* Posts by Def

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: I loath what Microsoft are doing

My Lumia 950 can't connect* to a lot of Bluetooth devices that my old HTC 8X could, (including the car) so you might want to take that particular feature for a test drive, so to speak, first.

* I haven't tried it lately with the latest updates.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: No telemetry

Not transmitting - yet. Just tumbling around in space, waiting for orders.

If I were a crackpot dictator with a questionably retro hair style of an insignificant little nation everyone despised, I'd launch dozens of such 'failures' and then activate them all together one day.

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

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Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Peeps still have Java on their machines? In 2016?

Unfortunately.

Actually, I only have it on one of my machines now and that's basically because the Android Dev Kit needs it.

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Re: Nagging worries...

...what makes you think that if you can't get to the hospital, emergency services can get to you?

The fact that they own more helicopters than me.

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Re: Nagging worries...

If my wife suddenly had a heart attack, my first thought would be 'when the fuck did I get a wife?'. ;)

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Re: "cash in the mattress" loses value over time

I moved to Spain about nine months after Euro currency was introduced, and I heard stories of farmers and other Spaniards driving around in brand new Land Rovers (et al) buying up apartments and houses for cash. Presumably cash they'd been squirrelling away since the days of Franco. Typically the transaction went something like this: "I like this. How much is it?" ... *Goes to car, fetches briefcase*. "Here."

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: detachable cabin system

I've got this great idea for vertical circular disk rotating around a horizontal load bearing shaft which allows heavy objects to be moved easily.

Unless you're planning on moving those heavy objects round in circles, you might want to try having a disc at each end of that shaft.

You're welcome. ;)

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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MySpace rebranded itself (with reasonable success, IMO) as an indie music portal a couple of years ago.

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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Rollercoaster Tycoon

RT was basically a skin on top of the Transport Tycoon code. I.e., there were a ton of references to things from the earlier game all over the place. I also heard a rumour that Chris didn't trust compilers back then which is why he only wrote in assembler.

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Continuous Lifecycle London – Early Bird Tickets Available Now

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Why are there Continuous Integration conferences? Seems rather against the spirit of the whole thing to me. :)

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Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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While I wouldn't want to piss on your otherwise excellent tirade into the ways of the world, I should point out a few pesky facts that contradict quite a lot of the above:

The original investigation was dropped in August 2010. Clinton visited Sweden in June, 2012 - four days after the UK Supreme Court decided whether to extradite Assange to Sweden or not. While the timing of the announcement and trip is suspect (I'll give you that) with regards to whether Assange might or might not have been turning up in Sweden that same weekend, to suggest the trip was to arrange for a new prosecutor to be appointed is ridiculous.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

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...mostly great hardware, now need the software to catch up.

Which if you're going to screw something up, it's better you screw up the software which at least can (and will) be patched over the next X years. If you get the hardware wrong, nothing will help you.

I'll probably pick up a 950 at some point in the near future.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Re: Why sue the customers/users?

Then surely by that argument, I as a website owner should be able to sue my web host and certificate providers if they happen to provide me with a service that uses any unlicenced technologies, all web browser manufacturers that implemented said technology without licencing it, any government that mandated and/or recommended the aforementioned technologies, and any credit card processor and/or bank that forces me to use SSL to secure payment processing for any of my customers.

This whole thing is one massive clusterfuck. (But I think we knew that anyway.) :)

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Re: CryptoPeak

Why would you need a website if your business model only consists of suing anyone and everyone who uses technology from the patents you acquire?

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Re: Once again

2. Putting out fake Amazon pads.

You do realise that jokes don't have to be accompanied by the joke icon, right?

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What happens when every single supermarket and retailer decides to offer a drone service? Or the Post Office? Who has priority, and who has the ultimate responsibility when things go titsup?

We've managed pretty well with cars and trucks up until now. I'm sure we'll figure this out.

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Homing mat?

...then homes in on a mat bearing Amazon's “a” glyph when it tried to land...

So, maybe I should start leaving one of those out on the roof just in case one of my neighbours tries to order something...

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Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

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Re: No worries

Oh no we didn't.

And herein lies the problem with the current design of The Register. I suspect I'm not the only person who visits here regularly, but never looks beyond the front page.

If it's not on the front page, it didn't happen. :)

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: My corporate Windows 7

I've just disabled it on my Windows 7 machine at home. My Windows 10 machine in the living room also still has that particular service (which has also just been disabled).

To be honest, our work IT department installs so much spy ware and other shit on our PCs, nothing we really do can be considered private.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: people's unique advertising ID numbers

As someone with no interest otherwise in MS software my interest was still raised by the above ID business.

If you're an app developer and want to serve adverts in your application or game, you need some way to uniquely identify the user or player (or at least the device your software is running on). This is something all ad-pushers (for want of a better term) require. Most platforms provide such an identifier as part of their API.

For example, iOS provides ASIdentifierManager.advertisingIdentifier, Windows provides Windows::System::UserProfile::AdvertisingManager::AdvertisingId, and I think it's fairly safe to assume Android, and even Blackberry, have something similar (I can't be bothered to look them up right now).

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: Hm...

The table in the El Reg article comes from the original piece. It's the list of priorities from the design guidelines published by Apple over the years.

It's basically showing that the guidelines have been losing "features" since they were first introduced. And also that the actual priorities themselves have been abolished for iOS in 2015 because the list is now in alphabetical order.

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The digital workplace transformation: Sooner than you think

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In my current job, I'll never be able to work from home (despite my job being something I can do from anywhere in the world). Too many dinosaurs in middle/upper management and ridiculous policies set by our IT department.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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Religion is just one of the excuses used, as is race, gender, sexuality, nationality...

Gender and sexuality discrimination has firm roots in religion. At least, as far as I can see, religion is the main reason they still exist today. Yes, you're still going to get assholes who think they have the right to impose their views and morals on others. But take away their ability (or right as they might say) to hide behind religion, and they'll mostly get ignored.

Racism and nationalism are mostly on the rise at the moment due to perceived differences in culture brought to the media's obsession with immigration caused currently by... religious wars. Yes we've always had these issues in the past, but many cultural differences have been attenuated through religious differences as well.

I'm not saying we wouldn't have problems without religion, but on the whole I think we'd be a lot better off.

As for Islamic State, I've been calling them Un-Islamic State for a while now. No point giving them legitimacy by referring to them with the name they call themselves.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Time for boffins...

...to figure out how to limit the range the light can travel from a laser pointer. And then make the column of light fully visible, and a bit thicker, give them a nice big handle to hold it with, and maybe give it a nice wooshing sound as it scythes through the air.

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but fighter pilots generally do have a bit of a problem with releasing military ordnance on a civilian population in their own country.

So you just need a small international agreement in place. British pilots can police the French skies, and vice versa. :D

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Team MIPS tries to spoil ARM's party with new 64-bit Warrior, 32-bit microcontroller brains

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Crashing ARM's party?

How imaginative of them.

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: Noooo... how long must this go on?

Let's just call it a quantum leap forward in computing :).

Oh boy...

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Re: "All your files are exactly where you left them"

I recently upgraded one of my machines to Windows 10.

Yes, all my files were there. (As far as I can tell.)

However, none of my scheduled backup scripts ran because the script security settings had been reset, and the account managing them had been deleted. All of my network shares were deleted, and who knows what else has been altered as part of the upgrade.

Apart from that, everything's just fine and dandy. *cough*

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You're right to fear a second dot-com crash, says Intel VC boss

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In all fairness though, King do have annual revenues of $2.2B. It's not like they've just been eating investor money for the last few years hoping to be bought.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Re: @AndrewInIreland

That's a fair point, Brewster. I'll accept that I hadn't considered that. :)

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Re: @Def

Cough Javascript cough...

hah, well... yes. :)

And PHP. And probably a dozen other languages that have their origins in the web. :)

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Re: @AndrewInIreland

You may find the assignments "extremely sloppy", but to many others they are a familiar idiom that does actually serve a purpose.

Purposes like this, you mean? ;)

http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0311.0/0635.html

And yes, style is a matter of taste. However, code readability, consistency, ease of editability (with the least potential to screw up), security, and integrity trump all personal preferences when you work on a team. The coding standard is king here, and for good reason. A good coding standard dictates not only how you structure your code, but also how you use the language - or more usually which bits you shouldn't use.

Not forcing the use of braces makes it very easy to accidentally screw up when editing code later. I've done it myself in the past. This goes doubly so for C (and to a lesser extent C++) where multi-line macros can add their own special form of mischief and mayhem.

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@AndrewInIreland

Assignments within conditional expressions. (Extremely sloppy practice.)

Missing braces. (All decent coding standards force you to use braces even for one liners. This is something which is very likely to trip someone up at some point in the future.)

Testing *s before calling free. (Free(NULL) is perfectly valid.)

Wasting time and space with redundant local variables. (Just return errno at the end.)

Don't call us. ;)

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C is only ever a terrible, insecure language in the hands of a terrible, insecure programmer.

In my experience, most programmers are sloppy at best, and downright dangerous at worst. We are only human at the end of the day, and we all make mistakes. As the comments (and down votes) regarding my earlier reply to Vic where he incorrectly thought that the quoted function was leaking memory quite aptly points out. And that was a simple little function that should have been simple to read.

There's a reason the vast majority of the world* doesn't use C any more: Programmers make mistakes. Modern languages, in recognition of that fact, attempt to make it as hard as possible for a programmer to screw up - certainly in such obvious ways. C is not a modern language. It's not even close. I'm not sure I'd even class C++, the language I've used for the last 16 years (since moving on from C), as modern either. It has some modern features, but at the same time still gives programmers plenty of opportunity to screw up. (The more cynical developers out there might argue C++ allows you more opportunity to screw up than C does, but that's a discussion that I will willing have over beers another day.)

*what percentage of job adverts are for C developers these days?

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And I don't agree with using GOTO. Ever. In the last 23 years of C* and C++ programming, I've never felt the need to use one.

Nesting things together is much preferable in my opinion. Yes, you can potentially have many levels of nesting, but...

1) If it's getting too crazy, split things up into smaller functions.

2) we live in an age where 24 inch wide screen monitors have been the standard for any office for at least the last 10 years. So we really should move on from limiting lines to 80 characters - something I've never ever believed in, and will never do unless I have to. Artificially splitting lines of code makes things much harder to read, not easier.

3) it allows you to write code that cleans up exactly what needs to be cleaned up before exiting without having to have hundreds of checks all over the place to determine how far you actually got.

and 4) static branch prediction assumes IF statements are true, so if you're checking for the error condition more than the success condition, the chances are your code will be stalling and flushing the instruction cache more than you're performing actual real work.

int init_structure( struct my_structure** s ) {

*s = malloc( sizeof( struct my_structure ));

if ( *s ) {

( *s )->substructure = malloc( sizeof( struct another_structure ));

if(( *s )->substructure ) {

return 0;

}

free( *s );

*s = NULL;

}

return errno;

}

*I haven't actually used C in over 15 years, and seriously hope I don't ever have to again. It's a terrible, insecure language that should have been donated to a museum a very long time ago.

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You're leaking this...

No he's not. At least, not in that function.

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Another go at remote objects: Google gRPC hits beta

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Re: "Remote calls like local calls" is a Bad Abstraction and Google should feel Bad

Having had to "deal" with CORBA in the past, I definitely wouldn't want to have to use a similar technology built on top of something as crash-happy as Google's Protocol Buffers.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Re: Mr Robot

I actually enjoyed the first few episodes of Mr Robot. I think the story in the first season gradually went downhill though, and I finally stopped watching after it went all Fight Club.

Also, I don't think the main character is even slightly good looking.

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NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

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Re: Dull moon

That's no moon.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Cleaning the car

And for more frequent use, to have my buttons on the radio.

And not need to adjust the seat, mirrors and heating.

My guess is there will be an app for that at some point in the future. Carry your personalised settings from car to car. Or more specifically, it'll be part of the app you use to summon the car in the first place.

Also if you're no longer driving, why do you think there would be mirrors?

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Fixing Windows 10: New build tweaks Edge, sucks in Skype

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I think I might have to start printing out boarding cards on A3 or larger paper just for the hell of it. I think something about the size of those overly large cheques lottery winners hold for photo ops should do the trick.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

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Re: Why all the phone hate?

Yeah but good luck getting any decent apps on it.

Unlike you who clearly 'heard something on the Internet' and decided to repeat it, I've been using Windows Phone 8 for the last couple of years. Can't say I've ever had trouble finding an app.

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Why all the phone hate?

I accidentally smashed (slightly partly on purpose, but not really) the screen on my HTC 8X a few weeks ago and was waiting for the new Lumias to be announced.

I think they look great. Nice clean design, with great specs.

I will be buying a 950 just as soon as I can. I'm not sure I'll ever use the dock, but I might buy one just in case.

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NASA offers free access to its patents for startup entrepreneurs

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Patents?

Why is a government agency allowed to patent anything in the first place? It is, after all, technology paid for by the tax payer. Surely it should be in the public domain.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: Gift

In Norwegian the word 'gift' means both 'poison' and 'married'.

I think they could be on to something here... ;)

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Apple gobbles Brit AI outfit VocalIQ

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Re: Toys R Us

I just don't trust voice commands (for anything) enough to do it all the time, because I'd feel I have to check that it really did it right anyway. It might work 99% of the time, but that one time it gets it wrong would probably be something important I don't want to miss!

But that's more a lack of good UX design than poor technology. If your "assistant" responded by saying exactly what it had done (using language that wasn't just a carbon copy of what you'd said), you would have more confidence in it and should be able to tell when it screwed up.

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Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

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Re: Cloud gaming...

Yeah, I hate it when I can only get data down at 600Mbps...

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UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

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All right, I'll do it. But I'm not wearing a dress.

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India's daft draft anti-encryption law torn up after world+dog points out its stupidity

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...provision requiring all citizens to store encrypted messages and data in a plaintext form readable by the government for a period of 90 days.

1AxyeXgOBtstZtWYEsj0gyDnXlSoFtOIyzFbB+GDDHPLGuEAwz4fyK/6BOr0

0bEthSnS1pfegrc5Celd5dYqTjU/UXZKZrhyz0FQh72FWQ1KlfNRdaEOdhpK

rKfBeSFh2C+2QbSpVmPFgFXlKx2XArqAh1/z6XF2324kAGoWs3XsoyfE+uIz

gKOleWQeK8cRZVACjzUEWuC+ex+I59aVCYNfuiuze22Mdei8vlOvUgnRV02p

Is that plain text enough for you? I can publish it online too if you like.

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