* Posts by Paul 195

215 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011

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How is Trump's anti-Chinese rhetoric playing out? 70% of smartphones sold in the US are – surprise – made in China

Paul 195

I'm not convinced more expensive devices would be a bad thing. It would greatly slow down the environmentally damaging upgrade cycle, and would lead to a push to devices that are more repairable and supported with OS updates for longer.

Let's face it, at this point the actual practical advantages of a 2020 device over one from 3 years ago are minimal.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

Paul 195
Mushroom

Might is right

Apple Computer is a repeat offender when it comes to trademark violations. Apple Corps, the record label started by the Beatles, complained about Apple and their use of an apple shaped logo back in the 1970s. The eventual settlement was that Apple Computers could keep the name and logo, provided they didn't go into the music business. Apple Computer then violated that agreement on two more occasions: https://sites.udel.edu/cisc356/2014/04/21/apple-corps-v-apple-computer-1978-2006/

Hypocrisy scarcely comes close to describing Apple's behaviour.

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

Paul 195

Re: Only Jeff bothered to find an interesting room for the video-chat hearing ...

Classic "anonymous coward" can't accept that some women are more competent than some men.

Paul 195
Mushroom

Re: Only Jeff bothered to find an interesting room for the video-chat hearing ...

He specifically said that the people grandstanding, asking unfocused or irrelevant questions were men. He said that the women present had done their homework and stayed on topic. You didn't read the article properly and are getting cross about something that didn't happen. I call "grandstanding".

IDE like an update, please: JetBrains freshens IntelliJ, adds improved GitHub integration, Java support

Paul 195

In IntelliJ a project can consist of multiple modules - each of which can be a separate maven or gradle project. IntelliJ projects are more like a Visual Studio solution or (shudder) an Eclipse workspace, being capable of containing multiple projects each of which builds to a single executable. You can also have multiple intellij projects open at the same time, in separate windows. I've never used Netbeans, but IntelliJ is *much* better than Eclipse.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

Paul 195

As one of the richest men in the world, Gates may be symptomatic of all that is broken in modern capitalism, but I don't think he can be held solely responsible, and unlike a lot of other very rich individuals (for example rocket whizz kids Bezos and Musk) he at least has some recognition that there is a problem: https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/bill-gates-higher-taxes-rich-americans .

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

Paul 195

It's up to Amazon whether they pass the cost of extra taxes onto their consumers or not. Right now Amazon pays far less tax than their competitors with high street stores, giving them an unfair advantage. It's no longer the case that Amazon is substantially cheaper than those competitors, so if they pass on their increased costs directly, they'll have to make do with fewer customers.

Since Jeff Bezos could afford to upgrade the entire Amazon fleet out of the change down the back of his sofa, I suspect that Amazon could pay a lot more tax without putting its prices up.

Paul 195

Very shortsighted move. A lot of financial institutions that went through big outsourcing exercises a decade ago are now looking to rebuild inhouse expertise as they've realized they can't innovate that fast when everything has to go through several layers.

GitHub is just like all of us: The week has just started but it needed 4 whole hours of downtime

Paul 195

Re: Eggs and Baskets

Your repo is distributed, but the chances are your CI/CD pipeline isn't. And it relies on your origin repository which everyone agrees is the "source of truth" for your codebase. So lots of pipelines break if github is down, even though individual developers can carry on working just fine.

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

Paul 195
Flame

Defund the Troll Farms

Who are these people shouting "defund the BBC"? The biggest beneficiaries of such a move would be: 1) media moguls, 2) Russia Today and other Kremlin outputs. It would certainly do very little to help a world splintering into little social media bubbles who do not share any beliefs about what is and isn't real.

In fact, you've really got to ask yourself who is behind this recent movement aimed at one of the most trusted sources of information in both in the UK and in the wider world.

If you really, really are a British citizen, why would you want to destroy what is still an important source of "soft power" for this country? Let's face it, with Brexit, we're going to need all the assets we've got.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

Paul 195
Mushroom

Shouldn't an overloaded power supply shut down safely, or at worst blow a fuse, rather than bursting into flames?

Honey, I built the app! Amazon's beta no-code dev platform is great for ad-hoc stuff, but not much else – yet

Paul 195

Re: See also...

I remember the huge splash and fuss made about "The Last One" when it came out. There have been so many of these no-code/low-code things built over the years, and generally everything built with them ends up as unsupported/unsupportable legacy.

Skype for Windows 10 and Skype for Desktop duke it out: Only Electron left standing

Paul 195
Windows

Dropping Skype for Business is a good idea. It never had any real connection with the consumer version of skype, and was not as good. Dropping (Consumer) Skype seems less likely as it is a brand with good recognition and value. Teams is OK, but by trying to be an uber-app that does everything, it's a video app that isn't quite as good as Zoom, a chat app that isn't as good as Slack... and so on.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

Paul 195
FAIL

Re: Predictable responses? WTF...

Judging from your comment below, you will get reported to HR for offensive behaviour long before you ever use the well-known term BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic). How exactly does reminding us that Rudyard Kipling was a racist cast any further light on the matter under discussion? Thank you though, for living up so beautifully to the techie stereotype of someone ready to expend more energy complaining about inclusive language than the actual effort of using it.

Paul 195
WTF?

Predictable responses

I had a little bet with myself that a lot of the responses on here would be along the lines of "politically correct claptrap" moan moan. And I was right. A lot of pearl clutching and fainting over what is a pretty harmless change to terminology. What's the harm in replacing whitelist and blacklist with allowlist and denylist? The new terms are just as concise, and far more descriptive of the actual intent.

I can't speak for BAME people any more than I can speak for all white people. But given the context of US history, why should anyone be surprised if at least some people find terminology like master/slave offensive, even if no offense is intended? Most of us are IT professionals, we work with computers every day, we know that it isn't really that hard to go through a codebase and remove terms that regarded by some as problematic. Why do so many professionals who claim to be calm, reasonable people arguing simply from a position of logic get so upset about this?

And as for some of the other arguments I've seen on threads below, they show a distinct lack of empathy, understanding, or attempt to put yourself in someone else's position. The claim that there is no racism unless it is intended is patently ridiculous. Who remembers Danny Baker tweeting the picture of posh people with a monkey in children's clothes after Meghan Markle gave birth? Danny Baker probably didn't meant that as a racist jibe, but it sure as hell looked like one to a lot of people. Because it so closely resembled many other provocations that *were* meant as racist. In the furore that followed that incident, and his sacking from the BBC, there were lots of (mostly) white folks explaining to (mostly) non-white folks how wrong they were to be offended, and missing out the fact that whether meant as racist or not, the tweet was genuinely offensive.

If you consider yourself as a well-meaning liberal who is "beyond race", then at least have the decency to stop telling other people when they should and shouldn't be offended. And if you are genuinely racist, then at least own it rather than gaslighting everyone with your insistence that you aren't.

Ex-Dell distributor in Lebanon ignored ban on suing US tech giant. Now four directors have been sentenced to prison in the UK

Paul 195

Prison sentences over what is essentially a civil dispute? Seems rather heavy handed.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

Paul 195

Please, don't keep spelling it "idealogies". The word is "ideologies". I'm not engaging with the rest of your content though, which strikes me as the ramblings of someone with a narrow viewpoint pretending to be open-minded. And respect is something you should give to everyone, until they demonstrate they aren't worthy of it. This kind of "prove to me you are worthy of my respect" thing is pretty arrogant, don't you think?

PowerShell inventor Jeffrey Snover gets new gig driving ‘modern workforce transformation’

Paul 195
Trollface

The Return Of?

"“Applying the most important new technology (AI) to one of our most important assets (everything in O365).”

Clippy meets Skynet?

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

Paul 195
Windows

Your number one competitor for almost any application you can develop is Excel. As well as the things it does well, it can be made to do *almost anything* to varying degrees of success.

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access

Paul 195

Silicon Valley companies are deeply committed to building a better world that does not interfere with revenue or profits.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

Paul 195
Facepalm

Re: Salvation from the Devil

The problem with the much touted Hydroxychloroquine treatment is that no-one really knows whether it works. Or what the dose should be for treating Covid 19. We do know that since Trump started using it to cover for the complete failure of public health policy in the US, that people have gone to hospital with chloroquine poisoning, and that patients prescribed Hydroxychloroquine for other serious conditions (like Lupus) are finding it hard to get their medicine. All without any real evidence that it helps treat Covid 19. See here https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/africa/chloroquine-trump-nigeria-intl/index.html, and here https://jamanetwork.com/channels/health-forum/fullarticle/2764607 .

But @Bob, carry on believing what the orange man tells you. After all, the guy who had a full-blown toddler tantrum in front of the press today must be a more reliable source of medical iinformation than all those doctors saying, "hold on a minute".

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Misfiring joke?

I wonder why Muslims dislike the Indian prime minister? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50670393

Your unsubstantiated accusations about Muslims suggest that perhaps you share the prejudices of the thuggish BJP. Perhaps thuggish seems like a strong word? Then again, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/13/attacks-delhi-universities-modi-muslims-allies

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

Paul 195

Re: Let's....

I'm looking forward to telling disgruntled Brexiteers who complain about higher charges, not being able to retire to Spain, etc: "You won, now get over it".

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen

Paul 195

Re: Hang on...

I've not found the combination of fingerprint reader/power button to be an issue at all on a Dell Precision 15 (last year's model). The power button only does anything if you actually push it, but it will read your fingerprint if you just touch it lightly. It's neat, tidy, and I only have to remember to push/touch one thing to get my laptop running and get into it.

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream

Paul 195
WTF?

What about the workers?

99 comments on Bezos' implausible ideas about space, and nothing about his appalling attitudes toward worker safety. Or the fact that Amazon is apparently big enough to suborn the inspectorates meant to keep them safe. You don't need a good day to bury bad news, just a shiny object.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

Paul 195
Mushroom

GDPR

Since this is in breach of GDPR when can we expect to see some large fines being handed out? And since it requires the active co-operation of sites hosting the adverts, those organizations are presumably in breach and therefore also liable to fines?

Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven

Paul 195
WTF?

Simply awful

Uber - the only tech company who make Facebook look good by comparison. Is Zuckerberg paying them to run interference?

Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don't expect Google to follow suit

Paul 195
Headmaster

Hi - good article, but not proofed to El Reg's usual meticulous standards, with a few sentences that aren't grammatical, have misspellings, or just don't quite make sense. Would someone like to run a ruler over it?

OAMigod! Microsoft has a cloud app spec for you – and hopes Rudr can't fail

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Standards smandards

"The CEO and founder of Amalgam Insights has a bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies."

And the point you are trying to make, o anonymous coward, is what exactly?

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

Paul 195
Flame

Companies like Amazon are treating us all like fools when they talk about how they pay all the tax they should and it's all fair and above boards. Murky corporate financial structures that enable them to siphon money from one jurisdiction to another are anything but fair. They are also playing a large part in the hollowing out of the domestic retail sector. Large retailers with bricks and mortar on the high street aren't able to avoid their tax nearly as easily, so their employees (who also pay PAYE etc) end up losing their jobs because they aren't competing on an even playing field. And the Exchequer loses the money it would have collected from those businesses that are now no longer viable.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

Paul 195

Re: "it has worsened the public's attitude towards them"

@Pascal Monett

I'm pretty sure the effect of shortening public discourse to what you can get over in 280 characters has done little to improve the quality of debate.

Paul 195

Re: The beginning of the end?

@tigra07

I must admit, I got a tiny thrill from the upvote. Is this how it starts?

Paul 195

Re: No s##t Sherlock...

I'm not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, but his policies are not in any way "communist". They would have been the consensus view anytime before Thatcher. Saying that employees should be properly protected under law, and that large corporations and rich individuals should pay their share of tax is not communism.

Paul 195
Flame

The beginning of the end?

It seems quite likely that social media in general (not just Twitter) is having a damaging effect on public discourse. Facebook is being used to micro target particular groups with political advertising tailored to appeal to their prejudices. YouTube's tendency to "radicalize" vulnerable individuals has been the subject of many news articles. And Twitter is just a poisonous troll-den of like-minded people clubbing together to reinforce each other's prejudices before shouting at everyone who disagrees with them. Not to mention the misogyny and rape threats directed at women in public life. Plus, it's full of bots busy tweeting support for the indefensible.

A few years ago I believed that the growing incivility and unpleasantness of social media was a growing pain that would subside as we all found new norms of acceptable behaviour on these platforms. Now it would appear that a number of malicious actors have weaponised humanity's worst tendencies to turn us all against each other. The poisonous, shrill, shouty and above all moronic debate over Brexit is just the most visible symptom.

Now it's Terrance Dicks' turn to regenerate: Golden-age Doctor Who mainstay dies aged 84

Paul 195

Re: Sad that we've lost him

@Will Godfrey

I'm not the originator of your downvote, but you made two separate and unconnected statements in your original post. One of which was that you thought the writing in modern episodes left much to be desired. Some of the reboot era stories are actually better than those from the first time around, and some are just awful. Maybe someone was objecting to your blanket statement, rather than to "RIP Terrance Dicks". I'd hope no-one would downvote that.

Amazon: Carbon emissions from our Australian bit barns aren't for public viewing

Paul 195

Re: Not really sure...

@Bombastic Bob

Jeff Bezos is not a "lefty" by any stretch of the imagination. He does disagree with the great orange one about most things, but so did John McCain, and he wasn't a lefty either.

Jeff Bezos is a capitalist trying to build a monopoly, just like the good old robber barons of the early 20th century.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

Paul 195
Mushroom

Re: So, to sum up. . .

For an interesting comparison, the Brexit petition in favour of proroguing parliament managed to collect 304 signatures.

The petition requesting that parliament is not prorogued was gaining about 300 signatures *every ten seconds* this afternon. It's slowed down a bit now that (presumably) lots of people are travelling home from work, but it's still averaging around 250/second.

Paul 195
Facepalm

Re: Benito Jonsolini

Yeah. On the one hand, I tend to agree with those who say that insulting the intelligence of Brexiteers is condescending and counter productive. On the other hand, far too many of them make ridiculously stupid comments, like the one above about Verhofstadt.

Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts

Paul 195
WTF?

Re: Not a Great Start in Life.

And of course, the small minded have downvoted your post, and the admirable post you replied to. And no doubt, this post as well.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

Paul 195

Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

@Goresh No, but currently humans are doing a way better job of it than the machines. And in all sorts of weather and road conditions more challenging than Arizona highways in daylight...

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found

Paul 195

Re: Follow the money

Waterfall works reasonably well if you understand the requirements and problem space up front. Which for problems like "aeroplane should not fall out of sky" is probably the case. It does not work well when the thing being designed has to cope with constantly changing requirements, which often happens with commercial or enterprise software. Here Agile definitely works better. There are no silver bullets. Understand your tools and what they are applicable for, and don't use your hammer to put in screws.

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

Paul 195

Re: Anyone surprised?

Spain, Nicaragua, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uganda... nobody said all coups were right wing. Just the majority of them.

Paul 195

Re: Anyone surprised?

@naive

What a strangely appropriate moniker. The people running Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc probably see themselves as "liberals", but nobody could mistake them for "leftists". They are good old-fashioned capitalist monopolists. And Youtube and Facebook are by now well-known for basically showing people what they think they want to see. YouTube's unpleasant habit of showing more and more extreme material to viewers means that by now I would imagine your feed consists of flat earth videos, Klan rallies, and the occasional cute kitten.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

Paul 195
Big Brother

Times have changed

Back in the good old 80s, there was no GDPR, and not even a Data Commissioner, and it really was the wild west. It wasn't uncommon to create test data by taking a subset of live data. After all, what was the worst that could happen?

Revealed: Facebook, Google's soft-money 'blackmail' to stall Euro fake news crackdown

Paul 195
Flame

Don't be evil

Unless it interferes with making shed loads of money.

Quit worrying about killer robots, they are coming whether you like it or not – and they absolutely will not stop

Paul 195
Paris Hilton

Worse than the terminator

Philip K Dick's Second Variety (also available as a mediocre film) painted the really chilling truth about autonomous weaponry long before the technology to build it was available: a machine does the thing that you designed it to, and carries on doing it whether or not it serves any purpose.

It makes The Terminator look like a nursery story. https://philipkdickreview.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/second-variety/

Paris to cheer us all up again.

May Day! PM sacks UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson for Huawei 5G green-light 'leak'

Paul 195

Re: Torydammerung?

@Voyna i Mor

As unpleasant and dim as Williamson was, I honestly don't think he's done anything as bad as any of Hitler's senior ranking Nazis...

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

Paul 195

Idiots like muhfugen give idiots a bad name.

Someone's spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer's 'manifesto' – and we're OK with this, maybe?

Paul 195

Re: Mixed feelings

I don't think we should be referring to mass murderers as "nut jobs". The Christchurch killer has some unpleasant and irrational views, but calling him a nutjob serves to reduce his culpability as well as being prejudicial to millions of people who have mental health problems but get through life without killing anyone (except occasionally themselves unfortunately).

He committed his act of mass murder not because of mental illness, but at least partly because of a prevalent narrative that paints Muslims as problematic. But admitting that means that the many people complicit in spreading this narrative might feel bad, so let's just say this guy was crazy and let ourselves off the hook.

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