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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

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Re: The Greats have gone

<cough > Iain M Banks </cough >

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The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

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Logitech boost

When everybody has to replace their keyboards with new ones without the euro symbol

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Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

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Re: $230,000 a head

I think it is more likely it will make LCD panels.

Isn't LCD panel manufacture a largely automated commodity business these days?

It's hard to see how that would provide the10,000s jobs with 6figure salaries to justify this level of state incentive

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Re: ..wouldn’t consider it a sure thing

It’s the Chinese global way of business.

$8.7bn to Boeing to keep building the 777 in Washington

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/11/12/washington-just-awarded-the-largest-state-tax-subsidy-in-u-s-history/

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$230,000 a head

Except of those 13,000 workers 10,000 are in construction.

And of those construction 'jobs' you count each contracted out person as a job everytime you use them. So every truck movement that closes a road counts the driver, operator, flaggers etc.

So the 10,000 construction jobs are more like 1000 FTE for 1 year.

Luckily those 3000 permanent jobs are all full time Apple product designers being paid $250,000/year - that way it will only take 60years to recoup the $1M for each job from state income tax.

Or another way of looking at it, every resident of the state just paid retail for an iPhone.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Strong moral principles

The same companies have also pulled all their manufacturing and sales operations in China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, pretty much everywhere in Africa, S. America etc

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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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Re: FredBed

In which case wouldn't it be cheaper to just build 100 more rooms so nobody has to share?

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: I hope they've learned lessons from history

rot below the waterline

That's your problem then, you let it get wet.

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Re: No catapult...

What if the F35B is a dead end?

The crew will be instructed to hold their arms out to their sides and run up and down the flight deck shouting "vroom". Following an upgrade to the software in 2025 they will also be permitted to shout "bang".

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Re: Oh no!

So that's 2000 x 8port switches with the 8th port connected to another 286 switches with their 8th port connected to .....

And they got a really good deal from Ebuyer with free shipping

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Re: Garbage

Remember 'Sink the Bismark' - what if the one hit is on the steering gear and you just steam in circles until they finish you off?

That's not really comparable to modern warships.

Now you just have to take out one network switch and the engine management system isn't able to connect to the license server for the maintenance log and so the engine shuts down

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How many F35s were lost to the Taliban in dog fights? Very few compared to the Battle of Britain - thus proving the value of the F35's stealth capability compared to the Hurricane.

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Re: well..

If they aren't planning on using the deck for any aircraft they could host Vauxhall Corsas doing donuts

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Re: Tree falling in the wood...

Carry? Yes

Take off and land ? That could be trickier

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Naval air superiority is a vital part of our operations against terrorists in landlocked Afghanistan

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Re: well..

Shouldn't it have "Liz - Phil" painted across the front ?

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Re: limited resources

You could just have one sailor and lots of mirrors

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Re: Genuine question

Fortunately after Brexit, India will have a cheap 3rd world country to offshore the maintenance to

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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Perhaps the then Home Secretary should be hauled up for contempt of court for failing to implement this.

But they were democratically elected - so it is really the electorate who are guilty and so the police should now hold all their details

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Re: It has to be all or nothing

Or if you have everyone's DNA you select which sequence groups you match on to get a fit on your preferred suspect then go to court and have your pet expert witness claim that the 1 in a billion chance of a match implies that there is a 1 in a billion chance that the person is innocent.

The process is simplified if you contract out the DNA matching to a commercial lab and explain to them that the chance of their contract being renewed is proportional to the number of "correct" matches they find

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Re: Home Office astrology strategy

There were a series of cases where the innocent/guilty algorithm was confused by a deep tan.

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However requesting that your image is removed now marks you as a "person of interest" so there is a valid policing reason for retaining your image

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Re: But think of the children!!

are frequent prosecutions of personnel for illegally accessing data.

There are frequent statements that "lessons have been learned" for illegally accessing data with very occasional long periods on administrative leave on full pay

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Except the 5mins before the arrest of a strangley blood covered suspect for "resisting arrest" will be missing and the cctv of a suspect who died in a cell will have been deleted for privacy reasons

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: Curious

Abolish Defra.

Without complicated Eu rules, quotas and subsidies to administer the farmers are now free to negotiate their own trade with whoever they want - no need for remote bureaucrats in distant Brussels London telling them what to do

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Re: Light begins to dawn?

The country that has made the best recovery from the last recession, in fact barely noticed it, is communist China.

All hail chairman May ?

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One saving

That expensive delayed computer system that hands out all those subsidies that farmers complain about.

Just a simple letter saying - welcome to the 21st century, you now get the same subsidy the last tory lady leader gave the coal mines

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: How about this -

These are small boutique stores in city centers.

The lockers would have to go in the back, with the stock.

There is no car park.

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Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

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Re: In all fairness

tell if it is a legitimate interest is to ask if what they intend to do “is fair”.

And how do you know it's fair ? just ask if it's a legitimate interest !

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

If I remember ( I've seen the film ), the non-lesbian non-vampire strippers get turned into lesbian vampires, and another stripper has to kill them.

But it's all done in the best posssssible taste

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Re: I might watch it sometime

"then I'm better off watching Lesbian Vampire Killers"

Some ambiguity in the title

Is it the vampires themselves that are lesbians or is it the vampire killers in comfortable shoes?

Asking purely in a spirit of academic interest you understand

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: Threesome

The bit I don't understand is why they didn't collect location as well.

There are really only a couple of options for location

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: I think most of us loathe Nazism because of its eugenics element.

I was against the Nazis you know

Yes I think most people were

But I wrote a letter !

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Re: Podium place

I think the Italians were - did not finish but then took selfies with the medal winners later

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Re: That clip about them furreners stealing jobs..

Has the full repercussions of only British "ladies of negotiable affection" been discussed by the house?

It might cause a few of them to have second thoughts about a hard Brexit.

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Re: Nazi is a slur anyway

So the equivalent of "the new Bennys" ?

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Re: The Irony

They got silver, it's a podium place.

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Re: Everything I don't like is a Nazi

MATE, THEY ARE WEARING FUCKING NAZI SWASTIKAS. FUCKING NAZI SWASTIKAS. THEY ARE FUCKING NAZIS. No, this isn't name calling or shock labelling by the left.

Perhaps they are just trying to make money on a Broadway Show?

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Re: Devil's Advocate

Communism: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for you share of the milk, but it's so long that the milk is sour by the time you get it.

Nazism: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

Capitalism: You have two cows. You lay one off, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when she drops dead.

Wall st Capitalism: You have two cows.

You sell three of them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute an debt/equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows.

The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company.

The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.

Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because they make a mess of the office.

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Nazi is a slur anyway

From the Oxford English Dictionary :

Etymology: German Nazi (c1920), shortened Nationalsozialist or Nationalsozialistisch (see National Socialist adj. and n.). Compare French Nazi (1930). The spelling with z probably arose by analogy with Sozi (shortened Sozialist socialist n. and adj.).

The term was originally used by opponents of the National Socialist German Workers' Party and may have been influenced by Bavarian Nazi, a familiar form of the proper name Ignatius and used to refer to or characterize an awkward or clumsy person.

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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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Re: Holyrood

Which is the one where they keep churning out the same ridiculous cartoon fantasies, they take in $billions but somehow seem to lose money on every project?

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Re: Robots don't pay taxes...

Oh my goodness!

Perhaps Swift was being ironic ?

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Re: Robots don't pay taxes...

I don't think it would work. The poor have such poor diets you wouldn't get a good price for their kids.

Who want's to eat high-cholesterol, junk food loaded Irish?

It would only be profitable to sell vegan fed, free-range, organic children

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Re: corporate conscience

And the result makes everyone richer.

Suppose your country/state/city/village had to produce everything it needed locally.

No buying Mercedes fire trucks for the airport, you need to buy trucks built in Seattle. You can't buy wheat from the mid-west so bread is expensive and you cant afford it because nobody outside your state is buying Boeings.

If you want to see the standard of living you get with self sufficiency just look at rural Bhutan.

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Re: corporate conscience

Bring back bus conductors and elevator operators.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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Re: It's 2017

Positive discrimination - just advertise for deaf construction workers.

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Or have the MPs stay in their constituencies and meet/vote on skype.

Then they can "appear to themselves on closed circuit TV to believe they're still real.."

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