* Posts by Tony Proudlove

18 publicly visible posts • joined 14 May 2009

Sony coughs up £250K ICO fine after security fears

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something something linux something mumble rootkit froth whine

Sony have a long long way to go before they can make me forget the shocking injustice and disregard for their customers they showed during this whole sorry episode. By that I of course mean subjecting me to "Don't Mess with the Zohan" as part of the PSN Welcome Back compensation package.

Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Work in progress

I have no problem with the concept of wearable tech and I'm sure in time it will get to the point where it's actually stylish and functional, at which point it will become ubiquitous. But at the moment, every time I see a photo of someone wearing these Fisher-Price smart watches, or Google Glass or the like, I mentally caption it "Don't worry Ma'am - I'm from the Internet".

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Good article, but will the intended audience read it?

Interesting stuff. I made pretty much all the mistakes identified. Didn't do A-Level Maths, did Computing instead, because I wasn't planning to go to Uni at the time. Halfway through my A-Levels, decided to go to Uni but found most of them required A-Level Maths. So ended up at Newcastle Uni, which didn't require A-Level Maths, but instead hit me with a deluge of Maths in the first year, which completely overwhelmed me and I dropped out after year 1, back in the mid 90's.

So really to get the best out of this article, you need to be a 16 year old making your A-Level selections. I wonder how many 16 year olds, or indeed 18 year olds will read this article? A handful is my guess.

To support what someone else said above about HNCs, I fortunately landed on my feet and after dropping out did an HNC in Computing. Far more suitable for me and it led to a Software Apprenticeship with a telco, where I did an HND in Software Engineering on day release. Ultimately I've done alright, although I'm not a developer. A degree isn't for everyone, and despite the subtext of the article and the majority of the comments, there are areas of IT other than development, you know. Some may see development in HFT as the pinnacle, but a code monkey in HFT is still just a code monkey. ;)

Cisco and iRobot build videoconferencing robot for remote workers

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Re: looks familiar

FX7. One of the few Star Wars figures I had as a child. Imagine my Christmas morning excitement at being able to add to my collection - which could be counted on one hand - only to be given FX7. Worst... Star Wars figure... ever.

Troll face because that's what whoever gave it to me must have been thinking.

Our new 1.5TB lappie drive isn't thick, it's just the densest - HGST

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Gaming consoles

Nice to see they've identified gaming consoles as a market for these - this would go great in a PS3. I've put a 1TB in mine only a few months ago and it's down to 70GB free already. Consoles are fine with 5400rpm and the data on them isn't critical enough to get too worried about having all your eggs in one basket (not that I've ever had a console HDD failure).

Sony chairman Howard Stringer set to retire, explore 'new world'

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Re: It's not just "stupid root kit/ban OtherOS"

My Sony Cybershot takes an SD card. My PS3 happily takes any old USB storage and I've just replaced the HDD with a 1TB Seagate - nothing proprietary about that. My Xperia Play takes an SD card (it is a piece of junk though). I think your argument is a little dated. Minidisk? Next you'll be complaining they removed Linux support from their 8-track players.

World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Out of touch?

If, as you say, the predecessor was "apparently well-received", then how are they "out of touch'? Clearly there is a niche market for these 小さい mobes, and recognising it as a niche they're producing a limited 12,000 run. It's obviously not a mobe designed to cater for the mass market.

Paris, because she may be the target buyer.

Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

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Re: Mubi?

Admittedly I haven't tried it on a PC before - I've only used it via the PS3 - but it looks like you need to access it via the Facebook app to get it on your PC, which may put off a few people.

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Reinventing the wheel

This is what MUBI is for. It's already out there, is already streaming movies that aren't available on DVD, is already helping to give independent film makers a platform, already has a console client (PS3) and can also be watched through any Flash enabled browser. So what is this guy doing that MUBI isn't already doing better?


Microsoft to link Lync voice and IM to Skype by June

Tony Proudlove

Good news but not unexpected

"Lync is a relatively new product line for Microsoft, having been launched in November 2010 as a replacement for Office Communicator and Office Communications Server."

It's not really a new product though, is it? It's essentially not much more than a rebranding of Communicator - many of the tools used to manage it still refer to it as Office Communicator (the .adm, for example, last time I looked). So it's essentially been around since 2007.

Not really a surprising announcement this. IIRC Lync has interoperability with Live Messenger, so if that's being phased out to be replaced with Skype, it's only natural they'd have to provide the same functionality.

Boffins hide messages in Skype ‘silence packets’

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That's easy for you to say

Are the names of the researchers also encrypted?

Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Re: Things move in GUI's.

There is nothing more frustrating than knowing a feature exists, but not being able to find it. Which is why I spend about 20 minutes swearing profusely

If I know a feature exists but don't know where it is in a different version, then I click Help and enter a few keywords to show me what I'm looking for. The problem is so called 'IT Professionals' consider using Help beneath them, although if an end user asks them something 'stupid', then they're very quick to ask why they didn't use the Help function first.

Telstra’s filter supplier also blocks for Qatar, Yemen, UAE

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Sounds familiar

Shades of Phorm? Of course, it's all in our best interests, they're only trying to help...

Sony Xperia P mid-range Android

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Burnt by PLAY

Sorry Sony, I'm a long time fanboi but my 'xperience' with the PLAY has put my off ever buying another Xperia. Poor build quality (the volume button fell off in my pocket); unacceptably small internal memory (I think the 'Low on Space' icon is burned in to my screen); the Xperia PC Suite is useless (connecting the phone wirelessly is next to impossible, using Media Go to transfer music for some reason takes hours when performing the same transfer with the phone connected as storage only takes minutes; the software interferes with my Bluetooth mouse - even when the phone isn't connected, to name a few of the problems); and the final straw is the about turn on ICS. I can't believe I can't upgrade the OS on a phone that only came out towards the end of last year.

Style over substance.

System Shock

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Pedantic, but it's a simple pipe. It looks like a pipe, and in three of the screenshots it even says WEAPONS: PIPE.


This isn't Gordon Freeman.

I'm glad I wasn't the only person who found the controls difficult. I missed the game when it first came out but bought it a few years later as a budget re-release. It was fun, but the patting your head while rubbing your tummy control style spoiled a lot of the enjoyment for me.

HTC sinks $309m into audio tech from Dr Dre

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He started out in the World Class Wreckin' Cru in 1983. He's almost a 30 year veteran.

Royal Navy warship almost fires on UFOs

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Orange blobs in Liverpool?

You can see them every weekend down Mathew Street, usually with bad bleach jobs.

Kanye West doesn't have a f***ing Twitter, OK?

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What happened to a sense of humour? He even writes "BECAUSE MY CAPS LOCK KEY IS LOUD!!!!!!!!!". It's a tongue in cheek rant. There's humour in that post and everything he's saying about Twitter is correct.

That said, he fell off after Late Registration.