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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: QE

The purpose of QE is the hope that the banks will flood the high street with free money and people will shop the country out of a recession with cheap credit cards.

Austerity means stopping government infrastructure projects and cutting government jobs leading to higher unemployment, while at the same time scaring those who do have jobs into not spending anything because things must be bad, and going to get worse, if the government is closing schools and hospitals.

Of course - what did Keynes know ?

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QE

Can anyone explain why printing truckloads of money was the correct thing to do for UK and USA while restricting the money supply and austerity was the necessary for every other advanced country in europe?

Was it simply that all Germans believe that inflation (even 2.1% inflation) causes Nazis?

Was it a deliberate screw your neighour policy (like Germany claiming that the only way out of recession is for France/Italy to close their car industry) ?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Legal advice

>the methods used to identify and communicate this particular issue were not legal

If your legal dept thinks that it, and not the courts, get to decide what methods used to publish information are legal - then you need some new legal advice.

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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Why not a merger?

Simply merge FIFA, ICANN and the Olympics and you can have a single place to pay bribes - avoiding a lot of transaction costs.

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: Security options

Those building in the spying at the factory in are evil henchmen of a commie dictatorship aimed at political enemies of the state.

Those intercepting the servers in transit and "updating them" are the brave guardians of law and order in their constant battle against the commie terrorists in our midst.

I really can't see how people could get confused

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Re: Security options

>If someone has managed to bypass your entire office security, got into the server room and managed to reflash a machine

Or they simply did it at the UPS facility when the server was on it's way to you or at the motherboard factory - depending whether you are being spied on by the good guys or the bad guys.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Exothermic

Compared to the amount of CO2 released to turn CaCO3 into CaO it's bugger all

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Really Stupid People Do Really Stupid Things

>heavy metal fans ... are generally very law abiding groups*.

But they are obviously likely targets for radicalisation by Islamic fundamentalists.

How do we know that Slipknot aren't secret jihadists ?

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

>Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland.

I had a car like that once .

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Re: Okay... let me be the first to do this here...

The first rule of Toronto - nobody can talk about Toronto

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: If I start...

If I promise to build a fighter aircraft that can't fight can I have money from every household?

And when it turns out that it's going to be years late and 500% over budget can I have any news of this kept secret for "national security"?

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Tech bubble? Pah. IPOs just return cash to early-stage investors

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Private markets are private

So only those in the club get the profits, and there are rules about who can be in the club.

Meanwhile the great unwashed, buying shares on the public market, or with pensions invested in the public market don't see an of the profits.

I seem to remember that capitalism was good because it efficiently redistributed wealth between losers and winners, tis looks a lot more like feudalism

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SEC launches probe into tech startup share selling 'black market'

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Remember when dIGITAL UK was rage and every plumber in London with an email was reclassified as part of the dIGITAL economy - although presumably only with the silly sPELLING.

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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Re: @thx1138v2 - Just curious

>Why would the plans for the F-35 have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in China,

To cripple the Chinese airforce and economy?

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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

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Re: There was I thinking....

Isn't that two different things?

Most of the FTSE could be foreign owned, you would expect that in a major market the majority of the shares would be owned by international insurance, pension funds etc - rather than necessarily by share owning British citizens.

The majority of firms in the FTSE being foreign controlled is because the London market is a so much better place to list than Moscow or Singapore, or because they were all originally British firms that have now been taken over.

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Re: "home country bias"

No exactly the opposite. If you think you are going to experience inflation then you are better off owning a global mix of companies in USD, GBP, Eu, Yen, Renminbi etc.

The only advantage of owning shares only in your local currency is if you think it is going to rise in value compared to the rest of the world - in which case all the companies in your home market that have to export are screwed

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Re: I'm sure Tim knows this anyhows...

I though similes were the little sideways faces made with "; - )" before we had emoticons ?

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Re: Congratulations

> predictions are looney tunes ....like, say, the idea that monopoly capitalism is inevitable,

Ironically since most capitalists regard the idea that they themselves can't, or shouldn't, be a monopoly as looney tunes .

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Re: Algorithmic trading

Nobody picks the stocks.

HFT is mostly either arbitrage (this stock in London is 0.1% cheaper in New York if the exchange rate from GBP->Euro->USD is slightly less than X.)

Or front running; people are buying stock X so if I am 0.1km closer to the exchange I can buy it 100us before them and resell it for 0.1% more.

Or market watching; a big pension fund has to hold 30% of a certain class of bonds. On the last payday of the month it will get a huge chunk of new money which it has to buy these bonds with, so just before this the price goes up.

HFT can be a good thing in that it makes the market more efficient, everybody gets to buy Apple for the same price, anybody attempting to sell apple for 0.1c more is going to get zero business. That's why some IPOs and those little "only certain customers can buy these stocks" deals that a bunch of (now bankrupt) merchant banks did - are so bad.

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Re: Too true

So what they need is the wise leadership of some western power to go in, remove the local warlords, manage their resources and tell the natives to stop doing the silly local religion stuff and attend church fetes ?

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Re: biting the invisible hand that feeds it

It can't be for spurious reasons - that would be sexist.

It has to be to accompany a vital public interest story about fashion, skin care or the beach holiday of some minor royal.

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

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That's the problem with Greece - there is no Greek word for Economics ?

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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You to Netflix: I want to pay $8 a month but I want to be able to keep any movie for as long as I want and share it with all my friends - so no protection please.

Netflix to studio: We want to pay for the rights to show a certain movie in a certain market for a certain time. But we are going to let all our customers download and keep it and share it with everyone else on the net - that won't cost us any more will it ?

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Re: Tell that to Amazon

>I wouldn't subscribe to any video service which didn't let me use my own player

And I won't visit any cafe that doesn't let me take a bite out of every piece of cake while only buying one per month.

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Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

The 386 (and pentium that was based on it) were transformative but they were designed and the engineering led by John Crawford.

If she started in 1987, that was 2 years after the chip was first sold, and she would have had the job of sales and marketing for an almost monopoly (except for Sun) supplier of 32bit chips

Although surviving as a senior exec at intel for 25 years is pretty impressive for anybody

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Alternatively

Couldn't we just move Greenwich down the road a bit?

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Some american was explaining how "Ok, not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are muslims" he didn't seem to understand my "thanks for NORAID" comment.

Still it's nearly the anniversary of their own terrorist overthrowing of legitimate government.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Re: A mercy killing

If the alternative is an opera by Ben Elton about how the music of Queen will save us - I'm cheering for the rock

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Depending on how much extra you need to add.

In the case of the Falcon it is an extra thruster at the nose, a few fins, some carbon fiber legs and keep a few % of fuel. With the shuttle it was a 100tons of aircraft, wings, landing gear, tiles, crew etc etc

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Re: Well, I guess we'll never... What? You've figured it out ALREADY?

It is if anything even worse in european projects. Exactly the same pork barreling but you also have countries that spent the last 1000years at war with each other, and some countries who think that only they can build some things because certain other countries are a bunch of neanderthals who can barely bang rocks together. Then you have a bunch of small countries who decide that their post office/civil aviation authority/milk marketing board has to be in charge of approving the specs for a space project.

And then you have to translate everything into a dozen languages even though everybody working on the project is speaking English.

Mind you - you do get to go for some very nice lunches when the meetings aren't being held in the UK or Germany.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Scottish solution

If your country goes bust after some crazy stock market adventure - just merge with the big country next door, get them to pay the debt and then when it looks like working out, go independant again.

The only difficulty would be inventing a flag for a united Germany-Greece

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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Re: China has been hacking the US federal government since 1998...

It's only a crisis if the public both know about it and care about it

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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Re: Stop proposing....

>Realize that IT GETS DARK AT NIGHT! No sun, no solar power.

>80% of civilization lives where there is a WINTER season!

80% of the US population lives somewhere that needs AC.

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Re: The richest pragmatist in the world.

Green subsidies have nothing to do with the environment - they are a way of taxing poor people to give rich homeowners a tax break.

If you introduced a campaign for road safety, gave a tax rebate on Chelsea tractors paid for by a hike in bus fares people would object, do the same with solar feed-in tarrifs for Teslas and it's a green revolution.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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>To me this signals that they are in financial distress.

Or that they simply hate their employees and spend time and money dreaming up new ways of annoying them - it is capita

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Re: I love France's wacky public/private photography laws!

Actually it's USA cack.

The US recognises the architect's copyright in buildings. Take a photo of the Statue of Liberty and you are OK because France doesn't have this law - except for when buildings are modified to be an art work, such as projecting pictures on them or wrapping them in plastic - but take a picture of the Empire state building and you are naughty.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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That's the nice thing about thick ethernet.

Just pull the cable (a tractor is helpful here) and the tiles and desks/chairs/any server not made by DEC will lift along with it.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: 9/11?

The advantage of Windows phone is that if you said "emergency dial 911"

it would dial 9 then start downloading updates, then restart then ask you a bunch of questions about if you want to make 9/11 the default emergency service

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: TCO....

PSU is rated at 3.2A but since the PSU doesn't even get slightly warm and the system fan barely runs I doubt if it it is pulling 30W even under load.

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Re: So for the price

Real estate in this city costs more than the cost of the PC you are putting on the floor.

So we use a lot of these for signage, reception desks, displays in doctor's offices etc

They mount on the back of a screen and work out a lot cheaper than an All-in-One PP and are a lot more reliable than most cheap PCs. Intel also guarantee to make a specific model for X years which is important if you are selling them into certain markets.

Compared to the price of most industrial embedded small PCs they are a bargain.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Regulator??

Why does the regulator have to be involved - that's what the market is for.

RBS has crap service, it will lose customers and so will have to drop prices until it reaches a point where it attracts customers.

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Ready to help - yes

Willing to help - maybe

Able to help - no

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Thats why we need to burn books

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GCHQ didn't illegally spy on Brit NGOs, tribunal rules

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Re: Or 3rd option

>Spies keeping their spying secret from our elected representatives

Traditionally that's the only people that spies have managed to keep secrets from.

They certainly can't keep the secrets from the enemy. But fortunately that rarely matters - even when MI5 was being run by the KGB it wasn't a problem until the papers found out.

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Or 3rd option

Spying did take place but the IPT wasn't told about it.

Spies keeping their spying secret - who would have thunk it

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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Re: Send it to the U.S. too

Coming soon to Discovery and History channel, a major new wildlife series - "Sharks: Nazis of the Sea"

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Well it is a virtual reality exhibition - not the sort of thing you can just run anywhere

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

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Re: So, did they fix anything?

That's why the cloud is so great.

Where are the statements?

boss: We have switched to cloud printing to save money

Where are the printers ?

boss: We don't know they are in the cloud

OK what do you need me to do ?

boss: Find the printers, go there, pick up the printouts and bring them back here for posting.

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