* Posts by geekguy

43 posts • joined 12 Jan 2010

UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor


Perhaps the chancellor should start by learning what tax should be paid by people and not the persecution of small contractors as he seems intent on.

This chancellor has no basic understanding at all, its quite frightening.

Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro


Re: WSL dead then?

wsl scratches a different itch, to say it is dead would be silly, what if all I need to do is run aws cli and i prefer linux, wsl does that no need for a full blown virtual machine.

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person


Re: Good.

to be fair not having alt tags is inexcusable in this day and age.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Or you could have made sure you had to enter a password before in game purchases happen. Can certainly do that on ps4, so when my kid goes into the vbucks screen or store he can hit "buy" all he wants but he can't get anything because there are two layers of passwords after that (both of which are different , at least 20 characters long and stored in an encrypted password vault)

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Re: It was aliens wot did it

Totally plausible response, clearly and Alien Cat energy collector.

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting


Re: You've GOT to be kidding me



Re: tips & corrections


You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues


Re: Good.


Besides if you're going to use open source in your own stuff, you should be working on a fork and possibly contributing to the main projects with pull requests. Never rely on someone else's repo always being there. That's just madness.

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


Re: Its one thing to find code...

I would have done the comedy of the following:

Written the white paper, posted it on a wordpress blog that was on the internet under a psuedoname, and referenced that :)

Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer


Re: Typical vulture* capitalists...

Investing in companies is like playing cards in Vegas. It's got slightly better odds but it is definitely a game of skill AND luck. The CEO of yahoo is not a muppet, she came from an extremely successful company and was one of the founders of that company.

She knows how to make things work. Perhaps the fact that multiple CEOs have been unable to stop Yahoos decline says something more about their market positioning and brand rather than the actual product.

This sort of change takes many years to happen perhaps they, the investors, should withdraw their money if they expect it to be a steady income stream before market and product realignment are complete.

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans


Buy a decent router run a vpn server from it and connect through that. Simplez.


Re: Good.

Hulu does it, I don't see an issue.

Free Wi-Fi for the NHS, promises health secretary Jeremy Hunt


Re: Silliest thing I've read in a long time

I was in hospital for a prolonged stay this time last year. There was 0 wifi connection, this meant I had to pay for the expensive tv cards and browse on there. Those systems are ok, but it would have been a lot better for me to have my own device.

It was folly to suggest it would aid the takeup of health tools it would have been more honest and equally as saleable to say it would increate the quality of patient experience. Even though I was ill and sleeping an awful lot of the day I still got board, and streaming some music or reading a paper would have been nice, perhaps getting a book down for the kindle. Hospitals already have private wifi staff use.. so to have the guest infrastructure is just sensible.


The paperless office is a myth perpetuated by those who do not understand technology or the backup systems it requires.


Re: Your just a complainer who jumps to their keyboard

The simple fact is if you use a free wifi connection provided by someone other than yourself then you have to accept they have terms and conditions and filters in place, if you don't want that you simply don't have to use it or can use your own data connection such as 4g.

Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals


Re: Good.

Only an element of this is true. Yes computing has got more complex and it is certainly true that you need to learn a lot of basic knowledge to be productive.

But that is all it is base knowledge. It is more important to be enquiring and adventurous. You do NOT need a comp sci degree to become a develoeper although society has convinced people they do. Some of the very best developers (old and new) I know are self taught, there is a wealth of learning material out there and very good industry standard tools are now given away for free.

its never been so easy or accessible to dive in. The real issue is attracting and retain people in the subject as they are increasingly treated like the factory workers of today by management.

What we do is a highly skilled job and when you join the industry you make a life long commitment to a very steep learning curve. That is of course part of the attraction.

Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs


Re: Roll Your Own

Samsung already have slot in units.


Not googles fault

" In this case, Google has written bad software which brings about obsolescence."

Not accurate, Google has written good software which is now superseded, manufacturers, if they cared, could update their devices in someway to the new Apis. Samsung has a way of doing this. it is not a failure of Google but a failure of the OEMs. You cannot support aging software forever.

Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change


Re: Fix the stuff that is CLEARLY broken

"C# makes it harder to make UIs quickly than VB decades ago !"

Abject rubbish I'm afraid.

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time


Its ironic

That when bill gates' software was being ripped off by Altair user groups he wrote his famous letter. The corporation he founded now doesn't pay software developers on time.

Irony ?

I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?


Re: Why??

There are apps to get around tether lockout, foxfi on android is one.

Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws


Re: Not surprising

Point 1 is true,

I cannot agree with Point 2, it is not the case that either TDD or BDD leads to poorly tested bad quality code. It IS the case that people have bad practises around testing.

DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE


This isn't going to work

Danger mouse had two brilliant things about it, David Jason and Terry Scott, who were locked in combat for the prize of best voice acting. You can almost hear them trying to out do each other on every line.

Without these voice actors the brand is simply a basic cartoon, kids are now way more sophisticated and will not latch onto such basics.

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP


Re: Crapita should read this page

And again Capita do not run the NHSChoices website and haven't done for 1 year, it is run by HSCIC.

Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Re: New Dr.

John hurt could be the Valeyard.. The Valeyard wasn't a full reincarnation he was somewhere betweeen the 12th and final regeneration, and the doctor has always worried he has the potential to become that person.

Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today


Re: Out-sourcing is bad

Sharpen your daily rates ex-employees and offer "assistance"

BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits


Utterly pointless

All anyone will do if desperate to use the pirate bay is to open a vpn connection to another country that doesn't have it blocked and carry on as normal. Utter fail

Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard


Re: mmm

I preordered in 2009 from play and got it for 24.99 which is being honoured, feeling a bit smug.

UK gov rejects call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing


Clearly there needs to be a mass pardon

Anyone convicted of homosexuality should receive an appology from the UK government, this particular offense is clearly now viewed by the majority as absurd and unfair. Given more liberal times it would be better if the government admitted that the british establishment had this plain wrong and issued a blanket pardon for these "offences".

Yes it may be a big ask but it's the right thing to do

'Insatiable' Brits gobble Blu-Ray, deserve reward



The fact is that DRM is an issue but we should be able to register and deregister our devices, we have bought content, and a dvd or bluray plays on every format that has one of those drives. We should NOT be made to lock our copies to say ITUNES or WINDOWS or PS3.

I should be able to register my devices and play all content on all, maybe not at the same time, I'd not mind paying a LITTLE extra for multiple play capability (playing 1 movie on 2 different devices at the same time), but the current trend of saying ITUNES or WINDOWS means that people will avoid online digital stuff and just continue to torrent and newsgroup everything.

Common its not hard, let us play the film on any device and stop milking us for everything, there are more revenue streams you are missing

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Someone said €35 euros for a blu ray thats just not true, not anymore but perhaps people just don't know, at its most expensive online it is now only €20.

Digital copy online for something I have bought is something I WANT as a consumer, I want to be able to buy my discs, register them then put them in the attic. The end game for me is no disks and everything streaming, but until the entire market has the broadband I have I am willing to accept that's a way off

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever


OhMiGod Thats so wrong

Ian Bell & David Braben

Tōru Iwatani and co for pacman

where are names like this !

Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

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You can undertake if you are in slow moving traffic, or that the lanes have been separated such that they are leading to different roads, at this point each lane is considered a seperate road in its own right.

Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out


Protect inventors not large multinationals

Patents were never designed to protect large corporations they were designed to protect the inventor so that they could leverage their designs without large corporations muscling in, the spirit of patents especially in the software arena is subject to widespread abuse and has been for quite a few years.

I do not accept that apple needs protecting the same as a small startup company and I also despise the way in which all other software/hardware vendors patent some of the most trivial stuff to simply at a later date go after competition in an underhand and dastardly way, this time its going to backfire on apple, perhaps they may learn a lesson if a patent claim doesn't go their way in korea, a massive market for mobile telecommunications.

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

IT Angle

faster doesn't neccessarily mean os speed

It can mean productivity... runing windows 7 on the same hardware as xp is pointless, as clearly xp will always win, doesn't mean things are faster.


A Couple of reasons actually...

As a business it is indeed important not to waste money in areas that could be better spent affecting your bottom line, however to ignore advances in product version indefinately is foolish. Sooner or later you will come accross some add on or product which does office integration and you will not be able to use it and it WILL be beneficial to you.

At that point you will need to upgrade machines, os, producitivity software in one big hit, seems expensive to me.

Holmes.. because its not always obvious what the answer is but you'll figure it out in the end .

MozyHome stiffs unlimited users


Annoyed but hanging on in there

Well I'm one of mozys customers too, and I love the service. however like most I was extremely displeased with the new pricing strategy and it came about just before I selected a renewal plan so affects me immediately.

I have 169 gig backed up with them which is mostly photos and digital footage from my camcorder, and my ripped cd collection (lossless), whilst It could be argued my music collection can be recreated it is not feasible for me to rip that lot again (over 2000 cd's) The problem here is the limit is simply set way too low, 300 - 500 gig would have been better, the current limit is clearly designed to catch maximum amount of serious users to monatise the service better, that is EMC's choice but most people will not wear this price hike.

the same storage for me trebled in price over night and that is quite frankly disgusting, mozy still do not support backing up from a network share with mozy home which is an equal glaring omission.

I've stayed for now primarily because my personal circumstances at the moment mean I have no time or inclination to look for an alternative but i WILL leave mozy next year, its now too expensive, I wouldn't mind paying but only for a reasonable limit, 20 gig chuncks is a joke, I can generate that in an hour with a HD camcorder,.

Nokia blows Ovi Files out of the sky


Data backup

"Hard disk crashes are sufficiently rare"..... hohoho

Orange mobile data chucks punters


nope still broken

its not mine still does not work (leeds, wyorks)


nope still broken

leeds wyorks user and still no 3g

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro


Keyboard pointless

I don't see the use of a keyboard (hardware) since I installed swype on my full sized X10 I never looked back the fact is I can enter test super fast with this app and accurately, much faster than I could with a hardware keyboard (which is just another thing to go wrong).

The size on the otherhand is great, exactly the sort of thing that my wife complains about with the full size X10 (even though its roughly the same size as her iphone).

I don't see the point of these phones other than size.

Google chief: Nexus One was 'so successful, we killed it'


Never did see why they sold like that

I was shocked that google decided to sell the phone direct it was the exact reason I could not buy it. I get all my handsets through my provider, orange, I do this because that is the norm in this country and I had always assumed it was everywhere else.

Seems it is in the states too I didn't buy a nexus one because I was unable to and it was too expensive without the subsidy from a contract.

Say hello to Maxell-branded hard drives



Yes the skeleton was scotch

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