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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

David Neil

Re: And another..

DWP have offices there as well as HMRC

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

David Neil

Re: Hmm....

O365 subscriptions now come with what MS are terming "unlimited" cloud, not even 1Tb as the ad says.

Essentially you're getting the kit for free.

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

David Neil

Re: 5th time warning or else

Average GDP increase is only 1.1%, lower than both Britain and the US, placing it 156th out of 166 countries.

The population is forecast to decline by 17 million over the next 30 years. A third of the population will be over retiring-age. The current reproduction rate is only about 1.4 when at least 2.1 is the replacement rate, add in the cutting of retirement age and it's hard to see how they will balance the books.

In 15 years’ time Germany is likely to have more than 6 million fewer workers – even fewer if immigration falls below the current average annual rate of 200,000.

The education system is deteriorating. There are far fewer young graduates than in Britain (29% against 45%). Whereas the UK has 3 universities in the world top-five, Germany’s highest is a miserable 49th.

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Wetsuits, sunshine, bikini babes and a competitive streak: Epyx California Games

David Neil

Cliff Diving?

What was the California Games type game that had cliff diving as an event?

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

David Neil

Re: Physical Acces Control Systems are affected too

Vaguely similar issue when my youngest son was in intensive care after he was born. Buzzer system to get onto the ward, with a keypad next to the door for staff - a quick look told you that the number 5 was worn down and a quick count of the number of times pressed got you onto the ward quicker than waiting for some passing staff member to answer the buzzer.

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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

David Neil

Re: Remember when /b/ was good?

/b/ was never good

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O2, Tesco Mobile go titsup for 220,000+ Brits in 13-HOUR 3G cockup

David Neil

Got a mate on Tesco mobile

Could make outgoing calls, got nothing back in, inc. texts.

Awkward as he was trying to arrange his Mums funeral at the time and wondering why no-one was callng back

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Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

David Neil

Re: and FTI Consulting

Would you undertake thousands of pounds worth or work with no guarentee you'd get paid?

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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

David Neil

Re: Isn't it usual in the UK that...

No, struck off means you cannot practice anywhere in the UK, public or private

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

David Neil

Re: Ledswinger

Her name is Fanny, the headline is a play on her name, which 'titter' also happens to be a slang term for a front/back lady parts depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on.

Perhaps you should stop being offended on other peoples behalf you try hard dullard

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UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

David Neil

Re: snigger

Sorry, but there are, and have always been, exceptions for national security.

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

David Neil

Re: Article title

And how exactly do you libel the dead?

Take your time

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Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

David Neil

Re: Virgin

Why should they?

They built that network with no public subsidy, that is equivalent to say you should be forced to give me a lift if you go past my work.

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RBS Mainframe Meltdown: A year on, the fallout is still coming

David Neil

Re: Outsourcing

Bang on, they also assume that all of those little nuances of the systems can be captured in documentation - they can't be as things will change slight;y from change to change so you end up with a monster list of exceptions which say do x, unless it's y in which case do z unless b is....

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

David Neil

Pole Dancer <> Sex worker

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

David Neil

Not surprising

The culture at the BBC was always one insulated from the reality that they are spending our money.

Council jobs for the middle classes

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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

David Neil

Re: @ MrXavia

Or they need to cut housing benefit so we stop using tax payers money to let people who got buy-to-let mortgages making money off the rest of us

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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

David Neil
Facepalm

Not very bright are they

Surely if it's offline it's offline and the laces will still be there when it comes online?

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

David Neil

Pretty much

All the inward investment funds are doing is paying bribes to companies in the hope they can recoup more in taxes

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

David Neil

Re: Debt after death

They became legally recoverable under the Gambling Act 2005, with the relevant provision enacted on 1 Sept 2007

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

David Neil

Hodge

From November last year

Hodge claimed in a grilling by Michael Crick earlier this month that “I am a tiny, tiny, tiny shareholder”. Her direct shareholding is 1.26% which, given that Stemcor paid out £4,519,000 in dividends last year, means she received some £56,939. That shareholding alone is worth £1.8 million. Hardly a tiny amount.

What’s more Stemcor confirmed yesterday that this figure “excludes shares held in trust or in her children’s names”. The company share register shows that Hodge holds several million pounds worth of shareholdings in trusts, including for members of her family. As Polly Toynbee helpfully explains, this is a clever way of minimising future inheritance tax liability:

“The big sell is trusts, special ones devised for this company’s clients, guaranteed to protect almost all your wealth from inheritance tax. They are right, it can be done easily. Put all moveables and all cash and investments into a discretionary trust, and it passes to your heirs without tax as soon as you die, not even waiting for probate. It counts as a gift so the beneficiaries need pay no tax either.”

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

David Neil

Re: He'll probably/hopefully get sued

And again, the same fella has used a credit card nicked at the same time to sign up to the porn site. I think that's called bang to rights, so get off your moralising high horse

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David Neil

Re: Taking Bets

I'll take that bet, given he's used a credit card stolen at the same time to get his wank on

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

David Neil

Re: How to LIE witih selective STATISTICS

You do know there are 1.2 Billion people in India, with the largest growth in Millionaires outside China.

Ten years from now, they will be far better placed than us in terms of market value

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Rubbish IT means DEATH for UK Border Agency, announces May

David Neil

Re: Ok here we go again

1) Who mentioned the NHS?

2) Whats wrong with having targets for patient treatment?

3) If the NHS is so good why did 1200 people die and no-one said a word till years later?

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ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

David Neil
Gimp

Re: Not nearly enough

Bonus points for all 3 at the same time?

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CCTV hack takes casino for $33 MILLION in poker losses

David Neil

Re: Puzzled

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_counting

supports my recollection of being told that U.S. casinos bar people who seem to be winning by remembering the order of cards. They may be actually counting cards, or doing something else. Either way, apparently it cuts into casino profit."

Card counting is more useful in Blackjack and in that game you are playing the house - in Poker you are playing other people on your side of the table, the house takes a fixed cut of turnover

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WE CAN still be BETTER than Germany on broadband, says Ofcom

David Neil

Any chance

You could re-write that without the party political point scoring?

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Lynch and his Autonomy inner circle depict selves as crime kingpins

David Neil

Cringeworthy

At what point does a person sit down and think, this is a good use of my companies money?

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Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

David Neil

Re: Dear Customer

You should only be charged an exit fee if you are within the original contract terms, which also introduces a cap on how much they can bump the bill by without allowing you to walk without penalty

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

David Neil

Re: Hmm...

Or he can't get a move and look after himself in short order.

There is no glory is hanging around, the perception rightly or wrongly, will be that the good guys saw the signs and legged it.

Been there, done that

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

David Neil

Re: WTF is it with Brits and Open Plan?

You should try working in an open plan office with several L1 support desks right behind you.

I can hear every sniff, snuffle, fart and cringworthy piece of bad advice.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

David Neil

They won't de-dupe the whole file

Split each file into 4k blocks say - even after encryption your going to hit some duplicates

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

David Neil
Mushroom

GET TAE F#CK YOU BUNCH OF AUTHORITARIAN TWATS

That is all

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Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

David Neil

Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain

Sounds like he was doing the job he is paid to do - defend his company against any perceived competition and deliver maximum value to his shareholders.

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Nokia lets Lumia 820 owners 3D print their own case

David Neil
Meh

Re: @Obviously!

I wouldn't trust any phone with my online banking.

3/10 for making me reply to the troll

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India gets paranoid about foreign tech

David Neil

Re: Half the country's populace lives in abject poverty...

I tend to favour the "So, are you single?" approach - you get a much better level of swearing

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

David Neil

Re: How does the metaphor hold up...

Mega isn't selling the product, they are selling the storage space - the metaphor here seems to have got out of hand and ended up talking talking about something other than the proposition at hand.

The guy is selling the equivalent of a safety deposit box, the bank doesn't know whats in it, it just provides the box and gives you a key

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David Neil

Spot on

It's not a supermarket, it's closer to a bonded warehouse

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David Neil

Re: 50GB dropbox?

Some of us got it with an HP touchpad in the firesale :o)

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

David Neil

Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server

Dirty tricks, pretty much par for the course in any modern business, doesn't mean we should like it, but it's a fact of life like taxes.

In terms of poor quality software, the article is attempting to show examples of how Microsoft are addressing this, perhaps you could give examples of where it still falls short rather than generalities?

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'Holey code, Batman!' Microsoft to patch 12 vulns on Tuesday

David Neil

Re: help

Yeah, if you can remember the name, some of us tend to click the icon.

Yes, I should know better

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

David Neil

Re: @PhilipN: What Dylan thinks

It might be selling for $1000 a copy, but it'll appear on a torrent site soon enough

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'Shake to charge', similar crapps foul up Amazon Android store

David Neil
Trollface

App stores

How many fart apps does a mobile phone need?

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

David Neil

Bang on

Last time I had to brave the Job Centre they were determined to make me apply for a access development job in Devon - I live in West Central Scotland with a career in ITIL and support

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

David Neil
Thumb Up

Re: Just let it die already.

Yet again another success for Dave's law "Blokes will do anything if they think they might get their hole"

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What did Capita ITS staff get for Xmas? Elf 'n' safety training

David Neil
Trollface

Re: News?

Well given this is a large company who have been trying to offload staff, with some dubious practices, who have now demanded staff complete mandatory training in the next week and a half (allowing for public holidays), I'd say it falls in the sites remit.

Of course you may not see it this way and good luck to you as you try and reduce your headcount

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UN telecoms talks FOUNDER as US, UK, Canada and Aussies quit

David Neil
Gimp

Re: Further marks down

And Danni Minogue in that Summer Bay uniform

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK

David Neil

Re: It's over?

Can we please stop with the alien hunting line? He defaced systems he got into and deleted log files, and admitted to doing so.

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David Neil

Re: Child's Play

So if I have a shitty lock on my front door it's ok if someone comes in and spray paints on the walls?

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