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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

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Re: Wot?

Forget it, Jake. It's Gartner-town.

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Re: Seriously...

"is this the state of programming in 2016 !"

The state of programming in 2016 is that you should allocate at least 58.5 seconds to initialize the JVM, load the python interpreter, load the GUI framework libraries, establish a connection to the local MySQL server (and start the server if this is the first execution), then display a splash screen, load libraries from 8 different remote repositories, and display the first banner ad.

Hello, world.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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'"I have to find some kind of home for it at some point because I want mine back," Newman says'

Will it fit out the door?

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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My five pound vote is on Verity Stob.

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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the design of that quark board is strange, but charming

Top comment! Very colorful.

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: Are these dynamic dependencies really a good idea?

"If so, how on earth do you test a system today, and know that it still works tomorrow when you rebuild it, knowing that you haven't changed any of your code?"

In the immortal words of Tom Lehrer:

Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

That's not my department, says Werner von Braun

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

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Re: Stop me if I'm wrong

It is the "It can't happen here!" syndrome, no one bothers to look at history for constantly reoccurring patterns...of failure.

Haven't you gotten the memo? Historians (and other liberal arts graduates) are fit only to pour your hipster coffee and supersize your fries.

Real progress in today's world is made only by holders of Business degrees trying to cause and then hire cheaply from a vast oversupply of STEM graduates (or people who could plausibly be said to have STEM credentials).

History? Bah! Who cares? If it was important, we'll discover it again.

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: "Make me a sandwich"...?

Not war?

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Complexity is fraud

"What do people who had already paid off their mortgage get?"

A stable society.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Adblock's next step?

I don't 'consume' content -- it's still all there after my visit.

Their stuff on the net DOES consume my bandwidth and resources, though. I choose to allow the specific content provider to do that. I do not choose to allow stupid greedy shitheads to do that, though.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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PC Load Letter

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I'm thinking, 'Not The Garage'

would be more appropriate.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: "...[Acorn] imploded..."

And here I was thinking the ARM instruction set is some of gift from $deity that is perfect in every way.

Nah, that would be PDP-11.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: As an ICT teacher I am not surprised

"how to add a footer, how to use heading styles and edit styles and create a table of contents for a document that make up 60% of their final mark."

If Isaac Newton had had a computer, we'd still be waiting for him to decide on a font and how to flow his paragraphs for the Principia.

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White House to Feds: Stop buying new PCs, laptops right now

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Re: One standard PC

One standard PC

There is simply no way that this can end well ...

Yeah. I predict some unholy concoction of SAP and ORACLE, running on Atom processors with 2G RAM, integrated by CA and supported by 'Mike' in Mumbai.

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AT&T grabs dictionary, turns to 'unlimited', scribbles it out, writes: '22GB a month'

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Any word on the chocolate ration?

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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and some intelligent fool had forgotten to remove the solid rocket engine from the missile under test!

Always mount a scratch missile.

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Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide

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That's why it pays to use more than one cloud service I guess.

Or fewer than one.

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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I never get tired of their webcams

http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

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Re: Asking the wrong question

"Because the reason the legacy batch job fit in the morning window is you had eliminated all the things you wanted to do and left in only the ones you absolutely needed to."

You say that as if it's a bad thing.

It's a given that new capacity will be filled -- space capacity, iops capacity, mips capacity, pixel count capacity, whatever. In my opinion, it's not a given that the new filler is worth having.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: Rubbish - Old IT Grey suits out!

> Hey old man, do you still know what an Integer is?

Hell, I'm so old I know what negative zero is.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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You know what?

On the one hand, if I ever develop something that is so notable that Linus feels it necessary to call me a worthless fucking idiot who should have done it better, I would consider it the high point of my career.

On the other hand, if it was pulseaudio, I would be embarrassed.

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IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Another solution

Not that alcohol can't/doesn't have an impact, but IME the assholes are assholes whether they've had a drink or not.

True, but also true is that it isn't a person being an asshole that makes this behavior inappropriate, it's a person acting like an asshole. Thoughtcrime shouldn't exist, even if we really are sure we are the ones competent to judge it. Actions, however, can be judged.

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Re: Booth babes

But what sort of idiot thinks "if I buy this VoIP solution, I'm going to look so hot" ?

The ones with the power to actually make that purchasing decision.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: This might need more study

See also the cloud chamber. The idea for it was apparently sparked by observation of bubbles in beer at an Ann Arbor restaurant / bar.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Obviously

Naturally, it's found by an intrepid archaeologist, triggering a rollicking adventure.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: "Not all of the banks agreed to take part"

"We're the FBI. We want to see if you've been hacked." "No."

How does that work?

"We pay your, uh I mean we pay the salary of the guy that controls your funding. No not that salary, his real one."

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Shai-Hulud of the tundra?

I was going to go with Sarlacc, but I like yours better. Now I have a vision of an internet meme of Putin riding the sandworm.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Re: @Charles Manning

I use APL (actually A+) as my desk calculator app.

http://www.aplusdev.org, and available as linux packages

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Improving your reproduction

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Music Library

Thank you. The internet has been useful today.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: The socks have it

"A true boffin would also be totally mystified by the inability of us ordinary folk to follow their descriptions and train of thought."

"pete 2, Alas the same applies to politicians and management 'consultants'"

I have to disagree with this -- those people not only are not mystified, they know full well their own existence depends on ordinary folk not understanding what they say. Your true boffin actually really does think he is being clear and simplifying by describing the motion of a floor buffer in terms of rotating force tensors, e.g.

And that leads me to a couple rules I'd like to see in the Pyke scale --

1. There must be some characteristic of tuning out the real world either transiently or permanently, but not enough to be actually scary. i.e. Norbert Weiner, asking what direction he had been walking when he stopped to talk to you and being told the answer saying, "Thanks, then I guess I've already eaten." was a boffin.

2. Things boffins do are for the glory of boffinry, not to become rich by selling to rubes. Woz could be a boffin, Jobs never. Goddard maybe, Musk no, not really. Edison no, Tesla yes and no.

I think there needs to be a big dash of enthusiasm, also. Simple putterers aren't really boffins, no matter how smart or clever.

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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Re: Michelle Bachmann

She knows that Obama is A.) A Democrat, and B.) Black. I don't know which of those is the lever and which the fulcrum, but between them she knows she can move her world.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: "...simply because they’ve always done it"

-- I'd noticed a severe lack of segregation of duties between development and operation of the production environment.

You really probably don't want to look into this year's big buzzword then (DevOps)

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Re: Data

> Surely there's plenty of data out there

A neat summation of the Mediaeval attitude to the Renaissance there. Have you heard of science?

And have YOU heard of unmanned drones, wheeled or aerial?

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: Hmm,

" I could imagine making computerized goggles (google-goggles? (sorry)) which include night-vision, and which might assist the driver in paying better attention to dangers. It would be a shame to oust those. A HUD could be used for this as well, of course.

Banning ALL wearable computers sound a bit knee-jerk to me."

I'm pretty sure an FLIR-type thing is (or was) available on high-end Cadillacs. The commercials for them seemed to imply that the image was projected to the windshield (or maybe a combining glass) in a way to superpose it on the driver's eyeball view of the (initially not visible) object or pedestrian. Something like that, to me would be a fantastic application for something like Google Glass plus an eyeball tracker in the car. I can also see something that, for instance, puts a colored dot or arrow into the driver's view of the correct exit in a complicated upcoming interchange. (Think American football TV yard-marker technology) Stuff like that goes beyond simple HUD capabilities, I would think, and sort of requires both head-mounted display, and some on-the-fly computation capabilities.

I don't want idiots watching cat videos while they drive, but I don't want legislatures to cut off very promising innovative routes to more safety, either. I hope they are very careful about the laws they are crafting. (but, sadly, I don't have much confidence in them).

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Coffee a memory enhancing drug, say boffins

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I'll repeat a quote from a few years back

Back in 2010, The Reg's hallowed Page reported that some fules decided coffee had no benefit.

"Caffeine makes my neurons twinkle" -- Bonnie McCafferty, in the Chicago Tribune.

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SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting

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[sic][[sic]]

Nothing wrong with 'foundational', I think. 'Tenants' is what needs the tag.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it! @RyokuMas

"I know practically zero about programming and despite trying on numerous occasions to learn via Visual Basic I get frustrated very quickly and lose interest. Why? Any tutorials I found online ended up being for older versions of programs and when you have to spend 5 - 10 minutes hunting down the thing that has moved / changed in the UI just to get to the next step it's hard to keep going. I imagine that isn't a lot when you must run into problems that take days, weeks, months even to resolve but it doesn't take a lot to discourage some people."

Can I recommend MIT's OpenCourseware? Specifically, for this particular case, 6.00SC.

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-00sc-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-spring-2011/index.htm

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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Re: While

"While I think there is some substance to global warming, every day we get information, mis-information and down right poorly researched information to the point where the majority of people really don't care anymore."

Mission Accomplished! For the extremely well-financed oil and coal salesmen.

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A steam punk VDU ?

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Linotype

Have we already forgotten this mechanical wonder of information dissemination?

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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British history and tradition

You need roundels, whatever else you do.

And maybe an oil leak.

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Got a couple spare million? Grab an original Monet on Amazon

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Re: Greed

"if you are someone like Albert Hitchcock"

Albert Hitchcock? The Group CIO of Vodafone?

Forget it. He's rolling.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

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Re: Or, Alternatively, the UPI Style Manual

Personally, I'd say that indentation should absolutely be done by pressing the tab key. What goes into the file, however, should be plain old spaces -- however many you've agreed on with your editor.

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

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Re: VMS: The God of Operating Systems.

"Now, if only OpenVMS could be ported to run on the Raspberry Pi... how good would that be? :-)"

Not only could be, but has been (through SIMH).

And clustered.

http://www.designspark.com/blog/a-raspberry-pi-vax-cluster

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Shit. Not just the end of VMS (the Open is silent), but in a way, the final nail in a great company, laid low by beancounters in the executive suite destroying the good efforts of engineers at the working face.

For what it's worth, OpenVMS runs very well on the remarkable SIMH emulator. No telling how long HP will make available the disk images, but a search for 'OpenVMS Hobbyist' should prove useful to anyone who wants to see the OS running on their own PC.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: First female Doctor

Instead of dying / regenerating, perhaps the Doctor could just go on a little sabbatical, and his wife River could take over the doctoring for a year or two. That takes care of the storyline and avoids the icky questions and keeps Alex Kingston on the scene. Eventually, sadly, the Doctor regenerates off-screen for some hilariously-alluded-to reason, and River swaps roles again.

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Prenda lawyers miss sanctions deadline

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Re: failure to comply will result in additional sanctions

"I wonder how far down that list disbarment is?"

Already in play. When the judge dropped the hammer, he explicitly said (IIRC) that he was personally referring his findings to every bar association AND every judge they still had cases before AND the US Attorneys (criminal prosecutors). I believe defense lawyers in other Prenda cases have already started using those findings in front of their own judges.

http://www.popehat.com has a pretty complete chain of events documented.

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

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Re: Well, if US politicians want to screw/destroy Apple

More likely the politicians want to make it clear they're unhappy with the amount that Apple is funneling to them personally. Haul in some big shots, make them sit and sweat under lights, call them names for a while, and act very stern, while the only real message is, "nice company you have there; shame if anything were to happen to it." Then Apple's lobbyists step up out of sight, and it all goes away.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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Could have been worse

I wonder how many votes PHP got?

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Big Data about to bottom out, says Gartner

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Searching for diamonds

If you don't know what a diamond even looks like to begin with, sifting through a bigger bucket of shit won't help you find one. And if you do know, you also know that's not where you should be looking anyway.

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