* Posts by dogged

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: A request

Naomi Klein is not exactly well-known for her ability to research or present something she didn't explicitly decide to prove before writing the damn book.

Also, only a passing acquaintance with the facts of any matter.

It's easy to be cynical about politicians selling you their agenda. You just have to be equally cynical about journalists who make money from lecture tours.

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Re: Whatever.

His point is that it doesn't affect him and therefore it is neither a) important nor b) news.

See also his response to any new technology or development as reported on the Reg.

Here's a link, try it - clicky

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the significant owl hoots in the night

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Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

Mostly they were ignoring DNT anyway using the excuse that nobody had it switched on. Now they ignore it because some people have it switched on.

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Re: Before the usual MS bashing....

it's a business-model difference. MS sell software and Azure services. Google sell you.

Therefore, MS have no downside in strongly supporting end-user privacy features while of course, Google would hurt their own profits by doing so. So, in order to differentiate themselves from Google, MS push user privacy and are prepared to spend money doing so.

I expect David Cameron to make MS illegal over the next week or so.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: Let me fix that for you, JDX.

Let me fix that for you, jake -

"play on the grandparents' insecurities about the exhausted parents' inability to look after the child."

Parents aren't usually the market for this shit - they're too busy and too tired. "Helpful" grandparents, on the other hand...

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Re: What a waste of money

charging cables, toilet rolls, cat food, cat litter, the contents of the dishwasher/washing machine, oven doors, remote controls, anything fragile and expensive/dangerous when broken and bloody Duplo, which is not quite the landmine for the unsuspecting bare foot that Lego is but it's close.

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Re: As a parent with a toddler...

From a very early early age, my little monster has savagely disassembled every stuffed toy he's been given. Grandparents still keep giving them, we either hide 'em fast or prepare to clean up a lot of stuffing.

To be fair, there was the "new baby" doll the Mrs got him to prepare him for the imminent arrival of the next monster next month but that was pretty solid plastic and mostly he beats the cat with it.

My guess is that this came from a marketing exec who has either a) no kids or b) a nanny.

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It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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and remember to pronounce that as "il" rather than "al" or people will look at you funny.

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Re: Prophet's Jim'll Fix It Badge

Yeah and Moses lived to be 380 years old.

I think this one would fail the "beyond reasonable doubt" test.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: I'm more interested in the geopolitics of it

> But we now import 80% of our coal

While this is true, we still HAVE a fuckload of coal. What we don't have are any miners or working mines, as a result of deliberate Government policy in the 80s.

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Re: Missed GTL Conversions and Dewatered Alge oil...

could you throw some citations in there?

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Re: I'm more interested in the geopolitics of it

Not since the days of steam.

Water and coal, we have. In abundance.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Re: @dogged - @dogged

> So you'd prefert to take the state snooping into everything you do and everything you read and everything you write and everything you look at?

Yeah, I can take direct action against that with OpenPGP and underground networking. I can even disrupt security snooping networks, smash CCTV cameras, flood GCHQ with heavily encrypted random packets for weeks at a time (and organize groups to help me do so) and generally make such snooping into the joke we know it to be.

I can't go build a fucking power station.

In an environment where policies come as a package and they will all lead to disgusting new laws, the duty of the citizen become determining which of those laws he can render useless.

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Re: @dogged

From the link earlier about voting for policies -

"We would close down all Britain's nuclear power stations and concentrate on renewable energy"

It's not a straw man and it's not whataboutery when you have to vote for the whole thing or nothing. I'd take nothing over the Greens.

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> And that's exactly the sort of attitude that suits the established parties just fine.

Not really, I'd say it about the Tories if their energy policy was to ban nuclear power forever and their defence policy was to grow a big hedge around the UK.

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Re: @dogged

So banning nuclear power is fine with you.

Okay.

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fuck off with your Greens.

We don't know what they'd do but - and this is important - neither do they. The Greens are the BNP for middle-class people. Idiots with no real understanding of systems who have hacked together an agenda out of newspaper headlines. The only real difference is that the newspaper is the Guardian instead of the Daily Mail.

Even in a country where the Monster Raving Loony Party still exists, the Greens are the ultimate in pissed-away protest votes. At least some of David Sutch's policies actually happened.

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Re: Not getting my vote...

Your MP is a joke. I say that with some certainty because mine is a joke and in fact an overwhelming majority of MPs are jokes. Bad jokes who exist to turn up sometimes and go into the lobby the whips direct them toward. Sometimes they read out questions or sycophantic congratulations or retarded policy ideas that SPADs have come up with. Mostly they do as they're fucking told or they lose the seat with the only legal smoking bar and the decent salary and the guaranteed fat pension and the endless exploitable expenses.

Your MP is a place-filler either in it for an easy life or an ambitious untrustworthy deceitful piece of venomous shit or a worn-out timeserver with nothing constructive to add. Unless your MP is an Independent and there are statistically so few of those that I can be fairly sure that your MP is not one.

There is no democracy. Our political parties are whores to the highest bidders and will do as their paymasters demand. Whichever you vote for, you will still get the same paymasters, the same actual government.

In this case at least, Russell Brand was right - what use is voting when heads you lose and tails I win?

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there is literally nothing you can vote for that won't make it all worse.

yay democracy.

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Ross Ulbricht trial Day One: 'I DID invent Silk Road ... but I'm innocent'

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Re: Say, that reminds me...

apparently, there was a one-gloved man...

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Re: Hmmm.... So it went to trial

Ross owns $18 million worth of bitcoins. His lawyer says he got them from trading (and to be fair, it's not like their value doesn't fluctuate) as opposed to the estimate $80million in bitcoins that DPR would have stashed away.

Given his low-key lifestyle, this could be an important plank of the defence. However 18million is enough for a lawyer.

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

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Re: Oracle has a loaded gun, pointed right at their own foot.

None of which excuses your error - it is used for both Android and iOS development as well as oh, over 90% of the desktop market and a huge amount of servers.

Of course, I understand that you're doing the "stop liking what I don't like" internet win argument in this case being basically a "lol Windows Phone, we want less competition so my preferred platform can be all of the win" thing but being an internet staple doesn't mean it's not stupid. Far from it, in fact.

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Re: Oracle has a loaded gun, pointed right at their own foot.

> .NET? I'd bet there are more apps made for BlackBerry than mobile .NET stuff, given that .NET is only used in the least used mobile OS ever:

I added the emphasis. I'll bet you never heard of Xamarin. Or Mono. It's the only explanation for being so stupendously wrong.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Pills.

Keep taking them, AC.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: Yummy

They'd better grate some puffin on there or I'm not buying it.

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

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Re: Ummm yes but..... @Tim

> By moving the transaction to a place without the tax

I can see that working out really well for Tesco! Wait, no I can't.

> Because even 0.35% adds up if you're doing dozens of 100K transactions per day, or per hour.

If you're doing that you are either stock/bond trading - which is exempt, if you bothered to read anything - or you're selling to the public at a low margin in which case you are most certainly passing that cost along because as Tim points out, business doesn't pay tax.

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Re: Yeah, but...

Tim, you say the deadweight cost is lowest on sales taxes such as VAT but look at what happened with the pasty tax? Even Little Gideon was forced to back off, which indicates that the deadweight cost is actually very high. Logically, the only place a deadweight cost is low is where taxpayers have no choice but to choose to make themselves liable for the tax so that'd be things like VAT on essential items (like clothing), Road Tax (or SORN, the mere act of owning a car means you pay tax whether or not you drive it or even if it works) and taxes on heating, light, other utilities.

On those you can stick the rate up as far as you like and rake in the money, except that doing so will actually kill people long term because 20% is very high after all the other tax you pay and you have no choice. If, as the AC above says, it was 0.35% you'd probably have a lot more left than you currently do, not counting the fact of the Chancellor taking less of your actual pay.

It's a big change and I desperately want to find a reason for it to be impractical because if it IS practical then we're just self-harming as a nation by not doing it.

Some day, somebody will do a Party Political Broadcast where they do nothing except "A week in the life" highlighting how much of a normal person's wages are taken in tax. All taxes, not just Income Tax.

And if we don't do something soon, that day will be the first day of the revolution.

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Re: @Tim Worstall

> At worst it would cripple the economy as the wealth generators and educated and mobile workers leave for somewhere less hostile.

"Wealth generators"?

Rich people very rarely generate wealth. Big business does not create jobs - on the contrary, it cuts jobs. Small businesses make jobs.

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Yeah, but...

Okay so 1% would raise 1.5 trillion which is all of GDP so clearly 1% is too high.

But I find myself wondering - what happens to GDP when all those other taxes are gone? Do you spend more or less when you seem to have a minimum of 30% more money? When your petrol costs 50p/litre? What happens to to GDP in that situation? Does it fall? I suspect not.

If cash transactions are taxed at on withdrawal/deposit, doesn't that mean your incentive to dodge taxes is now bigger in paying normal tax than by arsing about with cash?

If we (the UK Government/people/etc) now own so much of at least two major banks, couldn't "we" - the same "we" - give everyone a bank account and say "Oh by the way, if your wages get paid into that then they will be taxed at %tiny_but_significant_reduction_on_normal_transaction_tax)" which not only reduces the cost of collection but actually makes UK Plc into a savings bank with astonishing security and only one borrower (HMG)?

I was really looking forward to this article because the idea seemed quite appealing and nobody really had any genuine objections on the record. I hoped Tim would go into detail, throw some facts and figures around and point out the blindingly obvious hole in the logic that I can't seem to find. Instead all we got was "1.5 trillion lol" and that was pretty much it.

A pity.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Re: Come on the great South, we're rooting for you

> KJ Un

Oh, now you did it. Now he is forever a Tomblyboo in my head.

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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@ cambsukguy

"I've got nothin' against your right leg..."

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Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Re: Fits in well with Windows 8

And here we are on Friday afternoon and.... meh.

It's okay. Maybe you need to build up a habit of using it but I tend to research _before_ I code and generally only look up APIs via F1.

Haven't used the right-click compile error at all.

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Alternative Statement

In a more honest universe, Chris Betz wrote -

"We're sick of red-top IT websites trotting out the same story every month and getting a whole bunch of internet fucktards complaining that we're fixing some bugs and claiming their OS's don't have any bugs which, incidentally, they bloody do.

It's just that some vendors don't bother fixing them or admitting to them. Meaning Apple. Now go hassle Adobe."

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Unless you can afford a one-off $2USD. Then you can support this effort -

http://miragesoftware.jimdo.com/krypta/

Remember to compare checksums...

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Re: How to encrypt these?

BitLocker, FileVault, VeraCrypt depending on your OS.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: "Don't shoot" my arse.

I'd say you're a traditionalist. Nobody's used a WOMBAT since about 1979 although the phrase was still in use in the early 90's.

We chickos needed it explained to us. I had to ask my dad.

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Re: Why not...

I hate you so much. BOWMAN was the reason we had to carry three radios. BOWMAN, actual working older kit, backup working older kit, toolkit, rest of standard packs...

People wonder why Signals tend to be big hefty blokes....

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Horses for courses

> Agile methods work for some situations, particularly where the client / end users don't know or can't describe what it is they actually want up front

I happen to agree that Agile doesn't suit every requirement but you've literally just described every project ever.

Oddly, the single best methodology for an industry which insists on Waterfall - such as defence weapon systems - is TDD because you write tests for all the documented acceptable outcomes and error conditions and then make them pass.

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Re: Agile as practised in certain large corporates:

I wish I could upvote that more than once. Brilliant.

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

I always hoped it would lead to an end to "project managers" at all but sadly, most employers still reflexively insist on a "project manager" for every project.

The reason for the quotes is that these arseholes never actually manage anything. They're supposed to get information from developers to give to management about timeframes but treat estimates as deadlines in every case. Most have no clue what the project they're managing actually does. One once continually asked me if the unit tests were passing for a project which some other arsehole had decided should be 90% dynamically generated JavaScript (good fucking luck testing that) and didn't shut up until I came up with a set of dummy tests that tested nothing of importance and were all coded specifically to pass.

One used to insist on selecting the technologies and tools we'd use despite the fact that she literally never written a line of code in her life.

And these are not edge cases. These are normal. "Project managers" are parasitic scum but whichever methodology you select, you can guarantee that some cretin further up the food chain will insist that there has to be one.

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> Have you ever played rugby?

Every weekend for about half of every year since 1982, yes. A scrum does not run anywhere unless something's gone very badly wrong. A team does. A scrum does not. This basic lack of information is a fine example of the half-baked nature of everything about Scrum.

small note to mod - the ad hom was ad Erik Meijer.

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Agile is just decent communication and getting dickwad project managers off your back so that you can actually take time to refactor code instead of just shoving hastily-written deadline-driven "just about good enough" code out into production.

Scrum is what happens when you let people are a) idiots b) Americans* AND c) in marketing get their hands on Agile and it should be burned with fire.

And Unit Tests are not about predicting failure conditions in live! They are about making each unit of code modular and robust

*seriously, nobody involved in the creation of Scrum had ever even seen a game of rugby. "Oh, it's named for the way a scrum runs up the field passing the ball to each other" - the fuck? Shut up and go away.

small mod tweak - fewer ad homs, please

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Peak Samsung: Bottom line walloped in Chinese mobe, slab war

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uh, logically speaking

> In the smartphone market, Chinese vendors now comprise three of the top five biggest sellers worldwide, as consumers opt for lower cost devices

Yeah but those are all FoxConn machines. As are most of Samsung's and all of Apple's.

FoxConn won the smartphone wars. Four years ago. All the rest is meaningless.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

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Re: What's with the pictures...

I would have gone for this picture instead.

You can't copyright something you painted on somebody else's wall.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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At our last house, BT supplied an astonishing 512Kb down/insulting trickle up.

At the one before, they simply refused to admit that ADSL broadband was a thing and tried to sell us an ISDN line.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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Re: Support is impossible

what, the Windows 3.1 Program Manager?

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Re: Support is impossible

Don't make me upvote you, Bob. That's just unfair.

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@Jim 59

> It is ironic that Apple, who actually invented the smartphone

either you forgot your troll icon or you're an idiot.

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