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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Well I sure hope they also banned "Semprini"!

If enough of us use B***ium in that sense we could get it banned from Google search.....

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Re: The evolution of euphemism

The word Donkey is relatively new, it only became common in the late C18 - allegedly because gentle people felt uncomfortable saying ass.

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Re: The evolution of euphemism

The Yes Minister: CGSM - consignment of geriatric shoemakers = a load of old cobblers.

Personally I prefer a note asking if contributor X came from a close family, specifically did his parents have the same name before marriage?

The new marketing plan suggests that the executive in question has a heritage rich in inter-species diversity.

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Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Not outsourced then ?

frameworks are designed to be flexible and to extend functionality and compatibility with other tools

So why doesn't the government do all the other projects, NHS IT, MOD recruitment etc, in-house if it is so good at software development?

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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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He doth protest nowhere near enough

If this turns out to be:

A 3letter agency getting in the ground work for some future China tariff / ban

Intel putting in a defensive move to dilute any stories about its management engine

A short seller hoping to take advantage of a drop in share price.

It could be the end of Bloomberg. Why am I paying $25K/pa for a Bloomberg terminal that is about as trustworthy as Fox and friends ?

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: Whilst I'm no lover of Capita...

Judging by the string of stories on el'reg about the specific faults in the Capita system the only possible conclusion is that Capita are some sort of militant pacifists committed to removal of all armed forces

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: The big companies can mitigate this

>Just move HQ and most of the business to EU and leave a small operation in UK

But then you have to hire entirely new staff, in a foreign country, that you don't know if you as a ceo/director will be able to work in come March.

Much cheaper and easier to get a brass plaque on the wall of an Irish lawyer and nothing else changes.

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Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

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Re: All of them, eh?

No some of them are totally ineffective and keep their scrupples - but never get anywhere near real power.

Dennis Skinner springs to mind.

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Re: That's Nice

>As far as I'm concerned, a PAC is nothing more than a bribe aggregator.

Yes, I think that's rather the point.

Of course it would be much more efficient if you could just bribe the government directly through some official agency. Although that would probably make the bribes more expensive and less efficient

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Re: @Trilkhai re @amanfromMars 1

If amanfromMars is really a man from mars can they said to be a hominem?

(to the tune of Eric the half a bee)

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Re: Follow the money

Wars, conflict, it’s all business. One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify my good fellow.

Mr Verdoux / Chaplin

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Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

>All? Since when did 27 out of 180+ countries count as "all"?

Remind me how many countries the UK has an independent trade deal with as of April 2019 ?

We are still waiting to find out if our CE marking will be valid / what will replace it. But as a medical device manufacturer it is trivial to re-engineer all our testing / certification over a weekend at the end of march.

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

>prices fall due to new tariffs

I'm not sure that negative tariffs on imports are strictly speaking "tariffs". I think the word you are looking for is subsidies

>or strengthened sterling

If splitting off all your export markets causes your currency to strengthen then we could do more of it.

Build a wall around each county perhaps ?

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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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>Can someone tell me the difference between a pornographic image on social media and one on a porn site

The government would look mad if they censor that photo of that girl in vietnam with naplam / without clothes, or ban pictures of starving naked babies in an African famine.

The government doesn't want to look mad (allegedly)

Therefore they need an exception

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Re: "Why can't we have both?"

>What do you think the kitchen table is for?

Making me dinner

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Re: Government doesn't want a repeat of the Labour vote loss

>Both eclipsed by the Chelsea flower show though

The biggest display of floral genitals and open air reproduction

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: @El Reg

That creates a weird incentive that people who remain working for the company get diluted while anyone that leaves doesn't.

Not directly equivalent but was involved in a company where one co-founder died leaving his widow owning half the business. She wouldn't give up any shares to recruit a new technical co-founder and the company died. VCs now typically have a first-refusal/claw-back clause if a founder leaves early or dies.

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Re: RIP, Paul Allen

Microsoft made the modern computer industry what it is.

Imagine only being able to learn about computers by being hired as the lowest of the low at some company that had a mainframe, and gradually working your way up. Then if you left that knowledge was worthless because the next company had a different mainframe (or enough tweaks to the same one)

The irony is everyone being able to switch between jobs using the same apps on the same containers running on the same Linux on different cloud service is because Microsoft standardised the PC OS

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Re: @El Reg

Don't know the details but it isn't a necessarily evil activity.

You have 4 staff, you lose one, you need to replace them to keep the business running,

You can't afford to pay the new hire enough to lure them away from HP/Ti/IBM so you offer stock. If the one you lose has 1/4 of the stock you don't have anything to offer the new hire.

It's why the incentive/vesting plans for founders are so complex now

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: Shred them

Once we renationalise the post office and put it in charge of internet and telephones again it will be able to enforce the rules that only GPO approved 300baud modems can be connected. And with internet calls priced per minute you won't want your lightbulb calling up to the server very often

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Re: GCHQ need a big stick

It might first think about splitting the responsibility for securing computers from the agency also responsible for breaking into them.

GCHQ being in charge is like making bomber command responsible for the fire brigade.

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GCHQ has translated the code into different languages

But not Belgian

and some more text because it now blocks comments that only contain links

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: What this project has really done...

>What exactly would you have preferred? Let's have the details so that we can mock your proposal with equally daft and irrelevant generalisations.

Arduino, Raspberrypi, Lego. Something where kids can believe that THEY can get involved with the technology. That technology is something THEY can do.

Real STEM is something like CERN or LHC or HST.

"Toys for boys" projects like ISS or Apollo where you tell kids that only test pilots can do science, and "science" is only about having the fastest or most dangerous vehicle does not encourage kids to do STEM (it might encourage them to become management consultants)

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Re: What this project has really done...

> 1000's of children have been able to learn more about STEM subjects thanks to this project.

Or 10,000s of children have learnt that STEM is just about fast cars and rockets and jet fighters and so is just for boys that want to make lots of noise and kill things, so not for them.

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>No-one else has "flown" a jet aircraft without wings at those high speeds at 0 ft.

The record for doing it on rails is Mach 8, so building a car that is 1/5 the speed of a train to meet some arbitrary 1000mph (why not 2Million furlongs/fortnight?) is silly

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: This is new news?

CF Marks & Spencers in the UK.

Suppliers had to have exclusive contracts with M&S, then when M&S came to renew the order......

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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I think ebay solved that..

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Which is why mailinator.com was born

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Re: DOB of 1st January 1970

The world was only created on 1st Jan 1970, anybody believing they are older than this just have false memories implanted by the matrix.

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Re: variations you see on Siobhan or any other Gaelic or Irish name

Well it's your own fault

My Name Contains 7 Silent Letters

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

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Re: Ha Ha

People underestimate the complexities of even visa-free business travel. Currently as a UK citizen I can visit the USA under visa-waiver for business:

I can visit our USA office, but I can't do any work while I'm there.

I can sell UK equipment, but I can't unpack or install it or supervise local staff doing that.

I can train US customers and attend a conference or trade show - but I can't receive training without getting an educational visa. Try getting an educational visa to the USA for a one day training session at a conference!

And this is only my reading of the official rules, whether I'm allowed in depends on how the guy on the desk feels about Brits that day. Now imagine these same rules applying to Europe, and remember that this is the best case of "visa free" travel.

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Re: And all we can do...

Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that nothing would change except 350M/week would be spent on the NHS and all the foreigners would be kicked out

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: Space Shuttle

>the issue of foam debris hitting the wings at liftoff was known, but downplayed

Bayesian prior + machine learning

Foam hit the wing, the wing didn't fall off -> foam hitting the wing is fine.

Same reason people drive drunk - it was OK last time

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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OpenOffice NOT LibreOffice

Worth making clear it is the "official" Open Office project that is pining for the Fjords

The LibreOffice fork is actively developed and works very well

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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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Did anyone ring the hell desk asking where the slot was for the quarters?

It's the military, they rang the help desk asking which form they should use to requisition the quarters and how much each quarter would cost for budgeting purposes

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Re: Big budget

That's what the enemy would expect.

Instead there is a massive inefficent bug-ridden insecure system that IS the main system

Good luck finding the non-existent secret effective decoy shadow system

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Now imagine if the siren went off everytime a packet from a non .mil address arrived at your firewall !

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On the other hand, if you think the US suffers from poorly trained, paid and motivated staff, badly designed patched together systems and lots of legacy kit from the 60s/70s - how do you think the USSR-II is doing ?

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

So you can't launch nuclear missiles form a submarine with the password "swordfish"

But you can screw up spare parts deliveries to ground an entire airforce in the field.

You can mess around with payroll, holidays and shifts so that all the skilled aircraft mechanics leave

You can post home/personal details of the families of soldiers

You can target small suppliers/subcontractors to shut down the supply chain for a new $Bn project.

You can probably do enough to ground the next Gulf War without leaving any evidence of who did it.

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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: The bad news...

>Why would Northrop Grumman (Northrup apparently) or General Dynamics bid for this?

For the $$$$$$

>Where is their cloud capability?

They buy it from Amazon, add 150% markup and re-bill it

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Re: Muddying the Waters and Clearing the Decks for NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Actions

Do you think Trump follows amanfromMars on Twitter ?

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Re: Wait! What?

It also relies on other countries for $$$$.

If Google became synonymous with NSA it would be a good excuse for China/India to ban them and the Eu to regulate them up the whatsit.

There is less risk for Amazon, nobody is about to ban book sales because of links to the NSA

And Oracle are already so evil that they are planning on a new project making nerve gas from kittens to improve their image.

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Re: "What a time to be alive"

So a fairer trial than in certain modern countries I could mention

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Re: }{amis}{

Wrist mounted - it didn't say anything about portable.

A tank with a handcuff welded on is "wrist mounted"

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Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: Optical gyroscopes

Hubble has reaction wheels (and magnetic reaction bars) - this was one of the INS gyroscopes that failed - not a reaction wheel as in the early service mission

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Re: Nystagmus is hard to fix 340 miles up

>didn't replace the gyro's with the ring laser sort

Lifetime concerns, Nasa likes to use kit that has been around for 30+ years before relying on it.

It's not clear that LRGs (or at least early 90s versions) had the long term stability of a spinning gyro and

power requirements for early LRGs were high.

Space-qualified high-stability radiation-hard diode lasers weren't well proven, Hubble is in a terrible orbit for radiation

Since it also has magnetic field sensors and fine guidance cameras for precise pointing and after 30+ years they have good models of its dynamics I suspect you can do a lot without a gyro platform. The gyros were mainly to give an accurate absolute orientation for slewing to a new target.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

It is accelerating electrons not protons like the LHC. Confusingly it is way harder to accelerate light particles to high energies than heavier ones.

There are individual cosmic ray particles (probably) from other galaxies that have been detected at billions of time the LHC energy. We just don't know how or where - what's cool about this is that it is a nearby continuous source we can study

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30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: Space exploration?

No but it took congress, a confusion of priorities, reliance on a dozen different agencies with competing goals and Nasa bureaucracy to make it so difficult - and dangerous

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