Get rid of all those who DIDN'T apply
6468 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Get rid of all those who DIDN'T apply
And tragically and far too young - Iain M Banks
For 20years I have been buying every 2nd-hand copy of Good Omens I find to give away to people.
Jonathon Swift rather than Tolkien
Make it a fantasy and you can poke fun at everything AND the wise and learned people you are poking fun at think it is a silly story for children !
Tolkien wouldn't know a joke if it bit him on the Silmarillion
Small Gods is the best literature
Pyramids is my personal favourite
Colour of Magic/Light fantastic - good, but you probably have to be a fantasy fan to get all the jokes
The guards books (Guards Guards / Feet of Clay / Men at Arms ) and the Von Lipwig (Going Postal / Making Money / Raising Steam) are probably most readable stories
The only dissapointing book is Monstrous Regiment.
It's got a bit better since the world service stuff was rolled in - and there is always Archive on 4.
In our time / News quiz / Sorry I haven't a clue / anything by John Finnemore / somethings by David Mitchell / Mark Steel / Jeremy Hardy
Just avoid anything by media luvies or Gruniad columnists.
How easy is it wire a grid of LEDs to your Core-i7 and then write some code to turn them on and off?
In a way being a proper 32bit arm platform is the worrying bit
Hopefully you can learn about bits and memory addresses and have I/O pins and gates etc
>you pay for it and dont expect the rest of us to!
Anyone organising a "Telethon for Trident" ?
BBC getting into computers
BBC having trouble with presenters either "bumping into choir boys" or going Duke Of Edinburgh on foreigners
Solution - robot Clarkson.
Totally useless - unlike the multi-teraflop quadHD screen home computers that we all got hooked on in the 80s
Building a half-adder out of 7400 gates would be an excellent start.
Problem: People think computers are magic boxes that no human can understand - and therefore grow up believing everything the computer tells them.
Solution: teach people how computers work at a basic level
Teaching people to click on icons in word to make a web page doesn't do anything to change the "magic box" picture. Even typing python into a RPi after watching pages of incomprehensible Matrix-like Kernel boot messages doesn't really teach anyone that a computer really is a very simple idea.
Arduino is a great idea, it would have been nice if this thing was an arduino clone so it could use the same sketch software and be a stepping stone to arduino projects. (perhaps it does haven't seen any details)
> she has a tantrum when she doesn't get exactly her own way
Future linux kernel dev ?
>Because IT is just about coding and apps right?
IT covers much more than simply coding:
There is arguing with layers of management about how a backup isn't a waste of money
There is arguing with suppliers about "yes actually we feel that a CPU, memory, disk and a PSU SHOULD be included with a server quote"
There is arguing with HR that you should be allowed to execute a few users every now and again - "Pour Encouragez Les Autres"
And there is the vital technical skills of turning it off and on again / hitting it / wiggling cables / shuffling paper / hitting it (again)
They didn't design/build/sell/distribute the Acon BBC Micro - they did little more than endorse it.
They didn't even IIRC produce much software for BBC basic only or even particularly concentrate on the BBC micro in their programs.
It also encourages ordinary people to think about security, web sites to use HTTPS by default, to be careful of giving any information to, or cooperating with, the police - so in all it's a good thing ;-)
In the 70s and 80s we didn't have email or interception and we had the IRA, RAF, ETA, Bader Meinhoff, Black September, FLQ
Now that we have email and interception we don't have any of those - simple proof that the policy works.
But it can examine the meta-data, who you communciated with, who they communicated with, what sites you visited, who else visited those sites , where you traveled, who else was near you, who else was on the same tube train...
But nothing that would be an invasion of privacy.
If they are looking for specific threats then no it won't work.
If they are looking for a way to have some dirt on everyone it works quite well.
The problem with this is "income" and "based in"
If I work in an office in the UK and get paid a salary then it's easy to say where I am resident and what I get paid.
If I am a billionaire that makes most of their money from a complex international web of investment trusts, hedge funds, derivatives etc and I visit my London home only at weekends in the summer - exactly what 15% of what were you expecting to get ?
So it perfectly reasonable and indeed the goal of the european union - that IKEA, the well known Dutch Antilles charity should pay zero tax on 40Bn euros of sales?
>, paying corporation tax in your home country is not a loophole.
It is when your "home country" is a brass plaque on a lawyers office in the Caribbean.
Perhaps I should rent a server somewhere offshore loop my remote desktop through there and stop paying tax because I am clearly "working" from Sark or Lichenstein.
That's Kaspersky big selling point, they are a Russian company so are about as lilkely to bend over for the NSA as Microsoft would be to do a favor for the KGB
So if I ripped off some GPL software and bundled it in millions of copies of my expensive enterprise virtual machine software - then the fine should be $0 because I haven't cost the copyright holder any money ?
The proposal is that you could get upto 10years.
Of course no ordinary movie downloader would get this - it will have to be somebody the police didn't like or somebody who refused to cooperate with them
Fortunately the Met (motto "Total Policing") would never use having the threat of a 10year prison sentence to hold over just about anybody as a way to force "cooperating with the Police"
And it is the correct place for people like VMWare, Sony, Microsoft, DLink and lots of other companies who used GPL software without obeying the license terms.
Do just the management go down or are all the shareholders also guilty of profiting from the crime?
It's the only way to get "justice" or at least an admission of guilt
If it was down to the government to uncover these cases and prosecute they would simply go away in the face of a few $1000 of campaign contribution or a word with the local politico about how many jobs would be at risk if they had to move out of his area.
Even if the government did prosecute the result would be a fine which would go into the government's pocket and be taken out again in the next tax return.
By offering lawyers $shitloads to go after these cases it is the only way they ever come to light.
So would the Keith Waterhouse quarter hour approximate watch (I'm showing my age here)
>Still not understanding the target market
Everybody now has an iPhone
So merely wearing white headphones no longer marks you out as sensitive artistic special person
Having one of these on your wrist will allow you to demonstrate your uniquely individual personal creative style without having to sit in Starbucks all day with your macbook open
These are Android smart watches.
They are an iWatch knock-off in the same way that a Mac is an IBM-AT knock-off
Apple aren't the first to make a smart watch that links to your phone, you have been able to buy them for years.
No it's a bit like asking "are there secret police outside the rule of law and the constitution - and should the public take an interest in this"
Fortunately under new labour we were able to abandon the old tribalism and choose freely between two parties run by identical public school->PPE->lawyer->think tank->MP clones with identical polices.
At least with coke and pepsi the sugar water tastes slightly different
I don't think it's as simple as that - you also need an easily identifiable ethnic group that you can blame for all the internal troubles.
>Hint: that was not under the Tories.
They were tories - it was just a sneaky undercover op.
Didn't we recently admit to a state sponsored attack on the telecommunications network of a Nato country ?
Shouldn't we in the spirit of "an attack on one is an attack on all" bomb ourselves?
In public yes - there is no way the government would curtail free speech.
Online no - it falls under the vaguely worded Malicious Communication Bill and could get you arrested
Depends what your business use is
If you have a single server that your business relies on then you get top of the line redundant power supplies, ECC ram, raid etc
If you are running a web server farm where nobody except the load balancer notices a failed machine out of the 1000s then why bother with 9-9s uptime?
I think the tipping point has been reached.
When nice white middle class well paid people like el'reg readers have the same opinion of police as a black teenager - they have lost.
Quick office survey of "would you help an injured police officer lying by the side of the road" resulted in bad news for any cops in accident. Motorbike cops in an accident would still be helped by the bikers - apparently biker first cop 2nd applies - but the rest could expect to bleed to death.
Tell them that Brits fight with swords - like gentlemen
But it can be fun winding them up.
"I hear it's all socialist in Europe"
>Yes we a fire service that comes for free when you call, and police that are free, and roads and schools that are all paid for by the government
"Er yes well,.... "
>And we get health care for free paid by the taxpayer
"That's what I mean - it's like communism"
So if the Queen showed up at an event in parliament and there were some elected MPs present who were on, for example, the Army Council of a Northern Irish purely cultural organisation - she would go on a list ?
Like the chaps who kicked out George III to produce a nation founded on freedom and equality.
Anybody know how that worked out ?
It's not really a question of whether some secret agency has the name of a 91 year old anti-Iraq war protester on a database.
It's whether the police are allowed to give somebody an unofficial "police record" for attending a politcal meeting, and then use that as further evidence that he is a "person known to the police" when it comes to getting a warrant later, or using knowing him to get a warrant on somebody else because they are associated with a person with a police record.
So the only logical solution is to buy a fake Rolex/Omega from a market stall in China.
You get the accuracy of any other quartz watch and not only do you get the same respect from anybody stupid enough to care about how much your watch costs, but you get to laugh at them behind their back.
And if you get mugged for it - you have the last laugh.
A large debt with large GDP isn't an issue. Its an advantage, it gives people a safe place to put their money = government bonds.
It's like saying that a massively successful high st bank with millions of savers is in trouble because it owes so much debt to all its customers.
It still seems odd that the financial markets in London and Frankfurt are so massively different that a single currency is ludicrous and yet Barnes and Barnsley face such similar economic issues that any difference in response to them would be unthinkable.
>Sure, it's convenient when you go on holiday
It's also convenient if you run a business. Our currency has dropped by 20% in the last few months so that fuel prices at the pump have actually gone up as the oil price tanked.
Try running a tight margin international business with 10 different currencies that vary by 20%
Britain isn't an industrial country, it is a real estate investment trust and an offshore banking center.
It does a bit of manufacturing where there are enough tax breaks