* Posts by LJRich

51 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2010


Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service



Definitely my favourite aaS!

Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

Paris Hilton

Re: Leading the way

I agree, all I read was "porn porn, porn porn porn. Porn porn. Porn. Boobies."

I can't wait for holodecks...

Paris because... do *I* really need to explain??

LOL: Twitter faces fines for late UK financial filings



Maybe they're deStarbucksing them?

Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

Big Brother

Conspiracy Theory

I wonder what other bills were quietly passed while the press focussed everyone's attention on this one?

John McAfee blogs from Guatemalan jail, says coffee excellent

Black Helicopters


I know it's probably not, but this reeks of a Sir Richard Branson-style PR stunt.

Almost makes me want to go out and buy some commercial antivirus software.


Eucalyptus pushes pedal to metal, turns cloud control knob up to 3.2


"Soft on the outside, crunchy on the inside"


No, wait....

Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs



I care not for baseball. But I'd buy some Facebook specs. It's would be great to see the latest LOLCAT that somebody had posted to their wall floating mysteriously alongside their fissog. OK, maybe not FB, LinkedIn during work hours, etc.

ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space



@J.G. Harston: Sounds like Krikkit? http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Krikkit

Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really



What. The. Fuck?

While sea ice grows, Antarctica sheds land ice

Black Helicopters


Oh wait no, there's no evidence of wolves round here. Just hearsay, conjecture and competiting statistics (and we all know how many of those are made up on the spot - that's right, 22.8% of them).

'No cutting off people's internet based on secret evidence'



Surely the fact that so many people pay for Sky is sign that we are willing to pay for our entertainment. We just don't want to be ripped off for our entertainment.

OK, maybe Sky was a bad example...

Google's 'JavaScript killer' marks first birthday with update



Wake me up when this is out of beta.

Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall


Massive testicles

I'm amazed Andy Green can get pants that fit.

Boffins suggest orbital dust-up to combat climate change

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Re: Seriously though...

"The root cause is not evil energy companies ... The root cause is that the UK consumes 212 Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent (ie from all sources) of energy each year, and that renewables can't produce any worthwhile fraction of that."

- So what you're saying is my incentivisation of moving towards renewables (and nuclear) isn't tackling the root cause? This is no different from forcing Lynx to stop using CFCs in their deodorants. Sorry. If there's a link between carbon and climate change, then we can criminalise the carbon and find alternatives.

I agree, reducing energy wastage is just as important, but who says we can't do both things at he same time?

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Seriously though...

I wish they'd stop combatting symptoms and start looking at the root cause. Make energy companies pay 100% tax on profits gained from fossil fuels, and 0% tax on renewables.See how fast you get workable, commercially-viable, clean vehicles and power when you hit companies in their bottom lines.




Myspace mutates Windows 8 with new look

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Finally, a new social network!

(Oh wait...)

I like it, the design is nice, it's very modern. And most importantly I know it hasn't been created just to Borg even more of my information that a huge web company wants so it can create more targeted adverts on its search pages. Not mentioning any names.

The last thing Google+ needs is another competitor in the space.

Qantas gets rocked by Amadeus



QANTAS is an acronym - Queensland and Northern Territories Air Services. Please don't call is Qantas.

At least you didn't call it "Quantas", as the BBC have been known to...

Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court



So, America claims unlawful copyright infringement, without properly charging anyone and circumventing a nation's duty to protect its (no apostrophe) people. The result, after that nation chooses to duly investigate, is a big fat middle finger.

Surely this must affect the Richard O'Dwyer extradition case that Jimbo Wales is petitioning against? (http://www.change.org/petitions/ukhomeoffice-stop-the-extradition-of-richard-o-dwyer-to-the-usa-saverichard)

Isn't it time Theresa May did some work for a change?

Stonehenge WASN'T built by ALIENS - Boffins' shock claim

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It's a matter of taste but...

Of all the henges, it's definitely my favourite.

Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'


"Windows 8 on ARM, aka WinRT"

Did I miss WinRT only being an ARM thing? I thought that was the tech underlying Windows 8's Metro universe, regardless of the proc architecture?

AMD's Hondo APUs ready for Windows 8 Q4 launch - report


Re: Forgive the ignorance...

Thanks for the reply! I think I owned a Matrox Parallel Processing Bastard.


Forgive the ignorance...

APU? Auxillary Power Unit?

170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?


Google+ vs. Facebook

Facebook just announced 901 million active monthly users (up from 845m in Dec 2011) and a 41% jump in daily active users to 526 million.

WSJ: http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/04/23/facebook-first-quarter-revenue-jumps-45-profit-drops/

Euro climate probe Envisat silenced, boffins baffled

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"Mission controllers immediately declared a spacecraft emergency"

That's my favourite sentence ever.

Google plonks reCAPTCHA on Street View, makes users ID your house


Not Exclusive, Sorry

TechCrunch got there first, last week.


Steve Jobs biopic


Gates / Ballmer

Rick Moranis for Gates is inspired!! As for Ballmer....? On an entirely seprate topic, I wonder what the orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose is doing these days?

Zuckerberg flies to Shanghai for Apple Store visit



He hasn't done too badly mind you.

Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN



These are the actions of a desperate company that knows how precarious its situation is.

If they're sensible, Facebook could be about to kill AdWords: http://richstokoe.com/blog/?id=66

Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake



Drilling through ice? Kerosene? Hot water? 30 years?

Where's the frickin' laser beams when you need them?

Microsoft execs warn of PC sales drop in crucial Q4


It's always somebody else's fault

I suppose the lack of hard drives from Thailand is the reason Windows Phone 7 is doing rubbish too? Oh wait...

Crack GCHQ's code and become the next James Bond



If it's 0-based.

Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test


Send Light Too?

I'm no scientificationist but why don't they just send light and neutrinos down the same pipe at the same time and see if they arrive together?

Opposition to SOPA mounting as Google, Facebook link arms

Big Brother


"... the targeted site then required to defend itself via counter-notices."

Gone are the days of innocent until proven guilty (in an appropriate court of law). Now you can have punitive action taken against you ON SUSPICION of copyright infringement.

How hard would it be to create a new Internet which the US Government can't get their grubby, egotistical hands on? (Could even be IPv6 from the start to take advantage of the inevitable collapse of the USGov's Interwebz and ensuing public/commercial panic).

Core facts: Windows 8 truthiness dissected, Mango sliced


Jesus Christ

Yet another episode (all of them, so far) I can't listen to because Gavin talks like he's reporting from inside a roll of the BOFH's carpet and Mary-Jo sounds like she's speaking through a bullhorn.

E-minus. Must Try Harder (See me).

Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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No degree here, just passion and enthusiasm. Driving strategy for one of the world's top 10 software co's.

Prang finder site reveals accident blackspots



It appears, ironically, to have crashed...

Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft


A new interface to learn?

Hmmmm, well, seeing as I have a new interface to learn anyway I might as well see what else is on the market. Oh hello Linux, Mac!

Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android


Paranoid Android

Google is actually whinging because the other kids are picking on it in the playground? Way to be professional, Mountain Viewers....

Good news: A meltdown would kill fewer than we thought

Paris Hilton


"The most likely cause of a meltdown is a complete loss of power to a facility"

It's a nuclear power plant, how does it lose power???! Can't it power its own cooling?

Paris is more of a gravity specialist (going down on a body with a large mass), but maybe she'll know?

The world wants cloud coders. Where are the cloud coders?


The only thing you have to realise is...

... There Is No Cloud.

Distributed applications running on boxes public to the Internet primarily utilising HTML, HTTP, Scripting and SOAP/REST services? Paying for hosting without having to manage the servers?

That's not 'cloud', that's 'The World-Wide Web'. That's how it has always been.

Stop hunting for Cloud Developers, and look for what you're really after: Good web developers who have understood for decades how to write scalable, stateless, uber-connected systems with HTML front ends.

Twin-screen LG smartphone spied


Wow a whole new form factor!

Amazing that in this day and age we see new form factors still coming. After the Motorola Atrix we have this!

Of course this is little more than a rip of of the Nintendo DS.

I'm slowly losing faith in humanity's ability to innovate...

Is Microsoft's Javascript chief killing his .NET creation?



Who is saying HTML5+JS is going to be used to write business logic?

Microsoft are taking HP's webOS idea (well received... by those few who actually bought a handset...), and updating it to use HTML5 + JS. This will begin a new era of lightweight, interoperable applications speaking to cloudy services. If we really want the Star Trek/Minority Report/Demolition Man world then this is a mandatory step. I'm not a MS fan, but I think they might actually be doing the right thing here and thinking longer term.

The Java/.NET/PHP/Python/Ruby/Go war will still go on, but it will be isolated to the server side. This is where all the 'proper' programming will be done. The winner of that will be whoever has the best server features. MS wins there too, best IDE, promising native support for WCF coming in the 'WCF Web Api [sic]' package (wcf.codeplex.com).

This will result in a world of software that updates automatically, isn't version-fragmented (like Android), is multimedia-friendly, is easily entered by people with little skill (good and bad thing...) and has a good learning curve which might result in some interesting applications of the technologies.

Stop worrying, and start embracing.

Microsoft's iOS and Android love deepens


And the little one said "roll over, roll over..."

What annoys me is that Windows Phone 7 is clearly not ready for primetime and they're going to take Nokia down with them when they fail. Nokia's a good company, just misguided of late. They don't deserve to be tainted by Ballmer's dumbphone.

And to top it off, when they cock up a patch (which they said wouldn't happen because they had restricted the OS to only 5 different types of handsets) and the Community tries to help eachother out, they shaft their customers. It's been nice knowing you, Microsoft.

Mine's the one with the Android smartphone in the pocket, cheers.

Slack bank practice creates opportunity for phone phishing scams



Recently bought a new car and when somebody called me claiming to be from the company I'd just bought it from I asked them to verify themselves. They proceeded to tell me plenty of information about the car I had just bought from them. Reassuring!

Once I pointed out that anybody who had walked past the house recently could give me the same information she became frustrated and said she would send me the information through the post and hung up.

I feel safer.

@Kevin Johnston: You have a lot of time on your hands don't you.

Apple sued over iPhone location tracking

Big Brother


... you don't have to worry about privacy unless you have something to hide! - Schmidt

Google may face 'broad US antitrust probe'



How come there's only one Monopolies Commission?


PlayStation hacker defiantly posts 'bible' following police raid



Is this another case of the Streisand Effect? Are Sony now going to lose big-style because they've cracked down on this Chocolate Zeppelin chappie, or do people here think it's just going to be forgotten soon? I favour the latter because people are generally stupid with short attention spans.

What really bugs me is that this is a guy who cracked the uncrackable (Sony claimed). He's clever, he's innovative and creative, he's went up against billions of [currency] of R&D investment and won. What would have happened if Whittle had been sued by propeller engine manufacturers for stealing their IP (twirly things providing thrust). Or Oracle suing Google for Android Java (oh wait, bad example).

We seriously need to stop this oppression of our best minds, slap him on the wrists, make your point, Sony, but give this guy a job! Applaud his innovative spirit! Learn from the experience and use it to make the PS4 even better, and more serving to your customers wants: open technologies and a bit of healthy competition between operating systems which will result in better breeds.

Operators to get new SMS 999 obligation

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Credit due

Credit where credit's due (even if they're late in getting their act together by EU standards).

Well done OFCOM.

There's a modicum of novelty in being able to write that!

W3C tackles HTML5 confusion with, um, more confusion


Picky picky

Except they have! They even said that the logo didn't mean that CSS, SVG etc is HTML, but that until a better name comes along then HTML5 is the accepted term for this collection of technologies.

I vote for "Web 2.1" myself.

But it'll end up being whatever Steve Jobs wants it to be called. iWeb, or somesuch.