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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Nevermind the ballockets

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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

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Snap, me too, I prefer the microserver over a laptop as I can run dual nics useful for a management man and dmz scenario plus cheap sata drives. Oh and hp have the £100 cashback offer on again during Feb, have found them on amazon for £155 so with the cashback U can max the ram for free effectivly getting a server for £55 with 2gb ram or with 16gb for 155!

They also are virtually silent, and don't look totally out of place under the tv, so make great nas/plex servers as well as lab boxes

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Facepalm

Re: Solving "CRAZY"

That works, its eyebrows I struggle with, honestly cannot not see the diference, only notice an extreme lack or abundance of eyebrow...

So of course I have already unleashed the crazy by not noticing so no amount of back peddling helps

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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FAIL

lol

So guy is crying about his legally purchased (he means licensed), hardware and software has been deactivated as he broke the EULA by using it before the license's he purchased permitted public use of device and software, so the licensers have used what ever right is granted to them by the license he has purchased to stop him breaking the license agreement further. Wonder if he has broken the terms of preorder agreement with the supplier as well as IANAL but i think even if supplier fucks up and sends out early he shouldnt have attempted to use device, obviously that doesnt take into account the real world but since when has laws and contracts ever done that?

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Aussie bloke hacks way to top of music charts with MIDI-based tunes

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Austrian Death Machine

Have to say Austrian Death Machine have already cornered the commando based song titles, such as this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrbYlRBq6jw

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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Re: Just want big dumb panels

Exactly, hence 9 hdmi and a panel of bits please!

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chuBb.

Just want big dumb panels

Honestly all i want is big dumb panels

I dont want the crappy "Smart" shit built in, I have a samsung tv, its smart apps are crap, iplayer takes forever to change between shows when browsing, whilst the iplayer channel in the plex app is instant, and even then i tend to use one of the consoles connected to the tv to do anything "smart". From what i have seen of most youview boxes they make the manuf's attempts at smart entirely redundant same goes with having a modern sky or virgin box.

So all i want is a HD LCD panel no tv tuner i have other better devices for that, no smart app's i have other better devices for that, i just want 9 hdmi ports (9 because a dedicated key with "10" on a remote would look wrong, and i dont want to have to press two buttons to access port 10), removable speakers as i have other better devices for that ;-), and a remote that just changes the HDMI port and volume and allows access to panel picture tuning i.e. like what i have on a monitor, any thing else is just crap i dont want. Give me that and i will be happy, hell may even start buying panels like that for use as monitors.

So TV makers be honest with yourselves, your panel makers, tv has moved on, and tv tuners will become an anachronism, content will be delivered in ways where the providers can keep nearly end to end control, i.e. via IP, with drm, with copy protection so that only viable way of recording content locally will be to intercept the screen buffer of the panel, and then re-encode the raw stream. (I know will never happen, and that there are numerous issues with what i have said about copy protection etc. but tbh as soon as services make it easier to stream than download the vast majority of people do, even if it via a "tax" as twats call it [no one forces you to use it, stop being cheap, get a job], or a subscription as sane people call it)

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Web.com DNS hijack: How hacktivists went on a mass web joyride spree

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Bloody NetSol

Nice to know that they havn't updated the change DNS process there in over 12 years.

If i remember correctly to change the DNS password all i had to do was:

Fax request to change password on company letter headed paper, any company would do.

Fax photo id with same name on it as the registered domain owner, if the domain was registered to a company any ID would do.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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GTA online is part of GTA V, its just being launched a few weeks after GTA V (Guess they want to try and have enough servers to handle the load and avoid a Simcity type farce).

Also the reviewer clearly hasnt played game very much (if at all) the third protagonist is called Trevor not Lester... Pretty pisspoor review TBH

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Chap unrolls 'USB condom' to protect against viruses

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Re: Beware cheap cables?

you mean like these have integrated hardware in the plug?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-to-TTL-Serial-Cable-FTDI-chipset-UK-Designed-UK-Seller-/290973782133?pt=UK_Computing_Parallel_Serial_PS_2&hash=item43bf639075

nice pic has a clear plug so you can see the serial port uart hardware in the usb plug, and i have come across some vender specific cables where they have the driver/dongle embedded in the cable

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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2 for consideration

POPTART

========

Payload

Orb

Parting

Technology

Abort

Radio

Transciever

TULISA

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Transmitted

Untether (and)

Let-go

Instigation

Saftey

Apparatus

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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Black Helicopters

annother conspiracy theory waiting to happen...

Its the same SAIC that backs/is patent troll VirteX, who seem to be going after any one with anything to do with VPN's and other secure networking tech's..

How long till someone claims that its to force backdoors on to the tech...

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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Devil

Re: Can I register .bastards?

After watching nathan barley i wanted to register isa.co.ck, massive.co.ck and loadof.co.ck and sell sub domains off them, turns out .co.ck's are quite expensive to register (plus you need to be a resident of the cook islands or NZ...)

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Looks good

Wonder if it will be out over here by the time my lumia 900 is up for renewal...

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'Raining Blooderator' pays tribute to late Slayer guitarist

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Trollface

Re: Best use for the interwebs thus far!

http://blooderator.com/http://www.livestrong.com/article/25159-hemophobia-symptoms/

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

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FAIL

Crap

As title, and no where near as much fun as could be had with one of those casio watches that you could set up as a tv remote, managed to convince a teacher the tv and vcr was possessed with one of those....

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iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close

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FAIL

Better than some ideas i have seen

Used to work in "e-learning" there were conferences on how the educational qualities of PSP's and Nintendo DS's (i.e. brain training) could be exploited

Also pots of money available to get smart phones to give to kids so that they could do educational things with them i.e. take photo's for course work, of course no one thought that kids would have a camera phone of there own???.

Or how about txt the answer to the white board, cus you know kids want to spend there credit answering questions in class

All in all a load of shite, mainly used by self promoting academics to get a conference fee with 0 educational benefit, bottom line is teacher wants and ipad, teacher cant afford ipad, teacher bullshits some dubious claim of educational value, techophobes at the top go ohh shiny innovative IT, every one loses especially the kids.

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Flame espionage weapon linked to MORE mystery malware

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Big Brother

5gb...

Hmmm 5gb from 5000 machines, or a roughly 1mb a week per machine, certainly sounds about the right size for some network recon..., and pretty much a needle in a haystack in terms of sniffing the payload, and thats assuming that the ~1mb of data was uploaded at once, even less likely if the ~1mb is the product of a week spent sniffing and periodically reporting back to c+c some software auto updates send back way more than a 100kb payload just to see if the shiteware is up to date and if not present and opportunity to install a fucking toolbar....

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

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Re: Memories of the once cutting edge.

Pretty easy to do actually, you wouldn't have the message stored as a string, but as pointers to the chars that made up the string, then using a simple cypher of some sort, you could build the message by loading the starting location then applying the cypher to the starting location to derive the next location, until the message is built.

That said would be pretty dull task to embed the hidden message but meh, certainly do-able.

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Win a monster laptop

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Agreed wtf indeed

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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Re: Oh God

It wasn't fun i can tell you that, and i have had a root canal before, was definitely more enjoyable, lots of painkillers straight on the nerve :D..., 2008 to 2011 is meant to be less painful but still a royal pain...

Best bit is the one unfixable problem is that the one person in the company who needs access to every ones calendar is the one person who's account wont allow the permissions to be set oh the joy, tried explaining to "management" that exchange nevermind system administration is a full time job in its own right oh well u can but try...

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chuBb.
Facepalm

I'm allegedly a developer...

I'm allegedly a developer... (admittedly one with a CCNA and an interest in system administration, Linux and other general geeky stuff)

Except i am charged with Running exchange, the cloud platform, the virtulisation stack, all of the servers and desktops, the helpdesks (yes 2, as a so say manager was beguiled by a nice mug and stickers, didn't even hold out for a pen drive!) , documentation, router kicker (crappy dlink wireless router from PC world powers the office, and dont get me started on the ADSL line!!!!), 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support, explaining basic concepts to the "technical" director (yesterday talking to a potential client his response was "we send some HTTP", when asked a question about SSL) oh and taking the flack for when dev deadlines are missed for all of the above, well here are some WTF's from this job:

1) We upgraded to SBS 2011 becasue the MD bought a mac book and couldn't connect to exchange, said mac now lives on a shelf gathering dust, Migration from SBS 2003 disnt work and we spent 3 weeks with a partial service.

2) Exchange is hosted locally on an ADSL line which has a top down speed of 5Mbs, on a router which crashes 10 to 20 times a day, average mailbox size is 12Gb and the suggestion of archiving went down like a lead balloon and was forced to revery back to all you can eat inboxes.

3) one of the helpdesk servers was a windows XP box bought in 2002 which died last week, that was

fun to fix (now on a proper server)!

4) we have a mixture of 1 to 10 Gig ethernet to every desk yet the MD insists on people using wireless to said crappy router because wires make the place look untidy...

5) It took 6 months of nagging to take the UPS out of the empty comms rack and install it in the server rack

6) The working helpdesk has been replaced by a cgi based web app which crashes when more than 5 people try and access it it also uses a VBScript based file upload and a scheduled task inplace of a service and requires administrative permissions to save to the file server, suffice to say new clients dont have the option to add attachments to support calls (we publicised the "upgrade" to our clients most are not impressed!)

7) A mezzanine floor was removed, but a comms cupboard was left 20' up a wall, i needed to replace a switch in there, new switch wouldn't slide in shoved it harder heard a crunch then a loud buzz, there was a bloody wasps nest in the cupboard!!!! queue rapid decent down the ladder and no network to half the building until the exterminators had been!

I could go on but the phone is ringing and someone needs their hand holding...

I Love deadlines its the whoosing sound they make when they fly past....

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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

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Holmes

Hmmm sounds like ideal work experience for people who do arts and social science degrees, that or MacDonald's, as outside of academia where is the demand for those "skill" sets???

Bloody crayon botherer's and no shit sherlock's

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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

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Has to be inline for title of the year

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

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Meh

They were pretty good 10 years ago when then had the lucas arts theme tunes as the hold music, then they were bought by 1and1 and it all turned a bit kenny g.

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Vote now for the WORST movie EVER

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Facepalm

none of them are that bad really

Quite like all of the above with the exception of hitch hikers but that's because it might as well have been a film of every tosser going shitting over Douglas Adams grave. And as pointed out previously tarnishes with shit the diminishing returns of every thing after the radio series

That said i do seem to be a bit of a masochist when it comes to films as my collection includes such delights as:

The nostril picker (bought for the tagline alone, "He picks his nose, He turns into a woman, He kills people" its so bad even sci fi (sorry sy fy :-/) or movies for men wont air it.

Sexy Scary Movie (from the makers of the erotic which project) not scary and not sexy but does feature a scene where a stapler orbits around a bored office workers head

Hell Ride so shit tesco's flogged it to me for 50p basically an ego wank of some jerk who blagged tarrantino into being credited as executive producer and features vinnie jones as a biker bollox in a word

Reign of fire nuff said

Any of the Michael bay Transformers films

I could go on but probably should have suggested some earlier....

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Psst, kid... Wanna learn how to hack?

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probably expect a lot of arduino projects to get ported...

be intresting to see a reprap powered by one of those, almost a perfect educational device then

Now just have to convince the misses that i really need annother board, to got with my arduino's and netduino's ;-)

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LOHAN fondles substantial concrete buttocks

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P.I.P.P.A

Probably Immolation Proof Posterior Aggregate

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Grand Theft Auto V trailer drives onto interweb

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Angel

Fuck yes planes are back

as title :D:D:D

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

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Happy

Me 2, spent the cashback on 8gb of ram an 2tb drive...

Scares me when i think my first PC only had a 1gb drive which was considered excessively large at the time, (I am under 30 so Pentium 100 is over half my life ago ;-) ), never mind the 8mb of ram it had cost double if not triple the £40 or so i paid for my new ram....

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Nuke plant shut down after US earthquake

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Mushroom

surely should be in gigawatts?

1,806 megawatt or 1.8 Gigawatts more than enough for a delorian....

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Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

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Mushroom

FFS

As long as it has NOTHING to do with the original then it might work. I.e. work in the universe like the old Westwood game did, but other than a fleeting appearance in an esper photo and a few references to events in the film there is nothing from the film apart from locations.

Would be cool to see something a bit closer to the book, i.e. more emphasis on lack of animals and the kibble but im not holding my breath.

But it will probably be another shitty 're-imagining' meh.

(Nuke cus thats essentially the prequel in one word)

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T-Mobile JavaScript comment stripper breaks websites

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FAIL

Cus positive and negative lookahead/backs are so difficult...

Regex fail

if only: http://xkcd.com/208/

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Mozilla answers Google's Crankshaft with IonMonkey

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FAIL

Supagorgonizer build?

Wonder if they know iron monkey was a band with song title like Supagorgonizer and Web of Piss

Thinking about it could lead to some fun googles...

http://goo.gl/cQxTh

Disclosure : Typed wearing an iron monkey t shirt

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Coming soon: Die Hard 5 - The Zimmer Frame

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FAIL

ummmm

"Wolverine and X-Men Origins"

Arent they the same film? Unless he has also written first class as well...

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Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

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salting

It is but unless you 'salt' the hash by combining other unknown data with it you are vulnerable to raindow tables and such like (a rainbow table is a precomputed hash of known weak passwords, so all you have to do is look up a hash that matches your unknown password and you either have discovered the password, or lucked out and found a string combination which yields the same hash as the hash to be cracked).

In the past I have used guid's (like Tom 15 suggested) and other unique readonly identitifiers associated with a users account along with a secret key value all concatenated together before the hash is generated. That way in order to crack the password not only would the cracker have to guess a unique value generated by the users account being created, but the users password and the secret key which is highly. Although if the servers are rooted your probably buggered as all this does is make the hashes rainbow table resistant, weak passwords still are vulnerable to brute force etc.

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Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband

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iron acton is well served comapred to some the exchanges arround yate area

should try being on the didmaton exchange, had a friend living in iron acton who had adsl 2 or 3 years before my village got the chance.

Although that was probably not helped by my village not giving a shit about adsl untill they got it, think we managed to get 30 names on petition when we were trying to get connected, now its so over subscribed i long for my bonded isdn line back meh :-/

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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

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RDR

Red Dead easily my fave game of the year

Sonic 4 is enjoyable but but i doubt it will be remembered as the classic sonic 3 + knuckles is

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Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB

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FAIL

Toslink

Ummmm my elite has toslink, and im pretty sure all xboxes have had the connector built into the AV lead, its not a new thing for the slim60....

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Twitter on a ZX Spectrum

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WTF?

Dragon 32 not popular????

http://www.vintage-computer.com/dragon32.shtml think the company folded as demand outsripped supply....

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Nokia X6 Comes With Music

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Linux

could always see if it would run under mono....

although it would probably be more hassle than worth

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Windows internet share drops below 90 per cent

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Coat

hmmmmmmmmmm

microsoft is pacman?

mines the one with fruit in the pocket and ghosts following

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Net game turns PC into undercover surveillance zombie

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Joke

death of a buzzword...

"Dynamic Hyper Text Markup Language" does this herald the death of the use of AJAX to describe dhtml, and a reversion back to calling a spade a spade?

if so i will be happy, cus im sick of clients asking for AJAX based sites whilst catagorically stating that they dont want DHTML

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Chrysler grows iPod Peapod

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Coat

Total Recall....

Any one else think it looks like a 'jonny cab'?

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Ballmer gives Norwegian students free love

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Stop

Differs from academic allience how?

i got all of those apps listed for free (well the uni picked up the license i guess) when i was a student

server 2k3 is usefull to have especially as god knows how many places use it, and chances are that the majority of graduating students first job will be windows centric., i mean why trust a newb with a proper server when all they know is windows, although i guess you could argue a larger majority of them will be familiar with ubuntu, but thats still substanitially different from redhat or suse. For an IDE vs2008 aint bad, pretty slick interface, and intellisense certainly is damn good at what it does, admitadly there is a lot of crap i personally will never use in it and its only good for .net, but its an IDE for .net so thats to be expected. Personally i find the competition to be playing enough of a catchup game with it to not bother in terms of interface. think open office vs office 2003, on paper they do the same thing, but the office 2003 interface just worked better. (ironically now i use OpenOffice in preferance to office2007 but thats a different story)

Also dont forget the vast majority of students dont want to use there brains, there content with wizards and stuff, so telling them use eclipse, down load the <insert random extension name here>, and faff with the config till it works isnt an option. seriously in some of the java modules i took there were students who by the end of the module were struggling with command line compilation, and had to use jbuilder, never mind that the fact that they were single file programs with maybe a single library import, so unless file structure, and working with gui-less interfaces becomes part of their curriculum many of the 'better' alternatives havnt got a snowball in hells chance of uptake

Also dont forget that uni's are tailoring there courses for what employers are looking for, OSS is still mostly comprised of hobby projects (and probably always will be) employers may be asking for 'experience with OSS' but that doesnt mean there ethos is OpenSource its more likely to be an economic one, wanting people to wrangle the code to there own ends, and being able to pick up a project written by someone else without reinventing the wheel. Besides its all well and good developers knowing that there is much better tools available, but unless you can get management to buy into the alternatives you will find the decision has been made for you and it will be one they feel most comfortable with, with a company/technology they have heard of M$. Even if you ignore the issues of managemnt, and the uni's tailoring there courses for employers, you cannot escape the fact that the majority of desktops will be windows based so the focus will always be on MS.

personally for me i use notepad++ for everything apart from .net work, if MS wants to give its software to students so what its hardly an unfair advantage they are already trained in the ways of the BSOD, if the OSS world wanted to make a change it would target primary and secondary schools and get them young.

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Cisco.com suffers lower case t breakdown

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Coat

regexp snafu?

whats the betting \t was the culprit?

html optimisation gone wrong, e.g. stripping tabs out of code to reduce page size by a few bytes

.*?t*\w..... instead of .*?\t*\w.....

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Educating Verity

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reminds me of uni

Once had a lecture on plagerism where every one of the slides was plagerised from different uni's

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OMFG, what have you done?

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the new mast head is wonk

bring back the old masthead this just looks like web design circa 98-99 when the world went ape for free copies of paintshop pro and and some shite tables based wysiwyg html editor, and the old comment icons were orders of magnitude better

other wise seems ok.....

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Scotland's oldest newspaper exposes readers' smalls in public

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Boffin

@What?

indeed, not like firebug reveals form data ;-)

only thing that offers any (albiet not a great deal of) protection, is https with asymetric encryption for the data, and then you are vulnerable to unupdated debian ssl flaws, man in middle and playback attacks

never mind the ease of snarfing over wifi, (think shouting your pin number in a crowded room, and ur halfway there)

do think there should be a license or something required to create systems which handle public data, at least that way the only excuses are apathy and laziness, instead of ignorance and incompetance

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DARPA develops zap-bomb electropulse countermeasures

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Black Helicopters

guess they never read the RS or Maplins Catalogs

So the geniuses have found out about optocouplers, serious high end tech there(!) i imagine that must be a real skunkworks sort of component to obtain, oh wait

http://www.maplin.co.uk/search.aspx?MenuNo=12418&FromMenu=y&doy=28m8

so what they are saying is put receiver out in open, put signal processor in sheilded box, have a screened cable run between the 2, and use idiot proof (XLR, BNC etc.) plugs

massive slow hand clap for DARPA there

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