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* Posts by jrd

15 posts • joined 6 Dec 2010

Config management: Enemy of agile approach or the reason it WORKS?

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Excellent article. As a former software configuration manager, I have seen what happens if a company doesn't treat CM seriously, and it isn't pretty!

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Oh for goodness' sake! How many of these "3D printing a gun" stories are you going to run?

It's a non-issue to anyone except the press or politicians looking for cheap PR.

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Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

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Old PCs

My 7 year old laptop still does what I need. I don't have a compelling reason to replace the hardware - Windows XP, Office 2003 and Adobe Photoshop CS2 are all "good enough". PCs have become household appliances for most people - you keep the one you have until it breaks or won't get the job done. Or (maybe) Miscrosoft stops supporting the OS.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: Way to miss the point...

[Quote] This is a gamechanger for two reasons. Should I want to put a bullet in David Cameron, dont tempt me, with this I can make it myself, disguise it if I want to, and all I need to do is find the guy (probably when he's daughter hunting again), walk past, jam in in his gut and pull the trigger. [End]

Bullets are not freely available in the UK. And, if you're sourcing the bullets illegally, why not buy a gun the same way? Or, why not just stab him with a knife? It will be just as lethal as a small, low-velocity bullet.

Doesn't seem like a game-changer to me.

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Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpads are not IBM Thinkpads

Typing this on a Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet, my main computer. Bought it second hand 4 years ago and still going strong! Excellent bit of kit - vendors who offer 3 year warranties build their kit to last.

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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gmail works

I've had 1 email address for 10 years which I use for everything, and I do a lot of shopping online, I'm on mailing lists etc and I must say almost no spam gets past gmail's excellent filters. Those that do always seem to respond to unsubscribe requests, so I would recommend this extremely simple and low-overhead combination if you have spam problems.

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Chinese court orders Apple to cough £100k to writers for violating copyright

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Hmm, government puts the interests of its' own citizens ahead of those of foreign multinational companies, who would have expected that? I wonder if that'll catch on in the West too...

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Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

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Re: Even with $2.6B

No, this isn't price fixing. It's companies learning that the strategy of bidding up the value of patent portfolios on the basis they can screw their competitors later isn't a great way to run a business. Which is a step in the right direction in my book.

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Gaping hole in Google service exposes thousands to ID theft

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Re: Blimey...

Jeremy Clarkson was apparently quoted over £20,000 to insure a Ford Escort (a fast one), and that was over 20 years ago. Expensive car insurance isn't only a modern phenomenon!

(And I think that was before he was famous, so I don't think they pushed the quote up because it was him...)

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Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

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X60 and X30

My current computer is a Thinkpad X60 tablet running XP (6 years old). It works fine.

This replaced a Thinkpad X30, which I still use as a music/print server.

Both of these I bought second-hand (each a couple of years old at the time) and have been good, reliable machines.

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Culture jammers connect Lego clones with 3D printer files

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Congratulations

I think I like every single thing about this story. Well done, all concerned!

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Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone

jrd

Different opinion

C|Net don't like the phone much...

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/nokia-asha-201-review-50005823/

In particular, that reviewer hated the keyboard and the menu interface. And wasn't much impressed with the call quality either ("muffled").

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Assange: Text messages show rape allegations were 'set up'

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Extradition to US

"If they know its a setup, then he should have no worries about going to Sweden and helping the police resolve the case".

I do not believe Assange is particularly worried about beating the Swedish accusations themselves. He fears that if he returns to Sweden then he will be extradited from there to the US.

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Is cloud data secure?

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Risk assessment

I suspect it's the difficulty of assessing the risks of migrating to a cloud that's holding organizations back, as much as anything else. We know how to do risk assessment of servers, data retention and archiving systems, data centres, firewalls, physical site access controls - we've done them in the past and there's plenty of advice and best practice available.

But - how do you identify and quantify the risks with the cloud model? No-one really knows.

A risk which is that difficult to assess and mitigate is by definition a high risk...

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Good!

Mark McCormack, "What they don't teach you at Harvard business school":

"If your company has hired a consultant and you are not taking his advice - fire him.

This is no reflection on the consultant. He may be giving you the best advice you will ever get, but if you are not following it you are wasting his time and your money."

If we are going to have a government which thinks it knows best, and is prepared to make its own decisions, I'd rather they didn't waste our money paying consultants and then ignoring them or blaming them when the decisions don't generate the desired effects.

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