* Posts by Scott van Looy

14 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Sep 2008

Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

Scott van Looy

Oh my

"Bar posts provocative anti-google facebook status in attempt to get free publicity from lazy media." is the headline you appear to have forgotten to write.

Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Re: What...

http://www.digital-web.com/articles/scope_in_javascript/ - scope in Javascript

http://phrogz.net/JS/classes/OOPinJS2.html - inheritance in Javascript.

Both pages are 6+ years old. Javascript has been able to do this since before the days of IE6.

Just because it doesn't have a thing called a "class" doesn't mean it's lacking these two...it was developed as an OO scripting language right from the start.

Man's car warns of AIR RAID OVER LONDON

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Hai guis!

I'm suspecting the fact there was a chemical fire in London overnight and an air raid siren has indeed been blaring out over the south east wasn't mentioned anywhere, right?

I have a SNEAKY SUSPICION that this might be the cause of the air raid warning.

Google targets iPad with Android 3 Honeycomb tablet yumminess

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Anyone who thinks different screen resolutions *have* to equate to fragmentation has clearly never used the internet before or seen a webpage.

Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history

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"The study also detected code on sites maintained by Microsoft, YouTube, Yahoo and About.com that perform what the scientists called “behavioral sniffing.” They employ JavaScript that covertly tracks mouse movements on a page to detect what a user does after visiting it."

This is a website owner tracking what a user does on that website. It is not scary, it is not dangerous and it is not covert. FUD much?

'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

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Le Sigh.

Yay! EnviroBashing! How...er...unexpected!

Global warming worst case = Only slight misery increase

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Dodgy statistical analysis ahoy!

You say:

"But small farmers in other nations, a group which accounts for very large numbers of people, would be very happy: rising food prices would lift them out of their hardscrabble existences and make them comparatively well-off."

Which is clearly missing the point that if food becomes scarce, prices will go up. Because farmers will have less food to sell. So how are they going to make *more* money by selling *less* food? I'd say they're likely to stay just as poor.

If the Reg spent half the time publishing stories about the actual science of global warming that it spends publishing dodgy stories rubbishing scientists, it'd make me happy.

Or better still, just don't bother, as it has little to do with the tech world and smacks of someone somewhere in your editorial staff having an axe to grind...

Apple bets on Mac-only photo land grab with Aperture 3

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Installed the demo, attempted to use it. Bloat doesn't even come close. 2.93ghz core2duo and 4gb ram make it crawl. *uninstall*

What on earth do you think you are doing, Darling?

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RE: Rich or poor?

Nah, it's written by someone domiciled in Portugal, one would assume for tax reasons if being cynical. Although I'm sure he'd disagree and blame the state of the UK.

Cows can't detect earthquakes: Official

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Can Mike Richards

Please tell me about grep and white dog poo?


New Scientist goes innumerate in 'save the planet' special

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Jobs Horns


"all that matters is growth"


"all that matters is economic growth"


Wacky Jacqui's yoof ID site goes silent

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Oh dear...

When will the government realise that the ONLY people in the UK that want ID cards are the ones who'll be making billions creating them...

OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history's dustbin

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I'm pretty sure the lovely people on MySpace noticed the OpenSocial stuffs. And Hi5, Orkut, Friendster, et al...

OpenID is in use all over the place, or perhaps you need to investigate fun things like Twitter?

And as for Google Gears - just wait for the new browsers and the new applications that will be supported on them ;)

Android springs to life next week

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I'm the one who took the video - it's really not sluggish when you watch it live. And the + and - zooming isn't as counter intuitive as you might think - the layer only appears when you touch the screen and it's semi transparent.

Basically it's the iphone but built on top of linux and using open source technology and NO appstore. I was very impressed with stuff like the browser supporting position:fixed and fixed backgrounds

When you move between screens the desktop wallpaper moves too, at half the speed of the icons, giving it a nice 3d feel...

Anyone interested in playing with it can go here:


and download the emulator, which is in effect the entire OS in a VM...