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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

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Re: code examples

If you were relying on SCO then sounds like you got off lightly!

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

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Re: So...

To be fair, it _isn't_ a bug, not in the technical sense; it is most definitly a "feature"

It should come as no surprise to any decent coder that turning on debugging can cause a data flood.

As others have said, if this causes a problem for the kernel, then THAT is where it should be limited.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: @ andreas koch @ Graham Dawson - Am I the only one ....

No, ground is generally the shield.

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Middle England trembles before roaring LOHAN

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Re: Typical...

Why so much soot?

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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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Re: EvilPixieMan

I've worked on several projects where the Sales people have sold the customer a brand of perpetual motion. Then you have the fun of explaining what you mean to a middle manager who doesn't care.

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Re: @Fido L Dido

" The skilled manager who keep these people on focus and on target are always going to be worth much more."

The what?!

"skilled" + "manager" ?

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blonde?

Like I said, Case Closed.

Even a first year law student would be able to get those conditions dismissed as unreasonable in any reasonable court of law, even if that student was so stupid that he was unable to make the argument that Dell were doing something that was not "distribution".

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Re: Are they blonde?

"A Dell spokeswoman said the fee covered the time taken to install FireFox, rather than the product itself."

Case closed,

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Re: All we know is...

Don't worry, Paul O'Neil (he is the current Stig, right?) is already a nano-man.

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No sex please, we're Twit-ish. Vine bans non-educational nudity

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Re: 6 seconds

Absolutely - think how many attempts would be needed to get any clip to loop perfectly seamlessly...

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)

For the love of $Deity, stay away from the RS catalogue(s)!

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

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Re: When is an upskirt not an upskirt

"No one taking pictures of her in a public environment can be accused of voyeurism."

Really?

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

I'm sure the last thing that the grieving family wants, is to find out what particular flavour of porn their Granny was in to.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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To be fair, some of the things I wanted to do at school _would_ have blown the school up, at least a little bit, whatever I may have been willing to tell teacher.

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Re: aide of David Cameron

I suspect that we are about to hear a repeat of the "purely for research purposes" defence - the poor man was clearly just showing Dodgy Dave just how much depravity was out there, that we all need to be protected from...

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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

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Re: where do you see any attack on Apple?

"I guess you need to read between the lines" ->

"The report does not say if the third person sustained an injury."

Yes, it does.

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Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

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Re: So, for once, sanity prevails...

Really?

So how come the maker of "Candy Crush Saga" got a trademark for "Candy Crusher" ??

As far as I can see these two are not the same...

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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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Re: Do fuck off, Zuckerberg

I kind of lost the plot at the whole 1,000 times more efficient bit

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

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Re: "The 12v ejaculator" ...

Outdoor kit, so would undoubtedly be 110v - the stuff with the yellow commando sockets.

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Re: Retail Business Truths

Repeat business is great, but any business that makes a loss on any single sale is already destined to die, whether the customer comes back or not.

Of course, assuming that all stock was paid for when it was brought in store, rather than being on "sale or return", then turnover is generally more important than margin...

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?

Good example of how 'universal' things are almost always shit - a connector for use in a vibrating environment, that only has friction-locking...

Anyway, I know that it would require an article in itself, but what about SCSI connectors?

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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Re: Next time ...

Perhaps you need to learn what "filtering" actually means.

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Re: Next time ...

If it stops motorcycles from weaving down the white line when the other traffic is "only" doing 65mph then fine, make helmets illegal

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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Re: Consumer vs Enterprise

Except for when the I stands for "Independent"...

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Re: Where's the surprise

The five year old WD10EACS looks like an amazingly good one, with no failures at all!

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Oh, but you forget, he: "voluntarily answered questions" so that was all totally okay. It's not like he missed the movie that he had paid good money for, or was in any way threatened with being taken into custody...

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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

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Re: re: re: leave Waco

Actually, a semi-automatic rifle _IS_ an assault weapon as far as almost every armed forces in the world is concerned.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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In that case, the constitution can be said to have failed, since judging by the influence that the church currently has over all US politicians.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: Public Records?

There is a massive difference between it being on record, and going out and telling everyone on Twitter.

I have to say, that I have always thought that this was peculiar, and unfair - innocent unless proven guilty, but smeared from day one.

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

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Re: Nice thought, logical ideology, BUT...

The trouble here, as ever, is that there are many small inventors out there, trying to sell their inventions to a company big enough to make it viable. Many of those companies are unscrupulous, can do the maths, and just rip off the idea without paying anything. How do you differentiate between these people, who need MORE patent protection, and those that we all recognise as trolls?

We all know them when we see them, but how do you define it properly?

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

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Re: Accidental?

Never mind that, why did they feel it was necessary to state that the autopsy was "carried out after his death" ??

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How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

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Re: Change the incentives of the patent office

That would appear to be the fundamental problem with patents at the moment - there are two equally worthy groups of people, one with large wallets and one with almost no money. These two groups are fairly equally split between being (potential) patent owners and (potential) patent infringers, so attempts to use financial means to sort it out will never work.

My particular pet peeve though, is that in the old days, filing a patent actually explained to other people how you invention worked, so that when the patent expired, then the state-of-the-art in that particular field automatically took a step forward. Modern patents don't seem to fulfill this part of the bargain - they define what other people are not allowed to do, but when the patent expires, it is useless to _everyone_.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Either way, I can't believe you just gave up after a single attempt.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: better, how?

Because iLO runs during boot up, so you don't have to sit there wondering if the system is stuck at a BIOS prompt/failure.

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

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Re: Feminists are irritating

"And what, exactly, have they done, on the evidence of this article, to irritate you?"

The number one thing they did was stir up a hornet's nest over alleged sexism, thereby side-stepping the issue that the best female role-model they could come up with was an irrelevant, long-dead populist author, completely missing women who made a positive contribution to society, such as Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale or even Emiline Pankhurst...

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@Red Bren

I may be reading this wrong, but I think the CPS are saying that the suspect is at least partially "educationally challenged" (or whatever the current euphemism is.)

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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No, that is a rubbish analogy, so how about we just look at specifics:

Google wanted to use Java, so that they didn't have to re-invent the wheel, but realised that they couldn't have enough control to "optimise" it for mobile use.

Google still wanted Android developers to be able to write Java programs that would run on Android, without having to go to all the effort of creating their own eco-system, so they copied the "look-and-feel" of Java, while doing a re-write of the Java language.

If you _really_ want an analogy, it is the re-write of the IBM BIOS. The guys that did this were legal because it was done in a clean-room environment. In this case it is patently obvious that the was NOT a clean-room re-write.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: To sum up

All data in the possession of a US-based company is subject to the Patriot Act, regardless of the location of that data.

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

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Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.

A halt is any time the vehicle is not moving; a 'complete halt' is where the vehicle has been placed in neutral, handbrake on, feet off the pedals, etc.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Re: It's really sad they're not actually available

Not available? Just pay a quick visit to Baikonur and you should be able to get a cupful fairly easily, just make sure to take two containers - and let the mother-in-law do the mixing herself...

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Re: @dogged (was: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...)

When you drink a pint, you don't (usually) pour the dregs down my throat, whether I like it or not...

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Vulture 2 spaceplane STRIPPED to the bone

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@Lester

But it's not like it's Brain Surgery...

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FFS just launch the bloody thing will you?

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Data of 42 MILLION seekers for love plundered from Aussie dating site

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Re: Ummm

Think that is more likely to be 1.5m spam-bot accounts, and 40m "staff profiles, purely for testing purposes"

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

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How in all that's holy, can you have a conversation like this without even mentioning "Communism" "Marxism" etc.?

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Google spaffs $80m on Sun-powered kit: Calm down, Oracle. It's SOLAR

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"enough to power 16,000 homes" - interesting, but how about a more relevant measure, ie milliDatacentres, or kiloServers, or MegaSearches ?

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Dark HEAVY METAL star fires up jets, vomits hot ROCK into space

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Re: mining

If this really is coming out at two-thirds of the speed of light, then the last thing you want to do is get anywhere near one of these jets, they would make a plasma cutter look like an airline plastic knife.

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Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat

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Re: Facebook could block pic printing and saving if it wanted to.

No, it couldn't - anything that it serves up can be saved if you have the right tools. Generally something like FireBug is more than enough to get around any "right-click blocking"

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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I just love the way that the boffin claims that a light-based cloak is basically the same principle as this radio-based one. I guess he's fishing for funding, or something, 'cos I can think of a couple of significant issues.

And surely this is no more than one level more complex than the radar jamming carried out by standard ECM pods since at least the 1960's ?

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OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

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> "Surely you don't consider 1 to be prime?"

What integer is it divisible by, other than one, and itself?

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