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3066 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Utter Crap!!!

> There is also a lot of work being done to try to get male primary teachers.

Oh, I was under the impression that the Daily Mail had appointed the Paedofinder General to murder any man caught within 10 feet of a child which is not his own.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Re: So what's in it?

Haven't there been tons of stories about this anyway?

Minimize buttons on metro apps, some new stuff in the main title bars, just pointy-clicky stuff for when you need to be all pointy and clicky.

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> Why do I get a rather condescending vibe from this Guy?

Because you're a touchy prick?

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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Re: Why do Brits accept Rip-Off Pricing? No Batteries or SD Memory?

Your tinfoil is unravelling. I think it may be causing unnecessary bolding.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Ask not how much Dell charge to install Firefox

Have you ever looked at Scott Guthrie's blog?

Nice clear screenshots of all the stuff he does with Azure. All in Chrome.

Now, you can assume that MS fire people and penalize companies if you like. That's your right. You can stick your head up your own arse and use your balls for a bow tie if makes you happy.

But you're still wrong and not funny.

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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Re: No no no...

Yeah, so forget about fines where the body in question has no turnover.

A better way would be permanent disbarring from employment by the public sector in any capacity (including nationalized banks).

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Comment thread as informative tool

I'm amazed, actually.

I'd never have dreamed that people would consider Russell Howard worth watching.

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Kill off CBeebies?

A year ago I might have upvoted you.

Not any more. CBeebies is that last hope of the end-of-tether dad attempting to cope after work with a supercharged 11 month old baby who wants to get in the oven while you're trying to cook his dinner because the mrs is on nightshift.

Now granted, the mere fact of knowing that Sir Derek Jacobi is singing the Iggle Piggle song is enough to make my soul scream but not so loudly that I won't take the welcome distraction it offers my horrible spawn.

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Re: Yawn.

Nothing like some heavy metal to motivate me into shifting some seriously heavy metal.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Typing a Spong! message will be called "Spinging".

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To be fair, they make zero money from their products. They make billions by selling you.

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Got it. You me and Dabbsy can do "Spong!"

Basically, it autotunes your text messages so you can annoy people by having singing messages arrive in their inbox and shitting on their data allowance.

Da yoof will love it.

I'll do the app, you do the website, Dabbs can do publicity. I hear he's met some journalists.

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sell it quick to HP before you get found out.

Fixed that for you.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Upvoted for "basement cum shrine" which is presumably an extremely elaborate sock.

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Re: I ain't a hipster then

You can have your beard removed permanently?

I like that idea. It would save me shaving time and razor money and remove the necessity to wave sharp bits of metal around at not-awake-yet o'clock in the morning.

Please tell me more.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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> The Army doesn't like radio gear it can't fix

In general, true.

The rule is actually that if we can break it, we have to be able to fix it. Royal Signals actually have three guys in Leeds who have the full time job of breaking all radios and radio prototypes submitted to them by any means.

To my knowledge, this has consisted of such delights as running it over with a tank, setting fire to it, leaving it overnight in strong acid, leaving it overnight in strong alkali, chucking it off tall buildings and on at least one occasion, strapping grenades to it and running like fuck.

The radio those guys can't break may be invented one day but today is not that day.

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Re: What would you do with a Boeing Black on your lab bench?

> Long before you can exchange any keys you'll have the USB stack talking to it

Not necessarily. NFC would work here.

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Microsoft Research co-develops cloud data scrambler

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Re: Half measures.

> Nepal might work.

I was considering this statement and realized that actually, Iceland would work much better. And they can have carbon-neutral data centres.

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It's basically outsourcing your backup. Not in itself a terrible idea.

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Half measures.

I get the feeling that MS are actually seriously about user privacy if for no other reason than that they know damn well it's a huge USP and also a massive differential from Google who exist because they mine your data.

So I'm not going to sneer at this. They almost certainly mean it.

However, it's still a half measure. There's only one way to restore confidence in the security and privacy of user data on MS's cloud and that, Satya Nadella, is to do the unthinkable and move Microsoft out of the USA.

I know, that's a serious wtf statement, isn't it?

But while MS can be compelled by US law to tell the US government absolutely everything they have on you and even compelled to collect statistics where they would rather (for sales reasons) not, they are at a competitive disadvantage.

So where can they go? Somewhere small. Small enough to be the country's major revenue earner and thus influence legislation away from intrusive.

Nepal might work.

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Re: They exist because ....

@ Neil B

>And by the way, please spare us your pseudo-philosophical claptrap.

There's nothing pseudo or philosophical about saying that if people are prepared to pay not to play your game, that is one shitty game. It might be an amazing profit-generator but it's still a shitty game.

So please spare us your fanboy apologism.

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Re: They exist because ....

> ..... some people just want to pose. They like to sit outside the AH all day in their pretty raid armour and never actually do anything. Posers will always pay to look good.

I don't buy it. I find it more likely that people do this because they want to actually get to the fun bit they keep hearing about. Which they never will. MMOs based on DIKU are an exercise in Zeno's Paradox of the Tortoise. You will never reach the fun. You can never reach the fun. You will just run out of barriers.

Then they give you new barriers.

>As for bypassing the first 90 levels, no need to. The game has changed the amount of work required so you can blast through from 1-85 without any real struggle (some of the rebuilt quests are more entertaining these days).

I don't buy that either. If it were true there would be no powerlevelling.

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if you think Blizzard is suggesting that the first 90 levels are so boring it's worth $60 not to play them, then I would heartily disagree.

That's exactly what they're suggesting. It's why powerlevelling and goldselling services exist. And you know they exist.

Welcome to the modern MMO - a game so bad your players will pay you not to have to actually play it. A game where the fun is locked behind enormous walls of grind and money so that you'll never know until you spend that time or that money that it's not all that much fun anyway.

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Github brews text editor for developers

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Because that would require Chrome which is the new IE6 with its disregard for standards and it's "Chrome Apps" for ActiveX.

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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once they are finished they zip back up the mouthpiece of their latex suit and climb back into the gimp box with (insert service provider's name here) on it.

You misspelled "Oracle's".

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: @ dogged: (was: Honestly ...)

No, I absolutely don't.

But look at this a different way. Suppose somebody comes up with a way of extending the range of existing electric cars. Now, suppose that I am of the opinion that electric cars are actually a greater hazard to the world than not trashing perfectly serviceable old cars*.

My opinion in this case is of no merit - there are electric cars. While this may not change my opinion of them, it does improve them by any reasonable standard. If I decide to jump up and down and bluster about how they're not proper cars and nobody who drives one is a proper driver and I still have a '38 Jaguar... I'm just being a cock.

Does that make sense?

* For the record, I don't have any opinion on this either way.

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Re: @ dogged: (was: Honestly ...)

Well, this thread is specifically about Typescript as a means of managing and controlling - and improving! - JavaScript projects.

Therefore, decrying the existence of JavaScript projects is hardly relevant.

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Re: @ dogged: (was: Honestly ...)

(For the record I don't know who keeps downvoting your comments but it's not me. We might disagree and I might think you're off-topic to a truly bizarre degree but it ain't personal).

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Re: Embrace and extend

Are you retarded?

No, really, has somebody taught you one thing from history and it's the only thing you know how to type?

Did you not read ANY of the comments above? Have you only read the bullshit headline?

Typescript is a superset of JavaScript. The compiled output of Typescript has none of the Typescript extensions, it is just and only JavaScript.

Typescript is open source released under the Apache license.

Typescript is already supported by several programming environments on several platforms, including linux.

Nothing is being extended.

You are an idiot.

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Re: Honestly ...

We know. But at the same time, there's a lot of programming that is in fact related to the WWW and smartphones and one can either use suitable tools to do that programming or one can complain about punch cards.

You're doing the equivalent of wandering into a tomato-growing hothouse and complaining that nobody ploughs with horses anymore.

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Re: Developer expectations...

It's a compressed portmanteau of "Refactor C Sharp".

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Re: Developer expectations...

I am in no way accusing you of anything other than enthusiasm but...

You might want to consider your writing style with this kind of thing. Because (even though I'm certain it's not) it reads a lot like advertising copy.

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Re: Developer expectations...

Interestingly, Resharper supports Typescript.

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Re: Embrace, Extend...

Embrace, Extend... comment with absolutely no understanding of the topic under discussion.

Is that how it goes?

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Nurse! He's out of bed again!

> Is this how low we have fallen as techies? I cry.

No, it's a thing that young people today call an "analogy". That means it's supposed to explain a concept you're having trouble with - like where you left your teeth - by means of a concept you can understand - like it's hard to skateboard with a zimmer frame.

Now drink your cocoa and dream of flying kites and riding steam engines.

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Re: Can't see the point myself.

Because using a tool like this a) does a better job with less human-error mistakes and b) takes about 1/5th the time of hand-optimizing JavaScript.

So you produce better code much faster.

Which makes you more employable.

Sorry, you were saying?

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FAIL

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"JavaScript challenger"

Fail.

Typescript does not "challenge" JavaScript in any way. It is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to pure JavaScript.

Typescript is simply a way of writing and managing large JavaScript projects using type-safe code. It's an Anders Hjelsberg project and as such is officially Good Stuff™

In other news, El Reg's headline writer is a misinformation-peddling tard.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Rolex?

Not a chance. Bond wears Omega Seamasters since forever.

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Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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Re: Surprise!

Welcome back, AC. Been a while.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: Why the fuck would he bother?

If you want balance, watch the BBC where they ask for homeopath's opinions on medical emergencies.

Oddly, however, the standing orders on journalistic policy at the Beeb are explicitly NOT to report items that cast doubt on climate change nor offer debates on the subject.

Maybe this is our balance.

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Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

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Re: Is this a sick joke???

not sure if srs...

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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Re: Selfies

> They both report the work is incredibly hard but the good thing is that you occasionally do get days where you don't have to do much and stuff sort of just grows

I grew up on a dairy farm in the UK.

There are exactly zero days when you don't work.

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@arnold

Absolutely, although I was actually referring to the Shabbat requirements which result in unmilked, unfed animals and thus are not exactly friendly toward farming.

Unless you have your slaves do it (while keeping strictly to the regulation in Leviticus, of course).

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Re: "Encrypted them in a way he could not decrypt them"

It's a deferred threat. Encrypt them so that you cannot (currently) decrypt them, stash them somewhere. If they're deleted, you don't lose much. You can't be coerced to decrypt them because it's not possible for you to do so.

But...

Under pressure, you could release them into the public domain and THEN... well, there's some clever bastards out there.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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@ Pseudonymous Coward

That was a minor rant which had been coming for a while, I'm afraid.

I just get so sick of the commentards claiming that open == trustworthy when you know, I know and most of them know (if they'd actually admit it) that the number of people who make that claim is several orders of magnitude larger than the number of people who actually do read F/OSS code or, heaven forbid, understand it.

I am willing to bet that exactly nobody (besides me and perhaps the anon who was involved in sec clearing code) in this comment thread has ever done a bare-metal install with code compiled on an isolated box, compared checksums or made any commits to a major F/OSS project.

Why? Because it's a lot of work for very little reward. Given that assumption and further, given the knowledge that a lot of closed-source code IS security certified and used by the very entities we suspect of spying on us, we can be relatively certain that the openness of the codebase is at best a placebo.

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Re: The internet is fixated on this 'secret tunnel' type of backdoor idea which is pointless...

Oops, did I challenge the orthodoxy and ruffle some fanboys with those irritating facts?

What a shame.

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Re: The internet is fixated on this 'secret tunnel' type of backdoor idea which is pointless...

> Its too bad you can't run some similar software...you know, have an OS and other programs that

> you can compile yourself and verify if "backdoors" are there or not.

Let's take a minimized debian netinstall from CDs. Strip out everything and what you've got is 209.7MB of binaries on your hard drive after install.

Now, that's compiled binary code. The actual source that compiled down to the 209.7MB is going to run to more like about 4.2GB or, to put it in terms that actually make sense to a human being, about 4,200,000,000 characters of C++ which taking an arbitrary 180 characters per line (and whitespace is extra so I'm ignoring it) will be approximately 52,500,000 lines of code to read through and fully understand the operation of in context to every other line and obviously, a complete encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant RFCs and where relevant, cryptographic algorithms to know whether or not you have a secure system. With no GUI or any userland programs installed.

People talk about how open source is safe because it's open. It's not safe unless you both read and understand it. Relying on somebody else to do that for you is the absolute inherent basic root of insecurity. If you do it yourself, then you can say it's secure but why should I believe you? Are you infallible?

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: More metal kit that blocks and thus drops more calls.

Most got as far as "my iPhone works..." and headed for the downvote button.

Don't worry. Some of us can still read.

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James Cordon

considerably less funny than earache.

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Lucky

That's just stupid. No company wants to kill potential customers except possibly Philip Morris.

However, the citizens of Munich are remarkably lucky that their city council a) gives a shit about IT and b) is seemingly resistant to the usual bribery.

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