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You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Why bother?

London Police, why bother?

The various police forces in the U.S. don't.

They just find the first non-White person and shoot him.

It is cheaper than getting it wrong with facial recognition and, if you follow the U.S. model, there isn't any accountability either.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: I'll give it a go...

Since SatNad's ascent to the top, Microsoft has been pushing anything and everything into their big data-centres around the world.

My suggestion is: «Purveyors of Head-in-the-Clouds Thinking».

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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GPP

Douglas Adams and a paranoid android came to mind, not Davros.

You can blame the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation for making androids with GPP…

Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

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Re: There is scum, and there are idiots

I would have taken the domain name catsnap.co.uk (snapcat.co.uk brings me to Y-Combinator), put up pictures of cats and see what happens. There may even be a market for pictures of cats in some surreal universe.

Apollo 13 set off into space 50 years ago today. An ignored change order ensured it did not make it to the Moon...

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Re: Lucky 13

If you look hard enough, there are spoilers online. But without the Hans Zimmer background music.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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Re: Bring back win98 UI

Win2k had an agreeable interface. The interface that I found easiest to use, though, was from Macintosh System 7.1. Clear and not too complicated.

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day

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13 Minutes To The Moon podcast

It is very informative and goes into quite a fair amount of detail. It can also be repetitive too. Many of the people in mission control or in space have given interviews for the podcast.

It is amazing how much can be done with so little although NASA did have rooms filled with engineers and limitless supplies of money. That the astronauts survived Apollo 13 seems like nothing short of miracle.

I also recommend both seasons 1 & 2 of the '13 Minutes To The Moon' podcast. Season 1 (Apollo 11) can be listened to straight through. Season 2 (Apollo 13) is almost finished.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Catch C19

Danny 2» Don't mourn, organise.

And maintain social distancing regulations while you do so, so that the management don't have a stick to beat you with.

Stob's vital message to Britain's IT nation: And no, it's not about that

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Re: Inspirational message

Have you considered plundering the works of P.G. Wodehouse for inspiring and uplifting messages? He is one of the uplifting authors I know of.

Furthermore, in the spirit of Stiffy, Chuffy et al, you can suggest nicknames in the style of Wodehouse.

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I thought just the same thing.

Have an upvote.

London court tells Julian Assange: No, coronavirus is not a good reason for you to be let out of prison

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Re: @DougS

MtFR» Trump is Trump. At the end of the day, he's showing he's a better POTUS than Clinton could have ever hoped to be and has reversed a lot of Obama's mistakes.

I know that I'm not supposed to feed trolls but I shall anyway.

Define 'better'. What metrics are you using? One has to be good at something. Clinton & Trump were both impeached and let off by a partisan Senate. They both have brought shame upon the office of president, lowered trust among US voters and been detrimental to the US political system. They both should have been forced to leave office and let their VPs take over.

Clinton & Obama are Democrats and Trump is nominally a Republican and one side will never, ever admit that the other is competent.

Where Clinton and Trump are polar opposites is the topic of international trade. Clinton greatly encouraged while Trump is far more protectionist.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner

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Two comments:

1. I had thought that Greta had been very silent on the matter. Damn, these 17-year-old Swedes are very good at concocting environmentally-friendly plagues. She must have spent months in that lab of hers [1]. And I reckon that she is a Scandy version of Batman complete with whatever her batcave is called [2]. If that doesn't get me on to Fox News (Fair and balanced), then I don't know what will;

2. This Corona virus malarkey seems to have a hint of the Black Death about it. Good for those who survive, less good for those who don't.

[1] Of course she has a lab. And an English butler from the east end of London. If she can summon a yacht out of thin air, then obviously she has a lab.

[2] Wuhan?

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Re: Trump should just....?

Nihongo ga muzukashii ne!

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Re: Another brick in the wall

CG: Just keep building that wall Donny boy!

He prefers to see himself as 'The Don'.

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Slave States

Like all good right-thinking people, I think that if Puerto Rico is to be accepted as a full state in the United States, then it needs to be balanced with a right-thinking state and I can think of no better country than Airstrip One.

Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces

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Going Viral

Are apps in iOS still allowed to go viral though?

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space

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I think they did the right thing

As the Nazis learnt, rocketry is hard even if you do have the best & brightest working on it [1].

The Americans learned how expensive it was send people into orbit. If Wikipedia is to be trusted, the Apollo space program cost about $150 billion dollars in modern money. I can well imagine that that there was massive resistance within the government to spending vast sums.

In the end, we got international cooperation and the ISS, which is a lot better than each country re-inventing the wheel.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mUCLHzWiJo

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Re: Black arrow is red and silver?

DiViDeD: And not anything else, no indeed, not at all.

Hmmm. You're probably the sort of person who thinks that we need to start penetrating the ground to discover the hidden secrets of what lies within, aren't you?

Cumulative Update 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 2019 breaks SQL Server Agent

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Cloud

I can imagine this as a part of the push to get everyone onto Azure. SQL Server Agent is now only a part of Azure. Try it. You'll like it. And we'd love to have you on a subscription-basis too.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Maersk is losing its maidenhead [office] and no-one is commenting?

I'll leave the empathy to others this time. Offshoring is not nice and it is not unknown for it to be a lose-lose for all parties.

Having worked remotely with Indians in Chennai, I can say firsthand how much effort working with offshore groups are. I don't mean to be racist. They were (and surely still are) good programmers and friendly, helpful people. It was, however, primarily the cultural differences and the insistence that once a file was checked in, it couldn't be checked out for another week. It meant that the level of detail I had to put into specifications was very high and I learned a lot about the definition of 'common sense'. Added to that, the Indian company burned its way through programmers. We had new people on the team replacing others every couple of weeks and then we had to start again with getting to know to know people.

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

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Re: Sad yes, but is this really pat of El Reg's core mission?

El Reg's core mission is the enrichment of the planet with the most groanworthy puns and cleverest wordplays in their headlines and subheads.

Alas, tech-related tragedies also play their part.

Google employees are all-too-human too.

Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends

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Les grèves sur la côte

My first thought was, 'France? That'll mean that there will be strikes there when the service is needed most.'

Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires

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Amazon is our creation

We, as consumers, made Amazon what it is. We chose convenience and low price over the importance of brick-and-mortar.

Anyway, the man has pledged 10 billion dollars towards a most worthy cause and I think that he is to be congratulated on this.

To be sure, he could pay his workers a living wage and make Amazon a fine place to work for, but he hasn't, so let him be pilloried for that.

That being said, his act is a fine one and I would rather he did it than bought things for his own personal pleasure.

What's the German word for stalling technology rollouts over health fears? Cos that plus 5G equals Switzerland

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Re: Rays

The crystals absorb the bad rays. *That's* the secret. I have shall to get some.

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Rays

There is something funny about the Swiss and the southern Germans when it comes to things that are emit radiation or are at least perceived to do so (Strahlung in German). There are many people in both places that have lumps of crystal (quartz for example) in jugs of water or on their mantelpiece and believe in some sort of positive radiation from it. When a massive crystal was found in the Swiss alps some years' ago, it made front page news. Then, there are also many who won't use microwave ovens for any reason, presumably also because of negative rays. There is quite an amount of resistance (not measurable in ohms though) towards the humble microwave oven.

To add to this, one does hear of Swiss & Germans complaining about electrosmog although whether this is psychosomatic, I don't know. Nobody seems to mind carrying around a mobile phone in their pocket or handbag.

And lastly, there are shops [1] that sell clothing that will protect the electro-sensitive. The material has copper and silver woven into it. More details here [2].

[1] For example, in Freiburg im Breisgau you can buy clothes that will shield you: https://atelier-fuer-abschirmkleidung.jimdofree.com/abschirmprodukte-shielding-products/

[2] https://atelier-fuer-abschirmkleidung.jimdofree.com/abschirmprodukte-shielding-products/abschirmstoffe/swissshield-naturell/.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Re: To be honest ...

So true!

When Bill Clinton was being impeached, I thought the exact same thing.

To be honest the whole "trial" was a farce set up by "trial" set up by "republicans" that never accepted the results of the elections. The president was just doing what presidents always have done. It is a part of the presidential privilege and what they did was simply a partisan attack on the office.

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?

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SCSI

Well, I, for one, am a big fan of SCSI, partly because I never had to support it professionally. I was the friend of the manager's/owner's daughter who knew about these things and generally the problem was either duplicate SCSI IDs, either taking off or putting on a terminator or unplugging the SCSI chain and putting the various devices back on again. Now I never dappled in the hard stuff (servers), just soft stuff like Macs and their often well-behaving scanners, CD-ROM, hard-drives and zip-drives.

What I really liked about SCSI was the universality of it.

First of all you had a bus that was as fast externally as it was internally. SATA & eSATA have this property too.

Secondly, you could attach all manner of devices to it. Indeed almost all peripherals (except printers) were available with SCSI ports that could be plugged into the computer.

Thirdly, they often (or usually) had a driver inside in the SCSI bus. This meant that SCSI devices were not platform specific.

Fourthly, SCSI lasted a long time (1985-2005) and there was a lot of backwards-compatibility. It also meant lots of adapters and knowing what all of the terms meant. It meant that you could stick in a 300GB U320 server HD into a lowly Macintosh SE and have obscene amounts of storage space that made for mindboggling default file sizes in HFS (Hierarchical File System — Macintosh's file system from 1985 to 1998. It has 64K allocation blocks...). It also meant that you could plug in a SCSI device from 1985 into a machine from 2002 and use it.

Hey GitLab, the 1970s called and want their sexism back: Saleswomen told to wear short skirts, heels and 'step it up'

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rcxb: Agreed. They should have required the men to wear a short dress and heels...

And get the men to shave their legs too. Men *never* shave their legs and it shows.

There are already Chinese components in your pocket – so why fret about 5G gear?

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Re: Nokia

Now it is, but back in 2007-2008 when Apple showed the world that phones could be very different, it wasn't Android that set the world ablaze, but Apple's iPhone. I'm not saying that Android or the devices that use it are any better or worse than Apple's overpriced iPhone.

I was a Nokia user for many years and reflect on the progress Nokia made between, say, 1998 and 2008. The latter phones weren't much better (on almost every metric) than the earlier ones. Maybe I mishandled my phone, but the handsets didn't last any longer than two years. It took ages for the phones to have even a rudimentary camera built in and they were big and bulky.

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Nokia

Benson's Cycle: They destroyed BlackBerry and Nokia in the phone industry

To be fair to Nokia, Nokia did a good job of doing that themselves. Nokia was in a sorry state when the iPhone came along and it was thanks to their shoddy, outdated products that the iPhone found such a welcome. I, for one, don't miss Nokia.

2015-member database floats off through breach in Royal Yachting Association's hull

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For those sadly unaware of Bloom County, here is a link to the strip in question:

https://logoland.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/pirate-bloom-county.gif

*David Attenborough voice* And here we have, in the wild, a rare glimpse... of what may be... a positive IBM quarter

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Well done IBM!

Ginny and her management team deserve a healthy payrise for this.

Or are substantial payrises only inversely correlated with performance?

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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On loathing ads

I don't mind ads per se.

I do loath those that suck up bandwidth and parasitise the page.

I do loath all of the tracking that happens so that ad agencies can serve us the perfect ad.

If simple non-targeted ads, say, in the form of text-based billboards, could be incorporated into webpages and apps, then I wouldn't object to them. Bills have got to be paid.

Squirrel away a little IT budget for likely Brexit uncertainty, CIOs warned

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Re: Idle thoughts on Brexit

AC» some mixed messages there.. or you don't understand how sarcasm works

I disagree with you on the first point. Your second point may very well be true.

Both the U.K. in the early 2020s and Ireland in the early 1920s are striving/strove to leave a larger economic area. Thanks to progress in the last 100 years, it has been a relatively painless process for the U.K. The Irish had a harder time of it 100 years ago.

Leaving the E.U. does seem to be to detriment of the U.K.'s economic well-being. Ireland's leaving the United Kingdom in 1921 was seen by many as an unwise economic move. The professional and educated classes tended to be of more unionist or Home Rule bent. The times were, however, very different then and the attitude of those in power towards the little people was also markedly different.

Whether the Irish would have been better off in the long run as a member of the U.K. with her devolved parliament is a debatable point. The Scots don't seem to have thrived, despite all of the oil in their waters and i don't know about the Welsh. That being said, the Irish now are little more than wannabe yanks. They have thrown off one cultural imperialism only to adapt another.

So, in conclusion, the U.K., to some extent, is following the same path as the Irish 100 years later, albeit in more agreeable times. Hopefully, the authorities in the U.K. will be able to keep a better reign on the powerful forces sweeping the populus than the Irish could. The Irish, for its shame, had rampant repressive hard-line Catholicism. Will the U.K. be able to handle its own nationalism, especially if the Kingdom does not thrive as it once did?

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Idle thoughts on Brexit

Once Brexit happens, the island of Britain will enter the heady days of when Britain was Great (and not just geographically either) and incomes will verge towards the glory days of Queen Victoria's most splendid reign. I'm even expecting India to rejoin the empire. Nobody does famine quite like the Foreign Office.

I do find it fitting that the voters of the U.K. are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921 with their own independence from an oppressive and overbearing empire.

iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?

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Re: "...the equivalent of a two-bedroom terraced house in West Yorkshire on a computer"

And in 2030 you'll probably be able to buy it secondhand for €30. Your house in Yorkshire will probably be worth what it is now, Brexit aside.

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Repairability

Computers from Apple Inc (née Computer) have long been very easy to get into and repair. It is the curse of Steve Jobs who wanted to make it as hard as possible for users to get inside «home» machines.

So, the Apple II series were user-friendly because they were designed by Woz. The compact macs (essentially Jobs' brainchild [1]) were harder to get into and more dangerous once within. But once Steve Jobs was gone in 1985, almost all of the desktop Macs produced by Apple until the Second Coming in 1998 were upgrade-friendly. The plastics in that later era became very brittle (as anyone with a Quadra 840av can testify to). And even after SJ's return, the Power Macs were the epitome of upgradeability while the iMacs & eMacs became laptops in desktop form.

[1] actually Jeff Raskin's brainchild before he was booted off his own project by SJ.

Amazon Germany faces Christmas strikes from elf stackers, packers and dispatchers

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Re: Amazon is Evil

It's simply capitalism as it was designed to work. It's not evil, it's just capitalism.

The workers are merely resources, much like the forces you have in Civilization or some other game. Soon enough Jeff Bezos will able to start rolling out robots, Amazon Prime subscriptions will increase and prices for many products will fall. There will be no more talk about poorly paid or overworked workers.

But don't let any of this non-Amazon-approved info get in the way of the incredible convenience of using your Amazon prime account at a moment's notice and receiving your package before you've barely put your smartphone down.

Remember, it's all being done for you.

How many steps was that, then? Uncle Sam's lawyers, watchdog race to probe Google's Fitbit gobble

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Re: Already binned my Fitbit

Let me correct that for you: China is no threat to me yet.

I think that you have every reason to be very worried about China (as do we all).

Google Chrome will check for leaked credentials every time you sign in anywhere

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Re: Embrace, extend....

You are right.

I realised it too late (i.e. after the 10 minute edit period).

I hold my head in shame.

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Re: Embrace, extend....

The meme of 'All your base is belong to us' is probably more appropriate.

Imagine Eric Schmidt as a sci-fi villain from an '80s Japanese video game and you have your image for the day.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

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Free Markets

NHS People: you will *love* Free Markets!

Free Markets will make sure that the entire health system runs as efficiently as possible.

And you'll have the expertise of your Friends in the U.S. who have perfected the Free Market Health System to help you out.

As well as your friendly pharmaceutical companies who are working hard to deliver the best medicines to you (wait until you English folk try out the latest craze in the States. They are called Opioids and they are the biggest thing since the British Invasion. You won't be able to put them down.)

And you'll have the reassuring presence of Google to ensure that you are getting the best in algorithmically generated patient care.

The Future is Free!

Boffins find proof that yes, Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell were right, we really are all made up of star stuff

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M. Schönbächler But the dust from red giants survived stuck around longer. That allowed it to accumulate on Earth, the researchers believed. “This allows us to explain why the Earth has the largest enrichment of stardust from red giant stars compared to other bodies in the Solar System” she added.

Is so much known about the geology of Mercury, Venus & Mars that she can confidently make this statement?

It may be out of sync with the US govt, but Huawei is rolling out its Harmony OS to more devices in 2020

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We are the dead

I wonder if you'll be able to watch videos of Tiananmen square [1] on it, or, if doing so, lands you in a room filled with caged rats and a life thereafter drinking Victory gin.

[1] A massive square in Beijing noted for the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and nothing else. No, nothing at all.

BOFH: I'd like introduce you to a groovy little web log I call 'That's Boss'

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Re: Gotta say

That beancounter is the best thing about this episode, although given the content, I shouldn't laugh at it. The poor guy needs help.

It really reminds me of The Onion's once regular columnists, like the great Herbert Kornfeld (RIP brutha). More Info here: https://www.theonion.com/tag/herbert-kornfeld

Larry leaves, Sergey splits: Google lads hand over Alphabet reins to Sundar Pichai

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Executive Quits Fast Track To Spend More Time With Possessions

The Onion comes to mind here: https://www.theonion.com/executive-quits-fast-track-to-spend-more-time-with-poss-1819565527

Europol wipes out 30,000+ piracy sites, three suspects cuffed to walk the legal plank

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Re: That's all very well

I think that you miss my point with your first point. When society creates an aspirational class that can ill afford their aspirations, then there is a market for pirated goods and something wrong with society as a whole.

With your second point, is anyone really duped by Rolex for $20? Almost all fake Rolexes (or all fake versions of expensive goods) that I have seen were bought in Thailand, China or somewhere in the Far East for a minuscule proportion of the original. People who bought them from a stand on the street in Bangkok knew full well what they were buying.

This is why we have jewelry shops and the like. If you feel that a CHF14,500 watch is what complements your look, then there are places who will guarantee that the items are real. Places that can be sued should you be sold a crock. eBay & Craigslist are not the places for Rolexes, unless you know what to look for when you are buying.

Your third point is spot in.

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Re: That's all very well

We are all complicit, though, in making China the factory of the world.

We, as consumers, wanted continually cheaper stuff. Where were the MAGA hats actually made? Wisconsin? Pennsylvania? China was happy to oblige.

Company executives wanted fatter margins and bigger profits so they killed off their local factory and started ordering from China. China was happy to oblige.

Those on the Right of the political spectrum beat the drum that Free Trade is the cure to all problems and from the 1990s onwards tariffs were dropped and free-trade agreements were signed. China was happy to oblige.

We want cheap but authentic versions of Veblen-goods so that the aspiring classes here can emulate the rich. Is the problem really China?

And who has benefitted? Executive pay has sky-rocketed. They certainly have done well out of China. The Chinese government is rich. They have done well. We have an endless supply cheap tat and no more factories. We do have our fake Rolexes so I can pretend to be Roger Federer. Have we done well?

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: A quirky investigation into why AI does not always work

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Re: This Anti Intelligence thing has gone too far, AI is too unreliable

AI is marching inexorably towards us. We need to learn about it, learn how to accommodate ourselves to it and how it can be used to our benefit. Ignoring it is not the answer.

BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?

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Petrol filled fire extinguisher

Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

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