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Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency

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Perplexing question?

The article isn't clear as to how the data is read, but I'm guessing it is destructive so here's the dilemma.

Do we seek a biological way to replicate the data before it is destructively read - introducing the possibility of a random mutation, or recreate it from the read data - introducing the possibility of non-random editing over the thousands of years to come.

You know. I'm now looking at blockchain in a new light.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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You'd be surprised at how cheap platinum is nowadays. Last time I looked gold was trading at about £900 odd per oz and platinum bobbing around £600 per oz. with a forecast it could go lower as diesel vehicles get legislated off the roads. It being a component in the scrubbing technology, with little other demand for it.

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

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Re: Make it attractive to pay tax

Our tax system was designed to make the proles pay for the upkeep of the place, while not disadvantaging the ruling elite.

Asking the ruling elite to construct a tax system that has no loopholes, is like asking Fox Constructions Ltd to build a totally secure chicken coup.

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Re: Quite simple really

Every seen The Matrix?

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Re: Quite simple really

There are two ways to run this planet - and they are both focussed on how to ration what little we have to the multitude that will never be satisfied with just enough.

Both systems are crap, and it's arguable which is the crappiest.

In a time where unmetered and limitless power is available, coupled with a good citizen education, we might realise Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future, with both money and micro-managing governments being made obsolete.

Until then, your only choices are to pay with your freedom or pay with your earned cash

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It is also a means of manipulating demand and stifling profiteering.

As in, it is difficult for a company to push prices up if VAT has already tipped the price to the point consumers think twice. Something that could come into play once the UK is returned to full control of its VAT system.

In all practicality, the UK will have a brief moment in time where it gets to do as it wishes with the VAT structure, and then that control will be challenged by affected organisations in court. Assuming that is, that we kowtow to our American overlords and agree to be sued for anything we do that impacts on their profits, in return for a trade deal.

Add in bleached chicken, lists of ingredients no longer a requirement on foods and confectionery, GM ingredients no longer having to be specified in products, the dismantling of the NHS, and one would start to wonder, just who it was, who was meant to be getting back control?

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way

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What will the next dominant species do once the plastic mines and landfill sites have been fully worked?

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: @Stumpy- MiniDisk? Bah!

Of all the uses for AI, I think the creation of a perfect recording using multiple references of varying quality, would make all the effort seem worthwhile.

Imagine your old 78 with it's scratches, hiss, rumble and poor studio recording being used as the primary data source, and then add layer upon layer of data, such as what a double-bass sounds like when it is recorded in a 1930's studio and what it sounds like in a 2019 studio.

Throw them all together and let the AI produce a pure audiophile experience of the original version, as it would have sounded if the artists had quantum leaped into a 21st century studio.

Ziggy thinks there's a 94% probability that someone has already perfected the means to reissuing yesteryears music to a new fan base. Sadly it involves messing with it until it is barely recognisable.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: Office 2003

I'd be happy to still be using 2003, but I have to keep pace with what is currently deployed in the various businesses I work/worked for. Hence I'm on 2013 with little sign of that changing.

Quite a lot of spreadsheets and VBA coding prop up some ailing legacy systems, and slavishly following the Office iterations would result in several multi-billion pound organisations collapsing into nothingness.

365 would in all effect, be the equivalent of installing a random virus on every machine on a regular basis.

We all know how well Microsoft's compatibility feature works with its own products, so what chance has our in-house software workarounds got?

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Money to burn

"Hello. Is that the Greek tourist board?"

"Yes. How may we help you?"

"Ah, great. Yes. I'm interested in buying one of your gorgeous islands, and was wondering if you could direct me to the necessary department that deals with such things"

"I'm sorry, that's a very unusual request, I wouldn't know where to....Hold on! Is this some kind of prank call!?"

"No. No. I assure you, this is genuine. I'm responsible for maintaining my company's vast array of software resources and the boss has just signed a contract with the local undertaker to license Office 365 throughout our organisation"

"Sorry. I'm not quite understanding your point"

"What I mean to say is, my overtime bill from now until I retire will quite literally cover the cost of a modestly sized Mediterranean island"

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign

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Re: What's the point ?

You are absolutely right.

Taking back control is only a reality for those with the money. Once us plebs are locked back into cinema bastardos, where the management gets to regulate as it wants, the price gouging will start.

I predict inflation will hit double figures before this year is out, which is exactly what businessmen like Aaron are clamouring for - the opportunity to double his wealth in a volatile market and not have to disclose his vicarious tax shenanigans in London's extended island depositories.

If the EU hadn't been trying to kick the door in to some of the world's most notorious tax havens, we would never had heard a squeak about leaving the EU.

It's all about Britain's wealthiest wanting to remain beyond the reach of EU law, and they don't care if the UK is ultimately classed alongside the likes of North Korea and banned from financial markets EU wide.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Kill 'em all.

My digital kitchen scales are currently working as designed - supporting several tonnes of accumulating waste in a local landfill.

And why you may ask? Well it ran on, ever so conveniently on hand, watch batteries - that is when wrist watches were a thing, but that wasn't the major stumbling block, oh no. The designers included the ever useful feature of a digital clock, which ensured the battery was dead on the rare occasions I needed to be precise about cobbling ingredients together.

The design team have all since died horrendous deaths, but keeping this world sane is getting a little bothersome, what with all the international travel, and banning weapons on flights, which means I have to buy new equipment when I get there. I asked Mark Thatcher if he could help with the logistics, but without his mum's influence to get him off any potential jail time he was reluctant to get involved. He did wish me well and advised me not to get too complacent when operating in an impoverished nation with seemingly inadequate security infrastructure. I replied that I'd probably just stick to claw hammers and flat head screwdrivers, which he agreed to being a good choice for small jobs, but not so if I intended to overthrow the government. "One megalomaniac designer at a time" I chuckled, and we parted ways.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Congestion is about work not transport

The limiting factor in my city, Bristol, is we have a huge shortage of bus drivers, and a bus company that has a love of money that goes beyond reasonable highway robbery.

Bristol, like every city in the world, has loads of space to accommodate a modern transport solution, just not at ground level.

An above the rooftops network of cable cars would even drive tourism.

Hell, we spanned a gorge with 200 year old technology that's still working as designed, so surely the task cannot be beyond us, just the politics of how many grubby councellor's hands need to be in the pot before it gets the go-ahead.

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In a nutshell you have laid the foundations of future legislation to deny humans any involvement in directing a speeding tonne of lethal weapon in public spaces.

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It's not a slow non-park, it's a protest movement!

Chances are the lasting business model for auto autos will be focused almost entirely on by the hour rental. The vehicles will likely as not be off for their next customer or heading to the most strategically placed charge bay, readying to be in the right place with the minimum of effort when next needed.

Certainly, city centers would need to adapt - multi-level car parks with services like charging, valet and repair centered on a hub that is 100% inaccessible to the public.

The car that drops you off at work, then scoots around to pick up the social workers visiting a client,etc,etc.... and then books itself a valet and a charge at the hub nearest to the school where it has a 4 0'clock, is too preoccupied to be considering trolling the tarmac.

If a city center does find itself to be getting rammed with bored auto autos, then perhaps they should take that as a protest march against the diabolically priced park and charge fees. Perhaps the hubs could auction parking space and just let the market balance itself automatically.

The options and opportunities to cleverly improve transportation and bring about a revolution in the way we get about, while improving our environment and safety are boundless compared to the options that are currently on the table.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Promise to do better

Scarily, I think you've just touched on Facebook's next project - hackers paid by Facebook and provided with all the necessary information for them to craft code that slurps all the data they want.

Using the derisory "plausible deniability" get out of jail tactic, Facebook will announce they were hacked when the malicious code is found, while quickly distributing version 2 of the hack and readying versions 3 to 50 for future deployment.

If hackers can independently code highly effective viruses and rootkits from their bedroom, what chance has the world got when the likes of Facebook is in league with them to leverage customer's data via their own app.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Facebook's team weren't already designing another cleverly coded bit of "bad code" to open up a vulnerability for their "nothing to do with us" gang of miscreant hackers to lever open.

Tin hat? Well, no. I thought it up just now, which means it's probably been discussed at length in the dark corridors of Facebook Mansion, along with the idea of Facebook secret under a volcanic island lair. They truly are the devil's tools of humanity's downfall.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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China rhymes with...

The China remix had me thinking of The Bloodhound Gang track Mama's Boy, from their album Hooray for Boobies, where the song writer phoned his mum asking for her help in trying to find lyrics for his next track, that rhymed with virgina.

Or was it from watching that c**t for 4 minutes longer than my doctor recommends.

You decide!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Dv5XdBsb8

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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Standardised t&c's

The internet has been around long enough now, that it wouldn't be such a hard task to cobble together a standardised agreement that would suffice for all but the most divisive of organisations. Even then, the more sinister companies could be forced to frame their terms and conditions in relation to the standard, and explicitly state where the two diverge.

Any use of obfuscating legalese in bespoke conditions would automatically render the whole contract null and void.

The result would be that customers could be safe in the knowledge that signing a standard contract would not have their mouth sewn into another users arse, because they didn't read the 157th page of the t&c's they were signing. (thank you South Park for the image that just won't go away)

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

We live in a disparate society with many affording their allegiance to causes they couldn't explain without referring to some editorial guff or unverified youtube video.

Allowing the collective us to dictate the nations direction in a single poorly informed vote is just plain madness.

I agree we shouldn't be going back to the polls. We should be dismissing them off-hand, as the work of sinister forces, who spent millions plying lie riddled nonsense to a public who knew no better.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

It's the idea that losers are not allowed to have a discussion without some triumphant winner barging in waving there ignorance about the place, and demanding everyone in disagreement shut the fuck up!

To quote Stewart Lee - "It's wrong to generalise about the people who voted for Brexit. It wasn't just racists who voted to leave. It was cunts too!"

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Agree entirely!

It has always been the case that Joe public never gets given the information necessary to make an informed decision, because parliament and their lackeys are the all-knowing, fully informed professionals, that make the decisions on our behalf.

We, for our part, read the newspapers and watch TV and every 5 years go out and cast our vote the way Rupert Murdoch told us to. And yes we vote in some absolute shower of shite nearly every time.

It seems the whole nation has been fit up as a collective rotten borough, with money buying sufficient influence to get the outcome marketeers have been craving for.

And I say marketeers, because it will be the ones who bankrolled Leave, who will make a killing in the markets, doubling and trebling their worth as the upheaval unravels.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"Come on get your head in the noose, already"

"But i'm innocent. I'm not a horse thief"

"Sorry mate. The village had a vote and we found you guilty

"A vote? That's not fair. Not in the slightest"

"It's how a true democracy works. We have a vote and if the mob say yeah then that's it"

"Whoa, hold on there, doesn't your democracy have any checks and balances. You know, to stop the majority from trampling the rights of minorities under foot"

"Nah. Rule by mob has always worked well in good old blighty, and we can't see any reason to change it. Now get with the referendum and put your head in here."

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Not how I remember it - a smidgeon over a third voted for bent bananas, a third voted knowing bananas have always been bent, and a third had to Google what a banana was and then didn't bother voting.

Hardly a decisive outcome to leave, when two thirds of the public didn't support it.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

I can't afford a wife of my own, but would gladly rent her off you for light maintenance and diy tasks.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

The fortunes made by London's financial services, is mostly based on making it virtually impossible to deal directly with the organ grinder.

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Mmm..Yes and no. In the context of how this site has historically been run, and the acceptance of its membership to certain limits, then yes I agree with you, but opening the door to spammers, even just an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit could prove disastrous.

On the other hand, if posting links in your comment was limited to badge holders, then yes, that would work.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Mexican Wall of Shame

I gave up my day job and now earn $5,000 a week for just a couple of hours typing. I got my friend to do the same and now he earns more than me.

Yes I know, you're all sat there dismissing this as another scam, but you just read through this article about dark matter without flinching once, so I guess you're interested.

I can supply you with a post doctorate degree in astrophysics from the University of Rick's Fast Food and News Outlet and you too can then get funding to make questionable announcements on dark matter to the day you die. Don't forget, until some funding goes the way of antimatter or something commonsensical like, this careering wild goose chase will rumble on and on and on, with everyone involved preciously defending this absurdity until the funding dries up.

At the moment I'm currently negotiating with Donald to sort out the impasse, with my New Year sale on impassible dark matter Mexican walls. What's a small typo between friends, eh?

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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You would be amazed how many IT people under 50 don't understand the concept of nibbles/BCD/2's compliment......

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Australia day

Observed around the world by people wishing to mark the passing of a great nation, which during its time brought us Kylie Minogue, Neighbours, Cell block H, barbies and faux lager.

Sadly, as the entire nation's secrets became public knowledge, 2019 didn't go too well for them. It seems an encrypted message from Scott Morrison to his chief of staff was intercepted, backdoored open, rewritten and redirected. The result of this hack, which is still to be proved, was Australia got listed on Ebay with bidding starting at one bit coin with only 5 minutes left to the close of bidding.

Australia was eventually bought by a vegan pharmaceutical company, which began testing lipstick and all manner of noxious potions on the masses. By November of that year it was clear the 50% protocol was having a heavy toll, as each product was tested, as it is done in animal research labs, until 50% of the group had died.

Death by cosmetics is now regarded by many as more gruesome than crucifixion.

The last Australian expired while testing a new deodorant, which seemingly was so benign in its chemical make-up, they had to shoot the cannister from a makeshift cannon to fully complete the testing.

Looking on the bright side though, we can all now enjoy safer cosmetics, drink proper lager and pat ourselves on the back for the rise in the planet's average IQ.

Ho Ho Ho!

Forget ripping off brains for AI. Butterflies and worms could lead us to self-repairing intelligent robots, says prof

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Is there actually any proof of this...

"I don't think there's even any evidence for it: the two body-forms, lifestyles and primary functions are so different that I can't think of anything that a caterpillar might learn that might be relevant to a butterfly, nor how it might be expressed."

Indeed. And perhaps the fact some of the "learned" fear of predators wouldn't be helpful - Imagine the inner conversation of a butterfly as it prepares for its first flight, wrestling with the urge to fly out into the open world to procreate, and its equally compelling memory of hiding under a leaf. No, natures goals are, most times, best served with less thinking and more doing.

I think most creatures, like us, are as much driven by chemistry, as they are cognitively. And if that is true, then a small brain needs only concentrate on its fundamental task of mixing up cocktails of drugs to stimulate urges, to achieve basic goals. The butterfly doesn't think, it just reacts to stimuli. It is chemistry that is passed down the generations, not synaptic pathways. After all, a foetus hasn't got a telepathic connection to the mothers brain, but it does swim in the very same chemicals, and it is there that new recipes, outside of the shared DNA can be passed on.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: Okay, we're going to be using spin now - then what ?

Binary switching became the de facto means of processing very early in computing, as attempts to switch at anything higher was thwarted by the technology of the day, and not long after, binary began to prove itself more accessible than analogue, to the point that pseudo real-time digital processing was almost indistinguishable from analogue and so even that branch of processing fell by the way.

Well, technology has since moved along at a pace, and it isn't inconceivable that a quarternary switching processor (4 states) could be made, or denary, or even analogue.

Clearly all the money is in binary, but as the sheep start worrying that the grass can't be grown any quicker, I hope some of them start eyeing up the scrub land over the fence, that just needs a bit of fertiliser and some patience, to produce a crop that generates yields greater per acre by factors of 4 to, well, infinity.

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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I'm just popping to the shops dear. Is there anything you want?

I think I'm not alone when it comes to cost saving - a holiday can sometimes pay for itself if you have the sense to return with commodities that will save you hundred's of pounds in living expenses later.

So why don't missions to the Moon start with launching a robotic scoop and poop. It can roam across the Moon scooping up dust with the intention of separating the helium-3, which it then poops near the proposed landing site of the next mission.

When the mission returns, the helium 3 could be sold, which would then, more or less, cover the costs of the mission, and hence fund the next mission.

Prez Trump to host chinwag with Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm – report

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Trump's private discussion is likely to cover artificial intelligence, 5G and quantum computing.

That'll either be the shortest meeting ever, or the longest tutorial in the history of education.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970s?

We've gone back to the drawing board on every single metric, and redefined them in unequivocal terms. The latest being the Kilogram. So why the Star Trek system of star dates has not gained any traction to finally kill off the vagaries of our archaic and wildly interpreted year numbering system is beyond me!

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

Mines the one with a Not The Nine O'Clock News video cassette in the pocket.

Lip lickingly funny...if you know what I mean.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

"Why on earth would you do that when you could have used a passable red and added some cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar and had mulled wine on tap?"

Pandering to my potential customers tastes. I myself will be quaffing the usual Bushmills, which wouldn't be best suited to a Whiskey Galore storage option.

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It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

Well, I've transitioned through the various stages of shock and am now fully accepting of the reality to come. And in true British spirit will embrace the chaos to come as an opportunity.

My double bed is currently three feet higher than usual. Propped up with 500 tins of baked beans, corned beef and sardines.

I've emptied my immersion heater and disabled all the hot water taps so I could fill the system with Lambrusco Bianco.

Come brexit, I'll be trading the necessities of life to the plebs that voted for this once in a lifetime foot shooting through a steel hatch, that I'll be completing over the coming months.

Nothing like a disaster to line the pockets of those with the sense to see it coming.

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: I haven't

Sorry to inform you, but medical practitioners like your GP or consultant rely heavily on administrative staff. They type up your records from various scribbles and Dictaphone notes and others read through them to ascertain whether you need any follow-up appointments.

But I'm happy to inform you, they are all as professional as your GP, and would never dream of reading any further into your records than is necessary, or divulging anything they have read.

To be honest, most admin staff will have forgotten every word they read about you once the task was done.

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While working in a busy city hospital on very low pay, I had three years of unfettered access to the medical records of everyone in the city. On top of that I could easily have requested the records of any other UK citizen.

And I did read loads and loads of records, and request loads and loads of records from hospitals around the country, but not once was it out of curiosity. Every file I opened was due to a medical requirement, and was part of my job.

And while I speak for myself, I can assure you my colleagues were too busy and too professional to stoop to such disgraceful behaviour.

Be assured, the bored receptionist woudn't have lasted a week before losing her job for unprofessional conduct, in my hospital and any other you care to mention.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Whereas the "Remain" campaign

As with anything, it all depends on how you present the facts.

1. Aaron Banks has not denied being in a field where farm animals were sexually abused.

2. When asked if he had stopped beating his wife, he couldn't give a simple yes or no answer.

3. He came top in a poll of people in my flat, when asked to name a British traitor.

4. He sells insurance!!!!!

5. Reports of him laughing while drowning puppies in the river Avon have yet to be substantiated.

6. He's an insurance salesman!!!

7. He has yet to deny that he has been awarded a medal by Putin for services to the motherland.

8. His mates think he should sue me for defamation of character, or at least that's what Dr Dolittle's interpretation made of all that braying and squealing.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: not unless they die.

Today is the day I am activating an iphone. A phone given to me by a friend who had nothing but pity for me and my ancient Nokia.

However, like the unwanted knitted pullover from gran, I'm using it so as not to appear ungrateful.

I'm slowly crawling up the learning curve, fathoming out how it works, so I might then disable everything I have no need of. Which is akin to getting current book qualified in domestic power circuitry just so I might turn off a PIR floodlight. The one that aggressively punctuates an evening with non event exclamations.

So far, all I feel for this new contrivance is hate. Pure unadulterated hate. My friend tells me it will change my life. Well gonorrhoea is equally life changing, while the process of getting it, is much more fun.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Hmmmm, 2008, 2010 and 2012

Too right!

We had our headmaster drummed out of his job, because one of our text books had a typo error.

He deserved shooting, but the parents settled for tar and feathering, and was unceremoniously dumped on the parish boundary after a good kicking.

He tried bleating something about not having any influence with Penguin Books, but the parents were having none of it.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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There's hope yet

That was such a heart warming article.

Good, despite all attempts to nurture vile bigots, survived, and found their voices.

Good on you kids.

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Re: Interesting point about Twitter

I live in an area regarded by some, and not without cause, to be a bit dodgy. And at times some young bucks do kick up some noise, but within no time at all, they are either arrested or put on their arse by those a bit bigger and a bit harder. And soon enough all's peace and quiet again.

The problem with Twitter is the adolescent and immature run riot. No influence of any note stands in opposition, and they continue unchecked.

Perhaps with A.I. we could maybe convince a whole gaggle of morons that they are twittering with the entire world, yet are just ranting in a mock up environment with AI bots.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: Cunksplaining why Americans pay too much for zeros and ones.

I sincerely hope that isn't the only bit you take issue with.

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We presently have a wealth of media at our fingertips, for a relatively small price, but this isn't altruism at work, but a market mindful of piracy.

In years to come, when the low cost of media streaming has all but ended piracy, our media content will be more or less centralised to a few providers, and the existence of physical media such as cd's, dvd's, etc, abandoned to time.

You only need to take a peek at Pirate Bay or the likes and see where once there were ten's of thousands of peers there exists only a comparative handful.

It wouldn't be beyond the pale to consider a time where nothing of the media is ours to own, we just rent the right to consume it until we stop paying the rent.

I believe this is where the entertainment industry wants to take us, and to reach that goal, we have to be weaned off of the disruptive technologies that have effectively tied the hands of those who would like to be in full control of the market.

And full control of the market will be reflected in a pricing policy that will deny a substantial swathe of the public access to what is increasingly defining our culture.

In the end, the economically poor, will also be the culturally poor. Which in turn will make us all poorer.

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Cunksplaining why Americans pay too much for zeros and ones.

The internet was invented by a Brit, and like so many other Brit inventions, was bought by America for a couple of doughnuts and a free golfing holiday.

This wasn't a bad thing though, as Britain didn't have the ability to roll out the world-wide infrastructure necessary for www to be a legitimate prefix.

America used its mighty debt machine to span the world with zeros and ones, and to this day, it is all powered from America. You may remember the Three Mile Island meltdown was due to the power spike created as billions of Chinese got on-line for the first time. The reactor itself saw the sense in getting closer to the power drain source and was only stopped from relocating to China by an eagle-eyed security guard who wouldn't let the reactor leave the site without a security pass.

Running the World-Wide-Web doesn't come cheap, and it is for this reason Americans pay huge sums for an internet connection.

Several American companies have been arguing that it is unfair that the total cost of the internet is shouldered by the American public alone, and have taken action against the rest of the world by withholding taxes.

The rest of the world are now deliberating on a new tax which charges American companies for every zero and one that gets sent from their computers, which looks likely to be countered by the invention of Quantum bits, that will dodge the new tax as they are not a one or a zero, but are on average about a half of 1.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Re: Just a thought?

I have a "fully" working Win 7 system. It does exactly what I want and no amount of updates can break that - it is physically disconnected from the internet.

Dipping your perfectly working Mac system in aspic, i.e. pulling the Lan cable out or disabling the machines internet protocols and such like, would leave you with a computer that works until the hardware fails from old age.

In my set-up I choose to boot into win7 or Linux, and then pass data via a drive that I share between them. Obviously this can be cumbersome, if say I'm coding an Excel project that I want to email back to work, but the extra steps are a small price to pay for the security of a stable win7 system.

I'm obviously mindful that stuff meant for the win7 system is checked for viruses while in Linux, and while this can't always be guaranteed to be 100%, the fact the win7 system has no way of communicating with the outside world, means any viruses that do make it through, have no effect.

That said, I have no idea if a Mac can be booted into another OS, but surely you can at least disable automatic system updates.

Best of luck with whatever solution comes to hand.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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Re: An acronyvm is an acronym

"Suggest a new one and put your money where your mouth is."

Total Immersion Transistor Technology Executing Rational Yet Exclusive Non Optimised Thinking

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Binary Munitions!

After demonstrating to the court that his client's program could in no way alter the DRM settings of a target machine the judge ruled there was no case to answer and ended the proceedings.

It was a genius move on the coders part, to split the program in two. Neither part alone could effect any change to DRM settings, but together they tore DRM to shreds.

It was the end user who had to source the scripts from separate sources and bring them together, and thus were deemed to have created their own tool.

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