* Posts by DominicSayers

10 posts • joined 13 Sep 2010

Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project


If only Australia had a central, agile team dedicated to delivering public services digitally at a significantly lower cost than big SI contracts?



Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…


"Web bandwidth" - are we streaming over HTTP now? No wonder it doesn't work.

Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'


Scantlebury is furious

Someone who deserves equal credit, and probably needs the money more than these guys, is Roger Scantlebury. He is a bit miffed about missing out: http://m.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/25/internet-pioneers-airbrushed-from-history

Vodafone jumps into bed with Three in Ireland



Three in a bed with Vodafone in Ireland.

You're welcome.

MongoDB straps SQL to Google's MapReduce



"Crucially, they also dispensed with needing to grapple with another language: SQL. CouchDB devs can code using Erlang instead while MongoDB uses C++."

SQL is the language used to interact with a SQL database. Erlang & C++ are the languages used to develop those DBMSes you mentioned.

To interact with MongoDB you use a variety of Javascript. I don't know about CouchDB but I suspect something similar.

Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets


Facts, instead of FUD

FACT: "The desktop Widget requires Adobe AIR version 2.5 or above" - http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/desktopwidget.html

FACT: "The last version to support desktop Linux distributions is AIR 2.6. AIR 2.6 is available from the AIR Archive." - http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/408/kb408084.html

AIR 2.6 download for linux is here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/853/cpsid_85304.html

This took me about 5 mins to establish. This is a sensationalist report with a list of kneejerk comments. Please can we grow up?

Unprecedented domain seizure shutters 84,000 sites

Big Brother

51st State

Hello, people slagging of the US Government:

You do realise that UK police are also in the business of seizing domains without judicial oversight? Over 1,200 in December 2009 alone.

http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/45676_Dealing-with-domains-associated-with-criminal-activity.pdf [PDF]

Nominet asks what you think of police domain grab

Big Brother

1200 .uk domains already seized

What everybody seems to have missed is that the police have *already* seized more than 1200 .uk domains with the cooperation of Nominet and other registrars. See here [PDF] http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/45676_Dealing-with-domains-associated-with-criminal-activity.pdf

What SOCA are now asking for is that Nominet be *contractually obliged* to do this at their say-so.

So the current voluntary system is clearly not enough for them. Why? Because currently a registrar can refuse to comply if they believe the request is mistaken or politically motivated.

SOCA wants full control. With no judicial oversight. Or any mechanism for appeal.

Burglars used social network status updates to select victims



Reprinting a press release because it appears to confirm your prejudice isn't helpful to your readers, all of whom (judging by the comments) appear to have swallowed this unlikely story wholly uncritically.

Presumably you write this stuff for a living? Perhaps you could have tried to get some first-hand information for your story and subjected it to some common-sense tests before trotting it out.


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Really? Alt+Tab?

Like *that's* a key combination that's never been used before. Oh, wait.

<checks date for April Fools>

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