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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Re: Questions

I think Italians, French, Germans and Scandavians have excellent historical imperial connections to Britain.

Or does it only count if Britain is the one doing the empiring ?

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>Of course, it was DARPA that invented radar, tanks, jet engines, internet protocol, wasn't it?

Although to spur on such inventions we would first need to organise a war with Germany ....

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If I remember correctly the government at the time sold it for the bargain price of 20million quid to a no-bidder group of financiers that subsequently employed the tory PM that sold it

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An immigrant PM?

Once Scotland splits to rejoin the Eu - surely this european immigrant will be sent back ?

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Bristols

snigger

(although sNIGGER is probably blocked over here)

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Peter Gabriel-backed music startup goes titsup, takes £500k of your money with it

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It also depends on what the taxpayer money was spent on.

I got tax payer money for a way to do early stage drug candidate screening on live cells - it failed to get enough VC funding to continue.

I now get tax payer money (or at least tax credits) to develop a guided surgical system that we are now using on patients.

The difference is that even the failures were developing new technology which still exists and can be used. They weren't just taking public money to pay for the rights to something to give away in the hope that one day somebody else will buy the company.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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No it's when an engineer is out on a job and isn't allowed to buy something from PC world but must purchase it through the internal supplier.

What it also doesn't account for is that although they paid 50quid for a 5quid card - they also had to spend an hour filling in the paperwork, and various levels of manager spent an hour authorising and processing it. That wasted time cost 10x as much as the 50quid

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Google presidency

The policies were written by Google.

Unless somebody comes along who can outspend silicon valley on political contributions they will continue to own her campaign

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Re: Theoretical Physics ?

Biscuits? BISCUITS? What do you think this is - CERN?

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Surely Nigel will now turn into a wise and benovelent Buddha having achieved the (sovereign) state of nirvana ?

Boris can just fsk off back to America where he came from - damn immigrants coming over here taking our jobs telling us what to do ....

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Re: End to political interference and paperwork

But look on the bright side, there will now be jobs for all when we kick out all those foreign researchers and grad students.

I only hope that there will be enough native Britains to fill these roles when we have full employment following the departure of all those Polish builders.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by Germany?

>Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by Germany?

But don't have any useful rocket engine building skills.

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Re: Tech

Rocket engines and lasers - would make it more interesting

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Osborne on Leave limbo: Travel and trade stay unchanged

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But it would allow a few million Scots - and English who moved there 5mins before the vote - to score an Eu passport and emigrate.

Who cares what happens to the schemies left behind ?

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: LOL!

I don't think that's fair.

It's not limited to the Brits, the French hate everyone who they don't think give them enough regard.

Top of the list are probably Parisians.

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Re: Pedant alert

>Just wondering if there is a language that is NP-Celtic.

And is it hard ?

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Re: Irish language

I think those are the only 4 ENGLISH words you need to get by in Ireland.

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We should go further and ban the use of English in Europe.

If any French or German company wants to use English in a product aimed at America, or wants to speak English when negotiating in S.E. Asia they should need to create an UK subsidiary and do all the business in the UK

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: Penny

I didn't think the Nimrod had bulbs? When they say an indicator oil-lamp they really do mean "oil lamp"

The fleet may soon have to be grounded because of the non-availability of the whale oil needed for the cabin lighting.

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Disco, Pogs, and the Microsoft Surface 3

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Re: Surface Pro 3

Trouble shooting flowchart level2

If turning it off and on again doesn't work, go and get a beer

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Re: Ummm...what?

If customer demand wasn't strong that would suggest that marketing had made a mistake - and marketing never makes mistakes.

So it was a brilliantly conceived and executed product which they are discontinuing for reasons that are beyond the ken of mere mortals

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Bah

Implementing CRM systems for companies that now have to duplicate all their accounting and sales for their Eu and UK customers.

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

The problem is the cost and delay while they don't decide.

We had almost a years delay on selling a system because the US didn't adopt ISO-some-long-number::2014 but stuck to ISO-some-long-number::2012 while the component supplier moved to the new one. There is no difference (that I have been able to find) but you can't sell a medical device that doesn't meet the correct one.

Having staff sitting around for a year while the UK goes through 1000s of regs and decides what to accept and then there are legal and procedural challenges that decide what effect each of these has on 1000s of other docs. This might not be a big deal for Siemens or Philips but would sink us.

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

We sell in Switzerland, they accept CE and Eu accreditation. We don't even need to register with the Swiss authorities and our German salesforce can work there freely.

But they didn't just vote to have nothing to do with the rest of Europe.

Can you guarantee what the UK medical device rules are going to be in 5years ?

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

Yes we want to sell. We sell advanced medical equipment from the other side of the pond.

To sell in the Eu we met one set of CE technical requirements, registered with one regulator, filed one set of patents and registered a single contact address with a lawyer in Belgium.

This gets us 500M potential customers.

Are we going to duplicate all that for the UK? Even if they just adopt all the current Eu standards and we just need to do the paperwork it may not be worth it. If we have to repeat all the testing to different BSI rather than CE specs - tough. It's not worth us doing that for Japan or Korea and certainly not for the UK.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Well I thought!!!!

>don't get me started on university fees,

If you don't want to spend 9grand/year studying leisure center management at the university of Scunthorpe you could always go and study automotive engineering at the home of Porsche/BMW/Mercedes for free.

Or at least you could until yesterday...

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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But in this case it is also the ideal solution.

The nice thing about the EPC is that it is ruled on by German judges who are also DipEng, rather than East Texas juries. Not changing that is a good thing.

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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Re: oh well just have to outsource my air travel to an asian company

You mean have a choice of airlines?

And yet still choose to fly BA

Here in Canada we have a choice between AirCanada (think BA in the days of nationlised customer service) and WestJet (a discount domestic airline without the cheap fares)

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Do BA have to have their techies at Heathrow?

Surely there are ways of transferring computer data from other places.

An aeroplane full of hard drives has quick a high bandwidth (although the ping times suffer)

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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So you really don't like scones then?

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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Re: 16 bits? Nicely done!

Just thought the readers would be interested - I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition......

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Re: 16 bits? Nicely done!

discrete 6502 4000 odd transistors and only a foot square

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Brits--gift from America if you vote to remain.

>Britain that ceded Detroit to the USA

I think the legal term is "fly-tipping"

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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Re: Using social media to learn?

Does this include anti-social media sites like el'reg ?

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Re: Translation

Or more accurately the pockets of their customers. All the little old ladies pension funds,your life insurance, etc. Remember bankers don't own companies, people with savings own companies.

If the bank feels that el'reg's favourite Bond villain is wasting shareholders money on a vanity project to buy back a company he founded - they have a duty to say so.

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: I am not a number

Why do they need numbers - aren't they already bar-coded ?

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Missing the most important question

Does it have the surface to air missiles?

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: That linked article is nonsense

And killings by christian terrorists would have been much less of a problem when I was growing up if they hadn't had such political, financial and materiel support from a certain country.

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Re: People plus technology

>I don't recall people flying jumbo jets into skyscrapers to bring them down peanuts?

Compared to Stalingrad / Dresden / Hiroshima / Somme ?

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I thought it was the Saudi's ?

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> Surely, there was no crime before the 1980s, when the Internet became a reality. :P

Yes but in the 80s it was because of video nasties, In the 90s it was computer games

In the 70s it was cinema, in the 60s drugs, rock music in the 50s

In the 40s they blamed it on the rise of facism and the invention of aerial bombing and nuclear weapons

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: "the engines couldn't take it"?

That's what we used to say about working with GEC.

It was obvious that they supplied the Enterprise's engines.

Why did Kirk always win?

Because GEC also did the weapons systems for the Klingons

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Re: Engines and SSTO

Unfortunately when it comes to landings the last few meters are rather critical.

I'm the same with ladders, knowing that it's the ground that hurts you I'm unable to step down from the last rung and have to go back up to the top where I know I'm safe.

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Re: EURO 2016

The net is the easy part - but you need to make the rocket out of something strong enough to survive being dropped into a net. Cast iron would probably be good.

Unfortunately it is difficult to make cast iron look nice and shiny for the promotional photos so very few rockets are made out of it.

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Re: "he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

Wouldn't you charge more for the "space tested and verified" engine ?

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Re: Hmmm... not convinced!

The engines are supposed to keep running after it "hits" the barge, mostly to get rid of any unburnt fuel but also to make sure it is eased down.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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But if it had been a "proper subject" that you learned at school you would all have been in rows chanting the table of Sinclair basic commands and memorising memory addresses to regurgitate in exams.

That would probably have put you off about as effectively as times-tables puts people off appreciating maths.

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