* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Disco, Pogs, and the Microsoft Surface 3

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Re: Ummm...what?

If customer demand wasn't strong that would suggest that marketing had made a mistake - and marketing never makes mistakes.

So it was a brilliantly conceived and executed product which they are discontinuing for reasons that are beyond the ken of mere mortals

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Bah

Implementing CRM systems for companies that now have to duplicate all their accounting and sales for their Eu and UK customers.

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

The problem is the cost and delay while they don't decide.

We had almost a years delay on selling a system because the US didn't adopt ISO-some-long-number::2014 but stuck to ISO-some-long-number::2012 while the component supplier moved to the new one. There is no difference (that I have been able to find) but you can't sell a medical device that doesn't meet the correct one.

Having staff sitting around for a year while the UK goes through 1000s of regs and decides what to accept and then there are legal and procedural challenges that decide what effect each of these has on 1000s of other docs. This might not be a big deal for Siemens or Philips but would sink us.

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

We sell in Switzerland, they accept CE and Eu accreditation. We don't even need to register with the Swiss authorities and our German salesforce can work there freely.

But they didn't just vote to have nothing to do with the rest of Europe.

Can you guarantee what the UK medical device rules are going to be in 5years ?

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

Yes we want to sell. We sell advanced medical equipment from the other side of the pond.

To sell in the Eu we met one set of CE technical requirements, registered with one regulator, filed one set of patents and registered a single contact address with a lawyer in Belgium.

This gets us 500M potential customers.

Are we going to duplicate all that for the UK? Even if they just adopt all the current Eu standards and we just need to do the paperwork it may not be worth it. If we have to repeat all the testing to different BSI rather than CE specs - tough. It's not worth us doing that for Japan or Korea and certainly not for the UK.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Well I thought!!!!

>don't get me started on university fees,

If you don't want to spend 9grand/year studying leisure center management at the university of Scunthorpe you could always go and study automotive engineering at the home of Porsche/BMW/Mercedes for free.

Or at least you could until yesterday...

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Surely Nigel will now turn into a wise and benovelent Buddha having achieved the (sovereign) state of nirvana ?

Boris can just fsk off back to America where he came from - damn immigrants coming over here taking our jobs telling us what to do ....

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Re: End to political interference and paperwork

But look on the bright side, there will now be jobs for all when we kick out all those foreign researchers and grad students.

I only hope that there will be enough native Britains to fill these roles when we have full employment following the departure of all those Polish builders.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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But in this case it is also the ideal solution.

The nice thing about the EPC is that it is ruled on by German judges who are also DipEng, rather than East Texas juries. Not changing that is a good thing.

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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Re: oh well just have to outsource my air travel to an asian company

You mean have a choice of airlines?

And yet still choose to fly BA

Here in Canada we have a choice between AirCanada (think BA in the days of nationlised customer service) and WestJet (a discount domestic airline without the cheap fares)

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Do BA have to have their techies at Heathrow?

Surely there are ways of transferring computer data from other places.

An aeroplane full of hard drives has quick a high bandwidth (although the ping times suffer)

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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So you really don't like scones then?

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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Re: 16 bits? Nicely done!

Just thought the readers would be interested - I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition......

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Re: 16 bits? Nicely done!

discrete 6502 4000 odd transistors and only a foot square

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Brits--gift from America if you vote to remain.

>Britain that ceded Detroit to the USA

I think the legal term is "fly-tipping"

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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Re: Using social media to learn?

Does this include anti-social media sites like el'reg ?

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Re: Translation

Or more accurately the pockets of their customers. All the little old ladies pension funds,your life insurance, etc. Remember bankers don't own companies, people with savings own companies.

If the bank feels that el'reg's favourite Bond villain is wasting shareholders money on a vanity project to buy back a company he founded - they have a duty to say so.

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Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: I am not a number

Why do they need numbers - aren't they already bar-coded ?

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Missing the most important question

Does it have the surface to air missiles?

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: That linked article is nonsense

And killings by christian terrorists would have been much less of a problem when I was growing up if they hadn't had such political, financial and materiel support from a certain country.

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Re: People plus technology

>I don't recall people flying jumbo jets into skyscrapers to bring them down peanuts?

Compared to Stalingrad / Dresden / Hiroshima / Somme ?

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I thought it was the Saudi's ?

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> Surely, there was no crime before the 1980s, when the Internet became a reality. :P

Yes but in the 80s it was because of video nasties, In the 90s it was computer games

In the 70s it was cinema, in the 60s drugs, rock music in the 50s

In the 40s they blamed it on the rise of facism and the invention of aerial bombing and nuclear weapons

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: "the engines couldn't take it"?

That's what we used to say about working with GEC.

It was obvious that they supplied the Enterprise's engines.

Why did Kirk always win?

Because GEC also did the weapons systems for the Klingons

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Re: Engines and SSTO

Unfortunately when it comes to landings the last few meters are rather critical.

I'm the same with ladders, knowing that it's the ground that hurts you I'm unable to step down from the last rung and have to go back up to the top where I know I'm safe.

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Re: EURO 2016

The net is the easy part - but you need to make the rocket out of something strong enough to survive being dropped into a net. Cast iron would probably be good.

Unfortunately it is difficult to make cast iron look nice and shiny for the promotional photos so very few rockets are made out of it.

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Re: "he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

Wouldn't you charge more for the "space tested and verified" engine ?

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Re: Hmmm... not convinced!

The engines are supposed to keep running after it "hits" the barge, mostly to get rid of any unburnt fuel but also to make sure it is eased down.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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But if it had been a "proper subject" that you learned at school you would all have been in rows chanting the table of Sinclair basic commands and memorising memory addresses to regurgitate in exams.

That would probably have put you off about as effectively as times-tables puts people off appreciating maths.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: Engineer

Even worse in Canada. A PhD physicist working for the government I wasn't an exempt (ie professional) employee, so I had to be in the union, had to have fixed working hours, had to clock in an clockout, couldn't sign off on the reports / expenses / HR stuff of the team I was running.

Yet a 21 year old "environmental engineer" with a degree in sustainable development is automatically my boss.

There is an exemption to allow professors who aren't engineers to supervise PhD students but it expires and the engineers are fighting it in court.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Re: I write books

When you borrow an ebook here it is only readable on the supported devices for 2 weeks, you can also jump through some hoops to "return it" by expiring the loan.

I could use a rooted tablet to get a permanent copy, but I could more easily find a copy on a torrent site.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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>"I forget, who is paying the FT to print that "advice" these days ?"

>OK, please tell us, since you're so smart. Who?

Like all newspapers it prints "those prejudices of the proprietor which don't upset the advertisers."

I looked it up, the FT is owned by the Japanese stock exchange, so possibly more reliable source of news than being owned by Murdoch, but still an organisation with an agenda and "skin in the game" as they say over here.

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I forget, who is paying the FT to print that "advice" these days ?

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But it is a small place.

I want to move a bank HQ, I need to hire 100traders, 200 derivative quants, 300 programmers, 400 cleaners/rececptionists/HR/etc. I need a choice of 10 corporate law firms, 10 accountants, 10 auditors.

In London or NY I can do this 10x over. In Paris or Frankfurt It is harder, in Dublin / Amsterdam almost impossible. The real reason London will remain as a finance hub is the same reason you open a software startup in SF rather than take the cheaper rent of Idaho.

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Re: Ireland not an attractive destination of HQs

If the only "corporate infrastructure" you need is a brass plaque then Dublin is fine.

If the UK leaves then a majority of the financial institutions HQed in London will need an Eu subsidiary to deal with Europe, and perhaps will need to move their HQ to Europe.

In either case it will mean a brass plaque in Dublin, the workers continue to be in London and the corporate tax that used to not be paid in London will now not be paid in Ireland.

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: That's Nice

No the FBI will be snooping on the victims and their friends - just in case any of them knew J Edgar.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Before

Have you seen some of the spiders they have there?

Flatten them from orbit is the only way to be sure !

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Re: Before

"You may recall Skylab..."

A brilliantly conceived but badly execute attempt to flatten Australia from space.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: If Brexit successed UK computers won't be allowed to use Zeros and Ones

Zeros and Ones for computers are a silly southern invention by the southern nancy (in the purely soft southerner sense) Turing

Proper Yorkshire Quantum computers operate on the appen/mebbe system which allows all possible answer states to be considered simultaneously before arriving at "reet reckonin"

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Re: Trademarks?

I'm not sure you can trademark "Cornwall" but if you could I think the name belongs to Chuck - Son of Phil the Greek.

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Re: FFS STOP!!!

>We could protect those things in Great Britain, but what power would we have to protect them eslewhere in Europe?

I assumed that Boris's next plan would be to invade Europe ?

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: Should be caned on principle

That's a ridiculously old fashioned attitude and a complete misrepresentation of the political process.

No politicians or Machiavellian ministers negotiated this deal.

It was written by a bunch of corporations and their lobbyists and then given to the politicians to sign if they wanted funding for their re-election campaign and some nice directorships after they retire.

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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Re: How about professional engineer status for coders?

PEs also require that you are supervised by a PE.

So great if you are a mechanical engineer at Ford, trickier if you are at a startup.

Although it works great for us. It neatly divides each new graduate crop into those that eventually want a nice safe job in local government (where professional status is required for all managers) and so go and work for whatever large utility will tick all the PE boxes. And those that actually want to make something new and interesting.

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Speaking as a consumer ...

>Out of date? If it still makes phone calls and sends texts, it won't be out of date.

If it has a security bug which means that anyone in the world can access all your data on it or can charge premium rate calls to it - and your supplier doesn't offer an update.

So it can make calls and send texts but you daren't turn it on - then it is "out of date"

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Teching self-help

Teach a man to fish and he will talk about nothing but fishing for hours, give a man a fish and at least they will shut up while they are eating it!

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Re: Thinking it through

Factory farmed chickens cost $3 in an Aldi in Europe or America with a transport infrasturcture - they are a lot more expensive in Africa.

The big advantage of chickens is that it is harder for European/American farmers to dump capacity in Africa and depress prices. It's not much fun trying to scrape a bit of wheat from your back garden African strip of dirt and have a bulker arrive with 100,000T of subsidised Kansas/Canadian wheat.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: It's way bigger than encryption - it's about total control

democracy - a system where the 5% of the population living in marginal constituencies get to decide which privately educated Oxford graduate gets a free house in London to promote exactly the same policies as the previous lot.

You can keep it

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Re: News at 10

Obviously we need to ban books

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Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

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If it isn't private

Then it should be subject to FOI requests, in fact it should be public.

What possible objection could each of the presidential candidates have to a list of everybody they talked to on the phone, everyone they met with and everyone that emailed then, along with all they and their staff's web site visits - being published ?

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