* Posts by ofnuts

16 posts • joined 25 Sep 2006

Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building


Re: Make A Better Product PERIOD!

"Another example is with the HP 6xx series laptops you could push ONE button on the underside and instantly have access to the insides of the laptop."

It makes it so easy to steal SDD/HDD even when the PC is attached.

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos


Re: Nothing new here

And "basicois" in France. And they also designed a specific programming language (LSE) for use in schools.


Re: Nothing new here

"most code is not shared": so, you have never used StackOverflow or other programming sites?

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you


That's cute.


Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future


Putain de faux-col, as we say on this side the Channel.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


The most disturbing bit of that piece of news...

is the meaning of "NYPD" it implies.

Is Sarkozy aware of this?


Big biz: Algorithms are too complicated, but also too easy to game, to open the black box


So we are back to arbitrary decisions by anonymous employees

If no-one can explain us why some decision about us has been taken, what difference does it make for us that it was produced by a machine with some AI algorithm or by some human employee using his/her gut feelings?

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre


The 1403 and other chain printers required a regular oil refill. That was messy. I had to schedule the cleaning staff weekly visit right after the IBM rep weekly maintenance.

Nokia trademark filing reveals name of upcoming drone brand


OVNI (Objet Volant Non-Identifié) is also the French acronym for UFO. But it also evolved into the lowercase "ovni" so Nokia may have a hard time enforcing the name on this side of the Chunnel.

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to


Re: I'm a Dire Straits bloke meself, like...

Old-style Java GUI app: Sultans of Swing

Fixing that nasty production bug: Local Hero

And of course: The Bug.


Bagpipes. Instrumental, so no brain power waster following the lyrics. Easily cover any background noise. Monotonous rhythm helps putting you in the coding trance.

Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma


"There is a bathroom on the right" by CCR


Cloud VMs without sane firewalls is nutty, right? Digital Ocean agrees


Hmm. I got a Droplet 6 months ago, running Ubuntu server, and it came with UFW pre-installed and only the 22, 80, and 443 ports enabled (+throttling on port 22 to prevent abuse).

The announcement isn't implying there is no firewall at all in droplets, it's more like making it easier to manage the firewalling of several systems that work together.

40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service


Re: At least he's using Python

Not good python, though. "for x in range(len(somelist))" is an anti-pattern.

A Deadlock Holiday


Mutex 101

Looked less funny when I got a class about it.... Verity rules!

One device or two? And who chooses?


Luring employees with mobes

"Companies reap the benefit of having access to employees out of hours, with many doing email after they leave the office.

Whether formally agreed or not, there is often an implicit assumption that the user will be carrying around the device outside of normal working hours, "

These assumptions will quickly become wrong. People aren't stupid. Sometimes (evenings, weekends, vacations) you need/want do disconnect from your boss, while being reachable by others (friends and family, for those who have a life outside of their office). Mobes are getting cheap, small and lightweight. Comms fares are dwindling (you can even get free and unlimited calls to a select few).

Yes, we will soon carry two devices. One for the boss, and one for rest of the world...


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