* Posts by myhandler

267 posts • joined 8 Jan 2014


Through the Looking Glass – holographic display hardware is great, but it's not enough


Re: What is that depth information used for?

You can't avoid that bloody effect. Every documentary uses it. I'm a purist. I like my images as they were shot, flat and no sodding fake colorization (TM) either.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


That'll be *brouhaha* for the heading... not 'brewhaha'

Or was the sub-ed thinking it witty with a cuppa?

Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores


This being the country where Boris Vishnevsky, who's another Kremlin critic, finds himself up against two other guys with almost identical names and look-alike faces.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter


Looks very like Macromedia Director's Lingo

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Goodness, I was only asking a "how come"

So many downvotes - I bet half those clickers didn't know the facts till they read the helpful explanation. Or perhaps it was my gratuitous side swipe at Yanks..

Anyway, now I know it's a kampfenwagen I'll look at VW Campers in a new light


How come it's a "Panther"? They're called Panzers in any books and movies, whether English or German.

...has it been rewritten for the septic readership?

NFT or not to NFT: Steve Jobs' first job application auction shows physically unique beats cryptographically unique


wtf. so physical thing on scrappy old paper is worth more than imaginary thing conjured out of nothing?

who'd have thought it.

Facebook gardening group triumphs over slapdash Zuck censorbots


"We have plans to build out better.."

sounds disturbingly familiar...

Six years in the making, Vivaldi Mail arrives alongside version 4.0 of the company's browser


Ther's a calandar plug-in/add-on for Thunderbird and it understands Outlook event dates. Works for me

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech


Re: Justice

No the impostor is just a thief. The fault is with facial recognition systems and employees who believe computers never make mistakes. That's how it's going to be from now.

Huawei wins big intellectual property case in Europe – against fashion house Chanel


Re: Quite apart from which...

Yeah but long long aog this led to a dispute between the fledgling Apple Computers and the Beatles Apple Music Corp.

"Oh no, we won't ever get into music" said Apple

Adobe co-founder and PostScript co-creator Charles Geschke dies, aged 81


Re: Passes what?

Yep me too. It's an abhorrent Americanism.

The Mac and at the root of it Postscript changed my life.

Illustrator 88!

OK, Google: Unshackled from Windows, Edge team is free to follow where Chromium leads


Release "cadence"

Right, I had a marketing guy use the phrase cadence to me just last week, "we'll establish a monthly cadence to discuss.. " wtf?

Why do they they have to pollute everything?

OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction


OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze

**.. fixed up...**

Ewww, what sort of English is that? Antipodean? Strasbourgian?

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use


Re: Not that hard to search

As a long term user of web search there's vastly more garbage in search results than there used to be. Plenty of you here must have noticed that.

Some of that may be down to Google's algorithm but mostly that garbage gets views, views make money so they make more garbage.

Half the rabid sentiment on the net is designed just for clicks and likes.

It's a self full dumbing shit machine that is consuming us.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web


Re: Google next?

Not only that but when opt out of Google's cookies there are three separate items you must do individually. Each page is designed differently using different phraseology, all designed to obfuscate the issue.

It's pathetic - it shows the contempt in which they hold the public.

Project Ticino: Microsoft's Erich Gamma on Visual Studio Code past, present, and future


it's free

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button


Falling from a chain's height, shurely?

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password


Yes some nice person has indeed already offered him that fix - for a mere 10% he will mass produce duplicates and somehow test, test, test till he finds the magic key - he might then disappear into the sunset of course .

Unauthorised RAC staffer harvested customer details then sold them to accident claims management company


These two should have done time - it has to be taken seriously.

And the RAC need a hefty fine for having a lousy data protection scheme.


Re: These type of activity is a plague on humanity

Yep - I had a claims adjustment guy, phoning from Liverpool when I live in London, saying " Now we've inspected your lovely motor all you need to do is approve this..."

You'd think I had a flash Jag or a Beemer, nope.

Nothing to link him to the insuracne company either.

Techies start growing an Alphabet-wide labor union: 200-plus sign up, only tens of thousands more to go


Re: Interesting

What you really mean is 40 years experience of the American dream.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


Re: You read it here first

Nah, it'll be a square steering wheel with round corners.

See 'Austin Allegro'

Raven geniuses: Four-month-old corvids have similar cognitive abilities to great apes at same age, study finds


Re: Octopi are

Yep that's the book I got my information from. Book is not as much of a study as I'd hoped but not bad. It does discuss our avian friends.


Re: Social is the key

Octopi are not social animals. They eat each other and rarely congregate. However their processing system is distributed, it's not just in the brain area.: limbs can act semi-autonomously - I bet that gets them thinking.

The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised


Sadly there's very few newspapers with good in-depth coverage any more. Here in the UK The Independent died a few years ago - its website is hell on earth with thousands of ads. The Graun? The paper gets thinner and thinner and it's not a patch on the pre-Lebedev Independent.

Test tube babies: Virgin Hyperloop pops pair of staffers in a pod, shoots them along 500m vacuum tunnel


Re: Logistical Challenges

There'll be a short section of tube that opens to the air like a tube train station. I will work like an spaceship airlock. Then maybe plenty of sub sections that can each be isolated if there's a problem, the locks open and close automatically if a train approaches.

I can't believe your comment - how do you think railways manage to avoid collisions? Ok it fails sometimes but not often.

Getting 28 pods in and out is easy to automate - look at the food industry programmes on TV, e.g. Ocado warehouses, where everything is on automated lines.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly


Long, long ago in the days of SE30 Macs, a user said her machine kept switching off while she was typing. It kept happening day after day. In the end I got a cup of coffee and sat with her while she typed. She was one of those hyped up people who fidget and she swung her lower leg so her fancy pointy shoe tapped against the power switch just enough to kill it.

A year later she had a go at me for not double checking her sums when we placed her 'maths' in a business proposal. A marketing exec in case you wondered.

Congrats, Meg Whitman, another multi-billion-dollar write-off for the CV: Her web vid upstart Quibi implodes


"Always pivot" - that's all you need to know.

Typical. Museum of London Docklands display would be ready to set sail were it not for no-show cast member


Re: Ah the heady days of Director

I always thought Director and Lingo would make a great way for kids to learn about coding and simple animating. Go the frame, yeah!

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases


Re: CSV?

Ceci n'est pas une pipe?

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains


Happened to two people on a musician's synth forum, that they and I have been members of for years. Not some random comment off Farsebk. I could email one of the people now if you want?


FWIW: if you post a piece of classical music to YouTube, that you have *recreated using synthesisers* you will get a take down notice from Wendy Carlos' lawyers. The system is out of control.

Adobe Illustrator's open source rival Inkscape delivers v1.0.1 - with experimental Scribus PDF export


Haha - I did that in Thailand in a Thai version of Illustrator, I was a shortcut user, so it took a few tries to find the n'th item down in the fourth menu across! (Commerical printing if you must know).


Re: Shooting themselves in the foot to save their hand

I've been using Illustrator since version 88 (you may not believe it but in 1988 they chose '88' rather than version 2 or 3 or whatever).

Scribus is usable, but not at all refined, not even to QuarkXpress standard as it was in 1988. (Yes I've used more recent versions).

But why is this export not just a straight "Export as PDF"?

As for Freehand - oh, the delights of orphaned Freehand EPS files that can't be edited!

Illustrator has a very good interface, better than Photoshop, shame about the rental license.

Highways England primes market for £2bn tech spend as part of massive investment in crumbling roads network


More "Smart" motorways ?

Miles and miles of 50 mph average speed limits, that take months to complete and all you get are fancier road warning signs.

And no hard shoulder for added extra accidents, so they can show off the new signage.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process


faecesbook.net is available for only $7

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk


So Kenton in Devs was based on these guys? Nice.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere


Re: Frameworks

Yep I give you Laravel - complicating a well organised set of custom code into thousands of sub sections just for the sake of making the job harder. meh. And don't get me on bloody Twig.

Nice wallpaper you've got there. It would be a shame if it bricked your phone


Ah the Tweet thread is fun - full of people defying the instructions and seeing if it really 'works'.

And then they video the result.

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it


Re: Why the heck not a UK developed app?

*Union Jack tin foil hats are also available.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least


Re: Remember when *everything* was translucent "Bondi Blue"?

Yeah I had a modem in transparent blue plastic, it did 14,400 Baud and was for my Quadra 840.

These iMacs came along a good few years after the funky SGI boxes. My Quadra was contemporary to those.

Thanks Apple, but I went to Windows just after the iMacs arrived. Macs, even the big ones, were too slow for 3d rendering (plus the 3d software for Macs sucked).

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


White is the colour of death in China and red is the colour of good luck and energy.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS



Custard yellow to express my excitement.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: Maybe I have missed the point

The thing is countries should have opened new factories to manufacture this stuff, PPE in particular. They haven't. (Yes I know there's a big lead time on injection moulding).

However when every country needs the same stuff at the same time, in large quantities, there are going to be *lots* of problems.


What's inexplicable about a Chinese user's phone suddenly going Red in the middle of the day when at work?


Someone else just got marked infected, the coordinate records show the two had been in close proximity.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Re: I worked for that outfit for 33 years

Nothing mean spirited or trivial about it - it's very bad communcation to use two different logos on one thing. Shouldn't use two diffferent logos at the same time either.

Brand identity has knock on effects. Using two logos clearly displays that the organisation is NOT a single integrated, coordinated entity.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


You had a cold not flu.


Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

Who going to want to contact him?

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording


I bet someone else put her up to it and the spineless toe rag agreed. Clearly not fit to hold that position and must now resign.



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