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UK now part of another Euro data-spaff scheme

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Re: Hmmm 42 years after joining the Common Market

"We" as in UK citizens - we still need government permission to leave Her Maj's private island

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Lack of secure protocol puts US whistleblowers at risk, says ACLU

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Re: The point?

And the story applies to federal websites where the NSA owns the people running the server anyway - there is no need for the government to hack communications sent to the government.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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Re: It's just like DVD region coding...

> As much as the EU is common market, it actually isn't really....Companies are in business to maximize profits,

So you would have no problems with different countries in the Eu putting import tarrifs on your products or demanding that you HQ your company in their country before being allowed to sell there?

If you want to take advantage of cheap labour in Poland, cheap VAT in Luxembourg and cheap tax in Eire - then you have to expect customers to demand that they can buy cheap wine from France and watch British TV in Germany,

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Re: It's just like DVD region coding...

Then as a voter I should also want my government to extract the maximum price in tax and not allow them to sell stuff in my country while employing people abroad and paying tax abroad.

After all restricting foreign trade is the whole point of the eu isn't it?

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Re: How does this affect micro-businesses?

No you don't have to sell to anyone - you just can't limit the license to certain eu countries.

In the same way that I can refuse to let anyone into my shop but I'm not allowed to charge more to people who are French.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Technology for technology's sake

> rest of the kids either copied the smarties' work or paid the smarties to do their work for them.

And THOSE kids you make into managers....

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Re: "there have been challenges"

Thinking that handing out expensive tablets to children would somehow create a digitally empowered next generation learning environment - when all they were allowed to use them for is to view powerpoint slide type summaries of stuff that is in textbooks

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> why did they not recover the money from the students that did not hand them back?

The kids lost/broke them.

Of course you could make the kids (or parents) responsible for the loss. But how would you feel if your boss made you take home an expensive piece of equipment everyday and told you that you were responsible for any loss or damage - you would tell him to stick it.

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Scouts' downed Compass database won't be back 'til autumn

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Re: Stuck in the past?

I think most of the complaints about Scouting is that it isn't stuck in the past enough.

You now get badges for Tweeting and using Facebook but never start a fire, carry a penknife or go outside because it's too dangerous.

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Re: issues were around "potential access"...no one has hacked or broken into the system

IIRC from the original el'reg story - the security was pretty poor and their response was basically that it didn't need to be secure because it was private and could only be used by authorised users anyway. That fell down slightly when it turned out that the authorised users where accessing it over the internet and were "authorised" by the same poor security.

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Re: Huh?

Except now they are required to keep a database of all the volunteers and make that available to the authorities - BP didn't have to bother with police vetting.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: History is not on their side

Depends whether your strategy is to partner with partners or do the other thing people often do to their partners.

Now boys and girls can we think of any reason Microsoft may wish to fragment the competing Android mobile phone market ?

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

The way that they can decide tomorrow that the replacement service costs exactly 2x the purchase price of the model they just released.

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

On the basis of "never believe anything until it has been officially denied"

Looks like a Labour SNP coalition has already been agreed

Although these days I think a NewLabour/Tory coalition would be more practical.

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Re: Rock and hard place

>The SNP and Alec Salmond will become the effective government/PM of the UK

Under the last lot of tories we had the shouty Northern Ireland lot (as opposed to the shooty NI lot) ) holding the balance of power - which kept any peace negotiations off the table and led to a few more years of killings.

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Re: Why bother with actual torture when psychological tricks work better?

>oldsters will linger and spend money.

Linger - yes, spend money - no

There is a reason that shopping centers around the developed world are closing and it isn't because pensioners aren't visiting them to buy the latest consumer fads due to a surplus of teenagers.

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Try oop-north.

After a long and bitterly fought election campaign, inside the local labour party office to decide who is the candidate, they are then elected with a 90% majority.

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It is at least honest.

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

I think that's unfair - New Labour has shown it can be just as corrupt as the Tories.

Since the only parties that seem to have a consistent set of policies that they actually believe in are the various nationalist/independence movements can I propose that the UK is broken up into 650 separate nations who can all have their individual national parties who campaign for their independance.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Re: "That connection is symbolic of the partnership we will forge..."

It was going to have more colours inside but the ink ran out and HP couldn't afford the cartridges

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: This shit is patentable?

A movie - or Donald Duck cartoon is certainly enough to invalidate a patent.

http://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/donaldduck/

Actually building a model was abandoned a long time ago, precisely because it gave advantages to mega-corps. Lone inventor with an idea for a fusion reactor? Just build a working model and you can patent it.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: JustNiz

It's not that Nvidia's driver source isn't available - it is that they require a signed driver.

So even if you wanted to run your own driver wot you wrote on your own card wot you paid for - you can't.

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Nuclear fusion simulator among boffinry tools picked for monster Summit supercomputer

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Re: "Models seismic wave propagation through"

Gravity drives a supernova, if anything the thermonuclear fusion reactions in most SN collapses are energy negative.

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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"Is this not just the mantra of "the market will prevail" applied to human relationships?

Didn't Darwin claim that all male displays were the result of female selection pressure?

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Re: Ah, logic

And discounting N subscript(sheep)

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Or more likely - those good at writing messages will have great "success" in enduring long meaningfull conversations with women but produce no kids.

While the willy waving lets get jiggly will do more jiggly and have more kids.

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Re: Bumble sounds great

So there is a market for an app that writes long sensitive messages to women.

Of course then there would be an app that analyzes the messages and works out which are from an app.

Then the apps would get together and breed - a sort of Mills and Boon version of Terminator.

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Re: Computers aren't human, people.

Did you ever find where she relocated to ?

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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Re: The segway always was a solution looking for a problem

Your proposed linear wheel bio-feedback cybernetic transport system may have a problem with lateral stability when stopped. An obvious solution would be for the operator to always keep moving in the face of red lights, crossing traffic with right-of-way and pedestrians.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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>... dunno about Northern Ireland, sorry ...

Depends on whether you believe the host is actually transformed into the body of Christ while retaining all earthly form of bread - or metaphorically transformed into the body of Christ while retaining all earthly form of bread.

Tragically this isn't the most stupidly mindless reason for choosing a political party.

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Re: If it's any consolation...

Yes but we vote May7 and still have to wait until November to find out who our new boss is.

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They promised "near" universal ultra-fast broadband.

The cabinet will have universal ultra-fast broadband and you will be near it - promise delivered.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: I hate pylons

True environmentalists would welcome pylons and wind turbines while objecting to housing estates.

Pylons and wind turbines have very little impact on the countryside - they only spoil the view for townies out for a nice weekend.

Concreting over miles of countryside to build houses, then roads, then business parks, then shopping centers, then relief roads to reduce pressure on the roads because of the shopping centers, then drainage projects and river embankments to stop flooding of the nice houses .. etc etc have a slightly larger impact.

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Re: You forgot the slot

Shhh Don'y tell anybody - I'm still patenting the Tesla Scalextric.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

>don't look like criminals and terrorists

They do however look like union leaders, anti-iraq war campaigners, families of black murder victims where the police fscked up the investigation, greenpeace/cnd members, future labour cabinet ministers - and all the other potential terrorists the security services targeted

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: C should have been described

C still being the language of choice for e̶m̶b̶e̶d̶d̶e̶d̶ systems

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Re: Perl considered unimportant.

>doesn't bring anything conceptually new to the party.

I think the concept of making the intention of the program completely disconnected from the source code was new - at least outside the obfuscated C contest.

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Re: This is exactly the problem

At least they didn't make her wear fluorescent lycra and ride a bike

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Re: Sure, as long as every server has...

So if your server has the right posix libs and don't try and do anything OS specific then C is perfectly cross platform.

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Re: “Goto statement considred harmful”

"He was basically just saying that ... GOTOs complicate the programmer's task by obscuring the logical structure of a program."

In my experience, PROGRAMMERS complicate the programmer's task by obscuring the logical structure of a program.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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To be honest 1985 wasn't exactly a golden age.

The class was divided into those struggling to type 10line "guess the number" programs in BBC Basic and those of us at the back writing our own games.

The teacher was whichever maths person had once seen a computer at college.

The O-level exam was to explain the difference between a minicomputer and mainframe and distinguish between a picture of a line printer and a dot matrix.

But we were allowed stencils to draw our flowcharts ....

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Re: "build on our strengths as a leader in digital technology"

Fortunately the nuclear weapons were built by the same leaders in digital technology - so probably don't work.

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Re: So why is it computer science graduates have the higest unemployment rate?

Because nobody wants computer scientists - which is a good thing because very very few computer science courses produce them.

Lots of places want software engineers - which is unfortunate because very very few computer science courses produce them.

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Re: Wonderful news

I think the lib dems have promised free unicorns - doesn't mean much

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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Re: "... check players for electronic devices before they enter the toilets."

Or they could just repeat the scene in "Casino" when they found the guy with the roulette timing computer. Circular saw meet hand

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Re: I'm confused (yet again)

>Is there a chess program for a smartphone that would be able to beat a grandmaster? (I doubt it.)

Yes - and most world class players use them for practice, since if you are a grand master there aren't many humans you can get a good game against. Listen to the recent more-or-less podcast on the BBC

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Re: Sub-optimal

So the logical cold calculating grand master chess players would use machines and cheat while the wild-eyed cowboy chess players (I'm trying to picture them) wouldn't cheat because of their egos.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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American police?

Wouldn't the three-letter-agency down the road have backup of all the stuff?

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