* Posts by Adrian 4

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Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: I was also clueless at the time

Same goes for deleting it, though.

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How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world

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Re: Jenkins?

". The junior guy got laid off, and the senior guy and I finished it up and fixed it. Took about a month to fix it, though. "

Unsurprising. Having a junior person on hand just slows the senior down. The manager adds meetings and wants updates, further slowing things. And finally, having the project 90% finished means there's 90% left to do - dealing with all the error paths and corner cases.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: When assembler is not assembler

Chickens are sufficient for Python.

Goats can be reserved for C.

Assembler needs virgins.

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: At least she uses a PC

The last two home secretaries (I can't even remember who the current one is) have hardly shone in the IT department.

Do you think they'd even admit to it, though ?

It would be nice to have both, but if forced to choose, I prefer honesty to ability.

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Re: Eh?

> The fact she's a Labour MP 100% behind state education, but sent her kid to a private school.

They all do this. It's a constantly recurring theme. Yes, it sounds hypocritical, but I suspect the real reason is down to the secret police, who find it much easier to protect $politician's child in a private school than a state school. Not to mention some control of bullying (yes, I know private schools are noted for it. But it's WITH the staff's knowledge and tacit support, not beyond it).

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In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: Spectrum grows on trees

I'm amused to see that the Thameslink rail service (Kettering to Brighton via London) has introduced free wifi on some trains. Quite a surprise really as it's generally a costs-cut-to-the-bone service.

But to my delight, they don't permit video streaming and limit total usage per user per trip.

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Skype ?

No loss there then.

Microsoft have pretty much killed it themselves.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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FAIL

I don't often say this, but I'm pretty sure even Microsoft couldn't make the trains run worse.

No Microsoft error messages showing at St Pancras tuesday night, but the destination boards were ordered pretty much randomly (actually, by platform - but because they're all one long list, not individual boards headed by destination, that's no help whatever) and contain entries for trains that left an hour before.

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HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

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Re: Closing my account

They told me they'd close my account unless I filled in some business review form. On the last page of the form, you're supposed to agree that they can share all your details with unspecified third parties.

I refused.

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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Re: JS ? Are you mad ?

Sure, but there's form.

How many banks tell you to use their 'security software' - that runs on Windows ?

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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Re: at Last

tbf, el reg has been saying this for a while.

I would love to hear a comment on the state of the game from an actual AI researcher, as opposed to a marketroid. And I do hope they're all grabbing all the funds they can while the bubble lasts.

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PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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Re: Still no recall

Downvoted for misspelling lose as loose.

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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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Re: Another happy Zen customer here

'As opposed to the ISP provided router.'

Which almost universally run Linux.

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Lucky you.

I can't stand upright without something to lean on. Makes shovelling shit (constant change of balance and newtonian reaction from flinging it in the wheelbarrow) practically impossible. Same problem leaning down and picking things up. It takes 10 times longer than another person. And no, I'm not overweight.

The only practical method is to shuffle along the floor on your bum dragging a sack behind you. Not impossible, but I can sympathise with his reluctance to get it done.

Depression might have stopped him getting a labourer in to do it on the first warning. Maybe a £1440 fine will push him to do it. Or maybe he can't afford one now and will have to do the shuffle thing.

If there's something to blame him for it's owning three bull terriers whilst apparently being unable to exercise them properly. Now that's unreasonable. I guess the council should have taken them away.

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From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Prohibition

"This means people will end up downloading tools that are illegal. If there's going to be no legal aboveground tools market, you don't know what you are getting. People could unknowingly be adding malware to their systems."

The US has form for exacerbating problems with legislation. You'd have thought they'd have learnt from the failure of alcohol, drugs and financial legislation, but they just make the same mistake over and over.

The only way that works is to make the approved object - and the means of acquiring it - more attractive than the object you want to forbid. Making the forbidden object less attractive - by punishing possession, or the supplier - doesn't work. They just go underground and now you've got two problems. Carrots good, sticks bad.

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Re: I'm guessing, but ...

"DRM is a good as a concept, but when badly implemented (which seems to be most of the time) is more of a hindrance then a benefit."

No, it's an inherently stupid concept : the idea that a signal can be transmitted in a form that can be decoded by a device, yet not decoded by someone who has access to that device. When you have physical access, security is gone.

You can make it hard alright, but one way or another it will always be broken. The tools to break it are an essential part of the tool that is shipped to decode it.

It is, as you say, also more of a hindrance than a benefit. As with most attempts to fix a social problem with a technical solution, it ends up being the honest consumer that suffers : it's more convenient to own the cracked media than the official copy.

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Fujitsu: Closes director's gate to Tait, 9 execs abdicate, and for German workers – a crap Weihnachtszeit

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Pirate

dead horse

Does every sort of organisation (companies and economies alike) dedicate itself to services before it totters into the void ?

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Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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"internet access is an "interstate information service," and therefore federal rules supersede any state laws."

He's wrong there. It's not interstate, it's intercountry. So global rules supersede any federal rules.

Do spacecraft use IP ? If so, it doesn't stop at global.

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The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: "Ethernet is so much better"

OK, if it's an obscurity contest .. how many of you remember Polynet ?

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If you saw a Google ad recently, know that it helped pay off one of its 'sex pest' execs $90m

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FAIL

It means they now have an automatic process for accepting such reports. Like complaints about their 'products', it acknowledges and then ignores them.

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Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: Yawn

It's unsurprising that spies are spying.

The newsworthy bit is that they got caught, which is less common.

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Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: Important 'cause...

And likely to stay that way for a long while, judging from the fragility of current automatic driving machines (I avoid the term AI as they can't really be classed as such).

A Waymo would very likely kill the woman in a large flappy coat pushing a buggy (unrecognised shape) to protect a poster of tommy robinson ("A loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual").

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Re: You are thinking about it all wrong.

Or possibly 'Death Race 2000', after reading another reply ..

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Re: You are thinking about it all wrong.

It wasn't a real thing. It was black humour extrapolating from the film 'Rollerball'.

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: In the good old days....

I think the peachiest inopportune moments are now reserved for windows update. Search has to make do with less inopportune moments so they can afford to search more directories.

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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I found it very useful just the other day when, trying to use a laptop that had got wet, I rotated the screen to put the start menu in the top right instead of the bottom left.

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A DeepMind library to help build reinforcement learning bots, and how Google's Pixel 3 cameras handle zoom

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Re: Is is just me?

Computers that guess should be given a generically different name so we can determine from the start whether they deterministically computed the answer with an algorithm or approximated it through an unknowable correlation or heuristic process.

The latter could not be used for anything involving decisions affecting humans, and all machines would be required to 'show your working' when making such decisions. Wouldn't be such a bad thing for human judges to do this, too.

Approximators ? Guessbots ? Prejudicials ?

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Re: So it's...

Gravy. With a yorkshire pud in the middle.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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memes & social networks

Is the 'general happiness' from memes sufficient to counteract the depression caused by instagram & facebook ?

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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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insiders

I'm no fan of Microsoft, but these are insider test builds, right ? Not passed out to all and sundry, but only if you want to take them, warts and all ?

While I think they ought to be tested better than they apparently are, I don't see why anyone running them should have cause to complain.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Failure of Understanding

It does have the hardware. It doesn't use hardware to detect 'hello Alexa', it does that in software. The only restriction is that, currently, the owners of the device (note : that's not you) assure us that the sampled sound isn't stored or constantly sent to them. A situation that, even if true, need not remain so.

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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

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Re: ESMCP

Really ? Whaen's someone going to tell gov.uk ?

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-emergency-services-mobile-communications-programme/emergency-services-network

And what's so negative about ESN that it's better than an acronym that incorporates Master Control Program ?

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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google

Wait .. you mean google doesn't know already ?

It appears their information-grabbing isn't as effective as they'd like.

Or is this a bluff ?

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Is it still a choice...

>3. Linux: accessibility is a bad joke.

I'm sure you're right, but there are people trying to address it. Here's a fairly active project and I note that they're asking for problem reports from users to help direct the devs.

https://wiki.debian.org/accessibility

What are the difficulties ? Are the solutions adequate or are they too hard to install ?

It's always worth considering what you can do yourself to help improve Linux - it might be writing code, but it can also be testing, writing bug reports, project managing, project championing. They're all needed to keep something on track.

As people have noted about other Linux problem areas : at least when they get fixed, if they're used, they tend to stay maintained for long periods. Not just dropped or accidentally broken like Windows.

It's not so long since Wifi was potluck on Linux. Now it pretty much always works but I never know if the Windows 10 box is going to connect.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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What happened to that £350m Boris was going to get by not paying his EU subscription ? Can't they have half a day's worth of that ?

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

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It's bizarre, isn't it ?

There can't be anyone who hasn't been burnt by Microsoft, but still they keep buying.

'A triumph of hope over experience' as Dr Johnson put it.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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You're setting yourself up for a disaster there. This bug deleted files that were in the wrong place (still in the original directory when a new one was to be used).

How long before an update moves or deletes files that aren't in the Microsoft-sanctioned places ?

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: I'm still amazed

The Naked Sun was an anthology, wasn't it ? Might have been one of the stories in it.

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Re: WTF?

Maybe it's supposed to appeal to the growing crowd of facebook haters ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZY8jUuEzJQ

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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But isn't outing a spy illegal under the GDPR ?

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value

It's not part of the normal manufacturing system for conventional boards, though there are high-density stack-chip manufacturing methods with similarities. I think it could be done, at considerable cost and inconvenience. So unlikely in high volume, but possible for 'specials'.

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AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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Re: 60 to 70% accurate?

The problem is made worse by trying to categorise the sources as left, right, reliable etc. These are largely subjective, making the categories biased.

What would be better would be posting a link with each 'fact' to the source of that fact, so readers could click back through the trail and judge for themselves whether they believe the actual source.

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: no surprise

Well argued. But I think you're overestimating the thoroughness of the typical english voter.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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High compensation would be one way. It wouldn't really bother legitimate police action and could be heavy enough to satisfy drone owners, but you're not going to get terrrrrists claiming it.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: Heaters are the bane of our lives

Those 3A fused sockets are a total pain. Why can't they just use decently rated cable ?

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Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: ... / as a path separator and - as a switch character...

That seems to be a FreeDOS feature but I think I encountered it long before - maybe on CP/M-86 or MP/M-86 ?

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VMS had a / for options but . for path separator.

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Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Re: We know you'd never present us one made by the USA or UK, so yeah

As an intelligent reader, you're expected to make that assumption yourself. No need to make anybody break any laws, spying by 'friends' and enemies is a given.

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: I use a blocker

I guess that consistent downvote on this thread is from a spammer.

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> In the UK you can register with the TPS and then complain to the ICO (who have been known to actually do something about it)

I am registered with the TPS. I did look at complaining to the ICO once but it appeared to involve collecting more data than I remember to note. Doubtless I'll try again when I get another run of similar ones.

I read recently that dialling 1477 should log the illegal call, but BT don't appear to support that.

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