* Posts by Graham Dawson

2006 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster

Graham Dawson

Re: Looks pretty cool..

RAM is space cheap and can squeeze in all the gaps. Power needs more real estate.

Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

Graham Dawson

Re: oldest white dwarfs

They're already upset. They keep finding structurally mature galaxies too early in the history of the universe to be accounted for by current standard theories. It's created a bit of an ongoing stir in astronomical circles. Interesting to see what pops out.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: I'm hoping UX/responsive design is a phase

Responsive design is a design that responds to the format in which it's being viewed. UX is user experience.

Good UX would require responsive design that maximises easy user interaction. minimises confusion, and avoids "mystery meat" interfaces.

What you want is not an end to UX/responsive design, but responsive design that sticks to good UX principles instead of just being a hamburger and an endless trail of whitespace.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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Re: So, basically, no change there

No root for my phone just yet (at least last time I checked), but I only use a couple of paid apps and Firefox, so I never sent ads either.

Next phone will have to be one I can root and strip out the Google crap entirely. Maybe lineage has a rom for this one now...

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

Graham Dawson

Re: You'd think people bright enough to train bees to do arithmetic

your ouches lack oofs.

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them

Graham Dawson

Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Bitwarden also has sharing and family accounts. For a fee, I believe.

Graham Dawson

Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Now to figure out if it's the self-hosting or the open source that earned the downvote...

Graham Dawson

Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Bitwarden. Open source and capable of self-hosting.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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They're being obtuse, but that's not unusual for certain EU organisations (*cough*patents*cough*). Most of the geo tlds with citizenship restrictions don't care where you are as long as you can prove where you came from and it works quite nicely, even if it does mean I can't register .no domains for funsies.

Oh well.

Civil liberties groups take another swing at Brit snooping regime in Euro human rights court

Graham Dawson

Re: Well ...

All signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights are members of the ECHR. That includes Russia and Turkey, for what it's worth, which is apparently not much these days.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Yzma / Kronk

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

Graham Dawson

Re: Thank you!

No, but a parent or guardian do so on their behalf.

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

Graham Dawson

Re: We know how this goes...

Then Mark Watney uses parts of it to grow potatoes.

Data hackers are like toilet ninjas. This is not a clean crime, you know

Graham Dawson

Re: Yes, I have been to places like the one described

Combine it with "moist" for added disgust.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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An entire article's worth of concern trolling about a non-issue. The reg continues to plumb new depths.

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

Graham Dawson

Re: Meta-Information

No you can't. At best that would be considered hearsay and not admissable as evidence.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Surely you can't be serious.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

Graham Dawson

Re: A big blob of passwords are found...

A big encrypted blob.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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while I'm not sure why they thought it had any chance of surviving, it remains a fact that you never know if you never try. Science in a nutshell.

Or a tin can, I suppose.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

Graham Dawson

Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Mortgage brokers exist for people like me, who don't have the time to go dredging through the myriad offers on the market to find the one that both fits my circumstances and is actually affordable.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Let's not forget cannon fodder.

War's never been so much fun since.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

Graham Dawson

Re: Chicken drumstick

Just the contents.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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While the particular claims are unverified, I've only has to compare the performance and features of various Google products on Chrome and Firefox or edge to see the reality. YouTube on Chrome has lively animated thumbnails on mouseover, for instance, that don't appear in other browsers. And just try turning on drive's offline document editing and storage in Firefox.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: Free advertising


LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

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Re: Blame Culture


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And this is why I like Bitwarden. I can run my own server, so when it goes down I know exactly who's to blame and exactly when it will be back again.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

Graham Dawson

Re: "could we visit it?"

I thought it was a step to the right.

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

Graham Dawson

Re: Welp!

Oh no, they built the wall.

Les parisiennes were using it as a toilet within a day.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Felt like something Steve Bong would have written

Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

Graham Dawson

Re: I once trialled a ruggedized laptop

Surviving a trip to Liverpool would be more impressive, but recovering stolen property over there is difficult, to say the least.

That's the way the cookies crumble: Consent banners up 16% since GDPR

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I've noticed more than a few sites that show you a nice pop-up with all the tracking cookies turned off by default, but then present a big button saying something like "Use recommended defaults", which turns every single damn tracking cookie on, after which it's nearly impossible to turn them off again.

They way they've designed it (which closes the pop-up) makes it look like you're accepting the existing settings.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Still stings...

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

No, you contended that emoji was a word invented by kids with fragile egos and no knowledge of history. You've had it demonstrated to you that this is false, but rather than accept your mistake, you've insisted that you're actually right anyway and that anyone who disagrees with you is also either a safely dismissed child or somehow mentally deficient and in need of your special brand of education (like Jimmy from all those old information films - don't think I'm so retarded that I don't get your sly little joke). Your entire argument is ultimately "I don't like this word that the kids today are using, so I'm going to make shit up to dismiss it and treat anyone who disagrees like they're an idiot".

You're allowed to not like the word, that's absolutely fine, but maybe, instead of patronising and demeaning everyone who disagrees with you and dismissing the more popular word because of "the kids", you could act like the adult you claim to be and accept that your opinion is a clear minority.

Emoji won. It's as simple as that.

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Re: Just a beer?

A word that had only existed for a few years at the point emoji was coined.

And your claim that it was "the kids" wasn't ancillary, but central to your entire argument.

"emoji"? That's a bastard begat by kiddies who not only can't remember history and refuse to acknowledge that it exists, they are re-inventing it to suit themselves to shore up fragile egos.

It's fine to not like the word, but all your claims about "history" are bullshit when both words are very nearly the same age, while your constant wank about fragile egos and kids (apparently defined as anyone younger than you who does something you don't like) is laughable.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

This is history. It just happens to be history you don't like, so you dismiss it as "the kids".

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

I'm old, therefore an adult is a child and can be dismissed as such.

Fucking arrogant. This isn't a matter of perspective.

The concept of making little faces with text might be more than 100 years old, but the word emoticon is only a few years older than the word emoji. They're both neologisms invented by adults of approximately the same age, but in different cultural contexts. One won the battle for mindshare, one lost.

Cling to your fantasy of the "real" word as much as you like and complain about "the kids" all you want, you can't change this reality. Why not wave your cane at them as well, while you're at it, and complete the stereotype if a bitter old man who refuses to accept anything "the kids" come up with because it's not the way it used to be done, and change is scary and evil.

That's all you seem to do around here anyway.

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Re: Just a beer?

You're right, I did, but it doesn't change facts. The man who invented the word was not a kid. The word is imported from Japanese. It has a nearly twenty year pedigree, while emoticon as a word only precedes it by a few years.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

I'd be impressed with a millennial who managed to be more than 30 years old in 1999.

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Re: Just a beer?

Hm. Fancy that.

I think that might validate my point even more to be honest. The word isn't invented by "millennials", is the thing.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

Nah, emoji is an nipponism (or a japanese neologism if you want to be picky about it). Emoticons took off over there as a way to quicky communicate ideas over text message, partly because they work well with the prevailing writing systems and partly to fit within the character limits or short messages. The name itself stems from the Japanese love of taking English words and localising them (witness pokémon - pocket monster - and furasuko - flask as two disparate examples). So, just as romanised text became romanji (or romaji) to fit with kanji, emoticons became emoji.

The word was adopted to the west by osmosis, through apps originally written in japan, or targeting japanese audiences, using the term in their English localisations as well.

So less of that high-horse rubbish about the kids today, alright? They know more than we like to pretend.

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Pedantry @W@ldo

That's low frequency as defined by the ITU, for terrestrial radio transmissions, which specifies frequency definitions for a very narrow band of the full EM spectrum. In astronomy, everything with a longer wavelength than infrared light is low frequency EM.

Graham Dawson

Re: Pedantry

That's only the definition for frequences used in radio transmission, as defined by the ITU, which ends below infrared light. In comparison to the entire electromagnetic spectrum they're a low frequency wave. Given that astronomy routinely deals with EM from infrared to gamma and beyond, it makes more sense that they'd define frequencies according to their needs, rather than the needs of terrestrial radio transmission standards.

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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Because that's so easy when I'm here and the wife is in Scandinavia.

Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

Graham Dawson

Re: Not gonna touch it.

More money for me, then.

Typescript is quite literally the only microsoft spewing I use at this point. It's better than javascript.

Admittedly, this isn't saying much... but still!

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

Graham Dawson

Re: "get" - I'm good

Australia seems to think so.

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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Re: Are you watching this RCL?

Tell him to flash debian or sailfish. It's a world of difference.

TalkTalk, UK2 sitting in a tree, not T-A-L-K-I-N-G: Hosting biz cut off after ISP broadband upgrade

Graham Dawson

They went a bit crap. I used to have a few domains with them, but after a bunch of unnecessary "upgrades" to their control panel made everything difficult to find, rising prices and an increasing likelihood that t hey'd just straight up ignore technical support problems, I decided to shift somewhere else.

At which point I discovered that they'd made moving domains away from them immensely difficult, as in "nearly tempted to let the things expire and risk re-buying them from the scalpers" difficult.

They were bought out by some company that saw a cash flow with an inbuilt customer base and wanted the money for itself.

Joke's on them I guess.

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