* Posts by Sam Liddicott

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Sam Liddicott

"indefatigable groklaw"?

"Indefatigable groklaw"?

Groklaw fatigued in 2013.

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

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Sounds to me like an objective c++ paradigm flaw.

It's easy to write async lambdas all over the place but it doesn't mean that your code can cope with state changes in the mean time.

Which reminds me, I think it was MSIE 2, I clicked to print a page and focus returned back to the browser while it was printing. I immediately guessed that if I navigated to another page while it was printing, the browser would crash.

And it did. Changing page WHILE it was printing was like replacing a paving stoe with a banana skin.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Re: Goto? What about longjmp()

And don't capture a well defined set of any state.

Variables temporarily in a register (and pushed onto the stack) when longjmp occurs from some deeper function will have some stale value and not the value they seemed to hold when you called setjmp; so all variables you plan to use after longjmp should be declared volatile which is easy to forget.

If only all variables were evicted from registers before the call to setjmp - but what implementation does that?

Better to be quickest than right, apparently.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Your cure is worse than the disease.

The error is failing to have a definition of malloc, but fear of this unlikely event is no reason not to cast the return value of malloc.

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Re: Demos

It's not a matter of law, it's a matter of contract and negotiation with the seller and the buyer, and the rules imposed by the owner of the voluntary market place.

Many vendors in the world allow and openly publicise this practice - it is good for the vendor, because it means that the prospective buyer does not delay a purchase hoping for a sale soon, but can buy now and get the sale price later if there is one (and if they also remember).

It means the vendor might even sell-out and so not need to have the sale.

Also, if you can buy a game and get a refund if it turns out to be rubbish/boring/easy then you are more likely to take a risk on it - you only have your time to lose.

This strategy makes it easier to sell, and vendors who are confident in the quality and value of their goods can get much benefit as sales are easier.

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Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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Worldwide distribution licence

"The company also re-states its argument that it wants infringers to pay for a worldwide distribution licence"

If they are forced to pay for this license, will that mean the can legitimately offer as many free downloads as they like?

What will the other licensees think, having to compete with a legal 0 price supplier?

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: It's ASN.1 library problems all over again

taint mode:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taint_checking

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

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> Former CEO Martin Winterkorn reluctantly quit

> as chief exec in September, stating: "I am not

> aware of any wrong doing on my part." "

> [engineers] had claimed the firm's CEO's public

> promise of a 30 per cent emissions decline

> provoked them to cheat on the tests by mixing

> diesel with the motor oil and inflating the car tyres."

Get me 30% savings you idiots or I'll hire me some engineers that can!

That's real leadership, not wrongdoing.

The CEO just pressures everyone else into doing wrong in a way that pleases his bonus criteria.

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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

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Re: Oops!

but not instantaneously. The damage must be observed first

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: France

I was travelling with a company director and we had canapés on the ferry on the way back :-)

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France

I travelled to France to replace a 25 pin serial cable for an Iomega Ditto drive with a 25 pin parallel cable.

I think I was due a trip abroad to see the wider company anyway, but from a technical point of view I regret that I could not diagnose that over the phone.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: How far off?

True - but only because there are so many one in a million chances.

If only we could tell WHICH one a in a million chance was likely to come up...

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Tax bill could kibosh Dell-EMC deal

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not

Admitting that the tax "responsibility" consumes the benefit of the transaction isn't avoiding a tax responsibility it's avoiding a risk that has no benefit.

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apparently they did

The story seems to suggest that they did look into the tax implications.

The company is “confident there was no such

threat to the deal since tax authorities would

treat the tracking stock in line with previous

similar transactions".

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Linux iOS devices sucks

To be clear, it's the iOS devices that suck, and Apple that sucks.

This is Apple with an iTunes store that is basically a web server that needs the magic 200MB iTunes web browser.

This is Apple that kept working to disable pyMusique and SharpMusique small tiny iTunes clients for Linux to prevent Linux users from buying music from iTunes.

Apple do their darndest to make sure that you cannot use your iOS devices with Linux.

So point your blame finger in the right direction.

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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

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Re: Don't know about on-line VAT fraud but...

This is the behaviour that VAT incentivises.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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Re: Need to tax fun

Absolutely, tax the leisure.

If they want the money, they MUST sacrifice the time.

Some would prefer to keep the time and not have the money.

http://blog.sam.liddicott.com/2014/01/a-plea-for-social-equality.html

True democratic wealth is time: everybody has 24 hours of it a day.

The significant social inequality of the day is that some peoples time is not exchangeable for much value, while other peoples time is very much in demand and exchangeable at a high rate.

I simplify somewhat, for a person can sometimes exert control over their exchange rate by means of how much effort they put in; but even at maximum effort there is still a large disparity between the exchangeable values of the time of different people, or in different locations.

In the corrupt imperial west there is a notion that 8 hours of effort per day should be exchangeable for necessities of life (and some discretionary comforts) but the opportunity to make this exchange is not granted equally to all people (and nor is the standard of life).

In the name of social conscience and humanity, this inequality is often reasonably addressed by moving a surfeit of value from those who found favourable exchange, to those who who found a poor rate of exchange.

Yet paradoxically, the extreme inequality of those who found no exchange is addressed by an attempt to provide the value of life necessities with no exchange required.

This does not introduce equality but instead introduces further inequality for in transferring the surfeit of value to those who find no exchange, it leaves them with a surfeit of time. It reduces them to the status of beggar and provides no way to contribute.

It would be more equitable to provide opportunity of exchange to those who found no exchange, making all equal contributors to society from the universal and collective wealth of time, and condemning none to the status of beggar.

TLDR: Or in other words, why in the UK when taxes are going up, and public works are going down, why, are we paying people to do nothing?

It is no socialist triumph to lose the working class and gain another idle class (however unwilling).

Let the time of each be valued equally - sufficient for life, and let all contribute.

And here's hoping for a shorter working day for all, enough time for dancing and singing.

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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

Sam Liddicott

If my phone runs low on storage space then all of a sudden, facebook messenger built-in to the facebook app starts working again.

If I get storage space back, then I am instead greeted with a screen forcing me to install facebook messenger again.

This magic amount is about 500MB on my Moto G 2G.

However at 200MB only 50MB of which can be moved-to-SD, I'm uninstalling facebook.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Me too; I've returned about 9 toner cartridges from 2 suppliers. With Amazon it was no more hassle than going to the post office. With ebay or anyone else it would have been deadly.

Of course after 2 failed suppliers I didn't buy my next toner from Amazon either :-)

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

Sam Liddicott

Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

You don't actually need to draw the line, just recognize that one might be drawn...

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

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quitting after winning?

He waited until he won the fight on quality, and then he quits?

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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legal protection

Interestingly the frame design can be protected by copyright or a design patent and so the price of a desirable frame can be kept high.

Once you've hired good staff and got a decent lens machine (as any optician in business will have) how else can you add value?

And if the customers assume good staff and a good lens machine, what they are buying is fashion.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Re: I will consider

Can it fit google play services?

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: Bah!

Maybe that is the scam! A way for apple to bring those billions back into the USA and avoid tax?

Apple agents would also be the "scamming party" that scams Apple. The foreign fund holding division would make a loss as it refunds fraudulent payments in the USA from foreign held funds.

Someone else work out the detail for me.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

Sam Liddicott

£555

£555 - all the 5's except android 5.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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emacs mode

It just needs emacs mode to replace the entire OS.

A javascript/scheme/lisp console to manage your interface to the entire world.

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Finnish bank takes cricket bat to wave after wave of DDoS varmints

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The Wolf of Kabul

I can't be the only one who straightaway was reminded of the Wolf of Kabul and clicky-ba...

> Chung often apologised for his headbashing: "Lord, I am full of humble sorrow—I did not mean to knock down these men—'clicky-ba' merely turned in my hand".

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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Not the problem but the advantage

This is not the problem with code re-use, but the advantage of code re-use.

Rather than implement your own secret bugs and possibly never get to know, it's now easy to find if you copied that bug and have it fixed.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

Sam Liddicott

The scam is to make the customer pay twice

Net neutrality means that because you paid for your internet connection and Netflix paid for their internet connection, Netflix don't need to pay your internet company extra for you to be able to watch Netflix movies.

And if Netflix did have to pay extra, it would just raise the price to you, so you'd be paying your internet company twice: once for an internet connection and once to be able to use it.

Internet companies like to be paid twice, which is why they don't like net neutrality.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Sam Liddicott

oxymoron

many prop 8 fans are against gay marriage solely because if it is gay then it isn't marriage

it's nothing about rights but about controlling language because then you control talking and thought. it is not evolution of language but engineering of language

i'm not against legal recognition of gay unions with the same rights as marriage.

but I am against being made to call it marriage

can I work for Mozilla or am i a bigot?

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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company for sale

maybe the company will be sold soon and to get a high valuation they need to be able to guarantee minimum per customer revenue

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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A book

Are guys going to publish a book of all this (with corrections from feedback)?

It would compete with the legendary Fire in the Valley

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

Sam Liddicott

bash lets you

Bash lets you override built-ins. How about:

warn_() {

test -n "$1" && shift

test -n "$1" && printf "%s\n" "$*" >&2

}

exit() {

warn_ "$*"

builtin exit $1

}

exit 5 "Could not do something"

Make bash into the scripting language you want. Forth and Scheme users would like it.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Sam Liddicott

Parrot Asteroid Classic

I got the Parrot Asteroid Classic for £150 from Halfords. 1 firmware update later and I'm very pleased.

No per-month fees either! And if I want to 3G dongle it, I can, with remote car tracking

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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

Sam Liddicott

Re: What would be the point of Sailfish?

Google don't get their mitts on your contacts and emails?

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

Sam Liddicott

Re: EU alternative to gmail?

horde supports activesync

owncloud lets you sync calendar and contacts under android (har har) at least

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

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Re: Israel's naked selfishness is gross to behold

Where should start taking the label "anti-semite" as a compliment and badge awarded to an original thinker

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Re: Mr Hawking, you should listen to “Palestinian academics”

What kind of comparison is that?

"Israel and the Jews" have been around for thousands of years. The "Palestine nation" hardly even exists for any time at all and is not recognized by Israel).

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Re: fair enough

@clivel

You are just in a temper because Davros isn't fighting your corner.

He's a ill man, let him pick his own battles.

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Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

Sam Liddicott

Re: Seems counterproductive...

what part of "reSEARCH" is not search? Just because the search part is automated doesn't make it not research, in fact it opens up new avenues of research on texts.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING

You could have used a linux packaged for the enterprise/domain or used likewise's domain packages.

But you chose the long way around; - I know, it's knowing what there is to know

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

Sam Liddicott

Re: IE and licence fees?

I also recall that rumour

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White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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Re: "Or the US could adopt VAT......."

Aye... but perhaps better than property tax which is weird in a country that is not short of land.

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CISPA cybersecurity legislation vote due in next 48 hours

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Re: In light of the...

It's attitudes like this that require the power mongers to put someones children at risk each time they want to make a power grab.

We never pay any-one Dane-geld,

No matter how trifling the cost;

For the end of that game is oppression and shame,

And the nation that plays it is lost!

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Re: Clever

until you scratch yourself on the same handle afterwards and find out that yes they were infected and now you may be too

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Re: Probably a memory issue

You know that exceptions still implement a fixup/tear-down don't you?

And that these have an overhead, sometimes not inconsiderable for a rarely failing event?

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Re: What is this article supposed to be?

"The software runs on a staggering range of hardware, sometimes it's going to go wrong."

It's the OS job to fix that problem - also by Microsoft so you've shifted the blame from Microsoft Office division to Microsoft OS division?

Do you work for MS technical support?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: Owning a TV is not compulsory.

You misunderstand completely.

One can have a TV in the lounge without needing to buy a TV license which covers the watching of live broadcasts.

So how does one respond when the TV licensing gestapo knock on the door and ask if you have a TV?

"No" is a false statement and might be basis for a warrant. "Yes" will only make things more complicated because you don't have a license.

And even if you don't have a TV in your lounge, you might have a computer with an internet connection, or a mobile phone. These can be used to watch live TV.

So a better answer might be: Why do you want to know?

or

Do I have to answer that question

or

I don't want to answer that question

In my case those answers caused the caller to respond that they would pass my details on for prosecution as I was not co-operating.

So no, you ought to be able to have a TV in the lounge, and not having a TV in the lounge certainly isn't the end of it anyway.

I was quite willing to visit with a officer if they could make an appointment but they aren't able to do that. They wish to call at their convenience. The threatening letters they send out are geared towards scaring you into paying.

I'm not a customer of TV Licensing, haven't been for years and I don't need to engage with them according to their procedures or expectations. They need to learn some manners, no other LEGAL business can be successful by adopting such a threatening attitude to potential new customers.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Tricky one

Here;s what you are remembering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past

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