* Posts by Robert Grant

1059 posts • joined 22 Aug 2006

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Robert Grant

Re: How much?!? Just get a OnePlus 3T

Very happy OnePlus 3T customer here. Spending £800 on a phone is just lunacy.

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

Robert Grant

Re: Agile fine until it hits the real world?

Yeah agree - powerless (and probably 95% absent) product owner makes a huge difference.

To all the waterfallists: you'd be surprised how similar Agile and Waterfall are in achieving results, if both are done properly. The main difference is Agile will deliver what you need now, whereas Waterfall will deliver what you thought you needed two years ago, and now have to lawyer up to argue about what features have or haven't been delivered.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

Robert Grant

Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

Get the Clacks towers up and running, people.

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Don't waste your energy on Docker, it says here – wait, that can't be right...

Robert Grant

Headline grabber

Surely a better comparison would be between docker and a full fat VM, and then docker on a VM. You'd imagine that paying the virtualisation energy price would only be done once.

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Just how screwed is IT at the Home Office?

Robert Grant

Can anyone explain IR35?

HMRC wants to raise more funds by taxing contractors who work for government 20% off the top, forcing them to charge 20% (at least) more, which is paid for by...funds from HMRC?

....what?

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Robert Grant

Don't get me wrong, this patent is stupid, but that isn't the same.

However I would be interested to see if it could be challenged based on the fact the GUI concept was not unique (as per your example) and the starting of different OSes isn't unique (e.g. LILO did this in 1996).

So what's left? Perhaps the assignment of storage to OS? When was Lilosetup created?

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

Robert Grant

Re: What would you expect

This is the least competent comment I have ever seen. It's not the algorithm. It may be the input data.

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Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

Robert Grant

Re: Good luck

Why is America not just the home of some very smart people, but also the home of some of the dumbest bravado-drunk brazen know-nothings on the planet? "The equivalent of economic armageddon?" We already had that, thanks to the US underregulating their financial industry. Suing Twitter probably won't have quite as many repercussions, Captain Overstatement.

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Oracle gives FCC a great big sloppy kiss: You're doing a great job axing net neutrality, privacy

Robert Grant

Here's what we need to do next

Find an Oracle database, and convince management the lower total cost of ownership is with Postgresql. Good luck!

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

Robert Grant
Black Helicopters

Moar tinfoil please

1) Government makes it illegal to not supply employees (or even people that look a bit like employees) with a pension (DONE)

2) Government drives contractors back to permanent employment by making freelancing pointless (DONE)

3) Government removes state pension for the richest 95% ?

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

Robert Grant

Whimsical and practical? Try 5 minutes' work and incredibly complex

Some of the projects being shown off were whimsical, like a button that sends Slack notifications when takeout food gets delivered. Others were more practical, like optimized video delivery infrastructure.

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

Robert Grant

The App Killer?

I know it's not that simple, but it'd be nice to have more websites and fewer stupid walled-garden apps.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

Robert Grant

One day tech writers will stop using "price point" when they mean "price" - i.e. over 99% of the time.

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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

Robert Grant

Re: Exactly

Yeah, he also needed MS to inject cash before Apple folded, but Woz was the guy.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

Robert Grant

Re: to uninstall...

I thought that did a combo breaker?

(Oh sorry, that's the other other one.)

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It's Friday – and that means one thing: Yup, Microsoft's TypeScript 2.0 is out

Robert Grant

Strong vs static

Your wording mixes up strong and static typing. Languages fall along two axes: strongly or weakly typed, and dynamically or statically typed. Static vs dynamic is whether or not the type of a variable is known at compile time. Strong or weak is whether or not types can be used interchangeably without throwing an error but the language may do something you don't expect.

For example, Javascript is weakly typed. I can say "1" + 1 and I get "11" - it boxes the numeric 1 into a string. This is a source of runtime errors, say if I thought the first string was actually a number as well and wanted to get the number 2 out.

Strong typing is just another way of testing your code. It can be very, very powerful (and often is), but it's not always applicable. Dynamic vs static typing is a more complex issue, as they both have very strong cases for them.

I like the brevity of dynamic typing and the extra enforced correctness of strong typing.

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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Robert Grant

Re: MOD

Not sure Google business stuff is any better - a mate is at a multinational and they've just started using Hangouts instead of Skype and apparently it's terrible. Skype interfacing with real phones turns out to be important.

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

Robert Grant

I've heard of this feature!

Isn't it the one IE8 had?

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Robert Grant

Er.

Hasn't Bing Maps had this for years? E.g. http://binged.it/1Z0S5za.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

Robert Grant

“...a lack of available talent in some specialist fields..."

Translation: plenty of mediocre managers and architects lining up for easy cash, but no-one to do any of the actual work?

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

Robert Grant

Jeopardy

was about understanding the question than looking up the answer.

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Microservices are not the same thing as components

Robert Grant

Re: I seen this movie before..

Doesn't look like CORBA, although microservices can be distributed.

Not that I'm sure they're a good idea, but we still have to object to bad objections.

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Slashdot, SourceForge slurped by travel publisher

Robert Grant

Re: Sourceforge is the best, bar none

Plural of virus

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

Robert Grant

Stop all the analogue clocks!

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

Robert Grant

I didn't know about this - anyone have any details/links about it?

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

Robert Grant

Another hack by the Google Closure Compiler!

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

Robert Grant

Re: non-harmonious Harmony

I thought it was actually about some testcases or something, but it's so long ago, and so boring in the detail. Some more lawyers pointlessly got to buy expensive cars, and that's about it.

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

Robert Grant

I'm turkeyed up to the eyeballs

A huturkeyman?

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

Robert Grant

I don't know what's more disgusting

The years of mass surveillance, or the fact that a part of it was called CATSUP.

IT'S KETCHUP.

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

Robert Grant

Re: How exactly does this work

Only do this if the requester is inside Number 10 or GCHQ, though.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

Robert Grant

Re: PR balls-up

Agree 100% - just wanted to say you can keep your OneDrive storage if you opt in: http://www.windowscentral.com/onedrive-users-can-keep-their-free-15gb-storage.

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

Robert Grant

Re: Broken iphone screens...

Tell that to phone reviewers who dwell bizarrely on a phone's looks, even though all everyone's experience of their phone is is a screen surrounded by a £10 case.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

Robert Grant

Re: Devils advocate

'supposed'

The quotes confuse and anger me.

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

Robert Grant

Re: Bunch of communists

Actually most people only worry about the practical difficulties of outsourcing - language barrier, quality control, the back and forth of requirements refinement over long distances and between timezones.

The standard thinking here is if you want to survive, add value. And that's what we do :)

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Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

Robert Grant

Re: will go far in this world...

there should be testing for psychopathy laws and those individuals who genetically lack a conscience through social cerebral defect should be treated differently

I entirely agree!

Yours

Hugh Genics

P.s. those chaps with the skulls on their hats gave us a bad name - glad we're finally back!

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Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Robert Grant

Agreed; JL main selling point is trust. You can buy something and know that if there's a problem, they'll sort it out. That's worth paying a bit more for, not that you normally have to.

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Robert Grant

Re: Fail

Obligatory reminder that US prices are generally pre-tax, whereas UK prices - as VAT is constant throughout the country - include tax.

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

Robert Grant

Re: Hmm

Negative only in some senses; half of them are mistaken about MD5, so it's fine.

And no. Only doing something effective is worth doing. Thankfully this may well be effective, so it's worth doing.

But in general, looking at emotional tone and saying "anything is better than nothing" aren't strong bases for analysis.

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Robert Grant

Re: MD5?

Don't talk about encryption here; it's not to find encrypted images, nor is it to encrypt them.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Robert Grant

Re: Wait. What the ....

You're comparing an ideal of science against a pessimistic view of religion? Amazing how many people have memorised the science mission statement, and proselytise every chance they get. 100 years ago you'd have been a missionary!

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Robert Grant

Re: It's a Nexus

Sounds like you both Lumia 735.

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Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

Robert Grant

Pretty disheartening take on the conf

I watched most of it, and it was pretty refreshing to see one so bursting at the seams with realised ideas. While that sort of thing clearly doesn't go down well at Vulture Central, I'm a big fan of it.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Robert Grant

Re: Janky

What Car? never stop resizing the page and jumping you around on mobile.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

Robert Grant

Re: Optional?

It's pretty difficult; if you don't want it, then don't push the upgrade button and wait a really long time. Therefore not that strange an assumption, and extremely disingenuous to suggest otherwise.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

Robert Grant

There is a Community episode about this idiotic idea

And...Whuffie, anyone?

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Robert Grant

Re: No comments an hour after posting.

735 is very nice; my wife has one.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

Robert Grant

Re: The IT angle..

No - that would look blurry. They look as though someone resized them down from higher-res using some form of ancient PHP library.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Robert Grant

Homo Naledi remains found on Mars!

Didn't see that coming, did you?

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Robert Grant
Thumb Down

Re: search ribbon

If a ribbon search function is needed in a context-sensitive ribbon then the ribbon design has failed.

This sounds like a Steve Jobs on styluses sort of comment.

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Wall Street turns off music at Adobe results after-party

Robert Grant

Fair enough about generated code, but it also re-slices your images etc as the dev wanted them. That's pretty useful.

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