* Posts by fix

14 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011

Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Pint

send data at *just* 27 kilobits per second

It's not that long since I would have been delighted if my USRobotics modem would be running at that speed from my house to the local ISP.

To be doing that from Saturn, with kit that has been up there for so long, is still a remarkable achievement.

All involved deserve a well earned beer!

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Gov workers told their social posts are more believable than politicians' statements

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1984

Minitrue is here ....

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Brief ?

Now there is a blast from the past, got to be almost 20 years since I last used that!

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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@sabroni

How would he and his wife pay just 10% on a dividend of 1M each?

Dividends are paid from profit by the Ltd, so 20% Corporation Tax will have been paid before it can be a distributed as a dividend.

When the dividend is paid out, there is a 5K allowance, but after that a 7.5% dividend tax rate applies to the rest, and any amount above about 40K (presuming they have no salary at all) will still be hit for higher rate income tax as well.

Unless you know otherwise? (In which case please explain.)

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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'False' problem?

Not sure I'm seeing the problem the same way as others here :-(

It's certainly not (imo) rigging an election, that's done by fiddling with ballots, prevent certain groups from voting, or directly threatening groups to vote a specific way 'or else'

This is targeted advertising, finding a group of people who are likely to be susceptible to a certain message and then giving them that message.

This method is available to every political party and leaning, so all can use it to deliver their message to the groups they think will appreciate it most.

The article infers that it's a cheap way to get a message across, so in fact you could argue that it levels the playing field, it's not just the player with the most advertising pounds that wins any more.

Whatever your personal feelings on both the Trump and Brexit result, surely the smaller parties having access to spread their message as readily as a larger well funded party is a good thing?

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Re: @Paul Crawford re: guns.

The problem I have with your argument is that in all the examples you give a tool is being mis-used to do someone harm, and also it needs a much closer and physical approach to achieve that harm, which then entails the risk of losing a physical fight.

A Gun is the only object in your list that is expressly designed to do another person harm whilst still staying at a safe distance yourself, thus making it a lot easier to harm someone else without entailing any personal risk.

If someone had to use one of the alternative methods you list, then a lot of potentials killers would think twice and back off.

That's the real problem with guns, it makes it too easy for a coward to intimidate or kill someone that they won't take on face to face.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: There's one very important woman missing from that list.

Same here, have an upvote ;-)

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Must try HARDER, infosec lads: We're RUBBISH at killing ZOMBIES

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Re: Sueball

You forgot your troll icon !

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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Re: Mmm

For a very neat reason :-)

The XBMC remote has the facility to put received text messages up as a banner on the XBMC device that your mobile is remotely controlling ..... couldn't do that if it was unable to read them first on the phone.

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Cooling

Salt water should not be a problem.

You don't pump the sea-water directly through the weapon, you would use some other liquid that transfers heat well and doesn't cause corrosion, and pump that through a nice big heat sink, say the hull ?

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Hitch climate tax to the actual climate, says top economist

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No Chance.

Not a chance of that happening!

It's far too sensible, and can't be swayed / abused, since it would be linked to a measurable, verifiable quantity.

No-one in government or the climate business is going to want something that transparent.

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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@scrote

Having one rendering engine does have advantages though, at the moment as a web dev you end up writing a page that has to try it's best to play happily with several different engines, removing that complexity would make web development faster / cheaper.

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EDF: We'll raise bills 11% - but only 2% is due to energy costs!

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FAIL

None-Oil Options

But none of this extra funding gained by hiking the energy cost is going towards Nuclear :-( In this country at least.

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Where are all the decent handheld scribbling tools?

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Transformer

No, not a robot in disguise!

Asus, with detachable keyboard, a tablet when you want it, a laptop when you want a keyboard, and with the keyboard, excellent battery life.

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