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Re: If the problem is too many people, how many should we have?
Simple solution to overcrowding, obesity, the elderly, fat cats, city folk that move to the countryside, foxes, overpopulation of deer etc etc
Economics lesson 2
"Economic fact: There can be no cheap housing because landlords won't build housing to rent for lower profits"
If only there was some public organisation devoted to the common public good rather than profit. They could build housing and rent it for affordable rates, enough to cover further building. It would also be helpful if the same organisations were in charge of public transport and were able to decide which public land to use.
Next week Tim demonstrates the impossibility of having an army, since no customer would pay for a tank that might not be used to defend them.
Re: @ FutureShock999
Or just charge income tax on all house sale profits and inheritance
Economists solving the problems the last one caused
Allow essentially unrestricted building in the south east
Builders want to maximise profit - they still need you to pay as much as possible for a house. So instead of building high density low price housing on vacant lots they build estates of million quid McMansions on 1/2 acre lots (just like every US city from Houston to LA)
You now have a suburb that stretches from London to Dover.
The density is too low for public transport to work so everyone has to drive into London
So you need to build 8 lane motorways into London (just like every US city from Houston to LA)
So you need to knock down a lot of cheap high density housing on the routes into the city.
Housing problem cured, transport problem is a matter or the government, can't expect developers to be restricted by red tape and costs of public transport, just privatise the roads - then economics will cure it.
Re: Playing to the cameras
>Judge Judy is sickening.
But Judge Dredd isn't.
and have never been used to prevent the publication of politically embarrassing rather than militarily dangerous facts?
"If I want to do or say something which I am only prepared to do or say privately, then it is an interference with my freedom of expression if I cannot do it or say it because it will be reported in a newspaper,"
I thought that was what 'D' notices are for? If a judge/politician/policeman says something that would be embarrassing and a newspaper finds out - just claim it's a matter of national security and ban the reporting.
Of course if you are merely rich, you need to just get a super injunction to ban talking about it.
What the UK doesn't have is any workable freedom of information laws.
Re: Stock chucking
There is a similar (probably apocryphal) story about Intel having yield problems with a new fab.
Eventually traced to some guy in shiping opening each package of blank wafers to count each of them
Not the point
The point of the article isn't that manufacturers enable extra features for extra money - that's reasonable.
But if somebody enables that extra feature without paying that is a contractual matter between the maker and the purchaser. Using a draconian copyright order to prevent a news site talking about it is unreasonable and is the point of the article. It is also becoming more common.
Report that a certain car bursts into flames when rear-ended? Can't do that anymore , any mention of the car comes under the DMCA.
A ban on explaining that they don't need to buy the expensive duplex version of a printer because they can turn the paper upside down and print side 2 ?
Re: So they asked her
The required party line is hardly a neutral no-comment:
" Nonetheless, it’s worth restating that the Code Club board believe X are a tremendous partner. As a member of the board I am completely aligned with that view'.""
And this is a public volunteer effort aimed at kids. Imagine it was an oil company funding the National Trust, you wouldn't expect to be able to get away with saying that about fracking in a national park.
Re: G00gle is
More likely the US government is a front operated by Google to take over the world and to peer into everyone's private life
Re: No worries
Both wrists = triple sales
Re: Going multicore
If you have a classroom full of a mix of Pi and Pi-turbo with different distributions and different builds required it becomes more of an issue - or if you have a turbo at home and a Pi-B at school
Turning off the cell towers doesn't stop the camera
This also costs you $x100 for a new phone.
Re: Didn't we do this already?
>I think the industry shut the door on this type of setup a while ago.
No they screen scrapped the 3270 apps and wrapped them with a VB client.
Then they screen scrapped the 3270 apps and wrapped them with a web page
Nothing changed in the setup doing the work
Re: even a tomahawk can be loaded with a nuke.
Following the Washington Redskins losing their trademark because it was offensive the cruise missile system has now been renamed - "The first nation/indigenous people's cultural artifact thermonuclear delivery system"
Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
If it did truly defeat anti-missile defences the only logical option would be to launch all your own missiles the day before it became operational.
That's why star wars was so destabilising - if it really made your own deterrent non-deterring then it automatically starts a war.
Re: MET bullies
Not just the MET, 10 years after the end of the miners strike South Yorkshire police were having to ship suspects to Nottingham for identity parades because the level of hatred for the police meant they couldn't get any volunteers for a line-up.
Although at one point they did famously get creative and blacked up a bunch of officers in a line-up where the suspect was black !
Re: It's far more likely to be...
It has been noted that (a) includes train timetables, the address of an airline's web page or a copy of the A-Z.
Australia has the right idea - put the politicians in jail, it's simpler and safer for everyone.
Re: Re. "may"
The police banned an Iraqi born doctor from taking AS level chemistry to re-qualify in Britain because of concerns the information might be useful to terrorists.
Presumably German BMW engineers visiting the new Mini plant aren't allowed to see any details of the car in case they learn how to build tanks.
re: What's the problem?
Youtube is an American company
1,The Met's oyster card doesn't go that far
2, American have a Constitution with guarantees of freedom of speech and all sorts of other 'age of enlightenment' improvements.
3, Criticism of America "may" itself be a terrorism offence.
Re: Booth babes
But at US shows the booth babes are dressed in exactly the same way as the staff (Las Vegas gets very prudish about exposed flesh).
So unless you make the assumption that none of the smiling attractive women (or hair producted men_) could possibly be engineers - your only guide is that the smiling ones are models and the ones sulking at the back of the stand chatting to their colleagues work there.
Re: This article's about the minority
Male IT workers are the last crowd you can be bigotted about.
You can even make a prime time TV series about how nerdy and unsocial they are. Imagine if you were to try and make a TV show about how catholic priests were all misogynistic drunken perverts.
Re: Jumping to conclusion
Sorry should have been virtualization - damn autociorrect
At most US shows the booth babes are actually more use.
They are usually hard working actors/models/waitresses who will explain that they don't work there and will try and find somebody who does. The actual employees, even if sober and not hungover, have been sent to a show in Vegas/SF as a reward for selling the most units that month in Podunk.
Even if they could give a damn about your question they are slightly less qualified to answer it than the half naked women body-painted with the corporate logo.
The map below shows the area with the epicenter labelled.
No it doesn't - unless there is a joke I'm not getting
Or Chrome has a secret function to deny the existence of earthquakes in SF as part of a sinister Google campaign to something something ...
Re: What's the point?
Your name not Bruce then? That's going to cause a bit of confusion...
Alternative story if it worked
Australia's security service grinds to a halt because a computer system locks out their chief due to an administrative oversight.
I used to wait for a trade show and go to a booth to see when a new version of some software would be released - in 1986 - now we have this other thing called an internet to tell me.
Disappointed to discover that ".is" isn't the country code for Israel. Then they could have got the "is.is" domain name
Re: We laughed at the Nazis.
It worked better than opposing them.
Certainly if you wanted a job in the police or government.
Re: So basically ...
And the people that worked with the NSA to subvert the security of standards are giving advice on security.
Next up - 1970s "top of the pops" stars guide to child care
Re: Personally ...
If you are an author you don't need to care about layout - that's what you have publishers, editors and cover designers for.
It's like saying a composer should use a mixing desk because they need to know what level of compression will be used when they music is played on Radio3.
Re: Oh no REDUX
>whether IBM should try to play seriously in the low end PC market in order to drive volumes (the PS2 does not count as a serious low cost strategy);
>how it can address the move to the PC in a way that generates new revenues and profits and maintains a distinctive user experience;
>and how far new growth will come from PCs and how far from new product categories.
Re: And then there is politics and plain old greed
Greed is the only bit of macro-economics that works - the problem is that the rest of it is politics.
Economists make announcements based on ideology - that's why economics is not a science.
Werner von Bran (not a lefty) and Sergei Korolev (hero of the soviet union) make a rocket engine in the same way, but ask an economist if 2% inflation is bad and it depends on which political religion they are.
Re: Almost, not quite
An assistant would also be under a "work for hire" contract.
Otherwise the camera operator would own the copyright for each Holywood movie
Re: What do we want from Coders?
>Seriously, WTF is a phase diagram?
It shows the range of temperatures and pressure at which beer and tea both exist in a drinkable form.
>But these figures are about the ridiculous ICT GCSE. That's all about using computer software.
So a more accurate headline would be:
"The top-bracket young Word users/secretaries of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS"
Re: Manufactured story
(g) is an Irish person
Revision (updated July 2005) - for "Irish" read "Muslim"
Re: sadly not "available at WalMart" here either
Rocket motors aren't explosive - unless you are very unlucky - they are deflagration.
I believe experimental rocketry is well supported in Germany, you just have to point the rockets north-west and not care "where they come down"
Re: **** the European badge
Isn't the point of Europe that you can't have little local laws (like only French cars being allowed in France) anymore ?
Re: "[Iran] hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it."
Nobody makes fun of him because we know he IS a Bond villain.
Re: "[Iran] hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it."
>Since when has George Soros been associated with espionage activities?
Bill Gates is now a good guy, Maxwell is dead and nobody can take the idea of Beardie Branson as a Bond villain seriously so he's all that's left
> gotta love communist engineering.
How are we getting into space these days?
Re: Useful as a backup
Careful - somebody in dear old blighty just got nicked for doing that sort of thing.
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