* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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lucky

hes not in the US, they would have offered him a deal of "work for us,name your associates and get 12 months in the slammer or you can have 40 years in the slammer with no parole"

And then the judge would have torn up the deal and given him 40 years in the slammer anyway...

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Its the managements

fault

It happens everywhere when we get told "you cant have another seat at superwhizzy CAM software because it costs £5000/seat"

Only to be told the next day "The boss has just ordered a new carpet for the offices at £80/m^2... oh and have you done that 5 axis robot program yet?"

If you think that there are essential and non-essential business expenses, then you are a dumb ass, because ALL spending on the business is essential

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

Entertaining as the above discussion is...

Can someone explain how this:

After a couple of years training some british operators to be able to setup the machines I program all day, when they ask for a pay rise to reward their efforts, they get told to fuck off because we can hire some min wage immigrants who dont know their rights in the workplace to do their jobs

Then when we want a raise for the skilled british guys remaining, we get told to fuck off because the company can get in more migrants to do our jobs for cheaper, and if we dont like it, theres the door.

What reward is there for the lower skilled among us to boost our skill levels, to get educated, to learn the ins and outs of complex CAM software if the attitude among senior management is to hire in skilled staff from abroad for cheaper?

The tories dont care because it cuts costs to their business sponsors, labour want more migrants to increase their dwindling voter base and the liberals will be exterminated for jumping into bed with the tories.

Which bunch of liars do we vote for?

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GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Sad little world we've created for ourselves.

Well you've only got people to blame like that bloke in Sheffield who disguised himself as a school to entise children into his grasp

Well it must be true, it was on TV !!!

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Its going to work

stop your negative opinions,

The great and wonderful david cameroon will single handedly stop all those illegal images been sent over the internets

Except those hidden inside .Zip folders on FTP servers known only to a few child abusers.

Anyway.... surely all those people protesting illegally the other day cant publish pictures or news of them protesting because they were doing something illegal........

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Re: Time for a spot of code review

Most of the laws passed in the past few years have had the intention of 'Making the politician look good' regardless of the effect of such laws.

You only have to look at RIPA itself, launched with the fanfare of chasing terrorists and peados, ended up being used to spy on people who've let their dogs shit on the grass.

The anti-trolling laws being touted round at the moment... I'd like to know why they are needed because we already have laws about issuing threats to people... which are not being enforced so we need another law that will be used at some point to stifle political debate rather than go after the trolls who abuse people.

Great result.

But then its easier and far more productive in terms of getting people to vote for you when you issue "spazzy new laws to catch peados and bad people" rather than a boring home office press release about 27 people done for sending threats to other people

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Re: Coding? HTML more like.

Noooo give them assembler... or better still flipping switches in a magnetic bubble memory thats when programming was real programming and we all lived in hole in middle of t' road....

you dont need a langauge to teach programming, english does the trick.

Because I start off with the fresh faced school leavers (actually the drop outs) who end up in a factory full of robots, who then watch as I make the things sing and dance (or would do if the boss let me).

And the way I teach the programmming is always the same : get the kids to write down in clear english exactly what they are trying to get the machine to do, then break it down into simple steps eg

Move left 100mm;

Select tool 2;

Check if tool broken, if so, select tool 3;

Then translate it into the code the machine understands, once you've got that drill into them, it does'nt matter which langauge they end up using.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Hmmm

that rant smells of someone recently fired from the company and wanting to take his revenge

Any takers on the whole thing is an inside job because a former employee knew how crappy the IT security was ?

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Flame

They should pay tax here

And if they dont, they get banned from trading here

Extreme maybe (and cue the whiners going "no more apple"). but consider this

They use UK electricity infrastructure built by the taxpayers

They use our police and fireservices to protect their buildings

They benefit from their employeees here getting free healthcare

They use the roads built at public expense to deliver their parcels(Amazon)

They even use the sewers again built by taxpayers.

In fact they benefit greatly by buying and selling goods here, and yet.. they wont pay anything towards the upkeep of said services used by them to run their businesses.

That sounds like a grade 1 scrounger to me

And whats worse, the bill for providing those services is picked up by taxpayers like me, you and the local companies we work for

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: 1000 copyright violations

if its EA then the games been recycled as jet set miner 2K14 anyway and demands an on-line drm server too

Boris... lost in the memories of Z80 assembly before ditching the pile of crap and buying a memotech MTX512.....

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Holmes

You want to

lose weight fast?

Tired of all the fad diets?

Just try the new Boris emergency heart surgery diet,

Just goto your doctor complaining of feeling unwell during your daily 2 mile walk to work, and he'll send you to a hospital to get your heart checked , and if you're very lucky , you'll enter the Boris diet right then and there of 3 weeks of hospital food (alledged food anyway) along with several days of not being well enough to eat anything because some bastard has sawn your chest open.

Actually, my doc said to me "50% of his heart cases have no noticable trigger for the laying down of fat deposits in the heart, he's seen fat lazy lardbucket people with no blockages, and thin fit people (like me) have 90% blockages"

Eat sensibly, do some exercise and dont smoke will reduce your risks far more than the latest celebrity fad diet.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Stop

Should

do the SatNav part in Midhurst sussex, where a large sign says "DO NOT FOLLOW SATNAV DIRECTIONS"

Still.... should be easy to spot the people taking the test since the mirrors and indicators will have long been removed to preclude any chance of accidently using them and failing the test

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Happy

I feel his pain

for too many times I've been buried down the back of a machine trying to work out whats gone wrong in the el-cheapo antique machine I've been lumbered with fixing when the inevitable call comes from the management

"When will it be up and running?"

My current boss is pretty good though.... does'nt instantly fire me when I shout back that he should f*** off and die ...

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Terminator

At

4.40am on 25th Aug 2027 it became self aware and decided our fate in a microsecond....

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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FAIL

VM?

OFCOM should tell them "fuck off, you own infrastructure, whats wrong with you lot extending it and /or installing more of it"

After all, you make enough money out of your current captive customers (or is that blown on the never ending junk mailshots?)

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Just

tell ms May and the clueless nitwits that the terrorists are using a hidden internet to communicate their evil plans and that to access it, you need to connect at the IP address 127.0.0.1

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Sorry

but I must take issue with the unfair and, not to put to fine a point on it, unjust characterisation of BMW drivers as incompetant and useless drivers.

When a BMW appears in your mirrors , you know its going to be some self important lower middle manager or some down on his luck financial advisor, and you know that they will not indicate or use their mirrors.

This means that they can safely be predicted in their driving actions and thus either be avoided, or compensated for by your driving.

No , the real menaces on todays roads are the f***ing audi drivers who all drive like utter morons, just because they think they are being some cool by not buying a BMW

Nope when it comes to weaving across motorway lanes, driving way too close in the rain (about 6" away) , parking on the pavements forcing everyone to walk in the road, and generally behaving as utter c***s, its always a f***ing audi

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Having

just had to deal with lawyers and wills and such, perhaps an easy solution to those "you cant access anything if you're dead" type companies is to include your account name and password (or where on your PC such things can be found) then instruct the executers of your will to empty said account of personal and valuable stuff, then tell said web company that the account is to be de-activated because the holder is dead.

PS dunno if the iTunes/apple thing holds up in court here because it would count as part of the estate.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

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While they're at it

could they make the ISPs use the correct price for their BB deals such as

"10meg BB for £3.95/mth for 6 months*"

Then adding

" * line rental £17.99, installation cost £30, price after 6months £9.99, min contract length 36 months"

in very small print afterwards.

Where in fact its £20.94 for the first 6 months, then £27.98/mth for the next 30 months and should be advertised as such

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Your comments confirm misogynist attitudes in IT

You will wear what you are told you can wear.

You will conform to the rules of the state

You will obey

you will not question

you will conform

you will obey

you will conform

you will conform

Boris

PS f*** you, I am not a number

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Windows

hmmmm

What does m$ charge for a copy of windows 8.1?

and if they giving it away , that a case of anti-competitive behaviour

1 beer in and it takes ages to spell those big worms ....

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

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FAIL

Having been

blazing away at Team Fortress most of the evening.....

I cant see anything there that challenges it

All I see is another team based shooter that will come and go

And I bet it does'nt have hats either

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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Windows

IE

still in windows?

They could save themselves a whole lot of time, effort and money by dumping it ....

Just a thought

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Here's how a rational attempt behaves

G-code files reduce the skill needed?

Excuse me while I fall off my perch laughing.

To setup a CNC machine to make your bits takes a bit more than a G-code file and 5 mins bolting a chunk of metal to a machine bed.

After all, installing windows is a matter of slapping the disc in the tray and pressing reboot.......

But if your aim is to make a gun that can be fired once, then yes , it takes no skill to machine the parts and hope the act of firing does'nt blow your hand off, leaving your potential victim able to point and go 'ha ha'

If your hope is to reuse said firearm after firing (and this includes still having a hand to hold it with), then you need some skill at machining stuff to be able to do it, whether or not you've got a G-code file

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Mushroom

Given my

favourite game at the moment is Kerbal Space Program, I should be down at the cape blowing up rockets or sending robotic explorers to other worlds.....

Sadly I'm stuck on a damp south coast watching the fireworks

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Trickle down

does work

But only if the person recieving the tax cut/funds goes out and disposes of all of that money into the economy

Where it fails to work is when everyone who benefits from the tax cut , stuffs 1/2 the cash in an offshore bank account and hides the rest in the stock market, where it just drives up the value of shares

Which is what actually happens

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

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Re: Psychology

Only if you derive pleasure from it

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: I hate to sound like a broken record...

Quote

"Nukes "greenhouse-gas free"

Not quite. Concrete production emits a vast amount of CO2, and nukes have a lot of concrete. It's trivial in the long run, but I'm just getting started. Mining uranium is done with big equipment powered by diesel. The whole supply chain emits CO2. The plants will have vehicles wandering around, powered by petrol. There will be generators that will need testing every month. So not 100% carbon free. Maybe 95%? Kidding, your point is still valid."

Whereas solar panels and wind turbines spring into existence with a wave of the magic fairy wand?

Without the ability to deliver power 24/7

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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Re: Show us the consequences ...

You're forgeting the primary reason for the projects to go tits is terminal incompetence in the senior civil service and among junior ministers charged with overseeing said project.

But the politicians dont really care if the project delivers or not because they managed to give a shed load of money to private companies... many of which will say thank you very much, heres your non-executive directorship as a reward.

While the dole/benefit claiments still have to wait 6 months to get any money while the 47 forms you have to fill out are manually checked and cross checked by staff thinking "If it did'nt take 6 months to process a claim, the dole would be better than this shit"

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Bake it

into firefox and I might be tempted to use it

IE... that POS is used on first install to download another browser... and thats it

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Should just

pop up a message to the user saying fake chips identified and this driver will not work with them, please contact your device vendor for an updated driver.

Kick the problem to the sloppy QA departments who dont check for the fake kit

Or more likely, the senior management when faced with paying $30 for geniune chip and $5 for a fake, go with the fake

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Unhappy

Re: So

Idiot

The workers have to pay their taxes out of the income paid to them by the employer, its not paid by the employer, but the employee.

The employer just adds the wages to the expenses bit on his accounts sheet

But as has been pointed out, why dont inland revenue investigate how a company can make year on year losses on the UK operation and yet still remain solvent.... because the company I work for cant

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Facepalm

Its more like

<celebrity> Look at me on twitter , are'nt I wonderful

<alledged troll> No you're not and your last film was the worst piece of shit I've ever had to watch and makes me wish you'd died in a car accident before filming started

<celebrity> whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nasty man said bad things.... someone in the govenment make them stop.

The other sort of troll saying things like they want to rape and kill someone are ALREADY COMMITING AN OFFENCE,,,, fucking well do them under the current laws, we do not need MORE laws

Damnit I asked the government to something ... guess I'll be in jail for trolling in a minute

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Joke

Re: Oh, please...

Or visit beachy head on a wet november afternoon......

More seriously .. nice article

Boris

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Devil

ha

Now the press knows what its like to have your phone calls tapped illegally.....

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Unhappy

never forget though

you are up against the light bulb principle too.

No manufacturer will ever make a light bulb that will last 50 years, even if they could, because they'd sell 1 once and that would be it.

Nope much better to make a product with a limited lifespan, say 5 years, and be able to sell the same thing again and again and again.

See Apple's phones for more.. also microsoft could do it by turning off the activation servers 2 years after each new OS is released(inflicted more like).. if they dared

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Oh dear gawd

Nope , no moose heads.... just a list of (un)popular politicians....

Inauguration : a way of announcing to the world that another target has taken its place on the shooting gallery..

Just kidding.. jeeez I dont really live in my basement surrounded by copies of guns and ammo

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Oh dear gawd

Why not spend some money buying a decent sized 2nd CNC maching center?

$5K should get you something decent if not $10K

You can get the gun blueprints and make every part quite easily* and the only time you have to check with the boring old regulations is when machining aforesaid lower reciever.

Of course after once making a little popgun, you'll get the taste for making proper guns such as semi-auto 50 cal rifles, or a copy of the famous MG-42 machine gun**

Boris***

Since footnotes are the way of things today

*easily means being able to program the mill and have enough skill/knowledge to set the thign up and machine the parts correctly... about 5-7 years is ideal

** ammunition costs usually make MG-42 ownership very expensive.. especially after the first 1000 rounds

*** 30 yrs experience of wrestling CNCs and robots to do his evil bidding to make everything from nuclear reactor gas seals to various aerospace stuff and a long history of making high quality rifle parts

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Mushroom

I suspect

its to get away from the US air force's eastern range control and tracking people.

Takes them 2 days just to re-position the tracking gear for the next launch.... which can be a bother when your allotted 2 day launch window gets borked by the weather and there's another rocket waiting.....

And Musk can launch when he wants in order to capture a couple of US and russian craft in orbit in order to provoke WW3

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Windows

Thank gawd

they did'nt buy the guys behind Kerbal Space Program

And since they've splurged 2.5 billion, they dont have the money now anyway

Good luck minecraft... you're gonna need it......

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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FAIL

Its all

about preparing for the various nuclear/coal fired power stations to go end of life.

Once you've go everyone installed with smart meters , its a doddle to turn off individual houses to reduce demand on the power generation infrastructure. especially during winter when it wont be able to cope.

Gonna be fun when you jump on your spiffy new HS2 train for a jaunt upto Birmingham and be told "Due to power restrictions this train will be limited to 40 mph"... or the more fun to be had at 2am when the power comes back on and everyones washing machines/dishwashers start up.....

But then you got to look at the government decisions and wonder what the f*** are these people on?

Smart meters cost 10 billion quid to deploy over 10 years, or buying 2 off the shelf french nuclear power stations for the same amount over 10 years and not having to need smart meters......

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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you

wait until you get rid of the TV and dont pay the licence......

You thought mad John "break ya legs" Turner the loan shark was into harrassment when you did'nt pay him his 25 quid a week, hes got nothing on the licence enforcers..

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Devil

Surely

we can build a particle accelerator that size..... all we need is 2 decent 'ish sized black holes, set them at a minimal safe distance and have them spining in opposite directions.... then at the right time fire couple of planets into them , and hey presto 2 beams of radiation heading towards each other at a fair fraction of the speed of light... BOOOM

Boris

whats this note on my file? "caution :this patient should not be allowed within 50Km of any particle accelerator"

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Strangely

I'm on the side of the met and the government minister here (time to vomit)

Because the cops in question lied about the said events, or got sent to jail for lying about the said event.

And since they were into criminal conduct the met had every right to investigate who they were contacting.

If it was a bank robbery the met were investigating, you would'nt even blink for a second that the met had slurped data records on who called who after the robbery took place.

The article is more of a line that the press are upset because the scarers have been put on the police to stop them leaking so much paid information to the press.....

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Windows

Same old same old

stuff about 'lack of skilled people'

The lack is caused by

1. employers/agencies want a person to fill ALL the tick boxes, if you dont , no matter how skilled, you wont be considered eg a skilled machinist who has run CNC lathes for 5 years using Fanuc OT-B series controls not being considered for a job because the machines have Fanuc 21-T controls (functionally the same thing..but hey got different numbers)

and

2. the pay/duties sucks : How much is the kit worth you are using for your job vs how much you are getting paid, the kit I use is £130 000, some of the parts can go upto £1000 each, and your share at the end of the year (assuming you dont scrap too much and get fired) £25-28K

But finally and most important

3. Companies cutting out all the training programs for their staff..... dont whine about 'lack of skilled staff' if your company has done this to 'improve profits'.

But managers who make that sort of decision rarely have to live with the consequences, because they've already flounced off to a higher paid job for having a proven record in increasing profits.......

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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Re: Almost half

But they all know howto fill out expenses forms for swapping homes at the taxpayers expense without help....

All MPs really need to know is which way their paymasters/party bosses want them to vote on a subject and then go do it.

Which always begs the question.. why do we need so many of them?

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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Re: Hooray!

Sorry its more likel $7.5 million for the lawyers (30% or so) and $2.50 in google play money for everyone else.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Its

not dark, our eyes just cant see the photons coming from every point in the sky

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: Budgetary crazyness

We had beancounters from hell at one MoD place I attended

Then they got their rightful pasting thanks to a job in some tricky material... so we ordered 5 special tools to do the job, knowing we'd break 4 in the process of making the parts.

Beancounters saw the cost and cut the number down to 3...

Needless to say we got 60% through the order until we ran out of tools.

Was good fun watching senior naval and MOD types marching upstairs to the beancounters to explain the kit is worth several million quid and cant move until the poor engineering slobs(me) have made all the parts for it.....

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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This

has been going on for years in the industrial control game

A certain popular Japnese company has some 16 8 bit number held in the permanent memory, each bit controls a different option such as 1 bit turns on the on screen clock and 3 bits defines how much memory you have (and you pay through the nose for those memory chips too)

The along comes a german company that sells a control that has all the options turned on by default and a nice 200 gig HDD too and everyone buys japanese to stay compatable with all the software written before .................

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