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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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Mushroom

How?

How have they spent this much money? What on earth are they doing?

I mean, I get how you could spend a few million on getting a good size team of decent developers to build your application for you and more for some solid hardware to run it on or to hire the cloud services that it will need, but sixteen billion???

That is more than the annual cost of all unemployment benefits put together. What is wrong with them?

This is where private sector involvement falls down. If they had simply recruited and employed all the staff needed to design, implement and maintain this, it would have cost far less than they have already spent. The British government spends far too little on hiring good people, too much on horrible, awful, appallingly designed private sector contracts. Great if your ministers want a directorship but a shitty deal for us as taxpayers.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: I wouldn't bother

My experience has been that when you take JavaScript out of it's natural, browser, home it is a little hard to make it perform well. Background Node stuff is more than willing to swallow most of my computer's resources if I have it running. Also it has an irritating tendency of locking up and getting itself detached but not stopping, and just sitting around hogging memory.

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"This is no child of mine" - Emacs

Goes to install Atom.

Downloads Windows installer package.

Runs it.

Waits for an installation path to be queried.

No installation path is forthcoming.

Editor is installed to some god-forsaken corner of the user profile folder, with no option for it to go anywhere else. Apparently this is by design.

Uninstalls Atom.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: While we're talking about money...

Way!

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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If this is an argument, the quality of dissent is really going down hill.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Katherine Archuleta is lying to Congress!

This is about the only solution to the problem - but not just the OPM, To clear the risks caused by this compromise they just have to to fire everyone who has gone through that vetting system. From what I can tell that means a complete government staff turnover. Should be exciting times watching a completely new civil service try to figure out how to do their jobs...

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Might as well leave the stable door open now

Given that all the most personal information about everybody in the US intelligence services is now available to at least one hostile nation, why bother with more security infrastructure now? I mean really, how much worse can it get?

Going to be very interesting to see how things go on as this information starts to be used. Guessing the US are going to have to be bringing a lot of people home from various parts of the world over the next few months...

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

I don't enjoy fiddly and ridiculous game difficulties, but I do rather enjoy a bit of Dark Souls, which is punishingly difficult but never feels unfair, it just makes you angry with yourself for being such an idiot. Of course it does also give you safe starting points and allow you to start from different ones, which is something those old-school games could really have used doing.

The old fashioned thing where you had to learn to be pixel perfect on a specific jump was purely frustrating, but games where the way you win is by learning to be better at the game - as opposed to simply by persisting - are something I can get behind.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Interspecies DNA exchange

When I was at school we learned that one of the markers of speciation was that you didn't have fertile offspring between different species, which left me questioning how the DNA got here at all. Luckily the internet exists so here is an interesting explanation of how Neanderthal DNA probably got into anatomically modern humans.

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Re: TIL about centimorgans

But what is that in double-decker busses?

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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Anomalocaris

Whenever I see a picture of Anomalocaris I am reminded of A Colder War.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: Lots of people have to fill this out

And so is my Porn Name!

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Re: @ Doctor Syntax

Social Security Numbers are the absolute least of it. They took the results of the security clearance background checks - those are an in-depth exploration of the risks a person might present if given security clearance, all the bad debts, past affairs and other secrets that might make them vulnerable to blackmail. It would be hard to imagine a more complete treasure-trove of information for a hostile intelligence agency or a more enormous and comprehensive screw up from any government organisation with the least interest in the wellbeing of the state.

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Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

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Re: Pronunciation change?

So less like "yer ANus" and more like "YOUR anus"?

Yup, that's much better.

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: High WIS

Jeff Atwood talked about about this a while back: http://blog.codinghorror.com/software-developers-and-aspergers-syndrome/ ( with interesting follow-up pertinent to the original story here: http://blog.codinghorror.com/what-can-men-do/ )

The ratio of autism diagnosis is 4:1 in favour of males, but the incidence of female autism spectrum problems is higher than most people realise because women tend to manifest symptoms a little differently - possibly as a result of cultural conditioning - and they can often go without being diagnosed.

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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Or maybe "Standardised National Identity Format Unification"?

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I don't know about FMI - any way we could work it over to "FML" instead?

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: @Tim Worstall

In this case I'd say education will be very important in mitigating the effects of change, but it needs to be oriented towards flexibility and skills that can be transferred across industries and environments. Unfortunately the current system here appears to be oriented towards passing the kind of exams that ministers took fifty years ago, which probably won't help develop the adaptability people will need in future economies.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

The real problem for the French was that most of the people they were listening in to spoke English and using audio-only recording left no room for subtitles, so they had no idea what anyone was saying.

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Maybe the majority don't care because they don't handle the kind of information that might be interesting to the agents of international espionage. It's simply not their problem.

And "them" in this case is pretty much "us" with maybe a very few exceptions among the commentardiat.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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Fear Uncertainty and Dismay caused by the suggestion that the World Series only features American team. I'm just not sure how afraid, uncertain or dismayed most people would be by that implication.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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X position

"Windows 10" is a bit of a cumbersome title, perhaps they could go for something a bit more classy, maybe a Roman numeral?

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Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls UK.gov

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Co-op energy have been a staggering incompetence circus in our experience.

For a long time they were sending bills for money we didn't owe to an address where we don't live. Every month we would contact them to tell them they were doing this and each month we would be solemnly assured that they had resolved the problem. A month later: Another bill for money we didn't owe to an address where we didn't live- in fact to an address a hundred miles away where one of us once had lived and the Co-op had mysteriously decided that all bills should be sent.

The rates, are not bad, but the cost in terms of time and annoyance is quite high.

Still, better than BT I guess.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: It certainly seems to have downsides

That is absolutely perfect.

I hope El Reg take notice and start using "Belgium Everywhere" instead of IoT across the board.

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It certainly seems to have downsides

One small but signficant - to me - detail is that sometimes I need to be able to adjust the heating in my house even when the internet connection is not working.

In fact, nobody is allowed to have internet connectivity for the first two weeks in a new house ( as far as I can tell ) ( or make that six to nine weeks if you somehow sign up with BT ) so presumably no IoT home furnishings can work in that period either.

It just doesn't seem to add much convenience.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: This is so exciting

I'm surprised Apple aren't branching out into this area.

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Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account

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The art of theft

"For a skilled entertainer, this would be no problem" - the question is who counts as a skilled entertainer? Do the Chuckle Brothers count?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Time to leave

Serious question! Is there anyone keeping a list of awesome places to live? Like ones where the government isn't on a brisk dive towards Orwellian disaster?

I have vague hopes that if they manage to drag us out of Europe the EU might offer some kind of asylum scheme to those of us who find more value in belonging to the EU than in belonging to England...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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The problem with allowing users to write their own question is that although it confers security to smart users, it confers broad new vistas of insecurity to dumb ones. Which is, unfortunately, most of us...

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Re: Spell it phonetically

His full name is currently Bruce QKNNqX5RPied54StngMi0ZfMNF8l637cwywzQJ1302FdwG3R4NLodqYi1vMy6FS Schneier.

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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You've reached Half Life? Wait until you reach Deus Ex, you'll love it.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Parking?

I don't know who said it, but I am sure a correctly designed automated car would reply with "OFFER ACCEPTED."

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Re: Hype

Autonomous cars will never be a match for real taxis until they can develop and share bigoted and/or racist opinions with their passengers. Although come to think of it plugging them into a twitter feed would probably do the job nicely, so maybe cabbies should be concerned.

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HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

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Re: ITYM NGINX...

I've used it extensively, but I still want to pronounce it "nnn-ginks" whenever I see that name.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Re: Fly wheels?

Turns out that flies don't even need wheels. Those guys had wings all along!

I'm as surprised as you are,

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: Time for biocontrol

Begun this clone war has.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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Interesting to see Plusnet on the bad list. Not that they are terrible when they are simply taking money in exchange for a pipe to your house, but if something goes wrong then you're going to realise pretty quickly you're dealing with one of the BT family of companies. If I had known when I signed up that they were a BT subsidiary I would, of course, have avoided them like the plague. It's a useful guideline...

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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

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Re: Like grep? sed? awk?

Powershell does give you Windows equivalents of most of the standard unix commands, but they work to an inexplicably designed standard that ensure these must always have an entirely unmemorable name, return output in the most unexpected format possible and have at least one massive functional flaw that makes them useless in a medium-size swathe of scenarios.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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How does it stack up to current batteries?

I was staying at a friend's place somewhat out the way in Australia a while ago, where mains utilities aren't a thing, so they get all their electricity from the sun and store it in what looked to me like a bigger version of regular leisure batteries. That provided enough electricity to keep everything running in the house well enough.

Are there any reliable comparisons around of how the Tesla specs match up to the solutions currently used in that type of environment?

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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Re: Oh fuck it, if it compiles then ship it

Look we need to get this out ASAP - either we get this running properly or the consultant will have to come back from the golf course. It's big picture stuff.

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

But everyone has access to the same developments, and the highest frequency is once per minute, so even where algorithms are ruling most decision making they don't have to be impossibly fast, so can take the wider situation into account and more sophisticated ( and consequently less liable to cascade failure ) algorithms can be developed.

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Re: Let me get this straight

Rather than a minimum period why not just make all markets turn based, so that trades are played out on the minute every minute. That seems like it would make no difference to the effect of the shares in terms of providing liquidity to companies, but reduce the maximum frequency of trades and consequently stabilise the extremes.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Meanwhile in the House Judiciary Committee

Presumably Bob Goodlatte is considered oxymoronic by many coffee aficionados.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Facepalm

Welp, sounds like they've got the security stuff sorted out now. Everything is going to be fine. No chance of future boo-boos from these security masterminds.

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Re: I like Costa

If it had been a dalmation or wolfhound that would have been fine...

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Neurobabble makes nonsense brain 'science' more believable

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I find this article very persuasive because it has a picture of an MRI image at the top.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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Re: There's a joke in there somewhere

"Punchline number 4 please."

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SharePoint's next release delayed until deep into 2016

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Cher point

I am slightly weirded out because I have used that exact image for that exact joke recently. I didn't publish it anywhere so far as I recall, so I'm sure it's parallel evolution, but nice to know that someone has the same sense of stupid jokes as me...

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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LeNOvo

If I was reading this with a view to buy, the Lenovo would certainly seem like a good buy, until you realise that as a non-business user they're going to be spying on you with their pre-installed spyware.

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'We STRONGLY DISAGREE' that we done WRONG, says Google

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Re: There's a lot of bad to be said of Google

I think that a lot of the people involved in this case are actually the irritating aggregator middlemen, so that if Google figures out you are searching for a business they will pop up a box with the business contact details and ( if they can find them ) opening hours in your results. Previously you might have gone to one of the carefully SEO-tuned sites that stood in as a middle-man and then seen a bunch of adverts for things you have no interest in. As Google's search has got a little smarter, that business model doesn't work so well and the aggregators and SEO specialists get pretty angry about that.

As a user, I rather prefer it.

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