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There are KDE 5 packages in Debian Sid. And they are incomplete. Resist the dist-upgrade temptation if you want your desktop to keep working.
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After 4 months of working in the south of Paris, I've just about got used to the morning handshake ritual. On arrival at work, one shakes hands with everyone in one's part of the office. To this Brit it feels like an expedition to invade everyones' personal space, but it is expected. So, despite feeling uncomfortable about it, I follow the locals.

But according to that bible of international social tittle-tattle, The Economist (shurely shome mishtake?), it looks like I'm getting off lightly.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/10/kissing-business-acquaintances?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/xxxxorxxxxx
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The power of myth and software development. From the author of the essential http://leanpub.com/leprechauns.
Questioning claims that are widely accepted in the technology industry.
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I'd not been in the Eton College Chapel before last night going to a concert given by a choir my mother belongs to. Wow. Glorious perpendicular gothic. And Handel too. Coronation anthems with choir, brass, tymps and that organ.
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If you've ever suspected your process is more important than your language....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/06/languages_dont_breed_bugs_people_breed_bugs/
You say C++, I say Python, you say JavaScript, I say Erlang ...
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No one ever re-visits code. Some large public projects seem to get a few eyeballs, but in the way that I find multiple typos and errors in everything I read, so to with programs. Everything needs more polish than can be afforded it seems. 
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Debian unstable AMD64 users. Today's Chromium 37 update breaks Flash.
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Teachers need support delivering the new coding curriculum. http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/.
 
@MissPhilbin issues a rallying call at #pyconuk for computing professional to support teachers however they can. Get involved via #CAS.
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http://www.cringely.com/2015/06/03/autodesks-john-walker-explained-hp-and-ibm-in-1991/

Thanks to the very excellent John Walker, Bob Cringely explains something that's always puzzled me.

"This explains why IBM is always buying little companies then squeezing them, often to death, for profits. Buying these companies is an investment and therefore not a charge against earnings. But having bought the companies, spending any more money on them is not an investment and hurts earnings. IBM could develop the same products internally but that would appear to cost money. So instead they try to buy new products then deliberately starve to death the companies that created them. In accounting terms this makes perfect sense. To rational humans it is insane."
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Vulgar, dangerous. What's not to like?
 
https://github.com/nvbn/thefuck

"""
Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command, inspired by @liamosaur twit.

Few examples:

➜ apt-get install vim
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

➜ fuck
sudo apt-get install vim
[sudo] password for nvbn:
Reading package lists... Done
...

➜ git push
fatal: The current branch master has no upstream branch.
To push the current branch and set the remote as upstream, use

    git push --set-upstream origin master


➜ fuck
git push --set-upstream origin master
Counting objects: 9, done.
...

➜ puthon
No command 'puthon' found, did you mean:
 Command 'python' from package 'python-minimal' (main)
 Command 'python' from package 'python3' (main)
zsh: command not found: puthon

➜ fuck
python
Python 3.4.2 (default, Oct  8 2014, 13:08:17)
...

➜ git brnch
git: 'brnch' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

Did you mean this?
    branch

➜ fuck
git branch
* master
"""
thefuck - Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.
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 I've never been much of an active user of Facebook. But I did at one point take part in setting up a page for my Morris side.

And now Facebook are ticking me off for not checking it.
 
>Hi Jim,
>You haven’t visited your Page in a while. Did you know that people
>who like Cry Havoc are also very active on Facebook?
> [...]
>16471 days since you last visited

Well, I knew it had been a while. I am impressed my 8 year old self managed to access Facebook.
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I had a few hours to kill in the Kensington area in late November, and went for a wander round the Science Museum, including the new Information Age gallery. Electric telegraph to mobile phone systems.
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Lynne Truss labours in vain, it seems....
 
Nothing funnier than a a missing apostrophe ... except maybe the reviews 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/UK-We-Are-No-British/dp/B00HBWOTNO#customerReviews

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Stop everything! We've found this year's must-have Halloween costume. It's the 'grammatically challenged Little Englander' hoodie, and it's available for a mere £29.99 on Amazon: Yes, if there was ever an item of clothing designed to ...
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Just back from a blissful 12 days at Kadaltheeram. Philip and Ambi, the owners, provide the personal, relaxed, welcoming, non-formulaic service you don't often find these days. Spent our days relaxing under the coconut palms, enjoying Raj's great food in the restaurant, swimming in the warm Arabian Sea, exploring the local villages on foot and generally getting away from it all. A cracking end to our first visit to India. Can't wait to go again.
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