* Posts by jason_derp

343 posts • joined 13 Nov 2018


Electron-to-joule conversion formulae? Cute. Welcome to the school of hard knocks

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Re: "a multitude of fresh qualifications counted for naught"

Why would you use a pipe like that?

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Re: Fluke logging multimeters

"I'll see your Fluke multimeter and raise you a Rohde+Schwarz protocol analyser...."

Those don't seem that overpriced given what they do and what goes into making them...

Bepanted shovel-toting farmer wins privacy payout from France TV

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Re: I wouldn't have gotten into a fight...

You people waste petrol and meat with those backhoes.

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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Re: Innocent until proven guilty

Buddy, you're sounding like you support the stuff Voller was convicted of. You don't get a pass for being abused your whole life, you get it for being rich.

I didn't put any commentary on treatment of aboriginal people, because it wasn't necessary. Indigenous people get treated like shit by white people everywhere in the world, it's not a secret or some clever commentary if you don't or do mention it. Jesus.

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Re: Innocent until proven guilty

The other side of the story is that he's a victim of systemic abuse and a grade-A jerkoff because of it, and he's done stuff that warrants him being removed from the public. Doesn't really have a bearing on the comment above.

Though I'd add that any sympathy felt towards Voller doesn't justify the decision made by the courts.

When ERP migrations go bad: Games Workshop says project issues are delaying refresh of 'dated' online store

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I mean, its GW

Can't they just steal the new site from somebody?

South Korea fines Google ₩207 billion for forking up attempts at creating Android variants

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Re: Too little

"Not coming out of the corporate bottom line, directly out of the CEO's personal finances, as that would make the captain of the ship getting paid to steer reconsider steering the corporation in that same direction ever again."

Not likely to change anything. CEOs just do what the shareholders want up until they jump ship or the shareholders don't want them. You'd create a situation where CEOs cycle in and out so quickly there'd be no way to decide who to blame, or they'd get rid of the position and create a special committee or something like that to diffuse the blame.

I imagine whatever it cost those people "steering" would be equivalent to a portion of their yearly bonus, graciously awared by the directors. Just another cost of doing business with a few extra steps in getting the money where it needs to be.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: Guilty until proven innocent

I do have things to hide. I wear clothes in public, keep blinds on windows, and don't say everything that pops into my head. Hiding things is literally the most socially normative thing, and it's universal across all cultures and time periods. Pretending otherwise is absurd. It begins to sound like ducks <=> witches if you actually talk through the "...if you have nothing to hide..." logic that governments use.

Fujitsu wins £5m contract to support the UK's troubled Border Crossing system

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How many

How many people working at the border crossing are going to have step in front of a moving vehicle after they get ground into paste for letting three people on the watch-list per day in for the past five years?

Confessions of a ransomware negotiator: Well, somebody's got to talk to the criminals holding data hostage

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Word choice

Isn't it:

fissure - fissuring - fission


fuse - fusing - fusion


Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads

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That is all

"Our goal is clear: to become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs."

"Lenovo Tips is a system app which allows users to discover features that we believe are useful & meaningful and is designed to be unobtrusive."

Get f*cked. It's like somebody trying to convince me the secret GHB they might be slipping in my drink is actually a good thing, if you think about it. Just do it if you're going to do it. Don't feed me your corporate falsespeak.

IBM sued again by its own sales staff: IT giant accused of going back on commission payments promise

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This won't end

Something tells me IBM will manage not to pay anybody in sales anything they were promised, right up until they quit existing because shareholders realize they do nothing and make nothing that anybody is needing or using.

Former Cisco exec jailed for fraud, dodging taxes

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How to know you're truly unimportant

You're an executive of a multibillion-dollar international company who got jailed for tax evasion! I'd be depressed if I was him.

Chinese developers protested insanely long work hours. Now the nation's courts agree

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"They've got all the components, official discrimination against ethnic minorities, concentration camps, slave labor, government in bed with big business, nationalist propaganda everywhere, arbitrary changes of laws coming from a dictator at the top, military buildup, the whole thing."

So do a lot of countries not normally considered "fascist". China's not special unique in that regard. Either many modern countries are fascist, or it's a meaningless word.

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Re: Long hours <> productivity

"...I would argue that any business that relies on it's staff doing that day to day isn't being run efficiently, because those staff probably aren't working to the best of their abilities."

If you don't have to stack up bodies for daily removal and the shareholders are happy, why bother changing anything? Do 996 and die at age 40 of a heartattack in an apartment with a spouse who hates you and child you'll never see. Cattle are cattle regardless of the style of their mouth noises.

Eight-year-old bug in Microsoft's 64-bit VBA prompts complaints of neglect

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Re: "[Microsoft felt] the 32-bit version a safer choice for most users"

"But shouldn't they both just work properly?"

What?! Are you insane?! /s

Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye

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Most desktop users will never have a problem with systemd, but it has issues. The creep and resource hunger are very unpromising, and it's likely beyond salvage. That being said, sysvinit has been outdated for some time, and nobody has produced alternatives seeing the adoption levels of either yet. Until that happens, it doesn't matter what side of the divide you're on, it's a pretty shit place to be once you look past the "my 15 year old computer can still run it!" and "it's what I'm used to!" argumentd the louder side often brings out.

Amazon Game Studios to its own devs: All your codebase doesn't belong to us

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Re: Greed

"We are just a cattle, commodity now."

I assume you're time travelling from the distant past a dealing with some chronodisplatial jetlag?

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Playing pretend

"If FTC does so..."

"If my dead grandmother regrows her teeth and rises from the grave with an insatiable lust for crunchy carrots..."

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait

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Re: Meaning what exactly?

"...using numbers to make it seem more mathematical..."

Run, mathematicians! They're on to you!

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Re: What do you mean no Apocalypse?

"If you could hide your FACE I'd also appreciate it..."

I'm never not wearing a mask again. I'm that one guy in pictures from Chinese transit now. The masks also, coincidentally I'm sure, make me "deaf". My biggest problem is I need more baseball caps and differeent colored masks so I don't become easily identifiable to people I haven't scheduled an interaction with.

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@ Chris G

Get the hell out of here, crazy person! Everything was fine, and it went fine, it's still going fine, and it'll end up fine! We're going to look back at this and go "We were crazy! This was all fine!" Garbagarba blarg blarg blarg! /s

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What does this translate to the average mind?

Oh COVID is going to go away eventually? Fuck yeah, time to do nothing about it.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?

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Re: That's not a very useful option

I think firefox has a mobile solution that does that, actually. I agree though, this should be a standard thing now, even though I believe it should be opt-in.

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Re: Cookie clearing

"Ah, well. A touch of inconvenience for greater privacy seems a step too far for a good number of people."

And thank the stars for that! I don't want to have to learn whole new methods of blocking my government and corporate overlords from tracking me on the internet. If most people block the methods of tracking, and there's no legislation to stop corpos and govs from tracking, they're going to invent new tracking methods. It's another arms race to have to contend with on the front I'm not paid to manage: my home devices.

The moment the plebs start figuring out tracking and doing something about it, the quicker I have to start worrying about the newest methods of hunting down my info. I just learned about having to sanitize hyperlinks (thanks el Reg), and that was astounding to me. I can't imagine what new and insidious bullshit Google and Comcast would begin planning if people learned half of what they should.

And we all know that we'll never get adequate legislation to protect something valuable once it's begun being exploited for profit, so that's out the window.

Perl's Community Affairs Team chair quits as org put on ice by code language's foundation

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Re: Software Communism

"Not that I'd be welcome anyway, because I refuse to pander to this woke, communist duma-style 'committee led' wankery."

Definitely the reason you wouldn't be welcome.

Google: Linux kernel and its toolchains are underinvested by at least 100 engineers

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Re: Fool

"Ahah! Somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

My original point was saying anything with a value has a monetary cost. An understaning of value is kind of a prerequisite to my statement.

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Re: Fool

"We too easily become obsessed/distracted by monetary value, as though it is the most important thing..."

All meaningful decisions made by wealthy individuals, governments, and corporations (i.e., the only peopel with decision making power of any note) are based on money. Since those decisions have the greatest effects on the greatest number of human and animal lives, and on the environemnt itself, it means that money is, in fact, the most important thing. You don't have to like it or agree with it (I don't), but it is the state of affairs, and there is little chance of that changing peacefully or quietly.

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Re: Fool

"Hopefully one day you'll understand why that's wrong, and you'll be happier."

Perhaps. Ignorance does bring a certain happiness. I know I'm a lot happier realizing that to the only things in the world with any influence (corporations and governments) place a dollar value on my life. I like knowing that daddy Amazon or PM in no way has my back when I'm in trouble, and that they'd recycle me for feed if given the chance. It's a lot safer.

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Re: Fool

..."failure to understand that 'value' is not necessarily based on money."

You're missing the point. Just because things have value besides money, doesn't mean it doesn't have a monetary value. Pumpkins don't quit being squash just because they're also orange. The point was that things if consequence are never without a dollar value. You can't put a price in the love from your family, but nobody wants to buy that. At least not specifically. I know for a fact that you can pay a fake family to hang around you.

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Re: Fool

"Not everything in life is valued in 'money', and not all valuable things have a monetary value."

Well, most companies have a value placed on each employee's head, and insurance companies only exist because somebody's existance has value. Citizens have an associated GDP, cattle have a cost to farming corps and slaughterhouses, etc. Everything is in fact valued in money, and all valuable things have a monetary value. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous.

Statements like that are just people burying their heads in the sand because it turns out capitalism, a system that incentivizes the accumulation of as much wealth as possible for the minimum amount of effort, shockingly(!) comes with some downsides. Collectively, as a world, we've accepted those downsides as worth it, and pretending that human lives are somehow not appraisable is just cognitive dissonance. It literally cannot jive with the basic economic gears of the world.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Classified Ad: Need Collector for My Weapons Collection

"...ordered to sell or donate the tank and flak cannon to a museum or collector within two years."

It seems like the stuff already had a collector...

SolarWinds urges US judge to toss out crap infosec sueball: We got pwned by actual Russia, give us a break

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To be expected

Welcome to capitalism, f*ckos. Just settle and move on, I don't want to have to read about such an uninteresting case for too long a time.

Microsoft to require proof of vaccination from on-site staff, pushes back full reopening

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Maybe they're God should have to write a note if their doctors have to. You need an appointment to see a mortal doctor, but this should be trivial for an omnipotent alien.

Blizzard president, HR chief exit games giant in wake of sexual harassment uproar

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A wild jackass BK appears

"Bobby Kotick last Tuesday to send a letter..."

Now, I can't confirm this is 100% true, but I Bobby Kotick has never actually apologized for anything ever before, and doesn't actually know what one is. As a result, while he confirmed that he sent an apology letter, what actually occured was him sending clay jars, sealed with pitch, and holding hundreds of angry bees and an aerosolized insect analog to methamphetamine, to every single person who complained to the HR department ever. Even if it isn't true, I believe it, because knowing him and the universe I live in, it makes the most sense.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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Re: Spot-on analysis

"I managed about 2½ before giving up."

What a thorough and productive lad, you are!

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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"Failure to limit consumption in all areas will quite literally bring about the end of a human habitable world."

People need to stop saying that like it's a bad thing!

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"It seems like we are not far from having a requirement to install something like Tachograph in the power supplies with power budgeting and so on, so that if you exceed your daily allowance you won't be able to use your computer fully."

Either you have far greater faith than a reasonable person should in the capabilities and competencies of governments and their cooperation with technology manufacturers, or there's some law or statute that I don't know about that could reasonably pave the way for such requirements (without applying a slippery slope argument).

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Re: Responsibility

"It's interesting that consumers are not allowed to have powerful computers, but at the same time companies that are pushing adverts online are not required to deliver it in a such way to minimise power consumption?"

If you were rich enough to be a shareholder of one of those companies, you'd understand.

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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Only hiring the best

So if you take only the top 10% of any field, and every company does this, you end up with 90% if a field unemployed. Sounds like the employment rate of a field I'd like to enter, where 9 out of 10 have wasted potentially 4 years of time.

so they move into another field. Then what? They make 10% of their expected salary out of school, have no money to spend, and suffer crippling student debt? Sounds like a healthy economy.

How about every company does this and now only 10% of anyone skilled is employed, and the rest are in service, hospitality, and unskilled labor

That sounds like a tenable economy, too! I'm sure those neighbourhoods (that house 90% of the population) will be crime free and safe. No wasted taxes going there for sure.

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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Re: What!

In my town (different country from yours), this is the first year ever where construction crews for the government actualy seem to be getting shit done. Holes appear over lunch time and the work is completed by next morning. It's bizarre, we're lucky to see a project get rolling on the way to "started" most years. Maybe we bought all the stuff everybody else needs and we need to use it to keep it?

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

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Re: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Agility! Synergy! Step function! Realignment! Outsource! Rightsize! Competencies! Paradigm shift!

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

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Somebody should be getting excited!

A 140% increase in losses in comparison to a 11% increase in revenue, and a 10% reduction in workforce? Sounds like Mr. Jones deserves a bit of a yearly bonus! That's how that works, right?

Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

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Re: The new normal

"In general though, the big problem is consulting corporate lawyers when creating a privacy "policy". The function of the corporate lawyer is to protect the company. The purpose of data protection law is to protect the data subject. There's a bit of a conflict of interest there."

I'm sure that's just an oversight that will be remedied promptly. Yep.

UK and chums call out Chinese Ministry of State Security for Hafnium Microsoft Exchange Server attacks

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Re: How's this...

"Since China built a physical wall to keep out the rest of the world, why not enforce it to keep them inside it?"

Because the goal is to punish China, and the people who care most about what enters and leave China aren't the chinese. They're fine without us in comparison to everybody else without them.

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"The CPP is power hungry, unapologetic and oppression personified. They should not be encouraged or coddled. Every free nation on Earth needs to say "No, stop." and turn off the economic pipeline to the Chinese economy until they play fairly. "

Look, I don't want to be 'that guy', buuuut, swap out China in this paragraph for another certain country, and it sounds pretty much the same. Hell, if you swapped in that same country for the stuff China did, nobody would be surprised.

Unless we hold ALL countries economically responsible, it doesn't really matter what people do to China. It's just weird red-scare craziness, a handy target to make everybody feel better because there's an easy target.

It'd be a lot healthier if we all just accept that China, Russia, Israel, the USA, Australia, et al will be doing this always and for forever and we all just have to get used to that.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: Using it wrongly

"In a once quaint English seaside town..."

So, this girl should hang out at biker bars instead of roller rinks? I'm not sure I understand the parable. Is it a parable? Seems like it is.

Huh, it's as if something happened that made people not like CentOS so much

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Re: Too much choice?

"...there's just too much choice out there in the Linux world?"

See also: shoes, restaurants, films, serialized shows, clothing, music, languages, car models, currencies, cities, etc. etc. etc.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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Re: Certainly, it can't be called "Audacity"

"Forky McForkface"

Watch out! Maintaining a fork can get you knifed!



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