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Then a lot of stuff that happened just 10-15 years ago didn’t happen at all. Some of my research is done “Just In Time”. I think of something I want to refer to, then I hit up IEEE Xplore and … Continue reading
Firstly, they don’t have Stephen Conroy. Secondly, they’re not going to introduce software patents. NZ: 2. Australia: Sux.
Google’s announced that they were the subject of a precise and sophisticated attack, apparently aimed at getting access to the GMail accounts of pro-democracy critics of the Chinese Communist regime, both living in China and abroad.
Google don’t think that the accounts were compromised but can’t be sure.
In response Google have said that they are considering […] Continue reading
Based on current feedback, I’d say paying a lawyer to talk about software patents at this point would be like setting money on fire.
– Ryan Gordon
Jon Skeet explains that human complexity is one of the causes of software complexity. Everything you might think is simple — numbers, letters and dates — is actually devilishly tricky. Continue reading
A lot of progress (and sometimes, regress) in computer science and software engineering seems to come from rejecting, modifying or otherwise modifying the “natural order”. By natural order I refer to the generally accepted, industrial paradigm of how development “is … Continue reading
Seen on Slashdot’s front page today:
Seems that for a crime to count, it first has to hit the high and mighty. Continue reading
The Electoral Reform Greenpaper has mostly received coverage for the two particularly stupid proposals that are raised: lowering the age of franchise and replacing the paper ballot with electronic or — much worse — internet voting.
Robert Merkel points out at LP that there is an almost universal condemnation of the latter idea by IT security […] Continue reading
Some of you might know that I’ve harboured a small enthusiasm for aggressively using IT to drive down costs of health care, as well as improving quality, safety and providing data for researchers. In the future it may even be possible to couple these databases to expert systems that provide secondary diagnoses to help doctors […] Continue reading
It is very common in IT to see “Service Level Agreements” specifying a certain amount of uptime. This is usually considered in “nines”: when someone talks about five nines, they’re referring to 99.999% uptime.
Very few services actually attain it, or even come close. All it takes is one bad day and the “downtime budget” for […] Continue reading