* Posts by Roj Blake

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Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

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Re:how can a company be that much in debt and not be considered to be a complete basket case?

In much the same way that person earning £50k/year can have a £350k mortgage, a £20k car loan, and £50k in student loans and not be considered profligate.

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"There were also reports at the time that the deal wasn't popular among hedge funds."

Sounds like the sort of deal that's good for the company in the long-term then.

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Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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The End of the World as we Know It?

I Believe that this alleged shortage could be The Final Straw, especially as these metals come from Half A World Away.

Some Good Advices would be to Hope this isn't some mad genius's Endgame.

Having said that, even if Everybody Hurts it won't be The End Of The World As We Know It.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Re: 'Skripal Case Shows the Limits of Surveillance'

Full credit to those Russian lads for managing to travel on SWR from Waterloo to Salisbury on a Sunday and from there to Heathrow.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Yes.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: Digital Tax

In fairness, the licence fee has in the past been raided to pay for various digital rollouts.

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Re: How about the Leveson Enquiry anyone ...

Implementing Leveson (including Leveson 2) in full is already Labour policy.

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Re: Hmm

So you refer the current system where the PM of the day selects some of the BBC Board and then they select the rest?

Do you not see the problem with this?

As someone who is clearly not a fan of Corbyn, would you prefer he parachuted in one of his mates to run the BBC as per the current rules, or would you rather he didn't have much of a say?

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Re: They pay the legal share of taxes.

Correct. Amazon, Facebook and Google do indeed pay all of the tax that they are obliged to by the law. And that is why Corbyn is suggesting a change in the law.

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Re: Are we expected to ignore all the antisemitism from just the last 2 years

Surveys suggest that there is less anti-semitism in the Labour party than in the Conservative Party and in society as whole.

So yes, we are expected to ignore it, unless other similar problems in other parties are given equivalent prominence.

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Britain's ticketing is antiquated

"I don't know why the British trains hold on to such old and nasty systems for most of the country."

Because there's no incentive for them to invest in anything.

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Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

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Partridge

Am I alone in reading the byline in the voice of Alan Partridge during his Toblerone addiction?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Also need an Email Account

I forget how I did it, but a year or so back I did manage to create a Google account using a non-Gmail email.

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Disk will eat itself: Flash price crash just around the over-supplied block

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We've got several thousand consumer SSDs deployed in servers and for the most part, you're right.

Some do get hammered and wear out after less than a year though.

As well as the extra endurance, enterprise SSDs tend to come in higher capacities. Micron do an 11TB Enterprise job, but their consumer drives (that you will know as Crucial) only go up to 2TB.

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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

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Yep, I'd be shocked if Google didn't already have a few Cascade Lake servers in its labs.

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: In many Tory seats they have put up a blind pig and they got elected.

And the things that pig had to do to get the nomination...

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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

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Re: hardware RAID controllers?

Intel do a thing called VROC - Virtual RAID On CPU. It's designed for use with MVMe and while it's not quite as good as a hardware RAID, it's a lot better than software.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Communist leaders and their sensitivities

And Cameron means "man who is fellated by livestock" in English.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: What a load of carp!

There's really no plaice in the modern world for graphs like that.

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Re: People will only be mislead if they don't pay attention

So a bit like the Brexit referendum then?

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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It's not the ID Cards I'm against...

...so much as the giant, all-pervasive government database that will sit behind them.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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At times it feels at least as Kafkaesque as Orwellian.

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Re: I would hardly expect precise targetting

Lord Mountbatten is unfortunately unavailable, but Lord Blair of Basra would be well up for it.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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If I actually bought anything from Cisco...

...this would be enough to make me "switch" to someone else.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Re: Brexiteers jump ship

It will be virtually impossible to get rid of May during a Parliamentary recess because:

a) Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act you need to have a vote before you can call a general election ahead of schedule

b) Leadership challenges in the Tory party are organised by the 1922 committee which doesn't meet unless Parliament is sitting. They also use Commons infrastructure for the initial rounds of voting.

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems must be really worried about losing the data of both of their supporters.

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Sir Humphrey Appleby...

...is alive and well, it seems.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: why can't it be put to the vote?

Because there's a strong chance that the result will be the same. And if that happens, you can kiss goodbye to any hope of anything but the hardest of hard Brexits.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Son? Is that you?

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: It's hitting the biosciences too - and perhaps medicine

But because of the beer shortage there will be less demand for liver transplants, so it all balances out.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: The Fonz Has Let Himself Go...

What I never understood is that if the Fonz was so cool, why was he always hanging around with a bunch of total losers?

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CV

Time to dust off my CV then!

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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

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Re: Requoting from another thread

The key thing to remember is that the EU isn't so much blocking the UK's access as the UK has unilaterally chosen to withdraw itself.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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re: Socialist countries never work

Try telling that to Sweden and Norway.

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If you think UC is bad...

...wait until you hear about the fiascos involving PIP (formerly Disability Benefit).

In one case, the office to attend the interview could only be reached by going up some stairs. Fail to attend the interview, you don't get your benefit. If you get out of your wheelchair to pull yourself up the stairs then you're not sufficiently disabled to warrant getting the money.

Kafka and Heller wrote satires, not instruction manuals.

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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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The cameras will be mysteriously malfunctioning that day.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: EastEnders

Point taken, although I thought that the thread demanded it.

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EastEnders

I'm still waiting for all the EastEnders fan sites using .cotton domains.

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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Re: And still no messages from the stars....

Hence Pterry's dinosaur with a placard reading "End Nuclear Testing Now"

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White box server makers flounder BUT big brands shine

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Re: Do white box servers exist?

White box in this context doesn't necessarily mean unbranded. It usually refers to the Far Eastern companies that have traditionally made servers for the big names but are now selling their own kit as well - so Wiwynn, Inspur, Quanta etc

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: I never knew BirdsEye had their own bank.

I was with them but left as they kept freezing my assets.

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Re: Hi Vis...

It's how George Osborne got where he is today.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Re: "chief privacy officer"

The person in charge of eliminating privacy, natch.

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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Re: My main takeaway from this

That's actually quite a common thing in the UK media.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: So...

Except for the RAF Typhoons that are now permanently stationed down there.

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UK has data adequacy issues? Oof, that's too bad! says Isle of Man

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Isle of Man

Isle of Man, Isle of Man,

Does whatever an island can,

Motorbikes, like its bends,

On its flag, there's three legs,

Look out!

Here comes the Isle of Man

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: Big giant head

It's definitely you that has the face.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Re: Tesco Drones on

According to the documentary series Time Trumpet, it could happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfSi0D7KESk

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Re: not sure how they would get political persuasion

If you buy a newspaper there, that would be a reasonable indicator.

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