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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Re: If everyone has their own number ...

Actually, I've done a hack on certain makes of PIN pad and managed to download ALL of the PINs! Here you are:

0000

0001

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Logic - logic - logic and a little history

"removing and preserving them" - would that include removing the original colour from them (they would have been painted, not plain marble)? Even the British Museum shamefacedly admitted 15 years ago that they had been damaged by "heavy handed cleaning" whilst in its possession (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/543077.stm).

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Re: Must suck to be an musician in these days...

"That is on top of the problem of music where you have to differentiate yourself from all the bland crap out there. I've heard quite a few good bands, but have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of terrible bands."

There FTFY.

"Indie" doesn't have a monopoly on pretentious bands/fans or on bad bands either.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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If you're ever unfortunate enough to need surgery why don't you try making this comment to the surgeon who's about to operate on you, or the anaesthatist, or anybody else who will be responsible for your care? They, after all, are "...in the payroll of the Public Teat..." too.

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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Re: auditing

It could be fun to organise a campaign to hit them with Subject Access Requests from a vast number of people....

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Why is it ironic?

"...irony in the fact that the U.S. Marshal is selling an asset with demonstrated potential to facilitate crime..."

Why is it ironic? Most LEAs seize items from criminals and then, if they have resale value, auction them off in this way. So fast speedboats that have been used to run drugs into the US, or fast cars used in robberies, etc. are all sold. These have (demonstrably) been used to facilitate crime but nobody seems to think their sale is comment-worthy.

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'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

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WTF?

"...from my phone..." Really?

I'm always bemused by these folks who reckon they can run their businesses from their phone. Really? I mean, really really?

Sure I appreciate you can read and send emails and stuff. You can probably read text documents and very simple spreadsheets, but as soon as the content becomes at all complicated - graphs for example - can you really read and understand them? Or dense tables of figures? Even supposing you can, can you really write a lengthy (I'm thinking several pages) document for the board or similar?

If you'd said tablet I could amost believe it, but phone? No.

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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Re: The main point to remember here is...

And as for "Welsh isn't even standardised", neither is English.

Perfectly true, except that written English is pretty much standardised within the UK. The choices of "xyz English" in MS Word are on a national level - UK English, US English, Australian English, etc.

My point in my earlier post was that Welsh wasn't standard in places 70 miles apart which is hardly the same as saying that English isn't standard between places 3,000 miles apart (or more). Now if we were arguing non-standard Welsh on the basis of "Welsh" Welsh vs. Patagonian Welsh then it's a fair comparison, but that's not the basis of your argument.

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They got agreement on this?

I'm intrigued by this. As an Englishman who spent eight years in Wales one thing I learned is that there doesn't seem to be total agreement on the Welsh language within Wales - and I'm not even straying into the Welshification of English words.

I worked in IT for the NHS on a system which produced large amounts of output on pre-printed stationery which had to be in both English and Welsh. In the office we had two "native" Welsh speakers, ie. people who had grown up with it as their first language at home and, in one case, in school. One of these chaps was from North Wales and the other from South Wales (bearing in mind we are talking about a country which is only about 70 miles from North to South).

Anything that needed to be translated into Welsh was sent to these two who would each produce their translation, and these invariably disagreed in quite major ways. We're not talking about the equivalent of one saying "don't" and the other saying "do not", I mean BIG differences. The two of them would be locked in a small room and not let out until they had come up with a version that they could both (reluctantly) agree on.

That was the easy part. Because we were a government department the translation then had to go off to the Welsh Language Unit at the Welsh Office to be vetted by their expert. A week or two would pass and then the "official" version would be returned which would always be materially different to any of the three previous versions.

So my question is, how on earth did they get agreement on the "official" version to go into Bing etc.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Devil

Old gits like me who were around when vinyl was the only medium will remember the messages that the mastering engineers sometimes scratched into the space between the runout grooves in the centre of the record.

The best example is probably on "Heaven and Hell" by Vangelis. This has an incredibly large dynamic range and apparently took many attempts before they got the compression right to be able to fit it onto the disc. The runout message reads "And it was!".

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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Re: I'm sorry, but ...

There *MAY* be a grain of truth in what you say. I've worked in IT for 35 years now and in every organisation I've worked in - public and private sector - some or all of these applied. BUT...

...the problem that Barclays will have is that the second this announcement was made (possibly even before) all the really good people will have retrieved their CV and mailed it to the recruitment consultant or website of their choice. They won't hang around to see if they'll get a payout, they know their worth and they'll be off.

Barclays will make redundancies from whoever is left and it's inevitable that the calibre of their IT department will lurch downwards.

I speak from experience!

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Yeah, suck it, Foxconn. 'Pegatron' 'nabs' '15%' of 'iPhone 6' 'production'

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Devil

Prediction

I'm going to stick my neck right out here and risk making a couple of crazy predictions. Despite Apple bringing on Pegatron to help with production:

i) there will be queues outside Apple Stores worldwide when the new phone becomes available. Some people will queue several days, many will queue for several hours, just to be able to buy from the Apple Store as soon as the phone is available. Meanwhile many others will just turn up at Carphone Warehouse or similar outlets at 9:00, walk straight in, and walk out shortly after with their new phone.

ii) despite massive demand for the new phone being oh-so-predictable (see the launch of previous phones, plus (i) above) Apple will run out of stock within a day or two at most. They will thereby generate acres of free adverts in the form of newspaper stories and hours of free TV adverts in the form of "news" stories about the phone being so popular it has sold out.

OK, I know these predictions are really out there but I just think they might come true.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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WTF?

Airport scanners?

What kind of effect would a pair of these have when you walked through a metal detector at an airport security check or if you were asked to step into the scanner? "Honest officer, it's just my silver-thread chuddies..."

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

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Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

Sadly, by making your idea public, we're all now free to clad our spaceships in 70's sparkle

What's the betting that Apple will still be able to get a patent on it?

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Grad student creates world's thinnest wires – just three atoms wide

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Re: Boring

...two atoms wide...

I think it's his brain that's two atoms wide.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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Re: But Branston Pickles Did ruin my Wife!

You certainly know your (pickled) onions!

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: Trade not aid Hmm... aren't we missing the point here?

Give a (wo)man a gun and (s)he'll rob a bank.

Give a (wo)man a bank and (s)he'll rob the whole country!

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Devil

Don't blame the server!

"...while we take the tooyo'oenoo' to the BuzzGasm server."

Surely it would be more appropriate to take the tooyo'oenoo' to Mr Haines?

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John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

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Re: Money pit

Sadly all too true. On the plus side, however, having had the pain of moving from multiple systems to a single one means that the next move will be a little easier as it's just from one system to another. Hopefully..

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Re: If those are scam sites...

But they're not taking money under false pretences! They offer you a site where, for a fee, you can complete your details which they will submit to the relevant goevrnment department on your behalf. They take your money and they do what they say, so in what way is it false pretences? You have the choice of using them or using the official website; you get the same result in both cases, it's just that one is a lot cheaper.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending them. They are preying on the gullible and less observant and I thyink we should find a way to close them down, but nothing they are doing is illegal unfortunately. Some of them do come close though where the design of their site closely mimics the colours and fonts used by the official sites. Is there no possibility of prosecuting them for "passing off"?

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: iPhone 4S

@Joe 35 - I thought I'd addressed the ease of replacement by pointing out that I didn't need to take it into a shop. The fact it's also cheaper and more convenient is a bonus.

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Re: iPhone 4S

Apple replaced the battery for £45? I can pick up a (genuine) Samsung battery for my S4 for about £25 - and I don't have to take it into a shop to have it replaced! Even better, I can charge it and carry it with me in case the battery in the phone runs out of juice. It's called convenience.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Life in the old dog eh?

I got my first job as a trainee programmer 35 years ago this summer and learned COBOL on an ICL mainframe, later transferring to IBM mainframes. I remember in my second week at work picking up a copy of "Computing" and reading the banner headlines that COBOL was dead and soon nobody would be using it. I wondered seriously if I'd made a big mistake.

Time passed. COBOL became un-sexy and was never mentioned. Then the world woke up to the "Millennium Bug" and suddenly grey-haired COBOL programmers were coming out of retirement and earning mahoosive amounts of money. And now this article...

When Commander Grace Hopper "built" a language she built it to last!

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Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

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Mmmm... Fortran...

The first programming language I ever learned - back in the halcyon days of 1975. I bet more than 50% of El Reg's readers (and writers!) weren't even born then!

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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WTF?

Who needs it?

I'm quite happy to forego the ability to play music on my smartphone. I know I'm weird, but I much prefer my trusty old 160Gb iPod Classic for playing music. It's the only time I've bought a fruity device and only because nobody else makes an MP3 player with that capacity - I currently have 15,000+ tracks on it. Added bonus is that it docks in my car and I can listen to as much music as I want or read/send emails or browse without worrying that I've used up precious battery juice on music.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Re: So once again the advertising companies s**t over your privacy

24/7/365 - so that will be seven years then (actually not quite seven years because of leap years)?

24/7 = "all the time", 24/365 = "all the time", but 24/7/365 is just silly!

</pedantry>

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

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Can't agree

Given that a new iPhone comes out every year and true fanbois will queue up like sheep to get their hands on the latest model as soon as it's available, who keeps an iPhone for more than 12 months? It makes the Samsung phone with it's 18-24 months of ownership look positively long-lived!

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XMAS SPACEWALK planned to fix ISS's dicky cooling gear

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What's the problem?

I don't understand what the big problem is here. If it's getting too hot inside why don't they just open the windows for a while until things cool down?

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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Unhappy

Re: Doctors

Unfortunately whilst they're a public service they are also a private business. GPs are independent private contractors who work for the NHS. Most of them own the premises they work in as well.

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Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

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Re: Security fixing...

It rolled under the settee...

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UK parents to splurge £3 BEELLLIIIION on kids' tech gifts at Christmas

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Re: Bah humbug

Maybe if Christians hadn't attempted to hijack Saturnalia - a Roman feast dedicated to eating, drinking and gift-giving - they wouldn't have this problem. Most of us are doing what it says on the tin!

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Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

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Re: 3 Wise Men

Why three? Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men; three kinds of gift are mentioned, but not the number of people giving gifts. See Mathhew 2: 1 - 12. As a firm non-believer I find this question always peplexes those who believe in the old bloke in the sky.

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: A million eyes look at the source

This kind of thing makes me wonder about the whole "open source is inherently safe 'cos anybody can look at the code" thing.

I would question whether anybody actually does look at the code. I rather suspect that because it requires (a) a very high level of understanding and (b) a lot of time and effort, very few people (if any) actually do. How many actually download the code for the latest release, review it, and then compile it for their own machine? Doesn't everybody just dowload the latest update from a site they believe they can trust.

This is an honest question - I have no angle and am not trying to make any point. I would genuinely like to know.

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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

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Re: is that dark shadow...

Why is it "coming soon"? You have always been able to carry your phone, tablet, e-reader, laptop, camera, etc. onto flights. So if you wanted to create a "gadget bomb" then you could always have done it. This rare outbreak of common sense changes nothing.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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I'm sure this will be a great relief...

...to the poor souls in the Phillipines who survived the terrible storm and are now desperate for food, water, medicine and help to bury the estimated 10,000 dead. At least they'll be able to console themselves with their shiny new iToy.

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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

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Stop

First multi-tenant database?

Way back in 1986(ish) a project I worked on for the NHS used a multi-tenanted database that was built on ICL's (horrendous) IDMS dbms - and I certainly don't think we were the first. On that basis Oracle very definitely aren't the first.

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Brazil makes it official: Gov email must be state-run and on-premises

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Re: Pretty much what I do

This may be an option for a small subset of email users, but not for the majority.

My neighbour is a very sprightly woman of 83. She's neither particularly bright nor particularly stupid; let's say "average" intelligence. With some initial help she overcame her fears of using a computer and now keeps in touch with her children, grandchildren and great grandchild who are scattered over three continents by means of email, Skype and a number of picture sharing sites.

Do you want to tell her she needs to install a Linux box and run her own email?

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How to spot a coders comment

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Pint

COBOL

I'm distinctly old-school - I cut lots of COBOL code in the late 70s and early 80s. I'm part of the reason you had all that fun re-writing it in 1999 ;-)

Two particular memories from having to amend programs others had written:

1. A long program (about 10,000 lines of code excluding the Data Division) which was generally well commented. The comments were brief, to the point and helpful except for THAT section. This was a chunk of about 1,000 lines of incredibly intricate code that used some of COBOL's more obscure functions in very "creative" ways. It had one single line comment at the very beginning which began with the unforgettable words "This section simply..."

2. Amending a program that had been amended and added to by three programmers before me in addition to whoever wrote it. Clearly whoever had done one of the amendments had had a bad time with whoever wrote the spec because two of the data items he had defined two were named "NEVER-MIND-WHAT-YOU-MAY-HAVE-HEARD" and "JUST-STICK-TO-THE-BLOODY-SPEC".

Ahhh... happy days!

(Beer - 'cos I wrote some of my best code after two-hour boozy lunchtimes!)

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NASA, start your torrents: 622 Mbps broadband link FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Too bad!

This shows that absolutely no expense was spared in faking the moon landings. Film and pictures of the landings are the obvious thing to do, but imagine thinking up an obscure little piece of corroboration like this just to add credence to the fraud!

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Snowden's email provider Lavabit flows again to let users retrieve data

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Black Helicopters

Paranoid? Moi?

How do we know the message genuinely is from Levison?

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Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports

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FAIL

Patent?

IANAL but I don't think you can patent a name. You *can* register it as a trademark.

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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FAIL

Imposing fines like that is really going to be a deterrent - I mean, it's almost a day's interest!

</sarcasm>

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COMET DIAMONDS from SPACE found in Libya's glass desert

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Happy

I for one...

...welcome our new bling-covered overlords!

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

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Thank you!

Thanks for a fascinating and enlightening piece. Thank you too for sharing; it takes great courage to identify yourself in the workplace as being not NT and I applaud your bravery in sharing this with employers. So many employers lack a proper understanding and usually run a mile form anybody who is in any way "different", so kudos too to your present employer for not being typical.

My own particular "thing" is that I suffer periodically from depression. Unfortunately I have yet to discover the secret of how this can be a positive. What I _have_ discovered is that employers regard it as a definite no-no which leaves me with a huge dilemma. It is part of my nature to be open and up-front with people in aspects of my life, but sadly being open and up-front about my depressive episodes is not a plus when applying for jobs. I am therefore forced to conceal it which does not sit happily with me. So, again, I hugely respect your openness and honesty with your employer.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Wasted on me!

As several commentators have already noted, this is only worthwhile if the listener is capable of hearing the difference. A combination of age plus 5 years spent as a roadie in the middle- late-70s means my hearing is f*cked so I would never hear the difference.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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Devil

MS already chose the perfect song...

...when they licenced the Rolling Stones "Start me up" for the launch of Windows 95. To quote from the lyrics:

"You make a grown man cry"

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: The Soviets claimed the flight was a spying mission, but it was ... off course

Trawlers used to leave Hull for the Arctic with more antennea than fish

I am not a trawlerman so please forgive me if I get this wrong, but surely this is situation normal? I mean, as I understand it, you tend to leave your home port without a catch and so you would quite likely have more antennae than fish. It's what you have aboard when you come back that matters surely?

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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Alert

Brings back memories

Many years back whilst working for another company we arrived in the office one Monday morning to find the mail servers on the floor and in need of life-saving treatment having become "full". Hours later when normal service had been restored and the full post-mortem began we discovered what had happened.

At the time we had no remote access into email so one Thursday a contractor, prior to going home for a three day weekend, set up an auto-forward rule in his mailbox to forward any incoming mail to his Hotmail account and an account with another ssupplier (can't remember who). This despite a total ban on auto-forwards to outside the company.

Everything was fine throughout Friday; emails arrived and were forwarded to his two private accounts. Unfortunately at some point on Saturday morning his Hotmail inbox became full and so the next time it received a message from his work account it replied saying that it was undeliverable because the mailbox was full.

So our system duly forwarded that to his Hotmail account...

Which replied that it was full...

Repeat this loop until some time later his other account became full...

...and started sending replies that it couldn't accept incoming messages because it was full. Which our server dutifully forwarded to BOTH accounts which BOTH replied that they were full...

And some time on Sunday our mail servers gave up because THEY were full.

Oh how we laughed! Or maybe we didn't. The contractor had his contract terminated that day.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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WTF?

Getting your imitation in first?

"Though few smartwatches feature a camera, even the Gear’s integrated 1.9MP component isn’t original: Omate is promising to build a 5MP camera into its TrueSmart watch"

I'm fascinated by your definition of originality. Samsung are first to market with a feature (camera in a smartwatch) and yet somehow they're copying a proposed feature from a watch which will only be produced if the crowdfunding works. How does that work then?

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Tory think tank: Hey, civil servants! Work with startups to save £70bn

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Re: Doomed to fail

It's not just the public sector that's still using IE6 though!

About 18 months ago, when I was still working for my previous employer, I became involved in the pre-contract negotiations with "a major high street bank". They were looking to buy a service from us which would have been delivered on a SaaS basis with their staff accessing the system from a browser; all of the processing was done by us and nothing would have been installed on the bank's infrastructure.

They spent several meetings grilling us on the minutiae of our implementation, particularly security, and raising "issues" about totally irrelevant points. We came to the conclusion they didn't really understand security on a web-based system.

After one particularly gruelling meeting where they'd worked us over even more than usual they concluded by asking what browsers we supported. Thinking they must be keen to have a really secure browser I was pleased to be able to list all the versions of all the major browsers that our system was compatible with only to be asked "Yes, but what about IE6?". Turns out that was the only browser that their (in-house) branch software would work with and so they couldn't use anything else.

My 34 year IT career has been split almost exactly 50/50 between public and private sectors and in my experience private sector IT has nothing to crow about. The only difference is that disasters tend to get hushed-up as much as possible to avoid "damaging the brand image".

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