* Posts by Ben H

5 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

Amazon buys Lovefilm

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Nope, me too

I think Lovefilm is great. It seems to buy in a decent stock of new films, I generally get new films shipped out within a couple of days, the range is very good and I like their web site. I'm on a pre-pay plan where you buy 15 rentals for £30 or so and have to use them within 6 months - flexible and suits me fine and it's a bargain at around £2 per blu-ray rental.

Gran Turismo 5

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Good review

Reckon you got it about right. When it's great is GREAT, I'm loving the Nurburgring special event and I personally feel it looks great and runs really smoothly. I'm disappointed by the poor AI and the slow, slow menu system and long loading times. It's as if 90% of the effort went into 50% of the game.

Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

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Surely no mistake

So quite Steven Knox - ""The first does not follow from the second. The point of testing software is to ensure that it does what it was designed to do,and that it is stable. But very rarely does testing reach to proving that the software does NOTHING BUT what it was designed to do, which is the gist of your first sentence."

In many cases yes that's possible but I don't believe that is true in this case. The audience for the data that was generated would, without doubt, be greater than a few software testers. At the very least developers would have had a peak at it to sanity-check it - they would immediately notice that it contains a lot more information than expected. And what about storage? The storage requirements would have increased if all this extra data is being saved - some one would have noticed. I fully accept that testers would not necessarily notice but I cannot accept that only testers would have looked at the data.

Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

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Data octopus

Well, "Data Octopus" has now officially become my favorite expression. Love it!

Lamson - email app coding without the palm sweat

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Lotus Domino

Integrating applications with email has been utterly trivial using Notes / Domino for almost 2 decades. Ask a Domino developer "Can you integrate this with my e-mail?" and they will almost certainly answer "It already is".