* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Borg to assimilate Square Kilometre Array data

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Re: Just wondering

Profit to Australia = GDP

So Australians paying cable bills to US owned cable giants to watch US tv shows on TVs with a built-in wifi hub somehow translates into $74Bn in IoT profit

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: In the UK Medical Doctors aren't Real Doctors!

>Technically I have a DPhil rather than a PhD but it's the same thing.

Also known as 2nd place ;-)

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Re: "legitimate medical practitioners"

But what about legitimate supervillians (many of whom hold advanced degrees) ?

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Re: I'm reminded of NASA's convention

Or a Caltech faculty party where someone's wife snootily introduced herself as a doctor.

After a moment of confusion somebody realised and explained "oh, just a medic"

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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Re: Hmmm... smoke and mirrors?

>Paid (or market) working hours for women are up, for men down.

For those paid hourly whose hours are logged.

For the rest of us hours have definitely increased. My steelwork(ing) father worked shifts for 40hrs/week. I sit at a nice comfy desk - and it's a little bit safer - but I am at my keyboard for 10-12hours a day, a couple of times a year we have a crunch where we work weekends / all nighters for 2-3months. House prices in this city also mean I have a commute that he would consider a day trip. Any free time is taken up with professional development, meetups, networking events etc.

I earn a lot more, contribute more to GDP, and I don't have to work in a coalmine - but in tech we have created jobs that are now completely your life.

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>That actual computation isn't directly affecting your quality of life

It was a comment on the kind of inflation rate rigging that various governments do!

Their "basket of houshold items" includes a 40" plasma TV - in 2005 that cost £1K, now it costs £200. So although food, fuel and housing costs have risen they can show that these have been cancelled out by the fall in the cost of their basket of goods/

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Meaning that the real rate of inflation has fallen dramatically.

The Cray-YMP I started working on in the late 80s cost a £squllion and is now outclassed by the GPU in my laptop. Therefore inflation has fallen by £squllion/$500 in the last 25 years

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Total compensation

So because health insurance is so insanely expensive, and rising and employers have to pay it - that statistically is equivalent to rising wages?

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Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

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Re: Ethernet

Or buy a Pipo for $100. A quad-core atom, gig-e, wifi, 2gb Ram 32Gb flash, comes with Windows 8.1 and runs kodi.

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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Re: £40,000 of why?

The point of going to work is to earn money to live. Once you have enough money saved to live on you stop working. The less you spend and the more you save, the quicker this happens.

So by buying this car you are having to work for another year - actually several years with the effects of investment growth/ compounding etc. So the only people who should buy this car are those who already have so much money that it is pointless saving any more (ie Bill Gates) - who I assume aren't looking at Lexus hybrids.

But I emigrated to Vancouver - the perfect combination of London prices and Newcastle wages - which shows what sort of financial genius I am.

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£40,000 of why?

How rich do you have to be to blow a years worth of take home on a crap car? And that's assuming you have a "Good Job in London" sort of take home.

Or to put it another way - that's about 1/10 of the amount you need to stick away to be able to retire and live comfortably off the interest.

Anybody who is smart enough to get the sort of job where they can buy one of these must see the point of not spending the money on one and going home to play instead?

I can see the point of a Maclaren F1. If you were friends with Mr Putin, and as a result now own Belarus, then you can buy a £1M car with the interest earned in the time it takes you to choose the colour. But people with more money than God are not buying a Lexus SUV.

... and breathe out ,,,,,,

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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What about pump makers?

Shouldn't they own Leybold-turbo-pumps.sucks ?

And if you don't like them would you have to register Leybold-turbo-pumps.sucks.sucks ?

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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

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Heard of one like that in the mid-west USA.

An unused elavator shaft down the middle of the building so they crane the computer in from the roof into the basement. Computer runs happily all summer and all winter.

Come the spring and the 6 floors of snow that has fallen and built up in the elevator shaft melts ....

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Even if the charges are ultimately dropped by the Swedes

Between the Irish pressing the eu to investigate Britain's torture of IRA suspects and the move to have Jack Straw charged by the war crimes tribunal for assisting extra-ordinary rendition flights - I don't think HMG wants him to have a day in court explaining why he didn't feel like trusting to British justice.

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IBM staffers climb over each other in race for redundancy payout

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Simple solution

Get rid of all those who DIDN'T apply

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: Both my favourite authors gone now ...

And tragically and far too young - Iain M Banks

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For 20years I have been buying every 2nd-hand copy of Good Omens I find to give away to people.

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Jonathon Swift rather than Tolkien

Make it a fantasy and you can poke fun at everything AND the wise and learned people you are poking fun at think it is a silly story for children !

Tolkien wouldn't know a joke if it bit him on the Silmarillion

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Small Gods is the best literature

Pyramids is my personal favourite

Colour of Magic/Light fantastic - good, but you probably have to be a fantasy fan to get all the jokes

The guards books (Guards Guards / Feet of Clay / Men at Arms ) and the Von Lipwig (Going Postal / Making Money / Raising Steam) are probably most readable stories

The only dissapointing book is Monstrous Regiment.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Why?

It's got a bit better since the world service stuff was rolled in - and there is always Archive on 4.

In our time / News quiz / Sorry I haven't a clue / anything by John Finnemore / somethings by David Mitchell / Mark Steel / Jeremy Hardy

Just avoid anything by media luvies or Gruniad columnists.

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How easy is it wire a grid of LEDs to your Core-i7 and then write some code to turn them on and off?

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Re: BBC Microbit is (32-bit) ARM

In a way being a proper 32bit arm platform is the worrying bit

If this is just a device where you write some javascript in a webpage and an IoT service turns on the LED on the device over wireless then does it teach anything more than the "click on bold to make text bold in Word" IT classes?

Hopefully you can learn about bits and memory addresses and have I/O pins and gates etc

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Re: Ha

>you pay for it and dont expect the rest of us to!

Anyone organising a "Telethon for Trident" ?

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Re: No, silly!

BBC getting into computers

BBC having trouble with presenters either "bumping into choir boys" or going Duke Of Edinburgh on foreigners

Solution - robot Clarkson.

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Re: bbc pi is 8bit amtelmega 32u4

Totally useless - unlike the multi-teraflop quadHD screen home computers that we all got hooked on in the 80s

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Re: What can you do with a 74HC00?

Building a half-adder out of 7400 gates would be an excellent start.

Problem: People think computers are magic boxes that no human can understand - and therefore grow up believing everything the computer tells them.

Solution: teach people how computers work at a basic level

Teaching people to click on icons in word to make a web page doesn't do anything to change the "magic box" picture. Even typing python into a RPi after watching pages of incomprehensible Matrix-like Kernel boot messages doesn't really teach anyone that a computer really is a very simple idea.

Arduino is a great idea, it would have been nice if this thing was an arduino clone so it could use the same sketch software and be a stepping stone to arduino projects. (perhaps it does haven't seen any details)

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Re: What a bunch of ****ing moaners

> she has a tantrum when she doesn't get exactly her own way

Future linux kernel dev ?

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Re: To balance the scales...

>Because IT is just about coding and apps right?

IT covers much more than simply coding:

There is arguing with layers of management about how a backup isn't a waste of money

There is arguing with suppliers about "yes actually we feel that a CPU, memory, disk and a PSU SHOULD be included with a server quote"

There is arguing with HR that you should be allowed to execute a few users every now and again - "Pour Encouragez Les Autres"

And there is the vital technical skills of turning it off and on again / hitting it / wiggling cables / shuffling paper / hitting it (again)

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Re: I think..

They didn't design/build/sell/distribute the Acon BBC Micro - they did little more than endorse it.

They didn't even IIRC produce much software for BBC basic only or even particularly concentrate on the BBC micro in their programs.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: Revolutionary Thoughts from Sensible Questions

It also encourages ordinary people to think about security, web sites to use HTTPS by default, to be careful of giving any information to, or cooperating with, the police - so in all it's a good thing ;-)

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Re: Ain't so bad

In the 70s and 80s we didn't have email or interception and we had the IRA, RAF, ETA, Bader Meinhoff, Black September, FLQ

Now that we have email and interception we don't have any of those - simple proof that the policy works.

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But it can examine the meta-data, who you communciated with, who they communicated with, what sites you visited, who else visited those sites , where you traveled, who else was near you, who else was on the same tube train...

But nothing that would be an invasion of privacy.

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Re: how do they then get the data they need to perform their duty

If they are looking for specific threats then no it won't work.

If they are looking for a way to have some dirt on everyone it works quite well.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Re: FLAT TAX! No more loopholes.

The problem with this is "income" and "based in"

If I work in an office in the UK and get paid a salary then it's easy to say where I am resident and what I get paid.

If I am a billionaire that makes most of their money from a complex international web of investment trusts, hedge funds, derivatives etc and I visit my London home only at weekends in the summer - exactly what 15% of what were you expecting to get ?

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So it perfectly reasonable and indeed the goal of the european union - that IKEA, the well known Dutch Antilles charity should pay zero tax on 40Bn euros of sales?

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>, paying corporation tax in your home country is not a loophole.

It is when your "home country" is a brass plaque on a lawyers office in the Caribbean.

Perhaps I should rent a server somewhere offshore loop my remote desktop through there and stop paying tax because I am clearly "working" from Sark or Lichenstein.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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That's Kaspersky big selling point, they are a Russian company so are about as lilkely to bend over for the NSA as Microsoft would be to do a favor for the KGB

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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So if I ripped off some GPL software and bundled it in millions of copies of my expensive enterprise virtual machine software - then the fine should be $0 because I haven't cost the copyright holder any money ?

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Re: I'm not a big believer in prison.

The proposal is that you could get upto 10years.

Of course no ordinary movie downloader would get this - it will have to be somebody the police didn't like or somebody who refused to cooperate with them

Fortunately the Met (motto "Total Policing") would never use having the threat of a 10year prison sentence to hold over just about anybody as a way to force "cooperating with the Police"

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Re: I'm not a big believer in prison.

And it is the correct place for people like VMWare, Sony, Microsoft, DLink and lots of other companies who used GPL software without obeying the license terms.

Do just the management go down or are all the shareholders also guilty of profiting from the crime?

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End in sight for Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe wage-fixing lawsuit

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Re: Some justice

It's the only way to get "justice" or at least an admission of guilt

If it was down to the government to uncover these cases and prosecute they would simply go away in the face of a few $1000 of campaign contribution or a word with the local politico about how many jobs would be at risk if they had to move out of his area.

Even if the government did prosecute the result would be a fine which would go into the government's pocket and be taken out again in the next tax return.

By offering lawyers $shitloads to go after these cases it is the only way they ever come to light.

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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So would the Keith Waterhouse quarter hour approximate watch (I'm showing my age here)

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Re: Still not understanding the target market

>Still not understanding the target market

Everybody now has an iPhone

So merely wearing white headphones no longer marks you out as sensitive artistic special person

Having one of these on your wrist will allow you to demonstrate your uniquely individual personal creative style without having to sit in Starbucks all day with your macbook open

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Knock offs?

These are Android smart watches.

They are an iWatch knock-off in the same way that a Mac is an IBM-AT knock-off

Apple aren't the first to make a smart watch that links to your phone, you have been able to buy them for years.

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ACLU files new lawsuits in hunt for police 'Stingray' mobe-trackers

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Re: Interesting concept...

No it's a bit like asking "are there secret police outside the rule of law and the constitution - and should the public take an interest in this"

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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

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Re: Another nail in the coffin

Fortunately under new labour we were able to abandon the old tribalism and choose freely between two parties run by identical public school->PPE->lawyer->think tank->MP clones with identical polices.

At least with coke and pepsi the sugar water tastes slightly different

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Re: Apologists for the Security Services...

I don't think it's as simple as that - you also need an easily identifiable ethnic group that you can blame for all the internal troubles.

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Re: Another nail in the coffin

>Hint: that was not under the Tories.

They were tories - it was just a sneaky undercover op.

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HP battles back against white-box with Foxconn-built Cloudline servers

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Re: wonder if there are order minimums

Depends what your business use is

If you have a single server that your business relies on then you get top of the line redundant power supplies, ECC ram, raid etc

If you are running a web server farm where nobody except the load balancer notices a failed machine out of the 1000s then why bother with 9-9s uptime?

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