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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

Notas Badoff

Re: it's an beta release

Here, try out this new fancy car we're working on. Not ready for sale yet, but you get first looks. Here's the key...

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BTW: The brakes don't work yet.... Ooooo.... Sorry!

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

Notas Badoff

Was it him?

Long ago in another age, MS stabbed IBM in the back and dropped OS2. A very prominent author got so irate at MS deep-sixing a finally rational API set, he swore he'd **never** write another book for Microsoft's APIs. Was that Petzold? Because strangely I have not in the last several years been able to track down exactly who that was... I sure though it was him, but can't find *any* mention. Very strange, as it was a big deal at the time.

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

Notas Badoff
Boffin

Re: Evolution

Some fruit flies and the like will purposely select fruit that is fermenting, and naturally brewing alcohol, which normally is *not* a good thing for the larvae to be swimming through. When? If there are parasitic wasps hanging around (which amazing the flies can detect) then the flies lay their eggs on the alcoholic fruit. Because the alcohol helps retard or defeat the wasps' eggs should they try to parasitise the larvae. No wasps, then they pick healthy fruit. Wasps, then they pick noxious, hoping it will improve the chances for the larvae.

Is this stuff cool or what?

Now would *y'all* have thought of an idea like that to check out? Researchers don't stop at "huh?". They love "hey, why that screwy fly/whale/asteroid doing *that!*"

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Bad boy builds beastly Bash bug botnet, boxen battered

Notas Badoff

Is that Internet "decades"? Or "dog years"? In other words, not since we last coded such a thing in the hoary ancient past of 5 years ago. C'mon, CGI is only 21 years clock time old. Let's cut the bombast, okay?

No one *now-a-days* would code like they did years ago. Great, going forward. Problem is, who funds the effort to fix things coded 5 or 10 years ago?

What is the total technical debt accumulated across this industry, anyway? How many person-millenia would that come to?

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?” - John Wooden (?)

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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

Notas Badoff

Watch this space

Does it benefit Chinese companies to have Western companies competing within China? Answer that with a view towards the medium-term - 10 to 25 years - with Chinese companies now still growing their capabilities. Now watch their actions in the next few years with that in mind. You can not be surprised.

CPC: We put the shove into chauvinism!

chauvinism noun

1. aggressive or fanatical patriotism; jingoism

2. enthusiastic devotion to a cause

3. smug irrational belief in the superiority of one's own race, party, sex, etc: male chauvinism

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

Notas Badoff
Joke

Re: Always been there or new?

The phrase "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" is mentioned a lot, but there is rarely a mention, and never praise, for "fumbling fingers". Given a large population of fumbling fingers, all bugs are hit multiple times. Then you only need one poor (but intelligent) sot to say "why did that happen?" and then go rooting around in the code. But remember, likely this bug was found because one person got clumsy with an editor in a script and wondered "where did that crap come from? oh, that looks like..."

Dyspraxics fall all over themselves to be helpful!

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

Notas Badoff

The way to characterize it...

Home Depot couldn't fix their own broken front door.

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

Notas Badoff

How to win friends...

a) What would be the costs of a lengthy battle with the US govt over this issue. $100's millions.. $n billions?

b) What would be the public benefit to the company from this battle?

c) Profit!!!!

This just seems like a slamdunk to me. No matter what the outcome, their bottom line has to increase. Shoot, they can even take the legal costs off on their taxes, right? They have to be hoping the government steps over that line.

(Heck, it might even make me like them!)

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

Notas Badoff
Joke

Re: Vaporpus Sapphire

Kids, do not try this at home!

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

Notas Badoff

Ought to be so easy...

"Did you contract to give X. Y. Z. a ride on such-and-such date?"

"They said you refused to provide service when you saw the service animal - explain please"

"And the 'missed connection' on such-and-such a date?"

"That is outside the rules and guidelines you agreed to"

"You are no longer a driver for Uber."

Do that for 5 or 10 drivers, and now you've got a pool of trustworthy drivers! If you don't select out the bad drivers, it all goes down. You have to choose, or you'll have no choice.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

Notas Badoff
Facepalm

Re: Was everyone born yesterday?

No, and I wish there was a once-a-day 50-downvote option for the same-old-same-old con-con-conspiracy sheeple-spewing idiots that plague this place. And, dude, Snowden is just the government's revenge against Assange to emasculate him and his reputation. Don't you keep up?

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YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

Notas Badoff

... until the minds behind this are identified

"All of the more than 700 attack domains the researchers have identified are hosted on Amazon, ..."

Well, then, shouldn't be too hard to identify the bad guys, really? Hello, Amazon, would you like to get that mud off your face? Oh, the easy money thing, huh...

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

Notas Badoff

Unless...

That happens to be Finnish for "Correct horse battery staple". I'd be waiting for it to suggest "me mangiare idiota"

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Weekend reads: Perfidia, Fatherland and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

Notas Badoff

Re: More Evolution

Oh, so somewhere between the simple statement of "atheism" and ponderous preaching of "atheists" a religion arises that must be espoused to the exasperation of many? They do go on rather beyond reason...

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

Notas Badoff

It's a new fad.

Russia says Polish potatoes are suddenly unhealthy, as are Lithuanian strawberries, etc., and bans imports. China suddenly has problems with unhealthy APIs from a certain company. You really think this has anything to do with the cited products? It's nation-state mafias!

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

Notas Badoff

Re: BBC.com

Apparently up again to points west.

"Mister Scott, there was no deity involved. It was my cross-circuiting to B that recovered them."

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

Notas Badoff

...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Last time I looked at the output of a "non-partisan" group, they'd run three different $700K ad series each attacking different Democratic senators, and then the Democratic president for something different, as their 4 most recent actions. Um, yeah...

"Non-partisan" has become a self-applied label meaning 'liar'. I thank them for their willingness to be clear about that.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

Notas Badoff

Re: On a little different note

And then the gov'ts said whoa! you can't delete that data, we have to investigate so keep it on hand so each group of us can ask for it over and over and ... Years it took for Google to be *allowed* to delete it.

"Its so sad when there is a bunch of a$$holes in charge of us. Sigh." Yes.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Notas Badoff

Perfectly normal behavior for a Vogon, you know?

I used to work for a company that every year got rid of about 5% of the lowest performers. Always hiring a few, always dropping a few. Isn't this the way to keep your talent pool healthy?

Of course, later on that company laid off my whole group, spun off everyone else in the building into another company, and left the state entirely, because, well, we weren't in their "home state", where the company political pressure points were. So, not entirely proof against irrational and damaging behavior...

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Acronym wanted: must be inscrutable

I so want a bill with the excruciatingly constructed result FECKOFF. When the always inquisitive congressmen ask, just tell'em it's an Indian word.

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

Notas Badoff

Such a trick we've done!

The Chinese blaming US government ineptitude for the 'necessity' of Chinese protectionism to aid domestic industry and defeat the Western imperialist dogs who scheme to overrun the motherland with their corrupting products and turn the minds of our dear youth to ruin.

It's so much worse if it is a foreign company than an internal company.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Notas Badoff

Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think

I've seen this before. One or another person on an open source dev team decides that something is just "not a problem" and it doesn't matter how many outside people say "WTF?!" No arguments will help to move the issue. In this article's case only shaming the entire team worked.

In my favorite illustration is the "Firefox won't do SVG fonts" issue. Opened in 2002, after ~150 comments it was closed in 2013 with "Oh, poo, implementation of SVG embedded in OpenType fonts will fix your problem." An experimental proposed feature that is still not standardized or accepted by other browsers over a year later.

It didn't even matter when an outside company offered to fund the development of an implementation with their own devs, FF devs simply said "Oh, but SVG fonts are just so ucky!" "Why, you can't even do font hinting with SVG, can you?" So obviously no implementation was ever so much better than a flawed implementation, right?

And the pleas kept coming in, with increasingly exasperated replies of "but you just don't understand our (FF devs) position of 'No'. How rude of you!"

So over 12 years later FF still doesn't have anything to offer and will not be swayed!. A big enough closed-minded open source team will quite well replicate the worst parts of the commercial experience.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Notas Badoff

Re: XKCD's take

You do recognize the last speech bubble could be inadvertently self-referential... ? Surly we all do, don't wee?

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XSS marks the spot: PayPal portal peril plugged

Notas Badoff

Re: "There's no evidence that any of these attacks actually occurred."

"The persistent input validation vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject own malicious script codes on the application-side of the vulnerable service."

Um, so we ought to be hearing that they have thoroughly scrubbed all the data that could have had scripts inserted, right? But we didn't?

In fact, when we've heard about attacks allowing persistent storage of evil scripts, when did we ever hear that the 'fix' included checking that nothing evil remains stored?

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

Notas Badoff

Re: The "fruity firm"??????

Thank you. I will reference your blurt whenever retro-PC people get inordinately hot under the whites.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

Notas Badoff
Joke

Re: Errm, Richard...

"... life's got a lot simpler since ..." ... management?

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

Notas Badoff

Succinct, harsh, and true. And now they've 'forgotten' to educate how *many* generations in the ugly details? Such that a warped view of history is uniquely one-sided. It is mind-boggling to think how little of anything self-culpable is mentioned to Japanese students.

I have no stomach for American triumphalism, but nationalist revisionism is a crime. Visiting La Cambe cemetery removed any remaining animosity for me. Would visiting Yasukuni Shrine do that? No. And that stain committed more than a generation later by unrestrained nationalists.

TL;DR: Santayana, education, yadayada.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

Notas Badoff
Devil

Umbral numbers unlumbered

Well they would, wouldn't they?

Having repeatedly claimed that their ad campaign, social wave, or latest clumsy grab for attention on behalf on clients was worth the fees charged, but with 'social' measurements showing a mere fraction of the positive effect desired, they've found an 'explanation' that makes everything better (for them).

That campaign wasn't a borborygmal bomb, it actually generated 400% more positive comments that we couldn't measure! And as an industry expert publication, The Register, outlined, further modes of unmeasurable communication most likely enlarged the audience for your message!

Why, we ought to have charged you more for our services. But now that we have the existing working relationship that would be unseemly, yes? Anyway, for your next campaign we were thinking "flying monkeys, but the cute kind".

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Employees grab Apple and Google's $325 MEEELLION olive branch in hiring suit

Notas Badoff

Re: Do they have only one judge in Southern California?

I count 15 active judges in the district. Don't immediately see how cases are distributed. But unless strict round-robin is enforced, you may be seeing the preference by some judges for *not* taking on the pain, and then the preference for those that *can* take the pain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_H._Koh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Northern_District_of_California

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

Notas Badoff

Re: Delusions and Dreams. An Economic Know-Nothings in the FT

@DeAlMo

"hopium" thank you for this.

Now I know how the US economy went up in smoke.

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How exec snatched $6m budget from his infosec team because he couldn't see ROI

Notas Badoff
Holmes

Finish the 100 interviews, then revise the laws?

"Another interviewed board member shrugged off the risk of fines .... opting instead to pay the watchdog's fines that could reach $1.7m, ..."

More such honesty, please!

Remember all the commentardery saying that fines should be replaced with or progress to jailing for C-level and board executives? We really need this progression to personal liability, as the only effective path to personal responsibility.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Notas Badoff
FAIL

this lying ...

Oh dear oh dear... And before DDay, who was fighting the Nazis on land? Millions of dead soldiers and civilians would like to talk to you about your one-dimensional 'truths'. In your own words, "Forgetting their sacrifice borders on criminal behavior."

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

Notas Badoff
Megaphone

It has bracket matching! Unlike 'brackets', the editor by Adobe.

At least this editor has the minimal functionality you'd expect from *any* that would try to get your attention in this busy world.

When there was a recent _splash_ in the tech world about 'brackets', an open! source! editor! from Adobe, I went and checked it out. Then I ended up asking in their mailing list how I could enable/find the bracket bouncing feature. Without any sort of embarrassment, the brackets people said they don't do brackets 'yet'. Along with apparently a barge-full of other features they don't do 'yet'.

Don't even try to get people interested in software that isn't somehow *better* than average. You're wasting people's time and no one appreciates that when they have no spare time and were hoping from the PR that you would _save_ them time with your whizbango snazzola beaming-proud-papa software.

Calling it 'beta' won't save your reputation. And calling it 'free' when it's costing me time I don't have ... I have something for you to indent about 13 tab stops!

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AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

Notas Badoff
Headmaster

Weary, yes, definitely, but...

"... advising users to be weary of ..."

Did you mean 'wary' or 'leery' ?

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

Notas Badoff
Alien

You couldn't get a plot like this published!

Putin's output is beginning to reads like a fusion between HH's plans and a soap opera. Tom Clancy must be rolling in his grave.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

Notas Badoff

Re: Umm, not so sure.

He consulted real doctors, that's how he got his diagnosis. They told him he was full of cancer. He told them they were full of shinola. Guess who was right?

I mistrust people who are always right. They are usually the last to know differently.

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Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees

Notas Badoff
WTF?

Huh?

"... around 2,000 staff went on a one-day hunger strike two weeks ago to demand greater job security."

Can someone explain this to me? Is this a strike without snacks? Or work without breakfast? It just sounds so much like "You're so mean to us we're not going to use the letter 'K'!" How does that wor'?"

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Notas Badoff
Joke

April 1st?

Ahh, I see.... April 1st1st is twice as nutty as April 1st, by the three comments above.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

Notas Badoff
FAIL

Bloomberg: "... two people familiar with the matter said."

But they didn't mention it before everyone knew about it. When they might have had some credibility, y'no?

Flash! Alert! Lisbon will be destroyed in a 9.0 earthquake!

Well okay, I'm a few hundred years late there. How about:

Major news! Russia invades Ukraine, says they are liberators!

Am I 69 years late or 69 hours too soon?

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Notas Badoff
Mushroom

Have you checked our website?

Trying to understand another weirdness with McA-Mantic virus scanner, I started searching their 'knowledgebase' with keywords specific to my problem. Getting nothing back I began getting more and more general with the searches. Still getting nothing I finally clued in and searched for 'virus'. Nothing. No articles found. 'malware'. Nothing.

Sent them an email saying their search function was dead-on-entry. After two round-trips with the AI answering the emails, and checking again *four* days later, still no articles found searching for 'virus'.

Hmm... A year later, should I check again?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

Notas Badoff
Facepalm

Linus for motivational speaker?

So guy isn't a kernel-type coder, and doesn't interact directly with them - by choice he says. (there's mucho background there fursher)

But coder's widget is fundamental to Linux and affects the kernel people fundamentally.

How do you get dis guy to fix his stuff?

Public shaming, if nothing else works ... ?

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

Notas Badoff
Joke

My phone says....

Sky: get to the basement.

Water: get to the roof.

Earth: get to the street.

Of course, in some benighted lands it'd be

Rocket: get to the roof to take pictures!

Water: get 'board and hang ten.

Quake: tweet!

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

Notas Badoff

How about the judgements in France requiring certain search results be changed? "Google suggest" I think.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

Notas Badoff

BitCoin or passwords?

Which will this monster be better fit to churn/crack?

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Wanna make 15 bucks? Assimilate someone into the Google Apps BORG

Notas Badoff
Alien

Cue the

comments that Google just wants you to "provide a taxpayer identification number and bank account information, ..." to complete their total knowledge campaign... or seed a random number generator or something evil, y'no?

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Apple's iPhone plant didn't kill UNDERAGE TEEN factory worker

Notas Badoff

Vaccination?

Footnote mentions what the usual cause of pneumonia is. Would also be nice to mention there's a vaccine against 23 different strains of that bacterium. SO had pneumonia 3 times in 10-some years. Got the shot, and not an incidence since (more than 10 years).

Come to think of it, maybe Apple could ask their contracting companies to offer vaccinations as a free benefit of employment? Paternalism and all that. (and self-interest, yes?)

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

Notas Badoff

Re: Obama strikes again

You forgot the joke icon. Or did you think it obvious enough?

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

Notas Badoff

batoota? batoota?

Hmm, okay, there's an association with Arabic, but who knows what batoota was supposed to mean. Hmm, Batoota films would like batoota.com. Ibn Battuta was "a famous traveler" so I could see a travel-related site for the ME.

But... How did Yahoo end up with it? That might be an interesting story!

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Scared yet, web devs? Google smears malware warnings over PHP.net

Notas Badoff
Meh

Re: not awake yet

"Malicious software is hosted on 4 domain(s), including cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com/, stephaniemari.com/, northgadui.com/."

PHP.net page(s) reference stuff stored at cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com

Please read above about 1 hop, 2 hops, 3 hops

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Keyboard fatigue? Now you can SCRAWL in Gmail and Google Docs

Notas Badoff
Happy

Practice practice

Not so much writing notes, as practicing writing Chinese characters. This with Google translate on GS4. It is quite reinforcing when you've gotten the strokes of a character close enough that it shows up in the possibilities window. Where else would I get that practice?

Who'd'a thunk it - a tool that can cause native users to forget how to write (b/c constantly using phonetic input method) can also be used to foster learning how to write for students.

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