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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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Terrorist sites

like Greenpeace ?

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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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Re: Straw man

The point is precisely that domains don't limit countries.

Google is saying that they removed it from google.es but continue to display the results in europe from google.com.

If they show Google.com in europe then it is a european site as far as european law is concerned. That it is hosted outside europe doesn't make it immune any more than pirate radio did or broadcasting illegal content from a Russian owned satelite would.

I assume Google is happy to take ad money when people outside the US click on google.com.

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Re: The google.com thing

Does this extend? Does a British news site have to ensue that viewers in China don't see anything about <...> square? Does bbc.co.uk have to ensue that Clarkson isn't seen by people on Earth?

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Re: Who picks up the 'tab' when these things crash?

Not sure about that. Would you pay more for a flight on a plane that has made a successful test flight or is just being towed out of the factory?

We got a very good discount for Cluster to fly on the first Ariane V - that didn't work out too well.

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Re: Soft land test

The water landing also lets you land a rocket anywhere, you don't have to constrain your launches so that your return will be in the right place, or carry extra fuel to get there.

Eventually they will land back at base once the saving by retrieving them is enough and the customer can be more flexible on launch and payload - at the moment Nasa is their only, and inflexible, customer.

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Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

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Re: If I met a woman at a bar..

It's easy; kiwis hiv no vwls. Saffas have vowels but only use them in maaaaaaaaaaan

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She's an IT worker in Jo'burg.

The South African mining engineers I work with don't have a clue what it's like to be an unemployed teen in Belfast or a crofter in Orkney - why should they ?

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Overly simplistic?

So you pay everyone the same benefit ( your tax-free allowance is basically benefits) and you make a huge saving by not having all the admin and economic incentive problems.

What about people who need extra help, do they still get more for disability, do people who need nursing care get it or does it all come out of their 15k year?

It's the same argument with flat tax. If we all paid a flat rate with no allowances, bands and loopholes you would raise the same amount paying 13% as we do now with 20%/40%. Except that assumes the billionaires would pay their 13%, which they wouldn't

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Re: Working through the numbers

Was made redundant after our company was bought by an asset stripper.

After paying 40% tax my dole claim was rejected (after 8 weeks) because I had started work on the 2nd of Jan so I didn't have enough full years. I applied for income support but didn't get it because I owned a house (or rather the bank did) so was asset-rich.

So I voted with my feet - it's nice here on the pacific coast.

I hope all those Russian billionaires you are attracting to live tax free in London make up for all the scientists and engineers you are losing.

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Re: re: doesn't work as planned

32 years ago we 'destroyed' well paid jobs in mining, steel, shipbuilding and have 'created' may more zero-hour part-time minimum wage jobs.

(well if new jobs are "created" by politicians surely old jobs aren't merely "lost")

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: where I art be ?

Depends where in the country you are.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the concept of open pit? Hint the clue is in the name.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Although they are happy to show huge blank areas that are secret.

Like the undetectable top secret cylindrical tower in the center of London

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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>You would just put them in the back of the car

I think I saw a terrorist instruction video on extremist ITV which suggested you had to put them in barrels of oil and get very nervous when the gendarmes poke in the back of the van.

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Re: Selective amnesia

Invade Belgium .....

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Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

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because a few years ago it might not have been allowed to happen.

Surely a few years ago it was even MORE likely to happen.

If Apple (allegedly) had deals with other silicon valley computer companies not to hire then the only place a disillusioned Apple insider (a pip?) could go would be outside the industry to someone like Tesla.

Now that the (alleged) deal is (allegedly) off - they can presumably get a job offer from all the other software companies so Telsa has to compete more strongly for hires.

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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How unlike the home life of our own dear prime minister

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re: Tor

It depends: would that be the tor developed by the US naval research lab to allow free internet access to people under oppressive regimes or the Tor which is 90% child porn according to the same government?

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Re: In China

I think there might be a slight flaw in China's plans to collect names.

Top 3 names in the list of worlds most popular surnames:

1 Wang 92,881,000

2 Li 92,074,000

3 Zhang 87,502,000

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

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Unreliable, uncorroborated, untrustworthy would be other terms.

"We have stolen files from KGB hackers and they reveal that Mr Obama is a North Korean agent....."

Remember the "we found a document on the internet that said Iraq had WMD"?

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US anti-backdoor bill: If at first you're shot down in flames – try, try again

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Who needs a law?

They could just ask nicely, like they did with the cell phone companies.

Or they suggest that you might want to keep friendly with government purchasing depts

Or they suggest you might not want a tax audit

Or they simply turn up with lots of guns and some orange jumpsuits and suggest you comply

Now that we know the courts will grant immunity to anyone who illegally cooperates with warrantless wiretaps - why risk upsetting the government ?

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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If you are a data center power is your main cost.

For every watt you put into the HW you need 2-3 Watts of AC to get it out again.

You are running Xeons to pull data of a drive and send it to a network port - why exactly ?

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Re: The difference

Although Acorn had invented the ARM processor by that point and was shipping machines based on it.

I had one, 8Mhz of ARM2 single core goodness - a whole 5MIPs

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Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

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Re: Very slippery slope...

Captain Renault of Las Vegas Police dept: I'm shocked... shocked to find that gambling is going on in there.

Manager of Ceasers Palace: Your winnings sir.

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Re: Very slippery slope...

It was a hotel room - are you going to stop a repairman that claims to have been sent by the hotel to your room?

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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> I've been wasting my time

Unless you live in a very marginal constituency and vote tactically, you have been.

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Didn't a leaked GCHQ memo recently say that tattoos were a likely pointer to the sort of 'alternative lifestyle choices' that meant you probably wouldn't be hired?

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Re: It goes without saying

> Why would a troll operation be made an army regiment?

Online voting?

In the online referendum on Northern Ireland independance the Yes vote = 2, the no vote = 465million

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Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

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Those who don't learn from history ...

"Last year, when Apple was searching for a place to house a factory that makes a stronger glass for its gadgets, Mesa pulled out the stops. The city, which was ravaged by the 2007 housing crash, offered tax breaks, built power lines, fast-tracked building permits and got the state to declare a vacant 1.3 million-square-foot facility that Apple was exploring a foreign trade zone. With unemployment high, such are the lengths that towns are willing to go to to lure the world’s most valuable company.

Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority estimate that the manufacturing facility will create at least 700 quality jobs in the first year and generate significant capital investment. The project also will produce approximately 1,300 construction and other associated jobs for the people of Arizona.

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I wonder how much more they are offering for a remotely operated data center employing a handful of security guards and a few cleaners

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: You're a real PC if you run Windows.

If it is just the .Net Compact Framework then there is very little point, I can do that on an Netduino already with 1 core and 256Mb of memory.

If they needed quad core and 1Gb it has to be a decent tablet-esque version with a display, network keyboard etc etc - even if it can't host visual studio 2013.

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Re: @YAAC Not a problem

The point of the RPi was to get back to the BBC micro/Sinclair days when kids (who frequently knew more than the CS teachers) could play with the machines, have machines at home, discover things for themselves, break things and above all LEARN.

Now a combination of factors has led to useless IT lessons with students basically being told to fear the locked down Windows PCs and doing anything outside the lesson plan is at best a fail and worse cyber-terrorism.

Not all the kids will program in assembler or rewrite the kernel, but some will.

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