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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

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>Really? By what god like powers are they planning on subverting foreign jurisdictions and the ability of the internet to route around censorship?

A strongly worded letter to each Nigerian prince ?

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Had an American rental car that very politely read out abbreviations in full.

Unfortunately it though that "St" was an abbreviation for Saint and "Dr" was doctor

So we turned into "Martin Luther King Doctor" and drove down several "Main Saints"

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Where politically expedient make a U-Turn

U-turn if you want to

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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And over to Herr Gauss

So there is a small difference in the mean of a broad distribution of two populations.

At an age where girls have physically/mentally matured ahead of boys and when there is a group pressure for the boys not to be swots.

It says nothing about what you expect the gender of future 1 in a million Nobel prize winners to be or what you expect the mix of top 1% of 21 year olds graduating in Maths/Physics from top schools or how many should have founded $Bn silicon valley companies

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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nobody goes after the small fry

Still - convenient to have a 10year stretch hanging over just about anybody in the country isn't it?

Want to do a raid on that well known felon Mr Winston Kadogo?

That would only be justified for a major crime, such as one that carried a 10year sentence - such as having kept a copy of a BBC iPlayer programme more than 30days, or having copied a CD to his MP3 player.

Fortunately such laws would only be used against major criminals, or terrorists.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Turned on at their discretion?

Perhaps this could be extended to recordings of interviews

The tape can be started and stopped "at their discretion"

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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Re: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation is offshoring?

Chinese bank with HQ in Hong Kong reduces staff in small island off Europe !

Getting rid of off-shore staff a great boost for local economy says HK manager

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: CS vs IT = Architects vs Civil Engineers

Bad ones just plant ivy

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Because the employers expect to hire a new grad for about the same wage as the window cleaner, drop them in a production system have them producing code on day one.

The same way that Rolls Royce hires mech eng graduates and has them building jet engines as soon as they get their overall.

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Computer "science" grads need to be less employable

If computer science is going to be one (hint - if the subject has the word science, it isn't one) then it needs to cover fundamentals rather than making sure that 2016's graduates have 3years experience of Visual Studio 2019.

The reason we hire other STEM grads is that, for the most part, CS grads are the least capable (ie thick) students who took CS because they had a computer at home and they thought it would get them a job.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Don't gloat yet awhile...

But if Britain leaves Europe it will have to join America and so will be forced to use 110v.

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Re: memories ...

obligatory Welsh joke about keeping the sheep in ?

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Ambulance chasers are us?

Except the genius pedo-terrorist probably doesn't have any assets. So she will sue the school district for not having prominent enough signage and they will pay, and cut the school budget to make up the shortfall.

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Re: +Gordon 10

I genuinely didn't know that.

el'reg - come for the barely recycled press releases of enterprise storage manufacturers - stay for the pedantic etymology

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous

>More Americans have been killed by toddlers in 2016 than by terrorists

That's why you need to carry a gun at home - the toddlers are clever and they are organised.

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Re: Acts of God...

But suppose you were in a situation where you were naked except for your socks and had to deal with an intruder/terrorist/grizzly bear? You wouldn't have time to cycle an empty chamber.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Fuck, that's pretty dark

Surely worth it for the joy of Mr Cage being burnt in a giant wicker man ( spoiler?) ?

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Re: Parody?

No need for parody. They didn't use any of the original footage, they just made models in the same style. Trumpton don't own that style of puppet or stop motion animation

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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

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That's a relief

Now that Twitter is being guarded by those chaps at GCHQ there are no more terrorists on twitter so the Daily Mail can stop worrying about it.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Re: Back to Pencil and Paper Then for Self Assessment?

At least it works with pen and paper.

If the GDS Shoreditch wonders get hold of it - you will be required to use special pastel hued crayons, only available from a specific artisan crayon dribbler.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: The very large pink elephant in the room

"If you're with a bank worth their salt, you'll get a phonecall to verify any suspicious looking transactions."

There is a distinct NaCl deficiency with banks over here.

Found a dozen $1000-$2000 flights in europe on my credit card and phoned the bank to alert them.

So the $10,000 flights to South Africa and Australia weren't yours either?

What $10K flight ??????

Oh sorry, we spotted those as fraudulent and removed them.

So you cancelled a bunch of $5k and $10k fraudulent transactions, but decided that all the ones for $1K and $2k at the same time were legitimate?

Yes, because they were under the fraud limit.

What's the fraud limit amount - just out of interest?

Oh, we ca't tel you that - for security !

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Re: Boo hoo

Which is why we need to strike first.

Cops of America, Nuke America, to Save America

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>The system much prefers to describe it as a justifiable homicide.

Or if the victim is black - theft of police bullets

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Step 1: Get the security council to agree on who is a terrorist.

Step 2: Get a unanimous vote from all the other members

Step 3: Make a plan

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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Re: Help ma boab!

They even have their own website

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Re: So much this

Dell's business website (used?) to let you do this.

It offered you the option of paying over 'n' credit cards or accounts keeping under the approval limit on each

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Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

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Re: Here we go again

It's certainly a welcoming approach.

Mr US corporation, put your HQ in Ireland and you can slurp data from anywhere in Europe.

Regulators? We have Mrs Muggins who does Wednesday afternoons.

Still not as profitable as London's financial services industry held in check by the iron grip of the SFO.

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

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Re: And when the year is over I’ll reappear And have a solution

I always hear "developers, developers, developers" as a pitiful cry, rather like Peter Sellers doing "a horse, a horse" as Richard III

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Sic transit Mercury Monday

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Re: Why the fuss?

Nope, it is totally pointless and always has been (unlike the earliest transits of Venus)

But since no Kardasian is doing anything today it's news, and it allows lots of agencies to fulfill a public understanding of science mandate without any actual science being understood.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Re: Honeywell

Royal Enfield: doing motorcycles since God was too young to ride

Honda: make a silly little moped thing for Japanese peasants

How did that work out ?

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

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Re: The Navy Lark

Well we can be pretty sure it won't have any wheels

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Re: "...put Britain at the forefront of efforts to preserve our precious marine environment."

"our" marine environment? I thought it was going to Antarctica?

Perhaps we should seize the south pole for the empire - it would be nice to have a 2nd former colony that doesn't beat us at cricket.

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Re: Fair compromise

It would have been braver to say - "the winner proves that the British public don't give a BEEP about science and so we are cancelling the ship"

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Wait, what?

Nasa couldn't fake a water landing - that's a totally different government agency with a different union

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

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Re: Disruption but not as we know it?

The border was pretty permeable to Armalites and semtex so it is likely to stay open for people doing a bit of shopping or buying cheap petrol.

It doesn't mean that Google/MSFT/Amazon etc can treat it as an open border for tax reasons

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Re: More FUD

So the idea is that the UK would leave the Eu to get more control over business and taxation - but continue to allow US companies to pretend to be in Ireland and pay no tax?

Just out of a sense of nostalgia for the UK-Eire "special" relationship ?

Yep - can see that happening.

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Of course

This might just be what he wants you to think ?

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: On behalf of the human race

>Trump trails Clinton by around 6% in polls

Fortunately in the US the choice of president isn't all that strongly correlated with getting most votes

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On behalf of the human race

Thank fsck for that

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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But the imported ones have so much more flair, razzamataz and general Hollywood-ness than our own rather drab domestic efforts

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Or is it the author doesn't understand the Quantum Compute Thing

Quantum cloud computing is simple.

You can either know the location of the computer or its performance.

The less knowledge you have of the position, the greater freedom in performance.

In the cloud you have no idea where the computer is - and therefore the potential performance is huge

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: We still have the £100 note up here north of Hadrian's Wall

>Will anywhere take it ?

You can use it to buy a house in Aberdeen - if they have change

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Re: Clearly Typhoons don't have this problem

>I thought that lesson was already taught by the F-104G..

A ground attack fighter with a downward firing ejector seat, and a barely subsonic stall speed - what could possibly go wrong ?

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Sounds familiar

Luke, you have switched off your targeting computer.

Yes, I just need to reboot, hit f8, restart in safe mode ....

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Re: Operational delays

Although on recent evidence, they may have aimed at Europe - but would probably have hit Canada

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Re: For Sale

Fairy Swordfish, can actually land on carriers, proven in combat and the only software issue is the stuffing coming out.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Re: revenge porn

I wrote the module to do noise reduction on MRI and CT scans in one major bit of software.

It is now very difficult to get sample data.

The clinician can just annomize the patient data portion before they send it to us - if they know how,

But a shopping mall scan clinic, who are the source of most of the bad scans, aren't going to go through the process of getting consent, forming an ethics board and having a human trials review and proving their HIPAA compliance for a $500 scan.

There is official NIH test data, but it is all taken on perfectly calibrated, professionally operated laboratory grade scanners - not what you want to solve the problem of CT scans of hipsters with too many piercings.

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