* Posts by thosrtanner

220 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Mar 2013


By 2030, software developers will be using AI to cut their workload 'in half'


Re: Predictions

Pretty sure they'd convert syntax errors into runtime errors...

Tape is so dead, 152.9 EB of LTO media shipped last year


Re: In tape we trust

If they were that concerned about duration of data, they'd print it on vellum

Critical Fluent Bit bug affects all major cloud providers, say researchers


Deep thought

Dammit. -17 is not a factor of 42. Bang goes a Deep Thought joke.

Scarlett Johansson voices anger at OpenAI's unauthorized soundalike


Re: Eh?

Pretty sure 'fair use' doesn't cover deliberately duplicating someones voice in order to pass of something as produced with that someones permission / support

Torvalds intentionally complicates his use of indentation in Linux Kconfig


Re: If your chosen editor cannot convert tabs to spaces automatically

Because having your first tab at 8 was REALLY useful on card punches when writing fortran, You *could* technically start your code in column 7, but it looked confusing if it came immediately after the whatever symbol you were using that day in column 6 for a continuation line.

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments


Re: A Suggestion Or Two......................

i'd rather not be exposed to failures every time I need to eat. cash has been around for 1000s of years. computer systems not so long.


Re: A Suggestion Or Two......................

Or we could all go back to cash like before covid. Absolutely no reliance on computer systems

Dems and Repubs agree on something – a law to tackle unauthorized NSFW deepfakes


I fail to understand why it is that it's apparently OK for deepfakes to be made involving poor (or at least not super rich) people who aren't in the public eye, but when the rich and famous are involved, it suddenly requires a law to be passed.

More than 178,000 SonicWall firewalls are exposed to old denial of service bugs


weapons-grade patch apathy

The guy who came up with that phrase deserves one of these ================>

Microsoft braces for automatic AI takeover with Copilot at Windows startup


A. What is a 27 inch WIDE monitor? When you look at screen sizes they give you the diagonal

B. Not going to buy a 27" wide monitor in that case.

Boffins demo self-eating rocket engine in Scotland


Re: Pedant? moi?

Not sure what the 'us' is doing in there either. It just adds to the confusion. Possibly should be a 'that'.

OpenAI: 'Impossible to train today’s leading AI models without using copyrighted materials'


It also suggests the AI software is somehow not sub-par anyway, which is a claim I find hard to swallow

Microsoft offers rollback for those affected by Windows wireless futility


Nice that they've withdrawn it. Not much help for those people who only have a wifi connection though.

You're next, game devs. Now Microsoft to bring character, story design copilot to Xbox


Doritos are NOT crisps. They're tortilla chips. Please have some respect for the thinly sliced deep fried root vegetable.

GNOME Foundation's new executive director sparks witch hunt


Re: ...dull grey, one size fits all goo.

EITHER a OR b is precisely a XOR b.


Re: It's not a witch hunt.

Hex? Wow. Luxury. I remember having to program an IPL onto a machine using a set of switches arranged so you could read them like octal (1-3-3-3-3-3)

Workload written by student made millions, ran on unsupported hardware, with zero maintenance


Re: Proof Of Concept Business

There's nothing wrong with refactoring and using exceptions to deal with errors in user input or other incoming data. What is wrong is not putting enough information in the exception for the higher level code to produce a meaningful message. And, let's face it, you can get that sort of behaviour easily enough without needing to use exceptions.

And as for the alternative approaches, when you have your actual code indented 5 levels and the caller needing to deal with magic return values that indicate there's been a problem. Which they don't, they just ignore them and assume all has worked fine.

I much prefer exceptions thank you.

Techie labelled 'disgusting filth merchant' by disgusting hypocrite


I'm slightly bemused that you felt it necessary to spell out 'not suitable for work' in full, then add the abbreviation.

Pretty sure no one who reads this column needs any introduction to that particular abbreviation.

Maybe you should take to spelling it out in full in all those headlines as well.

iPhone 12 deemed too hot to handle for France's radiation standards


There's more than one sort of radiation, you know.

PLEASE. First time I read that, I thought iPhones were radioactive. If it's emitting too much Electormagnetic radiation, then say so in the headline.

I'll see your data loss and raise you a security policy violation


Re: What's in a name?

Well, I was thinking the submitter was a dark ent, to be honest

GNOME project considers adding window tiling by default


Why would I want all my windows tiled? Yes, sometimes I might want two half screen apps stuck together when comparing files. But mostly, I want two or 3 windows in full view depending on what I'm doing and the rest of them - well, I'd like to see if something has happened (or, given our network stability, something nasty has not happened), while I work on the others. AND to see my background in the rest of the space.

If they want to do something useful, please stop new windows grabbing focus. Because that is incredibly annoying. I start something because I'll want to look at it later, and then go on doing something else in the same (or different) window. And this new thing popping up after some random delay and grabbing the keyboard unexpectedly causes all sorts of problems.

Firefox 115 browser breathes life into old operating systems


XUL browsers

If you want an XUL browser, there's also seamonkey and palemoon. Not to sure about the former, but the later is maintained and has an up to date javascript engine.

'Joan Is Awful' Black Mirror episode rebounds on Netflix


But it's a work of fiction

It's not like people would ever do that in the real world, is it?

Oh wait - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/29/londoners-wi-fi-security-herod-clause

Capita wins £50M fraud reporting contract with City of London cops


2.3 unique visits to the website ANNUALLY?

That's impressively low...

The most bizarre online replacement items in your delivered shopping?


Ordered: 1 PP3 9V battery

Received: 6 x AA 1.5V battery

Well, I got 9v worth I suppose

Microsoft to give more than microsecond's thought about your Windows 11 needs


Clearly, by 'unrequested', they mean unrequested by apps/windows, not unrequested by users.

The UK's bad encryption law can't withstand global contempt


Re: One rule for them, another for the rest of us.

which would be 5 years too late

Requiem for Google Reader, dead for a decade but not forgotten



and I came here using inforss feed reader/ticker on firefox 52.8 ESR... I maintain the extension on palemoon - so I'm glad it showed me this article!

Google's AI search bot Bard makes $120b error on day one


Re: Top of hype reached, I'd say...

It might be a bummer for google it screwed up visibly. As far as I can see, the real bummer is that Microsof't bot hasn't also screwed up visibly so people are going to carry on as if chat bots were the answer to all humanities problems.

It's your human hubris holding back AI acceptance


I can only presume the research paper was written by an AI (signed - another supporter of answer C)

Sysadmin infected bank with 'alien virus' that sucked CPUs dry


I suspect the regomiser had a hand in picking ALF as a name. Somehow.

VALL-E AI can mimic a person’s voice from a three-second snippet


and they've managed to get blockchan into it. we're done for

Can confidential computing stop the next crypto heist?


I like the way the word 'probably' is used in the justification for this. i.e. we have no idea if thi would have stopped them, but it's clearly something else we can sell

Rookie programmer's code goes up in flames ... kind of


Re: Vital detail missing

And where is the playmobil incident picture? Surely playmobil have guinea pig figures?

Founder of cybersecurity firm Acronis is afraid of his own vacuum cleaner


He's scared of his vacuum cleaner? my tumble dryer has wifi.. that seems less than useful given you have to be standing right by it in order to load it up with stuff to dry

Ubuntu Unity desktop back from the dead after several years' hiatus


Why do people need to continually change UIs? I like my menu bar, and it's easy to navigate with the keyboard when my mouse hand is feeling tired. I liked the pretty colours on the icons. God help me, I liked the transparent effect on the title bar in windows 7.

But everything has to be flat and minimalist now with NO VISUAL CUES AT ALL.

And as for dragging around the title-bar less menu-bar less chrome on my desktop. Arrrggghh. Its a nightmare and more often than not I'm left trying to work out why this tab has suddenly detached itself to somewhere else on the screen

Tata Consultancy Services to create touchy feely 'Internet of Actions'

Paris Hilton

If the pr0n industry isn't supporting this, it's not gonna fly

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools


funny, I didn't think 7 zip was supported by the Russian government, and the code is there for everyone to see. Which is fortunate, because I was updating a program to make better use of it via the API so it could handle any type of file that 7-zip could. And honestly the documentation is not ideal, and queries to the mailing list seems to only have resulted in "it's in the documentation". Which 'it' wasn't and I had to look at the source code to work out how to use it.

API documentation aside, (and at least it has one) I've been using this for a long time as it is convenient, flexible and unobtrusive.

Russia has become an autocratic state again, but that doesn't mean the people of Russia all support what the government does, and such trolling is offensive and really people should know better than to behave like that

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'


I'd be quite happy if my phone and tablet could fully recharge in 10 minutes

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Re: Freedom of choice

Only 5 or 6?

I was testing out broadband connection when I moved house and used speedtest website. The speed I was getting round about doubled when I switched from microsoft edge (with loads of adverts) to palemoon with ublock to block all the ads.


Re: The mystery

Cost. As chrome, edge, and firefox are all pretty much the same thing underneath, it means the 'alternative' browsers have to do a lot less work to keep themselves on a par with chrome.

IMHO firefox shot itself in the foot in a way that'd impress even a C programmer when they dropped XUL and basically discarded the huge library the extensions developed for it. That is the point when its days as an independent browser were numbered.

It has taken years for the functionality of some of the extensions to be even half way restored.

Next six months could set a new pace for work-life balance


Well, I'm not voting because I'd certainly prefer a 5dayx8hr week to a 4dayx10hr day week. On the other hand I'd really like a 4dayx8hr day week. The survey is astonishingly unclear about what is being offered.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills


Re: Can of worms

I do not have the worlds best co-ordination and I have been known to fall up the stairs on occasion


Generally I agree. The guy is a thoughtless idiot. During the pandemic I saved 2 years worth of season tickets which easily made up for the extra electricity and stuff. And my broadband is flat rate, so no extra expense there. Result: Me quids in.

Not so good with part home/part work, as an annual season ticket is slightly cheaper than a years worth of 3 days a week return tickets from where I live, but there are other things than money.

Except apparently for that guy.

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it


my current favourite spam filter is the one thunderbird uses. it has decided that all my google calendar emails are spam.

and yahoo comes a close 2nd, as it won't allow me to configure the spam filter and i have to go see what is caught in it every day.

Total number of spam emails received over past year - about 3

Total number of spam emails received according to yahoo - 3000 or so. Including ONE of the ones above.

Total number of spam emails received according to thunderbird - 1000 or so. Including ONE of the real spams.

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL


Re: In the spirit of the story...

There used to be a game why you put an english phrase into google translate, asked it to translate to japanese. then translate the japanese back to english. repeat until the translation returned the same english phrase twice. You could get quite a lot of iterations with some phrases.

That was quite fun


Re: Oops



The original translation reads: "All hope abandon ye who enter here."

please try and get it right...

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: Compatibility and elephants

I want a windows 7 lookalike.

Windows 10 has got the amazing disappearing scrollbars which end up with you having no idea of how much of the document you can actually see in the window until you move over the place where the scrollbar would be if you could see it and then you have to select the scrollbar with pinpoint accuracy.

And gtk3 has removed the indicative _ from the menu bar for shortcuts unless you press alt. and you can't switch it back on.

If I was 20 this (probably) wouldn't be a problem. I'm not. And it is a significant problem

Ad-tech firms grab email addresses from forms before they're even submitted



not sure whether I should upvote that (detailing the problem) or downvote it (because arrggh)

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