* Posts by Tom 38

3401 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Worldwide smartphone shipments slip for first time ever: Apple and Samsung hit

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Not surprised Oppo are falling

The OnePlus used to be a "Flagship killer", but now the 5T is just a small discount to true flagships, and a pony more than a Huawei P10. If I was going to buy a phone tomorrow, it would be a Xiaomi 5c (8 core, 2.2GHz, 3GB/64GB, £150), but I won't because my OnePlus 2, reflashed with LineageOS runs great.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Re: Samsung needs to find Android buyers?

Random search found a phone with a rather similar looking screen. Obviously not the same one form out back of the factory for that price...

https://www.geekbuying.com/item/OUKITEL-U18-5-85-Inch-4GB-64GB-Smartphone-Black-392736.html

They even copied the notch. Funnier is one of their quoted reviews:

We do not know if any other company will launch a mobile of this type soon, but it seems that Oukitel will take the cat to the water in terms of speed

Is this a new definition of "furiously" quick?

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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Re: @ bazza

(18 paragraphs in) Me? I'm pretty neutral on the matter.

Sure sure sure

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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

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Re: 60 is not a high number

"60 is not a high number, it was way above that until the DC that records our outages went down last month"

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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WTF?

And what about those recent deliberate crowd rams using cars and trucks?

I cannot believe that you actually did continue on with your whataboutery. Can you not stop yourself?

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Where there's a will, there's a way. Remember, Oklahoma City and Bath Township both used materials readily available to any farmer.

1967 - Jayne Mansfield is killed when her car runs under the rear end of a tractor trailer. Since then, all trailers have a DOT bar at the rear to keep cars from going under them.

1982 - Seven people die when Tylenol packaging was tampered with. Since then, it takes a PhD, channel locks, and a sharp object to get into a bottle of pills.

2001 - One person attempts to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb. Since then, all air travelers have to take off their shoes for scanning before being allowed to board.

Since 1968 - 1,516, 863 people die from guns on American soil. Since then, the problem apparently can't be solved except with thoughts and prayers.

But no, please do continue with your whataboutery

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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FAIL

He used rm -rf which then traversed the link

rm doesn't follow symlinks. The only time it does anything that could be thought of as following a symlink is:

ln -s foo /data/foo && rm -rf foo/

This also is not "following the symlink", the user is explicitly referencing the directory pointed to by the symlink foo by including the trailing slash, so rm is being passed the physical directory it points to, not the symlink.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

For the benefit of the men and women on the Clapham Omnibus..

WTF is SJW?

It's a way of categorising the paranoia level of a post. You simply count the number of times "SJW", "TPTB", "MSM", "RINO" or "cuck" appears in a post to give yourself a comparative score.

(Social Justice Warrior, The Powers That Be, Mainstream Media. Republican In Name Only, Cuckold)

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Re: "Well, people are also still using Outlook, I know, crazy!"

could never deliver anything better than Outlook

Because Outlook is not something to be admired, it's a mahoosive vendor lock in masquerading as a feature full email client. FOSS follows KISS, Outlook does not.

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Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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Re: Sweat-proof?

My Sony walkman from 3-4 years ago was fully waterproof earbuds - fully sealed units that charge via induction.

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Most of the time when you see a story about the battery in something exploding/catching on fire, it because it was a cheap knock-off. Basically you get what you pay for.

Most of the time it's someone carrying a loose battery in their pockets, it shorts on their keys or coins etc and they lose a bunch of skin.

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Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

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Re: Ya your site breaks Canada laws also

You're not registering in Canada, you're registering in the UK, so that's alright then.

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Re: DNS is insecure

Given how bad us wizards are with PKI, what makes you think a muggle can manage their own keys?

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Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone

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WTF?

England ⊂ Britain

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Amiga

Look, software that would now be described as open source pre-existed the creation of the term "open source", which is what TFA is about...

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: Speeding cars don't cause accidents

Speed limits being set too low and speed limits being enforced are different issues but equally wrong.

It's not valid to break a law just because you feel that it shouldn't apply to you, just as it is not valid to pass laws that your citizens will not obey.

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Q

It does make the FBI and DOJ look either incompetent or operating with an ulterior motive.

It really doesn't. It makes a bunch of snide insinuations and uses innuendo to suggest that, but it is done crudely, and baldly ignoring any facts that would question that narrative, like that the Steele dossier was only mentioned at Page's FISA renewal hearing as additional uncorroborated evidence that should be investigated.

There was other evidence, but Nunes doesn't include that in the memo because it doesn't fit his narrative.

Quite possibly Trump has not illegally obstructed the Mueller inquiry, but he is running around saying "Will no-one rid me of this meddlesome priest?"

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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Is it like reading tea leaves?

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

Its not over, his (imminent) extradition order is quashed because he has been allowed to appeal it on those grounds. No guarantee that the appeal will succeed.

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Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Robert Zimmerman

Nothing was delivered, and I tell this truth to you - not out of spite or anger, but simply because it's true. Now, I hope you won't object to this, giving back all of what you owe. The fewer words you have to waste on this, the sooner you can go.

Nothing was delivered, but I can't say I sympathize with what your fate is going to be, yes, for telling all those lies. Now you must provide some answers for what you sold that's not been received and the sooner you come up with them the sooner you can leave.

Now you know nothing was delivered and it's up to you to say just what you had in mind, when you made everybody pay. No, nothing was delivered and someone must explain that - as long as it takes to do this, then that's how long that you'll remain.

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Too much Daily Mail for my liking

Why do you Grauniad readers feel the need to change words in pathetic ways

My irony meter just exploded

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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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Another great-great-grandson is Ed Bazalgetta, who played guitar in The Vapors ("Turning Japanese")

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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

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Re: Adapt or die

There are other options, depending upon your leverage - for instance, we still have tube train drivers on various London Underground lines that were designed to be run with no drivers, because the union shut down London if it is ever considered to go automated.

I expect we will have them forever.

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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The bitrate is the same. Just the degree of compression of the content which differs.

lolwut? The degree of compression changes but the bitrate is the same?

The bitrates correspond to a level of quality that is considered broadcast. HEVC requires lower bitrates to achieve the equivalent quality.

We used to use MPEG-2 for HD, do you think the bitrates for that are the same as the H264 streams?

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Those would be H264 bitrates and not HEVC?

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Re: I told you years ago ...

TCP/IP is not designed for broadcast TV, compared to normal broadcasting methods.

a) I said IP, not TCP/IP. The bloke lower down said UDP, also runs over IP. It seems to work just fine for most things we put over it so far without being designed for it.

b) I very much doubt there will be much broadcast going on. Quite a lot of streaming, no broadcast.

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Re: I told you years ago ...

allow broadcasters to avoid their expensive broadcast transmission costs, making the punters pay for it by moving the infrastructure cost of transmission from the push service of the broadcaster to a 'pull service' by the punter hidden under the carpet that is the cost of 'high speed broadband'.

Hate to break it to you, but punters pay for everything all the time anyway. Do you not think it makes sense to deliver everything over IP, or should we continue maintaining multiple distribution systems?

Could we better spend the (presumably) tens of millions currently being spent sending men up ladders to fix dishes to walls?

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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And making it publicly available when not intended. Has that offset the productivity gains?

Only very specific people with very specific permissions can make a private repository in to a public one. I would have thought that DJI made every developer have that very specific permission (normally just one user in the entire company has that permission)

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Re: "github provides many workflow features"

Nothing you can't setup on your own with free tools, if you don't want to pay, and get better ones with far more control.

You don't actually understand how commercial IT works I'm guessing. There is no option if I "don't want to pay". I either pay someone else to set it up for me and maintain and host it, or I pay in my time and resources to configure it, maintain and host it myself. The first option just takes a small amount of money, but the second one costs immediate development time (whilst we're setting it up) and reduces velocity (any time we need to maintain it) and introduces risks (disaster recovery).

As to "better ones with far more control", this is hardly accurate. As an example, we use the Sentry.io error reporting tool on some of our projects. This is an open source project, you can install it in house and host it yourself, which we did for about a year before switching to have them host. Guess what? Their hosted version has more features than they put in the open source public one.

The costs of hosting (2 application servers, two database, one redis) and the support costs (1 developer for 3 weeks initially, 1 more week doing upgrades) dwarfed what it would have cost us to have sentry host it. We get an additional developer-month of progress on our own tasks.

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git is not the same as github. github provides many workflow features that are unavailable in git, and combine together to increase productivity, eg issue tracking, pull requests, 3rd party tool integration to do CI, deployments, packaging... github is more than hosted git and a web viewer.

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President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

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Re: Maybe I don't understand how this works

It's because its a false narrative. China don't subsidise PV manufacture, they subsidise PV installations connected to their grid via a Feed In Tariff, just like the rest of the world. This has stimulated their PV panel construction industry to invest in more efficient production.

Here is an excellent article on the subject; basically US was the world leader in PV panel production, China invested huge amounts to satisfy their own demand (>50% of chinese made panels are not exported) and the US did not.

Their solution is tariffs, so that everything is more expensive for the consumer, and the inevitable total collapse of US PV exports as the rest of the world ignores them

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Re: A stopped clock is correct twice daily

I'm not sure why the goal has to be to prop up coal.

No-one else is either, if the US could get back to us and explain that one it would be super.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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So why isn't your administration prosecuting her, if her guilt is so widespread and apparent?

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Re: The Russians Did It, The Russians Did It

Downvoters: so maybe you WOULD like it?

Whataboutery is not an argument.

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There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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Re: Have a care!

Do you think that if you wander in to Mexico City and ask a local "son americanos?" he will say "si" or "non, mexicanos"?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Boiled Sprouts

Fry garlic and onions in butter until soft, add some bacon, add sprouts and cook until brown edges. Add chicken stock and black pepper, braise over a high heat until the stock has evaporated and the butter is sizzling again.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

Is it just a coincidence that the flattest country in world has one of the highest cycling rates?

Next: Levelling the land

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

If people had wanted to come in to work wearing lycra, cold and wet and needing a shower and change of clothes, they probably already would.

Guess what? Most people like washing and getting dressed at home, and they don't like getting up earlier for the glorious benefits of cycling. Many cyclists only prefer to do it in their commute for part of the year, but we all need to go to work all year round.

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

Bikes are not a solution because it is cold or rainy enough of the time. We don't all live in fucking LA.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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I'm not that attractive

and so I've never had a delivery driver hitting on me. What I have had, is a restaurant I've ordered from via JustEat taking the phone number of everyone who has ordered from them and adding them all into a whatsapp group, making them all visible to everyone else, and then asking us all to vote for them in some take away awards.

The award was not for data protection.

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Re: PowerShell?

Just because you don't understand the advantages doesn't make it meaningless. You can run Powershell directly against remote machines without having to pipe connections via SSH, etc.

Yes, really, I get it! I just think it is an awful idea. The two things are not related.

So say SSH has no place connecting to a Shell?

No, of course it does not. "The shell" and "how you get remote access to a shell" are orthogonal concepts, implemented in separate programs. The shell doesn't care how it is connected to its user, and the transport doesn't care what it is transporting.

Like I said, whether you agree with this or not will depend on whether your viewpoint is "small programs that do one thing that you can combine with many other programs that also do one thing" is good, or whether you think "one program that can do everything we need in all possible scenarios" is a good thing.

Not to cast too many aspersions, but the best designed, most complex and maintainable a system is, the more likely it is composed of many small programs that do one thing.

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Re: PowerShell?

It's just like accessing say Bash via SSH, but far more practical, flexible and firewall friendly with far more security options.

This is where the Powershell advocates aren't understanding the UNIX advocates. UNIX has a philosophy:

Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface

and we try to stick to it. This is why Powershell has a long "feature list" that bash does not have. UNIX developers would not put remote access features in to a shell, because remote access features are not part of a shell.

Microsoft has a different approach, they tend to put every feature that they can think would be useful in to a product. To someone who embraces the UNIX philosophy, that is abhorrent, so depending upon your philosophy, you can consider bash superior to Powershell, or vice versa.

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Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

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Box user RS Zaharna...

Why is he tweeting @DropboxSupport about Box issues? Aren't they completely different entities?

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Re: One of the more interesting questions

what happens if someone operates one and it gets to court?

You spend 7 years on bail - just ask Daniel Mahony

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Amsterdam

there is no suggestion nor likelihood that you'll need a work permit, or even a visa, any more than you do today if you travel to non-EU countries like the US, Canada, Middle East, etc.

You know you do need a visa to do real actual work in the US. Currently we are told to lie to Immigration* and say that we are travelling for "meetings and training". Definitely not any actual programming officer, I just bring my das keyboard everywhere I go.

* To be honest, if they asked me to go back these days, I'd have to think hard about it.

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Re: Horizon 2020

Budget is 80bn for 6 years for which we receive 1-1.5bn per year

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Well the smoking gang...

"Enclosure" does not imply a roof, it implies an area surrounded by a barrier. The UK law on indoor smoking deems that a space is enclosed and "indoors" if more than 50% of the structure's walls are present. So if you have a square hut with a roof on it, 2 side walls would class it as outdoors, 3 walls would class it as indoors.

An umbrella, having no walls, definitely counts as outdoors.

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Re: And then some people wonder why I insist on quality keyboards

Yes

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Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Parmo

I thought once I moved away from Durham, I'd have to forgo the pleasure of a real parmo, until about a year ago I was in my local rubbishy pizza take away place in East London, and they do proper Middlesboro parmo!

Turned out, the guy grew up in Middlesboro before moving down to London, some local Mackems found out where he was from and insisted he put them on the menu. It's all posh like, he puts them on the menu as "Chicken Parmesan". Hah! Just found this review from a confused Italian on their website:

as italian i was expecting the parmesan chicken to be baked chicken in tomato and oregano sauce with some pasmesan cheese on top.. it was actually deepfried chicken with one kg of oily mozzarella on top. disappointed: the taste wasn't bad and the portion was really big, but way too much fat. the salad with dressing should have a separate dressing, usually oilive oil, vinegar, or lemon.. it was instead covered with burger sauce!

Proper parmo!

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Mine all the data, they said. It will be worth your while, they said

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No mention of Prometheus?

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