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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Let's assume you've already heard of 'clickbait headline'
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Jul 09:11

Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

Good luck, Anyone-but-AWS club. You'll need it
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Matt Asay, 18 Jul 09:11

What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Well, it gets a prosthetic thumbs-up from me
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Jul 08:37

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Episode 9 Thronging gangs of idiots besiege tech
Simon Travaglia, 07 Jul 09:19

On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

Something for the Weekend, Sir? How long have you been having these delusions?
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Jul 07:58

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This app could have grave consequences etc
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Jun 09:01

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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.

Confessions of an ebook eater

Stob The best way to acquire a programming skill - by "skill" I mean a working understanding of a framework, a language or, shudder, very very bad word coming up, engaging shatter-proof scare quotes, a "paradigm" - is by modifying a colleague's well-written code and making it do something different that you actually need it to do. …
Verity Stob, 26 Jul 2017

At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

Stob "Today, object-oriented programming (OOP) rules the IT industry absolutely. It is impossible to dislodge. While functional programming (FP) has seen a resurgence of late, it is typically used as an adjunct to OOP." – Louis Cyphre, 'Why are functional programming languages used so rarely in practice?' The leader of the …
Verity Stob, 31 May 2017

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Stob Are you lolling dolefully? Then I'll continue. The TV show Mr. Robot deals with the life and adventures of Elliot Alderson, a twenty-something New York devop and cyber-vigilante. He and his circle of chums, seeking to inflict revenge on a mega-corporation for a hushed-up industrial accident, stumble towards bringing e- …
Verity Stob, 28 Mar 2017

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Stob Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management. Such lists are constructed to be disputed. Game on. To start with, Mr Wayner' …
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 2017
Battle for ctrl

Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

Stob Hurrah! Summer is at last well under way, so how better to pass the weekends than pulling the curtains on the rainscape, lolling on the sofa and inhaling a few dozen hours of downloaded TV? I am aware that such an introduction sets up certain expectations. However, rather than treat you to ill-informed speculation regarding …
Verity Stob, 26 Jul 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 May 2016

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