* Posts by Paper

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Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Why?

If you own a Mac, you may as well use MacOS. It's basic Unix, does the same kind of things almost. Yes, yes, it's not free. The kind of development you do on them is for non free stuff like iPhone development etc.

I got my mac and my linuxified PC.

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

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Re: An inspection by the RSPCA might ...

Nowadays you could simply record that and post it on Facebook and YouTube. A mob would soon take care of it for you.

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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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The title to this article should read...

The title should read "A completely click baity article in response to being criticised for making click baity articles!"

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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I understand Linus. I too want to shout at many people every day! I too have done therapy to anethetise my sensitivity to stupidity.

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Europe is overrated

I used to love mainland Europe, as someone from the UK. Then I moved to Canada and travelled around the Americas and Asia.

Now every time I go to Europe I just find myself annoyed. The people are often meh. Except for the Swedish and Portuguese. They're both awesome. Everyone else, somewhat including my fellow Brits, offer very poor service compared to America and East Asia, and occasionally are extremely unfriendly.

Even in conservative Asia no hotel staff made any comments or looks about the fact that my other half is also another guy. The one time we went to the UK, the hotel receptionist exclaims "The same bed?!". Pretty much had to whisk my Canadian bf away, as he was hangry and began proclaiming the entire UK was a piece of sh!t island over and over. It didn't help that the next day our train to my parent's was 2 hours delayed.

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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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Re: My hovercraft is full of eels

Or Madam William! Don't be so sexist!

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Nonsense!

Erm what?

1. On one hand the article seems to imply that Google Translate should be aware of job fields with respect to gender ratios whilst simultaneously complaining that STEM fields are male by default. What if there are more men in a given field?

2. Surely it would be more sexist to stereotype certain jobs as being male or female?

3. If I gave you a sentance using gender neutral pronouns, would you be able to tell me whether to use he or she? No! How do you expect the computer to be able to?

4. There are fewer female software developers than male developers. By far less than 30%. If Google has 30% female developers, they're doing very well.

5. If Google Translate had showed a bias towards female pronouns, would anyone have accused Google of sexism? Why is it automatically problematic to default to male pronouns but not female pronouns?

6. Relating to (5), why do some activist/far-left types seem to hate men so much? What did my penis ever do to you?

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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For me, burn out is caused bad managers. Examples -

Lack of feedback:

"OK, take another task then"

"Well the problem is when do I say well done to the team?"

Etc

Destructive feedback:

-360 silly review thing-

"Well your colleagues all gave you very good ratings and constructive feedback, however I think you have a very bad ethic, don't care about your work and seem to lack motivation"

Contradictory feedback:

"I need you to be able to do tasks without me having to check to make sure you're doing this right... -completes task-... "We can't use this, too complex, you should have checked with me!"

I've worked with very difficult CEO's but managed it due to having a very good working relationship with them and feeling their feedback was honest and impersonal.

I've struggled with managers who basically have a superiority complex and look down rather than viewing themselves as someone actually "managing" a team towards the goal of building a product.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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I think the fact that you can take bolt cutters to it renders it pretty useless from the outset.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Re: Good riddance!

Touché!

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Good riddance!

Unity was an abomination. They didn't want you to be able to rearrange anything, insisted that the logo be mandatory, etc. I was simply enraged by a Linux distribution telling me how to use it.

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Re: I'm having trouble deleting my FB account!@

"Oh, wait, I never created one."

Hope you didn't give your phone number and name to anyone who might be using the FB app and decided to sync their contacts...

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Unhappy

Deactivated mine, I could not bring myself to delete it yet as I worry about losing access to people I may need to contact again. Luckily I never did submit my number or sync my contacts.

I created a new FB account mainly for keeping in touch with close friends and family, but ensured that it contained no real data of mine, no public anything, etc. I wish I could dump the FB platform altogether but it's insidious in this modern world.

I don't really trust Google's social platform any more than FB.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Re: "odd how you didn't mention female wearing headscarf"

Wait, animal rights activists... killing people?! Slightly ironic, no?

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"odd how you didn't mention female wearing headscarf"

It's the 21st century, we should be, err, humbled to see that we have achieved equal-opportunity gun-mass-shooting perpetrators. We men were starting to look like the bad ones, so it's, err, terrifyingly relieving to have a woman join the league of crazy-people-who-should-not-have-been-allowed-to-buy-guns!

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Re: Of all places

Here in Canada you cannot just walk in and buy an assault gun over the counter at your local Walmart store. That seems to solve a lot of problems.

In fact, the Canadian government is currently tightening laws (or may have happened already) to reintroduce licencing registration after the supreme court, for some bizarre reason, shot it down in 2012 (pun intended). Guns seem fun, I would be up for trying them at a shooting range, but as far as I'm concerned they should be something drug gangs (to be used only against other gangs, please), farmers and hunters buy solely.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: well

Fortunately I was late to the party with installing it, and it had already transitioned to the individual permission Android model, so I clicked Deny to allowing it to have access to my contacts. Similarly I deleted my number from Facebook (I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to be so silly).

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Dinner

And now WE mammals eat the modern dinosaurs (i.e. birds) for dinner. Oh how the tables have turned, dinosaurs, how they have turned ;)

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Never edit the fstab table on a production system...

Anyone going to ./share what happened?

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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J'ai visité Lyon il y a quelques années, aussi Paris et Nice avant ceux. Je dois dire que, bien que Lyon était agréable, encore j'ai préféré Paris (cependant peut-être je pense que les parisiens adore-déteste toutes personnes qui sont anglophone ;) ). Les gens de Nice étaient "nice" aussi.

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Political correctness BS

Another alternative is to work out what proportion of minority candidates come to your interviews and attempt only to mimic those rates in positive discrimination, not to try mimic the rates in the general population. Otherwise basically every company is vying for a tiny population.

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Re: Pity party

Well take for example that gay men seem to gravitate towards subjects like the arts, humanities, nursing, architecture, service industries, clothing, etc. Not so much tech.

Whether that's because of a subtle sub-culture, or some biological basis, or because the sciences literally just require more a lot of focus from an early age...

The reason gay men are probably over represented in PhD's is because we have the time and capital to spare. No kids, takes longer to find ourselves a husband (well there are fewer of us, it is a little bit true about gay men being somewhat slutty), and families often give up putting pressure on us (for better or worse), etc.

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Pity party

Well as a gay man I would feel it's just a bit degrading if the ONLY reason I was selected was because of being a minority.

A lot of the time, for whatever reasons, the flow of minorities (including LGBTQ+) into tech is just disproportionately less than "white cishet male". That's hardly white straight men's fault! How can it be, we are the ones not opting to go into the tech field...

Perhaps that's due to peer pressures within our sub communities to opt for certain careers, or not achieving the required academic levels due to have screwed up upbringings due to hardships caused by various factors out of our control, etc.

I just want to be treated fairly during an interview, not to be preferenced so I can make some company HR stats look good. There are simple ways to do this without forcing the issue.

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Re: Political correctness BS

Why not just have a panel of hiring judges from different backgrounds who vote? Then if would be harder to be accidently racist based during the interview.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment

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Re: Don't Play Well With Others

Why do so few people not just take it up with the person in question before going higher up? I appreciate it is shocking when someone transgresses normal social boundaries, but for pete's sake, speak up and make sure the other person knows you are unhappy.

Let's say someone touches you without invitation or you see them making someone else uncomfortable. If it were me, I'd immediately lightly slap their hand and say sternly: "No touching, thank you very much :| ".

Of course it sounds like management in her case didn't do what they were meant to do.

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Re: Not just listening...

Ah thank you for the tip. I didn't realise it could be swapped out.

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Not just listening...

As an aside, Google (and I assume Apple) keeps anything we ever said to them, tracks where we go, what we search, who we call, what our interests are, when we use our devices, which apps we use, etc, etc.

Five years ago, had either company just introduced all these privacy invasions in one go, would any of us been happy to say yes? Or would we have freaked out an said it would be too much?

I just went through my Google account removing personal info, a shocking amount. It's impossible to disable the Google Assistant on my Nexus 6P - it's always listening when I'm on the home screen. So I denied the Google app permission to use the microphone!

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Flame

Useless gift

I got the Windows RT tablet as a gift one Xmas. At first I thought, how cool. Then when I realised how limited it was, it was basically useless. It's sitting in my cupboard collecting dust.

Microsoft quickly discontinued the product and pretty much abandoned its users. After that it pretty much put me off of buying anything Microsoft ever. Never was a customer, never will be. Congrats Microsoft.

Microsoft refuses to open it up to allow people to develop apps openly for it, or to add Linux or Android onto it. When they find a potential whole in the RT OS that could allow people to Jailbreak, they release updates to patch it away. I hate them.

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Re: I live in Canada

Haha!

Canadian: What aboot giving us the same services?

American: "abooot!"

Canadian: What are you talking aboot, eh?

American: ABOOOT?!?! EH?!?! *pew pew pew*

Canadian: *This is why Canada can't have nice things*

:p

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Meh

I live in Canada

It depresses me how Canada is always an after thought. Canada is *literally* attached to the USA, with 90% of the population living within 100 miles of the borders, speaking the exact same language in an almost identical accent (and some frenchies, but we won't talk about those sexy folks). Would it honestly be that hard to role out the same services at the same time? Sorry.

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Causes of software development woes

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The developer has a role to play too...

One way to mitigate requirement drift is to firstly assess what they are least sure about and begin development on that, then show them midway through what it would look like. They will give you feedback and you can adjust based on that.

Another way is to develop generically as possible so as to leave your options open. This will increase the development time a little, but the customer doesn't need to know that, and generally programming managers will appreciate that if they are tech savvy.

Etc etc. None of this is new stuff. However I often see developers throw these out of the window trying to aim for speed and completion. Initially it looks good, but it produces poor results though.

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Re: And that's why...

Agree with wolfetone. Sometimes it's more than about money.

I enjoy completing a project, and I want to make sure that the results please the customer, and their customers. So if they want a minor change before release that will take me a couple of hours or less, why not? It feels good to produce quality (and it gets you noticed too).

If it's going to take longer, I would inform them of that but then suggest alternative shortcuts around that so that they can get their product out of the door.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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I prefer to interpret Java coffee whilst browsing in a sandbox.

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Ow guys, why are you throwing stones at me.

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Microsoft wants to patent mind control

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Re: Isn't any control interface ultimately a brain control interface?

Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague:

Me: Wouldn't it be cool if we could invent artificial telepathy by, like, encoding our thoughts, sending them to each other somehow and then decoding them?

Him: So you mean speech?

Me: ...err!

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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Re: Forget about Ubuntu, use another distro if you're into Linux

I did consider it, however Ubuntu, along with its bastard child Mint, is one of the dominant distros, so most instructions and packages on the interwebs for Linux software are written for Ubuntu (and quite often Fedora). Ubuntu also holds your hand a lot. Need samba file sharing? Easy. I have not had such an experience with other distros such as Fedora.

Mint is a good alternative if you like more Windows like desktop environments and safer, but less cutting edge, update cycles.

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Gotta say, this is a pretty depressing situation: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1734147/+index?comments=all

Good thing I never rush to update on anything.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

It's not so far fetched if you think about how many people, probably including readers on this very site, who believe in god because of so many circumstantial, hear-say and personal revelations. Yet not one solid scrap of evidence to show that a god exists.

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Re: Credulous or corrupt?

Even if I literally saw aliens waving from a flying saucer, there's no way I think that it warrants spending $4.4 million a year. It's lunacy! If aliens managed to get all the way across the universe to our solar system, they'll likely say hello, Or integrate us into the borg collective.

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Re: Was tempted to switch away from Android, however...

Perhaps that's why Android never gets slow. No updates, no problems ;p

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WTF?

Was tempted to switch away from Android, however...

Why would I now buy one knowing that in a couple of years time an update from Apple will quietly retard the phone?

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Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

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Re: Good!

"Personal goodliness is not correlative with software development ability. Jus' sayin'."

I don't recall saying it was ;)

Dunno why so many peops are opposed to my comment. There's a difference between, "Do not even f!cking dare to commit such untested code again, I know you can do better than this!" and "You're a f!cking moron, you're work is a pile of etc".

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Good!

In the related theregister.co.uk article I commented that this kinda of bullying behaviour belonged in the previous century. Pleased to see this apology, makes me think Linus is a good person at heart :)

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Design

By all means, get on a plane that doesn't have systems in place to cope with design defects...

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Bad behaviour

Hmm, doesn't bullying people kinda belong to the past century? If it were anyone but Linus, we wouldn't be excusing it.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Not opt-in

To clarify, it's not opt-in: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/74n0b2/mozilla_ships_cliqz_experiment_in_germany_for_1/?st=j8vr4eok&sh=c2249c3e

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As long as there's an off switch...

I don't mind, as long as I can opt out. If Firefox want to be transparent they should ask if you want to opt in.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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But making false claims isn't illegal unless it harms someone or people. Or it shouldn't be if it is! We may as well ask the government what is true and false so we can avoid going to jail...

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Eh???

Why does someone's opinions have any baring on coding. Politics and coding should be kept separate. Coding is a science, the solution is either valid or invalid. People in public senior positions within coding projects should keep their political opinions private for the sake of being able to run a project without a bunch of liberal or conservative fairies having a metldown. Liberal and conservative fairies should not demand politics within coding either.

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