* Posts by Vincent Ballard

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Snortical warfare: Wild boar launches amphibious assault against German beachgoers

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I thought they were hunted? I'm sure I've read of at least two outbreaks of listeriosis in Spain in the last year caused by people not getting a vet to do a blood test on a wild boar before they ate it.

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo

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Re: “Why I went to federal prison,”

That's not actually the correct order. Besides that, by the time of the American Revolution the sentence as practised was not the same as the sentence as dictated. An Irish cousin of mine was sentenced to the full works for high treason three decades later, but the actual execution was carried out as hanging followed by beheading.

All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up

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Re: StreetView image

It's the verb "to die", but close enough.

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Re: Always seemed an uphill task

I just didn't see people on non-MS platforms enthusiastically adopting it.
Not the target audience. The target audience is .Net backend developers who want to pay less for their servers by using Linux hosts rather than Windows ones. It's at the expense of Windows, but not of Azure, which is the real money-maker nowadays.

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Re: Always seemed an uphill task

P/invoke is supported in .Net Core. It's kind-of missing the point to use it, because you wave goodbye to portability, but it is an option.

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

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I wouldn't be 100% sure that they're not running a fullscreen browser in kiosk mode.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Words matter...

?! The M stands for masochism.

Things can't go on like this. You need to get fit for the sake of your health. I'm going to write you a prescription for... an e-bike

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Re: eBikes

I used an e-bike to get around Normandy (some nice flat parts, some long hills) for a week last summer. I was a bit nervous because I hadn't cycled for a year and still had back pain from being knocked off a non-electric bike by a drunk driver, but the electric support made it relatively painless and enabled me to get around very well despite being unfit.

If you want to get a usable bike for less than 100 quid, you could try police auctions in Cambridge...

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Mondrian

For everyone who's still wondering after reading your post, it's neoplasticism.

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire

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Re: Cultural issue

If you're feeling traditionalist it would be a groat.

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Re: Cultural issue

Now that sterling coins have been resized, maybe it's time to bring back the word "bit", so instead of "shilling" we could call it a "quinqupenny bit".

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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WTF?

Baffled

Can anyone figure out what's "ableist" about the phrase "baffling outliers"?

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: I understand the irritation...

I would argue that it's more pedantic to use "begging the question" to mean "demanding an answer to the question" than to use it as a bad translation of a dodgy translation of "ἐν ἀρχῃ αἰτεισθαι". And I certainly wouldn't consider "circular reasoning" a cumbersome phrase. (It may not cover exactly the meaning of Aristotle's term, and it certainly doesn't cover some early usages of the late Latin mangling, which have the sense more of taking as axioms statements which are not self-evident, but I think it does effectively cover most supposed pedantic usage of the past century).

Also, I'm not seeing much evidence that people are offended by renaming "master" branches. The contrary reactions seem to be predominantly frustration at a perceived change for change's sake, and people are presenting various cogent arguments as to why that's a bad thing.

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Re: Master copy

Curiously, the earliest citation OED has for 10c ("A plate, stencil, or negative used in any of various reprographic processes to produce copies of a document, etc.") is from 1930, raising the possibility that the term entered the printing industry from the music industry (10a: "An original disc or (formerly) a cylinder with grooves cut by a stylus during sound recording"; first citation 1904).

Is this an ASP.NET Core I see before me? Where to next for Microsoft's confusing web framework...

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Re: At its best, it is like magic

I've never used EF, but I did once take over maintenance for a mess of a project which used NHibernate in some parts and some third party code generation tool whose name I forget in others. And direct SqlCommand access to views which were 200 lines long and full of subqueries on the admin side. In some ways the third party tool was the best: sure, it was a pain in the arse to use, but it avoided the black box problem because when I really got fed up with some aspects of the code it was generating I could edit the templates. (Some kind of VBA, I think. I never found out exactly, but it's not the only time I've had to maintain code in a language I didn't know. Eventually I figured out how to make the tool use C#, and rewrote the templates from scratch).

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Re: Donald Jenius Trump

If you look at statements made and actions taken or not taken around last year's impeachment proceedings, he believes that he's immune, and since he's the boss of the Justice Department it does too. He's also the boss of the FDA. Once he leaves office, on the other hand, who knows?

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Re: Tallest men in British TV

This past week it was throwing paper, refurbishing bathrooms, and making elephants dance. #HomeTasking

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Re: 'Pointless' is OK,...

Let's see.. Most Germans, people who attend churches where they sing traditional hymns, football fans, ...

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this

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Re: So much for my home server

Two options: either give it a name (I suspect from the description of the scenario that editing a couple of hosts files would suffice), or create a certificate with an IP address for the Common Name (which is perfectly well supported). The latter option probably requires you to set up your own CA, which if you haven't done it before might take a couple of hours of reading. It's actually not that hard with OpenSSL, unless you want to follow best practices which require specialised hardware.

Hash snag: Security shamans shame SHA-1 standard, confirm crucial collisions citing circa $45k chip cost

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Re: Is there a database somewhere keeping track of these 'deprecations' ?

https://valerieaurora.org/hash.html?

Stack Overflow makes peace with ousted moderator, wants to start New Year with 2020 vision on codes of conduct

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Re: One question remains unanswered.

A group of disaffected former Stack Overflow users are building a replacement at codidact.org. Still a way to go, but it's one to watch.

This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station

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Re: Can't help thinking...

I read GPP as "If you can't do basic arithmetic, I don't want to rely on any engineering product you've worked on".

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

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Re: How have they innovated lately?

Interstitial ads and nagging banners.

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

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Re: Just need

Not exactly. The constitution of the USA doesn't apply to people, and isn't restricted to US soil. It applies (in theory, not in practice) to the US government. It should, for example, constrain the actions of the anti-tourism police even in pre-screening checks at Dublin airport. And the Supreme Court's rejection of habeas corpus for people held in Guantánamo Bay was clearly unconstitutional.

Cheque out my mad metal frisbee skillz... oops. Lights out!

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Re: Nice to read this

The Arabic 5 is close enough to a European 0 to cause some interesting confusion.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Diodes aren't that old.

RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep's salary details on office printer

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They closed the minigames site (FunOrb) in August 2018.

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

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Re: Weakening Evidence?

Surely witness evidence inherently weakens over time because it becomes less credible that your memory is accurate?

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?

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Re: The big red button

I used to know the pin-out by heart, but I'm drawing a total blank now. Remind me to make an appointment to talk to my GP about Alzheimer's.

Franco-stein's on the move: Spanish dictator turfed out of decadent mountaintop mausoleum

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Re: Nuance

Pinochet wasn't universally hated either. I'm not saying that I'd have liked to live under Franco. I wouldn't. But I don't think that it's "surprising ... just how many ordinary people support[ed]" him when you look at the full context.

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Nuance

His policies weren't all "Grind the poor into the dust". Lots of blocks of flats around where I live, including the one I'm typing this answer in, have a fascist symbol over the door on a plaque which proclaims that they were built as affordable housing in Franco's time. (I think the local government should strictly have removed or replaced all of these plaques to comply with the Historical Memory Act; occasionally I read in the newspaper about someone taking it into their own hands).

It's also worth remembering that there were absolute nutters on both sides. After various groups of Republican extremists had killed about an eighth of the priests and a quarter of the monks in the country, it's understandable that some people should consider Franco the lesser evil.

Wondering where the strontium in your old CRT monitor came from? Two colliding neutron stars show us

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Re: Nop

Note that the headline is misleading: the actual paper says that only about 30% of strontium is produced by this process. It's more the other way round: the production of strontium is good evidence for the theory that these dense objects are neutron stars.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

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Re: Why the down votes?

"Finally, even if it was FP rounding, the scale of error reported is far beyond what you'd expect from FP rounding, even on huge data sets."

You're assuming linearity. If the code has any kind of foo() if x >= 0 else bar() then FP rounding differences can cause arbitrarily large errors.

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Re: Fixing the symptom…

It's not as simple as "FP maths on all modern CPUs has to conform to the IEEE.754 standards". For example, Java has a keyword strictfp to force evaluation in accordance with IEEE 754 standards for code which needs consistency. If you don't use that keyword then, on some (nowadays probably most) processors it will use optimisations like fused-multiply-add which aren't defined in IEEE 754. This can result in inconsistencies between platforms.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary

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Re: @A.P. Veening

The vote was an opinion poll, not a contest. The rules didn't say anything about winning.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians

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Re: Eh?

Don't forget that Farage claims not to be a politician, despite having made a living from politics for a couple of decades now.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

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Re: Is this just an English thing ?

Thou makest. He maketh.

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Re: no one has been able to invent new pronouns that sound natural as drop-in replacements

But you need an epicene form to talk about the person who will be Prime Minister in 2090.

Calling all the Visual Basic snitches: Keep quiet about it and so will he...

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Re: something that is broken today might simply be fixed tomorrow.

I do proudly claim that I never had a single bug report on the software I developed in a three month project for a client who went on to use it for about 10 years.

If you have enough of this type of gut microbe, you can get drunk for free after eating carbs

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Re: OMFG...

Doesn't kombucha's culture use yeast for sugar to alcohol, and bacteria for alcohol to vinegar?

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

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Re: Balls

So the computers were only usable by people who either know how to do everything with keyboard only or can operate a mouse by directly manipulating the rollers. (I did actually on occasion remove the ball from my mouse when doing photo manipulation to decouple the two axes and make it easier to crop precisely).

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump

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Re: Great, I'm now that consultant

And do you have a plan for what to do if you can't resurrect the PROM burner or the 386?

World's largest heap of untreated nuclear waste needs more bots to cart around irradiated crap

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Parliament doesn't have access to nuclear missiles. Giving orders to the armed forces is a function of the executive, not the legislature. (Not that it's very reassuring to know that the launch codes are in Boris' hands).

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour

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FAIL

Are you not going to complain about the concept of vegan ice-cream?

UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports

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Re: Middle aged Golfers

Just in the interests of clarity, because sarcasm sometimes gets lost over text media, are you wishing that a bunch of them had drowned in the floods in Alicante and Murcia provinces this week?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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Re: So, to sum up. . .

The job of the Speaker is also to defend the House's privileges against the executive. The reason behind the theatre piece of dragging a newly elected Speaker to the chair is that back in the chair a number of them parted company with their heads shortly before dying.

Trump attacks and appeals 'fundamentally misconceived' Twitter block decision

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Re: Nothing new, then

White House lawyers to write the appeal?

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

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Re: External memory

Wikipedia is the thing that tells you what the date is. Apparently it's the fruit of a palm tree.

BOFH: Oh, go on, let's flush all that legacy tech down the toilet

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Re: ShitSecurity

Actually, in fairness, the dispatcher would be an actual user.

UK parliament sends snippy letter to Zuck and his poodle Clegg as it seems Facebook has been lying again

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Re: Public cost duty allowance

It's not a salary or pension: it's an expenses claim to cover an office and secretary, and accounts have to be rendered. Reference

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