* Posts by Tom Graham

22 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

Tom Graham

Re: I wonder why?

"So your considered view on all those middle class folks at the BLM racist rallies is what exactly? They're not black so they shouldn't comment? Really?"

That might be helpful, yes.

Magic Leap's CFO and creative director quit, and it's not a harbinger of doom or anything

Tom Graham

Re: it needed first a working multi-touch screen.

Functioning capacitive multi-touch screens were new, and that plus the amazingly intuitive touch interface that Apple developed to run on them was what changed the world. One would nor work without the other.

I had Nokia and Windows mobile GUI phones with resistive touch screens and they were awful, horrible things to use.

Did someone forget to tell NTT about Brexit? Japanese telco eyes London for global HQ

Tom Graham

Re: Why not?

Because Remainers believe that Brexit will be the end of the world - that we need to be members of the EU for any business or trade or commercial activity to be possible, that it is impossible to trade with other countries if not a member of the EU, that no overseas business has any reason to invest in Britain other than it's membership of the EU.

Basically that we are dependent on membership of the EU for any economic activity, for all of our legal rights and to prevent war immediately breaking out with the rest of the world.

If you wonder why people in the UK believe this it is because that is what our government, state media and entire political establishment have been telling them for years.

Tom Graham

Factually incorrect again.

You read this article and assumed that this is the only company that is moving jobs or investment to the UK "despite Brexit"?

Niether of your numbers - 1 or 20 are remotely accurate. It takes more to work out the net change in inward investment since we voted to leave the EU than comparing one Register article about one company to another article in Business Insider.

Back to drawing board as Google cans AI ethics council amid complaints over right-wing member

Tom Graham

Re: Transphobia

They are asking for the right to dictate what other people say and think.

Also to impose horrific treatments with unproven effects on children who are going through a period of confusion and fear about their identity and sexuality - which is basically all of them.

Also to force women (in the biological definition of the term) to compete unfairly in sports against much stronger & heavier biological men.

Is that enough?

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

Tom Graham

Re: My perspective

The last time I went in Maplin was during the closing down sale of the branch near work.

I wanted some basic cable - usb to aux or something. I knew Maplin would be more expensive that buying from Amazon, but I needed it right away.

But then, even in the last days of the closing down sale, they were charging something like £8 when it was 50p on Amazon, So I walked out.

Tom Graham

Re: Further reading

2 is exactly what is happening to my former employer - a software company. After a couple of rounds of private equity buyouts that have done exactly this, it is now with another new owner.

Having bought the company form the previous PE owner, who sold at a loss, they were able to buy for a price where the interest on the loan to pay it is less than the value of future revenues that are effectively locked in by existing client support contracts - once the have eliminated OpEx entirely by simply abandoning all sales activities and development of the product.

Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

Tom Graham

Re: Really....

If the face unlocking were actually functionally superior to a fingerprint reader in any way, to justify the price:


-More reliable

-More secure

You might have a point, but it is none of those.

At the moment you have an expensive new bit of hardware that implements an existing function in a slightly worse way.

Apart from that it is an interesting bit of technology, which might be used to do something useful and innovative in the future, but so far we have only got animated emojis and a nose-pointing game.

On the other hand, I suppose the rest of us should be grateful that the zealots are more willing than XBox owners to pay so much to bankroll a speculative R&D project.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Tom Graham

Re: It works..

"We don't have magic replicators, but we do have big combine harvesters. We're approaching the point - and have been since the invention of the plough - where it's available land mass that dictate our resources, not human labour."

We are not remotely approaching the point where everyone can have everything they want without anyone having to work - where no-one has to do shitty jobs like stacking shelves, wiping the arses of senile geriatrics or scraping fatbergs off the walls of sewers. Who exactly is going to do these jobs if they can live on a handout from the state?

"That's why we have so many jobs - coders, market researchers, interior decorators - that aren't directly tied to feeding us."

You mean how jobs still exist even though technology was supposed to destroy all of them?

How people keep on finding new jobs to do, even though machines plough our fields, work our production lines and route or telephone calls?

Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Tom Graham

Isn't the fact that a lot of people who try this free service quickly end up deciding to get a proper internet connection the best possible outcome?

Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

Tom Graham

Re: Fake debate

Like how people of a certain political persuasion like to present everything as no real debate?

There is simply your opinion, which is correct - based as it is on your own superior intellect, knowledge and moral values - and all contrary opinions which are wrong, and only exist at all because some people are to stupid, ignorant or evil to accept that you are right.

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Tom Graham


miss the point of keeping the license fee.

Sure, the BBC could be more successful and more popular and make more money for more good TV if it became properly commercial.

But then it would not a proper commercial management.

The thousands of useless Purnells all doing pointless management jobs, making fat salaries, awarding themselves 6-figure bonuses and payoffs - these would be swept out.

Hence these people will fight tooth and nail to keep the status-quo.

Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Tom Graham

Re: Interesting..

Android version is 5.1

Update frequency - probably never, going on the last one - it never got upgraded from 4.4 to 5.

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

Tom Graham


I hate to sound like an advertisement.

But having just bought a new phone from an "obscure, irrelevant" Chinese OEM -

Specifically a ZTE Blade S6

I have to say it pisses over this Samsung.

£170 from Amazon.

A 615 processor instead of 410

2GB RAM instead of 1 (makes a huge difference to multitasking & performance compared to my old Moto G)

Android 5.0.2 instead of KitKat.

A non-pentile 720 screen.

Sure, it's plastic, but I have come to the conclusion that plastic is actually a better material for making phones from than metal and glass.

Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

Tom Graham

Re: I think the idea..

I could live with just one port.

But that would be one port and a power connector.

Effectively this is a computer with no ports, and has lost the mag-safe power connector which is one of the best things about my MBP.

Sure there is a market for these - people whose use is 100 percent mobile - but that is a pretty small market and they are cutting themselves off from a much bigger one.

Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

Tom Graham

Re: What About the HomeHub 5?

I have got one of these and it is pretty good.

Can't compare it to the others for speed myself, but other reviewers have and say it's near the top.

And BT sell them online to non-BT broadband customers for £129, which makes it one of the cheapest.

Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

Tom Graham

Re: Who ate all the pies?

Yes, it's a real computer running a real OS.

Just like...

Thousands of existing models of laptops.

The only difference being - it is marginally slimmer than the slimmest existing laptops from Lenovo, Apple etc at the expense that you cannot comfortably use it on your lap, or on the tray of an aeroplane or train seat.

For the same price I would prefer an ultrabook or Air with a hinged keyboard.

And it is bigger, heavier an more expensive than tablets, which are not full computers.

So what is so great about it?

Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

Tom Graham

Re: I'm not an expert

Er, yes we can.

If the current variation in temperature is within the bounds of historic natural variation, as recorded in the ice core, then of course it can be explained as being just natural variation. In fact this is the best explanation according to the principle of Occams razor.

What is so hard to understand?

They don't teach science good these days.

Tom Graham

Re: I'm not an expert

If the current temperature variation is within the range of what has happened naturally in the past, then it is statistically insignificant.

If what is happening now is shown to be in line with what has happened in the past, then there is no reason to the that what is happening now is due to some new "unpleasantness".

Or put another way, if we can explain the current temperature variation we do see as being down to the natural historical tendency for temperatures on Earth to vary over time, why would we need to think up any other reason to explain it? Occam's razor.

The conclusion quoted above seems to be saying:

"The present variation we are seeing is nothing outside of historical norms, and does not indicate a threat to the stability of the ice sheets. But if there were to be more temperature change in the future at a rate that was faster than the current or historical norm, then this could be bad."

So what?

The iPad 3 would make me so horny...

Tom Graham

Re: a tablet without it is not worth having

"If you never owned a previous model you're not really in a place to make the comparison"

Yeah right. The fact that I have spent hours looking at the screen of previous iPads owned by various people including my girlfriend, is irrelevant. I really can't possible compare without having owned an iPad 2 for a year. Plus the fact that they have the two versions on sale side-by-side in the shops.

No I can't possibly make a comparison, and my opinion is invalid.

" certainly I note not one jot of graininess compared to my PCs/laptops."

Yes, but it's still visibly pixellated, unlike a Kindle, and unlike the new model. Maybe for playing angry birds it makes no difference.

I am glad you are happy with your iPad2. There is no deed to be a dick about it.

Tom Graham

Re: Blame your tools. not your ipad

There was an article about it somewhere, I forget, that explains it.

Down to two things:

Hardware limitations - at least in the first iPad, the performance of rendering text was actually slower than for graphics, so people just converted text to graphics.

Secondly, it is easier for designers to guarantee a fixed layout when they just effectively scan each page, rather than to get competent with using HTML5.


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