* Posts by KarateMonkey

9 posts • joined 11 Jan 2016

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace


Re: Wow

"Something has gone seriously wrong with the moral compass directing execs of these companies"

No, not really - the moral compass for such people always points to MONEY, as expected ...

Open-source alt-droid wants to know if it's still leaking data to Google


"So it wants more variety and competition within the Android world."

Alas, that will require huge numbers of apps to be prized, kicking and screaming, off of Google Services.

This is partly why Blackberry 10's clever but far too late attempt at comeback failed - its fully functional Android compatibility could only run apps off the Amazon app store, and not the Google Play store - because RIM had been forced to bake in a stub of play services due to license agreement issues.

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java


"JavaScript, the most common language for implementing interactive web pages, instead of Java"

Oh here we go again. I'm experiencing this pain at work right now - so many contemporary approaches to software development assume you're developing web pages FFS. In fact most enterprise software development consists of complex heavy-weight processing server-side, with some Javascript/HTML client-side to provide a user interface.

"JavaScript is lighter weight and easier to pick up than Java"

Having used both, I find this assertion hard to believe.

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game


Re: Maybe..

...I'm cringing to think of the imagery when the female participant actually manages to loosen the bottle cap and the water gushes... no, I'm stopping there. I doubt there is an oppositely-gendered game which has the same degrading effect on the subordinate participant.

Mind you, that thought brought a flashback of watching a stripper at a mid-90s New Years' celebration in London, who utterly humiliated a young guy who was brought on stage from the audience, to howls of delight from the crowd.

Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'


Re: Facebook?

"For those who don't know what that does, read up on Gordon Welchman's work during WW II"

Indeed Welchman's work was of massive importance - much it remains the basis for modern SIGINT, which is highly highly classified stuff.

For that reason the US Govt came down on him like a ton of bricks when he eventually decided it was long overdue time to publish the "Hut 6 Story" decades after the war - at which time he was working for an American defence firm and had elevated security clearance in the US.

As a result, rather than a hero he should have been, he sadly died an obscure and broken man.

Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it


Statistical FAIL

"an unprecedented 99 per cent satisfaction rating with punters"

The problem with this sort of claim, is that generally those in favour of something are much more inclined to answer satisfaction surveys. You end up with skewed results and think that everyone is in favour, which isn't the case.

Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security


Re: Vivaldi: Why Email, History Features and Thank You

"I can tell you with confidence that email is a top-priority for Vivaldi. We all want it!"

No, no we don't. While clearly from other comments here, _some_ people want email in their web browser but I most definitely don't.

I already have a perfectly good dedicated email client, which does all things email. Why then should I have duplicate functionality bloating my web browser?

Very dissapointing - I am currently trialling Vivaldi. If this get added, and if you move to Chrome's 'apps' model(*), I'm ditching Vivaldi as a failed experiment I'm afraid.

(* Which I don't like, and which broke some critical plugin functionality I use frequently when Chrome switched suddenly to the apps model)

And by the way, I can't see anything you publish on the private internet that is Facebook.

Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage


Re: How do you mess that one up?

"The query explicitly states that it will return one row at most!"


Although the aggregate function will _return_ one result, the dataserver has to first produce a potentially much larger result set which is then fed through the aggregate function to derive that result.

The optimiser has to deal with the entire query plan, not just that final aggregation step.

VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels


Re: Which cave did they dig you out from?

"Surely the point about petrol vs diesel is that petrol engines naturally produce much less in the way of particulates."

...Conveniently ignoring that petrol engines emit toxic crap such as Benzine, which is one of the compounds which replaced lead in petrol whose purpose is to prevent damage to the valves.

Lets get this straight, petrol is NOT a 'clean' fuel either. Just slightly less filthy than fossil diesel.

"I agree that old engines should be taken off the road."

NO. In actual fact, its the OLDER engines which run better on biodiesel. See my previous comment about taxing the subtypes of fuel appropriately to bring about reduction in fossil diesel consumption.

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