* Posts by sabroni

2508 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: sustainable, clean energy

Ooh, someone spotted that people in the comments know their stuff so decided a quick derail was in order?

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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Re: Fitting justice.

Indeed, the nerve of it, thinking we have the right to our own images! It's much more important that wankers with poor imaginations can still get off.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: If it was only security patches

I agree. They had a terrible rep and had to do something about it. The problem is that the marketing droids have turned it into "security updates and new features" which actually means "security updates and fucking with existing features you like to make them worse".

I'm no fan of the knee-jerk anti MS brigade, but in this case they have a point. (CURSES!!)

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Apple: No currency mining for you in our App Store thank you

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Re: From hell's heart, I stab at thee

Or, as they gave you the option, you could just say no.

Maybe the hell's heart stabbing could be reserved for people who run mining code without asking you?

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: Who gives a flying fuck about uptime on any single given machine?

All the linux zealots who use Windows update reboots as a stick to beat MS with.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Wow.

Lots of meat eating snowflakes in this thread.....

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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re: Is it because he told you the truth about your pantomime profession?

Oh no he didn't!!

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Drupal drisputes dreport of widespread wide-open websites – whoa

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WTF?

So...

What's the changelog.txt file for exactly?

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: it's not really accurate to portray it as if it were substantially better than its competitors

Why not? The list of alternatives supplied here is shorter than in my original question. Good to hear that Bob's is still in development but what are the other IDEs that VS isn't substantially better than? Just saying "it's not that much better" is no help if you don't add "than" and give alternatives.

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Top thread!

It's been a joy to read!! Thanks everyone!!

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Re: I don't consider VS to be "great".

That's because you know of a better IDE!! Go on, enlighten us!

(Last time i asked this the best responses i got were "eclipse isn't too bad" and "I'm writing my own".)

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You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

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Re: It didn't improve the functionality of the phone in any way.

Bollocks. Flip to answer and close to hang up are great features that I still miss. A small phone that opens up to one large enough to put a speaker by your ear and a mic by your mouth is functionally better than one where the mic has to filter out loads of extraneous noise. A flip phone can't be accidentally activated in your pocket because it's locked till it's opened.

3 functional improvements right there.

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G Suite admins need to RTFM – thousands expose internal emails

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Re: All it is is PEBCAK.

If your user interface design doesn't take users into account then it's not the users chair and keyboard that delimit the issue, it's yours.

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Those internet trends? It's bad news if you're not Amazon, basically

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Re: Rejecting a vist to the Aladin's Cave that is PoundLand?

I doubt that the website accurately reflects stock levels in every store. It's perfectly possible that the central warehouse servicing the web could be out of something that is still in stock at some local stores.

Sounds like you don't like shopping in PoundLand.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Irish abortion referendum.

That's a mandate.

The paltry 2% leave got should never have been enough to trigger this clusterfuck.

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Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'

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Re: they are right

Surprise surprise! What's the story about? Pgp, various encrypted email providers, Thunderbird. Who does the first comment target? MS.

Tbh it's not the knee jerk irrelevant ms bashing that irritates as much as the dumb upvotes for this facile whataboutery.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: Poach the right people.

I know American labour laws favour the management, but can they really get away with boiling the Union Reps?

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Re: You do know that's pretty much how the rest of the world sees journalists / media etc.

No, I don't know that. All I "know" from this is that there's a few people on here claiming that. Do you have any real data to back your statement up?

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Re: inane perpetual ramblings about both Trump and Brexit

When sensible people see stupidity it's their duty to point it out.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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re: I did not anticipate the firestorm ... would generate within the Linux community.

Really? It's exactly the firestorm I would expect from the Linux community. Never read comments on here before?

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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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So Zuckerberg doesn't even bother to turn up for the UK parliament and the stooge he sent was just as useless but this is still an example of how our parliament is better than the EUs?

Do a logic!

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Re: If it wasn't so stupidly expensive to dispose of stuff...

Central government has been reducing the amount council's get for years. They can do it because they know that the council will be blamed for reductions in service levels.

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Wanna break Microsoft's Edge browser? Google's explained how

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Re: Too much money?

Also notice how the evil MS aren't wasting their time picking holes in Chrome, they seem happy to let any vulnerabilities in Chrome persist.

Is that because they've now risen above this petty point scoring? Or because they know there are some humdingers in there and they're waiting for the shit to hit the fan.....?

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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Re: The sooner that advertisers lose their power to control content

Google control YouTube. Google are the biggest ad broker in the world. Ads control YouTube.

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AWS won serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them

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Re: WOE?

I'd have gone for "There's little intrinsic evidence that they understand this themselves."

Or was that deliberately clumsy to highlight how ridiculous gender neutral language is?

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Re: most birds through no fault of their own are ducks.

Most birds are not ducks.

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Re yes, absolutely

As you've posted ac I've no reason to believe you.

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comedy racism

I love it because it shows how stupid bigotry is.

Less funny when you just been pulled over for the second time this week, I'll wager....

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Re: its a tough one.

The point is that there's a large number of people on the database who are there because they are black, not because they are gang members. Doesn't seem particularly tough.

If i was on there I'd be pissed off. Lucky for me I'm not criminal coloured....

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Re: It's not the color

Don't forget the horror comics!! They turn children into murderers too!!!

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Re: Sadly

Your post doesn't consider the effect that this targeting has on people who aren't in a gang. If you're an normal black man why should you have to put up with being stopped all the time?

Most gang members are between 5 foot 10 and six foot. I'd you were 5'11" would you be happy to be stopped and searched every couple of weeks? Would a spreadsheet of gang members that just contained everyone of that height be acceptable to you? Sounds as ridiculous as this racist one to me...

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Re: Sadly

The argument seems to be "Most gang members are black, therefore we should target all black men".

On here you'd hope people would understand that "All ducks are birds" doesn't mean "all birds are ducks".

Apparently not.

Sad.

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Re: No documentation is always worse

I disagree. Bad, error filled documentation is worse than no documentation. With no documentation you see how the thing behaves and treat it accordingly. With bad documentation you assume you've done something wrong and spend ages trying to get it to work.

Neither situation is ideal, obviously, but I prefer working it out over reading instructions that are wrong.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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Re: But what about the customer reaction?

You have to judge that in comparison to the reaction TSB customers are having at the moment. Being told you can't log in, then getting in a minute later and everything being fine is no big deal for most people most of the time. Compared to this balls-up it's clearly a better system.

I prefer to be mildly irritated rather than unable to access any of my money.

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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Re: So all websites store your plaintext passwords for batch-hashing later on?

The hashing runs on the server. You have to pass the password to the server for hashing. The alternative is to trust all the external devices to hash for you. You can't trust all the external devices.

That's about the size of it, afaik.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Inciting violence is against the law. GoDaddy aren't in a position to prosecute, they're not the state. They are in a position to hold users to their terms of service and are perfectly within their rights to terminate service to users who don't stick to those terms.

Free speech doesn't mean we all have to promote hateful views. Free speech means we have the right to not promote those views.

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Re: The holes are glaring and obvious

So obvious that you didn't even mention them.

Go on, elucidate rather than straw manning.

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Re: Ughh I had to do a dubble take...

Shittest. Derail. Ever.

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Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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This conviction isn't for writing poor software. Nice attempt to derail though!

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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re: You know what anonmyised data is right?

Yeah, it's one of two things. It's either effectively anonymised and effectively worthless (oh, a list of geographic points with no connections between them or times attached? Useless) or not effectively anonymised and valuable. As soon as patterns become visible they can be mapped to real life and the anonymisation is compromised.

There's articles on here all the time about boffins sticking so called "anonymised" data back together.

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Re: It's not for me then...

Some people seem to think the "post anonymously" button is for when you want to behave like a dick.

It's not. Stop it.

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re: At least Google are upfront about the data they collect and what they use it for.

Unless you're at the top levels of Google management how could you know that?

I think kool aid is more popular than you think.

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Re: Except of course you can turn off the always listening stuff.

Yeah, of course you can. Just toggle that little switch in the settings.

Wanna buy a bridge?

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Re: it wouldn't be profitable if they paid all they owed

Good choice of words. Their business model is based on being able to monetise content on their site without taking responsibility for paying the creators. If the most popular video site on the planet can't work out a way to make money then clearly the business model is fucked.

Any business can be profitable if it doesn't pay it's suppliers. It's not a viable model for long term success.

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every track ever released

No. You're lucky if their catalogue covers everything you need but they definitely do not have every track released. I've got loads of commercially released music that isn't streamable on Spotify (unless it's drastically changed in the last year) from 80s vinyl right through to current Asian music.

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Re: Spotify

My mate comes round every 6 months or so. I play him music on youtube, he uses a spotify playlist he's built up since his last visit. One in five or so of the tunes he's listed won't be available when he goes to stream it. Not popular enough for Spotify to keep paying to host them. They'll be on youtube with about 200 views.

I prefer a music collection where tunes don't just disappear after a while so I have an SD card full of mp3s.

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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i think you mean....

But can i wipe it and put a PROPER Linux on there.

There's always got to be one.

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The Agile and the Continuous: Database Drift ... Neat film title but something to avoid

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Re: Our devs have Entity Framework. They don't need no steeeekin' DBAs.

Thanks for that! Needed a little humour to lighten the mood.

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It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

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Re: it happened to my GF and me

How many gmail users do you think there are? It's a fuck sight more than 2......

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: [citation needed]

The question is whether they are at the top because they get clicked or the get clicked because they're at the top. It's plausible that Google's been promoting Wikipedia for 10 years and that's why it's always at the top. It's also plausible that everyone knows what Wikipedia is search for it on their own.

Assuming that there's nothing dodgy going on is great for Google. I'd rather they weren't both the biggest web advertiser and biggest gateway to the web. The fact they could manipulate their search product to guide people towards sites that are profitable for their ad business should make anyone suspicious.

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