* Posts by JLV

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Re: The artists could fix the problem

On the TM gougery side of things, not the scalper/tout bit, that's the core problem. TM is way too dominant in this market. Introduce real competition and prices will go down. They should not get away with exclusivity contracts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/arts/music/string-cheese-incident-takes-on-ticketmaster.html

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Re: When I think of Ticketmaester..

Hmmm, even small venues showcasing more eclectic artists tend to use TM. You really struggle to avoid TM altogether.

I tend to do on-location pickups or TM outlets pickups. Less $$$ that way, usually 10-15$ cad. I also often just go to a show and buy tix from random folk whose buddies can't come. Usually at about face value. Not ripped off to date - fraud's not worth it on 60-70$ events.

But, yeah, Kanye/Kathy Perry/Gaga and $150+ face value concert tix are a lot of what's wrong with live events nowadays. Well, that and KP couldn't sing her butt out of a wet toilet paper bag. At least you avoid that if you go see smaller artists. But not neccessarily TM :(

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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lessons not learned, users not listened to

I won't go as far as saying anything, complimentary or not, about 10.

But one thing that is easily noticeable is how much of a Vista Window 8.x turned out to be. It should have been the big sibling in the popularity contest. Not Windows 7, a much better Windows, but one that is also 7 years old and would have been replaced years ago by 8, if 8 didn't suck.

Really, heads should have rolled over 8. Should have been all Robespierre, a bloodbath, with anyone associated with making the Metro look decisions on Windows 8 shunted off to the Gulags. From the senior UI designers to the marketers to upper management of the Windows product line. Anyone who misread consumer and business sentiment to that extent and signed off on it.

Then the new blood wouldn't have been so stubborn in foisting upon us another set of really undesirable traits - telemetry and the forced upgrade. I mean, how exactly do you manage to transform what should have been a goodwill exercise - a free Windows upgrade - into yet another PR disaster? Take away those 2 deplorables and Windows 10 would be perceived very differently. Easily solved by cutting them away, it's not like they had to do extra work to fix things.

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No, Andy, AWS and Oracle aren't in a database death match

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Directly? No. But as a showcase for postgresql? Which has an Oracle compatibility mode off-cloud? Good way to get exposure. Again, not for migrations but rather for new, secondary, projects at first.

Being free and rock-solid, postgresql can easily operate in supporting roles, as long as IT people have some familiarity with it. AWS will help, though the folks on it are likely already savvier than the typical "oh, just put it on Access" crowd.

Mind you, easier installation and admin would go a long way to help postgres. It's not really hard, but you do have to look under the covers a bit.

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Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

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Re: Fake Story

>something I could knock off in 10 minutes.

You slacker. I could do it in 30 seconds, with my right hand tied my back and blindfolded to boot.

Kids these days.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Jeremy Hunt

Perhaps he could even change his first name to Mike to make it more obvious.

How much money would be spent, for what benefit? This from a supposedly right-of-center government?

I do favor tough punishments in cases where someone does revenge or blackmail porn. Including when minors do it to other minors.

But that's not the same thing as putting up huge guardrails at great cost to protect people from their own stupidity, is it?

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: @JLV - Over reaction?

I deeply regret Trumps election. Not 'deplore' cause I think this, and her we-won in her campaigning when The Donald was on the ropes probably did her in. Hillary might have made a good prez but she sure sucked as a candidate.

But I don't appreciate the deep alarmisms, the what to do in a dictatorship (linked to in another post), the calls for resistance and civil disobedience. This popular vote vs electoral college thing is as stale as my socks - that's the US electoral process is set up for better or worse. The wrong man was chosen but it was done democratically. Let him govern and wait to see what comes out first. After all, not all of our countries have always been clever in our recent votes, neh? And Marine Le Pen has a good shot at scoring quite high this time.

I expect our PM, Trudeau, to swallow his pride and get along as he can with our biggest trading partner. If and when that _really_ goes against our principles and values, I also expect him to stand firm. But do so for pragmatic reasons not just to grandstand.

For now, let's see what comes out. 4 years of Trump may teach US voters that simplistic throw-the-bums-out populism, whether from Bernie or to the right, can be all smoke and mirrors. Ditto a not quite as hoped Brexit European negotiation outcome for UK voters.

I think the main reason for people like Trump and Farage winning is our relentless drive to out-shout each other in griping about how corrupt and incompetent our elected representatives are. Governing is not as easy as some think and electorates are fickle. Easy fixes have usually been done, what's left is either hard to do or hard to pass legislation for. Actual corruption? Throw them in jail but otherwise let them govern until the next election for fucks sake.

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Re: Over reaction?

>the 52nd or 53rd or something state?

Depends on how you sort. Probably in top 5 states if going by PISA score / education rankings ;-) Definitely more if _your_ IQ is averaged in.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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irony, thy name is Donut Cop

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nickelback-singer-convicted-of-drunk-driving-in-b-c-1.758164

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: First Flight Challenges

Oh, I dunno. If you average in the F35's reliability with all the others you'd see we haven't progressed quite as much.

I know, that's a bit like a MS rant in the midst of a Linux article - not that we ever have those - my coat.

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Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger

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Re: I question this statement

I do wonder what an HTA file could possibly be useful for, malware aside, in 2016. Is this another hidden extension trick? This from a company where I can't open my own Excels wo it warning me that the trivial macros I wrote myself are a risk? Txs, MS.

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Interesting

Well, for one thing solely for portability purposes. You can do ANSI SQL only, but it's easy to mistakenly fall off the wagon and let portability issues creep in. And that's without even thinking about stored procedures/triggers.

So, if you have an existing mssql app and you want to move it to the cloud/Linux, this isn't a bad idea. A 25% performance hit isn't that bad, if it really never gets much worse. I'd be cautious about being an early adopter here, but if they really do deliver, why not?

Plus, as far a pay-as-you-go databases go, sql server isn't that bad. It's not that great, but it works. And cheaper than Oracle. Different organizations have different needs for support and may feel they want a vendor backing their db. In practice, the db vendor rarely does anything in my experience - the cases where a mature rdbms has a bug that the vendor doesn't re-baptize as a feature or doesn't just "commit" to fixing, maybe, next release aren't that common. Security, maybe. Part of it is laziness, part of it is also stability - you can't play at devops with query optimizers on customer critical apps. Still, you now have vendor support.

There also aren't that many big rdbms players that an extra entry in Linux land isn't welcome- db2, oracle, postgresql. Not counting mysql, but that's my own prejudice against it - it probably covers simple CRUD fine, but I've seen it fail at complex queries that sql server could easily handle.

MS isn't my favorite company, and I hate what they've done to Win 8/10, but not everything they do is crap.

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AWS to launch Aurora service for PostgreSQL at re:Invent – report

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Go, pg, pg, go.

Just finally read up on their stored procedures. They have an amazingly elegant design in how you interact with them - you just select them. A breath of fresh compared to the other vendors' convoluted tricks. You can take results from them and reuse them too, like any ol select.

Granted selecting from an insert/update/delete-ing proc seems a bit like the bad habits of http gets with side effects, but otherwise it's pretty neat. I also was less convinced by the idea of deploying Python/Ruby/whatever code in it, though R or C might have more justification.

Definitely a more grown up rdbms than mysql.

Anyone have insights as to when volume starts to hit a ceiling with pg? Looks almost too good.

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Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

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Stoopids

My fave. Driving North into Seattle. Fairly heavy traffic as usual. But fluid. I'm @ 110/120 which is a tad faster than the general flow so I need to concentrate. Keep spacing. If I was tired I'd have to slow. Fun.

Keeping pace w me last hour a 30-something solo female in a Smart, New Mex plates.

Till my kids spot dumbo texting assiduously as she goes. Slowed right down till she was far ahead, figuring a heightened risk w her around.

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Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

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hubris

What's with dumb-ass things like you type cmd.exe and you get powershell.exe?

Why is it that you can't simply get what you asked for?

And how is the conjunction of restricted script execution (the default ps behavior) going to play out on sites that have locked down user rights extensively? Will that mean that you simply won't have a personal automation/scripting capability?

It's not like I am overly fond of cmd.exe, but it works and doesn't require much of a brain to use. Powershell may be quite powerful, but it also seems to come with a lot of MS design opinions, not all of which I care to partake of. I had planned to learn it little by little, but on my terms. My $.02 is that ps may make the complicated possible, but also certainly makes the simple complicated.

But, I forget, of course it's not my computer, it's MS's.

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Funny thing (I'll withhold any opinion on embrace/e/e...) is that, on one hand, MS seems to have finally started growing up on the backend/tooling and is willing to play with others. If done well, and not just self-servingly, this should restore some goodwill from at least some IT pros.

(I realize there are folks who just say no to MS and that's fine, but they are not whom I am talking about).

On the front end however, which is where the vast majority of users see them, they act way more stubborn and aloof than they ever did before, even in the monopoly days. Win 10 forced upgrade/telemetry/ribbons, etc... The same type of people who would never have understood why IT pros bitched about MS in the 90s are now badmouthing MS themselves.

Or voting with their wallet. Many Joe Schmoe users that can afford it are buying Macs, savvy ones are on Linux and their mobile market share is a rounding error.

Why is it that this 'new MS' can do deep tooling changes, but can't be bothered to act nicely towards its end users and actually listen to what they want?

If they have the level of humility and practicality to join the Linux Foundation, why not bring back menus? Or stop telemetry? How much of a 'development effort' would that be???

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Samsung sets fire to $9m by throwing it at Tizen devs

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Oh, I dunno, maybe elsewhere than under a Tizen story? If newsworthy. It's not like El Reg is adverse to dumping on Apple, ya know. Unless they've suddenly become desperate to get invited to their shindigs.

Twat.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: WHAT F*** Economies of F*** Scale

Humm, as much as I think this, like most F-35 related stuff, is complete utter bollocks, "economies of scale" does make a warped kinda sense in this context.

When a country can only afford 2 or 3 dozen of an "affordable, high-volume" combat aircraft, it kinda makes sense to centralize major repairs so that you don't set up a huge infrastructure that has little repairs to do.

(Of course, so far, it seems that even with low volume, F-35s keep their support crews plenty busy.)

Also, keep in mind that during a conflict away, the major repair shop @ home will not be near the front line troops and will require shipping to anyway. Plus, Italy is much closer to the Middle Eastern oilfields and Iran than the UK, innit?

Don't take this as an endorsement of the program, nor of the loss of sovereignty that an F35 purchase seems to imply in general. And, hmmm, yes, Turkey being involved at a key point makes no sense - both given their current political status and their long time enmity with Greece and tendency to veto anything Kurd-related. Giving them much to much power to dictate NATO activities.

Just that setting up major repair shops everywhere for such limited volumes may also not make sense. Though if you have Norfolk already anyway, I concur with the BS meter being off the scale.

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Re: WHAT F*** Economies of F*** Scale

>Why???

Read up F-104 Starfighter aka Widowmaker

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Tailored Swift – coming soon to a cloud near you

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>So with Node, with Python, with all of these other sorts of languages, with Go, you just go to GitHub and grab some code or import it as a dependency.

>Is there enough data yet to make language choices based on performance?

Thinking out loud... Python, being a slow-a** language, has always been very, very, keen on shelling out to something faster if at all possible. You have tons of bindings to C and other stuff. Plus, you can actually write fairly fast Python, by using language builtins that are uber-optimized in... C. Think Dictionaries for example. Except for the builtins, this is all fairly transparent to the core language (I think - haven't used much of them myself), these are add-ons facilitating integrations, not core features.

So, Python has had to these trade-offs of productivity -> performance. At the extreme end, you shunt off your really heavy bottlenecks in C and keep Python where you can.

Could Swift programs, at least initially, go the reverse way and shell out development-intensive, but not particularly time sensitive bits - or just where there are existing libraries elsewhere - to say, Python? Or something else. With automated asset grabs / package managers sucking up the dependencies from the language's package managers?

It would be an odd approach to take - but after all machine perf vs developer time tradeoffs don't always go in one direction.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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This is actually an interesting point at which we'll see if Prez Trump acts like candidate Trump. Because it is so black and white.

Different audiences, different realities. If the other Western agencies, and indeed US servicemen, call his bluff and refuse he might reconsider in light of the intelligence withdrawal. Of course that is assuming it wasn't just posturing. A charitable soul might think it was just pandering to the bigots.

On the other hand, the worst outcome is a don't ask, don't tell, like Bush's policies of deporting to torture-friendly allies.

But better the school of hard knocks on this subject to teach him the limits of going it alone than a full on trade war which no one can usually back off from without losing face.

He's elected. So sad, too bad. Let's wait and see if the real guy aint a tiny bit less toxic than we've all (and that includes me) been expecting him to be. Many politicians end up having to learn to compromise when in power. In fact, as we say in French "mettre de l'eau dans son vin".

Fingers crossed.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: REALLY!

>watching news from Turkey?

I didn't say the checks and balances were in danger of being subverted - that would be all alarmist at this point. Instead, I said that the system is intended to resist subversion, precisely due to the presence of those checks and balances.

To put it in plainer words: if, assuming the worse, Trump goes all looney and decides to do something really unpleasant to Mexicans, Muslims, <insert other group>, then the Supreme Court has the authority to declare such actions invalid. And even before then, his marge of action is limited by what Congress would approve - including when it comes to foreign treaties - and I am not assuming all Rep congress critters are unreasonable.

The one silver lining is that the election was decisive. A cliffhanger a la Florida 2000, Bush vs Gore, would end up with Trump still in office, but a sizeable portion of the electorate claiming he did not have a mandate. No substantial difference, but even more bitterness. He did get that mandate, let's see what he does with it. Best of wishes to US citizens that all your foreign critics were wrong and that you have turned out to make the right choice - the man is not stupid, though I will stick to 'buffoon' until, hopefully, proven wrong.

Here's hoping President Trump will be more constructive than Candidate Trump. Coulda been worse, coulda been President Ted Cruz ;-)

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The complex checks and balances originally built into the US political system (executive, legislative, judiciary) are meant to keep the system from being easily subverted by any one branch.

I would say that, after today, the intent of this system to minimize damage will get thoroughly tested! I wonder if the Founding Fathers had in mind the kind of buffoon that just got elected.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Told you so... Rich western investors will be screwed.

>If there were more evil rich people there to take advantage of them, they wouldn't be so poor.

Dude, what are you talking about? I am not talking about "evil capitalists" or "bad multinationals" corrupting "poor innocent third worlders" and generating "bad wealth".

Duvalier wasn't creating wealth and he sure wasn't a capitalist. He was just robbing his people.

Notwithstanding the current absence of business and abject general poverty of Haiti, I am sure that some people are still getting rich there.

Not in a capitalist or wealth-creating sense of "rich", which I don't necessarily object to, but in old style corruption and feudal oppression type of rich, like the Putins, Mugabes and Duvaliers of this world, which I do object to.

When a place has 5 million people living on $1-2 a day (probably ballpark figure in Duvalier's time) and when it has few natural resources, you can figure out for yourself how much of a cut it takes to maintain the lifestyle people like him had. It's not the 1%, more like the 0.001%.

Haiti might do well, or not, from more foreign capitalism - it doesn't have much of it right now. I'd be inclined to think it would do better.

And I don't blame Western countries for it either - there is only so much we can be expected to fix other people's problems for them if we did not cause them.

I am not confusing "rich" with "evil" or "robbery". And sorry if I was unclear in my quip about fur coats. But don't confuse "rich" with "productive" either.

Sorry if I seem bitter, I have lived near Haiti, layovered at its airport a few times - after a rain you can see the ecological disaster from erosion runoffs as a band of brown water on the coastline and I have met quite a few Haitians. It is just very sad that the place is like that and seems like it won't ever improve.

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Re: Told you so... Rich western investors will be screwed.

There aren't many rich in Haiti, true. True.

None, and they are not evil? Hmmm... Rumor is that, back in the days when Baby Doc was in charge, his doxy was very fond of fur coats. To the point where she apparently needed a food-grade cold storage room for all her coats.

They are still all poor, true. But wanna bet no one (of their own people) is taking advantage of them nowadays and filthy rich doing so? I wouldn't.

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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Hmmm, anyone else wondering why El Reg needs to report on Linus' vocabulary every fucking time?

He did his job, told the submitter to go away until it was the right time and/or the right feature.

Granted, his choice of words could be improved, but reporting on it constantly is not newsworthy in and out of itself. Maybe if they had another high profile, esp female, coder quitting due to toxic environment, then yes.

But there is no indication that this escalated into anything newsworthy, so reporting on the feature removal, minus chatter about profanity, would have been just as good. Tell you what, apply Shannon's Theorem and report on the language used when Linus happens not put any profanity anywhere ;-)

My $.02 anyway.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: And yet

>In the last almost 50 years, I've seen society go to shit

Upvoted you because you are correct in criticizing this waste of judicial activity. Still, it hardly seems fair to criticize our particular point in time so harshly, esp in comparison to such preceding jewels as:

- McCarthy's witchhunts (50s)

- The Japanese internment camps during WW2 (happened in Canada too, not just the US)

- the hounding of Alan Turing (50s)

- not to mention the much greater tolerance for enemy civilian casualties, which were either ignored or indeed actively pursued as policy all the way into the 80s

I ain't no millennial myself, but no need to get all back-in-my-days on us. Terrorism has always been a challenge to deal with if also trying to respect civil liberties. How did Europe fare in the time of Anarchists? What about France during the heyday of the OAS, where French people killed hundreds of other French to keep France fighting in Algeria? England and Northern Ireland during the Troubles? Bloody Sunday?

Are we doing well, now? The jury's definitely out - in some way we are, comparatively - I think there are (mostly) more legal safeguards when people actually go on trial. In others, such as our capacity for, and use of, mass surveillance? Not so great.

There are no easy answers but I agree the SSID farce is probably not all that helpful.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Cunning plan...

Subject: How to restart Win 10 adoption

Hey Sat,

We've been brainstorming how to push revenue and Win 10 adoption at the same time. Very useful stuff, think-outside-the-box originality by some of the best thought leaders and influencers on my team.

You know how we have many customers' CC info on file in the app store? And how we've proven that Win 10 can be auto-installed without the customer having to ask for it?

How about we set up Win 10 to auto-install and we charge customers for it? I am sure they'll love it, esp if we throw in a few months of Office 365 for free (not too many so that they aren't too likely to hit an outage during their trial). After all, we all know the Win 10 auto-install was very popular, outside of some few, but very vocal, naysayers. I mean, all the people in our focus groups and all our employees thought it was a brilliant idea - they all replied checked 'Yes' for that question on their Annual Performance Review form.

This is not the time to have second thoughts, we need to leverage our strengths and align all our users with our strategic vision.

Golf on Thursday, 6 pm?

Ted Flunkee, Mr-Telemetry, can join us and discuss our rising satisfaction metrics - we've finally beaten down those people who want menus rather than ribbons. Sadly, Mary from Engineering can't make it - I mean who cares if the innards in 10 are better? No one. Not users - they only care about the shiny and we are the SHINIEST because we have the best ideas.

Sinovskella

p.s. I'd like to bring along John, he's got some brilliant ideas about re-tooling the Control Panel once again - the configuration settings are starting to look stale, we haven't updated their navigation in months now.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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Re: Someone's been reading too many LM press releases on sales "successes"

>more sensible country than most

There was that bit where we bought 4 mothballed subs from a certain country across the Atlantic. One seaman died IIRC when a fire broke out during the ferry over trip. Since then the 4 subs have mostly stayed in dock being fixed from whatever frequently ails them. Rarely at sea.

And the part where we took 15 yrs to buy replacement sea rescue choppers.

Plus, our brave and competent soldiers are greatly outnumbered by the MoD civil servants so lotsa tail to the teeth.

On the other hand, being the first to actually ditch the F35, if it happened, would immediately catapult us to the top of the clever procurement league. And we could spend the windfall on other, more useful and proven, military gear - I'd vote for attack and transport choppers in addition to fighter modernization.

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Nerd Point for anyone who can lookup "EMP".

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Re: IoT

If you look up current F35 unit costs, they are usually quoted as "low rate initial production without engine".

So, better to think of it as an in-app-purchase-system. Those are always a good deal, no?

Plus, if the only secret you are quibbling about as a military is your pilots' personal data being looked at, then you've got major need-to-know issues.

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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>Perhaps the older coders can remember that too?

Exactly. XML started out pretty well, but then got mired into the XSD vs DTD stuff and complexified itself by the time it got to S(imple, hah!)OAP. How many folks wrote actual XSDs rather than booting on it?

Before banging on about how horrible and sloppy everyone in JSON-land is, why not push the same type of crap data into an XML parser? Wanna bet those will never crash? What about genius old-school parsers for "quality" text formats written by super-clever old programmers (i.e. my age, just the clever kind) based on back-in-my-days specs? Never crash on bad data, right?

Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call that a) the specs and implementations might need to polishing up and b) not to trust external sources of JSON overmuch. I wonder if just the relevant people agreeing on a common set of test files and making those available to the implementations, along with an agreed-upon expectations, wouldn't evolve things quite a bit.

Thanks a heap to Nicholas Seriot for pointing this problem out.

p.s. I wonder what would happen if you shoved these strings into database parsers that support JSON data types? Like for example PostgreSQL's native JSON. What does a hypothetical parser crash take out? Can you do that through native db-binding (i.e. not just because someone left themselves vulnerable to sql injection)?

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Re: Baggins of bag end

Baise_z_ mon cul, svp ;-)

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Re: Courriel

Borland manual c. 1995

"Fenetre surgissante" - popup window

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How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel

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Re: This isn't an easy bug class to fix

QNX, the BB10 ancestor, claims to supposedly have a clever optimization of message passing, which, again claimed, made it a better microkernel than its predecessors (such as MACH).

This is old tech, QNX was around (in 4MB RAM on 386s) in the early 90s, so the patents have lapsed.

Is any of that applicable to this kinda problems?

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Pint due.

Distinctive...

My take seeing an F-117 Nighthawk up close @ Paris airshow was that it looked like a cheesy low-budget space fighter mockup put together by the FX guys from Sharknado for a Battlestar Galactica 1 ripoff directed by Kim Jung-On, based on a novel by LR Hubbard. Its angles just grate on your optic nerves and feel wrong on a plane. You don't get that impression from afar, but in real life it is one ugly duckling.

By that token, I find the Warthog quietly impressive. Plus, its ability to do low speed & height overflights because of high damage tolerance is pretty relevant nowadays when the idea is to avoid nuking the locals' weddings. Or not doing some blue-on-blue because you are flying by at 600 mph and 20000', just in case you collided one of HMs 24 $150m low-cost/hi-volume plane with a mosquito pushed by an angry tailwind.

Good call on the A10, assuming it's for sound military reasons and not just the local senators looking out for their pork come what may.

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Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

A. Einstein.

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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Re: Standards Bodies need notice

>strict requirements in EU and USA

Market loss. Take these 2 out and your trinkets become a lot less profitable. C.f. Cyanogen becoming non-viable due to an India lockout.

Fixing 80% of this problem is probably 20% of effort. Later they can worry about subtler things than factory default passwords

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Re: Standards Bodies need notice

Nice. But what about a default, one-time use, std user/pass combo that you _need_ to change on setup.

Hardcoded into default factory setting, but that can only be done from a physical switch. Higher price point devices can implement other solutions for when remote password resets is needed.

Basically demonstrate that you've spent at least 10 mins around a beer thinking about security. This may yet be a wakeup call.

Plus, imposing reasonable import regulations re being fit for purpose should please all the nationalist types, no?

Paris cuz she's better at security than some of these folk.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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Re: Malfunction now explained...

>Windows 10

That solves the telemetry problem at least ; - )

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And 50% of your 2016 space money will have gone up into the ISS and manned missions, not very much at all ends up in interplanetary unmanned missions like this - or space telescopes and observation satellites - where the real science is happening. After looking it up, I am actually surprised only half goes to manned missions nowadays, I guess they are reprioritizing - guess junking the Shuttle freed up $$$ ;-).

Don't take this as anti-space - I am just annoyed we haven't done much real innovation with things like ion drives, solar sails or asteroid mining. If it wasn't for SpaceX and its ilk, we're still mostly using Saturn-era tech, funding Skylab2 and aiming to waste massive $$$$$$ on one-time manned Mars trips .

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Re: Probably

You kinda wonder, even with contractors, why imperial measures would get mixed into engineering.

Once you get into the of cross-unit stuff like distance over time squared (aka acceleration) times mass (thrust) then imperials gets you into weird things like slugs - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug_(mass). At that point non-10 factors make it so that things start getting very confusing, even for people who grew up with feet and pounds (let alone stones). Imperial is just not very coherent for engineering though I am sure you can get used to it.

This is from personal experience doing engineering studies in the States - we had 2 obligatory weeks of do-it-in-imperial and _everyone_ hated it, even the merkins.

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

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>throw your shitty OS

cue for... howls of outrage by the Windows community...

I guess it's only fair though. When your cherished systems incur bugs frequently and gets jeered at (by folks who often think their toys are perfect), you just want to lash out at your tormentors when you get a rare opportunity to do so.

There, there, let it out. Don't hold back. You'll feel all better now.

;-)

Peace on both camps. No one's perfect and Linux users could use the humility to be more vigilant and not think they are automagically immune.

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Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

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And this is why folks that compare securing software and IT assets against tampering to our fairly high, but reasonable, expectations of service quality from, say, an electric power utility company or civil engineering are, IMHO, off the mark.

Software is hard and both assets and threats are constantly mutating. Doesn't mean we shouldn't try but foolproof sec is a pie in the sky. Damage mitigation, detection and resilience are needed to catch what slips through.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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“A16Z”

Anyone read Dan Lyon's (Fake Steve Jobs) 'Disrupted'? *

https://www.amazon.com/Disrupted-My-Misadventure-Start-Up-Bubble/dp/0316306088

Pretty funny with a lot of "get those kids offa my lawn" snarkiness. But one of his stronger points is the jibes against spray and pray investing with other folks' $ in companies that have no clue. And also bizarre corporate cultures Trump-ing business common sense.

To be fair, I don't think Cyanogen was a hopeless company from the start - it woulda seemed a good bet.

*disclaimer: no affiliation whatsover, got it for $1.99 or so on a cheapo Amazon Kindle promo. Well worth it at that price, not sure so @ $10+.

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Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

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Re: Yuckity yuk

Oh, those. I think I read those and/or the CUA ones ages ago and they were pretty good.

As to have forgotten about them in my snide n snarky post, I can't be blamed too much, can I? MS itself has totally forgotten about their own guidelines about what makes a good UI.

The funny thing is that MS used to be strong on the UI and weak on the backend. Now the backend is arguably getting better (it's no POSIX, but I consider that a plus from the POV of OS diversity, no matter if I prefer 'nix myself).

But the frontend - where the great mass of customers judge from - is losing the plot and getting panned massively for it. Not to mention telemetry/forced upgrades.

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Re: Yuckity yuk

>Microsoft UI guidelines

???

watcha been smoking, man?

I abandoned Ubuntu at the start of the great Gnome 3.x and KDE Plasma debacle. Precisely because the UI was getting mangled too much for no reason. So... +1.

But... after a fair bit of wrangling with Windows 8/Windows 8.1(not same as 8 wrt config) and Windows 10, I doubt you'd really want to listen to anything the MS folks have to say about UI.

I have no doubt the constant churn in Ubuntu is a mess, but following MS in UI is like asking Scientologists about science because their name starts with it.

I submit this jewel as a case study - http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1683073/windows-snaps-full-screen.html These are the hoops you have to jump through to avoid full-screening any random window in Win8 when you mistakenly drag it to close to the screen edge.

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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

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>various Lisps,

((((defun really?)((to) (write))(some(kinda(web(div(span(div(pages(th)(tr)((td)(td)(td)???)))))))

8 /- {

No txs, DOM's enuff of a mind f**k.

And sorry for the likely syntax mangling, but I plead dyslexia!

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Good ol days

A long time ago, the first dedicated bike lanes in Paris were set up as...

- cars lanes

- bike lane

- bus lane

- sidewalk

Think of how much it must have been to cycle between buses and cars. Esp in a city known for its relaxed drivers.

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