* Posts by Buzzword

901 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010

Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL

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Re: Careful now.

How could you possibly accuse a former Microsoft man like Stephen Elop Harry Mower of destroying a company like Nokia Red Hat?

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California gets $5m pound of flesh from Samsung, LG, others in price-fix scandal

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Protection racket

Getting an occasional shake-down from the government seems to be a standard cost of doing business in the USA these days.

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Disappointed

Every "new" OS these days still uses Linux for most underlying functions. That's fine, and I'm sure it speeds up development immeasurably, but it's not really new.

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

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But at what cost?

In the US, a T-Mobile 14 GB/mo data-only contract costs $65/mo. In the UK, an EE 15 GB/mo data-only contract costs £20 ($30). That's less than half the price.

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Facebook: A new command and control HQ for mobile malware

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Unsigned code?

I thought iPhones could only run code that had been signed by Apple after submitting to the AppStore. So downloading new (and presumably unsigned) code from Facebook wouldn't get around that.

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

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Tech geeks?

Carlos Slim Helu is a very rich man, but he's no tech geek. He bribed Mexican politicians to maintain a monopoly on telephone services, then raised calling rates to squeeze every last peso out of his customers (i.e. the entire country). Mexicans should be calling for his head on a plate; but they can't afford the calls.

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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

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Internal IT

Ahh, the joys of having to use internal IT resources rather than going out to the market for the best supplier.

Personally I think GDS should be pared back to merely providing an advisory service for IT procurement, rather than doing it all in-house.

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Orange is good to go on VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling in Europe

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The promise of HD Voice

We're still waiting for cross-network HD Voice calls. The standard was defined in 2002-3; in the UK all the networks support it (O2 was behind the pack, but got there in May 2015). Practically all phones support it. Yet there's still no sign of cross-network calling.

Whatever chicanery they're up to with 4G calls, it'll be another decade before it reaches mass-market.

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

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Dalek

But can it climb stairs?

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Elasticsearch cluster in a jiffy: Step by step

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A what?

WTF is an Elasticsearch cluster? Granted, the article isn't aimed at people who don't know; but would it have killed you to add a little introductory paragraph and a link to another article introducing the damn thing?

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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Re: Code Review

> in what development language would such code be impossible to write?

You couldn't write like that in a functional language, such as Lisp or F#. Actually in F# you could just use the StringBuilder, but it goes against the ethos of the language.

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Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

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Re: should have shot him

Blood is hard to clean out of the seats.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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So are they breaking the law or not?

I thought Google's dealings were, while naughty, not technically illegal. So why should either the UK or French governments get another penny out of them, without actually changing their laws?

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Re: "he was useless, managed to delete the website a couple of times"

> "Why on Earth would you let a developer have access to a production system?"

If your team has fewer than five members, everyone has access to the production system. It also means your system isn't that valuable in the first place.

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Let's get GDS to build a public blockchain, UK.gov's top boffin says

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What problem does a blockchain solve in government?

This is just an answer looking for a problem. Government IT is beset by all kinds of problems: poorly-specified requirements, ever-changing needs, and of course getting locked in to long-term expensive contracts (HMRC I'm looking at you). Blockchain solves none of these problems.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Products become Services

It's the servicifation servicisation financialisation of the economy. Soon you won't be able to buy a PC - you'll only be able to lease one, with capital and maintenance costs rolled up into a single monthly payment. We're already there with cars, with mobile phones, even with our homes. Why buy when you can rent instead? The mind boggles.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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From Reading services on the M4 to Toddington services on the M1 is about 63 miles of motorway driving, with no other services in between. Can any readers beat that?

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

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Ahh, Amiga

A decent windowing system which booted up in less than a minute from floppy disk; in seconds from hard disk. It has taken the best part of three decades to get back to that state of affairs, and even then only thanks to SSDs.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Missing the point.

The whole point of a flag is that you can identify the nation from a distance. That applies equally whether you're looking at the flag on a ship on the horizon, or trying to see your football team's flag in the corner of the pub TV on holiday.

New Zealand's complex new flag fails this test miserably. Mind you, their old flag was just as bad, and far too easily confused with Australia's.

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JD Wetherspoon: A 'hacker' nicks 650,000 pub-goers' data

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DOBbing

Why do so many companies ask for your date of birth anyway? On principle I always give a fake one, unless they actually need it to run a credit check.

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Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

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Belgian police

Because it's not as if the Belgian authorities have anything else to do, right?

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London councils splurge wildly differing amounts on Oracle software

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Bottom line

Interesting that both Westminster and K&C are top of the league tables for cheapest council tax nationwide. From which we conclude that using Oracle costs far more than the benefits it provides.

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: unofficial support

Yep, quite a few it seems. Oracle really hate having their lucrative revenue streams undercut.

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If they're that good, they could set up their own Oracle support company. They'd probably earn a fair bit more too.

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H-1B peeps

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Train 'em or else?

I don't get this notion that they were "forced" to train their replacements. Option 1: they could always quit rather than do it. That might mean losing what little redundancy package they were offered, so option 2 is to train them really badly.

Option 3 (the most creative) is sabotage: corrupt the backups, rename rm to ls, mess with the monthly reports so that they always paint a rosy picture. It'll be a few months before they figure out what went wrong. Extra points for plausible deniability.

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FTC zaps more scammer loopholes with ban on wire transfers, cash cards

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Did they just ban Direct Debit?

Because that's what it sounds like. A "pre-authorised cheque" is just a repeated payment. The money goes from your account to the recipients account. How is that untraceable?

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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The footballer?

You'd expect this level of intellectual analysis from the other Joe(y) Barton, not from a US congressman!

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Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox

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Landfill Android

Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to buy a budget / last year's model Android phone? Battery, bigger touchscreen, 3G / 4G antenna, SD slot, etc.

Ok so this makerbox wires up some GPIO pins to hardware buttons; but is it really that much of a gain over a touchscreen alone?

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Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

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ADSL can't hold a candle to cable broadband, but according to a well-known money-saving expert, you can currently grab 12 months of ADSL broadband + telephone, including line rental, for just £111. That's cheaper than most companies charge for line rental alone.

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GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

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Re: Our Next Double-Oh.

Yeah, I'd worry about the suitability of the recruits in Shoreditch. It's an area where having a loud personality counts, and the job description includes telling everyone who'll listen (and plenty who won't) how great your new TwatFace-integrated app is. That's not the personality you want in a top-secret agency.

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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

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Where does it end?

Think of the waste involved in having different systems between French and British coppers. We could save so much money if we just had one great big European police IT service.

Then again, I'd better not give them ideas....

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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Pavement Testing Facility - ignored?

So we've got a bunch of scientists in white coats determining the best road surface to use, taking into account durability, cost, repair time, weather-resistance, etc. Yet quite a few motorways in the UK still use concrete (the M25 southwest section comes to mind). Presumably the scientists' recommendations are ignored, as per standard UK government policy?

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Make your bloody minds up!

You're the same twits who buy dodgy Chinese Android phones, then have the gall to complain two months later that they aren't being updated to Android Marshmallow. Either it's a good thing to always get the latest version, or it isn't. You can't have it both ways.

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Smoking kills, so ...

Just switch to unsmoked bacon.

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Microsoft re-writes the cloud service playbook

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Budgets

"Or perhaps they've made the mistake of building apps with tight coupling to particular services. Again."

Yeah, because every API upgrade can be made painless just by wrapping your code in an interface layer.

The more obvious reason is corporate budgets. This year's budget for Project Z has been spent; in order to upgrade the APIs they have to submit a new request for project funding, get the request approved, schedule a resource, etc. In some places you're looking at an 18-month lead time; even longer for government bodies.

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Amazon Fire HD 8: Mid-spec Nokia Lumi... er, MediaTek slab

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Ambient light sensor: good riddance

"The one problem is the absence of an ambient light sensor so you will be regularly adjusting the brightness."

And thank goodness too. Ambient light sensors are a right PITA: the screen is constantly brightening and dimming itself because you've shuffled down the sofa and it now thinks you're in the desert sun, or your finger accidentally covered the sensor and it now thinks you're down a mineshaft. Since the Amazon Fire will primarily be used indoors, omitting the sensor was a wise decision.

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Ofcom chief warns that carrier aggregation may be bad for consumers

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School next door

The problem with putting kit in homes is that some homes are more affected than others. If you live within transmitting range of e.g. a local school, hospital, leisure centre, even a large pub, then your home ADSL will be knackered by schoolkids showing each other ISIS beheadings. Unless TalkTalk are planning to install fibre for such homes, it's a non-starter.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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HDR is more important than UHD, right?

From what I've read in this article and previous ones, HDR is the big gain, not so much higher resolution. What would it take to get HDR at 1080p - does that come under the existing HD standards or would we need the UHD standards?

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Scout Association's shelved database won't be back until next year

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How accurate is the data?

As far as the Scouts are concerned, my kids are named D. Duck and M. Mouse.

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Read our lips, no more EU roaming charges*

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Re: You could mai lorder a mobile SIM from another EU country

Nope, the French and Spanish operators won't post SIMs to the UK. Bad luck if you arrive in France on a Saturday evening: the shops don't re-open until Monday.

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Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

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Ricekrispallnacht

(Not mine)

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Look at that resolution!

Some sources claim it has a resolution of 2560x1800. That's much better than they typical 1366x768 that we've come to expect from Reg hardware reviews.

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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You can replace the battery on an iPhone - any dodgy-looking high street mobile phone accessory shop will do it for you for a reasonable price. One of the nice things about having an iPhone is the widespread support - most such shops will have batteries for the iPhone 4S in stock; whereas they usually won't have batteries for an old Samsung Galaxy S2 / S3 of the same vintage.

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NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword

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Nitrous Oxide? You're having a laugh(ing gas)

NOₓ includes nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), but not nitrous oxide (N₂O).

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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Re: Its fine as an entry level machine

#4 in that list is for paid content. Amazon would dearly like you to switch from Netflix to their Amazon Prime Video Instant Video Streaming (or whatever it's called today).

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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Re: Wellll......

The absence of navigation buttons (Home / End / PgUp / PgDn / and most importantly DEL) was the what drove me back to the PC world. Much as I admire both Apple hardware and OS X, the absence of those buttons caused a serious decrease in my productivity.

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Qualcomm goes freestyle: Snapdragon 820 will support unlicensed spectrum

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The meta-story is that new Qualcomm chip releases are as exciting as new Intel releases were 10-30 years ago.

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Sierra Nevada snow hasn't been this bad since 1500AD

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They could solve the drought...

If the good people of California would just stop giving away 98% of their precious water to farmers. It takes about a gallon of water to grow one almond, and California produces 82% of the world's almonds. Yet residents are constantly badgered to cut down on water consumption. Go figure, as they say.

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

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Re: there's really no excuse for this sort of not-news article...

Peak Apple? We've been there before:

https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=peak+apple

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Microsoft: Thanks, Google, we'll have your media codec for Edge

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Re: Yes

And given that the first DVDs came out in 1997, MPEG2 should be out of patent within no more than two years. Or do patents not work like that?

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