* Posts by ForthIsNotDead

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FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more

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Which is why...

I've been running DNS over HTTPS for about six months...

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

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You know what, that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all.

If it really could be designed as a 'relief' valve for flooding areas, then:

* Provides potential relief in times of extreme flood

* Provides low carbon transport alternative for goods

* Provides additional opportunities for leisure pursuits

* Creates jobs, especially during the construction phase

* The downside? The NIMBYs that would want it anywhere near them (though if it could be used to relieve flooding they could possibly be persuaded).

* We can't do anything cheaply any more. It would take a barrage of consultants 10 years just to conclude that "actually, this could potentially have the potential for potentially being quite a good idea. Potentially.". That's before construction even starts.

IBM exec told that High Court evidence in Co-Op Insurance case wasn't 'truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth'

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Re: Old Codger Talks About the "old days"

Ken,

Yes. This is the scenario that I recognise!

The problems are pretty much exactly as you have described them:

1) The client often does not have a complete picture of all of their own requirements. In fairness, in large projects (e.g. ERP) that would be used by stakeholders right across the organisation, trying to assemble the right collection of knowledgeable stakeholders is like trying to herd cats. Imagine a company that runs it's engineering from Aberdeen, London, Stavanger, and Oslo, and its HR and purchasing from Delhi (like the company I used to work for).

2) The requirements, become 'written in stone' even when contradicting/impossible requirements are pointed out.

Agile *can* help in the user requirements elicitation, but you still need to be engaged with the correct stakeholders, otherwise what you get back is a load of assumptions and guesses in some areas, and solid information in other areas. It's a nightmare.

Firefox, you know you tapped Cloudflare for DNS-over-HTTPS? In January, it briefly knackered two root servers at the heart of the internet

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WTF?

Re: "My ISP didn't have a problem...

Erm... ???

When the air gap is the space between the ears: A natural gas plant let ransomware spread from office IT to ops

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Re: Paranoia mode on

Ooh that's very good!

Have you read The Cukoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll? You'd enjoy it. It's an old book, but well worth the read.

Updated your WordPress plugins lately? Here are 320,000 auth-bypassing reasons why you should

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Re: I removed WordPress

I need to do the same thing. The poster above recommended Hugo which I hadn't heard of - so I'll be looking at that this evening!

Wake me up before you go Go: Devs say they'll learn Google-backed lang next. Plus: Perl pays best, Java still in demand

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I would add Forth to that list due to its ability to extend the language using itself.

For example:

* Add local variables to the language in 808 bytes, or even smaller version that takes 188 bytes!

* Add your own array implementation

But yeah, your point still stands. Forth is so niche it's not on anyone's radar.

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Re: If you want to do Low-Latency properly ...

> Doing it properly means no buffer overflows

All a side-effect of C not having counted strings. It's the biggest cause of buffer overflows in the history of the language. In order to know if my buffer is big enough to accomodate a concatenation of two strings I first have to walk the entire length of those two strings looking for a zero. Ridiculous.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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Well...

...there's always Linu... <slap>

OKAY OKAY --->

School's out as ransomware attack downs IT systems at Scotland's Dundee and Angus College

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Re: "mass panic worse than the coronavirus"

Oh, I dunno.... Robert Burns was'ne that bad, min. Ken?

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Re: Can someone possibly explain...

>The "sneaking under the radar" sense that you get from "exfiltrate" is rather good, however.)

Precisely. Which is why 'exfiltrate' was correctly used in the context the OP was describing. Upvote and beer for OP from me.

So there!

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Re: AI with worker drones

Wait? Brexit? We're leaving the European Union? When was this decided?

The winners and losers of infrastructure clouds revealed: AWS, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba get fatter

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It's like crack for system architects, too.

A certain regional water company has relatively recently started shoving all of its telemetry and SCADA data into Azure data lakes. All of it. Terabytes per year. Now, Azure data lakes are very cheap - it doesn't cost much for the data to just sit there, so fair enough. However, when the time comes to do something with that data, that's when they've got you by the shorties.

There will be so much data that it will need to be partitioned in some way before you have at it with something like Hadoop (or whatever the MS equivalent is), which will mean:

* An IT project in its own right within the organisation;

* Hiring of big data analysts/specialists;

* Hadoop/Map Reduce specialists;

* Additonal cloud resources the churn the data, partition it, validate it.

And then, when you realise how much it's going to cost you also realise that they've got all your data. I mean seriously, what are you going to do? Ask them to post it to you on a USB stick?

I thought the idea of cloud was you hired the infrastructure for the time you needed it, churned, got your results, and span it down. Just like it was in the 60s and 70s. But modern IT departments seem to be falling into the trap of 'the cloud' - presumably because it is easy to use, and can be very cost effective. But you need to strictly control what you're using it for, and so far I'm not seeing that. Therby it becomes a false economy; they're merely shifting the costs into a different column.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

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Re: No point

Thank you Doctor!

You kind of re-enforced my point, though your point about the OS being a multi-user system is a good point that I hadn't considered.

Have an up-vote!

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No point

It would be useful if user data AND apps could be portably moved around, but you can't really do that in Linux/Unix because when you install something, the various files that make up the application are sprayed all over the hard disk. As a relative Linux newbie it still pisses me off. I have to go hunting for config files, and the log files are somewhere else, and the binaries are somewhere else. Bah. I suppose it comes from the earliest days of Unix?

Twitter says a certain someone tried to discover the phone numbers used by potentially millions of twits

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Go

Just don't use twitter.

Simple.

Electron devs bond at Covalence conference: We speak to those mastering the cross-platform tech behind Slack, Visual Code Studio, etc

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Re: What?

Imagine being sat in the audience, and he says that and instantly you know the speaker doesn't know what he's talking about, and the entire conference trip is likely to be a waste of time...

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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Hey Microsoft: Just drop wordpad FFS

It was shit in 1995. It's just as shit today. If I want to edit text, I'll use Office if I feel like paying for it (which I don't) or Notepad++ if I want something light, or LibreOffice if I want something capable and free.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans

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I only need windows for ONE program...

...Siemens S7 TIA (PLC programming system). Other than that, I've moved over to Linux entirely. I booted my Windows box just last night (it's an old Toshiba Tecra 32 bit laptop). I partioned the SSD in half, and installed Lubuntu next to Windows 7. It's like a new machine.

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Re: XP compatablity

Well, there's always Linux.

Yes, yes. I'll get my coat!

Fly me to the M(O2)n: Euro scientists extract oxygen from 'lunar dust' by cooking it with molten salt electrolysis

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'Being able to acquire oxygen would obviously be hugely useful for future settlers'

Just who are these 'future settlers'? Have they been consulted. Have they volunteered to go an live on a hostile lump of rock some ~230,000 miles away from their home planet, or have they been 'volunteered' by someone else?

You wouldn't get me up there for all the tea in China! And that's a lot of tea!

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

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Re: CrystalReports made me do it

Oh, I'd managed to forget about that.

I had to learn how to use Crystal reports to get reports out of a SCADA system. On site. In the Abu Shabi desert. With only the help files.

The problem was: Once the word got out that "knew crystal reports" I was instantly elevated to Guru status and got given every bit of fucking CR work going.

Now I need to go and curl up in a ball under the desk for a while!

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Headmaster

Re: HP GPIB is far from dead.

A friend of mine just bought a milking machine for his goats.

Couldn't the goats afford their own machine? And who are they milking with it?

What do Brit biz consultants and X-rated cam stars have in common? Wide open... AWS S3 buckets on public internet

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Paris Hilton

"That we chose not to investigate"

Yeah right.

VPNmentor guy: "Ooh! Look! Smut!"

Entire office: cp *.* ~/pron

Yo, sysadmins! Thought Patch Tuesday was big? Oracle says 'hold my Java' with huge 334 security flaw fix bundle

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Meh

Eh?

Is anyone using Oracle's Java? I thought world + dog had moved over to OpenJDK, no?

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding

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I like firefox

I'd happily pay a pound a month or something like - £12 a year - it's not much is it, but if enough of paid £1 a month, all their troubles would be over.

Having said that, I have to wonder they are employing >1000 staff? What the hell are they all doing? Seriously.

A fine host for a Raspberry Pi: The Register rakes a talon over the NexDock 2

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Re: Bring back netbooks

Hey thank you very much for that! Just checked it out on Argos. My 9 year old son has taken to using his mums laptop (he's not allowed to use mine!) for Roblox and all that other nonsense. It's his 10th birthday in March. Guess what he's getting for his birthday!

Have a beer! -->

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That's a great point. I can't see why you'd ever want one of these things!

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Bring back netbooks

Seems that Netbooks like we had around 8 years are just as powerful as a Pi, and you could carry them around no problem. Why they didn't take I don't know. I still have my Acer Aspire 1, it's nearly ten years old. It's showing its age with modern OS, but runs the lightweight Linux builds just fine. Surely something with the same form factor would be welcome today?

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis

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Re: Accountability

Andy,

No - it wasn't sarcasm - I was agreeing with you.

Cheers

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Re: Accountability

Exactly right Andy, which is why the company deserves to vanish into oblivion.

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It's not just the 737...

30 Year Boeing Quality Manager Says "Fly Something Else", Refuses To Fly On 787 Dreamliner

"John Barnett was a quality manager for Boeing for 30 years before he was transferred to South Carolina to work on the 787, according to Big Think.

It was there that a new leadership team who had previously worked on Boeing's military projects began overseeing work on the commercial airliner.

Barnett says that team lowered safety standards significantly. He stated: "They started pressuring us to not document defects, to work outside the procedures, to allow defective material to be installed without being corrected. They started bypassing procedures and not maintaining configurement control of airplanes, not maintaining control of non-conforming parts — they just wanted to get the planes pushed out the door and make the cash register ring."

https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/30-year-boeing-quality-manager-says-fly-something-else-refuses-fly-787-dreamliner

IBM, Microsoft, a medley of others sing support for Google against Oracle in Supremes' Java API copyright case

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Re: Why not let idiotic orgs let their APIs slide into obscurity via failing to license freely?

Oh how I wish I could give you one million up-votes. Instead, I hope you'll accept a pint! -->

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: one would think

They're never going to write another operating system. They are going to slowly migrate over to Linux. Windows is not where their money is anymore. It takes a shit-ton of human resources to support it and fix it, on an on-going, never-ending basis. I have a friend that is a product evangelist at Redmond, and even he thinks Windows is on its way out.

The boundary between Linux and Windows will slowly blur in the coming years, I believe.

AI of the needle: Here's how neural networks could detect nighttime low blood-sugar levels using your heart beat

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Absolutely. And while we're at it, where the hell is the Blockchain, IoT, and cloud angles? They really missed a trick there. Pfft.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

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I think it's an age thing...

...but I just LOVE those old retro effects. I can make my terminal look like an old CPM PCW256 for absolutely no reason whatsoever, or, if I'm feeling posh, the PCW512 - which of course had a much better display.

Yep. It's an age thing!

GCHQ: A cyber-what-now? Rumours of our probe into London Stock Exchange 'cyberattack' have been greatly exaggerated

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sudo reboot

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

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Re: Introduction to Linux for Windows refugees

As a fairly recent convert to Linux (Mint), I'm with you on this. The OP mentioned a 'Linux fuck fest' - I know what he means. It certainly *used* to be like that. I remember my first dabble with Linux in the late 90s/early noughties and I was put off by the level of vitriol and downright nastiness on the 'support' forums.

However, it is not like that today. If you check out the Linux Mint forums (for example) you'll find it's a very friendly place.

I generally find that, in the event of a 'problem' (i.e. *me* not knowing how to do something) somebody has already asked the question and a solution has been provided. In these cases, I don't even need to post anything; I can just passively read the information and adopt the solution.

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

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Have you seen the SO reinstatement process?

Is straight out of the Communist Duma. Seriously.

It has its own flowchart!

https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/336175/what-is-the-process-for-reinstating-a-moderator/336176#336176

No wonder she/they/it declined to re-apply.

Brit banking sector hasn't gone a single day of 2020 without something breaking

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Good luck getting it fixed...

Now that all your contractors have fucked off abroad/retired due to IR35.

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on

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Re: frustrating genius

I know what you mean. I also had that exact same reaction to Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner).

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

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I dunno...

I think you should just come off the fence and say what you really mean. All this fence-sitting is really annoying, you know :-)

Huawei's P40 and P40 Pro handsets will not ship with Google Mobile Services, Richard Yu confirms

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Re: Downward spiral

I see what you did there! Have an upvote!

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space

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FAIL

Seriously... WTF?

"That design violated basic principles of redundancy for generations of Boeing engineers, and the company apparently never tested to see how the software would respond, Lemme said. “It was a stunning fail,” he said. “A lot of people should have thought of this problem – not one person – and asked about it.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-28/boeing-s-737-max-software-outsourced-to-9-an-hour-engineers

Seems like the blame has to fall squarely on the shoulders of Boeing. The Indian subcontractors are free to submit poorly engineered software and systems design all day long. It's the REVIEW process that is an essential part of any safety-critical design process. I have not worked in avionics, but I have worked in IEC61508 projects, and it's the same thing there. It's about engineering rigour, and being able to DEMONSTRATE, in a court of law if so required, that appropriate rigour was applied at all stages of the design, from initial requirements gathering to integration testing.

This is a slam-dunk. People should be going to jail. It's an American company though, so nobody will go to jail.

Microsoft emits long-term support .NET Core 3.1, Visual Studio 16.4

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Re: Proof in the pudding

You took the words out of my mouth. Have an up-vote.

I was left thinking that, for all it's issues, Java is still a good bet if you're looking for longevity. I have a ten year old Java application (nothing fancy, a CPU emulator for an old CPU that we had to get to grips with) that runs with a Swing GUI that still works perfectly on any platform. Windows, Linux, Mac. It just works. I can't remember any issues with it. I ran it recently (just to see if it still works) on a Linux Mint build and it was perfect. The binary is a little more than 10 years old.

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

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Pint

To the author of the article...

...that is the best headline I've read in a long time (and good article, too). I had to read the headline a couple of times before I got it (must need a coffee) but that is class. Hence --->

Cheers.

Russian FaceApp selfie-slurper poses 'potential counterintelligence threat', FBI warns

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Mushroom

Hmm...

So, what he's saying is:

FaceApp: Bad.

Facebook: Good.

Fuck off.

Internet Society says opportunity to sell .org to private equity biz for $1.14bn came out of the blue. Wow, really?

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Vote with your feet, folks.

It's simple. If you own an .org domain, simply do not renew it. Hence the icon -->

UK parcel firm Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat

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25%

That 25% is what pays for the premises, the heating, electricity, and salary of the people working in the shop that enabled you to audition the thing in person in the first place. Had you bought it from them, they probably would have personally delivered it for you.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so the EU is investigating Google to get some more money in its hat

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Re: $40.6bn in earnings before tax

I was thinking the same thing while reading the article. Have a look at the accounts that they file in the EU, determine their annual income for the particular market segment that they are in violation of, and fine them that much. Annually. Until they stop being total twats.

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