* Posts by disgruntled yank

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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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Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations

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Endorsements

I can sort of understand why people bought George Foreman grills: the man clearly thought a lot about food, and the technology was pretty well understood. This is not to say that Floyd Mayweather doesn't think a lot about money; but how well does he understand blockchain? (Nothing against boxers, by the way. I was astonished a couple of years ago to hear of people taking financial advice from the retired baseball player Lenny Dykstra.)

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The best outsourcers fire themselves

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Re: Outsourcing reminds me of Danegeld...

By golly, I think you've hit the Next Big Thing: Plunder As A Platform (PAAP). I look forward to Mr. Cote's weekly articles to explain the principles of the same.

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It's not Bong?

I guess the typos are because "Garland of Flowers" has moved on to other projects.

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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

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Just one question

Where was this excuse when I needed it?

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Really?

"It is not easy for human drivers to see cyclists on the roads,"

In my experience, it is not easy for human drivers to see fire engines, lights and sirens going. If the drivers were not looking at their phones and listening to loud music it might be easier; still I remember the problem from before the days of cell phones.

"... to predict their movements,"

There is something to that. But allowing a reasonable distance might help.

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How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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Noodge theory, anyone?

The dictionary at my desk derives it "< Yidd nudyen, to be tedious, bore < Russ nudnii, tedious" and defines it as "to keep urging, asking, etc. in an annoying way; nag."

Now, I had understood it as a noun, one who noodges. But either way, it's as good a theory as any for IT consulting.

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US mulls drafting gray-haired hackers during times of crisis

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Re: Always loved the Selective Service...

Late in the Vietnam War, the draft was declared (by Nixon) inconvenient.

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Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

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A case for literate programming?

It seems to me that something along the lines of CWEB could accomplish a gentle introduction to programming in whatever languages one cared to use.

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Re: lol

Somebody wrote a Perl module to let one write Perl in Latin. I assume it is under the Acme tree in CPAN, but haven't the patience to find it.

[Edit: https://metacpan.org/pod/distribution/Lingua-Romana-Perligata/lib/Lingua/Romana/Perligata.pm, not Acme after all. To quote from the "Descriptio" section,

'The Lingua::Romana::Perligata makes it makes it possible to write Perl programs in Latin. (If you have to ask "Why?", then the answer probably won't make any sense to you either.)'

Anyway, if you want to be extra sure that nobody in the office can read your Perl, the option is there.]

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Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

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Where's the BOFH?

As I recall, he made heavy use of decelarators, typically sidewalks situated under high windows. I'm sure he'd be happy to let Mr. Armstrong experience deceleration.

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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neat dark suit

Actually, I came to the comments to say that the description inclines me to let El Reg off easy for the fitbit-guy story illustrated by the picture of the fetching young woman. Journalists used to give one pages about what this or that woman wore. (Though admittedly, by the tenth male senator wearing a dark suit with an American flag lapel pin one might give up on the men.)

However, how exactly does a room come to be slightly above room temperature?

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Get tooled up before grappling with Google's Spanner database

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Re: The advantage of relational databases…

a. How are JOINs an artifact of SQL?

b. Once you've normalized, how will you put your data back together without a join?

c. Isn't normalization orthogonal to the relational algebra?

Not that I want to do without relational databases?

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Carnegie Mellon makes network security guru Jahanian president

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Re: lossy compression

She is a satellite of Megalomania--I think of them as a marriage made in Scrabble.

(Yes, dammit, I do know that one can't add tiles in the middle of a word.)

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lossy compression

At my first reading of your headline, I wondered where in the world Jahania was. Time for more coffee, I guess.

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Uber-Lyft study author jams into reverse gear over abysmal pay claims

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Possibilities

1. Youth is optimistic.

2. Youth is often bad at doing the math.

3. Youth is often bad at generalizing from experience.

I am very grateful that my pizza-delivery days ended before the fast-food merchants of America discovered that they could get kids to use their own cars.

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Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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OK

So now if Apple ever tells us that it's "committed to transparency", we'll know what that means.

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IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

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agility

Perhaps best demonstrated by a quick jump to more stable employment?

Though now I think of it, their HR personnel might regard themselves as Certified Scram Masters.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Beg pardon?

I thought that I was my own human-beer interface.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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"These millions of one-way mirrors give us a sharp knife. ... With all this in hand, to cut a long story short"

I'm not sure that it takes millions of mirrors to give one a sharp cutting edge. However, I think that The Register's copy editors could have cut this story quite a bit shorter.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: Was I the only one...

No, not the only one. A couple of people were killed and many more injured in the Carolinas the other week because a crew locked a switch on the wrong setting.

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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cognition-oriented professions?

I would call those jobs where you have to think, and I would question the qualifications of those using such jargon. But maybe it's my lack of social skill that make me do this.

Also, are eggheads with a point anything like the Coneheads on the old Saturday Night Live shows?

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: @Maelstorm

I don't care for McConnell's or Ryan's policies, but at the moment I can't think what laws they have violated. Until you can establish that they have broken laws, "being held to account for their actions" means being voted out of office--unlikely, I agree--or losing a majority in Congress. We'll see there.

I also don't really know how a speed trap story turned into a referendum on 21st-Century US politics. Speed traps have been around, and not only in the US, for a good 100 years: Kipling's short story "The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat" (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13085/13085-h/13085-h.htm#page163) is dated 1913.

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