* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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Background checks

Long ago, I applied for a Denver taxi job. I assume that had I taken the job, the company would have checked my license information with the state motor vehicle department, but it didn't sound as if this would have happened quickly: data processing then was not what it is now. The main requirement that I remember was that I provide the company with a doctor's statement that I did not suffer from hemorrhoids. As it happens, a better job offer came along, and the family doctor was spared the trouble.

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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Lefty, right, and sentry

First, what is "lefty leaning", as you describe Mr. O'Brien? Somebody not ideologically committed to be left-leaning, yet with a soft spot in his heart for tunes such The Red Flag and the Internationale?

Second, you describe Georgia as rejecting help with its voting systems as "a power grab from the centre". By "centre" do you mean the federal government? It is never so called in the US, and for that matter only real-estate developers ever spell the word "centre".

Finally, faith in democracy is my experience pretty rare. At any given time, a large chunk of the US would like to disfranchise another large chunk of the US, mostly on grounds that come down to "not voting my way". The jurist Learned Hand once said that in his worst nightmares he was the defendant in a trial by jury; what he thought of being governed by system that requires not unanimity nor even a majority, I haven't read.

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Re: The biggest UK hackers of the lot then?

Conrad Black was born in Canada. The US has plenty to answer for, but not I think Conrad Black.

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My #95Theses of #Digital

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Battenberg?

Don't you mean Mountbatten?

And if your really want to go full Bong mode, you should follow up with "The Babylonian Captivity of Intellectual Property."

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl User Groups

Meh. When I started to learn PHP, I Googled to find out if there was an equivalent to Tcl's "upvar". Well up the list of links was a PHP forum in which someone had asked just that question, and been abused by all the PHP fans.

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Re: CPAN!

My point, evidently as clear as somebody else's code, is that one need not fight one's way through regexes--as on the snippet of the main article, that there are sane and sound ways of using Perl to do this, e.g. somebody else's tested, documented library.

The point I was too hurried to make is that CPAN is a huge reason to use Perl.

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CPAN!

Some years ago, it seemed good to write a script to transfer a bunch of posts from one server to another. In an uncharacteristic moment of common sense, I decided not to use regexps, and instead used HTML::TreeBuilder. That saved a great deal of trouble and time--my own, and that of the people who would have had to do copy and paste and discover on their own that, No, the new system does not support the blink tag.

Could I have done this in Python, rather than Perl? Yes, I suppose. But it worked.

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Rob Scoble's lawyer told him to STFU about sex pest claims. He didn't

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Wow

" I am sorry that so many women feel wronged by me". The beginning of the second sentence, and it gets better from there.

"This advice from attorneys is one reason why as a community we can’t properly discuss the issues hitting our industry." No, the advice from attorneys that prevents discussions is "Settle, and get a non-disclosure agreement."

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: Zombies

Heck, why Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers at Halloween? Yet I remember a year about 1994 when half the five-year-olds looking for candy were done up that way.

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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Surely a Siouxball?

Or is that covered under a different sovereign immunity?

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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Writing or typing?

Not even ruminants can "orally ruminate".

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Re: Not knowing how to look can make it hard to find

Hah! A friend of my wife's, a woman then about 50, applied for a job with an electronic publisher. The latter asked her what her SAT scores were. (Note to those from outside the US: this has nothing to do with P/NP. The SATs are the Scholastic Aptitude Tests that American teens take when applying to college.)

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Is there a story?

Twitter says that RT advertised RT stories. In the statement, it does not say what these stories were, or whether they in any way had to do with one side or the other in the election.

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Re: A sad state of affairs

I doubt that he has. But numbers of much better heads of state have managed to have equally little to do with physical labor.

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

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Re: Dockyard

Have you by any chance read Thomas Pynchon's novel V?

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Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

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swords aren't what they used to be

There really needs to be a term for this: haha kiri, perhaps.

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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

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wow

So when you say "I bought it for a song..."

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Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

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Belle?

Yet you refer to Chambers as "he". What sort of switches are we talking about here?

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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regardless of how much was misinformation

Thank goodness you aren't one of the sheeple.

Ah, yes, jury nullification. A splendid notion in theory, in practice the reason that for example the non-white population of much of the US lived outside the protection of the law for so long.

But I do see what you mean about social media. If there were a way for a voir dire to determine whether the potential juror wore out the caps lock key, it might well be a good thing.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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OC

The Oxford comma does help one avoid shift-reduce errors, doesn't it?

At the moment (September 13, 2017), I can't think of an intransitive use of the verb "display". Or has somebody taken to using it the way method acting groups used "exhibit"? I guess I should check the guide.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Damn. I've been found out

On either side of a list that you mean to be a dictionary...

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Re: The Right Tool for a Lot of Jobs

I didn't think wxWindows was bad, and PythonCard made it fairly painless to use. But last I checked (several years ago), PythonCard seemed to be abandoned.

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Re: Isn't this backwards?

"And given my experience with fixing existing python code, [etc.]"

Well, based on my long-ago experience as a copy editor, English is a pretty terrible language.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Go and look at it, eh?

I think that it is Bagehot who quotes someone as saying the cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it.

"I deduce from this that something cannot be right."

That is not a deduction. It is an inference, and might charitably be called induction. (Perhaps we should introduce a method of logic suitable to legislatures: the sillygism.)

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Paris Hilton inflates crypto bubble some more, backs Initial Coin Offering

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Interesting

I believe that Joseph Kennedy said that when he heard the shoeshine boy in the lobby of his office building giving out stock tips, he decided that matters were out of hand and that the market was about to crash. Is this endorsement a similar omen for blockchain currency?

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Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

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Re: Why do Clowns think they are funny or entertaining?

Once more I go forth to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated balloon poodles of my race?

I can see how one could forge blades and perhaps documents. But balloons?

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clown alerts

Many, many Halloweens ago, I was working with an editor whose side job was at Town Clowns. She made me up in clown face late in the afternoon. I was a bit nervous when I went to the bank to cash a check, but the staff didn't call the police, though I think the teller might have smiled. I went on to my favorite bar, where nobody appeared to care.

I never had the urge to do up in clown face again, but it seems a shame that one can't do so without alarming the neighborhood.

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ThoughtWorks acquired by British private equiteers Apax

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The one and only

Apax? Do they supply one-time pads for cryptography?

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aalphabetic+letter%3D*a%3Aentry+group%3D229%3Aentry%3Da%28%2Fpac

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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McDonalds, a firearm, and you call it a boot?

Sorry, an American may pull a knife from a boot, or in extreme cases a handgun, but rifles belong in the trunk.

Next time: your head may be under a bonnet, but your car's engine is under a hood.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Porcelain and pistols

A co-worker said that one of his brothers in law once did in his parents' toilets. The brother in law claimed accidental discharge, the father suspected that the guy thought he was dry snapping and didn't know that there was a round in the chamber. And Auberon Waugh's (speaking of firearm incompetence) autobiography mentions a fellow officer doing in a toilet in Cyprus.

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On the other hand

On the other hand, the friend he borrowed the firearm from might not have cared to have the gun discarded. Given its illegal source, it probably wasn't cheap. The risk of having the police find him with the gun might have been less than having the friend blame him for getting away without it.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Thumb on the scale

Are you sure the circular firing squad is out of ammunition? Some years ago National Public Radio fired Juan Williams for offensive remarks he made, though whether on an NPR platform I no longer remember. A couple of months later, the person who fired him was herself fired, I'm fairly sure as part of the brouhaha.

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Thumb on the scale

"But then again, he is also a software engineer who is not even 30 years old. Damore's CV reveals an extremely privileged existence: a chess champion with a degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s in systems biology from Harvard, an intern at Princeton, a researcher at MIT and then a software engineer at Google. It is a veritable list of elite US establishments."

A privileged existence, or an accomplished life so far? UIUC is certainly selective, but let's concede that the right zip code had something to do with getting him in. Did he win chess championships by dazzling the opponents with the whiteness of his brow and the regularity of his orthodontia? Presumably Harvard looked for evidence of accomplishments and potential when it admitted him to graduate studies.

But I have to agree that it is a veritable list, even if it might be of "stints at selective US establishments."

"He has never had to build an objective, evidence-based argument for something other than programming a logic machine."

Well, I have met some oblivious programmers. I have to say, though, that journalists are not uniformly better at objective, evidence-based arguments.

My two cents: Mr. Damore was employed to make money for Google. When he became a distraction and a liability, Google fired him, just as UPS might fire a driver who wrecked too many trucks. Should Google have fired him? I should say probably not. Making a martyr out of a jerk is usually bad business.

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Re: You might have also looked up "Social Darwinism"

Google for "three generations of imbeciles is enough".

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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almost half a kilogram

A pound, maybe?

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Mercenaries!

Here in the US volunteer firemen start them now and then, but it always seems to be for thrills.

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

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Re: Interesting story

What's interesting is that if the moon is made of cheese, then astronauts with a good cracker supply could subsist there indefinitely.

No, I definitely do not think that you need to stop thinking "so much".

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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XX?

I thought he was at least XC.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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No dog in this fight

As my handle indicates, I have no right to contribute. But questions of right never trouble us in the commentariat, here is a fragment from Hilaire Belloc:

"I should very much like to know what those who have an answer to everything can say about the food requisite to breakfast? Those great men Marlowe and Jonson, Shakespeare, and Spenser before him, drank beer at rising, and tamed it with a little bread. In the regiment we used to drink black coffee without sugar, and cut off a great hunk of stale crust, and eat nothing more till the halt: for the matter of

that, the great victories of '93 were fought upon such unsubstantial meals; for the Republicans fought first and ate afterwards, being in this quite unlike the Ten Thousand. Sailors I know eat nothing for

some hours--I mean those who turn out at four in the morning; I could give the name of the watch, but that I forget it and will not be plagued to look up technicalities. Dogs eat the first thing they come

across, cats take a little milk, and gentlemen are accustomed to get up at nine and eat eggs, bacon, kidneys, ham, cold pheasant, toast, coffee, tea, scones, and honey, after which they will boast that their

race is the hardiest in the world and ready to bear every fatigue in the pursuit of Empire. But what rule governs all this? Why is breakfast different from all other things, so that the Greeks called

it the best thing in the world, and so that each of us in a vague way knows that he would eat at breakfast nothing but one special kind of food, and that he could not imagine breakfast at any other hour in the

day?"

I guess he was English: he served in Parliament, though the regiment he refers to was French.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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And I know just the band to provide the music

https://www.datarecoveryproject.com/

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Kill something, then hire cleaners to mop up the blood if you want to build a digital business

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wow

'"“The first people to hire when doing digital businesses is cleaners,” Kyte said, “because there will be blood on the floor and the ceiling. If you do it nicely, it will fail. The sword of leadership and grit is needed.”'

It sounds as if the Squeegee of Prudence and Patience might come in handy as well, and maybe the Bucket of Lysol.

'Never customise software again, stop building silos and push back against those who say they're necessary.'

Never customize software again? Because vanilla SAP/Peoplesoft/Dynamics Just Works?

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Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

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Re: H1B "supports the local economy"

"however if you "import" a worker from a different part of the same country then the person who loses their job in favour of the newcomer could relocate to take up the job that is vacated by the incoming worker."

And so move from San Jose to Fargo or Bismarck? I don't think that happens much.

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: Learn all of them, but NOT Java

Sorry, how can you jump into commented-out code and what happens when you do? Or was it "commented out" in the manner of

if (False) { // old stuff I'm scared to cut but doubt we need

doThis();

doThat();

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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verbal contract

As far as I know, all contracts are verbal. An oral contract, now, has no legal standing that I have ever heard of.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Indeed

Kids today just don't know how to swab out a muzzle-loading cannon or reef a topsail.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Freedom of Association

Your freedom of association encounters limits under US law when you offer to exchange goods or services for money. You may if you wish argue that this is a bad thing, but it is the law.

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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And pigeons

Long ago I was driving an under-powered truck up an on ramp. There was a pigeon in the middle of this ramp eating something. I couldn't practically let up on the gas and still merge into traffic, so I kept on, expecting the pigeon to fly away. It did, into the right outside mirror. One of the next stops was to have that mirror replaced.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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keeping it up

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11591936/Is-Gwyneth-Paltrow-wrong-about-everything.html

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: Microsoft Office

Well, yes, but that just means more people continue to imagine that Excel is a database. It sort of is, and it sort of works as such until it doesn't.

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Bah!

Highs have reached or passed 29 C for much of the last week in Washington, DC. If you go out, you go out in the heat. If you don't take your exercise at an air-conditioned gym, you exercise in the heat.

As for alcohol, what's the point of living in Belgium if you can't drink beer?

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