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daveb Re:Fuckbeta (2219 comments)

Also I can't see anyone's userid# damnit, what's the point in having a low six digit userid# if I can't subtly flaunt it? Really...

Really? They're up to SIX digits now? Been away a while

about a year ago

To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

daveb feedreader - local client (166 comments)

I prefer a local client that downloads attachments - podcasts, pdf etc. My preference is feedreader - but to be honest I only look at it every couple of weeks. I get most updates via twitter. - and follow people mainly for the interesting stuff they give me.

about a year and a half ago

The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed

daveb win7 lumia not bad at all (409 comments)

Meh whatever. I've got Nokia lumia 710 supplied by work and quite like it. I used to have android but really don't miss it. Regardless of what the haters say - its not bad

more than 2 years ago

"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

daveb Re:Job hunting (396 comments)

>I don't think James is going to be job "hunting"... Unless it is the kind of hunting where you
>stay at home and accept "applications" from prospective employers.

Oh he's smart enough to go hunting.

Not the kind of hunting that I would do which would involve hitting up anyone who crosses my path. He will be hunting out the next place which will be a best "fit" for him. If he sits at home waiting for someone to come to him then he might miss out on the wonderful position at a place where people don't think he'd be interested.

You probably mean just that he can take his pick - and he probably can. But I suspect he'll be a bit more proactive than waiting to see who comes to him

more than 4 years ago

Harvard Says Computers Don't Save Hospitals Money

daveb Re:Let me explain... (398 comments)

>You: Computers have made my life much easier.
>Harvard study: Computers don't save hospitals money.

>Note the slight difference there?

yes - but you missed the bit about efficiency. "Computers have made my life much easier." is usually how we express efficiency.

Over a decade ago I did a stint at a hospital looking after the pathology database. When it was down and paper records were required then lives were at risk due to the lack of efficiency (time spent accessing paper). It honestly scared me!

  I'm sure things are much much more reliant on computers now. Computers are not just for the hospital admins.

more than 5 years ago

Details On Worldwide Surveillance and Filtering

daveb Re:Obligatory (125 comments)

If you go to that link, mouse over the comic to see the ACTUAL actual reality of the situation http://xkcd.com/538/

more than 5 years ago

The Best and Worst Tech-Book Publishers?

daveb Re:AC time (271 comments)

awwwww where's my mod points? THAT was funny! (parent I mean)

more than 5 years ago

Traditional News Media Lead Blogs By 2.5 Hours

daveb retractions (186 comments)

although most news flowed from the traditional media to the blogs, 3.5 percent of story lines originated in the blogs and later made their way to traditional media.

I wonder what percentage were later retracted as completely bogus. Jeff Goldblume might be able to point out one recent issue

more than 5 years ago

Fake Tamiflu "Out-Spams Viagra On Web"

daveb Tamiflu better than nothing ... just (65 comments)

People clutch to any straw when panicking, regardless if the panic is over anything of substance. The normal seasonal flu kills as well - possibly more so than H1N1.

From this article in the guardian it seems that Tamiflu has a measurable effect, but not markedly. You might get better 2/3 of a day earlier after taking it. I think I'd take it if prescribed but wouldn't pay huge money for it or join in a riot to get the last tablet from a pharamcy.

more than 5 years ago

I am about to select ...

daveb Re:interesting (315 comments)

Probably a PhD thesis or two

more than 5 years ago

The Science and Physics of Back To the Future

daveb Re:Doesn't need to be a spaceship (436 comments)

>Isn't that the very proof that we will never invent Tardis style time travel. nope - it's only proof that the tardis-like traveller has been successfully covert or covered-up. Just as the paradox of time traveling and killing yourself (ancester) can't happen because it didn't happen. That doesn't disprove the possibility of time travel it just proves that particular event didn't occur (in our timeline)

about 6 years ago

Do Twitter Phishing Scams Herald the End of Microblogs?

daveb no (301 comments)


about 6 years ago

Shuttleworth On Redefining File Systems

daveb identify the wrong problem get the wrong solution (414 comments)

The problem is that the user couldn't find a file. The solution is a better INTERFACE - this has absolutly nothing to do with the file system!

From the headline I thought this was going to be about lost/cross-linked clusters not idiotic users forgetting where something is saved. You can improve the problem in this story by implementing better and more intuitive search features through to overhalling the traditional file-browser window implimented on all OS's that I see.

These changes are independent on the underlying file system which could be anything from fat16 through to reiser ... heck it could even be PICK or a relational DB. Of course - some FS's naturally lend themselves to a particular style of search/browsing - but that simply makes it easer/harder for the interface developer. They are still very seperate things.

Changing the file system will NOT solve this problem

more than 6 years ago



daveb daveb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

daveb writes "Charles Petzold of "programming windows" fame is seeking a publisher for a sequel to his "Code" book. This one is focusing on computational theory for the masses and is an annotation of one of Turing's papers. The interesting thing to me is that he's put the request for publishers on his blog as an open invitation to publishers. He's probably also got agents making direct approaches. It will be interesting to see if he gets picked up by someone who he wouldn't normally have approached because of this open "letter""

daveb daveb writes  |  about 8 years ago

daveb writes "Microsoft's Technet Radio have a nice little interview with the Co-Founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak. Yeah that's right — Woz @ Microsoft. It's a nice chat about stuff that he's done over the years. Including his phone phreaking days with Mitnick and blue box. There's wma and a two mp3 downloads available hi and low quality."

daveb daveb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

daveb writes "ACM's Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) has awarded its top honors to Dr. Michael Schroeder of Microsoft Research and Dr. Eugene Spafford of Purdue University for their contributions to advancing and understanding the use of computer security technologies."


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