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4478 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

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Re: Devious and Disgusting

>if in the court's opinion the subject looks underage, even if you can prove that they are not.

So what about Angus Young - ACDC's not-so-young school uniform wearer?

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

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Re: Try reading the damn article

It did indirectly.

Banking is a global business, if a British bank's shareholders ask why it isn't making the 10% returns that it's American competitors are by selling subprime mortgages, Mayfly futures and magic bean funds - it has to start doing more than lending only to the nice 40year old couple who want a tiny mortgage.

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Re: Bollocks

The generation currently retiring might have - but the previous generation didn't.

Most women didn't work so the longest living half of the pensioners, paid no tax and no NI, many of the men were manual workers who paid no NI before the 60s

If you are in the generation that partook of WWII it's likely you were a massive net loss to the welfare system

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Mixed lessons from history?

At least we had the decency to hire the Nazi scientists and get them to build copies of their rockets instead of doing the copying ourselves.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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Re: Law is for the poor

If you employed the person, paid them to do the hacking as part of their job and profited from the proceeds - yes

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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

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Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.

"Most people" in the music industry are musicians - they get screwed by the PRS / RIAA more than downloaders

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Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.

I think that's the Bard of Avon, the Bard of Avalon would be Bryan Ferry

....although he might also believe in killing all the lawyers - most people in the music industry do.

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Lasers capture 3D images from a kilometre away

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You get a return from each object in the path, most LIDAR systems will give you all the depth values or just first/last hit.

The difficult bit about using them at this range is that the beam is a foot across unless you are carrying optics the size of a truck to project it, it looks like their software is doing some clever surface reconstruction maths to get pixels that small so it will be confused by anything fuzzy - it probably also needs the target to stand very still to allow it to build up the map

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Re: Nope

Intel ship another PC - same as the current PCs

Too expensive to watch TV, to expensive for schools, too power hungry and no connectivity for projects, not powerful enough for games.

Sadly it will sell for kiosks/digital signage to people who think they need windows to display a picture - and who will have a BSOD appear on their billboard on the dailywtf

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Bitcoin briefly soars to record $147 high, driven by Cyprus bank flap

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Re: Commodity/currency? Nah, it's a penny stock.

And how exactly does the UK's military might set the value of the pound?

Accept pounds or we send in Prince Harry?

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Re: NO

Gold has some industrial uses - but gemstones are only valuable because De Beers run ads to persuade your girlfriend that she has to have a diamond ring. If you want to know how intrinsically valuable jewels are - ask the jewel what the trade in value of that $5000 engagement ring is.

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Re: @AC...13:51...Gee...WHAT a surprise!

No - somebody hacked an exchange.

If somebody hacked a bank that doesn't mean they have hacked the Dollar/Euro/Pound

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>Cannot manage the uncertainty of the future as well as material monies

So I have a suitcase full of Reichmarks - can I buy a BMW with them?

>on the free market, commodity monies, and presumably gold and silver

Assuming there is a free market and not a government that suddenly takes 10% of your commodity monies or requires you to report your gold holdings

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Re: Are you insane?

And who would have thought that life long socialist, CND supporter and conscientious objector to school cadet force - Jack Straw - would have been behind US torture flights being supported from the UK. And then lying about it later.

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Sci/Tech quango promises an end to 'events with no women'

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Re: muscles

Here in Canada women are getting more widespread in mining. Women drivers of haul trucks are common if still a minority.

You don't need much in the way of muscle to drive a 300ton truck, for rather obvious reasons they have power steering. There is however still a stereotype that women drivers are more reliable, don't turn up for work drunk or stoned, don't get into fights at work and are more conscientious.

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

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Re: We need a relay

Or a hyperspace bypass !

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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What's the badge for

Completely automated drones?

The same but without the wings?

Or an RAF symbol flanked by two keyboards?

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Re: "...required for safe and effective weapons delivery." - RAF

So they just drop a leaflet saying:

"We tried to bomb your country but you were out - please contact the RAF to arrange a re-bombing"

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USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

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Re: This is the way to do it.

They can't travel to another Eu country to get work until they are a citizen of the first Eu country - which normally takes years.

Think of the Eu like the US, if you become a US citizen in Texas you should be allowed to move to California within 10years.

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Re: This is the way to do it.

Competing with locals is good.

If they can do better than the locals they get the job, the company does better, the company becomes succesfull and hires more people and pays more tax (snigger).

Would you rather ARM could hire the best coders in the world - even if they were American/Japanese/Korean - or be limited to Bert from Saffron Walden because you wouldn't want anyone coming from outside S Cambs and taking local jobs

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Prime Ministerial exploding cheese expert to become 'entrepreneur'

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Re: Smell my cheese...

Your special adviser was a hamster and your policy smells of elderberries

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Tech is the biggest problem facing archiving

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Re: @Lusty

What if you were interested in looking for oil under Borat-istan. Before bribing the local rulers or persuading the US to invade - it might be interesting to look at those surveys you did when in the 1920s when it was British Eastern Turkey.

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Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

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Thank our (previous) glorious leader

For rejecting chinese style socialism and fighting for the rights of British customers to get one year warranties rather than the mandatory two years forced upon the other oppressed peoples of Europe

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: This is all too familiar.

I just tell people I'm a gynecologist

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Re: so you really

>I've never heard of a power grid that struggled to meet demand at midnight...

You will when 4billion connected devices all try and get their updates and reboot at exactly 00:00 every night!

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: a few people will get killed

In the Korean war we (the good guys) only killed about 25% of the population of N Korea - I'm sure we can do better this time.

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Re: Utterly, totally, absolutely

UK:

Cost of 2 new BAe aircraft carriers = £££££

Enough US super stealth ninja aircraft for half of them = £££££££

Military value of aircraft based ninja stealth air superiority dog fighters in war on terror = 27p

NK:

Cost of pirate download of photoshop = 0

Cost of blank DVD to burn it to = 27p

Military value of image in war on great whoever = 0

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Re: Just buy a computer! Sorted.

This is about the saving made because somebody can't claim an allowance because the computer says no -and there is no live person they can talk to and sort it out.

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Re: "excludes more vulnerable members of society who don't access the internet"

If by "exclude" you mean "hunt with dogs" then yes

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Free speechers want into Apple and Samsung sealed court filings

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Re: Patent licensing under seal.

However if the patent licensing agreement is that Apple and Samsung agree to cross licence while locking any competitors out of the market and so raising prices for American consumers then it is in the public interest.

Price fixing cartels can't normally claim that it's a "trade secret"

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

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Re: cute

>Actually I would have said beer and sex and chips and gravy were far more effective at stopping work at universities :-)

I'm in a department of Theoretical Physics

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Re: cute

There is nothing like the IT dept for preventing doing any work in universities

Our computer use policy prohibits reading any file outside your home directory! Quote = "Having read permission on any file DOES not imply permission to read it"

So how do I log in then?

>blank stares

What about the compiler, does it have permission to read /usr/include?

>"any other use of the computer is only allowed as specified by your course tutor"

I'm the head of the fscking research group !

This attitude almost made sense when we had a mainframe, so we bought Sun workstations, then Linux boxes to escape from them. Now we all use Windows they are back in control

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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

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Re: S.A: Put your clocks back...

So that'll be a big change form the UK and US then?

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

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Re: Chinese mineral resources aren't the issue

Western workers don't have to compete against the Chinese.

Western customers just need to persuade Mongolian or Somali or some other TPLAC to lower their standards below China, or wait for China's to rise.

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Re: China is a problem

If past experience in the region is any guide - it will certainly increase the quality of their cars, video games, cameras, portable hifi, and tentacle based porn.

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Branson, Berners-Lee, Google, £2m: LET'S SAVE THE WORLD

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Re: Charities?

No, you are thinking of "companies"

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: Oh bollocks !

That explains NTSC then = drunk imps

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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Re: If EVs get popular...

Nope - you can't turn down coal plants. So leccy is cheaper at night because you have all those coal plants running flat out and nowhere for the power to go.

What will make a huge difference is when these car chargers are smart. So instead of having to have a gas turbine plant starting up at 8:50 for the end of "strictly come pop idol in the attic" you can have all the cars stop charging for 15mins or even put power back into the grid.

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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Re: big bang is nonsense

Same here at work, the boss wanted one of the servers "plugged in" so called experts were going on about invisible little electron things wiggling about in invisible atoms being needed to make the machine work.

So I just just sacrificed a goat to ti and it immediately started. Although it does now say "Novell Netware"

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Re: I don't understand

Nope the US instead has a; use as many resources as you can policy.

Anybody that allows a 100% tax write off for your car if it's more than 8000 lbs and then invades middle eastern oil producers

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Reliant on Dell for PCs? Start looking around, says Gartner ball-gazer

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Re: Dell gone? There's always...

That the same two letter printer-ink seller that announced it was getting rid of it's PC business before suddenly changing it's mind when the all its customers said WTF?

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Re: <Yawn>

IBM exit the PC market, that they invented?

Inconceivable!

Sell the famous ThinkPad line to some chinese OEM ?

Inconceivable!

- this word, I do not think it means what you think it means !

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Hoboken CTO admits bugging boss for political leverage

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Re: Underrated?

As the classic movie says:

Why is New Jersey called "The Garden State"?

Because "Oil and Petrochemical Refinery State" wouldn't fit on a license plate?

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Because by inserting the ads at runtime - they can then make the DVDs ad freeso you are more likely to buy them

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ARM's new CEO: You'll get no 'glorious new strategy' from me

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Re: Whats all this Intel vs ARM rubbish I've been hearing about recently?

I'm typing this on an ARM pc. It's a chrome book - looks like a macbook air for 15% of the price.

Intel's real concern is ARM servers. Why do I need to buy a $1000 Itanium to run WIndows-server and then pay another $1000 in HVAC just to send a few files down a 5Mb/s connection?

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Re: Some folk just know what to do with IT, and just do it quite quietly with the minimum of fuss.

And just like Linux - if you have an idea you can try it.

If you decided that the world needed a cheap low power sata-gige adapter that spoke SMB you could just build one. If you went to intel and ask if they would licence you a chip design that would destroy their server business you might not do as well

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Cop an eyeful of that: Moto bungs 5-megapixel cam into plod radio

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Streaming data

2kb/s seems a bit poor.

If we had some sort of hardwired link (say a closed circuit) it would be possible to transmit much more data - potentially even live images (or television as I believe it's called)

It would even be possible to fix these units place you wouldn't have to have a policeman present.

I forsee a total end to crime if these CCTV idea was implemented.

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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

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Most teachers, school executives and local education authorities - "just want a cruisy ICT course to get easy credits"

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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

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Re: Where in the world is there lots of sunshine?

You are allowed to develop technology that isn't used domestically.

In many countries making things that you can sell to other countries is considered a good thing (tm)

If you had a high tech manufacturing base you might be looking for new things to do with it - rather than just slush-funding it a new defence contract.

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