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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Flame

Should have used perl

Everyone knows God uses perl.

He messed up the results because the researcher uses the language of Satan!

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Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

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Its doesn't happen often

That government sponsored software is delivered to spec, on time and under budget.

We should be celebrating the positives of this nasty snooping system!

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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10,000 a week

or 5 million a year, to give all 20 million homes and who knows how many businesses, its going to take some time

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Unhappy

New pound coin - Worth less than a thrupenny bit!

£1 may get you 1/3rd of a pint and somewhere between 1/7th and 1/12th of a cinema ticket

That's inflation for you

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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FAIL

Its been 2 factor for ages for me

For some reason I need to enter the password twice every time :)

Even though my browser remembers it!

Stupid 365 website

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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Normal advertising is nudging?

Surely there is more to it than this?

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

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FAIL

Just let us have UK roaming

And they would not have to have these kind of deals

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El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

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Happy

An internet connected weather station

with a photo of Lewis Page on it?

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Amazon Perl devs go to conferences

At least here in the UK and give talks etc.

Maybe it depends on languages used etc as to how sharing the various devs are ;)

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Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

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FAIL

missing lots of content

Plus the high bit rate stuff I uploaded, seems to come back to me at a very low bitrate.

£9.99 compares to spotify, so the £7.99 early adaptor price would be a draw if it had more of the music I like

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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Boffin

active vs passive brewing

Should the bag/leaves be left to stand and brew the tea due to convection currents in the hot water or should you stir it like a b4stad till the spoon stands on its own?

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US Department of Defense throws lifeline to beleaguered BlackBerry

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So do they want these

Because they cannot be snooped, or because they can?

Surely they want to shutdown RIM, as they provide encrypted messaging like Lavasoft and Silent Circle did.

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GenieDB uncorks database-as-a-service

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Stop

Doesn't NuoDB already do this

From the data they repeatedly send me, they do

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Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

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... and the programmers wherever it is that they wish to be (as it should be of course).

If only IT type companies accepted remote workers, living in the North and asking companies based in and around London if remote working is available is a lesson in futility.

However I do know quite a few people in other businesses that are accepted as remote workers, for some reason IT companies can't keep up with the pace of IT or do not trust their workers

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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If they have not made a profit

And are giving £5M that they do not have to pay to the government, then surely this is some sort of payment offset.

And hence they can claim tax back on it.

Brilliant!

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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Happy

So google are going to be be hiring like the oher companies?

tell us something hard you have done

where do you see yourself in 5 years

why did you leave company 'x'

etc.

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Joke

Re: Fired in Anger?

Maybe it was fired from Angers?

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Ancient Roman version of The Register?

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Ancient Roman version of The Register?

This image (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/67333000/jpg/_67333533_staffordshire-hoard-624.jpg) at the BBC would suggest so (story link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-22359844)

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Kindlevision? Amazon reportedly developing set-top tellybox

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Stop

old news

They were recruiting for STB developers back in February for UK roles

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

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Re: @R11

Same goes for double click, I nowadays expect zoom, rather than nothing

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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Generally not had a problem

With recent-ish (last 3 years) Dell laptops and Linux, distro of choice goes on and laptop works.

Not sure why they need to create a special one.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Re: No Psions?

The series 3 was a fantastic design, I would have one again if it had an android phone in it

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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devalued education

Now that the GCSEs and A levels are generally easier to pass, the entry levels to uni are easier to meet, the current trend that all school leavers go to uni, it is no surprise that people getting degrees come out of their education not getting the jobs they have been told they should get with their shiny degrees.

Surely it should not take some uni research types to work that out.

Reminds me of the government expecting that most university's would not charge anything near the full allowable price for tuition fees, hahaha, new average course fees £8,500 vs £9,000 full price!

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Amazon joins Dropbox clones, hints at cloud storage margins

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Re: A fool and his data

Well I use a crypted filesystem in dropbox and have that inside a google drive directory and let dropbox and Insync keep things copied.

simples :)

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Happy

Re: Personally,

Its not that the oceans have gotten deeper, its that you have gotten shorter

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NASA deep space probe sends back video of 'Comet of the Century'

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Looks like sci-fi tv from the 50's

Love it :)

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Big Data versus small data: Unpicking the paradox

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RDBMS vs NoSQL

Try not to throw valuable data away, it does not matter if you store it in RDBMS or NoSQL, if you failed to store it you will always fail to find it with a search.

A number of RDBMS allow you to store semi-structured data (think JSON or XML), just like their NoSQL brethren, this allows you to manage structured and semi structured data in the same system, allows you to keep to ACID and all those things that are important. Just don't mess (update/delete entries) with the JSON/XML structures too much as this could be a big DB hit.

Do indexing, yes even in NoSQL, saves your big HBASE batch jobs from taking far too long.

Most importantly understand your data and its relationships, if you don't know that a field exists because your developers are a bit vague, then you will never be able to search on it, unless it is in a RDMBS of course, where you will have that helpful schema to fall back upon.

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Bong: My DIGITAL KINGDOM for a HORSE

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Coat

I am sure I have heard him on Radio 4

Just before the 5 O'Clock news

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Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

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Mushroom

Poor timing for Eric to go

But no one has said that its poor timing for New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to go.

Dual standards at work or something more sinister?

:)

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Happy

Saw plenty of spiders when I was there

But not this one, will have to go back!

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BT wins another HUGE gov-funded rural broadband deal

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2Mbs for fibre?

are they not also investing in some quicker kit at the exchanges too, appalling data rates.

Oh, thats the best we can do, unless UK gov stumps up more cash in a couple more years.

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Alien

Shouldn't that be

Martian Scorsese?

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

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Happy

Bit concerning

The the father of C++ is just coming round to the idea that passing pointers (or references) is a better idea than passing full scale objects.

Maybe too much believing that the OO paradigm is the one true path?

:)

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: Console name

Easy, just call it Portal

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Help-desk hell

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Facepalm

Could you send a copy of your data

Cue a fax of the floppy disk.

Another send the data on a 5.25 floppy, stapled through the disc attached to a covering letter.

Ahh the good old days

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Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

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Handy Christmas presents

Saves buying the kids those dinosaur bones archaeology things from the museums.

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Assault on battery

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Don't buy cheap bluetooth devices

Get the more expensive ones that have their own chargers and stands.

My Logitech DeNovo Edge has been going strong fot the past 6 years or so, no worries, put it in the stand once a month and its good!

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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Don't get a smart TV, get a smart STB they are much cheaper

And you can replace them every couple of years as they improve/decrease in price.

TV UIs are often a bit crap as Rovi have loads and loads of patents in this area meaning that the developers either have to work around obvious prior art functionality or get their companies to stump up cash for licenses.

Finally the software generally is not as good as PC software as the margins are so much tighter than on PCs, though the retail markups are much higher. This means less testing, cheaper development teams churning out any old crap in a few months for the latest variant on a tier 1 product, software is not backwards compatible as chipsets have changed, meaning the consumers have to suck it up or buy another TV.

Not so 'smart' now are they!

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Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review

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Acer are not very good with ongoing support

So even though the price and spec are good, I would not touch one.

Don't expect any android updates after 6 months, it will effectively be EOL'd.

Just the same as their tablets!

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Music streaming service Rara slips off cloak, jumps into ring with Spotify

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Why are mobile connections more expensive

I know its the norm, but I generally stream at a lower bitrate than from a PC or wired connection. Surely it is in the interest of the companies to promote this as their costs are lower?

If I don't have unlimited data on mobile I am less likely to constantly leave such a service on all the time, but I may leave my PC version playing 8 hours+ through the day

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Morse! Shoved! Out of! Yahoo! Beneath! Giant! Golden! Parachute!

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Obviously not involved in hiring his successor

...With those wage and bonus increases

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Game over for legendary 1980s games designer Mike Singleton

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Happy

I worked with Mike at Maelstrom, back in the late 80s.

For an English teacher, he certainly knew his maths. Whether it was to validate random number generators or to allow 1000s of locations in 8bit games, to doing 'sub pixels' on the Atari ST to make it appear to have better resolution and real 3D shaded graphics on 8bit and 16bit platforms, all in assembler of course.

Ahead of his time in many ways, shame some of the ideas did not come to fruition.

One enduring memory is when he came back with some huge 27inch monitors from some air traffic control place, took up almost the entire depth of the desks, that and the clouds of smoke that enveloped the office.

Strange when I go back to that office now (my solicitor is in there), brings all those memories flooding back.

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UK.gov spunks £500k to create jobs in startup marketing businesses

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Mushroom

From the sounds of it, its a loan of 100K

Which may have to be spent on the marketing types and consultants that put you in touch with the other companies.

So who wins: your company, now 100K in debt, the consultants, or the governments image for helping small businesses?

But lets hope it works out for those companies that put themselves forward for selection.

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Raspberry Pi 2.0 ready to ship

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Unhappy

Still waiting for mine

And it was ordered at the start of July, apparently it may arrive in October!

So likely to be a rev 2 board by then

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Investor pulls out of Facebook, pumps cash into pork-printing joint

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Happy

not that different to some vegan products

As far as manufacturing things goes, people do not question how their quorn or tofu is made, nor question the chemicals involved. Why should a meat printing factory be any different?

I am quite happy to have printed meat of a certain quality, likely beats out the pink slime that McDonalds were using.

If this sort of protein uses less resources than growing a pig or a cow then all is good.

Sorry farmers!

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Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible

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Buckfast - pretty much an energy drink

Now check out the silly things the drinkers of this concoction get up to after imbibing

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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WTF?

why pay?

To reward those who create these apps - for less than the price of a pint of beer.

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Network sniffing algorithm could have fingered 9/11 suspects

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Stop

Careful

Ideas like these only give governments excuses to make sure they get copies of all communications.

Bang goes free speech (for those that have it), or a right to privacy or anything else along those lines.

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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

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Just ask google for it

I am sure they already have this, if you are using google navigation, I would expect that this is already fed back to the google plex

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