* Posts by Jamie Jones

3843 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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Re: Credit where it's due

Yes, the blind rollout of any config / new software to all nodes is it's own single point of failure.

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Childcatcher

She'll mutter something about how real police work costs money. Money that could be better spent on harassing immigrants.

By the way, it's completely untrue that she has a secret trapdoor in her office that she can open to drop someone into an underground lake of hungry piranhas. That's someone else.

Just when everyone thought things might be looking up, Dido Harding admits interest in top job at NHS England

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Give me the job!

I'm clueless, and have no relevant qualifications or experience, but I promise to be not quite as good at making a balls up of it, or wasting so much money.

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: I want to like Firefox

Is their website intentionally the worst ever designed site, in terms of speed, usability, rendering, AND navigation, just to drive people to use the app. instead?

That's the main reason I stay clear.

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Re: Stop fiddling with my browser!

If they are anything like Google, any "feature" set via about:config or about:flags etc. will eventually either become a non-configurable default, or removed entirely.

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Re: Please, Firefox, just go away already!

"The existent of Firefox doesn't help the web standards at all, as shown in its worse standards compliance which can be seen at HTML5 Test for years. Any sane person wouldn't believe that the browser that doesn't follow the standards itself will actually advocate the standards."

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Re: Privacy is an acquired taste it would seem

Gillian McKeith!

https://b3ta.com/board/6865447

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose

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Re: Craig Federighi

You aren't now!

WhatsApp: Share your data with Facebook, or we'll make our own app useless to you

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Re: move along

Not even secure enough to talk with your GF.

She says "hi", by the way!

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions

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Re: Speed optimizations ARRGHHH DANGER!

I agree. Google is terrible at removing / lockdowning / changing things on Android and youtube without the option / API to revert it.

I didn't know about the garbage collection, but I'm well aware of access to things being removed with no corresponding permission added to re-enable it. They've long ago dropped the pretense of being developer friendly, and now just want to make a consumer iPhone clone.

More and more things need root because either Google "no longer wants you to do that" or they are tightening up the underlying OS without adding an appropriate permission controlled API for apps that need them.

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face

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Re: What part of that so people have issues with?

It isn't even that. He hasn't banned political talk in work, just not on the official company forum.

That's how I read it, anyway.

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Re: Not how I read it...

He doesn't even say that. He said don't discuss it on the general work forum, take it to a private forum.

Seems reasonable to me.

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways

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Re: Thought experiment

No. That's exactly my point. With a human driver, it would be classed as a tragic accident. Maybe the driver of the vehicle spilling the logs would be held liable, but the car behind wouldn't - whatever he/she did (and most would be likely to swerve if they knew they wouldn't stop in time)

My point is, if an algorithmic decision is made, someone will sue the people who are responsible for the cars software.

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Re: Thought experiment

Ah... Destructive lasers would be a good idea generally!

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Re: Thought experiment

Not fair! You're using logic to ruin my conundrum!

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Re: Thought experiment

It seems obvious now that you mention it!

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Re: Thought experiment

Damn! You ruined my conundrum with logic! :-)

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Thought experiment

Fully autonomous car, driving correctly within stopping distance of car in lorry in front.

Lorry's doors burst open, sending rolling logs towards the car.

Accident unavoidable.

Car knows that to it's left is a family car with 2 adults and 2 children.

To the right, a motorcyclist.

Car contains 1 elderly passenger.

Does car brace for impact with logs, swerve into motorcyclist, or swerve into car?

Head on impact is the worst scenario for the elderly passenger. Swerving into the bike will likely save the passenger, but kill the motorcyclist. Side-swiping the car would save the passenger, but put the family at risk, though they could survive unscathed, or maybe all die.

What should the car do? And who will the victims relatives sue?

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims

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Re: Wouldn't have bought phone

:-) Well, I'm sure a rubber brick would do better under war conditions, but other than being waterproof, the only ruggedness I really require is for it to be clumsyproof!

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Re: Wouldn't have bought phone

Thanks. I'll bear that in mind when it's time to upgrade. As I said, I wasn't originally looking for anything special, just something rugged and waterproof, but now the bar has been set high, I'll be looking for more with the next one!

The Ulefone range looks good, I hadn't heard of it before, so cheers!

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Re: Wouldn't have bought phone

My cubot quest is a lovely little IP68 phone. It's been underwater many times. I only bought it as a cheap waterproof phone, but it's actually a good runner. Over a year ago for £120 with 4GB ram and 64GB storage.

It seems the less bundled crap and "vendor improvements", the better the device. Who'd have thought it?

https://www.cubot.net/Smartphones/quest/16

Brit MPs and campaigners come together to oppose COVID status certificates as 'divisive and discriminatory'

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Re: Not "divisive and discriminatory", but essential

And you don't understand how science works, or percentages for that matter.

At least you posted anonymously, so you do know it's not cool to be stupid.

Pigeon fanciers in a flap over Brexit quarantine flock-up, seek exemption from EU laws

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Re: Seriously?

I'm not talking about buses.

Of all the brexitter comments I've read on this site, you're the only one I can recall who has ever had any semblance of an argument.

Calling Mays government "remainers" and hitching yourself to the EU vaccine gloating, even though you know we could have done the same without brexit (indeed, it's been pointed out that we were still in the EU when UK vaccine negotiations started) is what I expect from some of the other brexitters here, not you.

The whole sovereignty talking point is bullshit, as you well know.

As for buses, you may not have believed it, your friends and family may not have believed it, but I know personally many who did (my brother-in-laws sister and her friends for one)

In fact, the leave campaign credited that slogan for winning brexit. And I'm repeating myself, but you know that too.

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Re: Seriously?

Except that's not true. You've fallen into the brexitter mindset of treating politics like a sport, where everyone cheers their team, everyone defends their team come what may, and everything the other team does is bad.

This mentality works for brexitters - it's all they can understand, but remainers don't behave that way.

Most remainers have been critical of the EU when necessary. To add the IT angle, just about every post here regarding the .eu domain fiasco was negative.

There have also been many reports from remainers critical of the EU vaccine situation - what you don't hear from remainers is gloating on the misfortune of a people who had nothing to do with brexit.

The country crashes and burns around us, and brexitters point to one thing the EU could have done better, lie about it to make it sound worse than it is (you guys really can't help it, can you?), and then gloat and mock the EU for any misfortune.. The cherry on the cake is that the UK could have done exactly the sane thing without brexit, so your one inflated "win" isn't even real.

Sad.

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Re: Seriously?

That's all you've got? I expected better of you.

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Google's FLoC flies into headwinds as internet ad industry braces for instability

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Yes, but it's in their interests for the companies that buy advertising to not know that.

The size of Google means their tracking analytics are the best. If companies realise tracking is no use, suddenly Google loses its biggest draw.

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Re: Choice of browser

My uncertainty was due to the fact it was originally a fork of a fork. I guess if all the non-google had a non-GPL (or similarly restrictive) license, then they'll be ok.

Cheers

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Re: Choice of browser

As long as chromium and firefox remain open source, forks will be kept up-to-date, but be able to disable floc.

I don't know the licensing issues, but I expect chromium as a separate project to be abandoned, and all Google's future work done directly on the closed-sourced chrome.

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess

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Re: built in tablet

I do the majority of my coding sitting on the sofa, using an air-remote keyboard and a 100" projector "screen"!

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

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Ahhhh. You had the more technically literate customers!

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Re: Copy Protection Blues

That sounds like "speedlock" on the spectrum.... (I think that was the name.. It was the one that had "clicks" in the lead-in tone..)

Every now and then, after XORing down a few levels, there would be a small sarcastic message!

I remember the software for the "specdrum" drum hardware was XORed against the system ROM. Any slight change to the ROM (in my case, due to an upgrade to the +3) rendered it useless. I had to dig out an old Speccy just to decode it!

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

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Re: Why, tho?

I agree with both of you. I don't see the contradiction!

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

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Sorry, don't do football. The ball should be more oval shape to awake Welsh passion!

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The problem with us Welsh is we'd rather hang out with our sheep than fight the English.

If you want us to do anything, you'll have to kidnap the sheep first!

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Fair enough!

By the way, I haven't been downvoting you.

When you take over the world, can I have England please? It's about time they had some Welsh rule!

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Pro tip: Don't post when drunk. I'm sure when you're sober, you'll realise how creepy your "funny" post is!

UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain

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I've had the misfortune of reading other posts of yours.

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Re: Ad/tracker blockers. Use them (though not on The Reg)

I agree.

I block ad-trackers at home - not ads per se.

I'd be quite happy for untracked ads to start appearing when I browse this site, and most others.

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I'm no royalist, but I am a humanist. It's sad for the family when someone dies, and they have my sympathy.

However, he was 99 in failing health. My gran also died at 99. I was gutted, but it was expected.

Leave the family to mourn their loved one. Do you really think any of them want a service-providing website to be made inaccessible as some sort of tribute? Would the Queen have really been upset if Fridays EastEnders went ahead?

I'll personally mourn as much as the royal family mourned my grans death - and that isn't said with malice.

To think that colour blind people need to illegally suffer for some misguided tribute isn't patriotic.

Those who complained aren't doing it to be contrary to your hard right beliefs.

They are simply suffering needlessly, and unlike you flag waving sheep, who easily fall for tabloid produced mass-hysteria, they actually have something tangible to complain about.

'Chinese wall'? Who uses 'Chinese wall'? Well, IBM did, and it actually means 'firewall'

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Does this mean that Trump.....

... should start calling it the firevirus?

British gambling giant Betfred told to pay stiffed winner £1.7m jackpot after claiming 'software problem'

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Re: Works Both Ways

Remember the story (maybe an urban myth) of the fairground where occasional flaws (thankfully, nothing serious) were found in some of the rides post inspection.

The rules were changed so that the first ride of the day went to the inspectors - all problems instantly stopped!

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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Re: I need to look this up

I was running "Flossy T. Sheep" for ages, before I deleted it when she broke up with me!

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Re: I need to look this up

my "mucky viewing watching". After a hard laugh

*cough*

Cryptic US Strategic Command tweet reveals dangers of working from home with kids in the way

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Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

As an nieve but learning teenager, I chuckled at all those pussy references, and was sure that the posh Mollie Sugden would freak if she knew about the double entendre!

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

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A site that earns its money from ads runs an article offering ad-blocking advice, and you think it's done for financial reasons?

Sitting comfortably? Then it's probably time to patch, as critical flaw uncovered in npm's netmask package

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Not just browsers, I was surprised to find out, so I guess we can't really blame them:

21:15 (2) "~" jamie@catflap% telnet 077.4.4.4

Trying 63.4.4.4...

^C

Now that half of Nominet's board has been ejected, what happens next? Let us walk you through the possibilities

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Re: The bottom line?

In addition:

1 - They are running a public resource, they didn't invent ".uk"

2 - They have a monopoly on .UK domains

License to thrill: Ahead of v13.0, the FreeBSD team talks about Linux and the completed toolchain project that changes everything

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Re: Linus is not a dictator...

Remember when people used to say to you "Call me when Linux has xx% of MS Windows" penetration, and you'd rightly consider them a stupid jerk?

Just sayin'

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