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Comment What they need to do is be less cheap (Score 2) 59

I bought a 2nd wireless controller for £45 and it didn't come with a cable to charge it. Bare in mind that these are just standard USB cables that you can buy from stores for just a couple of quid - wholesale they must be pennies. When I spend £45 on a wireless device that has no other means to recharge; I expect a damn cable to be included. Stingey gits

Comment Shrinking cars could be better than you'd think (Score 1) 443

If "Shrink and drive through tiny things" means cars can get smaller than the physical space required by their contents (think TARDIS) then I think we'd all be happier. Much smaller cars + roads kept the size they are now = more space to drive and traffic would have less of an impact on travel times. Think of all the productive things people could do if they didn't spend so much time stuck in traffic.

Comment Re:maintenance updates during the day ? (Score 1) 98

Thats not a universal philosophy. If something breaks late Friday night - who's going to be around to fix it? We only push stuff live after vigorous QA & review and we're as sure as we can be that it won't break anything. If it does break something, it's going to be something pretty obscure and we sure as hell want as many engineers around as possible to be available to help fix it or to make the call to rollback if a fix isn't forthcoming. The odds of the small team online late on friday knowing enough about the system to successfully diagnose and fix something obscure quickly are slim. That's exactly why we usually do live pushes during business hours - even if traffic would be quieter at 3am Sunday morning. Out of hours support should be for emergencies only - not for run of the mill live pushes.

Comment Re:Screw them (Score 4, Insightful) 210

Honestly, the entire concept of being Pardoned in this case would be yet another insult.

What they should issue is an Apology.

Mod parent up. Pardon implies that the action was wrong, but excusable. An apology would imply that Turing (+others) did nothing wrong and that it was in fact the law that was wrong.

Comment What's the point in 'migrating'? (Score 1) 413

At work my machine runs windows. But I'm ssh'd into at least 6 linux/solaris servers at any given time.

At home my main PC is windows - but I have linux running on a NAS box that I use for backups and web dev environment.

So I haven't migrated per se. I just use a mixture of windows and linux depending on what the best tool for the job is.

Comment Re:Thats it! I am leaving (Score 1) 622

I currently work on the many ecommerce websites for a v. large company. My job was advertised to PHP developers and the company cross-trained me because we use Perl for pretty much all our backend code. There's pretty much no PHP. So after a year of working on the framework and in the environment - I think I can say I'm confident in my Perl abilities but am very aware that I'm losing my skills as a PHP programmer.

So while I'm thankful of the learning opportunity - I realise there's a lot more PHP jobs out there than there are Perl jobs. I'd rather be really good at PHP that really good at Perl. I'm aware that the longer time I spend at my current company, the less transferable my programming skills will be. Which isn't necessarily an issue - I could always go down the management route.

Just for the record; I'm one of those who maintain there's nothing particularly wrong with PHP as a language, the issue is how people use it.

Comment Re:This company scares me more and more (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Then I guess that includes small indie games that have in-game currency or use Facebook credits (which are bought for real world money) should also be shut down. Or casinos that use chips rather than letting you bet at the tables with real money?

Point is, companies have had their own currencies for years. While some people might disagree with those practises - company-specific currency isn't intrinsically bad

US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption 358

An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that forcing a suspect to decrypt his hard drive when the government did not already know what it contained would violate his 5th Amendment rights. According to Orin Kerr of the Volohk Conspiracy, 'the court's analysis (PDF) isn't inconsistent with Boucher and Fricosu, the two district court cases on 5th Amendment limits on decryption. In both of those prior cases, the district courts merely held on the facts of the case that the testimony was a foregone conclusion.'"

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