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Cameron on EU data protection rules rewrite: 'Hold it so we get it right'

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Re: Just to put this in perspective....

He is a deeply principled politician doing exactly what the voters have demanded that he do.

The fact that they are US voters and what they demanded was that Britain continue to sabotage the EU on behalf of the USA is just following every other British PM.

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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and is an affront to those who serve.

Sorry grandad, I know you fought the Nazis to ensure out freedom - but the office of state security needs to listen in on all your calls and monitor what library books you read. But don't worry a secret court said it was legal.

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Anti-food startup Soylent pours sugar daddies' $1.5m into its gloopy mix

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Re: Soylent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But free-range organic hand-reared people

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Re: Great expectations...

Don't underestimate the effects of it being "your" computer that you are in control of.

Before the 8bit-80s, computers were dialup big expensive scary machines in universities somewhere that you might be allowed to use if you carefully followed the rules under strict supervision.

Now computers in schools are strictly administered scary systems might be allowed to use if you carefully followed the rules under strict supervision - with dire penalties if you do something that isn't in the list of permissible user actions for keystage N of curriculum X.

Yes you can learn to be a professional programmer by just reading CLR and doing 6.046 online. Just like you might be able to become a professional chemist by solving wave equations and never seeing a lab.

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Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

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Re: Industry Change

Automatic plate scanning invented some of the first "document" scanners.

But since large astronomical plates are 12 - 18 inch square, you need to measure the position of features to a couple of microns and handle 20bits of density range - it was a bit of a challenge for computers even into the 1980s

Even doing small plates by hand with a microscope, vernier dials and pen and paper was a bit tedious

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Re: I hope

Rather pointless scanning black and white plates in RGB.

Color astronomical photos are made by taking separate pictures at different wavelengths (colors) usually the specific color of a certain chemical rather than just red-green-blue.

You then make these pretty false-color images by printing the different color plates

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TECH WAR: Brummies say firms 'lose out' in London's Tech City

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Re: I would like to point out...

And the real problem - getting and keeping people.

The good people go to SF, so to get good people you need to be in SF, so the good employers go to SF, so the good people move to SF.....

Not saying you can't run a successful software company in Kircaldy or Idaho - but you are going to have to offer something special to lure the best people there.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Landing craft

Didn't Larry "blofeld" Ellison just buy an island?

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Giving Google the ability to quickly migrate large amounts of profit to locations

It's fun to charter an accountant

And sail the wide accountancy,

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Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

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Coat

Lowest natural temperature

You can do a few picoK in the lab

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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Re: Merkel's crocodile tears.

That is slightly different, Russia is an enemy, it has 10,000 nukes, a couple of million soldiers and quite a few tanks ready to roll into Germany again if it wanted.

The difference between spying on them and on Germany is rather like the difference between the USAF bombing Afghanistan and it bombing Canada

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Re: But surely Germany...

Assume they spend most of their time typing the name of their own agency into Powerpoint, email, contact lists, apointments etc

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Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball

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Re: What about the ones that gave in?

They are probably correct.

The deal they offered the other companies was. Go to court and risk a $Bn settlement against you OR pay a $M fee and agree that you don't come after us even if the patents are overthrown.

You would probably have to prove that the trolls knew the patents were completely invalid and were criminally extorting money from you and that your $Bn corporation's own lawyers couldn't know this - to get your money back

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re: Juries are, in general, smarter than you think.

When it comes to people I agree. But Patents, like tax law cases, don't depend on whether the defendant seems honest - they depend on small print of arguments between corporations of a definition of a word.

So like the multi-year corporate tax trials it isn't clear that a group of randomly selected people are the best to judge the facts.

Especially when the arguments are so involved it ends up being "I like that apple cos I have an iPhone" vs " I don't like Samsung cos them gooks bombed Pearl Harbor"

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Juries

So what was a popularity contest between lawyers decided by a jury has now become a popularity contest between companies decided by juries.

So 12 "persons-of-coloured-neck" (or whatever the politically correct term is) in East Texas choose if Apple is nicer than Samsung or HP is nicer than some wifi chip maker they have never heard of - and billions of $ of trade are decided?

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

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Re: Original

You could say the same of the first version of a certain fruity product - and that didn't do too badly.

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Re: Original - I had to look him up

I think the difficulty with rounded corners was a patent issue

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Original

I think you will find they are both playing catch up to the robust, low power, versatile and cheap original tablet - invented by André Cassagnes

Admittedly its interface is a little tricky to use, but no worse than either Palm or Windows XP tablet edition

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How to spot a coders comment

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Re: How to spot a coders comment

Perl has comments?

i thought the only comment you ever got in Perl was "?????? WHAT the F$%& ????" - which incidentally is a valid Perl program

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What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

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10 days to think of an acronym for the operation

10 days to go through corporate services to get a meeting room

7 days tryign to get the meeting to show up on everyone's Outlook calender

1 days arguing about which pizza to order for the meeting

30secs to ask the network admin whodunnit

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You say that, but if you start allowing free speech and criticism of the government they will want free association , free elections, no taxation without representation and we could lose an entire colony!

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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Re: We are considering cancelling cable

You are thinking logically - not like a politician who has been careful briefed over a golf game by cable industry CEO.

In Canada the broadcasters are required to broadcast a certain amount of Canadian Content ( CANCON).

The regulators want to apply this to YouTube (!) and Netflix after complaints from cable companies.

Quite how they can force YouTube to show a certain proportion of Canadian Content to Canadians isn't clear - perhaps you will be forced to watch "Just for Laughs" before every cat video.

Netflix countered that they could make as much CANCON available as they wanted, but it was upto the viewer to decide if they wanted to watch it or not. The suggestion was that they would just have a blank white screen with the claim that it was a Canadian polar bear in the arctic with it's eyes closed.

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Re: We are considering cancelling cable

Of course now that Netflix makes TV, rather than just shipping bytes, it will be subject to all those same regulations.

Unless of course they just decide to take the piss and make 1000hours of a picture of a Canadian flag (with French subtitles) and allow people to stream it if they want.

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Re: What an original idea

Another reason for making the product - they were able to show it around the world at the same time

Rather than the industry standard - you can only watch this series in the USA, the rest of you have to wait 2years to find out who killed JR. Or just pirate it.

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What an original idea

Make a quality product and people will pay you for it.

Perhaps this could be a basis for the Web4.0 business model

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Juniper ELIMINATES 300 jobs, braces wallet for US gov shutdown blow

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Translation

1, I need to boost some figures this quarter for my retirement bonus

2, We can always blame it on the government.

3, Sales of US networking companies are going to go through the floor when people start asking why there is a default admin password of "NSA" that can't be changed.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

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The printers will come with a free 1cc starter cartridge and the refills will be perfectly reasonable compared to powderded diamond

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Chinese hotel guests find data spaffed all over the internet

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Re: Force of law

"name, address, telephone number, ID number and other sensitive info."

Surely all that is just meta information and so nobody should possibly care if it was recorded, analysed, sold etc?

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BBC to spaff £18 MILLION of licence fee cash... on BIG DATA

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But how else would the BBC know who their customers are without big data analytics?

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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Re: Kids today

Nothing like the woosh of a set of Rolls-Royce Merlins going over somebody's head

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Kids today

We didn't grow up with graphic glorificatiopn of violence against a couple of ethnic groups as the main focus of all comics, films and kid's games

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Seagate: Fibre Channel? RAID? SATA? File System? All RUBBISH

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Re: You should have thought of that!

It was done years ago.

Before all these fancy interfaces (when disks went though ribbon cables) frame grabber cards would have disks mounted directly on them and write to the disks as purely lien orientated digitised video data.

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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statistics

So 5000 people all working in Thames water's complaint call centre makes it a competitor for silicon valley?

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MPs to grill Facebook: You're going to let our teens do WHAT?

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Re: Just so you understand

In fact this should be true of everything under18s do.

They shouldn't be allowed to take part in any legal contract without explicit parental consent.

That will at least keep the little scrotes out of shops, and off buses unless they are accompanied at all times by a parent to agree the the T&C

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Because kids are leaving facebook in droves because unlike instagram and a host of other sites it doesn't let them freely publish pictures.

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Re: A modest proposal

But still allow them to get married or join the army at 16.

But their parents won't be allowed to put a picture of them on the top of the telly until they are at least 39

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Re: Radio 4

That's why they have "thought for the day", even cripples have been known to rise from the bed to turn it off

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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards – says Huawei

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Re: And you were expecting him to say something else ?

On the other hand you probably can trust that they didn't give any to the NSA!

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US red-tape will drain boffins' brains into China, says crypto-guru Shamir

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Re: Going to China is an empty threat, but Europe that is realistic

It wasn't a threat to move the NSA's history of Crypto conference.

It was a warning where will the next generation of students and experts from outside USA and Eu go?

They aren't going to be allowed to work and study in America or Europe and I suspect Moscow university isn't offering quite as many scholarships for future African revolutionary leaders as it used to - so that leaves China.

I'm guessing the next Ramanujan, Bose or Chandrasekhar will be working at Beijing not Princton or Cambridge.

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Re: Top Crytographer "admits" "There are terrorists int the NSA membership."

SS-Sturmbannführer Werner von Braun?

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Re: Not in the future...

>some large faction of US citizens feel threatened by all and sundry from outside our borders,

Well to be fair they did come out of it rather badly last time.

Remember next time a bunch of white people turn up - kill them all. Don't teach them how to grow maize

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Re: Pot, meet Kettle

At least they don't charge this for transit passengers. The US doesn't do transit so you have to have a $131 VISA to change planes - and need to be permitted through US immigration.

And since a lot of S America is out of range without refueling in the US this means they have effectively a blockade of an entire continent.

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Re: Dismal

They just had a big boycott of a conference on the Kepler space telescope because US government rules ban anyone working for the feds collaborating with anyone in China and so all Chinese born scientists working in the US wouldn't be allowed to attend.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Re: Is it really that hard to ID a phone?

The clue is worldwide. How do you get every country to agree to it?

Leaving aside those countries with almost no function government who are still a market for cell phones.

Chinese state security sends America a weekly list of "stolen" imei that it wants blocked? Or the NSA sends a similar list to China?

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Re: To get back on-topic...

Unless of course it is possible to transport 'out of state' phones into NY or move stolen ones out.

It will also have the entirely un-expected side effect of making anyone owning an unregistered 'burner' phone as a suspected criminal or jouranlis

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Re: Are you feeling lucky, punk?

If they had sold it to you then no.

If, as they claim, they merely sold you a non time-limited license then you get to use it as long as you like.

If it had security bugs when you got it then you then they should fix the design defects, if they introduced them with other fixes then they fix them

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Re: From my cold, dead hands is appropriate in my situation

Which will run IE displaying a page which is screen-scrapping a 3270 terminal application running on a mainframe - why upgrade to windows 8?

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

>if I buy a £2 lottery ticket then I am infinitely more likely to win the lottery than if I didn't...

But if you don't then you are only 1 in 130,000,000 less likely to win and you have saved £2!

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