* Posts by sandman

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

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End of the PC

I suspect a lot of people (possibly the majority) will find that they really don't need a PC at home. From personal experience I doubt that a lot of people really need them at work either. However, someone is going to have to produce all that lovely content for the consumption devices, so perhaps there will be a smaller but higher value market for PCs (a generic term).

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Texas cinema texter becomes foul-mouthed movie star

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A new hero

1. Pay money - lots of money these days.

2. Settle down to watch movie in darkened cinema

3. Get distracted constantly by peeps in front of you messaging, texting, etc

4. Leave cinema at end of movie not having enjoyed movie quite as much as you could have

5. Feel mildly homicidal until after first drink

It's the light from the phones that causes the distraction, and the larger the screen, the more annoying it is. Watched one punter using an iPhone throughout the movie and was left wondering why he had bothered coming to see the movie in the first place.

Glad to see at least one cinema stops it, although I'm still not moving to Austin....

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BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

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Mandatory Training

For some strange reason I just couldn't pass the Business Ethics course.....

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BOFH: Every silver lining has a cloud

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A happy dream

With apologies to anyone who has to go and sell stuff, but I have sometimes dreamed of treating vendor sales people in a similar manner. The time it took to convince the CEO that the latest shiny is not compatible/has enormous hidden implementation costs/doesn't fulfil the requirements in any way, etc, is time I'l never get back.

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ICT classes in school should be binned – IT biz body

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High Schools

I think you'll find that the term High School has been around for quite a while in the UK, the one in Stamford, Lincolnshire since 1877 for example.

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BAA promises to get its Heathrow act together

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Dearth of Combines

Don't think they have that much arable agriculture around Heathrow!

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Out of shape? Not had sex for years? Watch out

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Genius

"moping in a sessile condition on the floor of the pie cupboard" - pure poetry!

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Gwyneth Paltrow rouses Discovery crew

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Please let us land!

With that quality of music to wake up to I'd be trying to land anywhere as fast as possible.

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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Just wondering

Can you be a fundamentalist atheist? Is there a definable quantity of disbelief?

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Kentucky man denies drunk driving, blames blow job

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It's Friday!

Proper Reg Friday news story!

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Google whacks link farms

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Re: No comments yet?

Nope, this is one evil I will happily live with - loath link farms.

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Watchdog turns a blind eye to Danish fu*king

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Re Guardian

Yep - the Guardian happily prints all the sweary stuff - but the Page 3 redtops asterisk the same words out. I'll leave others to try and work out the morality, if any of their respective decisions.

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BlackBerry OS 6 – Red Star Rising

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Blinking Light

That light may seem like such a minor touch, but it is incredibly useful. It means I can spend my evenings away from the laptop doing normal things, but if my US colleagues come up with anything, the little light will tell me. Then , if it's important, I can reply or fire up the big machine. Much more satisfactory than having to constantly manually check for mail.

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HTML5 kicked into 2014

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And it matters how?

So, I'll be developing in HTML 5 in 2014? Nope. Since half the corporate world is still on IE6 and most of the rest a mixture of 7 & 8 (apologies to the few who are using other browsers, boy are you enlightened) I reckon XHTML + the usual tweaks and addons are all I'll need until, oh, say 2030 or possibly retirement age.

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Council dives into crematorium-heated pool

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Who cares what happens afterwards?

I think it's an excellent idea. As far as I'm concerned when I've finished using this body anyone can do anything useful they like with it. After stripping out any reusable bits (unlikely given age and lifestyle admittedly) using it for heat, road repairs, fertiliser, sword tempering, Soylent Green manufacture, etc seems like a damned fine plan.

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Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper

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Re:Education Levels/Skills

The US software company I work for is full of really bright, highly skilled software developers, implementation guys, etc, etc. However, most of them are 30 plus. A hell of a lot of the more jumior staff aren't US citizens, but are mostly from India, various parts of the Far East and Europe (particularly the old Soviet bloc). The disparity is purely down to their technical education and hence ability. This is not a matter of them being cheaper, pay rates are the same.

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Google founder sinks $45m in toy boat

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Get a better yacht

If you want some real class I'd recommend the Nero (what an excellent name for a rich person's plaything). Take a look at:

http://www.burgessyachts.com/

Saw it off the coast of Sardinia this year and thought it was someone's Royal Yacht.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Happy

Have a good one!

Thanks for 2010 - looking forward to all the tech gossip (sorry, news) in 2011. Also thanks to all t'other commentards who help lmake the site so entertaining :-)

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Paris Hilton meets bikers, opens up... wallet

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Re: WTF

What has Paris Hilton to do with this website?! Many, many things.

1. she is a surrogate girlfriend for the more (real) human phobic uber techies

2. a sort of post-ironic mascot for the Reg

3. an excellent source of generally mind-bogglingly dumb news stories

4. a reference point for the "all that is wrong in the world today" crusties

5. half the editorial team (not so) secretly lust after her

Any other addiions?

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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FAIL

Part of a pattern?

So, very few health experts to advise on public health, but a large contingent from the food and drink industry and now no scientists on the drug advisory committee. Perhaps they can be replaced with people from the tobacco and booze lobbies?

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BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs

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Hotel in Amsterdam

I rather like this one, although it isn't that cheap. NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky - http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/the-netherlands/amsterdam/nh-grand-hotel-krasnapolsky.html

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Daily Mail rails at Street View in women's refuge wrongness

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Mail Strapline

I'm slightly surprised they don't use "Be afraid, be very afraid" every day.

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Adobe AIR 2.5 adds Flash to Android, TV and RIM tablets

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Enterprise Flash

Not to mention the use of Flash-based simulations for end user software training.

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Samoan clerics finger homosexuals over global warming

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Spread the blame

I can envisage quite a few (not suitable for a family newspaper ;-) scenarios where people of any sexuality could increase global warming. However, since our LGBT friends only make up an estimated 10% of the population they can only really be blamed for the same percentage of global warming.

One caveat. If they all have outstanding active sex lives they will demonstrate an increased energy output. In compensation they will require an increased input of calories. This in turn will lead to further warming caused by agricultural, transport and industrial (those champagne bottles don't appear from nowhere) CO2 production. Therefore, it is theoretically possible that it really is mostly their fault!

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iPad app throws TV games at your head

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Yep, really

Perhaps try just watching the one programme per evening that's what you really want to see (on a good night perhaps two) and then spend the rest of the time reading - hey, you might actually learn something or imagine a galactic war/romance/crime, inside your own head and provide your own pictures - wouldn't that be cool?

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Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

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Options

Our nuclear deterrent lacks the capability to be used as a first strike weapon against a major power, but could inflict very serious damage on one, in terms of cities destroyed, infrastructure wrecked and millions of mostly civilian deaths. Most governments want a functioning state and a population to rule, so the threat of thermonuclear heck might put them off nuking us first. That's why it's called a deterrent.

It could be used as a first strike weapon against a small nuclear power such as North Korea, Iran (in the future), etc, although politically and morally we would then be pariahs. Would it deter a fanatical government from nuking us? The answer might be "probably". Even fanatics want to know they are dying for a reason and the total obliteration of their cause/country might be off-putting.

Is it worth it? If you are going to have a nuclear deterrent, Trident is the Rolls Royce option, you get what you pay for. In this case a virtually undetectable submarine and missiles that can strike anywhere on the planet with a high degree of accuracy. There are cheaper options but they all have limitations.

If you think the UK should have nukes then Trident is as good as it gets, if not, then no system is suitable.

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Royal Society opens inquiry into why kids hate tech

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re: Paging the BCS

Only if the whole project is planned in Prince 2.

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Oracle dumping HPC: Genius or foolhardy?

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Interesting...

The move by Oracle does seem odd, particularly when Microsoft are beginning to move heavily into the area. I'm not entirely sure Oracle are really happy when extending beyond the enterprise database space.

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Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'

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Not bad

Here in Surrey the show wasn't bad - five in as many minutes around 11 pm and that's with a fairly narrow viewing slot thanks to all the light pollution. The only problem is that looking virtually straight up gives you a heck of a sore neck!

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New 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' demand £50 a day

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Change?

Nothing much has changed in West Dorset - period.

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Apple coughs to iPhone 3G IOS 4 upgrade problems

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Seems variable

My 3Gs has been fine - on the other hand two close friends have had theirs turn to bricks during the upgrade and have to do a full reset. There do seem to be some rough edges to the OS.

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'External experts' replace Oracle on £13.2m Uni IT project

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Re: Shush

Ah, so you have worked with me before ;-)

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Bring in the contractors

This situation isn't unique. As someone who has been part of a team of contractors called in to get major Oracle projects completed after one (or in one case two) of the big system integrators had failed I can safely say that it happens in the private sector too.

Oddly we got the systems working more or less on time and to budget. This resulted in happy customers who even went as far as to write nice commendation letters.

Now, I'm not saying that all Oracle contractors are the dogs dangly bits, but there are a number of really good ones out there.

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Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites

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Nice

Good use of sarcasm - sadly a bit subtle for some commentards.

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Apple picks death not compliance for open source iPhone game

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Independence

No commercial concern really wants you to be independent - ideally you should be locked in, preferably willingly. Apple are startlingly good at this and always have been. They have achieved this through a mixture of producing some pretty good products, top design skills and even better marketing.

Since Apple are not a monopoly - other phones, computers, etc are available, there is nothing forcing anyone to buy their kit so they can be as closed as they like from a regulatory point of view. Y'all may not like it but their shareholders and the majority of their customers (based on no research, just guessing) seem to. Oh, you can be as creative as you like, only they'd rather you did it using their products and selling through them.

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Site news: Track this forum

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Whinging?

Don't regard it as whinging, regard it as a keen interest in improving a service we all love/loath/treat with contempt (delete where applicable). The Jaffa cakes are the best idea though - hand delivered at 11am on Fridays please.

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Ye olde London comes to the iPhone

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Wrong way round

Daily Mail readers already interpret everything they see through inbuilt 1950s mental filters. The VR goggles would have to forcibly inject 21st century reality, a much more difficult task which would probably need reinforcing with psychoactive drugs.

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Queuing for an iPad? Why?

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Re: is it really so bad...

I'm with you on this one. I won't be getting one, but only because I don't have a need for it that I can see yet. I'm old enough to have lived through the MS v Apple War (round 1), the MS v Linux War and now the MS (+Linux?) v Apple War (round 2). Apart from the nutters, who actually cares, the more technology in more forms the better. I'll carry on with my MS PCs, my Linux netbook and my Apple iPod and iPhone without giving a tinkers cuss that apparently I really should be more religious about this sort of thing.

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HTML5 'unhinged from reality,' say Javascripters

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Quite right too

From a developer's point of view the whole video thing is really quite unimportant, it's just another tag. In the end HTML 5 is (hopefully) just an improved way of displaying various types of content. The major players will fight over which codecs to use and we'll just wack in the video which our employers or clients request - much of which will probably still be in Flash. No big deal.

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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

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Re: I always thought

Usually referred to as the Daily Excess - could be stretched to Daily Abcess I suppose.

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IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

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Fail

You missed a Fail!

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2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

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Critical Criticism

Can I have Stephen Bayley's job? I can disapprove of everything on demand for good money. Here's a quote from his Wikipedia entry: "He is also still so bitter about being dropped by the New Millennium Experience Company, that he is rolled out by the right wing press everytime they want to slag off a public project".

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Climate change 'no excuse' for failure to beat malaria

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Role of the media

One of the problems with the climate change debate is the role of much of the media. Good science often doesn't give concrete answers, it can create further questions. This is unacceptable to the much media, who want answers and want them NOW! There are two groups who are happy to provide those answers, the hard core believers and the hard core deniers, so guess who gets the press?

Let's face it, "Global Catastophe in 5 years" or "Climate Conspiracy by Evil Scientists" are good headlines. "Some things in some places are going to get worse, but we can't tell when or how yet, but our best informed guess is..." is not a good headline.

You'll see the same impatience with the war in Afghanistan, oil spills, medical discoveries, etc, etc. The demand for definitive answers in impossible time scales doesn't help anyone.

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Osborne to 'get Britain working' - except for ID contractors

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Wrong character

More like Luke Skywalker and Yoda...

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Mobe-wielding drivers getting away with it

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Quick rant

My favourite has to be the tosser trolley (4x4s) drivers around here who steer round blind corners with one hand firmly clamped to their ear. It's a little disconcerting to see a Range Rover/Cayenne/Volvo/Audi/Merc bearing down on you on the wrong side of the road while being driven by an oblivious tiny blonde who could do with a bolster cushion to see over the wheel. The blokes aren't any better.

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Vote Lib Dem, doom humanity to extinction

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Re: Technology as weapons

All us "up voters" aren't necessarily Lib Dems, I just agree with the posters who critisised the tone and factual content of the artcile.

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Why Enterprise Analytics - and why now?

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Adaptive Models

I work for a company that does precisely that, produces software to embed adaptive models in front line systems. When you add real-time visualisation and the ability to change the rules in the system more or less instantly you have a very powerful tool for controlling your business. Works particularly well in banks, telcos, utilities,etc. Don't knock predictive analytics too much, it can be a useful tool, as long as the results aren't treated as Delphic.

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California's 'Zero Energy House' is actually massive fossil hog

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Use coal

Taken to a logical conclusion, if I had a coal-fired (preferably really dirty lignite) or oil fired boiler (make it a big hot one to produce steam to run a turbine as well) and therefore generated all my own power I'd be super-green - at least by LA standards. Also my Humvee would be clean and green - it doesn't use leccie either - result!

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

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Apps

Yep, it's the apps not the OS that are the drawback. There still isn't a decent equivalent for most of the creative software and many business applications that I need to run. Commercial companies won't invest in Linux versions unless there's a market and the market doesn't exist because there are no Linux versions. Rock, meet hard place.

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Gizmodo faces visit from cops over 'found' iPhone

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In defence of Apple

Blimey, I never thought I'd defend Apple, but I can't see that they've done anything wrong in this case. OK, the engineer in question may have been ill advised to neck enough beer to forget the phone, but I'm not casting any stones there - I have a missing camera for the same reason. The two sinning parties are the finder and Gizmondo, both seem to have acted amorally if not illegally. Perhaps our engineer might like to move to Redmond, I hear there's a company there crying out for people who can develop decent phones...

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