* Posts by jh27

23 posts • joined 14 Feb 2018

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

jh27

Re: they have simply stuck those domains on auto-renew

> I used Mythic for names now, and they're firmly in the "they leave me alone and are not at all shit" category.

Looks like their registered office address is terraced house in Cambridge.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

jh27

> Like you will never have 50% male nursery school teachers

Any man who shows an interest in working as a nursery school teacher has a hard time getting employed. If they manage to get a job, they'll have to deal with the mis-trust of parents and colleagues on a regular basis. It is an area of where there is massive gender imbalance and blatent discrimination - yet I have never heard of any employers or governing bodies (e.g. OFSTED) attempting positive discrimination.

jh27

> Pretty sure that the percentage of the population that's femaie is at about 50%

Depends what age range you are looking at. The number of males born is higher - about 51.5% of the population. The number of females living is about 51%. More men are born but more men die prematurely.

> Now compare that to the percentage of disabled people. Notice the difference? Good. Now, feel free to extrapolate how many speakers,

Why are we interested in the number of females in the general population? Speakers participate in a conference because they have something worthwile to share about the subject. A very small percentage of men have an interest and expertise in computer programming, an even smaller percentage of women have this experience and expertise. Are you arguing that there are lots of women in the general population, so the organisers should drag them off the street and force them to present a talk about whatever subject interests them?

jh27

Re: This needs to stop

> Prior to the 70s, yes, there was discrimination, and largely a lack of extensive education in fields that led to some roles.

Prior to the 70s, computer programming was a largely female profession. It was seen as an extension of the role of 'typist'. It was a role that required great accuracy and attention to detail and was an area where (largely) female typists had already proved their skills.

UK taxpayers funded Grand Theft Auto V maker to tune of £42m – while biz paid no corp tax and made billions

jh27

Re: Woo

You don't pay both, on the same pound. Corporation tax is only paid on profit - money paid out in wages is not profit. The tax on money paid out in wages is generally more than that paid on profits, AFAICS

Regardless, Rockstar North don't make they rules, they just follow them. I don't think they've been accused of breaking any rules. IMHO, HMRC and the Government could make the whole system a lot simpler and fairer, but the people we've elected clearly aren't interested in that.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

jh27

Not Personal - Sensitive Personal

The article says 'sensitive personal data', i.e:

1. personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs;

2. trade-union membership;

3. genetic data, biometric data processed solely to identify a human being;

4. health-related data;

5. data concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation

As it is a school, I guess it is probably either number 1 or number 4

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

jh27

Re: Get to work!

Except, I don't think she actually did work those shifts - I got the impression that she refused when she saw the rota - almost a month earlier and then sent a whiney email to the board.

jh27

>> While C(r)apita was upfont about it, I'm not so sure if this is legal practice - 76h work week is almost 11h a day every day for 7 days a week. That is excessive by any measure.

Except it wasn't. It was 76 hours over 11 days. A grand total of 6.33 hours per day. 11 days straight. So we're talking about probably 38 hours a week over a two week - it was 'after the new year holidays' (most poeple only get one holiday for new year). So that proabably amounts to 76 hours in a 14 day period, or 38 hours per week - probably with the required 48 hours rest per 14 days (the employer can chose 24 hours per 7 days, or 48 per 14 days).

I dislike Capita as much as anyone, but this woman just seems unreasonable.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

jh27

Re: English?

> Parisians disdain anything not from Paris, logically, because they get served so much shit in the rest of France (two exceptions I know of, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence - might be others).

> Parisians usually think Paris is France, the rest is just peasant-land ... this, of course, infuriates the rest of France.

So basically, the same as Londoners?

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

jh27

Re: Disappointed

You *think* it is run by idiots, or you *know*?

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

jh27

Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

> wouldn't an individual ID forehead tattoo be far more reliable? Doors could just scan us as we walk up.

Maybe one day, they'll invent a device that can recognise a persons face. Not sure what they'd call it, maybe 'IDFace'?

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

jh27

Re: Feel free to be patronised

>> However, most of the male population simply aren't interested in Nursing and the duties it entails. So there aren't many male Nurses.

And in what way is that any different to software development? And yet no one feels the need to encourage more men to take up nursing - or provide male only opportunites to get started in nursing.

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

jh27

Shirley...

the rule isn't "always ensure you have a backup of every disk before formatting" - the rule is "always ensure you have a backup of all data that is important"

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

jh27

Re: "No, the fine is paid out of the pockets of the guilty council officials."

I think you got your > and < confused.

Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

jh27

> “Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it’s also counter-productive.

> “Every penny that we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less that we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes.”

So the council have a single budget that covers both road mainentance and graffiti removal? The cock and balls, make the pot holes more visible to cyclists, so should result in fewer hospitalisations, which in turn will save some money. So perhaps not all that counter productive. What is counter productive is the council spokesperson - every penny they are paid could be spent on highway maintenance.

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

jh27

Re: If we cyclists agree to beacons how about...

> Motor biker riders have to take a test and have insurance before they can can ride on the road so why are bicyclists exempt?

Because 80kg of human powered mass is a relatively small danger to others (and a relatively high danger to themselves and from others).

> Sure they are more than likely going to injure themselves than others but they could still cause serious injury to a pedestrian if they hit them a speed.

Yes but hitting a pedestrian at speed is a good way for a cyclist to win themselves a darwin award. In a cycle v pedestrian collision, I would put money on the cyclist coming off worst (all things being equal).

> Potential they could also be to blame for an accident if they pulled out in front of other motorists and a driver had to swerve to avoid them and that results in a crash.

Again, another great way to win a darwin award. Cyclists don't need punitive measures to act as deterrants - especially when the chances of being caught (even for motorists) is very low. The arguments you give could equally be argued for mandatory licensing and testing of pedestrians. They can equally cause accidents by colliding with others or 'causing'* others to swerve.

* unless you know you can swerve safely, it is probably a better idea to brake.

jh27

Re: Yeah... Right

A bell is a polite, "i'm here by the way". Unfortunately the pedestrian reaction tends to vary from nothing at all (which is fine), to suddenly darting 'out of the way' (without bothering to look, so more likely darting into the way) - with the occasional person looking over their shoulder and stepping to one side or sometimes a torrent of abuse.

I tend not to not use my bell when passing pedestrians, as their reaction is too variable. When I need to pass a pedestrian, I will give them a wide berth or if I can't, I'll slow to a suitable speed (often their speed - or a stop if they are approaching), and pass when able to do so safely.

I'll reserve my bell for things such as blind bends (together with an appropriate speed).

> Bells are just a lazy way to say "Get the fuck out of my way, scum." and pedestrians should respond appropriately.

90% of the time, when pedestrians are in the way, it is because they are inconsiderately walking:

* slap bang in the middle of the path

* side by side, but 18"-2' from the person they are walking with

* along side but 30"-3' from a stranger they aren't with

* in a wide group

* with a dog on a long (often invisible) lead

* on the cycle side of a segregated path

There's no requirement for pedestrians to be considerate - and I don't expect it (though most people are considerate) - but if you are in the way, it is very likely because you are inconsiderate.

(the above of course relates to shared and segregated cycle/footpaths)

jh27

Re: Yeah... Right

>> Improper, yes, but apparently not actually illegal because the criminal offence of causing obstruction by parking specifically does not cover obstruction to cyclists. In practice it's down to local councils as to whether they will enforce it as a civil offence or not.

Parking in a cycle lane will be dealt with as contravention of a traffic regulation order - exactly the same as parking on yellow and red lines - if it is mandatory cycle lane. It is exactly the same thing as parking on red, yellow lines, in a bus lane or in a controlled zone. Obstructive parking generally requires a complainant who has been obstructed.

jh27

Re: Yeah... Right

>> However, every time I cycle or drive I constantly see the same picture - no lights, dark clothing, brakes not working and no helmet.

No lights and dark clothing, yet you still see them. Don't get me wrong, I don't tend to cycle in dark clothing (maybe if I'm popping out for a short trip to the shops) and usually have lights on during the day time. But I do object to the idea that cyclists become invisible when they have no lights or high-viz.

If anything contributes to the poor visibility of cyclists, it is the glare from overly bright and poorly adjusted lights - especially in well lit areas where side lights are all that is required - well that, and people not looking. Brilliant white lights are especially bad IMHO - I wish we could mandate yellow headlights, like they used to have in France.

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

jh27

Re: LiDAR doesn't work in the dark? WTF?

Someone else has probably already said it but... a video camera might have a dynamic range of 10 stops, compared to about 20 stops, for the human eye. The reason the road looks so dark is because the headlights are bright and the aperture of the lens is adjusted so that the centre of the field is not over-exposed. If the headlights had bean turned off, I suspect that the woman would have been visible on the video recording much sooner.

However, this is all irreleveant, because the car (hopefully) wasn't using the footage shown, it was almost certainly using LIDAR - it is interesting that Uber have not been forthcoming with that data, only with the video blaming the driver* and the misleading passive camera footage.

* don't get me wrong the driver isn't blameless, but the software developers are ultimately responsible.

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

jh27

Priorities

"Any misclassification of traffic signs can potentially lead to a multitude of disastrous consequences, ranging from a life-threatening accident to even a large-scale interruption of transportation services relying on autonomous cars." (from the original article)

So 'life threatening accident' is the bottom of the scale and traffic jam is top of the scale for 'disasterous consequeces'. Seems a bit odd, espescially when you consider (on our congested little isle) that the former invariably leads to the latter.

jh27

Re: DARTS: Deceiving Autonomous Cars with Toxic Signs

Like all "good" acronyms, it is probably correct in French. Anyhoo... it should have been Fooling Autonomous Cars with Traffic Signs

IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

jh27

Gardening Leave

The only time I have seen anything similar in the UK, the original employer was required to pay the employ full pay, until the non-compete period expired (six months I think) - i.e. essentially it was a long notice period with gardening leave.

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