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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: or...

Nobody tries to retrieve, or even approach, enemy military satelites.

A block of C4, some ball-bearings and a proximity fuse and the other side loses a $$Bn space plane.

That's why the air force space shuttle never happened

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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Re: portrait or landscape

It's not for you to read - it's for everyone else to see that you have one

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Re: I could start my business in the Dales

I need to put my programmers in London since I need a base of 10Million people to find 20 c++ programmers. I could outsource the management to wherever can provide suits able to "leverage synergy" cheapest

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A government that couldn't forsee that invading a country, removing the rulers, arming a bunch of rival warlords and then leaving could lead to terrorism - is going to decide which starup will be the new Google or Facebook.

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Re: Agree

People -

I need 20 C++ programmers, I could start my business in the Dales but I might have slightly more difficulty finding them than if I started in London.

I'm a c++ programmer, I could move to the Dales in the hope of finding finding a job, or I could move to London and find 20.

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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Re: The "where does he work" question is interesting

If you are a British citizen going to the US on visa-waiver you can do work - just have to be careful about the definition of work.

For example, you can sell, demonstrate, install or test equipment made outside the US but you can't train locals on using it and "repair" always got a bit tricky.

You can go to company meetings but not company training.

There are some loopholes used by some illegal immigrants who register a foreign corporation and then work in the US for that corporation, and are taxed - but are illegal

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Re: pre-shattered dreams

You could still work from the beach in Aberdeen - then you wouldn't have to worry about the sun or mosquitoes. It would still rain and your battery would still die after 2 hours and you would be even more paranoid about the locals

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Re: There must be better ways

If you think about it he isn't "working" in Thailand he is working in the USA for the American startup.

If he is taking anyone's job it is an American's. He is bringing cash into Thailand which he is spending locally, potentially training or at least encouraging, Thais to get into the business.

The Thai authorities kicking people like him out to move to the country next door so they can go back to basing their GDP on having younger hookers than their neighbours doesn't seem to have massive macro-economic benefits.

A flat-rate visa+tax for people living their but working overseas seems to make sense. especially since you are never going to be able to track their actual PAYE, become a Monoco or Dubai for programmers.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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I no what it is

A grammar checker

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Translation please

Yes - they don't play polo.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Boffin

Re: be careful about calling it Non- or Pre-Digital

A properly designed gear tooth will transfer torque continually

AFAIK this doesn't count teeth but uses gear cones as a variable transmission

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Limited to 20 samples

But they are analogue samples and so much purer

A real mathematician can hear the subtle details compared to this modern digital computer stuff

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: Paper techs......

Was it in Australia where somebody had trained a ferret (or whatever the probably venomous local equivalent is) to run through cable ways with a string tied round it ?

But because it was a union job they had to get a union card for it.

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Re: So microsoft exams can be passed by 6 year olds

Then we would have a generation of graduates who knew lambda calculus, formal logic and Turing machines but had done no programming. Actually we wouldn't because nobody would sign up to those degrees.

If you want people with a solid grounding rather than just knowing Java - the maths departments are full of them. Computer science is only applied formal logic.

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Re: I suppose sending a 5 year old out to work on computers ...

It would allow for denser server rooms if we could employ children to crawl behind the racks in search of CAT5. Allegedly the failure of Sun's "server room in a shipping container" was because many Unix greybeards couldn't fit their manly bellies inside.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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Re: Was it a bad move?

Possibly a contract with a figure for how much Apple would buy, would have allowed them to go to the bank for more money to get more time to finish the job

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Re: Ahh robot wars

That was Clarkson having to black-up, wear dreads and do a Liverpool accent?

That explains a lot of things ...

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Re: "Blunkett can go fuck himself."

It's OK, the black lab was just Nick Clegg in a costume.

An earlier, but less successful, attempt at a coalition

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Re: Planning conundrum

The planning system is one of the last vestiges of C19 reform.

It stops you having houses built up against the wall of your sulfur belching gas works.

Ironically now it means you can't build flats in the same high rise as your office but have to put them in identical high rises 10miles apart and drive between them.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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Re: Kiss your files goodbye

Many users don't live in an underground bunker using Windows only to design their next death ray.

Many users are people whose main online data is a bookmark to a recipe site and don't feel that this needs to be stored with quantum encryption in a explosive rigged black box in a dungeon under a fortress of doom.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Re: It's not Europe's problem to fix

Europe could say - allow this to go through and all safe harbour provisions are cancelled.

So it is illegal for any US company to process any data subject to data protection act in europe and we will look into whether the same will apply to Facebook pages, Gmail etc.

Then Facebook/MSFT/Google can wave this at the senators and say that billions of jobs will be lost if this happens.

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Re: Yeah right

It doesn't even need to be the FBI

Anybody can file in federal court, in say east Texas, and demand all the defendants documents under disclosure, with this they could demand all the documents held overseas.

So Billy-Bob either on his own, or paid by say a US oil company, could get a judge to hand over all BPs data if they were stupid enough to host it on a service that used American servers.

An American drug company could get a single local judge to rule that the NHS violated American anti-trust and all its patient data should be available for him and his marketing chums.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: So should we have good design or not?

>as big as it is to take a UK 13 amp plug.

Which is as big as it is in case you ever need to stop invading tanks

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Theft

Apple a company that started by making boxes to steal from ATT

That then copied Xerox's gui

Then LG's touchscreen phone

If your only innovation is making things shiny and rounded then you are lucky to get 6months

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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Re: Simpler argument?

Half the industry representatives wanted to use it for data and wanted efficent 64byte packets

Half wanted it for phones and wanted low latency 32byte packets

They compromised

A bit like deciding that trucks should drive on the right for compatibility with europe but still having buses drive on the left so they didn't need to change the door.

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Re: Simpler argument?

The ITU is not the UN - that was part of the muddying the waters campaign - the US passed a ruling saying no to the UN having control and used that to veto ITU.

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But it would set a precedent.

Russia would seize the code for estonia, the US would have its own DNS that resolved differently.

The French would decide that all .com should really go to .fr if used inside France

The scots would decide that McDonalds.com should resolve to a small cafe in Edinburgh - except if your ISP was owned by an American corporation. Microsoft.com would go to gotse if you typed it on a Mac.

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Re: Simpler argument?

There is international law on things like phone codes - the international telecommunications union

The US successfully lobbied to stop the ICANN contract going to them - remember all those stories in the summer about the threat of internet being taken over by the communist/foreigner loving UN ?

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Re: Bizarre in many ways

But the IRA were never terrorists, they were just criminals (although now completely innocent)

That's why we didn't need to have all our phone calls recorded and which TV shows we watch tracked.

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And Iran gets .com

Compensation for the shooting down of its airliner

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The bible is a book ?

>The Bible's an usual series, in that it started dark and edgy, then got rebooted to light and fluffy.

No it's just a rip off of the Terminator

In part 1 the central character is an all powerful destroyer who doesn't stop wiping out everybody who opposes him

In part 2 he is switched 180deg into a fluffy empathising do-gooder who is there to sacrifice himself to save everyone

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Target, Home Depot and UPS attacks: Dude, you need to rethink point-of-sale security

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They are a computer, they send data across the network to other computers internally and externally.

It's precisely as difficult as securing other computers in your organisation.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: No case

Wouldn't this also apply to price labels in a shop?

I can't comparison shop becuase by reading your supermarket's price label I have to agree to your T&Cs

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Learning Linux source code off by heart

You can always hire IBM consultants to tell you what Microsoft OS to buy - now that they don't tell you what IBM HW to run it on

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Re: More AC pro-MS propaganda.

>And Microsoft make a profit - unlike Amazon.

And my daughter's class bake sale made a profit and GM doesn't - so pink is the best color for a car

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Re: Stupid question

>Finding Linux admins willing to take a pay cut to match Windows admin salaries is the hard part.

According to Microsoft the rockstar/Wall St salaries demanded by all Linux sysadmins is what keeps Micosoft's TCO so low. I would love to know which firms they surveyed

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: What's so neat about it?

It might still make it easier to do tests involving other drivers or visiting journalists and you can claim the testt were under real conditions.

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Re: what's the big deal?

They have an aircraft hanger big enough to build a hollowed out volcano inside

Musk has rockets and wants to build a mono-rail from LA.

Ellison has his own private island

Has somebody checked if Zuckerberg's parents were killed in front of him by robbers and how he feels about bats?

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: The sweeney...?

They both had Jags.

Now the police have Astra diesels

Coincidence?

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Re: The greatest threats to us are home grown terrorists who thrive on feeding us terror.

The ones that came closest to blowing me up on a couple of occasions were home grown terrorists - but they were white and christian and so don't count.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Why only in Europe?

Most terrorism happens outside europe.

So it would make most sense to share this information with governments where the terrorists are going.

So your credit card, name, address, email and internet traffic should really be given to the Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Cubans etc when you fly there - just as it is given to the Americans.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: Let's cut to the chase

That's not how science works.

Following measurements of 4 (+/- 1) legs, a 90% confidence detection of a head and a mass estimate of quite-big we announce the discovery of the horse.

It could be a cow.

Then with a bigger collider we could investigate the presence of udders.

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Re: Is there space for the Mother of All Colliders in Denmark?

Erm you do know that the Nobel committee is in Sweden?

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Re: Just as I thought...

The Higgs doesn't have gravity properties, it has mass properties.

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Names, ages, addresses, SSNs of US postal staff slurped in 'mega-hack'

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Heads will roll

Comrade colonel, I can report the first battalion of the people's cyber warfare regiment have penetrated to the heart of the hated capitalist paper tiger of western imperialism.

Congratulations - the Whitehouse, the NSA, the milk marketing board?

No comrade colonel, we now have names and social security numbers of the feared postal employees!

You stupid boy Zhang...

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Re: It's OK...

Now that the US and China are partners in the war on terror - shouldn't they be sharing all their information anyway?

It's only by having copies of regular people's selfies that terrogeddon is prevented

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Re: I worked for Railtrack/Network Rail

If we make all the rails longer will they still fit in the country or will we have to move Scotland?

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All engineering is a money saving exercise.

"engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound."

That's why we have cool toys, because engineers made them cheap and reliable

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: I have an addiciton...

That's why the treaty of Utrecht and Eu VAT regulations are such popular reading for all holiday makers.

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Re: I'm a bit curious...

If they are anything like the TSA they probably nicked one.

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