Re: Great for this Engineer
I shall forthwith change my job title to Software Artist.
As a self employed type I think I'm going to go for 'Logic Crofter'
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To be honest I wasn't thinking in terms of (semi)professional content creators/consumers, as you say they are well served by current systems.
I was thinking more in terms of the sea of content on the internet, most of which was never created with an intent to commercial gain, effectively orphaned works. Just some meta data within the work and a reason to trust that meta data. Something decentralised rather than the IPO's 'we'll take the licence fee and give it to the rights holder if they ever come forward (we just won't ever try to find them...)'
Place I worked at used ISDN lines to host application servers for their customers. Our new server admin decided to get some brownie points by setting up network monitoring.
They only made two mistakes.
One was to set the ping size to 64kb rather than 64bytes.
The second was to ping test a router at the other end of an ISDN call. An international ISDN call from the UK to the Republic of Ireland.
No one noticed until the first phone bill arrived.
I don't know about you, but I don't actually spend a whole lot of time walking casually in a room. And this doesn't work at all if your sat down.
I hope this paper wasn't responsible for his PhD. It doesn't exactly move the state of the art forward does it? It's exactly the same transit method as people have been using to detect exo planets for two decades. In fact you can do it without wifi anyway - look at a window and people passing will reduce the transmission from the ceiling lights.
The only time I can think where this might work accurately is during a particularly vigorous earthquake.
'An online booking system will save lives? Rot, having doctors receptionists actually answer their phones might.'
Of course an online booking system means the receptionist has more time to answer their phones.
My GP has an online booking system. Works perfectly well. Doesn't require central government or NHS to stick it's oar in.
'yes, Europeans are really bad at at big scientific projects, they never deliver, just look at Large Hadron Collider'
The Large Hadron Collider is a great example of what public funding can do. Because it's a public good. It's knowledge for the the sake knowledge. It's exactly the kind of thing private enterprise is unable to deliver.
A really fast computer is a great example of what public funding should never do. Because it's a product people will pay to use. It's exactly the kind of thing private enterprise excels at.
Look at the size of Intel, that alone proves public funding shouldn't be spent on computing design.
We're going to build a rocket, fly to mars, and live there
Sign me up!!
We're going to upgrade our database to process twice as many requests
We should overturn democracy to stop this lunacy
All those other people are idiots and were lied too.
'...Is it that I am a bear of very little brain and don't really understand these complicated things, or is Rees-Mogg simply a mendacious idiot?'
Might be useful to remember that customs checks and customs declarations are not the same thing.
We only perform checks on about 2% of imports - which I think includes the mandatory checks on all livestock.
CHEIF looks to be an olde world messaging system with mainframe database so boosting it's performance to the required levels should actually be quite straightforward. Which probably means they'll try to rush CDS instead...
Rather than arguing about it's location it would be better if they just didn't p**s 13 million quid of our money up the wall.
We managed to get a senior Lloyds Bank suit to fly in from the US to hear us pitch our startup idea from a crummy little office in the north of england. It didn't require a 'tech creche' or tax payers money.
(And no, we didn't get any investment. The idea was credible... ...we weren't)
I once had to spend an entire week working out why a company had been sent an insurance payment of $0.00
Lloyds syndicates would usually only take a small percentage of the risk for something large, and frequently package up portions of these risks and sell them on or take out reinsurance against claims.
Claims against an oil spill or fire could run into billions so you needed the risk spread over hundreds of syndicates.
So when an oil tanker claimed $50.00 in paint after it touched the side of the lock in the panama canal our system took the claim and started splitting out the different shares and raising claims against other syndicates.
By the time it had gone through this a few cycles over a few days as different syndicates processed their claims and raised new ones for their reinsurance then every single syndicate involved had decided that their share of the claim rounded down to 0.
I don't think it's an either/or situation. With that much money to burn he could do both.
Which, of course, he is. If he pays the wages of some rocket engineers then he's paying their income taxes (and sales taxes on all they buy etc.). If he buys rocket gizmos from some supplier then he's paying towards the corporation taxes of the suppliers (and the taxes of their employees etc.)
It's not like he's loading the rocket up with 100 dollar bills and blasting them into space.
'In the UK our politicians have been convinced that patents have some sort of constructive function, and mostly tried to push the worst of the UK patent system into Europe out of ignorance'
Invention is, by it's very definition, a public good. Once one person has figured out how to do something we all get the benefit of being able to do it. We love public goods as they make life a little better for everyone.
The trouble with delivering a public good is that it doesn't put food in your belly.
We would like there to be more invention, so we get the public good, but people have no reason or opportunity to invent. We have two possible solutions to this, one is taxation and public research, the other is to just agree among us all that if someone comes up with a good idea we'll promise not to use it ourselves for a little while so they can make a profit.
This is the patent system (and copyright). And you think it has no constructive function?
'Can somebody please explain to this poor thick Irishman what the British politicians think is going on?'
You'll have to follow closely because this will be a strange concept for someone from Ireland. But we were given a vote on something and when we gave an answer the EU didn't like our politicians actually followed our instructions.
'...What is known is that there were more remain among the more educated and more leave among the less educated, more remain in the younger generation and more leave in the older generation. And then there was regional differences and then there was all those who did not vote and those who had no vote. And that's about it....'
What is known is that there was more leave than remain. And that's about it.
It's the very basis of democracy. That your opinion isn't worth more than mine, and that my opinion isn't worth more than yours.
Although regarding the story, lots of people doing well in the current situation want the current situation to continue so they can do well. Quelle surprise.
'They are having issues scaling their production up to levels exptected by the arse talkers from Wall St.'
The arse talkers of Wall St. are irrelevant. The established manufacturers are coming and Tesla has a year or so to get volume manufacturing going or it will be swamped. JLR is first up with the I-pace but Audi will be along before the end of the year.
'More rational solution: stop the £9.9 billion in profits being vanished or tax the firms pulling this shit on revenue instead.'
So all that design and engineering work that Apple does mostly in California is not responsible for any of the value in selling iPhones to Parisians? Do want to be the one to tell Trump that is US can't tax that value?
Why not make it really progressive by saying people who want to live in the middle of nowhere and have fast broadband can pay for supplying fast broadband to the middle of nowhere?
If you want electricity or gas you have to pay the cost of the install, are you really suggesting that broadband is more important to modern life than having an electricity supply?
'Well, there was the 6 million dollars of VC funding that could have been more gainfully spent on something more useful to society.'
No. They didn't just set fire to the money; it went to suppliers and employees, who will then spend or invest it.
You may think it's a stupid idea. I may think it's a stupid idea. But what works and doesn't work isn't down to a few individuals so what is allowed to be tried shouldn't be down to a few individuals.
It's the freedom to fail that allows for economic advancement.
No money was 'wasted' testing this 'idiotic' idea. It was taken from people that had an incorrect view of what humanity wanted and given to other people who might have a better view.
So raise a glass to the falling of Kuvee. A whole bunch of suppliers now have a little profit to invest in this fantastic idea they've got...
...disclaimer. I'm currently investing (time) in this fantastic idea I've got
It's about throwing good taxpayer money at assholes so they can be still more of an asshole.
Those with a vested interest will always have reason to lobby for their interest, and have no opposition as no one else cares about their interest.
So the public purse will always be co-opted to the enrichment of the few at the cost to the many.
Because competition drives efficiency, by inefficient companies being liquidated or taken over. That's not a good plan for countries.
Mostly it forces organisations to become more efficient, this is just as true for a country as a company.
And liquidation and take overs? That's just sovereign default and revolution. Neither of which are especially uncommon.
But in most cases, it's a question of multinational companies transferring profits generated in one country by various licensing/chargeback schemes, so as to pay less corporation tax in another.
In general we think competition is a good thing. So why isn't competition in tax regimes a good thing?
You may think an Irish/Dutch sandwich with BVI side salad is a bad thing, but I'd put money on French taxes being higher if it didn't exist.
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This was the point of the article. To tell you that the author will be speaking at a conference. He will speak for a very long time. No one will be able to decide if he said anything.
Except those 10m homes will be chosen, in part, for install costs. Feeding fibre through a recent posh apartment block might get you 100 homes for the same cost as 10 houses down a residential street.
And Bradford? Well, we could always half the costs by just digging it up and not filling in the holes, it's not like you could tell the difference.
Yes, in the same way that the large number of families with children mean there is no market at all for two seat sports cars.
Just because it isn't the right set of features and compromises for you (or me) doesn't mean that it isn't suitable for enough of the market to be viable.
'Though, Kees Cook doesn't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to kernel security work, so I'm sure this patch is crap for other reasons...'
Yay, now we have a new attack vector. If I can make you think I'm someone trustworthy then you'll unlock your doors.
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