* Posts by werdsmith

2585 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Oracle's new Java SE subs: code and support for $25/server/month

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Yeah, everytime I see a Java article I think "Java? Is that still a thing" ?

Same should apply to Oracle. Leech of an organisation.

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

@codejunky

<"Many remainers, you will find, can see a lot wrong with the EU. They just don't believe that immolation action make all those problems worse and gain more problems is the best approach for dealing with it."

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

And there is NO interest in addressing these problems at all. That's why leaving is the last option open. We don't want to be there when the ship sinks..

Time to close that echo chamber that has convinced people that the ship will sink.

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Re: The EU does not need NOR want anything to do with 5 Eyes

....who we've beaten twice in a World War already.....

OK so I realise that's a tongue-in-cheek comment but the last time round left the nation virtually bankrupt, massively in debt to USA and took decades to recover, which it eventually managed to do after joining the common market.

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Re: French satellite businesses

For Galileo, they already made up their mind to award new contracts to French businesses to replace UK (other EU states lack expertise).

The "UK businesses" doing the Galileo work were part of Airbus Defense and Space, most of their sites are in Germany. So the work will stay within this mainly EU company, just move to its EU sites.

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

You have to remember that, for a Remainer, ANYTHING European is perfect. That includes European politicians.

Total crap.

Many remainers, you will find, can see a lot wrong with the EU. They just don't believe that immolation is the best approach for dealing with it.

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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FR24 screwed over a lot of their app customers. 10s of thousands had paid for the ad-free version with features enabled which FR24 then withdrew and replaced with a new version "2" that needed to be paid for again to enable the features and remove ads.

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Re: Panic

If you set your FR24 to alert you for emergency squawk code 7700 then you will see just how frequently these unscheduled landings due to the aircraft going tech happens.

Somewhere in the world it's happening every day.

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Re: Great site

Having visited friends in St Margarets who lived right under the Heathrow flightpath it can't be much fun.

I live under a final approach, roughly 10-12 miles out from the threshold just inside the point where the aircraft intersect the localizer and it's terrific fun sitting outside on a sunny afternoon watching the pilots turning, getting the speed under control, dropping the wheels and going dirty as they descend through 2000 feet. I'm always disappointed when the wind changes and they approach the runway from the other end.

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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24 people seem to think that you can get solar power at night and wind power when the wind isn't blowing.

Or alternatively they REALLY don't like you pointing this out.....

Of course you can get Solar power at night, if you store it from the daytime. There are a number of ways of doing that, some are already used to store off-peak power generated by nuclear plants that like to work steadily across demand variations.

And wind generators feed into the grid network, if the local wind turbines you can see are not turning, that doesn't mean that the ones out at sea or at the other end of the country (or in another country) are still.

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(solar, no sun no power and windmills don't provide power when the wind isn't blowing).

The sun is always shining somewhere and the wind is always blowing somewhere.

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Re: wartime atmosphere

England's own civil war has its re-enactment society: http://www.thesealedknot.org.uk/

And you will find plenty of medieval jousting displays at big old houses in the summer: https://www.knightsofnottingham.co.uk/joustingevents.html

It's just people who are interested in history putting on a show.

I don't get golf at all but some do and that's fine by me.

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Re: When?

The British, by way of thanking the Poles, excluded them from the Bletchley operation, feeling they couldn't be trusted.

There were many exclusions on the grounds of nationality, not just the Poles. There were people of German ethnicity in Poland, Pomerania and other border areas (see the GDansk/Danzig situation / Prussia etc) so the exclusion necessarily had to be general. It's unfortunate by not "by way of thanking..."

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Re: A conspiracy theory is born

Many "commonwealth friends" worked in Bletchley Park against Enigma, so I reckon some of them might have noticed.

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Re: The Poles never get sufficient credit...

The Polish contribution is written into all the material and they have a really nice memorial piece of art at Bletchley Park and the guided tours all make a point of stopping there and emphasising their contribution. So that "unacknowledged" bullcrap can stop.

But Bletchley Park wasn't just about a few boffins reverse engineering the enigma, it was a big campus with thousands of people for industrial scale processing of encrypted messages that were feeding in from a network of listening stations. During the was the various types of enigma changed and had to be cracked and re-cracked as the rotors were added and the stecker boards etc. For periods of months during the U-boat blockade BP was blind to naval enigma and needed combat personnel to capture code books.

So it wasn't just a case of being handed the decryption method before the war and happily reading off all the communications.

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Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out...

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Oracle continue to make big money meanwhile thousands of their legacy customers have their bottom line severely affected by license gouging.

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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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If it is sunday evening, the weekend is over and you begin to feel a bit grumpy at the thought of a new working week then that is the beginning of the end of your job. If you feel sick / nauseous then take immediate action.

For people who can sit and write code all day I have great admiration, I tried and couldn't tolerate it.

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Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Re: Bureaucracy rules...

original explanation was this is a mode engaged when the car is stopped at junctions, traffic lights etc.

That's called stop-start and it's unlikely to be stopped during testing.

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Re: funny

There's been enough time and motivation to test and expose any other company who set up their cars to switch mode when it detected test conditions.

But there has been nothing much come out of it.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: " We need to act before it’s too late and London’s success is threatened. "

so why not just say the cliché straight instead of avoiding it in the name of pedantry?

Because it's unoriginal, hackneyed, trite and boring.

Like popcorn comments. Or rounded corners, or holding it wrong. It's been done a billion times and become worn out.

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Re: I have a fabulous deal

Give me £15 and in 12-18 months I *might* deliver a bottle of wine to you.

But don't worry! Early backers like yourself will enjoy massive savings because the wine might retail for £17. Assuming I ever deliver it.

No thanks because there is a great choice of wine in all the shops and supermarkets already.

Crowdfunding campaigns are for stuff that some people might want but don't exist already.

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That is why Indiegogo has a much lower success rate than Kickstarter (9% vs 36%).

Those figures are for becoming fully funded via the campaign, not actually completing and fulfilling once successfully funded. For the latter the success rate is much higher for both.

Using your numbers, RCL Vega+ would be one of the 9% successes.

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Re: What do they expect?

From a fool a cliché is often imparted.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Top-heavy, turning hard, firing a broad-side and a gust of wind all coinciding will cause the ship to heel over and flood through the open gun ports. The Danes had not learned from the Mary Rose 80 years before.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: As I was reading...

I have a Gemini and from the word go I knew it was never going to be a phone replacement. But the job I bought it for, it's unique and has no competition.

And there are failures on IndieGogo and we hear all about them but most campaigns on there are successful.

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Yes, Old English design 660 easy enough to pick but usually not worth it because most things padlocks are protecting can be got at by a thief another way. But the 660 will survive decades of weather beating and still open when needed and keep the kids away from the mower.

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

Yes a Caucasian Sheppard will easily take care of any would-be intruders.

Crap. It's irresponsible and cruel to expect a dog to defend your property. Semi competent burglars deal with them quite easily and it's usually a sad outcome for the poor animal. Several so-called trained guard dogs round our way have ended up either blinded or dead. When I was a kid my neighour's dog was dealt with using a can of oven spray oven cleaner from the garden shed, the burglars opens the door just enough and then sprayed the poor german shepherd in the face.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: Banks

Sailfish 3 promised toward the end of this year, will hopefully not be dependent on libhybris for as many devices as possible.

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Re: I'm uncertain...

Some really nice phones out there, I really like the hardware of the Huawei P20 Pro, unfortunately it's spoiled by its toytown Android OS which make is unacceptable.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

[1] And very expensive - £30k in debt for a degree that has a high rate of unemployment by graduates?

£30K ? Bargain.

But £9250 per year plus at least £4K per year for maintenance is closer to the real number (which is higher than the £40K that works out to)

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Poland is good for cheapness but that's changing. Some Baltic states like Estonia have some really good people.

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Re: Brexit Schmexit

The fact is, the labour party has an ambitious and fully-costed manifesto put together with the aid of nobel-prize-winning economists that offers a completely different path to the one we've been following for the last 40 years

LOL! Somebody who takes a manifesto seriously. Was this your first general election?

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Could someone please tell the press?

Only this morning I heard a matter-of-fact by-the-by on Radio 4 - "Now that self-driving cars are commonplace".

A certain degree of self driving is an option on all of the cars I'm considering at the moment.

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Re: Pedant Alert

The A1M sections of the A1 are indeed motorways. I think they do it like this because it's Motorway through Hertfordshire, then changes to A road in Bedfordshire where it passes front doors (Sandy) and side roads and has roundabouts etc. Then goes back to motroway up by Huntingdon.

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Re: Pedant Alert

"Two lanes? Pah! This is the A838 near Durness on the NW coast, otherwise known as the NC500."

Apart from the very beautiful coastline that road is wider than the one I often use to get home when other routes are congested in eastern England. They are fairly normal.

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Re: Autopilot == Audi Driver

The image and marketing of certain marques does seem to attract a certain "type".

It was the BMW asshole until the Kris Bangle era, they they were not impressed with his styling moved en masse over to Audi. 1 out of every 2 times I see someone doing something idiotic, selfish, or impatient pointless tailgaiting, weaving and overtaking it will be an Audi. Particularly the lowly A3 so beloved of chavs. Jags and Land Rovers are increasingly getting involved, probably a gained a few PCP customers from Audi.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

It should be noted here that setting the following distance is a meatsack function. There's a control with a range 1-7 (from memory) which sets the time interval to follow behind.

Audis are pre-set to 0.2 and cannot be changed.

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

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Re: Wait, that's really his name?

> Just last week the UK minister in charge of Brexit, David Davis,

Maybe this is just my colonial Canadian ears being un-used to the kinds of names that preppy tories have over on your side of the pond, but god, even the very names of the people involved with Brexit sound dumb.

Yeah, it was OK when he was a guitarist in The Kinks.

Maybe they should all go and live in Punkeydoodles Corners, Ontario.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Punkeydoodles+Corners,+Wilmot,+ON+N3A+3E5,+Canada/@43.353579,-80.7526876,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882c01466c4a4653:0x693d01d69bf0504e!8m2!3d43.3535497!4d-80.7351351

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Re: If not doing something because it was "inconvenient" was the ciriteria for Brexit..

On Brexit day the UK can decommission their Galileo ground stations in UK territories unilaterally, after all if the EU doesn't want us to be a part of it, then we withdraw. And since we have put a lot of money into it and now they won't let us use it, a full refund (with interest) would be well in order.

And the EU can set up new ground stations relatively easily - they will be happy and eager to get a greater share of the work. There will be no full refund because the contractors will be paid for the work done, according to the contracts signed.

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Re: Well

Don't forget the added sauce of the UK screwing up Ireland in the first place for the last 800 years.

The UK is a lot less than 800 years old.

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Re: Well, we're all learning about crowdfunding, as it develops ...

The strange thing is, that both companies (RCL and Planet Computers) share the same CEO - Dr Msirc whatever-his-name-is. One successful company that delivers and one that clearly is incapable of delivering.

Janko joined Retro a few months after the acrimonious break up of the original team. I really do not know what he was thinking when he made that decision.

Janko and the Planet team proved with the Gemini that IndieGogo can be used really good stuff, and high cost niche ones too.

Just remember the names of the two other people involved in Retro and keep yourself a barge-pole away from whatever they do.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: Cramped?

Ryanair have an exclusively Boeing fleet and unlikely to change as they are going for 737 MAX 200.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: as the AC who made the parasite comment

But if I want to consume the content of advertising supported sites without seeing the damn advertising that makes me a parasite. Arguably if you claim that you hate advertising, but visit sites that rely on advertising to make money then that makes you a hypocrite too.

No, it would make me a constructive critic. I'm telling these deluded people that their advertising is counterproductive. If they could do their advertising in a way that pleases people then it would be more effective and their business would improve. At the moment the earnings from ads is falling and I believe it is because of their approach.

Using an ugly word like "parasite" sounds like an attempt to inflame. At the very least it's sanctimonious. And very wrong.

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Re: This generation has decided not to pay for anything

As near as anyone can tell from actual data, the "millennials" work harder, with less complaining and less compensation, than the generation that birthed them.

I believe this, and this is why I'm so disappointed with them. ...... :)

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I guess that the people accusing others of being parasites are the ones that depend on ad revenue for employment. And the parasites are the ones that are trying to avoid having their browsing experienced ruined by the people who depend on ad revenue.

Parasites that you would like to force feed. They will only regurgitate it and hate you.

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Re: This generation has decided not to pay for anything

Maybe they just don't want to pay for stuff they don't want.

Like bandwidth allowance being consumed by crap irrelevant adverts that only destroy goodwill for the company trying to advertise.

I've started experiencing page content that won't load because it's waiting for the ad broker service. So it's a waste of time too. Sometime when the ad covers all the content, I just hit the back button leave forever.

This is why ad revenue is going down, because it'snot as good an advertising medium as expected. Because it pisses people off.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: Some poeple accept their duty

I was paid my normal salary by my employer, my expenses were reimbursed by the court and meals provided (England).

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: "A social media platform isn't just for college, it's for life."

your little project has exploded to draw in a 1/3 of the planet's population

The lower third.

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: I wonder...

One of the Lightning squadrons retired delivered their Lightnings to Cranfield. We were waiting. The leader decided that he was not leaving any fuel in his lighting pulled up into a vertical climb over the airfield with full reheat. Stunning, no babies were sleeping, birds all took flight and livestock was panicking in nearby fields.

After that they were parked outside the hangars for months and we were able to virtually climb all over them.

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Re: re: Shade of a Vulcan

Try standing under one in flight

Nice Anson!

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