* Posts by dogged

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GCHQ releases teen-friendly code-busting app

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A spokesperson from GCHQ says that with the UK youngsters needed to be motivated to take up subjects like maths and computer science.

Why, so that they can send messages you fuckers can't read?

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Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

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Re: Nimbys

NIMBYs don't catch buses. They have Range Rovers.

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

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Re: Worst thing they did. I can't find any decent MP3 players with more than 64 Gb

The Sansa Clip+ will will take 128GB cards cheerfully (see posts passim) so your cheapest upgrade is considerably less painful than ebay prices for an iPod Classic.

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> Try a Sansa Clip Zip, it appears they can work with 64GB cards:

64gb? They LAUGH at 64GB!

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: @joed - Does not make sense?

> Secure boot will make sure you don't test any *nix/*bsd on that hardware you bought.

No it won't, you troll. The only thing Secure Boot locks down to the point where you can't switch it off is the Surface RT and exactly which linux you'd put on that, I don't know. Same one as you put on your iPad, maybe.

FUD FUD FUD FUD.... ah, I remember the days when *nix activists hated FUD. Now some of them seem to use it as their primary weapon.

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Re: Does not make sense?

It's a Gavin Clarke article - you expect garbled bullshit.

Paul Thurrott (who actually understands a little about software - which is infinitely more than Our Gav) explains it as similar to the Media Center pack shipped alongside Win8. You can get the codecs but people who don't need them don't pay for them. It's pretty easy to imagine extending this to something like Active Directory or HyperV support.

Mind you, I'd certainly hope that a SKU which did not include those would be free.

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Re: Like it so far.

Ir still needs the "continuity" feature for convertibles.

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Re: @Dogged Well Dogged I am not entirely sure where you are coming from here.

The former. Some of them are still doing it.

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Re: Surely?

It's just marketing guff. A new OS release is an opportunity for Microsoft's "Hardware Partners" to flog boxes with certificates on to the unwary and ill-informed.

"Tuned" is usually no more than "we put a sticker on it". I very much doubt if that's changed.

(Yes trolls, shills et al, this is your opportunity to spread FUD about SecureBoot. Not that you need yet another one).

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Re: Surely?

Oh, just stick with your beloved Apple and leave the tinfoil hat in the drawer.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Re: Who pays?

Then you've never seen a tenant farmer. Land Barons with thousands of acres do pretty well out of a system designed to maintain small farms and rural habitats (see also France) but the way the UK has implemented it is much the same as the way the UK implements every other bloody thing that comes along - you can do very well at it if you happen to have a metric fuckload of money.

You're in East Anglia, right?

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Re: Who pays?

You can make a few quid (by "a few" I literally mean three or four) on meat but wool fetches less money than it costs to shear it so, swings and roundabouts.

Personally I think the Prof needs to amend his quotes for truth. This for example, is a fixed version -

"“The possibilities of bringing the Internet of Things to the countryside are worth £170,000 of public cash for my tenure,” enthuses the prof.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: How silly

> How are people going to find their news stories?

Oh, I don't know. Maybe they could listen to the radio or watch TV or buy a fucking newspaper.

How do you think?

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Google+ to offer 'infinite' gender identity options

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Re: Never mind the gender

Interesting but barely used by a barely-used social network.

You know, I'd love to see somebody myspacify Facebook. That said, it should be obvious by now that Google+ won't be the one to do it.

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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None that they'll report.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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> you never hear about 27 year old Windows bugs, do you?

Yes, you do. On these esteemed pages, no less. And they are without exception greeted by howls of derision from those who claim that Open Source == Completely Bug Free And Perfect (Except When Microsoft Open Sources Anything). And there are a depressing amount of those people.

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I'm actually quite surprised that no mouth-breathing support neanderthal has missed the "X" and blamed Microsoft anyway.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: No need to move away from VB

Much as I despise VB, what you actually compile is CLR code which will run anywhere the .NET framework is installed. Same as C# or even F#.

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Case sensitivity leads to much clearer variable names since you're not crippled by reserved words and object names.

For example

'//VB

Dim myObject as new MyObject() '// compiler error

//C#

var myObject = new MyObject(); // no compiler error

VB is the enemy of clean code.

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> Microsoft’s commitment to Visual Basic is understandable.

No it isn't - kill it with fire.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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> I think you'll find the multi-millionaires of Liebours front bench are responsible for this for this when the one eyed son of the manse signed the Lisbon treaty while he thought the cameras weren't filming.

No, this one is all down to Little Gideon. Apparently he noticed that tax was hard and hired some lovely chaps who'd been to Eton to have their lackeys do it for him. Now tax law is written by the big four tax avoidance consultancies. Seems crazy but it's true.

This is not to say that Labour were any better - they weren't. But a tax policy written so that anyone with enough money can pay PwC et all to avoid paying any of it is a very Tory policy indeed.

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This is what happens when you pay tax avoidance specialists like PwC to write your tax laws.

Tory outsourcing at its finest.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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The only thing genuinely worth watching they ever had was Monkey Dust anyway.

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Re: Oh really?

> good luck going out on a limb by proposing the use of a non-Microsoft language or framework on a Microsoft platform.

Really? Because I see quite a lot of php and far more Java than was ever good for anybody.

Even node.js runs on Windows servers, you know.

Honestly, I don't think you have much clue what you're talking about.

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Re: Another Train Wreck... Stupid Devs this SH!T is worse than COBOL!

aw look, somebody who can write a whole page of HTML5

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Re: "the foundation for all future .NET platforms".

Actually, I am (among other things).

We've had new stuff come and go but the Framework itself has seen no changes of mind in 13 years, until now.

Even this is evolution rather than revolution.

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Re: "the foundation for all future .NET platforms".

Once in 13 years ain't bad.

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Fujitsu boss: UK's 2015 elections won't make any difference to us

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Re: Oracle shared services

Very loosely bound, certainly.

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Oracle shared services

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

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Re: Should Be A Laugh

And "looses" too! Clearly a scholar.

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Re: what happens

If it were just Microsoft I'd agree but this hits every US-based cloud supplier. Google, Apple and Amazon are next if the precedent isn't struck down.

Then again, this may be exactly the kind of leverage somebody needs to make all that nasty encryption stuff go away.

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Re: what happens

Do that a couple of times and all lobbying money from all tech firms suddenly starts getting very, very focussed on Capitol HIll.

Actualy, this whole thing may just be some senators looking for a fat pension.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Is David Blunkett a commentard?

> Just so far every single comment has one down vote.

That's probably just Matt Bryant, his insane fascist rebuttal comments hidden behind a shield of moderatorboredom.

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Re: Oh dear

>It's not like terrorism is a new thing, and we handled it perfectly well in the '70s and '80s when the IRA were blowing things up, without any of these new laws.

^^

THIS.

When did people become such cowards?

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: ROTFLMAO (TROLL!) @DJO

@AC - 7/10 troll. Good effort.

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Re: ROTFLMAO

> A country where the police can execute pretty much anybody they want and hardly ever get punished?

Provided the executed person earns less than they do. It's the new system in the USA - pure meritocracy where your merit is determined by how many dollars you have.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: False Positives?

or...

4) They probably said it but both were practically illiterate in English so it could have meant something completely different and none of the keywords were triggered.

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Social misfits and group interviews: Yup, it's the startup interview circuit

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Re: Mono hasn't really seen any love or attention in years

well, that's what Ops think.

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Question

Could I get a 7 foot longbow in it? How about 6'8" tent poles? Could I do this by only dropping one rear seat, leaving one for the child-seat?

If so, potentially interested.

If not, anyone got any recommendations?

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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I knew it. I absolutely knew it.

None of you care because you can change YOUR default search provider and obviously, it's all about YOU YOU YOU and only YOU, right?

I use Firefox and I'm concerned. Seems to me that the second Chrome shows a higher market share than FF, Google stop supporting what is probably the single most widely known F/OSS project in existence.

I'd like to see MS and Apple pick up that particular tab as an obligation-free donation. Firefox and Mozilla gave us the open web and prevented web standards from being a bad joke. Chrome and its horrible -webkit extensions are bringing us rapidly back to the days of IE6.

Everyone benefits from Mozilla. I hope Google lose an extremely significant percentage of search traffic for dumping them.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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> Wow, so much negativity on a pro-Microsoft article.

No, it looks like all the usual fandroids are right here.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Safety of Nuclear Power

This is almost certainly the case.

However, we still have hippies^Wpeople who think 56 is 56 too many and we must shown all nuclear power. Because of reasons.

Honestly, more people have died from bloody windfarms..

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: Hail the Fatty Heroes !

> Smokers get dementia, which can be a long-lasting and very expensive malady, earlier and more often.

Actually, that one's bollocks. Smokers get less dementia, probably because we thoughtfully and considerately don't live long enough to get it really badly.

The cost of emphysema and lung cancer is minimal because so few smokers undergo treatment. Most just die.

>We shall see the evidence of this when China's smokers reach a certain age and start to die in massive numbers, slowly and expensively, or cheaply and horribly depending on the state of their state at the time.

That one'll haunt you if it doesn't actually end up happening.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Hey, let's bespoke a payments system

I have a clue about Oracle and that clue is that it hates you (where "you"=="developers").

Selecting Oracle means a) add a year to any development time for hassles in dealing with fucking Oracle and b) somebody got paid off.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: The enemy..

Probably not. Tax law is far better defined than "control of electronic assets" law.

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Re: owning a share, or owning it all

> The wholly Irish company is wholly owned by the American company. i.e. ALL the shares, and therefore ultimately in control.

Legally, and in terms of ownership of assets, there is absolutely no difference between owning one share and wholly owning - in both cases, the "owner" owns dick unless/until that asset is liquidated.

I currently work for lawyers.

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The actions of the US Government in this case are clearly illegal.

This action effectively says that a wholly Irish company (Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd) must hand over data to the US Government simply because it has a shareholder (Microsoft Corp) based in the USA.

So doubtless my bank (Barclays Plc) has US-based shareholders and therefore Uncle Sam has an absolute right to look at my bank statements?

I think not.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Re: Hydrogen advocates forget to mention the obvious

> All of this makes hydrogen cost 10 times as much as petrol!

So since "green" taxation wouldn't apply, at the pump it would probably cost about the same.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Under the terms of the Play license, all Google services must be front and centre, all "own brand" stuff relegated to the App Drawer.

Which is pretty much the same as "deprecated".

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@chris 7

Yes really. Nokia could have gone with Google but in doing so they would have scrapped billions of dollars worth of services and time spent on those services.

Instead, they went with Microsoft and got $2billion cash per year and somebody to buy off their sinking handset division.

Pre-Elop, you could accuse the Nokia board of many types of foolishness. Post and during, all they've done is score win after win in terms of shareholder value. I understand that you're personally betrayed because "M$" and tiles and not doing things you like so therefore everyone involved is simultaneously an evil genius and an absolute cretin but Nokia walked away with very full pockets and overperforming business areas.

As far as the board are concerned (and I want you to brace yourself because this may be a bit of a shock) it is not and never was about what you want.

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