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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Rune reading again ...

It was just a typo, was meant to be called High Speed/2

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Re: Capacity

BA 747s many times I would argue that the word ergonomic' is sorely misplaced, unless you mean 'dark blue, creaky, cracky, cramped hellhole'

That's true of all BA flights (or was before I used to avoid them)

The nice thing about being the World's only airline is that you really don't have to make any effort at customer service, new or clean aircraft etc. It's not like business people are going to fly on some bunch of middle eastern or SE Asian carriers are they ?

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Because they had to

I wonder how much of the A380 was because Airbus had no competitor to the 747 ?

If a national airline wanted long haul trans atlantic/pacific it had to buy 747s (before etops 370). So you had to let the Boeing salesman in the door, at that point he could offer you a much better deal if you also wanted to buy 737s and 777 for your other routes. And look at all the savings on maintenance and training by only operating Boeing.

It's like HP or IBM having to buy up auxiliary systems vendors because if they can't offer the full package the customer has to go to your competitor

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Frankfurt is much more centrally located in Germany

I hear the new plan is to move Berlin to next to Frankfurt airport - it was quicker and cheaper

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Re: Why not a cargo version

. Often customers are willing to pay for speed of delivery, especially with JIT manufacturing.

JIT means they are willing to pay for reliability.

That's why Maersk's new container ships are half the speed of the last lot. So long as I can promise to the hour when the parts arrive then you don't care if it is in 10 days or 20 - it's just a longer conveyor. The extra cost of capital tied up in the parts is so low that the cost savings on fuel win.

It's only for one offs or launch day spikes of a new iPhone that you need rapid delivery.

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Re: Rune reading again ...

And if China takes off and you need A380 passenger numbers on short trips that would be 737 in Eu/USA then you need an A380 in "asian economy" seating layout (don't ask if you are more than 5' 4")

Unfortunately it looks like they have decided that high speed rail is a better/quicker/cheaper/more efficient way of moving 1000 people 3-500km - bunch of commies

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Re: single-engine A350 ...

So if Canada were to close a bunch of northern airstrips it only keeps open as emergency diverts - then only the A350 would be able to make a lot of Eu-USA flights and Boeings would have to do a long expensive southern route.

Boeing has just screwed Canada over with a 50% duty on Bombardier and Airbus has just take Bombardier under its wing...

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US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA's domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

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Re: Good

It does seem a lot of effort just to pick which Goldman Sachs partner gets to pull the strings - couldn't it just be an internal HR decision?

The obvious solution would be to abandon the current socialist communal voting system and just put the Presidency out to tender

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And strange that the democrats that are shocked by extending it didn't manage to get it cancelled in the 8 years they ran the place

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Re: That's the best headline you could manage ?

It has no UK technology industry angle so el`reg is only covering the story to get clicks for advertisers - so it might as well have a flippant headline

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That's the best headline you could manage ?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Re: Ker-ching!

What do you sell to people on the Linux Kernel Mailing List?

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Re: £120 for 4MB

I remember a break-in mid 90s where they took all the RAM from the teaching lab PCs but left the machines

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Or all the chip encapsulation epoxy came from a single chemical company in Kyoto - then there was an earthquake.

It used to be that the single source of the material for the crucibles needed to melt the 99.999999999% pure silicon for chips wafers - all came from a single seam in a single mine.

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France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

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Re: Oo yes, because that worked so well last time

After a series of ownerships by US computer companies it got bought by an even shadowier French owned company that seems to got unlimited amounts of freindly government contracts.

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seems like a bloody good idea.

Hey want to invest in my French startup - it processes data.

Cool, am I allowed to buy shares?

Will you be able to IPO?

If you are sucessfull, will you be able to sell the company ?

Will the bank lend you money if it isn't allowed to sell assests ?

Are you allowed to choose which customers to work with ?

If the answer to all of the above is: "It depends on the politics of the French government or courts at the time" Then I might just pass

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Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site

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Deadline

Why do they always make these things a once a year deadline- and then to do it on a day where nobody is at work to fix things?

I always thought that your tax return deadline should be different for everyone (like your birthday) so you spread the load through the year

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Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

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Buy American

Everybody is forced to buy IBM built cell phones with Intel chips running MS windows - its the only way to be safe

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Amsterdam

The UK is the biggest export market in the EU for a number of products, like German luxury cars

So they ship them from America. The largest car exporter in the USA is BMW

Or was the UK planning on banning USA imports ?

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Re: Horizon 2020

That was my experience with ESO ( non-Eu !)

4 telescopes requiring 4 identical auxiliary systems.

2 were built in Germany, one in Holland and one in Belgium - to three different designs - to match contributions.

IIRC one of the low country units never worked and we had to build another copy of the German ones out of slush fund

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Re: Horizon 2020

So each country receives back exactly the amount of grants to match their payment - even though the applications are all judged competitively on their technical merits?

That sounds like the application process I know and love

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Re: Horizon 2020

But think of the enormous savings. Since the UK's scientists are only 2% as good as those in the other Eu countries - since they get back only 2% of the grants - we can save 8 Bn by stopping funding all the research areas in Horizon 2020 and it will have no real effect

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Horizon 2020

Total budget is 80Bn, of which the UK presumably pays the 10% (it's average Eu budget contribution) and yet only gets 1 - 1.5Bn on funded projects? Doesn't sound like the UK is exactly punching above its weight in science and technology

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Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches

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Re: Ignoramus

How could it rise to become such a fad?

Remember the hoola-hoop? Or the pet-rock? Or communism

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Oddly enough, I believe the same is true for MSDN too.

The difference being that Pornhub will at least give you relevant results

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Re: This is totally unsurprising

Shit did anyone tell the birds?

Never min the birds - can I stand up without endangering aircraft?

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Re: What about a rocket?

Only says guided - so uncontrolled rockets would presumably be fine

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I hope they have also banned laser pointers in any council offices within 5miles of an airport

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Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

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Good explanation here https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/raspberry-pi-spectre-meltdown/

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'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

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Re: Free speech

Thank you for your enlightening comments - YHVH will be delivering fire and brimestone on you soon for taking his name in vain.

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Re: Robin Hood Airport

Are Sheffield city council still hoping for a nuclear attack on Tinsley to improve the area ?

ps For years Britain conducted nuclear tests in Attercliffe and Brightside - nobody noticed

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Re: David Davies

"Robin Hood" Airport was selected because the other obvious local celebrities, "Arthur Scargill" or "Geoff Boycott" might give an altogether too accurate picture of the airport.

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Presumably training the dog to salute to the command "bomb ISIS" would be ok ?

So we just need a government dept to tell us who the acceptable hate figures of the day are.

Of course this may have to change if/when the Taliban (or Russia/Iraq ) go from being friends to enemies and all the previous statements about them have to be deleted.

Not sure what you would call such a ministry in charge of setting out the Truth ?

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Re: Robin Hood Airport

I think there is a general exemption for hate crimes directed against Doncaster

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Re: Facesaving indeed

Thank heaven for the geniuse—, commentards at El Reg, to put those poor duffers straight!

If I remember the reg story at the time. GCHQ outsourced the actual testing of Huawei devices to BT who passed it on to its "technology partner" Huawei

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Re: Wine manufacture

Ever wondered why the German wine sold in Britain is crap ? - Revenge .....

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Re: Outsourcing

welded the front end onto the other back end.

That's the trick - otherwise you have one interesting to drive car

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Tata for now: Marks & Sparks transfers 250 tech jobs to outsourcer

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Re: Not A Good Idea

These aren't just hacks - these are M&S hacks .... < warm fuzzy glow = on >

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MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

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Re: Yes, but

Would it have been simpler to put "blue passports" as the promise on the side of a bus ?

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Re: There are no specs because the UK's trade agreement hasn't been negotiated with the EU yet

Maybe not. They'll probably be solid with parked incoming HGVs waiting for customs clearance of imports.

Surely they will have to wait in the French half of the tunnel until cleared to enter Britannia ?

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Re: IT sceptical of plan for MPs to save the day after UK quits customs union

And "IT sceptical" covers everything else.

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Re: Easiest new system in history

Will likely depend on whether they comply with UK rules.

But at the moment the UK rues are the CE ones - once we take back control we will have proper British Rules.

How long is it going to take to draft those, make new regulations, setup the notified bodies and testing labs, setup the regulations to regulate the testing labs....

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Re: Easiest new system in history

And their Volvo/Scania/Mercedes/etc trucks with their <spit> eu </spit> "CE" safety marks - will they be valid in the new free Britannia ?

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Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests

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This is the same US govt

That on the same day, also in the name of security, they demanded that a backdoor to everyone's phone be given to 1000s of law enforcement agencies ?

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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to the Sherrifs department of Podunk County

And every other country you want to sell phones in.

If Apple give an unlock code to the FBI then the Eu will want it to protect themselves from their terrorists. And then Israel, Turkey, Russia, China, India, Pakistan ....

So how does the FBI feel about Trump's phone being officially backdoored by Putin ?

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: NASA decided on Ariane?

It's really a very "Nasa" project with others contributing instruments (the important bits)

Ironically the original design was to use a 6.5-ish m single mirror and launch on Ariane (with a modified larger nose fairing) but Nasa were insistent that it launch on a Nasa (or at least American) rocket.

So after all the clever design of folding mirror petals there is still no Nasa heavy lifter big enough so it is launching on Ariane anyway

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Re: Extension Cord

The AAA must be crapping themselves ...

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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Re: Zombie brand

I think you might be thinking of "Polaroid" - which is now just a name for cheap tat to stick on earbuds etc.

Kodak do still make film, especially for movie and industrial applications - they just don't do much domestic photo stuff

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