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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Alistair Dabbs

">> the Will Self of the IT world

>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.

Their loss."

Maybe if he dressed up like Molly Ringwald?

(Not saying that's a good tactic, and probably not a good look for him, but.... - nope just write for the Register thank you very much, gentile poverty is the way to go)

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Re:- Alistair Dabbs

So on image and presentation, basically the Will Self of the IT world. Not saying it's a bad thing, but unless he takes coke on a plane with a prime minister and does a weekly commute from the Shetlands or Orkney's, (can't remember which) to London, I can't take his opinions on board. (Mind he is still a good read).

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Re: "And yet it was Watson who moved out of Baker Street and got married"

Mrs Hudson, reading between the lines, was on tap, and rather sympathetic to the two "bachelors" living together, up to the point of Watson's deviance to marriage. A very modern women, looking back, on all accounts, (although in a long term perspective, just a normal women).

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Re: Painfully obvious how to make a successful platform--Unixish, C++, OpenGL

Objective C isn't a super set of C++, it's C with smalltalk'esk addon's.

Linux kernel is written in C, Android is Java stuff stuck on top of it.

Windows Phone, (i.e. CE in the old days, or current mangliing), is written in C.

(Mk 2 - Should be non controversial as they are facts or maybe opinion - not entirely sure why the last post was rejected - ummm).

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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

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Re: Italic !'s - Why?

Cheers, was under the impression they were all straight up, but the slantyness does make sense.

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Italic !'s - Why?

Did I miss a memo?

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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I, for one, welcome our big glowy deity.

letters - because the forum software said I needed them.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: "Then sue, if their corners are round."

Looking at the watch I think Casio could probably have some sort of come back from their early late seventies/early eighties designs.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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RE: "it’s not the case that Google is "the gateway to the internet" as the publishers suggest."

Just Googled this, and apparently he's wrong. (which I suspect is the way the article was going towards anyway).

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: Dapper Drake

Ah!, now that was a good release. Happy days.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Vote UKIP!

errmm, sorry wrong website :-)

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re : - F < And they'll have yer arm off as well.

So that includes any high street mobile phone shop selling one of their contracts then? (I just feel greasy even typing 'high street mobile phone shop').

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: "Doing fheir best to bury it, being their pals at apple.."

Actually they had it all night on the world service. So it's probably just actual license payers they hate or assume the locals shouldn't bother themselves with such matter.

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I'm now officially old.

Never heard of any of the people apart from Kirsten Dunst, and never really interested in her anyway. She is probably a very nice person, but head proportions are not right - it's subjective.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

Umm because Win 8.1 is to Win 8 as Windows 7 is to Vista. They removed stuff and added/improved stuff. Service patches generally only fix stuff which is there already - although you will probably point out many exceptions, (i.e. XP and a firewall - mind XP patches didn't remove stuff).

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Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

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Tim, choose one or more from the definition of "denial"

n.

1. A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.

2.

a. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.

b. Law The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.

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a. A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.

b. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.

4. The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.

5. Abstinence; self-denial.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Rent Control is the way forward and the only answer.

Sorry, Rent Control isn't the answer. All that does is put an extra level of bureaucracy to a critical supply/demand situation. That extra level of bureaucracy will skew the rents by a) location of the administrators of the policy, (i.e. London), and b) Housing Benefit - which is seen as a base line to the actual rental market regardless of location, and c) The lack of control on people who still have a mortgage/debt but are able to get an an additional mortgage to buy a property in order to rent - The paid rent of which is probably backed up by Housing Benefit.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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Re: and maybe DELL, according to this

Mind Forbes thinks that London is the most influential city on the Earth because of the lack of inertia in the "Global Market's", rather than the fact that it's slightly less 'stabby' than New York.

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Re: The PS2 bus! Get rid of your old motherboard design!

Assuming this was a damning by faint praise post, I think you'll find people actually like the interrupt based PS/2 for the things it was designed for, over polled USB.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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re:- " Brits don't like us because we don't use the letter U in every second word..."

I suspect the "Brit's" don't like the US because you took advantage of somewhat significant European and Eastern events during the first half of the 20th century which effected the "Brits" trade. Admittedly the US did turn up - late both times - but only after agreements which effectively neutered the resolve of the "Brit's", and then only to protect US economic expansion. Nicely done in the short term, but a bit buggered with China coming onto the scene.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: "the US has a shortened that to "presumed guilty"

So French then? (Given their history, it explains alot).

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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F**king crappy terrestrial self drive cars!

Where are the jet packs we were all promised???

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re:"Haven't you seen the film Conspiracy Theory?`", etc...

If I'd had a bottle of plonk on a very warm sticky day, (well in UK terms), that's the sort of thing I'd say. Actually I have had a bottle over the day, and still haven't said anything that silly here - well as far as I know. It's been a hot sticky day, and I've had a bottle of plonk. (cheap South American if you are wondering. Sort of dark red with industrial chemical undertones and probably originally premium tanker shipped to Germany for bottling and general distribution throughout the EU and other foreign climes).

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Re: " have never understood this apps criticism."

Analogy :- "You cooked a meal, but it never turned out how you or your dinner guests wanted. However this microwave substitute goo is just fine because both you and your guests actually don't know or care what is actually required as long as you can slurp it down with a spoon - until you come to the porcelain throne of your expectations"

(Fairly sure there are loads of mixed metaphors in there - bit like Windows 8.x).

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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

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Re: "The tories want to redefine human rights ..."

Ermm, this was an all party vote. They are doing it for your benefit!, (errm IGMC).

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HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

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Re: On the subject of HDMI...

"Any experts in Register land that might have a solution or at least a handle on what the issue is?"

Stan O'Neal knows the answer.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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Re: Can't see the gray area here

"Is it generally just technical or IT fields where it's considered "acceptable" that an employer tries to decide where an employee may work afterwards"

In UK the contract is generally with the Ltd. company, rather than the person who is actually doing the work, (even if that person is the only employee of the Ltd. company). If said person claims employee rights they will fall foul of IR35 gubbins. Perfectly acceptable to put a restriction against the Ltd. side, (in fact that's good because it an indicator that they arn't an employee for tax purposes)

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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Re: unsuitable for countries that follow the Muslim faith...

Since when couldn't they eat lettuce?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: "You could at least be sure that Han shot first with Quentin at the helm."

I very sure that Han shot first having seen it at the cinema at the time and also having the last unmolested pseudo widescreen VHS release in my possession.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: "....level of accuracy you had in a phone from about 3 years ago."

Not sure that's the problem. Both GPS & GLONASS need terrestrial base stations to achieve that accuracy. From my reading of the article it seems the GLONASS lot arn't being given the ability to use or piggy back off the terrestrial part by using the already established GPS transmitters. Early 90's GPS was rubbish until the fixed point base stations were set up to negate the errors intentionally set in on the free to air signal.

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Beached whale Symantec watches revenues recede 7%

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Re: "What is Peter Norton doing these days?"

I suspect kicking back, doing what us mortals just dream/wish about if we could have gone there & done that and come out with a big wodge of dosh without all the takeover political mismanagement rubbish. Nice to see someone go low profile for once.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

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In what way, (other than GUI), does Powershell actually suck?

I haven't had anything overly problematic with anything I needed to do in it. Is this just a troll question or is there something fundamentally wrong with it which I need to know about, just in case?

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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Re: Would have been a lot cheaper

Cheaper to who? They seemed to have done quite well out of dumping staff, fiddling with the dubious markets & general mismanagement. Might have got a bit of bad publicity, but that didn't really have any consequences - obviously apart from a big government bail out(*)

(*) but that really didn't cost them anything.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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I like IT!!!!

You can go balls deep into to an area you know nothing about, (initially), and come out with congratulations & money. It also let's you have quite a lot of time off to follow other interests. The cycle tends to be in my experience around about five years, so no point in going for a mortgage, just suck it up in the downtime - which is going to be significant, and use cash for the up times. So:-

a) Don't make plans.

b) Have other interests which can keep you occupied

c) Scan for those 'little' gigs which actually are interesting and worthwhile and make you happy to do them. (This is quite important because it shines through in the interviews).

d) All HR departments are run with f**kwits.

(Fairly sure this isn't is how it should be done, but it can be done).

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AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

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Re: Apparently not. They're still using AOL...

Loads of small companies still use it because they got suckered in during the 90's and can't be bothered to get proper hosting and new e-mail addresses because of the perceived disruption and cost of changing letter headings and informing clients about the new address. I'm not saying this is ideal, it's just the way things are.

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: "They should not allowed any control etc."

Ummm, well it's their money, so I suspect they will have a significant say in it's development in the future. It's nice to see some proper backing for something which is quite important. If there is a problem with that someone could always fork it

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HP's top-end array just TOPPED ITSELF

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Re: " what is the sales pitch?"

Printer ink and IP(*). Well that is what I was informed when contracting with them, circa 2K - although it might be different now. However they did have a large legal department in the same area as the R&D bods back then.

(*) Yes, HP - even though they are not that bad in the context of things, really did send their R&D staff to sunny climes, so they could 'think' of tech spins on on the then current tech, and get the legal bods to start the protection process. (Round corners don't have anything on them).

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

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re:= "Performance tweaks and power savings – what's not to like?"

Well the V4 was cheap but wasn't very nice and "reviewers" thought that was "ok". It was just the people who got one who complained - but that's plebs for you.

(Yes I know that this isn't anything like the V4 tech - or in fact the very good M4, but they did go there, so it's worth bringing up for early adopters to note that they might have problems as there has been a history - and storage is quite important).

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: "Microsoft makes OSes. Let them do what they do."

I think that is a bit simplistic. Microsoft do make 'OSes' and also applications to run on those 'OSes'. They also spend quite a lot of money to "ensure"(*) the former & latter are the go to products for any organisation with the money to pay for their products and services.

(*) Where "ensure" can be read as you want and is purely a subjective term.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Re: " R Brooks and M Clifford"

Fairly sure they have it coming though. (whatever "have it coming" can be subjectively perceived as).

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: "For the love of god give us this DPI on desktop displays!!!!"

You didn't get the memo about "everything important is now being done in a coffee shop" then?

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re:-"MS haters".

It's a good point, however 8.1 does seem to have some weird problems when it comes to internal security settings for TIFKAM. My 8.1 upgrade went totally smoothly when it was released, however back in January all the TIFKAM stuff just stopped working, (including the store). Having searched the net for appropriate solutions and none of them worked, (MS site being somewhat useless - because everything works from their point of view or they say just do a clean install because your setup is not our problem)

The solution was to download the system internals process monitor. Start a monitoring run - filtering just registry accesses. Then start a TIFKAM application which wasn't running, (store first). Stop the monitor as soon as the TIFKAM app failed and look through the logs for all the 'DENIED ACCESS' events. Then manually change the access rights on those registry settings which were being denied. Repeat for the rest of the apps. Took pigging ages, (but wasn't willing to give up/do a reinstall because I like the machine the way it is).

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Not entirely sure you can do an inplace install from XP to Win7!

You can do an inplace install from XP->Vista->Win7. However I would love to be proved wrong, and if so maybe someone can write an article on how to do an inplace install from XP straight to Windows 7.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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The thing is...

now they allow the TIFKAM apps to reside in the desktop space, (abet when launched going full screen), it does allow the pleb user to see how utterly crap they are in comparison to existing applications - with the disadvantage, from MS's point of view, when saying that "it's a different paradigm so you should expect them to be less functional and basically rubbish because the "technology" hasn't matured".(paraphrased - but you know what I mean).

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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Re : "Love Google? Thank the first dot-com bubble"

Ermm, I suspect that the only reason Google got the foot hold was because back in the day they provided a very plain search screen with good results. As opposed to Excite - the big player at the time - which filled their initial search page with adverts - (Their search wasn't actually worse, just filled with junk adverts). This was actually a problem when most of us were on dial-up. The thing is that Google in current times hasn't really learned from that lesson and is actually salting the results with crappy ad's.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: "Now what happened to Kylix on Linux ? About time someone tried again."

http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org/ should fill your void.

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Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

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Re: I always said I didn't "get" Twitter

Don't they already have the money? Anything that follows is just lip service to the "investors" to show they are doing something. Doesn't actually matter what they are doing, just something.

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