* Posts by MJI

5264 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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I am not a prude I think

But the idea of beheading videos on a social network is just sick, I would hate to even accidentally see one, I would have nightmares. And I like action films, I thought Bad Taste was hilarious, I play a lot of shooter games.

But a few breasts, I see them everyday, why would they offend me?

So to censor a natural part of half the population (as an example) but to allow seeing REAL people getting their heads cut off, why is it allowed?

Facebook are sick.

I would be happy for them to end up on the block list until they grow up.

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

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Re: Who the hell cares?

The hair doesn't fall out over night - usually if you're going to go bald you normally have some sort of warning via family members losing theirs too, basically you come to terms with it way before it's gone.

My maternal grandfather had hair until he died in his 80s

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Hair is not much work

shampoo when I shower, towel it a bit, it will dry OK, get it cut when it gets annoying

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Re: Bald

Well whenever my wife comments on the grey I mention I at least still have some then point at her grey bits

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Re: Who the hell cares?

As a lucky person of hair, I would rather be grey than dye it.

But if I went bald I do not know what I would do, but I would not bother having operations. Even though I am 75% grey..

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Re: Re:Butchery

Ooh that is not nice, my comiserations.

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that operation causes some

Of those issues.

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Re:Butchery

They butcher new born boys and remove parts of their anatomy without permission.

And this is allowed?

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Beak orders Yahoo! to get on with Microsoft Search rollout in Asia

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Yahoo are not even themselves now

Used to be a good search engine, the dominant one. Now they are down to using tinplate toy search engine.

How the mighty have fallen.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual submarine car

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I used to like the flying sub

in Voyage to the bottom of the sea

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Lotus

I think Elon knows about Lotuses - look at the Tesla - Lotus chassis design

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All of ours are nuclear

I think that we have the only 100% nuclear fleet there is.

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Re: In 5 years time ...

Swan invited the lightbulb

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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Re: Should I truly care???

Here is an explanation

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Lexi?

Or a Toyota.

Or I use the Japanese model names where they still call them Toyotas.

Lexus is embarrasing, nothing wrong with Toyota GT86 or Toyota Supra. Same thing with Nissan and their silly poncy brand, it has nothing on the letters GT-R.

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Re: I don't care about .....

We saw a mention of a Star Trek race, so of course we come and have a look.

But that is not a Cardassian so leave the name alone!

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Re: I'm confused.

The only one I can remember the name of is Gul Dukat.

How is the girl related to him?

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Furious French choke on chardonnay over NSA's phone spying in France

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French wine

Err they are named after the region rather than the grape variety!

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Perhaps good target for intelligence services

Find them, send in special forces, eliminate them.

Earn back some trust.

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Where do I send the bill to?

One of our customers was attacked by this.

Luckily a lot of their system was in use but enough got infected.

We had assumed it was a hardware failure!

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

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Hmmm

Doesn't sound too good then.

I will admit I have missed Heavy Rain despite being on my catchup list.

I did think that it was well known that QD are now a 2nd party studio.

But for story and action I will say that The Last Of Us is best so far for me this year.

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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Bring in this feature and sell a lot of TVs

On screen logo removal.

Remove the shitv the c4hd ect.

Is it any coincidence that channel 5s best viewing figures were when they delogoed?

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Re: upgrade schmupgrade

A lot of us are not TV centric, yes we watch TV, 1 to 2 hours a day, but they are also for watching films on, or for gaming on,

Watching broadcast is only part of it.

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Re: Saturation

Bought my LCD a few years ago, no need to replace it yet.

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Re: Wot?

What is wrong with the Church of Judas?

Jesus and Judas were identical twins

Judas took Jesus's place on the cross

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Re: Cultural

Moaning

Not worth it, I moan about on screen logos - no change except I stop watching.

I complained about a SCD (my wife likes it) have no DD5.1 and they lumped it in with voting moans (I didn't care - where was the missing sound.)

So basically genuine technical complaints get ignored for the moaning saddo squad.

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New Development. Where do we go?

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Re: New Development. Where do we go?

Well my abilites are important as I am the main programmer, my boss does some C but to 1980s standard, no multithreading, the new chap is reasonably competent we have some assistance from an Indian programmer (the one who set his own company up) who maintains a shape designing screen for us.

The bulk will end up on my plate and the new chaps plate if he sticks around.

I do get our office manager to knock up screens, not a programmer but knows enough to produce a flat edit screen.

Small bites do make sense.

I have had the OO pain and the event driven pain, so many languages now are so similar you can almost search replace the code.

I have found that people who class them selves as users and non programmers but who understand computers are pretty good at user interfaces.

I think our intention is to make a workable choice, get me to oversee it and use cheap programmers to do the grunt work, leaving me to do the analysis and the more complex code.

As before I also need to be able to leave it in a state someone else can look after it as this software would be released around 3 to 4 years time, and if this has a ten year life I would be looking at its replacement about the time I would be slowing down.

.NET even though it is MS is still looking like a good choice due to Vulcan, but I will be looking at Mono.

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Some points of interest

Our order entry system is pretty huge.

Line pricing alone is about 7500 lines of code, and about 22 data files in use.

There are multiple pricing systems in use internationally.

Current .exe is around 30MB plus a few DLLs

So not a small system really.

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Cross platform

To be honest I am easily prepared to run a mixed client system, and with .NET there is also MONO.

I would put the following down as importance of being able to run as

Win 7 must

Linux high

Mac would be nice

A middle ware solution would be interesting.

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Re: Depends on what exactly you want to do

I understand data, our databases are at multiple gigabyte levels already, a small number of files have 20 or so tags, it is all header & list sub list ect

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Re: Go south

That is the issue - it was the only viable client server system with native support for all the major XBase languages.

But yes I have seen it up against MS SQL and it was quicker.

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Re: Look at your use cases!

No that was a snippet of code where I switch from ISAM to SQL then back to ISAM in the same module.

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Re: Go south

ISAM / SQL I know ADS really flies

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Re: cross platform means *no* Microsoft.

Well it will be paid (by my bosses).

I am the main programmer in our company I do about 3/4s of it!

But then when we were still selling DOS applications we were winning contracts against windows apps simply due to performance.

It was pretty I managed to run Clipper in a 30 line graphics mode and some simple graphics made it look pretty good for the era.

Ran brilliantly on 98, quite well on XP, flew on Netware 5.x, but running IP on Windows server was a PITA, usable but the speed had dropped off.

IDEs, well VB6 is horrific, the Visual Studios I have experienced have been OK, Latest is about 5 or so years old, even though I have no serious C experience I can write and read it, can't be too difficult and it feels more grownup than some tools. TBH the VO IDE is quite nice but I can find the bugs pretty easily.

The things forcing us are platforms other than WIN32, SQL and web access. As well as something more main stream if we need more staff or for when I decide to give up work (nearer to now than whern I started here.). I don;t think 15 years more of VO are practical!

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Re: Look at your use cases!

It can be mixed, when you go to a customer and the main system is running in VO, but they stil llike using an old Clipper application, the older barcode server is in XBase++ and another module I personally do not maintain written in VB.

And at another customer then run lots of SQL against our server for a web app they wrote.

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Re: Some great suggestions here

In a perfect world I would stick with Advantage, as I have nearly 20 years experience of it, but you never know what will happen, hence my thoughts about moving from ISAM to SQL. Currently with ADS anything server only based is SQL best and client ISAM best.

Running SQL queries against DBFCDX files is brilliant, as is the ability to support a huge number of client languages including the worlds favourite DOS database compiler.

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Re: what will your customers want in 2020?

Our systems seem to have a life of around ten years, our previous software started in 1995 and some mods made in 2013 (sectioning off a field I have removed), but developement stopped in 2005.

Current software is about 7 years old and still under active development, bespoke mods, general improvemements ect.

We sell to a limited market, basically running SOP and manufacturing for a specific industry, and we are a market leader in the UK, but you will never heard of us unless you are in the industry.

Platforms well, we have had the following questions.

One company would love to use Macs even as a thin client. Most are buying PCs with Win 7 on, but we keep hearing requests for Linux support in the future. Also with the move towards TIKFAM businesses are feeling that MS do not care.

Server wise, there is still a proper server out there, but most are now NT family, there seems to be more acceptance there except for a couple of sites, again enquiring about Linux,

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Re: Embarcadero Delphi?

That would be sideways, not really any benefits over VO, except that I know VO pretty well. But the multiplatform looks usefull.

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Some great suggestions here

Thank you for all of your suggestions, a lot for me to take in.

We know have a new programmer with Delphi and SQL experience, but knew Clipper, picking up VO pretty well.

Well from what I can see a gradual move would work well.

Start with a fat client cross compiled with Vulcan, new code would be in C#, I will need to learn HTML 5.

Stage 0 ADS - Visual Objects

Stage 1 ADS - Vulcan.net

Stage 2 ADS - C#

Stage 3 ADS - C#-HTML5

Stage 4 SQL - C#-HTML5

Vulcan is a .net version of VO and is known to be one of the few .net clients capable of ISAM with ADS.

Changing our database server is not a priority but moving to SQL opens up more possibilities.

I am a little unsure of being MS only on middle ware on a just in case basis but there is Mono I can look at.

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Our database server

http://www.sybase.co.uk/products/databasemanagement/advantagedatabaseserver

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OK Some more details

The server we use can mix ISAM and SQL access see below, I can even navigate SQL results with DO WHILE ect

The main issue is that some people mention they want this or that SQL engine, but no one has yet said no to our current engine.

// Here is ISAM mode

SELF:dbBarList:ResetNotification()

SELF:dbBarList:Close()

uErr := AdsConnect60( String2PSZ(cPath), ADS_REMOTE_SERVER,String2PSZ(""), String2PSZ(""), ADS_DEFAULT,@hConnect )

//hit_key(AsString(uErr)+' '+cPath+str(hconnect))

AX_SetConnectionHandle( hConnect )

cSQL := "DELETE FROM "+cFile+" WHERE PL_PDate <= '"+SQLDate(dClear)+"';"

oSvr := AdsSQLServer{ csql, , , "AXSQLCDX" }

oSvr:Close()

AX_SetConnectionHandle( 0 )

// Need a delay here - 5 seconds as a test

Sleep(5000)

SELF:dbBarList := dbBarList{,FALSE}

SELF:dbBarList:SuspendNotification()

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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

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Quality issue - both are correct.

Basically a really good LCD TV will pee over all of the average Plasmas.

Basically a really good Plasma TV will pee over all of the average LCDs.

So if you own a top of range Pioneer Plasma (or the Panasonics with Kuro technology), LCD looks poor.

So if you own a top of range Sony LCD, Plasma looks poor.

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Re: A few things

But a lot of these cheap screens were just terrible, better off keeping their old TV. Better comparison would be buying the old Escort Abysmal over any other cars in its class.

Getting a screen which makes a worn out CRT look good is a bit silly.

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A few things

Firstly there were a LOT of poor Plasma and LCD TVs out there until more recently, even from premium brands (ever seen a Sony S series LCD , they were rubbish, more later).

Bad colour banding on Plasmas, some strange artifacts. Poor upscaling on LCD, strange colours, motion blur, slow response. It really was a minefield.

Plasma TVs really came down to Pioneer and Panasonic, the big Pioneers had an excellent picture, the Panasonics the best of the smaller / cheaper ones.

LCDs well there are some good ones, best example of you get what you pay for was the above S Series Sony, same display, same source via HDMI there were 3 other TVs, 1 similiarly bad from Sony, and two others both excellent, both looked much nicer and one of them full of toys, the cheaper good one was the second most expensive TV but the best value. Oh and it was also a W series Sony (OK it was the entire 46" range of Sony LCD TVs and it was a case of two terrible two excellent)

So these LCDs were the first I thought that is good enough to replace CRT, or be an alternative to a decent plasma.

Shopped around and found a TV between the two good ones, not again, but a lot better at SD than either ot the other two good TVs, anyway I went LCD myself.

So Plasma was killed by power consumption, weight, screen burn (my main concern), and some poor ones, LCD finally took off with enthusiasts when the decent 1080p panels became affordable.

Even Pioneer dropped out of the UK market, their TVs were nice but some were not full HD, sad to see them go.

Panasonic kept going until basically is was not worth doing them.

Idiots carried on buying the cheapest flat screen they could, some real shockers out there, even some premium brands like the above crap Sony S series. Enthusiasts moved to the better LCDs, a good example being Sony, they sold a lot of W series, their enthusiast range. The Koreans pulled their fingers out and took the whole middle market. Now they are taking the rest from the Japanese. Samsung and LG being the leaders.

I have relations who are big Panasonic fans and I know they have Panasonic LCD TVs.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Dyson Vacuum

Well ours is OK, given to us as the owner found the pipe too short, my wife fixed it by extending it!

Clean blue filter monthly, dismantle cyclone over few years and air blast it clean.

Pretty good, the worst bit is the power heads tend to wear out their brushes and they do not do the brush as a spare.

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

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Re: Interesting

NASA closed

To be honest that is pretty pathetic, why does their web site have to change?

Why can't someone maintain it for something to do while not at work?

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Re: Frequency, not resolution

High frequency oddities.

I have heard these on occasions on CD, I assumed it was due to the 44.1 sampling frquency, as missing from analogue play back formats

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Re: Rock music

I find it the other way. Rock music needs the clarity, compared to modern pop, rock music benefits from good recording and reproduction, luckily a lot of it was well recorded.

Even CD is sometimes not good enough, when you get rasping which is missing from analogue sources.

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Quality gets overlooked these days

As I have both DVD-A and SACD, yes they are better than CD, and yes they both bombed.

I feel for the manufacturers as the move to better sound did not follow like the move to better picture. Leaving som equite respectable companies wondering what went wrong, the market went wrong.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: The advantage of automated tills.

When I load the trolley onto the conveyer belt I always group stuff

It gets messed up

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