* Posts by Mike Watts

6 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Feb 2008

Government lunatic magnet goes live

Mike Watts


because WordPress scales beyond about 5 simultaneous users just fine...*

(* it doesn't really, I'm being sarcastic, WordPress doesn't scale at all, just so we're all sure.)

Red Dwarf's Kryten exposes iPhone number

Mike Watts

look again

the picture was clearly taken in the Apple store - you can see the little perspex price block in the corner.

Carphone Warehouse stares down BPI and UK.gov on three strikes

Mike Watts


"You'd have to disconnect the whole world from the internet as EVERYONE has and/or does download music illegally all the time"

Please don't try to justify your illegal activity by claiming that everyone does it so it must be ok. I pay for all of my music, thanks.

Not that I disagree with CPW's view. I think record companies need to wake up and smell the rot of their out dated business model and start producing quality music packaged so we can actually use it. I'm pretty sure that all of their posturing is just the death calls of a lumbering beast, NIN, Radiohead et al have shown the way.

I think the "True Fan" model (http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.php) is the way to go for all content creators.

Apple ignores Jesus Phone life raft

Mike Watts

shame, but hardly "Unknown Reasons"

The reasons are pretty obvious really - decreased battery life, decreased speed, decreased security/privacy.

Don't forget that the majority of people in the world are morons. These are the people that install all the funny applications their mates email them, click 'yes' to all the little popup windows they get on the internet and don't bother to keep their OS patched up.

I used to have a windows mobile phone and it ran like crap after a few days because it could barely manage applications that were *supposed* to quit! Apple are sticking to their design goal of making something that is slick and easy to use.

I love a nice little instant messaging application, but I'm content to live with SMS and email (although I'd really like MMS) if it means that I don't have to bugger about with application managers and memory monitors, that's not what my phone is for.

AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer

Mike Watts

I don't buy it

"Discloses methods allowing clients to perform tasks through a sideband communication channel, in addition to the main communication channel between a client and server".

A web browser makes a request for a page using the HTT protocol on port 80. The web browser then begins to render the returned HTML (assuming html is returned). As the browser discovers requirements for other resources (.css files, javascript files, images, flash content etc) it makes new requests, asynchronously and often in parallel for these new files using the same 'channel' it used to get the main page - http, port 80.

User clicks a link, the browser loads a new page, user clicks an 'ajax link' browser loads another page in exactly the same manner above but instead processes it according to a new set of instructions supplied in the original request.

As far as the server is concerned, there is no difference between any of these requests other than they ask for a different bit of information each time.

Anyone going after companies for this is a cockpouch and deserves only pain and destitution.

7000 Leap Year Babies attack Steve Ballmer

Mike Watts


"How do you explain to a five-year-old, that they won't receive a birthday card..."

I think it's probably best if this guy doesn't try, I'm not convinced he understands the concepts involved...