* Posts by J.G.Harston

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Does Uber have something that...

Perzactly! Uber is just another remote taxi booking service, the logical progression from waving your hand in the street, to messenger boy, to telegraph, to telephone, to email, to text message, to web site. It's nothing new, it's just another remote booking service. All the taxi firms in my UK city did email/web/mobile booking years ago.

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Re: Correction, here ...

Ok: In UK taxi law, the taxi licensing authority may chose to regulate taxi fares by setting a ceiling to fares. The taxi meter is calibrated by the local authority and sealed. Any taxi is perfectly free to charge anything up to that ceiling.

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They want unregulated, unlicensed, uninsured taxis. The state does not allow it.

There, fixed that for you. Personally, I beleive that the state should not allow you that particular consumer choice.

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Re: Correction, here ...

"Of course, Uber can have prices totally lower than taxis due to lacking this huge racket/tax, so we have unfair competition, here."

ANY taxi can have their prices lower than the competition. Regulated taxi fares are a CEILING not a floor.

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

It's irrelevant whether Uber require their drivers to be licensed or not, THE LAW requires their drivers to be licenced.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Re: Parts

So many of them were made, you don't need to rebuild replacement hardware, you just cannibalise existing spare machines.

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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You don't teach literacy in this way by making it a chore that you get rewards for. You make it something that you need to obtain so that you can access something you desire. "If I learn to read English I can read Heat Magazine and find out what Haley Mills is doing and chat with all my friends about it" not "If I learn to read English I'll get a voucher that lets me buy a copy of Heat Magazine".

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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For right to be forgotten to work there needs to be massive recruitment of people to go through archives cutting out offending content. Theres 400 years of newspapers in my local central library. Where are these job vacancies? It's just another lie, just like the jobs doing Cameron's web censoring never materialised. If you're serious about it ADVERTISE AND RECRUIT THE BLOODY JOBS!!!!

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Rolling back to 1830

If we roll back to 1830 then Wales gets Patagonia *and* the Falklands. Back then Argentina didn't extend any further south than the Salado River. Argentina didn't occupy any territory anywhere near the Falklands until the Conquest Of The Desert in the 1880s.

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Re: Outer Manchuria before the Falklands

Maybe a campaign for Texas to be returned to Mexico. I mean, you can't just go and settle in some foreign province and then demand that that province be annexed to the mother country, do svedanya?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Having exchanges capable of supplying POTS isn't overly onerous. I'd LOVE to be able to buy internet without having to fork out 15 quid a month for a landline I never use.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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This is what happens when morons who wouldn't recognise a hierarchial naming structure if it recursed them in the backside have any power over naming systems. I bet they all dump all their files on their desktop as well. Subdirectories? What's that? Force the bloody lot of them to use DOS 1.0.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

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Re: Regulations. . .

"I think Sand Hill's approach was much like Uber et al.: try something new, ignore relevant regulations by claiming they don’t apply to what you're doing"

When I was dealing with taxi licensing we tried to encourage innovationm but the trade tended to kill it. Example: somebody said rickshaw taxis might be a good idea, we said: they're people-powered so we can set up a fast-track vehicle safety inspection that skips all the internal combusion engine stuff, etc., but the response of potential rickshaw taxi drivers was "we don't need to comply with no steeeking license!" so the innovation died. We tried to encourage the trade to set up a coordinated remote pre-booking system, but they wouldn't stop their pissing contests to realise what advantages it would have, until Uber was on the horizon, and overnight the trade set up a coordinated remote booking system, along with a splurge of mergers and rationalisations that's killed off a lot of the internal cat fighting.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Ladybird?

Project Books published by the Dairy Industry Council.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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When I worked in local government for a decade I observed that the male head of planning was paid the same as the female head of planning, the male head of education was paid the same as the female head of education, the male chief executive was paid the same as the female chief executive, the male bin lorry drivers were paid the same as the (few) female bin lorry drivers, the male head of year four in school X was paid the same as the female head of year four in school Y.

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Re: Politically incorrect

You probably earn more than Harriet Harman and most ofther MPs, you're just /paid/ less than her.

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Your total speed will be the speed of the slowest part of your connecttion. If you have a 20Mbps connection to "the internet", but the server you're accessing only has a 4Mbps connection to "the internet", guess how fast your connection to that server is going to be.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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"Suppliers are sitting on a huge stock of unsold computers"

I've already got a computer, I don't need to buy another one.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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'cos they have to squeeze in that data into overnight transaction windows that will also have that day's data to process as well.

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Re: Making "coding" a priority is a big mistake...

"Look at the complete waste of time that is domestic science (aka cookery):"

Eh? *Everybody* /NEEDS/ to eat, without eating you die. Not everybody /needs/ to be able to code.

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Re: Making "coding" a priority is a big mistake...

"Don't worry about languages falling out of favour. Thinking about how to programming is a skill that transfers between them."

Tell that to the recruiters. If you're not currently right now being paid to program using whatever today's language de jour is, you're immediately binned.

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This is like claiming that because cars exist, children should be taught how to be automotive engineers. NO!!! They should be taught how to drive, those who are interested in automotive engineering should be *allowed* to explore automotive engineering, everybody shouldn't be forced to do automotive engineering just because.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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"Getting a degree in Computer Science isn't so you can be a Computer Scientist. ... It's to show that you can learn how to apply and better yourself no matter the challenge...."

Tell that to the recruiters. Better still, repeatedly bludgen it into their brains with a 10-pound hammer. Recruiters point blank absolutely uttely REFUSE to believe that generalised engineering problem solving is a generalised engineering problem solving task. If you aren't currently right now being employed and paid to use BoobleFlip 4.556.5 release x.YY2 you can f*** off as you obviously are completely utterly incapable of being able to notice that the gears go 1-3-5-2-4 instead of 1-2-3-4-5.

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Re: @Tim Worstall

"Maybe the best bet is to get them learning Chinese :)"

1980年代に私が日本語を学ぶように言われたので、私は日本語を学びました。それは私が持っているところを見てください。 (~_~)

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"Okay, that's true - after people have their needs of food and comfortable housing sorted, they will spend more on experiences, such as eating out or entertainment."

But if robots have got all the jobs where are the humans going to get the money from with which to pay for that eating out or entertainment? Or just plain staying alive?

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Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

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Re: I know this will be unpopular, but...

If they want people to be able to give away unused portions of their tax allowances, they should allow it for anybody, then I could give my unused allowances to my nephew.

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An expired UK passport is still a valid /identity/ document, it just isn't a valid /travel/ document. Even branches of the Home Office fail to grasp this simple fact, and I have had to wave a Home Office circular at them to get them to understand their own rules.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: No inflation?

When my local supermarket was Netto I could buy a tub of marge for 37p. When it became an Asda the cheapest same-size tub is something like £1. Similarly, Netto used to sell a three-pack of tins of tuna for 70-something-pee. Asda sell one single tin for 70-something-pee. When I first went in and picked up a tin I kept looking around for the missing two that must have fallen out of the multipack.

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

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Re: And so...

Or just add some code to the logging code: if ptr(logfile)>someamount then ptr(logfile)=0 and make it a circular logfile.

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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The "mid east"? So, Kentucky?

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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There's a United Nations Convention on the ownership of celestial bodies that says no person or nation can own them. Wikipaedia claims that Spain is a signitory to it.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: Bah!

Or: I'm in a meeting, so I'll select MUTE, oops, pressed PLAY, mute, dammit, mute!!! Why do I have to hold the bloody button down for TEN SECONDS shut the **** up!!!!

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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A *couple* of thousand years ago? Bring on I Caludius vs The Dinosuars.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

Even Sylvester Stallone has said the the new Dredd movie was better then his Dredd movie.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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"Tried again without those villainous (ASCII) characters and again rejected"

You entered a password that consisted of no characters at all?

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I used to be registered on a job website that would send me my password in clear text with every job listing email - WHILE I WAS IN THE JOB CENTRE WORK CLUB!!!!! (JobClubsWorth: Why aren't you reading your jobs emails? Me: Because you're looking over my shoulder watching my emails!)

But, tangentially, WTF does a job website want super-secure authentication? WhoTF can do anything with the list of jobs I've applied for?

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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They *repair* mobile phones? Don't they just chuck it in a spares bin, swap the identity and send back a replacement?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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How does a radio jammer magically pull the key out of my pocket, put it into the lock and turn it?

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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I don't have your money, it's in Bob's house, and Bill's house!

(Grabs pitchfork)

EVERYBODY TO BOB'S HOUSE!!!!

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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This is why I always wear a name badge when I'm working on lots of different sites - I just b***y wish the people there would do the same. "Ian? Sorry, Chris? Where's Shaffaq's desk? Surjan? Surjit? Rajit! That's it, where's his desk? Oh, sorry, *her* desk?"

Last week I balls up migrating two users on a site called Ian. Not just Ian, but Ian surname-starting-with-L, so their user names were ian-randomnumbers-L-randomnumber. Luckily, Chris H, Chris H and Chris H were on seperate days.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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I don't see anything in that video that needs a 3D printer.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Up the Pole!

Not quite right. The single UKIP MP needed 19,500 votes to get in. The other 3.8 million votes were spread across 549 other consitituencies, none of which individually were high enough for the UKIP candidate there to win.

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Re: "Shy Tories"

"As for PR that was unfortunately voted down in the referendum a few years back"

No it wasn't, we've never had a vote on PR, we had a vote on AV which is very definitely *NOT* PR.

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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Re: WTF!?

What's wrong with a nested loop? How else do you do multiple loops?

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*INSERT /enables/ ROMs. *UNPLUG is the command to disable a ROM.

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Note quite. It was:

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the point being that the expansion of line number parameter of the GOTO always took four bytes. If you entered GOTO 10 the GOTO was compressed to a one-byte token, so 'GOTO 10' compresses from 7 bytes to 6 bytes, but 'G.10' compresses from four bytes to five bytes, so the input buffer overruns and crashes into the sound buffers. Fixed in later versions of BBC BASIC where an extra BCS err_NoLineSpace was put in.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Re: Erm....

Because washing+mining .greaterthan. washing for positive amounts of mining, so electricity(washing+mining) .greaterthan. electricity(washing).

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This sounds like the schemes where you could get a loan to put solar panels on your roof, and get a return on the feed-in-tariff which would be less than the loan repayments.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Case in point: Caroline Lucas won Brighton Pavillion with 31% of the vote, 2.5 percentage points ahead of her nearest rival.

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Re: Secret ballot?

"They do write the number of your ballot slip along side of your name in the register, so it is not that secret."

No they don't.

They cross out your name in the publically available marked register. All you can see from ther marked register is that you have been given a ballot paper. Nothing more, and nothing less.

You elector number is written on the counterfoil to the ballot paper. You are given the ballot paper, seperate from the counterfoil. The counterfoil and ballot paper have a serial number on them. The ballots and counterfoild are stored seperately and kept for about a year before being destroyed.

If you have sufficient evidence to convince an electoral court that electoral irregularities may have occured (cf Tower Hemlets), that court may order that the ballots be examined to search for irregularities. If you have sufficient evidence to convince an electoral court that those electoral irregularies are of a sort when a match needs to be made between ballots and electors, then that court may order that election officials take hundreds of hours sorting through tens of thousands of ballot papers to match up the suspicious ballots.

To all intents and purposes, the ballot is secret. Only the voter can breach that secrecy by themselves stating (or ratherm, claiming) who they voted for.

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