* Posts by Uberseehandel

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

Uberseehandel

Unintended Consequences

One result of high rates of taxation on moderately salaried people is that they dream up schemes to make the cost of their vacation tax deductible.

What they forget is that these conferences attract the kind of people one wishes to avoid anywhere, let alone on holiday. They deserve each other.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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Re: Base taxation on inputs and outputs

@Davcrav

The countries in which products are manufactured deserve a slice of the tax pie every bit as much as the countries that buy the products. What we are looking for is not only the elimination of tax avoidance but a fair basis of distribution of the tax proceeds.

Your example does not address this. You are another person who condemns out of hand what they do not understand or are familiar with.

When all nations have similarly effective taxation regimes, there may be a case for a "payroll tax" adjustment to the share of tax revenue payable to some nations.

Unless the inputs are brought into the equation there is no way to fairly allocate the revenue raised amongst the nations in which that nation does business.

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Re: Base taxation on inputs and outputs

I see this suggestion has attracted a thumbs up, and two thumbs down.

Thumbs up I expected, the thumbs downs causes me to really wonder what motivates those people.

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Uberseehandel

Base taxation on inputs and outputs

There is an ever increasing trend for global corporations to buy inputs (labour, materials etc) in one group of countries and to sell them in another group of countries. By way of example, consider where Apple has its devices manufactured and where they sell the bulk of them.

So a taxation system for global corporations should base the calculation of tax on total economic activity, rather than just outputs (sales). Under normal circumstances, the sum of inputs and outputs would be under twice the output (profitable). An equitable percentage of this sum would levied by way of taxation and distributed to the taxation authorities of the nations in which economic activity occurred on a basis that reflects the proportion of the activity in that nation to the total global activity.

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Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office

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If a nation wants a health service that functions, and is trusted by its citizens, and is on top of health risks to the population at large (think risk of TB from eastern Europeans and illegals), then everybody legal and illegal must trust it.

The reality is that the NHS database(s) are designed to leak, by people whose specialty is "public safety". Those are the same people who do stuff for the police.

The reality is that in order to fulfil its public health obligations, the NHS needs to keep track of the health of illegals as well as legals, which ain't going to happen if the illegals think that going to the doctor/hospital increases the risk of being picked up by the immigration service.

A national health service that I know well only reports to the police patients who present with gunshot injuries. everybody knows that, data is much better, but members of extended immigrant families tend to share the legal family member's documentation, which creates amusing situations over a busy weekend, so a seventy year old retired male can present as pregnant, concussed playing football, slashed in a knife fight and suffering from wheel chair user's RSI.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Re: Mrs May is TAPS (thick as pig . . . )

All your assumptions about my experience and who/what kind of organisation I have worked for are wrong.

Just except that Britain is uniquely ill-served by its Prime Minister. Would Canada's PM or France's President made such a basic error?

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Mrs May is TAPS (thick as pig . . . )

Traditionally, anybody truly desperate to go to Oxford applied to read Geography. There was a mechanism whereby those new students enrolled in an overly large Geography intake had a few weeks to apply to another department for a transfer. Mrs May neglected to do this.

On graduation, the same mediocre Geography graduate ( a second) decided on a career in the city. At this time, the least desirable jobs for high flyers in the city were in financial PR and the Bank of England, somebody had to be really unimpressive not to find a starter job in a merchant bank of a big brokerage (separate at the time).

She is Prime Minister and she still believes in fairies and "back doors". Isn't there a single person in No 10 who can explain that this kind of secret cannot be kept secret?

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

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Even in the US, there is no guarantee that what is said over the radio will be intelligible. The first time I flew into a busy metropolitan airport (as an amateur), I had to have somebody translate what I was being told, there was a lot of pressure and despite having previously lived in that state (so was familiar with the local accent).

Getting a text message would be a relief for many of us.

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Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

Uberseehandel

IOT spend is very cost effective

In my experience, the returns on IOT spend are far better than on traditional IT kit. Fortunately, most of the time the IOT components are comparatively cheaper than the data centre or workstation kit that used to get the lion's share of the IT spend.

This effect gets exaggerated because the IOT set-ups are usually quite efficient with their use of other IT resources. As we continue picking the low-hanging fruit of industrial automation, the difference in returns will begin to lessen.

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

Uberseehandel

You say -

No, but coincidentially Microsofts german HQ just moved to Munich.

Not so, Microsoft has moved from one outer suburb of Munich, Unterschleißheim, to another inner suburb, Schwabing. About 12,5km as the crow flies.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Certainly not a narrow Venn slice

In the real world there are lots more engineers, designers, CFD practitioners, to say nothing of the software and project management folk required to turn visionary ideas into reality. It is just that those engaged in a service based economy don't realise that over 50% of the factories in the developed world are automated, or in the process of becoming automated. People have to design robots, and materials handling systems. Something as "simple" as autonomous vehicles requires huge amounts of development work.

Most of the time these projects are multinational, people travel with their workstations, it is normal to pay £4 - 5,000 for a portable workstation.

There are a lot more people who need this level of capability than this particular writer realised. But I always wondered why a journalist needs anything more than a stout pair of shoes, a spiral notebook, pencil and penknife.

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Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Uberseehandel

Re: They need to dump the SRX firewalls

Tell me about it!

After several stressful months, Juniper took back the SRX300 because it could not do what it was supposed to do. I was told that I was the only person, in the world who wanted to watch Multicast TV (BT). So their UK staff can't have taken them home to watch the footie, either. It could have been quite a good solution, but not as good as the free stack I got from another Bay Area supplier, which also can't play Source Specific Multicast . . . What is with these US companies? Don't have this problem with Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese suppliers, but then their networks are more advanced.

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National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

Uberseehandel

Smart Meters - Don't make me laugh

"It would need to be three simultaneous state-level attacks to do national harm [to smart meters]," he said.

In other words trivial for a state actor.

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Uberseehandel

A Harvard MBA is one of the biggest boosts to salary for early/mid career professionals, it also gets the attention of those that matter in an organisation. There are many other B-schools that are of little or no assistance as far a careers and salaries are concerned.

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Re: Building those capabilities

And Aldi is ultimately owned by a company from a country that values well qualified staff.

There is a lot of OR than can be done in supermarkets, and supply chain stuff, that actually might be more interesting than what GCHQ has to offer. OR is still poorly applied in most organisations.

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

Uberseehandel

There are disused and forgotten conduits and pipes out there

More than 25 years ago, I wanted to lay fibre across a moderate sized city. More than a century earlier it had been a pioneer in the use of gas for lighting. When electricity came along, the gas reticulation network was gradually forgotten. When we arranged for the engineers to examine the disused system they were pleasantly surprised and we had our network in next to no time.

Since then, I always ask people about what might have been forgotten, it can be very cost effective.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

Uberseehandel

Duh?

Quote -

"Goose Bay...... The strip's Newfoundland location means it isn't a major diversion from planes using great circle routes between Europe and North America."

Goose Bay is in Labrador - Gander is in Newfoundland (technically where the Newfies are, although it has wider, often derogatory, usages).

I know that it is very 2017 to be careless with non-tech details . . .

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Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

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And how many jobs will this data centre create, once it has moved into production?

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

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Fishman

You should tell America's Cup helmsman Nathan Outteridge you can't do a foiling tack/gybe in a monohull - https://youtu.be/ta12lE7xiSk

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Uberseehandel

There are already more boats provisionally entered for the America's Cup regatta in Auckland, than Ellison attracted to any of his AC regattas.

The new boats may be monohulls, but they will be foiling monohulls, not displacement boats.

Ben1892, you are trash talking an event you no nothing about.

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Uberseehandel

Re: "I’m going to build my own theme park. With blackjack. And hookers."

There are more announced entries for the America's Cup regatta in Auckland, than Ellison could ever hope for in his "series".

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Uberseehandel

Re: toys out of pram?

Now that Ellison is out of the America's Cup, other US yacht syndicates are entering. American's don't want to play boats with Ellison, they aren't all stupid.

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Uberseehandel

Re: Only one rule:

What makes you think they aren't all owned by Oracle already?

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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

Uberseehandel

Re: How current is this?

If the Russians didn't have anything to hide, why turn any of the AIS off, AIS is a safety system.

Funny how the Brits, the US, the Chinese, the Indians, the Italians, the South Koreans and the Turks all have carriers currently under construction and Russia and Brazil have announced plans for further carriers. Without the required ships to make up a Carrier Strike/battle group, carriers are vulnerable. They are not "lone wolf" operators, they are deployed as part of a coordinated force.

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Uberseehandel

How current is this?

From time to time I work with systems on board race boats. Apart from the media and regatta management feeds, all communications to or from a boat, including telemetry and voice, is encrypted, all the time. This has been the case since the mid-80s. And that includes the team support boats as well.

Seriously it isn't difficult. I cannot imagine that vessels such as LPG tankers are not using encrypted links. But the reality is that strange things happen. For a surprising amount of time, the Taliban used to watch the video feed from the drones that were spying on them. The issues of latency when using VPNs over satellite links are well understood these days.

When the Kuznetsov was swanning around the Eastern Med and and whilst underway from and to its home port in Arctic Russia, it was always easy to find her, despite her AIS (Automatic Identification System) being turned off, her escorting tug usually left the AIS on. And if it wasn't the tug, it was one of the auxiliary support vessels. Perhaps everybody's matelots are a bit dim in this respect.

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Juniper warns of bitter 3rd quarter due to cloud sales crash

Uberseehandel

Not unexpected amongst certain customers

For Enterprises and SMEs the Gin factory has become less and less relevant.

So booked sales become unbooked as what's in the box doesn't deliver in reality. For example, they do not have a deployable branch security appliance (no LTE failover capability despite a USB3 port, incapable of passing multicast that originates from the WAN), but they will sell one.

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

Uberseehandel

Re: No Operational Justification for placing a Data Centre anywhere in Ireland

I am old enough to remember the lengths to which the Irish government went to temps foreign businesses in general and Apple in particular to Ireland, At the time it was a complete package - taxation rates that undercut all the logical alternatives, development and establishment subsidies, funded training schemes, including a soft ride through the regulatory agencies; news of the deal was received with astonishment around the world. There are still Irish politicians around who will do anything not to become implicated in the discussions about the relationship between Eire, government members and Apple. It goes far further than corporation tax.

The EU is the largest trading bloc in the world. Placing a data centre on its periphery in an isolated nation with poor infrastructure and an under-educated workforce only makes sense if the sweetheart deal lasts.

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No Operational Justification for placing a Data Centre anywhere in Ireland

The only reason Apple is planning a data centre in Ireland is to benefit from the sweetheart deal the corporation has with the Irish State.

These tax dodging and development "deals" amount to little more than bribery and are in the process of being dismantled by the EU. At that point Ireland will discover that data centres are amazing portable, if Apple doesn't abandon the project first.

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Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

Uberseehandel

Re: Learning to sail

There are plenty of outstanding and smart US sailors, they won't go sailing with Ellison.

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Uberseehandel

Re: Learning to sail

Cyclors are not banned. They are always more efficient than grinders and generating power, as long as they are in the loop. Previously when the Swedes tried them they were out of the loop, and it was a bit uncoordinated, so people dropped the idea. But foiling monohulls probably need the power house to be more mobile than a cat does.

Ellison has been involved in sailing for a long time, remember Sayonara? He just doesn't like it when the boat goes up and down. Because he has dropped out, we look like having multiple US entries for the next America's Cup regatta. Ellison is not much liked, many syndicates would rather miss a regatta than have to compete with him.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Uberseehandel

Last generation components

The top end devices, specially the Surface Book and Surface Studio are eye-wateringly expensive, and use old tech components. How can this be a low margin activity, unless the fixed and marketing costs are out of wack?

Show me a Surface Studio user who wouldn't like to have a second matching monitor. Yet where is it?

Why cripple the processors with too few cores? And can they stream 4K films/TV that is protected? DDR4 memory? Thunderbolt 3?

There is other stuff missing too, but detailed specifications appear to have been removed from the MS web sites.

Why they didn't design it to use the the next gen hardware and release once the components were generally available, is a rookie error.

If a user needs a top end workstation or ultrabook, it is almost guaranteed that the user will need more than one screen. Even spreadsheet jockeys need multiple screens.

Maybe marketing types are unaware of this, MS appears to be completely overwhelmed by them.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Actually Microsoft and Formula 1 have a lot in common - pointless complications and mammothly underwhelming.

And they treat the punters as numpties.

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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Not true actually, I can photograph cheques and pay them into my account.

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

Uberseehandel

CT

Computed X-Ray Tomography

They have tweaked some scanners

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

Uberseehandel

Who cares?

Why is this site publishing this story. Why don't they wait until a 'droid presenting TV gets paid more than the humans?

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Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

Uberseehandel

Re: Anything we should steal ?

Funny as it is that you say that . . .

better not to open that particular can of worms.

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Uberseehandel

Re: "Primos, was based upon Honeywell's development of Multics for super-minis."

I was there at the time, I was the initial customer for a distributed Prime WAN deployment in my country, that went global; subsequently I was processed through Prime's internal SE course, as a "reward", and worked as part of the benchmarking team on a number of US government tenders, including classified ones.

The Honeywell origins were freely acknowledged if anybody asked, mostly, they didn't.

Quite a lot of OSes were called OS.

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Uberseehandel

Primos

Some years ago, when there was a plethora of super-minicomputer company manufacturers, one of the leading lights was Prime Computers. Their operating system, Primos, was based upon Honeywell's development of Multics for super-minis.

Primos was a class act and well ahead of its time in many respects.

I wouldn't dismiss Multics out of hand.

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Behind the scenes of Slovaks' fight to liberate their .sk domain

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Re: Entirely predictable behaviour

I don't have to justify anything to somebody posting as an Anonymous Coward.

My comment is not in the least xenophobic, unless being concerned about the erosion of individual rights, restriction of democratic rights, the growth of cronyism and the revision of history is defined as xenophobic.

Ten minutes googling reliable sites will show you the extent of what is occurring.

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Entirely predictable behaviour

Slovakia is one of the Visegrád group of nations.

Sadly, such shenanigans have become commonplace in those states.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

Uberseehandel

Re: Possible path for malware to attack sites without a "Ukrainian connection".

Its the "thumb down" vote that intrigues me ;-[]

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Possible path for malware to attack sites without a "Ukrainian connection".

I know of consultants specialising in ERP configuration and implementation that rely on teams of developers living in the Ukraine. With so many flavours of Open Source ERP being promoted, from a very small original code base, this could be an important vector.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

Uberseehandel

Re: Have they surveyed other groups?

Who said sociopaths don't work? Usually they are obsessive about it.

You are making up facts and are way too defensive. Probably sociopathic.

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Re: Have they surveyed other groups?

Open Source community "nasty"?

I can think of a few other Tech related groups that are positively scary by comparison. It would be superfluous to identify any in particular, but most of us know a few.

The nature of IT attracts sociopaths, always has.

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Microsoft can't have paying attention

The MS hardware division remains largely unaware of Thunderbolt 3. The latest Surface feels three (four?) years old.

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

Uberseehandel

Re: Take offense at "nag"

You must learn to determine when your friends are exaggerating.

Did they also tell you about the testicles hanging out the back of some of the race winning females? (They don't).

One is more likely to deliver a two headed lamb than a multi-headed horse.

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After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts

Uberseehandel

Encryption Is Not Convenient

Much of the time, telco encryption is deliberately weakened (set the 16 leading bits of the key to 0), so that officially interested parties can freely access users and conversations they wish to monitor. It is so much more convenient that way, no warrants, no oversight.

Right from the outset, the MNOs did not wish to know about SMS, they didn't notice, in any material sense of that word, its capability when GSM was introduced, but they did shut down the (ISDN compliant) dual SIM capability (because customers use it to save costs). MNOs had to be brow-beaten into accepting that users would make use of it, especially when roaming. Believe it or not, they took the same approach to data, remaining in denial about customer take-up until too late.

There are a number of organisations which have official and court approved access to telco switches. However, the number of staff who have access to the data centres which process the telco back-end systems is huge. A number are outsourced. I know of one that outsources its data centre processing to a company that has been bought by its principal competitor. They remain quite relaxed about this, despite ample evidence that there is much to be concerned about.

MNOs should not be allowed out.

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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Uberseehandel

Old Tech

The Surface 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio were launched using old technology.

Microsoft did not plan for what would be mainstream when they launched the products, and even the revised versions are off the pace. Not only do they choose the wrong chip sets, but the wrong processors and the wrong memory. And no Thunderbolt 3.

The Surface Studio is promising, what happened to the second screen? Without it is not functional. Hybrid drives in a premium product c'mon!

Even at the eye-watering prices, I'd love to have a dual screen Studio, or even a properly equipped Surface Book or Surface 4. But paying way over the odds for yesterday's bargain bin parts, is not going to happen. Microsoft has achieved the impossible, they have made everything else look affordable, and often faster.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

Uberseehandel

Re: There are more levels than that

The attractions of Munich, as a base for a Hi-tech business are considerable.

Forget the Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the most cultural cities in Germany, it has great elegance, good schools, including a choice of international schools, universities that teach degree courses in English. The night life is varied, and safe, it has an invigorating climate, and is a terrific base for outdoor pursuits and exploring Europe.

As far as start-ups are concerned, it is already one of Europe's most important research and hi-tech hubs. The sorts of services required by start-ups are on the door step. Direct connections to London, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore and most other tech centres are plentiful, unlike Berlin (which can't even build itself an airport).

As an enviably pleasant place to live, property prices are higher than say, Berlin,which is a reflection on the comparative desirability and convenience of the two cities. To put it into context, on German reunification, a number of businesses and institution refused to move back to Berlin, despite government pressure for them to do so.

I never had any issues with bank/debit/credit cards in Germany. But then credit card debt is dumb debt, so perhaps the Germans know a thing or two about the matter. If one is not a natural planner and budgeter, then expect to be regarded as irresponsible. Cautious and thrifty German habits are easily acquired. Cash is king, use that to your advantage.

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Moby Dick

The title says it all - will future releases be in Ahab prior to beta? Will there be a Pequod? Is one of the developers called Ishmael?

So Docker becomes Dicker.

What a bunch of Dock-heads.

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