* Posts by Libertarian Voice

75 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Nov 2016


I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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There will be a period of adjustment and that is all as there is a price to freedom, but it is always preferable to living in somebody else' shadow. It is just like when the little snowflakes move out of mummy and daddies house and get their own place; they have to start taking responsibility for themselves and have to start paying the bills, but that does not mean that they would be better off tied to mummy and daddies apron strings.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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It's not the features, it is how you use them that counts!

I write a lot of code in C++ that has to interface with C libraries and do not have the time nor inclination to create wrappers for every library as I would never get any work done. This is what happens in the real world; most companies are not prepared to pay you to write wrappers and would much rather employ programmers that have a reasonable understanding of C and can use it withing C++ programs and find workarounds where necessary.

The problem with c++ is not the code itself (you either use STL features or you don't, it is up to you); it is the evangelists who insist that you should write everything using strict OOP and every single available feature to write a hello world program.

The good thing about the STL is that it can save an awful lot of documentation if used properly, and OOP too has its place. Where I start to get a little annoyed with cpp is its determination to hide or mess around with what are basically pointers just for the hell of doing so, it makes no sense and over complicates things unnecessarily.

I like the language, I like the features and I like the fact that I can still use C code quite comfortably within, should the need arise or should it make the code more readable (which in many cases it does).

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Oh deer; How sad; Never mind

Galileo has nothing to do with security and everything to do with road user charging so thankfully it will set the uk gov back in its quest to futher milk its favourite cash cow. I really cannot see how delays in the UK government's timeline for further shafting drivers can ever be a bad thing.

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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It is about time that they developed a portable one that can quickly take out speed cameras.

Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

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Re: What's that old saying?

The only theft that is going on herer is that committed by HMRC on behalf of the UK government.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Why would we have speed limits for autonamous cars?

Surely we don't need speed limits once autonomous cars have proliferated, certainly not the heavily retarded speed limits that we have at present.

There definitely should be no need for the rather laughingly named "Smart" motorways. The whole idea of autonomous cars is that they can communicate with each other and will no longer require the stopping distances that human drivers require. They should also be able to go much faster, much safer.

There will of course need to be an offence of Jaywalking, but that is inevitable anyway otherwise kids and the car hating hippy greens would wreak havoc.

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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You can bet your life it will be object orientated, so you should certainly be able to buy and adapt the framework.

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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It is a bit 2 dimensional

They seem to be thinking along the lines that car ownership will be similar to what it is now (and it simply will not be). Most journeys will be made by autonomous courier vehicles which will be hired by the journey or be provided as part of an automated courier service. For personal transportation most people will opt for an autonomous Uber like service (probably integrating with high speed rail for longer journeys).

By the time cars become fully autonomous they will also be electric and so will likely take themselves off to an induction loop type charging system when they are not needed; This sort of infrastructure will make personal car ownership a little silly for the majority of people and the big tech firms that are ploughing all their money into autonomous vehicles can see this. Uber is base class for the future of personal transportation; nearly all autonomous vehicle use will be derived from it (and this legislation will not fit well with that model).

The good news is that the government's favourite cash cow (the motorist) will no longer provide it with the revenue that it likes to steal; The not so good news is that, government being government, it will find new and innovative ways to steal money from individuals.

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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I really don't get why so many in IT (so many on here at any rate) support the EU? In IT speak it is blindingly obvious that the EU is tantamount a global variable with input from all directions constantly changing things and no idea who is changing what; why; and more importantly how to stop it. There isn't even anything in place to limit its scope; the very foundation of the EU is what makes it the truly corrupt organisation that it is.

Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

The evidence is based on the models, and the models are not reflecting reality. Additionally no baseline data has been released (i.e. what do the models predict would happen to the climate without additional releases of co2). We can be certain that the climate is changing and we can be certain that either some or all of this change is natural, so surely we should have some data on how we should expect the climate to change without anthropogenic co2. If you ask for this data you are stonewalled.

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Re: Belief has nothing to do with it: The fundamental difference between religion and science

The problem is that the models are continually getting it wrong. The data is going in, the algorithms are being crunched and future trends are being predicted that are completely out of the ball park. Why is this? Is it because we do not understand the feedback mechanisms? More than likely! Co2 has a tiny GWP and global greening is absorbing far more than we could ever imagine; Could it simply be that the world can easily cope with anthropogenic co2 without changing any more than it ordinarily would. We know that the planet can cope with far more co2 than we can produce and we know that the climate will always change The problem that I have with climate "science" is that when we get data like the Vostok ice cores we are saying "Ok we know that Co2 is causing climate change so why is the data showing that past rises in temperature precede rises in Co2". There is not a single climate scientist working on the theory that the model of anthropogenic Co2 driving climate might be wrong (because they are all following the money). What science shows us is that Co2 is a greenhouse gas; what it has failed to do up until now is show us that when combined with other elements releasing more than a certain amount into the atmosphere will drive climate change. All we know at the moment are that the models are too inaccurate to make predictions and that notwithstanding the political bias, the truth is that the science is far from settled.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Benefits

So let's just say that we have another referendum and remain win by; hmmmm...; let me think for a minute.... 52%. Do you think that we should have a further referendum or would that be satisfactory for you? 1.7million more people voted to leave than remain; notwithstanding the use of percentages to trivialise it, that is a substantial margin! You lost; get over it; now you know how I felt when the country elected tony friggin blair!

Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

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Re: Orwellian redefinition of "predjudice"

I think along similar lines about people who use the perverse term "social responsibility". And I am Libertarian which is far removed from both the alt-right and the oxymoron that is antifa (the fascist left).

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: Am I missing something here?

Thanks for your clarification.

Yes Bind9 is a pain, but I have used it so long that I kinda understand its way of thinking to the extent that it has corrupted me. In any event I also admin AIX machines and on those it is either Bind9 or the hosts file.

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Am I missing something here?

Haven't looked at Debian 9 yet, but am I to understand that systemd is trying to replace bind 9 with some bastardised version?

I was pissed off enough that samba started building in a DNS server so I can well do without another one.


I do not want to have to disable 10 conflicting DNS servers every time I do an install.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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I get mad at firefox, but the others aren't any better

Leave Firefox running in the background for any length of time and you will quickly see that it has more memory holes in it than a politician's alibi. It can leak a couple of gig and lock my mac up if I leave it overnight. Opera isn't much better, and I won't use Chrome, but it is not just the browsers fault. When I go to a news site or a blog, I do not want it to look like something out of Harry Potter; If I wanted to watch a video I would turn the fccking telly on.

But yeah, it would be nice if they could stop these browsers leaking like a sieve.

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Two things that will happen ...

Haha. I was already thinking how I would be able to get debian on it, I would also disable all the telemetics.

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It was done some time ago.

Range rover did this with the BECM in the range rover P38 in 1994. There were certainly issues with this model, but once you got used to it, it wasn't all bad.

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Vive BB10

I have played with 4 phones over the last few years and am currently using 2 as daily drivers. 1 is a Z10 that I have had so long that the otter case is wearing out and the other is a priv. Nevertheless, when I want to do anything serious I always go back to my passport.

When I got the priv I could not believe that you couldn't open the ports for samba without rooting it (something that I had taken for granted on BB10 and that I make use of every single day [I cannot piss about in the registry on a customers computer just so I can use some bastardised version of samba on my droid]). I have warmed to android and Blackberry have done a good job of securing it, but I would go back to BB10 tomorrow if it had decent app support.

Getting music off iTunes using blackberry link was so piss poor that I wrote my own software to parse the playlists and then used rsync to dump the files across, but for my music now, it is unbeatable. Syncing to android was no better anyway.

WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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I did

Ok; a few years ago now, but I did indeed upgrade our servers to a maintained OS: Debian! Oh, and for anybody considering it we have never looked back. We replaced exchange server with Postfix and Dovecot, For calendar, tasks and contacts we use davical and for the web httpd (or Apache as most people call it). It is far more stable than its MS equivalent ever was; and not only that; it hasn't cost us a penny!

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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They don't want it to be too good.

In these days where most of us do not believe the mainstream media any more content that is not freely available will be marginalised. They need to get people talking about their content in order to promote it. A little poxy trailer will not fulfil the requirement.

For this reason they will always accept that they need pirated content to promote their material and therefore it is highly unlikely that it will ever be fully secured. This is more about striking the balance to maximise profit; and whether they like it or not, they know that profit needs pirated material to be out there.

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Re: It's not just government snooping, I trust big companies even less.

The good thing about big companies though is that they haven't got the biggest gang in town (The police) to enforce their monetization of your data using fine and forfeiture.

Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Printing costs have been underpriced for years

The retail cost of digital print has been underpriced for years; Independent resellers cannot compete because they cannot even buy the toner for the price that the likes of KM and Xerox charge for a click. I for one welcome this news and look forward to a much more prosperous year for our company.

There used to be good profit in IT, but that has all gone now thanks to cheap imports. If the cost of imports goes up then people will keep equipment for longer and have it serviced rather than keep going out and buying new and throwing perfectly good equipment away because it is cheaper to buy a new one than it is to replace the print copy cartridge.

I look forward to being able to be competitive in the years to come rather than being undercut by the concessionaires at every turn; And if you don't like it then there are another 27 countries that you can go and live in.

Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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We have just all been hacked

Thanks to the snoopers charter all Brits without a decent offshore vpn have been hacked.

Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Re: Price hikes on the way @Dave 126

Not true. If you are driving slowly then you are more than likely imn that zombie mode where your brain is only half functioning. This results in your reaction times being much slower which subsequently increases your stopping distances. Driving at modern speed limits is the equivalent of underachieving for at least 85 percent of drivers.