* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Quite

Yesterday's NY Times carries an obituary of the engineer Robert Silman, who managed the repair work that kept and keeps Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house from falling into the water.

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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One useful takeaway

I can now describe any bugs not related to security as ones that "will only, at worst, crash the program".

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Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Greatest contribution

Who was the fellow that said that his greatest contribution to computing was in not inventing another programming language? I recall Knuth quoting the man in an interview.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

But sometimes it's true: I knew such a guy.

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Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java

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Yes to "malign clutches"

But what is the legal status of the JVM?

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Re: Smells like code analizers

In the spirit of PEP 8, I ignore a certain number of pylint's messages....

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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cloud rival?

That may be the kindest thing you've written about Oracle in a long time.

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Hooray: Google App Engine finally ready for Python 3 (and PHP 7.2)

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Re: Being a python developer...

Guido Van Rossum came up with Python in the last decade of the 20th Century. In fact, Python 2.0 just made it before the 21st Century arrived.

I use emacs when I write Python, and seldom have a problem with the indentation. Others I'm sure are happy with vim or IDLE or other tools. The indentation is no more a problem than braces or parentheses are.

I'll watch out for the rest of that snakeoil iceberg, though.

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Re: Good to see that this applies right to the top

" CONFIDENTLY spoke out in favor of lassaiz faire capitalism at a business meeting"

Yeah, that'll set them reeling in Silicon Valley, won't it? (I assume that you are referring to "laissez-faire", only enhanced with AI.)

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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ideal world

In an ideal world, Putin and Trump would be the heads of two of the most powerful states? Candidely speaking?

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Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away

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Lycra?

I started tuning out of the NFL before Lycra was invented, but are you sure that they wear that?

Also: "Anyway: research suggests that the addition of ever more protective equipment in US football has actually increased the rate and severity of long-lasting injury."

Well, maybe. On the other hand, weight training means that a lot of men who might have been tall and clumsy are tall, strong, and agile, so the both sides of mass x acceleration have gone up over the years. I am old enough to remember the days that linemen might play at 250 lb. Those days are long gone.

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Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service

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Bravo!

You would hardly believe the number of users who call up asking for explanations of Brownian motion and General Relativity. At last we can quit bringing in physics Ph.D.s and use our H1-B quotas for something else.

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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cables

One of my high school classmates had a notion for copper theft in the Colorado foothills. At each end of a cable, a man with a sufficient cutter; on an agreed signal, each makes a simultaneous cut. It did not sound practical. I don't think he ever tried to put this into practice, for I didn't hear of him suffering death or injury in the several years before I left down. He was quite serious about the idea, though.

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'Toxic' Whitehall power culture fingered for GDS's fall from grace

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digital ministerial drive

'"Politicians need to tackle this – it needs political nous. We're going to have to get some political grip," Bracken said – a view that was echoed in the familiar lament from Watmore that Francis Maude was the first to give digital "ministerial drive" without it necessarily being in his brief.'

The first two sentences suggest very little nous behind them.

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Cholera?

Given that cholera tends to be spread by water, I think that you must be mis-remembering blankets thought or hoped to transmit smallpox. As for those, the earliest advocate of their use, that I can remember, was Lord Jeffery Amherst, then Governor-General of British North America. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffery_Amherst,_1st_Baron_Amherst#Biological_warfare_involving_smallpox).

Contrary to what you might suppose from Hollywood movies about WW II, the USA-ins do occasionally wish to give credit where credit is due.

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Bravo!

@Teiwaz:

Jamestown, founded 1607 by fortune seekers.

Plymouth, founded 1620 by religious separatists.

And in between were French and Dutch fortune-seeking ventures: Montreal and New Amsterdam.

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As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse

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Industry drenched in testosterone

1. Sorry, is this IBM or the NFL?

2, What do hormones have to do with grammar?

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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etc.

A fellow I used to run with (literally) was a "systems programmer" in the IBM sense of the word. Competent ones were, I gather, rare enough that he was a contractor at the Department of State without having to get a security clearance, a haircut, or a shave. The lack of security clearance meant that he was accompanied by a government minder everywhere he went on the premises.

As for me, I was once walked to and from restrooms, but that was at a Motorola building.

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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Re: We need gunlaws like in the US to fight crime

If the criminal runs out of a dark alley, pistol out, the armed citizen has no advantage over the unarmed one. I speak from experience (as the unarmed citizen).

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Re: "Just look at Switzerland."

You don't understand the expression "American exceptionalism". It has nothing in particular to do with pumped-up self esteem, though undoubtedly the notion of living in the shining city etc. does supply a nice boost to that self esteem for some.

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UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche

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A bit late

Isn't the solstice the traditional time for dancing around a bonfire of burning cash?

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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

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OK

Are they taking a position on the Amazon Echo?

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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wartime atmosphere

bad scanty food, casualty lists in the paper, frequent bombing raids?

With all due respect to those who served, I don't get the re-enactor thing. Fair numbers of my countrymen dress up in blue and gray to fire off black powder blanks at one another as if it were 1863 again, and I don't get that either. Should I be reassured that we are not uniquely demented Over Here?

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Or they could vacation in the US

There will not be a lot of noise from the fans of our team.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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fubar

Friday Usually Brings Amusing Reminiscences?

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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SJW

Are the SJWs he objects to Sober, Judicious Warriors, or perhaps Sound Judgment Warriors?

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for"

"In both wars UK could have attempted to shorten them attacking Germany or Italy from the sea, and not only from the trenches."

I believe that the notion of an attack on the German coast was considered and rejected in WW I, it seems to me for very good reasons. In WW II, the Normandy invasion was a tricky enough matter: the Allies wouldn't have had sufficient air control over the nearest German coast. Attacking Italy from the sea in WW I would have been unpopular, given that Italy fought on the Allied side. As for WW II, you may remember names such as Operation Husky, Salerno, and Anzio.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Wait a minute

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"The avocado is so au fait at the moment, it definitely pops,"

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Somebody actually uttered those words? Are we sure that the speaker wasn't pulling someone's leg?

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Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies

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manage?

"That same DBA can manage a million database servers on Amazon’s RDS, thanks to the benefits of automation."

What does "manage" mean in this context?

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RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

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Re: Two more childhood heroes gone

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I think that "real heroes" are being DISCOURAGED nowadays. This is because it's "not fair" for one person to excel, because it makes "everyone else" "feel bad about themselves" [in the minds of the elitists that are trying to 'groom' our children into becoming easily herded 'sheeple'[. From eliminating grades and scoring in sports,

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Sorry, how is it consistent with elitism to discourage excellence? And sports seems to be retain its emphasis on performance, else why are players released and coaches fired?

As for real heroes, last week a science teacher at an Indiana middle school was shot three times while tackling a kid with a firearm, and he has since returned to the classroom: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/05/26/us/ap-us-school-shooting-indiana.html . Somehow I don't think the real heroes are extinct.

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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Ceptor?

I gather that the Sea Ceptor can be equipped with sea copters, but is that really a reason for such an odd name?

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Re: We're wasting money fighting a previous war - as usual.

Why did Stalin need the Labour party to give him the jet engine when his armies had grabbed such a large part of Germany's industrial plant? There weren't any jets there?

As for China, I'm sure they're better now, but back in the 1970s an incursion into Vietnam did not go well.

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Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

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"and a stored procedure language compliant with Oracle PL/SQL, with the idea being to demonstrate that customers can reuse existing code and skills when migrating applications or deploying new ones."

Compliant?

EnterpriseDB supposedly provides full PL/SQL and quite a few of the Oracle standard packages.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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skinny and bulky

That could be true at the limits--I've never considered what the Olympic weightlifter types can manage in the way of chin-ups. On the other hand, I imagine that if I were to take a sample of 6' Marines weighing 220 lb and 6' distance runners weighing the canonical 144 lb (2 lb x inch of height), the jarheads would manage considerably more chin-ups.

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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frictionless innovation

Does this have to do with the PFY, a stairwell, and a consultant?

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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randomized trials

I suspect that any attempt at rigorous trials would be subject to the "Hawthorne Effect".

I suspect also that many of us are aware of obstructions to our work, and are susceptible to ways of working that seem to reduce these obstructions. Whether these ways of working amount to "methods" is another question.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Hate to shock you

But the US Navy once made a practice of naming its aircraft carriers after battles, so it went into WW II with the Lexington, Saratoga, and Yorktown among them. According to navy.mil, during the course of that war it commissioned the Bunker Hill, Bennington, Princeton, and Cowpens, all battles of the American Revolution.

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You're in charge of change, and now you need to talk about DevOps hater Robin

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OK

"and have since learned the proper way to ride the stack-ranked wave without drowning."

(Perhaps they resort to Stack Overflow?)

and

"Ultimately, it's best to first be empathetic and humane, even using people like Robin as a canary in the change coalmine."

(Does this mean that when Robin dies of noxious gases we'll save the others? Or is it the irresistible attraction of bird names? And "change coalmine"--you dig for small coins as well as coal?)

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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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decades of experience

"requires us to believe that American voters discarded decades of experience of the two national figures leading the race – Trump and Hillary Clinton"

Well, yes, but if the experience was watching Trump play a businessman on TV, and having fantasies about Clinton as the Queen of Night, what then?

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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Re: bull

Coerce?

My employer does not precisely "coerce" me to write stuff for Windows, but my job description includes tending to various things that do. Microsoft's hand in the coercion came long ago when it sold us Office.

Windows may be far from #1 in the world now. But is the work going away? Maybe so, but I doubt it.

As for Android and iOS, they are well enough as instruments of voluntary surveillance. (It's a lot easier to walk with a phone in your pocket than it is with an ankle monitor.) But have you recently explained to an accounting department or budget office why it should drop Excel for Google Sheets?

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Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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Re: Gender bias...

Indeed. Some years back a young woman stopped by our house. After she left, my wife observed that the visitor's family must be doing well, as she was carrying a Coach bag. If asked to describe the visitor, I might have managed to include "Oh, and I guess a purse."

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Outreachy

"Outreachy" sounds like the sort of thing you get sent down to HR for. "Jones, the intern from Vassar complained that you were awfully outreachy at the reception." How can you not like the name?

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Hey!

If you use emacs, you never have to worry about tabs in your Python code.

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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minutes

Isn't standard reading speed about 250 words per minute? Then 100 wpm is on the slow side, but not unreasonable for complex prose. AD should be grateful that his readers take the same care with his prose that they would with, I dunno, Locke or Russell, perhaps.

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Translating Facebook's latest 'Hard Questions' PR spin – The Reg edit

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Re: More Creepy Facebook:

Well, but see http://www.newscientist.com/article/2166331-dont-blame-academics-like-me-for-facebooks-privacy-crisis/ (via Comp.Risks)

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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deleting email

Back in the minicomputer days, I worked for a contractor supporting a federal (civil) agency. We had to purge email every few weeks, for Word Perfect Office kept all messages in a single directory, and beyond a few thousand files, response got to be terrible. This led to a couple of odd consequences.

First, mail purges were tricky around the new year. It was easy for on operator on (say) January 5, 1993 to specify deletion of all mail created before December 20, 1993 rather than December 20, 1992, and so remove all mail. I ended up reverse-engineering the mailbox format and writing an ugly but effective program that would not purge into the future.

Second, at some point it was thought desirable to save the emails of persons at a high enough level in the organization--perhaps the political appointees. I wrote an ugly but effective program for that also. However, we found that such persons tended to spend their last few weeks on vacation, so the program typically harvested nothing but broadcast emails.

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Re: Deleting emails

Because all civil litigation attorneys act in good faith, and all civil jurors are sensible, level headed, and well able to evaluate evidence.

Do operable fire extinguishers at a company tell you that the company has good sense about things that might start fires, or bad?

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'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

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points

What's the point of locking your front door if the police can just get a search warrant?

As for VPNs, I use one to log in to work from home, when I have to.

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Facebook want us to believe banning Putin's troll army safeguards Russian democracy

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Re: "a part of the Ukraine where everyone spoke Russian in the first place anyway"

Not to arouse the wrath of Godwin, but the man has a point on the inference from language to sovereignty.

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