* Posts by Robert Grant

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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The App Killer?

I know it's not that simple, but it'd be nice to have more websites and fewer stupid walled-garden apps.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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One day tech writers will stop using "price point" when they mean "price" - i.e. over 99% of the time.

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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

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Re: Exactly

Yeah, he also needed MS to inject cash before Apple folded, but Woz was the guy.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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Re: to uninstall...

I thought that did a combo breaker?

(Oh sorry, that's the other other one.)

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It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

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Strong vs static

Your wording mixes up strong and static typing. Languages fall along two axes: strongly or weakly typed, and dynamically or statically typed. Static vs dynamic is whether or not the type of a variable is known at compile time. Strong or weak is whether or not types can be used interchangeably without throwing an error but the language may do something you don't expect.

For example, Javascript is weakly typed. I can say "1" + 1 and I get "11" - it boxes the numeric 1 into a string. This is a source of runtime errors, say if I thought the first string was actually a number as well and wanted to get the number 2 out.

Strong typing is just another way of testing your code. It can be very, very powerful (and often is), but it's not always applicable. Dynamic vs static typing is a more complex issue, as they both have very strong cases for them.

I like the brevity of dynamic typing and the extra enforced correctness of strong typing.

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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

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Re: MOD

Not sure Google business stuff is any better - a mate is at a multinational and they've just started using Hangouts instead of Skype and apparently it's terrible. Skype interfacing with real phones turns out to be important.

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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I've heard of this feature!

Isn't it the one IE8 had?

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

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Er.

Hasn't Bing Maps had this for years? E.g. http://binged.it/1Z0S5za.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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“...a lack of available talent in some specialist fields..."

Translation: plenty of mediocre managers and architects lining up for easy cash, but no-one to do any of the actual work?

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Jeopardy

was about understanding the question than looking up the answer.

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Microservices are not the same thing as components

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Re: I seen this movie before..

Doesn't look like CORBA, although microservices can be distributed.

Not that I'm sure they're a good idea, but we still have to object to bad objections.

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Slashdot, SourceForge slurped by travel publisher

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Re: Sourceforge is the best, bar none

Plural of virus

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

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Stop all the analogue clocks!

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

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I didn't know about this - anyone have any details/links about it?

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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Another hack by the Google Closure Compiler!

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

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Re: non-harmonious Harmony

I thought it was actually about some testcases or something, but it's so long ago, and so boring in the detail. Some more lawyers pointlessly got to buy expensive cars, and that's about it.

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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I'm turkeyed up to the eyeballs

A huturkeyman?

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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I don't know what's more disgusting

The years of mass surveillance, or the fact that a part of it was called CATSUP.

IT'S KETCHUP.

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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Re: How exactly does this work

Only do this if the requester is inside Number 10 or GCHQ, though.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

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Re: PR balls-up

Agree 100% - just wanted to say you can keep your OneDrive storage if you opt in: http://www.windowscentral.com/onedrive-users-can-keep-their-free-15gb-storage.

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

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Re: Broken iphone screens...

Tell that to phone reviewers who dwell bizarrely on a phone's looks, even though all everyone's experience of their phone is is a screen surrounded by a £10 case.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: Devils advocate

'supposed'

The quotes confuse and anger me.

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

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Re: Bunch of communists

Actually most people only worry about the practical difficulties of outsourcing - language barrier, quality control, the back and forth of requirements refinement over long distances and between timezones.

The standard thinking here is if you want to survive, add value. And that's what we do :)

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Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

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Re: will go far in this world...

there should be testing for psychopathy laws and those individuals who genetically lack a conscience through social cerebral defect should be treated differently

I entirely agree!

Yours

Hugh Genics

P.s. those chaps with the skulls on their hats gave us a bad name - glad we're finally back!

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Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

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Agreed; JL main selling point is trust. You can buy something and know that if there's a problem, they'll sort it out. That's worth paying a bit more for, not that you normally have to.

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Re: Fail

Obligatory reminder that US prices are generally pre-tax, whereas UK prices - as VAT is constant throughout the country - include tax.

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

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Re: Hmm

Negative only in some senses; half of them are mistaken about MD5, so it's fine.

And no. Only doing something effective is worth doing. Thankfully this may well be effective, so it's worth doing.

But in general, looking at emotional tone and saying "anything is better than nothing" aren't strong bases for analysis.

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Re: MD5?

Don't talk about encryption here; it's not to find encrypted images, nor is it to encrypt them.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

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Re: Wait. What the ....

You're comparing an ideal of science against a pessimistic view of religion? Amazing how many people have memorised the science mission statement, and proselytise every chance they get. 100 years ago you'd have been a missionary!

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Re: It's a Nexus

Sounds like you both Lumia 735.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

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Pretty disheartening take on the conf

I watched most of it, and it was pretty refreshing to see one so bursting at the seams with realised ideas. While that sort of thing clearly doesn't go down well at Vulture Central, I'm a big fan of it.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Re: Janky

What Car? never stop resizing the page and jumping you around on mobile.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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Re: Optional?

It's pretty difficult; if you don't want it, then don't push the upgrade button and wait a really long time. Therefore not that strange an assumption, and extremely disingenuous to suggest otherwise.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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There is a Community episode about this idiotic idea

And...Whuffie, anyone?

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

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Re: No comments an hour after posting.

735 is very nice; my wife has one.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: The IT angle..

No - that would look blurry. They look as though someone resized them down from higher-res using some form of ancient PHP library.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

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Homo Naledi remains found on Mars!

Didn't see that coming, did you?

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Re: search ribbon

If a ribbon search function is needed in a context-sensitive ribbon then the ribbon design has failed.

This sounds like a Steve Jobs on styluses sort of comment.

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Wall Street turns off music at Adobe results after-party

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Fair enough about generated code, but it also re-slices your images etc as the dev wanted them. That's pretty useful.

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Reason is it's really good value, at least at the moment, and you can do cool stuff.

E.g. designer can upload a PSD file, and then share it with devs, who can look at it online, slice it up there, generate CSS even (although I don't know how good that is) and generate all the assets they need.

Then if the designer changes the PSD, the changes can be pushed through and regenerate all the assets based on how the developer created them, automatically.

That's not bad.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Been for too long on a Smartibrafast? Break it with this IT Crowd-inspired tech!

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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Coincidentally...

Coca Cola sell Iron Brew in South Africa.

Shades of South African Polo.

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El Reg unfurls awe-inspiring Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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Boots on Mars

Can't think of a better first retail presence than one from Blighty!

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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@James 51

I am sure there is a good reason to not use a Pi and take advantage of all the work done on it. I'd like to hear it though.

BBC now employs people more likely to understand phrases such as "BBC Micro brand awareness" and "stay relevant at all costs" than, say, "circuit board" or "variable".

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Infosec lady flings sueball at Microsoft over 'gender discrimination'

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I wonder if there's any evidence of this because they'd be more careful than that if they were deliberately trying to hold back better workers from improving their company.

More likely they're not trying to do that at an institutional level, but the devil's in the detail of the stats. E.g. if fewer women in an absolute sense are promoted than men then that's probably a pipeline issue, as there are fewer women to be promoted.

Then there's proportional promotion: if a smaller proportion of women are promoted than of men then is that suspect? Still not yet, because they don't (well, they may, but unofficially) promote based on gender, but on ability, so you have to take all the men at a certain level and all the women, and if three promotions are required, you take the top 3 performers, not the top man, top woman and flip a coin for the gender of the second top.

The time when there's demonstrably sexist promotions is if there are obvious female choices who are better than the men being promoted. Then there's a huge problem.

In terms of salary it's similar, and in the relatively uncossetted world of tech your pay rise (if any) will depend on your perceived value, your ability to negotiate, and any competing offers you have. If you don't fight for a pay rise and settle then going to a court to fight the battle for you is one way to do it, but you're basically short-changing anyone who got a pay rise based on merit by doing so.

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The Register and heise Launch Continuous Lifecycle Conference in the UK

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Re: I'm not being lectured at...

Selecting Anonymous Coward might not do all you think it would when you're criticising the people who run the comments database.

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Attempted bank robber demands cash transfer ... to his own account

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Re: @msknight

I grew up in Chatham :) Weirdly, my dad used to say that same thing about the compost heap.

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AirDrop hole deposits stealth malware on all pre-iOS 9 Apple devices

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Re: Not going...

The problem is that a vast number of Apple users seem to think their devices are immune to attack, due to their divine provenance. That idea needs to be broken so they understand what you do.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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Eke out. Not eek.

Classic sign of a writer who doesn't read.

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Chipzilla has its knockers … and now they’re cool in this venting sports bra

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Theoretical background in architecture

Having read some theoretical architecture books, this is exactly as untechnical and arty as you'd expect.

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