* Posts by Ledswinger

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Android's Hover feature is a data HOOVER

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Re: ROTM, Machine Learning

the researchers have just trained our robotic overlords

Did they really? Or was it just fancy algos and some brute forcing to see what worked?

These days, if you want a few column inches you ALWAYS use the term "machine learning", because artificial intelligence is soooooo last century.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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Lockheed bought the VTOL tech which went into the F35 from Yakovlev

And Uncle's Sam's finest thought that their number one enemy would sell them something useful?

I bet that the Russian's wet themselves laughing when they were offered money for the drawings, and looked forward to exactly the expensive failure that is the F35B.

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Re: Remote Corner ?

Dunno, but with Stanlow, Airbus, Jaguar, Toyota, Connah's Quay, Shotton all a stones throw away it sounds like a ghastly industrial wasteland.

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Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

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Re: £2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

Why is an original painting worth millions, but a photograph of it only pence?

If you go to the National Galley and stand close to look at the paintings of Turner and Constable you'll find your answer. Not that I've got the readies to buy one, but a mere photo is not the the same thing.

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Re: Where's the tech connection?

Aren't you fascinated by the idea that some bloke will pay almost three grand for a pair of seventy year old skiddies, that some pillaging Yank found and claimed were Eva Braun's?

I'm hoping that a pair of my corroded skiddies will command that sort of money as we approach 2099. The lucky buyer will realise that the heavy corrosion of the fabric of the rear gusset was how Dr Ledswinger got his Nobel-winning inspiration that the hot feeling of a foul smelling fart was actually the reaction of H2S with bodily moisture, sufficiently gentle to just feel warm on sensitive skin, but with sustained deployment readily capable of rotting the arse out of a mature pair of shreddies.

I'm still working on the mechanism by which hot, richly scented guffs are also usually silent. If anybody has the answer and would like to share my Nobel prize, then we can combine our efforts as a joint paper to resolve the ultimate mystery of the SBD, and maybe it will be two pairs of old pants that collectors are fighting over in 2099.

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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Are these people clueless?

What is it about tech companies throwing vast amounts of money at "digital assistants"? Can't they see that they're crap, they're used by a tiny, tiny minority, and the vast remainder of humanity it is simply bloatware clagging up their phone for no reason?

Siri: Crap

Google nameless assistant: Crap

Cortana: Sad and crap

Bixby: Sadder and crapper.

All I want is a smartphone with long battery life that doesn't blow up. Is that too much to ask?

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Tesco and Tesco Bank are also effectively separate organisations.

I think you'll find that they have the same shareholders and the same ultimate controlling board. I'd also guess that the corporate culture of the dominant retail business will be replicated in the banking arm.

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What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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Re: So?

there's a lot of evidence that the NOx from car exhausts is reacting with the complex scent chemicals produced by flowering plants, hindering the bees' ability to find the nectar they need

UK NOx emissions have dropped by 60% in the past thirty years, and we now have far more restrictions on the use of pesticides, so even allowing the other current problems for bees, surely things should be getting better, not worse?

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y'know, that was pretty cool, right?

You wouldn't be saying that if it was you. Then again you wouldn't be saying much at all.

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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

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Re: Google Dominates All!

But they still wound up with a following that's every bit as cult-like as Apple's

Don't be so hasty. Apple users believe in that company, in that brand, in the whole Apple experience. Whether others do is immaterial, but Apple users are (a) loyal, (b) happy to pay high prices for devices, apps and content, (c) confident that Apple looks after its customers. They are also happily locked in by an eco-system and app store that don't work anything like as well with Android.

Now consider the Android user. Price conscious, unaccustomed to high prices, used to free apps. We Androids KNOW that Google don't give a toss about us. We know our devices are insecure, usually poorly supported. And that's the thing - Apple users have to give up a lot to move to the Android world, for few obvious gains. For Android users moving to Apple, any purchased Play content can still be accessed, most apps they'll lose but didn't pay for, so broadly speaking there's a smaller cost to switching out of Android. And now Google are making things worse by pushing their over-priced Pixel range. There are reasons for buying Pixel devices, but personally if I'm paying Apple money, I'd rather have an Apple product.

My thinking is that Google are actually sowing the seeds of their eventual demise. If they won't (as appears to be the case) sort out the security and app vetting, then it is only a matter of time before something really nasty gets into the Play store. There are real nasties already there, but there reach and effectiveness has been limited. The whole device updates debacle is a continuing slow-mo car crash.. Likewise Google's free and easy approach to privacy doesn't look a compelling bet for the longer term.

I don't use Apple devices, I don't much care for the company. I've always used Android smartphones, I'm typing this on a Chromebook. But my loyalty to Google is non-existent - if I could get a decent, alternative phone OS at a reasonable price I'd drop Android like a stone.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Re: Precautionary principle

So I buried it at the end of the garden.

Mr Goddard, I don't think your insurers will cover you for planting an IED in your own garden.

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Re: First thing I would do

This makes the design of grandma's old washtub combined with a 2400rpm spin cycle "interesting"

You may wish to do a search on "Whirlpool tumble dryer fires uk" before assuming that either the US or Samsung have any exceptional problems in this department.

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: Well,

Rather than jam, which has unintended consequences, just deploy a Stingray. Then the authorities can listen to what the lags are saying, know whether they're plotting more crime, or if its a social call they'll immediately know who it is and therefore which cell to turn upside down.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Missing info in write up

There's no mention of replaceable batteries on the specs page.

I'd noticed that, and linked it to the unibody aluminium construction. I'd be delighted to be proven wrong, but I think this is a sealed case, and on those grounds I won't be buying it as I tend to keep my phones for longer than a couple of years. And even in a two year timescale, I've had a couple of batteries go bad in eighteen months.

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Re: re: is likely to be unchanged

but then I think Apple phones are barely American, though they do more designing than WileyFox

They (Merkins) do more designing? On the silicon front maybe, but what country are ARM and CSR based in? And on the aesthetics, are you suggesting that Jonny Ive has traded his UK passport for a Yank one?

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Re: AKA 'old rectory syndrome'

Our dream is just to get out with enough cash to stop worrying, rather than to crush the world beneath our bootheels.

Far better than being Elon Musk, Larry Ellison, Turdoch or their ilk. Everyday motivated by greed for more, envy of anybody richer than them, angry at each percieved slight, or the inadequacy of the army of wage slaves and sycophants around them. Working all hours of their life to be richer and yet richer. And then, when the funeral's over and the "mourners" have dispersed, their families can tear themselves apart over the loot.

Unless they find a way to take it all with them.

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Re: last step of the journey

Like Sendo?

I think that for the most part those days have gone. WileyFox aren't big enough to be that much of a threat or an opportunity, the brand is very niche (and loses its "crafty British challenger" appeal as soon as acquired by a bumbling incumbent), and what are WFx doing that the majors could do but choose not to?

Surely the only people this would make sense for would be Cyanogenmod themselves, since they're making no money from their software at the moment, and they might see WileyFox either as their main route to market, or as their "reference" design in the manner of the Nexus devices. But as a US company I'd have thought there's a range of US-based Shenzen-vetters who are doing the same sort of thing as WFx, and CM would culturally be a better fit with another US business.

The other thing is that whilst we often bemoan the sale of UK start ups, what those sales actually reflect is the sense of proportion of UK entrepreneurs. Why put the years of extra work in, and take the risks to build a half-a-billion pound corporate business, if you can sell out much earlier for £15m, and either retire somewhere pleasant, or start again in the rule-free world of the start-up? Building a big corporate enterprise (successfully) would make them very rich indeed, but it means moving from anarchic energy and innovation to a world of process, compliance, policies, board meetings, corporate finance, suits and PHBs. And to get the benefits, you've still got to go through a hair-raising trade sale, or worse still an IPO, where you'll initially be a key man, but then be squeezed out of "your own" company by the suits.

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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Scottish groats, presumably if Sturgeon persuades Scotland to go their merry way.

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Re: Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

that's kind of the point of (announcing and re-announcing) the orders for offshore patrol vessels now and then the Type 26, to keep those shipyards working.

Of course, if we actually had a long term military procurement strategy involving rolling and properly scheduled asset renewal to create a steady work programme for design and build, we'd not need this amateurish pissing around, and essentially unplanned infill orders like the batch 2 Rivers, and promises of orders sans contracts.

A similar approach for aircraft would have seen the RAF with a proper strike aircraft to replace Tornado by 2010, and with similar forethought a carrier variant would have been planned, the QE class carriers would have been built with a catapult, thus bypassing the whole F35 mess up.

Of course, it isn't just the Treasury and politicians at fault here. MoD are known for their incomptence (and the military for their persistent late changes), but the simple approach there is to tell them they can have the build of their toys started ONLY when they sign off a final design.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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Also, the dozen meatbags on a container ship cost peanuts for a company that owns a fleet of container ships.

The other thing is that with the progressive increase in ship sizes, the crew cost is going down per container, so the marginal benefit of automation is falling.

Knowing precisely nothing about the matter, I can't help wondering if automation of the cargo logistics and load/unload would be a better target for robotics and systems.

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DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object

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Re: Metallica

You beat me to it,

I am so impressed, so proud of my fellow commentards. Two posts into a thread involving lasers and Mars, and we haven't had any quotes from WotW, no Richard Burton or Jeff Wayne references, and no Captain Scarlet or Mysterons.

I suppose this outbreak of sanity is only to balance the universe given the lunacy in the High Court today, where rich lawyers funded by rich (and bizarrely left wing) bankers have taken on democracy, and (apparently) won. That must leave the pro-EU liberal left a bit conflicted....actually no it won't, democracy was never their bag anyway.

Sorry, sorry, didn't mean to mention the B word, see repeat icon.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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If you want the sound of the Vulcan vote Concorde, both used Rolls Royce Olympus variants

But they sounded completely different. I know this from my own ears, the sadly uneducated may need to take a trip to Youtube.

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Survey finds 75% of security execs believe they are INVINCIBLE

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Re: If things suck, change them. @amanfromMars 1

Well I demand you go back to how you were.

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Amazon guarantees bitterly contested Ohio wind farm project

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Maybe urban f***kwits should face up to the despoilatory nature of their need for power?

On reflection, I apologise to the world and the previous poster for my intemperate wording.

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Well, people like to live in rural areas where they can enjoy landscapes unspoiled...

Get off your high horse, and notice that the majority of large coal, nuclear, and gas plants have been located in rural areas for donkey's years (plus the fugly transmission networks spreading the visual pox across the countryside). Not to mention the crime of ground mount solar arrays, sterilising prime agricultural land for quarter of a century as fat cat financiers milk the subsidies.

Maybe urban fuckwits should face up to the despoilatory nature of their need for power?

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The only argument I've heard which I could technically accept is that they spoil the scenery.

Then you've not being paying much attention? At modest distances they can be noisy, they do tend to smack birds out of the sky, and also very effective at exploding bats who fly behind the blades where the low pressure. But the main problem is that intermittency.

As a near random power source, when you build a wind farm that acquires a near "must run" status (not bothering with the technicalities, that's good enough for now), then that wind turbine gets paid when the wind blows. Problem is that the system (and therefore customers) need to pay for the assets that provide power when the wind doesn't blow, so those assets either need additional subsidies ("capacity payments") or they need vastly higher wholesale prices to pay their high standing costs. Either way, renewables put total system costs up. All the prattle about "grid parity" that their makers claim is against prevailing wholesale prices, not for a system approach that provides adequate capacity. So wind and solar providers are vastly over-rewarded for their low quality power output, and expect customers to pick up the tab for the inadequacy of their assets.

We'd all like cheap, clean energy. Sadly wind and solar only provide that within very narrow definitions that externalise all costs relating to how you and I wish to use energy. Battery storage will make that a little bit better, but not much, because it can't offer intra-seasonal storage at any viable cost (and the same goes for pumped storage, CAES and P2G technologies).

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UK.gov's pricey Five Year Plan to see off cyber thugs still in place

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Re: Muppet

I call you as the muppet

Maybe "just another employee" should have read "just another public sector employee", and lives in a world where bureaucrats conjure up fines with all the finesse and evidence base of climate science: "ooh, X% of turnover should do it, Sir Humphrey!"

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UK will retaliate against state-sponsored cyber attacks, Chancellor warns

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Re: England will be forced to surrender

England will be forced to surrender

A popular thought amongst short-arse po-faced dictators throughout history (Napoleon, Hitler, Putin, Sturgeon to name a few).

But here we are, still bobbing along quite merrily.

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Send all that Huawei kit bck to the Reed Army and ask for a refund?

Is that the army of temps from Reed the employment agency, or the army of shop assistants at Austin Reed?

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: Gaz and Leccy... hio ho ho....

I like the way the advert says "You're entitled to claim a smart meter from your supplier at no extra cost" as if it were some kind of prize...

A stroke of genius, if you're trying to roll out anything, surely? The great British public are complete suckers for "free". It is almost as though there's a very common gene that means whenever afflicted people hear or read the word "free" it triggers the total suspension of all critical faculties.

A "free" web browser? Wow! Why pay for Netscape!

A "free" phone OS? Fab! And no downside.

A "free" upgrade to WIndows 10? Fill your boots!

A "free" rooftop PV installation? And free electricity too!

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Re: Free?

They don't work with them as they can't handle reverse power feeds.

If you're talking about a UK smart meter compliant with the mandatory SMETS2 specification, it most certainly can handle export power, as specified in the SMETS2 standard, various places, but starting at item 5.5.9.2. Whether all the intermediary systems are in place to make this work in a practical way is another matter, but the meters are all required to have the capability.

At the moment most PV export payments are "deemed", which means they guess that PV owners export 50% of their power, but with smart meters this will change, and people who use more than 50% of their PV generation will get lower export payments, people who use less than 50% will get more. In the real world this redsitribution effect will only be worth ten or fifteen quid a year, so the usual UK energy policy outcome - a costly, complicated change that helps nobody.

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Re: Shafted at both ends

And the electric one is just another meter where the original one was - with no external panel of info.

Phone up and complain if that matters to you. It is a licence condition that all smart meters are offered with an "in home display", and if they haven't offered you one they are in breach of that.

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NASA's asteroid orbit calculator spots a hot rock zipping past

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Re: Good to know that we're improving our prediction speed

In the 5 day period enough people would be adopting enough of a 'go out with a bang' mentality to completely screw up the world. Imaging the effect on the global economy of a "we're all going to die...oh, hang on, we're still here" event

Do you think the denizens of the Middle East would stop the ever popular local hobby of fighting each other over nothing, at least for the party period, and join the global knees up?

Nope, I don't either.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: Only 96 batteries

it took other road users to point out that my lower half was basically a moving fireball.....A battery would not do that.

Nope, of course not

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Re: It's a bomb. RoboSimian? Yes. Tesla? Not so much.

No conceivable scenario leads to a bomb.

Depends on your definition of a bomb. The NASA incident looks very much like a small but powerful incendiary device, as do all of the videos I've seen of scientifically monitored lithium cell failures. A lithium cell constrained within a metal can (eg packaging like a typical alkaline) will cause modest fragmentation and projectile flaming debris when thermal runaway occurs, I've seen this instrumented. In a car battery that's unlikley to be severe enough to puncture the body shell and injure passengers, but in many installations it is an effective means of further spreading the fire.

And when things REALLY go wrong, all bets are off. A recent test of a modest sized cell by my national safety regulator managed to explosively deform the test chamber because the gases formed faster than the blast and fume vent was able to cope with - the deformed chamber was a 20 foot ISO shipping container, so not exactly a flimsy structure.

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Re: Only 96 batteries

In any case, it's a fair bet that NASA batteries have the highest possible density since they are intended to be launched into space, and rocket fuel is expensive.

They'll not be much better than the energy density of similar commercial products, because the chemistry is much the same. And even if they vary it, there's still not that much to choose. The other day I was at an industry conference on battery storage, and I asked the chief scientist of a leading cell maker whether there was that much to choose even between alternative chemistries, and she said "no", as the deciding factor is the potential energy stored. Failure modes can be slightly different, but if you've got a battery built to store energy and deliver a lot of power, then that energy is itching to find a quick way out. You can pretend things are different, but all fuels are compressed energy, and the more you compress them the more dramatic the failure mode it. If anything, (having at the same event watched a series of controlled battery failure videos, courtesy of my national safety regulator), the NASA battery fire was surprisingly small and well contained. I'd wonder if not all of the cells actually combusted.

I'll repeat the point, that the individual probability of a decent product failure is very small - the problem is that IF it does fail, you REALLY don't want to be asleep upstairs.

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Re: Only 96 batteries

ISTR that the available thermal energy in the event of a battery fire of a Tesla was on the order of two gallons of gasoline (or somewhere around 8 liters of petrol ).

Errmm, that's litres, if you please. Of course, I'm an imperialist myself, using proper imperial measures. None of your Yankee short measures, here, please.

But coming back to the point. This discussion was about domestic batteries, so no matter how few gallons of petrol, how many would you be happy to store under your stairs,in your loft or basement, with a load of electrical circuits around them?

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Re: Only 96 batteries

Its a bomb!!

Sometimes it is, certainly. And to think that people are already happily marketing and installing similar size domestic energy storage systems to owners of PV panels "to maximise their income through self consumption". Fitted outside and well away from anything else combustible, a manageable risk, but people are fitting these in under-stair cupboards, or lofts.

Actual probability of a battery fire is low, the difficulty is the intensity when a runaway starts, that it may be a cell fault, charging circuit fault, physical damage, incorrect installation, or even an unrelated thermal event that triggers a cell into runaway. So it WILL happen sooner or later, and then you've not just got the fire and smoke risk, but the acutely toxic fumes includng Hydrogen Fluoride, Carbonyl Sulphde, .Acrolein, Syrene, Toluene, and assorted other nasties, including cobalt fumes (all varying according to battery chemistry).

NASA have good reasons for taking these risks. But would you have a similar sized battery under your stairs to save a few shekels on your electricity bill?

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: Will this do anything...

How is that enforceable?

See Lee D's post above. Tech companies (and many non-tech US companies) think they can write any old shit in their T&Cs regardless of prevailing statute.

Interestingly, the egregious use of legitimate but unintended tax loopholes has now seen that practice coming under harsh scrutiny and changes made (eg EU proposals on common tax rates, various moves on withholding taxes), and if the Globocorps continue to try and ignore statute law in their contracts, that too will become not merely unenforceable at the individual contract level, but a criminal act in itself.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU) Oi! Lars! Do pay attention

What makes you so upset when the EU tries to do something about the tax avoidance.

Where am I upset in the comment in this thread? I made a number of observations about the rational and impact of these proposed changes. I even observed for that remaining EU nations, presumably they will be in favour of such a centralisation of fiscal powers.

Far from being upset, I'm delighted that the EU takes this next step forward on the journey to a single nation state of Europe - common currency, centrally set fiscal policy, no internal borders, common foreign policy, its own military, centrally set environmental standards, a single energy market etc.

And I'm even more delighted that that UK won't be part of it.

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

sounds like it's a Brexit benefit for both the EU and the UK.

Well, its a start on a single set of tax regulations set in Brussels - and by using "regulations" Brussels can actually set these as law, without the individual nations having any say on the detail (and fair enough, those people in the EU presumably want to see this). This has two important components - the French and Germans have always hated Ireland's tax arrangements, and the Apple case was only ever going to have one important outcome, and that was centralisation of taxation powers in Brussels. This will certainly end badly for Ireland if it goes ahead.

The second important element (and probably the one uppermost in the minds of the Eurocrats) will be that the rules will be carefully drafted to try and stop the UK being able to offer lower tax benefits to companies based here and doing business in the EU. In reality, this won't cause UK based corporates to relocate - it will just increase the cost of products sold in the EU - and as bunch of ageing economies with circled wagons, the EU don't mind at all if the little people see their costs go up.

The EU officialdom preside over a collection of disjointed, sclerotic economies with eye watering unemployment, high taxes, and permanently locked in internal exchange rate imbalances. They now think that they can decide to (in effect) raise tax rates, and undertake more of the deeply unsuccessful centralisation that has so far yielded no benefits other than a customs union (which the original EEC could have offered without half the pain). To be fair, the customs union element was a major achievement - but then the self important fuckers sacrificed all of that on the alter of politcal and financial integration and control.

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

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to get 100% connectivity that will be a hell of a lot of road digging.

If the existing cables are on telegraph poles or in ducts, then there's not so much expensive digging required, which makes a big difference. You'll have to hope one of these two apply, because with all the madcap, unwarranted, and economically unjustified infrastructure schemes that the government have signed up to, there not much chance of finding enough people capable or pouring concrete or laying tarmac...

A partial list includes Hinkley Point C, Heathrow R3, HS2, Thames Tideway, HS3, CrossRail 2, Moorside, Wylfa B, Oldbury B, Bradwell B, Sizewell C, not to mention many tens of billions on water AMP6, Ofgem's c£40bn of RIIO programme's, billions on some notably unambitious road schemes, token flood defences etc, and that's before we consider the impact of government promises of new towns, and 200k+ new houses built each year. That little lot totals something around half a trillion quid, over and above the existing asset renewal needs.

Now, with vast budget and balance of payments deficits, rising private sector debt, yet investment plans formulated using the "kiddy in the sweetshop" model, you really have to wonder why the Labour party are so busy whining about "austerity".

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Re: What's in a name?

Windscale is now Sellafield

Don't forget its new alter-ego, "Moorside". Doesn't that sound better? Brings forth thoughts of salt-of-the-earth Lancashire farmers coming home after a hard days graft to a tea of hot buttered scones.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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How about I buy you a couple of pints which should be ample compensation for your share of 'taxpayer's money' that went into this mission, and you just shut up?

Perhaps unintentionally, you make yourself sound like a thin-skinned millennial, unable to deal with views contradicting your own narrow personal view.

How about I offer you a skinny soya latte and a goatee trim, and you accept that I'm entitled to observe that I don't agree with ESA concept "oh well, shit happens on Mars, can we have another quarter of a billion euro please?"

After sneering at Beagle 2, and having seen the previous problems that NASA have had to address on Mars, the ESA have no excuse for it not working.

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Europeans call it a "scientific mission"

The Europeans were just envious that Beagle 2 had been a glorious, glorious British failure, and wanted to show that they could do that too.

Of course, being a pan-European pork project, the €230m cost of the Schiaparelli lander is about double the (rebased) £66m that Beagle 2 cost, proving that the Europeans can do anything anybody else can, just twenty years later and at double the cost.

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thick enough to heat up objects....At the same time it's too tenuous to allow a soft landing by parachutes.

Which they've known for a loooonngg time.

Lucky they're only spending taxpayer's money, eh?

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

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Re: 6 days to fix?

Virgin (I hate them)

Deserving of a hundred upvotes on its own.

Memo to world: No matter how shite LLU servicers are, never, ever sign up for Virginmedia, who are useless, price gouging turds.

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Re: Interesting point...

which it (Openreach) might be disinclined to do in the absence of a closely specified and enforced SLA, which of course would have to be paid for.

The incompetence of Ofcom is a worry in enforcing standards of service, but having worked for a range of dedicated infrastructure businesses I can assure you that they are generally very good at this sort of thing, and would have far more focus as a standalone business compared to being a vertically integrated operation. As a bundled infrastructure monopoly, Openreach are a weakly regulated cash cow that BT group merely want to cut costs at.

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

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Re: The guys have a point

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

Mmmm. I like the idea of robes. Maybe not mixed with motorbikes, though. And, I was thinking more Arizona desert. Or Atacama desert. Or 99% of Australia.

The Middle East is a bit crowded with multiple groups trying to serially "take back", and I'd rather wait until it has quietened down a big bit.

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