* Posts by Andrew Williams

80 posts • joined 5 Feb 2008


Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms

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Pay me to be their censor

Pay me a lot.

Scala contributor: Open source and diversity key to tackling dev skills shortage

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The magic 500,000 jobs...

That are pretty much not going to be filled by Americans. Largely because they do know who they want, and it’s not Americans.

There’s also the collateral damage of this approach. Salaries offered are low (H1b targeted) so a lot of stupid HR think that that is the “going rate” for such a job. Add to that the ludicrous cost of living anywhere near the USA tech hubs, and you’re not going to get these jobs filled.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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But then context is probably a trigger word.

Anyhow, it’s all bollocks and wasted effort to boot.

Making code better and making better code is probably a more pressing need.

Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email

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Obama/DNC are after him, and there’s the Chelsea Manning event which had everyone after him.

Assange will say/do anything to stay out of the USA. Tossing Trump’s name out there is a bit of desperation on his part to escape extradition.

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

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This will be year of TeX

Make it so...

ACLU sues America's border cops: Tell us everything about these secret search teams targeting travelers

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2015 everything was down to him.

Even the chump who was detained must have known that.

Microsoft follows up those licensing hikes by snipping away costs for Azure Archive Storage

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Microsoft, Amazon...

Were the leaders of the pack decrying IBM and other mainframe providers as locking you in, cranking up prices.

What was old is now new again, and today it’s Microsoft, Amazon and Google rather than mainframes.

Mmm, instant Java: Visual Studio Code 1.36 brings tasty updates – unless you run 32-bit Linux

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Being a product from the vacuum cleaners of Redmond, does it hoover up everything you do to the great dust-bin in the Microsoft cloud? Kept securely, and perused at their leisure?

IVE HAD ENOUGH! iQuit. Jobs done. Jony cashes out at Apple to run his own design biz

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Re: Ave Ive

Well, people are expected to pay Microsoft for Windows 10, so $999 for a stand does have s certain attractiveness to it.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?

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I would aim at Word

The single most diabolical piece of poo ever created.

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

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Boeing Management death wish

That’s what this is.

Maybe they want to get out of the aerospace business.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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I’d look at people...

Who are in serious legal troubles or know they are about to be.

Evidence? What evidence?

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: Muhahahaha...

30 months = they have no intention to even try.

The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc...

They are in the business of making as much money out of their user data as they can. That’s not going to even slow down. So, systems to protect information from “bad guys” pull the other one.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Re: Nokia was a phone company that couldn't make the transition

Microsoft never had those concepts on even a “that would be nice” list

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Well, in the UK it's all about being stabbed.

At least 36 people have been fatally stabbed - and 62 overall killed - in London since the beginning of the year.

Met Police records show 37, 443 recorded knife offences and 6,694 recorded gun offences across the UK in the year up to September 2017.

In London, the problem was even more pronounced than the rest of the country, with 12,980 knife crimes taking place in the capital - 2,452 more than the equivalent year.

Four teenagers were stabbed to death in London on New Year's Eve alone, and 22 were killed in March - meaning the capital now has a higher murder rate than New York.

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It's a long time since ANY media did journalism

Mostly it's just spin to fit the outlet's prevailing narrative.

Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Is this piece a joke?

Because it is either a shocking piece, devoid of any thought or research, or it is... No it's not April 1, so there's a fail there too.

Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

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It would lessen your suffering. Hence it is not an option.

Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports

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Re: What was going through Clinton's head?

Powell and/or Rice have problems if they didn't do the "20 day" thing with their private emails as required.

Currently, Clinton should be in front of a jury or whatever, not campaigning.

Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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Re: There was no evidence they were primitive Jeremy Clarksons

Well, it depends. There is of course only one Clarkson. However, there is the witty one, the racist one, the violent one, and even more! Primitive though? Well, I'd have to say that is evidenced by his guest choices (presuming he had any choice).

Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Well, she probably is more worried about bacon or Star Wars

As apparently drinking "14 units" of alcohol a week is no more dangerous than watching a film or eating a bacon sandwich. Clearly her statement is a ruse to deflect from these much more serious problems.

Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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1.0, 10.0, and... well... yes...

I think they've almost managed to scale the heights of 1.0 (again).

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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I guess this provides evidence that Clinton has passed her "use by date"

Weaker encryption makes the world safer from Isis... In other news inviting a few fully weaponised Isis muppets to the White House would accomplish the same safety goal, or perhaps not...

Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

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Re: Just a thought, but...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Surface was costing Microsoft zillions, not making them.

Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to prison

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Re: I hope they are ready...

You're so right about it being in its infancy.

I might add that I suspect that most of the luminaries of AGW have little if any statistical or computational training.

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Re: So if I understand this correctly...

Yes, I do have a problem with "Software Engineering." I am a victim of it every day. It is an odd coincidence that the car I use, the roads I use, the buildings I live and work in and most of the planes and boats I've had occasion to use have orders of magnitude less failures than I experience with the products of "Software Engineering."

I suspect it has to do with the rise of hacker culture, where getting things to work in a sometimes, somewhen manner is the height of "Software Engineering" practice in the modern world.

At this point in time I am wondering how long it is before some evil bastard decides to remote control my car because of frankly inadequate "Software Engineering."

Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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One wonders about the bedlam that would ensue

If the plank that wrote this piece woke up tomorrow to discover he needed W10 to run his AD.

Actually, waking up is probably needed, as he/she/other seems to be living in a dream world.

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Real work?

What, you mean playing Solitaire and Minesweeper 24/7?

One imagines that you would have to spend some time in A&E if someone used Linux and Macs, with followups in a psych ward of course.

Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Deja vu all over again

Same kind of shenanigans Microsoft pulled all those years before. Same type of "But Microsoft can do what they want", "But Apple/Google/Whoever does it, so it is ok" pap. Wrong is wrong, no matter how many people do it.

I do wonder whether corporate W10 systems will have their data hoovered into the cloud or not. I hardly think the likes of [Any/all large corporate] are going to be too orgasmic if said hoovering is going to happen. And if it's not going to happen to them, why the little guy/guyette/other?

It's almost as though Ballmer has risen from the dead...

The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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Re: So let's think about this. The U$ tax agency is being gutted by the congress

Really? Then who's going to go after all the folk who don't have ObamaCare?

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Think of it this way, if they get Microsoft, then Apple'd be next. Fun times...

Mathematician: sunspot could mean mini ice age from 2030

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Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

I am presuming you mean Australia is one of said "bad countries"

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Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

There are various degrees of despotism, and I suggest you try going living under one of the more useful despotic regimes, such as but not limited to, the new,y founded caliphate.

iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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Re: Sheep

I take it you have not noticed that tablets make quite serviceable thin clients.

Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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Re: Delete Java

And while you're at it delete everything. Everything is bollocks. The only thing left for you to do might be to go dance naked on the M1.

Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Re: Excellent

Traffic, go, play. You're a worthless ping of bitter.

Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: The important question is... AC 18:57

Anything is possible in Wimbledon.

Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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Call me a cynic, but I rather think that secure boot *might* stop that is likely a more accurate view of what happens.

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Re: @Tim Parker

I'd have to say then that you're ascribing to Microsoft both malice and incompetence. The best of all worlds.

Microsoft: Just swallow this tablet ... the rest will take care of itself

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Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"

You had me up until AD. I'd sooner have an appendectomy with a blunt spoon than suffer AD.

Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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On the bright side

They (Microsoft) probably pumped a billion or few at creating W8. And given this "investment" I'd say they have a vested interest in pumping a truckload more billions into getting it to work (or hurriedly moving on to W9).

So, if you hate it with a passion, enjoy the oodles of cash Microsoft will burn fixing it or moving on. If you think W9 will be all that, be grateful for no expense being spared to fix up the eyesore that is W8.

And yea, Ballmer said, W8 is all you'll ever need, until W9 comes up (I think rather soon).

Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

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Studies like this make me want to hurl

They are long on conclusion, short on method and analysis and in all likelihood the data was made to fit the predetermined conclusion.

As we all know, it is the white mice we have to fear, and this researcher has as with many others fallen prey to their cunning ministrations and orchestrations.

Other than that it is amusing to see the revisionists hard at work trying to tell the world that Stalin et al weren't really the epitome of the left but were really right wing stooges.

MS now issuing security advisories about third-party Windows bugs

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Jobs Horns


I guess they had better hope they are right when they sling aspersions at other people's software. Or perhaps their lawyers are bored and promoted this idea so they'd get more work.

Just because Ballmer makes Jobs look innocent.

Microsoft bricking lesson bodes badly for Elop's Brave New Nokia

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Of course the "funner" thing is...

Not that this update bricked some phones but the reports that Microsoft and Samsung are passing the buck on getting the bricked phones sorted.

One would imagine that from the get go there should have been clear lines of responsibility defined by the licensing and related agreements between Microsoft and Samsung.

Epic fail on both from both of them.

Microsoft, Nokia, and MeeGo: Are they all doomed?

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Shrinking in the sense that...

There is no evidence or for that matter likelihood of Nokia regaining smartphone market share or even slowing the haemorrhaging in market share by this deal with Microsoft.

Note also that they are talking a two year time frame for implementation. Do you honestly think that the other smartphone makers are going to wait upon Nokia and Microsoft to release an offering before upping their game?

We probe the Google anti-trust probe. Vigorously

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Which makes me think that...

Google isn't that stupid. Maybe they would even be kosher with an "independent expert" being tasked to poke around their algorithms to see how they work and report back to the EC on their findings.

The only problems with that is that they do risk the expert coming back and telling the world that their algorithms are about as "honest" as Bill Clinton when asked about sex, or that the said expert gets an "offer they can't refuse" from someone with deep pockets and a lustful look who happens to be wearing a "bing suit."

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besides, can't you do this if you don't wanna see google responses?

Add -site:google.com to your search.

Who knows, maybe you can set that as a preference if your knickers are so twisted about google that you are contemplating using bing :P

Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site

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This would all be far less bollocks...

If there were actual sales figures reported for WP7 and the others. Surely they exist?

BlackBerry boss renews disdain for Steve Jobs

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Is a leapfrogger...

RIM and others are scurrying around in catch-up mode. If they want to do something cool, then jumping forward of where iPad etc is is the way to go.



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