* Posts by Michael C.

36 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Nov 2010

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

Michael C.


> Pure technical contributions aren’t enough – we need interpersonal skills as well

rather discriminatory against those who lack interpersonal skills? if you're contributing purely technically, then you're not breaking the code of conduct, surely. not every developer who wants to contribute wants to engage interpersonally with the kinds of people who write contributor convenants, nor contravene such a convenant. you can do neither.

Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

Michael C.

Re: I can't help but feel this is the calm before the (shit) storm.

@Charlie: numerous post-referendum polls have shown that idealogical reasons like sovereignty and identity were more important to voters than anything else, e.g. http://lordashcroftpolls.com/2016/06/how-the-united-kingdom-voted-and-why/

Michael C.

Re: This is such a ridiculously minor point about Brexit.

AC: "But if you are an educated, go-getting dynamic individual ..."

Only educated go-getting dynamic individuals (puke) matter here, obviously. Another joyful message of inclusion from a Bremainer.

Maybe I'm not dynamic enough.

Michael C.

Re: I can't help but feel this is the calm before the (shit) storm.

Let me correct you on two of your mistakes, I said people who voted for Brexit, so I'm not talking about everyone, and I'm talking about a very specific and minor point with regard to employment prospects, not employment prospects in general, which sounds much graver.

Your response only goes to further confirm my analysis that what you consider important is completely out of step with what Brexit voters consider important. That's my opinion, as a Brexit voter.

Michael C.

Re: I can't help but feel this is the calm before the (shit) storm.

This is such a ridiculously minor point about Brexit. I don't suspect people who voted for huge changes in how the country is governed cared a great deal about a very minor reduction in their employent prospects in multinational US companies.

Seriously, this is enormous 'constitutional' change like we've almost never seen before and you're talking about this. It demonstates a vastly different set of concerns between people like you and the people who voted for Brexit, the Venn diagram basically doesn't touch at all.

Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

Michael C.

Re: Wait, let's review the facts.

Geolocation is optional and knowing a city of origin (potentially inaccurately) doesn't make it not anonymous.

Michael C.

Re: Wait, let's review the facts.

Nothing you said distinguishes Whisper from practically any other app. I wasn't commenting on privacy in general, but specifically what all the fuss is about Whisper, other than the Guardian clearly having a grudge to settle.

Michael C.

Wait, let's review the facts.

Any service with geolocation features, like twitter for instance, stores your location against your postings ...

For those who have opted out, they store IP based location guesses .. so what, any simple web stats application I've ever used in the last 10 years has done IP location. I'm sure El Reg have those stats too.

They share information with government in compliance with US law .. like every other tech company in the states.

What am I missing here?

US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

Michael C.

"Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings."

I'd love to see the court hearing to determine whether a work was or was not created by a divine or supernatural being.

Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

Michael C.

I may be missing something but how does the malware get on the USB device in the first place? Seems like a chicken and egg situation if the infected USB devices are designed to infect a computer, but requires an infected computer to infect the USB device?

If the devices have to be prepared with the malicious code, then how does it differ from designing and manufacturing a malicious USB device from scratch, which I would imagine has always been possible?

Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Michael C.

Devil's advocate

The photo of my house was taken was before I moved in, can I still blur it? What if the next owner wants it unblurred, can they unblur it? What if I'm renting, do I need to get the landlord to request it to be blurred, or is it my right as the tenant?

'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

Michael C.

Just to sum up the comments thus far...

octothorpe, hash, crosshatch, hatch, sharp, pound, number sign, crunch, gate

Big data? Internet of things? Sport of Kings inches into high tech

Michael C.

Re: Re daveyclayton

"Sectional times, i.e. [time taken for horse a to travel between point x and y] are also published elsewhere for public consumption. "

Don't mean to hijack this for my own purposes, but where are sectional times published? This kind of data, along with accurate finishing times for runner ups (this isn't widely published, we only get distance in lengths from next horse generally) would be gold dust to me.

WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

Michael C.

Annoying thing is

UC is so clearly a good idea and the right thing to do that it's all the more painful that you just KNOW the gov will make a right royal hash of it and we'll be consigned to a billion levels of bureaucracy and paperwork for the next century because of it.

Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

Michael C.

Re: Patched

I don't think you should be breathing a sigh of relief that it's been patched quickly, it's been in the wild for 2 years and you've practically no way of knowing whether malicious parties have been sitting on it all that time or if you've been a victim.

Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

Michael C.


You're all nuts. Of course the police have to have more powers than us, or they wouldn't be able to police. You've all come from the same crowd who are rightly disgruntled that the security services were doing illegal things against innocent people, but you've failed to make the distinction that these people were law breakers.

If someone's speeding, the police can speed after him. If someone's being dangerous, the police can kill him. If someone's involved in crime, the police can surveil him. If someone's DDOSing, the police can DOS him.

Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

Michael C.

More of this, please

This is the sort of tech news I need to read about on a daily basis. Interesting stuff, more of this please!

Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

Michael C.

Hear hear. "removed from the web", same old spiel that the general press are splurging out. No fucking clue, expect better from Reg..

Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta

Michael C.

MariaDB, MariaDB, MariaDB.

Can't avoid reading about MariaDB lately, sounds quite exciting. As a dev whose been using MySQL in a predominantly PostgreSQL community for some time, it's a breath of fresh air for there to be a bit of a buzz around MySQL for once!

Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

Michael C.

Re: Pish

Go live in a bunker you paranoid git.

It may come as a surprise to you but in democracies governments are elected. People contribute to and develop societies to define and shape the laws we live under, the laws that governments govern. Those are the two most prominent differences between terrorist organisations and governments.

Your historical references are all examples of where governments have gone wrong, or were never established by the people. Sure, governments aren't perfect, we all know power corrupts, which is why it's an endless struggle. As Salman Rushdie once said, "freedom is not a tea party, freedom is a war".

If you have laws, someone has to brandish the stick, to borrow a phrase. Sounds like you'd rather live in a lawless state. I'll hang around here if that's okay.

Michael C.

It's almost as though you didn't even read the article.

Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Michael C.

Unreal was so far beyond anything at the time, the lush environments, the state-of-the-art AI, the scripted elements that didn't feel scripted, the fantastic story-line, the incredible soundtrack. Not to mention that it's the last game I've ever played that has been value for money. It was a long game, and a truly difficult game, I don't know how many months it took me to complete.

I've played Unreal since it was released. I've played it online since a few months afterwards. The best Unreal MOD was by far Infiltration Standoff, which I run a server for today from a spare PC, great community and truly pure FPS gameplay. Coop mode was so much fun and Deathmatch was the groundwork for the utter brilliance that is Unreal Tournament. Yeah the net code was junk, but the official patches that followed from Epic went a long way to addressing that.

UT also led to great MODs such as the flagship realism MOD Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror, which was released before Counter-Strike was out of beta and was head and shoulders above it in gameplay (imo!) and graphics.

Also UT99 CTF instagib is probably the best FPS gameplay out there, even today. This is my favourite instagib video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gapcs3u4s_c

Michael C.

Re: what about the mods?!?!

TacOps is a UT mod, but it was/is incredible, and blew CS out of the water.

Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

Michael C.

Next in series

Man eats apple.

Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

Michael C.

Anyone know of an Outlook.com alternative that I can move my mail to, where my personal life won't be siphoned into a database? Already deleted skype.

What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

Michael C.

It's all geek to me.

Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

Michael C.

I can see there's a division of opinion over the maths requirement. It obviously depends on what area of computing you want to specialise in. For most jobbing programmers they won't need an awful lot of complex maths skills.

When I was at Cardiff University they split us up into three bands based on our maths experience: those with no A-level maths, those with lower than a C grade, and those with C and above (IIRC). Being in the top band awarded you a position on the MATLAB course (hooray!).

I also went on to do a Computer Graphics module which was extremely maths intensive. Certain areas of computing, computer graphics/vision being one of them, you will definitely struggle without a really sound foundation of mathematics, in others you'll get by just fine.

Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

Michael C.

I like jokes, they make me smile.

NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

Michael C.

Good post but my one bugbear this constant description of human rights as innate. There's no such thing as innate rights, there's no omnipotent justice minister. People in committees decide what your human rights are. They're weren't delivered from space on a moral meteorite.

You're right in one aspect, and I believe this was probably what you were getting at in a round about way: for all intents and purposes they should be considered innate. However, it's very important to remember that they are written by people, and whilst they should hold great reverence, they are not entirely exempt from criticism.

Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

Michael C.

Re: Hungarian

Uhh, yeah but Hungarian is actually a recognised language. Did you even read the article?

Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Michael C.

I did a presentation about GPS..

.. as part of a compulsory communications module in the first year of my Computer Science course. Knocked it up in about 5 minutes. If I've still got it somewhere I might send it to him.

Outages plague Hotmail and Outlook users

Michael C.

Just for balance, I joined Outlook.com as soon as it launched and switching my current email address to Outlook.com was an absolute doddle, I could also set up mail.mydomain.com to point to Outlook.com with a further few steps.

The user experience is great, lovely interface, and I didn't experience any outage.


Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

Michael C.

Re: Fancy clarifying what...

I think he read very well that part of the article, sir, it is perhaps you that is missing the point.

Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

Michael C.


This made me smile. For someone that did Java for years at university and got his first job this year as Ruby developer, I still have pangs for Java.

Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Michael C.


Anyone that's ever played a quiz machine will identify that video immediately as a calibration issue.

No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

Michael C.


Reading that hurt. I don't know if it's my instinctual reaction, as a CS student, to take a little offence to some of the allegations in the article, but I'll shrug it off!

I guess I must've chosen a good university in Cardiff, because all the things mentioned in the article that CS grads are lacking, are all taught here. I'm currently in my third and final year and we've had modules on Operating Systems, Algorithms and Data Structures, lots of database modules (object orientated stuff, SQL, web), several maths modules, and I've never had a module about computer ethics.

Sure, our main learning language is Java too; universities have to teach at least one language in order for students to be able to implement the techniques that they learn about. They don't teach in-depth knowledge of lots of languages, because programming skills are very transferable once you've got them down. We did however have modules that touched on C/C++, web languages, and MATLAB.

The way I thought it would be, for companies looking to employ graduates, is that they'd look for a graduate with a strong foundation of all things computing, and programming, and they'd train him in the particulars (and he'd pick it up fast if it was a new programming language, or something). They are after all just graduates, if you're looking for an experienced programmer who knows 15 languages, you're probably not going to find that in a graduate, I would have thought?

Obviously the author of this article knows more about employing CS grads than me, but there's no chance that anyone with a half decent degree classification from my course at my uni, would fit in with the image portrayed in article.