* Posts by Dr Stephen Jones

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Let's hope

Diddums. You lost, you're in the minority. Get over it. (Etc)

Davis & Co won't get everything they want. But a brake on unskilled immigration and easier skilled migration is pretty feasible.

And that's good enough for most people, except sub-minimum-wage paying bastards. Slave labour is not a good thing

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Also, the reverse would apply

"Norway has said it will veto us joining the EFTA"

More desperate Project Fear FUD. Norway has the potential to block the UK's application, but it also has lots of reasons not to do so:

http://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/norway-has-little-to-lose-from-having-the-uk-in-efta/

EFTA was originally a club for the non-EEC states - the UK helped found EFTA and was a leading member along with all the Nordics.

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Re: The big picture

Yes, I would say the outlook has tons of potential and upside. It's really up to the UK's exporters trade negotiators to make the most of it. For once it's up to us to make the most of the UK's advantages in contract law and the English language, rather than whinging about Brussels or whatever.

Our trade with the Rest of the World was rising anyway - that's where the new markets and strong demand is coming from. The EU is falling because a) it's in a slump and b) Germany has it sewn up. As I wrote, our emphasis has been and should be on the RoW regardless of Brexit.

"And you really wanted to say the outlook looks good? OK then..."

The needle seems to be stuck on Project Fear. Are you doing this so I can say "I told you so". It sounds very childish.

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Dr Stephen Jones

The big picture

So...

Our trade balance with the Rest of the World is positive and rising.

Our trade balance with the EU is negative and falling.

Therefore, regardless of Brexit, we the UK should have been focussing on global not EU trade any way. On balance, we got out in time. Trade is the biggest Brexit bonus. A recent David Davis article has lots more useful stuff in it.

http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2016/02/david-davis-britain-would-be-better-off-out-of-the-eu-and-heres-why.html

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Re: TTIP to the rescue?

"Neoliberals" ... "Shock doctrine" ...blah.

I'd rather assess TTIP independently for myself, rather than take the world of a ranting soap-dodger.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: It's the law, isn't it

@AC

See http://scientistsforbritain.uk/wordpress/?p=232

The two countries with the highest per-capita EU science funding go to... two countries not in the EU.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: It's the law, isn't it

"if I were the EU dishing out grants, or a group of Italian scientists looking for some partners, I wouldn't be waiting around for the us Brits to invoke Article 50, let alone the actual leaving date: I would start making arrangements to do less and less work with British scientists starting right now."

You don't seem to have a clue.

Israel and Switzerland participate in EU science projects, receiving funding. Neither is in the EU.

http://scientistsforbritain.uk/wordpress/?p=232

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: Big content: 3

"The real cause of the industry decline is people spending all their time on facebook."

Rrrrright.

Nothing to do with not paying for content. That disposable income still gets spent though. It gets spent on other leisure goods and services. If you were right the economics would be reflected in higher savings. The evidence for that isn't there.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: I'm lost.. . .

It's probably you. I think we can all guess who he means: Guardian readers.

Are you seriously saying that there isn't a metropolitan Left? Is that your point? Then you seem to be demonstrating Kotkin's argument at that people who are signed up to the club are incapable of self-awareness.

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Speaking in Tech: Techcast on Brexit 'You can't argue with people'

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: "Speaking in Tech" does not normally do politics. Wise. Keep it that way.

I agree, it came over as four completely clueless Americans who had skim read the headlines.

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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Burying the news

SAP is a German company. The sterling to Euro exchange rate was around 1 : 1.25 for most of 2014 and spring this year. It's now just under 1 : 1.20. There has not been much of a sterling to Euro fluctuation.

http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=GBP&to=EUR&view=2Y

There is no justification for a 20% price hike.

So the headline should really be: Giant multinationals uses Brexit as an excuse to gouge their customers. I am guessing this news upset the new corporate El Reg and its multinational-friendly ethos. Does anyone still bite the hand that feeds IT?

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Re: Leave...

"N.B. I am not a fan of globalisation, but it is currently inescapable"

No, you're just making excuses.

A sensible immigration policy lets employers hire skilled workers from abroad without lots of red tape. We consciously took the decision to replace low skilled workers with cheaper imported substitutes. Then we ran the education system down so our own can't read or write. Which means we need more cheaper imported workers...

Stop blaming globalisation and take some responsibility.

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UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

Dr Stephen Jones

World to UN:

"You and whose army?"

Putin's going to be quaking in his boots now.

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EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

Dr Stephen Jones

Brexit bonus

However you voted, managing the costs of building our infrastructure ourselves is one of the bonuses. The 34 billion is less than 3 years net contribution by the UK, and about 20 months gross.

Try Googling "European Investment Bank" and "corruption" to get an idea of how much fraud and waste goes on. By contrast we sort of managed to do the Olympics on budget and on time.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

Dr Stephen Jones

"We didn't. Call-me-Dave found he was in a spot because of a stupid manifesto promise he decided he'd have to keep"

You're blowing smoke. Call-me-Dave tried to gain more influence and failed miserably. He pulled out all the stops and all he got was a worthless piece of paper. This is what "pushing for reform" means in practice - a kick in the nuts.

You are starting to sound a bit deluded: QMV replaced the veto for most things after Lisbon, so we can't really veto anything. I suppose you already know the EU doesn't actually have a free trade agreement with either the US or China? Switzerland does.

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"Full disclosure: my startup OpenTRV has received funding from EU sources"

That's all you need to know right there in the Title. The Gravy Train rolls on.

Can we hear from someone who doesn't have a vested interest? That disqualifies you, @Charlie Clark.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I agree Potemkine, but your insistence on conformity and rules reminds me why people do not like the EU. The financial rules imposed on Italy, Spain and Greece has condemned a generation.

Like Andrew, I'm not against an EU, I'm against THIS particular EU and the only way it will ever change is by member states voting to Leave. If the UK does many more will follow.

There are many models of co-operation this one looks like it's had its day.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

Dr Stephen Jones

Not capitalism as we know it, Jim

@cambsukguy:

"Simple one-word answer: Capitalism."

Russell Brand has entered the room.

I think you will find that roaming charges are basically socialist.

The charges fall on the wealthiest, who expense them to their employer (amortising the cost over a business), and generally fall on people who can afford to travel. The profits from roaming charges keep prepay PAYG prices down, keeping costs down for people who tend to be the poorest. Your definition of capitalism is therefore "the rich subsidising the poor" - which will be news to most people.

Of course understanding this requires you to think a bit, rather than give moronic one word answers.

When roaming charges were introduced the tariffs for the poor went up. Another EU triumph, but one that leaves bureaucrats (who roam a lot) very happy. Trebles all round.

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I upvoted you as the Europhiles here don't seem to be able to read.

Most standardisation measures the EU takes credit for have nothing to do with the EU - they just add pointless gold plating. That doesn't mean as Brexiters claim that we wouldn't have no red tape if we weren't in the EU. It probably is likely we'd have less, and it would be more sensible.

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Re: Scaremongering

"I think the deal was supposed to be granting visa-waivers but that hasn't happened as Turkey won't meet EU demands on the definition of terrorism among other things."

It will happen, because Erdogan has the EU over a barrel.

"Whoops, did I just let through another 1m migrants. Sorry about that!... Whoops, I did it again!"

The EU knows this, and I think you are in denial a bit. Or just naive.

Do you think rules for membership to EU institutions are rigid? Have a look at whether Greece or Italy met the convergence criteria for joining the Euro currency. They failed to meet the rules, so the EU bent the rules. Oh, and Turkey's on the path to full membership - which Cameron fully supports ASAP.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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FAIL

"Posting calories and warning consumers is fine as far as it goes, as is a soda tax, but in our view these policies don’t go nearly far enough."

Obviously, because the gravy train would stop. More taxes, more work for Public 'Elf psychologists.

I agree with the poster above - the same Conversation articles appear all over the internet: on the Daily Fail and clickbait blogs. Why should they appear at The Register?

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

Dr Stephen Jones

"It was my understanding that if you have a patent or own copyright on something, then unless you actively protect it you will lose it"

Time to get that "Teach Your Toddler IP" book you've never got round to reading.

Trademarks need to be actively protected. Patents need to be registered, then periodically re-registered. Copyright is automatic.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Uh, not sure if I follow:

"Public surfaces are not subject to copyright"

If it's code, then it is covered by copyright. No exceptions.

What you mean is to say "interfaces should not guarantee that spurious copyright infringement claims are will be successful", and I agree 100 per cent, they shouldn't. But that's what the courts are for, and the standard has been set high. So high nobody tries to make infringement claims unless they have a very good chance of winning. Removing copyright from code without the giving it a special class of protection, which is discussed inter alia, means the developer cannot protect that code. That not only fucks up commercial software development but the GPL too.

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

Dr Stephen Jones

"or, more accurately, without swamping internet companies with billions of requests."

My heart goes out to these huge tech corporations who can't seem to turn their image filters on.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

Dr Stephen Jones

Copyright terms

Along with fossil fuels, are the root of all evil.

</sarcasm>

Copyright terms could be shorter in some cases, or longer in others (I prefer shorter) but either way it doesn't really matter. If you can't protect your work when you publish it on the interwebs from being scraped or pirated, then copyright does not really exist. See the tree falling in a forest problem.

Andrew freetards like Ms.Reda will only get this when they lose a major F/OSS case. Then, miraculously, they will be in favour of strong copyright that you can defend without calling on an expensive lawyer.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

Dr Stephen Jones

Vote what?

"If it remained straightforward to move between the two countries despite Brexit, Paddy O’Connell anticipates more British IT contractors working in Ireland due the attractions of the stronger euro."

So much for the headline.

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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

Dr Stephen Jones

What could possibly go wrong?

Mature commodity cloud services are available in the shape of Azure, AWS and Google. Given the EU's reputation for efficiency and value-for-money, how do you think this will compete?

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

Dr Stephen Jones
Holmes

Re: Last chance

I agree but reform isn't likely unless something drastic happens, like a major economy leaving either the Euro or the EU. Ironically even if you believe strongly in the ideal of the Union, you probably should be voting Leave to save it. Nothing else will work.

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Google ads probe blow

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Maybe Google should "strike"

Interesting advice.

You want a gigantic corporation to intimidate an elected official. So the gigantic corporation doesn't get investigated.

Are there more where you come from, AC? How's the Brown Shirt fit?

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: More and more . .

You mean you hadn't guessed how the government views the governed from the plans for an ID card or the Snooper's Charter?

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Freedom of movement.

"Leaving hurts us more than 'them'"

It depends who the "them" is. Not the citizens in the EU. The EU is in a lot of trouble - the Eurozone is in depression and right-wing/fascist parties are on the rise.

If Brexit makes halts the march to an "ever closer union" and makes it more democratic and accountable, then the UK leaving will have done the other 27 members a massive favour. Britain has saved Europe from fascism before.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Not that hard actually.

Correct, although Windows 3.0 preceded Windows 3.1. They were identical.

The author seems to have a very limited knowledge of the personal computer history.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: So when do we actually get time to work?

DevOps is a middle management conspiracy.

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

Dr Stephen Jones

Will it be enough to change Elsevier's business practices?

QTWTAIN of the day.

Of course not, but a solid open access alternative to El$evier, one that publishes good work, will diminish their rent seeking abilities. Prestige journals will always be that: prestige. Most journals are not prestige journals however.

Progress comes from creating a working alternative, not from the mass theft of property, as the author seems to believe. Authors of papers should assert their rights and remove the power of academic publishers to milk the Universities for millions.

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Facebook cares about you, yes you, so much it won't give up on India

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Facebook cares about you ...

Well, duh. Of course they are. The profit motive is not yet illegal however, and not sufficient reason in itself to ban something.

India's middle class elites have just kicked the poorest Indians offline, as The Register pointed out yesterday. The caste system seems in India to be alive and well.

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Sorry slacktivists: The Man is shredding your robo responses

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Meanwhile back in the UK

"Murdock"

It's spelled "Murdoch"

Your comment says it all really, being illiterate, ignorant and anonymous.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Think about it...

@Lee D

"Google has £100bn just sitting there. Earning interest... As tax, they could pay for roads, hospitals, police etc. rather than sitting as a number in a corporation account."

That's not how it's done. The money is Google's property not the Crown's, and we stopped using "I want that, so I'll have it" that as a philosophical basis for seizing property when the Magna Carta was signed.

What we need is a fair and efficient tax system. Not backroom deals.

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AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Dr Stephen Jones
Headmaster

Re: Sad Times

"which in turn produced the basis of all IT culture"

I suspect you are an MIT graduate.

It's as if Britain never existed. In fact, Britain had a computing lead until IBM's marketing muscle killed it off. Once an American bigot, always an American bigot, though.

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EFF wants Cisco in front of a judge over tech for China's 'Great Firewall'

Dr Stephen Jones

+1

This is showboating by the EFF.

It must have been a slow news day.

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Spotify mulls Swift change of policy – we can stream Taylor, but we'll charge

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Go Taylor

I am with Taylor Swift and every artist who has had the balls to defy their big record label and tell Spotify to take a hike.

It is obvious from the pathetic royalty statements that Spotify and the others exploit the artists who will earn them billions when they IPO. If Ek wants her music he should pay the going rate. And she should be able to set it.

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14 strikes and you’re out. Or not. Emails reveal how Cox lost Safe Harbor

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: The judge could be totally wrong!

"It seems Cox did implement a DCMA take down procedure, as required, and adhered to it."

The Register should have an award for "Commentard who Most Totally Failed to read or understand the article"

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

Dr Stephen Jones

Taxpayers subsidizing hipsters?

Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

Dr Stephen Jones
Facepalm

Re: "we will restore those settings"

Correct, if you requested anonymity and installed the update, you have lost it.

Anonymity is like Virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

The threat to Bangladesh is poverty not "climate change". A modern industrial society has a resilient infrastructure. New York City took a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy without one single fatality. (Rural upstate NY is where there were fatalities).

Stopping poor countries from developing, by denying them fossil fuels, will ensure many people die who didn't need to die. But maybe that's the plan.

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Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: They did their dash with me

"I am 100% positive that Microsoft have done the same thing, and more."

A Shorter Pott:

"I don't know what I'm talking about so will speculate...'

Seems to work for almost every Trevor Pott comment.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: They did their dash with me

Pott:

"Google probably aren't "selling your data" to advertisers. That's actually silly, from an economic point of view. They are probably selling advertisers access to individuals who meet certain criteria. "

A Shorter Pott:

"I don't know what I'm talking about so will speculate...'

Google does exactly that. It has that Trevor Pott spreadsheet. It sells your Gmail history to advertisers. Yes, those health problems, STDs, clandestine affairs, complaints about your workplace or friends - it's part of your profile. This determines the price you will pay for things in the future.

We are talking about degrees of shite here - but Apple or Microsoft have other income streams, Google only really has advertising. Of course it is going to do more evil than Apple or Microsoft with your personal data.

Pott: "Here, I am more comfortable with Google's handling of these issues than I am Microsoft's."

Because Stockholm Syndrome has affected you. If you were better informed, you wouldn't be anything like as comfortable. But then you don't want to get informed and spoil it. You're happy as you are.

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We’ve got a leak of the European Commission's copyright plan

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Futile cowards

Without strong copyright there would be no open source or free software. You would not be able to enforce a license.

Orlowski gets this but I am not sure the freetards do.

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Dr Stephen Jones

No Android version yet

This is a solid start - Spotify should be worried. Spotify's conversion rate is not great.

Apple has promised an Android app but not delivered it yet, so that should add some numbers.

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Daily Mail caught on hooks of Angler exploit kit

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Typo in article..

@Steven Raith

You can't win many arguments in real life. Or here.

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Understand 'Safe Harbor', Schrems v Facebook in under 300 words

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Again will this have any effect on MicroSoft?

Why don't you sue Facebook instead, for tracking you without consent?

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