* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

6315 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Intel, Cray bag $200m to build 180PFLOPS super for US nuke boffins

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Coincidence

>When it goes live, Aurora will outstrip the compute power of the 55-petaFLOPS, 3.1-million-core Xeon-powered Tianhe-2 in China.

On the same day that the US announces that nobody can sell computer parts to the Tianhe-2 because of "national security".

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El Reg offers you the chance to become a Master Investor – for free

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Re: Fail to see the link

Just wondering what the link to investing is.

Since the message seems to be, I got fscked over by a totally unprepared government organisation.

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Fail to see the link

" official National Hero Simon Weston OBE."

Sailor on a warship that got hit by a bomb which failed to go off - yet the warship still burnt to the ground and sank. Operated by an organisation which failed to plan to fight fires, failed to have adequate backup systems to fight fires, failed to have fire protection for crew of a ship which is designed to have bombs dropped on it.

Obviously an inspiration for anyone managing an IT company - but not sure about the motivational aspect for the workers.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Old joke

"this update requires WindowsZZ or better" - so I installed Linux

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Trade body, universities row over US patent troll act proposals

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Re: wait wat

Patent troll = company that paid me for my patent and then tries to market it.

University = I pay taxes to fund a researcher to work on a problem. University then owns IP and patents it, University's IP exploitation office then stops me using it. Ironically they also stop the researcher who had the idea using it themselves.

One of the reasons I stopped working for universities is the quarterly rounds of slick-suited IP specialists going through the lab demanding a list of anything patentable and forcing ever more restrictive contracts on your ownership of any ideas you have.

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Re: wait wat

Patent troll = non-producing entity = somebody who just owns patents but doesn't make anything = sounds a lot like a university.

It's doubly annoying when you ,as a company, pay taxes which fund universities which then patent basic software algorithms and stop you using them.

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Re: Time to copy the UK...

>The US needs a loser pays system.

They already do for civil cases like patents.

The problem is that the troll can just create a paper company that owns only the single patent, if it loses it goes bankrupt since the patent is worthless anyway.

But Sony/Apple/IBM against a lone inventor can just put armies of their internal lawyers onto a case so that the legal costs are $1M/day. They can then ask that the judge force the nasty inventor to put up some guarantee against being able to pay their costs if he/she loses.

Lone inventor can't do this and judge throws out case.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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Re: They've got this nailed in China

It can also be drafted to fight in future wars against China.

A German colleague in the office is trying to work out how to get out of USA for the birth - without having to sit around on leave for 3months (airlines generally won't let you fly in 3rd trimester) - so that the baby isn't automatically property of uncle sam.

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So you speak English fluently in America now ?

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Re: Anyone in the Netherlands wanna swap citizenships?

Or move to America's "great outdoors" - Canada !

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Re: Rather interesting

> H1B employers can't give lower wages to H1B holders

They can however create a new job description which happens to only be filled with H1B holders, Unscrupulous on-shore off-shorers can also do things like withhold rellocation or accommodation fees for H1B to officially pay more than US but effectively pay them half as much.

H1B is the worst possible solution to skilled immigration. It is only available to mega corps with armies of lawyers (try getting an H1B place for your first startup employee) keeps the employee in slavery to a single employer and is hard to move to citizenship.

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Re: Red tape

It's a lot quicker, cheaper and easier than in most of europe. A single form, a single director and 20quid to get a solicitor to witness it. Unlike in France where it can take 20years and marrying the mayor's daughter to get the right licence.

Or the US where as soon as you start a company you will receive daily frivolous lawsuits which you have to waste time and money dealing with. And the IRS who will send you totally incomprehensible forms and when you phone them will quote a 10min disclaimer about how they are unable to advise you and then read you exactly the same small print on the form in front of you. However much you don't like paying tax the Inland Revenue are generally helpful to small businesses.

You can sell in 20+ countries with a single set of technical, legal and financial regulations. In the US we have to have a different customs agent for air and sea freight because Houston's airport and Houston's container port are in different "cities" and the regulations are different !

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Re: I've got an idea - implement it!

Joseph Bazalgette DID build London's sewers, he had the idea, lobbied for it, did the experiments, hand drew 1000s of plans, checked and commented on 10,000s of documents and oversaw pretty much every brick. His great grandson made far more money by making crap TV programs.

One of them was "digitally enabled"

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Re: Change needed, please. Get rid of the hooks and crooks in suits making nothing

But remember that banking provides millions of good jobs and supports entire communities, and doesn't require subsidies like nasty dirty non-digitial (analog?) industry

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Re: Just remember, in the 1980s

>Thatcher took a ZX Spectrum to Japan, to demonstrate British technology.

And then she said "if you are a manufacturer leave now"

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Bored with Blighty? Relocation lessons for the data centre jetset

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Re: Automatic weapons?

I would much prefer they were automatic than being directly controlled by must US security guards or Police.

ps. When I visited certain US aerospace corporations in the 80s they had patrolling green painted jeeps with large guns mounted on the back and men in green uniforms sitting in them. I very much doubt the guns were single shot.

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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At least it was effective

I understand there has been virtually no illegal drug use in the USA in the last 3 decades.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Re: Strike 1 of three?

>The size of the item he stole is absolutely irrelevant, the fact is, he was a repeat offender.

The problem is that the state prosecutor gets to decide if the 3 strikes rule applies.

Poor black person steals a 3rd slice of pizza = 25 years

Rich white person runs 3rd insider trading scam and nets 3rd fortune = suspended sentence.

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Council of Europe: Don't spy on your staff, you naughty employers

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Was this the same council that was telling us we have to monitor all of our students for "signs of radicalization"?

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Re: Methanol

If only there was a way of having a physical fence.

Like some sort of wire above ground attached to regularly spaced white painted vertical wooden stakes.

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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Re: Autonomous?

Cars can already signal their intentions to change lane, overtake and go through red lights.

They do this with remarkably little bandwidth. It just takes 3bytes printed on the back of the car 66,77,87

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: Wanted: IT Manager, must have own servers and cat 5 crimp tool.

A real ad would read. "IT manager wanted, must have 5 years experience of fixing yellow Cat-5 cables on a Dell switch in an HP rack."

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Re: first job

You should have upgraded to the unit that had a "lamp failed"-failed lamp.

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: First law of robotics

> Whenever you hear someone going on about how robots are going to become a part of our daily lives much more , they are talking nonsense.

I have a robot that washes clothes, another that washes dishes, I go to work on a robot train

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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Re: So, in other words...

But how else will I send pictures of my man parts to young women who are interested in me for my political position - and are definitely not News of the World journalists

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Audit

Bet they made you say that ;-)

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Re: Audit

Can you trust the reporting of the audit?

Perhaps the audit said it was full of NSA spyware but the NSA infiltrates the interweb and intercepts all mentions of the news and replaces it with fake report saying it was all good

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Exploding somethings

And my phone is from Motorola, they're American.

But the circuit board, battery and all screen is all built by the lowest bidder in China.

I wasn't saying anything specific about Chinese manufacturers but old time power electrical engineers over built things, like old style telephone system engineers. Consumer electronics designers and manufactures - not so much.

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Re: Exploding somethings

>Why would a smart meter explode and not a regular one?

The old ones were designed by proper electrical engineers who worked in the power industry and built stuff to last for decades.

The smart meters are built by the lowest bidder in China who could produce a document which said they were designed to IEC123-XYZ and built by an engineer who had a vague idea it meant to leave 2mm between power traces and the case but isn't sure.

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So suppose the line had been hit by a couple of million volt lightning strike?

Or is an exosed wire strung for 1000s of miles above the roof tops being hit by lightning in the USA considered too unlikely to be worth considering?

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Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires

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So you would say that was secure would you ?

Please put a few 1000 quid in an envelope and send it to "Mr Inland R Evenue, 1 Railway cuttings, London" but remember to send it by G4S so it is secure.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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Re: Tim foil hat? - maybe

The USA can already do that, it can simply refuse to honor US govt bonds held by foreigners.

The result is that the rest of the world wouldn't accept worthless US debt anymore and would demand gold before selling them stuff like oil or iPhones

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Organic cat litter

Remember to wear gloves when you handle it. It can harbour a brain parasite which affects your behaviour - in tests it caused lab rats to start saying "and another thing about immigrants ...

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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Re: Same again for Cisco please

Cisco were at least trying. They were drop shipping kit to fake mailbox addresses so that the NSA didn't notice when a potential target was buying cisco gear.

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Re: Speculative speculation

The UK govt can't say it's insecure without the public demanding that Chinese made kit is all ripped out of every govt/police/school/hospital which might cost a few quid - and be followed by a Chinese ban on Downton Abbey tea-towels or whatever it is we export to China

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: Is it such a big deal?

I thought it was illegal to make a copy of your passport since Her Maj owns the copyright and will set the corgis on anyone who tries.

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Simple - you declare the person a terrorist and use perfectly-legal(tm) extra-fun(tm) interrogation techniques.

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He's from Texas so he is naturally in favor of having the government in Washington being able to monitor everything you do. Defending that freedom is why you have to have all those guns.

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Isn't "double-rot13" export restricted ?

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: Copy Water Meters

Because the water companies don't (yet) need to double the cost of water when everyone wants it at the same time to avoid building more water factories

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Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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I hope it was Virgin

And I hope the people who did it get off free because the law lord in charge of the investigation and the lord in charge in whoever hacked them went to school together

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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That's not a mining machine

... this is a mining machine.

It's designed for the capitalist alternative system - which is dig up coal to dig up steel to make BMWs and then lend people the money to buy them and then bailout the banks when the people didn't pay the loans back.

An alternate theory is that the Germans have learned from their mistakes and next time they invade a country they intend to dig it up and take it back with them.

Another sillier theory is that they are strip mining the low quality lignite from half the country to burn to make electricity so they can close all their nuclear power stations to keep the Greens happy - but nobody believes that.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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Because the ordinary consumers aren't allowed to buy yet - hence the advanced special price for trademark holders.

And 0.000001 seconds after they are, every company name on the S&P will have been bought by scammers

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Re: Who the hell cares about domain names? It's just an address!

That's the sort of address an idiot would have on their luggage

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Poor Oisin

And it will have phone-ins and be hosted by Stephen Fry

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>unacceptable to hit a minion,

I thought he punched a producer?

Surely hitting the boss (and a member of least accurately named profession on the planet) is pure BOFH

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Re: Not on

>he Top Gear / Steven Fry Channel, AKA Dave"

I had heard Mr Fry had got married, was it to Clarkson ?

And who is Dave ??

And where does he fit in?

Is this the sort of bizarre 3-way gay love triangle that is being produced at the expense of the licence fee payer ??????

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Re: M&S

Women do natter on don't they ......

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But Clarkson is a yorkshireman so this was just culturally appropriate behaviour and a normal means of communication.

I am sick of southerners (defined as anyone from 0.1mi south of me) making value ill-informed judgements about people from the North.

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