* Posts by Tippis

16 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers


Quite so. It has a better form factor than any of the subsequent models and infinitely more clever and elegant security system than any of the modern ones. Of course they had to cut it loose.

Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS


Re: Acronym fun

Other euphemisms from the same source include “hardware-rich combustion” and “litho-braking” (as opposed to, say, aero-braking).

Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display


So what you're saying is that were given a computer for free? After all, the cost of the computer here is $0, and you claim you paid half of that, which makes no sense whatsoever.

So you didn't really buy it, now did you? Someone gave you a workstation for free. That's very nice of them but it also makes it completely useless as a point of comparison if you want to talk about cost.

New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back


The difference is that no-one uses the launch pad in OSX since you have the much more useful dock and the vastly more useful Spotlight bar at your disposal.

The reason for this is that the transition is massively jarring, offers no useful advantage and, in fact, serves absolutely no purpose at all that can't be done in far better ways by not splattering them all over the screen.

Firefox joins Microsoft in uncool kids class


Re: Chrome is bad

"you can't even block ads with Google chrome, so it's perfect for THEIR business, I'm not anti-google, just can't stand their privacy politics."

Neither does Firefox, unless you get Adblock or some similar extension. Now, as it happens, Chrome has this: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en

Steve Jobs denies Judas Phone antenna problems


E71 here...

...and I tried to duplicate this when the whole "oh, but it happens with every smartphone" spin first got out. And indeed, I *did* manage to get it to drop bars...

...by more or less sitting on it. If I made sure that the only thing not covered in me (ok, just using my hands worked as well) was the part of the screen that showed the connectivity, I could indeed see how it would sloooowly start losing bars, but open up just a little bit and they'd start coming back.

Sure, I suppose other phones could exhibit the same kind of sensitivity as the iPhone 4, but that doesn't mean that the iPhone is any good, only that a number of other phones are just as horrid as the iPhone is.

Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected



The inclusion of F# is in and of itself another interesting development that shows the pressure that's been building on MS. It's in functional programming that we find the fundamental concepts that made Google search so successful. If MS have picked up on this and begun to push in the same direction, then that's yet another good sign of how they might be moving out of their complacency and into the very nasty competitive mode that occasionally makes them produce wtfawxsome products…

Jesus Phone in shock Opera browser benediction


re: what's in it for opera?

My guess is it's the same as on all other platforms: brand <-> moving (and integrating with) more desktop versions <-> search referral $$$

YouTube's IE6 support dies on March 13


Kill it with fire.

…and then douse the ashes with chlorine trifluoride and burn them as well. It's a better funeral than IE6 deserves.

Opera cuts cord on first open-source baby

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Does this explain…

…why activating dragonfly has only given me the dragonfly main page for the last week or two, rather than the tool itself? The URL in the browser is the same as always and I haven't seen any announcement that they've changed it or why it redirects to the wrong page.

Top security firm: Default Windows 7 less secure than Vista


UAC was never the problem

The real issue with the UAC nagging wasn't UAC – it was the fact that windows programmers were incompetent and/or complacent. They'd gotten use to the idea of programming for an all-permissive environment (everyone is an admin, right?) and completely blanked when they were suddenly forced to program for a limited-mode environment.

Well-sorted programs never unduly triggered UAC; crap programs made by idiots did.

In some ways, it's no different than the move from Win95/98 to Win2k, when suddenly programs started to die horribly (most notably games, giving rise to the "Win2k can't run games myth) because those programs used various no-no ways of doing things that Win2k wouldn't allow. Just like UAC, it was a great way to weed out useless apps… also, Win2k was truely win for gaming ;D

Windows 'openness' hailed in Nintendo game defeat

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The non-ubuiquity of DMCA

"First, they throw DMCA out the window by ruling that copying a DVD for backup purposes is legal."

It's hard to throw something out that they're not subject to to begin with…


PS3 development

"Unsure what the effect will be for the Xbox though or the PS3 for that matter."

Sony is probably in for an easy out on that one – hell, they even have a "Install other OS" option *in the main system setup menu of the console*.

Nokia E72 smartphone



The two key pieces of software on my E71 are Mail for Exchange and JoikuSpot, and with one of them being replaced with something that doesn't work properly, and no word on the compatibility of the other, the "upgrade" value of this handset just isn't there yet.

Firefox at 5: the Google Cold War


...plus ça change

And now, five years down the road, Fx has become the same kind of slow, bloated, non-innovative and barely functioning mess that it was once designed to combat.

Apple Magic Mouse



So they've removed the very handle wheel-click, which even the mighty mouse had, and it still can't do proper right-clicks (i.e. discrete ones that you can do at the same time as left-clicks)?

Riiight… So yes, the best Mac mouse is still an MS mouse then.


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