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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Re: of all the non-IT stories on this site..

Being French, and an amateur of snails, I am interested in this story.

And I agree, nuke Caen from orbit. C'est la seule façon d'être sûr.

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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Re: History is on Bitcoins side

In a word : bollocks.

Bitcoin barely has a history, and what little it has is rife with scams, thefts and shady deals.

The fact that the US dollar was, at one point in time, emitted individually by states is irrelevant. Today, the US dollar is a strong international currency and everyone is using it - that is what is important.

Bitcoin might be a nice idea, but micropayments is a mechanism that is already helping people today, right now, whereas Bitcoin is just a pipe dream being abused by crims and hacks.

I dare say we don't need yet another currency, virtual or not. I don't see what it is that Bitcoin purports to solve - the only thing it is actually doing is demonstrating how easy it is to subvert the system.

The only way Bitcoin is going to become anything actually useful is if all Bitcoin exchanges become certified - and that means regulation, laws and enforcement. These laws will have to be implemented world-wide, even in countries that are rife with corruption - countries which will obviously become havens for criminal organizations.

When you want to reinvent the wheel, you had better reinvent it better. Bitcoin is just forcing us to go through exactly the same set of issues to resolve a problem nobody asked for.

Just die already, Bitcoin.

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Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

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And so Yahoo! continues

it's slide into oblivion

Come on, Marissa, you should know better than to become a pale copy of Google.

You cannot survive on copying Google. You just can't.

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Re: replace "strings of numbers" with "pieces of paper" and you describe any modern currency

Try saying that to the barrels of the SWAT team when you nick a sack of banknotes (paper).

BitCoin is a currency the same way bottles of Vodka are a currency : there are rare places that accept to deal with them.

The places accepting bottles of vodka also accept dollars, like everywhere else in the world.

So the difference between any VirtCoin and dollars is that if you steal 400 million dollars, you can be 100% certain that there is someone, somewhere, who's sole mission is to capture you - alive or dead won't really matter - whereas if you steal 400 million VTC, you'll get a lawsuit from another country.

Now tell me which currency is more real than the other again ?

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You have because they were actual, real objects that are now in someone else's possession.

These VirtCoins may be unique strings of bits (for a given value of unique), but their value is less than the hard drive platters they are stored on (much less).

Besides, if you had a hundred grand of family heirlooms worth nicking, you should also have insurance on them and a valid basis for judicial action.

Oh, and if you haven't paid Inheritance Tax on that then Her Majesty's Revenue Service would like a word with you . . .

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No it isn't.

Gold is real. It is rather difficult to mine, and somewhat dangerous to purify.

Mining VirtCoin is just having the hardware and waiting for the ones and zeros to align properly.

Nothing real, nothing difficult, just a program chugging away wasting time. The only reason people are complaining is because some (enough) have been stupid enough to think that money could actually be made out of this scheme.

Ironically, money will now be made. By lawyers.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: why is it okay to be running a 12 year old OS?

Uh, because it works ?

You people banging on and on about how Microsoft has alerted people for years and so on really should get a reality check.

Rule #1 : The Customer Is Always Right

Rule #2 : Getting Money From The Customer Is Hard To Do

Most importantly :

Rule #3 : A Customer Will Not Replace Something That Works Fine

The vast majority of customers are not PC fans, OS adulators of any side, or actually care about PC stuff in any way. They are much more involved with their personal lives/hobbies/problems which can be in activities ranging from caring for actual, living people to going fishing or watching football with friends and a beer (or three).

There is only a tiny percentage of PC users (of which I am part) who truly care what the OS they run is doing on their hardware and ensure that the thing is optimized and running properly.

Now turn the problem the other way around : how many of you who berate users for not moving to at least Win7 are out every weekend polishing their car ? Because car polish is essential for the proper preservation of the paint color and general durability. And you should use <insert brand name> products only, because they have a proven history and have never used <insert chemical product> at any point in their production history since it is proven that <insert given adverse effect>.

So all you XP-demonizers out there need to pull your own heads out and realize that a PC is not the most important thing in most other people's lives.

The customer is always right. Deal with it.

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Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

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Re: it will be nice to hear from them first hand.

Sure will - as soon as they get electricity to power all those shiny Ipads they must have.

I do hope Mr Zuck gets this done. It will be hilarious watching him try to pass himself off for a humanitarian (bitch!), and it will be even more fun watching the whole financial debacle that will ensue.

11 thousand drones in the air 24/7/365 for years on end ? Won't happen.

But hey, at least some doctors will be able to post fund/material requests faster (I hope).

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Apple finance overlord Oppenheimer: I love Apple, but I gotta get this pilot licence. See ya

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Happy that he is "taking time for himself and his family"

Yeah. That sounds sincere.

Come on, you're fooling nobody. He's being put out to pasture, end of. He's done his job, time to put a younger wolf to the task.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Re: The guy [...] will stop at nothing to achieve his goals

Good on him, at least he has determination, I guess.

The thing I don't like is that he's always dragging his money-grubbing mouth into the media like a shrill housewife and making everybody take a side.

Icahn : I don't give a flying monkey's about your money issues. It's all private money, nothing to do with me and nothing I can do about it even if you are right. And given that whenever I hear your name it is about you screaming about something you just bought into, I have the gut feeling that either you're an ass, or you're an incompetent ass with too much money. So go wash your dirty laundry in private and keep it away from my ears.

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SYSTEM ERROR DOWN: Twitter twits silenced by hack attack 'false alarm'

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I am so disappointed

I was rather hoping to read that users had been locked out of their Twitter thingy and couldn't use it all.

The only thing this actually did was increase the usage of that moronic platform as users flocked to it even more in an effort to tell everybody and their dog what everybody already knew - as usual.

What a waste of bandwidth.

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Cloud buyers: Why it makes sense to think local

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Re: A bit like highways

It costs millions to lay one mile of highway.

It costs millions to build a data center, for sure, but providing the bandwidth is going to be a side-issue compared to scaleability, reliability and redundancy costs.

The comparison is not entirely wrong, but I doubt that the scale is comparable.

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Good point.

And I'm thinking that, if you are using 200TB of data per user, you are not going to want to have to wait for Internet speeds to get to them. Locally you can have fibre for accessing all that data at GigaByte speeds, but the Internet is going to knock you down to 100Mbps in the very best of cases. Don't argue ; if you have the money to get a GB Internet connection, then you have the money to lay a 100Gbps line in your own company, with all the infrastructure around it.

Plus I doubt very much that having a petabyte of data available is going to cost you "millions". A few hundred thousand for sure, purchasing the various bits and bobs that make a petabyte of data available (NAS and RAID), redundancy and cooling and whatnot, plus an admin to make sure everything putts along nicely. That will take you into the five-digit range for sure, but six ?

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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

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"8.1 makes Windows usable with a mouse again (at least if you have a touch enabled mouse). "

And that is the final link in the chain that damns Microsoft to the circles of Hell for all eternity.

There will be no ghosts visiting you this XMas, Scrooge McBallmer - you're doomed.

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Good question :)

Didn't catch that. My bad.

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"I think PCs will be effected by those changes and react to the extent that they can."

No.

PC's might be affected by the change (and I hope they will, actually), but they will certainly not be effected by change.

Please do not fall into the same potholes that affect the common commenter. When you pen an article, you're supposed to set an example. Set the right one.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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Brilliant PR piece

I think this communiqué from MtGoX delivers absolutely everything anyone could want to know about the "company".

First of all, the rambling, incoherent mess of words evoking a thought process but one that is too drunk to realize itself, then the random capitalisation and punctuation (demonstrating a clear lack of knowing how to convey information) and finally the total absence of anything concrete to base a conclusion on.

If I were a Venture Capitalist and had been handed a business plan written like this, I would not have gone further than the second sentence before deciding that this guy didn't have a clue and certainly was not managerial material.

Managing a business requires focus and attention, and this "paper" clearly demonstrates that nobody at MtGoX has either, much less an understanding of what the word "managing" means.

MtGoX never should have gotten off the ground. It never was anything more than a bunch a schoolkid-mentality types who bungled together some software they downloaded and then let things flow thinking they had achieved something.

Now that reality is intruding, their illusions are being shattered big time.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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@ Willie T

" if I am about to begin work on a new project I can scan the internal social sites or put out a query to see if anyone else has done something similar"

Because you think someone will have posted something in that line ? If you are about to begin a new project; it is either because someone has told you to do it, or because you think it will make you look good to your manager.

In the first case, you won't go waste time on the social, you're going to start working on the project in order to not look like you're wasting time or risk getting late. In the other case, you won't want to know if someone else has already done it because you want to be able to say that you did it from A to Z.

Social networks in the company space always end up with a case of the lepers. When they arrive, everyone is told to use them for all the usual, marketingly-enthusiastic reasons. Then people notice that it does not help them do their work which they have already been doing properly for the past x years, and the one or two colleagues they need to talk to to get their work done are either not on the social thingy because not part of the local office, or are more comfortably contacted via other means (walking to the office next door comes to mind). From that point, the social thingy spirales into uselessness, then contempt when the workers realize that the only ones using it are the ones actively pining to look good to management, even at the cost of their productivity (or their productivity doesn't matter to the daily business).

What irks me with this "social" trend is the way its apologists totally forget that all they are doing is trying to force people to replace actual social contact with a computer screen. When you've been working for some years in a company, you have social contact with all the people you need to get your work done - either that on you're fired because you don't talk to the people you need to talk to.

So, except for the people who hate the other people they have to talk to and will gladly take a computer screen instead (it certainly does exist), all the people who are happy interacting in a human way with the people they need to keep in touch with will feel that using this social tool will simply tell the other people that they prefer using a computer to talk to them - in other words it is insulting. And normal people prefer not to insult people that they are happy to interact with.

So if we really are in this happy world where everyone is pleased with all of their other colleagues, then nobody will need to use this social thing because they already talk to their colleagues and prefer doing so the human way. If, on the other hand, everybody hates everybody else, well putting a social thing in the middle will just put a glaring point on how much everyone prefers being somewhere else.

Facebook works because people can pick and choose who they want to stay in contact with and it is done on a private level.

The corporate environment is a place where people have to put up with people they appreciate to varying degrees. Socializing with those other people, especially when forced by managerial fiat, is something that is going to be automatically and intrinsically resisted in every way possible.

Failure by design, in other words.

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Re: It really isn't...worth it - or free (unless your time is of no value)

Yes it is free and worth it.

Go get your check already, we can see the logo now.

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Not to worry, this is going to be another bust on the (increasingly large) list of Microsoft failures.

Work is to do work, not to pitter-patter around "social" tools. The only ones who think this is good are the people who earn money doing Powerpoint charts. They will be happy with it, for sure.

The rest of the grunts don't have time for social tools. They have a mountain of things to actually get done before the end of the day and if that doesn't happen, no amount of "social tooling" will avoid getting their ass fired.

So for once this is a Microsoft product that will clearly define its users : it will be the ones who consider themselves "deciders" and spend their time crowing about how good they are at it.

The rest of us will just suffer with Office in our dank cubicles and be grateful we get a check at the end of the month instead of a pink slip.

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Re: Every large corp. I have worked at (a fair number) makes very extensive use of SharePoint

So you're saying that, since 2001, you have worked at a "fair number" of very large corporations ?

That either means that your notion of a "fair number" is rather limited, or your CV is creatively describing good reasons for several abrupt departures that are commonly described as "getting fired".

And if you've had that many hasty exits in the past 14 years, then you are not well-placed for criticising other people's companies.

In truth though, your attitude is much more of a troll than anything else. So I doubt very much that you have ever set foot in a very large corporation. Unless it's to do the cleaning.

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RSA rebel conference TrustyCon sells out despite 'dirty tricks'

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"they would have to check with RSA first"

Sorry ? What kind of bull is that ?

Can there be any actual justification to that kind of response ?

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Only if they are fireants !

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I was going to comment on how wrong you were about the origin of the word debugging, and went to find a citation to prove my words, but, while reading the part I was expecting to justify my post, I found out that you're actually right.

Thank you for that enlightening experience.

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Ok, now I get it

Now I understand why every single post-apocalyptic Hollywood film ever made looks like Australia.

It's because the only people that can possibly have a hope to survive are the ones defying death on a daily basis no matter what they do.

Even lying in a hammock in your backyard can apparently get you killed over there.

I tip my hat to the Nation of Road Warriors and Future of Humanity.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Because the honest company trying to stay in business does not have rumors of bad dealings trailing along with it ?

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Absolutely.

If Hollywood is anything to go by, if he were in America all he would need to worry about is his car or house exploding when he got in, whereas in Japan, that adorable schoolgirl that just walked by may right this instant be turning around while taking out some weighted chains from her handbag to bash his unwary skull in.

Which is probably why he doesn't walk the streets any more. So it'll be barbed crossbow bolt through the eye socket at 3 A.M. from the building roof across the street then. And shadowy figure vanishing in the night without a sound.

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Banks love transactions - anonymous or not

Banks have no trouble with virtual currencies, proof being that BitCoin has a market value. Virtual currencies may be virtual, as soon as real money is traded for something, banks take a cut of the transaction - it's what they live for.

If banks really has an aversion to virtual currencies, you simply wouldn't be able to exchange real money for WhateverCoin and there would be no market value to speak of. Then I would believe your words.

Commercial banks have no problem with anything they can get a cut of.

State-operated banks, on the other hand, probably have issues with this new market thingy - until they read up on the latest vCoin scandal and laugh quietly before turning to the latest money-laundering scheme they are in charge of.

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You can create a bank called The Pink Fluffy Rabbit if you want - once you have proven yourself to be reliable and professional, the name doesn't really count.

Of course, getting the customers to allow you to prove your reliability might be an issue at the start.

The reverse is true as well - your company can have a perfectly honourable name but still be shunned because of shady accounting practices or PR disasters of the past. I'm sure you can find some examples yourself.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Glad you do

So if it provokes a reaction, it is art ?

Shit provokes a reaction, does that mean it's art ?

On the other hand, that would explain a lot about Microsoft....

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: and the money just flows in

Sure.

But then an exchange falls over and your "money" is either gone or seriously deprecated.

I'm glad that you live happily in a land of milk and honey. Meanwhile, in the Real World, the credibility of virtual currencies has been curbstomped and run over by a column of tanks.

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China in the grip of a 'NUCLEAR WINTER': Smog threat to crops

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"much of China's farmland will see crops wither or poorly develop "

Hang on, how big is Beijing already ?

This article reads as if all of China's farmland will suffer because of pollution in one city.

I know Beijing must be quite a city, but I doubt the cloud covers 9 600 000 square kilometres.

That said, I read an article not long ago stating the cloud was the size of California - not the smallest of the States.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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"Because it's unethical and bad for business, he said"

So, given what I remember of Microsoft business behaviour in the past, if it's unethical and good for business, then it's go! go! go!

You just gotta love it when a Microsoft spokesvole mentions the word "ethics". It sounds so schizophrenic.

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DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

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Re: Because this system requires either contact with a probe, or close proximity to it.

Actually not.

The system requires a probe for AUTHENTICATING it, which says nothing about what it's doing when not being authenticated.

But, theoretically, it only responds to a probe.

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LinkedIn censors self to launch in China

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"China needs us more than we need freedom"

Um, you have freedom, nobody is taking it from you.

As for China, it doesn't need you in any way, shape or form.

If it does start to need something like you, it will make its own version.

So go ahead and bend over while the going's good. If you think your customer base is going to have any loyalty to you, well let me just say one day you will wake up very sorry.

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Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin

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Seems pretty clear then

Virtual cash is .. virtual.

About time people started to get the message.

This is all on par with get-rich-quick schemes, and we all know that the only ones who win are the ones who started it.

In any case, this slew of articles concerning MtGox and sleazy dealings in StuffyCoins is the final nail on the coffin.

As far as I'm concerned, all these CoinThingys are just criminal enterprises, period.

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So, where are the hookers and the barmen ?

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1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

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"Our vision isn’t to connect a seventh of the world's it's to connect everyone"

Here, let me correct that for you :

Our vision isn’t to track a seventh of the world, it's to track everyone and sell their personal details better than Google.

TFTFY

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Sony enlists Michael Jackson's GHOST to flog Xperia Z2

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"automatically shoots handsfree pictures through the day"

And does what with them ? Post them on your FB wall ? On Twitter ?

Yeah, I can see that being no trouble at all.

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Pics: 'Bitcoin ATMs' spring up in the US

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Re: fluctuation isn't an issue

If I put money in my bank on Monday, then come back on Tuesday to take the same amount out and get told it is now only worth 1/10th of what I had, then fluctuation is a damn big issue.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: you're taking away choice

No you're not.

People can very well continue to use MS Office products and save in .odf format.

The thing is, if that happens then they can also use something else to save in .odf format and that is very much what Microsoft does not want to see happen.

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I sure hope you're right.

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Re: "why do you think posting this patently untrue and discredited nonsense ..."

Because paid shill still has to shill.

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Your trolling is starting to show, might want to cash that Redmond check in now.

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

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I think there's a stack of People magazines in the corner that disagree with you.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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Re: What's the chance

Well I think the proper response to that is : we don't have a fucking clue either way.

We're still learning this, people. We don't know everything, and the "models" we use to try and find out are flawed and incomplete.

One day, I am confident we will have the proper data and know how to model it to divine future trends properly. At that time, if the science (not data fudging) says global warming and we are responsible, then that's the deal. Right now ? We don't know.

Once upon a time, people thought the Earth was at the center of the Univers. Today, the same kind of people are steadfast in their belief that Humanity is at the center of everything that happens on Earth, and Earth's destiny is tied to our existence.

Bollocks either way.

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Re: For some of us

Yeah, for SOME of you.

The rest of us have to work with Word and Excel.

Oh, and the video is unavailable.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Hang on, this is too good

So, Miss CLEO is now going to assist us in divining our position ?

Who on God's Green Earth (tm) is making up these acronyms ?

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

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@Anonymous IV

Sorry, but I fail to see where it is said that the process should only take a few days.

Capture and record means meetings with the people working the processes, lengthy Q&A sessions to ensure that everything said is taken down, extensive review of the notes to produce a proper process detail report, and review and quality checks to ensure that the report mirrors reality.

Anybody with a brain can see that the whole thing is going to take time.

What I find very interesting is to find out that the accountants and MBAs/Senior Whatchamacallits didn't notice that they needed to ensure proper training for their personnel. COBOL has had the reputation of the dodo for decades already, it's not new. So how could these extremely (self-)important people NOT see this coming ?

These are bankers. The first rule of making money is that you sometimes have to spend some to make some, and sometimes you have to spend some to keep making more. It would seem that banks (like many big-name companies that have gone astray in the past 2 decades - looking at you HP) have also been taken over by pure accountants, the kind who break out in hives as soon as they see an invoice or an expense report, and start shivering if the next quarterly report is not better than the last.

It is time those kind of accountants go back to where they belong : dungeons. Let them sit on piles of gold and see if it gets more comfortable with time.

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Boffins: You'll see, TWITTERNET! We'll get the TRUTH out of you...

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It will all end in tears

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

I can accept that the idea behind this project is a good intention, unfortunately I cannot see it end well.

Either it never does work and, like Artificial Intelligence, will always be a few decades away, or somehow, someone does bend space/time / deal with the Devil and produces a working solution that is proven to always be right.

At that point we are one step away from never being able to utter another word on the Internet under pain of perjury. Nor will we ever skirt our fiscal duties as all our administrative declarations will be permanently wired to the worldwide Lie Detector. To summarize : we will have made the worst possible social tool one can think of.

Given that this whole idea will most likely work about as well as web translators (and probably only in English), I think the Truth Hydra (tm) will remain dormant for the time being.

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