* Posts by Adam Johnston

14 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Nov 2007

Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

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'if you pay for a piece of software, you have the right to view and modify the source code.'

Feel free to hack away at the binary to your hearts content, but why do you feel are entitled to the source code any more than you are entitled to the engineering schematics or CAD files that were used to build the computer your software runs on?

You are of course free design your own computer from scratch, just as you are free to write your own software.

Facebook's complexity will be its doom

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... it's very slightly less than two

No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

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If you have to be taught ethics...

I don't want to know, never mind work with you.

School secretly snapped 1000s of students at home

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@ Glen Turner 666

Not only were the laptops supplied by the school, but private (i.e unmonitored laptops) were banned and would be confiscated.

The Internet's most evil company?

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The King Is Dead... Long Live what?

So presumably if AP is 'dead' and can no longer sustain a business by reporting from Iraq, Iran, Afganistan, Darfur and Somalia you, Jimbo Wales and rest of the wiki-fiddlers will be on the next plane out?

No? thought not.

They are trying to protect the output of their members who worked and some cases actually risked their lives to bring the story to the eyes of the world. They might not know how to do it yet, but that doesn't make them evil. It's certainly not 'the internet's most evil company' unless they have started reporting dissidents to the Chinese authorities.

Only crime I can see here is sinning against the church of Web2.0.

Apple won't let Commodore onto its baby

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Emulation library v Emulator

Seems to me, knowing nothing about the Apple SDK that the easiest way around this is to bundle the emulator with the game and submit each game to the app store. Means you can't charge money via the appstore for the emulator (or for the games probably) but I suspect that was never the point. Don't know whether the SDK would allow the emulator to be included as a DLL, but even if it doesn't, why not a static library?

The app can then say 'Powered by iVice' or 'iFrodo inside' or just 'C64 Game - Jobs is an Arsebiscuit'. No Ts & Cs broken.

I'm off to play 'Paradroid' on my netbook.

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Jobs Horns

'There are already a number of emulators available on the AppStore.'

Shhhhh... they'll probably wipe it by remote control if you tell them.

Sapped council staff offered SAP counselling

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Brings back memories

I remember DEC/Compaq migrating to SAP to replace all their bespoke in house systems so that presumably they could get rid of all those expensive database developers. In the end SAP required so much support that they had to keep all those expensive database developers as SAP consultants.

Bearing in mind that one of their in house database systems evolved into alta-vista the in house developers were not too shabby. SAP on the other hand...

What do you mean I need to enter transaction code 'MM083'?

Hello IS? I've just launched SAP and I think the Graphics have fallen off my GUI.

Anatomy of a malware scam

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@ Andrew Barr, Andrew Hall, TeMerc... bite my shiny metal ass!

Who invited the googlebots?

Enterprise class mobility

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Wot no S60? UIQ?

Do I detect the faint whiff of a North American journalist?

YouTube pros cash in on deaths with fake vids

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@Anonymous Coward

erm... yes. it is just you

Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game

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@Nexox Enigma

'It can take up to 8 hours (perhaps even more) to reinstall all of their software'

I guess you must pay/get-paid by the hour then... if you can't figure out how to do a vanilla install of windows or a modern linux distro in 30-60 min then you obviously know nothing about IT and hence should not be reading this site. Perhaps you would be better off here...


Why Microhoo! is like, so, totally dead

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And ninethly

Too lucid for amanfrommars. Reminds me more the opal encrusted prostate himself... Otto Z Stern (haven't heard from him/her in a long time)

Cambridge computing profs 'desperate' for applicants

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Business skills is the way to go?

Eek! Show me a plane controlled by software written by a bunch of people with business degrees? More to the point, when I get to the airport show me one that isn't.