UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap
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.
No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade
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.
London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains
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).
Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data
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.
Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility
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.
Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"
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.
BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines
BT can't even offer decent broadband service to the whole of the UK, ffs.
Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
You mean that fruity company that didn't pay a dividend for 17 years? Short term investors didn't invest in it, oddly enough.
NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook
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.
Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set
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).
Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans
Actually it's been moderated 80% funny and 20% informative.
Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
Or just build a new base in Cumbria and move it over the border. Shame they got rid of RNAD Broughton Moor really.
Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now
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.
UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents
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.
IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages
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).
ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers
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).
Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss
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".
Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs
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.
BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology
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."
Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock
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).
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