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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

Worstall @ the Weekend How artificial lighting could offer an artificial promise
Tim Worstall, 11 Oct 11:01

No, Big Data firm, the UK isn't teeming with UBER-FRISKY GIGOLOS

Worstall @ the Weekend Prostitution + official GDP figures = buckets of FAIL
Tim Worstall, 05 Oct 10:02

Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

Opinion Op Solitaire targets extremism risks via rifle clubs. And gets it SO wrong
Gareth Corfield, 04 Oct 13:50

What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? In Spacebar, no one can hear you scream
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Oct 09:03

Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

Worstall on Wednesday Make it cheaper and they will BUY
Tim Worstall, 01 Oct 11:29

A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

Breaking Fad Thus doth tech of future illuminate present, etc
Nigel Whitfield, 01 Oct 09:03

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Verity Stob

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Verity Stob is the pseudonym of a software developer based in London. Since 1988, she has written her "Verity Stob" column for .EXE magazine, Dr. Dobb's Journal and, now, The Register.
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

In view of the ongoing security-holed far-too-open source situation, I have decided to convene an emergency meeting of ERCOCC, the El Reg Committee Of Competent Coders, to review what has occurred and how we should go forward. No time for chitter-chattering. Settle down everybody, and juice up the PowerPoint projector please …
Verity Stob, 01 May 2014
Do Not Adjust Your Set

Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies

What are you up, Verity? Ensconced in one of your comfortable, miles-from-any-critical-path projects? Actually, I have been sussing out an upgrade path for our longstanding customer x. Do you remember? Certainly I do. It is quite easy to remember 'x'. Even in this age of companies with stupid names, it is unusual. As I recall, …
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 2014

Three Men in a Tardis

Significant anniversaries bunch together like buses. Three are assaulting me simultaneously, give or take a month or two. Two are personal. This writer has now been churning out "Stob" columns for 25 years, and has also recently racked up twice that figure on her personal chronological odometer. But I am here to mark yet …
Verity Stob, 12 Nov 2013

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

I recently experienced a Damascene conversion and, like many such converts, I am now set on a course of indiscriminate and aggressive proselytising. Ladies and gentlemen, place your ears in the amenable-to-bended position, and stand by to be swept along by the next great one-and-only true movement. The beginning In the …
Verity Stob, 04 Oct 2013

Verity's summer songs for programmers: Sing your pals to sleep()

"What better way to dispel the rainy gloom of an English summer," mused Ms Stob, in an introduction presumably written some time in March, "than a mass office sing-along to a selection of IT-themed pastiches?" Pretty well anything, we'd have thought. Nevertheless, here is the raw material. Portable Development (Tune: Willow, …
Verity Stob, 22 Jul 2013

Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

Now it has been scientifically demonstrated that we Delphi users are the happiest of all programmers, proper significance can at last be attached to the rare woes that occasionally break through our Stepford Coder personas. My test case: Warren Postma, a Delphi-head, was recently forced out of his comfort zone to repair a C++ …
Verity Stob, 17 Jun 2013