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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: Administration knightmare

21%, according to the EU agreement

It's time to the kill the EU dead like roadkill.

Even 15% VAT is already stupid beyond words.

Luxembourg has not managed to rein in its cancer of overpaid state employees (overpaid AND with benefits AND hardly working), so they are upping the max. VAT rate to 17% in january 2015. I guess they don't have enough jobless yet (most of which are hidden in the statistics).

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Re: What has the EU been smoking?

There appears to be a wave of common sense flowing over the EU at the moment...please stop, it's messing with my prejudice.

You seem to have been hit by something though. Better have your head examined.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Excel enables the next Holocaust!

The book "IBM and the Holocaust" by Edwin Black makes the case that the Holocaust would not have been possible on such a large scale without IBM tabulating machines.

So how did Stalin and Mao do better without the devil punch card machines?

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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It also sounds like there may be a few types of dark matter around, then.

There was the potential 7 keV sterile neutrino dark matter candidate a while back.

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May not even be weakly interacting, only gravitationally, so not WIMPs, just GIMPs

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Re: sigh

5/10, needs more work.

What are "our 1%ers"? Be more specific.

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

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Dammit El Reg

This cert should be kept a closely guarded secret.

No, the private key should be kept a closely guarded secret.

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French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

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Re: Oh not again!

"Working is now illegal and not-working is being taxed". What to do?

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Re: Mr Bellmont should read the law

The law will prove costly

This. I foresee a few percent of the productive rest-activity of France to go up in smoke (i.e. a few tens of percent of GDP) and quite a few small businesses getting fucked over by zealous civil servants and union members while other put their keys under the doormat in disgust.

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Re: Tsk Silly!

Anonymous FTP to NSA servers so that french unions can get their contra-capitalistic material too?

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Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again

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Re: What is the fuss?

Hey Mr. RobertLong, I sure hope your are writing from the well-endowed retirement home. Ranting against "tax avoiders" (presumably these are bad people who don't pay you for the services to which you are entitled) and being for hardcore statist interdiction of the people's free exchanges of ideas and goods is very much a situation demanding a "disregard; grampa's national-socialistic tendencies are breaking out again" commentary.

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Erdo the cleaner

The ban followed some fighting talk from the PM, who branded Twitter a “scourge” and said of social media “we will wipe out all of these”.

Talks about HITLER and MUNICH will probably start soon. Or not, as this is *our* cleaner. No pictures of Kerry doing retarded talk on prime time CNN. Phew.

Carry on. Germany sure is ready to deliver everything to keep the house in order. Who apart from Turkey buys Leopards these days?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: risk of cancer

Still bizarre. These guys often handle rather dangerous chemicals in a very nonchalant matter.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Too little too late? don't be preposterous!

Serious IT decision makers in Government and the Corporate world trust them - and for very good reasons.

Flimflammery, kickbacks and the delusion that Symantec Antivirus will keep the bottom from falling out?

And also absurd to lay all the blame with Sinofsky - the buck stopped with Ballmer.

Yes, he should have cashiered the Sinoguy immediately instead of letting him run with dimwitted ideas.

But it's good to hear that Microsoft is finally shuffling its feet.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: Errr...

And it is also extremely clear that Russia was bound to act to keep its military base. An evolving situation that smells like it has been engineered by a semi-friendly nation that puts missile defense infrastructure in the near abroad to "defend against missiles from Iran" is bad news to anyone in charge.

In the same way, it will have to act once McCain manages to schedule the signature to let Georgia join NATO. Before the signature has been made. Then the howling about HITLER and MUNICH will start anew.

Sadly, Ukraine may well see some pro cleaning in a not-too distant future, so watch out for 180 degree turns of the punditry and the assorted newsclowns.

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Re: As long as it doesn't matter to YOU...

The Sudetenland was a start, then Austria. I'll give you Crimea, then where?

Utter bullshit based on "history I heard about in the newspapers". Link something to HITLER and MUNICH and you are on a roll, right? Because "we" need to keep the "status quo" at all costs, it has become a pavlovian reflex.

Well, if Austria had been SOOO important for stability, maybe the UK should have buddied up with Mussolini who was sweating his pants off because of his northern neighbours. Unfortunately the UK couldshouldered him because of some desert action in Eritrea. Go figure...

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Re: Ruskies annexe the ISS next

But can one do a gopnik squat in space?

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Re: As long as it doesn't matter to YOU...

@AC, perhaps this doesn't look important to Britain's people today. We will see...

Woah gramps, 1950 is calling and wants your arse back.

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Re: So Russia's word with the UK & USA in 1994 doesn't matter?

The Budapest memorandum stated that the UK/USA would NOT try to get the Ukraine into NATO

So what happened to that part?

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History has now been rewritten by the sugargrower lobby.

The History books are pretty clear on this one. An unpopular Queen (Liliʻuokalan) signed a treaty with the USA to make the republic of Hawai'i a territory of the USA.

That sure is one way of seeing it.

Unfortunately it is add odds with what the Prez himself said. How weird.

From back when Presidents actually said someone of an intellectual level above the one reserved for purple dinosaurs:

PRESIDENT of USA GROVER CLEVELAND'S MESSAGE - December 18, 1893

On Saturday, January 14, 1893, the Queen of Hawaii, who had been contemplating the proclamation of a new constitution, had, in deference to the wishes and remonstrances of her cabinet, renounced the project for the present at least. Taking this relinquished purpose as a basis of action, citizens of Honolulu numbering from fifty to one hundred, mostly resident aliens, met in a private office and selected a so-called Committee of Safety, composed of thirteen persons, seven of whom were foreign subjects, and consisted of five Americans [surely wholly unrelated to the sugar grower lobby], one Englishman, and one German. This committee, though its designs were not revealed, had in view nothing less than annexation to the United States, and between Saturday, the 14th, and the following Monday, the 16th of January - though exactly what action was taken may not be clearly disclosed -they were certainly in communication with the United States Minister. On Monday morning the Queen and her cabinet made public proclamation, with a notice which was specially served upon the representatives of all foreign governments, that any changes in the constitution would be sought only in the methods provided by that instrument. Nevertheless, at the call and under the auspices of the Committee of Safety, a mass meeting of citizens was held on that day to protest against the Queen's alleged illegal and unlawful proceedings and purposes. Even at this meeting the Committee of Safety continued to disguise their real purpose and contented themselves with procuring the passage of a resolution denouncing the Queen and empowering the committee to devise ways and means "to secure the permanent maintenance of law and order and the protection of life, liberty, and property in Hawaii." This meeting adjourned between three and four o'clock in the afternoon. On the same day, and immediately after such adjournment, the committee, unwilling to take further steps without the cooperation of the United States Minister, addressed him a note representing that the public safety was menaced and that lives and property were in danger, and concluded as follows: "We are unable to protect ourselves without aid, and therefore pray for the protection of the United States forces." Whatever may be thought of the other contents of this note, the absolute truth of this latter statement is incontestable. When the note was written and delivered, the committee, so far as it appears, had neither a man or a gun at their command, and after its delivery they became so panic-stricken at their stricken position that they sent some of their number to interview the Minister and request him not to land the United States forces till the next morning. But he replied that the troops had been ordered, and whether the committee were ready or not the landing should take place. And so it happened that on the 16th day of January, 1893, between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, a detachment of marines from the United States Steamer Boston, with two pieces of artillery, landed at Honolulu. The men, upwards of 160 in all, were supplied with double cartridge belts filled with ammunition and with haversacks and canteens, and were accompanied by a hospital corps with stretchers and medical supplies. This military demonstration upon the soil of Honolulu was of itself an act of war, unless made either with the consent of the Government of Hawaii or for the bona fide purpose of protecting the imperilled lives and property of citizens of the United States. But there is no pretense of any such consent on the part of the Government of the Queen, which at that time was undisputed and was both the de facto and the de jure government. In point of fact the existing government instead of requesting the presence of an armed force protested against it. There is as little basis for the pretense that such forces were landed for the security of American life and property. If so, they would have been stationed in the vicinity of such property and so as to protect it, instead of at a distance and so as to command the Hawaiian Government building and palace. ...

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Re: Shortage of braincells ...

Do not forget to send the wife of Robert Kagan, neocon extraordinaire and one of the PNAC founders, in a totally innocent mission to speed the democratization process along. She just happens to be a career officer in the Foreign Service and is also known as "Victoria Nuland",

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And does this level extend to LEO?

[citation needed] as I remember that they didn't complain too loudly when the US decided ten years ago to take a little 3-trillion dustbath mainly to make the Middle East safe for Israel and oil exports.

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Re: Perhaps

Hell yeah. Russian Space Spetznaz like in a Greg Bear novel.

FUND IT!

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Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches

Heretofore, "French fries" served in the Capitol Hill canteenrestaurant will be renamed to "Ariane fries".

Not to be confused with Aryan fries. Nor to be served with Steak Tartare. Or with anything à la putinesca.

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Obama, Lord Protector of Crimea

Are you suggesting that there should be no consequences for countries that invade and annex parts of other countries?

Sounds like AC is suggesting that we boycott the US over annexation of Hawaii. The WHOLE of it.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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"Cortana please open the pod bay doors"

It all makes sense now.

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I would rather have red-eye HAL or blue-eye SAL

this could make a difference to the users

No.

The whole anthropomorphization thing of a search algorithm is childish and annoying. Giving it "female" attributes smacks of someone who doesn't understand that the target audience is not the young male adult gaming/movie audience. FFS!!

MICROSOFT FAIL! (with apologies to The One Who Shall Not Be Named)

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

There's lots of PR puffery and a fair amount of FUD spreading too (e.g. Munich)

Whatever happens -- don't mention Munich!

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Did I install Linux by mistake?

Course not. Because

1) Installation cannot be done by mistake. You really would notice the absence of pain and feeling of being the butt of some sadistic joke of the Redmond QA team

2) It would have worked

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Donkeys wander around Willowra with impunity, unless they're taken down by packs of semi-wild dogs looking for a meal.

WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY!

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Re: I've said it before, I'll say it again ...

Actually, all energy comes from a system that generates entropy very quickly. A massive random-number generator, so to say.

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Come back salmon!

I don't see this. The power company will provide you with a "mix" of differently sourced power and "ecological" will not mean less expensive, it will mean *more expensive* (unless the cost is collectivized by governmental decree).

I don't even understand how anyone can claim that he does 100% ecological - are there are special high-tension lines going to their premises that transport electricity coming from particular sources fully separate from large-scale mixing electrical circuit that is the countrywide system?

Also, Hetzner is going overboard claiming that they have 100% ecological water leccy. I think that means they get *most* of it from Norway. Well, someone has to build the dams over there.

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> Apple 100% because it's running on 100% green juice

The hipster power is strong in this one!

> Amazon 27% nuke power

I'm okay with this.

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Re: more efficient my ass

So basically, we need costs to go down to drive this into the right direction?

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MySQL daddy Monty talks up Fusion-io's data-stuffed flash

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Don't you mean PostgreSQL?

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Re: This is an elaborate April fool's joke, isn't it?

the whole rounded corners meme might not have happened, and most of us would have been aware that the Apple/Samsung thing was initially about "trade dress"

It is still about someone claiming "ownership" of the general characteristic of "rounded corners". Putting "because of reasons" instead of "because I invented it" after "I own rounded corners on mobiles" does not make it any less idiotic.

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

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Re: Thoughts

Really over the long run these games are just of interest for developing excellent bot programs that cannot be distinguished from real player.

IF one has the time.

Consider this "cloud-based testing" of the game.

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Google confirms Turkish ISPs 'intercepted' its DNS service

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Re: Turkey is preparing for war

Yeah, probably because "war on poverty" means liberalizing the economy. Instead of that, you get regulations, cronyism, powerful "liberal" action and the war on the poor.

If Turkey does Syria, the whole region might well resemble a can of gasoline going up in flames. At least we won't hear about the insufferable hectoring from our idiotic self-styled Lord Protectors Of Crimea anymore.

Better get some popcorn.

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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

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"Government sites are a “disaster area”"

Tell me something I don't know.

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YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

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"They even leaked a national security meeting," Erdogan said at a campaign rally. "This is villainous, this is dishonesty ... Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?"

The people of Turkey, you little sh*t. Remember them?

Speaking to reporters in Kutahya, Davutoglu confirmed the meeting took place and said, "A cyber attack has been carried out against the Turkish Republic, our state and our valued nation. This is a clear declaration of war against the Turkish state and our nation."

"This is an inconvenient attack on my little group of corruptics and idiots."

Military action in Syria by Turkey? Sure guys, feel free.

Sad to say, I hope the military gets a grip again and cleans up.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Re: Let a thousand flowers bloom

I am suprised that anyone would think that a neuron has a single-bit output. Surely a neuron isn't just On or Off, but also somewhere in between?

Of course. Back in 1998 we had Pulsed Neural Networks which must have seen some development since then, but I wouldn't know as I have been drifting away into very down-to-earth Internet-based technologies and that kind of fluff ... you know...

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You may want to consider removing yourself from the the genepool with the appropriate application of a large chunk of meat before you morph into Sarah Connor.

The "OH NO COMPUTERS! MUH JOBS!!!" discussion has been had in the 70s/80s/90s.

Turns out the jobs that went out of the window were the heavy industry ones ... who of the the heavily unionized fellowship would have thunk it?

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Re: model a neurone in one supercomputer

I agree. These guys never seem to address the arguments in Penrose's book

That's because they are embarrasing shite.

Penrose should stick to dabbling in math. If the world were made of Penroses, we would still consider engineering impossible because decisions cannot be described by continuous paths on n-dimensional manifolds or something.

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Re: If you really want to create an intelligence we recognize as our own...

Do you imply that "a couple of kids" == "an intelligence we recognize as our won"?

It sounds bizarre. Why not a trinity?

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: Eastenders Game

Silent Hill: Milton Keynes edition

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: The Simpsons?

LIBERALS: They want to fix reality and purge it of offensiveness. And no problem shall be left behind except the ones they create themselves.

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Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

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Re: Great idea, connecting the world..

So be grateful.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: Large Masses

AFAIK mars-massing balls in orbits at a serious angle to the ecliptic are well within the realm of possibilities.

This is the idea of the Halo of "Oligarch" Planets (finally Planets with Russian names!)

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Re: What else is out there ?

One is the sun but what are at the other focii which cause the dwarf planets to come back towards us ?

Not sure whether cerious.

Otherwise: Keplerian orbits or: A mathematical consequence of an 1/r² (newtonian) centripetal force.

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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Re: Research vs commercial interest

And to be perfectly honest I really care ... about insurance ABC knowing I have that gene and more likely to develop a particular disease exclude it from my medical cover or increase the price to reflect the risk.

Doesn't sound very ethical to me. Basically, you want deluxe low coverage for a known shite car.

The argument may well be "it's not my fault", but it's not the fault of the guy who will pay for it either.

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