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Speaking in Tech: On iPhone 6 - 'If you make big-*ss phones, you'd better make 'em usable'

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Obligatory xkcd

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hyphen.jpg

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

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negative equity

I don't see how negative equity should be used as a emotional bargaining chip. When housing markets collapse people who made unwise investments MUST be burned. Otherwise people will not think twice about getting in that position and will assume everyone else will bail them out, either through artifically high house prices or receiving taxpayer funds directly. It *will* all eventually collapse at some point, and when it does, it'll affect everyone simulateously. Just look at what happened in Ireland.

The government mortgage guarantee scheme was a terrible, terrible idea. It's a bluff.

Governments should have nothing to do with the private property market at all.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Can't say I blame them

Oh I have used it in the past 8 years, did you deliberately ignore my comment about having to reinstall it when I changed the graphics card?

Oh and the update to Trusty failed mid-way too and, yup you guessed it, complete reinstall... to Windows7 and VMs. Never looked back.

Sorry I upset you with facts.

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Can't say I blame them

Maybe someone had to reinstall Ubuntu after doing something as simple as changing graphics card...

Linux works perfectly well as guest VM OS on a Windows host. That's how I do all my dev.

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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Re: Anam

'anam' is also Irish for 'name'

amazing

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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

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SELinux eh?

People still trust that?

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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Don't consumer-grade GPS chips stop working when they detect you're travelling above a certain speed and/or altitude, to stop terrorists from making their own guided missiles?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Migrated from Be too

And to be honest I've not noticed any difference once Sky sent me out a new router. My old Be one started dropping once I got my new static IP. It's not that bad. The 'no Sky TV' fee is a bit cheeky.

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

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GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.32.4/./gobject/gtype.c:2722: You forgot to call g_type_init() at /usr/lib/perl/5.18/DynaLoader.pm line 207.

GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `result != 0' failed at /usr/lib/perl/5.18/DynaLoader.pm line 207.

F**king sweet! Mid install

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Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

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You're still going to get jerky video recording due to frame dropping because of SSD card latency, if you use that to store your media.

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EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia

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Who the hell are these bureaucrats to tell a private company that's struggling how to run it's business?

Perhaps the lobbying-trolls have been at work behind the scenes

Eurodicks

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Calling Doctor Caroline Langensiepen of Nottingham Trent uni

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Shame

That article sounds interesting

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Watch out, MARTIANS: 1.3 tonne INDIAN ROBOT is on its way

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Re: Excuse me India

Self esteem? In a country with an disgraceful caste system that no-one talks about?

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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VMWare Player

My mate Dave had Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion successfully installed and working on VMWare Player. I *believe* this Service Pack will prevent your VM from booting even though it downloads and installs.

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London's Tech City welcomes first Chinese tenant

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The Chinese... a great bunch of lads

Hopefully this'll be jobs for the best, not jobs for Chinese abroad.

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

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Sigh

It's probably a system so complex you can find anything you're looking for. Has anyone found a climatic process related to the Golden Ratio yet?

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Oz government knew about PRISM BEFORE Snowden leaks

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Come on, no government, 'Western' or not, desires anyone to have any privacy

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Multitasking

"We don't multitask too well, but we do one task at a time and do it well"

I recently moved from a very large corporation culture to a small (< 30 people, 5 of which are infrastructure/software engineers) startup and the ability to drop everything a work on something else, while undesirable, is a total must. We try to be Agile but there are times when Just Get It F*****g Done overrule and sprint plan. I couldn't see an 'Aspie' ever working in these conditions, so are they resigned to large process driven corporation culture where politics also probably come more into play?

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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

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broken speed limit

i assumed these cars wouldn't be going faster than a bicycle

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: Stuck in the past

You're not a FireFox user then

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Suffice it

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Facebook gov surveillance data kept locked inside, er, Facebook

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British law?

I thought facebook was subject to irish law, or something? Wasn't there a previous story about a company refusing to be served papers because the local law didn't apply to them... Or something...

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

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Re: Seriously, what's the problem

It was called Symbian.

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Re: Baffling

TMSI is part of the SIM, not the I Mobile Equipment Id. It's only ever supposed to be sent when your device connects to a network it's never seen before. this would imply this company are operating picocells in shopping centres.

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Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed

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Stop

Re: Wow

"security through obscurity"

one of the most overused phrases in IT.

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Malicious JavaScript flips ad network into rentable botnet

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Easy workaround...

Add mod_reqtimeout to your apache modules and watch it grind to a halt.

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Avanade?

The MS / Accenture partnetship? Thought they did mobile apps

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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Yes but if you want to match the performance that C++ gives you you need to start using sun.misc.Unsafe

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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Oh God

Javascript scripters will suddenly start firing out native plugins as though they were experienced develoeprs. What could possibly go wrong

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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

James 47

OAuth.. easy to use

Try implementing the protocol on a mobile device

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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

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Poor ST-E

They must have been desperate for the cash. Nokia arse-raped them when Symbian was canned

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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wrong town

EMC is in Ovens, not Ballincollig.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

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Tvcatchup only shows their own ads before a channel loads, all other ads are those broadcast by the channel you're watching. I don't see the problem. Also, it seems to stream at 360p at best so it's hardly in direct competition to aerial broadcasts.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: Mac OS X in VirtualBox works great.

I found OSX in virtual box buggy, such as doing 'About this mac' causes me to be logged on. It's more effort but it works pretty much flawlessly under VMware player.

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Re: He's right about hardware and driver issues

It's not a software patent that makes using wifi on my laptop for more than an hour panic the kernel.

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

Any monkey any type 'apt-get install cutemonkeylollipops', figuring out the last bit is the tedious part.

Also, the package name isn't necessarily the same as the program/library name. When you search for a windows program you inevitably have a download link right there in front of you. You missed the point of Linux not being suitable for non-techies and therefore will never succeed as an OSX/windows alternative for mum and dad.

I'm glad you're an apt-get expert, I hope it's on your cv. It'll be a useful skill to have until it's replaced by cutemonkeylollipops. My technical skills are up to scratch, don't worry about me pal.

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

Crunchbang? Really, who decided on that stupid name? This is also something that affects Linux adoption, the ridiculous names programs are given, names that tell you nothing about what they actually do.

I got back to using Linux after losing interest a few years ago, I run in in VMware player. Fine, I don't need it enough to faff around with drive partitions. It's a mess, too many distros, I don't know what they've done to grub but installing a custom kernel requires an unacceptable amount of googling. When I need to install some program i also need to google for the inevitable ridiculous name, and google or that apt-get command. Please, no non-techie would put up with this. Linux is geared towards programmers and system builders, it always will be.

I'm not a huge fan of OSX either, to be fair. It looks really nice, mostly. Win7 has it pretty much nailed

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Belgian boffins find colossal meteorite

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Ultimate troll

fly over antartica scattering rocks all over

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Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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It's the Apple iPi

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Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5

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The only good thing about html5 is that it's killing flash. My concern is that all these crap flash 'developers' will merely become crap html5 developers and my machine is going to pay the price.

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Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO

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MMB? LLAP? WTF?

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Meet Antarctic sysadmin Richard Youd

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Re: Godspeed, that man.

Wisdom teeth? Was that a joke or an actual requirement?

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I used to be an Oracle DBA ... but now I'm a Big Data guru

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From the job ads I've seen (I'm a C++ dev) the most money these days is in Java for HFT (figure that out) and python/JavaScript for web.

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Surely they can copy job adverts where companies look for people with Python skills as proof of usage?

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Arista wants to DANZ for high freaky traders

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HFT is all about FPGA these days, don't see these cutting it

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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It's a bit of Beagle 2

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Java open-source frameworks 'pose risk' to biz - report

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fingers in ears

La la la la la la

AbstractSingletonProxyFactoryBean

lalalalalala

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

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VS2012

As far as I can tell, VS2012 is Windows 8 only. Meh.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

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lightning-fast Pascal Compilers

Weren't they 'lightning fast' because you had to write your code so that it wouldn't require two passes of the compiler?

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Nokia axes 300 IT bods, outsources 820 to Tata, HCL

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HCL were there already for about two years. Raise a ticket, hear nothing back

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