* Posts by Horridbloke

394 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

Horridbloke

Re: Define "win"

"... that there were no developers to attract by the time Microsoft entered the game."

What are you on about? Microsoft had been in the game, through various Windows CE monstrosities, long before Google set to work. They just weren't very good at it.

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Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

Horridbloke

Re: Missing parts

The unicorns are the glue surrounding the batteries.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

Horridbloke

Re: Common trick

"how to screw a network in 30 seconds".

A schoolfriend of mine apparently took out the network (which was only one large classroom / computer lab due to it being the eighties) by buying a 3.5mm-jack-to-BNC adaptor from Tandy and plugging his Sony Walkman into the network.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Calendar of events

September 2018: service is renamed "Coding For Windows Live".

October 2018: service now requires Silverlight to work.

July 2019: service is shut down following a generous 7 day notice period.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

Horridbloke

Re: Too late...

I've had my suspicions for a while now. Admit it Bob: you're William Shatner aren't you?

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

Horridbloke
Mushroom

Re: Flown in anger?

Yes, "used in anger" means used for its intended real-world purpose (as opposed to being tested, trialled or involved in other sissiness).

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

Horridbloke
Boffin

Re: This is why science rocks

Of course, diluting tap water greatly increases its hydrating properties.

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Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

Horridbloke
Thumb Down

Silly idea

I have a Moto Z2 Play and am very happy with my existing 4G. Let's assume the new shiny thing turns out to be really good and I encounter a good reason to adopt it, because that's what usually happens. I won't buy this bolt-on to my current phone to use it because..

- Mods are expensive - it won't be far off the cost of a brand new Moto G8 or G9 with built-in 5G.

- It won't work _quite_ as well as I hoped.

- The hardware will murder the battery life and pocketability of the phone.

- By the time 5G is reasonably mainstream my current phone will be dead, due to its knackered non-removable battery / finite-life flash memory / sat-upon screen.

Thanks Moto, I'll pass.

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

Horridbloke

Re: One evening about ten year ago...

Thanks 2Nick3 for clarifying the local situation. I guess I have too much faith in human nature.

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Horridbloke
WTF?

One evening about ten year ago...

I was staying in a hotel in North Carolina. The fire alarm went off, possibly due to a lightning strike, so I grabbed my beers and eeepc and sat on a bench outside. Shortly afterwards the fire engine turned up. This was very large, very red and very gleamy with all the chrome bits on it. It also bore flashing lights.

The first thing the driver did upon leaving the vehicle was open a storage compartment, remove half a dozen traffic cones, and arrange them in a straight line a couple of feet from the front of the vehicle.

I have a lot of respect for the jobs firefighters do. Not so much for the pen pusher who'd decided those cones were needed.

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

Horridbloke

Re: Identity politics

In that case we'll get calls that start with "GREETINGS. PUNY. HUMAN. I. AM. JEFF. I. ENJOY. EATING. PIES. I. TOO. AM. PUNY."

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Horridbloke

Creepiness aside...

... is there actually anything unethical about a software agent running on behalf of a business pretending to be human? Cali might as well compel people working in (some) call centres to warn callers that they probably won't be able to help with whatever problem they're being called about.

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Horridbloke

Re: As if it's hard to tell it's a bot.

"...can't be fooled by any computer known to man..."

It's a bit weird that you tested them all.

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

Horridbloke

Standard practice sadly

This seems to be entirely normal behaviour among recruiters. Mind you they seem to be drawn from the same pool as estate agents and car salespersons.

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

Horridbloke

Re: And I always thought it was Dark 'cos we can't see it

Dirty? It's going to get covered in fluff.

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

Horridbloke

All those years...

... I've had Windows people doing things in notepad after I've asked them not to, ignoring the newline statutes of whatever it is they're trying to edit and then looking upset when the final result is completely munged up and I've told them they'll have to do it again only this time with a different tool. I think 2unlimited were in the charts the first time I had that conversation.

Yeah, nice try Redmond - do you really think we're going to fall for this one?

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

Horridbloke

From what we currently know...

... the only way this new console could possibly be any good would be if it unexpectedly turned out to run SteamOS ( "any good" != "very good" ). The normal economic model for consoles - the hardware itself being a loss-leader - wouldn't work in that case, so to hit that price it would have to be a seriously underwhelming spec.

No good can come of this.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

Horridbloke

@What does that say about the cross section surveyed?

Back in my day it was groups of 18-year-old lads self-consciously pretending they liked bitter because "cider's a boy's drink innit and I'm grown up now grrrrrr". A true grown up doesn't care what anyone else thinks.

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Horridbloke

Re: Number Witheld.

... or we _could_ skip the racial slurs...

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Horridbloke

@Ol'Peculiar

"I'd much prefer to punch the smug little git."

But what appears on the screen isn't actually him, it's just a picture. If you punched it you'd just break the screen or, if it's a CRT, hurt your hand.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

Horridbloke

Not me personally but...

... iirc the publishers of one of the earlier Doom games had to apologise after sending bags of offal to journalists. Now who wouldn't be delighted to receive a bag of guts?

(My google skills are failing badly today, only fleeting reference I found is at https://www.prweek.com/article/517197/video-games-strive-attention )

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Horridbloke

Re: to say it with that nice song from the South Park movie

Blame Zuckerberg!

Blame Zuckerberg!

He's not even a proper person anyway...

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The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

Horridbloke

Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

He's in the nineties. Things were much happier back then.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Horridbloke

"catastrophic failure of process"

Has there actually been a failure of process? I kind of assumed it was all working exactly as intended.

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Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

Horridbloke

Re: How much water?

The fondant centre is about 15% by volume.

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

Horridbloke

Re: Are they using the wrong datatype?

If it was just inappropriate use of floating point maths then results would still be repeatable.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

Horridbloke

Re: Values

Values = what the company says it wishes would happen.

Policy = what the company wishes would happen.

Culture = what actually happens.

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Horridbloke

It was already dying

FB usage amongst my associates peaked a good few years ago. Of my 150-ish "friends" the only regular posters are relatively recent converts. As a behavioural thing it seems to me to be something people just get bored of and stop doing after a bit. That does leave them with personal data, but I've compromised that a bit by entering massively inaccurate personal data.

I laughed a lot when I saw the share price this week - never mind the drop, how the heck did it get that high? - then remembered my pension fund probably has a stake in it somewhere.

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He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

Horridbloke

Re: That's a lot of space...

"Christmas 1993. I think it was from Admincure. P90 with 16MB of RAM. People thought I was mental."

That truly was mental at the time. Good show.

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Horridbloke

Re: That's a lot of space...

"540MB drive that I got for only £153+VAT."

I'm going to guess that at late 1994 / early 1995.

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Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever

Horridbloke

Re: Yikes...

How shall I put this, I was thinking more the gosh-darn-we-need-yet-another-dog sort of blooper.

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Horridbloke
Unhappy

Yikes...

Huawei had better hope the blooper reel from that never turns up.

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If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

Horridbloke
Terminator

Re: If they leave the computer in charge of the strategy...

No, because IBM has no humanity.

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

Horridbloke

Re: In 1951, Arthur C. Clarke foresaw nearly-precisely this sort of nonsense...

"... taken evasive action to avoid these problems..."

I reckon some very well qualified, very smart and very experienced candidates did exactly that - by getting another job instead. By definition the actual program managers are the ones too thick to avoid it.

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

Horridbloke
Black Helicopters

Re: Firefox should get money from UK's TV licence...to save it from ads.

It's an intriguing idea. There should be a requirement for Firefox to play the national anthem whenever a tab is closed, and perhaps use the web camera to check the user is standing to attention.

(No euphemism intended.)

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Nationwide UK web bank and app take unscheduled nap

Horridbloke
Unhappy

AGAIN?!?

Nationwide seem to have had a lot of IT glitches over the last year or so. I moved to them from Lloyds about 15 years ago for the better customer service (not a terribly high bar) but I'm starting to think some backup plastic would be a good idea.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

Horridbloke

Re: Philosophical question

Yes.

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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

Horridbloke

Next step

All the cryptomining perps have to do in the next round is give the mark a compelling reason to leave the window open. Social Media? Stock Monitor? Hugely clever customisable notification solution? Or perhaps the next big thing that makes absolutely no sense to anyone over forty?

It's another arms race.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Horridbloke

Ah yes, BT...

... the company that fifteen years ago didn't want to install half-megabit ADSL in many towns and villages because they couldn't see the point. Go to heck.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

Horridbloke

Re: About the proportion that are grounded

I don't think pedentic is a valid tag.

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

Horridbloke
Boffin

Re: How?

They employ extreme underclocking.

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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

Horridbloke

Re: Supercomputer?

"Does anyone know of workloads so big they strain one server but can't be distributed?"

Yes. Crysis.

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

Horridbloke
Unhappy

Re: Is anyone keeping count?

The Amiga has become the Blakes 7 of home computers.

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

Horridbloke

Re: The real question

Good grief, yes.

Working under a nutter is bad news. Conversely getting sacked by a nutter is both awesome and profitable.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

Horridbloke

Re: The gift that keeps on giving

Wait until the season pass is on sale.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Horridbloke

Re: "paying out the nose"

"Wouldn't that be 'anus' and not 'sphincter'?"

For you perhaps. I went to a very posh school where it was pronounced "arnus".

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Horridbloke
Pint

You joined?

Did you ever get to go down the pub with Carol Vorderman?

(Back in the nineties MENSA used to hint at this.)

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Horridbloke

Re: curious

The F35s are running Windows CE.

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