* Posts by amanfromarse

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

amanfromarse

Re: "Almost certainly"

>The 2 most popular brands of 'e-juice' have been found to contain chemicals that are not safe to be inhaled and those are the ones that are supposed to be legitimate.

Absolute bollocks. You're parrotting tabloid crap.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

amanfromarse

Re: @Lucrelout

@lucrelout

Piketty has been so widely and thoroughly discredited by now than I'm genuinely surprised to find someone citing him.

Absolutely, completely false. The supposedly flawed figures, which he addressed, did not impact his basic premise.

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amanfromarse

Re: Whereas the QE to date

@lucrelout

I didn't step over any homeless on my way to work today. Didn't even see any, and I've travelled through a couple of counties to be here.

I don't even have to point out how ludicrous that statement is.

I've previously demonstrated how a minimum wage couple can buy a starter home within a shorter commute than I have, so affordability isn't a problem.

No you haven't, you absolutely haven't. You posted some flawed figures that completely depended on external factors that only exist in your worldview. You claiming a fait accompli based on that post is hilarious.

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amanfromarse

@lucrelout

The reason there isn't great economic ground between the main parties is the inescapable fact that most people have never had it so good.

You != most people.

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amanfromarse

Re: European-style health system

After spending the evening looking into this, I've come to the conclusion that there is no universal definition for 'European style health system'.

If you're an American republican, it's something to be resisted as they see it as state-provided care.

If you're a British conservative it's something to be welcomed as it's parallel public and private care.

A lot of opinion seems to think that it doesn't exist for the same reasons that I wrote.

So it's a political term and it depends on your perspective.

I take issue with your 'known fact' as it's one I've never heard expressed, so if you could provide some links to back it up?

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amanfromarse

Re: There's an interesting point about those industries being crap

Please define 'European-style health system' because different countries have different systems.

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amanfromarse

Re: Corbyn is barking, but ...

I just enlightened the wife - you're right, she didn't know that her wages were paid by some cunt on the register.

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

amanfromarse

Re: Om nom nom, tasty bait.

Oh dear.

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Dumb MongoDB admins spew 600 TERABYTES of unauthenticated data

amanfromarse

Re: нет!

Relational and native JSON types.

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

amanfromarse

Re: It's like the sixth form common room

Good luck getting a mortgage with 4 x income multiple and 10% deposit. Even if you find one, the interest rate would be astronomical. The average age for first-time buyers is now 35, according to Money Supermarket. Your original figures were rounded up by about 8k above actual, so forgive me if I take your latest projections with a pinch of salt.

Which age groups are going to get a 5k pay rise then? Your base of 40 hour weeks is not universally attainable, hence the number of people claiming tax credits.

It's pretty tough for a lot of kids at the moment and this budget hasn't helped them at all.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

amanfromarse

Re: Why do government projects fail?

@Lee D

Not in this case as it's GDS.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

amanfromarse

Don Box?

He's still employed?

He should have been jettisoned years ago for crimes against technological advancement.

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site

amanfromarse

Re: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

You need to calm down.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

amanfromarse
FAIL

Re: I struggle to know how seriously to take this...

The 'future benefits' on which this project was premised have been scaled back numerous times.

The 'phased implementation' is of a tiny percent of the promised functionality.

If UC is Excel, then they're rolling out a calculator that can only process 1 + 1 and occasionally returns 2.

If it's going so well, why are they wasting time on this:

http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2014/06/26/ids-loses-legal-appeal-to-keep-universal-credit-problems-sec

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

amanfromarse

Hmm, big company, moved off their java codebase to javascript/node, been using it in production for over a year.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-replacing-java-with-javascript-is-paying-off-for-paypal/

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

amanfromarse

Postgres..

The licenses are for Oracle ERP not just the db.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

amanfromarse

Downvoting because

Perhaps they're downvoting you because it's you and they want to see one of your 'how dare you downvote me' tantrums.

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Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

amanfromarse

Re: You like MS Products

You've decided that the abandoned MS tech debate is limited to .Net only, nobody else has (oh, and you've also decided that Silverlight, VB6 and FoxPro can't be mentioned).

This is a pattern that's built up over decades. I concede that some changes were necessary, but, for example, moving from VBXs to OCXs was of no benefit to devs, resulted in repurchasing for exactly the same functionality and typically introduced more bugs (which I blame on the mess that was OLE2). Killing VB (much as I hated it) was madness. MS had a massive userbase there. MDAC took years to stabilise and encompassed several abandoned technologies.

My definition of 'supported' includes bug-fixes, enhancements and fixing behaviours that are major bug-bears for devs. Your definition of 'supported' seems to correspond to my definition of mothballed. All the big names in Silverlight and WPF dev have moved away, generally to non-MS platforms, because they considered the platforms dead. Are they idiots too?

You also seem to think that code is just going to run on Linux. Have you tried to run anything non-trivial on mono? I don't know how long you've been on the MS stack, but based on my experience the reality for devs never matches the marketing and something as large as making .net cross-platform could take years to stabilise.

I'm already seeing articles on using Nuget to deliver PCLs and platform-specific assemblies. I understand why they're doing it but it still makes me shiver.

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amanfromarse

Re: <whatever> is the future

It's not a superset and I've no idea what a 'perfect' superset is.

It's not even a subset as the two will expand independently and features 'may' be cross-ported.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

amanfromarse

Not strictly accurate.

Alan Cooper always struck me as a bit of an egotist.

A different perspective:

http://www.forestmoon.com/birthofvb/birthofvb.html

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Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

amanfromarse

Re: The King is dead....

I've not used Xamarin, but I have used Android Studio betas.

What advantages does the former have over the latter for Android development?

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

amanfromarse

Re: is it not easier

You earn a shit load more working with traders than you do teaching kids.

However, most kids are OK when taught by a decent teacher, but I've never met a trader who wasn't an irredeemable c***.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

amanfromarse

Universal Credit Forever

Who's the contractor - 3D Realms?

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Social misfits and group interviews: Yup, it's the startup interview circuit

amanfromarse

Mono hasn't really seen any love or attention in years

Really?

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

amanfromarse

More AC pro-MS propaganda.

Why would anybody move from Linux to MS? It just doesn't make sense if they have linux experience.

In my experence, mainly banks, Java systems are nearly always deployed to linux (or other non-MS) servers, although development is frequently on Windows workstations.

>With the wholesale move to Azure going on in the enterprise at the moment

That is utter bollocks.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

amanfromarse

Hungarian notation

No mention of the monster that would not die?

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

amanfromarse

Re: What do we want from Coders?

Seriously, WTF is a phase diagram?

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

amanfromarse

Re: All things to everyone...

Things you never thought you'd see:

#1 "To quote Slade:"

Well done sir! Made me smile.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

amanfromarse

Re: Too little too late? don't be preposterous!

It's not absurd, maybe premature.

You have seen the market share for WinPhone and Surface?

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amanfromarse

Re: Lots more than that -

Roslyn is very interesting and I believe that .Net native is a by-product of that.

WinJS, javascript interfaces to the Windows API, who cares? Phonegap catchup.

You didn't mention Universal Windows Apps. Plenty of euphoria on 'tech' blogs over this, when it's actually just PCLs with new Visual Studio solution templates.

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

amanfromarse

>>what kind of moron leaves the wifi enabled on a superhub anyway.

Me.

Do tell what catastrophe awaits me.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

amanfromarse

Re: JavaScript is code...

Python, yes.

>>If you have an object of type T that you have dynamically allocated and you push a pointer to the object onto a std::vector<T*>, then a copy of the pointer is pushed. If you dereference the pointer and push the result onto a std::vector<T>, then a copy of the object is made. Collections always make copies. So collections of pointers make copies of the pointer and collections of class instances make copies of the instances themselves (using copy construction IIRC).

Realising this, years before SO, and before the STL made it into the standard library, made me quit C++. There was nothing in the STL documentation that suggested this was the case.

So C++, no.

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amanfromarse

Re: Oh really?

Seriously, Stephen Hawking? Teaching?

Knowing a subject doesn't mean you are capable of teaching it.

Have you ever been to a dev conference? um, ah, mumble, er.. Christ! And that's just few that can bring themselves to speak in public. I wouldn't want any of them teaching my kids.

How are they going to engage a bunch of disinterested kids an an inner city comp?

I hear this a lot, 'insert well-known expert here' wouldn't be allowed to teach. But the experts aren't going to want to teach. Without the teaching qualification it would just attract the dregs.

If someone really wants to teach, then a one-year teaching course isn't going to put them off; it's a safeguard and I'm glad it's there.

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amanfromarse

Re: I hate to say it...

Let me guess, you're in the 'upper layers'.

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amanfromarse

>I taught a kid to "code" (i.e. actually program, in a real language) in an afternoon. The next day he came back with a game he wrote.

I don't believe you. What was the language? What did the game do?

Programming *is* hard.

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Rackspace hurries out 'Solum', a half-formed platform cloud project

amanfromarse

Whatever.

Windows doesn't have LXC and OpenStack is going to kill it.

MS' only hope is to use their financial resources and offer Azure (running LXC in the background, on Linux) for free and cross their fingers.

Unfortunately for Ballmer, he was right. And his developers, developers, developers speech was spot on.

Pity it was just marketing blurb.

Good luck with Hyper-V.

sheluser, jdk and that other MS shill, wake up. I've been programming exclusively MS since the Quick languages (look 'em up) but enough is enough.

I had a look at the VS2013 release - MVC5, just playing catchup with Nancy (a great framework), but still not even in the same ballpark as node.

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New Development. Where do we go?

amanfromarse

Re: Depends on what exactly you want to do

*Ideally your package has a text interface between the user interface and the logic. That way you can bolt on any kind of user interface you like.

it's xBase. Ever programmed in xBase?

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amanfromarse

Re: Go south

But what else have you tried?

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amanfromarse

Re: Go C#

I don't know where to begin.

Your entire post is ridiculous.

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amanfromarse

Re: Look at your use cases!

Most sensible comment so far.

preceded by the most ridiculous:

*abap is the fastest

*sap backend with abap and html5 frontend in sapui5 (javascript/jquery)

Most comments seem to follow the usual internet meme, what i'm using is the best.

To the OP,

If you're going web and must use the MS stack, although if you're starting from scratch I wouldn't recommend it, don't go MVC/Web API/EF, just go Dapper(or equivalent) and Nancy. Your codebase will be simpler, smaller and more maintainable.

Node is years ahead of where MS is going with OWIN, etc.

Take a look at mean.io

C# is the only thing pulling me back to MS-land, all my own time is spent on the above.

TBH, I don't see a bright future based on the fact that you still love xbase, it's 2013 FFS, and that you posted *that* code as an exemplar.

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

amanfromarse

Epic ambition, I like that.

As soon as I read about this project's epic ambition I knew that it was doomed.

Sadly, I watched a couple of hours of IDS et al., before the select committee a few weeks ago and I've never seen anybody twist the truth with such arrogance and contempt as IDS did.

So how's your 'agile' epiphany going now IDS? <chortle/>

Unfortunately, and it makes me more than a little angry, they are going to 'reboot' the project and cost us, the taxpayers, billions, instead of the current millions, before they can it.

The bloke from the Olympics seems pretty switched on but he's about to find out that building a successful, epic software system is a lot more difficult than building some impressive buildings (even if you did go massively over budget, despite the government's pathetic attempts to deny the figures).

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

amanfromarse

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/exclusive-billionaires-secretly-fund-attacks-on-climate-science-8466312.html

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Spanish city renames square in Clash frontman's honour

amanfromarse

Re: Punk?

I doubt that Public Image were in the NME at the same time as the Pistols!

Public Image and Joy Division were definitely not punk.

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amanfromarse

Re: Punk?

The Clash released one of the definitive punk albums in 1977.

I don't know what the 'kids of today' have got to do with it.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

amanfromarse

There are so many opinions here on why SD is crap and how to fix it.

IMO, the #1 criteria is (much as I dislike him) Joel Spolsky's #1 rule: employ smart developers.

Unfortunately, in 30 years, I've only contracted at one company where they got it right and despite it being 200 miles from my home, I would have gone permanent. Then they outsourced. The company owner was a dick and if they aren't out of business now, they will be soon. He didn't know what he'd got.

The dev manager was an excellent judge of character and if he thought that you wouldn't fit in with the team, you were rejected. No silly tests because any good techie can suss out a good dev after 5 minutes. But you had to leave your ego at the door. It's the only place I've worked that they had code reviews as part of their process. And not to enforce routine/method/function headers or some such bollocks that source control could monitor, but they trusted their devs to analyse the code and say when comments were required, etc.

Good devs group together. They love bouncing off each other. They do it in their own time anyway and hate being stuck with Morts and 9 to 5ers.

Software is a people problem. The 90% on here who think that their proposed solution to their own personal experience is an answer to universal problems are naive at best..

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

amanfromarse

Very sad

Ha ha, great article.

I used C++ Builder up to version 5, great product at the time. Things started to go bad soon after.

Eadon, do you and RICHTO go to the same school?

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Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft

amanfromarse

I don't care how much it pays, I can't think of anything worse than banging out server scripts using Powershell, Cygwin, or anything else, for the rest of my working days.

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

amanfromarse

MS have always done shit ads, but..

Apple's marketing department must be absolutely pissing themselves.

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