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20 posts • joined 8 Jan 2013

Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

OhDearHimAgain

So may be the problem is too many women running HR?

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Re: Utter Crap!!!

There was a campaign to get more men to teach in primary schools, but the fact you never saw it speaks of its success.

My son is at college right now doing a B-Tech and there are 2 girls & 32 guys - pretty much the same ratios when I was at Uni 30 yrs ago.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

OhDearHimAgain

its always about the bottom line...

The US have been using their hacking to pass commercially sensitive information to US firms to give them a competitive advantage.

So where's the difference?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

OhDearHimAgain

Try "Dolphin" - its what the WiiU should have been.

I bought a WiiU and have been disappointed for two reasons (1) No games - even now more than a year on (2) they abandoned the motion control (instead of building on it), which is what made the Wii *so* successful - you don't even get a Wiimote with the high-end version.

They just made another me-too console with a silly tablet. The other console makers must have breathed a sign of relief (after the storming success of the Wii).

All they need to do is release a Pokemon MMO and they won't be able to make enough WiiU.

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

OhDearHimAgain

The system can never be secure - crims will chip it out of their cars, and use it to car-jack innocent motorists.

It may inconvenience casual joy riders.

Also said above, I also see a big problem with cars running on fake plates.

I suspect the purpose of this story is to get more funding for a useless little department that was about to be shut down.

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OhDearHimAgain

I'd think its unlikely that could easily target a single car in a high speed pursuit situation.

Much more likely is that the car will have a device that shuts down the vehicle in response to a low frequency radio signal.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

OhDearHimAgain

I think this is how most people felt about the ID card - it wasn't the card, but the tracking & tracing they objected to.

A smarter government would have implemented it in stages...

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Re: I think we should become more European with this

living under a different chosen name (pseudonym) is not an offence in the UK.

It was one of the changes that Labour were going to bring in with the identity card bill.

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OhDearHimAgain

A lawyer friend of mine says it is his opinion this would not stand up in court as it is unreasonable to expect a lay person to be suitably qualified to make the correct assessment of the documents it takes border officials many months to train for.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

OhDearHimAgain

Re: Mixed signals regarding privacy

Banged up for 20 years for that!

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Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

OhDearHimAgain

Re: I applaud this approach

But desktops are a severely falling share of people's computing experience.

Like saying "We still own 100% of the horse shoe market".

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

OhDearHimAgain

it will dual-bot - no problems

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Re: Watching with interest

The answer is a simple hardware assessment, like Windows does. The game can then choose settings appropriate for your hardware - in reality the only relevant things are the speed of the CPU, Graphics card & to a less extent the RAM. So SteamOS assesses them and tells the game what to do.

The only fly in that ointment (I can immediately think of) is what version of pixel shader you have. Some games are fussy in a way they really don't need to be.

PC gaming is already a big market because, as a lot of gamers mature, they want to get more out of their games than the vanilla game / consoles can offer - hi-res textures, features mods etc. So they turn to PC gaming, but some people are put off by the perceived complexity - the SteamBox is an attempt to address that and so broaden the appeal of choice that PC style gaming has to offer.

Once you've played in 1080p & hi-res textures you'll never go back.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

OhDearHimAgain

The main problem I have with this is its a simple Yes / No - well at least my mobile operator's is.

I'm happy to have most stuff blocked, but (for example) they blocked match.com - hardly what you would call hardcore porn, so I had the blocked removed, which then opens the flood gates to everything, including all the illegal stuff(?) - if the filter is too draconian it makes itself useless - but the problem is what we classify as "acceptable" is very much down the the individual.

And that's where all forms of censorship break down - at the margins - we can all agree that kiddy porn etc should be blocked, but download some of the free filtering s/w produced by far-right American groups and you'll find all the gay & bisexual sites start disappearing.

I use a filter list maintained by a group of European Universities - its a pretty good balance, but I can still black / white list sites I want or don't want without the all or nothing typical of blocking at the ISP.

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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

OhDearHimAgain

Re: The one basic attribute ...

The oldest contractor I worked with was Dan, who was 86. Front office trading system for banks. He had built the first Unix system in the UK.

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Re: Ltd Co. ?

I use a firm of accountants that does it all on-line now, with a lot of great management reporting.

You download your bank statement and upload it directly into their site and it will guess the reasons for most of the transactions.

OK @£144 (inc VAT) pcm it ain't cheap (+£130 for your SATR), but if the alternative is leaving contracting, I'd say I'm still making a surplus by joining them & staying.

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OhDearHimAgain

My by I didn't read carefully enough, but I didn't see mentioned the interesting paradox that when the market turns down, often rates go up. Head count freezes mean permies are put on hold, but the world still move on and system need fixing & poking.

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

OhDearHimAgain

Doesn't everybody run VMs these days? We ditched the "100s of little boxes" model years ago and run a mix of big Dells, with DRACs, and Supermicro with whatever they call it. The VMs all have VNC console access.

My biggest concern is the lack of security on the remote management cards - typically they don't even have IP filtering.

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

OhDearHimAgain

Re: Looking for more?

If you don't like what Samsung have done, there's loads of choice - that's why I've gone with Android - you're not stuck with the OEMs launcher.

The "GO" launcher and companion apps makes a nice alternative and means you can unify the experience across all your android devices, if you wish.

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

OhDearHimAgain

I have the Justop box (£40 from ebay) - its bigger (1.5 x pack of fags) than this little thing and requires its own external power supply - I use a mains master/slave trip so it goes on & off with the TV, but it has two full sized USB sockets and wired Ethernet, so homeplug gets round the streaming issues.

I quickly realised a mini-keyboard/mouse like the one featured in the video was a big bonus, but found a lot don't have the rage to be used across the living room.

It does a fine job on youtube (inc pretty good HD) & iplayer, but 4od only plays the ads!!!! - had to adjust the TV's audio lag to get lip sync, and its still a little off.

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