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Hadoop: A Linux even Microsoft likes

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

You mean, they're embracing open source?... I wonder what comes next....

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

Ian Yates

Banned... or not

This is an "interim injunction" - which basically means that the court isn't entirely sure that there's a case here, but they've taken the decision to block sales until the whole case can be presented.

Either way, it's a massive win for Apple, even if the court eventually decides that Samsung have breached anything legally.

Do we even know exactly what Apple's accused them of breaching? Last I heard almost all of the "patent" disputes were thrown out and it was just some copyright stuff around the style of the device.

It would be madness for Samsung to lose because of the "grid of icons" issue, considering that this is an Android construct that every other Android device uses (and not even as the Home screen as they original said). Plus, Win3.1 had such grids in Program Manager, and I'm sure 100s of other pieces of software of yore.

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

Ian Yates

Console

What do they mean by console?

Having played with OnLive, this seems the most logical way forward in an Apple-esque world - they're in complete control over what you can play and when.

Personally, I was very impressed with OnLive, but I can't see it pulling me away from Steam at the prices they charge. Partly because I have a powerful PC and I like to continually upgrade and tinker with it. I'm sure there's a massive market for something like OnLive.

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MS kills, un-kills Zune HD media player

Ian Yates

Saw one once

Played with it in a shop State-side. Was actually quite impressed with the UI.

I guess it was just too little, too late (and it never reached the UK)

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Samsung and Google's next Nexus specs leak

Ian Yates

Yes, but if it isn't official it looks like a grotesque tumor :(

I did this with my Hero, but didn't bother with the Desire. I can cope with 1 - 2 day battery, but would much prefer double that over a smaller/lighter phone.

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Ian Yates
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9mm

Can I have one thicker with longer battery life?

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

Ian Yates

R.I.P.

Not a fan of Apple products/ethos, but massive respect for what Steve did with the company and what he helped do to the consumer tech market.

56 is far too young, and he clearly was very passionate about what he did.

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Apple snubs Samsung's Oz patent peace offering

Ian Yates
WTF?

Odd choice of words

"slavishly copies", and now down to just one possible patent infringement...

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Oracle: Java 8 will be revolution, not evolution

Ian Yates

Hooray!

Another Date/Time API!

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Ian Yates

As someone with an IT degree who regularly interviews to hire developers, I can say that I don't personally rate IT degrees much at all.

I agree that a degree should be more than just about learning a subject; a true degree teaches you how to solve problems, not how to solve *a* problem (that's the job of GCSE).

My biggest issue is that IT degrees seem to be simplifying and removing a lot of the deeper knowledge that I require in all of my developers. I don't care if you only work in Java/.NET, if you can't discuss the heap and the stack at a conceptual level and you don't know what an "abstract" function does, you're going to need to blow me away with your understanding of your chosen framework.

I'd much rather hire someone with 3 years of industry experience than a degree, because if they can talk about it, they've gone out to learn it themselves. But, as a lot of people have said, it's very rare a non-graduate gets passed the CV filter stage.

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Euro beaks mull copyright of software features

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Good work

It's exactly these sorts of ill-thought ideas that will destroy independent developers.

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

Ian Yates

Keyboard

I'll stick with my Sony, but the keyboard on the Kindle was the reason I didn't go for one, so it's interesting to see they've finally dropped it.

A portable movie-rental device sounds interesting, though.

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Virtual cloud monkeys go bananas writing Shakespeare

Ian Yates
Paris Hilton

I never thought it did start with the Simpsons - I assumed they were referring to how the Simpsons was written... my bad.

So, when will someone experiment with using manitees to write Family Guy episodes?

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BT bitchslapped for misleading 'Join now' Infinity ad

Ian Yates
FAIL

Except...

This morning the "when it's available" for my building changed from 30-Sep-2011 to (drum-roll please) 31-Dec-2011. And this isn't the first time they've knocked it back.

I'd rather they just said "no current plans" than getting my hopes up until days before the date they give me.

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Royal rugby star bar snog CCTV upload - bouncer in court

Ian Yates

I imagine this is the state trying to make it clear that publishing private CCTV footage is illegal.

IANAL, but it seems to be common with CCTV footage appearing on YouTube (remember the woman in the "mall" who fell in to the fountain?).

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Windows 8: First contact with Microsoft Touch

Ian Yates
Windows

Yet to be convinced

My PC has a lot of real estate and while I want as much content on it as possible, I need all of my common tasks to be quickly available through a simple keyboard or mouse gesture.

My phone/tablet, on the other hand, do not have a lot of real estate and having tasks hidden until I make a clear gesture to find them is an acceptable productivity hit.

So, is Windows 8 really two OS's rolled in to one, or will the tablet interface be like Media Center, an application on top of Windows "Classic"?

Maybe I'm an exceptional case, but the convergence doesn't feel like a step forward to me...

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Why Android houses should give Google the 'fork you'

Ian Yates
Pint

Each to their own

But I prefer one that fits me and does exactly what I need a hat to do

/weak metaphor

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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

Ian Yates

Certainly, in theory, pure .NET apps will be fine assuming MS release an ARM-based .NET framework.

I know a lot of companies that just wouldn't bother considering Win8 on ARM if they don't.

WOROW (Write Once, Run On Windows)

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

Ian Yates

Here's your reason: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL#United_Kingdom

TL;DR: BT don't think anyone wants it

Although, I don't think it would remove the line rental cost, since you'll still need the final mile cable.

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Ian Yates
WTF?

What are you driveling on about?

Most providers DO give you the option to pay a monthly charge for all your calls. Even mobile operators do this (though, normally with a use limit).

The 084* (and 0870, among others) numbers you list are /premium/ numbers - the people using them have asked for them specifically to make some money out of taking your call.

If you're still stuck: http://www.saynoto0870.com/

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Ian Yates

I live in London, and I still always dial the full code.

Most people here believe London's area code is "0207" or "0208", when it is actually "020".

Even knowing this, I'd rather waste a fraction of a second of my life dialing three extra digits than mistakenly trim the number and get the wrong person.

Academic argument really, since I never use my landline and tend to use the phone's contact list for nearly all my calls.

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Microsoft inks new patent pacts over Android...and Chrome

Ian Yates
Windows

The good money is with something FAT32-related at the minimum.

Probably some vague (and questionable) UI/UX ones thrown in for good measure.

If only one of these companies asked for more proof than just threats and either leaked the details or at least gave their thoughts on the credibility...

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GlobalSign stops issuing SSL certs, probes hacker claims

Ian Yates

Responsible?

A responsible approach? How... novel...

I'm sure no one would have batted an eye-lid if they'd just stayed schtum and investigated in private.

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IBM builds biggest-ever disk for secret customer

Ian Yates
Mushroom

Homogenous

And these are 200,000 drives from the same manufacturer and, presumably, there won't be too many different manufacturing batches involved (unless they've been stock-piling drives for years) - so you could potentially see a situation where 50+ drives die in a very short time frame...

Although, I'm sure they've thought it all through and we're just missing some info.

/else: boom!

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AMD's new CEO bobs, weaves, says 'big' and 'fast' are good

Ian Yates
Coffee/keyboard

I feel sick

Did he say all that with a straight face? He's taking the CEO role to heart, that's for sure

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Room-temperature brown dwarf spied just 9 light-years off

Ian Yates

Mnemonic

Only Big And Famous Guys Know More Love Than You?

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Ian Yates
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Glee!

Looking forward to getting my sneak on again

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Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus

Ian Yates
Pint

@NomNomNom

You have to use the "joke alert" tag for that kind of comment, I'm afraid. There are enough imbeciles around that comments like that could be taken seriously :)

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School caned for losing 20K details

Ian Yates

Punishment

I'd like to see actual punishment for these types of problems.

Too often the "organisation" is "criticised" - big whoop. It should be the individual who is penalised; they are the ones in the position of responsibility to secure and protect the data in their charge.

If you're a sysad and you can't even use a complex password yourself, you don't deserve the job.

Fining places like this (and the NHS, quango's, train companies, etc.) doesn't work, because they just recoup their "loss" through higher fares or taxes...

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10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games

Ian Yates

Quality of tech reporting

At least you didn't stoop to the Beeb's coverage of screaming of the doom of this "security flaw".

I was impressed until I read the detail and realised that I'm sure I did similar things to this in the days when software came with 30 day trials.

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Martian water slides caught on camera (maybe)

Ian Yates
Black Helicopters

Whoa now!

"Who runs a totally watertight operation with absolute secrecy? No-one"

So you *think*! How do you know?

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Acoustic trauma: How wind farms make you sick

Ian Yates
Headmaster

@Naughtyhorse

Pah! I thought you were going to say "they *convert* energy"

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

Ian Yates

Steam

Personally, I find Steam a better experience than non-Steam games. They're always patched (without each publisher having to come up with different ways to patch games), and things like Steam Cloud means you never lose game progress.

Plus, the offline mode works, assuming the game doesn't have another form of DRM.

However, just last night I fired up BioShock 2 for the first time and Valve have been forced to include Games for Windows in it... my broadband being down until this morning, I carried on without signing in to GfW and played for about an hour before finding out that I can't save without GfW... REALLY?!

To make matters worse, I tethered to my phone so I could sign in to GfW and guess what happens - after waiting for five minutes for a mandatory update to GfW (having only downloaded it a few days ago), it prompts that the GfW account has changed and boots me to the main BS2 menu...

I was seriously pissed - not sure if I can be bothered to go back to BS2. I'll certainly avoid all other GfW-encumbered games in future. Why the hell would 2K (MS?) insist on TWO forms of DRM?!

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Ian Yates
Devil

Valve?

When did Valve ever do this? Only Valve titles I know of that require constant Internet are L4D, L4D2, and TF2 (etc.).

Certainly, though, I'm shocked Ubisoft and EA haven't learned their lesson - this doesn't stop pirates at all and just makes me want to pirate the game more.

As an example, I really wanted to like StarCraft 2, but I just got so fed up with the DRM that I gave up and never went back. Annoyingly, they already had my money by that point, but I'll never buy a game with so much DRM again.

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From Dust

Ian Yates

Value

Sounds well worth the £10 for some light-hearted evening gaming.

Actually, it really sounds like what I thought the final Populous would be like - not the awful travesty that tarnished the series' name. Maybe I'll save myself £10 and brush off my Populous II copy in DOSBox :) Armageddon!

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End of an era: Atlantis hits the tarmac

Ian Yates

only vehicle

I assume by "we" you mean Americans, because Russia still have Proton and Soyuz. Perhaps they aren't quite as elegant, but they do the job.

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STUDENTS EXPOSED in university IT blunder

Ian Yates
WTF?

Begs the question

How serious does it have to be?

Name, address, phone number. That's pretty valuable information right there.

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Brussels acts to ensure arrival of new, unknown legal highs

Ian Yates
Stop

Usual problem

Politicians: "You are all idiots. Also, this stuff might be dangerous, so we're just going to ban it for your safety before it's invented."

Public: "Have you asked any medical experts to evaluate just what the dangers are?"

"No, but it isn't taxed like tobacco or alcohol, so it must be dangerous. In fact, we've disbanded the medical and science advisory boards because they said that some of these things weren't actually dangerous, but my public school education tells me otherwise."

"Oh, thanks; have some extra expenses."

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Apple flings patent lawsuit at HTC (again)

Ian Yates

Nothing wrong with that

But it would be nice if Apple didn't try to enforce the revisionism that the iPhone was a magical device with no precedent.

Sure, it was a well-designed and refined product (especially given the state of things like Symbian at the time), but I think the revolution was actually in placing the consumers' experience over the developers' (and Apples over that).

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Doom guy: tablets, phones to be gaming platforms of the future

Ian Yates

Stats

What's missing from those stats is the cost of those two games.

I don't disagree that mobile gaming is a boom market, but I don't personally find it comparable to console/PC gaming.

I have quite a few games on my phone and tablet, but when I'm home and fancy some multiplayer FPS, you're never going to convince me to give up my keyboard/mouse or controller.

Casual games are certainly becoming more phone/tablet-based, and rightly so. Consoles and PCs will just become further niche in more "hard-core" gaming.

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Will News of the Screws reappear as Sunday.co.uk?

Ian Yates

FoS/FoE

"There is no 'freedom of speech' enshrined in British law AFAIK."

Human Rights Act 1998 (based on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

I agree with your statements, though.

The way papers (tabloids) behave right now is "print first, ask later". If it sounds juicy, get it out there and deal with the consequences later.

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ARM daddy simulates human brain with million-chip super

Ian Yates
Coffee/keyboard

Aagghh!

I can't get the image of a monkey on amphetamines out of my head!!

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Deep inside AMD's master plan to topple Intel

Ian Yates
Headmaster

acronym / abbreviation

"TLA is not a TLA by your definition"

And why not? Are you saying that "TLA" is not an acronym?

Using your dictionary link, "acronym" means: "a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words"

So regardless of what "A" stands for, "TLA" is an acronym; and a three-letter one at that. Granted, acronyms are also abbreviations (but not vice versa).

I really don't understand what you're being pedantic about.

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Ian Yates
Mushroom

A pinch

I'd be pretty pissed if my password was being stored hashed without a salt. I'm not naive, I know it happens, but it should be be illegal under DPA for lack of due care.

Not saying this is an infallible solution, but I'm always amazed when a service warns users that their passwords have been compromised.

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Splashtop Remote Desktop

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Works well

But if you've changed your DPI, it will be useless (as I have done on my HTPC). Refuses to let you see the whole host screen.

Works equally well for streaming audio to a second set of speakers, assuming you can't hear both at the same time because of the half-second lag. (i.e., upstairs and downstairs)

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HuffPo goes UK: But shills and pols writing for free isn't new

Ian Yates
Pint

Tim

Do you need us to buy you a pint?

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

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All together now!

Dur dah dur dah dur dah dah, dur dah dah, dur dah dah...

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Facebook gets awesome with Skype

Ian Yates
Facepalm

Standards

I'm glad to see they've picked one of the many interopable and open video-chat standards that are already in use. Oh, wait...

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

Ian Yates

Resolve

Why would any browser or OS use a DNS lookup for something that fits the pattern of an IP? I can't believe any browser out there doesn't attempt to go direct to IP addresses, so his example is a fail - but it does highlight the kind of attacks that people will be thinking about,

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Xboxer SWATTED by armed cops after online spat

Ian Yates

I wondered that

What do they mean by "leak users' IP addresses"? If they didn't provide servers with their IP addresses, I think users would have a bigger problem.

Monday apathy prevents me from actually trying to find out what they mean. (but doesn't prevent me from typing this reply)

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