* Posts by wikkity

372 posts • joined 25 Feb 2013

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Re: Interesting why block this one?

I assume that this one is blocked as the software is "clicking" the ad and therefore incurring the charge ad as the article says this could be considered fraud. They are not blocking this one as it blocks ads.

While I'm sure Google would like to earn the extra cash from these clicks they have a responsibility to their clients to ensure ad clicks are bona fide.

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China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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Re: Proof Positive

I think you have a typo there, should be an a instead of an i.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: WTF

> READILY AVAILABLE. TO ANYONE!!! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!! I

They already have, you have to be 18 to buy a knife in the UK. Children have to steal one from the kitchen.

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Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

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Re: It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside London

It would be nice to see some tech jobs outside the South

FTFY

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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Re: Apple does not enforce screen positioning either.

No one else can sell ios devices so there is no one to enforce. Android users are free to move the app form the initial position.

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Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard

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Re: Besides...

Or push them ads for better batteries or external battery packs.

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Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004

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Re: GNU utils

have nothing to do with Linux. Linux is an OS, the gnu tools are user software. The user decides what software they like to use on the OS of their choice, if they decide the gnu toolchain is better that bundled with the OS, that should not reflect on the OS itself.

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Google man drags Emacs into the 1990s

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

"I have three Emacs sessions"

But if you use the GUI version you only need 1 session with C-x 5 2 (make-frame).

As for a mouse with Emacs, I do like/love using nothing but a few mouse clicks to cut and paste a block of code, to non believers it looks like Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar with his teeth.

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Re: didn't flicker every time you pressed a key

Never noticed, I had to look at the keyboard when typing on a zx80, I guess by teh time I looked back up it had been drawn.

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

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RE: because the light that lights up to tell me the alarm is set is so bright

I close my eyes when I'm wanting to sleep. It works, you should try it.

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Skin tattoo will tell your phone when you've had a skinful

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massively hard to prove?

Not really, in cases of a crash it's common nowadays for mobiles to be examined and checks with service providers. It's probably OTT to check during all car related incidents but if they suspected you of doing it they would. There was a case not so long ago where a woman who caused a fatal crash deleted her sent text messages and was surprised they found out.

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You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

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Best practices like remediation coaching and eLearning

Hmm, do veracode provide such offerings by any chance?

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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incapable of consistency

If he is consistently inconsistent does that make him consistent or inconsistent? Or maybe he is consistently inconsistent at being inconsistently consistent? My head hurts.

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Re: Donald Trump is a plonker

You WANT to get THAT KEYBOARD looked at, MAYBE sandwich CRUMBS under the *SHIFT* key?

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Re: Make coffee

No, strong black coffee would be

make coffee

That other nonsense requires a bit more effort, though there is probably a TCL gui front end somewhere:

./configure --with-hazelnut --with-sugar --without-caffine --strength=weak

make coffee

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Re: The road that drives to communism...

"The best way to destroy capitalism is to ensure the rich one doesn't pay taxes, "

It all starts to make sense now, Donald Trump is actually a communist agent sent from the future to trigger a proletariat uprising against capitalism. Makes more sense than he is actually trying to get elected based on what he says and how he behaves.

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Re: The grew the business...

@d3vy I really hope you pay an accountant to look after your accounts. It's not £-400, it's nothing, X% of zero profit is still zero. If you lost £400 a month for a year you would pay zero tax and register a £4800 loss. Next year when you start earning more due to all that training you can offset the tax to be paid on the profit you gained from that investment. Think of it as spreading the cost over tax years.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: change for 3 pints from a fiver

I just get a bit if change from a fiver from three pints at my local Sam Smiths after the last budget, first rise in 5+ years :-) My wife's pint actually went down!

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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if Disney tried to build its own Netflix

Hmm, you mean something like DisneyLife?

I can see some benefits for Disney from some synergy, Netflix has the capability stream a shed load of content.

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Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

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Re: Edinburgh gets in quick before the Met Office!

Say what you want about the met office, the forecasts for a particular location are good. The TV broadcasts are rubbish as you have to expect with a country where it's possible to drive out of a fog covered town into clear sunny weather and into rain all within a few miles. Just slapping on a generalised cloud or sun for several counties is just that, generalised.

Their climate models on the other hand, seem to predict whatever they get more money more to plough into research. At least this appeared to be the case 5+ years ago, not looked at them for a long time.

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Mastercard rolls out pay-by-selfie across Europe

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revolut do a good job

Whilst on holiday this year I took a revolut card with me, the security options are good. You can set an options to disable/enable ATM withdrawals, online/card not present purchases or magstripe payments. Plus you can tie it to your phone to allow location based security, it does work as I forgot I had that set up and left my phone in the hotel (work kept ringing me) and couldn't withdraw any cash.

Of course if someone steals your phone and card it could be circumvented but you need a pin to access the app to enable any disabled options..

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

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How many click they voted

but just couldn't be arsed to go to the polling station.

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Simpsons creator Matt Groening once drew Mac heaven for Apple

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Re: I don't like to mention this but....

They only show a fraction of the image so it's more like a quote from a text, should fall under fair use.

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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'congratulations on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform'

Does this now mean it has now been acknowledged that there was no foul pay with Google using the java API?

I guess the link to the article 'Oracle ultimately prevails in the litigation on appeal' means no, despite the subsequent article by Shaun Nichols 'Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)'

"But Google doesn’t need Java any more, and the more distance it puts between itself and its Java-based legacy"

I doubt we will see Google drop Java anytime soon.

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WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

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Can't we just drone this guy

Surely Clinton isn't the only one to have thought something similar when JA's name crops up in another news article.

If there was anything significant to publish why hold on to it, is this possibly a marketing strategy

"During the conference Assange also took the opportunity to plug his forthcoming books."

Ah, ok

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: Entrapment

The Court can grant a stay if they deem it to be entrapment, i.e. they presented the defendant an opportunity to commit a crime they would not normally have done otherwise, but that is dependant on circumstance, e.g. a test purchase is ok if they had good reason to suspect someone but they can't go and leave something lying about to tempt someone to steal or offer random people money for doing something illegal.

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True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

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Black Helicopters

Forget the tin hat ...

I'm making tin gloves.

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Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

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Several early users object to the collection of data relating to the apps they use.

So why download an app whose it's main purpose is to gather data?

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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10% rise over 10 years

When I moved into my current home just over 10 years ago we paid £30 a month. We've not added anything but an addition box when we kept the V+ box when they forced us to move to a tivo. They've added a few channels that we don't watch and increased the broadband speed (nothing we asked for).

10 years later the monthly bill for the package was £76 (sans additional extras like phone calls, etc.), I think that works out around 11% per year. I say 'was', as soon as I found out about another price increase I went phoned and went switched to the basic package and they gave me £60 credit towards the price increase.

That last above inflation rise was enough to motivate me to doing something I've been meaning to do for ages and has cost them about £480 form me for the next year.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: Microsoft will be paying vendors to deploy their malware os Windows 10....

A few years back I purchased around 20 various cheap Chinese android tablets on amazon and ebay for software testing, one turned up broken, a couple were just complete crap unfit for purpose and one stopped working after a month. Managed to get replacements and refunds via amazon and paypal. One also turned up 2 months late after I got a replacement, offered to send it back and they told me to keep it.

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

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Re: "Not to poke a stick in the nest"

I had a nest* in a sand pit this year, caught it early before there were too many wasps. I got rid of it by every now and then going outside with a plastic spade tied to the end of a big stick and mixing the sand up a little before running very quickly back in the house. By the time I shut the door and look out the window there'd be 40ish wasps flying around, I would not like to try that in the open with a full nest.

* Regular yellow jackets

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Why on earth would you sell it so close to where you got it from and you'd have to be daft to keep selling to the same place each time, assuming it's an above board establishment..

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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Re: News?

Because they have just started to make and sell them.

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

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Re: Just wondering

> For a terminal text editor

No, gtk+ version and one of those numbers is a weighted average of memory shared with other processes.

Plus not used as just a text editor, a lot of that memory is holding data relevant to tasks I'm doing, and I use it for a lot.

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I still haven't got a clue how to get started using Emacs

I'm the same with vi(m), I resort to sed and cat whenever I can in the absence of emacs.

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Re: Just wondering

8G?, nowhere close. The emacs instance on my machine has been running for a while (yes I hibernate my machine when not using it)

$ ps -eo pid,comm,lstart,time | grep emacs

7525 emacs Wed Aug 31 15:23:07 2016 15:16:03

$ awk '/Rss:/{ sum += $2 } END { print sum }' /proc/7525/smaps

40228 (kb)

$ awk '/Pss:/{ sum += $2 } END { print sum }' /proc/7525/smaps

28053 (kb)

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Re: Not true CUA, no.

Emacs has had a cua mode for a lot of years.

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: It's coming, believe me...

If that's the case one thing that won't be coming is me, into the office at the weekend.

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Oracle settles with State of Oregon for US$100m, by locking it in

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Amazing, you really can't make stuff like this up.

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JDK 9 release delayed another four months

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Re: Is Oracle really serious about Java?

While I dislike Oracle's business practices and there are plenty of other companies I'd have preferred overseeing Java. I'm pretty sure they are committed to java, they depend on it significant, this to me is one of the reasons they wanted ownership of Java. Sure if they can monetise it they will but the fact so much of their business depends on it makes it much more valuable.

We've been waiting for jigsaw for a long time, a few more months is nothing, especially if it means it's going to be done right and not bodged to get it out the door.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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> jDeveloper that I also have to use on a regular basis.

The only project I have ever worked on where the development leader insisted we use the same IDE he made 15 people use jDeveloper as that is what he used. This was his first and last stint in that role, half way through and 1 month behind schedule the project manager made him revert his decision. We all went back to using what we want. We soon made up time and finished a couple of weeks early. Guess his estimate were based on how long it would take him in jDeveloper.

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Re: Worried that anyone is still using Java

> its security model could be, ahem, improved, I know.

It's security model for applets could be improved, the rest of the ecosystem is fine. However, it has been improved by being deprecated in the next release.

Other than that an upvote from me.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Re: Oxford Concordance Program, ..., was written in FORTRAN.

You've just reminded me of something I wrote years ago, I should try and dig that out too. A Concordance module to generate indexes that took SGML and TeX source and LatTeX* output. Implemented as a couple of awk 'modules' , an awk module being a script that piped input into other awk scripts.

Thinking about it awk is a lot like excel, good for lashing stuff together but a maintainability nightmare.

* I took my copy of the The LATEX Companion home from the office a log time ago after too many comments.

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RE: Don't even get me started on numbers in Excel

At least you are working with genes

http://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-1044-7

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I've seen someone solve a sudoku in tumbidge wells

Does that count?

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useful way to store lists which can then be sorted and filtered on many different criteria.

There's this new fangled thing called a relational database ;-)

> Moving it to Linux Mint will be a challenge.

That is the crux of most peoples issues with excel, It's great for 10 mins of mucking about with data and throwing it away. Beyond that for anything useful it becomes a pit of man hours and only the person who lashed it together and hack every last suggestion in knows how it works. Every new feature means huge changes, often actually rewriting it. I've come across people who have survived redundancies because their spreadsheets have becomes so tangled up in processes.

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Re: @Gene Cash

I started mine with C++/Delphi. Thought it would be cool to edit the source with the prototype only to discover a bug in the save and lost the code so moved on to my next project.

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Officials, lack of kit to blame for 'critical delays' in sex abuse inquiry

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Re: If Keith Vaz is an example

What significance does Vaz have here? AFAIK it has not been suggested that he has done anything illegal, immoral/unsavory in some many peoples eyes yes.

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When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Is it legal to pay this?

Surely you can't add a payment to a criminal in the company accounts, do they give you an invoice with their company details, are they VAT registered? If you could it sounds like an ideal way of getting money out of a company without paying tax.

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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accused of leaving messages on the system for others to find

Is that illegal now? I hope no one sees the note on what we need from the shops that I left for my wife this morning.

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