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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

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Re: code examples

WTF!? DO NOT ROLL YOUR OWN DATE CALCS!

Whatever language you use has libraries for this because people mess them up all the time, use the library.

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Millionaire

Well, I'll be working until I'm around 80 or so because I won't be able to afford to retire, that's another 40 odd years of inflation getting me gradually closer to millionaire status.

Yeah, I'll probably make it, certainly a dollar millionaire.

It might even be enough to pay for a coffin.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Re: The UK and US Gov

Yep, real wealth is about credit worthiness.

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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Risk?

To be honest I'm not sure what nefarious use my medical records could be put to anyway.

What's the risk?

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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The Reg...

How many comments have you blocked to give the impression that your readership agrees with the faux outrage?

Is this intended to wind Fry up so he says something publicly in a sad bid to garner publicity?

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Reverse

>I don't use Adblock on The Reg...

I didn't used to, but they went through a phase of flash and/or heavily animated ads that meant I just killed them. I can't have stuff flashing and bouncing around the screen at work.

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Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite

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If....

The world needs 1 in 10 to be so then we are rich, if the world needs 1 in 10,000 to be so, then we are poor.

The fraction doesn't really tell you much.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: The Americans must love asymmetric warfare

For the Americans, every war is asymmetric.

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Grace Hopper gave us COBOL, 'debugging' and inspiration. So Google gave her a Doodle

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Creating COBOL

Isn't this a crime against humanity?

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Syntax.

Doesn't it have to work as a sentence to count?

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Lack of empathy.

At least there's a reason I don't give a shit.

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'Schrödinger's Comet' ISON LIVES (or DOESN'T) after Thanksgiving solar roast

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Meanwhile......

The alien spacecraft drops into a low solar orbit refueling its weapon systems before the assault...

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Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

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@SuccessCase

tl; dr;

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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> (...) is inflation proof.

You misunderstand inflation. It isn't entirely driven by government printing money and it isn't entirely bad. For instance, the big fear in the Eurozone is of deflation.

Equally, your gold example is flawed, you are taking gold as an absolute value. You could take the dollar as an absolute value and say that gold fluctuates wildly against that too.

The problem is rapid fluctuations of the currency, and any currency that is valued by virtue of a market half the world is trying to stop will fluctuate wildly. It does not matter how many bitcoins there are when they can drop in value (vs cocaine for instance) by a third overnight.

What matters is the perceived worth of what backs the currency, in the case of the dollar this is the US itself. In the case of bitcoin, it's the market in illegal "stuff".

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Re: Cost analysis ...

It's not that by using bitcoin you are guilty (although you are of course attaching value to the currency) it's that the substantial use of bitcoin is for criminal transactions.

If Tesco agreed to accept uncut diamonds for groceries, they'd be pilloried for it too.

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

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Nuclear shmooclear..

..all you need is four candles and a pair of flower pots.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10449357/Heat-your-home-office-for-8p-a-day.html

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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PC's

Possibly good news for PC gamers as these machines are both basically PC's inside, so porting to hgh-end kit should be a doddle.

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

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Re: Lets see

>It has value as a mathematical exercise.

You misunderstand currency. Currency is a medium of exchange, it's "value" is about what it can be exchanged with.

Your analogies are as dumb as suggesting the value of ten pound notes lies in the printing of them.

So I say again, what are bitcoins exchanged for? Beer? How many bitcoin transfers are about beer do we think?

No, it's drugs, guns and kiddie porn or they'd just use Visa.

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>> And beer according to Alex Brett @16:28

"All of our pubs accept cash; all except the Coalheavers Arms accept Visa and Mastercard."

But not only bitcoin, the point is why do you need bitcoins? Because you're a pervert junkie.

(or you're after a novelty selling point. :D )

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3 down votes but no-one has attempted to explain why bitcoin might have a value outside junkies and perverts.

Consider why a currency is worth having. It is because you can buy things with it.

What can you buy that requires you to pay in bitcoin?

- Drugs, Guns and CP.

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Re: If they are actually registered in China...

Ancient Chinese proverb say; Man with £2.5 million no longer live in China.

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The whole thing seems to operate on the back of the blackmarket anyway, what else attaches worth to a bitcoin?

Chances are it's mostly drug money.

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Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

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> The US was sending white men to space while a few hundred miles away, it was lynching black men at the same time.

Yes, the '60s space race was about nuclear supremacy and resulted in victory in the cold war by bankrupting the soviet union - a deeply unpleasant regime. Was the US right to focus on the soviet union whilst being deeply racist? No, they should have ditched the racist tripe then got on with it.

> The Russians were sending men to space while the expended rocket stages probably landed on a few Siberian Gulag corpses.

Yeah, properly sick regime.

> The UK went about 'fighting for freedom' in WW2 while it starved a few million Indians in Bengal in the process, and simultaneous beat up Hitler for killing a few million more.

The UK didn't "fight for freedom" in WW2, it fought for survival, and it was bloody close. As for the famine, do the Japanese not deserve some credit for creating the problem in the first place?

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Re: @Lars

>The second is the straw-man argument that a country can only do one thing, or another.

Firstly the straw man is the suggestion that anyone is saying they can't do both, but they have failed to deliver on sanitation and even just shelter for a signifcant proportion of their population.

Secondly most here are Brits, from a country that actually deliberately gave up space exploration because of the cost (sadly, but some things are more important).

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>Realistically, there are poor people everywhere...

Not quite on the same scale. It's frightening to see it up close.

>Should America sort out its poor before sending technology space-wards?

Water and sewage yes, and except for people being deliberately remote they have done.

>What about Russia? China?

Yes, they're basically totalitarian regimes that treat their people like slaves though.

>Should the UK have sorted out all it's poor before extending outwards?

No, because there was a clear financial return from doing so, which is what drove it.

>Should the Victorians have sorted out the poor before investing in the industrial revolution?

That actually did "sort out" the poor to some extent.

You seem to have confused things with clear technological, commercial or scientific value with what is in truth a vanity project designed to intimidate Pakistan and warn off China.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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It's a potheadfourcandle heater gone wild...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brHqBcZqNzE#t=14

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Vulture 2 spaceplane STRIPPED to the bone

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Dihedral

No dihedral? On a glider?

Hope you're going to balance this one properly...

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Reading, Bracknell, Camberley, Slough....

Why do IT companies set up in the most depressing towns in Britain?

Such utterly soulless dumps, when they're not geographically tied to anywhere.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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Re: four words... WE NEED NUCLEAR POWER

Three words: It's Too Late.

10-15 years, maybe 20 and British planning officers can turn any project into something that makes the Panama canal look like a DIY project. They've spent 15 years pondering a runway being built at an airport.

We've fucked up big-style.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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A to G

What's wrong with the kwh or joules used during a standardised test?

What does the alphabet bring?

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NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users

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Staining....

I had a nose round tor recently to see what all the fuss is about, never mind staining my computer my mind is now indelibly stained, my retinas are permanently etched with the obscenity of it.

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

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Hydrogen/Helium

Why not go half and half?

Use helium to achieve minimal buoyancy and chuckable hydrogen for the lift?

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

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Not got much to do up there have they...

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LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain

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Redundancy?

Perhaps there's a need for a back-up balloon in the main event?

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Compressors....

I vaguely recall a while back some chap called Lewis Page insisting that compressors were much too heavy.

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Re: it will probably be an expensive boutique operation.

Traveling time would go up by a factor of 5, I guess. But space would not be an issue. You'd be able to walk around or sleep. England to Europe would be fine.

Not sure it would be so onerous, London to New York would be around 35 hours if they could get it going at around 100mph (The Zeppelin's could do 80 I think).

I'd happily take a sleeper in preference to cattle class on a plane.

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Re: Compulsory casts.

What compiler doesn't know the types of arguments?

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Compulsory casts.

The compiler should really kick up a fuss for implicit casts from signed to unsigned. If there is an explicit cast then the programmer is due a spanking.

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Re: A human body with "long fingers"

My god they're making pianists out there!

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

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Re: OK I am now officially old

It's kind of like tcpip for paedos.

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Compromising tor...

If you have enough relays tor isn't really secure, you could even map hidden services by recording relay to relay traffic and thereby mapping hot spots which would be most likely services.

I suspect the entire network is actually law enforcement. The cost of 4000 relays would be peanuts for that kind of intelligence.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Re: Illegal?

Those laws would have, and will do, nothing at all to stop another Dunblane.

However no-one has done it since.

Besides, I'm sure people said what you're saying, after the various restrictions on rifles after Michael Ryan decided to turn Hungerford into a war zone. August 1987. I'm old enough to remember it, are you?

Yes I am. You perhaps forget the more recent loony in Whitehaven who thankfully only had a shotgun rather than a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Where the law doesn't prevent it, it does at least reduce the damage.

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Re: Illegal?

Handguns were restricted beyond all reasonable belief and made incredibly hard to use legally because of a psychopathic fuckwit who shot up a school.

...and no-one has done it since.

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> How in hell do you go about banning phones on grounds of *size*?

Simple, you take each phone sold in Britain and see how if it can be inserted into the Home Secretary's arse.

The one's that will go in are banned.

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Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

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Transcript...

Will we get a transcript? This audio/video bollocks is all very cool, but not very inclusive.

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Samsung's amazeballs 3D V-NAND SSD not THAT much better than predecessor

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Really a phone part?

There's plenty of space for chips in PC SSD's, phones on the other hand have limited real estate so a stacked part is valuable.

There's also the interesting possibility of stacking flash, a CPU and memory in the same chip creating a true PC on a chip.

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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

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Re: Lots of IT jobs in London...

>I've 12 year C# and know quite a few devs with similar years.

You were using it live before the first spec was out? Not sure that's something to be proud of....

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Re: Lots of IT jobs in London...

He probably doesn't have a clue if he's "registered" or not as most of you lot just grab CV's from the job sites.

It'd be easier the other way around. What is your company called so we can avoid it?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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That is my job, add in the need to pay the mortgage.

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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Re: The answer is obvious...

Whilst it's very good, and very G. It doesn't have the scale required, typically plants are in the tens of MW range rather than the GW required.

There's also fracking involved which appears to be non-G.

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