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Comment: Nolan, Nolan who the f... is Nolan! :) (Score 0) 306 306

Step aside Alice, tonight it's Nolan.
Nolan Lawson sounds like a Fandroid with an axe to grind and some fruit to chop.

I'm sure Google's fans still love to believe in the "don't be evil" slogan that Google once claimed to be their mantra.
The evil being Microsoft and everything they did to get rich.
Yes, they were evil, they didn't play ball in any industry attempt at standardisation.
They made sure that only Microsoft worked with Microsoft to close off all competition.
I ran up against them trying to get Cisco's PPP stack working with theirs when I worked on IOS (not iOS) back in the 90's.

This blog article is an utterly pathetic attempt to try and make Apple out to be the new Microsoft of the 21st century.
Not a chance. Not ever.
Why today? A lot happening with Apple's Music & iOS today. Someone upset by the attention they are getting once again?
So out roll the Apple bashing articles.

Evil is pretending to be your friend by giving you "free stuff" and then quietly selling off your private data to the highest bidder.
I prefer being a customer to being the product.
So if you want to drawn parallels then I'd say that Google has replaced the monster it set out to slay.

"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee."
- Nietzsche

I use 2 browsers on a daily basis.
1. Firefox for development work (because firebug is the best IMHO)
2. Safari because I like to keep work & play separate. My bookmarks in sync across my devices and I do like/use Apple's "handoff".
Having both browsers also means that on the rare occasion I find a website with a compatibility problem I just switch to the other one.

Comment: Orwellian parallel (Score 1) 286 286

This disturbs me as it reminds me of Orwell's 1984.
The video screening of people being bombed, or shot, and the audience laughing.
That's the reaction they want, they want us to laugh at them killing other humans.
Don't, it's nothing to laugh at. You're only dehumanising yourself.

Comment: Too much of any good thing... (Score 4, Insightful) 692 692

Too much of any good thing soon stops being a good thing.

I really enjoyed the fantasy novels of Anne Rice (e.g. "Interview with the Vampire") as she explored the topic of immortality in her characters to a philosophical degree. Vampires going out of their minds with the "burden" of immortality and looking for a way to die.

I believe what makes life special and precious is that it's finite.
You don't know how much you have in the bank and the happiest people you'll encounter are those who savour every moment they have like it was their last.
Turn that on it's head and life becomes valueless if you following my reasoning.

Comment: Mobile (Score 1) 218 218

I recently started putting together a web app for someone and I wanted it to design it primarily for mobile.
Looking at google analytics of several web sites I see the majority of web traffic is mobile.
So if JQuery is bloat, unnecessary, outdated and "features are present in [modern] browsers" what should I be using instead of:
This seems like the perfect solution to me?

Comment: Re:They should go (Score 2, Informative) 198 198

Utter nonsense. I drive a French car which is a 2Litre diesel and it's cleaner than either its 1.6 or 2Litre petrol engined models.


Comment: Re:NameCheap (Score 4, Interesting) 295 295

From the forum poster: "The NameCheap terms and conditions state they will pass the domain on to a third party at their discretion from 12 days prior to expiry."

12 days prior, doesn't sound like any of the registrars I've used.
Sure go ahead and use NameCheap but read their T&C's very carefully first.

Email notifications aren't reliable, I keep a reminder alert in my calendar for my domain renewals.
Having said that I get bombarded by renewal reminders from freeparking, networksolutions and godaddy when I have a domain a few months from expiry.
You know, the "renew now and save 10% off" types?

Glad this wasn't one of my domains that got the chop 12 days prior to expiry and then held to ransom to get it back...

Comment: Investment (Score 1) 450 450

If Apple had released a gold version of their original, and now iconic iPod, in gold with a price tag of 4 figures or more - how much would it be worth today?
Take a guess at a) still in it's original packaging b) used and worn by someone famous

Remind me. How much did that original Apple I sell for recently?

Comment: Economics - not logic (Score 2) 450 450

The value of anything isn't dictated by a formula e.g. (cost to build) + (reasonable margin) + (shipping/sales/etc)
Value, or price, is what someone is prepared to pay for it.
Apple obviously believes, guided by the likes of Angela Ahrendts, that $10k is a good starting price for a limited "edition" watch.

This is Slashdot -"News for nerds" right?
They aren't selling that watch to us, so quit the sniping and moaning.
You could probably make your own 24ct gold watch out of the guts of a $349 entry level for less than an extra $1000.
I'm certain there's foundries firing up right now rubbing heir hands at the prospect of scalping.

As for the laptop.
It's not for us either who are probably more advance IT users than the fashion followers who will love that gold 12" in their handbag or execs wanting the latest desktop bling.
Horses for courses.

I think I was a bit shocked at the optic drive being dropped from the original air but to be fair it was the right move in hindsight.
This is history repeating itself so it shouldn't be as much of a shock.

My only concern with that laptop is the loss of the mag-safe.
Who remembers the broken MB's before mag-safe from folks tripping over them?
We're more or less at the convergence point of laptop & tablet as of yesterday.
Same number of ports and not much in screen size difference.
How fast technology does change...

Comment: When it suits them... (Score 4, Interesting) 282 282

I installed an IP Webcam in my mothers family home which is in the remote Scottish Hebrides.
A local "entrepreneur" with "links" had been damaging boundary walls to try and get a through road to land he wanted to develop on.
I set the camera up, inside the house looking out over our property, for security and as a deterrent.
We had the police come round and demand that it be removed.
We refused and luckily their timing was unfortunate for them as my uncle was present in the house when they turned up.
He happened to be a court judge who, after identifying his profession, ended their demands with "Officer, I don't think so...".
Some time later someone, in the night, painted the window in front of the camera.
We also had a council notice served on us for re-errecting our wall.
Apparently we needed planning to repair it even though the wall had been there for a few hundred years.
That too got chucked out of court.
I've seen and experienced too much of corruption at government level to trust a single thing that comes out that claims to be in our interests.
Orwell was right and, sadly, will be proven so.
"I've got nothing to hide" is sticking your head in the sand.
"Security" is only being used to subvert us for the benefit of the hierarchy.

Comment: Re:Just a thought... (Score 0) 157 157

Re-occuring and repeating patterns in nature. Fractal geometry.
There's even a spiritual/religious element to it in "the wheel of life"

I get the whole red-shift thing, even the need for "dark matter" to fill in the gaps.
Yet I can't help feel that we are back to the point at which we thought the earth was flat because of the limitation of our field of view.
Back then it was thought that you just fell off the end of the world, that made sense.
Just like dark matter and all the other fillers in our current theory.

Comment: Just a thought... (Score 0) 157 157

A thought that occurred to me recently was could the Universe, instead of being expanding from a single point of origin, be much like the repeating pattern of concentric rings we see at the atomic level, the solar system and galaxies?
So large that the speed of light problem masks it's true structure.

Just asking, I'm not read up on astrophysics/physics enough to see any obvious problems with this idea...


seoras writes: After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor."

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