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4883 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: Which cliche works here....

So exactly the same as organisations like the BBC do when showing India/Pakistan maps in India/Pakistan or middle-east maps outside Israel

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

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Re: PWOAAARR!

Those are selected incidents of the story, you can follow all the sordid details on reddit or ycombinator. Including the more worrying detail that the wife of the founder who allegedly did the bullying but wasn't employed by the company - claimed to have access to all the customer records and private chat logs

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: Breaking News!!

>Most Americans are stupid.

Compared to a country that chooses it's leaders from the same heriditory class that went to a couple of boys-only schools and then studied politics at one university. Where not a single minister has any technical background and who fire science advisors if they fail to agree with the Daily Mail.

A country with a monarchy that is more of a meritocracy than the governing party !

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: IP Deathmatch

Story in NYT today.

The Wright brothers spent the decade after inventing the airplane suing every other maker of aircraft - claiming that their patents covered not only their solution to the problem but all others.

So flaps (which they didn't invent) were covered by their wing warping method (which nobody now uses)

They spent so much time in court and neglecting their business that they and their backers went bust and by the entry into WWI the US declared it had no usable aircraft designs and had to buy French ones.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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Re: Who Is Ripping Whom, RIAA?

The RIAA are in court at the moment with lots of 50/60s artists who they haven't been paying.

Their claim was that any change in lineup invalidates the original deal with the band and all the musicians had to renegotiate/reregister their royalties - meanwhile the RIAA banked the money.

One famous musicians was having to license his old recordings for ads to raise the money to sue the IRAA to get the royalties for the same recording being played on the radio.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Re: Fixing an airborne aircraft

But they are in a much better situation than you. They just have to go to the taxpayer/government and say that they need $M extra this year to plan for a change in operating system in 10years time.

Any reasonable elected official would agree to closing a few hospitals so that the taxman could have an easy transition - everybody loves the IRS afteral.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux

Yes it does make you wonder how anybody managed to run a city before the ribbon(tm)

If only they had the cell update animation of Excel in the 90 then Germany could have managed to build a decent infrastructure and manufacturing base

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Re: Would their govt's migration to Linux

But it was long term cost. A govt thinking beyond the next quarter was what was so amazing.

The guy in charge said at the time, (IIRC they were skipping migrating off W2K?) - it will cost more than this upgrade, you would be amazed how cheap the quote fro MSFT gets when you have an alternative, but having control over the upgrades 10-20 years in the future will save us more.

Now how many countries are spending $100M on extending XP support?

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Re: If you want Poles of excellence ....

Thats unfair - so many of our MPs are prepared to get up off the backsides to discover why people want to be on the boards of Tobacco companies, defence companies and lots of other companies recieving contracts from their departments

Some are so dilligent in their undercover research that you almost never see them in westminster

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: @TRT

>, there's about 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater already.

But that's natural organic free-range uranium

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Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

>That's because floating power nuke plants are a daft idea

For every reason except planning consent

Cost/time to get permission to open a reactor in San Francisco vs permission from feds to moor one 12miles offshore

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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>"A burglar may be a career criminal, but the court does not reveal to the jury this fact

But it might take it into account when issuing a shotgun license to someone with 20 convictions for armed robbery vs a gamekeeper on a scottish grouse moor.

The question here is, was there a link between the "don't you try and hire any of our people" and "nice product you've got there - shame if it violates any our patents" emails from Jobs.

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But the point here is if a concerned neighbour comes upto you and says - "that wiring looks a little a little worn it could cause a fire, you should get it looked at" you might reasonably make a different conclusion than if a Mafia boss comes into your restaurant with three goons and says "that wiring ....be a shame if the place burned down - you should sell to me now".

Steve Jobs wasn't calling the boss of Palm with friendly business advice - it was a threat, anybody who had dealt with Jobs knew it was a threat, the jury should know it was a threat.

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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No you wouldn't. The crypto routines are implemented form a set of standard published algorithms. It is relatively easy to prove that encrypting string X with key Y in truecrypt produces the same output as anyone else's AES

There might be mistakes, there might be bugs which leave memory around and help you guess the keys, there might even be backdoors (if you are truly paranoid) in the original design of the algorithms that the NSA and Bruce put in there and the worlds cryptographers haven't spotted.

But backdoors in the code that allow an NSA passwd to decrypt anything are going to be in the keyhandling. The big concern fro truecrypt users was that on windows you need to run a signed driver which you can't (easily) build yourself - so you have no idea if what you were running was what they claimed.

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EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

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Won't somebody think of the agents?

Soon after this is implemented all the criminals in the USA will be caught - how could it fail with continual automatic CCTV identification of all 51Million bad guys - and then what will happen to all the FBI agents?

Will they all be reduced to collecting used cans in shopping carts - along with all the police officers?

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Re: Ha ha ha ha ha ha

In this city the average price of all homes is now >$880K so it's not difficult to retire with a "net worth of $1M" - it doesn't mean you are throwing $100 bills out of your Bentley

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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Re: Foot, meet bullet

No worse - it says we are changing our system to stop rat droppings in future.

That's what worries people.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Politicians....

Doesn't matter anymore though - they don't need a conviction.

They have your DNA and will keep it forever, so a little laboratory mistake down the road and you are a convicted rapist/child abuser.

The record that you were arrested gets reported everytime you need to apply for permission to work in schools, volunteer with the "vulnerable" or coach a kids soccer team.

You will have to go through a long and complicated visa procedure to visit many countries - even if arrested but not convicted.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Re: Drop box (US based) --> US Laws --> THE PATRIOT Act --> Privacy f**ked

So they lose the free accounts of a few hundred users - and gain a few hundred phone calls from Condie to heads of US Govt Depts and CEOs of honest right-minded US corporations.

It's like complaining that Ferrari are annoying vegetarians and appealing only to the rich by hiring Jeremy Clarkson

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball.

Remember the CIA's job is to ensure funding for the CIA.

So you have to keep saying that your current enemies are really dangerous and going to be around for ever - you certainly aren't going to tell your paymasters you expect the USSR to go away in a few years.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Or they weren't using SSL at all because it's illegal for un-authorized users to access a government server so there is no need for any security !

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Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit

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Re: False statements for the purpose of deferring record losses?

Oddly enough Olympus is the only $Bn Japanese company who has done anything wrong.

They all have the same set of board members, the same secretive reporting rules and the same lax regulators and all face the same challenges in the same market conditions - but it was only Olympus that ever did anything naughty and coincidentally hired an outsider as CEO who blew the whistle

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In other news

Pots International have declared that Amalgamated Kettles Inc are a bit sooty

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Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

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Re: Does it matter?

Because shadowy government agencies who can and will kill people / overthrow governments and sell arms to Iran to finance terrorists in Nicaragua will always operate outside the law.

So to say - oh well we can stop them so we might as well extend that power officially to every level of officialdom from the Milk Marketing Board to the RSPCA - is probably not a Goof Thing (tm)

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Re: Does it matter?

Yes, you can't stop US Navy tapping an underwater cable or the CIA breaking into a data center to plant a bug.

But you can stop your local council having an automatic right to a list of every website you visited and the contents of every email you sent and having the right to pull up that list when you go to complain about the roads.

It's like saying it's pointless to ban park keepers from shooting children who walk on the grass because the USAF have drones.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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With movies these days the director would have cut to a different shot twice in that time ....

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?

/* comment in K&R :-) */

surely?

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Re: Happy Birthday System/360 and COBOL ...

IIRC Cobol was intended to be read by the business managers so they could understand what these computer people were doing with their money.

That's why it has such verbose statements instead of math-geek freindly symbols.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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So ...

Are we now boycotting Firefox because they don't support FreeSpeech or OkCupid ?

Do I have to signup for OkCupid before I can boycott it?

Can i still boycott it if I have no idea what OkCupid does and had never heard of it before this?

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: Administration knightmare

You already have to do this with the physical goods you described.

Now you just have to do it with stuff you download - instead of pretending that all your business is in a lawyers office in Luxembourg

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: So access to information

That's not fair - not all Opera users are like that !

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Re: So access to information

It was teaching the peasants to read that began the decline - damn enlightenment.

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In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

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Re: Boycott The Australian Government?

Or we send Boycott in to bat against the Australian government.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Why won't the mainframe die?

Put it this way - nobody is running around in a panic wondering how they are going to migrate 1000s of users off a mainframe platform they only installed 10 years ago.

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Re: The Mythical Man-Month

Surely "there are no silver bullets" doesn't apply anymore now that we have the cloud and web and hadoop and node.js ?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Re: It's still too expensive

So a single one of these as the controller and a bunch of $5 arduinos managing each thermostat

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India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

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Re: Wrong search term

AFAIK Baidu the chinese system now uses LEO and a cosntelation the same as GPS/Galileo/etc

Their original system used a single GSO space segment providing timing only along with a ground network of stations.

Advantage was that they only needed a single satelite but you needed to have a comms channel on the ground.

Real advantage was that nobody could use it without the ground stations also knowing who and where they where.

Interested in how the Indian system is going to work. Would the time difference between satellites in a line 40,000km away really give you a good position?

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Re: What happened to

>There are pieces of it sitting about 50 metres from me

So a highly accurate if somewhat localised system?

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Re: To those who bleat about cost - you might have misssed something . . .

It's still only 1/3 the cost of a single space shuttle launch to LEO

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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Re: I'd guess none

You still have to, according to the FSF (it hasn't been tested in court) offer to ship the customer the source for all the packages in the Ubuntu distribution you are using.

They claim that pointing to the ubuntu repo isn't enough, but worst case you would just have to mirror ir.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: And people complain about the ...

That's the advantage of this system.

You could stay home and have a note pushed through the door saying "we tried to deliver but you were out...." then you can wait a couple of days and drive to a delivery centre on an industrial park 30mins away to collect you order. By which time your fish has definitely stopped moving.

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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

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Re: Then we have leap seconds

Your GPS isn't confused by leap seconds because it doesn't use them.

Internally it uses GPS time (no leap seconds) your receiver adds the leap seconds when it display the time. The problem with leap seconds is that when somebody in Paris decides to add one, you cant guarantee that every satellite will get the message instantly.

The americans wanted to drop the whole silly idea - but the UK, among others, vetoed it.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: Confused

That's why the results of the study shouldn't be surprising. eg. Fair trade coffee is "a good thing" because it helps poor farmers, not because it keeps you awake better. Organic shouldn't be better as food.

What is surprising is that people who eat organic/home grown veg would be expected to be more health conscious, eat better diets, not smoke/drink, etc.

So either they did a really good job of correcting for this - ie found yoga+healthy eating+exercise nuts who nevertheless only ate supermarket veg.

Or the whole study was too small/short to show any effect.

Or those who claimed that they always ate organic were lying.

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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While they were totally protected yesterday ?

If you are still getting exploits on an OS that has been out for 10years then you really can't rely on updates to protect you

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Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again

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Re: If Carrie Fisher were Turkish...

So just have the Turkish Daily Mail claim that twitter harms the little children and have it banned

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'We’re not SNEAKY, we're DADS from the MIDWEST'

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Dropbox magic

>comparing file hashes. We don't look at the files in your private

So is this just NSA style legalese, they don't "look" at the files, they measure the magneto resistance of the bits on the disk.

Or do Dropbox have some non-contact way of calculating a filehash? Perhaps they calculate all possible file hashes and then use quantum mechanics to select the alternate universe in which they correct one is first?

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: It's about time

>even though it's illegal, then it should surely be legalised...

Which would mean the end of speed limits and drink driving laws - on the positive side you would be allowed to hunt Jeremy Clarkson with dogs.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Baker quits Mozilla as well

Aren't we all quitting Mozilla in favour of IE?

The more we support Windows the more money BGates has to donate to good causes

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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

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Re: Never Happen

It means a US govt taking away Iraq's .iq domain and giving control of it to a dodgy businessman in Texas.

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