* Posts by Martin Walker

14 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Nov 2007

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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worse by the year

what else can you say? from being a cutting edge system, to an embarrassing mess of things that just ain't working any more.Bought I think 3 over the years and did not mind being on a bleeding edge moving forward, but now its in a state where it won't do what it says on the tin, and you can't manually try and correct anything.

Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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If the minimum wage was 50 cents, and a robot could do it for 49 cents then a robot would end up doing it. The real issue is neither the minimum wage or automation, but structural.

Mega profits need taxing, taxes need to pay for the services we all need.

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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In more than 30 years in the industry, sometimes as a full time employee, sometimes a contractor and sometimes just running my own business I have been out of work for maybe a couple of weeks and my contract and jobs have been pretty good on the whole.

Therefore anyone with any other experience must be some sort of undeserving idiot.

I really wonder how people can be so self centered that they think in that way?

Even if you are very skilled (and obviously not everyone can be) you are going to be lucky to get through a career without grief of some kind.

Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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pebble steel

days between charges, does useful stuff....

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Would have been short sighted 35 years ago, now simply daft

This is one of those "because it has always been true it always will be" type articles which makes it pretty lame to start with, but which also fails even more because unless you are selective with the facts it isn't even true, and hasn't been for a long time.

Over the last few decades there may not have been quite the scale of job losses that might have been predicted, though the reality of unemployment rates have been massively massaged, but the pay of the newly created jobs has sucked, reducing the working class more and more to the position of poor peasants paying rent to their feudal overlords.

Sooner or later automation will destroy even the fading illusion of high employment levels.

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Never seen this type of behavior in the UK. It's still lamentable the lack of women in the industry though. In 30 odd years I don't think the numbers have gone forward at all.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone

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@ key...its only the biggest key on the keyboard.

I am not keen on blackberries and I generally detest short cut keys, but for flips sake even I cottoned on that within emails pressing the space bar does the job, and surely anyone constantly emailing would soon find that second nature.

I could not be bothered with the rest of the review after such an idiotic start, and leaped straight to the comment, though plainly I am not the first to take issue with this.

HTC Touch Pro2

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What a lame review

4 pages with a page and a half on the camera and only a sentence on web browsing.

Surely no one is buying a phone like this to take pictures or even for that matter make phone calls?

It is a business phone at a serious price for people wanting to do serious netty things and a review needs to review those things and not trivia.

Acer intros 10in Aspire One netbook

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I want a netbook, not a lame notebook.

it seems all the netbook producers are shifting to bigger screens, hard disk storage and probably windows losing the whole point of the netbook of being small, solid state with an OS aimed at portable things you want on the road.

I just don't get the rational behind this move.

Ubuntu 8.10 - All Hail new Network Manager

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very buggy release

I'm typing this without the aid of cursor keys that have disappeared as the keys think they are other keys like prtscn. My screen drivers are unstable, my crossvc program is virtually dead it is so slow now... I could go on. This simply is not a good experience unless you get lucky.

Asus to phase out sub-10in Eee PCs, says CEO

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My son bought a 10 inch model, and it was way too big for me. At that size I might as well carry on lugging the 15.4 notebook around.

The 8.9 model my daughter bought is in real danger of being confiscated, I could tuck that into any old bag and the screen and keyboard are perfectly usable.

All Ii'm waiting for is a Linux/SSD/8.9 model with 3g built in.

eBay gets negative feedback about ban on negative feedback

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I agree with ebay

I both buy and sell and would recently have left negative feedback on an item I bought, if I had not been bothered about getting a negative myself.

Symmetry in the feedback system is flawed, customers need to know more about sellers and hence the new system will help.

Okay it means a lot of sellers will see their ratings fall, but buyers will have to get used to a lower % rating not being as bad a sign as it was before, and sellers will still be able to comment on the negatives they get which will still allow the customer to apply judgment.

Click here to turn your HP laptop into a brick

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linux v windows

I'm a pragmatist, I need my PCs to do my work.

10 or so years ago that meant using cloned unix commands at the DOS prompt.

5 years ago it meant also having a linux box viewed from windows with vnc,

2 years ago it meant making the main desktop linux.

Right now it is down to some resentment that a few things still only work under windows, and that it still can be a horrible and not alway successful fight to get Linux working right.

1 year on it may be very interesting!

Mozilla hits back at Firefox 3 quality slur

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Leaks like a sieve

Some people commenting seem to have the view that if Firefox does not leak for them it is not an issue.

As a JavaScript developer I am pretty aware that both the page code and the browser contribute to the issues, but that it does seem to be mostly down to the browser, some pages can bring a 2gb system to its knees in minutes!

I am sure what the user really wants at this point is a faster more stable browser and not more useless bells and whistles.