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Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time

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Re: Wow!

Or you could just go outside in a hurricane in a big coat - see diagram

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Apple chief Cook is HIGHEST PAID CEO in AMERICA

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So the poor Apple shareholders can take some of their money and put it into a good investment - like Apple stock??

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Re: Anyone want to argue that he earns every penny?

Well you need to pay the big bucks to get somebody good.

Our local transit authority decided to hire a big shot corporate CEO from private industry rather than a council worker - and paid $1M/tear salary. But the service has become an expensive series of disasters - a salutory lesson in what happens to a company if you don't pay $50M for your CEO.

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Re: Quite a paypacket...

Paid for by all the investment banks, pension funds and insurance companies that buy Apple stock - so ultimately lots of little old ladies.

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Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

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Re: It's simpler than that

>Wordprocessors, Spreadsheets, etc. are decades old - where is the corporate innovation that people will pay for

More ribbons, in fact an entire screen covered in ribbons.

Then they can invent some new confusing gui widget that only shows you the ribbons that have recently used

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

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Re: "Just like Windows Phone"

It can't be - an army of 1000s of MSFT programmers have spent 3years and billions of $$$ producing the innovative user interface that is metro.

How can a small group of unemployed Nokians have produced anything so similar so quickly and easily?

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'Rare for tech not to be involved in child abuse cases'

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Re: There was no child abuse before the internet.

Not to mention cars - how many children were abducted using only bicycles - but what have the car makers done to prevent child abuse?

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Wii U 'has been JAILBROKEN' via legacy games, say homebrewers

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Re: Mixed feelings

>Why companies just don't embrace hackability

Because most consoles are sold at a loss and make back the $$$ in online subscriptions and licenses to games companies.

People using their Xbox/Wii/PS3 as media players tro to play pong are costing Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony $$$ - which is the best reason for doing it !

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Brussels blesses British BDUK broadband boost blurt

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Re: Appalling

Today Germany announced 10Billion euro subsidy to build cheaper cars, only German car companies were allowed to bid to receive the money - VW Golf's will go on sale across europe for 5grand.

How would you feel if you worked for a UK car plant?

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Surrey !

> and Surrey would be the first to benefit from state aid clearance

Thank god - finally somebody is doing something to help the impoverished hell hole of desperation that is Surrey.

Hopefully this will end the tragic cycle of unemployment, crime and despair that has for so long blighted the home counties since the pheasant mines were closed.

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German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft

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Re: What amazing modern MS Office facilities do they need?

But if you are using OO internally and mandate open formats (which as an Eu govt you are supposed to do) then incompatibility with MS isn't really an issue. It's like claiming that they should stop using German because it causes problems for English visitors.

There is probably a real (and profitable) market for a Word processor with fixed headline/sub/etc styles and only 2 fonts. A powerpoint clone that doesn't do dissolve/fade animations or fscking sound effects. And for many users - a spreadsheet suitable for doing expenses claims.

I wonder how many Billions have been wasted by people in offices reformatting Word docs - especially idiots that can't use styles (or us geniuses that can't work out how to apply modifications to styles since Office2003). Making fancy powerpoints which include 6 obligatory slides explaining the history or departmental organisation of the company before you get onto the actual info.

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Re: What amazing modern MS Office facilities do they need?

How can you possibly run a town without the ribbon. God only knows how the good citizens have been managing for the last 900 years.

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HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

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It's not the auditors job to say you are an idiot for paying $12Bn for this company.

It's the auditors job to say that their sales/costs/profits are what they claimed.

In practice there is bound to be some detail of non-transferable license revenue counted under the non-reccuring monthly account instead of the semi-deprciated (I'm making this shit up) pre-tax forecast .... to allow them to claim that they were misled.

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Re: note to self

>... if ever employed by a company being taken over by ANYONE, run away.

Unless it's purely a parent company level "Marathon is now Snickers" thing you are screwed.

After all, the new owners must be better/smarter/etc than you because they were the ones that took YOU over.

So unless you are a senior CXO at the victim with some golden handcuffs you are automatically at the bottom of the pile in the new organisation.

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Re: innovate or acquire?

>the likelihood is that they will be able to recover very little so the impact of the negative publicity / >embarrassment if this is exaggerated or manufactured would far outweigh any remedy they might get.

Given a choice between, "those Brits lied to us and it's all the accountants fault" and "

the former CEO, that we the board put in place, went on a mad spending spree for anyone that could spell cloud because we have no idea how to innovate anymore"

Which is goign to sound better in a report to Wall St?

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Re: Easy?????

That's the other approach - the Avagadro project.

Make sphere that's perfectly round to within a few nm and contains only silicon atoms with no impurities - then measure it's diameter (easy) and count the number of atoms in it (relatively easy)

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Thank BRIT eggheads for new iMac's sexy seamless knife-edge

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Re: history shows rationale for outlook

So another way to put it - lots of Taxpayer funded government research over the last 60years has been rolled up and turned into something you have to pay for?

Actually I worked with people from TWI and they are very helpful and profesional - unlike the similar setup at QinietiQ

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Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America

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Shurely shome mishtake

Mark Zuckerberg's content-free ad network - ed

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Quantum crypto - with nothing more than STANDARD broadband fibre

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So what

It still needs to be a single continuous fibre, once it goes into a switch/repeater/router etc and is turned into electricity and back into a photon, or even directly into a new photon in a fibre amplifier, all bets are off.

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London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

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Re: Meanwhile, on the other side of the river...

Civil engineers have saved more lives than all the doctors in history.

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Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

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Re: Android SDK needs to be free

Android wasn't invented at Sony - Or to put it in Sony corporate speak: "

ner ner ner can't hear you , there's no such thing as Android, I can't hear you, I got my fingers in my ears, ner ner ner"

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

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Re: Remastered for iTunes

Yes I'm also worried that the melody in many of the more choral pieces will lose the subtle undertone of harmony ....

It's ****ing AC/DC !

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Microsoft's OWN tests on Kin 'social phone' foretold its doom

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You still make phone calls on your phone?

I suspected the next iPhone wouldn't actually have a microphone and nobody would notice.

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Telcos react coldly to renewed UK.gov smut-censoring push

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Re: and im getting pretty sick of this idea that kids are all so emotionally crippled

This foreign video game shows fake CGI people having fake CGI sex with other fake CGI people = ban it.

We want to export these cluster munitions to blow up kids in this foreign country - but the country can't afford them = no problem we will give you an export credit guarrantee and the tax payer will pay for it

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Re: The Morality Police

>Since when has violence in games/TV/film been more acceptable

Since it was easier to answer - why is that man sticking a knife through the other man's eye?

Because he is a no good Commie/Kraut/Terrorist/from another cave

Than it is to ask, why is that man doing that to a women?

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Re: "Do you have any children sir?"

Question 2: Are you an MP with a husband a home?

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Re: But...

And what about all those packets that get smuggled in through the tubes

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Re: Surely QOTW

The difference is that when it was just some ordinary bloke contracting the government could bring in IR35 and make you pay employee and employer NI contributions, could hand down decisions that you WERE really an employee when it came to tx but WEREN'T when it came to redundancy.

When it's big companies with lots of lawyers they suddenly can't do anything,their hands are tied etc

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Re: Madness I tell you

The previous poster said you wouldn't evolve a rat population that was immune to the poison because no rat could eat any amount and survive.

But you could effectively evolve a rat population that was "immune" if there was a subset of rats that refused to eat the poison (for whatever reason) and passed that behaviour onto their offspring.

There are lots of examples of indirect/societal evolution like this in the animal world. It's often missed on a simple biological model

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Re: Madness I tell you

You could very easily breed a rat that doesn't eat the stuff because they don't like the taste/colour

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Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

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Re: Aliens was wrong

To be fair - most buskers make Donald trump look like a busker

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biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues

May I suggest that the man who has a railgun capable of firing Concorde 1000miles has all the right-of-way.

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Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job

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Re: Guess you used the wrong similitude....

Actually he adapted the steam engines to burn local weed bushes rather than expensive imported coal.

- he made the trains run on Thyme!

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Re: Sony perhaps?

The general opinion is that Sony tanked because the engineers didn't have to listen to the greedy CEO and shareholders.

Products were created without any consideration of what they would cost to build, what they would sell for and what the market wanted.

They created proprietry standards for everything because no salesperson could tell the engineers to use standard parts rather than invent their own "better" solution.

And every engineering group within Sony saw every other part of Sony as the main competition

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Re: Windows to make own phone

Unless they partnered with HP

Then it would be called "personal digital communication faciliation node B" but you could only buy one if you knew the model number.

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Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

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Re: Don't forget 'Elf 'n' Safety

We got nice heavy duty metal 8socket power bars to fit to our work benches. But they needed an electrician to come and wire them up.

Some bright spark (literally) had a brilliant idea. He only needed 7 of the 8 sockets and had a spare lead with a moulded on plug, all he had to do was cut off the IEC end and wire on another plug. He then plugged it between the wall and a spare socket.

For years it happily passed PAT - well the test machine said it was earthed and the live/neutral was the right way around. Then one day somebody came along and unplugged the end plug and managed to grab the pins.

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Re: Rond hole sockets?

Yes but in the event of a foreign invasion we can just lay our proper BS133 plugs, pins up, along the beaches and stop tanks landing.

If they had plugs in 1066 we wouldn't have had an invasion and we would all be speaking sort-of German (that doesn't quiter work somehow)

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China's cut-price drones attract Asian and African buyers

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Re: So why are BAE wasting it's time in Wales?

if you can distinguish between the Britain (or at least the treasury) and BAe sales dept - then you have better intelligence gathering abilities than either Britain or BAe

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Re: Exclusive triumvirate?

Well if you want something for a really trivial mission, like - totally autonomously search a a few sq miles of ground for a single person using visible/IR cameras and drop a package to them while automatically also staying inside aviation authority required perimeter and handling any failures in your drone and have it automatically return if it has any problem.

Then you would just need any group of students - http://www.uavoutbackchallenge.com.au/

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BOFH: Hasta la Vista... luser

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Re: I only fix Windows machines once

On windows they insist on installing everything Apple ever wrote for Windows - when all you want to do is copy a song to your iWhatsit. Then this stuff all does 300mb updates everytime you start the machine

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NASA 'nauts personal DATA at risk after laptop SNATCH BUNGLE

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Re: Stolen eh?

What do expect in a city entirely populated by politcians

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US petitions Obama for better policing of its mega-cities

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Re: Do the math.

That's the big saving: retired judges are sent out into the cursed-earth to wander the desolate wastes bringing justice - in this case probably Texas

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Google to devs: Fragmenting Android is AGAINST THE RULES

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Re: That's naughty...

Difficult to believe that the whole SDK doesn't include some GP code/tools though

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

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Re: If you encrypt something more than once...

>I wouldn't think that re-encrypting (with different keys) would weaken the crypto in any way. If it did then the first thing a cryptanalyst would do with ciphertext would be to encrypt it again to introduce that weakness.

If knowing that the inner file is a certain encryption allows you to guess the properties of certain bytes (eg checksums) then you can use this with a brute force to check when you have a hit. This is what the online truecrypt crackers do.

Obviously re-encrypting a ciphertext doesn't help crack the first layer - just the layer you have added!

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

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Re: We the people...

Ja,

We will have to switch from importing cheap rice from poor farmers in China and selling BMWs to successful capitalists in USA - to importing cheap rice form poor American farmers and selling BMWs to successful capitalists in China

This will mean changing TWO sets of shipping labels

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Re: Invite them back

Or to France

Do you think they kept the receipt for the Louisianna purchase? They could swap the south for store credit.

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Re: @White v Hispanic and Black

But if there was an hispanic majority and Spanish did become popular wouldn't you have to rename a lot of towns and states/cities?

What would you call California, Nevada, LA, ElPaso, San Diego, SF etc ?

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Microsoft aims Windows Embedded 8 at $1.4 trillion market

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Re: Good luck with that.

Because nothing says low footprint, effortless reliability and maintenance free - like Windows (tm)

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