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Anonymous threat shutters Gitmo WiFi

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We need Gitmo to counter the growing threat of home grown American terrorists http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/teenager/

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Irish deputy PM: You want more tax from Apple? Your problem, not ours

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Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?

It helps if the other country is in the Eu so there is no import duty.

So Mr Romanian president, lower the rate to 10% and we will pretend to invest billions of $ and create 1000s of jobs in your country. Or at least put up a few brass plaques outside lawyers offices

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Re: What precisely was this guy responding to?

Right upto the point where some other European country decides to make it 10% or 5%

It used to be that Ireland did very well with US corporations: between the language, golf courses, whiskey and the "Mr Obama - come and meet your ancestors, the O'bamas" angle.

But with $$$bn at stake I'm sure a few CFOs can face having their euro-headquarters in Luxembourg or Romania.

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Re: I got an interesting idea

To be fair that wasn't just tax - Bono's ego was getting too large for Ireland, people were being pushed into the sea off Galway.

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Nationalisation

Ireland is short of money

It appears to have one of the worlds most profitable companies in it's backyard.

Why not just nationalise it?

It could even pay compensation - although since the company is mostly irish and most of their business is in Ireland - you wouldn't allow them to repatriate the money to any other tax haven.

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Computer use irrelevant to education outcomes, says US study

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Re: The accepted wisdom

Yes they do help get over the crap handwriting = thick hurdle. So much so that schools have "allegedly" been classifying lots of kids as Dyslexic/Autistic/etc so they can use word processors in exams.

But that's a long way from deciding that if you can write a story and use different fonts you are not only doing better at the story but you are learning computers as well

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The accepted wisdom

from anybody who has even the least justification for an opinion - ie anybody who has been in a school.

Is that computers are mostly a complete waste of time. From the days when we had a BBC micro and a laser disk to learn about the UK in the doomsday project - to today's make a web page in Word showing why you didn't do your maths homework.

By all means put some computers in a library, along with some books, in the hope that some student discovers them and learns something (very much like the books) - but don't think that a power point replaces a teacher

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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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Or we should mandate a federal law enforcement back door

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Re: Wasn't it DECtalk?

It's DEC - that explains why he is still working 50years after he was supposed to croak

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Sigh..

>But not in Canberra, they can't hack the cold winters.

Or the politicians

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Re: maybe

Did you see the list of states affected?

Any research into the evolutionary behavior would have to conclude that Jesus did it.

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

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Re: Who mentioned Windows?

I think he has a trained penguin to do the W*ND*WS

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

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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.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

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Unofficial CCTV

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

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MIT takes battery-powered robot cheetah for a gallop

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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

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

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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)

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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.

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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

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

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Re: Well

In which case 100x that number of astronomers, geologists, geophysicists etc would be saying it was natural to keep their jobs

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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

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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

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@rurwin

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.

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Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference

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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

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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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.

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Re: Bussiness...

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"

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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.

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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

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

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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

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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

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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

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Review: HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook

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Re: Why?

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

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Re: Why?

Unfortunately office365 doesn't work with chrome

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Top guns doomed as US Navy demos first carrier-launched drone

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Re: Misguided notion of romance

until they develop a drone that can do the banter - what !

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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

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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?

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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

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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?

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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"

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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

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Re: ironic is my middle name

Yes but suppose the Chinese discovered the secret of gunpowder.

They could invade America

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Re: @zmodem

>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?

http://www.stormthecastle.com/trebuchet/trebuchet-plan.htm

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'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders

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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

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wikileaks

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

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

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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

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Brits' phone tracking, web history touted to cops: The TRUTH

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The surprising thing is that anybody would be surprised that they would do this

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MI5 spymasters axe intel database upgrade, pour '£90m' down drain

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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" ?

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Re: As JC would say...

Although presumably without the follow-up customer service questionaire

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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

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UK superfast broadband crew: EC competition bods are holding us up

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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?

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Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

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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.

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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

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Elon Musk and PayPal chum quit Zuckerberg's immigration gang

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Re: some possible explanation [have I understood correctly?]

Surely - its just a connected series of internets for oil

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