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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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There were more than ten. Got censored really early.

As it later turned out, all that guff about not killing people, not committing adultery and so on got ignored almost immediately, while the stuff about not eating prawns was rigorously enforced.

Proof if it were needed that sex is better than shellfish.

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Re: I have a code of conduct

"With respect, the only issue with your one liner is it's self-breaching."

Russell and Whitehead, theory of types, set theory paradox etc. etc.

Naturally a code of conduct should bring in the foundations of mathematics.

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If you check the original manual you will see that erasure consists of breaking the tablet, then going and getting another one. Apple and Samsung endorse this method.

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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The simplest answer...

Eventually new euphemisms come along and old rude words are retired. Chaucer's Trump would have grabbed women by the quaint. (Those who remember Mary Quant will know she chose the name deliberately - which is why today we find numerical analysts calling themselves "quants" funny).

So let's just create a version of the Académie for English and have them rule that "fuck" means "an insignificant event" or some such, and reduce it to banality. Then we invent a really rude new word, and start all over again.

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->Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo

I thought Catullus got into hot water over that one? The authorities were a bit prudish at that time. Tactus aratro fuit.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

I think it's necessary to have a tradeoff - if someone from the tribal areas of Pakistan decides to kill his daughter, we want to be able to lock him up despite his belief that it's OK because of the society he comes from. After all, he did intend to kill her and we're pretty much agreed as a society that wanting to do that is a bad thing.

On the other hand there have been cases of teenagers asking another teenager for an ecstasy tablet and then dying, resulting in a conviction for the donor. That's a grey area - they know that Es are illegal but they have no intention of doing anybody any harm with them. You would think that the case could be made out for possession but not manslaughter. But we have judges who then get strongly criticised by the Appeal Court, so perhaps ignorantia juris non exculpat should also be applied to m'lud sometimes.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

"So a judge sentencing someone to "a year and a day" may actually be doing the defendant a favor, as a 366 day sentence works out at 319 days in prison, while a 365 day sentence requires 365 days in chokey!"

And that's what happens when lawyers are not required to be numerate.

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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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Re: Lily Savage is Apples new CEO?...

"Often to be found walking his dogs locally, or at the local Waitrose."

I wish I was a celebrity and was allowed to walk my dog at the nearest Waitrose.

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"And I'd be very surprised if the hacked boards did not contain a method of making the hack "vanish" too"

If it was an additional semiconductor, whether on the surface or somehow embedded during the board fabrication (a little unlikely perhaps given the manufacturing implications) then presumably you'd need something like a fuse and a very small thermit charge. The small smoking crater might be a giveaway.

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Re: Why surprise ?

Dennis Skinner.

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"Eurofanatic multimillionaire socialist "

And by calling Clegg a socialist you demonstrated a stunning ignorance of politics.

The Lib Dems are small government anti-regulation, formed from the Liberals (who at one point were mainly the "legalise homosexuality" party) and the people who deserted the Labour Party thinking it was too left wing ever to form a government.

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Re: Mind elsewhere...Mr Clegg's imminent departure to Silicone Valley.

Meet the Kardashians?

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Failure of Understanding

"Last I checked, the telephone's handset cradle switch is usually mechanical and opens the circuit for either the handset or the phone line (especially for dumb phones since they're powered by the phone line). Either way, an open circuit by definition turns the device off."

When MI5 wanted to bug your phone, they would put a small capacitor across the cradle switch and inject RF, providing enough power to get a signal from the old carbon granule microphone. A friend of my father's, of left wing opinions, used to keep his phone under a pillow for this reason. He also did all the tricks like sticking a couple of hairs down under envelope flaps, putting little wedges in his front door when he went out, all the things later popularised by John Le Carré.

Ah, the great days of low tech spying on citizens.

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Re: wait, what?

A really smart faucet [sic] would detect that it had been on for some time, or than the basin was overflowing, and turn itself off.

I don't know why but the word "faucet" annoys me, possibly because there's a three letter word that does the same job and doesn't sound somehow pretentious. It isn't a jaw or a throat, whereas the word "tap" has the right significances - to draw water, to take liquid from a barrel, all from good Germanic roots.

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Re: Doubleplus good!

Sarcastic intonation detected, citizen, report to the rat lab for re-indoctrination.

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Re: Boffins?

Currently, as a retired boffin, I feel that if we were in a position to hold the world to ransom with nuclear weapons in a volcano, it would be an improvement. We'd simply demand that all the politicians stop fighting and promoting stupid policies, spend the defence budgets on space exploration, fixing climate change and food security, and get on with doing something more interesting.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Our MP

He made a fortune out of ringtones. I could make a comment about how making money out of a vacuous, annoying and unnecessary product is quite a good qualification for a modern MP, but that would be childish. Like his product...

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Re: Little Big is so cool...

"I hate open plan offices. And HR rules that prevent me bringing a sledgehammer into the office."

That isn't HR but H&S. First, they don't want you accidentally straining a muscle while swinging the sledgehammer, as office workers are not insured for manual jobs. And second, have you got the necessary equipment to decontaminate the office if blood is spilt? Someone capable of allowing annoying ringtones might be rabid, or carrying plague.

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Please remember...

"Cook is a bookkeeper. He doesn't care about tech, innovation, or poor people. He cares only for 'value to investors'"

I don't think you understand what a bookkeeper does. They ensure your financials are honest.

Cook is a supply chain expert. His job is to maximise the profit from whatever the company does in the way of R&D, sales and marketing.

I don't think he is the problem. I suspect it lies in the design and engineering departments, and not wanting to be involved in a failed project. And that will come from the shareholders.

Apple is now so big and so many people depend on it that it has become too big to be allowed to fail. Remember Jobs ran a much smaller company.

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Re: What else can a move to ARM bring ?

Possibly. But in the Arm world a so-called AI cpu is already a thing with vendors other than Apple. As it is basically a very fast but low precision parallel FPU unit, the new instructions apply to that, not the CPU.

Intel is not in that market at all, and this could be the tipping point. Since Apple have already done this with the A12, the basics are there. A coprocessor for something from Intel will have all the negatives of coprocessors - like power consumption. So it makes sense to bring all the silicon on one die, which may have been the plan all along.

Meanwhile Huawei have been doing exactly the same thing, though where they are going with it is hard to guess. Other than that it's fairly clear that Windows is unlikely to be the goal given that commercial, if not shooting, war between China and the US looks like the future.

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Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit

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Re: So only getting caught trading on knowledge is punishable

It wasn't your data, it was their data.

The mindset of all these companies seems to be derived from the "intelligence agencies". You are just part of the field from which they reap their harvest.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: Why

Directorships, big lunches, revolving doors.

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Re: Word of mouth. - No they couldn't, Capita already tried that.

They didn't, they are not allowed to employ primary school kids. (They have to be kept available for working down Rees-Mogg's coalmines post Brexit).

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"The rules are that each tender must be evaluated in isolation."

So you're saying there is an easy fix - change to the way normal businesses work as in "after what happened with the last two orders I'd rather buy from a bucket shop in Shanghai than that lot?"

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: Just ban puberty

Looking at some of our elected representatives I think the issue is that they are stuck permanently in puberty. Boris Johnson, 54 strikes me as someone with the mind of a 13 3/4 year old and the appearance of a 70 year old. Which one is relevant for age verification?

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The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

"Although from his point of view it made some sense, after all they were so advanced compared to the rest of the world that everything worth having was already at China."

What I took away from Needham was that the actual Chinese problem was the failure to develop and exploit glass, which was a brake on chemistry, biology and physics. You can't make a microscope or a prism with porcelain, and the inability to make lenses means that many of your best minds are condemned to early retirement or administrative jobs.

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

Do people really want innovation and exciting change? I think most don't. Although the iPhone is regarded as a major game changer, the fact is that its initial sales were slow by current standards. In 2007 they sold about one and a half million, less than 1% of the numbers in recent years. And my feeling is that if they hadn't come up with the iPhone, somebody else would - just as Edison and Swan invented the incandescent bulb more or less at the same time. The technologies were converging on a solution to a number of technical problems.

The laptop format has now persisted for 35 years (38 if you include the three years it took Grid to get it to market) of development. Innovation has been in the service of development. The only real innovation in road vehicles has, I think, been the tricycle scooters with tilting front suspension, and they haven't taken over the world.

I think that for a product that has been around for only 11 years to be accused of refinement rather than innovation is a bit premature.

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Re: "Diamond-like Carbon"

No, diamond-like carbon would be diamond, because there's only one allotrope of carbon with that structure. Cubic zirconia contains no carbon.

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NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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Self driving cars

I think I'll believe in them when NASA is put onto designing and programming the electronics.

OK, there's not a lot of traffic up there, but it's more about the attitude. Break not at all if possible, fix judiciously.

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Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

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"Having driven around Phoenix, Waymobiles drive like catatonic grandmothers."

So they're up to rural Kentucky standards already. Impressive. If they can also brake suddenly just before a junction and turn left without indicating they'll be covering Indiana as well.

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A small point

In the Facebook era does everything have to be touchy-feely? I don't want to love a taxi service. I just want it to be reliable and cost-effective. It isn't a religion.

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Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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Re: I still think a bifold device will be a market failure

"Just look at the notch, everyone knows it's stupid and yet all phones now have one."

It was a brief fad, but the latest lot of expensive phones mostly don't have it. Samsung, Sony, notchless. Latest Oppo - which will spread to all BBK - vestigial notch. Xiaomi Mix range - no notch. Huawei - one vestigial notch, rumoured more to come.

I think many Chinese manufacturers learnt a lesson there.

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Microsoft Surface to die in 2019? Not while Redmond keeps making it, er, blush

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Following the Dulux paint convention for giving colours silly names

It was a good point about Dulux though. Silly names and they seem to keep changing, which is why despite the prices we currently buy paint from a smaller independent who doesn't keep mucking about.

I might be making an IT point there too.

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

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Re: Oh really ?

Though you are correct as regards knowledge of the army, administrative skills and so on, each of these people could easily have a full colonel's level of effect.

I believe the same thing happened in WW2 when particularly good pilots - another uncommon skill - could be full colonels in their early 20s.

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Re: Given the existence of Wireshark

US says please keep buying Cisco and Apple. It's not just about our backdoors but preventing the rise of China and doing a little for the dire US debt.

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Re: Humans will always have the most important battlefield role

"But what do you do if the tank crew knows it is fucked anyway so let's have a good time in the next few hours, eh?"

I think the realisation that Soviet Union tanks were pretty neutron-proof for long enough to be a real nuisance while American ones would stop working may have explained the change of policy.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: space station boring

From your headline I thought you were going to write about the mysterious hole plugged with epoxy.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: "Do you want a vente or due with that?" - Ask that in Italy, and no one will understand you

My point exactly. It isn't so much the foreign words as the complete misuse of them.

Though it's mildly funny that in the sports car world Ferrari has a certain cachet, whereas in Italy it used to be a status symbol to put genuine Smith's instruments in your vehicle. And they mean the same thing...

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Re: "V-Moda Forza Metallo"

Do you want a vente or due with that?

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Re: ChromeOS Pyrrhic victory

Many Chrome OS devices run on ARM. The original CR-48 had an Atom CPU, but most vendors hedge their bets with models with both.

I find a 12 hour battery life trumps slightly higher performance, and I find ARM more than adequate.

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Re: It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

"These days, the effect is a bit blunted after Apple had a few missteps and the tarnish started to set in."

Citation needed. Only Samsung can match Apple's top-end sales and they make far less money per phone.

(Not that I have either company's products except for a Samsung washing machine, which is very good.)

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Why does ChromeOS still exist? It should have just been replaced with android.

Because Chrome OS is designed to work as a desktop and Android isn't. They may be slowly converging but at the time of the CR-48 Android was nowhere near ready.

Chrome OS works better with a touchscreen than Windows and works much better with a keyboard and pad or mouse than Android.

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Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Re: Nanny Ogg's space travels

Are you sure that you don't mean the product of various researches by Darwin and Huxley and Hall that conclusively proved that the hedgehog has an ingenious first line of defence?

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Yes

It's in my headline from two and three quarter hours before your post, though I was beaten to the reference by seconds.

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Obvious A C Clarke reference

Now we know why we're not allowed to land on Europa.

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Re: common place - I brought a donkey like that once.

But did you buy it as a result of a review in Which?

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