* Posts by J.G.Harston

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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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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: Colour blind

It really annoys me when somebody says "the (insert colour) button" when the buttons have clearly distinguishable non-colour descriptions. How the hell do I know which of the mucky buttons on this chip'n'pin terminal that millions of grubby hands have mauled is the "green" button? They're all mucky brown. But there's one and exactly one "enter" button, or "bottom right" button if the "enter" legend has rubbed off along with the colouring.

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Re: Really - there wasn't a cleaner or anyone else in the building...

More accurately: so.... an idiot architect who decides that the millennia-old "doors open *INTO* the place you're going *INTO*" paradigm is just too pass/e for his building.

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Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

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I keep getting "invalid security certificate" warnings when I come to The Register, and most of the images refuse to download. Pot Kettle?

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Re: How random is random?

"These days it's common to use the thermal noise generated by a zener diode"

Exactly what I just logged in to say, you got there first. I remember doing back in the '80s with a Beeb. The alternative is a piezoelectric sensor dipped into a strong Brownian motion source.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Stop insisting that people work through the hottest part of the 24-hour cycle. I get *so* much more done by getting up at 3pm-ish and working through to 2am-ish.

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Re: "In 1983 when I was 10 years old"

Yes, I went to university in 1987 and used VT220s connected to VAXen. My first thought when I got there was: when are we going to use some *real* computers?

In the last semester of my last year there we did use real computers, almost, in a microprocessors module where, ironically, we used a suite of reboxed Dragons connected to, yes, VT220 terminals.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Today's massive monitors mean that you're dragging your eyes across acres of screen real estate miles away from the rest of the concepts related to the bit of concept your eyes happen to be pointing to, and you forget the rest of the context because it's so far away. Why do you the the established convention in newsprint for centuries and centuries is columns that you can read by scanning downwards with the whole column width under your eyeball?

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