* Posts by captain veg

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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sacked

"the user will rue their decision as they won't be able to access anything in order do their job"

You will rue the day that your employer lost business because some "user" was prevented from doing her job by your deliberate action. The computers are there for the business, not your personal gratification.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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how long

From zero to 8% in the last few years (anyone have a figure?) is pretty impressive IMO. And the trend?

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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cycling

> Mostly though I use it for controlling my music [...] cycling

Cycling while listening to music. On headphones? On public roads? No offence, but that makes you an utter knob.

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Sloth

"No events: Looks like a sloth, just hanging around, waiting for something to happen"

To me it looks like a tasteless cartoon of airliners crashing into the twin towers.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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> Bit Bashing Boffins

Code coshing codgers?

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Graun Groan

Being an unreconstructed Opera 12 user, I take advantage of the built-in content blocker. The Graun site doesn't seem to know about that, or at least doesn't complain about it. But the latest redesign is a clusterfeck of the highest order in Opera on my 1024*600 netbook. You can't scroll to the bottom of the page without it spontaneously scrolling back up again, and it insists on stealing valuable screen height with worthless non-scrolling banners top and bottom. At least, that's how it used to be, until I tried turning off Javascript as an experiment. I left it switched off. The usability is improved by several orders of magnitude.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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war driving

"hack into vulnerable cars simply by knowing the the vehicle's IP address"

Or just use a port scanner. A new take on war driving?

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Re: who cares

I rather think that ISPs offered email accounts not because of any customer expectation, but because it was good advertising for them to have their name in subscribers' addresses.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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ISO image

Surely all you need is an ISO image, then configure the virtual optical drive to present it to the VM as an inserted disk? I mean, who in their right mind is going to install this stuff on bare metal?

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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just learn javascript and CSS, FFS

Just what are all these frameworks for, other than to consume bytes and processor cycles? Seems to me that mostly they are to facilitate incompetents to copy and paste code that they really don't understand in order to produce web sites and applications that really don't work very well. The briefest of visits to stackoverflow and its ilk confirms this to be so.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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VB much maligned

I started with VB at a time when the only alternative (for Windows development) was the godawful Windows SDK for C. Life was just too short to grapple with that, so back to BASIC it was.

We didn't like it much, and often had to put the heavy stuff in a C DLL. But by version 6, VB was shaping up quite nicely. It had swallowed up most of Pascal and was starting on C++. True, the Fortran legacy was apparent in places, but you could avoid them.

Then Microsoft developed its strange Java envy and decided to cut us loose. Bye.

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Re: Ugh

Better get used to it. For application programming, the browser is the platform now, and Javascript is its API.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: Quick question

> what's the list of things that have to be turned off as the first thing you do with a new Windows machine?

The power switch?

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Windows 10 is [...] basically Windows 8.2.

So Calc ought to report that 10 - 8.1 equals 0.1.

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Re: Calc

For the benefit of the phantom downvoters, in Windows for Workgroups (before you were born), which had version number 3.11, the Calculator applet insisted that 3.11 minus 3.1 was zero. We thought it was funny at the time.

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Calc

Does 10 - 8.1 equal 1 in this version?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: provide only internet services

> Of course the copper line should be provided and maintained for free just like your mobile signal is......

Well, that's what happens here in France. If you go for a Local Loop Unbundled package you have the option of ditching the France Telecom POTS altogether and then pay zilch in standing charge. Interestingly, this is true even if the "unbundling" is done by France Telecom itself.

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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To be, or not to be a laptop?

From the conclusion of the article:

"[...] this is no laptop replacement and never designed to be.

"If you can live with the limitations, and see the doughnut rather than the hole, then you have a lightweight, cloud-savvy laptop"

So, a laptop that doesn't replace a laptop.

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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Re: Sand Squat Thrusts

It's just what press ups do, can't be helped.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: FTFY

Too bloody right.

There is something fundamentally wrong with the entire concept of "tackling extremism". What happens to the definition of "extreme" once you have eliminated those currently considered to be in that category? Do you keep on redefining it until there is just one immaculately moderate person left standing?

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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ex-science teacher

Does he teach ex-science? I never knew there was a need for that.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: Imagine if construction companies behaved like this.

Well, if in return for your unpaid cleaning work the purchase price of the house was reduced by a massive subsidy, would that be OK? Cos that's the only premise upon which telcos get to foist their crap on to your handset.

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

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Re: history

The most extraordinary comparison, in my view, is the weight. That wheezy A-series engine had just 600kg to punt around. Not many modern motors are less than twice that.

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history

Both Issigonis' Mini and the generation of Fiat 500 alluded to were children of the 1950s and so predated quite a lot of these oddities. Moreover, the "Nuovo 500" was a re-imagination of a previous 500, commonly known as "Topolino", which saw the light of day in 1936. And before that were the "voiturettes".

Not only does a new Mini "dwarf some of of the original microcars", the largest of the range is bigger than the Austin Maxi! Alec must be spinning.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Wrong question

Fixed rate home loans are pretty much the only kind in France. The market certainly doesn't have any appetite for anything else. Any idea why that might be?

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gosh

Interesting and informative article, non-dogmatic, even implicitly acknowledging that capitalism is not some natural state of being but a (remarkably successful) human construct that can, and should, be regulated to produce desirable outcomes. Tim, I salute you. More like this, please.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Have you never heard of PFI"

Of course. Invented in 1992 by John Major's government. Yes, it was a major failing of Brown's that he didn't sweep them away, but this revisionist history that Labour alone broke the economy by overspending is entirely counter-factual.

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Re: "shy tory"

I don't much like this term. Shyness tends to stop people doing things rather than keeping their activities secret.

So I suggest Conserfurtive.

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Re: "Ashamed Labourite"

> starting in 1997 when Gordon Brown abandoned conservative spending plans and started borrowing as though there was no tomorrow

Au contraire. In 1997, to the dismay of many of his Labour colleagues, Gordon Brown stuck to the Conservative spending plans for the next 2 years. The Conservatives subsequently admitted that they themselves never had any intention of doing so.

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first identified in the 1992 general election

"one of the largest fudge factors was that of the “shy Tory”: first identified in the 1992 general election"

I remember well the 1992 election. Then, as now, the only plausible explanation of the outcome is massive infiltration of polling stations by MI5.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: How the Hell do you use Windows in a "Non-Genuine" State

I'm doing so since a perfectly legit upgrade on my netbook freaked out after I disabled some superfluous services, trying to reduce its footprint. I don't care about the black screen, and I'm becoming used to dismissing the stupid (and libellous) pop-ups, but if someone has any tips on ending this malarkey (*without* installing the WGA malware), I'm all ears.

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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the usual reason

... is also that it runs applications that are familiar to Windows sysadmins. Things like Exchange and IIS, things that this version of "Windows" can't do either. Very odd premise. Why would I want to pay licence money for this in preference to the better-established and entirely free alternatives?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you

You get the prize for non sequitur of the day.

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as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you

And that's a problem how, exactly?

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Don't forget TV and radio studios where politicians are interviewed.

And pubs, of course.

Be careful what you wish for.

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She could try looking in a mirror.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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Re: Iliad Entreprises (France).

You might not be aware that the vast majority of Iliad subscribers have fixed IP addresses. This might slew your numbers, and certainly makes them juicy targets for black hats.

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Re: Compromise internet infrastructure in France and extra-territorially

Couldn't find a link from the article to the original French text, but it is possible that this is a mistranslation of "territoires d'outre mer", which are parts of France but overseas.

It still sucks, though.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The main problem here..

As a daily cyclist I say that we definitely have no right whatsoever to be on the pavement. My bike is a road vehicle. Except and unless I'm walking alongside, it has no place at all among the pedestrians.

There were bicycles on the roads before motor vehicles, in the modern sense, even existed. Many roads were built or improved because of the demands of cyclists. It's up to the motorists to play nicely with us, not the other way round. And I say that as a car driver and motorcyclist.

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Re: 100M£

The actual problem has been touched upon by a few commentards. I struggle to comprehend how it is legal to drive a vehicle from which you cannot see your immediate surroundings.

Not so long ago I saw a talking head on the box explaining that these lorries were designed for thrunning along all day on motorways, not negotiating city streets. So what are they doing on those city streets?

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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homeopathy was "very or quite scientific"

It is. A model of the scientific method, in fact, when first proposed by Dr. Hahnemann.

Completely wrong, though, like phlogiston and the aether. That's science for you.

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Re: Seen worse in France...

The sun is orbiting Earth. And vice-versa.

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

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unsaid

"Every Android device gets scanned at least once a week by Google's security systems, Ludwig said.

"And at least once a day by our friends at the NSA.

"And, of course, a couple of times an hour by Google's personal and behavioural data hoovering systems, he added."

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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plus d'info, svp

"The technology is being used by mobile network Iliad in France."

Pray, tell more. I quite often travel by train between Paris and Toulouse, and there is basically no coverage at all between the big towns along the way. And I'm an Iliad subscriber.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Re: One day they'll realise that...

There are ads on the web?

Not in my browser there ain't.

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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Re: were't even close to C++ performance

You *can* force the VB compiler to give you fast arrays. It's a compiler option. Usually it's not worth it in application code because a bug resulting in a runtime exception is a much better result than overwriting random memory addresses with garbage, resulting in who knows what weird behaviour before mysteriously crashing. For system code, VB (of any generation) is the wrong language.

In my organisation we recoded all our mathematical optimisation algorithms -- which manipulate large multi-dimensional arrays of double-precision floats -- from Fortran and C into VB after the switch to native-code compiler at VB5. No one noticed any perceptible degradation in performance.

Downvote away, fanbois!

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Re: were't even close to C++ performance

Apples and oranges. VB's native arrays are very different fruit from C's. If the C++ program were modified to use COM SAFEARRAY instead of a raw block of memory, the results would be comparable. Or if the VB compilation options were set to not perform bounds checking they would be closer (but still not identical).

This is an artefact of the language, not the compiler.

See here for the low down on the common back end:

http://www.brainbell.com/tutors/Visual_Basic/Generating_Code.htm

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Re: were't even close to C++ performance

Evidence? Because, as previously stated, the back end compiler was the same as that for Visual C++.

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native code compilation in VB

"what Microsoft never quite got with Visual Basic or Visual C++: rapid component-based coding with a visual designer and high-performance native code compilation."

Not really true.

VB 5 and 6 had the option of native compilation, using the same back end as Microsoft's C++. And if you were really hardcore, you could even (with a bit of subterfuge) delve in to the link phase and mess around with the object modules.

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Dailymotion staying VousTube thanks to Vivendi offer

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ca me fait chier

Have you had your daily motion?

Have to admit that I didn't realise it was Orange. The same people that brought you Wanadoo-doo.

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