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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dintech Re:Backfire (105 comments)

My favourite cab app at the moment is Kabbee. You enter your start and end points and a handful of taxi companies give you automated quotes. In terms of price: Black Cab > Addison Lee > Uber > Kabbee.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

dintech Nuh-uh! (125 comments)

2) The fuckups...They're better suited for desktop support roles or development.

Oh no you don't! Don't send those fuckups over here to development either.

about 4 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

According to the Financial Times

If [an Independent Scotland's] geographic share of UK oil and gas output is taken into account, Scotland’s GDP per head is bigger than that of France. Even excluding the North Sea’s hydrocarbon bounty, per capita GDP is higher than that of Italy.

So your saying a western European economy of this size would not have been part of the EU when countries like Slovenia, Latvia, Malta are welcome? That's delusional.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

And to all you Americans, the 4th of July is something we Scots would like to celebrate with you. We think having our own political system is important too.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

As for english opinion on independence, you don't get a say because that is not how it works globally. Read the news and educate yourself chappy.

As for Labour government, you would have voted for it all by yourself
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I'm Scottish but have lived in London and have done for 10 years so I can't vote either. I think the only way you will see sensible change in England is when an independent Scotland performs much better. Or maybe the McCrone Report is too scary.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Why don't you read your own fucking national news you total waste of space. The english don't get a say because it is not the global norm for the non-separating part to get a say. Use some common sense.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Who was it that had to bail out the British banks RBOS and HBOS? That's kind of a silly question, the British government of course. You can't decide something is British in the good times, absorbing corporation tax, national insurance, PAYE and % of bonuses in the good times then deciding it's Scottish in the bad because you feel like it. This isn't Andy Murray we're talking about. As far as bank bailouts go, could an independent Scotland's banks have avoided collapse during the economic crisis? The experts think yes. Then remember that the US Fed bailed out Barclays to the tune of £552Bn, much less that UK contributions to RBOS and HBOS, themselves large chunks of which are actually English banks of which the investment banking arms based in London. In Europe, considering an independent Scotland may have been in the Eurozone at that time, bailouts were across country boundaries so other avenues. Then again, who's to say Scotland wouldn't have had regulation to prevent the kind of excess we saw in London where the distressed investment banking arm of RBOS is based? That's without even considering a long term oil fund.

Before we joke more about Gordon Brown, remember that the English voted for him. Even if Scotland wasn't in the UK, the outcome of the general elections in the rest of the UK would have been the same. In other words, the rest of UK voted wanted Blair (and Brown by extension), Thatcher etc. It's not something the Scottish force on the rest. The same is not true in reverse. The Scots never vote Tory.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

dintech Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Although probably economically beneficial to Scotland, most people want independence for moral reasons. Successive Tory governments have been absolutely ruthless of stripping Scotland of it's assets while maintaining that it is a burden. Economic and social policy benefits mainly only London and the south east but negative decisions about war and other foreign policy affect us all equally. It's time for a change in Scotland.

about 6 months ago
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HSBC tech executive fears jail time for cloud data breaches

dintech They are responsible (1 comments)

If you outsource your data knowing fully that it could be compromised, then you are responsible for the decision and the result. If you try to do something on the cheap with legally sensitive information, that is a risky decision for which you need to understand the consequences.

about 6 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

dintech Re:Thinkpad line (160 comments)

A public consumer buying a laptop is one thing, but I can imagine certain blue chip institutions (banks for example) will be slightly less interested in buying servers from Lenovo as opposed to HP. I have some IBM servers on order right now and there isn't usually a lot in it when deciding whether HP or IBM is better for my use case. If it was Lenovo or HP, that decision would probably only go HPs way.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

dintech Re:Discount for keeping old phone might change thi (511 comments)

Getting close to half that with my iphone 4S. I doubt I'll need to change over the next year and a half at least so that only short by 1 year on that.

about 8 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

dintech Re:Enough already (489 comments)

You are arguing against a valid point and I'd like to know why. We are forever brainwashed with what makes any minority group of your choice special, protected and in need of expanding. If anyone tries to defend the rights of white males in such a way it's automatically treated as patriarchy or racism. Why the bigotry? What are you going to do when white men are the most oppressed group? It's already starting.

about 8 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

dintech Re:So what? (489 comments)

Don't be a deliberate fucking moron. If there are more women in tech then there are less men. And speaking of prison sentences, for the same crime, who does more time? A white woman or a white man? Fuck off with your retarded gender bias.

about 8 months ago
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After 15 years, community favourite Winamp is no more.

dintech Alternatives? (1 comments)

I would love to know what other options there are out there. I still use winamp and will keep it installed in its current form but would love to try some alternatives. The winamp highlights for me were:

1) Simple and quick interface on the legacy skin. I like the playlist in particular.
2) Can play old music files from the demo scene is pretty cool, even if it's support wasn't prefect (.mod, .xm, .s3m, .it).
3) Handy disk writer for quick batch converstions to .wav
4) Fast, it used to be one of the best free options for browsing audio samples on windows.
5) A huge array of plugins, most useful to me was the VST adapter that allow me to add professional audio scope visualisation for professional audio.

There have been several detractions:

1) Awful, awful bloatware and bundled crap. (No I don't want 50Mb of crap mp3s, I have my own crap...)
2) The modern skins were historically slower.
3) One of the worst EQs I have ever heard.
4) You had to mess turn off the fade in/out settings and fix the audio buffers to prevent missing bits at the beginning or end of short audio samples
5) Not so good for video, but now I'm just splitting hairs.

about 9 months ago

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Next Generation Xbox and Playstation Consoles Will Have Optical Drives

dintech dintech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dintech (998802) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that while Sony conisidered online only content distribution for its next generation Playstation, the manufacturer has decided that the new console will include an optical drive after all. Microsoft is also planning to include an optical disk drive in the successor to its Xbox 360 console as the software company had concerns about access to Internet bandwidth."
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Hacker McKinnon Losses Final US Extradition Appeal

dintech dintech writes  |  about 6 years ago

dintech (998802) writes "The BBC is reporting that the London, UK based hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his last chance extradition appeal at the European Court of Human Rights. McKinnon will now be extradited to the US within the next two weeks on charges relating to accessing 97 US military and NASA computers."

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