard for

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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... eventually

Right now, it's a $30K car with all sorts of problems about range and charging. Fancy getting the family down to Provence? It's about 600 miles. Driving legally, you can do it in a long day from Calais with petrol stops and hour breaks every few hours. With a Tesla? You'll be stopping after 265 miles. For 9 hours to recharge. And then stopping after another 265 miles. For 9 hours to recharge.

Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

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Does this add up?

Does this add up? How many cab fares do you have to sell to make a decent ROI on $41bn? At 5% that would be $2bn a year, and they only get 20%, so they have to sell $10bn in taxi fares, or say, 600 million trips, and that's after all the costs of running it. And assumes no competitors come along.

How big is the global market?

Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS

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Re: Cast your minds back

The smart bit is kept separate. I only bought my Smart TV because it was the cheapest 32" Samsung TV with 3 HDMIs. The smart TV is nice. But I'm under no illusion about eternal support. At some point, Samsung will switch that off, and it'll be a dumb screen. And I'll need a Fire stick or an Amazon-enabled blu-ray player for £50.

Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

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Re: "...if the £1,000 price tag the Currys chap quoted is to be believed..."

"Currys call it 'enhancing the customer experience"

I cannot understand how the Dixons group stays in business. I've got decades of stories of bad experiences from friends and co-workers. I've helped a few dodge the bullet of their upselling after they didn't immediately buy and asked my advice (found them a PC from Dell that did what they needed at half the price). I know people who put their laptop in for repair and were still waiting for it a few months later. Yet somehow, the effect doesn't seem to spread and people still seem to shop there even though their friends had a bad time.

£50 for an HDMI? I remember Comet trying to sell a friend a gold-plated SCART lead for £30 in the early 2000s. Tip: Poundland.

Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: There is a problem though!

"I had to install SAP"

Stopped reading there.

Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Empire Readers

Can't even pick the best Sherlock Holmes, who was Jeremy Brett.

I can forgive the absence of Niles Crane, but no Basil Fawlty, no Edmund Blackadder? No Eric Cartman? The Doctor? What are you all, 9?

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

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"AWS's Glacier storage starts at $0.0100 per GB. Then you add to this uploads and transfers to different AWS regions and out of AWS to the “internet”. Upload and retrieval requests start at $0.050 per 1,000 requests and transfers between regions at $0.020 per GB.

Oracle charges for storage plus data transfer: $0.026 a month per GB for the first TB and free for the first GB per month, going up to $0.120 per GB a month."

Can anyone explain to me how Oracle are 10 times cheaper?

JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

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MS are pushing more for Typescript at the moment, which compiles down to JS.

MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Does Anyone Use this capacity?

I'm running at about 7mbps at home and I've tried monitoring it and the only time I hit it is when downloading large games off Steam or things from MSDN subscription.

If you're watching a movie, it's 2mbps. If you've got 20mbps, it's still 2mbps. Websites are nicer, but it's not exactly a deal breaker to get a webpage in 3 seconds instead of 1.

The biggest benefit of fibre seems to be that upload speeds go up from about 400kbps to 1mbps.

Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: It;s almost like they do it on purpose...

I think it was Tony Benn who opined, "if we could have full employment killing Germans (during the war), why can't we have full employment teaching/healing/mending roads etc., etc."

Why not indeed?

Which shows just what a monumental cretin Tony Benn was. We had to have everyone working hard because we were fighting a war and trying to keep people alive. And it was a miserable existence of rationing and curfews and limited opportunities.

So, here's a challenge. As Benn is no longer with us, perhaps you can answer it: show me a country that aimed for full employment that doesn't have people and businesses trying to get the hell out of it.

Tim Almond

Re: Affects on jobs in USA

"The Rochester area had Xerox and Kodak doing quite well. The whole WNY economy was doing well.

Then came the various "Trade Agreements" that gutted these good paying middle class and entry level jobs and sent them out of the county. My job at GM went "south" as did many others and the plants have long since been mothballed or demolished. In their infinite wisdom, they tax empty facilities at the same rate as occupied facilities here. If there is no building on the property then the taxes are greatly reduced, therefore they demolish empty facilities rather than try to find new occupants. This effectively prevents new companies from filling in where the old ones were."

1. People don't need photocopiers, and if you're going to invent the modern computer (Xerox PARC) don't give it away. Jobs was on record as saying that Xerox could have been IBM.

2. Anyone want Kodak around? Technology killed them. I can take a thousand photographs at nearly zero cost. This is better.

3. Your job at GM went south because GM made lousy cars. Toyota and Honda came along and rightfully ate their lunch.

Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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Re: The Fall

"Released in the Fall"

To get hold of the software, you have to go on stage while Mark E Smith is tweaking the amplifiers and hope he doesn't take a swing at you.

Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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For simple, text and graphics apps, people are already tooled and schooled in Phonegap. Which will already deploy to a bunch of targets. If you're doing games, you're probably already using Unity. Does Swift work with PC, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4? So, who's going to go through wanting multiple codebases for all of those platforms?

Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Reduced Prices

I'm sure no-one here has gone into a small shop and asked them if they can equal Amazon. I'm sure no-one here is only looking out for getting things at the lowest price.

I thought people at The Register were a bit more intelligent than Guardianista "big business" herpy-derp.

4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Total waste of time

"There are plenty of people who would love to stream Netflix at 4K"

You could stream movies in 4K on dial-up. You wouldn't be able to tell what was going on as the image quality would be so poor, but it would be a 4K image.

Companies like Amazon and Netflix already can't stream at blu-ray quality, which is a sharp, detailed, 2K image. "HD streaming" is little better than upscaled DVD quality. And that's because that's already a bandwidth hog. Some blu-ray players can tell you the bit rate of data transfer, and it's typically anywhere from 20mbps to 35mbps.

Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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You're honestly comparing a public healthcare system with Homes Under the Hammer? You really think we should view The Voice as a public good, without which we would feel like a poorer and less decent society? You really feel we need to imprison people for not opting for Masterchef and watching The IT Crowd instead?

You think it's excellent value for money? I think the works of Mark E Smith are excellent value for money. Why doesn't everyone subsidise my purchase of the new CD by The Fall?

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Re: I just don't watch...

It's the lack of anything much that counts as "must-see"/"must-hear". I'm not sure they were much better when I was a kid, but at least there was the odd nugget in there. The last thing I enjoyed on the BBC was episodes, and that's a show that was created by a couple of Americans and co-produced with the BBC.

I've set more stuff on Five than I have on the BBC on my PVR this year.

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Re: Subscription != high quality

"and how many programs do Sky actually make?"

Who cares? Starbucks aren't growing coffee beans in Colombia. Tesco isn't milking cows. My local shoe shop doesn't have a cobbler out the back.

All that matters is whether people like what they give people, and you know, there seems to be a lot more love for Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire than Tumble.

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Re: Am I the only person...

Explain to me the morality of people facing threat of imprisonment because they don't want to pay for Strictly while watching the X-Factor.

Whether you think it's good value or not is irrelevant. Should we be threatening people with imprisonment for the equivalent of buying Pepsi without throwing some money at Coca-Cola?

There's a few things that the BBC does that genuinely count as "public goods", things that the market won't provide. Things we'd like people without money to have, like CBeebies to help educate their under-5s. In which case, should we expect the poor to pay for that? Or should richer people be paying for it.

And personally, I find little worth watching or listening to. Comedy has been reduced to cheap panel shows, midweek broadcasting has been stuffed with cookery shows and soap operas. Other than Episodes (an American co-production), Parks and Rec (American), QI and Only Connect, most of their output is very average. It all has high production values, but the content is generally pretty weak.

Why MakerBot failed – but 3D printing is far from dead

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Bad Extrapolation

The problem with 3D printing is that a lot of people looked at the ubiquity of printing and assumed that 3d printing would be a thing. But normal printing is very flexible, from photographs to hotel reservations to invoices and reports.

I need some wood cut to particular dimensions. Am I going to spend thousands on machine to cut that? Well, if it's my job, but if it's a one-off, I'm going to upload the designs and pay someone to laser cut it and post it to me. That's why I'm quite sceptical about this being a big selling item.

Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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iOS Apps

It's worse than that. It isn't even a "licensed Mac". Try uploading to the app store with an old mac, like one running Snow Leopard. Application Loader won't run on it, the latest XCode won't run on it. And you can't upgrade it past Snow Leopard because reasons. Then there's Apple's gatekeeping rules including "not useful" (sorry, not your decision).

I did a small app in Phonegap and we've dropped iOS. Android? Completely different experience. £30 to sign-up for life. Develop on anything. Make it look how you like. Don't include malware or porn but beyond that, it's your app.

We pretty much decided that it wasn't worth it and so are only doing Android.

Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Ursine activities in woods

"The difficulty removing the S1 casts serious doubt on the ability to upgrade the Apple Watch"

At this point, you might as well report on popes being Catholic.

Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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Re: Why have age limits at all?

Conferences are weird to me. They're streamed on the web, but people go to them. I've done a couple because they were cheap and came with perks that paid for them, but $1600?

Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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"But the programme is very negative about that language, almost as if it’s a bit too easy after the mathematical basis of Fortran."

That's the whole point - you want languages and tools that make Getting Stuff Done as quick and reliable as possible. COBOL feels out of date today, but the reason it ran millions of lines of code in industry is that it was a really easy language for data processing.

As for the Raspberry Pi, I've yet to hear of anyone learning programming with one. More than anything they seem to get used as media servers. And if you want to teach your kids to program, you've already got a PC, download Notepad++ and teach them Javascript and then move them on to Python, PHP or C# later.

Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: An odd decision by Apple

Apple are just awful in terms of support.

I need to build a Phonegap app. So, I acquire an old Mac Mini off a mate. Install Snow Leopard, a 3 year old OS, and it can't install the latest XCode. And I also can't upgrade the machine to Mavericks, either.

By comparison: the latest Visual Studio will run on XP, a 14 year old OS. Yes, it'll probably run like a dog on an old XP machine, but you should have that option.

‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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My answer to "do you know agile?" is "what do you mean by agile?".

It's a meaningless buzzword, covering everything from well-managed, reasonably well-specified solutions with rapid prototyping and rapid releases and a strong emphasis on automated unit testing, to "throw it live and hope".

The thing this clearly failed on, one of the most valuable aspects of agile, is rapid prototyping. One of the drivers of agile over waterfall is rapid prototyping - the users get to see the system as early as possible and continue to be involved during the development stage. And that's the real end users, not some bureaucrat, but the poor sods that have to use your digital disaster.

But, hey, it's not their money. No-one will get fired for this.

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Electric Perfume

I'm not much of a Jobs fan, but I think his talent was having a customer's perspective, and not letting things out of the door that weren't good for customers. Both of these products aren't.

Apple Keynotes have always been a lot of marketing hype, but at least the products generally delivered for their customers. When I'm abroad, I charge my laptop in a hotel room, and have my phone charging off the USB cable. The solution for Apple users to that now is to have 2 chargers - one for your iPhone and one for your Mac. Or a £65 box to carry as well as your Mac. Maybe Apple users will just accept that, but I think a lot of people might think that slightly bigger laptop, but with ports is better.

Whatever else I think of Jobs, he wasn't a me-too person. Smartwatches are, from what I can tell, gimmicks. And gimmicks don't do your company reputation good. It might be that what you sold someone was what they asked for, but if they don't derive value, they'll feel cheated.

Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Re: Economics can't explain everything

"The critical fact is, there is no one on earth that can reliable predict which one out of the 5 will succeed and which 4 will fail. "

That's not the way it works. It's more about risk assessment - how much are we investing, what do we think we are likely to get from it, and best/worst case estimates. Quentin Tarantino makes a lot more films than Terry Gilliam because Quentin Tarantino generally has hits and Terry Gilliam doesn't. You might lose your shirt on the next QT film, and Gilliam might make another Time Bandits, but the information you have is that QT is probably a better place to put your money.

Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

Tim Almond

Re: Free markets or competitive markets?

"Football is NOT a 'market' in a traditional sense because fans are 'captive' to their team and would not be paying to buy, for example, a replica shirt of a rival team."

But you could not choose to go to football, not bother with it much, and not buy a replica team.

I'm not much of a fan, but I used to go and see Northampton Town play. then the terraces disappeared, prices went up, and I stopped enjoying it so much. I still keep an eye on what they're doing, but I'd rather spend my money going to the pictures or on a new PC game. An evening seeing Tosca is cheaper, and you get a bar at half-time.


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