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Why mergers LOSE money, but are GOOD for the economy

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Re: If only left and right winger politicians had a clearer understanding of this...

The Govt support to Rover was a conservative govt backhander to BAe while they owned it.

It was an attempt not to look like an illegal subsidy so the Americans wouldn't object - or so they could pretend not to have a reason to object while US defense companies were courting BAe

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Re: What's a merger?

Most mergers are so the CEO has "done something".

CEO at companyA - slow and steady, grows market a bit, money in the bank, happy workforce = laughing stock.

CEO at companyH - 'invests' $8bn in iBuzzword-cloudy thing that they eventually shut down = a Big Swinging Dick for heading up a multi-billion $ merger and being a forward thinking visionary in the iBuzzword technology. Gets hired by companyA whose current CEO hasn't made any $Bn investments.

The other alternative is either to split the company into competing business units to enhance competitiveness - or (if the last CEO did this) merge the competing business units into one giant company to enhance efficency.

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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Re: Don't break the law and you wont be pressured surely?

He broke the law by publishing the results of taxpayer funded research - written, edited and peer-reviewed by taxpayer paid researchers to the taxpayer.

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Re: Can someone explain?

He released the published results of 1000s of government funded researchers to the general public

imagine what would happen if the ordinary man in the street started learning about evolution and the universe being older than 4000 years and things being made of atoms. Why - they might write to their congressman !

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re:I wonder if Anonymous will feel the need to somehow punish those responsible

Since mit.edu just dissapeared I think somebody already did

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Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

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Re: Should build what people want

I was tempted by Lenovo's new ultrabook, right upto the point where it said 1376x768 display

2000 called they want their definition of 'ultra' back

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Re: 352 million PCs

Have you found that the 2.8Ghz CPU you had back then is still capable of viewing today's YouTube cat videos or will you have to upgrade to the new 3.2Ghz version?

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Re: Nothing new.....

These days it would get you arrested under the Communications Decency Act

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Re: Seems like this would be a teaching opportunity

Almost all etymologies with an acronym are false.

Fuck is from old Germanic Fokken = to bang

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Re: Seems like this would be a teaching opportunity

> the parents will tell him why it's not appropriate

Mummy why is fuck/shit/piss rude but fornicate/defecate/urinate nice?

Because words from Germanic roots makes little baby Jesus cry but Latin words are OK

Why doesn't little baby Jesus like Germans?

Because he's Jewish

But he likes Romans - who nailed him to a tree ?

Yes dear

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Re: All that technology to get a man into space

But it shows the value of manned spaceflight.

How else would we get pictures of Australian wildfires on twitter

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Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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Re: The poor bastard has already lost

Military details consisted of messages from US embassies that revealed:

Pakistan might not be completely on our side helpful in dealing with muslim terrorists

Putin wields some power over the president in Russia

Israel might not be entirely sincere in seeking a political settlement with the Palestinians.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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Re: If only . . .

Only £36k over 3 years to dose your staff up with a performance enhancing drug - sounds like a bargain.

Ask Lance Armstrong

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Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

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Re: Human after all!

> wtf is a 'Private' secretary?

one that can't be directly accessed by any derived classes

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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Re: "It was shining and so beautiful....."

Join the Japanese Marine research institute

Travel to exotic places

Find rare and beautiful creatures

And kill them and eat them

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'Physical pressure' from Iran’s cyber cops killed blogger

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uncivilised barbaric country

The police responsible have been arrested and the chief fired ?

Don't they know the proper thing to do is to claim the victim's visa had expired, was carrying a chair leg and resisted arrest - then promote the offices. Then 20years later have a public enquiry and do nothing

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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

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Re: Hydrogen tends to be quite reactive

Internal capacity of hard drive = a few cc.

Density of hydrogen = 0.1g/l

Chance of catastrophic explosion from 0.1mg of Hydrogen = low

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

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Re: Don't bother

But it's relatively expensive to fly him from India when the secretary's screen won't come on or you need to plugin that new NAS into the network.

Until we all work in the cloud from our iGlasses day-day office IT support is likely to be the only thing that actually does have a job future. A bit like how nurses are safe but expert doctors will be replaced by telemedicine.

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German ebook firm pushes cheapo ereaders into US drug stores

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Newspapers

Why doesn't the Times or NYT or similar bundle this with a subscription?

Add an that docks it with your smartphone to download todays paper overnight, or even a standalone cradle with a little android device that connects to your wifi.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

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Or buy used Dell

Get ex-lease Dell 1680 x 1200 monitors that were built as their Pro line.

So are IPS, lots of inputs, big heavy adjustable bases, portrait mode etc - and they cost half as much as a new cheapo BenQ/Asus 1920x1080 crap

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

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The other problem is that this affects your lifetime earnings.

Because raises are always a % of your salary - if you got hired in a slump you are going to be paid 20% less and this compounds each year so you end up with 50% less lifetime earnings than somebody hired in a boom.

One previous employer went bust because it had an entire telecoms division hired at "competing with banks" salaries who got the same round of pay rises but never billed enough work. Of course they also had enough people on the board to make sure that their division never got cut - right upto the point everyone got cut!

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Re: Web fads and video games

> he's willing to move production elsewhere to save money - not the wisest template for UK.gov to follow for trying to grow the economy.

It's exactly the wisest template.

R&D and engineering here, cheap ,mass production in SE Asia.

ARM doesn't manufacture anything but that doesn't mean it's better to fund some screwdriver plant that puts made in UK badges on TVs until the subsidy runs out.

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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Re: @JaitcH: When you die...

A lot of Dylan's lyrics are from the romantic poets - if we had perpertual copyright back then he wouldn't have been able to rip off Keats, Shelley etc. And Disney wouldn't have been able to raid H C Anderson

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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Re: The name

>Thunderbolt USB / Lightning USB

very, very frightening me

Gallileo, Gallileo,

Gallileo, Gallileo,

Gallileo, Figaro ......

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US Dept for Homeland Security shafted by trivial web bug

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Re: obligatory xkcd ref

They have a security solution in place:

Everybody accessing their website now has to remove their shoes and outer coat.

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Broadband gov subsidy should end in 2015 -Tory think tank

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Re: It is not the "BBC licence fee"

Or it could be taken and given to BT to install fiber to compete with Virgin. Or given to Virgin to install fiber to compete with BT.

Or given to the police to monitor facebook.

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Re: Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)

cruxifiction - best thing the Romans ever did for us

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This photo slide scanner costs €60... The bundled malware? That's free

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Re: Strewth,

That will be that new 36Mpixel video projector will it?

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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Re: Privacy issues

The phone could log where you have been using GPS

Then later upload that data to correlate with any sheep rustling in deepest darkest Wales

Only ovinephile terrorist criminals could possibly oppose this sensible legislation - T May.

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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Re: Watching Hollywood movies much?

That's true of pretty much any defence.

Cost of a knife to stab a teenager at a bus stop is rather less than a whole police force, forensics, courts, judges and several public inquiries - it doesn't mean that we should ignore murders

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: What about those websites

Anything using OutlookWebAccess to use Microsoft mail through the web only works properly under IE

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Re: Own your own domain name

Do it again with pearson-fscks-goats@.... then they have to argue that a reasonable person would assume it was them since everyone associates pearson with fscking goats

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Re: +1

It's extra-ordinarily difficult to create a valid email regex see http://www.ex-parrot.com/pdw/Mail-RFC822-Address.html

And when you do it's totally useless because to allow all the bizarre edge cases you end up having to allow so many genuine mistakes that there is no point.. "Abc\@def"@abc.com is valid

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Re: needs shake-up in own apps

No - it will sue LOMO for taking pictures with rounded corners.

.... thank you ladies and gentlemen .... i'm here all week ..... try the veal .....

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Re: Intel chip?

Wouldn't it be self winding - it could generate power from a simple pendulum like rythmic movement of the fanboi's wrist

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2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

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Re: Apple/Samsung Advert

It is there - but the runes can only be seen by moonlight on the first day of spring by a virgin holding a magic ring.

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US, UK probe HP claims of accounting mischief at Autonomy

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Re: Well...

In this case I think it's more like:

Wife discovers husband just spent a fortune on an old sportscar

Husband then spent another fortune trying to make the car run.

Husband now claims that mileage was wrong because it didn't account for tire wear changing the radius and that they should get their money back before wife makes them sleep in the shed.

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ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran

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Re: Joke ?

Back in the early days of ARM we had a core design that was licensed to an American company and the resulting chip wasn't exportable back to the UK because of it's scary supercomputer like performance

None of this is actually about secrets, it's all politics / trade barriers / stupidity - mostly stupidity.

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Re: Oh wow

Stopping the Iranians buying an HP server could be regarded as providing "aid and comfort to the enemy"

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Senate votes to continue FISA domestic spying through 2017

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Re: Governments have been doing this for years and years ; cf, e g,

In 150BC the Roman politician Cato held up a bunch of fresh figs in the senate and said "these came from Carthage within 3days , therefore Carthage could attack within 3days, therefore we must invade now"

The only difference between that and the 45min Iraqi WMD is that Cato was telling the truth, had a somewhat logical argument - and he got to eat the Figs.

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Re: Decline.

"progressives" ?

This word - I do not think it means what you think it means !

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Re: Here in Canada is MUCH worse....

Yes but fortunately we are under the oppressive boot of Canadian government bureaucrats.

The Canadian government oppressing you from 10am-3pm, closed for lunch, monday to wednesday, except holidays or until we run out of donuts.

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Re: Blasphemy!!!

>Don't you know that our president is Jesus?

Although one half of the country would then claim he wasn't born in America

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Re: The slippery slope

But only pedophile terrorist criminals could oppose this bill

- May

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Re: Decline.

I'll believe that when they can make the trains run on time.

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Bootnote

Here in Canada it's estimated that mandating CFLs will add around 500,000 tons of CO2/year to the atmopshere

The electricity in Quebec and BC is hydro but without the extra heating effect of all those 100W electric heaters the thermostats click in and burn more natural gas or oil

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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Re: Whoah, cool the commentardery.

I thought we had deported all those non-eu foreigners over here stealing our jobs?

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Apple supremo Tim Cook's pay packet SLASHED 99% in 2012

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Re: That's a lot of money...

>Footballers are a particular bug-bear of mine

Film stars are even worse. You pay Bruce Willis/Arnie/Clooney $100M to appear in a movie,it takes $1Bn at the box office yet makes a loss - and they still pay the star

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Certianly have a use...

Lets just say he is a bit of a MSFT fanboy - he did replace his iPhone with a WinPhone

On the plus side online managed Sharepoint everything really really works well for very little money.

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China switches on 'BDS' civilian nav-sat rival to GPS

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Re: A few more details

The reason for Galileo was that ArianeSpace/BAe/Astrium/Thales were looking like they might need a bit of help in the absence of any nice wars that were going to destroy lots of expensive fighter planes.

And it allowed the French to demonstrate their natural superiority over the Americans.

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