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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

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Bloated IDEs

It's a tangential thought but it's interesting how many devs (and I'm one of them) are annoyed by slow loading IDEs. Unless the code being worked on is going to crash the machine regularly (a faulty device driver perhaps), the IDE is only going to get loaded once or twice a day so it shouldn't much matter how long it takes to load... but it does!

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: As long as I can remove it,

Aye sir. My mother-in-law is building a house at the moment and, while her builders (friends of the family) have done a meticulous job, I know what you describe does happen. However it's not like it's standard practice for builders go looking for rubbish to fill up the client's house.

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Re: As long as I can remove it,

Imagine if construction companies behaved like this.

"Here's the new house you paid for. We've stuffed every room, floor to ceiling, full of garbage. Now instead of enjoying your purchase, you get to spend your time and energy doing unpaid cleaning work."

Yet phone manufacturers, telcos, and in this case, phone OS writers seem to think what I've described is commendable business practice.

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

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DNT v2.0

This has the same problem as DNT - it won't provide any protection from the people who you really want protection from.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Re: Erm

Apologies. That should have been "intentional exaggeration".

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Erm

While I only skimmed over the AFR article, I assumed the "billions" quote was an international exaggeration as there's no way it could be factual. As Mr Chirgwin points out, Australia's online economy isn't that big.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

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Re: Glass is not meant to be bendy

"A suit pocket is fine at work, but what happens when you're wearing jeans and a tshirt at the weekend?“

Be a real man! A manly man... and put it in your purse.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Exactly! Sony thinks that installing a rootkit on their customers' computers is acceptable practice and there are still people out there who think giving this company money is a good idea.

Mr Smyth decided to play with a snake and I have no sympathy about him getting bitten.

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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.sillyword

Was sold to a private bidder late last year.

(Yeah. I made it up but would you be at all surprised?)

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EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

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A politician taking policy advice from people who are knowledgeable about the subject matter, while certainly novel, is not exactly the crisis situation that you guys seem to think it is.

Flippancy aside, and as an outside observer*, I don't believe you blokes at El Reg have made a sufficiently compelling argument that corruption is the most likely explanation... not quite yet. Though a link between the white house and Google being made aware unpublished FCC proposals would, for my money, be the smoking gun.

* Living in .AU, I don't much care if Mr Obama is signing laws in exchange for "googly" suitcases of unmarked bills. And secondly, most Americans seem so partisan that the democrat voters would re-elect him anyhow - at least he's not named Bush, right? And the republican voters would chuck him out even if he cured cancer while creating a lasting peace in the middle east.

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

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Re: Meh

I keep pondering how Cyanogen is going to make money - their other objectives are irrelevant if the business itself is not viable.

I'm sure there's a handful on these forums who've played with it, or even use CyanogenMod as their primary phone OS but we aren't representative of the vast majority of people in user-land who will never install an app, much less an OS. And we, techie types aren't a big enough market to keep Cyanogen in business. So where is their money going to come from?

Your mention of China got me thinking though. I was in Thailand last year and there's a huge pile of cheap, Chinese-made phones to be had. Mostly knock-offs of the popular, western brands - Samsungs and iPhones and HTCs and the like - which look the part of whatever they're proporting to be but at quarter (or less) of the cost of the real deal (and a quarter of the specs too).

Now I'm thinking to myself, these phones will never get an update from their manufacturer. Could Cyanogen sell their OS to the people who buy one of those phones? $5 per year to keep your phone updated with the latest CyanogenMod. I don't know but I think it's a market where Cyanogen's product is easily superior and would be well worth paying for.

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US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over

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At a federal level, agencies and their directors can be 'gotten to', one way or another. Thankfully the US has so many states that companies can't buy or bully everyone, though I doubt it's for lack of trying.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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// I've seen this one done in production code. :(

void someFunc( SmallStruct smallStruct)

{

BigStruct *pBigStruct;

// doesn't need to be allocated

// cause it was passed on the stack (right?)

bigStruct->someMember = pSmallStruct.someMember;

// ...do stuff with pBigStruct

}

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Apple: Those security holes we fixed last week? You're going to need to repatch

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Re: Damned if you do

I agree with you in principle, Adam 1, but it's hard to be sympathetic. The defender is God - it creates the universe the attacker operates in. If the attacker wins, the only possible cause is a failure on the part of the defender.

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Telstra to let customers access their own metadata for AU$25

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Meta meta data

And to whom will Telstra be providing metadata about requests for metadata?

I'm sure I'm not the only programmer who sees this as an opportunity to twist politicians into [meta] linguistic knots.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: Just wondering

@James 100

I don't see why you're worried about the government ISP turning a profit. They could - and I don't know if this is the case - take the view that the benefit internet access brings to it's citizens makes it worthwhile to provide it, even if they make a loss.

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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Bloody cheek

Having demonstrated that they can't be trusted with the personal details of their drivers, Uber now wants a court to hand over even more personal details for them to mis-handle.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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advocatus diaboli

"[...] it is difficult to justify an expiry date in the year 9,999"

If you've chosen some 'preferences' for a website, why would you want the cookie storing them to expire?

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Snapchat wants $19 BEEELLION for your selfies

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Re: So...

@Def: If they got $60 mil one year and $500 mil the next, why, oh God why, would they want to turn a profit? They clearly haven't run out of suckers investors for their scam no doubt soon-to-be-profitable business.

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

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Re: WhatsThat ?

And you're receiving downvotes from people who can't fully wrap their minds around that concept,

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Cricket's nervous nineties are a THING, say econo-boffins

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However, on the other hand, conservatism means a lower strike rate until the milestone is passed. In essence, the batsman – consciously or unconsciously – is putting their chance at achieving the milestone ahead of the good of the team.

Based on scorecards, it's easy to demonstrate that batsmen play, on average, more cautiously as they approach a milestone. However, the reminder - attributing motive to this behaviour - is mere opinion.

At the very least, to say a batsman is putting their own interests above those of the team, there would have to be some objective standard for "what's best for the team".

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Unintended consequences

Even if $GOVERNMENT, informed by the best scientific knowledge available, made a well intentioned effort at geo-engineering, I'm not convinced it would turn out well.

Look at how many times an foreign species has been introduced and caused more harm than whatever problem their introduction was intended to solve.

Mine's the one with the cane toad in the pocket.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re: So, erm...

It’s usually not a good sign when a film’s release gets repeatedly delayed

Or, as in the case of Taken 3, the studio doesn't have enough faith in its own film to allow previews.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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The specifics vary depending on which country you're in but a common thread is that directors of companies are required to 'promote the success' of their company. And how else does one measure success in a capitalist society?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directors%27_duties

On an unrelated matter, O2 says that the phishers probably got customer details from the customer's computer (which the phishers had presumably compromised). This is nonsensical! If you've compromised someone's computer why would you bother sending them a phishing email?

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Researcher says Aussie spooks help code Five Eyes mega malware

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The Truth is Out There

Two indisputable facts:

a) 'WarriorPride' sounds like a reference to the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team.

b) Simon Travaglia is from NZ.

So the obvious conclusion is that this uber virus was written by none other than the BOFH himself.

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Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

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Re: Someone else

That's just it! It sounds like the opening line for a joke...

A malware writer walks into a bar and says, "Trust me, guys. Install this. It'll be good for you."

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China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

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'Cause we want to!

I disagree with China's decision but I do like the honesty of their approach. No bleating about terrorists or paedos. Just, "Screw you guys. We'll do this because we want to."

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: Awwww... come on....

Not so much forgotten as supressing the memory to avoid the possibility of further crap movie induced trauma.

Introducing Timothy Olyphant as the evil hacker mastermind you'd kick in the backside, en passant, on the way to the pub. You'd barely even break stride while thwarting his plan to... meh, whatever.

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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If this were a vulnerability that allowed people to activate Windows without paying Microsoft:

a) There would no complaining that Google gave them only 90 days notice because there would be a patch ready to go within a week.

b) Nobody at Microsoft would be saying, "Well yes, the patch is ready but we really should wait until 'patch tuesday' to deploy it."

On the other hand, if this were a vulnerability whose disclosure would cost Chrome market share, I'll bet'cha Google could have found it within themselves to wait a couple of days longer.

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Bootnote: Users concerned enough with privacy [...]

wouldn't be using a browser made by an advertising company.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

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Imagine a website where you can download videos at a variety of resolutions. You'd then have a choice of downloading a high resolution video ahead of time if your bandwidth isn't high enough to watch while it's downloading. Or the other option would be to download a lower resolution video. And in either case you could then transfer the downloaded video to whichever device you care to watch it on.

Now imagine if the self-described 'creative' industry could create a legal way to do what I've descrbed. It turns out they're not that creative after all.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: Revisionists

We've gotta round up the Apatosaurians, and the astrologers* too - the ones who decided that Pluto isn't a planet. Cause I've had enough!

Either they can renounce their idiotic ways or we'll stuff them into a rocket and send them all to Pluto so they can see first-hand just how planet-like it is. And they'd better do their research quickly too because there's every chance they'll get stood on by an angry, Pluonian brontosaurus!

* Yeah. Yeah. I know. But real astronomers would be too busy spending their time discovering stuff to mess around with re-labeling the things in our solar system. So the ones with that kind of free time on their hands - they're the ones who have nothing to do all week after spending Monday morning writing about the tall, dark and handsome stranger you're going to meet while drowning your sorrows at the pub because some shitty astrologers decided to mess with Pluto.

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

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What's the benefit of 'upgrading'?

From where I'm looking, Google is heading towards the same kind of problem that Microsoft has with XP. The most compelling reason both companies can give to upgrade to the newest OS is, "We've stuffed around with the UI so you'll have waste time re-learning things, and some things which worked just fine yesterday won't work tomorrow."

And then they're frustrated that people aren't in a hurry to upgrade!

Improved security used to be a good reason to upgrade but you can only say, 'the new version is more secure than the previous bugfest' before even the most naive punter realises it's just a case of swapping one set of bugs for the next.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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For later parts of testing, measured shots of 80 proof Jameson whiskey were used.

Having determined that the Jameson wasn't quite doing the trick, the testers then moved on to shots of Bacardi 151. This produced some quite impressive scores on the breathalyser but still didn't satisfy the hacks in their headlong pursuit of El Reg's standards of journalistic excellence. So out came the Everclear. Sadly, very little can be reported beyond this point except for the 3am declaration that Reg HQ has seceded from mother England, is now an independent republic bereft of public nudity laws, and shall have a navy which consists of an aircraft carrier which launches double decker busses from it's flight deck. All hail emperor DrewC, the first of his name.

In completely unrelated news, The Register is now taking applications for four vacant 'breathalyser tester' positions. Please submit your CVs to the usual suspects.

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On a more serious note, happy new year to all Reg staff and the commentards who make this site such an enjoyable and educational read.

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Tesla parades sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

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Re: "Thinks"?

Tesla thinks all these changes will lead to [...]

Sure they've done testing but their marketing people don't want to be hampered by facts.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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While I don't support DoS-ing either gaming network, this incident has neatly demonstrated the failings of need-to-be-online games to the general public.

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China fingered for Afghan Govt attacks

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You're welcome, Destroy.

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Does this means this is malware vehiculated by jpg?

In short, no.

According to the linked analysis, the attacker* took a Windows executable, XOR-'encrypted' it (to stop it from being recognised as an executable), and changed the file name to 'icon.png'.

The thing is, that executable can only be run on the victim' s system if the hostile java code is present too. It's not like you view/download some picture file and that's what compromises your system.

As always, use NoScript, make sure java is not installed, and preferably both.

*The technical analysis looks credible but, as far as blaming China, their evidence doesn't seem to go further than, 'well, China has something to gain from doing this'. Sure they do but they're not alone in that respect.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: says:

I've got a lot of time for older people. They helped me when I couldn't walk without their help and now they have trouble walking without mine. What goes around comes around (as the Igors say).

The one which I have the hardest time explaining is, "why does the writing have to be so small?"

Sure, it's trivial to increase the font size but the UI elements don't scale well. Or maybe the heavens align and they do scale but now you've got a jumble of nicely scaled fonts and UI elements cramped and overlapping in a window which hasn't changed size.

While I understand how the underlying clusterfuck came to be but explaining why it is and, more importantly, why it hasn't been fixed is just too dizzying.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: hay man

"Not literally true"

That's the kind of thing they told me when I was a kid in a catholic school pointing out inconsistencies in the bible.

That phrase tweaked my interest so I looked up the guardian article in question... and immediately spotted where Mr Worstall went wrong. It's in the very first line.

"I have been an activist for 70 years. I’ve organised unions, rent strikes, [etc]"

Which roughly translates as, "any resemblance between the following and reality is purely coincidental."

An activist acts. They don't question the wisdom of their actions*. They've chosen their cause and are more than willing to toss the truth overboard in pursuit of 'the greater good'.

* When was the last time someone introduced themselves as an introspectionist? Perhaps the world would be a better place if we had more of those.

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How was your week? Was it as bad as Uber's? Here's what happened

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With red cheeks

*Rouge* is what you put on your cheeks to make yourself look fabulous. A *rogue* is the person who steals your rouge because they want to look fabulous too.

I'm sorry, AC. I normally don't do nitpicks but that one drives me nutsy. If it's any consolation, I do agree with you.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Re: £800 for a SOUNDBAR!

You jest, AC but I've wondered if that could be a plausible strategy - to use a bunch of phones as a speaker system.

Place your guests' phones at various points around the room. They automagically work out their position relative to the room's 'main' screen. And from there the phones act as a speaker system or as a supplement to the one which is already there.

Aside from getting phones from different manufacturers to cooperate, which isn't insurmountable, the problem would be that current phones can't determine their position that accurately. Perhaps each phone emits a short beep and the other phones compare notes to determine their relatve position in the room according to how loudly they 'heard' each beep.

Even if this would only provides the audience with a small improvement in their evening, it'd be worthwhile because it costs nothing - it's using what they already have.

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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The magic of silence

I'd like to help y'all out. There's a little automation app called Tasker in the google store. It can be made to do many things but here's my favourite.

When my phone comes into range of my home's WiFi, the ringer and notification volumes are silenced*. When I leave my home's WiFi, they're both switched on again.

As a result, nobody disturbs my family time and nobody disturbs my sleep.

* There are exceptions for my girlfriend and my parents so they would be able to contact me in an emergency.

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Portland lobs fair-trade gluten-free artisan SUEBALL at Uber

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Re: $41bn?

a) https://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbits/

b) For the investors, it's too close to call. But the succession of "Uber banned in x" stories is making it increasingly clear that the management are incompetent. They're not even greasing the right pollies!

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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It's all good. With my (less than world-leading) knowledge of x86 assembly, C++, and web page design, I'm sure Mr Hawking will want to clear his schedule to hear my thoughts on particle physics and the future of string theory research.

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Nordic Samuel Beckett meets Kafka meets Gervais: Modern office parable The Room

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eBook Publication Date 15 January (UK) / 17 February (US)

Does anyone know why there's a discrepancy between the UK and US release dates?

Looks to me like the publishers trying to give the pirate bay a leg up by creating a month long window where US customers will be able to torrent this book but aren't able to purchase it legally.

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Hey, here's some face-tracking tech from Samsung you probably won't find creepy at all

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Since most laptops have built in cameras, it will be interesting to see if this tech becomes more mainstream. Imagine just looking at where you want the mouse pointer to be then blinking to click*.

And if laptops didn't need track pads, they'd be smaller, (slightly) cheaper, and also have one less component that can break.

* I imagine most able-bodied people would still prefer hardware mouse buttons - to prevent accidental misclicks and to make dragging operations easier.

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Abbott scholarship leaker escapes conviction

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Re: "with no conviction'

@dan1980

I do understand your reasoning, as you've explained it, and thank you again for taking the time. I'll confess that I'm still uncomfortable with the notion of not recording convictions.

I'm simple. I think if someone does something good, they deserve the credit for what they've done. If someone does something bad, at the very least, the fact that they've done so should be recorded. That's the price, good or bad, of doing business.

All in all, it's probably a good thing that I don't have much to do with the legal profession. :)

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Re: "with no conviction'

@ dan1980

Thanks for taking the time to explain in such detail. I do appreciate it.

It's not that I believe anything untoward has taken place with regard to this particular case, it's that I don't grasp the "no conviction" thing at all.

Either the defendant is found not guilty and (obviously) no conviction is recorded because there wasn't one to record. Or they're found guilty - they are convicted of whatever crime they've been accused of - and the conviction is recorded because, well, that's what happened.

The notion that the defendant can be convicted but the judge decides not to record a conviction... that's just too much for my simple mind to comprehend.

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"with no conviction'

What's that all about? She did the crime. She pleaded guilty. What conceivable rationale would there be for "no conviction"?

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