* Posts by J.G.Harston

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

"people who were scared of new languages ("Oooh, I can't program in C#, I've only done Java!)"

Depressingly, that is all-pervasive in recruitment departments as well. "Ooo, he's a C programmer, ignore him, we need a Java programmer"

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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Err.... but LinkedIn is just (effectively) a chat site, and a very low-traffic site at that. As long as I don't use my trading account password or my banking account password, what's the harm? For throw-away thing like FarceBeuk and LinkedIn I *do* use such crappy easy-to-remember throw-away passwords, whereas my financial accounts have regularly-changed horse battery staples. The thing that really annoys me is sites such as job vacancies sites that insist you use a bank-account-strength password just to frikking read the frikking job adverts.

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Geniuses at HMRC sack too many staff! Nope, can't do it online. FAIL

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I put the kettle on to make a cup of tea when I submitted my self assessment this afternoon, and had finished before the kettle boiled.

However, the online system isn't without flaws. Entering '0.00' in response to any question reports an error - if an entry is zero you have to leave it blank instead of actually entering zero. Also, the 'notes' section refuses to allow such weird characters as £ % & - and newline. Because of course nobody is ever going to enter something alone the lines of: "40% of the income after the first £10pm in tax year 2015-16...." on a money-related website.

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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When if /I/ own the copyright? I try to print some of my work, my printer refuses because it's a copyright work (as almost everything created in the last 75 years will be - copyright on written work lasts from death of creator plus 75 years). How do I tell the printer to do as its damn well told and just f****g print the stuff I want it to print?

And what about the works that I hold the copyright on, and my license for that is "use it as you like without usurping my copyright"? Remember, ****EVERYTHING**** is copyright, just by virtue of it being created.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Re: What's even slower than retro?

"They sell relays like that these days. Not cheap, mind you. But just imagine the sound of it working!"

I had a tour of a Strowger exchange as a child.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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If they can make the Self Assessment portal accept such bizarre and weird characters such as % & - newline and £ (yes! £ !!!!) then I'll be happy. I'm about to do my return a few months early because I want to rent a flat and the landlord's agent needs everything other than a DNA sample to prove that I am allowed to exist.

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

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But Transverse Mercator is ideal for "slippy" web-style because the OSGB TM projection is pure squares. I've coded web mapping, albeit scrolly not slippy, and the OSGB projection makes it a programming doddle.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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Err... IBAN *is* sortcode+account, with a country prefix.

I still use cheques to pay the milkman, builder, plumber, DVLA,rent and a few other things.

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: doesn't fix the issue

Ah, the old href=C:\My Documents problem.

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Re: eh?

EXACTLY!

This isn't 'has everybody forgotten how to program?' but 'has everybody forgotten how to maintain programming resources?'

Why the f**** are people building code replying on fetching from external repositories FOR THE F****ING BUILD? You pull in resources every now and then into your local collection of resources and build from them. Is there *REALLY* code that has lines that look like #include http://some.web.site/some/file/name ????

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Six charged for 'hacking' lottery terminals to spew only winning tickets

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setup is a noun.

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

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"Giving people on welfare the money to pay their landlords directly is probably one of the most stupid ideas the government has ever thought of"

Yay, and giving people benefit money to spend on food, 'leccy and clothes is stupid, the payments should go straight to the People Commisariate Of Poor People's Food.

No, if ***I*** am the claimant, *I***I**** should receive the benefit. My landlord's not the benefit claimiant, ********I*(********* am.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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How do the FBI crack one iPhone without being able to crack *all* iPhones? Somebody somewhere doesn't understand non-rivalnes of ideas.

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

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Re: Loop much?

"Unless there's a PDP-11 or the like in the setup"

There might be. :)

Admittedly, that's a screenshot from a Xilinx Spartan FPGA but it's currently being ported over to the Pi.

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

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Yeah Glods. The Acorn BBC Master supported right-to-left text way back in 1984 (as well as bottom-to-top).

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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The analogy of the combination to a safe is probably the better one to use here. If you have a warrent you seize the safe and drill through the lock to get inside. You don't force the safemaker to install an extra door on the back and give the government a skeleton key.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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You had a formica desk? Luxery! At one site I worked on the "IT suite" was the food storeroom behind the kitchen with a laptop on the second-to-bottom storage shelf. The space between the shelving and the wall was two inches shorter than my thighs so the only way to get at the laptop was to wedge myself in a manspreading position between the storage unit and the wall and hope my blood circulation didn't get cut off.

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Going on a thin client diet

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Four years ago there were howls of anguish when my local council rolled out no-brand tablets to staff. "How ****DARE**** the council give iPads to council staf!!!1!!11"!"!!" Makes you think the average taxpayer expects council staff to work with pencil and paper. ("Pencils???? They should cut open a finger and use their own blood!" AND bring their own paper in to work! AND pay for the privelidge of working in a warm office, the scroungers!!11!!)

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

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Re: It's a shame we don't see programming as a basic skill

THAT'S.

NOT.

COMPUTING.

SCIENCE,.

THAT'S.

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Cars are everywhere now, therefore everybody should be an automotive engineer.

No. Everybody (who is capable) should be able TO DRIVE.

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

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STOP USING IT AND CS INTERCHANGABLEY!!!!

They're NOT the same. It's like using "automotive engineer" and "chauffer" interchangably.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: @Kubla Cant -- Ah, VB ... "variants"

Hungarian notation is ok, but for /meaning/, not for typing.

timerInit, timerSlice, fnameExpand, ctxOld, ctxCurrent, ctxNext, etc.

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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I've no idea why OS have bothered

Because it's there. You don't have to do something just because somebody's told you to, there's this thing called personal curiosity you know. Without which you wouldn't have any of the technology that allows you to post your disparaging comments here.

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Transverse Mercator is the perfect projection for a long, thin, north-south country, and is the perfect projection for global mapping, slicing the globe into north-south segments.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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Cue Tom Jones....

So.... the Equadorian Embassy should release him?

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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So, if I place an advert in the South China Morning Post, the SCMP must pay UK coroporation tax?

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Archer has lost ISIS, and now the Ventures have lost The Sovereign.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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113 is the first to be discovered/verified in an Asian country (ignoring Russia), so it should be named in honour of that. I'd say something like Yashimium (Ya) from the ancient name for Japan, as it was dicovered/verified in Japan.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: What a hero

And we woulda got away with it...

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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I would have copied that Professor's restored files to a brand new disk and removed the write-protect tag from the old one and told him it was now a read-only backup.

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MoJ digital software glitch sends thousands of divorcees back to negotiating table

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I can't believe this wasn't spotted ages ago. House worth £300k, mortgage £200k, net position, assets of £300k. WTF?

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Re: Possibly add an egg

Named meat? As in Tiddles?

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Re: Celery!

Nearly, A stick of celery contains about 6 calories, and you expend about 0.6 calories to eat and digest it. However, it's fairly bulky per calorie contained so if you fill your stomach with it you would only be able to physically fit in a very small calorie amount. If you really want to go that way, eat grass as the human stomach can't digest it at all.

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IT salary not enough? Want to make £10,000 a DAY?

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Re: Dilemma

Who said anything about *earning* £1000? They're getting *paid* £1000.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Re: Rassilon?

Didn't the Time Lord High Council revive him to offer him the Presidency to try and win the Time War?

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One of the best episodes so far.

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Yay! A stable plot loop. She goes the long way back to Gallifrey and nudges OneDoc off into a working Tardis onto his adventures.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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My Casio calculator I bought in 1985 is still working perfectly, as is my BBC Master from around the same time and my A5000 from about 1992, as is my no-name PC I bought in 2009. The only "consumer appliances" I've had break down were the crappy Hoover I was bamboozled into buying in 1993 that died a few weeks later - never bought a Hoover ever again - and I'm on my third washing machine in 30 years.

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Australian test finds robot essay assessors on par with human teachers

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Re: Who told you that teaching is well educated middle class

When my grandparents were teachers it was a profession on a par with being a solicitor or doctor. Since then teachers' unions and the government have worked hand in glove to turn it into a job, unions so they get their lumpen "mass of labour" membership they depend on and government so they can get their lumpen "mass of labour" they can control.

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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Well at least he means he don't have to search for employment for the next five years. Gurranteed job, bingo!

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: Why use his fist?

Maybe occassionally he did use a shovel, but we just didn't see those iterations.

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Did anybody else say "Dark City!" ?

Hasn't it been canonical since the movie that The Doctor himself is half-human? So it makes since for him to be The Hybrid, and fleeing Gallifrey due to anti-hybrid persecution.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Re: @Ledswinger -- Opportunity Knocks...

I've just had an epiphany! (Don't worry, I'll clean it up).

I've always wondered how on earth people managed to get their dangly bits caught in trouser zippers, that post has explained it all. It's idiots who don't wear underpants.

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Court: Swedish ISPs can't be forced to block Sweden's Pirate Bay

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So, if I phone my fellow jehadi and discuss planning an outrage, BT gets procesuted? Kewl!!

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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Too many internet startup enterprises seem to be predicated on being a monopoly. Their proposed business model only works if they are the sole player and collapses in a heap if there are other players.

If you go into the business of making bread it's an uncouncious built-in assumption that you will be taking part in an environment of other people making bread. There seems to be something missing from the brain processes of these people that make them blind to this. Either that or they are just outright snake-oil fraudsters.

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Re: As the Specials once sang "What a load of Bo**ocks"

I also once tried to get a job at Aldi, and was turned down due to my lack of retail sales experience. You can't get a dead-end food-costs-money job unless you already have a dead-end food-costs-money. It really has got to the point where you need a degree to dig a hole in the road.

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Love your IoT gadget but could you keep the noise down?

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...the microwave oven when you’re trying to watch TV in the kitchen, the electric toothbrush while you’re listening to the bathroom radio

Reads like he's channelling Darkwing Duck.

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Looking for a council house in Sheffield City? Meet your fellow tenants

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Sometimes it's the fault of the hardware. A couple of times I've moved my mouse towards a button and I've bumped into the side of the keyboard causing my finger to press down, activating whatever button the pointer happens to be over at that point.

A sensible option would be to make the Reply All or Send To Group functions forcibly put the recipents addresses in the BCC list.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

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Yes, they're not a taxi company, but they're also not a technology company. They're a taxi radio control centre, pure and simple, exactly like all the other taxi radio control centres that have been around since the dawn of remote taxi booking.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Terrorists can telephone each other, SHUT DOWN BT!!!! foam gibber drool

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: 'Morpheus wide-awake pods'

The weekend's 2000AD had JD in a sleep machine, and as I'd read it just a hour earlier my immediate thought was: hold on....

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