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Comment Re:Another way to get cheap labour (Score 3, Insightful) 110

It's also about people learning useful skills. Lots of universities are teaching web design using dreamweaver! The university curriculums are too slow to reflect the latest tech in an industry that changes completely every year. It might not be the perfect solution with regards to pay, but it's certainly a step towards graduates coming out of uni with useful skills.

It doesn't matter what tools are used, I still craft web pages in a text editor. A CS degree shouldn't be thought of as providing the graduate with knowledge about how to use the latest toolsets. It should provide them with the answer to "why" rather than necessarily the "how".

Comment Re:Why the negativity (Score 1) 110

I did a CS degree way back in the early 1980s. I was taught general computing principles and how to code in a few languages. The general principles, how to do analysis, etc. have given me a good grounding to learn other languages and techniques and keep my skills relevant. As long as the companies allow the students to continue to learn general principles, the why rather than the how, then this will be of benefit.

If the company has sufficient influence to make the course concentrate on the how that is most relevant to the company then this would be bad. They might as well just take the people on and forget the degree.

Comment Re:It has nothing to do with the part counts (Score 1) 293

niche?, you can go coast to coast in a tesla using superchargers this year
most of the US will be covered by 2015, get some research fingers going on google

Still niche because those superchargers provide far less refuelling density than the existing gas stations. Given the increased time to refuel, even with a supercharger, the density has to be greater than the existing gas stations serving that route.

The build out of superchargers is impressive but it is catering to a relatively small number of vehicles.

Comment Re:The future of printing? (Score 1) 178

Tell that to the lawyers and accountants, or the designers and architects and they will laugh you right out the door. Do you have any idea how many times the world has heard that the paperless world is coming? The answer is never, as with any other "ideal" it's a nice dream and goal to work toward (and we should) but achieving it is impossible. Besides, paper is a renewable resource. It's the ink and toner, and the hardware for printing that aren't renewable.

I did work for an international LLC law firm 10+ years ago. They had migrated everything to a Documentum system. All of their paperwork was scanned and included in this system which made it available to anyone that needed to see it; lawyers in the firm, or clients.

My partner is currently working for local government scanning their planning records into a similar system.

In both cases the original paper documents are destroyed after the electronic copy is made.

Over here in the UK I can access most government services without needing to use a piece of paper.

Maybe I move in different circles to you, but your dismissal of the paperless office doesn't ring true with my experience. Its going to take time, but as the GP posted tablets have moved it nearer.

Comment Re:Cat and mouse (Score 1) 239

Which is exactly why Robert Peston wrote the new article. It becomes self defeating for the person wanting to be forgotten because the new articles bring the deed he is trying to suppress into the current. If it goes on it also creates a large number of 'this article has been removed' messages in the Google results, which in itself would be a marker.

It's better to leave this to the legal system ruling on the original articles. If the article is removed then, and only then, should a search engine have to remove links to it, cached copies etc.

Submission + - Microsoft Smartband Coming in October with 11 Sensors (

TuxHiggs writes: Last month, Forbes wrote that Microsoft was preparing a cross-platform smartwatch with the ability to continuously track your heart rate and sync the data to your devices. A trusted source with knowledge of the development has verified some of that information and provided Tom's Hardware with additional details about the device. The source confirmed previous rumors that the device is cross-platform compatible, and added there would be open APIs as well. The source also confirmed that the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside. Design-wise, Microsoft has gone with a slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband. While details about the hardware are scant, the source did reveal that there are 11 sensors under the hood and a mix of chips, including some from TI and Atmel. Finally, the release for this device is apparently set for October.

Submission + - Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" emails?

outofluck70 writes: Got an email today from Microsoft, text is below. They are no longer going to send out emails regarding patches, you have to use RSS or keep visiting their security sites. They blame "governmental policies" as the reason. What could the real reason be? Anybody in the know?

From the email:

Title: Microsoft Security Notifications
Issued: June 27, 2014

Notice to IT professionals:

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the

* Security bulletin advance notifications
* Security bulletin summaries
* New security advisories and bulletins
* Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website.

For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the Microsoft Technical Security Notifications webpage at

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