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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

Ironclad

Perhaps sooner for IT.

Those same companies who have outsourced to cheaper locations are now the ones bleating about a skills shortage in the UK

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/05/it_engineering_skills_shortage_uk/

To some extent they are reaping the results of outsourcing. The move to offshore entry level coding tasks to cheaper locations reduces vacancies in the UK for the IT grads and others that will become the highly skilled engineers of the future.

With the tightening of visa regulations on temporary workers in the UK, perhaps the realisation will dawn that maintaining at least some development in the UK will provide skilled engineers further down the line.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Coat

Re: "wearable computing systems"

"shirts or jackets with gps"

So Venture Capitalists can find their arses with both hands?

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Videogame plot

Sounds like he took a videogame FPS plot and turned it into a novel.

Currently reading the Hyperion novels by Dan Simmons, if you want galaxy and time spanning sci-fi there's little better.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: And we're still...

I immediately thought of:

"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

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Childcatcher

Good thing about SMEs..

...is they're less likely to have the resources to dodge the corporation tax they should be paying (assuming they make any profit to pay tax on).

On the subject of growth isn't it really tied to population growth inexorably driving demand.

What happens when/if as predicted population growth stalls in the middle or end of this century?

Do we finally have a society where working 3 days per week is the norm? Or just a greater divide between those with jobs and those without?

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Blakes 7 remake/recast = Firefly

From IMDB:

"Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them."

Sound familiar?

and sadly even Joss Whedon couldn't get more than one series of that made.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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How much explosive can you fit in a mobile?

vs how much explosive do you need to depressurise a plane?

Does anybody know how viable such a device would be?

And wouldn't sniffer dogs be a better bet for detecting this kind of thing?

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Rejoice! - beer is just as good for you

http://www.camra.org.uk/article.php?group_id=13555

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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Golgafrinchams

Bah, venture capitalists.

More proof that Douglas Adams was right and our ancestral gene pool was polluted by

the contents of the Golgafrinchams B Ark.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Happy

+1 for Worms, Tekken and the Chaos Engine

Fond memories indeed. Still remember 5 of us sat round a mate's PC playing worms. First man to lose all his worms made the tea/fetched the beers and sat out the next round.

Which Tekken game had the bowling mini-game in it? Played that for hours.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Heard this interview on Moneybox

I actually heard this interview on the Radio 4 Moneybox programme.

Mr Grant said that previous versions of the OS would

allow you to reset the device when setting up as 'new device'

but the latest version doesn't (don't know the details, I'm not an

Apple user).

They weren't after their mum's content, just wanted to re-use the

device.

Moneybox got in touch with Apple who refused to budge.

However potential happy ending is that solicitor handling the

will can provide a document (for no extra charge) that

shows that the mother intended for her estate go to her sons

and this will effectively act as a court order.

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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Happy

Cage Fight

“High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO’s financial success,”

I say let's prove it and put all the CEOs we can find into a last-man-standing cage fight.

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Boffins tell ALIEN twin-sunned planets: You're adopted

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Re: Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?

Weird, was just discussing this with a colleague today, remembering an episode where one of the flare clad pioneers was possessed by some alien entity that sucked power out of the moonbase.

Similarly commented on how it suffered from being made in the 70s, together with the original Tomorrow People series, where the jaunt belts were sadly overshadowed by the tank tops and massive collars.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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Happy

Re: CJ

Big upvote for the Reggie Perrin reference, made me

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Ecclestone for me too

Grew up with John Pertwee and Tom Baker and enjoyed them both but for I'd give it to Eccleston for his successful re-potrayal.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is still my favourite of all the 'new episodes'. One of the few that reminded me of the touch of fear the old programs used to conjur up.

'Are you my Mummy?'.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Credit C&VG magazine

Learned my early Basic skills from Computer and Video Games magazine, typing and debugging game listings into the school Commodore Pets and my Vic20 (which I badgered my parents into buying but was only allowed to use for about an hour a day on account of how we only had one telly).

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

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hagiographic

had me reaching for the thesaurus. Word for today?

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

Ironclad

Sweep the leg

'nuff said.

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Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

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Methinks thou dost credit Bungie too much?

"In a novel move for an FPS, Destiny is a game that puts an emphasis on co-operation"

Hmm, I'd put a few other games ahead in that category, going all the way back to Team Fortress, Tribes, Borderlands etc

More recently this sounds a lot like Planetside 2.

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Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

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Re: There is no problem

Would question the wisdom of two people with serious yeast infections getting jiggy with it.

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Dutch banks get nod to inhale Amazon cloud

Ironclad

Horses for courses

While I can see a bank putting it's web-site or mobile payments/banking front end in the cloud, I'd be very surprised to see them putting retail banking or credit/fraud risk applications and I'd be shocked if they put the core banking systems in the cloud.

The complexity of the systems and sensitivity of the data for a lot of the banks applications would seem to a big barrier to migrating.

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

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Java Card not the only credit card OS

Java Card is mainly used by Visa.

Mastercard credit cards typically use Multos

Other OS are used for cheaper applications.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

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Happy

Re: Paying a lot for that light weight

@Dave 126 and Bodhi - thanks for the tip, I'll have to check the dusty nether regions of my telly tonight for a USB port.

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Ironclad
Meh

Paying a lot for that light weight

No micro HDMI, inferior screen, inferior battery to Nexus 10 and £60 more expensive for the 32Gb version.

No Micro HDMI is the killer for me, google Play is a convenient way for me to rent movies but I want to be able watch them on my big telly with the family.

I want to like it but for those reasons I'd stick with the Nexus 10.

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

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Meh

Optional PIN Authentication?

Can't believe PIN Authentication would be optional. That takes it from 2 factor to 1 factor; something you have.

If the punter turns this off and then loses his phone, whoever finds it can use the Zapp app to make free purchases.

Will there be additional authentication checks equivalent to Verified by Visa and whatever the M'card equivalent is?

How will PIN security be managed?

Devil's in the detail which that Zapp site seems a little light on.

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Report: Cloud could slash biz software energy use by 87%

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Facepalm

Irony?

Reading an article on how much energy cloud computing will save, because a cloud computing application is down?

I only ask as our Salesforce connection is unavailable or rather the "application scheduled downtime extended" for 2 hours this morning.

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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Coat

I'm going with....

Powerjoint ?

More importantly the marketing must be a job for Steve Bong.

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LOHAN is GO! Reg spaceplane BLASTS OFF on 14 September

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Pint

Looking good...

..to my untrained eyes. Very best of luck.

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Trip the fight fantastic

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Flame

Re: A few comments

"In car terms both of them have (console / PC) have an engine which produces 500bhp. But the PC weighs in at 3 tonnes and only has rear wheel drive. The console weighs in at 1.7 tonnes and is 4 wheel drive. It's lighter and has more grip off the line (sorry I've been watching a lot of top gear lately)"

Ok, it's Friday and post lunch so I'll take that car analogy challenge and raise it some:

The PC can be fitted with superior cooling and then have the CPU and Graphics Card overclocked (Nitrous and Turbocharged), it can also be fitted with an SSD drive (slick tyres?) while the console has to be stock clocked or even underclocked in order to avoid overheating it's tiny box . So the PC is the drag racer, while the console is the production line machine. If you watched Top Gear a few weeks back when they drove around the U.S.A you'll know how that turned out.

Plus joypads suck, keyboards and mice for teh win.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Ironclad

+1 for Rollerball

I'd put Rollerball in there. Not just for it's depiction of escalating violence for entertainment but also it's vision of a future dominated by large corporations.

Logan's Run is another with a very big idea at it's core, a post-apocalyptic society

where euthanasia is enforced in order to preserve limited resources. Bleak, but certainly

makes you think.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Virtua Fighter

...the game that launched dozens of '3d' beat-em-ups

Amidar - weird game where you play a paint roller

Jump Bug - a game I was so addicted to that on holiday in Spain once I used to play a broken cabinet version that had a small electric current running through the metal joystick with my hand wrapped in a t-shirt until the tingling became too intense.

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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FAIL

How much to play Monopoly?

Come on Lenovo, £1058 for a table top computer and the best you can come up with is touch screen Monopoly and a virtual roulette wheel?

Could have least got a Worms or Civilization port up and running.

D- for imagination. Must try harder.

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

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FAIL

What he said

Have to agree with Avatar.

Halo just scraped a few bits from various PC shooters, stuck em together in a cliched sci-fi environment and marketed it at 10-year olds.

"Master Chief" come on give me a break.

Next stop James Bond renamed Agent Spy.

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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

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Big Brother

Minimum Legal Payout

Surely the real scandal is the Statutory Redundancy pay which is currently capped at £430 per year of service (roughly).

When first introduced in 1965 it was £40.

The current equivalent of which would be around £638.

Makes it much cheaper for international companies to lay-off employees in the UK compared to the rest of Europe.

Of course it also makes it attractive for companies to hire in the UK knowing they can divest themselves of staff at relatively low cost.

Not sure that really makes for a solid basis for a stable economy.

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Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more

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Holmes

Had to know about the green hair

Apparently the hot water stripped copper from the pipes in new houses:

http://www.thelocal.se/37994/20111217/

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Mars probably never wet enough for life, nuclear bomb crater indicates

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Terminator

Douglas Quaid

Everybody knows there are huge reactors under the surface of Mars just waiting to generate a breathable atmosphere.

I saw a rather disturbing documentary on it a while back.

Presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger I think.

I could be confused.

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Amazon: Time for a new Kindle Fire, this one's sold out

Ironclad
Meh

Too late

I also got tired of waiting and bought a Nexus 7.

Think Amazon have missed a trick. By the time they launch the Fire 2 here a large chunk of the market will already have a rival tablet, either Apple or Android.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Stop

Looking in the wrong places

There is good drama on British TV you just have to know where to look.

I find many BBCs headline dramas (with the exception of the excellent Shadow Line last year)

derivative and as you say often 'made for export' but get off the beaten track away from

crime and kitchen-sink dramas and you have the likes of Sherlock, Channel 4's Misfits, BBC3's

Being Human and The Fades.

In addition for every Sopranos and The Wire US TV churns out plenty of dross.

Just look at Channel5's schedule and the turgid remake of The Killing.

Good drama doesn't need technology, just needs a bit of imagination.

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Streetfighter 2: The World Warrior

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The reason I bought a SNES

This was the sole reason behind my purchase of a SNES, lost many hours to trying to complete it, broke several joypads through throwing them down in disgust and even bought a programmable joystick to try and finish it with some of the trickier characters. Ahh happy days.

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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

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Coat

Deep Thought

If the LHC suggests another, bigger LHC should be built then the Douglas Adams estate is due some royalties.

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HTC One V Android smartphone

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vs Xperia Arc S

I seriously looked at this phone for my first smartphone purchase but in the end I plumped for the Sony Ericsson Experia Arc S which can now be had for around £250 sim free.

The Arc S has this beaten on most fronts (bigger screen, faster processor, more memory, better camera) but I would say that it doesn't feel nearly as solid and well put together as the wife's HTC Desire S.

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Will Nvidia 'n' pals pwn future gaming?

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Stop

Meh

Still don't see it happening anytime soon for a couple of reasons:

1) If I'm interpreting those latency charts correctly and you're looking at 160ms as your 'ping' then that's way too slow, I'm just a kean amateur FPSer but even I know anything over 100 is bad.

2) Bandwidth - if you're piping all that graphical data to an end user rather than just exchanging a few bits and bytes of positional info you are quickly going to eat up your monthly allowance or exceed your 'fair usage' policy (for 'unlimited' users). The ISPs would have to have a vested interest in providing very fast unlimited connections.

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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Only one vote ?

I so want to vote for 3-4 of those.

Then pledge money so that they are never made.

The money would pay for a superhacker modeled after the 'girl with the dragon tattoo' who monitors potential suspects e-mail and assassinates them at the first mention of any of those titles.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

Ironclad

Sounds familiar

All valid points but isn't this fundamentally the same article as this one:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/17/f35_carriers_plot_by_bae_and_raf/

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Black Ops II to take gamers to open worlds... and destroy them

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FAIL

Bah !

Deleted my copy of MW3 at the weekend. Got fed up of all the haxors in multi-player.

With no proper dedicated servers, no votekick option and no sign of the promised Elite option, PC players are shafted with the CoD series.

Will avoid fervently.

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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

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BOFH vs Steve Bong

Now there's a crossover that'd rival Marvel's best.

P.S. enjoyed the article, keep it up, somebody needs to keep pointing out the emperor is stark bollock naked.

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Hold on, Booker prize judges - Stob's penned a steampunk hit

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Coffee/keyboard

Thumbs up

"Let there be dinge" resulted in serious drink spillage.

Love it.

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Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

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Flame

It's all broken from the top down

When senior execs can make enough money in 3-5 years to live comfortably without ever having to work again then short term-ism is inevitable.

Until we get independent analysis and stringent long term performance clauses in executive pay it will continue unabated.

Payoffs and bonuses should be linked to companies performance 5-10 years after the exec's leave the organisation. So the company's fortunes nosedive during your tenure and after you leave you get nothing.

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