* Posts by a pressbutton

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Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Charging points

There are 110 houses in my road. Some of those houses are flats - another 60 or so.

6 houses and ~20 flats could charge EVs.

the other 144 households have no chance.

I think the real answer is electric busses - a proper bus network, not one every tuesday - more car rentals - and less car ownership.

Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs

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Re: Hydrogen? Seriously?

"This combination doesn't apply to most people."

Where I live it does apply to all but 2 houses in the entire road.

It applies to well over half the town I live in.

(note to self, stop feeding the ACs)

Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

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Re: Wait, what?

I will be enjoying your illustration of prior art in 25 mins

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Black Helicopters

Not sure why anyone is surprised.

Right now, if your bank is in a friendly jurisdiction, appropriate people can probably see what you have been spending money on. I suspect it is a relatively burdensome (rightly so).

IT / Technology exists to make things easier and cheaper - so with facebook libra appropriate people (by their definition) can probably see what you have been spending money on even if you are a dog on the other side of the world, just through an appropriate login.

if this gains a good share of transactions, Govts will love this because (as long as it is accurate) it would provide an almost real-time view on the state of the economy.

Thinking further, if that money is then passed on to another Libra user Facebook can start to develop a detailed map of worldwide money flows at a granular transactional level

For example you (joe) buy a widget from a small trader (jane) who sources those from a bulk importer (jose) who imports them from someone in china (jinjing)

If this was all in Libra and there are many such transactions, you can start to develop a map, much like the security services and telephones - except you have a bit more than metadata.

Now, with libra it may be possible to sell a list of joes to the jinjings

I am not sure whether to be horrified or buy Facebook shares.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A trusty workhorse that means business but it's not without a few flaws

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X220 forever

I still have an X220 as that was the last one that had a _proper_ keyboard.

Very few people care that this thing is 2cm thick or whatever rather than 4cm thick.

chicklet is fine for entering the name of your favourite cat video, but if you want sustained use you want a proper keyboard

most of the target market for this will use the keyboard a lot.

(the new work laptop since April is a dell and ... I am still using the 8yo X220)

Truckers, prepare to lose your jobs as UPS buys into self-driving tech

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Re: Techno Fools Gold


needs buries guide wires - but is GPS enabled



This one does not need a guide wire

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Re: Delivery drivers do more than just drive

I was looking for a reason to post this link


"A woman said she was left amazed by an "extra special" Amazon delivery after a box of LED bulbs was apparently thrown through an open upstairs window."

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Someone should have said "xaiomi the evidence"

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Why did the WSJ think they would get huawei with such reporting?

Donald Trump blinks in his one-man trade war with China: US govt stalls import tariff hike on Chinese phones, laptops, electronics

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Re: Toys R Us

I think you would find that the _shelves_ were made in china.

Top 5 greatest anime crossovers: Samsung deploys Microsoft at Note 10 hootenanny

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Fingerprint reader

does the fingerprint reader work if you have a screen protector?

I have a tempered glass one on my note 8 - and it is the second one - and I will need to replace it soon.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

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Land of the free

The left pondians do seem to like their positive freedoms a lot.

- free to speak

- free to shoot

- free to drive

- free to be shot

They seem to be less worried about some negative freedoms

- free to not be shot

- freedom from illness - free healthcare

I would not criticise them, all cultures are a complex balance of freedom-to and freedom-from.

But when their leaders tell us 'this is terrible, it must stop' (*)

and then pass by on the other side of the road and do nothing, I get more than a whiff of false virtue

(* No, not particularly pointed at Trump, at all people over there in power who said ... it must stop ... and did nothing )

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Passwords with long lives

... in my experience, some database passwords have not been changed since the mid 90s

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September

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The market for folding phones..

- Certainly in Asia (Korea / China / Japan etc) people have a phone and quite often no other device

- Young people who want share content irl

- people who want to be able to read that **** website who do not has 20/20 vision

Indeed massive.

They are not really selling to westerners age 20-45 who have a panoply of kit (probably a lot of el reg's audience)

no, I wont be getting one either - in my case because it needs 2 hands to use.

and i want to see someone else use it for a while.

'We've done it, we've wasted further time!' Judge raps HP over Mike Lynch court scrutiny

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Step 1

I think Rabinowitz's strategy is to try to establish that Lynch did read - and so know - things he has said earlier he did not know.

(Rabinowitz hopes to prove that Lynch knew Autonomy was fraudulently bulking out its revenues to make itself look like a tempting takeover target.)

Step 2

Building on that he can then say that he has had a controlling hand and influence over other things

(Rabinowitz hopes to prove that Lynch influenced or controlled the bulking out of revenues at autonomy)

Step 3

Then he can claim that Lynch committed fraud

... Looks like he is stuck on step 1

How does UK.gov fsck up IT projects? Let us count the ways

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Re: CoD

Managing projects through the medium of a team based FPS.

Like your style.

Literally rings our bell: Scottish eggheads snap quantum entanglement for the first time

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I need to think about that.

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Isnt that an abbreviated bad haircut?

Accounts whistleblower blackmailed Autonomy for a payoff, Mike Lynch tells High Court

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No one is innocent - or guilty

HP clearly paid too much for Autonomy

HP clearly did not do appropriate DD for a $12 bn aquisition

The HP environment was clearly not a good fit for autonomy

Autonomy flattered it's accounts - but at the time, a lot of people were doing that and it was not necessarily illegal at the time

I do see a lot of mud being flung, but I see no dirty deals done (yet) and do not expect a perry mason moment.

I think the judge will decide both sides are awful and he should get his life back.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

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Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

"Computer-driven cars only have to be shown to be at least as safe as human drivers to be successful."


They have to be _much_ safer than human drivers


Regulators have to decide who is to blame when the car does kill someone.

If Tesla sell FSD as true self driving, well, it is not the passengers, is it?

Who goes to prison for mowing down that child on a bike?

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid

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Re: Did she learn nothing?

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - Margate Fhtagn


It's official. You can get FUCT, US Supremes tell scandalized bureaucrats in rude trademark spat

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dont get his ancestors started on the waltz...

HP CFO Cathie Lesjak didn't even read KPMG's Autonomy due diligence before $11bn biz gobble

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This is just nuts:

Page 9

- Management estimates the underlying organic growth to be about 15% to 17%

-Target has maintained a consistent gross margin since 2009. Target expects the gross margin to decline slightly in the future with the growth in the hosting business

-Free cash flow after interest and tax is estimated to be slightly more than $200 million in 2011.

Page 14

-Target’s organic growth rate has declined in both its core business and overall business

- Target includes the results of its acquisitions in its organic growth calculation immediately after acquisition.

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- Target has $193 million of deferred revenue at June 30, 2011. The balance at closing is estimated to be a similar amount.

- Management did not provide detailed information to support the fair value estimate. As such, we have based the calculation on aggregate data and market comparables.

The hosting offer was growing but so was the capex to support the hosting.



- it is a profitable company

- growing about 17%pa and possibly slowing

- gross margins likely to fall

- red flags over acquisitions (not exceptional at the time tbf)

- red flags over deferred revenue (not exceptional at the time tbf)

as to the value...

I am not sure what an appropriate valuation metric would be but back in '11 the price - fcf ratios were

microsoft 3

apple 4

ibm 5

opentext 6-7 (competitor at the time)

unilever 8


12,000m / 200m = 60 - clearly nuts

To me it seems HP management thought they knew something the world did not and paid $12bn for a ~$1-2bn co

- and later on it turned out they did not, and that made them sad.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though

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Re: Nice write up! Excellent fact checking!

The laws of supply and demand also apply in the digital economy. Tripling the supply of domain names should reduce the value of any single domain to almost zero due to oversupply.

Not true.

The value of $a_very_long_name_that_is_not_very_memorable_or_relatable_to_a_commercial_or_other_entity.uk

will indeed -> cost of provision



will -> lots

not quite a veblen good, but sort of.

When two tribes go to war... Intel, AMD tease new chips at Computex: Your spin-free summary

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Re: Definitely of Interest

One more than eleven?

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet

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Manning was pardoned.

Then a grand jury was constituted. Then she was jailed for refusing to testify. Then that jury ceased. Then she was released for a few days.

Then a grand jury was constituted. Then she was jailed for refusing to testify.

This is the nature of asymmetric 'justice' (well, it isnt really justice is it)

$ millions spent on prosecuting Assange / Manning

$0 on even investigating the things she leaked.

I used to think spending £191m on the Saville / Bloody sunday enquiry was wasted, but now I see it as a tribute to the quality of justice in the UK. Might not have made the republicans / army etc happy, but at least they had a good look at ourselves.

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Hopefully there is enough 'cruel and unusual' in the US's treatment of Chelsea Manning - effectively imprisioning her until she agrees to testify against assange that the judges will stop extradition without this having to go to a politician.

No prospect of fair trial etc.

Land of the free...

... yuh.

I can't say Mike Lynch knew about Autonomy dodginess, star witness tells High Court

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Re: Oh dear

I think the problem is that for a very long time, the American legal system has been stating that it is the American "justice" system.

There is a lot of evidence that this is not so but it is usually about poor people.

We are seeing the latest piece of data now because the defendant is v.v. rich - and white.

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router

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Realistic pics below headline pls

From the Article, the security researcher was a woman.

The photo is of a bloke pointing and a woman going 'oooh'

Would not normally point this out but it just feels not quite right in the context.

Now you can officially dox Scrabble players, thanks to the new dictionary definitions

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We add rules in our family

a) dad is allowed to look up words on his turn

b) everyone else cannot look up at all and needs to know what their words mean

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant

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Re: Quite right too.


A grayling always evaluates to 0

as in 0 trains

or 0 ferries

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Re: Quite right too.

With brexit costing us 1.3bn a week...

...Readers should be told that you are within +/- 1 Dianne Abbot of the correct value

Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?



Microsoft debuts Bosque – a new programming language with no loops, inspired by TypeScript

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Re: Ah, the loop

I think it uses a combination of

- a counter

- an if

- a goto

yes, it is gotos all the way down.

Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force

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Re: I predict this will last

... Is that not the publicly available list of expenses our MPs have claimed for?

and has someone not been caught already?

IBM bid to unmask age discrimination whistleblower goes down in flames

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They do not age

But they have a rather odd team portrait somewhere in the file storage.

French internet cops issue terrorist takedown for… Grateful Dead recordings?

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Re: extinguishing four candles

... fork handles ?

I suppose you need to dispose of the bodies somehow.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Re: Don't travel to the US.

well, the helicopter was invented by leonardo...

Gartner squints into its crystal ball: A pholdable phuture is very far away

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Reminds me of 3d tv

That was the future once.

When I can walk around the back of the screen and see the back of the actors heads, i _might_ start thinking about getting one.

I have a note 8 (about all the large flagships are +/- 1cm on height / width) and it just fits in a pocket.

I can take it out of my pocket, unlock and activate using the fingerprint with right hand and then start using it.

No need for 2 hands

With a folding phone you probably need 2 hands to unfold and once unfolded it will invite a different mode of use - more like an ipad.

but I am an old fogey and am reminded that many people in asia and young people just have a phone - no laptop or tablet and so I do think the use will grow dramatically over the next few years - much more than 5% of flagships.

Capita: B is for Brexit, C is for cutting costs. Stock exchange: Yay! You guys are awesome

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Want to get rid of outsourcers?

... stop changing things.

If things do not change, at some point the processes / tools get pretty much optimised(*1).

At that point you (or the govt) can take many(*2) of these outsourced areas in-house - cutting out the cost of their profits and management

(*1) curse my spell check for suggesting a z.

(*2) there are limits - if you only need half a cleaner, you will carry on outsourcing.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Reverse Penny-Pinching

Based in Bristol.

Between 2006-09 I did a lot of work for clients in london

We had to book the cheapest train ticket.

Quite a lot of the time (well, ok, about 30%), a first class ticket was the cheapest option on thetrainline.

free tea and biccys all round! (there is no cuppa tea icon)

(I drive now but saw this effect dry up after 2012)

IR35 contractor tax reforms crawl closer to UK private sector with second consultation

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Re: Statistical Accuracy

Your powers of telepathy seem to have found the wrong person. I abhor all politicians:

- who stand up and pretend they have some knowledge of an issue, but are really just making things up

- who preach one thing and then do the opposite

- who think that because they are public figures they should be trusted and not questioned

- who do not answer the ******* question in an interview

Diane scores 4 billion / 4 on that

in the interests of balance,

Rees-Moogg and BJ score 4/4 as well

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Statistical Accuracy

i am sure you are within a Diane Abbot of the correct value

We're not throttling you, says Vodafone, claiming slow vid streaming is down to the 'cards'

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Elegant Solution

One example of an elegant solution to bandwidth issues caused by millions watching live tv over the internet

... would be to turn the TV on - if they have one.

The trouble is that I suspect most people do not actually watch live TV live - they willl pause it to write a text (if you are over 30) or a snapbook post (if under) etc and also rewind to the good bits.

The definition of 'live' is more like 'what I am seeing'- a 'smear' of time

Actually I propose a 'smear' of time as a new el reg measurement unit

On audio

1 audio smear = the lag between live FM radio and the same radio over a broadband connection


1 video smear = the lag between live TV and the same TV over a broadband connection

Queue comments on 'how many smears before you need to wipe'

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

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Re: Yeah I can see it

... they called it NT4 for a reason.

Court sees Morissette Meter flip out as Oracle assumes anti-arbitration stance in pay dispute

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the song "Ironic", which lists a series of unfortunate events, none of which are ironic.

.. perhaps that is why it is ironic?

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Re: Sites need revenue

popbitch goes on about something called an agate wallet

I do not have one.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: @Politicians: Blockchain = public audit trail

well, that depends on who controls the blockchain...

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Re: I've yet to hear of an actual, real application of blockchain


or you could print out the contract twice, both of you sign it and keep them in different fireproof safes.

or a drawer

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Sauce Goose Gander

I look forwards to the proposed monitoring software being used through the course of the deliberative process / public hearings.

A taxpayer can use it to monitor the work rate / value add of the members of the panel.

It may well return a value of 0