* Posts by Richard 81

953 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Richard 81

I get that JavaScript is supposed to be modular, but it's missing so many basic features in its core API that you need third party libraries (or lots of your own code) to do anything. Remember that left-pad debacle last year?

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Not in favor of Brexit, but i would like to point out...

Yeah, they would since the default result should be the status quo. Since the result was a very narrow majority, it's not at all conclusive given the turn out.

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Re: @Charlie @AC 20-23 pages for EU citizens

"It is interesting how many disgruntled 'remainers' are of the opinion that many who voted to exit want Johnny Foreigner kicked out sharpish."

Not really, since that was the thrust of the Leave campaign.

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Re: @Richard 81: Home Office

Nobody said the EU was perfect, in fact there is a lot to dislike about it. However none of those things seemed worse to me, at least at the time of voting, than the cost of leaving. Not that Leave campaign discussed the genuine problems with the EU, instead it was based entirely on a pack of lies. Sadly the Remain campaign was bloody useless and completely failed to call out the Brexiters on their bullshit.

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Re: Oh well, better send this article to my girlfriend

You'd better put a ring on it.

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Re: Home Office

Not surprising, since the Leave side conveniently overlooked the fact that anything at all.

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Re: Propaganda by CEO's

...which suggests that what little labour protection we have will disappear completely post-Brexit. Assuming we have a Tory or even Tory-lite Labour government in power at the time.

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Re: ID Cards

I think my biggest problem with Labour's attempt at an ID card was being required to £80 to get one. £80 for something I don't currently need and don't really want? No thanks!

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Re: Let's hope

How dare you suggest such a thing! Rhubarb rhubarb, undemocratic, rhubarb rhubarb, take back control, rhubarb rhubarb, make Britain great again!

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Meh

These all look really amateur.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: It's always hard

Personally I love that ships like HMS Belfast get preserved and I find it a real shame when one gets scrapped. I wish HMS Warrior had been properly preserved, rather than being turned into a hulk. The restoration is amazing, but a lot of it's based on guesswork since there aren't any proper plans. Unfortunately HMS Victory is looking pretty shabby these days.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

"I know im in the minority"

Thank god for that.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"I would support some sort of extra monitoring order for people like this"

People like who? This "no smoke without fire" nonsense makes a mockery of our legal system.

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"I don't think you understand the law too well."

You say this and then demonstrate that you don't understand how our legal system works.

Within our justice system there is no grey area; you are either innocent or guilty. If you are proved not guilty, then you are innocent. If there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty, then you are also innocent. The question of actual, moral innocence is irrelevant.

The fact that this sort of power has been given to the police is frankly horrifying.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Really ....

If she thinks that's what's best for the country, then that's her job. We live in a parliamentary democracy, so unless a legally binding referendum is held (which this wasn't), the only say the people have in how the country is run is in electing the MPs we want to represent us. In doing so, we defer to them decisions that need to be made on our behalf.

This referendum was nothing more than a poll to see what people thought should happen. Without setting an appropriate majority threshold, based on turnout, the whole exercise was pointless. Parliament is quite right to ignore it, if they think it's in our interest.

...also I'm sick and bloody tired of being told "you lost, get over it". This isn't a fucking football match!

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Richard 81

There's something rather odd about discussing the toxicity of a bullet.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Do people actually eat Richmond sausages? I thought they were just fakes for filling out part-empty supermarket shelves.

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Soylent adds coffee

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Re: You still have to put it in your mouth?

How about a handy suppository. Pop one in after your morning ablutions and you're away.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Wait until you see the next generation fighter...

Yeah, you're never going to get a government contract with that attitude.

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Re: None-story

@boltar: Oh year? Check the EULA.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Re: "add any other overly fancy use of language and management terms at will"

Updation? That's a new one on me.

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Re: This will make conferences hell - like prezi did

I once sat through a prezi presentation about the benefits of Second Life et al. to science. It managed to bore me senseless (I think every sentence contained the phrase "virtual world"), while simultaneously giving me motion sickness.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Just have to add this..

I'd watch Galaxy Quest 2.

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Re: So...

"I seem to recall quite a few of them being stinkers."

Every odd-numbered one in fact.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Really?

"no taxation without representation"

What is it MEPs do then? Maybe if we didn't elect the likes of Farage as our MEPs, since he can't be bothered to show up half the time, we'd get better representation.

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Re: Really?

I'm a massive lefty and I'll happily have a conversation with someone who holds differing views. That is, as long as that person is also capable of having a rational conversation, rather than shouting "IMMIGRANTS, IMMIGRANTS, FARAGE FOR PRIME MINISTER, IMMIGRANTS" at me.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Re: High Lithostatic pressure making it hot.

SCIENCE!

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Re: Prat

You do know what Oxbridge means, right?

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: Good idea

Yeah, far better to stick all your notes in a mattress.

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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Re: In case you didn't know

Hmm... wasn't there a corruption summit a week or two ago?

Why am I asking? Oh, no reason.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Richard 81

Re: Seatbelt Nazis

Do you really want to be in the bog when the plane hits heavy turbulence?

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Re: The single biggest problem with turbulence

G&T? Lucky bugger. I got to wear somebody's freshly brewed, piping hot coffee!

...Oh and then Delta lost my luggage, so I didn't have anything to wear that wasn't coffee flavoured.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Viewing habits

Sadly EastEnders etc. are still polluting the minds of tens of millions of viewers. Once the credits role, on goes the kettle for a mug of Tetley.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

You sound like your mind is made up, and you'd like to see the "facts" that prove it.

Both sides are spouting "facts" left right and centre, but they all disagree. It seems the problem is that there are very few actual facts available, since this is more of a "what might happen if" question so it's mostly guesswork.

I distrust all of the people spouting these "facts" in equal measure. So, I'm going to stick to my view before the argument even started: "Being in the EU is fine. It's not perfect, but it's better than having to be the USA's bitch (or even more so)."

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: It's that bad

Does anyone actually use Yahoo for searching any more?

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: not harm free:

Good for them, but that shouldn't stop anyone else from making full use of the single most effective technology ever developed for helping people quite. Seriously, if these things help people quit they have saved lives!

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Re: propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

@8Ace: but we're not talking about very high temps. Unless the thing is faulty, the mixture should not be reacting in any way that might make it dangerous. To reiterate, the chemicals will have been tested for their behaviour at the temperatures used by an e-cigg.

Honestly, people's fear of these things is as silly thinking WiFi signals will give you cancer.

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Re: A report based on evidence instead of prejudice ?

"I expect that raw tobacco leaves are safe to eat too"

You'd be wrong. Chewing tobacco gives you mouth cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/smokeless-fact-sheet Tobacco is dangerous even if it isn't burned, since it contains nitrosamines which are powerful carcinogens. Nicotine is not the most dangerous chemical in tobacco. Not by a long shot.

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Astronaut trio blast off to space station with ... er, rearview mirror toy?

Richard 81

No sign of a wobbling hula girl on the control console though.

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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Re: Difficult to describe this one

There's plenty of middle ground between scripting in VBA and close-to-the-metal C++, you know. If you have to produce Excel worksheets for people, there are some nice Apache Commons Java libraries.

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Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

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Re: Please just let Java die...Please!

Python? Sure I use it, but always miss Java's strong typing.

I just can't get used to duck-typing: If it looks like a list and acts like a list... it could be a string.

Also it can be a right bugger to get some Python libraries working on Windows. Thank God for Christoph Gohlke: http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/

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Re: Please just let Java die...Please!

If used through a browser, maybe. That's being killed off anyway.

As a language it's fine. Where Java really shines is as a platform for easy to deploy cross platform applications.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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Re: That speech in full

@Tridac: ...and they have. Their decision is to install Ad-blocking software.

Unfortunately this doesn't solve the problem that the Minister of Fun is harping on about.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Jim'll fix it and you

No it doesn't. According to gov.uk: "You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast."

So, you can legally have as many TVs as you like, so long as you never watch live broadcast TV. In practical terms, this means not connecting the TV to an aerial.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: PCs fading away...

The PC games market is a pretty big deal, you know. That somewhat drives the sales of powerful, bulky hardware.

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Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

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What a waste of public money. Bloody lawyers.

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

Richard 81

What happens when it reaches the inevitable conclusion that the best thing for humanity is a dose of "tough love".

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

I'm not sure what annoys me more: the fact that they've banned those compounds, or the oxymoron of having banned legal highs.

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Re: You know what you must do.

Eat a bacon sandwich?

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Re: University of Sheffield

And yet Sheffield has so many nice pubs.

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