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Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks

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I think the point is that in Silicon Valley everyone joins a startup because it guarantees you will be a millionaire by 25 ;-) In the UK, or US east-coast there will be a queue of big corporations offering you a technical job, and a bunch of banks offering you a loads-a-money job. In France you will be given a government job for life.

In Israel I think the choice is much more limited to army, start your own company, leave.

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Re: Don't worry, it will never happen

It works both ways. Back in the 90s I was trying to hire super-computer modelling experts on fixed civil service pay scales, so every new graduate got hired as a senior scientific officer. Then to pay them more we had to up their grade even further. It meant that high level meetings were a bit bizarre - because meeting attendance was by rank there would be a single 50/60 year old veteran from each other division and 20x 25year olds in T-shirts from computer modeling.

A friend in the army made Lt Colonel very quickly for the same reason, he was a communications expert and everytime he got a job offer from industry they would promote him to up his pay.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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I assumed the caller meant that Cameron was ...

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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>It is supposed to be standards compliant and should therefore not need any hacking to get it to render correctly

So it won't work with office365 then?

So now I have chrome for web browsing.

New IE for office365 and sharepoint

Old IE for all the legacy stuff form when IE integration was the once and future way.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.

That might be how the Germans pronounce it - but there was a war on you know !

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SUPERHANDS! Fossils of early human ancestors reveal a GRIPPING development

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Re: hand shandy

Although juveniles will still try and remove a nut with a torque wrench

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Re: One for the budget fetishists

>It's not that "we" can't handle more than one problem. It's the media can't.

Do giant space rocks cause cancer or cure it ?

Will a trillion ton asteroid impact affect house prices?

Was Diana hit by an asteroid?

Are giant asteroids caused by climate change?

Instability on metals markets as trillion tons of iron-nickel delivered early.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

> a pair of Crutches despite the use having a huge plaster cast on one leg.

I assume anyone with a crutch would be immediately targeted by an airstrike - haven't you seen "Day of the Jackal"?

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Re: Wouldn't this problem take care of itself?

Forgive my ignorance (I always rely on the paparazzi to take my photograph) but wouldn't the point of a selfie in such circumstances be to project your own head out into the path of high speed cyclists and have the stick pointing back toward the crowd ?

In which case the resulting decapitation would seem to be an automatic self solving problem .

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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Re: Actually...

>An AI will not have much in common with a young lady's behavorial logic.

Obviously, one is a sometimes quasi-human being with occasional flashes of rationality which most scientists and mathematicians will never understand.

.....and the other is one of their valued colleagues

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Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

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Re: It is

The British empire was mostly a search for nicer weather and better food.

That's why we gave America back.

How we ended up with Canada is anyone's guess

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Re: Economy

Uber creates value if there are people who want to pay for a ride but can't find a cab and with Uber they can and do. In the same way that deregulating telecoms allowed people who wanted to pay for a phone to do so without waiting 3months for the GPO.

If all it does is create an arbitrage market for 100s of resellers undercutting each other to offer a specific ride then it might be good for some users but it's not clear how much value that creates in the economy.

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Re: Still don't believe the Uber valuation

And when Google's driverless cars work then you click on the Uber app and a car will turn up, you will pay the same as now but Uber doesn't have to give any to the driver.

Google are a big investor in Uber, Google didn't get to be that rich by being completely stupid.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Re: BT bashing

> having both a line and a telephone outlet box on the wall marked "BT".

Offer to connect a mains cable upto it and ask them if they can see it at their end.

That's what I suggested to NTL when they claimed they didn't serve my postcode - in spite of an NTL box on the wall with a bit of coax sticking out

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

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Sony

So Sony of the "$25,000 per song downloaded hunting down of kids" is now going to be sued for $25,000 * 10,000s of songs * 1,000,000s of downloads.

Someone should call Alanis Morissette

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: The whole fast-track process is flawed

We do have supreme leaders on this side of the pond and MPs.

We also have MPs that are happy to be in parliament while demanding that their bit of the country should be another country. Our supreme leader also talks to God, will do anything the oil companies tell him and loves following the US into wars in the middle east.

We also have the Queen on our money - but our money is plastic

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Re: The whole fast-track process is flawed

Our supreme leader went one better. His party now simply rolls all "interesting" legislation into the budget, on the grounds that if government money is being spent it is a budget matter. His back benchers have a simple choice of approve everything with no discussion or vote down the budget and force an election.

He also invented the clever trick of starting the holidays early everytime an opposition MP gets up t speak.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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As a God

I naturally claim copyright on the whole of my creation and I demand that everything on youtube be turned over to me. Presumably YouTube would oblige?

I also rarely reply to requests from my creations - and usually only in rather ambigous terms of burning bushes and stars in the east.

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The only perjury part is that you must be the copyright owner (or their representative) for the work you are claiming is copied. It isn't perjury to claim that the wrong thing is a copy - you simpyl allege that they copied it and it's upto the courts to decide.

So it is naughty for me to claim to represent the Beatles, it isn't for the Beatles' record company to demand that Das Boot be removed as it is a copy of the yellow submarine.

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China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

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But it is necessary to protect the freedom of expression of chinese satirical newspapers - David Cameron said so.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

But presumably the account the money is being sent to isn't quite so easily spoofed.

If it is too difficult to trace where money from scams like this is being sent, then presumably it's also too much effort to trace money being sent to terrorists by the same method?

(Like the money that I'm supposed to send to fund terrorism everytime I watch a pirate VHS)

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Re: This is sad.

Because a public information film would actually concentrate on not-accessing the web sites. Especially since a new UK bill has made an awful lot of soft porn web sites now illegal.

It bombards people with "you wouldn't steal a car" ads on DVDs and dire FBI warnings and official statements how video downloads fund terrorism.

All this makes it rather more likely that if you received an email noting that you had watched copyright content on youtube you would soon feel the long arm of the law.

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

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Re: Warranty is key indicator

I would probably recommend that most consumers don't try and cram 45* 7200rpm drives into a singe case

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: Congrats to Tim...@YAAC

Everyone commits criminal activity. The person most recently illegally killed by the NYPD was selling individual cigarattes on the street - hardly a clear and present danger to the people of NY.

Suppose the same broken window had applied on Wall St. Everyone over claiming a home-office deduction, putting more than 3 meals a day on expenses when travelling or claiming mileage for a visit to a client starting from home instead of from the office - had been arrested, subsequently lost their job and possibly been chocked to death. then there might have been a different opinion on it's "success"

It might also have reduced the level of financial crimes. After all if you claim tax back on a coffee you might be willing to rig the libor rate!

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Re: Congrats to Tim...

Some did, the ones who owned windows. For others whose only interaction with the police was continually being hassled since childhood for minor events it has created an attitude which now requires the police to buy armed personnel carriers to carry out community policing in many communities.

Of course the "no broken windows" attitude to economic/white collar crime did prevent Enron, Madoff and the financial meltdown

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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

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Interesting precedent

So if wikileaks was convicted of something in the US the govt could seize the domain?

Or Greenpeace or Al-Jazeera, or eatwisconsincheese, any other group that are "a threat to democracy"

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Penguin high-flyers: Andrew Tridgell on the Linux autopilot

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Re: but when...?

You going to launch a bear with you ?

That's pretty impressive - unless it's just a playmobil bear

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Re: Politicians

It's eminently practical and easily achieved using existing laws.

Try telling the Germans that you can only use French cars in France and see how far you get with the Eu commision.

If you want to use the single market to pay corporation tax in Ireland, VAT in Luxemburg and not have to apply for a business visa to visit each customer then you also don't get to discriminate by country

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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GDP is income per year

Market cap is maximum total value in a hypothetical world where you could sell all the stock and the punters would buy it all without the price falling

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: Colour me shocked

The canadians are buying it aswel although they are in trouble after somebody discovered the govt classified the cost increase as Top Secret and left the original cost in the budge for "National Security Reasons"

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Re: F-35 eh?

There is one story of Star Wars told by Thatcher (a scientist of sorts)

There was a briefing which said they had achieved a power of 10^6W (or something) in a test but they needed 10^15W to shoot down a missile

Excellent, nearly half way there - was the response from the US politicos. Presumably not a mistake President Carter would have made.

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Re: This is probably very bad..

Aren't merc now built in Arkansas or somewhere chosen solely for its lack of automotive unions and its "Totally Fscked Region" tax breaks?

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There is always a possibility that the entire program was a ploy to make the Chinese waste money stealing and then building it? Rather like the USSR and the space shuttle

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Re: This is probably very bad..

And so having defeated a technologically superior enemy weapon system by mass producing a cheaper simpler system the US military learned from Germany's error and concentrated on making smaller number of ever more complex and expensive advanced weapon systems ?

Or as somebody (probably a Marine general) said - the USAF will be defeated when the one single ultimate invisible hypersonic stealth fighter which constitutes the entire air force is destroyed when a hanger roof collapses.

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Re: This is probably very bad..

So either we will be able to buy Chinese knock-offs for 10% of the price and so the Royal Navy will actually be able to have aeroplanes on its new carriers.

Or the Chinese will end up with a fighter than can't take off without melting the deck, can't land without dumping all its fuel and weapons, can't fire it's cannon, needs 3years maintenance everytime somebody turns it on and costs 5x what it was supposed to.

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SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

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Re: Dear HP

To be fair it is HP. Even when they paid top dollar for gold plated gold they still fscked it up.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: meh

Does it have to be a pupil they are directly teaching ?

I taught at the same university when my wife returned to do a PhD - does that make me a perv ?

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Re: Sky surveys

The thing about lumps of cold rock are that they are black, And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

And a whole generation of el' reg readers are now too young to get this

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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Re: Unexplained detail

Because the experiment is a little more complex.

Charles has paid $100,000 to go to Harvard to do economics and in front of all his class mates who he will be working with for the rest of his career and in front of the prof who is grading his assignments and writing the reference letters to the merchant bank who will hire him ...... is offered $100 (of imaginary pretend money) .

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Re: Question:

Strangely enough when you ask economics students (who know the "correct" answer) to play imaginary economics games with imaginary money in economics lectures in front of their prof - you get a different behavior than with real money and real people.

How much would you bet on a game of roulette that paid out 1:39 ?

In economics theory you would pay an infinite amount to play the game - in reality would you sell your house and borrow all you could from loan sharks to play ?

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Re: Great article but ...

Of course - why else are the eggs in the dairy section ?

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German iron meets Monaco's highlands: Audi A1 review

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Re: Beeuugghhh

If you don't drive a BMW how do you measure yourself against other golfers ?

By height....

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Re: So how much MPG do you get?

Can't see it making it over here.

Now that gas is under $1/L people are queuing up to buy new bigger cars.

Ford F150s are now selling above list price, with a waiting list.

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

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Re: Best place I've visited

Looked at moving to NZ about 10years ago. They were running a big Move to NZ drive but it was totally aimed at getting Kiwis to go home - it was full of the "cultural fit" type euphemisms that seemed like the Keep Australia White campaigns in the 50s

The real problem with NZ is that it's such a small population that it's hard for a couple to get a job in the same city. Not much point emigrating if you get a programming job in Wellington and your wife is offered a teaching job in Auckland.

Ended up in Vancouver which is basically New Zealand friendliness+scenery with cultural diversity and the US near enough to go shopping.

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'Our AI systems must do what we want them to do'

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re: EVERY SINGLE PERSON

It's not EVERY SINGLE PERSON - 650 of them are legally exempt.

Including 5 members of an organisation totally separate from, and with no possible links to, the IRA

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