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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

_Shad0w_ Re:Could be a good idea.. (101 comments)

Most of the fresh graduates we interviewed recently couldn't actually tell us what the difference between a class and an object was. And these were people with 2:1s.

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

_Shad0w_ Re:a quick search (334 comments)

A slightly better search would have told you that tender was cancelled in 2011 and a new one issued this year; they're holding the new selection process next year.

about a month ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

_Shad0w_ Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

The Victoria, Central, Jubilee, and Northern lines all use semi-automation. It wasn't uncommon to see the driver stood up in the middle of the cab when it pulled in to a station, when I used the central line regularly; the train stops itself. I've been on a couple where it's overshot the end of the platform and they've had to skip the station and continue to the next (reversing a tube train means the driver has to get out and go to the other end - it delays the service too much, so they just won't do it).

about a month and a half ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

_Shad0w_ Re:Outrage (60 comments)

It has been for years. Pretty much every business in the world that deals with defence contracts will store restricted material on their own site and computer systems at some point. In the UK there's even a designation for it List-X Site. Other countries have their own designation.

about a month and a half ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

_Shad0w_ Re:Windows 9X (349 comments)

We also know not to rely on the kernel version number to work out what the given version of Windows we're running on is capable of - you ask it if has the capability.

I was actually moderately surprised by the fact that people were using the product name to work out the version - it's not even that easy to get that string. I think there's a WMI object that contains it, but it was only added in Vista. I can only assume it's generally developers using some form of helper library that maps the version number to friendly names for them.

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

_Shad0w_ Re:Police?? (302 comments)

The City of London Police are a territorial police force though; they're all (well all of the full time and specials) are sworn constables.

about 2 months ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

_Shad0w_ They should sort their shit out here first (71 comments)

BT can't even offer decent broadband service to the whole of the UK, ffs.

about 2 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

_Shad0w_ Re: Mind boggling (167 comments)

You mean that fruity company that didn't pay a dividend for 17 years? Short term investors didn't invest in it, oddly enough.

about 2 months ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

_Shad0w_ Re:What? (185 comments)

No you don't. If you deliver something by mail you have no guarantee they got it, unless you use a service that requires a signature on delivery. Even then all you might have is a guarantee that *someone* signed for it, not that the person it was addressed to did. Our posties often just sign for things if it's something they can fit through the letterbox and no-one answers.

But then in the UK you don't have to prove they got it, just that you sent it. Proof of postage doesn't cost you anything; you just have to take it to a post office and ask for it rather than using a postbox.

about 2 months ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

_Shad0w_ Re:Surely (138 comments)

I doubt it's that easy to get restricted airspace put in place. Also jamming devices are generally illegal in the UK (punishable by a two year prison term and/or an unlimited fine).

about 2 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

_Shad0w_ Re:Nope (375 comments)

Or just build a new base in Cumbria and move it over the border. Shame they got rid of RNAD Broughton Moor really.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

_Shad0w_ Why do you need speech recognition? (84 comments)

Why would you need speech recognition on a London bus? You never talk to the driver. You get on, touch your Oyster card to the reader, and get off when you get to your stop. That's it. It's a flat rate fare. You can't even use cash on them anymore - you have to use an Oyster card.

about 4 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

_Shad0w_ Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

The vast majority of their users aren't especially smart when it comes to technology. They're essentially office workers - they don't give a stuff about the underlying format, they only care about being able to do their job.

about 4 months ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

_Shad0w_ Re:C++ (197 comments)

There's actually a standard for writing in C++ for (embedded) safety critical systems, created for the JSF. It exists partly because they were finding it increasingly hard to recruit engineers who knew Ada (or had any interest in learning it).

about 5 months ago
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ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

_Shad0w_ Re:What the fuck is this thing? (69 comments)

The main reason to move to 64-bit isn't memory, it's address space. Some other useful things falls out of it in a co-incidental kind of way too, like more registers (which are nice for tight loops).

about 5 months ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

_Shad0w_ Re:First Amendment to what? (104 comments)

1994, actually; "Intelligence Services Act (1994)" to be precise. Though GCHQ has been around since the early C20th.

Said act uses wonderfully nebulous language that basically comes down to "we can intercept anything we want because we say so".

about 5 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

_Shad0w_ Re:context (164 comments)

The main difference is LTO tapes (and similar) are actually designed so they can be used for archival storage (in the region of 30 years). Hard drives just aren't. If you can get a drive that's been sat in storage - no matter how good - for 20 years to spin up then you're very lucky.

about 5 months ago
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BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

_Shad0w_ Re:It's Nissan (137 comments)

My reading of the sentence was "European and Asian suppliers along with only one US supplier, Tesla; the other US suppliers will just do their own thing."

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

_Shad0w_ Re:Not sure what they mean... (250 comments)

Except browsers can actually send a header that lists your preferred languages, in order. Chrome can actually does this, although it's buried away under "Advanced Settings". Google just don't pay any attention to it on their servers (apparently).

about 5 months ago

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