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'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

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Re: The aging elephant in the room

See we don't need none of them foreign criminals coming over here when we can have proper British criminals from Spain.

And as the recent Hatton Garden robbery showed - our criminal pensioners are prepared to work for a living rather than demanding hand outs.

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Re: More importantly

The commonwealth song contest ?

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Re: More importantly

Israel and Turkey still have to suffer it - so probably not

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Re: The Tracer Bullet Effect

>Just as long as the figurehead isn't Mel Gibson. Maybe Jeff Goldblum?

Benedict Cumberbatch surely ?

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

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Re: Are they barring EU citizens or Japaneses to enter with a visa waiver?

Visa waiver is for business or tourism, if you are form a visa waiver country (eg UK) it is quite hard to get a business visa - which means that any visit to a customer is always a crap shoot if they will let you in.

If it does apply then a bunch of people in the security/oil/engineering businesses that have been to Iraq would be banned, along with a lot of journalists and news crews. On the plus side, presumably Bush/Cheney/Blair will also be banned.

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: Can happen to anyone...

>what is preventing the FBI from rolling their own iOS update

That it would be outsourced to CapGemini,be delivered 10years late and $10bn over budget and not work ?

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

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Re: 2.0 Beta

Somebody already did that.

US TV broadcasts a live subtitle data stream for the deaf. Somebody rigged up an arduino to decode the stream, look for the text "kardasian" and mute the sound for a second.

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

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Re: Study?

The study conclusively proves anti-alphabetism where people with names at the beginning of the alphabet get lower bids than those later

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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Re: To the negative comments...

Except we already have ways of getting to orbit which this can't.

It's like promoting a step ladder as an aircraft - because it allows you to leave the ground.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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Re: Security hole?

It is worrying and it is fixed in the new iPhone.

That is the real concern about this case - it sets a precedent for banning the fix.

It would make it illegal to make HW that didn't have holes

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Re: Nope...

1, The trick is already plugged in the iPhone hardware crypto unit

The data on this phone can be extracted by normal chip reverse engineering HW

2, Not just that. If Apple are required by the US to break the crypto HW in the new iPhone then they will be required to hand over the crack to every other government if they want to sell there.

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We're four years away from digitising England's courts – report

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Re: Never going to work

So to the complexity and obfuscation of the legal profession we are going to add the simplicity and clarity of government electronic data transfer standards and have it all documented by offshore contractors.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

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Re: 80-20 rule?

Been tried and studied and the machine built.

For minor operations it helps because it does less collateral damage, less blood loss, so out of hospital quicker. For major operations it all depends on the ICU/nursing care afterwards. If you come off the table alive - your recovery depends on how you are looked after, not the number of decimal places in the surgical precision

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Re: It's not about jobs, it's about income...

>A rising tide does not, in this case, lift all ships...

No - but your life expectancy, standard of living, access to education, healthcare, diet etc unemployed and living on benefits in the UK now is higher than almost all workers 100 years ago.

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FBI iPhone unlock order reaction: Trump, Rubio say no to Apple. EFF and Twitter say yes

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> Honestly what have they to gain by weighing in at all either way?

If they don't support Apple they tell a billion potential customers that an Android phone will hand over your data to the cops but an Apple one won't.

Especially interesting if you are a phone customer in China, Russia, Iran, most of Africa etc

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Re: move Apple HQ to Switzerland and take $gazillion out of the US economy.

Only its overseas sales - suppose all its sales were overseas ?

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Re: Just take the 'Davy Crockett' hat off Donald, you bald twat!

The ultimate sacrifice would be to move Apple HQ to Switzerland and take $gazillion out of the US economy. Then have Microsoft, Google, Facebook etc follow suit when they are ordered to do the same thing.

Amazing how compliant the US government can be when you mention the recession word

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Re: Well played Apple

He has a large number of troops, almost unlimited supplies of electricity and the authority to ex-judicially execute US citizens anywhere in the world by drone strike

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Re: this position is liable to damage privacy.

This order is effectively telling them to make a patch to add a vulnerability.

The concern is that they can then be ordered, perhaps with a secret gagging order, to roll that patch out to every phone

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Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 open graphics specification

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Re: Vulkan successor to OpenGL?

And a few hundred million new cars that are going to have fancy graphics, and millions of smart TVs and billions of IoT devices that will want pretty UIs without running Windows10.

The market for this is anything that currently has an LCD display.

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Re: Vulkan successor to OpenGL?

Unless you are on one of those non-microsoft platforms.

I hear they have computers in pockets these days

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: thermonuclear FORTRAN

> And let's say it: Fortran is totally obsolete as a language and no computer scientist uses it.

That's because computer "scientists" don't need to solve real problems.

LISP is very clever, but try modeling a thermonuclear explosion with it.

"computer science - solving yesterday's problems on tomorrow's hardware"

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

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Re: Insecure by design

>I wonder if part of the reason Apple is taking a hard line is because Cook is gay.

I think there is less of a knee jerk reaction to always support the government among the average Apple/Google employee today than there might have been at IBM 20 year ago

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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It's a company beholden to national regulators and is now going to have a hard time saying that it can't block hate speech / dodgy pharmaceuticals / piracy / etc

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Re: Facebook? It's society in general

>seeing some of the websites that radicalise people

For me it's any time I need to deal with a bank and have to do all that prove-your-identity / know-your-customer crap to prove that you aren't a terrorist

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The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher

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Re: Ha ha

Laboratory experiments also have problems holding a couple of kg of hydrogen together long enough for it to fuse - so the idea that the sun exists is laughable

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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But it's much more important for 50% of the population to go to university to do media studies and everyone pay fees rather than a small minority do science for free

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Re: What's Actually Wrong The explanation of interference is slightly wrong in the article...

"blows open astronomy".

It confirms something that have been predicted for 100years and believed by most astronomers for ages.

Nice bit of engineering though

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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Wasn't blaming the HSE, I worked in mining here in Canada and the safety regs are very strict (much more so than the USA)

But claiming that the accident rate drop is due to them is like me claiming that the rate of deaths due to Viking attacks is down to the local council's new CCTV system. 1st millennium, no CCTV - lots of raids. 2nd millennium, CCTV introduced - fewer raids, 3rd massive surveillance - no vikings.

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Is that due to HSE or to the loss of the mining, fishing, quarrying, steel and other dangerous industries?

The HSE has done a lot to make dangerous jobs less dangerous - but there are a lot fewer of those jobs

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Re: The response to "Throw me the hydrospanner"

I think the Wookie was only hired as a polically correct requirement to have a minimum number of visible minorities as spacecraft crew

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US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

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Re: Who gets the master decryption key - USA, EU, China or N Korea?

Only the US: So just the NSA, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, TSA, DHS, INS, DEA, IRS,FCC, 12,000 local police depts, Army, Navy, Airforce, Coastguard,

Assuming nobody leaks any information to any unauthorized 3rd parties.

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Using a driver with somebody else part is unlawful?

So me using windows HPL4 driver and print to file to get a PDF from Word is illegal?

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Re: Not much sympathy

Suppose a web site only supported IE and your Mozilla browser "stole" Microsoft's agent string and claimed it was IE?

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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They also worked in that wonderful mini-computer pricing model, that only a former mainframe customer or cable company exec could love.

We had SCO because it was (in the late 80s) the only way of getting more than 640K or 30Mb on a PC and we had to log a lot of data. Order a C compiler for $$$, when you install it you discover you don't have a pre-processor. Oh you want the software development add-on for the compiler ? That's more $$$$

Even more bizarrely we also had Kodak unix for PCs.

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

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Re: Too little, too late!

It had the same strategy it has had for all its other successful products.

Buy a small company, ruin it and hope that nobody else enters the market to compete

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: Seems like a lot of effort to me

>the only entertainment is a chubby nutter shown to be attacked with love on a daily basis

Royston Vasey is the leader of N Korea?

They really kept that one out of the papers

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LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

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What we need is to colonise a large deserted and preferably desert-ed island somewhere and build a launch site.

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> Or is this kind of thing completely illegal in the UK?

Universities? Not yet, but the govt is working on it.

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Re: There are already a dozen telescopes on the 'sacred site'

They already did - there is a limit on the total number of telescopes.

The Keck interferometer mode was shut down because the small outrigger telescopes counted toward the limit as much as the two main domes.

The telescope should have been built in Chile, it was built in Hawaii to get pork barrel funding and this is the result.

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Re: Won't be a "sacred site" in 2 million years or so anymore

Especially ironic in that astronomical observatories are centuries older than the settlement of the Hawaiian islands - so it is the astronomers traditional activities that are being banned.

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LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

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Re: LinkedIn...

I think this one is in the forefront of the new category of anti-social media

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Probably a bunch of early employees who had to pay tax on what the IRS claim their options were worth at the previous price but are now worth half as much - even if they could sell them.

The late round VCs that gave it the $25Bn valuation will all have exit preferences which mean they wont lose anything

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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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For the last fscking time

> exposed the social security numbers and other private information

Social security numbers are not fsckign secret, assuming they are secret and using them as a government guaranteed form of ID is what causes all the fsckign problems.

The only government guaranteed form of ID is your secret government issued citizen number which can be founded printed in invisible ink on .... LOST CARRIER .....

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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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Re: Don't underestimate the tenacity of these nut jobs!

But the badgers don't have to worry, because although the physical data center will appear to be in Ireland it will actually be in Applestan an imaginary country where nobody pays tax.

A bit like how all Apple stores in England are really in Ireland

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Autodesk vapourises ten per cent of jobs to go completely cloudy

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I think it's a reaction to STOP the OSS projects.

Need to do a bit of design? Either pay $5-10K for Solidworks/Autocad/ProE or nothing for the OSS alternative. Then once you've learned that app you aren't likely to switch to the paid app later.

Their new pitch is, pay $99 for a month/year/special intro period - then once you're into their system you keep paying

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If you do 2d cad - Draftsight is free (made by the people who do Solidworks and Catia)

If you do 3D - onshape is a nice free online parametric CAD by the people who invented solidworks - although it's interface is a bit more autodesk like

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: Is pulse operation a design "feature" of Tokamaks or just what you can do so far?

No it's a core feature. It's like a big transformer it can only work while the field is changing.

To make it worse the more power you need to contain the faster you need to raise the field so you can make it cycle on-off over hours at low power but minutes at GW powers.

Even worse-worse, like a transformer you go through zero field switching between +/- and at that point there is no field to hold the plasma which then hits the walls and melts your machine. So you need to dump the plasma and start again every half cycle.

The big advantage of the stellarator is that the plasma generates it's own permanent containment field, the drawback is that you have an amazingly complex job to control it.

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