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Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 1, Flamebait) 245

by Richard_at_work (#49476563) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

What Google should be investigated for is linking their search service to their failed social media service - in order for Google to establish canonical authorship on content, you have to link the page to a Google+ account, no other well known public profile (Twitter, Facebook etc) will do, you have to have an account on Google+.

That's something worth looking hard at.

Comment: Re:Developers, Developer, Developers (Score 3, Interesting) 125

How did Ballmer push developers aside? Under the latter part of his reign, Microsoft started open sourcing a lot of their developer frameworks etc (ASP.Net MVC in 2012, Entity Framework in 2013 etc) and we saw fairly large shifts in developer conferences and support.

Comment: Re:Ambiguous (Score 2) 342

From reading various articles on this, the person in question entered the room under the auspices of carrying out legitimate maintenance work, but had doctored the surveillance camera so it only recorded one second a minute rather than continuously - getting the other person to look the other way for a few minutes is a simple matter of social engineering ("hey, I forgot X and I'm right in the middle of this, could you get it?") and doesn't mean they were in on it.

Comment: Re:Completely dumb (Score 1) 342

Because *he* never intended to claim the prize - the prize was claimed by a lawyer representing a shell company out of Belize. This bloke himself was exempt from being allowed to take part in the lottery due to the fact he worked on it - if he had claimed it, the prize wouldn't have been handed over.

Comment: Re:Retarded reviews too (Score 1) 126

by Richard_at_work (#49445789) Attached to: Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews

There are reviews which really really baffle me as well - I did a review for a TV I bought off of Amazon.co.uk in the Black Friday sales - it was a Seiki 4K 39" TV at a reasonable price.

It arrived, I set it up and the sound was terrible, so I used an external sound bar - but there was horrific video lag regardless of the input used, it was between a third and half a second behind the audio. Also there was no way to set the TV audio to just optical out, you had to either mute the sound entirely (which left a mute symbol on screen) or turn the sound down to 0 (which wasnt actually off, you could still hear it). Moving the audio out to the Sky box reduced the audio lag but didn't eliminate it, but at least you could set a delay on the audio out on the Sky box which brought it into line - but didnt solve issues if you have a second device such as a console etc.

There was also horrific tearing and artifacts on the screen - someone moved and they left a wake behind them.

Testing it all with the no-name TV I was replacing had the soundbar working fine, the Sky box working fine etc - no setup needed, no lag involved, no tearing of the picture etc.

So back it went, and I replaced it with a slightly more expensive TV which has had no issues whatsoever since.

But what I don't get is all the "works great!" "Brilliant!" reviews the TV is getting...

Comment: Re:Awesome.. (Score 1) 95

by Richard_at_work (#49437081) Attached to: Microsoft Creates a Docker-Like Container For Windows

Deploying ASP.NET apps has always been a real pain in the neck. Sure, in theory it's as easy as xcopy, but once your apps start growing and your configuration grows it rapidly becomes a bigger thing to maintain. It takes a lot of time, there's lots of stuffing around, it's very fiddly and generally a PITA.
 

Why aren't you using a build and deployment system? We use Team City and Octopus Deploy to deploy ASP.Net websites, and once its set up (5 minutes for TC, a few minutes for OD) deployment is a zero friction issue - it just works.

Comment: Re:Yet again (Score 1, Informative) 95

by Richard_at_work (#49436607) Attached to: Microsoft Creates a Docker-Like Container For Windows

You obviously didn't read the article - its Docker for Windows, the main management system for this is Docker, its just using the existing HyperV virtualisation system rather than expending effort porting Dockers virtualisation subsystem to Windows. Portability doesn't really matter here, because of the way Docker works (sharing kernels, virtual filesystems etc) - so you will rather run a Unix container on a Unix host, and a Windows container on a Windows host. The benefit here is that you can manage both using the same system - how Docker accomplishes what it does on each platform is an implementation detail you don't need to know about, its just Docker to you.

Comment: Re:Sensors wrong (Score 1) 460

by Richard_at_work (#49436529) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

No, it really does not - are you a pilot at all? Because it doesn't sound like one.

Runways for large civil aircraft are 3000+ meters of reasonably flat concrete or tarmac without any obstructions. The only place you may find something like that is in a flat desert, a long river or the sea, because everywhere else either isn't 3000+ meters of flat whatever, or it has obstacles. And its rare that you have a handy flat desert around when you need one.

With a river you still have to watch out for obstacles such as other river users, and you have absolutely no idea what lurks just under the surface - just because it looks flat on the surface doesnt mean theres a huge rock just under the surface which will rip the belly out of your aircraft the moment you touch down. What about that lightweight river boat that the radar is proving difficult to make out against the scatter off the water?

Comment: Re:This is a bit misleading (Score 4, Informative) 95

by Richard_at_work (#49436481) Attached to: Microsoft Creates a Docker-Like Container For Windows

Yes, this is in actuality Docker for Windows, as this line from the article says:

Both Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers can be controlled through the Docker engine, allowing administrators to manage both Docker and Microsoft containers in the same environment.

Comment: The "spirit" of the law... (Score 4, Insightful) 312

This is what happens when you have two sets of rules to follow - the "law", which is laid out in black and white as to what is allowed and what is not allowed, and is backed by the courts and amended by acts of government. And then there is the "spirit of the law", which is fluffy, ethereal and changes depending on who you talk to, when you talk to them and what their agenda is.

As Ms. Carnegie points out, if you want stuff taxed in your jurisdiction, change the law so that happens - dont wave the "spirit" of the law around as if it has any meaning other than a method of blackmail.

Comment: Re:Jail? (Score 1) 39

Yeah, the market will sort that out. Meanwhile that companies subscriber base has no service - so if they all immediately switch to a different provider, how long do you think that will take? Here in the UK it takes 2 weeks minimum to get an activation date on an ADSL line - but what if you don't have a telephone line installed, what if you only have the old companies cable line or whatever?

What do you think is going to happen then? The subscriber base merrily playing along and saying "yup, they deserved it, glad I'm not receiving any service because the company I use broke the rules, glad I'm going to be without internet for days or weeks because thats how long it takes to switch the line, glad I have to go through all that bother"?

No, those people are going to be screaming at the top of their voices, and they will be screaming at the government.

Comment: Re:Jail? (Score 1) 39

Suspending the corporate charter may work, but it would be a horrifically messy way of doing things - the company would immediately suspend all operations, including service delivery to all its customers for the duration. How well would that go down, a million or so people (no idea of subscriber rates here) suddenly without internet and phone service.

The government would then have to react to that, but how? Un-suspend the corporate charter? Enact some emergency legislation allowing them to take over the running of the services? What? And if they do take over the running of the services, how do you compel all the workers to do their work?

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