* Posts by Tom 7

5389 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Brit prisoners to be kept on the straight and narrow with JavaScript and CSS

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Re: JS and CSS

I love it when people think JS and CSS are somehow a problem and not the environment!

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Re: What could go wrong?

That's why Python doesnt run in the browser - they learnt from JScript!

Brit rocket wranglers get Reaction they wanted after rattling SABRE

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Re: Loudest engine test rig in history?

Jet engines can produce 1000 degrees of exhaust. Hot air at this temperature is a little more difficult. Mind you something like the cooler they are testing might be of use,

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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Re: Pi day

And 22/7 is a lot more accurate!

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Re: Two kinds of music

Na - its "Country" and "Western"!

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I have an album by a band called Extreme Noise Terror.

If it has lyrics I've never understood them. But that's probably because I saw them live in what is best described as a concrete bunker with Hotblack Desiatio's PA in the room. They were nearly as loud as The Q-Tips who managed to solve the CO2 problem by making micro-diamonds from the air in the auditorium.

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Re: Free Thinkers

Sort of, I know a lot of non-mainstream listeners who are the sheep of their own peer-group. I think I was as a yoof. Now I can freely hate everything!

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Re: On the one hand

I can move fast for that, I can go into warp drive when I forget to reset channels and my alarm radio comes on with the Today program,

If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why

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6,681 qubits?

I wonder, if at that level, the quantum world will just collapse into the real world? While physicists have managed to get large groups of atoms to behave 'quantumly' thats as a unit rather than a lot of things being quantumly individually which is where it becomes matter and may ignore our requests for eye popping flashes of octarine.

Open-source 64-ish-bit serial number gen snafu sparks TLS security cert revoke runaround

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Re: Confusion due to lax use of terminology in RFC?

If this is a certificate serial number then its going to take a long time to actually run out of numbers. I will have to have a sleepless night to consider reading the RFC but if its like other serial number would it not be partitioned and so the only chance of a collision if some organisation used up all its number range and somehow didnt notice?

IBM hunkers down for no-deal Brexit, warns of disruption to supply chain, data transfers

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Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

Her maths may have been off one day but every tory chancellor ever has been off every day.

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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Re: Glastonbury got it right

You cant use photographs for gigs as a lot of people wear matching makeup!

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Re: They could do like the airlines

Thats not really going to work at a Kiss gig though is it?

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Couldnt we just put on

lots of Ryan Adams gigs and banckrupt the fuckers?

Nuisance call boss gets 8-year ban after trying to dodge firms' £700k fines

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Need a new acronym for BT Internet Security

who phoned me 12 times yesterday to inform me my internet IP needed changing due to it being compromised by several foreign companies.

In the interest of cleaning up the internet I hit 1 to be connected to and advisor and then get silence for a few seconds and then get disconnected. I've been doing this pretty much daily for about six months and can only assume they are paying significant amounts of money to phone me from India to achieve nothing. I find it frustrating cos I really want to talk to someone live for an hour or so to break my record.

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Re: Who would volunteer?

The law is not an ass - this is how it was designed to work. In this case you should look to who writes the laws that allow this shit. I would imagine a search of Hansard will reveal it was implemented under a tory government to encourage entrepreneurs in the UK. By entrepreneurs I mean people who contribute to party funds and a lot of their MPs.

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

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Just one extra valve!

While trying to understand some controller software for a video production facility I found an unnamed valve that was initiated once every 123 videos. I was just bored and trying to work out how the place ran and didnt really think about it until a month or two later when fixing some shit on the air lines on the conveyor I came across a cardboard box by the side of the line as it came out the 'other' side of a wall in an fairly well hidden part of the factory with easy access to a fire door opening onto the car park. Sure enough every 123 videos one the valve actuated and flipped a tape off the line into the box for delivery to the back of pub somewhere. As I worked the night shift and never interfaced with 'proper' management I mentioned it to the night shift controller who said he'd deal with it.

And I think that's how I got promoted to another unit!

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea

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Re 16 digits

my card may well have 16 digits on it but that design guru (or utter fucking bastard (the one that designed the plastic tag for opening your packet of bacon that never ever works)) decided you'd really like a credit card with a pattern in shiny on it so no matter where the light is you can only ever read 12 of the digits accurately! 4 on mine are under the hologram so change randomly.

Makes me so angry I could lisp.

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Re: Useless crime enforcement

My doctor says pizza is clogging my arteries so I would imagine it would make a great blood clotting bandage AND arrive two days before the medics.

The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?

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Re: No obvious explanation - really?

They've managed very well without blockchain for as long as trade existed.

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Re: What's the betting...

Could do that - blockchain was first mooted in 1991.

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Re: WTF is a...

I worked at a company that had an 'Agile' accountant. They never caught him so I guess he was!

US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle's 'disastrous' Java API copyright win

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I am producing an API definition for everything

Please cough up now.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast

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Re: I can't stand this nostalgia junk recreating junk.

I've found the z80 simulators very useful for teaching about how computers work. and Visual6502 as well.

Need a 1TB microSD for your smartmobe? Come April, you can free up storage space in your wallet and buy one

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Re: What a boon for the spy industry..

The scary shit is the systems allow it, not the memory card size.

BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor

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Re: the Belgians

Thats got me confused now. I have a McD diet - I go into McDonalds only if there is a queue of more than two people, The couple of minutes smelling the place kills my hunger for several hours, If I knew they had beer I might be tempted not to walk out feeling un-hungry!

Big names hurl millions of pounds at scheme to hoist UK's AI knowhow

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Re: UK a tech hub?

It'll be a hub, with no spokes.

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

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Waste of a good pi.

A 2lb lump hammer would do the job far more effectively,

Or gumtree it.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Re: I missed the beginning and almost the end

I remember getting a 14.4k modem and thinking 'I cant read that fast'. But that was OK as I was on AOL and they took care of that.

Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude

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Hang on a mo

I would have thought it a trivial (tedious but trivial) problem to model the cpus to exhaustion and be able to highlight any register or memory leakage that could occur.

They might not like the results they get but a quick look at Electric seems to suggest you could do it with free chip design software so I'd expect a commercial package to be up to it,

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: It sells razors

Many moons ago ( a bad habit I know) I made a device (from EE&WW?) that allowed 5 bands of noise removal and then an hour or so with a razor and splicing tape and you could take the clicks out of almost anything and not notice. I used it to recover (and I mean recover) the music from some well beaten 78's and was gobsmacked by the difference it made.

I cant find it at the moment but I have seen an Alsa Modular Synth setup to do just that but with a bit of thunking you should be able to take any digital stream and improve it considerably.

It really is amazing how much crap you can filter from something if you have the patience,

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Given that (in linux at least) they just mount as device a simple copy is all that is required, not need for any other software.

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Re: Hmmm...

When I can be arsed I look to see what's happening in the audiophile world. It seems people can tell the difference between 16bit MP3s and 24 bit MP3s. This is because its a shit way of compressing data that, lets be honest, doesnt need compressing and introduces 'features' that you can learn to spot in the music - a bit like how anyone moving on TV these days has a halo around them.

Interestingly no-one has ever successfully identified (in double blind tests) any difference between CD quality recordings and 'better' as far as I can tell,

Its worth remembering, however that ritual can improve your perception of something. Playing vinyl can actually improve user perceptions of music. It may sound worse but the tea ceremony ritual of getting the record out of its two sleeves, cleaning it and carefully placing the needle on it (or whatever) are almost guaranteed to provide an improved user experience than listening to R1.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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I cant imagine a sphere would make a good door stop full stop.


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Played draughts with some 5*9s gold once

Cant remember why* but these little cylinders of 99.999% gold were used in our chip making process and it seemed like a good idea until after a few moves you couldn't tell who was who and marking them was out of the question.

* cant remember why we played chequers!

Sigfox cracks open IoT radio protocol specs for world+dog (+badgers?)

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Re: The Much Maligned Badger

Gordon Banks never got fooled by a badger!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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So we're all terrorists now?

I'm sending anything I accidentally look at to my MP just to make sure.

Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Its finding the easy route. People do that all the time

Its getting the right answers 'for the wrong reasons' but no-one told it they were the 'wrong' reasons so its just doing what it can, So the next trick will be to make sure it doesnt take an easy route - but whatever is going on humans are learning as much as AI.

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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Re: Relic?

And I'm Tia Carrere or I was until I put my hip out!

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Re: Potato Rule doesn't apply

So my waist can be explained by my pirouetting to the bar!

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Relativistic foreshoretening

whatever out there is making sure we cant watch it for long!

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Re: Hipster demographic

Its USian from the early 19th C. So probably best described as 'lost control of the english language and came up with a nice figurative idiom!".

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Beer before wine works for me

but then I find beer preferable to wine so it rarely moves on to wine. An all round beer beer for me!

Oracle accuses US of underhand tactics because discrimination case 'doomed to fail'

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Perhaps they should get their data into some from of computer analysis system

and they could see if there is some bias in their data.

Mind you top quality lawyers would be cheaper than their nearest available option for that.

What a smashing time, cheer astroboffins: Epic exoplanet space prang evidence eyeballed

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Re: Simulated crash

Anything like this around that doesnt cost?

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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I dont know what everyones laughing about.

I dont know if people realise that a heart is more of a diamond shape. The only part of the human anatomy that is generally heart shaped is male with one eye. People have been sending trouser selfies to each other for centuries now,

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

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Re: Find this bit hard to believe

It does but programming is no longer about pathetic arguments about whose syntax or who squares the circle better, its about access to libraries and python is mostly OK for that - though reinventing DLL hell is not a good move.

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Re Good job Python isn't a syntax Nazi.

No its an indentation Nazi which is just as bad. It just shifts the problem somewhere else, it doesnt get rid of it, Because its not really a problem, Its the underlying concepts that people find difficult.

I have been teaching some youngsters and most prefer brackets when things get a bit complicated, it may be my influence I'll grant you, but when a code block stretched to a few tens of lines parentheses matching is a god send. Who needs a collapsible editor when you can find a matching delimiter. And why do collapsible editors only ever collapse from the top?

Apple hands keys for retail to HR boss amid flagging iPhone sales

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Re: NObody wanted the job!

Only anecdotal evidence - my teenage daughters seem to be of the impression that their begged for iPhones are no longer of use due to the walled garden and unable to join in on whatever transient app their friends are playing with at the moment,

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Re: Put HR person in charge of sales

HR have been putting the innumerate in charge of engineering for a while now and that didnt work out well.

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