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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

But the research is also available to all their competitors

With the current system you pay for the research, a single company rolls up and licenses it for an undisclosed (but tiny) fee and it disappears into their IP portfolio.

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Re: Major change needed

Anything produced by the federal government is.

But the local authorities do a lot of this sort of stuff, you have to sign that your bathroom remodelling meets the county plumbing rules, a copy costs $500 and changes each year -- it's just a hidden local tax.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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slowed communications method.

He's on virgin broadband ?

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Re: I've always wondered....

Particles don't really exchange real gravitons to feel gravity anymore than electrons exchange real photons to repel electromagnetically - they are virtual particles.

Or if you prefer it's all just an accounting trick to make the laws of physics balance.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: "NIST Police and Fire Departments"

Fermilab has an official herd of bison (ie Buffalo to Americans) living on top of the accelerator.

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Re: lamar looks up

Texas has laws requiring a permit to own laboratory glassware - to stop this science stuff.

It's a pain because the lab supply companies won't ship to Texas because they don't want the trouble of confirming your licence.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: STFU John, you're already a laughing stock!

He should run for president !

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Re: That's a hack too

That's why our policy is that passwords must contain a perverted sexual act (in uppercase) - it really cuts down on people revealing their passwords

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Re: "Wildcard" indeed

And they are never seen in the same room together !

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Re: QCs don't make the law, or decide what is legal

I suspect the current one adds a ps. "can you also lob a spare missile at Nick Clegg if the big one goes up"

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Police backdoor ?

Trouble is the police are driving nice new fancy high end cars that are hackable.

Who is going to be hacking who - you could save all the bother of stealing/driving the car and just sit at home playing scalextric with real police cars.

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Re: CAN Bus

If it's used everywhere wouldn't it be an Omni bus?

Then if it was used in a bus it would be an omnibus Omni bus.

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Re: ...make you wait for nearly a minute before a bloody TV has to boot up?

My fsckign digital camera plays a 3second animated logo while you are waiting to take a picture.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Physics

For ERNIE (premium bonds) they do - but that's because only little old ladies buy premium bonds and little old ladies trust the government. Idiots buy lottery tickets and idiots like to see balls on TV.

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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That did come up (IIRC in the Netherlands) the court ruled that a fault on the line which meant the phone went off-hook allowed the police to listen in without a warrant and use the evidence.

The court got suspicous when there was a "fault on the line" of every suspect that year.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Launch costs and red herrings

If you are sending a single probe to Mars that took 10years to design and build and will be operated for years - that's true.

If you want a permanent base and need to lift 1000t of supplies to Mars in 100s of launches then the delivery charge starts to become significant.

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Re: rocket science

Rocket science is easy. Tsiolkovsky's rocket equation and Newton's laws.

Rocket engineering, on the other hand, is decidely tricky. As is most engineering which involves - light several hundred tons of explosive and hope to control what happens.

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Re: I see where they're going...

No that's the XXXX - it's fueled by sheep's piss

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Re: Re-Use

It was never clear that the cost of recovering, refurbishing and transporting the boosters ever made sense and the "resusable" shuttle main engines had on average less than 2 flights for most parts

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

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Re: The cat thing is obvious.

It's only a problem with fake cats - real cats would be properly earthed by having their claws embedded in your leg.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: So they lost an unmanned rocket, but gained a safety feature for the manned version...

A different software fault might cause the parachute to deploy accidentally and destroy the launch - it's a question of risk.

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The Ruskies are coming for you, NSA director tells City bankers

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Re: the solution is simple

No, we need to ban encryption AND hoard zero day exploits - it's the only way to be sure.

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Flubbed hardware fix knocked out 911 calls, T-Mobile US cops big fine

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Re: One of these days...

The fine comes under operating expenses so mostly is just knocked off the next tax bill.

The demanded upgrades will be written off against R&D tax credits or infrastructure improvement grants - so if their accountants are on the ball they should make a profit out of this

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: Range is good, rate of acceleration is useless

> there is no point in the extra acceleration

Not for the driver - but there is for Tesla.

How much free advertising + how many extra sales does having the fastest accelerating road car get you?

There isn't much point to winning Le Mans every year for the average Audi A3 buyer - but Audi still pay to do it.

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Re: My car is still faster...

"There's no way that a Tesla (in the present day) could keep up with any normal vehicle over a 12 or 24 hour cross country race."

Then there is no way that your dead-dinosaur powered car could keep up with a Tesla in a 12/24month race. It stops by the side of the road, unfolds the solar panels and has a kip for a few days.

You start drilling a well, hoping that there is undiscovered oil under you, while looking up how to build an oil refinery out of washing up liquid bottles and sticky back plastic in your Blue Peter annual.

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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"Otherwise the police could search anyone's home based on a case that is occurring 50 miles away that has nothing to do with the person in question."

That was one of the concerns when the law was introduced = the "Lord Lucan" strategy.

Every officer could have a warrant for "anyone/anywhere" on the theory that since they didn't know who/where was involved in the Lord Lucan murder the warrant must apply everywhere and to everyone.

Remember this is a force that used suspect is a "black youth in London" as a justification that their stop and searches weren't random but were targeted on those fitting a description.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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artificial neural network

And before they were using a real one ......

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Bombing Japan

> And islands are notoriously hard to attack- as Nazi generals learnt the hard way.

Blockaded islands that you can fire bomb at will are also unnecessary to attack.

You can starve the entire population over a winter then leave the remainder to die in the summer once you have destroyed the water/sewage/power and medical services.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: QE

The purpose of QE is the hope that the banks will flood the high street with free money and people will shop the country out of a recession with cheap credit cards.

Austerity means stopping government infrastructure projects and cutting government jobs leading to higher unemployment, while at the same time scaring those who do have jobs into not spending anything because things must be bad, and going to get worse, if the government is closing schools and hospitals.

Of course - what did Keynes know ?

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QE

Can anyone explain why printing truckloads of money was the correct thing to do for UK and USA while restricting the money supply and austerity was the necessary for every other advanced country in europe?

Was it simply that all Germans believe that inflation (even 2.1% inflation) causes Nazis?

Was it a deliberate screw your neighour policy (like Germany claiming that the only way out of recession is for France/Italy to close their car industry) ?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Legal advice

>the methods used to identify and communicate this particular issue were not legal

If your legal dept thinks that it, and not the courts, get to decide what methods used to publish information are legal - then you need some new legal advice.

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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Why not a merger?

Simply merge FIFA, ICANN and the Olympics and you can have a single place to pay bribes - avoiding a lot of transaction costs.

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: Security options

Those building in the spying at the factory in are evil henchmen of a commie dictatorship aimed at political enemies of the state.

Those intercepting the servers in transit and "updating them" are the brave guardians of law and order in their constant battle against the commie terrorists in our midst.

I really can't see how people could get confused

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Re: Security options

>If someone has managed to bypass your entire office security, got into the server room and managed to reflash a machine

Or they simply did it at the UPS facility when the server was on it's way to you or at the motherboard factory - depending whether you are being spied on by the good guys or the bad guys.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Exothermic

Compared to the amount of CO2 released to turn CaCO3 into CaO it's bugger all

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Really Stupid People Do Really Stupid Things

>heavy metal fans ... are generally very law abiding groups*.

But they are obviously likely targets for radicalisation by Islamic fundamentalists.

How do we know that Slipknot aren't secret jihadists ?

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

>Pfft. I can drive for two days from my home town in Queensland and I'm still in Queensland.

I had a car like that once .

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Re: Okay... let me be the first to do this here...

The first rule of Toronto - nobody can talk about Toronto

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: If I start...

If I promise to build a fighter aircraft that can't fight can I have money from every household?

And when it turns out that it's going to be years late and 500% over budget can I have any news of this kept secret for "national security"?

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Tech bubble? Pah. IPOs just return cash to early-stage investors

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Private markets are private

So only those in the club get the profits, and there are rules about who can be in the club.

Meanwhile the great unwashed, buying shares on the public market, or with pensions invested in the public market don't see an of the profits.

I seem to remember that capitalism was good because it efficiently redistributed wealth between losers and winners, tis looks a lot more like feudalism

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SEC launches probe into tech startup share selling 'black market'

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Remember when dIGITAL UK was rage and every plumber in London with an email was reclassified as part of the dIGITAL economy - although presumably only with the silly sPELLING.

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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Re: @thx1138v2 - Just curious

>Why would the plans for the F-35 have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in China,

To cripple the Chinese airforce and economy?

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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

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Re: There was I thinking....

Isn't that two different things?

Most of the FTSE could be foreign owned, you would expect that in a major market the majority of the shares would be owned by international insurance, pension funds etc - rather than necessarily by share owning British citizens.

The majority of firms in the FTSE being foreign controlled is because the London market is a so much better place to list than Moscow or Singapore, or because they were all originally British firms that have now been taken over.

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Re: "home country bias"

No exactly the opposite. If you think you are going to experience inflation then you are better off owning a global mix of companies in USD, GBP, Eu, Yen, Renminbi etc.

The only advantage of owning shares only in your local currency is if you think it is going to rise in value compared to the rest of the world - in which case all the companies in your home market that have to export are screwed

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Re: I'm sure Tim knows this anyhows...

I though similes were the little sideways faces made with "; - )" before we had emoticons ?

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Re: Congratulations

> predictions are looney tunes ....like, say, the idea that monopoly capitalism is inevitable,

Ironically since most capitalists regard the idea that they themselves can't, or shouldn't, be a monopoly as looney tunes .

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Re: Algorithmic trading

Nobody picks the stocks.

HFT is mostly either arbitrage (this stock in London is 0.1% cheaper in New York if the exchange rate from GBP->Euro->USD is slightly less than X.)

Or front running; people are buying stock X so if I am 0.1km closer to the exchange I can buy it 100us before them and resell it for 0.1% more.

Or market watching; a big pension fund has to hold 30% of a certain class of bonds. On the last payday of the month it will get a huge chunk of new money which it has to buy these bonds with, so just before this the price goes up.

HFT can be a good thing in that it makes the market more efficient, everybody gets to buy Apple for the same price, anybody attempting to sell apple for 0.1c more is going to get zero business. That's why some IPOs and those little "only certain customers can buy these stocks" deals that a bunch of (now bankrupt) merchant banks did - are so bad.

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

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That's the problem with Greece - there is no Greek word for Economics ?

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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You to Netflix: I want to pay $8 a month but I want to be able to keep any movie for as long as I want and share it with all my friends - so no protection please.

Netflix to studio: We want to pay for the rights to show a certain movie in a certain market for a certain time. But we are going to let all our customers download and keep it and share it with everyone else on the net - that won't cost us any more will it ?

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