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* Posts by Graham Dawson

1980 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

Graham Dawson

Re: Blame Culture


Graham Dawson

And this is why I like Bitwarden. I can run my own server, so when it goes down I know exactly who's to blame and exactly when it will be back again.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

Graham Dawson

Re: "could we visit it?"

I thought it was a step to the right.

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

Graham Dawson

Re: Welp!

Oh no, they built the wall.

Les parisiennes were using it as a toilet within a day.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Graham Dawson

Felt like something Steve Bong would have written

Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

Graham Dawson

Re: I once trialled a ruggedized laptop

Surviving a trip to Liverpool would be more impressive, but recovering stolen property over there is difficult, to say the least.

That's the way the cookies crumble: Consent banners up 16% since GDPR

Graham Dawson

I've noticed more than a few sites that show you a nice pop-up with all the tracking cookies turned off by default, but then present a big button saying something like "Use recommended defaults", which turns every single damn tracking cookie on, after which it's nearly impossible to turn them off again.

They way they've designed it (which closes the pop-up) makes it look like you're accepting the existing settings.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

Graham Dawson


Still stings...

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

No, you contended that emoji was a word invented by kids with fragile egos and no knowledge of history. You've had it demonstrated to you that this is false, but rather than accept your mistake, you've insisted that you're actually right anyway and that anyone who disagrees with you is also either a safely dismissed child or somehow mentally deficient and in need of your special brand of education (like Jimmy from all those old information films - don't think I'm so retarded that I don't get your sly little joke). Your entire argument is ultimately "I don't like this word that the kids today are using, so I'm going to make shit up to dismiss it and treat anyone who disagrees like they're an idiot".

You're allowed to not like the word, that's absolutely fine, but maybe, instead of patronising and demeaning everyone who disagrees with you and dismissing the more popular word because of "the kids", you could act like the adult you claim to be and accept that your opinion is a clear minority.

Emoji won. It's as simple as that.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

A word that had only existed for a few years at the point emoji was coined.

And your claim that it was "the kids" wasn't ancillary, but central to your entire argument.

"emoji"? That's a bastard begat by kiddies who not only can't remember history and refuse to acknowledge that it exists, they are re-inventing it to suit themselves to shore up fragile egos.

It's fine to not like the word, but all your claims about "history" are bullshit when both words are very nearly the same age, while your constant wank about fragile egos and kids (apparently defined as anyone younger than you who does something you don't like) is laughable.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

This is history. It just happens to be history you don't like, so you dismiss it as "the kids".

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

I'm old, therefore an adult is a child and can be dismissed as such.

Fucking arrogant. This isn't a matter of perspective.

The concept of making little faces with text might be more than 100 years old, but the word emoticon is only a few years older than the word emoji. They're both neologisms invented by adults of approximately the same age, but in different cultural contexts. One won the battle for mindshare, one lost.

Cling to your fantasy of the "real" word as much as you like and complain about "the kids" all you want, you can't change this reality. Why not wave your cane at them as well, while you're at it, and complete the stereotype if a bitter old man who refuses to accept anything "the kids" come up with because it's not the way it used to be done, and change is scary and evil.

That's all you seem to do around here anyway.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

You're right, I did, but it doesn't change facts. The man who invented the word was not a kid. The word is imported from Japanese. It has a nearly twenty year pedigree, while emoticon as a word only precedes it by a few years.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

I'd be impressed with a millennial who managed to be more than 30 years old in 1999.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

Hm. Fancy that.

I think that might validate my point even more to be honest. The word isn't invented by "millennials", is the thing.

Graham Dawson

Re: Just a beer?

Nah, emoji is an nipponism (or a japanese neologism if you want to be picky about it). Emoticons took off over there as a way to quicky communicate ideas over text message, partly because they work well with the prevailing writing systems and partly to fit within the character limits or short messages. The name itself stems from the Japanese love of taking English words and localising them (witness pokémon - pocket monster - and furasuko - flask as two disparate examples). So, just as romanised text became romanji (or romaji) to fit with kanji, emoticons became emoji.

The word was adopted to the west by osmosis, through apps originally written in japan, or targeting japanese audiences, using the term in their English localisations as well.

So less of that high-horse rubbish about the kids today, alright? They know more than we like to pretend.

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

Graham Dawson

Re: Pedantry @W@ldo

That's low frequency as defined by the ITU, for terrestrial radio transmissions, which specifies frequency definitions for a very narrow band of the full EM spectrum. In astronomy, everything with a longer wavelength than infrared light is low frequency EM.

Graham Dawson

Re: Pedantry

That's only the definition for frequences used in radio transmission, as defined by the ITU, which ends below infrared light. In comparison to the entire electromagnetic spectrum they're a low frequency wave. Given that astronomy routinely deals with EM from infrared to gamma and beyond, it makes more sense that they'd define frequencies according to their needs, rather than the needs of terrestrial radio transmission standards.

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

Graham Dawson


Because that's so easy when I'm here and the wife is in Scandinavia.

Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

Graham Dawson

Re: Not gonna touch it.

More money for me, then.

Typescript is quite literally the only microsoft spewing I use at this point. It's better than javascript.

Admittedly, this isn't saying much... but still!

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

Graham Dawson

Re: "get" - I'm good

Australia seems to think so.

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

Graham Dawson

Re: Are you watching this RCL?

Tell him to flash debian or sailfish. It's a world of difference.

TalkTalk, UK2 sitting in a tree, not T-A-L-K-I-N-G: Hosting biz cut off after ISP broadband upgrade

Graham Dawson

They went a bit crap. I used to have a few domains with them, but after a bunch of unnecessary "upgrades" to their control panel made everything difficult to find, rising prices and an increasing likelihood that t hey'd just straight up ignore technical support problems, I decided to shift somewhere else.

At which point I discovered that they'd made moving domains away from them immensely difficult, as in "nearly tempted to let the things expire and risk re-buying them from the scalpers" difficult.

They were bought out by some company that saw a cash flow with an inbuilt customer base and wanted the money for itself.

Joke's on them I guess.

Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

Graham Dawson

How well does it handle phone calls with sailfish?

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

Graham Dawson

Clean commits are what I'm thinking of

Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

Graham Dawson

Re: Please no v5, stay on v4.x.x forever?

"Major version X (X.y.z | X > 0) MUST be incremented if any backwards incompatible changes are introduced to the public API."

if linus adopted this, we'd be on kernel version 300 by now

Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

Graham Dawson

Re: Specific Energy

Coal plant ash contains significant quantities of uranium and thorium (and other heavy metals), which are naturally present in coal.

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Graham Dawson

Jokes on him, I took a self defence against fruit class

Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

Graham Dawson

Re: I hope Space X aren't deliberately dumping these at sea because it's cheaper to.

More likely they want to concentrate all their resources on testing the faring capture without the distraction of having to land a stage as well.

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

Graham Dawson

Re: I'm guessing

Nearly no innuendo, I guess?

Agile development exposed as techie superstition

Graham Dawson

Re: Bad example

All true, but when it mattered, he held to reproducibility, empiricism and questioning consensus, all of which is the foundation of the scientific method.

'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

Graham Dawson

Re: I actually thought of that...

"What I ended up with instead was random room noise activating the thing and running programs, somewhat randomly."

And nothing has changed since.

Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

Graham Dawson

Wagner would be right out.

Graham Dawson

Re: Well, actually. . .

Gary Glitter's music is still available on Spotify.

US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

Graham Dawson

Re: But mah gunzzzz!

No no, they want to keep the guns in the country.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

Graham Dawson

@AC Re: I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there

>apparently that damage was done by the earlier iconoclasts after Henry VIII's reformation.

Which just goes to show, you can pick any era you like and someone will be destroying every beautiful thing they can find.

@Anonymous C0ward

The difference is that the money changers were charging people to buy special temple money that could only be used to purchase animals for sacrifice in the temple. They were emblematic of the corruption of the temple, acting to prevent people from atoning in a place where they should have been free to enter without hinderance. I'm not sure that the church requires a special scrip for sacrificial gin. Not now, anyway.

Graham Dawson

I hope you bought some Ely Gin while you were there

It's rather strident, but goes well with a slice of lime.

Is the abomination that causes desolation still residing in the lady chapel? Talk about utterly missing the point.

An interesting place, Ely. The Cathedral is rather famous for being lost for several years after the civil war, because the Roundheads kept walking around it. It only they'd missed it a while longer instead of enacting a prototype for the Taliban on its statuary. I have to admit, the sight of that place, so utterly destroyed by small-minded bigots working for an state-sanctioned Iconoclast, was one of the more sobering moments of my life. The fact that we're living through an era where that urge is again trying to infiltrate public life makes me wonder if our species will ever get past the need to destroy everything that diverges from contemporary dogma.

Probably a computer fault. Get the dynamite.

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

Graham Dawson

Re: Both sides' extremes are idiots


Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Graham Dawson

Re: Odd, very odd

Everyone I know falls somewhere on a spectrum between the two extremes.

It's almost like anecdotes aren't data.

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

Graham Dawson

The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

Graham Dawson

Re: Steve

Oh no, he has a different political view to me, he must be a fucking moron.

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Graham Dawson

Re: Call me a cynic....

Not for much longer, I'd wager. Now that oracle has set the precedent that replicating an api is copyright infringement, Google can sue amazon for their play services stand-in.

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

Graham Dawson

Re: Fifty shades of tea

I prefer George orwell's view on the matter.

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

Graham Dawson

Strictly speaking, you don't need a license for the actual protocol, which is just words sent down a wire. You could write yuppie own applications that use the activesync protocol with one another. The license is to use the protocol with Microsoft services.

Of course, by writing applications that are compliant with the protocol, you are writing applications that may use Microsoft's services, with the implication that they will eventually be used in that way, and so ms will more than lively requires a license from you.

Anyway, the difference between a protocol and an api is scope. A protocol is language agnostic. An api is the interface for a particular language.

Graham Dawson

Re: Creating APIs isn't easy

An api is a phone book: A list of places to which an application can connect in order to communicate.

Phone books require a great deal of effort to compile and maintain.

They are not subject to copyright protection. Neither should be an api.

Graham Dawson

Andrew, in your haste to celebrate thus outcome, you are overlooking the key fact: they copied the api. Not code. Not software. A list of function names.

APIs are now subject to copyright. The means by which software interacts with other siftware is now subject to copyright. The ability to develop an api-compatible implementation of a piece if software, in order to compete in an open market, is now subject to copyright licensing.

If i wanted to make an os to compete with windows, that was compatible with windows api calls so that windows exrcutables could run on it, i would now require a license from microsoft.

If i want to build a phone os that can run android aps, i now have to license the list of function names.

I would require a license from my competitor in order to compete with them.

I really don't think you have grasped what is at stake here.

World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

Graham Dawson

Re: Great article! Security = effort, simple..

If that thing is a pair of shoes...

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