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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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has thinks ?

had thinks once - made brain hurt

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Irish angle

>Around 850,000+ Polish followed 330,000+ Irish.

I think "more or less" already refuted that, the poles were being re-counted again everytime they arrived to work for a few months, the Irish were mostly permanent UK residents

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Re: @Charlie: Simple is best

>IIRC one Welsh Leave supporting MP, the day the result was announced, was demanding that HMG replace all the EU funding his constituency had been receiving.

Isn't that rather the point?

Instead of sending £££ to the Eu to be spread out across the continent with £ coming back to the UK you could simply send £ (or perhaps ££) direct to the region.

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Re: Simple is best

>"the 12 NI counties"

>When I lived there it was only 6.

I think the plan is to split each of the 6 counties in two and give the catholics/protestants each a half.

It seems eminently sensible and workable

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Cambridge University controlled tech startup fund raises £75m

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Re: Nice little idea you've got there

"of research" is the tricky bit - they can get very broad on how an idea is based on your research.

They also have(had?) a blanket policy saying they own everything, you get 10% or so - not much of an incentive for you to leave the comfy job and create the next ARM/Tesla/HP

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Nice little idea you've got there

Accept our offer or we will claim that the University owns all the IP anyway.

I know a couple of people who moved to other institutions and then "had an idea" a week later because of cam.ac rather "inclusive" IP policies

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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Re: An argument...

And they themselves filed on christmas eve in the hope that they wouldn't be noticed until the otther side came back to work after their holidays

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: MOJ

If you can't trust a jiffy bag of CDs in the post to securely transfer confidential data - what can you trust?

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: Just don't let the Welsh drive....

Only on landing.

If you can fly for 45days you don't need to worry about landing as much

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: Wasn't this done decades ago?

>So what's actually new here?

We already use use dendro to calibrate C14 because we could measure the C14 level in each ring and correct for the variation in C14 production (due to the sun) = makes C14 more accurate.

This says that there were a couple of C14 spikes that were so obvious that if you find them in a tree ring it was exactly that year. So it give you an absolute point to peg tree ring data to for around that time - so makes tree more useful because you don't have to count back from a more modern matching sequence.

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How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

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I'm shocked at the picture

These brave men being forced to climb to dangerous heights ( > 0.345m ) without proper fall -arrest equipment to handle potentially dangerous flags.

There needs to be an EU working height directive (flag handling subsection) to protect the safety of these workers.

O course the UK will be exempt now that it has thrown off the oppressive Brussels regime and will be free once more to send small boys to stand on top of flag poles

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: Hypocrites much ?

>"He should be bloody well hung",

Is that a threat or a statement of desire ?

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Re: No evidence necessary

And this extends that so that if the NSA are listening in through your hacked cellphone and THEY think it offensive it's a crime

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Re: A Stasi-like State in the making...

She doesn't want to leave it - she just wants to make it clear that it doesn't apply to her government

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Re: Dear Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

>You are a hypocritical, over paid, headline grabbing muppet.

Careful, that could now be regarded as a terrorist threat.

Or at the very least offensive to muppets

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Never boring

When buying a secret underwater super-villian lair it's very important to check out the neighbourhood.

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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Re: ???

GPA is Gallons Per Acre and is very important when you are working with a muck spreader.

Why the amount of shit you are able to spray is useful in hiring managers isn't clear

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>You also have to consider if those people actually want that education in the first place.

Which is the only justification of these policies.

If I am black and I believe that tech companies don't hire black engineers then it isn't logical for me to go $50k in debt and spend 4 years getting a tech degree if it isn't going to pay off.

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Re: Yes, and...?

It's true. I'm typing this on an ARM powered device because they have a much greater representation of us Cambridge PhDs than Intel

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Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

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How did she fail to handle your complaint - wouldn't she rub in the ointment ?

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Police Scotland to cough 0.001% of annual income for unlawful RIPA spying

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Re: Surprised?

They were terror suspects by definition - they weren't convicted and were investigated using anti-terrorist laws.

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Re: ""Det Supt Donaldson has since retired..."

No, the bank should pay you to go on indefinite bank robber leave on full pay while the case is being investigated.

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Good news: Teen hacker gets 1-million-air-miles bug bounty reward. Bad news: It's United

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Re: Poor bugger

People called for harsher sentences on hackers but this seems a bit extreme.

Perhaps he can plea bargain for a trip to Guantanamo instead?

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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I'm safe

Here Telus will send out virus infected 5.25in floppies

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US.gov to open-source made-to-order software, allow contributions

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Unintended consequences

What license exactly?

If you are hiring me as a contractor I grant you a permanent license to certain libraries/utilities/boilerplate I have written in the past. If you want me to open source that then I need compensating for writing it again or for the fact that I have lost my competitive advantage with other clients.

I can imagine "the usual suspects" billing the government for re-writing 100000s of lines of SAP/Oracle/etc boiler plate to be open sourced rather than giving away their in house code

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BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

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The irony

Blackberry were the "victims" of the biggest patent troll payout in Canadian history

Back when they started somebody claimed to have a patent on "email to mobile device" and asked for a few million $, Blackberry fought them and ended up losing a judgement for a couple of $Bn

It's one of the first cases that convinced many companies that it's cheaper and safer to pay trolls a few $100K when they first ask rather than risk going to court - and so created the patent troll industry

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: Thank you Mr.Farage

It wasn't the person giving the grant that dropped the Sheffield group it was the person from the collaborating university in europe. They were jointly applying for the grant and the other groups felt that if in 3years when it was granted the UK was no longer a member then they (the europeans ) wouldn't get it.

It's like bidding on a massive multi-year civil engineering project with a dodgy 3rd world country that you think is about to be taken over by communist rebels - you might think twice before committing yourself.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

In return for admitting it, he gets no extra jail, the police get to claim another solved crime, the defense lawyer doesn't have to do any work, the govt is saved the cost of another trial.

But plea bargains are illegal here

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Re: How long for theft?

Which is why they have been careful to only use it for child porn/terrorism etc up to now. You build up a set of case law showing how necessary it is in order to prosecute these evil etc etc - then you can use it on people who put their bins out on the wrong day or complain about about councillor's expenses

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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Re: But only against listed countries

It can't be used against Monoco or Luxemburg because the laser can't be used within 200km of freindlies.

Iceland have an awesomely effective anti-aircraft volcano

Easter island is out of range and the carrier version doesn't work

And strangely the weapons system crashes with an error message "target contains director's bank account" when pointed at Jersey

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Re: IOC not FOC

But as an air superiority interceptor it is more than capable of dealing with ISIS's airforce.

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

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Re: I have been told by a friend...

I can picture 2 MI5/Special Branch/MET officers in the HP meeting up on grindr both trying to work out if the other one is trying to catch honey traps, is a honey trap, or is just out for fun - could be the next Hugh Grant / Richard Curtis rom-com.

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Re: flame on - Ever notice most Catholic majority countries main export is unskilled labor?

On the other hand - if your main export is Catholic priests that is probably a net good for the country.

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

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Re: Debris field

I didn't know you could land aircraft on aircraft carriers - and apparently neither does the Royal Navy

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Bar none

>Or military camouflage patterns?

I did nearly hit a Landrover once in a green country lane. It pulled out of a gap in the hedge and I didn't see it - because the owner had painted it in camouflage pattern.

I reckon that "I didn't see it" would have been a valid defence since the owner when to a lot of effort to make it so that people couldn't see it.

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Re: Bar none

A cheaper solution would be to paint "THIS IS A TRUCK" in an OCR friendly font on the side of large white semi trailers

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Eh? What?

>>He pushed the door close button and the door closed. Shouldn't have been a surprise

So if in Airforce one that had been the real nuclear launch button - that would have been his fault ?

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: Did they not...

Yes and they were discovered to be just as effective as mass surveillance of people's internet history

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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A sad day for conspiracy theorists

If the current presidential race proves anything - it is that there isn't a secret omniscient omnipotent organisation running things.

Possibly a completely incompetent, shadowy organisation, possibly the Milk Marketing Board or the Bately town women's guild

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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2040

Year of Linux on the ARM desktop .....

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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Re: It's all rather depressing really

Which is why there is a wide range of Linux howtos faqs and manuals alongside the man pages.

Although it would be good if these collections were more integrated and moved to the web from the man commandline

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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Re: If an Uber driver can also work for Lyft, et al then great. The driver really is self-employed.

It does if they can choose minute-minute who to work for.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Stupid

They could have just built a (admittedly rather high) wall to keep the rooskies out

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: Doubling the size of the operation..

Yes you just have to get a visa, apply a few years in advance, and hope that Tata didn't take the full quota for their call-center "specialists", and hope that your partner can also get a visa, and hope that the visa gets renewed next year or doesn't get cancelled because the rules change because some PM is facing UKIP and wants to look tough.

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Re: How much?

>I wonder what the MBA wizzards/idiots think about that?

They make fees on the sale and there are always more companies being created for them to M&A

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

Japanese companies have a very bad reputation for the pay and conditions of their workers.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Creative solutions

1, Cloud solution. Fire up a million instances of Windows7 on Azure and upgrade to Windows10. Restore them and repeat 1000 times

2, RIAA solution. Download a pirate copy. Claim that this represents a million potential violations who would have purchased a copy. And they had a 48x CD drive so that counts 48x as much. Repeat 20 times

3, Oracle solution. Install on a machine with an 8 core CPU. Claim that this represents 2^8 licenses in use.

4, Google/Apple solution. Claim that you have a billion installs but they all happened in Ireland and so you don't count them when reporting to the IRS.

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