* Posts by Dagg

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

Dagg
Coat

Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

You should have gone to the gigs 30 years ago - bloody brilliant back then.

Nah, you was young and did know any better and there was the drugs....

I'll get my coat.

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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Coat

Re: Easy I suppose

Yes, handling the trolley problem is easy

I would just create a wormhole in front with an exit after the problem area. It's the Kobayashi Maru approach.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

Dagg

Re: Here's a thought

Trains don't hit the ground as hard as a plane.

Yep, but they can hit other trains and be hit by other trains a hell of lot harder especially those huge freight trains.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: Oh dear

Keep he phone nestled between your butt cheeks. Problem solved!

Not if the battery does a Samsung! Then you really will have a flaming a*hole

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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

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Boffin

Re: 60 Concurrent Televisions from 100mhz

It is mHz not mhz and mHz is actually a measure of frequency.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

Dagg
Pint

Americanism "Afterburner"

We don't use the Americanism "Afterburner", we use the proper term "Reheat".

Oh yes you do! When I lived in the UK I had quite a few afterburner curries (at least in Leicester) no one ever called them a reheat. That was what you did with the remains in microwave next day.

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Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

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Facepalm

Can't happen, didn't happen

The cloud is mother, the cloud is father.

The cloud is perfect.

Nothing can go wrong with the cloud.

Everything thing should be running in the cloud.

The cloud is the future.

...

...

Yea, right. Where is the sarcasm icon.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Pint

Re: Modernise apps?

Try writing a program with Windows forms and another with XAML, XAML is far more easier to read and is more flexible

Nah, MFC are the only way to go! Total flexibility!

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Mushroom

What is this fall sh*t

Classic septic arrogance. Only US and Canada call it fall (or should that be fall) The rest of the English speaking world call it Autumn.

And if this is an Autumn release then it should have appeared 6 months ago for us here in the Southern Hemisphere. Oh yes, of course your average septic has no idea that the southern hemisphere is 6 months ahead on the seasons. Dumb fu*ks.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull hints at surveillance expansion

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Black Helicopters

Be afraid, very afraid

I was wondering why the government wanted photos of a million or more innocent Australians instead of focusing on those who may be terrorists. Then I remembered the last census where you had to provide your name and address.

Combining the licence photos with the census details will now allow the government to put a face to all Jews, Atheists, Muslims etc.

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

Dagg

Re: RE: career

If I could have chosen my career I would have wanted to work at the bleeding edge of particle physics

Me too, problem I had a prof whose standard phase was "Intuitively obvious" like f*ck it was. I now suspect that he was not that good and "Intuitively obvious" was an excuse for "I have no clue so by asking you will appear to be an idiot, so don't ask"

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

Dagg

Re: I don't use a cell phone to pay so...

>I also don't have a smart phone, so there's that.

I have a smart phone but it spends most of the time set to dumb mode with everything but phone turned off (Well I hope it is) big advantage is 10 days worth of battery life.

Only time the wifi ever gets is turned on is local pub and home

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Dagg

Re: "crash-landings[1] we had when I was a programmer was writing self-modifying code."

From what I remember the original platform that COBOL was developed for had no stack so the perform start through end was implemented by overwriting the end label with a jump instruction to return to just after the original perform.

The other major gotcha as a sort of self modifying code. This was the jump into an overlay when the wrong overlay was loaded.

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Dagg

Re: COBOL FTW

>> " ... x86 Assembler was a nightmare ..."

Even 6502 wasn't that good. I started with PDP PAL-11 then MACRO-11. Now THAT was an assembler. 8 general purpose registers (R6 was also the stack pointer and R7 the program counter) with 8 address modes.

Lovely....

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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Angel

COTS does work

The problem I have found is that every business thinks that its process and procedures are special and the software need to be adjusted to those process and procedures.

But when it comes down to it a bit of process re-engineering and guess what, the business can use the COTS with none or minimal changes.

A retail store is a retail store is a retail store.... Same for a bank, insurance company etc.

Within a business there are standard processes HR, CRM, Supply chain etc that all work the same across different businesses and industries. But some companies must have there own version. From a customer development point of view this is a gold mine.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

Dagg

>> CMP R3,R3

Ahh, the joys of MACRO-11

You could also do

CMP R3,R3

JZ somewhere

or

JNZ

There was also TST R3 which did the same as CMP

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft pushing its magical white space broadband

Dagg

Analog may be gone

But the digital still needs the spectrum space and each digital channel still takes the same space as an analog, they can just fit more channels into it.

There are also a lot of other non TV users of the VHF and UHF spectrum. CB radio, Hams, land mobile even wireless car and garage remotes. It would be funny if MS stuffed them up and no one could open their car or garage door.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Dagg

>> Try a bunch of graphic designers who all insist that they need, nae, deserve calibrated monitors

Worked with one like that loved pastel shades. Totally useless in the real world of 'standard' cheap monitors where 3 shades of light pastel pink all looked the same. And we also had problems with colour blindness.

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Dagg
Big Brother

Re: do not enter the hypen!

>Sometimes, you just can't fix stupid.

Yes you can see if you can get them to become a candidate for a Darwin Award

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Oz government wants its own definition of what 'backdoor' means

Dagg
Mushroom

Can't trust the Government

I grew up during the days of the Vietnam war, there is NO WAY I can ever trust any government. And that goes double for the idiots in power in Australia at the moment.

The state governments are even worst, and just think back to the Joh's Queenland....

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

Dagg
Pint

Re: Must be a Millennial

Yep, I've seen them tap and go for everything including a half in the local pub. When I'm drinking give me money, once I run out I know I've had enough and go home.

I would hate to see the result of a "good" nights drink on a tap and go especially as they get more and more pissed and hit the top shelf. Ha Ha

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

Dagg

Re: CRTs

It was in the early 80's I was on a team working on a ship simulator that used three sets of CRT projectors for the display.

At one stage during testing all the displays were showing a black sea and white sky. One of the CRT display tubes cracked. From that point on water cooling was added....

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Dagg

Re: It's 'only' 16 bit and 44.1KHz CD

Agreed the big difference is not the frequency range.

The difference between 16 bits and 24 bits is the dynamic range and that can make a considerable difference. The quiet will be quiet etc.

1812 overture anyone!

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

Dagg
Gimp

C++

Got da be metal, the heaver the better. Metallica, Ramstein, Celtic frost....

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

Dagg
Mushroom

Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

>Say what you will, the breaks are a legal requirement.

If so someone should tell companies like IBM that have these mandated (well mandated in terms of if you don't turn up you get a negative evaluation) lunch briefings / project planning meetings / ...

And of course you have to take your own food in.

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Up Wolf Creek without a signal: outback cable cut disconnects top end TPG, Optus customers

Dagg
Facepalm

The answer is Cloud Computing

Oh yea, unless someone cuts the cable. Ha Ha

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

Dagg
Happy

Bloom County Cartoon strip

Had better watch out! They had one of the characters Oliver Wendell Jones using a Banana Jr. 6000 computer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom_County

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

Dagg
Big Brother

Danger Will Robinson

Mark Zuckerberg summarized his plan thus: "Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone."

Yea, as long as everything shared goes via farcebork so all that lovely data can be mined and then passed on to the next person with "value added advertisements".

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

Dagg

Re: Beating a woman is infamy

FozzyBear

Have an upvote

What you have stated matches exactly what was found in the Dunedin Longitudinal study.

dunedinstudy.otago.ac.nz

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Re: @Symon

There's nothing antediluvian about corporal punishment no matter how many libtards cry crocodile tears about it.

Yes there is especially when there has been a miscarriage of justice and an innocent person is found guilty. Time inside can to a certain extent be compensated by money. But there is no compensation for murder by death penalty. Same for cutting off body parts.

How would you suggest compensating a innocent person who has "been beaten to within an inch of his life in jail" especially if that beating caused permanent damage / disability?

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Dagg

Re: Developer stupidity

fine-grain cookie management - Sad :-( but you can still block 3rd party cookies from the above settings

No, you can use Settings -> Privacy -> Firefox will "Use custom settings for history" -> [ ] Accept cookies from sites to select individual sites to be excluded. This is just not only 3rd party.

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How to breathe new life into your legacy kit now you've gone hybrid

Dagg

DR Cold Standby

The old kit can be very useful as DR cold standby especially if some tool puts a backhoe* through that nice bit of fiber between you and the cloud.

* Could also include various natural disasters earthquakes, floods even bush fires as an example.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

Dagg
Mushroom

Still will not help hardly normal

Even if you pay the GST it will still be considerably cheaper than the local prices.

As far as I'm concerned I will no longer buy anything from harvey norman. Screw them!

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

Dagg
FAIL

Re: Correction!

At least a Whopper is a decent burger

You what! That burger in the picture looks like no whopper that I've ever been served, it isn't sagging or leaking liquid and you can actually see some green stuff in it (I assume that it is lettuce..).

Looking at that photo gave me a real "Falling down" moment!

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

Dagg
Thumb Down

Re: 'Agile' means nothing at this point. Unless it means terrible software.

Then you spend weeks/months going back and forth between the business and technology teams with both sides hating you for just doing your job.

That just means you aren't actually doing your job. The whole thing about being a BA is being a Business Analyst which mean working out what are the actual problems and pain points of the business. Being a BA is NOT just passing on a solution that has been requested by a customer.

I am qualified as BA and have worked as a BA and the first thing you learn (if you don't you are an idiot) is that humans all ways define the problem in what they perceive as the solution.

<Trainer Mode>

A little example is the person who comes into the shop looking for a star shaped piece of glass to fix a broken window.

So instead of giving a set of requirements to the build team defining a star shaped piece of glass the actual requirements are "Replace Window" simple.

<End Trainer mode/>

If as a BA all you do is pass through what the client asks for then you deserve all the shit you cop.

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Dagg
Unhappy

Re: 'Agile' means nothing at this point. Unless it means terrible software.

Everything is 'agile', because that's the best case for terrible lazy programmers, even if they're using a completely different methodology.

Worst are the lazy BAs who can't get their shit together to actually put functional and non functional requirements together. All they do if wait for something to appear then say "That's not what I wanted". Maybe if they had pulled finger out and actually defined the requirements they would actually get what they wanted first time through without wasting all the time and money.

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Dagg
Mushroom

Re: 'What's Real and What's for Sale'...

Technically 'agile' just means you produce working versions frequently and iterate on that.

No, technically agile means having no clue as to what is required and to evolve the requirements as you build. All well and good if you have a dicky little web site but if you are on a very / extremely large project with fixed time frame and fixed budget you are royally screwed trying to use agile as there is no way you can control scope.

Hell under agile no one has any idea what the scope is!

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Dagg
Trollface

Re: What next?

Nah, the next rehabilitation program will be the stripping and recycling of nuclear weapons....

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Dagg
Unhappy

Re: They would have got away with it

Anything server from Microsoft is useless in my view.

Me thinks you are a tad arrogant, I have a mix of Windoze and linux at home and I've got a problem

My broadband maxed out, first thought was one of those bloody windoze systems has "got" something. But after disconnecting the various system it turns out the culprit is my Debian video recorder.

So careful who you blame...

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

Dagg
Pint

The Computer says "No!"

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Dagg

Pluto Also tidally locked to Neptune

It has the same orbit period and crosses in and out of Neptunes orbit which means if it is promoted back to a planet it means that and Neptune and it will be swapping between planet position 7 and 8.

Pluto is is also not on the ecliptic....

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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

Dagg
Mushroom

Death by QRM

That's it total death of radio, AM and SW will be completely useless.

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Dagg
Childcatcher

Re: Military-industrial 101

Things like WiFi

You mean WiFi as invented by the Australian CSIRO.....

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

Dagg

Ditch AM, FM, DAB and DAB+. And analogue TV (we're still doing NOTHING with those frequencies, right?)

Allocate the frequencies to 3G/4G/5G.

Yea, right. During the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria Australia the 3G/4G/5G was the first communication infrastructure to fail. At least with old style AM you have the geographic coverage from a single transmitter without the requirements for repeaters.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Dagg
Coat

Re: Ginsters

Everyone's mum makes the best food :)

No way, mine was Scottish and everything was either deep fried, boiled to oblivion (20m or more) or burnt. You should have seen her steak eggs and chips. The steak was black and hard, the egg was rubbery and chips, well it is quite difficult to stuff up chips but there were times when they were so crisp.

As least my dutch father could cook.

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

Dagg
Devil

Re: Puzzled - A Case Study

Tramp: UK, so glad we have a temperate climate and non-invasive fauna.

What about the greater british CHAV...

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Dagg
Big Brother

Re: I say let him walk home NOW

sometimes human stupidity just seems to know no bounds

The universe is finite human stupidity is infinite..

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

Dagg

Re: Bah!

Really the only practical move is to make it so that the content at the comms endpoints is accessible (on warrant) to the right good guys.

The issue is "who are the good guys" outside of america it is NOT the FBI, CIA various merician state agencies etc...

Even inside merica who really trust the government?

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

Dagg
Coat

People sometimes "correct" me for looking both ways when crossing a one-way street.

In Melbourne Australia looking both ways is a must as the concept of a one way street is just that, it makes no difference to the average drivers and that even includes the local coppers.

Admittedly there are many inner city roads that could do with better signage. But the local councils don't appear to want to spend the money.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

Dagg
Coat

Re: Meh!

Accuracy of the US... ~1.5 meters. UK 1 meter. (But your Maps and Nav systems are only good to 1.5 meters anyway. )

In New Zealand it can be up to 5 metres out, it just depends on how much the last earth quake moved the land around.

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