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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Push-to-talk latency

The first 1920s police radio technology needed a second or so to start up, so the meaningless number "10" was prefixed to the actual message code number as wasted space

Perhaps all we need is for copies of Smokey and the Bandit to be issued to all police officers?

10-4 good buddy .....

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Re: It is called Economic Contraception

There is also whats known as the "Scandinavian rebound"

When a country first drags itself out of the dark ages and starts educating women there is a massive drop in birth rate as half the population see a future which doesn't involve squeezing out sprogs.

Then a generation later when these women are at the top of political and business organisations they start to introduce policies that allow people to have children and still work - the birth rate goes back up.

You can tell how civilized your country is by it's position on this scale (PIGS <-> Scandinavia)

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Re: Quotas are reverse racisim, ageism!

1, Fully qualified because they went to Oxford/Cambridge/Harvard/Yale etc?

Hint - why is the cabinet composed only of people who went to Eton?

2, Proof because they already worked for IBM/Intel/Microsoft etc?

If they happened to work freelance because IBM/Intel/Microsoft don't hire women then you wouldn't consider them.

3, How do you rate candidates without meeting them?

PhD scores 10, a degree scores 5, a MSCE scores -5, C scores 10 knowing Java scores -5 and add up the results ?

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Re: surely this is discrimination?

My physics degree at Imperial (many years ago) was 43 men an 1 women.

The 1 women was Japanese and couldn't work in the UK

How were employers supposed to hire 50/50 from that group?

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Re: "Positive" discrimination has been proven to fail, time and again

If the problem is that only 5% of suitable candidates are women, because women don't do maths/physics/engineering degrees - then how are you going to make your workforce 50% women without positive discrimination ?

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Re: Forget true equality

I hope that this isn't just going to be tokenism and all the women hired will be in marketing or secretaries - it's important that 50% of the chip designers are women.

And don't let them use the old boys club excuse of demanding some elitist IVY league PhD first.

Of course Intel could argue that Intel are an oppressed minority now that they are so far behind ARM .

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Re: Yeah...

We have top men working on it right now.

Who?

Top men ...

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Re: So?

To put in non-cyber terms. Bank robbers have used, VWs, Fords, Toyotas and Jags as getaway cars. But then they slipped up and used a Lada so we know they are really KGB !

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Meh

Had that once in his majesty's former colonies.

Turn on the laptop - it boots to a Linux prompt

No turn it - I have to login and "startx"

The world is saved for democracy because a mouse pointer moves

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Cunning

With the French government you are never sure if it is incompetence, malice, both or neither

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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Re: The online world is, in effect, now a public place

And similarly if it's legal to do it in public it should be legal online.

If I'm allowed to stand at Hyde park corner and shout "down with the government" it shouldn't be an offense under some technicality telecommunications act to say the same thing on twitter.

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Re: Age is an issue, and just how do you measure this?

Why do I have a feeling that the only people prosecuted under this law will be those "bullying" Irish politicians, the church or American corporations with HQs in Ireland

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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Re: Targets

Since they were presumably harming North Koreans shouldn't we have been funding them ?

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

That's a bargain - we are paying nearly $2500/month for the family coverage of our single US based salesdroid.

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Re: planned?

Same with the police, I have to pay for the police that arrest me for drunk driving - that's government gone mad. Why can't I contract out arresting me to ther cheapest least effective private supplier available ?

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Re: If you

>Why would you have no insurance though?

You lost your job, you changed job and the new scheme doesn't kick in for 6months, you started working for yourself, your new employer's insurance won't cover you because you had a cold as a child so everything that involves breathing is a pre-existing condition.

Or just paperwork, you become unemployed and file form xyz123 for free coverage but you have to pay the first month's premium of $N000 dollars and will be refunded - but you pay it late and so have no coverage for that 6month billing period but you don't know this.

Or you just see a doctor that was in your insurance scheme when the list was published but has since dropped out and you get a $20,000 bill - it's your responsibility to check that every medical professional you see during your treatment is a member of your specific insurance plan.

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Re: France

Let us know when you have solved that particular computer science problem.

A lot of people in banking, the military, security, etc would like to know how you did it.

ps a password isn't the solution

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Re: Competition and choice

There's an app for that .....

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Re: Billing

The billing inefficiency and overhead is stunning.

I worked for an IVY league university with a fantastic insurance plan, I went for a medical at the university hospital and for the next two years received bills for $0.00, demands to pay $0.00, refunds of $0.00, statements for $0.00 and so on. A colleague broke a wrist went to the same place and received a bill for $200 because a 2nd doctor not covered by the plan had also looked at the x-ray.

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Re: So remind me again

>why don't we also tax those who exercise to cover physio and sports injuries too.

Did BUPA coverage for our small company once.

I mentioned we should be a cheap good risk, all young fit hunks.

On the contrary we were the highest payment band the rep explained rather frankly - we have to cover expensive physio for all your rugby and skiing accidents while we dump middle aged managers with heart attacks on the NHS

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: Absurd

And does the technology require the advert to include the space the technology uses as part of the sale pitch?

Selling a range of products differentiated only on storage space and including space the user can't use is fraudulent. It's like selling a 40" TV with a 32" screen and a 4" bezel then telling customers that if they want a 40" screen they should buy the 56" model.

But Microsoft is worse, my 64Gb Surface tablet includes a hidden 12Gb re-install partition containing windows and office installers and only about 34Gb of usable space.

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UK.gov: Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

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Re: Cut the payroll

But presumably didn't collect his pension

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Re: Cut the payroll

I thought most of the people at MI5 worked for the KGB so that should have reduced the wages bill quite a lot

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Re: Obama, you cunt*.

I think that is unfair, many of us are quite warmly attracted to the specific female anatomy in question.

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Re: [Sigh]

>File this one in with Iraq's WMD, I'm afraid.

So we blame 9/11 on North Korea this year

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Re: Not something to wear at the airport then?

Doesn't contain 2oz of fluid and doesn't have a picture of a transformer on it so you should be fine

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Buy CDs

I can buy used albums for $5, I can get most of the 60s/70s/80s classic albums for $5 or 3/$20 on sale somewhere.

For this I get an album of songs. I get full quality that I can re-rip on the next device.

I get files that I can keep even if I don't keep up my account at xyz services or if xyz get bought by xyz2 and change the terms.

Of course I am an old fart who doesn't know who won X factor so what do I know

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

And yet the same shit workers operate Europe's most efficient car plant in Sunderland.

All it needed was Japanese designs, Japanese management and Japanese accountants.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: In world where news is mostly Celebs..

>If you compare Elon Musk's goals in life to Nigel Farage,

So you have met a nice South African and that is bloody surprising man .....

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Re: Fingers crossed!

> namely aerodynamics.

And the aerodynamics of hypersonic vehicles was well understood in the 1970s ?

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Re: What a team!

What is really impressive is that SpaceX was founded with only $100M

A Google or an Apple could found one a week from the tea money

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014: Part Deux

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Re: So Micrsosoft will not be leveraging Nokia's imaging expertise

The problem is that post Gates there is no Microsoft, there are lots of battling chieftains.

Mobile is under the X-box group so it had better do something for x-box sales this quarter.

It will lose money for a while so it needs subsidy, the only group that makes money is Office so a phone has to convince the Office bosses that it will make money for them in the long run.

Imagine where the iPhone would be if every initial iPhone sale had cost the boss of the iPod division some of his bonus? And that same iPod boss had been in charge of allowing iPhone onto the iTunes store!

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Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours

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Many think technology has changed the way they work ?

What the hell do the others do ?

Sit around flinging dung and wondering how to bang rocks together ?

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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So why be in France?

Unless France has erected a Maginot line around the country then why does Netflix have to be in .fr ?

It can just bill French subscribers to Netflix.co.uk / .de or .dutchy-of-grand-fenwick

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

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Re: @Tim Worstal - " I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments..."

But to an economist Hurricane Sandy was a massive boost to GDP, all that rebuilding work and all those increased insurance premiums.

It's rather surprising that the government relies on unpredictable natural disasters and doesn't, for example, merely nuke the eastern seaboard periodically.

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HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

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Re: Nothing to see here

>Must live in the UK.

Where people understand irony

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Re: Audit time?

I don't know which is funnier, the idea that HP have any staff that would know how to cook the books, or that they might have anyone competent to catch them

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Re: Nothing to see here

It's easy for middle managers - they just have to pressure their employees into never taking any vacation. The result is that people take "vacation" by leaving and taking a break for a few weeks before they take the next job.

But that's ok because having key technical staff leave and trying to replace them in this market is a great cost saving.

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Re: Exactly, makes sense

And demanding that your employees use half their annual vacation to accomodate it ?

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: Cheques

There is always cash - I believe the US govt has been printing quite a lot of that recently

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75% of servers were destroyed

That's because they used those special movie servers where the hacker can log in and cause them to start belching clouds of dry ice and make alarms go off before they finally explode into a shower of sparks.

Presumably Sony's email system also had about 12 characters per screen and made teletype noises as it printed the characters one at a time.

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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My little Google all grown up

And now even more evil than Microsoft

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Re: Agreed

A fingerprint is a userid not a password.

If your account is hacked you don't change your name

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: FFS, it's been the same code for decades !

Embrace, extend, Extinguish.

If their browsers stuck to the standard then users on other OSes could connect to Office365 and that would never do .

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: Anything to weed out the psychopaths

Especially if you are looking for somebody hot for a limited-term relationship

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'Google catches us in an invisible web of our personal data without telling us'

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Re: On the other hand

In a more subtle attack it is alleged Sony hackers broke into the servers of Touchstone and re-edited Pearl Harbor into such a crap movie that many American movie goers now feel the raid was totally justified.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

So don't collate it - just publish

You collect when councillors turn up for meetings, in order to pay them attendance allowance, you collect how they voted on issues, you already put it all in a spreadsheet.

At the moment you then spend money on protecting it, keeping it firewalled, having access controls to stop unauthrorized staff from seeing it - and then spend more money fighting FoI requests when somebody submits one.

So everything that there isn't a law demanding it be keep secret (like medical reports on the children being abused in your council's care homes) goes on a public sharepoint site.

The only reason to keep everything secret by default is to hide cockups or criminal conspiracies,

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Re: Burden

So why wasn't all that info public anyway?

Apart from the launch codes to their nuclear arsenal how much info does the local council have that is secret? Here even the salaries of all public employees are published, by name, on their website

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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When "Wee Spot o Rain Sandy" hit New York they were all very smug about their server rooms and backup generators being on the top floors.

All that was in the basement - as required by building regs - was the fuel tanks and pumps.

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