* Posts by Ledswinger

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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@Dave 126

"If I was Games Workshop..."

...I'd be investigating the prospect of printing some more nerdy customers to buy my overpriced plastic trinkets? Or offering the patterns for sale, but keeping the designers producing new designs that the "committed" have to keep forking out for.

When you think about it, Games Wankshop are in the same place as physical music retailers were fifteen years or so ago. They don't need the distribution channel, nor even the manufacturing, the product potentially could be sold purely as printing patterns. Keep the shops but instead of selling stock just have a 3D printer for those not willing to make the investment, and with a primary function as nerd meeting chambers to keep the Warhammer brand alive (or perhaps undead).

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Re: ready for the mainstream?

I'm not sure they will ever be ready for the (home) mainstream - the 3D printing technology can be perfected, but the fundamental restriction in home use is that spare parts or duplicates are very occasional needs, and for anything original, preparing a design pattern requires creativity and technical skill, as well as some application.

Most of us couldn't be arsed to work out and remember how to program a VCR - can you see this same market sitting over AutoCAD Home 3D to produce a unique, well, anything? Anybody who's done any (pencil) technical drawing knows that software only automates the dragging of a pencil, not the thinking. I suppose it's a ready market for those who want to 3D scan and print some more Warhammer figures (you'd get your money back quickly enough on those), but that seems a bit of a niche market?

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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"The stuff to do this is available from your local Maplin's for a handful of pounds, and will get you into most of these systems"

But the day to day use of fingerprints is not really about security is it? My bank don't use it as part of their 2FA, my employers don't use it as part of their 2FA, and I can't think of any instance that a fingerprint is acceptable, other than low threshold smartphone access control and the school uses you mention (where the risks of error or fraud are outweighed by the benefits of recording access, not replacing lost cards, not having pupils carrying cash etc).

I'm sure other readers will have experience of (eg) corporate IT that might use built in fingerprint readers, but I've worked reasonably widely and think I'm correct to say that's an absolute minority of companies.

If you accept fingerprint ID as a simple but not very secure access control for low value applications it isn't that bad, and probably no less robust than the sort of enterprise password policies that cause half the staff to write this months password on a post it fixed to the monitor.....

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Re: In a sane world

" Simpler people are still stuck at the "but my mate here can't unlock my phone and I can! See? It's working!" stage, and there are no signs that would change anytime soon."

But it depends what you're trying to protect, and how much resource the "attacker" is willing to deploy. Compared to the probable alternative of a four digit PIN, a fingerprint reader is potentially still more secure at protecting the average Joe's phone data against casual access (noting caveats about bypassing fingerprint readers). But if you're a "high net worth individual" (aka a rich b*****d), with sensitive financial data on the device then you'd be a fool to rely on your fingerprint.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: I can still

"Sadly, it will have the m$ tainted legacy still and no one will use it unless forced to at gunpoint"

If only that were so. But many people will use it other than at gunpoint - eg the hundreds of millions of unlucky corporate users being force-fed by their IT colleagues. And the big chunk of all home users who choose not to (or don't know how or why to) install non-IE solutions. Worth bearing in mind that the browser ballot screen has now disappeared from new WIndows installs in Europe, so that's a market of 500m people that won't have all new machines actively offering alternatives.

The market share for browsers varies widely depending on whose numbers you believe, their definitions of the market and their method. As far as I can see IE probably still has a majority share of browsing, and will continue to do so in the PC market, even though it deserves nothing more than an unmarked shallow grave.

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Re: Corporate ActiveX anyone@ Harri Koppel

Have a downvote in response, since you're evidently not clever enough to see that my comment on a legal need for IT audit isn't statist, simply a practical response to the persistent failure of corporates to address IT security. Moreover, if you've read any of my other posts you'd see that I'm avowedly opposed to most forms of government interventions, and that is why I proposed IT audit rather than prescriptive legal forms of compliance or retribution.

But rather than trade insults, let's hear your ideas for preventing the continuing data breaches at major corporations? The 250 million user records in the handful of major examples I listed (ie excluding the breaches not known or not publicly disclosed) show that companies concerned could have learned from experience and good practice, but have chosen not to. If they aren't going to fix the problem, and government won't act, is your solution to do nothing, or to mumble some cobblers about "market solutions"?

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Re: Corporate ActiveX anyone

" A few more incidents as big as Sony and they will find money to replace insecure in-house legacy web garbage."

The persistent failures to secure customer data suggest otherwise. TJX was hacked in 2007, Sony PSN in 2011, Target was hacked in 2013, Neiman Marcus the same, and Home Deport still got hit in 2014, along with plenty of others.

Now cast your mind (or rather web browser) back to 2010, and search for the Verizon 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report. Have a scan of it. A good piece of work, as relevant today as it was then.

So corporates have the answers on a plate (and have had for years). They have seen the wolves tear into other members of their pack. They've seen the financial pain and embarrassment caused. But they choose to do nothing. Hacks will continue, lazy corporates will simply strike cheap deals with the credit record agencies as a "solution" for hacked customers, and go back to doing what they've always done, of preferring to put money into marketing rather than IT infrastructure.

You can pass all the laws you want and nothing will change until independent IT audit is a legal requirement, requires the auditor to be changed every two years and legally bans IT auditors from disclaiming responsibility for any failings that they fail to identify but that subsequently come to light.

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

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$9.99 apps?

I'm interested that the modal value for app purchase is $9.99. Seems very high to me, given the value-free cruft that afflicts all app ecosystems, and the prevalence of freemium business models.

Anybody have any insight into what's really going on here?

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Tesla parades sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

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Re: As a concept

" It's worth noting that the populace should not be paying for these infrastructures or services any more than we should pay for petrol stations."

Why not? The populace might not want to, but that's immaterial. The only thing you can suggest they "should" be paying is the operating costs, and a fair rate of return on capital employed (including commercial risk).

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Re: Drag coef of 0.31 - why so high?

Well, primarily because (if the photo's accurate) even with the new version they've simply stuck with the formula of shoving a battery and a motor in a Lotus Elise, which is fundamentally a twenty year old design conceived for a power to weight ratio of 200 hp/tonne. Why mess around spending thousands more hours in the wind tunnel when that would make no material difference to the handling or acceleration?

Regarding the contributors to the 0.31 cd, at a semi-educated guess, it's because aerodynamically challenging essentials such as wheels and wheelarches, windscreen wipers, doorhandles, cabin air intakes, wing mirrors etc are proportionately a smaller contributor to the overall drag of larger vehicles. With an Elise based body design you've got a very small car, and unless you can magic away the lumpy bits designed around the size of a human, then you'll struggle to make a road legal smaller car have a materially improved cd. If there were a free lunch from improved aerodynamics, then car companies would have been onto it some years ago simply to improve fuel economy to meet CAFE or to gain a marketing advantage.

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Re: As a concept

"Accredited battery sharing clauses will make refuelling with new batteries mandatory and as profitable as the market will allow."

Swapping batteries is technically feasible, the problem is that it won't work if the asset ownership transfers at every battery change - think of the nature of the second hand car market, and you'll see that you'd have perennial problems of companies and car owners trying to swap duff battery packs onto unsuspecting mugs, and seeking only to ever take back prime condition packs.

A battery leasing model might be the way forward. The lease company owns the asset and provides it fully charged, the customer pays for energy metered out of the battery plus the costs of swapping and asset depreciation. Battery ageing is a minimal problem because as a driver you're never landed with a duff battery that you own, and because the battery leasing company can monitor the asset condition and life expectancy of every battery, withdrawing packs as they age.

The problems with this are that there will be limited competition in the battery leasing market. Even if you have multiple leasors, a battery swap station will only carry a few brands. It will also be a natural business evolution for business leasing (ie financial services) companies, so given the inherently crooked nature of financial services I would expect unfair T&C, penalties for "exiting" one leasing scheme to join another, punitive costs for wear and tear or accident damage, restrictions on self charging, and anything else that the bankers can invent to line their pocket at the expense of the consumer.

However, given the limitations and losses in battery EVs, I can't help concluding that EVs will remain a metropolitan solution. A more practical universal "low emissions" transport solution would be power-to-gas systems using H2 dissociation and methanation to produce methane, which most spark ignition engines could easily run on. End to end efficiency is poor, but that's true of EV's outside of the laboratory, but methane powered transport is fully compatible with anerobic digestion of degradable wastes, with fossil natural gas solution, and potential future resources like gas hydrates.

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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Re: Can you clairfy

"Isn't that a bit inefficient? "

Undoubtedly. But in a prototype that doesn't matter one hoot, because you're focusing on getting other more important bits to either work (at all) or to deliver some previously unachieved efficiency.

Regenerative braking is possible in theory, in practice it will never happen, because the aircraft's drag is normally the only braking it ever needs other than on approach and landing, and the weight penalty of any additional energy recovery gear would more than counteract the tiny recovered amount of energy.

I think where this hybrid tech eventually find a home is in keeping larger unmanned craft airborne for longer, rather than manned aircraft.

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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Re: Great headline

"That might be what it takes to get drivers to embrace electric."

I think you'll find the biggest barrier to owning a model S is simply the amount of money needed to buy one.

This "fast or free" is simply experimentation. With relatively modest electric vehicle penetration of the car market, the instantaneous charging demand of EV's on fast charge would melt the grid, which means either slow, scheduled charging off peak, or building a fuelling stations with an intermediate energy storage facility capable of fast discharge (and that's going to have some chunky capex and operating costs). The days when users could just plug your EV into a grid connected charger when it suited them will pretty soon draw to a close.

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BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

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Re: Another alt-currency?

"It's not really a currency, more like some kind of voucher system AFAICT"

What, like one of those £5 beer vouchers that have Her Maj on one side, and Liz Fry on the other?

Even when coins contained real gold and silver, they were for most people just metallic vouchers because it was only the nobility who had any functional use for the precious metals.

That's all money is - a medium of exchange, or a voucher. Time was when economists insisted that it was also a "store of value", but with negative real interest rates and (intentionally under-reported) inflation that's not been the case for quite a few years now.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Re: A Jagged perspective

" If they suspect the individual is not ill, then that is a form of benefits fraud and should be passed to the appropriate agencies (of which the council is not one)."

Wrong on two counts, my friend. First this was about sick leave from the council as an employer, so the benefits issue doesn't arise, and second, if there were a benefits issue, the local authority is responsible for housing benefit which is usually concurrently claimed in long term "can't work" scenarios.

My wife works with a colleague who always has the week before Christmas off. I'd be quite happy for my employers to waste their money verifying that the very, very few days I have off sick are legit, and I'd be more than pleased if the CCTV vans parked up outside my wife's colleague's house to make sure she was properly laid up.

There's lots of people with genuine health issues. But sadly there's also lots of fucking dossers who think that a sicky is part of their contract, and who don't give a shit about the other people who have to pick up their work. In most white collar office work it can wait until the ill person/skiver gets back, in delivery jobs some poor bastard has to do their job and somebody else's.

Not that I'm defending Caerphilly council, who (unless there's some history) were clearly harassing their own staff.

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Google Tax part 94: EU's H-dot wavers over copyright levy

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Re: Makes your head spin

"Unless the EU can make a news aggregator as popular as Google, with the added handicap that this news aggregator will have to pay to provide the snippets"

Lets hope the berks try. They're committed to wasting their budget anyway, so it's not exactly going to be a net loss to taxpayers if the Eurotwats try and code up a Google replacement. But it would be a joy to watch.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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Re: Pesky Claude Shannon

"Form an MVNO or partner with a telco and converge the ISP wifi box with a cell base station. "

The other thing they could with smaller cells is share physical infrastructure with non-telco operators. There's a bit of that going on (eg mastheads on water towers or office buildings) but with smaller cell size you'd (presumably) have less need for quite such height, and you could then use taller lamp posts, electricity distribution poles and the like?

I'm sure the owners of those assets could invent a millions reasons as to why it couldn't work, but if the MNOs want to one day make mobile connectivity more than a lie in an advert, then they need to start thinking this way.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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What's his beef?

I must say I can't see MacGregor's concerns. According to the article these photos are already police custody photographs, so they're on record anyway, and the "risks" to all involved are no different to having some plod sitting and going through the big book of mugshots manually. Personally I'd rather the police were out on the beat rather than sitting drinking tea because some QC has conjured a largely imaginary risk.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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Re: Kim k

"Why is that cow still given press? Why is her family considered news worthy?"

Come off it mate, "current events" are universally grim: Isis, murders, wars, unemployment, lying shithead politicians. So for those so minded, taking a bit of refuge following the shallow and narcissistic behaviours of KK is actually quite sensible, I'd say. Others buy "Railway Modeller", "Knitting & Crochet", or lose themselves on Facebook. We're taking refuge in inane technical news for the most part, and I'd suggest those in glassholes shouldn't throw stones.

Or something like that.

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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Re: History repeats

It bloody does! I remember CIO's carping on about user developed applications being "islands of obsolete data" and similar patronising shit, at the same time that the same "professionals" of IT were investing in IBM's token ring networking, shitty OS/2 computers, huge Unix boxes that couldn't do what the users had setup with Foxpro and a small LAN built on expense claim PCs.

Going back not much further I recall the IT department claiming that they wouldn't pay for a colour graphics card because businesses didn't need colour. Of course the way history repeats itself on this last one is that no private buyer with any brain would now buy a computer without an SSD system disk. Yet most miserly enterprise buyers are still buying spinning rust rubbish, and happy to pay average costs of £50 an hour to people watching a little spinning blue circle.

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Re: And they also buy the wrong thing

"Finance, weird overvalued people."

You'll miss them when they're gone. Which sounds daft given all the horror stories, but my employers ran the finance function through the shredder to save money (which may give you some pleasure), and then outsourced the remaining function to Romania (which may give you a laugh). Problem is that now it's like getting blood out of a stone when you really need some numbers for planning, business cases, or decision making purposes.

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Re: Obstacle or Enabler?

"Nowadays the first thing I do when joining a company is seek out the doers and the go to infrastructure people - the ones you always need and every firm has them - in order that when something needs doing it gets done rather than sitting in the abyss that is the Helpdesk system."

That deserves a thousand upvotes, but you'll have to be content with my one.

But ultimately this comes back to the poor quality of the centralised IT functions. We hear the whining about cost paring accountants, and directors that don't understand, and (L)users. But it should be the job of the central IT team to deliver a damn good service, and to understand where to say no, where to say yes, and to exercise that choice carefully and wisely.

My company's IT department spends more giving me a bad service than it would giving a good, proactive service. I know this because (like Mark 65) I know the "can do" people, I know the people who themselves know where the bodies are buried.

But for anybody who is (or aspires to be) a business CIO, there's a message here: Be competent, be careful, be in control, but remember you're only there to help some other bugger sell stuff.

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Ofcom's new broom Sharon White sweeps into office

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Re: But...

"Why wouldn't she?"

As far as I can see, no other senior civil servant does, so the odds are not good.

And her background is flipping between different departments and assignments. So chances are she's like the other civil service mandarins - never done anything useful, never worked in a real job, and never even stayed long enough in one place to understand any area of government.

Apart from that, having an Oxford degree in economics I'm sure she's absolutely on top of IPv6, spectrum licensing, effectively regulating Openreach, mobile consolidation, broadband competition, mobile asset sharing, 4G, TV multiplexes, privacy and IoT, not to mention all the issues of being the regulator of the postal service.

What do you think?

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Re: I think we should be told.

In this case it's more like a fortune cookie:

"You will inherit obscenely well paid new job, no responsibility!"

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Re: I'm glad she's an economist...

She's also a career civil servant, who as far as I can tell has never worked in the private sector.

And she's part of that clique of intellectual titans that wrote and believe the "business cases" for such misguided nonsense like HS2 or smart meters.

I'd say she'll fit right in at the shambolic, ineffectual mess that is OFCOM.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: ROFLMAO

"Publishers can't opt out, because opting out would mean that a Spanish QANGO called CEDRO wouldn't make any money."

Wow. The Spanish lobbyists, politicians and civil servants have cooked up a corker here. With intellects like this running the place you can understand why the country's near bankrupt and has recently celebrated an unemployment rate of one in four (because that's a three year low).

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

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Re: Frequently-revolting staff stomp off for three days

"Mail-order companies are traditionally treated as retail in Germany."

Whilst it seems daft that the state sets these different rules for different sectors, if that's the local model then Amazon should go along with it.

Of course, if Amazon have their hand forced on this, they are unlikely to take it lying down, so it should be interesting to see if Verdi are happy with whatever unintended consequences there will be from this if it concludes in Verdi's favour. Get the popcorn, draw up a chair.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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"I don't want "synergies","

Then you're in luck, because there won't be any, and the actual impact is that BT have to recover more costs.

All those deal fees, legal costs, restructuring costs, and a particularly big and fat acquisition premium are going to create a huge slug of "goodwill" on the balance sheet that needs to be amortised away. The only way that will happen will be either for BT to take lower profits on EE than the current owners (which isn't going to happen), or for BT to increase the average revenue per user and the average margin per user to EE customers. That's what happened every time the UK cable companies got traded.

The BT fat cats can dress it up all they want, but there's a harsh reality to this sort of deal: Customer's get screwed while The City enjoy big bonuses.

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" A near monopoly broadband/landlind provider in the UK, will own a major mobile provider."

If OFCOM were competent they'd require the new BT to demerge Openreach. Shareholders would still own both operations, so no loss to them, and they could elect to keep or sell either BT's service business or the Openreach monopoly according to their investment objectives.

Unfortunately we all know OFCOM couldn't find their own arse with both hands. FFS, they don't even require BT to have separate statutory accounts for Openreach, which is virtually unheard of in regulating asset based businesses.

So expect this deal to be rubber stamped.

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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A solution for Richard G

RBS turning out to be technically inept? Surely not.

But instead of trying to do their job for them (when they clearly don't care), why not use the fast account switching service to somebody who is less bad on security? If you know enough to make that a reason for moving, you'll have a view on who you might trust?

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Vince Cable

Indeed. In Vince's pea brain, old is obviously bad per se.

But to give the man credit, this would appear to be an evidence based approach if he's come to this view after considering that he himself is ancient, and has been utterly useless in government.

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Re: Stick with the dancing job!

"Thank God isn't as lame as politicians commenting on an unfortunate but hardly catastrophic event. Delays? Don't they ever use the M25?"

The senior ones rarely travel anywhere other than in a convoy of blue flashing lights, using bus lanes and hard shoulders if the hoi polloi can't or won't get out of their way. Delays are things for little people. Remember when the berk Cameron when on holiday and forgot his passport? Luckily more blue flashing lights were deployed to ensure the git was able to go on holiday. I'll wager they won't be doing that for you or me.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: hay man@ Tim Worstal

"The difference is that consumption is what the government spends on stuff, public spending is what it spends on stuff plus all the redistribution that is done through the welfare state."

Don't forget arm-twisting expense on private companies that funnily enough doesn't appears as public spending - like the £1.5 bn a year that energy companies have to add to energy bills, and then spend in ways mandated by government. And there's plenty of other forms of obligated expense where government are addicted to spending other people's money.

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"Families living in poverty can have as little as £12 per day per person to buy everything they need such as food, heating, toys, clothes, electricity and transport."

FX: <sound of violin playing sad, sad music>

Taking that at face value, it would seem that after sixty years or so the welfare state has failed most miserably, wouldn't you agree? Which seems rather odd when they have had to introduce new rules to limit the maximum "benefits" to something around £35k untaxed cash a year.

It also seems odd that so many people are "living in poverty" when half of eastern Europe, a goodly chunk of southern Europe, and hundreds of thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa are busting a bollock to get here for the opportunities.

Perhaps, OtherHobbes, you could give us a diagnosis of this problem?

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: Bad flight plan?

"Are they saying this was user error which brought the whole thing to its knees?"

No. Bad data is not "a user error", it is to be expected. If NATS' IT bods can't do input validation they shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a computer. I was writing code for dual-redundant systems with failover thirty years ago, and it was a given that all user data entered would be validated by the code.

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Re: Properly engineered systems!

"Rather surprised a bad flight plan can cause problems though."

That does smell of totally inadequate software testing somewhere along the line, doesn't it? Which is sadly not unusual, given the software testing is boring, unglamorous and rarely given adequate resources.

But this is one of NATS primary systems, and NATS is a billion pound a year business, it seems inexcusable that user input can bork it.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: one film edit

Maybe the producer could head this off by release a premium priced edit on a single DVD, with a corner flash declaring "Includes bonus: Less footage", or just "The film it should always have been"

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Re: Juristiction?

Does a Danish court have any authority over a British website?

Might as well do. Time was when we actually could say "You and whose army?"

But successive Right Cunts in Westminster (Cameron, Brown, Blair, I'm looking at you) have ensured that this expression no longer works. Not only are all the main UK political parties utterly servile to the wishes of Europe, but we don't even now have any worthwhile military because of a series of "strategic defence reviews". Which makes that arsehole Cameron's posturing over Ukraine particularly amusing.

I'm looking forward to a G8 meeting at which Putin gives Cameron a wedgie.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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"Polished metal mirrors are not perfectly reflective, at least not at all wavelengths."

No, but I wonder what would happen with a glass light pipe or fibre optic type of defence, or even a coating of simple glass spheres? I'd be VERY interested to see the videos of trials of this weapon system against this sort of materials. Even simple reflective chaff would seem likely to risk eye damage to anybody unfortunate enough to be looking towards the target in the fraction of a second before it burns through.

I'd accept that you'd still take out the target, but the countermeasures could already have been effective in "sharing" the damage. We're already using $1m missiles to take out Toyota pick ups in Syria and Iraq. Perhaps the price of blowing up an Iranian gunboat will be blinding a couple of unlucky US fast jet pilots and a handful of seamen? Glass spheres or prisms could have a very interesting effect:

"Ensign!"

"SIr, yesir!"

"Target that Palantir"

"Errr...is that wise sir?"

"Just do it"

"Yessir!

"Oh bugger"

It is worth bearing in mind that various middle east nations have shown themselves adept at asymmetric warfare, countering technologically advanced forces with simple, cheap techniques. If the US picks yet another fight with the locals the results could be interesting if this thing is around.

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"On seeing it, the Scots surrendered and came out, but Edward refused their surrender and sent them all back inside just so he could try out his new toy."

A man after my own heart.

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Re: Proceeds of crime

" It is not legal to profit from crime, yet the phone companies are doing exactly that."

No different to the payment card companies taking payment for goods and services promoted by spammers. There's another big industry profiting from crime, and strangely enough bunglement sit on their fat behinds doing nothing.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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"The article says that the average is not much different from current levels."

The whole point of the Eurotards "product policy" is to reduce power consumption versus current levels, because they've belatedly realised their crackpot, Greenpeace approved energy polcy means there's a danger of running out of juice.

Having said that, the chaps over at Cree have LED's running at three times the light/power ratio of current production LEDs, so I'd guess that there is some hope that the twerps of Strasbourg won't be able to completely stop the march of technology, despite their ambitions to do so.

But, but, but......all this lovely quality on the image side doesn't seem to be matched by either volume or quality on the content side, and there's also the problem of bandwidth I can't see OFCOM's vision of IPTV delivering HDR 4K telly in our lifetimes, and the fuckwits propose to hand over all broadcast spectrum to the mobile networks so that people can watch cat videos on small screens on their way to work.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Windows in kit form?

"That is what the Indian CEO genius was able to think of ... worse than Ballmer."

No, it's a Ballmer idea through and through.

When Microsoft fucked up with Vista, they eventually released a fairly bug free version called "Windows 7". But any suckers who had Vista had to pay again to have fault-fixed version. Having looked at their accounts and noticed no financial harm from pissing off customers with this plan, they now declare they intend to repeat it. Windows 8 was a botch, 8.1 was a botch, and 8.1 Update was a botch. Throughout they refused to listen to customers. But, when they release a "fixed" version of 8, (the erstwhile Windows 10), all the suckers with W8 will be expected to shell out all over again.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

"But still, Wolfie, sock it to the suits. Just remember to pick up socialist worker on the way home."

You should have heard the hard time that Radio 4's "Meeja Show" gave to the BBC spokesman this evening over the supposedly vile and unjustified casting out of BBC3. If ever anybody wanted proof of the "right on" 1980s institutional bias of the Beeb, all they need to do is hunt down the podcast or iPlayer coverage of the show.

End the telly tax, and make the Tristrams pay their way with adverts.

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Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

"<-------------- Michael grabbing one of his jackets"

Michael grabbing one of his jackets-------------->

FTFY. How long ago did they swap the icons from left to right?

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: problem...

"Impound the illegal taxi."

Here in my neck of the woods (of Blighty) such an approach would (and occasionally does) result in near shut down of the officially licensed taxi service, because for some mysterious reasons the licensed taxis are "shared" by multiple drivers all working less than twelve hours a week (so as not to affect their "benefits") and the majority of the cars are therefore used by everybody, maintained by nobody.

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

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Re: 3G anyone?

"I was hoping that some good would come from PM Cameron finding out that his mobile was practically useless in the South West."

You are an incorrigible optimist. The problem with your Cameron-logic is that the man's a fucking simpleton, a home counties blue blood inbred. He wouldn't know how to turn a phone on, never mind answer it. And therefore if it doesn't ring (for a flunky to answer on his behalf), it must simply mean that nothing urgent has happened, rather than that it isn't working.

Or maybe at Eton they teach all students to avoid mobile phones and mobile phone coverage. That served fellow old boy bin Laden well for at least ten years. Do you think the USN Seals could be persuaded to renact their raid against Britain's current old-Etonian public enemy number 1?

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Re: five nines@ Cliff

"It's also a handy shortcut to knowing a project is poorly defined and doomed to failure."

You're on form today, sir!

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"Or is, (as i expect is the case) the whole 5g thing just marketing bollocks to squeeze more money from us mugs?"

You and I know the answer already. For reasons of simple economics, geographic coverage will be about the same as the current network. Ditto, the actual 5G versus 4G and other legacy standards (that despite plans to the contrary will probably not be turned off and networks upgraded). Expect crap like 2G, half data rate connections and intermittent connections for the next fifty odd years at least. At least the much delayed and over budget HS2 will eventually run to the same soundtrack as the trains of today: "Hello! HELLO! I'm on the train. I SAID I'M ON THE TRAIN. Look, can't hear you, I'LL CALL YOU BACK LATER".

All the "investment" in 5G will be EE's Kevin Bacon's fees, O2's Sean Bean soundalike fees, and marketing expense (but if you call it "brand" you can capitalise it).

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