* Posts by Ledswinger

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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the River class was sold to both Thailand and Brazil

The Thai orders weren't for British built vessels, just a licence on the design. The Brazilian sales were a fire sale of a cancelled order by Trinidad. All in all it isn't exactly a glowing commendation of the thing is it? And those were the earlier, cheaper design (circa £150-180m). The batch 2 vessels are reportedly £350m, and for a few pennies more you could have a Blohm + Voss K130. Which has more guns, additionally has torpedoes, anti ship and anti aircraft missiles, mines, and has its own ship-borne drone.

F*** knows what goes through the minds of MoD ship planners, but the pea-brained retards have long forgotten that warships need weapons. Was the same story with every other class of warship the poor beggars of the Royal Navy have had for decades.

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she should be good to go around 2030.

Don't worry. That bit about installing complex systems is just journalistic licence. Despite the opportunity to make this a seriously armed small warship, the MoD have worked relentlessly to ensure that in common with most other RN ships of recent years, it will be pathetically under-armed. So, no missiles, no decent guns, no AD radar, no sonar, no depth charges. Whilst it can land a helicopter, there's no hanger and not much prospect of regular chopper operation. Total armament is a couple of machine guns and a single 30mm pop gun. And the range is OK, but speed is PATHETIC. Compare capabilities to an Israeli Sa'ar 5 and weep at the ineptitude of the MoD.

Some will say "it's only an inshore patrol boat". And they'd be right - at the moment, in peace time. But given the tiny number of serviceable big ships the navy have, and the fact that if there's a real war you need all the weapons you can get, it's yet another missed opportunity, and so slow and under-armed that there's no export potential.

My guess is that the "complex combat systems" are two dry wipe boards showing how many rounds the machine guns have left.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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The process of moving people and facilities represents a big cost in itself

How? Apple's mythical head office had neither people or facilities.

The more pressing concern is not the past and retrospective taxes, but the future, when Brussels admits defeat on retrospective taxes, and sets the rules for the future....

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

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Re: "a million-degree gaseous fog permeating our galaxy"

I wondered where Boris Johnson had disappeared to recently. A million degree gaseous fog seems quite likely.

Ignoring BoJo the Clown for a moment, I'd like to share with you all the fact that I cracked one off this morning, and it was extremely hot to push out, and formed a gaseous fog that caused retching and distaste in all those who enjoyed its short lived but magnificent pungency.

Have the rocket-boffins allowed for the ever-changing miasma from human and alien bottoms? I think that "dark matter" may have a more ordinary explanation.

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Re: "democratise the internet" @Mayhem

but look at Estonia. They have a distributed set of services, all linked by a middleware layer with a unique identity product.

Well, I suggest you go to Estonia. I don't like my government. I don't trust the fuckers. I don't want the obligation to prove I'm me to the fuckwits. And as far as I'm concerned they can shove their middleware up both holes between their second and third buttocks.

Incidentally, on your example of single trenching utilities, that's a bloody stupid idea because you have to dig most/all of the damned things up when there's one fault. I won't outline all of the reasons for that, but the basics are that the most likely to leak are at the lowest layer because they leak.

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Re: Its all in the name

I look forward to the day when all wetware driven cars have a display on the roof which shows the number of licence points of the current driver.

Meaning nothing. I've no points on my licence and never have been in several decades of driving, and...well, there's nothing you'd be proud of in my history of reckless speed and careless misjudgements. The only thing I could offer the Court of Public Opinion (tm) in mitigation would be that my reckless speeding wasn't in OBVIOUSLY dangerous places, and that I've been out with IAM examiners who've told me that that on THAT occasion I'd have scored an easy pass.

(Not really).

Most certainly not. I wish I was a calmer, more prudent, more patient driver.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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Re: Irish politicians will need to fight this ruling...

Those multinationals wouldn't be in Ireland if they were paying tax at the published rate. That's why they're there.

Actually, the tax discounts are icing on the cake. Predictability, fair property rights, reliable rule of law, a good (?) balance of employee and employer power, acceptable location....

Giving something away to secure inward investment is the rule of the day. Walking away from even a quarter of the €13bn was a foolhardy mistake, and because this is egregious, there's stuff all chance of the Irish government winning in the longer term. They might see off the Apple challenge, but the EU can just ram through new regulations (as opposed to directives) and Ireland's model is doomed. Don't expect the same rules to apply to Luxembourg...

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Re: See the needfor US tax reform

The real problem is going to come when other countries decide to compete.....Greece decides that for 500euro it will give any refugee an Eu passport and a flight to Germany?

That'd do bloody wonders for the otherwise intractable issues of Greece's insolvent economy.

Too late now, but you could have patented the idea and taken a cut if you hadn't blabbed in public. And you could have streamlined the model, by having a bidding platform (over an app, natch) whereby the number of passports is restricted (but not much), people smugglers have to pay you, in advance, and report their subsequent successful end to end transfer rate on the app. The transparency ensures fair(ish) play, and better safety, the people smugglers do the collections, and the auction and slightly limited volumes ensure higher prices.

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If the Irish just accept this, it's the thin edge of the wedge for ALL of the tax deals they've made,

Of course. That's the EU Commission's intent. Despite the French and Germans being (in their own specific ways) ardently protectionist, they jointly hate the Irish (but bizarrely not the tax haven of Luxembourg (home to one JC Juncker, IIRC), and are delighted by this. Maybe the Irish government should have abided by the first referendum on the Lisbon treaty?

But anyway, the specifics of law, liberty and economics are simply minor, proximate issues -

this is all part of the convergence that the EU project was intended to deliver. You either like that slow but steady erosion of national powers in favour of Brussels or you don't.

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

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Was it a randomised trial, or did they just look at existing programmes?

Dunno. But since it was published by the Lancet, I'd be instantly suspicious of the statistical rigour. Why? Andrew Wakefield, that's f***ing why.

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Re: Its a Canival FFS, not a Police Identity Parade. Leave People be.

It was a really run down, area way back.

And now? Average price of a two bedroom apartment is £1.3 million. Which rather puts a different perspective on what this carnival "owned by the locals" actually means.

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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Re: customers do not like inexperienced people

Customers, especially the big ones, do not like inexperienced sales people

Customers have only themselves to blame. In many cases they outsourced a competent and experienced in-house IT team to save money. Whether they did save money or not is immaterial, what counts is that they put the employees under the control of a third party managing purely to a rather one-sided SLA. They can hardly change the terms of the deal, and say "ooh, we forgot to say that we wanted exactly the same volume of staff with the same depth of experience".

I say the customers get what they deserve. The only people to feel sorry for are the front line staff, treated like sh*t by their former and current employers.

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Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

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Re: Corporates will change there O/S only when they have too

Windows XP retirement is a fine example of this

But why did they have to? Because Microsoft were ending all forms of support, most critically updates for Windows anti-virus. Microsoft have learned one lesson from XP: Keep the support lifecycle as short as possible, and ensure that critical updates aren't offered forever.

W7 has now been out of mainstream support for over 18 months, and corporates are having to look at Windows 10 no matter what they would prefer to do.

Turn the table for a moment. You're a senior Microsoft employee, and you're looking to force corporates onto W10. What would you do? I'd make it clear that there would be no critical updates, and no AV or firewall updates beyond 2020. Maybe scare the cattle by letting on about all those zero days floating around on the dark web. Corporates should really be using third party AV and hardware firewalls, but even with those, would you chance running the entire corporate fleet on an unsupported OS with a long and well founded reputation for insecurity?

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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The purpose of advice like this

is evidently to be ignored. If they can't come up with something sensible, then why did they even bother?

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

The Tesla doesn't pay SR because it's a zero emissions vehicle. Or, strictly speaking, it has an SR of £0. So does that count as paying or not paying

The rich people surcharge is on top of the standard rate. The standard rate for a ZEV is zero. So the surcharge is added to that zero, and they'll pay £310 a year. Of course, even that's a con on the rest of us because electric vehicles aren't zero emissions at all, but hey ho.

On the topic of options, they are included. The basis of calculation is the list price of the car as sold. Not the list-price-less-extras of what you order. That makes cheating difficult for the makers, and ignores any discounts. Since the makers hate discounting, they aren't too worried about that, it will be dealers trying to make quota who have the problem.

Going back to my original post, what we're seeing is the progressive introduction of vehicle duty for electric cars. Government can't afford to forgo the £35bn+ it makes from motorists. And as another poster points out soon all cars will cost £40k, but even before that they'll start changing thresholds and costs. They can smear the incidence of duty and operating taxes, they can't get away from the need to raise an average of £800 per car per year. Unless you're going to vote for a hike in tax rates for middle income earners.

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

but there's a limit to how much power you can draw from a UK domestic setup (25kVA is usual)

Which doesn't bode well for the government ambitions for electrifying both transport and heating. Even if you uprate the household electrics, there's the far more complicated situation of the distribution system, which was designed for far lower loads than fast charging of EVs would introduce. Electrifying heating (even using heat pumps) makes the problem dramatically worse, both because of the amount of energy, and the fact that everybody tends to need it at the same time.

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

Free to use the leccy but £1.50/hour parking (limit 2 hours). more expensive than any other car park in town. Go figure.

Tragic. The rest of us are subsidising your EV at the moment in a multitude of ways, so if you have to use a more expensive car park and get free electricity you'll have to forgive my lack of sympathy. However, with £35bn raised in road based taxes, the honeymoon period of both cash subsidies and tax exemptions for EVs is already starting to draw to a close. Anybody in the UK buying a Tesla S from 2 April 2017 and will be paying £310 road tax each year for the first five years, and we'll progressively see road taxes creeping up even for lower cost EVs.

Unless the government will forgo all those road taxes (and I think we can agree that they won't), then they need to raise about £800 per car per year. Whilst there's few EVs in the fleet, they can avoid the issue and allow fossil fuels to take the tax, once we have any appreciable level of EV penetration they need to come up with a way of taxing them at the same sort of level. So that could be GPS tracked road pricing (you do want your every movement recording, don't you?), a flat rate £800 a year vehicle duty, variable duty based on expected mileage that amounts to around 7p/mile, or some other cludge like a 22p/kWh surcharge on electricity used for vehicle charging.

I think they'll decide road pricing is the way forward. They'll use the GPS and mobile capabilities built in for the e-call system (mission creep, what a surprise!), some bunch like Crapita will be contracted to build and operate a complex and expensive central registry of all vehicle movements, and drivers will be charged from a baseline that needs to be around that c7p per mile - more on congested roads or at peak times, less for off peak. The next step will be that GPS tracking will be used for automated enforcement of speed and certain other rules. As you can imagine, there's a whole host of practical difficulties, but looking at the government's commitment to their beloved smart meter programme, do you think that they will be put off?

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Re: Damn

That's why you see all the super-hyped "researchers discover new superbattery" news articles where it always says "should go into production in 5-10 years" (i.e. never) and you never hear about it again.

MIT have recently announced that their lithium metal battery should be in production for phones by next year and offers an apparent doubling of volumetric energy density, and will be going into production for drone batteries this year. Search on MIT Solidenergy.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Dunno...

However, the word octopus comes from Greek and the Greek plural form octopodes is still occasionally used. The plural form octopi, formed according to rules for some Latin plurals, is incorrect.

So we should refer to a herd of hippopotamodes?

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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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Re: Solution - Netting

Regardless of the welfare situation, the ridiculous prices for prison phone are just a giveaway to whoever gets the contract to provide them

Good! The strong exploit the weak. That's what crime is. But it seems to me that you're wringing your hands that when the tables are turned, these poor lambs need to be treated with tenderness and kindness.

From my point of view, I disagree, They're in the clink to stop them committing more crime, and to restrict their liberties. If the scum don't like the conditions, maybe they should not prey on the weak in the first place. But my contempt is particularly reserved for people wringing their hands at the "ill treatment" of these felons. I WANT THEM ILL TREATED. I DON'T CARE IF THEY CAN'T PHONE THEIR MATES. Prison isn't cheap, and it doesn't reform, we all know that. So let's make sure it is punishment. I'd have the f*ckers breaking rocks for eighteen hours a day.

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Re: Solution - Netting

For the TRULY desperate, it's literally crime or the grave.

So, you're telling me that the near billion quid a day that the government spend on welfare is insufficient, then?

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Re: Time for Trebuchets!

Truck-mounted trebuchets would do a fine job of dropping packages into prisons, and can escape the area rapidly

Hey You! STFU before Yodel start getting ideas that can make their legendary delivery even worse.

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Re: Solution - Netting

The vast majority of prisoners smuggle phones into prisons to keep in contact with the families, thanks to extortionate payphone charges and difficulty of accessing same (profiteering is too kind a term).

If they don't like the unfortunate restrictions on chokey, maybe they could try going straight?

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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Re: Most Surprised

Spectacularly misinformed post...

That's as maybe. But there's some mere mortals out here, and I'd really like to understand the relationship between silicon designers and ARM. Are they designing mere software, or mere hardware? How do the bits all fit together?

I know it is a complex topic, extending from the purely physical realm through to the dirty world of applications, but the Reg has done some stunning journalism explaining complicated sh** in (for example) the world of storage, maybe they could address the parallel world of mobile and low power processing?

Please? Pretty please? I know the staff don't read this. But some of YOU WHO KNOW could write something in plain English and submit it as an article, and get some beer money?

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Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

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Re: "I like the tech sector"

I was brought up in a Family that had been staunchly Labour since 1922. No one wants to even think of voting for this lot of sad sacs at the moment.

Well, your parliamentary party are indeed a bunch of sad sacks, but surely you'd be delighted by Chairman Jez' desire for good old fashioned socialism and a return to the 1970s? Admittedly it would give us an economy like Venezuela, but isn't that the sort of workers' paradise that the Labour party have always aspired to?

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"I like the tech sector"

You may like tech, Ed, but as a barrister in family law, from a very privileged background, with a degree in history, you know nothing about it.

I'd say you fit in well with the politically well connected but talent free numpties that Cameron was and surrounded himself with. And that helps explain why vested City interests have repeatedly been preferred over real innovators or disruption to incumbent businesses.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: Questions?

Somewhat alarmingly, only China can afford a real navy these days

No they can't. They just think they can. Like the Spanish, Dutch, British, Russians and Americans did in turn over the course of recent centuries.

The Americans haven't got the memo yet, but with the Ford class carriers coming in at $13bn not including aircraft as far as I can tell, and a vast budget deficit, they're going to run out of pork soon. The Chinese will likewise find that fancy military toys and huge military cost far more than the productive economy can support.

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first of the Royal Navy's two new super-carriers

And whilst we're on this point, what's "super" about them? Admittedly bigger than the Invincible carriers, the potential at that size of ship to have proper fast jets was thrown away during specification, so they'll only be able to operate a different and more expensive flavour of STOL jet, with all the same compromises of heavy airframe, shorter range and reduced payload.

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HPE sharpens knife for next salami-slicing staff redundo round

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Worth how much?

Enterprise Services (ES) division, which is spun out and is being merged with CSC to create an entity worth $26bn (£20bn)

Go on then, HP. Sell the entity, and we'll see what you get for it. I'll wager a whole lot less than £20bn.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Fat-Burning Hats

But...its so bracing!

Wow. Seems you're as old as me, and have been subject to the same malign influences of postery, and potentially train-spottery.

If we did that to our kids we'd be locked up.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

The ANPR camera should really get stuck in police cars. It could be hooked up to a system that automatically alerts the cops of missing road tax, missing insurance, stolen vehicles etc.

COMMENTARDS! Time travel is possible and here is the proof. DrXym is clearly posting from 1983, because where I live The Filth have had ANPR linked to the relevant databases for more than a couple of decades.

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

Even better - make it a requirement to have a little round piece of paper located in the windscreen for all to see, that shows if the vehicle is taxed. You could even buy it online.

Easy enough to falsify for casual inspection. The only real check is against the DVLA database. Personally I'm rather pleased to see the back of paper discs, and the introduction of monthly direct debit payment.

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

Even better launch a game - take a picture of a car registration with your phone, check against DVLA database and if it comes back "no tax" or wrong model/colour etc then automatically report location.....

Half of this is in place, in that the DVLA MoT and tax checker is publicly available - you just need make and reg to check the tax status, and there's an online form to report where you saw the vehicle:

https://www.gov.uk/report-untaxed-vehicle

Part of me says pay a reward for reports leading to tax recovery, the other half says that's too Stasi-like.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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Re: Gaz and Leccy...?

The is no EU diktat requiring the closing of any power station.

Strictly speaking no. But both smart meters and UK coal closures are triggered by the UK implementation of EU directives. As is the farcical and expensive build out of PV and wind assets to meet EU targets on renewables.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Re: the production of decent content costs money

How many people can still hum 'for mash get smash'?

I can. But I never bought any of the powdered white dog mess that they were passing off as a potato based "convenience food". Proving that you can advertise shit well, but that doesn't mean it will sell.

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Apple allowed to put up bit barn in the Fields of Athenry

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Re: 220kVA?

Perhaps 220,000 kVA and somebody has mistakenly assumed the "k" allowed them to knock off three zeroes. Other press coverage describes the facility as having a 300 MW capacity, which makes 220,000 kVA seem feasible.

Nil out of ten to the Reg for letting this get through.

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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Re: "But fear not – our galaxy has in-built SPF protection"?

First time I've heard the inverse square law described as that...

Same applies if you're big boned. Applying the Journalistic Ignorance of Physics principle, you can see that if a hambeast has twice the surface area as a non-hambest, the exposure will be halved, because we all get the same photonic exposure.

Or something like that.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: Typical specimen @ Purple-Stater

There is no land mass of "America" except as a colloquialism when referring to the two continents collectively,

Magnificent. You, sir, are an apex pedant, and I bow down before you.

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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Re: Dressed like that, GCHQ won't be following you

But a small troop of jeering children might

I'm used to that.

"Mam! Mam! It's the smelly, mumbling weirdo again, can I follow him and throw stones?"

"Of course, dear, but don't tread in anything horrible he leaves on the pavement"

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Re: Amazing

can recognize them without being able to see their face from the way they walk etc. Plus I factor in other data

OK. So rather than a handkerchief over my face, I need a motorcycle helmet, egg boxes under my outer clothing, shoe inserts to fake my height, different in each shoe to give me a limp and unnatural gait, to take a different route to work each day, and avoid my mates?

HaHa! Theresa May, your Cheltenham Stasi won't be tracking me!

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Re: 'Fraid not

More likely, someone in marketing is saying, "If only we'd pushed Harder, we'd have hit that billion mark!"

Indeed. And now they've further fragmented their user base because of the unpopularity of W10. Having failed to understand that most users want a W7 style UI and launcher, they've resolutely pushed on with the fugliness of W8, retrenched a tiny and unsatisfactory degree for W10 (so any sane user still needs a third party shell launcher add on), the overall feel is a dogs dinner, and then they overlay that with a ground zero strike on user privacy. So in addition to the user base fragmentation, they STILL have billions of man hours of work to make W10.2 coherent and attractive for users. Hey boys and girls, THAT'S why W10 take up has been poor: The PRODUCT IS CRAP. And that's because you intentionally made it crap. You didn't have to, but you worked at it, and boy did you succeed.

My forecast is that despite the obvious success they could have from fixing the W10 defects, they won't do that. This is death by a thousand cuts. Just as Nokia Phones died of asphyxiation up their own behind (before Elop arrived), Microsoft are emulating that navel-gazing-from-the-inside strategy, as the influential employees destroy long term value whilst pursuing their own personal interests and ignoring long term investor interests, or what customers want. Back in 1995 that worked for lack of competition. Post 2010 it is an inelegant form of corporate suicide.

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Head of UK oversight body to join GCHQ 'tech help desk'*

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Re: Do Not Call Me Surely.

we do not see the likes of Barbarella in these sorry, diminished days

Earth to Hollywood Remakes Department! Can we have a Barbarella remake, please. With Keira Knightley.

Oh yes, that's a very pleasant thought, I'm so pleased I thunk it.

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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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