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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Completely ignoring the finance and fairness discussions

Does anyone know if they're using Web Service Modelling Ontology for this?

I quick glance suggests that might be compatible with apigee's interests. Certainly solving your problems with linked data \ ontologies is an area in which the BBC are very much leading the way and providing some useful examples for the rest of us. It would be good to see a British corporation investing in this area.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Beware of seemingly low-cost gifts

Another related issue with stage lighting, even the better units, is the amount they leak to earth. I'm no expert on the electrical design of LED dimmers (it's PWM and black magic) but it seems the most common way to design them involves dumping a lot of noise to earth. This in turn plays merry hell with RCD's - it looks to them like current leakage and they trip. Fine if you're supplying your own distribution, or have a guy like Elmer Phuds friend who can make arrangements for you, but when you show up at a hotel \ conference centre with everything on 30ma trips it can provide an extra problem to worry about.

Whilst we're at it, a more lighting designer rant: only the very best units provide decent colour rendering and skin tones - cheapy RGB units look horrid as front light, but still seem to turn up there, when cheap traditional halogens would do a far better job.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: A small step in the right direction

Universities in the UK tend to be picky about what connects to them over wired networks at least - authorized mac addresses only. Over the WIFI however that's been dropped some time between when I was an under-grad and going back to do a phd - the wireless is set up so as to be very separate to the wired, but anyone with a valid (active directory) credentials on the university network can use it. Via gift of eduorome this applies to other universities as well.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: Just how inedible are seabirds really?

It appears to be debatable, but we claim it and no one else seems prepared to argue. It'd probably keep lawyers off the streets for some time if anyone were to try and prosecute....

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Just how inedible are seabirds really?

For that matter, will you just annoy the RSPB or are these rare enough that you can be prosecuted for eating them? I've feeling that if seagull was nice we'd eat more of it, given how many of the things there are, but I mean, how bad can it be?

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: I would suggest

I'd suggest the 4 of them it who turned up first found it so funny they called 18 of their mates...

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: Hehe...

Interesting the middle east seems to have plenty of female Dev's as well - being a male dominated industry does just seem to be a western thing.

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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Know who else wants to use cameras on drones?

The German railways, to stop graffiti on the trains. They'd like to do this at night. Which is amusing, because they only have a license to fly the things during the day.

Also, it helps British industry, in so much as I know of at least one British "Cameras-on-drones" start up.

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Sacre BLEURGH: Google thinks London's Victoria station is on the PARIS Metro

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Re: M for

Welcomes. But not very much.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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Re: mini-cabs

Some of the ones near me do just that, by accident - free mystery tour with every journey. I'd suggest they were taking the piss, but they lack the wit (normally).

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: ABP turned off for El Reg so I can help pay my way

Vic:

Except for that Microsoft Cloud one. The big blue panel that takes up most of the vertical real-estate on my laptop's screen. Bah.

Assume something else of mine must be blocking that then, it's not here

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Re: ABP turned off for El Reg so I can help pay my way

I've compromised: it's off for the forums where the ads don't suck too hard, but I can't bear the adds on the main page. Given El Reg's target demographic, I do wonder if anyone actually sees their ads, presumably the fact that so few do is why they have to be so obnoxious...

(Edit: I've always vaguely wondered why they don't have a donate button or a paid for ad free version or some such: I use the site that much I'd part with a token amount at least)

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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point 7 exists

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/googlesharing/

sort of: it takes everyone's requests for anything that google doesn't need you to sign in for, aggregates them and gives you your results back. It's a firefox add on. Defeats analytics in particular (assuming you haven't used ghostery to get rid of it in the first place, which I'd commend)

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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I would argue the situation was even worse

We're ruled by arts graduates who don't merely fail to understand the problems we face, but fail to understand the importance of hiring advisers who do. To cap it off I've just had to choose which particular flavour of cluelessness I wish to govern me, in large part to ensure that we're run by idiots who will ruin the country slowly, rather than xenophobic idiots who'll REALLY make a mess of the place.

OK. I'll get a coffee and calm down. I didn't sleep that well.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

Ironically part of the reason that ze germans can run trains faster and closer together is that we bombed the buggery out of their rail infrastructure 70 years ago. Which meant that they rebuilt it, much better than it was before. Half our network is still Victorian...

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Another handy transport API

http://transportapi.com/

It does very much what it says on the tin, also fairly new, has buses and the like on there as well as trains. Requires free membership, starts charging at 5000 hits/ day

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Invoice numbers

It's for this reason that every client gets their own invoice number when I (and many others I know) invoice them: AB001 where their company initials are AB. That way they don't don't know if I'm a) depending on them for an income and thus they can take the piss or b) doing lots of work on the side when they think they're getting all my time. Of course you can estimate the answers to both questions other ways (how much you see me for a start!) but depending on who you are and what I'm doing it can help a little, now I'm back off PAYE and back on a random selection of projects (+ a PhD)

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

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This article does feature my favourite (and only) welsh word

Who knew that a microwave is a popty ping?

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Re: Vintage planes

"There is less demand for suicide missions to attempt to drop nukes on Moscow"

Give it a month at the current rate...

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Re: Stun devices

Can report that even with the original cap this hurts rather than kills, in the case of healthy individuals at least. Friend of mine did it at school. I did have some odd friends, now I come to look back on it...

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Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

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By my reading what's new is that chipping rather than being tricky and needing specialist hardware (even if that is pretty cheap these days) will be actually made easy for the user - a usb socket or what ever.

It's not just boy racers at it either - a rich, older and sensible uncle of mine got a new ECU (before firmware uploads were possible) which gave him eco \ normal \ performance modes on a previously under used dial in

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Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

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Re: Reminds me of a line from BBC Hustle

As pointed out by Terry Pratchett in Making money: The impossibility of fooling honest men is no problem, dishonest are so much easier to find.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

Software vendors who haven't yet got their products running on 7 may not be worthy of your business, but what if everyone else thought that and they went bankrupt?

I think of examples where buy specialised hardware talks only to it's specialised software, which was made by a company that went bust years ago. The hardware works fine and replacing it is a cost that would hurt a small business (or a bigger one if they had lots of it...). In those cases (some of which still need a parallel port or some other ungodly connector) it would gall to spend often tens of thousands on new kit, just because an operating system was end of life.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: We've had official Monty Python street signs in the UK for years...

Have an upvote - from a Tory

... To be entirely fair, speaking as one who would never vote Tory, if either of the others get in, it'd make little odds....

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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Re: At least one US President

Upvote purely for the Le Carre reference.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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How accurate do you think they are marking out allotments?

0.1 square meters will get lost very quickly in poor spade work \ sides of plots being walked on....

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: Infrastructure ?

Dev in SW Brum and suffering with abominable public transport? Consider me a fellow sufferer. I however have however resolved that with a push bike - not perhaps the stylish way one expects consultants to appear, but it works. Cycle to new street then trains go essentially everywhere. In fact it's only because dev's tend to live in nice bits of south brum that this is an issue: The nicest bits (arguable but I'd go with Harbourne and Mosely) are nowhere near a train. Live in Selly Oak \ North Field and the station tends to be walkable...

Driving in the rush hour is a terrible thing to have to do I would agree and most development work could be done from the comfort of home as well; though there's something to be said for being able to talk to the people you work with.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Re: another wonderful day

..but possibly only just pre beer o clock

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.

This is how it always seems to go - heard many stories of it and been involved in one, pretty much the same as above.

Oddly though, Indian programmers who've lived in the UK for a bit (even "freshies" who came over themselves and weren't born here) are generally at least as good as their UK born counterparts - I've worked with plenty.

Never understood quite how this makes sense, but it's certainly held true so far. I just assume that those who manage to get here must be very motivated and that this extends to learning to program properly. Discussed it a lot at my last work place, which was heavily British Indian.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: gsm-r

The European Train Control System just says you have to have *a* commuications system of some kind, however, yes, most people use GSM-R for this.

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GSM-R

I beg to differ: I'm not aware of much progress with regards handsets for staff using it (network rail issue iPhones to staff), but in the UK it's quite preverlent on trains, and at least some line side kit.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: Programming is a University level subject?

"“Trying to figure-out an algorithm is a form of maths."

Of course. However I'd argue it was much easier to go from knowing Logic and Set Theory to algorithm design than it would be the other way round. Logic is a useful way to analyse anything, and I’d agree taking it further into the realm of computing is necessary to be any good as a developer. A "knows some html" type developer, such as schools are likely to produce may well not even be able to do that however, thus leaving them knowing a little syntax from a language which, by the time they get their first job will inevitably have moved on.

Furthermore depending on what you’re doing (I’d confess it didn’t come up much in my time creating database front ends, but it regularly crops up in pretty much everything else I’ve ever worked on) some knowledge of maths will make you a better programmer –I find my self using matrixes all the time – so much the better if you know what you’re actually doing when you convolve 2 matrixes.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Re: Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob

Oh it is: Generally we elect 1 or 2% of MPs who ARE NOT complete tits, quite the other way round...

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

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Re: Pay day loaners

It's a matter of who you are: If you're slightly less poor than those around you, aggressively ripping people off to get rich the government will understandably come down hard on you. If on the other hand you have more money the government they seem to develop bit of a blind spot...

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

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Would it be OK to do the same to people who suggest hadoop as the cure to all ills?

Not that it isn't lovely for "big data", just that our database isn't a terrabyte in size...

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Re: 41 Megapixels ....

Granted, but the key difference is it's possible to fit a 41 Megapixel sensor in a camera, a Lens needs to be the size it is. I'm sure if they could have fitted a decent lens with optical zoom they would have done, but the idea is that sits in your pocket, not a camera bag.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Correct Horse Battery Staple

Obey the rules set out by xkcd for passwords (to wit: use as long a phrase as possible, but don't use random characters) and you'll also get round this problem. IF the website \ program will allow it of course...

http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ can help with this

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

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An ISO 3103 expert perhaps?

All standards experts should be well paid....

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Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

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give me a £1 Million

and I'll write you something that goes though a database and sends a text message to everyone in there. For that money you even get a text box to enter your choice of text message....

Come on. great example of the governments intended use of SMB's for more projects. I could even absorb the cost of sending a couple of million messages for that....

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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

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2 Year Elec Eng Project

Anyone doing anything in the electrical engineering block at Birmingham Uni should have an advantage here: the 2nd year project is to build a line following robot, which are then raced. Ours was based on a PIC16F84, which should tell you something about how long ago I was at uni. Clever people did stuff with camera's and visual processing (which didn't work for most of them, and sure as hell wasn't run on a PIC16F84) efficient engineering types used arrays of light sensors.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Wrong application of technology.

That's always been my feeling on the bes use for electric power.

That and local light delivery. Milk floats of old, couriers of new.

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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Re: HELL YES!!!!

That was my first reaction to it.

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UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

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Well, writers life + 75 years for music seems insanely long, we could probably stand to relax that a fair bit. We then need to ignore any further suggestions relating to giving away "Current" IP rights, be they TV, Radio, or software.

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FBI says Apple ID heist claim is TOTALLY FALSE

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Re: As with all American presidents...

what d'ya free?

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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I see a need for a lot of crates labelled "Not Julian at all"

Smuggle them out one at a time, with great care. After the 23rd crate full of rats the police should be bored enough to quit searching them. Plus they can use the first couple to kick up a massive legal fuss and prevent them searching any more....

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

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Re: FBI sends request

Having that the little lot installed just proves you work in IT, not that you're up to no good

(any more than, say, the BOFH is anyway....)

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

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Re: Isn't it time we got weekend deliveries?

This would be an example of a rare thing indeed: capitalism working!

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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

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Re: Runaway jury? (@asdf)

That is the key problem with juries as it is democracy: I've met the general public and I don't want them deciding swat!

The counter argument of course is neatly provided by the way Juries stopped being prepared to convict people for sheep rustling in England in the 19th century: it carried the death penalty and thus even if people were clearly guilty juries tended to let them off, which resulted in a change of the law.

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

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Why is everyone competing to make the thinnest phone possible?

Would it not perhaps make more sense to make the one with the best battery life? Or Signal?

No?

Too easy?

Still everyone will know you've got lots of money when you sit and play with it, which I suppose is the key point.

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

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Re: Oh god

Yes, however he is in Spain, which I feel keeps him fairly safe from the English \ American nutters who make up the bulk of the problem.

Also People for the Eating of Tasty Animals need to feature on future posters!

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