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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Try oop-north.

After a long and bitterly fought election campaign, inside the local labour party office to decide who is the candidate, they are then elected with a 90% majority.

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It is at least honest.

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

I think that's unfair - New Labour has shown it can be just as corrupt as the Tories.

Since the only parties that seem to have a consistent set of policies that they actually believe in are the various nationalist/independence movements can I propose that the UK is broken up into 650 separate nations who can all have their individual national parties who campaign for their independance.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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Re: The segway always was a solution looking for a problem

Your proposed linear wheel bio-feedback cybernetic transport system may have a problem with lateral stability when stopped. An obvious solution would be for the operator to always keep moving in the face of red lights, crossing traffic with right-of-way and pedestrians.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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>... dunno about Northern Ireland, sorry ...

Depends on whether you believe the host is actually transformed into the body of Christ while retaining all earthly form of bread - or metaphorically transformed into the body of Christ while retaining all earthly form of bread.

Tragically this isn't the most stupidly mindless reason for choosing a political party.

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Re: If it's any consolation...

Yes but we vote May7 and still have to wait until November to find out who our new boss is.

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They promised "near" universal ultra-fast broadband.

The cabinet will have universal ultra-fast broadband and you will be near it - promise delivered.

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Re: Ah, logic

And discounting N subscript(sheep)

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Or more likely - those good at writing messages will have great "success" in enduring long meaningfull conversations with women but produce no kids.

While the willy waving lets get jiggly will do more jiggly and have more kids.

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Re: Bumble sounds great

So there is a market for an app that writes long sensitive messages to women.

Of course then there would be an app that analyzes the messages and works out which are from an app.

Then the apps would get together and breed - a sort of Mills and Boon version of Terminator.

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Re: Computers aren't human, people.

Did you ever find where she relocated to ?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: I hate pylons

True environmentalists would welcome pylons and wind turbines while objecting to housing estates.

Pylons and wind turbines have very little impact on the countryside - they only spoil the view for townies out for a nice weekend.

Concreting over miles of countryside to build houses, then roads, then business parks, then shopping centers, then relief roads to reduce pressure on the roads because of the shopping centers, then drainage projects and river embankments to stop flooding of the nice houses .. etc etc have a slightly larger impact.

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Re: You forgot the slot

Shhh Don'y tell anybody - I'm still patenting the Tesla Scalextric.

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Well they have done a nicely rendered model of how they will look in the countryside - the rest is just implementation details.

Strangely I can't find the link to the kickstarter project to pay for them, perhaps the digital czar hasn't logged in yet today.

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Re: I hate pylons

Why excavate a trench - just use the road surface.

A copper coating on each lane and a small gap between them, it's a thin coating so no surface effect worries and it will cool well.

The cars will have no issue with their rubber tires, neither will people walking along the roadway so long as they don't step over the lanes. It will also have a beneficial effect of reducing idiots walking across the road.

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Re: Dual Use

Might have a bit of an issue with the whirling blades and the wires.

You could remove the wires of course, and then pack the pylons tighter together and face them into the wind rather than stringing them across the countryside.

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Re: I think we have to ask ourselves two questions

So what's the intersection of the sets of Daily Mail readers, Green party voters and people who understand set theory?

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

>don't look like criminals and terrorists

They do however look like union leaders, anti-iraq war campaigners, families of black murder victims where the police fscked up the investigation, greenpeace/cnd members, future labour cabinet ministers - and all the other potential terrorists the security services targeted

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: C should have been described

C still being the language of choice for e̶m̶b̶e̶d̶d̶e̶d̶ systems

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Re: Perl considered unimportant.

>doesn't bring anything conceptually new to the party.

I think the concept of making the intention of the program completely disconnected from the source code was new - at least outside the obfuscated C contest.

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Re: This is exactly the problem

At least they didn't make her wear fluorescent lycra and ride a bike

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Re: Sure, as long as every server has...

So if your server has the right posix libs and don't try and do anything OS specific then C is perfectly cross platform.

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Re: “Goto statement considred harmful”

"He was basically just saying that ... GOTOs complicate the programmer's task by obscuring the logical structure of a program."

In my experience, PROGRAMMERS complicate the programmer's task by obscuring the logical structure of a program.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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To be honest 1985 wasn't exactly a golden age.

The class was divided into those struggling to type 10line "guess the number" programs in BBC Basic and those of us at the back writing our own games.

The teacher was whichever maths person had once seen a computer at college.

The O-level exam was to explain the difference between a minicomputer and mainframe and distinguish between a picture of a line printer and a dot matrix.

But we were allowed stencils to draw our flowcharts ....

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Re: "build on our strengths as a leader in digital technology"

Fortunately the nuclear weapons were built by the same leaders in digital technology - so probably don't work.

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Re: So why is it computer science graduates have the higest unemployment rate?

Because nobody wants computer scientists - which is a good thing because very very few computer science courses produce them.

Lots of places want software engineers - which is unfortunate because very very few computer science courses produce them.

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Re: Wonderful news

I think the lib dems have promised free unicorns - doesn't mean much

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Wonderful news

With all the other major parties promising pretty much the same thing - it looks like we can look forward to a new era of the white heat of digital technology bringing peace and prosperity to all - whoever wins.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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Re: "... check players for electronic devices before they enter the toilets."

Or they could just repeat the scene in "Casino" when they found the guy with the roulette timing computer. Circular saw meet hand

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Re: I'm confused (yet again)

>Is there a chess program for a smartphone that would be able to beat a grandmaster? (I doubt it.)

Yes - and most world class players use them for practice, since if you are a grand master there aren't many humans you can get a good game against. Listen to the recent more-or-less podcast on the BBC

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Re: Sub-optimal

So the logical cold calculating grand master chess players would use machines and cheat while the wild-eyed cowboy chess players (I'm trying to picture them) wouldn't cheat because of their egos.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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American police?

Wouldn't the three-letter-agency down the road have backup of all the stuff?

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'Chinese hackers' were sniffing SE Asian drawers for YEARS

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Up the workers

"a structured and organised workflow", and a "coherent development approach"

So it couldn't possibly have been produced by decadent capitalist running dogs but must have been the result of the glorious workers of the people's republic. Might want the FBI to investigate FireEye

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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Re: Horse drawn cab driver

It's not that Chaplin was crap by today's standards - he was crap the standards of the time.

There were better actors (Keaton, Lloyd) producing better films - Chaplin (and Mack Sennett) were better at marketing them. Not unlike the home computer industry.

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Re: The greatest speech ever made.

>"This video is unavailable" - but if you meant the one from The Great Dictator

The one that got him kicked out of America for "premature anti-fascism" ?

"Soldiers: Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! .... Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise!! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers,"

Sounds like supporting terrorism, that's probably why the video is unavailable

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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IBM already patented patent trolling.

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Re: They sued Apple?

Apple settled for about what it would cost them in Latte's for the lawyers to fight the case. There is also the risk that the jury would like the other side's lawyer's tie more and slap mega-rich Apple with a $Bn settlement.

Apple know they would use the $8M as a fighting fund to go after other people = Apple's competitors. So from Apple's pov it's like paying a protection racket to go and smash somebodies else's store - except it's cheap and legal. Exactly like Microsoft paying SCO's claim on owning Unix.

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Re: Problem? (@ Mage)

It's precisly "to be fair" that they accept most patents.

If an examiner rejected a patent that was clearly guff that would be un-American, a faceless bureaucrat crushing the poor lone inventor just because he felt like it.

Instead they are (were - the rules recently loosened a little) only allowed to reject patents that had clear prior-art listed in a patent in the same specific category as the invention.

The idea is that, in a democracy, the technical merits of the patent would be decided by 12random jurors in East Texas rather than by an expert patent examiner.

You could literally patent the wheel if there wasn't an existing US patent on it. One US company famously patented using tumeric as an anti-septic about 3000years after a Sanksrit document recommended it - their claim was that the original inventor hadn't patented it.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Logically the bottom half of the FTSE, Dow Jones, S&P, Nasdaq etc should all close their businesses and put the money into a tracker fund.

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Re: The problem

And yet when the iMessiah conspired to reduce the wages of not only their own employees, but everybody else whose salary is linked to "industry averages", by $10,000s nobody minds

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All hail Alibaba

I don't waste my hard earned buying cheap chinese crap at inflated Wall mart prices - I head over to dx.com (other source of cheap chinese crap are available) and buy for the same wholesale price that most high st stores are paying.

I have de-middle man-ed the transaction, increased efficency and liberated consumer surplus. I have also freed lots of people from working in low skilled retail jobs and allowed them to follow their dreams of becoming billionaire entrepreneurs themselves.

So instead of a section on tax form to list out-of-state purchases and volunteer to pay the tax, I should get some sort of reward for these economically efficient measures.

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Re: Externalities?

So by pricing theory, music piracy is good for the economy.

Instead of spending their hard earned pocket money on overpriced CDs where the money goes to offshore accounts of record companies, they download the music for free and spend their consumer surplus in the local alcohol and herbal markets.

They should be rewarded by tax breaks for music downloading.

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Re: Wealth redistribution

The way the USA does unpaid interns is at least fair.

From the student's pov its just an extention to the course, without fees, to be added to their loan. From society's pov it saves the company money, in the same way as offshoring a job, and reduces costs to the consumer.

Back in my day (1980s) the UK had a similar system for law degrees, you had to do a 1 (2?) year unpaid apprentiship at a law firm for which you couldn't get a grant or loan. So it made sure that only the right sort of people could afford to become lawyers - which kept the price to the consumer up.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Or you could sell them perfectly working chips so they don't develop their own expertise.

They waste the supercomputer time to develop expensive nuclear weapons that they can never use and gradually bankrupt their economy - cf USSR

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Re: Oh dear

In the 80/90s the US blocked Toshiba from importing LCD screens to the US to protect the US LCD screen industry .

Instead Toshiba built and imported entire laptops - how is the US laptop industry doing these days?

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Re: Excellent

Or the embargos on Israel and S Africa which forced them to develop their own technology industries.

It is ironic that after blaming Japan dumping cheap technology for the decline of US industry you then try the opposite plan to destroy chinese innovation.

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

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>Wasn't this the kind of thing itanium was meant to do?

I think the plan with the itanium was that the supercomputer would actually put out more heat than the weapon you were simulating. So you could do more damage by dropping the computer on them than the bomb.

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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

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The technology was waiting for the acceleration needed for the drone to ring the doorbell, drop a "we tried to deliver a package while you were out" and get away before you can respond.

Drones are perfectly practical, if like citylink, you never intend to actually deliver the actual package.

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