* Posts by goldcd

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Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

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I'm a pixel v1 owner

WTF are you doing to your phone?

Mine is bullet-proof as a "take off charge when I wake up and sees me through to sleep phone"

Not been near IOS for years, so can't compare - but I do love my Pixel (XL if that's the issue) for it's very boring efficiency.

Sure there are a couple of features I'd like it to have - but it gains my respect for having no weak points.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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I work for a large corporate company

We have a few Apple devices knocking about, mainly for testing to ensure we can work with Safari (no customers are using it, but..)

Only group who have an Macbook are those that:

1) Techies who were using them in their little startup when they were acquired.

2) (the largest group) execs and sales-folks who demand a prestigious thing to slap on the tables in meetings.

I happily float around in a world of windows, and those doing the actual work are using linux.

"40 per cent of Windows users called the IT help desk, compared to 5 per cent of Mac users"

I'd assume the low figure is because their users either have the technical ability to drive their machine - or on the other end are using it for presentations.

Does anybody actually call their company helpdesk any more for an OS related problem?

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Pixel(book) was always a halo product.

Chromebooks are a pretty good choice if you want to stick a web-client in front of a class of marauding children - as you can see with the take up.

Problem is that Google doesn't want to the OS to be relegated to the "cheap educational toy" category - so we have the expensive Pixels hewn from from pure adamantium (or whatever it is).

Price of the thing is part of the strategy. If there's no premium model, then Chromebooks will always be "cheap"

I'm even being slightly won over by the pitch myself. Idea of an Ipad Pro replacing a laptop is ridiculous the moment you then have to buy a keyboard to bolt to the thing.

As I find myself using my browser more and more.. well I can squint and see maybe that's the way it's all going.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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So if they don't know what they've taken

They can't know what they owe if say one person takes them to court to claim back x amount of money that was seized.

There must be one innocent person, with only a vague idea of the number of millions on their card, that might decide it's engaging with a lawyer who'll take a percentage.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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erm isn't this what law enforcement is for?

"I've just been hacked, so setting up a vigilante posse - so cc'd you professionals in"

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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It's a lot easier when interest rates are 10%+

Completely doomed nowadays

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Ransomware keeping cops, NHS and local UK gov bods awake at night

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I do understand the complexities

But cannot believe it's as hard as it's made out (i.e. impossible).

Does the machine need to be connected to the internet? What does it actually need to connect to? What are the programs blocking? Can they be replaced, run server-side etc.

e.g. That computer running bespoke MRI software that refuses to leave Windows 95. It needs to connect to the MRI, it needs to be able to get software updates installed (but just locally and only with admin access) and it needs a one-way path to get images out onto something that can be secured.

Backups. Assuming machines can't be upgraded/secured and important stuff really is stored locally - why isn't this stuff backed up? You hit a problem, you roll back.

Then looking forward, what rules can be put in place to prevent future debt building?

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Re: Uber has Objectionable Practices But So Do . . .

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/23/taxi_rage/

Didn't end too well for Hailo when they started accepting minicabs (even though I'm pretty sure the user could select/pay for a black cab if they wanted).

Surely better solution is for Uber to allow black-cabs to advertise as black-cabs.

Can't find a fair - let Uber point you to one for a nominal fee.

I have a sneaky suspicion that that's not what cabs want though. Using app is easier that hailing - and nothing's going to change that, apart from getting rid of apps.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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I find it quite cathartic

Tapping away.

It's not working.

*mutters*

Taps a bit more

*swears under breath*

"Sod it"

*both hands slam onto opposite sides of the keyboard*

Ahhh, feels better already.

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Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

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The whole point of bitcoin is that it isn't subject to governments.

It doesn't have to be accepted by them either - it just has to be accepted by somebody who'll give you the currency your government requires.

You have a £1000 tax bill? Click on your phone to give me 1/3 of a bitcoin, and I'll put a grand into your bank account. We can do this in the pub.

That's why the "Chinese crackdown" you mentioned hasn't actually really impacted the price that much - far less than previous government intents have.

Actually works out pretty well for the currency. Somebody buying thousands of bitcoins for dollars on an exchange previously could knock the market up/down. However once the money's in bitcoin, it's pretty easy to spread from phone-to-phone and as more people creep into the market, the price will rise, and without the government intervention - stabilize.

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A bit harsh

Looks at a graph of Apple's stock price and bitcoins over the last 10 years - and yes there are spikes and dips, but broadly follow the same pattern.

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I think that's a bit harsh.

My take is that "crypto-currency" is here to stay, in some form.

My reasoning is that large chunks of the world have "shit-conventional-currencies".

I personally, whilst a fan, have no intention of shifting my pension into one - but if you live somewhere else, it seems as sensible as storing a block of US hundred dollar bills under your floorboards.

Bitcoin itself is a bit unwieldy to use to buy a round of drinks - but I don't see it being replaced as the equivalent of gold. The thing the rest are measured against.

As such, a bitcoin bet is a bet on the concept of cryptocurrency, rather than any individual young upstart.

There's now a whole load of them cropping up - and dying just as fast.

That's understandable as the cost of entry is pretty minimal.

Still, some are getting traction and more importantly the ease of entry is increasing.

Coinbase makes it pretty easy to fill a wallet with your debit card.

shapeshift.io lets you convert between a pile of different currencies easily.

Currently it's the wild-west of speculation, prices to dollar will fly all over the place - but I simply don't see this all "going away".

Price increase has come from more and more people wanting to buy. Each day more people own bitcoin, and that will surely smooth out the market.

Maybe I'm wrong, and people will lose faith and dump - but I have to think that whilst technology enables more and more people to buy, the market will expand and the price will rise.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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WTF - "Facebook lets advertisers target people based on how they identify"

And some facebook users, identify themselves with these terms.

Bemused as to how this is facebook's fault.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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I have some sympathy with your view

But if the user has the wherewithal to start playing with the colour palette of the system, then I think maybe they are at least partially at fault..

..Still, at least it wasn't the other way around.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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I'd broadly agree with you

As an earphone, rather than headphone fan, I've been flirting between the ridiculously expensive brand names and the mainly Chinese "same for a fraction of the price" for years.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Glitch with that (wonderful) hack

is that you still can't listen and charge at the same time.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Re: Interesting principles behind this

The starting point is my cat. It's a cat. It fights other cats at will and kills anything it can catch for its own amusement.

That's the starting point. Animals can do whatever they want.

Next we have people. We have laws. These laws apply to us people only. We made them up and live by them.

Now these cover how we relate to each other and also to how we treat animals. You might not like them, you might want to change these, but these are human laws.

Once we start trying cats for murder, then we can argue over their intellectual property - but until then..

DNA bit is a bit of a red-herring - most of it. We share 60% of ours with a banana.

Most of it sits there and doesn't do much.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Good news

Hopefully with Google's cash, HTC can get back to making good phones and stop the wild flailing that's caused them to stuff up since the original One.

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Hold on, if I read this right

MS gave them 36,000 free phones and if they didn't like them after 2 years, will replace them free with 36,000 phones that the NYPD choose.

Not sure what the lifespan of an NYPD phone is, but that looks like they've got somewhere between 36 and 72 thousand free phones out of MS. That will pay for an awful lot of app..

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Isn't the new 'thing' in law enforcement to 'follow the money'

Hey, maybe he personally got a bonus on every diesel shifted - but I find that unlikely.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)

At least then you have a smart thing you can control and a leave the TV as the dumb screen it should be.

It even supports TV now.

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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Re: Wrong end up

That's a Pebble - and where all this started..

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

Imagine a world where e2e encryption is scrapped from WhatsApp.

Terrorists will just stop using WhatsApp.

Public Key encryption exists and will never cease to exist - but we have elected idiots who continually exhibit their stupidity.

I used to think they were all in the cohort of the evil-lizards - but nope, they're just a bit thick.

On the bright sides, their stupidity appears to be revealing itself to more and more of us - so I've actually just stopped worrying.

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UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry

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On that basis

Charge for all education.

Or looking at it another way. We each get one vote (all are equal) - but taxation isn't equal. If we're expected to put up with progressive taxation, the very least we should expect is that the money is spent on making people as productive as possible.

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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Especially in this case

Somebody got upset that they were unable to charge per minute for the use of "a piece of glass"

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Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

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Because

Some keyboards are better than adequate?

I personally favour Swype - but definitely worth seeing what suits you best.

I'm 99.99% sure it'll be something without adverts though..

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Let me bring you up to speed.

#1 Imagine oranges, like wot you could buy from any shop

#2 Then slice them into inch-thick slices you put into an expensive mylar pouch.

#3 Then you make a VERY EXPENSIVE machine that squashes the pouch - AND ONLY THIS MAGIC POUCH, which you have to bin afterwards

#4 Juice falls out

#5 You have to justify why this is better than just squashing fresh produce with a hammer/hand - and you're now the Juicero CEO.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Racism is a social construct

but it's pretty easy to work out 'race' from your genes...(or at least where in the world your last few hundred generations of ancestors have been hanging out).

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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I am more than a little confused.

€12k moving package is pretty awesome.

Yes, it's unfortunate you couldn't just use the cash to lay down a deposit on a flat - but seems somewhat reasonable if they're serious about it being to cover "moving expenses", rather than an under the table tax-free-slush fund. If you used it to cover 2 months deposit, then when you left and reclaimed that money, it's not really a "moving expense" is it? Maybe they could have made it a loan?

Still, even then say you arrive mid-month, and they don't get the payroll sorted until the end of the next full month - that's only €4.5k at €100 a night for a room for 45 days, leaving €7.5 of your relocation. Pay another €6k for another 2 months hotel, banking salary for a deposit (10k less tax and expenses)...

..and seriously, it seems remarkably fair.

Only real issue seems to be the healthcare one..and as you were moving EU to EU, there's the EHIC card which should cover you as a visitor...

..still, can't help having this story out there...

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: Cmon El Reg

350 bitcoins from when, y'know, you could mine them on a cpu and they came in 50s.

I made out like a bandit when they reached £7 each..

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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My parents forced me to have piano lessons

I will never forgive them for this.

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Re: Definition of fail

Not the worst way of doing a project - much easier to point to something half-done, and point out the dozen bits that are broken and need to be fixed, and ignoring the other pile of stuff that works OK, or you've now decide you don't care about.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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FFS

If you believe you've assembled the A-team of hackers - and you don't believe they'll pick on your rip-off vending machine..

..just fire yourself.

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Yup

Pixel owner here, and getting my updates 2-3rd of each month since I bought it.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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“be forced to reduce their CLAIMED hours by 15 per cent.”

and then it just gets worse as the article continues.

Might as well just say "Anybody who can get a job elsewhere, please do so. Those unable to get employed will shortly be appearing as the new expensive IBM expertise on customer sites."

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Re: Privacy of a Trrrst?

Exactly.

Terrorists don't deserve privacy - but this is not the same as the removal of privacy from all, to see who's a terrorist.

As a realist, I fully accept that this isn't easy - what I'd like to see is simply some openness. Maybe if your government looks at your email or browser history - they drop you a note to say you're in the clear?

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Uber culture colonic cleanses CEO Kalanick

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My take is that their previous/existing "core values"

seem to have been stupendously successful in building their company. Moreover they don't today have a particularly unique business model, nor even exist in an easy market - but by orders of magnitude have trounced their opposition.

What they did clearly worked for them.

What they're now bringing to the table is the new concept of the "arse-hole-pivot" - There's nothing wrong with the business, apart from the personal/institutional baggage that is now more of a liability than a help.

They've raised their hands in a full on "mea-culpa" - the damning report is heading in, the first stage of the company rocket will take the knock on the chin, fall back to earth, as the Uber second stage races unhindered heads towards orbit.

Bluntly it's nothing new - there are no shortage of blue-chip companies that have somewhat murky origins historically. Maybe the first time we've seen it in this sector though.

I presume if Uber "loses" their board, and drafts in a bunch of "respected industry veterans" we can expect to see more of this though.

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White-box webcam scatters vulnerabilities through multiple OEMs

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Re: Why, oh why?

I'd like one I could access from my phone - actually I have one.

Where I think the issue is, is with allowing all these wonderful IoT bits and pieces to expose themselves to the wider world.

Open VPN supported by most decent routers, allowing you to dial phone from your phone, into the security carnage.

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Re: Just something to think about...

Also assumes that the visit itself didn't have an impact on production.

Maybe IBM is more rational than my employer, but my guess is that everybody spent the last couple of weeks running around like headless chickens to pull together presentations demonstrating how wonderful and critically important the site is.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Convenience is the enemy of intrusive DRM.

And DRM gives us 'stuff' that we'd never get without it.

I'd like to think that the goal will be 'balance'

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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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"It should also be noted the importance of registering Netgear products"

Well I presume if you hadn't registered and signed up for their "cloud backup", you'd currently have all your holiday photos..

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Nah, definitely

Sous Vide

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

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Yahoo was an "also-ran" from the outset.

I do have to give them faint-praise for "still existing".

I mean htf do they still exist?

How do yahoo make their money?

*bemused*

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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Please, just stop it Samsung, you're embarrassing yourself.

You can't do software. So please stop.

You can't do software in two ways:

1) I have NEVER heard of anybody buying Samsung for the S-software

2) You are useless at pushing out updates - which you then blame on #1 which we didn't want.

You do however make lovely lovely hardware. Shiny futuristic (if occasionally firey), but seriously you're ahead. You're winning here.

I thought you were understanding me the consumer, as "TouchWiz" (I mean just the name alone, was quietly being dialled back and back)

I bought a stupidly priced Pixel for more than your last offering, solely as I get a nice UI and a monthly patch bundle (OK and a teensy bit better camera).

However I'm still stupefied by you spending money on software that actively puts me off your hardware.

How's about launching a "Google edition" of your phone? You sell the hardware and we just get a choice of whether we want your "creations" or something stock and functional.

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H-1B applications down after Trump's 'American techies first' rhetoric

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Re: Maybe the H1-b applicants are too afraid of being shot by american "patriots"?

Not even sure you'd need to mess with the base-salary.

You bring in a foreigner, you pay to cover their visa, relocation - and in return maybe 'own them' for the first 12 months. After that, they're free to spend the next 5 years working wherever their skills are best recognized and therefore improve the US tax base.

Makes perfect economic sense if nothing else. Why would the US government want to earn their tax cut of $60k, instead of $120k? If we're feeling really bold here, for each salary/tax bump just apply an automatic extension onto the Visa.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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I share your concern

I never minded the budget carriers - they were cheap and I could accept a lot from them as their way of justifying the price. I also actually actively liked some edicts like "You're late, we're taking off, and I don't care if we leave you behind".

I've never liked flying. It's better sitting at the front and more pleasant in the lounge, but aside from a holiday I'm only there as my employer is making me and I would ALWAYS prefer to be at home.

My requirements are basic. I would like to get on, be comfortable and ideally spend as much time as possible asleep. The point of the comfort to enable me to sleep. My dining requirements being enough G&Ts to enable me to overcome the discomfort - to allow me to sleep.

BA are currently retrofitting their planes to offer less leg-room than Ryanair.

Currently I have to chuck the magazines on the floor simply to get that f'in bar at the top of the seat pocket to not grind into my shin. I have to endure the (*&£er infront of me wondering why their seat won't recline (my legs) - and should I get an aisle seat, allowing me to get an extra inch by allowing my feet to go into the aisle the sodding cart being rammed into them.

Oh, and don't start me on the "enhanced entertainment system" which is a metal box welded under the seat infront...

..alright, I've gone off topic here.

Scum class in BA is vile and angers me. Ryanair tell me the hate me, but at least let me buy enough drinks, don't have the pocket, the entertainment box and..

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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My take would be "Agile in moderation"

Think of building something else "non-software", such as a building...

'I want to build a 100 storey skyscraper' - LET'S GO!!

"erm I'm making the foundations, what do I need to do?"

'Support 100 storyes you fool!'

"Give me a clue, what will they weigh?"

'Take an educated guess on Monday and start build on Tuesday'

"erm OK, I've made some foundations that could technically support the minimum weight of 100 storyes, but I'd really like to shore them up a bit, I mean they're definitely foundations and you were very happy when I showed them to you, but.."

'Start building the ground floor, we'll come back to foundations when they're a priority!'

"b.but. OK."

'Nice Ground floor, well done. Have a pizza on me!'

"They did come in a few percent heavier than we had previously planned."

'No matter, we'll lighten them if the first floor is too heavy for them. Keep Agile!'

"The first floor is fine, I've no qualms about that, nor the next dozen, but I *really* think we might hit a problem a year from now. I've jotted down some projections for the next 99 I could maybe share with you?"

'Your projection indicates you want me to both re-work the foundations AND the single floor we've built so far. I spoke to the budget holder and they're concerned about the re-work you're suggesting. We're only two sprints in and you want to undo two sprints?'

There are two ends to this story of storeys.

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Re: 'What's Real and What's for Sale'...

All boils down to "problems are hard to solve"

Methodology doesn't matter really, as whenever the rules change we are all exceptionally good at gaming the system and will do so faster than you can change the rules to compensate.

The sole solution irrespective of methodology is to ensure that there are as few parties as possible involved and all their fates are bound together on targets that are equivalently those that will solve the problem.

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I like agile

especially compared to the alternatives, but always struck me as something fundamentally better suited to smaller pieces of on-going work.

Bluntly for stuff you can break and then fix, within a sprint.

Now I'm fully aware your agile guru will tell you that this isn't an issue and it scales, but at a personal level I've yet to meet a budget-holder or a dev, who will sanguinely accept that tested and paid-for code is going into the bin and it should simply be considered to be "part of the process" and there is no need to attribute blame.

My personal niggle is that a team has "velocity" rather than "speed" - and that seems to be a somewhat deliberate and disingenuous selection. The team should have speed, the project ultimately a measurable velocity calculated by working out how much of the speed was wasted in the wrong/right direction.

Anyway, off to get my beauty sleep, so I can feed the backlog tomorrow with anything within my reach.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: What a Muppet.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't a well thought out plan.

Possibly the sort of 'planning' that got him the boot in the first place.

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