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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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Re: Why no under 13?

Headset won't fit 5year olds and they don't want to deal with complaints / refunds.

Too many broken, drooled on headsets if you give them to ankle bitters

Somebody on mumsnet posts about how they heard that VR screens (although obviously not phones because all 5year olds need an iPhone) can damage the eyes of their precious little offspring and the entire museum is burned to the ground by an enraged populace.

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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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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: So where do I apply for my free "Greatist Hits" albums?

Which band was claiming that the order of tracks on a greatest hits album was copyright and making your own playlist of the same tracks was stealing?

I want to say U2 because they deserve it - but I think it was some DJ "artiste'

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Re: Hang on a mo

There is a 30c levy on each blank CD here to repay the artists.

However none actually goes to the artists because it doesn't (allegedly) cover the music industry's costs of administering the scheme. It does mean that small local bands have to pay a levy to print their own CDs to sell.

They were proposing applying the same rate to MP3 players, which meant an iPod would cost about $5K but some gentlemen in blak polo necks went and had a word with them....

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Re: Who is unfair?

If you aren't paying for the medium but just the rights to use the IP then you should be able to transfer the IP to whatever you want. You should also be able to get a replacement media for just the manufacturing cost.

If on the other hand you are paying for the medium then you should be allowed to do whatever you want with it - just like you can with any other physical goods you own.

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Cambridge’s HPC-as-a-service for boffins, big and small

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>" "throwing away" data pre-determined as "uninteresting" for a long while yet. Probably forever"

The detectors have layers of processing just because it's impossible to get the raw data out of the experiment fast enough (there isn't enough space for the cables)

So each layer tries to throw away as much as possible and only passes interesting events up the chain. When they were first designing ATLAS I know they were planning on only sampling a fraction of even the final data stream because they couldn't keep up.

The big problem of archiving all the results is the associated knowledge/context.

You can keep all the configuration/calibration info linked to the data and design the data formats to be future proof - but it's harder to capture the institutional knowledge of "those results were taken when we were having problems with the flux capacitor so anything above 1.21GW is probably a bit dodgy, Fred knows about it but he left".

In HEP it rapidly becomes cheaper/easier to re-run the experiment with the newer kit rather than try and wade through old stuff.

In astronomy it's different, we can't rerun the universe so we religiously save every scrap of imagery.

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>"commoditised" prices

As a grad student in the 90s, when the price of an external 1Gb SCSI drive for a SUN dropped to 1000quid we got one for every machine. No more booking scratch disk space in advance and reading from tapes, processing data them and writing back to tape, we would have all the disk space we needed.

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FBI says in secret that secret spy Cessnas aren't secret

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What's the thing called when you aren't in prison but have to inform the authorities where you are going and who you are associating with?

America on Parole.....

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Re: Open air prison

Well the last time we let the Americans have freedom they all turned terrorists and attacked the legitimate government - so we need to be more careful in future.

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: Blackmail?

The form contains details of anything blackmail-able.

Next year is an election year.

Most of those running have held government jobs and filled in this form.

People still think this "leak" was the Chinese?

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Re: "However this strategy has completely failed

> For Microsoft to succeed, it has to compete with iOS not Android,

It tried its best, it made iOS and Android as difficult as possible to use with any MS based office.

But people still preferred a nice phone to having their calender work

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Re: Indeed.

Real techies only wear T shirts they got for free at a conference or on a course.

And they don't under any circumstances expose more of their lower body than is necessary at work

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: It;s almost like they do it on purpose...

Wasn't that the basis of thatcherism ?

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Re: New plutocracy

So, just like the UK and USA the profits will all be spread democratically among the workers ?

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Re: OK, then...

Two economists see a pile of horse shit, one says to the other "I bet you a $1M you wouldn't eat that."

He agrees and eats the horse shit, then says to the 1st one, I bet you $1M you wouldn't do the same.

1st later says, we have both eaten horse shit but we are each no better off.

Yes says the 2nd one, but we added $2M to the economy.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

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Re: Pretty laughable to think...

>They are based on free government money

Like Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, GM, Thales, BAE, every US airline, every bank then.

>Electric cars are nothing new,

Talking to people while moving is nothing new. Police cars had radios 90years ago so Apple Samsung and Nokia have done nothing.

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

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Re: Bureaucratic procurement

>We are approved to supply, and it's a bloody hard struggle to get approved

And so naturally have to make back those costs - that's the whole problem,

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Couldn't we have a country where goods and services can move around and projects worked on between counties without the political burden and huge cost of Westminster and its daft rules?

Defence wouldnt be a problem as we have the USA to tell us what to do.

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Re: Leaving the EU would be stupid.

I think you are forgetting that the farmers own the party that runs the country.

Imports of food from europe would continue, the Eu has no reason to slap tarrifs on stuff going sold to Britain. The Eu might be tempted to slap massive import tarrifs on any food that Britain sells to Europe (Like Chuck's Oaty cakes).

Eastern european workers would continue to be employed on farms, but free from that pesky human rights act the government could declare them to be peasants so you can legally shoot them (after Aug12) and could decide that minimum wage didn't apply to foreigners.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: @BB- What the...?

>The SNP vote outside Scotland was zero because they don't have candidates in other parts of the UK.

Which is a shame, many people in England support Scottish independance.

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Re: all you lefties and champagne socialists should...

>How strange. My view is that every single time Labour get their hands on the wheel, they crash the economy.

And everytime we have a liberal government we have a world war - funny how statistics can prove anything.

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Re: all you lefties and champagne socialists should...

If you want to live somewhere with a concern human rights, social support for the poor and respect for society why don't you just go and live in bloody Sweden then .

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If you gave more money to working people you would end up getting most of it back as vat and tax on cigs, booze and fuel. There is no point in stimulus spending that comes straight back to the government. And the rest they would spend on cheap chinese electronics.

By giving the money to the rich you can be sure that it won't come back as tax and they will use it to buy housing in London - which stays in the economy. In fact since hookers and drugs are now included in GDP - giving money direct to bankers is the most effective form of stimulus.

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Re: The reason why cuts work...

The US tried not having a central bank for nearly a century - because the markets would deal with the economy. Worked about as well as you can imagine

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Re: Spending money

Can't we just have a war?

That involves lots of government spending into the economy very quickly, we get a boost to industry (better if we lose enough kit) and it distracts the public.

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Re: @BB- What the...?

Actually replacing parliament by an absolute monarchy would produce a working majority for the most popular party. I don't think even Tony in his walking on water days reached the popularity rating of her-maj

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: In a previous life

In the "real world" an employee stealing an iPod costs you $50.

An employee annoyed at being held up for an hour every day to be felt up by the office manager - and who it takes it out on your customers costs you a hell of a lot more.

Apple justify their generous profit margins by high quality staff in their stores. If they treat their "geniuses" like criminals then that customer experience is likely to decrease

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: Familiarity

Mr R Waters, Messrs M Jagger and K Richards, modern enough ?

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: 4G?

It was a problem with early coil powered transmitters in the 1920/1930.

The solution was to preface each message code with a unused code (10) that didn't matter. Hence 10-4

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: the intent

private to everyone except us - is also an important declaration.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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To be closely followed by another communication from the RIAA about region coding.

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: At 250K a pop.

But the first vehicles were new and led to the development of better stuff. There is already better stuff and this is nothing more than was done in the 1950s with dropping x-planes from high altitude bombers. The only purpose is to extract money from rich idiots who either do't understand the difference between space and orbit, or who don't care.

It's as if Herr Benz introduced a car today with no engine that only went downhill and claimed it as a major breakthrough in low carbon emmission vehicles.

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Re: And we should give a Rat's Arse about this why?

Because 1) beardy is likely to be one of the first passengers and 2) it doesn't look that safe .....

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