* Posts by Deryk Barker

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Deryk Barker

Re: Pah!

Yup, my HP and my wife's Compaq netbooks are both happily running LXLE linux.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

Deryk Barker

Re: It's the see-saw

"When I first learned programming, functional programming was all there was: input-process-output, complete with GOTOs and big runs of spaghetti (no sauce, alas)."

Sorry you fail - that is nothing whatsoever like FP.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Noughts & crosses in Miranda

What the hell is the matter with you people? I LIKED Miranda - IIRC it was invented by David Turner at UKC and was - uncommon in the 1980s - lazily evaluated.

Which reminds me, did lazy evaluation get a mention in the article? I don't remember it.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Rule 3: Functions should be curried.

Is standard SQL Turing-complete? I recall reading that it is not, but certainly wouldn't stake my life - or anyone else's - on it.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Rule 1

"The clue to assigning value(s) to variables is in the name..."

Except that to a mathematician programmers have completely corrupted the meaning of the word "variable"; the mere sight of a statement like

x = x + 1

is enough to make them go and lie down in a dark room.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Well, obviously ...

It's probably been a decade since I last used/taught C++, but as I recall the *only* difference between a struct and a class (apart from spelling) is that the default visibility for class members is private and for struct members it's public.

C++, I don't miss it at all...

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Deryk Barker

Re: oh god yes

The old TECO editor was even better, (just about) every key on the keyboard did SOMETHING.

We used to play a game of "how much will your initials do" in TECO.

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NASA palms off blunder-bot Valkyrie for top US universities to fix

Deryk Barker

You do realise?

"Northeastern University in Boston and MIT in Massachusetts"

Boston is in Massachusetts...MIT is in Cambridge, Mass.

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

Deryk Barker

What kind of error?

Typing 76,400 instead of 66,400 is not a transposition error. That would, for example, be 64,600.

Or were the quotes around "transposition error" sarcastic?

In which case I invoke Poe's Law.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

Deryk Barker

Incidentally

The name is spelled Petronella not Petranella.

10 seconds of googling would have revealed this.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Re Parachutes

"The plotline is totally unrealistic "

Unlike the notion of a 1200-year-old travelling in time and space in a police box?

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One Bitcoin or lose your data, hacked Linux sysadmins told

Deryk Barker

Re: Well,

When the story broke yesterday the line was that the the infection vector was unknown but thought to be via ssh.

Now the claim is that it is the Magento CMS.

What I'd like to see is some way of detecting it that doesn't involve subscribing to Dr.Web's antivirus.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

Deryk Barker

Ah buzzwords, what would the industry do without them?

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

Deryk Barker

1. Define "still not quite there".

2. The buttons are in different places in different desktops (KDE, XFCE, Unity and the rest). And most DEs allow you to decide where to place them.

3. Flash is still available for linux.

4. You clearly don't know what you're talking about or

5. You work for MS.

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Deryk Barker

Re: For which chipset?

WTF is a "nibble-serial CPU"??

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

Deryk Barker

Re: Bah!

Mrs Git - would that be "Dreary Fat Boring Old"? and your children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced", "Ghastly Spotty Cross-Eyed" and "Ghastly Spotty Horrible Vicious Little"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtyO4tmpPdk

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Deryk Barker

"These vacuums have a special 'don't suck much if you are vacuuming something clean' mode"

I'd prefer an indicator which said "this is already clean, you don't need to hoover it".

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Deryk Barker

I think you mean Steve Reich

It was Reich who used two very-slightly-out-of-sync tape loops in his 1965 piece "It's Gonna Rain".

Eno claims to have been involved with the Scratch Orchestra (I don't ever remember him performing, but it was over 40 year ago) in which case he would *definitely* haveknow about Riley, Reich and, with a bit of work back then, Glass.

I am unaware of any Cage work using tape loops.

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Deryk Barker

WTF?

"'Nadians"???????????????

The proper abbreviation for Canadians is Canucks.

This Canuck is seriously offended by your headline writer's - what? - insensitivity? ignorance? stupidity? all of the above?

I realise the Reg has a thing for "amusing" headlines - this wasn't one of them.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Deryk Barker

Ho hum

Video quality keeps improving, sound quality keeps getting worse.

And the content?

Seriously not worth the extra, it's simply a way for the tv manufacturers to persuade the gullible to fork out more cash.

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

Deryk Barker

Oh no!

Another promulgator of the Ada myth.

Read Doron Swade's The Difference Engine.

If you want the world's first actual (as opposed to imagined) female programmer then Grace Hopper is your woman.

Ada was a legend in her own mind and nutty as a fruitcake.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Deryk Barker

Pity that

The article seemed to focus on the wiring and cooling of the CDC6600.

What still makes that machine so important is the architectural features - it was the first superscalar machine and in order to support multiple in-execution instructions he invented scoreboarding, techniques still in use today.

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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

Deryk Barker

Re: Hang on...

Who is holding the gun to your head and forcing you to watch?

To misquote Alfred Hitchcock, it's only a tv show Ingrid.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Pew pew!!

So how DID he get Clara disconnected from the Dalek?

Or did I disobey, blink and miss it?

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

Deryk Barker

Why

Is there a photo of Colossus attached to this story? AFAIK Welchman worked exclusively on Enigma.

The confusion of Enigma/Fish Bombe/Colossus is had enough already without you adding to it.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Deryk Barker

Re: I hope that we're watching this in the States

Oh, but they are NOTHING compared to the comments made by US visitors to Canada.

I live in Victoria, 1.5 hour ferry ride from Washington State. We are, of course, used to Americans thinking it's OK to bring RVs full of guns up here - "I haven't broken any American laws" one would-be importer remarked - but overall, well...

In front of our parliament buildings is a statue with the legend "Captain George Vancouver, RN".

"Gee, I didn't know he was a registered nurse" one American was heard to observe.

You have to explain to them that, no, that can't use US stamps on their postcards home.

But my favourites are the ones who ask for directions to the bridge back to the mainland.

"There isn't one"

"Yes there is, we drove over it".

"No, that must have been the ferry"

And so it goes.

A nation with a collective IQ in single digits.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Groundswell

"My impression at the moment is that the Liberals are the equivalent of the left, NDP the center and the Conservatives are the right."

The NDP are less rightwing than the Liberals, I wouldn't call either of them particularly left, although the NDP is more so than the Liberals.

Harper's Conservatives are, as the old saying goes, somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

Deryk Barker

Re: ALAC

Yes, but Sonos doesn't even support 24/96.

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Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

Deryk Barker

Re: Dreams

I would say Sonos still has a way to go before it matches the - alas discontinued - Squeezeboxes, which can play 24/96 audio, which Sonos cannot.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Good luck to Yamaha with this

"plus nearly every song in the 90s seemed to be using DX bass sound."

And that's a good thing?

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

Deryk Barker

GPS

My problem with this is that GPS systems are still not 100% accurate. Like the one which insisted - although I had put the correct street address in - in sending me to the back of Exeter Hospital, where there was no public parking. I had to drive for several minutes to find the actual entrance. How would the self-driving car cope with this?

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

Deryk Barker

Re: If you only watch Faux News and CNN....

"Side Two: if we don't, terrorists will kill your children...."

Hah! Fooled them - I don't have any children.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

Deryk Barker

I refuse

to have anything to do with any system/device that thinks it knows better than I do.

This is why I will never use any product from Apple.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

Deryk Barker

Re: What an embarrassment of knee-jerk reactions

"The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad."

"Select carriers" is the key phrase here and your ignoring it undermines your argument.

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Deryk Barker

If Apple are for it

I'm against it.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

Deryk Barker

Re: Ha

Actually, linux hardware support is much better than windows. And older hardware is far more likely to be supported.

Even newer hardware: back in the days of Vista my college leased a whole bunch of HP laptops with it installed.

Vista would not even see a USB mouse. USB in 2008?????

Linux has had the edge over windows in terms of hardware support for several years now.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Deryk Barker

This simply reinforces the decision I made 20 years ago to jump ship to linux.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Deryk Barker

"He’s a VB programmer (be gentle, he’s only 10), which is part of the problem schools face in teaching coding; they are supposed to teaching coding before the idea of a variable has appeared in maths. "

Given that many people coming to programming from a mathematical background have considerable difficulty with the concept of variables, as they are quite different (in mathematics X = X + 1 is meaningless for example) I'm not totally convinced this is such a big deal.

However, primary teachers teaching coding worries me...

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

Deryk Barker

Re: Go Calgary!

You beat me to it.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

Deryk Barker

Oh yes, let's run the stable, reasonably secure OS in a virtual machine under the control of an unstable insecure OS.

No ta.

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Deryk Barker

Re: Linux Desktops?

"All businesses are emailing Word and Excel docs, along with Outlook appointment notifications, between each other, on a daily basis."

But not the UK government? Or the city of Munich, or......

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

Deryk Barker

Yes the banking system is in urgent need of reform.

However, only a complete idiot would believe that Apple is the company to do it.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

Deryk Barker

I think you'll find Flanders and Swann had this sussed half a century ago:

The Gasman Cometh:

Twas on a Monday morning

The Gas-Man came to call;

The gas tap wouldn't turn - I wasn't getting gas at all.

He tore out all the skirting boards

To try and find the main,

And I had to call a Carpenter to put them back again.

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

'Twas on a Tuesday morning

The Carpenter came round;

He hammered and he chiselled and he said: 'Look what I've found!

Your joists are full of dry-rot

But I'll put it all to rights.'

Then he nailed right through a cable and out went all the lights.

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

'Twas on a Wednesday morning

The Electrician came;

He called me 'Mr Sanderson' (which isn't quite my name).

He couldn't reach the fuse box

Without standing on the bin

And his foot went through a window - so I called a Glazier in.

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

Twas on a Thursday morning

The Glazier came along,

With his blow-torch and his putty and his merry Glazier's song;

He put another pane in -

It took no time at all -

But I had to get a Painter in to come and paint the wall.

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

'Twas on a Friday morning

The Painter made a start;

With undercoats and overcoats he painted every part,

Every nook and every cranny,

But I found when he was gone

He'd painted over the gas tap and I couldn't turn it on!

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

On Saturday and Sunday they do no work at all:

So 'twas on a Monday morning that the Gas-Man came to call!

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

Deryk Barker

Re: GCU...

James Blish?

Banks was just 8 years old when the final volume of Cities in Flight was published in 1962.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

Deryk Barker

Re: Who is unfair?

"Remember kids: It is, after all, the medium you're buying and absolutely not any of our intellectual property which might happen to be on it."

Yes, this point of *our" IP is interesting: the record companies charge the full cost of recording against royalties, so the artist(s) have actually paid for the recording, yet the recording and its copyright belong to the record company.

This is an industry that has got away with far too much for far too long.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

Deryk Barker

Re: given a choice between the three...

No I don't trust WIkipedia; knowledge is not a democracy.

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

Deryk Barker

Re: God is bigger than the Bible

"Like morality, the subject of God's existence or lack thereof is a matter for philosophy, not science"

Seriously, you believe that?

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

Deryk Barker

"Although liquid cooling is now commonplace in HPC applications, part of the reason for its slow adoption in enterprises and mainstream data centres is often put down to hydrophobia among IT managers."

I've had my problems with managers, but have yet to meet one with rabies...

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

Deryk Barker

It's tempting

to simply say that anyone who buys audio equipment from the Beast of Cupertino is asking for it, but I won't go that far.

I will say that this simply reinforces my decision never, ever to buy anything from this company.

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Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

Deryk Barker

Chromium version 41 on linux suffers a "He's Dead Jim" crash but only in the tab involved, the browser as a whole doesn't crash.

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