* Posts by lglethal

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Microsoft plans St Valentine's Day massacre for SHA‑1

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" and now it's time to find the laggards and get them fixed."

Pass me my Cluebat! It's time to go fix some Laggards!

(the word laggard is really not used often enough in the English language. It's such a brilliant word. I really should try and slip it into conversation with my German colleagues. ;) )

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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

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"But we saved 31 million!!"

"We saved 31 million pounds!"

"How?"

"Well...You see we couldn't get the IT system working at all, so people turned off their computers. The electricity saving was enormous! Plus since we couldn't get IT working, well we got rid of the IT workers. HUGE Savings!"

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Hey we know all most Uighers are deviant criminal scum, so we showed the AI pictures of Uigher criminals and the control group were all Han. So now the computer says all Uighers are criminals and all Han are non-criminals.

Cant argue with an AI can we? It's totally unbiased!

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Re: Objectivity

They do take a vow of objectivity i swear - They vow to uphold the objectives of whichever media organisation is paying them!

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Facebook 'fesses up to fudged ad metrics … again

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They got the numbers wrong...

... which means that the charges to the advertiser were also wrong, right? So there will be lots of refunds going out, no?

Why am I hearing crickets chirping, right now?

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Boom? Really?

"Mid-air supersonic refuelling, now that would be a sight to see."

I was just thinking exactly the same thing. Not quite sure how that would work, but damn that would be one hell of a fluid analysis problem!

Also Boom? As the name for your aircraft manufacturing company? Boom? Really? Yes I know there riffing on the Sonic type of Boom, but when people think Boom in relation to Aircraft, Sonic is not the first type that comes to mind...

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Real question here

I work in aerospace mechanical design, but I've begun getting into component design. I was wondering if anyone out there knows of any good design guides for working with plastics (I've always been a metals or composites kind of guy). Specifically things like designing quick snap applications, casings, and things like that. There seems to be a lack of the real sort of information out there that is useful for a designer. I'm struggling to find any information on important topics such as minimum sizing, tolerancing, stressing during assembly, etc.

So any advice for good design guides would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I wont be forking out €300 to find out if this one has the goods or not... ;)

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: Planetary Protection Programme

Hey Fizzle,

The colonization of Mars is a long way off, right now we are still in the "searching for extraterrestrial life stage".

Think how annoyed you would be, if you sent a mission to mars with the express purpose of finding extraterrestrial life. You're doing your research and suddenly bang you have a reading - you've found life. Cue champagne! Then someone points out that it looks suspiciously like an earth microbe, and upon further investigation you discover that probe that was here 10 years earlier wasn't cleaned properly, and you've just picked up on what it left behind. From that point on, you are going to have to waste a lot of time and work really hard any time you find a positive signal to prove that it's a real signal and not just some dirty bugger before you leaving a mess.

In other words, we are really just trying to be clean, so that when future missions come to a new area, they can say categorically that this is a clean pristine area, and what we discover here is real and definitively Martian in origin...

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Re: Planetary Protection Programme

Nope, sorry that's not right. I've worked on a Mars mission, so you can actually take this as relatively authorative. The problem with going to areas containing a high probabilities of life are that your cleanliness requirements are massive.

To give you an example. InSight (the mission I worked on, flies in 2018) is going to Mars, but not a particularly life friendly region. Just a a standard region. Our requirement was a maximum spore count of 10,000 spores per square metre. To put that in context, your finger tip holds a couple of million to a hundred million spores. So in other words we needed to be SUPER clean! So we are talking high level clean rooms, bunny suits, double gloving, multiple cleaning stages, the whole shebang.

We were also limited to only going 5m deep. The reason for that is, that under 5m is such an unknown area, going there would have bumped us into the high probability of life category (probably not because it has a high probability of life, but because no one has a clue what's down there and no one wants to take the chance of contaminating it, just in case). The requirements would have then been so restrictive we never would have got the mission off the ground. I forget the exact figure but you're then talking about spore counts in the single digits per square metre. Someone sneezing in the next room is enough to contaminate your spacecraft. To go in those areas you need the mission to be planned and dedicated to it at the start and be prepared for some pretty high costs!

The reason we do our best not to contaminate other planets, is purely for Science. We do not want to ruin the scientific discoveries of the next mission that goes travelling past our mission...

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Perhaps Tim Cook saw the Runes

@ bazza: Sorry but that view is complete bollocks. There will be periods of upheaval, but moving to automation is a far smaller change over then the industrial revolution when the creation of artificial fertilisers and other advanced farming implements reduced the amount of staff needed on farms to produce the same yields. In those days, 90% of people were involved in some aspect of agriculture. When that reduced, there was mass upheaval, but new jobs sprang up, factories opened, and cities blossomed.

Our economies are far more diverse now. Even without shop floor manufacturing jobs, new industries will open up. Some people will get caught out, no doubt. But the vast majority will move into other sectors.

All these predictions of doom and gloom because of automation, completely ignore the historical precedents. Automation is already here, and its take over will continue at a similar rate, the world will adjust, new industries will appear and people will move on. No need for the basic wage, it's a concept that totally ignores history and reality...

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Re: Viewed logically

I'm not an EA fan, but that argument is bunk. EA have lost out in sales. There is a market for those coins (otherwise the crims wouldn't have made millions) selling them. EA do sell player packs direct, but people bought the coins as they were a little bit cheaper then buying the packs direct.

I'm not going to claim its 1:1 losses (some people wouldn't have wanted to, or been able to afford paying full price), but a significant portion would still have bought the packs at full price if that was the only option.

So yes EA has lost a lot of money this way.

And its pretty much s straight case of fraud or obtaining by deception. Theft of digital things is always a bit of a difficult concept, and I'm never particularly comfortable with it being used, but its pretty clear case of obtaining by deception...

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It's called fraud, or obtaining by deception.

But then again I guess you don't mind if someone steals from your online bank account. It's just changing some numbers on a website after all. *rolleyes*

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Siemens to mentor Mentor Graphics in $4.5bn acquisition

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hmmm...

I hope that's not going to cause problems in the connectivity between CATIA and Mentor. They just started playing nice together...

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Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub

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Re: such poor reading comprehension

"Trump did not demean, insult, or ridicule any minority, immigrant, or disabled person."

Um what? Did you happen to miss when he said of mexicans "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

That's totally not insulting or demeaning a minority, no not at all...

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: Why Trump? People are just sick and tired.

As I mentioned above, everyone is saying people want change - yet they voted in the same congress critters that have been in charge for a bloody long time (number sin my previous post above). How is that a vote for change?

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A vote for change? And yet the people voted the republicans back into power in the house of representatives (just like 18 of the last 24 years including the last 6) and the senate (12 of the last 20 years including the last 2).

Does that really sound like votes for change? If people where voting for change I would have expected a glut of independent candidates being voted into congress. But there wasn't. There was absolutely no change, except to hand back power (and actually give more power) to the same people who have held power in congress for pretty much the whole time Obama was in power.

A vote for change? I don't believe that for a second...

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

I'm afraid your wrong there Tiger. Since ITAR everyone has gone to building offshore - Gulfstream dont build or design their jets in the US anymore, Bombardier is Canda, and Boeing source 90% of their parts from overseas. So the aviation industry outside of the US will be perfectly fine...

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Re: Disturbing

“Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”

With respect to the great Sir terry...

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Re: Disturbing

Democracy isn't broken. But what Americans have is not democracy. It looks nothing like a true democracy. Look to places like Germany, Australia and New Zealand if you want to see effective democracy.

The problem is people see America as a democracy (no doubt the people of the Deomcratic People's Republic of Korea (I.e. North Korea) do as well, since it's in the name after all), and if you looked at that, then yes you would probably agree democracy is broken. But it isn't, you're looking at something completely different - I prefer to think of it as a Corprotocracy - Government for the Corporations, and the Corporations to control the Government...

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Re: The room of people who will control Trump

Bill Hicks had it right YEARS ago:

"I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that's true, it's provable. It's not … I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, "Roll the film." And it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, "Any questions?" "Er, just what my agenda is." "First we bomb Baghdad." "You got it …"

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Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

So what your saying is Australia (Wheat), Europe (Airbus) and Brazil (soybean) are rubbing their hands in glee?

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: What they voted for

@ Bombastic Bob - I'd believe you, if it wasn't for the fact that the "people" continued to vote for the exact same establishment as always by re-voting the senate and house of representatives into republican hands. The same republican hands that have held the house of representatives for 18 of the last 22 years (including the last 6 years) and 12 of the last 20 years of the senate (including the last 2 years).

There was no anti-establishment vote there. So where was it?

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Re: How can any decent voter

You're all whining about not the votes not being representative of the countries involves and mentioning the low voter turnout. Well if you want high turnout, easy, make it compulsory to vote. Australia does it ($50 fine if you don't vote), and the turnout is near to 99%. And yes if you don't want to vote for any of the candidates in Australia, you can do a donkey vote (i.e. deliberately invalidate your vote - scribble none of the above on the sheet, draw a picture of a donkey, or whatever you feel like), the number of donkey votes are counted and give a very good picture of the number of protest votes out there.

You don't here people complaining in Aus about the parliament not being representative of the actual country. If you want it representative, MAKE EVERYONE VOTE! Simple.

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Ireland to fight against billing Apple for back-taxes

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Political theatre only

I said it months ago this is all just political theatre. Ireland have to be seen to be fighting this, but they know they will lose and I doubt they will pull out all the stops to try and win. But if they don't appear to be fighting in Apples corner, then Apple might question using them for its EU base.

So they'll talk the talk, throw a few punches and then go down in the fifth round. And blame it all on the EU. The EU makes such a great political scapegoat after all...

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

OK thanks for all the updates everyone, I guess my info was way out of date. :)

I'd still be suprised if you didnt need a lawyer to liquidate a company, but I had no idea it was now so easy to set up a company. 12 quid? Bugger me...

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

Actually it does. To set up any small business, the easiest way is to buy an "off the shelf" company, set up by a lawyer. The lawyer is supposed to do due diligence to ensure that the person buying it is on the level and not setting it up in order to perform illegal activities. Whilst it is possible to set up your own company, it is hugely more expensive and difficult (and I think still needs a lawyer involved at various stages). Since the bastards behind these things will almost certainly be going the easier way, the lawyer who doesn't do the due diligence should get it in the neck.

I've never been involved in liquidating a firm, but I can pretty much guarantee that would also need a lawyer involved. Rather heavily I imagine...

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Re: The law is there for a reason, it’s to stop companies inundating people with unwanted messages

Just a suggestion - Anyone involved in liquidating a company with outstanding fines is forbidden from holding directorship of another company for 10 years? I would also suggest them being forbidden from holding a senior management position for 10 years but I doubt that's enforceable.

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Go after the lawyers as well...

Might I also suggest that the lawyers involved in liquidating these companies and then setting up new ones should be disbarred for aiding and abetting a crime.

Trust me, do that a couple of times and this will stop VERY sharpish. Whilst it might seem like the first thing on any lawyers mind is to slurp up as much cash as possible in any situation, this is actually the second thing. The first is to make sure they wont get debarred for any action they do, basically so that the second thing on their mind (slurping up as much cash as possible) will be able to continue...

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: How about "Hypermoon"

Maybe a "Ludicrous-Moon"???

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Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable

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Re: Rotten Apples

Sorry but I have to call you out on comment a) - you can pick up a copy of Win 7 with ease in a lot of places. Hell I bought one not so long a go for a song on mmoga.com. So that bit is a bit of bollocks.

You can simply say, you dont like Windows and you dont think they have the programs you need. You can say that. I know this is the modern Internet where you feel like you need to be either a rabid fanboi for something or a rabid anti-fanboi against something, but really you can just state that something doesnt do what you want, so you dont like it. That is acceptable.

Just saying...

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Re: 2017

No. Sorry. Just No.

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Re: How on earth

Please now, we can't have anything like common sense breach the Apple Reality Distortion Field (TM) that is in full effect around Cupertino. Who knows what might happen?

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Icelandic Pirate Party maroons itself from coalition talks

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"Isn't it easier to effect the change they want from a position of power?"

Yes, but only if you actually have a plan to make those changes, not just slogans and criticism of other people's plans...

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Weak decision from the Pirates

It's easier to sit back and complain, then to take the lead and fix a problem.

That's all the Pirates are doing, choosing to say sorry but we dont have solutions, and we dont want to take responsibility for fixing the problems, but we're happy to criticise when others propose solutions...

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Fear of flying

For you guys that are afraid of flying. I am an Aerospace Engineer, i design the bloody things for a living. And I continue to be happy to fly in the wonderful man made birds even after knowing the shit that can go on in this industry. Trust me, you can relax and enjoy your flight (unless your flying Air France in which case prepare to have an absolutely sh*t flight, but that has nothing to do with the aircraft!)

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Back when I was at uni we had one annoying idiot that, any time there was a guest presenter, would ask a long and interminable question to try and win brownie points with the course director for participation. Right up unitl the point, where someone dived 5 rows down the steeply sloping lecture hall in order to whack them on the back of the head when they put there hand up at question time. Cue a loud cheer from the entire lecture hall and one very bemused looking presenter.

Ahh the good ol days...

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Sorry to be a doubter...

But having worked in lots of companies, spending your uni degree learning one company's system of working is unlikely to help that much when you get out into the real world (unless you stick around at that one company for the rest of your days). No more so than a current uni degree.

But thats not the main Problem. Britain doesnt need MORE Universities, it needs the current ones to be brought up to scratch, so that the students currently graduating actually have the skills that employers want. More Unis means the money gets spread around even thinner and the level of education across the board drops. That is not what anyone wants or needs...

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Do anything to excess is stupid

There is nothing wrong with having the odd Red Bull or whatever. Just like there's no problem having the odd night out on the boozer, the odd time eating a tub of ice cream in a single sitting or anything else that is "bad" for you.

But when you make a habit of it, that's when it becomes a problem. Anyone who drinks 5 Red Bulls in a day is being daft. Anyone who drinks 5 Red Bulls a day for a week deserves whatever retaliation their body decides to give them!

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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To paraphrase Red Dwarf

The thing about Dark Matter is that it's dark, and the thing about Space, your basic description of Space, is its dark. So how are you supposed to see the Dark Matter?

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

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Re: Does no-one else care?

Trust me, someone has made a Rasperry Pi Version of a Teasmade somewhere on the Internet... I guarantee it!

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Supercomputers crack Saturn's ice-cold ring

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Damn I love Science...

That is such an elegant solution, I love it...

Give those Boffins a Beer (or Sake if they prefer) for such great work! :)

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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Your looking at the market wrong

The market for selling PC kit might be slowing down, but market usage of PC's is not. The fact of the matter is that anyone in the developed world who wants a computer has one. The market has reached saturation, and it has been at that point for a while. In the past, despite market saturation, people regularly upgraded because new programs required better hardware to run. However, that is not the case anymore. The latest AAA games can all be played on 3-5 year old Hardware (unless you absolutely needed every graphical setting on max). So the Need to upgrade is gone, and now the replacement cycle is much slower. The market is not going away it is merely recalibrating to the new reality where new Hardware does not offer the significant increases of previous generations.

Comparing this to Smartphone and tablets is not a like for like comparison of where the market stands now. Every new generation of tablet brings significant gains in usage, power and abilities. As such, the upgrade cycle is fast and it is selling well, eventually it too will hit the same saturation and Performance drop off curve but it hasnt yet.

Smartphone sales are dropping back (just look at Apple's recent sales show) and the reason is that they have now hit that saturation point, each new generation of smartphone doesnt really bring any huge benfits, the phone is only slightly faster, with slightly more memory, slightly less weight. And its safe to say everyone who wants a smart phone by now, has one already. The upgrade cycle is now getting longer, new phones are only purchased when old ones die rather then on the previous regular basis. This is just the new reality.

The current market realities were always going to occur, market saturation was inevitable, we should be congratulating the PC firms for getting a PC in almost every household, but they should never have expected to continue to sell us a new PC every year, if they werent able to maintain the massive Speed increases that fueled those yearly PC sales...

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Judge allows Apple's faceless Irish head to settle for €45k - report

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One law for the rich and one for everyone else in italy it seems...

See thats what the Mafia were doing wrong all these years! If they had just shared some of the profits with the judges, then they'd all be getting along swimmingly...

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

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Maybe im being cynical here

but I read his comment like this:

That the government wont shift funds from the 26bn that it currently provides to institutions for UK only funded Projects to cover the gap from the 8bn in Science funding that comes from the EU. That's a fine sentiment, BUT he makes absolutely ZERO mention about where the money for that missing 8bn is going to come from. The 5bn that goes TO the EU for Science doesnt come out of that 25bn, so the defecit isnt 3bn, it is 8bn. As you have about a snowballs Chance in Hell that that the 5bn that goes to the Eu for science funding will go back into UK Science funding. Science isnt a vote winner, I guarantee that 5bn will go to the NHS, or be used to prop up other departments who find there funding cut, when they realise they wont be getting back anywhere near as much from Brexit as they thought....

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Wait three dead members in the last few years...

... and they are offering deceased band members ashes as an incentive to sell new albums...

Hmmm...I would advise any aspiring metal musicians out there to think long and hard before accepting a position with Negativland anytime soon... At least until the promotion is well and truly dead and buried...

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DARPA hands space junk spotting scope to US Air Force

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Re: Harold Holt

"So something designed to look for missing objects is to be based at a facility named after Harold Holt?"

Hey, you have to give the Aussies credit, they're still looking for Harold Holt obviously. Having given up on Russian submarines and dangerous sea currents, they've decided to look a little bit further afield...

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

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Re: Bud Light is beer?

To use the old joke in Aus - American beer like sex in a boat - it's f%&king close to water!

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

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Enquiring minds and all that?

So were the cable positions not properly makred on council plans? Or was the Network rail check something along the lines of - "What are the chances of there being cables laid this close to the Train lines?"?

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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

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With thanks to Pierre de Fermat...

I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of an absolutely awful Blockchain usage which this margin is too small to contain.

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Vodafone and Inmarsat hang satellites over potential Internet of Things customers

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Farm tech...

"Your correspondent's knowledge of farming is sketchy at best, mostly being drawn from the ill-informed BBC Countryfile programme, but this seems like a solution to a problem that thousands of years of human evolution and progress has already solved."

In the UK I would say you are dead right, in Aus though, where some of the farms are as big as Wales, and use helicopters to do their cattle controls, I can imagine it would be majorly useful. Although I cant imagine how you could keep it cheap? Especially since those farms tend to have 10's of thousands of head of cattle. That's a hell of a lot of transmitters, and a heck of a lot of data moving over the satellite...

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