* Posts by Tom 7

4236 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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Re: I'm not surprised most commenters against Unicode are anglophones

The last company I did any international language coding for the first thing I did was to write a DB for all the user interface text and a tool to allow whichever country was in control of their language interface to put their own translations of the english versions in. Even better they got to be in charge of their own CSS which I'd insisted on since the english master version had been working for nearly two years while the advertising department flip-flopped on colours fonts and images. Its amazing how easy coding is when you can fuck off this sort of random noise and penis waving from the design process. Give people ownership of their part of the process and the means to ensure you cant be to blame and they dont spend their lives trying to fuck you up.

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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B4RN

everywhere please.

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Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

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Re: "those with the grit and gumption to work 160 hours per week might ..."

Be breaking laws even in post brexit britain.

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Re: * I'll bet they didn't use median, I'll bet they used average.

But if I was to serve you a mean chilli you wouldnt use 'average' to describe it.

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

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Is that all?

And whoever said investment was guaranteed a profit?

Now you know why the banks just kept hold of 'their' quantitative easing.

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Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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force vendors to get their act together is make them liable

Business have been getting away with murder for years. The chances of getting the law changed to actually move a step closer to being responsible are well below the IEEE smallest denormalized number.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Re: /facepalm

"you sit them down and delegate their work on anything critical to other employees before you terminate them." PMSL!

That would require someone in HR who has event the faintest idea about how to do more than turn on the PC and ring the support desk, or more amusingly paying someone for about 3 years after you've fired them.

I like to get everything to do with my work anywhere documented but never has any company ever wanted to pay for 1% of what was necessary.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Re: If only...

They'd bankrupt themselves before they could even get Oracle installed.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Re: Click baity headline is click bait

Na - just a type -should be its 'A LINE'.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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The best form of attack is surprise.

And if you haven't a clue what you are doing your opponents have no chance of second guessing you.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Re: What do bosses want?

And it will be a lot cheaper once we're out of the ECHR.

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Maybe it is real?

"I could write a batch file that would replace the role of HR" Tried that - years of experience prevented me leaving in the required bugs.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Actually, he did win...

No - he didnt. He just cost himself some more in taxes and tighter bureaucracy.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Cool effects and animations

Having worked on accessibility I think I can safely say that any cool effect and animation is just a pain in the arse. Its quite surprising how effective simple vanilla no frills shit is! If you want to make your web site accessible then this is what you start with. When you have that working you find that, guess what, it is more than sufficient for everyone else. You only need cool effects and animations to keep them busy while you try and do what you should have been doing in the first place.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Giving early 19thC guitarists a bad name.

Even if Mauro was the first mod.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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And a quote from Wyrd Systers for next week

Somewhere deep inside his mind, somewhere beyond the event horizon of rationality, the sheer pressure of insanity had hammered his madness into something harder than diamond.

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Building IoT: Dr John Morkes joins keynote speaker lineup

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The marketing department are not users.

You're short an 'ab' there.

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Re: Cloud?

Just make sure you dont put your private key up there!

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: I like it 'cos it's rock solid

Tried it for a while - only problem I had was with sound not restarting on suspend but that was down (I guess) to proprietary drivers. Apart from the fact I dont like the desktop its a bloody fine implementation and would recommend it to anyone from the Windows world who wants their machine back.

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Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

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Re: Simple Solution - move your money out to another bank

I moved some funds to another bank as an experiment. Rather than use info that can easily be looked up I chose something obscure and cant get it!

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MIT brainiacs wrangle 2D graphene into super-strong 3D art homework

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So no-one MAKING graphene in any useful sizes yet

Not surprised - its not worth investing in that as everyone and his dog with a graphene patent will make more money than you will.

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Re: So close? Re:Vector

But what is this bollocks the US police force use: "Rate of speed" as in '"he was travelling at a great rate of speed"? Acceleration? Travelling in quantum ways so having lots of different speeds?

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How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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Surely if you knew how to run a db

you wouldnt be using mongo?

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Hyprocritical scenario

iPlayer is 'on demand' all the time. Prime time is prime time not all the time.

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EU tosses Europe's cookies... popups

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Re: About bloody time too.

Anycrats that understand technology? They'd be fired.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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Freedom from impact geometry

is not going to help in mining when you really need lots of water and plate tectonics to do most of the work for you. Unless you want bits of moon then you're just excavating and not mining.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: Breast Pump

The author did seem to hint that the money was to be made from replacement parts.

I must confess I've often wondered whether one can simply make something that generates suction from the movement that occurs when walking.

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A friend of mine found his girlfriend modifying the pillion seat of his motor bike for better grip when cornering. Best use of gaffa tape ever apparently.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: Hard cases

The reason why we have trouble deporting criminals is due to the incompetent Home Secretary we had at the time who couldn't even get dates right on documents. Some oaf call May IIRC.

And ISTR other countries went to the EU court and asked if they could deport criminals and the court said 'yeh sure'. Its only in the UK we can make something simple into someone else's problem to such a level and not invent intergalactic travel. Don't expect that to improve either way.

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Get smart on machine learning before the machines beat you to it

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I've just turned it on and it says 42

and just under that it says its a lot cheaper for most people to hold conferences outside of London. And healthier too apparently.

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NASA taps ESA satellite Swarm for salty ocean temperature tales

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Tweety Twump has promised to prevent NASA doing this kind of research.

Thats how scaredy waredy he is.

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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Re: Boost?

For many of us Lego is so expensive that even the use of a singleton would be overkill.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Re: You realize that you've got to enable voice ordering?

you have to enable it?

That's the trouble with computing - you have to know what you are doing. It only makes things easier if you dont have a clue/dont give a fuck. Or an MBA and staff.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: UK - Zombies Win. USA - Zombies LOSE

I think I should point out that your thesis requires that good people with guns kill bad people with guns (or even zombies without guns) the evidence for this is lacking to say the least.

I'd imagine within hours of the zombie warnings going out armed militias would have machine gunned anything moving and provided any zombies with so much easy to access braaaaaaaaaaaaiiiin food they would be overwhelmed.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: DAB+ DrXym

Its more a question of replacing 4K full colour TV with 4K full colour TV with seriously reduced reception and usability cos 'new is better even if it really isn't'

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Re: DAB+

I think there are two major problems with DAB (possibly DAB+ too but I cant be arsed to check):

Changing channel. I only listen to one channel but when the kids come and change channel it seems to take forever - a good couple of seconds so its easy to miss a lot of a program trying to find the bastard. The display knows what's coming but the decoder is still trying to work out what the fuck to do with the KW its consuming.

Reception. Coverage is unbelievably shit down our way - Devon with lots of hills and valleys and while they may work for a tv aerial and booster its absolutely no good for an indoor reception in new houses - let alone cob walled buggers like mine.

Should they ever drop fm here I shall probably see if I can make raspberryPi zeros into internet radio reception devices to put into all my current FM devices - at least I wont have to redecorate the house to suit the 'well it looked good on a duke box in 1950' designs cluttering up the shops.

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Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN

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Re: Right to remain silent

That's not self incrimination - just the opposite.

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Re: It amazes me how many people take such a belligierent tone with the rozzers.

I can assure you its incredibly hard not to take such a belligerent tone with the rozzers sometimes, some of them would make nuns swear.

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Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

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Re: First Wayland?

Sorry not Raspbian - it does seem to be on the Pi-Top though.

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First Wayland?

Raspbians been using it for a while - who came first?

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

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Re: Been there

You make it sound like a problem.

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Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

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Re: Calling BS @J H Woods

But as soon as you have the code working the PHB will put it live. Its very important than nothing works until everything does.

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: 2038 is already a problem, today. Are you freaking kidding me

Fear not for two reasons:

1) the new Pis are already 64bit and in 10 years time I'd imagine the Moore's last guess will mean that we will have 8 core 64b bit machines running on brownian motion power supplies and people will not be using the old 32 bit jobbies other than for fun.

2) Gel capacitors in all the power supplies are pretty much going to ensure any still running aren't.

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Re: To my fellow programmers

Try and understand what you are coding for - this exact leap second addition has happened 27 times before.

Perhaps even look at all the open-source code that is available in other languages too.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Food intolerance?

@Philbuk - that's not the coeliac but one of the problems that often arise as a result of the damage coeliac does.

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Re: Food intolerance?

Also could be a milk/lactose intolerance - I have something to cows milk (goat and sheep milk are fine???) and its amazing how much shit has cows milk or milk protein in. For coeliac it takes a time for the food to get to where it causes problems. Feeling sick straight after the meal points to something else and may indicate that its not eating this shit that is good for him but the not eating of something else. Its worth trying to find out what though it can be difficult as some things you can be intolerant to you can eat once in a while with no reaction and yet two or three days on the trot will - well give you the trots.

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

If you try videoing me from your drone I'm gonna get naked and you are going to be vomiting all over your shiny and writing it off!

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Re: Nothing new here...

Yup - the US had a couple of aircraft launching/retrieving airships at least (Macon?) I think the requirement for a laundry might have been a weight problem.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Develop the market, then tie up the market.

When tractors started out their great benefits were down to open API approach to things - the 3 point attachment was the same on all tractors and on all the equipment that would attach to it. Same for the PTO adaptor so basically you could buy a plough or a seeder from anyone and this helped keep the prices of things down.

I dont know if JD are trying to lock in which things you can stick on their tractors but at the local dealer I walk past with the dog I noticed some remarkable looking connectors on a large turnover plough that looked like it was specifically designed to be a bastard to get hold of so I'm wondering if you want to use a big turnover plough on a JD tractor it is 'best' to get a JD one with its custom sensors* that will connect into its proprietary tractor socket.

*I'm guessing they are for detecting the individual pull on each blade or something - the dog didnt want to stop long enough for me to work it out.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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The data is just too valuable

for anyone to be trusted with it.

Organised crime spends a lot of effort getting people into the police force and I can see them now making sure there is someone in every ISP copying this data on a regular basis.

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