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Comment Re:About Time (Score 1) 123

If I commit a crime and the evidence is in a Hilton hotel room in the UK nobody expects Hilton to hold onto that evidence just because it happened to be in one of their hotels outside the US.

The situation might be closer to the evidence being in a safety deposit box in a Hilton hotel in the UK. Or perhaps in a safety deposit box in a UK subsidiary of a US-owned bank. The hotel room analogy might carry too much implication of accessibility as a run-of-the-mill expectation.


RIP, SunSolve 100

Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."

Comment Re:Of course they are, for now... (Score 2, Interesting) 198

Did they? When? I recall Nick Clegg and David Cameron announcing the coalition without any consultation of the back-benchers. Did I miss a day's news?

The two parties work in rather different ways. Under Liberal Democrat rules, Clegg had to get authorisation from a meeting of the whole parliamentary party, then from the party's national executive, and finally from a special conference held in Birmingham over the second weekend after the election. Under Conservative rules, Cameron made his decision and that was all that was necessary.

Comment Re:Somewhere, a coder is polishing his resume (Score 1) 291

In my last job, the IT team of two developers and a sysadmin reported to the IT Director. He was quite clearly a Director insofar as he owned 40% of the company and was legally liable for its actions, regardless of the number of people reporting to him. He was a Director from the day he and his two partners set up a limited liability company, even if at the time he was the sole developer.

Comment Re: Correct. Almost all Conservative MPs abstained (Score 1) 384

It's Wash-up. Parliament is prorogued for the election at the end of today's proceedings. At this point the only things that can get through are those where the opposition agrees to let them through without spending time debating them. The Tories could have stopped this dead simply by insisting on debating any part of it, instead of just letting it through.

This way they get a bill they might have liked, with the side-benefit of being able to blame the other side when anybody objects to it.

Comment Re:TV on an iPad? (Score 1) 443

I can already do that with a laptop, so that has to be qualified with "and I don't want to put such a strain on my knees". Sorry, not going to spend $500 for that.

I have 40-year-old knees which I hope to use for at least another 40 years. I may be prepared to spend $500 for that.


Submission + - The Latest Programming Holy War: Debuggers! 1

mykdavies writes: "It all started when Giles Bowkett posted on his blog that debuggers were a waste of time: "If you're used to a crutch, you think you need it", he said, and that once you've heard of Test Driven Development, you'll never use the debugger again.

A number of keen fans of debuggers leapt in to defend the role of the debugger in TDD, including James Robertson who explained (with video) how "living in the debugger" can lead to faster development. The level of outrage in the responses got too much for Giles, who had to delete a number of heated posts. Then Reddit picked up the story and fanned the flames.

So who's right here? Are debuggers a crutch for out-of-date coders, or the tool of choice for the best developers?"

Submission + - Zero-day exploit in PDF with Adobe Reader (

hankwang writes: Security researcher Petko Petkov, who is known for his recent discovery of a vulnerability with Quicktime in Firefox, claims to have discovered an exploit that allows arbitrary code execution when a maliciously crafted PDF document is opened in any version of Adobe Reader. Petkov did not disclose any technical details other than a video, but claims on his blog that Adobe has acknowledged the vulnerability. If this exploit goes wild, it could cause some serious problems, as PDFs are usually automatically opened from web browsers and widely used and trusted by corporate users. See also Petkov's original blog post [Coral cache].
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The Free Food Definition

Dster76 writes: A colleague of mine has painstakingly mapped Richard Stallman's definition of free software to a new definition for free food. Here is a taste (ouch!):

In this freedom, it is the diner's purpose that matters, not the cook's purpose; you as a diner are free to make a recipe for your purposes, and if you distribute it to someone else, she is then free to make it for her purposes, but you are not entitled to impose your purposes on her.
Should food be free, not as in beer, but as in free speech?

Submission + - China Plays Trump Card In Format Wars. HD-DVD Wins (

mrneutron2003 writes: A chinese national consortium (consisting of university engineers, government officials, and a chinese video standards group) alongside the DVD Forum (arbitor of the HD-DVD standard) have come to an agreement regarding the componentry to be used in China's forthcoming CH-DVD standard. Why is this an important development? Well, apart from esthetic differences such as encoding format (the chinese favor their own AVS codec), this means that a country with roughly 20% of the population of the earth is behind a standard that just so happens to be mechanically and optically favorable to HD-DVD. With chinese manufacturing capacity behind it, CH-DVD will obviously be a huge success in china. And with the chinese economy being what it is, prices for such a format have to be within the reach of it's citizenry. HD-DVD will be an obvious beneficiary of the economies of scale that will come into play here. It's still way too early to tell who will win the High Definition format war, with the two leading formats HD-DVD and BlueRay barely accounting for single digit percentages of worldwide video sales. Still, if history is to be our guide, one or the other of the formats will indeed "take off" once players cross the $200 and $100 price thresholds. With this new development, the liklihood that HD-DVD will get their first just jumped a few gazillion notches. -trump-card-in-format-wars.-hd-dvd-wins-by-def.htm l?Itemid=60

Submission + - Doctor Who goes on hiatus for a year (

BigBadBus writes: "Looks like Dr.Who fans will have to go without their hero in 2009 after the BBC revealed the Time Lord will take a gap year. Might be a good idea considering the unpopular choice of Catherine Tate as the new companion. However, to please die-hard Whovians, there will be three specials in 2009."

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