* Posts by ST7

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: @Time: inequality

Obviously I'm not going to change your view, only you can do that but here is something to think about.

25% of the National Debt is owned by the Bank of England.

The BoE is wholly owned by the Government.

The BoE got the money to buy this debt by printing it.

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Re: @Time: inequality

Of course growing inequality contributes to lowered GDP, Duh!

If we, collectively, rich and poor alike produce a pie of X size this arbitrary year, it is distributed amongst us at a given rate.

Come the next year, if the collective pie is distributed at a rate that disproportionately favours a select few, do you think that those that contributed but got a lessor slice will contribute anything like the productivity they did previously ?

That is the productivity gap.

'Billions we didn't have' ?

The BoE (the bank that is owned by our Government that we own) can print money at will, how can we not have enough sterling ?

(what, we own a bank that can print interest free money but we insist on borrowing credit from the private banking system at interest. Who provides the private banking system with the money to lend to the Government ? That would be our bank (the BoE) and we lend it at nearly ZIrp yet we borrow that liquidity at >2%)

The fact is (and you will not like this) The Deficit is the difference between what the economy should be producing and what Private Enterprise is actually producing.

The National Debt is all the infrastructure in the UK that we collectively own, it is an asset of the people and a debt of the Government.

When Cameron says he will reduce the deficit, he can either match what private enterprise is producing (which is less than the potential) or he can invest the deficit differently to stimulate private enterprise to come up to productive speed. (it is hard to tell what he wants as they said they would clear the deficit by 2015 and it is bigger than ever)

When he says he will reduce the National Debt, he means he will liquidate the Nations assets. (increasing the National Debt means new roads, power stations etc. that we collectively pay for, reducing it means selling it off for £ sterling that we can print at will for free)

Nothing works like anybody thinks it does (or should), simply we account for the wrong things and this distorts everything.

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Pint

Re: The per captia figures may be better but that's not the point.

'It's a network and an application layer protocol, not the second fucking coming, with extra cherries.'

I gave you an upvote for that line alone

> have one on me for the rest.

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Re: I agree with Tim Worstall

I don't know whether increased Government spending leads to increasing overall prosperity or an increase in prosperity allows a Government to increase spending as a percentage of the overall pie.

It could be entirely independent.

Some think that the invention of the seed drill by Jethro Tull started a massive increase in wealth (that almost everyone benefitted from) and everyone (Government and Populace alike) has been reaping what was sown ever since.

http://andreswhy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/paradigm-of-plenty.html

As you say, their is probably an epic tome (and possibly a Nobel) in there somewhere.

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I agree with Tim Worstall

People were poorer in real terms (and the poorest were very poor) back in the 1930's.

In the modern era people in general are much better off and the poorest are still better off.

What I find interesting is the coincidence between Government spending as a percentage of GDP and the whole of the country (poor and rich alike) getting better off.

'Public spending in the United Kingdom has steadily increased from 12 percent of GDP in 1900 to 47 percent today. '

http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/past_spending

Now if we reduce public spending as a percentage of GDP back to 1930's levels (25 - 30%), would it be a coincidence that we all (rich and poor alike) collectively get poorer.

I wonder if it isn't coincidence but correlation after all.

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Alleged Silk Road boss's lawyers want murder-for-hire evidence blocked from trial

ST7

Not in the slightest.

This case is

The defendent is guilty/not guilty of the charges against him based on this evidence

(not hearsay, not character, not upbringing, voting record, drinking record or criminal record)

Just because he is the type to have committed this crime and has been found to have committed many similar crimes to this does not make him guilty of this one.

Where is the direct evidence linking him with this (drugs) crime.

The reason for the trial ordering is to make subsequent trials easier for the prosecution.

If he is found guilty of the drugs thing the it will be easier to make a case for the murder plot thing (motive)

If found guilty of the murder thing then laundering/evasion will be easier to prove (motive and means)

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Re: Kevin 6 Drug trial

Just because he might be a murderous barsterd is irrelavent as to whether he was an international drugs dealer.

His attitude towards international drugs dealing, consumption or murder has nothing to do with whether he was dealing in drugs or not.

The question is, was he dealing in drugs or not ?, did he conspire with others to facilitate the dealing of illegal substances ?

I don't care whether he was responsible for 9/11, was he responsible for the crimes that are alleged in this particular case and where is the evidence ? (all the rest is just shit, and the judge should know this and rule accordingly)

(just because I am of proven bad character does not make me guilty of this particular crime)

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Drug trial

He is to be tried for the drugs thing, the murder thing is (at this stage) only an allegation (heresay) and should have no part in this trial.

His views on drugs, murder, commerce or anything else is also nothing to do with the drugs charges unless he decides to use religious exemption (I is Rastafari) or plead guilty and wants his views taken into consideration in mitigation ( 'please be lenient on my client, he was a misguided fool but has seen the error of his ways' )

The murder thing has nothing to do with his guilt/innocence of the drugs thing and should also be kept separate.

Likewise the other thing (whatever that may be, tax evasion probably)

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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WTF

Today it rained in San Francisco. The power blew out across the city and ElReg went mad.

What is that front page ? I had to check I wasn't on some kind of bizzare win8 mobile site.

Please give me a bit of warning if you are going to do something like that, nearly gave me a heart attack.

Now the palpitations are slowing, it doesn't look half bad but it will take a bit of getting used to as I have the old Reg layout burnt into my retinas.

As the days go by, we face the increasing inevitability that we are alone in a godless, uninhabited, hostile and meaningless universe. Still, you've got to laugh, haven't you?

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Coat

TV used to be good

when it was in B&W but it all went downhil when they brought out colour.

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One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer

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Re: You misconstrue my meaning

Yes but I might nott want to assert my legal right (assuming I have one) to the idea, I just want to stop somebody else grabbing it and attempting to hold a monopoly, it would be a repository for free ideas that can't be copyrighted/patented because they are in the public domain.

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ST7

You misconstrue my meaning

by 'releasing into the wild' I meant to free that brilliant idea so that anybody who wanted to use it could do so freely and that no individual/corporate could claim it for their own exclusive use.

Suppose I come up with an idea but I'm not interested in commercialising it such as a personal anti-attack alarm that has a piercing siren, bright strobe light (7 pulses per sec), camera and geolocation. When activated it sends my position and images of my attacker to the emergency services.

(could be used as a mountain rescue aid as well)

Assuming this hasn't already been done then anybody who wished to use this idea and develop a product based around it is free to do so, it would also allow anyone else to build a better/cheaper/more efficient version and put theirs on the market as well.

It would level the playing field and allow proper free market competition.

(not the corrupted protectionist market we have now)

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ST7

So the code for their website is open, great.

A better idea would be a site where people who have ideas/designs/creations that they want releasing into the wild can do so that nobody else can monopolise them.

Open source IP (it's for the crowd)

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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Some people swear by Eclipse but I have found that I mainly swear at it.

I've been playing with Studio for a couple of weeks and it seems much easier to get to grips with when doing simple apps, I've yet to try it out in anger on anything more substantial but it gets the thumbs up from me for now.

(no doubt it will become a bloated behemoth in a few iterations but that's just progress isn't it)

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Charity as a stupid lottery?

You could donate talent rather than money.

https://assembly.com/

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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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ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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

ST7

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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ST7

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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Joke

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

ST7

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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ST7

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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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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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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BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

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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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