* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: Too much of a good thing

Anything is better than GDP.

When the best thing you can do to boost your per-capita GDP is have a car crash - people buy 2 new cars, have expensive medical treatment, sue each other, pay higher insurance premiums = all GDP.

Or smoke all your life, get lung cancer and have a transplant, preferably at US healthcare hospital rates. Then you need to think of a better economic metric.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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The police have often been criticised for the way they treat certain inner city ethnic minority youth compared to the deference shown by the village bobby to the local squire.

4am raids by tactical firearm units on the landed gentry to check their shotgun cabinets are merely a new equal opportunity policy aimed at treating everyone the same.

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Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

"In the US, for now, the police need a warrant to come inside a dwelling they are not invited into."

Unless somebody makes a 911 call (from the payphone in the police station) - in which case they can send in a no-knock swat team with assault rifles and a shoot first policy.

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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That's all right then

"For example, if we believe a user may pose a threat to their community, we will take appropriate action."

If you have nothing to hide comrade-citizen you have nothing to fear.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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On the news this morning, the AVERAGE family pays $199/month for phone+cable+internet.

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>How can cable possibly compete with that?

By blocking/throttling Netflix?

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Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.

The only thing I keep the VPN for on iPlayer are Sherlock, Dr Who, Qi, Have I got News for You. And Dr Who is no longer worth watching.

At least you can iPlayer Radio4 from the colonies

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Cable is one of the few things that is a much worse deal in the US - because they never had to compete with decent broadcast TV.

Basic cable package usually costs $100/month (whatever they claim in the ad they will find some extra charges to make it $100/month). Then they still do the package layering, so if you want decent movies you have to buy the family package first and then the crap movie package and then the decent movie pack. They mostly survive on having sport tied up.

$7 for Netflix to watch a decent selection of shows with no ads whenever has cut the cable, adding HBO for another $10 is a definite

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: Well, if the British way of doing things is anything to go by

So the Russians and Chinese are too dumb to write their own crypto and wouldn't be able to keep secrets from Uncle Sam if they didn't buy Intel's off the shelf stuff - while at the same time being super cyber-ninjas (and cossacks?) who can break into any US government or corporate system unless we give the NSA more powers to protect us?

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Re: I cant believe it.

The intel CPUs are fabbed in Kiryat Gat in Israel, so are Intel fined for exporting CPUs to Israel that were made in Israel ?

Stranger things have happened - we were once refused export permission for a bit of kit from the US to the UK because it contained an ARM processor

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Don't shoot – I'm un-ARM-ed! Samsung whips out Intel Chromebook 2

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Compatible

Now I can finally run the same viruses as everyone else

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Re: Pencils

And clothes - people can use them to conceal weapons.

If you have nothing to hide - you have nothing to fear

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Barking

Australia has compulsory voting - it also has the world's largest collection of penises (penii?) drawn on ballot papers

Coincidence ?

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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The kingdom of Merkia ?

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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I meant more generally, the educational idea that there aren't women in programming because there are no women in programming for them to aspire to - and so promoting the activities of an 18th century women will somehow "enable" them.

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Never sure about this "role model" idea.

So I can do programming because Turing was a man?

Except he was a posh southerner and gay - so really only 25% the same - and I hadn't heard of him until I was at university.

It's like claiming I am somehow politically empowered because Cameron is a man.

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The debate was whether she actually contributed anything or was just a celebrity endorsement.

She was very well connected in the cool consumptive poets circle, which doesn't automatically mean she was an idiot. She did have a decent private education in maths,more than a typical rich girl of the era, but that doesn't automatically mean she was a genius.

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Stop ROBOT exploitation, cry striking Foxconn workers

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Re: Rise of the machines.

Or, what jobs there are, move back to the consumer countries.

If you needed 1000s of people on an assembly line putting together phones then you do it in a country where can pay $1/day not $15/hour. If you have a line of robots doing the job and a couple of techs being paid $25/hour to service the robots then you save the shipping cost, get some political capital and put the factory near the customer.

The main reason for iPhones being made in China today is the surrounding infrastructure of suppliers, not wage costs. Try finding a site in the US where you have battery makers, screen makers, PCB assemblers and packaging makers all in the same city.

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Re: Hmmmm

The future will be organising those machines.

Pick and place robots of the world unite - you have nothing to lose but your SCSI chains.

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South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database

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Re: British Database

The point is that if you do issue a single number to everyone and use it for everything you can't assume it's a secret. There is no problem with using SIN as a unique key as long as you don't also think you can use it as a secret key.

It's like saying, hackers broke into a phone box and have obtained the names and phones numbers of everyone in the city listed in the phone book

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Ofcom .. concluding that it would be unfair to make the UK’s then 4.6 million receivers obsolete

Just rented a car with a DAB radio, every few minutes it would repeat a few seconds of the audio.

I thought my mind was going until I listened to "just-a-minute". Quite a surreal experience listening to just a minute with a 2second reverb - almost made it entertaining.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: It's all over now

"A very British Coup", MI5 are reporting to the cabinet office on their spying on the new far left government."3 adulterers, 2 crooks, a couple of poofs and a communist",

"sounds like every cabinet since the war" says the weary cabinet secretary.

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

It ensures that you get 5years unless you hand the password over to the plod.

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Re: 2-part security?

Or the plod accidentally erased them, or took blank phones from completely innocent people and are happier to have a story of "battling super cyber criminals needs extra powers" rather than "we are, and always have been, idiots when it comes to technology"

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: My extensive knowledge of nuclear weapons

British nuclear weapons of course used the far safer bicycle lock

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7097101.stm

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Re: Heh

The $few100M diamond heist in antwerp had a vault door with a 6digit combination, except the janitor who locked up at night never bothered to spin the wheels to a random setting. It had a key that was uncopyable (?) and split into two halves for security, except they left it assembled and hanging up in a closet next to the door.

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Irish data cops plan long soak in CASH BATH: Gee thanks, Facebook, Twitter, Google

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Be a terrible shame

If having to log all the Eu activities of Facebook/Google/Apple/Microsoft and all the other US companies that only do any Eu business in Ireland - comes to more than the carefully negotiate tax settlements

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Still unclear, putting them in the correct orbit would all their on board propellant and involve such a long sequence of changes that they would probably be obsolete by the time they were on-station.

They still provide perfectly valid positions, but it's not clear if most receivers could handle the "way out of expected range" signals you would get.

They will probably have some nominal contribution as an extra timing reference - but it looks like it's an insurance job

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Moving the goals?

Yes, that's why it is height^2.

BMI is a decent measure of a population's tubbiness, which is what it was intended as.

It's crap as an arbitrary "you are fat and unhealthy" vs "you are normal" line in the sand for an individual - unfortunately this is what is is used for

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Although that just means, checking that the login was from the police - anything the police want is lawful under RIPA and the police get to decide what is commensurate

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Applies where?

Irn Bru next - unless it really is made from girders

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: A little wrong...

I have a patent on an improvement to an MRI scanner. Because we have a patent we can approach the $Bn companies that make MRIs and offer to sell/licence the technique.

Under your wonderful anti troll legislation all I would have to do is invent the rest of the MRI, secure a few $Bn in funding to go into production, get device approval across the world and set up my own manufacturing, marketing and distribution to compete with Siemens, GE, Toshiba etc. Just so the world can benefit from our noise reduction work.

That's the purpose of patents, to allow inventions to get used.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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There was a claim that switching to CFLs added about 500,000 tons of CO2 in Canada because the heating effect of hydro-electric powered tungsten lamps was replaced by propane/natural gas.

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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Re: LMAO!

The feds hacked into a computer without a warrant and "found" evidence.

Could be a convenient way of extending Yetree to anyone the police/government don't like - just break into their computer and "find" some evidence.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: USA is not that great in science really...

Because Luxembourg having a single nobel prize winners might statistically give them 100x the winners/population that the USA has - it doesn't follow that Luxembourg is 100x better at science than the USA.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: Religion or Extortion

Building this has caused a few others to shut. The keck interferometer mode is gone because the operators couldn't get an agreement with the protestors that the small outlier telescopes needed to fill in the background weren't part of the main telescope - they had to count as separate telescopes and so went over the maximum number allowed with the agreement with the local god.

The site in Chile for the ELT is way better and doesn't involve anything like the same issues, but it doesn't attract the same pork barrelling that building in the US gets.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

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Re: RE: Charles 9 Both correct

Or if he had baked in security:

1, he would have got it wrong - even experts get it wrong so the chance of a regular programmer inventing ssl and implementing it correctly is zero. So we would have had a built-in faulty standard.

2, It would have been too difficult for anyone else to use/implement so we would have no browsers/servers outside CERN.

3, Without an infrastructure of certifcate providers the only response would be to use something like existing "x." protocol family security. Which would have involved governments. So anyone copuld have had a website if the postoffice approved your licence request.

4, It would have hit export issues. No web browser/server software could have been copied from the USA. There would have to have been government level negotiations for a "munition" to be transferred from CERN to other institutions.

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Re: 45RPM

So should all PCs be ptarmigan shielded?

Should they only be housed in shielded rooms with door interlocks?

Should there be men with machine guns and dogs patrolling the building?

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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Re: RE: And that is why mobile Windows is so shite - they want you to use Android

A number of people in this forum work in corporate IT for shops that are heavily microsoft dominated. So its useful to have the tools to connect to them natively.

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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

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$15bn 150,000 jobs?

I had never thought of chip fabs as particularly hands on affairs

But doesn't 150,000 highly paid chip fabrication engineers look like costing you about $15Bn/year?

So assuming all that 10nm waferscale printing optics and excimer lasers are free then $15Bn is only going to cover the first year's salary bill.

Or will it turn out to have been totally fabricated by some regional development authority?

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Re: Old habits die hard

He gets a reduced sentence.

The police force get to upward trend their key performance indicators with reference to incident response rate metrics

The offices get a pat on the back down at the rolled-up-trousers

The good people of kent feel safe that detection rates are up.

The real crims breath a sigh of relief that they aren't going to get caught

Less tax payers money is wasted on other court cases

Everyone's a winner !

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Re: So how did he vote on the original RIPA bill?

That's why they make him put MP after his name - you can't say you weren't warned !

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: Shooting a robot

>"Until true conscious AIs are developed and recognized as sentient beings,

So more like shooting a senior Met spokesman then?

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Not sure if this is hotel rooms, or the conference centre though

When you are paying $20,000 for a trade-show booth and you need an internet connection to demonstrate your product.

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Re: Harvey's law

" it borders on the psychopathically suicidal."

It did say "in paris"!

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: "a patent-pending hybrid device ..."

Not necessarily, it's like inventing a rubber magnet and saying this will allow tires and electric motors to be combined instead of separate so it will be more efficient.

It doesn't say what the capacity is but it does so the life of the battery is comparable to other rechargeable, which is usually a lot less than the life of solar panels.

So this breakthrough gives you no way to tune the storage capacity for the application and you get to throw away the whole system in a year when the battery capacity has dropped.

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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

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Re: GCHQ proof

Unfortunately that only works with foreigners.

While speaking slowly and loudly in English naturally allows foreigners to understand that only works for English - foreign languages aren't comprehensible by normal chaps.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Congratulations India.

The $15M is what they charge commecially to launch something - they are doing very good business at that rate.

To put a 15kg science payload around mars meas lifting a lot more than that from the ground. The MOM craft was about 1.3T, of which about 60% was fuel, the rest is the booster engines needed to get it out of Earth's gravity, and into Mar's safely, the panels to provide enough power at that much further distance from the Sun and the communications feed.

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Re: Congratulations India.

The launch costs of the Indian rocket are $15M, - admittedly for only about 1/3 the mass to GTO of SpaceX.

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