* Posts by Notas Badoff

954 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009


Microsoft forked out $13.7m in bug bounties. The reward program's architect thinks the money could be better spent

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Re: Ah yes

Curious thing is, there's an obvious metric staring them in the face.

Keep the bug bounty program. Implement and improve on the in-house capabilities.

Do the bounty payouts decrease? No? Keep improving the in-house capabilities.

Do the bounty payouts decrease? No? Well, now they've proven a negative ROI for their in-house program, confounding the experts maybe, but as predicted by others.

And that might be key to Microsoft's thoughts. Do they write shit code? Yes, but people are still buying it. Are they able to improve their processes? No? Customer: "Wait, why are we buying shit code from an unreliable vendor? Uh-oh! So... MS: "Let's not prove how bad our company is for software!"

Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest

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Re: Retreating from future conflict?

I think it is more like creating plausible deniability, as in, "no, that's an independent company that did/allowed/fostered that terrible thing you are threatening nuclear war over."

Interesting problem though, this distancing yourself from a situation you rushed into without thought. China here. What was that Obama quote? Something about careful, careless, ...

Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years

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Where there's a 'will', there's a "when?"

I count the word 'will' used 10 times in the fine article. Which year will this Christmas present be wrapped up and under the tree? And not just as an empty box. I haven't been motivated by Microsoft's promises in... decades now.

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: Maybe the carbon crash landed there

Might be these guys: Carbonaceous chondrites.

But surely they've thought that what some people suppose supplied a lot of the carbon to Earth might've supplied a little on the side to good ole Moon?

Please note "the high-temperature prang should have boiled off all the volatile element" applied to both Earth and Moon - it reset the clock on accumulating new supplies, from... someplace out there...

GitHub blasts code-scanning tool into all open-source projects

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Ground Control to Major Tom: Commencing countdown ... later

I'm not getting any warm breezes up my .... From what little I can espy now, this does not appear to be a ready tool to be applied to a code project. The warmth from Introduction to QL is minimal: "no simple example of look for problem - found"?

Good grief, their "query console" has a happy horsehockey link to "Semmle is joining GitHub" from last year? Were they *really* ready for rollout?

Me-thinks the marketing crew got slap happy at their online conference GitHub Satellite.

Apple chucks $3 at iPhone users after killing FaceTime on iOS 6 because it didn't want to pay connectivity charges

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Thank you. I've always wondered what to say to the good friend who is also a good lawyer. Love being around her, but I've not seen her in a courtroom, so no conflicted feelings?

Stack Overflow banishes belligerent blather with bespoke bot – but will it work?

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Let's see...

I hate that language! <bang reason="hate">

I hate your code! <bang reason="hate">

I hate your clever code! <bang reason="hate">

I hate your code is more clever than you are! <bang reason="insulting">

I hate your code is so clever! <bang reason="insulting maybe">

How clever! <bang reason="snide">

Too clever! <bang reason="snide">

Paula, brillant! <ok> (sigh)

We lost another good one: Mathematician John Conway loses Game of Life, taken by coronavirus at 82

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Re: "has died after suffering from COVID-19"

The term is "excess mortality".

Illustrated by an Italian town where they only slowly caught on that CV was rampant, and so only started testing later. The mayor said that he can only point out that during Jan-Mar they had ~150 deaths, some of which were confirmed to be CV. However, during that same period *last* year, the count of deaths was ~35.

In the next year or so you'll start hearing references to the excess mortality figures, and they *will* be much larger than 'confirmed' deaths. NYC just today added 50% - 3800 - to their count of deaths, because not everybody died in hospital or after being tested.

Reality bites, but we seem really good at not being educated by it. (sigh)

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

"If a "reasonable" lifetime for the software can be agreed..." But the OP said "...forced to support products for a minimum of 5 years"

The product is the phone, the combination of hardware and software. Terminating support for the enabling software *is* terminating support for the 'product'.

Turning my purchases onto the subscription model after the fact will definitely influence my purchasing decisions in the future.

Even worse for profits than waiting 5 years for customers to come back, is waiting forever for customers to come back.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Re: Problem with learning parrot fashion

^^ this just went into my quotes file. Thank you

Internet Archive opens National Emergency Library with unlimited lending of 1.4m books for stuck-at-home netizens amid virus pandemic

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Re: Out of print (wag the long tail?)

I wonder if there's a parallel with those portfolios of patents, where there are bunches of patents that have no known (current) usage. But if your portfolio has 1000s and 1000s of patents, altogether they might make a marketable aggregation?

Hey, yeah, we have a zillion books that haven't seen ink in ages, but an investor could maybe want to publish some after buying the group, right? Or maybe reissued on the 50th anniversary of the author's death, or the 100th anniversary, or the 150th... (It'll still be copyrighted 'cuz Congress.)

It's 2020 and hackers are still hijacking Windows PCs by exploiting font parser security holes. No patch, either

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Re: FIle Not Found

From linked doc:


Please note: ATMFD.DLL is not present in Windows 10 installalations starting with Windows 10, version 1709. Newer versions do not have this DLL. See the mitigation section for more information."

My install says version 1809. Ah, separately it says:

"Windows 10 1809/Server 2019 All fonts are processed in fontdrvhost.exe in user mode appcontainer. ATMFD.DLL status:Not present"

Of course, separately it says:

"Windows 10 Version 1809 for 32-bit Systems Remote Code Execution Critical"

Sounds as reassuring as a Trump press conference: guess which one statement of many actually has some link with 'truth'.

Watching you, with a Vue to a Kill: Wikimedia developers dismiss React for JavaScript makeover despite complaints

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At least it's not "None of the above"

As usual with the WMF the whole effort didn't seem to be publicized well enough to draw in a wide crowd for informed comment. I mean, surely ElReg mentioned it... oh, not at all?

I do like the one comment (you linked to it) "Vue core is Evan You's one-person project, which poses a risk to MediaWiki's sustainability" to which someone asked why not have WMF just buy Evan You. Which is classic. But not WMF's way. They'll just switch over to Vue and then fork it when they want to do it their own way. Thus closing the loop with their reason not to use React - dark side ownership.

I'm just amazed they haven't forked something else *already* with NIH so embedded in WMF's DNA.

Northrop Grumman's space zombie slayer grants Intelsat 901 five more years in orbit

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Who watches the ...

Quite amazing no mention of the other 'helpful' satellite presences, such as in this article.

The lack of space law regarding interference with satellites is why this hasn't been tried before, well, publicly. Every government has said you can't do that because we don't want anyone to be able to do that. While, you know, 'researching' how to do it.

Let's see... wide-open environment with technological innovation providing benefits to everyone. Space. Internet. Noticed how "wild west" the Internet has gotten? Wait till someone demands 10K GreenCheeseCoin to unlock your satellite.

The great big open-source census: Most-used libraries revealed – plus 10 things developers should be doing to keep their code secure

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Keyholes and revelations

Consider the cited limited scope of sources (!): "contribution of private usage data by Software Composition Analysis (SCAs)" (see Methods in that PDF)

I read that as "Hey, we got knowledgeable people to put together this corpus. (So that we didn't have to)" Hmm, what's laying around here and easy to stuff into a zip/tar.gz. Thus they are all Javascript (cuz todays' fever) and Java (cuz voluminous cuz yesterdays' medicine).

Past the headline generating claims, their Conclusion starts with "We understand that these findings are not comprehensive, but with the usage data provided, we hoped to ..." So they know they are peeking through a keyhole.

Probably the only interesting bit of the report is in their subsection "Lessons Learned : The Persistence of Legacy Software in the Open Source Space", where they discover people continue to use old code, through a combination of code copying and cargo-culting. Well gee...

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

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Re: It was the end of history....

I really do worry about ElReg's grasp of 'reality'. A Star Trek reference with a Babylon 5 picture just grates. Unless they somehow figure the overly confident guy in the back running everything reminds them of someone mentioned in this article.

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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Re: Not just open source

"The key is always communicating clearly and setting reasonable expectations."

Amazed that no one has mentioned Python and Guido van Rossum. Even when you do everything right, the wrongheadedness wears you down. After one more fraught PEP which should not have been so bone wearying painful, Guido took off the BFDL hat. After 28+ years of doing right by people.

It's update time – yes, again – for Insiders as the Windows 10 Slow Ring meanders towards release

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Just playing around

Anyone else struck with how minor some of these Win10 features/improvements are? What're the user stories here? Oooo, flexible tabs - that's worth 100Ks of seats! It's like they're playing with us. Or themselves.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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Those moneychangers...

Recently read an article positing that it was Boeing's take over merger with their old rival McDonnell Douglas that turned them away from the engineering side. They _were_ an "engineering first" company, but the siren song of the accountants has done the full moon thing on the executive suite.

Searching I've found Quartz article The 1997 merger that paved the way for the Boeing 737 Max crisis. There are a few other "what went wrong with their culture?" articles if you look around.

There's a reason we near universally disdain the "alternative routes to riches". "Engineering first" *is* "people first"!

The Curse of macOS Catalina strikes again as AccountEdge stays 32-bit

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Re: Mixed messages

There's code. There's OSes. In-between there's the APIs. Ooodles and boodles of APIs. Wanna bet the brick wall is making the latest APIs somehow meet the expectations of 30-year-old code, without rewriting the app?

Aluvasudden training yourself up on the last 3 decades of API changes may have exceeded the developer's abilities. Realizing the actual need is to rewrite the app may have exceeded management's tolerances.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Time and tide ...

He wants his own castle on the beach? Give him a toy shovel and pail and watch him cry like every other child when the tide comes in.

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

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Clumsy there, clumsy here - when thought and understanding are required we all fall down

Please note the reputation on the Dec 23 posting from StackExchange -1446 ! They seem to have failed to "make it all better".

"We believe she did not understand ... and was confused ..." You'd think that a site that specialises in professional answers to how-to questions could get some help with the foot gun.


And, sorry, but I'm still amazed that several several commentators *here* had trouble connecting the dots when

* a well-known moderator for Orthodox Jewish topics

* is off'ed minutes before a multi-day religious observance

* with the cavalier "but we sent her an email" minutes before said off'ing

* and then company protests "but she herself hasn't said anything" for days after scandal unfolds (still during the religious observance)

* and the company is based in New York City (you only need live there a short while before knowing e.g. what an 'eruv' is)

* and the company employs people of various kinds of Judaism (heard of Joel Spolsky ?)

* so they *knew* she would be incommunicado and couldn't defend herself

* and so everything would blow over (they really hoped)

and people here are, like, who cares if she is Jewish? What's that got to do with anything?

So someone getting fired during their surgery? While attending their parent's funeral in another country? Would you miss the import there? Got something to hide? Release the news before a major holiday / blackout period. Like, say, Dec 23 ?

Be part of the world! Be aware of other people's needs! Be less dismissive of other people's situations. Ignorance and crassness still amazes even here.

A user's magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

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Stray magnetic fields...

You would think the danger in a chemical physics lab would be the chemicals, right? Especially for flimsy cassette tapes, the removable 'storage' for this poor cut-down PDP-11.

After having to retype my test programs a couple times when I could get back to the lab, I started saving programs onto *two* cassettes, one left in the lab and one taken home with me. Iteration showed one out of three lab-held tapes might be readable from one day to the next, but pocket copies always survived just fine.

When the data acquisition subroutine started shaping up with consistent results, the thought of turning over the source to the requesting near-Phd was making me very nervous. My nervousness had introverted me accosting the few people I ever saw in the lab, who of course had no idea what problem I was talking about.

Until one bright physics lad (graduate material for sure!) connected my whinging about cassette tape recording media to the concept 'magnetic'. He showed me a clotheswasher-sized blue tub on the far side of the lab with the letters NMR on it, as in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Very probably the manual for it mentioned something about shielding. Ever tried playing darts next to a running MRI machine?

I left the student three printed copies and two cassette copies, along with predictions of woe should he leave anything in the lab overnight. I kept three cassette copies and multiple listings for myself. Oh, and I inquired as to how confident he was his data collection apparatus was proof against raging magnetic storms.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

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Re: No surprise there then

They're remaking Dune I hear. Is it that Hollywood actually makes money while failing, or that Hollywood fails to learn how to make money?

Aside: I've opted out of much of the drivel of recent decades, thinking that watching that will be ever so much more entertaining and believable once I'm old and demented. Hollywood's best years are coming!

Buzz kill: Crook, 73, conned investors into shoveling millions into geek-friendly caffeine-loaded chocs that didn't exist. Now he's in jail

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What a retirement party!!

And now they're off to their retirement homes, with lots of stories of fun to tell the kids*

* Not many of the other inmates will be 73 / 65 / 72 years old

Are you writing code for ambient computing? No? Don't even know? Ch-uh. Google's 'write once, run anywhere' Flutter is all over it

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Once you mentioned them going directly to the "Skia graphics library" I began to question. Is this "write once, run anywhere" or is this "write once, run anywhere on hardware from Google" ? It's so mighty tricky fitting in 'anywhere', but making assumptions on something as low-level as how to make pretty dots sounds like premature specialisation.

HPE to Mike Lynch: You told either El Reg or High Court the right version of why former Autonomy execs won't testify

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Re: £4m a month

Can web sites specify the types of ads displayed? Could ElReg specify law firm ads for Autonomy articles?

I'm wishing for the laughs as law firms either try to show how they are just as good as the big firms, or try desperately to differentiate from those bozos

Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist – as it vanishes down the Microsoft plughole

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Re: Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist

I guess this is the only 'good' part of watching your baby get borked over the years. After a few years of neglect by Microsoft, you are surely past the end date of any non-compete agreements. In fact, it would be strange if the creator doesn't already have an OS spec/plan to execute on.

Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he's suing the biz

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"Those aren't bugs, they are upgrades undocumented alternative features!"

A new sales slogan for our new age of trueth.

It's Hipp to be square: What happened when SQLite creator met GitHub

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Re: Biassed much?

The fact that he explicitly favours a different SCM - created by himself - is okay. The fact that he seems ignorant of / unacquainted with git's history and development is surprising. Quite strange in fact since he is in equivalence with Linus. You'd think he'd know more.

That his skunk works project does not have the fame and community of that other skunk works project would, I'd have thought, made Hipp a bit more careful in how he mentions criticisms.

Knowledge of git's history and progress should have given understanding of how things can proceed. To scratch an itch (and replace some other shit) it was developed quickly as something better. It was a good enough design to be useful. Gaps were filled in by others as time elapsed. Not different from any other open source project.

Now somebody stumps over and says big money corporations "should make git better!" Wha? Is this the VSCode or the React community wagging tails waiting for more treats? Are people really saying git should be driven by the needs of corporations?

If there are problems with an open source tool that need to be addressed, you know what to do. Communicate, cooperate, consensus, implement, benefit. Wishing to skip to the last step has little merit. Advocating for that is very very disturbing.

Buy Amazon's tiny $99 keyboard so you can make terrible AI music for all your friends

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Oh well

it's cheaper than the piano my parents splurged for so I could learn to play. (That didn't quite work out as planned, though keyboard facility turned out to be useful for 'something' after all) This way parents can let the sprogs experiment with wishful thinking for much less expense.

BTW: In the same vein, a teen's first car must be at least half as old as they are. Let them learn the limits of their uncultivated abilities for cheap.

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway

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They disappeared!

I was going to copy my scathing comment from Phys.org over to here, but my comment has disappeared, the article there disappeared, Google cache erased - it's like there was a cover-up! Or something...

Pareidolia was mentioned, as it being not too strange for an entomologist of 40 years to see bugs everywhere. Though then I mentioned the possibilities for cameos for he and Wickramasinghe of Cardiff in the upcoming "Attack of the Killer Bees from Mars!" movie.

Two things brought up by this disappearing of things. First, under what conditions do institutions and media agree to grant mercy to the unwise. It doesn't seem to happen much these days, which makes it notable. I think I like the idea of mercy, but it becomes fuzzy as to 'when'.

Second, this is another case where content is erased from the net, here an embarrassment to a notable. Not that I'm particularly outraged my clever (discomfiting) comment was blackholed, because that has happened on occasion 'nearby'. Rather, I'm still trying to find a past quote "out there" about banks and 2008 financial crisis where a pol of a certain party had said banks didn't need any more regulation because "bankers are smart people". That a particular party is incapable of obvious economic realities couldn't be important enough to disappear, could it?

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Drip, drip, drip, ...

Why is it *always* a mystery to the individual miscreants when the 'revolution' comes? It's not how bad this one is, or how nasty that one is, it is that the increasing number of insults accumulate to the point *no one* can tolerate *any* of them any more.

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop

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Well, we'll just try something else...

What bothers me is that, at the end, when the courts have decided that the CBP and friends have neither common sense nor a good understanding of the constitution, the same people will still be employed there.

If the people employed by the government would fail a citizenship test, that's okay? I think it would be wonderful for every American to have to pass the same citizenship test immigrants must. Hey, call that native-born citizenship merely a learner's permit! Though "Old one" above would never ever graduate...

Smack-talking overflow: Mining developer sentiment to understand the most popular APIs

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"Based on all of the Stack Overflow threads tagged as 'java+json' as of January 2014" Ouch.

So this is a result of research on a very restricted domain. And like most research (and legitimately so) the summary basically ends with "need more funding to pursue questions arising from the research."

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions

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IBM, pioneers yet again

So, IBM has been at the forefront of the gig economy all along, but just forgot to tell the sales people? Talk about taking people for a ride... ;-)

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

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Psych out the psyche-less?

Reminds me of the very very early 'success' at recognition of tanks. The day before the big demo to DOD a couple new photos failed. Then they realised they hadn't trained with any photos of tanks in shadows."

£1bn Brit court digitisation scheme would be great ... if Wi-Fi situation wasn't 'wholly inadequate'

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Re: Maybe I'm old...

And notes in the margins, circled passages, definitions of difficult terms added in, etc. Try to remember a timeline that ran over several months without annotations and own notes. Everything we wrote on was shredded at end of trial. No problem as we knew we'd gotten the right verdict. But if we hadn't had the notes? Uncertainty.

Cubans launching sonic attacks on US embassy? Not what we're hearing, say medical boffins

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Ask a doctor...

Ask your friends if they have ever had a doctor tell them "It's all in your head." At least half, maybe more than 3/4 will say yes and then go on at length about the inappropriate 'diagnosis' and injustice of it all.

For me it was "you're depressed"; nearly 8 years later it was "that simple test for that metabolic condition you explained to us about came up positive. Congratulations!" For one friend it was "you're exagerating. Why?" After laparoscopic operations on both knees, she walked to top of Mont St. Michel. For another it was a premature birth followed immediately by hysterectomy after she complained for months about problems. For a neighbor's child: "oh it's just a sprain and the kid is making too much of it." Arm was broken in 3 places.

So the docs can't find anything specific? They have more patients than patience? No bother, you're mental! We have pills for that...

Thought you were good at StarCraft? DeepMind's AI bot proves better than 99.8% of fleshy humans

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Umm, now that you know all that...

"We've yet to see any research or evidence that the strategies learned from a domain like StarCraft can be applied in the real world, though."

That prompts a question: after an AI learns how to play really really well, can it teach how to play?

I know that some AIs have been able to develop mathematical proofs, sometimes even novel ones, that can then be expressed succinctly in understandable form. But how/when will we have AIs that, having demonstrated proficiency in less rigidly specified domains, then will be able to impart useful guidance to the rest of us sentients?

Or are we going to end up with a bunch of passive-aggressive AIs saying "If you have to ask, I'm not going to tell you!"

Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots

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Re: Hotel is staffed by robots

Japan has a small population problem - the employable population is getting smaller. Even their local mafia is a fraction its former size.

Hotels may legitimately have a hard time staffing. And they would rather try robots than suffer the indignity of letting non-Japanese workers into the economy.

Long-term, Japan may end up looking like Saudi Arabia, with a large fraction of the population being temporary foreign workers, Korean and Filipino, once Japan more completely expands its work permitting.

Privacy pop-up exhibit shows people in The Glass Room shouldn't throw phones – though they may well want to

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Or coming from a different direction

"Hankey said she believes San Francisco, given its ties to the tech industry, is the place where this conversation should be happening."

(Gripey) Or they could have plopped it in the faces of Washington DC where the policy makers could get horrified/educated/motivated. But we wouldn't want new rules/laws/responsibilities created and enforced, would we? Rather we want to 'appeal' to the industry's 'conscience', right? Mozilla wants to be huggable by everyone, industry included.

(Grumpy) So that's where Mozilla's money goes! Highest cost exhibition space?

This fall, Ubuntu 19.10 stars as Eoan Ermine in... Dawn of the Stoats

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Re: Someone hit the publish button a bit early?

True as of now. Found a release notes page, yet links from there also "Not Found - The requested URL was not found on this server."

I guess Ubuntu is published somewhere west of Hawaii?

First Python feature release under new governance model is here, complete with walrus operator (:=)

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Bliss and hisses

So we're going to end up converging on the features of Bliss decades later? Maybe not, but the feature by feature intertwining of languages is getting more than a little confusing. Do we do exceptions here like there or like that other language? Wait, what language am I staring at?

Also, I guess the article said GvR was a proponent of the expression assignment operator. Could the opposition have been described as reactionary, wanting to keep the language pure from borrowed features? I think another major religion is having this problem right now. I think the BDFL there is named Francis?

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame

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Re: Melons everywhere

Seems to me that ElReg needs to add an informational category alongside the treasury of measurements. This highly technical term, watermelon, deserves to be widely deseminated. "Is this a watermelon?" will cause many a manager to feel faint, yes?

'We go back to the Moon to stay': Apollo vets not too chuffed with NASA's new rush to the regolith

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Re: "flew over to Marshall Space Flight Centre in my T 38"

Actually because he was still a pilot in the Air Force and *had* to get in the hours per month/year to stay flight qualified. You might have missed reference to this in "The Right Stuff" where, once the astronauts' problems were relayed high enough, higher ranks were bumped off the flight schedule in favor of the astronauts, who had been starved for time.

Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six months

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Re: On the same day you post your article

That article had a whole paragraph on the highly technical subject of cooling vents. It has two!!! I thought Toms was better than that.

Flak overflow: Barrage of criticism prompts very public Stack Overflow apology

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Re: This is all very fine, except for one thing.

This part of the thread is a perfect illustration of commentart failure. Cederic should apologize for not knowing what they were commenting on. And others who downvoted the OP - was that subject-based or anti-religious bias?

Gee, it seems there are organic problems with 'communities' showing up here too? And I see the article still hasn't been updated to reflect the "quick, while they aren't looking" aspect.

Note: 'commentart' is not a misspelling

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

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Right wing smudges?

Downvoted for the "dirty left wing" characterization. Everyone can screw up things for others.

Look up the father of Chinese rocketry. Conservatives in the 50s forced him to go to PRC. So he helped build their A- and H-bombs, then founded their missile programs.

Short-sighted people create long-term problems, your 'side' not excluded.

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Re: Sorry guys, there are only two genders..

You invalidated your argument at the very start, proving there are at least three: he, she, and anonymous.



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