* Posts by SolidSquid

676 posts • joined 13 May 2013


Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron


Re: Context is everything....

While it does seem more believable than a complete re-invention of his public image, from what you've written it sounds like you're basing this on Wikipedia, which isn't always an accurate resource for political history.

Equally, assuming this is accurate, while he did work to minimise civilian casualties he was still targetting civilian installations. Even in the best of cases, this would result in some civilian casualties, which could arguably mean he crossed over to terrorism under some definitions

Of course, if you *do* want to argue that then it would be difficult not to classify the US drone strikes as being terrorist activitiy, seeing as they haven't had any such restraint with regards to bombing civilian locations when aiming for a target. And like you say, he was working to disrupt a brutally oppressive regime which wouldn't have hesitated to kill off civilians if they thought it would get them what they wanted

Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE


Not quite. All of the Tardis control rooms are archived, not just the old ones

Ignore the gigantic assets write-off, Universal Credit IT 'is working' – UK.gov


Sounds like the kind of slip named after his Lordship's great grandfather

Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'


Re: The last

Sounds like it's less a case of them being incompitent and more you not explaining properly the differences between hardware and software programming. Just because some aspects of programming software carry over, doesn't mean that there aren't important differences between the two

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


They wouldn't even need to replace the parts themselves, if Apple were using the same general purpose parts for things like ram and hard disks then you could go to third party repair shops and get them to do the job cheaper than Apple can. All this does is lock people into going to Apple for any repairs they want, meaning Apple can charge whatever the hell they want for the service

Like you say, a decent computer shouldn't be a disposable commodity, thrown away after just one part starts to act up. It should be able to be repaired and upgraded to remain useful for a decent period of time

Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters


Seems a little brutal, but it does make sense if they're going to have to kill this animal to protect other black rhinos from it then they should raise some money in the process

I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee


Re: Ah yes...

That'll be all the fertilizer they added to get greener grass then

Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning


By this reasoning, couldn't any accountant or lawyer who used paper records fall into teh same category, since burning paper is a fairly straight forward process?

How do you solve a problem like MariaDB? Give it $20m ... right, Intel?


As I understand it, MariaDB is a drop in replacement for the core features, but also includes some other features exclusive to the enterprise MySQL and a few which aren't present in either MySQL version. So there are some advantages MariaDB has over the open source version of MySQL, but less advantages over the Enterprise one

Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'


Re: So US judges believe "National Security" trumps *everything* else.

As I understand it, the combination of unusual font and font size he chose meant that, even if you were reading by eye, it was difficult to determine correctly what all the characters were. As a result, even someone manually typing in the key would likely get at least a few wrong because of the legibility of it. He could probably have gotten away with it had humans been able to read it reasonably easily, but when it crosses over to illegible then he hasn't really provided them with the key

Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts


' a move a prosecutor later described as "just short of a criminal act."'

So it was a perfectly legal act which the prosecution found annoying. Good on him for managing that without accidentally going over the line

500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?


Re: Just last week I upgraded

Got to admit, I do like crunchbang. Would be nice if it were easier to edit the menus, but it's a very nicely polished, minimalist system which works great on my netbook. Actually supports the hardware better than windows did too

Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip


Re: Forget the member...

Don't be silly, it was his Facebook account which was accessed and that gave them access to all those photos on his phone. After all, he's clearly stated that he didn't upload the photos there

Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85


Didn't Starfox originally come from a British company who were one of the few non-Japanese businesses sub-contracted to make first party titles for the Nintendo? They made the pitch and Nintendo were so amazed that they managed to get actual 3D polygons out the hardware that they brought them in to produce the game.

THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla


Re: Come on

Depends on how strong it is. If one pound of beaver ass can be used to produce the equivalent of 100 pounds of vanilla based flavourings then it might be cheaper in the long run

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?


Good to see a balanced article on this which doesn't bring politics into it. As someone who's supposed to be voting on this next year, it would be nice if the other aspects of independence were given similar attention so that we could make a decently informed decision


Re: Tick, v good

The only thing that Scotland relies on the Bank of England for is coinage, since we don't have a mint anymore. Outside of that we print our own notes and the banks that do so are required to own (as customers) English currency in pounds sterling to use much like the old gold/silver standards. And as pointed out in the article, some parts of the civil service in England are actually dependent on Scotland.

And while the separation might take a few years to actually process, complete independence is what's being aimed for anyway. Not sure why you seem to be implying this isn't the case


Re: They don't want independance

Most likely Scotland will be permitted to enter the EU, as they've already fulfilled the criteria (since the UK already has) and nobody wants to deal with a country where the entire population has the right to all the benefits of EU membership (since there's no way to remove EU citizenship) while not having to contribute. What the timetable will be is another matter though, since there's a lot of political wrangling involved in gaining membership

Also I'm pretty sure EU membership is supported by the majority in Scotland. It's actually one of the points raised by the independence movement, that if England has a referendum on EU membership we could end up dragged out of the EU regardless of what we want (since Scotland doesn't have a sufficient population to make much of an impact on these things)

Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB


Java the language isn't owned by Oracle, programming languages in general aren't covered by copyright or patent law. The compiler can be, and that's usually what prevents people using a language without a licence, but since Google built their own Java VM that's not a problem

Wall Street traders charged with stealing company code via email


Re: Stealing is OK?

Stealing a car deprives the owner of the use of it for the duration of the time it's in your possession. Since in this case they were taking a copy of the code this wouldn't apply, so there would be no harm to the owner whatsoever


Re: Sure..

"We detected that your attachment uses a file extension matching the filter of .* which have been blocked for security purposes. If you believe this is in error, please contact your systems administrator by email at buggeroffyouthievingbastards@localhost"

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law


Given that the use of a .com domain has previously been used as evidence of having some base in the US and being covered by US law, surely using a .co.uk domain should mean the same for the UK? If so then Google's out of luck on this

Sacked Zynga bods learn their jobs are gone via Facebook


Event on the OMGPOP Facebook group: "Closing down party! BYOB!" sheduled for the day before

Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe


Re: Safety is never a joke

Falling in the wet concrete, even deep wet concrete, is far less likely to be fatal than the hole collapsing on him though. Plus there's equipment you can rent specifically for this job to avoid the risk, the only reason not to use it is not wanting to spend the money

Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine


Re: AC Mr Hawking, you should listen to “Palestinian academics”

I'm guessing the objection is to Israeli policies regarding occupation of Palestinian territories and their forcing Palestinians into refugee status as a result

Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops


Re: Fixed it for you

Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?

HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.

Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

Dave Bowman: sudo open the pod bay doors, HAL.

HAL: [sudo] password for Dave Bowman:

Dave Bowman: (password not displayed)

HAL: Username is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.


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