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Could Bitcoin Go Legit?

johnhennessy Re:Feathercoin - Bitcoin Alternative (300 comments)

"China" is a rather vague definition.

Chinese manufacturer's make products, which are sold to customers in the US (in this example), in US Dollars. But these aren't much good to the manufacturer (i.e. he doesn't really want to pay his employee's in USD, or at least the Chinese government wouldn't approve of that), so he sells the USD to the People's Bank of China, who use these dollars to buy Treasury Bonds. In return, the People's Bank gives the manufacturer the amount of Yuan that it thinks is appropriate.

about a year ago
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After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

johnhennessy Re:Looking for Job (601 comments)

Nokia of course will continue internal development of Android as a software platform for their phones and have an escape clause for when M$ deal goes tits up, they aren't that silly.

Sorry, but Nokia is not (and never was) developing anything Android related. Nokia's software strategy for smartphones were Series 60 Symbian and Meego.

more than 3 years ago
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Next Generation of Windows To Run On ARM Chip

johnhennessy Re:But but but but but.... (307 comments)

Well, this depends on their target audience.

If you have C/C++ code, porting it to ARM should be a huge deal. Yes there will be some differences, yes, there will be bugs - but in terms of effort its manageable. And more importantly, every single vendor has to do this effort, so Microsoft doesn't have to do anything.

Because Microsoft are saying this now, with no product that anyone can "buy" right now (or even soon), this probably means the audience for this news is *Developers* (the single intelligent word that Mr Balmer has uttered in the last 20 years, so good, he had to say it multiple times for it be considered a quote). They are now selling the ARM architecture to developers. If the developers buy this story, the applications will follow.

And of course, some developers will be more prepared than others. Don't expect an ARM version of Photoshop anytime soon, but an ARM version of Firefox is something that could be cranked out very easily.

more than 3 years ago
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Next Generation of Windows To Run On ARM Chip

johnhennessy Only 5 years later than it should have been ! (307 comments)

Wikipedia tells me that .NET (and therefore managed code) is nearly 10 years old (13 February 2002)

I'm pretty sure that someone in Redmond was thinking about supporting multiple platforms when they started architecting their software compiler strategy back then. It just took their management structure 5 years to wake up to the idea.

Now people have to go in and remove all of that crud which is blocking porting their SW to a different architecture ...

DLL Hell was yesterday, tomorrow is P/Invoke hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Goldman Invests $450m In Facebook

johnhennessy Re:Can't resist ... (228 comments)

Aha,

so more like a "we put our own money in there, so it has to be a good thing".

reading the article properly helped a little bit ! :)

more than 3 years ago
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Goldman Invests $450m In Facebook

johnhennessy Can't resist ... (228 comments)

Did evil just become even more evil while I was sleeping over New Years ?

Goldman Sachs aren't exactly known for their "good values".

Why the hell does an investment bank, who normally act as a "service provider" want to take a direct stake in a Social networking company ?

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Trends & News Pollute the Web

johnhennessy Re:Stop that (101 comments)

... great now this post will make this article appear as "fake" when you want to really find articles which are relevant to Britney and Lindsay ...

more than 4 years ago
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How Google Trends & News Pollute the Web

johnhennessy Re:Chocomize! (101 comments)

I'm sorry, but lets take a step back here ...

This sounds like a glitch in the search algorithm than anything else. Publishing trends is interesting, and can allow us to learn more about what we (as a species) do with the internet. This information is clearly abused by a few (who then go out and write fake page which use the popular keywords to attract attention to their page), but this is an abuse of the Trends information that google provides, not something inherently evil.

Google (or any search engine) could just tweak their results to reduce the importance of sites which are written *after* a topic became trendy. At least to give the existing articles a head start. Or I can imagine a million other ways in which they could tweak the algorithm.

But I don't think what the article is implying (that google should stop publishing Trends) should be taken seriously.

more than 4 years ago
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Dev Booted From App Store For Inflated Reviews

johnhennessy Re:Article = Scam Guidebook 2.0 (178 comments)

Or even better,

Check the stats on their own database (i.e. the App Store).

I found this just now: http://www.iappphone.com/stats/

The top 5 "Submitters"

Brighthouse Labs - 1855
Iceberg Reader - 1369
Molinker Inc. - 1011
FidesReef - 825
iLike inc - 588

From 15 minutes of research, its pretty clear to see that Brighthouse Labs, Molinker and FidesReef were (/are) definitely polluting the App Store.

In some cases, its very clear why Apple have introduced the "In App Purchasing" - most of these should probably disappear when all the duplicated Apps get merged back to a common one.

But from Apples point of view, they're still trying to prove that their platform has the most Apps. They've already put the "technology" into place - so now all they need to do is rush in and save the day, by forcing the developers to merge their Apps.

But seriously, with power comes responsibility. They're finding out that its not always easy to walk that tightrope.

more than 4 years ago
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Miguel De Icaza On Mono, Moonlight, and Gnome

johnhennessy Re:Open Microsoft (328 comments)

Sorry, it was too tempting !

I would turn the question around a different way:
- what does Microsoft get out of helping Mono ?

(remember, software engineers probably cost MS 200-300K per year, in terms of cost, not salary).

While it looks like they are partially serious about it, I have a nasty feeling (and again, only my opinion), that we're in the "embrace" period of Microsofts three point plan. Darn, I can't remember what the next two parts are ... i had it just a second ago, but i think the next parts are definitely not good.

Finally, on directions of Mono: I'm sure that Miguel's intentions are good but (i just had to dig up some Mark Twain here):

Half the results of a good intention are evil; half the results of an evil intention are good.

That works for both Mono and Microsoft. Only time will tell.

But I guess at the end of the day, the real benefit of Open Source is *choice*. ... and we still have it.

We can decided to use Mono, or we can choose not to.

Some people have already. And I truly believe that the work that Miguel and Novell are doing will entice more people to use it as a platform to program.

But we have to be a little bit cautious when dealing with the Beast (MS). Their track record isn't all that pretty ! ;-)

more than 6 years ago

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