* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

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Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

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Re: Shortage ?

You can count the number of tech jobs in the United States, but how could you count jobs that do not currently exist, such as "Secretary of the second personal Assistant to Mr. Kieren" or "President's tweet speech writer" or "Manager of the Antarctica division of the refrigerator business unit"?

What you can count, however, is the number of IT specialists which currently are not needed by the industry. Or maybe you can take the total annual profit and divide it by the average tech salary to get the number of jobs that the sector could create if it were so inclined.

A good measure would be the number of bugs and exploits that lie unfixed and undiscovered in today's software, a.k.a. the nation's Technical Debt.

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

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we are not an operating system company

That's from the folks who brought you MPE, HP-UX, Apollo OS, RTX-11, Tandem Non-Stop OS, VAX-VMS, OSF-1, and many others besides.

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

Organohalogens? Chemists would call them 'haloalkanes' or 'alkyl halides'.

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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An iPhone makes for a good aspirator

"it shows the world you have taste and money".

I suppose Steve Jobs had money, but did he have taste?

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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Re: Damn

Thank Gates! For a moment I feared they were trying to decompile the code my former employer sold them back in the nineties.

Or better, we gave them computers and software, while our company got a load of office furniture. Nor Svenksva Kroner changed hands so presumably no taxes to pay.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Billy did it first

Bill Gates is the author of two books on IT (the road ahead and business @ the speed of thought) and he was also involved in the development of Microsoft Basic and he invented an improved pancake sort algorithm.

Do you remember someone called Steve? Jobs? Ballmer? Wozniak!

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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

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Is that recipe Open Sauce?

The article was accompanied by a photograph from an unknown source, showing what looks like little tuxes, or maybe just black olives without kernels. .

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

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WinFS

"the aim is that core database engine features will be equivalent, with the exception of File Table which is closely hooked to the Windows file system:"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinFS

WinFS is supposed to stand for Windows Future Storage. This is one of the core parts of Windows Longhorn and it will include the SQL server database, integrated into the file system hierarchy. Release date unknown.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: If even the Canadians can do it

The Dutch call it 'tosti', but they are wrong: it's called a croque-monsieur. The only result will be that the French and Québécois will start speaking different languages, like the Great Britons and United Statesmen.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Peak Code Monkey

Anyone can write code, but few people can develop proven correct software. History and law graduates have learned how to think, but few possess math skills. On the other hand, a STEM cell often can't spell very well.

The interesting jobs go to CS majors, the best-paying ones to management.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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No-screen display

A projector is an example of a display that does not have a screen built in.

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Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

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The Oracle doesn't shine anymore?

The SPARC server business no longer even merits mention?

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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26 flavours or Ubuntu

with Harry-Potterish names ranging from Ardent Aardvark to Zany Zebra or something.... Thank Gates we've reached the end of the Ubuntu alphabet.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the sanity of this request...

Frank Herbert has passed on, but his son Brian continues the Dune saga.

John R. R. Tolkien saild to elevenhome, but his son Christopher continues to edit his work.

Isaac Asimov left the planet, but other authors continue to expand his Foundation series.

Now consider what Pratchett wrote about death....

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: "Developing world - if you were to only have *one* computing device"

Funny: in Holland the entry price for a 'desktop' was about Eur. 1500 in 1980 (not adjusted for inflation), gradually slipped to Eur. 1000 and quickly dropped to around Eur. 500 around 2001 and rose a bit since then. Home computers were cheaper, from Commodore 64 to Nintendo Wii.

$ 150 will buy you a rasperry PI with maybe a second hand keyboard and monitor (I guess it includes 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM). Linux will run nicely on it. FreeDOS needs Intel/AMD inside.

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Re: "Developing world - if you were to only have *one* computing device"

In 1945, IBM estimated the world demand was about 5 computers. Today, the world is so much divided politically, that even a dozen computers longer suffice, even if each were bigger than Google's current largest data center.

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Since the number of actual PCs shipped is not about to grow, this means that the unit price must increase by some 15 % annually to meet industry's profit demands (for PCs of equal manufacturing cost, rather than the fastest 'threadripper' on offer).

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

I hope there will be fewer casualties when Kim J and Donald J declare war on each other.

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German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

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I don't understand

Does this mean that if Germany stays in the EU, then the Brusselian Empire will declare patents invalid and unenforcable in all its realms, or would Germany fight for independence and freedom from patents?

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The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

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Re: It's Brexit, I tell ye...

There is a simple explanation: they added the numbers for Scotland to the EU total, rather than UK.

Click the following link to find out how you can become a PC and support your country.

http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/newconstable/becoming-a-pc.php

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Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

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Utah, Rhode Island, Maryland

According to the Wikipedia page for United_States the majority race is 'white' and there is no mention of the percentage presumably they are not a minority. The numbers suggest that the percentage of women on Intel's staff is increasing, the fraction of men decreasing, and transgenders, neuters, hermaphrodites, bisexuals, asexuals etc. remain a minor minority.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Villalobos says the changes will land in the “coming weeks”

Unless of course Kim's nukes land before Firefox 57 does.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Re: Not to worry

Brussels is braced for Brexit. Before the year is out Bellgium will cast a new Bell called Große Gerda/Grande Gertrude/Grote Gribus which may chime over Westminster if Big Ben be indisposed.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: They are bonkers

Looking at the pictures the first impression is that most color combinations have better contrast in the old scheme, but maybe I lack a new high-contrast LCD display.

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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Mother of expats

Give me your talented, your rich,

your well-heeled geniuses, yearning for promotion,

Send these, the stars to America's white shore,

for here they have the chance to earn some more.

PS. If you be a farm hand, dishwasher, waitress, cab driver, cleaning lady or assembly line worker, please look for a job in Mexico.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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I am gon'na build a great kernel

...and make the Mexicans pay for it.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Firefox is still number one

Firefox remains the world's most bug-ridden software.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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Re: The gift that keeps on giving

Block 4? Does that contain the code needed for landing the aircraft?

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

Is 'clock' still in? How about edlin and edit?

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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For an extra $ 200

If you pay two hundred Dollars extra, you get a magnetic attachment with a microphone device.

A microphone would surely be useful for making virtual phone calls, but I wonder what if a little speaker comes among the essentials, the other extras or will not be available until version 2.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Heterogeneity

"The last and only time I had gigs using the same operating system, database, or compiler was in college"

In my case, that was when I worked at Apple Computer. Our University had very diverse computing resources; it even built it's own micros before the invasion of the IBM PC.

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Databases

Why not opt for that dependable workhorse, the old AS/400, err System i, where the Operating System and the database are integrated into an easy-to-manage system, just like Windows Longhorn?

Now we are curious about the performance of MS SQL on W2016, MS SQL onLinux, MariaDB, Postgres, Oracle on Linux, Oracle on Solaris, IBM on System/Z.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

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Performance?

The Z14 is the best IBM mainframe ever just like '10' is supposed to be the best version of Windows, but hard and comparable numbers are hard to come by. Guess old COBOL code is more efficient than .NET.

170 cores, 32 TB of main memory, those figures resemble a high-end PC.

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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€100 seems steep for an old typewriter

Compare that to $ 50,000 for a measly Apple I.

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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QAT?

May also be written as khat, used as a drug in the horn of African and the Arabian peninsula.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Re: What is Microsoft 365?

That would be a C:\ battery.

....dows that mean all customers must upgrade to an XBOX 365?

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Make Britain great again

(nice cartoon in Dutch newspaper)

http://www.volkskrant.nl/foto/collignon-2~p4368444/4532514/

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In the year 2020

Read the article again: the software will be upgraded by the time the ship becomes operational. I suppose her majesty will be running Vista by then. How operationl will those JSF fighters be in 2020?

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Well, its good to see the QE going out to sea.

Guess that'll show the Brusselcrats who rule the waves.

Will the QE on her maiden voyage be piloted by E.R. a.k.a. H.M. Q.E.II?

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Only 1080 high?

Buy six, that makes for a nice 6480 (H) by 3840 (V) pixel resolution or 27:16 aspect ratio :-(

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Internet to blame in 1970s and 1980s bombing campaigns?

You had SNA, JCL and Rexx. Enough to turn anyone into a terrorist.

Why have so few (attempted) attacks been blamed on the El Reg community?

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Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

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DRAM

A dram apparantly mean an eigth part of a fluid once, but down here we think of whisky.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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ARM

ARM:: Arm Runs Microsoft (or maybe Alternative Run-time 4 Metro)

(Intel shares dropping....)

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Intel gives Xeon a makeover to bring us colour-coded clouds

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Re: This is funny

How about Intel Xeon Itanic, Intel Xeon ARMageddon, Intel Xeon Risk 906 and Intel Xeon Risk 432?

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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Hypocrisy Day

Holland celebrates Kingsday today, to remember us that the country has been a member of the European Union since early 1940. The Kings speech to parliament is actually wriitten by the cabinet of ministers, but he is allowed to author his own Christmas speech, which he carefully composes to avoid elements that might annoy the neo-nazi party.

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Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

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Re: ??

The compute power of a single student with an abacus rather than a GPU barely reaches 1.0 FLOPS.

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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It's about time

It's about time for the nationals of the European continent to exit the Kingdom Union.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Is there any correlation between "popularity" and

The Java programming language is complex and takes long to completely learn by heart, when HTML is the most popular language for e-mail and web pages.

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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The PC is dead

1,6 % growth? When the industry needs at least 15 % annual sales growth to keep from collapsing.

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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From 13 years (XP) to 18 months

Now companies will need three teams of system administrators: let's say the A team starts testing the 201704 release for nine months, performs a migration in three months and supports its users for six months, while the B team waits for the 201710 upgrade and a year after the A team, the C team starts testing the 201804 version, when the A team takes a short holiday before tackling the 201810 release, etc.

Since they are only minor updates, 12 months for testing and migration should suffice.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Has MS Killed W10 yet?

Redmond is silently liquidating WIndows 10 to replace it with something called 'creator's update'.

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