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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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There might also be a problem with packet loss - icebergs straying into the shipping lay. :P

But forget "...a slower more pleasant pace of life": in Victorian London there could be up to twelve postal deliveries a day.

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What's new are geographically dispersed companies. I was found by my current employer in one of those markets and he's not asked me to move across the pond and work with him in a noisy, air-conditioned office. We recruit from anywhere in the world and don't have to worry about immigration papers, paying cleaners or business rates. There are handicaps to this approach, but it's the kind of firm that couldn't have existed in the 1930s.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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All this surveillance, and they still want Facebook to notify them when they shut an account for terrorism.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Re: For once, I'm with the French...

I've not read Netflix's, but I have read others. And if there's a dispute, and they're in "English", then I have a chance of arguing with them. I have zero chance in Navajo.

Somehow, I'm reminded of the Vogons. "Whaddayamean you don't speak Navajo? Hundreds of thousands of you peanut-brained apes manage it, I'm sure you could have learnt to." And you know at the point you've learnt Navajo they'll switch to Sami.

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For once, I'm with the French...

T&C are bad enough, but they absolutely should be in the languages of the country a corporation is operating in. Imagine if we were directed to T&C in Navajo.

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Crypto protocols held back by legacy, says ENISA

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Re: Oh my ...

You've just demonstrated why regular devs should stay away from crypto.

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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Re: Time to put up...

It's not possible: all the potential scape goats reside in India.

Not the coat, the parachute. Yeah, the golden one. Thanks!

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Re: Tiny compared to the savings

Is it better or worse than the other banks?

From the outside, Nationwide seems like the place to have your money. But I want a backup account somewhere else.

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: DVD reborn

"Oh wait, there aren't enough islands to go round."

We have nukes. And hazmat suits. What's the problem?

(Bonus: the EMP should delete all the malware.)

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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Re: Is it just me...

Yeah, Kim Kardashian gets everywhere.

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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

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It might work; but it might raise barriers. "Sorry, we can't use your software - it's not approved by our insurers..."

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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@dogged

*sigh* I forgot to use the 'Joke' icon and it seems there are some touchy MS devs.

The big, successful open source projects are bankrolled. Hobbyists play a part but there are a lot of academics and professional devs funded by businesses. Xamarin is doing that for Mono. But, in the long term, it's hard to see them competing against Microsoft. I hope they survive. But if they don't, and some future Microsoft CEO, scrabbling for revenue, decides to close the doors on public development, then there will be no funding to develop the code. Perhaps, in that situation, interested parties would fund a fork; who knows what the future holds? (Hey, Microsoft could go bust and leave Xamarin.) But while I don't think Microsoft are engaged in a deliberate E3, it could still end up looking like that in a decade's time.

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Re: Another tool in the kitbag

Yeah, embrace, extend... I wonder what comes next..?

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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WTF?

So sharing infrastructure is good - unless it's mobile phone masts, when it's bad. #Confused

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: Ouch!

I imagine most of the "heads" have moved on or retired. (And, if you read the article, the patch was issued yesterday.)

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: Here we go again.

@Trevor_pott

You're starter for ten: he came out in favour of minimum/citizens'/basic income (with extensive justification).

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Re: Here we go again.

Tell that to the horses.

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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I tend to agree. But if it was every CIO of the FTSE100...?

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BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

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If "careless employees find ways to circumvent [your security] controls" you thank them for acting as unpaid pen testers.

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Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

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Re: Wrong on so many levels

I disagree with point 3. javascript catching on was a historical anomaly and had nothing to do with whether or not it had classes.

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Re: Ooops

It can help if the language has one clear way of doing something. Perl, for example, has three ways of doing everything so every programmer does it differently or every team has a massive document saying thou shalt program this way which new programmers have to master. And there is a retraining cost if the approach a language uses to solve a problem is different to the standard one.

That said, I love programming with closures. And find I rarely need to stray into prototypes.

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Piketty-Poketty-Poo: Some people are JUST ITCHING to up tax to capital ...

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"I'd like a citizen's basic income rather than means tested support"

*sound of my jaw hitting the flaw*

I'd love to hear your arguments, Tim.

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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This year's Halloween costume: Ian Duncan Smith.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

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"...someone is still going to need to assemble all the pieces together...."

We've had assembly line robots for years. The topish google link (no affiliation) gushes about them:

"Assembly is an essential industrial task - one that robots are well-suited to perform. Not only do robots possess the precision, tirelessness, consistency, and speed necessary for work on an assembly line, but used robots are extremely affordable....Assembly line robots save workers from drudgery and repetitive movement injury/fatigue. With used robots working the assembly lines, companies can elevate their workers to more challenging positions. Robots provide a dependable, quick production force that works without wasting product or taking breaks. This saves money and time - generating even greater ROI....Today's assembly lines handle a variety of different products and short runs, requiring a lot of flexibility. Robots meet these challenges with vision technology and quick reprogramming capabilities."

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If robot factories becomes more efficient than human labour, then convergence will never happen. And I'd expect that would happen sooner than 2080 (some commentards have suggested we're already at that point).

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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@Re: sensible, usable alternative.

"MS Outlook, using Zarafa and Postfix as the back-end."

I read that as "using post-it notes as a back-end", which seemed a fair description.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Comets as coprolite..

That would be a truly brilliant way to discover alien life: scat ejected from the airlock and frozen for billions of years.

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Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

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Re: PhoneGap and Cordova are the same thing

I was after an alternative to Cordova for HTML5 apps, not an alternative to HTML5.

HTML5 is a bit spotty but, with care, the same codebase can run on Windows' desktop (as a Chrome packaged app) and iOS and Android. And I can do that as one dev. I could never do that if I was writing native for each. There are some compromises, but we're broadly happy with them.

But writing for mobile is definitely harder than for the desktop. Your app could run 24/7 or be killed suddenly. And people expect extra functions and integration they wouldn't expect on a desktop, but less CPU, GPU and memory to handle it. And then there's the reach. 100,000 users? Mobile stretches my codebase way more than desktop. (Also, I miss C++. *sigh*)

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Re: Now do this to the rest of the OS

Agreed. But they're already going that way - a lot of Google's libraries (I forget what they call them) update already. And the browser is the biggest outstanding vector.

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Re: PhoneGap and Cordova are the same thing

Genuine request: better alternatives for a HTML5 app?

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Well as Chrome is also open-source-ish, Amazon et al could, presumably, supply updates via their stores or ship their OS with a fixed version. (IIRC, Amazon Fire already uses Chrome in preferences to the Android Browser.)

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About fucking time.

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Happy

Thanks for keeping us updated, Kieren.

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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Re: But isn't the entirety of www-land just rubbish anyway?

But are there cat pictures on the kernel mailing list? If not, count me out.

Paris, because she's the closest thing we have to cat icon. :/

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Re: Complexity to the point of no return

"Who in Microsoft thought that it was a good idea?"

And who thought it was a good thing to launch bash when invoking one program from another?

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Yeah, another gaping back door. But at least this one isn't at ground level - you need to bring a ladder.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Re: God, keep me from harm and working on FPUs

And if your read the post, fsin et al are not worth the transistors; every library is using their own version. For those of us doing sums using a large number of sins given to us by mathematicians with no idea of the limits of practical hardware, these things matter.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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...paging Tim Worstall....paging Tim Worstall...

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Re: apis can be protected, sometimes

But if a company says, "My API is copyright" is it worth the risk of taking them to court, or do you settle or go out of business? This would be the definition of "chilling effect".

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory

Yeah, but MS got there first with a tablet too. And while I'm not a big Apple fan, you'd have to say that if any company were going to succeed at it, it would be Apple.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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"Does anyone actually use those stupid style things that take up half the bloody ribbon?"

I use Libre Office.

We need an icon for smugness.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: I for one look forward to this

Thermodynamics for economists: the universe extracts rent from every transaction.

Alternate formulation: if you think you're making a profit, you've not accounted for all the externalities.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Exceptional Doctor Who plots have always been the exception. Largely, it's re heated sci fi for a family audience. And that's true pre- or post- reboot.

But Nu Who had become a chore to watch; I was just hanging on for Matt Smith's charms. Not this series, however. Whether it's being daft or being serious, it's zinging. The Caretaker was so Whedonesque it could have been an episode of Buffy. And I love the screwball comedy that Clara and Capaldi are generating; it may not be deep but it does deconstruct how we judge people by appearance ("why is your face all coloured in?") and young children won't have really thought about those issues before. So its great.

People take Doctor Who too seriously. It's meant to be fun. At the moment it is. Enjoy it.

(And also, nobody mentioned Clara's outfits. How could you not want them all???!!)

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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There is going to come a point, sooner or later, where judges in different jurisdictions make conflicting demands about Google's global search results.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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I'm starting to feel sorry for Google. Politicians and lawyers can't reach the top shelf but they can make life miserable for the guy lending out a step ladder.

Paris, because "Paris, because..." has got old and I'm feeling sorry for her, too.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

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Re: Yay

"Will bring my own crayons"

Sure, but DWP get to keep them when if you're fired you resign.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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"Commish"? "commish"?!

Welcome, you're gonna fit in just fine here.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Windows vs Linux

This isn't another "hole" in the fence; it's open back door into every vulnerable system.

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