* Posts by Notas Badoff

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Obvious Blurbish is obvious

I really hate this quote:

"The result is a tool designed from the ground up for coding and customisable in all manner of ways."

Straight outta their glowing self-descriptions and ridiculous. What 'new' editor written by coders is *not* going to claim "designed ... for coding". And what editor is written now without being customisable?

Should I now go whiffling off and install 1.0 to see if it can _now_ manipulate columns of text across multiple lines? You know, like when you are trying to make code readable as a self-imposed requirement? Or more of the other features I use daily that are a fraction of what e.g. Vim provide?

Not all bad, though, unlike Adobe's Brackets, which can't 'bounce' between brackets. Another editor that "... is a tool designed from the ground up for coding and customisable in all manner of ways."

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Joke

rainbow butterfly unicorn kitten

Dang, I thought that could be my new password ala stapled batteries. Then I looked, and its been a 'thing' for awhile. Then I looked closer, and the wings are upside-down. It could be a Microsoft product after all.

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

Notas Badoff
Pint

Less workers, less money?

"The work was outsourced to Capita back in 2013, the contract is valued at £1.2bn over ten years and is the biggest of its kind."

I am confused. If they are indeed using automation and tools to decrease the needed workload, then the work performed is now less. Will they paid less on the contract? That is, is it now a £0.9bn contract?

Or is this the triple-play coup that outsourcing until now only dreamt of - screw the customers, the workers, and the contracting company? What's that phrase, "trebles ...."

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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FAIL

Re: BS, there is no will at Amazon, tech won't help.

How about 183 reviews since Apr 8 2015 from one 'person'?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3HKMMD7KTT97W/ref=pdp_new

And that was just picking one Keys book and then one reviewer at random. That's 2+ reviews a day. Scanning I saw 5-6+ 'reviews' done in one day. They can't really have spent hours laughing with their kids over the 400 Yo Mamma jokes book, they were too busy stuffing reviews into Amazon.

Amazon is so pwned. They need to hire some former Wikipedia editors to give them ideas how to fight fraud. Which hours editing in a day, which identical IPs, throw out proxied IPs, look for common text patterns, look for 'buddy' systems, etc. Thing is, you figure out one, you will usually identify 10's - 100's of bad edits/reviews in one whack.

Wow, Amazon just isn't trying at all.

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Notas Badoff

Re: Initialisms, NOT acronyms…

'click'?

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

Notas Badoff

Maybe it was the start of a conversation?

Oh look at all the comments below relating similar situations and outcomes. Discussion, warnings, useful information. You aren't against that, are you?

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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WTF?

Re: Here is the "plan 9 from outer space" of all papers.

Oh... oh... OW. The 'references' are hurting me.

"Tamil the Law of the Universe",

"Intensive Internet 'E-book' study ...",

“Manorama Tell Me Why Periodicals,”

“The Super Scientist of Climate Control,”

"Tamil to English Dictionary,”

and more.

And a third of them self-published. Rama-lama-ding-dong, they only lack a 'church' to change the world.

Oh, I forgot "The Universe is like a Spaceship" by the same 'crew'. Don't know about science, but they come up with great song titles!

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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^ This ^

Brendan Eich had a brain and was actually into technology for people. Other mozzleheads were more interested in pushing how technology _ought_ to be (their conception, anyway).

I have posted elsewhere about the 13-year-old bug report that was closed wontfix because of 2 mozilloids who "didn't like" the technology standard. Their proposed replacement hain't progressing in the 2-3 years since. Who would've guessed that?

I still use FF as my main browser, but more and more often resort to Chrome. Loyalty, when you have to fit into Mozilla's tire tread pattern, is a stretch.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

Notas Badoff
IT Angle

Nonplussed

"... four years before it shuts it down."

I'm sorry, where was this explained in the article? Or is this just a well-known cloud feature and I mist it?

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

Notas Badoff

What's that mood?

Wait, so ICANN is establishing the tenor of the relationship with Vox Populi by extorting $1M from it using dubious rationales, and then wondering why the registrar is in turn extorting companies? Hey, this is good, I suppose, as the flow of sh1t reverses back towards ICANN. "Centipede IV: Turnabout"

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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

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Facepalm

"I see what you did there"

Making statements that use guilt by association, <sarcasm><selfReferential><godwin>like Hitler did?</godwin></selfReferential></sarcasm>

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Thumb Down

Appreciation?

"However Starbucks did not appreciate the ... hacker's quiet disclosure ..."

Well, now that the corporation's stance regarding disclosure has been stated publicly, the next bug permitting fraud will be announced on-stage with widespread reporting. Let's see them then take 10 days to fix the monetary leak. Why doesn't any corporation think about "next time"?

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Notas Badoff
Mushroom

Re: Evidence == "Invasion of Privacy!"

I commented on another article weeks ago, mentioning something that just doesn't seem to have, um, registered yet.

I have to believe that all these cars have a cameras trained on many different angles to capture not only the telemetry by which they navigate, but also to capture the "what happened" for review. That that review would be as interesting to the law and insurance companies and others seems to have been skipped over.

I use as my jumping off point all the brouhaha over Google's StreetView and everybody screaming about invasion of privacy. They were even sued when mistakenly driving down someone's driveway.

Now how many cars do you think StreetView had active at any one time? And how many times do they come back and re-do views? (They've redone my street once in 5+ years)

Now what about when half the cars in the West are instrumented to continuously record everything going on around them? All the time and everywhere? There will be no privacy on streets. (Whether I'm for or against the concept of "privacy in public" is moot, but some feel quite strongly about this)

Why haven't I seen any mention of this?

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

Notas Badoff

Like grep? sed? awk?

"nxFileLine: ensure that a file contains a specific line and/or does not contain lines matching a given pattern."

Like grep? They've replicated a very small part of grep as new software for only their environment? They just don't get 'tools', do they?

Proud doc for nxFileLine

Note how they say it "manage lines" - it doesn't. It just greps a file. Is this grandiosity or ignorance, I never can tell with MS...

Proud doc index

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POW: Smut-seeding copyright troll slammed as 'extortionate'

Notas Badoff
Pint

How far will a lawyer go?

Can you really get paid to railroad your own client into jail? Hmm, if the client (now bankrupt) refuses to pay, can you then demand the state pay your expenses? Can a client really be so stupid as to arrange for both prosecutor and 'defense' to be trying to put them in jail?

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Balls

Wasn't Fiorina the one photographed at a company business meeting on-stage with an enormous pair of (nonfunctioning but strategically placed) balls? Somehow I think that she could win a large share of votes in America with just that picture. I despair I do.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

Notas Badoff
Alien

Re: Microsoft "proprietary" tools versus "Open" preferred tools

Wow, pause for a breath dude. I hate Microsoft for its multiple betrayals of self and others, but you had me wiping the imagined spittle off the inside of my screen from your misplaced rant.

"... work only well on Windows?" I've tried it only on Windows so far, but the only limitation I see is the usual limited editing operations I would expect from the Windows mindset. (No new editor can ever approach the range of features *required* unless it has gestated for a couple years with user feedback in watt-ton quantities. I'll be staying with Vim for awhile more.

If nothing else this "hello from Seattle" is interesting for its DNA. An MS product based on JS/TS, running within the (formerly named Atom Shell) Electron shell from Github, which uses Node.js as the JS engine, and also uses the Chrome browser (Chromium) underneath for the HTML windows. Elvis is back and saying "merci, 非常感谢, ευχαριστώ πολύ" !

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

Notas Badoff
Childcatcher

Opt Opt Opt

So does the implicit extension of this ruling require stores to say how many people are watching the in-store security cameras and for what purposes? Given the number of anti-shoplifting cameras that already exist in these stores, if you simply temporarily hired enough 'researchers' to report on shoppers 'footfall' by watching the monitors and making manual notes, that would be the same thing as just ruled ilegal?

Would stationing an employee outside on a mall bench and having them manually note 'walk-bys' vs. 'walk-ins' vs. 'window-shopping' be a violation of people's legal rights?

This really seems like "technology is evil!" so rule against them.

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Hey, you wanna help run the internet? This power restructure is for YOU

Notas Badoff

Complicated...

Maybe it will make more sense re-read a couple times, but I'm scratching my noggin now because of all the moving parts, yet a suspicion no good governance will be in the actual outcome. Perhaps a simple question to elicit more information?

How is this different from how the 'leaders' of Hong Kong are 'elected'?

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Notas Badoff

Re: Just now having a go at opinion polls?

Remember this is a politician...

"... about trying to boost votes than ..."

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

Notas Badoff
Pint

Government transparency!

Ain't it great?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

Notas Badoff
Coat

Ink... ink... the smell of ink...

I still hoard toothbrushes. After I'd used one to lovingly defuzz a drum you wouldn't want to use that toothbrush again. But the print would be so sharp afterwards! Strangely though, the same people who wanted me to clean the drum for the improved printing wouldn't want me to touch the paper after that - blue/black fingers - so shift end was quiet for me, just tickling the holes in the digits and caressing the drummmmm......

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Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

Notas Badoff

You forgot to mention TypeScript

which this new product claims to support, though why Microsoft would choose to do that for free I don'.... oh

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Notas Badoff
Meh

Not probing your site, merely perusing...

So if I suck down a component file from your web site, and analyse it offline for vulnerabilities, this skirts around the legal difficulties of being an Invading! Evil! Hackerist! ? After all, I did nothing but accept the files your site sent me, right?

And if people start selling site profiles and example exploits to others, that isn't illegal, as they themselves are not penetrating a web site, right? They're just saying hey look over there that parked car is unlocked.

Umm, okay, now how about the academic and investigatory exemptions? A survey in the public interest isn't illegal, right?

Politics, legal codes, and morality... Sheesh! I'll think I'll keep my head down and keep coding!

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

D'oh'main

Paired with the almost simultaneous news that Google is giving up on Google Code in deference to the success of other organizations in that 'development' space, like GitHub, Goggle seems schizoid at best. They are showing all the mentally palsied symptoms of a company too big to be rational.

If they would partner with GitHub and SourceForge to foster the open development arena under the .dev domain they would come out heroes. But keeping it for themselves only? Sounds like "locked supply closet" type company stupidity.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Uncomfortable?

"If however, anyone feels personally abused, threatened, or otherwise uncomfortable due to this process, that is not acceptable."

Sounds progressive, except when carried too far...

"“Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech,” the bill reads."

I call bullshit on all these "statements of conduct" that vainly hope to cater to or fend off every individual's interpretation of the moment. Every group is by definition made up of individuals, with their own usually divergent truths and self-prejudices held dear. Disagreements, disappointments, and often resulting in someone blaming someone for those.

If someone's not acting with a project's best interests at heart tell them so, and why. If someone lays an egg on a mail-list ask them to restate "more usefully". We've all seen even neutral plain prose interactions fail completely due to 'feelings'. And there is usually no mystery to those who have been following along, rather than those jumping in with pitchforks and blazing torches.

Quite amazing this progression, that since we are all supposed to be mature adults, we can't act on that basis without worrying someone's feelings will come up 'hurt'. Latitude and understanding from all parties in a conversation is what's required.

If you are more interested in telling everyone you are feeling hurt than you are in getting the subject at hand worked out, ain't no statement of conduct going to help.

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Unwanted stepchildren

I am sure the funding requests for that continue to get rubberstamped by the present Congress just as easily as the previous funding requests.

(Shoot, I'm 3.5 weeks early!)

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

Notas Badoff
WTF?

Proof of government stupidity!

Oh wait, no it isn't.

It _is_ proof that unexamined private business can be more stupid than is suspected of the government. That a business that won't explain its processes must be assumed to be hiding Hanlon's razor up its butt. As if the banking snarguffage wasn't a good enough demonstration.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

Notas Badoff
Devil

Why did it do that? What squirrel?!? Let's check the instant replay...

It's hard enough to explain accidents from encountering the unexpected. (As the SO tried to explain "But the dear hit me, I didn't hit the dear!") Especially when no one is actually paying any attention.

When trying to explain to the police/insurance people how the car ended mounting the curb, I sure hope there's multiple camera angles recording everything.

But, you know, that brings up an interesting point I've not yet seen mentioned - video evidence.

Now everyone knows how absolutely freaked everyone was that Gevilgle was photographing the public vistas for street view. How much more freaked are they going to be that - due to liability concerns and legal defense needs - every auto auto will be covering front/sides/rear views with multiple cameras? Every auto auto, recording all the time everywhere they go!

A wrong turn up someone's driveway means lawsuits? Bwahahaha....

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

Notas Badoff
Joke

Grease-palm

Instead of face-palm splat it sounds like *sploosh* and the lights go dark.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Re: No shitze Dick tracy

Hmm, you make it sound only as bad as a penile wart. It was much much worse.

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Notas Badoff

Re: @Halverflake

Halverflake's statement didn't advocate foisting adware on users, but reiterated a reason 'why' it happens. So +1 for your being suspicious but -1 for reading comprehension.

And, you know, it is getting ridiculous the way everyone reflexively adds '!\!SA!!' to every discussion of malfeasance. Hey, remember Hanlon's Razor? Or like, you know, crop circles, aliens, poisoned wells, etc. etc. etc.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

Notas Badoff

What were we voting for?

Hmm...

Are the voters electing terrorist fighters? Or are the terrorists selecting voter fighters? Or are the voters electing terrorists who will fight the voters on behalf of ... Oh I'm so confused....

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

Notas Badoff

Re: Is this at all surprising?

Turned off the voice recognition first thing I got the new set last December. I figured the 'smart' in the TV wasn't smart enough, so kinda obvious they'd be echoing onto the network.

(I also disabled the WiFi, which again disabled the voice recognition, tho when Samsung properly supports Netflix that'll change (sigh))

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Stability...

"The capacity of workers, after being displaced, to find a new job that will eventually provide nearly comparable pay most often depends on the general knowledge of the worker and the ability of that individual to learn new skills," Greenspan said.

'eventually'...

'nearly comparable'...

This is an academic economist talking about the real world, and the best he can offer for your life is: two steps forward, one backward, one forward, one backward, one forward, one backward ... until we decide you are unhireable.

The 20-hour work-week is nigh! Work for 25 years, out of work for 25 years, take the average ...

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

Notas Badoff
Facepalm

Code sharing?

You are stuck out on one of the Lagrange points, aren't you? Not sure if you're coming or going, but definitely not in the here and now. And if you keep nibbling away at that asteroid in order to throw stones you'll just leave yourself hanging.

Besides the interesting efficiency of handling server requests (which is now possible with other software combos, I hear) there is the quite nice aspect of sharing code between the browser and server. Might not suit all projects, but sometimes it's nice to cut down the number of spinning plates.

And until Erlang and other "proper languages" are smoothly available on web clients, Javascript is moules frites du jour.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

Notas Badoff

Reading between the lines...

"... when most journalists are either heading home to their families or already drunk."

And so the article we see now, 2 days later. Yep, some confessions are tucked away. Not blaming as such... :-)

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

Notas Badoff
Megaphone

Re: Now is the time

... to punish those who build and sell devices so easily circumvented! Poverty and prison may not look so clever as proper development and testing. Oh at least make the sentences twice longer than the skipped development time.

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URL LOL: Delta splats web flight boarding pass snoop bug

Notas Badoff

Re: Flight security not breached

Ah, well a kinder and gentler company like just about any airline has a much better revenge alternative - coach seating.

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Notas Badoff
Devil

The B of Bs!

There's a new B at work. Even B'ier than the B'd!

What? What wrong with saying that? It was an acute realization.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

Notas Badoff
Unhappy

Use the tools, Jules!

I have seen the reports generated by the static analysis software at Coverity and find them *very* revealing. Someone registered an opensource project with them (free for opensource) and it found a couple _thousand_ "hey you might want to have someone look at these couple of lines right here". And some of those were "I'm pointing here at the dubious use of variable value, but that dubious value was set hundreds of lines earlier" gotchas.

I'm sure it would have generated an "unchecked possible use of null pointer" report on the mentioned bug line. And there are more than a couple other such services besides Coverity, free for some opensource projects at least.

May I ask WTF? How does a large critical opensource project not use free tools?

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

Notas Badoff

Mandiant job order: item one ...

"Give us a get-out-of-jail explanation - no objections to exaggeration and making things up"

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Flame

Re: "period table"

I think that was an intentional stupid typo joke. Gotta be, right? Right?

ElReg! You need to proof-read your articles, and not just periodically!

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

Notas Badoff

Marvin, yes! That movie, NOOOO!!

Love Marvin, I live Marvin (well, and Z'athr'as). But that movie left me with a terrible pain in all the sulci inside my skull.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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Inside first, insiders first

"And they have done so despite the Great Firewall of China. You could even argue thanks to it."

Why would China wish to foster non-domestic companies? If it is difficult to conduct business within the country *because* it is cross-border business in the *wrong* direction, well, that serves "build the country".

There are multiple styles of protectionism, and saying you Western companies just don't understand the domestic market is both somewhat true and a definite excuse for obfuscation and obstruction.

Everybody loves a winner. They are fascinated by them, hence the gushing press. And I don't say that the winners are pre-ordained, except in one respect. They will be native Mandarin speakers exclusively.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Notas Badoff

Re: What GPS really needs

Warning sign:

Very narrow road ahead

Very sharp edges too...

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AT&T mothballs creepy customer web stalking system (until everyone's forgotten about it)

Notas Badoff

Does using/requiring HTTPS break this addition of identifying headers by the mobile provider? Lovely capitalist tracking pigs fouling up the plans of the lovely fascist security tracking pigs?

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729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build

Notas Badoff

I don'know, wha'd you wanna do tonight?

"729 teraflops ...

nearly 71,000 AWS cores for an eight-hour run ...

completed nearly 620,000 compute-hours."

Trying to figure out what this means in AWS latent capacity. Am I really reading that AWS has high NN K cores just laying around - unused - just waiting for customers? I can understand a couple K cores just kinda loping along poking the spare database or serving a web page, waiting for a 'real' question to come along. But towards and beyond 100 K cores shooting the shit waiting for a good stretch-of-the-legs? How much capacity have they got just 'waiting'?

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Modern Panic V: A world of H.R. Giger, spunking unicorns and deeply unsettling puppets

Notas Badoff

Re: Not quite wrong

I've spent whole flights stuck in the back of a jet between the tail-mounted engines reexperiencing Koyaanisqatsi - something about the sync/de-sync between them - enough to wonder whether the composer had been traveling quite a bit before inspiration. But then I've always had Glass in my ears. I think they call it 'tinnitus'.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

Notas Badoff

Re: Ooops

Two different quotes I reference:

The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used, differently.

Elegant or ugly code as well as fine or rude sentences have something in common: they don't depend on the language.

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