* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

6469 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Confused

Which of the "prime time" TV offerings shown on that TV image would be improved by 4K ?

Most of them would only be improved by being shown in Ascii art on a ZX81

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Re: More than 4 catup services...

Dave has a catchup service ???????

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Please could somebody tell me...

Because it couldn't be used against people who weren't assisting a crime.

There are lots of things people do that the tory's bosses don't like which aren't a crime (yet)

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Perhaps the department of pirates stole the 'r'

aarrghh me hearties

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EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

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Re: So

Yes but since everyone else will ignore the panel's reports it doesn't really matter

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$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

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Re: @Alan Brown

The problem is that one letter about this to the local council can have your cement operations shut down while a dozen levels of government all cover their arses with the voters by demanding inquiries and permits.

Burning waste is a huge commercial risk - even if you can do it safely and economically. Much better to ship it West Africa to be burned on bonfires.

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Eco good

The local lying weasels here are running radio ads claiming how their e-waste recycling initiative fee (Google Translate=tax) has kept 1M tons of waste out of local land fills ... by shipping it to China.

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An even more Keynesian solution. Employ people to dig big holes in the ground and bury the metals in layers in the rock. Then if labor ever win they can pay people to mine them.

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Epson joins Microsoft in underwhelming 3D glasses

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Our company's careers page shows a bunch of slim attractive men and women in neat shirts all intently studying a powerpoint slide. An actual picture of our dev team would probably be banned under some sort of video-nasty law.

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re: looks somewhat reasonable from the review.

For anybody that services pumps or military vehicles in an environment where 3d glasses and touch pads will survive.

That is any area where it isn't desert sun, or 40deg below, where you aren't wearing safety goggles or a helmet or gloves and your hands aren't covered in oil

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Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees

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Re: @ ASDF

They were fined $65M including $50M refunds = a $15M fine.

So the real risk is just paying interest on the money you stole if you ever get caught.

Interesting to know how many times bigger than this was the profit they made from the scheme.

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Pinning a value on big tech's top names. Not as easy as it looks

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Re: You forgot an important market-distorting factor...

A measure of closely the market matches the efficient market model tells you how honest it is.

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Re: Be a random monkey

That's why we charge more - we only employ the best monkeys to pick stocks.

The costs in pianos and cups of PG tips alone are staggering.

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Re: Amazon: not making any money at all

Amazon's model is to not make a profit until there is only Amazon. Any money it does happen to make from selling the latest Harry Potter is spent on building new business areas. In this way it should be worth more than Apple.

Think Honda when they first started out making mopeds vs Rolls Royce - who would you rather have invested in in the 1950s?

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: caused by human error and inattention

Like swerving your 4ton SUV into lanes of oncoming traffic to avoid a squirrel

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Eire

But the island of ireland which the state of Ireland inhabits is also called ireland which can be a bit confusing.

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Re: All the foreign companies...

That would explain why Microsoft, Goolge, Apple, Facebook, HP all have Eu headoffices in Ireland, Amazon.co.uk is in Luxembourg

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Re: impact of uncertainty

The companies would move to the Eu, ie move their HQ to a brass plaque in Ireland or Luxemburg.

But the workers of banks and software companies would stay - after all they speak English and the wives of visiting US VPs need to visit Harrods - and employment law would become more US friendly.

Manufacturing where you need to ship real stuff to europe would be fscked. Even if you do manage to lower workers pay and conditions in the UK to compete with Ukraine and the Eu don't stick 100% duty on everything and don't demand that your salesman and lorry driver get a visa for each visit. It isn't going to make sense for a Japanese car company to build cars for the Eu, outside the Eu, at UK wages when they can make them outside the Eu in Mexico.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: It's still true.....

A free press is one which can print all prejudices of the proprietor that don't upset the advertisers

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Re: I read somewhere...

>If they don't have that then they have to negotiate and that means the more extreme stuff gets watered down.

Or the extreme stuff gets through. We had tory governments kept in power by the Ulster Unionists - that didn't lead to a watering down of the political situation over there.

Imagine a tory minority government needing UKIP (or BNP) support to get a bill through, or Labour needing to keep SNP sweet on every deal.

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Re: Utopias?

I thought that was due to the policy of putting all the political leaders in prison as soon as they were elected?

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Re: @AC

>I would suggest to start that any person claiming Job Seekers Allowance must work between 1+ days a week

Only an economics professor or the chancellor of the exchequer could possibly understand so little about the labour market.

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How do you "just report the news"?

You could just print corporate press releases, or governmet statements without comments - but that is hardy news.

You could state facts, "the rainfall in southern sudan was x mm" without any analysis if that will mean a famine or prosperity.

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Re: Reality check

The world has evolved to be vastly safer than it was in the past.

Unless what UKIP says about europe is true, they aren't currently dropping bombs on London.

The IRA/QLF/RAF/BM/SLA/MMB aren't currently blowing up shopping centers

But now we need to take various German acronymed security services as a role model to protect us from "threats"

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Re: following the first terror attack on Canadian soil last October

Christians can't be terrorists - see Northern Ireland

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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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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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People with a long commute, biking 30km each way is fine if you have the thighs of a coke bottle but it's a bit much for humans.

People just starting to bike to work who don't (yet) have THOFACB and want some confidence.

People who are rich in years and have a big hill involved.

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

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Re: Racism

Presumably discriminating against Jews has been patented

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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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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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Re: No representation without taxation

By which logic only the unemployed and elderly should pay for social services

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>but our council was switched on enough to deal with it...

Or switched OFF enough - clever stuff paper.

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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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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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