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World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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Re: Interesting.

>build such precision in other objects

You can diamond turn surfaces to about 1/20 wavelength which migth be difficult to achieve with 3d printing

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Antivirus bods grilled: Do YOU turn a blind eye to government spyware?

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Re: Don't bang dinner gong in front of hungry code diggers

However the same argument doesn't apply to putting backdoors in products.

Microsoft / IBM / Cisco / Siemens / etc all have divisions that sell classified systems - staffed with people who can be trusted - they all have valuable government contracts that make them very accommodating and they all have enough zero-day exploits that even if one is discovered who is going to blame the feds? And anyway a replacement can be pushed out next tuesday.

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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Re: So...

>Bible wasn't originally in English.

You aren't trying to imply that Jesus was a foreigner are you?

>homo sapiens americanus is the very peak of the pyramid.

Unlikely - they don't even play cricket

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

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So if somebody put up an app where you can pretend to drive cars unsafely and shoot prostitutes - that would show an inclination to drive cars dangerously and shoot prostitutes and so those people should be prosecuted.

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Re: Turing?

And no proof that those that did contact the site weren't themselves Turing machines.

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Microsoft in a TIFF over Windows, Office bug that runs code hidden in pics

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Re: How? Why? Stack handling

Better than their wmf bug that let you run arbitrary windows commands by just putting "#command" in the file

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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On flights back from Belfast people would often be asked for their ID on the jetway by a couple of men in suits with no obvious uniform or ID. Asking them why was met with a "just hand it over sonny"

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Tim Cook stands firmly behind pro-LGBT, anti-discrimination law

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In the US you can sack people for no reason and no notice in many states, it's called "right to work" (who said Americans don't do irony !)

If the person you are firing is a visible minority there is normally an automatic lawsuit - just from no-fee lawyers. The result is that you never tell anyone the reason they are being fired - because it gives their lawyers ammunition. Which is a shame because quite often it's not their fault, it's just the company's needs change.

This clause just gives the lawyers another class to chase. One side effect is that it would force people to be openly (even flamboyantly) gay in the office in order to show that you knew they were gay when you fired them.

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Blighty promises £49m to get more British yoof into engineering careers

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So he did hospital administration and accounting?

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The figures are normally from university careers services - and they typically only track the first job after graduating and they don't include people who don't work form $MEGACORP$ who return surveys.

It used to be a classic statistic that Chem Eng grads earned more than anyone else. Simply because all Chem Engs immediately got a job with the company the careers service sent them to, and their starting salary was above average.

When you tracked how much they earned over their career - it doesn't make sense to do a technical job.

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Re: The status of Engineers.

That happens here - but there are downsides.

To get the "engineer" title new grads have to serve years as an engineers-in-training and so work for a company with an engineering training program. That means new eng grads can be paid peanuts by large companies because if they don't jump through these extra hoops they wasted their degree.

Startups can't hire engineers because they don't have their own chartered engineers to sign off on the training.

Want to employ a maths PhD as a software engineer? You can't.. Want to hire that American CS grad from MIT/Stanford, you can't because they don't qualify.

The result is that all 'engineers' immediately jump to management, because managers (especially in the public service) have to be professionals. You also get a majority of people doing the softest 'engineering' course they can find - usually environmental eng - so that they can become civil servants.

While the actual technical work is outsourced or off-shored.

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UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

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Re: 'foreign' is defined as 'not American'

No - you are thinking of the last lot, Tory MPs usually spy for the other side.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

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Re: Shrug

>If I can't root it, I won't use it.

Are you Australian ?

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Re: Why Android?

You also need to add three extra hardware buttons to use Windows effectively

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Fiery bits of Euro satellite to rain down on Earth this weekend

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Re: Why didn't they...

Perhaps you would if when the car was done it suddenly fired itself off the road randomly at 25,000 mph

- I think BMWs do

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: Cough

I assumed the only person who didn't think this was ironic - would have been Jobs himself

But apparently not !

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Cough

Steve Jobs built Apple 1 .......with the help of Steve Wozniak

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Dying HealthCare.gov bagged JUST SIX registrations on first day

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Re: So something like $400M-$500M has been spent on this website....

Pah amateurs

The UK spent more than that on the acronym for each of the last 'n' abandoned NHS-IT systems

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Is this really an IT issue?

Perhaps all Americans have such healthy suyperman-like physiques that they never need to consider health care.

And those that do are so well served by the systems provided by their benevolent employers that they wouldn't need this service.

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

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Re: Evasion vs. Avoidance

The line isn't as cut and dried - otherwise we wouldn't need courts

If the Inland Revenue decide that you buying your coffee beans from Switzerland at 10x market price is purely to make a tax loss - then it becomes illegal tax evasion.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Even darker matter ;-)

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject

> the number one area of work for social sciences graduates is Social Work

That doesn't mean that a majority work in social work.

If psychology leads to a wide range of jobs - then 10% might be social workers, 9% in HR, 8% in fast food, 7% in subway music playing etc etc

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Crypto protocols mostly crocked says euro infosec think-tank ENISA

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For extra security

Make sure you use the closed source versions of these that come with that American made operating system.

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

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Re: site license

In return for h264 become the new web standard ( as opposed to flash, or some open source codec) I'm sure the MPEG-LA looked favourably on the licensing cost.

Just like MP3 offering free license to open source decoders. How popular would ogg be if the MP3 license holders tracked down every non-Apple user of an MP3 ?

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Re: Quite misleading.

The problem is that, with this - Cisco have effectively halted all development on alternate codec and allowed a patent encumbered one to be widely adopted as a standard.

All because it's free - for now, or until they change their mind, or another patent holder objects, or that part of Cisco get sold to somebody else.

Suppose sun had offered free downloads of solaris-x86 in the early 90s. Then we wouldn't have needed linux and today the world would be owned by Larry "blofeld" Ellison

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

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Re: Blue Sky of Death?

Have they tried turning it off and on again?

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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

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IBM mistake?

Would an IBM only PC really have benefited IBM?

There wouldn't have been a PC software market, and certainly not Windows if IBM had kept it an IBM only product.

It's like claiming that if Mercedes had been the only one building cars all cars today would be MB - in fact there just wouldn't be cars today.

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Re: I hated IRQs

At least when you set an IRQ with a jumper you know it's set.

You don't have all this "can't find port X / can't create port X - already exists " crap you get with 'smart' systems

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

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Doesn't work - those treaties are by the fed, they are allowed to ignore treaties with natives

(Actually the fed can ignore treaties with anyone who doesn't have nukes)

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Re: More power to them...

And since it is now so easy to do we could open this up to anyone - with our own version of the DMCA.

If you see a site that you think violates copyright, just email "iwanttodestroyacompetitor@gov.uk and it will be banned in the UK

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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That's next parliaments plan. When everybody has switched to DAB they will sell off those frequencies and everyone can switch to t'internet

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

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From the official NSA handbaook

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength"

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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....

I never said sabotaging the EU on behalf of America was a bad thing....

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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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> please stop using the operating systems we make

Yep

> the computer chips we fab

Yep, happy to use the ones the Israelis, Malaysians, Filipinos etc fab for you

>the network we started

If you don't mind not using the packet switching part, or the http/html part that we invented

>and all of that good stuff

Like computers?

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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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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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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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