* Posts by Ledswinger

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Re: This definitely does sound inherently unsafe.

They should have used a chopper's downdraught to blow him back to shore. He'd have had a ride like being inside a washing machine, and after half an hour being tumbled in a mix of salt water and vomit he might have started to realise there's a downside to being a knob end.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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Re: What does it say about a country that wants to leave EHCR?

I'm sure it is not 'ideal' but to actually have the aim of removing that protection from your own citizens?

I must say that we seemed to have one of the world's best justice systems and top tier civil liberties long before EHCR. The way some people are prattling on, I could conclude they think that the European courts are the only thing between them and breaking rocks in a Scottish gulag.

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

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Re: But just how much of the fines has actually been collected?

But just how much of the fines has actually been collected?

We did this a while back. The answer is about 70%. Problem is that the people who do pay up are usually those who didn't intend to breach the law, and those who intentionally flout the law are the fly-by-nights who the ICO is unsuccessful in collecting from.

Closing down a company to avoid a debt or fine would count as fraud. It isn't the ICO's skill set or duty to chase non-payers, but what they should do, but apparently don't is report the non-paying "shut-downs" to the Insolvency Service and the police, as it is their job to address these situations.

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: tie thier tails together

Less reliance on assumption and more on the behaviour of one's balls when excited by the Van Der Graaf Generator would stand every young lad in good stead.

When I was taught physics (a real, old fashioned O level, none of your GCSE piffle) I recall the esteemed teacher, Mr Astwood standing class twerp (Lusher) in a plastic dustbin, with a hand on the VdGG. Lusher had long hair, which obliging stood out in perpendicular lengths from his heat, making him look a proper freak. After this successful demonstration of static to the class's immense joy, Mr Astwood gained further credibility by demonstrating lightning, by instructing the other class twerp (Wardle) to give Lusher a hand climbing out of the bin. All with his traditional caustic commentary.

You don't get lessons like that these days.

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Re: tie thier tails together

The correct method is to rub each cat's fur vigorously with an ebonite rod

The ascending balloon will encounter charged particles that will eventually counteract the be-staticed cats, causing them to lose charge and fall off. For reasons of balance you'd be obliged to use a mix of dogs as well, because everybody's heard of it raining cats and dogs, but nobody has ever heard of it JUST raining cats.

But, if you're no good knotting cat tails, rather than complicated electrical ideas that also need you to procure an additional 1,400 Jack Russells, the best solution is surely silicone mastic? With a shear strength in excess of 6kg/cm^2 for 0.24mm thickness on a good substrate, one tube carefully applied would hold all 1,400 cats (subject to the substrate's own strength). And that's 3M premium marine grade sealant, so it'd still be within spec at temperatures down to -40C, so you'd probably be OK up to 10km of altitude. And it'll be waterproof, so if it rains the only worry is the greater weight of cats.

And if that doesn't work, you could try Thornton's Special Toffee, which has world class shear strength and adhesion, proven by its ability to rip out fillings and pull teeth from sockets. But it might become a bit brittle at altitude, or be weakened by rain.

What on earth are they teaching in schools today?

Creative problem solving?

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and I'm sure there would be some structure needed to actually hold all those cats.

Errr, no? Just tie their tails together, and the uppermost cat can hold onto the balloon with its claws. And that's probably why the gas came out of this one and it came down.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

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I'm here for a good time, then i'll die.

And commenting round here counts as a good time in your planned Life of Selfish Indulgence?

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Still, I've lost half a stone. That will help with my diesel usage.

If you're living on pulses, perhaps you could capture your own methane, and drive on that. Of course, it won't help until you put in a proper engine. You know, a spark ignition one.

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Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil

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Re: Employment: well, yes and no.

I think some people have the idea that industrial automation means no people are needed.

I doubt many people thought that. Most, I would posit, believe that automation means far, far fewer people are needed. Orders of magnitude fewer. And they're right. Nissan recently declared that they had beaten the level of 100 cars per employee per year at their Sunderland plant. That's not because car's are simpler to build or have fewer parts, it's down to automation (and automation of the process engineering). The same applies to everything from food processing to sewage treatment, with processes that can operate automatically and be monitored by machines. Places that formally buzzed with employees can now operate without the lights on.

You're right that when maintenance is needed or things go wrong, the machines have to call a meatsack. But looking at the trends, for how much longer?

Western countries foolishly outsourced their industry to China is a bid to save money and pretend they didn't pollute. The outcome has been fewer jobs, and vast volumes of debt (where these Western countries consume more than they create, and have to borrow the difference). Now, the same idiot governments are looking to "embrace automation", and get rid of even more jobs without thinking whether this is a good thing. A balanced level of automation is a really, really good thing. But who, for one moment thinks we'll see balance?

I work for a company that operates a lot of call centres. These are expensive and customer satisfaction is low. The solution all call centre operators have is on-line self service - automate the process, get the customer to do it themselves. That's process automation. But what of the one million UK call centre employees, and the quarter of a million that support them? They won't be writing SCADA code, or maintaining machines. What will they do for a job?

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

Unless significant performance increases come in the near future

For what purpose? Admittedly in the "enterprise" market where corporate IT procurement buy whatever low performing shit is cheap there's a need for more performance to counteract their cheap spec and corporate bloatware. But in the personal user space I've not seen the ghastly spinning circle for years.

Any corporate IT types reading this may care to reflect on the contempt their users have for them. But if you want to pay me to watch a crap graphic of a spinning circle to save a trivial amount on your low spec IT hardware, you feel free.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Unexpected

Iggy Pop was 69 this week.

Respect to the man, but I'll guess that he won't be getting good odds at William Hill. Or maybe he will in person, if they expect that his estate won't collect.

Yeah, yeah, I know it is bad taste. But that is as NOTHING to what I was pulled up for today by a colleague. I wince just to think what I said.

Mind you, this is one of the best comment columns for a long while, so there's a silver lining for all?

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Re: I've

Or maybe I just need to retune my radio again and clean out some of the presets.

Planet Rock haven't played any Prince that I've heard. On the other hand they've been a bit shit since they borged Kerrrang.

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Re: Seems to be a mass die-off of celebrities at the moment

Either that, or we'll get Logan's Run type euthanasia, or people will transferred their <edit> consciousness into robots.

What would we be left with if Katie Price did that?

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Re: Seems to be a mass die-off of celebrities at the moment

This was covered by the BBC radio programme 'More or Less' which, in conjunction with the Open University, looks at statistics in public life.

A Top Programme, which should be mandatory listening for all commentards.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qshd

I often pound the Beeb within these hallowed e-halls, but More or Less is the sort of thing that on its own (well, as a series) justifies the entire licence fee.

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Seems to be a mass die-off of celebrities at the moment

Will this count as an extinction event?

Clearly global warming is the cause.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Only 10%?

How about using emoji for the rating system?

Why? Nobody cares what comes out of their cars exhaust.

Actually, mea culpa, that's not true. I cared when I drove a big Euro 3 diesel. By nursing the engine, keeping revs and turbo boost low most of the time, I could keep the particulate emissions really low. Of course, that meant a soot build up in the exhaust, and a generous well timed acceleration would release it all. Man, I was a hero! I could lay smoke like a destroyer shielding the Grand Fleet! Admiral Beatty would have been proud

And I could put it down where it was needed. Like overtaking a pack of cyclists.

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Re: Energy in = energy out

And I don't think the Napier Delic is that fuel efficient, just very light and compact for the power.

In which case my Deltic engined car will outperform your Mirlees, as well as being a lot smaller. And it will sound far more impressive.

I think VW have also demonstrated that drivers don't give a hoot about emissions or efficiency.

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Re: Energy in = energy out

The last Mirlees straight 12 I worked on (300kW) was 2.5m high and 4 metres long with a 6 ton flywheel. I guess you could put a wheel on each corner but the compressed air starter might be a tad difficult

You're barking up the wrong tree with a slow spinning straight 12. Any right thinking person will immediately know that the answer is to fold the engine up a bit. We could have opposed stroke pistons, and then wrap them in a triangle with three crankshafts......I'll get my coat, its the anorak.

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Re: Only 10%?

My last 3 cars, lab mpg Vs real life mpg

2007 Octy VRS TFSI - 35.7 / 38

2010 Honda Accord - 2.2d - 45 / 52

2015 Mazda 3 2.2d - 70 / 53

How the mighty are fallen!

Incidentally, my new 2016 Octy 1.4 TSi claims 53, I can get 52 in everyday driving, so the Skoda consumption figures still appear achievable.

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Re: Self Testing

I can assure you both that "independent" labs will produce the results the paymaster requires. I base this on experience many years ago concerning the homologation process for the products of a world famous automotive group by a world famous engineering laboratory.

If the state wants things tested, then it should commission the tests and pay the bill. Given the billions most states rake in from automotive taxation, a few hundred million on objective testing wouldn't break the bank.

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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Aston Villa don't have much talent, but they've also made a series of spectacularly bad managerial choices.

Surely Larry's well suited? Clearly knows nothing about the beautiful game, and buys a run down club in an area best described as an urban shit hole.

On the positive side, I suppose he can park his super-yacht in Gas Street Basin, kick his way through the drifts of spent hippy crack cylinders on Holiday Street as he walks down to New Street Station, and pick up a WMPTE number 7 bus to Villa Park. So it's pretty convenient.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: Fine? What fine?

That may well change when the GDPR comes in of course.

Only for the private sector, and "expendable" public sector bodies.

You can be sure the UK government to write a law that uses the GDPR exemption clauses to keep its own bureaucracy immune. Small time public sector (local authorities, NHS) probably will still be hit, but people like the police will hide behind a blanket exemption, as will all aspects of Snooper's Charter, and every aspect of Civil Service malfeasance.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: Meh

If it works well enough to give directions while driving and make you go "Awww!" over a baby sloth video that's good enough.

Only if you're aiming at the commodity market, where there's little money to be made. HTC are specifically positioning this phone to contend with other high end handsets, and it needs something distinctive. Being nice to hold is now partly commoditised. High res displays and cameras are commoditised. Like them or not, the S7 is distinctive, the G5 is distinctive, and IOS is distinctive. What's on offer here that would persuade you or me to pay the fat end of £600? Possibly nothing because by the sound of it we're both skinflints, but for a price insensitive early adopter, what's here for them? There's no show off factor, and absent that this won't achieve much for HTC because nobody will buy it?

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: I know I'm suppose to be outraged by this BUT...

And seriously, some of the tinfoil hat wearing in this thread is beyond ridiculous.

Why? A few short years ago you'd probably have been happy to believe that there was no vast data-scooping by SIS. Snowden put an end to that happy belief. But since then the revelations have continued to come. But still some people think that this is OK, that the increasing loss of their privacy is an acceptable cost for some perceived "protection".

Give it a couple of years, and the the e-call system will be added to the abused data list. Your every motoring movement permanently recorded for the perusal of government, and probably visible in real time. Add in ACPO's ambitions on facial recognition and even if you're on foot and without your phone, then you'll be tracked and recorded by CCTV. The Bank of England's chief economist has called for an end to cash. Smart meters and Internet of Tat will be funneling even more data in GCHQ's vast scoop over the next few years. With the extremists of government wanting backdoors and breakable encryption, it won't be a case that government could know everything about you, it will be the case that they will know everything about you.

How much do you trust GCHQ in their official capacity? How much do you trust their staff? How much do you trust the lying halfwits of Westminster, their business mates, or (in their official capacity) all other government departments, local government, and government agencies like HMRC? I don't trust any of them as far as I could throw the lot of them.

But if you think that's a tinfoil hat belief, at least you're (currently) free to hold whatever opinion you want

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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Re: Why does this always come as a surprise to politicians?

When it comes to promises about keeping jobs and factorys, companies should be assumed ot be lying

Listed companies are obliged by law to release "price sensitive" information to the markets in a controlled manner, and as specified by the listing rules for the exchanges the company trades on. Had Intel let on to the Irish council that the plant was either doomed or guaranteed a safe future, they'd be in breach of the listing rules, and potentially face legal action shareholders and fines by regulators.

If anybody asks what is going on before a big announcement, be they a shareholder, customer, employee or local government, they'll not get a straight answer. The only exception is where you have a statutory works council who may be entitled to pre-decision consultation, but even they will have to operate under absolute secrecy.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: Profits over a billion and they cut staff?

You have to wonder what is really going on.

Do you? They enjoy clear technology and market leadership in many of their product lines, but there's storm clouds on the horizon (global economy, increasingly "good enough" technologies, rise of mobile tech where they're relatively weak). As a shareholder owned corporation, it makes sense to plan and execute cuts now, rather than wait for things to become difficult. It's the job of government to run make-work schemes, not companies (well, unless you're somebody like Crapita in the UK, or Haliburton in the US).

It is of course purely coincidental that the executives' bonuses will be fattened up by sacking 12,000 peons, and their rewards further enhanced if the promise of juicy cost cuts makes their stock options worth more.

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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

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Re: TDD is Test Driven Development to me

Thank you for that. But I suspect that the OP was thinking about the whole article, which seemed to me over-burdened with acronyms and jargon at the expense of clarity. I suspect the content is very good, but it seems the author needs a journalist between him and even reasonably interested lay people.

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Hey, Britain! Meet Mr Maxwell, our new National Tech Advisor

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Whoope feckin do, it's not CERN.

Maybe not, but with clueless old Etonians filling the senior ranks of the Tory, where else would they turn?

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: I can't believe this.

A company could just not be this incompetent. It just doesn't compute in my brain.

Oh it does compute in my brain. But maybe that's because I believe that dark energy and stupidity are one and the same. The very force that appears least organised and most chaotic, most elusive is yet the most prevalent in the universe, and the very thing that holds it altogether. I think a small white cartoon dog beat me to this important theorem, though:

http://dilbert.com/strip/1996-07-21

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Facebook's big trouble in its little world domination plan: China

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And every Facebook user is a willing part of it.

Well, I find half the value of The Register is in the comment sections. And that means that you and I are working for free. It's an outrage!

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I'll back Zuck over Gates on this

if you're dying of diarrhea....then internet access is fairly low down on your list of priorities.

Whilst correct, that ignores the fact that most gastro-intestinal infections are easily preventable with relatively low tech solutions, but a critical barrier is knowledge.

Keeping sewage out of local water supplies is an essentially manual labour task (if you know that you need to do that). Basic water treatment if you have no control over your drinking water quality is essentially low tech, with advice from (eg) Wateraid readily accessible online (again you need to know to look for it). Or if you've got safe drinking water, then there's the issue of knowledge on basic personal hygiene.

The Victorians worked much of this out and solved it with no modern technology. If you give these populations better access to the rest of the world's knowledge, they can find out how to solve many of their own problems, and both their own governments and international agencies can direct knowledge and advice at them.

Zuck's "free internet for the poor" can be challenged on many levels, and I'm no fan of Facebook. But rather than shoot it down for its flaws, why not see it for its opportunities? And lets see the naysayers come up with better, credible, funded plans to give these people access to the remarkable communication tool that the internet is, and to the huge amounts of knowledge and good advice that are linked to it and could improve their lives.

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

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Re: Another dot com manager @ Pascal M

You have to be a dot com idiot to go tout unlimited anything for a fixed, yearly price and expect to generate profit.

Isn't the same true of their customers? Without doing any maths, anybody capable of rational thought can work out that there's a loss from offering unlimited backup (or is that just "storage") for less than a quid a week.

If something's free (or as near free in this context as makes no difference), you take it only on the basis that either you'll shortly get reamed out when they finally need to make some money, or you expect the "backup" to be as secure and professional as anything else people give away. Or both. Even Google are charging $120 a year for up to 1TB, and that's just storage rather than a formal backup service, so I can guess that Monster Cloud would be losing quite a lot per account per year, and £50 a year unlimited, they would not be financially sustainable. So where do their customers for backup think their data will be when the power company have cut the electricity, the rack host has evicted Monster Cloud, and the creditors have sold the disks to a recycler? Do the whining customers think that contractual rights and consumer law will help them if a provider goes bust?

I'm sorry, but public or private customer, I've no sympathy. Poor, unprofessional tactics by Monster Cloud, but if it looks and sounds too good to be true, that's ALWAYS because it is too good to be true.

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Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

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Re: Is the register socialist?

How do you pay soldiers, police, firemen, road workers, and so on?

Debt. Do pay attention!

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

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Re: How many Oxfam emloyees use iPhones ?

How many Oxfam emloyees use iPhones ?

I don't know. But I would draw attention to the fact that their CEO's total pay was only around £150k, better than I'm on, but for the CEO of a c£400m a year business that's very modest. Whilst I'm not wholly aligned with Oxfam's agenda, I'll take my hat off to the fact they don't appear to be lining their own pockets. With support costs of 8% of income they're a little bit on the high side (I'd have thought 5-6% was good), but it's not outlandish. Fundraising was another 8%, the balance was on a mix of humanitarian and development, with a modest 5% on campaigning and advocacy.

And that balance on campaigning and advocacy is where the money comes from for this report. Looks to me like Oxfam are actually rather well governed, and spend their money wisely. Whether they merit £190m of government money is another separate question...

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Maybe they have high hopes of getting some of that extra tax money should the government ever get its hands on it.

Probably true. Last year, according to their own annual report 48% of Oxfam revenues were from government. When you look at where they get their public sector money from you understand why they are blathering about the US tax position: They got £46m from the British government, £12m from the Swedish government, £76m from assorted UN and EU quangos, but only £6m from US public sector bodies.

Given the relative size of the economies concerned, the US is an obvious target. Although to give some context, the US Agency for International Development has a $35bn budget, not sure why the colonials would feel the need to give any additional funding to a British charity. And indeed, if our rebellious cousins did get a windfall from US corporations repatriating cash, it would hardly make a dent in the c$600bn government budget deficit forecast for 2016.

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Vaizey: Legal right to internet access, sure. But I'm NOT gonna die on the 10Mbps hill

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Re: Whut??

Well, he's a politician, and like the overwhelming majority of that breed...

Vaizey is special. I work in a sector where he was a junior minster, and the universal opinion of many colleagues far brighter than me was that the boy is an oxygen thief

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

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Re: More than reported here? @boltar

I did wonder how long it would be before some hanky flapping ponce....

Perhaps you should review my posting history. I think I probably qualify as a libertarian right wing quasi borderline extremist. But unlike you, I have considerable respect for all strata of society. I'm only here to write this because somebody working unsocial hours for a low wage, in a high vis jacket installed and maintains the armco on the central reservation of motorways. And that's the thing that I know about. There's undoubtedly other protective actions I haven't event thought about.

We're a big company. More than E100bn turnover, we held a two minute silence across Europe for the poor beggar that died on our account. Our CEO attended the funeral. You might say what good is all that, the point is that we do care. Morale took a huge hit. All involved were left thinking "what could I have done to stop that?". There's a huge investigation to try and learn every possible lesson.

But you, mate, apparently don't care. As long as your shiney is delivered cheaply, you won't care about the poor beggars many times less fortunate than you who have to produce it. The people who keep this world running cleaning toilets; maintaining armco in the night; preparing food; cleaning sewers, and so forth. Judging you on your expressed opinions, you, boltar, aren't fit to lick dogshit of the soles of everyday people. I thank them, and I want them to be able to do their job safely.

THAT apparently is the difference between you and me. You CUNT.

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Re: More than reported here?

And that sums up the child like mentality of people today who also want to treat everyone else like children.

Not really. It sums up the mentality of people who think that this is a modern, civilised society where employees have every right to be able to go to work and come home in one piece. Your Darwinian approach to safety at work suggests you're commenting from the year 1870.

Perhaps you should go back to reading the Daily Mail, they like a good "elf and safety gawn mad" story?

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Re: More than reported here?

I miss the good old days when personal culpability was the rage and if you acted the idiot and got hurt it was your fault.

You miss the good old days pre-HSE, when we killed about 400 people a year in workplace accidents? That's in my lifetime, I don't miss it.

My employers recently had a workplace fatality. Without going into detail because it will undoubtedly go to court, the deceased was a subcontractor who did things that led directly to their death. But (in my view, and my company's) it isn't acceptable these days to allow people to hurt themselves. If they are determined enough then it is very difficult to stop them - but there should be every detail of training, equipment, due process, planning, supervision in place to avoid accidents (and for that matter to protect employees mental wellbeing). If it is a papercut you might say "meh", but if it is a serious injury or fatality, then there is always more that could have been done - but its now too late.

There's family, friends, colleagues grieving for a young man, probably with minimal educational attainment who was killed whilst simply trying to do a not very well paid job. Is it really OK to say "he brought it upon himself"?

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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

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You really want to fly in a plane running software developed by French DevOps programmers?

Don't worry, Striking French air traffic controllers will ensure you never get airborne, thus keeping you safe.

Although it does make you wonder who wrote the software that brought down that A400M, and what approach they were using?

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Breaking down more IT technobabble: 'Unified' comms... say what now?

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And why communications need to be "unified" rather than having (e.g.) separate phones, E-mail clients, and IM clients.

I think "UC" refers to customer facing more than the provision of back office technologies (although what the vendors are selling for back office sound very similar to what they tout for front office).

The problem with customer facing comms is that (increasingly) they expect you to have proper multi-channel management, such that a contact that starts as email in response to (eg) a print copy bill can be continued via voice, chat and social media applications, including access to outbound and inbound hard copy communications.

So that's a fully integrated back office technology stack, staff available to cover all of those channels, each member of staff able to see the previous contact and billing history, summaries of previous interactions, any outbound marketing (email, digitised print, possibly even untargeted media), any inbound letters or forms, and history of any self-service interaction. And all tied together with the CRM database and associated applications.

To say that is complex is an understatement, but that's what UC means to me. For large customer facing businesses, this (risky, complex, expensive, resource hungry) development is becoming an expectation - the best customer service providers can do this, and if (eg) you have a bank who can and do this, you start asking why your gas, electricity, water, TV, phone companies can't do the same. You can of course stick your head in the sand and say "not in my company", but then you need a very clearly differentiated proposition that probably offers lower cost in return for having to deal with the company on its own terms. And being cheapest in your industry is rarely a sustainable business strategy.

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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

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Re: Bless...

Why can't they use normal words like 'ridiculously excessive amount'?

Dunno. A more pressing concern is why they're handing it to a fat balding, unshaven scruff with a mullet. Rather reminiscent of this ------------------------------------------------------------->

If somebody were offering me $33m to do not much I'd dress up smartly and hope I looked the part.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Sometimes, I wonder why I even still come here.

To read and comment on articles that can be summed up as "Man caught wanking on the bus", it would appear?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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Why would you blame the dog? If the guff is a ripe, heavy malingerer, combining a basso profundo foundation of sulphur, midtones of brassica, and a fruity finish then I'd be wanting to take credit for my skill.

Likewise there's a simple workman-like pride to be had in one of those dry, acrid guffs. Clearly not the sort of meisterwork referred to above, and usually having very short half lives, but we have to be realistic and accept that not every painting is a Picasso.

Obviously if the effluvium has a meat-free base, a palate centred around butyric acid, and sour throat-irritating top notes, then you know that people will be assuming that the Fartist has some health problems. That's generally not the sort of flump that you'd want to put your name to.

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

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Re: The Mail is making a reasonably healthy profit

Most of the UK "broadsheet" online editions seem to attract a large number of overseas commentards - especially from the USA.

What, like the Reg?

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Re: Way too soft a sentence@ raving angry loon

Ah yes, the oft expected "too soft" post. Someone else who doesn't think a magistrate or judge knows what they're doing.

Why do you presume that you know what the OP thinks? The main problem with "soft" sentences is Home Office sentencing guidelines that severely restrict the freedom of judges or magistrates, and is driven primarily by a lack of prison places. That's why a standard "life" imprisonment sentence is fourteen years full tariff and the criminal fuckers get out after six and a half.

In this case, are we to presume that you think the vast disruption this tosspot caused is adequately punished by a few hours picking up litter? And that the sentence will in any way deter other prospective offenders?

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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You believe that people actually think there is ANY intelligence in the US Senate, or the other place as well.

I certainly do believe there is a lot of intelligence in both houses. Unfortunately that intelligence is almost exclusively deployed in serving the political and financial elite, at the expense of Main Street. That's why Wall Street got bailed out, is now making mega bucks again, the rich are getting richer, but the ordinary people of the US see a flat-lining economy. Your job just got offshored? Too bad, but look at the bonus the execs get. Your privacy just got cancelled, never mind, the TLAs are happy with more power and bigger budgets.

And so it goes on. Whilst the population vote for the donkey & elephant circus, they vote for the establishment, for the mega rich. Only when you start voting in non-establishment parties who don't represent the elite will this change.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Re: Mossad do it right

Only assuming you want a Mossad. Personally I'd rather GCHQ stuck to being a sleepy civil service bureaucracy.

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

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Re: That pledge on prices...

Yup there will always be other deals, it's just a question of timing.

What leads you to this conclusion? The big four/three have vast market share, and several of the largest MVNOs (Talkmobile, Life. Giffgaff, are wholly owned subsidaries of the big players (a blatant attempt to keep market share by making the MVNO market harder to get into?).

If there's just three big players plus their captive MVNOs, then any new entrant will be crushed instantly unless they're so niche that they don't present a threat. Do you not find it strange that in the energy market, where the bunglers of the Competition & Markets Authority maintain there is insufficient competition there are six large companies, two medium to large companies (over 1m customers) and about thirty five other active non-captive suppliers?

Yet in mobile telecoms you think we'll see real competition between three companies? We've already seen the MNO's trying to squeeze out third party retailers. The demise of Phones4U may not be mourned, but the MNOs hate the resellers for creating competition and pushing discounts - what will happen if they have even more control?

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SEC chair blasts Silicon Valley for its hokey valuations

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Re: Here here

Finally, someone with authority that thinks these companies aren't worth nearly what people say.

Count me unimpressed. Mrs Rip Van Winkel may have just woken up and noticed, but there's companies (like Yahoo) that will eventually disappear after more than two decades without ever paying a dividend, and yet they sit on astronomical valuations with no substance. For the lucky ones who have or will sell out and make a profit, there's many more buying into Yahoo in what has to be a straightforward Ponzi scheme.

In addition to not justifying their valuations, Ms White needs to look at all companies who seem to think that the secondary equity market is just a source of free capital that doesn't have to be paid for. Amazon, Googlebet, Ebay, and many others hold this belief, where the shareholders only return is selling to the next mug for a higher price. These same companies are often sitting on mountains of cash, often held offshore, and its often these same people undertaking extreme tax avoidance measures everywhere they operate.

About time the SEC got tough on these companies, but I shan't be holding my breath.

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