Re: Premature disclosure
Then let us instead invoke Tom Lehrer on (more-or-less) the subject.
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But if a business is getting grief from loons and fears getting mired in a vortex of debate that consumes 100% (and rising) of its time, they might very well want to put a stop to it.
My reading of this story is that gitlab's original announcement looked like a clumsy attempt to do that.
Does this mean it's now open season to object to any gitlab project I find offensive? Sorry, I don't have to rationalise my objections to [project], it's a matter of Faith. Just take it down, it is an abomination unto Nuggan.
I don't have insider knowledge. But I infer from this story that someone may have been far enough on that slippery slope to cause concern.
Chain is high up (stairs to attic), and on the far side of the house from the river.
I expect it used to support something heavy (it looks like it would hold a few tonnes), and was kept as decorative in the conversion to houses.
I can't see myself or neighbours getting planning permission to generate from the river, but I've tried to get anyone to quote me for installing a heat pump using the water. Could put a great big hot tank in the underground area notionally designated for parking.
This one was disused for some time before being converted to houses.
Elsewhere nearby are others that were converted when an old business owner died and his son saw more gold in houses than in his late dad's business (a very much bigger site). One of them features as house 2 in this rant.
We Brits just love recycling old houses.
My new house is a recycled industrial building, complete with weir in the river that provided power before there was electricity. And that was itself recycled from earlier use. And what's nice about this house is precisely the riverside location and the exposed features inside, including big thick stone walls, huge heavy beams, and cast iron supports. And a great heavy chain whose purpose eludes me.
I had a case like that with my .com domain receiving small amounts of legit-but-misdirected-looking email for the owner of a .net namesake. The email bounced (I don't use a catch-all), but I saw it in the logs with non-spam subject lines. I contacted him, confirmed the situation, and set up forwarding on that address.
This time of year is when you find yourself unable to read the map at some unexpectedly early hour as darkness falls on you. Not to mention a season when wind frequently makes paper maps hard to use!
When I lived in Sheffield I'd get caught out every autumn somewhere up in the Peaks, and find myself running some way (I was 30-ish and in good health) just to get onto the Pennine Way and an easily-navigable-in-the-dark route down, usually to one of the Hope Valley stations such as Edale.
On an unrelated note, I particularly enjoyed Kinder and Bleaklow in the swirling mists without map or compass. It could conjure a fleeting illusion of some kind of remoteness from mankind.
Perhaps the problem is rather the opposite: a grey area which the vast majority of all projects occupy, and some nutter campaigning to dump them on account of evil by some perhaps-tenuous association. The Reg forums might be used for bullying and harassment: we mustn't host anything associated with them! Erm, sorry Apache, sorry Perl, ...
 My nutter may be your hero. And it won''t be the same nutter campaigning every cause.
Indeed, though it can also detract from fun if someone is swearing unpleasantly.
Not-swearing can also contribute to fun. Devising words to get around a filter, sharing a joke of pink marshmallows substituted by a filter, and a collective shaking of heads at the idiocy of a filter, can contribute positively to a community.
The shared joke or the common enemy bring people together.
A fridge the size of that Samsung could presumably take all those Reg lunchboxes without getting overcrowded, yesno?
I've been contemplating a bigger fridge-freezer since moving to a kitchen with more space, so I've thought a bit about what I would or wouldn't pay more for.
YES obviously: sensible size, layout, power-efficiency, quiet running.
YES if not cynical about it working: frost-free, condensation avoidance.
MAYBE: my little indulgence - a dispenser for chilled water and ice, all plumbed in (would be a YES except that it's only available on "american style" models).
NO but would have some merit: IoT availability to inspect contents while in the supermarket.
NOT BLOODY LIKELY: big screen attached to the thing!
They were here today: my FTTC was due. But it seems I still have to wait for any such luxury, while they fix something between here and the cabinet.
Of course if they don't give it to Openreach, maybe they'll have a tendering process ... like the trains. I wonder if Grayling is available to demonstrate how serious they are?
Particularly true of the work for MoD clients I encountered back in the 1980s.
Need a number, but have no data? Pluck one from the top of your head. Use it, and explain that it has no basis in reality. Try a couple of other numbers to see how much difference it makes: this is called a parametric study and should be good for a few more taxpayer-funded man-hours.
Next person to need that number then references you. In a couple of years, all the caveats are lost, and your number has become the definitive reference. Noone questions it any more. Or rather, anyone who questions it soon finds myself out on a limb and looking for the next job.
Next time you watch a war film and the hero speaks dismissively of those backroom boys who have no clue, you know he's right!
 Am I still OK to refer to a hero of a war film as male?
We can of course point, with or without evidence, at a range of suspects.
But this story unambiguously highlights one attitude as racist. Namely, the idea that you can objectively identify offensive speech / hate speech. There will always be grey areas, and those go right into areas of supposed black-and-white certainty.
Symptomatic of today's inability to distinguish objective fact from subjective opinion and prejudice.
... how does it know, from 9 ASCII characters, whether an African American posted it or not?
How does a human know that? Why does it matter?
If you say that to a stranger with no context, you're obviously out of order. If you say it to a close friend, it might be perfectly OK depending on the relationship - but noone outside your close circle could judge that, nor is it any of their business. If you say it in the course of a debate, that's fine as far as I'm concerned - and El Reg haven't censored you - but would get you deleted and possibly even banned in some fora.
Don't all of us say things within the family that would be highly offensive if addressed to a stranger?
Downloads is fair.
I'll sometimes do a bit more there. For example, if I download a package that I'm not hacking on but perhaps just running through a test suite or installing as-is but from a tarball, I might unpack and build all within Downloads. But I always know things there are fair game for freeing up space: anything that matters from that package got installed in /usr/local.
Working from home, I used to make extensive use of FBFS working under that principle. Less so since my 2013 house move to somewhere it wasn't my only available space, but my recent house move demonstrated how much still lives in the PBFS.
 Floor-based filesystem.
 Pile-based filesystem.
My good cause is a regular chuckle at the silly letters from Crapita, against whom I have a minor vendetta on the grounds of the horror that is (or rather, was) Capita Registrars.
Hmmm. Since they disposed of the registrars, maybe I might re-evaluate, and see if their system to tell them I have no telly works sensibly enough to use it?
You have my sympathy (though couldn't you use a bank account from your home country to bootstrap?).
It was bad enough returning from my six years in Italy: I didn't exist as far as bureaucracy was concerned. Fortunately I had an existing UK bank account from before I left, and found a lettings agent who was non-jobsworth enough to accept various evidence of my recent time abroad. But getting a 'phone contract was a true nightmare!
OK for some of you, who bought property when it was at historic low prices in the mid-1990s.
(Can you tell I'm bitter at having been out of the country at the time and so missed my generation's chance? My recent move - FTB at age 58).
And the city office will hand you a new one as soon as you register your new address with them.
Now that you mention it, registering with the city office (or rather council, as we call it) was one of the more troublesome bits of bureaucracy in my move. Their website didn't work, and going into the office in person I took one look at the queue and walked back out.
Only returned to the matter when I got a very aggressively-worded tax demand from the ******s.
I moved house on August 23rd. And though there's been lots of hassle, things that need expensive fixing, etc, I only recollect the 'proof of address' red tape featuring once: Royal Mail needed proof of the old address to set up redirection.
My main problem with the usual proof of address nonsense is that with electronic billing I don't have the bits of paper they want.
 That is, once since the move. Various people like my solicitor needed it before the move.
Lets make a simple comparison between China and the EU
That looks like no such thing to me.
to create a "social score" ...
Here that's more sophisticated. We call the basic social score a "credit rating". But then we also have a lot of additional demographic classification, based on family, education, work, postcode, etc.
Isn't that for really serious crime? As in, you've killed someone who matters? Or maybe you've nicked something the size of a middling national economy from someone who matters? Or in cybercrime, you've pwned the Pentagon and ransomed the NHS? Or you've ... no, wait, ...
Is this a step on the road to extraditing someone who upsets Trump on Twitter?