* Posts by Random Handle

192 posts • joined 29 Mar 2011

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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>I wonder how much of the problems with Flash would be solved if it was open sourced?

Most of the problems can be solved using openfl to target html5+ or native - slightly more complex to build for non-devs but the bulk of code would be re-usable and stimuli etc identical for replication. A good (honest) dev will be charging in hours and days not weeks - in-house will find it a fairly painless leap and be back on their day jobs in no time.

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: Corbyn solution

>If the rail regulator told Virgin Trains to refit the first class carriages on their Pendolinos

The refit would be paid for by the tax payer or at best heavily subsidised - and they aren't 'their' Pendolinos anyway - Virgin lease them from various ROSCO - ensures playing trains doesn't require a long-term financial commitment.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Re: Market research

>Has MS heard of it?

Probably - but then some over-promoted knob desperately seizing his career defining impact moment will chime in with Ford's faster horse shit.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re: but he's not a leader.

> But then Genghis Khan and Attilla the Hun were successful leaders too.

An even more surprising thought when you consider they were probably using FORTRAN or AL GORE and only had 4800 baud dial-up back then.

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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

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Re: Smart meter bill

>Given the amount of public service contracts shoved in that direction over the years I'd have thought it was the other way around.

Perhaps - with the outpouring of venom and vinegar from their exes here whenever the name turns up and the almost unending stream of epic fails - someone should be investigating (studying & bottling) their survival ability. Makes no sense to me.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: propaganda?

>However true that may be, how many US voters watch RT

Just finished watching the Putin Interviews (Oliver Stone) which probably has the 'propaganda value' of a hundred RTs. Putin actually makes a far more credible and candid interviewee than Trump or Clinton.

Worth it just for the 'Googlebox' moment of Stone & Putin watching Whoops Apocalypse. The Snowden discussion is also quite enlightening.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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>Yo Telegram and Whatsapp! Open market segment!

...if the well known 'camera company' Snapchat only had a brain.

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Re: Yawn.

>I am truly phenomenally underwhelmed (if that's a word) that Apple's big new product reveal is a SPEAKER.

Think the big new reveal was the iMac Pro with an 18-core Xeon CPU - presumably followed in the New Year by the silent death of the Trashintosh.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: We'll need to work longer

>Well, that will only work if its possible for 55 plus people to readily get jobs...

It is, but career culture is changing - you'll have 30 years to get your house, bring up your kids and work in the skilled/professional sector - then 15 or 20 more doing something more mundane and increasingly part-time in B&Q or Starbucks.

Not quite as bad as being vapourised by lasers on primetime, but Nolan and Johnson were on to this inevitable problem back in the 60's.

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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

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Re: static vs dynamic typing

>Finding a name that could actually be pronounced, instead of "ECMAScript", would have helped a lot.

I always thought it was pronounced ecmascript - what is it supposed to be - eczma script - Xmas crypt ?

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Panda

>Panda Adaptive Defence 360

I'm sure it's a wonderful product - but I've always dismissed it out-of-hand simply because it's called 'Panda' - dodo is about the only animal I can think of which would be a worse choice.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: I am really...

>going to miss the common sense rulings the EU have provided in many areas of life and business

UK will still be bound by them in the main post-Brexit, though there will doubtless be a few token gestures for the sake of political posturing.

Article 50 and the recently publishing EU Commission negotiation guidelines have the ECJ hard-coded for Brexit and post-Brexit dispute resolution - so in trade/governmental matters it will continue to bind UK regulations and law for many years - without the inconvenience of having British judicial representation in the court.

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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> Usually harmless old ladies mumbling

Pretty sure that's what Facebook will be in 10 or 15 years.... certainly has zero appeal for my kids and their peers.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Re: Minecraft subscription?

>It used to be pay once, yours for life. When did they do this?

Pretty soon after they paid $2.5 Billion for it - Notch is welcome to the money, but that was an insane price and MS clearly had no idea what they were buying - dreadful spinoffs which entirely miss the point (like Story Mode) only underline it.

It's Realms that needs the subscription (the idea predates MS - pricing is all them though). For my kids at least, third party servers are pretty much where it's at and are much cheaper - many are free.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: Not regulated?

>in some cases nearly a year of work experience before they are called an Engineer.

That's because engineer is a generic term - in the UK, Chartered Engineer is probably what you're looking for.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Gather Dust?

Sir Barnes Wallis to you...

http://www.sirbarneswallis.com/ is highly recommended - necessary reading for a few I think given some of the comments.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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>Throw some MOAB's on their effin HQs, problem solved

Just make things worse - for a start MOAB is a Registered Trademark in Australia

https://search.ipaustralia.gov.au/trademarks/search/view/1047589?q=MOAB

.....and effin is registered 3 times (it is Australia after all)

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Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies

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Re: Exhaust trails perhaps?

>I keep hoping that the explanation is that this imbalance we're seeing is the pollution left behind by the far more advanced species transport devices.

Densely packed turtle coprolite? - can't help thinking this is research that would be better put on the backburner until more fundamental physics is addressed rather more locally.

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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COPPA Compliance?

Presumably there's an option which says 'I'm under 13' and switches off all the data gathering in the US - and a similar setting for parents when they set up their kids' logins - otherwise the FTC must be licking their lips right now.

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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

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Re: London-centric. Perks for bankers

>Yes, the City will be desolate after all those hundreds (possibly thousands if you believe the Daily Fail)

HSBC & UBS are relocating 2000 jobs to Paris currently - that's them assuming the best case scenario.

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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>Orthopaedics is muscles and bones. Orthodontics is teeth. Lucky he wasn't one of those Paedophilic surgeons they have in Portsmouth (https://goo.gl/8zunyy)

They choose the titles to baffle the witless so it's bound to result in the occasional bodily harm - 'Tooth Straightener', 'Bone Specialist', 'Children's Doctor' don't quite strike the right level of awe I suppose...

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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>Well done! You've won a free Samsung television.

>Please contact Mr A. Spook at PO Box 3255, London, SW1P 1AE.

I'll happily install the spyware myself if any spooks want to send me a UHD set for free - not prepared to compromise my privacy for anything less than a 60" though.

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That's the way the Cook, he stumbles: Apple CEO pay cut as sales tank

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Re: I'd love a pay cut like that

>You know, somehow I don't think the guy will now take a bike to work and eat home made sandwiches..

Probably not, but I heard that this year he's only going for the 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar rather than the usual 15" range topper. Gotta to cut your coat according to your cloth....

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Unbelievable

"All those wasted, fruitless and ruinous years of shoving the PC industry down the tubes with comical, immature user interfaces that no one on the entire planet wanted".

Any UX Professional will proudly tell you that The First Rule Of Usability is 'don't listen to users'.

Any engineer will tell you that usability is inversely proportional to UX Professional input - before wandering off swearily murmuring about how engineering managed just fine for the first 10,000 years...

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Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Sounds Familiar...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/oldest-water-earth-canada-mine_n_3281326.html

[though it was 2.6 billion years old last time]

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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

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Re: Apple only Hard disks

>I've been able to replace the standard HDD with either a larger HDD or an SSD without a problem.

Nevermore - SSD are soldered into the new models.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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'Is Asperger's a "get out of jail free card"?'

Hardly. Feltham (young offenders) was the first institution to get NAS Accreditation - the research there found 4.5% of inmates had HF autistic spectrum disorders - so 16,000 are currently gaoled if that scales.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Media and entertainment

>Perry Mason reruns?

Possibly it's "Incompetent, Irrelevant and Immaterial - not necessarily in that order"

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?

>I like the tactile feedback of a physical switch when doing things like muting sound, changing screen brightness etc.

Definitely - I recently splodged almost a £100 on a mechanical keyboard (actually a 'gaming keyboard', though I don't play games). Most productive money I've spent in ages - I'm old enough to remember proper keyboards, but I'd somehow got used to the crap that gets peddled as quality these days.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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>I am sure that the Brexiter's will accept the High Courts decision and we can all move on

I suppose they could always appeal to the European Court of Justice.

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

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Re: Alternative solution

>So what. Chinese people don't pay for anything beyond the phone itself.

App sales were $8.7 billion in 2015 - sensible estimates circle around $30 billion by 2020.

The bulk of sales currently are via 3rd party Android stores - Play/iTunes combined account for less than 10% of revenue....so you're not alone in failing to understand the Chinese market ;)

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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>According to the Beeb, the maximum fine is £500,000.

Yep - it needs a amending to per user not incident. Where the 157,000 had their bank details leaked maybe £10K a head dropping to maybe £1K a head for email/hashword combo. Rising up to the full whack (or higher) when someone ends up dead or injured.

Unlikely to change or attract Government interest in changing it when the company is run by a Conservative Peer of course - which is why she is worth every penny of her £2.8 million

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

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"NPAPI Flash in FF wasn't an issue for Win/MAC users but it certainly was for Linux. Stuck on V11 (another recent volta-face) and due for EOL next year. This left chromium or derivatives as your only option if you needed to interact with a site that required flash > V11"

Linux NPAPI Flash Player is riding again - Adobe quietly released a new beta of the Flash 23 runtime for Linux 5 days ago - although you'll still need to drop back to 11 and Google for HWA/DRM etc.

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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It's gonna be Euge

We're gonna build a firewall and Kaspersky's gonna pay for it

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: What price credibility?

>A little bit of work in google news will turn up a set of these articles, exclusively from Pinsent Masons and mostly in the right wing end of the press, appearing on average about every 3 months or so.

Yep though the headline revenue figure they invent varies by a few hundred million each time - and they seem to be using the flakey IFS non-doms figure for 2012/13.

It's the kind of thing Pinsent Masons are paid to do - I guess El Reg are promoting it as part of their on-going drive to lose readers to SlashDot?

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: Analogue versus digital? FTW!

>Or does that flimsy piece of wire somehow magically includes a self-contained DAC and an amplifier? I wouldn't think so.

No need, analogue out is supported by Lightning - and the iPhone requires both anyway for its (finally stereo) speakers!

They've always hated the jack - requires a 'large' ugly flattened edge for the socket and so even the stumpy Apple jacks leave that awkward looking angled gap when plugged into most iDevices.

'Air Buds' are too much temptation for wags - I predict that launching them from unsuspecting ears with an artistic finger flick will be the new 'happy slap' by Xmas.

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Re: Waiting for an iPhone with a Headphone jack

>Now that Apple have done this, all the other major players will be doing the same thing so (IMHO) in less than a year it will almost be impossible to buy any model of phone that has late 2016 specs or better that also includes a headphone jack.

Nah - Samsung and LG will instead release phones with two headphone jacks - citing the (very real) popularity of shared listening, cost, audio quality and the easy availability of BT cans for cable haters.

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iOS abandonware purge

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>They may not have got it right first time but they managed to get it right ages ago...

Each iOS major version or new device requires an update - albeit minor if you're any use.

>I could then see this as a way of forcing developers to renew their license to ensure that their App is available.

That's how it works already. Apps are only available to existing buyers once their devs stop paying Apple - Apple being the retailer and taking their 30% means they didn't ditch them from the store altogether (until now).

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Re: This happens far too often

>> "In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."

>There's a reason why the Napoleonic French fleet regularly got shot to pieces by the British Navy.....but at least we didn't shoot commanders on a whim

'this country' was England and we absolutely did shoot them on the whim of the pathetic George II - Voltaire was referring to the execution of Admiral Byng who made the reasonable decision not to sacrifice his fleet to a (numerically) superior French force as he knew reinforcement was pending.

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: Any money

>that the sky is cloudy throughout the entire spectacle.

>Only in the UK though....

Yep - was the fatal flaw in John Wyndham's thinking too.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

>Can't see how this has anything to do with Brexit

It doesn't - the Pound crashing made it a lot cheaper, but the Softbank CEO said they were already committed to acquiring it either way....

>Luckily for us, the politicians aren't very good at spotting and 'protecting' (i.e. suffocating) the next ARM

UK politicians maybe - pretty sure the German Chancellor could rattle on at length about any technology you care to pick. The next ARM won't be developed in the UK - the company was a throwback to an era of British innovation which is gone forever - even in the 80s it was as anachronistic as it was wonderful.

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Re: Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

>The engineers with the skills (which are NOT easily transferable) are not going to just up and move somewhere else.

Absolutely - ubergeeks given the choice of living through the recession in post-Brexit UK adjacent an imploding EU or getting a funded relocation to Tokyo with A1 healthcare and education for their families are going to think carefully about this for seconds - possibly even minutes.

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Hackers: Ditch the malware, we're in... Just act like a normal network admin. *Whistles*

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Re: Laser sharp techncal analysis from LightCyber.

>DOH! I would nave have figured that and get a load of the logo :)

Is it a huge bear shitting in the woods?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: Yes but ...

>But how many of those miles were on autopilot?

All of them - last time they released figures (AFAIK) was when customer autopilot activated miles hit 100 million in May. Probably higher as not all owners choose to share their logs with Tesla.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Re: Russian

>That's just how Russians are. It's not that they're grim faced, it's a cultural thing that means they tend not to smile much in public.

It's a formal portrait photo too which adds another dimension - I've got my (British) family photos going back to the 1880s - people didn't start smiling for portraits until the late 1970s - seriously grim until then - even weddings, school photos etc

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