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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

John Styles

Rand

Also, I thoroughly recommend the book 'It usually begins with Ayn Rand' by Jerome Tuccille. Although most of it is about the minutiae of libertarian infighting, the bits about Ayn Rand at the beginning are worth the cost of the book.

Or do a search for 'ayn rand rational dancer' on Google Books and the whole chapter seems to come up.

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Rand Rand Rand

Surely your child should be named Rand Rand Rand Rand after

Ayn Rand

The Rand corporation

The Remington Rand typewriter (or creator of the Univac computer if you prefer).

The Krugerrand - not as good as bitcoins, I know.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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It's well weapon!

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NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden

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An NLM, Do doo be-do-do

(or 'No Laughing Matter' as a friend used to call them).

The thing that did for Netware was the irksome Novell support priesthood who had every incentive to insist that computer networking was a complex business. Then when WIndows for Workgroups (or Widows for Wombats as we called it for some reason) came along, a small office could string wires between a bunch of PCs and have a peer to peer network.

Our Netware preiesthood were wildly pleased with themselves and wildly unhelpful (*) - now, clearly, for a big organisation Netware was probably better at the time, but the strung together WfW machines acted as a bridgehead for Microsoft.

(*) and I don't say this just because one of them was a short bearded berk (not to be shortist, or beardist or, indeed berkist) who, despite being a colleague, called environmental health to complain when our burglar alarm went off and didn't cut out.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

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Reminds me...

... many years ago a friend of mine was living in a single room in a shared house. Someone gave him a rabbit that had been sprung from an animal lab. Unfortunately the rabbit used to keep him awake at night by running round his room, so he gave it to the local wildlife centre.

It turned out that the local wildlife centre was feeding rabbits it was given to the other animals. Or, as my friend put it, 'Wilfred was eaten by the weasels'

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Hmm

So many names they could use for the 2 bits

Compaq

EDS

DEC

Palm

Autonomy

et al

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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The lost era of pre-WIMP post-glass teletype software

Many years ago, when the world was young, and DOSosaurs roamed the earth, we wrote a piece of software for vehicle scheduling. It had a UI written in a library using GEM. In order to fit 50 rows of 80 characters on an EGA screen (640 by 350) a colleague had sat down with graph paper one weekend and designed a font which looked OK with characters 7 pixels high and 8 across (you can find some around now IIRC but his looked better than the ones I have found decades later). Then each character could have one of 8 foreground and background colours.

The software would schedule deliveries (main areas - breweries, oil tankers, deliveries to corner shops and the like) displaying each route in rows with 2 characters per drop - with the foreground and background colours of each character meaning something (e.g. order type, constraints, early or late delivery etc.)

The user could then use the keyboard to move orders round e.g. move delivery 3 from vehicle 7 to position 9 on vehicle 8 by something like M<enter>3<enter>7<enter>9<enter>. Some of the users could do this amazingly fast, I remember we had to find a TSR to increase the keyboard buffer from one of them - they were doing this at the speed of a fast typist. You couldn't get anywhere near this speed with a mouse, I don't think.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Surely?

Surely this sort of thing already exists for medical purposes?

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Depends

We at Weasel Consultants limited can go one better than putting you in the magic quadrant, we can put you in the centre of the unholy pentagram, the only place where your soul will not be eaten by Cthulhu. You know it makes sense. As much sense as Gartner, anyway.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Whilst this is irksome

It is the 'Transport Catapult' that truly boggles the mind - in a country where we need to spend about 10 years doing a 'pilot' of tram-trains, something Germany has had for years. Clearly we are different, maybe g or Planck's constant are different here or something?

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Windows 10 = Windows X = X Windows

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

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Re: Sad news

Was just thinking this article didn't have the hundreds of gloating comments it would have had if this was someone making Windows RT (or whatever it's called) devices.

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It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

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The parents just hope that by having their children being tech entrepreneurs will mean their children will be able to save them from the brutal yoke of our coming robot overlords. No dice - it will be down the Uranium mines for you just like everyone else.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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All together now...

Give someone a program and they'll be frustrated for a day, teach them to program and they'll be frustrated for life.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Crema vs. creamer

I vote for a Bialetti Brikka - these are the ones with a valve to give a better crema - we have the 2 pot one. We have a larger Bialetti non-brikka which I found a bit disappointing (I didn't realise that there were ones without the extra valve). We use Lavazza which I suspect is ground with them in mind.

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

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Late April Fool?

"HyperCat has a strong security model; it's the same one the web uses"

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Waterfront flats plan for IBM's UK HQ as housing market goes bananas

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Re: I thought you meant the South Bank office

Kudos to Sir Alan if he managed to buy it off a short-sighted IBM and then rent it back. But wouldn't it be worth buying them out of the lease and flogging it off as flats?

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I thought you meant the South Bank office

Bet that would fetch a penny or two.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Surely the prescription scheme can't be being abandoned, there are already posters about it in pharmacies?

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Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the hidden perils of BYOD

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Data On A Train

I want this motherfucking data off this motherfucking train.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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Wasn't it John-Paul Sartre who said..

...'hell is other people's C++' ?

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D & E

Although it refers to C++ in an earlier state, I do recommend 'The Design and Evolution of C++' by Stroustrup.

Very few books about programming / software development are any good in my experience (in accord with Sturgeon's Law), and D & E is a timeless classic.

It makes it clear (more so than the main C++ book) where Stroustrup was coming from with C++, and why it is as it is.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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We had one of them

Alas poor Symbian, we hardly knew ye.

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Four legs good, two legs bad, four legs good, two legs bad. Baaaaaaa.

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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

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Microsoft Teledildonics Slogan

Where do you want THIS to go today?

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Coat

Oh...

... I've had a brimful of Asha

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Story not as ludicrous as at first sight

Like many people here I was dubious about the 'it was difficult to read the files' bit, but this PDF suggests that the software he was using was relatively obscure

http://studioforcreativeinquiry.org/public/warhol_amiga_report_v10.pdf

As others have said, under the circumstances I would probably want to use something like the CryoFlux to read the data - better safe than bugger up the only copy of some art by one of the 20th century's most famous artists.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: I wish

Also known as a mimmoth

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

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In days gone by..

... the general rule was that the number 2 vendor in any field was the one who would be enthusiastic about pushing standards.

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Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes

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Old man waves fist at clouds, film at 11

Am I the only person to feel a stab of sadness that the 'London Android Group' is just something to do with a rather crummy operating system running on mobile phones?

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MtGox to customers: Your call is important to us … NOT!

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Ponzi scheme

is a Ponzie scheme something cooked up between Fonzie and Potsie? Why didn't they cut Ralph Malph in on the deal - I can see why they wouldn't have invited Ritchie, he was a bit of a prig.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

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I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!

Alien probes only.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Re: No one under 35 can drive your car?

At one point my Dad's car insurance was for any driver except my brother - after my brother had 3 accidents in his first year of driving.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: Meh

Don't understand. Not being born yesterday I am aware what an API is and why I might want to call them, I am just interested from a sociological point of view why people have started talking about them as though they were something new and exciting. It is as though fish, after years of swimming in water suddenly started getting excited about it.

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Re: The case for a well-defined API for 'calling the kettle black'

Everyone's a critic.

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Meh

Why have 'APIs' suddenly become cool?

Whenever I see people orgasming over APIs I like to imagine the term 'API' being pronounced as in EMI in the song by the Sex Pistols.

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A change is as good as a REST (interface)

http://kettle:666/youare/000000

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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We of the Rest Of England Liberation Front salute this

It will enable us to boycott companies more effectively.

All together now, stand for the ROE national anthem.

And did those feet in ancient times, walk outside the M25?

And was the holy lamb of God, outside TFL Zone 6 seen?

etc.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Oceania is at war with Eastasia, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia

I read last week that ITV Player is going on NowTV - Sky and ITV having signed a deal promising peace in our time. At 10 quid for the box it was a bargain and the UIs for the different services are more or less OK.

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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

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Ah...

My Friday afternoon rage espresso.

Meanwhile, I am pleased to see that I am near the Knowledge Spine where there is going to be a Space Catapult Centre

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/276205/Oxford-Oxfordshire-City-Deal.pdf

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

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Stob

Is it time for El Reg to republish Ms Stob's poem about the ghost of Kildall haunting Bill?

(I was hoping you would write this post - reading Fry on technology, it's like a rage espresso)

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Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

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Re: Aiming high

Sounds like a joke... a DJ, a TV personality and a pervert walked into a bar

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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

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LinkedIn has butt-hut?

I weep bitter bitter tears.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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FX 502-P

For me it was the FX 502 P with the strange yellow LCD, whatever happened to them? Unlike the 602P you had to look at the program as its mnemonics - the digits and the letters C,E,F and P, IIRC.

Who remembers Dick Pountain's column in PCW? There were strange tricks you could do to exploit a bug in the firmware to display some of the letters and put the digits 1 to 4 in the first character of the exponent i.e. you could display 1 E 499.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Theres goes my blood pressure again...

But, how stupid (or naive is probably a better word) do you have to be to not realise this would happen if you got involved in something like that? Or to not bail out when it is obvious that what it is obvious would happen happens?

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

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... and any company where any of the employees ever have sex (not necessarily at work or on company premises) will be redefined as a brothel.

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Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

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A more worthy charity than MLF's Go ON UK

Is Mrs Doyle's Go ON Go ON Go ON Ireland.

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What’s new in SQL 2014?

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...

and no OLEDB. Back to ODBC, chaps.

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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We of the ROELF (Rest of England Liberation Front) want a suitable domain for ourselves.

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True fact: Britain is losing its brains

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To me this fails basic plausiblity

"13.11 per cent of its emigration comprising inventors"

Oh come off it.

In what sense can this plausibly be true?

Anecdote is not data but to me I would say the main human exports of this country are

i) retired people

ii) TEFL teachers

iii) software developers (though this is obviously most prey to selection effect), I suppose they count as inventors if every line of code counts as being lovingly invented.

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