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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

ST7

Well to be Frank..

the Linux forums are helpful in a particularly unhelpful way, read everyone of them and you might get a bit of a clue, post a seemingly innocent question (making explicit you are a newbie) and you will either get a totally uncomprehensible answer (install this, compile that, use this, you don't want to use that (linux), use this (linux) or worse you get RTFM, very nice. Well I've read the F'in manual, I've read every man page going. It is incomprehensible garbage, have you ever actually read TFM.)

Have you ever read a windows forum, mostly it is do, this, do that, bish bash bosh done, if (in the unlikely event) that doesn't work then come back and we will have a proper look at it.

Linux Mint is wonderful (mostly), it installs seamlessly on most machines, it works like windows should have done.

But if you have an odd bit of hardware, trying to find a driver can be a nightmare, once you have found it, downloaded it, installed it and it still doesn't work (have you started it ?, I don't know, doesn't installing it start it automatically, what is it called, where does it reside because there isn't a menu option anywhere)

The software manager/repository is brilliant but why when I install a bit of software doesn't it put a standard entry into my start menu (some do, some don't)

Mint levers Debian, this is the equivalent of GEM on DOS.

The problem with Linux is the snobishness of the users, they see windows as working class and only the annointed (and approved) should be allowed to use their OS.

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Win95 Explorer

I would like a filemanager with the (default) list view of Win95, or its predecessor XTree Gold, or XTree before that (no icons, just filenames).

I long for instant TSRs like SideKick, none of this loading a program for quick text edit, calculator or ascii table, just press the key comb.

Baby/bathwater springs to mind.

(I do like the Saluki interface of puppy though, contrary **** that I am)

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Loved the video

When the first video got to about 1:50, the car suddenly comes to a halt and the scene opens out to include the chase cars reminded me of OJ's chase.

(I had visions of the occupants of the other car saying things (in comedy KorEnglish naturally) 'It's stopped, Get out and check", "Honorable general-san: Are you out of your fecking mind?".)

All that random speeding up and slowing down with arbitrary direction changes was brillliant, can't wait till these hit the road.

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: It's all very well

Well my maths might be a bit out but according to this part of the article, 'The majority (97 per cent) of top paid Android apps have been hacked', I'd say 97 out of the top 100 paid for ones.

It might be easier to list the 3 that aren't.

Why can't I install and run the apps from within a sandbox where it appears that all the access rights requested are given but in reality aren't (a sort of protected mode) ?

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Integration Manager

Yes but is that the integration of arse with elbow or elbow with arse and can they tell the difference ?

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

ST7

80 million, a mere drop.

Pah, I estimate that up to 5 Beellion bacteria are passed on each snog and I'm not even a scientist.

(My provider says I might get UP TO 8 Meg broadband speeds as well although it mostly seems to be around 2)

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Is there not enough junk up there already ?

'However, a fourth object also went into orbit at the same time, which skywatchers initially believed was space junk'

Why would anybody in their right mind take the trouble to launch space junk into orbit ? Surely just putting it into landfill would be cheaper/easier.

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Twitter turns to women's group to sort out its cyberbullying issues

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Ban them all and then close it down

The only way to stop the current bully/victim thing is to ban all of them, the complainers and the complained about.

The only way to stop any future problems is to close it all down.

(the same fate should befall FB as well)

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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Why would anybody think that putting 17 tons of diesel fuel on the deck is a good idea ?

I'm not surprised it was rejected.

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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'I don't expect my door broken down by armed police over £20 bag of weed.'

Of course they are going to kick in your front door at 6:00am (probably on monday as the guvnor won't sanction weekend overtime)

1. it is only weed so you are unlikely to put up much of a fuss.

2. it is only a small amount so you are unlikely to be armed sufficiently to defend your stash.

3. if you are buying on the internet then you haven't bought protection as only authorised resellers (of previously confiscated stashes) get that.

It will cost the best part of 15-20 grand to haul you through the system in order to extract a £50 fine + £100 costs - they will also give you a criminal record which could depress your future earnings (and your tax contributions)

They don't care about this though because it keeps them in a job, some of them will get extra pension contributions and it's not their money they are squandering anyway.

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Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

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Trust is easily lost

'we just don't _trust_ our government not to abuse it.'

Actually given previous form I trust that my Government will misuse any and all information they can gather.

In Wales in Dec. 2015 the Government will start to harvest human organs for transplants, you can of course opt out (though they will try to pressurise you into acceding).

I don't have any objections to the current opt-in system and I think they should advertise donation more strongly.

What they haven't told us is what they will do with all the spare organs once the waiting list has been fulfilled.

I suspect (given previous form) these excess organs will be sold off to other paying customers.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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No New Laws Required

Whilst an incoming call might withhold its number from me, the network knows the originators number because it has to attach a charge to it.

If I receive a call I want blocked all I should have to do is type 555 on my keypad whilst in-call and the network should stop all calls from that number from ever connecting to my number again, they can still charge the originator if they want. *

It's not rocket science, it's a bloody computer - program it properly.

* route the unwanted call to an ELISA machine

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Coat

It's all gone to pot

Dr Who used to be quite good but since Tom Baker left it has all gone downhill.

(I'll get my coat)

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Surely it is the agency that has kept your money, IBM pays the agency for a contractor to turn up, first it was you and now it is A.N.Other.

That you didn't read the contract between you and the agency is no concern of IBM or GF.

Why didn't you read a page that has a heading 'No Compensation Clauses', that is just craziness on your part, the first bits I read are 'How much I will be paid' followed by their 'Get out of paying' pages followed by the description of how many pounds of flesh/numbers of unborn offspring they will require in return.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Leccy tech

Smart meters, surge pricing and SLAs

A maximum price I can be charged per unit for unrestricted 24/7 supply like I get now.

The ability to use real time price signals from the distributer to cap my own useage how I like so when I go to turn the immersion heater on during corrie it might ask if I want to wait a bit.

The only data sent back to the distributer should be my current demand (it's nothing to do with them what I'm doing with it)

The market should spread the load.

Generaters will still have to have sufficient backup/contingency for full peak demand like they do now.

Investors in electricity have not done badly in the past and it is time they invested in some new infrastructure to ensure the business continues and my lights don't go out.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Limitations ?

Is it x watt per axle or per bike ?

How heavy is the Vanhoof over your manual bike ?

How much heavier is your bike than a hybrid racer with 27in + wheels, long cranks and high gears ?

(if I run out of power I'm going to have to peddle this thing home).

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Asthma Inhaler

I can see the use in a 'connected' asthma inhaler logging times and qty delivered, synched via bluetooth to your phone it becomes an IOThingie.

Taking standard canisters and powered by the squeeze and suck of use, it could scavenge wireless from the phone when it communicates, if it used the ARM IOT protocols it could talk with other stuff.

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ST7

Stupid idea

Why would anyone want to collect data on their inhaling habits.

The only data a user is interested in is when an individual cigarette finished.

Traditionally the sensors in your fingers detect the heat and your eyes tell you it has burnt down.

On an E-Cigarette you can puff away as long as you like with no sense that you have finished.

A little row of LEDs showing it 'burning' like the real thing down would be handy. (have a 'docking out' facilty for when interrupted)

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Calories not so much addictive

as habit forming.

We (as a whole) are getting fatter because we are taking the same calories in that we did when we had much more active lifestyles.

Eat slightly less and walk everywhere (at pace).

As you lose weight you are either going to have to continue to eat less and less or do more physical work (take stairs 2 at a time and run up short flights).

It can take a while to replace the habit of a lifetime with a new one.

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EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

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Re: OIN...K

I gave you an upvote because I like your argument even though I am in favour of a bonfire of the 'intellectual property protection' racket.

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Internet of Things? Hold my beer, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all

ST7

Sounds good to me

I've been meaning to get back into embedded systems for a while, I've got silicon from both ST and Atmel kicking around, time to dust off the emulator.

(the IoT could be useful in a business/commercial environment, I'm sure that I can come up with a killer ap or two given some stimulus)

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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I quite like Win95

What was wrong with the Win95 interface ?

Sensible start menu, file manager and apps that all had a similar menu along the top, they even had a popup command line interface.

They could have spent the last 20 years fixing the BSOD and optimising the kernel, by now it would be light quick and portable.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: The puzzle of the Skies

You have never heard of Erskine Childers have you ?

Here's a link

http://psychogeographicreview.com/the-riddle-of-the-sands-3/

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The puzzle of the Skies

They are planning an invasion, and it won't be the first time

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: Non-story

What do you mean non-enforceable ?

I read the Ts & Cs and used your WiFi, you will take my first born whether you like it or not, by the way the Child benefit has stopped and the recalcitrant little gobshite has picked a Uni that costs £9000 per term, good luck to you.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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How I have managed to survive driving half a million miles without so much as one accident is beyond me, perhaps it is because when I'm driving I make sure I am aware what is going on around me.

I don't drive slowly (given good conditions I usually drive at the limit, losing the car in front when we enter a 40 zone and catch them again once out of town as they sail along at a constant 50 not watching the road)

I don't tailgate and I don't overtake unless it's safe but I don't get in the way if someone behind me thinks it is safe (and I will ease off the gas whilst being overtaken to allow them somewhere to go)

They are called Road Traffic Accidents but there is usually nothing accidental about it, someone did not read the conditions correctly and applied the controls wrongly, the result is often a needless collision.

I'm not the best driver in the world and there is still plenty that I can learn, but I do know that blind bends, unmarked junctions, adverse conditions and unexpected items in the driving area are things that happen on every journey. It is the decisions that you take when one of these events occurs that turns it from just another thing into an 'accident'.

A lot of drivers are 'an accident waiting to happen', airbags/anti lock brakes/stability control etc. are only any use when you have managed to get yourself into trouble, I prefer to avoid getting into trouble in the first place (which means constant concentration and risk evaluation as you go)

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Horrible thing, overpriced junk, just like the rest.

Like most modern cars this one has lots of 'features' to bump up the price.

Most of the inside is taken up with 500 airbags, impact protection zones, automated emergency callout, tyre pressure warning automatic wiper/light gizmos that add almost nothing to the driving experience other than addin weight.

A Reliant Regal weighed less than half what this POS does thirty years ago. (ok it only had 3 wheels but they were bigger)

Starting price of 11 grand, are they having a laugh ? The moment you drive off the forecourt it will revert to its real value of about 7. (and start to fall rapidly)

You can buy a Vauxhall Agila (which is actually a Japanese made Suzuki Splash) brand new for less than £9500, no deposit, 5 years interest free and they will throw in £500 of free fuel.

It's the same crap little car with no performance but you can at least get more stuff in it.

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Internet Transit price falls slowing: Telegeography

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Mature market

Whilst Gordon 10 is correct, 'Low price = low room for movement', I think this is more to do with lack of capital investment and the barriers to entry being high.

If you are an existing player there is no incentive to put more capacity into the network as this will increase supply faster than demand resulting in lower prices and smaller ROI.

Unless there is a new disruptive technologie that reduces costs/barriers or the current capacity is used up then I think we will see monopoly/cartelisation and resulting price increases/service stagnation.

Prices on the expensive routes will fall as the players concentrate on the high margin routes, prices on the cheaper routes will stagnate until the infrastructure falls over and the Gov has to step in.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Listening environment

Whilst my hearing isn't what it used to be (too many Black Sabbath/Motorhead/Uriah Heep gigs in a mispent youth), I can hear a perceptable difference between full fat and skinny when listening in my living room, not so much when in the garden and I think it is to do with the furnishings/stuff absorbing/echoing different frequencies/harmonics etc.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Re: No Easy Solution

Patents have absolutely nothing to do with innovation, they are a monopoly granted to the person who makes it first in front of the King (USPTO) with a sufficiently large bribe.

Unless you were raised in a cave by wolves then all your ideas are derivative (and time sensitive)

If you don't want people copying your wonderful, unique and non-derivative ideas then keep them to yourself.

Do you really think that on a planet of 7bn plus people that no one else is thinking of the same thing ?

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Coat

One easy solution

Getting rid of all patents would stop the trolls in their tracks.

It might even save the consumer some money by getting rid of this lot as well

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/22/wipo/

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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And Here is a Question for Ed Milliband

Are you going to send Eric Daniels to New York to face charges of laundering money to a terrorist state (Iran) whilst CEO of Lloyds if you become PM ?

No point in asking Dave, he's just a pillock.(already in a pocket)

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ST7

Re: Correction: It was the mortgage brokers, not the banks

That may have been true at the start but once the party got started they all wanted (needed) a slice of the pie.

A bank exists to lend money, the more money it lends the bigger the bank, the bigger the bank the more the CEO gets paid.

The maximum price a good can sell for is the amount of money the purchaser has at their disposal.

A mortgage leverages up the maximum amount of money a purchaser can offer.

Bigger lending = bigger bank = bigger payoff to executives.

Bigger lending = more risk = crash at some point (it is a pyramid)

Two strategies

1. forego some profit by getting out early (traditional) but if you get out too early the shareholders will crucify you

2. get so big that you become Too Big To Fail (and gamble on .Gov to bail you out)

Option 1 is a non-starter, would you want to be the (now redundant) CEO who missed out on the big one ?

Option 2 it is then, M&A between banks reached fever pitch and just before the crash, Lehmans got pushed under the bus. (big enough to pop the balloon, not big enough to be in the Big Boys club)

It was systemic fraud from start to finish, they knew what they were doing, the precedent was the .Com boom.

The banks, who for years had been laundering money from drug smugglers to terrorists and the CIA, felt they were impregnable, they had the government over a barrel (because they had colluded in the aforementioned illegalities) and so the government bailed them out.

The ordinary people will be paying for the banks (and your governments) malfeasence for years.

It wasn't subprime borrowers, they were just marks[1] who were told that if they could hang in there for a year or two they would make money, by people who deal with money everyday (the banks)

The banking system is corrupt to the core and it controls the state and the government.

Good luck with fixing the economics of that.

[1] the real marks are ordinary taxpayers ie. rising taxes with reducing services.

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ST7

Re: Economics cannot be modelled

Don't you know that the logic mines are almost exhausted ?

Everyday software engineers and programmers the world over have to find ever more convoluted ways of achieving simple tasks because all the easy code has been mined and copyrighted.

So unless you are modelling your economy in Plasticene(tm), you are all out of resource.

(and no, you can't use it like that, it's outside the Ts & Cs)

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ST7

Re: subprime lending

'didn't want to obey the laws of economics.'

Economics is not a science but an art.

There is only one absolute law of economics and that is

Labour that is not used today is not available to be used tomorrow.

(similar to Epoxy that is mixed now will not be spreadable in an hour or so)

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ST7

Re: Mark assets to Market

The People were incidental (but vital), the whole purpose of NINJA and Low Start loans was to inflate the value of the properties, higher property prices means bigger loans which means bigger profits for the banks and bonuses for the salespeople and executives.

Before M2M a few defaults didn't matter because the value of the remaining assets was rising, non-performing loans were rescheduled at the new higher valuations.

M2M had the laudible aim of assigning a realistic valuation of an asset (not necessarily property) in the current market so that investors could make sensible decisions, what they didn't see was what would happen to overly inflated asset prices in a disorderly market.

They also did not believe that an asset could have zero value ('it must be worth something'), in fact an asset (of any class) does not carry the value attribute, value is an attribute of the individual transaction and doesn't tell you anything about what the next identical asset will fetch (as each transaction is a unique market in itself)

It was inevitable it would go belly up at some point but it was M2M that triggered it.

What should have happened is all the investors (including you via savings and pensions etc.) should have gone bankrupt and the assets disposed of.

As to your consumer debt, destroying the interest bearing debt by making payments slows inflation (which the BoE is desperately trying to combat)

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ST7

Re: Baloney

The problem is who defines the general good, is it you and Karel De Gucht or any other ideologue that supports your view ?

What if I don't agree, will you steamroller me anyway ?

http://www.theautomaticearth.com/debt-rattle-sep-19-2014-scotland-and-the-spirit-of-our-time/

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The next crisis will be along shortly

and this time they are after your pension (they have already secured acces to your savings, Cypress was a template)

http://www.theautomaticearth.com/debt-rattle-sep-16-2014-subprime-is-back-with-a-vengeance/

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Re: And you think your simplistic cause is the correct one?

FAZ157 (mark to market) triggered the crash.

Before its implementation

10 houses each worth 100,000 = 1million

1 defaults and is sold at auction for 75,000

There are now 9 houses at 100,000 and one at 75,000 = 975,000

After implementation

10 houses at 100,000 = 1million

1 fire sale at 75,000

Mark assets to Market

10 houses at 75,000 = 750,000

250,000 of value has been destroyed at a stroke despite the other nine houses still performing.

A margin call follows the devaluation and so more assets are liquidated at ever decreasing returns which lowers all values and triggers more margin calls.

It didn't matter too much at first because the difference in the loan value and resale value was insured.

Then AIG collapsed under a blizzard of insurance claims and all those full value loans on those rapidly devaluing assets was uninsured.

The Credit Crunch followed as no one could lend or borrow against an asset that could spiral to 0 value.

That was why Mark to Market was suspended.

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ST7

Try this

Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber gives you an idea of how the system currently works, why and who benefits (and you are correct, it isn't you)

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ST7

Article is wrong on so many counts

The cause of the crash was FAS157, an accounting change.

The reason the crash has been so deep and long is there was/is an incorrect accounting of risk (spreading it out does not reduce it).

The problem is not in Economics, it is in Accounting, we account for the wrong things and so allocate resources into the wrong places.

One of the few statements I can agree with is

'One issue that is glaring is that the average person has no idea about economics on any scale from domestic to national.'

The author demonstrates his averageness brilliantly.

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BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

ST7

Simple solution

You want patent protection but not trolls, well sorry to inform you but they come with the territory, it is either both or none.

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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Open Source ?

I might be wrong but I'm sure that when I looked at it a few years ago the info page said that when the guy who wrote it either finished it or got bored he was going to release it as open source, although fair play to him, I'd have sold for that kind of money as well.

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others"

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Re: Public domain.

I love your rosy view of the motives of a giant corporation.

Have they patented this (rather dubious) idea and then put it into the public domain so that anybody can use it ?

If Google want to stop patent trolls they would be better setting up and publicising a website where anybody can post their good ideas, that they personally aren't going to use, in order to put them in the public domain and stop someone else monopolising them.

If I want to exploit an idea from the website all I have to do is acknowledge the originator.

Crowdsource innovation and crowd out the trolls.

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Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Coat

Simple solution

Get rid of copyright and this becomes a non-problem.

Might save some legitimate consumers some money too.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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All of your infrastructure...

So BT think that the prices they charge in a Brand New Country will be higher, I have to agree on the basis that they will own no assets in this new country.

There are no rules that say anybody owns anything because there are no rules, no trade agreements, no memberships of mutually beneficial/exclusive clubs, nothing.

The allocation of assets in a newly independent Scotland will be an issue for the people of Scotland alone (unless they are conquered by someone else).

I think that BT et al meant to say that prices for existing customers outside of Scotland will surely rise because the debt to asset ration of said companies will rise and so will interest rates and margin calls.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Scotlands Last Chance

This is Scotlands last chance at independence, if the people vote no you can be sure that every last drop of oil and wisp of gas will be pumped out as fast as possible to stop them from trying again.

Devo Max (or whatever they call it this week) is a smokescreen, every important decision without thought for the people in the regions, will be taken in London (as it is now).

The Scots should have their own currency (initially 1 Scot for eack 10UKP).

It should be positive money, created by the Scottish Central Bank, not like the current UK version whereby the private banks create money as debt (inflating the currency but only after they have loaned it, thereby gaining first spender privilege)

They should institute a Land Value Tax to reverse the clearance, this would allow them to abolish corporation, income and inheritance taxes.

Private banks in Scotland should be full reserve and should operate as financial intermediaries (lending out depositors money like people think English banks work now, they don't).

There should be a National Bank that has a current account with real time transactions, no overdrafts or loans.

The National Bank should have a savings account that returns purchasing power equivalent only.

Only the National Bank should be guaranteed by the Central Bank.

The private banks can take deposits and lend at interest, caveat emptor.

As has been pointed out above a new country is a business opportunity, given stable and transparent regulation, business will thrive.

As for the share of the UK National Debt that should be shouldered by the Scots, how much Scottish oil and gas has already been hoovered up by London to spend on England ? Lets call it quits then.

A 'YES' win might rid us English of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband (although they would be replaced by other numpties who could be gotten rid of in the longer term), I for one could wish for no greater thing

I'm sure that 'No' will be announced the winner in a close run referendum but as Joe Stalin said

'The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.'

They should have used the Blockchain

http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/blockchain-voting-used-by-danish-political-party/

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: The BBC is probably right

The group W bench is getting a bit crowded with seven of us on here.

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ST7

The BBC is probably right

The vast majority of internet users are copyright pirates and there is only one solution to this problem and that is to abolish copyright completely.

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Robin Hood virus: Chinese hackers target nation's wealthy

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Taxes

Robin Hood took taxes like the rest of the bandits but he targetted the rich and not the poor which is why he was/is a hero.

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