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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Re: What’s the point?

> The royalty revenue will continue as long as the copy is available, and, if that is for ever, why should that be a problem?

Because the library load royalty ( a few pennies) goes to the author.

When a library buys a hardback, the 20quid goes to the publisher - and a few pennies gets passed on to the author.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Re: RIP Mrs T

There is a typo:

I have to agree, it is only a shame that the later governments left a whole generation still with the attitude that the state owed them a living this time on bailouts........

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Re: At least two sides to this story

That's true - when Darfield main closed I begged our dad to move to Canary Wharf and become a foreign exchange dealer but he were just to workshy and feckless to leave Barnsley and spent the next 20years looking for odd bits of part time work

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Excuse me?

" And I have to pay taxes to support free meals for those Google employees,"

Martin McMahon, Jr., a tax-law professor at the University of Florida,

And who is paying the salary of a professor at University of Florida? = all those high earning programmers at Google

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London Boroughs join forces in mighty £1bn IT procurement framework

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Crystal ball mode=on

Theory = buying in bulk gets discounts, by pooling all our buying we will get massive discounts.

Practice = only IBM will be big enough to bid on this contract. They know they have a captive market so will charge 2x retail price for everything. The costs will then double again as every council has to throw out all their existing Dell/HP/local-shop stuff and be integrate din the new IBM only system

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

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Re: I await RyanAir's response with interest

Don't forget the http recycling fee charged on all those bytes you dump on their servers

My cell phone company over here in the off-world colonies adds a $7.95 "system access fee" to my monthly bill

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

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North Yorkshire to the Rescue

One of the justifications for upgrading the Fylingdales Early Warning base after the fall of the USSR was that it would protect us from rogue states like North Korea. So any attempt to launch a missile on London from say Bridlington could be easily detected.

Of course the conspiracy theory is that it was built in anticipation of an independant Scotland and to provide warning of a Haggis attack on the home counties.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Re: Privatised Education

No just privatize the loans. Then the banks can take the decision if it's worth the risk of giving you the loan to do media studies in Barnsley or whether they should only fund engineering at Imperial.

Funnily enough that would see an immediate return to the socialist 80s system of rich Annabel's doing art history at Cambridge and clever kids from comprehensives doing engineering at Imperial - but decided by the market.

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Re: The drop out rate

So did the uni close the unproductive physics dept for failing to achieve it's "student output curve goal scenario" or did they just tell them to pass everyone?

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Re: It ain't what you do, its where you do it.

There is at least a reason behind it.

If you just want N warm bodies for your management training scheme then requiring a degree means you have fewer CVs to read through and at least a reasonable chance that they can read and write.

If you want a smaller N, then requiring a degree from a top tier uni means that somebody else (their admissions tutors) has already done the sorting for you. Assuming you want a mixture of clever students, people with the right daddy and good rowers/rugby players - which is what most of British management runs on anyway

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Re: It's looking that way in the U.S. too

It's much safer than having humans touch it.

There is less chance of cross-species transfer from lawyers

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Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

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Re: Mostly harmless

>western leaders held accountable???

To be fair, one of the leaders convicted by the ICC was european = Admiral Doenitz

So if you lose a war against the Americans you can expect justice

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Silent Circle aims for email that's as secure as it gets

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Re: HOW DARE U CENSOR ME

A perfectly encrypted message would be indistiguishable from random noise.

Similarly a perfectly random stream of gibberish would allow for perfectly encrypted messages.

Perhaps the OP is actually just a source of random OTP data?

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Re: RSVP ..... to a Real Live Phish BetaTesting UKGBNI Intelligence Services .....

>part of the US military, governmental and globo-corp establishment

Those are the most paranoid - who has most to fear from the NSA reading their email? The CIA/army/FBI and other agencies that compete with them for funding and political power

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Bitcoin briefly soars to record $147 high, driven by Cyprus bank flap

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Re: NO

Industrial diamonds are synthetic and fashion accessory is subject to fashion.

Until the mid C19 diamonds weren't the most prized gemstone - rubies were - it would only take somebody with a bigger ad budget than de Beers to make diamonds worthless

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Re: Commodity/currency? Nah, it's a penny stock.

And how exactly does the UK's military might set the value of the pound?

Accept pounds or we send in Prince Harry?

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Re: NO

Gold has some industrial uses - but gemstones are only valuable because De Beers run ads to persuade your girlfriend that she has to have a diamond ring. If you want to know how intrinsically valuable jewels are - ask the jewel what the trade in value of that $5000 engagement ring is.

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Re: @AC...13:51...Gee...WHAT a surprise!

No - somebody hacked an exchange.

If somebody hacked a bank that doesn't mean they have hacked the Dollar/Euro/Pound

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>Cannot manage the uncertainty of the future as well as material monies

So I have a suitcase full of Reichmarks - can I buy a BMW with them?

>on the free market, commodity monies, and presumably gold and silver

Assuming there is a free market and not a government that suddenly takes 10% of your commodity monies or requires you to report your gold holdings

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Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

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Re: Beano

Just think of Eire as an offsite backup of the UK

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German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

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Re: Devious and Disgusting

>if in the court's opinion the subject looks underage, even if you can prove that they are not.

So what about Angus Young - ACDC's not-so-young school uniform wearer?

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

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Re: Try reading the damn article

It did indirectly.

Banking is a global business, if a British bank's shareholders ask why it isn't making the 10% returns that it's American competitors are by selling subprime mortgages, Mayfly futures and magic bean funds - it has to start doing more than lending only to the nice 40year old couple who want a tiny mortgage.

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Re: Bollocks

The generation currently retiring might have - but the previous generation didn't.

Most women didn't work so the longest living half of the pensioners, paid no tax and no NI, many of the men were manual workers who paid no NI before the 60s

If you are in the generation that partook of WWII it's likely you were a massive net loss to the welfare system

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Mixed lessons from history?

At least we had the decency to hire the Nazi scientists and get them to build copies of their rockets instead of doing the copying ourselves.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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Re: Law is for the poor

If you employed the person, paid them to do the hacking as part of their job and profited from the proceeds - yes

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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

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Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.

"Most people" in the music industry are musicians - they get screwed by the PRS / RIAA more than downloaders

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Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.

I think that's the Bard of Avon, the Bard of Avalon would be Bryan Ferry

....although he might also believe in killing all the lawyers - most people in the music industry do.

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Lasers capture 3D images from a kilometre away

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You get a return from each object in the path, most LIDAR systems will give you all the depth values or just first/last hit.

The difficult bit about using them at this range is that the beam is a foot across unless you are carrying optics the size of a truck to project it, it looks like their software is doing some clever surface reconstruction maths to get pixels that small so it will be confused by anything fuzzy - it probably also needs the target to stand very still to allow it to build up the map

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Re: Nope

Intel ship another PC - same as the current PCs

Too expensive to watch TV, to expensive for schools, too power hungry and no connectivity for projects, not powerful enough for games.

Sadly it will sell for kiosks/digital signage to people who think they need windows to display a picture - and who will have a BSOD appear on their billboard on the dailywtf

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Re: Are you insane?

And who would have thought that life long socialist, CND supporter and conscientious objector to school cadet force - Jack Straw - would have been behind US torture flights being supported from the UK. And then lying about it later.

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Sci/Tech quango promises an end to 'events with no women'

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Re: muscles

Here in Canada women are getting more widespread in mining. Women drivers of haul trucks are common if still a minority.

You don't need much in the way of muscle to drive a 300ton truck, for rather obvious reasons they have power steering. There is however still a stereotype that women drivers are more reliable, don't turn up for work drunk or stoned, don't get into fights at work and are more conscientious.

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

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Re: We need a relay

Or a hyperspace bypass !

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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What's the badge for

Completely automated drones?

The same but without the wings?

Or an RAF symbol flanked by two keyboards?

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Re: "...required for safe and effective weapons delivery." - RAF

So they just drop a leaflet saying:

"We tried to bomb your country but you were out - please contact the RAF to arrange a re-bombing"

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USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

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Re: This is the way to do it.

They can't travel to another Eu country to get work until they are a citizen of the first Eu country - which normally takes years.

Think of the Eu like the US, if you become a US citizen in Texas you should be allowed to move to California within 10years.

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Re: This is the way to do it.

Competing with locals is good.

If they can do better than the locals they get the job, the company does better, the company becomes succesfull and hires more people and pays more tax (snigger).

Would you rather ARM could hire the best coders in the world - even if they were American/Japanese/Korean - or be limited to Bert from Saffron Walden because you wouldn't want anyone coming from outside S Cambs and taking local jobs

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Prime Ministerial exploding cheese expert to become 'entrepreneur'

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Re: Smell my cheese...

Your special adviser was a hamster and your policy smells of elderberries

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Tech is the biggest problem facing archiving

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Re: @Lusty

What if you were interested in looking for oil under Borat-istan. Before bribing the local rulers or persuading the US to invade - it might be interesting to look at those surveys you did when in the 1920s when it was British Eastern Turkey.

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Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

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Thank our (previous) glorious leader

For rejecting chinese style socialism and fighting for the rights of British customers to get one year warranties rather than the mandatory two years forced upon the other oppressed peoples of Europe

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: This is all too familiar.

I just tell people I'm a gynecologist

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Re: so you really

>I've never heard of a power grid that struggled to meet demand at midnight...

You will when 4billion connected devices all try and get their updates and reboot at exactly 00:00 every night!

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: a few people will get killed

In the Korean war we (the good guys) only killed about 25% of the population of N Korea - I'm sure we can do better this time.

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Re: Utterly, totally, absolutely

UK:

Cost of 2 new BAe aircraft carriers = £££££

Enough US super stealth ninja aircraft for half of them = £££££££

Military value of aircraft based ninja stealth air superiority dog fighters in war on terror = 27p

NK:

Cost of pirate download of photoshop = 0

Cost of blank DVD to burn it to = 27p

Military value of image in war on great whoever = 0

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Re: Just buy a computer! Sorted.

This is about the saving made because somebody can't claim an allowance because the computer says no -and there is no live person they can talk to and sort it out.

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Re: "excludes more vulnerable members of society who don't access the internet"

If by "exclude" you mean "hunt with dogs" then yes

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Free speechers want into Apple and Samsung sealed court filings

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Re: Patent licensing under seal.

However if the patent licensing agreement is that Apple and Samsung agree to cross licence while locking any competitors out of the market and so raising prices for American consumers then it is in the public interest.

Price fixing cartels can't normally claim that it's a "trade secret"

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

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Re: cute

>Actually I would have said beer and sex and chips and gravy were far more effective at stopping work at universities :-)

I'm in a department of Theoretical Physics

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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

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Re: S.A: Put your clocks back...

So that'll be a big change form the UK and US then?

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