* Posts by Chris Branch

32 posts • joined 15 Nov 2007

Why the iPhone's megapixelage alone won't matter

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Cameraphones aren't much cop as cameras anyway

Tiny lenses and tiny sensors will give you crap pictures. That's a limitation of the laws of physics. Other phones might have better kit than the iPhone but can any of them replace even a cheap compact camera?

All cameraphones are equally convenient and no more. No point trying to find the cream of the crap.

Brussels: Old-school lightbulbs to be gone by 2012

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Drop in the ocean

Still, the bureaucrats need to keep busy somehow.

Boffins breed new programming race

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AMOS with a GUI already exists - one of its original programmers developed it. Significantly more complex with Scratch but then it's not designed specifically for beginners/kids.

But on the subject of Scratch, anything that gets people young or old interested in programming is good in my book. Talented, impressionable kids need the same kind of exposure the rest of us got in the 80s/early 90s to stave off the Java-drinking code monkey dregs.

Developers more 'satisfied' with PHP than other codes

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Cynical take

Programmers that give a damn about a good language to work with purposely avoid PHP.

The ones that don't care will obviously be more than happy with PHP, especially with all those code samples to copy/paste.

I'll bet it's easier to offshore PHP work...

Fasthosts to offshore support staff

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If you're using Fasthosts

You probably don't care that they're doing this.

How much worse could it get?

Norfolk town's schools first to be heated by burning cattle

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Dead Vulture

Veggie heating?

One only has to ask them what they think produced the oil they fuel their cars and heat their homes with.

Answer lies in the grave...

Sony demos ultra-expensive, ultra-thin OLED telly

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All very pretty but

How long will the screen last for before it loses quality or breaks down altogether? Dead pixels?

I wouldn't be the first to dump £3k. Luckily for Sony I can think of some who would.

A Geeks Guide2... Christmas - Part 1

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Reminds me of this


Seems to work well, but good luck deciding who to blame for it.

Developers to get Windows 7 pre beta next month

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Gates Halo

Not time for kernel to pop

As far as I can tell there isn't much wrong with the Vista kernel other than the DRM - which is a good thing if it stops people buying DRM content. If Microsoft strip out all of the crapware in Windows 7 (yes, you too, Aero) and make the OS itself better to work with, I might actually want to upgrade this time...

Apple is Fisher-Price of sound quality, says Neil Young

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Jobs Horns


We already know that lossless audio on decent hardware = good.

iTunes sell medium-quality tracks and the iPod has poor quality earbuds. This is what the rant is about.

You obviously don't have a golden eye :)

Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research

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Company tries to stamp on others' rights and fails

In a better society this wouldn't be newsworthy. Oh well - at least the world hasn't gone to pot just yet.

Comedy UK social network berates moaning users

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It's all fun and games until you're a victim

There are lots of idiots around who will whinge because they think they deserve everything now and have no patience. Good luck keeping them away. If you have a website like this you'll get that kind of user, and anyone who's been on the internet 5 minutes will know this.

What's amusing is that one 'hater' had the cheek to say a lot of people will be leaving the site because of this. Well, they will one way or another, but what's more important is that I wouldn't be surprised if *any* kind of criticism over the whole thing gets you kicked off the site. Apparently just ignoring them for a few more days was too much for the admins to handle. For the people still left on the site, watch what you say or you might be kicked off in a future temper tantrum.

Faceparty has millions of users and all their personal details, AND it's taking people's money - just a hobby? More like a failed business. Grow up, stop defecating on your users and live in the real world like the rest of us.

Windows XP given additional resuscitation

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XP Home is uniprocessor, but there's no limit on cores that single processor can have (AFAIK, I know it's fine for dual core).

Hackers start poking holes in NFC

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I cannot wait

Will we see pickpockets stealing money just by standing too close to people?

Mine's the blue coat with with NFC tag in it... oops, someone switched it, now it's a green coat...

Life a mess? The Moderatrix can help

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This page needs one

Will the Internet ever get a 'punch user in the face' button, so we can deal with trolls and spammers the old-fashioned way?

SMS costs more than using Hubble Space Telescope

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You'll give NASA ideas

As soon as they realise they can profit from it, you'll get Hubble Plans... including one of the following for free every month:

25 picture messages

200 texts

60 minutes off-peak calls

If you go for the free calls, then among the silence of space you may faintly hear boffins laughing all the way to the bank...

Computer Misuse Act changes are delayed further

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@10 years

Not for having hacking tools, maximum sentence on that is 12 months, or a fine.

In any case the law says you have to intend to gain unauthorised access with it before you're guilty. Not as worrying as you may think, I'd be more worried if I was making programs specifically designed to break security though.

MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus

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Methinks it's the round socket to the right. Passive power brick PSU is fine by me!

Xbox 360 burns house down

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re: Give it a rest

Forgotten the exploding mobile phone? Or the flaming Dells?

IT industry needs more women

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I'm sure if you visited websites based around non-IT subjects and careers, you wouldn't be interested in those, either. The internet is full of loud, obnoxious voices - step outside if you want a sensible opinion!

How much does a data breach cost UK companies?

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Double-edged sword

So what about the genuine people who don't qualify for legal aid and don't have the cash to pay legal fees and have a roof over their heads?

The culture is the problem, not the mechanism that facilitates it.

NASA, UK boffins plan tunnelling Moon mole robot

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How long

How long until we discover amanfromtheMoon?

Will he beam his thoughts down to Earth?

Will they make any more sense?!

BitTorrent busts Comcast BitTorrent busting

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The solution, of course

Charge by the gigabyte! That'll stop the ISPs blocking downloaders in favour of making £££.

Bray recalls team XML

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CSV is a very ill-defined format. Meanwhile those of us in the real world who need to work with data in a compatible way will get on with XML until the next acronym becomes popular.

UK teen is world's youngest certified ethical hacker (maybe)

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Good for him

Good for him for doing something. Pity he didn't spend his time on more practical work like a 14 year old I know - but that'll come soon.

The real question is, has he actually learnt anything other than this 'ethical hacking' business in this past year? They teach you all that stuff at school for a good reason y'know.

Ballmer! explains! hostile! Yahoo! bid!

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Gates Halo

Scale! Branding! Audience!

Because Ballmer isn't interested in their developers...

EU data ruling slaps filesharers with red herring

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Chicken and egg

Why is filesharing popular? So people can get music they wouldn't pay for/can't pay for.

Why can't the labels lower prices/improve legal download quality? Because they think filesharers have eaten away at their profit margins.

Unfortunately until they realise how to monetise the filesharers by giving them high quality, easy to find, cheap music (perish the thought) they will stick to their "home taping is killing music" mantra and keep their heads in the sand while revenue plummets.

Ironic that legal download sites fail to give me 'audiophile' quality DRM-free music that I actually *want*, yet mp3sparks does it without skipping a heartbeat. Well done record labels.

Viva VBA - alas

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Anyone claiming CS to be a 'science' (including yourself) took one look at the name and let ignorance do the rest. It was never a science except in name; just mathematics with some engineering thrown in.

Flash-based iPlayer is go

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Re: So...

Install a 32-bit browser then. It's not just Linux that has that issue as far as I know.

The day Microsoft 'embraced and extended' Java

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@Silo Spen

Java sucks, jar, jar, jar :)

Incidentally I also liked the article and its predecessors - it's good to have a refresh of times past and note how it may have influenced things today. (or not)

Sony Ericsson ‘invents’ drag-and-drop for handhelds

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I think the Internet is already a 'ping dynasty'...

Public shows new data protection nous

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Rights are taken away, not given... the sooner arbitrary organisations are actively denied the ability to collect all our data for who-knows-what purpose the better.


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