* Posts by J.G.Harston

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Spelling Police

That's just plain wrong. two-year (*singular*!) is a *PRE*positional adjective: a two-year turnaround. two years (*plural!*) is a postpositional descripitve phrase: two years later.

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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"And despite the steel works being gone for decades non-ferrous metals trades still set up around Sheffield and Rotherham."

I think you mean ferrous metals. And Sheffield & Rotherham produce more steel than ever, it's just that nowadays it only needs one man and a dog to do it. The man to feed the dog, and the dog...

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Pandora's box... hurr hurr...

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: New Political Party...?

"None of the above" is illegal as a party name or description, however Above and Beyond were formed and stand on the single issue of getting "None of the Above" on the ballot paper.

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Half an election? Or one that swings both ways?

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We've never had a referendum on the single transferable vote. The referendum in 2011 was on the Alternative Vote. STV for local government in Scotland and NornIron was introduced without a referendum.

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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Re: When?

Thinko - of course that should be Safety Last.

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Re: When?

A lot of the Harold Lloyd stunts involved building very clever sets on top of buildings and lining up cameras so that the streetscape behind looked like it was below the set. The clock in Safety First was only about twelve feet above the roof of the building the set was built on, but when testing it by dropping a dummy from the clock it bounced off the roof into the street below.

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Re: When?

Sod that, when are we going to get a decent Harold Lloyd retrospective? I've not seen any of his films since a special season on BBC2 in the early '80s.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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It's called equity drawdown/equity liberation/equity release here, but I'm 15 years too young, you have to effectively not need it because you're already of pension age before they'll allow you to have it.

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What annoys me most about the financial system is that it expects - nay, demands - that I die with a great lump of wealth, specifically my house. If I could spend that wealth *now* and die with a zero balance instead of a large credit balance, then I could actually afford to stay alive.

I've worked out that if I could pay off my mortgage and start drawing on my pension, I'd still be £30 a week short of being able to stay alive, and the very presence of my pension would bar me from getting any unemployment benefit, so, in the absence of anybody prepared to get off their arse and pay me to work, I would just have to find a lender that would allow me to sink further and further into debt for another 15^W 20^W 22 years until my state pension starts paying out.

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'It's not layoffs, it's operationalising our strategy'

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Operationalising our strategy

Bingo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyV_UG60dD4

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: And....

Vax and Vax had to come to an agreement that Vax wouldn't manufacture vacuum cleaners and Vax wouldn't manufacture computers.

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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"Why hasn't Britain (or even Europe?) produced a Google or a Facebook yet?"

Yes, why hasn't Britain produced an ARM, or a Rolls Royce Aerospace, or an ICI, or an AstraZenica, or a BAE Systems, etc.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Reminds me of when I was testing some buffered data transfer code, I progressively thottled it down all the way to one-byte buffer and it worked fine.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Online Voting

"No electronic voting in the UK yet then."

We tried electronic voting in the compulsary-absent-voting trial in 2004. Noticable that it hasn't been repeated. Or that anybody remembers it.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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The report on the BBC World Service was that the marriage had been arranged without the bride or groom meeting. The bride consented after being assured by her and his parents that the groom was educated. At the wedding she suspected this was not the truth and asked the sums question.

Also, on the subject of arranged marriages in modernising developing countries, there is an increasing incidence of couples who already know each other to ask their repective parents to arrange a marriage for them. So, it's an arranged marriage with a pre-vetted candidate.

And how many westerners can say they've never had an older relative say something like: that Susie you used to know at school has grown up well, why don't you get in touch with her...

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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"...so we’re talking about ... buying a new bunch each year."

Why, do they self-destruct after 50 weeks?

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Have an exhalt! Cheered me up.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: The BBC should have bought a stockpile of Pi's and gave them out

"BBC BASIC was for the expensive BBC Micro only."

No it sn't. You can get BBC BASIC for BBC Micro, CP/M, Torch, Wren, Einstein, RML480Z, 32000, RMNimbus, Tiki, Amstrad CPC, DOS/PC, Sinclair Z88, Apple Mac, RISC OS, Victor Sirius, ZX Spectrum, PDP-11, Amstrad Notebook, Windows/PC just off the top of my head.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: The voters hate Osborne

At what income level do you pay 60% of it in National Insurance. Total IT+NI only platauxes out at 50-anna-bit% of total income when getting to the £800K level.

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Re: Hmmm

I avoid paying tax by buying Jaffa Cakes instead of biscuits. My employer colludes in my not paying tax by paying me less than the personal income tax allowance. I avoid tax by not buying cigarettes. There's probably loads of other tax I avoid. I avoid minerals extraction duty by not being a oil company.

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Re: The voters hate Google

Since 1992 Business Rates have gone straight to HM Treasury, Local Government just acts as an (unpaid) collection agency.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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I think the naming order came about because Americans were more used to using domains in email addresses, so smallest@middle.larger.largest whereas on this side of the pond we had more experience in using domains as parts of paths, so largest.larger.middle/smaller/smallest.

Somewhere I've still got my uk.ac.stir.cs sweatshirt...

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: failure or not

"The taxpayers will be paying for it in the end, one way or the other."

And non-taxpayers. It will be anybody paying a leccy bill, not just those people rich enough to pay tax.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Re: "'Fun2bwith' [...] this type of name is universally attractive"

"I must be abnormal, then, because "Fun2bwith" sounds to me like a bubbleheaded slapper with the attention span of a gnat on crack and I wouldn't even bother looking at their profile."

Obligatory Weird Al reference

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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There doesn't seem to be any indication of price. I paid £20 for my bicycle, I'm unlikely to be prepared to pay any significant multiple of that for electric assistance, and it would have to get me up the hills in Sheffield.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Just a few bits of pedantry...

The BBC is not a state broadcaster. It is *funded* by the state, but that does not make it a state broadcaster. Just because you receive your funding from the state does not make you an arm of the state, otherwise Virgin Trains would be an arm of the state.

"Privatise the Beeb, sell it off". The BBC is owned by.... the BBC. It is *not* a state-owned entity. It is a self-owned corporation created by statute, just like Channel 4, the Olympic Delivery Authority, various others. Just because you receive public funding does not make you a state-owned entity, otherwise Virgin Trains would be a state-owned entity, as would whoever supplies the sandwiches to the Commons Tea Rooms. Entities such as Directly Operated Railways t/o East Coast Trains, and UK Financial Investments (that owns vaious bits of banks) *are* state-owned.

That doesn't mean that the government can't sell the BBC's assets and pocket the money, as it tried to do with the original TSB, and the Beeb's incorporation statutes state that any wound-up assets pass to the state, but legally, structurally and operationally, the BBC is *already* a private company.

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The BBC is the only British website in the top five British websites? errr... so the other four websites in the top five British websites aren't British websites? ...???

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Four Yorkshire Television Productions

Our remote control was attached to the telly with a six-foot wire.

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"Now add one point for each physical (as opposed to digital) book that you own"

lBooyd 'ell. That starts me at 600 points just glancing around the room.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

As I've described it: common currency yes, single currency no.

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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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