* Posts by wikkity

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: When I were a lad at school

Luxury, when I was a lad coal hadn't even started fossilising and had to write with damp peat.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: no terrorist has ever taken away any of my freedoms.

Then you are lucky you live where you do

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Tuna and mushroom

Tin of tuna mixed in bowl of condensed mushroom soup, stir and mircowave. If not too p*ssed some pasta goes well.

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

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RE: If redhat is gpl then why can't I download or obtain it for free?

Free != Free as in beer.

There is nothing preventing people from selling GPL software as long as you abide by the GPL and make the code available to those you distribute to. Over the years I've bought quite a number of linux distos and it was quite common before fast internet connections were widely available to be able to buy copies of various GPL'd software.

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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HomeKit

, "Apple has its HomeKit scheme to produce an IoT standard that will make everything interoperate"

Let me correct that for you

Apple has its HomeKit scheme to produce an IoT standard that will make everything you have bought for a hefty price from Apple interoperate, everything else will fail or be glitchy.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Start worrying when

Google ads start recommending you a an accountant

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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RE: Just in his mind I think

No, this is still a very common use case for java, especially at the enterprise level. What are the alternatives? A bespoke app for each platfrom? Too much effort. All the cross platform APIs I've seen are pretty rubbish.

HTML5 falls far form the mark for a lot of applications.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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if only there was some other way to send the url, imagine if they could just use a network connection

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Legal eagles want dirt on Google's 'right to be forgotten' decisions

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Crowd Approval

How about a completely transparent process. All requested are published for all to see, joe public can vote on whether it is irrelevant or outdated.

If they don't like the result they can then go get a court order at their expense.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Global warming

if a government banned bitcoin currency/mining in their county can they sell that as a carbon offset?

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Re: Depends who pays the 'leccy bill...

> so could achieve up to 50 mining hours per week

It would be interesting to know how much that would earn, 10p maybe. I'm sure it's not enough to justify buying a new [genuine] battery to replace the one killed by been left plugged in excessively.

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

> But how long do you expect it to toast - 24 hours?

Don't know about everyone else but I unplug my toaster after I've finished with it.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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photo above the king

> Putting a photo of anybody above a photo of the king – even on a website – is taken to be a crime,

ouch, a css error or browser incompatibility issue could get you in jail!

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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> Just update the one single webpage designed to be used by people to see whether there is a known problem or not!!!

They couldn't update the page, their internet cnnection was down.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Turn up, spoil your paper

Totally agree

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: Random chinese kid

Would "Random kid" not have acheived your point or did the word "Chinese" in there add to your point somehow?

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Yahoo! wheels! out! password! on-demand! service! for! simpletons!

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Yahoo always surprise me

Everytime I read about something new about Yahoo it reminds me they still exist. What do people still use Yahoo for. Genuine question, I've just taken a look and failed to see anything of interest not available elsewhere but done better.

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Help! Virgin Media FORGETS to renew its security certificate on contact page

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RE: security?

> Yes that means they store your password either in the clear or in reversible encryption

Not really, it maybe that they type what you say into some software that then encrypts the password and does a check with that. This does however mean you have to tell someone the password which is a bit naf.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Re: Eh?

A single individual's mathematical ability is hardly ive of the country as a whole. If that was the case we'd be screwed, our prime minister and education secertary both decline to try and answer questions that are only ever so slightly harder.

Not that I'm keen on outsourcing to india but the issues are not to do with the employees abilities, or if they are that's a mangement issue employing the wrong people.

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UK Gov SciTech advice bureau suggests keeping Tor alive to reduce street crime

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RE: educe the number of drug-related crimes

"Some say this can reduce the number of drug-related crimes like robbery and shoplifting, and thus lower the social and economic costs of drug misuse."

If they really wanted to reduce this further they just need to legalise/decriminalise. Ture you'd still have robbery etc... but they'd free up resoruces to tackle those and rehabilitation.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

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Re: Bah!

Sure use an ssn for identification but not _proof_ of identity, that's hardly any different to asking them to confirm their name.

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Re: Come on, it's based on Linux and Java

Eh, no it's not based on java at all. There is no java runtime, the only java related aspect is that the programming _language_ of choice is java.

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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RE: offered a programming club

Ok, I don't know what age the kids were but I beleive anyone dismissing Scratch as a learning aid to introdcutory programming is either elitist or ignorant. Scratch gives kids a chance to develop skills in problem solving and communicating ideas, essential skills for any software development and many other areas. In my experience (I run a Code Club at a primary school, 10-20 kids depending on weather/what else is happening) it works well and those kids have no trouble in moving onto python as they progress. Kids starting with python tend to struggle more as they are battling arcane rules of syntax AND problem solving at the same time.

Whether you consider this real programming is irrelevant, they aren't coding buisness rules that a mega corparation depends on or control systems for an aircraft. They are learning. Is "dragging and dropping" a few blocks together to pilot a rocket around the screen really any different from using logo to move a turtle about or even a BigTrac? Do people really think that physically typing a move command teaches anything more than dragging a block that has the word move written on it?

Scratch is a first step for normal kids, for it to be as accessible to every student it has to be conceptually intuative and a bit of fun always helps. It's certainly not best suited for those who like many of us here that were taking video recorders apart and writing machine code for z80s. Without accessible learning strategies coding will remain a niche skill, only those who would naturally discover it will continue to do so, others will be put off at the frustration of cryptic error messages due a semi-colon missing at the end of a class (c++) or wrong indentation (python).

Many people often state they should use X or Y language, occasionally citing that that language is desirable in industry. My first programming was basic on a zx81 before I started lower level coding. I was writing basic programs on paper over 14 months before I got my first computer (parents could not afford one when I first asked for one as an xmas present). Presumably I should be scoffed at and it pointed out that using basic was a waste of my time, I should have used my time learning something more practical. I've discussed this more than once on here, but learning to develop software is not about learning a languages syntax but learning to solve problems AND communicate your solution.

> We need better courses and the teachers able to teach them in place for this to work.

Yes we do, what is apparant however that relying on people happy to turn down a well paid career and teach is not going to give you the best choice of candidates in sufficent quantities. Having good intentioned but essentialy random lessons centered around what a software developer beleives to be important will unlikley to be any better than a teacher with no real idea of the subject but who knows how to teach. Something like Code Club helps fill the gap, it provides education in a well thoughtout and structured way, the teachers become involved and you get the useful contributions from both parties.

If people reading this do think teachers need a hand teaching this stuff please consider running a Code Club. Note, apart form running a code club I have nothing to do with the organisation other than being registered with them and using their materials, I certianly do not speak for them, the above is my opinion.

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Re: IT pay has been static for over ten years

As have those in most other trades and industries

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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must remain within VLOS of the operator

Just have a couple people (1 driver, 1 pilot) in a van following it. You could even put extra parcels in the back of the van to save the drone having to fly home to pick up the next parcel. Also, if the addressee was out, one of the van occupants could drop a "we missed" you card in the letter box.

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CHAINSAW HORROR advert earns GiffGaff a slap from regulator

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Re: Poor child

The issue here is that ads are being shown that are inapproriate for the content being _viewed_, it should not make any difference what age I am. I could be over 18 and be very sensitive to gore, even suggested. If I create a playlist called "Kids planet songs" and sit down to watch it I would not expect to have 18+ ads displayed in between videos.

I paid for cinema tickets last weekend with a credit card, many people accept that as proof I'm 18+ when purchasing online. The film was a U, would you expect to see ads that are rated 12, 15, 18 before a U film? Of course not, because the _target_ audience are kids. So if the target audience for something online are kids the ads should be appropriate.

> can't be bothered to log out

Logging out may not be a practical option. What if the software obtains permissions for your You tube account from an account on the device. Would you consider it sensible to force someone to logout device wide prior to viewing a few videos on YouTube? A lot of third party software misuses (IMHO) authorisation to various service and not provide logout/account dissociation mechanisms, would you expect someone to log onto google and revoke that apps permissions befre using it?

If someone needs to log out to ensure they don't see inappropriate advertisements you lose playlists, viewing history and more importantly, the ability to remotely (well room next door) monitor what is being watched and use chromecast to play stuff. Without being able to monitor and control what content is being played YouTube would be a no go for young children never mind a pain to use, which is a shame as there is loads of good learning resources on there, having to log off is severly limiting.

Finally, something legal. In the UK, restrictions exist on ads that "might result in harm to children physically, mentally or morally", this is clearly an example hence the complaint was upheld.

http://asa.org.uk/Consumers/~/media/Files/CAP/Codes%20CAP%20pdf/CAP%20Section%205.ashx

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Re: Poor child

> Want to stand up to something? Choose something important.

I don't agree. If you said only stand up for one thing I'd agree, but if we only stood up for the _important_ things then we'd be in sorry state of affairs. Over the years I've stood up and continue to stand up for many things and been to a lot of demonstrations, amongst other incidents I've had my head kicked in by Combat 18 and been spat on idiots who pretend to be religioius.

> An ad with a guy with a chainsaw and a damsel in distress in it -

It is if it upsets your child, clearly you have never seen your own child really upset ans distressed as a result of something that could be avoided by people questioning themselves if their actions have sideaffects.

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Re: Poor child

> Facing a future with daddy being a miserable whiner...

I assume you don't have kids, otherwise

Poor child - Facing a future with a daddy who can't be bothered to stand up to ensure their children are protected from thoughtless companies.

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

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Re: Good read

I was disappointed that they missed something I think give an insight into another reason Oracle wanted Sun. Before the buyout Oracle were saying exactly the same thing as ASF were about opening up the specification processes. Java is essential to just about every aspect of their business, and they'd been buying a lot of companies and tech based on Java (e.g. JRockit, the JVM most people considered the most performant at time.)

Jump forward a couple a short while and suddenly they no longer felt that opening of the process was no longer needed. A huge shame, Harmony had so much to offer and potential.

Java under Oracle had a very shaky start but seems a lot more on track now, still plenty of wrong directions being followed IMHO though. I do wish however someone else bought Sun, I'd have preferred Google or even IBM.

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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Oh great

we'll soon have two half baked browsers to work around and slow adoption of the further corners of HTML5

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: my £50 chinatab is pretty useless

How old is it? Are they comparable specs?

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Re: RT seems pointless now

> They are way better than Android tablets at this price point though. A full OS and none of the laggyness.

Hardly worth coming out from under your bridge for 4 measly downvotes was it.

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

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Re: "Shopping" is the latest crime thing here

Wow, the US is really behind the times we had that in the 80s and called it something much better "ram raiding". If it really is new try starting a business installing concrete/metal bollards in front of shops so the cars can't get though or build up enough speed, you'll make a fortune.

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Kim Dotcom flails desperately, launches chat service

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Re: MegaChat is in-browser, that's not very practical

I'd have thought the exact opposite, much more practical than have bespoke clients installed on every device that I may want to use. If you really need a native app I'm sure there are/will be plenty of browser wrapper apps out there.

Ok, so most of the names you mentioned are involved with WebRTC buts thats just at the standard level, plenty of implementations to choose from.

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: Pretty amazing pictures!

War and medicine have always been major drivers in technological development. Of course, nowadays you can add porn to that list.

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

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Re: That's the way the UK as well as the US has worked for years

UK != EU

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: object orientated

You can write OO code in any language if you are perverted enough.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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he tell delegates he will tell delegates

I've heard of EU and government inefficiencies and requiring things in duplicate/triplicate but surely this is taking things a bit too far?

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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a human finger attached to a human arm

So thats were I'm going wrong. Could explain why they leave sticky smelly trails after a few days of been snipped off.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: Waiting for a company to patch before you disclose could go on for years

Just like moonpig

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: About that Picture

Looks like standard streaky bacon to me, but unsmoked :-(

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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ISO not ANSI

Please don't belittle the effort that other national standards committees do, ANSI is one of 150+ national members. A significant amount of the work involved in developing the C, C++ and related standards came from countries from other than the USA.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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"send tips and corrections"

That requires sending an email. At work I can only access my work email and I won't send a non work related email with that, hence the errors I have noticed in the past remain incorrect.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: From the user's POV, cars are awesome

It always makes me chuckle when schools are on holiday that just a small percentage of less cars on the road means my bus actually runs on time.

And it always makes me frown when I get stuck in a traffic jam when on a bus with 50 people crammed in when the turn off is only 20m away. When all it would take is for a few of the cars in front (with a single driver) to move a little closer to the car in front instead of leaving a gap twice the length of their car as they can't be bothered of moving every time.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Re: If the attacker has physical access, then it's no longer YOUR computer.

RE: Wow, where do you get the authority to deny your office workers USB flash drives?

It's very common. And many more places only allow encrypted drives.

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: It's Oracle Java: Of course it's going to be riddled with security holes!

This is running on a server.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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Re: Tax on profits...

> but the above is the principle behind it

I'm not convinced, it should be but not what I believe is their actual intent. Given how difficult it will be to write, never mind the legalities involved and the fact that there are global attempts to do this I can not see how this will achieve anything. I find it hard to believe the government has anything up their sleeve to implement this and think that this is nothing but some pre-election posturing to gain some points with potential voters.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

We've now got a smart meter. I miss providing my own meter reading, I used to add a bit extra on just before a price increase.

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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Re: I'd like to know

> Why it let him run 14,000 password guesses, and didn't lock him out completely after less than 10 failed attempts??

Thats probably why the admins were logged out, their accounts had probably been disabled. Of course his IP should have been blocked assuming all attempts were from the same src.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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quite a few XCode setups break on upgrade

I completely agree. NEVER, upgrade xcode until the project is shipped or you have plenty of slack to waste time getting a project that builds again. I've lost count the number of corrupted files I've left with (no I can't revert from scm as xcode simply corrupts them again next time).

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