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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

Gwaptiva

Re: Quote from advert on El Reg

for "expect exciting changes", read: mass resource actions

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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

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Re: T'was ever thus

Also, the risk with any kind of certification in IT is that people forget that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Plenty of people know their stuff without ever bothering (or being given the resources to bother) with the tests, paperwork, brown-nosing, or whatever else it takes to be noticed.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Spoilers ahead

Somebody call the guy called Pilgrim...

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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I like the German system

In Germany, non-compete clauses are only enforceable if they are accompanied by full pay for the duration. So essentially, it's equivalent to an enforced garden leave. It's also limited in duration (I believe 6 months). Of course, it makes employees less attractive to competitors, because it gives you a notice period of 7 (or more commonly 9) months, but for most companies it's not worth to pursue it.

In all other cases, trying to enforce such provisions are met with outright rejection by courts, as it constitutes a restriction of trade not mandated by a court of law or authorised professional body.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

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Re: Perhaps it's time Amazon delivered a solution.

"Getting polish workers into Germany and paying them polish wages on the other hand..."

would make no difference, considering these jobs are subject to a nationwide CBA. Totally irrelevant what the nationality is of the people working there. And if you argued that Polish people wouldn't mind earning less, think again.

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Customisation is BAD for the economy, say Oz productivity wonks

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Re: Warning sign

Worse, not only is it an admission that the entire report is without value, it is also an admission that they are trying to answer the wrong questions.

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Stop

Don't you start, El Reg

Please please please do not lose your position as one of the last bastions of proper journalism by quoting The Local. It's not big and it's not clever. Before you know, you'll be copy/pasting press releases and making shouty headlines about immigrants...

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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All correct except

Throw, or share, statements are persondatory in all IO?

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Anarchist?

left libertarian, please

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Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)

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Something not to forget

It is already a nightmare to provide technical support to customers that have different releases when these releases have gone through proper testing at all levels, it's going to be hellish if every customer has different snapshots.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Ban spoons!

They have been used by prisoners to dig tunnels...

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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What sort of contract do these people have?

My contract specifies reasonably precisely the functions and activities I have been hired to fulfil, and if my employer would try something like that, I'd lawyer up immediately and sue them for breach of contract. An employment contract is a two-way street, in which I agree to work 40 hours doing X, Y and/or Z. If employer did not provide me with (enough) X, Y and/or Z to do, employer is in breach of the contract.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Probably a rhetorical question

Considering this study wasn't a solo effort by Mr Garcia, but was co-executed/authored by a member of staff and a student of Nymegen University in the Netherlands, what is to stop them publishing it in the Netherlands? Or did I miss the bit that says that the Dutch have to care about UK court rulings?

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IBM, Accenture play blame game over $1bn project blowout

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Holmes

There are three parties to this dispute, and I am sure that at least IBM will argue that project costs exploded because the requirements the customer wanted implementing were not the requirements it tendered for. That's how IBM (and others) make their money: the knowledge that the customer will want something else.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Fine is fine, but why not go one step further?

To stop these cowboys cold calling, fining them is great and all that, but I do believe there are a few further steps that can (and should) be taken.

I assume this company operates a telephone exchange or switch(es), and as such are subject to the rules of OFCOM (they come in a Big Fat Book together with the licence to operate such devices). Rules broken, revoke licence.

Try and cold call someone with two tins and a piece of string, you twunts!

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'Pong' ported to 29-storey skyscraper 'screen'

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Paris Hilton

At least I'm glad to see our project isn't the only one that takes forever to come up with something simple ;)

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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Glad to see there are at least still a few techies that have enjoyed/dured a classical edumacation.

And yes, it could have been just plain 'terram' (accusativus directionalis) but the original (and the mangled sub-heading) had the 'ad' with it. And yes, 'ad' always takes (or "governs") an accusative.

It's only been 25 years for me, but someone it won't release the brain capacitiy I need for Haskell or Erlang

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Gwaptiva
Headmaster

ad terram, actually

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Re: uhm...

It was worse. IBM The Netherlands actually concocted an OS/2 + Windows in DualBoot crAptiva, and sold it to its retirees!!! Disaster! I did tech support on the bloody things, and guess where my nickname comes from :)

There were also quite a number Choose'n'Lose machines: You booted the first time and had to choose an OS: Windows 95 or Warp... guess the shock if someone called in that actually had chosen Warp... invariably by accident.

Mind you, Compaq shipped pre-installed OS/2 Warp long after IBM actually discontinued the product.

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Skype accused of ratting out user to private security without warrant

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Meh

Re: The suspect hasn't been named

Does go to some silly extremes though. A while back there were articles in the papers that elderly couple Joe and Isabel Smith (names altered because I cannae remember the originals) had been murdered in their home. The articles then went on to relate how the police had arrested the prime suspect, the couple's son, Andrew S.

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Gwaptiva
Boffin

No poisoned chalice

Most European legal systems don't give a hoot about how evidence was acquired. in this case, information was handed to a private individual who then reported this to the police. No case there, because it wasn't the authorities that did wrong.

Secondly, even if it had been the police that broke into Skype's offices, hacked their computer systems and found the name, the evidence would still be admissible to try to convict the perpetrator. The police officers would, however, be charged with breaking and entering, computer hacking and whatnot. Two separate offences.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Souse versus scrapple

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What a complete waste

of a beef tongue. Just cooked in stock for a few hours, this is probably the most tender meat you can get. Bit of a bechamel sauce over it and voila, a flavour of my youth.

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Speaking in Tech: 'Calling it a cloud doesn't make it so'

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Cloud: The ultimate in vapourware

As long as nobody has a standard definition of what is and what isn't cloud, I can define it myself and see if my customers pay extra for it.

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UK.gov blacklists Fujitsu from future contracts - report

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Headmaster

No blacklist, but...

Government officials that state that "they do not operate a blacklist of vendors" are speaking the truth, but only in as far as that there is no list headed "Do Not Buy from These".

What there is is a list of "Risk Multipliers". The "cost" of any bid is assessed as the product of the price quoted and this multiplier.

So, all they need to do is make the multiplier for Fujitsu so extreme in relation to all others that the only way they could beat the "cost" of others is to do the work for free (in which case they'll probably be in violation of some price dumping legislation)

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Auditor: You know what Scotland needs? Proper IT experts

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Flame

An another little problem...

Since the clearance of Silicon Glen, all IT experts had to move abroad

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Mushroom

wow, and can you make phone calls on one?

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Cisco to axe 1,300 (more) employees worldwide

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"driving simplicity, speed of decisions, and agility"... or, in layman's terms: increase profits for those with executive stock options

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Oracle scales back plans for Java 8

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Alien

Not really the end of the world

Considering that Java is now a dull, enterprise back-end kind of language, coded in by boring enterprise guys like myself, who cares that development of the language moves at the speed of tectonic plates? I mean, the application I'm co-developing just moved from Java 5 up to Java 6, and that only as a required platform; half the code has not been updated since Java 1.3. Enterprises sure ain't waiting for rapid development cycles; they want solid, bug-free (asif) software.

I know Java isn't sexy, it isn't what the script kiddies like, and it's not at the bleeding edge of computing either, but by-and-large it gets the job done, and it gets an awful lot of jobs done these days.

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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If the uptake of various career choices is so heavily influenced by media portrayal, then why are there men in IT, or in Engineering, or any science... or the police force?

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Chinese coders beat all-comers

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Any indication of how the membership of Interview Street is split between Chinese and others? It might well be that having 14 chinese coders in the top 20 is not an indication of anything... could be a bit like saying that 95% of hyves.nl users speak Dutch...

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A month to go on Cookie Law: Will Google Analytics get a free pass?

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Windows

I'm just a simple coder

so I don't quite get why "something which tracks how many users visit a page" needs to be a cookie at all.

Shurely, you count visits on the server hosting the page, rather than having the server put a cookie on the client that can then be queried by the server to say "hah, look, visitors += 1"...

(Windows user, because I'm obviously not smart enough)

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Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

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Facepalm

Hey Arizona!

I know this song that will get on yer nerves, get on yer nerves, get on yer nerves, I know this song that'll get on yer nerves....

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Atlassian seeks geeks in Europe

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Makes me wish

I were senior software developer enough to have time to actually go to a pub...

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Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe

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Maybe it was the same scene?

or -- due to lack of acting talent -- the two scenes were indistinguisable?

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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Facebook has ads?

Never yet seen any advertising on Facebook. What's that? Ah no, I'm not disabling AdBlocker tyvm

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World of Warcraft subscriptions slip

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Go try

EVE Online... sounds right up your street then. If you can handle the learning curve

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Disk drive crisis: Economists are terrible weathermen

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Mushroom

That's why we invest in

Business Continuity Management

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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Thumb Up

A title is optional and must consist of letters and/or numbers

And a "Remember me" tick box. Hope this is in line with the rather confusing cookie regulations. Too complex for a simple software developer to understand

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Here lies /^v.+b$/i

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What? No XML?

</life>

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E-petitions site: Death wish FAIL

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FAIL

*sigh* This is why some consider democracy to be a bad idea

For one, even if the "bring back hanging" (e-)petition got 200,000 votes, and even if there would be a parliamentary majority in favour, it still won't bring back the noose. For that, the UK would first need to withdraw from just about every European treaty it ever signed: EU, Council of Europe, etc etc.

And if they did that, having a death penalty or not would be among the least of one's problems

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BBW: Over 900 police staff caught misusing databases

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Happy

A little credit where it is due

Ok, it had to be forced on them by FOI requests, and 7 forces failed to even honour those, but at least it shows that police forces have a policy, that they report and prosecute violations (at least in some cases), and from the examples they've given, they are disciplining violating officers for the right reasons.

Obviously, I have no idea how big or small an iceberg this is the tip of, but some plods are now ex-plods for farting aboot with systems they shouldn't have. No reason to stop being vigilant, no reason not to be more vigilant, but at least someone is doing something somewhere.

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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

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FAIL

Will we be allowed to

store a cookie with your cookie storage permission status?

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And...

how does it define 'users'?

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Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

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Childcatcher

To show off my nerd credentials

I think it should be Bucephala

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Half a million Germans rally in support of 'Baron von Googleberg'

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Late bloomer

Only at 39? I do believe the German Health Minister is 36

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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Surely only quote sources

if you want to become (self-)defence minister of a major European country

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Saucy spy Anna Chapman to design Russian space uniforms

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Coat

Bidibidibidibidi

wow Buck!

I sure hope she can find something like Col. Deering used to wear

Mine's the one with the misspent youth in the pockets...

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'Tree Octopus' proves journos no smarter than 13-year-old Americans

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Is this a test of gullible reg readers?

The study by Professor Lau is old. Inkling magazine published a report on it in March 2007 according to its website

http://www.inklingmagazine.com/articles/tentacled-tree-hugger-gets-legs-up-on-twelve-year-olds/

Obviously it's a web site, so its timestamping has probably been doctored...

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Brussels quizzes UK on school kiddyprinting

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Megaphone

WTFF??

Fingerprinting kids so they can pay for lunch or check out a book?? What the flaming fuck are these people thinking? That's just Wrong!

"Oh, it'll stop kids being bullied out of their lunch money"

So now we can expect a wave of kids being bullied out of their fingers?

Twunts!

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WikiLeaks' Assange to be indicted for spying 'soon'

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One Big Difference

Great and informative write-up. Would like to point out one major difference between Cablegate and the Pentagon Papers is that the publication of the latter was accompanied by journalistic analysis (which is what got Mr Sheehan his Pulitzer), something completely lacking from WikiLeaks.

But I grant that indeed you compared Assange to the NYT and not to Mr Sheehan.

Disclosure: Mr Sheehan has been a hero of mine since I met him after attending a lecture at my uni 20 years or so ago.

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