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  • Advice

    @RamblingGeekUK: I would also publish something (OSS, Phone App, WIn8 app, whatever).  Doesn't have to be big, just make sure you do a good job.  You can then reference this on your CV and they can take a look and see that you know how to code. 

    Writing articles can also help -- publish some small, useful code fragment you're come up with on Code Project or somewhere like that.  If it gets slated, do another one until you get one that gets good reviews.  Then add the good one to your CV but leave out any that didn't do so well :)

    Showing that you know how to code it better than having a qualification with the ink still wet.



  • Interesting Items from CES

    , elmer wrote

    Introduced at CES


    For taking selfies of your butt.

    If it was April-1 I'd laugh, but there is apparently a market for this...

    Ah, the fall of civilisation -- I knew it had to start soon.


  • crazy anti-cop culture.

    My take on this is that people generally see the police force as representing "The System" (be that the government, the status quo or the military-industrial complex).  When we are in times of austerity (as we currently are) people become more frustrated and tend to target their frustrations at 'The System' which manifests itself as an increase anti-police sentiment. 

    When times are good, people tend not to notice the police so much so there is no balancing positive state.  This means that the average is negative.


  • A decent, incremental online backup system

    I'm using Carbonite at home: it doesn't care about file formats, only file sizes.  I'm happy with how it works; if I've deleted it from my PC then I don't care about backups being removed.  I also don't need a full disk image; I back up all the documents and everything else can be re-installed. My main reasons for making backups are in case of theft or disk failure so I'm not really concerned about file history.

    If you are thinking of any on-line backup system make sure you have a decent upload speed. I get about 9Mb upload which is fine, but even then the first upload took a long time to finish.

  • Visual Studio 2013 remote debugging on home network

    I haven't done this for a while, but I do remember having to run the debugging tools on the tablet (an original Surface RT in my case) as an administrator -- then the remote logging just seemed to work.  I also had to add the admin user details from the desktop when debugging.

  • Cyber warfare and Hollywood cowardice

    , JohnAskew wrote

    Come on, guys, the FBI has fingered NoKo... "with some outside help" - Russia, Iran...

    Sony is just another free speech platform getting shut down by those who are more powerful than it or it's slack - uncle sam.

    I think uncle sam needs to blow back - hard.


    1. Sony is not a 'free speech platform' it's a multinational media company that produces films for profit. It is not their place (or their desire) to stand up for anything and they're certainly not going to take any risks with anybody's lives - that's for governments to do.  Oh, and Sony certainly don't stand up for the 1st amendment or 'The American way of Life'; being a conglomerate of Japanese origins it's rather silly to call them 'Un-American' as some people in Hollywood have done.

    2. Uncle Sam can do what about this exactly?  North Korea may have been proven to be the source (as the media in the UK claims the US Government has now verified), but what exactly can the US do that they're not already doing? You think the US are not already involved in cyber attacks on competing ideologies?


    It is disappointing that a film is withdrawn due to threats, but we cannot blame the media company who are just trying to mitigate their risk and losses.  Blame North Korea all you like, but you can't blame Sony for being what they are.

    I thought Sony's declaration that they will never release the film in any format ever was a mistake, though.  They should have kept their options open.


  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    I think Hawkins is just annoyed that one day he won't be the smartest thing on the planet. :D

    As for "the end of humanity", that's simple -- whatever values you imbue the initial AIs with will become part of their target for improvement so we just imbue them with the concept of 'liking people and wanting to be liked by people' and as part of their bootstrapping they will want to improve on that as well as their other abilities.


  • Bing Halloween theme

    , Proton2 wrote

    *snip*I hate to be pedantic but "alot" is not a word.

    I have to be a smart-* but ... :D

    My Geography teacher at High School had that permanently written across the top of his blackboard and my answer is this:

    'Alot' is a word if people use it and everyone understands it; language evolves.


  • Ebola spreads to USA

    @JohnAskew: I do find it quite stunning that medically trained doctors and nurses don't self-impose a degree of quarantine for three weeks after knowingly working with Ebola victims. 

    "I was interacting with Ebola victims last week, I think I'm not infected so I'll just go to a crowded place (bowling alley, airplane) and have fun. Is it me, or is it hot in here?"

    You shouldn't really need the CDC to tell you that you are a risk; what were you doing at medical school all that time it you don't get the basics of infection control?


  • Finally -- my tech prediction has come true ...

    I've been saying for a while now that what I wanted was a TV where one viewer can look at the channel guide on a tablet without interrupting a second viewer's TV watching and now it's available in the UK (may have been available in the US for a while now) with the new TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One which has SmartGlass integration for the channel guide.

    Still can't record TV yet, but surely that's the next logical step?