* Posts by David Beeston

34 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

David Beeston

As someone who loves agile working, this frustrates me.

"[This approach] probably takes longer to deliver the benefits" is exactly the opposite of what agile is meant to do. The whole point of agile is that it delivers benefit sooner, rather than waiting for the whole solution to be defined and ready. And as such the overall benefit is both sooner and greater.

What they really mean is they didn't understand what their MVP looked like.

And agile normally means that the scope is the negotiable bit. Time is often locked to regular releases etc. Resource is normally fixed too. Therefore scope within each interval is negotiable. Only, in this project I bet it isn't. Scope will be fixed, resources will be relatively fixed, which means budget needs to be flexible.

If the scope is fixed, and can't be delivered iteratively, then is agile really the right approach? Or do they mean they are now going to try and do something just so they don't look like a complete and utter screw-up. Looks like an agile scapegoat to me.

Firefox hits version 50

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Has version 50 started implementing stricter extension verification? A whole bunch of mine have now been disabled by the system :(

Edit: I just had to re-install them from firefox extension site. No idea why.

Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Had it, use Private Mode

I was having a play around after suffering this problem and found that using Private Mode worked. Going back to normal mode doesn't, but Private seems to.

Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: What? No lawsuit about RAM?

Its because apple uses base 10 to calculate disk space (as does pretty much every other hard drive vendor). Interestingly most operating systems still used a base 2 to display - which leads to confusing results as the user sees much lower storage than was previously advertised.

Really interesting is that for a while apple OSX display in base 10 too, which means a 250GB hard drive reports as 250GB even though it is actually a little less (something like 240GB or so I think).

The formatted capacity may also be taking into account EFI Partition, Restore Partition, Wear-leveling blocks, Write-buffer area and a whole bunch of other stuff I have no idea the meaning of.

Source: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201402


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Er... Surely it's because there is nothing to *bonk* in most territories

I bonk whenever I can. Being in the UK that largely means Oyster and NFC enabled bank card transactions. I don't have any other bonkable available tech - and am not aware of any that are widely avaialble. I have an iPhone 6 too, and have never bonked with it.

Does that mean that Apple have made a mistake? No.

It just means that because ApplePay isn't available yet in the UK I cannot use the most bonkable tech with my iPhone 6. I have no choice but to continue using my card.

Either this analysis is exclusive to the US, and therefore limiting to one of the least advanced card bonking markets, or is global and therefore ignoring that the rest of the globe doesn't have ApplePay. Either way it's therefore largely irrelevant.

Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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What monitor did you provide that had a higher spec or even matched it? Nope? That's the point of the article. The 5k displays coming out are more than this and they are just displays alone. This 'display' also comes with a pretty reasonable powered computer.

Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Er, are you sure

The upshot of all this is that "3.3 per cent of deaths could be prevented if all participants had a processed meat consumption of less than 20g per day".

Are you sure, surely those deaths are simply delayed? They are going to happen at some point ;)

The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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Re: Not for me

Me fail. Forgot space.

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Not for me

Does nothing...

-bash: cat/usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr: No such file or directory

Apple updates iOS 6, Safari

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Er... download Error's out for me on the Safari security update

WTF Apple.

Personally cant get the safari security update. Try to download and get ... (NSURLErrorDomain error -3001.) (102). Don't know what that is, but even tried the old switch it off and back on again trick - nothing. Won't download.

Is it me or is there an increasing trend of bugs in Apple's software?

Story gone

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Re: Comments ?

Scroll to the bottom of the article. Hey presto.

Written from within the new app

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Paid version with No Ads, Please?!

Looks really good.

But... I HATE adverts in apps, and would happily pay not to see them. Any chance of a paid for version, or one with an in-app purchase to disable?

Please, please, pretty please, with sugar and sprinkles and a cherry on top.

Ten... alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy S III

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Er, No Galaxy Nexus?!

No Galaxy Nexus. Its only probably the most directly comparable handset, with the same resolution, ICS 4.0, similar size etc. Also not too big, like I suspect the SGSIII will be (can you hold it in one hand and touch all four corners of the screen?). It will also get Android updates much quicker. I suspect battery life is on par too.

40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

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What's with the apple bashing?

My understanding is that whilst in general ethics are not at the top of most production line agenda's, Apple actually are doing much to be open and honest, and to improve things... yet they are the one's getting the bashing.

Sudo stats...

On average in China there are 220 suicides per million workers. Foxconn is only 18 per million.

In America for example there are 35 fatal work place injuries per million workers. Foxconn is only 7.

The average salary in China for production workers is $4.k. Foxconn is $6k.

(Source: onforbes.es apparently)

I don't think Apple do enough, but they also aren't all evil too.

Mac security update leaves users open to ugly Flashback

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Requires admin confirmation

This isn't really a windows vs mac debate. Mac OS X is identifying it as an application requiring admin details and asking the admin to confirm. I'd expect Windows to do the same. That's all I expect of an OS, to flag when something is attempting to install and prompt if escalated privileges are required. It's up to the admin to asses whether its legitimate or not. Anyone infected = user error (or admin error).

No one thinks Mac's are invulnerable - certainly I don't, but they are just less prone to non-user error type malware - in my experience.

Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook

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Especially with 3 years of Apple Care as ANYTHING even remotely broken gets sorted of free (minus the cost of Apple Care of course).

Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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I need never be reminded of the horror of watching that the first time. Even worse, one man one jar.

Malawi poised to outlaw farting

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Whoever said the rhyme did the crime!

Mac daddy predicts all-knowing, all-seeing UI

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Prior Art?

Hey, I saw Iron Man too and thought that his computer system was cool ;)

Google pinpoints bugs that send texts to wrong people

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Do you mean apple?

Yes they fixed the clock error in the most recent release. They also fixed the random error with people who were > 77 years old bug with the birthday calendar.

BOFH: Who's been naughty and who's been nice?

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Nuff said really

Florida cops tase naked jogger

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Are you serious?!??!??1

Cop should lose his job. These things are only meant to be used in times when there is a danger to the public or the officer. They are meant to be used as equivalent to when someone would otherwise be shot as the almost non-leathal alternative.

This is clearly not an appropriate situation to use a taser. He was naked. Not going to be any concealed weapons. No real danger or threatening behaviour to the cop. I reckon the fat cop realised that the guy was gonna out run him and couldn't be arsed chasing him anymore.

Shame on you sir. Shame on you.

French operator pooh-poohs iOS4

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Not quite irreversible

I downgraded a friends iPhone 3G yesterday from iOS4 to 3.1.3. It wasn't that hard really. His wasn't jailbroken or anything, just a bog standard 3G running very slowly on iOS4.

Tutorials all over the place for this online.


iPhone customers lay into Apple after iOS 4.0.1 update fails to install

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Worked for me too, and probably many others too

Actually, worked fine for me too. When things go wrong for someone they scream and shout, and rightly so. But if it works fine they often just go on their merry way. They don't post on forums saying "Just thought I'd let everyone know that X worked as expected". So, just because a number of people complain doesn't mean it's necessary a disaster.

Out of interest, is this happening on Macs & Windows machines or just Windows machines ;)

Fanboi? Maybe.

iPad pitch to the Wall Street Journal laid bare

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Fax? Jeez... get with the program. Not hear of email?

Japanese bloke gets arsey over artificial rectum

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Fantastic. Nearly pissed myself.

'Talking' iPod Shuffle spills guts

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Is it me or have they put a coin inside the shuffle? What for? Are they just showing off now?

Opera scrambles to quash zero-day bug in freshly-patched browser

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And on Safari...

Just thought I would give it a go on my mac and noticed that my mac mail gets opened?! Seems like everyone's browser is pants!

Carphone Warehouse now taking iPhone 3G orders

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Not Open to All

I've just been on their site and it's only open for new connections. Upgrades have to wait until tomorrow at the earliest.

London teen orders 'cab, innit'

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That is the funniest article I have read in a long time. Fantastic. About time some chav got caught out in this sort of way. Utterlly brilliant.

Steve Jobs unveils plans to dominate RIM BlackBerry, Life, the Universe, and Everything

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Will Exchange/ActiveSync be available as an upgrade

I am wondering whether early adopters, such as myself (please don't beat me up about it as it suits my needs perfectly), will be able to get ActiveSync support as an update to existing hardware?

Any guesses?

Big Climate's strange 'science'

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@ Chad H.

Finally someone who gets it. You are spot on. Regardless of whether climate change is actually happening or not (or somewhere in between here and doomsday), it doesn't matter.

The thought of climate change is starting to result in actions which are positive for mankind, such as investment into renewable energy sources etc. If doomsday does or doesn't happen, at least we are doing something positive about it.

That said, I remember reading somewhere that every time mankind tries to keep a complex and volatile system static, they end up messing things up*. My worry is that our actions now trying to prevent climate change may knock it into the alternative direction that could ultimately lead to our demise (ice age anyone?).

For me, if out of all this we can create a safe renewable energy source, then I don't care about the media, the government, scientists or whoever profiting from the hysteria.

*I think it was to do with trees in an area of the states that native americans used to manage where "management" ended up doing more harm than good, but I can't for the life of me remember the whole story in enough detail to make it meaningful.

Linux Penguin - what are the odds of them being the dominant species on earth?

Schools chief pushes Big Brother out of dinner line

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Why on earth does a school need to take the finger prints of children at all. It can't be the anti-terrorism angle, surely? Anyone know what their justification (excuse) is?

I don't want anyone to have a record of my or my child's finger prints. If that information ever got into the wrong hands, who knows what the implications of that could be in the future.

Apple restricts ringtone rights

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What a rip off

My basic Nokia allows me to sync my phone to Media Player and then use any of my tracks as a ringtone. No second charge whatsoever.

If Apple had enabled the functionality to use tunes in the library as ringtones no one would have even given it a second glance. The fact you can't is clearly a marketing ploy on Apples behalf to get more revenue from punters with too much cash on their hands.