* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16427 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash

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Re: They probably lost all the records from the

"system admins saying better backup procedures were necessary."

That assumes there were backup procedures. There's no mention of those in any of the reports and presumably none in the original statement. That raises the question as to whether there were any backup procedures at all. What will be really interesting is if someone manages to restore data up to a particular point in time some years ago. Then the hunt starts for the memo that said they should stop wasting money on taking backups that never get used.

Imagination: Come back to MIPS, Wi-Fi router makers, we have an FCC ban workaround

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Re: Not just "American geeks"

"It doesn't matter what the manufacturers want, what matters is what the regulators want."

And what do the customers want? An access point that reports back its location to some central surveillance system?

US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

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Re: The jist of this U.S. government intervention will be...

"Nice external investment from the U.S. you got there, Ireland."

The plaintiff is Schrems. Ireland only comes into it because of the external investment, in this case by Facebook. Ireland has to deal with the complaint because the ECJ told them to at an earlier hearing. It then told them they couldn't use on Safe Harbor by wiping it out. Ireland is simply piggy in the middle in this so why should the US come along and bully them? By the sound of this if it's trying to bully anyone it's the ECJ and maybe Schrems. Schrems appears to be looking forward to yanking their chain and courts don't take kindly to attempts to bully them.

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Re: so?

You may be right. I don't think the court would be much impressed. It could make for some amusing cross-examination.

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It looks like the panic's really starting to set in.

Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Re: Wow, just WOW!

"Slurp finally got the windows 10 bullshit generator working!"

Finally? The bullshit generator is the first deliverable of any corporate project.

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"total addressable markets (TAM)"


Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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"Those computer makers OS were generally very simple boot loaders and/or language based systems (such as ROM BASIC). There was very little 'expertise' required and very few businesses had more than one 'platform'."

You have a very limited concept of what a computer is. Does OS/360 mean anything? VMS?

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Re: EU/Ofcom could make itself useful?

Remember the most frightening sentence in the English language? "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

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Phone OEMs seem to be in the same situation with Google that PC OEMs have been with MS. They are entirely subject to the S/W maker's diktats and are vulnerable to the S/W makers moving into H/W any time they choose.

Back in the mists of time computer makers provided their own OS. It was an additional cost for them and an additional cost for customers who had to maintain the required expertise for each platform they had in the business. Commodity OSs solved that. CP/M in particular allowed a lot of startups to offer H/W. Eventually MSDOS & then Windows did the same but gave MS power to do as they liked.

Maybe the H/W manufacturers need to look at setting up a consortium to deliver OSs for both PCs and phones that they can shape to what they perceive to be the market's needs.

Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: I'll never get the marketing people's valuations...

"If you have ever gone to manufacturer's websites to get data on products before making a considered purchase you have responded to advertising. If ten or twenty years ago you ever picked up a copy of e.g. Computer Shopper and waded through hundreds of pages of ads to find the best deal on X you have responded to advertising."

There's a huge difference between this and the usual crap being forced into people's faces. In the latter case the customer is actually looking for something. In the former the potential customer is simply being annoyed. And if that potential customer is anything like me they're not going to turn into real customers for that advertiser's product; they're going to buy from somebody who didn't annoy them.

All the other guff is just BS being fed by the advertising industry to their clients - the one group you can guarantee the advertising industry is successfully selling to.

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This "we" and "you" that keeps cropping up in the article. Count me out.

Over Ireland? Bothered by Brexit? Find that new home for your cloud

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Re: With the IPB coming, EU membership is less important to consider

"a final decision on the Investigatory Powers Bill"

Which will the one made when a case gets taken the ECHR or ECJ, not the one made in Parliament.

Let's Encrypt lets 7,600 users... see each other's email addresses

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"No, the error was not testing it "

No. Both were errors.

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

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Re: I have a Windows Phone Fart App for sale

"We can do this without the bankers."

There's your mistake right there. Unless the bankers get their cut nothing happens.

Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

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"the fact that such people exist in enough numbers to be worth satirising is an uncomfortable thought."

What's more worrying is the number of people who haven't twigged that it's satire.

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Re: fx comapny gb


Developer waits two years for management to define project

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Re: Management...

"Management and sales are two sides of the same valueless coin."

Management can contrive to be two sides of the same valueless coin without the assistance of sales.

I had a client where two directors had been given overlapping areas of responsibility. I can only assume that when the business was set up both had to be given titles to satisfy their egos but nobody could think of sufficiently separated roles for them. This lead to frequent shouting matches in the open office. Essentially these were territorial disputes and I think the only reason they didn't go peeing against desks & machinery to mark their territories was that they didn't think of it.

One of these disputes was how the job batching was to work on a new system. Each was insisting on their pet criteria. We ignored them and built a batching system in which every parameter we could think of could be selected and thresholds set. Neither of them could complain they hadn't got what they wanted which ended that particular dispute. We included a screen for adjusting all this in the shop floor user interface on the basis that the guys doing the work would have a better idea of what was needed in reality and installed it with some reasonable looking initial settings. I don't think it was ever touched again.

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Re: Management...

"70% of the time passes before any development is even planned."

OTOH any developer worth his salt should be able to work out what they need fairly quickly and get on with that. The last 30% of the time can then be spent on working out how to persuade them that that's what they said they wanted.

Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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I commend Judge Alsup's patience. In his position I'd have been tempted to rule contempt of court and bang a few lawyers up for a few months. Or years. And any Oracle execs within range.

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"So what is KDE, Gnome or Unity then?"

KDE, Gnome and Unity are GUIs. KDE is relatively OS agnostic given a suitable underlying windowing system. Gnome these days seems to be increasingly tied in to systemd plumbing (I hope KDE manages to avoid this). Not sure about Unity.

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"the nit pickers"

Nit picking? Different code bases to implement the same set of APIs! Does this remind anyone of anything?

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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"get a great design team"

First define "great design team". Taking a UI for any application and letting "great designers" loose on it never seems to turn out well.

Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

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“The next five years will see An Garda Síochána become a 21st Century police and security service"

A good aspiration - but they should have been saying that about 20 years ago.

Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

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"shouldn't El Reg have three Qs?"

Three Vs: vultures, venom and very bad puns.

No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

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Welcome to the land of continual surprise. You get here by not making any attempt at a realistic estimate of demand. For extra guidance speak to the experts, HMG.

PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: 4 out of 7 teapots would agree

"What have you got against CAPS?"

His employers can't afford them. They're spending too much money replacing functional kit because 3 years. Maybe he should take up CV polishing so as to be ahead of the game.

Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: MS Linux?

FreeBSD is not Linux. FreeBSD is a Unix variant. Linux was a Unix-like OS, now rather less Unix-like.

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...

"a BSD-derived TCP/IP stack first appeared in NT 3.5"

And W95.

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Re: They've done what?!

"my brain combined them"

You need medication...

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Re: Not sure if I should be happy

"It's probably mainly just para-virtualization drivers to cut down the virtualization overhead when running on that VM."

"Just" is no problem. It's the "probably mainly" that worries me. However I'm sure the FreeBSD team will be vigilant.

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Re: this is not your father's Microsoft.

"I'll bet they were huge disks as well, possibly even 8 inchers..?"

Yep. I remember having to fold them up to get into the 3 1/2" drives.

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Re: Just another good example...

"but BSD doesn't have this pesky GPL business so when they decide it's enough of this OSS lip service, MS can just close it up"

Yes, this licence stuff is confusing, isn't it?

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Re: @Flocke

"Mostly they'll be from those who are firmly entrenched in the horrible mind-set of 'Anything Microsoft does is evil'."

Maybe. Or possibly from the mind-set of 'We've seen some doozies from them where their own name's on the product. How much care will they take when it isn't?'.

DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

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Re: missed the point of BOFH

It's not even the people. The BOFH is angry as a matter of principle.

Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Don't get too excited

"Don't blame me, I'm voting for Gary Johnson."

At least you get a vote. The rest of us don't but we still get the fall-out.

Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

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Re: BITS is not "fooled"

"Honestly, a couple of weeks of setup and testing, and then 20-minute rebuild times across any number of devices you like."

The sad thing is that these instructions are passed on as a recommended SOP without any sense that this should not be an acceptable state of affairs.

'MongoDB ate my containers!'

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"So is an ACID db with caching."

And 100,000 queries a day isn't even web scale.

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Non-ACID databases aren't ACID. There's a surprise.

Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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Re: Commons passes snoopers' charter


Remember that we only have this bill because previous attempts have run foul of the courts. I can see no reason to believe that this won't go the same way. It would be nice to think that they won't then try again.

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Commons passes snoopers' charter

By the time most readers get round to reading this article the article reporting the fact that the HoC has passed the snooper's charter will have slid off the end of News Bytes where it was posted. I don't know why this stupid appendage was added to el Reg. I suppose it might be a useful means of keeping PR companies happy by posting their press releases without interfering with the main work of the site but better judgement is needed to ensure real news doesn't go down this fast track to oblivion.

England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Create Gas then

"a newish microgeneration plant on the Wharfe"

Unfortunately this sort of thing isn't helped by Yorkshire Water demanding an extraction fee even though the water extracted is promptly returned back to the river.

Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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"Personally, I thought it was the looms they destroyed, and I suspect most other people do too. If the author had said "cropping frames" instead of "looms", I would have been lost and possibly even forced to read in to the link..."

It's a significant difference.

Textile production in the West Riding had been based on the domestic system where spinning and weaving had been carried out by what were essentially family businesses with finishing processes carried out by specialists (one of these processes, fulling, had long been mechanised). Spinning seems to have been the choke point in this process.

In the late C18th new water powered machinery became available for spinning which in turn allowed weaving to become a full-time occupation. There was a gradual move to the factory system. Productivity and employment were rising. Manual cloth dressing would have become the choke point had this not been mechanised by cropping frames.

Without updating this step in the whole production system then at best the industry and the consequent employment would have had its growth limited; at worst, an more probably, it would have gone elsewhere. In short the few Luddites, who had been an elite, were endangering the employment of the many.

I'm not sure that this accords with what the rant opinion piece was getting at because AFAICS the "scold in San Fransisco" is closer to the cloth dresser than those who object.

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"the Luddites who sought to destroy looms in the 1810s."

Can't you even read the material you link to or do you not understand the difference between a cropping frame and a loom?

Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: Agile has limits

"Write the tests first, write the docs second (should be easy *IF* you have a design)"

So write the design zeroth.

Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: The World Federation of Advertisers

"Now we know we aren't the only victims - the companies with products to sell are being taken for a ride as well."

Have you only just realised that?

Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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I'm sure much the same thing was said about the 15-pin connectors for Ethernet.

Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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“spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.”

I thought they were building that into the OS now.

MPs pass new UK spy law

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....is this hidden in these stupid fast-disappearing news bytes?

Do any of the readership actually think this innovation is worth having?

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"it's off to the House of Lords next"

Then, assuming it gets Royal Assent, it'll be off the ECHR which also can't be scheduled yet. After that, in the absence of an unlikely outbreak of sanity in Whitehall, we go for another iteration of the loop.

Or, in event of a Brexit, the City will start screaming and lobbying as they realise that they can't meet EU requirements about personal data transfer.

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