* Posts by Dr. Mouse

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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"he said i have not met one person who voted in"

This is because, just as now, the votes are mostly along socio-economic, as well as age, lines.

I know people intending to vote each way, in roughly equal numbers. Personally, a great many of the leavers I know are outright racist, although I know this is not the case for all. I also know clever, rational people who intend to vote to leave, and have rational and well thought out arguments.

I'm very close to the fence here, but what pushed me to the remain side was mainly risk. Having just recently gone self employed, I am not in a position to withstand an economic downturn, and there is a reasonable chance of that happening purely from the shock to the markets and uncertainty that a leave vote will bring. A remain vote carries fewer risks, at least in the short term.

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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Re: why would a promoter sell a $600 ticket for $100

Why would a promoter sell the tickets for so much less than their obvious value?

Actually, you have a point. This sounds like basic economics. If the touts can sell the tickets for 5x+ their face value, then people are prepared to pay that much. So why aren't they being sold for that price in the first place?

I would guess there are PR reasons (promoter and artist don't want to be seen to be gouging the fans), but from simple economics it makes little sense that they are being sold so "cheaply" (relative to what people are prepared to pay)

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Re: Sell them like airline tickets

It would also significantly slow down entry to the event. When talking about popular events in large venues, the time taken to gain entry is already significant, and organisers have spent a lot of time and money on speeding up this process.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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Re: So, just let me get this straight ...

"Whatsapp will be rolled out in "crippled" version for all Russian users."

There is only one realistic method for them to do this: Disable end-to-end encryption on Russian phones. They could do this, and then present a warning (at least to non-Russian users) that the messages are not encrypted and are available for snooping by the FSB.

The problem I see is that this could set a "precedent" in the West. Whatsapp would be much better off just pulling their app from Russia. They would be seen as "making a stand", and could legitimately say that it would break their whole system without serious development effort, which they are not prepared to do just to satisfy the Russian government. This would discourage other countries from doing the same.

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Telco bosses' salaries must take heat for cyber attacks, says MPs' TalkTalk enquiry

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The other thing you have missed is that, even where CT has been paid, the individual still pays tax on dividends. Before this tax year, they would effectively pay nothing on dividends within the basic rate tax band, but above that (and 4K/mo is above that) he would pay.

From this year, the tax rates I mentioned above apply. So it is not that he is paying no tax, and he is effectively paying the corp. tax too.

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Fair points. I didn't realise you were talking about monthly, but this does mean he will be paying higher rate tax on the dividends. And I do know bosses who would get rid of staff before taking the hit themselves, so maybe the risks don't apply as much to him.

Your point about him not paying the CT is a bit of a falacy. The exchequer is still getting his money. If he was paying as salary, he would be paying it himself, whereas dividends the company is paying CT, him the DT. It makes not a jot of difference, the exchequer is still getting his cut.

I know this one myself. As a contractor, I pay myself using a mixture of salary and dividends. It makes little difference to me whether the company is paying tax or myself, it all comes out of the "pot". The distinction between the company paying or myself is negligible, the money is still "gone".

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My CEO for example pays considerably less tax than me by only paying themselves and other half 16K (taxable), the rest is in dividends that are not because they are earning less than 16.5K.

I'd say that either your CEO really is earning chump change, or you have misunderstood.

From this year, if you are paying yourself an 8K salary, only the next 8K in dividends is tax free. Even then, the dividends would first have been subject to corporation tax (at 20%). After that, you pay 7.5% inside the basic rate limit (26% including CT), 32.5% in the higher rate band (46% inc CT) and 38.1% additional rate (over 50% inc CT).

So, once corporation tax is included (which is not paid when taking salary), the tax rates are not that far off those an employee gets. Even if they are only taking a total of c. £16k each, they will still be paying an effective 10% tax (c. £1600), which is not far off what an employee will be paying (c. £1900).

He is also taking more risk than you are. If he has an unprofitable year, you will still be paid, but he will probably have to take a hit.

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Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish

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And it's also why an [elected] upper house would be a completely flippin stupid thing to do

An elected upper house could, possibly, work, but only if they stood for a long time.

My own suggestion would be along the lines of a 15-30 year term, with a third of seats up for grabs every 5-10 years.

Whatever happens, we need someone to look at the long term. In fact, this is where the Queen (should) come in. She shouldn't be blocking legislation. However, should something go through which was utterly insane, I believe she would (should) still be able to refuse to sign it into law, dissolve parliament, and call for an election.

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"So our elected representatives, the ones we put in positions of power, basically try and pass any old toss into law and it's up to the Lords to sort it out ?"

MPs are elected for a short time, now "fixed" at 5 years. They know they cannot count on having a job there in 5 years time. This encourages short-term, populist views. It also discourages longer-term planning, especially where money is concerned (why pay for something now which may end up benefiting the opposition after the next election?).

The Lords tend to be in the position for much longer, so look at the long-term aspects of what is proposed. Also, as they are in "power" for longer, they tend to get to understand more of the subject matter. IMHO their job is, and always has been, to oversee the Commons and make sure they don't do anything too stupid, without looking like they are struggling for power. They are kind of like a parent raising an adolescent: They need to let the kid make his own mistakes, but guide them to avoid as many as possible, and give a yank on the reins when they are about to do something really stupid.

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Labour did just as much rights-bashing when they were in government as the Tories are now.

Unfortunately for the Lib Dems, they were blamed for the unpopular Tory policies, and the Tories were given credit for the better legislation the Lib Dems pushed during their time in coalition. It was always a risk, and it almost killed off the party.

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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Re: Poor science - @Dr Mouse

I was referring to the headline to the post - "Poor science"

I agree that was incorrect. I doubt any of this is "poor science".

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Re: Poor science

You may have a point about someone hiding behind anonymity, but that doesn't make his statement invalid in and of itself.

We have seen 2 results which corroborate the hypothesis. This is not, yet, enough to be called proof (IMHO), but it is evidence pointing to the hypothesis being valid. We will either see more results validating the hypothesis or (probably more exciting) some weird results which suggest a flaw in the hypothesis, leading to potentially exciting new physics.

Whatever happens, it's always good to gather more data.

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

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Re: @Dr. Mouse - Difference between programmer and software engineer

Fair enough. I agree that some specs are barely more than "We need a website" or "We need an app".

I guess the analogy is not completely accurate, as there are several layers to the design, from the way it interacts with other systems to how data is stored and accessed, so the programmer can be essential to the design process.

I have still met more than my share of monkeys who can write C# when spoon fed what to do and how to do it, and no more.

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Re: @Dr. Mouse - Difference between programmer and software engineer

@Count Ludwig

I know a heck of a lot of programmers who do nothing but write code. They do not understand the system they are developing, or the adjacent systems. They cannot see from a user's point of view, factor in necessary integrations with other systems etc. They cannot understand the basic networking or infrastructure on which the system must run. They take a detailed plan from someone else, and translate it into code in whatever language they know, oblivious to anything else.

Maybe this is me trying to put things in boxes again. I used to maintain a very clear distinction between "friend" and "mate". I had lots of mates, people I would go drinking with or have a laugh with. I had very few friends, the people who I trusted completely, would be there for in an instant and who would do the same for me.

Software engineer fits better, to me (a qualified mechanical and electronic engineer) because what is being done is engineering. Programming is just one skill a software engineer must have, but they must also be able to plan, consider side effects, understand interactions with infrastructure, etc.

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What's more pertinent is the fact that engineering and computing degrees are difficult and the prospects are entering an industry which is being decimated by bean counters who believe that those in IT just click buttons and whose jobs can be done by someone with loads of dubious qualifications from another country.

In a recent meeting with a client, I had to explain the difference between a software developer/programmer and a software engineer. They hadn't a clue (they were business types), and I found it difficult to put it into words, but my analogy seemed to work:

- The programmer is the builder, operating to someone else's technical designs to erect* the building.

- The software engineer is the civil engineer, who takes pretty pictures from an architect and makes them into a functioning, structurally sound design. He must consider effects on and from the surroundings, possible extreme conditions, and a variety of other data to ensure the building will be safe.

Actually, often the software engineer will also be the builder and the architect, but the analogy still stands in principal.

* Tee hee

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Re: Engineer

In Germany Engineer is a job title on a par with Solicitor or Doctor in terms of respect

This is definitely true, but it is also true (as other comments have mentioned) that here, in England, non-Engineers have been given job titles of Engineer (e.g. Sanitation Engineer, aka the bog cleaner). On the continent, and especially in Germany, an Engineer is pretty much a regulated job title (if not legally, by professional consensus at least), and you must actually be an Engineer to be called an Engineer. They would never even consider calling the people we often call engineers such.

I heard that, not long ago, a survey was done in this country asking who was the most famous engineer they knew of. The most popular answer was Kevin Webster, the character from Coronation Street who is a car mechanic.

Part of the reason, I believe, is actually (strange as it sounds) down to spelling. Engineer conjours up images of engine, dirty things which make noise and break down (especially if you go back to steam engines etc). This leads to thoughts of a mechanic.

In Germany, the word is Ingenieur, which betrays it's roots in the word "Ingenious". This brings to mind thoughts of people coming up with clever new methods of accomplishing a task, which is fundamentally what engineering is. The situation is, I believe, the same in much of Europe, and the simple substitution of an "I" with an "E" is, at least, part of the reason for the denigration of Engineers in this country.

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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nothing has changed since the Schrems court ruling

This is true. Data is still being shipped in bulk to a country with incredibly weak data protection laws for those who are not local citizens (if any) and noone is doing anything about it.

Oh, you meant in Switzerland...

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Lester Haines: RIP

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RIP

Raising this to you -->

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UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

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Not a bad idea...

I'm sure there are times when taxis are sat idle. Allowing them to be used for instant delivery doesn't sound like a bad idea to me.

I think, were it me, I would expand this idea to include other goods. Need a new CPU? Order it from a local shop using UberDelivery and it turns up much quicker than ordering using normal delivery services, and you don't have to leave your desk/house and battle traffic.

It could even be combined with taxi services, the parcel being in the boot while a meatbag is dropped off somewhere en route.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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Re: I don't fully understand...

Someone you know tells you they want to kill their wife [etc]

The first, yes, I expect I would go down for aiding and abetting or something.

The second, if they asked for the contact details of a person without describing why, I would not expect to have committed a crime.

The third, again, I would not expect to have committed a crime.

I am not actually intending to argue that any of these actions are legal or illegal, I was more asking for clarification. The arguments put forth in the article do not add up, to me. I'm against piracy, but I'm also against governments bringing in nonsensical laws.

Another example: I know the guy at the end of the street is selling weed. Someone asks me where they can get weed, and I give them his details. Have I committed a crime there?

Or, I know the guy is selling weed, and someone asks me for his contact details (without telling me why). Have I committed a crime?

If it turns out that knowledge of why I'm giving details is required in the above cases (e.g. I would be committing a crime if I was asked where they could get weed, but not if they just asked for his details) then the same should apply online. If I linked to a website providing pirated materials, but which also provided non-pirated materials, and I was linking without reference to the pirated materials, then I would not expect that I have committed a crime.

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Re: Hyperlink

a Hyperlink is more akin to saying "I know where you can get a copy of that DVD, here, let me fetch one for you".

I disagree.

A hyperlink to a site which contains pirated material, I am providing directions to the stall where the guy is selling DVDs. The person still has to follow the directions (it's known as following a hyperlink for a reason).

If I hyperlink to the actual material, I am providing directions to the stall and the precise location of that DVD at the stall.

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Re: I don't fully understand...

Someone puts family images on flickr marked as private viewable only by family, so the pages are protected. However, some one gets the links to those images and puts them on a website that is viewable to all. The hyperlinks are to images that the uploader never intended to be public. In fact the hyperlink is no more than a skeleton key to the contents of someone's locked cupboard.

That's an even worse analogy. If this is possible, it's more like you are hiding the images around a public place, then putting a map to those images in a locked box accessible only to family members. It doesn't stop someone accidentally finding those pictures, making their own map and putting it somewhere public, or a family member photocopying the map and giving it to someone.

If the images are actually secure, they are in the locked box and only the family members are able to get at them. Of course, it wouldn't stop those family members copying the images and putting them somewhere public but, without that, noone without the key can get at them even if the know where they are.

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Re: I don't fully understand...

Your argument (possibly made more in hope than expectation) is "Not illegal. Because internet."

Actually, no, that is not my argument. In fact, I explicitly related it to a non-internet situation I felt was similar.

OK, let's take 2 more analogies:

1) I know of a person who has almost every film ever made on DVD, who will copy them for you on demand. When people ask me about potential sources of pirate DVDs, I give them this guy's contact details.

2) I know of a website where one can download almost any film. When someone asks me where they should download pirate material, I tell them the address of this site.

Am I guilty of copyright infringement in either of these 2 cases? Because these are the closest real-world analogies I can think of, and come extremely close to hyperlinking, yet I would be surprised if I had violated copyright myself.

I will actually turn it around: Your own argument is that it's illegal "because internet".

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I don't fully understand...

A hyperlink is purely a direction towards material. How can hyperlinking to content which is in violation of copyright itself be a violation of copyright?

Take this to another level. I learn of a guy in the local market who is selling dodgy DVD copies of a particular film. While at the pub, I hear someone saying they are looking for that film, and I tell him about the guy in the market. Am I violating copyright?

Personally, I would say no. I have just given someone information about where to find something they were looking for. If that person chooses to buy said DVD, he and the seller would be violating IP law, but I do not believe I should be held responsible for that violation.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: Strange Sign

I don't understand those who don't want them regulated at all.

They should be regulated, but they already are. There are all sorts of regulations which require the manufacturers not to supply harmful products. What people are objecting to is the heavy-handed, innovation-stifling insanity of the TPD (itself a misnomer as e-cigs are not a tobacco product by any reasonable definition of the word).

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Re: Strange Sign

That's hardly reasonable at all, actually that's deliberately putting non-smokers in harm's way.

And for no good reason. There have been a lot of studies recently into vaping, and none (that I have seen) have shown any potential harm from "second-hand vaping". In fact, none have shown any harm from first hand vaping, except when the device is used improperly*.

* Basically continuing to heat the wick when dry, burning the wick and producing carcinogenic compounds. However, it takes very little knowledge of the device and very little skill to avoid this happening.

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"trigger a PA message that reminds smokers that it is a smoke free site and asks them to extinguish their cigarette"

Which I would ignore, were I vaping. I am not smoking, and have no cigarette (or anything else burning) to extinguish. Case closed.

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Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

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Re: Sponsored article

Or the inevitable* horror stories or general piss take about experiences with them.

* I say this not because I have had bad experience, but because most large-enough IT suppliers would find a large group of people on here who would rip them to shreds with stories of their incompetence.

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

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Re: Why is 18 improbably old?

I knew such "most suited couple" where everything were perfect for the wealthy husband and his housewife until they divorce.

I am certainly not talking about a stepford couple. These argue, disagree, etc. However, they are both there for each other in the difficult times, resolve their differences, laugh and joke with each other, and generally just "fit". They are also amazing parents for their 4-year-old daughter. In all areas, they balance each other out and compliment each other.

This is my definition of "suited", not a couple who never argue and always smile.

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Re: Why is 18 improbably old?

"I know of no-one who has regretted waiting"

I'm another who regretted waiting. It built up sex in my head until it seemed one of the most important things in the world, which then caused problems in later relationships.

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Re: Why is 18 improbably old?

That's why the legislation should limit not only the age of consent for minors but for adults too.

The most suited couple I know have a 15 year age difference. Neither is "abusing" the other. You think this relationship should be banned, and the wonderful family they have created should never have existed?

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Re: Why is 18 improbably old?

"Sex isn't something that is required for life to continue"

PEDANT ALERT!

I think you'll find it is*, the human race would die out if noone had sex.

* Although strictly speaking, it could be replaced by some form of artificial insemination or IVF procedure, but that's nowhere near as fun!

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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Re: Management...

they then start demanding to know where all the features that they never asked for were...

I was discussing this with a client the other day. Basically, this one normally comes down to mismatched assumptions between the client and the consultant.

Take accountancy. If I was contracted to write accountancy software, the accountants will know the subject matter and will have used various software in the past. Therefore many of the features they need will seem trivial to them: They are included in every software package they have used before, to the point they don't even think of them as features. They just expect them to be present.

However, I am not an accountant. I know the very basics from GCSE Business Studies, but that's it. If a feature is not on the spec, I will not know that it is needed. If it is left out, the accountants will scream that it is needed, and is so obviously required that they didn't even think about it.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: How come....

In my experience, the tech guy says 5, the IT manager agrees, but the MD or bean counters say "That's too expensive, we'll manage with 2"

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Re: By design?

"good preparation for the world of work"

You said it! However, at least in the big wide world you can ask questions to determine the required information. In an exam, you are stuck with what's written.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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However, this is because part of the brewing process involves boiling the water, not because the beer contains alcohol.

It is also because an infection will often turn the beer, and this causes a noticable change in taste. Therefore the drinker (or, if they are doing it right, the publican) will know, on first sip, that the beer should not be drunk.

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"I have it on good authority that they're going to strap abrasive pads to a cat and push it through using a really long flexible pole."

Having attempted to use a cat for cleaning purposes before, I can attest that it is not the best idea in the world (no matter how fun it sounds!)

Although, I did have a cat who enjoyed being pushed around at the end of a mop, until I soaked the end of it and he got drenched. He didn't like it anymore after that, or me...

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

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"Neither Flanders nor Callum posted information on the website, but they used it to contact models for "auditions.""

There's a flaw in your suggestion.

There's also a flaw in Model Mayhem's site setup, in allowing access for unregistered viewers to rather sensitive personal information.

This was my thought, too.

I'm not sure exactly how the site works. It sounds like the equivalent of classifieds in a newspaper: The model posts an advert of themselves, including contact details, and potential clients contact the models outside the site. If this is the case, I'm not sure I believe the site should be held liable. I would expect the site to inform the police if they have reason to suspect people are misusing the site for criminal purposes, but they don't control the communication and, sadly, it's up to the models to be careful and accept the risk of meeting a stranger alone. I'm not blaming the model, but neither do I think the site is to blame in those circumstances.

If the site provides the means of communication (web form or some such), and had been warned about these guys, then there is a stronger case. If this communication still didn't require registration, it's likely that all they could have done is inform the police, still, but there is a stronger link.

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GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'

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Good idea

This can only be described as a good idea, IMHO. It's basically electronic cash.

However, as always, the devil will be in the detail. If the implementation is good, and adoption is good (from banks, merchants and consumers), it could be revolutionary. If not, it's just another interesting project. I'll be keeping an eye on it...

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Modus Operandi

This does not surprise me one bit, it's how the govt works.

Govt plans "one database to rule them all", runs it through the regular channels, it gets defeated.

What are they to do next? Give up on it, because the electorate don't want it? Nah, let's call it something else and try to push it in through the back door*!

This sort of thing seems to happen more and more. The people want privacy in the IPB? OK, we'll add the word "privacy" to the title of a section, that'll appease them without changing anything.

* Fnar fnar!

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Obligatory xkcd

https://xkcd.com/1489/

"Of these four forces, there's one we don't really understand."

"Is it the weak force or the strong--"

"It's gravity."

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Re: Vote to Keep Europe British

Accusations of mindless conformity are, however, wide of the mark. Britons, for whatever reason, don't like to be told what to do.

However, our reactions tend to be more understated than other countries, and often passive-aggressive. Look at a recent protest of bikers against something (I really can't remember what, maybe fuel prices or something...) - They took to the motorway, formed up accross it, and drove slowly. In a country like, say, France, there would have been outright demonstrations, blockades etc. We just react differently, often in a more subtle way, which to an outsider looks like acceptance.

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I'll be honest, I'm a lazy b*****d, and the amount of work involved in applying to Oxford or Cambridge put me off.

However, you cannot deny the following.

* The application process is intense.

* It is also quite different to applying to any other UK university.

* You are more likely to have teachers who graduated Oxbridge in a private school than a state school.

* Those who have graduated Oxbridge are more likely to understand the application process, and will be more helpful to those applying.

This does, intrinsically, give those who had a private education a greater chance of gaining entry to Oxbridge.

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Re: Another remainer...

Let that last one sink in. Like the Anonymous Coward before me said: rise up. Not against the EU, its time will come, but against our own piss pot career politicians who are only in it to make a few quid for themselves and only care about you once every 5 years.

HERE HERE!!

My personal view about the EU referendum is that it's being used as a distraction by our government, to let it push through unpopular legislation while everyone is slinging mud.

Let's be quite frank about this, BOTH sides are just mud slinging, name calling, and spreading FUD. In order to find any facts, I have had to ignore what the politicians and media are saying and do my own research. For anyone to come to an informed decision, this is what must be done, yet I find VERY few people who have done this. They trot out quotes from politicians who are on their side, and "facts" which support their view (which are normally nothing of the sort). They raise confirmation bias to an art form, and end up in blazing rows where NEITHER side are right, both both are utterly convinced they are. It's practically religious in nature!

In the interests of full disclosure, I am a Remainer, but only marginally. I believe that there are pros and cons of staying and leaving, but on balance staying just edges out leaving. That said, I doubt much would change in either event, looking at both my own life and the bigger picture, when the dust settles.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Re: move will "revolutionise" mobile advertising

There is one site I use, F1Fanatic, which offers an ad free option. It costs £1/month and I'm happy to pay. Indeed, I'd be happy to pay the same for El Reg. It's a small price to pay to support a site I regularly visit without putting up with irritating adverts!

Although much more than that and I'd probably balk...

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Re: move will "revolutionise" mobile advertising

"Keep it simple, a static image, some text and a hyperlink to a product page, no tracking."

I agree, I do not block such ads either.

The Register has incurred my wrath on this with their "change the whole page" ads. You know, the ones which change the colours and put adverts in the "wasted" side areas, exactly the area I tend to click to bring focus back to a web page or to allow me to scroll. Before that started happening, I had this site whitelisted, and now I don't even know if they still use them.

If adverts are non-intrusive to how you use the site, preferably text only or non-invasive images, and clearly labelled as adverts, people don't mind. When they are shoved in your face or interfere with the content you are there to see, they start looking for ways to block.

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

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Re: apprenticeships

"the implied contractual part of getting paid shit wages for several years is permanent employment afterwards"

I disagree with this.

The point of an apprenticeship is that you get an education in the trade, learning both through studying and working. However, I do not believe that there should be a guaranteed job at that company afterwards: If they want to pay for your training then get rid of you, that is their prerogative. As long as they do provide the training that is required to do the job, preferably along with recognised, transferable qualifications, they have fulfilled their part of the bargain.

Most companies couldn't guarantee anyone a job for 5 years (probably not even 1 year), even their most experienced and skilled employee. Circumstances change quickly in business.

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Re: apprenticeships

My own brother did an apprenticeship as a mechanic, and he's doing pretty well for himself.

However, I agree that there are many who use apprentices and interns as cheap (or free) labour, instead of teaching them the skills they will need to progress. This practice should be stopped. Any employer found to be doing this should be forced to pay full wages* to their "apprentices", back dated and applied to previous apprentices, as well as a hefty fine and being publicly named and shamed. Its exploitation of young people trying to do the right thing and get a good start in a trade/career, and exploitation of labour laws.

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