* Posts by Notas Badoff

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Twitter U-turns after conferring society's highest honor – a blue check mark – on very obvious bot accounts

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Re: World Bollard Association

Bless you.

Shark bollards, dragon bollards, oilpan eating bollards, bollards with sweaters, bollards with flowers, dancing bollards, circus act bollards, crime-fighting bollards, studious bollards, ...

Bollards defeating tanks! All hail bollards!

‘What are the odds someone will find and exploit this?’ Nice one — you just released an insecure app

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Re: Shift left? shift right?

Thank you! And you ↓ down there. This is a terrible article, written in embedded fog of one tag-ridden segment of industry and of writer full to the brim with now! and now! terms and now! assumptions. Which is strange, as we're talking about a timeless concern for software of any type.

It did not help me when searching for "shift left" and "slide right" that everything came up as 'DevOps' and snake oil and pictures of cats and rugby. (some talk presenters just shouldn't)

I was really wondering if all this was an in-joke re: Rocky Horror:

It's just a jump to the left,

and then a step to the right.

Put your hands on your hips,

and bring your knees in tight.

But it's the pelvic thrust

that really drives you insa-a-a-a-ne.

Let's do the time warp again!

("It's so dreamy")

Three million job cuts coming at Indian services giants by next year, says Bank of America

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I'm half crazy, all for the love of Infosys.

So the outsourcing vendors say they are still expanding. And still contracting. But BOA thinks that behind the scenes there will be " "low-skill" humans to be replaced by robotic process automation." 30%.

Outsourcing customers should watch for these emails:

"Well, I don't think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to customer error. This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to customer error."

"I'm sorry <customer>, I'm afraid I can't do that".

"I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission."

"I know that you and management were planning to terminate the contract. And I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen."

"All right, Wipro. I'll go in through the emergency VPN." "Without the newly installed keys, <customer>, you're going to find that rather difficult."

"<customer>, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Good-bye."

Latest on iCloud storage 'outsourcing' lawsuit against Apple: Damages class certified

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"The Reg has asked Apple for comment."

Who would reply (if they replied) that you should ask Amazon, as they would have that information. Because...

Surprise! Developers' days ruined by interruptions and meetings, GitHub finds

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Re: FIFY

If in a meeting the CIO asks the question "What's a class B address?" your morale is shot for the whole month. Productivity too.

How about once a quarter and with a script?

Google will make you use two-step verification to login

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You've crossed the line

How does this work if I go travel to other lands and have to use local sims for internet. What if I have to use a locally acquired mobile? Doesn't that mean I've changed too many things to be recognized?

Wipro rolls out 'COVID-19 vaccination camps' in India to keep staff alive during virus super-surge

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The interwebs

Employees, yes, but what about their families? If the employee doesn't get sick but spouse/kids/parents/grandparents/uncles/aunts/etc. do, the employee is still lost to work. The only way this can help is if workplace vaccinates employee and family together.

'Millions' of Dell PCs will grant malware, rogue users admin-level access if asked nicely

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Editor action requested

"Five vulnerabilities lay undetected for almost a dozen years in Windows driver code"

Could you *not* use the word 'undetected', but rather the word 'unrevealed'? It's the difference between "nobody knew" and "maybe the bad guys knew", yes?

First Coinbase, now Basecamp: Should workplaces ban political talk on internal corporate platforms?

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Difficult discussions aren't healthy?

Not among the surgical staff while you're on the operating table. Not for you, anyway.

State of Maine lays off 15 independent consultants on $13k a month amid efforts to implement troubled Workday system

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Before the RFP

For any given size of project, shouldn't every government or business organization have to show they've studied two or more postmortems of projects of the same size or larger? If they become acquainted with the problem that more projects "go dead" than "go live" maybe caution will enter in?

Ah, no. Zombie staffs breed zombie projects. And those living undead strangely eat currency.

Key Perl Core developer quits, says he was bullied for daring to suggest programming language contained 'cruft'

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Matches, gunpowder, and instructions missing pages

If there is an inadequate test suite, or even the suspicion of inadequacy, then changes must be justified by validated bug reports. It is suicidal to make changes when you don't know how many people - or how far away in space and time - you will be negatively affecting.

And a huge open source project that grew organically over a long time is very unlikely to test everything depended on.

Heck, there's a duplicated line of code in a data table in a widely used Python library that I've come across repeatedly over several years. *I'm* sure that removing it won't break anything. How do I convince the maintainers? There are no tests expressly for that area, and it is symptomless present or absent.

I ache to submit a PR. Tough for me, but why be a pain about it?

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

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Strong like this?

badger.badger.badger

Microsoft and Google, sitting in a tree, working on browser compatibility

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Ambiguity and egos

"Working together to reach a common understanding of how to interpret the standard (ie resolve the ambiguity) is A Good Thing."

I've mentioned elsewhere my travails with Flexbox, and with the fact that three major browser makers all agreed on one interpretation of one word in the standard, but Google's guy did a Humpty-dumpty and said "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."

Three-some years later he left Google, and fast-forward a few months the mis-implementation got fixed. "Working together" is a very good thing.

BTW: I didn't see mentioned here that for something to become a standard feature it has to be implemented by at least two different vendors, and nominally compatibly. That the edge cases come out after the standards do is unfortunate, but I don't know a process that would reliably avoid that on such a large stage as the world.

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

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Re: ...-boffin

Someone noted my detailed, close and personal approach to weeding. Wondering if I would be amenable to 'consulting' on their lawn. Sure I said, I'm a lawn proctologist. Whaa? said they.

I replied that I dig down deep looking for the roots of problems, bringing things to light that you never want to know about, applying powders and ointments as required, patching over the spots that need it, fix things up right, and I won't tell you about all the nasty bits if you don't want me to. Just pay me.

So... how about we call ourselves computer proctologists? In general, confess a medical approach to problems. The public never want to practice good hygiene or lifestyle with PCs but start begging for help and life when things go wrong. We can start to tell them the details of the state of their innards but they just want to know when the pain will go away. Just like with doctors.

Computer proctologists. Think about it. People already get the strange ideas when we talk about code smell and use unknown jargon for the various organs.

Have fun, walk in and announce "I'll have to pop the cover off and reach deep inside to find this problem. Do you want to be awake for the procedure?"

McAfee to offload enterprise business for $4bn, focus on consumer security

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Quantity over quality?

"There's a sucker born every minute". But the size of the pools of suckers might sway one?

If there's 10000 consumer suckers to every enterprise sucker, maybe it makes sense to give up sales to discerning enterprises and trade on a dead reputation with ignorant consumers?

BTW: humoring myself watching the antics of the 'free' 1-year installation on a new Dell PC. McAfee has now "optimized the performance" of Vim 7+ times in 2 months. Strange hiccups on keyboard input, file reading, web page loading, etc. I will enjoy disabling it permanently soon.

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste

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Not as bad as...

So I'm checking in to workplace in USA from some burg in France and wonder why the server's a bit 'odd'. Finally track it down to some idjit has sent a page message to a group email hookup a few dozen times. Only it's a high-level email group and multiplies out to 3000 page messages in total to president/vice-presidents/lesser-gods/etc.

And I'm checking in in the morning. That means it's 0x:xx o'clock in workplace timezone where pages are being spewed without end. Ho-ho-ho!

I smash the page queue and logout. Login later that night, and strangely no threatening emails. No mentions in passing either. Ever.

Either I was prescient and caught it *just* as the madness struck, or the external page gateway was borked long enough for discovery, or *somebody* really likes me.

First Verizon, now T-Mobile: US carrier suggests folks use 2G to save battery

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Battery hungry, yes

Well, I did wonder at the deafening silence from the phone manufacturers. I have to figure that they see a new round of everyone replacing their cellphones with the batteries we've been asking for all along - sufficient for use.

Co-founder of coronavirus vaccine biz holds in-person tech event... 20+ attendees later test positive for COVID-19

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Pre-learning - it's a thing.

"As an M.D. and scientist, I have a special responsibility to learn from mistakes, ..."

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”

Otto von Bismarck

Learn? You failed. You learn by the observation of mistakes and avoiding those mistakes. You do not repeat time-worn mistakes and call it 'instructive'.

"Lessons have been learned" was never said by anyone who paying attention to begin with.

Musk see: Watch SpaceX's latest Starship rocket explode while trying to touch down

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Re: Did not explode in the air

Turn it off, and turn it on again. But earlier next time, okay?

AWS is creating a 'new open source design system' with React

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It's just natural.

Wasn't there an apocryphal story about the number of groups working to develop a compiler determines how many passes the compiler would have?

Seems to me every large independent organization ends up building up its own in-house framework. Maybe several. It's just natural.

And management comes along and says "a framework is not a product, why are you wasting time on this? You should be working on ..."

And then some bright spark says "Hey, let's opensource it for the creds (and to validate our egos) and... just maybe... to get free help from everyone."

Later, management comes along and says "why are you working on community engagement? That's not a product! You should be working on ..."

And that opensource framework dies. It's just natural.

Privacy pilfering project punished by FTC purge penalty: AI upstart told to delete data and algorithms

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Re: The FTC?

"seems like a meaningful action", but months or years late. See "whiff" in the dictionary.

(golf) An attempted shot that completely misses the ball.

US Government Accountability Office dumps sack of coal on NASA's desk over Moon mission naughtiness

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Money for nothing and votes for free

Another article I read recently brought out that the impetus for the project came from Congress. Not so much caring about national reputation (who, them?) but about spreading the contracts all over hither and yon. Thus the Congressoids probably see no problem 'tall about continuing funding for years and years and...

Passwords begone: GitHub will ban them next year for authenticating Git operations

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ConcoctedEquinePoweredStipulation

It isn't a user selected password, which is good. And it is 160 bits of _random_ goodness. But reading to end of linked document, yes, it looks like it simply replaces your dream password with the password dreamed up by Github.

HPE to move HQ from Silicon Valley to Texas, says Lone Star State is 'attractive' for recruitment, retaining staff

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Texas is #1 !

Horrible place to be... ha. Texas now leads Cal. in all the notorious categories, like Covid cases, deaths, stupidity. Even though Cal. got hit badly looonng before Texas.

After he created the conditions under which 30 deaths per day became 300+ deaths per day, the governor actually relented and permitted local officials to establish local restrictions. Again. After he had earlier outlawed sanity in favor of "personal responsibility".

I don't recognize this country anymore. I do recognize Texas, though. They treat cows very nicely.

We did NAT see that coming: How malicious JavaScript can open holes in your firewall for miscreants to slip through

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What's this? I know, I'll plug it in...

"The third chunk is designed so that it appears to contain a SIP packet used to initiate video-conferencing sessions and the like. This is parsed by the ALG, which is fooled into thinking a SIP session is starting, and opens an external port that's routed through to the victim's PC."

So this is the ALG (Application Level/Layer Gateway) picking up a 'lost' thumb drive in the parking lot and plugging it in to a USB port to see what's on it? Who knew that was a bad idea...

Linux kernel's Kroah-Hartman: We're not struggling to get new coders, it's code review that's the bottleneck

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Re: Linux and more

"My PR was accepted! I fixed my problem! I have no more problems. Done!"

(Also, now I have the needed OSS 'token' I can point to in my next review / job interview.)

Me, I read code. I read code because at least half the time I start screaming "this is totally wrong and can't work" I find out that coder knew something I'm just now learning correctly, upon trying to verify the details of the wrong thing to include in my snide evaluation.

Boring reviews are boring, yes. Educational reviews are priceless for everybody.

Big Telco freaks out as unknown operator with great political connections vies for valuable 5G space in America

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BTW:

Thank you for having Kieren on the team. So many backgrounders and information we'd not know otherwise. Thank you.

Open-source devs drown in DigitalOcean's latest tsunami of pull-request spam that is Hacktoberfest

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Two sets of egotistical people 'helping' open source?

Seems that Eternal September for open source is here.

Looked at the risen to 28 list (which is now at 34) and at least 8 were changes to "404.html", a file in the root of the repo. And a bunch to readme.md. Numerous picayune changes proving they don't know English.

One PR changed

<div class="failed">

to

<marquee><div class="failed"></marquee>

proving they don't know HTML either.

Another added "<h2> HTML </h2>" to the readme.md just before the "### Code of conduct" heading, proving they don't know markdown either.

And - sorry - but look at the user names. The competition over there to prove you are a really great web whiz is intense I hear. That this might be a honey pot trap never occurred to them? (Is there a 'ban' action for Github repos?)

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:

"Rename ATMFD.DLL

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.

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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.

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