* Posts by Fibbles

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Pretty much what I was thinking.

Planning laws are there for The Greater Good ®. The thing about doing something for the general good of everyone is that on a specific, individual level it might actually be against that person or organization's best interests. However, the council can't start moving the goal posts every time a decision goes against them. If they won't follow their own laws, why should anybody else?

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US military says it will discipline Ashley Madison users

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Re: The blondes bursting in air

Today, two Americans -- purportedly U.S. Marines* -- helped to stop a massacre on a Paris-bound train.

Two U.S. Marines and a British I.T. consultant...

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Linux Foundation wants open source projects to show you their steenking badges

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Re: GPL == security?

It's not a stance I agree with but I think their logic is something along the lines of: anyone shipping GPL code who patches a security vulnerability must also make available the code for that patch. Compare that to a BSD license for example where two companies may be running the same software but one has access to patches the other does not.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: Swatting?

FYI any mention of firearms will get an armed response in the UK. They may not come in guns blazing but they will be firearms officers.

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You gotta be in it to win it: The Register presents its official Programming Competition

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Re: No scruples

Hmm....I'm still struggling mightily to find a supplier of the 1s and 0s that I'm told code is made of. And where is the tank on the computer that you pour them into?

I believe that traditionally the 1s and 0s are 'fed' into the computer rather than poured. Try looking for some sort of orifice with teeth?

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Om nom nom, tasty bait.

Just post your solutions to the problems here, written in your language of choice, if you feel the need to prove anything..

Written in C++11. Input is only sanitized as much as the questions specified. Command line only because I can't be arsed implementing a GUI. Probably not that efficient.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

FYI el reg competition organizers; if 90% of your programming challenge is string manipulation then you have created a boring challenge.

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Re: It's a bit vague, isn't it?

Bluemix supports several programming languages including Java, Node.js, Go, PHP, Python, Ruby Sinatra, Ruby on Rails and can be extended to support other languages such as Scala through the use of buildpacks.

The competition doesn't appear to mandate a specific language.

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Re: No scruples

The questions look like something taken straight from an A-Level Computing exam and really shouldn't pose a problem to anyone here. Similar to most 'competitions' in the UK the questions are there simply to avoid laws governing lotteries.

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Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

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Re: One giant fart

We've had them since 1972.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Re: Update Done

Oh, and is there any way to restart Firefox without it forgetting all its tabs, apart from "killall firefox" or other unorthodox ways of terminating the application?

Strange, for me the package manager downloaded the update and installed it. Firefox then popped up a message box saying a new version had been installed and to click here to restart the application. I clicked it and Firefox closed and reopened with all the same tabs as before...

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Re: "The homogenisation of triple-A games continues apace"

even if you restrict yourself to stuff written using Unity and running on Linux.

I can understand restricting your purchases to stuff that'll run on your OS of choice, but why restrict yourself to one game engine?

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Re: What about Blizzard?

Legion looks like a bit of a mish-mash. It literally has everything in it that the fans have been asking for for years. Legion, check. Demon Hunters, check. Azshara, check. More Vykrul lore, check. Return of class quests, check. Emerald Dream, check. Alleria and Turalyon, check.

I'd have said this was a massive reactionary expansion if the dates on the concept art didn't seem to suggest development started before WoD was released. I'm guessing WoD was created by an understaffed team whilst the other half of the development team acclimatised / trained up the 'massive influx of devs' they had last year. I think more of their fanbase could have stomached a filler expansion if the price hadn't gone up and they knew at the start it'd be light on content.

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Re: Isn't Lara a bit young?

The issue with getting older for me has been the massive reduction in available free time (due to being more busy, not due to being closer to dead), meaning I have to be way more selective when it comes to choosing what I do in my leisure hours.

I know that feeling.

I've got maybe 150+ games on Steam. Roughly only a third of those have ever been installed and maybe a tenth of them have ever been completed. I don't think I've ever gotten 100% of a game's achievements...

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: He's possibly right about Ebola

Those numbers are completely disingenuous. Considerably more effort was expended to contain the Ebola outbreak than to contain any outbreaks of Flu for example. Were Ebola left to run unchecked the numbers would be very different.

Ebola has a mortality rate of 50-70%. Flu has a mortality rate of 0.1%.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Oh well, at least you get to watch some fun TV whilst waiting for a delivery...

If your just ordering as normal (as in not next day but 3-5 days) they can be a bit crap since they use their own "Amazon Logistics services" for my area, and while they have improved they ain't great. Stuff like delivering to office addresses after 6pm, house addresses at random times during the day, not even bothering to deliver in some cases or delivering to a neighbour and not putting anything through the door to say "your neighbor has it".

Sadly my experiences have been similar. Still, the competition seems to exclusively use Yodel in my area so Amazon are the lesser of two evils.

I once had a delivery of some computer equipment which was shipped in fairly nondescript brown cardboard boxes. The Yodel driver left the packages in the cardboard recycling box in front of my house.

On collection day.

In the rain.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: Jinxed

Is the human body even capable of living at a constant 2G? I realize pilots and the like are exposed to much higher G forces but that's usually only for brief periods. How would the human circulatory system, for example, manage with such increased gravity for years at a time?

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: A bankrupt country's tax payer's money well spent?

The NASA budget is tiny, it's about 0.5% of GDP. The budget for the Kepler programme specifically is even smaller.

The USA spends more money per year catching and imprisoning stoners than it does on space exploration.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: LOL

To be fair, this site should be a prime target for the Chinese. Want to coerce a US official? Congrats, you now have leverage.

If I were a nation-state pulling off this sort of thing I'd try to mask my tracks by making it look like a hacktivist script kiddie attack.

Does anyone else hear that noise overhead?

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Trollface

As was your mother.

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: MS's Game Plan

I'm not sure 'write' is the verb I'd go for.

Kludge, perhaps?

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Perhaps Hillary Clinton could offer some useful advice?

Is GMail code open source?

I know it doesn't violate the GPL because it's never transferred to anyone, making it even more closed than non-open source code released as binary only.

Torvalds != Stallman

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Nando's

You are mistaken.

#cheeky_nandos

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

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Re: How do they know?

I'm running v28. The security issues for this version are totally inconsequential, especially when compared to more recently releases. I've got the full menu and status bars and the plugins I need.

You're aware that a lot of the bugs affecting versions 29 to 39 probably also affect version 28, right?

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Re: Oh Adobe...

Every attempt at a replacement has failed to date, including the idea that HTML 5 will kill it, as if YouTube videos were the only reason anyone ever used flash.

I wiped one of my home computers at the start of the year and didn't bother to install flash on it (the Linux version is old and only receives security updates anyway). Most websites have thankfully left behind the days of Flash based menus and I've never been fussed about Flash games so videos are the only things that really concern me.

It seems I can get by without Flash for the most part but there are some annoyances. The max res Youtube videos seem to offer is 720p. iPlayer refuses to work without Flash (despite the fact that get-iplayer will happily let me download mp4s from the BBC servers). Facebook also keeps telling me that I can't view videos without flash, however if I replace 'www.' in the url with 'm.' the video plays perfectly fine.

Progress is slow but these days I at least feel that I'm not losing access to half the web by foregoing Adobe's plugin.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Really Stupid People Do Really Stupid Things

The odd thing is, apart from occasional recreational drug use, heavy metal fans and students are generally very law abiding groups*. They're not, at least in my experience, the sort of people you catch starting fights in pubs or burgling houses.

*YMMV with biker gangs.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Bad marketing El Reg

I read a comment recently, that Trevor Potts wrote

I think I've spotted your problem.

The man is stuck so far up his own arse he'd make ouroboros jealous.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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The IRA attacks were pretty nasty but with exceptions they were smart enough to more damage buildings than people.

This is something I've seen perpetuated for years and it annoys me no end. It's propaganda designed to paint them in a more noble light. Yes, the IRA did plant bombs designed to cause property damage but it certainly wasn't the majority of what they did. With a mixture of bombs, guns, and 'disappearances', the bastards killed thousands and left many more with life changing injuries.

List of terrorist incidents in Great Britain (incomplete).

List of notable bombings during The Troubles.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: "but it's ethically wrong to do this from an evolutionary perspective"

AFAIK the tobacco plant evolved to produce nicotine as a form natural pesticide. Humans becoming addicted to smoking the plant's leaves is relatively recent.

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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The most annoying thing about the banners is that I have to enable cookies to get rid of the damn things.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: Enough of Redmond, I want to make the switch, but all the flavors & choices leaves me lost...

Points one and two seem a bit backwards. If you're that new (and this isn't meant as an insult,) just stick with that the distros give you. Your life will be a lot easier.

As for point three, Unreal and Unity already support Linux as a deployment platform but they're still in the process of porting over their development tools.

Blender is the go to 3D modelling program on Linux. It's extremely powerful but has an extremely steep learning curve, especially if you have to unlearn the Maya or 3DS Max way of doing things. One of its major advantages is its UV mapping tool which is better than anything else out there IMO.

As for Photoshop, you're a bit out of luck there. GIMP is about the closest thing Linux has but it's not nearly as richly featured. I manage to make do with a mixture of GIMP, myPaint and Inkscape but I'll willingly acknowledged that things would probably be easier with CS.

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The OP is satirising the penguins who flood every article about windows: That's what I fink.

He's not doing it very well then. Find me a penguin who has never tried Windows...

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Re: Shits and Giggles

War and Peace, in full, one word per transaction.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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Proposal:

Register .congress and only sell domains to sites specializing in 19th century pornography.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

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Re: Yes, but...

I don't see why not. People have been posting pictures of longcat for years.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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I clicked on the article. You won't believe what happened next!

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Read the whole thing

I will respect the pope when he convinces god to suck say half the CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it back into say natural gas for us.

You want him to turn a comparatively mild greenhouse gas into a much stronger one?

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Unless you're reading every line of code how is this any safer than downloading binaries from repositories? Your security is dependent on other people in both cases.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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Re: #available

Eugh. Is English not your first language or something?

#available is for run-time feature checks. It is not a preprocessor directive. It does not strip redundant codepaths at compile-time.

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Re: #available

Are you really this dense or am I being trolled?

Then why are you - STILL - comparing OpenGL to a general-purpose, compiled, programming language like SWIFT?

I didn't compare the two. I'm using an OpenGL application as an example of when you need to check at run-time which code path to use because it is not possible at compile time. If it helps focus your mind assume the application is written in C++. I used this example because you implied run-time checking was something that should never be done when clearly it has valid uses.

Fanboi.

I don't own any Apple products.

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Re: #available

WHOOSH. That is the sound of my point flying completely over your head.

At no point did I suggest OpenGL was a programming language. You check at runtime for available features in the system's OpenGL implementation using whatever language you're writing in, be that C++, Java, Python or whatever.

Similarly with SWIFT, you check at runtime if the library you're attempting to use supports the feature you want. The only difference is that SWIFT has a directive dedicated to the job whereas usually you'd have to use if/else statements paired with query functions provided by the library.

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Re: #available

Your example above is a gem of useless and clueless code bloat. What you are proposing is that, at run-time, the application should check if specific features are available. That's just dumb. For one, you'd have code which never executes. For two, you'd be needlessly checking if the code which never executes should be executed. Imagine having that run-time check in your example inside a switch() or a loop.

If you'd ever written an OpenGL* application you'd know these sorts of run-time checks are extremely common. Not all hardware is created equal. Unless you want to only ever code for the lowest common denominator you must check which features are available at run-time. It is not feasible to ship multiple binaries when the hardware you're programming against is as diverse as GPUs are. I suspect programming for the SoCs found in mobile devices is a similar situation.

*Possibly DirectX as well, although I have no experience with it.

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

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Re: No f-bombs, no being called gay

Presumably you can draw with the ink guns though.

Incoming, massive dripping dicks...

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Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

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Numerous image sharing sites, most notably 4chan, have tried to replace gifs with webm videos. It's met a mixed response.

The limitations of the gif format seem to enforce a briefness of expression that webm does not.

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NSA eggheads tried to bork Nork nukes with Stuxnet. It failed – report

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Re: USB Sticks do exist in NORK

Death sentences seem to be carried out with whatever is to hand at the time.

Death by centrifuge?

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Past Glories, Revisited

Is it just me or is the amfM chat bot becoming more coherent?

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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The crimes against these girls were horrific and I really do sympathize with their need to bring all those involved to justice. However, it really does seem to me that Backpage was merely badly implemented rather than complicit in the actions of the pimps.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: And the Perpetrators

Remember Admiral Byng

Byng did the best he could in a difficult situation. I'm not sure that applies to those in the city.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Re: PS4?

considering the required specs, a PS4 isn't anywhere near powerful enough. None of the current generation of consoles are.

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Re: A Trillian Stars in a galaxy

Intelligent life may only

arise around one star in a million

Million-to-one chances crop up

nine times out of ten.

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