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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Not a surprise

If you look at the sheer breadth and depth of tech companies in Munich - real tech companies, doing hard R&D, not fluffy "let's all close our eyes and make a wish" start-ups - it's no surprise at all that Munich comes out ahead. East London's forte seems to be in blagging money out of government and clueless investors fixated on Silicon Valley firms' multiples, which presumably is why it scores highly under "business".

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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

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Enough already

I know you've got to pay the bills, but couldn't you at least space out these "promos"?

Incidentally, call me old-fashioned but they don't seem to fit that well with that "Biting the hand that feeds IT" tagline.

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Doesn't everybody know that's the deal?

You get "free" services. They get to sell targeted ads. Anybody who doesn't understand the deal they're making by now shouldn't be allowed to own sharp knives.

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Clueless

I wouldn't attribute any deep meaning to his enigmatic use of the word "metadata"); far more likely is that the old codger has heard this trendy tech word somewhere and is just reusing it without a clue what it actually means. Isn't that how all Business Bullshit originates?

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SEC slaps HP with $108 MEEELION fine over bribe scandal

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Explains Autonomy fuss?

If illegal bribes, dodgy deals and fiddling the books were business as usual in some parts of HP, perhaps they just naturally assume that's what everybody else is up to.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

FWIW, I run a forum that's only relevant to consumers in the UK, and gets around 130,000 unique visitors per month, so a fair sample of what Joe Public here is using. Even now in April, 12% of those visitors are still using XP, and that figure hasn't changed since late last year. There are a lot of people holding out still, and not just in those regions generally considered more relaxed about IP issues!

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

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Re: Standards!?

Agreed; or some sort of Marketing hit squad. One from the MS Embrace-Extend-Extinguish playbook, perhaps?

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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Never going to work without competition

How could this ever possibly have worked without real competition? As it stands BT decides which areas aren't "commercially viable", BT then gets public money to (in effect) bribe them into installing fibre, BT then pockets the profit from operating it. It's basically an invitation to BT to hold off on enough viable but less profitable deployments as are needed to exhaust the government funds available, and keep truly unprofitable deployments in reserve for the next round of free public money.

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Vodafone brings African tech to Europe

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A lot of misconceptions here..

1. The SMS doesn't carry the value, it's just the acknowledgement from M-Pesa that the payment's been received. The subscriber ID (the phone number as far as the sender is concerned) is what the funds are held against.

2. Funds are actually pooled and held in normal, regulated commercial banks, through a trust independent of the mobile operator, so your money's not at risk if the operator goes bust.

3. There's still a "know your customer" requirement, so you need proper ID to register for the service.

4. M-Pesa doesn't just replicate established conventional banking services - it allows instant low-value person-to-person payments, a model some of the banks here have been unsuccessfully trying to get off the ground for a while.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Time to invest in Bitcoins?

This proposal should do wonders for payment providers our idiot politicians can't lean on.

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YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

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Re: DNS?

Was doing fine, until the government blocked various DNS IP addresses, including Google's at 8.8.8.8. As an education programme for the masses in avoiding attempts by government to prevent them from finding out what their politicians have been up to, this is going swimmingly for them.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Not prejudice, surely?

The screws wouldn't have banged them up in the slammer unless the beak had already very much formed the opinion that plod had them bang to rights. More like postjudice, really.

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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No class action suit yet?

Well, it is quite early in the morning still in The Land of The Fee.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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Just an attempted shakedown

"Pay us for our premium protected service, or something nasty might happen to your data."

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Bulls hit city streets after alleged Samsung ad shoot hits the fan

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Re: Damn chaebols are everywhere, or are they?

Of course it was. But then "Australian animal trainer employed by Australian ad agency allows buffalo to escape" wouldn't have the tenuous IT connection that would justify this being an IT "story".

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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What language is this?

""The scenarios that we had in market as we were innovating haven't taken as much share, I can't put the adjectives behind the why," he told The Channel."

Where do they learn to speak such gibberish? I could have a guess that this means something like "Our new products didn't sell, and I don't know why", but is that what he meant, and why does he feel the need to encode his thoughts? Actually, it's fairly worrying that he just might actually think in fluent Nonsense.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Resolution

It just depends on how each snapshot was taken; the satellite pictures are fairly lo-res, the aerial pictures are hi-res. For example, if you look at Madurodam, the 01-Apr-2005 images are great, the 31-Dec-2005 images are lousy, and the 08-Jul-2013 images are very good.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: ROI

Indeed. In fact so good that perhaps they should be paying us for the extra revenue they're going to realise. Or reducing our council tax bills, in the case of the non-parasitic local government members of the BPA.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Wearables could still be attractive if you have a smartphone

I don't buy the "we already have smartphones, why would anyone want a wearable?" argument. We had pocket watches before wrist watches were developed and wiped them out, we had desktop PCs but that didn't stop clunky/expensive/low performance laptops taking off, we've had laptops with feature-packed applications but we love our smartphones with their limited apps. What the history of technology does teach us is that convenience and freedom trump better/faster/bigger/cheaper. And who wants to carry a power-hungry smartphone around in their hand and pocket all the time anyway?

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: I wonder when...

If it means the more fanatical Fanbois end up shifting their business and packing United flights, then that seems like a win-win for everybody else. How they'll cope with the United customer care "experience" will be interesting to behold.

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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Re: This can't be right!

Leave your sense of humour at home this morning?

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This can't be right!

Surely the typical iPhone hipster is a slinky-hipped, health-obsessed vegetarian who would be repulsed by the smell of bacon? After all, you just have to ask "what would Steve have done?". I'm frankly appalled that there's an iOS app for that device - banish it to Google Play for the unhealthy-looking Fandroids immediately!

PS: I want one!

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Re: Meh.

"Dumb lump of rock was either a no-show or it got shy and hid."

Please tell me that was meant to be a joke, rather than an indication of how low science education has gone?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: ...and?

The knuckle-draggers also don't seem to have noticed that what Mozilla imposes restrictions on is the use of their trademarks, specifically when used in ways they don't approve for distribution of their product. So while you're entirely at liberty to use their open source software and charge for installing it, using the trademarks Mozilla and Firefox without their approval would be a no-no - and it's that they will be considering action over.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Piss poor data?

The simplest explanation for the weirdness being deduced (does anyone really believe that XP usage is growing?) is that the methodology used and the resulting data is nowhere near as accurate as implied by the two decimal place precision used in the table.OS installations are hardly likely to go up and down like that from month to month.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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If you think it's unfair, split the company

If BT think they're getting such a tough deal, then all they have to do is spin off OpenReach. Ofcom can then regulate that as a monopoly, allowing it to make a reasonable (if small) return. The rest of BT could compete on the same basis as all the other service providers. Strangely, BT don't seem to like that pretty obvious solution to their purported problem; I wonder why?

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John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

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Between a rock and a hard place

I'd imagine nobody would envy them trying to do a horrendously complex "big bang" implementation of one of the monolithic ERP systems like Oracle's, with the very real risk that it can screw up your entire business. OTOH trying to integrate and maintain of hotch-potch of 50 separate systems almost guarantees that some part of it will fail at some point. How do you prefer your pain, acute and agonising or chronic and bone-aching?

Still, betting against Gartner and the tea-leaf readers seems like a good starting point.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

"A laptop's useful lifetime is around 3 years, 4 years tops."

What utter rubbish. The reason PC sales are tanking is that a 5 year-old (and more) machine is still perfectly capable of running the applications the vast majority of users actually want to run. Until the hardware dies there's just no reason to buy a new machine - unless you're obsessed with having new shiny-shiny.

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Except that Microsoft's compatibility checker was having none of it when I was looking to upgrade a 5 year-old Toshiba laptop from XP to WIndows 7 a couple of years ago - so really a very similar situation. It's been perfectly happily running Ubuntu ever since.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Re: If those are scam sites...

Read some of the posts above - they're not (in general certainly) fraudulent or claiming to be official sites. If you look at the sites themselves they say quite clearly, generally in the middle of a large paragraph of tedious prose, that they're not official sites. That's why they haven't been shut down. They rely on the fact that people don't read the site properly and just click through to the "order now" pages.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Re: Funny that..

That Telegraph report really needs to be spread far and wide. Those of us who doubted the assurances that our data would never be flogged to insurance companies et al were described as "scaremongering" last week (what next - Medical Miracle Deniers?) - it seems we weren't!

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Re: WiFi modem geolocation

Indeed; they got into trouble for capturing unencrypted content from access points, not for simply recording their location.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Re: Software rot is a business expense

Nobody seems to take the fact that software isn't like traditional machinery, it needs to be constantly evolved and updated.

Actually, it is. There are many manufacturing techniques that were once state of the art but have gone the way of the dodo. For example, if you want to manufacture a spare for that aircraft component designed in the 50s, you might be horrified to find that you need to emulate something called a rubber press, or a drop-hammer, or even electron-beam welding. The difference with software is that within living memory it's gone from being regarded as something ephemeral that would be replaced with the next product, to something baked-in to systems that are expected to last for decades.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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FAST flashes its knickers

Those comments are quite revealing - it isn't about stopping "software theft", it's all about price maintenance on behalf of the producers.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Usual government arrogance

We know best, it's just that you little people don't understand, so we'll spend 6 months doing some more finger-puppets for you and then carry on regardless. We still won't let you control your information when we've got it, and you'll just have to trust us about who we'll decide to give it to in the future. And we can't tell you how we'll protect your data, but it'll be very naughty and against the law for anyone we give it to to misuse it, so that's all right then.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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FAIL

Re: Approved.

No, it's not. Approved purposes are medical research. And the data is pseudonymised (i.e. if you're not inside the NHS, which has this data anyway in this form, it's not readily identifiable).

Insurance companies and profit makers get Green data, which is pre-aggregated.

You're sure about that, are you? Is that what the law restricts them to, or is that just what their policy is this week? Clue: it's the latter.

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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Re: Easy Answer

That makes as much sense as saying that the person who pays for a website owns any of your data on that site - quite apart from the fact that no-one in their right mind would agree to that, fortunately data protection laws also suggest it's not a sustainable view.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Not much scope for growth

There are about 27m households in the UK, VM cable passes roughly half of them, so their potential customer base is something like 14m. If they already have 4.9m customers that's a 35% market share already. In a competitive market up against BT and the rest, who offer both good-enough ADSL and comparable FTTC services to most if not all the areas VM can service, it doesn't seem to me that VM realistically has much scope to grow customer numbers.

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Re: Dear Householder ...

More frustrating is when, like half the population, you couldn't get their service even if you wanted it, but they still send you their spam.

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

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Apart from the small issue of ownership, there's dual frequency operation, guaranteed service availability, quality and integrity making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as primary civil air navigation, emergency signal location and response, and a constellation design making it superior to GPS at high latitudes (and a lot of us in the EU live further north than anywhere in the contiguous US!). So not just a me-too GPS alternative.

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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Facepalm

How about reading the damned blog?

I know, TL;DR - much easier to froth off at the mouth than look for the answer. To save you wearing out that left mouse button, they're keeping browser-based encryption with the new Sync.

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Apple's STILL trying to shake off court-imposed antitrust monitor

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Just shows the monitor is needed

The more they bitch, moan and remain in denial about their behaviour, the more it shows why they need this level of scrutiny in the first place.

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Save Ofcom! Telcos and consumer groups call for end to legal disputes

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A little more careful reading would help realise that "technical" here isn't referring to engineering issues, but to trivial points of law.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

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Re: Yes

Really you can't complain about them not giving you on going benefits of their research and development for nothing.

R&D? More like fixing the defects that were in their product in the first place.

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

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Re: How about

While they have indeed made it as hard as possible to opt out (the original plans didn't even allow for an opt -out at all), the fact that there isn't an "official" form just allows for you to use any formal request you like. The MedConfidential site has links to template letters you can use, even spelling out the codes they need to apply to your records.

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Arise, iDame: Incoming Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts set for honorary award

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It might just be because she was the successful CEO of an iconic British company, don't you think?

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ARM lays down law to end Wild West of chip design: New standard for server SoCs touted

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What's with these managers?

MBAs, or business magazines? Whatever, something is killing off Bullshit Bingo by making it just too easy nowadays:

"If you think about the history of the ARM play... try to think about it as an appliance model ... As we've evolved in the 32-bit space at the time, as we've evolved towards 64-bit we see that standardization is going to help the rapid deployment of ARM-based solutions."

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

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Re: What is the ICO playing at?

If you read the link in the article, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 specifically overrides the DPA. The ICO has no say in the transfer, just in how it's handled before and after the transfer.

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Re: Everything you need to know ...

My family's opt-out forms are in the post as well. I'd do it even if there was some benefit to me in sharing my medical records around, simply because of the completely underhand way the government's gone about doing this - opt-out rather than opt-in, no personal information sent to everyone affected, the most disingenuous "information" sheet sent out with the Royal Mail junk mail, no opt-out form provided, and no facility to remove data once it's been uploaded. Scumbags.

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