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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: TLDR

Why shouldn't I hire foreigners?

I run a startup on the west coast - I have Brits, Russians, Saffas, Germans, Dutch, Israeli, 4 kinds of foreign chinese, Japanese, Indian, Africa, Iranian, Jordanian, 3 former bits of Yugoslavia, Chilean, both the "natural born citizens" are 1st gen Chinese. I just hired our first European-American.

They all have work permits, visas or citizenship, why should I care which? They all pay tax here, consume stuff here and contribute to the local economy - and most importantly build our business.

They are all also scientists and engineers and are all paid irrespective of skin color or nationality.

Why should I prefer people born here?

If it's purely racial then should I only hire white Americans, only Christians, only Protestants, only the same branch of the church as you or the same eye color ?

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Re: Don't forget us oldsters!

The real problem with over 40s is that they don't think it's awesome to pull all-nighters and work weekends because a project is under resourced, poorly planned and has an unrealistic deadline

20 year olds will do that if you have table football

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Re: This article is a load of leftie rubbish

I don't think we need to blow up the tunnel.

Just build an extra semi-circular section joining the two tunnels at one end.

I give you ... The euro-U-bend !

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

>if we must remove ourselves from so much free movement of labour, those of us left will earn more as a result

But there will still be competition from all those other Brits driving down wages.

The obvious way to boost IT salaries is to reduce the number of tech graduates. If we close all the science and engineering depts except say Imperial and have a quota of say 20 graduates/year. Then those few graduates will see massive salary rises (although they may have to do a lot of overtime)

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

>So we shouldn't create guidance on what is unacceptable and potentially criminal behaviour

No, we shouldn't use technical legislation to criminalise things which would otherwise be legal.

If it is OK to shout it on a street corner there shouldn't be a separate law making it illegal to shout over 4G. If it is already illegal to shout it on a street corner then we don't need a new law.

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

And of course this law is only going to be used against people making terrorist or rape threats.

It will never be used to enforce injunctions covering up some MPs sex-life or dodgy business dealings.

It won't be used by a Korean cell phone maker to prevent concerns about their product being spread on social media and it won't be used by local councils to crack down on people who complain about roads.

Is there a latin phrase for all this that the lawyers can slip in ?

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I can because I live in a terrorist state that started a bloody revolutionary war against being ruled by people like this and so have pretty near absolute freedom of speech.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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Re: Potential

How are we going to know where all the muslims/immigrants/PHP programmers are to round them up if we don't have the twitter data ?

You expect everyone to wear little colored badges?

(You might not like Trump's personality but his promise to crackdown on PHP is gaining him a lot of support)

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

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Re: Stingray Mk II

The current system does, but if it's used in a mobile location the backhaul to the "real" communications network is a mobile link. That's fine if you are eavesdropping on a single suspect but if you show up at a protest of a 100,000 people it's hard to channel all their call data into a single 4G link

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Re: ... available to Americans of all backgrounds

It's a fight between the Federal (evil commie big government) Communications Commission and local (democratic state's right freedom loving) police

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

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Re: Safe, huh?

The bus was perfectly safe - it was only the driver and passengers that were in any danger.

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>What prevents a parked bus from rolling away when the battery goes flat?

That would be ridiculous.

It would be like leaving a train with hundreds of tank cars full of fuel oil parked on a hill above a town, with vacuum brakes that only operate while the engine is running, without any crew overnight and without a note telling the fire service not to use the engine kill switch when there is a minor fire.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: Three things you can do about this Brexit nonsense

Write to my MP, my God I hadn't thought of that. Now everything will be sorted out.

If only this idea had occurred to somebody before

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Re: The UK is now run by a female Donald Trump

Adam Smith was Scottish so it's perfectly reasonable for anyone in London to ignore him

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Problem is .... WTO tarif rules don't cover financial services.

2 years after she triggers article 50 and no bank in London has any more right to trade in Europe than a bank in China or New York does. Think all those banks are going to stay in London for the weather and scenery ?

However much you hate bankers they are a big chunk of the UK's earnings

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After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

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And the NTSB was setup because previously the FAA was given the job of promoting air travel AND investigating crashes. So all crashes were one-off freak occurrences, or the dead crew's fault and never a flaw with the aircraft.

There was a recent investigation into the FAA inspectors being a little too 'patriotic' in supporting US aircraft manufacturers post 9/11 = you can't find faults with Boeing because we need Boeing military aircraft to support our boys in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Top interview: Dr Patrick McCarthy – boss of the world's future largest optical telescope

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Re: "Mysterious Dr X says, Universe is NOT Expanding" at CanadaFreePress

If you add in the fact that the Big Bang was first proposed by a Belgian Catholic priest you can probably bring in the Da Vinci code, the Vatican and the secret order of Belgian Illuminati (slightly less famous than their Bavarian cousins but with better beer)

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Re: E-ELT

>I like the part where they run out of sensible adjectives to describe the size of the next telescope.

It's a rare example of German irony.

The ESO (european but basically German) telescopes were named NTT (new technology) VLT (very large) and ELT (extremely large) the next one was proposed as OWL (overwhelmingly large)

While the British and American ones were named after famous scientists or donors.

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Re: E-ELT

As an example of how insanely large the E-ELT will be

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Comparison_optical_telescope_primary_mirrors.svg

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Re: Invention Time

You can for some applications.

There are CCD that can read at video frame rates with no noise, so you read the flickering shimmering image, chose the rare frames where everything was perfect and discard the rest - it's known as "lucky astronomy" but it doesn't work for very wide fields where one part of the image might be good while another area is bad, and you can't use it to feed other instruments like spectrographs.

A big difference between astronomy and camera image stabilisation is that with big mirrors there are dozens of separate patches in the image with different atmosphere and different image movements, with a camera you are cancelling out only movements of the entire camera.

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Re: This is what's it all about!

That's the advantage of Chile over Hawaii.

You get less US government funding if you don't build in a senators back yard but you also get less opposition from groups using you as a political football.

Caltech (Carnegie's old enemy) chose Hawaii and are having big problems getting their telescope built.

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Portsmouth bomb about to be detonated

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Re: GB / US Bombs just as reliable

>They still find plenty of unexploded ordnance across Germany. ... transport them to special facilities where the stuff is all placed in a big hole and blown up with a satisfying kaboom.

Traditionally Belgium

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Crypto guru Matt Green asks courts for DMCA force field so he can safely write a textbook

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Re: Welcome to the land of the free!

If you want freedom of speech you should look to the founding fathers of the nation.

And start a bloody revolutionary war to destroy the current oppresive government.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Re: Is it on?

Input verification with no error message is the most annoying and financial systems are the worst offenders:

Suppose on the next line he had entered 4.1% and it wouldn't let him continue because 4% is the maximum deduction for one legged piano players in Arkansas who also claim a single dependant as wife and sister and aren't separating form 24B from income on .......

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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Recognition of bias was the reason for the bind auditions - but it wasn't to counter sexism.

There was a belief that students at certain prestigious music schools or who trained with certain well known maestros were getting preferential treatment.

Women being as good as men came as a big surprise to everyone

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Re: It's an advantage, stupid.

In a perfect irony women are now preferred so much for STEM faculty positions in universities desperately trying to make themselves look more balanced, that academic posts are a significant percentage of female STEM PhDs jos

Because more women are going into low paid junior academic posts and more men are being "forced" into Wall St and Silicon valley, the gender pay gap for STEM PhD is now one of the fastest rising.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Re: Witnessed something similar

Best story I heard, a bank was doing layoffs by the time-honored method of cancelling your access badge.

One techie turns up monday morning, badge does't open turnstile - thinks "oh shit" and goes home and starts updating linkedin.

2 days later manager calls and asks where the fsck are you?

I've been fired

No you haven't. Checks with HR and is a fault with your badge.

"Tough" says the somewhat pissed off engineer, I've got a job interview tomorrow - I'll be in next week.

Takes a couple of days off and goes back to a 20% pay rise.

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US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

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Ridiculous

They accept all members of the same Harvard fraternity that they went to, who are sons of members of the same fraternity and whose fathers are currently in the same country club - totally without considering skin color

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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Re: A few notes

and 1 cubic meter = 1000 litres and 4kg = 1000 x 4cc

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Re: A few notes

4litres (= a milk jug) of LHe expands to 24 cubic meters (=an apartment) of room temperature/pressure gas. So blocked He pipework can get very exciting very quickly.

It's also why we aren't allowed to travel in elevators with the LHe dewers and why that glass internal wall along the side of the NMR lab is a REALLY stupid idea.

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Re: too technical for me

The falcon9 holds nearly 120,000kg of Kerosene.

An AGA burns about 40litres of kerosene a week (according to their website), say 2000kg/year

The Gruniad has a readership of around 150,000.

So assuming that 100,000 Guardian readers have an AGA they burn 200,000 ton of Kerosene a year or nearly 1500 Falcon9 launches - I propose this as a new el'reg unit.

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Re: Presentation methods

I would like to deliver this quarter's financials through the medium of interpretive dance.

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Come over to this side of the pond.

We like experts, we pay them, you don't have to work in the City to get paid above poverty wages.

You can even afford a house (San Francisco and Vancouver excepted)

Even if you have a Northern accent people can't tell and women still think it's cute.

Your boss won't be a chinless **beep** who got promoted because he went to the right school.

(You do have to get used to not being able to swear as much in the office.)

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Re: Off-shoring, can they afford it?

> John Major opened up the doors he doubtless had good intentions of widening access to higher ed,

It was a great opportunity for some elite places. They had been facing competition from other universities since the 60s but now they got a huge marketing advantage.

Go to say Sussex or Newcastle and hope the HR dept know if those are "real" universities or just an old teacher training college rebranded. Much safer to stick with Oxbridge/London/Durham. Same thing applies to researchers/industry partners/funders as well as students.

If you were cynical you could think that it was all planned over a nice dinner for Sir Humphrey at his old college.

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Re: french law

Open enrolement is a problem for many courses. You end up with massive first year classes with a 80% drop out rate. It's less a problem in science/engineering because you can set pre-req.

Staff is a bigger problem, jobs are civil service. So it's very very difficult for a new post-doc to get a permanent job, but once they do they are set for life and impossible to fire - makes for some pretty hide bound departments.

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Really it is a good thing.

If the 3letter agencies are after you then there is nothing this can do - but to stop an East Texas patent court demanding all Airbus's docs are handed over to Boeing it seems like a good solution.

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US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

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I can see why they want to reduce Police surveilance

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/police-accidentally-record-themselves-conspiring-fabricate-criminal-charges-against

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Launch Mistake

> it doesn't look as though you could stay on the pointy end in a storm for more than a couple of seconds.

I don't think US Navy sailors and sailoresses are allowed to do the whole Kate Winslet bit.

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Re: weapons?

I was hoping for a line of hatches opening along the side and cannon being run out.

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Which explains the later US policy f using nukes against Japanese fishing boats - can't take any chances

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Won't change until...

Give contract to small startup to do it cheaply on web - any problems = you're fired.

Give contract to Crapita/EDS/etc but tell them to add a couple of Bn contingency - comes in under budget = promotion, and a seat on the board when you retire.

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what changed?

Presumably it was a center of excellence in management best practice for the 15 odd years when her lot ran things?

How did it become so institutionally wrong so quickly under her opponents? I thought the civil service wasn't agile?

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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It's not just a skinned version of Chrome.

It's a skinned version of Chrome that routes all your data through their VPN that is owned by a Chinese 'security' company

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Re: Report's opening paragraph

It's OK, even with the new online-only system there will be a way for your QC to lodge an objection and then turn up with so many high powered lawyers that the volunteer magistrate is intimidated into letting you off.

Rich people won't have to see any drop in the quality of service

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: "Not compatible with fuel"

You can tell all that from the "F" (Fsck-up) code letter at the beginning of the name.

Projects beginning with "B" tend to be the same but with $Bn instead of $Mn, I think that's what the "B" stands for

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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Re: That old saying ...

I thought their corporate moto was :"Gertner, damn Gartner and statistics"?

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Re: It isn't enough for the ARM to match i5 perofrmance

If Apple succeed in getting most Mac software sold through the iStore you won't even need to recompile. Upload the app as clang intermediate code and let the store compile the appropriate version when the user downloads

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