* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

6398 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: An employer of mine did an experiment, in a slow period

So you are lending the government money at 0% in the hope that they don't cancel the scheme before your turn?

Why not live on 80% of salary, save 20%, invest it at an average 8% return and take a year off on the more than 100% you then have?

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From the surplus value generated by your increased productivity over an Afgahn goatherd - as a result of the centuries of science, industrialisation, education, infrastructure, legal framework that you have benefited from

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Re: One thing does

Good job that the working time directive doesn't apply to junior doctors then.

I would hate the person trying to remember if he is injecting NaCl or KCl to have been prevented from working 168 hour shifts by some meddling bureaucrat.

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Re: Contractors/Contractees have already chosen

So every labourer on a building site being classified as an independent contractor isn't so the builder can save on NI - it's so that they have flexible negotiating rights in a globally dynamic marketplace?

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Re: Great idea!

Because the claim that the giant global companies are all secretly controlled by Arabs ?

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Re: hmmmm

They are removed here - there is a special exemption for high tech companies (those where 50% of employees use a computer). No statutory holidays, no bank holidays, no overtime, no limit on working hours. The result is that salaries are half as much as in that bastion of pinko commie liberalism the USA.

There are also a rapidly reducing number of jobs since all the good people are in Silicon Valley and the companies are moving there to find the people.

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Re: Another advantage of being a contractor

A lot of that is because a generation ago the only contractors were lawyers/accountants/etc and they got to make the rules. When every receptionist or sandwich shop worker is an indpendant contractor expect the tax loopholes to get tightened as quickly as they were when every programmer decided that they were now contractors paying themselves dividends.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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Re: Not really SysAdmin but....

>"I'll have to get a man in".

Have we wandered into the script of a porn movie?

Now sysadmin porn - THAT is an overlooked market.

"I'm here to install your new SAN"

"ooh what a big SSD that is"

... black Linux conference t-shirt falls to the floor revealing the 6pack of the typical sysadmin.....

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Worked in a building that was a copy of one in the US - except they left out the AC because you don't need that in England.

Of course the windows didn't open - because you have AC. And the machine room is in the middle of the building with no ventilation - because you have AC.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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The shopping centers here provide electric car charging, so do all the cool trendy companies.

The big limit is that nobody is allowed to sell electricity - except the monopoly power company - so you can only charge for parking. I worked out if I parked at the supermarket every day, bought an item to get my free 2hour parking I would drive for free.

But a lot of electric cars are going to be Car2Go type schemes and 2nd cars, or apartment owners who commute locally. In US cities that is a lot of people.

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Re: Get this man a job in Congress!

Except by the Indians - China has lots of Uranium and now owns big bits of Africa.

ps. Thorium reactors are no cleaner/safer/better than Uranium. Their only advantages are if you want to make it a lot harder for yourself to make bombs or - like India - you don't have any Uranium.

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Re: @Derpity Still a bit confused

Really? No cambelt, no engine wear, no oil, brakes almost unused.

If you keep swapping the (recyclable) battery pack I can't see why they wouldn't run for a very long time.

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Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

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Spinning rust has precisely one advantage over SSD - it's cheaper.

They are betting the company on being able to continue making mechanical parts smaller and cheaper each year faster than semiconductors can make parts smaller and cheaper each year.

Goodbye WD

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Re: What are you all worried about?

"the facial recognition software does not take or store anyone's photograph"

That in a way is even worse.

You can never fly again because the computer says your face matches a terrorist.

Unlikely since I am a 70 year old women with blue hair - can I see the photo?

No there is no photo - but the 32bit hash of your face data matches one of the other 4Bn hashes in our database so you are a terrorist.

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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Re: So....

Nope the explosion creates Lithium - so unless you have more battery after it explodes than before .....

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Ironically here in Canada we get all the old UK stuff on Netflix, the other half is addicted to Midsommer/Rosemary&Thyme,Ms Marple,Agatha Christie - none of which show up on UK netflix.

... more worryingly she might be planning on murdering me and is researching the best way to fool detectives

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: Disturbing

There have also been a number of accidents when thrust reversers or slats deployed during flight on commercial airliners - either because of faults or pilot error.

Adding interlocks so thrust reversers only work when there is weight on the wheels seemed like a sensible precaution - however well airline pilots were trained not to put the engines in reverse while flying.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Re: Again?

Like Kayak, expedia, flightbookers, etc did to travel agents.

If only the travel agents had donated $50k to the mayor's election fund these services would be illegal.

In fact given the airline's clout with the government i'm surprised that they aren't

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Re: Same there

And the person with a $1M is an idiot. $1M and the return is $40,000/year. ie 4% return on capital.

This is a billionaire that needs to read some business books.

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Re: Actually works

"would that mean I need a taxi license for that city?"

Yes but more importantly you would need a license from the BCS, and be a member, and pay annual dues to be allowed to write a computer program.

We can't have just anyone writing programs - don't you care about hackers etc?

If only the BCS had the same lobbying cash as the lawyers, accountants, opticians etc

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Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

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Re: training and support portal? REALLY!?

And there will be organisations that tell their users "don't click on suspicous attachments" and then email important pay/pensions forms as word doc named PDQQ-6756-BHG.docx

If you let infected files/links into your system and rely on regular users to spot them and not click - it isn't the users' fault. It's like telling them that some of their computers might have faulty PSUs with dangerous voltages on the keyboard and that they should "be careful".

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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

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emails they deem suspicious

Well if I thought they really came from the home office then I would be cautious - but as long as they are only hackers.

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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>a jumbo jet towing a WWII style glider behind it

Cue Ryanair's next announcement, "caravan class"

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Re: And braces

Airplanes do not carry tanks of oxygen - that would be dangerous.

They have canisters containing a mixture of chemical explosives which generate oxygen, along with a lot of heat, when you trigger them.

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Re: Not mentioned in the article...

Number of US planes blown up by bombs in last 20years?

Number of US airports which still don't have weather or windshear radar

Number of staff cut by the reduction of ATC to a few major centers leaving most of the US with no coverage.

Number of column inches generated by each threat ....

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: Its because the US is broke...

Nasa is safe because it has sites in every senators home.

Remember space is a tiny part of what Nasa does - most of it is subsidising a bunch of aerospace companies

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: The New Deal

>but Chancellor Merkel is not going to bankrupt her nation by pouring multiple billions into South-Eastern Europe.

She isn't, she is pouring billions of euros into German merchant banks that made expensive loans to SE europe.

>It would not be so tough if these nations got to keep their favourite coin

But then they wouldn't have been able to borrow to buy German cars and Germany wouldn't have been able to afford to sell them with expensive DMs.

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Re: Too many secrets to know what will do what.

The "Canadian economy" is the housing market in Vancouver and Toronto and the banks that support it.

The rate cut will drive up prices and cut mortgage payments - people will feel richer and vote the correct way in October. After that who cares?

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Re: Rescue the banks or the bankers

A real profit or a "we bought Northern Rock for £1, wrote off a £Bn of bad debt and sold it to that Branson chap for £1m" sort of profit?

And did we (or the Americans) cure the moral hazard of allowing retail banks to play speculation in the knowledge that they will be bailed out if they screw up?

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Rescue the banks or the bankers

One topic worthy of Worstallian analysis.

A massive collapse of all banks and the disappearance of money is a probably a bad thing.

Was the bail out, and partial nationalisation, of banks cheaper than simply letting some of them go bust and paying the depositors?

Was billions really given to merchant bankers who made a bad bet and then paid themselves bonuses with the money?

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

But the research is also available to all their competitors

With the current system you pay for the research, a single company rolls up and licenses it for an undisclosed (but tiny) fee and it disappears into their IP portfolio.

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Re: Major change needed

Anything produced by the federal government is.

But the local authorities do a lot of this sort of stuff, you have to sign that your bathroom remodelling meets the county plumbing rules, a copy costs $500 and changes each year -- it's just a hidden local tax.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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slowed communications method.

He's on virgin broadband ?

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Re: I've always wondered....

Particles don't really exchange real gravitons to feel gravity anymore than electrons exchange real photons to repel electromagnetically - they are virtual particles.

Or if you prefer it's all just an accounting trick to make the laws of physics balance.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: "NIST Police and Fire Departments"

Fermilab has an official herd of bison (ie Buffalo to Americans) living on top of the accelerator.

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Re: lamar looks up

Texas has laws requiring a permit to own laboratory glassware - to stop this science stuff.

It's a pain because the lab supply companies won't ship to Texas because they don't want the trouble of confirming your licence.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: STFU John, you're already a laughing stock!

He should run for president !

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Re: That's a hack too

That's why our policy is that passwords must contain a perverted sexual act (in uppercase) - it really cuts down on people revealing their passwords

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Re: "Wildcard" indeed

And they are never seen in the same room together !

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Re: QCs don't make the law, or decide what is legal

I suspect the current one adds a ps. "can you also lob a spare missile at Nick Clegg if the big one goes up"

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Police backdoor ?

Trouble is the police are driving nice new fancy high end cars that are hackable.

Who is going to be hacking who - you could save all the bother of stealing/driving the car and just sit at home playing scalextric with real police cars.

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Re: CAN Bus

If it's used everywhere wouldn't it be an Omni bus?

Then if it was used in a bus it would be an omnibus Omni bus.

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Re: ...make you wait for nearly a minute before a bloody TV has to boot up?

My fsckign digital camera plays a 3second animated logo while you are waiting to take a picture.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Physics

For ERNIE (premium bonds) they do - but that's because only little old ladies buy premium bonds and little old ladies trust the government. Idiots buy lottery tickets and idiots like to see balls on TV.

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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That did come up (IIRC in the Netherlands) the court ruled that a fault on the line which meant the phone went off-hook allowed the police to listen in without a warrant and use the evidence.

The court got suspicous when there was a "fault on the line" of every suspect that year.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Launch costs and red herrings

If you are sending a single probe to Mars that took 10years to design and build and will be operated for years - that's true.

If you want a permanent base and need to lift 1000t of supplies to Mars in 100s of launches then the delivery charge starts to become significant.

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Re: rocket science

Rocket science is easy. Tsiolkovsky's rocket equation and Newton's laws.

Rocket engineering, on the other hand, is decidely tricky. As is most engineering which involves - light several hundred tons of explosive and hope to control what happens.

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Re: I see where they're going...

No that's the XXXX - it's fueled by sheep's piss

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Re: Re-Use

It was never clear that the cost of recovering, refurbishing and transporting the boosters ever made sense and the "resusable" shuttle main engines had on average less than 2 flights for most parts

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

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Re: The cat thing is obvious.

It's only a problem with fake cats - real cats would be properly earthed by having their claws embedded in your leg.

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