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Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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Your utiliy displays in the hands of these fine people.

You've been warned.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Not about porn really.

This is just the classic TOTC softening up BS so beloved of the data fetishists who support this to help populate their what-sort-of-person-are-you database.

Check the categories.

You'll find they include "Anorexia advocacy" and "Esoterica"

BTW I'd say most fetishists are normally harmless and only indulge their thing with like minded people.

OTOH Data fetishists want to do their thing with (or rather to) everybody, all the time. Forever.

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the parents should be bringing up their children and leading them into the world.

Except one particular "parent" in question (who couldn't figure out how to enable age barring on her browser) started all this BS.

I'll leave the name of the Conservative MP who I'm thinking of as an exercise for other readers.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Or he could have just used the money to make his business not so crap

Just saying.

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Solid, yet not very hard?

Mini baby bells.

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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So that's where a big chunk of that "350m/week" Brexit dividend is going.

Yet another "Cunning plan."

The fail is strong in this one.

You'd think that with an impending Brexit training more nurses and doctors in the UK might be quite useful. Y'know, reducing dependency on foreign nationals (I seem to recall that was one of the wishes that (some) Leave voters thought it was all about*)

*Instead of keeping the parliamentary Conservative party together and smoking the kippers,

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Sir Ivan Rogers Cambridge speech TL;DR version

Brexitieers (of whatever party, but mostly Conservative) were a bunch of delusional f**kwits who didn't understand how the EU works or why it was formed but did press (vigorously, at full speed) for the massive expansion of it, and the deepening and widening of it regulatory powers to create a single market (something some members of the ERG very conveniently forget).

Brexitieers (of whatever party, but mostly Conservative) are still a bunch of delusional f**kwits, who believe they will be indulged, like spoilt children by some random adult who is not their parent and are about to discover that person has no incentive to do so.

Unfortunately so are the rest of the British people.

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So boom times at Somerset Capital Management (London and Dublin branches) then?

SCM supposedly specializes in "Emerging markets" and I think it's pretty clear the emerging market in the UK (for currency and commodities) is "chaotic"

Excellent conditions for people who speculate in chaos to make large profits.

No doubt Christmas will be a joyous time in the Rees Mogg household.

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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""Who owns the intellectual property and responsibility of a bot contribution: "

Good question.

Along with "Who accepts responsibility if one of the coders f**ks up a piece of life critical software and someone dies"

Because it damm sure wont be any commercial OS vendor.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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NASA current budget is 0.5%

I stand corrected.

I think we can agree it's less than the DoD spends on AirCon for overseas bases (c $40Bn) or the size of the US home delivered pizza market (c $25Bn).

All those pies do add up.

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"you don't seem to have noticed..NASA has programs going on all over the solar system"

Let me amend my comment.

Where human spaceflight is concerned Marshall (the bit that designs launch vehicles) is a one-programme-at-a-time center. JPL and Goddard (who do probes and remote systems) do rather more with rather less.

In fact in Marshalls case it's about 1 new system every couple of decades. (Shuttle in the 70's and 80's was the last new system they worked on.

Personally I think they should be shut down, but NASA is not allowed to to make that decision (about it's own centers). I'm not sure if any of the other 22 Federal agencies have that right. I think they do.

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This is great news for certain politicians.

They dream of Mars, but know that NASA is basically a one-programme-at-a-time agency (because those same politicians wouldn't dream of properly funding it)

Hence a desire to kill ISS.

Which explains the very grudging funding (usually below the requested level, while that for SLS/Orion has been above request)

Also note the progress Boeing and SX have made compared to Orion (which cannot even afford to build its own Service Module. It'll we be bought in from ESA on a barter deal for ISS access).

Funny how much progress when there's even a little bit of competition in the game, is it not?

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1969-06-20 (Orbit Yuri Gagarin) - 1961-04-12 (first moonlanding) is slightly over 8 years.

You forgot 1 little detail.

Apollo?/Saturn consumed c5% of the entire USG budget while that budget was inflated due to running the Vietnam war.

Today the NASA budget is 0.9% of USG spending. There is no clear goal for SLS or Orion (both of which have kept shifting) aside from shovelling cash and jobs into the Senators states that support it.

Remember they chose to put big jointed solids (which cannot be shut down) on SLS after Challenger showed what happens if the joint fails.

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Sure. Stoll's The Cuckoo's Egg came out in 1989,

Exactly.

If anything the trend seems to be working down the food chain.

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Pentagon computers accessible by internet.

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Combat vehicles and their weapons available through the internet.

The PTB should find this trend worrying, but obviously don't.

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How long have processors *connected* to a network been part of miltiary systems?

Decades at least.

And to save the implementation budget (not the overall budget of course) they'll use stuff they've picked off the internet or FOSS communities.

This reads like a catalogue of stupid, from the developers to the operators.

Once you hook kit up to a data cable (any data cable) you can no longer be entirely sure where that connection terminates. Is the box it connects to? The box that box connects to?

And that's before we get onto the wireless network connections that you can't even see.

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Astroboffins discover when white and brown dwarfs mix, the results are rather explosive

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Interesting what a range of chemcials you can make just banging some near stars together

IE mostly Hydrogen.

Raising a pint of another interesting mix of chemicals in appreciation.

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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"with the EU in multiple self inflicted crises?"

I'd say repeating the same thing over and over again won't change peoples minds but the success of "Taking back control" proves that to be a lie.

Still at least I know what that noise I've been hearing is at last.

It's the sound of Joseph Goebbels ROTFLHFAO as he cackles "The Big Lie, Ja. The Big Lie"

I do hope you enjoy getting exactly what you voted for.

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"Did anyone expect a government IT project to go well?"

No.

Which most people would have considered a good reason not to vole Leave, as it multiplies the clusterf**kness of the decision.

Of course if your a contractor you may think "More coin for me as the chaos increases."

It's looking more like the Leave voters split into basically 2 groups

1)Those who wanted to express some kind of temper tantrum at the government (they'd have done better calling the Home Office to account for the numerous management f**kups that are the main root causes of this situation) with a massive parambulator pacifier ejection event.

2)Those with assets who expect to make a killing through investments and are wealthy enough to be insulated from the direct consequences and feel its a case of "Head I win, tails I win."

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Remeber, Leave voters, this is *exactly* what you voted for.

Like a suspect in a police station signing a blank confession form and letting the cop behind the desk fill in the details. *

*I know, IRL no one would be so cretinously stupid to do such a thing. Except that is exactly what Leave voters did.

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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"Google may reportedly pay Apple $9bn to ensure it is the default search engine in the iPhone"

Using revenue from an effective monopoly to suppress competition less well funded competitors could never match.

Wow, straight out of the MS playbook.

What a surprise.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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So labelling stuff is tedious and boring. Until it saves you doing stuff like this

Something to keep in mind perhaps when you next have to install some new stuff and think "Nah, what's the point of labeling it?"

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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"You think I'm an arrogant asshole who thinks he's above the law," "

You don't usually get that level of self awareness from someone that high up the PCL-R scale.

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A fair assesment of Steve Jobs

A Great man to some

A Greater bas***d to the rest.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Here's a link to the Brexit red line slide,

Excellent.

If only this had been circulated during the Referendum, eh?

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WTF does the UK need to build it's *own* sole use nav system?

Answer.

F**k all.

Seriously, could you imagine a bigger waste of taxpayers money?

This is driven by

a) Massive MoD egoism and some fantasy that the UK is as big as the US/China/India/Russia (all countries with active or planned sat nav systems, and the tax base to afford it )

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b) A desire to support a chunk of the British satellite industry, which the morons who voted for this bu***hit didn't think twice about throwing under a bus.

And yes, the UK satellite industry is worth quite a lot of money in terms of foreign revenue, and is growing quite fast.

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"this is going to achieve the frictionless trade..UK factories & farms need for their survival,"

Of course it is.

Inside the head of the delusional f**kwits who voted for this nonsense anything is not just possible but virtually certain.

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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fS laser pulses are qualitiatively different than longer ones.

Effectively matter has no time to react or "relax" to absorb the energy. So it pumps a great deal of energy into a small surface zone of the object. This makes machining metals (especially if they are under a thin sheet of water) much easier.

It also helps if you're building very big lasers for fusion research.

So a pint to all of them (and yes you can make a laser with alcohol).

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Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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Warning! Warning! Will Robinson, out of control microsoft robot approaching!

"Dr Smith has flashed my hard drive. Danger! Danger! Run!"

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WTF?

"safer to be around. " runs Windows.

I think not.

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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@Aquilus

47 posts since 2007.

Just got out of jail?

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Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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"If you don't leave, TSB will continue to not give a fuck."

Correct.

And they won't until customers start moving and (OMFG) they might loose revenue.

That is the only thing that will cause them to change.

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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

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"The random punishment beating will continue until morale improves."

Is that what you really need in your life?

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Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

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We could track your subs in the 80s.

No, he means to within a few 10s of metres.

That tracking is within a few 10s of Kilometres.

And in a hot war those passive sonar arrays (and their shore bases) would be some of the first casualties.

"Under Siege" maybe a laughable Steven Segal shoot-em-up but it's quite realistic about that.

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stamp out of the EU in a geriatric tantrum..bit like a West European version of N. Korea.

Yes that sounds about right.

Right down to the age group who voted for the lunacy.

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"The Astute problems all stem from not building any subs at all for a long time,"

Really?

I rather thought it was something to do with the fact that

1) Coach built, mostly by hand welding. Why rely on the predictability of an (expensive) solid welding jig when you've got "Shugg" whose got twenty years experience, and only gets it wrong occasionally.

BAe tried to reverse-engineer a coach built aircraft to build the jigs with Nimrod MR4. What a f**kup that turned out to be.

2) Barrow-in-Furness is a bit of a s**thole to move to.

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"By the time..these subs are built most..nuclear powers will have tracking technology

which tells them exactly where each submarine is"

In a word, no.

Anti submarine warfare is a very secretive field but the whole purpose of using submarines is they operate in 3 dimensions in a very deep landscape of constantly shifting physical properties. A signal could be a sub, or a shift in the marine environment.

Hence the ongoing need for hunter/killer subs to carry those sensors close enough to know it's not the environment, but an actual sub that's moving.

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Let's cut the BS. It's about the UK's self image as a "World" power.

IE A massive willy waving exercise.

ICBMS did not "deter" the IRA (or any other colonial liberation group the UK fought in the 40's,50's,60's or 70's)

ICBM's did not stop Argentina invading the Falkland Islands.

So, aside from handing a few 10s of £Bns to BAe (again) what's the f**king point of this exercise again?

I will note the UK is an island and keeping the sea and air routes to it secure would seem to be a key priority for any long term goal of whatever military structure is chosen.

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" In the right places they have great yields and are relatively inexpensive to maintain. "

Wrong.

UK on shore wind is hoped to run 26% of the time.

Offshore maybe it hits 30% of the time.

At least one UK onshore turbine hit (over a year) about 3% usage.

Things like tidal, biogas and micro hydro are reliable (but complex) to understand.

OTOH they can hit 90%+ availability.

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Re: The Role played by Contractors in Delays and Cost over-runs TL;DR version.

They're not called Defense Con-tractors for nothing.

And they will go on separating the MoD from taxpayers money until someone does something serious about it.

So probably not in my lifetime.

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US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

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"Sweet" Pai enarning his remuneration*

But not his government salary.

It really is amazing how much of the US Federal Structure was modeled on Ancient Rome.

Most of the bad bits that allow a nominally independent decision making process to be hijacked by basically one man to allow them to line their pockets.

One of the reasons humans developed better models of government.

Several 100 years before the War of Independence.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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So once again the Home Offices proves itself

A Centre for Evil (C) in the UK*

*And does anyone believe that "Substantially the same" claim about what Motorola charged them for that 3 year extension?

Remember UK readers, it's not the Home Offices money.

It's UK taxpayers money.

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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continentaltelegraph.com Is that Tim Worestall's new organ?

Inquiring minds....

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Victorian slum lord?

His dream "job"*

*And by job I mean sending out a team of large violent ruffians to do the actual rent collecting, thus insulating himself from "The lower orders."

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'Self inflicted crises' R Them.

Indeed.

The regular shutting down of the whole USG due to budget squabbling.

Senate and Congress persons whose nominal party membership bears almost no relation to their voting on issues

Parties whose supposed elected representatives are about as unified as a herd of cats.

And remember by UK standards both parties would be right of the ERG wing of the Conservatives.

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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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So what does Cholesterol do in the body that's so important the genes are unchanged in

1/2 a trillion years?

It's clearly

1) Very basic

2) Very important

Otherwise the genetic drift would changed those genes quite a lot.

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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I've already had more than ten times the lifetime dose of a radiation worker

But you'll pick about 1 years worth every 30 hours, given the shielding level of any kind of lander (about 0.5% of the Earths atmoshpere at sea level).

People need to dig in on Mars, and fast if they are planning to settle there.

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NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests

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Lots of posts AC

Suspicious.

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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I much preferred Foxconn-reseller as a derogatory term myself.

Cute.

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

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"biggest crowd ever for a presidential inauguration"

Instead of the rather lacklustre turnout that was not the huuuuuge turnout the Orange headed one expected.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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How often has easy access to a gun moved "Bit upset" to "multiple homicde/mass murder"?

We will probably never know.

In Europe, some.

In the US, lots.

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