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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

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Re: trust me, I'm a healthcare professional

Surely the point about an organ donor card is that it represents what you want to have done with some or all of the body that you leave behind. While I carry a card, I for example have excluded some organs - it's a personal choice.

While I can understand the need to be sensitive with next of kin, they won't own the body when I die - it's not as if I've left it to them in my will....

Perhaps it helps being married to someone with a similar mindset - it means we've discussed it in advance of any such eventuality - and that's probably the real key aspect.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: British Isles?

@wolfetone - Last time I checked, it was not correct to use the term "The Republic of Ireland" to refer to the 26 county state. The name of the state that is fecked up governed from Dublin is just Ireland; a name that is now accepted by the government of The United Knigdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It's a bit of reciprocal arrangement where they each agreed to call the other by their chosen names.

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Fever pitch as Dublin tar drop fall captured by webcam

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Trollface

Re: As pointless as a lib dem manifesto

Oh! I know I shouldn't feed the troll...

But...

It's as dynamic as a set of Labour policies....

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Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps

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FAIL

Re: the tax man cometh.

Were you asleep/away for the Starbucks bit....

Tax is paid on profit - not income and when the likes of Starbucks spend several millions to "Licence the use of marketing materials" (i.e use the logo) then the profit is erroded - legally if somewhat imorally.

I call fake on this - lovely idea which will not be implmented this side of several general elections.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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@AC 13:52pm

Before 6.x, most companies I've worked in had to resort to far too regular use of dsrepair.

In which case, they were doing it wrong. DSREPAIR became something akin to the modern antibiotic. Regardless of the disease, regardless of how it should be treated, chuck them into the mix - after all what harm can they do.

Want to make a Novell Support Engineer wince - tell them you've just run an unattended full repair - 'cos it seemed like a good idea.

The number of Sys Admins that have been chastised over the years for running needless DSREPAIRS is quite scary. Now that in itself raises another question? Why weren't they properly trained to use the proper utilities in the proper circumstances.

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Typo

I used Netware 3.x in several jobs at large and small companies. I never really had the chance to try Netware 4 or 5 because everyone upgraded migrated from 3.12 to Windows NT 4.

There - fixed that for you.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?

Remember doing it back in about 1986 when there were still some old A - B button phones available.

As I recall 1s, 9s and 0s could be dialled directly - the numbers from 2 to 8 had to be tapped.

Which raises a further question. 999 was picked to avoid the accidental dialling of 111 through the contacting of lines - essentially the same result as tapping or dialling a 1.

Wonder how many phantom calls the new non-emergency NHS number gets these days. Sometimes it pays to remember the old history.

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

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Happy

Re: Lies, damned lies and statistics

Statistically speaking, that Kzzzerrrt is imminent.

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Microsoft parts clouds over Bing Maps with massive sat pic upgrade

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Loving the time travel

As I zoom in, I can see the builders vans that filled the site in 2011. Another level of zoom and zap! they are gone, the extension is gone...

Out again. Oooo it's back.

Feels like I have my own personal cloaking system :-)

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

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Poles apart

Just waiting for the manufacturing cock up which will see the polarity in the stand and polarity in the iPad results in a N-N or S-S attempt at docking. Will they patent this as a fast eject mechanism?

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How private biz can link YOU to 'anonymised' medical data

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Re: All your data monetised for us

Ah! That explains how a shop that I last visited 15 years ago managed to address mail directly to me at my current address some three house moves later.

Post Office service described here http://postoffice.mobi/marketing-services-regular/choose-your-audience/data-management/ncoa-suppress

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Happy

Re: LIbre Office good, MS Office is dying.

If they are still editing .doc files then odds are they have not gotten past Office 2003.

Wonder if they just don't like the ribbon - in which case introduce them to LO.

Simples!

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: I wrote to my MP about all this.

Interesting that he used the unit of "Programmes". So of ten arbitrary programmes, the nine that cost £1m each are OK and the one that cost £2b is over budget and delayed.

All in the interpretation of the lies statistics.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: 0.1% still beats 0.0%!

The idea is that we have countries undercutting each other in giving tax brakes breaks to big multinationals. It they stop doing this, every country would have a larger income from taxes.

If only it were that simple. On a level tax playing field, companies will increasingly be driven by cost of labour - it's still one of the largest expenses that any enterprise must bear. When the EU went through the expansions of 2004 and 2007, the multinationals didn't relocate to eastern Europe out of a sense of altruism. Skilled and cheap labour is a compelling motivator.

A lesser corporate tax rate acts as a counter balance and for the likes of Ireland, it's probably the most important factor in ensuring inward investment.

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: Talk about stating the obvious...

@Def.

Is that really 100% accurate.

Normal salaried employees are allowed claim for expenses related to their employment - e.g. mileage up to the HMRC approved levels; professional fees; subscriptions.

All of these lower their tax liabilities.

On that basis you could argue that they are being taxed on profits not revenue.

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Re: If they won't pay tax, maybe they should pay for infrastructure

but they are still putting vehicles on our roads, employing people educated in our education system and creating rubbish for our landfill sites,

Vehicles on roads - Vehicle Excise Duty, Excise Duty on Fuel, (Can't count VAT on fuel as that can be reclaimed). Let's not forget the vehicle manufacturers who benefit by selling these - a further economic benefit that it's convenient to ignore.

Employing People Educated in the system. : NI; PAYE; not to mention the fact that the employees are not a drain on state resources.

Rubbish for Landfill... Some of that responsibility lies with the end user and how they dispose of and/or recycle their rubbish. Some of it is covered by payment of business rates - I believe that they are not inconsequential.

In short - any discussion has to focus on PROFITS and whether or not profits should be taxed in the country of origin or else where.

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FAIL

Re: Correct me if im wrong

Consider yourself corrected.

The tax that you pay on these products (VAT) is not part of the current discussion.

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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Re: Annual remake?

Of Course - but only if you're prepared to pay for it.

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Data cop slap for Brit text pests

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FAIL

Re: Or on Three network

Not just 3 who had to be different. With Vodafone, the reporting number is VSPAM (87726)

And apparently, Virgin don't even list a number as an option.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Alien

Re: Begin settling space,

Other members of the Ark to include ...

Telephone Sanitisers, Hairdressers, Second-hand Car Salesmen,TV Producers, Personnel Officers, Management Consultants, Insurance Salesmen and Public Relations Executives

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Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

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Re: Uuum yeah

just wanting something because their friend has one or because an asshole in a clown suit tells them they need it.

Applies to many over 12s as well.

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Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

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Weasel Words.....

"As it stands, Ofcom's rules state that mobile, phone and broadband providers have to give their customers a minimum of one month's notice regarding any major change to contractual terms. Subscribers can then cut loose from the contract without being stung with a penalty for walking away early"

"Raising Prices in Line with Inflation" must fall outside the definition of a "major change" if Three can include the following paragraph in their advisory on price changes earlier this year.

"Our terms and conditions allow us to raise prices in line with inflation so that we can cover our business costs. This means that you won't be able to leave your contract early as a result of this change."

Vodafone did something similar shortly after.

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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Facepalm

Solid Dollar?

despite all that, Reding points out that America's credit rating isn't being threatened and no one is doubting the dollar,

And this of course is in no way related to the fact that the ratings agencies that people listen to (e.g.Moodies, S&P) are all US based?

Wonder what would happen if some European agencies or agencies from the BRICs block were to let fly with a rating that was less than favorable to the dollar...

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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Re: Heard Lewis on BBC R4 this morning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01h75xm/Today_10_05_2012/

Starts circa 2hrs 45mins in.

It was quite a shock to hear someone from the BBC defending this government.

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At last! A use for Blighty's phone-boxes: Free Wi-Fi hotspots

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BT faults now have a 03 number as well as their 0800 number

Worked for me when contacting them from a mobile - and was included in the standard minutes allowance.

The number is 0330 1234 151.

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

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Time for an El Reg Top 10?

As we get all sorts of top 10's from El Reg, why not give us the top 10 laptops with decent screen resolutions. Say 1600 *1200 for starters. It seems to increasingly be the factor that eliminates laptops from the list of possible replacements that one might consider.

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EC: Apple claimed Motorola demanded ALL ITS PATENTS

Cynical Observer

Re: Bert, this bloke wont 'aggle!

Now are you telling me that's not worth twenty shekels?

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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

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Re: Law on their side?

IANAL

I seem to recall one of those "Know your Rights" type programs on the BEEB or such like saying that it depends on when the error is spotted. If the error is spotted before the transaction is complete then the merchant is not compelled to complete the transaction - although they must fix the ticket price near enough immediately. However, if you get you mitts on the goods and payment has been completed then it's yours and there's nothing that they can do about it.

The wrinkle with distance selling is that the money has been taken - but you don't have the goods. So is the contract complete at that stage? One for those legal eagles.

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Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

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Joke

Trademarks @ Dawn

"Computer security historians would be interested to note that 20 years ago there was an anti-virus program for Mac, also called Gatekeeper. The software, developed by independent programmer Chris Johnson, was shelved many years ago."

Hope they've determined whether or not they need to buy the rights to use the name. Otherwise the marketing department needs to be rebranded "iShouldHaveChecked"

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Foursquare ousted? Google sneaks out Latitude leader boards

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Dear world at large

"I am not at home right now - in fact I'm at the other end of the country. This would be an opportune moment for you to go and check out where I live. DO you like the electronic goods that are on display - they are yours for the taking."

Still don't see the attraction to telling people that you are not at home.

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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

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This is going to put a cat amongst the ACTA pigeons.

They will not be happy.

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Apple demands US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus

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Devil

MAD

"Samsung will have rushed the Galaxy Nexus, which misappropriates many patented features from the iPhone, to capture market share from Apple that Samsung will be able to retain long into the future"

And if we get the injunction, we can capture market share from Samsung that we will be able to retain long into the future - even if we lose the case.

Oh for a dream world where the judge says something along the lines of :

"Granting or refusing this injunction will unfairly disadvantage one or other of the parties. Therefore the only fair result to so ban both of you pillocks until we sort this out! Now why don't you both clear off out of my sight and come back when you want to behave like grown ups"

Ah well... back to the realities of a Monday afternoon.

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Megastar personalities are intellectual property in draft law

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Go

Television suddenly looks promising

OI! You can't behave like a talentless twat! I have a prior claim on that and I'll sue you!

That should cull a large part of the X-Pop-Strictly-Got-No-Talent-On-Ice brigade!

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Vodafone squirrels cash into Blighty nightly as Europe falters

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The accounts will be busy

Wonder how they will qualify all this to avoid paying excessive (any?) taxes on it.

Oh another lunch with HMRC - it's a hard life

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Airport bomb Twitter joker in second fine appeal bid

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Unhappy

If stupidity were a crime

then at least one sentence would have been handed out.

The question is whether it should have been two - a second sentence for the decision to bring the case in the first place.

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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Split Personality

So with two Gmail Accounts; two Amazon accounts and three browsers - why do I think it would be possible to game the system?

If I could be bothered that is!

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Microsoft says 'sorry' after Japan quake marketing gaffe

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Please Repost

This one is probably closer to the mark....

PLEASE copy and paste this into your status if you know someone, or have been affected by someone, who needs a punch in the face. People who need a punch in the face affect the lives of many. There is still no known cure for people who need a punch in the face, except a punch in the face. 93% of people won't re-post this...Why? Because they probably need a punch in the face.

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London councils reveal joint IT jobs cut plan

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Grenade

@ AC - Spanner!

Not part a two working parent family then.

IT is an essential part of maintaining parent-teacher communication.

From the simple e-mail messages reminding parents of appointments; clarifying homework assignments to a well run web site that actually supports parents in helping staff to educate kids.

I suppose you'd have them place the grenade in the server room - I can imagine others would suggest somewhere closer to your brains.

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Italian white van man nudges sound barrier

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Roads?

Where we're going we don't need roads

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Can NetApp catch up with EMC?

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The emporor's new clothes

"The Wall Street estimates for the quarter were for revenues of up to $2.1bn and NetApp failed to beat the street."

When WILL people come to the conclusion that the predictions of the "Street" are not much more than glorified guess work.

It's bizarre and illogical: You Guessed; You guessed wrong; I get screwed.

Surely the more logical response is to say: Crap analyst! I'll listen to someone else next time!

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Opening Gambit

With the number of people who will scream every variation of "No!" and "prise it from my cold dead fingers" it's easy to see that this proposal will stumble before it ever gets anywhere near implementation.

At which point, it opens the door to the more reasonable - "well every car manufacturer must fit bluetooth hands free as standard." It's hard to see how people can disagree with such a proposal - after all it's safer than hand held (separate argument for another day) and if a default part of the cost, people won't be tempted to cut corners and not spec it when choosing a new car. (Why is it that I regularly see drivers of expensive luxury marques holding phones - spend £50k plus on a car and too tight arsed to add £500 for bluetooth.... where's the sense in that?)

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Hefty physicist: Global warming is 'pseudoscientific fraud'

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No facts just politics

Sounds like a summary of his argument.

How very nicely put!

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World's first pedal-powered ornithopter takes flight in Canada

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A Title

There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

- Douglas Adams

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ACPO defuses impending photo row with police forces

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Nikon D300s - Two Slots - Two Cards (CF and SD)

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SCO rises from the dead (again)

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Grenade

Oh ffs!

would someone send a handful of these to SCO - with pins removed please!

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Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on into Patch Tuesday update

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Hack it

I saw that - it would reappear over and over - so eventually I hacked it.

I set it's maximum version compatibility to 1.*.*

And set the extension version to 9.9

Firefox disables it becasue it's not "new enough" and I reckon that it will be while before Microsoft release version 10 of the extension.

Annoying that it's still there - but reassuring that it's crippled.

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Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

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FAIL

And outside Europe

In all those countries that stamp a visa on a PAGE in your passport. (Or as in Turkey, they affix a nice paper stamp - not dissimilar to a postage stamp, and then cancel that)

Where does that go on the plastic card?

Ah! Still need passport ... well then sod the ID card, one document is enough.

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Was Microsoft's Office 2010 worth killing Clippy?

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Just experienced!

No. But used to writing more than one line documents that might otherwise have been composed in crayon.

Try responding to an RFI / RFP where the potential customer on a 2 million pound deal has stipulated that your answers should be inserted in line in their request document. For some daft reason, they seem to react badly when the formatting is sloppy.

Damned inconsiderate of them of course - after all who do they think they are dictating how the information should be transmitted?

Oh yes - they're the ones spending the money!

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Conversion

Because tables and graphics frequently do NOT play nicely. When you have to spend a day tinkering with an 80 page report just to get it correctly formatted, you eventually get beaten into submission. Don't get me wrong - I'm with the OP. Open Office is lighter, more intuitive (or familiar) and I'd gladly tell people that I submit my work according to open standards. Except that if I want to get paid, then there are times when compromise is necessary.

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