* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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Thanks.

I was in danger of getting some work done, and you informed me about "Progressive Beer".

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: and he has to use edlin

You had 1s and 0s? We had to use ls and Os.

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As angels, rich dudebros suck: 1 in 5 Y Combinator women tech founders say they were sexually harassed

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Dunno

In other words, having power, money, and perhaps technical expertise, does not automatically make one a better person?

Has anyone told Anne Sinclair?

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Terrance

My father went by his middle name, and I once booked an airline ticket for the name everyone called him. In the days before September 11, 2001, this might not have caused difficulties, but ca. 2004 it did, even for a domestic flight.

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'The gulf between apps and infrastructure is blurring' says boss of DevOps darling Puppet

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Marketese

"The gulf between apps and infrastructure is blurring," he said, arguing that automation is at an inflection point. "The DevOps practices that were nice to have two years ago are absolutely must-have today."

Gaps may narrow, but do gulfs blur? Can we be sure that the effect isn't caused by the audience's eyes glazing over?

"Puppet like a lot of technologies started out built for the high priests," said Omri Gazitt, chief product officer. "Now in a majority of cases, many of the customers aren't the high priests, they just need simple ways to get onboarded."

If the customers are at sea, who can blame them with prose like this? (Or maybe they believed the hype, and think they'll be left at the gate.)

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Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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contracting

My time working for government contractors led me to think that

a. The government has excellent rules for purchasing typewriters and paper; these rules make it difficult to buy any but obsolescent computing technology. No doubt the three-letter agencies and the Defense establishment are in part exceptions to this.

b. The government hires contractors on the Charlie Sheen principle, paying them to go away.

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Python lovers, here's a library that will help you master AI as a newbie

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Master

Master, or employ?

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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: It's MOULD, not mold

Noah Webster had a tremendous influence on American spelling, and he was down on "ou"s sounded as "o". I do see your point: yet the English-speaking world does manage to get along with quite a few words spelled and perhaps sounded the same.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: War Is Bad

You have read the results of the strategic bombing survey carried out after the war? The tactical air arm made a huge difference, the strategic less so.

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Re: 300 lightning strikes

An American writer who served as a bombardier quoted evaluations by instructors after training runs: well, you missed the Ruhr, but then you still hit Germany.

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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lockup, yes

I do remember freezing a Sun box or two by pulling the keyboard. Reboot, no.

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Re: yank?

Yes, indeed.

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A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir

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2?

from __future__ import print_function

into __future__ invite Microsoft

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AI biz borks US election spending data by using underpaid Amazon Mechanical Turks

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Re: Why not just fill in a Web form or equivalent directly?

"Not everyone has Internet or even electricity. See for example the Amish. You can't disenfranchise them just because they can't fill in a web form."

Not everybody running for public office? Adding a requirement for filing is not the same thing as disfranchisement. In any case, the Amish will make use of devices that they will not operate. They don't drive automobiles, but I used to see plenty of them on Greyhound buses.

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Pace

The pace of the work, or the pace at which the company goes through money?

It has never occurred to me to hang up boots. If the ex-HR person was exposed to company publicity, I hope she cleaned them well before hanging them up.

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Feel the shame: Email-scammed staffers aren't telling bosses about it

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data, or survey data?

"with more than one in 10 falling victim or knowing someone who'd been a victim"

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Cloudera and MongoDB execs: Time is running out for legacy vendors

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'"Antipathy" towards legacy database vendors is at an all-time high because Internet of Things data is arriving too fast for them to handle – so say execs at two competitors that went public last year.'

"Antipathy" (you don't really need the quotation marks) toward Oracle is largely caused by Oracle, chiefly its pricing and sales tactics.

Antipathy (and you don't at all need quotation marks) toward certain other vendors is caused by their habit of using the term "legacy" to refer to anything they didn't sell you.

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NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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64 years

Quoting potential sentences is getting to be like quoting the "street value" of seized drugs. The prosecutors will bargain it down to two or three years, and the guy that was caught with a kilo of cocaine would have received a small fraction of the "street value".

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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treason?

For good reason, the U.S. Constitution employs a narrow definition of treason, and convicting a person of treason is very difficult.

I find your series implausible. Treason to the Constitution, perhaps, if we consider the Constitution as defining the United States. To the law? Well, the Constitution declares itself the supreme law of the land, so what does that add? To the capital-P People?

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

(Article III, Section 3)

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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Re: When you actively go looking for mistakes,....

Perhaps it was an impersonator (https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/5ed26246-33e9-450e-8eca-ddd0b4d8b86c)?

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Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Philadelphia, then Seattle?

I don't get that.

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Re: Property prices in U.S. cities are not really a function of the financial crisis anymore

"wildlife conspicuous by its absence other than rats and pigeons"

Within 5 kilometers of the White House there are deer, fox, hawks, maybe coyotes.

"crime rates often high, pollution and inequality are persistent problems".

Ah, yes. A fellow we knew, resident in Virginia, would tell my family that I was taking my life into my hands moving into Washington. That guys were carving each other up with machetes on S. Glebe Road in Arlington somehow didn't occur to him. As for pollution, the smokestack industry has mostly moved to Asia. Reducing pollution by moving somewhere that you have drive for the least errand? As for inequality, well, I guess you can reduce that by moving where the poor folks aren't.

I don't say that cities are perfect, I don't argue that everyone has to live in them. But if you think that cities became obsolete when the barbarian hordes quit sweeping through, then I think you should reconsider.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: Hate speech

As the 1st Amendment to the Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law". Since the 14th Amendment, this has effectively meant that governments shall make no law.

However, no private entity has any obligation to publish anything at all that it finds offensive or simply not worth publishing.

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Re: Trump bashing inaccurate here

"Those who have overcome bigotry against black people because the evil of racial bigotry was dramatically brought home to them by the Holocaust."

So, Mark Twain was enabled by ESP to foresee the Holocaust and overcome his Missouri upbringing? De Tocqueville's notebooks have many conversations with Americans of the early 1830s who are of the opinion that persons of color (including the native tribes) had equal intelligence with whites. How did this come about?

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Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to ban Myanmar regime

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Many characteristics

"Facebook has many of the same characteristics of authoritarian regimes and totalitarian systems, academics have noted."

Same characteristics as?

And if so, what then? Would it be better if FB were the free-swinging hippie commune that some tech types prefer to imagine all of Silicon Valley as, yet still allowed incitement to murder?

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Pardon me if I don't see the connection. As far as I know Saudi Arabia is using its own weapons in Yemen, not stirring up neighbors to kill other neighbors. I don't say that this is morally preferable; it just doesn't require Facebook's assistance.

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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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