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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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multiple cursor feature

Textpad does this as well and it's one of the reasons I've stuck with it all these years

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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TOTM

Typo of the Month

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Re: Those who root and flash a custom rom

2 of the top paid apps are for rooted phones,

I agree that the overall market share might not be big, but it is a big slice of the market share that counts i.e. users who are tech savvy and cash rich

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Terminator

Almost 2 years old?

XP was a lot older than that before it got replaced :)

The analysts also forgot the second division, those who root and flash a custom rom and those who don't

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Honk if the car in front is connected

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Re: Just my experience

are

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150mph

I think I need a new keyboard (or typing lessons)

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Re: Just my experience

That was in 1988! There a pilots flying right now born after that event

The last thing these systems need is an off switch, it's the lack of an off switch that will overall make the roads safer and protect you from Mr Dickhead BMW driver deciding to switch his off and go flying through automated traffic at 10mph

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Now even MORE 'interns' make iPhones - Chinese labour watchdog

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Hey, media barons: The noughties called, they want their mobile tech back

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Re: Ad industry least innovative

Have you not seen PlayStation Home in action?

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SimCity 2000

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Having a map large enough to build a dozen huge metropolises miles from each other, linked by super highways with various smaller settlements along the way, would have been really cool

Like SimCity 4?

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

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Re: Cat's not friendly.

I can't be bothered looking it up to confirm but I was under the impression that CAT make specific modifications to the bulldozers for the Israeli army effectively turning them into an arms dealer

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Re: @Fink-Nottle (was: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras)

Indeed one of my gripes is that UK cops will often ignore traffic driving below the signposted minimum speed on motorways

Apart from a couple of exceptions there are no minimum speed limits on any UK roads including the motorway

There is a mention of not holding up traffic if you are driving a slow moving vehicle but it is not law

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

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Pirate

Google

Like all semi-incompetent programmers I get Google to do all the hard work for me

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New social network is for DEAD PEOPLE

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Re: Oh oh!

Wasn't that already done in Caprica?

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North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some

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Big Brother

Now we know what hair styles Winston and Julia would most probably have

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SimCity Classic

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Re: Donuts

roads have traffic and pollution problems

no roads means only ignoring complaints about a lack of roads

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Re: You came up with donuts?

Those hazy pre-internet days

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Re: Gridlock

"I put it down to the simplicity of code"

Intentional pun?

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Happy

Donuts

For me donuts were a fairly obvious method of maximising space for buildings vs space for roads. Infact in the versions I played (Amstrad CPC and SNES) you could get rid of the roads altogether and just build rail.

Industrial complexes were best placed at the edge of the city, that way some of the pollution ends up "off map"

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

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Re: @Vladimir (was: @stanimir (was: JPEG -- @DAM 08:24 (was: ::yawns::)))

It is possible to enjoy masturbation AND socialising, just not at the same time

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: He's quite right

The high streets with proper local shops are doing ok.

Think large village high street with independent butchers, cafe, book stores, antiques etc...

The town and city high streets with their identikit HMV, Boots, WHSmiths, H Samuels, Argos H&M chain stores deserve to die.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Re: Meanwhile...

Slight difference unfortunately, Tax avoidance vs Tax evasion

Amazon and Google declare all of their UK profits, which just happen to be almost zero thanks to some legal accounting fudgery

This pair didn't declare what they should have declared and so have been sent to jail

As Denis Healey said:

"The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall."

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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@Z80 Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?

I'm thinking about removing the "Ace" and fully embracing my inner Rimmer

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Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?

"Why does the Beeb like to use units of measurement which are totally meaningless to its audience when trying to make things meaningful?"

RTFA

I know there is a growing trend amongst hard of reading wing commentardship to prevent facts getting in the way of a decent rant but the BBC didn't make that comparison, that image was from Maersk

As the text under the image states

"This image from Maersk shows what 18,000 shipping containers look like in the wrong place"

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

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Headmaster

You could always

Get a degree in the subject

http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/study/postgrad/degreedetails.asp?17

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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

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Top 1%!

I'm in a select group of 2 million linkedin members

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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Re: Wow, like playing darts.

You say it like that's a bad thing

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Re: @Thorne

Wrong time? You're holding it wrong

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

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Re: Maybe he read Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion"

"It's possible for a man to be arrogant and correct."

I reject that reality

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AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

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Re: be of zero interest to 99.9% of the population "

And yet history has shown that the more shite that can be pumped through a distribution network the faster prices will drop. This has been demonstrated in

Paper based publishing

TV

Fixed line internet

and now broadband internet

The market is already driving increased bandwidth for lower prices and will continue to do so.

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Re: It is absolutely amazing. One of the most remarkable technological advances in modern....

WTF did you think it would be used for?

The alternative would be to limit usage to pursuits with the aim of benefiting mankind which would be of zero interest to 99.9% of the population meaning that your mobile broadband would cost £1000's per month

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Re: @frank ly

Note that the SIM only One Plan is a rolling one month contract

Mine is on a 2 year contract, I tether to my tablet during the day too and regularly get through 10GB a month

I've not used more than 3GB a day though

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Re: Data cap anyone?

Three mobile offer unlimited data, as do Giff Gaff, not too much use to you in the USA though sorry!

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Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

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Re: The arrogance

Next you'll be telling me that I shouldn't base my opinions of minorities on the contents of The Daily Mail

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Re: The arrogance

The competition is proof that they thought that someone else could achieve what they admittedly failed to do

You'll also notice that what you quoted is a quote from the original article, not a quote from the scientist. The original article continues with a real quote from the scientist:

“This is a proof-of-concept demonstration that we can bring people together not only from different schools and different disciplines, but from entirely different economic sectors, to solve problems that are bigger than one person, department or institution,”

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Re: Being driven in droves to LibreOffice??

Failing back at you

Office starter is only available pre installed on new PCs, I can't go out and buy a copy. It exists purely to suck people into buying a proper version

Office web apps is online only and doesn't even come close to being something that could be used every day

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

My daughter (age 8) frequently asks questions about where is such and such a function

Name one

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

I fail to see what's difficult about it

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Re: Being driven in droves to LibreOffice??

It's not always been like that; The Office license used to allow installation on a desktop (primary computer) and a laptop (secondary computer).

The current licensing strategy is going to hurt sales and revenue and Microsoft really need to look at releasing a low cost basic version.

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Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

I like it too, in fact I would hate to go back to the old menus now. The ribbon has everything a mouse click or two away and has functionality grouped in a sensible manner.

One of the best things about it is that when I go and use someone else's PC I can actually find stuff. The old menus were far too easy to customise and made.

Anyone who still finds it difficult after 5 years shouldn't be calling themselves an IT pro. Strangely enough though it is only "IT" types who I ever hear complaining about it. The rest of the world just seems to use it and get on with their lives

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Alexei Sayle

Is that Alexei Sayle the renowned metal and wood worker?

Leave comedians to their comedy, it's only ever got enough fact in it to make it funny

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Big Data versus small data: Unpicking the paradox

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Re: Numbers as strings

look up benfords law:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benford's_law

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@acobley

If you were storing tweets you would want to break each tweet down before storing it:

A back of a fag packet design would give you:

1 table containing all @ mentions in the tweet

1 table containing all hashtags in the tweet

1 table containing all words in the tweet (with a position indicator)

other tables might store all sentences or recognized word combinations in the tweet of which "the register" might be one.The ETL feed would run against a master data table which itself could be populated from mined data from the previous million or more tweets

Storing the data in this way would mean that it could be properly indexed in the RDBMS and avoid the use of the dreaded '%the register%' comparison which would kill query performance.

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@Kubla Cant

In an RDBMS system the level of at which the data is deemed to be atomic is determined by the database design. Each column holds one piece of information.

If the system using the database needs to be concerned with the individual characters in a string then a string is no longer atomic and storing that data as a string is breaking a fundamental RDBMS rule.

To put it another way, you wouldn't store comma separated values in a database column, you would split those values out into proper columns or rows depending upon the structure of the data. The exception to this would be if the database or the systems that used it were designed to not care what was in the string or care that it was comma separated values; it is just a string to be stored, read and reproduced as is.

This is also why database designers HATE free text fields, they always end up being abused and used as data stores for non-atomic data as a short cut for changing the database and/or user interface

(I think the DOB was a typo that got past the editor)

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Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken

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Re: Why?

A thousand apologies in advance to the commentard grammar nazis for using "your" in place of "You are"

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Re: Why?

Your thinking of unlocking from carrier restrictions. i.e. which SIM cards will work inyour phone.

This unlocking removes the OS level restrictions of what the user is allowed to do/install on their phone.

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Re: Hackers these days...

Given how long its been around, I'd have thought that l33tspeak would be out of fashion with teenagers by now

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Order posts by postdate

and is preferably tapatalk compatible

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

"This is because when salmon are in abundance the bear will eat just the most nutritious parts, such as the head, and leave the rest for scavengers. This behaviour does not show "greed" as you seem to think, it is simply the most efficient strategy for the bear in times of abundance. When salmon are fewer they will eat the entire thing."

The bears don't leave the fish for the scavengers, they just leave the fish. Scavengers happen to pick them up afterwards but this is of no concern of the bears

At a fundamental level greed is energy efficiency. Grab what you can now whilst its easy and to hell with every one else.

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Re: Where are we?

"WTF is a BluRay Monday?"

Its a High Definition Monday, which seems like a waste, I'd rather have a High Definition Saturday and Sunday

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