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Comment: Re:US investors don't own Alibaba the retailer ... (Score 2) 190

by mjwalshe (#47955403) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US
Yep both HK and London took one look at the corporate structure and said not on our exchange - if this goes pear shaped it could trigger major trouble for Google and other tech companies with "dodgy" share classes that allow a minority of outsiders to take the piss with supposedly a public company.

Comment: Re:Business (Score 1) 274

by mjwalshe (#47954311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
Actually some of us where doing Agile back in the mid 90's - it was called RAD or DSDM

BT built a system to manage its SMDS network using a hybrid water fall design phase plus a 12 week dev sprint with I think two intermediate prototypes that we let the users play with - we even sourced the sever and took enough kit to build a network on site in case hey had forgotten to provide one :-)

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 471

by mjwalshe (#47949627) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
Actually the SNP was originally quite sectarian - some thing glossed over in the obits of one of the founders obit. And a mate of mine born and brought up on red Clydeside (member of the cp and on the employers black list for union organising) commented that unfortuety there is a nasty anti english side to the scots that doesn't always show.

Comment: Ms tax is trivial compared to other costs (Score 1) 249

by mjwalshe (#47896579) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros
The cost of office per year compared to the cost of employing a single employee is tiny even more so if they are a civil servant with a juicy pension entitlement - when I was in charge of the tech at a small 10 person company I reckoned it cost us less than £50 a year per person for office and xp

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