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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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VisualStudio online TFS

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Go to msdn blog to see if any outage report - nope

Got to Reddit to see if anyone else has a problem - yes

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Read story next day on reg about 12hour Azure outage

It probably is more reliable than an in-house server. But at least I know if the in-house server is borked and don't just sit there hopefully pressing retry.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: "strict", "moderate" and "light".

So this Christmas a group of Tory MPs get to ring up a nice lady at BT and ask if they need "strict" or "moderate" discipline on their pron?

I can see how this got passed

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Presumably one of Lincolnshire's most picturesque seaside resorts will now be removed from the internet.

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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One of the big advantages of ARM is that the chip is so small you can stick it in the corner of the GPU/ASIC/custom lol-cat search combobulator to handle all the ancillary computer stuff while the special silicon gets on with the hard bits

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Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT

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Re: B3

For the former official state owned government telecoms provider who were privatised to become the unofficial government telecoms provider to claim that its relationship with GCHQ is no different from Tesco's is a little disingenuous. It's like QuintiQ claiming it is just another software company.

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: iWatch ? I cannot believe

>Wristwatches came in because pulling a pocket watch was too much hassle in a busy environment.

Specifically the trenches of WWI

However the idea of attaching my phone to a gold chain and removing it from my waistcoat pocket to consult it through my monocle is appealing

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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Obviously fake - the flag is red.

We know from the Apollo landings that the moon is B&W

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

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Re: Oh bullshit.

All of them

"Welcome to your CORPORATE SLOGAN flight, here at CORPORATE SLOGAN we take .. so list to theis CORPORATE SLOGAN safety video ... thank you for flying CORPORATE SLOGAN"

Followed by a bunch of ads for CORPORATE SLOGAN's car hire partners

I stopped flying United because it became like a giant game of "Simon Says". - Do you want fly the friendly skies sugar in your fly the friendly skies coffee?

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Re: Easy fix

The lag is only an issue if the person involved in a conversation is responding to what the other person is saying.

For the sort of person that is going to talk on a cell phone for the length of a flight, listening to somebody on the other end is unlikely to be a major concern.

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Re: Mobile Calling Area

What about some soundproof enclosure for each passenger.

Something like a 1950's hairdresser dryer thing on each seat

Alternately just let people make phone calls AND have guns on board

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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Re: My how far NASA has fallen :(

An opportunity for a perfect synergy

The BBC's finest hour - broadcasting heroic Churchillian speeches during WWII

Nasa's finest hour - using Nazi rocket scientists to build bigger versions of a V2

So all we need is a war with Germany

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Re: Put up or shut up

The same could be said for Boeing or Lockheed-Martin

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IBM hid China's reaction to NSA spying 'cos it cost us BILLIONS, rages angry shareholder

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So they couldn't reveal to US law enforcement that they were losing business in China - because China discovered they were spying on them - in case the Chinese find out about

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Must have been a serious theft

How many cables must they have cut in different locations across the capital to defeat the state of the art enterprise grade, strategic, redundant and reliable fibre backbone that British Telecom operate?

Surely a company that is so mighty that it is the only one considered to bid for most government projects wouldn't have a system that lost service becuase of a single break at one location?

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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Re: Could be worse

Or it could be Windows8

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How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

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Re: Microfilm

Balanced against that is the chance of anyone bothering to read it - so just as effectively "lost"

Having information like the census data online means it can be data mined to research patterns of immigration, social mobility etc etc. Having it on 1000s of microfilms in different places is more secure but means the data will almost certainly never be accessed or used.

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Computers in the basement

Sir Humphrey: .... a few others lost in the flood of 1967.

[to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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If you want email/web browsing/netlfix and remote admin ARM netbooks are great value

If you want to be in charge of Linux kernel development then I would buy the Pixel

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US cops blew more than $26m buying 1.1m cell phone files from telcos

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Re: Something tells me that charging them for the data is the *only* way to stop fishing trips

If it was their money - yes

Since any extra cost is just more budget that the taxpayer is spending on the war on everything - no

Do you want to be the chief of police who spent less on chasing terrorists than the next city?

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We need a 4th amendment for the 21st century

Really? The one for the C18 seems perfectly clear

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Anywhere in that it says; unless the records are digital, in which case help yourself ?

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

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Re: So what you're saying is...

>If I'm going to Antarctica, I ought to pack a sweater?

If you are some sort of southern jessy then yes

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Re: 200 out of 650,000

Do you want to be the manager saying to the press "we spent 20million quid on listing 200people - that's 100,000/person" or do you want to say "our new computer system tracks 650,000 potential smugglers, terrorists, child pornographers"

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Re: Overstaffed

Did you have the 3 standing next to the unmanned internet-digital-e-passport cyber gates?

One telling you to go to the empty one (thanks), one telling to just wait a minute while they reboot them and one telling you to try again when it fails to read your passport.

How they mananged to do this without also having a couple of managers supervising them is a miracle

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Re: here we go again

But a software system, even one costing £20 billion, that can check inside lorries leaving Dover for hidden illegal immigrants has got to be a bargain. Would love to know how it is going to do it

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: One million lines of code

Or http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-01-31/

Or more likely http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-02-01/

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

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Simple solution. Unless you name is something like Sḵwx̱wú7mesh then F off back to Europe where you belong?

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American Irony

These damn Googlers coming here to SF, taking our land, destroying our native way of life, killing our buffalo...

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights

"...and away from the rights of the individual”.

The individual in question being Zuckerberg.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: Random degrees

Some ability to do sums without having to count on your fingers may be useful.

It used to be said the most dangerous thing in the army was a 2nd lieutenant with a compass.

It's now probably a 2nd lieutenant with a GPS attempting to call in an airstrike at a grid position not equal to the one they are currently occupying.

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Re: Ahh yes the 'Fast Trackers'.

Matched only by the:

I originally wrote this in-house app in DBaseIII then converted it to Access and then to SQLServer - I don't need to hear about any of your fancy Normal Form rubbish. It will be fine as long as we never go beyond 255 customers.

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Re: Thinning the hurdle

> total random selection would be just as good a selection method,

That's why I always pick a CV at random - I like people who are lucky

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EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

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Re: @bigtimehustler

Don't see why this should be a problem for data-protection laws when it works so well for other consumer protection.

There is no 'race to the bottom' across the eu to offer the lowest standard for drug or aviation safety - so I can get my new treatment approved in stereotypical corrupt eu country and then customers in the UK are unable to complain.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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Re: To be fair...

Yes because corporate CTOs and the NSA looking for a mobile platform secure enough for, say, the president of the united states are mostly swayed by which teeny-bopper also uses them?

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Re: They got this one right

So instead they have hired Burt Bacharach to promote themselves as a stable reliable corporate platform

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

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As a UK citizen

>I would dearly like to have a say in how America is sifting through my online life,

Well if you don't want to be ruled by a tyrannical empire across the Atlantic, throw the starbucks into the harbour and have your own revolution

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Industry group blames 'outdated' kit for stock-market tech disasters

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Can we help?

Perhaps some sort of charity appeal could be launched to allow the traders and exchanges to update their systems?

Have they tried holding a bake sale?

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: Not a bad idea, but not a magic bullet either

> this is *not* a backdoor for the underpaid IT contractor to get in.

If you believe that I have a bridge, a Dixon's extended warranty and an HP storage solution to sell you.

Dave's mates in the city (who write the policies for him) are not concerned that ARM can't hire the best chip designers from MIT or Stanford.

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Re: Real deal industry superstar experts @Don Jefe

And of course the manager needs to earn more than the superstar. Because you can't earn less than somebody beneath you - that stands to reason. So you need to increase the salaries of everyone in management

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After all their rhetoric about eastern european workers

Is this a Reverse of their Polish Notation?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: They're doing it wrong

Tricky to arrange though.

What you need is a whole line of people and then later check which ones are normal, which are dead and which get a superpower

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Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

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Re: Recovery?

>Why would you stealthily launch this whilst submerged, and then surface in full view to recover it ?

The WEEE directive?

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Re: Not without risk and cost

Probably irrelevent if your targets are Afghan tribesmen.

Their command and control system never really integrated with their anti ballistic missile submarine capability.

The navy is feeling distinctly left out in the choice of landlocked deserts as the theatre-du-jour for spreading democracy

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: but every single American I have met has been a genuinely nice person.

In advance of my next trip can I just say that every single DHS/TSA/INS agent is a genuinely nice person.

ps. I would also like to point out that every single NSA employee is a sweetheart

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: Might work...

America switching to first to file doesn't change prior art invalidating a patent.

It means that you don't patent something, invest in manufacturing, build a market and then have an IBM come along and say, we thought of that years ago but didn't do anything about it - now you have proved a market we will file our patent and take it from you.

Now they need to show that they published their idea and you could have known abut it and benefitted from it and in thw worst case can invalidate your patent not have it re-assigned to them.

Originally first to invent was needed in America because it took weeks to get a letter to Washington, but it became a way of big companies with lots of lawyers to sidestep the patent system.

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Re: It was promising...

Except the troll usually just assigns the IP to a throwaway company. If they lose the patent has no value anyway and the off the shelf company can just go bankrupt before paying any fees

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: This is a tough one...

Or another way of looking at it.

Developer A said "let there be a language where statement A does B, statement C does D etc"

Developer A happened to then implement that in code, Separately developer B implemented the same thing in different code.

If developer A is allowed to claim that all implementations of their language are copyright then Dennis Richie is going to be very rich - and Oracle are going to have a real problem finding a C compiler to build their database product.

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Re: @HollyHopDrive

So Google admit to using the same 26 letters as Oracle?

Obviously guilty then.

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Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

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Re: Keys

Prove they don't !

Unless you think that they wouldn't ask for the master keys because they consider it unsporting and prefer to use a complex set of hacks, zero day exploits and Ton Cruise dangling from your data centers roof on a wire instead

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Re: Security Theater Only

It's easy to keep a secret if the only person you need to share it with is you.

So Microsoft can make a perfectly secure system where you have the keys, you encrypt it, they store and you decrypt it. That's great if the only use of the cloud is as a great big disk drive in the sky.

As soon as you need somebody else to process it then you need to share keys and unless you trust them you are screwed - whatever the technology, especially if you know the NSA is looking over their shoulder

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