* Posts by J27

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Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

J27

Re: Remember Y2K?

I graduated from highschool in 2001, I love these stories because they remind me to cover my ass every time someone forces me to do something unmaintanable because it's "only temporary". NodeJS as a whole is the worst example of this package changes or just NPM being down can kill your build within months, god nows what it will be like in 5 years, let alone 10 or 15.

Chrome devs attempt to slip muzzle on resource-guzzling browser beast with 'Never-Slow Mode'

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Re: Better solution

Fix the build then, don't tell me you're a FreeBSD poser who doesn't know how to do that!

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Re: Better solution

The future of the web is all JS websites. Seriously, and there is nothing you can do about it because the average user doesn't know the difference. If you're a dev today you either learn the technology or die like a dinosaur. If done properly it can be great, but let's face it, not all of it will be done properly.

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All this will do is break Chrome on certain websites. They will direct people to standards-compliant browsers instead. Most of these things are a problem with web applications that were written years ago and now there is too much technical debt to fix the problems in a cost-effective manner. Although I find Google's web applications tend to be really big offenders in this regard. It's the sort of monopolistic thing Microsoft was doing when they ruled the browser landscape. We've come full circle now, with Google as the tyrant.

A second preview of .NET Core 3? Shucks, Microsoft. You spoil us

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Re: Coincidentally ...

That just leads to qualified people not applying, so you end up having to interview unqualified liars (who don't even know when a .NET version came out). Technical recruiters are some of the biggest liars in the world, they all claim to know what they're talking about and just memorise enough buzzwords to sound competent for 10 minutes.

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

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JavaScript is a necessary evil, because it's the only front-end script option supported by all major browsers. Because of this we're stuck with all the design flaws and having to patch in new stuff on top. ES5 and ES6 do improve things immensely, but I've really like a statically-typed option (and not a preprocessor like TypeScript). And then there is the DOM problem, which people are trying to solve with all those frameworks. Keeping up to date on frameworks is very difficult because things change nearly daily. JavaScript has a lot of room to improve, but it's what we have.

Sure, you can be a neophyte and not embrace the current state of the JavaScript ecosystem, but that's just giving up learning new things and that's not something any developer can afford to do... Well, maybe if you're 60.

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Yeah...

Using JavaScript without a framework is code for wasting time. If you roll your own everything you spend half your time reinventing the wheel. Either you don't do this professionally, or your boss is a huge idiot.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Windows 10 scares the shit outta me

I'm sure you said the same thing about XP too. If you make the attempt, you'll find switching to 10 is pretty painless.

Got a Drupal-powered website? You may want to get patching now...

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Yeah...

It seems like we hear about a new Critical Drupal flaw every few months. If you're still using it, you might want to look into replacing it with something a bit more modern.

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Yeah...

"Leader of the Free World", seriously?

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Probably because the malware authors don't test against Edge. Not worth bothering for that tiny marketshare. I don't write malware, but we don't routinely test our web applications against Edge and no one has ever complained.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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"The paranoid" would have already removed WMP, wouldn't they? Unmaintained code is the scariest code.

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Give up on the stupid gimmicks LG, they're not what sell phones. Just put one good-quality lens on the back and call it a day. Samsung might have a bunch of stupid gimmicks, but that's not what sells their phones, it's marketing. Samsung phones are front and center at every cell phone retailer. Unless LG can replicate that they don't have a chance, even with a fairly good product like the LG G7 ThinQ (also, dumb name).

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

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Disappointed

Article title should be "Datree.io doesn't know what a programming language is.". I've never heard of this website before and now I think it's run by idiots.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Should have just picked up the job. Most PMs are just monkeys in suits.

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Easy

Yeah, but Windows Server is really easy to administer. I taught myself (with the help of the internet). I'm a software developer, but I previously worked for a company that was so small that I had to do all the IT, in addition to my actual job. Novel Netware (which I actually did take classes on at one point) is a completely non-intuitive pile of trash which breaks if you look at it funny. It's no wonder that almost all organizations I'm aware of have dropped it.

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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Preventable

Last years fires didn't get them to change building codes to minimize fire risks, nor the year before. Will this?

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Will skip this - but will get 7 I expect.

I have one of those too, I'm keeping mine until I break it or the battery dies. Great phone.

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

Also, no warranty or support. With OnePlus you get 1 year warranty & 2 years guaranteed of major updates + 1 year of security updates.

Yes, you're paying more, but you're getting something for that money. I don't want to deal with the issues of a Chinese market phone ever again.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Apple doesn't care about people who buy their hardware to install other OSes on it. Use it their way or else.

The second they think they can get away with putting in-house chips in Macs they will and 3rd-party OS support will fall off a cliff.

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

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Complaining About Cause Instead of Effect

All of these stories about employment percentages are totally missing the forest for the trees. You can't hire people who don't exist, or hire based on demographics without taking skills into effect. In the tech industry we're generally talking about highly-skilled positions and if less than 20% of the applicants for a job are female (this is approximate based solely on the company I personally work for), you're not going to end up with many female technical hires.

The idea that it's prejudice creating this sort of gender imbalance is missing the point entirely. Look at the enrollment statistics are universities, look at the number of people with technical experience on job sites. In western countries, women rarely pursue technical careers and that's the main problem. Our culture says that tech jobs are for men. Prejudice is definitely a serious issue, but it's not the main issue. That's what we need to work on, because jumping all over the effect and totally ignoring the cause is totally pointless.

Anecdotally, the company I work for is more than 40% female because the overwhelming number of our PMs and support people are female, for similar reasons as to why most of our developers are male. That's who applied and had the skills we were looking for.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: ...or MacOS

Mac OS also ties you down to very limited hardware that quite often has major issues that you can't fix because the parts are restricted. It's not a good replacement for Windows, and not only that, almost everyone who owns a Mac was Windows installed anyway! Linux is pretty much the only viable alternative OS.

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Re: Peter Bright

The same can easily be said about this article. The Register is easily the most anti-Microsoft major tech site.

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

J27

If you click through they've already fixed this. It looks like it was just a mistake.

Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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Re: Please, give me an OFF switch

Nah, I'm sure it will be just as safe as relying on Chrome apps. Oh, wait...

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Re: Wheeee.

Web apps packaged as mobile apps is a big thing now. Apache Cordova or a hybrid framework like React Native or NativeScript allows you to easily port your web application code into a single-page application-based mobile app. If the developers do their job right it can be very hard to tell the difference between one of these and a native mobile app.

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Yeah...

MongoDB is not exactly the model for security. Default install? Let's go totally unprotected!

Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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Re: Your point?

Visual Studio is only free for organizations that clear less than $1 million USD/year. Unless you're self-employed, it's pretty easy to exceed that value. I suppose you could use Visual Studio Code, but it's not really the same thing is it?

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: Google taking action against disguised code

That's completely unrelated, Google has taken no methods to disguise their code in Chromium. It's right there in the open-source repository and well-documented. This is about code that's disguised to look innocuous, but isn't. You not bothering to look isn't the same as Google intentionally hiding things.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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The longer he stays there, the guiltier he looks. At this point I feel bad for Ecuador.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Looks like office 2013 sp6 more than anything. There is little reason to upgrade Office versions anymore.

Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Yeah...

I'm pretty sure this guy is really Lord Buckethead.

NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project

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Re: Doesn't fix the fundamental issue with NPM

NPM deduplication is terrible, it should be managing all packages at the top level, without subs. It definitively doesn't do that. The NPM repos aren't always that reliable either which can make depending on them a very expensive problem sometimes.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Apple ecosystem

iOS software is just as easy to pirate, but less people do because most Apple users don't care about spending a few pounds on an app because they have the money. Most Android piracy is done by people who can't afford those few pounds, so how could they afford the iPhone in the first place?

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Yeah...

Seriously, who cares about our future autonomy as long as we get more "The Expanse". I bet our robot overlords know what's best for me more than I do anyway.

Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors

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Yeah...

it's pronounced "bow-tie"

No it isn't, pronunciation is descriptive. That means the reader decides how to pronounce it and you'll never convince people to call it that long-term.

AI biz borks US election spending data by using underpaid Amazon Mechanical Turks

J27

Re: popcorn

Sure it is, in fact it's more popcorny because you can actually taste the corn.

J27

Re: popcorn

If you're seeing a lot of undigested corn in your stool you either need to contact a doctor or chew more thoroughly. Corn just needs to be chewed thoroughly to be digested.

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

J27

They should have just went with Linux from Linus Tech Tips instead. Same difference, right?

But seriously, this is the sort of thing you'd expect out of a cult like Scientology. Torvalds could have re-booked his vacation significantly easier than it is to rebook an entire summit. What happens when he retires or dies? The development of Linux is a little bit too focused on Linus Torvalds.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

J27

Google complains about misleading URLs, then makes the situation worse.

Smooth move.

Cover up your privates: Linux distro Tails drops a new version

J27

There is a certain section of hell reserved for people who include prepositions in their acronyms.

Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

J27

Huawei doesn't have any credibility left. I'd just as soon buy a phone from North Korea.

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

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Re: It's about time

The current KHTML branches are quite different. Chrome and Vivaldi use Google's Blink branch, which came off of WebKit fairly recently. Webkit branched off KHTML long ago and not all changes flowed upstream because the KDE team didn't like Apple exerting control over the development.

Mozilla and Trident, more or less. But Edge's version has large portions of code replaced compared to older IE versions.

J27

Re: It's about time

Netscape 6 was the first to use gecko, which was a total re-write. Mozilla didn't even get the old Netscape code, just the newer gecko-based code when Netscape open sourced it. Old Netscape ended at the 4.X series and 5 was cancelled.

Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

J27

This isn't that big a deal for most users. The issue is that it's not requiring the ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE and ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permissions, which are both considered normal permissions in Android.

Normal permissions don't require explicit consent from the user and are granted on install automatically. So while is is a bug, it's not particularly important to the average user because the average user doesn't pore over Android manifests for every app they install and has likely already granted this permission to many apps.

Apps can already access this information via approved means without asking permission anyway.

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No, just the addresses for that device. All the data is about the device the code is running on.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Well, this is interesting, first we're going to see legislation, then business will comply, then everything will be hacked 2 weeks later. The lack of cryptographic understanding at a legislative level is very dangerous for businesses. They keep pressing for impossible goals, without any understanding of why those goals aren't possible with current technology.

Government is supposed to consult experts in a subject before going off half-cocked, it seems like they're either not bothering or not paying attention because the lack of reality in these statements is rather worrying.

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

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You don't, you document it so that after it becomes an issue you can point out that you notified your superior about the issue at the time. Passing the buck is all you really can do.

If senior management wants to be incompetent there isn't much you can do other than cover your butt.

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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Re: One idea

'Murica is a bigger market.

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Re: Semi-Captive Chinese Market

Huawei has plenty of domestic competition like Xiaomi, Oppo/Vivo, Le Eco, ZTE and many smaller companies. The Chinese mobile market is particularly cutthroat.

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