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Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

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Re: It is

Probably it started through one, then got passed around China at a whisper and came back as the second.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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The UK can and will go back to Mars

The UK going back to Mars is presumably Farage's ultimate plan to prevent immigration once and for all.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Anything touched by the hand of DEFRA is guaranteed to go badly.

The day after I was elected, one of my first moves would be to lock the doors of the ministry and send in the angry badgers to wreak long-sought revenge.

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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

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Another point of view...

Alternatively, if you went by the "Current Status" message for the Azure service it ran perfectly the whole time.

Really annoying during a massive outage with services unavailable and customers on the phone to go to the status page and see "Everything is running just fine" staring back at you like a big, massive, lie..

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

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Re: Code sharing?

*Throws a dart angrily*

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JavaScript is not the best designed or most beautiful language to work with by any means. Compared with other scripting languages it is weird, counter-intuitive and hard to write solid, reusable code with.

But I prefer working with it to Java any day. Last time I did any work with Java ( a couple of months ago ) it just seemed so slow and clunky to get anything up and running. It felt like a real legacy language, like Cobol or something. Every part of configuration was awkward and time consuming and then the code itself is exceptionally verbose. Working with it felt like directing a glacier.

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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Where can I get one?

This sounds brilliant- Microsoft's version of Single Sign On appears to be based on the concept of constantly logging in to everything you ever use the whole time. Something that let me log on once and then do my freaking job would be amazing. I'll take two!

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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Email me at... oh, wait.

One thing that the people selling these don't mention is that if you have an email address that's along the lines of me@myawesome.newtld it is going to be rejected by every single email sign-up form you ever encounter. I had enough trouble when I had a .info address and that has been around for ten years now.

Almost all email validation regular expressions expect a standard TLD.

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Re: Ear worm...

I was noticing the absence of Comet Tink and Comet Eric.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Moving fast and breaking things is all well and good if you're whipping up a pocket-size app at a code jam, but if you are working on something large scale and serious then all you're doing is charging around making a big noise and leaving everyone else on the team to tidy up your mess.

The problem in most development projects is not too much communication between the different stakeholders.

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

That is not all that it is, but it certainly is massively misunderstood by a lot of its proponents. One of the points of Agile is that you implement features on an interative basis. There is no "done" in an Agile project, just an ongoing process of improvement and feature addition. This is not actually what most business customers want, but it's just the kind of term that marketing chumps love, so they start making up their own amorphous definitions for their own purposes and of course it's the developers who suffer when we can't do the impossible.

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Re: A few good pints

Even just working with the success paths, if you're building the foundations of a larger application having plenty of unit tests is by far the best way to ensure that it at least works to some degree. You won't catch all the problems that the system will encounter in the real world, but if you don't have the test suite in place, loads more problems will be encountered further down the line. I have no strong opinion whether you write the tests or code first, as long as they are written in close proximity to one another, but unless you have unit tests for most of your logic, you're lining yourself up for unnecessary pain.

Also putting an automated test in to catch bugs once they're identified is a great way of ensuring you don't inadvertently put them back in later. In an ideal world nobody would do that, but it turns out that some things about the world are less than ideal.

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Suits vs ponytailed hipsters: What's next for enterprise IT

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Indeed, it seems to me that they typically display their follicular excesses on the other side of their heads.

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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This has amazing prank opportunities- figures visible out of the corner of your eye that disappear when you look right at them, drawing the classic artist's "cock and balls" motif over entire office buildings.

Possibly many of the games I have been played have been set in these environments, which explains why half the doors in the walls were totally unopenable- it didn't make sense at the time, but now I realise I was in an e-ink environment and the doors were actually just drawn on the walls...

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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The story that has it all...

The classic combination of affluence and effluent.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: They arent a serious party..

The thing is that UKIP only have to sound like homophones to be them.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Safe in the sense that it was nowhere near deep water or being set on fire. Not safe in the sense that anyone on the internet was being stopped from accessing it.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: And the alternative is ?

It's not the best option on offer, having worked with a lot of web programming platforms I can promise you it is as close to the worst as you can get without being old ASP with VBScript, but it is passably quick, easy to get started with and offers cheap ubiquitous hosting.

A little like JavaScript in the browser, PHP is an awful language that you can run on servers everywhere. It's actually a bit more awful than JavaScript, which at least has a programming language at its core, but the price is right so it gets used very widely.

One of the major downsides, which this article alludes to, is the way that PHP updates tend to break the existing behaviour of the platform, so migrating an application to a new version is a non-trivial activity as you need to go through a very in-depth QA cycle to be confident that there are no changes that will wreak havoc in your codebase.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: No shit, Sherlock.

It would be quite an accolade to be the first major corporation brought down entirely by bad system security. Certainly a useful precedent for security companies...

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Why do you want to put it on the dude out of Hellraiser?

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: Trickier than docking with a space station without a docking computer?

An entertaining part of learning to land in E:D:

"Why am I not landing? This doesn't work!"

"Have you put your landing gear down?"

"$#!#!?!%$"

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I think you have a point about nostalgia here. Seems to me a lot of people would only be happy if they could load ED off a 5 1/4" disk on their BBC.

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Re: Flawed masterpiece?

I had first play last night with a couple of friends. It was a whole lot of fun but although we had created a private group game and made sure we were all at the same place, we only managed to be able to see each other by constantly logging out and in again. Then we got to fly together for a few minutes until we went into hyperspace and everyone had vanished again. Or sometimes one of us could see the others but were invisible to them.

So apparently what they have managed to do is create a game where you can't play offline, but you also can't play online, at least not with the people you want to play with.

To be honest the online play isn't that important to me - this absolutely *is* Elite and I know I'm going to have a whole lot of fun with it. If people are complaining about it on a forum, they're clearly able to go online and it's a little hard to see what they are so angry about. Mild annoyance I can understand, but full-on toys out of the pram tantrums seem a tiny bit excessive.

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

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Re: How about something "Not for Dummies"?

I found a copy of "C For Dummies" in an old box of books. I really wanted it just to contain one page that said "C is not for dummies. If you consider yourself to be in any way a dummy, you really shouldn't involve yourself with C."

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Re: Sounds like time to shut down my online business

And if you have it sent by an automated email you are subject to the ruling, but if you email them manually you aren't. It's basically a maze of idiotically designed passages, all alike.

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Re: Amazon is a seller of physical goods...

You are of course correct, but if Amazon were ever to start selling anything electronic, such as ebooks or music downloads, this law would probably catch them out.

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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Asking the wrong question

If only Bowie had thought to ask "are there guffs on Mars?" he would now have a clear answer.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: "Sellafield is going to cost way more than the current £70 Billion alloted "

I scrolled past that several times and did a double-take each time because my brain was determined to read "Sellafield" as "Seinfeld".

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Everything Everywhere except signal in my phone

Thanks, but after hearing about this I won't be staying an EE customer for long. I would hope that this will be enough to push everyone else on the network out of their phone inertia too- the only reason I can imagine that anybody stays. I have been a BT customer and I will not be one again.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: So now the Hobbit is finished

Latin dog naming Rex things for everyone.

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I know that you mostly came here for MY opinion

I watched it on Friday and, as a somewhat uncritical fan of both Tolkien and Jackson's version of Middle Earth, I really enjoyed it.

Certainly more taut than it's two predecessors, with more storyline and less pointless running about, it pulled things together nicely and - in my view - retained a lot of the book while doing so.

A lot of people seem angry with these films for not being something that they could never possibly have been - the Hobbit is not the Lord Of The Rings and so the films are not going to be similar. They've done a fair job of taking that story into the more fully realised world of LOTR and made two enjoyable films - that probably shouldn't have been three - in the process.

The actors did a great job, the story was well told, the CGI battle scenes mostly made way for relevant character storytelling, from where the previous film started, this was pretty much an ideal ending.

Basically, if you found the previous films passable to enjoyable, you will probably like this one a little better. If you found them intolerable, then this really isn't for you.

So now that we have Tolkien out the way - and I really hope that we have - what are the odds of seeing some more recent fantasy get a cinematic treatment? Surely these films - and the GRR televisations - have shown that there is a market?

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Watching the behind-the-scenes documentaries for this, they actually went into the same kind of level of detail. They also did a lot of character background and some pretty cool live action stunt sequences, then inexplicably made it all look like CGI in post production. I have no idea why.

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Re: Coming Fall 2016

Michael Bay's The Silmarillion: Dawn of the First Age

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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If you've been looking into optical weapons for that long, either they're very ineffective or you're lucky to have kept your eyesight...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Hard on the eyes

I concur, not keen on the whole "not clear where the column of actual content begins and ends" thing- not only is there too much whitespace by a ridiculous amount, but it makes the content look ragged and untidy. The biggest thing I miss about the previous design is the colour outside of the content space. The old grey background worked well for me.

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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

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Re: point out any big negatives

That is less than nine hours per year of downtime - come to think of it I think the big outage last month broke that - but the neat thing is that the agreements are set up so if they fail to meet that target you're going to be lucky to claw back fifty pence and a red button.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: Hmmmm...

...or do we?

http://parkorbird.flickr.com/

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Re: "Maybe what is needed is a combination of natural language processing and ethics"

You're right- this would kill PHBbb altogether...

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

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Re: PIMBY

If ever a comment required a Paris icon...

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EE have heard of 4G?

When I ventured from not-very-yokel Surrey up to slightly-less-yokel London a few weeks ago I was amazed to see a symbol on my phone that looked like the number three followed by the letter 'G'. Although this mysterious sigil was something I had heard of, as an EE customer outside of the M25 I had never seen any evidence of its existence.

As the saying goes: "Everything Everywhere except for phone signal in your phone."

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Since you asked for a tale of how Windows 8 is terrible

The jarring mode-shifts and complete uselessness of the interface as sold ( as a mouse and keyboard user ) is a good starting point- if I have to install extra software to make a consumer operating system usable at all, that is not my problem, that is the OS Designers'. But that isn't all.

Originally with 8 it was very hard to shut down your computer- a three step process where it used to be one-step. All of these places where they make it more difficult to do things that every user needs to do on a routine basis, they are failing.

When I want to browse through images in a folder, Windows 8 jumps me to a full-screen ( or tile or whatever it is ) gallery application and after the initial image I have opened it just seems to pick at random from the pictures stored on my machine. It is massively unintuitive and means that this is another function for which I simply don't use Windows any more.

A few months after I set up the machine, I edited a couple of photographs and deleted the originals. For some reason Windows 8 interpreted "delete" to mean "Smear file contents across everything on the hard drive" and proceeded to wipe out half of my music library and cost me weeks of work. Call me old-fashioned but I consider manipulating files to be the primary purpose of an operating system. If it can't do that, then no amount of annoying interface tics is going to win me over.

The desktop search in Windows is very good, enough so that I use it a lot of the time. But in 8 it can be hard to know whether when you're looking for a way to change system configuration you are going to get bounced into a Tile Interface view or something useful.

The Windows Store- they obviously want to drive people there, but they have done a terrible job of making it useful and it is largely full of junk. I wouldn't buy from it, in fact I would go out of my way to avoid buying through it.

Compatibility is surprisingly poor - the other day I used a USB display adapter that caused the system to bluescreen at boot. Not Microsoft's fault, of course, but it all makes the operating system seem bad. If I have a new piece of hardware that doesn't appear to work in Windows, I can boot into Linux on the same machine and test it there. With Mint I find the hardware I add works first time every time, which used to be the case in Windows during previous versions. When the 8.1 update came in my wireless card started randomly dropping connectivity. It's an Intel card on a Windows system, which is about as mainstream as you can get, and they have hundreds of reports of the same problem for the same card. It's still marked on Microsoft and Intel's sites as "Compatible With Windows 8" even though this is self-evidently a lie.

All these things create cognitive friction. In almost all cases, when a user notices your operating system that is a bad thing, and I am constantly being reminded that I am using Windows 8 in a way that hasn't happened with any of the previous versions of Windows I have used.

Also, by way of comparison, I have found Mint to be smooth, easy to use and very reliable. If I had to choose between that and Windows 8.1 when setting up a computer for my mum, I would choose Mint.

I don't have a passionate dislike of Microsoft ( my day job involves using their development tools so I benefit from their work and understand their systems reasonably well ) but I have developed a passionate dislike of W8, even once I got a start-menu replacement installed and curbed it's most irritating excesses. Hopefully 10 will be a little less tiresome.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: I'm pretty sure it won't cut your hand off

People joke, but look at the number of surviving Jedi in the original trilogy with prosthetic hands. The risks are clearly very high!

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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A big surprise

"Surprised by hardness" is quite possibly a Spinal Tap album title contender.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Mint 17 here

I have been surprised to find that on my dual-boot laptop, I use Mint to troubleshoot the hardware when Windows 8.1 won't play nicely with it. As yet the only thing that worked better under Windows is the SD card reader- everything else that has been problematic under Windows ( including external microphones and the wireless card ) work perfectly on Mint. Consequently it sees the vast majority of my usage on a daily basis, although when the alternative is Windows 8 being dragged face down through mud behind a donkey is a preferable option.

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

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Was it terrorism?

If people go out of their way to identify and target members of the armed forces in an attack, is that not an act of war rather than terrorism?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: re: en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road

I am now imagining two driverless cars doing a high-speed version of that thing where you try to get out of someone's way in a corridor and they do the same to you and before you know it you're just stuck, doing some kind of weird corridor dance, desperate to get to your destinations.

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Re: Dr GUI

He's probably a WIMP.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Re: Cloud down

Just remembered the perfect phrase for an Azure Outage that I saw from El Reg last time this happened:

Blue Sky Of Death.

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Re: Cloud down

A truly azure sky shows no trace of any cloud.

Apparently the same is true of a truly Azure datacentre.

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Status: Working perfectly

The important thing is that the Azure status page informs us that "Everything is running great" and as far as I can say that message hasn't changed at any point.

It comes across as a touch insincere, even just a tiny bit like they are taking the piss, when that is followed by a long list of problems, failures and outages.

Also I don't know how everyone else is getting on, but there still seem to be a lot of problems with it here.

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