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Submission + - A spreadsheet is blamed for UK rail bid fiasco

Bruce66423 writes: As a sometime computer programmer who was always very sniffy about the quality of the stuff being knocked up by amateurs aka power users, the current claim in that it was a messed up spreadsheet that caused a multimillion pound fiasco is very satisfying. 'The key mechanism... mixed up real and inflated financial figures and contained elements of double counting'.

Those are dangerous toys we've let the children have! [Full disclosure — I didn't leave the industry because of redundancy]

Submission + - Steam for Linux to Arrive 'In a Few Days' (

sharksfan98 writes: "Steam’s arrival on Linux isn’t a secret – and even when it was it was a poorly kept one.

The company have been internally testing the Linux client for a while, and recently announced that an ‘external’ beta Linux users would be coming out ‘sometime in October’. No specific date was given.

But, today, a request from Canonical’s Bryce H. to Ubuntu developers has offered up a more definite time-frame – one that seems to be happening this week

He wrote in his request:

“Could an archive or SRU admin accept nvidia-common and jockey from the upload queue?

  These are needed for the Valve Steam release that happens in a few days.”

The bad-ish news is that only 1000 people will have access to the external beta to begin with. So as close as its release is it won’t be landing in the laps of everyone quite yet.

But it’s still exciting, no?"

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.