* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

5486 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Doesn't intent have any sway?

If it was David Bailey passing by and he posed you, chose the camera angle, chose the exposure and framed the shot - then took your picture with your camera then he might have done more to create the copyright than just press the button

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Put it on Youtube

And more people in Canada want Quebec to leave

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: I always figured the plan was:

1, Cost building barge $2-5M

2, Cost of parking it $0.5M

3, Value of Google(tm) mentions on main stream news services ... priceless

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Christian my arse

But at least you still sacrifice virgins on midsummer ?

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Re: Yes but.........

What Oil?

After the referendum the Orkneys will be able to throw off 800 years of Scottish oppression (after they were pawned as a wedding present) and be able to reclaim their rights to the North Sea and their true Viking inheritance.

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But presumably the rest of Europe still won't accept Scottish Euro banknotes

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

>You'll be hoping Northern Ireland leaves the fold too then?

If Scotland leaves it would only be fair for Northern Ireland to go with them

They have such similar cultural and religous interests, along with a pair of common languages it would seem a shame that the two regions are separated.

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Re: Cameron in the Shetlands

A subtle and cunning plan worthy of Baldrick himself

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Re: No Scottish HS2

But now the Birmingham-Glasgow link will be a prestigious international project like the Channel Tunnel or Concorde

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Re: Cameron in the Shetlands

Bit confused about this - if Scotland goes then 40-50 safe labour seats go.

Why isn't Cameron up there side-side with the Salmond promoting freedom for the oppressed haggis eaters?

Since I get all my political news from the Reg and Sandi Toksvig I might be missing something.

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Re: Hearts and Minds

Might I suggest you learn from Quebec

Keep demanding independence and threatening to leave unless you get special legal rights and extra funding - then narrowly vote no everytime there is an actual referendum.

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

At least they aren't planning on stealing and mangling the language like other former colonies.

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Mirage

"Mirage - when you care enough to counterfeit the best"

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re: another US autoblowjob

Oddly this time it isn't. Although US tax dollars paid for it - the design and technology is Israeli and the US are now buying it for their own use - usually overseas aid is strictly under condition that its spent buying weapons in the senator's own backyard.

The most astounding feature of this missile system, other than that it works, is managing to get funding to build rather than buy.

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

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Oh ffs...

"Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT)"

They couldn't think of any words to spell "ACT" or would that get too recursive?

The Campaign to Liberate Terrorist Organisations and Rehabilitate them Into Society isn't doing as well.

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Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

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Re: Error

>New Zealand is not "sparsely populated", there are dozens of us.

Blimey - the sheep can type now.

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Re: favourable launch location in NZ

It is also about as far south as you can travel in the USA without having to invade somebody.

Launching from the equator is rather advantageous for most orbits.

It also has a large area to the east where it wouldn't really matter if you dropped a rocket - although the same could be said for everywhere between Pasadena and Boston.

The best strategy is remembering that you used to have a country named after you, almost exactly on the equator on the east coast of S. America and building a launch site there.

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Re: favourable launch location in NZ

British rocket scientists built a launch site in Australia but the lack of real ale meant productivity was poor.

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favourable launch location in NZ

NZ is about 41deg S.

Unless they have changed the Earth's rotation recently the only thing favourable about it's location is that you could explode something rather large there without disturbing the neighbours.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Re: Security services at work here...

They did resolve it and this company lost so it went overseas and uses a series of disposable websites whenever they get shut down.

Google's problem is that they originally said the Canadian court had to no authority to rule on them even in Canada because they were a US company. The court replied that it could order them to do whatever it wanted and hold any Google officer in Canada in contempt if they didn't

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Only in the Hollywood version

The Americans win

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Re: Not sure what all teh fuss is about

Because until now it was illegal to do it, to promote any service to do it, or even to discuss the technology needed to do it - under the DMCA.

Murder is illegal, but even the US doesn't ban "Murder She Wrote" as a discussion of technical means.

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Re: @Moosh - Cheap Chinese phones

>Makes you wonder what country will develop next into an industrial powerhouse.

Detroit ?

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: kmpl? WTF?

Since it's volume/distance - the sensible way to measure fuel consumption would be in mm^2 or sq. in.

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Re: Bunk

It's a question of the best design for the job.

The Porsche Panamera is a Grand Tourer - it's designed for you to be able to sweep across europe at will, rolling through any country you come across.

The Elefant is aimed more at protecting your little darlings from other SUIVs on the the school run

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"To be fair, if I'd spent close on 7 years training, I'd expect a decent salary."

Don't do a PhD in CS

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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5 nines, but not all at the same time.

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The project design was pretty wel completed before they discovered that they needed more fields than just "American OR commie pinko terrorist subversive (bool)"

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: EMP and nuclear meltdown...

The question is really whether the number of superheroes created by the blast of cosmic radiation would be sufficient to deal with the mutant giant arachnids. moths and reptiles created by the nuclear radiation.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Churnalism

They have giant chocolate rabbits of mass destruction

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Re: Headline wrong?

If only there was somewhere in Australia with very few people, some of the oldest most geological stable rocks in the world, bugger all groundwater - and a local high tech mining industry.

Failing that they could always just dump it in Tasmania - nobody would notice, Or in Canberra - nobody would care

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Re: Headline wrong?

However it MADE other pension funds and investors $300 million.

The market is a zero sum game - one idiots losses are another idiots gains

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: methodology

As in - 'pissing it up against a wall' type "waterfall" model ?

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Re: Amateurs

The US took 6years to waste $300M on a complex social security IT projects. Given the same timeframe the UK managed to wast 10x that on NHS IT. They blew £347M on a system to log 300K asylum seekers in a few months.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: People of the world?

Then you just need a bigger sample size - obviously.

Although knowing the mass to within 50% would have helped.

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Re: People of the world?

Couldn't they have done something useful like polled people on what they believe the mass of the Higgs boson to be? Then we wouldn't have had to build the LHC

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: who cares....

>It's all shite anyway.

In our Time, News Quiz, Sorry I haven't a clue, Old Harry's Game, Cabin Pressure, Hut 33, Museum of curiosity, Absolute Power + anything written by John Finnemore or Andy Hamilton

Of course the radio-with-pictures is unwatchable crap.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Revealing information useful to terrroists

If the police wrote this letter then the fact that there is somebody on the Yorkshire constabulary that can read must be useful and previously highly classified information which has now been leaked

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Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

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Re: Out of their ever lovin minds!

But the current system is perfect.

Candidate 1 - no knowledge of the system, field, language or any noticable skills - but has clearance. Has sat in the same job for 20years having clearance automatically renewed.

Candidate 2 - has skills but no clearance. Hire them and have them sit in the breakroom for 9 months while waiting for clearance.

Guess who gets hired. Now guess how good government IT systems are.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: WD-40

The Roman empire didn't have duct tape.

The Roman empire collapsed

Coincidence?

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Re: Not so ...

But it would have been vulgar latin - not the stuff written down on monuments.

It might have sounded like crude Geordie does compared to the elegant phrasing of Yorksha

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Perhaps they could send a gunboat?

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: No they don't

>A standard home DC bus of 48V or so would be nice. ELV, so no licence required for DIY work

Ever tried to switch off 100A of 48VDC?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Although you won't be able to visit their site if your own ISP blocks 'virgin' as a naughty word

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: Crazy

Well each record needs a copy of the database and Windows licensing and a server to run it on - so £1000/record doesn't seem that unreasonable.

They could probably have bought Dell servers for less than £1000/ea but buying in bulk is always more expensive.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Shipping costs

If it is cheaper to fly to New York, buy a Macbook and fly back then that is obviously how they import them. But they have to pay the time of their staff to sit on transatlantic flights for 8hours

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.

Been done before. They make the sensor more and m ore sensitive to they point where it could detect a single explosive molecule.

First soldier, miner, quarry worker, demolition worker to walk through shuts the airport down.

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Re: Curious about the dogs

Dogs do well for drugs when the operator is allowed to push the dog up against a hippie/person-of-color and say "go on boy". they are less good in double blind trials.

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Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.

They introduced drug sniffer dogs on transit in Vancouver (!!!) after the supreme court ruled that a sniffer dog was reasonable grounds for a search - no SUS in Canada.

The dogs were all Alsatians and when one bit a homeless guy the operators couldn't find any proof that they had received any drug training, then they couldn't find any proof that they had a rabies vaccination. Then they got removed (was only a trial, lessons learned etc etc)

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