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Comment Taken too seriously (Score 2) 404

Chill. It's not worth getting worked up about. It's just a TV show.
I personally enjoy it and the characters, it's no worse or better than The Simpsons, Family Guy or South Park.
The acting has as many dimensions.
I do enjoy reading Chuck Lorre's vanity cards and I often wonder where he gets his inspiration from.
An entertaining writer, not a serious one, just a good comedy satirist.
If it makes you laugh, great. If it doesn't, don't watch it.

Comment Re:How do people optimise their designs? (Score 1) 213

I must be old. First assembly I ever coded in was 6502 on a BBC B, 2nd was ARM on my Acorn Archimedes just as I was starting University.
I wrote a paper for my 1st year course on microprocessor design comparing the compiled output for a C function from a Sequent x386, a Sinclair XL 68000 and the ARM.
The truly astounding thing was that the ARM compiler took 1/3 of the instructions to complete the same task as the compilers for the old processor architectures.
Which, I'm proud to say, was then quoted in class by the lecturer. :) The fact that the RISC, with fewer instructions was more efficient showed up how wrong the complex instructions set approach had been and the brilliance of RISC design.
16 instructions, 16 registers and ran on 0.1W of power. It's a true marvel of tidy, sensible engineering.
It was/is so elegant and simple to code for.
I've not looked at the v7 assembly but the original was beautifully simple.

Comment A farm environment has many factors at play here (Score 0) 112

I grew up on a farm and I have asthma. I would have put it down to the consumption of raw, unpasteurised milk by farmers and their families.
A farm raised child eats much more unprocessed food and is exposed to much higher levels of bacteria.
The theory that asthma is a modern disease caused by living in a world that's too clean makes a lot of sense.
We've descended from people who survived due to their strong immune defence.
This inherited army needs a fight and when it has nothing better to do it attacks it's own.
Maybe this theory is correct and the farm dust that prevents asthma.
It didn't help me as dust isn't something you see much of when you grow up on a farm in Scotland where it rains 351 days of the year. :-/

Comment Regulation looms (Score 1) 450

You only have to look at the affiliate marketing commission being offered by these casual dating sites to see it's "men only"
I had a look at this a few years ago but, as my website is 95% female audience, it made no sense to try it.
So if they have no interest in paying for referrals of women where do the women come from?
Digging deeper you'll find that most of the affiliate partners are the porn websites.
The conclusion I came to was that the entire "casual dating" industry was just the monetisation of the online porn industry.
The BBC did an expose on it a few years back.

I've wondered how long it'll be before this gets political and regulated.

Comment Re:Where have all the Slashdotters gone? (Score 1) 61

Go outside and get some sunshine and fresh air. Sounds like you really need it...

No, that's not the reason. The GP explained away that bullshit excuse of yours. Go read the motherfucking comment and look at what it linked to. Here's the relevant part for you:

To really see what I'm talking about, look at Slashdot as it appeared a decade ago on July 25, 2005. Or compare it to the nearest Saturday to then, July 23, 2005.

Almost all of those submissions had at least 100 comments. Many of them had far more. In fact, it was routine to see submissions with 400 or even 500 comments. So clearly something is extremely wrong today, when 100 comments is considered a lot.

The evidence shows very clearly that it was not quieter during the summer 10 years ago, even on a Saturday. As is so plainly obvious, there were many more comments then than there are now.

It's not about it being summer. It's not about it being Saturday. It's about stupid policies having ruined Slashdot!

Comment Pointless article (Score 1) 213

I think this thread misses the point of the iWatch. I think did too initially.

I write iOS Apps and I've had good success with them.
So on the announcement of iWatch I immediately thought about how to make use of the iWatch.
Jump on the bandwagon, why not?
But I can't really think of any good way that the watch augments my Apps.
I could extend the daily notification to the watch but really it's not a game changer for my apps.
I use them myself and love using them on iPhone and iPad, but on that tiny screen with what appears to be a fiddly UI? Nah...

I've not bought an iWatch yet, I've thought long and hard about it but I think I've arrived at the conclusion it's worth trying the cheap end version.
I see two things the iWatch has that I think I'd like to have.
1) Apple Pay without having to pull out your phone.
2) A discreet and personal notification system using a haptic feedback interface.

I like the idea of not missing phone calls, being able to get notifications of important emails, txts etc from a gentle tap on my wrist.
I don't like being attached to my phone, I prefer to leave it on my desk or in my brief case when I'm out meeting clients.
In doing this I miss calls and messages that are important.

The iWatch, as I see it, is just a hardware extension of the iOS eco-system.
It's not a separate entity in it's own right as the iPad is separate from iPhone.

So as an app eco-system it doesn't make any sense and neither does this article.

Time wasting social media (FB, Snapchat et al) are piss poor examples too.
Facebook's got an issue with Apple right now (see Samsung patent case announcement today with FB siding against Apple).
So any comments coming out of FB towards Apple right now can be taken with large amounts of scepticism.

iWatch Killer App? I'd say it's already there in "Apple Pay".

Comment Nolan, Nolan who the f... is Nolan! :) (Score 0) 311

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.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine