* Posts by Stretch

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Basic misunderstanding how AI works

The AIs will ace the exams. Eventually no one will want a meatsack to represent them. Much better than have a decent AI that won't rip you off.

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

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EZBlocker

Use it. Now you are safe.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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I value the damage at €0. Also, does he need another to pay his bail?

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

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will it authentically crash?

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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Cross-subsidisation

"where a company charges higher prices to one group of consumers to subsidise lower prices for another group."

Sorry i thought this was called "living in the UK"

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

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Civil War

More people need to be talking about taking up arms against the racists.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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"“I'm worried that anyone is still using java to be honest"

Idiot.

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Sysadmins: Poor capacity planning is not our fault

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Re: But....

Totally with you on the log files.

Once was asked to look at a slow program on an AS/400. Dug into it a little to see it was logging "The message is " + xml every other line. Set log level to ERROR and box runs 3x quicker. Hailed as a miracle worker.

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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how'd you like them apples

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Breaking News

Its £11 Billion! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37220799

How'd you like them Apples!

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Yey for the mice!

"Boffins will harvest the mice organs for study"

Oh... Shit.

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Tech fails miserably in Forbes' most innovative companies

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How do you even know what's on the list?

Forbes doesn't have a website. If you go there it whines about adblocking and shows nothing. So they don't have a website, they don't actually exist, there is no list.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Solar Flares?

"Red dwarfs are far more variable and violent than their more stable, larger cousins. Often they are covered in starspots that can dim their emitted light by up to 40% for months at a time.... At other times, red dwarfs emit gigantic flares that can double their brightness in a matter of minutes" Says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitability_of_red_dwarf_systems#Variability

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Stephen Baxter

Surprised no one has mentioned the similarities to Stephen Baxter's novel Proxima:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E0JYS8M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

"Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The 'substellar point', with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the 'antistellar point' on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world?"

I'm guessing the planet will be tide locked?

Of course, there is a lot more nonsense in the book. The soil bacteria changes time or something. Um right.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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The weird thing is...

All of these stories are the same. Device repaired by legitimate third party or never repaired at all. Device dies with Error 53. Taken to Crapple store, and told they have to buy another for £300... AND THEY PAY THEM!!! It just beggars belief! WTF has happened to these people and their ability to think?

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Re: News angle?

They don't "work", that's the issue. I am loving telling the crapple users at work how Windows "just works" when they have their constant issues with their crapbooks. "Oh, I am on Windows and I have no issues..."

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: OS-X and Linux vulnerabilities

https://securelist.com/analysis/kaspersky-security-bulletin/68010/kaspersky-security-bulletin-2014-overall-statistics-for-2014/

"Kaspersky Lab experts detected 1,499 new malicious programs for Mac OS X, 200 samples more than in the previous year."

https://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/mac#.VrFiubKLS9J

"Compared with figures for 2010, the number of signatures created annually has increased by a factor of six."

I am not convinced the situation is the same or as flattering to OSX anymore.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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whatever

i came up with this years ago. "inventors"

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Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

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"Real DevOps is about bringing teams together to build a technology stack that can support agile deployment and dynamic workloads without sacrificing security and stability."

Woah. And you fall face first into the management bullshit there.

DevOps is just the latest buzzword for deployment

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

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Re: Surely..

Go try it. How does it work when everyone is on NAT'd networks and no one has connectivity to each other?

Git is not SVN, its much, much worse.

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Yes well...

You were warned not to use it. VC money is drying up now...

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You, yes YOU: DevOps' people problem

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My company adopted this

Productivity has dropped through the floor. Releases now take months instead of minutes. Basically some muppets heard some buzzwords written by muppets similar to author of this article, ruined everything and proclaimed it better.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Turn off updates like any sane person? No update ever fixed anything or made anything better. Updates just bring new bugs you never had before and remove essential functionality.

Currently running Win7, two KBs installed in 6 years. Current up time 134 days. Never seen a Win 10 message on here ever. I am happy.

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Cocky SpaceX will try another sea landing with next rocket launch

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put a grill in the pad and open a seafood restaurant underneath.

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Pandora pleased with 15% rate hike for streaming music

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Did the programmers building the applications, the services and all the stuff to keep it up do no work? Do they not deserve to be paid? Do the infrastructure guys who worked to deliver high capacity networks deserve nothing? What about the free advertising and bandwidth the artist gets? How much of that are they factoring in? Also, there are vulture capitalists to pay off you know.

If they want more money sell directly. If they don't like the terms, don't make their stuff available via the service. The pie got bigger but they have to share. Deal with it.

By the way, years of my work was stolen and presented here: http://www.solarapparel.com/ I'm not going to whine about it. I've found where they live.

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I really don't understand the artists' case. Their not expected to live on 17 pence or anything. Its just a revenue stream - have lots of them. Sell your own merchandise. Get writing and production credits. Have video channels on multiple sites with ad placement. Play gigs.

Don't expect to do a few days work and dine out on it for the rest of your life.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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nah its the VM that's doing all the real work, running on top of whatever they said they would replace windows with.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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Re: Or

Sure, but did you miss the ideological tory slash and burn on council services? Maybe they can have them sponsored by some drinks company.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

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My concern is...

...that if they can't get to the evidence, sooner or later they will dispense with the need for it.

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Bigger than Higgs? Boffins see hints of bulbous new Boson

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how so they know this one isn't the Higgs and the other one was something else then? Anybody actually proved what they do? Its all conjecture, based on predicated energy levels, right?

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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I ran windows xp on a computer decoding cable and serving it up via a tv card. At some point the power supply started making nasty noises from the fan. I stuck a wooden dowel in the back and it ran for 6 months solid with no psu fan.

Never crashed, never had a problem. Nothing wrong with XP that can't be solved by never installing anything on to it.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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The mistake...

...was not booking a two week vacation so you'd be safely the other side of the world when they did the work. As you fixed the problem, it must have been your fault. That's beancounter logic.

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Everyone wants a piece of software maker Atlassian's ass

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How can you call it SaaS?

They make most of their money off on premise enterprise deployments. Just like all the other software vendors.

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CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment

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Nothing you say makes any sense. Especially "See Oracle ATG?" which is totally unrelated to their database and was built by a company they bought.

Before you were posting about your own magical insights. Did it not work out?

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: Is there any legitimate reason to choose Oracle?

"They got them free, bundled as a more-or-less unwanted part of Sun Microsystems"

It was the point of the purchase. You're not going to tell me they did it for the flagging SPARC sales...

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

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We all know...

...that work outsourced is work not done. So they weren't needed in the first place.

If they were needed it will rapidly go to shit as these things do. Then TCS will blame the existing system and offer to rebuild it all. They will make a total hash of it but cover it up with an army of temporary workers plugging the gaps in the process. Finally they will lose the deal to an undercutting rival Indian firm and the whole lot will start again.

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Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo

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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

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Seems to me there is a lot of money to be made in finding the next buzzword after cloud and flogging it to these guys.

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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

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Re: Will it work?

thank you starbucks employee

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Google-chaired think tank says Google's No.1 for digital rights

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/facepalm americans

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Re: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

"I've been using CentOS for a long time. Migrated to is from Mandrake. Currently V7 with Cinamon

Does what it says on the tin. No Canonical software in sight.

and I don't rant on systemd. Never had a problem with it."

And the accusation is Windows is boring compares with this how?

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

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yeah i had the same thought straight away. surely this is a solved problem?

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Deutsche Bank to axe 'excessively complex' IT, slash 9,000 jobs

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Oh yeah...

...coz writing a big cheque to one vendor and absolving yourself of all responsibility has always worked flawlessly. You never get ripped off, nuh-uh.

Remember: work outsourced is work not done. So just save the money and don't do it.

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Lawyers harrumph at TalkTalk's 'no obligation to encrypt' blurt

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Security is hard

And understanding it even harder. This data was retrieved via the application, which of course would have the encryption keys, and would handily decrypt the data for you.

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Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man

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IE 5

At least you can use Excel without IE5

*cough* SAP *cough*

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

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Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

Really? The US fleet went down in Pearl Harbour if you remember. The RN fought most of the war at sea and the Indian Army fought most of the war on land. The US sold weapons to everyone and was probably very happy with the situation in general. Now, go lose 50 Kg so you can fit on a plane and get out there and educate yourself.

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Nice work...

That's some good scamming! There's no such thing as SEO!

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IT guys! Learn how to master Mac and iPad management

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someone arrange for a wildfire or something please

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