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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

Caoilte

So many bum assumptions,

1) Lower Inequality between nations and lower inequality within nations are not mutually exclusive.

2) If we're going to talk about rising inequality within our nation, why not talk about rising inequality within developing nations?

3) Since the 1% within our nation _runs_ our nation we have to contend with rising corruption that both undermines our growth and stability and feeds on itself in an un-virtuous circle of further growth in inequality.

4) The transfer of growing inequality between generations is as pernicious to our growth and societal prospects. Smart kids from poor families have no prospects. Below average kids from rich families end up running the country.

Your whole article read like a smoke screen. You knew your conclusion, "1% holding a third of the country's wealth is trivial" and you worked back from there.

Is good that you mentioned Branko Milanovic - but it also seems odd you didn't mention Piketty at all.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: All been done before

I've run that program already. The answer is 42.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Caoilte

errr they've already got a big office on the Holborn Viaduct that they only just moved into.... bizarre.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Caoilte

The problem with economics is that to the tidy mind it offers superficially attractive remedies to very complex problems.

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Re: Build council houses

Enforce a use it or lose it. The supermarkets have massive land banks.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

Caoilte

Could you elaborate on what's faddish about GDS, Andrew?

I've been quite impressed by their work (as shared on their blog https://gds.blog.gov.uk/) and I count them as one of the few successes of this government (as evidenced by the so far smooth rollout of the new polling database - in comparison to the recent e-borders payout).

I can't tell if your bile is aimed at GDS specifically or government in general, but I would be saddened if it turned out that a political bent for libertarianism undermined an appreciation for well managed agile engineering practices.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

Caoilte

AWS is cheaper than outsourcing your data centres to Accenture...

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

Caoilte

shame it doesn't work

in chrome

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Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness

Caoilte

$35million

$35 million sounds like "the cost of doing business" ie a slap on the wrist...

Something a bit more punitive might have helped. Not to mention criminal charges and jail time for US Infosys execs and execs of companies who outsourced to them.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

youtube yes, gmail no.

Although you can't do much with google talk any more if you don't have g+.

Since I don't want G+, I can see the very real prospect of being forced to re-acquaint myself with email servers and bayesian spam filters again.

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Continuous delivery: What works (and what doesn't)

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Re: The fact is CD needs a lot of resources - and not everybody has them

These things are possible. I remember this talk covering some of how you can approach the solution,

http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-testing/continuous-delivery-patterns-for-large-software-stacks

However, the best way to deal with the problem is not to have it. If you can adopt a component architecture (SOA, Microservices, plugin frameworks etc) with loose coupling then you should have a component simple enough to perf test for anticipated use and to be able to put it live without requiring downstream releases.

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We're still missing mature open source frameworks to support CD

There isn't an application orchestration engine (that I know of) as mature as the Puppet/Chef infrastructure tier and this forces us all to a lot of painful in-house custom work. I've used Glu and Capistrano and both have problems. Asgard might work next time I'm on AWS again.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

Caoilte

Buyer Beware

These aren't selling. Flea markets in ME/Asia are full of marked down units.

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Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy

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Re: Conversion

As a long time Debian user who has to use CentOS at work, I can see why some of the differences could grate.

Have you tried CentOS by the way?

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

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Re: Burning Gas = Electricity

It's more efficient to use gas in homes than in power stations. Gas is an excellent store of energy and you get a lot more power out of burning it in your home than out of burning it in powerstation sending it to your home as leccy (losing 40-60% during transmission) and then turning it back into heat (and losing some more).

We should stop using gas in power stations. The only reason we do is because it's cheap and easy to throw up a gas turbine whereas it takes years of planning to build equivalent wind turbines or work out where you're going to bury nuclear waste.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Re: The only difference..

Yeah, but they can loan it to yourself.

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Silicon Roundabout £50m THING to spew 200 startups A YEAR

Caoilte

ministers need a building which

makes a nice photo op....

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Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer

Caoilte

debugger?

These extended Javascripts are not going to fly until they offer debugger support in their languages and on most major browsers.

The mental overhead of writing in one language and debugging in another is too high.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

Caoilte

Is it time to switch back to Enlightenment again?

seriously.

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Oracle claims complete cloud suite

Caoilte

our company uses their cloud expenses app

it works very well, the assumption being that it is to discourage employees from filing expenses...

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

Caoilte

Re: your skepticism is confused

Exactly,

which is why they need to be balanced by other sources (wind) across a continent wide smart grid (where the productive day is also longer) and storage solutions can be made use of (eg Norwegian water storage, but there are other ways).

The Against the Grain podcast explores this a little bit.

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Caoilte

your skepticism is confused

Because you can't imagine how the human race could beat global warming you refuse to believe in it. That's quite normal. It's not rational, but then few people can think rationally about such an abstract subject.

However, as a tech journalist, I wish you were more inquisitive and read the non-military news. We've just opened super-connectors with Iceland (Geothermals) and Norway (Hydro storage). Siemens (Desertec) is building super-connectors to Morocco where solar concentrators offer a rare-earth elements free method of generating vast amounts of electricity.

Against the Grain just broadcast a really good interview with Gar Lipow on this subject, where he goes into some detail on the technological solutions we already have and how we could pay for them here and in the global south. Simply put, If there was cross-border state investment in expanding the projects I described above we could generate 70% of our energy from renewable sources in less than twenty years.

http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/607/tues-91812-halting-global-warming

Also this week's Analysis explored the topic of political prejudice in some detail and why people have trouble adapting their opinions on these subjects

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mqmyw

Both would be worth while listening to and would offer a lot more of value to you and other readers than the sort of sensationalist pap that I'm more used to seeing in the Metro free-paper.

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Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

Caoilte

Re: 300 patents?

They learnt well from US (who did same thing after kicking Britain out).

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Shoreditch's sparkle smokescreen leaves BBC journo 'tech-struck'

Caoilte

Shoreditch

Shoreditch was so named because it was originally the City of London's open sewer.

Can you feel a bit of the glamour now?

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Caoilte

Always the problem with incubators is kicking out the startups which don't succeed.

To me Old St === insurance. Mind you, plenty of insurance internet startups...

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Nationwide Building Society website goes on the blink

Caoilte

The Nationwide website is on the blink every day. The hilarious thing is that that they seem incapable of grasping the fact. Maybe the servers are fine and is just the network bridge to the internet outside of swindon towers which is foobarred.

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Caoilte

I liked Ru's answer best

We're at our most adaptive and in a position to learn most when we're young.

At a university you are guaranteed to be challenged to a certain minimum level and to spend all your time constantly learning new things.

You might be so lucky in your first job, but you could easily get thrown in a corner and taught a lot of very bad habits.

If you are hugely ambitious (this probably matters more than smarts) and are confident that you can drive yourself forward then a degree probably isn't necessary. For anyone else, you might get lucky - but you'll probably drive yourself down a dead end career.

If I were an 18 year old today I would get a degree in agricultural engineering. Lots of very old farmers about to pop it and a huge shortage of fertilizers coming in the next 40 years. You stand to make a mint.

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

Caoilte

what happened to el reg skepticism of press releases?

These are their estimates and don't include estimates for the damage that drilling will do to local economy (destroying farming).

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How to go from the IT dept to being a rogue trader

Caoilte

bravo

I've not read anything that good on the Register for years. many years.

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Caoilte

ff4 was painful

It might be because it attempted to migrate my profile (I remember that being why firefox 3.0 was so painful).

Anyway, it slowed all of our computers (mac + linux) down too much.

Much happier back on ff3.6.17.

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Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper

Caoilte

the problem is short-termism in business and government

It's businesses which sell their IP down the river to China for a quick boost to earnings (no doubt linked to Executive bonuses). It's businesses which undermine the loyalty and pride that most employees want to have in their workplace just so they can save a few bucks that look good in one single quarterly earnings report.

And then government goes and copies all the worst things about businesses.

Why bother studying when it's increasingly just rote learning for the benefit of school league tables and of no benefit to your future career at all?

Why bother healing people when you can get them more ill and then squeeze more money out of them (or in the UK: why bother healing people when the most important government target of the week is empty beds).

These stupid targets are set by governments who think everything should be measurable just like in a logistics business or pizza restaurant.

Only the Germans and the Chinese (and a few other smaller economies) have a systemic respect for the complexity involved in and flexibility required in running a modern country.

And I blame big business for that because it was their policy to lobby for and support braindead governments less likely to oppose them.

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Hoxton social media types hit by Silicon Roundabout power cut

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depressingly negative provincialism

We should be celebrating the ability of these companies to attract VC and even generate profits.

Where there are independently wealthy trust fund kiddies dabbling in trendy nonsense, they deserve to be skewered but there are far more of those types draining oxygen out of the talent pool through internships all across the city.

Name dropping Nathan Barley is a tired cliche that was already pretty old when the tv series came out five years ago.

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Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories

Caoilte

context

The only thing which makes sense is to hook up the whole shebang with the EDF. Why would we want a navy which isn't integrated into Europe?

Alternatively, if you're an anti-European we should just get rid of the navy and rely on the Americans.

Either way, there's no more point going it alone. Hasn't been for years.

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From Cameron to Gazza, everyone loves Angry Birds

Caoilte

nah

Shouldn't he be playing Zynga's latest extension to the Farmville franchise, "toffs and oiks"?

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Computer grads can't even get jobs offering personal services

Caoilte

i do sympathise

In my business at least, I have watched as we've sawn off the bottom rungs of the career ladder and exported them to Eastern Europe.

And then there's the people who offer to work for free for three months (in Central London I might add) just to get some experience.

Seems like the only way to get off the ground these days is to have a trust fund or to have been running your own business since you were 16.

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Is it ta-ta for Flash?

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Reg fails usability 101

Wow, the second page was so short I got bored of clicking next. What gives?

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US unveils planet-hugging London embassy

Caoilte

poor show

I preferred Warren Ellis' take.

You guys are getting lazy.

http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=8661

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Google gears Gmail for PC hack attack

Caoilte

I like gmail offline

So will noscript protect me from XSS attacks?

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Immortal Dr Who jellyfish poised to rule Earth

Caoilte

fishy?

Are these the ones that fish eat?

If so the invasion problem is less a jellyfish one and more of an issue about over fishing.

There's an interesting study on Cape Cod somewhere which talks about the failure of fish numbers to recover. Apparently the same jellyfish that the cod used to eat now eat the cod eggs.

Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor.

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Wrong kind of winter brings England to a halt

Caoilte

trains cancelled today

due to lack of snow. I confidently expect them to be cancelled tomorrow due to "lack of snow".

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NASA orbiter reveals buried Martian glaciers

Caoilte

I believe the problem

with melting the ice caps / glaciers for terraforming processes (or indeed throwing comets at it) has always been that the low gravity on Mars means too much of any released atmosphere would leak to make settlement viable.

Shame that.

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Dell to launch 'Eee PC beater' today

Caoilte

my girlfriend will want this one

because it comes in red.

Shame really, the Debian support for EEE is getting very good.

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Boris boots Transys off Oyster contract

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i like bendy buses

double deckers are so sloooooooooooooow at loading/unloading. I wish I had seen one ticket inspecter like _ever_ but if they do get rid of them, it will make the busy routes take literally hours longer end to end.

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Research: Wind power pricier, emits more CO2 than thought

Caoilte

what about gas prices?

Things carry on the way they are in Russia and an expensive gas plan that reduces the amount of gas burnt might start to look very attractive indeed.

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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

Caoilte
Dead Vulture

bunch of comment troll muppets

If you want a new job, it's worth boning up on "just getting out of university" questions. If you're smart enough to work at Google it wouldn't take long. The technical questions would be a breeze.

What they've established by interviewing you is that you're not committed enough to wanting the job, which probably means the recruiter shouldn't have put you forward. You're "happy" in the job you're at. End of story.

There are disadvantages to 3+ interviews, however. If a company can't get organised enough to go from square one to making an offer in under a week, they're likely to lose the best applicants to nimbler hirers. In a buoyant economy, of course.

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easyJet warns Expedia: 'Hands off our flights'

Caoilte

have used expedia plenty

is cheaper than booking direct from many airlines, eg BA Turkish. It's also easier to find the cheaper flights

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Royal Navy warships could run on sunflower oil - if fresh

Caoilte

Re: Peak Oil

Whilst there's plenty more oil, there's not enough easily accessible oil to keep supply growing faster than present demand (at least at recent historical prices).

ERGO Exxon physically and economically can't grow it's oil supply rate fast enough to keep up with demand.

Soon the price will have spiked far enough to make less accessible sources of oil economically viable, but that is exactly what peak oil is about.

It's not a swindle by Exxon and other oil companies part of some sinister cabal, it's simply fundamental market economics too complex for your simple little mind to grasp.

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DARPA looking at 'Z-Wing' stratocruiser

Caoilte
Dead Vulture

think laterally

It would work over occupied territory* if total air superiority had been achieved.

ie Iraq for the next 100 years.

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We-think, I-think ... and Groupthink

Caoilte

say something, anything.

I don't think you're saying anything except new technology means new ways for people to conform or not conform.

At least Colbert has a target with truthiness and Manjoo a point with "post-fact societies".

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CBI calls for major overhaul to UK tax

Caoilte
Flame

journalists need to stop buying the CBI propaganda line

Business will leave the country for two reasons.

1) High operating costs drive them out (part of which tax is a factor, but so has been the strong pound, cheap green field sites elsewhere and the larger skilled labour pool in developing countries).

2) Inadequate education system not providing numerate and literate employees, fractured transport system shrinking size of labour pool and making logistics more expensive. Health & Service (eg postal, electricity etc) costs adding too much to cost of doing business.

The Chancellor has to walk a balancing act between those to possibilities, but the CBI doesn't care one whit about (2). Once public services have been hollowed out for a generation by cheap taxes, businesses can simply upsticks and pull the same trick on other countries.

It's sad that a lot of otherwise smart people continue to believe that business naturally has the best interests of the country at heart. It doesn't. It has the best interest of its shareholders at heart and they're as likely American, Russian & Chinese as British.

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