* Posts by RISC OS

427 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2009


About comments


hmmm.. "your profile" at the guardian seem to have no trouble showing replies... maybe the register could do look at how they do it! This is supposed to bea tech site ;)


About comments

Can't you show in my comments how many people have replied, I have to go to each article, find the comments, and see if anyone has replied.

Also it would be nice if you can write who people are replying to. Most of the time it's impossible to tell what people are replying to.

iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do


Re: I don't know anyone

No one I know uses them, they all have mobiles.

You are mistaken or worse.


Re: I don't know anyone

No. None


I don't know anyone

that still uses a watch.

NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years


Re: Just waiting for EELT

I wish these science projects would stop getting douglas adams to name them... European Extremely Large Telescope, the large hadron collider, Large Electron–Positron Collider...


we are alone in the universe

"Only one child in the sweetshop at-a-time"


Re: Promises, promises

The year of linux on the desktop - that will be the year that and solar EMP wipes everything out and all we have are few government computers in bunkers unafected that run linux...


Re: Promises, promises

Exactly... it's 2015 next year, where are the flying cars, the hoverboards, mr fusion?

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom


Somethings wrong with facebooks ethics department...

... naked children get pulled as indecent, but videos of people getting the head cut off with a chainsaw are ok! ...I really must close my facebook account.

Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys



FFS, what has that got to do with it? You may as well have written: 'Wilson, who has Athletes Foot, was suspected of "trolling"...'

My stepson has AS, it gets on my tits how everyone and there dog tries to use it as a "get out of jail free" card.

'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE


Re: Frustrating

Normal people don't want to or need to replace such things.

Dubai to get huge climate-controlled domed city and giga-mall


I wonder

if this will be used to keep rich people in or poor people out... lets hope they don't get sued by the simpsons

USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe


I wonder how they got this information?

Maybe using the technology that snowden reported. I think snowden was right to let people know, but I would rather have all my mails logged and analysed than fly on a plane that somone may blow up.

SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'


Re: just 16 light years away

... and what time are they waiting for exactly? The time when we have star wars style blasters and our own space ships? Surely the time to attack would have been in middle ages when the best we could do was fire rotting cows from catapults... or the 40s, roswell, no real technology then either.

No they are still waiting... like Jesus to make a second coming. Why becuase it's bollocks. There are almost certainly aliens, but not near us.

for all you know, we are the most advanced form of life in the universe. Something has to be, it could be us, so our wait for "first contact" could be a very long time coming.



... for humans maybe, but that doesn't mean there is no life. We are constantly finding life in areas that are unihabitable for humans. Like the oceans for one.

Life found away to exist near black smokers, and in highly aidic water.

Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again


Re: MS should have

I guess the same thing you would do when you're not typing something, watching a film, reading something - ignore it

> "It seemed so logical.."

Yes it is logical, for an OS that is designed with touch in mind.


MS should have

Subsidised manufacturers to make every laptop with Windoes 8 have a touchscreen. They have billions, they can afford it. Screens are the most expensive part of a laptop, most people just can't afford a good spec laptop with a touchscreen. If it's a choice between a good spec laptop or an expensive touchscreened laptop with low specs I know what I would choose, and clearly buyers made the same choice.

But win 8 was designed for touchscreens, so most people that have it can't see the benefit or need of having the OS, they then tell their friends that there is no point in upgrading and you have the stats that are presented in this article.

MS shot themselves in the foot. Plus of course there is the crap software centre... the apps are terrible, they are all ad platforms designed to make money. Most are useless or complete the same as 50 other apps by the same developer. The quality of most apps is just dire. Also it's hard to know where the data for these metro apps is being stored. I don't trust using the apps because I have no idea how to migrate the data somewhere else. The only metro app I use is yahoo mail, apparently this is one of the most used metro apps. It's not brilliant but shows what metro apps could be if time and development were spend on the apps instead of people just dumping clones of apps laced with adverts: There was whole series of shit database apps that I found: "My book collection", "My cd collection"... you name it, it had an app. They were all the same, just a one word label change. The apps were terrible.

Also MS should have invested more on showing devs how to "design" metro apps. Devs are not know for strong design skills and metro apps require design skills to make them look great be a pleasure to use... this is something that will be difficult for MS to overcome.

Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money


Re: Only one word for it

One word for it from marketing and those in charge of purchasing... "Apple".

The problem with linux is, it only does what the developer needed and not what you need... then it's file a bug time and wait 2 years, then get the IT team at the NHS to test and rollout the fix - five years later it does what you want. The NHS can't work like that...

also every doctor I have ever been to use an apple device already. Much easier to train people if you don't need to train them as they all ready have the software.


Why, after snowden

is the NHS or anything todo with the government still using microsoft?

You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks


They say they offer the same data protection rights... doing and saying are too completely different things... politicans alwways promise to do stuff before an election, very few actually do what they promise. Who will be able to check that they are doing what they say when even their president "claims" he didn't know that other world leaders were being spied on?

One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars


Re: Call me a science fangrrl if you will

Except maybe George W Bush

Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser


Re: about:crashes

My firefox never crashes... sounds indeed like it is your fault

Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play


it's probably some nsa requirement.


Instead of drawing a stupid face

someone could just call that person instead.

My wife sendinng me a photo of her tits would make me feel an intimate connection with this thing. Bob smith from accounts sketching a smiley wouldn't.

Seems like some NSA-ready tool to help them correlate your mood with with your actions... and it's a bit big for what it is, especially with smart watches on the horizon...

...also how long will it be before people start sending dick images to people when they see their boss over at their cowokers desk?

iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder


What happens if you lose your phone?

Can ifind help you then? I do I need another ifind app to find my 1st ifind?

I'm pretty sure people don't spend 3 years of teh whole life time looking for things they have misplaced - where is the evidence for this? Also the woman appears to be blind. The keys were on her table in plain site.

Higgs boson even more likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins


"...coupling to the Higgs field, which is really exciting.”

Yes REALLY exciting....

Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'


Re: Maybe he could get out by

> 1) It's not Ecuadorian land.

So how come in US films yanks always claim once they are in their embassy that they are on US soil?


Maybe he could get out by

being hoisted straight up in the air several KMs to a helicopter, then he wouldn't have left Ecuadorian land.

Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?


Unless you one of those lard arses

on the otherside of the pond who feel the need to put eggs, potatoes, tomatoes etc in the fridge and thus have a fridge the size of a small room in a european flat, and you don't know what you need to buy... you either don't eat in very often or are so rich you have a cook who does the shopping for you.

I have a device that tells me what I need, it's called a jotter pad. It's amazing - you take one of these new fangled things called pencils and just write on the jotter pad what you need for your next meal, or what has just been used up... it uses no electricity, doesn't require an internet connection (although for marketing puposes, it could claim to be wireless), and is always on without reporting to GCHQ / The NSA.


Re: Am I the only one who gets this?

Yeah... if you need a s hopping list telling you to buy stuff you still have

Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft


double the visual assets...

... I like assets on a woman as much as the next man, but surely if they made them smaller they wouldn't need to double the assets to create females.

Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut



...what are they then?

Until they start obeying do no track I shall keep using adblock... tried reading the guardian without adblock just for a laugh... gave up after 2 minutes... there is more adverts than content.


Re: Pointless adverts

Yeah that is annoying... just bought a laptop for nearly 2000 euros... and amazon think I may want to buy another *slap_face* so now that is all I see.

Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds


What stupid shit

of course not everyone should learn to code... has nothing to do with appritude, what use would it be?

What's next? Every one should be able to build a bicycle? Everyone should be able to build their own house?

They should have said everyone should learn how to cook... it's amazing that today there are people who think cooking means ready sauces or ready meals... something so fundamental like eating and most of the population don't know how to. The government should be trying to get everyone to do that instead of coding. Most people don't even have a the money for decent kitchen... and then you have well of buying flats with more kitchen space than other people's have for their whole family to live in and because they are rich never actually cook in it. Just going out to eat all the time.

And the government wants people to learn to program... yeah those are great priorities

Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?


I can confirm from my adventures last week...

...that she is ;)


Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

It's the register.... the more mark downs you get the more right you were ;)


Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

> Heck, I'm a shy computer nerd and have an attractive wife and two kids myself.

me too ;)

My joke about me finding it hard to believe was tongue-in-cheek... I'm sure he does have a GF/BF. I respect anyone that can get up on a stage and talk in front of a load of people... I hate doing that, I know it takes a certain kind of person to be able to do that, and that is not me.


Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

Try rereading it... I can't help it if you can't understand what I was saying. The first points I made were to make a point, the latter ones were my own views... nothing confusing there


He is giving a talk about mavern

does he even have a girlfriend? He is a computer nerd giving a talk to other computer nerds, has he even popped his cherry? I wonder how many women would laugh if someone said that after the slide went viral... or would have made such a comment themselves... just as bad.

It is stupid, and wasn't that funny, and yeah.... I have trouble believing he has a girlfriend... but it was a joke, a bad one, but still a joke... keep the reaction in proportion!

Thanks for nothing, OpenSSL, grumbles stonewalled De Raadt


Re: What law/legal requirement

But shouldn't it be the job of those who decide to fork something? Checking on development on what they forked and not the otherway round? That would seem to be make more sense

If I have a project on a public site like github... and 500 people make forks of it, and some people make forks of those forks, should it be upto me to tell everyone who forked it that there is a serious bug? Surely they should all be monitoring my project and see for themselves.

Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'


What a dick

PS: small error in the first line:

"Netscape cofounder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen"

should be

"Netscape cofounder and asset stripper Marc Andreessen"

New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?


One comes with a shit search engine as standard...

...the other doesn't

Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data


Wouldn't it have been easier for the FBI...

...just to ask the NSA for the info?


...meanwhile in other news

microsoft announces a "vulnerability" has been found that allowed those with the right keys access to windows live data... microsoft is working on a patch...

French teen fined for illegal drone flight


sounds like a typical nancy boy

CERN: Build terabit networks or the Higgs gets it!


"A revival of the SETI at Home concept of using individual desktop computers"...

In a post snowden world I can't see many people wanting to signup for something like this anymore

Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away


"...the glasses will need eyeball monitoring..."

Does this requirement come from the NSA? ...I'm sure they would like to store everyone's eyeball prints

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room


I'm pretty sure that if the person making the post wants people to know what they are listening to they would just mention it or post specifically about it.

Now it's opt in... but how long before they change everything and make it stay recording until you opt out?

Maybe the NSAs profilers just need this kind of info to geta better picture about you...

Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting


I can't see this being useful for consumers

but business maybe... most people don't live in their own mansion with a garden with space free to act as a helipad... like in the films on the net about this.