* Posts by James Gosling

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows 3.1's blue screen text

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Re: Hung so much?

Spoken like a true MS home-boy! Oh the irony of pointing the finger at Novell as what was it "home of fsckwit sloppy coders". They were light years ahead!

And just to concur with some other commenters the screen you get by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL is NOT the BSOD!

That is all! :-)

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Russia can do it....

Russia can do it because they can do it cheaper. As the saying goes the Americans spent billions developing a pen that could write in space, the Russians used a pencil. Do you remember the fuss over recycling water on the international space station? The Russians had a working solution, but it was so low tech in the conventional sense that the Americans simply couldn't understand how it worked and insisted on spending millions developing a highly sophisticated replacement that was less efficient. The Russian approach is like brains over brawn, imaginative solutions rather than expensive ones.

Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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On the one hand I admire the guys passion, and that he still has that passion after all this time despite collaborating with others (which when you are passionate can be hard) but on the other hand it will come across as a childish rant to outsiders and reflect badly on the Linux developer community.

Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

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Re: Don't need JPM

That's right. Isn't it tragic that the people in charge of these companies know so little about their actual technology to know that. As the last commenter said you don't need JP Morgan to tell you that!

This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Windows XP was....

Windows XP was crap, it was just less crap than ME and Vista. A utopia of least crappiest. Windows 7 was even less crappy then the crap returned with Windows 8... lets ship an OS tuned for touch screen on all the non-touch screen devices and so there is no easy way out we will hide the menu... ah ha! Stroke of genius.

Also people talk of Microsoft and a big enormous company. maybe, but certainly not as big as they once were, not really in the league of the big boys anymore. And it infuriates me when people suggest Microsoft has anything to do with innovation, they don't. They are just a largish money making machine and they are good at making money.

Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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How about kinetically recharging devices through the regular activities/movements of your body?

Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: I've used Alibaba by accident several times

@Tom7 Yes, take the first left at "Google it" then a right at "for yourself" and straight on at "you lazy bugger!"

Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: Meanwhile, outside hobbyville....

The point is as is built from commodity parts you simply replace what is broken or bin the thing.

NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Google would love this data...

Imagine all the erectile disfunction products they could sell to a truly targeted audience. Or maybe madam would like some spot cream for her acne, Dear Sir... about that pimple on your ass...

Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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"The North West is another undesirable area where pay has jumped six per cent"

Since when has the North-West been an undesirable area, Greater Manchester is thriving!

Must be written by soft cotton wool headed Southerner!

BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Re: Far too close to the bone,

Plugging printers into computers, that's quaint!

Fusion-io founders' stealthy startup: We uncloak THIS YEAR... but don't expect product

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Sounds like....

The emperors new clothes to me!

Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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How immature...

If they want to be taken seriously the NSA should stop acting in such an immature way. I mean really, they have just made even bigger fools of themselves!

You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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What are you talking about? The Amstrad CPC 464 was a fantastic computer! I'd still rank it for the time as the best computer I have ever had the honour to own. I became one with my inner geek on that machine!

How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

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America in WW2

America entered the war after Pearl Harbour, to serve it's own interests not to save the world from Fascism. Whereas Britain bankrupted itself fighting WW2, as a result of the US's late entry into the war they emerged as the new economic world power. And whilst the US loaned money to Britain to help it rebuild (at a favorable rate of 2%) it extracted a lot of other terms, such as Britain giving up most of its territorial claims abroad, access to resources for their heavy industry and lots of other agreements which all added up to a golden ticket for America.

How d'ya make a JPMorgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

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Well if you engage with the public, be prepared for the public to tell you what they think!

RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

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@ Smoking Gun

To be honest a lot of money has been wasted by schools who don't have the basics on interactive whiteboards. Some of the pens for these things cost a fortune and get regularly broken and when you have a mixture of different models and makes of whiteboard staff get confused about how to operate them. Then there are some models that cannot be used as regular whiteboards and using the wrong kind of pen on them damages them, its a minefield. At the school I was at I had some success with the argument of saying look, until we can afford to get digital projectors into all the classrooms we want staff to be able to use their laptops to present in lets hold off on splashing out on whiteboards, one interactive whiteboard cost the equivalent of 3 new projectors, and frankly I think they are over rated - at least in the hands of staff who don't know how to make use of them! Projectors are much more easily understood and used.

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And another thing...

@John Crisp,

Well said!

It's a miracle most schools manage to provide computers for kids on their minute and overstretched budgets tbh. Even if they have someone with their head screwed on in charge of IT spending these poor souls are surrounded by people with cute ideas about technology in schools. Yes there are lots of pretty things out there to buy, one fad after another... well maybe fad is unfair, but most schools cannot afford the basics so spending on fancy bits of kit happens in spurts and this results in no consistency, a mix of makes and models and variations on a theme. A sizeable school needs the same kind of enterprise driven management that a medium sized business does, it needs to manage its budget, standardise on makes/models and invariably they only have a small team (in some cases less) to manage it all, so the key thing is that whatever is on the desks or in the hands of staff or students can be managed effectively. So, whilst I have nothing against Apple, they currently lack the necessary enterprise management tools necessary to effectively manage tablets on-mass in any enterprise. Much as I bemoan Microsoft, there may be some hope of finding tools to manage there tablets. But I'd also like to say that I concur with the sentiments of others expressed about this obsession with Microsoft Word et al in schools. I've even seen curriculum materials written based upon exclusive use of Microsoft products, this is totally wrong! Given the financial constraints of schools and the exorbitant licensing costs I would like to see a move to open source, backed by the government and a move away from focusing on any one maker of software. Students need to know how to work with technology, not to be indoctrination by one vendors products.

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Re: Good News

I agree, and when I was in charge that's what we did. Unfortunately as part of a bid the school had put in for prior to my arrival RM had already set up camp. By the time I left there was not a trace of RM left and as a result the schools IT budget was going a lot further.

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Re: Good News

Clearly you consider fraud, misrepresentation, copyright theft, mis-selling, unfair business practices, lies, unreliable products, bad service, poor advice and charging exorbitant pricing as the norm.

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Re: Tablets in schools? Not for long.

People forget what a war zone a school is for technology, you really need military spec gear to survive in the hands of secondary school students. Amazingly though there are leasing companies out there prepared to lease schools the technology including insurance against any form of damage, intentional or otherwise. Whether they will live to regret that we'll have to wait and see!

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Good News

RM have been ripping schools off for decades, I'm glad to see them out of this market. I know their methods, big on the sell, small on the delivery. Ingratiate themselves with the department for education, get involved in the bidding process at school level through 'sponsorship' so that schools fall over themselves and don't notice the high costs they are building into the bids for supply of RM branded equipment. They would sell your Grandmother, well more likely buy her and then lease her back to you at an extortionate rate! I know first hand many of their dirty tricks. Fitting fibre patch terminators for a larger number of fibre cores than they actually fit and charging you for the former. Re-branding Microsoft products - then having the cheek to try and charge you for additional licenses for said product which turns out to be bundled free by Microsoft! And some of their solutions having been released 3 times still didn't work, but they still charged you for them! Tech support would giggle, oh yes version 1 didn't, ha ha yeah version 2 didn't really work either... and all the time it was other peoples tech they were rebranding, usually out of the box Microsoft stuff that they managed to make not work. At one school it took 6 RM servers to run 2 ICT labs whereas the rest of the school (representing some 90% of the computers) ran off a couple of non RM servers (running a non RM network solution). Awful company that robbed schools blind charging ridiculous licensing fees for products half of which they didn't even own. Schools will be much better off without them!

Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

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I can see him on the...

advert for Safestyle UK double-glazing shouting "You Buy One.... You Get One Free!"

In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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Bill Gates...

Was never a great visionary, people are kidding themselves if they think he was. He invented nothing. Microsoft was in the right place at the right time and Gates truck the OS deal with IBM that made it. Nothing that has followed since has in anyway been visionary or inspired, rather they have always relied upon using their previously dominant position to buy, bully or steal the ideas out of others. Even when Bill was at Microsoft he showed a real lack of vision when invited to talk about the future of technology, he saw little or nothing of what was coming. If this one trick pony is to survive it needs rid of Gates and his influence. The age when Microsoft could tell customers they had to do it the Microsoft way is over and they need to get over themselves.

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Unexpected item in bagging area....

Maybe we should leave unexpected items in bagging areas.....

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Re: Karma

Sandman I wouldn't worry you will eventually computerize yourself out of a job, we all do eventually!

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A watched a TV program where...

A scammer described how he would go into a supermarket and peel the barcode off a cheap bottle of bubbly which I'd laminate into a little tube so he could hook it over one of his fingers. He'd then go round each branch of said supermarket and load up his trolley with expensive champagne and head for the computer checkout. He'd covertly cover the barcode of the actual bottle whilst exposing the laminated barcode on his finger to the scanner as he swiped the bottle over the machine and put them in the bagging area. An assistant would look across to check his age and clear his purchases briefly. He would then head off to his car and add these bottles of champagne to the boot full he already had. Oh and he would deliberately dress flamboyantly because he felt this made him look convincing, after all what criminal would want to draw attention to themselves!

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You should be ashamed...

Call yourself techies! I avoid human contact at all costs when shopping and always head for the computerized checkout, unless I have a trolley full (that's frowned on it seems).

But why oh why they use a sh*t OS like Windows on these things I don't know, always makes me chuckle when I see a crashed checkout being rebooted with the Windows logo showing. Linux clearly would be a better choice, and maybe some do use it, I'm not sure. I particularly like the checkouts at B&Q with their more human voice with a hint of a regional accent.

Wondering off topic slightly I do remember after a very long day troubleshooting IT issues getting to a cash machine only to be greeted by a DHCP error at which I let out the words "Oh ffs! You can p*ss off!".

Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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Can't you just phone them to order or something? And there's that new fangled t'internet thing too!

BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Best money they have ever spent!

Good riddens to the slimey salesman stroke yobbo! He is a disgrace! Just goes to show you that lacking any ability or redeeming qualities is no barrier to becoming extremely rich!

Marissa Mayer in Vogue fashion shoot

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I guess its just about the only way to make Yahoo in Vogue again!

And the worst critics of women... are women!

Good luck to her.

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Bunch of Whingers

When I first starting reading and there was mention of access to API's I thought well about time Microsoft got a taste of its own medicine, it has done much worse to competitors itself - for example providing Novell with access to a degraded set of API's to ensure WordPerfect ran poorly on Windows. But when you read the rest of the article Microsoft are behaving like a spoilt child. Google has asked them to use their HTML5 API just as it has other companies, but despite this they re-released the non HTML5 version which naturally was pulled again. Maybe they should pull their finger out and get on with developing an App that uses the HTML5 API and stop complaining. Seems to me Google are being far more cooperative with them than they have historically been with others.

PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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Public pains

Right now Apple would be better of as a private company, rather than floated on the stock exchange. Being public they will be hounded by the markets to increase profits and cut costs every 3 months, not to mention creating killer products. Is that realistic, I think not! It's been the killer of many an IT giant.

Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

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I firmly believe...

I firmly believe there will come a day in the not too distant future where hackers will save us all from unjustified oppression. So lets not jail them all for the rest of their lives.

Making the case for upgrading from Server 2003

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Other Vendors

Operating systems and products from other vendors are available!

Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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Just to correct some of the incorrect information posted about legal tender...

Bank of England says:

Are Scottish & Northern Ireland notes "legal tender"?

In short ‘No’ these notes are not "legal tender"; furthermore, Bank of England notes are only legal tender in England and Wales. Legal tender has, however, a very narrow technical meaning in relation to the settlement of debt. If a debtor pays in legal tender the exact amount he/she owes under the terms of a contract (and in accordance with its terms), or pays this amount into court, he/she has good defence in law if he/she is sued for non-payment of the debt.

In ordinary everyday transactions, the term "legal tender" in its purest sense need not govern a note's acceptability in transactions. The acceptability of a Scottish or Northern Ireland note as a means of payment is essentially a matter for agreement between the parties involved. If both parties are in agreement, Scottish and Northern Ireland notes can be used in England and Wales. Holders of genuine Scottish and Northern Ireland notes are provided with a level of protection similar to that provided to holders of Bank of England notes. This is because the issuing banks must back their note issue using a combination of Bank of England notes, UK coin and funds in an interest bearing bank account at the Bank of England.

Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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Yup he's right y'know...

Corporations have a duty to maximize profits. If you want them to pay more tax change the rules, don't expect them to contribute more out of some misplaced moral duty. And I say misplaced because these critics seem to imply that paying more money in tax is putting that money to good use, I very much doubt that. I'm sure money can be put to far better good than taxes.

'I think you DO do evil, using smoke and mirrors to avoid tax'

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Google do not have to have any offices or staff in the UK and they would still be able to sell to their customers here, I doubt a single customer would be lost if they closed up their UK offices tomorrow. Yes there is absurdity in the tax system, but Google on the face of it are acting within the rules. Accusing them of doing evil was a real abuse of parliamentary privilege and frankly a bit rich coming from MP's!

Bottom line is if they don't like the tax laws change them, don't moralize to companies. Why would it be less "evil" to give more money in taxes? Surely if you want to do good with money the government are the last people you'd give it to!

I thought the whole thing was an utter farce!

Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

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The future...

Well Mr Smith, we were going to offer you this great new job until we saw this photograph of you on Facebook!

Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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Re: ultra cheap homebrew

Presumably you are also eating stuff during these 30 days?

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Invest in....

A big stick. Then use this big stick to intimidate those with smaller sticks (or no stick at all) into giving you their £1's. Way of the world unfortunately! Before you know it you'll be the stick salesman!

Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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The Microsoft Approach...

We could always adopt the Microsoft Approach, wrap him in clear plastic, place a set of terms and conditions inside that you accept if you break the seal (i.e. the packaging) but which you cant read fully unless you break the seal. All rights reserved! :)

Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

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Somehow I doubt....

Somehow I still doubt they are in profit, I'm pretty sure they will have spent more pushing it than they have made selling it. Seems to be the Microsoft way at present.

Their entire culture is one of inflicting products on users with an underlying assumption that the user will accept whatever they turn out, and that just isn't the reality of a world where Microsoft are increasingly less relevant.

Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

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No Good Moaning Now

The gutter press went too far. Freedom cuts both ways. People are entitled to be free from harassment and persecution by the press. There are newspapers in the UK which have made a living out of ruining peoples lives without just cause. If they had behaved like adults this would not have been necessary, but they haven't and so this was inevitable. Unfortunately it reached the point in the UK where the damage done by the press outweighed the good.

Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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Looking at the pragmatically...

Looking at the pragmatically its sounds like all this will achieve is to turn a perhaps a little naive Grey hat hacker into a bitter Black hat hacker. When he eventually gets out of jail I don't imagine he is going to feel very public spirited and no doubt will take out his grievance upon the world either for personal gain or simply out of anger. That clearly is not an outcome in the public interest.

USA sinks Atlantic cable plan over Huawei worries

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The US does have legitimate concerns over how close Huawei is to the Chinese government. There have been allegations of involvement with industrial espionage in the past and there is concern that anything built on Huawei technology might be open to spies from China. I don't know if any of this is true, but it is certainly possible. Maybe it is the rest of the world that is naive about China and the US who are taking the threat seriously?

Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

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I imagine they are pulling their horns in...

And focusing on their core business (chips!). They used to make lots of things like network switches, but frankly my experience with those was not good. In an uncertain world where many economies are still in recession they have too much to lose, so rather than risk the company by trying to second guess the market they are probably thinking that pulling their horns in and focusing on their chip business will mean they can play the chip end of whatever games succeed in the market place. Less of a gamble. I don't blame them.

Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Well, let's face it...

The current self inflicted humiliation Microsoft is going through is long overdue and each installment puts a bigger smile on my face! Microsoft have produced many products, some good, some bad, most not so great. But their overall contribution to the industry has been a negative one. Year on year they become more and more irrelevant, and unless this leopard changes its spots, that all for the good of IT.

Office 2013 now available for some home users

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Why pay?

When Libre Office is FREE!

NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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So long as Americans continue...

So long as Americans continue to keep loaded guns under pillows, in their underwear draw, handbag or concealed on their person accidents are going to happen. So long as guns and ammunition are stored together lethal weapons are going to fall into the wrong hands. So long as military grade weaponry is sold for "duck hunting" or some other bullshit massacres are going to happen. And I speak as someone who is in favor of responsible gun ownership, and irresponsible gun ownership and lax gun controls are they key to Americas gun problem. Cross the border to Canada and gun crime is a rarity, even though there are still plenty of guns.