* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

7587 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: VCs?

Fortunately Hedge fund managers paid for Trump and have been rewarded with all the cabinet posts. And of course Hedge funds, unlike VCs, have a long term worker-centric view of the economy.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

Can't they just use the $ key? I thought that they were equivalent following Brexit ?

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Usually felines displeasure is a little more urinary than that - unless you have a cat that pisses beer.

Although that would explain where several lagers come from.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Re: The definition of pure capitalism - rape the consumer.

Indeed the practice should be extended to stocks. You buy the stock at the IPO if you want it and can never sell it for more than that price.

Perhaps we could extend it to houses and avoid another crash ?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Re: Fucking Politicians

So we are going to tax people watching shows on Netflix in order to give Hollywood movies bigger tax breaks to pretend Vancouver is New York?

While blocking the streets and causing traffic chaos

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Re: Netflix aren't going to walk

In this case Netflix.

If the customer sees a 20% rise in the price they are going to look elsewhere - they aren't going to consider that the money isn't going to Netflix.

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Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

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Re: What is the point ?

You just got featured on the frontpage of HN/Slashdot - now you need 1000x as much capacity for a couple of days. Better hope that ebay seller does fast delivery of your 1000 laptops

You have a SAAS product that needs a lot of power on a saturday, or the last day of the month or peaks at Christmas. Or you want to roll out a new version without having to build a duplicate data center for the switch-over

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Bah!

For now - yes,

It takes a while for the foreign take-overs to be processed and we haven't got round to deporting all the foreign engineers yet

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Re: Blackmail! (remember Monty Python?)

Because they remember previous Labour governments being brought down by the unions. New Labour had far more reason to control the unions than the Tories ever did.

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Re: This boils down to a single thing...

>Basically, pick your poison. The Police State or Anarchy.

That's unfair - there's no reason (with the current government) you can't have both

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Re: This boils down to a single thing...

>If you have many muslims in your country you live in a surveillance state.

Or catholics, or miners

The new technology just means they don't have to have spies on the ground in each group

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Re: Reveal your keys or face imprisonment

Yes but they were all poor and being prosecuted for terrorism/child abuse with lots of other evidence so no money to take it to a higher court and no public sympathy.

Good to get a lot of precedence set before you use it on journalists or human rights lawyers who might have the money and lawyers to take it further

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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Re: ... to find the target's true location

The big advantage is that it lets them "judge shop"

If you don't think that a Californian judge will give you a warrant to hack Apple, or a Washington one approve of hacking the Clinton foundation - you just need to find a good-old-boy/true-patriot in Alabama somewhere and have them approve your warrant for anywhere in the country

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Re: Good for freedom of speech and consumer rights.

Great news for London libel lawyers

As long as they can show one person in the UK read the review they can choose to have it heard in London, and with the UK's accommodating libel laws you can be assured of a generous payout

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Why 18?

I'm not sure which is more disturbing.

That you could be arrested for taking a picture of AC/DC's Angus Young in his stage gear. Or that you could take an obscene picture of 60 year old Angus Young

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Re: Why 18?

Several prominent people been questioned by police for sending photos of them bathing their kids to Boots. You only hear about the ones who are sunday times columnists - think of all the poor families who have been put on various lists and don't have the lawyers to fight it.

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Re: Why 18?

Making an obscene image where the subject is intended to appear to be under 18 is an offence - so a 40year old women on a hen party in a school uniform is child pron

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Re: Think for a minute

Your message has been flagged as cyber bullying - containing the phrase "dic pics"

Your username has an 80% probability of matching a terrorist term "Gaza" so we have flagged you for further monitoring.

Thank you - the internet monitoring algorithm

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Better option

Good connectivity matters. If you are trying to slurp the entire, and mostly US hosted, internet - it's a good idea to be on a short, fat pipe to the main US servers

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Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

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Re: Chinese' Fisher would be turning in his grave these days...

> no fewer than 59 battleships were anchored

And they remained hidden in Orkney because you couldn't risk the morale of losing 59 battleships.

Except for one battle where they didn't dare pursue the enemy because of the morale risk of losing a battleship.

Perhaps the navy could save money by keeping the fleet at anchor? If you were to put them at anchor somewhere secret you could save even more money. Incidentally, I have a fleet of aircraft carriers fully equipped with F35s held at a secret location for hire.

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Re: ...the RN should be willing to support the Export drive by releasing a ship for sale

Or they could flog off some admirals.

I understand that the RN now has more admirals than ships, surely the excess could be sold for a profit to some 3rd world nation who have a shortage of native gold braid?

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You are forgetting that the purpose of the ministry of defence is to defend BAe

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Opera

I don't really care if the Chinese Army knows I view porn.

I do care if my local council knows

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Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

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Re: Very impressive

>Which means you missed the whole purpose of his project.

Unless you also implemented the FPGA with individual transistors.....

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: Cost increases?

>Will Airbus have to pay tarriffs when importing the wings in future?

It does demonstrate a flaw with the Eu in the way taxes are decided and collected.

eg. The Eu supports a French demand for a 100% import duty on wings to punish perfidious Albion, the money is paid to the French government when the wings arrive in Toulouse but the cost is paid by all the Airbus partners - making Germany and Spain subsidise France.

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Re: Cost increases?

Or China could say "lovely aircraft and we would love to buy them if some major component, like say the wings, was built locally and I hear you are having some political difficulty with your other foreign wing supplier."

Of course the aviation industry has always been immune to this sort of pork-barrel politicing so no need to worry.

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Re: Not surprising its safe, no one is doing anything exciting anymore nowadays

>Why don't aircraft manufacturers have the courage to actually make something revolutionary anymore

For pretty much the same reasons that cricket balls are all round.

The big design decisions are cos of physics, the small ones are to make them compatible with all the airports, ground equipment and passengers

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>Capn. Sullenberger, who was flying a Airbus A320-214, "

The same software also prevented him from stalling

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Re: Go A350 !

Another reason for the return of the Handley-Page on transatlantic flights - if you can't crawl out onto the wing to clean the plugs every few hours it's not a real plane

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Although that is really a self-solving problem. Any bits of land you do eject nuclear waste over is likely to become unfriendly territory quite quickly.

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Not as silly as me flying half way around the world in an aircraft stuffed full of the latest communications technology - in order to sit in a meeting while somebody shows me a Powerpoint presentation.

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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technology tart / technology journalist.

What's the difference between tart and journalist? Other than there are presumably things a tart won't do for any money

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: A Quickie

Changes in gravity travel at the speed of light.

Newton assumed that gravity travelled instantly (he didn't know light had a finite speed) which meant that same classical astronomy observations didn't add up.

When you assume that gravity travels at the speed of light it all works out. Which was the reason for trying to measure a speed of light and was done succesfully pretty much at the end of Newton's life.

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Re: Creates more problems than it solves?

Relativity and classical electromagnetism (JCM got tantalizingly close to discovering special relativity if he hadn't died so young) only assume speed of light is constant for any observer in any frame of reference.

Admittedly it raises problems if it varies day-day but there is no problem with it being different in the early universe.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Re: Spanking or caning that leaves a visible mark is out, as well as anything involving urination

"adult material" - like The Economist, or Phys Rev Letters.

Mind you, they could ban PhysRevLett - disgusting stuff....

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Obligatory Joke

A man books into a hotel and says to the desk, "I'm a Christian and I hope the porn channel in my room is disabled."

Replies the clerk: No you perv, it's just normal

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: Common Carrier not a stretch

You wouldn't have a VOIP provider because the company that pipes your internet undoubtedly also sells mobile or landline phones, so would be allowed to block any competing product on their connection. But you won't be reading this because they have a deal with Murdoch corp so that only Fox news sites are allowed.

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Gov's industrial strategy: 'Look, we've changed the words above our door'

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The arm takeover is entirely different form Cadbury's

I doubt that ARM has an extravagantly funded workers pension fund that can be raided

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: A mission statement is NOT a plan

>Security is about much, much, MUCH more than software vulnerabilities.

We will have to be tough on cybersecurity, we will ban phone with screens more than 5.1 inches from planes and make you put them in a clear plastic bag at security

There - solved

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Re: As much as the man is a dog-turd of a racist

Nor will a lot of SE Asian countries who now won't have Google re-writing their copyright laws, Johnson+Johnson deciding which of their traditional remedies are now patented and having Exxon Mobile tear up their environmental laws while Haliburton take over their infrastructure.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Depends on your needs, though.

The big advantage of the macbook air is that when they come back to you to ask how to do/fix something you can say "Sorry don't know anything about macs" - that's worth the extra $500 easily

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Re: FanBoi

We used to buy macbooks for salesdroids because of the service.

If it breaks down in just about any major city in the world go into the Apple store, get them to fix/replace it and connect back to our sharepoint site and you are working again in an hour.

Now it takes longer to get a macbook fixed than it does for us to get a replacement Lenovo delivered to them and with Windows10 we don't need an IT guy to spend a day configuring it.

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Re: I've issue with the OLED Strip as an innovation

But with no keyboard feel you have to look to know if you pressed it, so it's no better than a taskbar icon.

If Apple had convertible laptop/tablets with QHD+ screens with full multitouch and Microsoft launched a laptop with a tiny little touchscreen below a dumb passive screen they would be ridiculed.

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Re: Bye Bye Apple

Apple's customers don't buy computers - they buy phones and music downloads.

The only reason Apple still make macbooks is that journalists buy them to write about phones and music downloads.

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Re: A fair response.

>I actually thought about a range of other options: from a Google Chromebook to a Lenovo ThinkPad.

I bought Lenovo's MIIX surface pro clone: Mobile i7,8Gb/256Gb,keyboard cover for <$600 and an openbox Chromebook for $100

The chromebook sits there for web browsing and email notifications, the Lenovo does visual studio better than any previous laptop. For python/matlab it's indistinguishable from my desktop except for having awesome screen resolution. The folding keyboard cover, while better than the surface, sucks for typing other than coding

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

The problem is that even if you can make a system which is able to unlock the data without the original key and still be secure. Who do you give the backdoor to?

Field Marshal Haig,

Field Marshal Haig's wife,

all Field Marshal Haig's wife's friends, their families,

their families' servants, their

families' servants' tennis partners, and some chap I

bumped into the mess the other day called Bernard."

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Please allow law enforcement access

I would love everyone of the 10,000s of local sherrifs offices and the 1000s of government agencies to have access to all the politicians and bankers encrypted communications - the leaks should make entertaining reading.

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

I think you will find that software being written outside the USA is only a theoretical possibility.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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To be fair I just spent several minutes looking for the switch to turn a newly installed HP printer on.

When I finally found it (press the white HP logo on the white front of the machine so it lights up white)

A secretary walked in and pointed out the illuminated HP logo on the identical model next to it.

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