* Posts by albaleo

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

albaleo

Anti-space

If we have anti-matter, is the notion of anti-space (or anti-spacetime) feasible? I.e. the space that anti-matter had a preference for when it was created. A bit like men's and women's toilets perhaps - there is general preference for one or the other, but occasionally someone is in the wrong place.

Just wondering.

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Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

albaleo

Re: Nice article.

"I can can tell you that Agile / Scrum / DevOps *can* work"

I was reminded of a couple of stories. (I'm past my fifties, but only entered software development seriously after I was 40.)

One story concerns the idea that "anything can work". It was prompted by a senior engineer at a Japanese steel company in the early 80s. At the time, Total Quality Control was the thing (Deming Prize, etc.). He frequently had to entertain visiting groups from the United States who wanted to pin down the the proper way to conduct TQC. He was badgered with questions about which method of TQC was best. He told me that it didn't matter which method you chose, just so long as you had a method, generally stuck to it, but had some notion of your objectives so you could break the rules when necessary.

Another story concerns the teaching profession, again in the 80s, when the notion of "Student Centered Learning" was introduced at a conference I attended. It seemed to many attendees that various "youngsters" were trying to formalize something that was taken as normal good practice among experienced teachers. And there was that dread feeling that by giving it capital letters , it was already doomed. (Another poster hinted at a difference between agile and Agile.)

I've enjoyed reading the comments here. I do wonder sometimes whether the different opinions are based around the different tasks we do and also our various backgrounds. Creating reporting applications for educational achievement and creating controllers for industrial machinery seem worlds apart to me.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

albaleo

Re: Works fine here

This article isn't written for people who have avoided the bug. It's written for people hit by the bug who want to know WTF is going on. And check the link - Apple admits there is a problem.

But not so helpful for people like me who are wondering whether to advise others to update or not.

Also, ppl saying their gear works - are you using the Outlook app? That app is crippled

That wasn't made clear in the article, which seemed to focus on server compatibility. And now I'm left wondering if the problem only occurs when using the Outlook app.

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

albaleo

Re: memory failure

"On System 6 or earlier this meant that the file(s) would be deleted whenever you launched a program (in single tasking mode) or at shutdown (if multifinder was running for cooperative multitasking)"

Thank you. It's all coming back to me now. multifinder - yay.

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albaleo

memory failure

Apple kicked off the trash in the corner trend in 1983, with an easily accessible icon for storing junk on its Lisa computer.

I didn't have a Lisa. But my failing memory is that the trash can on my first mac (an SE in 1987, System 6.0.x) didn't store anything. It either trashed files or ejected disks. Am I wrong about that?

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London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

albaleo

*sniff* *sniff*

Sorry, but your comment reminded me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM8vOcxatsI

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

albaleo

In the late 80s, an English language newspaper in Japan published an obituary for the Emperor Hirohito, who was ill at the time. I remember reading it on my morning break and wondering what the folk in the news office would be doing right then.

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/28/world/2-pay-dearly-for-affront-to-hirohito.html

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

albaleo

Re: "The black and decker catalogue is in the post to all posters besmriching the DUP."

Not in NI tems because they're still referencing stuff that happened several hundred years ago - or if you really want to push it, 1500

But never more than 4,000 years ago.

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

albaleo

Re: @albaleo

Sorry, but I don't think twattery has anything to do with the law. I'm not breaking any law if I refuse to answer my wife's questions, but something tells me I ought to.

The article says Mitchell refused to answer an unsworn constable's questions. I've no idea about the circumstances or the questions. Perhaps the constable was a twat or perhaps he or she was new and nervous and/or Mitchell was behaving like an idiot and/or whatever. Not answering questions might seem a bit childish if the questions were reasonable and answering them would have made the police officer's life easier. (Then we wouldn't have to have this discussion.)

I accept that perhaps he was treated wrongly. But as the article seems to be judging the police, doesn't the innocent until proven guilty argument lie with them?

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albaleo

Innocent until proven a twat is a useful yard stick

Does that work for the police too?

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albaleo

Sorry Eddie, but some of us may be wondering how much you egged this along. Not saying you did, but my experience suggests there are as many dicks among photographers as among police officers. (i.e. most are not dicks) How do we judge?

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RAF pilot awaits sentence for digicam-induced airliner dive

albaleo

Getting off games

Fourteen other military passengers aboard the Voyager – a militarised version of the A330 airliner, fitted with air-to-air refuelling equipment – were so badly injured or shaken up by the incident that they were unable to continue to Afghanistan, where they were due to deploy on military operations.

At school, we used to go to some lengths to get off things such as cross country running. But this is taking things to a different level.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

albaleo

Re: FFS

"If you have single points of failure you deserve everything you get."

Are you suggesting that multiple points of failure are better? Maybe I'm being pedantic, but I've never quite understood the expression. I've had to deal with people who wanted to put part of our system on AWS and another part on Azure to avoid "a single point of failure". That the two parts are required for the system to operate and thus the chances of the system being down would increase didn't seem to cross people's minds.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

albaleo

It gives you the power to walk away

It gives you the power to walk away

I think this is the crucial part.

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

albaleo

Re: Not possible to ban smoking in the office?

If you didn't smoke at all you'd be as effective as you are just after your siggy all day long

But then I'd be a non-smoker with all the attendant risks.

I accept there are benefits. For example, better physical health and knowing what's good for other people.

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albaleo

Re: Not possible to ban smoking in the office?

I've never understood why employees with a nicotine addiction get to use company time to indulge.

Because we're more productive that way. Gee. Is this the Daily Mail?

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AI brains take a step closer to understanding speech just like humans

albaleo

@John Woods

Thanks for the link. I also got a boring score - sightly on the low side. But I found the questions difficult to answer. And as the test progressed, I started to wonder whether what I was imagining was really an 'image'.

The article has a quote from one person:

"When I think about my fiancee there is no image, but I am definitely thinking about her, I know today she has her hair up at the back, she's brunette.But I'm not describing an image I am looking at, I'm remembering features about her, that's the strangest thing and maybe that is a source of some regret."

If he's not describing an image, what is it he's remembering? I'm now confused, but very fascinated.

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All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

albaleo

Re: All sounds German to me

the Welsh for "sure" is "sicr"

Which made me doubt my earlier comment that it wasn't Gaelic. But online Scots dictionaries suggest it is Scots. It's used in that well-known line from one of Walter Scott's works:

"He sall walk a mair siccar path, and be a dainty curate"

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albaleo

Re: All sounds German to me

I'm pretty sure it's not Gaelic, but the Scots dialect/language of the time, which, as did English, derived from old Geordie.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

albaleo

would 5,000 be more than the error bars on it...?

I think so. It's a large absolute number, and the bigger the overall population, the narrower the error bars.

What it means is that there at least 5,000 people in the UK who are concerned about this. So probably not one in my neighbourhood, but perhaps ten in my county. (I think I know who they are.)

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

albaleo

Re: You ban "agile".

You, sir, are a fool.

I've been told that many times.

And probably a youthful one.

Absolutely. Born as recently as 1955.

My point was about making blanket statements. Unit tests are one way to test code. But, like Agile, it can become a mantra rather than a thought out method. (People older than me would probably say horses for courses.) Before implementing unit tests at least ask yourself why you're doing it.

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albaleo

Re: You ban "agile".

"Anyone who doesn't write unit tests is a knave and a fool and should be railroaded out of the building."

Anyone who makes blanket statements like this should be ignored.

(Turtles)

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Teen UK hacker pleads guilty after earning $385k from DDoS tool

albaleo

"but to me it's just wrong"

Like the spelling of your name, laddie. (kidding)

Lord Perth stood the storm, / Seaforth but lukewarm, / Kilsyth and Strathallan not slaw, man ;

And Hamilton pled, / The men were not bred, / For he had no fancy to fa', man :

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Apple iMessage URLs ship OS, device, and IP data to sites, dev says

albaleo

"Isn't there a security rule about not trusting 3rd party content by default etc?"

But doesn't that happen all the time with images, iframes, etc. from third party sites? Genuine question. I don't like the idea of url previews. But is a server generating a preview image not also susceptible to attack in the same way? Does it not just come down to the code that handles the response?

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

albaleo

Re: To be banned or not to be banned

"I'm a proud Windows licker"

I hope you were holding it correctly.

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albaleo

To be banned or not to be banned

Not sure what the intent was here. In some ways, Apple is doing the Reg a favour by blacklisting it. It gives you that manly touch. (Hmmm. Is that what I meant?)

Anyway, in support of your struggle against the fruity beast, I have only licked my MacBook Pro twice today.

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

albaleo

Re: Diplomatic goodbye

"it is the first time ever I feel little sympathy for the poor and the uneducated."

What a horrible comment. I voted to remain, and was surprised at the result. But it made me wake up and try to listen to those who wanted to leave. The reasons are many, but a common thread seems to be a feeling of alienation. Lives are controlled by people far away. The Japanese government has made its opinion fairly clear. It's understandable. Our government needs to address that, but at the same time it can't ignore the feelings expressed in the referendum. A difficult job. And although I've never voted Tory in my life, Theresa May seems the most interesting Prime Minister in my lifetime (Harold McMillan is the first PM I remember). I hope she does well with this task.

I have every sympathy for the poor and uneducated. Whether out of compassion or fear that they'll hang me from a lamppost makes little difference.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

albaleo

Re: Does it really matter ?

"No, see them explode into an argument how the omnipotent God has *planted* the evidence."

While I'm sure they will do as you say, it's an odd argument. If God has "planted the evidence", that would suggest he/she wants us to believe the earth is older than 6,000 years. In which case, us rationalists are truly following God's will. Those young earth people may know the truth, but they could be in for a hard time later by defying God's will.

I'm not sure why I wrote this.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

albaleo

Re: Hmm

"There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Do the math: 0.0000925% of the population die from gun related actions each year."

I think you should start again, and do the "math" properly this time.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

albaleo

Re: Just another distraction.

"Said media including the register."

It would seem so. Suggesting she appeals to anti-vaxxers doesn't quite fit what she said in her Washington Post interview.

"We have a real compelling need for vaccinations. It requires an agency that we can trust to sort through all of those concerns."

The general tone of her position is that the culture of large corporations and lobbying isn't in the public interest. By the way, any reason you didn't include her "anti-GMO" views?

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

albaleo

Liam Fox, FFS

See title. Worth repeating.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

albaleo

reasonably practicable

"there will be circumstances where it is reasonably practicable for a company to build in a facility to de-encrypt the contents of communication"

It's a long time since I've seen the word "practicable" used. I learned it as meaning capable of being put into practice. In this context, it doesn't seem to make any sense. What circumstances?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

albaleo

God has spoken to her directly

That was probably Boris whispering in her ear. I hear he has that effect on some people.

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

albaleo

Re: Location Location Location

"I wonder if they got the memo and training on where they can and cannot use a taser on a suspect"

Somehow I was expecting you to explain that they can only be used in a council estate.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

albaleo

Re: Oops. Misread

Sorry. I appear to have misread your post. I will quietly disappear in full embarrassment mode.

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albaleo

Re: As Bob Dylan wrote...

Didn't the Weather Underground take their name from the song?

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

albaleo

Re: Funny

"want to classify anything"

If that also includes making derogatory remarks about brainless idiots like yourself, perhaps you should be thanking the "free speech haters".

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EU bureaucrats claim credit for making 'illegal online hate speech' even more illegal

albaleo

Only a dozen comments so far...

It seems to be having an effect already.

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BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

albaleo

Re: State Broadcasters

"It's funded by an enforced television tax.. It's riddled with government/ex-goverment establishment.. the zombies that work there are too far up their own arses to see that they are, in fact, glorified civil servants.. and the zombies like y'all, who worship at it's rotten feet, are too dumb to see what is fucking them in the face."

Very good. We don't normally conduct auditions online, but if you'd like to pop round to the studio for a chat, I'm sure we can find a role for you in one of our upcoming dramas.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

albaleo

Re: So, is entrapment an option?

My new Facebook friend told me that if I falsified X on my application, I could get benefit Y from the West Lothian Council and "totally get away with it".

Getting East Lothian residents to claim benefits from West Lothian Council would be a neat idea, at least for East Lothian Council. I wonder if that was their plan all along.

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

albaleo

Re: Agile means making it up...

I make it up every day, but not for that amount of money.

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Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

albaleo

Re: Heresy

"Everything should be written in javascript these days, should only work on tablets, and a new version should be released every 3 minutes."

That just about sums up my work this week. I wonder if my wife knows she's married to a modern, digital man. I wonder if she cares. (It's 12:43. What do you think? Too early?)

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

albaleo

Possessive pronouns also illegal

"[my] economic growth, prosperity, security, stability, and liberty require [your] adherence to the rule of law,"

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Triple-murderer prisoner keeps mobile phone in his butt for a week

albaleo

Worst job I ever had

Give me lobsters and Jayne Mansfield any day.

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

albaleo

I agree. The article seems to refer to little in VK's essay. Where did he say that coding is more important than Shakespeare? He stresses a knowledge of statistics more than coding. What I took from his essay is that the content of liberal arts courses are stuck in the past and need an update to meet the originally intended goals:

"The most important things for a general, non-professional or vocational education are critical thinking and problem-solving skills, familiarity with logic and the scientific process, and the ability to use these in forming opinions, discourse, and in making decisions. Other general skills that are also important include — but are not limited to — interpersonal skills and communication skills ."

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

albaleo

Re: We make our own prisons

"Because the Swedish government has no power to offer such a guarantee to Ecuador or anyone else. An extradition request (should one be forthcoming, and should JA reach Sweden) would be dealt with by the independent legal system on its merits - the law (rightly) makes no provision for the Executive to meddle in individual cases."

Are you sure about that? In the case of the UK, extradition request from the USA need to be approved by the Secretary of State. So presumably a guarantee not to entertain such a request can be provided. If Sweden is different, then that is perhaps their own problem. I'm no fan of Assange, but surely it's in everyone's interest that you can't be extradited to one country only to be arbitrarily extradited to a third.

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Manchester 'wins' £10m to test talking bus stops

albaleo

Re: Douglas Adams

Or one from Salford?

the f***ing bus is f***ing late / you f***ing wait you f***ing wait /you're f***ing lost and f***ing found / stuck in f***ing chicken town

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Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

albaleo

Re: Genuine Question

Not sure, but I think the web page is making a jsonp call. I think that requires support/complicity on the server side.

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TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

albaleo

Re: Disappointed.

Just for you...

http://www.perthelectrical.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2013-06-19-14.16.44.jpg

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