* Posts by Stabbybob

17 posts • joined 14 Aug 2010

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


Re: Pillage of the Open Source projects

Apple took a LOT more than just gcc from the OS community to build OSX. They were dicks about it to, not contributing fixes back, or submitting patches with missing documentation etc. They did the bare minimum they could legally get away with - standard for a corporation really. They do make pretty boxes though!


Re: @Steve K

For loading without tape, you might be able to find the audio files and play them via phone or PC into the Oric


Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

So you’ve come up with £70 and you don’t have half of the parts. I’m assuming that you’ve never been charged with creating a BOM for production? You seem to have forgotten it has a screen, buttons, a charging circuit, custom PCB for this stuff to be soldered to, audio circuit, speaker, probably screws, packaging, manufacturing costs etc. Additionally a 3D printed case will be a sight worse than this as anyone who has ever used one will attest.

Not that I’m defending the poor results here, but an armchair expert’s uninformed opinions of how stuff is made usually has little in common with reality.

OpenSSL preps fix for mystery high severity hole


Re: Welcome to software written in C

Worthy of a Youtube comment. Congratulations sir - you've demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of an issue; compounded this with assumptions, and for the finisher used a baseless generalisation. Go and ask an adult how much "complex code" is written in C in 2015.

Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming


1) I've had my Pebble since the early access Kickstarter orders were delivered. Battery life is STILL around 7 days, depending on number of alerts and type of watchface I'm using.

2) Didn't you know what it looked like before you bought it? (if indeed you do own one) It does exactly what it needs to. I don't need to see text messages in colour, and I can see the time better in crisp black/white thanks.

3) Resolution is fine for purpose. You haven't been sucked in be "retina everywhere" have you? Why do you need HD resolution to show a watch face, or message text? It's for quick glimpses of small pieces of information, not for use as a Kindle.

4) Windows phone? Ah I think I see you have other issues...

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX


People interested in this might want to watch the Ben Heck show on YT

He recently did a 3 part series where he built a hand-held zx-speccy. 3d printed the keyboard, switchable ROMs, can load from tape or a phone etc. He most recently also built an Apple 1 laptop! Really interested stuff (I think) as he does everything from physical build, circuit boards, schematics, and programming, himself, and explains a bit about his plans as he goes along.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GcwcyL9LgM

Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case


Re: Bullet proof, but not B.S. proof.

Wow MyBackDoor is really trolling the idiots here today! Here's a clue, morons; look up the word "sarcasm" some time.

Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites


It's the UI that's important

One thing that people often overlook with the "one size fits all" mobile websites is that phones are personal items, and people tend to buy them based on the user experience. If they have an Android phone, chances are they like the way the native apps look and work. Same with iPhone, and the other minor players.

If you try to force people to use your mobile website, with the same UI across devices - likely to be completely different to the native UI, it's a degraded experience for users. That's why I get so much work at the moment converting webapps to native. Thanks hipsters!

Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'


Hmm, wonder if you'd have said that if it was a positive story about Apple?

US retail kingpins swoon: Nobody bonks like Google does


Re: Confused - Security

I'm just guessing, but assume you have to "unlock" the phone prior to doing this. So you'd have to enter a code (or draw a squiggle on Android) to commence bonking.

This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF


Re: @JDX

> By "never seen this before" I clearly meant Apple's use of it,

Oh I apologise! By "never seen this before" I thought you meant "never seen this before".

Love these little Fanbois ;-)

Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012


Re: Quality?

"It's a hardware glitch and therefore it may not have shown up in the test environment. HDMI isn't a very simple dumb thing like VGA was.

There is 1.0, 1.3, 1.4 and version 2.0 of HDMI, 5 transfer modes, HDCP and so on.


My gosh you're right. If only Apple had the resources to buy a few of these units to test on. Unfortunately they only have a single 12" Samsung TV in their test lab that they all have to share...

The Fanboi-ism is strong with this one!

Labour claims 'highest ranked UK politico in World of Warcraft' title


Playing WoW?! Outragerous. He should be out shooting wildlife, having sex with prostitutes or selling weapons to some military junta like any self respecting MP!!

Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz


Re: Store vs Store

"serious gaming moves ever more solidly toward the console"

This actually made me laugh! Serious gaming has never been the forte of the console. Anyone wanting cutting edge gameplay, graphics, audio, loading times, and mods, will be playing on PC. As soon as consoles are released their architectures are usually a generation or two behind the current PC tech.

Look at the state of the console market now, the Xbox 360 is 7 years old - the games companies are all complaining about the lack of progress in the console market, and rightly so - people shouldn't be conned into thinking that low-res (not even HD in most cases as consoles tend to scale-up lower res content), high game prices, and horrific loading times are the pinnacle of the gaming experience.

Foundering Nokia pushes 10,000 bods, 3 veeps overboard


Re: They're making the wrong one redundant

"Nerds whining....", "barring only nerds" - you know which site you're on, right?

Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints


Gone back to using my iPad2

I've experienced the exact same problem. My iPad3 (or "new iPad" I guess) rarely has a usable 3G connection, even though my iPhone will have a strong connection at the same place/time. Added to that the increased weight and decreased performance of the new iPad over the iPad2, I've gone back to using my older model. Trying to see if I have a case for just returning it as it's practically useless for me when I'm out.

Ellison wrestles Google to strangle 'unofficial' Java

Paris Hilton

Oracle aiming low.

They're well on course to becoming the next SCO. Only with slightly more clued up about technical issues. Only slightly though.

Paris, because I'd like to violate her patent.


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