* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

7592 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

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Out of date? If it still makes phone calls and sends texts, it won't be out of date.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So it can make calls and send texts but you daren't turn it on - then it is "out of date"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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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Re: Now those exam question leaks make sense

No it's just agile, release early and often

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: "Solar only works in really sunny countries"

Yes but you burn dirty coal cheap in china and make nice expensive clean rosy electricity in Surrey - so it all works out.

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Re: Epic FAIL

>But you dont need the LEDS on in the middle of the day, and solar dont work at night

But all you have to do is introduce super-double-triple daylight savings and put the clocks back 12hours !

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Re: Not surprising

Or Xiaomi will do to Huwaei what they are doing to Apple faster than Huwaei can do it Apple

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Re: I've read the original article

There have also been a few cases over this side of the pond where the drug makers have agreed among themselves who will be the sole maker of which generic.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Power Mad

>The police arent trawling the internet looking for things that have been said

The case of the Robin Hood airport it was tweeted - the internet equivalent of shouting in the park.

The airport claim to have found it by doing a search, ie they were monitoring Twitter for references to "Robin Hood"

The case where a musician texted clash lyrics to a friend and the police showed up, the police weren't able to adequately explain how they had "discovered" a private txt between two people who weren't the subject of any sort of investigation.

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Re: Power Mad

Try introducing a law saying you can't say this in public, with a national network of microphones on every lamppost to monitor you an enforce it .

But stick in the back of some technical law about network spectrum and frequency allocation and it's OK

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Life after Safe Harbour: Avoiding Uncle Sam's data rules gotchas

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Re: Tricky HR issue there

Yes but it is a bit restrictive when all your business and political leaders must go have gone to a single high school

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Tricky HR issue there

You hire a bunch of Americans, you check that they all have pickup trucks and know at least the first line of star spangled banner.

But a couple of them look a bit Chinese, do they also have Chinese passports? Could they apply for Chinese passports in the future ? Can you let them look at data ?

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Re: Can you keep a secret??

So does this apply to mail I turn over to the post office?

What about bank transactions, mobile phone calls, web visits?

There is very little I do that doesn't involve a 3rd party

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Re: BACKUPS

Most of my fsckups have been with backups

A RAID system where the management console numbers the drives physically and an OS that numbers them logically. Physical drive 0 fails, OS boots from drive 1. OS asks if you want to rebuild the 2nd drive from the first?

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Re: A cautionary pair of tales (pt1)

Yes - I learned that one a long time ago (NT3.5?) - always have a red background on the production system,

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Re: A cautionary pair of tales (pt1)

NAS with a tabbed web management interface.

The backup NAS I'm cloning TO decides to go away, leaving the main production NAS tab on top.

Click clone, yes I'm sure, yes this will erase the target, yes I know that's what I'm trying to do....

.... ooops ....

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We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision

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Full circle

Itseez are the maintainers of the OpenCV library, which was originally created by Intel's RD division to show that you could do this image processing stuff on PCs rather than needing workstations and FPGAs

Then they threw it out to concentrate on core stuff (like Itanium) and it went through half a dozen hands before ending up with itseez

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: Private sector

When an organisation gets large enough to have an HR dept - leave

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Re: It wasn't me, unfortunately

An HR department that can do such complicated higher mathematics?

Not in my experience

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Re: Lost in the system

I think it may be the reason for Earth's continued existence.

One day some God/super intelligent aliens are going to turn up and say "Didn't we turn this one off when it got infested with those giant lizards?" "How the hell is it still running?"

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: Bandwith worries me

Or a very long bit of cat5 extension

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More than half of people on UK counter-terror biometrics databases are innocent

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Re: ...more than half of people on British counter-terrorism databases are innocent.

They are guilty of of being terrorist suspects.

It's a database of terrorist suspects, so if you are in the database you are a terrorist suspect - obvious really

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Pas de Probleme

The ban will only apply to online gambling sites in French because the Quebec government won't accept the existence of any that are in English

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Re: Who are these people?

First nation casinos aren't allowed in Quebec - when Qb do a monopoly they don't mess about

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Re: Did someone say Recession?

Which is the general economic policy for dealing with a recession - deny it and hope people spend.

The alternative - running around saying we are doomed, causes people to stop spending, and s companies to stop selling, and so on - creates depressions

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Re: Apprentices or Interns?

I think the idea that these will be low paid jobs while people are learning the skills is very old-fashioned and out of touch.

If the young people are learning - they should be paying the employer fees, We can probably cap these at the same level as university tuition

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Yes but are these going to be German engineering apprenticships or "son of YTS"

The question is - do you trust this government to put the best interests of unemployed school leavers over short term profits of big business ?

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Re: Baron who...?

Except Baron actually built successful businesses rather than turned a few $100M inheritance into multiple bankruptcies .

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: US nuke arsenal run by 1970s IBM 'puter using 8-inch floppies

And famous for their massed charges when an English officer inadvertentley ordered Jones to attack that position

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Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

computer-programming-to-be-officially-renamed-googling-stackoverflow

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Re: Good. Simple is best.

Because if you accidentally leave a bunch of 8" floppies on the train, the Daily Mail won't be able to read them.

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Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

You don't need to understand which of the complicated NAG or Cern library numerical integration functions are the most appropriate for your data - you just search on GitHub and pull in the first library with "fitting" in the title.

Or if it's more complicated just copy the data to Excel and use that.

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Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

Note to computer "scientists" of today.

Fortran is better than Javascript or even Ruby for doing complex mathematical calculations on N-dimensional data sets on supercomputers.

Shocking isn't it .....

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: Don't worry...

Only if the UK prohibits it.

There is nothing to stop the Eu allowing foreign data to be processed in the Eu - it just wouldn't be subject to Eu protection. So UK data could go straight to the NSA

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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>Might be helpful if they changed their name then?

Air-Oopsie-Investigation-Board

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Supply commitments?

>Maybe we just should not put nuclear power plants in earthquake-prone regions.

Like California ?

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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Re: One of those auctions ...

I assumed the owners, being a family descended from such a noble patriot, would willingly pay the income tax - that's what aristocrats do isn't it ?

Noblesse oblige and all that

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Re: One of those auctions ...

But surely the seller will be paying income tax on this so the country will get back half of the money ?

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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Re: @Rol Targets Vs Cost

Except the hospital was still treating as many people as physically possible. It was just cooking the books to avoid cuts due to not meeting political targets,

This is like leaving people who need emergency surgery waiting ,while while you perform unnecessary easy surgeries to make money

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Galileo satnav fleet waxes orbital

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Re: So we will have the satellites...

But there is a slightly higher diplomatic threshold for deliberately jamming or shooting down Eu satelites than there is for simply degrading GPS accuracy over europe to the point that road/rail/air transport is made a lot slower and more expensive as a resposnse to a trade arguement

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Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

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Re: Tony Blair's statement after 911.

In the case of Blair possibly the same man, as soon as the check clears

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Good job it won't apply to Microsoft-UK

You were searching for Iceland Air - this is a terrorist group under the governments "we need a way to grab money from people without a trial act".

You are being redirected to the anti-terrorist Ulster Volunteer Force site.

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Not a problem

They can simply fly everyone in the department off to a holiday camp on a nice little island and ask them what was in it.

I hear they have some revolutionary new tricks for getting people to remember things

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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Re: In the light of recent revelations...

Nothing wrong with talking to plants.

No sillier than talking to clouds.

Now when you start making laws based on what you think someone in the clouds wants - then you have problems

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>Really? By what god like powers are they planning on subverting foreign jurisdictions and the ability of the internet to route around censorship?

A strongly worded letter to each Nigerian prince ?

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Had an American rental car that very politely read out abbreviations in full.

Unfortunately it though that "St" was an abbreviation for Saint and "Dr" was doctor

So we turned into "Martin Luther King Doctor" and drove down several "Main Saints"

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