* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

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Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

Warranties are simply futures options contracts, Since the cost of the flash chips is innevitably going to drop over 20years, or even if it were to rise slower than the stock market, they will win by taking your money now and offering to replace your 128Gb flash drive for free in 20years.

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Google hooks up with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

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Re: I used Google Wallet a couple of times 6+ years back.

He bought a used Delorean

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Re: Shame about the renaming

I think they will be forced to rename themselves to avoid anyone mistakenly thinking they are now linked with Google

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Potentiometer + cloud

I'm having a bit of trouble seeing the advantage of being able to see the results of twiddling a dial in the cloud. Especially since the bit of kit sending the twiddling to the cloud has more processing power than you need to do anything reasonable with the twiddlige.

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

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I forget

Is it net neutrality that funds terrorism and government regulation that will allow child porn - or was it the other way round ?

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Re: "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people.

That's true if you have a choice, something like 40% of cable customers don't.

And the others have a choice between two cable companies that both throttle Netflix and Amazon in favor of their own shows

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Hawking thesp Eddie Redmayne and Snowden doc Citzenfour win Oscars

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Re: Spaz, is the new sexy!

As Kate Winslet says in extras - "play a crip and it's a guaranteed oscar"

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

Not if he just meant that one of his parent's were grand .

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

Hence the IT angle an; off by one error

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New Mexico mulls sale of first US commercial spaceport (and LOHAN launchpad)

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Re: Ulterior motive?

>I wonder who they'd sell it to?

Aliens ?

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Re: Expensive housing

Sorry I meant to say planning restrictions.

One of the big problems of working here is that you have to keep thinking if you need to translate English words and early on Sunday mornings you get confused and translate them twice.

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Re: I'm an American, but....

It is amazing how peaceful US bars are.

Even in Texas at a real sawdust on the floor place on $1 bud nights (yes you can get very drunk on US beer it just takes longer than with Riggwelter). There is one solitary cop outside at closing time to make sure nobody too drunk drives home - although the rule in Texas is that if you can find your own pickup you are sober enough to drive.

Back home the SAS wouldn't go near Bigg Market on a saturday night.

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Re: Working spouse

Note: L1 is the visa you get if you are on temporary assignment to the US office of your current employer. I don't know if it lets you apply for a green card - the rules change because they get exploited.

One thing you do need ex-pat contacts for is that nobody in any branch of the US govt (a land of immigrants) understands the systems for non-Americans. You will get frustrating conflicting different rules from different Govt. depts.

eg. You must get a driving license within 7days of moving to California, you need a SSN to apply for a driving licence, it takes 4 weeks to get a SSN. Well why don't you have a SSN from the state you moved from ? Because I didn't move from another state!

Don't get me started on the kafka-esque nature of the "you must surrender your out of state licence" but a UK licence isn't out-of-state, not is it a Californian license. The computer demands that the license must be Californian or out-of-state ... repeat....

It's the same with tax, visas, health-care, pensions etc etc

Even if you get hired by a $Bn global corporation who promise that their lawyers will sort everything out - don't expect them to do it right.

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Re: So...

Hunt out Canadians.

Generally if an American 'gets' any non-obvious joke a little probing will show that they are refugees from the North.

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Re: Homeless

Ironically the really poor can get healthcare - it's the crazy system that screws people in the middle.

What SF, and a lot of US cities, are fighting is professional begging and the criminal gangs that enforce territory and extort business. What is very common in the US is to buy a coffee or fast food meal for people obviously sleeping rough rather than handing out cash.

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Re: Expensive housing

Building codes are what keeps housing expensive. Wanting to keep SF looking like a victorian fishing town while having a million people live in it is the problem.

Vancouver has a similar problem (and >$1M average house prices) but it also has a policy of building condo towers along public transit lines rather than pushing all the problems out to the suburbs.

If you want a beach side 5bed house you have to pay for the scarcity of beach side land but if you want a one bed apartment in walking distance to work you can have that for a lot less.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Re: Laptops

>who cares?

UL/TuV/CSA and all the other people that have been paid to assure you, your home insurance company, the airline carrying you, your fellow office dwellers etc that the laptop is safe.

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The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

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Re: This is why extra TLDs were stupid

Or maybe this guy is a secret ICANN agent......

If playboy win this then there is no need for apple to run around paying to register apple.crapgadget or apple.bumfuckidaho because if anyone else ever does register it then the court will hand it to Apple.

But if he wins then Apple etc have to run out and pre-register everything they can think of now.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: However

So the obvious solution would be to have a premiership footballer as head of state.

All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp - something Posh and Becks could do just as well as Betty and Chuck

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Complete bollocks ?

Surely the CEO of a privatised utility earns his million pound bonus "by brain" in exact accordance with the principles of clause 4?

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Re: "You want to be with your loved one every moment, or at the very least know what they're up to."

It can be good business.

Worked on one of the first gps fleet tracking systems.

One of our customers, a family firm, noticed that one of their vehicles was parked odd somewhere overnight. Turns out she was playing away from home.

She got half the business and both halves (amazingly) continued to buy our product.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Couldn't we solve the problem by subtracting lots of leap seconds before then ?

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Re: 1938 or so?

68 years is closer to a century than not

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Bloody teenager

>Spy on your enemies, not your friends, and certainly not your own citizens.

Your enemies can't do anything to you without a war.

Your friends can damage you at the next trade negotiations

Your own citizens can destroy you at the next bi-election

Who do you target?

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Re: Spies do spying

>.spies are known to engage in spying.

Who are they spying on and who is engaging them?

30 years ago we had a miners strike. How did the authorities find out the unions plans and defeat them - MI5.

20 Years ago we faced the threat of Labour winning elections. How did the authorities deal with them - MI5.

1 year ago we had a Scottish referendum, How did the authorities find the SNP plans and defeat them ?

Now we face the threat of UKIP winning marginal seats. How will the authorities find out their plans ?

It would just be interesting to know if MI5 is always working for the party in power, or the party that represents their chums from school.

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Re: Colour me sceptical

In anything larger than a modest-sized organization, there is normally some sort of management structure and responsibility and many people who are good at their job and have some sort of commitment to the organization.

In very large organizations, nobody gives a toss, they are just there to compete against other departments, demonstrate that they have aligned with the buzzword of the day and so get promotion.

Government is the biggest organization of them all

If some manager decided to outsource all their IT to the cheapest contractor in order to demonstrate they that had made x% cuts to the in-house IT cost center then well done, have a promotion.

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Have YOU got Equation NSAware in your drives? Meh, not really our concern, says EU

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Re: Detection

>And given that Kasperski is a Russian company,

Is the only reason this is being made public

Nice that we have to rely on the evil empire for Pravda and Izvestia

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Re: Rule 41 says......

Yes but when the KGB murders a journalist in London we tend to regard it as a bit naughty.

When our own defenders of peace and liberty do it - that might cause a bit of introspection.

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If it is a foreign machine

Why does the constitution apply ?

The court has demonstrated that the constitutional protection doesn't apply to US citizens abroad, to foreigners in the US or to anyone within 100miles of a border.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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You clicked OK to eula when you bought/unpacked/isntalled/walked past the machine in Dixons - it's your fault.

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Re: Stock install?

And where do you get the clean install from ?

You certainly can't trust the OS install disk that came with the machine.

And if you do an install with a retail copy of Windows you will still have to go to the laptops maker's site for all the driver downloads. All those run as administrator system installs ......

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Re: I'll give you three guesses

d) All of the above

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Re: Criminal

Like the one to British Telecom for doing the same thing with phorm ?

At least with this you can reinstall the OS or remove the software - trickier when it's your ISP mtm-ing you

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: Is BBC Radio more rigourous ?

Apart from TIMC the science shows are a bit magazine-y

In Our Time is always good for science, mostly because the presenter isn't a scientist.

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Re: So a meteor didn't wipe out the dinosaurs

But it wasn't in recorded history ....

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Re: BBC says no to science

And it's complete lack of balanced reporting on whether the moon landings really happened

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So a meteor didn't wipe out the dinosaurs

"No such event, a ....., has occurred in either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans in recorded history. NONE"

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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>There is the wonderful idea that has taken hold in parts of the US....

Those parts of the USA regard everywhere outside the USA (and any US states within 100miles of the coast) as part of liberal commie plot to destroy the USA.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: One Question:

Yes - but if you take them out for a decent lunch they will overlook it.

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Re: Abolishing Corporation Tax

So you pay tax when you take it out - what's the difference?

It's allowing people to save tax by transferring money from companies to the themselves in different boxes that is the issue

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I am a non-dom, I haven't lived in the UK for 10 years, I don't pay UK tax.

If however I worked in London. But flew in on monday morning, flew back to the channel islands on friday afternoon, claimed that the 2days travelling didn't count so I was only present 3*52 days/year and so shouldn't pay any UK tax.

I think a reasonable person on a jury might detect a difference - even if the accountants don't

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Re: TAX shouldn't be taxing

So living in the UK, sending your kids to UK schools, using the NHS and roads, while having your "salary" paid into a swiss bank, and doing all your spending on a swiss credit card with a fake swiss address while paying no tax - is no different from having an ISA?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Re: phnaar..

Why on $DIETY's Earth would they want a random link button?

How else do you think government policy is decided?

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: UK

If you are trying to get elected and more voters in key marginals read the DM than Wired then you base your opinions on what the DM says - that's "democracy"

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Snowden disclosures

“The Snowden disclosures were really harmful in terms of the trust between the government and many of these companies, in part because it had an impact on their bottom lines."

So doing the spying wasn't harmful - only the disclosure only affected the bottom line ?

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: "As an American and an objective observer, does he actually believe that"

>if you think Nicola Sturgeon is a man.

I think it's the skirt wearing that was confusing him

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> I doubt very much that another referendum would yield a different result.

Unless in the next referendum you are asking the English......

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UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

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Re: Patent trolls FTW

I believe there was prior art from Not the Nine O'Clock news where Mr Atkinson demonstrated a cunning headmounted system to allow the deaf to know the phone was ringing.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: but the '...w.dll'

Because they don't prevent these sort of attacks when the attacker has a copy of the key

But they do prevent you installing anything else to prevent these attacks

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