* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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>purging of undesirables from the electoral register.

20 years ago - if you weren't on the electoral roll you didn't pay poll tax.

No representation without taxation

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Industrial espionage

The mistake was hiring East German car workers - and putting them in the design dept.

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Industrial espionage

There is still no evidence that the NSA are spying on German car companies and leaking data to their competitors though.

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Re: Not mentioned is what defines a "threat"

Since Alberta turned terrorist last week I think a crackdown is in order.

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Re: nicely define bounds...

>so ... anything, anywhere, weather is has been authorised or not.

To be fair, the weather is a big threat to Canada - and if Bill C51 can do anything to ensure we only get federal authorized weather I will be happier.

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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Re: Racism

I assumed there would be quotas limiting Asians and Jews because they are over represented in the techie workplace - like the good old days

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: Bad Crack

Renting a thermostat isn't totally crazy - imagine buying a service that handled all of your HVAC system (servicing, filter replacements, repairs), along with a deal based on how much electricity they save you with their fancy new thermostat.

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Merging HP and EMC – hold on, wait, hear us out. The cap is still on the bottle of crazy pills

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>First law of business regarding the IT industry:

Any THING involving HP is doomed to fail

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: Destroying the contents is no good in the UK

We had a speaker from the police at a conference talking about this new law when it was first created.

We asked him how we would prove that the petabytes of essentially random data from LHC wasn't encrypted?

We didn't need to worry because the law was only for use against terrorists.

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Re: Automatic bricking...

>You have a right to remain silent

You have the right to repeatedly fall down stairs, you have the right to have kiddie porn "found" on your home computers, you have the right to have a mix up in the DNA lab have you convicted of rape.

Or if you do cooperate you have the right to have every electronic device in your home confiscated for 18months and then returned broken - never under any circumstances cooperate with the police.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Mortgages are go!

That's why god invented Canada.

Nearly American wages, nearly American prices, better scenery and nicer people than the UK or USA.

We even have our own raving mad PM......

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Re: Mortgages are go!

Frankly anyone in any sort of engineering (and not working as a contractor in the city) who stays on the right side of the pond is crazy.

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Re: Weekend

Drive to Vancouver !

Despite to the wide diversity of eclectic entertainment available in America's own Peterborough - more and more seattle techies are taking advantage of the Canadian $ and live in Vancouver for the weekend.

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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Re: We?

You don't but other people do.

Suppose stores handed your purchases on loyalty cards, your credit card company handed over your payments and your cell phone company handed over your contacts and movements.

If you don't express outrage why shouldn't they do these things if they "enhance shareholder value" ?

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Re: Someone didn't do their research

But the Catholic work ethic in Germany probably exceeds the Protestant work ethic here

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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But when you are elected you will be able to shut down the socialist BBC and newspapers owned by foreigners.

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Re: The HOW now seems more important than the WHY

So Brown caused the US sub-prime crisis? Nice to know a post-war British PM had some legacy

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Re: A good question

What could they have done ?

The only power they have would have been to take over the bank of England (preferably involving the SAS bursting through windows) and raise interest rates to what people were paying on their credit cards. Cause a massive housing crash, 100,000s of evictions and raise the value of sterling to the point that totally destroyed any remaining industry.

Or Blair could have gone on TV and said, "the economy is going to crash in 45minutes/weeks/months, trust me" and everyone would stop bing big screen tvs

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Re: There were many...

>What could possibly go wrong there?

Well they could all decide that they don't need any of that stuff, stop buying anything, keep the cash under the matress and suffer a couple of decades of deflation.

And that is if they are lucky and started off with a prosperous efficent technological economy - what would happen outside Japan would be much much worse.

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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But how can they possibly run a C19 railway system with 10year old operating system

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Re: Humans

Depending on the threat model that can be perfectly good,

If the physical access to the post-it note is secure - because it's in a room with guards - but the computers are on the net, then having a complex password written down can be the best security.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...Garbage from Non-Aviators

They shut off the generators but does that necessarily shut off the power to the computer controlling the generator?

Are they sure that a particular check disconnects all the many redundant power supplies to the GCU? Is this documented in the check?

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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The risk would be destroying any project which threatens the Office on Desktop/Server business - and the previous managers already did that,

The interesting bit will be whether he can get beyond the Gates era = "the Internet is new, it is a threat to Windows/Office we must dominate/destroy/own the Internet" to actually benefiting from new ways of using computers

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Re: some thoughts...

If you are building software that can cause death or injury then YOU are on the hook anyway.

If you use GPL software you are responsible for any flaws in it in exactly the same way as software you write in-house.

Interestingly you are also responsible for any flaws in closed software you use - you have a much tougher job demonstrating to the regulators that you have a way of testing the COTS software to show that it doesn't have any flaws and have plans to remedy them. If you don't have a contract with the supplier saying that they WILL fix any flaws you find then your only remedy is to pull your product from the market.

It is far easier to build (or at least do the regulatory paperwork on) a safety critical system with open source software than closed

The same applies to hardware - I just spent the equivalent of a nice BMW getting a PC built by a certain CPU maker beginning with "I" - EMC tested.

It failed - despite the approval stickers all over its case. I now have to modify the PC to make it pass and show that I will apply the same modifications to all the other units I sell.

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Re: some thoughts...

Unintentional harm - no.

Deliberately finding competing products and damaging them ....

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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Re: Well... color me surprised...

And so it should be if the loss is still detected, reversed and the money returned.

If you have a contract with the bank which says that they are liable then you don't bother wasting money making your operations less efficient in the name of security.

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

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Re: We could have dedicated networks of rag-and-bone men

Similar problem here with the 5/10c recycling on bottles/cans.

Mostly it works very well - an army of "independant contractors" with shopping carts mean you don't see many cans around. People even put their empty cans on top of rubbish bins to help them.

But you also get people with trucks who will collect everyones blue box, have a minion in the back picking out the cans and then dump the emptied blue boxes and their other contents in a pile at the end of the street before starting on the next block.

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

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Re: Here's two more words for you:

I think it was actually the giant spider that was to blame.

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Re: Hurricane Sandy

Similar problems in London "an incident" closed off access to our office - no problem as we had a backup site 1/2 mi away.

Trailed down to the street to find that the dear old bobbies of the Met (Total Policing (tm) wouldn't let us into the street.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Make the tubes smaller

If the internet tubes were made smaller then you could order the Kalashnikov (other assault rifles are available) online but it wouldn't be possible to deliver anything larger than a peashooter to your web browser.

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The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth

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Re: Rawhide!

They don't need to because they are dIGITAL(tm)

(capitalization is important)

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Re: Martha Lane Bloody Fox

Does her name mean anything in Thai by any chance?

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: There is...

> that only the American government can pop the lid on.

Obviously this would be unworkable, unfair and wrong. Instead the data will also be accessible by your own government, and security forces, and police, and parish council and those of any other Eu country.

The same keys will also have to be shared with all the agencies where the same software is sold.

So say 200 countries * 10 layers of three latter agency + 10 different levels of government + 10 different law enforcement agencies + the milk marketing board= 10,000 government depts havign access to your data.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Hmmmm

I think knowing the existence of Tesco disqualifies you from reviewing high end cars.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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Re: Not fine enough.

Torrents definitely fund terrorism AND pedophiles.

While mix-tapes merely kill kittens

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Re: Not fine enough.

I don't remember the exact argument but I think buying only the TV programmes you want to watch supports terrorism

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Apple BIGGER than the U.S. ECONOMY? Or Australia? Or ... Luxembourg?

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Re: They can't leave the money overseas forever.

Leaving aside the rights/wrongs and the Apple specifics, but can they leave it overseas for ever?

Firstly they can use the offshore money to build factories, buy raw materials, buy competitors - but this is pointless since they wouldn't pay tax on those anyway.

But they could use them to buy other companies/investments and become essentially a hedge fund.

There would be no US tax to pay if Apple Bermuda bought shares on the US stock market, or bought Heathrow, or the port of Grimsby in the same way that the Dubai National Investment corp, or the Govt of Singapore did. then Apple's share price would rise, since it owned $Tn of profitable investments, and the shareholders would be happy.

Ultimately it could stop bothering to make shiny things at all.

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Re: US GDP

> But the ones they make in the US they don't stick in foreign. They cough up the tax just like good little boys.

Then they are idiots who are going to get hit with a minority shareholder lawsuit.

As an Apple shareholder I demand that they stop wasting my money by giving it to Washington and instead sell the rights to the Apple logo to Apple Bermuda for $1 and then have Apple Bermuda charge them $500/item licensing fee.

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US GDP

Apple takes US consumer's money and sends a small fraction of it to China to make the thing, an even smaller fraction to Cambridge for an ARM license and sticks the rest of it in Apple's offshore tax haven.

Surely it's only contribution to US GDP is wages paid to those low enough on the totem pole not to have their won "tax efficient" compensation plan.

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Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

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Re: Green scientists

Slight mistake - don't know which bit of US government owned it. I'm just saying that the astronomers aren't cutting down redwoods and stamping on baby seals to build the telescope.

The limits on the number of telescopes, which included shutting down Keck-Interferometer since each little outrigger telescope "counted" - is purely negotiating by local interest groups for money. They protested the Japanese Subaru telescope until each Japanese engineer gained a local assistant to sit around and watch. The same groups who are perfectly happy to have massive tourist hotels.

Yes sure it's their sacred native land - in that case can we get all these Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Norman and other foreign invaders out of mine and return it to the Welsh?

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Re: Green scientists

There is no nature there. The summit is bare cinder at 14,500ft, there is no water, except in winter when it is under several m of snow, there is nothing to eat except a few bits of lichen.

The scientists wanted to close the summit above the 9000ft level to the public because tourists drive up there in hire cars and need rescuing when they get altitude sickness or sunstroke (you can get sunburn in minutes at that altitude), local idiots drive up there in 4x4 and cause a lot of damage and need rescuing when they get stuck.

But it's federal land so you can't restrict access. When I worked there all the land below 9000ft was a massive army training ground which made a great nature reserve, now I think it's mainly used for cattle which has destroyed most of the local wildlife.

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Re: Direct action

>This particular volcano has not been active for 4000+ years.

To a God, 4000years = Meh

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Direct action

The presence of the telescope on top of an active volcano angers the local volcano god....

I don't think defacing the website is the worst that can happen

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: "we want to tax capital incomes at lower rates than labour based incomes"

It even taxes people investing capital differently.

If you are poor and put money into a savings account, you pay income tax on the interest.

If you are rich and buy shares, you pay lower capital gains tax on the profit.

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>The only people who benefit from increased productivity are the owners of the company's capital.

Which is us - almost all of every major company is owned by your savings, pension and insurance policies.

The real reason fro taxing capital less than income is that the people that propose it - such as economics columnists - are self employed and can pay themselves in dividends.

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Re: Hmmm

That's why it's an economic theory -> not even good on paper + impossible in practice.

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Re: Fair Tax?

Then you simply avoid being the final retailer.

Just like the contractor paying yourself in dividends. You simply buy that new TV/Computer/BMW for your side business and don't pay sales tax.

Since your side business is doing Nigel Farage impersonations for children's parties you don't get a lot of work, but you do get to claim a lot of expenses

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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Re: A lot can happen...

Except for thermal IR, where you need to be a couple of million km at L2 or x-ray ground based telescopes are now better.

We are building 30m mirrors, compared to hubble's 2.3m or JWST 6.5m, adaptive optics can beat hubble's resolution and you can build new instruments every year. Building on the ground will always be much cheaper, so you get much more data for your money

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