* Posts by Ivan 4

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: Narcissistic Personality Disorder at work

It's unclear whether Trump recognizes the constitutional limits that exist on a president's power and what powers Congress holds – or maybe he does and doesn't care

You mean like Odarme running the country by executive order as a way to bypass the two houses?

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Re: The *people*

In America, the popular vote in a presidential election has always amounted to bupkis. The EC vote is the deciding vote, always has been.

The problem is that the snowflakes are in meltdown at the moment.

We have to take care that that doesn't cause a vast sea-level rise as the green blob also melts away.

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Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

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it contains people who had real jobs before they became members

That used to be the case before Blair started filling it ex-MPs that were past their sell by date. Which makes it imperative that the ex-polies be removed from the HoL.

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Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

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Re: Great idea, guys

But... But... This is marketing and the marketing wonks have outdone themselves in stupidity again.

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NASA fires first shot in plan to bring a chunk of asteroid down to Earth

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I wonder what could go wrong with that and if they do actually get it to ground without breaking anything what will they have?

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Silence is golden: How Google hunts Android malware in the wild

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So that explains why I get a popup every so often that complains about the app on my tablet that allows me to transfer data to the SD card.

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You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

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Re: Already a rudimentary thing

@Christoph,

I don't think it would need to be a large number of people especially since I doubt that they are geared up to fulfil such requests in the first place.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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A really smart gun...

would correct for all the things that could cause the person firing it to miss the target. Things like trying to dodge an attacker while returning fire, the shakes because you are afraid and so on.

Then a really, really smart gun would have the potential of firing round corners by controlling the flight of the bullet.

Any other form of smarts are just window dressing that would most probably get you killed.

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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An old story about tax that has been on the web for ages also applies in this case. If you try and take more money from the rich to pay the poor (the socialist ideal) the rich are very likely to pack up and maybe even close businesses so making the poor even poorer.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this;

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing

The fifth would pay $1

The sixth would pay $3

The seventh would pay $7

The eighth would pay $12

The ninth would pay $18

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."

Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men -- How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

The bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,"but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up any more.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

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Re: Intentions over words

Maybe if the Oxfam directors put their money where their mouths are and reduced their remunerations to to the average wage then they might have something to say. Until then their words just add to the hot air being generated by the politicians.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: Project Valerie

One big problem - it is a machine for the right handed, touch pad in place of a numeric keypad and of course there is no numeric keypad.

If they sorted those things out it would be the ideal unit when working in different companies offices.

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Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

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but can restore their data smoothly in the event of a ransomware incident,

And there is the crux of the matter - using a tested backup for the restore process. Now if a certain London university had tested backups maybe they wouldn't have had so much grief.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: At least they're trying!

Actually they must try harder, the old gui details have to be in the archives somewhere.

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Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer

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Where does the security of IoT things fit in with this?

From the article about hacking 'smart' metres security in these things appears to be absent.

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Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak

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And then they wonder...

...at the number of script kiddies that can just walk in and have a poke around in 'secure' US databases. Then they have the temerity to demand that 'hackers' from other countries be extradited to the US to face trial for the various US government departments incompetence.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Re: Economics of Solar in the UK

Andy, did you factor in the reduction of output of the panels when they get dirty (the usual factor is 50%)? With that in mind have you also made provision for the necessary weekly cleaning?

Another thing. Have you made provision for a, preferably diesel, standby generator? Even here in the south of France where we get more sun than the UK, friends that have a large solar installation found they need a standby generator. They have 75% more panels than calculated and use propane gas for cooking and heating and still the generator cuts in every week to keep the batteries charged.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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Re: Reality check

It would appear that this Wojciechowski chap is a bit of a panic merchant first and foremost. He sees something and panics rather than using his couple of neurons and checking (he is supposed to be a software developer). Or maybe he was looking for his 15 minutes of fame.

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Building IoT: Forget the vision, just show us how to build it

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The physical building is simple - it's just engineering.

The main emphasis should be on the software and securing that software from being hacked. Get that right and everything else should just fall into place.

The problem is that writing secure software, which implies the minimum amount of bugs possible, appears to be a lost art that requires reviving.

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Thanks Timmy. Would it have so difficult for that information to have been in the review?

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In this hands on review we learn all about the buttons and camera but there is not a word about call quality. Why not? This is supposed to be a phone but is treated as a data using device.

I assume the phone function was crap and will be dropped in the next version.

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EU accuses Facebook of providing incorrect info on WhatsApp buy

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Re: Why not actually demand a FIX for a change?

Well, the EU commission has to at least try to balance its budget somehow. If the Irish dig their heels in over the Apple tax what is there left, Facebook and Google.

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European Patent Office supremo rapped on knuckles by nation reps

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...but failed to take any public action against him despite pleas from staff.

I can only assume that he knows where the bodies are.

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USPTO: Hi, Ask Me Anything. Reddit: Can we trademark 'AMA'? USPTO: No.

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Considering that list

Why did the USPTO ever allow 'Winter is Coming' to become a trademark?

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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It sounds as if the boat is taking on water and Larry thinks his shares will do a deep six.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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This is the get out for NATO starting WW3. It was the drone wot done it.

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Cambridge Wireless picked for UK.gov's 'Help the IoT' drive

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Re: 'Help the IoT' drive

Beep! Beep!

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Security

I note that there is no mention of making sure that there is high security being built into the devices especially considering where they are to be deployed.

This should be the first thing thought about.

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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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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

Hmmm ... here's one dataset in which you might be interested:

Is that one of those that Dr Gavin Schmidt has adjusted to make it warmer?

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

If you could do me the kind favor of citing peer-reviewed,

Since 97% of peer-reviewing is done by the plas of the authors of the papers being reviewed saying that makes it 'correct' is nonsense.

You must also look at exactly how much of the 'warming' data is produced. For example, Dr Gavin Schmidt caught fudging data by wayback machine which makes thinking people wonder how much else these climate scientists have 'adjusted' their data to fit the narrative rather than fitting the narrative to the data.

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Two things the anti Trump brigade ignore in all this.

1) they are the ones most likely to read wikileaks, the country people have better things to do with their time.

2) the leaked emails were played down in the MSM.

Considering those two points, what are they making all this fuss about? Is it just bad sportsmanship, or are the Russians trying to change the outcome of the vote because Clinton would start WW3 which is good for the arms industry?

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Re: @Ivan 4

While I agree with most of what you say, it is unfortunate that the green eco fundamentalist side of the movement gets the most press so that is what most people all greens are like.

As an engineer I see the only way of helping people leave behind their subsistence life is the availability of cheap readily available 24/7 energy. Renewables do not cut the mustard at all in that requirement. It is not cheap nor is it available 24/7 and, as South Australia found out, it can be a liability especially for industry (think smelters going cold and the results of that).

The one thing I have never heard the NGOs asking the people that they are supposedly trying to help is, what do those people actually want. I have friends from my time working around the Pacific islands and know people that have worked in Africa and when the local people are asked that question the general reply is that they want change that will make their life easier rather than the hand to mouth existence. Until we can make that happen we are just blowing in the wind.

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@Triggerfish

There you have stated the problem. The greens don't count nuclear as a green renewable (it's the radiation you know and it can be made to go bang).

Fusion, from what I have heard talking with greens is much worse for some unknowable reason.

I, like you, wonder what could result if all forms of fusion research were given that type of backing.

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How does this report stack up against this statement?

Billionaire environmental investor Bill Gates has made himself non grata among many staunch green energy believers by stating that “renewable” energy sources “aren’t a viable solution for reducing CO2 levels,” and that costs for continuing the current fad in subsidizing wind and sun energy sources “would be beyond astronomical.”

http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/al-gore-ipcc/2016/12/12/id/763417/

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Snowden: Donald Trump could get pal Putin to kick me out of Russia

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Why would Donald do that? After all Snowden did show the ruling party in a bad light.

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Look out, Brussels: Google's moving the goalposts, barks price comparison rival

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Foundem?? Are they the site that uses Google to find sites that they then scrape and put on their site? If so, they should be paying Google for doing the heavy lifting for them.

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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

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The poster child for the green energy revolution is in ruins: its executives say they have hard evidence that China's People's Liberation Army stole its breakthrough technology before it could commercialise it. So now the company plans to hack back.

That sounds like the company is trying to wriggle out of explaining why the odd billion $ they got from the government for their revolutionary idea produced nothing worth while but did allow the executives to live the high life.

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

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Re: Your bias?

Trevor, I've been out of my safe place for over 60 years. Yes, TRUTH is what matters, the problem is that too many reporters/journalists allow their politics and opinions to colour what they perceive as the truth. Is that perceived truth not bias?

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Re: Your bias?

Kieren, those are your opinions a vast number of people in the US have the opposite opinions, hence my call for balanced reporting. If you can not rise above your belief and honestly look at both sides of any debate you are demeaning your position as a journalist.

We see the bias in all the MSM which is why most people take what is said with a spoonful of salt because it is almost impossible to get the actual facts about anything that is classed as 'newsworthy' something that is very sad in this information age (maybe it should be called the disinformation age).

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Kieren your left bias is showing again. We know you don't like Trump but please try and be a bit more balanced in your reporting.

Now I assume the thumb down brigade will jump in on this.

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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

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Pai also praised court rulings that towns and cities can't be allowed to set up their own municipal networks if states have enacted legislation making the practice illegal.

Just whose side is this guy on? I think he needs to be checked by the IRS for undeclared income, receiving bribes etc.

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Earth days are getting longer – by 1.8 milliseconds per century

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Re: I blame global warming and CO2

No, no, it is too many wind turbines pulling against the direction of rotation.

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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

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If the actually delivered products on time and to spec I can't help but wonder if this would be necessary.

You must be joking, they make their money from the overruns and cockups.

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Isn't that cruel and excessive punishment?

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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No, all our machines running OS/2 are running on bare metal. The only thing we had to be careful with was the Gigabit network chip, in some cases the onboard chip wouldn't work but that was ficed with an Intel gigabit nic.

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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

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there is a very small chance that a small number of users will pay less.

That chance will be so small that it can be considered non existent.

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Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

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Re: Obvious solution?

Or better yet, make the case slightly larger in the thickness.

What is it with all the manufactures trying to shave parts of a millimetre off the thickness? I would prefer a slightly thicker unit with a removable battery.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Re: Mandatory Voting

It would also be a big step forward if the voting rolls were purged of all the dead people and those voting had to show identification.

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King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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One down...

...two more to go.

It was very good of then to give the names of those responsible - the CIO Nick Leake and the next down the line Gareth Wright. Both those named are responsible for the problem. The CIO should have seen that the infrastructure was adequate for the task and this Gavin Wright should have made sure that the mirror servers fail-over actually worked.

Now the question is when do they get their P45s?

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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But maybe the problem is that they don't roll as well as the paper ones.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Re: Brexploitation - LOL!

A rather childish attitude from an assumed remoner.

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