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5156 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake - ed

I have worked there, most of it is under a lot of snow every winter.

High areas in the middle of continents tend to have extremes of hot dry summers and cold winters.

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Shurely shome mishtake - ed

"net zero energy" facility, / discounted energy supplies from Nevada for the next eight years. ????

You mean he will get to sell the unreliable occasional solar electricity for 4-5x the regular price as a feed-in tariff subsidized by the same regular customers who will be paying for the free 24x7 reliable supply he is getting from the state?

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Well said

Tim is wrong that a $400 iWatch isn't a status symbol in the same way a $10K Rolex is - it's more of a status symbol.

A $10K Rolex on somebody under 40 means that daddy is/was rich.

An iWatch means you are not only at least comfortably off - it means you are high-tech/high-skill/modern techno-literate pillock.

That is more status than being the recipient of a trust fund.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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Silicon valley started because there was masses of land in California's orange groves almost for free.

Then WWII lead to a huge demand for electronics and components for the local aerospace industry. This attracted lots of engineers, as did the local world class tech universities.

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard went there to get jobs and started HP in their garage which grew into a $Bn company which later employed Steve Wozniak who started his own company in his garage which grew into a $Bn company ....

While we have some overpriced office space in a couple of warehouses in a fashionable bit of Central London where a few media types sell imagineering services to each other.

It would make you laugh if you weren't crying.

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Some well informed MPs

>many remain ignorant of what the thing does or is supposed to do;

> another four per cent claimed Tech City has had no impact

So the few who HAD heard of it correctly identified that it would have no impact

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: No wonder...

And according to Mr Gates - windows admin jobs pay crap.

Apparently even though their study showed you need far fewer admins on Linux and didn't have to pay for any licenses your TCO would be much higher on Linux because of the highly paid specialists you would need.

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Re: Unsustainable and unrealistic my a**e

1, and you have security here when the firm closes down or outsources you?

Plus side is that you aren't behind 10 layers of managers who are useless but have been there too long to get rid of.

2, true but I work in startups so never get to take even that

3, sucks to be poor in the US. But after I got made redundant in the UK I tried to claim dole to get back some of my 40% tax - no chance. I got a fraction of my unpaid final months pay refunded.

Other advantages:

You can make management without having been to Eton. Even Geordies sound posh here.

Jobs outside the city pay well

You get to work on real stuff - not just another NHS/gov IT disaster project

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>Career Path anyone?

M4 -> Heathrow

VirginAtlantic -> San-Francisco

Although if you can stand it Houston is almost the same salary, no tax and a 3bed house costs less than 100K

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: Disposable?

The free 3year 1Tb of Google drive was worth more than the top of the line $1200 Pixel Chromebook

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Re: 1Gb of RAM?

1Gb of ram - that's barely enough to run a virus!

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Re: Chromebook competitor - not really

Chromebook:

No need for AV

If users screw up then a factory reset is one button.

On the Windows competitor it's get an add-on CDwriter, hope you burned the recovery CDs when it was new, make sure you have a note of the license key.

Sit down to an hours worth of clicking OK to restart.

Reinstall all the other apps

Hope you had a copy of all your bookmarks, mail, documents,pictures etc

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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Re: "We view Apps different than books or songs"

isn't "Spell Different"Apple's motto ?

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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So when does Scargill get invited to number10?

If we aren't buying Russian gas or coal anymore we better gets some pits opened fast if we don't want little-old-lady Icicles this winter.

But sales of batteries should go up when the country's energy demands has to be met by 2 windmills in Cumbria.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: An interesting interpretation

Yes I was commenting on the first paragraph about facists using Billy Bragg

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An interesting interpretation

Generally parody allows you fair use of the material you are parodying

So you can rewrite a Billy Brag song to take the piss out of My Bragg - like Weird Al's parody of Nirvana.

But you can't use Mr Bragg's work to parody something else and claim your copyright violation is parody - like Weird Al using Gangsta paradise to parody the Amish

The intention is that for example, BP can't stop you protesting against BP by claiming that your use of their logo or pictures of one of their oil spills on your banner is copyright. But it doesn't allow you to use scenes from star wars for free in your attack of BP.

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Silicon Valley tech titans beg for more mediation time in wage-fix lawsuit

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Re: Why is the judicial branch pushing so hard ...

And the effect on everyone beyond the companies involved - it reduced incomes for programmers across the country

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NATO nations 'will respond to a Cyber attack on one as though it were on all'

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So if , for example, Germany's leader was hacked by foreign powers - Nato would attack them?

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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Re: More not very helpful economics-speak

"hedonic adjustment" is how you hide the $100 rise in food costs by including a 40" flat screen TV in the "basket of goods and services" and showing that it has dropped from $1000 to $300 in the last 5 years and therefore inflation is under control.

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And a lot of money was wasted (or injected into the economy if you are an economist):

On audits - going around ticking off printer serial numbers

Preparing W2K compliance certificates - it's a printer FFS

Obtaining assurance of Y2K compliance from manufacturers -

Replacing it with a brand new expensive inkjet because Epson don't have a W2K compliance cert for an ancient dot matrix

Having staff on double time over the holiday - in case of any issues - for a completely non-critical product that nobody would be using until after the holidays when any problems could be fixed.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Photos are meant to be seen

Presumably the photos were meant for the consumption of the celeb's special friend

Which means they have to be transmitted to, and viewable on, another device.

So you can have 97FA, require retina scans from all 3 eyes and a DNA sample - it doesn't really matter if you email them to somebody else.

Of course you could lock them to a single phone - but then having to go to your pet celeb's bedroom for her to unlock the phone and authorize it to display photos of her naked. While she is standing there - does seem to be a little counterproductive.

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Re: i dont understand

Isn't that the title of a Country and Western song?

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The cloud should never be used for sensitive data like nude selfies.

It should only be used to store NHS medical records or the whole country's tax data

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: nokia carriers...

But with a Nokia, you can beat them back with the phone

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Re: And meanwhile in the real world

Yes it would mean a rise in armed robberies.

The original Great Train Robbers got 30years - to "send a message to these sort of people"

The message was, you might as well go in with a shot gun, since robbing some cash and killing a copper carried the same sentence.

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: An example to follow

>Yeah, we'd miss out on the following:

Heretic, stone the unbeliever !

(stones with rounded corners obviously)

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: Username

If your userid is: Cockwrangler and your password is "Whatever tickles my fancy"

You probably have some explaining to do when your account is hacked and the details published

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Re: Polaroids FTW

>Nudity equates with filth now? What bizarro world do you inhabit?

Can't remember who said it:

Q: You are one of those men who think sex is dirty.

A: Well yes - if you're lucky and you're doing it right !

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Re: Uzbekistan...

That's because its just a 3rd world black market economy.

This is a new generational trans formative cloud based business model.

The difference is a few $Bn in VC money.

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Its the same with the medical profession.

Tried to launch a service where your click an app and have any pharmaceutical product delivered straight to your door. Our independent/freelance/innovative/entrepreneurial delivery partners would also perform any surgical procedure for a discount rate (provide your own knife) - but the amount of red tape was ridiculous

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Re: Picasso's ancestors

As a spokeman for the parks service said about the design of bear-proof garbage cans.

"The difficulty is that there is considerable overlap between the smartest bears and the dumbest visitors"

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Re: Has Charles Saatchi put in a bid yet

Dear sirs,

I deplore the vandalism of these so called artists scratching on the walls of public caves for their so-called art. It would have never happened in my day.

Ugg (major retd)

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Yes.

Not the same thing.

Rape is a question of consent - "I can't remember if I said yes" makes it difficult to prove non-consent.

I was drunk and I forgot to lock the door - doesn't change the nature of the crime.It does mean you were stupid - but it doesn't mean it wasn't theft

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Re: Yes.

>don't these people have *people* to tell them not to do that sort of thing?

They have people to tell them to do precisely this sort of thing.

Had anyone heard of Luton Travellodge, or whatever her name is, before the home video leak ?

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It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

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Re: Who the heck is Steve Bong? I never heard of him before!

Quick - to the community catalyst catapult

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Re: Who the heck is Steve Bong? I never heard of him before!

Steve Bong (official title: Lord Bong of #businessmodel) is the founder of Bong Ventures, an early stage investor and incubator focussing on innovative new technology start-ups based in Shoreditch, London. When he's not helping rear the next generation of business models, Steve enjoys parties, foreign travel, extreme cuisine, Open Data and draws his inspiration from Ayn Rand and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Just as long as it's not.....

David Attenborough could work.

< soft voice mode > here as we explore deep in the call stack we are privileged to see the rare sight of a wild dangling pointer in its natural habitat ...

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Re: Perhaps they can teach CS grads as well?

Your own fault; CS grads are dead easy to interview - just ask them why they did CS instead of maths/physics/engineering.

If they can come up with a convincing answer to that then they are a definite hire.

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

If the problem is media stereotypes then we can presumably interest girls in 'coding' by including pink unicorns and sparkly vampires?

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Just to clear up an inaccuracy or two

You realise that by posting the location of GCHQ you 'may' have just become a terrorist.

Section 58 Terrorism Act 2000 <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/11/section/58>:

(1) A person commits an offence if—

(a) he collects or makes a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: If the problem is too many people, how many should we have?

Re-introduce wolves

Simple solution to overcrowding, obesity, the elderly, fat cats, city folk that move to the countryside, foxes, overpopulation of deer etc etc

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Economics lesson 2

"Economic fact: There can be no cheap housing because landlords won't build housing to rent for lower profits"

If only there was some public organisation devoted to the common public good rather than profit. They could build housing and rent it for affordable rates, enough to cover further building. It would also be helpful if the same organisations were in charge of public transport and were able to decide which public land to use.

Next week Tim demonstrates the impossibility of having an army, since no customer would pay for a tank that might not be used to defend them.

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Or just charge income tax on all house sale profits and inheritance

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Economists solving the problems the last one caused

Allow essentially unrestricted building in the south east

Builders want to maximise profit - they still need you to pay as much as possible for a house. So instead of building high density low price housing on vacant lots they build estates of million quid McMansions on 1/2 acre lots (just like every US city from Houston to LA)

You now have a suburb that stretches from London to Dover.

The density is too low for public transport to work so everyone has to drive into London

So you need to build 8 lane motorways into London (just like every US city from Houston to LA)

So you need to knock down a lot of cheap high density housing on the routes into the city.

Housing problem cured, transport problem is a matter or the government, can't expect developers to be restricted by red tape and costs of public transport, just privatise the roads - then economics will cure it.

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Re: Playing to the cameras

>Judge Judy is sickening.

But Judge Dredd isn't.

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Re: Privacy

and have never been used to prevent the publication of politically embarrassing rather than militarily dangerous facts?

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Privacy

"If I want to do or say something which I am only prepared to do or say privately, then it is an interference with my freedom of expression if I cannot do it or say it because it will be reported in a newspaper,"

I thought that was what 'D' notices are for? If a judge/politician/policeman says something that would be embarrassing and a newspaper finds out - just claim it's a matter of national security and ban the reporting.

Of course if you are merely rich, you need to just get a super injunction to ban talking about it.

What the UK doesn't have is any workable freedom of information laws.

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: Stock chucking

There is a similar (probably apocryphal) story about Intel having yield problems with a new fab.

Eventually traced to some guy in shiping opening each package of blank wafers to count each of them

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Not the point

The point of the article isn't that manufacturers enable extra features for extra money - that's reasonable.

But if somebody enables that extra feature without paying that is a contractual matter between the maker and the purchaser. Using a draconian copyright order to prevent a news site talking about it is unreasonable and is the point of the article. It is also becoming more common.

Whats next?

Report that a certain car bursts into flames when rear-ended? Can't do that anymore , any mention of the car comes under the DMCA.

A ban on explaining that they don't need to buy the expensive duplex version of a printer because they can turn the paper upside down and print side 2 ?

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