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Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

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It has to be said.

Tell the prospects, 'Chin Up!'.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Pedantry check-in

The character in Cannery Row is simply called "Doc". Ed Ricketts was a real marine biologist, a friend of Steinbeck's, and the model for the character.

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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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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

"and if Putin decides to actually try and claim the moon"

For what? So he can put a tax on tidal power and maintain his edge as energy supplier?

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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S/360

Didn't Dijkstra say that it was clear that the Eastern Bloc had lost the Cold War when it cloned the 360?

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Re: Blue sleeves?

I fellow I used to know who had worked in IBM sales said that a co-worker once caused great shock by coming to the office in a shirt that was not white.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Too early for a Godwin?

Considering that a) S/360 development started a decade and a half after V-E day, and b) somehow the author doesn't get around to mentioning Thomas Watson, Sr., yes, too early. And since NASA is mentioned, why don't we discuss the folks brought over from Peenemunde?

And I think that ca. 1945 the central place for processing to which information was drawn was general called a "file cabinet".

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding @AC

Wonderful thread. But I'm off to the Modern Language Associate website to see whether they have violent opinions on loop unrolling.

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Pivotal goes after Oracle with 'all-you-can-eat' pricing model

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OK, but

1. Will Greenplum support PL/SQL or whatever DB2's procedural database language is?

2. If you aren't invested in particular database features such as stored procedures and so on, why haven't you moved to Postgres yet?

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

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can't think of a title.

Curiously timely: http://xkcd.com/1348/

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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I guess he can take consolation from Shakespeare

When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes...

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Re: number 11, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter,

Derek Jeeter plays football, too?

For the determinedly footie or cricket focused among you, shortstop is an infield position in baseball.

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Umm

I have seen some remarkably bad PHP, and I'm not crazy about the language. But there is an interesting case made for Facebook's work in "Taking PHP Seriously", which you can find at http://www.infoq.com/presentations/php-history .

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Indeed

When I dabbled with Groovy a few years ago, Google tended to be more amusing then enlightening.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Which 20%?

The subhead says "Five families own more than 20% of the UK? Rubbish"

But the article says the the five families have more wealth than the bottom 20% of the UK households do. I suppose "20% of the UK" could be taken as an ellipsis for "20% of the UK Households Do", but at first glance it appears to say "20% of all wealth in the UK.".

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Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

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Azure like it

I'd be happier if Oracle made it easier to get WebLogic to play with AD: shoot, made it simpler to configure in general.

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Re: Windows?

An awful lot of companies run their payrolls on ADP. It used to be (and may still be, I don't know) that the machine in your server room was a Windows server with an Oracle database, which held the stuff your accounting department worked with, and periodically synced with the big ADP machine off somewhere.

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ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies

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reverted?

Even with the use of blimps for anti-submarine work in WW II and the radar platforms of the early Cold War, I can't imagine that Goodyear ever made anything like the money on blimps that it did on tires.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Hey, wait a minute!

I didn't found Facebook, either, can I be famous too?

(Admittedly, my biceps, and particularly my chin, are not up to their standards.)

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Re: Media player

Well, it's two gadgets instead of one, then. And some compulsive types may believe that they are too indispensable to be unreachable by phone for the duration of the run.

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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

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projectiles

I am well aware that mobiles can become projectiles, having followed El Reg's close coverage of some supermodel or t'other hurling a mobile while throwing a fit.

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

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Different

Either a skeleton key or a device for opening bottles and cans. But I can definitely see a market for replicas with sharpened ends, to play mumblety-peg with.

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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What's Necks?

And here I thought it was age. Maybe The Register should market tee shirts saying "I'm Not Old, I'm a Techie", or fake gold necklaces reading "TECH NECK".

There is a very large US government contractor named CACI, (said by some of its employees to stand for "Captains and Colonels, Inc." ) They have their fingers in a lot of stuff, and no doubt employee a lot of wrinkly-necked types (though the ones I've worked with tended to be young); however, I gather this company is not related.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Meanwhile, Bill Gates shakes his head at the want of creativity.

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

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a datum for the sample

I care.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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Re: acronyms

To be lectured on the norms of war or international conduct generally by a Briton? I am sure they would bow to your moral superiority, wit, etc.

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acronyms

It is said that employees of the FBI claim that DEA stands for Drunk Every Afternoon, and that DEA staff return the favor with Famous But Incompetent. I'm not sure who came up with Uncle Sam;'s MIsguided Children for the USMC, but Marines actually seem to like it.

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A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

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Now, really

To quote Mr. Cellan-Jones:

"Now it's fair to point out that some of the criticism is mean spirited. There is a minority of older experienced programmers who see themselves and their craft as an exclusive band of brethren and will always be hostile to an initiative like this. A glance at the comments under a YouTube video of Lottie Dexter's Newsnight interview reveals a murky world of misogyny and coding snobbery."

(My emphasis.) And this is in the fourteenth paragraph of seventeen, with paragraphs two through seven critical of the program or at least its launch.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Wait, what?

"He also recommended Norway, which had harvested its oil revenues into a trillion-dollar capital wealth fund."

He who can roll Thomas Jefferson, Margaret Thatcher, and the Norwegian Labour Party into one political agenda was wasting his time in venture capital. Surely Kleiner Perkins was just trying to set a visionary free for his true vocation.

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

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A couple of points

First, the BBC guy did not say that all objectors were snobs or misogynists. He did, in passing mention misogynistic comments on some posting or another, and I don't doubt he found them.

Second, while I am sure that Ms. Mulqueeny knows exactly what she's talking about, I am equally sure that I don't. Could somebody post a translation for American readers?

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Yet Another Option

It didn't mention Flappy Bird at all: the source has a sense of proportion. (Of course, it might be in cuneiform on clay tablets, but you can't have everything.)

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Indian press focuses on Satya Nadella's love of cricket

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Refreshing

I know roughly zilch about cricket, but he should be a refreshing change from American-bred CEOs who like football (American) analogies.

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Re: Waterloo and Microsoft?

Eaton? That would be John Eaton Elementary School on Reno Road NW in Washington, DC? Wow, who knew.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: So ghastly...

"my youngest daughter's prospective secondary school had dumped everything else in favour of this rubbish"

Everything? Textbooks, test tubes, and tennis rackets? I have no idea what the computer technology was at the offspring's secondary school--I assume Windows-based, but never looked,

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Re: Whoaa... If it IS tongue-in-cheek

Or that they replied in the same spirit.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

"Or the habit of Japanese musicians to include random English words or phrases in their songs!"

What can I say, but "Yeah, yeah, yeah." (Or maybe "hey nonny, nonny.")

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Celebrity email cracker 'Guccifer' cuffed in Romania: reports

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A-Listers?

Because you get an A on your 20th-Century history class if you can identify John Dean and Mariel Hemingway?

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Really?

"this argument offers little to shareholders"

I thought that offering little to shareholders was the Amazon way.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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yes, and

The Bill of Rights states that Congress shall make no law, etc. At the time the Constitution and the first amendments were ratified, there were a number of state churches, and in a number of the fastest-industrializing states.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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Re: Welp, that's Yelp.

No, a movie studio can't sue for bad reviews. They get bad reviews all the time, and it doesn't really seem to matter that much.

And Fox News is exerting great efforts to damn a book about its founder, Roger Ailes, but is unlikely to have any effect. The people who love Fox News wouldn't have read it, the people who hate Fox News will buy it no matter what Fox says, and everyone else will be discouraged by the bulk.

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Hmm

Maybe we can jailbreak it and run Ubuntu on it--Wotten Wablet.

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Phablet?

You mean, like a really small phable?

If told with intent to deceive, is it a phiblet?

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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Removing the agitator from a top-loading machine is not particularly difficult, though it might be if you were drunk enough to think that this is a good idea. But even with the agitator gone, I'm not sure how anyone over about jockey size can fit into the drum of a standard washing machine.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

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Let the punishment fit the crime

Make the perp serve out his term in an airline terminal, living on airline food and sleeping on hard plastic seats under fluorescent lights.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Microsoft Mod?

When you dress up Gates or Ballmer in a black turtleneck to compete with Steve Jobs?

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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Re: Oh my

Turn around and we'll show you.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: You're hardly a kid at 20

Some years ago (probably before 9/11 added to the paranoia level), I would see people milling around outside an office building in downtown Washington, DC. It turned out that the building they worked in kept getting bomb threats, requiring evacuation and search. Presently it turned out that two men were responsible for it, one of whom worked in the building. The other would call in a bomb threat so that they could have a good long lunch.

On the one hand, I'm pretty sure that both were over 20. On the other hand, I was also pretty sure that they weren't Harvard material.

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

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Re: This is obviously satire

I used to say that I longed to see the day that "Asperger's Syndrome" would join "penis envy" on the recycling bin of embarrassing old psychiatric diagnoses. Well, according to the DSM V, that day is here. You may not be able to make eye contact or read emotions, it is true; but it is also true that your psychiatrist or psychologist cannot put down AS as the syndrome you're treated for--the code is gone, and the insurance companies won't cough up.

Was Nash ever diagnosed with AS? My impression is that he was flat-out schizophrenic.

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Re: An unsolvable decision problem

Clearly, then, juvenile omniscience fantasies are to be preferred. And really, do you believe that you have _ever_ met an unsolvable decision problem?

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Re: Hello doctors

“a feeling that you had to say something”

Now there's something that has created more disasters (at least social ones) than booze. Of course, it can be a secondary effect of the latter.

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