* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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More than half of people on UK counter-terror biometrics databases are innocent

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Re: ...more than half of people on British counter-terrorism databases are innocent.

They are guilty of of being terrorist suspects.

It's a database of terrorist suspects, so if you are in the database you are a terrorist suspect - obvious really

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Pas de Probleme

The ban will only apply to online gambling sites in French because the Quebec government won't accept the existence of any that are in English

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Re: Who are these people?

First nation casinos aren't allowed in Quebec - when Qb do a monopoly they don't mess about

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Re: Did someone say Recession?

Which is the general economic policy for dealing with a recession - deny it and hope people spend.

The alternative - running around saying we are doomed, causes people to stop spending, and s companies to stop selling, and so on - creates depressions

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Re: Apprentices or Interns?

I think the idea that these will be low paid jobs while people are learning the skills is very old-fashioned and out of touch.

If the young people are learning - they should be paying the employer fees, We can probably cap these at the same level as university tuition

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Yes but are these going to be German engineering apprenticships or "son of YTS"

The question is - do you trust this government to put the best interests of unemployed school leavers over short term profits of big business ?

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Re: Baron who...?

Except Baron actually built successful businesses rather than turned a few $100M inheritance into multiple bankruptcies .

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: US nuke arsenal run by 1970s IBM 'puter using 8-inch floppies

And famous for their massed charges when an English officer inadvertentley ordered Jones to attack that position

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Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

computer-programming-to-be-officially-renamed-googling-stackoverflow

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Re: Good. Simple is best.

Because if you accidentally leave a bunch of 8" floppies on the train, the Daily Mail won't be able to read them.

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Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

You don't need to understand which of the complicated NAG or Cern library numerical integration functions are the most appropriate for your data - you just search on GitHub and pull in the first library with "fitting" in the title.

Or if it's more complicated just copy the data to Excel and use that.

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Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

Note to computer "scientists" of today.

Fortran is better than Javascript or even Ruby for doing complex mathematical calculations on N-dimensional data sets on supercomputers.

Shocking isn't it .....

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: Don't worry...

Only if the UK prohibits it.

There is nothing to stop the Eu allowing foreign data to be processed in the Eu - it just wouldn't be subject to Eu protection. So UK data could go straight to the NSA

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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>Might be helpful if they changed their name then?

Air-Oopsie-Investigation-Board

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Supply commitments?

>Maybe we just should not put nuclear power plants in earthquake-prone regions.

Like California ?

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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Re: One of those auctions ...

I assumed the owners, being a family descended from such a noble patriot, would willingly pay the income tax - that's what aristocrats do isn't it ?

Noblesse oblige and all that

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Re: One of those auctions ...

But surely the seller will be paying income tax on this so the country will get back half of the money ?

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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Re: @Rol Targets Vs Cost

Except the hospital was still treating as many people as physically possible. It was just cooking the books to avoid cuts due to not meeting political targets,

This is like leaving people who need emergency surgery waiting ,while while you perform unnecessary easy surgeries to make money

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Galileo satnav fleet waxes orbital

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Re: So we will have the satellites...

But there is a slightly higher diplomatic threshold for deliberately jamming or shooting down Eu satelites than there is for simply degrading GPS accuracy over europe to the point that road/rail/air transport is made a lot slower and more expensive as a resposnse to a trade arguement

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Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

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Re: Tony Blair's statement after 911.

In the case of Blair possibly the same man, as soon as the check clears

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Good job it won't apply to Microsoft-UK

You were searching for Iceland Air - this is a terrorist group under the governments "we need a way to grab money from people without a trial act".

You are being redirected to the anti-terrorist Ulster Volunteer Force site.

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Not a problem

They can simply fly everyone in the department off to a holiday camp on a nice little island and ask them what was in it.

I hear they have some revolutionary new tricks for getting people to remember things

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Re: In the light of recent revelations...

Nothing wrong with talking to plants.

No sillier than talking to clouds.

Now when you start making laws based on what you think someone in the clouds wants - then you have problems

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>Really? By what god like powers are they planning on subverting foreign jurisdictions and the ability of the internet to route around censorship?

A strongly worded letter to each Nigerian prince ?

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Had an American rental car that very politely read out abbreviations in full.

Unfortunately it though that "St" was an abbreviation for Saint and "Dr" was doctor

So we turned into "Martin Luther King Doctor" and drove down several "Main Saints"

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Where politically expedient make a U-Turn

U-turn if you want to

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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And over to Herr Gauss

So there is a small difference in the mean of a broad distribution of two populations.

At an age where girls have physically/mentally matured ahead of boys and when there is a group pressure for the boys not to be swots.

It says nothing about what you expect the gender of future 1 in a million Nobel prize winners to be or what you expect the mix of top 1% of 21 year olds graduating in Maths/Physics from top schools or how many should have founded $Bn silicon valley companies

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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nobody goes after the small fry

Still - convenient to have a 10year stretch hanging over just about anybody in the country isn't it?

Want to do a raid on that well known felon Mr Winston Kadogo?

That would only be justified for a major crime, such as one that carried a 10year sentence - such as having kept a copy of a BBC iPlayer programme more than 30days, or having copied a CD to his MP3 player.

Fortunately such laws would only be used against major criminals, or terrorists.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Turned on at their discretion?

Perhaps this could be extended to recordings of interviews

The tape can be started and stopped "at their discretion"

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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Re: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation is offshoring?

Chinese bank with HQ in Hong Kong reduces staff in small island off Europe !

Getting rid of off-shore staff a great boost for local economy says HK manager

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: CS vs IT = Architects vs Civil Engineers

Bad ones just plant ivy

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Because the employers expect to hire a new grad for about the same wage as the window cleaner, drop them in a production system have them producing code on day one.

The same way that Rolls Royce hires mech eng graduates and has them building jet engines as soon as they get their overall.

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Computer "science" grads need to be less employable

If computer science is going to be one (hint - if the subject has the word science, it isn't one) then it needs to cover fundamentals rather than making sure that 2016's graduates have 3years experience of Visual Studio 2019.

The reason we hire other STEM grads is that, for the most part, CS grads are the least capable (ie thick) students who took CS because they had a computer at home and they thought it would get them a job.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Don't gloat yet awhile...

But if Britain leaves Europe it will have to join America and so will be forced to use 110v.

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Re: memories ...

obligatory Welsh joke about keeping the sheep in ?

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Ambulance chasers are us?

Except the genius pedo-terrorist probably doesn't have any assets. So she will sue the school district for not having prominent enough signage and they will pay, and cut the school budget to make up the shortfall.

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Re: +Gordon 10

I genuinely didn't know that.

el'reg - come for the barely recycled press releases of enterprise storage manufacturers - stay for the pedantic etymology

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous

>More Americans have been killed by toddlers in 2016 than by terrorists

That's why you need to carry a gun at home - the toddlers are clever and they are organised.

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Re: Acts of God...

But suppose you were in a situation where you were naked except for your socks and had to deal with an intruder/terrorist/grizzly bear? You wouldn't have time to cycle an empty chamber.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Fuck, that's pretty dark

Surely worth it for the joy of Mr Cage being burnt in a giant wicker man ( spoiler?) ?

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Re: Parody?

No need for parody. They didn't use any of the original footage, they just made models in the same style. Trumpton don't own that style of puppet or stop motion animation

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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

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That's a relief

Now that Twitter is being guarded by those chaps at GCHQ there are no more terrorists on twitter so the Daily Mail can stop worrying about it.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Re: Back to Pencil and Paper Then for Self Assessment?

At least it works with pen and paper.

If the GDS Shoreditch wonders get hold of it - you will be required to use special pastel hued crayons, only available from a specific artisan crayon dribbler.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: The very large pink elephant in the room

"If you're with a bank worth their salt, you'll get a phonecall to verify any suspicious looking transactions."

There is a distinct NaCl deficiency with banks over here.

Found a dozen $1000-$2000 flights in europe on my credit card and phoned the bank to alert them.

So the $10,000 flights to South Africa and Australia weren't yours either?

What $10K flight ??????

Oh sorry, we spotted those as fraudulent and removed them.

So you cancelled a bunch of $5k and $10k fraudulent transactions, but decided that all the ones for $1K and $2k at the same time were legitimate?

Yes, because they were under the fraud limit.

What's the fraud limit amount - just out of interest?

Oh, we ca't tel you that - for security !

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Boo hoo

Which is why we need to strike first.

Cops of America, Nuke America, to Save America

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>The system much prefers to describe it as a justifiable homicide.

Or if the victim is black - theft of police bullets

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Step 1: Get the security council to agree on who is a terrorist.

Step 2: Get a unanimous vote from all the other members

Step 3: Make a plan

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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Re: Help ma boab!

They even have their own website

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