* Posts by J.G.Harston

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: False economy is an ugly thing, Detroit.

"There are certain complications that arise when a huge chunk of the population abandons your city, leaving you with just as much infrastructure to support but a drastically reduced tax base."

Looks like it could be worth their while getting rid of some of that infrastructure, either by demolishing it, or shrinking the city limits and de-annexing back the surrounding counties.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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For those of us who actually use proper coordinates, that's SW 6955 1204 and SW 6638 1958.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Why?

But calculus *is* hard to grasp, which is why you only start doing it a 'A' level. But why on earth were you expected to do it in a non-Mathematics degree?

I think the only time I ever used calculus in anything computer-related was when I estimated the virtual size of a circular buffer that was being filled and emptied at the same time, and I used an infinite decreasing series to work it out.

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Re: > My competence ... is entirely in the eye of the beholder

Exactly. Recruiters have a dogmatic religious fixation that it is impossible to have any ability outside the exact specific skill you were using yesterday. You can program with curly-bracket-language-A? F*** off, we want a curly-bracket-language-B programmer. You're applying for a job with us and you are currently unemployed???? Argh!!! Get off my planet!!!!

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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The only thing wrong with the "old" HMRC site is you cannot enter punctuation or carriage returns in the "notes/comments" box of the self assessment form. Otherwise, LEAVE IT ALONE!!!!

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Is Thermionic a trademark and so needing a capital letter? I thought it was thermionic - heat induced emission of ions (in this case, electrons).

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

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Ensuring that an IP package will propagate over somebody else's networks is just the same sort of stuff as ensuring that your telephony data will propagate over somebody else's networks. That's a job for the ITU not gov.us.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: Tim, get real.

I currently pay 0% income tax due to my income being less than the personal allowance.

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Re: Tim, get real.

You already are allowed to drive a non-taxed non-MOT'd car on the public highway specifically in order to take it to/from an MOT or a scrappy. I had to do this myself last year when I slipped up and booked my MOT on expiration day and it failed.

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"allowed the money to be paid back in installments"

You can only pay something ****BACK**** if you received it from the recipient in the first place. Vodaphone never paid anything ****BACK**** to the HMRC because the HMRC never paid anything to Vodaphone for them to need to pay back in the first place. Where on earth has this illiteracy come from where A paying a bill to B is described as paying ****BACK**** the recipient?

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Australian government may take leave of its census

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In years of researching past censuses and filling in past censuses I've concluded that each extra page just adds 10% of useful information, and the extra information is rapidly useless after page 2. Pick which 90% of information you want and you could revert back to the pre-war one-page census.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Re: The unspoken element

What employers out there are going to be willing to pay me enough for one day's work to keep me alive for seven days? Plain and simple, I can't afford to stay alive on anything less than full-time pay.

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Re: There's a reason your friend can't find a job

Why is there this culture of punishing people by banning them from doing what they enjoy and are skilled at - the technical tasks - and forcing them into something they don't like and have no skills or aptitude for - management?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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In a gold rush, be the one selling shovels.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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I've already lowered my expectations to "breathing", but with no success :(

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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The big hump to get over will always be the huge numbers of people who will say: how ***DARE*** my taxes go to pay people to just lounge around watching Ricky Lake!!!!!!

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: Indolent Wretch Not so fast

Shops have done purchase-based stock-ordering forecasting for centuries, with pen and paper. Lyons pioneered doing it electronically in the 1950s.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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All cash machines use encryption, so Cameron et al is demanding the destruction of the entire non-over-counter cash-based economy.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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The difference between paper and electronic maps is that with paper I can spread 40km of mapping at 1:50,000 on a table and see all of it. With electronic maps I am ghettoised into the choice of 1:50,000 showing too little geography to be useful or 40km of geography too small to be useful.

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A year with Canada's Volvo-esque smartphone – The BlackBerry Z30

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I'm waiting for the Z80 so I can run CP/M and Jet Set Willy on it...

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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I thought Google Translate worked by comparing online texts in different languages, as a sort of Rosetta Stone process, so if The People Out There uses those words to mean those meanings, then Google Translate will as well.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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All well and good....

until some PHB says "we're running out of space, just use some of those spare drives"

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Re: Easier?

"I pay £31 a month to Virgin for the 152MB (allegedly!) broadband connection. .... No TV, no Virgin phone line."

How do you manage that? I investigated getting rid of my Virgin landline, but getting rid of the landline would get rid of my broadband internet connection as well.

(I'm on FreeCable + Telephone £16pm + Internet £20pm. Last month I made £1.26 of telephone calls.)

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Hurray! I'm glad this is getting some airing, I'm fed up having to pay £20 a minute for the rare telephone call I make just so I can have an internet connection.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Taxi regulation is there to protect the customer, not to limit the market. Unfortunately, UK taxi licensing legislation allows a licensing authority to have a numbers limit, so capping the number of market operators. When I was a taxi licenser every time limits came up I voted against it, but the votes went for the cap. The regulators aren't (shouldn't be) in the business of guaranteeing taxi drivers a job, they are there to protect the travelling public. If the market can only bear 1000 drivers and there's 2000 drives, well, then, 1000 of them will go bust and (should) realise they're in the wrong job and move into something else.

Uber is just the latest method of hiring, all the way from waving in the street, to sending your servant, to using the telephone, to using email, to using a website, to using SMS. Uber is just another taxi control office.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: "I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before"

Back in Win3 days... I installed something on a friend's DOS/Win system. It ended by wiping %TEMP%. But... his system had %TEMP%=C:\DOS

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Food preparation causes smog - solution: stop people preparing food. There, that's done. What's next?

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Wow, are they still a thing? I remember their (Tandy's) pricing strategy in the 80s: plush cardboard package of five resistors for 50p.... or go to Bardwells and get them for 2p each.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Have they fixed it so if an error occurs you can just skip to the next file instead of aborting the entire b****y job?

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Re: What's with the numbering, guys?

Missing out Windows 9 is deliberate as there's a lot of software out there that parses the Windows version string instead of asking for the binary version number and would see "Windows 9" as being Windows 95.

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Re: Year of Linux on the laptop

"have not had a desktop in the house for 8 years"

You must be lucky, with me - like a large majority of humans - my arms are a different length to the focus of my vision and require my keyboard to be movable independently of my display.

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Re: WTF?

Year before last: local council, JobCentrePlus; last year: GPs surgeries, Menzies Depots, thecompanyformerlyknownas MottMcDonald; this year: Balfour Beatty.

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WTF?

I'm still in the middle of multiple multi-year Win7 rollout contracts.

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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Re: Cry me a river

Most users think all URLs end in .com, never mind all the others. Too many times I've walked somebody through "blah blah dot gov dot uk... no, dot GOV dot UK... NO!!! not gov uk com, JUST B****Y GOV UK."

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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A neat and tidy hierarchial naming system? How dare they! We must destroy this as much as possible. After all, I just dump all my files in My Documents, subdirectories? Sparn of the devil, look, if you jumble the letters up it spells "evolution"!

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Wah Wah! You can't control your cars with a "steering wheel" because we control our cars with a "steering wheel", ***k off and invent some other method of controlling your cars.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Loved this article (especially placing Land Value Taxation first)

"Strongly agree, in general, except I'd put VAT lower on the list than you."

But it wasn't a subjective list, it was an objective maths-driven list. Unless you use different maths to Tim VAT will be at the same place on your list as Tim's list.

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Re: Uniformity of land use

The simplest solution is to charge LVT (or any property tax) on the purchase price, whenever that was. So, the LVT gets automatically reviewed every time the property's ownership changes, and little great-aunt-nellie who bought her house for 3 and six back in 1930 will pay LVT on her 1930 purchase price. Yes, it adds a drag onto the system, but which two legs do you want?

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Errr.... surely this depends on the crims being able to jemmy open the ATM case without anybody noticing.

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Right, who feels like going to an Ofcom meeting? Anyone? Bueller?

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I used to chair our local POTAC. It was actually quite interesting, but we ended up being abolished as we got less and less response from the TelCos.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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*re*learn interface design? That presumes they learned it at least once before.

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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I've concluded that "mulled" means "destroyed beyond palatability".

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

Attendance allowance was abolished sometime in the 1990s. Councillors get a (no adjective at all) allowance, which is to all intents and purposes, and is considered by HMRC as, a salary. A whopping £12k-£14k a year on the biggest authorities, but it is not tied to attendance - which means that for many councillors it works out at about £4 an hour.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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"While a bus is massively subsidised..."

Well, if you're going to come out with blatant lies lies that, I'm going to stop reading.

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BT takes broadband to NEW PLACES. That's right: CITIES

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You you sure they were engineers? Surely they'd have been technicians, no engineering needed.

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Bring back big gov, right? If only the economics, STUPID, could tell us more

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"During the 1960s it was nothing to see factories still lovingly working with machines that were built before the turn of the century, items that proudly bore their build dates of 189X or perhaps there was a modern one showing 190X. Anything new was greeted with suspicion."

It wasn't that anything new was treated with suspicion, but more that the capital cost of replacing still-working equipment with newer (but more efficient) equipment was too much for most industries to afford. The Far East were able to overtake us due to not having the dilemma of throwing away millions of pounds of pre-existing capital investment.

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Why the chemistry between Hollywood, physics and maths is so hot right now

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Re: B.C.

Martin Crieff?

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prognosis not diagnosis. A two-year prognosis is "you've got two years to live". A two-year diagnosis is "after doing tests for two years we've worked out what's wrong with you".

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: The reality

"Excluding the debts they have been refered to me for a typical single client presents with the following: Income: Job seekers allowance £72.40pw"

Surely as a typical single person on JSA they'd also get housing benefit and council tax benefit? A typical single-person on-the-dole income is around £130-£140 a week (it was when I was on the dole in the 1990s).

And I notice he doesn't appear to have any housing costs. How does he manage to wrangle that?

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I agree with a lot of this. Even though my income over the last 15 years or so has rarely topped the £11,000 you quote. to be poor 1930s style I'd have to rip out my central heating, my double glazing, my insulated roof, my carpets, my fridge, my cooker, my bath, my indoor toilet, most of my furniture, most of my books, have another three people move in with me, have no free-at-provision healthcare, certainly not have any computer equipment. Because of the infrastructure built up over the last 60 years due to society pooling together I can afford to live frugrally in a level of comfort that that frugrality would not have given in the 1930s.

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