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Coding will win you the election, narcissistic techies boasted to Hillary

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Re: Not a long term growth market

You do realise that incompetent programmers are all that separate you from an AI apocalypse?

Only PHP/Javascript/Goto will save us from the Terminator

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Re: STEM is a useless term

Did the same in the UK, grants and bursaries for STEM students willing to go into teaching.

Massive uptake, everybody happy.

A few years later schools began asking why they had all these Sports-Science and Domestic-Science teachers but no Physics-science or Chemistry-Science or Maths-Science teachers.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Re: Destination

Visited a tunnel site on the French/Swiss border.

The English project engineer worked for the Swiss company (high wages, low tax) but lived on the French side (cheap housing, good food) and although they didn't get officially French holidays everyone working on the site did and took August off.

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Re: Destination

They were just ahead of the curve for "onshoring"

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Alleged ISIS member 'wore USB cufflink and trained terrorists in encryption'

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Re: What Next?

No just be photographed holding legally owned guns while on holiday

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/19/prevent_counter_terrorism_facebook_home_office/

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Re: Another 'intent' crime

But it does mean you can now investigate somebody who uses encryption - because they might be a terrorist. And if you happen to find something else you can always do them for that.

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Cufflinks, jolly good

It's good to see that these terrorists are rising to the standards of sartorial elegance that British counter-terrorist offices have always maintained.

Although your typical supervillian always seemed to favor badly tailored mao suits, proper soviet baddies at least had nicely pressed medal covered uniforms, it must have been a great disappointment to MI5 that they had to battle scruffy south american freedom fighters in army surplus berets and a bunch of terrorists dressed liked 1930s musical hall egyptians.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: The "sharing economy" is a scam

Unless you can get together with a group of other for -hire drivers and make a cartel with an official monopoly in a city and a high barrier to entry

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See that red spot on the chart? Sail over it and you'll find a Russian sub

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Re: ArcGIS?!

No it's the special military-grade version without the ease of use features that sells for 10x as much

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Re: Target search != target detection

The modern solution relies on persauding your enemy to sign up for Facebook or Google apps and, by not reading the small print on the Terms, allow you to track their location for free.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Why would anyone buy a cheap macbook?

What would all the people walking past Starbucks think of you ?

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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Re: Bah!

I thought we were getting a fleet of buses - that's what I vote for !

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Re: Channel 4 news reported £5.5Bn --> EU got £8.8Bn <-- EU for Science

Not at all, the government will fully fund UK science and allow them to build their own version of Eu projects - just with 1/28th money and people.

The Little Hadron Collider, with it's thatched roof and magnets collected from fridges by the nation's children will be assembled in Britain and will collide British Hadrons at a sensible speed.

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Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock

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Re: different view

Assuming the next two companies are American.

An Israeli "security consultancy" targets a Pacemaker built by a Swiss company and their Panamanian hedge fund partner shorts their stock on the NYSE - exactly what does the New York DA do about it?

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Re: Surely this is almost the definition of insider trading?

Which is the beauty of the plan, St Jude sues them and "St Jude medical devices deadly cyberflaw" is the headline, driving the stock even lower.

Even if they won, which they probably wouldn't because of free speech laws, the attackers just have to do it from a shell company with no assets

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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

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I also want to be the next Kim Kardashian, talking them into letting me be is the problem. In the meantime I'll need to do computers

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Re: Self-selection ...

What it didn't say is that 98% of men feel stalled in their career and 99% are likely to quit within one year

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Re: Paris

>Maybe this is a good point for El Reg to remove the 'Paris' icon?

We'll always have Paris

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Re: The guys have a point

>>Now I ride a motorcycle in the desert. The sound of the machine and the open vistas with nary a human in view.

>If that's a job, I'd like to apply.

Apply to the foreign office, say you want to take back the middle east and will provide your own robes.

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Re: the problem

>No, it's because MOST women are more interested in work that has a greater element of human cooperation and communication.

I think you will find that officially men and women are exactly identical, are equally interested in the same things and the only reason there is a gender inblance in field X is because of a patriarchal male oppression (note this argument does not apply to any field where men are not welcome)

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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Re: Demonisation

>Muslims and Islam have long been demonised;

No they haven't. They are just trying to cash in by undercutting traditional UK terrorism.

After nearly 500years of official source of religous scaremongering (having beaten out the Jews under Henry VIII) and 100 years of being official suppliers of terrorism to HM government it is appalling that a fear of native catholics is being replaced after a few bombs on buses.

I had to risk army patrols, car bombs and visits by NI ministers to get "IRA Killers" graffitedi on my catholic primary school. All kids have to do today is be brown on facebook.

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1, He didn't say which Forces - he could have been in the Hitler youth or Franco's civil war army.

2,I'm not sure facebook actually verifies that he was official.

3, A totally harmless sporting gun. Assuming the sport is talking over bits of other countries

4, I suspect converted into non-automatic fire. Alternatively it could have been converted into a ball point pen by a particularly ingenious although rather confused 'Q'

5, He may have been confessing to war crimes

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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> if you can't use peer and managerial review/input to decide promotions/rises.... how else do you decide who gets the up and who doesn't?

Algorithms, big-data, data-science.Then you can't be blamed for anything because it's SCIENCE.

ie you invent a bunch of meaningless metrics (lines of code, bugs closed, features implemented) which are then gamed by the same weasels who downrate women - but this time you cant complain because SCIENCE.

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Re: Always a one-sided story

It also assumes the women you hired are averagely as good as the men you hired.

But - This isn't the same as saying are women aren't as good as men.

If the prestigious university CS depts you recruit from are 92% male and the small percentage of women are being grabbed by academic programs and your competitors who are all trying to make their own gender balance look better then you may have to look for more non-traditional candidates to increase the number of women. These might not perform as well

This is just statistics, nothing to do with women. If you were ordered to make your own company/group/football team 50% Welsh speaking by the end of the year then you might have difficulty filling those roles at the same level of qualification you normally demand. However good the Welsh are at IT/football. The long term solution would be to encourage more children to learn Welsh - but there isn't much your dept can do about that this quarter.

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Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

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Re: Not a new problem.

>there *may* be jobs for which one person is a plug-in replacement for another, interchangeable at a moment's notice, I'm struggling to think of many

HR ?

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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

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Re: Oh no! One of Vyvyan's socks has escaped!

Nena (of 99 red balloons) is hotter now than when I was a teenager - same thing doesn't seem to have happened to me.

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If you were more famous the BBC could have sent it's helicopter....

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Location boffins demo satellite-free navigation

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Re: "AM/FM radio"

Managed a couple of feet in the 1980s (although it took a camper van full of electronics back then)

www.phy.cam.ac.uk/directory/duffettsmithp

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Forget malware, crooks are cracking ATMs the old-fashioned way – with explosives

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>Here in Switzerland .. a 200-franc note to pay for a single 3-franc item in a small supermarket

Normally shops are wary because it's a common way for crooks to launder counterfeit or stolen large notes.

In Switzerland I assume the equivalent would be for crooks to come in with a train load of Nazi gold to buy a 3-franc item.

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Re: How to reduce the amount lost

>As stated damage to buildings usually would be more than the cash lost,

So the solution would be to make the machines out of plastic so that less explosive is needed and there is less damage to the building.

If you were to 3d print the machines you could probably get a silicon roundabout digital community catalyst innovation startup special unicorn not-at-all-a-grant to pay for them.

Or you could pack the front panels of the machines with 200lb of ball bearings and roofing nails to give the thieves a real surprise when they fill it with propane.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: Foreigners?

>"outsourced foreign workers",

We couldn't afford real foreign workers so we outsourced it to somebody in Gateshead who does the accents

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Re: TLDR

Why shouldn't I hire foreigners?

I run a startup on the west coast - I have Brits, Russians, Saffas, Germans, Dutch, Israeli, 4 kinds of foreign chinese, Japanese, Indian, Africa, Iranian, Jordanian, 3 former bits of Yugoslavia, Chilean, both the "natural born citizens" are 1st gen Chinese. I just hired our first European-American.

They all have work permits, visas or citizenship, why should I care which? They all pay tax here, consume stuff here and contribute to the local economy - and most importantly build our business.

They are all also scientists and engineers and are all paid irrespective of skin color or nationality.

Why should I prefer people born here?

If it's purely racial then should I only hire white Americans, only Christians, only Protestants, only the same branch of the church as you or the same eye color ?

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Re: Don't forget us oldsters!

The real problem with over 40s is that they don't think it's awesome to pull all-nighters and work weekends because a project is under resourced, poorly planned and has an unrealistic deadline

20 year olds will do that if you have table football

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Re: This article is a load of leftie rubbish

I don't think we need to blow up the tunnel.

Just build an extra semi-circular section joining the two tunnels at one end.

I give you ... The euro-U-bend !

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

>if we must remove ourselves from so much free movement of labour, those of us left will earn more as a result

But there will still be competition from all those other Brits driving down wages.

The obvious way to boost IT salaries is to reduce the number of tech graduates. If we close all the science and engineering depts except say Imperial and have a quota of say 20 graduates/year. Then those few graduates will see massive salary rises (although they may have to do a lot of overtime)

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

>So we shouldn't create guidance on what is unacceptable and potentially criminal behaviour

No, we shouldn't use technical legislation to criminalise things which would otherwise be legal.

If it is OK to shout it on a street corner there shouldn't be a separate law making it illegal to shout over 4G. If it is already illegal to shout it on a street corner then we don't need a new law.

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

And of course this law is only going to be used against people making terrorist or rape threats.

It will never be used to enforce injunctions covering up some MPs sex-life or dodgy business dealings.

It won't be used by a Korean cell phone maker to prevent concerns about their product being spread on social media and it won't be used by local councils to crack down on people who complain about roads.

Is there a latin phrase for all this that the lawyers can slip in ?

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I can because I live in a terrorist state that started a bloody revolutionary war against being ruled by people like this and so have pretty near absolute freedom of speech.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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Re: Potential

How are we going to know where all the muslims/immigrants/PHP programmers are to round them up if we don't have the twitter data ?

You expect everyone to wear little colored badges?

(You might not like Trump's personality but his promise to crackdown on PHP is gaining him a lot of support)

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

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Re: Stingray Mk II

The current system does, but if it's used in a mobile location the backhaul to the "real" communications network is a mobile link. That's fine if you are eavesdropping on a single suspect but if you show up at a protest of a 100,000 people it's hard to channel all their call data into a single 4G link

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Re: ... available to Americans of all backgrounds

It's a fight between the Federal (evil commie big government) Communications Commission and local (democratic state's right freedom loving) police

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

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Re: Safe, huh?

The bus was perfectly safe - it was only the driver and passengers that were in any danger.

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>What prevents a parked bus from rolling away when the battery goes flat?

That would be ridiculous.

It would be like leaving a train with hundreds of tank cars full of fuel oil parked on a hill above a town, with vacuum brakes that only operate while the engine is running, without any crew overnight and without a note telling the fire service not to use the engine kill switch when there is a minor fire.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: Three things you can do about this Brexit nonsense

Write to my MP, my God I hadn't thought of that. Now everything will be sorted out.

If only this idea had occurred to somebody before

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Re: The UK is now run by a female Donald Trump

Adam Smith was Scottish so it's perfectly reasonable for anyone in London to ignore him

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Problem is .... WTO tarif rules don't cover financial services.

2 years after she triggers article 50 and no bank in London has any more right to trade in Europe than a bank in China or New York does. Think all those banks are going to stay in London for the weather and scenery ?

However much you hate bankers they are a big chunk of the UK's earnings

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After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

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And the NTSB was setup because previously the FAA was given the job of promoting air travel AND investigating crashes. So all crashes were one-off freak occurrences, or the dead crew's fault and never a flaw with the aircraft.

There was a recent investigation into the FAA inspectors being a little too 'patriotic' in supporting US aircraft manufacturers post 9/11 = you can't find faults with Boeing because we need Boeing military aircraft to support our boys in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Top interview: Dr Patrick McCarthy – boss of the world's future largest optical telescope

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Re: "Mysterious Dr X says, Universe is NOT Expanding" at CanadaFreePress

If you add in the fact that the Big Bang was first proposed by a Belgian Catholic priest you can probably bring in the Da Vinci code, the Vatican and the secret order of Belgian Illuminati (slightly less famous than their Bavarian cousins but with better beer)

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