* Posts by lglethal

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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

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Re: sounds familiar @Iglethal

Hi Ledswinger, just for the record I wasnt trying to belittle the car industry, and the costs involved there. It was more of an analogy. I still do stand by it though - the time scale for an all new A/C is usually around 10-15 years (the A350 was relatively fast in coming out in only 11 years), to do the equivalent of the new trim, yearly models you mention above is still a good 3-5 years (take a look at the A320 NEO as an example).

But anyway, I was just trying to point out the level of regulation and documentation that goes into getting a plane in the air and into service.

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Re: sounds familiar

Look you can complain about the speed which the aviation authorities move at, but please think about how safe flying is now compared to the early days of aviation. The regulations are designed to make sure that planes are super safe and do not fall out of the sky. Are you really upset that they want to make sure drones are equally safe? Especially when they are about to start carrying 1 tonne of cargo? There may not be passengers on a drone to think about, but there are people on the ground, and a one tonne drone falling out of the sky WILL ruin someone's day.

Just something for everyone to think about - if cars were designed to the same strict guidelines as aircraft, you would get a new model of car (e.g. a new VW Golf) every 7 years. Not yearly relases as you get now. Every 7 years. Is this justified? Consider how often you think about flight safety before booking your flight - if the answer is "bugger all", then I'd say it's done its Job perfectly. Also, how often do you think about a plane falling on your head - I know the answer to that one IS "bugger all".

Do we want 7 years between Drone versions? Probably not. But do we want to be able to walk around and never have to think about a drone falling on our heads - the answer is yes, and if that requires a bit more conservatism and a few more regulations on Drone manufacturers, then I for one welcome them...

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

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Needs to be disbarred in each state individually? WTF?

Hang on a second, can one of you yanks explain this to me - he has now been disbarred in two seperate states, and each one had to do it separately. I can only assume from that, following logic, that he sat the bar exam in each of those states. And that passing the bar in one state, doesnt allow you to practice law in another state. Please tell me I'm right there, because otherwise that is seriously f%&ked up. If he can pass the bar in one state, which gives him the right to practice in all 50, but then when he does something wrong, he needs to be disbarred individually in all 50, I mean wow, that would be messed up.

So please tell me I got that right, and he can only practice in the states where he has passed the bar, and in this case that happened to be Minnesota and Illionois and both have now kicked his ass to the curb...

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

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Re: But...

My grandfather had shares in a horse called "Richard Cranium". Dont think he ever won anything, but he made my grandfather laugh everytime the horse's name got mentioned on the racing broadcast, so I guess it was worth it for him...

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Re: Unscheduled?

Shall i be that numpty that explains? Why not.

Spacewalks are planned months in advance. Even if something fails, unless its truly mission critical, you would normally just wait until the next planned spacewalk to fix it.

This is obviously something they consider very critical. They're willing to go out and fix it pretty much ASAP, which tells you all you need to know about that.

Also, It takes time to get everything ready for a spacewalk, so thats why they can say "we will go out Tuesday", so yeah its planned (to an extent) but this is not part of the advance schedule, so its not a scheduled spacewalk.

Probably whats most amazing for me here is that its been 2 years since the last time something rated as critical failed (and even then there are backups). Thats pretty damn good reliability, in whats probably the most demanding environment, we have! Big ups to all the space agencies involved!

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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"They ought to be shitting themselves really...."

Since they've massively pissed off the Russians, I'd say your right... Rendition to Siberia sounds about right, no? (and funnily enough, I dont find myself overly upset at the thought...)

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I've got it!!!

The malware authors are Welsh! What do you mean thats not Welsh? It's a hundred letters long, unpronouncable, and looks like gibberish, thats the very defintion of Welsh!!!

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: In their defense (sic)

Hey Winkypop,

Sorry but you've been fooled. Aircraft are bloody well designed. They are structurally redundant, meaning that you can land a plane whilst missing vast sections of the fuselage. So blowing out a window or door is not actually going to mean the aircraft cant land, the people nearby will be in trouble, but the rest will be fine. A fire on the other hand is super dangerous for everyone. Not just the smoke, but fires spread, fires burn through electronics and hydraulic cables (taking out control systems), and eventually fires spread to fuel and go kaboom. A fire in the hold is an almost impossible situation to control, so having Laptops down their is a stupid, stupid risk.

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IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied

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Just curious...

I Keep reading the line that IBM have had shrinking revenues for something like 20 quarters. Are they actually suffering losses as well?

Revenue is just how much you sell, but if you price it right, you're still making profit, so there would be no need to start cutting all these costs. However, if they have been suffering losses for 20 straight quarters - how the hell are they still in Business?

Genuinely curious (and at work/too lazy) to go do the research myself...

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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It's all in the wording...

" internet users interested in politics tend to be exposed to multiple media sources"

and those who are not interested in politics will believe the lies they are exposed to from the single source they use, and make their vote based on this information when voting day comes around. Since that makes up a depressingly large number of voters, Fake News IS a problem...

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Hey its all part of treasury's plan!

Treasury makes changes to IR35. Contractors flee. Contractors eventually come back at double the previous Price. Contractors pay more taxes then previously (because they are earning far more then before). Treasury Profits!

It's all part of Treasury's plan to show they are bringing in more money then ever before. It doesnt matter that it's coming out of everyone else in government's Budget - Treasury's Balance looks good...

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Let's go live to the Uber-Waymo legal war – and see what's happening

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If lawyers and spoilt children werent involved...

If adults were involved in this discussion and not lawyers and spoilt children, the whole situation should have gone something like this:

Über hired a guy they thought was good. It turns out he stole all the good work from his previous Company (I'm giving Über the benefit of the doubt here that they didnt collude in the theft, adults give people the benefit of the doubt, up to a point). When his theft was proven to them, they fired his ass, and handed him over to the Police for theft. Then Über started talks with Waymo about creating a licencing agreement so that they could continue to use the Technology. Perhaps some sort of data sharing arrangement, so they could both benefit from the work they had done on the Technology. And in this way, the Technology improved, company ethics were maintained, both firms continued along their development, money was saved on not having to pay lawyers and court costs, and a thief ended up in jail.

But no, Über doesnt work that way (corporate ethics? They've heard of them - something to do with hiring foreigners, right?), and so we end up in court, with huge costs, both sides looking bad, and the Technology being stalled. Hooray for modern America, right?

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UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

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Re: Since when have we ever had a free press?

Trust me, it's a step up from what use to cover the floor of the Underground"! ;)

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Re: And then I look at the Daily Heil

This has always bugged me. The simple solution would be that if they spend the front page and half of page 5 defaming someone, and their allegations are proven false, then they should have to print a full front page and half of page 5 saying they were wrong (lied would be more honest), and how they managed to be so wrong.

If every second issue was a front page of them saying we were wrong it would certainly a) mean they started being more careful with what they printed, and b) make people more wary of news sources that were repeat offenders.

This could also be carried over to Television media by recording how much time was spent defaming someone and then having that same amount of time at the same time slot apologising for doing so.

But na, that would be too easy and actually mean some of these "News" sources might actually have to do some journalism rather than just making stuff up... Cant have that now, can we?

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Re: ...helped an Evil man get into a position of power in the States

My Lord, he really is the antichrist!!!

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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no need...

no need to make 10 clips of Donald Trump if you're trying to fool people. Just play back any of his campaign promises, and you've already fooled half of the American voting population...

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Re: Program for a puppet

Also more recently used in Equilibrium (2002), to fake the voice and video of a world leader as they issued orders.

Good Action film actually...

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: IT Error?

IT here stands for "Idiot Technician" perhaps?

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: The value of Juicero is more than a glass of cold-pressed juice

Clearly you'd have to be more then a little fruity to buy a machine like this.

Ftfy... :P

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Really?

First off, I would like to say thank you to Dr Murdoch for joining the conversation. It's not often we get to have an expert quoted in an El Reg article joining in the Forum debates.

From my reading of everything, it appears to comes down to the fact that whilst Americans are more likely to suffer bank fraud (for lack of the additional security of chip and pin style technologies), they are more likely to get their money back than in the same case in Europe.

I would also suggest that the comment that Americans have better consumer protection than Europeans may not hold in all cases as Europe has extremely strong laws on consumer warranties, guarantees, and return periods. Americans might be better protected in banking, but in regular purchasing protection not so much.

Thanks to everyone for joining the discussion...

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Really?

"In Europe consumer protection isn't anywhere near as good as the US"

Um really? I always thought consumer protection in Europe was supposed ot be much better than in the States? Guaranteed return periods, chip and pin technology, guaranteed warranties, etc.

I thought the US was far more company friendly than consumer friendly? Any of our American Cousins care to comment?

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Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

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To Play devils advocate - whose Definition of "better than" do we use? The Insurance Companies definition - where the Robot surgeon is cheaper than the human surgeon? The Hospitals definition - where faster is more important, so more patients can go through? The Surgeons opinion - impossible! A Robot can never be better than a surgeon! (based on my one experience of drinking with a surgeon at a bar - arrogant bastard - it's not rocket science after all! :P)

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Re: Bright new world

I'm not sure I agree with you there. If a Robot can do the (unenviable) tasks of emptying the bed pans, and rolling Mrs Lardass on to her other side, it would free up the human care assistants to actually focus on the high points of their jobs, talking to the patients, helping their mental health and working on mobility. Things like that can actually have a huge effect, but too often with Care Services cut to the bone, the nurses have to focus on the other repetitive tasks and have no paid hours to do the good stuff.

Admittedly, my Scenario relies on funding remianing in place to hire the human care workers alongside the robots and not the companies and governments cutting the money even tighter, so its just the robots in work...

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: History repeating

Cheers I will check them out... :)

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History repeating

First there was Netscape, then IE was a little bit better (yes there was some dodgy Business stuff there as well - prepackaging, etc, but IE was a little better than Netscape), and Netscape died because it abused its position, didnt innovate and got caught out. Then IE was dominant, and abused it's position to such a degree that, now even if the new IE (or Edge as its called now as they want to try and get away from the old name) was fantastic, People are still loathe to go back. Burnt once, never forgotten.

Firefox, was for a long time the Champion, the competition to IE's dominant position. Now Chrome is in the dominant position and Held as the Champion. So far its a relatively benelovent dominatrix, but once it has full dominance, I expect it to abuse its Position no differently than IE did (you could say that blocking NoScript and ABP was already abusing its Position if you wanted to).

I'll stick with Firefox, it may not be the best anymore but I can still install NoScript, ABP and other add-ons to block the more nefarious tracking and ad slinging, and if that means I sacrifice a small amount of Performance, I'm willing to pay that price... just my two Cents...

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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Re: I'm a little in between with this...

Hi Sheluser,

I suggest you go back and read the article which is linked within this one. That article explains that there was a deal done with all of the games owners/publishers that the section of royalties that would have gone to them would instead go to charity. After an initial instalment of 20k going to the charity, nothing more has been paid out, even though conservative estimates state it should be at least another 30k going based on sales of the consoles (probably much higher).

What this article also points out is that there are a whole bunch of games and stuff included in the Vega which were not approved by the owners of those games. I.e. they added them without permission. Very dodgy behaviour.

When you read some of the background to this firm, it all begins to sound super dodgy... Anyway, I hope that helps clear things up for you.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: What about those of us who don't use Facebook?

Just quote that dumbass US Senator who said People dont HAVE to use the Internet. If it's a good enough excuse for a Senator, surely it must be a good enough excuse for TSA?

I'm split between the Troll Icon, the Joke Icon, and the Face Palm Icon. Sometimes the world is just too stupid...

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@ Orv - I really have to say I pity you and other Americans if your actual opinion is that you want your Opposition politicians to become more corrupt, more partisan and frankly more useless. In most cultures, the idea is that you replace a group of useless or corrupt politicians with a less useless/non-corrupt group, and hope that leads to better and better politics.

It doesnt work that way very often admittedly, but it is certainly the aim of most Democracies to vote for the best group to lead. A race to the bottom of the corruption bowl is not usually something to look forward to...

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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I wonder if the militarised versions ever fired there weapons?

I'm curious what sort of effect that would have, since firing a Missile (or even the cannon) has an effect, due to the recoil. In a normal aircraft no Problems, but when your 3-6m off the ground, a half metre here or there makes ALL the difference in the world...

Oh well Erkranoplane's - A great engineering Solution, now find me the damn Problem! ;)

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: What's the bloody point?

*cough*Americans*cough*

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Verizon utters solemn Oath: Yahoo! will remain Yahoo!

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Very appropriate name...

... as anyone who has had to deal with verizon or Yahoo is sure to have muttered the words

"F&CKIN' OATH!!!!"

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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Re: Amber alert

Na, she'd probably just been Smoking it beforehand...

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: Yes, they look beautiful

There's a reason that the speeds havent increased much from what they are now - it's called the Transition Zone, the area between subsonic and supersonic (0,8-1,0 Mach, so about 960km/h and up) is highly unstable and really bad for your cruising efficiency. By staying out of this area you save a bunch of fuel. Going into the Supersonic regime unfortunately causes lots of problems with heat, even just going slightly above mach 1.0, means your unlikely to be able to use Alumnium for your Skins anymore (at least not leading edge). Not to mention the problems with sonic boom, and similar issues.

Supersonic solutions have been looked at in the time since Concorde - most famously Boeing did the study of the Sonic Crusier. But theyre investigations found that economically, the Airlines werent interested because passengers were not willing to pay the premium to save a couple of hours of flight.

On the topic of Composites, it will be the next generation of aircraft that benefit from the weight savings of using Composite structures. Aerospace certification authorities are extremely conservative. Because there was no long term data on Composite structures under flight loads (i.e. for the entire flight life of an aircraft), Designers had to use huge safety factors on the Composites meaning they weighed the same as the old metallic structures. Now that the data is there, the next Generation of aircraft will be able to use reduced design factors and so weight saving will start. You actually already see that to a degree on the A350, as Airbus was able to use the A400M as its Composite test bed. Maintenance of Composites has also been a problem which is another reason for building them extra strong and heavy, but now that Solutions are getting real world experience the additinal safety factors for this will be reduced.

Finally, the reason all aircraft look pretty much the same is that they are actually pretty much the optimum design for Subsonic flight. Delta's and flying wings might be more efficient at supersonic, but for subsonic its hard to achieve any real saving comapred to whats already in the air. So sorry, but dont expect any major design changes until someone works out how to make a supersonic aircraft thats as efficient as a subsonic aircraft and does something about the sonic boom problem...

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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Re: Much too limited a scale.

You've heard of Marmite, right?

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Re: Lets keep everyone happy

a "giant dwarf planet"

so it would have to be called Carrot, then?

(with respect to the late great Sir Terry)...

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Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

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It's been looked at before, but its never been financially feasible...

I wish it wasnt the case, but it really isnt financially feasible to Launch from Aus.

The main Problem is who is going to be your customer? China, India and Japan have their own facilities, as do the Europeans the Russians and the Yanks. South East Asia (and Australia) arent planning to boost any major satellites, so you are basically relegated to launching CubeSats and the like from universities.

And the reason that CubeSats are piggybacked on the bigger payloads is that it is currently not financially viable to launch just CubeSats on a rocket. There are designs out there for some of the Euro rockets (Vega and Ariane) that would let them carry more CubeSats in one go, but they've never launched with just CubeSats because it's just not economically feasible.

This idea to build a Launch base in Northern Australia comes around every 10 years or so - last time it was Cape York. But every time, in the end, the economics just doesnt work out. I wish anyone who wants to give it a try luck, but I have my doubts it will ever be economically feasilbe. At least until Aus and SE Asia start getting involved in the space business in a more dedicated way...

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Catchy McCatchface surely?

Or perhaps Catchy McRocketface?

Come now, that Meme hasnt got that old yet...

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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They fail to understand the history

In ancient times, the drinkers would delibrately spill some Drops on the floor to appease the gods. As time went by the bottle manufacturers decided to save us Plebs the effort and make the Drops come from the bottle. now we'll have to go back to appeasing the gods the old way!

Time to start stocking up on the carpet cleaner again!

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: After '000s of years of research-

Damn. And all we were looking for was a good Starbucks...

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Turkish Crime Family

Is Erdogan low on cash again?

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Startup offers $10,000 to Silicon Valley techies … who will leave Bay Area

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Re: Yes, but...

"Tax systems are notoriously inefficient"

Yes because the health care system in the US (being private through and through) is such an outstanding beacon of efficiency and low costs for the public.

Governments are good at infrastructure. They may not be efficient, but every time infrastructure gets privatised, the costs involved for the public go up and the quality goes down. Doesnt matter if its power, roads, health care or education. The private sectors goals are to deliver as low a quality product as they can get away with and to maximise products by cost savings where possible. In each of the things I mention above that is not desirable.

I'm happy to pay a bit more tax to a potentially inefficient provider (government) in order to get high quality product in each of those categories. The US health care system is the great big warning light for what happens when you let private industry control a highly important piece of infrastructure.

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Re: Yes, but...

You Americans and your whining about taxes... You pay bugger all. Admittedly you get bugger all for what you pay, but still.

I pay around 45% of my income in Tax. Does that bother me? Not at all. For that i get good and cheap health care, good roads, good schooling, a nice social safety net (which thankfully I've not needed), and a great amount of Holidays (a bit over 8 weeks a year between public Holidays and my work Holidays).

If you guys sorted out your insane health care System, and paid a bit extra in tax you too could have these things. But it will never happen, as for some reason you (in the sense of Americans in general, backed up by the fact you, as a Nation, voted for Trump!) seem to feel a social safety net and good schooling are evil, commie ideals to be fought by going for an every man for himself mindset. Every time I read a Tom Clancy novel I cant tell if he's either mocking the American mindset or if he actually believed the bollocks...

I need Coffee....

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Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

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When can we hold the ad firms responsible?

So this came from an exoclicks ad. So anyone who was infected this way can start suing Exoclicks for compensation right? Or at the very least the cops will go after Exoclicks for failing to regulate their delivery, right?

Didnt think so. But it's about time we got the ability to go after the scum (I mean the advertisers in this case) for not Monitoring the ads they are serving. If they took 5 minutes to actually check what they're serving up, the Internet would be a much nicer place....

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$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Buyer be wary...

Be wary of anyone who identifies themselves as a "Storyteller" (Authors may be excepted) or a "Conductor" (unless they actually lead an orchestra).

They are peddling sh%te...

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Funny...

It's funny but BBC puts a slightly different stance on the article. They seem to imply that the reason he's leaving is that HE wanted the COO Position and after being told he wasnt going to be considered for it, he decided to leave.

I dont know if that implication makes sense or not (I'm not aware of the board structure at Über - is President above or below COO?), but it certainly changes the viewpoint as to whether his jumping ship is based on his prinicples or not...

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Re: I keep seeing these

I dont know. Having a big blokey man with an angle grinder bearing down on your family jewels would probably discourage you from a repeat performance of that particular trick in the future...

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Re: Strange timing

Give it time...

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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ULA not willing to let go of the gravy train?

I guess ULA have been too used to the gravy train for too long.

Normally, if your producing the same thing over and over and it's old tech, you can make continuous improvements to the manufacture process, to reduce your costs (and improve your profits).

Either ULA has been crazily lazy and not bothered with process improvement, or they arent willing to pass those savings to the government. Or perhaps they dont want to admit, how much theyve been gouging the US government for throughout the years. So perhaps we can expect over the next few years for the price they're charging to drop significantly, in line with "process improvements that we've only just implemented, really, guv!".

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Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

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hahahahahahahaha

"the penalty clauses in their contract [assuming government was smart enough to put some in – Ed] come under active consideration"

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha......

You havent dealt too much with the contract writers for Government Projects, have you?

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

A politician is actually keeping a promise made in their election manifesto!

Everyone should be on the look out for a cloven footed man with a goatie attempting to buy ice skates...

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