* Posts by boltar

2276 posts • joined 15 Oct 2008

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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@Prst. V.Jeltz

"This country has got to realise that you cant let foriegners do all the jobs - or you starve"

Tell that to corporate upper management who only give a shit about next years profit margins. No long term thinking or strategy, don't give a damn about their country. Back in the day the heads of large corporations actually did (occasionally) take the best interests of their country into account, but not any more with get-rich-quick style capitalism in charge. And I'm not some raging communist against capitalism, I just don't like the spiv type we've had since the 80s that only cares about profit and absolutely nothing else.

Oh, and isn't it funny how management never outsource their own jobs even though in many cases a trained chimp could do them?

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Care? I've never even heard of it.

Meanwhile another bunch of crowdfunding suckers have been parted with large amounts of money. Weather follows at 11...

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Re: Porting in Ireland

>Who the heck stores contacts on the SIM?

When you're out of short trousers sonny we'll let you know about the wonderful world of not having to rely on the cloud and flaky internet connections but still being able to move all your contacts to a new phone in an instant. You know, a bit like local email storage instead of gmail ... oh never mind, you're probably confused already.

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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

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Re: It is a salvage mission in international waters, China should take over the search

"whose only possible albeit remote result is to pinpoint a point of impact and which of the pilots 'did it' "

Indeed. The deliberate disabling of the transponder and the controlled change of course shortly afterwards firmly point the finger at deliberate human action, most likely one of the flight crew. The only other possibility is terrorism whereby one or more terrorists with 777 knowledge overpowered the crew, took over the plane and then for some reason failed to carry out their mission since I doubt their mission would have been to allow the plane to ditch in the sea and not tell the whole world about it.

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Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again

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Re: Markov models

"They use collected data to figure out how likely you are to go from A to B, C, or D but ignore the path you took to reach A"

There's nothing preventing someone writing a markov model algorithm that takes account of more than one hop: eg probability of going from A to D via B or C. Sure, the tree would start to expand exponentially but it is possible and you wouldn't need to store that many hops to approach decent prediction.

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Markov models

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"Hidden Markov models have this really weird assumption in them that all of that history didn't matter."

Umm, markov models work based on the probabilty of B (or C or D) following A. Using the history of the particular data in question to work out a probability tree is exactly how they function. Or am I missing something here?

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: Ah. Missed that. Ta, ElReg.

"The first death rendered-into-obscurity knell for systemd has sounded. About bloody time."

I wish that were so, but Pottering and his paymasters Dead Rat seem to have a Jobs like reality distortion field around them that deflects and destroys any criticism of systemd while simultaniously brainwashing distro maintainers to embed this POS as soon as they can. The we-know-nest arrogance coming from these guys is really out of Apples playbook , chapter 1.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: Only a British would use a ZX spectrum for music...

To be fair, it actually sounds better than some of their actual tracks mainly because it doesn't have the usual annoying whiny vocals.

Not a radiohead fan, can you tell?

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: An alternative

"Good idea. Ive NEVER seen any counterfeit money."

Different issue. Having your money magically vanish from your wallet overnight is somewhat different so someone making some counterfeit money.

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U Vlad bro? Docker accidentally cuts off Ukraine

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Sick of matey chummy style official messages

"Hey everyone, sorry for the trouble"

Hey "dude", how about sounding a little bit more professional? You cut off an entire country and you're trying to sound like you're some kid who just spilt a drink on his friends floor.

What is it with these silicon valley bros that they think that trying to sound like your best friend somehow makes their fuckwittery forgivable? False bonding is amateur hour psychology so give it a bloody rest - you're not my friend and you're not doing me a favour. People pay for these services so try and behave and sound like adults.

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LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xicc++ baryon

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Re: The XICC++ baryon?

"Is there a posh quark?"

Only when there's a Becks quark. They appear spontaniously together whenever large numbers of photons are emitted by a photographic flash.

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The XICC++ baryon?

Clearly this baryon has class, unlike the XiCC baryon.

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Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

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Seriously?

"Guthrie also impressed me a few years later, when he was responsible for Silverlight,"

You're easily impressed.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: 8,698,558

"Did you read the article ?"

Yes, and I'm still trying to figure out wtf his pet student audio amp project has got to do with any of it.

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Re: 8,698,558

Did you get lost on the way from another discussion?

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Re: The visual equivalent to a noise cancelling microphone.

"I'm not sure if he ever solved the design problems."

Not surprised. AFAIK its a highly complex bit of processing the visual cortext undertakes which works 99.9% of the time but on occasion gets it wrong or you end up with optical illusions such as this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_shadow_illusion

It would be interesting to see the world as the eye really sees it, just as a comparison. I suspect it would look rather strange.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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Re: Let's get real.

"Seems like, given the downvotes, you needed a 'joke alert' symbol..."

Tbh with the number of tin foil hat conspiracy theorists around, its hard to tell any more.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: i did this when i was younger

"I didn't date older women. I shagged them. No relationships, nothing. "

Fair enough.

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Re: i did this when i was younger

"who a sad bitter little boy then?"

Sorry, think you've been looking in the mirror by mistake.

"Cheer up chum even you'll get an opportunity to give Mary Palm and her five sisters a rest."

That your close family is it?

"that was always my experience as well."

Another little boy who was looking for a substitute mummy. All a bit tragic and rather funny :)

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Re: i did this when i was younger

"Anyone can have 30 years experience. It doesn't mean you have 30 years of experience doing the right thing."

Whats the "right thing"? I've no regrets. I couldn't imagine going out with some middle age woman when I was younger, I wanted someone who had similar cultural reference points and was fun, not someone boring on about the beetles or presley and her mortgage payments.

"It just so happened older women were a lot more adventerous in bed"

Clearly you've never been out with the right younger women.

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Re: i did this when i was younger

"Let's be honest, you have no idea what you're talking about. "

30 years experience with women says otherwise sunshine.

"Only desperate women are chasing younger guys, and only desperate men would pursue an older woman?"

In a nutshell. The women are hitting the panic button over their fading youth (a bit like Kate Beckinsale right now with her toyboy) and the men will take the first female who looks at them twice.

"Age means nothing if you're taking reasonable care of your body."

Pfft, yeah, right, whatever you say Peter Pan. Who's your next conquest, Enid at the old peoples home?

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Humidity control

"Smoking in the data center? That's a terminal offense"

Would that be a vt100 type offense or a wyse 60?

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Re: Humidity control

"even 10 years ago data centers were generally just "rooms with computers"

10 years ago? Try right now. Our "server room" doubles as the staff rec room! The rack is behind a

partition not far from the fridge and microwave. No, I'm not making this up.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

"its the most ignorant thing said about systemd, go and learn something before you open your mouth and spout nonsense."

God, you truly are an utter fool. I seriously hope you're not involved in software development in any way.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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"How long would it take a hostile operative to gain control of all the key computer systems?"

If you've got a hostile operative onboard on in-service navy ship then the whole ship is compromised and effectively dead in the water. The chances of this happening - one hopes due to security at the dock and personnel vetting - are insignificant. A far more likely attack vector is The Idiot. The Idiot will pull out a vital cable accidentaly, plug in his usb stick containing a load of ripped mp3s from a pirate site, give the wrong information at just the wrong time etc...

This IMO is rather more likely.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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Re: Who watches the watchers?

"These are supposed to be people we trust to act with integrity but it is clear that until greater power is balanced with greater punishment then they will continue to abuse whatever they are trusted with."

Oh grow up. You seriously think that no other government in the world is doing this or at least trying to? Its the nature of espionage. And isn't it odd that wikileaks only seems to stick it to the US security services, where are all the insider documents from Russia or China? You have to wonder who's funding this supposedly impartial whistle blowing site.

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

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"Against the better judgement of half of us, we're leaving the EU, FFS"

Less than half who voted actually. Sorry, I know remainers seem to think their votes are somewhat more important than those who voted out but isn't it really time to get over it?

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"They forgot to include engines in the functional spec?"

You jest, yet hasn't one of our shiny new state of the art type 45 destroyers got to have its shonky engine replaced? Unfortunately the ability to remove an engine after construction wasn't in the design brief so last I heard they were considering cutting a hole in the side of the hull and yanking it out. And that would be the east bit - putting a new engine in via the same hole and not wrecking it will be a challenge to say the least.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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29" barrel

"Though details on the precise specs of the C15 rifle are surprisingly tricky to find, the factory Tac-50 is supplied with a 29" barrel."

If thats the barrel width then perhaps it wasn't such an amazing shot after all. Of course one then has to ask how they got the battleship up there in the first place!

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: @Circadian

"like saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say,"

Its a nice soundbite, but the truth is we don't have an absolute right to say whatever we want in a public arena (if you don't believe me start shouting racist insults in most western countries and see how long before the police arrest you). There are limits on freedom of speech just as there are with privacy.

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Re: @Circadian

Where did this idea that there's some absolute right to privacy come from? Nothing in the investigatory powers act can be acted upon without a warrant, the same as the situation with phone tapping and snail mail have been in for years. There's nothing magic about the internet, its just another communications medium though I realise a lot of people seem to think otherwise for whatever reason. And yes, some of the powers in the act may be abused but official powers have been abused since the dawn of civilisation - so what? That doesn't mean the act itself is wrong.

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Re: Firfox on Linux removal of ALSA support

"but it appears there is/are packages for pulseaudio on Devuan"

No reason there shouldn't be, however I wouldn't put it past PottyRing to make systemd a dependancy for pulse at some point in the future so it might not last....

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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Re: IRA

"At least with the IRA, they had a mission and they were not anxious to kill a lot of people"

Really? Tell that to the 3700 civilians, police and soldiers the IRA murdered in its 3 decades of mayhem. They were not noble saints straining against a corrupt establishment, they were murdering criminal shits who brought terror and chaos to NI, Eire, the mainland and at a local level their own communities. Eg: How is blowing up 11 army bandsman in Hyde Park ANY different on a moral level to murdering an army musician with knives In Woolwich?

But the IRA didn't deberately target civilians some say. Didn't they? Imprecise bomb warnings with too little time to clear the area allowed them to shift responsibility and blame the authorities for any deaths but it wasn't by accident that the warnings were frequently vague. The only difference between NI dissidents and Islamists is that the former had some sort of vague dream about a united ireland whereas the Islamists just seem to be a nihilistic death cult, but thats about it. The end result is often the same.

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To heck with the laws of physics... we will squeeze more juice from these processors

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Re: "we could probably squeeze twice the performance out of the current generation. "

"Theoretically JIT compilers allow development in "managed" languages but can be coded much closer to the raw hardware if the option is engaged."

True, but there's still overhead even with JIT. Eg: boundary checking, garbage collection.

"IOW any time spent on "tricky" coding up front is probably in the wrong place"

Sometimes, not always. Obviously if a program is I/O bound then no amount of fancy coding is going to significatnly speed it up, but if its CPU bound then you can work with the compiler and profiler to tightly optimise the relevant part of the code.

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With non managed, non VM languages and less bloated APIs...

... we could probably squeeze twice the performance out of the current generation. But some coders just can't cope without their hand holding managed VM languages and/or scripting languages.

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Microsoft SCOM crashed some web apps, but the fix didn't fix it

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Re: It is their own 'managed' code

"so why did the cock it up like this? It is not as if some rogue third party was to blame."

Just a guess - the memory thats allocated is unmanaged and this causes issues when the .NET runtime tries to manage it then something does something to the memory outside the runtimes control which causes the runtime to fall over in a steaming heap next time it tries to use it.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Re: I suspect that ...

"My money is on the invention of better shielding. Eventually."

Cosmic rays are the least of their worries once they arrive. The mars soil dust is full of rather nasty perchlorates which you really wouldn't want to get on your skin or breath in so any trips outside the module will require some serious clean up techniques when the astronauts come back inside. Even exposure to tiny amounts of this stuff could cause some serious illnesses such as thyroid disease, anemia and lung cancer in a relatively short period of time.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Ignorance and greed

" Examples of each are being killed by a terrorist in the US versus being killed in a car accident."

People always underestimate risk when they feel they're in control.

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Re: More importantly

Thumbs down from me only because I'm bored sick of reading political posts in almost every comment section now.

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At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

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Re: Sort in a functional language

"Yes, they do. The magic fairy dust is called bloody necessity. You have to have fast recursion in a functional language or it all goes pair shaped"

Congratulations on not understanding the point I was making. I guess you think functional languages use a special functional based CPU rather than the normal one? Never mind.

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Re: Sort in a functional language

"Inefficiently, yes, and with the danger of blowing the stack, yes."

You seem to be under the impression that functional languages have some magic fairy dust they sprinkle on their recursion. Newsflash - it all gets converted to assembler under the hood so the recursion either works in the same way as procedural languages by pushing the stack and a call, or its simulated by iterative loops and heap allocation. The latter can also be done in procedural and OO languages which oddly enough is what most functional language compilers & interpreters are written in.

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Re: Sort in a functional language

"A functional version of quicksort is only about 7 lines long, and the implementation is very close to the abstract algorithm, making use of recursion."

You know you can do recursion in almost all procedural and OO languages?

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Re: Oh well

"Worth it for "Thomas and the Unsatisfactory Weld In His Left-Hand Side Valve Gear.""

I guess that just proves how subjective humour is. To me that might just as well be a line from the phone book.

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Oh well

I was expecting an amusing but insightful look at functional programming, not a weak, unfunny sub (x10) Pratchett style satire.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Re: The real reason for VMs on x86?

"Are less of a problem than say library dependency version conflict issues are on Linux. And are fixed by using containers..."

I suggest you look up LD_LIBRARY_PATH and learn what it does.

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The real reason for VMs on x86?

Windows inability to place nice with multiple large applications running on the same OS installation. DLL issues, memory issues , you name it. These arn't problems *nix generally suffers from but for some reason some people thought VMs would be a good idea for that as well. Containers OTOH are simply improved chroot jails (also something Windows never had) but TBH , unless you need some wierd system library install for an application or you simply don't trust the application enough to allow it full system access a normal system setup should be fine. We have multiple Oracle and Mongo instances all running happily on one machine (+ failover backup machines before anyone asks) with no VMs or containers in site. Which is the way the designers of Unix intended it to be.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Probably got their own staff to install the back up generators

And then to test them. What could possibly go wrong.

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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

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Re: All this just to avoid using ad-blu

"Either it would drop to limp home mode because the tank had run out,"

Well thats his fault then. I'm sure there was a warning light on for quite a while before that happened. Cars arn't white goods - they require maintenance.

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"he VW group 1.4 TSI 150 is quite remarkably smooth, quiet, responsive, pulls strongly from very low revs and just keeps the torque going right round the rev counter"

I've driven a car with that engine. Can't say I found its performance anything special but I guess everything is relative. My current 3.0 would leave it for dead at any speed.

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