* Posts by Spicer

16 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2010

Class move, Java. Coding language slips to third place behind Python in latest popularity contest



Don't know if it's just a case of confirmation bias, but after looking into this TIOBE index for the first time, it sure feels more "right" to me, especially their "Very Long Term History" table, than the (laughable?) results compiled by looking at GitHub pulls.

Especially since more and more FOSS seem to use GitHub as a software delivery platform as well as a source code management system

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report


Funny that, a few days ago we heard that Tesla was contemplating opening a factory in Bristol (or thereabouts!) ...

Could that be part of the deal? Hmmm, let me think ....

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties


21cm across?

Not for me then, my hands, with both thumbs touching are 27cm

I need more than just the WASD keys from a keyboard

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it



To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it



After following some of the links in the story, I'm duly impressed by GitLab's culture of having all their corporate policies public!




NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?


...and how long did we have to wait for the first data breach? A week after launch of the Beta!

This would almost be comical if it wasn't so scary

Either these guys are clowns, which I don't believe, or they just don't actually care because they have ulterior motives. And I don't believe for a moment that these motives are altruistic or ethically driven by the Hippocratic Oath to save humanity from Covid-19

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks


I think I've read stories that start like this, and they never end well:

First they came for the covidiots, and I did not speak out because I was not a covidiot...

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


All of a sudden Huawei phones became more appealing !

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb


Re: "manually adjust thermostats"

Yeah, I'm with you but you have to realize that you're missing on telling Alexa to lift her metaphorical butt to go and put the thermostat up...

Onwards to Valhalla: Java ain't dead yet and it's only getting bigger

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Wow, what a change!

For once* it seems ElReg blesses us with a real technical article (and about Java, no less) without the author feeling compelled to fire cheap shots at Oracle or IBM or Microsoft

I know this is the editorial tone that most people who come here expect, but it IS refreshing, at least once in a while.

Well done!

(* although you've been known to have done that before, a long long time ago!)

Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report


buggies maybe?

Are we sure they're not aiming for MacLaren the buggies manufacturer?



>Being the first European space vehicle to perform a controlled landing on another planet[...]

> means the mission was a success,

Huh, for some weird definition of "controlled" and "success" perhaps...

What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU



I'll keep my Pebble (steel) watch, thank you very much.

I love the fact that it's much more understated than all the smartwatches coming up.

I don't want a colour touch screen on my wrist and I want something small enough too be inconspicuous.

As people have rightly pointed out, you're still going to carry your phone, if not in your pocket within the reaches of a BT connection, and this is the device you're going to use for anything that requires more than a quick glance.

What I use my Pebble for is to throw quick glances to a subset list of notifications (filtered by myself) sent by my phone: SMS, calendar reminders, emails, etc

Oh, and the charger is a simple USB cable and the watch is waterproof to 5ATM

Your census data will be kept secret - except from MI5, police, courts etc



Yes, all this information is already within the hands of the government BUT so far, as you aptly described, it's totally disjointed in countless different databases, all governed by different rules and regulations.

What the census allows is to pull everything under one roof, at the mercy of a simple select statement, and governed by only one piece of regulations.

Larry Ellison to buy EMC?



On dit "rumeur de merde" et non pas "rumeur du merde" qui est grammaticalement incorrect :)

Germany warns surfers against Firefox


Re: non-admin users

What!?! You mean there can actually be more than one user logged on the system running my stupendous code? Never!