* Posts by AceRimmer

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: This is exactly the problem

"With science and technology subjects? I'm not convinced we are there yet. There are some good presenters, but the material always gets dumbed down."

I find that Radio 4 to be a last bastion of quality science programming, In Our Time in particular stands out as a show which allows experts to just talk about their subjects with only the gentle guidance of Melvyn Bragg.

Having said that, Radio 4 is not immune from the "must appeal to a wide audience and get younger listeners rot" which has infected the rest of the BBC.

Its a shame really, as a teenager I drew a lot of inspiration from the likes of Horizon, I can't even watch it these days without being distracted by the constant repetition as if they need to drill obvious facts into the minds of idiots.

Personally I blame the Discovery Channel.

Currently rewatching "Earth Story" on DVD from the late 90's. It is a superb example of factual programme making

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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All I see is

People with lots of money demanding even more money.

There is literally a couple of billon dollars of net worth signed up to this

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Obligatory comparison with non-Apple laptop

I get the impression that MacBooks are about the same value for money spec-for-spec as other manufacturers.

Similar spec, similar price Dell will be user upgradeable and serviceable and (at an extra cost) come with 3 year accident cover and on site support.

If you work contract or freelance then NOT having to make a 4 hour return trip to a service center is a very valuable feature.

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Re: Meh

I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?

Dell XPS 15-lxxx

I have a 2 year old one with 2 SSDs fitted and room for a 3rd if I swap out the Blueray player.

RAM is at 8GB but easily up-gradable to 16GB should I see the need.

Newer versions are slimmer, have better battery life, higher res touch screens and slightly better CPU and GPUs

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Can someone please standardise cloud standards?

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XKCD

Obligatory link

https://xkcd.com/927/

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: Load of bollocks

And even then MMDDYY is the format of idiots

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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

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Re: 10 years ....

"Well at least friends family and school chums get good employment"

Unfortunately for our Conservative friends that employment will be peanuts compared to the cash cow that was the NHS National Programme for IT.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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"I want my Nokia E71 back"

Who took it from you?

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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its quite straightforward to reflash with an older stock ROM if you want to revert to an older version

https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

Only downside is that you will lose all user data and settings

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Joke

Reminds me of the famous rhyme

If you want to see somewhere rough

Take a train to Slough

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IBM buys 'deep learning' upstart Alchemy API, inhales 40,000 devs

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Here's a quote from a "proper" news source

"The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers"

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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all the wheels?

"The pro version is designed to fold into a Transit van with the wheels removed"

All the wheels or just the back two?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Headmaster

Poll Tax?

"universal levy could be put on every household in the country"

i.e. NOT a poll tax

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: Excellent pricing

"It seems to be the phone of choice in "House of Cards 3" ..."

Thanks for the spoiler warning!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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" Me? I score more than 1,900 on this scale -"

You forgot to subtract 2000 points for giving a shit about class which, like money, only concerns those with none

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Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

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Confusing Headline

Given the Headline I thought that Paranoid Android had done a Cyanogenmod

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: Alistair (was:Whatever.)

To think that all these years I've been using A roads when driving from Leeds to Harrogate when I could have used the M42

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Germany's BND muscles in on metadata mass surveillance

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It's not Metadata...

...it's Data.

The "Metadata" moniker came about when the NSA tried to downplay how much data they were capturing

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: @Don Dumb

<mumsnet>

My 3yo Daughter goes to sleep by herself at 8pm and has been for a few months but it wasn't easy to get there.

First step was buying blackout shades for her room, especially useful when the evenings are lighter

A set bedtime routine is essential

After that it comes down to trust and training them to not be scared to be left alone. We went through these steps:

1. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying on my chest

2. Letting her fall asleep whilst lying next to me

3. Letting her fall asleep whilst I was sat on the bed

4. Letting her fall asleep whilst I sat in her doorway

5. Letting her fall asleep with her door open whilst I noisily pottered around getting stuff done close by

6. Door open + a night light - I get to go and do what ever and she falls asleep by herself

That all took about 3 months. Occasionally we had to take a step back but its something we understood would happen

She needs the night light now as she loves scary books about ghosts and dragons but also has an active imagination (as most toddlers do)

Any dissent on her part was treated as calmly as possible, an angry toddler isn't a sleepy toddler, repeated infractions result on her being left on her own for 5 minutes to cry it out and think about it.

For the record, she never slept in a cot, it was something we gave up trying to do and for the first 2 years she bed shared with us.

YMMV

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Joke

Fools

If only it was written in C++

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: Fair play to them

I'm holding out for Windows 10 to be properly released. If it does live up to its promise then I'll be very very tempted to ditch Android and unify my laptop and desktop OSs

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Re: Microsoft, Google and Apple - all guilty megaopolies

"The phenomenal sums of money available to both of these companies has reached scary levels of everything."

Both?

Global Hyper Mega Corps are nothing new and there are a lot more than those three. In fact 2 of the 3 companies you list are not even in the global top 20

http://www.forbes.com/global2000/list/

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Re: @Chris W (was: Boil pancetta (note splelling)?)

panceta

panceta

panceta

Or pancetta if you're Italian (or Jake)

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Exact wording

The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:

"A free upgrade1 for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"

http://news.microsoft.com/2015/01/21/windows-10-a-new-generation-of-windows/

So that looks like free to me so long as you already own Windows 7 or 8.1, upgrade within 1 year of Windows 10 being released and keep the device.

Any new devices will need a new (and presumably paid for) license

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Paris will become a quieter place in the summer

As an American why would you ask a Parisian if they speak French?

surely you mean:

PARLAY VOO EEEENGLEEEESH

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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Re: real work?

"As a contractor you should be able (and in some cases expected) to use your own equipment."

And I do spend a lot of money on my Laptops (I buy high end and make them last a few years)

I also spend on software, usually a separate windows licence for the client running in a VM, it makes it easy to hand over should anything happen as everything will be in the VM.

However, about 60% of the companies I've worked for insist on contractors using client issued equipment for security reasons. Given that I work on database systems and frequently have access to sensitive data thinks makes sense and is something which in their position I would make contractors do too.

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Re: Dell: Still waiting for something better than my Precision M90...

"If you don't do it, another manufacturer will."

Its been a few years already and no other manufacturer has bothered.

I don't find 15" (or 15.6") too small for development, although I run windows at native resolution on the 1920x1080 panel. Its big enough that I very rarely run applications maximised.

My previous laptop was a Dell M65 with a 15" 1920x1200 screen. Like you I thought I would be missing out with 120 less pixels. But once I had acclimatised to the slightly different shape it didn't bother me in the slightest.

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Re: real work?

Its the usual snobbery

Very high resolution wide screens are great for laptops as you often don't have a second screen and the width allows you to easily place 2 windows side by side without feeling that either window is being compromised.

Then later on, when work is finished and a gaming session in the hotel room is needed then the wide screen makes its second useful appearance.

... as it does again even later when catching up on a TV show

I have never i my life lamented a monitor being to short, I have though, especially when using the low res crap some companies expect us contractors to use missed having a full 1920 (or more) width screen

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Windows

I'm still glad to be a contractor

EOM

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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Re: Clickbait Article

"the nature of IT attracts the socially incompetent "

Or it could be that the prevalence of socially incompetent IT bods has made IT a haven for the socially incompetent

Problem solving (which is the bulk of real IT work) doesn't have to be anti-social

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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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After 2 hours

he's got $100

Contracting is more lucrative than that!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: here's a crazy idea

Of course Google are playing nice, they are actively working on replacing those drivers with automation

Those drivers will soon be promoted to driving instructors... and then fired en masse 2 days later when the robots start driving better than the humans

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Re: Agree

To be correct: The BBC moved out of Manc...

... and into Salford

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Re: Agree

"I need 20 C++ programmers, I could start my business in the Dales but I might have slightly more difficulty finding them than if I started in London."

Only slightly more difficult to find. Position your self correctly and you can have Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Manchester all within commutable distance.

Your 20 northern programmers will probably be more loyal than their southern compatriots.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Does it b(l)end?

Well?

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

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Re: Sad state...

"Quote: Totally unoriginal, "intelligent" art for idiots

Care answering which placard are you holding? "Migrants not Welcome", "Go Back to Africa" or "Keep off Our Worms"."

Amazing, you've just managed to equate having a low opinion of Banksy with being racist and anti immigration.

I'll leave the argument at that

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@AC Re: Sad state...

Wot other AC said

Just to add the personal touch:

I lost all respect for Banksy when he made the opening titles for the Simpsons insinuating that the production of the cartoon was done in some Far East sweatshop. I thought that was quite an insulting pointless cheap stab. The Simpsons production team is (or at least was back then) from one of South Korea's most prestigious animation studios.

and to further quote Blek le rat

"When I see Banksy making a man with a child or Banksy making rats, of course I see immediately where he takes the idea. I do feel angry. When you're an artist you use your own techniques. It's difficult to find a technique and style in art so when you have a style and you see someone else is taking it and reproducing it, you don't like that. I'm not sure about his integrity. Maybe he has to show his face now and show what kind of guy he is."

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Re: Sad state...

Banksy is as and always has been as corporate as they get. Totally unoriginal, "intelligent" art for idiots

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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

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Bales audition tape

is here

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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@Robin Re: Get the butter

find-your-sense-of-humour.com

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Keep them coming

I love these articles, and the comments, especially the comments.

All that belligerent moaning makes me feel so young!

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: huh?

"His lawyers argued that maintaining the road would prove too costly for the billionaire"

What's wrong with this sentence?

Can you spot it?

I think the sentence was written in the same theme as:

"So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-9lSEBBm0

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: This is while Agile is crap

Any methodology is only as good as the people using it

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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MalagaBay

Hi Eadon

*waves*

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: I can sense...

I am on Mint 17 - My apologies, the "break from convention" for the new release naming confused me and I'm typing this at work not on the laptop in question.

Laptop has a nvidia graphics card - I tried installing Bumble bee which was supposed to help, it didn't

Touchpad works great except for the rather crucial "turn off when typing" setting which prevents accidental clicks with ones palm when typing.

Command prompt is necessary for when the GUI options don't work. Notable instances:

Trying to fix touchpad and bluetooth

Installing Chrome (GUI fails for some reason)

Installing Spotify (If it could get an official release then I agree, it would be in the repos)

Installing anything which fails dependency checks. Typing "sudo apt-get install" is now muscle memory.

Fixing permissions on files (although there may be a GUI method which I don't know about)

Opening anything as SU (Again I might have missed something)

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Re: I can sense...

As a full time (at home at least) Mint 16 Cinnamon user I can assure you that they don't work a lot better

Bluetooth is still hit and miss (mainly miss as the lack of Bluetooth connectivity to my external speaker will testify)

You still need to remain intimate with the command prompt.

Touch pad settings are sometimes applied, sometimes not.

Laptop runs twice as hot under Linux than Windows

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Re: Cue increase in Office365 subscription costs

That was $114.8m profit from $2.9bn in sales.

I see no reason why Microsoft cannot increase that profit by a few hundred million once they integrate Mojang with their own operations

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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

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Eeewwww

"The scanned finger must be attached to a live human body"

Does it have to be the original human body or will any body capable of pumping blood do the job?

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: 9.1? I'm going the other way

"Much, much better surround sound (with decent headphones!)"

Which surround sound headphones did you get? Are they 5.1 compatible?

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