* Posts by ciaran

44 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007

Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

ciaran

Absolutely

Self declaration is the basic principle of taxation since the beginning.

Then you get audited and if your declarations are incorrect, you're screwed.

Personally I think tax auditors should be freelance and they should get a percentage of any extra revenue they extract from their targets. They would target the big fat estates and leave us little buggers mostly alone.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Stop

Israel has the resoureces

If Israel wanted peace, they would have made it happen. They have complete logistic and economic control of the Palestinian proto-state. On the Palestinian side they have no reserves, no way to move back on one axe and move forward on another. However the Palestinians have tried, and each time Israel has taken what they've given up but returned nothing.

Specifically Israel doesn't want peace because they would have to give Palestinian the fair share of the fresh water the Israel is currently using for farming.

Hamas is the elected government of the Gaza strip. Therefore they are a state militia, not a terrorist organization. Any media blandly declaring them to be terrorists are accepting the Israel worldview as the only one possible.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

ciaran
WTF?

Politicians are corrupt - by definition

We live in a capitalist society. Our society believes that each individual benefiting themselves will benefit society. And then we vote for a politician and expect them to work selflessly for the good of the whole without benefiting themselves? Really?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

ciaran

The whole article is rubbish

The author starts by saying that rent limits, an economic term, is bad. Then he generalizes from there to any sort of rent limit. A rent contract does contain limits - is that bad? In Ireland around the time of the famine they discovered that letting owners jack up the rent whenever they wanted was bad. So laws controlling rent increased and eviction were passed. Is that a limit? In France when you build 100 high-price buildings you also have to build a percentage of rent-controlled accommodation, does that break the free market?

As for housing, the author is looking for some sort of building anarchy - if I can build it I should be allowed to build it. No planning for roads, sewage, emergency services. That planning is necessary is obvious, that a town plans in little bits is common sense. If economics says something that is the opposite of an obvious common sense approach, then its broken.

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Google could be a great partner for Iliad in its quest for T-Mobile

ciaran

Free mobile doesn't use WiFi

I live in france. I use Free for both my home ADSL and for my mobile phone. Its true that Free offers a FemtoCell for the ADSL line which boosts the mobile phone reception inside the house. However the idea that the pre-existing ADSL deployment was a major part of the Free Mobile deployment is completely wrong. Free stared in the ADSL business by giving a highly automated service that was better and cheaper than the existing operators. They had a one-price-fits-all strategy, but they gave little or no assistance if you had a problem. When they became a mobile operator they promised that they would halve average prices, and registered a competitor's price list to prove it.

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

ciaran
Boffin

Antimatter

The problem with most asteroid defense schemes is that the person in control could turn around and threaten the earth with the system that they're supposed to use on the asteroid.

My proposition is to use a beam of anti-particles - because that would be cool, but also because an antiparticle would never be able to penetrate the atmosphere.

Apparently there are pockets of antiparticles generated by the sun and captured by the earths magnetic field... just saying !

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

ciaran

Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear

Well we already have precision guided wepons. Funny thing, if a precision guided wepon hits a civilain, you can't say it was a mistake - you deliberetly aimed at an objective and then killed a civilian. That's a war crime. So maybe a sniper is happy to have the excuse of saying "I was aiming at something in fromt of the civilian and the shot veered off...", which is not a war crime...

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Help us out readers: How would you sniff and store network traffic?

ciaran

Re: span port or inline will be needed

Ntop is great. Span port can suck as configuration goes, and I would't want to configure one remotely. Inline configuration is good - particurlarly combined with the NAT and a Firewall. An ethernet tap is great, but I've never tried it with Ntop. An ethernet tap is a small hardware contraption that seperately splices into the "in" and "out" stream of an ethernet link. So you need a box with 2 ethernet ports to record the trafic from each direction. Plus a third to actually communicate.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

ciaran

What about the smell

Generally they test anything they send to space to make sure it has no smell. Which generally means it has no taste either. Half the attraction of express is the aroma. Nice in the morning, but you probably wouldn't want it to hang around all day.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

ciaran

Hey, is he putting Ireland into "internal communications" ?

I'm Irish. I learned in school that "British Isles" is a geographical term that includes the island of Ireland. So he's NOT spying on the Irish? Ridiculous, the nearest source of seasoned ex-terrorists being ignored !

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

ciaran

It only exists to let BAe be a player

The UK and French have agreed to work on a new combat drone. BAe wants a big slice of the cake, and rolls out the advertisement. On the other hand the French worked on a similar drone called the nEUROn (with crazy spelling). For the first flight they simply invited the press. Much more credible.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

ciaran

This Javascript tutorial

almost tempts me to lean a new language

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/A_re-introduction_to_JavaScript

But my normal language is Perl, and my trade is mostly quick-and-dirty...

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

ciaran

CO2 vs dust!

In your notes you mention CO2, which is a variable that is monitored and that could have a greenhouse effect. I think that atmospheric dust has also been identified as a variable of similar importance to the greenhouse effect. Many sources of man-made dust have been massively reduced over the last 20 years as oil has become more expensive and as clean air laws have come into force. More could be done quire cheaply. So I really don't get the general obsession about CO2.

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

ciaran

Its like when you have proof that a politician is lying...

Everybody thinks that politicians lie about anything they think they can get away with. But when you catch one making an outright lie, should they be punished ?

I think they should. And in the same logic I think the US should be punished for having a spy agency that's out of control.

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

ciaran

Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

Why not use a vacuum? Or a partial vacuum.

Holding a vacuum is only a materiel science problem, its not difficult.

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French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

ciaran

Mostly seems a good set of reccomendations

I live in France, so I read the 3 pages in French.

Passwords: they didn't say "use a separate password for each application". Changing every month is stupid, that's been debunked many times. Changing every 6 months is probably about right.

The papers distinguish between secret and confidential. Secret get its own treatment. For confidential, use a landline. You don't need to encrypt on a desktop PC - its not mobile. But you must encrypt on anything that can be lost or stolen. Lots of organizations should have that rule !

Don't plug anything mobile into your desktop box, even just to charge it. Says a lot about the chaos you can do to a PC if you can corrupt someone's smartphone...

Generally I would say that the memo is basic common sense.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

ciaran
Black Helicopters

Buzz on a frech forum about a secret video

There's a lot of huffing and puffing on a french aeronautic forum about a video showing the Rafale doing a "gun kill" on a F-22. Apparently someone is looking for a way to publish without leaving any fingerprints. Might be some connection to whatever the Register has gotten their sticky hands on...

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

ciaran
Linux

I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!

I currently have an older iMac all-in-one, 27 inch I think. I was expecting to buy a new one soon, until the silly-slim iMacs appeared without an optical drive.

I don't want touch, I don't want Windows 8, I do want a "suspend" that works as well as the current iMac.

I searched for All-in-ones on the Ubuntu compatibility list, the only one had a restriction on power management.

So I'm stuck :(

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Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

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This reminds me of "Box" from Star Cops?

I think Star Cops is still very technologically accurate. Apart from the space bits ;)

Star Cops had a digital assistant called "Box". Apparently the original idea for Box was that it would use the voice of the owner, although that was dumped during filming.

So the original Box idea was that it should ring someone and basically impersonate their owner.

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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So this looks like Nylon ?

Nylon started the plastics revolution. It was the first easy to produce long-chain polymer, from what I remember.

If this can be industrialized it certainly will be a game-changer. But is there a risk of it becoming the next Asbestos ? Its built of individual microscopic fibers, if they became disaggregated and then airborne it would be bad for the lungs... So it might be reserved to special uses until the safety aspects are verified...

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

ciaran
WTF?

So should I endorse back?

I've also seen endorsements arriving, and I've ignored them like I ignore everything from Linkedin (why can't I stop it sending me emails?).

But if someone endorses you, should I endorse them back? By ignoring the endorsement, am I ignoring the person? If they're looking for an endorsement, are they looking for a job? So many stupid questions from a worthless feature!

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NASA: 'Those life-on-Mars rumors? Chill, dudes and dudettes'

ciaran

Plastic!

http://nasaupdatecenter.us/press.html

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

ciaran
Boffin

Re: True Cost/Efficiency

I agree, Hydrogen is a way of storing energy, and a poor one compared to petrol. What we need is an energy store that's as easy to use as petrol but that's easy to produce. I vote for Ethanol.

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Superhero oil-burping algae will save the world

ciaran

Biofuel is an Enery-Storage technology

We use fossil fuels for 3 things

- General Energy source

- Mobile energy source

- Raw materials

Biofuel lets you store (solar) energy in a transportable format. So we can set up an algae farm in a desert or the middle of the ocean, but probably not as a regional project near where people live. So its like the dreams of the Hydrogen economy, with the advantage of conserving current infrastructure.

How come we don't use space mirrors to perform urban street lighting?

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US Air Force in a seriously stealthless state

ciaran

Obviously its better to have Rafales

Who cares to bet that the F35 will be abandoned and the US will buy the french multi-role fighter, Rafale?

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AdBlock Plus: Open source for fun (not funds)

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I gave money!

My new year's resolution was to give some money to free software that I use. So I gave 50 euros to VLC. I wanted to give money to "Handbrake", that I use to rip my son's DVDs to put them on a mobile video player, but they don't accept donations.

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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

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Can we have more pranksters

Those tweets were good, can't help chuckling. Makes me want to go and look at twitter! Nah ;)

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'We Want Two' Navy carrier plan pondered by Cabinet

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Go

One is enough!

The UK will never not be able to rely on an ally to loan them a bit of international cooperation if needed. And if there is another falklands then a 2 week wait will solve the problem of getting your single carrier seaworthy again. Like, they had time to transform a cruise shop into a troop transporter. I think France only has one, think of the new entente cordiale that could be born!

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US Navy says electric jet-flinger tech looking good

ciaran

What's wrong with a chopper carrier?

Hi Lewis, what's your take on the french Mistral Helicopter Carrier? I stumbled onto the concept recently while reading about the french trying to sell them to the russians. Personally I like the concept, except maybe for airborne radar options. I don't think you'd launch a Hawkeye from it. But it'd be perfect for a Falklands-style regional conflict, no?

The Mistral-class ships carry amphibious landing boats, tanks and helicopters. They have a hospital deck, and a command-center. Almost no wepons to speak of, that's the support flotilla's job.

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Ten... Wireless Headphones

ciaran
Coat

Headphones for TV?

Any chance of an article on wireless headphones for home use with a TV?

I've ended up using the ones from LIDIL which have poor quality but otherwise do what I need

- 3.5mm jack

- multiple headphones so several people can listen to the TV

- but separate channels so I can use a separate transmitter for the PC to watch a DVD...

Since bluetooth does pairing, you can't have 2 headphones listening to the same transmitter, right?

For that matter I have friends who want to have wireless loudspeakers...

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People have NO BLOODY IDEA about saving energy

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Go

Eco is easy

Its easy to be environmentally friendly. There's only one rule. "Do not waste." And the corollary, don't waste your time worrying about waste that's so small as to ignore. You know it when your wasting, or you'll recognize it when someone points it out. Its not about carbon emissions, its not about methane or farts or global warming or saving the whales. Just don't waste. Use what you need, leave the rest for the others. Profit when someone finds a way to use less. Do recycle, it reduces waste. Buy the glass container instead of the plastic one because its easier to recycle, unless you want the screw-top that comes with the plastic one. Enjoy it!

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Police told terror ads too terrifying offensive

ciaran
WTF?

So denounce yourselves!?

So don't wait for your neighbor to denounce you, do it to yourselves first!

Also that would stick one in the eye of the system...

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Women reveal all for X-rayted pin-up calendar

ciaran
Troll

Wow. some shoes!

How come the shoes are opaque?

Is it ethical to take x-ray snaps for publicity? The model must have overdone her yearly x-ray quota!

Or are the photos fake?

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Mystery fungus smacks Afghan opium poppies

ciaran
WTF?

Incredible Spin

I heard this story on the radio this morning, I thought I was in another world.

The first thing the Americans tried to do in Afghanistan was to suppress the opium trade, and yet now we're being told that its a crisis the crop failed.

I swear, next year the Americans will guarantee a minimum price like with the EU Common Agricultural Policy, and provide free helicopter transport to get the heroin to market!

On the other hand, want to bet that they're already massively buying the production using the fake 100-dollar bills they claim the Iranians (or the North Koreans) are printing?

Its a very strange world.

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LHC particle-punisher in record 7 TeV hypercollisions

ciaran
Coat

that's why its rainigg?

I live in geneva, and its been raining straight since midday, now I know why!

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Euro astro biz: It's time for solar panels in Spaaace

ciaran
Go

Use satellites for public lighting?

I've always wondered, why has no company offered a big city to take over its public lighting service.

Mirrors in space could keep paris or london lit 24h/day for next to nothing! No need for full daylight, an improved twilight would be fine. This seems to me to be the perfect way to bootstrap the "energy from space" business...

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My hospital HAL - Google man moots syringe that says no

ciaran
Big Brother

The syringe is a metaphor

I think its safe to say that the "smart syringe" is a metaphor for "a point-of-care" personal medical information system. Biometrics may be unreliable, but accessing the medical records for the 10 people closely matching the thumprint is a quick fix for privacy issues. But the problem with the NHS Nymphette (sorry, NPfIT) is the BOFH, end of story.

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Visa gives merchants crypto card security guidelines

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Credit card numbers by email!

Twice I've seen online retailers send credit card numbers by email.

Last month I reserved an hotel, gave my name, credit card number, expiry date, security code.

When I arrived and paid in cash, the reception gave me the email they had printed out, with all the info I'd given to the https website.

Previously, a few years ago, when I canceled an order on a web-shop, they returned an email confirming that they had not debited my card number ... (full card number was given).

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Rise in Northern Ireland violence highlights data failing

ciaran
Flame

@Ted Treen

""...the english army police and secret police work together to collude with loyalist murderers and facilitate their racist criminal activities..."

My word Sir; you do talk the most amazing load of bollocks."

While part of Sean's tirade may have been bollocks, I think there were proven connections between establishment and loyalist forces, and consequential cover-ups.

Says Wikipedia "According to a report released by the Irish government in 2006 , members of British security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in a number of attacks during the troubles."

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US airforce looking at winged-rocket booster 'X-plane'

ciaran
Flame

poor specs!

"rocket-powered" ? Is that in the spec? Goodness how last-century!

The most important part of the spec should be "for unmanned use" (or not).

OK at least it says that the're not looking for solid-propellant boosters - like all the other boosters out there. What's weird is that the shuttle has re-usable boosters - certified for manned flight.

So what's so wildly cost-cutting about putting wings on them?

Sounds to me like the swan-song of some top administrator before going to retirement, who always dreamed of doing things like in the 50s si-fi books...

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DARPA at Phase 3 on solar powered surveillance strato-ship

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So when will one of these things actually work?

All through the doc.com boom we've been hearing about metropolitan wan with stratospheric balloons, cellphone with stratospheric balloons, rocket launches with balloons.

I'm bored, deploy one of the things already!

Balloon built from a radar antenna is slightly new, but its not the first thing I'd float if it was possible. Why have none of these projects ever gotten off the ground? Are satellites really cheaper?

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Emulex and QLogic bring FCoE closer

ciaran
Boffin

Whats TCOP/IP then?

Total Cost of Pain over IP ?

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Peaches Geldof cops a severe shoeing

ciaran
Paris Hilton

Is she cute?

I mean, I sorta guessed that "Peaches" is feminine, but with the comparison to PH, should I be looking for the sex tape or what?

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Bush to Congress: streamline star-chamber spy court

ciaran

Isn't this already legal in other countries?

The US law is a bit "hyper" about not spying on US citizens, no matter where they are. But in France and I think in other european countries any communication that crosses a national frontier can be intercepted without a warrant. Sorry I can't back this up with a URL...

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