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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Corner ahead

Sounds like linux on the desktop is just around the corner...

Actually there may be several corners as the Linux office suite that packs with the latest Ubuntu is chaotically unreliable and gaspingly slow even on a new and powerful desktop. It's not a big part of my job, so it's fine for me, but I would hate to be having to work with it.

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iOS services intended solely for diagnostics: 'I don’t buy it for a minute'

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Enlightened

I suddenly understood the name "iPlayer" yesterday and awarded the BBC several points for coming up with a name that totally went past me for years.

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Vote now for LOHAN's stirring mission patch motto

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Awesomesauce

I am super excited to have made the shortlist. Went on my lunchbreak with a false moustache and suglasses which must have worked as I didn't get papped.

Also, all this latin reminds me a of the execution scene in Top Secret, still one of the greatest movies ever made.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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I am surprised to discover the romans had no word for ballockets.

Raises serious questions regarding what they have ever done for us.

Which provides another possible motto: Quid pro nobis Romanos?

( Google translated because I know nothing about latin beyond a bit of etymology. )

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Actually the classic placeholder text would make a funny motto.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Re: Working 'out of'

They're certainly not uncromulent.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

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It's enough to make me wonder whether the place I was contracting at a couple of years ago still runs Windows 2000. Discovering that was a bit of a shock to the system.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Cesarian suggestion

Veni vici ballocketi

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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May contain flashing lights and strong colours

I really hope there is some way to exploit Glass using a carefully contrived set of flashing lights pointed at the camera. It would open the door to all kinds of hilarious and disconcerting pranks.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Misogyny?

Because people like you are still asking questions like that.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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This will be convenient when we can have a useful size of screen rolled up in a pocket. I like to imagine that phones will be around the size of a pen and just roll out as needed.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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FAIL

Excited for the update

I look forward to the next update to Windows 8 - when I got 8.1 it killed my wireless card in a way that has -as yet- to be fixed by either the maker or by Microsoft. It is certified as Windows Compatible, though, so I guess I must be imagining the constant network dropouts as must all the other users of the same card. Probably our own fault for having a computer that uses a part from an obscure manufacturer like Intel, I guess.

I can't wait to see what essential parts of my system stop working with the next "update" - maybe the screen? Or the keyboard? It's like a special lottery.

Fortunately I'm not doing much Windows development at the moment so I just run Mint on the machine most of the time. It seems to work fine...

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Big Brother

A counter-service?

I guess the ideal situation would be for prospective partners to be able to find out whether someone was the kind of person who posted revenge porn. That would work as a fairly clear deterrent to them and the expectation of never getting laid again would possibly stand to deter the poster too. If it didn't, stop them, it would perhaps serve to remove that particularly tiresome type of boor from the gene pool, which would be no bad thing for the species as a whole.

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Paris Hilton

What about when the subject was asleep half uncovered by the duvet and their creeper partner took their picture?

What if both people believed the pictures were kept private but somebody else stole them off a hard drive, phone etc?

There are some pretty clear cut cases here too. Do people not deserve protection in those kinds of case?

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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Cute, though

Bless them, the trick cyclists think they're doing science.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Positive results

Apparently Facebook's experiments reveal that they definitely can provoke an emotional response. And not just in the users they experimented on.

Good work.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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I got an old bass defretted once and through the cunning means of having the fret gaps filled a different colour to the frets, it wasn't too hard to adjust by ear when my eyes missed. Eventually my hands kind of learnt the positions and it wasn't too hard. I was never much of a fretless player though.

These days I have somewhat switched to g**tar and occasional mandolin, which do get noticed a whole lot more by the audience, though my standard in both is probably considerably lower. Good bass playing is, unfortunately, invisible to anyone who isn't also a bass player.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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Bumpkin 4rr loyfe

As a borderline bumpkin myself I have noticed that there is a lot of reluctance to talk about rural issues and more specifically to talk about them with people who live in the affected area. At best you're going to get a representative from the NFU ( the one union for whom the government will bow down abjectly at their slightest whim ) rather than someone who knows the actual area that the story is about.

The last foot and mouth story broke just very near to where I live. Various journalists and reporters were consistently found waiting outside the farm where it happened for days. I did not see a single story on the topic that spelled the name of the farm correctly in spite of the fact it was right there. Not to mention reporters stomping around through fields where they risked spreading the pathogen further. That week I realised that I just wasn't cynical enough about the news media.

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Re: The BBC is biased

That isn't just the BBC, though, is it? It covers pretty much all the mainstream media. It often seems as though if you could turn the M25 into a 500 foot high wall, it would take weeks for anyone in the media ( or parliament, come to think of it ) to even notice.

Even after they did and the whole thing was the biggest story of the year, it would still be six months before the chumps at Defra realised.

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: anyone who writes Perl ...

I have used all three in various jobs and I can safely say that Ruby and Python are tidier by default and conceptually simpler. Ruby is the closest thing I have encountered to a beautiful programming language and I always enjoy using it.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Access?

They're probably still having their naps.

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Re: Single user PC database might be OK

One of the great things about Access is that it is so massively internally broken at the design level that it has a "repair" button so you can fix all the horrible things that your database has done to itself.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Impressive work from the SKA

The problem with the SKA of course, is that the images it produces are all two-tone.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: They haven't got a clue

I find it interesting how hard most of us want to search for a deliberate explanation. The idea that there are large areas of the earth's surface that we know almost nothing about and that are not constantly surveyed seems to concern a lot of people. There is a great fear that nobody is in charge, that events can be truly contingent.

The world is a big place in which accidents happen. Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy and that is the human context in which you need to look at it.

If there is a terrorism element to this, it is most likely to relate to the cabin being isolated entirely from the crew compartment so if there was a problem in there nobody would be able to do anything about it. Finding what went wrong is the part of this search that would make the biggest difference for everyone not directly linked to the flight.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Re: How long until

Ideally one would wait until an important customer or member of senior management was at said colleague's desk.

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TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed to make photons flit

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Re: If you accept multiverse interpretations of quantum physics

If you accept a strictly deterministic single timeline where the future and past are equally fixed as each other then the grandfather paradox also evaporates - the evidence that you can't kill your grandfather is that your grandfather did not die. Or at least he wasn't murdered by a time traveller before he could beget your parent. If you were able to travel into the past, your actions would be a matter of record.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: CO2 lasts decades?

My local garden centre seems to have quite a lot. So maybe if we went to all the garden centres we could just buy enough for that kind of increase.

I'm amazed SCIENCE hadn't come to this conclusion already. Must be some kind of conspiracy at work.

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Recovering costs

Doubtless they have paid for a lot of outsourced consultants to be driving very fancy sports cars, hopefully the police will have made a note of their numberplates so they can focus on recovering some of the money in speeding tickets.

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Re: Agile approach?

Agile is a fairly poor way of designing very large scale projects. See also the big IDS benefits thing. It's great if you are a start-up or if you are a software company, but when the project gets very big you start to run into architectural concerns that you need to know about from the start and situations where refactoring the code to integrate a new requirement is a non-trivial task.

That doesn't stop the practical day-to-day process stuff from being useful- standups, iterations, sprints, kanban boards and the rest- but as regards the big picture, being able to act on architectural requirements from the start can make a big difference to your development time and the reliability of your software but the concept of doing anything ahead of time doesn't seem to fit into the pure Agile approach.

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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Anticlimax

And yet still the sun shone and birds were singing, almost as though nothing important had happened at all.

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POND SCUM shine a path to more efficient solar cells

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Evolution works

I love this kind of story, really interesting.

A lot of things that are possible manage to evolve. I would actually be very surprised if there didn't turn out to be a quantum component to our own brains.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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Re: Attention getter

To reduce attention, have the bonnet playing a video stream of the image from a camera on the rear of the car.

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Re: As seen last year in London

I saw a very eye catching black car the other day. It was not shiny black, it was black black. It was so black that it looked as though Disaster Area might launch it into the sun at any moment. When everyone has fairy lights all over their cars, that look will be even more distinctive.

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Sheds a single tear

The thing about ubiquitous JavaScript, even when it is placed behind an intermediary language that automatically optimises things for you, is that it is a horribly designed language. By what awful happenstance did this become the lingua franca for everyone? Could browser makers not have a meeting and choose any one of the many well-designed languages that exist as an alternative standard? I mean it's usually webkit now anyway, right? Surely they could at least look at a different scripting runtime to bring in as an alternative?

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Will nobody think of the T1000s?

People worry a lot about government, but with all this monitoring set up so everyone can be watched by any computer anywhere we're totally opening to door to hostile AI, should it ever come knocking.

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Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

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Re: fail....

Rugby coaches would probably be cheaper because they typically lose at least part of a lobe at some point...

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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You might only need to close all the windows.

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Re: Not allowed to drive unless

Microsoft branded vehicles will actually be comfortable and look fine, but they will only take you to three places, one of which is Slough, no matter where you ask them to go. Also they will occasionally download an update and just stop wherever they happen to be for ten minutes. When they crash, they will turn blue.

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High power computing and awesome Chinese food? Sign me up!

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Entirely tangential

I got a fortune cookie yesterday that said "You love Chinese food."

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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A good opportunity

This is a great opportunity for a British company to step in and make a huge amount of money by putting in a sarcastic bid for a hojillion dollars which they will be totally unable to detect. Genius.

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AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

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Re: A "friend" in need

The important thing is that you maintained your sense of hUMA.

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Amazing never-seen-before photo of colourful hot young stars (Thanks Hubble)

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Classic Register

Can't even get through a piece of astronomy news without fixating on the hottest, youngest stars.

Talk about knowing your audience...

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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Secure by design

I have to say the phrase "JavaScript Cryptography" fills me with a little bit of concern, just because JavaScript is, by it's very nature, a massively shonky language. I know there are apologists and ECMAScript is getting better, but if I wanted to write something that had any serious security requirements I cannot think of a worse platform for it than JavaScript.

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Google uses disruptive 'poem' tech to announce new Chromebook availability

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The poem that was written here

Describing Google in its several spheres

Scans oddly but I'd bet

It owes a great debt

Not to Plath or to Keats but to Lear

I look forward to the day that Vulture Central transcribing all their stories into verse. Especially the ones full of acronyms and about storage. That will call for some serious rhyming dictionary antics.

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Xamarin: Design an app for Windows, iOS and Android ... from one codebase?

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Interesting alternative for all the platforms

I thought that was what JavaScript and HTML5 were for.

Because JavaScript is such a great language that we should definitely make it completely ubiquitous.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Funny thing about Kerry

Snowden really picked the wrong administration for this.

If the GOP were in power right now, the Democrats would be hailing him as a national hero and the greatest patriot of the last fifty years, but of course when it happens on their watch they can't say anything about it.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Re: Rolls eyes...

The thing I find shocking is that there was no mention at any point of lions. Very much the elephant in the room that this discussion takes place in.

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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Sucks to be a creator

Remember when the internet was going to get rid of the middle-men and create a utopia where creators could benefit from the results of their hard work by interacting directly with their audiences? I'm pretty sure people were telling me that was the thing that would happen.

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

In fairness, Australia has at least one very high output power source that the UK is missing for approximately 355 days of the year. That gives them a resource that should be a lot more predictable and easier to utilise than our wind or tides.

In places I've visited, once you get a little out of town, a lot of people aren't connected up to any grids, they just have small solar setups to power their homes. You wouldn't be able to do welding with it, but for lights and laptops it seems to work pretty well.

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

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Re: More Music = Less Revenue

Making music may be easy, but getting your music in front of people interested in listening to it has never been more challenging. Your competition is now a million bands of whom nine hundred and fifty thousand are terrible. Even the most ardent music fan is going to be hard pressed to search through that much awfulness in the hope of finding something outstanding- I have experience of this both as a fan and as a musician and the ability to make one's music easily available is definitely a double-edged sword.

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