* Posts by Vic

3933 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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Re: Bollocks

Some remedies (like putting in a new macro site) can take ages,especially when new backhand is required.

Freudian slip? :-)

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre = @Hugh Pumphrey - Track Stand? Bah.

one cannot maintain a stable position on the ground with fewer than three nonlinear contacts.

I can - and frequently do - on a motorcycle. It's spectactularly easy once you know how[1]. The trick is to ignore all those people who claim it requires excellent balance skills...

It is, obviously, harder on a pushbike - although slow-riding is still possible. I've never tried this "track stand" procedure, so I can't comment on that.

Would you like to see a motorcyclist on heavy bike attempting the same feat in heavy traffic?

Sure. It's a trivial skill.

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[1] Slow riding - including coming to a full stop - is effected by putting the rear brake on and then feathering the clutch to keep the engine off idle whilst proceeding at the desired speed (including being stationary). It takes less than 20 minutes to learn...

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I think most traffic codes prescribe the latter method, as this has the practical consideration that neither car has to cross the other's path

More importantly, both cars can see the oncoming traffic.

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Re: @LucreLout - This situation would happen anyway

I've had drivers make eye contact with me as I've approached a junction and still pull out on me when on a pushbike

The one I get quite a bit is drivers who do not believe that the bike is moving at all. So they'll overtake, leaving lots of room, and then pull in again without looking, having travelled just enough distance to have passed a stationary object where I was at the beginning of the manouvre. This leaves me hard on the brakes trying to avoid being side-swiped...

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Re: @LucreLout - This situation would happen anyway

As a motorcyclist as well as a cyclist, I'm very familiar with the words "Sorry, Mate, I Didn't See You" uttered by a driver who simply failed to *LOOK*.

There was a guy in the pub some while back with a wondrous patch on his jacket. It said simply "Save a Biker's life - open yer fucking eyes"...

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Re: This situation would happen anyway

ALL road users should treat others with courtesy and respect.

Point of order.

Sir appears to have forgotten the White Van Exemption...

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Re: Track Stand? Bah.

Haven't seen this kind of fix-gear bike hear yet

Who are you, and what have you done with Michael?

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There are four way junctions in the UK

Not many without traffic lights...

Where two vehicles are facing each other across the junction and one is indicating to turn across the others path then I'm not sure who has right of way

When turning across traffic, the oncoming traffic has priority. It *used* to be the case that you had to turn behind any oncoming traffic that is also turning across, unless the road markings say otherwise - but last time I looked, that has been reduced to a recommendation only.

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They often refer to nearside and farside though

Nearside and offside

Also they always give priority to the right

Do we buggery. That's the French. Sometimes.

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The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right. Growing

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Proofreading?

Some of those sentences even parsed correctly...

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Rosetta probe spots Comet 67P being buzzed by boulder

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Re: Escape pod

garbage pod?

ITYM Quagaar Warrior Assault Pod...

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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Re: Important malware...

If your website doesn't work properly on my computer 'cause you use / allow flash and I've blocked it (for obvious reasons) it's because *YOUR WEBSITE IS SHIT*.

A former customer of mine changed their site to be all-Flash - against my (prior) advice. The MD was really quite annoyed at me when I mentioned that Flash is a poor solution for a general-purpose site like theirs.

I'm pleased to reveal that the Flash site has been thrown away. Not that I'm going to take them back as customers, though...

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: BOLL - OCKS

I have a phobia

Abstemiophobia? Yeah, me too.

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Re: Double-blind testing

If anyone really wants to find out if there is such a thing as electrosensitivity, that can be established with a double-blind test

Like this one?

That's the first one I found on a popular search engine...

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: Small Survey.

Another one with something of a one-track posting history.

Is there something you'd like to disclose?

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: while enabling ... the Windows Store

Linux is different from Windows, and there will be strangeness for first time users, especially non experts

IME, it's the other way round: non-experts pick it up very rapidly. It is those who know Windows well who find it difficult. There are many learned behaviours which just make life difficult in Linux-land...

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Re: while enabling ... the Windows Store

You start with the configure script followed by the make or make install command.

IMO, that's not good advice. You lose all the benefits of pagkaging...

I've found that most authors are pretty helpful when they can be - so if you email them and *ask* for a package, they'll often give you info on where to get one. It's worth remembering, though, that these people are not your paid bitches, so the instructions they give will often require a little though on your behalf. If the words are initially unfamiliar, Google helps...

Often, you'll just be told to go and use alien. Whilst that's not a complete solution to the problem, it's a tool that you really ought to understand...

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Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

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Re: ROFL

That's the Dunning–Kruger effect.

Either of you downvoters care to tell me *why*? I didn't think this was a particularly controversial post...

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Re: ROFL

I have never yet met a cowboy developer who could recognise that they were A) a coyboy, and B) a problem

That's the Dunning–Kruger effect. It's very common in this line of work :-(

I get very tired of fixing crap rolled out by devs with five minutes experience, using tools with a shelf life of an egg sandwich

Tools are a small piece of the problem; you can produce good code with next to no tools, and you can produce utter shite with the best tools in the business. It's more about intent: does the coder really care about producing something of value, or does he just want to bash off the Kanban ticket and tell Management that he's "productive"?

I worked with a guy not so long ago who refused to use any sort of static code analysis tools, then complaines when his code failed review. Frequently, it wouldn't even compile... But the problem was actually much deeper - his management was equally incompetent; his manager once expressed surprise that you *could* fail code review.

And therein lies the problem: until you get management that is both competent and willing to do the job properly, you're going to get people producing crap - it's seen as "quick", so it's "productive", and the problems down the line never seem to matter. But, as I've said so often before, Management seems already to have been captured, and the only way to make it into the ranks of these decision-makers[1] is to become one of them, thus precluding the possibility of anything getting fixed...

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[1] That's assuming you wanted to do so; I've avoided management for most of my career. I became a manager in one job - I hated it, and I was crap at it.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Re: Wait, what?

"Pregnancy" covers the whole process through childbirth and possible complications, and a few women find they don't like/want sex afterwards.

Yeah, give 'em a few hours, FFS...

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C For Hell: Data centre meltdown for irate customers as C4L GOES TITSUP

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Re: More fool the idiots...

Outages not only happen at in-house facilities, but are typically more likely to happen there.

Not at mine, they aren't...

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Re: Another day...(@ac)

If you can pull off IT at your scale better and cheaper than "Cloud," then local is best. Do notice the "and" in there. It has to be both.

No, it really doesn't.

If cloud doesn't fulfill your needs, it really doesn't matter how cheap it is.

As my grandfather used to say, "a cheap solution that doesn't work is neither".

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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I thought 1+1+1 = 7?

1+1+1 = 11, or course. Duh...

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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

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Re: Scary

I have seen evem my own domain on spam sent to my domain

That's a standard spammer tactic. They seem to think that local-domain addresses will be whitelisted, or something like that.

My SPF records defeats it all rather trivially...

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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Re: I'm skeptical

They shouldn't be allowed to say "up to 20" and deliver 2 and say "Tough!"

I disagree. For a given technology, the maximum achievable speed depends on a whole raft of variables.

Of course, they should only be allowed to charge for what they deliver - so if they're delivering 10% of the rated speed, the bill is 10% of the agreed price...

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Big enough to bury New York City borough under 300m of ice.

Is this a serious proposal?

Kickstarter?

Could be a movie in it...

Oh, I see. As you were, then...

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People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

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Re: Bored "with"?

init

No, init is great. It's systemd we're worried about...

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Colossus veteran flies a drone over Bletchley Park

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Re: Displays and flightradar24

You tend to only see mid-size corporate jets and above on FR24

And gliders. Flarm is becoming very popular in gliders, and that's ADS-B.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: What If

misogynists ( of whom there seems to be a bafflingly huge number relative to a handful of actual misandrists )

[Citation needed]

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Of course it will work...

Downloading only isn't illegal at all in the UK

Yes it is. Section 17 of the Copyrights, Designs and Patents Act 1988 specifically outlaws all unlicenced copies of copyrighted materiel, even if incidental.

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The guy is either a moron and/or has sold out to the RIAA/MPAA

And.

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They need to stop using the word Piracy. It's so very vague

Au contraire, "piracy" is very well-defined. It is a crime of violence on the high seas, and has nothing whatsoever to do with copyright infringement.

Sexing things up is the modern way in government...

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I encourage everyone here to write to their MP. That, at the end of the day, is the only way we the great unwashed voting masses stand any chance of correcting this broken thinking.

I'm not going to argue with your advice, but I am going to question its efficacy.

I wrote to my MP over Phorm. This was clear criminal behaviour that was simply being ignored. My MP[1] wrote back with some boilerplate crap about how copyright infringement had to be curtailed...

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[1] John Denham, now retired.

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Re: Another attempt to pour your money down the drain

it is inevitable that significantly more than half would be better off

That is most assuredly not inevitable.

We've had the idea of VED being removed, and the loss of taxation being put onto fuel, in the past. It's always rejected, because the rise in fuel cost means that anyone that drives more than about 20 miles a year will be much worse off - the figures are always rigged. That is then used as an excuse to claim that the majority doesn't want the change - whereas really, the majority just doesn't want the specific values quoted.

I very much doubt we will ever see car tax being replaced by an increase in fuel tax - simply because they're all keyed up for Road Pricing. Can't think why...

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: Unions

the undoing of the unions was something mostly accepted in the UK (as it was in Grumpenland). What we are seeing here is in my opinion _exactly_ why that was a bad idea.

The undoing of the unions *** at that time *** was essential; we were in hock to them, and they were effectively unelected barons. The '70s was a bad time to try to get stuff done.

That said, the removal of the union system was bad for employees; unions tend to serve a good purpose and should be encouraged.

The tricky bit is this: these needs to be a balance between union power and management power; too much union power, and you have anarchy. Too much management power, and you have dictatorship. Balance the two, and you have a mutually-beneficial arrangement.

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Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

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Re: Ah yes.

had little or no idea where anything was or what it did

That's outrageous. You should be ashamed.

You were supposed to show them where the loos were...

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Anti-botnet initiatives USELESS in sea of patch-hating pirates

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Re: Why not issue a kill command?

This is still relevant, after at least 25 years.

It always is.

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Re: Works for me, too

People hate ads.

That's true today, but hasn't always been the case. Remember the cheesy Gold Bend ads from the '80s with Sharon Maugham and Tony Head? People would actually sit and talk about those. There was a storyline...

Modern advertising, however, just seems to want to take as much as possible from you without giving anything back. So it is resented...

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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Re: Typical.

the actual quality of their products and their attitude to customer service is pretty much the exact opposite of public perception.

Indeed.

I laid out my past grief with VW in a post here. The actual fault was that they had cheapskated on the wiring - all the connectors had barbed bits to accept a rubber strain-relief boot, but they hadn't fitted any. This probably saved about £2 per car - at the cost of problems later in life.

The bigger issue, IMHO, was the run-around the stealr gave us whilst fialing to fix the (somewhat obvious) problem...

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Agile is like Communisim

My major complaint is with the word iterate. It allowed the principles to do the age old project killer of Saying "Start coding we will get the design to you later".

And that's why you'll hear proponents of Agile saying "you're implementing it wrong"; Agile *doesn't* want you to start keyboard-bashing without a design, for reasons with which we're all very familiar.

But certain people *claim* to be "Agile" whilst doing the above. They're simply wrong; they are not implementing an Agile process, they're implementing a specless, designless anarchy that will fail to produce anything of note.

Agile is about getting your customers to see your trajectory throughout the development process. It pprevents that awkward meeting when you suddenly realise you've developed what the customer said he wanted, not what he actually wanted. It's pragmatic. When you see someone expending more effort over the ceremonies than the development process, you know you've got someone who's completely misunderstood the situation...

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: The rise

Sure you couldn't take up something cheap, like high-stakes gambling?

I was toying with the idea of taking up crack cocaine, on the grounds that it'd be cheaper - but it won't be nearly so much fun :-)

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Re: The rise

I've never met anyone who was happy to be out of work.

Then you've not met me. I very deliberately spend as much time out of work as I can afford to.

Unfortunately for me, I have contracted an aviation habit, so work does have to happen...

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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

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Re: The Participant Observer Problem

Checking every .ini file and .jpg etc on my HDD against a hash? Less sane

Not really. Every installed package on my box has an entry in a database to say what its file size, modification time and hash are. Now that doesn't cover every file I've created myself - but it involves the majority of files on my box.

It all works rather well...

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: i got your skills right here

I retrained as a sparky

After the better part of 40 years in computing, I was thinking about trying something else myself. I figured being a plumber would be quite a plan - a friend of mine is a sparky, so we'd complement each other, and the money isn't bad.

I talked it through with the guy that used to be my plumber before he retired. His answer was memorable: "Why do you want to spend your days kneeling in someone else's piss?"

I think I might stop where I am for what little remains of my working life...

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Surprise! Evil-eyed cats MORE LIKELY to be SNEAKY PREDATORS – boffins

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Re: Not so much evil

The only reason you 'see' a laser pointers dot is because the reflected photons enter your eye...

Really? You see because light enters your eye? I'd never have known...

Which kind of goes against the rule of shining it in your eye in the first place....

Well firstly, there is no such "rule" - it's simply the case that higher-power lasers are dangerous. Class 1 lasers are not.

But more importantly, no-one's shining the laser into anyone or anything's eye; it's a reflection off the (generally carpetted) surface.

So really - go learn a bit of physics before sounding off & making a complete tit of yourself in public.

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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Re: Not too long ago

I think it is, when we're talking about small beer.

Not necessarily. You'll have to search that page for "small beer"...

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Full duplex! Bristol boffins demo Tx and Rx on the same frequency AT THE SAME TIME

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Re: Is this just new in Cellular?

This invention cancels its own uplink Tx

So is this like echo-cancellation in (full-duplex) phone systems?

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Re: Is this just new in Cellular?

The issue almost always is the resonance of the antenna system

Traps are your firend :-)

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: What does it take to get ON the list?

There we go, I've done it this time

I'm quite surprised I'm not on a no-fly list. I suspect I'm one of a very few here who actually has been arrested for terrorism[1]. But I've never had any problem getting onto flights, nor downloading software from the Internet.

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[1] Of course I'm not a terrorist. At the time, I was a very hung-over service engineer trying to get back home from Munich. The anti-terrorist cops saw the oscilloscope in my hand, didn't know what it was, but is had lots of switches and a screen, so it must be expensive - why wasn't it in a fight case - it must be a bomb!. They were quite apologetic once they found out what was really going on, but that didn't prevent the properly sphincter-puckering moment as three germans pointed guns at my head...

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