* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1546 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

Lamont Cranston

Re: Except you need a Windows PC

Are there any schools without some sort of IT hardware available for the kids to use? Mine are only in years 3 and 4, and they do Scratch programming on a semi-regular basis (using Windows PCs that they acquired on a highly unfavourable IT contract that damn near bankrupted the school).

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Lamont Cranston

Re: "Coder"

The world has moved on. When we were kids, if you were introduced to a computer, you'd probably have had no choice but to use the command line. These days, a child's first experience of computing is probably a parent's iPhone - going from that to a blank screen with a flashing cursor that won't do sh!t until you learn some arcane language, probably isn't going to seem particularly encouraging.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

Lamont Cranston

He'll surely have

loose bowels at the thought of all that.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

Lamont Cranston

Each to their own.

I have a DAB in my car, as well as streaming on my phone, and generally prefer to have the DAB on. I'll switch back to FM, if I'm in a poor reception area, but that only works for Radio 4, everything else that interests me is not available on FM.

Currently converting all my CDs to play through the radio's USB socket, but it's much less faff to just switch between the radio stations that interest me. I doubt you're the only one not interested, but plenty of people are able to find something on the radio that fits with their interests.

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

Lamont Cranston

Re: I -literally- threw my TV set out the door years ago

Bet it looks lovely in the front garden, complementing the stained mattress and rusty washing machine.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

Lamont Cranston

Re: The Issue

Most don't pay because most reporting these days is a copy/paste from elsewhere and "investigative journalism" is a joke because most news outlets don't want to rock the boat in case the government stops throwing stories their way they don't have to.

I really don't think it's any more complicated than that.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

Lamont Cranston
WTF?

Better aesthetics?

Most phones are a rectangle with rounded corners.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

Lamont Cranston

I rely on Netflix recommending things that I might like to watch.

Once if runs out of recommendations, I expect I'll ditch it. Both it and Amazon Prime are rubbish for films, anyway, thanks to Sky having the market stitched up.

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Lamont Cranston
Stop

Don't pretend that this is unique to users of one particular operating system.

You know it isn't.

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Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

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Coat

10,000 arm movements?

What were you doing?

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Lamont Cranston

"UK already has verdict but not JA, public. So UK used BBC to 'scoop' UN, JA"

Is that Wikileaks getting upset about people leaking information to the press?

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

Lamont Cranston

Re: Call a spade a shovel

I've actualised a lot of blue sky synergies from your comment, AC.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Lamont Cranston

Re: @Lamont Cranston - Yes, clearly the BBFC fees are prohibitively expensive.

Is that what this is about? 'Cos it looks more like an effort to piss money up the wall.

Seriously, though, if this is about films being refused classification on the grounds that they're "obscene", then that's a legitimate grievance, although it's the government that determines what is obscene, not the BBFC.

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FAIL

Yes, clearly the BBFC fees are prohibitively expensive.

Or rather, bored people have money to burn.

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

Lamont Cranston

"it was impossible to run the MRI software on a newer operating system"

Can you please link back to this article whenever you run one about how the NHS has swathes of computers running XP and IE6? Thanks.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

Lamont Cranston

there's wind on the moon ?

have u been to the moon ? or is that what your science book told you

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

Lamont Cranston

Start charging for Wikipedia,

and people would quickly stop using it, and it would be replaced by another freebie. People aren't paying for on-line encyclopaedias, and they won't pay for online encyclopaedias. Authoritative reference sources still exist, and Wikipedia won't put them out of business, so long as people still need them - Wikipedia is just a convenient resource that can be dipped into to get a quick primer on a given subject, or get a bit of trivia.

Yes, it's a monopoly, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over someone having a monopoly over trivia. It's only a problem if you believe Wikipedia is as important as Jimmy Wales seems to think it is.

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

Lamont Cranston

Re: disgrunted owner of an original Nexus 7

f2fs (thanks, Samsung!) and Cyanogen - you'll be glad you did. If you're not keen on hacking your device, the Nexus Root Toolkit will do most of the work for you.

My Nexus7 is damn near as wizzy as the day I unboxed it, now. The latest Cyanogen available when I nuked it was KitKat, although I think Lollipop is available now (something to do at the weekend).

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

Lamont Cranston

Patent lawyers...

... too much money and a bad attitude.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

Lamont Cranston
Joke

Re: Acces to email?

ISP email? Is it 1996 again?

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Lamont Cranston
Meh

Surely you can factory reset an iPad without needing to know the previous owner's password?

Or are you supposed to be buried with it?

Legitimate concerns if all your family photos are stored in "the cloud", however.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

Lamont Cranston
Coat

Re: I wouldn't be here today...

I know we love to blame Microsoft for all of the world's ills, but I think they're probably not to blame for the bombing of your nana's street.

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Lamont Cranston

Re: Give Microsoft a break

I won't downvote this comment, as it's true that Minecraft could make for some very engaging classroom projects (if you can disguise learning as a game, that's a massive win), but the idea that Microsoft are doing this for anything resembling altruistic reasons is laughable.

Microsoft have form when it comes to shovelling shit into schools and getting them to pay for it. Mind you, that's generally true of all school IT suppliers.

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Lamont Cranston
Meh

Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

Hasn't Minecraft on the Pi somewhat stalled? Last time I checked, it was lagging way behind the Pocket Edition, and that's already the red-headed step-child of the Minecraft family.

I'd be happy to be told otherwise.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

Lamont Cranston

Re: "Why not just hand out moneys to people for doing nothing"

Isn't this the current Labour proposal for the Trident submarines?

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

Lamont Cranston
Joke

Isn't that exactly the sort of thing that Uber should be doing

as part of a properly regulated market?

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

Lamont Cranston
WTF?

"recent M&S games"

This isn't just a data centre simulation, this is an Marks and Spencer data centre simulation.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

Lamont Cranston
Joke

No Java, No Flash, no large images?

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Lamont Cranston

Re: Appeal

In an ideal world, governments look out for the interests of their citizens* - leaving everything in the hands on unregulated markets is just asking for trouble.

*can't believe I kept a straight face whilst typing that

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Lamont Cranston

Re: Mistake in the article ?

"Free" and "ad supported" are fairly interchangeable, I would have thought - I've always considered commercial tv and radio broadcasting to be "free", in so much as I don't have to pay any money for them.

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Lamont Cranston

Re: ads for free web access

@Seajay But it isn't free web access in exchange for ads, is it? It's free access to the internet services that Facebook provides (Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.) which is anticompetitive. Whilst free access to a reduced service might sound appealing, when compared to no access to a full service, the truth is that the restriction of choice that it brings is anticompetitive and so likely to harm the interests of those consumers over the long term (by disadvantaging any potential competitors).

For Zuckerberg to claim that he's protecting net neutrality just shows what a brass neck he has.

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

Lamont Cranston

That's not a collander, it's just a hat.

Unless knitted kitchen utensils are the norm in Russia?

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

Lamont Cranston

Re: Hang on

More practical effects than one might expect (at least in the first film, I haven't bothered with the rest). But, no, these look nothing like the characters that they're supposed to represent.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

Lamont Cranston

Re: Not quite there yet...

I've given up trying to get my Mint install to print to our wireless HP printer - always prints with the colours misaligned, for some strange reason. Based on that, I've never attempted to get the scanner going!

Everything else is great, though, such that I rarely feel the need to boot it into Windows Vista, anymore (if someone could recommend an easy way of ripping and tagging CDs, I'd been happy as a pig in muck).

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Lamont Cranston

Re: maybe one day there will be a Linux OS that I can recommend to a wider audience

If there is, it'll probably be Mint. I've found the hardware support to have improved since I started using it (either that, or I've just become a more confident Linux user?). Where Windows does win, is that you'll almost certainly know someone who can help you out with your PC, in real life, but Linux will probably require searching online for the answer. I think that will change, however (and I've generally had no problem in finding answers to any issues by searching online).

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

Lamont Cranston
Go

Re: They could combine...

Clarkson & co., locked in a pit and tormented by armed robots?

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

Lamont Cranston
Joke

[something something] holding it wrong [something something]

Needs to be a jab at Apple, somewhere, surely?

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

Lamont Cranston

Re: Great visionaries

Rumour has it that Half Life 3 was available for the Analytical Engine - if only Babbage had finished building the thing!

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Thumb Up

Re: Tip of my hat to the illustrator

I found a copy of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage under the Christmas tree - it's a lovely book, and chock full of informative annotations.

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

Lamont Cranston

Re: Ever heard of Guantanamo Bay?

That the USA has a less than stellar reputation on human rights, is hardly a reason to cheer on the NK nuclear programme.

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Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

Lamont Cranston

Re: Oztralia

I was wondering why I'd never heard of them. Still, it's an insight into Maplins future, at least.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

Lamont Cranston

Re: What's to clean?

£40k to man a phone line? You've never worked in the public sector, then?

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Intel, Warner lock horns with hardware biz over HDCP crypto-busters

Lamont Cranston

No chance they could just give up on all this encrypted video nonsense?

No? Pity. At least the lawyers will eat well.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

Lamont Cranston
Unhappy

Re: "if the job is getting done for less then that is the only consideration" @Ragarath

This is a legitimate concern, but why does the response always have to be "let's kick out the foreigners" rather than "let's prosecute the employers who are knowingly employing those without leave to remain, and/or paying below minimum wage"?

Reading it back, the former is a more catchy slogan, I suppose.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

Lamont Cranston

@John Tserkezis

A limp what?

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

Lamont Cranston
Happy

Re: "the stories are not sci-fi"

That was kind of the point, wasn't it? The stories may have been set a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but the source of the stories wasn't sci-fi, only the setting was. Star Wars is never really about the technology (lightsabers are just swords, spaceships are just boats, fighters are just planes), it's just familiar stories given a sci-fi twist, and it really worked. Not for everyone, but there you go.

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City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

Lamont Cranston

Re: Costing money? How?

"uploading and distributing would still have been costing the legitimate music companies money"

is the same as

uploading and distributing would not have been making any money for the legitimate music companies

Apparently. Profit is the be all and end all, apparently - maybe the Ferengi are in charge?

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

Lamont Cranston

Re: Can we also have error 551 to indicate 'Censorship needed'

You'll miss the internet when it's gone.

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Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

Lamont Cranston

A shame, but not a surprise to anyone, I suppose.

Should we start touting 20## as the year of [something other than Android] on the mobile?

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Revenge porn 'king' Hunter Moore sent down for 2.5 years, fined $2k

Lamont Cranston

Re: "don't understand how identity theft even applies"

I read (on Vice's Motherboard, I think) that he was presented with a list of charges, and decided to plead guilty to two of them. He's got of pretty lightly (the $147 paid to one of his victims is laughable).

Despite Mrs Moore's protestations, I think I can say with a degree of certainty that Hunter Moore is a dick.

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