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285 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010
NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs
Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions
The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com
Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'
Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel
Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android
Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties
Sigh. There is more to this. As I understand it from other reports, Telegram is detecting bad stuff on their network and blocking it. They're not giving access to any governments (officially ... reality may be different). The Ruskies walked back because the could not stop all the workarounds that bypassed the ban.
Windows 10 Fast Ringers – sorry, 'Dev Channel' – tossed Linux GPU support for WSL2 in latest Insider preview build
Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains
Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft
I write all sorts of programs in PHP, run from the command line.
As a language, it has lots of issues (eg inconsistency of parameter order, or auto type conversion which could trip you up) but the sheer volume of built-in functions means there's almost always already a quick way of doing something. Or a solution on the web.
I used to use Perl for such things but PHP took me over...
Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021
Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'
“IA creates nothing. IA plays no role in the hard work of researching, writing, or publishing the works or, for that matter, in creating or sustaining the overall publishing ecosystem and its distinct partnerships and markets."
Perhaps we can discuss how much academic publishers pay their authors and "peer reviewers" ?.....
DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline
Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is
NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments
As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother
Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS
Amid coronavirus epidemic, LG, ZTE hang up on Mobile World Congress, organizers call for 'no-handshake' policy
Re: "The death rate is, according to Beijing's numbers, about two per cent"
That 2% figure is deaths as a percentage of infections, which is completely the wrong way to do it. You can do it that way after the virus has run it's course, and you know the final dead/survive numbers.
Currently the dead:survive ratio is around 34:66.
Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we're tweaking it, says Google
Google has far bigger problems that just sneaking in the ads. For a while now, their results have been truly gamed by those high-paid SEO types, and fake sites republishing things like Wikipedia, that Google fails to detect as fake. Often the text presented in the search result has nothing to do with what you get when you go to the site.
I do have some sympathy for Google here, since they are the prime target for SEO, and accept that them only showing me a handful of pages of the alleged 76,234,456 results is part of their attempt to curb the fake sites, but they need to do a better job in distinguishing the difference between the fake sites and the other genuine ones in those 76 million.
Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft
Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks
When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games
We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory
Why can't you be a nice little computer maker and just GET IN THE TRUNK, Xerox tells HP in hostile takeover alert
Re: Another thing they should be chased for
I had one of these ... it developed the "stuck at boot logo on display" problem. The printer still worked and scanned, but you could not control it via the control panel.
Assorted "hints and tips" from the net worked once but not when the problem resurfaced.
I eventually dumped it (reluctantly, since the toners were all still quite full...) and bought a Brother.
The appointed service centre wanted about £50 just to tell me what was wrong ...