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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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hailo

There appears to be quite a contrast between uber and other companies like Hailo who actually engage with the existing taxi industry.

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It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

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Oberthur

Oberthur actually do already work with a number of banks performing credit card processing

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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nutrients

You can substitute a whole piece of fruit ( 1 lemon ) for the nutrients and a pot of tea for the tannin.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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migrate off mainframe

We just did it here in Irish Life ( recently aquired by great west life )

migrated all the CLOAS code over to .NET and used microfocus enterprise server to keep a lot of the old cobol packages working.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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data collection

If there are using google search results to collect their data could it indicate instead that facebook is replacing google as a means for people to find things?

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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ditto - ( they made tapes didn't they? )

At least 3 ip's

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems

Does Hailo not work like this already?

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

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qubits

So a feminist language must be interpreted not compiled and must be functional instead of OO.

Seems like it would be perfect for quantum computing.

It is only the elites who offer us the non-choice of 0 or 1, all hail the mother qubit!!

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

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Re: Do you send tweets?

You could send a tweet to someone or post a tweet on twitter

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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fountain pen

Could method for filling old fountain pens be adopted by manufactuers for filling the e-cigs?

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

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Re: Barrys

Robert Roberts beats Barrys!

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Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

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Re: Inside job?

Their IT manager previously worked at symantec, not sure if that instils confidence or not

ie.linkedin.com/pub/john-egan/5/632/73

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parent company

The parent company appears to be based in Slough www.affinioninternational.com and regulated by the FSA, wonder will there be any fallout from this?

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Dark HEAVY METAL star fires up jets, vomits hot ROCK into space

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mining

So when we spread ourselves out over the universe some enterprising types could just set up a mine out near the top of the stream and collect the iron and nickle. No need for a refinery!

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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boring...

Wake me when it comes in GOLD

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How to spot a coders comment

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infinite loop

PERFORM UNTIL 1 = 2 *> Infinte Loop until end of GDG

It makes sense to create in the context of the programm... but an infinite loop on purpose. I was scratching my head for a while and then thought.. well it works I'll leave it alone.

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mainframe

Mainframe programmers use fixed width 80 char replies .

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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TWERK

Trigger Widget Ejection Rockblock Kill-switch

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Lefthand mice

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Lefthand mice

I have been thinking about purchasing a more comfortable mouse but don't want to take the dive without a bit of research into the pros and cons of ergonomic lefthanded mouse vs an ambidexterous one.

From reading the reviews of the ergonomic ones on amazon it appears that opinions are mixed in that the shapes of them would not suit everyone.

The way I currently use a normal ambi mouse is to leave it setup for righthanded clicking and to pinch it between thumb and 2nd finger from left, then click using only the index finger for both buttons. This does result in some stress on my wrist.

Has anyone found a really good lefthanded mouse?

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Latvian foreign minister speaks out against giving up alleged Gozi writer to US

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Re: US Justice

You are incorrect, stealing money from banks does not in one bit affect the ELITES. It affects the mules, people conned into allowing their bank accounts to be used for money laundering. The banks and credit card companies refund the money to their customers then recover the money from the intimedery mules accounts, those people taken in by "work from home" scams who cash checks for the criminals.

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Optical archival system - where to buy from?

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Tapes

Tried and trusted go with LTO 6, though its about 3k for the drive and 100 for a 6tb tape

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

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when the fan is hit

I especially like the bit about the lightning rod. I wish more managers acted that way during issues with mission critical systems instead of acting like a headless chicken and interferring with staff trying to fix it.

Fix first disect later and prevention after that, the blame game can go jump.

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

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Re: new mainframe solution??

That would complicate things more than a little if they inherited all the smaller mainframe from the member banks and tied the batch of each ones together with file transfers and attempting to schedule and trigger jobs between them.

This could tie in with the "new mainframe" plan mentioned, which would go someway to explain how this could be a solution to their problems.

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new mainframe solution??

Switching out one IBM mainframe for a newer one is pretty par for course and relatively painless.

From what I heard about the RBS meltdown caused by the CA7 upgrade most if not all of the ensueing madness was down to the way that the various mergers over the years affected their ability to roll forward daily batches to catch up with what they had missed over the days while still allowing some day-to-day banking.

The hardware upgrade will do nothing to fix these issues, rather they need to go back and properly intergrate the various disparate batches and clearing processes of the banks that make up RBS ( not straightforward by any means )

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Re: Robert Roberts

Sold as Campbells Perfect Tea in the UK

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Robert Roberts

Here in Ireland the discussion is normally Barrys vs Lyons but I suggest the underappreciated Robert Roberts ( none of that Bewleys Irish tea stuff you get handed in hotels )

www.robert-roberts.ie

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TPB blocked in Ireland

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TPB blocked in Ireland

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056959840

Discussion about the blocking of TPB in Ireland and ensuing debate with the TD ( MP ) about the legislation used.

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: Sonic Screwdriver

might not be far off, someone could have recorded enough combinations to sell a fob/key that simply cycles through a rainbow codebook of codes quickly in the hope that one opens a nearby door. Miscreants simply watch the carpark for flashing lights and dive in.

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

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Re: Will be forced on us

The need for ID's for bank accounts is to do with money laundering.

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

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tesco mobile + tesco credit card

Wait, don't tesco have tesco mobile and offer a tesco credit card...

What exactly is stopping them offering a tesco NFC mobile phone/credit card ?

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

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Tandem

There would be a Tandem line between the mainframe and the ATM network. If it goes down or out of sync it can take some coordination restarts to bring it back up.

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Welcome to our Wi-Fi: Devicescape reinvents landing page

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terms and conditions

What about those landing pages that have "Terms and Conditions" that you have to agree to?

If you are bypassing and them have not read them what kind of legal issues if any might accumlate?

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Could this be used to clean up water contaiminated by radioactive leaks?

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WinPho to eke out 4% of US smartphone biz

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Re: Windows 8 halo effect? What halo effect?

Thought the article would mention halo too, probably worth more to them than any advertising budget they could throw out there.

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

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Re: Reposted from previous article

the 4gig vsam limit should have been resolved with upgrades since but they could well have encountered limits elsewhere.

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I would be very suprised if it was a security issue, there are many more ways to mess up a batch and corrupt a database. However most of these are quickly recoverable within a few hours and happen more often than banks would admit. As long as mainframe ops and support do their job noone knows they do it at all.

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Re: Reposted from previous article

This I can't understand.

Upgrade ca7 on a test LPAR.. all works fine!

Upgrade ca7 on production.. panic! Then follow backout proceedure for the upgrade and continue

maybe a 3 hour delay to batch...

how can you completely mess that up??

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Re: Switch it all of and backonagain !

obiviously never IPL'd a mainframe...

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Re: "Vast complexity"

or maybe typing quiesce.....

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Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

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Re: Hmm

That could be it my bad.

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Re: Hmm

I thought that EDS ( owned by HP ) run the RBS systems ?

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Guess this is what you get when HP run your systems

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This impacted on Ulster Bank in Ireland as well. Epic fail, http://www.ulsterbank.ie/roi/personal/generic/service-update.ashx

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Win! a Samsung 830 SSD

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UK only

No love for your Irish neighbours?

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Molyneux chisels away at social experiment

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not about money

But money is a nice side benifit

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Lazy starbucks marketing

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Lazy starbucks marketing

This is causing quite a fuss here in Ireland, starbucks posted this message to its "Irish" twitter account

"Happy hour is on! Show us what makes you proud to be British for a chance to win. Don't forget to tag #MyFrappuccino bit.ly/JlXOcu"

Good analysis of it here.

http://sociable.co/business/to-be-fair-to-starbucks-they-were-just-being-lazy/

"The issue isn’t that the company mistakenly tweeted a message for its UK users to Ireland but that it has, since it set up its Irish account, always been posting UK messages to its Irish users. And this is just bad customer service."

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The Great Border Agency IT Crash: Just who was responsible?

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No experience of q-matic but having had exposure to an MQ system linking legacy and new systems I would imagine that a messaging queue system linking products not only from different vendors but managed by different teams form different vendors would be an utter mess. I would be amazed if each vendor wasn't opperating different contracts with different priortites leading to an unholy game of pass the parcel.

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'Biocoal' fuels steam train comeback

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Given the amount of hassle it would be to run the steam loco compared to a desiel it might be better for them to use to coal in a normal power plant to provide power for an electric train system.

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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Shocked that lucas hasn't brought out a pod racer sequal yet, waiting on the 3D re-release of the film I would guess?

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Only recently changed the road signs in Ireland, didn't take that much effort. For a few years though the speed limit signs were mph while the distances were in km

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