* Posts by Richard Taylor 2

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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Re: VB

"There is a LOT of C still used. It's nearly 30 years since I started learning C++. Why are people still writing ordinary C?"

compact, simple (not up to BCPL but that is for a different rant), and with a relatively few stiff learning experiences, reliable.

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I beg to isagree - and won't call for your shooting - there is always a clinic in Switzerland if you feel that bad... Swift is generally well designed, and easy to get to grips with if you have any education. It has many advantages over Objective C (which I first started to use with NeXT) and is infinitely preferable (except possibly for breadth of application to C++ - see http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/joke/cpp.htm

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Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

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Re: Two! Nine A! The number of the beast!

To be pedantic, the number of the Beast is probably 616 - a mistranslation is responsible for all those god bothers getting het up about companies with three 6s in the telephone number/logo/ip etc etc etc

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_the_Beast)

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: There's a Shapps in the kitchen . . .

Get the cat in - or failing that a smart terrier

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: WinPho not doing better than before?

A myth if you consider that better == what people wanted, in the case of VHS, a recording time appropriate to the sport of choice for many adaptors, and greater access to rental videos through some fairly adroit market agreements for releases. OK the second is not technically better, but the first is definitely a feature that sold.

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GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

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8% - a fine way to milk donations.

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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Re: ha hah hah

I never suggested that - just been on the sharp end of users who are forced to relearn random passwords on a regular basis (and not just one). Why don't you go out and learn something.....

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ha hah hah

Require government employees to use stronger passwords and change with greater regularity

Go on - randomly generated 12 character ascii as standard, renewed ever 3 weeks. Then they will simply be stored on post it notes (as seen recently ink one UK policing organisation)

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Zero credibility in my eys

I think most people suggested the application of a canon

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Re: WOW

Oh dear you really haven't driven/owned an Elise.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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What's that Skippy? There are 150 obsolete laptops stuck down the well?

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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We get one every six months - and we self report via our providers website - accurately

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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Re: Just like FaceTime...

Got to confess I don't remember that. But Swift has a number of very nice features - SML for the masses.

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Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

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Re: Verify is not provided by HMRC

It should not be forgotten - but also not forgiven

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Not so excusable in the UK even if your 'muggers' are black

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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Re: Official Title

git - pregnant camel. No mention of marriage, although like many camels they can be utter bastards (see Terry in Pyramids - or shod this be an alternative Godwin?)

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Don't worry

The NSA/GCHQ can provide you with all the details

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Re: Northolt Station Flight and more, the UK is doing this too...

Well makes a difference from a bear in the woods or the Vatican I suppose. Pressures of habitat change I suspect.

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What does it take to find the Antikythera Mechanism? Underwater robots, of course!

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Re: Do you really think

But of course a diver found the original - so one can hope.

There was an extremely good BBC4 program that looked at the device an posited (along with simulations) a convincing mechanism.

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They were not prepared to sell this one.

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Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

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Well there is a drum kit (kind of)

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: The one they NEVER mention @BobR

You are Sheldon and I claim my $5

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Top banter!

You need to read early Terry Sci Fi - dinosaur artefacts with ban the bomb placards if I remember properly

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: The Problem

Your'e doing it wrong, I get great results using both hands on the phone to steady it

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: Where is the expert?

I'm sure hell argue that the benefits of a mass market will make up for that?

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Re: Lots of 'em in Spain...

And after the Ozzie Magpies we'll try their variant on cane toads:-)

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Re: US management - confusing hours worked for productivity

Who are they?

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Commando Comics

The German language allows the construction of some lovely descriptions. All the more reason to be bilingual - you can learn a lot.

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VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

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"Bong! Millions of Britons will go to the polls tomorrow for (we hope) the last ever analogue General Election. Several million more, many of whom share the same names and live at a surprisingly small number of addresses in inner-city constituencies, have already voted."

While I appreciate your comment about the almost certain electoral fraud, show me an e system that can't at least be validated (btw - we know about much of the fraud because it is traceable, it's just that police/government are not prepared to slam down on these people. Reminds me of labour and conservative politicians conveniently ignoring threats to Rushdie amongst other people).

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Oh dear - MagSafe gone, and one of my laffs was people falling over and knocking their laptops of a table during meetings (tea/smoke/coffee break). I suppose mac users will do that now as well..

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Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

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Re: We need better writers

As the campaign for Plain English (in the UK) has been trying to persuade government and business to do for many years. Falls on deaf ears far too often though, and as a side effect provides benefits to lawyers and allows government wriggle room

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Re: Innuendo... Al-Qaeda, what!?

Today the police issued a warrant for a suspected terrorist who goes by the code name of "Samantha". They are also looking for her handler.

well as Humphrey has retired, I suspect Sven

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Italian ISS trekkie sips first zero-G cup of espresso in SPAAAACE

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Re: A Red Shirt?

But she does have a second name - safe for the next series then.

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Re: Next is to have Earl Grey tea...

Forget ice, they don't even know about boiling water

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Delusional

"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised." Fresh espresso in the new Zero-G cup! To boldly brew...

Much though I love Italian food this is deluded. Yorkshire tea obviously.

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'Not paying for any of that music was probably a mistake. Buh bye!'

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"Apple doesn't like it when you mess with its precious little creations. Cupertino made everyone remember that this week when it said nobody was allowed to run watch apps on the Apple Watch. We're not kidding, either. These were the iThing maker's exact words:"

That has always been their message on the iPhone - duplicate functionality without significant innovation and we won't take it. Tuff maybe, but clear and it has some advantages for both Apple and the user.

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London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

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Re: Getting a good cup of coffee?

One of the problems I have always had is that roasting beans and ground coffee promise so damn much from the aroma but deliver little. Now a good cup of Yorkshire tea does the opposite.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: Would aircraft system designers really do this?

If it was good enough for Darth....

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Re: Either

And Jeff was also using a Mac (see photos)

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French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

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Well there has to be a payback for doing your best to reduce the cost of social provision for the disabled...

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Senior management super powers widely misunderstood

Senior staff seemed more clued up about dodgy emails, meaning managers and staff clicked on links in malicious messages two times more frequently than executives.

Senior staff frequently in my experience have a clued up secretary (aka admin assistant) to do that for them (and print out the emails they need to read). Nothing to do with innate sense, other than that to understand where an activity is above (below?) their pay grade.

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'Leaked' EU digi wish list: Junkets for Eurocrats, sops to copyright and telcos

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Re: Confused for a second...

You can't beat an Italian football match for real flares...

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Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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Looks good. Shame about the weakness in 4g coverage for a number of UK networks.

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Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

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Re: how about no data collection!

And yet,with all that data,stolen or otherwise,our governments have not been able to foil one terrorist plot to stop it in its tracks.

To be fair, we don't know what has necessarily been foiled - and trials held in camera make that difficult to know. But you do make a very good point - a concentration on 'offence' through massive surveillance has a tendency to (a) allow government agencies to carry on claiming money for what may well be largely the case of the 'the emperors new underwear' - ably assisted by technology and quasi governmental companies with a vested interest in getting their noses into the trough, (b) allow them to avoid smarter more targeted intelligence gathering and prevention by pointing to the great efforts being made through mass surveillance and (c) carry on justifying their existence through what looks, certainly in the US like entrapment practices with weak minded stooges.

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Yup a little limiting :-)

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Well relaxed anyway if the claims are to be believed....

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Is hyper-convergence a good thing? Ask a mini computer veteran

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Re: Looks like someone got the EMC marketing packet

Complete with the cut and pasted bullet points.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: Generalisation Considered Harmful

You really have not listened to any of the presenters (eg one J Humphries) on the Today program have you?

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: 9mm Pistol at 100yds?

Nooooo read the article. It was the MiL at 100 yards on a richochet

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Re: UK media rights problems

Ahhh yore higher powers seem to have more influence than most :_) just dump Sky

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