* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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potential running mate?

Clinton needs Warren on the ticket as much as Trump needs hair advice from Boris Johnson.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: Procurement always works this wonder

My experience in working for a US government contractor some years ago suggested that the government has excellent rules for getting a good deal on shovels, screwdrivers, and manual typewriters; applied to something changing at the rate of computer technology, they more or less guaranteed the purchase of obsolescent equipment.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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Bacon garlic?

Is there a comma missing, or is this a new trend that I have missed?

I can see the point of such a law--do you want that bottle of single-malt Scotch topped up with moonshine from around back? However, the element of deception seems to be missing if one is serving vodka with pickle juice in it.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Don't have a dog in this fight, but

"Britain is the least racist country in the world (No one berated my Dad for not singing the National Anthem - whereas in the USA, immigrants have to wrap themselves in the flag and sing louder than anyone else."

I don't remotely begin to understand this. Immigrants to the US are of all complexions and backgrounds, and except at brief periods of hysteria feel chiefly internal pressure to conform. The US is anything but a post-racial paradise. But how many cabinet members--of serious departments--of color have British governments had over the last thirty years?

"the frightful inferiority complex of the English intellectual"

I gather this is purely in respect to the continent. Americans who pay attention to the matter would rejoice to see modesty in the English intellectuals we meet, let alone an inferiority complex.

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

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I don't understand

What does it mean "to support the app launch in concept only"?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Very sorry to hear this.

Condolences to family and colleagues.

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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disintermediation, disaggregation, disingenuousness

In the words of Groucho, he should drill a hole in himself and let the SAP run out.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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really

"Perhaps more to the point, unless you're on LinkedIn, with a well-crafted and carefully curated profile, you're a nobody. You don't exist."

And here I thought it was the gray hair, fat, and wrinkles that made me invisible to women.

Also, does a "curated" profile have something to do with junior clergy? I am acquainted with a few such, but they are not among the people who keep pestering me to connect with them on LinkedIn.

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Re: Eh?

I did not write, nor do I think, that the US political situation is satisfactory. I did say that the pace of political change in the US seems to me to be quite slow, with governing coalitions often having a lifespan around a third of a century--which means that it is about the time you'd expect the coalition identified with Reagan to be falling apart. The Republican Party seems to have no ideas beyond being even more like Reagan. The Democratic Party thinks that another Clinton is just what we need. Perhaps things will change as we Boomers disappear.

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Eh?

"which is the key factor in the political instability we have experienced in the U.S."

Political instability, meaning what, and over what period? The US seems to me to change its politics at a pace somewhere between glacial and geological. If on the other hand he is referring to the rise (for now) of Donald Trump, I'm not sure how much dark money has to do with that.

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

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Quality control

Is it the stress of the referendum, or perhaps a failure of the Colombian refreshments, that has cost SB his exclamation points?

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DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

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Gurus, acolytes, and miraculous changes

No doubt his work is a cult classic.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Just another good example...

It strikes me that maybe Eric Raymond meant to say, "With enough eyeballs, all arguments are shallow."

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Did he call a lawyer?

"enjoined the battle". If you can stop a battle with an injunction, why not call your lawyer?

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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What happened to DevOps?

I'm used to this sort of article explaining to me that DevOps is in fact a panacea. That is, it has more or less random anecdotes (COBOL guys quitting), sweeping unsupported assertions, and a tin ear for language.

"There is a way that Prince can work with Agile, said the evangelist: either the Prince methodology can change or project managers can become a rare breed and can become scrum-masters,” says Harris.

How does one become a rare breed? Refuse to reproduce? But I do like

"drift back to Waterfall"--a staple of many cartoons, no?

"waterfall clinging on tenaciously". S'ok, the spring thaw will take care of that.

"show by example". (Well, OK, that is said to have been uttered by a "business guy".)

agile antibodies in the permafrost.

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Anti-phishing most critical defence against rife CEO email fraud

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Re: Size matters

Sounds good. But it seems to me from a Register story earlier in the week that Cisco got burned but good via engineers. In that case, to be sure, it wasn't money that was stolen, though Cisco may have wished it was.

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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Military grade, but which military?

The Japanese Navy, when the US was reading its signals, or the Wehrmacht when Bletchley Park was doing its magic?

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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vexatious litigant, eh?

Given the high bar for libel suits under US law, I'm not sure I see the need.

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Illinois senator proposes gutting BIPA

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Behind the curve?

Yesterday's newspaper said that Link had withdrawn the amendment.

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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@Novex

Why should the database run on Linux just because the web server does? Some years ago I set up a (trivial) WSGI package on a Linux box that talked to a SQL Server database using FreeTDS. For what it did, it worked nicely.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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burying the lede, at least part of it.

The former football player runs a barbecue catering company. How could The Register have missed this?

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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Oh, well

I change my LinkedIn password frequently, because I forget it so often. As for the email, there isn't much I can do but rely on the spam filter.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Umm.

It seems implausible to me that Trump could be elected. (Of course, it seemed implausible to me that he could be the nominee-apparent, and there he is.)

There is a great ambiguity in tech employment. On the one hand there are the H1Bs who are designing chips at (let's say) Intel or MIPS, and who have genuinely rare tech skills. On the other hand, there are the H1Bs who are doing basic CRUD or such work, and whose skills are not rare at all--it's just possible to pay them a bit less and control them more than the local talent. Do you really think that the replacements at Disney all graduated at the top of their class from IIT or ETH?

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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It doesn't sound that way

The rules went by classroom. Perhaps the USMA allowed students to select the econ section according to preference, but that doesn't sound like a) the USMA or b) a randomized trial.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Yes, the police are awfully fond of their new tool, and indifferent to considerations of privacy, etc. That needs fixing.

However, there's stealing $50 of food by grabbing it and running, and then there's stealing $50 of food by pointing a firearm at the delivery guy. Before I commit further on this one, I'd like to know which it was. Would you describe the case at the head of the linked article as "stealing $200 worth of electronics", since the man was found with a cell phone stolen at gunpoint from a 77-year-old woman?

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

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dragon-free zones

"There are dragons out there – if you are working on a legacy code base, or even existing code base."

Should one aim for non-existent code bases then?

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Re: Of course corporate shills completely miss the point.

Actually, the King family has strong views about the "I Have a Dream" speech and the rights to reproduce it. Wikipedia has a concise summary of this.

But who is treating what like Beatles' song or a Harlequin Romance?

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It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

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Strange to say

That I have known quite a few persons who have read The Diary of Anne Frank, generally in a paperback edition and at school. In no case did the purchase seem to bankrupt them, their families, or their school districts. Barnes and Noble will sell me a paperback for $7 or so. Powells will sell me a used copy for about $4. The District of Columbia Public Library has many copies available to borrow. Yes, somebody can be said to be profiteering, but No, this is not substantially suppressing cultural transmission.

I agree wholeheartedly that the American copyright laws are absurd--a bill that combines "Sonny Bono" and "Intellectual Property" in its title seems to me to speak for itself.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Moment of Silence

Music by John Cage, Lyrics by Marcel Marceau?

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

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Slow news cycle?

There must be hordes of Microsoft and Google employees getting traffic tickets or being caught out by the IRS. You'll never run out of stuff to cover.

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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

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baseline discussion at the coalface

Or was that a breakdown in the silo? Perhaps I have spent too much time in the Midwest, but all this talk of silo destruction calls to mind grain elevator explosions.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Impressive

a. Unless they had one hell of a research grant, presumably they did their research from Australia, not the US or India.

b. So unless they used Skype, FaceTime, or the like, they took the men's word for beard quality.

c. On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog: how do they know that these were even men?

d. My experience of telephone polls is that I answer them with a fraction of my attention.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

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Interesting

Now perhaps the Moravians can sound like American college students and say "Czechia Privilege!"

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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

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Fascinating

"Research from MSP Claranet covering 9,000 IT decision makers across Europe flagged up France, Spain, and the Benelux countries as the most progressive regions."

A quick visit to Google says that MSP Claranet is a managed services provider. Could this have anything to do with the way the report measures "progressive"?

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Typo?

"provided personal details about some of the most critical former employers in an effort to undermine their credibility". Should that be "employees"?

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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Why not?

We should the referees be the only ones to live-tweet it?

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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Re: Good Thing

In all fairness, stealing blueprints is just espionage. Bieber proliferation is a crime against humanity.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Do you think there will be EU infrastructure funding

Won't tide and currents be a problem?

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Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It'll be easier that way

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Re: questions

A profound question, and one that I haven't had enough coffee to answer. One sells a bill of goods, but buys a pig in a poke: can we start our reasoning from there?

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questions

Didn't Trevor Potts just run a longish rant in The Register, covering among other things his distaste for the way DevOps is sold?

Mindfulness?

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Lost revenue

Clearly, The Register should start requiring micro-payments for commenting on certain topics. Women and tech should be priciest, Linux v. Windows perhaps next, on through a gradual scale to free for topics so dull and technical that only the qualified with bother to comment.

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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

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Re: Europe

Presumably the Fortune 500 companies have budgets to match. Oracle seems at times to imagine that we all do.

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Europe

My geography may not be up to snuff, but I had always understood that Romania was part of Europe.

There are many things I like about Oracle software. However, if starting from scratch, I would probably go with Postgres, because of Oracle's costs.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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Re: Repeat: there's no standard SQL implementation...

Indeed.

"and a well-behaving application shouldn't really care which SQL database engine it's talking to as long as it follows the standard."

Well, sure, if you go with the DHH thing about avoiding stored procedures. If you have umpteen lines of T-SQL or PL/SQL or Pg/Sql, life could be a bit harder. Pure SQL is fine for specifying states, but one usually needs to enforce rules about the transition between states, and when it gets procedural, each vendor does that its own way.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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DevOps

'You know what doesn't help literally anyone? Another speech by some bloviating windbag about DevOps "culture" with zero practical discussions about how to actually get on with the practical side.'

I agree. However, I can think of a couple of Fridays since the new year in which The Register carried articles by DevOps evangelists to the effect that DevOps was the answer to pretty much everything.

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Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

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hmm.

No doubt this has to do with a laser focus on Client Excellence.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Maybe not

In my neighborhood in Washington, DC, I often see an electric car parked at the curb, charging with a line run from the house. Admittedly there is no sidewalk there, so people walk in the street. Still, I'd think the main health and safety risk, if circuit is properly wired, would be tripping over the line. There is not a great deal of vandalism of cars around here, and I have always supposed the Netherlands to be more law abiding than the US.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: I looked into this a while back

He does play golf, and is said to be a notorious cheater.

I must recuse myself from further comment about Trump, because I spent the fall telling people that he would sink out of sight once Iowa was over. Clearly I have no more idea than the talking heads, but I do have something of a sense of shame.

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

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Another box checked off

On the Chicago Public Schools website, the a page http://cps.edu/SchoolData/Pages/SchoolData.aspx gives various data sets on student performance. The "EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT Growth and Attainment Report for 2014 and 2015", described as the city's primary assessment measures for students in grades 9 through 11, shows the percent meeting or exceeding college readiness levels for various subject areas in 11th grade as English 44%; Math 23%; Reading 21%; Science 16%. The readiness levels decline from 9th through 11th grade, so it seems unlikely that 12th grade, the last year of high school is much better.

So is "computer science" really what the schools need? And how much of it will you teach to students struggling with reading and math? I would answer "not really" and "not that much". There is a weakness here (and I suppose not just here) for imagining that a shiny curriculum is what a school system chiefly needs, and that having drawn it up, the work is all but done. I am not surprised to see Chicago believing it.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Minimum wage actually means $0 in the US

"And, as I would have predicted had I not given El Reg posters the benefit of doubt, the replies offer no word of criticism against the policy itself."

Because The Register is our go-to site for discussing restaurant wage and hour policy? I would be happy to see the policy change, and if flip to the back of the NY Time Sunday Magazine from a couple of weeks ago, you'll find a brief interview with a restaurant owner who has changed it. As for criticism, I'd need to know whether we are talking about diner crews on the early shift, who get tipped in change, or the staff in high end restaurants, who often do quite well. As an American, I am accustomed to reckoning the cost of the $x dinner as $(x * 1.2), and I feel slightly embarrassed in Europe where one does not leave a tip. I guess that if turn about were fair play, I could lecture the Europeans on this, but really I don't care.

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