* Posts by werdsmith

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Heartwarming until now, but anything that shows promised gets swallowed up by either Apple, Microsoft or Google and I don't think that can be good.

That's why the ground in the shade of the forest is not green, not much grows below the canopy.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

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The Answer

1. If you are selling outsourcing, then it is (was) the answer.

2. If you are a CIO/CTO and wanting to make a mark, then it was the thing to do because they could show to the board the BS financials that the salesperson in (1) above has been selling.

3. Cloud Services are just the new outsourcing in disguise.

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Microsoft: Yes, we are going to kill off Enterprise Agreements

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Microsoft licensing is cumbersome full stop.

The idea is to confuse businesses enough that they end up overbuying licenses to ensure they stay compliant.

Server license, cal for this, cal for that. Seat cal, user cal, stuff it all. The sooner I'm off this ridiculous hamster wheel the better.

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Strongbow?

I think some of them have other means of acquiring, other than handing over currency.

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Probably a helium balloon of the theme-shaped mylar variety that has got loose.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: Rooting

Forgot my phone today, it's been on the charger at home since Friday.

Couldn't care less.

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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"Surprised someone hasn't mounted a rotating green laser pointer on one yet. Consider how much damage such a simple thing could bring."

Should make the drone much easier to see and provide some useful warning for pilots to avoid it.

A rotating beam is much less harmful than a constant one maintained on the retina.

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Re: I hope you drone pilots have decent insurance

"The only thing that could have stopped the crash was a warning to the military by the helicopter inspection team that they intended to be there that day, so enabling the Tornado to reroute."

Or the military pilot could have just read the NOTAMs that morning and would have been aware and known when and where to expect low flying helicopters to be in the way.

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

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Re: Questionable Pricing

Given that the average phone is replaced every 18 to 24 months I can't fathom spending $750 to a thousand bucks.

The cost is the difference between the price you paid for it and whatever you can get for it when you sell it on after you finish with it.

Not as much beer.

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Raspberry Pi wasn't hype, it was a guy who mortgaged his house to make 10,000 SBCs and they felt it was going to be a gamble whether they could sell them all. Being new to manufacturing they tripped over some regulatory stuff when they got RS and Farnell involved and that caused the delay. They didn't dream that they would sell over 8 million and still no signs of slowing down.

The new $5 Zero Pi is a bit scarce at the moment, not as bad as the original but still causing the needy to do quite a lot of whinging.

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Re: What?

then you "sell" your invitations if necessary.

That's called Kickstarter.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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I cringe to think of my early efforts where I wrote code that wrote code.

I mean it would create conditional machine code in an array depending on decisions, then put the array elements into RAM and execute them.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: Yes

Do you mean "Yes" in a James Joyce mountain flower kind of way?

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Re: I can point you to some code

As I mentioned in a another comment, FANFOLD.

Can't beat it for long code listings.

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Re: The rest of us commute in daily from our hovels

Judging by the state of this office, our cleaners have been working from home this week.

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Re: You forgot...

Just give me some fan fold. I can move the tractor wheel to the right place, and tear off the perforated margins later. Plus the printer makes a screaming noise.

None of this fancy arsed loose leaf shit.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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My son is on an academic pathway which is vectoring him towards a career in science/engineering.

So I don't expect that he'll be buying his own house unless his Camelot pension pays out early.

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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Re: Bit sad really

Ahh memories of the dog-eared and creased orangey-yellow coloured TTL Data Book. How much time I spent looking up details of my little 18 pin DIL packages.

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: A great idea actually - if implemented right.

Most people are decent, and most people do respect the needs of the disabled. There for the grace of god etc.

But when the minority of inconsiderate and selfish people do abuse things, then we always notice and it makes the problem appear worse than it really is.

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Re: Also Parent and Child bays

It's usually the kids (and the old people) who do that thing where they open their car door too wide and give a £200 dent in the side of your car.

So having them isolated together in wide spaces is no bad thing. Not having them running through the car park is also good. And the width allows parents to get the car seat thing out.

And the supermarkets like the idea because it gets them more business, so the odd bit of resentment is going nowhere.

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Dixons Carphone to shut down 134 shops

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We have four in our small town, a huge Currys, a biggish PC World, and two CPWs, one High Street and one out of town retails park one.

The Currys carries much of the PC World lines, and has a mobile section.

So yes, it does make sense.

The art of shopping at Currys: Know what you want before you go in and make sure the deal works pricewise. Then go in, avoid eye contact with any staff and buy your item.

Get out quick.

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MIT boffin: Big data won't compute? Try these handy quantum algorithms

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"All you need is that 300 qubit computer in your back drawer"

What's a "back drawer" ? A tattoo artist?

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Irish government websites hit by widening DDoS attacks

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Re: Eiri amach

cén fáth dearg?

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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Re: Nicely worded

The slimy toe rags have just drawn up the paperwork and sent the letters.

The decisions about which Christmases to wreck come from incompetent upper management trying to protect their lot.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: it's a start

Is it the same reason that Starbucks started coughing up, despite the fact that they hadn't broken any laws as they are written, the bad reputation they got was costing them business and that lost business was worth more than they would have paid tax. When they paid they made a public fuss about it so everyone knew.

So, stop buying Apple, stop using google, stop using any of these companies that are taking the piss.

We don't hear much about Microsoft? What's with them all these years and licence fees?

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And the corporations would just go somewhere else.

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Re: The article author is part of the problem.

They do pay their employees though, and their employees pay income tax. In fact in most cases the employers pay the income tax on their employees salaries "as they earn".

The problem for the government is that if google decided that they didn't need that humungus new place near St. Pancras then there would be no income tax.

If Amazon decided to deliver all their sales from the continent, then there would be another stack of people who need benefits, and another load of income tax that wouldn't come into the exchequer.

It's a ransom.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: cracks

Or, you can just wear a jersey in the winter and save yourself several hundreds of <insert currency of choice> in heating costs.

I knew someone would try that one.

Well, I don't have a nest thermo or anything like that. I have timed thermostats like everyone else.

They are set to come on 30 minutes before I get home, but if I don't come home on time and go out or am delayed then they waste x amount of <insert currency of your choice> in heating costs.

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Re: cracks

I don't recall suggesting that they are plugged into the internet.

They use a smart box to randomise the sequence though, and make it look real as if someone is moving through the house.

Not really that difficult.

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Re: Year of Linux?

Not any WHSmiths I've been in in the last 5 years. Xbox mags maybe.

Enjoy that?

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Re: cracks

A house where the heating can be switched on remotely is a fine idea. I can get the house warmed up 30 minutes before I arrive home, or I can arrive home and put the heating on and wait 30 minutes for it to warm up. If you don't have a regular schedule then this will work because it's an improvement on the timed thermostat that pre-heats a house for somebody who does have a regular schedule.

Houses where the lights and other appliances go on and off in a programmed and varying sequence when nobody is home also exist, this is an anti-burglary measure.

The smartwatch anecdote was pretty poor too.

Didn't read any further.

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Re: Year of Linux?

I'm surprised there was a windows magazine at all.

Linux people might be interested in reading about their OS, but windows users tend to just launch the application they need to use, and get on with it. The OS is of no interest and should stay out of the way.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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I'm casting my mind back to my first encounter with these things as a schoolchild.

I stared in absolute wonder at an early electronic calculator, imaging some sort of organic brain at work inside.

I couldn't understand why a ZX81 that I saw didn't have a bank of flickering lights and I sort of expected it to be "threatening" in some spooky way.

Then I got a summer job in an IT company at 16 years old, I sat down in a lunch break at a disconnected VT100 terminal and tried to type in a BASIC program, finally typing "RUN" at the end.

I expected UNIX hardware to be covered in cooling fins, that they would be buzzing and humming at 50Hz and any wrong move would trigger a disastrous sequence of events.

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Re: Can't click any of the things on the screen

I've heard of people asking for a bigger mouse mat because with their small one their pointer can't reach the whole screen.

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

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Re: Stop the Fighting: American -v- British Bacon

Bacon style even varies across the UK, just look at the chunks of pig you would get in Yorkshire.

Much supermarket cheap stuff has followed the Danish style.

There are many varieties, of which the American stuff you would get at iHop, is streaky bacon - one of those products that is made for the convenience of the producer not the consumer.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

Minecraft? I remember that.

Living in a house full of kids that play this stuff, Dota 2 has consigned Minecraft to history.

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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The system would also allow a third party to unencrypt past and future conversations.

I knew they had some clever tech engineers there, but I thought time travel was beyond even them.

Very impressive.

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

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Re: Killed by greed

It was often a matter of time when you wanted to use the site. So popular at the time and on underpowered hosting, I often gave up.

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

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Re: £600,000 in 8 weeks...

So we need £600K to test the law.

Bad news for the little guys.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Here we go....

And they'll slip nicely into enterprise AD infrastructure with the minimum of support required.

Oh, hang on.

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Re: Question to Supplier of hardware...

"No sir, it's an obsolete OS that went out mainstream support a year ago."

"Then I'm not buying from you. Or do you have something else to offer?"

Answer: Goodbye then. 99.9% of customers wouldn't even know what they might need to ask that question so we don't give a fuck. Try the outdoor market.

The usual problem on Register comments is that people think the whole work thinks like a Register reader.

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Re: The more they push

Thankfully now installing Linux is as easy if not even easier to install then Windows 7.

How many people actually install any OS?

Bet you that 99% of Win 7 users acquired their PC with it already on, they might have had to supply some information on first boot but no installing.

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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Less than 5 Years

Steady as she goes for the next 60 months and I can step off this hamster wheel.

And what a relief it will be.

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Apple evacuates European HQ after bomb threat

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Blue Monday, apparently the saddest day of the year today, though I can't say I've noticed.

So, who fancied a day off and thought this was a good way to do it?

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KeysForge will give you printable key blueprints using a photo of a lock

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There's a video(s) on youtube of people using a potato to open a safe.

https://youtu.be/IyGhEIbZLUU

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: Cheer up!

I'm thinking that maybe heat the rocket plume caused the leg failure and some thermal shielding might help. Guess that there is some very lightweight engineering in those legs, as every kilo extra on the legs is a kilo off the payload.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: Nearly makes me want to look at Linux again.

If you are a Register reader and a linux user then it's likely that you are going to be a bit of a whizz on your linux PC and any configuring is going to come easy.

There is an awful closemindedness and denial in the linux world, and a complete failure to try to see things from the viewpoint of a new user, or an inexperienced user. I think it is this attitude that really holding back linux

I'm an OS agnostic,I don't really care how I launch the applications where the actual productivity is done.

I have linux, I have Windows, I mess with BSD and there are iOS and OSX devices in the office and the house. It's been years since I had to faff and fettle anything on Windows, there has not been any need.

But just today there was quite a lot of blue air between me, CUPS and a HP network all in one printer.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Resourceful not your middle name then.

I don't think I said that it happened in the last 10 years did I?

Anyway, only a small amount of resourceful would be needed to deal with such a minor issue.

I find it difficult to believe that you know what you are talking about.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Barrel of Laughs

For a change 1980s_Coder posted a comment without trying to promote the Acme_Splaffer.

So give him some credit.

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Facebook tries to defend its troubling masterplan to own India's internet

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Does he expect us to believe that this is benevolence or altruism?

Seriously.

We know he is trying to establish Faecebook as an essential utility and make it a de facto service to which we are all bound.

Fuck Faecebook, not doing it. It's 99% puerile shit anyway, why compromise net neutrality for the sake of a pile of puerile shit.

There are other ways for people to use the internet and the web to stay in touch without having to lick the anus of a giant corporation and wade through piles of sewage.

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