* Posts by larryk78

13 posts • joined 4 May 2013

'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe


Fail fast

Maybe the software was smarter than we thought and the bug was that the negative altitude reading overwrote the original target altitude of zero.

Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one


Faster computers?

Let's just say it is true, and for the sake of argument it is actually a negative vacuum that did it; if we can recreate the conditions for a negative vacuum (on a nano scale) it would enable FTL photonics today tomorrow.

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors


amusing comment

/* TODO: remove this - it's fundamentally unmaintainable */

I used this as my email signature for at least a year after I found it in some code about 15 years ago.

Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10


No such thing as "future proof" hardware

Any moderately capable programmer knows that you have to respect the constraints of your environment. Failure to keep your peak RAM usage under the available physical RAM will lead to paging. When that happens, performance and user experience deteriorate.

Meanwhile, for an OS to have an identical feature set on every possible target device would mean developing for the lowest common denominator. That would mean building the experience for $50 phones, original purchase prices of older generations of hardware notwithstanding.

Being able to flex the feature set to maximise yet not degrade system resources on multiple hardware platforms is not just common sense, it's business sense. Dropping out RAM-hungry features on older hardware is what all software vendors do when providing upgrades for older hardware. Not news.

What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report


Re: Meh

A human rights issue? What a load of sensationalist codswallop. Shame on you for polluting the environment for actual human rights issues by proclaiming false ones.

Yes, not everyone has Internet banking. So what. That's not the only way to access government services (it's not even the only way to login to a government website, before you go spouting off about having to queue at staff-cut-affected offices).

Being able to login with Internet bank credentials is just a sensible convenience.



I moved to Helsinki a year ago and this is standard practice. The Finnish banks have been handling identity for government websites for years. And it's nothing about personal data. It's just your internet banking login used as a secure delegated access (think OAuth2) rather than creating yet another insecure username/password combo. In fact, it's pretty much the same as clicking the Login with Facebook/Google/Twitter button on any other website, except your bank probably has multifactor authentication (token generator, codebook, etc.).

Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?


If you were a feminist...

You would have remembered to say hello when you came in the door last Thuesday.

How to spot a coders comment


Re: My favourite comment

// TODO: remove this - it's fundamentally unmaintainable

Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing


Get a grip on your massive storage requirements

Why on God's green earth would you need more than 32GB of internal storage on a cameraphone?

I have a "prosumer" DSLR with a 32GB card and have never even come close to filling it, even with thousands of photos taken over many months and being a ridiculously lazy bastard when it comes to offloading onto my computer.

Even if you also install hundreds of apps, dump gigs of mp3s and full-length movies and install offline map data for multiple countries on there, provided you do actually offload your photos once in a while, you won't use all 32GB.

The only silly choice here would be to not offload your photos. If you're "that" kind of person, remember to turn on the auto-upload and I really hope you don't lose your phone.

The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case


Miss the point much?

Tat shops need something to sell. Other toy guns also look just like guns. Long live the Darwin Awards!

NSA hacked China's top carriers in hunt for SMS data - report


Beijing personally intervened in the matter

You shouldn't anthropomorphise cities... they don't like it.

Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week


Destructibility not detectability, the major issue?

Amateur spies may dream of 3D-printing plastic guns to get through airport security undetected, but isn't it going to be more of a problem for regular, ground-based police that plastic weapons can be destroyed by fire?


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