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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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But they can now afford to spend £350M/week on rural broadband now that they don't have to pay for all those farming subsidies

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London Mayor's chief digi officer: 'Have faith and give us a chance'

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Re: I agree with the casual dress code...

just another "hipster" that probably knows fuck all about what he's talking about. He just has a gift for the bullshit and is able to sell that bullshit to the clueless fools that pay him.

But digital .....

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But don't worry he will only have to survive on this miniscule public sector salary for a couple of years before joining one of the companies that so successfully win all the bids for "digital infrastructure"

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: Sadly true

At least all Maplin's stock is hand made in the UK not imported from China

Shops are rent seeking middlemen. The reason we have had to pay a markup to merchants for the last 1000years is that is was difficult to pop down to the spice islands for your pepper.

Now that it is as easy for the end user to buy from the chinese as manufacturer as it is for the retailer - we don't need the retailer taking a cut.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Why a print button?

Because the form they are filling in has to be posted to some government dept or kept on file for 30years for legal reasons. And if you don't add a print button you will receive 20 full screen captures pasted one after another into a word document and then printed

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: It won't save any money

But you only save these costs if you have other paying customers that you are turning down. I don't know the details of Mars Rover, but unless they are paying for commercial services then cutting a small % usage of infrastructure that you own rarely saves the money it shows on the accountants spreadsheet

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It won't save any money

Operating the Rover doesn't cost much - the only direct billing is the data link and that only costs you money if you are having to build extra capacity to support newer missions that you could run now if the rover was turned off.

Most of the tiny amount is staff that you need to keep but aren't directly part of a current project, so you stick them on some project that looks safe. They will just be re-assigned (and re-budgetted) somewhere else.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: Science is proudly self-correcting

It's hardly a revolutionary reversal of a scientific fact.

A difficult to measure parameter of a distant object is 10% different from previous estimates.

If the depth of some part of the ocean was re-measured to be 10% different to what we have now - you wouldn't be running round saying water isn't real

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Re: What a waste of time and money

Don't worry the people doing this research will be moving on to jobs as derivatives quants next year when their grant runs out - or they might get a job doing 'useful work' in data mining algorithms for a web ad slinger

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Re: 4 billion years...

to lose its oceans in a billion years or so.

Unless we can arrange for G*d to send another flood.

Everybody start sinning has hard as you can now, we only have a billion years !

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PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech

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Improved data access

Brexit will lead to improved data sharing.

All those European security services who are constrained by riduculous notions of citizens rights will simply arrange to look the other way while a GCHQ tap is installed (next to the NSA one) and will in return receive access to 'UK held data'.

BND caught spying on German citizens ? Nein we don't spy on our citizens

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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The Belgians want something cheap to fly around so that they can claim to be upholding their Nato commitments (and keep the HQ and all the nice expenses paid in local hotels and restaurants) while not spending $$$$$ on aircraft designed to keep California a swing state , fight WWIII against russia counter the air superiority threat of ISIS

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English policy is to be allies with the French against the Spanish, the Germans against the French, the Germans against the French (and Americans), the French against the Americans, the French against the Germans part II, the Americans against the French .......

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Re: @ wolfetone

The Eurofighter being one of those moments we were shamelessly on our knees pleasing the EU

The eurofighter is a vital first line of defence against the East German airforce's Migs

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When it absolutely, positively needs to be leaked overnight: 120k FedEx customer files spill from AWS S3 silo

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Productivity

In the old days you would have to go out to a club. get drunk and leave a lptop in the back of a taxi.

Now with 21st century internety cloudy multi-something services you can do it all from the comfort of your desk

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Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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Re: Driverless cars.

Why are they replaced so often?

Not sure, could be a combination of a lot of them being company fleet cars and license plates that show the year.

It used to be that everyone had to have the new car on the day the new year plate came out or everyone at the golf club would think you were a failure

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Re: Driverless cars.

Average age of a car in the UK is remarkably stable at around 7.5 years

You can just increase the tax/congestion charge for older more polluting vehicles and it would make sense for a London resident to sell the old banger to somebody in the country and buy a newer electric one.

That happens over here, the smog tests are much stricter in the city than in rural areas, so beaters migrate to the countryside. The city air stays cleaner and people who need a cheap car out in the sticks can buy 10year old suvs/pickups cheap.

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Re: A lot of 'hot air'

Bring back the electric omnibus.

And how are you going to power them ?

String wires above the road ?

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Re: 2 birds one autonomous stone

cut out the middle man and insist that all cars have a nun in them

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No problem

Just insist that all driverless cars have a Victoria line tube driver at the not-wheel

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

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Re: Any news on whether the BBC pays their side of the bargain?

from such portion of that sum as she takes as salary

Which was presumably a nominal amount

She would also have to make her own provision for pension.

Like the rest of us

a degree of permanence not available to freelancers

She had a guaranteed 7 year contract - that's a lot more 'permanent' than most of us

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Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

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We wouldn't have ISIS if Saudi Arabia hadn't lost control of Al Queda over a disagreement over why the targets should be chosen by America, rather than be America.

And we wouldn't have that if it wasn't for Iran having a leadership Saudi Arabia don't like.

And we wouldn't allow that unless they also had a leadership we didn't like.

We they wouldn't have if we hadn't deposed the leader before last and imposed our own mad dictator

And we wouldn't have that popular leader if we hadn't run the country as our personal oil field

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And we wouldn't have that if Ug the caveman hadn't worshipped the moon in the wrong way according to Blurg the caveman.......

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Re: Appeals process?

even when we've decided in your favour (which, let's face it, we probably won't

Please also note that if we refuse your objection you will be charged with supporting terrorism.

Or just quietly go on a secret list of terrorist sympathizers.

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Facebook's child porn algorithm blocked the picture of the Vietnamese girl whose clothes had been burned off by Napalm and their manual review confirmed the decision.

Or perhaps it wasn't their child porn algorithm, perhaps it was their corporate media profile algorithm responding to their SLA with Dow Chemical ?

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This is only a problem if Google don't manually review

And the people doing the manual review read Arabic and are experts on middle eastern politics?

Or is "review" just flag anything with curly writing in it?

Suppose you were a reviewer for Egyptian Google, could you tell the difference between a Britain First rally and a Remberance Day parade or a Scout troop? Could our algorithm?

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South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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re: You can't manufacture sovernity by manufacturing islands

Indeed not - damn foreign trick.

Instead you seize an island half a world away, kick out the natives and then claim a 200mi exclusion zone around it. If you do this in every Ocean you rule the waves.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: Why US?

Other countries do study it and will go on studying it without Nasa.

It is just a little worrying that the world's biggest producer of GHG per person doesn't believe it and cancels any funding that provides evidence of it.

Why should China, India or Africa not ramp up their own production / person to the same level? If America can benefit from this "economic activity" why should an Indian have to miss out on a pickup truck to save the planet?

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Re: Outer Space Treaty?

Care to explain how an iron sphere, ...could float in the atmosphere?

It would hang in the air in exactly the same way bricks don't

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Re: Predicting the past

Drop a nuke on Mars.

Some of the ejecta will have the correct dV to end up captured by Earth, then you just need to wait a billion years and comb the antarctic for the meteorites

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Re: Moon? Mars? Moon! Mars!

Trump government is looking more closely at duplication and waste

And so is boosting the SLS - a program that has managed to overcome the immense technical challenge of building a rocket in every congressional district int he country.

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Re: We don't need no education

Today I teach Physics to our next generation.

Which is exactly why these extremists recruiting videos need to be taken down.

The next generation should be taught to believe whatever their local pastor and Koch brothers tell them - not this fancy pants thinking business

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Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

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Re: Statistician

What's the difference between a data scientist and a statistician?

A data scientist is a statistician with a Porsche

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Re: Am I missing something?

They are supposed to have good reason before doing so.

Like wearing a loud shirt in a built up area, or loitering with intent to use a pedestrian crossing?

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Re: How long

And to their face-id "trial".

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So it is going to take 30,000 minimum wage assistants each on £10,000 salaries to merge them

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Re: Do we have a lawyer commentard?

Step1 - They will only be able to force you if you are arrested.

Step2 - Refusing to voluntarily give your prints will be an arrestable offence

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You say prints are automatically deleted,

From the device

Like their previous claim that an ID card wouldn't contain your travel,medical and tax history "on the card" - just in the database it links to.

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Huawei claims national security is used as plausible excuse for 'protectionism'

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Re: National Security is by definition protectionism

The US of A doesn't want Chinese spyware running on our cell towers. Gee, how odd!

So does the UK want Microsoft/Google spyware running in it's parliament, civil service, etc ?

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Kettle, black courtesy phone

While they are undoubtedly correct - how many Chinese government contracts have gone to US firms?

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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911 is ran by the states not private orgs.

who have the option of charging the phone customers or the hospitals/ambulance companies

They chose to tax the ones without lobbyists

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So they aren't going to want the extra cost of a freephone 911 number are they?

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Re: Not Surprised

1p of every $ collected actually goes to its intended purpose, the other 99p goes to pay the bribes, corruption, & padding.

I think the technical term is trickle-down economics

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Re: Serves them right

The framers of the Constitution should really have thought about adding some clause that gave states the right to exercise some sort of democratic choice about their local laws.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: I hope these were supposed to be humourous.

why ... suggest a couple of $$ (or ££) of plastic and a manual water control system to protect tens of thousands of $$ of delicate and mission critical electronic systems

Because B&Q / HomeDepot don't offer the same sort of perks to customers as companies selling mission critical electronic systems

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From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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Re: Dumb move

I take it you prefer Telnet over Secure Shell as well, and you prefer postcards to envelopes?

I take it you are typing this from your Tempest screened bunker on a machine with a verified CPU and no IME or closed source BIOS.

Security depends on the threat model NOT ticking boxes

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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1: they are forced to pay everyone 4cents regardless of how much it costs to do

So massively increase the fine over what the court decided?

Great as long as it is only being used against evil corporations that we don't like.

But next time you get a parking ticket you are required to pay $100 divided by all the other drivers in the city that were delayed / incovenienced by you. So you have to pay each of them 1c however much it costs - oh we seem to have fined you $200,000

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Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

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Re: Every 30 months?

in enlightened Norway its 5 years (regardless)

So you just tack 50-100% onto the price to insure against failure.

Actually it's great for suppliers, you know a phone battery will only last 3years and the government tells you to warranty it for 5, you just build the price of a new battery into the phone and then after 3 years the consumer can't switch to another brand without losing their investment.

It's like Volvo and Merc getting together to persuade the governnent that you need to require 5* crash ratings and 500,000mi warranties on all cars - to protect the children. Oh you wanted a 10k Kia? - tough, peasant!

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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it turned out to be a gay porn film featuring hunky German bikers, and not a zip of the Win2k source after all."

I think that's the source code to Vista

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