* Posts by SundogUK

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DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: What a shit hole

It's not. Population density seems to be a bigger factor.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Re: you may laugh

If Trump said 'cancer is bad' you'd start supporting it...

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Re: you may laugh

The BBC's 'fact check' unit tried to answer this one and could only say that it hadn't been proven. The fact is that biological research institutions have accidentally released stuff in to the wild in the past and speculating that this may have happened here is entirely reasonable. Not necessarily true but reasonable.

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Re: Mr Trump getting re-elected come November

"...driven soley by a political calculus." And even if true, this is different to every Democrat politician ever in what way exactly?

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Re: Fools

Obama killed more people than Trump ever will.

Australia to make Google and Facebook disclose ranking algorithms and pay for local content

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Re: Fishing

I despise Google and everything they stand for but if Australia try to regulate them, it will have the same result as in Spain and France. Unless the US acts, nothing is going to happen and the US is not going to act.

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Re: Fishing

Google will do exactly that.

It will come as no surprise, to anybody that has followed my posts, that I am generally in favour of the Australian Liberal party but this is stupidity squared.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Re: I like what I read in this article

China lied.

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Re: Titanic thinking

That's not necessarily true if the opportunity cost of having those hospitals means money cannot be spent on cures for other illnesses. The trick is to work out where best to spend the money to safeguard the largest number of lives possible. People have been working on this problem for centuries and it is not easy.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Double ejection

France's excellent health care service is actually less socialised than the UK's. Everyone pays for health insurance and this will cover most things. It's only if treatments are extortionate that the state steps in.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: Citation?

Not really, no. We have no idea how many people have actually been infected, so this is, at best, a guess.

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge

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Re: Please, no more.....

In twenty years I have never met anyone working in IT who 'fears' change. I am seeing a lot of new entrants who go 'Ooh! Shiny!' whenever something new comes along, regardless of whether it completely wrecks our businesses work processes.

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'

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Re: Penny for a cup of tea, guv?

A propaganda film made by a socialist. Obviously an accurate description of how the world works.

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Re: Penny for a cup of tea, guv?

If you pay the Danegeld...

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Re: Some people lie, some people cheat, ...

Human beings ability to trust others developed when dealing with a small number of people - the tribe or the village. The idea that this can be expanded to a vast number of people you have never met is delusional. There is no 'techno-fix' and never will be.

All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

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"Women are still struggling to get a foothold in the IT industry" implies that woman are trying and failing. The 'evidence' you show does not seem to support that - it simply shows that fewer woman than men are entering the industry. What if woman are simply more sensible and want nothing to do with IT?

Facebook, distributor of deceptive political ads, sues registrar Namecheap over deceptive domain names

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Re: Only in England the source of the Skripal fantasy would this title fly

So, a couple of NGO's dedicated to state-funded healthcare find that state-funded healthcare is best. What a fucking surprise.

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Re: Only in England the source of the Skripal fantasy would this title fly

Every political advert in the entire history of the known universe has been deceptive, so he has a point.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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Re: We need more tax...

"we all should pay more tax"

You can pay more whenever you like, just send a check to HMRC. I think we should all pay less and stop wasting money on bullshit. <cough> HS2 </cough>

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Re: HMRC : Singlehanded incompetent.

"The build them in such a way that gets around loopholes in the system." - close the loopholes or shut up.

"Don't dare mention how they drive their workers." - go work somewhere else or shut up.

"Tales of not being able to take a toilet break are rife." - go work somewhere else or shut up.

"Their Health and Safety record is also abysmal." - Have they been prosecuted for this?

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

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Re: So that is what they meant by taking back control!

Meh. Google does not and never has had any control of my privacy.

Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires

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Re: Wow

Explain why it shouldn't be.

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Re: A rich man...

"...every real, actual climate scientist on the planet agrees that the science is settled."

Science is never settled. It's part of the definition of science.

Oracle staff say Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump is against 'company ethics' – Oracle, ethics... what dimension have we fallen into?

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They are specifically asking for him to be sacked for violating the Oracle code of conduct, so no, not the same thing.

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Re: God we're dumb

It was McCarthy and he has been proved correct.

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Re: I know I will be downvoted but....

"In 4 years, the US will be pulling ahead of China on environment pollution output."

No they won't. The US is reducing it's carbon footprint faster than any other nation on earth.

"If enemies of your country invade and overthrow your government, I'm pretty sure Trump will sit on his fat ass..."

And? Why is it Americas problem if other countries invade each other?

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Re: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter all have conduct codes

I want some of what you're smoking.

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No he isn't.

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Re: Hey, I don't like Trump...

They are asking for him to be fired if he doesn't conform. Not the same thing.

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Re: Did they change the meaning of an acronym again?

No, just not very smart.

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Re: You have (the right) to remain silent

I'm pretty certain interfering in an employees politics would be actionable.

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Re: You have (the right) to remain silent

You appear to be completely missing the point. Oracle employees have absolutely no right to determine what Ellison says and Ellison is free to say what he likes and support who he likes, as long as he isn't breaking any very specific legal exceptions (shouting fire in a crowded theater etc...) Nobody is obliged to listen to him of course.

Sketchy behavior? Wacom tablet drivers phone home with names, times of every app opened on your computer

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If they want that information they can bloody well ask for it up front.

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

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Re: So why are you so undemocratic?

"I wish for a better off person to want to help a poorer person."

That's not how Homo Sapiens works.

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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Re: Bankers

"It's not free banking, when your interest on positive balances is less than the money the banks are making on lending that out."

You don't actually understand how banks work, do you?

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"It will only take one company, probably one of the smaller ones to be forced in to raising roaming charges, for every other company to follow."

As soon as a company does that they will lose all their customers and go bankrupt. I can't see many others thinking that's a good idea.

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Re: Hmmm.

The free market was working fine until the government stuck it's oar in and demanded that unauthorized overdrafts paid the same interest as authorized ones. Inevitably, the banks increased overdraft interest rates.

El Reg tries – and fails – to get its talons on a Brexit tea towel

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Re: A perfect demonstration of eccentric British understatement

By the time we have died off the EU won't exist anymore anyway.

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...

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"They are more butt hurt because China is able to have the relationship with Iran that the Americans dream of."

"That the Americans dream of."

Seriously?

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Re: Conservatism

People like you are why Boris won.

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport

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Re: You gotta shoot...

I have toured the brewery at České Budějovice. If you like the stuff they export, you have to try what they keep for themselves...

US hands UK 'dossier' on Huawei: Really! Still using their kit? That's just... one... step... beyond

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Re: Hello. Has THE USA PATRIOT Act been cancelled?

The US is an ally; China is not.

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"Trump's sheer malevolence"

You are delusional. Compared to China (forced organ removal, the treatment of the Uyghurs, the situation in Hong Kong) Trump and the US are angels.

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Re: It's cute

And the Chinese do? That is extraordinarily naive.

Pomp and ceremony: When the US Secretary of State meets Oracle overlord Larry

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Re: Debatable

If the US "assassinated" Soleimani then Iran has been "assassinating" people all over the middle east for @ 3 decades.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Re: Don't need to SJW for me

SJW's don't want to be nice, they want to be in control.

$13m+ Swiss Army Knife of blenders biz collapses to fury of 20,000 unfulfilled punters

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Re: 25% Tariff

Yes, the fools keep voting for socialists who bribe them with other peoples money.

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Re: Book projects generally work out

This. Google for Charlie Stross on it...

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

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Re: And All Who Sail In Her

https://archive.org/stream/Galaxy_v21n06_1963-08#page/n15/mode/1up

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Re: How about politicians make simpler tax codes / laws?

"The proposed French tax will be paid by the seller - not by the buyer. It's very different."

The proposed French tax will be paid by the buyer, when prices are raised to cover the tax. This is what always happens and always will.

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