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Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!

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Re: The trouble with ¡Bong!..

Remember (Alan) Clarke's law;

"any sufficiently advanced satire is indistinguishable from government policy"

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FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps

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Yes - since BT's system X in 80s most trunk routes are digital

The phone companies claims are a bit disengenous (amazingly). They claim they want to replace the ancient obsolete trunk lines with modern digital stuff, although almost all of it is, and are using this as an excuse to supply you with a voip phone running over the data link you already have and pay for - while still charging you for the separate land line which you won't have.

If experience of the local telco here is any guide they will also block all competing voip products - claiming they damage the quality of service for other users

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

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Re: Sod standards, what about the sharp end?

He doesn't say that you can't use MS Office, he just says the documents should be saved in ODF.

Otherwise when one person in the government upgrades to a new version of Word everybody in the country has to so they can read government documents

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I think they meant documents that didn't need editing - like press releases.

Not that they were relying on PDF to stop secret enemies of the state amending laws with a bit of judicious Foxit hackery

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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Quick to kickstarter....

An etch-a-sketch, a couple of stepper motors and a raspPi - shouldn't be too difficult to make a printing tablet

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Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

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Re: 1PB !!?

Not if the MPAA find out

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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

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Re: VMware CEO ...

And since you are going to be running Linux on ARM anyway there are a dozen different ways of having multiple "server" on one machine in Linux without the crude VMWare approach of full visualization or nothing

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VMware CEO ...

Vendor of a product that is necessary to share the cost/power/heat of x86 across different installs talks down a cheap low power server alternative.

In other news, Microsoft claims that Unix will never catch on in the data center and recommends Windows8

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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re: I don't see what "problem" this product is supposed to "solve".

The problem of a generation believing that Computer and Intel aren't synonymous.

Executive1: This low power embedded stuff is catching on - we need a product

Executive2: And it should be 64bit and multi-core and have every peripheral we make and run windows server

Executive3: We don't want to harm sales of Xeons, and it's about time we gave Microsoft a warning shot - stick Linux on it.

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

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An MP was shocked

that a major government/Qango IT project was a fuck-up OR that they only wasted a mere 100Million ?

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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No because a single order can cover "all people in a specific location' and the specific location can be "the earth"

It's like the UK restricting laws to specific high risk terrorist targets and then having the Met classify all of London as a potential target for an indefinite period.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender

>If he was getting his bill by post and the post was lost

But this is the equivalent of them sending out a bill disguised as a leaflet for free dog walking with an official statement on the envelope saying "not from Natwest - we promise" - you might be reasonably expected to throw it in the bin unopened.

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Re: more lessons

In most of business one receives an invoice and then one pays the bill - it's generally the responsibility of the person wanting the money to send out the invoice.

It would save us a lot of time and effort and bookkeepers if we didn't bother to send out invoices but simply assumed all our customers would remember to send us the money - especially if we were then allowed to charge them for late payment.

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Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business

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Re: Translation.

All those subsidies for US electronics companies to open screwdriver plants in Scotland has already led to the UK being at the forefront of sub 10nm FAB technology hasn't it?

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Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

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Re: I don't understand

If you are a kid in china and buying the game means having a credit card and a legitimate Gmail account then piracy may be easier

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: oooh

So why weren't they charged with threatening behaviour?

The concern is using the fact that electrons were involved to sidestep the law. In the same way that "conspiracy to" was used in 80s industrial disputes to add a 7year jail term to any action or "terrorism" is used for any anti-government protest today

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Re: Threats vs abuse

Because any politician who sent the police to arrest a protester at speakers corner would get it in the neck from the "free press".

But if you protest online then anything can be made illegal if they can find one person in who would be threatened by it. But don't worry because this law will only be used against violent psychopaths - like all those other laws that will only be used against terrorists

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Re: Necessary?

Superfluous anthropomorphism OR they have the little Chinese guy from Oceans11 sitting in the thing driving it.

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Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

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Re: Self supply

>There's only one reason to own your own production facilities, to eliminate the profit margin on production.

Or to stop you waking up one day and discovering you can't launch a phone because somebody has bought all the production capacity of flash or screens.

I don't know how the report classifies Samsung's own production - the company generally runs divisions as very competitive business - it sells chips to it's main competitor for example. So Samsung's $50Bn probably includes a lot of chips made by Samsung fabs

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

>You drag the disc to the trashcan to eject. Simples.

A level of UI design which makes the Windows "press start to stop" button seem like genius

You save all your vital work (no hard drives in those days) and the operation to take it away with you is "delete"?

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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Re: Makes you wonder!

Well all my academic successes have apparently been due to my grandmother praying for me

I wish I had known about this in advance - I wouldn't have had to do any work.

It's also damn sporting of God to help somebody get an AstroPhysics PhD

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

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Re: Zero tax is the answer

Making the UK the tax haven center for the HQ of global companies will be a great boost to the British Brass Plaque industry

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Re: The staff at the Treasury et-al should grow a pair..

I thought all the companies had been scared off from the UK by the equal pay act, the minimum wage, maternity leave, health and safety, banning chimney sweeps, the abolition of slavery.

Everytime there is a law to improve the rights/pay/healthy+safety of workers for the last 200 years - the Tories have claimed it will drive companies away and destroy jobs.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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@monkeyfish: May I humbly suggest that gold badge members of el-reg are not the typical sheep audience that advertisers dream of.

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Re: It's true but the time is probably off

>a)You need something to move TO

Not a difficult market to enter, a kid in a Harvard dorm room could manage it.

>b)Since when do we believe such theories?

When do we believe epidemiological models of disease spread and network effects?

Since they correctly started predicting diseases, growth in traffic, best places to build a mall, etc etc

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>There is also the case for many of the "Yoof" that if your parents are on FB its no longer cool any longer and you'll move on...

Which could - long term - be its saving.

Yoof are a good market, but they don't buy many white-goods/cars/mortgages.

At the moment magazine and TV ads are still the best way to reach these people, if Facebook reaches critical mass in the 30-40 somethings rather than Yoof and hipsters they could own a very profitable and much less fickle market.

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US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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Re: The big issue in a nut shell

> "we want privacy, we want privacy / "we want security, we want security".

Assumes that the way to get security is more spying on obviously non-terrorist citizens.

Its the old, we have to keep sprinkling magic dust on the roads because people won't forgive us if there is a tiger attack on a pre-school.

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

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Re: What about the kids who have no aptitude for programming?

And so some of them will discover they have no aptitude/interest and do something else - how else where you going to get the first lot to go to university to do CS if they had never heard of it?

It's the reason we do lots of subjects in school rather than just classify children at birth into a suitable job (Tory cabinet ministers excepted)

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Re: There is no quick fix!

>What about bringing in a tutor who teaches just the programming content of the course?

Of course, so long as they have a PGCE - you need to be properly qualified, you can't just have a maths PhD and 20years experience at a top public school and be allowed to teach.

And a background check - and you don't mind being dragged out of school by a swat team if it later turns out you had been fishing with an expired licence

And you have to be paid less than a classroom assistant - because the union will insist you don't compete with real teachers.

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Obviously 64bits have wrapped around to 8bits

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Re: Not a good citizen

>It *is* legally correct - and that's all that really matters.

That's all that matters to the lawyers - not to developers

It may be completely legal to outsource manufacture of a toy to be made by slave labour in a North Korean prison camp - but it might not be good business sense if your market is Gruniad readers.

It's upto Amazon to decide if the losses they would suffer from a competitor using fixes they made to a FOSS library outweigh the losses they suffer from not being able to hire the best people. It's the same calculation companies make with free soda, good office location or any other perk.

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Re: Not a good citizen

The GPL requires that source is released for all software delivered to a customer.

Amazon claim that since the software is never delivered - only used as a service - they don't need to distribute the source.

This is legally correct, but not playing nicely. The programmers they are trying to hire are more interested in playing nicely than a lawyers definition of "delivered"

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Re: A pattern of non-contribution

A company that uses lots of opensource code but hides behind a loophole in the GPL to avoid sharing that code - can't hire good programmers who don't approve of this sort of thing

Companies that make lots of money but hide behind loopholes to avoid paying tax - presumably can't hire good accountants who also don't approve of this sort of thing ?

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Korean credit card bosses offer to RESIGN over huge data breach

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Right response - wrong target ?

The banks presumably have to give the credit agency access to their data

So whether the banks had it encrypted or not seems irrelevant - it was the credit agency that didn't protect it.

Unless of course the response now is for the banks to give the credit agency access to their customer's data but not the encryption key !

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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We sell special ultra-test versions which we guarantee to have run for 42,000 hours continuously.

They cost a lot more but what are the chances of it failing in the next year if it worked for the last 5?

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China forces users to upload videos under their real names

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In china?

A Mr Zhang has uploaded a video critical to the government - go and arrest him.

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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The is the el-reg - we don't allow these sort of clearly explained well reasoned comments here.

Can you add something bashing apple fanbois and Microsoft's purchase of Nokia?

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Re: Coolers on the roof?

Alternatively don't build your supercomputer in a country famous for being so XXXXing hot

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ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

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In deed, why throw money at keeping european scientist and engineers employed and new ones trained when we could use the money to pay bonusses to bankers in the Cayman islands

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: When you do not want to create an account

For sites that you don't care about - having to create an account to download an update - surely it's more secure to use "password" or "1234567" than anything more secure which might also be used in a similar form on sites that matter.

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VCs drop cash on DropBox, bestow $10 BEELLLION valuation

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re: it just works

But it's vulnerable to Google/Apple blocking it on their mobile devices in favour of their home grown solutions

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Re: Nice straw man

The monopoly cable internet provider here in the Frozen North was charging customers who used other suppliers VOIP services a $10/month "quality of service" fee - to ensure the VOIP packets got through.

Nice little data packet you got here squire - be a shame if anything happened to it !

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: This isn't money

They are mined in exactly the same sense. The limiting value of metals is how much it costs to get it out of the ground, this varies around the world with concentration of ore, distance from markets and the cost of workers. Bitcoins depend on the cost of electricity which follows exactly the same rules as the cost of mining.

Bitcoin's real competitor is aluminium - if it's more profitable to use your electricity to mine bitcoins than smelt bauxite - you "mine" numbers

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Re: @DougS RE:@Andy Kay

Ironically I'm spending more than £100/month in electricity to heat this place using a stupid electrical central heating - and it's not even doing any mining. And the furnace cost more than some of these mining boxes

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Do that with 8bit home micros and you get knighted

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Re: Volatility

>Those professors who started this had an easy time mining in the beginning, yes? Then sold the suckers >the get rich quick scheme.

The original "investors" who bought Manhattan for a few beads did rather well - it doesn't mean that a plot on 5th avenue is worthless today.

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Google cleared to land in private terminal at Silicon Valley airport

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>If Google as a company need to shuffle hundreds of people over long distances each year

Google One - Larry's 767 - has 15 seats

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