* Posts by YARR

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: Sounds rather flawed to me

The idea that someone has to maintain their car (including software) properly is just extending the MOT process to include software and patching.

Wrong analogy. Software does not degrade through use like hardware. Network connected devices need software updates to guard against network-borne attacks. Non-networked devices only need software updates to fix bugs that affect their operation (or changes to their operating environment).

If software updates are legally required for non-networked devices, that would be a legal admission that the old code was not fit for purpose - the software equivalent of a product recall. In this case, the software vendor would then become liable for past accidents involving vehicles that ran the old code. To avoid such liability, the software vendor cannot admit that the old code is unsafe, just less efficient or less functional.

If vehicles had to run the latest code by law, your car would not allow you to start a journey until it had checked for updates. Also it would have to maintain constant network access while driving to stay up to date. The moment a bug is reported in the code, to avoid liability they would have to transmit a network message to halt all vehicles until a fix has been produced, and downloaded to your vehicle.

To maximise road safety, computers must control the whole environment - i.e. human drivers, cyclists, and maybe pedestrians are prevented from using the road. To attain this they may use soft methods like artificially increased insurance premiums for human drivers, despite there being no inherent reason why human drivers should be more dangerous (write off more value + cause more injuries / fatalities) than than at present. A free market for insurers would keep premiums for human drivers comparable to what they are now.

However when accidents occur between human drivers v self-driving vehicles, drivers will be in opposition with corporate lawyers so are more likely to lose legal cases. That said, corporate lawyers may deliberately accept liability at first to win public support, then turn up the pressure when there are few human drivers left on the road.

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HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated

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If most of your customer base are in developed economies but most of your cost base (employees) are in developing (offshore) economies, then your business is acting as a drain on developed economies and a boost to developing economies. Hence it should come as no surprise that your existing customers have less money to spend. If growth is desired, perhaps it's time to seek out new customers in developing economies?

On a side note, do photos of senior management generally look less flattering when accompanying poor financial results?

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

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Re: In the spirit of unit-y...

Another possibility could be the computation required to complete the Human Genome Project.

However a unit should ideally be a determinate amount of processing as opposed to a expected / estimated amount of processing that usually applies to code-cracking algorithms.

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In the spirit of unit-y...

I propose that this house agree on the need to establish a definitively quantifiable unit of elapsed processing that is not time or cost based, and to adopt said unit henceforth.

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Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?!

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Re: Press' Responsibility

Should they? You claim their responsibility is to uphold truth - is that just your opinion or can you cite some evidence to support your statement? Where does the profit motive feature in their relative list of priorities?

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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humans will need to merge themselves with machines, lest they are replaced by them

If machines out-class humans, but they receive no compensation, then the cost of buying their products and services will fall. As our cost of living falls, we wont have to work as much, so the remaining human-jobs can be shared out, giving us all more free time. The age of retirement should start to fall and we can all enjoy more of our lives doing what we want to do, rather than what someone-who-has-more-money-than-us wants us to do. Eventually no one will have to work and we wont need money.

The idea that humans will become obsolete assumes there is a need for ever more work to be done, but human need is the motive for work, so when our needs are met we wont have to work. The only reason this wont happen is if a few greedy people demand to control how everyone else spends their time, by continuing to use money to limit access to resources that should be in abundance / or intentionally destroying them through conflict.

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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

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You can often tell the origins by the language of comments embedded in the attack code

Gosh, so the real attacker would never think of impersonating the language / localisation of the nation / target they are attempting to frame?

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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I have not forgiven whoever it was that removed the model from the roundabout at the end of the Heathrow-M4 spur and replaced it with some modern tat

'tis now the gate guardian at Brooklands (where they also have a full-size one).

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Juno how to adjust a broken Jupiter probe's orbit?

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Use the gravity of a moon to assist / resist?

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Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed

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Mars...

... the planet or the chocolate? I wasn't sure from the picture.

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Re: Classic Trump supporters?

Spelling mistakes... check.

Couldn't be bothered to read/comprehend the thing their railing about.... check

Insisting that their ignorant strawman viewpoint is just as deserving of consideration as one that has been well thought out and considered... check

Remember who started the petition after the Brexit vote? This petition could well have been created by false-opposition to reinforce their own sterotypes and divert from valid arguments. There was an attempt to submit another petition but it was rejected as a duplicate (though technically it was not).

The list of countries facing immigration restrictions looks more like those least co-operative with the US, rather than where most terrorists come from.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

Trump -who is basically torturing innocent travellers based on their birthplace and/or religion. This based on events 15 years ago

"Torturing" - no, people have just grown accustomed to the privilege of travelling freely to the US.

Most of the alleged terrorists on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia which is NOT on the list! Neither did the US invade Saudi Arabia after the 9/11 attacks. Strange that.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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Move along, no science here

Just globalist propaganda for paranoid unthinking sheeple.

Comments about expanding the nuclear arsenal are just that - comments. In reality WW3 has been averted by Trump seeking improved relations with Russia and a joint plan to defeat ISIS, as opposed to Hillary's no fly zone over Syria which would certainly have brought the US and Russia to a military stand-off.

Climate change has been mixed in to maintain ambiguity and deniability to avoid committing to any measurable facts (i.e.Science).

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Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

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$500m for 300 companies sounds cheap. What does it say about wealthy Chinese investors that they'd rather invest in a declining Western market than in the growing Chinese market? If they're hedging their investments, are rich westerners also hedging by investing in China?

We never get to hear how the former owner(s) of IDG will spend their money. To be willing to sell, they must believe there are a better investments elsewhere. Print publishing is in decline in developed countries, and there are no barriers to entry for anyone wanting to try their hand at online tech journalism.

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Some industries need an enemy for their profit

At least the people developing this technology can sleep soundly at night knowing that those using it will always be the "good guys" and those on the receiving end will be the "bad guys".

They can rest assured that these weapons could never fall into "enemy hands", be used against civilians in a civil war, against thought criminals in an ideological confrontation, against the vulnerable deceived by controlled opposition or patsies framed by covert agents.

When looking for the "evil-doers", we need to look everywhere and not just where we are told to look.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Mariana seems to be confusing the innovator who created the idea with who owns the intellectual property rights. The Soviet Union owned Tetris but they acknowledged that Alexey Pajitnov invented it.

States and corporations represent the people who own them: shareholders or taxpayers respectively. Funding innovation gives you ownership rights but doesn't make you the innovator.

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That's the way the Cook, he stumbles: Apple CEO pay cut as sales tank

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Patent-ly Sirius

double-posting here (tut-tut)...

Then the iGlass 2 would have a self facing camera built in (on the end of an array of optical fibres with micro-size lenses shaped to counter the distortion from being so close to your face) so it can do Facetime hands-free. The software would use face recognition technology to blot out the background, combined with background-noise cancelling audio to guarantee your privacy wherever you use it.

.. now where's my $100 million share options?

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iCannot bSirius

FA new since the big man popped his clogs

Apple don't have revolutionary ideas, but they're good at stealing ideas and refining them into products.

Maybe they should give augmented reality a try : the iGlass could combine a blue-tooth headset with an iOS HUD. A future iWatch could house the CPU and motion-sensor controls, ushering in the post- mobile phone era. Picture the keynote demo conversing with Siri : "You're the Apple of my eye" "iEye cap'n Cook"!

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Ethical according to whom?

Is there an agreed standard on what is ethical? As explained earlier in this thread, people often hold self-contradictory ethical views without realising it.

Historically a nation is a local population who defend an exclusive territory to provide for their current and future needs. A nation guarantees a distinct people a future place in the world, and independence, regardless of their wealth or material aspirations.

In modern America, Americans have no say over who can become American or indeed whether anyone else should have that right. Current politically-correct laws and globalist ethics / propaganda side with immigrants. Americans have no say over who can colonise their country, and consequently the future face of their nation, despite being the people who have historically invested in and defended their nation.

Is it unethical if a current majority within a country are opposed to being displaced, such as America's present Christian majority being replaced by Muslims in coming decades? Should larger populations in global terms have an assumed right to displace smaller populations who are presently a majority in their own countries? Should the wealthiest be able to acquire ever more property from those poorer than them? A nation defended remains the collective property of a population and guarantees freedom from slavery by a wealthy elite, or dispossession by outsiders.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Truth is truth and lies are lies wherever they originate.

Another article quoting Julian Assange and Craig Murray:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/10/cia-concludes-russia-interfered-to-help-trump-win-election-report

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is a close associate of Assange, called the CIA claims “bullshit”, adding: “They are absolutely making it up.”

“I know who leaked them,” Murray said. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.

“If what the CIA are saying is true, and the CIA’s statement refers to people who are known to be linked to the Russian state, they would have arrested someone if it was someone inside the United States.

“America has not been shy about arresting whistleblowers and it’s not been shy about extraditing hackers. They plainly have no knowledge whatsoever.”

So we can all rest assured that the new "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” and "fake-news" filtering wont be mis-used to cover inconvenient truths.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Coat

That was certainly the most upper crust pie I've ever seen.

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Problem - Reaction - Solution & fake v false

All TBTB have to do to introduce soft censorship is plant some fake news stories of their own. So be very suspicious - demand Hillary explain exactly which "fake news" she means so we can trace their origin.

Secondly - what is a clear definition of "fake news" as opposed to "false news" (which the MSM is full of when it parrots news from one source). If fake news is defined as intentionally false (like satire), then will fake-news censorship permit unintentionally false news or cases where the facts are in dispute? How can you tell if news is deliberately false?

Often the first reporter on a scene will report what they or others witness, but these "facts" are later "corrected" with what we are told to believe. The original news story is then false. The facts concerning many events like acts of terrorism or the downing of MH17 often remain in dispute - so will "fake news" filtering block alternative news articles that cover events from a different perspective?

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Regardless of whether you believe in human induced climate change causing runaway global warming, consistent data collection is essential just to monitor natural climate change. They should consider very carefully what information to collect and not make some rash decision. If budgets are threatened, perhaps funding can be shared with other institutions? California seems to have money to spare.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Re: Trumpity Trump

@ A/C 1

You don't get to "believe" in science or not. It's not a fucking belief system, like politics or religion.

Science is an unbiased search for truth based on evidence, always open to new ideas. But most modern scientific research is funded by governments and corporations so the areas of research are directed by the motives of people with political agendas or the self-interest of a wealthy few. Working scientists depend on this funding for their living so are disinclined to oppose those funding their research. Surveys of scientific opinion can be easily biased using techniques like loaded questions, limited choice answers, ignoring responses that don't answer certain questions etc. to present a false impression of scientific consensus. If climate change was established Science they wouldn't need to conduct any surveys. Science-ism is when an agenda is presented as scientific, when it isn't established Science.

The few who speak out are usually those who are no longer dependent on this centralised funding. Here Johnny Ball presents a viewpoint which is opposed to the climate change fear being pushed through the education system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d23B-R2-qw

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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When cheap disposable PCs / tablets can be had for little more than £100 it would make sense to let local trusts buy their own PCs strictly for internet access while all internal systems run on separate hardware which never touches the internet so doesn't have to be continually upgraded.

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Re: Utterly shameful

'hate' is rather overused, but in the case of the Daily Heil, I think 'hate' is a mild word. The foul acidic, lying bile that spews out of the Mail can't be described any other way

It's not my intention to defend the DM, but when I look at it I just see an unexceptional but top-selling paper targeted at a particular segment of the population. It's news stories seem distinctly ordinary to me, with the odd alarmist story for sensationalism. I can think of many things more deserving of being labelled "hate", for example the endless commenters spreading their seemingly unjustified hatred towards the DM on these forums. I guess everyone has to have their own oppositional 'hate' target to validate the moral righteousness of their own opinion, though it be a fictional construct of their own mind.

then what's the right word to use for a 'newspaper' which goes to absurd lengths to vilify people whose only sin is to have been born on a patch of land across a body of water?

Are you sure they vilify all foreigners just for being foreign, or do they justifiably vilify people who are harming the future of our country?

Illegal immigrants (who by definition have no right to come here) but arrogantly assume they can, should rightly be called imperialist invaders / occupiers who disrespect that our ancestors fought for our respective countries and not for the rights of others to take our country from us. Most foreigners respect our independence but a few (like the EU) want to dictate our laws and undermine our country.

We've started wars against whole nations of people who never invaded us (but our government just invent a reason to fight them), so when people do invade our country, we are entirely justified to be angry and want to defend our country. This isn't "hate" it's righteous defiance.

So the government had a choice, keep a load of scrap iron afloat for dubious propaganda purposes at a high cost, or flog it off and be done with it

It wasn't scrap iron before they spent a lot of money removing various systems. It was a functioning warship which could have been kept in reserve at minimal cost until it's replacement ships were commissioned. Historically foreign nations have bought our old ships and kept them operational for decades, so there's plenty of life left in them.

If the majority of the country disagrees with you, perhaps the problem is with you, not them

Perhaps. The proof is in whether their views are founded on facts and reason. Often the majority are opinionated but not well informed and not capable of good reasoning - hence democracy can result in poor decision making.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Brexit means Brex... hang on

Brexit was democratic - we had a referendum. The snooper's charter is not. They know that if they gave us a referendum the electorate would never ask for more surveillance and less freedom - which is why we are never consulted, and our representatives vote the way they are told.

If those in authority think the public cannot be trusted they deny us our freedoms, which empowers them and dis-empowers us. Yet we are all fallible so the public have no reason to trust authority with greater powers - the more they attempt to take power away from us the greater the incentive for us to take it back.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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Not an "annoyed phone user"

... but the UI of Windows 10 Mobile is almost identical to Windows Phone 8.1.

Has anyone who's criticising it actually used it?

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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I think you must be confusing USB 3 with 3.1 (or C connectors ?). My motherboard is from circa 2010 and has blue SuperSpeed USB3 ports.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Chicken or egg...

The computer may not be biased, but how do we know that the reason these people became criminals wasn't due to them be treated subtly differently by the rest of society based on existing prejudice?

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Solder not Socket...

"your old MacBook will have an excellent resale value"

But will you want to sell it?

SSD controller wear-levelling obfuscates direct access, so only a full drive erase with random data will overwrite everything. How many typical Mac users will do that (requiring them to overwrite and re-install the OS) before selling on their computer?

Corporate IT recyclers will often physically destroy hard drives before selling on the computer, but when when the SSD chips are soldered to the mainboard this isn't possible. Hence computers with built in SSDs will have to be physically destroyed to protect user's data. Not so good for the environment.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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I don't dispute your general point, but specifically Windows 10 Mobile has a flashlight built in to quick actions. There are plenty of distraction apps in the app store, but if you need a specific utility you're less likely to find it than on other platforms. In hindsight, perhaps Project Astoria would have made the task of supporting Windows Phone apps easier and resulted in fewer apps quitting the Windows apps store?

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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I'll never afford to fly on one, but...

... maybe they could put a directional thrust on that middle engine to help it get airborne on shorter runways? Imagine if you could fly supersonic to NY direct from London City Airport?

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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

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If they've got that kind of money to throw at hacker competitions, why don't they employ someone full time to find vulnerabilities in their own products? That way they'd uncover way more vulns much sooner.

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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Wow - imagine if tech like this could be transformed into something useful like machines to pick fruit, stock shelves or help elderly / disabled people to wash and cook. Tech like that might even help balance Western trade deficits if the Chinese don't develop it first...

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

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However, we will need to do something for the current drivers, and maybe some can be retrained to lower-level IT jobs, and we can move the people currently in those lower-level jobs up the ladder a little, and so on.

Remember those captchas which were used to validate OCR scans of hard-to-read print? If we apply the same technique to coding: break down tasks via an automated process into piecemeal logic decisions which can be presented as quick games for people with short attention spans. The results are machine translated back into code and if it meets the test spec then the player is rewarded with a micropayment.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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Yet another cutting edge technology product being let down by poor batteries. Maybe they should meet with Mr. Musk and see if he can cook up something more reliable inside that Gigafactory?

The Karma shows where drone technology is headed, but is priced at the premium end of a market that faces rapid price competition and stricter legislation affecting consumers in several regions of the world.

Perhaps there's a business opportunity to hire these drones out to people who want to use them on their travels but don't want to invest so much in owning one?

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Re: Brexploitation

"The fault is 100% the Brexit vote because everyone else on the planet, apart from extreme Leavers, now appreciates that the UK's economics prospects are now diminished as a result of that vote"

I can't speak for the rest of the planet, but if I want to buy something from abroad, my concern is what it costs to buy which is a function of real productivity and tariffs, not where laws are made. I don't refuse to buy something from abroad because their government isn't part of a supranational political block.

"Pegging one currency to another has a history of ending in tears"

Locking or pegging? The Yuan is periodically revalued, but clearly it's change in value does not reflect the very different growth rates of the two economies. Isn't it remarkable how they pull that off when we couldn't keep the Pound tied to the Deutshmark even when our growth rates were similar.

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Re: Brexploitation

"the value of any currency relative to any other is determined by the market" ... " It's going to be a fact of life for a long time"

The yuan is pegged to the dollar, The Chinese government can choose to intentionally overvalue or undervalue their currency to their benefit. When you allow the value of your currency to be determined by market forces, that means the wealthy have greater influence and can manipulate the currency to their benefit rather than to the benefit of your country.

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Re: Brexploitation

The change in currency value was caused by currency speculators, not Brexit (political independence) which hasn't happened yet. The productivity of workers in Britain v the EU has not changed one jot, so in real value terms nothing has changed. The currency change is because we have a non-asset backed currency whose value we allow to be determined by gamblers.

Why single out Farage, when the other major political parties have all had leadership elections post-Brexit? A significant event like Brexit requires a major change in policy for each party which is usually a prime opportunity for new leadership. In the case of UKIP, Farage has achieved exactly what he set out to achieve so it's now appropriate for someone else to chart a new future for the party.

It's obvious to anyone with perception that the EU's goal is to create a superstate, centralising power for an elite and disempowering the populace. Free trade was used to convince us to join, along with false promises that we would always remain an independent country. The truth is we don't need to surrender our sovereignty to free trade. All those baseless comments claiming that Brexit is "wrong" or "silly" are meaningless without justification. If you really think that short term price rises caused by speculators are a bigger issue than who makes our laws, then I wonder is there anything you wouldn't sell off for a price?

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: The Dead Zone

In the past UN resolutions were used to enforce no-fly zones. The justification for intervention on each of these occasions have been decreasingly valid, and were often based on disinformation.

The difference this time is that there is a modern air force operating in Syria backed up by S300 and S400 air defence systems, and the Russians are committed to defending their bases there. If NATO did successfully penetrate the air defence system they would likely trigger an escalatory counter attack.

If you think WW3 wouldn't seem all that bad (!) you're on the same level as Hillary with her deteriorating parkinsons.

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Re: The Dead Zone

Trump stated he would never initiate a nuclear first strike and wants to improve relations with Russia.

Hillary's stated policy of imposing a no-fly-zone over Syria (where the US has no recognised authority) will require a war with Russia - according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

It's your choice who you vote for... but Hillary's policy will start WW3 and the US will become a "Dead Zone" if she doesn't back down.

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.. of course Hillary's accusation that the Russians hacked her email server are entirely true and backed by evidence.

If the server was hacked, she's at fault for using an insecure private email server for work related email.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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V-22 Ospreys?

Perhaps the US will sell us a few V-22s to use as transports? Apparently they're developing a variant for in-flight refuelling.

If drones are predicted to bear the brunt of future combat roles, the F-35 pilot will be relegated to a remote drone operator role. The question then will be if the straight-through deck of the QE class carriers are long enough for combat drones to get airborne without assistance? Or perhaps EMALS will be available to retro-fit by then?

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: Linux and Games...

What's needed is some kind of integration between Steam for Linux and Wine / Crossover so Windows games that will run under Linux literally can be installed in "a single click".

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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MS is of course free to decide it's pricing policy and customers are free to decide whether to buy at the higher price, but a 22% hike is not justified by the currency change alone. Their hardware costs have risen in dollars but their staff and energy costs wont have risen so much. There must be other reasons behind this price hike than just currency changes. The proof will be if they cut prices by 22% when the pound eventually recovers (they wont).

The problems we are facing (currency devaluation, market uncertainty) are primarily a result of leaving the EEA, not of leaving the EU political union. The problem is we were asked the wrong question. If we were asked if we wanted to stay in the EEA but not in the EU (as we voted in the 1970s) the result would have been a resounding yes - but the globalists don't want us to have the benefit of free trade without them gaining centralised political authority. Since this is a democracy we should get what the people want, not the polarised choice we were given. However given this choice, the majority wisely decided that our political independence is of greater importance long term than short term wealth. I remain resolutely sure of this.

As the cost of imported goods rise that should encourage people to spend more carefully, and they are more likely to buy local produce since it will be relatively more affordable than before. This had to happen eventually - we could not continue running a trade deficit forever.

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Britain's fight to get its F-35 aircraft carriers operational turns legal

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I also hear perfectly good Jewish Science was thrown needlessly overboard...

If it's true, why did they increase production at the heavy water plant in Norway?

https://www.damninteresting.com/heavy-water-and-the-norwegians/

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Here's how much HP's 3-in-1 PC replacement will cost you

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The pricing certainly seems steep for both the device and the service. I would have thought any large business considering this service would want their own dedicated server that could handle virtualised Win32 apps for many users. This offering sounds more like it's targeted at consumers or possibly a small business / mobile consultant. The marketplace will decide...

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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

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Whatever the globalist ideals of the LibDems, the job of the government is to run our country in the interests of the electorate (and the same goes for other countries). Trade deals are just business: you only agree a deal when it's mutually beneficial - the tax payer is not a charity.

The reason we offshore services is because it's more cost effective than doing the work ourselves. There is no point importing workers from abroad and paying them above national average wages for work which can either be done cheaper abroad or which we should be doing ourselves.

Trade deals should be about transferring goods not people. If this is some underhand scheme to export people from an overpopulated country, we should remember that we are also an overpopulated country where many people struggle to afford the rising cost of living.

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