* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

6468 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

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Re: Is it all bad news, look you?

And there is no job locally for the other half, and when you are made redundant in the next round of savings - what is there locally ?

Nobody lives in London, or New York, because they like it - it's because you can walk out of one job and into another without the whole family having to move across the country

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Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

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Re: Built on evidence obtained illegally? Yes, good luck with that.

The US does at least have laws requiring the NSA to be legal.

In the UK there is no general ban on evidence obtained illegally.

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Re: Pen test

It's only a problem if the police obtain the evidence illegally.

Somebody could trespass and report seeing a murder - the police wouldn't ignore the call because the person was on the property illegally.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: Who cares how profitable the auto industry is?

eg, the new mini, the new beetle, the new fiat 500, pretty much anything from RangeRover

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Re: So not going to happen.........??

> I'm more curious about whats under the bonnet- than on the dashboard...........

Then you would represent a very small minority of <25year olds

The level of dissinterest in cars for young, educated, well-off, city dwellers is amazing.

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

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Re: Why?

>Why do people insist on letting their company use their kit for nothing

Because the alternative to being able to read company email on your own phone is to drive back into work to check that email on your company computer

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: Nimbyism

>apart from Germany's lack of understanding of tea and the need for milk in it

Munich is nice and has a cricket club - so there is hope for German civilisation

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Re: Nimbyism

Not quite the same scale that Stanford has had in Palo Alto though

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Re: Stanford

Port of Felixstowe - where they invested massively to handle containers while every other traditional port was fighting to maintain it's old way of life..

Or Cambridge Science park - while the city council was blocking IBM building a chip fab near the city because it would industrialise the surrounding countryside.

It looks like olde-worlde Trinity are cutting silicon valley capitalists.

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We have an extra terror here = Lawyers.

If the council pass a bylaw that restricts development in any way they are threatened with a lawsuit where even if they won it would cost our small town $$$$ to defend itself. And whenever they pass a bylaw that might allow any development they get hit by a threat of an environmental objections that would take years and cost $$$$.

The result is that nothing has happened for years - we might have invented the perfect form of government.

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Re: I'm shocked!

Alternately the council could give every other plot of land in Palo Alto permission to build a skyscraper - thus reducing the value of the mobile home park.

If the valley wanted to cure the housing problem all it has to do is give automatic planning permission to any development that will increase density. Then the marker will decide how many $10M mansions, $250K single homes and $100K studio apartments the city needs.

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Re: The issue is tha building on 'virgin' land...

So on one side of a road you have houses so astronomically expensive that people are spending 2/3 of their income paying the mortgage, leaving them too poor to spend anything in the local economy, leading to stagflation.

And on the other side of the road you have fields that the farmer is being paid to keep empty because the crops they would grow are already so cheap it wouldn't be worth adding to the stockpile.

And yet the government can't give planning permission to build houses on the land because ?????

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Remember though in small town America the local council is directly elected as individuals - not just a block of lib-dems or labour depending on which lot in Westminster you are currently mad at.

So the local council is often stacked with local business owners (who else can afford to run and take an unpaid post).

Our little town almost bankrupted itself 10years ago by buying a bunch of land to develop houses on. The sale of the houses would pay for the roads, water, sewage etc that it had to build first - it completed the empty lots in 2008 just into the housing crash.

Now a block of local property developers got elected and not wanting any competition to their existing market - the lots are still empty, we are paying for the infrastructure, we are paying for the loans, and we still have a shortage of housing.

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Re: Free Market Consistency

It's also where the free market and Bentham-ism align.

If you wanted to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people you would sell the land to the highest bidder and let them create as many apartments as they could fit onto the land. The poor disposed would then benefit from the drop in house prices in surrounding areas as people there are able to move into the city.

Deciding that some tiny minority of the poor are allowed to live in rent controlled apartments in Manhattan or a council house in Chelsea is silly. It's like solving the problem of public transit by giving 1 person in a million a free Rolls Royce.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

So just about every town south of the border should also have street signs in Latin because it was originally founded by Romans?

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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And in return gave them a government, an education system, railways, english and taught them to play cricket.

What do they get from Apple ?

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Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

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Re: Buyout

Not the original battery. It contains A battery because the fuel cell can't provide the peak power needed. So the battery gives you umph (technical term) when you make a call or the CPU spins up and is then slowly recharged by the fuel cell.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

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The only Canadians who matter are those who turn up to vote AND live in marginal ridings in Quebec.

The concentration of seats means that the election is decided before many people wake up - so there is no point in even campaigning in most of the country.

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Re: Hmm...

In theory the Canadian PM has less power than the UK because the senate (the upper house) can block bills - while the House of Lords can't. In practice gerrymandering and the appointment system means that senate is pretty much aligned with the government.

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FAO EVERYBODY: From the Legal Outreach Team at Bong Ventures LLC

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Re: I don't understand

i think it was Dr Johnson who said "The purpose of the press is to hold a selfie stick upto nature"

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Call me cynical...

>have a quarter of the number of fatalities that human drivers do, legislation won't stop them for long

"Evidence based legislation" - know that would be a breakthrough !

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Re: Call me cynical...

Competitor control.

Driverless cars are going to reduce the number of cars sold, especially small cars.

You aren't going to need a 2nd car if a driverless Car2Go/Uber will pick you up and take you to the shops.

So VW, Toyota, GM and other makers of small cars are buying up the infrastructure to stop it getting out.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: "Almost certainly"

There is considerable evidence that drinking ethanol is harmful to health and is an acknowledged public safety concern.

Any plans for an Eu ban on cross border traffic of wine and beer?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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It wasn't the cheating that the hackers were objecting to it was AM's blackmail business model.

They (AM) were charging customers who had closed their accounts a fee to delete the personal data.

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WD storage technology exec defects to rivals Seagate

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Corporate secrets

The only secret is that spinning rust is dead and I'm not sure that WD execs knew that

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Government embarks on futile mission to censor teen music vid viewing

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Re: Teens and music videos?

>So you can buy porn in the UK before you turn 18?

No, you can get married at 16 but you have to keep your eyes closed during sex until she turns 18

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Re: I blame

Ah the good old days, when BBC Radio DJs would ban records because the band was gay and then go out and rape kids.

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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

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Re: Now that your credit and identify have been raped and strewn around the world

It was even funnier last time they lost the records of all federal employees.

They signed everyone affected up for free credit record checks and announced in the press that your login details would be your name and the last digits of your SSN - the very details the breach had stolen.,,,,

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: I'm sorry

> viz. that it allows a range of sentences so that discretion can be allowed

The discretion between the treatment of the director of a bank rigging LIBOR and a black teen shoplifiting?

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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Re: Fascist?

'God Save the Queen' isn't nationalistic - it's all about the queen , not the country.

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Marketing solution

Once this works he can claim all Android phones as sales of Windows tm (compatible) mobile devices

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: £2bn, 7000, 5 million square feet.

Well a lot of the £2bn was the tunnel to the channel islands where the stuff is actually sold from

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Re: Any Amazon IT types care to comment?

Time Off In Lieu - now that you don't get overtime, the hope that you might be able to leave early on wednesday to make up for being called in at 2:00am on sunday to fix something

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Re: I've been wondering about this for a while.

American soaps are produced for the advertisers.

If Cadillac was in charge of deciding the story line on Corrrie or Brookside - they would be rather different.

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Re: Responsible (ethical, presumably) corporate citizen

Depends on whether you intend surviving beyond the next quarter.

If you want the company to be around in 100years and want the staff that will allow you to beat the next startup that can offer the same product 0.1% cheaper - then a little ethics can help.

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Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

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94.7% of people claimed that 86% of statistics are made up on the spot

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: No choice really.

How many condo towers are they going to build on the land?

If you can fit 100 mobile homes on the site then you can probably build a couple of 80 storey condo towers with 4 units/floot = a lot more homes for people than a trailer park

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: In my experience, the problem lies with management

But in the UK, an engineer is unlikely to be promoted to a position where they are managing business graduates. A business graduate will soon be managing engineers.

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Re: A-Level results

Yes, we used to be taught calculus at O-level, now I have physics undergrads starting that haven't done any calculus at A level.

Not their fault, the system is for the schools to pick the options that gets the easiest good grades and we choose to admit the kids with the highest grades.

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Re: "so-called" skills shortage is right ...

But that rosy picture is not the whole story.

In 3 years the business guy will be promoted, the planner will have a job for life and the developer will be fired when the next new sexy technology comes along

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Re: Good.

It said there had been a 20-30% increase, it didn't say what percentage overall were taking them.

It's easy to have a big increase in a small baseline

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Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

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Re: Isn't classifying people by race..

Yes companies are rushing to hire people on the basis of race to prove that they aren't racist.

And you didn't think Americans did irony ?

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Re: Wonder how much longer this will be a problem

No they should be leaping into tech - while the boom lasts.

The companies now have a double incentive to fire old expensive white male workers and to hire anybody female or non-white.

Eventually the female/non-white employees will become old and expensive but you should have been able to score multiple promotions and hiring bonusses by then by simply jumping between companies that are the least diverse and so most desperate to hire you.

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: Am I just too pessimistic?

And any new design or modification has to pass expensive testing and licensing, you have to find distributors to stock it, you have to renegotiate supply contracts with insurance companies hospitals and national health services. All for a gadget that you might sell one or two per doctor per lifetime.

You can make an opthalmascope (light for looking into eye) from a pen torch and bit of silver foil and a pin hole - but buying a "proper one" still costs a few $100

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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>No testing required for the CE listing?

The manufacturer (strictly the importer) has to do testing, it can do this in house if it can show it has the proper skills and properly calibrated equipment or it can have it done by a test lab. It then has to prove to the regulators that it has done it.

On the other hand CSA and UL are commercial operations, they are unlikely to fail a product from a major customer who will simply go to the other guy.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Re: @Redneck ... @ 6x7=42

Finally we can live in a world where a proud American can make the boast - we aren't quite as bad as the KGB.

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Care.data is a complete omnishambles, says study into hated scheme

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Re: Assumptions

Whether the data will be OFFICIALLY released to the marketeers remains to be seen.

I'm sure it will end up released soon if it hasn't already been

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