* Posts by Loud Speaker

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Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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Re: What's the problem here?

Wrong: this is not a singular use. "whoever finds himself" in this context delivers a collective result - meaning all the people in this category, ranging from 0 to infinity, hence the use if "They".

This is the equivalent of an SQL "select where X is guilty" which delivers an unknown number of matches.

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Re: What's the problem here?

"Jo can't afford a Goth costume to annoy their parents with, so they are identifying as non-binary for a bit."

No. You may be desperate to impute that other people are sexist, but the truth is: You are an illiterate imbecile.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Imagine... No Switches....

Took a while, but eventually I found that one senior manager decided that wall mounted switches for the servers were not really considered cost effective as each server had its own on/off switch already built in......

Copies of this story should be left lying about in boardrooms everywhere (with an explanation of why this is dumb-fuck behaviour, because dumb-fucks can't figure it out for themselves). (Similar to Blinkenlights signs on mainframes).

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: Punished if you buy phone from elsewhere

Careful research will reveal that "unlimited minutes" are shorter than normal minutes.

I used to work for a telco where the equipment was configured to provide the user with 6 seconds for every minute he paid for. This was more generous than several competitors.

Never trust a telco further than you can throw them.

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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Re: "For certain uses, you want the datacenter near the users."

Texas is Biiiiiiig, but it doesn't stretch across the Atlantic Ocean yet....

Don't worry, Chuck Norris is working on that!

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Obviously...

resumé simply because it's in an open source ISO standard format?

Or, why would you submit your resumé in a format that can be edited by someone at the recipient end?

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Because I, J, K, L, M, O and P, and any variable with a name beginning with those, is an integer in Fortran, and we all learned Fortran in College before BASIC was invented.

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

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Re: I've always preferred ..

Worse still, you lose the post-it note you wrote it on, and have to access the account after a month away in a country where you had to speak another language.

I will continue to use "correct-horse-battery-staple" unless money depends on it. (Except for government websites that don't allow passwords longer than 8 characters).

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

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Re: Xp is still alive

I have an embroidery machine that needs XP. The manufacturer's suggested upgrade is to buy a new £5,000 machine. I met their UK MD recently, and explained their competitors support Linux, and IF I replace the machine, I will NEVER buy into Windows dependence again. I have learned my lesson.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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Re: Conspiracy theory.

People piss and moan about how 'boring' the iOS UI is.

That is not people that is reviewers - people who would be out of a job if phones remained in one place long enough for people to figure out what all the features actually did, and where the bloody setting they want has gone now!

However, experience with cars has taught us - if you don't want the brake pedal in a different place in each car, you need to legislate! (And quite possibly execute a few "libaturds" "pour encourager les autres").

Its the same reviewers who think it is a good idea to have notches, remove headphone jacks, and make it impossible to replace broken parts in a device that can barely survive for a year in a home environment. These are crimes against the environment and the reviewers are guilty of aiding and abetting - possibly incitement as well in some cases.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

it's not an "experience" it's a "journey".

In the case of Gimp, it is a wrestle - with an alligator!

Just try to add some text in a specific place, font and size. Even one word can take an hour as all your settings get eaten by vultures or kidnapped by aliens - you set 12 points? Well tough - it goes back to 17 pixels before you can press a space bar. You selected "Pillar box red"? Well, you did, but the default is black, so that is what you get?

As for changing the brush size? well you will need to sacrifice more than a goat for that to work!

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: Evidence?

Google cars have currently driven 120million miles with zero fatalities,

Obviously, none of them in Lagos.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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YMMV

Does "accessible to advertisers" mean that Google uses the highly personal profile to choose which ads to show to the users, or does that mean that advertisers can read the highly personal profile of the users?

Yes

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Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

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Re: What about demand?! It is about to burst out!

Demand is about to undergo a huge shift. AI in its many flavors, AR, VR

I have a slightly used flying pig if you ever feel the need for one.

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Peace pays dividend for OpenWRT as 'baseline' release lands on servers

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Re: Good news.

> I first used the OpenWRT about 12 years ago.

So did I, but I was also using LEDE for the last couple of years.

Now I have just downloaded 18.06.0 and installed it on my Lantiq based router, and I am a happy bunny. (Obviously not the same router as 12 years ago!)

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I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

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Flavours

Large Hadron flavoured ale is my favorite. The small hadrons just don't hack it!

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

If they're trying Linux for the first time, and Linux doesn't yet support their hardware,

Then get them to email me their time machine. its not 1999 any more.

These days its far more likely Windows doesn't support their hardware.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Re: A fine distinction

Currently, it is more like farcical recognition.

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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Re: I wish OR well

You can estimate the effectiveness of support from your BT "support team" by their ranking in the Football world cup. There effectiveness at IT support is roughly two places below that.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: eh?

Anyone who has worked in distribution (See Amazon) is well placed to observe how the UK distribution industry is so delicately balanced that more than one banana skin on the M25 in the same quarter could trigger mass starvation if it is the wrong kind of banana.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: Just to mudddy the waters a trifle ...

Maybe we can switch back after Brexit.

Yes, lets. Its no more stupid than anything else to do with Brexit.

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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The purpose of using an email address for login is that the average idiot can remember his email address. He probably can't remember a password with more than 4 characters, but he can use the "reset password" button - much easier than typing 32 character passwords.

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Re: Got to watch those password lengths

SQL (or "a Sequel" if you prefer)

No

Sequel was something entirely different - an IBM product predating SQL. MS don't want you to know this. Sequel was NOT GOOD.

Emojis of sexually explicit vegetables should only be used for passwords on porn sites. Think of the children!

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Re: "Wrong" email addresses

I take it your friend's name is O'DROP DATABASE';

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Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Re: Another Appstore?

You can't piss off developers in that situation.

Speaking as a developer, they DID piss me off this way!

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Re: Look at all those wonderful alternatives insight.....Oh wait

You have completely lost the plot here: Google says "if you want to sell a phone with Google Apps, ALL your phones MUST have Google Apps" That is why there is a case against Google at all.<p>

Yes, we do want Google to say "if you offer a phone with Android, you must offer the _same_ phone without Google apps". In fact, we want the EU to say "we are going to fine you $5B a minute if you don't". <p>

The actual result was less impressive, but still much closer to what we want than the present situation. Unfortunately $5B once off is unlikely to be noticed by Google.

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Re: What I want (i.e. will pay for) in my smartphone OS

The reality is, more and more of my friends and family will not upgrade their present phone because they can't abide the bloatware, and would only buy a flagship phone without it. Bloatware seriously damages the Android experience.

Android flagships are sinking - you don't need Netcraft to confirm it. If EU regulations wont stem the rising tide, maybe consumer dissatisfaction will.

Contracts are dead: SIM free is better because the contracts are scams, and you can buy medium priced phones if desperate because you broke your old one. Here in the UK, grey imports are more attractive to a lot of people because of dual SIM.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Damn

Smart meters are necessary to achieve robust vendor lock-in.

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Spelling check?

Just watch the subtitles on a popular news program to see daily demonstrations of this failure mode.

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Re: Hmmm

Zebras have stripes to throw off tsetse flies (or test files, depending on your AI).

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Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about

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Re: Core issues

Here in East London, we have long had a saying "If you cannot tell if you are being robbed - YOU ARE BEING ROBBED!"

In the same vein:

If they won't tell you how the security mechanism works - they know it doesn't work.

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Standard big company shit. Turf wars, NIH, general mis-communication.

You would, however, expect a large software company to be better at this.

Microsoft IS a big company: as far as I am aware, they are among the world leaders when it comes to Turf wars, NIH, and general mis-communication.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: We're spending more on administering this than we are on actual welfare

I was once told it cost £30 in administration for each £1 paid in benefits.

Does anyone have the actual, up do date figures? or the time to do an FOI request?

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Historical or hysterical? you tell me!

Good old fashioned politicians studied History as part of their education, and History used to include the the French Revolution, with the aim if suggesting what could go wrong if you oppress the poor too much.

For those who did not study history: the outcome looks a lot like ISIS, Boko Haram, etc: mass killing sprees with not much logic behind them, mostly the poor killing the poor themselves, and very hard to stop once started. (It is true some of the rich go first, but once started, killing is hard to stop).

And don't forget Gordon Brown, in taxing the "filthy rich" decided that included people on the dole. The definition of "filthy rich" generally means "anyone I can get £1 out of" when it comes to inflicting pain.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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Re: Floating point crypto operations?

Where are the square and triangular ones kept?<P>

Does that even matter? The Pentagon types are the ones to worry about!

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: If only I could pay

Or, as someone more famous than me said about having shit flung in his face:

"No Shit, Sherlock!"

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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O.R.A.C.L.E.

So Oracle is offensive? who knew?

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Alternative version

When I head this story (in about 1979) the alarm was at an electricity sub station, and was allegedly genuine (ie I was told by someone who claimed to have involvement when I was working for an alarm manufacturer).

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

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Re: Liquidate company to avoid paying

I have been told by several accountants, on many occasions. that the law states that if a company breaks the law, then, by implication, the contract forming the limited company is broken, and therefore, liability is no longer limited: the shareholders have unlimited liability, although in proportion to their shareholding.

If this is not the law, then it bloody well ought to be.

IF, and ONLY IF it is in the memorandum of association (which I doubt ever happens) the shareholders can pass the liability for criminal action to the directors (as they have legal responsibility for directing what the company does), jointly and severally - meaning that if they can't get the money from some directors, they can still get it from the others - even if one director is forced to pay the whole fine/costs. And even if he resigns before the fine, if it happened on his watch, he is still liable.

This should also be legally enforced.

Remember, we the people consent to the creation of limited companies. We are entitled to have a say in how they behave as a condition of that consent. If your MP does not support YOUR rights over the rights of companies, then you should probably not be voting for him/her, regardless of party affiliation. Companies may be "persons" in law, but they have no votes. You might need to explain this to your MP in words of one syllable.

I write this as the director on several companies. (I don't want to face competition from scum).

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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

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I wouldn't trust these idiots with my router.

Unfortunately, most of the closed source alternatives are seriously insecure and barely functional.

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Re: Seems like a project killer to me

Not used OpenWRT for a while, but I put LEDE on my BT provided hub, and now it doesn't crash every few minutes, my downloads are 20 times faster, and my uploads are three times faster. On top of that, the UI is actually documented (although you would have to be fairly technically knowledgeable to configure it).

BT sent me a replacement hub when I complained about the crashing - it is exactly the same, and my son's at another location is similar (crashes only about once an hour instead of several times).

BT do not have any meaningful documentation on their "home hubs" and that on the Business Hubs appears to be a limited script on how to do what they think you want to do.

LEDE is not for everyone, but for some, it is wonderful. Or, maybe, BT Hub software is complete shite, but, IME, the other vendors are not much better.

The OSS would be massively better if the hardware manufacturers were to allow people to read the documentation on their products. I think they should be forced* to release all docs on any product that is EOL's to minimise landfill.

* This might need to be at gunpoint in the case of Oracle and Cisco.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: Please don't kill me with downvotes...

I won't even get started on the marketing department

Please, start a Kickstarter for that ... you will be a millionaire overnight.

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Re: There's an island somewhere...

I assume 6 is for testing the smoke alarm.

No. That is 4. 6 is to burn the building down.

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Re: Genuine Senior Management Quote

the database will have to be converted twice.

If you are lucky, the original will be left on a USB stick in a London train terminus - you are going to need a backup!

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Would you expect a Scot to make special arrangements when moving to England?<P>

I think this has demonstrated that the Scots and Irish need to do so immediately or expect the same fate. The Welsh are clearly doomed.

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Caribena<P>

But even better with rum!

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Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

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T1, T2 and T3 completely obsolete - send to landfill now!

Having declared Sparcs T1, T2 and T3 completely obsolete, implying no longer a source of profit, Does the Shower of Shit plan to allow firmware patches for them to be freely distributed to people with these systems so a future generation of users can learn the benefits of their architecture at home, or is their commitment to "dog in the manger" philosophy of suing people who are so impertinent as to look at their software, so great that they prefer to demonstrate that the best way to improve your ability to stand on your own two feet is to cut off your legs at the knees?

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Re: There is no God given right to digital security

In other words:

Anyone who believes that their financial transactions are protected over the internet is in for a reality check? Thought as much. Someone should tell Amazon and Barclays Bank.

Incidentally, OTPs still work, whether you use a pen and paper, or a shell script. I think you will find MP3s and PNGs work quite well as OTPs. (random() is probably better). The trick is saying which file and getting a copy to the other end. Its not difficult, but I will not disclose my methods without being paid ;-)

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Racketeering

How is this even legal?<p>

Racketeering is legal in America, apparently.

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Re: Spam-fighting?

I would rather like to be able to pay a few cents for something that would silently throw Google away! And Facepalm, and the twittersphere.

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