* Posts by desht

46 posts • joined 3 Nov 2009

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin


Re: Now you shall be cursed in the ancient way

An bfhuil cead agam DUL go dtí an leathras!

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Re: Yah, Yah, Yah.

" if Apple hadn't invented the smartphone"

Speaking as a P800/P900 user back in the day (5 years before the iPhone 1), I'm just going to say you're full of shit, fanboi.

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)


Re: No software can be trusted

"Forgot one, commercial software has little financial incentive to include malicious intent."

Shame Sony BMG didn't get that memo. Or Lenovo, for that matter.

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


"Sorry, they are living in the real world. It's here and growing. You are the one left behind"

- said the turkey as he cheerfully marked an X beside the box marked "Christmas".

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Hey Sandy, here's one for you: how many Brexiters does it take to change a lot bulb?

17,410,742. One to promise a brighter future, one to fuck it up, and 17,410,740 to sit around on forums all day pissing and moaning about "bile and fear".

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs


Re: Shock

You Brexit, you bought it.

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal


Re: Cant see the problem

"prove it or be nicked"

... and hope the government hasn't shredded your paperwork.


Re: "Assuming May lasts that long and we don't have another General Election first."

Don't worry, we'll have some truly epic jams around Dover soon enough.

The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club


You're making this a bit complex now.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: OK, that's it!

Got some evidence of malfeasance by the "trustworthy Establishment"? Or evidence that Soros meddled in anything before the referendum? I mean, I'm no fan of Cameron or Osborne, but what did they, or anyone else, do that wasn't above board in terms Remain campaigning?

By the way, I didn't use the word "racist", but you did. Nor did I say you had a FB profile, so I'm not sure what "facts" you think you're referring to.


Re: OK, that's it!

Well, we could start with Farage's good friend Robert Mercer, I suppose. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/us-billionaire-mercer-helped-back-brexit

And we know that CA did some work with Leave.EU, so there's Arron Banks potentially implicated too.

It's hilarious when Brexiteers bleat about "democracy" when it's becoming clearer by the way what a nasty perversion of the democratic process that the referendum was.

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron


Re: Pedant alert (but this time it matters)!

Ah, you've been watching Friends re-runs too?

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?


Re: No platform

Not just accept it but gladly pay for it too. It'll go down as the greatest scam in history.

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


Re: No doubt

"Muppets" is awfully polite of you. The word I was thinking of also has 'u', 't' & 's' in it (in that order), mind.

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers


Re: Default != popular

Of course GIMP isn't Paint. Who told you that? GIMP is a Photoshop work-a-like.

You're looking for something like Pinta: https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/ - installed by default on most Linux distros. Of course, googling "linux paint apps" would have told you that as the top search result.

President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers


Re: About time

You seem to be confusing "conservatives" with "alt-right nutjobs". The former, who I usually don't agree with, at least have some sense of decency. You're one of the latter, though: a tagnut on the arsehole of humanity.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

"Or, you know, you could run "ipconfig /release" and "ipconfig /renew" to get back online and then download the update."

But that would require the command-line, which as everyone knows, is reserved for those weird Linux neckbeard types. Windows is far too modern to need any of that nonsense, we're told. Can't we just ask Cortana to fix it for us?

Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners


Re: Not really much of a market

"You wouldn't refuse to go into a supermarket and buy food there simply because they also have other things on display you don't want to see on the way in and demand they only display the things you want."

Sure, but I also wouldn't shop at a supermarket whose staff stopped and lectured me for not looking at the adverts for things I don't actually want to buy.

Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

"I doubt MS care too much about ~ 1% of PCs."

Perhaps, but you're conveniently ignoring server numbers where Windows is in the small minority: http://mcstats.org/global/#Operating+System

And as you also continue to conveniently ignore, Win10/MCPE version is an irrelevance to the modding community, so even if MS/Mojang cease Java development, it won't die anytime soon. Mods add more to the game every day than the official game gets in a year and the current 1.8 platform has the potential to go for many years.

So, once again: the Java Minecraft version isn't going away anytime soon. Your precious MCPE game is fun for young kids and MS research projects (Hololens integration admittedly has a cool factor), but that's about it. Doesn't matter how well it performs or how modern its architecture is; if the game is limited to Minecraft vanilla or ends up with a crappy locked-down modding API, it has nothing on a fully moddable Java platform.


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Fine, it's not the same code line for line, but the gameplay is identical to MCPE, and it's multiplayer compatible with MCPE, and not the Java version. It's MCPE on a (Windows-only) PC for all intents and purposes.

My point, though, was in reply to your original statement of "no need for Java anymore". That simply isn't true for anyone in the very sizeable modding community that exists today, regardless of whether MS discontinue it or not. Minecraft Win10/MCPE has no modding support at all, and if it ever does get modding support, you can bet that it will be 1) a locked-down and limited API, completely incompatible with Forge, Bukkit, Sponge or any existing API, and 2) probably encourage paid-for mods via an app-store arrangement. In other words, crap. Oh yeah, and no Linux support, because, you know, this is MS we're talking about.

So yeah, there's still very much a need for Java, thanks.


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Yes, it *is* the same as MCPE. That "minecraft.net" beta you linked to is the beta of the http://minecraft.net/ website. You're confusing domain names and software platforms.

There's the Java version of Minecraft which runs on Windows/Mac/Linux, and there's C++ Windows 10 edition which runs on Windows and (I think) Mac, and is an adaptation of MCPE: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Windows_10_Edition. And that is all.


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

In case you're wondering where all the downvotes came from: the MS port is of the pocket edition, *not* the PC/Java game, and it's neither compatible with nor a replacement for the Java version.

So yes, the Minecraft that everyone runs on their PC today still very much demands Java, and so will the upcoming 1.9 release.


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

That would be the Minecraft Windows 10 edition, which is basically the same codebase as MCPE, the pocket edition. It does not have the same functionality as the PC version, and any kind of modding is a non-starter. It's really only of interest to kids who are happy with purely vanilla functionality, and a feature set that lags behind the current 1.8 Java version (and way behind the upcoming 1.9 version). If you have any interest in modding, forget it.


Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!


Re: No mention of Prolog?

How many Prolog programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?



Perl 5 has FP "things": http://hop.perl.plover.com/

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward


Re: My (grumpy) prediction for 2016

Yeah, but at least Linux doesn't have that stupid 8.3 filename limit... oh wait, we're in 2015, not 1995.

If you actually believe you need a CS PhD to install something like GIMP on any modern Linux distro, the problem is with you, not the OS or the app.

Chat messages in Skype for Windows are bang out of order – so here's how to 'fix' it for now


Re: How?

My theory is that they let someone loose on the code who discovered multi threading yesterday and thinks it's the coolest thing ever (and that synchronisation is something that other people need to deal with).

Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule


Which law(s) are they currently not obeying? Genuine question, so I'd appreciate a genuine answer.

Today's exoplanet weather: 1,000°C, glass rain, 8,700 km/h winds


Re: Skeggy

That's rather unfair. We don't know for certain that HD 189733b doesn't have intelligent life.

Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant


Re: There is code smell in here

He might be anonymous, but he's right. If you don't know that sizeof is a compile-time calculation, you have no business commenting on the quality of C code.

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

Paris Hilton

And there's a coastal village called Muff in Co. Donegal, Ireland. With a diving club.

Paris, because she enjoys diving. Apparently.

Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off


Re: the dominoes effect

I think they also need to register dominos.shitty.sms.spammers while they're at it.

The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet


Re: I doubt he'll science the shit out of anything

Hopefully Scott's aware that lots of people who have read the book will be watching really carefully to ensure he doesn't HollywoodScience (tm) the shit out of the movie...

Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment


You call it a problem, but USR was a function for a reason; it returned the value of the BC register pair.

+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good


Re: "kernel driver providing a rootkit-like functionality to hide activity"

"Who in their right mind will take a concept like 'push/pop', which have traditionally been used to work on a stack or a fifo or other buffer-like construct (maybe), and then applies it to an array?"

That's just how Perl arrays work. They can also be stacks or queues, and efficiently, too: pop/push/shift/unshift generally work in O(1) time (other than potential reallocation for expanding data structures): http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=17890

The way Perl does stuff might offend some purists, but it works, and it's convenient. *shrug*

(And they are one-dimensional arrays, but each element can hold anything, including references to other arrays or hashes).

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS


Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

I think you might enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85p7JZXNy8 if you haven't seen it already. 13 years old but barely dated. The song itself starts at 1:25.

Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix


So instead of my current Netflix service with no ads which works nicely with my Chromecast, I'd instead be paying for an Amazon service with unskippable ads, no Chromecast support, and which appears to be an extra over and above the current Prime video offering (which I dropped due to lack of Chromecast support, or indeed any Android support apart from Amazon's own devices). Wow, how could I refuse?

Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?


Re: Mono smono bono


Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble


No, because the balloons are planned to drift at an altitude of >18km, way above the maximum altitude for commercial airliners (~12 km).

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0


Re: Do we need

A Goatse QR ought to be sufficient, I would have thought.

XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies


"Rubbish - you can select between TV and Xbox - or snap it to one side with voice control - and it can power on / off your TV and receiver too...and you are ready for the full channel guide in early 2014..."

Let's see - switch between inputs with a button on my remote, or via an unreliable voice command, which even it works, means anyone in the room can switch inputs and power things on and off (yeah, the kids will find that *hilarious*). I'll keep the remote, thanks.

And why the hell would I want to watch TV at the same time, and on the same screen, as playing a game? That's just fucking stupid.

Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring


Already done!


Not a Myst remake as such, but a Myst-inspired mechanism for creating alternate worlds.

Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow


Err, it's very obvious that the images across the top of the Mate site are cropped sections. Just look at the images for more than half a second.

Ubuntu 'Maverick Meerkat' erects own App Store



"You know the one in windows thats right click on desktop and select properties.. In Linux it's hidden or maybe it's stuck at 1024x768"

Does System->Preferences->Display count as hidden then, or are you just trolling?

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

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Fine here

Installed 9.10 on four very different machines (AMD/Nivida gaming rig, Atom-powered netbook, Atom-powered media PC, Intel-powered corporate PC). Problems encountered: zero.

(OK, one problem: on the netbook, Xorg got the physical screen size wrong, but that was the case in 9.04 too. Fixed by adding an xrandr command in the startup)

Also booted the live CD on a Lenovo laptop and it works fine (even running dual screen), but I haven't installed it on that yet.

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