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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 a week 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago
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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

_Shad0w_ Re:DRTFA (166 comments)

My suspicion was Java would be more or less identical, but I don't work in Java so I wasn't 100% sure.

about 2 months ago
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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

_Shad0w_ Re:DRTFA (166 comments)

I don't know how different Java is to .NET in terms of exceptions, but with .NET you get an SQLException thrown, but the Message property would just contain something succinct like "Incorrect username or password". There are also a properties giving you access to the actual error codes from the SQL Server. You can also still look at the StackTrace property to get the full stack trace if you want.

about 2 months ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

_Shad0w_ Re:Share and Share Alike (132 comments)

The problem with OpenSSL Rampage is that a major part of their approach is basically to rip everything out of OpenSSL that isn't relevant to OpenBSD, which is generally the code relevant to platforms OpenSSL supports but OpenBSD doesn't.

about a month ago
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As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

_Shad0w_ Re:A Contest? (250 comments)

Access to space has always been a pissing contest. You would even be in space if it wasn't.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

_Shad0w_ Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

They're SO-15, they're a specialist armed unit (formed when they combined SO-13 with Special Branch). They only get deployed when they explicitly need armed officers.

Also we don't have "metro police", that would British Transport Police, who are responsible for policing railways nationally, railway property, London Underground, and various other things. They're not routinely armed.

about 2 months ago
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The Technical Difficulty In Porting a PS3 Game To the PS4

_Shad0w_ Re:There's actually some validity to the GP's post (152 comments)

Alternatively they're really good programmers who got explicitly told "make this run like shit off a shovel and don't worry about portability - this will only ever be on PS3". You can say "but we should really write portable code", but if SMT still tell you to ignore portability then you're left with either doing what you're told or quitting.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

_Shad0w_ Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

It rarely happens. A beat officer is unlikely to ever find themselves facing a suspect armed with a firearm in the UK. Most gun crime in the UK is gang-on-gang, they seldom use guns against the police. Which isn't to say that it never happens, but when it does it's noteworthy simply because of its rarity. The other times you get armed suspect will be hostage type situations, at which point armed officers automatically get deployed anyway.

The only place you'll find routinely armed police officers in the UK are at airports, MOD plods (civilian police responsible for policing MOD property), and the CNC (Civil Nuclear Constabulary - responsible for policing nuclear establishments in the UK).

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

_Shad0w_ Re:Cool (564 comments)

Only if their machine was part of the University's Active Directory infrastructure, as far as I know. Just being on the same network wouldn't be enough.

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

_Shad0w_ Re:Anti-competitive (238 comments)

Extremely hard, actually; it gives me an anxiety attack (things my mobile phone is never used for: making phone calls). My phone at work is on DND on the time for a reason.

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

_Shad0w_ Re: Anti-competitive (238 comments)

I'll actually just switch if I do get round to doing it. I'm not interesting in playing their games. If they have a better tariff they should have moved me to it in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

_Shad0w_ Re:Anti-competitive (238 comments)

It's usually an option in the UK, not across the board on all contracts. Mine gives me 100 minutes and 500 text for £22.50 and I have 1GB of data on top of that which costs another £10. I can almost certainly get it cheaper, but it would take effort and mean switching provider. I probably should do it at some point.

about 2 months ago

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