* Posts by Fibbles

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

Fibbles
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Here's an idea:

Instead of filling websites with a shit load of crappy javascript, flash, animated gifs and webm's so that I need an addon to filter it all out and only show the "respectable" adverts, just get rid of everything but the respectable adverts? Content producers will still get paid, and everyone else will save a metric fuck-ton of effort.

Whilst I'm ranting. I don't know what new click detection / user tracking script you've installed here at el Reg but it's seriously fucking up Chrome on Android. Random page freezes and only ever on this site. Started about a week ago.

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

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Re: Microwave?

"Guam, and then onto the rest of the world"

Your plan for world domination has a really weird order of priority.

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Re: yet another reason

I really want to believe this is some top quality trolling. Please let it be trolling...

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: Has Mr Dabbs got much better recently?

If Apple is unafraid to extend the hand of friendship, the Reg clearly isn't biting hard enough.

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Does the same for me sometimes, especially in their community forums. My Swedish is improving though.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: Not your enemy

Not our friends either though.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Complexity is fraud

Didn't Iceland's banks mostly hold money of non-Icelanders? It's easy to let your banks collapse when it's other people's money going with them.

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So. Are Europeans just a whining bunch of data protection hypocrites?

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Re: @Fibbles

As far as I'm aware, trade tariffs in Europe are implemented by the bloc rather than individual countries. The fact that Germany's economy is much larger than Greece's is no more relevant than the fact that California's economy is much larger than Nebraska's.

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Why exactly does Europe have to cower at the thought of a trade war with the US? They're both similarly sized economies with a lot of mutual trade. Neither side seems to have the upper hand in that regard.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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"Mr Fry's hair pies" sounds like the lyrics to something Alexi Sayle would sing.

Dr Marten's, Dr Marten's, Dr Marten's boots...

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: All this has done

We are not German

Vielleicht sind Sie nicht ...

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Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

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Re: Goodbye FTDI

But if you're using FTDI chips their shenanigans won't actually affect you?

If you were using fake chips why would they even care about your boycott?

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SpaceX breaks capsule 'chute world record

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Re: But why are they all red and white?

They look orange and white to me...

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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How very meta

We now have a comment section for an article which is basically just highlights from a previous comments section.

Whilst I enjoy the anecdotes of my fellow commentards I feel the staff at El Reg are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for content here. Perhaps stop writing endless articles about DevOps* which nobody seems interested in and go back to how things were before the editorial Armageddon of '15.

* Whatever the fuck that is.

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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Auto is supposed to be used to save time when the type is already known which was part of my problem with the example originally. It's not supposed to introduce ambiguity which is what would happen if a literal could change from signed to unsigned simply based on its value. The programmer might expect an overflow into the negative but the compiler chooses to make the const variable unsigned and so it remains positive. It comes back to one if the core tenets of C and C++, that the compiler does what you tell it rather than what it thinks you probably meant.

You forgot return types BTW. It's one if my favourite things about auto.

Old way:

std::vector<std::tuple<int, std::string, double>>& foo = bar.get_stupid_container_ref();

New way:

auto& foo = bar.get_stupid_container_ref();

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Thought about it for a minute or two so I deleted the post, somehow you've still replied.

A literal integer is going to be interpreted as signed unless you specifically say otherwise.

i.e.

const auto x = 5u;

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Linux Foundation quietly scraps individual memberships

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Re: Wonder how many Individual members there were?

Crowdfunding sites provide millions of dollars to people and companies with what are often stupid and unworkable ideas. Surely we can crowdfund something useful, like enough votes to seriously influence the FSF board.

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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

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Nope ... If either party undergoes a "change of control" then the other party keeps the rights.

It was a clause put in the agreement to prevent "Sugar Daddies" muscling in.

That's not what I saw reported but even if true I'd be very surprised if Intel didn't negotiate a new deal with AMD's new owners. If Intel ever becomes the sole producer of x86 chips they'll be at serious risk of the wrath of various competition watchdogs.

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That wouldn't necessarily prevent a buyout. If AMD gets taken over and their agreement with Intel ends, then Intel also loses access to AMD's patent portfolio.

I can't imagine Intel refusing to strike a new deal. They've got nothing with which to replace x86-64 as their main architecture.

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Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

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Re: Cross-subsidy

Well done Sherlock! You articulate a problem by assuming the the cross subsidy would be only for one company, and then present the solution. It wasn't rocket science, now was it?

Perhaps think before shooting someone with the sarcasm gun? If you strongarm smaller urban providers into a USO they go from say, providing lines to intercity Birmingham to being forced to provide lines in rural Scotland. That's not reasonable.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: anti-semitic propaganda? Gullible dupes?

If I were to hazard a guess it could be that there are large sections of Mein Kampf that read like the anticorporate conspiracy bollocks you can find depressingly easily on the Internet. Just replace 'World Jewery' with 'New World Order' or 'bankers'. We all love a boogeyman on which to blame all of society's ills, especially if they're rich.

That said, Google need to pay some damn tax.

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

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American bacon is the equivalent to what is known as 'streaky bacon' in the UK. Only it has had all of the flavour removed and has been cooked till brittle.

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I wonder how deep the rabbit hole goes?

Since planning to commit a crime is also an offence, could one be charged with 'conspiracy to wear a mask in public'?

Also, if you hear of someone planning to wear a mask but don't report them, do you become 'accessory to conspiracy to wear a mask in public'?

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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About two days after it is actually found someone in the US will sue NASA to demand they divert New Horizons to pass it (ignoring the detail that it would be impossible to do, and that if it were possible they would already be doing it).

You're crediting them with too much intelligence to be honest. Expect the demands for a fly-by to start before the the planet is even found.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Re: Boom!

It's actually a reasonable question to ask. If a PC is part of a botnet then it's likely being used for something illegal. Why should ISPs and the like let such machines continue to access their network?

The answer is they shouldn't but they will because profit. So it falls to companies like MS to do something since they're the only ones with both the ability and inclination to do something.

Personally I'm a fan of redirecting all traffic from infected machines to a page with instructions on how to fix the problem.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Adblock's next step?

With adblock, noscript and a modified hosts file I don't download these ads. Therefore I don't use up the sites bandwidth. So the site should pay a little less for their hosting.

If you download a webpage (which is what you're doing when you visit a website,) then you consume the website owner's bandwidth. Ads are usually hosted by the advertising network, blocking them won't affect the website owner's hosting bill in any way.

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Re: Adblock's next step?

I don't 'consume' content -- it's still all there after my visit.

You do consume the website's bandwidth though.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Check the figures for number of MPs for Scotland and percentage of the UK population. Scotland is actually over represented in this democracy. They're in a privileged position as far away from enslavement as it gets.

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If the BBC (for example) awarded a prize to someone that had converted their Kazakh language site to an organ of state propaganda, there would have been outrage both internally and externally.

Surely the BBC (in any language,) is already an organ of state propaganda.

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Re: Er, I like Wikipedia

There's some sort of Zoolander joke in there somewhere...

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

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Re: We'll have it done by next Thursday

I have nothing to add. I just wanted to randomly bold some words.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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I'm also a bit sceptical about the landing barge. Perhaps artificial islands or permanent platforms akin to oil rigs would be a better option. They'd cost a small fortune to build but after that they're not going anywhere.

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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Re: Meaballs through the looking glass

I wonder if it is getting out of hand, maybe in a few decades will be a "real" FSM church with actual believers and dogmas...

Well, Scientology was started as a get rich quick scheme by a terrible sci-fi author, Christianity started as a a way for the local nutter to explain away his mother's infidelity, Islam started as a way for a small businessesman to always have the upper hand in trade negotiations, and Buddhism started as a way for a provincial prince to get away with his egotism and odd sleeping habits. Considering all that, anything is possible.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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Re: @Fibbles

Probably both. I can imagine there was a fair bit of snapping on the tortoise's part before it was made into a sheath.

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Re: Natural behaviour

+1 your entire comment except for the Bestiality point:

"Bestiality is cross-species sexual activity between human and non-human animals."

so it probably doesn't exist outside of human "civilisation".

YouTube is full of dog on cat videos and one rather unfortunate chimp on tortoise video. I do wonder why people record this stuff though...

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Re: Well ...

1000 watts for e-mail and Usenet? Perhaps it's time to move on...

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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OK, Stallman will be over soon.

He's probably too busy eating his own foot skin.

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Re: No excitement here, please.

Can't tell if this post is sarcastic or not. It's not a unreasonable sentiment though. For example, how much innovation does a word processor really need?

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Re: Rule 3: Functions should be curried.

Pretty sure the troll icons didn't appear till the down votes started rolling in. Interesting that the spaffer can bypass the 10 minute edit window though.

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"I dont understand it, therefore it is bad."

IMO a world without RAII is a world not worth living in.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: The report MUST be wrong!

I think the problem is that actually, unlike in Europe and Asia, there isn't free-market capitalism. Broadband in the US is stymied by local monopolies.

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

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When script kiddies attempt to code.

Part Trois.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Call me cynical but it's probably a 500w no-name cheap PSU that supplies a fraction of that on the 12v rail, and even then only when used in situations with unrealistically low ambient temperatures.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Ok, OK, but what about civilian use?

A robotic horse would be a much more impressive mid-life crisis purchase than a motorbike or sports car.

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: I can only imagine

According to the denizens of this site, IT problems are never the fault of the IT department.

Funny that.

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Java 9 delayed until Thursday March 23rd, 2017, just after tea-time

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Re: C++ 17

Probably the same time the spec is finalised. I don't think GCC or Clang have fully implemented C++14 yet.

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EU reforms could pave way for smells and noises to be trade-mark protected – expert

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What use is this?

The human olfactory sense isn't particularly sensitive and trademarks must be easily distinguishable from each other. It won't take many registrations before the pool of potential trademarks is depleted.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

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Re: Surely ketchup

You think that's bad? My mother liberally applies ketchup to her Sunday dinner.

I might have been able to vaguely understand the twisted logic of it if the ketchup was used instead of rather than as well as gravy.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Re: It's not that unlikely

HMS Victory, I think was 80 years old at trafalgar

Victory was launched in 1765, the battle of Trafalgar was 1805.

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