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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

GordonBX Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

I think you're misunderstanding 'End of Life' - that just means end of support for the operating system and provision of security patches. You can carry on driving your perfecly good Windows XP car for as long as you like - but if suddenly the government decides that all cars must be electric, or (more realistically) a systematic problem is found in XP then Microsoft is telling you that you are out of luck as far as any kind of fix goes.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

GordonBX Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

None of the things will protect against theft.

No. The only way I know to do that is what I do: forget it at home every day.

Really? Remind me where you live again ... I'll just pop round and steal it while you are out.

about 8 months ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

GordonBX Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

a properly written will IS a legal document with the authority to transfer ownership

Only if the person who wrote the will is actually dead, and that this is the last will and testament that they wrote.

Apple are only asking for actual proof that the grandmother is dead, and that this was her last will. If you hope Apple get sued then it's because you haven't thought it through and don't appreciate the actual facts of the case. IANAL (and clearly neither are you).

about 9 months ago

Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

GordonBX Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (333 comments)

What parts of the OS look bad? And what parts of apps that have been written in the last two years? "Bitmap based" doesn't matter if the bitmap is a 1,024 x 1,024 pixel icon.

Well, er yes it does mater if it is bitmap based because only integer multiples of resolutions will look good (which is why that's what Apple did in iOS). If you want to do a 1.33 times scaling, then a bitmap will be horribly interpolated.

about 10 months ago

BBC Keeps Android Flash Alive In the UK

GordonBX Re:Why is this even an issue for the BBC? (102 comments)

There is already an HTML5 website - it works fine in safari on the iPhone, so although I can understand the issue if they want a native (java) app for Android, but when all they are doing is searching for videos and then streaming them, what's wrong with them delivering the same one that works on the iPhone?

more than 2 years ago

BBC Keeps Android Flash Alive In the UK

GordonBX Why is this even an issue for the BBC? (102 comments)

iPlayer works just fine on my iPhone & iPad and the recent Olympics app streamed up to 24 channels of video live. Seems to me the BBC could do just fine without Flash so why the big problem?

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab

GordonBX Re:People must be blind.. (498 comments)

And now you're just bashing me because you think you disagree with me.

the way patient law should freakin work


You say you want to change the law - that's great - that's what is supposed to happen. What happens when someone else disagrees with whatever you manage to get it changed to? Does that make them wrong? Not necessarily.

Apple are trying to use the law, as it is currently written to maintain what they see is an advantage. People seem to attach some moral / immoral overtone to this but it's no different morally to exercising any other rights or laws. You may think that the law is silly or wrong - and you may be correct - but that doesn't make Apple immoral or evil. Nor does the fact that Apple spends a lot less on R&D than MS - one could argue that MS is immorally wasting their shareholders' money.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab

GordonBX Re:People must be blind.. (498 comments)

Apple's patents on the look and overall design of their iPad are basically null and void.

Says you.

That's what lawsuits are for - if they are really null and void then the lawsuit will sort that out. If the lawsuit comes out in favour of Apple though, then you'll be wrong and you'll need to petition to get the law changed. It's all pretty simple stuff. No need to bash Apple - they are just doing what any sensible company would do if they had the chance.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab

GordonBX Re:People must be blind.. (498 comments)

I've seen an iPad and a Tab close up at the same time. There is no way to get them confused.

Maybe that's the problem. Have you ever considered that people who haven't seen them both close up might confuse them if they don't see them at the same time? Especially if they are not a tech nerd.

more than 2 years ago

Pwn2Own 2012 Set To Reveal More Browser Vulnerabilities Than In the Past

GordonBX Re:Actually an extremely good point (57 comments)

And yet the prize for winning the contest ... a shiny new MacBook Air. Go figure.

more than 2 years ago

Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet

GordonBX Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (584 comments)

Why will those numbers be falling?

That's what nobody seems to be explaining - in any other terms than: "You know last year when we told you that 2011 was going to be the year of the Android Tablet (y'know, because of the Xoom, Galaxy Tab, etc. etc.), well actually we meant next year - 2012."

What happens when the 2012 numbers don't support your personal hope/belief system? Will you change your mind on the fundamentals, or will you say "actually we meant 2013"

about 2 years ago

Canonical To Remove Sun Java From Repositories, Users' Machines

GordonBX Re:Not for long? (307 comments)

Whoah. Tone down on the bitterness man. I wish I had some of your insight into the world - on second thoughts I'm glad I don't.

They've targeted customers who are either spending somebody else's money (mainly the children of the wealthy living off of "daddy's money" or trust funds), those who are financially foolish (people who buy useless gadgets on credit), and those seeking a modern religion (the so-called Apple fanatics)

Yeah - those are the *only* people who buy Apple gadgets. Those millions and millions of foolish people living off daddy's money. Damn them! Damn them to Hell!

This has let them put out sub-par products with pretty horrible limitations,

Yeah, those MacBook Airs are just *rubbish* man. I *totally* can't see why Intel is giving other notebook vendors $100m just to try and come up with a reasonable competitor

but they can still sell them outrageous prices, and coupled with third-world manufacturing it allows them to make a very sizable profit.

obviously Samsung (and by extension Google), Amazon, Motorola, HTC and the rest are *good* companies because the fact that they have to sell their stuff at half the price just to try and get people to buy one and therefore don't make a profit at all means that *their* exploration of third world labour is somehow alright?

TL;DR version: OMFG get off your high horse mr AC anti-apple troll.

more than 2 years ago

A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

GordonBX Re:States? (392 comments)

Erm .. yes they are.

What planet have you been on for the past 6 months? ... probably the good ol' U S of ignorant-to-the-outside-world A.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

GordonBX Re:Seconded on DBAN. (1016 comments)

Seriously, which part of:

Even if I still had IDE hardware, I don't want to wait several weeks to run DBAN on all of them.

did you not understand?

I know nobody reads the articles before commenting, but not reading the first line of the SUMMARY? Are you guys OK with that breathing and walking at the same time thing or do you need some help?

more than 3 years ago

Behind the Parting of IBM and Blue Waters

GordonBX Re:IBM warning for cost overrun?? (36 comments)

... anecdotes suggest that they are no worse than EDS / Accenture / and others who work in the same space.

And here is a lesson in how to damn with faint praise.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Responds To Linux Concerns Over Windows 8 and UEFI Secure Boot

GordonBX Re:Translation (389 comments)

Considering the reaction here; the OEMs that would do this would get so much bad PR, that a significant number of customers would flee to some other manufacturer.

Of course you're right.

That's exactly what has happened with mobile phones. (cough).

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps

GordonBX Re:Well... (413 comments)

It's so odd how the people that want a tablet with the functionality of a real computer are looked at like they're bizarro. What is so strange about wanting a fully featured device? It's like the people that were going off about how iPad's don't need USB functionality, insinuating that there is no point to having USB on the tablet. Uh, what? Who could possibly see more connectivity or functionality as a bad thing?

If your desires were representative of the general population then the huge number of windows-based PC tablet computers that have been around for pretty much a decade would have taken off in a big way, but no, they didn't. And I say that as the owner of a HP-TC1000 tablet from circa 2001 which was *awesome* at the time.

more than 3 years ago

External Thunderbolt Graphics Card On Its Way

GordonBX Re:Thunderbolt = dead in two years. (207 comments)


USB 2.0, even at its theoretical maximum is 20 x slower than Thunderbolt. USB3.0 at its theoretical maximum is 2 x slower. The thunderbolt architecture means that you get a full 10Gb/sec in both directions unlike USB which has so much processor overhead that you never get anywhere near its theoretical maximum. So no, USB is not "Almost as fast".

RS232 Serial ports used to be ubiquitous.

I'll take that bet. If only because they are still including firewire ports, and they have been useless for years and years and years. You must not earn very much to make such a bet.

more than 3 years ago

Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

GordonBX Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

You need to get over yourself.

Nobody has told you to shut up or that you "aren't allowed" to express your opinion.

What they *have* done is tell you in many (some humorous) ways that you are wrong to hold that pretty self-centered opinion

more than 3 years ago


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