* Posts by Godwhacker

41 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Aug 2011

If AI drives humans to extinction, it'll be our fault


Re: Conspiracy or cock-up?

"Don't worry, it doesn't *want* to use the calcium in our bones for it's Dyson sphere, and it wasn't really *thinking* when it came up with it's plan to fill the Universe with Funko Pops"

If Bing gives you the same answer as Marie Kondo when you ask it how to redecorate your living room, why does how it got to the answer matter?

SMEs to UK.gov: We need vouchers for tech and training ahead of final Brexit curtain falling


It's a good thing that we're "holding all the cards" in "the easiest free-trade deal in history" or I'd be getting worried

Watching you, with a Vue to a Kill: Wikimedia developers dismiss React for JavaScript makeover despite complaints


Front-end development is a complete mess

...and I say that as someone who primarily does front-end development these days. Every three months someone will release an update to their package that has a breaking change simply so it fits into whatever the current opinion on Twitter is about some JavaScript feature. Education is largely run by people writing self-promoting, meme-filled posts on Medium called "x considered harmful".

I've had freelancers putting in the latest React features in seemingly in order to be able to put them on their CV. I've had to break up arguments about semi-colons and tab width. Someone insisted we switch testing framework because there was a new one out.

I'd love to say this was true of all environments but compare the web page for C++ GLM (https://glm.g-truc.net/0.9.9/index.html) with that of, say, GraphQL (https://graphql.org/) . Notice the difference in bullshit levels.

Anyway, Vue is totally fine, or is at least as good a way of fucking things up as any of the other options.

Google says its latest chatbot is the most human-like ever – trained on our species' best works: 341GB of social media


Barking up the wrong tree

All any chatbot needs to do is look up the day of the week and they'll be undetectable.

Monday and Tuesday: "Have a nice weekend"?

Wednesday: "Can't believe it's only Wednesday"

Thursday and Friday: "Any plans for weekend"?

Saturday and Sunday safely remain undefined, as nobody will be talking to it.

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


Re: Who is ultimately responsible for collecting/paying the VAT

No, read the article. He doesn’t want to sue Uber to make money, he want Uber to be liable for the VAT it is avoiding by creating an exploitative tax avoidance structure.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest


Re: Hilarious

To be fair the real languages have the same problems, it’s just the shit frameworks people use with them get a logo after the third version as opposed to before the first

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments


Re: Yegge slams Google for becoming competitor-focused

For what it's worth, the two ex-Amazon people I know both hated the place.

How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string


Re: noob or arrogant...

Come off it, everyone who has ever written software has done something like this, which is why code should be reviewed before being committed. And I reckon too that anyone who has reviewed a piece of code has missed a clunker like this from time to time- noob or otherwise.

Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth



Das Bootnote, surely?

Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE


So just to be clear: this hasn't happened, it's a man saying that it has and telling the press about it.

Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass staffer


"He had more to offer than the kind of guy who spends his life making obvious comments on the Internet"

Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012


Re: "revamp tax rules to close the loopholes"

I rather fear that budget cuts to HMRC have severely limited it's ability to investigate these things properly. I'm sure there are government departments that can stand to lose some weight, but underfunding your tax collectors is moronic

That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers


Re: So: basically it's a protection racket

Well, there's accountants being 'good', and then there's accountants creating an corporate structure that makes profit vanish as far as the tax man is concerned but still somehow be around for the shareholders.

Personally I like the idea of a government capable of paying for hospitals, roads, schools, police, and so on. I'm also coming round to the idea of adding the guillotine to that list.

Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

Paris Hilton

Are you judging the genders on the phones they carry

...or judging the phones by the gender of those that carry them? Neither is a particularly pleasant thing to do

Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild


Straight to "all apps"?

This is what part of my 'all apps' screen looks like: http://imageshack.us/a/img89/3755/windows8allapps.png

Perhaps it'll all be fine, but I'm not going to put any bets on it

Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1


Re: 8.1?

You can get the start menu back with either StartIsBack or Start8- but I can't see Microsoft ditching the new interface any time soon, simply because that's where their App Store exists.

Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'


Re: Gates quote

I expect to be shot down in flames here, but if you want to sell your customers Windows 8 just get them to download <a href='http://startisback.com/'>Start is Back</a>, which brings back the Windows 7 start menu and lets you boot straight to desktop. It costs $3 and it's got none of the additional crap the other start menu replacements have. I've even been able to get the start screen to be useful by rebinding the key to bring it up and removing virtually all the Metro apps from it.

The hatred is completely justified, however- my desktop PC is not an iPad. Everything on Metro seems geared around consumption and entertainment, and I want to use my PC to actually do things.

Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under



Depends if you've got the authority to decide where your desk is, darling. Also, is this news?

Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer

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Another day, another language extending JavaScript

It's even got it's own smug little website that tells you how easy it is.

The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease


Oh, lighten up.

It's Saturday. The day for having a sense of humour failure and an inability to use Google is Tuesday.

Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch


Oh God

Nobody wants this.

Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

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Groundbreaking, 20 year old game appears on web

all people can do is talk about how well it works on their fucking browser.

Tech City hailed as saviour of THE ENTIRE PLANET



...is the furniture in that photograph so small?

Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed


Re: No PC games then?

Whoops, must read articles more closely in future.


No PC games then?

Because other than those that will be ported, there is also Diablo 3.

Female Chinese astronauts must have no scars, straight teeth


The normal person's image of IT people...

...is that they're fat, lazy, porn-hoarding misogynists who don't wash. You're fitting it perfectly. Thus, your groin reeks- probably best to see to that before speculating on anyone else's.

El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)


Re: Delicious irony?

Well, it's consistent- now BBCode is off, none of the examples they've given will work.

New iPad: The only review roundup you'll ever need


If Will.i.am is over the iPad...

...then so am I

Barack Obama: Bland, predictable and cheesy ... on Spotify


Hip-hop flip-flop?


No Jay-Z. No Kanye. No Stevie, and no Marvin Gaye, no Isley Brothers and no Temptations. There IS an Earth, Wind and Fire track there, so that's something. Er, except that it's Earth Wind and Fire.

Parliament ponders £400,000 iPads-for-MPs plan


Printing costs? Really?

So it's just the MPs who use the printers, is it?

Boffins demo time-warp cloaking device


It's already been built

They just accidentally switched it on when sending out the press release

2012 Games Preview


You missed out 'Dishonored'


Looks a hell of a lot more interesting than a lot of the things released in 2011...

Beeb rescues old Who episodes


They're never coming back.

Those episodes were all destroyed in the Time War

Mysterious sat-pic China desert markings - EXPLAINED


Opportunity to start a war!

£10 to the first person to do a copy on Hamstead Heath

Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers



Just when Flash was getting good, too. I can't wait for all of the HTML 5 ads to appear and start conflicting with each other, or for the people building them to find interesting ways of forcing you to look at them. At least with Flash you could get a plug-in to turn it off if you didn't want to see it.

Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

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Definitely the easiest and best solution. Plus, you can upgrade your device and keep the keyboard.

Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS


This needs to be on Steam right now.

Dead Island


Minor reviewing fail

You do get a weapon right at the start. It's a paddle, right next to the door.

Anyway, it's a rather shambolic game, but also remarkably fun and at times surprisingly scary. There are some horrible UI moments, but that's what PC gaming is about, right? The interface is at least better than the one used in Ultima Underworld.

London Philharmonic to give videogame music concert


Oh God not the Mario theme again

Please. Just don't. I'm sick of it and I don't want to hear another version of it. There are thousands upon thousands of other tunes they can do, but if they do the Mario theme this will be a complete washout.

Attack on open-source web app keeps growing


Are you sure it's all the fault of the person running the shop?

It's far more likely that most of these websites were built by someone other than the shop owner. Whoever owns the shop would then be completely unaware of what software it's using, so they won't be receiving patch emails.

Given that there's no auto-update for server side stuff, I would guess this is mostly the fault of freelance web developers not caring about past jobs.