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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: 80% of parts on electric cars have commonality with traditional cars

That's true for a regular car maker building a hybrid version of a regular car - especially those "hybrids" that are just built for a tax break.

If you were to build a car purely around it being an electric car first, even with a limited top speed, limited range, limited seats.

Laptops share a lot of components with a desktop, just add a screen hinged keyboard and battery to the same motherboard - an iPhone doesn't

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Components? Wouldn't they just CNC mill it out of a solid billet of Al ?

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Is there a body shop that can fix this man's minor dents and scratches?

You don't fix dents in Landies - you just wait until you hit another wall in the same place to knock the dent out.

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Re: Jaguar (Land Rover) an icon of British marketing of the 60s!

So compared to Tesla's innovation we take a big car, put a big engine in it and innovate the hell out of marketing its links to the 60s E-type ( a car that was very pretty but not exactly the last word in automotive engineering).

Perhaps that's the advantage the Germans have, they don't have to design Porsche, BMW, MB and Audi based purely on the world's nostalgia for the Germany of half a century ago.

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'Come on, everyone – block US govt staff ogling web smut at work'

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Re: Why just porn?

Because (as in all other aspects of US domestic policy) it makes little baby Jesus cry.

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Re: @John H Woods: Ouch

Equipped a former CEO with a toughbook because he got quite "managerial" if he was on a world circling trip to dozens of customers and his laptop had an accident. Compared to the price of his 1st class tickets and hotels it was negligible.

More recently I just get the sales people MacBook Pros, have all their work in the cloud and tell them to just go to the nearest Apple store and get it swapped if it goes wrong. If you compare a Macbook to a similar top end laptop and add instant repair service in most major cities it looks like a good deal.

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Re: Ouch

It depends what the downtime would cost you.

Having a drill rig out of action for a couple of weeks while they fedex you a new macbook is a little pricey.

We did have one customer who rejected our £1500 rugged palm devices and just bought boxes full of £50 Dell Axims. We had another that picked up our Toughbook and kicked it into a rock pile - it still worked so they were happy and bought the product.

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Euro ministers trade data for data protection – yes, your passenger records

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What about international flights

I fly to the middle east a lot.

How is the Saudi government supposed to protect me from the IRA if they don't have all my credit card, mobile and web browsing information ?

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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>Was there an assumption that he would try to veto this legislation then?

He is a democrat president with no power other than the ability to veto bills from the republican congress (and declare war). The republican congress has no power other than to vote down bills from the democrat president.

It's a system that protects America from their government.

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Re: I had no clue..

Without this law the EU, and then others, is one step away from declaring it illegal to store any medical, financial or personal data on any cloud service with a US presence or buy consulting services from any company with a US presence.

That's the sort of thing that makes republicans take notice.

Don't worry it won't apply to American data, or the NSA.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Re: workstation laptop; ha! you want a luggable

You think you're joking - but you can pack a lot of i7 powered Intel NUCS into a suitcase.

Biggest part of the cluster is carrying all the power leads and 4way sockets

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: Surely you aren't serious?

Slightly more practical then 1000s of backyard diesel generator sets for load peaking.

If enough people have an electric car plugged in to a smart charger it can charge slowly and cheaply off-peak and then you can have it sell power back to the utility when the game comes on, or it gets hot and the AC kicks in. Cheaper than spinning up a lot of gas turbine peak load plants.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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Re: It's not just tax...

%70 of euro currency sales going through a computer in London, buying euros shares with imaginary euros and selling shares with imaginary euros is simple.

Running a manufacturing business on low margins when you buy raw material in $, set your prices and make sales in euro and pay your taxes in GBP is trickier.

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Re: The "HQ-UK" initiative is intended to showcase why Blighty

And Google currently employs more than that in London - despite their HQ being in Ireland.

So if they move their brass plaque to London are they going to move all those Irish employees?

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Re: The "HQ-UK" initiative is intended to showcase why Blighty

None of them are going to have actual new employees in Britain.

Google's HQ in Ireland only employs one person, admittedly he is the hardest worker int he word - being personally responsible for all Google's EU sales.

The only people that benefit from the HQ being a brass plaque at a lawyers office in London rather than Dublin are lawyers.

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UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

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Re: Good or Bad?

The ARM cpu had already been designed and was being sold in PCs several years before that.

What the Apple deal did was fund the spin off of ARM as separate from Acorn.

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Re: How long can this go on for?

ARM are (or were) in a race for the bottom with themselves. If you were looking at >100,000 chips it might be cheaper to just design your own core. So ARM's royalty has to drop on large volumes (at least at the low end).

It's a little different at the high end where the cost of support and development of development tools gets important.

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Re: Good or Bad?

Which is why Britain's world leading chip company gets less of the price of your iPhone than the person selling the plastic screen protector.

It's worth remembering when you hear about innovation led industry and the value of licensing.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: One day

4 minutes after the oil runs out Saudi will be the world's biggest above ground nuclear tests by all sides.

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Chip giant TSMC, flush with record sales, plans $16bn fab build-out

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Re: consolidation

Intel just started making the new i5/i7 at its new 14nm fab in Portland

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Didn't realise it was so long ago!

>The level of evasion (in percentage terms) is actually the same.

But their level of evasion would have payed for teachers, nurses, etc

Your level of evasion would only have paid for an MP's lunch

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Re: Politcally created issue

"Alternate comedian" hides money in complex off shore tax scam = man bites dog = news

Millionaire rock star doesn't pay tax = dog bites man = not news

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Re: In Monaco he had installed computers and software designed to detect fraudulent transactions

No, detecting fraud in Monaco is like shooting dairy cattle with a machine gun and managing to miss all the cows.

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Swiss banking industry

>In the past, the Swiss private banking industry operated very differently to the way it does today.

They no longer have a box on the deposit slip for "Gold Teeth"?

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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A good corporate metric

Our west coast startup = 12 people 8 different countries of birth. Only 1 "native"

Dev team 3 different N. European countries + Isreal + Russian + China

QA Indian + Chinese. CFO our only "native"

Strangely our customers in the city seem to have "picked the best of the best" management teams from people who all went to the same public school. the same university and the have same accent. Isn't statistical clustering strange?

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Re: Ethnic Origin:

Likewise under "place of birth" I always put "sprang fully formed form the forehead of Zeus", and wait for the resulting religous discrimination

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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Price Samsung chromebook in US = $200

Price Samsung chromebook in UK £200

For some smarter consumers, less capable is good. I've had to reboot it about twice in 2 years.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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Re: Invention versus Description of the Bleedingly Obvious

That's perfectly legal in US patents.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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It does have laser beams

That's the spinning lidar unit on it's "head"

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Re: It's the result of 2 things comming together

They get together all the time, that's why we have jet engines (and aeroplanes in general), radar, computers, GPS, integrated circuits, rockets etc etc

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Radioshack survived until now ?

Looks like the ceo figured it out

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Android Patent Dispute: Microsoft, Samsung hug it out

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Times have changed

Negotiations with MSFT used to be them saying "nice little PC business you have here, be a shame if you didn't get any OEM licenses". They even managed to do this to IBM.

Now after they had stopped laughing, Samsung's execs asked if MSFT planned on using any flash in those Surface Pro? Well you can always explain to Intel that you can't buy from anyone else ...

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NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

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Politics

And depending who wins in 2 years it will be moth balled

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Mein Volks Gott.

VW dealer here is advertising new VWs on finance with $10,000 cash back - to people who need the money.

The ad literally says; "if you need $10,000, whatever you need the money for, come in and buy a new VW and walk away with $10,000" Presumably they need the $10K to get their head examined !

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Re: HiFi Power cords

Knew one electronics "cough" engineer "cough" who replaced all the switched PSUs in our labs computers with massive 12V/5V linear supplies - to reduce noise.

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Re: Speed of electrons

are you still using electrons?

I use positrons for all my interconnects - of course you have to reverse the 1s and 0s

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Re: Wrong Units

3.38 according to http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28area+Ireland%29%2F%28area+wales%29&dataset=&equal=Submit

ps. how the fsck do you enter a link ?

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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Re: I forget

I think you meant is the nation a Capita subsidiary ?

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: Passenger count

Only 10,000 passengers were affected enough to get compensation claims - the others don't cout

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Re: Skimped on IT?

Their idea of resilient was a perfectly safe manual system which they switched to which worked but at a reduced capacity.

Obviously they could have spent more to reduce the risk of this very rare event - in the same way that we always build 3 identical motorways in parallel so we can switch traffic to a backup in the much more common occurrence of an RTA.

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

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Re: What a waste of time...

No this is France, if you block something (like a motorway a Channel Tunnel or a port) the Police will turn up and assist you because they are in the same union.

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In Britain an 18 year old man could be thrown in prison for having pictures of his 17 year old wife giving birth.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Trollface

http://www.xckd.com/416/

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Re: coming soon?

Would't publishing such a list be a DMCA violation?

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Re: It's for the DRM...

Why the joke icon?

I'm sure this will end up as being prior art in some future patent case - unless the patent has already been filed.

"Watch 2001"

"I'm sorry Dave I can't do that - you bought it in region 2 and you are trying to watch it on a region 1 TV in a month with an R in it"

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Re: Catch-22

Until they also pass a law putting you in prison for 5years if you don't decrypt it.

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Shy, retiring British spies come out as MEGA HACKERS

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I think you will find that the safeguards protecting the police and the security and intelligence agencies have proved very robust

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Re: The google.com thing

Well they could drag BBC employees off flights and arrest them, like the American's do for anyone running an online gambling site outside the USA

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