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Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: Too slim

Most of my work is done in browsers, spreadsheet and email. I only use rj45 when we have problems with the property's network. Ports sound ok for my use. But as I travel and at times have to do some work waiting for planes or kids, low weight and volume is appreciated.

Linus had an MacBook Air, right?

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Re: 8GB of RAM seems to be the UK limit

Could you please stop that BS about 8GB precluding any serious work? Perhaps _your_ work; my wife and I are using Macs with 8GB, running a business which is the main income for us and 4 employees. That is serious enough to me. /rant

Sounds like a machine worth checking if we change to Linux.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Sovereign Power applied.

Very interesting. How does that square with internment in N.Ireland during the troubles?

(I love tangents)

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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In defence of public IT projects

Public IT projects tend to be large, complicated and with all sort of legal requirements well as interfacing with legacy systems. They have a tendency to go over budget anywhere in the World, and as the information is public (and there are politicians seeing advantage making sure it is public) we hear a lot about them; much less about the ones delivered more or less on time and budget.

Large private IT projects interfacing legacy systems etc. (and I have been on some) also go over budget and are delivered late. I was on one that should go live in August - which year was luckily not specified. But in the private sector you can be a bit more discrete if things are not exactly to plan.

Quote: "yes, officially our outsourcing to India was also a success"

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Black Friday ?

The beer in question is Guinness, then?

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Ecole Normale Superieure

I think it just means higher/upper, not necessarily better. But my French is a bit rusty.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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My dad did this sort of stuff in the 50es

In the Danish navy. Using sextants and points on land to determine positions, and in one case sending a diver with a line down to a rock to know minimum depth.

He retired in 1992,what a change

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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@ac: please specify which crime(s). Treason it isn't.

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Re: Well he's a bit of an arse, but...

Traitor he isn't, as he is not American. Spy is also a long shot. Aiding and abetting?

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: It makes sense

So, if you are the target of one of those libel suits: what happens if you simply ignore it? You may have to avoid going to the UK, but can you enforce a civil ruling in this case?

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

I have to agree with you, the Euro will fall apart. It may just take longer than DT expects.

The history of currency unions is interesting, the only successful ones I have heard of is USD (and that took 90 years and a civil war to get working), the one between Belgium and Luxembourg and GBP.

Greece was thrown out of the Latin Currency union because they put too little noble metal in the coins, and the Scandinavian one fell apart with WWI

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

Yeah, I was also thinking "but at least you have your backups "

Bit daft of Adobe, though.

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

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Gold etc at least can be used for something legitimate

It is hard to see the point of Bitcoin et al.

Also read here: https://www.johnkay.com/2018/03/05/bitcoin-boon-bubble/

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: The name 'Tesla' has been hijacked

Whereas RR Silver Mist caused smiles in Germany

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Re: More scientists on banknote.

The only scientist on a Danish banknote afaik was Niels Bohr. The current series has bridges and archaeological stuff

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: "Hitler was right"

For example, in 1935 he said "in 10 years you will not recognise Germany". I think most of his contemporaries would have agreed in 1945.

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Now we just hope

That other governments will use this as starting point before they throw money away (on this at least).

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

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Re: The evolution of ass

Is pigmentally gifted no longer acceptable?

I have referred to myself as pigmentally challenged...

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Guard dogs

I heard a story of even better dogs. A breeder of estrela mountain dogs one morning found two of them were missing. A search showed they had dug under the fence to the neighbours where they were preventing burglars leaving the house, owner was away.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Because the Equadorean law does not allow extradition of its own citizens?

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

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Isn't a clusterfuck quite appropriate in this case?

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: Considering....

I think (but IANAL) that he could argue he is a journalist and is thus protected by the right of free speech. Like e.g. Bernstein & Woodward, even if the comparison makes me cringe

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I doubt he would be extradited to the US. Political offences are specifically exempt, and I would think this should be easy for a lawyer to argue.

His problem may be to be told to leave Sweden, and then to avoid going to the US.

Perhaps his mate Farage could put a word in with the Donald?

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

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Re: Bah!

I think that was the same approach as at Copenhagen suborbital. The advantage is that solid is easy to handle, but it can be closed down in case of trouble.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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I am old

I have not yet worked out why I want IoT and a connected car and so on

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

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Re: Humans will always have the most important battlefield role

Denmark formally never stopped having conscription, but as enough volunteered the last decades very few were forced..

Switzerland has it in a very different form.

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Other countries have managed

Denmark, Estonia and Portugal, probably Norway and Sweden too. But in those cases it's linked to id cards and/or central registers of the population.

Would newer fly in the UK, only secret services are allowed that.

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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Re: "oh boy"

No, Apple did not invent that much. But they implemented in a way that made other's inventions useful, e.g. dtp and an mp3 player that people would buy, with huge capacity for the time.

And I doubt it would have happened without a visionary behind.

He was also a certified @rsehole, no doubt.

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Can't you just let Facebook do it?

They may even do it for free, and I don't see any major downsides. Of course access only to a closed group (And Zuck)

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

Here in Portugal electric kettles are quite common. 2.2kW, normally. Coffee is generally good, tea rare even if it was a Portuguese who introduced the British to it.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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And in a different part of the World

- cafés**) often do not accept anything but cash, at least not for less than €5. I guess it also makes it easier to forget the VAT*) part of the transaction...

*) Imagine the two Irishmen/Yorkshiremen/bankers/[other types who have a reputation for thinking tax is optional]:

- This VAT thing...

- Yes, I remember that.

- Did it ever go anywhere?

- No, there was mo money in it.

**) Yes, we do have Costa and Starbuck too

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Congratulations

I don't have a problem with Mr Musks dreams. I am just not convinced of the public subsidies for them.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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I have a company.

And more domains that I actually need, I have some vague ideas...

But they are all .com. Cheaper, easier, what would I get from .eu?

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Re: Thank you, Boris …

"Most of Europe does not mind the EU as they take the money and ignore the senseless rules. Britain and Germany are the only countries that give the money and obey the rules."

That is factually wrong. Germany is traditionally quite slow in implementing rules, and AFAIR NL, SE and even DK are net contributors and quite good at implementing.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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It seems there are some advantages in living in this lower left corner of Europe. I booked a ticket Faro-Lisbon, paid with my card over PayPal and printed the ticket. Of course my son then told me I should just have emailed the PDF.

I do like pieces of paper when I travel, as I am not dependant on the tantrums and batteries of electronics. Colour me fuddy-duddy.

At least I think I got the right price.

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

I heard about Germany (And an older generation) that after the war, if you had talent and ambition you went into business . Others went into politics ( of course there were exceptions), armed forces were a bitter duty.

Oh, and I don't think they suffer from the equivalents to Eton et al.

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Sounds similar to how we signed up for courses/classes at my university in the late 80es. Worked for typically 5 or 6 classes, should be extendable to US elections too.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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IGEL

Is German for hedgehog afair

Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

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Re: Most Secure Voting Machine

In Denmark (at least) where everybody is registered to a scary degree, that cannot happen. By law you have to register in the municipality where you have your residence, and the electoral roll is simply the subset of residents who are old enough to vote and have suitable nationality. Yes, prisoners can also vote.

The consequence is that when you status changes to "dead" you are token off the roll.

These are the upsides of the pervasive registers.

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: There are zero rights at the border...

"Show me a country where they don't have the same right to question and search you and your things."

The UK is to my best knowledge unique among European countries in that you can get jail for not providing a PW. In the US you do have the right to keep silent too.

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

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Re: But... Wot about Apple, the biggest of them all?

Apple sells HW and some services, which you can like or not.

To my best knowledge, they are not having a business line in selling your data, unlike the other outfits mentioned. IOW, they are not adslingers.

Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

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Re: Links != visitors

They did use Alexa ranking, I assume to estimate traffic...

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: Laptop Power bricks

That is one reason we have stayed with Apple laptops so far - and their magnetic attachments _are_ good. Our rather large dog has so far not pulled any computer on the floor.

Moving to USB-C/Thunderbolt was a step backwards IMNSHO.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Small correction

Re Fact checking: Gwyneth Palthrow?

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: The 'objects' in his photo are also copyrighted

I am not 100% certain, but I believe Copyright law deals with this - and that you can photograph buildings from public places, for profit, without infringing the architects copyright.

Happy to be corrected, though.

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In the real World...

We have a website advertising our holiday houses. There is a large number of photos on it (own + guests + bought stock); some of the property but quite a few of the region.

We have a note regarding use of the images: Ask first, if you are not a competitor we are likely to grant it _with credits_.

For a lot of cases, it is more about the control of use than money.

If I get bored one day, I may try to see if I find copies...

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Re: New internet standard...

The exif strippers include FB - talking about aiding and abetting...

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: Just say No to Amazon

@ Streaky: It also means that Amazon.co.uk looses the business it has from countries without their "own" Amazon store (DK/SE/NL/PT/IE)

And do you trust your politicians to be any better at clamping down on tax avoidance after Brexit? I mean, the have been quite defensive of tax havens generally...

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Re: Just say No to Amazon

Here in the SW corner of Europe we are in a special situation.

The Govt has no money (no, nothing special about that) and if you or your company ask for a VAT refund, you have to provide a bank guarantee for up to 5 years, until they have processed your claim, which they have no interest in doing. And they usually hit back with a general inspection.

So, our company has a large VAT credit which is reducing very slowly as our billing is generally at 6% VAT. Which in turn means that there is an extra incentive to buy in other EU countries, as we do not pay VAT on that. And Amazon knows how to handle this, and they generally deliver fast and efficient.

Tough for the local suppliers, though

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Or the sites for Pen Island, or Powergen Italia.

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