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Re: Makes you wonder!
Well all my academic successes have apparently been due to my grandmother praying for me
I wish I had known about this in advance - I wouldn't have had to do any work.
It's also damn sporting of God to help somebody get an AstroPhysics PhD
Re: Zero tax is the answer
Making the UK the tax haven center for the HQ of global companies will be a great boost to the British Brass Plaque industry
Re: The staff at the Treasury et-al should grow a pair..
I thought all the companies had been scared off from the UK by the equal pay act, the minimum wage, maternity leave, health and safety, banning chimney sweeps, the abolition of slavery.
Everytime there is a law to improve the rights/pay/healthy+safety of workers for the last 200 years - the Tories have claimed it will drive companies away and destroy jobs.
@monkeyfish: May I humbly suggest that gold badge members of el-reg are not the typical sheep audience that advertisers dream of.
Re: It's true but the time is probably off
>a)You need something to move TO
Not a difficult market to enter, a kid in a Harvard dorm room could manage it.
>b)Since when do we believe such theories?
When do we believe epidemiological models of disease spread and network effects?
Since they correctly started predicting diseases, growth in traffic, best places to build a mall, etc etc
>There is also the case for many of the "Yoof" that if your parents are on FB its no longer cool any longer and you'll move on...
Which could - long term - be its saving.
Yoof are a good market, but they don't buy many white-goods/cars/mortgages.
At the moment magazine and TV ads are still the best way to reach these people, if Facebook reaches critical mass in the 30-40 somethings rather than Yoof and hipsters they could own a very profitable and much less fickle market.
Re: The big issue in a nut shell
> "we want privacy, we want privacy / "we want security, we want security".
Assumes that the way to get security is more spying on obviously non-terrorist citizens.
Its the old, we have to keep sprinkling magic dust on the roads because people won't forgive us if there is a tiger attack on a pre-school.
Re: What about the kids who have no aptitude for programming?
And so some of them will discover they have no aptitude/interest and do something else - how else where you going to get the first lot to go to university to do CS if they had never heard of it?
It's the reason we do lots of subjects in school rather than just classify children at birth into a suitable job (Tory cabinet ministers excepted)
Re: There is no quick fix!
>What about bringing in a tutor who teaches just the programming content of the course?
Of course, so long as they have a PGCE - you need to be properly qualified, you can't just have a maths PhD and 20years experience at a top public school and be allowed to teach.
And a background check - and you don't mind being dragged out of school by a swat team if it later turns out you had been fishing with an expired licence
And you have to be paid less than a classroom assistant - because the union will insist you don't compete with real teachers.
Obviously 64bits have wrapped around to 8bits
Re: Not a good citizen
>It *is* legally correct - and that's all that really matters.
That's all that matters to the lawyers - not to developers
It may be completely legal to outsource manufacture of a toy to be made by slave labour in a North Korean prison camp - but it might not be good business sense if your market is Gruniad readers.
It's upto Amazon to decide if the losses they would suffer from a competitor using fixes they made to a FOSS library outweigh the losses they suffer from not being able to hire the best people. It's the same calculation companies make with free soda, good office location or any other perk.
Re: Not a good citizen
The GPL requires that source is released for all software delivered to a customer.
Amazon claim that since the software is never delivered - only used as a service - they don't need to distribute the source.
This is legally correct, but not playing nicely. The programmers they are trying to hire are more interested in playing nicely than a lawyers definition of "delivered"
Re: A pattern of non-contribution
A company that uses lots of opensource code but hides behind a loophole in the GPL to avoid sharing that code - can't hire good programmers who don't approve of this sort of thing
Companies that make lots of money but hide behind loopholes to avoid paying tax - presumably can't hire good accountants who also don't approve of this sort of thing ?
Right response - wrong target ?
The banks presumably have to give the credit agency access to their data
So whether the banks had it encrypted or not seems irrelevant - it was the credit agency that didn't protect it.
Unless of course the response now is for the banks to give the credit agency access to their customer's data but not the encryption key !
We sell special ultra-test versions which we guarantee to have run for 42,000 hours continuously.
They cost a lot more but what are the chances of it failing in the next year if it worked for the last 5?
A Mr Zhang has uploaded a video critical to the government - go and arrest him.
The is the el-reg - we don't allow these sort of clearly explained well reasoned comments here.
Can you add something bashing apple fanbois and Microsoft's purchase of Nokia?
Re: Coolers on the roof?
Alternatively don't build your supercomputer in a country famous for being so XXXXing hot
In deed, why throw money at keeping european scientist and engineers employed and new ones trained when we could use the money to pay bonusses to bankers in the Cayman islands
Re: When you do not want to create an account
For sites that you don't care about - having to create an account to download an update - surely it's more secure to use "password" or "1234567" than anything more secure which might also be used in a similar form on sites that matter.
re: it just works
But it's vulnerable to Google/Apple blocking it on their mobile devices in favour of their home grown solutions
Re: Nice straw man
The monopoly cable internet provider here in the Frozen North was charging customers who used other suppliers VOIP services a $10/month "quality of service" fee - to ensure the VOIP packets got through.
Nice little data packet you got here squire - be a shame if anything happened to it !
Re: This isn't money
They are mined in exactly the same sense. The limiting value of metals is how much it costs to get it out of the ground, this varies around the world with concentration of ore, distance from markets and the cost of workers. Bitcoins depend on the cost of electricity which follows exactly the same rules as the cost of mining.
Bitcoin's real competitor is aluminium - if it's more profitable to use your electricity to mine bitcoins than smelt bauxite - you "mine" numbers
Re: @DougS RE:@Andy Kay
Ironically I'm spending more than £100/month in electricity to heat this place using a stupid electrical central heating - and it's not even doing any mining. And the furnace cost more than some of these mining boxes
Do that with 8bit home micros and you get knighted
>Those professors who started this had an easy time mining in the beginning, yes? Then sold the suckers >the get rich quick scheme.
The original "investors" who bought Manhattan for a few beads did rather well - it doesn't mean that a plot on 5th avenue is worthless today.
>If Google as a company need to shuffle hundreds of people over long distances each year
Google One - Larry's 767 - has 15 seats
>Why don't they just use Hangouts?
More people have corporate jets than have Google+ accounts?
Re: Lies and the lying liars who tell them
At least with organised crime they make a profit and you get to ask a favour when the Boss's daughter gets married
Re: "...three step protocol..."
Simple - first step is "you->phone company", other step is "terrorist->phone company", since you are both linked by a single step to the phone company then everyone can be spied on!
Re: T.F.M. Reader Brief summary of the (very good) summary
>However we, the public, do assume that the spying is targetted at the nations' enemies and those that could potentially be enemies.
That was always the role of MI5. The NUM, CND, Greenpeace, John Lennon, Jack Straw, Ricky Tomlinson.
In Britain anyone who wasn't at Eton was suspected by MI5.
Ironically since the KGB only seemed to have recruited people who were at Eton and Cambridge
Re: More presidential lip service.
Specifically it was based on the Netherlands - independent states with an elected but relatively powerless stadtholder as head of the committee.
However in the Netherlands it worked - must be something to do with the beer and drugs.
Re: Different needs
Same reason for having a Queen - you need somebody to wave and distract the proles.
Re: Best intentions != right
"Granted I would rather the US have these capabilities than the North Koreans, but I would much rather no one had them."
Actually I would much rather it WAS the North Korean's spying on all my communications - they can't do anything with it.
Instead i have to wonder if everything I store on sharepoint or Office365 is immediately being copied to my US competitors, if visits to US customers or collaborators are tracked.
Do I have to worry that my cell phone walking past the mosque on the way to the lab or my holiday visits to Egypt or Cuba are going to get me stopped from attending the next US held conference.
Re: broad implications
Same apparently applies if you are within 100miles of the coast of the Mexican/Canadian borders
The constitution still counts in small section of Montana and Utah apparently
Re: If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about
5. Person who unrolls a banner lettered with glitter outside an Oil company
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
If it weren't for the involvement of the USSR in WW II, most of Europe might be speaking German today,
Intel, HP, Dell merge and share their core competency in reducing headcount
Eventually they reduce it to only 3 - all joint CEOs - and still aren't profitable
That suggests some "imaginative accounting" - chip fabs do not make 60% profit margins
Signs of stabilization in the PC segment
There is also stabilization in the Pyramid building and Flint Axe making sectors.
Re: Neat trick!
1, Country A and B have laws against torturing suspects
2, So you ship them to country C and have them apply the electrodes
2, You stand outside the door asking the questions.
Or don't know enough Clash lyrics (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/text_punk/)
I suppose back in 2004 they could eavesdrop on ALL messages
>is this another "incite idiots to talk stupid, then arrest them under terrorist offences"
After the pub you don't want to say "EEh I could murder an Indian" if you don't want to become a terrorist suspect
That's why the same law was ruled unconstitutional in the US
If you had a password of "IwantToKillThePresident" then revealing the password would be self-incrimination.
But they have a constitution and a supreme court and all sorts of weird stuff in the Land of the Free.
Re: and another thing ...
We asked this when the police computer guy gave a talk to our high energy physics group.
How can we prove that background noise in the LHC data isn't an encrypted message?
Do we have to keep the data in Switzerland, if we access it remotely does that come under UK law ?
We were told not to worry because the laws were only for terrorists - so that's a relief then !
Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......
> if you "can't remember" who was driving when the car got flashed
Unless you are a chief constable, then you can claim that all records of who was driving have been destroyed - and get off
But calling up Ironkey and asking for the backdoor password does
Re: Henry Ford
But Ford did at least improve on the horse.
Microsoft have ignored the "faster horse" request and instead replaced it with a slower zebra where you have to press all the stripes to find the one to make the horse go.
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