* Posts by DJSpuddyLizard

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Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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The Dash buttons obvious already contain WiFi circuitry and some processing power.

Add an LED display. When you press then button, it shows the price, press again to buy within 30 seconds.

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Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

Those little annoying bastards who seem to be writing all of the "Secret Questions" that websites use nowadays to prove you are you

And some of them are case-sensitive, just to make it harder. Was it McKenzie or Mckenzie or did I type mckenzie ?

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Re: Airport facial recognition

Men with beards break the UK border facial recognition s/w; how can that be a problem?

It was a problem for the Victorians, and is still a problem.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Frazzles are not suitable for humans

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: battered?

Finally, turn the heat back up, return the lardons to the pan and stir gently a few times, making sure any remaining water has evaporated. For a really festive touch, mix in a few sliced marrons glacés before serving.

You missed the step where you remove the sprouts before serving.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: Classic Reg, keeping it classy

Vitriol I've always imagined in tastes like really, really oversteeped tea.

I thought it was a cross between cod liver oil, motor oil, and goat cheese.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Ironic, isn't it?

Westcliffe-on-sea -

they did. That was the reason I liked to go visit me Gran in the mid to late 80s - it was the only Maplin store I knew of - and I loved the catalogue.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Because when confronted with a message on a screen, people's understanding becomes astonishingly literal.

I thought that as IT people, we're all astonishingly literal anyway? Specifications don't really work otherwise.

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Lazy

Yeah, and this is why if you're concerned about security, or even functionality, you don't link to dynamic third-party libraries. Third party libraries that you don't have locally are subject to change.

Did people not pay attention two years ago, when removing 'left-pad' crashed Node?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/23/npm_left_pad_chaos/

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: Hilarious

"there'll be a lot of web developers suddenly out of work"

That seems rather doubtful. There's a lot more to web development than just arranging the visuals.

Yes, but those "web developers" whose sole qualification is three weeks at a Web Boot Camp will be soon having to be selling off their kidneys.

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But don't get too comfy. You'll be on the Help Desk soon

But the Help Desk have all been replaced with an AI chatbot that really only knows to tell people to restart their devices.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Password027!

Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

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Re: There is so much to be wary of here . . .

Once I got to the point where the name of the app was given (Voatz), my mind just shut off.

Why do I have pictures of stoats in my mind?

And on the radio, they're trying to convince me to mispronounce 'Disqus" as if it had an extra S on the end.

Mind you, they also promoted an elder assist program that helped with "lighthouse keeping" instead of "light housekeeping"

The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: Dear ICANN,

Don't create a new TLD unless it is 100% crystal clear from the get-go, beyond any question of debate, who it should belong to.....

Similarly I have no objection to creating ".disney' or '.pepsi' if you really must, though I think it's a shocking waste of everyone's time.

You're actually contradicting yourself.

Have you ever visited Nissan.com ? There's an interesting tale....

Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Re: I'm actually surprised that it works on raw samples at all

I actually think that moving to raw samples is a rather bad thing to do

Exactly. They're already making it harder. I don't go around humming a pop song because I remember the Ronkhorn synth had extra reverb in it, I remember the song because of the melody.

Perhaps if they'd started with the glaringly obvious idea of just using more source material they could do better.

Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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I'd heard of them, but I didn't realize how obnoxious these are till I saw them in person yesterday in Nashville. A required safety feature should be for them to beep loudly every five seconds, at least I'll have time to switch my brolly to "dismount the idiot" mode when walking down the sidewalk.

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

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Forever...

I just updated my Windows 7 laptop to WIn 10, and now it seems to take about 20 minutes to Restart.

That's for the shutting-down part, not the starting-up part.

Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

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Re: Debranding and forcing AMD out of gaming is anti-competitive and monopolistic.

ASUS was selling BOTH Radeon and Geforce under the Republic of Gamers or ROG brand. nVidia forced ASUS to DEBRAND RADEON from ROG

They should have tried selling the Radeon offerings under the "Republic of Gamerz" brand. There, eliminated the confusion for you!

Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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It's well known that adverts appearing because of your browsing history only recommend items that you'd only buy again after considerable time had passed (cars, refridgerators, sofas). God forbid that anyone would actually see an advert that was useful.

Is that why, six years later, Amazon is still suggesting baby products to me?

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unisys screwed up

I would refine that to having partaken in a "grab a box of books for free" offer and not even knowing what he has taken.

No, it's like a pile of books available for free - "please take one [or more]!", and the kid shows up with a robot that picks up the books one by one and shoves them in a box.

The fact that one of the books is "Top Secret Methods for mounting rockets on LaserSharks" is not his fault.

Signing up for the RAF? Don't bother – you've been Capita'd

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Re: Slightly unrelated, but...

Notwithstanding that most places seem to be able to work this out automatically from the card number, there was nothing at all to indicate you were supposed to do this.

Yes, the first two digits... If you say "37..." I say "American Express". "60" = Discover Card, "4" = Visa, etc.

Oh, and don't you love "discoverable" interfaces? I always delight in discovering an optimum experience

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

A simple sanity check for dates would save so much grief!

Yes it would. For a job years ago I wrote a VB.Net tool to archive data and images to optical disk for sale to the public. I soon learned that when it blew up, it was probably because some government user managed to write something like "Feb 29 2005" . My solution was to assume they meant the last day of February.

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Re: "until I get my dark adaptation back"

Do what pilots do - close one eye in such situations

How often to aircraft pilot have to deal with oncoming cars?

Seriously though, yes, this works. It's why pirates wore eyepatches

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

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..Who remembers those "demonstrations" at the Networks show in Birmingham in the 90s, where Novell dropped anvils on one of a pair of running servers to show, er, gravity or something. ...

I remember seeing the Compaq Destructive Testing Lab when I was a contractor back in Houston in the 90s. It seemed they would attempt to crush servers, then act surprised when the poor machine actually crushed. I really don't know how that was supposed to help the average buyer ... "Yes, but our servers can stand up to FOURTEEN thousand pounds of force!" sorry, mate, if there's 14,000 pounds force extra in your server room, there's a problem that most likely needs immediate attention.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Re: Sinclair jump started programming in Europe

So, a friend got me the 'Complete ZX Spectrum ROM Disassembly' by Dr.Ian Logan and Dr.Frank O.Hara. The bible of programming Assembly Z80 on the Spectrum!

I had one, too.

The really cool thing to think about now, is that you could just about understand the whole system.

You understood to some degree the hardware, what each chip did, the assembler instruction set, the programs, and maybe even how the BASIC worked. Of course I had to look up Chebyshev polynomials, but you can see how it uses them, even if you don't fully grasp the math.

Now, I really don't understand what cross-site XML phalumph scripting has to do with my ISO viewstate enterprise modelfactory anymore, and these days I have to research stored procedures I wrote last month, because they're so complex.

Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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Re: Cats can be a problem

@Cats can be a problem.

Toddlers too.

On our PCs at home I had to bypass the power and reset buttons and install switches with a key.

Good old cold-war missile bunker key switches on both PCs, just in case.

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

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Re: Bah!

It would seem that the new payroll system would never have worked manually either. Spotting that before anyone puts mouse to desk is the trick (and the greater part of Ollie's talk that day).

And it does make me wonder why not write a payroll system mainly from scratch?

Use an existing database platform, and write an application that mimics your manual payroll system.

The complexity of the system is usually much lower when rolling your own rather than customizing or munging an "Enterprise!" solution to try to fit your need.

Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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I do see a huge potential problem here.

If a rocket on a launch pad fails to start, it goes nowhere.

If a rocket tossed out of a plane fails to start, it makes a new artificial reef.

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork

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It's up to a company to decide the value it places on a position, markets-rates are only a guidance for them

Ah... but they are market-rates, as in "free market". As soon as you open the possibility of importing labor that will work below the market rate, then you're buggering around with the market.

Even in the absence of imported labour below the going market rate, you may well find someone to take that job for £40k, but they might not be as qualified or as competent as you'd like - the qualified, competent ones are interviewing for that £75k job.

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Two stories:

DC or AC? Coz from what I understand DC shocks can a lot harder on the system and require a lot less current to kill you.

According to Topsy and St. Thomas Edison, AC is the real killer.

This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: To be honest...

The theory is borne out by people like software engineers. They're professional and often highly-paid, but they can only be promoted by turning good engineers into crap managers. They usually get overtime and out-of-hours pay. Me, I'm a contractor, so I have no prospects of any kind.

Can you get me a job there? No software engineers in the USA making more than $23,600/yr are exempt, and nobody's going to pay them any overtime. How you you think silicon valley startups operate?

On the other hand, when I was a contractor, I would be paid overtime, but usually used it as an excuse to work no more than 40 hours per week.

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: Remnant of the 1980s

Having a local shop got me out of a hole last Sunday - my desktop PSU went bang on Saturday night, and Maplin was the only local outfit to have a suitable PSU in stock

Same thing with the last thing I *ever* bought from a Radio Shack store in the USA - a PSU - 15 minutes before closing time, and I wouldn't have been able to get to a "big box" store in time. Of course, the sales staff didn't know they even sold them, so I had to show them what it looked like.

Ah, Maplins, I remember the days when it was just a cardboard box I shopped at when I went to visit me granny in Westcliff.

Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Re: Long time coming?

I'm pretty sure I got my wife some kind of edible arraignment when our first daughter was born twenty years ago.

What was she edibly arrested for?

Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals

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Re: I think we're still a bit upset that AT&T moved to Dallas.

St Louis is still a little upset that Southwestern Bell moved to San Antonio. Because the CEO wasn't allowed to join the country club he wanted to.

You're quite correct, I'd rather forgotten about that... and I have no excuse as I actually wrote a paper about the history and future of SBC in 2001, back in business school.

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If you PAY the company to move to your city, they won't have any problem getting someone else to pay them to move later.

That why San Antonio didn't submit a bid. I think we're still a bit upset that AT&T moved to Dallas.

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: monkey business

I think quite a bit of the CGI for the Apes movies is based on live action motion capture, so likely to be more convincing than some other CGI which is, let's face it, like watching a cartoon

Well, Andy Serkis is a convincing actor.

Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

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Re: Well Discovery has the occasional swearing

it may have been better had it not tried to fit into the Startrek universe but as it is it's just a terrible mismatch with poor acting and plot.

Wait a minute.... are you suggesting Trek usually has good acting and plot?

What strange alternative universe are you from?

Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Re: And for those lost episodes.

Can't we just zoom out* and collect all the TV transmissions from the very beginning?

Not really. At 38 light years out, the signal degradation would be too much.

Good old Inverse Square thingy, I think.

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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Exemptions

I live in the USA at this is story is frankly incredible. As in unbelievable.

The cops replaced the lock ???????

US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

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Re: The Land of the Free

Stephen - nobody's forcing you to vote.

You seem to somehow be wildly confusing automatic voter registration with compulsory voting.

The left wing already wins most elections without it

Huh? Perhaps state elections in predominantly "blue" states, but in "red" states, and on a national level, this is obviously not the case. If you said "the left wing already wins most elections in urban areas," you'd be closer to the truth.

The true vote is those who want to vote voting.

Agreed. That's why it should be easier for those who want to vote to be able to, with such accommodations as holding national elections on weekends, not on Tuesdays ( which was to make it easier for farmers to vote hundreds of years ago) or making election day a federal holiday.

$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Even the experts sound iffy

It's worth paying for the good stuff. The most expensive whisky I ever bought was a bottle of 1956 Glen Grant that cost £80 in 1996. I drank the last measure in 2006. Very nice too. The same stuff, bottled in 2008 is now selling for about £1500!

Yes, but like you say, " Once it is bottled it stops developing flavour and character."

So the '56 Glen Grant you bought in 1996 is not "the same stuff" as the '56 Glen Grant bottled in 2008. Keeping a bottle of whisky longer means that it's older, not that it's matured more, and may be less valuable than the same year's whiskey bottled in a later year, as you just demonstrated.

In the hotel's case, the tipple was expensive because it was thought to have been very old and rare.

Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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Re: Software will always expand to fit the available hardware

Now, I think it's fair to believe that companies such as Apple and Microsoft do try their damnedest to make their products perform as fast and efficiently as they can

Have to take issue with this. Both companies have reliably been able to expect customers to buy faster processors and, especially, more memory. As a result, they've targeted such environments when developing.

There's already an incentive to buy a newer phone (faster hardware), but bloat provides iphone users with a disincentive not to upgrade their phone. Granted, at some point, a particular iPhone generation has had it's last update (can't put iOS 11 on my daughter's iPhone 5, for example), but Apple is all about encouraging consumers to buy new hardware every few years, they make $0 from the software.

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Re: Very good points!

but the programmer needs to understand how the hardeware and software stack in the background works in order to optimize, not just know how to indent and use camelCase.

This has always been the case. For example - my first real programming job, 1993, IBM 4680 Basic compiler. String parameters to functions passed on the stack. Not a reference, the whole string on the stack. Throughout the application code there were comments like "if you remove the following line, program will break, but I don't know why". Well, if you'd read and understood the compiler manual, you'd know why.

USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Why would you give your data over to some cloudy thing

"Cloud" is just shorthand for "somebody else's computer"

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Attempting to drive when you're that tired is unimaginably stupid.

Indeed, they should have found something more serious to charge him with.

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Fall Creator's Update

Is that for people who create fall [autumn], or is it just released in the fall and you have to be godlike to get it working properly?

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Re: The Recent One

I hear it was good. I went to see it in 3D, but I think a projector was out of focus, as all I remember was a massive headache and bleeding eyes. Of course, that may have happened to all viewers.

Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

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Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

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Hence, there is literally no point, as you can't change or improve anything to do with the rendering whatsoever.

That's a bit like saying "what's the point of installing a different browser on my PC, it will use the same graphics card."

I prefer the way Chrome looks on my iPhone.

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Re: Get with it, granddad!

>>PowerPoint? All the kewl kids are using Sway for digital story-telling.

Is that like InfoPath?

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