* Posts by Alan Bourke

791 posts • joined 15 Aug 2006


Mozilla warns more Firefox website breakage to come because devs just aren't checking for SameSite snafus

Alan Bourke

Re: How about...

I'm told, ahem, that popular site Cross Site Dominatrixes is having issues. Apparently.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

Alan Bourke

Re: MS' deep pockets

Boom, there it is, the mandatory 'everything is a conspiracy' post.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

Alan Bourke

Ah, Git ...

Except that it isn't the only reason to run Windows, blinkered fanboy.

Windows Terminal hits the big 1.0: Fit for production?

Alan Bourke

Re: A terminal program?

If you want to be doing systems administration stuff in Python, knock yourself out.

Alan Bourke

Re: Oh Really. It's 2020 and Windows Terminal is at Release 1.0. Wow.

Could you fill us in as to what it is?

Alan Bourke

Re: A terminal program?

It's almost as if cmd.exe and latterly Powershell were perfectly fine for almost everyone with command line needs over all that time.

Like Visual Studio Code and your data lives in SQL Server? Microsoft has something for you

Alan Bourke

VS Code is great

However I do worry that as more and more features are added it will slowly just become Visual Studio, which is also generally great but which nobody could accuse of being close to the metal and speedy.

Cheshire Police celebrates three-year migration to Oracle Fusion by lobbing out tender for system to replace it... one year later

Alan Bourke

Re: This is my shocked face

"Imagine buying a Morris Minor and having to hire consultants to custom fit seats, tires, steering wheel, gearshift knob, windows, and even the pedals that must be custom-built just for you."

The Morris Minor you want is called Quickbooks. In the real world any company of any size has an ERP requirement that calls for some degree of customisation.

There's no Huawei a virus can stop us! 90% of our staff in China are already back at work, says CEO

Alan Bourke

Re: Bad becomes good

I see tin foil hattery remains unaffected.

Microsoft throws a bone to those unable to leave the past behind: .NET 5 support on the way for Visual Basic

Alan Bourke

Yeah you really wan tto be writing a GUI-based application

in F#.

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

Alan Bourke

Re: Imagine a user...

Users have absolutely no idea whatsoever how any of it works.

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

Alan Bourke

Re: If you want to build portable, you don't use Microsoft tools.

Yep, consistently shite.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

Alan Bourke

I remember when Sophos first appeared.

Small, fast, unobtrusive and tech support in the same time zone.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

Alan Bourke

I doubt he was bright enough to build a rocket

yet dumb enough to actually *be* a Flat Earther.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

Alan Bourke

There is no AI involved in this.


Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

Alan Bourke

"HP driver causing grief"

Uh huh.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

Alan Bourke

We eant to keep gouging customers

for our flimsy crap cables.

Look sharp: Microsoft Blazor's gone mobile. Fancy developing mobile apps with C# web technology?

Alan Bourke

Re: Beware: Microsoft has thrown more former technologies under a Bus

And of course they're completely unique among tech companies in doing this.


AppSheet. Gesundheit! Oh, we see – it's Google pulling no-code development into a cloudy embrace

Alan Bourke

No no no

We don't want bloody citizens developing.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

Alan Bourke

Ah, Git ...

What's wrong with Windows 10?

JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you're not alone... a chunk of pros also feel JS is 'overly complex'

Alan Bourke

Re: Not Permitted

You don't order your tin foil hats online I take it.

I don't want to go on the cart! Windows 10 Mobile hauls itself from the grave one last time

Alan Bourke

I had a WinPho

As a phone OS I liked it well enough. What killed it really for me was the lack of 'second tier' applications. Yes, your FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr and all were there. But your local transport and utility providers, banks and the like only ever really did iOS and Android. They had two do two versions of their app already, why would they do a third for a much smaller player?

Was glad to get back on Android by the end.

Microsoft's Teams goes to bat for the other team with preview on Linux

Alan Bourke

Ah, Git ...

Ah dry your eyes.

Microsoft emits long-term support .NET Core 3.1, Visual Studio 16.4

Alan Bourke

Re: Proof in the pudding

Compared to what?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

Alan Bourke

Re: Details

All the shite that comes through doors from politicians in Ireland is printed in government buildings and claimed back on exies.

Google throws new version of Dart at the desktop, will be hoping it sticks with app devs

Alan Bourke

Re: What about a language for mere mortals

Xojo, LiveCode ...

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame

Alan Bourke

Just here

for the ratio.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

Alan Bourke

Not really Python's fault then.

Was it.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

Alan Bourke

Still remember the Great Late 90s Mobe Scare

We were all supposed to be dropping from brain tumours as I recall.

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

Alan Bourke

But ... but I thought it was only Microsoft ...

who ballsed up the occasional update and everything was roses and unicorns in Apple and Linux land.

GNU means GNU's Not U: Stallman insists he's still Chief GNUisance while 18 maintainers want him out as leader

Alan Bourke

He brings it on himself with utterances such as:

""Even when it is uncontroversial to call the subject depicted a "child", that is no excuse for censorship," he added. "Having a photo or drawing does not hurt anyone, so and if you or I think it is disgusting, that is no excuse for censorship.""


Microsoft emits .NET Core 3.0, C# 8.0, Visual Studio 2019 16.3, and more at e-conference

Alan Bourke

Re: The missing piece is ...

Cross-platform desktop GUI libraries tend to end up as lowest-common-denominator in terms of usability as they rarely fully cater for the paradigms of the host OS.

For real this time, get your butt off Python 2: No updates, no nothing after 1 January 2020

Alan Bourke

Re: Can you explain?

It's very structured code-wise, and syntactically simple compared to {} languages. It's kind of the reason people used to use VB6 - it gets out of the way and lets you solve the problems. Data scientists don't want to be pissing around with the scaffolding involved in using other languages.

How do you do, fellow kids? Facebook now Boomerbook as British oldies outnumber teens

Alan Bourke

The kids are united.

Teens today grew up with tech that means they never have to lose touch with anyone unless they want to. A fair chunk of the people on Facebook now didn't, and joined up at least in part so they could use it to dredge up old friends and family.

Zapped from the Play store: Another developer gets no sense from Google, appeals to the public

Alan Bourke

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

Windows 10? WTF has that got to do with anything?

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel

Alan Bourke

Re: It's a trap!

Yeah because then it would run desktop software that people actually use and we can't have that.

Twice in one month: Microsoft updates new-style Terminal preview

Alan Bourke

Re: Bless 'em

There hasn't been a decent update from Microsoft but there are plenty of other alternatives like Cmder and especially Hyper.js

Windows 10 Fast Ring Insiders see double while SQL Server 2019 sidles closer to release

Alan Bourke

Re: Paint and notepad

And your point?

Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year

Alan Bourke

Re: Good. Another year for people to move away from Windows

Fantastic, could you just direct me to the Mac or Linux versions of all the software we need to actually run businesses in the real world and maybe some AAA games for when I'm at home.

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

Alan Bourke

Ah, Git ...

The Javascript of source control. Sort of shite, but somehow ubiquitous.

When the chips are down, buy a software biz: Broadcom snaffles Symantec for $10.7bn

Alan Bourke

Re: Why?

Yeah. You know, a business to run, games to play when not running the business.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah

Alan Bourke

Ah, folding screens ...

... the self-driving car of the phone world.

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal

Alan Bourke

Re: Never get too wedded to a particular product

Nah, MS are far, far from alone in doing this in the modern tech world. Google, Apple and the rest are just as bad.

2019 set to be the worst year yet for smartphone market as lack of worthy upgrades dents demand

Alan Bourke

Pickied up a mint Nexus 6G from CeX 12 months ago

and I see no compelling reasons anywhere to change it ever, unless it dies. Even my Apple fanboi kids have stopped nagging about newer iPhones.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

Alan Bourke

This whole fully autonomous thing remains a complete fantasy.

Even if it were technically achievable in any of our lifetimes, which I seriously doubt, I also doubt many people actually want it. Think it would help reduce accidents in your country? I suspect proper driver training and law enforcement might be a better use of the time and energy than this horseshit.

Get rekt: Two years in clink for game-busting DDoS brat DerpTrolling

Alan Bourke

Oh good.

The twat.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer

Alan Bourke

Re: M$ is abandoning the desktop

Thanks for putting a dollar sign there, I thought they were a charity.

Before we lose our minds over sentient AI, what about self-driving cars that can't detect kids crossing the road?

Alan Bourke

Re: “Shouldn’t we worry about the emergence of consciousness in AI?”

No more than we should be worried about stargates or time travel.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found

Alan Bourke

So anyway

how are fully autonomous cars coming along?

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines

Alan Bourke

Re: PoS

Why would Android take over the desktop when Linux won't?

The issue is the software people run in businesses, and the games world, is Windows and installed locally. Until that changes neither Linux or Android (or Mac) will make any inroads.



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