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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

MythMoth Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

It's a compromise language. Compromises are, in fact, a good thing but purists hate them. Of course. That's what purism *is*. But really, who cares if it's cool? We're geeks, I thought we were supposed to be opposed to "cool" anyway?

It's a known quantity and before you dismiss it you should consider the truly vast amount of software that's been successfully implemented in Java.

Personally I like it. It has it's niggles (if I were king I'd change oh so many things) but it keeps on succeeding like most good compromises.

about three weeks ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

MythMoth Free WiFi (1095 comments)

In general you have to pay for WiFi in chain cafes (Starbucks and the like). However, many of the independents and smaller chains offer it for free.

There's free WiFi and power points in the cafe at the British Library.

The cafe in Foyles bookstore (a geek venue in its own right) on Charing Cross Road is pretty geek friendly. It's handy for the computer section, there's often free live Jazz playing, and (when it works which is not always) there's free WiFi. Oh and the cake is good there.

Tottenham Court Road is the local centre for technology shopping in the area if you find you've forgotten to bring something vital.

The National Film Theatre under the south arches of Waterloo Bridge has the broadest arts cinema coverage in the capital. The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill Gate is the comfiest cinema in the capital.

For non-geeky but interesting things to do while you're here pick up a copy of Time Out. I'd recommend the 100 club on Oxford Street on Monday nights though.

more than 4 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

MythMoth Re:Food advice. (1095 comments)


I don't think I'd call fish and chips especially authentic. Sure, we do eat 'em, but curry is more "authentically" British these days. If you want very high quality eating then The Fat Duck is a three Michelin starred restaurant a short trip outside London. It serves some of the best food in the world and has a certain amount of geek cred to go with it.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Accuses Psion of "Fraud" Over Netbook

MythMoth Re:Miniature timeline (167 comments)

Couldn't agree more. Witness the fact that a second hand 5mx on eBay still fetches £70 to £80, which isn't bad for an obsolete device. Something like you describe would be very high up my wishlist for gadgets today - there are a very few clamshell devices, but nothing with a comparable keyboard.

As a close second best I'd love Lenovo to do a Netbook (or a "kneetop" as I tend to term them) under the Thinkpad brand with a Trackpoint instead of a touchpad. Ah, wishful thinking...

more than 5 years ago

Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More

MythMoth Re:Seriously: Execute them (689 comments)

{quote}Why is he not deemed a flight risk?{quote}

Consult the court documents if you actually care. Since he's not yet fled, shows no signs of fleeing, and is currently under house arrest it seems to have been a reasonable decision.

Get back to me when you can cite the court documents rather than angrily telling me how unjust it is without any supporting evidence. I have more respect for courts than you do.

more than 5 years ago

Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More

MythMoth Re:Seriously: Execute them (689 comments)

Similarly, why is Bernie Madoff still walking around free?

Because he has not been tried and found guilty of a crime. He is charged with a crime, yes, but that is not the same thing, and he is judged not to be a flight risk, which is the pertinent factor in deciding whether he should be held on remand.

Justice is not about punishing people who you think are probably guilty of a crime, or look guilty of a crime, or that someone told you was guilty of a crime. It's about checking the facts in a court of law and handing out the punishment if and only if the accused is proven beyond reasonable doubt to be guilty of the crime.

Too many people wail about a lack of justice when they actually are complaining that the court is being properly impartial.

more than 5 years ago

How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

MythMoth Re:Three options (1032 comments)

Parent AC is correct. They're not common yet, but on the back of Oyster will probably become so.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay Operators Stand Trial On Monday

MythMoth Re:End Copyright (664 comments)

I'm a programmer and I don't recall ever receiving any royalties for code that I wrote. Most software is bespoke - written to order - to which copyright applies only as a technicality.

Shrink wrap software is a tiny, tiny exception against the general case.

There is a good public interest case for copyright protection as a short term measure, but no good case for protection beyond the "artist's" lifetime - and personally I think anything above a decade or so is excessive.

more than 5 years ago

Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

MythMoth Re:Only the paranoid survive (not) (508 comments)

I know my spelling / grammar aren't up to many peoples standards, but I had other people clean things up.

Good. I don't want to be an asshole about it. Bad spelling/grammar aren't moral failings; they have practical effects that can usually be eliminated with some decent proof reading. As I note, there's no obligation upon anyone to give that kind of attention to a Slashdot post. Nor do I claim complete perfection in this area on my own part.

I wish you could see your post through my eyes though - it's almost physically jarring.

I'm sorry but many really good engineers can't write.

I'm not sure about the "many". I've noticed a strong correlation between "good spelling/writing" and "good engineer" But certainly some good engineers really can't write and you're clearly a good engineer. I don't think that's in question.

But you're not trying to be just a good engineer. You're trying to be a good businessman too. You obviously have some talent for business - your successes even where partial show that - but I wonder if some of the problems you encounter actually arise from deficient soft-skills akin to writing?

This post in the meta-discussion on Hacker News might be insightful.

Good luck with your future endeavours; it certainly sounds like you've earned it!

more than 5 years ago

Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

MythMoth Re:Only the paranoid survive (not) (508 comments)

He's not necessarily giving of his best in a Slashdot post of course - but yes, this was my first thought too.

Rightly or wrongly a lot of people use basic literacy skills as a first pass filter for the quality of their contacts. I can't help wondering if that VC passed on his product because of some deficiencies in the presentation.

more than 5 years ago

Blood From Mosquito Traps Car Thief

MythMoth Re:Why does /. always side with the crook? (198 comments)

There are lots of holes in the case. Here's one: - Was the mosquito flying around & sucking blood from pedestrians BEFORE it entered the car?

According to the article he's already admitted to being in the car. So in what way is that a hole in the case?

No, you shouldn't presume a party to be guilty unless they're proven guilty in a court of law. That has nothing whatsoever to the strength of the particular case as reported and everything to do with justice.

more than 5 years ago

Simulations May Explain Loss of Beagle 2 Mars Probe

MythMoth Re:Calculate This (98 comments)

Quite. Those who tagged this article with "moron" are the sort of invertebrates who give developers a bad name.

more than 5 years ago

How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names

MythMoth Re:I bet... (247 comments)

Ah yes, that must explain why Apache is doing so terribly in terms of market penetration...

Most non-technical people have never heard of "patching" and the technical ones all know about Apache.

The GIMP certainly has a stupid name, but I sincerely doubt that it affects its take up anything like as much as the shere existing mindshare of PhotoShop. In fact I'll bet that the GimpShop hack improves its prominence more than a "pure" name change, and I'll bet that most of that is down to the obvious connection with PhotoShop not the sanitization of the user interface.

more than 5 years ago

How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names

MythMoth Re:German naming process... (247 comments)

Not in North America ... we tend to pronouce all those letters

Just for your information then, "herb" has an H in it. Also I look forward to hearing your pronunciation of "meringue".

more than 5 years ago



CSS considered irritating

MythMoth MythMoth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MythMoth writes "I admire the aspirations of Cascading Style Sheets, but was it really meant to be so difficult? Are the deficiencies down to poor design, faulty implementations, my tiny brain, or wrong-headed expectations? Why are there so many fiendishly complex and ingenious workarounds for simple styling effects when they could and should be incorporated into the standard. GeekLondon raises a top-ten hit list of CSS nastiness and dons his asbestos trousers.

Disclosure: GeekLondon is MythMoth"

Link to Original Source

MythMoth MythMoth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MythMoth writes "We've heard all about the pain and discomfort of working with Windows' User Account Control (UAC) switched on, but now Ian Griffiths is explaining that the developers are the problem — they brought it on themselves.

In earlier articles we have heard that Microsoft think that everyone should do it like this — Ian does acknowledge that things are better in the Unix world, but is he right? Is the onus now on the developers to help fix a problem that they did not cause?

Should Microsoft maybe use the dialog that Ian proposes to push the point home?"


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