* Posts by werdsmith

4355 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Erudite, insightful, self-aware and almost human: Give your local database admin a hug – it's DBA Appreciation Day

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Does Bugger All

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: I GOT 1 wordz 4 all u traytowers!!!

No not nothing. Just a few tumbleweeds.

Hats off to the brave 7%ers who dived into the Windows 10 May 2020 Update within a month of release

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Re: @werdsmith - Not dead yet!

sudo apt-get install sanctimony

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In my case, all my local mysql databases, which were all wiped.

This is a good thing. Getting rid of Larry infections can only be positive. Replace with Maria.

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Re: Not dead yet!

I accepted it on two laptops in Jun and I'm loving using the WSL2 Ubuntu now.

Nothing bad has happened, but much seems to be improved.

UK lawmakers welcome Microsoft's sack of training pressies for hard-pressed Brits as jobs searches spike

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Having lopped off the heads of MCSA/MCSE by retiring these certifications, Microsoft really ought to be giving something back. But their new certifications are for Azure solutions only and ignore on-prem environments and also ignore people who use MS products in cloud providers other than Azure.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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@phil, for one talking about people moaning, you do moan a lot.

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

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Re: Internet Explorer reloaded

Well it would seem that the EU is gearing up for an antitrust probe into the Apple Play Store

The what?

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Mozilla CSS:

"Applications based on WebKit or Blink, such as Safari and Chrome, support a number of special WebKit extensions to CSS. These extensions are generally prefixed with -webkit-. Most -webkit- prefixed properties also work with an -apple- prefix. A few are prefixed with -epub-.

Note: Avoid using on websites. These properties will only work in WebKit applications."


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Re: Safari

Ask a friend who has a Mac make a hackintosh. In a VM.

Finding SAP hard to swallow? ERP giant says it's working on something more bite-sized

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I have memories of a salesman trying to push cut-down SAP form SMEs back in the 1990s. Didn't go with it because it felt like BS and I could see spiralling consultant costs waiting in the wings. Basically the software has to add more value than it costs or its not worth having.

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

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Re: Idiot-tax ...

Bit straw-mannish there. Informality is fine, silliness and snark are fine. But the same thing every time... yawn.

you'd quickly get bored and go elsewhere.

That's exactly what happens because of these banalities. In fact it became a turn off about 4 years ago.

If you're here for original comedy with every article

Not asking for that at all. Just not seeing the exact same gag on every article for years on end.

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Re: Bias

Silliness is OK, but laziness is not really acceptable. They need to come up with something new instead of eternally recycling the same old gag.

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Re: Idiot-tax ...

"Idiot Tax" was amusing at first but it's really really tired now. Ancient recycled old rubbish soon loses its comedy value and makes the writer look lazy.

Other banalities includes: "crysis", "popcorn", "goes up to 11", "rounded corners" and many more. I wonder if the people using these trites imagine that they are being witty and original when they put them into a comment.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Re: OM1

As a kid I saved and got myself a used OM10 to replace my Zenit E. I was so proud of my Olympus, even though I could only afford the one lens I took it everywhere, though in those days I had to be economic with my use because of the cost of film and processing. I'm sure I still have the OM10, the best entry-level SLR at the time.

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

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A business shouldn't be relying on domestic retail broadband service.

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Yes, I like it the way it is. Outages are rare for me (1 in 2 years) and I have a reciprocal deal with my neighbour - if he loses his ADSL or I my cable we can use each other's WiFi. He's been on mine way more times than I his.

I would prefer an excuse to sit in my garden, but last resort 4G hotspot will mean I never get that good fortune.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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So this means that Macs will be pretty much useless for running Windows via Bootcamp, one presumes?

It is only a matter of time before Windows follow linux and Apple onto ARM.

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Re: Wot?

I was waiting for Macbook pro to ship with a working keyboard before buying, then WSL2 appeared and covered off a particular need on Win10, so I don't need to change yet. I will look again at Macbook pro when the ARM machines ship, and as you say, they've been shaken down in the wild a bit.

Apple is following linux which is already very comfortably available on ARM. It is inevitable that Win10 will follow.

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

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Re: At Chris G, re: Lycranthropist.

Like many anecdotes on here. Brothers Grimm....

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Re: At Chris G, re: Lycranthropist.

Why then, if you have managed to retain good shape into old age, would you humiliate yourself and undo all that good work by wearing lycra?

Lycra is a form of clothing designed to provide comedy.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: If you look for offence, you will find it

Under the English feudal system, serfs could be bought and sold with the manorial or church land they worked on, villeins could be bought and sold as individuals. Effectively slaves under another name and not free men unless they could buy themselves out.

I am very proud of the branch of my family that were dirt-poor country peasants in Bedfordshire. However, notwithstanding my DNA stock that came through enslavement, plague, famine, war and enclosures , I am considered to be part of an imperial tyrant people. How about that?

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Re: A long time ago...

I do recall Joey Deacon at school. Impersonations of him were aimed at anyone who become the target of ridicule and the name "Joey" became an insult.

Sad, but kids and all that. Often it is low self esteem that causes some people to feel the need to put someone else down to feel better about themselves. I explain to my kids that this was the motivation for bullying, that they had something very wrong somewhere in their life. Could be some of the explanation for racism.

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Re: Some people need to understand that not EVERYTHING is racist

Stop trying to whitewash it.

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Re: Downvote

I often wonder why people place worry so much about clicking a little icon.

Say whatever you think, don't worry about downvotes (I have over 3000 I think). They mean nothing other than a direct hit on a lazy person's sensibility.

OOP there it is: You'd think JavaScript's used more by devs than Java... but it's not – JetBrains survey

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Re: I just can't get away with them...

I did try out pycharm, but binned it quickly because it’s a fat bloated wallowing thing part coded in java.

Eclipse similarly overdone, so there is overhead wasted in messing with the ide.

I am increasingly drawn to lightweight, simplified tools that don’t get in the way.

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JavaScript is ill-suited to server programming.

I actually quite like node, it definitely has its place. And Mongo.

I use Flask mostly be because it has The libraries I need, but thank goodness we have python extensions to ease JSON use and talk to the JS on the browser.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: The silence of the lands

Light aircraft engines on the old Cessa/Piper fleet are generally quite noisy, the exhaust manifold exits to a short pipe just below the engine cowling and the weight of a decent sincerer was never thought to be a requirement.

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Or maybe like the Yuasa battery packs on early Boeing 787s that caught fire even without crashing.

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Re: Can't Wait

I hope the flying schools at my local airport have some on order. It gets blooming noisy here on training days (I'm about 300 yards off the end of the runway and pretty much in line with it).


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Re: Boost from Solar?

Wind power is how some gyro-driven cabin instruments are powered on older planes and many vintage planes still flying. With venturi horn in the airflow on the outside of the plane.

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The PPL training fleet is gradually being replaced by the modern machines, but there was something a bit charming about fiddling with carb heat and mixture. Although I do like the security offered by a BRS parachute and would enjoy going places in something like an SR22, all my hours for the last 4 years have been on a Super Cub purely for its charm and flying for pleasure appeal. If I could afford to fly a DH82 then I would.

I can't help thinking that the case for an electric engine would be a motor glider, could get away with a 10 minute battery.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: "European league leaders in Deaths per Million"

We can’t have any facts. Counting and classification is not consistent so these pathetic league tables and media stirred international competitions are just a waste of space.

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Re: Conspiracy time?

The Guardian is not a reliable source for good information, it’s the the equivalent gutter rag to the mail for the other end of the political moron spectrum.

It seems that Dopey Bob was entrapped, having been invited by the journalists on the pretence of discussing some matters, but the plan was to create a story about an MP ignoring social distancing.

Bob was a dope for walking into it, but it locally it does seem to have backfired on the people involved. Hopefully the public are getting wise to and sick of the media ordure.

By the way, Seely is not in charge of the app.

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Re: Conspiracy time?

South Korea passed a temporary law to get the privacy stuff out of the way. Population accepts the circumstances justify this. Don't know about NZ, but we are donkeys as usual.

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Bombers for defence? That's unusual.

As in Lancasters dropping Tallboy bombs on the V2 launch site at La Coupole?

What do you think the best way to defend against suborbital ballistic missiles travelling at over 3000mph during WW2 would be?

Bomb their launch site or put up an umbrella?

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: Shock

Then understanding sarcasm might not be your strong point.

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Re: @codejunky


For full disclosure I'm not British, just a massive Anglophile being tested severely by the misguided filth being spewed in British public discourse.

The trick is to understand that what you read on public discussion forums, social media etc is not reflecting real life. Social media like twitter etc tends to attract comments from nutters and focuses them together making it appear that they are more prevalent than they really are.

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Re: @Olius

It can't be "literally stealing" if people were effectively hiring it and that hire is conditional.

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Re: @Olius

@codejunky, as objective as usual I see.

Amazing how blinkered both sides can appear to be.

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Re: And will .co.uk domains be restricted to UK residents only?

Yes, try to get a .ie domain without being an Ireland based entity.

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

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Re: Obsolete on Arrival?

Looking back at the Nokia 3310 HMD reboot, a 3G version followed the 2G only one after about 6 months.

Also the price was £49.99 but O2 were soon doing them for £20, which is where I got my backup phone.

2G phones are no good for Three already. Vodafone have suggested sunsetting their 3G in a couple years.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: ...but does it really "matter" given the state of Humanity?

I think the medium of the web and social media exposes the nutters and the hopelessly thick and gullible for us all to see, but they’ve always existed. I think I preferred it when I didn’t know they existed. Ignorance is bliss.

Oh yes, the ignorant,

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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Re: What happened to the Pi Zero W?

They come into stock often, just put your email in the notifier. I buy on average one pi zero per month.

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Re: Pi a great project

The reason that Pi doesn’t remind me of BBC Micro is because in 1982 the model B was way out of my price league at £399, a months wages for some families then.

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Re: We asked Upton when we might expect to see a 16GB variant, but have yet to receive a response.

He has said that there won’t be an 16GB pi 4 but also said that a 16GB pi 5 was a good bet.

He answered this question on the official blog comments.

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We asked Upton when we might expect to see a 16GB variant, but have yet to receive a response.

Didn’t ask in the right place, from the official blog comments:

“ I’m going to wait for the 16 GB varian to come out. I hope that it wouldn’t go above $100, fingers crossed.”

Raspberry Pi Staff Eben Upton — post author

28th May 2020, 5:39 pm

I think you’re unlikely to ever see this.

Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution

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We have a Vietnamese part of our business supplying IT services. They are very good.

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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Re: A few local details...

The purpose is a trial to see how it works out. There is a trial for the Isle of Wight too, but their weather is generally better than is normal in the north west of Scotland.

You E-diot! Formula E driver booted off Audi team after getting video game ace to take his place in online race

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Re: Integrity?

Audi marketing and image generally attract the very worst and most selfish drivers though, so probably appropriate that they are here.


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