* Posts by Matt

356 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jun 2007


Xandros - the Linux company that isn't


Linux is difficult

...not in my experience or for my users. Most don't even know they are using it. For the average non-techie going from XP to Vista is as different as going from XP to Ubuntu.

I don't know what George has done, but my users found out of the box installation of OpenOffice easy and without fault. The only time I've got stuck with dependencies is when I try and use a more cutting edge repository. Then again if I use cutting edge windows software I can come undone.

Sky dishes up iPlayer-style service for Xbox 360


Don't want to start a war but....

The PS3 has a gadget to watch TV and record it so this is not quite the first it is made out to be. You can also use the BBC Iplayer.

I don't want to start a row over which is better, just to pont out that its not quite the "revolution" the article seems to make out.

Cobol hits fifty



Loads of systems work on it which seems to indicate that the problem in 99.9% of projects is not the technology, rather the management :-)

As for the guy who couldn't debug it, I think you need to find another career mate. It really wasn't very difficult.

Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details



I own a Rottweiler, perhpas I'll pursue another art form in case he turns me into a handbag :-)

Seriously though, there are animal welfare laws in Holland so lets not imagine she just tunred round and rung the moggy's neck!

Like the point about leather though.......

Sockpuppeting British politico resigns from Wikisupremecourt


I can't believe anyone still look at Wiki

Still, it can be good for a laugh.

Chrome feels the need - the need for speed


Who cares?

Both IE and Firefox load and run my AJAX pages quicker than I can notice. Makes you wonder if there's something synthetic about Googles' tests :-)

Plod called in on MPs' expenses leak


Instead of wasting money finding the leak

why not deal with the problem of dodgy expenses claims?

Nice try to distract us but I'm not biting!

Mozilla mauls Microsoft on IE, Windows 7 bundle


Try reading the complaint!

I see a lot of people here haven't read the complaint and don't understand competition laws.

The question is whether MS are abusing their near monopoly position to push IE. You can't complain about Linux or MacOS because they haven't got a near monopoly position.

The point is that browsers used to be separate and MS have dumped IE on the market to force others out of business (that's the accusation). They could do the same with Accounts software, CAD software etc. Then they put the price up once the competition are dead. At the very least they make it more costly for a competitor to get a foothold in the market place.

Of course there's also the question of which tools are reasonable to bundle with an OS.........

Curl goes outside browser for Silverlight fight



is a nice product, but I can't see why you'd choose it over AJAX, not on the basis of speed anyway. I've done a number of AJAX projects and the performance is very good.

JavaScript battle enters final round



So, which features didn't Microsoft like? I'm tempted to believe they're trying to scupper Javascirpt to make way for something proprietary. However, it would be nice to have some facts, even to prove me wrong :-)

PS3 players prefer gaming to bonking


Well, after 20 years of marriage,

I still prefer sex over my PS3. Although I'm usually able to find time for both!

National Express to 'ban' trainspotting



I live in a country where there are not gates at train stations. They don't appear to be losing loads of money and even better you mostly get a seat on the train and it runs on time.

Perhaps the UK should change it's assumption of guilt policy.

Discovery en route to ISS


I wonder

how much CO2 all this involved. I imagine producing all that Hydrogen used a fair bit, plus the water they spray on the ground to stop the heat reflecting back and blowing up the shuttle, plus the manufacture of parts, moving the space shuttle to it's launch position and so on and so on.

Texting peer released from prison


Small correction

Assuming the BBC to be factual (I know, I know):

"Before the collision with Lord Ahmed, Mr Gombar, who was Slovakian, had crashed into the central reservation, leaving his Audi facing the wrong way in the third lane of the motorway.

Lady Justice Hallett said there was "little or nothing" Lord Ahmed could have done to avoid the collision.

She said he had never been accused of, or admitted, causing death by dangerous driving. "

So it appears it's accepted that the crash and the text messaging were far enough apart not to be related, so he would have hit the poor guy either way.

On the other hand, as other people have said, why does he get away with 'special circumstances' coming into play?

BBC mobile gets pimped


Why are they throwing money and time at this?

Hardly anyone wants this. I'd much rather they spent money on producing something worth watching.

Social networking and blogs more popular than email


I'd sooner believe

government statistics than this!

MPs vote to keep addresses private (theirs, not yours)



You said "After all, it is not as though previous generations of MPs have had to put up with such risks.". I hope that's sarcasm, as my local MP was the victim of a IRA car bomb at his home.

Personally I think that either we all have a right to privacy as we can all be victims of harassment or not. MPs are not a special case, they are our servants and need to remember that.

AVG finally bothers with behaviour-based defences


Does seem to be

one of The Reg's pet hates. Don't really know why as it seems to be a great product that has served me and my company well for many years. Unlike Norotn and McAfee which were a total disaster, one rendering a PC un-usable!

Arms biz glovepuppets Parliamentary kit probe


Some good points

However, not everyone working in the arms industry is well paid. I certainly have friends who are paid very little.

The idea of maintaining UK independents, especially from the US is a good one and is certainly feasible. Just because it's currently being done badly, doesn't mean it can't be done. Continuing to buy things from abroad is a bad idea on many levels, not least of which is that we've got to make something here to sell, in order to have money to buy things from abroad!

The points about the arms industry flying the flag and then putting the money abroad are well made.

Google's email service goes down


That's the problem with clouds....

they just kind of evaporate without rhyme nor reason :-)

DEC 'hacker' questions McKinnon political bandwagon


"ignore the facts of the situation" "caused real damage"

Well, the facts seem to be that the systems were "protected" by default passwords and that he didn't delete anything or use any noticeable amount of resources.

Yes it was a crime, committed in the UK, but assuming there is no proof of other "hacking" activity then a slap on the wrist in the UK seems in order.

As for the other guy: He deserves a public pardon.

Council fields world's first rubbish-fuelled rubbish truck



Surly a "rubbish collection vehicle" collects rubbish and not garbage, unless the US has now taken over good ol' Blighty?

It would be interesting to compare the energy created from the burning of the refuse picked up by the van with the energy needed to run it.

Your figures only give the total amount of energy produced by the burning of waste, which I assume, doesn't all come from this little white van.

Exploding core counts: Heading for the buffers


Blugreen is right

Most RDBMSs I work with can scale well to at least 64 CPUs/cores. It's not really true that they always have. Back in the early 90s I remember performance on above 8 CPUs actually got worse.

Of course the problem here is that some tasks don't gain anything from parallelism, getting 9 women pregnant still means a nine month wait for a baby.

It also seems to me that a lot of developers really don't understand parallelism and think it's something you add afterwards.

Finally, as with other commentators, let me take this opportunity to mention what a bunch of idiots Gartner are. I remember them telling me in a meeting that a certain RDBMS couldn't do more than 100 transactions a second. I said that this surprised me as we had it in production doing 700. They replied that I must be lucky, I replied that I'd seen it running faster at other sites I'd worked on. They had no reply.

Moral of the story, don't listen to Gartner and certainly don't pay for this rubbish.

There, that feels better?

Google shamed by Low Countries search


I like it

The search results seem to be a lot netter than your first commenter appreciates (it's my default search engine so I have a lot of experience with it over more than a year), although I supplement it with Scroogle.

It is also gradually improving., although I won't stop using Scroogle just yet!

Gov announces Severn tide-energy scheme shortlist



Aren't they proposing that we could harness the power of bird song? Then we don't need to destroy any habitats or ruin the views out of anyone's windows. They've dismissed claims that this solution is unworkable as "unnecessary pessimism".

Web 2.0rhea hack mistaken for end of universe


Not funny and a bit offensive

The references to children with Down Syndrome as objects of fun mean that this article should be removed.

Yes I have got a very good sense of humour, but this is just offensive without being funny.

Play.com pestered to back up price claims


Mark's right

if you read the small print for eye lash thickener (or whatever the right term is) it says the model in the ad is wearing false lashes. How can that not be misleading?

Or that Spanish sounding girl doing hair adverts where the small print says she's wearing hair extensions?

Iomega aims at TVs with home server



That'll take a while via ADSL!

Mozilla Google relations strained by Chrome


Drag race

Well, I don't mind faster JavaScript but I can't really see the point. I've never visited or written a site where the performance of Javascript was noticeable. Even AJAX heavy sites and even if I use a four year old laptop.

Symantec: Stop buying storage


Strange then

how all the sites I've worked on complain that Veritas slows down and over complicates their storage systems.......

Europe-wide emergency number is go



Couldn't get a mobile signal in Outer Mongolia and wasn't sure how long it'd take the ambulance to get across the desert either :-)

In most European countries they'll be able to find someone who can speak basic English and if you phone on a land line they'll know where you are anyway. Of course the chances of speaking French, German or anything except English to a UK switchboard are pretty much nil.

Flab-fighting EV powered by pizza


Doesn't mention

the cry from the masses "think of the kids", well if driving while using a mobile is bad this must be the ultimate evil; driving while semi-naked and doing bench presses!

Virgin Media opens bandwidth choke for 50Mb launch



Other countries do manage to deliver what's on the box. Where I live I pay for 4Mb and get about 4.2, whenever I want it. So it's not true to say that it doesn't make economic sense.

I don't even think I've got a cap, but if I have I've never reached it.

I know it's been said before but they should be made to only advertise what they can guarantee to deliver.

Bollywood to remake The Italian Job


Couldn't be any worse

than the appallingly bad American attempt.

Will it be set against the background of a cricket match in Pakistan?

Customs warns of killer consoles


Power supply.

It seems the power supply hasn't been tested by Ninetendo. So there's no evidence to suggest it is dangerous. There's just no record of any testing having been done.

I'm not saying we should buy counter-fits but trying to say they'll cause fires when there's no evidence just makes them look silly and make people less likely to believe anything else they say.

Blu-ray backers highlight rising demand


Needs to interest parents

Well, to be fair, my parents saw my HD set-up and went out and bought one themselves.

For me the main problems are:

1. It's easy to spend a lot of money on kit that doesn't look good due to poor set-up or using the wrong cables.

2. The discs are still expensive.

So, I buy some Blu_Rays for films I think will benefit from it and the reset (the majority) I get on DVD.

Sun bundles servers in MySQL blankets


What about ICL and IDMSX?

Going back to DB2, at least that's a serious database. MySQL isn't really in the same league, nice though it may be.

Whitehall credit card abuse and payment fraud costs £4m


Has the government considered

not losing 25 million people's personal data?

Might help cut down on fraud, you never know :-)

OpenOffice 3.0 - the only option for masochistic Linux users


Bit of an idiot

I've got to agree that the author is a bit of a nutter. He doesn't seem to know what he's doing, it'd be a bit like me installing Windows 95 software on Vista and then complaining when it doesn't work.

If you stick to your distro sources Linux does tend to just work. Whether it's better than Windows is another discussion.

What I will say is that we swapped to OpenOffice because MS Office had such a hard time handling 100+ page reports. MS Office just seems to slowly corrupt the file! MS support could only suggest breaking the file up into smaller pieces!

I'm not really a heavy spreadsheet user so I can't comment on that part but the Word Processor is pretty good.

Fisker prevails in Tesla tech theft claim fight



What's going on here?

"By combining a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, drivers should be able to get around 100mpg and a range of 620 miles."

You talk about gas which I suppose is meant to be petrol or is this a Yank article in which case the 100mpg would be in US gallons, or did you just get it mixed up?

House key copied from photo


Keys in pocket

used to be secure until my mobile phone developed a taste for taking pictures in my pocket. Now I know why :-)


Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa


As you say

not more secure, just an excuse for the bank to try and disclaim any liability.

Daily Mirror trapped in Wikicirclejerk

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Ha Ha Ha Ha

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha :-)

Man buys new MacBooks, pulls them to bits, takes pics



I see you've had a bad experience or three. I don't own an Apple, but a quick survey of 10 or so mates who have, reveals zero faults over the last five years.

Of course they could just be lucky but it looks to me like Apple is no better or worse at hardware faults than what you get with your average PC.

Of course there may be other reasons to hate Apple.

Newcastle men dodge post-bog handwash


One more comment if I may

Mongolian girls drink their mothers urine each day. I believe the first "draw" is the key! Well, I can't say that all do, but certainly a small group I spoke to did :-)


Doesn't sound like good science.

Firstly a public health expert told me that for a man who's just had a wee, you're more likely to pick up bugs from the taps in a public toilet than remove any on balance (if you see what I mean).

Secondly there's no evidence to suggest Geordies are sicker (at least physically) than the rest of us.

Boffins conclude machines still not quite people


Followed the link given by Jerome.

He's right you'd have to be an idiot not to notice. It doesn't even seem able to reply on the subject!

It never seems to answer questions and seems more like a pseudo twat-athon generator.

My wife reckons I can do better than that even when I'm watching TV.

Sony exec pours cold water on PS3 price-cut hopes


I'd lilke the price to drop

but it doesn't look like it will. The PS3 is a brilliant games console/home entertainment centre. Despite some comments above the graphics are at least as good as the XBox, although it's true that there have been a couple of poor ports.

Some nice exclusives and good reliability along with good sales means Sony can afford to hold on for now.

I feel my money has been well spent. I wouldn't look at an Xbox, although the Wii is tempting for younger kids...

PS. Yes the PS3 does output full HD uncompressed sound, if you want it.

US satellite returns first hi-res snap


Where's the topless girl angle?

Mind you in cloud covered Blighty she might be safe!

Ford cars to gain prang-preventing radar rigs

Dead Vulture

A little research would have revealed the Volvo XC60

has already got this technology (see http://www.channel4.com/4car/rt/volvo/xc60/25260/7).

OK, I think Ford still own Volvo but the point still stands that this has already been done and is in production, as is the "intelligent" cruise control.