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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

Richard_at_work Re:Unpaid labour? (57 comments)

Wow, you *are* ignoring the sendmail and bind exploits - many of them were due to lax security rather than being coding bugs.

And you also seem to ignore the thriving antivirus markets that existed for the Atari, Amiga and other non-MS platforms - I wonder how MS was responsible for those!

2 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Richard_at_work Re:Actually, yes. (106 comments)

Shirts usually come with a collar size measurement - 15", 17.5" etc. Only cheaper shirts Ive seen come with a generic size band of S,M, L etc

2 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

Richard_at_work Re:Boycott ASDA (106 comments)

And many of us don't give a fuck and shop at ASDA, get good quality food, a good experience and low prices. Plenty of other employers around, the staff don't have to work at ASDA if they don't want to.

2 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Richard_at_work Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 NOT (306 comments)

Uh, thats what Labour did in 1997 - there is no state pension fund to be raided...

6 hours ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

Richard_at_work Re:Unpaid labour? (57 comments)

Is your selective memory ignoring all the sendmail and bind exploits that did the rounds in the 80s and 90s?

6 hours ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Richard_at_work Re:Easy! Fraud.. (87 comments)

EBay is no more a monopoly than Google is in search.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Richard_at_work Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 NOT (306 comments)

Nice to see that the Christian Science Monitor completely misses the raid by Gordon Brown and the Labour Party after they won the elections in 1997 in the UK - they raided pension funds to the tune of £5Billion a year from the very start.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Richard_at_work Re:A few things... (306 comments)

Why should the ISP pay out of their profit?

yesterday
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Richard_at_work Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (100 comments)

I really liked mine, until it died a couple of weeks ago. Just over 18 months of service.

Replaced it with a Crucial M550.

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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Richard_at_work Re:17GB of source code? (241 comments)

Why the duck would I need to do anything like that when including them in my git repo works fine? It also means I can deploy directly from git into my environments.

yesterday
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Richard_at_work Re:Britain only (161 comments)

You have the queen as *your* head of state however ;) Same person, different crown.

2 days ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Richard_at_work Re:Britain only (161 comments)

Commonwealth != British. You gave those rights up when you split from the British Empire :)

2 days ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Richard_at_work Re:What for? (161 comments)

IT workers are low-wage blue-collar workers with no vacations, no off hours, no overtime compensation and their jobs are being or have already been outsourced.

In the UK we get a minimum of 4 weeks paid vacation, a set time for working hours, and even salaried workers are due compensation for working over their contractual hours.

Been in IT in the UK for 20 years now, never experienced what you are talking about.

Yup, we actually have decent employment law here in the UK. Sucks to be you, wherever you come from...

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Richard_at_work Re:CapEx vs OpEx (241 comments)

Because he's looking to open it as a conversion server for pretty much anyone that wants to use it on an ongoing basis - which means that CapEx is a much better solution.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Richard_at_work Re:17GB of source code? (241 comments)

Why not? Binaries are still part of the application in many cases - images, videos, dependencies etc

2 days ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Richard_at_work Re:Ouch (74 comments)

You need to retake religious studies :) Seriously, your entire understanding of Christianity is wrong.

Catholicism is Christianity in entirety - it has essentially two main branches, Roman Catholic, and Protestant (or Church of England based Christianity, and also includes most other non-Roman Catholic Christian branches such as Baptists, Methodist etc, which are all offshoots of the CoE branch). But both sit under the label of Catholicism.

Protestants most certainly believe in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and while they believe Jesus was mortal, that forms the basis of being able to rise from the dead - his divinity after crucifixion comes from him conquering death and rising again. Oh, and they most definitely believe he is the Son of God.

Your idea of how salvation occurs is also completely broken for both branches of Catholicism - simply leading a good life won't get you any brownie points, you have to believe in Jesus Christ and the fundamental tenet that he died for humanities sins on the cross.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richard_at_work Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (171 comments)

The only limitations I've ever had with Windows on Apple computers are limitations *Apple* put in place.

Try this - replace the internal DVD drive on a 17" MBP with a hard disk:

1. Bootcamp won't allow you to install Windows on anything other the primary hard disk
2. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot Windows on the second hard disk
3. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot OSX on the second hard disk
4. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot the Windows installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
5. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to book the OSX installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
6. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to allow the Windows installation to write to it, so Windows cannot set the boot partition

So these days I have a 10GB OSX partition on the primary hard disk which I never boot into, and the final act of doing all the installations was a fun case of swapping the DVD drive in and out.

I've never had anything like as many issues installing Windows on non-Apple hardware.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richard_at_work Re:The Windows Phone failed. (171 comments)

Nope, no fire sale, just a very busy store - seems it got busier after the Phones4U store next door to the EE store closed down. I was in the store perhaps 45 minutes, and the staff were never idle, there was a decent, steady stream of customers and probably a good 20 phones sold during that time.

And who said they were buying the "exact same product"? There was perhaps 7 or 8 different Windows Phone models on show, of which the Lumia 930 was but one - the rest of the Lumia range was represented, as were several HTCs.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Richard_at_work Re:The Windows Phone failed. (171 comments)

You also know what they say: "Lies, damn lies and statistics". Pick any period before a new product launch and I bet you can show sales declining - the new flagship WP Lumia series was announced during Q2 2014, but not released until Q3 2014, and other Lumia updates didn't happen until later in Q3 or the start of Q4, so lets see what the sales results for Q3 show before declaring WP dead on the basis of the Q2 results.

2 days ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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