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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

cyber-vandal Re:Cancer Hope (69 comments)

Because that worked out so well for Steve Jobs.

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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

cyber-vandal Re: Who cares? (222 comments)

I hate to break it to you but web apps kickstarted the neo-mainframe movement because everyone having their own PC turned into an admin nightmare. Apple and Google have given the same thing to people who don't want to fight with their computer all the time.

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

cyber-vandal Re: Local testing works? (777 comments)

It's OK when rich people move to Turkey and buy up all the property. It's not okay when ordinary Turks want to come here to earn the extra money they need to afford to house their families after the property boom sent housing costs soaring.

about a week ago
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Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

cyber-vandal Typical German speaker (52 comments)

Why use three syllables when 35 will do.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

cyber-vandal Re:Burning platforms (383 comments)

There are a lot of enterprise customers wondering who they can go to now that Blackberry have faded away. That's where WinPhone is going to shine unless the other 2 ecosystems start being able to integrate seamlessly with things like Active Directory and Exchange and the plethora of third-party Windows-only software.

about two weeks ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

cyber-vandal Re: what should be off the table (204 comments)

But but they're good now honest! Most of the apologists here don't know and usually aren't interested in the history and just assume it's jealousy or just about IE being the default browser.

about two weeks ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

cyber-vandal Re: Manager (204 comments)

Apple aren't the only company who make Thunderbolt and it's a patented Intel technology anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

cyber-vandal Re: Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Speaking as a former COBOL programmer who did Y2K work you really don't know that you've got it good. Some of that code was a vile mess of hacks, commented code , blocks of code that couldn't be touched on case they broke so had to be coded around. Shit code can be written without frameworks and in my experience more often is, due to the wheel being reinvented repeatedly and badly. The good old days never existed and personally I'm far happier writing C# in Visual Studio for SMEs than I ever was trying to debug some horrendous code written by a moron 30 years ago that some bank utterly depends on and which is probably still in use now 10 years after I escaped.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

cyber-vandal Re: Not to worry (401 comments)

Funny but my skills in C# are far more valuable than my COBOL skills thanks to all the mainframe COBOL work being outsourced to India because people like me were too expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

cyber-vandal Re: Interesting... (117 comments)

It's also pretty hard to fight back when the other side is so much better armed than you. A bunch of NRA members with assault rifles won't last long against tanks and fighter jets without outside support and the most powerful of the US' enemies are too far away to give any meaningful support and taking that support would immediately lose any popular support you might get.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

cyber-vandal Re: Censorship through comment (74 comments)

"stan o'neil" site:bbc.co.uk returns the article. This is all hysterical bullshit.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

cyber-vandal Re: What's the point? (178 comments)

Some of the most expensive IT failures in history have come from contracting it out to the amazingly efficient do no wrong private sector.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

cyber-vandal Re:Good idea (42 comments)

Damn those lefties and their workers' rights, rights for minorities and women, universal education and universal vaccination.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

cyber-vandal Re: No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

In which EU nations do you "just get handed citizenship"? I can't speak for other countries but here in the UK becoming a citizen is a long and quite expensive process.

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

cyber-vandal Re:Mod parent up. (99 comments)

That really does suck. I'm not best pleased about that since it's totally unnecessary. My misunderstanding of your point was that I installed an extension (I had no idea there was a difference between that an app which I guess is obvious now I think about it) which didn't require my password. As soon as I followed your link and tried to install it asked me for my login details. That's really shit. The developer check box doesn't make a difference either.

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

cyber-vandal Re:Mod parent up. (99 comments)

It's not really a monoculture when there are 4 separately developed rendering engines. IE isn't going away thanks to corporate users, Firefox is still going strong although nowhere near where it was, Apple have a strong market position that will not go anywhere in the near future and Google has forked Webkit to go their own way so I can't see any single browser dominance any time in the near future and I certainly haven't come across a single site that insists I use a particular browser like used to happen in the bad old days of IE5 and 6.

I'll have to investigate the apps issue further because I'm not happy with them saying where I can install apps from. They don't do it on Android so why should they do it on Chrome.

I'm not defending Google here by the way but people's fears of a return to the early 2000s IE only nightmare seem largely unfounded to me. Google have contributed a number of technologies to everyone - a long way from the One Microsoft Way of yesteryear.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

cyber-vandal Re:RIP firefox, lean and fast (132 comments)

Firefox uses Gecko, Opera and Chrome use Blink and Safari uses Webkit. That's 3 if you exclude IE.

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

cyber-vandal Re:Mod parent up. (99 comments)

How is it a monoculture? Can you give examples of sites that only work in Chrome or say "this site works best in Chrome" a la IE6? I think it's unlikely website owners would annoy all the iDevice users who don't have access to Chrome.

I didn't know you needed a Google account to install extensions so I just logged out and installed a random extension. It didn't ask me to log in again so I don't know if it was happy that I just exist in the Google world or whether they've taken that requirement out again in the latest version (35.0.1916.153 on Windows 8.1).

about a month ago

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