* Posts by James Thomas

76 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Aug 2007


Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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STL algorithms

I never used these either - until Lambdas. Now that you can use and algorithm on a single line they have become very handy.

Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

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Re: When are they going to stop?

You have just answered your own question. The DVD drive by virtue (or sin) of being mechanical is highly prone to failure and infrequently used so moving it outside the case makes a lot of sense from a servicing perspective. I'm no Apple fan, far from it, but on this they are right and the PC I'm building at the moment won't have an internal DVD drive either.

Google stiffs Samsung on price, now wireless charging too

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Lets at least be fair

All of the articles I've seen comparing the S3 to the Nexus 4 seem to use over-inflated prices for the S3.

Amazon are selling the blue 16gb S3 for 389.99 (not the £430 quoted in the article)

While the equivalent 16gb Nexus 4 is 279.99. (not the 8gb £230 price quoted).

It's still a bargain, and I would have bought one had I not bought an S3 last month (Doh!), but £110 is a far cry from £200.

Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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Stupid subscription

The idea of yet another subscription would certainly put me off. Someday soon you won't be able to buy anything that doesn't require some sort of wallet draining tax to keep it fully operational, but until that day comes I'm steering well clear.

Besides, it's not even necessary. The console should be driven off the smartphone in your pocket via bluetooth.

Freeview EPG revamp set for September

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Re: Good...

That's what I do on my HTPC and it's wonderful - I have the channels I actually watch at the top and relegate ITV etc. to the depths with the other dross.

Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB

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Bollocks they did! The BBC wanted out sure, but the big cost is the broadcasting rights not making the programmes. The Sky deal allowed them to get a discount on the rights while them showing some races and highlights allowed Bernie to sidestep the 'free-to-air' clause in the concorde agreement.

If the deal hadn't been made the BBC would still be broadcasting all of the races live and then at the end of their contract Channel 4 would have bid for it and probably won. It was a dirty stitch-up orchestrated by the BBC so they could spend more money on pleb-numbing shit like 'The Voice'.

Samsung boss vows siblings won't see a penny of inheritance

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Re: A tradgedy

It's not event like they need the money, they must all be rich enough to purchase small countries already.

Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Re: This might work if everyone had fast broadband...

Buy a DVD player for ~£10 maybe?

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It's not about selling memory cards

I think that when they by 'removable solid state storage' they don't mean memory cards or cartidges. What they are talking about is a a low capacity SSD (it will need to be >50gig so a memory stick no longer cuts it) that you can remove from the console and take to a shop to 'download' your game if your internet connection is slow.

iPhone doc will detect cancer, diabetes - boffins

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Diagnosis: Poser

Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

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You missed one out

What's the f-ing point?

The amazing shipping container: How it changed the world

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The BBC showed a good documentary about this not too long ago. 'The Box That Changed The Worlkd' or something similar.

French letter shock: Tax us more, demand rich people

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What a spurious argument. Can the writer not see the difference between someone asking for higher taxes on an entire bracket and being willing to give that money voluntarily and unilaterily?

It's the difference between saying 'here have my gun and let everyone else keep theirs if they wish' and 'I'll keep my gun unless you take everyone's away'. The former is perhaps more noble, but also fucking stupid.

3D printer produces working house keys

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and the combination is....

12345, obviously

Microsoft shareholder calls for Ballmer's head

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Ballmer badly needs to go

MS has had nothing but failures under his watch. If I was a shareholder I would have been kicking up a stink years ago.

Danish embassy issues MARMITE WAFFLE

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Bloody immigrants!

Immigrants going over there and refusing to integrate! They should go back where they came from!

How to choose the right screen size

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Upscaling is important too

Compression is important, but if you're watching SD material on an HD set the upscaling and filtering also makes a massive difference.

I use an HTPC using DXVA for rendering with carefully chosen codecs, and 0 TV scaling (since the PC always outputs 1080p) and watch Freeview. All sources look great, with artifacts greatly reduced. OTOH my friend's Sky+ on an equally sized TV looks, frankly, like shit with tons of artifacts and blockyness.

Properly upscaled SD material on an HD set can look a lot better than native SD, even with the crap bitrates some channels use.

Btw. I sit about 1.5m from my 42" and I'm pretty sure I could tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. I never understood why people by massive sets and then sit miles away from them.

Bin Laden's porn stash: Too good to be true?

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The tougher question

'What man's house could you raid and NOT find a porn stash?'

An introduction to static code analysis

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Hear, hear! Its entirely possible to write c++ without memory leaks with just by using containers and smart pointers. When i write code the isn't a single `new`, `delete` or `malloc` to be seen in application code, and consequently memory leaks are easily avoided.

Interestingly the only app i`ve worked on recently that suffered badly from memory leaks was written in .net.

Microsoft poised to make biggest ever buy – Skype

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Doesn't seem like a very good deal if EBay sold it for $1.9. I'd be interested to know who ran the private equity firm that owns it, because it looks to me like they are making a suspiciously large profit at MS's expense.

MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury

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As much as I dislike Apple for various reasons it's hard not to applaud that sort of behaviour. VPs get paid a lot of money, when they cock up they should pay the price. Far too often the guys at the top get away with passing the buck.

If investment banks all had Jobsian 'tyrant' at the top perhaps we wouldn't all have got so screwed by their incompetence.

Apple ex-evangelist Kawasaki pans, praises Jobs

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Guy sounds like an idiot. Nothing quoted in the aritcle is anything other than Marketing 101, and is certainly not the magic behind Apple's current success.

4oD plods onto iPad

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What about Android?

I can't test this myself, but surely you can get all of the VoD services on android already, since it's not crippled by the Apples refusal to allow flash content?

If so then it's just another reason to steer clear of the Apple lock-in.

Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

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I bloody is generic.

The problem here is that while it's possible that App Store might technically be non-generic enough to qualify for protection (though given Apples market share using a measurment like '88% of references are to the Apple store' is idiotic), it is certainly generic enough that protection will stiffle competition.

What are people supposed to call non-Apple app stores? Application Marketplace? Program Shop?

If apple wanted trademark protection they should have called it the iShop or some other branded nonsense.

Case cut-outs connote iPad 2 SD, HDMI connectivity

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Could be DisplayPort

Charlie over at SemiAccurate claims to have info that the iPhone 5 will have a mini-display port output, so it makes sense for it to be on the iPad 2 also, though as you say on the iPad I would expect there to be an HDMI out.

OTOH DP -> HDMI adapters aren't too pricey these days, especially if you only need 1080p.

Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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I'm highly sceptical. While it sounds ok in theory the critical part seems to be determining exactly where the observers eyes are. I'm assuming a reasonably high level of precision is required here for a believable 3D image to work and any imprecision could break the whole effect or, even worse, make the user quite sick.

Frankly I don't think it's possible, expecially if you allow the observers to move about.

Giffgaff says some subscribers yakked for 9 days a month

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Well, duh

Why else would somebody get an unlimited call package if they weren't going to use a lot of minutes?

Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs

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No this again

The BBC and other video producers have already faught this battle once, and they aren't going to lose this time ether.

If you sold something you know can't afford to provide, tough titty. Fire your marketard department, they're the idiots who got you into the mess to begin with.

Provincial outrage over BT's broadband upgrade race

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Surely upgrading the exchanges with highest density of users first is only sensible, espcially given that the upgrade is a fixed cost. More people will benefit quicker and it will cost less per user.

If you want to live in a village in the middle of nowhere that's fine, but you can't expect to get a fiber upgrade before major metropolitan areas. You get the beautiful countryside, fresh air and shit braodband. We get the filth and stink of the city and fibre upgrades. Suck it up.

Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

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This sort of socially responsible voluntary euthenasia should be encouraged!

Rackspace claims credit for shushing Koran-burning 'pastor'

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I thought it was a really bad idea until Palin opposed it.

Now I'm confused.

Coder cooks up Java-built Flash Player

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'What is next... a ZX-Spectrum emulator running in flash in Java?'

.... on a ZX Specturm.

Intel's SSD roadmap leaked

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min PCI-E

My guess would be a mini-PCI-E form factor. Like this one from OCZ: http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid_state_drives/ocz_minipci_express_ssd-sata_

Fring-Skype iPhone slanging match: Telcos v freetards

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I read that as...

We didn't block them, but now they've given us the idea and even already blemed us we will now, and here's why...

BBC grabs stock photo of own building

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I wouldn't be suprised if the BBC had an all-you-can-eat deal with Getty. It was probably cheaper to buy the image than to organise a photographer and equipment.

Middle-aged sex: The X-rated photo guide

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I didn't know Lego make 'Perv Scanner' sets!

Giddens, Lawson argue quite sensibly on climate change

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Adaptation or not...

The result is the same - not action. Whether or not that is the best course of action is debatable (though it's clear which position the writer favours) but calling it 'Adaptation' is no better than calling it 'denying'. It's essentially a PR rebranding of exactly the same policy that's been pushed from one side of the debate the whole time - do nothing, ignore the problem and hope somebody else fixes it in the future. The human default option of passing the buck.

OTOH, while the Eco-Activists may have won the PR battle some time ago they were always going to lose the war. Fighting against the hubris, greed and inertia of the entire human race was always futile.

ToryDems stoke ID card 'bonfire'

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I wonder if an ID card will become a valuable collectors item in a couple of decades?

It's amazing how New Labour can be even more hateful out of power than they were in power. Alan Johnson must either be utterly stupid to still be defending ID cards.

2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

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That is awesome! I'd much prefer to have that than the characterless 3D blobs they've chosen.

Vote Lib Dem, doom humanity to extinction

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What are the editors thinking...

The editors should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such a blatantly partisan piece to be posted.

The fact that it's idiotic drivel is almost irrelevant.

Pirate Bay co-founder hopes it will die

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The guy from Sony said: ‘I feel that you raped me and raped my kids and you raped everybody I know and you're speaking to my face like you enjoyed it.'

The irony....it burns!

Ridley Scott talks up 'nasty' Alien prequel

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In 'Alien 1' the crew recieve a distress broadcast.

In 'Aliens' the Comapny learns of the crashed ship from Ripley - and presumably the ships logs - and sends Newt's family to investigate (this is seen in the Special Edition), thus starting the base infection.

I'm actually excited about this. Scott has a mixed record in general but has produced some of the best Sci-Fi in cinema history. And it's not like the franchise hasn't beed raped already, if it's bad it can't be any worse than the others...

Obama 'deep space' Mars plans in Boeing booster bitchslap

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Boeing should try and compete on merit with the smaller companies and develop a commercially viable lifter that they can then sell/run for NASA.

But it seems they actually just want to suckle on the Goverment teat and have no interest in furthering Space exploration. Bunch of whining pussies.

Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased

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I would expect that a higher death rate among junkies would actually be the result of their deteriorated physical condition caused by long term drug abuse rather than just 'being high'.

So it's essentially a marketting/coverup excercise for Taser/The Police force that means absolutely nothing.

Transport for London gobbles up Oyster

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Londoners do love it...

At least those that can remember what it was like before. The introduction of the Oyster has had a massive improvement on bus speeds (due to quicker boarding times) particularly, and makes getting on the Tube much quicker too.

I don't entirely see the point of using it for other things (maybe vending machines?), but it's definitely been a major improvement for the transport netwrok.

Labour manifesto: More ID cards, less NHS IT

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Thanks New Labour!

Take your ID cards and shove them up your arses!

And then fuck off.

Googlenet dwarfs all but two of world's ISPs

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The funniest thing is that nobody thought the mega world-owning corp would have such a ridiculous name as 'Google'

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

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Nobody who has any use for CUDA is going to buy one of these and even then the cheapo card they'd use would have been useless, if it supportted it at all.

Take your ignorant Nvidia fanboyism somewhere else.

Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place

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Tbh it was pretty silly of the app developers to not expect Apple to have a change of heart, it was only a matter of time really. This is what happens when you live at the behest of a single company.

What is utterly reprehensible is Apple only doing this to people too small to fight back. They know full-well that what they are doing could land them in court if they targetted someone with enough money to see it through.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180

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I actually don't understand how they've taken all those parts and managed to make them perform so poorly. Your test system (practically identical to a system I own, just a different make of SSD) is much cheaper to build and outperforms it in every area.

Maybe they used cheapest mobo. and RAM that money can buy?