* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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When waterfall is good.

You have a) an agile evangelist, and b) a barrel.

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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a. In what coin is Mr. O'Shea bought and sold for saying less bad things about Clinton? Register up-votes? As far as I know those aren't good at the supermarket.

b. Are we to infer that in 1972 you voted for George McGovern as the more honest, and therefore more conservative candidate?

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Re: typo

A quick browse to Newman's Idea of a University at Gutenberg.org, followed by a ctrl-f, turns up 'an abstract love', an 'intimate conviction', 'an "English Gentleman"'. One usually hears of Newman as a master of English prose.

As for beginning a sentence with 'An', it sounds to me as if you are thinking of the rule proposed against beginning a sentence with 'And'. As a general guideline it may be good, but better writers than those of the style books begin sentences with 'And', as for example in Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: 'And the war came'.

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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SJi

Sir Jony ive? If he has been trademarked by Apple, shouldn't that be Sir Jony iVe?

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Healthy following?

Perhaps you meant "large following".

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Re: It's all for the best

Generally speaking it's folks on the left (as measured in American terms) who speak of moving to Canada. I'm not sure where the Breitbarters have it in mind to go.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Welll...

Was anyone else astonished by the discovery that a resident of Kansas had a car with Kansas tags in his driveway? Was any American amazed to learn that there was a football field nearby?

If you had my address, you could learn when we bought the house we now live in and how much we paid for it. That I think is the case in most US jurisdictions; I know that one can look up real estate purchase in Maryland also. Hell, if you had my name, you could look up my salary, for reasons having to do with a particular federal law.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Hollywood: stop wrecking something good!

"Because they stopped at their peek."

Or because you were 17 when you encountered Abba or 14 when you encountered Elvis. In all the kerfluffle over Star Wars|Trek and Ghostbusters, it strikes me that for many a disgruntled moviegoer there is one essential thing missing: himself at 12 or 15 or whatever the optimal age is for watching.

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Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

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T-SQL

"That’s OK if this was a training course, but if it’s meant to be training data science professionals, why not teach generic (or standard) SQL?"

As the late great Admiral Hopper said, the best thing about standards is that there's so many of them. I can imagine that it would be a useful exercise to have students design a set of queries that would work across multiple databases. But if you are going to touch on stored procedures and triggers, and I think you should, then I don't know what standard means.

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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Re: Concealed Carry? No Longer!

By gum, it's great that we have a horny-handed son of toil to vindicate the folks in flyover country. Remind me where Mr. Trump was raised and schooled--western Nebraska and Montana School of Mines?

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Meh.

Economics, I can't say. As for philosophers and politics, the track record was never great, was it? Plato went off to advice a Silician tyrant and ended up in jail. Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great, and then, some said, connived in his poisoning.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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10Afly, New Jersey?

Is Tenafly, New Jersey, the new on-shore spot for hiding money? Imagine the movie PR: "Tenafly: the clothes and hair aren't as cool as in Superfly, but there's lots more money."

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Pimp your ride with new Linux for cars and an rPi under the hood

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Automotive grade

As in Toyota, or as in Yugo?

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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loyal employees

It sounds to me as if IBM has figured out how not to have loyal employees to give stuff to.

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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Not an unalloyed success

Might I suggest a Brass Balls award to replace that Bronze Lion in the trophy case?

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: Proustian neuroscience

I no longer have a copy of the novels around the office, but I think that the madeleine was accompanied by a lime-blossom tea, and that a relative offered the tea when the narrator turned up feeling under the weather. But it has been a long time since I read the book.

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Proustian neuroscience

For a long time I used to go to bed early. It helped me missed bogus "science" coverage on the nightly news.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

There are confirmation hearings for cabinet-level and some sub-cabinet appointees, but there are no such things for elected officials.

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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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