4480 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: Who mentioned Windows?
I think he has a trained penguin to do the W*ND*WS
Re: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I recommend that we surround the entire planet with several miles of protective gas which will convert the meteor's energy into heat and dissipate it safely.
We should also arrange that large areas of land in big countries along an east-west axis are mostly uninhabited or filled with people we don't really care about.
The same state allows stores to install cameras, including hidden cameras, in changing rooms
It also allows employers to put cameras in staff toilets to catch them taking drugs http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/27/business/fi-23822
Re: Why legs.
"If there were a better way to get around, something would have evolved it."
Evolution only works if it benefits an individual - the problem with wheels is that they need roads, it's hard to evolve a gene for building roads that other individuals use. Social insects might manage it
Re: Of course, we could just leave the EU
I thought UKIP's policy was not only to leave the eu but define a new continent
Unlike the more sensible Conservative/NewLabour policy of redfining it to be America (possibly Texas in Blair's case)
Re: Of course, we could just leave the EU
So the ads would now be sold by Google-Sark or Google-IOM and the 1000s of people workign in London still wouldn't pay any tax.
However the rest of the Eu would ban Google-UK from selling to them, or introduce a 100% import duty, so Google would close it's UK office and open one in Europe.
Re: In this day and age
And the advantage of this is that rich people don't pay tax.
Normal worker with salary = pays tax
Rich worker who is paid in dividends through a shell company = no tax
In which case 100x that number of astronomers, geologists, geophysicists etc would be saying it was natural to keep their jobs
Re: Anti-fraud measure?
IIRC the reason for the charge was a nominal sum to cover the pharmacists cost of handling the prescription. Since this new computer system will reduce the cost dramatically (all computerised systems do ) the fee can be abolished.
Alternatively anybody who doesn't have to pay can prove that by registering a 90quid e-passport in the new system on every visit
You wont have a choice of pharmacists because your doctor (or semi-autonomous grant holding patient acquisation unit as he is now known) - is signed up to GooglePreScript which has an exclusive contract with
Easypharm, who unfortunately only have branches in London and the Caymens (for tax reasons)
They will deliver the drugs to your home, for a moderate extra fee, and in only 28 days.
Re: This goes to show...
Yep - if you are a human/environmental/animal rights campiagner all you have to do is be better at cybersecurity than the combined technical resources of any government that may oppose you.
You should also assume that the same government owns the OS and hardware you are running it on
Except BT will get the contract - so it will be ADSL over copper.
With the copper wire running above the tracks and a clever little device on top of the train to make contact.
None of you new fangled wireless stuff.
Funny how 3hour checkins and security lines at airports don't get billed in the same way.
Heathrow: 70million passengers/year * 2 extra hours waiting * 50quid/hour = 7billion quid for extra "security"
Re: It's more binary than how many minutes are saved
That will be why everybody is rushing to build Concorde replacements then
If it's vital that cockneys and brummies meet face to face to discuss the massive West Midland-London trade deals then it shoudl be vital for me to supersonic to Shenzen everytime I need a circuit board making.
Re: It will only work to move people around the UK if the tickets are cheap!
>I could, in theory, work in London for several hundred quid/day more than I do in my home city.
But once everybody from your home city can work in London - that rate drops.
It will however increase the price of houses in your city when Birmingham becomes a London commuter suburb
Re: Notting Dale Itek?
>This present venture seems to have some similarities.
Except for the educational aspects and local yoof
This is subsidized office space for big companies who are frends with the government to stick a bunch of call center people in with a couple of felt tip web designers upstairs to get the digital-britannia bit and the occasional school party being shown some of this "multi-media stuff" to justify the educational tag
Re: Oh really
If only it was that easy to create an orphaned work
Mr J. J. Abrams - would you mind stepping over here, near the edge of this multi-storey car park
Re: Pardon my cynicism but...
Because each "digital social creative media cloud government relations consultant" requires a barrista, a personal assistant, a life coach, a yoga instructor, a nanny .....
So you only need a few government website concepts to be concepted about - to easily create 6500 new jobs
Company is office365, I would love not to have to carry a laptop and just use my Chromebook but even outlook.com doesn't work
Unfortunately office365 doesn't work with chrome
Re: Misguided notion of romance
until they develop a drone that can do the banter - what !
Re: Watch out F-35
The drones are autonomous, they can navigate by GPS, intertial, TFR and Infrared mapping.
And if somebody does does shoot one down - what have you lost?
The main problem is that using them as a bomber is silly. If the mass you have to bring back to the carrier to reload is so much larger than the bomb load why not leave the plane at the target - ie a cruise missile.
The real reason that it will be dropped is that the navy like having big impressive carriers with 5000 crew all serving 2 dozen fighter pilots. Replacing them with a converted container ship and 3 techs launching disposable drones doesn't do much for your political career once you stop being an admiral
Re: Watch out F-35
Except manned fighters are cool, so they get the pick of the best (or at least best connected) pilots
Those same pilots rise up the ranks of the air force and government - where they are in charge of the purchasing decisions
Ever wondered why the head of the RAF is always a fighter type?
Re: Ruling seems reasonable
But what is the barrier to complaining?
If Madonna or similar have a staff complaining about every "Madonna can't sing" "Madonna looks like an XXX" multiplied by 80million Germans it's going to have to basically block all names.
Then with libel tourism does it count if somebody in England types in the name of a German on the .com site?
Re: Is this a defence?
If the algorithm is just based on the most common other searches then they are simply reporting a fact .
You searched for Herr XXX, most other people that searched for "Herr XXX" searched for "Herr XXX is a crook"
Re: ironic is my middle name
Yes but suppose the Chinese discovered the secret of gunpowder.
They could invade America
>or send the CAD file abroad
Yes and how many people have had FBI raids for posting the cad files of a basically useless toy gun on their website?
Re: So given that we now know the IRS were for political reasons
Because the IRS doesn't even have to pretend that there is evidence before auditing a group.
The Bush and Clinton administrations were both pretty bad for IRS attacks on non-profits that opposed their views
So the same governments that want drone strikes on Mr Assange for reavealing super-ultra-top-secret classified info (like Isreal and the palestinians don't get on, or some people in Pakistan don't like the US) - are quite happy to use use this illegally obtained info to claw back money
Re: I agree...
That's the problem - it lists ALL your applications.
Install visual studio and that spy tool (to check for COM messages in MFC apps running in console mode ) appears before the IDE
The surprising thing is that anybody would be surprised that they would do this
Re: And the other half the story....
How difficult could it have been to change the business logic from, "if irish = terrorist" to "if muslim = terrorist" ?
Re: As JC would say...
Although presumably without the follow-up customer service questionaire
Re: Strokes big fat pussy and laughs.
If memory serves - evil supervillians always seem to be very good at large project management.
You never saw the underground layer half covered in scaffolding because a contractor was late or a plot to blow up Fort Knox stopped because an IT system had been abandoned.
Perhaps it's the shark+laser beam based negotiating tactics - but government IT negotiating with CapGemini / IBM / Whatever-Anderson-Is-called-Today should probably be issued with a white cat and a nehru jacket
Re: What has the EU do do with it anyway?
Because BT also bids on contracts in Europe and now because it has just been given a 300M quid subsidy (assuming typical 1005 cost overruns) it can go out and underbid on every other contract in Europe.
Suppose Germany decided it was going to subside the cost of manufacturing every car so they could be given away free - but the deal only applied to companies whose intials were V and W - would a worker in a Nissan plant in Sunderland have any reason to object?
Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system
IIRC Munich originally started this when they were facing moving off W2K/NT4 to XP.
It wasn't that they intended saving money on that move - reading between the lines of the CTOs statement MSFT were prepared to give them the licenses almost free.
It was that they wanted off the MSFT upgrade treadmill. they would since have upgraded xp->vista->win7->win8, each of which would have had the same licence and retraining costs. And would have been done at a date out of their control. You are facing a huge hole in your budget following a recession - and a US software company decides it's time for you to pay several million $ right now.
Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system
If you are a city council and your staff are producing documents and powerpoints that are anything more than basic - fire them.
Similarly if you are making documents available to your customers - the tax payers - that are only readable by the lates tmost advanced versions of office you are doing it wrong
Re: some possible explanation [have I understood correctly?]
Surely - its just a connected series of internets for oil
Re: A free market in politicians
Surely in a free market economy you would just pay them for votes directly?
They could have advertised pricing and a loyalty card
I want a proper unix based phone.
With a keyboard, and an escape key
And a commandline where I can make a call with "call -n 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3" and add a contact with "vi /etc/phonebook"
Either they also target other major news sources's twitter feeds but none of them fell for the bait
Or - the Syrian inteligence agency is about as well informed as its opposite numbers in the CIA., M15 and RAC
Picture the scene; in a glass-whiteboard clad, moodily lit underground layer in Damascus:
General - our crack team of cyber ninja commandos have managed to penetrate the main news organisation of the western-facist-zionist-oppressors.
Abdul - I told you before, Fox is not a real news site it's a parody, try again.
No General - this time we have struck against "the onion", the one that revealed Kim Jong Ill to be the sexiest world leader.
Well done Abdul - have a medal.
These days that hardly counts as a bank robbery.
The bankers were probably laughing and throwing money at them saying - Million? call that a bank robbery!
Re: Pens should be banned
Don't forget rabid badgers.
It's because of the lobbying efforts of the NRBA (National Rabid Badger Association) that there are no laws restricting carrying a concealed rabid badger
In other news - the city council have ordered 100 new BMW's after the old ones ran out of petrol
Re: Take the 5th?
Or you could just do a Murdoch and not remember anything, or do a Murdoch sons and not know anything or the MP that said he didn't recognise their jurisdiction and refused to answer anything.
Re: Poor sod
> without a coherent and demonstrably viable plan on how he would deliver.
Should have applied to ycombinator instead then ?
Re: Is it really surprising....
Same reason we didn't like South Africa - they look like us, so they make us feel guilty.
Black safars killing blacks safars = we don't care, white safars killing kaffirs = we boycott them
Brown bacon-dodgers killing arabs = we don't care, White bacon-dodgers killing arabs = we boycott them
Re: fair enough
>'Davros' comment may get you a few downvotes
Be a laugh to hack the voice synthesizer though wouldn't it
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