* Posts by HieronymusBloggs

381 posts • joined 27 Oct 2015


Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: IOT=Crap

"It is perfectly possible to have all these conveniences, to control your lights by voice or from a smartphone app, and all the other things, without the need to use the internet or someone else's server."

Upvote and pint.

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Re: IOT=Crap

"we have IoT-based (not actually WiFi) lightbulbs and with appropriate rules set up they're damn useful for turning the lights on automatically as someone arrives home."

Why do you need the internet just to turn on the lights from outside your house?

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Re: so many concerns - about what?

"I'm not in London, I'm in THE US."

Which police department or 3-letter agency?

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Re: The upside of open source

"is that you can put your money where your mouth is and write your own drop in replacement."

The real upside is that I don't have to write a drop in replacement and can simply revert to sysvinit, or use one of several other sanely designed init systems.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: It will not last ...

"Java may be on top of the heap today but it will be gone in five years."

The popularity of modern JVM based languages like Scala suggests you are wrong.

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Not dead yet

"I can remember when FORTRAN and COBOL were the top languages"

The Fortran 2018 (ISO/IEC 1539-1:2018) standard was released a couple of months ago.

Many of the currently used maths libraries (eg. lapack) are still written in Fortran.

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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Re: pffft, does it matter any more?

"Borland "Turbo" pascal on an RM Nimbus 80286@10Mhz (the three "fast" machines in the lab)"

Lab? Luxury! We had to work in a small shoebox in the middle of t'road!

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Old skool

"Or you get a lecturer like we had in Uxbridge College in the 90s that knew all the old skool stuff but not the new. So was teaching us obsolete shit."

How much fundamental computer science is actually obsolete (as opposed to superficial stuff like the latest programming fad)? Much of it was formulated well before the 90s and is still relevant.

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?

"Ah, the last resort of the idiot wiht no valid response"

Well, you have to admit that someone casting aspersions on the "dumbness" of others in a post employing such badly mangled English has some amusement value.

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Re: No local option

"Even though PCs have become really powerful"

They've always had the power to arrest people.

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Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?

"The defendant does not become a prisoner until convicted."

That's not strictly true. A suspect may be held in prison on remand while awaiting a trial. In serious cases this can be for months. The present debacle could cause a trial to be rescheduled, meaning further time spent in prison by a potentially innocent person.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

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Re: F@$% the creapy stalker tech

"Exactly. If you don't like it, don't use it. Where is the problem?"

Having to avoid speaking when visiting relatives or friends who own one of these is quite irritating (as is listening to someone bellowing instructions at the device).

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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What's the problem?

Only those highly skilled hackers who can read HTML source code will be able to exploit this.

Great, you've moved your website or app to HTTPS. How do you test it? Here's a tool to make local TLS certs painless

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Re: But why is it so complicated?

"I just know they work, somehow, and make everything secure."

They don't make everything secure. They just make things a bit more secure than not having them. If you're going through a company proxy or public access point equipped with MITM software (eg. Bluecoat) the security is broken. This seems to get swept under the carpet in the current "HTTPS everywhere" craze. HTTPS is good, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security.

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Re: Lol arcane knowledge of memory management

"As the tools get better"

Those tools don't write themselves.

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Re: Lol arcane knowledge of memory management

"Nobody ever taught memory management to anyone."

You appear to be suffering from faulty memory management.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Java f'in script !

"the idea that client-side javascript is some form of easy way of doing exactly the same as server side javascript is ridiculous."

I'd say the idea of using server side javascript is ridiculous. If you're doing server side processing you'd presumably use a better language (because you can, unlike in a web browser).

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: Waste

"Nothing new would be invented or learned."

By you, perhaps.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Re: He should hug off and mind his own business

"Somebody or something is attracted towards programming interfaces."

Interfaceophile? Show me your STDIN.

Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

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Re: It's time to start over

"some languages allow users to make bigger mistakes more often than others"

Some even allow non-programmers to write software that then gets used for important things, with inevitable consequences. Ease of use by the unskilled is not necessarily a good thing.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Re: Whitespace

"Whatever, if you don't like Python because of the whitespace then it's your loss as it's becoming the first computer language for a whole generation of non-programmers. Is this merely a coincidence?"

I think it's a good language for teaching non-programmers to program. That doesn't mean I have to like it for more advanced work.

Ease of use by non-techies has a downside. There are many programmers now who have never developed the mental discipline required for managing memory themselves, and have a problem when they have to write in a low level language like C.

There's a reason why many embedded devices have crap software - the programmers have never learned the necessary skills.

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Re: Whitespace

"I'd hate to read the code created by those who object to the use of whitespace to block code."

Are there many such people outside of an obfuscated code contest? That's an entirely different thing from preferring flexibility in the use of whitespace, rather than have its use forced by the language. I find Python quite irritating to write, but you probably wouldn't have trouble reading my C code.

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"Any language where the amount and flavour of whitespace is significant should be strangled at birth. Sorry python folk, but it's just not on. Braces are useful for more than holding up your trousers"

Upvote and pint.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Re: "Shall I ship it to you home address sir?"

"In the UK a postcode on its own will be sufficient for confirmation in the vast majority of cases."

It only confirms that the street address and postcode match, not that the customer has given you the correct address.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Francis Bacon

"Because he invented the scientific method."

I've heard rasher suggestions.

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Re: A tricky balance between worthy and recognition

"Would Wheatstone be a bridge too far?"

There may be some resistance to that suggestion.

This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet

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Re: Any actual configurations where this might work?

On my Debian 9 systems, which run sysvinit and on which I startx manually, it would have worked.

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Re: The answer is surely obvious...

"Just curate X under the wise and noble control of systemd. Security and bugs sorted!"

I guess the downvoter missed the sarcasm in your comment.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Resale value

"This will kill resale values."

That's the opposite of what I've observed over many years. Things that have to be thrown away if they break, as opposed to being fixable, lose their resale value very quickly.

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"Some companies will probably try to completely encase the entire circuit board in a heavy layer of potting compound."

That's awkward but not an insurmountable obstacle to a determined repairer. I've dissolved encapsulant from boards that I really needed to fix.

Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

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Pity their HR procedures didn't include screening out utter twats from being hired.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: "real possibility of no US astronauts being present aboard the ISS"

"We're all living in Amerika"

Upvote for Rammstein reference.

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Re: Canadians

"This is why Canadians are the "slow cousins" of the English speaking world. Nice, but a bit dim."

You're not a fan of OpenBSD, I presume.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

"Lars Ulrich, singer for middle-of-the-road aging rockers Metallica"

Ouch. Lars is actually drummer and chief foot-in-mouth spokesman.

Few bands in the metal genre can top Metallica's groundbreaking second and third albums (including the band themselves, sadly).

Linux kernel's 'seat warmer' drops 4.19-rc5 with – wow – little drama

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Re: Inclusiveness demands tolerance

"Hashtags don't put food on the table, a roof over your head and your kids in school."

No, but they could prevent you from being able to do those things.

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Re: Who are these people

"In the world of open source, the fork is always an option."

If those shouting the most loudly about perceived abuse were capable of forking they would do it instead of shouting.

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

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

"Non-beards? Don't we usually call them PFYs or women?"

I believe assumption of gender is frowned on nowadays.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: The 'Trust' Factor: Toxic Patches / Firmware Updates

"most major brand laser drivers are based off the HP laser jet 3 and 4 driver"

I've been using the Ghostscript ljet4 driver for years with a succession of Brother laser printers on Linux and OpenBSD systems. Not great for photos, but text quality is excellent and it's much faster than the printer-specific drivers.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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"Like many have mentioned, this outburst does not happen without many warnings before hand."


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Re: Aspergers

"That's what's called libertarianism by fascists."

It's a voluntary software project, not a society. Please grow up.

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Re: Aspergers

"If you spoke to people at work the way he does you'd get fired."

In a lot of cases the person being sworn at would have been fired for incompetence or a disruptive attitude long before Linus' outburst in any conventional workplace. It's almost like context isn't a thing, judging by many of the comments here.

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Re: @Steve Davies 3 Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

"Even if he does that, he still needs to do it in a less aggressive manner."

If I made a stupid mistake and someone punched me in the face I'd consider it aggressive. A bit of swearing? Not so much.

It sounds to me like Linus is feeling burned out.

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

"Nobody who had a boss like Linus would enjoy it."

I guess it depends on how thin-skinned you are. I've worked for talented but grumpy people whom I have liked and respected. In those cases it was obvious that any swearing wasn't intended as a personal attack, rather an expression of frustration when things weren't going as well as they should.

Are most people really so sensitive to perceived criticism that they can't tell the difference?

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Re: going to the continent was a nightmare.

"In what way was it a nightmare?"

I take it your job doesn't involve carrying goods or equipment between the UK and the continent.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Specialisted (sic) field

"If you are one of the 99% who's job has nothing to do with the space industry, then who cares?"

So you're saying only 1% of people have jobs that depend in some way on satellite communications and GPS? Please cite a source for that figure.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: "Hurtful"

"There's a huge email thread where I work of people who find it offensive."

As offensive as this (quote from Antirez)?

"After it was clear that I was not interested in his argument, Mark accused me of being fascist. Now I’m Italian, and incidentally my grand grand father was put in jail for years by fascists because he was communist and was against the regime. He was released to die in a couple of months at home. The father of my mother instead went in the north of Italy for II World War, and was able to escape from the Nazis for a miracle. Stayed 5 years as a refugee, and eventually returned home to become the father of my mother. Mark do not care about the terminology he uses against other people, if the matter at hand is to make sure people that may potentially feel offended will not."

Quite frankly the behaviour ascribed to 'Mark' in the above paragraph disgusts me, but it is all too common.

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"If you think that some words aren't freighted with extra meaning, start using the 'n' word more."

In software documentation? That would be very silly. The 'offensive' words referred to here are common technical terms. Would you suggest I remove the master and slave brake cylinders from my car in case they offend other road users?

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Re: Two projects to move away from

"I have no confidence in the future of either project now."

Yes, it's a pity. Both projects could have been forked, but I guess that misses the point. Hunting witches is a lot more fun.


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