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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"

I think it was about a 4-minute warning for the UK. I was never very sure what we were supposed to do during those four minutes. I know I was asked what i'd like into our fallout shelter once, and I chose my Sinclair Spectrum. I don't think it percolated my eight-year-old brain that I wouldn't be popping to WH Smiths for a copy of 3D tunnel after the bombs dropped. And fact I wouldn't be plugging the computer in. In fact it probably wouldn't even work, even if you DID manage to plug it in.

My sister chose the family cat. Very humanitarian, and potentially very sensible from a provisions point-of-view. Although she's a vegetarian herself. She declared her bedroom a nuclear-free zone shortly afterwards, which would have severly skuppered the USSR's plans for dominating rural Oxfordshire. Or not.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Meh

I have a vaulted ceiling in my lounge. Sorry, Sony.

Not too fussed, TBH. Having stuff whirring overhead is okay. But i'll still be viewing the action through a relatively small window (the television). I'm not convinced this will add to the emersive effect significantly whilst that remains the case.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Oursourcing...

This is one of my pet bette noirs. "Oh, we outsourced that function... therefore if it goes wrong you should act as if it didn't". It's up there with "a supplier let us down - please give us a pass on this one as it really isn't our fault".

Yeah. I don't really care who ballsed it up - I have a contract with you and you alone and if you've a problem with a supplier you chose, leave me out of it.

I had all this shite from Comet (RIP) when my Telly blew up "Oh, you'll have to call this number.. and speak to our repair department"* - guess where I didn't go when I wanted a new Telly? right... guess who ended up in the dole queue a short while later? - right again.

* The words "Law of strict liabilities" sorted that out... Suddenly the manager COULD do something to help. He called them and arranged it for me. Which meant I had a contract with him, not them. Which turned out to be useful then they broke the telly they were supposed to be fixing.....

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Don't care, don't use them. I drive, walk,cycle or take a train if I really have to.

But this does sound a lot like protectionism. I bet at some stage horse drawn cabs tried to fend off the motor cabs......

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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I'd love to work there. I'm a bit of a google fan, to be honest, but it would be nice to work in such an interesting, different workplace.

Unfortunately - I can't code for toffee. But if someone buggers up a laser printer or wrecks their laptop - i'm your man.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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the F35

Well, they're all grounded at the moment. So (even if we had any servicable ones) they wouldn't be operating them.

I think even the Yanks are rapidly losing patience with the spiraling costs and poor performance of the F35!

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Well, now they're *TOLD* everyone about it - expect the terrorists to start running generators to make their videos in the middle of nowhere, so no mains hum.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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And like so many others..

I don't think there is a strong enough case. True, the cartoon does look a *bit* like her. But then again there is nothing unique about her appearance - there are any number of blonde, female, pneumatic 20something celebs it could be. I'd say it was more representative of a "type" than anyone in particular. Okay, so they both got banned from hotels. But so do a lot of celebs.

I'm going to say it's not "supposed to be her", but she probably was an influence in the character design (along with other, similar, people).

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Apple do kinda give the impression that they're going to start going after volume, don't they?

I don't see it as a good strategy, myself. Shame because i've always had a kind of affection for their products, but I think the new management want to take the company in an unwise direction.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Access has it's place

For me, Access is not bad software. Neither is Excel. They're just mis-applied by people who don't understand them.

The problem is that it's powerful, flexible, easy to use software that a lot of people get access to. Then the small project get a few extra requirements. Then people don't use it just for indication, but start to really rely on the data. Then the bloke what wrote it moves on (or just forgets everything)... It's not BAD software, it's just being horrendously mis-used. But it's like saying a family hatchback is crap for courier work (it is, but it can do it) or a HGV is crap as a family car (it can do it, but it's a bitch to park in Tescos, and uses vastly more fuel than necessary)... Horses for Courses. I control this by giving only the runtime version of Access - unless people can convince me they genuinely need it and are going to apply it appropriately.

Excel - great as a spreadsheet. Would people *PLEASE* stop using it as a micro-database, though? It's simply not designed to do that, and it's testimony to the flexibility of the design that it can. Kinda. But it's really there for recording, calculating and displaying relatively small amounts of data in a particular format.... It's not there to be a faux front-end on a database...

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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It makes sense. At the moment he's got a very good brand. It could sell a hell of a lot of cars - but it won't whilst there is no charging infrastructure and that won't get build just to service Tesla's market. So it may be better to get other manufacturers involved and have 10percent of a few million car sales, rather than 90 percent of a few thousand a year.

The whole thing is chicken-and-egg. Cars won't sell whilst there are no charging stations between cities. People won't build the charging stations whilst there are no cars to use them.

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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Re: Return home ?

Nah. RTH mode meens "Fly back to launch coordinates at X altitude, and land vertically. X is something like 50 meters so would pass over trees and the like and most normal suburban structures. Unfortunately this structure was taller than the RTH altitude, so the quad hit the structure when it lost contact with the pilot and automatically entered RTH mode. The quad doesn't have anything in the way of vision systems or terrain radar so this is about the best you could do.

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MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

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Re: I'd have thought...

Hang on. I thought that was just a question of generating more DNS names, because every one of those generates new IP addresses?

Well, that's what Lord Melchett said, anyway?

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Whatever works for him.

He sells a lot of books, so you can't argue with the results.

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How exec snatched $6m budget from his infosec team because he couldn't see ROI

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Re: Sales Proficiencies

Try a book called "How to win friends and influence people".

Some of the language and examples in it are a bit dated now, but the basic principles and ideas in it are spot on. Once you've read it you'll see all sorts of sales people trying to use the techniques all the time. Generally the less transparent they are about it, the more they earn but they all use these techniques and it's generally regarded as the seminal work on them.

Helped me no end in my career. Although I sometimes think my "inner geek" is holding me back.

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Microsoft issues update for buggy WinPhone 8.1 mega-update

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It's a preview...

I bet people pounce on this and use it as evidence of Microsoft's "Crapness".

It's a developer's preview. It's *supposed* to have bugs in it and the whole darn point of it is to give people with technical nouse the chance to work on it *before* it hits the majority of the population and highlight any problems, give people some warning of what to expect.

Personally. I'm starting to like Windows Phone. It's getting there. It's definately getting there.

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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There are a few. I think HTC do a Windows Phone X?

Don't knwo if it's any good, though. I've only seen it in brochures.

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Microsoft

MS Aren't stupid. Neither are Apple, Google, Samsung, or anyone else in this field.

I recall a time when people said "Why have they launched the Xbox??? - Ridiculous!! Preposterous!!! - They know nothing about the Games Console Market and will fail!!!! - How can they hope to challenge Sony???" Which is weird because they'd been saying exactly the same about Sony a few years earlier,except that it was Nintendo and Sega that Sony couldn't challenge... "They make Ghetto Blasters, not Video Games Consoles... And they're on CD!!! - Everyone knows video games consoles use Cartridges!!! - Ridiculous!!!"

Windows Phone has a naff image because early versions were not so good. Now it's mature it's actually a pretty good O/S. What MS need to give it is a reason for the masses to adopt it (which shouldn't be impossible when then effectively own the desktop...). Okay, Geeks have already made their minds up. but since they represent 1 percent of the population, who cares?

I Seriously wouldn't bet against Microsoft eventually sorting it out and becoming a major player.

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

2Fat2Bald

What i'd do...

Forget about having "outlets", just have "demo centers". People can go in, look at a tesla, maybe drive a tesla, chat to the advisor, have a coffee, register their interest, design their car even. They just can't place an order.

If they want to do that, then they need to go home or to a nearby internet Cafe and place the over directly with Tesla over the internet. Giving a special code that identifies their particular conversation with the advisor for commission purposes and spec purposes.

Simple

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Re: There is always two sides

Yep. They had to close a bunch of pubs as they couldn't own "too many" in an area. Of course they didn't want to sell them off to rivals, so they just closed them down and converted them into houses, or offices or brown-field sites. So a bunch of perfectly-viable pubs closed for no reason than other to fullfill an arbitrary government target.

But it gets worse. It had a profound effect on the public's perceptions of pubs and the pub sector and general popularity of pubs plumetted. Now the good old boozer has more-or-less vanished and those that remain are almost all in chains, and fall into 2 catagories. 1) Pubs for idiots to drink far too much alchopop and lager in, before starting a fight. 20 Family-friend food pubs (eg harvester).

Brilliant. In an attempt to protect pubs from being run by the same company as supplied their product, the government put about half of them out-of-business and ruined 2/3rd of what was left.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Well, it's easy for people in the IT industry to moan and groan about it. But you have to remember, we're all knowledgable. You and I know it's a five minutes job to install Firefox. We probably also know that Dell image all these PCs, and customer software options may be entirely automated, based on what the customer ticks (so Dell Staff don't do anything at all to install it once they've added it to the software database!).

But so what? - why do you work in the the IT industry? Because you have skills and knowledge you can sell for a price. That's why you are worth more than the legal minimum wage - your employement comes with added benefits or value. Dell are just doing the same thing. The fact that there is more knowledge involved than effort doesn't mean to say they can't charge for it.

Would *I* tick that box? - NO! Not on your nelly. But think about this - I ordered some trousers (Pants, if you're American) online the other day and I ticked the box for some buttons for braces (suspenders, if you're American). I paid extra because i'm not a good tailor, and I wanted the buttons attached by someone who was a good tailor. So I paid several quid for buttons and thread that probably costs a few pence, and the expertise of the tailor in installing them. Because I want good trousers and don't want to spend the evening pricking my fingers attempting to do it for myself.

What Dell is doing is not different from that. They're not "mugging" anyone, just offering to do something for them for a price. If you think it's worth it, great. If you don't, go without and do it yourself.

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That sounds like a fun place to work. Video games and people actually making, fixing and tinkering with computers, rather than simply swapping boxes every few years.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

2Fat2Bald

Eventually...

It will be rolled out to all sorts of people. First it will go to the Police. Then it will go to the DVLA. Then it will go to the exchequer.

"Your licence to use UKROADS has expired - please contact a service representative. Your vehicle has gone into reduced functionality mode"...

THEN they'll sell it to car makers and insurance underwriters.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

2Fat2Bald

There ought to be a way

My view is this; Microsoft ought to repair/replace the damaged consoles or - at the very least - provide a way to. True it's not "their fault", but it won't cost them them to make it right and really i'd expect there to be some way to rescue a situation such as this. It may be as simple as altering some settings on the accounts of the people the Xboxes are trying to contact.

Of course. What you really want is a recovery partition on the xbox that can be used to restore it to factory defaults if you (for example) power it on whilst holding down the power button (or whatever).

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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You don't have to buy one..

The logic here is simple. If you don't think the price of your contract is reasonable, don't bother with it. Nobody is forcing you to go with X operator. Find one cheaper, if you're not happy with the price you're paying.

To be honest. I've just been issued with an iPhone at work. I can't say I like it all that much. My previous blackberry was better at some stuff, my Android is better at almost everything. I think the reasons why Apple are suddenly having their day in the sun have more to do with fashion than it does to do with actual benefits of the devices. And fashions change.

Apple could lose popularity overnight if something really unfortunate happened. It's not especially likely, though. But imagine if - for example - there was a huge bruhaha over some activity they were involved in. Or someone influencial just decided something else was cooler now and all the hipsters were saying "Apple is SO 2013.. I've got an XYZ now. Once you've had that - you won't go back".

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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I agree

Maybe a system that automatically mutes the on-board bluetooth handsfree when the handbrake is released?

I know it drives me up the wall when people call me when I am driving and try to get me to carry out technical support whilst i'm negotiation rush-hour traffic on the M6. Granted, i'm hands-free so it is legal but I know I miss stuff as a result of it, so I keep telling people I can't help them. Usually I get the answer "Well, I appreciate that... But can you just tell me.....". Telling them to F*ck off because they're endangering my life and should be talking to the HD in any event would be quite satisfying, but probably not a good career move.

I think I might start trying to plan things so I pull into services or a layby at conference times and ignoring imcoming calls until I find somewhere to stop and call them back.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Is it just me, or is asking an Aspergers sufferer to stand up in front of all his colleagues and tell that so grossly stupid that in this day and age it would be hard not to see it as workplace bullying?

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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On the recession

Yeah. It's easy to blame the bankers for the recession.

Fact is, though. We're all to blame (except me, I don't buy stuff on tick). Through all the good years I used to hear about people buying motorcycles, TVs and all sorts of stuff on cheap credit. Not once did I hear anyone say "No. I won't have that Honda Fireblade, it would be bad for the economy".

The Bankers merely did what anyone would have done, given their opportunity.

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He could be trying to distress the stock. You know ditch it on the market, and slag off the company. News of this seeps out, people under-value Apple and he can then buy it back for less than he sold it for a short while before. Give it a short period until the news is old news and the stock goes back up...

Or, maybe, he knows something the rest of us don't about the markets, Apple or both.

Or, maybe, the stress has got to him and he's gone a bit Colonel Kurtz.

Or, maybe, he's just being dramatic about a stock he feels has reached a plateux, so he's going to unload it as one usually would.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Why did reading that article remind me of the misspent youth reading "Your Sinclair?"

Possibly because of the "Totally Hatstand" comment, actually.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

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For my money, it's just too pricey. Never mind the whole "does it save you money in the long-run" bit (and it may well do, on BIK tax), but it's just too darned expensive for what it is in terms of initial outlay. I simply don't see many people hazarding 40-odd thousands on a small Volvo Estate. It needs to be ten grand cheaper, at least.

Sure. I'd love one, but 44k? Do me a lemon.

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Re: If I don't need ...

As a matter of fact, yes, there is something similar and cheaper. The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is pretty similar (although not plug-in). And is a lot cheaper. The Citroen DS5 is similar, too.

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Mushroom

It would be interesting...

What if the Russian airliner DID take off with Snowden on board, fly over the US of A?

By "Forced Down" I take you you mean "Threatened with shoot-down if they didn't land at a base nominated by the USAF". Which is fine. Until the airliner captain responds "No... I can't land there.... I have orders... And runway is too short....I would be violating the rights of my passengers by exposing them to arrest and transfer to git'mo".

THEN what? - do you order the F16 jock to shoot down an airliner full of a mix of Russian & Chinese Businessmen and international journalists? OR do you let the Airliner carry on it's merry way, happilly ignoring the symbols of US power (IE the fighter jets) like they don't actually matter because you've got an stroppy nerd on board?

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Jobs' first boss Nolan Bushnell: 'Steve was difficult but valuable'

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Why the Vitriol?

So Woz has the stronger technical skills, and Steve had the stronger business sense? - in which case it makes sense to break it up the way they did. Why on earth would you get Woz to invest his time in doing something Steve is better at if all you get in return in freeing up Steve's time to do something Woz is better at? People seem to see this as the clever businessman getting rich on the genius of the engineer. But you could equally well see it as the engineer getting the businessman to sell his product for him.

And why do people slag off marketting skills? Frankly you can make the best product in the bloody world, cheaply enough to sell for the price of a cup of tea. If nobody knows about it and it's benefits, you're not going to sell many. People don't buy the "best" product - they buy the one they feel best about. Betamax was/is technically superior to VHS in many ways. But VHS was better marketted, became slightly more popular, and then used that popularity to get first dibs on top feature films and use it's volume sales to undercut Betamax. I recall in the past buying AMD chips and paying must less than i'd pay for the intel 486. Other people insisted on buying only "genuine" intel chips, but were totally incapable of explaining why they were supposed to be better, much less demonstrating that they were.

As regard IP protection - It costs money to set up a business. If you're just going to let someone else skip the RND phase by copying your design wholesale, then you've done all the work only to end up at an immediate competative disadvantage as you need to recoup RnD costs, and they don't. So they can undercut you....

Going back to the article. Yep. Creative personality types are often "difficult", if not actually downright disfunctional. This is generally true (it's where the phrase "Artistic Temperament" comes from - it's extra true of creative technical people for some reason. Not really news. Trust me, i've worked with some people who would wow you with their techical genius one moment, and the next moment say or do something so lamentably stupid that you'd want to weep or cringe with contact embarissment - some just couldn't talk to people outside of IT - especially people of the oppositve sex.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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The one that annoys me...

Is "What PC should I buy"?

How the heck should I know - do you seriously imagine I get to play with every PC on the market, and oddly enough know exactly which software you'll run for the next decade? They always look a touch askance when I say to go to Tesco and buy the most expensive one they can afford by a brand they recognise for computers (IE Dell, HP, Lenovo etc). But for me that's good advice. Tesco can stack them high and sell them cheap, you can march back in with it if it doesn't work, and if you stick to major brands you're unlikely to hit a major stinker.

Most people are happy with this when explained to them, but some people them start getting out PC magazines and asking of the 3200mhz processor is more of a benefit than the 2800mhz processor with more RAM. Or if the Nvidia GFX card is better than the ATI one. Well, I neither know nor care so I usually say "I really couldn't say without testing them, and we're not in a position to do that". Which is the truth. Generally I'd go for the extra memory of clock cycles (and recommend an SSD if possible), but that's about as far as I'd stick my neck out as I have no way of knowing if a Laptop I've never seen is "a good one", or not.

The other one is get is people clearly trying to get me to give them (and therefore endorse) a specific answer they want. They'll say to me "Isn't the Advent laptop better value as it's got more megahertz than the Dell??". "To be honest, I've never had a good experience with Advent..." "Oh, but would it be okay?" "Dunno - I wouldn't buy one. I'd spend the extra and get the Dell". "hmmm. But the Advent is cheaper and it's a better spec..." "Up to a point - it's a lower-quality machine. And it's got a magnetic drive, not an SSD - so I'd buy the Dell". "But would the Advent be *okay*?". "Probably, but if it were my money I'd spend the extra and get the Dell...". "But we use Dells at work. One of them broke last year... So I don't think Dell's ARE good".. It's really hard at this point not to grab them by the lapels, shake then and shout "Why the F*CK did you ask my advice, if you're going to F*cking argue with every word I say and try to get me to change it to what you wanted to hear???"

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Yahoo! makes Brit teen app maker VERY RICH with Summly buy

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I do struggle

To see what Summly does that other services don't. Note that it launched in November, and is bought in March. So it's really been operating for around five months, which is surely too short a time to tell if it's a go-er or not. Not really heard people gasping over it in the way that they did over, for example, Angry Birds.

In fact the only notable thing about it is that it was made my a 17 year old, and sold to Yahoo for a vast sum whilst still unproven. And they immediately shut it down......

Very odd.

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

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Call me cynical

But I wonder how many of the people wingeing about "ugly" BT boxes actually also whine about how poor their broadband is?

I do agree, though, that BT could paint them in a selection of colours to make them stand out less. Stone grey for a street corner. Green for a park - that kind of thing. How hard could it be?

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Apple regains 'el numero uno' market-value crown

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Re: Apples to Oranges.

Well, because share value is determined byexpected value increases. Doesn't matter if you have an insane business plan or if you will be out of business in six months (at least, not directly). As long as your next price is higher than your current one, people will make money.

Oil isnt sexy or clever. Tablets are. But if apple goes out of Favour or fashion. Watch the price burn...

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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I can see both sides...

To be perfectly honest, part of me is having problems caring about this. I generally buy a new handset when my contract runs out. I use it until it next runs out, and get another handset. Which means I get one of the top handsets every 18 months or so, and forget about it the rest of the time. And I'm perfectly happy to do this. I don't want to jailbreak the phone or install cyanogenmod on it because this will wreck the warranty. I know their terms when I sign up, and I accept them. I can see that the operator is letting me walk away with an expensive bit of hardware, and they'll make their money back (plus more) over the life of the contract. At the end of the contract the handset is usually dated, quite worn and battered and I'm getting a new one so I just wipe it, stick it in a drawer as a spare and forget it "Well done, oh good and assiduous servant" and all that.

At the end of the day I'm buying a branded phone on specific terms and I'm perfectly at liberty to either take the deal, or leave it. I don't see why the operator ought to be compelled to offer an unlocking service to me so I can escape their contract, or sell the phone as anything other than what I bought it as - a branded phone. Yes I guess at the end of the contact it is nice if they help you unlock it as it's now fully paid-for and your own property. But if that's not a term of the contract then isn't it a bit like buying a car, and walking into the dealership 3 years after you buy it expecting them to fit a stereo for free?

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Ex-Doctor Who babe Karen Gillan touts dodgy diet pills in twit gaffe

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Mike Tyson...

I recall years ago being lectured on how great a measure of fitness BMI actually is (by someone who really should know better). I think I won the argument by pointing out that it's just a ratio of Height to Body Mass. Mike Tyson is obese, according to BMI's reckoning, but....... *you* tell him that.

Seriously. It's all ballcocks. Karen definately doesn't need to lose weight, but then again there is no reason to think she knows any more about weight control than she does about how to become Tall, Redheaded, or Scottish.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook's pay packet SLASHED 99% in 2012

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Correct me if I am wrong....

But the whole bloody point of the article was to be lighthearted, and have a bit of a pop at Apple maybe. Saying that you don't like the way it is written is a bit like complaining that the spaceships in Star Trek don't conform to neutonian physics. Yes, you're correct, but this is irrelevant. The piece was written for entertainment value as much as it was for technical accuracy.

I never waste time wondering why CEOs, Bankers or Footballers are paid so much. I don't run a company, I have appauling maths and i'm shit at football. Therefore none of the above really effect me very much.

But I will say this. Apple do seem to have lost their trademark surefootedness as of late. At the moment most of the products being launched were probably largely instigated under Steve Job's regieme. But that won't be true for much longer, and it will be interesting to see how much the company changes with a new person at the helm. Certainly the appearance of the iPad mini could indictate that someone, somewhere thinks differently from Steve Jobs. They may be right, they may be wrong. But Apple are a unique company, a lot of their value is in fashionability and brand image. It would not be hard to cock it up so badly that they become a pariah brand. However it would be very hard to do as good a job of reading the writing the market as Steve Jobs did.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

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In the Real World.

To be honest, I think educators in code aim for the best possible standard, and hope to actually get something that isn't too bad.

My big thing is to put comments in *plain language* - explaining not just what the code does (which is usually fairly easy to work out) but why it's doing it, why it's doing it that way, and helpful information.

GOOD:

Copy Date to DT variable - the legacy system will only accept 2 character field tags, but "Date" is used a lot in the system so cannot be renamed. DT is only intended for use in this transation. J Bloggs 01/02/2012

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Copy Date > DT

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Total bugbear of mine - keeping endless piles of crap. Ending up with 99percent of it totally useless, but robbing you of so much space. Is it really worth not having a backbedroom and having a living room that looks like the set of "steptoe and son" so that just ONCE in 20 years you might have that piece of kit you really need in a box somewhere... that you just can't find... so you go out and buy a new one. Then find the old one a week later... When you REALLY don't need it since you now have a newer one, but now you know where it is you keep it as a "spare".... Usually you waste so much time looking for the one you know you've got somewhere (and pray still works!) it would have been quicker just to go out and buy a new one that you KNOW still works!

All that said. Yup. I do it, too.

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Think Xmas bashes in your biz are scary? Try partying with the Channel

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You can sign your own P45...

I always drink moderately at these events. It's just not worth the risk.

Yeah, there are tales of people giving it large and senior managers respecting them for it. But for every one of those there are thousands of tales of people who gave it large and getting sacked for professional misconduct (or whatever) the following day.

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Apple CEO: Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

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Thing Is...

You can argue about specs and design all you want. At the end of the day people don't work that way. What people do is decide what they want, and then look for the arguments to back up that decision.

It really doesn't matter which is the "better" machine because 90-odd percent of the purchasers won't understand or care about that, really. What they want is the "top" machine. The one people gush about, the stylish one, the one that was on the news.

Apple know this. And make nice products that are simple to use and stylish and product lines that are simple to understand. Microsoft have stuffed up the surface - badly. The product is too fragmented. In their efforts to be "all things to all people" they've crashed down between two stools and left everyone confused.

Nah. This time next year it will be in the Bargain bins. What we needed from them was a cheap product, that did something the competition doesn't, and was simple to understand for the mass market. We didn't get it - it's game-over before anyone has even inserted the first coin.

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

2Fat2Bald
Mushroom

So What?

There is a momentary green flicker around the edge of the screen? Maybe i've missed something, but this doesn't sound like the kind of thing i'd worry about. Unless it's a symptom of incipient failure, of course.

To be honest, I bought a HTC in April and I wish I hadn't. The Wi-Fi doesn't work and O2 tell me I can take it back to them and they'll send it away. And - maybe - it'll be fixed. Or maybe it won't. And, no, they don't know when it will come back. And, no, they can't offer me a loan phone as it's got a micro sim. Oh, but they can rent one to me for a lot of money and even more money if it comes back broken/scratched. And - no - the insurance I pay extra for doens't help me out at all. I could claim on it and - perhaps - they might fix it. Or they might not. And it's 25 quid to find out. OH, and here is a bill for the extra wireless you've used whilst your wifi isn't working.

SO I wish I'd bought an Apple iPhone. At least I might have half a chance of getting it sorted. HTC have had their day, i'll never buy another one of their handsets after this debacle.

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Graun Aid: Don't They Know It's Christmas 2.0?

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Do WHAT?

Yeah. everyone should pay a subscription to a newspaper they don't want, to keep it in circulation. Because there is something special about it. Frankly. If this is the best their editor can come up with, then i'm not surprised they're going down. Make money either by selling advertising space, or selling access to the site, or both. That's what everyone else does.

Don't ask me to pay extra for my broadband, just because your paper sucks too badly to survive.

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

2Fat2Bald

Re: Appeal

Yep. Absolutely. And they can both afford the lawyers, so I bet it plays on for so long that it becomes irrelevent.

I get the distinct impression that it's more above excluding a rival from a market place whilst you gain a dominant position. So if you can keep it going for years, you can ensure they "win" long after "winning" has become completely immaterial.

Reminds me rather of the whole "Internet Explorer Vs Netscape Navigator" debacle. The only people who did well out of that were the Lawyers. And I suspect the same will happen here. Eventually.

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2Fat2Bald

Is it just me?

Or has the definition of what is patentable become somewhat elastic as of late?

Seems to me that it used to be that you could patent a particular way of doing something, but not the whole concept of doing the job in the first place. Yes, maybe Samsung's phone *does* look quite a lot like an iPhone and maybe it does do a similar job in a similar way. But the same could also be said of an Astra and a Focus (cars) they're similar because they do the same job, I get the impression that if Apple's patent lawyers had been around at the invention of the Automobile we'd all be driving something like a 1910 Daimler, due to a court ruling that Henry Ford was infringing their patent by making a "stolen" horseless carriage that worked in a similar way to Daimlers's using similar technology. Whereas all Ford really had to worry about back then was not doing something that was a direct, functional copy of something that Daimler were making and had patented.

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

2Fat2Bald

Well......

Of course this would be defamation (specifically, under UK law it would be Libel). But's that's whole point - you'd have to go to court and dispute and present arguments & evidence - which is what they want you to do. OR just not say anything, at which point you'll find it harder to subsequently deny it. Not a nice tactic, nonetheless.

As regards the second amendment thing. Could you present an argument that anyone who wishes to keep a gun has volunteered for the Militia? ;-)

I have to say I can understand someone wanting a sporting gun, or a gun for pest control, or a historical weapon, or even a weapon for self-defence. Not quite sure why someone in civilian life needs to own a range of AK-47s or a Bazooka, though.

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