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  • A long shot : Anyone want a job near Chester (UK)?

    @RamblingGeekUK: Email me at drherbie at outlook dot com and I'll send details directly to you.


  • A long shot : Anyone want a job near Chester (UK)?

    We're looking for someone full time and permanent to help out with customer support (for our vertical market software) and to take over internal IT maintenance.

    We're near Chester in the UK (between Saltney and Bretton), let me know if you're interested and I'll get more detail to you.


  • Distributed SQL

    Is there an opportunity to gather evidence from the logs?  If so I would see if you can support your suggested one write/multi read architecture with hard evidence (incidentally, it is also the architecture I would have suggested in the circumstances, but then I have been reading up a lot on CQRS recently).



  • MVC Currency

    You should look at the CultureInfo class.  You can create a CultureInfo for the relevant display culture and use that to format the decimal.

    See my answer on Stackoverflow to a similar question, but you would not need to set the default culture, just use the new CultureInfo as a parameter in the ToString() call.

  • more on HoloLens API: ​Windows.​Mirage.​Hologram​Framework

    , spivonious wrote

    @Bas: I thought the tool chest was neat. Skeuomorphic design doesn't make sense on a flat screen, but it definitely makes sense in a 3D space. If I'm building something, I have a toolbox full of tools. Why shouldn't I have a toolbox when I'm building something virtually?

    That's all very well until the rendering gets so good it's hard to distinguish between holograms and reality; you'd have to remember to check that the chair really existed before sitting down.

    On a more serious note for realistic rendering, we already have seen some psychological problems when individuals get too engrossed in what they are doing and returning to reality is something of a shock (usually with gamers getting depressed in meatspace).  Imagine the potential shock of taking off your VR gear to find that you'd forgotten that some things were not, in fact, real.



  • There Is No Spoon

    @Ian2: A mug where there really is no spoon!


  • There Is No Spoon

    @brian.shapiro: I haven't been able to stir my tea for 2 days now, since the spoons went ...

  • There Is No Spoon

    @GoddersUK: I shall hunt you down ....

  • Apple scores biggest quarterly profit in corporate history; asks for license to print money

    , Ray7 wrote


    what the are going to do with the mountain of cash they're sitting on    

    They've had a mountain of tax-free cash sitting around for quite a while now.  They can't bring it into the US without paying about 30% tax on it so apparently they just use it to borrow against.

    I believe Ireland (where Apple have a company registered for this taxless money) is moving to change their tax laws in the next two or three years which may force Apple to do something with this money other than just roll around in it naked (which I am assuming is the other use for it).

    It will be interesting to see what happens to it, but I expect their accountants will just find another haven for it instead.

  • The end is nigh

    @fanbaby: But most of that profit was through expanding markets in China.  Eventually the markets will all be full and they won't see that sort of profit on iPhone sales again.  Then they'll have to come up with another product as spectacular as the iPhone, which is far from guaranteed.

    Also -- they haven't sold as many phones as Samsung, but Apple's mark-up per phone is higher.

    Wish I'd had Apple shares though -- presumably they went up?