* Posts by Ledswinger

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White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

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Re: Electric car grants

Electric charging for the masses needs a MASSIVE upgrade of the entire grid.

The whole system - local distribution networks, HV transmission lines, and most critical of all, generating plant. In the UK thanks to the tree huggers, National Grid have to count wind power as part of the total capacity to keep the lights on in a "derated" plant scenario. Put simply, we don't actually have enough depatchable capacity to keep the lights on if there's a particularly cold winter, and we have any generating or transmission problems at the peak demand periods.

And that's with current levels of demand. As a rough guide, each electric vehicle uses about the same power annually as an average UK house. You're not going to need much of the road fleet to be EVs before they are dramatically exacerbating the problems of lack of reliable generating plant.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Re: Another Nokia?

2. Buy successful communications company and products for lots of money

Successful? Nokia were up for sale only because they'd managed to mess up, and Apple and Samsung had dibs on the smartphone business. Nokia's board decided they couldn't fix it, and brought in Elop, who told them that they were right, but he knew a patsy who might give them money for the carcass.

And the rest is history. Disclosure: I HATE Microsoft as much as the next man, but the complete implosion of Nokia came with a sticker on the box that says "100% Made in Finland".

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TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

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Re: I walk walk'ed

I'm tempted to complain to the regulator about that as a final 'put the boot in'.

Search the Communcations Services Ombudsman. Check to make sure that your complaint fits their acceptance criteria, then lodge your complaint. You'll at best get a few quid of compensation, but so long as they accept your complaint is within their terms of reference, TalkTalk will be hit with a case fee of about £450.

Usual grounds for acceptance is the failure of the company to resolve the complaint eight weeks after you first tell the company about the problem, or if there's a dispute that has reached a dead-end, in which case you can either wait until the eight week deadline, or demand a "deadlock" letter.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: Oh but the premium

Why would Softbank risk this large amount of money in an area of business that they have no experience?

The Japanese economy is ex-growth. With an ageing population, and vast (and still growing) public sector debt, the wider economy has to shrink. The best thing a Japanese company can do at the moment is to spend money on businesses not exposed to Japan's domestic economy. ARM's model of being an IP house means it isn't a bet on any particular country winning the race in the Internet of Tat - ARM benefit so long as their technology is used by whoever makes the Tat, not whether that it is made in China, Taiwan, Korea or anywhere else.

With UK assets looking cheaper as FX markets react to the Brexit vote like a bunch of sheep, Softbank have taken the opportunity to buy ARM at a useful discount.

If Softbank treat ARM as an autonomous investment (much as Berkshire Hathaway treat their business units) then there's no reason to worry about their lack of sector experience.

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Lily Cole: Profit still looks almost Impossible.com

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Re: Smart cookie

I take your point.

But here's the acid test. Would you put your own money in?

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Re: All change

impossible(.)com now appears to be a shop selling t-shirts and other essential tat.

Better buy some quick, then. Might be worth something in tech circles in a few years time.

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Ronan Dunne jumps O2 ship

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O2 is....

a very crap brand and business.

There you go Ronan, FTFY.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Re: this ain't over yet

Did no one mention this during the referendum campaign?

Err, because Brexit doesn't make a blind bit of difference, perchance?

GCHQ and the UK Home Secretary <insert name of vacuous arts graduate here> gave no heed to international data protection before Brexit, and they won't afterwards. It therefore follows that if there's some unforeseen reversion event and we don't invoke article 50, the UK government will still use either straightforward lies, deception, or whatever get out clauses allow them to continue to channel all data passing through the UK to the NSA.

To believe that the federalist super-statists of Brussels have you best interests at heart is to rather ignore the misery those same people are joyously inflicting on southern europe in the name of the same goal of consolidation to a single euro-sludge mega nation.

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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Re: @Dan 55

Banks will happily run it if they can make money out of it. That means government underwriting the billions of loans that won't ever be repaid. Problem is that banks won't be looking for a nice single digit return, they'll be looking to screw the government, the taxpayer, and the poor buggers with student loans. They'd slice and dice the entire portfolio in to differing risk profiles and return rates (the return of the CDO, for those who will recall that work of the devil), get themselves a made up credit rating, flog the low return bits to pension funds who are obliged to buy such stuff, and then sit on a big fat return, knowing that when the inevitable bust comes along, the taxpayer will again bail out the banks.

The whole concept of student loans is shite dreamt up by arts graduates. The only loans to get repaid will, be by graduates who have studied an employable subject with prospects, whereas the scheme offers what will ultimately be free education and luxury lodgings for anybody studying a drongo subject, or lacking the ability ever to get any decent job (or sensible enough to emigrate).

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Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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Re: Couldn't help but think

Perhaps this device could have been used as a knackered nad removal device on a DIY basis.

An elastic band on its own would have worked?

Or everyday kitchen equipment, like a cherry stoner or a garlic press.

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London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

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Re: A good thing

if other cities don't have this yet, they'll want it.

They've had years to negotiate a deal, and most haven't, preferring to reinvent crap, non-interoperable systems that have little or no NFC content. I recently used public transport in Nottingham, and the payment system for the new(ish) tram was old skool tickets bought from an overly complicated vending machine. And Oyster was introduced thirteen years ago.

All credit to TfL who've made a pretty good job of contactless payments, a pity that other transport authorities have not got off their lazy fat arses and learned a whole lot quicker.

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SCADA malware caught infecting European energy company

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Re: wow

I have many neighbours around me, I won't run out of food in an emergency for quite some time

Daaaad! Not long pig for tea again

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Re: Impressive analysis, but infection vector not apparent

Tried to virtualize the control systems for a large crisp manufacturer a few years back.

Now that's what I call critical infrastructure. Hoy! Ruskies! Walker's SCADA kit is only partly defended.

Then again, maybe the Ruskies have been attacking, and disrupting the flavour-dosing controls. That creates a lot of over or under-flavoured crisps, which Walkers then have to sell to supermarkets for resale as their own brands.

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Google aims to train two million Indian Android devs by 2018

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Alphabet: A Great American Corporation

we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and help make India the global leader in mobile app development," Sengupta said./

So Google (or Alphabet) want unfettered access to developed world markets, want a US listing, the protection of the US government and the rank US legal system....but it then wants to make India the leader in mobile app development. I suppose most Western manufacturing jobs have already disappeared to China, many IT and white collar jobs to India, and at least Google is open and transparent that it wants to convert America to a country of unemployed serfs, and very rich tech barons.

Perhaps some our Yank commentards could share their positive feelings on Google flying the flag for the US of A in this manner?

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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@Alan Brown

and driverless taxis mean lower cost of usage

Why? The cost of taxis appears to be set by what they can get away with charging, not the cost basis. Round my way, the taxis are unmpteenth hand, poorly maintained, shared-use cr@pheaps, driven by scruffy, foul-smelling people who speak virtually no English, and whose driving talents lag even their linguistic skills. But the cost is not far off the amount I get charged in Germany to be driven around in a clean, good condition, recent Merc E series by somebody who drives carefully and prudently.

Now that probably has its routes in the quality of taxi regulation rather than any national stereotypes, but what I infer from it is that if taxis become driverless, then the asset owner (most likely either a financial services company like Lloyds Autolease, or the likes of Google) will again charge what they can get away with.

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Much more Moore's Law: Wonder-stuff graphene transistor trickery

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Re: Except...

When's one of these things actually going to hit mass production?

All the time, just look at the generational changes in (for example) CPUs or GPUs. Or HDD technology, or NAND. But you're choosing not to notice?

I can remember the days of the 8086, the earliest consumer PCs with (gasp!) 40 MB hard disks....

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Really?

....mean there is also f**k-all industry to employ anyone in a decent job.

The reason there's so few decent everyday manufacturing jobs is not because of property markets, but because the political elite willingly embraced globalisation. The right in a misinterpretation of Adam Smith's theories of competitive advantage, the left even more so in the belief that offshoring industry somehow reduced emissions.

That's the sort of elite that Kotkin is referring to. Sadly, I must say I'm unsurprised by the lefties queuing up in this thread to say how wrong he is.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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@Velv

Then this piddling little market breaks away and sets its own different regulations.

I think you'll find that the UK is the world's fifth largest economy. Maybe you would treat this as a "piddling little market", I doubt others would be so blinkered.

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Bad blood: US govt bans bio-test biz Theranos' CEO for two years

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Re: Considering her ownership stake

wouldn't be the first time that a Silicon Valley company peddled a lot of vaporware before fading into oblivion

Some BIG questions to answer for the SEC, the exchanges themselves, and the banks who put out the IPO. Whilst as an equity holder the investors should accept a lot of risks, the idea of allowing this snake oil outfit to trade in a secondary equity market was always nonsense, and simply a way for the VCs (who undoubtedly knew the company was worthless) to cash out at the expense of less well informed investors.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Put the army on infrastructure duties,

Why use disciplined, well trained squaddies?

Despite the fact that half of eastern europe managed to relocate and find a job here, there's 1.7 million largely native Brit f***ers claiming that they're unemployed, can't find a job and need to be supported by the sate. Idle b@stards.

I'd happily pay them the dole, so long as THEY are fixing roads,railways, bridges etc.

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Re: sub-launched nuclear armed cruise missiles

So we would need to:-

1) Design and build new cruise missiles.

2) Design and build new nuclear warheads for the cruise missiles.

This is somehow going to be a quick and cheap option...?

It would be a whole lot cheaper than buying and maintaining a replacement for Trident. Given the overkill principles that necessarily underlie ballistic defences, the same thing can be applied to a cruise system - that you don't have to hit any precise target, you simply have to have the ability to make a material fraction of the aggressor country's territory unliveable. That's rather hard to defend against.

Detente and deterrence are powerful and (so far) effective concepts, but they don't have to rely on high cost state, state of the art ballistic systems and MRVs.

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No wonder they are expensive crap that will be outdated by the time they are finally delivered.

That's what military procurement is all about. By the time the kit is delivered, the original purpose is lost in the mists of time, and then people stand around scratching their heads wondering how to fight the next war with kit designed to fight the last one. That's why the RAF are having to sellotape bombs to the Typhoon, but there's a million and one examples all round the world.

When you look at the Chilcot report's findings, and reflect that nobody (with an army, at any rate) wants to invade the UK, I can't help thinking that not having any standing military force might be a really good thing. Build some sub-launched nuclear armed cruise missiles, and then you don't need a vastly more expensive ballistic deterrent, have the cruise-armed subs on rotating patrol, so you don't need a home defence force other than a few dockyard and weapons storage guards. No need for the Army, RAF or most of the Navy.

Would mean that RIAT would be a fairly quiet affair, but if that stopped idiot politicians making the world a worse place I could live with that.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Computer says jump, and we will jump.

Only an extension of the philosophy of many large businesses who slavishly follow the recommendations of management consultants, regardless of the ill informed stupidity of taking advice from somebody who doesn't know your business, and will be paid regardless of the probable distraction, cost and failure that comes from listening to consultants.

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Chilcot's IT spend: Tighter wallet than most public sector bods

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Re: Jaysus £30.8 million

Isn't that about how a solicitor normally costs?

Well, technically Blair is a barrister, not a solicitor.

He's also a warmongering arsehole, with the blood of thousands on his hands. And to the £30.8m, you need to add the costs of UK military involvement (about £10bn), plus Blair's share of the cost of rebuilding Iraq and now Syria - something of the order of a trillion quid, perhaps 80/20 split between Bush and Blair.

Could somebody do up a nice invoice to the evil charlatan, in the sum of £810,030,800,000.00, and send it him here:

http://www.tonyblairoffice.org/

And don't forget to post a copy on social media.

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Re: Canadians - one reason to thank Jean Chretien

He also helped rename "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" in America because of that.

What's the French for "burger munching war monkeys"?

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Re: 179 lives, 7 years, £30 million, culminates in...wait for it...

since the referendum result was due to the Leave campaign focussing on immigration, ......., you could say that Blair is responsible for the current financial crisis, which continues.

No and yes, respectively. The current financial "crisis" is simply an overdue reset of the sterling exchange rate, and Brexit is simply a trigger rather than any cause. If anything, pre-Brexit, our EU membership unjustifiably propped up the fraud of $1.50 exchange rate despite no supporting logic to that. So Iraq 2003 has no real bearing on Brexit or current financial events.

However, you're right that Blair is responsible for where we are, by virtue of Gordon Brown's vast expansion of unfunded public spending (and future commitments), lax monetary policy and flagrant disregard for prudent financial sector regulation. The subsequent clowns have merely been inept in reforming the mess on at least the first two of those. We'll find out about the third when the next shoe drops - be that a real run on sterling, southern Europe's debt crisis going critical, Japan's government going bust, a hard landing in China, a repeat of the 2008 solvency crisis, or even a US-led economic depression. All have modest likelihood of materialsiing on their own, the chances of at least one occurring is quite high. And that's without the geopolitics where risks include the Nork's provoking a war in Korea, the chance of revolution in Saudi, the Israeli's going to war with anyone, economic collapse of Mexico, Brazil or Venezuela, or Erdogan going rogue in Turkey.

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£8 BILLION is locked into UK.gov's failing IT schemes, El Reg analysis reveals

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More shared services screw ups

Shared services are a sensible idea when you've got transactional repetitive tasks that you want to be done well, but also realise economies of scale - stuff like non-specialist procurement, payroll, accounting, payables and receivables, basic HR administration. Done well they can actually be a real assistance to the operations they support, and they should be relatively cheap to implement. I know I've been part of the management team of a successful shared services operation for a large company.

Sadly, whenever you see the words "shared services" in connection with the public sector, you know that a complete screw up is unfolding, involving expensive and ineffective contractors, waste on IT systems that don't work, user dissatisfaction (though we generally don't hear much of that, users have to suffer in silence).

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Remember those stupid hoverboards? 500,000+ recalled in the US after they started exploding

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Re: Huh?

suffered 42 incidents of injury and/or damage

From 500k devices? Sounds pretty good odds to me. And far better odds than a Hotpoint tumble dryer, where about a million faulty devices (under varying brands) have caused something around 2,000 fires in the UK.

Mind you, I'd imagine that the hoverboard figures would be dramatically worse if they included the hospital attendances from people falling off them.

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Outed China ad firm infects 10m Androids, makes $300k a month

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This story ought to be flogged in any advertiser's face when they wonder why we don't trust/like them.

I'd suggest they know, and don't care. When you look at the behaviours and reputations of the big beasts in advertising, they appear to be utter ***ts. I'm sure they're bright enough to know that they're as welcome as the four horsemen, but because of the pyschopathic need to be ever richer that affects the very rich (note 1) they really don't care what is done, so long as they continue to rack up more wealth than they can ever benefit from. This extends well beyond the realms of advertising, and includes communications, technology, financial dis-services, and anywhere else you find people rich enough not that they don't even know how much their personal wealth adds up to.

Note 1: I wonder if this particular pschopathy is contagious and that's why every billionaire throws every ounce of their being into making themselves richer? If by some miraculous fluke I became a billionaire, would I too suddenly lose any sense of morality, empathy, and social responsibility?

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USD 300,000.00 = GBP 225,832.50 *

* Interbank rate 2016-07-04

Give it a couple of months and the interbank rate will be the same exchange rate as most US tech firms use anyway:

USD 300,000.00 = GBP 300,000.00

Not that that is a wholly a bad thing unless you were planning a holiday in Disneyland Florida. I suppose there's always Disneyland Paris......

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5 years, 2,300 data breaches. What'll police do with our Internet Connection Records?

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Re: Theresa May is Watching You

You sound like the cretins who keep track of the dresses celeb's wear, then call foul ....

Are you new round here? Most of the commentariat are highly intelligent, borderline aspergers sufferers, who neither know nor care who the celebrities of the day are.

But we do know that politicians are incompetent self serving deserve every possible insult. Now, if you want to side with Mrs May, then feel free, but I'm guessing that you won't get much support round here.

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Re: Theresa May is Watching You

I saw the server name in the URL and made the correct decision. My head is still empty.

I knew that the source would put off those lacking in moral fibre! But I encourage you to reconsider - it's worth it to imagine her seeing the same picture and asking herself "WTF was I thinking when I chose that?"

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Re: Theresa May is Watching You

A version of Servalan, minus the exotic wardrobe.

Yes, but there's an interesting picture of her coming out of number 10 in a dress that probably wasn't intended to create the impression of large-jugged see through laciness:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3674858/Tory-leadership-hopefuls-relaxed-KARAOKE-session-grilling-fellow-MPs-night-Stephen-Crabb-singing-Don-t-Stop-Now.html

Bwahahahaaha! Try and get that out of your head now! Hopefully that's not put anybody off their stroke.

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Ofcom is to get powers to fine mobe providers for crap service

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Re: Fine?

Exactly the same problem arises with Ofgem / energy companies / customers,

That is the case, but the outcomes vary dramatically. So Ofcom have done diddly squat for consumers for a very long while. Ofwat have done a pretty good job of regulating the asset-based water business to keep costs under control whilst delivering a decent service. Ofgem on the other hand have become a rabid dog, forever running round snarling, growling and fining energy companies (something approaching £290m in the last five or so years, all paid by you). It wields undue influence with the sub-par policy makers at DECC, and between them they have come up with complex, expensive programmes that add millions of quid a year to customer bills (FiT, Green Deal, etc). It comes up with regular "market reviews" that always have a bad outcome, from the original bankrupting of British Energy, through to the more recent ill fated "Retail Market Review" that decided that you, the public, were too stupid to be offered more than four tariffs (and much of that is now having to be backed out following a long winded and expensive CMA enquiry, again all at your expense). it claims to be in favour of markets, whilst always trying to oppose their functioning, for the simple reason that Ofgem has a preconceived view of what energy consumers ought to be buying, and that's very different from what you and I mostly want.

The really interesting thing is that the potential Ofcom fines are capped at £20k a day - so for a year's continued "offending" less than £7.5m That's more example of incompetent law making and regulation, because we're talking about small change to the big players. Vodafone have an operating profit around £1.4bn from their UK business, I think they must be laughing into their champagne at such trivial fines. If, on the other hand, you were a an MVNO with a handful of customers (and reliant on an MNO for most of your service quality), then that money matters.

So, BAU in the world of telecoms: Big players get away scot free, regulator toothless and useless.

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Post Brexit EU will spend 'stability and peace' budget funding Chinese war drones

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Could it be that some Brexiters are upset bye the fact that the world is not only crying but laughing too.

Only the ones that can't think.

Our exchange rate has cratered, and that's marvelous news. Meanwhile the clowns of most of the EU are still locked in the perma-criss of the Euro caused by frozen, inaccurate "exchange rates" equivalences, with a vast chunk of southern Europe out of work, whilst Germany's order books are full. The EEC, EFTA were quite reasonable ideas, slowly and variably implemented. The EU and the Euro were appalling, madcap ideas, implemented precipitately and without foresight.

A day of reckoning will come, and that will involve either the break up of the EU, or the Germans accepting that they'll have to pay off a good chunk of southern Europe's debts. If you think otherwise, contact Jean Claude Juncker and Mari Draghi, who will be delighted that you know the answer, because they haven't got any solutions.

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Not your Imagination: Britain’s other chip giant posts biggest ever loss

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Re: DAB

That doesn't save you in the long run if you've got a structural deficit. The bleeding slows down, but it doesn't stop.

Aha, allthecoolnamesweretaken, you're assuming ceteris paribus, and that's not the case. AND you're conflating the government's inability to keep its own spending in balance with tax income - with a much lower exchange rate and the interest implications, they can't dodge the bullet much longer.

A significantly lower exchange rate won't please the masses, but it is an achievement that almost every other government would give their eye teeth for. Look at Japan, and the failure Abenomics - that's going to end REALLY badly. Look at Italy bailing out their banks to try and pre-empt a bail in (Note for those not paying attention: Bailing-out your banks usually costs tax payers money, a bail-in costs depositors money; by the time of a bail-anything the investors have usually left the scene of the crime).

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Re: going, going...

Maybe they have to outbid a few rivals, but they can afford it, and it will still be cheaper than purchasing the IP plus all that "dead" weight.

It doesn't normally work like that when selling a company - occasionally it can, generally not. So each bidder doesn't know what the other bidders have put in. The administrators might run a single or two round auction, usually with pre-qualification for the first round.

Once qualified, you declare your bid, and hope for the best, the administrators take the highest bid. If you lose, and then come back and say "hold on, we'd have given you 50% more" the response will be "we worked for the creditors, you bid X, the winner bid X+10%, if you wanted to own it you should have bid more at the time".

Fag packet maths says that the costs of a total close down (non-insolvency) would generously be around £70m. From Apple's point of view is that material? I reckon not at all, but they will be happy to let Imagination fail if they think they've got other options - and in that respect they probably have a very good idea of what (if any) IP Imagination have for which there's no alternative.

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Re: going, going...

Apple are waiting for the fail so they can snap up the bits they want,...

Perhaps. But that would seem a very high risk strategy, since in an insolvency process other buyers might put in a better offer - either private equity houses looking to wring out a much bigger price in a few years time, or a competitor to either Imagination or Apple.

If Apple really wanted the IP, they'd buy Imagination now in a negotiated sale (so keeping out others), and the total price would be beer money to them. The losses closing down the bits they don't want wouldn't even be a rounding error on the Apple's quarterly results.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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Re: It's not porn

I did not speak out because I was not a wanker.

If it's not an impolite question, how did you lose your hands?

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And then how would the sites operate with connections from outside the UK?

Why would they care? All this age verification crap is coming from that patrician twerp Cameron, aided and abetted by Sturmbahnfuhrer May.

May has a degree in geography, Cameron in philosophy, politics and economics. So between them they know the sum of f*** all in all matters of business, science or technology, and if they managed to mess up the UK's internet they would simply not understand why that mattered.

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New phones rumoured as BlackBerry cans BB10 production

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Re: Hmmm.....

Never mind, at least Matrox still exist :)

No! Noooo! Are Matrox still a thing? I haven't heard the name for what, sixteen years.

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John Lewis CIO commands brand-new super-group role

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Hope it works out for JLP.

Sadly I doubt it. The last time a big retailer put a bloke from the server room into the big chair, it was Tesco appointing CIO Phil Clarke as CEO back in 2011.

We all know how that ended up: his resignation, SFO investigations, sacking of the auditors, serial profit warnings, customer losses to the discounters, vast reputational damage, a massive fall in the share price, and a huge turnround challenge for his successor.

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Re: Begs the question

if Coby knew the outsourcing twattery that BA were planning to carry out a few years ago and bailed out early....

I doubt it. JL outsource their support for tech products and its awful - both employee knowledge, interest and problem ownership, but the processes are crap as well. So I suspect he's a believer in outsourcing anything difficult.

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Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

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despite higher than average salaries, have a greater proportion of their earnings go on things like student debt & rent.

The argument you seem to be making is "poor, hard done by ex-students, forced into servitude by the betrayal of the Libdems and wicked Tories...but for that, they'd be high spending consumers voluntarily paying premium prices for content".

And the argument I'd like to proffer back is "Bollocks. Whiney, lazy tw*ts with a sense of entitlement where they've never actually done a proper job. Apparently it's OK for dustbin men and lavatory cleaners to spend any left overs from their meagre salaries on Sky, but if you're a milennial just come out of a three years dossing at university, it's always somebody else's fault".

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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The way this country voted last week, I can't see Britain capable of building a hitchBOT, let alone anything worthy of comparison to DARPA.

Maybe you're right. Personally I see it last week's vote as the embodiment of bloody minded exceptionalism in the face of received wisdom that is the root of much innovation.

Of course, it was DARPA that invented radar, tanks, jet engines, internet protocol, wasn't it?

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Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

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Re: Wave goodbye

At any scale, no. My employers were investors in a couple of large scale wave power technologies, but we've had to back off because there's no happy medium of low cost, reliability and durability, despite several million quid being thrown at those problems.

And the actual output is poor because what we're dealing with is very low head hydro, made worse by the low inefficiency of converting wave motion to some rotary force able to drive an alternator. That means that you'd need vast numbers of <insert solution here> covering large areas of the sea, and that in turn multiplies the shortcomings mentioned above.

And there's another problem, that the useable mid size wave power is very strongly coordinated with wind speed, and wind power is (relatively!) cheaper and easier to produce. So you'd be better off looking to lower the cost of offshore wind than trying to make jiggley squiggly squashy floatey things reliable and durable.

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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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it's nowhere near as certain as you seem to think.

Luckily for you, Mr Charitable, he's likely to be out after serving 40% of his sentence, so before Christmas. Hopefully he'll be living a lot nearer you than me.

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Lloyds Banking Group puts 640 techies and backroom bods on chopping block

Ledswinger
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next IT news story about LLoyds......a total cockup of services due to lack of IT personnel and using IT "services" in India?

Why just Lloyds? The whole financial services sector want to do this:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0950b37e-27fb-11e6-8ba3-cdd781d02d89.html

So let's see what the directors of these businesses want?

1) London banking bonuses (need to pay for world class talent, donchaknow)

2) Access to London, US (and briefly EU) markets

3) A nice, long established brand

4) Access to the English courts for litigation to fight the bank's corner

5) Access to London law firms to fight any legitimate claims against the banks

6) A market where your customers are well paid Europeans

7) A base where you can openly dodge all the employment protection, payroll taxes, pension commitments, etc etc by outsourcing all your "bread winner" jobs to third world locations.

Its enough to make you join the communist party and buy a subscription to Socialist Shirker. Well, almost.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Ledswinger
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Re: Hopefully this will mean cheaper planes

One a superior engineered war machine.. The other a mass produced heap-o-junk...

Arguably the Germans had better small arms, better artillery, better tanks, better ships, better submarines, better field transport than almost anything the Allies had. The only military assets that the Allies had that were incontrovertibly better than the German equivalent were medium and heavy bomber aircraft (and perhaps aircraft carriers), and arguably something of draw on fighter technology. You can argue the toss on specific types and niches, but overall that's a reasonable summary.

So it would appear that cheap junk trumped superior engineering. Presumably this is the logic behind the F35: "No point in superior engineering, the enemy can afford cheap junk that'll win, so we need to counter with something they can't create: Expensive junk."

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