* Posts by Graham Dawson

1952 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Graham Dawson

Jokes on him, I took a self defence against fruit class

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Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

Graham Dawson

Re: I hope Space X aren't deliberately dumping these at sea because it's cheaper to.

More likely they want to concentrate all their resources on testing the faring capture without the distraction of having to land a stage as well.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

Graham Dawson

Re: I'm guessing

Nearly no innuendo, I guess?

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

Graham Dawson

Re: Bad example

All true, but when it mattered, he held to reproducibility, empiricism and questioning consensus, all of which is the foundation of the scientific method.

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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

Graham Dawson

Re: I actually thought of that...

"What I ended up with instead was random room noise activating the thing and running programs, somewhat randomly."

And nothing has changed since.

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

Graham Dawson

Wagner would be right out.

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Graham Dawson

Re: Well, actually. . .

Gary Glitter's music is still available on Spotify.

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US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

Graham Dawson

Re: But mah gunzzzz!

No no, they want to keep the guns in the country.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

Graham Dawson

@AC Re: I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there

>apparently that damage was done by the earlier iconoclasts after Henry VIII's reformation.

Which just goes to show, you can pick any era you like and someone will be destroying every beautiful thing they can find.

@Anonymous C0ward

The difference is that the money changers were charging people to buy special temple money that could only be used to purchase animals for sacrifice in the temple. They were emblematic of the corruption of the temple, acting to prevent people from atoning in a place where they should have been free to enter without hinderance. I'm not sure that the church requires a special scrip for sacrificial gin. Not now, anyway.

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Graham Dawson

I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there

It's rather strident, but goes well with a slice of lime.

Is the abomination that causes desolation still residing in the lady chapel? Talk about utterly missing the point.

An interesting place, Ely. The Cathedral is rather famous for being lost for several years after the civil war, because the Roundheads kept walking around it. It only they'd missed it a while longer instead of enacting a prototype for the Taliban on its statuary. I have to admit, the sight of that place, so utterly destroyed by small-minded bigots working for an state-sanctioned Iconoclast, was one of the more sobering moments of my life. The fact that we're living through an era where that urge is again trying to infiltrate public life makes me wonder if our species will ever get past the need to destroy everything that diverges from contemporary dogma.

Probably a computer fault. Get the dynamite.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

Graham Dawson

Re: Both sides' extremes are idiots

Sedevacantism.

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Graham Dawson

Re: Odd, very odd

Everyone I know falls somewhere on a spectrum between the two extremes.

It's almost like anecdotes aren't data.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

Graham Dawson

The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

Graham Dawson
FAIL

Re: Steve

Oh no, he has a different political view to me, he must be a fucking moron.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Graham Dawson

Re: Call me a cynic....

Not for much longer, I'd wager. Now that oracle has set the precedent that replicating an api is copyright infringement, Google can sue amazon for their play services stand-in.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

Graham Dawson

Re: Fifty shades of tea

I prefer George orwell's view on the matter.

http://www.booksatoz.com/witsend/tea/orwell.htm

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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

Graham Dawson

Strictly speaking, you don't need a license for the actual protocol, which is just words sent down a wire. You could write yuppie own applications that use the activesync protocol with one another. The license is to use the protocol with Microsoft services.

Of course, by writing applications that are compliant with the protocol, you are writing applications that may use Microsoft's services, with the implication that they will eventually be used in that way, and so ms will more than lively requires a license from you.

Anyway, the difference between a protocol and an api is scope. A protocol is language agnostic. An api is the interface for a particular language.

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Graham Dawson

Re: Creating APIs isn't easy

An api is a phone book: A list of places to which an application can connect in order to communicate.

Phone books require a great deal of effort to compile and maintain.

They are not subject to copyright protection. Neither should be an api.

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Graham Dawson

Andrew, in your haste to celebrate thus outcome, you are overlooking the key fact: they copied the api. Not code. Not software. A list of function names.

APIs are now subject to copyright. The means by which software interacts with other siftware is now subject to copyright. The ability to develop an api-compatible implementation of a piece if software, in order to compete in an open market, is now subject to copyright licensing.

If i wanted to make an os to compete with windows, that was compatible with windows api calls so that windows exrcutables could run on it, i would now require a license from microsoft.

If i want to build a phone os that can run android aps, i now have to license the list of function names.

I would require a license from my competitor in order to compete with them.

I really don't think you have grasped what is at stake here.

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World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

Graham Dawson
Coat

Re: Great article! Security = effort, simple..

If that thing is a pair of shoes...

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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

Graham Dawson

Re: An open registry of who owns domains is important - SWAT?

French police are notoriously heavy-handed and heavily armed to boot.

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Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

Graham Dawson

Re: Not Good

At least they acknowledged the problem. Could have just told people they were talking to it wrong.

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UK.gov urged to ensure punters can 'still roam like at home' after Brexit

Graham Dawson

Three already has their at-home roaming package to a whole bunch of destinations outside the eu. It's one of their USPs, one i found particularly handy when visiting the us. I doubt they'll change out post brexit.

Can't certainly say that for the others, but i suspect they love having customers more than anything else.

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Let's Encrypt updates certificate automation, adds splats

Graham Dawson

Which bit is dangerous? The wildcard?

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

Graham Dawson

Re: "our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation".

Former neo-Nazi has swastika tattoo removed after befriending black police officer.

What do you know, turns out it works after all.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

Graham Dawson

Re: Why?

@anothercynic the eea only implements a very small subset of regulations from the eu, most of which aren't even generated by the eu anyway, but rather at the international level, such as at the unece, iso or wto. They have none of the requirements for harmonisation of national policies or regulation of internal markets unrelated to their relationship to the eu. The price is that they have less-than-unfettered access to the single market. However they have nearly none of the tariff and non-tariff barriers that a third country faces when trading with the eu and still have freedom of trade policy with the rest of the world.

Had saner minds prevailed, the first words from May's mouth after her appointment as pm would have been "we are switching to the efta and remaining in the eea until we can work out a complete solution". Unfortunately we are governed by idiots who think, as you say, that they can have their cake and sell it to the highest bidder too.

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Graham Dawson

Re: Why?

The customs union is a red herring. All that does is tie us to a common set of tariffs and trading agreements with the rest of the world. It says nothing about trade between its members, as turkey found to its cosy when it joined a customs union with the eu. Trade between turkey and the eu faces significant barriers, both in terms of tariffs and quotas, and in terms of non-tariff barriers such as detailed border inspections and shirty customs officials.

The bit that leads to "frictionless trade", as I think the buzzword us now, is the single market. As an EEA member, Norway is a member of the single market, but not a member of the customs union. The result is that Norway enjoys nearly no barriers to trade with the rest of the EEA, but can set its own trade relationship with the rest of the world, rather than being tired to the common customs code of the customs union.

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

Graham Dawson

Re: Molten salt ?

No. They hit a small problem of the salt solidifying in the pipework overnight. The salt also crystallises on the exchanger and acts as an insulator. They're a non-starter, sadly.

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Graham Dawson

Re: How

A fancy watch is next on my list once the gemini had arrived. It's a combo that will serve very well, I think.

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

Graham Dawson

Re: Choices, choices...

And best of all, BOFH the doll. *tug* "it's in the airtight tape safe, right behind the currently open door with very easy hinges and no interior lock."

Ain't he adorable?

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Graham Dawson

It's called the pound key because of what you do do it in frustration after hours of endless twisting menus, all alike.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

Graham Dawson

Re: Only a Moran or a Monkey could have written that....

It's 50 years to the day since the film first screened. What's odd about that timing?

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

Graham Dawson

There's also a difference between a serious threat and an edgelord using anything that will get a reaction.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Graham Dawson

Re: Thanks

T'is the season of miracles.

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Graham Dawson

More like an N900, one of which I still own for nostalgia's sake. Pretty sure I still have the N810 lurking around here as well...

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Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter

Graham Dawson

I'm sure those are a myth.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

Graham Dawson

Re: Huawei makes excellent phones!

Mate smoke, don't breathe this!

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AI hype surge numbers, robo-radiologists, Apple voxels, and lots more

Graham Dawson

Re: Huuman Err

GONK

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

Graham Dawson

Re: Don't mix virtual reality with the real world

Airsoft and paintball have got a few decades on your hypothetical horror story.

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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

Graham Dawson

Re: I can see a new Facilities trend...

xtra-pivoting?

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OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

Graham Dawson

Re: Fingerprint sensor on the rear

Touching a hands free one is still legal.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

Graham Dawson

Re: So how do you heat it?

Or they could alloy the an appropriate ratio of nickel and titanium to ensure its attains superelasticity at the desired temperature range - something they have obviously done, as evidenced by the behavior of the wheel in the video.

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UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

Graham Dawson

Yes, they do.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

Graham Dawson

Re: Need in UK

No it isn't. Bicycles are legally road vehicles and should be used as such. That means obeying traffic rules and signs.

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

Graham Dawson

@Lee D Re: Weak Logic

We aren't.

The ECHR isn't part of the EU. EU member states are independent signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights - by virtue of their membership of the Council of Europe - which establishes the Court amongst other things.

Other notable signatories include Turkey and Russia, for what it's worth.

But regardless, we aren't leaving the ECHR.

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

Graham Dawson

The article is wrong. Google sends a coda via text which you enter as part of the log-in process.

The insecurity stems from the fact that it's possible - however remotely - to intercept the content of that text.

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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Graham Dawson

Re: How nice of them

It's getting difficult to tell google and microsoft apart these days.

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