* Posts by smartypants

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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The Conservative Party has nothing to hide. We know this because Theresa May confirmed in Parliament that at this precise second the party has no contracts with CA. So that's alright then. Nothing to see here. Please move along.

UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Distraction technique

No problems with slurring the civil service

No problems with Davis lying to parliament about the biggest issue in modern times

No problems with wrecking the good friday agreement.

No problems with introducing friction filled trade to destroy manufacturing that relies on JIT flows with the continent.

No problems with attacks on the judiciary and MPs by the editors who tell her what to say

No problems with treating 3 million people like some sort of slave commodity to be bartered

No problems with trying to increase the power of the executive so it can bypass Parliament.

Yes. Let's talk about online abuse. FFS

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: Brexit

'Would it be too much to ask that you STFU with the whinging and actually try and make it work?'

Assuming you to be one of the minority of the 37% of the population which voted Leave for reasons *other* than xenophobia, muslims, 350m a week for the NHS lies etc...

Why is it OUR job to work out how to make brexit work when you lot can't even agree on what it is? See the latest hilarious policy document about the NI border... Perhaps your side should have thought things through *before* a referendum so you wouldn't be asking your enemies how to make your stupid idea fly. Ffs.

Oh snap! Election's made Brexit uncertainty worse for biz, says BT CEO

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Re: The gargoyle’s mouth is a loudspeaker

Did they? Honestly, Brexit is a gift. It means a million different things to a million people...

Our stupid government triggered article 50 before it even decided what it was (correction - Brexit means Brexit! Silly me). Then it decided to hold a general election for a laugh, just days before the negotiations which they triggered were due to start.

So we're a year down the line, and *STILL* Nobody in either Labour or the Conservatives can agree on what the hell this Brexit thing is about and what to ask for at the negotiations. And it looks like we'll be no closer to knowing in another year.

We'd all have been better off with no government at all for the last 5 years.

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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It's a shame there isn't an SGI emulator out there...

Not last time I looked. Does anyone know of one? I have some old SGI software I'd like to get going again.

Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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You are being unkind to Trump

Trump isn't a details man. If you can't present something in the space of a 10 second Fox News fake-fact-blurp, then it isn't going to get into his brain. He's a busy man! It isn't that his brain is small, but 95% of its capability is taken up with trying to add further gold plate to his immediate surroundings, family, and sense of self, so everything else just has to squeeze into what is left of the day.

It isn't that Trump doesn't believe in climate change. He just isn't capable of sitting and listening long enough to get to the end of the sentence which explains why it is real and why he should care. Half way though, he'll just start fiddling with his phone and issuing another covfefe. Take that swipe at Germany on his hilarious trip to Nato. Trump thought those horrible German cars cluttering up proud US cities are BAD!

Along comes a long-suffering advisor: "But Mr. President, BMWs in the US are made by Amer...." [CLICK! your connection with POTUS has ended at this time. Please try again later].

So really, it is just the case that he promised the rednecks to do this, and it would be bad if he didn't now. Those other reasons for reconsidering... Well he tried bigly to listen but, look he doesn't have time, right?

Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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"By trying to elevate his own TV ratings through 'America First' ideology, he is breaking our alliances and global leadership"

That sounds familiar. Oh yes! "Red, White and Blue Brexit!"

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Taking a step back for a moment...

Regardless of the nature of the issue and the reasons for it, in general, things do go wrong when humans are involved. The aspiration we have of things never breaking is a good one, but reality is in control here.

What has changed in the last 40 years is the sheer number of IT systems out there, and for each, the average complexity of what the systems do, and the number of people they serve. But although methodologies and technologies for ensuring service integrity have proliferated, the static component in the mix is the mere human, and this hasn't really changed much at all in the same period (perhaps fatter?) We're just as able to underestimate the risk factors as we always were, and we are just as subject to the lure of following the money (or the promise of spending less of it).

There will generally be more of this sort of thing in the future. In each case, the broken service will return to what it was before the event in just a few days, which is more than can be said for the system known as the "United Kingdom", which some idiots have taken the back off and are planning to improve it by cutting a load of wires with shears.

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Strong and stable leadership!

The stench of Theresa May is everywhere.

And the people are dutifully marching to vote in more of this shit.

UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Individuals, on the other hand...

...are now finding the new Brexit Tax* eating into everything... Holidays, technology purchases, food. Just got back from Spain, and I got around a Euro for a Pound FFS.

(*Might feel like a tax, but the government gets nothing extra with which to pay the increasing list of bribe payments to bits of the economy preparing to leg it somewhere less insane, and to pay for thousands of experts** able to run negotiations in having cake and eating it)

(**I say 'experts', but, Team*** Brexit prefer not to listen to those - not even if they're the official Brexit committee they set up.)

(***I say 'team', but these people only really know about knifing each other in the back)

Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Like a toddler's tea party gone wrong in here...

One big pissing contest - just look at you all... Soaked!

You're all wrong of course. I write the most amazing enterprise software using nothing more than the "language" used to make a "Big Trak" go around the dining room table and laser the cat.

I say "language", but it has dispensed with all those silly features found in other languages, and indeed, a name for itself. Anything more is just crappy bloat!

Switch statements are for pussies! Bow to my AUTHORITY and my MASSIVE earning power.

Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

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I fixed it!

Without lifting a finger.

This cloud stuff is brilliant!

Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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Confused.

Why should the answer to the question "why does a specific rule not seem to benefit my company" be "let us withdraw from all european cooperation"?

Seems a tad hasty.

Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

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"If you have 278k people entering the country every year then as we now see infrastructure can't cope without massive investment which the government is not going to do."

EU immigration over the last 15 years has been a small fraction of all immigration. Successive governments - including the Tories with May as Home Secretary for 7 years - have seen the value in letting it happen.

https://fullfact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/UK-net-migration-since-19911.png

The vast majority of inward migration is by young people - something in ever shorter supply as the UK continues its march to old age...

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Re: Meanwhile...

On replacing the word "brits" with "jews"... Good point.

Perhaps also we could replace the word "migrants" or "foreigners" with "people".

Then when I next read about a family where the mother happened to have lived all her working life in the UK but was born in another EU country, and has been refused permanent residency, I can see how wrong it is for the government to turn UKIP poison into policy.

About a third of such applications for PR are being rejected, and this is causing huge anxiety for thousands of families up and down the country, their lives reduces to bargaining chips for Theresa May's stupid game of "gamble away the country".

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Re: If only..

@druck

You manage to capture the essence of the swivel-eyed brexit supporter in one elegant sentence... Unpleasant, jingoistic and just plain wrong.

I suspect you need a healthy dose of all three to keep reality at bay. Good luck with that over the next two years!

Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

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AWS != Hardware

The article makes the point that in a business that prefers capital spending, buying your own kit might be a better fit than leasing AWS kit.

But this ignores the fact it isn't just *kit* you have to think about. It's the people that operate the kit. It's the place the kit lives and the power and cooling it needs. It's the software running on the kit. It's the orchestration of services on the kit. It's the software that does the orchestration, and the management of that... and so on and so on.

No wonder we have companies who get into so much trouble, because they think that IT is just about hiring boxes off the cloud or buying them instead.

As an AWS user in a small team, the idea of returning to the days where I had to manage *all* of the concerns that I get from AWS - not for free of course - but for a reasonable fee.... It fills me with horror.

Soz telcos you're 'low priority' post-Brexit, says leaked gov doc

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Re: Won't El'Reg hacks face jail-time for this?

No doubt. Anyone who criticises brexit is a traitor who is against THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE - all 65 million of them*

(*It's in the Brexit White Paper, therefore it is true.)

The EU referendum gives complete power for Leader May to decide what THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE is on an ongoing basis from now on. Attempts to interfere with THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE will be dealt with.

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Re: hmm

"Apart from that the white paper also admits the UK was always sovereign but that some Brits did not quite get it."

It's even more damning than that. The exact wording in the White Paper was "Whilst parliament has remained sovereign throughout our membership of the EU, it has not always felt like that"

Well who is to blame for that? A campaign of lies about the EU, Europeans, Europe and foreigners lasting decades from the *tory* press, and a load of people in May's own party who hate the EU because it gets in the way of the way they'd really like to run the country (the glory of New Singapore).

But more damning still. Why is Parliament still going ahead with it? We all know that brexiters can't actually defend themselves with anything better than wishful thinking or unpleasant namecalling. They didn't even vote *FOR* a specific outcome. Foreigners out? New Singapore? Diametrically opposing aims. So , the much worn "WILL OF THE PEOPLE" will turn out not to be 1 in 4 of the population, but maybe 1 in 8 or one in 10...

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/brexit-white-paper-sovereignty_uk_5893457fe4b0302a153d4b6e

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Re: The Reg really is a remain mouthpiece

Oh.. Here appears the standard whinge of the brexiter. Upset that it can't be defended. Solution? Silence debate!

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: 'leftist'

This word is doing the rounds. It's used by people to slag off anyone who gets in the way of a narcissist and his all-night dreams.

Even people who are really quite right wing fall under the steam roller of this term.

If you don't support Trump, ergo Leftist!

This has been done countless times before by regimes spiralling into a pit of darkness.

Honestly, why not calm down instead and have a cup of tea, rather than screaming LEFTIST! at the dog and postman.

Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

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Thought crime now a thing

Anyone not found wrapping themselves in red white and blue brexit is a traitor.

Number 10 has even hired the bloke who made up some of the stories that got us into this mess to keep us on the straight and narrow.

May knows which websites you visit. If you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide.

How I laugh when I think back to Blighty of 2012.

Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

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Re: Decriminalisation: Does this do the opposite of what you think?

"automatically rubbishing everything they do is childish"

No it isn't. It's the reasonable default stance to take until you find out precisely why what they're doing is wrong. Trump has only just started, and already his team are lying to cover up the lies. If their lips are moving, they're lying. Usually a president has to wait to get caught doing something before the lies flow. Putin on the other hand is a "Dear Leader". His aim in life, now that he is the richest person on the planet, is to stave off boredom by making up enemies and then going on to threaten to attack them.

"supports the kind of polarisation and lack of analysis that got Trump elected.".

Oh please. Trump's core vote aren't upset at the lack of rigour in the media. They want to build an effing wall to keep the mexicans out. Haven't you been paying attention? Stop blaming the rest of us for the mob whipped up into a xenophobic rage.

Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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Re: time for CA to CAEXIT from the Union?

I begin to wonder about people who describe people against Trump as being "the left". You see it here in the UK with people against Brexit.

It isn't left wing to be incredibly concerned by people (Trump, and our own prime minister) who peddle bare-faced lies almost as policy.

When May claims that 65 million support Brexit (as she did in her Brexit White Paper), or when Trump claims that americans are threatened by islamic terrorism (which is in fact one of the rarest ways to die as an american), it is not that these people are making a mistake. They intend their lies to change minds.

If you think this is wrong, you are not a "left winger". You are a decent human being. That's all.

For FFS.

Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

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Never mind what we think of it

It's what employers think of it and how it will govern their plans...

http://uk.businessinsider.com/brexit-white-paper-jpmorgan-shallow-lacks-detail-2017-2

Trump decides Breitbart chair Bannon knows more about natsec than actual professionals

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Re: Well this is an interesting experiment

"After the misguided effort to characterise brexit as some kind of racism/xenophobia/protectionist/isolationist..."

You must be the only person here who believed May's bollocks about brexit being the UK "embracing the world". I haven't seen a single brexit debate where the chief themes of brexit supporters weren't chiefly jingoistic nationalism, obsession with immigration and the portrayal of fellow europeans as some sort of enemy. About a third of the comments manage to weave in some nazi reference. EU Jackboots! 4th Reich! etc... About 2/3rds of the comments are nothing more than shouting obscenities, and pretty much all of them cling to alternative-facts.

So please, do pretend that brexit support is based on a noble, rational exploration of a better future for us all, but do keep this delusion to yourself.

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I don't think kitten tickling is likely to help your reputation.

What would help is if you actually went out of your way for a moment to discover what the biggest risks to americans actually are.

Trump lied to the people about how crime was rising (it was falling) and how terrorism from muslims was the biggest risk (it is almost the smallest risk).

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/24/majority-of-fatal-attacks-on-us-soil-carried-out-b/

http://www.oregonlive.com/data/2015/10/gun_deaths_other_causes.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/312480-us-prison-population-falling-as-crime-rates-stay-low

This will cause you to forget helping old ladies for a moment in another burst of anger where you will lash out to regurgitate yet more bollocks. And it's probably that latent anger at the heart of your world that makes you a useful idiot for the powerful few hoping to steer the world into their grasp.

Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Stretch your legs on March 25

On the 25 March, some of us are going to be on the streets. It's got to that point now. The opposition is absent. The tory party is reshaping itself as the very worst of UKIP - even Farage is amazed.

http://www.uniteforeurope.org/

CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Re: Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme

"Truth be told, even if the reason behind someone voting leave was immigration, that does not necessarily mean they are racist."

True. Poles are white, so you dodge that bullet.

But most immigration has nothing to do with the EU. If our country was so worried about immigration, why did non of the parties - tories included - even with May in the home office - do nothing about the source of immigration that the UK had full control over without screwing up its relationship with its partners in the rest of Europe?

The reason is that immigration wasn't a problem. It was good for us. 200,000 people picking our crops, 300,000 of them healing our sick... And so on. Jobs that couldn't be filled, and presumably won't be filled in the future once we have 'got our country back'.

It is hard for many people to have a sensible view on immigration given the popular press's demonisation of migrants. I feel sorry for those sucking at the poisonous teat of the Sun, Express and Daily Mail.

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Re: Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme

"Worryingly there are a number of good reasons to leave from economy and trade to democracy."

Ignoring trade and the economy (which businesses have already given their damning verdict on), Let's take democracy.

What is happening now is probably the biggest abuse of democracy I have seen in this country in my adult life. We have a party which won an election on a platform of remaining in the EU, and holding a NON BINDING referendum. Then we had a referendum debate, where the remain camp argued to remain (obviously), and the leave camp - from Farage to Johnson and Gove - argued we were better off with a 'Norwegian' style model. Then a new prime minister appeared, and decided that parliament shouldn't have anything to do with brexit. She would sort it. With royal prerogative FFS. And what has she decided to do? Something that wasn't even put as an option in front of any of us at any time.

This is *all* our doing. British 'democracy'. Your point was?

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

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Re: Big Brother Security to the rescue

Big John,

The soon-to-be leader of the most armed country in the world has hired yet another person who clearly knows nothing about his remit.

That's the big deal. Do try to keep up.

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Which is the Trump hire that isn't "the worst choice as X"?

There must be one, if only because it's sometimes hard in a short period of time to identify that ideal worst choice!

(Having said that, looking at our own cabinet right now, we don't come across that well either. What happens when someone as talented as Boris meets one of these trumpidors. Do they just go into a room, check nobody's listening, then burst into laughter?)

How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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Orac

In some respects, the british shows about the future are just still a little ahead of their time.

Right now you can buy these digital assistants like Alexa, or they're built into the OS of the computer you're using, but their big flaw is that they aren't cynical enough, and don't generally come across as being a lot more brainy than you are, and that perhaps they went to a better type of school.

If they can sort that out, then I might start using them!

(And what about some nice flashing lights...)

Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Could a better article...

"The BBC has shamelessly promoted iPhone ever since its launch, in so doing it has put something over 2000 highly experienced and competent BRITISH engineers and a number of managers out of work... or at least into different companies where their presence stops other people being employed"

This is the sort of gordion knot argument which is becoming increasingly popular in Theresa May's Brave New World.

Suffer those (presumably non british - sorry - NON BRITISH!!!!) people who are no longer able to be employed thanks to the british you allude to having taken their jobs!

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Re: Andrew Orlowski ... BBC

Royal Institution's motto: "Nullius in verba". - Take nobody's word for it

They had that worked out in 1663. It can't be that hard for us to pick through this story and decide whether the article is fair or not based on something more than our personal views of the journalists?

Perhaps reason is not hard, but now unfashionable, what with 2016 having happened etc...

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

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Re: Calling BS

Re: Valgrind...

So what you're saying is that even good developers can't be trusted to write sound code with C or C++ without pushing it through tools which point out all the mistakes they've made.

...and this isn't a criticism of the language?

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I first used such tooling back in the 1990s (a tool called 'Purify' - still going I see) to debug memory leaks in the first large system we wrote in C++ (An image-processing application). This was before the STL was a thing and early versions of C++ were pre-compiled down to C using 'cfront' compilers.

It was brilliant, and it found loads of issues our team had left in this project (and our other released products). Though we were glad of this tool, we had a great team, and we did reflect on the difficulty of using a language which made it so easy to get things wrong.

I don't think we were alone. Many modern languages address this simple truth with a better set of tools less littered with tripwires.

Today, using go, the things we build generally have a very stable memory footprint and there tend to be far fewer issues to resolve in terms of memory. When we need additional checks, the go toolset has pretty much all we need. The thing we rely on most is not memory checks but deadlock detection. The -race compiler flag highlights race conditions, and you can either apply that to tests or bake into your compiled app. It's just one of a large number of brilliant practical things about the go toolset - go's appeal goes a lot further than just the basic language.

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Re: Yes, its you.

Go context switches are cheaper than OS context switches. It you have more threads, it's more efficient for them to be virtual.

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Re: Calling BS

Boltar I think you miss the point.

If you rely on a memory manager, the scope for memory problems shrinks dramatically. Even very good developers routinely leave all sorts of memory issues in their apps, requiring lots of effort to identify the screw-ups. Relying instead on a memory manager doesn't eradicate the possibility of error, but the issues rarely are to do with the memory manager, and instead are to do with failing to clean up references or creating large amounts of garbage when you could avoid it.

Perhaps you're that rare developer who can write perfect leak-free code every time. Lucky you!

The main downside to using a memory manager is the GC sweeps, which introduces occasional latencies which might ruin your signal processing app. For 99% of applications, a memory manager's performance impact is utterly irrelevant.

This article gives a good 3rd party account of the state of play with Go and GC:

https://blog.pusher.com/golangs-real-time-gc-in-theory-and-practice/

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Re: Yes, its you.

"They don't actually give you any more power."

Well in principle perhaps, but context switching is expensive. go distributes goroutines across a small number of pthreads (e.g. one per core), and *it* rather than the os decides how optimally to switch between goroutines. You can write an app with huge numbers of goroutines without worrying that the platform has been tuned for the large number of threads, or worrying about the impact of the os thrashing between threads when perhaps it can be avoided. That's a win. And as goroutines are lightweight, and channels between goroutines are built into the language, it makes it easy to use parallelism to implement 'map-reduce' type algorithms, even with hundreds of thousands of concurrent 'threads'. Tuning and efficiency aside, writing go concurrent code is idiotically easy.

This page describes the design choices made:

https://dave.cheney.net/2015/08/08/performance-without-the-event-loop

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Re: Calling BS

We find go very useful in a number of contexts, and we are not Google. Perhaps we're special?

I'd rather dig my eyes out with a protractor than revert to using C for these projects.

And I've been coding long enough to remember when C was the best choice for most stuff we did.

It's common to see people dismissing anything from the last 25 years as not worth bothering with, but it's usually too-broad a brush. Though that IOT hairbrush...

Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Not all tanks are the same...

An SUV might match the little Pug for range, but it'll probably chew through up to twice as much money/fuel in the process. If you care about sea level rise (and I do, sad little me) then it also adds to that problem much more quickly too. Not just in the fuel burned, but in the overall energy expended in the production of a Much-Larger-Than-Needed car... from mine to showroom floor.

On the plus side, the SUV is the car maker's gift that won't stop giving. In the old days, the only way to get people to spend an extra 20-30% on a car was to give it a performance engine - which had limited appeal. In 2017, there's an SUV for everyone in every market segment at any stage in life*.

(Except hearses? Haven't seen one yet. Can't be long...)

China to Donald Trump: Twitter diplomacy 'undesirable'

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There is one benefit...

It only takes 140 characters of reading to find out how wrong he is.

This is a refreshing change from what normally happens, which is that politicans spout endless reams of bullshit which you have to wade through before being sure that they are idiots. (See Recent Gove report: 'Brexit A new dawn with an endless rain of money and jobs forever' )

The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Can we have more technical articles?

I don't know if they will feature in 2017's hot list, but I do love a piece of well researched geekery. I don't think you can have enough of them. (Imagine what we could do if all the energy that went into DevOps and IOT were harnessed for good!)

The other thing I love on here is that beneath the cheeky headlines (don't stop) is a rare puddle of journalistic integrity and intelligence backed up by a commentard army which makes it just as rewarding to read below the story.

Ta lots.

Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: Even *if* it was the Russians that leaked the information

Not wanting to support Clinton here, but the problem here is that I would be surprised if *any* politician doesn't manipulate the truth presented to the public. Having one side being hacked and the other remain in control of their message unbalances things. Even if there is nothing to answer for, a public opening of an investigation is enough to knock confidence - which is exactly what happened when you look at the polls.

That said, it's a novel situation for a US president to be elected with help from a country that he supposedly wants to have an arms race with.

I am genuinely confused about how this could be useful to Putin. Perhaps he knows how easy Trump is to wind up and thinks this may work to his advantage. Or perhaps he is just having a laugh. That would probably be enough of a reason. After all, once you've bought your islands and your planes and your gold shit and your friends, what else is there to do with the remaining hundreds of billions you've extracted from the russian state?

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

" In the UK a broadly similar situation has been upset by the emergence of electors failing to follow the script"

There were two scripts. There was the script you mean (i.e. the one supported by every main party at the last election because it was the right thing to do), and the alternative - that our country had been 'taken away', promises of windfalls to the NHS, threats of 70 million brown turkish hordes descending on us, the dismissing of any business concerns as merely 'project fear'.

2017 is the year when we find out how little anyone had thought about the real consequences of Brexit, and just how far politicians are likely to pursue the idiotic in an attempt to save face.

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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They are missing an optimisation, which I hereby patent

Cut out the container ship and truck journeys. Instead, tat is freighted by blimp direct from China, where it then takes up position over a town, then litters said town with a snow of tat over the next week until emptied, whereupon the blimp returns to China for a refill.

I have drawn this badly on a piece of paper left over from christmas party games and submitted it to the patent office.

Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Good example of humans at work on an idea..

Not the chinese experiment, but this debate.

We have a wide spread of opinion, based on varying degrees of understanding of physics in general and previous attempts to investigate the claims of this type of device. There's a spread of supposed certainty about the chances of success, and a cloud of people like me that don't have the time or brain to have come to an informed understanding of the chances of this effect being real, but enjoy the outpourings of those who seem a bit more clued up, which is what makes El Reg worth visiting in the first place. (Note to El Reg: More techy articles in 2017!)

And of course, it wouldn't be 2016 without a little bit of casual racism, stoutly defended as though it were a good thing, would it?

Happy new year!

Gluster techie shows off 'MySQL of object storage' Minio projects

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Another technology

...that I probably have to understand, and determine whether and when it gets into the projects I'm involved with. (It's no good dismissing every new kid on the block because some are game-changers).

A bit of me isn't complaining. I lose count of how many times this cycle has paid dividends... but it does feel like a hamster in a wheel.

Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

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Re: "Planned Register of Muslims"

All those points are valid.

At this moment in time, few find it easy to predict what the man will actually do (or try to do), because reason and Trump are only occasionally to be found in the same room together (and perhaps then it's just a case of ships in the night). So I think some people are hoping he is all (nasty) mouth and no trousers.

However, I don't see any cause to be relaxed. The people he is appointing give cause for concern. He has invited some rather unpleasant people to run things that they hate or want to destroy or undermine. So even if there isn't a coherent message coming from this 'team', if you invite bears in the house, expect a lot of shit.

No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Re: Remind me...

I knew someone at college who would only eat white things*. He was white too. Very white. And a little unwell lots of the time.

Perhaps he is the tip of the massive iceberg that is the market for this gloop. (It is white isn't it?)

(*except sultanas. We never got to the bottom of this exception but it fascinated the whole corridor)

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