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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

27escape

If it just works

or works enough (eg winXP) why upgrade/change.

Developer types are interested in new stuff and the desktops are now all stable and do whats needed, we get our kicks from new apps/languages/systems nowadays.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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ask for them business cards

Then a polite email to their HR dept & the various heads (CIO/CTO/COO etc) as to why you will never do business with their company due to the ignorance of their staff

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Facepalm

Re: Lucy wins

spoiler, not seen it yet

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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FAIL

They don't need to pre-tick

Just change the wording

* Do you want to be on the open register which will allow companies to spam you yes/no

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Stop

So the monkey owns the copyright

And if I record a movie with a camcorder or a concert with my phone, then I own the copyright?

Exactly, right this is not the case.

The copyright is with the person who created the item, or caused it to be created.

For example, the company I work for owns the copyright for the software or documents I write. I do not. They tell me what to create on their behalf.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Re: I would buy if it didn't have Google services pre-installed

Well it is possible to change your rom to

* ASOP

* Paranoid

* MIUI

* Some others I can't remember

This also gets around the worries some folks have of their phone phoning home!

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Angel

Mine is great

For things like this it pays to be an early adopter, or to show interest early.

Its fast, sleek, lasts all day and beyond. It almost has all of the things that the top phones do: NFC, BT 4.0, 4G, tap to wake etc. 4G support is on mostly Three or EE in the UK. O2/giffgaff have do not have the right 4G bands to support it.

64GB is fine, music from spotify, files and more music from google drive/play or dropbox. So I only need to copy some MKV files over to play when I am bored.

Low light pictures are not great, but then thats true of most phones. Normal light pictures are fine.

My one gripe is with the orientation of the LCD polariser, its at 90degrees, which mean I cannot see the screen in the car with my sunglasses on if its in landscape mode, most phones put the polariser at 45degrees.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Its not just Sonos

Lots of software houses say that you cannot have the latest app unless you upgrade the core OS, however they normally do not stop the old app from working.

Ideally they should provide a way to not upgrade the speakers and keep the status quo (other crap bands are available!)

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Stop

clip on units already available

The manufacturers magnetic attachments that can go on the meters and capture the LED pulses that the meters give out every x units of energy. These attachments can also 'talk' to the meter to obtain information such as units used etc.

It would not take much to extend these to send this information to the 'internet' so that your smart phone can read it.

The manufacturers obviously will not like this as its cheap and they will not get lots of new meters, they will whine about security of the meters, though this simple comms is not using security.

Note that payg gas meters already have a clip on unit that does this and communicates with a smart card to limit gas and display information.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Mushroom

"We will re-invent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."

Does this mean they are migrating to Linux then?

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

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Pirate

No roaming because of 999/112

Surely they can check the dialled number and if its one of those route via normal phone connection, otherwise used WiFi

Its not rocket science, though it allows them to make roaming money

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Unhappy

could be worse

Chubby as he was, at least he was a sidekick to a superhero

#kevinthegerbil

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Facepalm

Homeopathy?

Maybe they are believers in homeopathy, drinking a microscopically dilute amount of this perps pee is the same as drinking gallons of the stuff!

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Facebook-backed spec lets apps link to other apps on mobes

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Happy

its about time

someone used URIs properly

now will we have an app that can handle gopher:// once again?

Be on the lookout for apps that register themselves as being able to handle yourbank:// etc

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Happy

it could describle a smartphone

prior art

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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as a bluetooth 'button'

it gets my vote, I would like a simple thing like this to control music on my phone or take a pic etc

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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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Pint

Playing with friends FTW

Whether split-screen or lanparty or all getting together in the same online 'world', is always a blast, especially if you can manage to keep killing the same person time after time, even if its you being killed like that, very funny

Game/life theory - doing things with friends is more fun than on your own

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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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Happy

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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Facepalm

... 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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Happy

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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Happy

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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