* Posts by Richard 12

2648 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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That doesn't make any sense though

At work, I am interested in conversations on a subject. Never conversations with a specific individual.

I'll have many conversations on the same subject with several different people. Often groups, not always the same groups.

I'll also talk to the same person about several different subjects.

Over in Sales they are usually more interested in people than subjects, however they also talk to hundreds of people - that is not going to fit in the taskbar!

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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

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Re: One mindless Twitterbot just assumed office...

It'd certainly fail a Voight-Kampff test. Not sure if that makes it a bot.

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Assange reverse-ferrets on promise to fly to US post-Manning clemency

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Re: I called it to all my friends

The US don't want him and never did. They have enough tosspots of their own.

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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Now I know why I spent the night throwing up

... oh hell, coming through....

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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Re: @MakingBacon

And a spare field to do the test in?

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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: Bah!

Just start using numbers, then it's easy.

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

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Re: Article 50 puts a two year limit after the notification

Rubbish. 6 months isn't long enough to even start.

2 years is probably long enough to fall back onto our membership of the WTO. If we are very good, we might get a better then WTO deal for a couple of industries. Probably banking and financial services as if that significantly reduced we'd be utterly fucked.

- A situation that would mean the serious downsizing of all other industries. Wave goodbye to Nissan and Airbus to tive two examples.

Trade agreements are not only about tariffs. They are about mutually-agreed standards defining each widget or service that might be traded.

The customs code book that merely lists them is about an inch thick, and it's really small type.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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Education

Teach them how to fact-check, and above all that anyone can put amything on the Internet - it doesn't matter whether it is real or true.

Teach them that porn is entertainment. It's not real, any more than action movies.

Sex or not sex are both normal. Liking porn is fine, as finding it boring and pointless. Same with action movies or romantic comedies.

Then they will be orders of magnitude better prepared for the real world than any politician you may find in Westminster.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Re: what this tells me

Probably doesn't matter.

The deliberately wrong data is already in the database before they can try to verify a throwaway account.

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Re: The source of the leaked passwords?

There is a "I don't want no stinkin' MS account" hotspot you can click.

Finding it reminds one of the old point and click adventures though.

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The source of the leaked passwords?

If they include "Login to our free wifi", then of course almost all of them will be 123456.

Most of the email addresses will be for example.com as well...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Re: Belt & braces

The problem with that is people will be advised to turn these features off for every odd thing Windows does, and for every issue anyone encounters.

If you look through past Windows forums you'll see people recommending changing practically every setting throughout the Registry and beyond to "fix" all kinds of totally unrelated issues.

And then some idiot will go and put the "turn it off" option into their (privileged) installer...

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Re: Why is font rendering in the kernel in the first place?

Because speed.

And to be fair, it was almost certainly the right decision at the time.

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Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

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Re: How were they not customers?

An annual subscription to Apple, and a computer bought from Apple - you're not allowed to compile iOS software on your Windows PC.

So it is impossible to legally put any software on an iOS device without paying Apple a cut.

iOS has a very large part of the mobile software market, and anyone who wishes to access that market is forced to pay Apple to do so.

That is basically the monopolistic practice.

Legally, they do not have to have the entire market, only a significant part to which they raise unreasonable barriers.

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Re: No rocket science is necessary for the understanding of this story.

They don't allow them at all. IIRC it's even in the developer T&Cs.

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Re: Grab the popcorn!

You can code in any language you like when targetting Android - yes, including Cobol.

http://www.veryant.com/products/cobol-mobile.html

The same is not true when targetting iOS, where Apple have strict rules about the languages you can use - for example, you cannot run an interpreter at all.

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Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Re: An auto-stalker drone, sounds really legit.

Quadcopters are not exactly quiet and unobtrusive.

Plus the battery life is "up to" 20 minutes.

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Re: How does my credit card issuer fit into this story?

Depends where you live.

In the EU they are jointly and severally liable, so as a consumer you get your money back from the credit card company - and they can go ahead and do whatever they deem appropriate to recover their loss from the vendor.

In many other parts of the world it's not as clear cut.

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Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

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Re: Get them to stop advertising with spammers

Google and Microsoft both have automated "opt me out and report as spam" features.

I'm sure other email providers have similar features.

Much better than clicking the manual link, as the spammer gets blackholed in future as well - and not only for you!

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Nintendo pulls the Switch, fires Joy-con at Microsoft and Sony

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VR will still be touted as the next big thing

When the next two next big things are getting old...

Perhaps current technology is just about good enough, but nobody has actually come up with a form factor and killer application.

Plus, if you wear glasses, you're out. Seems that nobody is making a headset that fits over glasses or offers any vision correction options. I'm not going to buy contact lenses just to play a game, unless that game is supremely awesome.

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

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Re: What <i>the hell</i> are Microsoft doing going through our files?

Rudderless, consider this:

You take a few photos of your kids playing in the bath.

Or on the beach or whatever. They're having fun, you want to remember that moment and it's wonderful.

You back those photos up onto OneDrive.

Some time later the Feds turn up on your doorstep, grab you and bundle you into a black car.

After months of pre-trial incarceration, you discover that somebody at Microsoft misread the context of your photos and reported them as being child porn.

Fortunately you have an expensive lawyer and manage to convince the judge/jury that they're normal innocent photos of the type a proud parent might take.

In the meantime, your kids have been taken into care, you've loat your job, had your reputation ruined and your life destroyed.

If you can't afford said expensive lawyer, well...

Still want Microsoft to proactively search your OneDrive?

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Re: Mathematical inexactitude

They mean 5%

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WTF?

Lots of people put those cakes on supermarket shelves.

Lots of people work in the warehousing and lorries that get the cakes from the factory to the supermarket.

Lots of people work in the factories making cakes.

Lots of people work in the factories making ingredients and packaging for those cakes.

Lots of people work in the farms, forests etc growing and harvesting the raw materials for those cakes.

Lots of people work in the ports loading and unloading the ships of materials for those cakes.

Lots of people work in the warehousing, ships and lorries storing and transporting the materials for those cakes.

Lots of other people do jobs that are necessary for those cakes to end up in my kitchen, yet I don't even realise those jobs exist.

Do you really think that none of those people are worthy of a decent wage?

Think very carefully before you answer.

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Re: Clickbait

* Inflation is going up

* Well-paid jobs will be lost

* Underemployment will increase

* Companies will close (esp. importers)

* Cost of Government borrowing rises

* Tax revenue will fall.

Note the London is roughly 30% of all the UK tax revenue. Close down "The City" and total UK tax revenue falls by 10-20%.

You think "X" is underfunded now? Try cutting 10% of the budget.

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Yes, but it's worth it to regain our sovereignty create Lady High Emperor May.

Fixed it for you.

She doesn't want Parliamentary sovereignty. Her representative even argued that she has unlimited power to decide our future in the Supreme Court.

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Plus you cab use it to park your bike!

Chocolate Oranges also got significantly smaller as well.

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

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Re: No El Reg SI units in this article?

One to three doubledecker buses.

As to how far away, I'd say "just far enough"

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Re: What if it had hit?

Could still seriously damage a small town.

Most likely to hit the sea of course.

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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There's practically no mental health support

So instead of taking his guns away and getting him the mental health services he needed, they let him keep all his guns and stopped watching him.

This blood is on the US Government and the NRA's hands.

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Re: @ Eddy Ito

Court records are public, and almost everyone convicted of a sexual offence is named in the court records, along with the sentencing.

It trivially simple for any tabloid to create their own database of "sex offenders" - or indeed any other offence.

The only question is whether they think making it public is good commercial sense.

Worse still, because suspects are named, they can even maintain a database of innocent people who have been accused of same.

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Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

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Re: Of course it's not just Perforce

Sourcesafe?

Do they hate your code and just want it to die? We've had several occasions where the database got corrupted somehow and had to be rolled back to an earlier state.

The second time I had a local git-based backup (intended for branching and merging) so pushed up the lost changes again.

It never seemed all that stable either, though that was probably really caused by poor Internet connectivity.

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Re: A Brief Response from the Referenced Author

Thanks.

When will Perforce properly deal with line endings?

When will it be capable of showing the labels in the history of a file or workspace?

- Or even handling large numbers of labels without falling over. "Lightweight" changelist labels are a start, but I can't see those in the GUI at all from a workspace!

When will it be capable of showing the *full* commit history of the *project* - see the "railtrack" git demo screenshots for what I mean.

When will it be able to show the history of stream "imports" in any way, shape or form?

- It does seem to be tracked but I have no idea what point that actually gets stored, and neither do your support.

These are necessary tools for multi-developer, multi-platform projects, that are either horribly naive or sadly lacking in Perforce.

That's before considering refactoring when files are split up. Git tracks that - while Perforce barely manages a rename!

Perforce/Helix is radically behind - DVCS is not just about local versioning.

- Unfortunately yes, I am rather bitter. Perforce/Helix has burned out at least one of our good guys, and cost me personally over a hundred hours of work in a few months, fixing depots and working around its shortcomings. We finally do have a workflow that mostly works, but it works despite the tool, not because of it.

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Re: Smerforce

I kept on pressing them.

For line endings, it took a week to get them to actually consider the problem at all, and about another month before they admitted that there was a serious bug - but even then they said the bug was the documentation and that they way it actually working how it should. Which is a stupid way that no real user would ever want...

For the other big issues, about four months of back-and-forth before they finally suggested an undocumented hidden function - simply to list the commit text.

At that point we gave up. It still doesn't quite work, and it was clear by then that Perforce just cannot tell you your history.

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Re: Saucy!

If the only choice is ClearCase v Perforce, then yes, Perforce.

But that says more about ClearCase than Perforce...

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There's a lot of thing Perforce just Won't Do

Like "Give me the full list of commit descriptions between labels X (new) and Y (old)"

You know, a core function of any source control system.

It's simple to get that for the current branch/stream, but actually impossible to get it to reliable include all merged branches/streams - you often get bits from before Y, and sometimes everything that has ever happened ever.

After four months of trying I finally got something that almost works, but not quite.

It means the automated build reports are rarely correct - and that is very scary.

In short, Perforce is a very poor tool for management of code history.

On top of that, it can't deal with line endings in a sane way, it can't show you the history of what got imported from other projects (it's apparently there but impossible to see in any way)... the list goes on.

In short, Perforce is a very poor tool.

I would say that git is at least a decade ahead, and that Perforce will never catch up.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Re: Will it.....

Indeed.

Most petrol and diesel cars will do 500-600 miles on a single 50-60 litre tank (at low altitude, mountains are different). Even people carriers.

Driven carefully, 700 miles is doable for many diesels.

Rather shows up the SUV class, but not really surprising when they have the aerodynamics of a brick.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Re: UK encryption

Not to mention rubber-hose decryption.

If the target is sufficiently valuable to an attacker - for example, the ability to completely destroy the National Grid on demand - then some actors will go ahead and apply the hose.

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That was the entire point

Everything else they've mentioned is known to be utterly false - tripe of the smelliest order.

The remote kill switch is the only feature of these devices that might actually work.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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The terminals are supposed to be Immigration

Then the person is supposed to be Customs.

Except that several brands of those the terminals have a 90-99% failure-to-decide rate.

This isn't surprising.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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Re: It will stop boobs ...

You mean like the 2D bar codes marked on most high-value integrated circuits?

This will be Datamatrix or Code 1.

Datamatrix was designed for this purpose, it is easy to print extremely small - ICs generally use this when they are too small to be labelled with legible text.

Code 1 is ancient, not very good, hard to print small - and widely used in healthcare.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Re: Not their call

Amazon is appealing it in court. That's what the article is about!

If you don't believe that a given demand is valid, you never comply with the demand and then appeal afterwards - that would mean the end of any privacy rights whatsoever.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Re: Critique

Also, there is no love interest.

They come to respect each other, as friends and war veterans.

They don't kiss at the end - and it's a better film because of it.

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Re: stormtroopers being fodder

Can't see a thing in that helmet.

Not even your own feet!

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Re: Wouldn't YOU be fucking pissed off ...

Many patches are originally submitted by volunteers - however they do not directly send anything to Linus, their work is always routed via the appropriate paid team.

Those teams are supposed to bring all that together, test it and then send their completed module to Linus for final review.

They are paid to do that by various organisations - some charitable, some commercial - so this is their day job.

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Could a robot vacuum cleaner monitor your data centre?

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Re: Security considerations

Not necessarily.

The other approach is for the device and your phone to connect to a known remote server.

That connection could, in theory be very secure.

Or trivially cracked, you just don't know.

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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Re: Thats nothing.....Named meat costs extra...

They are. Verra nice.

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Re: Thats nothing.....

Named meat costs extra

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Or for thinking of a switch at all

As has been mentioned above several times - strain gauges are both damn near indestructible and incredibly cheap.

Plus you get a "How hard did the wheel hit the deck" for free.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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It does

Though most of it comes from taxing people from the future.

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Re: UBI has issues, but there's a better solution.

That's a true pyramid scheme.

Where does the equity come from? New users.

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