* Posts by anaru

20 posts • joined 26 Oct 2010

12 simple rules: How Ted Codd transformed the humble database



I had to read this twice before I realised there was no specific connection between Codd and NoSQL, despite what can be inferred from "On the eve of the anniversary of Codd's birth, NoSQL advocates will gather...".

Here I was thinking the father of relational had had some kind of deathbed conversion!

Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster


When I picture Ballmer as a monster...

...there aren't any legs involved

Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

Black Helicopters

Subtitles for the song anyone?

Also, you can hear the applause looping at the end...

Tesla vs Media again as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway


Re: Car runs out of fuel..

Yes on paper an REV seems to be the perfect compromise for the range anxiety thing. So why was the Volt such a flop, even with govt funding?

They must have REALLY cocked it up, no?

85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one


Headline should have read...

"15% of Windows 8 Users Still Haven't Figured Out How to Get the Desktop Back"

Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy


What's really "arrogant"

Is assuming people outside your own particular IT discipline apply so little rigour to their decision making that "a lot of people like the big screens" is a valid objection.

New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again


It's obviously coral

Not so sure about the dark yellow though.

Mobile phone health rules need update, warns US watchdog


Empirical evidence?

Seeing as cell phones have been around since the late '80s, one would expect, if they did cause cancer, to be able to identify a higher than average cancer rate amongst retired Gordon Gecko types.

I'm no physicist, but apparently the radiation emitted by cellphones has a waveform too large to affect a human cell. That means if they did find that cellphone radiation cause cancer, they would need to update the laws of physics.

Given the above, I have to say I feel reasonably safe...

World's first bamboo smartphone to enter production

Paris Hilton


Given there's no "About" page on the website, and the "press pack" is just images, where did el Reg get the "eco-friendly" idea from?

Cos as others have said, a wooden phone is just a wooden phone, and that seems to be all we know about it.

Profs call for harsh taxes on sweet carbonated beverages

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Goverments Belong To People

NOT vice versa. A government is a tool that WE created, that WE fund and that WE own. It exists to do our bidding. It absolutely does not exist as an end in itself and it does not exist to shape us into some random individual's ideal of what a "good" person is. We are not the property of our respective governments.

It's a shame people have become so lazy and so accustomed to having a machine to do everything for them, that they are starting to confuse a government with a machine to make lifestyle and health decisions for them.

As for the sugar tax: the "obesity epidemic" - such as it exists outside of media hysteria - in the US is almost entirely due to the US government's protectionist economic intervention (letting corn growers pretend their product is worth something when it isn't). The resultant HFCS mountain has led to US junkfoods becoming even more unhealthy than those containing "normal" sugar. Now the lazy people I mentioned earlier are asking the government to sort their lives out for them yet again and asking for requesting GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN THE ECONOMY TO REMEDY THE EFFECTS OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN THE ECONOMY.

What an awesome enlightened world we live in.

Intel demos transparent-lid hybrid PC


It's not Windows 8

As Intel pointed out 1,000,000 times. Apparently it's a coincidence that the two UIs are similar..

Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6


"...add-ons for IE8 and IE9, dubbed UniBrows, that enable them to run IE6 legacy code."

Cool - now write an add-on for ie9 that makes it run standard html5 and css3

Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Jobs was right

Releasing the 5 in place of the 4S would have led to three different iPhone resolutions in the market - and you would have never heard the end of it from developers. They cant just enlarge the screen and keep the res the same because then they would be going back on their (silly) "retina display" dpi promise.

HOWEVER, If they release a 4" phone as their next iPhone and retire the 3GS at the same time, there will still only be two iPhone resolutions for developers to code for.

As for "giving customers what they want" - google Mr Henry Ford's answer to that...

Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft


Go to tucows dot com...

Remember that? It's full of shareware file managers from the nineties. Go and download one if that's what you really want, and have fun running it on your 17" 4:3 monitors.

If you cant find one that does exactly what you want, fire up Borland Turbo C (none of this silly newfangled plus plus rubbish, right?) and write your own.

Maybe one of the nurses will make you a hot cocoa for a bit of a sugar spike for when you really hit the zone...

Robots form band, rock out to Marilyn Manson


The Trons

I contacted the Trons' creator and he said he said the Marilyn Manson guy has been in touch and acknowledged the Trons as an influence, so it's all good :)

btw if you prefer early 80s post punk to 90s cod industrial, the Trons are probably more your cup of oil

Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools


Problem exists. Solution is rubbish.

I agree that there is a risk of having too many high level developers and not enough bit shifters.

But how did Mr Braben ever get the idea that computer science students in the UK need better access to affordable computers?

I'd say that there are few groups more likely to already own a decent computer no?

So this problem could be solved just fine with a software solution.

How about a virtual machine that speaks machine code and does groovy retro things, connected to a social networky thing so that kids can incentivise each other through achievements, challenges, contests and what not. The BASIC, Pascal, SmallTalk etc interpreters could be unlockables...

Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised


How is this news?

An electric car is only as "clean" as the power station its plugged into. Who would have thought?

Is there really anyone out there who's stupid enough not to have realised that?

As the article states, going electric doesn't remove the pollution, it gives you one big fixed polluting thing instead of millions of mobile polluting things.

One big fixed polluting thing is much easier to re-engineer into a non-polluting thing.

Electric is still a bloody good step in the right direction even if its not the instant cure to pollution that nobody ever actually claimed it was.

Top Ten Retro PC Games


Good Old Games

I'm not a shareholder or anything, but www dot gog dot com lets you easily buy "Good Old Games" including many mentioned in this thread.

The prices are pitifully low and they have all had their copy protection removed, and are all guaranteed to work on modern day operating systems - which alone is worth the price for most of them, as you will know if you've ever tried getting an old game to go in say Windows 7 64bit.

Plus there are great support forums for any bugs that slip through the cracks, and they frequently offer massive discounts that take the prices down into the realms of $1 per game and even free.




Microsoft's Office ribbon hits Mac fans

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In other news, damn kids told to get off lawn

You ribbon haters are just a bunch of old fuddy-duddies who fear change.

The ribbon is an objectively better UI than its predecessor - but you can't achieve those kind of usability gains while keeping a completely flat learning curve for upgraders. Boo hoo. You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs.

Microsoft did something gutsy and risked pissing off its legacy users instead of being shackled to its own past. Just like they got praised for doing with Windows Phone.

People who hate the ribbon are the kind of people who complain that Palm don't make PDAs anymore, or state that command line interfaces are "more powerful", or that "rap isn't even proper music".

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