* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

dogged

>There is also this:

>http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/

Forbes is an absolute pain in the bollocks. It really doesn't get along with my privacy plugins. Something in the Adblock Edge, NoScript, Flashblock or Ghostery setups means that 90% of the time, links to Forbes simply don't open.

So I keep up with your articles the old-fashioned way. By looking at the homepage from time to time.

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'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

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Re: Is this a preview of the Pageless (and Worstall-less) era of ElReg?

Ars Technica is often worth reading.

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Re: |Hmmm... click bait

Agile - "we can't be bothered to document anything"

Scala - "we're too groovy to write anything anyone will ever actually use"

Java - "the consultants said it was good"

Lean - "we'll be offshoring next year"

DevOps - "why pay for separate ops when you can have devs do everything?"

Cynical you - not cynical enough. Yet.

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> as soon as you want to work for an enterprise scale business, you will be using .NET or Java

At the level where things interact and other programmers have to get involved, yes. Down on the metal (drivers, control systems etc) it's still a C++ world, for obvious reasons.

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

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> I thought the physical presentation of Eye was part of the core proposition.

Indeed but I don't subscribe because I move around a lot (contracting) so it would be nice to be able to catch up on what I've missed online.

Anyway, the medium is a challenge for a designer. Not me, I don't do design. But a designer. A good one, preferably.

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Re: 30 million readers per month != 1 million readers per day?

I think it was 30 million unique users per month. It's unlikely that users who pay for a subscription will only read a website one day per month.

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Re: I've never understood why Murdoch is so hated

> Many people do agree with the Sun's political stance (unless you really believe the public are so daft that they let newspapers tell them what to think) and voluntarily spend their hard-earned money on buying it. I find it difficult to object to that.

Many more want something they can gain all content from during a ten minute bog break - the Sun serves this purpose perfectly. It also has the sports pages. If it didn't, it wouldn't sell at all.

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Re: Statistics...

> the writing is terrible

Yes, it's the Grauniad.

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All of which makes it disappointing that I still can't read Private Eye (with a subscription) online.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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Re: plausible deniability

Encryption will be banned.

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Re: If you log browsing history...

> Anonymous, because why not. Not that it matters on a http-only site.

Yeah. Seriously, el Reg, I'll pay up to a fiver a month for SSL and no ads. I bet I'm not alone, either.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

dogged

you tell me, friend.

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I like the way "growing public outcry" now means "the Register complaining".

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Brit mobile pay biz reveals historical cyber attacks, gets smacked in the share price

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WTF?

The British company said that it had only come to know about the data breaches due to media enquiries, although they had occurred several years ago.

Jesus fucking christ.

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

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Re: Ok, cool.

Don't forget the abomination that is webkit-

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Anonymous hack group plans to out anonymous hate group

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Re: PUTNAIOOACA

d'oh

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Re: PUTNAIOOACA

I'm going to assume this is a Reg-ism like TIFKAM but it's really not helpful not to at least footnote what the fuck it actually means.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Give me liberty or...

Apparently x7 has never heard of SAVAK.

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Re: "Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down"

> > he's as far from the left as you can get without invading Poland

>Owwww. Nice one. I must store that expression somewhere :).

To be fair, we don't know that he hasn't invaded Poland. We only know their leader is called something that isn't "Matt Bryant" and their policies differ markedly from his in almost exactly every respect.

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Re: @ Dan Paul:

He never does. I think he's fifteen.

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Re: Give me liberty or...

> The Islamists hate us. Most Islamists are black/brown. Must of us aren't.

Please, please tell me you're trolling now. Please.

I actually can't believe I just read that. Wow.

Request double-facepalm icon, please.

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Re: bullying ...

Well, the Mail would almost certainly have published it.

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Re: So what?

> Sorry, why exactly would a journalist be storing private confidential informaiton like that on his laptop if its off the record?

Because Apple gave him a 25% discount and because that's what people do.

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Re: Works for me

> Easily scared, aren't you.

Have an upvote.

That's what I can't abide. This country didn't freak out during the Blitz or when the IRA (who were actually competent terrorists) were murdering people. The worst the happened was they took the bins away at railway stations.

Our current politicians (and I mean since about 2000) are such utter cowards. And they expect us to be cowards too and give them powers tuck us in at night and keep us all safe and lovely from the Bad Men.

Fuck that. I'm not scared.

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Re: So what?

Addendum -

In this case, it's even worse. Suppose this journalist interviewed you in your capacity as a member of Liberty or Amnesty. But the police seized the laptop on the grounds that journalist had also interviewed an ISIS member (and remember, membership of a group is not illegal. Only taking illegal actions is illegal).

But the police got your details and your conversation too. They got the journalist's pre-copy. Suppose some of what you said was used along with some of what the ISIS guy said? Boom. You're now deep in with ISIS and so is every other member of Amnesty. Imagine what a quiet leak to the Daily Mail could do with that. Imagine the idiot public outcry, the campaigns to get your group - which only cares about human rights and civil liberties - banned as terrorists.

Imagine David Cameron rubbing his hands with delight. Or Paul Dacre. Or Rupert Murdoch.

Honestly, this is a travesty. It must stop.

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Re: So what?

> I don't like the way journalists think they're under some kind of professional oath not to discuss their sources as if they're doctors who arn't allowed to discuss patient details.

Let's take a hypothetical situation. Say you're a member of some essentially harmless but Government-hated group like the Pirate Party or Occupy or Liberty or Amnesty. Suppose you agree to an interview with a journalist, and they take notes and record your conversation as per normal. They agree to withhold your name from the published copy because that might make you (even more of) a target.

Then the police come along and seize that laptop. They now have everything. Your name, your contact details, which groups you advocate for, what you plan to do, everything on the record and everything you and the journalist agreed would be off the record.

You're in the shit.

The next thing that happens is that word gets around. Pretty soon, nobody will give interviews. What that means is that the only people giving interviews are those "in authority" and only their side of any story is reported.

If that looks a lot like the current state of affairs, it's not a coincidence.

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

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Re: "[...] but they are not elected and answerable to nobody."

You know it's bad when amanfromMars1 makes absolute sense.

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'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

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Re: accent

It's quite rare to meet a Dubliner who can manage a Belfast accent, actually.

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Hands On with Windows 10 Mobile build 10572

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> bean-counters rejoice

And to some extent, admins. MDM tools are pretty mature for Windows.

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Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

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Re: Makes sense, does it? (And the oft-heralded demise of the PC)

Is the downvote for owning a WP8.1 device or for planning to get a Blackphone?

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Re: Makes sense, does it? (And the oft-heralded demise of the PC)

> How much user-monitoring telemetry is baked into Windows Phone? Anyone know?

Nobody knows with regard to WM10 because it's not released yet.

WP8.1 is actually pretty clean unless you go mad with Cortana. Considerably cleaner than a Nexus in terms of packets sent home. Switch on Google Now and the Cortana exception goes away, as you'd expect.

I expect WM10 will have more telemetry than WP8.1 because that's the way it seems to be going.

If it does, I'm buying a Blackphone.

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dogged

I beg your pardon?

which has established and capable customers such as Acer

Yeah, there's advice for you. Don't make premium devices, leave it to Acer with their gift for 99p Shop Chic.

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

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Meh

Re: Way t o go...

How stupid of them to put the controls where your thumbs are.

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> Microsoft - right at the cutting edge as usual !!?

If it did any more, you'd be screaming "SPYWARE" as you happily used Google's Android.

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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> Not really, no. Mass stabbings actually have similar body counts to mass shootings, believe it or not.

[citation needed]

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

> Here in the UK it's easy to get a gun, many criminals have them.

Yeah, I don't know if you know anything about the black market but you don't just rock up in the East End yelling "WHO WANTS TO SELL ME A GUN!!?!" You could, of course. But you probably wouldn't get a gun. You'd get arrested or stabbed.

So yes, criminals have them. But socially inadequate school children, as a rule, do not.

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Another go at remote objects: Google gRPC hits beta

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

I second this statement with regard to COM.

WCF is better but in no way is it transparent.

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

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> Well, I'm not sure it's tactful for a minister to say that it was actually his prime minister who was responsible for the said misinformation, which is probably why he did not elaborate further.

That would be the same Prime Minister who claimed he was going to safeguard tax credits and wouldn't permit any cuts during the election? That Prime Minister? I don't think he has many issues about bullshitting the public, somehow.

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Little bang for the Big C? Nitro in the anti-cancer arsenal

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Nope, it was just something my other half (a doctor) mentioned.

Should have said so before, I suppose.

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Thalidomide is currently regarded the A Number 1 Wonder Drug for the treatment of leprosy.

Strange world.

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TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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Re: "he will spend the evening being grilled by detectives"

It's waterboarding these days. Sous Vide is terribly fashionable.

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Stop

ITYM "javascript".

Unless you mean "Java applets" and those are already mostly gone, thanks be to Glod.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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@Richard Plinston - cherry picking again? Find a later post on the topic. It never actually happened.

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AC, I am an Englishman who works in England for an English company (with a German parent company, sadly - I will never assume Germans to be efficient again).

Your own assumptions have only made an ass out of u.

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Re: Microsoft is a bad software badge

Aha, are we on the FUD train again?

-Buggy? Yes. As buggy as Android? No.

-Insecure? No. More secure than either iOS or Android if you count the number of active vulns (ie none) or hostorical all-time vulns (ie 1 SMS attack which affected WP7 only).

-Hugely bloated? Compared to what? Android? The M8 uses identical hardware for WP and Android. The WP version a) doesn't lag which the Android does and b) gets roughly 20% more battery life from the same hardware. Identical hardware. So where did you find that one or did you just make it up?

-Prone to data loss and corruption - I dunno, I've been using WP for three years now and never seen that happen, or heard of it. You made it up.

Guaranteed etc - no, you're thinking of iOS.

That last ones are just more invented bullshit. Honestly Mikel, you tell more lies than Bob Vistakin. You should really stop that.

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Drivel. Among nerds you might get some support for this view but not much anywhere without a fanboy infestation. The public don't give a flat fuck what OS their runs as long it has all the apps and the why fies and the four gees and it looks shiny.

Microsoft's problem has been mainly carrier exclusivity with idiot carriers - in the US, for example, AT&T pretty much castrate flagships by disabling wireless charging and halving the internal storage while Verizon insist on an entirely new CDMA model that they then don't market and drop after three months - and an absolute failure to incentivise sales drones as, for example, Samsung do. That incentivising (bribing, basically) is expensive but cheaper than blowing $8.2 billion on Nokia. It could have been done.

Phone shops push consumers away from WP. Not because it sucks but because they don't get an extra few quid as a backhander for selling it. Since that's unlikely to change, it'll stay niche.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

dogged

Re: 360?

Almost certainly not and definitely not in November this year.

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dogged

Re: What console?

Depends on what you want to do with it.

Pure gaming (only)? PS4. Gaming + Media? XBone.

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El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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Re: Part of the issue here is that the French underestimated the tactical effect of combining.....

The draw weight is partially a matter of not breaking style and partial a bragging rights/dicksizing thing.

Once you can easily draw your bow, you must move up in weight or else you'll get bad habits which mean that any off-time (loss of strength and technique) will injure you. I have four bows, a 60lb little thing I use for the battlefield so I don't kill anyone, a 140lb bow I use for long range practice, a (filthy disgusting) mongolian horsebow for demonstration purposes (goes around 110lb at my 34" draw) and the Bitch (220lb) which is only used for demos and as my personal exercise machine.

If you're questioning my bows, I've been shooting since I was six years old, I'm now 45. I'm also 6'4" inches tall and currently weigh around 18 stone, bodyfat somewhere around 13% right now. Due to the "stacking" effect of the compressing heartwood of a yew bow, the majority of the poundage arrives in the last six or so inches of draw. I have a very long draw. That means I do that demo because it looks really good for the punters.

I have seen the same dummy shot with a friend's 120lb yew self-bow. It didn't go all the way through but it did make it into the back padding. That's more than enough.

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Re: Slight historical inaccuracy

Apparently, Edward I liked English because it's good for swearing and he swore like a motherfucker.

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