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Forbes Likens Instagram Purchase To Myspace Deal

WarwickRyan Re:Gee, you think? (105 comments)

It isn't worth 1000 million dollars. They bought it for 1000 million MOON-dollars: i.e. $1000 million of Facebook stock valued at $38. By the time they'll be able to sell said stock it'll be convertible to closer to $100m than $1000m.

more than 2 years ago

The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

WarwickRyan Metro / Windows 8? (204 comments)

Since the change I've hardly used my Xbox, and have moved pretty much to the PC. I'm sensitive to this kind crap.

This is my biggest worry is that they're going to pull the same trick with Metro. It's the advertiser's dream, and the one way they'll beat Google. They control the platform, they control the ads.

more than 2 years ago

Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters

WarwickRyan Faraday Cage? (86 comments)

..and if it's electronic then it can't hurt to put it in a Faraday cage...

more than 2 years ago

New BBC Sports Website Makes Heavy Use of RDF

WarwickRyan Re:Shame... (89 comments)

> On the plus side, it's one of the few actively maintained sites that doesn't have advertising.

They run advertising for users outside of the UK. Users in the UK don't see any advertising.

More information is in the BBC Online FAQ:

more than 2 years ago

Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA

WarwickRyan Re:Not a bill; Congress was never asked. (217 comments)

Douglas Adams was right all along with his post of Galactic President: "a role that involves no power whatsoever, and merely requires the incumbent to attract attention so no one wonders who's really in charge"

more than 2 years ago

Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace To Google: Don't Be Evil

WarwickRyan Ironic.. (208 comments)

..considering reports the Google's entire motivation for creating Google+ was that so much content was moving to social networks such as Facebook and that said social networks were pushing against Google's attempts to index the content on their services.

more than 2 years ago

Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real

WarwickRyan Re:supply and demand (185 comments)

> The whole prescription thing is a racket, and both doctors and pharmacies are profitting handsomely.

They've solved that in The Netherlands by letting the insurance companies dictate the exact drugs to be used by their patients. They make deals directly with the drugs companies for the prices, and the pharmacists have to provide their choice in drugs.

The result: bottom line drug costs have increased substantially, forcing an inflation-busting increase in our monthly health insurance costs. At the same time, certain subsidiaries of said insurance companies are reporting massive profits thanks to large "management fees" from drugs companies.

In the meantime the ex-health ministers who made this possible have taken up cushy consultancy / board positions at the largest insurance companies here.

Oh, and the pharmacists have to stock a dozen makes of a drug to cover all of the insurance companies. Which has lead to a slew of pharmacy closures due to the increase in operating costs (and massive reduction in income - in the past each individual pharmacy had their own drug deals which subsidised their service - being on a smaller scale the final impact was less than what the massive insurance companies can achieve).

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Court Forces ISPs To Block the Pirate Bay

WarwickRyan Re:Et tu, Netherlands part 2 (304 comments)

> They've been doing stuff like that since forever. There aren't many companies that would do such a thing. That's the main reason I won't be easily persuaded to leave their service.

It's the reason why I pay more to stay on their service, instead of switching over to a faster connection with "we lie about our monthly fees" UPC.

more than 2 years ago

Are Programmers Ruining the Design of eBooks?

WarwickRyan Blame the Automation (470 comments)

The reason that so many ebooks are bad is that there are a lot of lazy publishers out there who simply run (for example) Amazon's Word-to-Kindle scripts and upload the output.

Without ever reading it.

Or even worse, that use OCR to generate the ebook and then don't bother reading it.

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

WarwickRyan The REAL reason (614 comments)

Come on, we all know that the REAL reason devs prefer to code for iOS is because it's the only way we can convince the wife that we NEED that shiny overpriced MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

The Wife Acceptance Factor.

more than 2 years ago

Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

WarwickRyan Re:I used to work in IT and.... (960 comments)

> Then you look at a developer who instead of contacting IT and asking for support, had admin access and
> changed the .net version of the app pool on their IIS instance from 2.x to 4.x

Why did the developer have admin access to a production server?

Us developers should only have access to test/qualification/staging, never to production. Unless we're the DevOp, in which case we're responsible for production and capable enough not to f**k it up.

more than 2 years ago

Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

WarwickRyan Re:Reflections (960 comments)

It'd probably be easier to just buy a desktop PC and use that as the build server. If you need to store the results of builds permanently then just copy that over to a file share.

Want backup? Buy two of them.

That's better than having IT buy a production-capable server with all that that entails when a consumer-level box is fit for purpose.

more than 2 years ago

Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

WarwickRyan Re:Reflections (960 comments)

> You are of course talking about window devs. Linux devs, fkiing write the software they use.

Ahem, so do decent "Windows" developers..

more than 2 years ago

What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

WarwickRyan Trouble with Lichen (904 comments)

"The plot concerns a young woman biochemist, who discovers that a chemical extracted from an unusual strain of lichen (hence the title), can be used to retard the ageing process, enabling people to live to around 200–300 years. Wyndham speculates how society would deal with this prospect."

more than 2 years ago

Opera Proposes Switching Browser Scrolling For 'Pages'

WarwickRyan Some sites do this already for the iPad.. (320 comments)

..and it works really well. For the iPad. That's because swiping your fingers horizontally is more natural than continually moving from the bottom to the top to scroll through a document.

more than 2 years ago

The Dark Side of the Tech Patent Wars

WarwickRyan Fall Of The Empire (196 comments)

Between the best minds in the US being sucked up by the parasites in Wall Street and massive numbers increase in the number of law students (*) it really does look like the Empire is in the middle of its last greed-fuelled explosion, close to the point of spectacularly imploding in upon itself. Only the decay will likely be slower more insidious than that.

Time to move to Brazil.


more than 3 years ago

How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port

WarwickRyan Re:Extra work required (244 comments)

> because all the selectable configurations in the Xbox made it so that
> you had to move your thumb off the jump button to do a grind

Welcome to the joys of Southpaw gaming.

more than 3 years ago


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