* Posts by Downside

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: They won't leave

You Danish? 50% tax there, cars are OMG taxed and... its one of the happiest places on Earth.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Cool kids are all Bluetooth

I know you old hands all love your 350 quid analog headphones but all the young students at work wander round with Bluetooth headphones on. Bloody antisocial, how do you talk to a young geek when they're wearing headphones?

Anyway, toilet proof iPhone plus that does bokeh? Take my money now.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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Good luck with marketing your great idea outside of brexit blighty

No matter what you do, the American lawyers will come and sit (expensively) on your lawn if there is even a hint of your product going on sale in the US and some patent troll looks at you funny.

Putting blightly in a snowglobe on the worlds mantlepiece is not the answer.

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Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids

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MAC on he Moon

Surely this is an opportunity for a moon-based mass accelerator? When it's not throwing slugs at asteroids, it could be firing spacecraft off on trips to other worlds?

Chuck an inflatable moon base up there and a self-assembling accelerator.

Maybe SpaceX or Prof Hawking are already on the case..

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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it's so easy

..to type DELETE * FROM TABLE everything and forget to add WHERE index_id=nnn

It's taking a bit longer to restore because they've just discovered the backups have been broken for the last year.

{cough} checks backups on own system {cough}

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

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Big Brother

Forget Google, what about John Lewis?

I was in John Lewis at the weekend, looking at bean-to-cup espresso machines.

Later that night, I get an email about... bean-to-cup espresso machines.

Deriving that from my browsing habits is one thing, getting that from my idle wander around a physical store is quite the other.

The guy on the moon with the Telescope was clearly someone trying to blow the whistle on this.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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AMAZING VALUE

Picked up a Tosh 15" laptop for £125 from Staples, perfect for acting as a presentation workhorse. Windows 10 runs lovely on it and it's only a few quid more than a Hudl !!.

Well chuffed. Cheap as.

Sure, not going to be playing the latest game on it or run Handbrake anytime soon, but as bread-and-butter iron to replace an aging laptop, it fits the bill nicely. Sure, only has 15Gb spare after dumping Office on it, but a fat stick or sd card and/or cloud storage and I'm laughing.

Still can't quite understand that price point... it's bonkers.

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Wikimedia’s executive director quits after less than 2 years in post

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Wiki needs a great search tool

Look at Atlassians confluence, it's got an amazing search.

But 150 s/w engineers? You could do A LOT with that. Don't see the fruits of my donations yet...

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Na na na na na na na na bionic-BATMAN! Boffins build bat-like electro-stimulated drone wings

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I'd give that a rinse

I hope they rinsed it off before putting it back in the car.There's a sewage plant about half a mile upstream from there.

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Best solution is...

a) Dectect fake

b) Inform user "Counterfeit parts detected, return to vendor for replacement"

c) Degrade performance

e) Brick device

Probably give them a couple of weeks to send the unit back for a refund/replacement.

But I'd definitely brick it if I was them.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Aside from the concentration camps, deaths of innocents and human resources strategy based on Game Of Thrones, the norks are pantomime baddies.

Nato sabre rattling? As opposed to Russia actual-rattling, Crimea black-ops takeover, shooting down passenger jets? They do have form on that, as Deutschland 83 reminded us this week.

Funnily enough,I don't think anyone is really keen on going to war, even if your day job is tooling about in a tank, sub or plane.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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Three versus the charity that is BT?

The thought of Three bringing some sanity to O2's offers, whilst bringing wider 4G availability to my phone was quite exciting, so thanks for raining all over that prospect, Ofcom.

Happily used my phone in Denmark, Eire and the US of A without worrying because of the unrivaled roaming prices offered by Three, and she thinks bringing this to more subscribers is a bad thing?

In the US, cost of phoning a US number, 19p a minute on Three. I think the best I found was £1.49 on other networks.

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

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Windows

zero-day email

^^^^ her bit fat yorkshire thing ^^^

Bet it was a simple forged email link posing as LinkedIn or Facebook. Seen it happen in even the most paranoid of companies, one thoughtless click and suddenly a Russian ferret is alive in the network encrypting your MSql servers.

Turn it all off, restore from backups, virus check all the laptops, ta-da, back to normal.

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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WTF?

Yep, you keep telling yourself that all those old laptops and 386's that clutter up your house and garage will soon be worth a fortune.

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You watched The Imitagion Game, right?

Encryption is as old as the hills - everyone tries to crack or peddle their encryption and all have an agenda. There are no noble answers to it.. anyone who comes up with a decent method will have the Isrealis, Brits, Yanks, Ruskies, Germans, French, Chinese trying to crack it.

The best Ive ever seen was the stuff used for CHAPS. That was done by THALES, paid a bundle by the banks to come up with a proper secure end-to-end solution. Proper money at risk there, not like just your email password or Tinder profile. I'm sure if you paid them enough, they'd do the same for you too.

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Twitter goes titsup

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as expected

Twitter is back up so everyone's back on it rather than posting here. Thanksfully the Three data network has been tunred-off-then-on-again too, yay, much rejoicing in my iDevice.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

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If you want to keep a secret

Top Tip - If you want to keep a secret - don't tell anyone.

I want access to my PRESTON phone records, because there are people I've lost contact with in the last fifteen years. If I post here, can GCHQ find out the numbers for Anna, Sue and Fraser? Steve and Andy? They live in Weymouth if it helps?

All this info I've bloody paid for and it's no use to me. How annoying.

(PS great article - I've read it open mouthed, don't know why, you've been banging on about it for 30 years. Keep up the good work)

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So, what should Atlassian spend its post-IPO riches on?

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First step will be to buy (if they don't already) Gliffy and then Who ever produces Komala workflows for Confluence.

For us, we do our planning in Agile, defect tracking in Jira, knowledge base in Confluence, sign offs in Confluence+Komala.. so we just need a decent test management suite to round it off.

Git management and CI? Not sure why that needs to be wrapped up in yet-another-increasingly-expensive bundle with the others.

That's my main gripe with the tools.. sure, it's cheap for a defect tracker, but if you add all the other toys in, you're knocking on IBM prices.

More flexibility would be good.. Jira for 500 people but maybe 100 seats of Agile and 50 for that tool, rather than the 500 seats of one thing? 500 for everything model they currently have.

Having said all that, it's the only enterprise tool I've ever dealt with that had PM's and teams coming and begging for a log-in. Not only that, but they HAPPILY tutored each other in how to configure it and set it up. Talk about easy.

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Re: Love Atlassian products

Feel for you there.. each on of our steps has been painful BUT try buying that tech from anyone else. Yes, you could wish they brought in a floating-seat model just like everyone else but that's a ball-ache too. Just give everyone a log in and you never have the "got no seats available" problem.

I appreciate that you might have 100 seats an just 20 users but that's part of their "unique" (aka very profitable) business model.

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ISIS operates a crypto help desk – report

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OpSec fail

Handy having a help desk that's only contacted by your operational units. Makes that quite the honey pot to keep an eye on.

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Hmm government funded research

So the many millions we give THALES and BAE to spin up brit designed robo ships and drones, which they then sell to the rest of the world ... surely we tax-payers deserve a slice of that?

Truth is we already spend a fortune of funding the private sector to inefficiently and expensively do jobs for us.

I'd invest in University and colleges developing rapid-cycle (aka agile) teams that could bid for work offered out by private co's. Colleges would get interesting projects to work on, learn how to apply their knowledge to commercial ends, turn out useful employable students - companies would get (effectively) cheap consultancy, govt would fund it and take a slice of the profits from patents.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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World/perception conflict alert

you are not just getting <insert your favourite BBC show here> for your license fee. You also get a lot of services you aren't interested in. Radio three,5 Live , BBC parliament, tennis coverage, golf, Songs of Praise...

It's the same principle that means we have nuclear submarines and schools full of children, when I'm not in the mood to nuke anyone, they wouldn't give me a free ride in a sub if I turned up ('even though I've paid for it'), nor do I have any use for schools full of children - I don't have any.

The biggest rip off of all is paying north of ten quid a month for line rental. More than my license fee and for what, exactly? I mean, EXACTLY?

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

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4G is great!

Don't get where you 4G deniers are at - there is a world of difference between the two IMHO. Video streaming sucks on 3G, my downloads suck on 3G, all are pretty much seamless on 4G. At home, my 4G is as good-as or better-than by fibre-fed 5K WiFi.

I agree it's ridiculous that phone coverage is so poor in London and in the desolate rural wastelands of Surrey and Hampshire it's as if Marconi never existed, but I've found 4G coverage in Manchester and Southampton more than acceptable. (Small sample set, I know - I should get out more)

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Barclaycard axes bonking payments bracelet

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Re: whats so good about bonking?

You clearly have never waited an age in the pub to pay for a couple of pints by pin pad, or in a football stadium at half time where the world+dog tries to get two cups of coffee and a super-heated pie.

Waving a card is so much easier and quicker. If I was worried about security, I'd get the folding out. Sure, you can't buy a sofa by bonk, but for tiddly transactions, it's ace.

(A friend suggests that it makes it much easier to buy a (small) round if your visually challenged too, or having "finger trouble" at the end of an evening)

I love my contact-less cards. Great idea.

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Periscope smeared by streaming security SNAFU

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The Bong! Crowd?

WTF is the Bong! Crowd? (Tip : Don't google at work unless you want to do some explaining to IT)

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Authy 2FA app popped by simple, secret, code

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confused about Authy

The article could do with more words for the hard of thinking like me.

I just don't understand it.

The screen grab in the article looked like the bit on a web login to gmail or you tube where it asks for the 2FA code.. not the Authy app on the phone.

So what's broke? The implementation of 2FA used by all of these services, or the Authy app or what?

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Damn that european competition

@RegGuy1

Euro competition? What, someone does your job better or cheaper than you? Shocking. Where is it okay for that competition to come from? A local student from down the road? She might be the next one to try and under-cut you. Or is it the prospect of competition full stop that you're against?

Its just that in my humble experience, if you're decent, you can get a job. For sure maybe that easy-street job from ten years ago isn't so plentiful, but be patient - a time of plenty will soon be here again.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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4k netflix et al soon to follow

Sony will give you a big HD full of 4K movies and you can sort yourself out with Netflix that is releasing some of it's IP in 4K (eg House of Cards - worth a watch).

I've got a 50" TV which IMHO is the biggest 1080p can go.. bigger really demands a 4K screen.

1080p can look gobsmacking - the BBC "pets" show has some great slo-mo vivid shots of cats'n'dogs doing their thing, truly impressive. 4K on a bigger screen would be gorgeous too.

A lot of the picture quality is down to the cinematography and post-production - how much data they squeeze out the picture before sending it to your house. A great example was a recent live footy match on the beeb. It looked so crisp and clear compared to watching a live match on Sky's HD Sports channel. I'll take a guess that it's the same OB tech but Sky squeezes a lot of the quality out by compression because it's got 500 channels of rubbish to fit into its pipe.

Of course you might not care a jot about telly image - lucky you. Your local car-boot probably has a fantastic set that's just up your street for about a tenner.

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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Lizard dox

http://lizardsquad.info

Is the dox for the members, or so it suggests

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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Really?

He claims it but did he really? What was lizardsquad.info all about?

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Dragon Age, Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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tightwads

£50 for all that content and game time? All those artistes creating those textures and environments? it costs a fortune to employ hundreds of people for a year or two, you think it should be £10 in a steam sale?

Anyway, thought most PC players just downloaded the hacked copy?

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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WTF?

Your gravity may vary

..but the gravity round me seems to be more benevolent to my iPhone. Sure, it's lept like a salmon from my grasp/coat/trousers onto hard wooden floor/concrete/tarmac and has loads of dings in in'ts "cheap grade aluminium" housing but the glass front and back is completely unmarked.

Everywhere I go I see people with crazy-paved screens on their phones, what on earth do you lot do to them?

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Toshiba plans chippery with mere 0.5V power slurp by 2017

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Quantum mechanics?

Really? Finally? Some spooky science in a chip for the every-day?

Truly amazing bonkers news though, that's so bloomin' low - useful electronics really properly run off solar, for example. Standby power drains on stuff left on becoming less significant, battery tech advances less important, as the existing tech gets to make things last longer...

I remember the last "breakthrough" I read about on newgroups (back in the 90's) being blue LED's/lasers which lead us to the hi-tech future we live in today, with hidef films on blu-rays and..er.. blue Christmas lights. Judging by that, I'd say it's going to take 15 years for this tech to be ubiquitous, just in time for my retirement. Boo. Boo to getting old and long-product cycle times.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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platform independant hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha

SteamOS is not platform independent - just the opposite! It's the Intel PC architecture.

If all you want to play is a Limb-o-like indie, then some little 200 quid fag-packet linux box (not including 512GB SSD) will be just gggreat. If you are wanting to play Dragon Age 5 or WoW with any decent framerate, you're going to be disappointed.

The reason the existing consoles work is that they provide a stable fixed target to aim at for devs. A continually evolving hardware bundle like the steam boxes will be will just not work.

Are you going to throw away last years SteamBox because this years version from Alienware has much better gfx? If you're a PC centric gamer, of course you are...that new game doesn't run well on the last years model you've got.

That's what you do all the time with your PC. New gfx card this year, oh a new PSU because the last one wasn't meaty enough, oh more memory, oh new CPU is out so new mobo and...

Valve don't really care - they are coining it in from you all right now ! You already have PC's and why would you no just connect up your pc to your TV? You probably already do. If they cared about games, they'd get around to writing some rather than milking you all just as much as Sony, Microsoft and Apple do.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Thumb Up

Re: I've seen a couple of films with Atmos

Piracy is rampant because the world of full of ppl who will happily grab stuff for free if they can, even if it means watching a movie with the same quality as an inflight TV system

Atom however, looks interesting. My Onkyo must be ooo 4 years old now, it wouldn't break me to replace it. But here's a thing.. the speakers I use are well over (and I mean WELL over) 20 years old. Missons and Solids. Who needs to replace speakers when you're happy with them? Adding a couple of Atmos speakers is only 130 quid..plus a bit of wire. Bargain

Bring on the movies and bring on the XBOX games supporting it.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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weather

GPS location is okay but it's very poor at telling you your altitude.Barometric pressure handy here.

Humidty? Weather?

Temperature.. weather?

Aside from the fact that some sports fans like having those sort of sensors for instrumenting thier runs/rides

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Android fail

I don't wish to denigrate the excellent hard work that people have put in to make a titchy box of electronics with software and bring it to market - it's not an easy task; But this product is a technical achievement with hardly any potential customers, bit like the Wii-U.

It's bad enough taking conventional controller-centric games and putting them on a touch device.

Then you come up with the genius idea of taking those (poor) games and putting them on a platform based round a controller.

"Who's going to buy it?" Should have been the first question.

"No, really, WHO is going to buy it?" Should have been the second.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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You're entitled to compensation

All this snooping would be a lot cheaper if they didn't have to slurp the

"Your entitled to compensation for that accident" and "You're legally entitled to not pay back your debts" spam I keep getting. I'd like to see the slide that shows how much of that rubbish gets sent every day..

Anyone that hoped their data was private has quite clearly never worked with technology, or even been paying attention over the last decade or two. Or three. Or four.

It never will be private, never. It's just data.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Kids DON'T WANT privacy

I don't know if he's seen Facebook or used snapchat recently, but keeping things private seems the last thing the youth of today want.

But as for mass survelliance, a quick check of the crime clear up rate would suggest that criminality is still, on balance of probability, something you can get away with. That would tell me that for all the "woo, scary" big brother bullsh*t, it mainly doesn't work. So good luck to the NSA etc monotoring every communication, they will never crack every case and have a working pre-crime unit.

For the tin-foil hat brigade, someone once said to me "if you want to keep something a secret, don't tell anyone", Good rule of thumb, that.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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PCW programs

Those listings... OMG typing pages of code into a TRS-80 and trying to work out why they didn't work. My first intro to debugging someone else's code, aka "software maintenance", a bread and butter software job..

I think we're missing the point that most SW dev work is going abroad and won't come back, as it costs too much here, apparently. Maybe in ten years time offshore costs will have peaked and it will suddenly become economic to do back here... which I guess is why the sudden push for training the kids now.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Good work fella

As most coding jobs have (and continue) to go abroad (India, Czech Republic, Poland.. next stop Ukraine), he's got a point.. why try to force the reluctant to try yet another skill they'll find dull, resent and ultimately despise, both the subject and the exponents of it? There's precious little work in the UK for any decent money, as most of it has been offshored.

We'd be better off teaching bricklaying as (in case you hadn't noticed) the standard of work provided by builders is expensive and shocking. Just add a bit of gravel and concrete into the sandpit and tell the kids they've only got a few hours to play with the lego while it's still "workable".

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Oooya

This Ouya#2 console concept just doesn't stack up. Buy new bits for it? Okay, so I basically buy a new console every six months? Er.. great?

What about game pads? I guess I just buy an Xbox or PS controller? Er.. great?

Oh, I use a mouse and keyboard, on my sofa? Er..great?

Oh it will run

<loading>

HL3

<loading>

There's a story that needs

<loading>

Great?

Valve are like the Rolling Stones. Their old stuff was amazing, still is fun, don't need to really do anything else, cash constantly flowing out the Steam taps.. but the likely hood of anything new and interesting turning up soon is highly unlikely.

When Steam stops making money, maybe they'll wake up.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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Re: Dual boot phone?

I guess you have no idea of the real effort in porting an OS to a hardware platform, nor the effort in testing that it works, flawlessly, with all apps.

"free" OS. Yes, "free" as in right up to the point of writing the GFX driver for your video, supoort for your choice of bluetooth and WiFi, LCD backlight, panel, the touch controller (ad infinitum).

"Free" software ho ho ho

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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Roll on the cheap TRUE 4K PJ

Sod you lot trying to download 4K movies, I want to play true 4K games on my XBONE/PS4/PC.

And as for still versus moving, the bit you tend to concentrate on in an image is the non-moving bit, which does benefit from higher res.

Yep, 4K for me please. Hurry up.

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

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Unexpected item in channel area

smug Virgin XL customer writes :-

Excellent news - extra sport for free! Well done Virgin & BT

Totally unexpected news that.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: Content is King.

Have you tried using Lovefilm on a PS3 without creating a "PS Online" account? No, didn't think you had.

(BTW you can't.)

I really can't understand the fanboi nature of this - they are both pretty much the same. I'll get both cos I want to be able to play the best games on whatever platform has them.

I love the Halo franchise and my 360s (Had two, including a launch machine that STILL WORKS, crazy huh?) but for me the best game so far is The Last Of Us - the only game I've played to the end on my PS3, as it's main duty is being a Blue Ray player.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Devil

Re: Big. Deal.

Don't get in a tizzy. just don't buy one. It's not mandatory.

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Re: Big. Deal.

exactly. oh so so so many hours playing DF. Best StarWars game by a mile. {sigh}

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Re: Big. Deal.

Yeah, so how often DO you unplug your 360 from the net? Aside from when your ISP inadvertently does it for you? :)

The "you"s in the next bit arn't directed to you, dear commentard, but to the reader in general.

If you thought your browsing or phoning was private, then you have never worked in IT or engineering. Idle techs will happily read your emails for kicks, check your internet history or listen in to your calls. People get bored, and, truth be told, it's a giggle.

As I've said elsewhere on the net, you are more likely to get shot in the US than have any of the agencies take an active interest in what you, joe public is really up to. Unless of course your mate you phone every few weeks is a coke dealer or an unknown-to-you armchair jihadi, in which case you'll pop up in their network analysis.

This sort of SIGINT has been around for bloody years in the UK along with ANPR cameras.

IN reality there is so much data, most of it is ignored. UK goes bonkers and elects the EDL on a landslide, I'm not worried. Its still quite easy to be an unnoticed child/soldier murderer with dodgy browsing habits, so most of the overly paranoid non-gamers on this thread can continue spitting their dummies out with no discernable impact on Xbox One sales.

I fully expect the "must phone home" time to slip to 3 or 5 days or even longer once launch comes round.

As a parting gambit, I guess most of you downvoters turn your phones off and take the sim & battery out once you've made you call or checked for SMS's.

I think the PS4 might win the console "war" by virtue of being faster and bundling a library of games for a yearly subscription, a kinda netflix-for-games @ £50pa or somesuch; sorta xboxbox live with a point.. It will have zero to do with this farago.

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