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EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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Re: So...

@evilhippo

Don't fool yourself, it's about an ever increasing inequality and a diminishing middle class. Being poor is a comparison, a poor Brit may be richer than a poor African, but, and it has nothing to do with socialist 'economics', rather with a social fair society.

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Who do you actually think is paying but us, please tell us.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: AI

I had an aunt who told me she thought it was always done from behind and was then later much surprised.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html?

The sun is shining-

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Well, the sun will shine on the dark side when the side we can see is dark.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: I jus' wanna let rip at a hate figure

"but there is no way to get rid of Juncker the Drunker.".

He was elected for five years and is soon replaced with somebody elected also for five years too.

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Re: Slightly wrong.

The referendum was not, "do you some border controls".

Very true, Cameron was so convinced remain would win that no due diligence was made, I can understand him, as he too is an Eton boy.

It's harder to understand May who still came up with all her red lines from the very beginning.

Britain is simply expected to adhere to the Belfast agreement it has signed.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Serious Divers...

@TonyJ

Diving is not my cup of tea, but regarding Suunto they made a decision to go with MS years ago, which annoyed me because I would have advised them to use linux embedded, of course. How things are today I don't know but this might explain the closed source.

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Does anybody know

Is it a software or hardware problem, or is my question just stupid.

Hardware and software in the title but..

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Very disrespectful

What this shows is not disrespect but respect towards the presidency.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Sadly with May running the clock down...

"or be allowed to tender for any related work - See if you can guess which country that was.".

Don't make too much out of that, it was probably a unanimous decision, and why not, it's a project financed by the EU and member states. To understand it better you have to read about ESA too. There are outside members too like Switzerland and Canada with their own agreements.

I am not sure what you mean with the "signals", the 1cm signal is commercially available while the Wiki has this on the UK post brexit "In March 2018, the European Commission announced that the United Kingdom may be excluded from parts of the project (especially relating to the secured service PRS) ".

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Re: Why Dublin?

The people I worked with IT in Germany all spoke acceptable English, that did not prevent me from improving my German, there is life after work too after all.

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Re: Quick question

I uses Chrome Web store.

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I have started to use it too. But as I am a linux user I want to point out that you have to follow the advice and copy/past a command to run in a terminal to get videos to run properly.

About to upgrade to 2.2. Like always it takes some time to find stuff.

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

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@Neoc

It's easy and rather common to mix between the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.

Leaving the EU will not change that relation any more than the Belfast agreement, unless you are like Boris and say - "it's not a big deal".

Trying to find an "intelligent" reason to finance Brexit (feelings beside and Putin beside) and looking for a return for the money, perhaps in here somewhere. And well, I also know the attraction of conspiracy theories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np_ylvc8Zj8

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (Documentary)

And say hello to Cameron, the man with the world leading staunch, steadfast and sturdy face and voice.

No, he is not the villain in that documentary.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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So tell me Earl of Erroll, how do you "get excited and go forward without the hardon", does it come with age.

Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack

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Note to Ayatollah

Sen a tweet to Trump that he will be allowed to have a biggest tower in Tehran and he will reconsider the sanctions.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Re: To be young again

In astronomy it's so easy, young or old, to drop a bunch of zeroes in front of the decimal point. Right.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Ongoing costs.....

@Justthefacts

If you had a look at the ESA "fact sheet": https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Galileo/Facts_and_figures

you might find it's possible that people might realise it's possible that the "Operational lifetime:" is indeed "more than 12 years", and not three to four years.

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"Galileo support will presumably come in later models.".

The same chip set is apparently used and Samsung S8+ is mentioned as one.

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Re: Spexit!

@Voland's right hand

Where did you get this from "It sucks royally very far up North and far down South."

According to ESA:

"the Galileo navigation signals will provide good coverage even at latitudes up to 75 degrees north, which corresponds to Norway's North Cape - the most northerly tip of Europe - and beyond.".

Also "Galileo is interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems".

And why would anybody ask the Russians permission to sail on international waters.

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Re: Genuine question...

"nothing really to do with NATO ".

i can see your point but "nothing" is a bit strong as it's also true that most of NATO members are EU members too.

Albania

Belgium

Bulgaria

Canada

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Montenegro

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

For the complete NATO list.

And there are also some strongly associated countries like Sweden and Finland.

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

I would not blame the EU for kicking us out if we voted to try and get back in".

Not to worry, we in the 27 know it wasn't business and the better informed who voted leave and we all have our own gullible, if not perhaps so many from our own "world leading" boy schools, perhaps because not so many exist.

Much time and money has already been spent on this folly.

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@Michael Habel

It's about keeping up with the technology and supporting the "domestic" industry (too).

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

Horses used to do that, at least to the front of the stable, I was told long ago. And no GPS.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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"What happened to that",

Boeing had to become modern as they realised they had to go fly-by-wire with the Dreamliner, as there was no choice. The wings are simply too complicated for anything else.

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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Re: When I were a lad ...

Oh dear, oh dear Veti,

Is it shocking to you that England is a product of Europe, people, language, religion, culture and geography.

I have not claimed the industrial revolution did not start in England, nor will I, but it's the result of a chain of events that started in Europe. And one of those highly important events was to take the church out of science. It's not quite like that today but you might recall how hard it was, even lethal, to claim the earth was not the centre of the universe.

As for the "priest", his was Imam Hamid al-Ghazali.

This might help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp6cnp1kZBY

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Re: When I were a lad ...

@Voyna i Mor

Let's agree, but you used four words against my one word, and it's an interesting topic.

One interesting question is this - "why did the industrial revolution start in Europe".

More than one thousand years ago our friends around Baghdad were far ahead of us in mathematics and science in its various forms. But then a priest stepped in and progress stopped.

Then about 500 years ago a chap, Martin Luther, broke the power of the Catholic Church in Northern Europe and what we call the Age of Enlightenment become possible*.

The priests started to preach in their native tongue but teaching Latin in schools did not end.

As the good programmer I think I was and good at copy/past as you have to be, here is some regarding Latin.

"Latin was originally spoken in the area surrounding Rome, known as Latium.[4] Through the power of the Roman Republic, it became the dominant language, initially in Italy and subsequently throughout the western Roman Empire. Vulgar Latin developed into the Romance languages, such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Romanian. Latin, Greek, and French have contributed many words to the English language. In particular, Latin and Ancient Greek roots are used in theology, biology, science, medicine, and law.".

While I did not attend a "Latin" school I had my fair share of phrases in Latin as it's part of our European heritage.

And my favourite is - Ceterum censeo Brexit esse delendam.

*according to Bertrand Russell

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Re: When I were a lad ...

"Back in the day the English élite school system taught Latin.".

It was the same in other European countries too, and the reason in one word is "Europe".

Perhaps England is a bit more of a museum in that respect. Incidentally I would never send a kid to a only same gender school.

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Re: Waldorf Salad Education

"The first school based upon Steiner's ideas was opened in 1919 in response to a request by Emil Molt, the owner and managing director of the Waldorf-Astoria Cigarette Company in Stuttgart, Germany, to serve the children of employees of the factory.". (for free).

Nothing elitist in that background, but if you put a high price on it and there are a limited number of school it will, no doubt, feel like that, but there is nothing against science and computers and so forth.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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Re: I suppose at least the RN have one ship that works

@DamnedIfIKnow

No, you are so wrong and why did you not check you facts before writing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light

"The speed of light in a vacuum is defined to be exactly 299,792,458 m/s (approx. 186,282 miles per second). The fixed value of the speed of light in SI units results from the fact that the metre is now defined in terms of the speed of light. All forms of electromagnetic radiation move at exactly this same speed in vacuum."

"The effective velocity of light in various transparent substances containing ordinary matter, is less than in vacuum. For example, the speed of light in water is about 3/4 of that in vacuum."-

Perhaps you just came from the pub writing rubbish like that.

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I just have to ask you if you think it's a coincident that boat is boot in German, båt in Swedish and Norwegian pronounced as in German and of course båd in Danish, boot in Dutch and bateau in French and Bát in Icelandic. But the Klingons did not copy it from English as it's Duj.

Barca and barco in Italian and Spanish.

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Re: I suppose at least the RN have one ship that works

And I forgot to point out that whales can communicate through large distances because of this, and not because they are particularly laud. (plus frequency).

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Re: I suppose at least the RN have one ship that works

"Meanwhile, the bungling clowns of MoD still have 57,000 civilian staff sitting on their arses pushing paper.".

Oh dear, what would you like them to do, be involved in some war still be pushing paper.

It's like with the two new floating airfields, long may they parade the Atlantic and the Pacific with the Americans and stay out of harms way, it's a beautiful sight, and the officers are well dressed like in the best opera.

Sound and light are funny, in a way. Light travels fastest when there is no resistance but slower through air and even slower through water.

Sound again is just the opposite, from "nobody can hear you scream in space" to a bit better/faster in air, and a lot faster in metal.

Lay your left ear on a rail trail, send your buddy some hundred meters away with a sledge hammer to hit the rail. You will see him hit the rail and then much later you will hear it through your left ear and then a bit later through your right ear.

And you will never feel the speed of sound is much to boost about.

Then for a beer, if not hit by a train.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: FFS

"This non-EU nation is in the project."

You find it all on the wikipedia like, and of course information on how much different countries pay.

"In July 2004, Israel signed an agreement with the EU to become a partner in the Galileo project.[61]

On 3 June 2005 the EU and Ukraine signed an agreement for Ukraine to join the project, as noted in a press release.[62]

As of November 2005, Morocco also joined the programme

....."

OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets

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Well said about Linus

I have come to the same conclusion too. long ago.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

Sure, but like then and now there was a different currency in each country. NKR, DKR, SKR. I think there was a similar system between the Rand and the Dollar, and there is now "The Rand is legal tender in the Common Monetary Area between South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Namibia, although the last three countries do have their own currencies pegged at par with rand."

This has nothing to do with a single currency shared by 19 countries.

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

"and the Scandinavian one fell apart with WWI".

I wonder where you got that from, it's rubbish. There was a time when Sweden/Finland, Denmark, and Norway plus other regions around the Baltic was ruled by one queen*, but that is a long time ago and the "monetary" systems then have nothing to do with today.

* a very interesting person, buried in the Vatican, if memory serves me (without the Wiki)

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"As a member of the EU, we can't even begin to start proper trade talks with anyone.".

Nor can France and Germany and the rest. Wonder how they manage it, and making Trump so upset.

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Re: Guys, guys, Project Fear Mark 75 can be wound up now!

One could add "Each new President is nominated by the European Council and formally elected by the European Parliament, for a five-year term".

It's a limited term and that is why a new President will be elected.

The European Council, charged with defining the European Union's (EU) overall political direction and priorities, is the institution of the EU that comprises the heads of state or government of the member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission.

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Re: Guys, guys, Project Fear Mark 75 can be wound up now!

"The EU won't ask".

Such a mythical animal, I wonder what it is.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

"The EU exports more to the UK than the UK sells to the EU.".

To export you have to produce something somebody needs and wants to buy, I have got the impression that the UK export industry is a lot more remain than leave, but sadly they are experts.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

"IIRC even the current size of the UK bureaucracy far exceeds that of the EU administration.".

About 33.000 for the EU and +400.000 for the UK.

"Bureaucrats", often called civil servants. are mostly hired and some amount of knowledge is demanded, not quite so with politicians.

(take Raab who suddenly found out about the traffic across the channel)

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Re: re: Scotland

"if memory serves Greenland left the EU while remaining a part of Denmark.".

To make any sense of that one sentence a few more are needed.

"Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 79% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland became an integral part of the Danish Realm in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the EU) with Denmark in 1973 but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute centered on stringent fishing quotas. Greenland remains a member of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association of the EU. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament; the law went into effect the following year. Greenland voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008 and acquired greater responsibility for internal affairs when the Act on Greenland Self-Government was signed into law in June 2009. Denmark, however, continues to exercise control over several policy areas on behalf of Greenland, including foreign affairs, security, and financial policy in consultation with Greenland's Self-Rule Government".

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gl.html

PS. 91% of export is fish.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: @A.P. Veening Economists - In 1889?

Why not the keel too, it's heavier than led. There was one well known and quite successful French yachtsman who had a keel of uranium in his offshore racing yacht for that reason.

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Re: Le Grand K's fate

@Voyna i Mor

Sorry for misunderstanding you. They did use the 10.000 km as the distance from the equator to the pole by simply saying it's 10.000 and thus 1m is what it is. The exact distance to the pole doesn't change that, it would be like pointing out that each feet is not exactly one foot.

English is my third of four, but that had nothing to do with my mistake.

Have beer on me.

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Re: Sad case of science ignoring the evidence

"Are there any physicists around who can argue that gold would not have been a better choice?".

I don't know, but I would guess that the economists and others would had been against it much because 40 prototypes were produced to start with.

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Re: Le Grand K's fate

"the period of the Earth's rotation and its circumference - neither of which were in fact constant.".

The period of the Earth's rotation, was a very funny thing to write and has nothing to do with the metre.

The "assumed" distance from the equator to the pole was divided by 10.000.000.

(the circumference 40.000 km).

A glimpse into the British soul we find in this "On 20 May 1875 an international treaty known as the Convention du Mètre (Metre Convention) was signed by 17 states.".

Britain was not among those 17 states.

There used to be an absolutely marvellous account of Britain's indecisive journey towards the metric system, but I cannot find it any more, perhaps it was too revealing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_metric_system

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: GPS accuracy

The Wikipedia has this on accuracy for Galileo: 1 metre (3.28 feet) (public), 1 cm (encrypted).

15 feet (4.6 metre) is clearly too pessimistic for GPS.

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