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NASA offers free access to its patents for startup entrepreneurs

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For sending them up = Goddard

For not caring where they came down = von -Braun

For knowing how big you have to make them = Tsiolkovsky

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Re: Patents?

Worse in the UK, any patent that may have national defence uses has to be offered to the government before being published.

For 50 years these were all handed over to RSRE, which was then "privatised" (and definitely not sold to some friends of the PM for 0.1% of it's value) as QuinitiQ.

Then they became total bar stewards to deal with when you tried to licence any of "their" IP.

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: Optional Extras...

Surely the VW would go into blitzkreig mode, the Toyota would commit suicide rather than surrender, the Fiat would switch sides, the Peugot would go into reverse, and the F150 would drive randomly into the wrong country

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> but can people who work for ISIS not walk into a showroom and buy one, just like anyone else?

Presumably wearing a false not-beard ?

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Re: Stones and Glass Houses @cirby

>Maxim licensed his gun to all sides in WWI to his extreme profit.

>Charming.

He was supposed to pick which of Queen Vic's grandchildren were the good guys and only sell to them?

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Re: Stones and Glass Houses

Step 7 you can now sell the US army the new upgraded super-ninja-turbo twice as expensive humvee replacement - which they will need because they must have better kit than the enemy.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

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Re: "a window of opportunity for a home grown version to have got off the ground."

> if it's a "surge" they'll rip you off

If it's a surge they will increase the price, so more drivers will work so there will be more cars. They tell you up front - it's upto you to choose to pay more or not take a car.

With black cabs your choice is to not get a cab.

If black cabs really are this public service then, in the case of a surge - tube strike, bad weather etc, then all holders of a black cab license presumably have a duty to abandon the golf course and rush to the aid of Londoners.

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Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

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Re: Hmmm....

Ever paid for mainframe development or bought off-the-shelf unix workstation software?

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The nice thing about Microsoft's Stratergy

If you don't like it there will be another along in a minute.

Last year it was Windows everywhere and SurfaceRT tablets

Just after it was developers developers developers

Before that it was the cloud

Before that it was enterprise

Before that it was gaming

Now it's high end boutique hardware

Next show it will be probably be IoT and drones.

The thing about Apple is that you can be pretty sure it isn't about to drop support for the iPhone to concentrate on Enterprise tape libraries.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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Re: Lot of nonsense

>so why fret about emails etc. passing through US-based servers etc.

Do you have any US based competitors?

Do you have any staff HR records that a bank/insurer/future employer might find interesting?

Do you want all your financial records to be made public by a foreign FOI request?

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Autonomy 'poisoned the well' for businesses seeking VC cash

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Re: "Most VCs have at least one enterprise search in their portfolio. "

There are, and will continue to be, large enterprises. They have and will get more data. They will want to search

Somebody needs to make the software to make that easy enough to be useful - and it ain't going to be SAP or Oracle. The ones that do it will make out like bandits (before being bought by SAP or Oracle and killed)

The nice thing about enterprise is that there can be more than one winner. And since the winner often gets bought to take it off the market - you can keep winning with the same idea.

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Re: If Autonomy is to blame for anything...

>Rubbish products sold off far above their actual value.

I believe the technical term is "Enterprise"

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Re: Fail

The VCs don't care about the company now - they care about the exit.

If no $Bn public quoted company is going to pay $Bn for a search company anymore - then no VC is going to invest $100K in a search startup.

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

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Re: Easy.

And find that your nude selfies from the UKIP Christmas orgy were in a block that the auto wear leveller had marked as too old to use and so the new data wasn't written to it. Upto 20% on some flash drives is used as reserve like this.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

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Re: Very tempting for employers

Except no employer is going to buy 500quid phones for the sort of minion who does light office work. They are going to be bought for executives who are going to get a desktop and a laptop anyway - whether they use it or not.

The PC on the desk is also going to last 3-5 years. We still use a lot of core-duo machines for people who aren't doing development work. The phone is going to last 1 year before it is lost, broken, the usb socket wears out etc etc

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Windows

"The handsets can also run 32-bit applications via remote desktop,"

Then my Psion2 can run Cray CFD simulations via a serial cable

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Re: Let me count the ways...

>People may assume privacy, but it isn't so.

Really?

Read somebody's email without their permission and see how far that argument gets you in court if you are a News of The World journalist

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Re: Mainly a public sector issue

And without Eu wide safe-harbor rules, the USA can negotiate a special treaty with Ireland where the USA has access to all data held in Ireland. If Ireland doesn't sign then all those US companies can switch their Eu-HQ to Luxemburg or some other European country that says yes.

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Re: EU not interested in protecting the people from their gov'ts....

The concern isn't the spy agencies. The spy agencies will get all your data whether it is in the UK, Eu or USa, whether it is legal or not.

The issue is the commercial use.

A US company wants access to all your medical records before giving you a mortgage?

Illegal in the Eu, but without safe harbor all they have to do is copy your data to the US (or some island with no Data Protection) check your "lifestyle choices" for insurance risks and then their Eu subsidiary can use the conclusion without you having any knowledge

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

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Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

Sending a gunboat usually worked if the natives were being difficult

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Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

>How about abiding by the laws of the countries that you do business in?

Then what do you have a navy for ?

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Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

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Re: I've never had problems cancelling...

And at my hourly rate this would cost me more than they are charging

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Scary Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty signed off

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The people who paid for it ( or at least the politicians signing it) have read it

The pharma and agro companies, the RIAA , the MPAA etc

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What is money? A rabid free marketeer puts his foot in lots of notes

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Re: The British economy is not an island

It isn't. It was a textbook example of a tabloid blowing up a story from an incorrect statistic - "more or less" did an entire episode on it.

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Re: The British economy is not an island

Yes Britain would be free to negotiate with each european country separately

But it would be up to France to allow the free movement of goods and people through its country on the way to the UK.

Fortunately we can rely on the historical mutual love and respect between France and the UK, to prevent France deciding on Visas for English truck drivers using the tunnel or a duty on Dutchy Oatcakes passing through France on their way to the Anglophile cookie eaters of Europe

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Re: ...the right to call upon the resources...

Lots of science fiction writers, but very few economists, have written about what happens to money if you have essentially unlimited free energy

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Re: cash is not the only money

A nation's currency is linked to the demand for the nation's exports, The Canadian $ is down 25% in the last 2years because China doesn't want coal, copper, iron ore or oil.

If Google charge 1/millionth of a bitcoin for viewing pages and people start using bitcoin for micro-payments then bitcoin will rise. If they make their own currency or find a way of charging 0.01c without any fees then bitcoin will drop

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Why are government in the money business?

Blessed St Margaret and Holy Tony both believed that government shouldn't be in the coal, steel, car making or telecoms business because that was the job of capitalism. So why are governments trying to make, buy and sell money?

Why not let the banks handle the whole fiat currency bit?

In theory I get paid in $ but I really get paid in numbers at HSBC. I spend in $ but really I spend in "Visa". Both HSBC and Visa could have their own currency - and effectively do.

There could be bargain banks that would have to offer better rates to make up for the fact that few stores would accept their notes - in the same way that discount stores don't take Visa.

And there could be highly insured, low leveraged, prestige banks that could charge me higher fees because a RoyalBankofXYZ note is accepted everywhere.

The government could demand that my taxes are paid in their official notes and there woudl be a free market rate for these in all the other day-day currency

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Re: cash is not the only money

Having a fixed maximum number of bitcoins isn't deflationary precisely because they are divisible.

It's like regarding the unit of the US$ as simply a fraction of the US GDP.

The GDP goes up and US minimum wage is now now 1.2x10-12 GDP units rather than 1.1x10-12 units

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Re: So what will you do about it?

Somebody already thought about it and came up with a solution.

You take all the money, and factories and farms away from the rich people.

You then put the people who scored highest marks in debating class in charge of the farms and move all the people from the cities out to work on them.

Then if you are a bad guy - you kill the majority of the people for being the wrong tribe, singing the party song wrong or looking like they might be better at debating class than you.

Or if you are a good guy - create a famine by putting the person who produces the best revolutionary poetry in charge of the irrigation system, wait for the majority to starve and survive on aid.

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Re: @Arnaut

Is Britain going to be in a position to impose tarrifs?

Helo mr car worker, you are now unemployed because Nissan shut down their factory now that we can't export to europe - but we have made it up to you by making that new VW cost 30k by adding our own 50% duty

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Rise of der Maschinen: Daimler trials ROBOT LORRY in Germany

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And eat the Yorkies

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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Re: There's a little more at stake here

Why not add some more arbitrary rules

You can comment on an article but can only write a blog post if your are an NUJ member

You can use a web browser if you are a cab driver but can only install Windows if you are a member of the BCS and only connect a new computer if your a member of the ACM or IEEE

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Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers

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Re: Rejected? Really?

Unless you then leave with Samantha (and or Sven)

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I was GOOGLE for a MINUTE, claims quick-witted dude

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Or spam from it and get Google.com blacklisted ;-)

http://mailinator.blogspot.ca/2011/05/how-to-get-gmailcom-banned-not-that-i.html

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CIOs: Tell us about your biggest disaster and how you survived it

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Re: CIO response in a nutshell.

Then I joined the government as digital-cyber-iCzar

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Adder

You can make the not-quite-a-computer difference engine from lego

http://acarol.woz.org/

Or with rather more Victorian meccano

http://www.meccano.us/difference_engines/rde_1/

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Sorry but..

This is an example of everything that is wrong with Lego, computers today and the modern world (bah humbug)

A kit of the technical Lego with shafts and gears to make even a single 1/2 adder would be worth supporting but this is the equivalent of "today in IT lesson we are going to learn to draw a logo of what a web site about women in computers would be like"

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: not rushing to judgement

That Rush is really a Democrat plot developed in a secret (gay, commie, organic) lab to make people think of right wing nutter whack jobs whenever they hear a Republican presidential candidate.

.... and the result was Trump

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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And strangely

amazon.com no longer works in chrome and safari

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Hash-tag CompSci: FBI grooms pre-weed teens

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Re: High school?

The FBI does everything the CIA does but on US soil. But don't worry, anything that might be illegal is approved by a secret court

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Give me a child to the age of 7

Need to get them before they start doing all this thinking/questioning authority stuff

Perhaps if we could get them to all wear matching uniforms and swear allegiance to the leader in school every day.

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Re: Bigger picture

>If you are creating enterprise apps you use an enterprise license.

For internal use but the rules on an enterprise license are pretty strict.

If I was IBM/SAP/Salesforce/SAS/etc I would be very nervous about developing anything for this new enterprise iPad

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Bigger picture

This is a real issue for anyone wanting to do enterprise apps for Apple.

I can spend serious person-years-$$ of development effort on a serious iPhone app if it can be rejected/pulled from the app store on a whim or for some anti-competition reason.

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Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%

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Re: Nice car

>What is the message here?

Same message that caused Porsche to grit their teeth and build the Cayenne

I want a Telsa, we have kids, make me a car, take my money

I can only afford 1 Tesla, it has to take the kids and I want something that doesn't look like a minivan

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Re: Nice car

Only the price of a top end Range Rover and a bargain compare to a Cayenne

And even for a non-car nut that is one cool looking car!

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: Re:The jeep isn't diesel

According to the NHTSA it is a van and so doesn't need to pass the impact tests of a passenger car

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Re: Implications

More likely - running the smaller engines in test mode allowed them to pass the tests without needing the urea system (adblue on mercs) they have on their bigger engines.

Not needing to fit the injection system saves money but drivers not needing to buy the fluid and refill the tank is a big selling point if you are trying to push diesels in the market (a former 2stroke 125cc owner)

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Arabic-speaking cyberspies targeting BOFHs with crude but effective attacks

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Re: Really?

Or at least doing it in a slightly more nuanced level.

The wonderful default out-of-the-box Microsoft office365 system here won't let me share exe/zip/dll or even xml with other people in my development team - everything has to be renamed to ".not_an_exe"

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