* Posts by wikkity

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: appears to think about the country and its people

probably no one reading this now. But given what happed today I'm a bit unsure that my original opinion was correct. She has certianly helped the country today by standing down. Wether this was as she obvious was not going to win and wants to keep her options open for later I don't know/ But today she did do what was best.

BTW, I'm a left winger. While I like a lot of what Jeremy Corbyn has to offer he should now do the same, you can't do anything if no one you have to work with supports you.

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Re: appears to think about the country and its people

I doubt that very much, she was one of those who used the referendum to further her career. Watching her campaign and debate I saw no supporting evidence she give a toss about anyone in this country other than herself.

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Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

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Why I'm not a millionaire

I just can't understand why people would like this. Or facebook, snapchat, minecraft, etc...

As a freelance develpoer I've had a lot of people offer shares rather than actual payment, I've always turned that down, mainly as the ideas were stupid. So far none of thiose have proved true, but If anyone had suggested I work on something like this for shares I'd have dismissed it instantly.

I just don't understand other people, I wish I did.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: Scaremongering

> bank of england interest rate rise (something we have all been waiting for)

Not everyone, those with savings yes, those struggling to pay mortages no

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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RE: how little clue Sun/-Oracle-

JavaME was right for the time, there was no other way to write portable apps for phones (and smart cards etc, but this in context of Android). Sun got stuck in a rut with JavaME it stagnated and became obsolete for the next generation devices and beyond, Google invitied them back to the party but they stuck by JavaME and failed to see JavaME was a non-goer for trhe emerging smart phone market.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: [citation needed]

Have I strayed onto wikipedia here? Can't see a begging banner.

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Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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Good, but at least impose a meaningful fine

For starters it will probbaly cost more than that to just process the payments, never mind all the effort that would have been put before sedning these out.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: both major parties are split.

No, only one party is split, there are only a handful of non-tory MPs supporting leave

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: grasp difference between using and reimplementing API ?

There is obviously a difference, but there have been many implementations of the Java API and android was based on one of them, Harmony. The only time licensing has ever been an issue with anyone but Google was when someone released an implementation and using the Java name without passing Suns/Oracles Java TCK (Technology Compatibility Kit) process.

Microsoft fell foul of this when they shipped their own non compliant Java branded runtime. Android's only Java aspect is the programming language. Where are the lawsuits against GCJ, IcedTea or even Harmony.

It has been mentioned elsewhere on here Sun encouraged Java to be re-implemented which involves implementing the API. In a sane world where law makes sense the only potential issue would be around copying code that actually implements the API. If you go through the code that Oracle brought to the table in the first round of this, it were demonstrated to be test code inadvertently committed by a sub contractor or just so trivial that even the Judge stated that is the only sensible it could have been written (rangeCheck).

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: just tell me what didn't work

just because the developers did not implement some code to give you a meaningful error message has nothing to do with the programming language it is implemented in,

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Re: some apprenticeships can be useful

A friend was looking into apprenticeships for his son, he came across one for a sandwich technician at Subway.

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Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system

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Re: such requests would cost more than the stipulated £600

It would be interesting to do a FOI request asking how many requests were not performed because they would cost more than £600

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VMware plugs Java bugs

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How is this a Java bug?

Surely it is a bug in vCenter, they've configured it to do this out of the box.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: They're a bit thick.

I noticed this when I was looking to book a hotel, however a few days after the ads were orientated towards what to do at the resort I ended up booking.

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Irish mum coughs to children's allowance fiddle

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Either she has 5.5 kids

Or the irish child benefit is a lot better than ours in england.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: I'd rather the incompetent buffoons be local ones

Good job you aren't a Steel worker then, Europe seems to be wanting to help more than the UK government.

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Dell joins Java jumpers with updated server admin tool

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Java is so buggy

No it's not. The browser plugins are and sites should have switched years ago. The rest of the java ecosystem is fine.

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SAP software download app exposed passwords thanks to serious vuln

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Java?

What is the significance of the app having been developed in Java have to do with anything? The bug is nothing to do with the runtime but bug in the application itself and is only going to bring out the "java is insecure" brigade.

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

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Re: doing extra paid work in your day job

Assuming you are not on a minimum wage zero hour contract or just a don't have the flexibility to work more hours as you'd like.

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'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note

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One way to scupper ransomware

would be to create a bunch of these and NOT give out decryption keys. People would stop believing they can recover their data and stop paying. The victims may even learn to backup important stuff and stop using an account with admin privileges for everyday stuff.

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Google gives ringing endorsement to US VPN providers with 'right to be forgotten' expansion

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while also upholding

the rights of people in other countries to access lawfully published information

I love that line, they took the opportunity to point out how ludicrous this is. Judging by the comments and down votes here I think a few people have forgotten what the "right to be forgotten" is all about. It's not about deleting information from the internet, it's for people who decide they don't like the fact that things they have done have been published on things like news sites and turn up in a google search.

BBC news have a page where you can view all their articles that google have been made to remove search history for.

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There's a courier here says he's got 50TB of cloud data for you

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Joke

RE: So by speeding up the shipping a bit

Maybe if you have an amazon prime account you get 1 day shipping?

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'Kalamazoo killer' gave Uber rides in between shooting six dead

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Maybe it was that person who jumped out of his car so he couldn't get the fare for the full journey that pushed him over the edge.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Re: can't remember who it was

Ron Davies

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

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RE: To some extent, however Google Map's aren't the same quality as Streetmap's, probably because Streetmap uses Ordinance Survey maps..

That obviously depends on the purpose people are using them, OS is great for many things but not every usecase, but often you don't need to know contours or if a road is very steep. Generally, People obviously prefer a less cluttered and more interactive map, you can't overlay live traffic info on an OS map, it would look terrible.

Much of OS data is now open, Streetmap are very far behind, they just seem to be regurgitating OS raster maps, maybe if they just stopped whining and focused on improving thy could have got somewhere. Today, they could be using the OS datasets to create a much better product. I've used a lot of their data and you can create some nice accurate maps tailored to the task at hand.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Re: it is a church funded school,

They do not pay the running costs of the school, they might host the odd jumble sale now and agian.

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Re: RE: as my wife does go to church

Maybe my post was too subtle. The school is funded by tax payers money. Given that why should any preference be be placed on a potential pupil based on their religion. if a church was to fund the school out of their own pocket I'd be happy to concede that. But I pay the same tax the other parents pay so why does my child not have the exact same chance of getting into a school 100m away as my neighbours kid and instead I have to take her to a school in a different town?

Yes, I do know they can do this, there is even a specific clause in the discrimination act. My subtle(?) point which was "why", this is want makes my blood boil. Religion has no place in education other than a subject, but to explicitly bend over backwards to allow discrimination based on it has no place in todays world.

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RE: as my wife does go to church

This simply makes my blood boil, the fact that someone attends church improves their chances of getting into a school. The fact that it is a religious school should have no consequence on can go there, if it were funded by a church, fair enough but not when it's tax payers money. I would love to see someone claim relgious dicrimination for failure to get in.

I still can't understand hpw in this day and age there is any aspect of religion in schools beyond RE lessons that simply teach about what people beleive in. And pesonally, I don't see why that has to be an individual subject.

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Re: This:

Everyone seems to assume that the software was developed by developers following a [flawed] process. Most likely it is an Access database that someone in the office knocked up and has been tweaked and poked to the point where no one really know how it works.

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PayPal patches deadly server remote code execution flaw

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Is this a Paypal bug or a java bug

It's a paypal bug, Anyone who accepts data from an untrusted source and uses it without validation should not be in the position they are in. It's quite a simple rule, and no different to the one we tell our children about strangers.

Java serialisation is something very useful, in the right circumstances, anyone who says that it flaw inherent in Java (as has been stated in comments to related articles) is simply wrong.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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The company says financial information is not included in the lost database.

Oh, that's ok then. Why do companies think this is the most important thing to state. A lot of people would be covered for fraud done with data like this and the company would be expected be made to cover any costs involved.

However, personal and health info once released there is no way to undo

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: Larger

It could be a golden or a blonde. However, judging by the lack of head it's probably not.

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Devs complain GitHub's become slow to fix bugs, is easily gamed

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I concur

I have a number of private projects and the customer support is pretty bad and very slow, you need to do lot of chasing up. That said it doesn't cost much and so far I've had no show stoppers, if I do then git is trivial to switch elsewhere.

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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

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Re: oracle constrained by the GPL

Not really sure what you are getting at.

However, Oracle are free to do do what they want with openjdk apart from revoke the GPL license.

They own it and can license it under a different license at the same time to themselves or anyone else. They already do this with their own java distribution, an openjdk build is not the same as oracle's distribution, if they want to add non-gpl code to their build they are not obligated under the GLP to open source the extras. If you GPL some code you are allowing anyone to use it under the GPL, you however can do what you want with it, there are plenty of examples out there.

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IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

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still advertising for 16 "open gigs,

Or sacked the only people who knew how to access their web site?

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Java 9 delayed until Thursday March 23rd, 2017, just after tea-time

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Re: happy to work to an ANSI 92 standard

Or better still _ISO_ standard rather than a single member country's national committee like ANSI. Sorry, but having put a lot of effort into three standards within BSI I hate to see people label standards as ANSI

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: Drop Java

Browser yes, but on a desktop there is a good case for java. There is still no viable alternative for cross platform UIs, over the years I've developed apps that run unchanged on linux, windows, macs, solaris and irix. Write once debug everywhere is not something I've encountered

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Whisper this, but Java deserialisation vulnerability affects more libraries

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The root cause

"The root cause of the problem is down to apps not validating or checking untrusted input prior to deserialisation"

I bet c#/c++/ruby/... developers are pleased that this is a java specific problem then.

Who in their right mind does not validate untrusted input and find it hard to beleive that anyone would de-serialise objects with data from an unknown source or even expose an endpoint that expected it? Probably the same people who concatenate user input string to make sql statements. They deserve what they get.

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Inventorying which libraries are used by which specific software is notoriously difficult

No it's not

mvn dependency:list

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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RE: odds

You forgot to account for the first strike killing them.

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TalkTalk claims 157,000 customers were victims of security breach

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RE: Good time to buy shares then :)

If you believe they will go back up and do so in a timescale worth investing, then yeah.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Use web components instead?

I'd really love to.

But first we'd need cross browser support, only chrome comes close natively supporting the required features, and they are incredibly slow to start using a polyfill like polymer. Even then we still need javascript, or are they saying js embedded in a web component ok?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: When I were a lad at school

Luxury, when I was a lad coal hadn't even started fossilising and had to write with damp peat.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: no terrorist has ever taken away any of my freedoms.

Then you are lucky you live where you do

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Tuna and mushroom

Tin of tuna mixed in bowl of condensed mushroom soup, stir and mircowave. If not too p*ssed some pasta goes well.

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

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RE: If redhat is gpl then why can't I download or obtain it for free?

Free != Free as in beer.

There is nothing preventing people from selling GPL software as long as you abide by the GPL and make the code available to those you distribute to. Over the years I've bought quite a number of linux distos and it was quite common before fast internet connections were widely available to be able to buy copies of various GPL'd software.

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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HomeKit

, "Apple has its HomeKit scheme to produce an IoT standard that will make everything interoperate"

Let me correct that for you

Apple has its HomeKit scheme to produce an IoT standard that will make everything you have bought for a hefty price from Apple interoperate, everything else will fail or be glitchy.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Start worrying when

Google ads start recommending you a an accountant

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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RE: Just in his mind I think

No, this is still a very common use case for java, especially at the enterprise level. What are the alternatives? A bespoke app for each platfrom? Too much effort. All the cross platform APIs I've seen are pretty rubbish.

HTML5 falls far form the mark for a lot of applications.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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if only there was some other way to send the url, imagine if they could just use a network connection

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