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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

Ken 16

I'm glad to see Paris is doing well too.

In both R&D and Innovation. I'm sure there will be business benefit down the road.

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Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Ken 16

Re: Scalable is the idea

You're right, neither cheap nor easy to set up (I used it for a grid engine once) but superb results...meaning better than 90% of solutions really need.

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

Ken 16

Re: How long before normal companies....

Good Job the NSA was on the job and had advance warning of the....oh wait!

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

Ken 16
Trollface

You forgot your icon

now get back under your bridge

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BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

Ken 16
WTF?

so, not an April Fool then?

I'm sure I've used phones other than Blackberry which had keyboards, some even qwerty. What makes this keyboard different in kind?

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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

Ken 16

well, yes

I heard a speech at a security conference a few weeks back from an ex-NSA guy saying that Chinese manufacturers let the Chinese security agencies access all backdoors and passed the information to aid Chinese companies economically in competition to western firms and that the Chinese security agencies were headed by loyal Chinese generals.

All the time he was speaking I wondered which US manufacturers withheld their backdoors from the US government agencies and why those agencies wouldn't help US firms in competition with overseas companies and how disloyal the US security agency leaders were to their government.

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

Ken 16

Horses for courses

The key word in there is 'competent' and that's the piece in short supply (no shorter supply now that 15 years ago but rarer as a proportion of the IT community). I started out working with first generation COTS packages and making them work, sometimes with a hammer. I've come to the view that modelling the business requirements and processes first is key, then slotting in reliable packages to do the 80% that's common and needs to just work and get supported and upgraded regularly leaving the remaining 20% of functional gaps to be filled by bespoke elements adding business benefit.

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Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup

Ken 16

self-serve checkouts example?

“Retailers have done several generations of self-serve checkouts. The customers who appreciate that have enjoyed being a part of that.”

Please provide detailed references on which customers have enjoyed being told to take their bag out of the bagging area before quoting that chap as an authority on anything.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Did anyone else comment on your wearing of them?

Genuine curiousity here, though obviously if said comment involved vulgar abuse that would be even funnier.

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

Ken 16

while Nokia punts Android as 'entry level'

It's not the OS (so long as it runs smoothly) but what I'd like to see an entry level phone as is small, slim and able to fit my pocket while having a couple of days battery life and wake on alarm. My old Samsung s8500 does that and my not so old Sony Xp'Ray does 90% of it but since then everyone's gone chasing bigger screens. :-( Surely it'd be cheaper to put a smaller screen in and keep the OS?

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

Ken 16

The key is in the pocket

The pocket of the suit worn by the corpse in the safe.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Ken 16
Holmes

I can't code

I can script a bit and I can debug/review someone elses code, but the last time I had to compile code was in university. I've had quite a successful IT career since.

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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

Ken 16
Trollface

Yeah, totally chasing those AS/400 sales!

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

Ken 16

Uber promote themselves as a premium 'limo' service

The idea is you pay extra up front to get a nice (for your definition of the word, there are pink Hummers etc) car and rapid service, I don't know if there is any vetting of drivers beyond their up front payment to get into the scheme.

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So, what is new in SQL 2014, exactly?

Ken 16

SQL Server is not SQL

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

Ken 16

Re: True, UKIP likely to be censored, anything to do with so-called English nationalism.

Actually they're more likely to start censoring Scottish nationalists who have the extreme view that the Westminster government don't have Scotlands best interests at heart.

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Ken 16

Titz!

Whose welcoming town sign always cheered up my drive into Germany

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

Ken 16

typo

"as HE would like to think"

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

Ken 16

I've got an OPD tucked away upstairs

can't bring myself to throw it out but can't think of a use for it either

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

Ken 16

0 FFS WHY?

I was annoyed enough when they didn't use '13' registrations in Ireland this year. The only people who can make words out of license plate numbers are the people who buy them and the ones who sell them, noone else cares.

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Moto G: Google's KitKat bruiser could knock out, bury Landfill Android

Ken 16

so what?

I use (on one phone) Aptoide, K9 Mail & Navfree maps. There are other alternatives out there too.

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

Ken 16

Try using a credit card which doesn't have chip & PIN for real fun (in my case Amex until last year, since chipped but I'm sure we're not the last country to implement it).

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Ken 16

The Directioners have already threatened death and rape

Necrophiliacs seldom receive consent so I'll allow that one

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Ken 16

Agile

It's RAD - best thing since sliced bread, haven't you heard?

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Why build a cloud when you can get one ready made?

Ken 16
Trollface

Re: Where's the real Trevor!

Once the Republique de Quebec joins the EU, you can have French nuclear subs in the Saint-Laurent to even things up. :-p

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Ken 16

Re: Yeah. throw your lot in with MS....

"Microsoft's solution isn't perfect. ... Its approach will meet most needs for most people."

That's been their successful business model, their software is good enough for most people most of the time and I can't see why it won't work here. There will be niches it won't fill but they should be able to cater to the mass market, especially those already committed to other MS products. What other mass market software house would you put your money on?

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Samsung debuts its spanking new Tizen OS-for-mobes .... in a camera

Ken 16

I like Bada and look forward to seeing what's done with Tizen

I've got a Wave s8500 (no I didn't pay full price) and I like the build quality, the display, the video camera, call quality and battery life, plus the way I can turn it off and have alarms ring anyway. Android is great, I love the app infrastructure but it does miss out some of those features that gave feature phones their name. I think phone/hardware makers should have a bigger input to OS design than Google allows.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

Ken 16

Re: An oldie, but a goodie

Yes to this analysis, as an old crossbow shooter - think sniper rifle vs infantry assault rifle, crossbows were banned because they targetted knights/officers but the people using them were professionals, not peasantry. They were expensive to make, complex to maintain, slow to load but powerful and accurate.

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Ken 16

I moved to a German hosted internet provider a few years back, I like their rules (and trust they will follow them).

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Euro GPS Galileo gets ready for nuclear missile use

Ken 16
Trollface

Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options

I believe it's important that France has a credible first strike capability against US military targets, otherwise what's to prevent the US invading a newly independent Quebec to secure its energy supply?

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

Ken 16

the potential to change the lives of people affected

"the potential to change the lives of people affected by paralysis or other serious mobility-limiting medical conditions"

You mean mobility limiting like having your F**KING head cut off?

I don't see anyone becoming King of France after this treatment.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

Ken 16

Re: Person Of Interest

Funny show, it's a lot of analytics software to produce one social security number a week though.

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Ken 16

Re: it's probably MUCH worse than this

It's not imagination - most mobile operators can send a service text to update firmware. It's possible to make that a 'silent' update not visible to the user and that can be used to intercept the on/off signal and allow auto pickup of correctly coded calls, turning the phone into a bug. That's old (pre-2001) technology for any phone smart enough to run java. That's why batteries come out for meetings (or did in the days before all management had iphones).

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

Ken 16

They're a bit old aren't they?

I thought Tomorrow people developed their powers at puberty.

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

Ken 16

Re: The Liberator - a bargain

Duct tape - the handyman's friend.

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

Ken 16

Re: How many hours wasted?

quicker than putting OS/2 Warp on, then the Windows, then Lotus Smartsuite. I do miss the user manuals though.

Port Win 3.11 to ARM and I'd still use it on a tablet/tv key. It wasn't that bad at the time.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Ken 16

shut in and left completely isolated for up to three months

"chemical toilets for when the base was closed to save precious water, and worst of all, cardboard coffins for those who didn’t make it"

The only flaw is that most of them wouldn't attend.

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Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

Ken 16
Holmes

How about Google?

Remind people what search engines looked like...

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

Ken 16

or Navfree?

I find its navigation smoother (less of the map wriggling about and 'route recalculation warnings') than OSMand though they generally get the same answer

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

Ken 16

End of the last Ice Age == Population explosion

Warmer weather == less clothes, more rain==wet t-shirts and while I'm not suggesting that monetary prostitution was involved in cave man days, the trade of sex for food (in the absence of gender frameworks, or condoms) may have been a contributing factor.

Yaba daba doo!

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

Ken 16
Alien

Re: 98% ?

or at least should be able to get most of the blueprints for a future time machine which is.

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Ken 16
Trollface

Why bother to post the details in the first place?

Since they could see they were going to take them down later?

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Website which 'could have prevented Rwandan genocide' goes live

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Re: Hate speech not the best indicator

Yes, population pressure, youth unemployment, economic collapse, then a tipping point when a scapegoat is found - the usual; purges don't have to be ethnically based, they can be religious or political and words shift to take on new meanings.

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

Ken 16

"So why is my laptop so slow?"

Try, "That's the porn"

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Ken 16
Devil

Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*

I'd love to study 'Harry Potter and Ethical Hacking', presumably it means sneaking into the client office under an invisibility cloak instead of having someone hold the door while you juggle a mobile phone and a coffee in front of your photoshopped ID and then shoving your wand into the usb port of the closest unlocked machine.

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Ken 16

EasyJet maybe, Ryanair aren't a UK company.

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

Ken 16
Pint

Re: "...required for safe and effective weapons delivery." - RAF

I'll go with b) since I can't imagine any effective weapon being safe for the person it's delivered to

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

Ken 16
Mushroom

Let's not confuse expectations with requirements

This article is worth it for the comments.

I agree customer expectations have been rising (and are partially met in most cases by improving availability solutions) but the difference between a qualified requirement and an expectation is whether someone is willing to pay to get it done.

Clouds sound good, just get SLA's on performance, security, disaster recovery (what's that, you've only one cloud site, you don't have anywhere to recover it to, you'd take months to move the data?)

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

Ken 16

Re: Capitalism without bancruptcy is like religion without hell.

Does Birmingham have a direct flight to London?

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