* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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

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Re: A fair response.

>I actually thought about a range of other options: from a Google Chromebook to a Lenovo ThinkPad.

I bought Lenovo's MIIX surface pro clone: Mobile i7,8Gb/256Gb,keyboard cover for <$600 and an openbox Chromebook for $100

The chromebook sits there for web browsing and email notifications, the Lenovo does visual studio better than any previous laptop. For python/matlab it's indistinguishable from my desktop except for having awesome screen resolution. The folding keyboard cover, while better than the surface, sucks for typing other than coding

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

The problem is that even if you can make a system which is able to unlock the data without the original key and still be secure. Who do you give the backdoor to?

Field Marshal Haig,

Field Marshal Haig's wife,

all Field Marshal Haig's wife's friends, their families,

their families' servants, their

families' servants' tennis partners, and some chap I

bumped into the mess the other day called Bernard."

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Please allow law enforcement access

I would love everyone of the 10,000s of local sherrifs offices and the 1000s of government agencies to have access to all the politicians and bankers encrypted communications - the leaks should make entertaining reading.

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

I think you will find that software being written outside the USA is only a theoretical possibility.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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To be fair I just spent several minutes looking for the switch to turn a newly installed HP printer on.

When I finally found it (press the white HP logo on the white front of the machine so it lights up white)

A secretary walked in and pointed out the illuminated HP logo on the identical model next to it.

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US Director of National Intelligence legs it

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Favors returned

Replacement will probably be the FBI guy who ran the Hilary email investigation, or at least the spokesman that made those convenient announcements in the days before the vote

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Re: net neutrality

Or the extra revenue could just go into someone's pockets.

When cell phones were first common in the UK calls between networks were insanely expensive, which meant you had to be on the same network as your friends, so whichever network got the cool kids first got everyone else in the region it offered service.

It will be the same with your internet. TheReg is included in your basic package but you need the upgrade service if you want decent speed for Netflix. But a different cable company has the deal with Amazon Prime, so if you want fast access to their site you need to pay that provider.

Big sites like Facebook and Youtube will be able to demand the same sort of fees from internet providers that HBO and ESPN can from their cable arm. If you want us not to throttle your customers then you pay, and then you charge the customers not to throttle them again.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: Gone in 10 seconds...

>And even then, the statement "With access to the shell, an attacker could then decrypt Linux machines" is totally wrong.

Not quite totally wrong. It just needs to be modified to

"With access to the shell, AND THE PASSWORD, an attacker could then decrypt Linux machines"

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Grow up China

Remind which country is begging the other country to give it shiny toys and promises to pay it back when it can afford to ?

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Bankruptcies in real estate aren't failures they are more likely to be a success

An opportunity to avoid paying creditors and suppliers while snapping up the assets for a song from the receivers - it's just another way that smart people don't pay the bill

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Even in Canada

There are calls for a trade war.

If the US keeps stalling on lumber and wants to tear up NAFTA there a bunch of people that want a Canadian Jones Act and require internal flights to be on Canadian built planes.

Forcing airlines to replace all the 737s with C series is very popular in Montreal.

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Re: Huh?

The same way that Apple claims 90% of the value of the iPhone is accounted for by the intellectual property supplied by Apple.

If Apple claim to the USA that the part from China has no value then China gets to claim the same thing.

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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Re: Common Misunderstanding

Add in the frequent cases of government body switches from system X to system Y.

Its in-house staff only know X, it has a hiring freeze because of the costs of buying Y so can't hire anyone to operate Y. It then pays contractors to work Y.

To look good politically it then reduces the number of these highly paid contractors

So system Y stops working

The government dept then looks at replacing Y with a new system Z which will solve all the problems

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

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Re: Can I ask a stupid question?

Sensible companies find it cheaper to pay and get the vulnerability fixed than have the scene go underground and have the bugs sold to the bad guys.

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Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really

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Re: I don't understand.

In Spain, government memes you

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Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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Re: Ireland can compete

I'm waiting to see what a doubling in price of all the cheap Chinese crap in Walmart does to his support base. I assume the only reason they weren't already only buying Made in America was because there wasn't a Crate and Barrel nearby

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Re: Who knows?

But he controls the people

He is going to need someone to blame when he can't build a wall or bring jobs home, and those "politicians in Washington" with their lobbyists and ties to Wall st are going to get the blame.

The disaffected people who voted for Trump aren't going to differentiate between evil democrat fat cats and republican fat cats if Trump calls them out - and he doesn't need the party support for his personal glory or re-election

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Re: For Apple it was almost 0.05%

They can however lend it to the US parent corporation who can use it fund share buybacks or takeovers - and then claim US tax relief on the interest payments.

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Re: Who knows?

He controls both houses - he is more likely to be shot by the current speaker of the house than impeached

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For Apple it was almost 0.05%

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Re: Seems to me ...

The reason corporate income tax was introduced was people were incorporating themselves.

Your personal services corporation gets paid for your freelance work, it buys a house-shaped office which it lets you live in and a car you drive. It also invites you to working breakfast, lunch and dinners every day and buys all the clothes you wear.

It doesn't however pay you, and with these generous benefits it never makes a profit - so nobody pays any tax.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Re: Video Nasty

From a purely engineering point of view a 3 legged donkey (assuming the center of mass was inside the triangle) would be optimally stable.

That's why Im a rocket scientist but they don't let me build desks

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Re: Why cardboard?

That's the reason for the cardboard.

First thing in the morning it's an upright standing desk, by lunchtime it's become a regular sitting desk and by the end of the day it's the perfect height for slouching.

The cleaners then throw it away overnight (while leaving the overflowing full bin in the kitchen) and in the morning you get to start all over again

Expensive on desks though

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Think of the children

But he didn't blow any up so the law worked

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Your mistake was trying to take them as a liquid.

Next time keep them as separate gasses and then the security people won't object

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Re: The truth

>Compare what is happening now in England with what happened to the French railway system in 1944

Your theory is that Southeast Trains are actually a terrorist organisation intent on destroying capitalism by making commuting into London impractical?

It is the only explanation that makes sense

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Re: What's the thinking?

"Got any proof of that?"

Never believe anything until it has been officially deneid

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Not just the books

If these were military manuals from the 50s and 60s then many people will have read them when in the army. We need to find these potential terrorists and lock them up.

Fortunately this story came out on the one day a year when these people break cover and dress up in easily identifiable uniforms and stand around cenotaphs.

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Re: Growing your own food can

The US law wasn't about protecting the water quality it was about downstream users.

If you have a 2000acre farm in the midwest and build a dam to collect all the rain water that falls on it - the farms and towns downstream suffer.

The story was that the law could be applied to regular houses with a rain barrel - it wasn't being but the media needed a silly season story

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Re: Secrecy / Zero Transparency / Consumer Product Safety:

That works both ways. Our US office has to inform visitors that it contains hazardous substances, we don't have to in the UK. The fact that the list of substances is so long and includes things like printer toner means the warning is meaningless but it is there.

Also remember a European car company that was able to self-certify it's own emission tests in Europe but got caught having to cheat to meet tougher US ones

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>The TPP is a bullshit trade deal that would fuck Canada

The TPP was a bullshit trade deal designed to fuck China.

If China has any sense it will adopt TPP and offer the same deal to all the other SE Asian members if they now agree to exclusive treaty with them, cutting out the USA

>Death to the TPP and all other attempts to bypass national law

How do you do trade with access to law?

Are you willing to set up a factory in Africa if they can simply fine you 10x the countries GDP everytime their economy looks bad.

Are you willing to allow Canadian C series or Blackberries into your country if Canada insists that all it's telcos and airlines are Canadian owned.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: What they voted for

Obamacare is an expensive mess.

Whether this is because big pharma fund the democrats or because had to be pork barrelled and amended for every special interest group in order to get it passed in a divided house - depends on whose side you are on.

To turn it off on day 1 with no alternative is going to lead to a certain amount of administrative inconvenience for a few million people who then don't have any medical care

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> White supremacists are America's own terrorists.

You can't be a terrorist if you're white.

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Re: How can any decent voter

>Wouldn't like to be black while living in some* US states at the moment.

If you Hispanic living in the south you better hope the guys in pickups with confederate flags and assault rifles can spot the difference between Mexican rapists and republican voting Cubans in a drive by shooting

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Enjoy the upcoming conflicts in the Baltic.

Now that we will only defend NATO allies if they pay

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

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Re: Strawmanning

The HQ might be, but their factories are normally in whatever depressed area is giving the best tax breaks - in Dell's case North Carolina and Tennessee.

If your first act is to impose tarrifs to bring the jobs back home - which closes these factories - you might just lose some support.

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Re: Strawmanning

>What is Gavin Clarke getting at with Dell and EMC?

That it's one thing to rage against those silicon valley hipsters.

But once you start putting regular American workers in Republican states out of work by imposing tarrifs on components that make it too expensive for Dell to run factories - your party support might drop.

I assume all those German and Japanese car plants will be kicked out of Georgia and Alabama to make America great again.

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Re: I have no problem with gearing back the corrupt H1-B program

The machinists jobs weren't offshored, they were automated.

Look at a car assembly line today compared to the model-T, notice anything about the number of workers?

I suppose you could ban robots and CNC to increase factory employment and ban JCBs to reinvigorate the ditch digging industry, then get rid of all those combine harvesters, then the power looms ...

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Re: What the hell Register??

And when the same system is onshored to which ever depressed region is giving the best tax breaks this week - you think the natives you are handing over to will all be Donald Knuth ?

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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The use case changes with the new model.

The model S sold to people who already have 2 cars. If they need a long trip for the holidays they take the Range Rover, if they need to take stuff to the dump they call somebody.

The model 3 replaces a hatchback for people with only 1 car - it needs to be able to do the annual holiday trip to grandparents

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Re: Free elec

I have a Ford hybrid with a much smaller battery pack.

Dealer price for the replacement is $3000 but the scrap yards are full of batteries for $700-800

all from cars with front end damage.

Most internal combustion cars in scrap yards aren't there because they wore out after 200,000mi - no reason to think things are different for electrics

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

>poisonous components are truly being completely recycled on a global basis.

Lithium is the 3rd most common element in the universe

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: who sees a wifi network called that and then calls the police.

>No need to stop there, Unicode works fine: محمد بن موسى الخوارزمی

That would get you arrested by the language police.

The CRS might be tough but they are nothing compared to l' Académie française

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Re: Odd thing

So wouldn't that be provoking them ?

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Re: who sees a wifi network called that and then calls the police.

Tough on maths, tough on the causes of maths

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>French police can arrest anybody, needless to provide any grounds.

Unless they are dressed as German infantry

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Re: If you have run out of things to do, go all Robespierre on SSIDs

Just change the SSID to "Vichy"

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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And be replaced with candidates who don't care about the abuse because it's obviously just people who are the enemy who attack them, which proves how right they are, ie psychopaths

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