* Posts by Ivan 4

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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conceivably a dual boot setup is not going to be an issue at least.

Wont that depend on being able to download an ISO image? Also, does 10 need a hidden boot partition that will also complicate matters.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: a not so innocent question

Actually no. You would be surprised at just how many OS/2 installations in industry there still are and those using it are not going to change any time soon. A working machine that has 30 to 40 years life left in it and costs several million euro to replace is not going to be replaced any time soon and neither is the OS controlling it.

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Maybe...

...Just maybe someone will reinvent the OS/2 active desktop and all that entails in usefulness.

I have a couple of Linux distros that I run in a VM just to see if they live up to expectations but after using them for a few hours I always reboot my machine back to OS/2 to get any work done. I could live with Linux if someone ported the OS/2 desktop and all that it does. I don't like windows fot the same reason - the shitty desktop which has got much worse since XP.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: It must be intentional!

Every little helps - the NSA

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Privatised Industry

Err... I think you will find that the industry is not particularly interested in these meters, it is the government that wants them because of some misguided idea that the green blob had that bu using them it would cut down the production of an essential plant food, CO2.

The money from the government is a bribe to get the industry 'on side' and fit them.

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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

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As is normal with politicians you know they are lying because their lips are moving. You can't trust any of them because they always forget the law of unintended consequences.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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One thing I don't understand is the very large price differential between the 6 inch and 9.7 inch e-ink readers. I don't think it costs that much more to make the larger screens so why the premium price for the larger units?

We used to use Kindle DX units while on various industrial sites because it allowed us to, a) take a full range of service and technical manuals and b) allowed easy reading without too much scrolling. I say 'used to' because over the years the units didn't survive the industrial environment.

Now we have a couple of Onyx Boox M96 units on trial which are quite nice, especially because of their ability to put in notations using a stylus but why do they have to have the Google play store up and running.

At approx €260 I don't see them as a mass market item. I know of several students that have drooled over mine but are very reluctant to part with that much cash on what is only a tool to help with their studies.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Here we have three things that we consider when looking for staff.

1) The right qualifications (not necessarily a university degree).

2) Ability to do the job (not needing constant supervision).

3) Get along with the other staff.

If the person meets those requirements I couldn't care if they were a little green man from mars, they get the job. Conversely if they don't meet those qualifications - no job offer.

Having diversity targets are the quickest way of a company going broke, that is unless you are very large then you have a reorganisation and get rid of the dead wood that way..

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Questions

What is the ground clearance?

Can it drive through 30cm deep mud?

What is it like negotiating dirt road washouts?

How well protected is the rear carrying space, can you throw a couple of rolls of fencing in there with the posts and not have problems?

In fact all this review says is that this is a car for city slickers that have a second home in the country and not an actual working 4x4.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: ME! Oh ME! MeohmeohmeohMEEEE!

I would add one extra thing to your list -

Drivers for other operating systems

There are still a lot of ThinkPads out there running OS/2 for example and it would be very nice to upgrade to a new machine.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Government says renewable no good

Even governments are now saying that all the large scale renewable projects do not give their hyped output and are not cost effective.

The US Energy department has found that all the large solar projects are struggling to even get 50% of supposed output and that is before they kill off vast numbers of protected birds.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/high-tech-solar-projects-fail-to-deliver-2015-06-13

And the UK government admit that green policy is costing more than it returns.

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/6/25/government-admits-benefits-of-green-policy-less-than-cost.html

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Keep trying

It's either that or he needs more funding to continue living the lifestyle he has become used to.

There has yet to be a doom prediction NOT linked to requiring more funding by the author.

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US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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Re: Who owns the botnets

Don't forget the little guy sitting in his bedroom trying to find out what the government/military covered up about UFOs and ET visits.

Indeed so many stories.

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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You obviously don't know just how vindictive the US establishment can be.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: Wow

I still am trying to justify my actions of a few days ago. My trusty Nokia dumb phone finally gave up the ghost and literally fell apart - the sticky tape finally gave up being sticky. Needing a phone I went to the discount electronics store. The cheapest dumb phone that would take my standard SIM was more expensive than a dualsim smartphone. I ended up with the smartphone because it makes phone calls and only needs charging once a week.

Yes there was a lot of junk on it but a little judicious tweaking removed most of that and I now don't have to change the SIM when I travel over the boarder.

It has two advantages, I can use it over a wifi network to make voip calls and the camera is convenient for taking quick reminder pictures when on a site survey.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Two sides

To every debate there are two sides and on those sides are those that will support their side to the death if necessary. We see that in action here with one side saying that man is evil - the eco-nuts - and the other side saying show us the proof that man is evil and never the twain shall meet.

The eco-nuts are trying to be the modern day slavers by keeping the poor in Africa and other countries in abject poverty by denying them plentiful, cheap, reliable electricity and machinery to work the land (we can't have them getting above themselves can we?). They do this by saying that the plant food gas is evil of itself and anything that makes it should be banned - yet they produce it with abandon on their flights round the world to various meetings with the one coming up in Paris likely to produce more than all of Africa produces in a year (hypocritical?).

To bolster their beliefs they insist the poor nations of the world subscribe to 'unfair trade' where the poor work for a pittance and the product of that slave labour makes several thousand percent profit for the slavers.

If what is being perpetrated on the poor of the world by the eco-nuts is not slavery then I don't know what it is unless it is genocide.

Those on the other side of the debate say 'prove it' using real figures from actual measurements not those that have been 'adjusted' to fit the party line and outcome.

So far not one of man made climate change predictions have come anywhere near being correct - there are less catastrophic storms when they predicted there would be more. They measure temperature to one hundredth of a degree C when the instruments are only accurate to plus/minus a tenth of a degree - it just does not make sense, especially when they dump whole swathes of good raw data because it doesn't fit the dialogue.

Now I challenge all the ecos on here to prove what I say is wrong but I fear that they will just down arrow this post because it does not fit their belief. Sorry people but if you do you are just proving my and Lewis's point, climate change is a belief system.

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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@Christoph, you do realise that Google has deeper pockets than the local paper therefore suing Google is more profitable if you win.

This doesn't make it right but that is the way a lot of people think today.

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

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4x4

That is a work 4x4, you have to be joking. A Chelsea tractor yes, a working 4x4 no.

What is it now a days that every 4x4 has to look the same as a car used about town. I would hate to take that up some if the mountain tracks around here (Pyrenees) for fear of the cost of panel replacement when they get dented, as they would. Such is 'progress' beyond the utility vehicle, aca Land Rover, of the past.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: This is rapidly becoming a world laughing stock

It was not so long ago that one guy looking for UFO information made headlines because he was able to look through a 'secure' US Mil computer. The US said then that their networks were so secure he had to be the worlds master hacker. Now it turns out that almost anyone can walk in and look round any US Gov/Mil computer and take what they want.

This much vaunted 'security' is indeed becoming truly laughable.

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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Streisand effect

It would appear that Equustek may have shot itself in the foot because of the Streisand effect, especially if this ruling only applies to Google - there are other search engines out there.

The fact that they are making such a fuss about it will get people wondering and hence looking at the alternative.

As others have said how can a Canadian judge have any say about what happens in other parts of the world, or has the 'American Way of Justice' rubbed off on her?

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A pause in global warming? Pah, FOOLS. There was NO PAUSE

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Re: Science

@Thought About IT,

There is one very large glaring problem with peer reviewed climate science, the reviewers are very few in number and they all know those that write the papers - in fact it is a friends review and not a review of their peers in science in general. The other problem is that those that write the papers and those that review them all believe the same thing and those that differ are rejected - not the way to get quality papers published.

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Re: Exactly!

But what does it say about the 'scientists' that won't show their actual data and how they changed it for fear that they will end up at the butt of jokes or be proven charlatans.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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A question

Can this download be turned into a DVD to enable a clean install? If not, why not?

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

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Re: Why?

@AndyS

No you don't. Some garages will "chip" a car, this means either putting new parameters into the existing ECU or, more drastically, putting in a whole new after-market ECU. Nobody makes a living removing the electronics from modern engines.

Yes I do. They go as far as replacing the inlet manifolds as necessary and petrol cars get standard two barrel carburettors. In fact they did it to my Mazda 4x4 and every time I take it in for its biannual Controle Technique I get better than the book value emissions.

I also said that the electronics was/is used for emission control in the first place. This was to meet some 'perceived' requirement and it was thought that it would save people having to take the cars to a garage to be tuned up.

It might run the infotainment at the moment but how long before it becomes required as a backup to the latest EU directive that all cars will call home if they have an 'accident' be it a bump in a pothole or a real accident that requires reporting.

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Why?

Knowing that I will upset a number of people I still have to ask why do we need an operating system in a car?

As it stands I do not see any logical reason for having any complex operating system controlling what the car does. Yes, I know that 'modern' cars have engine control by dedicated programmable chips (ECU) and from what I can see all that does is make repairing any faults very expensive. In fact I know of a garage that has a thriving sideline of removing all the electronics from the engine going back to all manual and getting better emissions readings than those of the controlled engine - emission control is the basic reason for all the engine electronics in the first place.

Other than it is 'cool' to have your car controlled by a computer - self driving cars anyone - why do we need this?

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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Re: Yes.

Where I have placed a mousetrap primed to go off when you stick your hand in there.

Exactly. Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly, just the thing to trap the hackers.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Fractional reserve

I have often wondered why the fractional reserve percentage is so low. Yes, I know that by having a very low percentage it means the banks have more money available to lend out but I would think a reserve of about 50% would be a better proposition from the point of view of those of us 'lending' our hard earned to them.

Another thing, what would be the effect of removing the speculation sections from the banking sections and making them separate companies? Would this reduce the risk of the bank going bust?

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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it presents a lot of opportunity for new companies and new ideas

Skylon perchance? After all NASA has passed the engines as working, now all they need to do is manufacture the airframe and body.

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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US or world wide?

I don't see where it states what countries this gadget works in and looking at their text mode website that the article links to I find it mentions the US a couple of times but nowhere else. From that I assume it is US only - streaming from a media server or SD card does not require an expensive box.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: Please offer an ISO + Vista upgrades

However most XP era hardware is probably too slow and wont have supported drivers for Win 10.

And there you hit the nail on the head - what hardware is needed for this upgrade to allow it to function?

I have friends with several computers that came with win 7 installed that work if you don't want to do anything that might stress the CPU/memory or even require much disk writing. If you do something like saving a 20 page document you can go and make the coffee and it will still be saving when you get back.

I 'upgraded' three of them to XP and they hum along without any problems. I shudder to think how that sort of hardware will run win 10.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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It is all very well installing all these 'features' into the light bulbs but the BIG question is, when will they actually make a reasonably priced LED bulb that has the same spectral output and number of lumens as the old incandescent bulbs, and while they are at it the same all over coverage.

Until they have that cracked all these 'features' are just a coverup for poor light output.

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Record smartphones sales, but feature phones far from dead

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Re: Bought my first smartphone this quarter...

Same here. I needed a dual sim phone and my very ancient Nokia was literally falling apart - sticky tape only lasts so long. I found that a smartphone was cheaper than a replacement for the Nokia.

The only problem is what to do with all the extra junk it has even after unloading as much as it allowed me to.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Especially since it will only apply to the white British population. The blacks will play the raciest card, the muslims will play the religion card so only the British are left.

Be very afraid indeed.

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One World Government.

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All churches maybe but mosques will be excluded as normal.

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Hmm

@Your alien overlord - fear me,

You are the one that has fallen for the propaganda of the left with their greatest triumph of painting the National Socialtist party as a party of the far right.

Maybe you should do a little reading http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100260720/whenever-you-mention-fascisms-socialist-roots-left-wingers-become-incandescent-why/ or talk to those that lived through that period or just after.

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Re: Hmm

Where does the far right, or even the right, come into this? You have mentioned the left - communists - and the far left - Gestapo.

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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@James 51, you don't have to purge them if they are not on it to start with which appears to be the case here.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: Err...

Err... is that spelt 'snake oil'?

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... and don't forget this is aimed at Apple users.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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You mean to say that such a transformation is normal and my archery practice in the back yard had nothing to do with it when a boy came to visit my daughter?

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It is amazing just how well the yoof of today are responding the the very high standard of education they are receiving (Education, education, education). Why, at this rate the will be able to cope with pictures that have words in them by the time they leave university. They might even be able to speak using words rather than grunts as they do at the moment.

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Maybe he should have read Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan before he wrote his book.

All he is showing is his fear that he might just be totally irrelevant to mankind in general so he writes a book that should ensure that he will be remembered.

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

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Re: Please, no e-voting!

or even 2 mins to fill in a postal ballot

Postal votes are the easiest way to fiddle the results and should be banned with a few very well defined exceptions - British forces stationed overseas and those people that are in hospital/ care homes come to mind as the main exceptions.

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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Boltar, I never said, and I hope I never implied, it was simple - it isn't and never will be.

The developer you know sounds as if he is dedicated to his work and as such should be earning big money for what he does. The last team we employed for one of our clients walked away with just over £1m for 9 months work and we will employ them again when we need their expertise

Selling industrial control systems is a business. Just read what Eric has to say in the comment just above yours.

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Re: Ivan 4

@Lallabalalla

We do give them all that information and, when it is critical, the timing of each operation.

In one case we even went as far as filming the operation on a slightly older machine - the operating sequence was exactly the same and the only difference was newer components, stepper motors, enhanced sensors etc.

I am not trying to get a dig in at all developers, they do their best, but a lot of them quote to do the development without knowing what is entailed. Industrial machine tool control is somewhat of a specialist field that developers without some specialist knowledge should be very wary of.

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@boltar

Any good developer can turn his hand to any task given a decent spec

So you are saying that your employer is going to carry several million indemnity insurance just to cover your cock ups. You obviously know nothing about industrial control software and the equipment it is running.

We have the job of writing the specifications for such software and include with the detailed specifications full operating instructions, photographs and diagrams as well as being on the end of the phone line to answer questions and still the developers that have never been out on the production floor get it wrong by missing some essential sequence of operation.

The usual attitude of the developers when questioned about their cock up is that they thought it was 'near enough'. Near enough when applied to a £5m machine is not good enough especially if it means that machine will have to be replaced.

Those developers that have a background in industry are way better than those that don't. Machine tools are very unforgiving.

Also theres a reason most serious software houses and other companies that do in house coding have Business Analyists as well as coders.

A Business Analyst might be necessary in developing financial services software but is useless for industrial control software.

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@Naselus

I couldn't agree more. Having seen a full production line come to a grinding halt because the programmer didn't know that you only switch off the lubrication pumps AFTER everything has stopped moving, even in an emergency shutdown situation - for him emergency shutdown was just cut all power. That little SNAFU cost several million before that line was up and running again.

Now, every bit of software that is intended to go into that plant comes to us first for inspection and testing and there had better not be any binary blobs that we can't get into - if there are then it is rejected at the developers expense - they don't get paid since the requirements are in the contract.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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I know Tim will think I am being rather simple but I do wonder why we have tax at all. If my memory is correct, it may not be, this last round of taxation started as a way to fund a war. That war has been over for a very long time but we still have the tax which everyone bitches about. I assume we still have it because government became a rather hungry beast that thought it could grow on the backs of the population that were earning money.

Now, maybe the country should be run as a company for the benefit of the shareholders - the population - and should therefore make a profit with dividends being shared out among the shareholders. The question is why wouldn't such a system work? I know the government would be dead against it because it would force many in government out of the feed trough be it MPs, department heads and/or hangers on.

If we must continue taxation why not negative income tax for individuals and something based on that for companies. That way startup companies get a chance to grow and we do away with the welfare state.

Then, who am I to think such things, after all I've been an engineer for nearly 50 years not an economist.

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

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I think the iThings are mentioned because they are the things that attract the 'empire builders' in any company.

I agree that new hardware is interesting, especially if I can take it apart to look inside, but the results of people trying to use ShIT software can be very amusing since in most cases it a) won't install and b) if it does install somehow it generally doesn't run. In house we use OS/2 and our clients use OS/2 modified to run industrial systems and engineering equipment.

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