* Posts by Philip Stott

38 posts • joined 12 May 2007

Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

Philip Stott

Are numbers a consideration?

Ok, fair enough, let's not discriminate on age, sex, ethnicity, etc, but given an accident with unavoidable human injuries shouldn't the number of humans injured in each possible scenario be considered?

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

Philip Stott

I really wish Kieren would come on down from off his high horse, stop writing click-bait articles and start writing copy I'm interested in reading.

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

Philip Stott

Is it ok to buzz US military bases in months other than April?

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

Philip Stott

Re: Why go Anonymous you coward!

For the best part of my 25+ year software development career I have worked for investment banks and commodity trading firms, and by and large, they're OK at getting a decent systems delivery/write-off ratio (although the write-off level is directly correlated to the size of the organisation).

Once, however, I had a year from hell subcontracting through Schlumberger Sema for defra.

Not only did I have to learn how to stretch a day's effort into a week's worth, but also had to live the daily nightmare that is working on a project you know will never fly.

It was just after the Foot and Mouth disease problem circa 2003-ish. The system was to be a cloven-hoofed livestock tracking website. In this instance the problem was caused by a massive up front waterfall style analysis by SS's top £2K p.d. consultants producing a spec that didn't match the requirements (and was seemingly priced per KG of paper too).

Given my experience there I have no reason to believe that any other ministry's development are run better.

The astonishing thing is that I was paid similarly to the cutthroat world of capital markets where reward is meant to correlated to merit.

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

Philip Stott

The Weibel instability ... is that where they wobble but never fall down?

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Philip Stott

Did you think for even a second before submitting that incredibly ill informed screen barf?!?!

For your sake, I sincerely hope not.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

Philip Stott

Obviously no professional programmers in blighty were included in the survey - who'd get out of bed for $60K FFS :-P

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Google's news algorithm serves up penis pills

Philip Stott

Help, I think may need to start signing The Register (no, that other register)

I read this article, when the dogman part of my brain (convinced it had read "we watched open mouthed as the news kept coming in ... ") thought it could do better than that, with a comment along the lines of "you guys are bad, but I reckon your innuendo department has a gaping hole that needs stuffing with my cheesy prose". Please tell me that the article was once a filthy, innuendo ridden smut fest and that I don't need to start reading non-register related trade news.

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Gay Dutch vultures become dads

Philip Stott

Re: Great story

I usually reply that incest and gang rape are common in some species - just because something is natural doesn't make it desirable.

I have no problem with gay people BTW - just people using crap arguments.

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

Philip Stott

Re: Unmasking

That was my first thought, too.

Surprised by the number of users suggesting this sick f***** deserves protection? Where's Judge Dredd when you need him.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Philip Stott
Happy

Re: Luckily ...

Thank you, brilliant comment. I'm shirking from home and nearly had to change my pants!

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Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

Philip Stott

Re: "exploiting cloud services as much as possible"

It doesn't have to be one or the other i.e. all local or all cloud processing, so you're both right.

The car obviously needs to be able to perform all navigation, collision avoidance, etc. autonomously, but when available it makes sense to share it's information with the cloud, so for e.g. it could receive information about conditions such as congestion on it's intended route, and perhaps send local driving conditions in return.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Philip Stott

Re: So? - Addendum

Hmm, OK, so it's been six months since I last kicked Linux's (Ubuntu) tyres, and yes it's now a perfectly capable, attractive, and easy to use OS ... but I'm a software developer/former Netware & BSD network admin with 25 years of experience. You will only have a quiet life installing Linux for your friends and family if all they want to do is surf the web, listen to music, watch YouTube and create the odd Libre Office document. They will be ringing your support line the second they try and plug in that dodgy eBay Chinese webcam/shinynewdevice. It is not ready for the mainstream.

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Code-sharing leads to widespread bug sharing that black-hats can track

Philip Stott

Re: Duh!

Yep, have to agree.

Most professionally written tutorials, by Google, Microsoft, Oracle, et all state explicitly that the example is simplified to make the point clearer to read, and that it should not be used in production code.

Devs that aren't able to turn example code into production quality code should probably go back for some more education.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

Philip Stott
FAIL

Talking of typing dumbass things into google ...

Reminds me of a time many years ago when just before leaving work for drinks I realised I didn't know the address of the bar - it was Dirty Dick's (a somewhat famous pub in the City of London). Even after lots of expensive therapy I still can't un-see the results of that search :-(

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

Philip Stott

Re: WhyFi?

Fair enough, I can understand that, but I still don't get the camera bit. A rasher of bacon flopped over the top would probably not look too dissimilar to being buried inside ... er, the up close and personal view.

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Philip Stott

WhyFi?

No, really, FFS why!?!?

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Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

Philip Stott

Re: Would love to donate

You can. Just enter your spam email account, then checkout with PayPal. Worked for me.

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Philip Stott

Re: Just Donated £20

Same here. Dig deep folks - our country's future depends on getting kids hooked on STEM early.

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Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

Philip Stott

Is an undular bore the cloud expert you're at next to at a dinner party?

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

Philip Stott

Re: It's quite a small object

God did it and ran away :-p

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

Philip Stott

Is that the Dyson Ball Cleaner then?

I'll get my coat.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

Philip Stott

The best IDE bar none

Lots of comments on here (including mine) attacking MS for it's language feature support. They are/may be all well and good, but in terms of day to day helpful features that let you get stuff done Visual Studio IDE lords it over the competition (obviously that's after every point release powertools update rips-off the latest goodness from JetBrains).

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Philip Stott

Re: Visual programming fell out of favour

Surely you just did ;-)

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Philip Stott

Re: Getting better all the time

I started similarly to you, except Turbo C instead of Pascal. Then Borland released the execrable Borland C++ builder, which I could find no love for even for want of trying. The sunlit uplands finally came with MS Visual C++ and (I shit you not VB). I could write the performance critical stuff in C++, expose the functionality as a .VBX then knock out a UI in VB - happy days ... But then MS started pooing on its own doorstep: IEV6 & ActiveX controls, abandoning proper documentation for random blogs, competing (incompatible) data access libraries: ado, redo, oledb, odbc, championing then abandoning major frameworks i.e. Silverlight. I do hobby development in the electronic hacker environment: arduino & eMbed, etc and really miss the convenience that Visual Studio brings to coding. Yes, they've had a bad decade, but it looks like Microsoft has finally turned a corner.

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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

Philip Stott

Well, that is an internet of shit device.

Seriously, though, that actually seems useful.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

Philip Stott

Re: @Wolfetone .... Meh!

"All the rest is noise" - what a flippant remark!

I'm sorry, I'm going to come across as a bit of a git here, but it's justified to prove what crock you're spouting.

I've spent the last 20 years developing in C, Visual Basic currently C#/.NET. For the last 15 years my contract income hasn't dipped below £120K.

The best advice I could give any aspiring developer is, yes, pick Java or a n other set of enterprise development tools. Doesn't really matter. What does is picking the type of enterprise you work in, and for the big bucks it has to be investment banks, trading houses, hedge funds, etc.

That's assuming, of course, all you're interested in is income.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

Philip Stott

Re: Longer term

I've got a similar habit/history to you, and completely agree with the desired trajectory i.e. stopping the vaping too.

Re non-smokers taking up vaping, could it be a hipster/fashion thing, where they're just on non-nicotine liquids? Again this is just one bloke's observations, but I see a lot of young guys with beards, top-knots, wearing no socks blowing enough "smoke" to make me wonder whether to call the fire brigade.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

Philip Stott
Childcatcher

Re: Bah!

35 decades in IT

Crikey, who would have guessed Charles Babbage is still alive and reading The Reg :-p

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

Philip Stott

Re: I thought hospitals already had this...

@Clashman - excellent, thought it was just me optimsing morning ablutions ... don't tell me you pre-heat your tea mug on top of the toaster too?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Philip Stott

Death support systems

Windows for warheads anyone?

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Watson? Commercial – not super – computer

Philip Stott

No racism here thank you

Sorry to be pedantic, but computers prefer things to be off or on; colur doesn't come in to it ;-)

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RIM boss: 'Our PlayBook shames the You Know What'

Philip Stott

Burning question left unanswered!

When will Samsung's Bada phones get Bing?

Sorry.

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Time to kill the zombie health records

Philip Stott
Paris Hilton

What am I allergic to? Probably penicillin

Had the same thing after being prescribed Ampicillin.

Apparently it's quite common, the red blotches are a warning though, if it happens again the reaction can be more serious, so it's worth getting an allergy test.

Paris, because she uses a lot of antibiotics.

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Bristol crim caught with mobile up jacksie

Philip Stott

Sorry ...

If it wasn't on vibrate, would it be a ring tone?

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Yoof forum eats schoolkids, spits out ID card robodroids

Philip Stott

Full frontal lobotomy

Coz that's what'll happen!

Just had a look at the site in question, and I don't think the yoof are fooling for it.

Rather it seems like an ad for NO2ID

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Burned by a MacBook

Philip Stott

Wow, I'm glad I missed that train wreck!

2 weeks ago I bought a Sony Vaio SZ5. At the time I was thinking shall I get a Macbook instead, because you get a better spec for the money.

The Sony is light, fast and reliable and it sounds like buying one over a Macbook is good advice for everyone.

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Experts scramble to quash IPv6 flaw

Philip Stott

Of all the small pleasures in life, I like 'nitpicking' best

"Arnaud Ebalard pointed out that RH0 support allows attackers to amplify denial-of-service attacks on IPv6 infrastructure by a factor of at least 80"

"In rough terms, it makes everything we thought was bad, a thousand times worse," Paul Vixie, president of the Internet Systems Consortium, said.

"it can also be used to amplify a denial-of-service attack by a factor of 10"

So which is it 80, 1000 or 10 times as bad as IPv4?

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