* Posts by Nano nano

503 posts • joined 29 Jun 2007


NEC, Appro ink supercomputing pact

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False economy

So, "ink" rather than "sign" - well done, you've saved one letter !!!

Journalists .....

DARPA seeks sticky-goldenballs Casimir forcefields

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Not so fast, packet-switch-boy


"I'm waiting for "DARPA" to inevitably become a pejorative appellation" - well, they /did/ come up with the Internet (or ARPAnet as it once was), so cut them a bit of slack ...

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Sigh ...

"Leverage" used as verb ... did they mean "use" ?

Freelancers might be taxed as employees after High Court ruling

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Superposition of states

Yes, you can be both employed and not employed, since tax laws and employment laws differ.

This guy was a "deemed" employee under tax law, but not under employment law.

Heads you lose, Tails we win.

The other thing that's certain is Death ...

Roberts Stream 202 DAB/FM/net radio

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London calling ...

I believe "portable wirelesses" of an earlier generation also required a briefcase-sized set of lead-acid accumulators and cells with which to power the triode heaters and 120V anode supply ...

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Back to future

It's a pity the old-style Grundig is no longer a player (just being a stick-on brand these days) - they would have had a robustly engineered and highly performing box.

Now what happened to my Elite Boy ...

No snapping: Photographers get collars felt

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Extra camera function

Strikes me what cameras and phones need is a 'copy to secure backup' feature that meant that you could delete the visible pictures for the plod, but retained your images. Since the secure backup would be encrypted and hidden (via Bluetooth even ?) this would not be in evidence ...

Sun double teams Xeon chip

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Punctuation, dear boy ...

Surely "Sun double-teams Xeon chip"


A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

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Now deleting that functionality from Vista was _really_ annoying !

National DNA database grows on the genes of the innocent

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Do-it-yourself Ancestry ?

Since the Govt is supposedly releasing its National Records Office scans of births, marriages and deaths, why don't they go the whole hog and let us know who all our long-lost relatives are as well, since they have all the DNA matches ?

Pentagon hacker McKinnon earns extradition delay

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Jury service

Maybe he should (if extradited) select the military jury that Osama bin Laden's driver got - they seemed to have a clue about who was and wasn't a serious threat.

After all, Michael Jackson (no, not the programming methodology guy, that singer) got to choose his jury .

Colchester Hospital sacks manager over lost laptop

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Quotable quote

Surely the press statement should read,

“Patients and the public should be reassured that the Trust NOW takes security and patient confidentiality very seriously."

McKinnon UFO hack 'looked like cyberterrorist attack'

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John Charles de Menezes ...

... looked for all the world like a terrorist ...

VIA heralds end of third-party PC chipset biz

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"leverage" -> "use"

... where applicable, please.

Hadoop: When grownups do open source

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Journalistic niceties

Do you get paid extra for writing articles that swear a lot ?

Or does it just mean your vocabulary is wanting ?

Killer Satnavs amok in 'Utah Polyhedron' phenomenon

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3D ?

Why "polyhedron" - since the travellers were confined to the Earth's surface, Mr. William of Occam might suggest a simple polygon would suffice ...

PS - a Satnav is no substitute for a MAP

Home wireless without the power trip

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Where does it say that ?


"Unlike Zigbee, Z-Wave doesn't need an Internet connection" - neither does Zigbee ...


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Long time coming ...

Sadly, Zigbee has been "imminent" since 2002 at least ...

US scientist commits suicide as Feds prep anthrax charges

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Police not "disappointed"

And unlike the Barry George verdict, the police can't be "disappointed" at the outcome. How convenient.

Barclays and HBOS slash contractor rates

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Continuous Reappraisal

"when your contract ends, whether good or bad, you don't have to clean up the mess."

Well if you make a mess in the first place, your contract does not get extended over the initial couple of months.

And you won't get taken on another time ... or called up by a former manager when he's gone to work somewhere else ...

So all in all it's not worth being unprofessional - you're only as good as your last contract !

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Funny how

the 'permie' City boys with their big £100k bonuses never get people as annoyed as hourly-paid contract people ..

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Fixed price contracts ?

If they are just 'bums on seats' and therefore under IR35 they should all apply for "employee" treatment ...

Alternatively if they are each doing a definable piece of work they should tender a proper B2B fixed-price contract for it. If the bank pulls out from that, having earlier signed up, they would then be able to sue for breach of contract.

As regards "market rate", surely you can only negotiate a contract on the basis of conditions at the time ? If conditions change then that should affect new contracts, but the old ones should not change until they run out - otherwise, how does the Futures market work ?!

"Yes we agreed 6 months ago to sell you gas at £X per litre but it now costs 20% more - what do you mean we agreed the price when you bought it ?"

Sun's JavaFX debuts with familiar cast

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Hiding the Sun

So - where's the Eclipse plugin then ?

Only 'unlawful threats' would invalidate McKinnon extradition

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Whatever happened to those IRA guys

that the US wouldn't hand over ?

Just asking.

McKinnon loses Lords appeal

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Bush leaving office ...

Bush could always pardon him on leaving office - as a change from former presidents who seem to pardon a crook each time instead.

(Oink, flap ...)

Home Office to order fingerprinting of air passengers

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What are these ex-pats anyhow - people who used to be called Patrick ?

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Why Gordon Brown is unpopular

Could it have anything to do with this continuing obsession on getting us all "pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed ...".

No wonder they voted SNP - wanted out of all this nonsense.

Oh, and they seem to be 'biometricing' people anyhow at Heathrow - was going through there a few weeks ago and had to stare into a camera without my glasses, was then issued with a barcode :(

Microsoft slams 'sensationalist' Vista analysis

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Gates Halo

Last but one ...

@Tony Paulazzo:

So you /could/ have Vista Penultimate©, ≡ XP !!

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Single point of failure

@James Anderson

"Microsoft must actually know how many unique versions of the OS contact the mothership for instructions on a regular basis."

So all of us who bemoaned the flaw in Independence Day, Star Wars 1 etc. saying that there's no way you could [or should be able to] take down an entire invasion fleet by taking out a 'master node' should take note - if the advanced civilization needs to keep its war-bots patched & updated we just need to poison the [MS] update server.

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MS - Blind to disability ?

"Microsoft has dismissed analyst house Forrester Research's report on slow corporate adoption of Windows Vista as sensationalist and schizophrenic."

Not many Guardian readers at Microsoft then:

"schizophrenic - use only in a medical context, never to mean "in two minds", contradictory, or erratic, which is wrong, as well as offensive to people diagnosed with this illness;" [Guardian Style guide - http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide]

Steve Fossett may be alive, investigator claims

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"Steel and wood frame" ?

Ideal for re-engineering into a kayak - or canoe, if you're a Mail/Sun reader ...

If fact, that should be a ScrapHeap Challenge !

Criminal record checks could hit over 14 million people

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Only trouble is, that if you were to set up a "No2CRB" your house would be marched on by vigilante stick-wielding red-top tabloid readers, chanting "if you've nothing to hide ..."

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Tax exempt registration fee ?

According to HMRC.gov.uk:

"Deductions for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies


A statutory fee or contribution shown in the list is allowable where employees:

* pay this out of their earnings from an employment

* are required to pay this as a statutory condition of following their employment."

Presumably these CRB fees should be tax-allowable due to their being a condition of "following the employment" ....?

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CRB free for volunteers

From crb.gov.uk:

"If you are a volunteer, the CRB will issue the CRB check free-of-charge. "

Home Office unveils tagtastic immigrant control plans

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I've seen Ray Mears, "Making (a) Fire Stick" ...

Airshow Blighty hits town - 100 years of UK powered flight

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"centennial" ...

... is an adjective.

"Centenary" is the word you're looking for.

Top airline bosses launch assault on airport ID card plan

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Defused by a bag ...

Yes, these are the airport security procedures that deem a bottle with 25ml of water remaining, bought air-side, in a plastic bag "safe", but the same bottle, not in a bag, worthy of confiscation.

In-flight device maker sues everyone seeking flash memory bonanza

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What do you expect

from a country that thinks everyone should have a gun ?

UK abandons train and tube scanners

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"Security theatre"

Makes Joe Ordinary annoyed and lets the terrorists think they are achieving something.

Femto forum gets big ideas

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@EmpFrom: Unfortunately it's likely the femtocell listens to nearby base stations to ensure it's operating in its 'home' area ...

UK.gov calls on white hat hackers to spot data leaks

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Gov.uk DEC website

Didn't a guy who was worried about a possible exploit on the DEC website get taken to court and found guilty ?

Mod: This link should appear in the item's 'Related stories' section ...


eBay calls for end to grey import laws

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Sauce for goose ...

How about letting them keep the restrictions - as long as the item is made in the EU.

If they can make the goods where they want on cost grounds, then we should have reciprocal rights ...

Thief swipes cabinet minister's laptop from Salford office

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Repeat after me ...

Set the BIOS password, set the BIOS password ...

(In fact, don't even _issue_ the laptop to the politico without having this set, and recorded in a repository looked after by someone who understands these things, say someone from GCHQ)

Eccentric brain-chip admiral expelled by toff schools

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Independent schools not all "public"

A bit of journo licence is fine, but _do_ get the technical details correct.

Just because a school charges fees does not mean all its pupils are sons & daughters of peers - look at Chethams and the Menuhin schools as an easy example.

Labour isn't working for IT contractors

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Paid more than permies ?

I think you'll find that they are mostly more experienced (and older) than their permie colleagues and if they _were_ to ever consider a permie role, it would not be in the same role, but several rungs higher up the corporate ladder, on a similar remuneration to their contracting rate.

US bars ID refuseniks from planes - but not ID losers

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Absence of plastic bag = security threat

Not just the US - KLM airport staff recently deprived me of the last 25 ml of water that I had acquired air-side anyhow, since it was not inside a transparent plastic bag - of course the flight crew walked through carrying their bottles ...

'Untraceable' phone fraudsters eye your credit card

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Mutual security

If I get an unsolicited call alleging to be from a card provider, I ask them for the last 4 digits of my account number. That helps sort the wheat from the chaff. (other questions might include billing address, their payments bank sortcode ...)

9/11 an inside job, says Irish pop folkster

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Closer to home ...

Next thing you know, he'll be telling us the IRA was actually a bunch of guys in the government - oh hang on, they are now ...

Split on support for 'old' Java in next Eclipse

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Java 1.3 ... Java 6

Write once, run anywhen ?

Too much code, too few application security specialists

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"Big Design Up Front" ...

... is just a straw man. I think even NASA prototypes its stuff iteratively to check it's fit for purpose.

As is the corresponding image of the Agile process as being of a couple of guys at a screen saying, "OK, what shall we code today ?".

Think, "small design, fitting into bigger design" - with increasing levels of abstraction !


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