* Posts by Steve Button

283 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007

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

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Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath

That's a bit like saying, Google Pixel phone costs £700, don't hold your breath (on Android).

Other Chromebooks are available, and they are the perfect computer for many of my friends and people like... my Dad. People who aren't very good with computers, and just do email and web browsing, etc.

*** And people I wish would leave me alone and stop asking me to fix their bloody computer. ***

I think they have a future, but not for people who read The Reg. For their friends though? But let's wait and see.

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Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

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Nice article.

I think that sums up the state of how we got where we are now. Well done.

I'm guessing many of the haters in the comments are 50 somethings, or retired and just don't get all these "new fangled buzzwords" and think that "we did all this devops stuff on mainframes back in the 70s".

As someone who's seen it actually working in practice, I can can tell you that Agile / Scrum / DevOps *can* work... but done wrong it can spit out a crappy product just like any other method. It's not about being like Twitter or Etsy or Facebook or Google... but they DO have some smart people and there's a lot we can learn from them.

The downvote button is the second one along.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Re: A Mystery?

Because people don't stand up to bullies like this, and they just try to avoid them and stay out of their way. Or leave and go somewhere else, which must be bloody difficult if you are a patent clerk. Unless you have ideas about new Physics theories?

Anyway, they should all walk out and refuse to work until this pig is removed and stops doing even more damage.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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You are shitting me?

"Can’t someone simply wander through those images, stalking you via a breadcrumb trail of EXIF location data? Of course they can."

Wait, what!? You mean they don't strip the shit out? I had *assumed* they stripped that shit out, and it wasn't available unless you explicitly clicked the "add my location" button. Silly me.

Are you SURE my location can be simply pulled out of all my images??

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30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

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Arachnophobia issues aside

Entomophobia issues aside

There, fixed that.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Re: I'm OK

5..4..3..2..1.. boom. It's guessed your "disposable" email prefix. Ta da.

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For once, Uber takes it up the tailpipe: Robo-ride gets rear-ended

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a lot of humans are, frankly, terrible drivers!?

Rubbish. Most humans are much better than average at driving. Just ask them. ;-)

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Google, VMware and Pivotal team for on-premises Kubernetes

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Could be useful.

As people move workloads to the cloud, the tin that's left behind could be useful for non-prod environments and you've already paid for the hardware.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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£3.25 TWICE the price?

£0.75/kg in Tesco. I think you're out of touch with the price of things.

And also Onion Goggles ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/1b3/RSVP-5380-Onion-Goggles/B000H43IVM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1501746038&sr=8-2&keywords=onion+goggles

... work brilliantly.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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But between "the first powered flight" and "planes as a form of relieable mass transport" lie untold billions of R&D money and roughly six decades.

... however, technology changes MUCH faster than it did 100 years ago. So something which took 60 years, could nowadays be done in 15 years. Or even faster if the military feel the need.

I think these will be commonplace sooner than a lot of people (here) think. And a bit later than a lot of investors seem to hope.

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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COTS still needs to be installed and configured.

And to do that install manually could take a long time, and be error prone.

Take something like Documentum which can take around 1 week to install by following a massive Word document which tells you all the step-by-step instructions. Very easy to get wrong and very difficult to automate. You would be much better off choosing a package which can be automatically installed and configured with Chef, Puppet or Ansible. This is still DevOps.

You can forget about Continuous Integration for the COTS aspect, but if you are then further customizing you'll likely need that too.

As for Agile, I think you are conflating two different things here.

In the above scenario it would still make more sense to develop your Config Management scripts using scrum and in sprints, delivering a working solution at the end of each sprint.

Now, when it comes to SaaS your argument probably does make more sense. You aren't going to "do the DevOps" if you are using standard Salesforce.

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Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

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Great Technology.

Shame it won't be supported for a while, but if someone starts a new company (and if that was me, I'd just call it Riak forget Basho) then it could well live on.

I guess this is a lesson to learn when working with Open Source technology. The support can just disappear, but you might still be able to get hold of the "talent" via some other means.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

Seriously?

That doesn't smell right at all.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Save the women and children first!

That's pretty much what people do (when given enough time - 4 seconds - to think about it).

So, it's basically OK to replicate this behaviour in automation? As neither a woman or a child, I don't feel entirely comfortable about that.

What about skin colour? Or hair colour? Would most people choose to eliminate a ginger first (yes, I'm one of them too!)

I'm not sure I'm liking this RotM future.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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"...fibre to the premise..."

So, basically they like the idea of having fibre?

Or should that say premises? Either that, or El Reg adds [sic] ??

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Looks like Microsoft is copying Apple... again...

That doesn't really make sense. When any storage device dies you can kiss your data goodbye if you haven't backed it up. So you should be backing up anyway. To cloud or to drives that you rotate and store off-site, it's up to you. Or to another computer, using CrashPlan or similar.

The only difference here is that if the motherboard or memory dies instead of the SSD, you'll effectively lose your data.

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Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

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Who?

You mean Ryan Gosling? Get your DevOps memes right, Register. ;-)

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Cook fights for life after Google summit blaze

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Don't worry, no programmers were harmed

That's in very poor taste considering... oh wait, it's you Iain.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: The beauty of virtual machines

"Of course every reboot, all changes were lost"

That's not how VMs work.

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Re: low pay

You think people earn more than £65 an hour for cleaning car windows? And what universe do you live in exactly?

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Seems like a good idea...

... if you're an advertiser.

Even better stick screens on the inside of toilet doors, as you are likely to be sitting for a couple of minutes instead of 15 seconds drying your hands.

I think this would be a terrible thing, as personally I have some of my best ideas sitting on the loo... but that's not going to stop advertisers now, is it?

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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

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Re: How do you handle the legal part of governnance?

Most of that compliance can be written into acceptance tests, which can be automated. There's your formal sign-off. DevOps is ITIL on steroids. :-D

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

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Promo?

Did you take money for this? It reads very much like a promo.

AWS certification is what most employers are looking for, or at a pinch Azure. But all the cloud providers are so different that this would have to cover them all, or be very watered down.

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Ministry of Justice scraps 'conviction by computer' law

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Still "be able to" attend court?

Surely most people would want to just let the computer system do it rather than going to court if they are going to plead guilty anyway. But why could it not be optional? Allow people to decide to plead guilty and let the computer sentence them, or they can go to court and let a judge sentence them and get the same outcome? I bet the vast majority of people would take the automatic system, and avoid the hassle and time off work, etc.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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This is not new

Talk to the customer. Show them what you are working on regularly (Agile) and pick their brains for how the system should work better and what they actually need to do in real life.

But also bear in mind that many "users" just want a faster version of what they already have.

Really you need a Steve Jobs to show people what they have not imagined possible yet.

The real UserDev will come when you can just speak to the AI and say "Design me a system to do X" and a few seconds later something appears. But really we don't need any more stupid words to describe things we've already been doing for years.

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DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

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Stock Photos!?

Yeah, don't you just hate them. Wait... what's that at the top of the article?

And pretty much every fucking Reg article. Dumb stock photo.

Like the one I'm looking at in your "spotlight" bar on the right. Man in suit, typing on a laptop sitting on top of a giant cartoon style bomb. ha ha ha ha. So funny. I get the metaphor, but please just stop it.

It's like using clip art in the 90's. Lots of people did it, but that didn't stop it being cheesy.

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If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

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Been reading Sci-Fi?

Problem is when you read Iain M. Banks or Neal Asher, you can get wrapped up in that way of thinking as if it's inevitable and going to happen in the next few years. We are nowhere near getting neural lace, and Musk saying it's 3 years away is just crazy. (That was from a Vanity Fair article). Someday, perhaps. A.I. could happen sooner than many people think, but still decades away before Jarvis is really meaningfully useful.

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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Yeah, was a bit surprised for that to pop up while sitting in a coffee shop!

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: 'Murder ... bodies ...'

yeah, that was kind of the point of the title.

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Re: I have no love for Facebook...but...

Why? Because they are investigative journalists, and it's in their mandate to give the people they are investigating a chance to respond. Also, it makes for a better story as they can report that FB have done something or nothing about it.

If it was just reported straight to the Police, then we the public would be denied the chance to be outraged ^w^w do something about it.

Yet another reason to quit FB.

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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yeah, exactly. This story is made up BS. Would never happen. What about following due process? You can't just fire people like that.

Mind you it does say "C-suite" so perhaps it the good ol' US of A, you can.

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Confirmed: Facebook shifts away from AI… and like a miracle, the bots start working

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future isn't virtual robot buddies replacing humans?

Well, it is.

But we're not quite there yet. Years or decades at least. It's kind of inevitable this will happen in "the future"

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Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

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What about Brunel? (and dozens of others)

Or do you mean most successful living engineer?

Depends how you define most successful I suppose.

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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“stand-up design thinking” instead of sitting around a table like a committee and talking for hours, you stand arond a white board and pitch in with ideas. The meetings go much more quickly, and you tend to focus on the problem. Post-It notes might be involved.

People don't tend to sit there checking laptops and phones.

It does actually kinda work, but I can't think of a better name for it.

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AWS's Kubernetes dilemma: It's a burden and a pleasure

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few took developers seriously?

I think you are forgetting Steve Ballmer.

Time to watch this one again.

https://youtu.be/Vhh_GeBPOhs

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

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An array of lenses?

Why not have an array of lenses on the back covering, say, the top half of the phone back? You'd have to hold it at the bottom. With processing, you could then get a similar amount of photons as with a dSLR, but it would be nice and flat. Tiny lenses are incredibly cheap, this would only add a few £ to the phone overall and would make photography so much better.

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Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

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Make your own candles!?

Did you know you can make your own candles? Get some wax, wick, melt the wax, dip the candles. You can probably make your own wax and wick as well.

Same applies to the pencil.

Why not keep sheep and knit your own clothes?

This article completely ignores the economies of scale. And specialisation.

If Amazon/Google/MS are hosting hundreds of thousands of servers then it makes sense that I can spin up a shared VM on those servers, which will probably not be 100% utilised (the VM, not the server). Heck, I can even shut down my perf test environment when I'm not doing perf testing, and stop paying completely. On prod, I can spin up extra app VMs when I need them using auto-scaling, and then spin them down when demand drops. And then I stop paying. And lots of other reasons too.

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2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

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dozidoze?

Isn't it do-si-do? IIRC, from school 35 years ago. random.

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Seduced by the Docker side: Microsoft's support could be first shot fired in the Container Wars

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Bugun, the container wars have.

That is all I took from that. ;-)

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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

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One of the most famous people in the world.

Of course he needs more privacy than most people. I think like a couple of hundred people in the world know who I am, perhaps 1,000 max. This guy is known by something like a billion people around the world. Out of that number, a fair few probably want to meet / criticise / friend / kill him, so it's understandable he wants a bit of privacy. I think Joss Stone probably wants more privacy too, and deserves it.

Personally, I'd never want to be famous. What a curse.

Oh, vvv ... there's the downvote button, for anyone struggling to find it.

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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Re: A.I. is happening..

well, yeah but. If you are trying to build the most efficient organization possible, you are going to start using AI as soon as it becomes good enough and cheap enough. This is simple economics, and unless you are a Luddite you must see this is inevitable?

I'm sure humans could cope with taking your washing down to the river and washing it out, but you try convincing a human to do it. I'm sure if you paid well enough you could get someone to do it, but it just doesn't make sense when we've got technology which will do the whole thing better, faster and cheaper.

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Smart toaster?

And why the fuck would you want a smart toaster? What possible benefit does it give you? (apart from annoying you by nagging you to eat some toast or muffins)

What are you going to do, put the bread in the night before ready so you can say "OK Bookface... make some toast" ? Put the toast in, but don't switch it on. Walk away and then use voice commands so you don't have to push the button down?

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A.I. is happening..

... right now. Just not here at Mr. Zucks house, where Jarvis is nowhere near as smart as Tony Stark's version.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/magazine/the-great-ai-awakening.html

In ten years time when you phone your bank or train company or whatever, it will get answered straight away by an A.I. and this will seem perfectly normal. Also, they'll be able to understand what you are saying and sort out many of your problems which is better than many of the humans can manage now with their terrible English and lack of context.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

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You are sadly mistaken - Ed!?

"And coming back to operations, you are sadly mistaken if you think that the public cloud makes all challenges and requirements go away, then you are sadly mistaken"

Editor still hung over (or whoever is supposed to proof read these things).

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Re: Must admit

If you've never had a problem you probably aren't in the best position to comment. It's when you DO have a problem and how your ISP deals with it that determines if they are "pretty good" or just lucky.

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IDC shock prediction: Someone might build Skynet in next few years

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House cleaner?

Even if a fully automated robot cost £100,000 which could do the daily chores (washing, cleaning, vacuum) it would still make sense to get one of these assuming you could share it with one or two of your neighbours. Very rough calculation. Assuming the thing would last 5 years. Or if you could just pay a couple of hundred every month, and get "robot as a service" ... or what in meatbags would be called "a cleaner"

But a cleaner, which you don't need to vet and would not go through your personal stuff and steal things. (assuming it's secure).

Just a thought. Someone just needs to invent the thing.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Heretic Alert.

"Hadoop is not a DBMS."

Is so. It's not an RDBMS. :-P

Anyway, you are missing the point completely.

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Re: Heretic Alert.

"Just as no one today would seriously re-create a networking protocol..."

like HTTP/2 ?

".. or a DBMS"

Like Redis, Mongo, Hadoop...?

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Headphone jack!?

You had me there... right up until the last paragraph? Remind me again, what exactly are the benefits of removing the iPhone headphone jack (for the consumer)?

A bad analogy.

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Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

Steve Button

Don't be such a dick. Seriously we need more diversity in IT, and it's attitudes like this that turn good people away. Please take your "considerable experience" and stop profiling individuals. It's not helpful at all.

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