* Posts by newro

5 posts • joined 8 Aug 2012

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic


industry partners

Completely overlooked in this article is the role of industry partners which make for almost 50% of funding for master/PhD projects in the Tech sector. I personally witnessed these involvements to go down to almost zero now, as literally the week after the referendum companies have called in and said that they have to rethink investment. As the future of the UK is uncertain, so is access to European patents, etc.

The effect of this is delayed, as already running projects are continued, but the fact that no new ones get seeded will be seen for years to come. Opportunities and potential start up companies that would manifest in years are simply not going to happen now. Or at least not in the UK.


Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?


Re: Why provide _decent_ trading deal?

You might find that BMW and Audi are still capable of economic survival without the UK market.

For example, from 1.5 million Audi's sold in 2013, only 123,622 made it into the UK [1]. On top of that, BMW for example are currently employing around 18.000 UK Jobs + sub-supplier [2], which would be at stake if the independent UK would try to ... erm ... do something against it?

Not saying the UK is an insignificant market, but they certainly bring a lot less weight to the table. And keep in mind, they are not negotiating with Germany directly, but the entire EU market.

[1] https://www.audi.co.uk/about-audi/latest-news/audi-reflects-on-another-record-sales-year.html

[2] http://www.bmw.co.uk/en_GB/footer/publications-links/aboutus.html


Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal


Re: From an end user's perspective

I agree about Concorde.

But would like to note that apparently the fuel consumption per passenger per Atlantic crossing wasn't that much worse than on a 747 of the same time period. People often quoted the consumption of the afterburners, but those were only used for two short periods on an Atlantic crossing. Also comparing consumption per hour doesn't add up either. The cruising hight resulted in less friction, also Concorde was a very small, cramped and light plane.

Of course, compared to a modern plane, things have moved on, and we never seen what a modern Concorde would be like.

Most of the extra operational cost seemed to be down to maintenance. Which again had to be spread over fewer passengers.


Hacker-smasher: White hats join forces to build bot-beating weapon


Re: Chaos Computer Club

No. But once we stop thinking in strict black and white terms, the really question is where on the grey scale they are. And I would argue that they are pretty much on the light end of things. They are very careful to operate within the law.

For the Bundestrojaner, it was the government who broke the law, not the CCC. And at the conference 2 years ago, they actually obtained a license to run their own GSM network, so they can show how to hack it, as it would be illegal to hack an operational one.

But overall, most of the active members are really more the old-school type of hackers with a soldering iron. I really loved the "Not your Grandfathers moon landing" http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2011/28c3-4821-en-not_your_grandfathers_moon_landing.html oh, and there is also the laptop in space thing or Building a Distributed Satellite Ground Station Network - A Call To Arms http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2011/28c3-4699-en-building_a_distributed_satellite_ground_station_network.html


Chaos Computer Club

CCC, most defiantly not black hats. The club is very open and has a huge member base. So yes, there are the occasional black sheep's. But from a public representation they are more on the white-ish side of things. They often get invited as expert witnesses, for example by the constitutional court.



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