* Posts by Ledswinger

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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Re: not much interest and not much change

not much interest and not much change

Whilst undoubtedly true, I'm surprised that it took ANY resource to provide the data to the web, in which case why stop publishing it if the probe still transmits it. Haven't NASA heard of automation?

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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Re: Eerm . . .

Did somebody think to tell North Korea about the launch, ...

Why? The Norks' contribution to LEO satellites are a couple of small, non-transmitting hulks, tumbling uselessly. Absent any space capability, Fat Boy Kim will be ignorant of the goings on deep in the less interesting parts of Russia until his flunkies read tomorrow's South Korean newspapers on his behalf.

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Microsoft to axe Win 8 coder certificate exams

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"principal psychometrician"

Microsoft job titles: Plucked from the Dilbert zone?

Or more rationally, maybe vocabulary is necessarily stilted when your company shoves its head up its corporate arse and has to mumble everything to avoid getting a mouthful of fresh, warm ordure?

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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

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Re: "most competitive market place in the history of our industry"

Feel sorry for anyone laid off by them,

All of them? What if some of them are responsible for the irremoveable, unused, unwanted, worthless Vodabloat that they saddle on new handsets? The very stuff that confers no user value, but results in the inability to upgrade the phone OS in a timely manner. If those people are going, then I say "Hurrah! Pack your bags and go!"

However, I suppose the nightmare (and likely) scenario is that the Vodabloat teams are kept, and its the already weak customer support and customer facing systems staff who are for the axe.

Whenever I see a headline about Vodafone, it's always about something that's not good. That Colon Vittororarerarea is a useless tool, maybe they could give him his cards?

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Re: Burn them with fire.

Shittest. Company. ever.

Certainly Vodafone have the shittest IVR in the history of this world (and probably a few other worlds even), and a web site that isn't far behind.

Not much hope for a company that can't organise a phone menu, or even enable customer to actually speak to a human, is there?

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: Plus one for not using the edge

To me it (Edge) sits in the "Stupid ideas" category of design.

But it looks very smart and very distinctive. I'll wager that most people don't even handle the phone they order as part of the upgrade cycle, of the remainder, about half will handle a "dead" handset in the showroom, and those few who do have the chance to try it out will mostly only do so under the beady eye of a salesman for a a few minutes. They won't find the flaw before they've parted with their money.

This really is marketing innovation at its finest: The edge design does clearly help position the S6 as a premium contender; but in reality it makes the product worse. Now look in contrast at the Moto X Force. There's really useful innovation in screen technology, but at the moment it seems few makers are rushing to copy that.

Which proves, sadly, that the marketing droids and Apple are right: The Darwinian forces of the market favour that which is shiney over that which is good, clever or useful. And that's also why most phones have sealed batteries, and increasingly few have SD card slots.

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Volvo offloads IT biz to HCL, then outsources own IT to.... HCL

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Re: Hmm.

You have the wrong end of the stick mate. Volvo AB sold its car division to Ford, this article refers to the truck, engine and industrial equipment operations still part of Volvo AB.

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Ofcom must tackle 'monopolistic' provider BT, says shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah

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Re: Competition is great...

None of that money went to BT. Not a penny.

As such, no. But there's a certain matter of certain billion quids worth of assets that were then gifted to the company, having been paid for by taxpayers and bill payers.

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Re: Is the issue Openreach

Openreach's pricing is regulated. They don't get to set their own prices.

Maybe not. But as Openreach is not a separate legal entity, and the bunglers at OFCOM have to rely on management accounts, that's hardly much of a challenge, is it? I've worked extensively in regulated businesses and with (indeed even within) their finance teams. Management accounts have no veracity whatsoever, they tell you purely what management wish to be seen. I've seen at first hand multi-million pound regulatory fraud through management accounts in action.

If you think that Openreach prices are openly and fairly regulated, then that's because you don't know enough about the matter.

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Openreach needs to be split from BT as the latter is using the former to subsidise it's TV and sport plans to the detriment of everyone else

We don't know that, even though most of us suspect that. That's why strong regulation of Openreach could be a suitable answer. If BT shareholders want to own a content aggregator and a utility, that's fine by me. But the two businesses need to operate as separate legal entities and at arms length. Any "cheap debt" advantage of a regulated Openreach needs to be firewalled from BT's other businesses. And the regulatory risk of a potentially capricious, interventionist and incompetent regulator (a big shout out to OFEGM in this respect) would be kept away from the non-regulated operations.

Given that BT's only position is that the status quo is the best and only answer tells us only one thing: That the answer is almost anything but.

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Re: So electronic records are tainted evidence

You're going to have to explain how his makes for "tainted" evidence.

Wow. You really need that explaining?

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

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Re: 2000 hour inspection cycle

The main concern is not the airframe failure in this case but what it might hit and damage on the ground.

A concern for whom? Your and my governments have been busy deliberately raining tonnes of stuff down on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, so I wouldn't have thought that the accidental and vastly remote chance of a 55kg kite landing on anything in such poor and sparsely populated areas will be taxing too many consciences.

Even over the US and UK, you're still talking about substantially less than the laden mass of a hot air balloon basket, all held up by hot air, flimsy material and rope.

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Re: Much more useful when batteries improve

Current payload is only 5kg, which isn't much

Assuming that they are telling the whole truth, and that they don't improve it. Qinetiq and Airbus will know down to the last gramme what the minimum useful payload is, and they'll be fully aware that if the craft can't do anything useful then there won't be repeat orders.

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

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Re: Oh FFS...

but it is amazing what even the prospect of a little competition can do. Now I get twice the speed for basically the same price I had been paying.

Up to a point yes. But consider that they may be simply going all out to ensure that Google's Louisville plans don't meet the investment case that Google want. If Google don't get the number of subscribers the plan needs (or they get the numbers, but not the average revenues due to TWC discounting their plans), then the scheme won't get fully built out, which protects some of TWC's Louisville revenues, and there's a good chance that Google won't repeat the idea elsewhere.

So in the grander scheme of things, TWC could well be far better served by taking a big hit for a few years on their Louisville network. If Google pack up and leave, TWC can return to fleecing customers like the good old days, if Google don't leave, Louisville remains an enduring battleground where TWC have to prove that there's no money to be made by entrants laying new infrastructure.

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

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Re: The Facepalm of the Week Award

Given this latest jewel in the crown of excrement that adorns said company, imagine the shame of working in any capacity at Adobe. I'll wager even the outsourced office cleaners tell their families that they play the piano in a brothel.

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Re: Echoes from the past

You're Gérard Depardieu?

We do share something in common. But you'll agree its still a better look than the chap/bird on the left?

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Re: Echoes from the past

You cheeky bastard! The one on the right looks like me.

Any more of your lip and I'll club you. But I might take up the "naked but for a tiger skin" look on the next dress down day.

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

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Re: Degrees these days....

I just hope you do not come over quite as arrogant in interviews.

Hardly matters, does it? Charles Manning said it how it is, offered some fantastic advice for anybody in a position to take it. Being on the hiring side of the table is a chore, those of us doing it aren't overly enthusiastic and treat it as a necessary evil, and we're even less enthused the more involvement there is from the wankers of HR.

Try hiring the right person when you don't get to sift the CVs and choose the interview candidates, and when your tosspot HR department insist on a scored "competency" interview with a minimum of two interviewers from the company. Last week I had to interview some Oxford grads. Given a free hand, any CV with an Oxford college on it would have gone straight on the "no thank you" pile, along with the spelling errors, poor presentation, mis-addressed, or impenetrable ones. But oh no, the twats of HR turned down all the people suitable for our company (big, corporate, dubious reputation, not a very good payer, but good work/life balance) and selected somebody who either won't turn up for interview, is only turning up for practice, wants to join us for REALLY BAD reasons, or will join, but leave inside six months for a job in London with bank, consultancy or the like.

Is it any wonder interviewers are miserable bastards? Mind you, I am good at that.

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Re: Unfortunately...

As I said, why bother training.

Many graduates aren't attracted to the idea of buying a degree with a sack filled with about £44k of debt. Use that fact, sign up good school leavers as apprentices, and not only will you be exempt from living/minimum wage rules, you'll not even have to pay employers' NI, your business may also qualify for apprenticeship grants, and (subject to aligning with a suitable degree course) they'll get a degree, they'll finish debt free having paid their fees, and have a starting job on their CV.

If you're a Graun reader this will seem indentured labour, and to an extent that's true. But being practical, given the rules that exists, what's the best outcome: Three years of drinking and academia, followed by a lifetime of debt servitude, or three to five years low paid labour plus learning, and then being scot free when you've finished?

Choose well and you'll have a low drop out rate, they'll be committed to the earn and learn aspects. If they bugger off at the end, doesn't matter since they've earned their keep in the meanwhile. And there's a good chance that the ones looking for a debt-free degree may well be more practical and savvy than those drifting along the conveyor belt towards the rotating knives of the Student Loan Company.

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

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Re: Eye, eye

Why do they need a huge database of pupils

Because it is the foundation of a planned national citizen database, that will include all your internet browsing, your financial records, your emails, phone call records, ANPR hits, your tax records, your air travel history. When will ID cards be back on the agenda? My guess is that it'll be being talked about in policy circles by the end of this parliament, and be back as legislation in the next.

The reason for starting with the kids is first because government desperately want this cradle to grave spying, and because the kids data is borged without them being able to object. Look at the pathetic excuse given by the wankers about "creating innovative tools and services". Aside from mass surveillance as a service, can anybody offer one credible example of any innovative tool or service that has come from offering this to anybody willing to pay?

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Re: @Graham Marsden

Acadamies being run for profit...

If profit appalls you, then you'll approve of independent schools, then? Most are run as non-profit making organisations, and reduce the load on the state education system by something of the order of 500,000 UK resident pupils.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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Re: A suggestion for those worried about all that extra time, fuel, CO2, ...

I'm sure that will work out well.

A similar but much more ambitious strategy has worked out very well in Hong Kong. Regarding the Richard Montgomery, if it were the hazard that doom-sayers reckon, it would already have gone boom, or have been cleared away. I'm sure it would make a modest bang, but there's thousands of tonnes of unexploded ordnance under most cities in Europe. And if the worst happened, the Medway towns are shit holes anyway.

Access to London would be easy - just extend Crossrail to Boris Island.

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No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

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Re: The IP Bill will pass

She's supposed to be one of the most powerful figures of the British government next to the Prime Minister and she's acting like a junior civil servant.

Unfortunately the entire parliamentary Conservative party are nothing but a bunch of lickspittles for that shallow, inept toff that we have as a prime minister. Cameron is so dim, that he actually thinks that he can make policies up for every government department on the hoof and without thought, knowledge or even consulting the minister nominally responsible. And every time he does this, just as with his various ill advised pre-election promises, he ends up in a further bind, entirely of his own making. And now he's pushing for the sort of powers the Stasi could only dream of.

I'm one of Maggie's children, but I've never voted for the Tories under Cameron, and even faced with the prospect of Chairman Corbyn, I won't vote Tory on the basis that it is "the least unacceptable alternative". I know that Cameron has promised he'll step down for 2020, but since he's never kept a promise before, I'll be surprised if he keeps that one (and in any event we'll get another Etonian, Bullingdon-boy tosser put forward instead).

I invite all commentards, both left and right wing, to join me in sending condolences to constituency party chairman of the Conservative party, mourning the sad death of the parliamentary Conservative party, suffocated by an overdose of rich, thick twats like David Cameron, George Osborne, and Baron Feldman. What a bunch of cunts.

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Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz

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Re: I still don't know why

All I know is that somewhere someone must be making money from this practice.

Yes, investment banks, accountants, lawyers and management consultants. It has been recognised for years that M&A destroys shareholder value, but for incompetent executives, M&A is a sexy diversion from the boring grind of delivering innovation, good value or great service.

Why bother growing the business that employs you, when you could just fritter your own shareholder's money buying some growth? If you're a UK reader, look at Sainsbury's trying to buy Argos. Sainsbury's can't run their own stores terribly well, have never been very good at supply chain management and stock availability. So heck knows why the idiot directors of Sainsburys think they will be able to run Argos better than its existing management. But the reason for this is that Sainsbury aren't growing. Rather than focus on why that is, and adapt their business model to the new reality, they decide that they will buy the turnover of a dissimilar business, and then try and integrate a general retailer into their grocery stores. It's a stupid, stupid, stupid idea, invented by idiots, with greedy advisors egging the Sainsbury board along.

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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The trouble with the HSE is ... nothing.

The rate of fatal working injuries is now one sixth of the rate in 1974. Personally I think all employees have a right not to be killed or injured in the course of their work. If there's a few silly and self imposed rules about Christmas hats, then that's a price I'm willing to pay for the fact that every year we kill 450 less people at work than we used to.

Most of the people reading this are (like me) lucky that they work in nice safe offices or server rooms, often for companies that take their health and their safety seriously, others aren't so lucky, and need people like the HSE to try and help them.

The Fail might bleat on about "elf & safety gawn mad", but I raise a glass to the HSE, who have been doing a great job with little thanks for years.

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Re: Sadly unsurprising

And apparently, the industry is still architecting systems under the same assumptions.

Whilst somebody owning your BEMS or similar and turning the thermostat down, or the aircon off is potentially embarrassing, I can't see it being a popular pastime for that purpose. A more pressing concern might be that if the BEMS is connected to the corporate IT network, can p0wnership of some crapola BEMS or IoT junk lead to real network penetration, and loss of data and IP?

My guess is yes, but I wonder how many IT departments actually manage the BEMS - probably relatively few, with most of controlled by an IT-illiterate facilities management team.

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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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Re: If their US Pantry

If their US Pantry is anything to go by then I wouldn't be too bothered.

I wouldn't expect Amazon to achieve much in this space. I used to work for an EPOS company, and whilst to the outside world all shops just sell stuff, there's big differences in critical success factors between food, fashion, specialist and general merchandise, and the logistics and supply chain structures are very different. It is also notable that many retailers find that their brand and business model don't work in foreign territories, despite an apparent market and supposedly plenty of due diligence (Tesco in the US, B&Q in China, Marks & Sparks in a whole load of countries).

There's certainly nothing to stop Amazon trying, and by buying Ocado they don't have the problem of the Amazon brand not stretching far enough. But how does an Amazon grocery offer scale up to be worth their while? The grocery home delivery market in the UK looks saturated to me, and there's existing brands and propositions at all price/quality points.

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Re: Interesting

In their home market, Germany, Aldi (and Lidl) are not considered to be supermarkets.

The word "super" does seem a bit of hyperbole, I'd agree. But on the other hand, I'm an Aldi loyalist, having got tired of Tesco's excessive choice and high prices. Why do I need forty three varieties of beans? Or a store so large that stuff can go off between picking it up at the back, and getting to the till?

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Re: It's not free Internet.

I'm saving this for Quotes of the Year. It's that good.

You'll have to forgive Mage, he was talking about Apple and just posted in the wrong thread.

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Re: Some Way, Some How.

Isn't there some way to support free internet for India's poorest, while not turning them into fodder for the Facebook and Google machines?

There's no free lunch, so there are only three options:

1) you get something "free" but you are in fact the product.

2) Or you pay for it.

3) Or some other group are made to pay on your behalf.

In this case, it seems the Indian government have decided that option 1 is wrong (without needing to let the population decide for themselves), option 3 is not apparently on the table, and as the peasants can't afford option 2, they can do without it.

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Re: Hang on....

India did decide for itself. Didn't it?

That would depend upon your defintion of "India". I would suggest that the evidence is that a small clique of regulators and the political masters decided for India without consulting the poeple. A bit like Sturmbahnfuhrer May's choice to have the Snooper's Charter. By your logic, the people of Britain have chosen to have a Snoopers Charter.

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TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

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Re: Junk mail

And still they junk-mail us trying to persuade us to sign up

I like it when TalkTalk send me junk mail. The fully loaded cost of a fully "marketed-up" colour junk mail shot must be about 60p a shot. That's 60p less profit they make, and because they don't know I wouldn't touch them in the lifetime of this universe, they'll keep on trying.

I do wish they'd include a reply paid envelope though, so that I could send their junk back to them, like I do for credit card mailings.

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Re: DIdo Harding

It's a matter for TT's board in the first place

So the chairman Charles Dunstone might hold her to account? Funny that his other chairmanship (Dixons Carphone) had a data breach last year as well. Could it be what is referred to as "shadow of the leader"?

The media have, to their discredit, given her a free ride on this;

Well, Charley Dunstone is also a non-exec fat cat at Daily Mail & General Trust. Can't see the tattle mongers of the Fail dishing the dirt on one of their own director's companies, can you?

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Brit spies want rights to wiretap and snoop on US companies' servers

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Re: If I were a criminal

You mean LondonGrad and Bodessa ....

Money laundering by a few Russian kleptocrats is the least of the US & UK problems (and probably less so than the same by Arab "royals").

All the great (and ongoing) bank frauds were homegrown, led by American and British citizens. The failure to investigate, regulate or prosecute the banks behind the various crises, that too is all homegrown. In the US, criminal behaviour is settled by a "no wrongdoing" settlement with the SEC, in the UK the financial regulators achieve similar settlements (eg over PPI).

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LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

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Re: The reckoning will come ..

I think privacy issues will finally hit where they should

Why? The whole point of Linkedin is for those who choose to advertise themselves, and to stay in touch with colleagues who don't qualify as friends. If people give too much away about themselves, that's their choice, equally they can screw down the privacy settings as far as the system allows - and if that's not enough they shouldn't have an account.

I use Linkedin as a personal advert, to stay in touch, and to look up business people who I may be expecting to meet and don't know. And I use it to see who knows whom, for when I need a contact or referral at a company where I don't know anybody. For the stuff on my profile, I'm happy for that to be public domain, and happy to tolerate a limited amount of spam (all to my corporate email account, natch).

Just like FB - their system, their terms. If you don't like the terms, don't use it.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: I Wonder....@ Pronounce

You don't suppose it might be possible to lose containment on super-heated plasma that turns the Earth into another star, do you?

You're not a member of the German Green Party, are you, by any chance? If not, I'd join now, because your sort of thinking will fit a treat with their Calvinist eco-guilt complex.

In a few years time, some shitty coalition government will be formed in Germany with the Greens as a minority partner, and they once again can wield their "golden ticket" to ban something. A few scaremongering headlines in Bild, and some more measured but still fearful coverage in Der Spiegel, wind up the Green Party, and they'll be pushing to ban this dreadful tech that might one day ignite the planet.

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Re: $14 Billion buys you and awful lot of oil

Oh well, money printing and fintech will still save us. Right?

That's right. And all that good stuff like 100% LTV lending, subprime lending, CDOs and MBS, they're all back. Not to mention budget deficits, and borrowing more than your economy grows by each year. Lucky all the money is being spent productively, isn't it?

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No, it isn't:

OOhhhhhh yes it is!

There's a secret cooling system designed by aliens, and that means that the interior is kept cool from those high surface temperatures during the 4 billion year operating life of the sun. Mind you, the warranty ran out after the first billion years, and we've lost the maker's number.

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

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Indeed, You've got to give them credit for bobbing around for so long against the force of the water. But even the most determined floater eventually succumbs.

Perhaps the Canadian government should throw so more toilet paper into the bowl, and push the handle again. It will be a sad day, but Blackberry will soon join the pantheon of dead IT giants. Nokia's phone business beat them to the graveyard, the question is who will be next.

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Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation

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he could parts of his old body encapsulated in resin

How about having his skin tanned, and made into stuff like belts, wallets and gloves? Or even sold complete as the ultimate onesie?

Although I'd settle for a china mug, because I like his class in trying to raise the money for his own survival.

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So where do I buy?

You could at least have posted a link to wherever I can buy something. Or was cutting and pasting from the Mail as much as could be achieved on a Friday afternoon?

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Virgin gives blessing to O2/Three merger

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BT may decide to terminate their access to EE's mobile network

That would be a very high risk strategy for BT, because it would invite a CMA referral, and EU market abuse interest. I suspect VM pussyfoot around BT because they are worried that if BT need to be forced to do common carriage, then the effective BT lobbying machine will start pushing for open access on VM's cable network. So the Openreach question colours the arguments on mobile network access.

Open access on VM cable would be a good thing for consumers. It would also be a good thing for VM if I am right in my suspicion that VM's cable network is very lightly utilised, because they'd still be a big retailer of packages, but they'd also get bigger revenues from the network.

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Unfortunately, there's a difference between competition and serving customers best interests, and civil servants and bureaucrats don't (generally) understand that.

So Mockridge could be right in what he says, but that doesn't mean that it'll benefit you or me. Under the entirely theoretical "perfect competition", market forces serve customers well. The further you get from that, the more constrained the market becomes. Clearly a market of three players is at best an oligopoly, at worst a cartel - in either case there's insufficient choice to benefit consumers. And with network sharing, there's even less choice behind the scenes.

The asset owners won't like it, but we've reached a point where all fixed and wireless networks (unless owned by the end users, eg as a Co-op) should be forced to operate as open access, with any integrated operation having to operate the network at arms length from the retail operation. We do that in gas, electricity, water. Needs to happen to Openreach, VM cable, and the masts and backbone for mobile comms.

If there's no predatory pricing or profiteering, then the integrated and incumbent players will have nothing to worry about......

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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I'm glad!

Even though ads can and do support much free to web content, I'm delighted to see that the industry are being defrauded. With their crappy, intrusive, privacy-invading, flashy, blinky poppy uppy shitty shit, and their persistent attempts to ram their message down my throat, and steal as much of my screen real estate as possible, then if THEY are feeling hard done by then GOOD.

I'm no fan of Google benefiting from the fraud, but that's a separate issue. If the on-line advertisers got their act in order, then they'd also have less of a threat from ad and script blockers.

Sadly, I'm not optimistic this will be sorted out well. Ad companies are too obssessed with glittery, shiney, moving images, and the chances are that we'll see more attempts to force us to watch TV style ads to access content. And still the retards behind web advertising won't see the brand damage done by unwanted advertising.

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HPE chases risky business with Autonomy and Stonebraker tech

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Who is this muppet?

the system would let customers "get in front of a Libor-type event and take action on such information."

Yeah. IMHO the banks senior management knew somewhere between "roughly" and "precisely" what was going on on their trading floors, and as long as the money flowed in and the bonuses could be quaffed in City champagne bars, they didn't want to ask too many questions. I believe the same is true of the forex manipulation, MBS/CDO activity pre 2008, retail mis-selling of pensions, swaps, PPI, ID insurance, RBS's GRG activity, and risky lending. And probably true of HFT, its just nobody has yet been collared that I know of.

Personally, I don't think that the culture of banking has changed at all. We're already back to most of the big lenders offering 100% LTV mortgages - what could possibly go wrong?

So, HP can tout this, and maybe even sell it. But it will be bought only as window dressing, and in my view if it flags up risky but profitable behaviour, it will be reconfigured to not flag that up.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

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Ofcom could be more forceful in its demands for coverage etc.

And your view of the probability of that happening?

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I hope the merger doesn't cock it up.

Much to learn you still have, young padawan.

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Re: Consumers Vs Business

What sanctions will be available to TPTB if Three either blatantly or stealthily breach their wide ranging (and potentially vague) promises?

If you expect OFCOM to do anything, there is no hope. But if the Takeover Panel can be allowed to adjudicate on the promises that Three make, then there's a very good chance that they can at least be held to the letter of their promises.

After Kraft blatantly made promises it then reneged on after the City sell out of Cadbury, the takeover code was tightened. There are, unfortunately still some cop-outs, but if the make and break a clear promise, then they can be forced to honour it by the Takeover Panel.

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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

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Like what? ASA core competencies look to be wringing their hands and looking ineffectual, so if that's what you'd like, then you could be in luck.

If on the other hand you wanted the ASA to act decisively and effectively in consumers' interests, then you may well be disappointed.

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Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

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to see who can make the most secure, bug free and efficient code.

Well, we men went first, and we've not set the bar very high, have we?

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