* Posts by Voyna i Mor

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Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

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Re: Redshift was announced in 2012!

Moving from a preview beta in 2012 to using it as a large enterprise platform in 2018 is pretty impressive.

It took 9 years for Oracle to get to PL/SQL, and it's coming up towards its 40th birthday. 6 years is not a lot in Oracle world.

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Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Is it another burning platform?

I think it's actually a burnt platform. At least that describes the remaining users.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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China and IP

I am no fan of the Chinese government and am unlikely to buy a Huawei, but can we get this clear?

China is officially run by the Communist Party.

A core tenet of communism is that all inventions and discoveries belong to the People.

Despite knowing this, since the 1990s more and more US companies (and UK ones) have shifted manufacturing to China in an effort to reduce costs and make more money.

The result is obvious.

I don't imagine anyone from the Chinese government approached Apple and ordered them to have iPhones made by Foxconn or Pegatron. They did it to increase margins and build up an enormous cash pile.

The rise of Huawei, BBK and Xiaomi is entirely the result of unrestricted Western capitalism. I forget which Communist observed that capitalism would hand the communist world the tools to defeat it, but he was right. Even if China is emerging from communism...it just doesn't need to acquire Western IP any more.

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Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: I'm calling BS

Have you ever tried? Hint: There are many versions of SQL Server and they run on many different versions of Windows. They didn't even fix date handling till 2008 IIRC.

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That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Re: If only...

Sony tried most of that. They lose money.

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Re: As long is customers put up with it...

Beer making is by its normal nature a batch process. Details are readily available, I won't go into it.

The idea of WRB was to use a continuous flow process. The ingredients went in at the bottom of a (stainless steel?) tower. They gradually rose up and as they did so passed through horizontal screens and temperature zones until the final product was decanted from the top (as the ABV increases the density decreases, which is what the process depends on to work.)

The problem with a continuous process is quality control, because if something goes wrong you have a lot of stuff in the middle of a big tower that somehow has to be removed. So the product has to be absolutely lowest common denominator to have any chance of working.

I suspect that the Microsoft update pipeline is a bit like this, it's very difficult to stop the process and remove bad stuff.

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Re: As long is customers put up with it...

"Nothing has worked as long as beer "

You have obviously never heard of Watney's Red Barrel, which was a beer that, owing to its manufacture involving the very latest technology, didn't work.

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It's obvious

You haven't heard back because Outlook isn't working on their Windows phones.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: When assembler is not assembler - That would certainly explain the shortage of virgins.

And the steady decline in women programmers since the 1960s.

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Re: When assembler is not assembler

"Disabling interrupts is playing in Satan's personal back yard."

A driver disabling interrupts should be worth at least 500 years in Purgatory.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: This

"Boy we were very pleased with those for donkeys years, and I miss 'em"

The radiation, the magnetic field from the degaussing coil, the enormous weight, or the fragility?

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UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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Re: IIRC

That's a bit defamatory. Mr. Taheri is obviously trusting, unselfish and generous almost to a fault. He is also not litigious in any way. I would trust him with my savings. At least, the ones in Venezuelan bolivars.

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GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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"No it's not. It's what some management person somewhere high in bureucracy thinks 'basic skillset' is, usually created by people knowing nothing at all about the whole sector themselves."

I have been doing a bit of maths and physics tuition since retirement. I actually think the maths GCSE is pretty good.

But the physics A level and the A level mechanics, in my view, stink. They look like something thought up by shaking a load of elderly physicists in a bag and then trying to dumb down the result to A level standards. The mechanics paper, in particular, consists of variations on a few very artificial situations for which the method of solution can simply be drummed in. The physics paper treats particle physics as a form of accountancy and manages to make it at once opaque and boring.

There are numerous reasons for this, one of which is poor school funding, but I think another is that the exam boards have to rely on the available talent pool, and try and make sense of what it tells them. If physicists had a better overall grasp of their subject and its history rather than knowing an awful lot about their own speciality, things might be better (they were in the 1960s, for instance). But the day of the generalist is pretty dead. For instance, a few years ago (and I am not making this up) I came across a retired professor of semiconductor physics who did not realise that a positron is not a hole, because he had never done any nuclear physics.

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Re: Oh, please...

"The purpose of a public sector "consultation" is merely to tick a procedural box before rubber stamping whatever the invertebrates had decided in the first place."

But in this case I agree with their proposal. I am very sure that many schools, especially grammar and private, will want to revert to the coursework component because it's so easy for them to get very high scores in it. Eliminating it should level the playing field a bit. I think if people working in the industry who also have some knowledge of education support Ofqual, it may help resist this pressure.

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Re: Oh, please...

"that suggests that many degrees do not signify any learning capability beyond rote. And for me, there's a big difference between rote learning, and understanding, applying, evolving."

The current attitude of some people was brought home to me a few days ago when I mentioned (in a post on Ars T) that my first exercise in topology was to describe what happens when a hollow torus is inverted through a hole in its skin. The immediate response from someone was to ask what does happen, and when I suggested they work it out for themselves I was heavily downvoted.

I realise that not everybody, possibly not even a majority, think like that, but internet search has a lot to answer for.

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Re: Oh, please...

Lee D - I just filled in the Ofqual survey, I hope you do the same. Injection of some real world experience may help.

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Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

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Re: Henceforth all my results shall have 5.0000sf

Your wheel is made of metal, probably, so molecules really don't mean much. Atomic diameter is a few hundred pm, which means that is complete overkill. 10sf for pi is ample. 3.1415926535 (with one over) is even fairly easy to remember.

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Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: So easy to blame

"Hmm, apply the same logic to streamlining management that resulted in DevOps,

I wonder if that could be a thing in the near future ??"

Only if the government thought it could get elected with five million unemployed. The horror stories I hear nowadays of "managers" with nothing actually to manage suggests that an awful lot of white collar workers are actually in non-jobs.

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Complications

Embrace, extend, extinguish...a word which was once applied to watches to mean they actually had extra machinery to do different things is being extended to "more features", presumably in an effort to make an electronic gadget which is basically a very small tablet cum mobile phone sound like something made by real craftsmen.

I hate marketing even while recognising the need for it.

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iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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It isn't really £749 though.

If you break the glass back it costs hundreds of pounds to repair because of the construction. Which means you need to add on Applecare to get a "mere" £75 back replacement price. I haven't found a sterling price but it looks as if it might get you up to the £1000 mark.

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DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives

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Re: But can I get F1 on my BT account

"I suppose it's what comes from being exposed to generations of students."

It's a side effect of Newcastle Brown Ale.

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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Re: Tablet longevity - Too true, my detachable keyboard is rubbish for getting to the shops.

Meaning of analogy

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Tablet longevity

My wife's tablet is over three years old. It's high res, still in full working order, amply fast for what she does with it. Why does she want to replace it?

Detachable keyboards are like motorcycle sidecars; less convenient than either a motorcycle or a car most of the time.

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Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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Re: Wait

There is such a thing as just being a helpful person, but I guess that's so last century.

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

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Re: Honestly can't decide

""David Bellamy" isn't dead yet! (but is the epitome of "local boy made good" so was very, very popular around these parts."

David Bellamy, a botanist, was called in by Mr. Blobby as an "expert witness"to stop a local farmer putting up a wind turbine.

He may not be dead yet but frankly I wouldn't get overly upset if he died suddenly.

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Re: Hmm. Obviously Isaac Newton

Not original though. Most Cambridge colleges have a big door within which is a smaller door.

However, if Newton knew about the 20th century in the US he would surely take out a patent on "A small door within a larger door but for a cat".

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Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: Is that US Gallons or Imperial Gallons?

Perhaps that was the problem. The spec called for Imperial, they used US and ran out of fuel.

That or they used the highway mpg rating and forgot that the asteroid belt counts as an urban environment.

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Re: Miles to go

"He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake".

Not nearly as bad as being out of fuel in the asteroid belt, though.

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

"If only the Russians had a quality first mindset like the US"

I am not an American, though I have worked for US companies in several capacities.

Some US companies I've come across are as good as any in the world.

Some are crap. Some are in between.

But the problems of the F-35, as so often with military programs, are political.

My friendly consultant to the US government says that the pork barrel basically prevents things from happening but is essential, because it's the US equivalent of the welfare state - providing jobs in depressed parts of the country, either in the armed forces or in making arms. Every politician wants their share.

So unlike our own dear country where Labour has to support Trident because of where the jobs are.

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

"The Japanese bikes were never that much better than the British ones, especially when they were both relatively new, but the attention to detail in the assembly is much more obvious with the Japanese one."

I like to watch the old videos of engine assembly on Youtube, and one thing I've noticed on both a British and a Harley video is the con rods being allowed to knock against the crankcase mouth, something the guy who taught me how to do that stuff (PhD mechanical engineer) would have regarded with utter horror. You do not risk making even the smallest scratch or dent in a stressed part!

Video of assembly of small Honda engine - nothing is ever allowed to bump into anything else. And the workers are wearing white gloves (skin grease can corrode metal).

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'Ere's Birmingham screwdriver...

Very unfair to Birmingham. When I was in the industry, it was referred to as a "Dagenham spanner". By Ford engineers.

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

I'm certainly not going to disagree that by 2018 standards Soyuz QA clearly sucks equine testicles. (In 40 000 miles my car has suffered zero faults, zero advisories, and the Toyota service manager says "we expect that".)

But it is worth remembering that the fire which killed three Apollo astronauts was caused by a dreadful error chain, starting with a contractor stuffing wires through ducts so badly that insulation was stripped in places (IIRC). How did anybody, knowing that people were going to travel on that thing, do that?

I recall being told that one reason so few existing car industry workers were taken on by the Japanese companies in the UK was that years of bad management attitude had meant that they simply didn't have the mindset for defect free assembly.

tl;dr: perhaps the space industry has to go the way the car industry did with the new entrants setting new standards, because once people have been kicked long enough to just get stuff out of the door, untraining them is impossibly long and expensive.

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Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: Not rocket science

It's the same as charities. They found it was difficult to get new donors, easier to persuade existing donors to pay more. So long as donor erosion is slower than average donation increase, it's a winning strategy.

One presumes that, given the slow population increase in the developed world, Apple's potential growth is slow in terms of numbers. So jack up the ASP as social inequality increases as delivers fewer people but with more money. Sell them add-ons like watches; increase the price of courageous earpieces; make more money from services.

Having myself been at one time on the fringes of the luxury goods market, it's what I would do in their position. Because outside the US the Chinese are not just coming, they have arrived, parked the tanks on the lawn, and are giving the proletariat what it wants.

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Re: "It just works"

"except for the fact that I hate smartphones in general and I will drop this one like a hot brick as soon as I retire and no longer require one for work"

I thought that till I retired. Then I realised it wasn't the phone but the people who had my number. When I retired I got a new number and email address, and suddenly my phone was a useful, friendly piece of equipment that worked on my terms.

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Re: long lived phones

"I had an Android phone. It was replaced by an iPhone because the Android phone kept on freezing. The user forums for that device were filed with people complaining, but nothing was ever done."

And on the basis of one bad experience you'll never buy Android again. You're absolutely entitled to your viewpoint, your comments about support may be entirely accurate, but Samsung isn't the only manufacturer, there are plenty of others. You may not be a "fanboi" but your purchasing decisions are not based on logic (see last sentence).

I think sometimes we should ignore our STEM mentality from time to time and spare a kind thought for marketing people. We often think that they are crazy but, let's face it, they have to account for the prejudices of customers.

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While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

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Re: 4G+ icon? - Apple haven't invented it yet.

They will.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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"Hmm, as o'l Democritus put it: "The poor will always be with us""

I think you have the wrong philosopher.

Also some critics think what Jesus actually meant was "there will always be poor people because you can't get your shit together to run society properly". It wasn't just a value-neutral statement.

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Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

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Re: "can the fault detection system work fast enough. "

"or a discrete ECL SSI logic chip design at 1GHz (it'll guzzle electricity during the minutes of launch with the escape system is usable, then shut down)"

If it doesn't need to be rad hard that might be overkill. But yes, I once did an outline design for an ECL subsystem (bitslice) which would have run at about 200MHz, back in the days when 4MHz was a fast CPU. It needed to run for about 20 seconds max, after which it was redundant because either the incoming thing had been taken out, or you were dead and didn't care. And it was intended to run on dry batteries.

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: errr...36.9+32.1+23.5+13.9+13.1+2.4+0.4+0.3 does NOT equal 44.2

Creative accounting.

But consider this: when someone in a presentation has to use very carefully worded statistics to create a false impression, it's actually because they are worried. One assumes that a lawyer or two parsed that statement to ensure that there couldn't be SEC comeback.

So who is it for? Not the analysts, that's for sure. It's aimed at Joe Public to persuade them the iPad is a good deal.

Back in 2016 there was a report that Bluetooth headsets had overtaken wired ones in the US. They had, by dollars. But by count, 80% were wired. The report didn't exactly emphasise this and one assumes the intention was to persuade Joe that the lack of a headphone socket on his new phone was because wired headphones were obsolete.

There are lies, damned lies, and sales statistics.

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Re: "one of the kids has an MBA"

However, in this context MBA = Macbook Air.

I can assure you that if any of my kids had the other kind of MBA I'd be keeping it very quiet. But in fact they all have proper jobs.

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Re: Future ARM laptops

"I put that sort of thing down to bad parenting."

In context, MBA = Macbook Air. And I didn't buy it.

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Re: Would they allow it if...

"Whenever life takes me to Driffield, I always smile as I pass through Wetwang."

It's a pity the River Piddle doesn't pass through it, but it's a long way away.

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Re: Would they allow it if...Indeed. It's pronounced "fooking"

As it is in Bradford.

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Would they allow it if...

She named the album Norman There's a Village in Austria Named Fucking Rockwell?

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Dear God,

As I understand Catholic doctrine, there are no such things as ghosts. Once you're dead you are in Heaven, Hell or Purgatory (if that's still a thing) and not around to go woo-woo on Earth.

Therefore, if you come into contact with something which represents itself as a spirit of the dead, it's actually a demon sent to tempt you, so you make the sign of the cross and it evaporates.

Not that I believe a word of it but at least it's a consistent belief system, so this is not a bug report you can file with the Catholic God.

Abusive nuns and priests, however, different kettle of theological fish. You can report them.

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iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

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Cost effectiveness

I note too that if you manage to break the fragile glass back the repair is only $400 instead of $450 as for the more expensive iPhones.

(That design is to me the most cynical thing I've ever seen in a consumer product. Though I do seem to remember a Volvo model in which damage to the sill resulted in a writeoff, I don't think they persisted with that into the next model generation.)

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Re: No! Please! No!

Not weird, I read it as a humorous commentary on the Cult of Apple. Their advertising often does read like some kind of evangelical preacher five minutes before the buckets come round.

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With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: No headphone jack

"It's one more hole in the case."

That seems not to bother some manufacturers. Once you've dealt with the volume control, the on/off switch, the SIM port and the USB socket, a small round hole hardly seems a major difficulty.

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