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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

John Munyard

I'm sure the xBox One is amazing, but if Forza 5 is anything to go by they won't be getting a purchase from me anytime soon.

£55 buys you a game with about 60% of the tracks and 20% of the cars available in Forza 4. You can then buy all the stuff they've taken out as DLC. And remember most of this content was already in Forza 4. Strangly I still have my 360 with all that DLC content still on it, not that Mocrosoft has also apparently made the decision to drop all interest in that platform already - another mistake which Sony have not made.

You would have to be some kind of cretin to accept that lot as an upgrade. Microsoft may think the money is in the games, but if nobody buys the things because they are sh*t value MS will not get any money at all.

Once again Microsoft manages to kill it's Golden Goose because of nothing more than pure greed. < GOLF CLAP >

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

John Munyard

No more tech deals over £100m... unless GCHQ want some new tech to spy on us with...

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

John Munyard

Apple may have thier swagger & bully tactics in full effect, but when you see how sales of Android phones are now going against iPhones it cannot possibly go on like this. We cannot be far from a time when the operators will just tell Apple to get stuffed.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

John Munyard

Ryanair

Of course it makes total sense for Ryanair to madate a passport when travelling with them.

Because with Ryanair that ticket which you thought would take you to "Belfast East" will more likely instead drop you in some out-in-the-sticks airport outside Dublin with a 80 mile bus trip to get you where you thought you were going.

Hence passport.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

John Munyard

Why people don't move on

I would suggest that many people, both home users and businesses don't upgrade from XP for what are fairly basic reasons:

1) There is little functionality of real value within either Vista or Windows8 which is not supported by XP. Most home users do browsing, email and maybe some media storage. Most businesses can use completely decent (if old) versions of Office on XP without upgrading.

2) For many people a move on from XP will also necessitate upgrading hardware and existing software packages as well. Why spend money and mess with stuff that works perfectly well? Who wants to chance that your router, printer or NAS drivers are supported in Windows 8?

The underlying problem for Microsoft is that most people (except boffins and excitable journalists) have everything they need and don't give a toss about cloud-enabled functionality or other such junk. There is basically no justification for spending the money and supporting Microsoft's bloated business model.

Rather than tring to scare the world into upgrading from XP, perhaps Microsoft could massively discount Vista instead and continue to sell that. Without a very low cost option, people and companies will (if forced) undoubtedly look for other cheaper platforms which won't pull support all over again in another 3 years time.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

John Munyard

No one should be surprised the take up isn't improving as they haven't fixed the underlying objections many consumers have to DAB, which are:

1) Even the cheapest DAB radios are the best part of £30

2) The quality of DAB is inferior to FM and everyone knows it

3) We already have lots of FM radios which work perfectly well, thank you

I mean... durrrrh!

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

John Munyard

I think Google should think a bit more about thier actions. It was crap tricks like this that put developers off the Microsoft platform.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

John Munyard

For all you guys who are scratching thier heads over whether it's better or not, what alternatives are better, and what uninstalls properly, I suspect there are hundreds of us out here watching with bemusement and feeling completely vindicated that thier decision not to move on from Win7 or even XP was absolutely the right one.

Can someone remind me again why Win8 is supposed to be so worthwhile? Does it make Outlook, Excel or Firefox run better? Or is it just "the newest thing you just don't need"?

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

John Munyard

Dumb

You know Google have just confirmed my suspicions about the value of cloud computing as a concept.

For a few years now all these industry thinking wonks have promoted the cloud as the future of computing. In a single dumb stroke Google have just given us all a cast iron reason to abandon it.

I suspect that Google's own cloud and mail services will take a drop now (or they bloody well should) but unfortunately so will a number of other companies who've invested heavily in this technology. I bet they are getting thier voodoo dolls out for Google right now.

Corporate greed just kills off everything worth having in the end doesn't it?

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

John Munyard

When you think for a moment what laptop you could buy instead for $899 the whole premise of Microsoft's offering just becomes absurd.

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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

John Munyard

Re: No push to upgrade business machines anymore

Business PC's don't even need to run the latest version of Windows. They only need to run the latest version of Windows that was bug free!

So that'll be Windows XP then :)

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Twenty classic arcade games

John Munyard

Oh dear, no Tetris = discredited article

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

John Munyard

Yah-boo!

Seriously does anyone even use Yahoo! anymore? You'd think with them racking up massive losses finding new ways to nark users would be low on thier list of stuff to do.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

John Munyard

No surprises, except if you're Microsoft

The slow adoption of users and in particular businesses to Windows 8 should be no surprise to anyone. I find it strange that Microsoft continue to be (at least in public) flummoxed by the obvious.

To be fair Microsoft are caught in somewhat of a trap. They need to keep updating thier products & maintain revenue, but there are few new real ideas out there which really add to business productivity and there havn't been since WinXP.

Large businesses depend on thier workstations being reliable and thier staff using them effectively. Whenever Microsoft decide to piss about significantly with the interface, they create massive training impacts for large companies. That's why so many people reacted badly to the Ribbon.

Microsoft fail to comprehend that software is so central to a business operation that a company is taking a significant risk by updating it. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!". Upgrading to Windows introduces incompatability, both with other software and with peripherals. In house applications which integrate with Windows may suddenly stop working. We should also not ignore the impact of a OS change on a company's IT pros to fully support it.

I work for an international bank and we're not even on Windows 7 yet. The list of incompatible software which requires re-write was in the hundreds and is still a significant issue. Many of our internal browser delivered apps are on IE8 and yet Windows 8 foists a new and potentially incompatible browser without the option to retain the old one. Fucking great that is.

The business community don't want an OS that looks like a big keyless iPad. The business community don't want to have to shell out for an entire generation of new PCs, or the costs of training, or the costs of redeveloping thier software landscape and testing it, they are nowhere as interested in public clouds or publishing stuff on the web from a toolbar (Sharepoint is fucking bad enough!), and they certainly aren't enticed by Microsoft's veiled threats to remove support from Windows XP or thier unrealistic volume licence pricing schedules.

The only thing that keeps Microsoft in business is that Apple and the other open source alternatives are even worse in many of these regards.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

John Munyard

The Daily Mail

No shortage of irony that Ranzten published her opinion piece in the Daily Mail, who's online edition is at least 50% tits and arse stories these days...

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

John Munyard

Yeah... right....

Despite what Ballmer says I can't see most corporates agreeing to put thier data in some poxy ananymous, potentially insecure and uncontrolled "cloud".

Instead of focussing on pointless crap like that, perhaps Microsoft would add some more charts to Excel, or (God forbid) put styles back in the proper way instead of ruining the feature like they did.

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

John Munyard

Get the facts guys

Sorry to sound like a party pooper but before you link the poor fix time for this problem to the redundancies in 2010, have you established whether any of the job losses were in the division which runs the retail banking systems?

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Keep out of the Olympics' way, earn a haircut from TfL app

John Munyard

Suck

So that's an Olympic Gold for suck then.

It's nice to know we still dominate the world in certain fields.

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Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

John Munyard

Micro$oft

They really are a bunch of cheap schmucks. I really can see the day when corporates finally cry enough and go open source.

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UK.gov: Firms can't fondle your smart meter privates...

John Munyard

They think we muppets

I just love the way these people want to install this technology with all these amazing capabilities and then say "trust us, we've put in safeguards to stop ourselves using it fully"

I mean, seriously... do you really think I'm that stupid?

The only "safeguard" which is truly effective is not to put the tech in in the first place. That said, where can I get the software crack that allows you to rig your own readings?

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Aliens Blu-ray disc set

John Munyard

As a bit of great value priced media it's great, but as a exhibit of blue-ray quality it is a long way from where it needs to be in my opinion.

The comment about the early films being grainy may be true, but what is unacceptable is that these movies have clearly been stuffed through some processing to sharpen and brighten the contrast (no doubt so on first viewing you coo "isn't that bright & bluray") but it also introduces a lot of noticeable picture noise. It's especially bad on Aliens and Alien Resurrection.

£12 is great value, but frankly that's about all the product is worth for what is supposed to be premium quality media.

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

John Munyard

Hmm, I'm calling "bollocks" on this one.

If Office 2007 is anything to go by, productivity will DROP dramatically because Microsoft messed with a well established GUI and refused to offer a way for those that wanted to switch back to the older version - you know, the productive non "ribbon" version where you knew where everything was, the hotkeys worked and the whole thing made sense.

And don't even get me started on the complete clusterf**k that Microsoft has turned MS Word styles into. It used to be a genuine productivity tool, and now it's a useless mess, clearly screwed up by endless feedback clinics with morons who never understood how styles worked in the first place.

Message to Microsoft : a GUI which is primarily directed at tablets isn't going to get all those companies still running WinXP to upgrade. In fact with so much kit due for replacement you may just be pushing them towards other alternatives.

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Sony 'fesses to Whitney Houston price hike 'error'

John Munyard

Poor exploitation

The least Sony could have done would be to have dug up a few crappy extra tracks that never made it first time around and added them to the CD.

I mean that's what they did with Amy Winehouse and everyone wowed about that....

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Web smut oglers accosted by bogus pop-up plod fines

John Munyard

The Police investgate!

So Police are carrying out a thorough investigation to find the perpetrators eh?

So presumably that means everyone in Strathclyde nick is now looking at online porn all day eh?

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

John Munyard

Anonymous

How grateful and justified I now feel in not completing most of the census form. I wasn't the only person concerned about the processing of this data by Lockheed Martin and how it might be used.

The Government bleated on batting aside all the concerns as if they were irrelevant. Who's right now? Bunch of incompetent tossers. Hacked by a bloody 19 year old....

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Schmidt explains the Google way to self-erasure

John Munyard

Only minor hipocisy

I find Schmidt's comments a bit funny really. So it's "bad" to roll out CCTV with facial recognition software, but at the same time it's ok to photograph people's properties without thier consent and post it on the internet, and it's ok to obtain and post high quality satellite pictures of people's houses and gardens on the internet without thier consent too?

Is that right? Hmm.

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Extended Lord of the Rings Blu-rays to hit Blighty

John Munyard

Making an epic out of a trilogy

At this rate it will be quicker to read the novels than to endure the (seemingly) never ending movies.

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Census threatens spies' cover

John Munyard

Mess with thier heads

Reading the form, I'm of the view that the information being requested isn't actually far off the level of intrusiveness we saw when Labour were trying to press the ID Card into our unwilling palms a few years ago. In fact if you added the requirement for biometric it would be very close. The point quoted in the article that all the information requested about workplace and your employers being used to help businesses plan is such an indefensible crock of crap - but I bet the HMRC will find it useful.

It's hard to to come to the view that a lot of this information is nothing to do with what a census actually needs, and is a wider data trawl. In this decade, more than in 2001, the people have the opportunity to network virally and register a protest.

In 2001, thousands of people all declared themselves to be Jedi in objection to the religious questioning. Perhaps for 2011 we should all hand in the postcode of a single pub in rural Somerset and declare (in our millions) that we were all in the same pub.

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XP? Thanks for the memories

John Munyard

Shillness

I doubt if a more glowing article about the reasons for dumping XP for Windows 7 could have been written if Steve Balmer had done it himself.

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Microsoft releases Windows Live apps suite

John Munyard
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Reasons to upgrade, part 1378

Remind me again - what's a cloud?

My life in IT is strangely hanging together perfectly fine without it whatever it is. <shrug>

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Privacy watchdogs challenge laptop seizures at US borders

John Munyard

More monkey misses the point

I suspect the funny thing about this is that your average terrorist is (I would think) very unlikely to be stupid enough to carry storage devices through US Customs. They would be wary of being a terget for searches anyway, and (if I were them) would be accessing email/content from kit borrowed/purchased in the country once inside.

What we have is pure showboating. The only people inconvenienced are the general public. It would be interesting to know how many of the thousands of devices seized actually contained terrorist related content that led to a conviction? Probably not many, if any I suspect.

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Half of UK road users support usage-based road charging

John Munyard

Who's kidding

Let's face it, if a DFT commissioned survey, with a tilted question to include the carrot of cost neutrality, produces responses of 38% for and 34% against, that's hardly a resounding endorsement is it? And despite the spin that's not "half of all motorists" either.

The government may have changed, but the civil service at the DfT and all those government funded lobby groups (Brake, Campaign for better Transport, Transport for London) are still out to fork the motorist any way they can.

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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

John Munyard
WTF?

But...

Surely Apple's vice grip of the device and it's functionality doesn't matter does it?

I mean, how *cool* is the iPhone?

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UK.gov pledges licence fee 'rethink' over heavy catch-up use

John Munyard

Put it on the net and then try to licence it

God forbid that perhaps all the BBC should do is put iPlayer on subscription? Maybe they should just scrap it - it's not like we don't all still have Sky+, DVDRs and even VCRs is it?

Who made BBC god of the Internet? I say scrap the whole poxy service before the politicians decide they can add it to the

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RAC prof: Road charges can end the ripoff of motorists

John Munyard

Glaister is missing the point

For all his cleverness Prof Glaister is missing the point. I recall that a lot of the public outrage that led to the famously supported Downing Street petition was not because of road pricing per se, it was anger at the suggestion that the Government (or any other Agency) wanted to install spying devices in people's cars that would track thier every movement.

And it doesn't actually matter whether those were to be owned and operated by the Government, MI5, the RAC or Bobo the Clown - there was *huge* resistance to the concept of being tracked everywhere.

Now many would argue (correctly) that in ANPR we have such a system anyway by the back door, but there is a threshold of personal space which I still believe motorists are not willing to accept and these GPS tracking devices are where the line is. It's like putting CCTV in people's homes.

Prof Glaister seems to have spent all his research looking at spreadsheets and doing calculations. He can't possibly have spoken to any road users before proposing this flawed piece of drivel. In addition did anyone at the RAC actually check the document? They boast about about looking for completely new and different solutions to congestion, and then just trot out the same old (rejected) tax proposals.

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Want Olympic tickets? Better get a VisaCard then

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Corporate stupidity

I suppose VISA think they're being all very clever with this stitch up but if they piss off non-VISA customers with stunts like this they're hardly likely to make new conquest sales in the future are they?

As for the London Olympic authority, I would suggest they concentrate on trying to sell the tickets rather that putting barriers in the way. There's a recession on, and there are enough reasons to give this overpriced vanity event a miss already.

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Google: Street View spycars did slurp your Wi-Fi

John Munyard

Cobblers

I've read some corporate bullshit in my time but "We're sorry, we decided to equip our camera cars with aerials, detection and recording equipment but we didn't mean to accidentally capture people's router SSIDs" has got to be one of the lamest, most duplicitous lies I've ever seen.

Aside from thanking the German authorities for highlighting this (something which the Home Office seemed to have missed) what do our Governments intend to do about it? What *can* they do about it? Is someone going to sanction Google? Force them to destroy all the data? Fine them some huge about for all this snooping?

Of course not... move along people, nothing to see here. Google are immune to your complaints and will continue to do what they bloody well like. No matter that Sergei Brin is a Russian.

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Lost mental hospital memory stick had health records

John Munyard

Absolutely no excuses

There is just no excuse at all for this. It's not even a human error, except if you count what must have been a deliberate policy decision not to implement encrypted media at the technical level.

Everyone involved in this is culpable and should be considering thier positions; The Chief Exec, the IT Director, the senior IT security managers, Internal Auditors, Risk Managers not to mention the operational management who allowed the unencrypted stick to be used (and lost)

Every single one of those people is responsible. No excuses - clear your desks and go tomorrow.

Me? Unsurprisingly I submitted my opt out request for the the NHS Central Records spine last week. Anyone who is still willing to trust that thier personal medical records will be professionally managed after reading the above is simply an idiot.

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Microsoft slams coffin lid on Vista

John Munyard

Some level of support

I'm sure Microsoft won't be too bothered with the opinions of a mere Customer but this is pretty dreadful really isn't it.

I bought a laptop with Vista (don't forget the "wow") a little over two years ago and already the support plug is being pulled. If I buy a copy of Windows 7 how soon will it be until support is withdrawn from that as well?

I'm sure Microsoft would deny this, but it feels quite contemptuous and arrogant from this customer's perspective. If I go into my VW dealer I can still purchase replacement parts for my 18 year old Volkswagen... why should Microsoft stop supporting thier products as little as a year after sale?

Shame on them.

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Gov confirms plans for Sky box in charge of your house

John Munyard

Here we go again

If the utility companies really will have the capability to limit or cut off energy using these meters, I'm willing to bet one thing : That the David Beckham & John Prescotts of this world won't be the ones being 'managed'. It'll be us - the bloody serfs first. You can bet your house on it.

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UK.gov hoovers up data on five-year-olds

John Munyard

Educationalists

The reason for the questionnaire is to allow the school to identify the kids who are not fucked up so that they can target extra time and attention to turning them into ill-educated text messaging morons like all the chavvy kids.

Easy innit.

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Booze shops get ID card lessons

John Munyard

Doomed to fail

"The more you tighten your grip Governer Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers..."

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Murdoch says Page 3 won't be free from next year

John Munyard

Bad decision

I read all the broadsheet UK newspapers online every day at lunchtime. I can't see how introducing charging is going to help News Intl. Aside from anything else the website layout for The Times is poor compared to the other onlines, and that's before you bring up the subject of the quality of the journalism which (I think) is noticeably inferior to Telegraph/Guardian/Indie.

If Murdoch does introduce charges it just won't affect me. I predict many current Times readers will just migrate to the other free titles. In a global internet marketplace even News International doesn't hold a monopoly on news, and the "pay-per-view" value of a mainstream title like The Times is zero.

If News International is going to charge, it will really have to seriously upgrade the quality of it's output, and create some unique selling points behind the paywall. Personally I don't see it happening but that's what I think they'll have to do.

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More execs quit Phorm

John Munyard

Oops

I'm sorry I just can't stop laughing.

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Jacqui Smith trails überdatabase plans

John Munyard

Labour spinning this already

[Article] 'Jacqui Smith trailed the forthcoming Commmunications Data Bill in a speech this morning to the Institute for Public Policy Research'

Spinning already. That sounds like Jackie Smith was giving an announcement to an independant audience doesn't it? No mention that the IPPR is in fact a think tank who work for and are funded directly by the Labour Party.

Smith is clearly needing a sympathetic and sycopphantic audience in order to get a hearing - even at this early stage.

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Meat Loaf gets Q gong

John Munyard

Please... let it die... please

If there was ever a story which illustrated the how 'Smashy & Nicey' Q magazine is, or the sheer desparation of a record industry to keep recycling tired old products then this is it. And there was me thinking that the last Stone's tour set the benchmark.

So this is an appeal to the great man of Rock himself : Meat - please refuse to accept this award. Try creating some new music, or just retire gracefully so we can enjoy the memories. Please stop flogging a horse you killed on your third tour in 1980.

Please - make it stop.

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Burned by Chrome - Fire put out

John Munyard

Google joins the lazy, greedy corporates

I laughed when I read this article, as I had a similar reaction when I read the huge Chrome EULA last night. How does a "free" open source browser (plagarised as it is from it's competitors' code) come with so much legal baggage attached? My antennae were immediately twitching as I re-read some of the terms.

But then I finally tried it quickly. What a (slow) piece of crap.

Hail Firefox3. All my base belong to me. Hopefully.

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Barclays to scrap 1,800 UK tech jobs

John Munyard

A bit daft really

The irony of all of this of course is that because most of the major banks (both retail & merchant) are all currently busy setting up offshore operations (again) there are far too many jobs chasing too few qualified/experienced people in Mumbai & Chennai.

As a result it's not actually that cheap to hire our there any more. You've just got to love capitalism havn't you! I wonder if info on current offshore salary trends has reached the Barclays' board yet?

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US imposes 72 hour pre-reg for Visa waiver travellers

John Munyard

Ironic

Isn't it somewhat ironic that over 10,000 Americans are killed every year in the USA - by other Americans using guns.

Who are they trying to protect themselves from?

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Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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I mean.. seriously...

Don't incidents like this seriously make you wonder about the quality of staff being recruited to carry out security duties at our airports? How on earth did this particular security guy get a job?

Is "security" one of those jobs that the Government is using to get unemployable fucktards off the UB40 stats?

This stupid prick has made our whole country a laughing stock to international travellers - not that BAA has been working hard on that for the past couple of years.

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