* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Missing the most important question

Does it have the surface to air missiles?

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: That linked article is nonsense

And killings by christian terrorists would have been much less of a problem when I was growing up if they hadn't had such political, financial and materiel support from a certain country.

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Re: People plus technology

>I don't recall people flying jumbo jets into skyscrapers to bring them down peanuts?

Compared to Stalingrad / Dresden / Hiroshima / Somme ?

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I thought it was the Saudi's ?

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> Surely, there was no crime before the 1980s, when the Internet became a reality. :P

Yes but in the 80s it was because of video nasties, In the 90s it was computer games

In the 70s it was cinema, in the 60s drugs, rock music in the 50s

In the 40s they blamed it on the rise of facism and the invention of aerial bombing and nuclear weapons

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: "the engines couldn't take it"?

That's what we used to say about working with GEC.

It was obvious that they supplied the Enterprise's engines.

Why did Kirk always win?

Because GEC also did the weapons systems for the Klingons

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Re: Engines and SSTO

Unfortunately when it comes to landings the last few meters are rather critical.

I'm the same with ladders, knowing that it's the ground that hurts you I'm unable to step down from the last rung and have to go back up to the top where I know I'm safe.

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Re: EURO 2016

The net is the easy part - but you need to make the rocket out of something strong enough to survive being dropped into a net. Cast iron would probably be good.

Unfortunately it is difficult to make cast iron look nice and shiny for the promotional photos so very few rockets are made out of it.

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Re: "he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

Wouldn't you charge more for the "space tested and verified" engine ?

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Re: Hmmm... not convinced!

The engines are supposed to keep running after it "hits" the barge, mostly to get rid of any unburnt fuel but also to make sure it is eased down.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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But if it had been a "proper subject" that you learned at school you would all have been in rows chanting the table of Sinclair basic commands and memorising memory addresses to regurgitate in exams.

That would probably have put you off about as effectively as times-tables puts people off appreciating maths.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: Engineer

Even worse in Canada. A PhD physicist working for the government I wasn't an exempt (ie professional) employee, so I had to be in the union, had to have fixed working hours, had to clock in an clockout, couldn't sign off on the reports / expenses / HR stuff of the team I was running.

Yet a 21 year old "environmental engineer" with a degree in sustainable development is automatically my boss.

There is an exemption to allow professors who aren't engineers to supervise PhD students but it expires and the engineers are fighting it in court.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Re: I write books

When you borrow an ebook here it is only readable on the supported devices for 2 weeks, you can also jump through some hoops to "return it" by expiring the loan.

I could use a rooted tablet to get a permanent copy, but I could more easily find a copy on a torrent site.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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>"I forget, who is paying the FT to print that "advice" these days ?"

>OK, please tell us, since you're so smart. Who?

Like all newspapers it prints "those prejudices of the proprietor which don't upset the advertisers."

I looked it up, the FT is owned by the Japanese stock exchange, so possibly more reliable source of news than being owned by Murdoch, but still an organisation with an agenda and "skin in the game" as they say over here.

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I forget, who is paying the FT to print that "advice" these days ?

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But it is a small place.

I want to move a bank HQ, I need to hire 100traders, 200 derivative quants, 300 programmers, 400 cleaners/rececptionists/HR/etc. I need a choice of 10 corporate law firms, 10 accountants, 10 auditors.

In London or NY I can do this 10x over. In Paris or Frankfurt It is harder, in Dublin / Amsterdam almost impossible. The real reason London will remain as a finance hub is the same reason you open a software startup in SF rather than take the cheaper rent of Idaho.

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Re: Ireland not an attractive destination of HQs

If the only "corporate infrastructure" you need is a brass plaque then Dublin is fine.

If the UK leaves then a majority of the financial institutions HQed in London will need an Eu subsidiary to deal with Europe, and perhaps will need to move their HQ to Europe.

In either case it will mean a brass plaque in Dublin, the workers continue to be in London and the corporate tax that used to not be paid in London will now not be paid in Ireland.

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: That's Nice

No the FBI will be snooping on the victims and their friends - just in case any of them knew J Edgar.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Before

Have you seen some of the spiders they have there?

Flatten them from orbit is the only way to be sure !

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Re: Before

"You may recall Skylab..."

A brilliantly conceived but badly execute attempt to flatten Australia from space.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: If Brexit successed UK computers won't be allowed to use Zeros and Ones

Zeros and Ones for computers are a silly southern invention by the southern nancy (in the purely soft southerner sense) Turing

Proper Yorkshire Quantum computers operate on the appen/mebbe system which allows all possible answer states to be considered simultaneously before arriving at "reet reckonin"

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Re: Trademarks?

I'm not sure you can trademark "Cornwall" but if you could I think the name belongs to Chuck - Son of Phil the Greek.

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Re: FFS STOP!!!

>We could protect those things in Great Britain, but what power would we have to protect them eslewhere in Europe?

I assumed that Boris's next plan would be to invade Europe ?

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: Should be caned on principle

That's a ridiculously old fashioned attitude and a complete misrepresentation of the political process.

No politicians or Machiavellian ministers negotiated this deal.

It was written by a bunch of corporations and their lobbyists and then given to the politicians to sign if they wanted funding for their re-election campaign and some nice directorships after they retire.

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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Re: How about professional engineer status for coders?

PEs also require that you are supervised by a PE.

So great if you are a mechanical engineer at Ford, trickier if you are at a startup.

Although it works great for us. It neatly divides each new graduate crop into those that eventually want a nice safe job in local government (where professional status is required for all managers) and so go and work for whatever large utility will tick all the PE boxes. And those that actually want to make something new and interesting.

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Speaking as a consumer ...

>Out of date? If it still makes phone calls and sends texts, it won't be out of date.

If it has a security bug which means that anyone in the world can access all your data on it or can charge premium rate calls to it - and your supplier doesn't offer an update.

So it can make calls and send texts but you daren't turn it on - then it is "out of date"

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Teching self-help

Teach a man to fish and he will talk about nothing but fishing for hours, give a man a fish and at least they will shut up while they are eating it!

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Re: Thinking it through

Factory farmed chickens cost $3 in an Aldi in Europe or America with a transport infrasturcture - they are a lot more expensive in Africa.

The big advantage of chickens is that it is harder for European/American farmers to dump capacity in Africa and depress prices. It's not much fun trying to scrape a bit of wheat from your back garden African strip of dirt and have a bulker arrive with 100,000T of subsidised Kansas/Canadian wheat.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: It's way bigger than encryption - it's about total control

democracy - a system where the 5% of the population living in marginal constituencies get to decide which privately educated Oxford graduate gets a free house in London to promote exactly the same policies as the previous lot.

You can keep it

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Re: News at 10

Obviously we need to ban books

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Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

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If it isn't private

Then it should be subject to FOI requests, in fact it should be public.

What possible objection could each of the presidential candidates have to a list of everybody they talked to on the phone, everyone they met with and everyone that emailed then, along with all they and their staff's web site visits - being published ?

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Re: Now those exam question leaks make sense

No it's just agile, release early and often

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: "Solar only works in really sunny countries"

Yes but you burn dirty coal cheap in china and make nice expensive clean rosy electricity in Surrey - so it all works out.

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Re: Epic FAIL

>But you dont need the LEDS on in the middle of the day, and solar dont work at night

But all you have to do is introduce super-double-triple daylight savings and put the clocks back 12hours !

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Re: Not surprising

Or Xiaomi will do to Huwaei what they are doing to Apple faster than Huwaei can do it Apple

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Re: I've read the original article

There have also been a few cases over this side of the pond where the drug makers have agreed among themselves who will be the sole maker of which generic.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Power Mad

>The police arent trawling the internet looking for things that have been said

The case of the Robin Hood airport it was tweeted - the internet equivalent of shouting in the park.

The airport claim to have found it by doing a search, ie they were monitoring Twitter for references to "Robin Hood"

The case where a musician texted clash lyrics to a friend and the police showed up, the police weren't able to adequately explain how they had "discovered" a private txt between two people who weren't the subject of any sort of investigation.

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Re: Power Mad

Try introducing a law saying you can't say this in public, with a national network of microphones on every lamppost to monitor you an enforce it .

But stick in the back of some technical law about network spectrum and frequency allocation and it's OK

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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

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Re: Tricky HR issue there

Yes but it is a bit restrictive when all your business and political leaders must go have gone to a single high school

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Tricky HR issue there

You hire a bunch of Americans, you check that they all have pickup trucks and know at least the first line of star spangled banner.

But a couple of them look a bit Chinese, do they also have Chinese passports? Could they apply for Chinese passports in the future ? Can you let them look at data ?

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Re: Can you keep a secret??

So does this apply to mail I turn over to the post office?

What about bank transactions, mobile phone calls, web visits?

There is very little I do that doesn't involve a 3rd party

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Re: BACKUPS

Most of my fsckups have been with backups

A RAID system where the management console numbers the drives physically and an OS that numbers them logically. Physical drive 0 fails, OS boots from drive 1. OS asks if you want to rebuild the 2nd drive from the first?

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Re: A cautionary pair of tales (pt1)

Yes - I learned that one a long time ago (NT3.5?) - always have a red background on the production system,

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Re: A cautionary pair of tales (pt1)

NAS with a tabbed web management interface.

The backup NAS I'm cloning TO decides to go away, leaving the main production NAS tab on top.

Click clone, yes I'm sure, yes this will erase the target, yes I know that's what I'm trying to do....

.... ooops ....

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We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision

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Full circle

Itseez are the maintainers of the OpenCV library, which was originally created by Intel's RD division to show that you could do this image processing stuff on PCs rather than needing workstations and FPGAs

Then they threw it out to concentrate on core stuff (like Itanium) and it went through half a dozen hands before ending up with itseez

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: Private sector

When an organisation gets large enough to have an HR dept - leave

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Re: It wasn't me, unfortunately

An HR department that can do such complicated higher mathematics?

Not in my experience

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Re: Lost in the system

I think it may be the reason for Earth's continued existence.

One day some God/super intelligent aliens are going to turn up and say "Didn't we turn this one off when it got infested with those giant lizards?" "How the hell is it still running?"

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: Bandwith worries me

Or a very long bit of cat5 extension

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More than half of people on UK counter-terror biometrics databases are innocent

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Re: ...more than half of people on British counter-terrorism databases are innocent.

They are guilty of of being terrorist suspects.

It's a database of terrorist suspects, so if you are in the database you are a terrorist suspect - obvious really

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