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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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At what point

Is it simpler/cheaper to build the chip fab in SPAAAACE thus avoiding pesky Earth based vibrations

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4G networks are BIG TIME SUCK for us videogame-obsessed Brits

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Re: Subhead

"the mall" in the subhead is not capitalised, so is not the definite article, i.e. The Mall (AKA Pall Mall) and so it would refer to the other usage of the word as a synonym for what us normal people call a shopping centre.

There are some malls in the UK, Bluewater (in Kent) refers to itself as a mall as does BIrchwood Mall near Warrington. I'm sure there are others!

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

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Re: Warranty vs Firmware?

Overclocking is definitely enabled on many custom ROMs - although they always come with a big warning message.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: General IT

"But don't just expect me to jump because you have "and other reasonable duties" in my contract."

Unfortunately, there is a reason why it's in your employment contract. You belong to them and if they ask you to jump then you either jump or face the possibility of it being used against you in a court of HR

Thats one the benefits of contracting... my "very specific" business insurance does not cover me when undertaking any tasks not specified in the contract

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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

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Could be worse, you might have become an unscrupulous landlord happy to bankrupt tennants with extortionate rents

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Re: Question:

Ironically the only GTA missions I can think of that involve prostitutes are:

GTA III which had a couple of pick up and drop off some hookers in a set time missions

and

GTA San Andreas which had a the optional "pimping" missions which meant driving the girls around and protecting them from any abusive punters.

In all the missions a dead hooker equals failure

IIRC The killing prostitutes line comes from a daily mail article when GTA III came out. One of their journalists obviously had a very warped mind when they sat down to play it.

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Your choice of degree is an example of lateral thinking

"And of course physics guys are too lazy to learn quicksort. "

Do people still need to write their own sort routines?

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Re: The findings are bollocks

Give me a "B" graduate with an interesting bunch of projects on github over an "A+" graduate who only focused on their coursework.

Pros and cons with this approach

The problem with any job is that there will be large amounts of time spent doing stuff you rather wouldn't have to do. An "A+" grad has already demonstrated the necessary discipline needed to maintain focus.

The "B" graduate would probably start posting bollocks on el reg as soon as he/she got bored with whatever it is they are supposed to be doing for you

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

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Re: SQL 2014

As someone who works as a contractor almost exclusively with SQL Server in companies who predominantly use SQL Server, I have never had the impression that "SQL" was synonymous with "SQL Server".

The one caveat is the occassional non technical user who tries (badly) to use the lingo.

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Too soon for a new SQL Server?

It feels as if 2012 has barely got its foot in the door in terms of market penetration vs 2008/

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Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service

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Re: Mtech25 This is a good idea

"Yeah, but it would be tempting to jump on Ark Ship B just because you'd be instantly elevated to most intelligent person on the ship."

Most intelligent person on the ship up untill the meteor hits the planet.

There is a reason why all the thickos are put on Ark Ship B.

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Huawei set to pump MILLIONS into 5G mobe networking research

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Re: Coverage is more important

@boltar : Glass half empty today?

One possible solution could be to make small, low powered base stations which can chain or repeat the connection to a proper base station. Speeds might not be amazing but it would allow them to fill some of the obvious gaps in coverage

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Re: "the majority of the work remains ahead of us."

Not if they're in 4K resolution!

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The Reg undergoes a Twitter makeover: Come join the squawk

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Trollface

I think it's time to turn your Beard and Sandles in to your nearest usenet representative.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Re: 1 out of 10

"Never buy a fucking French car"

The French operate the CRaP car network... Critoen, Renault and Peugeot.

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Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

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Re: It deserves to meet a fate like that of Jacking House

Good find!

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: Rewarding Loyalty

"the latest iPhone for free..."

£600 for sitting outside all day and night for 5 days whilst taking online abuse...

NO THANKS

"What an intolerant society we sadly live in..."

They aren't queuing up for a blessing from the pope.

They're queuing up and giving free advertising to one of the biggest companies in the world. A company hoarding a significant proportion of the worlds money and a company which will bend any rule it can to avoid paying tax.

At best they deserve to be forcibly removed from the pavement they are blocking

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What they should do

Is use their right to protest and stage an anti tax dodge protest sit-in in front of the store.

They can then call an end to the protest the minute the new iPhone is for sale

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Re: Queuing already?

Really?

The big diference is that we don't have to wait outside in the rain for 5 days to mock the sad cases

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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

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Instead of paying through the nose or consultancys

That money could have paid for a lot of hookers

The end result would have been slightly better if not too dissimilar

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

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Re: Rotten UX?

Or at least it would if this wasn't being Moderated to death!

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Rotten UX?

This should make for an interesting and entertaining Friday topic

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Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

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Re: Looks up, checks calendar. @JDX

The Tories didn't say they would scrap it

They said they would review it

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Re: Looks up, checks calendar.

It's a none issue because HMRC have pretty much given up on it:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/freedom/ir35-status-enqs.htm

Most contractors still operate as if IR35 doesn't exist.

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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Re: Linux, and why I don't love it

A reach around would probably suffice

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Cavemen innocent in MAMMOTH MURDER case: DNA evidence

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Re: @AceRimmer - mamoth hunter

Try watching a bull fight (before they're banned), the matadors have a pretty high survival rate compared to the much bigger bulls

And watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qaj-UQ7HMw

The harassment and hunt would take place over several hours until the herd is exhausted and make easy pickings. There is a reason why of all the Mammals we are one of the best adapted to long distance endurance running.

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Re: @AceRimmer You are clearly unfamiliar with..............

Harass herd

Separate calf from adults

Kill calf

Leg it

Return once the angry mammoth mother has fucked off

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Re: seems to me hunting is dangerous

It would have made more sense for them to take the baby Mammoths. Take enough and the population will start to dwindle and become unsustainable.

At some point it become worthwhile to go after the adults too.

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I blame the Oggs in the next cave. They use TWO fires! One for warmth and a SEPARATE one for cooking.

They keep bleating on about their magical wheeled sled as well. That thing will be a death trap the first time it sees a hill. At least with a sled you know where you are.

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Beat the UK's incoming smut filter: Pre-censor your grumble flicks

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I'm sure there was something called "Wanking Dangerously" on Tvgohome (Either the website or the book) which was a hardcore porn film randomly cut with an interview with Ann Widdecombe

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

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Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

it’s a wikipedia article and a disputed wikipedia article at that!

What you have described there are the tricks that religions use but they are the tricks and propaganda that are used by many ideologies, marketing departments and oppressive regimes. To then call them a pseudoreligion is to twist the language to suit your purposes.

Have a look at some of the “atheist” pages on facebook. The propogation of meme’s, the use of language (sky fairies, imaginary friends etc…), the ridiculing of anyone of faith or not in “the atheist gang” and spreading of lies and half-truths are all signs of religion.

Atheism is simply the lack of belief in a God. Just because you don’t happen to like a certain atheist political system does not mean it’s not atheist.

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Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

Check this:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1941518

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Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

Ah yes, the ongoing militant atheist propaganda that only the religious are capable of genocide

ALL communist regimes have been aggressively anti-religion.

Soviet Russia

Post revolution Cuba

Khmer Rouge

PRoC

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

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Re: BUT

About 15 hours

Based on a top speed of 50mm/s (yes, that is millimeters)

and a Top Gear track length of 1.75 miles

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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The advantage is quite simple.

In keeping the current system going they don't have to admit they were wrong in the first place

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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

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Re: @Thorne (was: @ Paul J Turner (was: The sanity test will begin-))

The car will use infrared sensors to sense the deer before the deer even got to the road.

Car will marginally adjust speed to allow the deer to pass in front/behind the car

Deer and car do not collide

Passenger continues reading the paper/watching TV oblivious to what's happened

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Re: I, for one, will not purchase this tat.

It’ll be the cars with drivers which will carry on ploughing into other vehicles. Those with software controlling them will be safely coming to a stop out of harms way.

Most drivers have no idea about safe distances

And as for “Advanced training” you must be joking,. Most people get just below the legally required minimum and then scrape through the test after a number of attempts

Most people are capable of driving safely but the risk of death isn't great enough for them to bother with it

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Re: I, for one, will not purchase this tat.

Software can do a LOT more about it

1. The vehicle having a problem can instantly alert other vehicles to the emergency so they can start braking/taking evasive action

2. Vehicles can automatically monitor each other for potential problems

3. reaction time of a vehicle is much faster than a humans, again - alerts can propagate faster through the flow of traffic

4. Vehicles can be "taught" coping techniques for a wide variety of emergency situations

There is no reason why multi vehicle pileups cannot become a thing of the past once inefficient and inattentive humans are taken out of the equation

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Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

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Re: The Brand Name (vocalisation)

Their name does sound like they have serious identity issues "Who are we?"

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Photochemical vs Digital

If anyone is interested in finding out how the Digital filming compares to the old methods try watching side by side

Side by side on IMDB

It gives a fascinating insight into the pros and cons of both media

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Re: Future Digital

"Well, filming the next Star Wars at 1080 line resolution would make it obsolete in the UHDTV era of 3000 lines"

The current generation digital movie cameras shoot at over 5000 lines

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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This was the game

That convinced me to buy a SNES.

Many papers were delivered to achieve that goal!

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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

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Re: It is only getting worse

Don't blame capitalism. No large scale economy has ever looked after workers rights.

Even the trade unions will start to turn a blind eye once enough money gets involved.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

I see that the conformity police are out in force today

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Tell me, professor, what is big data?

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Re: Wrong? @ BlueGreen

What happens when you need to compare the current row with the next 10, 15, 1000 rows?

The point is, you are always going to have to make SQL do something which is slightly unnatural when you want to compare rows like this.

No one is saying it can't be done, as both of us have pointed out, it can be done and any SQL expert isn't going to run into any difficulties writing the SQL to do it.

BUT if all you are doing with the data is ploughing though the sets and analysing it in a sequential manner then SQL is a second best choice.

"SQL is wildly incompetent at comparing sequential rows"

I think the Prof was exercising his Journalist Licence when making that statement :)

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Re: Wrong?

"Ok, ordering: yes, it's a set but there's nothing in the relational model that prevents one from matching a row with the logically prior row "

Typically when you are comparing a row with "the next row" you have to define 2 sets, both containing the same data which you then join in such a way as to compare a row with its equivalent next row. With a self join method this would mean doing something like:

select Sale1.Price - Sale2.Price

from sales as Sale1

inner join sales as Sale2

where Sale1.ID = Sales2.ID+1

Sales1 and Sales2 might both contain data from the same table but they are defined as separate sets.

This is NOT the same as defining something as

Select current.Price - next.Price

from Sales

Which something like MDX would allow you to do as MDX works with ordered data sets

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Re: I tend to agree with Tom 7

How would you define the velocity, volume and variety of said slaps?

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

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What's better than competition? The illusion of competition

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