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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Dark$ide Re:Hit it. (701 comments)

Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses. Jake: Hit it.

Doesn't get much better than the Blues Brothers.

You beat me to it.

about 2 months ago
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MasterCard Joining Push For Fingerprint ID Standard

Dark$ide Re:How about NO (138 comments)

Please mod parent up.

It's clearly ok as a username. Although who cares if a user name ends up stored in a cookie? But not for authentication, not even as a two factor option.

about a year ago
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

Dark$ide I don't need a stinking search engine .. (277 comments)

I've got all the URLs I need written on a million post-it notes stuck to my monitor, desk, walls and chair.

about a year ago
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FCC To Update 1996 Cell Phone Radiation Standard

Dark$ide Re:Cell Towers (90 comments)

How dangerous is the other end of the transmission? Are cell towers a threat?

Only during a hurricane when a falling tower (unlikely) could cause structural damage or injury.

about a year and a half ago
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A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit

Dark$ide host troll (86 comments)

Why does /. allow that troll to keep posting that shit? What happened to any form of moderation and control on here?

about a year and a half ago
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Intel To Help Stephen Hawking Communicate Faster

Dark$ide damn you autocorrect ... (133 comments)

They're going to have to enhance the aurocorrect dictionary or it will make complete nonsense of Prof. Hawking's very technical speech.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol

Dark$ide What happens ... (167 comments)

... When some drunk pillock swallows one? How soon does it take before the lawsuit?

about a year and a half ago
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UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

Dark$ide android browser (108 comments)

The fucking pointless cookie popups are a monster PITA on my phone. Especially when I clear them every time I close thr browser to save space.

about 2 years ago
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How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code

Dark$ide such a shame (238 comments)

An article that could have been astounding is on a site that got Slashdotted. Perhaps they need some experienced web programmers.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook To Eliminate Voting On Privacy Changes

Dark$ide They didn't like the results ... (52 comments)

... so they cancelled the poll.

I didn't like their privacy system so I cancelled my FB account.

about 2 years ago
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Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

Dark$ide Re:What's with armor? (271 comments)

What a wuss. Call me when does it with just a normal jumpsuit.

Because above the Armstrong Line (63,000ft) your bodily fluids (sweat, saliva, tears and blood) boil. That makes you die very quickly. You have to use a pressure suit.

about 2 years ago
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Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

Dark$ide Re:Trick or treaters who visit... (437 comments)

...Will be told summarily to go away because this is Australia and we're not obligated to follow American traditions they've seen on television. There's always a few every year... [/getofmylawn]

Same here in the United Kingdom, for the same reasons.

about 2 years ago
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Gas Prices Jump; California Hardest Hit

Dark$ide You've got it cheap compared to the UK (402 comments)

  • 1 Gallon (US) == 3.78541 litres
  • 1 litre costs £1.379
  • 1 GBP pound == 1.61340 US dollars.
  • £1.379 == $2.22488

So 1 gallon of gasoline costs 3.78541 times 2.22488 or $8.42

Now stop complaining.

about 2 years ago
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Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco

Dark$ide Re:Politispeak (125 comments)

The UK Government is proud to present Omnishambles v1.0 .

For folks who've not yet met the word "omnishambles", it means it's fuck up what ever way you look at it.

Most amusing was seeing Beardie Branson bleating that the Gov't was corrupt because they'd taken away his toy train set and given him a bank (Northern Wreck aka Virgin Money) to play with instead.

about 2 years ago
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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

Dark$ide Re:Time dilation (658 comments)

Not if you have a delorian you jack ass

Or even a "DeLorean" if you want to get the spelling correct.

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Dark$ide Don't legislate ... (1651 comments)

We frequently get this discussion in the UK. It came up during the Olympics when cyclist was killed by a vehicle turning left across his path (he'd forgotten the simple rule of never go up the nearside of a vehicle that could turn across you). The media then got Bradley Wiggins in a press conference and asked him whether there was any way to prevent the death. Bradley (who'd not been briefed by his team or by British Cycling) said "Perhaps we should make helmets compulsory".

That doesn't work for a number of reasons:

  1. Try getting an arsy teenager on his BMX to use a helmet, helmets aren't cool
  2. You may take less care and do reckless and riskier things if you're wearing a helment.
  3. I want to choose whether I use a helmet.
  4. I don't want people dissuaded from getting on a bike because they don't want to use a helmet.

That said, I chose to wear a helmet. I've had too many visits to the hospital. I've cracked a helmet (rather than my head) when I crashed at speed. I've seen the reports of James Cracknell who was taken off the road in America by a truck wing mirror and survived (probably because he was wearing a helmet).

We're all adults we should be able to make our own minds up. We can also encourage our kids to wear a helmet but we don't want to follow our European friends by legislating for it.

Europe has a lot of advantages over the UK. They have bigger wider roads with dedicated cycle paths, they have car drivers who aren't selfish bastards.

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us

Dark$ide Be nice when they deliver it. (170 comments)

I've only been waiting TWELVE weeks for the delivery of my Pi.

I'm not pissed off, of course.

Perhaps when they get round to delivering it, I'll be able to try some of this stuff.

about 2 years ago
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Comments On Code Comments?

Dark$ide The problem with comments ... (472 comments)

Isn't whether they are displayed, isn't wether they exist or not it's whether they add any value, whether they describe why the code has been written in such an obscure way.

There's also nothing worse than a comment that states the bloody obvious. If I'm clearing a register to zero I don't need a comment next to the SR 6,6 or XR 6,6 that is performing that action. I can read the code to see what the bloody code is doing.

The time that code needs a comment is when you're shifting bits or multiplying something by a funky/obscure value for a sensible reason but the reason isn't obvious by simply reading the code.

Also remember you don't get the comments in the post mortem storage dumps when you're trying to fix someone's programming error at 2:30am with a few managers breathing down your neck panicing that it won't be fixed and running by 8:00am.

about 2 years ago

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