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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

David Cantrell

Betteridge's Law of Headlines says that no, it wasn't a date calculation bug.

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

David Cantrell

Re: iphone?

D@v3, you were on course for an upvote until your twattish parenthetical.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

David Cantrell

Re: People are way too loyal.

> Seems a bit mean blaming the Project Manager, they don't hold the purse strings or determine the delivery time frame that's specified higher up the chain.

Actually a very big part of a successful project manager's job is saying "no" to management. Only if they do that will they reliably get their projects delivered on time and on budget.

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Re: Allowable overtime means they can creep up to almost 40 hours?

> Trade Unions really are shitty for workers, aren't they?

No, only when you permit them to do stupid things on your behalf - or you have a stupid government or employer.

I've been in a union for over 20 years now. Not once have I permitted them to negotiate anything on my behalf, because I know that I can do better. So what do I get for my membership dues? Knowledge of what my rights are and a great insurance policy that will provide highly-trained attack lawyers if I ever have a massive falling out with an employer. And like with all insurance policies, I hope that I'm just pissing my money away and that I never have to use those lawyers.

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Re: 9 to 5

"Oh how awful, I didn't hear it ring".

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

David Cantrell

Re: David Cantrell

Actually slavery hadn't entered my mind. I give you 1 out of 10 for mind-reading, the 1 being because at least you tried.

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David Cantrell

Re: David Cantrell

Why is it not a valid comparison?

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There's a simple way of telling whether Eich's opposition to gay rights is acceptable or not and whether he is a fit person to run an organisation. Just consider whether his behaviour would be acceptable if applied to some other minority group. Black people, for example, or Jews. Only if it's reasonable to deny marriage rights to black people is it reasonable to deny marriage rights to gay people.

If Eich were to have been suddenly outed as donating money to the cause of outlawing black marriage, Mozilla would turf him out tout de suite.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

David Cantrell

Re: Metric is easy to do calculations in.

Any bridge, or ship, or oil rig, or aircraft, or piece of railway infrastructure has dimensions spanning more than three orders of magnitude.

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10 pounds 30 shillings and 60 pence. Obviously. Or £11.15/-, which makes them bloody expensive doughnuts.

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David Cantrell

It was decimal currency that really destroyed mental arithmetic, you know. In real life you rarely have to convert between inches, feet, yards and so on - I'm 6'3", not [thinks] 75". But you very much had to convert between L, s, and d all the time.

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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

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I understand that most of their customers were, umm, how can I put this politely ... tight-fisted old people who didn't use data and so never saw the ads, just consumed the minutes.

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Wireless charging standards war could be over 'as soon as 2015'

David Cantrell

Re: Talk about a solution looking for a problem

Of course, almost all hotels have far fewer rooms and charge a lot less than that.

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It might hold the phone to a vertical surface under normal circumstances, but if the phone is to be easily removed from the charging point I doubt it would hold it under the sort of extreme acceleration you get in an accident, whereas a properly mounted cradle will.

Having hard things flying around the cabin like missiles is Bad. I'd rather suffer the very minor inconvenience of having to pay a moment's attention when placing my phone in the cradle than run the risk of having the phone smack me or my passenger in the temple or eye when someone drives into the side of my car.

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

David Cantrell

Re: Inevitable

This shall not be allowed? Really? I use a "loan-based crowdfunding site" (fundingcircle.com), and a large proportion of the loans made through it are partially funded by ... the government, as part of some programme for supporting small business. Yes, clearly it shall not be allowed.

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

David Cantrell

Re: History says otherwise

I bought a shiny new iPhone on Saturday, to replace my shiny old iPhone. There are two main reasons that I went with Apple and not Android.

First, my existing apps would continue to work. Second, continued availability of new apps.

Given that both of those apply, there's no reason for me to go Android. However, if the second stops applying, then Apple will eventually lose me as a customer. Palm lost me for the same reason - Palm arsed around for years and lost all their third-party developers, so users got no new apps or services and no updates to existing apps. Users then jumped ship and by the time the Pre came out it was too late - all their customers now had iPhones, Windows Mobile (or whatever it was called that week) or Blackberries.

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

David Cantrell

Re: Totally agree about WTFapp

Don't build the infrastructure! For a long time you could make pots of cash by just running a switch and flogging number translation services for businesses that thought they needed an 0845 number. These days, run an MVNO.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: Face meet Palm

Currency doesn't make very good arse-wipe because it's the wrong sort of paper. Been there, done that, got the smeary mess. Sorry to disappoint you :-)

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

David Cantrell

Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

A business can say that they can refuse to serve you for any reason they like, just like they can put anything they like in a contract. But statute always trumps that so that, in civilised countries, businesses can *not* in fact refuse to serve people just because they're gay, just like they can't put clauses in contracts saying "and you can't sue us for any reason ever".

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David Cantrell

Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

Because "no dogs, no blacks, no Irish" is disgusting and those who want it shouldn't be allowed to have it.

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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Re: Goto

And ... code coverage analysis will tell you where you've got missing tests.

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David Cantrell

Re: Goto

And also ... use 'else if' for long chains of independent conditions. Not only does it make the code clearer by making their independence obvious, but it would also have turned this particular error into a syntax error and compilation failure.

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David Cantrell

Easy. There are examples out there. Which means that creating a test case is also easy. Time-consuming, perhaps, but easy. All the certificate tests would be time-consuming but easy, and I *really* hope that they've got at least some - and that means that they know how to create them, so creating more shouldn't be such an awful task.

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Re: You'll get nothing from clang using -w

In current gcc, -Wunreachable-code doesn't do anything. That functionality was removed. In Clang it does work, but isn't turned on by -Wall. Apparently 'all' doesn't mean 'all' in Clang-land.

The real problem though is that the code clearly doesn't have unit tests, and they probably didn't do any analysis of whether all the code was covered by the tests.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Funny thing is

It happens occasionally on the beaches between Seaford and Eastbourne too. Whenever I get hit with those roaming charges I gripe at my cellco and they give me a refund.

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David Cantrell

If you pick the right cellco then international roaming is so cheap as to be not worth worrying about anyway. On O2 a week of using just as much data and making just as many calls abroad as I do normally costs only about 15 quid. Sure, I'd love to get it for free instead, but there are costs arising from them buying bandwidth from the foreign cellco. If they can't recover those costs - and make some profit - from the person responsible for those costs, then they'll just have to put everyone's bills up instead.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: Who in there right mind is doing this

I'd never recommend Linux to someone who wouldn't choose it for themselves anyway, because the applications they want aren't available.

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David Cantrell

The reason I won't help people with generic Windows boxes isn't that I don't like the people, it's that I can't help. The hardware is pretty reliable these days, but I don't know the software at all.

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David Cantrell

It's been my policy for something like a decade that I'm happy to support peoples' PCs, provided that they are bought from Apple and run a recent version of OS X. I'll support as far back as 10.6. OS X on Apple hardware "just works", without having to worry about hardware compatibility or arsing about with obscure configuration parameters, which is good from the support point of view. And all the applications that a normal person would want are available, which is good from a user's point of view.

No, I don't give a toss about video games on a PC. The iPhone and iPad are much better gaming platforms, and if you must have FIFA Call of Grand Theft Halo LVII then get a Playstation 360 or whatever it's called this week.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I loved the 464 that my parents got me for Christmas 1984. By then I was already enthusing about programming, on the BBCs we had at school, but those were unaffordable, especially considering that they'd also have to buy a cassette player and a screen for it as we didn't have a TV. The CPC, with tape deck and monitor included, was cheaper than the Acorn machine alone, and that alone makes it a better machine.

I was still using it up to 1992 when I used Protext on it to write up my A-level physics project, and to crunch the numbers for my A-level stats project.

In between, I must have spent most of my waking hours hacking on it. It made me the highly-paid IT pro that I am today. Thanks, Alan, Roland, Richard et al!

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

David Cantrell

Re: It's quicker and easier to do stuff on my tablet (Nexus7).

Yes, and that PC can run OS X.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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They win at Most Boring Video Ever

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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"Imagine Harvest Moon set to Doom’s 'Nightmare' difficulty setting and you have Don’t Starve"? I'd love to, but I have no idea what "Harvest Moon" is. I assume it's a video game, but other than that - nothing.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

David Cantrell

Re: Well....

64kbps MP2 is fine for Radio 4. And there are no other radio stations in this country worth listening to. Therefore DAB is great.

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

David Cantrell

Re: Eh?

The idea here is presumably for the information to survive periods when it isn't possible to copy it to new media, or when it isn't thought necessary to copy it to new media.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

David Cantrell

IIRC there's fancy-pants stuff in an iPhone tariff to support push notifications

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Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE

David Cantrell

They might *currently* be used by the people who developed them, but that sort of thinking leads to massive problems down the line when those people leave or move elsewhere in the company. What's more it will lead to communication problems with people outside their group. And they *will* need to communicate outside their group.

See also the stupid Debian naming scheme and the stupid OS X naming scheme. In both cases unless you just memorise a list of idiotic names you have no idea whether wheezy was one or three versions before etch, or whether Leopard preceded or followed Lion. This makes life harder than necessary for those who have to only occasionally know what's going on. Such as users asking for support.

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

David Cantrell

> do pros really want to buy into something that’s about as upgradeable as a mobile phone

I use a Macbook Pro made out of Chinese slaves' retinas, utterly un-upgradeable, every day for my job, so the answer is clearly "yes". I've been mainly working on laptops for nearly 15 years, and have only once felt the urge to replace any of the bits - that one time being to upgrade a hard disk immediately after buying a device where the manufacturer didn't sell it with anything reasonable. Apple *do* sell a version with something reasonable, so that's moot.

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The ZOD FILES: Climate documents from 2007 'must stay SECRET'

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Re: Here's a quick summary

Most London homes are heated with gas, not electrickery. The smog was caused by smoke - ie small particles of soot, which are nothing like as big a problem when you burn natural gas.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: That's some battery

I'd love to be driving an electric car, but I remain sceptical that we will within the next decade or two. Not because batteries die, or because there aren't enough places to recharge - those can be overcome with a good warranty like this has, and with just building out some infrastructure. The real problem is that recharging takes too damned long. Even half an hour to recharge will lead to mammoth queues at recharging points on the motorway network.

Electric vehicles are great for short local journeys, but if you ever need to make a journey longer than the battery can support, then you either need some technology that doesn't exist yet for ultra-fast charging, or you need a car that can burn dinosaurs.

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

David Cantrell

Re: @Electric Panda

ISIS LLC? Will the Independent Schools Information Service stop at NOTHING to indoctrinate our youth into, umm, whatever it is they indoctrinate them into??!?!?!!?!?!?!!!?!?!?!

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: It isn't a huge prblem...

Interest doesn't equate to actually wanting one, and even wanting one doesn't equate to buying one - especially if you have to buy it with your own money.

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Re: Dashed hopes

There's little point in recycling phones, but not for the reason you give. There's no point recycling them because they're still useful even if they no longer suit your particular needs. My last Mac laptop, after serving me well for four years, and then having its screen break, now sits next to a mate's TV, where it functions as a DVD player and for playing videos off his NAS. My current iPhone 3gs will, when I eventually replace it, be handed on to someone else too.

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Re: Battery Life

If you're killing your batteries within two years, you're doing something wrong. My iPhone 3gs's battery still works just fine and that's over four years old now.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Re: Do they know what ''science'' means ?

There are plenty of supposedly hard sciences that are like that. Astrophysics and cosmology. Any biology involving organisms that won't fit in a lab. Climatology. As pointed out in the article, if you're going to accept any of those as having some scientific basis then you need to accept economics too.

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

David Cantrell

Re: What really pisses me off

What millions of quid? A coupla plod standing there 24 hours a day (so you need four shifts of two, making 8 salaries) is about a quarter of a million.

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

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They're delusional if they think that people are moving out of Ruralistan because of lack of interweb. They're moving because there are few jobs in their backward shit-holes (not even agricultural ones), little money, and no opportunities for personal development.

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

David Cantrell

Re: Spanner Spanner @Matt Bryant

"Dummicrat" ... "Obambi" ... "Dimwitt" ... this sort of childish name-calling is why no-one apart from your fellow-travellers can take you seriously.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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Cash, however, is overwhelmingly used to pay for legal transactions. Bitcoin isn't, as can be seen by it suddenly losing so much of its value.

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