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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: Cost increases?

>Will Airbus have to pay tarriffs when importing the wings in future?

It does demonstrate a flaw with the Eu in the way taxes are decided and collected.

eg. The Eu supports a French demand for a 100% import duty on wings to punish perfidious Albion, the money is paid to the French government when the wings arrive in Toulouse but the cost is paid by all the Airbus partners - making Germany and Spain subsidise France.

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Re: Cost increases?

Or China could say "lovely aircraft and we would love to buy them if some major component, like say the wings, was built locally and I hear you are having some political difficulty with your other foreign wing supplier."

Of course the aviation industry has always been immune to this sort of pork-barrel politicing so no need to worry.

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Re: Not surprising its safe, no one is doing anything exciting anymore nowadays

>Why don't aircraft manufacturers have the courage to actually make something revolutionary anymore

For pretty much the same reasons that cricket balls are all round.

The big design decisions are cos of physics, the small ones are to make them compatible with all the airports, ground equipment and passengers

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>Capn. Sullenberger, who was flying a Airbus A320-214, "

The same software also prevented him from stalling

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Re: Go A350 !

Another reason for the return of the Handley-Page on transatlantic flights - if you can't crawl out onto the wing to clean the plugs every few hours it's not a real plane

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Although that is really a self-solving problem. Any bits of land you do eject nuclear waste over is likely to become unfriendly territory quite quickly.

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Not as silly as me flying half way around the world in an aircraft stuffed full of the latest communications technology - in order to sit in a meeting while somebody shows me a Powerpoint presentation.

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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technology tart / technology journalist.

What's the difference between tart and journalist? Other than there are presumably things a tart won't do for any money

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: A Quickie

Changes in gravity travel at the speed of light.

Newton assumed that gravity travelled instantly (he didn't know light had a finite speed) which meant that same classical astronomy observations didn't add up.

When you assume that gravity travels at the speed of light it all works out. Which was the reason for trying to measure a speed of light and was done succesfully pretty much at the end of Newton's life.

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Re: Creates more problems than it solves?

Relativity and classical electromagnetism (JCM got tantalizingly close to discovering special relativity if he hadn't died so young) only assume speed of light is constant for any observer in any frame of reference.

Admittedly it raises problems if it varies day-day but there is no problem with it being different in the early universe.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Re: Spanking or caning that leaves a visible mark is out, as well as anything involving urination

"adult material" - like The Economist, or Phys Rev Letters.

Mind you, they could ban PhysRevLett - disgusting stuff....

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Obligatory Joke

A man books into a hotel and says to the desk, "I'm a Christian and I hope the porn channel in my room is disabled."

Replies the clerk: No you perv, it's just normal

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: Common Carrier not a stretch

You wouldn't have a VOIP provider because the company that pipes your internet undoubtedly also sells mobile or landline phones, so would be allowed to block any competing product on their connection. But you won't be reading this because they have a deal with Murdoch corp so that only Fox news sites are allowed.

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Gov's industrial strategy: 'Look, we've changed the words above our door'

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The arm takeover is entirely different form Cadbury's

I doubt that ARM has an extravagantly funded workers pension fund that can be raided

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Re: A mission statement is NOT a plan

>Security is about much, much, MUCH more than software vulnerabilities.

We will have to be tough on cybersecurity, we will ban phone with screens more than 5.1 inches from planes and make you put them in a clear plastic bag at security

There - solved

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Re: As much as the man is a dog-turd of a racist

Nor will a lot of SE Asian countries who now won't have Google re-writing their copyright laws, Johnson+Johnson deciding which of their traditional remedies are now patented and having Exxon Mobile tear up their environmental laws while Haliburton take over their infrastructure.

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

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Re: Depends on your needs, though.

The big advantage of the macbook air is that when they come back to you to ask how to do/fix something you can say "Sorry don't know anything about macs" - that's worth the extra $500 easily

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Re: FanBoi

We used to buy macbooks for salesdroids because of the service.

If it breaks down in just about any major city in the world go into the Apple store, get them to fix/replace it and connect back to our sharepoint site and you are working again in an hour.

Now it takes longer to get a macbook fixed than it does for us to get a replacement Lenovo delivered to them and with Windows10 we don't need an IT guy to spend a day configuring it.

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Re: I've issue with the OLED Strip as an innovation

But with no keyboard feel you have to look to know if you pressed it, so it's no better than a taskbar icon.

If Apple had convertible laptop/tablets with QHD+ screens with full multitouch and Microsoft launched a laptop with a tiny little touchscreen below a dumb passive screen they would be ridiculed.

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Re: Bye Bye Apple

Apple's customers don't buy computers - they buy phones and music downloads.

The only reason Apple still make macbooks is that journalists buy them to write about phones and music downloads.

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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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