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Five facts about Rust

Rust is a programming language aimed at system programming – for which high performance and low-level system access is essential – but with safety features that make it harder to write dangerous or insecure code (though it is still possible). Since all programmers value both speed and stability, Rust is being used for tasks other … Continue reading Five facts about Rust

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Mad but great: Sony Walkman 2019 NW-A105

Who would want an expensive dedicated mobile music player in 2019, when any mobile phone is capable of excellent sound quality, more likely streamed from Spotify or Apple Music than played directly from music files on the device? It is a bit crazy; but Sony is still out there promoting high resolution audio and believes … Continue reading Mad but great: Sony Walkman 2019 NW-A105


The problem with price comparison sites

A piece in the weekend Guardian by its excellent personal finance correspondent Patrick Collinson includes, almost as an aside, an explanation of why price comparison sites are bad news for some customers. Collinson’s report concerns a man who discovered that his elderly parents-in-law were being asked for £579.08 for home insurance from the Halifax. He … Continue reading The problem with price comparison sites


Microsoft posts another strong set of results, does not know how to invest its profits

Microsoft has announced its quarterly financial statements, reporting revenue of $33.1 billion, up 14% on the same period last year (though fractionally down on the previous quarter). It does not know how to invest the money it is making. It returned $7.9 billion to shareholders via dividends and buybacks. What’s notable? The fastest-growing business is … Continue reading Microsoft posts another strong set of results, does not know how to invest its profits


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