* Posts by Rob Gr

113 posts • joined 21 Jul 2014


RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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I was about to make a comment that was startlingly similar. That book was awesome and gave me a foundation in many aspects of computing.

While US fires criminal charges at Huawei, UK tells legislators not to worry, everything's fine

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Re: @robpomeroy

Indeed, I seem to remember Uber recently being involved in such activities for example.

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Re: Who's afraid of the big bad dragon

I has evidently escaped your attention that the majority of African Americans did not arrive as immigrants, but as slaves. Most have lived there for generations now, and so are not immigrants at all.

But let's all make excuses for racism in the system, eh?

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Just an idea

Simple, freeze their assets too until it gets sorted.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: Brittle software?

That also required the legal system in the US and EU interceding to force MS to drop anti-competitive practices. I suspect the same intervention may be required here, but am not convinced the authorities are on the case.

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

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"WHat the fuck do I get with .net?"

Memory safety for one. And don't try to tell me that you're one of the C developers who don't make memory errors - they're like Unicorns.

Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website

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Re: re Headline

A pinch and a Hollerith punch for the first of the month?

(I'll fetch my chad and leave)

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Re: no, just no.

And yet violence by right wing individuals and organisations seems to be reaching an apex at exactly the same time as they have been given a platform to voice their opinions. Allowing them a platform amplifies their voices, and they feel empowered to turn voice into action.

Such opinions are much less likely to be expressed privately, as most reasonable people would call them out.

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Re: no, just no.

Still people don't seem to understand the distinction between allowing someone freedom of speech and being compelled to provide them a platform.

Facebook, Twitter et al. have no duty to allow all voices to be heard. People wanting to espouse these views can always look elsewhere to do so.

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: and this appears to be

That's kind of irrelevant, as there appear to have been sufficient quantities to look like trafficking.

Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

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It really should surprise noone that cheats, unauthorised mods (or even, occassionally authorised mods), and cracked software are a common attack vector for malware. In no way is this limited to Fortnite. Any parent of a 14 year old can tell you this - laptops read regular disinfection when used by teenage gamers.

Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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"I did a quick check and Facebook is worth nearly 1/2 trillion dollars. So, if they do not play ball, any fine really, is going to be insignificant."

GDPR penalities are up to €20 million, or 4% of annual turnover - whichever is higher. So, even to Facebook, that could be a problem.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: Disagree....

C++ Rule #2:

Insulting those who raise valid criticisms of the language really helps engage the community.

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Re: C and C-style C++

With all the incurrring dangers relating to buffer overflows, unfreed memory, etc.

To write new code without some form of protection from these kind of errors is verging on irresponsible now.

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Shameful

I concur here - I wouldn't expect any product to use the initials NHS, unless actually part of the NHS. Having been warned over NHSubuntu, they really may have foreseen issues with NHoS. On the other hand, immediately reaching for lawyers was a bit heavy handed.

I'm also surprised the NHS would actually consider anything produced on a volunteer basis by 4 workers. What about support concerns? Are they capable of moving fast in the case of breakage? There may be other factors at play.

Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that

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Re: Detecting Fake News is hard

Chomsky and Herman's Manufacturing Consent (1988) illustrated that Western media has always been guilty of the sin of omission, and is manipulated by political parties to "frame a debate". I find it unlikely there has ever been a newspaper that just prints "facts", without having some filter of the vested interests of the owners.

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Re: Detecting Fake News is hard

To really stop reading fake news, you'd pretty well have to stop reading news.

However, some outlets of news seem to make no attempt at actually providing news. Social media and the UK tabloids spring to mind.

BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

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"Also I thought we were in the business of selling high tech death machines to dubious human rights abusing regimes abroad such as

Saudi Arabia,Oman,Kuwait, as well as ,Germany and Spain ,Italy,Austria"

Exactly, my heart fails resolutely to bleed on this one.

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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The UK salaries seem totally wide of the mark, as evidenced by the adverts immediately below the calculator, all of which fall below the lowest percentile.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: @ Hollerithevo As a UX person as well as web dev

That was exactly my thought - based on the heat map illustration it looks like the same layout was tested with flat UI elements vs 3D elements. However, changing to a good modern design requires more than just changing a theme - it should use the placement and coloring to give the user cues which elements are active and which are passive.

Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: Well..

"why aren't men given priority in nursing if this is a thing?"

Because they're too busy being disproportionately employed at higher positions as doctors and specialists, which pay a shit load more, in spite of similar outcomes from medical qualifications.

Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Generally, positive discrimination is introduced to combat the fact that discrimination is already happening, in the opposite direction. Ideally, it would not be needed, but there seems little evidence of that in various aspects of society.

Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

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I've always felt that crimes committed by the police should actually be punished more severely than amongst the general population, precisely because of the abuse of position and as a deterrent.

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

1. Click in Search box

2. Type Sn..

3. Select "Snipping Tool"

4. Click New

5. Marquee select part of screen of interest.

6. Switch to email

7. Ctrl+V


Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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I'm surprised the interested agencies don't register as advertisers, then they could hoover all the info they desire.

Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Re: Dixons Price

That would be nice, but I think these places know that the only reason people don't buy such things online is that they want one yesterday.

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

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"Maude is regarded as having achieved more than most in trying to break the insane amount of money the public sector still spends on, frankly, crap IT."

I think your fingers must have slipped on the last two words there. Crap-IT-a, surely.

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Sadly, that's not the case here. The right to be forgotten simply allows someone to request that links to information be removed when "there is no compelling reason for its continued processing" - that is not the same thing as the information being incorrect.

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: MP3

One thing, as the owner of a large collection of vinyl and CDs there are none of my vinyl records that are unplayable - occassionally small artifacts, but mostly listenable.

Lots of my CDs have started jumping and become utterly unlistenable. I'm transferring them all to digital storage and just keeping the CD inserts - the rest are just junk now.

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: Putty ....

Hmm, that's not my experience - all 500 PC's in our offices have been upgraded to Win 10.

Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Re: Make use of...

There is no such thing as Road Tax in the UK. Sorry to disappoint you. There is vehicle tax, but roads are under the remit of local government (except motorways), so actually cyclists probably effectively subsidise motorists to use roads - they don't produce much wear.

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I believe the transport minister has bad form wrt cyclists and pedestrians:


Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: The key word is 'Ever'

"There's also this Huffington Post article from 2012 which says that more people were killed by bees & wasps than by terrorism."

What do you think is behind the development of pesticides that are threatening bees with extinction?

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: What a colostomy bag...

I love the irony of someone who chooses the child-catcher as his profile image posting this.

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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That was anticipated

Two things are predicatable after any "terror" related incident (although in this case, one nutter with a knife does not exactly seem to worth even considering as terror):

1. Right-wing nutters will groundlessly blame it on immigration.

(check - Nuttal and Farage both - later turns out nutter was UK-born and converted to Islam in UK)

2. Home Secretary of time will use it as an excuse to try to get more surveillance powers.

In both cases, there is no basis in evidence for the reaction.

Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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I admire Bill Gates more, who put hard cash and thought towards realisable goals.

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Re: meh

Scrabble, I'm in!

Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Re: Let's Hope...

and worse, I can finally understand the lyrics "wooaaah your sex is on fire".

Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Re: ksh or nothing, thank heavens for cygwin

I must admire the originality of your wit. Micro-Shaft, .Not, and Power-hell.

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

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"WHY, Microsoft?"

Because it is part of the Unicode character set perchance?

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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To be fair, COBOL is probably the most successful language ever, if your criteria is long-term support.

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Re: Why is ssh built in?

"In fact, few systems are more backward compatible than Windows."


I was under the impression that various UNIX software developed in the 1970s and 1980s still builds on modern systems. The same is definitely not true for Windows.

I'm not entirely sure keeping that level of compatibility is desirable. It may just mean that computing has stagnated, as suggested in this Stack Overflow question from Alan Kay: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/432922/significant-new-inventions-in-computing-since-1980

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

"To control an application from powershell you require to have an interface with it provided by the company who made the software."

Nonesense. Normal command-line invocations are possible too. If you want to make the effort, it is possible to write a cmdlet that makes the command appear powershell-native, but it is by no means a requirement.

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Re: They're taking over Linux!

"'bout as bad as imagining Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day."

Don't know, imagine most of the flesh would have rotted off by now.

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: So what you're saying is...

"...that Facebook should go out of their way to hire more non-white people, in other words: hire more people based entirely on the colour of their skin?"

The issue is that they already are - just it is easier to get a job with them if your skin is white.

I refer you to an excellent post on this issue by Aral Balkan: https://ar.al/notes/on-false-dichotomies-and-diversity/

I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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"It gives me a glimpse into the presumably popular entertainments of the young."

No it doesn't. I can guarantee that youngsters spend more time watching YouTube than MTV, by far.

TV is pretty dull to that generation.

Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

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Absolutely, because Function and End Function is so much of an improvement

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Re: Null pointers

Actually, they had a couple of very interesting projects: Singularity and Midori, that used enhanced forms of C# to produce managed, safe O/S. Very, very interesting work, and some of the most radical O/S research in recent years.

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Re: Null pointers

The difference is that its easy to subvert a reference:

int *p = nullptr;

int& r = *p;

p = 5; // OOPS!

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Re: Null pointers

References in C++ are pretty much the same thing.


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