* Posts by Dazed and Confused

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: What's really changed is the development tools

showed Acorn engineers Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson they did not need massive resources and state-of-the-art research and development facilities."

But they certainly set about finding the best designers, they head hunted much the best chip designer from where I worked at the time.

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Tease!

> Microsoft cuts ribbon

You had my hopes up there for a moment

I thought you were announcing the big M finally kicking that S*&t out of their products and going back to a sensible UI.

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How would you sell an all-flash array to your finance director?

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Re: Throw the dog a bone

There is a 3rd approach that works even faster.

Years back I was involved in a project when a large telecoms company had 2 way mirroring on their email server. The IT team obviously wanted 3 way mirroring so they could do online backups without risking the mirrors. The FD said "WOT! PAY FOR 3 time more disks than I need!" so every night they shutdown the email system for 1 hour to do the backups.

Then the FD went to the Far East and tried to login to his email.

It was down.

FD: Why the *&^ is the mail server down?

ITD: (in a bleary voice, he'd been got out of bed) Errr because you said we had to shutdown to do backups rather than buy 3 sets of disks.

Authorisation for the third disks was in the ITD's inbox when her arrived in the office in the morning.

Moral of the story?

Find the FD's pain points. They'll sign when it hurts THEM.

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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

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Re: $207 million

> Take your $207 million in severance and get out!"

Hey, I can live with that :-)

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Re: Doh!

Asking the audience? That's like asking the public, he should discuss this plan with David Cameron.

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

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Re: So neither...

vi as your shell, The first Unix admin I worked for back in the days of Ultrix 1.0 used to do this since the editing in csh was slightly limiting and with a vi session it's so easy to scroll back through all your previous commands and their output.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: How much is a IPv4 address worth

A&A will give you static IP addresses and not bugger about with them for you. You can can have addresses blocks from them too, unless they've now run out.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: @Fonant

In theory you're right. In practice most parliamentary candidates stand as party candidates and will only be appointed as candidates if they toe the party line. So (apart from a few maverick MPs) you are still voting for "The Party" rather than a specific candidate.

While this is true the electorate does from time to time kick out senior party appointees in "safe seats". The most obvious example is Michael Bell beating out Neil Hamilton. I think this keeps them on their toes.

Personally I wouldn't mind more coalitions as I think they _can_ .... I quite liked the Conservative/LD coalition, but I appreciate that I might be in a minority.

Actually I'm with you on that one. Our 1 modern example of a coalition was a good thing, even if it then wiped out the LD party at the next election since many of their voters had voted against everyone else rather than for the LDs.

However I think we were lucky.

Can you imagine a Tory/UKIP or Corbinite/SNP coalition?

In many countries that routinely have coalitions extreme parties very effectively block out sensible moves they happen to be against.

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Re: They won't leave

The "we will move" is standard and should be ingnored!

Charge me 50% tax and I'll leave pronto

Not that I'm very likely to ever make it into a position where I'm in the super tax bracket. Paying 40% is one thing, but I'd be seriously pissed off at more than half of what I earn going straight to the taxman.

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@Fonant

the ruling elite kept in place by our absurd First-Past-the-Post electoral system

Constituency based voting isn't perfect but at least it gives the voters a choice on who is allowed to be an MP. In PR it's "The Party" which decides, the public gets to choose how many "The Party" gets but then it's up to "The Party" to fill the seats. You can't decide your MP is a crook and vote them out.

Leaving aside the need to form coalitions and the ability of minor parties who can leverage the balance of power to get their way, PR would lead to an even more corrupt system.

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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Re: Software development

The only difference was that the programs did far less and were thus far less complex, so I suppose to that extent they were less buggy but definitely no less buggy in terms of "bugs per kLOC"

Anther advantage that the code of yore had was that it was typically fresh and had been built end to end by the same team, so there was a chance that someone understood it. These days programmers are often building on top of ages old code which no one fully understands (on a line by line basis, coz it's just too big).

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End of life for Linux 3.14

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I know HP used to still show part numbers active for a couple of generations back worth of HW to cope with these issues. The end customers used to complain like mad that they could never buy the latest HW because any attempt to modify an order for the new version would put them back to the start of a multi-year buying procedure.

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Re: waiting for the flames

I guess that the sort of government projects you're talking about are unlikely to be running a raw Linux kernel, so these dates aren't likely to be of any interest to them. They're more likely to be running one of the well known distributions who'll continue to support things for much much longer. RHEL has a 10 year support life.

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What does this mean to the Pi?

I'll get my coat

hey most of my boxes are still running 2.6

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: So what does this do for Italy?

A great many Italians citizens, who are not prejudiced.

Like you seem to be.

You're right, I missed off the smilie, the comment was supposed to be ironic.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: But...

> Elon Musk can do ... and apparently can walk on water

If you put enough lithium on your shoes, you too can walk on water

or least stay afloat for the while before you catch fire in a really pretty colour.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: environment nose

> I for one welcome an all-digital solution for this.

You've got digital ears? Wow

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@Headley_Grange

I've got loads of cheap ebay lightning connectors going spare, mainly because they don't work.

Funny that, I always found them so much better built than the shite ones you get from the Apple store. My son used to go through the official ones at a huge rate and all his mates parents made the same comments. You only have to look on the Apple store at the shit reviews the official cables get.

The cheap ones I've bought on Amazon have been much more reliable.

At least that's been my experience.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: I think, on balance,

This reminds me of the old Russian joke about not drinking, "Do you actually live any longer?" NO, it just seems that way.

From my perspective I'd have thought that being sexually inactive is more likely to cause an early death, nothing worse for the old ticker than a life of constant frustration.

BTW, have you got this whole story the wrong way around, or was that a massive typo?

The study found that older men who had sex once a week or more were “much more likely to experience cardiovascular events five years later than men who were sexually inactive.”

This is saying that men who make the beast with the 2 backs get an extra 5 years before the ticker gives up since there is clearly no point in still being alive any more.

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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Re: At least the switch was still there

OK, on closer inspection the computer room wasn't quite empty.

The BT router was leaning against the wall, it wasn't connected to anything and the cable had just been pulled physically out of the connector.

There was also a VA disk array which presumably no one wanted enough to pay the shipping costs.

The "they" were the people who owned all the kit, "the bosses from the US"

I suspect that the John was part of the reason they'd taken all the kit away.

(PS. Oh bo!!065s the spelling checker in this copy of Firefox is F*&^ed)

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At least the switch was still there

About 10 years ago I got a call from a customer I looked after, the guy on the phone was complaining his Internet connection wasn't working (major panic it must have cut his porn feed).

I couldn't ping the site, not even the BT router.

So I jumped in the car and drove down to take a look.

The door next to the guy with the missing link was the one into the data centre, I peered through the window, nothing, I mean nother, there was nothing in the data centre, it had all gone!

Err John where's everything gone?

Oh they came and took it all away yesterday.

Well why do you think your Internet connection doesn't work?

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: Disregard for consequences

Since he's clearly off in La La land, wanting a law passed to make it mathematically possible to have 3 key encryption systems where it is impossible for anyone except the FBI to ever find the third key. Why doesn't he just press to have a law passed that would force all law breakers to immediately hand themselves over to the nearest law enformance agancy. If the member of the public is unsure where they've transgressed some law, then they should no doubt have to hand themselves over anyway and probably pay for a lawyer to find out what law they have a trangressed so that they can be prosecuted.

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EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

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Re: "...ISPs would be forbidden from implementing any traffic control at all"

> 1) It's not your internet. It's the ISP's network.

The sign above the door say "Internet Service Provider" therefore they should be providing an "Internet Service". It doesn't say "My Network Service Provider, plus any bits of the Internet that I feel like granting you access too"...

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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The problem is simply that tax authorities worldwide have been trained to negotiate with the rich, by the rich running governments. Now we have truly independent 'well off' eurocrats doing what's right for the ordinary people instead.

More likely these "truly independent" eurocrats have been motivated by a different set of "rich" who are running other governments/EU bureaucracy. Presumably ones who are managing to benefit from this particular arrangement.

As we've recently seen ex "truly independent eurocrats " have managed to fine very lucrative jobs the moment they've stopped being eurocrats.

This makes believing they are truly independent a little more difficult.

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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

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The good news is

That lawyers are very likely to find that a lot of their "work" gets replaced by computers.

They won't be quite the first against the wall when the techno revolution comes, but they won't be far off.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

Well if it was anything like the nationalised trains I used to have to try and commute on he wouldn't have been sitting on the floor, he'd have been sitting on the platform like everyone else coz they'd have cancelled it again.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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provide something incompatible and far less capable

MS don't need to break their broken SW here, they could use an environment variable to specify whether users want the "old" broken MS curl & wget or whether they want the get the real curl and wget. This is how Unix and Linux systems have dealt with these types of problems for years.

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: Thought you weren't allowed to fly drones near airports.

70,000ft isn't considered "near"

At least it isn't now that they've grounded the Concord fleet.

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VMware: We're gonna patent hot-swapping your VMs' host OS

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Network switches

>> >> If this works, in theory telcos could update switches and routers without rebooting

I remember 20 or so years back having to explain to a support engineer on a training class about the need to restart things after loading certain patches, he was amazed, he'd just joined from a tele switch manufacturer and said they'd been hot patching their switches for years. New kernel on a running switch, no problems, replace core shared libraries? of course why not.

This is old old old stuff

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Black Hats control Jeep's steering, kill brakes

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Re: Security theatre

OK, so can someone please list some legitimate uses for being able to override the steering or disabling the brakes in a car on the move.

I can see why someone might want read only access here, monitoring steering and brake inputs, but control? No way

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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Re: Really? I mean really?

Everyone else doing fine?

Samsung probably don't even think it's worth tooling up for a production run of 600K

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Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

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Re: comments about car parks.

Car parks typically have a sign up say they the owner of the car park is never responsible for damage to your car, even if it is their fault. Now they can say this until they are blue in the face (or blue in the metal sign usually) but it bollocks. If they drive their truck into your car they are liable. Their "license to use" the car park space with liability is not valid.

So there should be no reason why courts should accept the EULA which says "we know this SW is totally shit but that's life buddy, live with it, we'll take your money and we'll promise nothing in return"

If this court case can be made to stick then SW comes under the sale of good act and must therefore be fit for purpose. Since SW can't wear out, anything that is wrong with it must be a design fault and therefore the vendor must be liable for bugs.

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VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

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Could be a first

Did I just see someone use the words "systemd" and "popular" in the same sentence without any negatives. WOW

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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> Clamping down on Internet porn is about 20 years too late.

Errrr

How old are you?

It's been around for a lot longer than 20years and certainly pre-dates what you'd recognise as the Internet these days.

I remember reading an interesting article, in the Torygraph I think, about 20 years ago talking about how every major step in communication technology seems to have been driven by "porn"

Some of the earliest know statues are of naked women or gentleman sausages

Painting nudes drove the improvement of realistic paintings

As soon as the printing press was invented they printed dirty books

As soon as they worked out how to cheaply print pictures, they printed dirty pictures.

No sooner had photography been invented, then they were taking porn pictures.

the list goes on, 8mm projectors, Polaroid cameras, VHS ...

A) sex sells (and before any comments about "Men" how many women bought Kindle's to read 50 shades)

B) like with illegal drugs, porn consumers will buy even when the quality is shit and the service is difficult or dangerous to use. So porn consumers acted as the bleeding edge of Internet as a business. just like they did for printing, video players etc....

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Re: New Puritans

> That said, UK law is always vague.

Well there is a very obvious reason for this.

The laws are drafted by lawyers.

Vague laws are open to interpretation. They don't have any meaning until their is some case law to set the meaning and this all mean legal fees. Lot and lots of lovely fees.

It's a job creation scheme.

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Re: Isis

And I can't help feeling that when a lot of people reach the afterlife instead of find a host of supplicant virgins ready to do their bidding they're going to find one seriously pissed off goddess who object's to her name being abused.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: sun-blindness

> I don't know of too many sensors yet that can properly handle sun-blindness.

If they can't then they shouldn't be being used in this application. Sunshine (even in Blighty) isn't an unusual phenomena. This is something that should have been tested for.

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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Sod marrying my computer

Can someone tell me how I can divorce the damn things!

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Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

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Re: re: jurisdiction

If this argument hold then the French courts can't claim jurisdiction over what google.com says.

Hmm this is going to get interesting

Where's the pop corn

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Pilots

Sod the rarity and cost of training. The big problem with pilots is that they are fragile. As soon as you want to start to maneuver they break. I mean 9g in one direction and possibly 3 in the other, what sort of mil-spec HW is that. If they can get the soft squidgy bits out of their planes they can look at designs that can handle massive G loads in combat situations.

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

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Re: swearing profusely

> Rounded corners. Someone over at Samsung is swearing profusely.

Since this must be one more piece of prior art to throw onto the fire, it must be getting pretty hot there by now.

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Whistling

> Call HP and tell 'em they can go whistle for Itanium updates if this ain't killed now."

There ain't no new Itanium updates coming, we've had the last one already.

I think HP already paid Intel for the last couple of revs anyway.

One big issue I'd have thought was that HP doesn't have any fab capability. Didn't that sort of thing go to Agilent in the big split all those aeons ago?

Surely HPE would be better off trying to persuade someone like Samsung to turn the dream into a reality. They got the expertise on actually making bit of silicon these days.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: Layered Options...

> I only trust a one time pad (OTP).

But how was your OTP generated?

Unless your random OTP generator is really random then your message can still be decoded.

And that before we get into the thorny subject of exchange and security of the OTPs themselves.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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Re: speedos as “adequate swimwear”

Only the younger "prudish" generation think that there is anything wrong with speedos. Budgie smugglers are the only way to go if you want to swim, unless you've got one of these "shark skin" full body suits the pro's use these days. The baggy flabby crap you see people wear these days have got to be the most stupid garments imaginable. What are the prudes going to demand next? full body cover with no exposed skin and just to slits for the goggles to poke through?

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: lack of Austrian hospitality...

> Also, it's good to know that the Ottoman expedition to Vienna was actually a multicultural encounter that turned sour due to a lack of Austrian hospitality....

But it did lead to the invention of the croissant which can be considered to be a good thing.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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WTF?

has the weight of a fondleslab got to do with a compsci exam?

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: "Universal" anything is always a disaster...

Great, now they decided to put a bullet in it, please can they also put a bullet in this stupid UI it's inflicted on Windows desktop too.

Great minimalist designs need a lot of careful though, the newer UI looks like they just shot the design team to save money.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: Google must have paid big bucks...

> Is that you Larry? Go back to your Hawaiian island and leave the computer industry. You are no longer relevant.

But if Larry had won, he wouldn't own a "Hawaiian island" or even a pedallo for very long. If Oracle had proved that you can claim royalties on the usage of an API, Oracle would have to give every cent's they've ever acquired to IBM.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: The rest of the story...

Or was it like the HHGttG seen where the Vogon captain orders a guard "When you’ve shot the prisoner, shoot yourself. ... Then throw yourself out of the nearest airlock!!"

On the first of January the HR team responsible were told to sack everyone and then to sack themselves. So come the 3rd of January there was no one left who knew what they were supposed to do with Anj. Anyone left in HR was probably hoping that head office in the US had forgotten them too. So the only course of action was to keep stum.

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