* Posts by baud

42 posts • joined 14 Sep 2018

Canadian woman fined for not holding escalator handrail finally reaches the top after 10 years


Re: More handrails

I had a math teacher who used yellow and red cards to warn (and expulse) troublemakers in class, using them referee-style. But it didn't have any consequences beyond that class. It was useful to bring back the 50-students class to calm down.

I've had it with these mother-fscking slaps on this mother-fscking plane: Flight fight sparks legal brouhaha over mid-air co-ords


Re: Bah!

If the plane is flying above your home in a state with castle doctrine, could you use it to defend violence in a plane?

Ozzy app maker cancels hump day: We've tripled profits! scream slackers


> Most famously, France has a legally mandated 35-hour week.

Well, it depends on the contract: employee who are paid per hour will have the limit, plus any overtime; but a lot of contract in IT are paid by days worked, like mine, with the assumption that I'll be working overtime (that is over the 35h/week limit), which automatically entitle me to some additional paid vacation (2 weeks per year)

Google readies Pixel for the masses, but are the masses ready for Pixel?


Re: Google has since declined to send us any more samples

I'd buy a bridge to nowhere, what's your asking price?

So you've 'seen' the black hole. Now for the interesting bit – how all that raw data was stored


The Imperium of Man would have dismissed scientific research as heretic and burned down everyone involved. Remember that those guy don't believe in thing like "progress" or "science" and their technological caste worship technology because they can't understand it.

Want to hang out with criminals but can't be bothered to download Tor? Try Facebook


Re: Facebook moderation is random at best

"KILL ALL MUSLIMS" is clearly an opinion, that must be protected from censure by the State, whereas fact makes people uncomfortable, so they must be suppressed.


Back to drawing board as Google cans AI ethics council amid complaints over right-wing member


In any case, the committee would have been useless: no power and like 4 meeting in a year; it was just a PR exercise from Google

Edtech will save our schools from cuts and spare our teachers from burnout, booms UK.gov


Re: Sounds like another boondogle is inbound

Using snapshat or Instagram, connecting to Minecraft or Fortnite isn't what I would call tech-savy

Bending the knee: US semiconductor juggernauts ask the government for help


They want free market (to export without tariff), but not free competition, since they want government subsidies.

Razer – perfectly happy to sell you a laptop for over $2,000, but when it comes to fixing security holes... tough sh*t


Re: Gamers are the best target for those attacks

Not to mention the greater chance that the person will be downloading warez, cracks, aimbots, etc.

And demos, mods, abandonware titles, cheat engines, game servers, IRC clients, recording/streaming software...

Dutch director cops roar deal after selling off lion-based schlock to China


It reminds me of a story on how Chinese cinemas can be owned by film producers/distributors, which would artificially inflate viewer count via fake online booking in their own cinemas (which is visible with screening fully booked but with lot of empty seats); the high viewers count would then raise the share value of the film company. And perhaps doing it with a royalty-free movie would be cheaper…

Or it's just a stroke of luck and good marketing.

Someone's spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer's 'manifesto' – and we're OK with this, maybe?

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Re: Mixed feelings

Thank you. I think you're more balanced than myself.


Re: Pardon my ignorance...

It reminds of a pdf that asked "read with Adobe Reader to access the content". But that one was legit and I had to download Adobe reader. Also since it was a form to fill, I'd guess it was easier to just target and test one reader.


Re: Mixed feelings

I heard that the Breivik manifesto was huge, you've read all of it?

I don't think forbidding the document is useful, even if it could be done; nutjobs have already a wealth of pamphlets, so another one isn't going to change much, instead it made the document desirable and make the NZ gov look like censors.

It would be better to be in the open, to be studied by journalists, psychologists, sociologists and criminologists and ridiculed in public. Perhaps an informational version could be done, like it was done with Mein Kampf when it entered the public domain: with a foreword and annotations by historians .

BOFH: Tick tick BOOM. It's B-day! No we're not eating Brussels flouts...


I wonder what the BOFH and PFY were doing in a wellness meeting since it didn't look like it was going to impact them, except perhaps in an attempt to grab an empty space from them for that gym space.

Still it's gold

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?


Re: Security? We've heard of it

The person in front of me at work is developing applets for JavaCard, so I guess you're wrong on the name.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


Regarding strict gun control, it might not be useful to prevent attacks: for example France has strict laws, but it did not prevent the Paris attacks. And even without guns, one can do serious damage (see the Nice attack or the Boston marathon).

Still I'm in favor of gun control, but saying that gun control laws will prevent all attacks is naïve.


Re: What Register?!?

You're mixing the Paris (where the nutcases used guns) and Nice (where a truck was used) attacks

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8


We're finishing our update from java 8 (well, we compiled with the jdk 8 using a java 7 target) to java 7, at least on the code side of things, there are still tests to be done. We didn't used a single module so the upgrade was mostly removing the unsupported APIs. I agree with modules being way too complicated (and also not very useful when taking into account our build system), so when we were preparing for the upgrade, I pushed for ignoring them altogether.

What happens when security devices are insecure? Choose the nuclear option


Re: French Government website UIs...

The only one I ever used was the one to fill my income tax information, which reproduce the 40 fields of the actual paper forms of old, of which 3 were relevant to me. On one hand, since doing it online is mandatory since a few year, having a design similar to the paper might help those more computer-challenged, but still, they should have enough information to hide some of the fields.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

> beer care products

Beer doesn't need anything else, just a (pint-sized) glass


Re: Why would anyone care whether others have beards?

I don't understand why anyone would care about the appearance of others.

Well if you're working with them, you might care about them. At least here the two hipster are on another team so that's not a problem.

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers


Re: Big demo. Should we test?

Or create your script but tell no-one about it: then use the time allocated for the report creation to do something productive instead

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface


Re: "Where ALL Roman gods simply copies of greek ones?"

The team leader on my left is called Pol. I think he'd be happy to have a moon called after him.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Does anybody actually use a .eu ?

I don't care for the UK, they can sink for all I care. And I'm no fan of the EU either.


Re: Does anybody actually use a .eu ?

what the EU side has been doing over brexit

The EU has decided to give the worst possible deal to the UK so that there's no other country that wants to leave. Also UK has never been fully in the EU, just taking what they wanted, so they can GTFO.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?


Re: Yank version of the above.

Sorry if my comment appeared agressive, I just found it fun that you were retelling (via copy-paste) the same story, which I found nice.

And I didn't go through your backlog, I was reading another comment thread the same day and found your other comment.


Re: Yank version of the above.

Do you keep that story on hand to reuse as needed?


Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban


I think that France, at the time of the American war of independence, had already lost most (all?) its territories in North America in the previous war.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty


Re: Brilliant

The half-life of a PHB working with a BOFH is too short to reliable measure.

While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts


Re: A little bit too late to matter

> Marine le Pen's party was bankrolled by Russian banks

Because all French banks closed their accounts and refused to loan them any money.

To help theorists build their conspiracies, you can add the fact that Macron had worked for Rothschild.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project



"Stop and test, stop and test"

Or even better, have a separated QA team who is testing the builds as they are available and any bug found are quickly fixed (well, depending on impact of the bugs). Also even if the bugs are known before release, they can be documented.

Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites


Re: Good article

a HuffPost journalist looking to save the world

I think the HuffPost was just looking for some clicks/share/user engagement by looking like it wants to save the world by protecting people from dangerous words

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler


Re: Move to France

Considering that last season (and the last few years), 90% of victims were hunters, your claims aren't really honest. And hunter can get convicted of manslaughter.


Re: 'Murica never ceases...

With an username like Potemkine, doing ass-pull isn't surprising, no?

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU


Re: Lookalike Targeting

On the other hand, a cohesive group will not get into shouting matches/get torn apart about divisive subjects.

Some diversity is important to have enough different viewpoints and possible solutions, but it has its downsides.


no restrictions on education

> "Likewise there should be no restrictions on education, etc."

So, to advertise a job opening as a doctor, the local hospital couldn't advertise only to doctors? Thus showing the ads to the other 99% who aren't doctors? Same for nurses? For teachers?

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


Linus has been working with other people since the Kernel's start, he's used to it. But perhaps he just want to take a break to deal with prima donna and dimwits who want to push crap in the kernel.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls


You can easily get a refund if you have access to one of their ticketing machine and a dead tree ticket.


I've taken an SCNF train a dozen of time this year and had no problem. But I had steered clear from their app and had all my train tickets mailed, free of additionnal charges, to me. The only time I didn't do that, I received a pdf to print with a QR code, but apparently showing the pdf on your smartphone also work, so no app needed.


Grammar n*** incoming

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Yet another rule regarding gender in French...

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