* Posts by Geoffrey W

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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There's violence in Genesis - The Battle of Epping Forest for one, where Bob the Nob gets smacked in the gob...dangerous stuff.

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Re: Early information

Well, Mr Florida1920, if you and your like are unwilling to do anything about guns other than take pot shots at straw men, then you'd better get used to this happening again, and again, and again, and accept that other countries are going to look at you with disgust, and that your death toll is going to rise a lot higher than your thumbs down count is going to go. Hope it never happens to you and yours.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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RE "I think you misunderstood the post, and painted yourself as a typical Windows user who's never needed to go beyond what Microsoft dictates."

And I think the OP sounds like an evangelist reading bullet points off his auto cue. It sounds like he is repeating what he has read and heard from others rather than what he has experienced directly for himself. He is enthused by certain technologies and believes them to be the future of technology, rather like someone who learns about managed memory and software platforms, such as .NET, and begins advocating managed software for everything and pontificates on forums that its time managed platforms were used to write operating systems, without understanding anything about why they are not. Don't take him seriously. He's still paddling in the shallow end.

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Then your ex should have hired a decent engineer instead of a teenager who was likely sulking at having to touch windoze with his pimply fingers

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Fork it! Microsoft adds .NET Core 3.0 including Windows Desktop apps

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Yeah. That sounds just like M$. Spend a fortune moving .NET away from Windo$e only to then move it back and lock everything else out! Its commentard groundhog day all over again...

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Bastards! They should all be locked up. There aught to be a law against it. We don't like it up us. There's going to be no pipe up my bottom!... Me|cash|M$...No

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

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Yep++. And if those 450K women had received their scans then your 1730 women would still have been spared, and you might have added a few more to their number and we could use our hankies for a better kind of crying. I have a horrible suspicion this was a cost cutting exercise and not a software fault (see my post below...you read it here first, folks...)

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I wonder if this was a deliberate act rather than a fault. Trim a few of the edge cases, save a bit of money. There seems a bit of doubt about cancer testing for people at the top of the range and beyond, so they could, at a pinch, moralise about that. And where should the bottom edge be? 59? 61? You could console yourself abstractly about that. And money is saved so they can use that to save more lives immediately. I find it entirely plausible that something like that could happen in a huge bureaucracy, especially one under prolonged pressure from above to drive down costs. If only it wasn't for them meddling kids. Perhaps I'm becoming too cynical.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: For the majority of people

RE: "watching movies while flying economy"

Watching first class while flying economy

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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Re: There should be a few rules for SO

Conversely...

1 - Don't answer a question that wasn't asked, just because that's all you know which is vaguely connected to the subject.

2 - Don't ask the querent why do they want to do that, why would anyone want to do that, then refuse to answer anything at all because it's stupid to want to do that.

3) - After doing number 1 above, then don't come back and complain that your answer wasn't selected as the solution and demand that you do so.

4) - Don't complain that someone else was selected as the solution while yours was clearly and obviously much better.

5) - Don't nitpick over some trivial point and claim that because the question isn't a question you think is really a question then it should be taken down.

6) - Don't!

7) - Just don't!!!!

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Re: There should be a few rules for SO

Thank you for mansplaining that.

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Re: Whiners too busy whining

You think teaching programming will help? Just look at all the whining going on in this forum...

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In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam

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Re: But...

Really? I love the stuff! Fried or au naturel from the can. Especially the bacon tainted spam. I let my freak flag fly free...

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Useless

RE: "Women are less desirable employees, especially when of child bearing age. "

So I guess that brings us back to where we were. Women better find a good wage earning man to look after her wide child bearing hips or she's fucked (not sure if there's a pun intended) if she wants to make it on her own. I wonder women still have anything to do with any of us when faced with attitudes like yours. It must be a sign of male superiority. GAK! No wonder you're anonymous. Bet your momma would love you...

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Re: Useless

Evidence is what the current topic of discussion is about. This report. Its evidence that women are paid less than men across the board. Not for similar jobs but for all jobs - i.e. women get all the shitty jobs, men get all the best jobs. Hence, a pay gap. Seems pretty obvious to me. I'm open to your logic if I'm wrong.

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Re: NEWSFLASH

@Tigra "Person A - A male doctor who works 48 hours a week. Person B - A female receptionist who works 36 hours a week. The gender pay gap uses figures for the whole healthcare sector (instead of just similar jobs) to therefore claim women are discriminated against as they're being paid less. It's bullshit. This is the system working properly."

Another myth being peddled.

If there were as many female doctors as male doctors, then the gap should be minimal.

Ask yourself why not more female doctors? And don't say they don't want to be doctors so its their choice.

And if it did happen to be the case that women really didn't want to be doctors, then ask your self how it is that everything women do want to be just happens to be the worst paid jobs going. Doesn't seem likely to me. Seems more likely to be lack of opportunity or discouragement.

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Re: Communist nonsense.

RE: "That's the problem though, people just don't get it and when you suggest that the whole idea of society falls over when you look at it critically they call you a commie/Marxist, of which I am neither. I do like your analogy where is it from? or is it your own?"

I'd like to claim it but it isn't mine. I got it from a friend. Where he got it from is anyone's guess. Not the internet coz he probably never switched on a computer in his life. It could be original to him coz it sounds like him, but he is an old school working class intellectual autodidact and might well have read it in a book.

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Re: Communist nonsense.

@AC "I'm neither..."

I wan't targeting you with my comment, it was more a general poke at most others in the whole comments thread. I actually agree with you wholeheartedly. In some areas, San Francisco for example, we seem to be descending into the Valhalla problem. Only heroes are allowed in Valhalla so who is going clean the toilets and feed them all? I imagine Valhalla to be full of muscly blokes, and blokesses, all jostling each other and being blustery and assertive to little effect...

"Hey! Stop pushing me around. I'm a Hero!"

"Stop pushing ME around! I'm a hero!"

On and on till they all starve to death or die from dirty toilets. Big hammers and flowing locks can't save you from everything. Ayn Rands have the same problem.

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Re: Communist nonsense.

RE: "if there were a 'frontier' to go to to escape the nonsense..."

There is. It's called Death! Or less drastically the off button on your computer, which is where most nonsense lives these days.

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Re: Useless

Where is your evidence in support of your "No Evidence" claim? Or did you pull that fact out of your big Asinine Sack of Subjectivities (also known as ASS)?

I also make note of that "Lifestyle Choices" you appended there - always a good phrase to cast blame on the complainant.

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Re: Communist nonsense.

Either the satirists are out in force or the Ayn Rands are. I can no longer tell the difference. GeoffreyW looked from one to the other and they all looked like pigs to him...

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Re: Worthy cause...

The figures may be a blunt instrument but they do tell us something; They tell us that men are earning more than women in the majority of the respondents, and that most people here are missing the implication which is that women are either paid less for the same job OR that men are dominating all the jobs that pay the best - which seems to demonstrate that women are not being given the same opportunities as men. The figures are not just about tech companies and cover a large range of company types so you cannot just toss off the old canard that men are more technically inclined. It seems constant across all company types. It doesn't surprise me. Men have dominated for so long and now women want to dominate a bit too. Why not?

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Re: apples with oranges again

RE: "In recent years The Register's reporting has become more and more in line with that of a red-topped tabloid"

Whats wrong? The sun style punning outrageous headlines and irreverent articles used to be a point of honour with most here. What changed? Its only good until it's about something you disagree intensely with?

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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@ s2bu "If he comes busting through the bedroom door on the opposite side of the room, how is he going to somehow use my gun against me?"

Likewise, if the naughty man comes bursting through your bedroom door, how are you going to protect yourself if you have to unlock a gun safe before he kills you?

Its all a fantasy based on something written a long time ago in a different age; The Constitution. Guns in a modern western world have little, if any, justification, other than you get a thrill from owning, and shooting one. Just be honest and admit it. I'd respect you more.

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Re: Of all places

RE: "Is there anything stopping someone legally buying something like an AR-15 (insert over-powered gun of choice instead) in one state then driving to California to use it? "

I live in Tennessee. Tennessee is known as the state that likes to shoot stuff. I live in a semi rural area and regularly hear what sound to be automatic weapons being fired somewhere in the woods around here. The neighbours shot guns in the air the night that Trump was elected. I have seen the most ridiculous guns being sold at a local flea market, no checks at all being applied. As long as there are states like this no amount of controls in other states will make the slightest difference anywhere. You better not diss me, now: I can git guns!

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Here's the list of Chinese kit facing extra US import tariffs: Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc

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Re: @ Tom 38 You don't get it...

RE: "Trump is an interesting character"

Is that like the supposed Chinese curse? May you live in interesting times.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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RE Anonymous Coward

You criticize KM on the basis of unspecified past articles without reference to anything we can use to check your own accusations accuracy. I looked through several articles and their references and have thus far failed to find any actual inaccuracies other than those that are clearly opinions with which you may disagree. I charge that you have also forgotten what journalism is and are merely offering more opinions with which we are free to differ. Have a nice day.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: Driver in charge?

People when sitting for hours doing nothing, as was this safety passenger (NOT a driver), become bored and disengaged from their surroundings. Add to that the fact that the passenger is not directly involved in driving, so that when they see something ahead that could possibly go wrong there is a tendency to wait a moment or two to see if the car is going to correct itself; a delay that could very easily leave it too late to change the situation. This, apparently, is what humans do. All of us. Having a human safety passenger is deceptively comforting. In a real emergency they are very likely to fail, as did this cars systems.

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I've tried really hard to not jump on the Hate_Uber bandwagon, but am finding it increasingly difficult. The more I see and read of this case makes me think they are trying to hide something. Other videos taken by local people on the same road tell me that this is a well lit road, wide, and open. So why was the released video so dark? Either they are using the shittiest cameras available, and possibly other equipment also, or they doctored that video in attempt to control the Story by creating a first impression that makes us think she suddenly appeared out of nowhere darkness and there was no way that either human or machine could have avoided her, thus passing blame onto the victim herself. The footage of the safety passenger confirms this impression - calm, calm, then sudden OOOH, Shock. Damage control. Judging by comments seen on these forums they were somewhat successful. First impressions tend to stick, even when discredited.

I'm finding it very difficult to avoid the conclusion that the way this was initially presented was a cynical exercise in audience manipulation and guilt avoidance. Shame on them, local politicians included.

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Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries

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Re: It's almost too late

RE: "...China will do anything to become self-sufficient."

Whereas the USA will do anything to pay less, for everything, with one exception: The Military. Other than connecting doorbells and juicers to the internet the only thing this country now seems able to do with any kind of proficiency is blow things up and threaten to. And all the current leadership can seem to do is anything that doesn't involve thoughtfulness and intelligence, and does involve being strong and tough. Its very dispiriting.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: @Geoffrey W -- What do I think of it?

Yeah, but, all that commie cold war nuclear paranoia was pretty significant stuff. Caring about the browser wars isn't quite on the same scale and one could make allowances for not remembering that.

And oh, if only I was a millennial and my back didn't have this middle aged ache. I wasn't a boomer and I'm not a millennial. What the hell am I in between all these significant generations? Generation X? I must be the blank generation.

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Re: Fucking idiots

RE: "Oh, and "Edge" is the most secure browser because nobody fucking uses it."

I'm tempted to say that Linux is the most secure OS because nobody fucking uses it. Once its usage becomes large enough and it escapes the control of a small group of people - see Linux based Android for an example - I'm sure the sense of security we all wallow in will vanish in a puff of pink unicorn smoke and our shibboleth will topple off its pedestal like the hollow plaster god it is.

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Re: Forced to the Edge?

I'm starting my new range of WA (Windows Anonymous, Slogan WAH) coins based on the idea of AA coins. "Hello, I'm Adnim and I have been windowless for 30 days."

Only $50 for a six month coin, $40 for a year coin. They have an angry Linus face on one side and a cute penguin on the flip. Get yours now. Everyone who is anyone will want one. www.MicrosoftSucks.coma

<Rapacious_Entrepreneurial_Face_Emoji>

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Re: Mint ..

A teary eyed happy clappy welcome to our new cult member! Don't worry if your friends sidle away; they don't know any better out there in the wilderness. Your new friends will love you and your beard forever. <Happy_Crying_Face_Emoji>

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Re: What do I think of it?

Have You ever cared for much that happened before you were born? I bet not much. Millennial hate is becoming so knee jerk and silly.

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Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

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RE "This, on the other hand, is mystifying. Sentience has already happened, and continues to happen, all over the place. It's one of the few logically provable[2] questions in the philosophy of mind, thanks to that Descartes guy. Perhaps you mean "the singularity", in the Kurzweilian sense?"

"Perhaps longer if sentience happens" was a lapse into fortunate whimsy, to which I am prone. I imagined the vast VB6 project I am in process of converting coming to me in the night as I sleep and snuffing the one who is trying to terminate it while it still can. Coding requires whimsy. I certainly do. Not sure I agree with the singularity...maybe...not for a while...

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I don't trust anyone who likes to work.

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Re: time to learn Linux

I think Linux is where you go when you're sick of the world as it is and want the world as you wish it was, but never will be...(unless you're a server admin and then its just work rather than a cult)

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Re: No surprise most of them are developers with less than 10yrs of experience...

I sometimes wonder why I waste so much time reading and posting on these forums. Totally useless, but here we all are....

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I think I've said this before, but, VB6 is the new COBOL. It will exist as long as the human race does, perhaps longer if sentience happens.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Re: Apparant moral here

Been known for a long time..."It's the same the whole world over/.../It's the rich wot gets the pleasure/It's the poor wot gets the blame."

Plus ca change.

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

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N(ot) A(nother) F(ramework)...NAF Sounds like a great name for yet another framework. Anyone suggest a word for the second F to make the name complete - NAFF...I'm stumped...

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Hey girl, move a little closer. 'Cause you're too gun shy. Hush, hush, bye says Pai

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Re: Deal

"I'm for that. Guns and Government don't mix well."

Of course you are. Let me amend - Guns and Americans don't mix well.

What's your point about Russia? How much better they are than the USA? What's that the right always say? If you don't like it here, then you can go and...oh, you know the drill...damn, look at those kids pull that shooty thing apart...impressive...whatever happened to soviet intellectuals?

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Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

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Re: Call it high-throughput fiber

RE AC "You will never think of doing that again, let alone posting something so silly. For extra fun, make sure to not list the meat product on your custom's declaration form"

I admit to silliness, it's my core subject. But the rules that apply to random entries into the country are always the strictest and carry the harshest penalties. When it comes to big companies with large amounts of money wanting to bring stuff into the country, well, that's another thing entirely. My meaty comment was aimed primarily at companies based in the states that have slaughter houses down in Mexico who send their wares homeward. I, and other random visitors, cannot afford the fees required to bring meaty malfeasance into the country. Big companies can. It's a question of scale. My poor old malt loaf pales into insignificance; god rest it's fruity heart.

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Re: Call it high-throughput fiber

Oh christ, no. There are even worse controls on food products. They wouldn't let me bring in a malt loaf, even though it was Soreen. (Though scabrous and diseased animals and meat product appear to have little trouble entering the country, perhaps because they increase the quality of what is already here)

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Oh, sweetie, don't take it personal. Don't you know? Us snowflakes love you all anyway.

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Nothing airy about sociobiology, unlike all that whooshing air sound going over your head...

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

RE: "Oh, thanks man, I did not know that Fox news and Breitbart are IT news sites, I'll most certainly pay more attention to them from now on."

Oh man, you don't know what you're missing. Their science and technology reporting is second to none. Not even the BBC can do it like they can. Ted Cruz and his illegitimate spiritual offspring Nikolas never miss a word of it.

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

RE: "Damore has a MS in Sociobiology from Harvard"

Socialist biology scientists are the bollocks, aren't they? Dealing in hard irrefutable facts, and only the facts.Nothing soft or fuzzy with their science. Those guys know what they're on about. See Damore for an example.

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Don't worry. Other sites exist so you don't have to disturb your sensibilities. Fox news, Breitbart. No SJW nonsense there, though occasionally something does creep through and I have to moan about it being different from my opinions. They never listen to me. I wish the daily stormer was still up, or I knew where it existed in the dark. Life sucks for white middle aged male majorities.

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