* Posts by Adrian 4

1940 posts • joined 18 Jul 2009

How long till some drunkard puts a foot through one of BT's 'iconic, digital smart city communication hubs'?

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Wouldn't the traditional red and white tent have been more iconic ?

Muddy hole inside optional.

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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Follow the money

If the end 'benefit' was to those elements who like to ensure there's a law to cover every eventuality, that's where the finger of suspicion for starting the panic should point.

Astro Pi 2: New Raspberry Pi hardware with updated camera, sensors to head to the ISS this year

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Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter

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are what they'll need.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: So perhaps Politicians should put their own Houses in order

Hasn't parliament itself already harboured paedophiles, terrorists and mobsters ?

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Potential abuse

We have often heard criticisms of laws and the attachment of oversight because 'some future government might abuse them'.

The current government is that government.

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats

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Re: Definition of a cookie

Hasn't someone - apple, maybe ? - made their browser partition data by website so that the only cookies available were set in that site's private universe ?

GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15

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Re: All very fine.....love it when the anoraks get excited about stuff like "git"........

If you don't want constant updates the solution is simple : don't follow a dev track which is there specifically to allow frequent, poorly tested updates.

From your examples, I would suggest you want the releases marked 'LTS' or long-term-stable.

Try Debian. they're exceptionally careful about what goes in, and you won't suffer much harm if you miss out every other release for even longer life.

Banned: The 1,170 words you can't use with GitHub Copilot

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Re: Usage

I guess Jon Postel won't be using it.


Confessions of a ransomware negotiator: Well, somebody's got to talk to the criminals holding data hostage

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more on prevention

Would like to read more on prevention of these attacks.

Currently I only know the obvious issues of verified backups and anti-phishing measures - the first being more reliable than the second.

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

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+ for the good boss > skilled boos

- for the sour grapes

What's the top programming language? It's not JavaScript but Python, says IEEE survey

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Conversely, Python generates more questions because you never know if the code you have will be compatible with the version you installed.

Amusingly, it's supposed to be superior to Perl because Perls is a write-only language. Python may be clearer, but it's still write-only because it has a too-rapidly-changing standard.

Fake Apple rep amasses 620,000+ stolen iCloud pics, vids in hunt for images of nude women to trade

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Re: Does he not know...

Naked cats.

Borking on the corner, watching the world go by

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risk assessment

Likelihood : 100%, eventually.

Mitigation : Nobody reads advertising signs anyway

GitHub's Copilot may steer you into dangerous waters about 40% of the time – study

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Re: sprintf?

Blindly following rules is the reason for today's code bloat and stackoverflow dependency.

You should use whichever of strcpy or strncpy etc. your intention demands. Don't just make silly rules and expect everyone to follow them.

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Copilot considered harmful

I rapidly dumped VS when its annoying autocomplete and function 'help' insisted on blitzing my screen with useless and incorrect messages. It seems unlikely Microsoft have learnt anything in the intervening years so why on earth would I want to take VS's advice on the code itself ?

Apple didn't engage with the infosec world on CSAM scanning – so get used to a slow drip feed of revelations

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Re: Sounds like

"Therefore Apple are immediately guilty the moment an unencrypted image exists on an Apple server, and their human is also guilty if it's sent to their device."

This seems an excellent point. While Apple claim to avoid accessing a customer's data by searching on the phone itself and then alerting police to make further enquiries, the verification stage where they intentionally copy the data (having reasonable expectation that it's CSAM) to their servers to do a second hash appears to be a hole a mile wide.

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Re: Pot Kettle Black

Why is a software agent that runs on a user's computer (phone) any different in law from retrieving the data and executing the algorithm on your servers ?

Cloud load balancer snafu leads to 3D printer user printing on a stranger's kit

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'Coalfire pointed out was the apparent lack of signing for firmware updates, meaning anyone could install any binary to the device."

I'd consider that a basic requirement of any such device. Why would I want a machine I couldn't fix ?

Trust Facebook to find a way to make video conferencing more miserable and tedious

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Re: "your table dynamically scales"

How did you manage that ?

It goes unstable for me above 4

UK's National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going 'under the radar'

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Re: ignorance or indifference?

Unfortunately true.

So the government also needs to explain why they should and the consequences of that, or they will still fail the people who employ them to manage the country.

China starts testing tech to harvest solar energy from orbiting panels

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Safe receivers

Large solar cells and microwave transmission seems an inefficient way to do it : you've got two conversions and neither is very efficient.

A solar oven seems a better way : many moderately sized reflectors which together focus on a single area. Failure of a few of them tom track would not be dangerous : it would only double the sunlight on the accidental target.

The intentional target could be in the sea, boiling seawater to make steam and simultaneously desalinating while allowing a large safety border.

The large passive reflectors would be slow to re-orientate, making it difficult to use as a weapon.

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Re: Er, isn't this a weapon ?

If it can be used as a weapon, then maybe all governments will want to invest in it.

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too

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Re: Maybe not.

> You all seem to have missed the point I made about requirements. If you need to chop down 100 trees in a day, then your axe will never be sufficient. It is obsolete. If you only need to chop down 5, then your Axe is perfectly fine and it is not obsolete.

That's not obsolete. It's just underrated.

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Re: Would need a 32-bit Windows?

> I'm not as up-to-date on Linuxes as I should be, but haven't some distros announced that they're abandoning 32-bit?

Much easier in Linux as there are very few legacy 32-bit binaries to cope with. Even those apps that still think an integer is 16 or 32 bits can be fixed, because source.

Chocolate beer barred from sale after child mistakes it for chocolate milk

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Surely the unforgiveable error is to store a stout in the fridge ?

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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Re: Traceability

I never heard of a farm that grew wet cardboard

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Re: Really?!?

Upvote for the icon

New GNOME Human Interface Guidelines now official – and obviously some people hate it

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My pet hate is the gesture stuff, where you can't just grab a title bar and drag a window because if you do it wrong it will maximise or minimise the window instead.

And then there're those deep menu structures where you have to carefully and accurately follow each row to get to the next level, like a tightrope walker navigating a power distribution station on the 11kV wires.

Full Stream ahead: Microsoft will end 'classic' method of recording Teams meetings despite transcription concerns

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Re: 273 years ... That's a strangely specific number.

So they're limiting it to fit into 100,000 days ... making sure it fits into a 17-bit number ? Seesm an odd constraint.

US labor official suggests Amazon's Alabama workers rerun that unionization vote

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True enough.

But really, is it necessary to attempt to load the ballot so hard the other way ?

Why not just be honest and decent ?

Would that be so hard ?

If Amazon played by the rules and still won, it would be a clear result. The fact that they don't implies they expect to lose.

LOL ;-) UK govt 2 pay £39m 4 txt msgs 4 less thn 2 yrs

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Re: Seems like a good contract to have

You just need to join the bidding list, aka the Tory party donation list

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta

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This is just bikeshedding. Too many managers with no clue having to have their say.

These sort of tweaks should be user options, not concreted into the OS.

What do I care, though ? I use W7 and XP for legacy stuff, and have had no need for W10. W11 is even less interesting.

Sysadmins: Why not simply verify there's no backdoor in every program you install, and thus avoid any cyber-drama?

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evil code

Could we not implement a form of RFC3514 for executables ?

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

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Re: ... to be continued ...

Escalation ? How do you escalate to a pale imitation ?

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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Re: Best interview

All my best jobs have been those where the interview was not a test but a meeting of engineers.

My best advice for interviews is to turn them around. Don't let them be 'can I fool this person into employing me' but 'will I enjoy working with this person and do I want to confer on them the privilege of working with me'.

if you're only interviewed by nameless and pointless HR people and not the manager you'll be working with - or, better, the engineers - then run away as fast as you can. If that's the habit of your industry, abandon it and find one with actual people.

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"and even your watch (for our younger readers, in the last century people would spend thousands on a clockwork toy on their wrist if one a bit like it was worn by a golfer on TV)."

In other words, the same as an iPhone.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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It's not a network form professionals. It's a network for people who want to be considered professional and generally show their neediness by talking themselves up.

Whether that makes it a good place to bare your soul is debatable, but unlikely since it's most likely to be read by other linked-inners and judged without love or tolerance.

Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses

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Re: I love the approach

Ok, so you're trolling and so am I (i''ve never used the dreaded ribbon, nor am likely to).

But what's good about making things easier for the 5% of the time that you're a newbie, if it's a nuisance for the other 95% ?

Lightweight VS Code is only getting heftier with addition of official web server extension

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Microsoft defends intrusive dialog in Visual Studio Code that asks if you really trust the code you've been working on

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Re: It seems like a good idea

No, the fundamental problem is that the bloody editor wants to run arbitrary bits of code when you didn't ask it to.

Fix that entirely unnecessary misfeature by deleting it and you don't have to run rings around yourself trying to stop it in all the cases where that's a bad idea.

YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds

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They probably don't know. It's just another ML black box, with no reason or rhyme : just pattern matching. And nobody knows what the patterns are.

It's about time we dropped this crap in favour of actual AI

GitHub Copilot auto-coder snags emerge, from seemingly spilled secrets to bad code, but some love it

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Re: the lawyers don't care?

I was thinking that they're not at all alarmed over having to be paid to argue in court over whose copyright it is.

China Aerospace Investment Holdings chairman in custody after two academics assaulted

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I applaud the concept, but feel that

a) Hancock as a name has an existing and much more deserving reputation

b) Politicians, especially hopeless ones, shouldn't be given the benefit of notoriety that exceeds their remembrance (ie about 10 minutes)

As an example, we might have used 'edened' to describe being conned. Or 'profumod' to describe being caught fucking. But we don't.

Perhaps the term 'coledangloed' would be better ? After all, 'lewinsky' references Clinton's' demise more precisely than 'clinton'.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Given the number of projects that are upsetting users...


While some Apple employees aren't happy with hybrid work plans, those on the retail front line are probably delighted

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Re: 2 weeks a year ?

'two weeks a year working remotely'

.. is that the 2 weeks previously known as 'holiday' ?

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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But after responding to the 'S', do you leave 'PACE' in the input buffer ?

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Re: I've said it before, I'll say it again...

Or dried frog pils

India's IT minister angry that Twitter broke local law by following US law

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Clue : don't subject yourself to the whims and pressures of an unpaid commercial service if you want a channel that you control.

This is as stupid as people who create an essential revenue stream on top of a system like Facebook or YouTube and then complain when it gets interrupted. It's the real meaning of the phrase 'If you're not paying for it, you're the product'. If you want the service provider to take instructions from you, enter a contract that contains an SLA.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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I haven't even got a useful, functional WIndows 10 yet.

Who cares about 11 ?


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