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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Re: Abolish the NAO.

But it doesn't.

No government minister, supplier or consultant ever thinks - I better not fuck up this IT project because I will face the terrible spectre of the NAO.

The reports aren't a surprise to anyone - even the few at the guardian and PrivateEye who read them

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Abolish the NAO.

Why spend money on a government department whose only job is to point out the obvious fact that your last massive IT project was a colossal waste of money ?

Everybody knows it will be a colossal waste of money as soon as it's announced - so why employ expensive specialists to tell you afterwards?

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

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Re: Not good for the other students

There won't be anybody on the course not on the scheme.

Certain universities will be quick to "customise" degrees to fit this funding in partnership with specific employers. Some of this will be good - you will have engineering degrees specifically on fixing RR engines at whatever Derby Tech is called today.

But mostly you will have degrees in web design in partnership with some temp agency who farms the students out to different clients for a few months.

The real problem will be who is guaranteeing the scheme? 2 years into your sandwich the government changes the tax rules or the company decides to make cuts and you are suddenly hit with tuition fees for the remainder of the course or the uni just scraps it because it doesn't have a partner.

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

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And this will apply to print

The new "StarTrek 17 - the search for clean socks" is wonderful says the sun.

The sun is owned by global-megacorp who also own massive-megacorp who are a wholly owned subsiduary of inter-galactic giant-megacorp who made the movie.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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Re: You can't help those...

And how would giving a foreign government a copy of your credit card number help with that ?

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>man was taken advantage of by some very bad people. He was twisted into a weapon and set loose to do indiscriminate damage.

So doubly ironic that he did at a memorial to the First World War

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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"950 deaths took place in police custody, 317 following a police pursuit, 112 were the result of a road traffic incident involving a police vehicle and 54 were police shootings."

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Ban Father Ted

In 2009 2 soldiers were shot by religious extremists while collecting a pizza.

The same religious extremist group that MI5 and it's predecessors had been watching for 100 years

It's highly likely that these religious extremists watched Father Ted

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Mate is a step in the right direction...

In the direction of a gui with a zero letter acronym

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: Belgium

Probably the US then - they were targeting France and missed

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Re: Who dunnit?

Which oil producing countries aren't on the list?

- I suspect the UK and Canada

The software was likely developed by a government agency due to the amazing technical competence displayed

- That lets the UK and Canada govts off the hook

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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There isn't much higher short term cost for a smoker. Lung cancer is generally fast and untreatable.

The real cost center for the NHS is obstetrics. Not only do these "mothers" demand expensive care at the time, the resulting output will demand almost continual medical care for a decade and then be a drain on society for another decade before they start earning. They also start being paid at the very bottom of the scale and contribute very little in tax.

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Re: Brook your ire Sir!

And the installation of double glazing is the only change in Saudi lifestyle and culture in the last generation?

How many McDs were there in Saudi in the 70s and 80s?

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Re: Selfishness

No we encourage all middle aged men to take up motorbikes.

Hello sir, so you had a 125cc Bantam in the 60s? Well then this 900cc FireBlade is basically the same, and your license covers it so no need to take any lessons....

That way they die before we have to pay for any expensive dementia treatment - and we get a couple of half decent kidneys (forget the heart and liver) and corneas in the deal.

Now if only we can find something dangerous for middle aged women to take to the NHS is saved.

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Re: Good stuff.

This REAL sugar rather than HFCS did it matter if it was REAL sugar from honest British sugar beet or damn foreign sugar cane? Biochemists wish to know.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Re: Go West(phalia) young man!

There is a drawback to Germany for a lot of software/startup companies

The local authorities, local banks and investors are very supportive of local companies - in industries that they know. They are proud to have supported the local specialization in say dental drills and will happily support any company making dental drills, or even at a stretch anyone else doing similar light engineering. Try and open a software company and they want to know why you don't have any IG Metall reps on your board.

That is one reason why Berlin is the startup capital, even though other cities have better universities / more skilled people / more jobs - it wasn't really Germany for 50years and the rules don't apply.

Although scientists and engineers on the board does help with anything that is going to take more than 3months to show a profit - there is a drawback in the respect for authority.

One common example is teams are trying to decide which technology to use, it will be the one suggested by the person with most qualifications or the most years of service - whatever their actual expertise in the area.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: RAC too.

Don't you have one those things for changing a tyre?

I believe they are called a chaffeur

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Re: Well known services...

So wales isn't a nation then?

Just because it doesn't have its own navy doesn't mean you have to sing about the "quasi-autonomous partially devolved administrative sub-region of my fathers"

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Safety of Nuclear Power

But the nice thing about coal is that it's Chinese or South African workers who die in the mines and eastern europeans who get the smoke, as long as you put the actual plants in the north where nobody can see them - they are almost an ideal source of power.

Throw in a couple of truck loads of bark chippings, shipped from Canada, and you can claim that they are "partially" biofuelled, recycled and carbon neutral.

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

50,0000 died at Bhopal but we still allow farms using weedkiller.

Of course they were brown, foreign and poor ....

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Re: Tiny heat:

That effiecncy gain means replacing everyone's car engine with a CHP gas power station.

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Re: Nuclear Power

There aren't many of them in use because they can't be used to make weapons material so research into them is (or was in the 40s. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s) of no interest to the US, UK, USSR, France, China, Isreal, SA, India, Pakistan etc. It might be of interest to them now - but all their experts have spent the last 50 years researching Uranium.

They are, in theory, of interest to non-weapons states. If you believe that if Iran or N Korea or Syria said - we are starting a major program of research into thorium reactors - then the US would suddenly say "hey that's wonderful, join the club, come over for a barbecue, marry our daughters."

About the only country with a reason to do Thorium is India, it has lots of people, no fossil fuels and no Uranium but lots of Thorium.

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Re: I seem to remember

>I heat my house with a Ground Source Heat Pump.

But you drive a 3ton SUV 150,000mi/year, made of aluminium that took more energy to smelt than the car will use in its lifetime.

For almost all people in the west transport is the majority of their energy demands - not their house. The most energy city in the USA is New York, because they don't drive they use 1/3 the energy per-year of somebody in Houston or LA

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: The faulty car should sacrifice itself!

What's wrong with the current solution?

The most massive vehicle with the biggest bull-bars wins.

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

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Re: Small beer in the grand scheme of things

But if a bank loses all your details to some hackers then it gets a small fine and nobody gets to kick any doors in -

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Zuck doesn't employ the drivers, the bus company does.

I I stop use Bell's cell phone because they doubled the bill to pay for unions or free foot massages for call center wages then I am not discriminating against them.

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Re: Does your job suck?

Obviously every bus driver, street sweeper, cleaner and security guard in SF should be paid $150/hr, then there would be no problem of afffordable accommodation in the city

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In a mall at the weekend? WORSE STILL, are you LOST?

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Technology

Or you could just use the same tech to sit at home and order it on Amazon

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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Re: In defense of data slurping

> how are the police and security services meant to function to "stop terrorism"

> if they cannot find evidence by "metadata" or other data slurping?

Same way they did against the IRA, ETA, the RAF?

It wasn't by having a live log of what I was watching on Netflix.

Or perhaps the 70s and 80s could have been totally terror free if only MI5 had known who was watching the Morcombe and Wise Christmas special ?

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Re: In defense of data slurping

And X's mobile phone is tracked coming out of the same tube station as Y who is a known terrorist - so you follow X onto the tube and shoot him.

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Re: If only they could put it to good use...

They can put it to good use.

If you are a senator and you don't vote the right way on the Freedom act then they can check the data and find out some reason why - involving hotel bookings, hookers and columbian marching powder.

Right down to if you complain about the local council they can do a quick check what naughty web sites you have visited in case you want to make a complaint too public.

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Pure: We've created the Everlasting Gobstopper of Storage – 'Forever Flash'

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It's called leasing

All they are saying is that pay today's prices and as the flash wears out in 5years they will replace it with the vastly cheaper/GB flash available then.

So it's like an offer in 1980 to sell you 1Mips of CPU for $100,000 FOREVER.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: @ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- or...

You are familiar with the difference between a fuel and an explosive?

It must be a great relief to the world's navies that explosives don't work without atmospheric oxygen - it will greatly reduce the uboat threat.

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Re: sattelite spying sattelite?

Have you tried doing the environmental impact assesment for hollowing out a volcano?

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Re: or...

Nobody tries to retrieve, or even approach, enemy military satelites.

A block of C4, some ball-bearings and a proximity fuse and the other side loses a $$Bn space plane.

That's why the air force space shuttle never happened

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Tech companies need to grow up

They have procedures, all the stuff you bought goes back to them and your kids can buy it all again.

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But what if the cloud software platform you used to edit/store your photos made that decision for you and deleted them all?

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Re: reminds me

>You're buying a copy of an item, not the rights to make it, copy it etc.

So you can't leave your house to your kids because the architect owns the copyright to the design ?

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Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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And this is different from

Every piece of enterprise software - how ?

I'm currently 'hosting' sales consultants from a number of ERP vendors to choose which bottomless bit of pain and misery we are going to throw money into. When Microsoft are the LEAST sleazy supplier by a mile you know it's bad.

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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I think you can just use

watch.us.piss.your.money.up.against.the.wall.go[u]vernment.*

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Global banking disaster

Threatened if cyber-attack doesn't shut down the banks

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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Do I understand this?

To improve security everyone and their dog and its pet Nigerian prince can now get a certificate for the little green padlock that I have trained my grandmother, dog and CEO to look for before entering any details?

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Re: Agree

Oreight keep thi shirt on.

I wa just sayin that t'reason jobs go t'London is that thez lots o people so tha can find people easier and the reason that people go t'London is thez lots o jobs. Moving t'BBC to manc dun't change out..

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Re: More to the point...

1, in theory but it's not as homogenous in language or culkture. A killer app gets mentioned on a US TV show and it has millions of users the next day. It's hard for something new in silicon roundabout to immeditately reach a million Norwegians.

2, Try opening a business in France or Italy compared with registering your silicon valley startup in Delaware, or moving an office from SF to Austin compared with switching from Berlin to Athens.

3, Who cares about the interstate? Nothing I'm making needs trucking anywhere.

4, The majority of American highschool kids are as thick as the majority of British GCSE-ers. But there are millions of them and some small percentage aren't thick. The country also attracts lots of smart foreigners - admittedly it then throws most of them out as soon as they finished their PhD on room temperature superconducting artificial intelligent nano-clusters - but some get to stay and build rockets.

ps American beer in the northwest is a lot better than the tetleys/watneys/scottish+newcastle that is served in most of the UK. Yes bud is crap - but so is Carling

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Re: I could start my business in the Dales

I need to put my programmers in London since I need a base of 10Million people to find 20 c++ programmers. I could outsource the management to wherever can provide suits able to "leverage synergy" cheapest

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Blocker

Finally a use for that 88mm that granddad brought back from the war

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Re: Or - STOP PRESS!!!

That's the advantage of the new rules - the police wouldn't have to actually do anything they would just email out fines to anyone who hadn't renewed their bee license.

Then they would extend this to people who hadn't returned a mandatory stored-off-hive form if they didn't have any bees.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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Re: portrait or landscape

It's not for you to read - it's for everyone else to see that you have one

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