* Posts by deive

160 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Re: Prime Day is Bogus

It was worth it at 30 before they forced added all the streaming stuff. I just want the delivery, oh well nothing for them instead then!

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GOV.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Re: Print to PDF

Did this almost 15 years ago now, it is dumb, for the reasons stated, however I used https://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/ and it wasn't too hard. If your source is pretty well standardised....

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Be The Packet. Take each hop it makes. Your network will repay you

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Re: Wrong Problem

That is easy to say (and I am not necessarily disagreeing with you here), but with the high complexity nowadays it would be almost impossible to make something without expecting to have a bug somewhere. Therefore it will require updating.

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Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud

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Re: Monzo..

Just do it. They are soooooooo much better than any other bank :-)

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: IBM hasn't been IBM for a very long time

For all those who say they want the old IBM back, maybe you should read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust and then be very careful what you wish for...

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MongoDB turns on, tunes in, drops ACID and goes mobile

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Re: Don't need transactions?

FYI, dropping acid is a slang for taking it... https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drop%20acid

Edit... just thought that the fact I read it that way right off may say more about me that I should do online, oops

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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This is why weed needs to be legalised :-) that is something the US is leading on though (or at least the forward looking States)!

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Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill

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Devil

Re: Rickrolling....

We could just "terroroll" all the MPs?

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Symon, I think you may have misunderstood Macjules - or at least I read it differently to you!

The word citizens is deleted and replaced with subjects as that is how the government are treating us. They currently think they are our superiors and not working for us.

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Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges

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Re: Another one?

Downvote, as it is compiled there is no interpreter (in the mobile case - there is a javascript compiler for web frontend dev too).

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Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

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Good. Proof of work is such a waste of time and energy. If a chain was based on something useful like protein folding then I could get behind it.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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IT Angle

Maybe the problem was asking a tekkie to do the job of a chippy?

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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Re: Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

Again, this is just the press and the public calling machine learning, artificial intelligence. It is not artificial intelligence - it is machine learning and I think The Reg really should be doing better on that front.

As so many call it AI, now people think it is actually AI... but it isn't.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: I'm uncertain...

No downvote as it is quite hard to do, but for a start don't use bing. It's called bing FFS! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=alternative+search+engines&t=canonical&ia=web

Also, why does a VPN app require Google Play Services? It shouldn't require your location or push messages or a cloud database or any of the other things that the services offer - perhaps you should look into changing that too. This another way Google are locking Android down - all the apps that use their services.

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Cops fined £80,000 for revealing childhood abuse victims' names

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Personally I think it is the MANAGERS of those responsible who need to face the music. For not providing the correct training/software to do the job. Outlook should never be used for this sort of thing.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Trollface

Re: Thales

But but but, conservatives tell us that private companies are amazing.... so it couldn't be Thales' fault, could it?

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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

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"Intel officials said the tech will be baked into displays, will need an Intel display adapter and drivers"

Stop it with the propriety crap already! Intel display drivers are so poor even Intel are now using AMD.

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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I've been watching 4k HDR Netflix over WiFi for as long as they have offered it without problems. Should be OK - over streaming it is compressed though so it still isn't as good as a 4K bluray.

Have to say though that HDR a much bigger improvement than 4K, BBC should concentrate on getting that out first :-)

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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"difficulty for GCHQ to interpret laws that weren't clearly written" - what's the odds on GCHQ having a hand in writing those laws in the first place? About as much as business "leaders" helped write tax laws with all their vagaries and loopholes.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Don't say that to them... They'll increase patents as well!

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Thanks for making our country a slightly more open place. Truth is the only way to fight the corruption.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Facepalm

So if we were to link against proprietary libraries they will be automatically updated and all installations updated without any issues?

Either I am missing something or this is just calling out open source for FUD.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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I really can't understand why everyone seems to hate him so much now - this "squatting" isn't his choice, bet he isn't having fun there.

Think we need to remember why he is there - total fabricated charges by the US, Sweden and the UK. Like the current leaker -https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/15/vault_7_leak/ I doubt was a rapist/peodo, unless every one of them suddenly has uncontrollable sexual urges as soon as the US discovers who they are but have no evidence for a court case.

If the UK wasn't spending so much money just to keep the US happy then he wouldn't have to hide? The skipping bail is an offense here, but wouldn't have happened if Sweden didn't do the same thing on the fake rape charge.

This has nothing to do if you like him or not - I hate outspoken, self-aggrandising people as much as everyone else.

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Devil

"However, he is facing unrelated charges in the New York Southern District court for possession and distribution of child abuse images." - totally completely and utterly unrelated m'lord

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Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

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Thumb Down

Public funding

"In fact the only deals London Stock Exchange-listed Capita has shouted about on an official basis is the extension with M&S, one with the Beeb and one with NI Invest."

Financial Services Compensation Scheme - public body

Beeb - public funded

NI Invest - public body

So that just leaves M&S...

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Thumb Up

Re: Reaction Mass?

You mean, let's scoop up this ejaculate and use it for our own nefarious purposes? Good plan, along with asteroid mining!

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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Re: American puritanism?

Yeah, all this talk of morals from American (and other countries) Corporations is complete hypocrisy.

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Artificial intelligence is good for at least one thing – making hardware important again

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Re: "Treat the AI as a team member,"

+1! A.I. does not exist this is machine learning... (I think I am boring myself saying this now!)

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Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels

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The problem is everyone calling it A.I. this is not A.I. it is machine learning. M.L. is required for an A.I. but it is only a small part of what would be required before we get anywhere near an A.I.

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Re: Is this good or bad?

Like with all things machine learning, it is neither good nor bad, but how you use it.

Can imagine it generating a load of different levels then an actual level designer can pick the best and tweak for example - saving lots of time on the boring parts whilst getting properly designed levels. Or for replacing procedurally generated levels.

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Programmers! Close the StackOverflow tabs. This AI robot will write your source code for you

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FAIL

Re: I think I can summarize what's pissing off the other commentards

"For AI guys".... +1 for that, but gotta say all of the points you raised come after the fact that AI does not exist, there are no people who "do" AI. This is all machine learning. And very simplistic ML at that - as others have said it doesn't even do as good a job as templates already do.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Not EU? - Declare a new continent

"for far too long the UK government has been blaming the EU for its own bad governance; once we are out of the EU they wont have this excuse and (hopefully), people will start to realise what a bunch of money grubbing little shits ALL the politicians are, and vote them out of office."

This is the first (and so far only) argument that I agree with and can believe for exiting.

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Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

deive

Wouldn't it be easier to make an IDE (plug to an existing IDE) just to translate the few reserved words for a language? Shouldn't be hard to do that for multiple languages/languages rather than trying to copy an entire language just to change the reserved words.

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Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

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Optional

Um, react is in JavaScript, your code is not compiled. Dart however is compiled. The difference is React Native uses Native UI components whereas Flutter has it's own renderer.

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UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

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They probably made more than the fines already, and also will no doubt end up not paying, or only paying a fraction. I totally have full confindace in our socitey and in those responsable.....

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

deive

Re: Punishing discrimination is not discrimination

It kinda is murder still, that's why the civilised world doesn't have capital punishment.

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: So Many Questions

I also don't care if he uses porn... On his own machine. It's not like MPs can't afford it.

They all need to be fired on all sides by the sounds of it! Green for porn on his machine, whats-her-face for disregard of security, and the police guy should have been fired for having a murder by police under his command!

Don't these people get paid a metric fuckton for all the "responsibility" they have to take on?

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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IMAP protocol was written with an always-on PC-style internet connection. Mobile phones do not have this, as to keep a connection open would require the radio to be kept on!

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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The Fiesta cane out in the 70s, ford have had 40 years to perfect their production lines to be fair...

I'm not a big fan of the subsidies as the do end up transferring money to the your middle classes, like subsidies for solar power for homeowners. What would be a better option though? Without Tesla we probably wouldn't have the leaf, bolt, or others.

I wish I had a spare 100k the model s is the fastest accelerating production car in the world, and does so silently and with no emissions. That's what does it for me.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Re: tax dodging

yeah, NuLabour are Tories.

Good job most of them are out of labour now.

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Gotta have standards? Security boffins not API about bloated browsers

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Surprise surprise; new features have more bugs than old features???

Sure all the new standards could be removed... then the websites that use them would go back to proprietary standards such as flash and f**king silverlight.

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: We need companies like Purism

Too right we do need more, but the only way that'll happen is if consumers actually buy...

Also they said "there's no ethical computing device option" which may be true for the USA but the is Fairphone here in the EU. I would love to see those two collaborate on electronics that are totally ethical from mining and production through to software and data gathering

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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CIA can't protect themselves from skiddies, wonder how the are handling actual threats?!?!?

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

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WTF?

Anyone paying that much for a graduate with no experience deserves the fail that will inevitably happen.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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"Giddens concluded: "Let us reintroduce human contact wherever we can where at the moment we have robotic automated voices. Let us contain and humanise the robots.""

So our government want to go backwards? Maybe they should be the ones to do all the dangerous/hard/boring jobs for us then?

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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So I won't be allowed to use secure internet banking or shopping, cos I don't have a face***k account??

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

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Re: Easy Peasy.

In most cases this is the line I take... but you don't have much choice if you are a UK business.

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Actually sit and ask an accountant "how would you avoid this" - Lee D

Yeah - this would be a good idea, but the MPs would class that account as a scientific adviser and we all know how MPs hate those and generally willfully ignore any advice they give.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Wonder how much %age of actual meat in there? probably mostly offal and fat. Also wonder how the animals are raised, at this price it must be factory farming; probably american and pumped full of estrogen and other hormones. Good times.

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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"Google swears on a stack of bibles will only excise ads that get in your face in unpleasant ways." - Does this mean any ad not served via AdClick? This is a total conflict of interest situation, and should not be allowed.

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