* Posts by paulll

119 posts • joined 21 Feb 2010


SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Re: Those two statements don't seem entirely mutually compatible.

No, "I couldn't possibly presume to change what he said 'cos he's way wiser than me," and,"These parts of what he said aren't important," are not compatible.


"But that would put me in the position of editing and redacting Benedict of Nursia, as if I were wiser than he."

" I tried to make clear that the introspective aspects could be safely glossed over."

Those two statements don't seem entirely mutually compatible.

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies


Re: It's not rocket science

AC, judging from your comment I'm guessing you're not too worried about catching the flue.

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully


Re: It's a Wonderful Life

That's still the level of quality expected of and delivered by the American automobile industry ...

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside



"Not FunctioninG," if anybody asks...

FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...


Whether it's >1k or >7k ... it's a *hell* of a coincidence that they were all used by people suspected of violent, emotive, crimes. No white-collar embezzlers, opportunistic insurance fraudsters, harassers, etc

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Yes, that!

I've a Samsung tablet that's perpetually low on storage. I have 800Mb-ish of programs that I've installed on it...and over 900Mb of pre-installed crap that I would like to delete, but can't.

Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash


Normal for a man like that.

Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law


Re: Pass out the torches and pitchforks!

"to get annoyed and all butt-hurt for daring to criticise "one of them" is a right wing tendancy..."

Oooooh...would we say that?


Re: Pass out the torches and pitchforks!

Flicking through this, Obama (or Trump) didn't even occur to me until you brought it up.

People here are angry because of CA's arrogance, and because they understand the insidious nature of what was done, where the majority of the proles do not.

They gave zero shits which tribe was bankrolling them, same as the overwhelming majority of the people here.

Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console


Re: Nostalgia ain't what I thought it would be

Immersion. The baddie that's shooting at me in,"Call of Honour: Operation Rogue Strike Attack 11," or whichever the hell it is that I have been assured that *this* one is different, looks quite real but inspires no emotion whatsoever. Whereas, a couple of distinctly not-real red glowing dots in the trees when I've just made it out of the Nether alive...that gets the juices going.

Also agree with the,"intro sequences," comment; I quite enjoy playing Forza but every time I think of firing it up I remember how long it takes to get to the actual game, and go do something else instead.

Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down


Re: Grew revenue...

Kubuntu on a commodity laptop (Dell(I was young and naive; Good price on a touchscreen wooed me)). 1/3 of the price of the cheapest macbook, been running around 3 years. Time spent,"fucking around to get things to work," ... well. I seem to recall A2DP was a bit of a faff-but I was fairly drunk and it's hardly a productivity issue either way. And even besides that I can't say zero. But very little. (anecdote for anecdote).

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email


Re: What a boob-oo

These guys?


Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


Re: I also considered the lazy / efficient option...

And yet,"bougthen," ishityounot. Grr...

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


Re: Two stories:

50 or 60-odd mA through the ticker will do it. The difference between converting to fibrillation and converting to asystole is more about where in the cardiac cycle the shock happens to fall, and how long it lasts. A shock that has stopped the heart substantially by virtue of its magnitude, has probably done so by causing actual tissue damage, rendering a precordial thump even less likely to work than under other circumstances.

A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple


Re: New file system

I think the trick lies in not re-inventing the wheel. ..

Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report


Re: Big Brother is Watching You

It used to be a thing, back in the days of original-spec gsm phones. Of course the 900mhz-ish carrier's a little bit out of the audible range, but I believe the buzz was a harmonic of a timing signal modulated onto the carrier. Wasn't uncommon for it to interfere with stereos; personally I usually knew when my Philips Diga was about to ring because guitar amps were sensitive to it and I was usually near a guitar amp in them halcyon days .... bz b b bz b b bz b b bz b b bzzzzzzz, phone rings. Of course that was 1998 and I haven't heard a phone do that in close to two decades, very much a thing of the past.

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa


Re: On the topic of ultrasound...

... at the expense of sensitivity. If you set about upping the mass of the diaphragm to the point where high frequencies you don't want are significantly rejected, your signal's going to be mangled.

Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop


Re: @Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese They should be as secure as ...

*you & me

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute


Re: Irony

"As an American I understand irony very well, which is ironic because many Americans do not understand irony,"

Somewhat ironically, that's, "peculiar," not, "ironic."

Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password


Re: Don't Just Blame Users

Which means that either they're ignoring you, or they're writing their passwords down on paper. Excellent.

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'


Re: Balance of probabilities?

Hanlon's Razor...

Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'


Re: M$ Long History

How long have you been using Linux? 'Cos when Windows 95 came out, it was a nightmare to get an entire system working with linux at all, let alone automagically. Soundcard? Bare support. Graphics? Sure, but good luck getting anything more than 640*480*16 out of it. DUN...yup, but you're gonna need to shell out another 100 notes for an external modem-and hope your MoBo's serial port is adequately supported. Not a big MS fan; But yes, what they did with HW support in Win95 *was* impressive.

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues


Re: Here's a story about vaping

"PG has been inhaled for 70+ years in asthma inhalers, so I think a correlation with stomach cancer would have popped up before now." Sola dosis facit venenum...

WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas


Re: Shadows over Camelot?

It's the Cities and Knights expansion (the only way to Catan). Purple conical thingy is the Merchant...

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'


Re: Just curious ... how many commentards here

You're presuming non-maleficence on the part of the PhD-types; No doubt they're good at what they do, but what they're doing is not what they're purporting to be doing.

SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS


Re: Wouldn't it be great....

People called,'Romans,' they go the 'ouse?

The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish


Disabling such a system should be close to trivial, yes ... but I'd bet the majority of motor insurance policies *already* include a clause to the effect of, "Insurer may at its discretion declare this policy void if a peace officer ascertains that sensors, telemetry equipment or any other mechanism that would assist a peace officer investigate an incident involving insured vehicle(s) has been deliberately disabled, removed, or otherwise tampered-with or defeated."

A transparent solution would likely be more involved ...

Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest


Re: In the dark, bare feet

I was going to say that. Been living in Canada for nearly 10 years and I still shudder at the thought of stepping on UK plugs ...

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious


Re: About time

"It's all well and good praising Jobs for the Macintosh."

Not really; The Mac project, fwiw, was started by a chap called Jef Raskin. Jobs hijacked it and set about running it into the ground by interfering specs as if he knew *anything* about it. He narrowly failed to destroy it, and took the credit for its success.

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced


"It's not a PC, this is for real humans, not hack-a-whacks."

Changing a battery is for,"hack-a-whacks?" Wow, I guess some of the things they say about Mac users are true ...

Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers


Re: It's a good start.

" (Nazi Germany, USSR, Communist China) 60-80 million Second world war, 20 million staved to death in the Ukraine alone and 100 million starved to death in China in the 1960's as a result of the "Cultural revolution" "

"Beware! Learn the lessons of the Twentieth Century!!!"

Lessons such as, it's much easier to kill lots of people when you have mass transit, machine guns, chemical weapons, high-order explosives and a greater-than-ever abundance of potential victims?


Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

"--"Atheism is a religion thats core tenet is that "There is no God" this is a belief as it cannot be scientifically proved."--"

B.S. To believe that god does not exist based on the abject lack of evidence for his existence requires no more a leap of faith than to believe that Mongolia exists having never been there.

Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates


LEARN. TO. SPELL. Or pipe down.


"Do you think a pixel precise time based watermark will successfully survive the rip, resize and transcode to be able to successfully determine with reasonable certainty which source the transcode comes from? "

I imagine any working system would be locale- rather than pixel-based. e.g., on alternating keyframes, the 64 macroblocks around offset .75*.70 will have somewhat diverging average U and V values to encode a 1, or not to encode a 0. Compression would smudge out a preset value on an individual pixel but if the value is encoded in the smudge you're golden.

Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy


"I'd like to add that I don't think Steve Jobs was a bad person"

Um. Want to say something about autobahns but I'd invoke Godwin. Bum.

Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters


Re: Android already king of tablet marketshare globally.

The tube test doesn't show how many people use crApple vs. alternatives, it shows crApple owners' propensity to wave their kit around in public.

For instance, watch the queue in Starbucks. Now, damned near every adult (at least of those present in a city that has a Starbucks) carries a cellular telephone of some description. All of the cellular telephones being waved around by people in the queue are iphones. Not everyone in the queue is waving a telephone around. This does not mean that we conclude that 100% of cellular telephones are iphones.

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset


Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

"I guess you have to expect it when so many people update at once."

hehe. Or maybe the dog ate their homework? Their alarm clock didn't go off? Their speedometer mustn't be working (tap tap)?

iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating


Re: so does that mean

"If you're paranoid about security (as many technical people are) and don't want dozens of apps on your phone which have access to all of each other's files and don't want your custom 3rd party keyboard to potentially act as a keylogger for cyber-criminals, then get an iPhone. iPhones are also nice because they get prompt OS updates."


If you're paranoid about security (as many technical people are) and don't want dozens of apps on your phone which have access to all of each other's files and don't want your custom 3rd party keyboard to potentially act as a keylogger for cyber-criminals, then get a Blackberry. Blackberrys are also nice because they get prompt OS updates.

Yeah, yeah, I know nobody cares any more. But if one's use-case is centred around paranoia, it's still the only choice.

I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future


I'm curious ...

Why, "pilot's," "doctor's," and, "machine's," and not, "taxi's," "trucker's," and/or, "driver's" ?

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?


Re: Fury

You use the command line frequently? Well, then. Serious stuff. Good thing you mentioned that or people may have doubted your credentials.

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG


Re: @Ted Treen

""Right libertarians" typically believe in corporatism and viciously defend the "fundamental goodness" of the corporate veil "


"Right libertarians view the UDHR as a restriction of their rights."


" Most "leftist" nations (such as Canada,..."


"right libertarians" believe in the freedom of the individual to oppress, belittle, besmirch, harm, defraud and even murder others."

Seriously ... WTF?

Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends


Re: I have a new study

It's not good enough to prove that it's bad for the smoker though; That's not nearly enough ammo for sanctimonious, smug pricks who like telling people what to do. The objective is to show that it's contagious and harmful to others.

'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'


Re: @ AC 1423h GMT - More lipstick on a pig.

"Abercrombie & Finch wear or the Dolce & Gabanna handbags."

Totally have the theme from,"Only Fools and Horses," playing in my head right now :)


Re: More lipstick on a pig.

I agree about people chiming in just to say,"yawn," or whatever, But, "you're holding it wrong," is still fuckin' gold.

Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR


Did I miss something?

"Charging case for iPhone. How quaint! So retro. You'd have though if your paying for a merc you could afford a decent phone?"

Now, usually I love a good dig at Apple, but as crap as iphones are, they're not cheap. And GM aren't Mercedes-Benz ... so what did I miss?

Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'


""flexibly restructure their human resources"

Let me fix that for you. "Get rid of people who haven't done anything wrong""

What's having done anything wrong got to do with it? Priorities change, jobs come and go. Personally I'd rather be laid-off than kept on when there wasn't work for me any more and know everyone else was subsidising my salary.

New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE


Sapphire? Corundum, shirley?

Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM


Re: Call us back when they order a few million

"People have always come with a range of different finger sizes, your point is?"

My point is that one of design genius Steve Jobs' reasons why 7" tablets would be "DOA" was that individual features would too small for people to tap or pinch, so unless people's fingers have all got smaller over the last few years, the context of his comments hasn't changed.


Re: Call us back when they order a few million

Re: Call us back when they order a few million

"Went into some detail about how the idea of a 7" tablet was fundamentally broken."

... at the time.

Why do people need to always interpret someone's words out of context?

Did people's fingers get smaller in the meantime? Did space-time morph allowing three different form factors somehow to become two?


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