* Posts by autisticatheist

49 posts • joined 23 Mar 2020

13 – lucky for some, but not BT because that's how hard pre-tax profits crashed in Q1

autisticatheist
WTF?

"Crashed"

Oh noes, they only made £561 MEEELION!

How will they ever go on?

We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother

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Boffin

Optional

Only let PWAs start from the base domain URI.

Allowed: pwa.thing.com

Disallowed: pwa.thing.com/something

Disallowed: pwa.thing.com/?something=something

There. Solved.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

autisticatheist
Linux

I liked Windows 10 so much I switched my HP laptop to Pop!_OS without bothering to create recovery disks.

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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Black Helicopters

Cooperate?

"Britain could either choose to cooperate with Huawei"

Shirley they mean collaborate? Or maybe they don't.

Philippines president threatens local telcos with expropriation

autisticatheist
Mushroom

Business as usual...

...from this capricious clown of a "president".

He promised to rid the Philippines of corruption, but corruption is still rampant in every government department, and the police are out of control, arresting without cause and holding people arbitrarily.

He promised to help the people, but the poor remain poor.

One thing he promised and DID deliver on was to shut down the largest TV/media group in the Philippines because they criticised him. As a result 11,000 people are losing their jobs and the nation is starved of quality news reporting.

The Philippines needs another people's revolution.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

autisticatheist

Carrying on

My code is so full of (relevant and descriptive) blacklist, whitelist, master, slave, kill, abort, etc etc, if the newspeak nazis got hold of it I'd be in the gulag.

Needless to say this state of affairs will continue because I'm writing code and not describing people, and I can tell the difference between the two.

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Flame

Virtue-signalling wankery

I'm getting pretty sick of all this virtue-signalling newspeak wankery.

Funny, I made this precise comment on a Linux-related post a couple of weeks back...

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Mushroom

My computer, my rules.

Fresh incognito window each time. Sue me, motherfuckers.

Philippines to install 23,000 free public Wi-Fi hotspots

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That's easy... "gifts" for the friends and relatives of those in charge of it.

Just like every infrastructure contract in PH.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Only a white person could think this would help

"And what is the real problem?"

Duh, there isn't one.

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Facepalm

Icon

says it all.

Philippines government tech agency seeks 750 percent budget boost for COVIDigital transformation

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Facepalm

Mired in corruption

I can't see this working, considering:

1. Most infrastructure projects and all government departments are, more than ever, hopelessly mired in corruption.

2. We are ruled by a de-facto dictator who didn't blink before shutting down the country's No.1 media organisation because it criticised him.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Flame

Newspeak

I'm a bit sick of virtue-signalling newspeak wankery.

Will my MasterCard be cancelled?

Will all car slave cylinders be removed?

Is my Masters degree now invalid?

Can I still order black coffee (or white coffee for that matter)?

Will master craftsmen (and women) be out of a job?

Will I be punished if I call a power cut a blackout?

Can department stores still sell white goods?

Do I have to remove the master and slave disks from my computer?

Will Grace Jones stop receiving royalties for "Slave to the Rhythm"?

And what about the Bryan Ferry classic "Slave to Love"?

Will James Spader have to remove The Blacklist from his CV?

Will Disney have to delete the master (sic) tapes of Snow White?

And we'd better expunge Star Wars and its Jedi Masters from history.

1984 was supposed to be fiction, not an instruction manual.

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

autisticatheist
Trollface

Safari

Safari still exists? Why?

Brit police's use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops' lawyer tells Court of Appeal

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Flame

Intrusive

Fingerprinting and DNA tests allow you to know who someone is.

Facial recognition alows you to know who someone is.

How the fuck is it any less intrusive?

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Thumb Up

To be expected

If you fed me McNuggets, I'd bite you.

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers

autisticatheist
FAIL

Releases?

If all your releases on a repo are marked as pre-releases, there is no Releases link!

You have to add "/releases" to the repo URL manually.

Massive fuckup. Please revert.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

autisticatheist
FAIL

Outrageous demand?

The only outrageous demand is the $99 per year that these guys want for what is basically a few filters.

Dropbox attempts to muscle into password manager market with passphrase wrangler, document vault

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Happy

Re: The LAST place I'd store my passwords

I switched from LastPast to BitWarden and am very happy with it.

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains

autisticatheist
Happy

Nominet Shnominet

About 14 years ago when I decided on the name for my business I thought about using .co.uk, then figured, why associate myself with only 1 country, and make people type extra characters in the process? So I went the .com route thankfully. Renewals are still cheap as chips and I don't have to deal with Nominet. Double win.

Meet the dog that's all byte and no bark: Boston Dynamics touts robo-pooch Spot with $75k-a-pop price tag

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Coat

$75k-a-pop

Did anyone else read that as "$75k-a-poop price tag"?

Coat. Getting.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Facepalm

For everyone's safety...

"For everyone's safety, our restaurant team were checking that mobility scooters were permitted in the Drive Thru lane and, due to its road-going nature, in this case it was."

Safety? Huh? What, did you think it was going to explode? It's an electric scooter for heaven's sake. It's a Nissan Leaf with less bodywork.

It seems all the stories about brain cells being outlawed at McDonalds recruitment drives are true.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes

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Thumb Down

RGB - ugh

What's with the rainbow lighting? Who on earth thought that actually looked good? Makes it look like something you pull out of a box of cornflakes.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

autisticatheist
Facepalm

Well, it did. China. Wuhan, to be precise.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Happy

So many knickers in a twist

I came for the comments. I wasn't disappointed.

Using an .eu domain name has conditions. Those without an EU postal address don't fill those conditions. UK postal addresses are no longer EU postal addresses.

#allgood

Xiaomi has such Huawei with words: Our two new phones have 'easy access' to Google apps... unlike that other guy

autisticatheist
Facepalm

FIFY

"There's also the usual gubbins from Xiaomi, including an IR blaster and a 3.5mm jack." and code that sends your data to China.

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out

autisticatheist
Linux

They seem to be getting worse with every release

This is why my MacBook is still on High Sierra and my next laptop will be a System76 running Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Go

Approve!

Limit him for a month or something.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Holmes

Re: Oh dear.

"But who, in or out of their right mind, would pay for your travel itinery?"

Those who would like to burgle houses knowing the owners are away, perhaps?

Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back

autisticatheist
FAIL

iWork is utter crap compared to LibreOffice.

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

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Holmes

Yes, they should.

India makes contact-tracing app mandatory for passengers as domestic flights resume

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Black Helicopters

Privacy

"Passengers who are not Aarogya Setu users will be taken to a counter where the app can be installed."

So just install it when ordered to, then uninstall as soon as you're in the air.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

autisticatheist
Linux

Re: It's just so backwards...

"WINDOWS is the problem."

This. 100% this. If I could upvote x100 I would.

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Linux

This is arse about face

Who in their right minds would want to run a Linux app on Windows?

Running the occasional Windows app (i.e. Excel) on Linux, fair enough.

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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Facepalm

Re: Run-away techies pipe dreams meet problem-o-phile reasoning

"Techies should stick to tech, law people to law"

That's how you get messes like the GDPR.

What you need is to _properly_ educate law people about tech.

Philippines government to its agencies: You're not seriously going to do post-pandemic online services with that old stuff, are you?

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Meanwhile in reality...

...this will be completely ignored, since there is, as usual, no budget.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Mushroom

Fifty-first state?

Oh look, USA, people outside your borders don't have to do what you tell them! Does that hurt your sense of superiority?

Stop tracking me, Google: Austrian citizen files GDPR legal complaint over Android Advertising ID

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Black Helicopters

I sense an app in the making...

There must be an audience for a lightweight free app that randomizes your Ad ID every 30 minutes. I'm a web developer not an Android developer otherwise I'd do it myself.

Xiaomi what you're working with: Chinese mobe-flinger proffers two Redmi Note phablets for UK market

autisticatheist
FAIL

My espionage device came with a free phone

See title.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

autisticatheist
Coat

Re: Look squirrel

Shouldn't that be "allowed" not granted?

French monopoly watchdog orders Google to talk payment terms with French publishers

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Coat

Je veux mon gâteau et je veux aussi le manger.

In trying times like these, it's reassuring to know you can still get pwned five different ways by Adobe Illustrator files

autisticatheist
Linux

In trying times like these, it's reassuring to know that Inkscape is free, cross-platform and relatively unblemished by security snafus.

Dell to unleash hybrid server/storage boxen that can run virtual machines

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Headmaster

Boxes

"Dell to unleash hybrid server/storage boxeS that can run virtual machines"

There, FIFY.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Coat

You couldn't make it up

Britain is fucked, in so many ways. So glad I left many years ago. Icon: I got my coat.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Black Helicopters

As you were

As you were, friends. If Google doesn't like it they can get in touch. They've got all our phone numbers anyway.

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs

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Black Helicopters

Is it really worth continuing with it?

I'm not an engineer or an accountant or anything else that might construe an expert position, buuuuut..........

Do Boeing honestly believe that *anyone* will allow themselves to be booked onto a flight on one of these things, ever?

Icon: only one relating to flight.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Facepalm

Re: Turning it off and on

Danny, it's called humour.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Trollface

Hang on lads, I've got a great idea

Things aren't going well Boris. I know, you pretend to have the virus to get sympathy and I'll sprint out of No.10 like I'm scared, to make it more authentic.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature

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Facepalm

Desktop?

Do any companies still actually buy desktop computers?

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