* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Penalties

Doesn't taxing excess profit amount to taxing success? Isn't what we really want is a tax on all capital which would pressure effort to maximise returns and also be broadly equitable as people with more capital would pay more tax.

I have to confess I don't know how you'd do that in practice though.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

> Valeri Polyakov on Mir actually, 437.7 days in one stretch.

Mir and also the ISS use rockets to bump them back up every so often, as such I contend that they are actually hovering rather than falling and missing the planet.

Probably the longest fallers were amongst the astronauts on the moon which is properly falling all the time.

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Re: Just a thought:

>I suspect the barge is a SWATH (Small Water Area Twin Hull) style design.

It's not, it's a barge. Google "MARMAC 300" for pics.

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Re: Barge motion?

No it's not, it's held in position with azimuth thrusters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_spaceport_drone_ship

Unsurprisingly they're aware of obvious stuff.

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

The great thing about private enterprise is that I don't care if it doesn't make sense because I'm not paying for it. It's interesting to see if it works, but if it doesn't, not my problem.

Incidentally ULA have kicked off a related re-use program apparently involving helicopters, parachutes and presumably a massive catcher's mitt, which promises to be very entertaining.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-catch-a-rocket-with-a-helicopter-1429055300

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Hooray!

The sooner it dies the sooner IE 8 dies.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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I wonder....

If you could fry the electronics in these things without losing the supply and without directly interfering with the meter?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Fridges...

If you have two kitchens and an overflow fridge in the cellar and all these things are two stories apart then suddenly internet connected fridges make sense.

For the first time in my life I see why someone might want one. It might even make sense for the toasters and bread bins too.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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> I'd be interested to hear of any approach that could work without this.

Well, you could have an "impersonate user" privilege that lets you make an O/S call to become that user requiring a password to authenticate with, which would mean the process itself wouldn't have all the other stuff that root users can play with and wouldn't even be able to impersonate any user without a password.

The idea of "root" on Unix systems is widely considered to be a poor privilege model, it's just historically important. VMS had a "BYPASS" privilege, which was similar but almost no processes ever had it.

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

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Spades.

It isn't so much that the capitalist buying the spade makes money but that he makes more money than the man wielding the spade.

One of the better discussions of this is in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Free on Gutenberg), despite being coloured by a rather naive view of what socialism has to offer (written before the various demonstrations of it in practice) it does show quite well what totally unconstrained capitalism does to the people who have neither unusual or rare talent nor capital.

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Backwards compatibility

Re: VMS

VMS sprang to my mind too remembering the transition to Alpha.

Thing is, graphical apps did run dog slow on VMS.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Worstal...

Will be along in a moment explaining how there will be an IT company hiring all the cheap old people and cleaning up as a result.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: WTF

http://blog.codinghorror.com/concluding-the-great-mp3-bitrate-experiment/

"...nobody can hear the difference between a 320kbps CBR audio file and the CD."

http://archimago.blogspot.ca/2013/02/high-bitrate-mp3-internet-blind-test_3422.html

"Set B was the MP3, yet for those who picked A or B, most thought A sounded inferior!"

http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2007/11/30/few-listeners-can-distinguish/

"Few listeners can distinguish between “average” and “best” MP3 samples"

http://www.fa2014.agh.edu.pl/fa2014_cd/article/RS/R17_4.pdf

"The results of experiments conducted in this study showed that, in all listening conditions, music samples compressed by lossy compression codecs proved undistinguishable from original uncompressed samples for bit rates of approx. 96–128 kbps."

http://www.systmuwi.de/Pdf/Technical%20Reports/TechnicalReport_MP3.pdf

"Differences in files at 128 kbit/s and higher cannot be noticed within the majority of listeners"

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

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Journalism....

So, Brooks Newmark and Bryant would've been able to sit out their respective photo scandals knowing that the evidence could never be shown to anyone?

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

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Re: It's not just farmers...

OK, farmers clearly have to be in rural areas, and something can probably be done with mobile broadband to ensure they can get access to government services.

But isn't it more reasonable to expect people who don't need to be in the countryside to sort themselves out than it is to force me to pay for their lifestyle choices?

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Re: Farmers and Bumpkins, paaah

In case people aren't aware of this yet, tenant farming and pub tenancies are non-starters.

Don't do it.

You won't make any money and it will grind you down.

If you're in either of these, get out now.

Now you've been told, don't complain when you find it grinds you down and you have no money.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Re: because we need all phones to be equal.

Ramps aren't about preventing discrimination, but allowing access.

People don't start off with "I don't want to hire people in wheelchairs how can I avoid that" and end up with "I know I'll make sure there are stairs everywhere".

People who don't want to hire disabled people have a problem in their head they just wont hire them, they might well still put ramps in and still just not hire them.

The way to prevent discrimination is through recruitment processes that ensure no one person makes the decision and those that do must independently justify their personal decisions before the final decision.

A good starting point is Joel's approach: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/GuerrillaInterviewing3.html

Obviously this stuff varies on the size of the organisation a one man band cannot have multiple interviewers for instance.

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Re: better call the NAACP

From their website:-

"OUR MISSION

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination."

and good on 'em.

Maybe it's the "u" they object to?

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Re: Its true here,

When I were a lad it was considered preferable, I think the US influence in TV and t'internet from the '90s onward, where "coloured" has a more problematic history has changed the prevailing view.

"Black" never seemed suitable in northern England in the '80s as those of a darker ethnicity were more light brown and if you wanted to be offensive there were plenty of more offensive words than "coloured".

Language changes fast these days.

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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Re: "campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability "

>"The dog wags it is tail" and "The dog wags it has tail" make no sense.

A bit too simplistic, the ban on the possessive apostrophe on "it" is arbitrary.

Let us consider the dog's tail, its tail wags.

The "it" is the dog, but while the dog gets the possessive apostrophe the dog as it doesn't.

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/22603/why-doesnt-its-have-an-apostrophe

No doubt I have broken numerous rules of grammar and speeling but in my defence I am not correcting but expanding upon the problem.

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Re: To be less coy about it...

One day everyone will run Linux, and then all the viruses will target Linux.

I do wonder about these people who seem to think Linux has some kind of magical power that protects it.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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In the UK the "buzzword" laws are often actually just amendments to existing law, some of it is naturally marketing, we have after all, elected a marketing man as PM.

Regarding photos and permission I wouldn't like to see the day when a photo of an MP in his jim-jams with his nob out would be barred from publication, at the same time it's clearly extortion to demand money from him under threat of doing so.

I guess another vote for doing this creep under extortion laws from me then.

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Flash zero day under attack

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Re: Why is "forever" crossed out?

Yes, newer versions are better than older versions is a marketing ploy.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Re: Valuing entertainment generally - Work or Play?

I'm not sure about your 32bn, I think that's from the article for US consumers of facebook, so should be 3 or 4 times higher for TV and most TV has advertising as well as a subscription so the 50p is too low (although it seems a little high in the first place).

In all, I think the TV figure would come out at more than $250bn around 20 times the value of facebook to the world.

I have my doubts on both.

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Valuing entertainment generally...

Facebook is in fact no different to TV, it's entertainment funded by ads, people actually pay for TV full of adverts too of course, on top of the advertising.

So if we did the same calculation average american spending 8 hours a day watching TV, then presumably TV comes in as more beneficial to the human race than the entirety of Europe?

Facebook, is no different to other forms of entertainment and can be valued in exactly the same way.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Javascript?

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: misleading title?

That's how I read it too..

:-?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: A few downsides

>As a good first approximation - zero.

Not sure about this, when you design for lower performance there's a cascade of things that get smaller, lighter and cheaper and then because the whole is smaller and lighter you can go smaller and lighter again.

Think tyres, brakes, suspension, drive-shafts all that stuff doesn't need to be as big if the power is lower.

On the other hand you don't want to spend 100k to drive the electrified equivalent of a 2CV.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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If you gave that a flight deck you could fly Typhoons off it without a catapult...

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: since you ask

@Phil O'Sophical

Not sure about this, if my machine has been off for a while and I turn it on, then the clock corrects much faster than your statement would imply.

Similarly we get an hour change twice a year which also happens nice and quickly.

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Re: since you ask

...but if the client doesn't deal with it like that then the clock is wrong until ntp corrects it using the normal mechanism.

In normal use computer clocks drift and will regularly get 1 second corrections, things like Amadeus may well be second sensitive with carefully synchronised real time clocks everywhere but for most systems this will happen frequently and probably with larger amounts.

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Re: Gissa job

I think you'll find it's the rest of the universe that is wonky.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Re: This has to be one of the biggest porkies from the FBI..

>Last time I checked - North Korea was a third world country without high speed internet links.

Check again:-

>The country has some broadband infrastructure, including fiber optic links between major institutions producing nationwide speeds of up to 2.5 Gbit/s. (Wikipedia)

Seems pretty good for the 20 or so people allowed to use the link...

Is high speed required for this anyway?

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Bollocks, that's a right mess, is there a syntax for block-quoting on this?

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> Also, in 2012, a US judge rubbished claims that IP addresses can be used to identify culprits

> in online crime, saying "it is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a

> particular computer function ... than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a

> specific telephone call."

This isn't equivalent, they aren't identifying an individual with it, but the location of the endpoint.

I do agree though that it's more likely that the NorKs have been hacked and it was someone who hates Sony, the Playstation stuff seems to be a regular target from skilled attacks way before this.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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Re: Support is impossible

Yes, win 8 and it's really just the application menu, the other gubbins is pretty much the same as 7.

Linux is a fine OS, but an OS is more than an app menu, and I want to run windows games at home and I need vis. studio for work (not my decision).

My telly has a linux box attached, I very rarely use the app menu on that either.

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Re: Support is impossible

You barely use the menu, frequently used stuff gets pinned to the task bar, it's really not a big deal.

The system as a whole is much more stable and quicker than past systems from MS, it's really noticeably more solid. An OS is more than an application menu, that you can pretty much ignore anyway.

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Versions maybe?

Win 8 numbers?

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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OK, “fun” might not be quite the right word...

At least with an economic war we aren't actually blowing people to pieces, but people in Russia will die because of this.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Timing...

It seems that the obvious thing to do is for TOR internal nodes to introduce random delays before forwarding to the next node.

While it would significantly slow the network, it would make provable timing analysis impossible.

Heck, maybe it has already been done?

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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Re: Did commentards not listen to the video?

Of course not, can't watch vids at work...

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Re: Take off energy...

Well, or on a flat runway that is on top of the hill.

Not sure about landing uphill, it just seems wrong somehow in my tiny mind.

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Re: Take off energy...

Not sure that would scale to a 747...

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Take off energy...

Wouldn't it be easier to just have a dedicated take-off runway that slopes downwards?

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: No just no

>Obviously you've never lived in a shared property when you get a room and share the rest of the house.

You still get exclusive possession of the room.

I'm sure you won't be alone in wanting to drive yourself - at great expense - just as there are still people who travel on horseback.

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

>And how many people can you get on the average train compared to a car or even a bus?

Track space, not each train, trains use up far more space than the vehicle and the track is mostly unused.

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Re: No just no

>You could ask the same question about home ownership vs renting.

Not really, home ownership and renting both provide exclusive possession, your rented place isn't used by someone else when you aren't using it.

When you rent a taxi, the taxi isn't idle all day while you aren't using it, it carries on working making a return on the capital required to manufacture it. So the cost of the investment required to purchase it is spread across more people.

You can do the maths and a taxi with two drivers working shifts has a cost equivalent to a capital investment of almost a million. Yet you are right, some people do have their own drivers, but not so many.

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

>...they still take up X amount of roadspace...

Trains take up X amount of track space so I don't quite get that argument. Indeed you can sit in places where a road and a railway are side by side and there will be nowt on the track for hours whilst the road is jammed. Who's wasting the space there?

>...rubber tyres on roads are still far less energy efficient than steel wheel on rail.

Only if the rails are actually going where you want to go - almost never the case with rail.

>Plus I don't see a 200mph train of google cars...

Also trains might top 200mph but they don't take you from A to B at 200 mph, you have to get from A to C walking or waiting for a bus then wait for the train to take you to D at far less than 200 mph because it has also had to stop at X, Y and Z along the way then you have to get from D to B perhaps waiting half an hour for another train or bus or maybe walking.

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