* Posts by Paul Shirley

2059 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Paul Shirley

Re: Oh noes

I'm right handed but switched to using left handed keyboards 15+ years ago, with the keypad on the left the mouse sits closer to the centre and that was enough to stop my mouse RSI. Wish I'd bought more of the keyboards, down to just 1 spare and changing keyboards is a chore, especially ones with different layout.

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Magic hash maths: Dedupe does not have to mean high compute. Wait, what?

Paul Shirley

Re: unique mathematical hash

It's the risk of corruption by accident, playing Russian roulette with your data. However many chambers your gun has, 1 still has a bullet.

Though a hacker could weaponise knowledge of that flaw for mischief.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Paul Shirley

A single pixel width of shadow or light is enough to break flatness. Unless you're using a single line display screen size is no reason to flatten things.

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Paul Shirley

Re: A serious question.

I have Android apps that freely mix the line and dot versions of the hamburger menu. Then to add spice, only show you the menu button if you tap the right spot. It's like magic incantations to use some of this crap.

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Paul Shirley

Re: A serious question.

Google upped the game on flat buttons by choosing plain geometric shapes and randomly assigning them to functions.

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Paul Shirley

You've not used Visual Studio have you?

I'm grateful every day that the VS team added so much chrome back into the VS UI after the first Win8/10 style builds presented acres of empty white space devoid of clues. It's always going to be a pig but just occasionally a little lippy does work wonders ;)

Nothing will ever make it handle Unreal4 source in realtime though :(

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Paul Shirley

Really? Earlier Android was fairly Win95 in style, they moved to excessive flatness later.

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Paul Shirley

The surprise is no one admitted finding this earlier.

Microsoft MUST have done something that showed the same effect in the new Windows UI, they test a lot and would inevitably have caught this amount of difference. And went ahead with it anyway.

Still, nice to know what I and others were pointing out 2+ years ago has finally been confirmed. Who needs efficient if it can be pretty... oh, it's not even pretty.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Paul Shirley

Another user with few complaints about the infrastructure. The annual haggling the price down not so fun. Despite living in one of those red hotspots only 1 specific site showed repeated failures yesterday, hard to pin on VM.

However the superhub3 is the work of the devil. Bugridden, slowing to a crawl weekly and seemingly incapable of maintaining good WiFi connections to any device, however close. Luckily I'm too busy working to suffer it's known latency problems gaming, doubt they'll fix that before I retire though.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Paul Shirley

Re: The Solution is Simple

Losing that war just lowers the entry barrier for more customer friendly alternatives. There's no limit to how many sites the internet can support, if the abusive sites hide behind paywalls there's less competition for those that don't. If they go ad crazy they just become less fit to compete for our view.

What needs tackling is the dangerous tech being used to show advertising. Not just the abusive uses, the insecure 3rd party crap needs to end.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Paul Shirley

Re: Bollocks

On a sufficiently powerful machine FF might be getting faster but invariably at the expense of using more resources. The occasional efforts to drop memory demand are usually wiped out within a couple of updates.

On a lower machine, FF performance has been falling off a cliff for a long time. Especially noticeable on mobile FF. My G4 runs it fairly smoothly if you ignore the idiotic refusal to adapt to small screens, on my older, slower GPad it's gone from slick and fast (after a rocky start) to barely usable with 1 tab now. About an order of magnitude slower than Chrome.

FF is being killed by it's own bloated resource demands in the only area of browser growth.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

Paul Shirley

why reading the manual matters

Still chuckle remembering the senior dev who knocked a hole in the outside wall of his tiny little office to vent an evaporative cooler. And how quickly it became the hottest room in the building. We all liked the guy but it was funnier not pointing out the reservoir needed refilling ;)

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Paul Shirley

Re: injuries....

The chunk of thumb i gouged out 6month ago has finally regrown but the skin is still sorting itself out. Dangerous things pc cases, so sharp i didn't actually notice doing it.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Paul Shirley

Re: Market research

MS understand that if you have a monopoly you don't need market research. What they haven't yet accepted is their desktop OS monopoly stopped working as a way to push unrelated new applications on users a while back. Around the launch of Win8...

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Paul Shirley

Re: Sky blue, water wet, MS fucking over customers...

My network regularly vanishes after letting update shit all over win10.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Paul Shirley

Re: ????

Yes, modern switchmode PSU's are pretty good at dealing with any voltage you throw at them, including wildly varying mains. Even the cheap disposable ones.

When my last UPS died more than a decade ago PC PSUs had improved enough to handle the brownouts and the short breaks I'd bought it for by themselves.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

Paul Shirley

That worked so well in the 70's, taxing people that left the country and reach of HMRC.

I look forward to post-brexit tax haven England, the only one that charges higher corporate tax.

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Paul Shirley

Re: So... we should do the opposite...

Forcing people into work destroys the economics of UI. You've retained the costs of operating a traditional welfare system while increasing the number of recipients 10 fold. And you have to do the coercion with no sanctions or it's not UI. Succeed and you're not likely to raise more tax than it costs to operate the system. Worse, the victims of coercion won't be paying the tax bill.

At every election we're promised a welfare system where working will always be better than claiming. A promise never delivered. UI is the first believable way to achieve that, at a cost the country can afford.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

Paul Shirley

Re: Probably won't work

Riding a suitably tweaked bicycle while wearing a number plate t-shirt would probably work, and be totally legal.

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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Paul Shirley

Re: Kind of pointless given the CPU requirements

Depends on your workload. Flash storage is notorious for poor performance with small random access and low queue depths. NVMe doesn't fix that, I saw microscopic change moving from SATA SSD to fast MVMe M2. This Optane incarnation is good at those access patterns, but doesn't improve with larger reads.

For some workloads Optane could crush any NVMe flash device (for now). Just can't imagine what they are because the drivers aren't likely to actually cache data files.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Paul Shirley

Re: Biggest problem is the name.

re: "¹ The standard library does, but you can write a fully compliant C implementation without any file I/O functionality."

That's only true for a freestanding C implementation or non-compliant hosted implementation. A compliant hosted implementation is required to support the C standard lib. If you aren't learning on the most basic embedded hardware you'll have file io.

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

Paul Shirley

Don't remember being asked to donate my Spindizzy or Confuzion royalties... sadly the games industry has a disgraceful history of only honouring contracts and IP ownership at the sharp end of a judges gavel.

If you can catch the bastards stealing :(

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

Paul Shirley

Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

Some of you fell for the distraction. Spain hasn't threatened to take back Gibraltar. They've threatened to veto any trade deal including Gibraltar they don't like, specifically calling out that continuing to be a tax haven parked on their border will not be allowed.

What Howard was threatening was in effect, to send snatch crews over a hard border to herd workers into Gibraltar and ram border/customs barriers with lorries full of goods. In short to become pirates and smugglers.

Laughable and the direct result of Hammond+May threatening to become a tax haven moored just off the continent.

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

Paul Shirley

probably no IP worth stealing

Imagination's problem is their tiled deferred rendering approach is no longer an advantage, is so old the patents must have expired anyway and Apple need an Opengl ES compliant device. Not an Imagination Technologies device. Khronos membership will protect them for most required IP in ES and there are plenty of ways to build such a device.

I expect IT will struggle to find any IP to sue over. There will be quirks that need working around, hiring staff from Imagination will help but doesn't have to imply IP theft. Especially useful if Apple need to continue supporting old hardware without Imagination support.

Standards make you replaceable.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Paul Shirley

Re: bipolar

3) add user

Learned the hard way, if you let Win10 switch a local account to an MS one, there's no way back. It will let you try but apparently it's never worked. If you bound your licence to an MS account, create a new MS login if you ever need to re-activate Win10, don't let the activation troubleshooter bork your local login.

Windows, the best argument for nightly drive imaging ever.

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Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

Paul Shirley

Re: Competition at last?

I read it as: only Xeon's support it in pseudo RAM mode.

Won't be surprised if Intel 'accidentally' cripple the NvME drivers on AMD though. This would be rather useful right now but I'll wait for someone else to test it on Ryzen.

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Paul Shirley

Re: In the early 1990s I got it along a ZX80

At the time it looked underpowered and the addons weren't easily available. Smacks of a deliberate policy to drive sales of extra hardware needed to bring it up to spec. No big surprise the more complete as shipped C64 wiped it out.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

Paul Shirley

Re: How many tablets does a person need?

The size thing: since I bought my tablet I barely use my phone for anything but photos and calls. The only advantages the tablet has are screen size, 8.3" vs 5.5" and better speakers, everything else is substantially inferior. Turns out it's much more important to be able to see things comfortably on the screen and have controls that work with pudgy fingers, even if it works slower.

My phone is really just a convenient camera that can make calls and access the internet if there's no WiFi for the tab. A PIA to do anything else with.

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

Paul Shirley

Re: Why May’s Hard Brexit might be Softer than you think

Which is why you won't be offered it.

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Calls for UK.gov's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

Paul Shirley

can't even sign in to this shit

Been trying to register and access the tax site for a couple of years now with no success. Feels like every time I give up for a few months I come back to a changed login process that still doesn't work. To make it worse trying to get gov ID had turned into farce because I don't have multiple photo ID.

It's a total cluster fuck with no sign they've even agreed on an architecture at the most basic level. Let retired before this ever works.

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

Paul Shirley

Re: Who cares?

"it is her stated intention to make it a manifesto commitment to withdraw from the ECHR"

The question this raises is exactly when did she realise her dreams were incompatible with supporting Remain. From her invisibility throughout the referendum, I'd guess a few days into the campaign someone smacked her with a clue stick.

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

Paul Shirley

Re: Saucy!

The only thing perforce supposedly does better is binary blobs. Better in the sense that it recognises they shouldn't be differed I suppose and that's led it to be the tool of choice in games dev.

Frankly it's just evil and regularly causes lost days fixing the workspaces when it fucks up.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Paul Shirley

Re: Food is not only sustenance

On the infrequent times I work in the office, my lunch time is reserved for extremely violent socialising with coworkers in whatever LAN FPS is in favour. Crumb free snacking while waiting to respawn.

Anything else is just wasted time :)

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

Paul Shirley

Even when I whitelist pages or sites in the adblocker I rarely see add anyway, the various security and privacy blockers get in the way. However the adblocker detection notices do vanish. So they still can't even tell if adds are being blocked and stand no chance of measuring effectiveness.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

Paul Shirley

Re: Many Bothans died to bring us this plot device

@Maffski. "it just demonstrates that our understanding of those laws is incomplete"

We don't even know all the implications of the laws we think we understand. That remains the most likely end result here, that eventually someone will work out which 'understood' laws are responsible and we might even learn something new from it.

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

Paul Shirley

nearly related

My local bus company recently upgraded their buses with WiFi, USB charging and 3 pin power sockets. The charging speed strongly suggests they isolated the USB ports (with string instead of conductors).

Took just days to discover using hair curlers in the power sockets crashes the bus electronics...

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

Paul Shirley

Re: The sound you hear are the snorring pigs

No explicit connection, however in 2007 the EU said:

"Any Member State deciding to withdraw from the Convention and therefore no longer bound to comply with it or to respect its enforcement procedures could, in certain circumstances, raise concern as regards the effective protection of fundamental rights by its authorities. Such a situation, which the Commission hopes will remain purely hypothetical, would need to be examined under Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on European Union."

Respect for human rights is a precondition of membership, respecting the EHCR is the most convenient way to demonstrate it. So the UK would be on unstable ground re EU membership if it rejected the EHCR, especially in the light of the snoopers charter and general right wing disrespect for human rights currently taking hold.

But you're leaving anyway lead by extreme right wingers so human rights aren't likely to play a big part in the future of England or their holiday homes in Wales.

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More Androids carry phone-home firmware

Paul Shirley

Re: "doesn't encrypt firmware updates"

Unless they don't bother signing, the story is: "Chinese phones supply OTA updates from Chinese server"

Which barely counts as a story given how people acquire most of these devices direct from Chinese exporters.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

Paul Shirley
Facepalm

"tin hat on"

Full double layer tin hat: leaking Hillary secrets during an election was deliberate provocation of the states and it's expected leader. Provocation that would increase pressure on both the UK and Sweden to not rendition him when he leaves the embassy. Attacking Trump would have the opposite effect of sending the snatch teams in without asking permission.

Probably the most disappointed man in the world with the Trump win.

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Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub

Paul Shirley

Re: The Right to Vote

Particularly offensive when the winners attack the losers right to dissent. I'm looking at you brexit.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Paul Shirley

Re: Econ 101

"Sell fewer at higher prices? Good for business then, as their costs will drop too - increasing profit further..."

But isn't wealth a measure of consumption in a capitalistic society? Isn't it where all that wealth trade deals magic out of nowhere comes from? Selling fewer, at whatever price, is a loss of wealth.

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Paul Shirley

Re: Morally binding what though?

"I don't see how Parliament can agree/disagree to the final terms of exit if it can't be reversed."

The assumption there is the UK has any control of the final terms. If the current crew are left in full control the EU have no reason to waste time on trade negotiations, 'hard brexit or no brexit' isn't a threat, it's a cold statement of how incompatible Mays team goals are with any deal acceptable to the EU27. Someone needs to bang heads together and inject a wider base of opinion into the brexit planning and looks like parliament is best placed.

They'll still be busy negotiating the mechanics of divorce long after the 2yr deadline passes anyway.

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Paul Shirley

Re: unilaterally revert A50

All A50 has to say about the issue is that to rejoin the EU, states must apply like any other new candidate for admission. That's about as far as you can get from a right to cancel. Right to leave then beg to get back in is more honest.

In reality if the EU27 unanimously agree nothing is forbidden. Cancelling remains a possibility, cancelling unilaterally not so much. Either way no court should assume that the UK has a right to cancel.

I think there's a bigger issue here that the referendum is an instruction to parliament, not the executive. Parliament should have set policy then instructed the executive to start work. We have a very evil tail wagging the dog right now, without a clear mandate and deliberately avoiding seeking one, taking advice or asking the public what brexit actually means.

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Paul Shirley

"That in all probability will trigger a general election"

More immediately parliament now has influence to insist on a more considered, saner negotiation plan, instead of leaving it in the hands of extremists in secret meetings. If May and the 3 brexiteers don't play ball parliament could probably get away with rejecting their plan and requiring amendments at least once before going nuclear with an election.

They aren't going to veto brexit but now have the chance to push for a genuine 'good deal' instead of the 'worstest deal possible' we're currently being dragged towards by extremists.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

Paul Shirley

finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

Must be working through the pile of things uk blocked right now.

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

Paul Shirley

Re: Mission Impossible

" German CBI has already gone on record as saying that "it's a political issue"

More importantly the German car workers agreed. They want trade to continue but the want the basic principles of Europe maintained more. The brexiteers seem incapable of believing money can be a secondary issue, despite complaining about the EU morphing into a poltical union they can't understand why anyone inside would make a political decision and sideline raw greed.

So we're doomed to see them continue to claim a deal is possible right up to the point they're offered an all or nothing choice :(

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Paul Shirley

politicians lies

When a politician 'promises' or offers to 'work hard to' you know they're either lying or not in a position to make the offer. And aren't ring fences just fences with big enough holes to extract money through to most of them?

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Who killed Cyanogen?

Paul Shirley

More than half the Android devices I've owned had 3rd party app stores (sometimes more than 1) preinstalled. None of those stores got any use after a quick trial. The Orange OSF had it's own mail, maps, store and I forget what else, all instantly disabled.

People have this dream that replacing the Google framework and apps will make them irresistible to customers and wildly rich as a result. Most customers neither care or find the replacement efforts worthy. The minority that do want to avoid Google, install CyanogenMod and choose their own apps.

CM are free to try what Amazon, Sony (3 fscking store apps on my Xperia), most Chinese phones, every carrier and most OEMs have failed to achieve but it won't save their business because there are more blowhards pretending they hate Google than actual customers prepared to do something about it.

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Paul Shirley

Re: So let me get this straight...

The whole premise fails on Andrews mischaracterisation of what CyanogenMod is: it's not an attempt to excise Google or it's apps (though that's an option for those that want it), it's about improving Android, filling the support gap left by device vendors, about all the things that make OSS fun to work on. There's a loosely symbiotic relationship with Google and the flow is both ways.

It's not clear how much value Cyanogen adds to that. Partnered with hardware manufacturers it would have better (any) access to drivers than the OSS version but if OEMs actually cared that would happen for CyanogenMod. They're failing because they don't offer much over the free versions and have behaved like dicks to far too many people, all in the pursuit of cash.

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LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?

Paul Shirley

Re: Nice upgrade from the G4 @AC

I really like my stupidly thin and curvey G4!

Especially with the leather backplate to stop it sliding out of my hand. Thoroughly annoyed with slippery phone backs forcing me to add chunky cases, that's what you lot need to stop saying yes to ;)

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