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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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Re: The EU doesn't need GPS...

Why couldn't Loran be used globally?

All you need to do is march ashore, plant a flag, claim the territory and setup a Loran transmitter.

Any problems with the natives can be dealt with by a bit of cold steel - "they don't like it up em"

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Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

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That sounds very close to what the Apple app-store demands or even Amazon's deal with authors for ebooks.

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So everybody who sells stuff on ebay without their own corporation is an employee of ebay?

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That's a Tor order: Library gets cop visit for running exit relay in US

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They should also watch out for anybody with a big white beard working away on a book about economics - they can really cause trouble

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The Feds have long been supporters of Tor

The principle developers of Tor for a decade were DARPA, ONR and the Naval Research Laboratory

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When the IT department is 'just another supplier'

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Equality

The machine you bought on amazon needs something fixing - are IT allowed to bill you $300.hour consultancy, or are they expected to just fix it as a favor?

When you decide to do your own security and a virus takes out the system, or leaks data - are the IT dept allowed to sue you ?

Are IT allowed to bid on contracts to manage other firms IT if you are allowed to get external contractors ?

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Re: Even now, I still get..

>so drop-down, unchanging menus is about the only thing she can apparently cope with

Good.

Imagine a car where an accidental swipe of the sat-nav could hide the steering wheel or brake pedal and take 10mins of rooting around menus to re-enable them.

There have been plane crashes where the same knob was used to set decent rate and heading, with the difference being a selection on a menu on another screen.

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Et voilà: Violated Versailles vagina might stay violated

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Re: Er, why are we following this?

I went when it was first opened - they had one very impressive piece.

A giant yellow crane running along the ceiling of the big hall with a sign "not certified for lifting"

Obviously a metaphysical critique on the very meaning of a crane for which "I lift therefore I am" is the core of it's essential being.

A bit like that French painting with "this is a not a pipe" but on a giant scale - and more suitable for a non-smoking facility.

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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

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Re: Sign me up

You don't need to recognise a computer at all - that's the point of the cloud.

Ability to recognise a cloud may be an advantage

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Are you avoiding tax, big tech firm? Not any more you won't, growl MEPs

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Other ways for countries to make money

Suppose Hungary was to deal with it's immigration problems by charging all of the migrants 1000eu for a Hungarian passport and then offering subsidised 1eu flights to Dublin. Think Ireland would consider that fair movement of people and services through the Eu?

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Strong dollar will deal death to US firms' overseas growth

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Re: Fantastic!

We shut down all our industry to concentrate on selling oil to the US and coal to China.

And we did it with the most expensive to extract oil on earth - go Canada.

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Toyota chucks 50 MEELLION BUCKS at AI car tech

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Re: except that

Perhaps some sort of "golf - just say no" campaign aimed at these poor children ?

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Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

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Re: So this person

>So there is honesty amongst thieves.

Not really - they have obviously based their extortion operations in Luxemburg as a tax scam

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Re: It is as if these people never read Kipling.

And why would you ?

Have you seen how much nicer the people from the Danelaw are, than those southern Saxons ?

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Bored Brazilian skiddie claims DDoS against Essex Police

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Re: Presumably the Police will use anti-terrorism laws (illegally) to extradite/charge the guy

It will be expensive for that many senior police officers to visit Brazil to search for the culprit.

It will probably have to wait for next years budget, perhaps Rio sometime in August ?

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They’re FAT. They’re ROUND. They’re worth almost a POUND. Smart waaatch, smart waaatch

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The iBuckle

If the problem is that they are too big and still can't hold useful batteries why not make them even bigger but put them around your waist?

They could vibrate to let you know you have a call and you with NFC you can bonk the bar to pay for your drinks. I assume Texas Instruments will be the first to market.

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Dead Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley wage-rigging plot costs Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel $415m

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Re: Doing the maths

No problem with the cut lawyers take on class actions - they are investing a lot of time+money up front for a case that may never pay off. A lot of these cases would never come to court if an individual had to pay lawyers to go up against a dozen $bn corporations.

It's that the fine was so small that it would almost be negligent for a corporation not to break the law.

There are also a lot of other people (like me) who lost money even though we don't work for any of these companies, because wages are set by market averages.

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Doing the maths

$415M, half goes to the lawyers. So the 64K employees share $200M = $3K each, or about the difference in one month's salary between what they were paid and what they could have been paid in a competitive marker.

So the industry really learned a lesson here - save $50K/year for your 100K employees over 10 years and be fined 1/1000 of the amount you saved.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Re: Willing consent

>Won't work: The woman has the right to withdraw consent at any point, up to and including the finale.

Threesomes with your lawyer?

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TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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Re: Oh the irony!

So we take in the nasty toxic waste oxygen produced by these evil trees and convert it into nice tasty carbon dioxide food for them.

I for one welcome our leafy overlords...

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BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye

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Re: Why buy two at just 110%

The ground support, data analysis and research cost is 2x as high for 2 missions and any design fault will fail in both missions

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Re: And this is why Science is a waste of money

When did medicine start being science…?

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Self-driving CARS? BORING. We want self driving, LIZARD dodging GOLF CARTS

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Re: Armory

>You would have the first backwards flying golf cart, but not in a good way...

Unless you had 2 equal and opposite gattling guns ....

Also useful in busy traffic

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Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

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Re: Drivers ?

The big difference is that we had to throw away a scanner and a bunch of printers when windows7 came out. When everybody goes to w10 we assume we are going to have to buy new printers etc.

Still have a couple of XP machines because we have a $25K bit of hardware purchased in 2012 that can only be controlled from 32bit XP

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Falcon 9 fireworks display grounds SpaceX

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Re: Again?

And the subcontractor was testing loads of cable, then driving the "tested" load around the corner back into the works and testing it again - while shipping untested cable to the site.

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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But without unions, taxes, controls...

We would have had the same technologically led massive economic growth but it would have been concentrated in the hands of a few lucky owners of a few massive corporations.

Imagine if half the country's GDP and the only growth industries were owned and controlled by a handful of people who when they can't control government can simply ignore them.

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Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

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Re: Is it all bad news, look you?

And there is no job locally for the other half, and when you are made redundant in the next round of savings - what is there locally ?

Nobody lives in London, or New York, because they like it - it's because you can walk out of one job and into another without the whole family having to move across the country

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Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

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Re: Built on evidence obtained illegally? Yes, good luck with that.

The US does at least have laws requiring the NSA to be legal.

In the UK there is no general ban on evidence obtained illegally.

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Re: Pen test

It's only a problem if the police obtain the evidence illegally.

Somebody could trespass and report seeing a murder - the police wouldn't ignore the call because the person was on the property illegally.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: Who cares how profitable the auto industry is?

eg, the new mini, the new beetle, the new fiat 500, pretty much anything from RangeRover

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Re: So not going to happen.........??

> I'm more curious about whats under the bonnet- than on the dashboard...........

Then you would represent a very small minority of <25year olds

The level of dissinterest in cars for young, educated, well-off, city dwellers is amazing.

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

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Re: Why?

>Why do people insist on letting their company use their kit for nothing

Because the alternative to being able to read company email on your own phone is to drive back into work to check that email on your company computer

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Re: Nimbyism

>apart from Germany's lack of understanding of tea and the need for milk in it

Munich is nice and has a cricket club - so there is hope for German civilisation

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Re: Nimbyism

Not quite the same scale that Stanford has had in Palo Alto though

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Re: Stanford

Port of Felixstowe - where they invested massively to handle containers while every other traditional port was fighting to maintain it's old way of life..

Or Cambridge Science park - while the city council was blocking IBM building a chip fab near the city because it would industrialise the surrounding countryside.

It looks like olde-worlde Trinity are cutting silicon valley capitalists.

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We have an extra terror here = Lawyers.

If the council pass a bylaw that restricts development in any way they are threatened with a lawsuit where even if they won it would cost our small town $$$$ to defend itself. And whenever they pass a bylaw that might allow any development they get hit by a threat of an environmental objections that would take years and cost $$$$.

The result is that nothing has happened for years - we might have invented the perfect form of government.

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Re: I'm shocked!

Alternately the council could give every other plot of land in Palo Alto permission to build a skyscraper - thus reducing the value of the mobile home park.

If the valley wanted to cure the housing problem all it has to do is give automatic planning permission to any development that will increase density. Then the marker will decide how many $10M mansions, $250K single homes and $100K studio apartments the city needs.

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Re: The issue is tha building on 'virgin' land...

So on one side of a road you have houses so astronomically expensive that people are spending 2/3 of their income paying the mortgage, leaving them too poor to spend anything in the local economy, leading to stagflation.

And on the other side of the road you have fields that the farmer is being paid to keep empty because the crops they would grow are already so cheap it wouldn't be worth adding to the stockpile.

And yet the government can't give planning permission to build houses on the land because ?????

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Remember though in small town America the local council is directly elected as individuals - not just a block of lib-dems or labour depending on which lot in Westminster you are currently mad at.

So the local council is often stacked with local business owners (who else can afford to run and take an unpaid post).

Our little town almost bankrupted itself 10years ago by buying a bunch of land to develop houses on. The sale of the houses would pay for the roads, water, sewage etc that it had to build first - it completed the empty lots in 2008 just into the housing crash.

Now a block of local property developers got elected and not wanting any competition to their existing market - the lots are still empty, we are paying for the infrastructure, we are paying for the loans, and we still have a shortage of housing.

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Re: Free Market Consistency

It's also where the free market and Bentham-ism align.

If you wanted to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people you would sell the land to the highest bidder and let them create as many apartments as they could fit onto the land. The poor disposed would then benefit from the drop in house prices in surrounding areas as people there are able to move into the city.

Deciding that some tiny minority of the poor are allowed to live in rent controlled apartments in Manhattan or a council house in Chelsea is silly. It's like solving the problem of public transit by giving 1 person in a million a free Rolls Royce.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: Proof, (if it were needed)

So just about every town south of the border should also have street signs in Latin because it was originally founded by Romans?

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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And in return gave them a government, an education system, railways, english and taught them to play cricket.

What do they get from Apple ?

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Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

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Re: Buyout

Not the original battery. It contains A battery because the fuel cell can't provide the peak power needed. So the battery gives you umph (technical term) when you make a call or the CPU spins up and is then slowly recharged by the fuel cell.

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

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The only Canadians who matter are those who turn up to vote AND live in marginal ridings in Quebec.

The concentration of seats means that the election is decided before many people wake up - so there is no point in even campaigning in most of the country.

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Re: Hmm...

In theory the Canadian PM has less power than the UK because the senate (the upper house) can block bills - while the House of Lords can't. In practice gerrymandering and the appointment system means that senate is pretty much aligned with the government.

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FAO EVERYBODY: From the Legal Outreach Team at Bong Ventures LLC

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Re: I don't understand

i think it was Dr Johnson who said "The purpose of the press is to hold a selfie stick upto nature"

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Call me cynical...

>have a quarter of the number of fatalities that human drivers do, legislation won't stop them for long

"Evidence based legislation" - know that would be a breakthrough !

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: "Almost certainly"

There is considerable evidence that drinking ethanol is harmful to health and is an acknowledged public safety concern.

Any plans for an Eu ban on cross border traffic of wine and beer?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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It wasn't the cheating that the hackers were objecting to it was AM's blackmail business model.

They (AM) were charging customers who had closed their accounts a fee to delete the personal data.

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