* Posts by Martin

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

Martin

Re: Always a one-sided story

It is much the same argument as a black person being tried in front of a jury of white people, lawyers and judge. I can see their point, but exactly how do you fix it?

For IT people and for juries, I don't know. But you can at least try. For example, professional orchestras now routinely audition for new members behind a screen, to try to prevent any unintentional bias. And there are now more women and ethnic minorities in orchestras.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

Martin
Headmaster

Re: Conversion?

When you pick it up, it becomes a stolen hammer...

In the UK at least, no it isn't. It's only theft if there is a permanent intent to deprive. If it's only used to break the window, then put back, it's not been stolen.

Off topic - but that is why in this country, you are not charged with theft if you steal a car. There is a separate charge of taking without consent (twoc) for cars - because in most cases, there isn't a permanent intent to deprive.

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

Martin
WTF?

Re: Daft thing is ...

@chivo243 - Who wears a watch? mostly people showing off their wealth and toys...

Did you expect anything other than a barrage of downvotes for that?

I'm a watch-wearer, who has worn the same (quite expensive) watch for the last twenty-two years. A 40th birthday present from my wife, since you ask. It's not a toy, and I don't show it off - no-one I know would care. But it would break my heart if I lost it.

Have another downvote from me.

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Martin
FAIL

Re: Daft thing is ...

Well, I do, for one.

I don't want to dig my phone out of my pocket to tell the time - I just want to glance at my wrist, like I have done for the last sixty years. Drives me mad when I forget to put a watch on - it's astonishing how often during a day I look at the time.

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SVN commit this: Subversion to fix file renaming after 15 years

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Happy

Re: Is this still being used?

I still miss sccs...

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

Martin
WTF?

Re: rofl

Oh, ffs.

I am not talking about the standard obvious physical differences. Yes - that was sloppy of me - I should have made that clear. I rather thought we were not talking about obvious differences, and I rather thought we were talking about STEM careers. Yes, I admit it - generally, women are not as strong as men, physically - but that makes very little difference to how well they can do IT.

But the so-called mental differences (Women are better at multitasking - men are better at concentrating on a specific task - women can't drive as well as men - men are better at spatial tasks - men are more logical - women are more empathetic etc etc etc) are pretty trivial, and are almost exclusively due to upbringing and inherent assumptions (by both men and women).

Look, just read the book. It's well worth it.

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The real issue is that women and men really do have inherent differences in ability and interest, both physically and mentally.

May I recommend to you The Myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron which actually examines these so-called inherent differences, and discovers - surprise, surprise - that they don't really exist.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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Re: Beat it!

Indeed.

It amazes me the number of people I see who have spent £100+ on a pair of Beats headphones - presumably for "better" sound - and then wear them OVER their beanie or hoodie.

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Happy

Re: I'll see you in court.

"You appear to be a white-knighting beta-boy apologist, desperately virtue-signalling in your utter confusion. Turn in your card at the earliest opportunity manlet, you're outside the circle of trust."

And you, no doubt, are a tough alpha male, who is clearly scared shitless by any woman with a brain.

I have a wife and four daughters who all thoroughly approve of my attitudes. I care much more about their views than yours.

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Martin
WTF?

Re: I'll see you in court.

Oh FFS.

I am so sick of men whinging about how hard it is to be male in this world.

It is a piece of piss to be male in this world. Everything is set out for you, every assumption is that you because you are male, you are bright and intelligent (or tough or both). No one would ever say, for example "Ah well, men are useless are reading maps" or "...using technology". And I can think of dozens of other examples.

It's no bloody surprise that women push back hard.

As someone said - a woman has to do a job twice as well as a man to be accepted as being as good as a man. (The joke was - fortunately, that's not hard...!)

Look - just accept it, and be bloody grateful you were born male. Men have it cushy in this world. Don't whinge about the few times when women get a better deal than men.

And just for the avoidance of doubt - I am male.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

Martin
WTF?

Re: Also

"I just can't see the point of this or Chromebooks in general."

Then Chromebooks are not aimed at you. Chromebooks are for people like my wife, my daughter and (most of the time) me who want to pick up a computer and do basic browsing, office work and email - which is what 99.9% of users do every time they pick up a laptop. They don't want to have to wait for Windows to install yet another set of updates; they don't even know what Linux is, and they don't care either.

We have three in our house - one each. Mine also has Crouton installed, so I can play with Linux.

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Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed

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Happy

So Elton John was right !

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids

In fact it's cold as hell...

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

Martin

Re: Any site just relying on passwords should be blamed instead

I use my phone as my second factor for Paypal. If I lose that, it doesn't matter, I'll get another one with the same number.

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Martin
IT Angle

Re: Don't Just Blame Users

I'd like to know what's wrong with 18atcskd2w and 3rjs1la7qe too...I can't see any reason why they should be among the top 20 passwords.

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Martin

Re: Hey! No fair!

Anyway, 123456789 is a long password, so that's more secure, isn't it?

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

Martin

Re: Proof (if it were needed)

2. Hide/invest sum secretly in high interest account.

And there's the flaw in your argument right there....

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

Martin
WTF?

I am surprised at the moderate level of ire at the perpetrators in the comments.

I know, yes, that the systems should be better locked down. But that doesn't justify people just shrugging and saying "Well, what do you expect?"

By their own admission, they are just trying to break any systems they can get into, and asking for significant amounts of money to repair the damage they have caused. They seem almost upset that no-one is talking to them. They are loathsome blackmailing scum of the earth, and I for one would like to see them captured and put into jail for a very long time.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Martin
Happy

Re: Virus on a cd?

I can't work out whether to upvote you for a good story, or downvote you for using LOL instead of a fullstop.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Martin
Happy

Re: Missing item in the series?

I always thought they should have just called it Hsilop Notation.

When I were a young whippersnapper programmer, we called it shilop - easier to pronounce.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

Martin
Headmaster

Re: No Apple Car

"Seems Apple may of decded..."

I think "Seems Apple may have decided..." is a bit more elegant.

I'm prepared to believe that "decded" was a typo. But "may of" is just appalling.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

Martin
WTF?

Re: Prove it

There hasn't been a single accident involving a drone.

So we shouldn't do anything until an aeroplane is damaged? Are you serious?

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

Martin

Re: There is a significant problem in getting women to get tech degrees

It's also the case that in the very early days of computing, programming was considered to be an admin job, hence it was done by women. It was only later that it was realized that actually, it's a bit harder (and more interesting) than just a straight admin job, so obviously it should be done by more competent men.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Martin
Happy

I was in Sydney fairly recently, on an escalator. I stood on the right, like a good little Londoner. Turns out in Sydney, you stand on the left and walk on the right. And unlike London, there are no signs to tell you - you just have to know.

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Martin
FAIL

Re: Cabbage

"What's the harm?"

There's a reason why most people on the tube are normally either deep in a book or the newspaper, playing with their phone, or listening to something on headphones. It's to get through the journey as quickly as possible, while disturbing as few people as possible. And two (or more) people having a "chat" is not a chat - it's a public conversation with everyone in the immediate vicinity being forced to listen to it, whether or not they want to.

God knows the tube is stressful enough at rush hour, without people "chatting" all around us.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

Martin

Re: Guineas

I thought the point of the guinea is that you paid for the services of your lawyer/accountant/whatever in guineas - he kept the pounds and paid the shillings to his clerk.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

Martin
Facepalm

Cue loads of people saying...

"...a drone can't damage an aircraft."

Perhaps they might even be right. But the fact remains that it's still a stupid thing to do. If one person does it, and posts cool footage on YouTube, then next time it might be two; or three; or ten; or twenty; or fifty - and suddenly it is ridiculously dangerous.

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

Martin
WTF?

This one fooled me for a while...

Tried to write a comment on a web site a couple of weeks ago - it was blocked. After a bit of messing around, I discovered the word "Saturday" had fallen foul of the filter. Saturday?

Took me a while to identify sa - turd - ay....

Not one I've ever come across before.

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Third OnePlus flagship: £309

Martin
FAIL

No obvious shortcomings...

....apart from the fact that it's flippin' huge!

What happened to normal-sized phones?

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

Martin
Windows

Where's the old geezer icon when you need it...

There you go!

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Oz PM's department red-faced after database leaks in the cc: field

Martin
FAIL

But it shouldn't be POSSIBLE to send an email with multiple external email addresses in the cc: line.

It's not digital illiteracy - it's incompetent IT.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

Martin
Headmaster

So they're basically asking the UK to buy their car booty...

I'm quite impressed that you managed to get two different wrong usages of "there" in one short sentence.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

Martin

"Whereas assault, ABH, wife-beating etc. all result in a small fine."

And shoplifting from a supermarket gets twenty weeks. Yeah, right.

Citation needed. The Daily Mail editorial pages does not count as a citation.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

Martin

Re: +Gordon 10

So a tinker's dam is a shoddy solder joint? Really?

Then why do people say in my part of the world that they don't give a tinker's cuss?

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

Martin
Happy

Some things never change...

When I graduated back in 1976, I had a degree in Mathematical Physics, rather than Computer Science. During my first couple of years, I found that new graddies with CS degrees frequently had to spend the first few months of their career unlearning the bad habits they'd been taught at uni.

There were some exceptions - Hatfield Poly in particular produced excellent CS graduates, if my memory serves me right.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

Martin

Re: Bruce Schneier

Me, I never type any password into a phone for anything important.

But I use a password safe and good old copy'n'paste if I do need to type a password on my phone.

So despite the Reg's sarcasm, I actually think that the advice is sensible. I use 12-char randomly generated passwords and a password safe.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Martin

Re: Self organising team

Indeed.

In my whole career, I have never once met a manager who has learned the trick of the second part.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Martin
WTF?

Re: @sikejsudjek

"When caught and tried for this heinous crime they were sentenced to 30 years each."

Bear in mind they were not just robbers - they were armed violent criminals who beat up the train driver and at least two other people. It actually was a heinous crime.

"This sentence, which was far more than usually given for murder, shocked the UK."

Murder was then, as now, a mandatory life sentence, with a recommendation for a minimum term. Thirty years, though significant, is less than life. And they all served far less than thirty years. And did the sentences really "shock the UK"? Any evidence for that?

"The result was that, knowing that the judges might be very harsh on robbers, the perpetrators started killing those police officers and members of the public trying to stop or arrest them."

Do you have any actual evidence for this remarkable assertion?

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Re: ...

Well, at least I can't prove that one is wrong, as I assume it was originally in French, and I'm not an expert on French Philosophers.

It may well be right. But I'd still like a little more evidence.

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Martin
FAIL

Re: ...

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I know Alice pretty well, and I am sure that phrase does not appear anywhere in it. But it's always good to check...good old Gutenburg.

And what do you know - the word "imagination" does not appear anywhere in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or in Through the Looking Glass.

It's interesting that the phrase appears all over the internet - most people believe that it's said by the Cheshire Cat. But it ain't.

So, it's quite a nice phrase - it might even be Lewis Carroll - but it's nothing to do with Alice.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

Martin
Happy

Reminds me...

...of the time when the USSR were trying to launch a war against alcohol. Mikhail Tal, a brilliant chess player who also liked his tipple, was heard to say "The State against vodka? I'll be on the side of vodka!"

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Martin

Re: Appalling!

Hmmm. Mont Blanc are to pens what Bang and Olufsson are to audio - very good, but overpriced. Sort of thing a beancounter would buy really. So, no sympathy here.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Martin
Pint

Re: Small != Small

It's *not* true that men want only one thing. We want dinner too.

And beer.

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

Martin

Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

Bloaky1 - you really really needed the Joke icon.

I liked the pun, but I think a lot of people missed it...

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Martin
Happy

British driverless cars

Two British driverless cars approach a junction at the same time.

"After you."

"No, after you."

"No, I insist, please go ahead"

....

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

Martin
Happy

Obligatory Dilbert

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-07-26

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Martin
Happy

Bill has better hair and a less annoying voice [than Trump].

That's hardly setting a high bar, is it.

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Windows Phone devs earn double what poor Android devs pocket

Martin
Headmaster

Re: Average?

Nah - doesn't need to be. The "average" is probably a mean, which is a very poor average to use for something like this.

It's like the "average bonus" figure that's given for an Investment Bank every year. It's normally something ridiculously huge, but it's massively skewed by a very few very high bonuses - and 99% of the people who get a bonus get below the average.

Similarly, a few ultra-successful apps (Flappy Birds being one such example) skew the average figure.

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