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Comment: Re:Firrrst post the noo (Score 1) 286

by dintech (#46376149) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
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.

Comment: Re:Firrrst post the noo (Score 0) 286

by dintech (#46375813) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
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
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.

Comment: Re:Firrrst post the noo (Score 1) 286

by dintech (#46375749) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
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.

Comment: Re:Firrrst post the noo (Score 1, Troll) 286

by dintech (#46374927) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
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.

+ - HSBC tech executive fears jail time for cloud data breaches-> 1

Submitted by TinTops
TinTops (2954063) writes "The head of HSBC's technology services arm fears that the financial services industry is being stifled by out-dated laws in the handling of data. He believes that IT execs — who outsource their data to cloud providers which are subsequently compromised — could face jail time despite not being directly responsible for the loss.

Barry Childe said at Cloud Expo Europe: “Right now a financial services IT professional is at risk if he outsources a service elsewhere and a leak happens. There is a risk that he would potentially go to prison. There’s no get out of jail free card because he used a third party.""

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+ - Why Improbable Things Really Aren't ->

Submitted by sixoh1
sixoh1 (996418) writes "Scientific American has an excellent summary of a new book "The Improbabilty Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day" by David J. Hand. The summary offers a quick way to relate statistical math (something that's really hard to intuit) to our daily experiences with unlikely events. The simple equations here make it easier to understand that improbable things really are not so improbable, which Hand call the "Improbability Principle":

How can a huge number of opportunities occur without people realizing they are there? The law of combinations, a related strand of the Improbability Principle, points the way. It says: the number of combinations of interacting elements increases exponentially with the number of elements. The “birthday problem” is a well-known example.

Now if only we could harness this to make an infinite improbability drive!"
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+ - The JavaScript juggernaut rolls on->

Submitted by JThaddeus
JThaddeus (531998) writes "An article in TechWorld Australia summarizes the latest opinions on JavaScript from ThoughtWorks: "There is no end in sight to the rise of JavaScript... 'I think JavaScript has been seen as a serious language for the last two or three years; I think now increasingly we’re seeing JavaScript as a platform,' said Sam Newman, ThoughtWorks’ Global Innovation Lead." The article touches on new additions to JavaScript tools, techniques, and languages built on Javascript. As the fuller report (PDF) says, "The ecosystem around JavaScript as a serious application platform continues to evolve. Many interesting new tools for testing, building, and managing dependencies in both server- and client-side JavaScript applications have emerged recently.""
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Comment: Re:Thinkpad line (Score 5, Insightful) 160

by dintech (#46045595) Attached to: Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion
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.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis