* Posts by CoffeeFueled

15 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2011

Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts


I'm fairly sure there's a standing theory that large parts of Stonehenge are missing because someone said 'we should reuse those big standing stones as it's cheaper than digging up or dragging over fresh rocks'.

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really


A cunning ploy

What people aren't realising is that this is actually a cunning bit of social engineering to turn teenagers into penetration testing experts and get them interested in information security from a young age. Genius.

Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus


Re: Apple Innovates Again; first it was corners, now sticks!

Done. Find me a patent to infringe.

Although honestly I'd prefer to go with rapiers.

FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders


Re: Loan based crowdfunding sites?

There are other, similar sites to Kickstarter which actually loan funds to businesses or individuals rather than simply giving them the money and hoping for the best with no guarantees. These crowdfunding sites then divide interest paid on the loan between those who invested.

In other words it's almost exactly what the banks do, but instead of keeping you blind to what they're doing with your money they allow you to choose on a case-by-case basis where you will loan it. Obviously the banks don't consider their customers to be wise enough to make these choices for themselves.

Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz


Re: Are these certifications actually valuable?

At a guess, you've been hiring in contractors to do this.

As a holder of various certs (though not the master-level ones), and having only been a full-time employee I've regularly recommended open-source or alternative solutions where appropriate. There's also some time required before any proposal to look at what the business actually needs (in one case I had to talk an employer out of deploying SharePoint and instead putting in Wordpress, as all they actually wanted was a corporate blogging system).

Contractors don't have the same perspective of a business, nor the same appreciation for how a business has developed in the past and should continue to develop taking account of what's currently in place. Getting someone who'll still be there after a system is deployed (if for no other reason than that they can be yelled at until they fix it if it's wrong) is vital. Contractors are suitable for short, completely standalone depoyments but for anything integrated you need a person who is actively involved in your business.

Amazon: OK, OK. We'll let traders flog tat more cheaply elsewhere


Re: Price competition?

If I had, say, my own online store then I'd've been forced to use the same price as Amazon - even though selling direct may involve less costs to me (such as Amazon's cut). So it meant that ALL of my prices would have to account for that commission, when I might be able to undercut them on other platforms or my own store.

Boffin snatches control of colleague's body with remote control brain hat



I'm just thinking of the use of this for tech support, an area where mouth to ear brain interface can often be sadly lacking.

"Okay, so you've got an error message. Please put on your brain hat and be ready for a remote interface. I'll just need to access your visual cortex and motor functions. You may feel a slight tingle."

Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place


Re: Unix

Not sure if it counts, but there are a few of us beardy Windows lads as well.

Network Rail axes hundreds of tech suppliers


Time to buy a car.

Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage


Makes sense

That explains why my dongle dropped connection earlier on the train, and never came back up.

Having said that it's now just reconnected on its own. Fixed, or did I just get lucky?

IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL


Re: Programmer

Paypal actually do the keyword voice recognition thing. It was rather frustrating, right up until I discovered that just repeating "Operator" got me a human within about thirty seconds.

SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE


Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

If you've got no intention of buying in the first place, why are you watching it?

Penguin pulls its e-books off library shelves

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Quite a few seem to be claiming that it's the publisher's responsibility to provide a better service than the pirates, so that people can acquire the books more easily legally than they can by illegally getting them on a torrent.

Now I may be getting the wrong end of the stick here, but I've always found it much, much easier and more convenient (on both my Kindle and my old Sony eReader) to buy the book through the book stores provided than it would ever have been to track down a torrent, check it, check it again, download, extract, and load it on.

So the publishers are providing their books easily, fairly cheap (cheaper than hardcopies in the vast majority of cases) and conveniently. What's there to complain about? You want to borrow a book, go to the library. Want to buy an ebook, it's not difficult. Want to borrow an ebook for free because you're entitled to do so since you're such a special person? Sod off.

Not so fast: Italian boffins say neutrinos not faster than light

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Re: What coordinate system do they use?

Except that relativity implies there is no stationary point, or at least that there's nowhere to tell where it is. That's kind of the point of having no special frame of reference.

Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps


Not quite

Since the license doesn't actually apply to all tvs (just all tvs which are actively used to receive transmissions - those which are not used in that way are exempt) I doubt they'll manage to push the internet one through.

Even if they do we'll have a little warning before-hand, since they'll have to get the license to apply to televisions which aren't used for transmissions first. Then I'm sure someone'll be setting up an ISP which specifically doesn't provide the iPlayer.

Not that I wouldn't like to see them wiped out of course.