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Re: 'foreign' is defined as 'not American'
No - you are thinking of the last lot, Tory MPs usually spy for the other side.
Re: The status of Engineers.
That happens here - but there are downsides.
To get the "engineer" title new grads have to serve years as an engineers-in-training and so work for a company with an engineering training program. That means new eng grads can be paid peanuts by large companies because if they don't jump through these extra hoops they wasted their degree.
Startups can't hire engineers because they don't have their own chartered engineers to sign off on the training.
Want to employ a maths PhD as a software engineer? You can't.. Want to hire that American CS grad from MIT/Stanford, you can't because they don't qualify.
The result is that all 'engineers' immediately jump to management, because managers (especially in the public service) have to be professionals. You also get a majority of people doing the softest 'engineering' course they can find - usually environmental eng - so that they can become civil servants.
While the actual technical work is outsourced or off-shored.
>If I can't root it, I won't use it.
Are you Australian ?
Re: Why Android?
You also need to add three extra hardware buttons to use Windows effectively
Re: Why didn't they...
Perhaps you would if when the car was done it suddenly fired itself off the road randomly at 25,000 mph
- I think BMWs do
I assumed the only person who didn't think this was ironic - would have been Jobs himself
But apparently not !
Steve Jobs built Apple 1 .......with the help of Steve Wozniak
Re: So something like $400M-$500M has been spent on this website....
The UK spent more than that on the acronym for each of the last 'n' abandoned NHS-IT systems
Is this really an IT issue?
Perhaps all Americans have such healthy suyperman-like physiques that they never need to consider health care.
And those that do are so well served by the systems provided by their benevolent employers that they wouldn't need this service.
Re: Evasion vs. Avoidance
The line isn't as cut and dried - otherwise we wouldn't need courts
If the Inland Revenue decide that you buying your coffee beans from Switzerland at 10x market price is purely to make a tax loss - then it becomes illegal tax evasion.
Even darker matter ;-)
Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject
> the number one area of work for social sciences graduates is Social Work
That doesn't mean that a majority work in social work.
If psychology leads to a wide range of jobs - then 10% might be social workers, 9% in HR, 8% in fast food, 7% in subway music playing etc etc
For extra security
Make sure you use the closed source versions of these that come with that American made operating system.
Re: site license
In return for h264 become the new web standard ( as opposed to flash, or some open source codec) I'm sure the MPEG-LA looked favourably on the licensing cost.
Just like MP3 offering free license to open source decoders. How popular would ogg be if the MP3 license holders tracked down every non-Apple user of an MP3 ?
Re: Quite misleading.
The problem is that, with this - Cisco have effectively halted all development on alternate codec and allowed a patent encumbered one to be widely adopted as a standard.
All because it's free - for now, or until they change their mind, or another patent holder objects, or that part of Cisco get sold to somebody else.
Suppose sun had offered free downloads of solaris-x86 in the early 90s. Then we wouldn't have needed linux and today the world would be owned by Larry "blofeld" Ellison
Re: Blue Sky of Death?
Have they tried turning it off and on again?
Would an IBM only PC really have benefited IBM?
There wouldn't have been a PC software market, and certainly not Windows if IBM had kept it an IBM only product.
It's like claiming that if Mercedes had been the only one building cars all cars today would be MB - in fact there just wouldn't be cars today.
Re: I hated IRQs
At least when you set an IRQ with a jumper you know it's set.
You don't have all this "can't find port X / can't create port X - already exists " crap you get with 'smart' systems
Doesn't work - those treaties are by the fed, they are allowed to ignore treaties with natives
(Actually the fed can ignore treaties with anyone who doesn't have nukes)
Re: More power to them...
And since it is now so easy to do we could open this up to anyone - with our own version of the DMCA.
If you see a site that you think violates copyright, just email "email@example.com and it will be banned in the UK
That's next parliaments plan. When everybody has switched to DAB they will sell off those frequencies and everyone can switch to t'internet
From the official NSA handbaook
"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength"
Re: Just to put this in perspective....
I never said sabotaging the EU on behalf of America was a bad thing....
Re: Just to put this in perspective....
He is a deeply principled politician doing exactly what the voters have demanded that he do.
The fact that they are US voters and what they demanded was that Britain continue to sabotage the EU on behalf of the USA is just following every other British PM.
> please stop using the operating systems we make
> the computer chips we fab
Yep, happy to use the ones the Israelis, Malaysians, Filipinos etc fab for you
>the network we started
If you don't mind not using the packet switching part, or the http/html part that we invented
>and all of that good stuff
and is an affront to those who serve.
Sorry grandad, I know you fought the Nazis to ensure out freedom - but the office of state security needs to listen in on all your calls and monitor what library books you read. But don't worry a secret court said it was legal.
But free-range organic hand-reared people
Re: Great expectations...
Don't underestimate the effects of it being "your" computer that you are in control of.
Before the 8bit-80s, computers were dialup big expensive scary machines in universities somewhere that you might be allowed to use if you carefully followed the rules under strict supervision.
Now computers in schools are strictly administered scary systems might be allowed to use if you carefully followed the rules under strict supervision - with dire penalties if you do something that isn't in the list of permissible user actions for keystage N of curriculum X.
Yes you can learn to be a professional programmer by just reading CLR and doing 6.046 online. Just like you might be able to become a professional chemist by solving wave equations and never seeing a lab.
Re: Industry Change
Automatic plate scanning invented some of the first "document" scanners.
But since large astronomical plates are 12 - 18 inch square, you need to measure the position of features to a couple of microns and handle 20bits of density range - it was a bit of a challenge for computers even into the 1980s
Even doing small plates by hand with a microscope, vernier dials and pen and paper was a bit tedious
Re: I hope
Rather pointless scanning black and white plates in RGB.
Color astronomical photos are made by taking separate pictures at different wavelengths (colors) usually the specific color of a certain chemical rather than just red-green-blue.
You then make these pretty false-color images by printing the different color plates
Re: I would like to point out...
And the real problem - getting and keeping people.
The good people go to SF, so to get good people you need to be in SF, so the good employers go to SF, so the good people move to SF.....
Not saying you can't run a successful software company in Kircaldy or Idaho - but you are going to have to offer something special to lure the best people there.
Didn't Larry "blofeld" Ellison just buy an island?
Giving Google the ability to quickly migrate large amounts of profit to locations
It's fun to charter an accountant
And sail the wide accountancy,
Lowest natural temperature
You can do a few picoK in the lab
Re: Merkel's crocodile tears.
That is slightly different, Russia is an enemy, it has 10,000 nukes, a couple of million soldiers and quite a few tanks ready to roll into Germany again if it wanted.
The difference between spying on them and on Germany is rather like the difference between the USAF bombing Afghanistan and it bombing Canada
Re: But surely Germany...
Assume they spend most of their time typing the name of their own agency into Powerpoint, email, contact lists, apointments etc
Re: What about the ones that gave in?
They are probably correct.
The deal they offered the other companies was. Go to court and risk a $Bn settlement against you OR pay a $M fee and agree that you don't come after us even if the patents are overthrown.
You would probably have to prove that the trolls knew the patents were completely invalid and were criminally extorting money from you and that your $Bn corporation's own lawyers couldn't know this - to get your money back
re: Juries are, in general, smarter than you think.
When it comes to people I agree. But Patents, like tax law cases, don't depend on whether the defendant seems honest - they depend on small print of arguments between corporations of a definition of a word.
So like the multi-year corporate tax trials it isn't clear that a group of randomly selected people are the best to judge the facts.
Especially when the arguments are so involved it ends up being "I like that apple cos I have an iPhone" vs " I don't like Samsung cos them gooks bombed Pearl Harbor"
So what was a popularity contest between lawyers decided by a jury has now become a popularity contest between companies decided by juries.
So 12 "persons-of-coloured-neck" (or whatever the politically correct term is) in East Texas choose if Apple is nicer than Samsung or HP is nicer than some wifi chip maker they have never heard of - and billions of $ of trade are decided?
You could say the same of the first version of a certain fruity product - and that didn't do too badly.
Re: Original - I had to look him up
I think the difficulty with rounded corners was a patent issue
I think you will find they are both playing catch up to the robust, low power, versatile and cheap original tablet - invented by André Cassagnes
Admittedly its interface is a little tricky to use, but no worse than either Palm or Windows XP tablet edition
Re: How to spot a coders comment
Perl has comments?
i thought the only comment you ever got in Perl was "?????? WHAT the F$%& ????" - which incidentally is a valid Perl program
10 days to think of an acronym for the operation
10 days to go through corporate services to get a meeting room
7 days tryign to get the meeting to show up on everyone's Outlook calender
1 days arguing about which pizza to order for the meeting
30secs to ask the network admin whodunnit
You say that, but if you start allowing free speech and criticism of the government they will want free association , free elections, no taxation without representation and we could lose an entire colony!
Re: We are considering cancelling cable
You are thinking logically - not like a politician who has been careful briefed over a golf game by cable industry CEO.
In Canada the broadcasters are required to broadcast a certain amount of Canadian Content ( CANCON).
The regulators want to apply this to YouTube (!) and Netflix after complaints from cable companies.
Quite how they can force YouTube to show a certain proportion of Canadian Content to Canadians isn't clear - perhaps you will be forced to watch "Just for Laughs" before every cat video.
Netflix countered that they could make as much CANCON available as they wanted, but it was upto the viewer to decide if they wanted to watch it or not. The suggestion was that they would just have a blank white screen with the claim that it was a Canadian polar bear in the arctic with it's eyes closed.
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