* Posts by Caspian Prince

24 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Big Brother is coming to a workplace near you, and the privacy regulator wants a word

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We will be monitoring your acti-

"Goodbye then."

From browser brat to backend boss: Will WASM win the web wars?

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Re: Welcome back Java promise!!!

You are dead right - it actually did (and still does) deliver 100% on the promise. And 99.99% of all compiled Java code that you will find deployed out there right now *still runs without issue*, 20 years later, because of the extreme care with which the SDK has been evolved.

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher

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Re: Too expensive, too heavy, too range limited

That'll be the huge amount of money they made from selling oil and gas.

Those low-code tools devs love so much? They'll grow 20% in 2023, says Gartner

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Code is only the bit in the middle of the job I do

Low code sounds all very useful until managers realise that the coding part is just the fiddly bit in the middle of what we do for a living as software developers. A significantly large proportion of our time is just understanding what the hell they actually want to something to do. Another rather significantly large proportion of time goes on making sure what got made actually does match up, in reality, with what they wanted it to do in the first place, as well as generally not exploding, falling over, producing strange results when there's an R in the month, etc.

C++ zooms past Java in programming popularity contest

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Re: Java can’t go away, sadly

We use Java because it's bloody excellent at doing what we want it to do (making games). Haven't found another language that hits so many sweet spots yet, been looking for over 20 years. No, C# isn't any better.

Python 2 bows out after epic transition. And there was much applause because you've all moved to version 3, right? Uh, right?

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Re: why python ?

Java is very much alive and well I think you'll find, particularly the JVM technology stack, but the language itself has been hugely rejuvenated. All greatly helped by Java mostly escaping the grasping tentacles of Oracle a few years back.

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Re: Repeat Offenders?

Mind you... still using Java code I wrote 20 years ago. Unmodified.

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well

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Obligatory HHT2TG quote

“And to this end they built themselves a stupendous super-computer which was so amazingly intelligent that even before its data banks had been connected up it had started from I think therefore I am and got as far as deducing the existence of rice pudding and income tax before anyone managed to turn it off.”

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

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The update was indeed quite painful from 8 (straight to 11 but all the problems that had to be faced were introduce in 9).

However it turns out that most of the issues were actually caused by Eclipse, which is just plain rubbish in its support of modules, and when it's not rubbish it's just broken. With Eclipse misbehaving at every turn, it made trying to figure out how the module system worked almost impossible. Other IDEs are apparently slightly better.

The module system though is rather hugely complex and overengineered for a lot of Java development. Java's biggest strength was that it was like developing with fluffy Fischer-Price gloves. Any idiot like me could do it, and I have been for 20 years. The upgrade to JDK11 was so difficult I felt like an idiot and couldn't get anything to work. No wonder everyone's sticking with Java 8.

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

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Re: Ugh, another Java bashing thread

Don't bother waiting for a coherent reply, it's obviously someone who doesn't use or understand Java. Same experience as you here: used it day in day out for 20 years, getting real work done, never had a single problem, ever. And I mean that.

ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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I can quite easily use 4 cores flat out...

... when making games for said phones. Just saying.

Cas :)

Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Have they fixed the irritatingly shit window resizing borders?

Every time I've tried to use Ubuntu, I've been thwarted by the unnecessarily fiddly window edges which make it strangely incredibly difficult to resize windows.

Well, until recently anyway, when fortunately the Unity interface put me off going any further before I even bothered trying to resize any windows.

Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: For me there is a basic question

The Thomson routers Plusnet provided were prone to simply seizing and needed rebooting about 2-3 times a day, due to a VOIP scanning issue; a probe for VOIP services would freeze the router.

I discovered this because I had to run up and down two flights of stairs every time it happened, several times a day.

I bought a Cisco router to replace it. Problem still occurred. Most vexed, I turned to Cisco support forums, and discovered the firmware the Cisco router came with suffered from exactly the same problem as the shitty consumer Thomson router.

The crucial difference was *the Cisco router could be patched*. And so all my troubles finished.

Facebook user locked out of account even with ID

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Doesn't help to have an unusual name...

I was locked out of my Facebook account a year ago - apparently only "real people are allowed to have accounts on Facebook." I pointed out that I'd spent a fair amount of money advertising through them over the previous year and that though I may have a slightly unusual name it was reasonably obvious I was a real person. My account was reinstated a week later without much of an explanation as to why it was flagged in the first place.

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Yes, really.

Top Ten Retro PC Games

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As someone previously said, those games are just "old"

... these games are retro: www.puppygames.net

Shameless plug! But the register has wasted years of my life so I think they can share the love.

Cas :)

Microsoft's Silverlight 4 - more than Flash envy

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Much nerd rage in here

I thought the days of childish Microsoft bashing were long gone as the nerderati have switched their attentions to the Fourth Reich (Apple)?

What's all this pointless Silverlight bashing from anonymous cowards who've never used it (and who also claim to have never installed Flash. Well I suppose it won't run on your Lynx browser anyway eh?)? It does what it says on the tin, it works, people can use it to make stuff. Go and rant somewhere else!

And to think I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Java developer, too, defending it.

Sun's cloud and gaming execs leave Oracle

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Cheerio ChrisM

Well, a big goodbye to Chris Melissinos from Puppygames, he was one of the few people to believe in a Java games studio and a tremendous help to us over the years. It is a great shame he wasn't really given the resources to achieve his goals at Sun.

Cas :)

Steve Wozniak, your time is up

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Indeed he may have done fuck all of note for 20 years but it might be prudent not to take the piss out of how fat he is (and he isn't massively fat anyway). I bet half the Reg readership are in the "overweight" or "obese" BMI categories anyway.

PC Gamers get Bill of Rights

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Re: 2 & 3

Why the hell should it be a *right* to receive *free stuff* for a game you buy?

Tux, for the freetards.

Snap Sun decision launches Java at iPhone

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Good news for me though...

because then all my Java games will be a cinch to port to it, especially as they use OpenGL too. Who'd have thought it?

Paranoid partners to get GPS snooper

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I'll just stick one in me bike then if some toerag tries to half-inch it I'll be able to wait till it's stopped moving and turn up with a van full of very angry bikers and some cricket bats.

Nine Inch Nails cracks net distribution (maybe)

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Indie gaming's been doing it for years

We've been doing "free demos" with limited content and looking at optimising our conversion rates with clever upsell techniques for years and years now at Puppygames and then this music guy suddenly does exactly the same thing the rest of us have been doing since teh intarnets were invented and he's hailed as a genius?? Gah. Is there something fundamentally wrong with everyone in the music industry?

The Return of iTuneski

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Re: Awesome news!

Steev, it may have escaped your attention but the reason why we use Allofmp3.com is because it gives us what we want, and none of the other online music vendors do. The others:

1. Give us stuff recorded at shitty bitrates in formats we don't want

2. Charge ridiculous money for the music and what's more they price fix it so the Yanks get charged half as much. Internet global economy my arse.

3. Encumber the music in extremely annoying DRM.

4. Don't even have half the music that allofmp3.com has

So perhaps if Napster, iTunes, etc. actually got their act together and *competed* by addressing those four points there wouldn't be problem, hmm?

Top 10 e-commerce developments of the decade

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Paypal and Bittorrent (or various other p2p things), Messenger, Hotmail

...seem mysteriously absent, but are arguably two of the most fundamental factors in the digital economy these days. Paypal makes paying for stuff and receiving payments a little easier, and bittorrent makes not paying for stuff and giving away stuff for free a little easier.

No mention of instant messaging, which has fundamentally changed the way we communicate?

Nor Hotmail?