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* Posts by Rande Knight

40 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

Rande Knight

Re: Pussy Power FAIL

"Given that - as represented by the logo of this movement - += is followed by nothing [ C+= ], it is also a syntax error. It will be flagged as such by any male, inflexible, testosterone-drunk, oppressive, closed-minded, boorish and insensitive compiler."

Actually, I think it could be a useful concept in functional/lazy evaluation languages.

[C+=] makes C an indeterminate number that is greater than variable C was previously.

So (C==D) would return true if D was in the set/range of numbers symbolized by C.

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Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

Rande Knight

Granular

How about making all the potential solutions be options?

Then individuals could decide how to deal with unwanted readers/posters?

A. Blocked users cannot read my tweets.

B. Blocked users cannot send me tweets.

C. Blocked users cannot follow me

D. Blocked users cannot mention me. (not sure about this one - potentially open to retaliation).

D. Only my followers can send me tweets.

E. Only my followers can read my tweets.

F. I must actively accept new followers.

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Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

Rande Knight

Re: Shurely shome mishtake

The same people who believe that legal===ethical.

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

Rande Knight

I'd wait until it seems she's likely to win.

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

Rande Knight

Re: The Prof is absolutely right

An great engineer can create something great and sell it once.

A great salesman can take junk, and sell it over and over again.

I'm guessing this is the same as our 'IT shortage', where the shortage is highly skilled and experienced people willing to work for peanuts?

Simple supply and demand. If there really was a shortage, the wages would rise until demand was met. I don't know about engineers, but I'm still on the same rate as I was in 2005.

I suspect they fully know about supply and demand, and want an oversupply to reduce wage demand.

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

Rande Knight

"My sister buys products for her hair and spends ages with dryers/tongs/straighteners and the bollox."

You sister spends ages with her bolloxs?

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'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

Rande Knight
Devil

Long intro statements

They'll just counter with even longer introduction statements before you can press any numbers eg.

"Please listen to all of the following instructions as they may have changed even though we've not in fact changed them in the last 3 years, but it's theoretically possible. Also note that your call may be recorded for training and quality purposes and will be used as evidence if you threaten or abuse us, but will definitely be deleted^W won't have been recorded in any case our operator is rude or gives false or misleading information. Any attempt to reduce the time spent listening to these automated messages will cause a dropped call and make you listen to these messages again. We may do this in any case in low call periods to keep our revenue numbers up. Now please wait and listen to some musac for another 5 minutes and then press 1 and then # and then 653217688999123 within 1 minute of the beep and then listen for further instructions."

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

Rande Knight
FAIL

If all they wanted was a usable ID card,

They could have gone the way of the USA and just allowed people to have 'non-drivers' drivers licenses. Would have cost very little to implement.

The big cost was the database behind it, which was to record and have access to every piece of data about you that they could think of. The big cost and the big danger.

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

Rande Knight
Facepalm

Or...companies could...train?

If companies need people with a particular language, they could spend some time/money and train their people.

Except it's more cost efficient to push the cost somewhere else and complain that they can't find people that someone has paid the cost to train.

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

Rande Knight
Terminator

Targetted Advertising

A lot of the rage against advertising is because they are trying to sell you stuff you don't care about.

I'm surprised they don't look at your viewing stats/other info they have on you, and serve up ads from your Sky+ storage (also solving the localisation problem). And then let you vote on the ad once it's half way through running. Vote it down, and you'll never have to see that ad featuring blue liquid again, vote up and you'll get more cute puppies running around with toilet paper.

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Publishers, Apple bend over for EU eBooks probe

Rande Knight

Re: Apple could sell books at a loss, but they won't...

"But I bet it'll be a cold day in hell before the decide to get into the retail game by selling loss-leaders. Without the agency model there is no way anyone can compete with Amazon on prices.."

Because it costs so much to make the warehouses to store and the internet tubes to deliver the ebooks right?

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PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

Rande Knight

Re: "i bet most house wiring is inspected ressonably regularly"

If someone comes in to change wiring in your house, then they should be Part P registered (ie, registered as 'competent'). It's also theoretically possible to pay the local Council to test and sign it off if the electrician isn't registered, but the response can vary greatly.

However, there is nothing to stop a house owner doing work themselves. It's only when they come to sell that it may be a problem if it's been done badly.

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High Schools putting kids off IT careers, deepening skills shortage

Rande Knight
Facepalm

Supply and Demand

There isn't a shortage of supply, there's a failure of demand to put it's money where it's mouth is.

What the bosses are complaining is that they don't like the standard of the monkeys they are getting for the peanuts they are paying.

All they need to do is raise the amount of money (pay, conditions, training etc) until smart students decide that IT is a worthwhile career rather than say, Law.

Or if they are complaining they can't get _anyone_ with the right skillset no matter what they pay, perhaps they should consider things like internal training, internships etc, rather than complaining that someone else isn't training their staff for free.

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Vixie warns: DNS Changer ‘blackouts’ inevitable

Rande Knight
Devil

Hostile?

What did they do? Call them up and say 'Hello, I'm from technical support, I'd like to remote acess your..." *SLAM*.

Certainly that's what I've done when scammers I can barely understand from India try to con me into letting them have control of my computer.

What I would have done is block users by the final number in their IP address, one each day, so only ~1/250 would be calling their ISP each day, spreading the pain.

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

Rande Knight
Facepalm

The Bell Curve

It's quite simple. Introduce statistical scaling.

It means that the difficulty of the exam can vary a little each year, but you'll still get the same level of students getting the same grades. Grade inflation wouldn't be a problem.

It would be especially useful for university placements as they could more easily pick out the exceptional students.

I did highschool under this system and it works fine for written exams. It's not as good for practical assessments.

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Tumblr CEO realises ads don't make him sick after all

Rande Knight

Insert Pics

Surely the ads would just be adding targetted images/ads into the users Dashboard?

If the user is interested, then they can click on it, and the animated gif can play.

One ad per 50 images would probably be tolerated, especially if the ads are well targetted to fit in with the users preferences. eg. a guy who likes looking at cars may not even notice if an image of a car with some text shows up.

...so bets on how badly they can annoy their users in 3,2,1...

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

Rande Knight
Coat

Rehabilition And Cost

Execution is a very costly rehabilitation - those executed never even think about doing it again.

There's an easy way to make it cheaper. Only execute volunteers. If a prisoner decides they would rather die than live 10+ years in jail, I don't have a problem with this. Could be combined with assisted suicide legislation.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

Rande Knight

Re: We're all special now

Right up until the kids started calling each other 'Speshul' as a derogatory term.

Last time I heard, it was "X-challenged", where X can be anything that a person may have trouble with. No doubt even that's a few years out of date.

It's an arms race. Replace a term with a PC one and it will soon be used in a derogatory manner causing a new term to be generated.

I'm not offended by shorteners. I don't like talking, so it makes my life just that little bit easier.

For those people who are offended, why do you care about what that person says? Is your self esteem irredeemably harmed if less than 100% of people on this planet like you?

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Baby Boomers committing suicide at unprecedented rates

Rande Knight

Middle aged at 59.

"So, people are expected to live to over 100 years old nowadays are they?"

Yes, according to the annuity calculator I had access to a few years ago, they do in fact believe that a lot of people alive today will live to 120.

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Cartoon smut law to make life sucky for Olympic organisers

Rande Knight

Exception for classified works

Mycho - There's an exception for classified works - and also, there's a clear intent to be humourous rather than pornographic.

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Sony to bring Risk to the big screen

Rande Knight

Anime

The japanese have done reasonably successful manga/anime based around board games.

Go - "Hikaru No Go"

Shogi - "Shion No Ou"

Mahjong - "Saki"

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Academics gripe about Windows 7 promo collapse

Rande Knight

I managed it...

The download of the files worked fine for me.

But as previous people have said, it expands a .box file and then fails.

Did a google for the error message and straight away there was a workaround for creating a .iso from the expanded files that worked fine.

Reboot with the disc and make sure that you don't reformat the drive as the upgrade check happens quite late in the process.

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Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector

Rande Knight
Unhappy

The AA or RAC

NZ got it right when they rolled out PhotoID drivers licenses.

One stop shop at the AA - turn up show your passport/other ID, they snap your pic, you sign on the touch sensitive screen and your new license turns up in the mail in a couple of days.

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Motorola still losing money

Rande Knight

Razr2

"I think the Razr2 has died a slow death. Do people really need buttons on the outside specifically for playing [MP3] music when the battery life sucks?"

I have a razr2 v9, and I like it. Getting harder to find a clamshell now that they are out of fashion, but I like having a thin phone which doesn't break when I put it in my back pocket and sit on it, nor press 999 because all the other buttons are locked.

Battery life is fine for someone like me who doesn't spend his life on the phone.

And the external buttons are exactly what I wanted so I don't need a separate mp3 player.

But I had to ask for it specifically in the Three shop as it wasn't on display.

And moto dropped the ball on the V8. Mp3 player with no memory - what were they thinking!

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BBC's TV detector vans to remain a state secret

Rande Knight
Alien

Black Ops

Probably want to hide that they only have 2 vans and 6 employees in the 'fleet', and the rest funds the BBC black ops projects.

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Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa

Rande Knight
Stop

Ditto

And then there's the wonderfully secure signup procedure to set your password - gee, noone would know my mothers maiden name (the same as mine after the divorce!)

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Dell debuts 'world's first' electronic privacy filter for laptops

Rande Knight
Paris Hilton

Porn on the plane

I guess this solves the problem for the neighbouring seat guy wants to see a little more of Paris.

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Sony e-book reader to debut in UK tomorrow

Rande Knight
Unhappy

Book price

Is everyone assuming that we'll just torrent the cracked versions for free?

Am I the only one here concerned about paying paperback price for non-transferrable ebooks?

£200 I can live with - with the amount of books I read, it's a relatively small amount (my usual purchase at Amazon is over £100).

But £5-10 for each book makes it useless for me when I can't swap/share/lend the books with friends.

Call me when the price per book is £2 each.

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Hull falls off the internet

Rande Knight
Joke

@AC

"How did they manage to resolve the problem, if they don't know what the cause was?"

Same way you do - turn it off and on again :) Just being a large setup, it takes a while to reboot.

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Feds not scouring Facebook for terrorists (say Feds)

Rande Knight
Paris Hilton

Of course not....

They're scouring porn sites for matches.

"hey guys! I've found Osama! ....oh wait no.....that's just _nasty_!!"

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Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple

Rande Knight

@They Don't Get it

Like any old Mac user would know, there's a difference between a disk being unmounted and ejecting the disk.

In those days of floppy disks, you could eject a disk, but still leave it mounted - the OS would ask for the disk back as needed. To actually unmount the disk, you needed to drag it to the Trashcan.

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Jacqui Smith kick-starts yoof ID debate site, site kick stops

Rande Knight

From an old but increasingly relevant show

"Blank is Beautiful!!"

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Trousers Brown: Blighty faces 'food security' threat

Rande Knight

How about just reducing the population a bit?

If there's no more food, then one way or another the population is going to decrease. Personally I'd rather that it was just not having children rather than messy wars.

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Online ID checks to limit teen booze and knife purchases

Rande Knight
Paris Hilton

Teen boys

Teen boys _buying_ porn on the net?

Are they stupid? They should know by that age you don't have to pay for porn.

Just like music and movies...

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School crossing guards join CCTV panlollycon

Rande Knight
Joke

Stop Childran Crossing

"Stop Childran Crossing" - oh you mean that it was a warning rather than a command?

Here I've been trying to stop them crossing by revving, honking, driving past closely and the little buggers were still crossing. Doh!

Next you'll be telling me that "Adults Only" on dvds doesn't mean that they are the only ones I'm allowed to rent/buy...

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'Extreme porn' law could criminalise millions

Rande Knight
Dead Vulture

Vague laws

How is anyone to know whether their porn collection is legal? Or is it like terrorism - call the police and let them make the judgement?

To the PTB, please define 'extreme'.

A list of medical terms will be fine.

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HD DVD sales still solid despite format's failure

Rande Knight
Dead Vulture

Discs too expensive.

I have to date only bought 1 bluray disc. And that was on ebay from merkia for $US10.

I'm the type of buyer who waits until the price has lowered to what I think the movie is worth. Sometimes it's £14 (Serenity), sometimes it's £10 (Hot Fuzz), and sometimes it's £3 (Bad Boys).

I have yet to see any BD Discs that are worth the £18-30 that seems to be the only price range right now.

Yes, I am willing to pay more for BD - but only about £2 more.

Wake me when they've lowered the price and/or added some exclusive must-have extras that make it worth it.

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BBC should not pay for fibre, Ofcom tells MPs

Rande Knight
Dead Vulture

Re : Aaargh

@RogerB

The problem with your argument is that consumers will be paying for it one way or another anyway, so why double up the paperwork?

The reason that companies are sitting on their hands is that there's no benefit in the 5year period for doing so. If it doesn't make a profit in 5 years, it doesn't happen.

The reason that Japan has fibre is that their companies work (or at least used to) on a 20 year+ timeframe, and are willing to work on 'This is going to be good for us at some point in the future' projects.

I strongly suspect that in the end, the taxpayer will heavily subsidise the fibre rollout, and the ISPs will get their profits without the risk.

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eBay slams UK.gov touting ban

Rande Knight

Ebay the tickets.

How about they stick the tickets on ebay to start with?

Let them sell for what the punters think they are worth.

Would reduce the number of touts to barely anything because all the profit has already been taken.

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New taskforce to discuss why more people aren't turning to digital

Rande Knight

How many people are buying new radios at all?

It may simply be that people aren't buying new radios and see no need for a new one while the old one still works.

Also may be due to the ipod generation who aren't listening to broadcast radio as much anymore.

Perhaps they need to do automated request radio - text a song title (& band if ambiguous) to a number and have it played. Might work as there doesn't seem to be any shortage of people willing to inflict their music sense on the random public!

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