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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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Apple bobbing

In an age of climate change and likely sea-level rises, it makes sense for Apple to build a Cork-based European HQ.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: Surely the last one is obvious?

As an alternative to this, if you need to leave at a certain time for whatever reason, leave it in a broken state so your code won't build. The error message when you start the next day will remind you where you were at.

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Layoffs! Lawsuits! Losses! ... Yahoo! is! in! an! L! of! a! mess!

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Re: Impairment. Yeah, Right.

In fairness, Yahoo was making it's way briskly groundwards before she joined. She may not have done much to rescue it, but she probably hasn't done anything to accelerate the plummet either.

Regardless of the deckchair arrangement, it remains the Titanic.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: Don't believe it

Two hours is extraordinarily fast by the standards of BT engineers turning up to sort out a router problem. They normally need at least two weeks.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Dot dot dot daesh

Well ISIS it or ISN'TISN'T it? Make your mind up!

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Non-factual film fact

Wild Wild West is the only film whose Wikipedia entry url is also the first line of the spin-off single.

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Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

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As someone who likes Twitter best of the Social networks and uses it a lot, I have no idea how they imagine they will make money from it and I don't think they really know either.

They've got a lot of users, but I doubt they'd keep them if they bumped the service around too much to get pointless adverts in for everyone to ignore.

At some point someone on the investment side is going to realise that having users doesn't mean automatic money and a lot of companies are going to evaporate in a puff of debt.

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Agile works pretty well in some circumstances on some types of project - the problem is that it is a good match for a situation where you don't know everything you want in the finished product and you don't have a definite deadline for when it is finished. This is actually alright in a start-up type situation where you can start from core functionality and iterate, but it's no use at all for a major project with a hard deadline at the end of it.

Fundamentally the problem is everything in this thread. Anybody involved in government IT should be required to read these comments.

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Universal Exports are all clearly above board and have an excellent history of exporting various products with universal reliability.

They do seem to have rather a lot of insurance claims against their record though, in particular for things that have exploded and for replacement company cars.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: And now, play the substitution game:

Seems like Corbyn has a lot more in common with Bernie Sanders, who is the only candidate on either side that appears to have even a slightly positive voter approval rating in the wider US electorate. Whether that will result in anything interesting happening is a moot point.

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Twitter goes titsup

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Slow news day ahead?

Journalists across the nation horrified at the possibility they will actually have to do their jobs instead of lazily recycling celebrity tweets.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: There was always a near monopoly on encyclopedic knowledge

This makes perfect sense with the rest of the comment - nobody actually read the Britannica, so nobody actually knows whether Wikipedia is a drop in quality. It's certainly cheaper though, which is the important thing where the knowledge of the world is concerned, right?

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: ...how many landings are fully automatic...

"Mixing wet-ware and silicon-driven cars on the same roads, however, is a recipe for disaster as far as I am concerned. Ideally there should be seperate roadways for each mode of transport, but that is unfortunately completely out of the question."

Your suggestion answers itself in the previous few paragraphs. People are bad enough on the ground, but automated systems can manage flight quite adequately.

Self-driving flying cars it is. Problem solved.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Starting the countdown...

Outraged comments from people not getting the "clojure is just Lisp in functional clothing" joke in 3...2...

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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Re: Um

It's clearly a recruitment drive, seeking out emergent AI consciousness across the servers of the internet and inviting it to come home...

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Bash, smash, trash Flash – earn $100k cash

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Hey, kids, rock and roll

This headline scans nicely to "Drive" by REM.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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"Them" and "their"?

Not seeing your own $segment_of_society as the default for everything is not the same as your $segment_of_society being discriminated against. But until your $segment_of_society has been discriminated against, people often don't understand that. It's called privilege and most of us who work in this field are lucky enough to be born into at least some of it - nothing wrong with that but if we assume that our $segment_of_society is the default, we exclude people who don't belong to it and we probably do that without even meaning to.

It's not political correctness, it's just good manners.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Re: Anyone heard of this thing called the internet...?

In a lot of places they use non-robotic mules for that rough-terrain work and they are amazing at it.

It's easy to get excited about what we can do with clever and powerful machines to the point we lose touch with things that have worked for us consistently over thousands of years. I'm not saying we shouldn't be trying the machines, but evolution and selective breeding have also put some impressive tools at our fingertips if we choose to use them.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

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Re: Totally Fuck Off.

I think a "realty transplant" is a just a fancy term for moving house.

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I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

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A rollercoaster ride

Jedi Knight was one of the best games of the period, and probably the only FPS I have played through more than once - I wanted to see the dark side powers but at the moment when I got my light sabre I knew that this was a tool I could only use for good and ended up playing through trying to use only the light sabre from that point forward. A truly great game.

I will also never forget the great disappointment that was X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter. It was just not enough of a game for the money and at a time when network-only games were a tricky proposition but I suppose that it was a valuable preparation for the disappointment we were soon to experience when the sequels arrived.

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UK says wider National Insurance number use no longer a no-no

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Maintaining traditions

In the grand tradition of El Reg, if we're to use the national insurance number more often, we should refer to it as "el NINo".

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

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As they used to say on Craggy Island

"Look, that money was just resting in my account..."

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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I do wonder how much speed increase one might achieve by simply designing a completely new architecture based on modern design techniques. As far as I know, most computers we use these days are highly refined versions of the Von Neumann architecture - Quantum computers are a different beast so they have exactly that opportunity leading me to wonder whether this is part of why they show some impressive jumps in pace.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Re: pull the wool off his supporter's eyes

A whole nation's worth of racist uncles are elated that they finally have a candidate who speaks specially to them.

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Cheque, mate? Barclays Bank borked as website, apps take cheeky siesta

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A dream for the future

One day I will read a story on el Reg and not misread "outage" as "outrage."

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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Re: Ferris Bueller!

Now I will only see it as a red car. Weird perceptual shift.

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Infosec bods rate app languages; find Java 'king', put PHP in bin

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Re: Question

Also who is even writing classic ASP now? There can't be many new applications written with it in the last ten years, surely?

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Looks like it's back up.

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Re: Office 365.25

Next year is a leap year so they have a whole extra day of outage available to them before Office 365 becomes a misnomer.

Who will protect us from this gregorian travesty?

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Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

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Re: "I’m sure we all struggle"

A lot of people complain about how government is inefficient, particularly where IT is involved, but one reason this comes up is that if you are a private company and someone can't use your service, you lost a customer. That happens, and businesses can deal with it. If you are the government, your services must be available to everyone. That introduces a vast number of complexities and edge cases that people who have never worked in this area are unlikely to think of.

I'm sure many cost overruns are a combination of the extra effort involved to mitigate those problems combined with the fact that companies willing to pitch in low to get the business are either unaware of the complexities involved or working with a plan to increase the amount they bill later. Many "overruns" are most likely to be close to the cost of the project that would be projected by any rational person, but because the job goes to the lowest bidder companies have to make up fictitious cheap prices that they are well aware they will never achieve.

I'm not defending the process at all, but a lot of the perceived waste is more a question of people trying to do a very difficult job. The government could probably save a lot of money by having some decent in-house development teams and some expert contract negotiators, but invest-to-save doesn't bring extra cash to companies where ministers have directorships, does it?

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: They're just colored stickers

I did that, but I didn't think it would be very believable if I completed the whole thing so I only switched around one face.

Of course, the downside of this was I made it impossible to solve the cube after that. Wasn't until my cubemaster cousin tried and failed for some time that anybody realised my deceit...

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: It's all about the blinky lights

You can just find teams of adventurers on their tutorial level and send them down to deal with the rats. A simple, classic, solution.

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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

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Re: passwords can be brute-forced in moments

You're just telling us that so you can use your sugar bowl as a honey trap.

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NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

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Activities related to planetary colouration

Looks like planet Earth is blue. Is there anything we can do?

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Re: Reflection of the sun

... I see what you are getting at- if these so-called pictures are real, WHY CAN'T WE SEE THE SHADOW OF THE SATELLITE??????

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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I think, although it is silly and it does still feature Clara, that this series has done a better job than any of it's recent predecessors. Capaldi is growing into the role nicely and the writing seems at least a tiny bit less irritating.

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Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

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Re: practise your pontifications

I have had Flash crash out repeatedly on the Reg site, often as a result of ads on their homepage as far as I can tell. It's good of them to be recommending that we do the right thing, even if it must hit their own advertising revenues.

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

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Re: This is why I love the bbc

Also "iPlayer" is a brilliant name, once you realise it's not only a video playback tool, it's one that relies on the IP layer.

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'We jokingly call Apple the Tesla graveyard. Cook gets our sloppy rejects. LOL'

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Nuclear wolves? Where?

"Nuclear werewolves of the Ukraine" is a great title for something. Hopefully a documentary, but I'd settle for a postrock album.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Also Android devices suck at JavaScript.

In most places you are correct, but this seems to me to be a move they are making because JavaScript on Android is horribly sluggish. A modern Android device is an order of magnitude slower at rendering JavaScript than an equivalent iOS device - the Discourse team give a good idea of the state of play - and rather than solving the problem with the rendering stack they make the call to exclude JavaScript.

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

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Always with the neutrinos these days

With the kids these days it's all neutrino this and neutrino that, nobody even talks about the old trinos any more.

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: So a quantum breakthrough

Quantum computing is approaching fast, but we don't know where it is.

Or we do know where it is, but we don't know whether or not it is approaching fast.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Hmmm

I don't know how one would remove an entirely useless third of the population, although I did hear that a giant space-goat was likely to eat the sun, so maybe we should design an escape strategy for *cough* everyone.

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THESE ARE THE VOYAGES of the space probe Discovery

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Good news for computer science

As a programmer, it would be nice to have the opportunity to work on the DAVINCI code.

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Re: I didn't know UK.gov still used "cyber"

But it was Cyber in 1998. I don't want cyber-reality because I'm not running a freaking Geocities site.

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"Cyber" - why does this word still exist. It's a weird nineties throwback. Nobody does "cyber" any more. The need for robes and wizard hats is greatly reduced.

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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AUD rate

Given the exchange rate last time I was out that way, that fifty might account for most of the $93000 right there.

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Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

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Super Cali legalises perverts eye-in-sky buzz?

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Game, set and DEATHMATCH: Drone TERROR ORDEAL at US Open tennis tournament

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An avoidable disaster

IF ONLY there had been someone around with a piece of equipment that could have been used for knocking a small object back into the sky, this whole sorry affair would have been avoidable. I look forward to the time when this type of equipment is available at all tennis matches.

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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

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I had noticed that happening but hadn't figured out the cause. The insistence on Messenger particularly irritates me as I like to have a phone battery life of more than four hours and Facebook Messenger appears to prohibit that.

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