* Posts by Joe W

105 posts • joined 8 Aug 2018


Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: That does seem kind of sha/n/dy

F'ing brilliant.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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You realise it was a suggestion of what to possibly do?

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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They do rock that rock. Exciting to see boundaries pushed back. Now... NASA, ESA, get your s**t together![1]

(I know. No money. Makes me really sad, so: EU and USA, get your act together and get some exciting space stuff done! Really bad we have no spacecraft to reach Hubble any more, among other things...)

[1] Yes, landing on a comet was really cool! More of that!

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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That's really more like a simple statistical model that I ran a few decades[1] ago, at least the output looks really similar. Basically, you make a lookup table on what is likely to come after either a certain word or a letter combination - the length of which is the epoch length. Great fun for a few minutes.

Still, it's Friday, let's have a couple of cold ones! This reminds me: I'll need to drive to pick up some beer later.

[1]And I do mean decades: one was written on a C64, the other back in school on a.... 386, I believe. I guess most of us wrote something like this. One of them even had a very rudimentary grammar module to actually construct sentences with subject, verb, object, but no sense... (module taken from an issue of the C64 magazine, I think)

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

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Re: Great news

I am all for that move. It might strengthen high tech companies in other countries who hopefully now can hire the people they want to - not what is left over after the silly valleys had their pick. Folks can get a nice job elsewhere and not be afraid to be forced out of the country (I especially liked the part with the renewals...)

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: Much-adored Linux toolkit...

Came here to say exactly that.

Adored? My arse!

(just like pulseaudio, or pulseidiot)

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt

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Re: Imagine if they did start a "clean sheet" OS

How is that different from Windows as it is now?

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Paris Hilton

Re: the monitor is nice

Don't stand so close to me?

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Black Helicopters

You don't want to close the airport over nothing


But do you want to be the person that said "naah, there is no drone, no need to do anything"? So, yes, I can get their response. And to the "why no cell phone pictures?!" - person: do not assume everybody has a phone that can take a picture of a small object more than a few 10m away.... Most phones cannot, while you could still see and possibly identify the object. Phone cameras are optimised for a very different use.

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for 'age discrim', calls Ginny and biz 'morally bankrupt'

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Re: floater generation

Well, if they would be treated well, earn a decent pay and their work would be appreciated they likely would not leave. Why would one think they treat the younger people better than those they (in theory) should replace, always being told they are just a human resource, cheap to replace etc.?

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Re: The downward spiral to the ground is well underway.

We have a friend who got shown the door (early retirement, my a...) at a large company designing and building power plants, conventional and nuclear. He was one of the head engineers.

A year later they rang and hired him back for big money as consultant on a project. When he had earned as much as he could without the retirement money being reduced he made them install a new heating system at his home (that or he would leave).

Get rid of your greybeards on your own risk, be prepared to hire them back as consultants. They will charge you through the nose for that.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: rm -rf /

The classic is trying to remove the hidden files and directories by doing

rm -rf .*

as root.

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Re: xfer

In my current job people still do this. When I started I asked about version control, development and test systems, things that I have been using for my own projects for... a while, let's use that (getting depressed about my age? Naaah...). Blank faces all around. I have to do some (a lot...) educating colleagues. or leave again.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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html in email...

How I hate that! It has no place there, and the new "intelligent" email programs a also no longer know how to deal with replies inside a quoted mail.

Ich kann net soviel fressen wie ich kotzen könnt! (cannot eat enough to vomit as much as this makes me sick)

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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*sigh* makes not too much sense on a big display (use grouping of objects), and on a small screen in single column view it is very much unnecessary.

I like the threaded view, that was really missing! And I like that we can now use icons from our mobes.

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Re: But like Oliver Twist to the Master....

It's enough that we have icons when using a tablet etc. Lots of those - - - >


Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Overpriced kit

But you should listen to the gospel of St. Tim, it is not just a mere phone...

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Vipera Aspis

My wife ran into one - or rather the other way round. The beast was coming down a hill extremely fast. Scared her. A lot.

And this is in Germany, there are only six types of snakes and only one that needs a serum. This one.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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Re: ... and people ask me why I use Linux exclusively

I am a long time Linux only user (still am, at home), or was until very recently. At the new job I am forced to use win 10. Do I like it? Not really, missing all of my favourite things. It is not bad though (imo), and intuitive enough for me to get stuff done. Except for the f*ing ribbon, but that got introduced earlier into the applications.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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Re: also, pick your log disk carefully

Yeah, that one bit me as well. Meh, you live and learn... Had to buy beer for the group that week.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Secretaries at universities...

Same here. Our department assistant had a secretary. While he was a nice guy and good with all admin stuff he was responsible for his knowledge paled in comparison to hers. She even called me when I was close to missing some exam deadlines. Knew every student I believe, and saved the bacon of quite a few. They don't make them like this any more :(

Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wanderin'

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Re: "website operators should obtain the consent of site visitors before collecting data"

And AFAIK default on is against the gdpr, or should be.. but yes, that is oh so nasty. I simply refuse to view those sites.

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Statistically speaking

Should be STR for strength, though that might not be D&D (any edition I know[*], at least)

*a fellow game remarked when 3.5 was released that the only new version he would buy would have to be on holodeck - after all, he started with the original boxed set...

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: Pentile

I know what a percentile is, and a quantile. Penile just looks wrong to me...

That said: I like bashing Apple as much as the next Linux geek, but the calculations of "real" pixels from unreal subpixels is just horrible. Additionally the pixel density, whether real or perceived or whatever, is really high enough so this should not really matter. I wonder whether they looked at the phone before they bought it and. If it sucks in the shop don't buy it.... (unless it is a vacuum cleaner, those should indeed suck)

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Socialism

Well, there is quite a long, sliding scale between the extremes. So, rolling out your own broadband and levying some extra taxes to pay for the infrastructure can make sense. The infrastructure then is actually owned by the town. Sure, with the responsibilities that come with it, but it is better than paying another party to install it, but having no say in how, where and when - and then being charged for the disservice. Just don't give the network away to some soon to be privatised company...

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Cider is supposed to be fully fermented. At least where I come from. It has around 6% alcohol, and the added sorbus domestica gives it a nice bitterness. When working in a highly-priced-alcohol country I made my own from apple juice and sorbus aucuparia berries. Actually quite nice and not much effort. Just bloody long wait...

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Science 50 years old

Hm. The work on the project started earlier - I guess around 50 years since the kickoff of the project sounds about right-ish.

But yes, the launch was quite less than 50 years ago.

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Re: Science 50 years old

And when I look at my collection of electronic equipment there are not many things that have a similar age. My dad's electric drill and my granddad's record player (well, "compact" stereo, like voyager stuff keeps failing, the core function, for me the turn table, is still good, as is the amp). Both very simple devices. I doubt that any of the stuff I bought will be around in 50 years (or even 20). Except for my Harmann Kardon amp...

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: WooHoo BOFH is back

My thoughts exactly!

Now on to actually reading it....

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: You're born that way, you die that way...

I wouldn't say "random", I guess they are specialists...

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

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Re: If YAML is a programming language...

Hm... you can embed visual basic...

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Re: .docx is the most popular and robust programming language

Wish I could upvote you more than once and add a beer icon in the mobile version of the comments. My thoughts exactly.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: "...using methods that can be replicated anywhere on the planet."

We-ell... Not anywhere, not anytime. There are measurements that suggest those constants are in fact not. Constant, that is (cannot remember which ones, though) . And I'm not taking about the first moments (big bang, inflation, etc).

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

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Re: Killing a database?

Paranoid? If there is a reason for your paranoia it is no paranoia...

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

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Meh, all part of a grand plan

They want to make people move from that platform...

Even as a long term (I guess 20 years is enough to qualify) Linux user I have to admit: I was really happy with my Windows 8 phone. Brilliant interface, responsive (even on poor hardware)...

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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... and I'm sort of glad we had fire in the basement a few years back. Not in our compartment, but the smoke and heat destroyed most of my old hardware carp. I had a huge bag of Simms, from 128k to 4MB. I liked to call it my bag of chips...

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: "Train Station"

@ "work Station": using the fall update of Win10, I guess ;p

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Re: Controlled experments: thats the ticket

Not sure if they have a "silent" cheese, but the article does read like they test different types of music on different slabs.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Escalation

or even the "christmas special" of a certain sci-fi trilogy...

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

... and to boot, it was not even one of the throwaway $(servicename)_$(qualifier)@$(mydomain) ones I expected.

(and now if they could give me pointers on how to get the front cam running reliably on my laptop I'd be chuffed, might even send them money for a coffee...)

Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM

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Yeah, no formaldehyde

but how much RAM does the mattress have?

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: The silver lining

Didn't I see something like this in a Bond movie?

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: GCHQ has translated the code into different languages

Which one of the three official languages are you referring to?

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Left that browser long ago

First my plugins become unsupported (tab groups, among others) and now this.

Turned to Waterfox, works for me.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

Well... binding... yeah...

No, it was not.

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Mid-what?

This. So much.

Plus a "small"phone is now too big for me to reach across with my thumb...

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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"tea bags" filled with ground and dried meat and some dried veggies, they make a nice broth! Throw in some penne or farfalle.

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: Revolv

... and with Google's track record of suddendly "sunsetting" services confidence is not increased.

Plus: These things will enter my home when you prise the soldering iron from my cold dead hands. Bad enough that I have a "smart"phone, though I do not use it as much as most do.

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Another One Bites The Dust

... and this time it is not a "who, me?" article

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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The EU is not the USA. Here, privacy laws are applicable if you are in the EU, not only for citizens. In fact, this applies for all and any law, which makes sense. The laws of the country you are in apply...


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