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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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And the lame troll attempt of the month award goes to ...

... because surely nobody could *actually* be that clueless.

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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Re: SRSLY...?

"Ironically, most "native" applications would be useless without a web to connect to and share data through"

I often wonder whether people who write that sort of thing are actually aware of the reality of what people who use computers in the business and productivity world actually *do* from day to day.

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Yes, welcome ...

"Welcome to web development 25 years after the birth of the web and ..."

... it's still a monumental ballache to get anything done.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Vomit .... heave ... vomit ....

"“Executives and #GenMobile employees alike prefer an increasingly mobile style of working and IT organizations are feeling the pressure to adapt existing technology investments to meet their requirements,” said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba Networks. "

#GenMobile ... fuck OFF

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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As soon as I read the headline

I got a mental image of Frink from The Simpsons.

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Unexpected Termination Error at Year of Code: Chief dumps venture for other UK.gov riches

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A Year Of ...

Making Software Development An Attractive Career While At The Same Time Identifying Those With Aptitude Early On And Encouraging Them Via Apprenticeship

... would be a much more sensible proposition.

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

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No, no, no Cisco!

For this to be taken seriously the acronym must be changed to FNAR.

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

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Ridiculous hat worn inside:

check.

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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I hope Apple do similar

with Swift.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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Re: Can't Wait

If you're talking about smartphones Apple was toppled a fair while ago in terms of user base wasn't it?

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Cue one clueless news site after another

causing this to end up as a 'holographic phone' after a week of lazy cutting and pasting from other clueless news sites.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Hello from across the road

... from one of Microsoft's two facilities in leafy Sandyford, Dublin. Both of which are pretty big, neither of which strike me as big enough to be a European physical media distribution centre. If I remember, when I used to get physical media for MSDN developer stuff, it came from Germany.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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From reading the sample above linked by DioDesign

all I can say is that if it fooled 33% of the people testing it then they're a pretty credulous bunch.

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Re: Pot - Kettle

Har!

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

How about you FUCK OFF SPYING ON ME

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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This driverless car stuff is nonsense.

We'd have it already if we really needed it.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Ah, Elon ...

In many ways he's the Peter Molyneux of the billionaire world. But maybe someday some crackpot scheme will work, so good luck to him.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Monitored house alarms.

They all have a little simmy wim.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Non-reflective laptop screens.

SHOOT the marketing department and GIVE US THEM.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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Re: ARGHGHGHG

LAYZORZ

PEW PEW

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PC version apparently has issues with AMD cards

and did I hear talk of a 10GB day one patch?

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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WWJD?

He'd take something else that already exists and jazz it up with great design and implementation, and then claim Apple invented it.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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Thumb drive

is a stupid term.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Front facing camera

+1

(some letters)

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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

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Pint

Re: Irony Streams are Pots of Gold for the Purchasing of Untold Riches ...

Authentic frontier gibberish.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Does anyone else invent their own words for t'theme?

Star Wars

It was a war

It was in the stars

la la la laa ...

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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WTF?

What?

You mean there's an free open source equivalent of InDesign that's functionally comparable and binary compatible? DON'T TAKE MY DAMN MONEY!

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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This not-requiring-Gold-for-streaming change ...

Does it apply to 360 also?

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Powershell Terminals

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Cmder all the way.

it's the best Windows equivalent of a *nix graphical console. Also free and you can install a version with msysgit giving you Git commands.

http://bliker.github.io/cmder/

http://bliker.github.io/cmder/img/main.jpg

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Zip drives were great while they lasted

but I have never seen anything blown out of the water as quickly as zip drives once the first Disgo USB Flash sticks appeared.

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

> That explains why even strong pro-Windows websites like TheRegister

El Reg is strongly pro-Windows in the sense that the Tea Party thinks the BBC is strongly pre-left, i.e. it only looks like that from way over in the other direction.

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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Oh dear

they'll have to steal some more ideas quick.

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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The Wii U

... is not a competitor for the One and the PS4 any more than the Wii was for the PS3 and 360.

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WAN-furtling pays off for app-happy Riverbed

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Great word, furtling ...

... an old boss of mine used to use it all the time in the Yorkshire meaning of 'messing with'. He was unaware of the naughty original meaning.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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ET was indeed released on the VCS

and is not as bad as the big boys said down at the internet. It's shite, like, but I've played a *lot* worse.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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"Less so for organisations running Ubuntu on lots of PCs and moving to 14.04"

Is there no centralised way to push a change to the default privacy settings a la Group Policy in Windows?

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: @asdf The desktop deadend.

Can I do a major version upgrade of Mint yet without backing up/reinstalling from scratch/restoring? No? Bye then!

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Irish plod biro outrage invites Limerick Limerick challenge

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WINNAR

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My dad's from Limerick

An unreasonable head beak from Limerick

went completely ballistic

the cops had no pens

the perps and their friends

thought the whole thing was terrific

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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It's all silly.

Not every kid should be a coder any more than they should be a car mechanic. The people with a natural affinity should be identified early and encouraged in that direction. For everyone else, a good grounding in using computers, staying secure online and basic troubleshooting is all they need. The whole idea of everyone being able to code is daft. It's complicated, not everyone can do it. Like fixing a car engine.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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Re: Javascript is the VB6 of the 2010's

The lack of scoping is a total PITA

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JavaScript's OK ...

... if a bit reliant on confusing messing around with functions.

"If a mobile developer can use HTML5 and JavaScript to build a potentially 'ubiquitous' app capable of running everywhere, then why wouldn’t they?"

Maybe in a few years you'll be able to do that. Maybe.

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I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

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The usual sales flim-flam

from a vested interest.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

Fair enough, but I'm betting those offices are mainly Apple

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Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

It was never common in the home, and in the office they're still most cabled in.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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Disabledt cut & paste eh?

Let's see how you do against screen cap software,

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Regarding VPNs and VNC

They're all great and all - but require configuration and dicking around with firewalls. The attraction is stuff that works over port 80.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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I wouldn't have a problem with going to LogMeIn Pro ...

... except it's kinda expensive.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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A common API is definitely a must.

Also clarity as regards to the path forward for developers.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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This internet of things

Maybe don't plug the fridge into the ethernet/don't put in the WiFi password? That's what I'd do.

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