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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

James Anderson

Re: G00gle is

Er -- that is how it works in the real world.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...

Could not agree more. I have a nifty Lenovo Yoga thingy with an excellent touch screen.

But I use a the keyboard, mouse and Ancient desktop. The only time I actually use the

touchscreen is when my effing expensive and useless blue tooth mouse is arguing with the wireless card and not responding.

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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It always amuses me when these "analysts" pick numbers out of the air to justify some consulting boondoggle. They are about as accurate as the "street value" numbers the police claim on drug busts.

The potential costs of a rouge DBA stealing your data are nothing compared to a mismanaged takeover (and they are all mismanaged), or, a PHB deciding to install an SAP package.

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

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Nice to know my sites ahead of the game for once .......

We have a levee around our data center! Admittedly we are on a flood plain next to a big river, and, we had to use sandbags to keep the water out a couple of years ago.

The advice about switching to wireless is rubbish for two reasons. One only the "last mile" is wireless; the trafic is carried over copper or fibre the rest of the way. Two fiber and copper can carry data quite happily under several feet of water, it's only a problem if you need to repair or upgrade.

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Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

James Anderson

Re: I've got a cunning plan...

Sounds a more expensive option than a bottom of the line Nokia

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CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

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repairable devices perhaps

Or even the option of changing a battery instead of trashing the whole device.

Still its head office must be well insulated with all those piles of un-taxed money stacked against the wall.

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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

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But most of the other revenue is based on hardware sales.

Most of the software IBM sells is based on top of its own hardware.

Most of the software services IBM sells is based on software implemented on hardware it sold.

So without the hardware sales very little software and services will be sold. Expect a decline in these as the "supplementary" software and services revenue will lag about 1 or 2 years behind the initial hardware sale.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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I will have to delete all my tiles then.

As I get half a dozen new tiles appearing every time I install something, my little "live tiles" menu would occupy most of the screen -- even after aggressively deleting the pesky things.

Has anyone at Redmond actually tried using windows 8? Its a beautifully written, well crafted piece of software whose main use case seems to be "Disgruntled user reboots to windows XP".

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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Re: Why (not) IBM

Could not agree more.

IBM management would gladly bend over and spread their cheeks for the US government who are after all one of their biggest customers.

But as you say they don't have much data of interest, and, the data that is interesting to NSA , for example sales of serious hardware to dodgy dictators is routinely reported to various government agencies.

Even if al-Zawahiri had an IBM account, I am fairly sure that information on which red books and CICS support packs he downloaded would add nothing to the NSAs intelligence efforts.

As for the outsourcing -- yes IBM does a lot of this but the data still belongs to the clients. It would be much easier for the NSA to slap an order on the client companies than enter the legal minefield of forcing a corporation to breach thier contractual obligations.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

Any decent (not over engineered!) java program will run at about 1 and a half times the speed of the equivalent C++ program.

The difference is the Java will be debugged and in production while the C++ programmer is still trying to sort out his memory leak in between arguing with his colleagues over what Soustrup really meant to say in chapter 13.

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Prior Art

These were on sale at the local gadget store at least two years ago.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Re: Linux desktop

I cannot help feeling that if Ubuntu/GNOME etc. had stopped p***ing around and just improved boring old Gnome 2, then Linux would have captured about 10% of the desktop market place by now.

This urge to change everything for no particular reason has just given MS a "get out of jail free" card, and, two years to backtrack from the "Modern" disaster.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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the old our nukes are bigger than your nukes argument

For a country that basicly on the side of the good guys the septics make themselves very hard to like. Even there closest allies are starting to say what they have felt for a long time. Basically that they are a bunch of arrogant pricks who don't give a shit about anyone except a few thousand voters in a few swing states.

The guy seems to be setting himself up as a tea party candidate. His next argument will probably run "all data was created by god and right thinking godfearing american citizens should have access to it all"

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

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Re: Good.

Will people please stop pretending that you can define the budget and scope of a project BEFORE the project has started.

You cannot!

Pretending that you can has lost a lot of people a lot of money and given IT "professionals" a bad name.

Please can we initiate a well funded "scope and design study" before engaging in the actual project to uncover the hidden gotchas and get a realistic view on the amount of work involved. At least 50% of projects would not get past this stage. Which sounds bad but not nearly as heartbreaking as watching thousands of lines of your code going through the virtual shredder because the "back end" half of the project was not, and never could be, delivered.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Tipping Point

I think we have reached a tipping point where 6% of GDP on university education has stopped being merely wasteful and started to be actually harmful.

The number of low quality papers published by thousands of PHD students and there mediocre professors is drowning out real science.

I mean is it really necessary for a software salesbody or a payroll clerk (sorry HR consultant) to spend four years of their life studying something totally irrelevant?

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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

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why its called english

English derives from anglish which is what the Angles spoke. Although a minority compared with the Saxons Jutes Welsh Cumbrian's etc they occupied a central position and provided crucial trade links with the rest of the Germanic tribes in Europe. So their German/Danish dialect formed became the common language.

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Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

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ah the intel Bluetooth tax.

Intel just won't give up on Bluetooth. There must be nearly a million unused Bluetooth chips by now. I have bought at least five of the useless things tacked on to other kit.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

James Anderson

Re: Make 'em pay

They should pay as its them who created the problem. A cold war standoff between the Plutocratic Republic of China and the rest of the chinese speaking world led to the whole kit and keboodle being coded twice, once as "traditional chinese" as written in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore and one a "Peoples Script" as used on the in the PRC.

Worse having discovered they could play with the standard -- well they continued to play. The premier with the big glasses whose name everybody forgets insisted his family rendition of his name got added in. In retaliation the capitalist faction as represented by the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank got their trade mark calligraphic rendering of the characters for Shanghai and Hong Kong got there own code points.

Can you imagine the out cry if "Oor Alec" demanded a separate set of code points so an independent Scotland could use an alphabet free and independent of the English. Or a certain hamburger company asked for there rendering of the letter M to be given its very own code point.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

James Anderson

Re: Jammin'

Cage already in place.

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Western spooks banned Lenovo PCs after finding back doors

James Anderson

call me paranoid but

Given the timing I.e almost immediately after the sale of IBMs pc division, isn't it more likely that these were NSA sponsored back doors that IBM inadvertently gave away with the sale to lenovo.

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

James Anderson

Re: Waste of Space

300k would just about pay for a primary campaign in a small town where the candidate was a shoo-in.

It currently costs about $600 per vote in a key ward in a swing state. Nobody is going to lose any sleep over the Apple employees meager contribution.

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

James Anderson

Re: More traction...

Sorry to disagree but "more than half the internet runs on Linux" is just plan wrong. It's actually "over 90%".

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Deep breath now...

Things you cannot do in the "modern" interface that you can in the "ancient" interface.

View twi screens together.

Switch apps with two keystrokes or one mouse click.

Find an application in a submenu with three mouse movements.(as opposed to searching for the right tile in multiple start screens).

Etc. Etc.

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you need a start menu

Without the third party start menu apps the ancient desktop is unusable.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

James Anderson

Re: Looking ahead

Great timing from canonical. Just as everyone starts looking around for a useable Linux desktop ubuntu gets weird.

Can we have our boring,predictable, usable Gnome 2 back please.

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Re: What about a fixed version of 8?

The new features in Windows 8 while useful for home users, don't do anything useful for a business.

I can just imagine the conversations with the auditors."your secretary saved the confidential contract details on a Microsoft cloud" "...and then he left".

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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oracle is safe.

Until Google can make make a reliable high performance db which you can run on your own hardware l think Larry can keep counting his income in billions.

Yes Google has big table, but it only runs in Googles data centre and is not acid.

If you own a mobile phone you probably update an Oracle database about 500 times a day. Everytime you change base stations you will update at least three databases and probably as many as ten. Most telcos use Oracle for this because its fast and doesn't lose data.

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IBM gives a cloudy outlook for COBOL

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but all those features are in the current release

Everything mentioned is in the current release.

O.K. java 7 support is new, but, I don't see its going to be much different from the current java 6 support.

Looks like they just cut and pasted from an old press release.

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New Lumia 925: This, loyalists, is the BIG ONE you've waited for

James Anderson

Re: beyond a joke

Actually its the other way around. A pretty decent piece of software running on a county, plasticky poorly build lump of hardware.

I was thinking of buying a 920 until I picked one up. Overweight and flimsy at the same time -- quite an achievement.

Some one needs to explain to Nokia that one really good phone is better than a range of 50 c*** phones.

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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

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fail

France has land borders with 5 countries and s sea border with one.

They are a member of the EU and must accept a free flow of goods from other EU contries.

Looks like s big win for WWW.amazon.Lu

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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Re: One key difference between 8 and Vista

There ate several start button add ons, and I would suggest its the first thing to install after you hook up to the internet.

The other real pain is that everything that used to be a neat sub menu entry is now an effing great tile. I mean a simple install of gvim gets you six new totally useless tiles on the start screen.

Still on a touch screen the new UI makes a lot of sense. Time will tell whether having one OS for itsbitsy phones and mega workstations is inspired or merely "brave'.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: It's not even locked in really

It ain't necessarily so.

You can copy your books to and from a pc and on to other devices. You just need your amazon account to unlock it.

DRM done right, not as annoyingly restrictive as Apple , and, gives reasonable protection to the copyright holders.

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Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server'

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another piece of 1980s mainframe reivented.

This level of monitoring has been available on olde worldy mainframes for 30 years now.

SMF mxg those were the days.

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Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

James Anderson

Re: Sales??

Probable muted by android every helpful spelling munger.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

James Anderson

Re: Resizeable/groupable tiles - meh

On my xp box I have 382 files in 144 folders. How any serious user could migrate to windows 8 without a decent start menu is a sign of micrisoft's insanity

As it is I have to waste time removing useless tiles every time I install anything on my touchy feel slab.

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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

James Anderson

why xp is ubiquitous

Its the same price as Linux.1$ on a cd 2$ on a dvd.

Not so much Windows 7, as the activation is riskier, and, no Vista because even for 1$ nobody wants it.

Also Asian language support in xp is superb, while Linux is just OK.

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Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation

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driving innovation?

Someone should ask to cite a single example of 'an individual or startup' successfully patenting and profiting don a genuinely innovative software patent.

Software patents is a game only big corporations and shyster lawyers can play.

If the present trend continues small shops will stop writing code as they will inevitably infringe someone's patent "method for storing a value enter by a user or agent''.

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

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Re: The class still exists

So all those. People state king shelves in Telcos, tarmacing the roads, installing your cabling etc are just an annoying illusion.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Fossil fuel costs us more than we think.

And where do you suppose all those kilowatt so inefficiently stored in the battery were generated?

Unless you live in France it Switzerland they were most likely generated using coal or gas.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

James Anderson

Re: Argh!

You can rent a reasonably powerfully VPS for as little as 12 quid a month, and load it with the software of your choice.

It probably has a noisy fan, but as its in a sub basement in another city this should not bother 'we indoors. An added advantage is there are no cables for your significant other to trip over. It's so unfau when you get an ear bashing when they just crashed your system.

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

James Anderson

looks great --but

compare it with a thinkpad x200.

2/3rds the price

4 times the processing power

5 times ad much storage

Best keyboard in the world

Only a couple of ounces heavier

A choice of real usable OSes

15 years on the black box is a classic design that still says "Kool"

The surface doesn't look quite so desirable any more.

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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is it just me?

But finding 48 primes out of a set of 56 million doesn't seem that much better than random?

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Re: Dear USA: You make your laws; we'll make ours.

I already did. As far as I know the only item I own which was made in the USA is the Intel chip inside the Chinese laptop I. Bought three years ago.

You Americans make nothing the rest of the world wants.

The core skill is branding and marketing third world manufactured goods. These would fall outside any trade embargo. Worse if the EU got really nasty it could just stop enforcing intellectual property rights for US based companies.

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Stroppy investor to Xyratex: Pah... research! Who spends money on THAT?

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its worth remembering......

Steve jobs was kicked out of Apple by activist investors who nearly ran the company into the ground by ,among other MBA approved strategies , cutting R & D.

Ironicly after a mega R & D spend at Pixar he made more money than the then Apple board could dream of.

He was able to buy back control of Apple at a bargain basement price.

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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kodak print center?

Didn't Kodak have n thousand franchisees doing exactly this? I know they started out with Ian and chips. But the last one I used offered wireless and web upload as options.

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

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Re: He is right.

Well firstly it doesn't come with a manual and the gestures are supposed to be intuitive -- so fail 1 for MS.

Secondly it wasn't him who had the problem -- but nearly all of his 20 guinea pigs (which included some very experienced techies) who had the problem -- he was merely observing their experience.

I will avoid the UI formerly known as Metro for as long as I can, which shouldn't be too hard as the Firms PC is still running XP, and, I use UBUNTU for preference.

Also for anyone put of by the UBUNTU UNITY interface, my advice is stick with it for a couple of weeks and you won't even miss gnome.

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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

James Anderson

Re: The good old days...

If the article is right (15 seconds for a divide) then it was running at 0.066666 FLOPS, 6.6666 microFLOPS or 6.6666666666666666666666666666667e-14 petaFlops .

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Autonomy to HP: bollocks

James Anderson
Headmaster

Re: If true, Deloitte is SoL

Please it was "Arthur Andersen" (gotta defend the Clan Name!)

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Re: I remember ...

You rise in consulting and management by telling the boss/customer what they want to here.

Eventually this results in an echo chamber where only good news and predictions bright sunny futures are heard. Plus a smattering of "lets reduce headcount" so they can feel macho as well as brilliant.

This all works splendidly until the innocent lad asks why the emperor is naked, or, the shareholders ask to see the money.

Anyway serves the septics right, They unload there Sub-Prime mortgages on our banks, we unload our super-hyped startup on them.

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IBM drops Lotus brand from next version of Notes

James Anderson

Re: Notes is great just not at email

Webster has nothing to do with notes and never has.

Websphere started of as a COBRA broker called CBseries which had a java skin tacked on.

Thankfully the COBRA components have more or less disappeared under the mass of JEE.

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