* Posts by dogged

3534 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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

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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 says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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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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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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Re: Welcome back

It's the Nokia Xn writ a bit larger, hence no Google Play because of Here again.

It may not be "polluted with windows" but it hasn't taken a great big internal creampie from your beloved Google either.

So no, you won't buy it.

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> Didn't Nokia want to (abide by and) sign the contract with Google giving them access to the Play Store in return for sticking to certain specifications, etc.?

That's the main reason why they never went Android in the first place.

Nokia have an enormous investment in services. What used to be Ovi is now Here (or just Nokia) and supplies a whole lot of really good maps and other shit which Google would relegate to "thing in App Drawer that you never use because of all the Google services". That would have been basically pissing away everything they spent on making those services (which are still Nokia, not Microsoft) excellent.

Google Play was always the problem. Not Elop, not burning platforms, just Google.

Not that anyone here wants to admit it.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Will Nokia be properly supporting the N1 tablet?

It does not run Google Play because Nokia still aren't keen on throwing away their own services as Google would require.

They weren't keen before Elop, they weren't keen during Elop and they're not keen post-Elop.

This is why Nokia never got into bed with Google. Google wouldn't (and still won't) let them bring their own pillows.

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Meh

36 (72 per cent) of the top 50

Thanks, I don't feel patronised.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: Ho, Hum

Yes, it is.

Made in China, rebadged by Nokia, sold in... China.

Looks like a winning strategy? Maybe? No?

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Facepalm

Turns out it was just another Foxconn android tablet.

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I was actually thinking "femtocell".

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

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I shall try this if I get time at the weekend.

Upvoted for providing a testplan.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Re: Re why stick at coding?

Apart from his frankly retarded idea that prohibition is effective, I'd prefer David Davis to Cameron and regardless of opinions, Prescott is always going to be an improvement on Milliband.

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Weeell... sort of

Being able to code means that you understand what people can do with a computer

but not really. Because "being able to code" doesn't specify what you're able to code. Six months reading github might teach you what other people are able to do with a computer but if all you can do is write a "Hello world" HTML page, that's not really comparable.

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: Easy to criticise MCPs

You're full of shit - he had to use one to take the damn test.

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You guys are awesome. No, you guys are truly amazing. If only everyone was secure enough in their own skills to publicly sneer at little children on the internet.

The point is - many adults fail these tests. He didn't. He's clearly a very clever kid.

Shitting on his achievement this way must mean that each and every one of you is Carl Sagan.

Go you, you high-flying big-bucks earning super geniuses.

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I am, of course, operating under the assumption that every comment here was made without bias, on personal experience and that none of the above commentards are semi-employable halfwits who read a fucking support script for a living.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Re: It's not Europe's problem to fix

They pay enough for my little boy to go to nursery.

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