* Posts by Tom 38

2798 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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Re: Because data protection

Me: "You're my bank - you've called me on the number i've given you. I want to know *YOU'RE* who you say you are before I give out any personal information! Can *you* confirm *my* address?"

Bank monkey: *silence*

I think more of us are doing this, because last time I did this, HSBC refused to give me my information, but said I could call back to the telephone banking service, authenticate with that and then gave me a number to give to the CSR so that I would be transferred back to them, which seemed an acceptable compromise.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

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In SA you also get Bunny Chow, which is basically a loaf of bread with the top cut off, the insides scooped out and then filled up with Indian food and the top replaced. The Indian immigrants weren't allowed to sell food to blacks, so they would sell it out the back door, disguised in a loaf of bread. Ingenious, tasty and you can use the top as a sort of spoon.

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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Re: Transparency doesn't matter

So men, women and.....?

Gender is not binary.

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Re: Transparency doesn't matter

Which actually might give slight advantage to women, because in other studies they have demonstrated to be more emphatic than men.

I think actually men are more emphatic usually, women are thought to be more empathetic.

I've seen shit code from every gender tbh.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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We do scrum properly at our place

As in, we're likely to collapse in a heap 3 times out of 4, and whenever we try to push forward, 8 people oppose us and try to gouge our eyes occasionally.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: Redundancy?

Well that's going to need some rewriting on the website or it had better be rock solid and stay up for the next 24 years (Estimating a two hour outage yesterday.)

The router can be up and misconfigured.

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Secret Service Silk Road scammer in the slammer

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What a dumbass

He'd clearly managed to stash some of his gains offshore and hidden from the Feds, just take the 71 months, don't be a dick and be out in 36. On-shore the money later as consultancy fees paid from the dummy corps.

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

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Re: Easier

I really don't fancy flying in a plane with ejectable wings.

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Netflix picks up Molly at university, scores harsh character assessment

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Re: Netflix

https://openconnect.netflix.com/software/

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Re: I find this one a bit difficult to believe

Red next to black, jump the fuck back. Red next to yella, cuddly fella

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Re: I find this one a bit difficult to believe

Not only are adapters available, but its trivial to make your own using a molex crimp tool and the appropriate 3x2 and 2x10 molex socket/plugs.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Re: Rule 3: Functions should be curried.

seq_7_10_13_16_19 = map(partial(int.__add__, 4), range(3,18,3))

Much too ugly*:

seq_7_10_13_16_19 = [ val + 4 for val in range(3,18,3) ]

* but you are obviously illustrating the FP aspect of it... list comprehensions are about as functional as I like to go ;)

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Who is presenting?

Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester? Yes please

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Upset Microsoft stashes hard drive encryption keys in OneDrive cloud?

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Re: Making data recovery difficult

Twiddling bits in the CPU is not the issue, it is that some flash memory controllers in older SSDs (notably older SandForce SF-2281) are dependent upon it being able to compress the content that is being sent to it to achieve high read/write speeds. Encrypted data should be largely indistinguishable from noise and thus be very poor to compress, resulting in a lower disk performance than if the content was being loaded in the clear.

CPU speed doesn't come into it.

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MoJ digital software glitch sends thousands of divorcees back to negotiating table

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Re: digital software?

Haha! Ahahahaha!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ... Can you get me a glass of water please? ... HAHA HAHA!!!

Wait, that can't be right Igor

(RIP TP)

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US House okays making internet tax exemptions permanent

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Re: What's so wrong with tax?

Businesses (above a certain size) don't pay VAT, but must collect it from their customers and give it to their state.

Everyone pays VAT - sole traders, small companies, private individuals, VAT registered companies, mega-corporations. Anyone VAT registered is also obliged to charge VAT on goods and services that are rated for VAT, but they only have to remit to the taxman the difference between what they paid in VAT and what they received in VAT.

They do also get a rebate if they pay more in VAT than they received in VAT, but businesses that pay more in VAT than they receive don't tend to be around for very long.

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Samba man 'Tridge' accidentally helps to sink request for Oz voteware source code

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The only way the election process can possibly be truly transparent is to do the whole thing by hand

Fairly certain you can rig an election with paper ballots too - substitute one box of votes for another box of votes during transit to the counting station.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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Utter BS. Transistors have a lifetime, particularly the more they get squashed down and used. You replace your servers on a rolling 3-5 year cycle, because dealing with the shitty intermittent problems that older servers give you is not worth the time when a replacement server will be faster and use less power. If you have servers older than 5 years old, and they actually do real work, replace them now.

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Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords

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Re: I never liked them anyway...

Meh, that's just BS. Before hungryhouse and justeat came along, most of the takeaways, particularly the cheaper ones, round my way (East London) either didn't deliver at all or only accepted cash. Having a single payment processor for takeaways is a win for consumer trust, enabling more places to deliver to more people and employ more delivery drivers and staff.

Similarly, TopTable can be seen as a parasite on restaurants, or a way that allows them to maximise their covers on a slow tuesday.

PS: What's going on? What all this shouting? We'll have no trouble here!

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Re: Very disappointing

On the plus side, this sort of pro-active data handling actually makes me want to register with hungryhouse.

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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

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Re: Whole new level

Actually, there are 4 x 950 MW units, because you need to do maintenance every now and again and no-one likes power cuts.

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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

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My (least?) favourite gimmick is in anything involving law enforcement "Keep them on the line long enough so we can run a trace". Yep, ok.

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Austria's highest court mulls class action status for Schrems v Facebook

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FAIL

You don't have to use Facebook to be used by Facebook.

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George Osborne fires starting gun on £20m coding comp wheeze

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Re: And the winners are...

Don't be daft, the winners here are Rohan Silva and his merry band of pick-axe sellers.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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%STOCK_YOU_DONT_UNDERSTAND_CANUTE_RESPONSE%

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Re: A little obvious

There is good rigorous evidence that shared family mealtimes improve a number of childhood outcomes.

Correlation or causation? Perhaps a subset of "Good parents" is "Parents who share mealtimes" - but that doesn't mean that the subset is also a superset. From your linked PDF:

As mentioned in the summary of the Musick and Meier study, one of the most common criticisms of family meal research is that it is difficult to isolate family mealtime benefits as distinct from other factors in the family environment.

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Family dinners may be part and parcel of a broader package of practices, routines, and rituals that reflect parenting beliefs and priorities. Interventions aimed at increasing the frequency of family meals may be successful only if they can change the family habits that tend to go along with eating as a family

So cargo cult parenting, that is having shared mealtimes but not the other family habits that shared mealtimes often imply, doesn't necessarily help.

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

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Re: Needs just a tweak.

On civil construction / arquitecture, normally, the project is sucessful when the building stands the test of time (aka doesn't fall due to structural flaws).

Perhaps software needs to learn a page or two from other industries.

I notice very few buildings go up in an Agile manner. They all seem to plan ahead on what is required, and seem to get agreement from all parties on what will be built before they even start anything.

Ah, we can dream.

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Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

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The problem with OpenCore

I've never liked OpenCore software. Sun tried to do it with MySQL (I expect Oracle are probably continuing that theme), and the biggest issues are not cost, or having to have licenses for each developer instance (I've not run a dev stack on my laptop for years, its easier to have it on a VM - connectivity is a minimum requirement for any work these days).

It's really about how well tested those features are. With OpenCore, the newest and flashiest features are used by the smallest section of the user base. The OpenCore company will tell you that their Enterprise paid-for features are the most well tested of all their features, but this is bollocks - the main testing of all open source software is when all these different users start using it in all the different ways that they need to use it, and not just in the few ways that the company who developed it have envisaged. With OpenCore, there just aren't as many users exercising the "enterprise" features, and the bugs don't actually get fixed until the feature is in the core.

It's some fucked up version of enterprise software, the enterprise version is the least tested version, and has the most unstable and newest features in it. WTF.

You don't have to have this model - take Lucene/Solr. Most of the development of this takes place by people employed by a few companies, chiefly LucidWorks. LucidWorks offer consultancy and support, chiefly for people who need help customizing the software they have written. It works much much better IMO.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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This make me ask: why does the person who committed the code still have commit rights?

No-one has "commit rights" anymore, this is the purpose of git. Linux sees pull requests, and he can see pull requests from anyone.

Regardless, whoever this was should still have their metaphorical "commit bit". Just don't present code like that again - plus, Linus use of invective about the crap quality has ensured that this is widely discussed, and the reasons why Linus doesn't like that code disseminated, and he doesn't have to tell any other junior neophytes from the cult of GCC not to do similar in future.

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That's not quite true. Line lengths of about 120 chars are fine which is why paperbacks use them. But 80 chars is generally enough for most lines.

Hmm, only nasty cheap paperbacks. In print typography, it is recommended to have between 50-60 characters per line, including spaces. See Emil Ruder's "Typography"..

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Unpatched, passcode-free smartphones. Yes, they're everywhere

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Re: Capitalism at its worse.

Restore it from backup? Oh you forgot to back it up? TIME FOR A CLASS ACTION OF ONE.

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Re: Re:

Google have no control over these modifications therefore cannot release a 'fix' that will work on all devices.

If the OEM wants to call it an Android phone, Google in fact have quite a bit of control over what they do with it.

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The story of .Gay: This bid is too gay! This bid is not gay enough! This bid is just right?

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@AC with homophobic maths

There was approxiamtely a 60% turnout, and from those, 64% said yes. Which is the equivalant of only 38.4% of the population..... Not exactly an overwhelming majority...

So to put it another way, only 21.6% of people voted against it?

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They want to change it to .lgbtqiaap

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Smartphone boutique OnePlus reveals another model you can’t get

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No NFC

No replaceable battery

No invites

No thanks

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RoboVM: Open source? Sorry, it's not working for us

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The company is also offering "every single external contributor" a free, lifetime licence

Again, they are not obligated to do that.

In fact, they are.

They are re-licensing all their external contributors work, which is not legal. To make it legal, they are proposing to re-license it under their new terms, with the consideration being the "free" lifetime license, and hoping that no-one says "No", or worse, says "No" and sues them.

Without consideration, there would be no incentive for the contributors to accept the change of license.

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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Re: Slapper?

For this post I use the appropriate icon. My post said:

Are people from the Americas not Americans?

This drew your ire:

The standard global practice is to refer to people based on the continent they live on. People in Europe are Europeans. People in Africa are Africans. There is no continent called 'America'.

If you're still not getting it, "The Americas" is plural.

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Re: Slapper?

Are people from the Americas not Americans?

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No VAT on Bitcoin, rules ECJ, but capital gains still apply

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The Register can state that the judgment in Case C‑264/14 does not remove Bitcoin barons' liability to Capital Gains Tax.

Except in tax regimes that treat movable assets differently, like Luxembourg and Germany. Hold bitcoins for 6-12 months, depending on location, and sell with no CGT liability.

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Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

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Re: Post-it note

Crumbs! Does this mean I should stop watching Cutie (QT) for taste reasons?

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Re: Rant: Why so slow, and why such a rubbish UX?

Box shifting hardware manufacturers don't care about how it actually works, just the number of boxes it ticks so that a PFY can sell one using just a spreadsheet.

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Re: Nice little roundup

Take a look at UK football. A few years ago, "all" you needed was Sky Sports and you could watch everything. Then, "competition" was brought in. You have ended up with several channels across which the games are spread. While techinically it is competition, it does mean that a football fan now needs to pay for Sky Sports, and BT Sports, and any other channels, so it costs them more.

Do I have to look at it, or can we just talk about it? One thing you have neglected to take in to account is that when it was "all" on Sky Sports, only around 10% of games were available to view on subscription services, whilst now a much larger proportion of games are available across more channels. I believe Sky currently have more live UK football than at any point in their existence. The argument is that - yes, you might pay more, but you are getting more.

This is moot though, as no-one really watches "UK football", they watch specific teams - and in order to watch all the available matches for a specific team, you must buy one of each subscription. Almost certainly, that will cost you more money - but it might be of some value to you, if it means you can watch "your team" 5 times a year instead of 3.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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"it lost most of its atmosphere for reasons not yet discovered"

I thought we had the bastard responsible - is it not a combination of not enough gravity and no volcanism? Not enough mass to keep it all from boiling off and nothing to replenish it?

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Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

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Re: Rejected? Really?

You can't start with Mornington Crescent, or it will be a very dull game.

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Re: Beefy

THREE? No-one can handle THREE!

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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Re: Low quality work?

How many people actually know their real waist size, and not just what size the clothes they buy say they are? My US bought Levis profess a "waist" of 32", but a) they sit on my hips, not my waist and b) my hips are at least 4" bigger than that (M&S 36"). "fashion sizing" I think they call it - apparently lying to people about how tubby they are inflates their confidence and makes them more likely to buy..

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Re: oh, boy ...

Nice rant, but two counter-points:

1) Comcast/Time Warner do not operate in a free market, except in a few locations. Because of this, your US-centric arguments make little sense in the EU, where in most places there is a good competitive market. Across most of the UK, you can pay more for a competent, non throttling ISP that gives you an IPv6 /64 if you ask (A&A), or a cheap as chips consumer ISP (most of the rest). Markets that work, work. Markets that are not markets, do not.

2) Consumer ISPs are not the Internet, they are the gateway to the Internet for consumers. The backbone of the Internet is competitive and offers many choices.

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Re: The value of Google

People don't remember pre-google any more, clearly.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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So it lasts 50,000 hours before I need to replace the unit? Lets be generous, and say a wet shave takes me 5 minutes, and that this method doesn't take longer than a wet shave (otherwise, what's the bloody point?), that gives me a lifetime for this laser-razor of 600,000 shaves, or one a day for the next 1,600 years.

Not the best business model I've heard of.

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Managing DevOps in the hybrid cloud

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UrbanCode Deploy

It's obviously a command line tool:

$ urban dev-foo is clappin

> Is it?

innit

> Removed dev-foo from balancer, it totally clutterz

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