* Posts by sawatts

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It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Facepalm

Obvious really...

Jam on one side.

Cream on the other.

Slap them together.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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egg bushells per hen acre

If you are going to use practical units, may I suggest "egg bushells per hen acre" as a fine basis of a unit system.

This was the gradient of a graph in an old agriculture text book.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

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Re: Bash

Bash has been available via the likes of cygwin or mingw builds for years; but the Linux subsytem may simplify things (...wait, this is still Microsoft we're talking about?).

Does anyone remember the original POSIX subsystem that came with Windows NT?

That was a _minimal_ POSIX subsystem which satisfied US Gov requirements intended to u/g their UNIX systems. Unfortunately they didn't specify a level of POSIX requirement, so MS added the minimal qualifying support and undercut the Big Iron UNIX vendors. Queue lots of unhappy end users presented with systems which wouldn't run their existing code...

GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps

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Address sanitizer

The current GCC (since 5.x?) include clang sanitizers - including the address sanitizer (ASAN) - which should catch these issues at runtime, usually when unit tests are invoked.

You have comprehensive unit tests don't you? Of course you do...

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging

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£10 price + £150 postage and packaging

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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okay who couldn't resist adding a 43rd comment?

Belgium!

California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

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He was just collecting Tim Cook's personal data.

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

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At least they are testing...

(UK, S10+ and a Tab A10.1)

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

There are minimum speed signage where appropriate:

https://images.app.goo.gl/KwxS8iVitVfX4kmR6

(circle, blue with white number)

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?

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HOWTO Move Your Server

Back in the late 80s or early 90s now, at a MOD R&D Establishment. Back when things were fun...

A new graduate decided he needed to move a server/workstation from one side of the room to the other. However he discovered that it was running and he didn't have the password. He was at least wise enough not to just pull the plug on it.

He didn't pull the plug.

He somehow used bare ended cables to keep the plug fed with power while it was moved from wall outlet to extension, and trundled the machine across the room.

Amazingly this appeared to work and, for once, no one died horribly - but someone had to explain to him all about three-phase power.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule

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Re: What happened to GEC

Simpson! I had completely forgotten that I worked for GEC aka Marconi Medical Systems 2000-2002, but that name riles me. Saw it all collapsing from the inside.

He burnt the cash reserves built up by former generations on splurge on the dot com boom. Marconi supplied into the telecoms industry, which stopped buying after they gave all their money to the government for 3G licenses.

One of the reasons I have very little faith in most senior managers.

(See also HP & Meg Whitman)

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Childcatcher

Won't anyone thing of the shareholders?!

Perhaps Congress need to throw a few more $Billion at Boeing?

Management must be wondering why, with all their MBAs, they are having so many problems with engineering and software quality.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Board?

Arizona "Board" of Technical Registration?

How can they call themselves a "board" when, as far as I can tell, they are not a flat piece of wood-based product?

They may well be planks.

1Password hopes to cross some items off its todo list with help from $200m in venture capital

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1Password !?!?

Damn how did they know my password. I will have to change it now.

2...

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks

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Jonny's such a good boy - he even has a picture of the Queen by his computer.

The eagle has handed.... scientists a serious text message bill after flying through Iran, Pakistan

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Facepalm

Re: No EU roaming charges

Sure, these companies work for the benefit of their customers, not their shareholders.

The EU legislation must have only been a formality as they didn't take advantage of the roamers before did they?

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact

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Re: Smart Summon used "more than one million times"

Also a reason why they are one of the least stolen brands of car?

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Re: Now, would you please stop proposing to hurl 60,000 Starlinks into low orbit ..

Makes terrestrial based astronomy a nightmare.

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is

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Re: Have a beer..

Rendezvous with Rama was brilliant.

Rama II is the only novel I've skipped over whole chapters when reading.

Didn't go further with the "series".

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Re: Move along, nothing to see

Oumumamuma?

HP polishes the redundancy cannon, prepares to fire 16% of workforce

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Mushroom

Somebody is connecting dynamos to the graves of Bill and Dave and will make a fortune from the power generated.

So we're going back to the Moon: NASA triggers countdown by firing up spacecraft production

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cost plus contract

Every bug you can get past acceptance is future revenue.

Au my bog: Bloke, 66, on bail after 'solid-gold' crapper called 'America' stolen from stately home

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Au Crap!

Perfect title courtesy of someone on twitter.

HP Inc waves bye to EMEA president with 'immediate effect'

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Facepalm

Higher echelons of management's understanding of their business does not seem to go further than short term balance sheets.

I've never understood how a strategy of setting ever increasing profit goals can result in anything other than failure in the long term.

Zapped from the Play store: Another developer gets no sense from Google, appeals to the public

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Big Brother

Paranoia

Trust the Computer

The Computer is your Friend

Not trusting The Computer is treason.

Treason is punishable by death.

Happiness is mandatory.

Unhappiness is treason.

Treason is punishable by death.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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WTF?

Roundhead or Cavalier?

I'm confused. Which side should I be on in the Second English Civil War?

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer

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Blue screen of aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

NASA trumpets Orion completion as India heads to the Moon

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Isn't the SLS a great way for the US Gov to keep pumping money into Boeing.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

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Facepalm

110 Software Engineers on the wall...

Not sure how people have become confused.

The article says that there is a 10% loss of workforce (i.e. decimated), with 11 people leaving of which 6 (of the 11) were named in another article.

So eleven have left representing 10% workforce, or an initial workforce of 110 people.

That's still quite a sizable team - especially as managing software engineers is akin to herding cats.

Buckminsterfullerene sounds like the next UK Prime Minister but trust us, it's in fact the largest molecule yet found in interstellar space

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"indicates there's perhaps carbon in other systems and on other planets"

Discovery of the century.

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

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Re: Dates? Don't talk to me about dates...

tens-units-hundreds?

Driving Xtreme Cuts: DXC Technology waves bye bye to 45% of Americas Security divison

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Symptomatic of a company run by "professional managers" who have *no* idea about how the industry domain they are in, and continue to work to a generic playbook written in the 1950s.

Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.

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Love to play Manic Miner again, in 4K at 60fps. Hope they can get the music right...

We asked readers what DXC should be known for... and of course you came up with the goods

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Nothing, Nothing at all.

...would be about right.

Dissed Bash boshed: Apple makes fancy zsh default in forthcoming macOS 'Catalina' 10.15

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Re: "mostly compatible with bash"

One of the hardest error cases to detect is where a dependency is switched out from under you for something which is "mostly compatible" - the remaining "not compatible" behaviour can bite in unexpected ways and (worse) result in non-fatal changes in behaviour.

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Facepalm

"mostly compatible with bash"

Literally the worse sort of compatibility.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

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Facepalm

Any justification for $999 price tag?

Was there any justification offered for the $999 price tag for a monitor stand?

Or was it just accompanied by sniggers of "isuckers!" from behind the curtains?

UK Space Agency cracks open its wallet, fishes out a paltry £2m for Brit plans to return to orbit

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£2m will probably end up in the pockets of a marketing company.

Remember when the UK launched its own satellite on its own rocket?

Oracle suspects Pentagon fell for a JEDI Prime trick: Amazon now accused of luring two officials with jobs

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Re: Blakes 7

Still don't see the Blakes 7 connection in the article - other than generic space opera talk.

Microsoft promises to boil down its lengthy and confusing privacy controls… in 1,500-word announcement

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Re: Don't look at what I'm doing;

"The Future is Privatised"

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

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Re: I'm assuming that the USA

The US system seems like another way to levy hidden taxes on the population.

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too

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The ship is sinking fast, and to save weight they've burned the lifeboats.

How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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Space Ducks!

Everything sounds better if you put "Space" in front of it.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Leave polled 38% of the registered electorate.

Closer to 27.5% of the adult population.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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...or just plant one in the town square / village green which you can decorate each year?

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Dog Toffee??

Had images of someone rendering down poodles to make sweets.

Not what the article was about after all...

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Do what they can't do but in a fraction of the time?

Whats a fraction of infinity?

App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Ren and Stimpy?

Sod the article - how long has it been since I last saw a Ren and Stimpy reference!

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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B-Ark?

Heart of Gold?

I'm getting more of a B-Ark vib from the passenger manifest.

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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Back in the olden days of 'O' and 'A' levels -- grades where awarded on a percentile basis.

This measured the student abilities against their peers - someone awarded an A-grade was in the top-10% for that year regardless of their actual marks, and largely decoupled their grade from the quality of the course or the teaching.

Now the "modern" courses seem dumber in their marking - just grading for marks and pressuring courses to produce more high-grade results. Grades are no longer a way to tell the quality of a candidate if all the munchkins have A*++-with-sparkles.

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