* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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I maybe a bit

paranoid, but does this mean m$ is angling to install windows 10 via update?

Because they've already said windows 10 will be free for the first year.. so I can see a lt of unhappy people if they update to win10 then say "pay us £20/yr to use your own computer" after 1 year

And folks like me even more upset because we have applications built to windows 7 and not even tested/approved to be used with windows 10(and win8 fr that matter)

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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The reason is fairly simple

and was covered by the beeb recently

To summerise.

What us brits have been good at doing is coming up with the brilliant idea.

The wine glass with the inbuilt cooling system to keep your wine at exactly the right temperature for example.

However , you now want to manufacture said wine glass, so you goto the bank for a loan and the bank says "far too risky, pissoff, we've got some AAAA rated sub-prime morgages to buy"

So you goto the next source of funding, the stock market.

Someone says "good idea, I'll risk 10 million on this venture in return for 49% of the shares"

5 months later said wine glass is now a world beater, sales are up 200% on last week, profits are coming in, another factory has been built , again by issuing shares on the stock market.

Original backer notices his shares are now worth 20 million... time to cash in, other share owners also decide its time to cash in.

Suddenly, the guy with the idea realises he does'nt own the company any more, the shareholders force a hostile takeover, chuck him out and re-locate the factories to the far east in order to increase profits, then a US mega corp already making wine glasses buys up all the shares and stores the profits in the Cayman islands.

Inventor looks at the results and says "wow that was a wild 8 month ride" and tries to start again.

And gets sued out of business by the US mega corp.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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WTF?

A few costs

According to a quick wiki(and its no reliable guide), the LHC has cost about $10 billion

The US defence budget at the same time was about $660 billion.

Or put it another way... the US defence budget would buy you 30 LHCs with enough left over to build 10 ITER fusion research projects....... EVERY YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: Vista wasn't that bad in retrospect.

Maybe thats the internal m$ plan all along...

And its taking them this long to remove/change any reference to vista to win10.......

But give m$ its due, windows (and DOS before it) has given a lot to the world .. mostly employment for techs as they try to figure out just whats screwing up the OS this time

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Failure

of a single component in Brentford knocks out 1/2 their network?

Do VM management know about backups or think redundancy only something that happens to the low level techs who try to keep the network going?

Oh and please change the script at your 'help' center..... we all try turning it off and on again now... and inform the 'help' center that you're having network problems

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Re: Our new masters

Get down on your knees and worship pathetic humans!

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Pehaps

we should replace the words 'Gay' 'Lesbian' and 'transgender' with the word 'Black' when reading this bill

Because then it would be rightly tossed in the garbage bin where it really belongs

Unless there really is a huge voter base thats racist, close minded, intolerant and bigoted, but love 'merica and freedom.....

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

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And despite all

this , in 25 yrs time when the scientists finally go "Huzzah, it works", no one will want one built near them because it has the word 'nuclear' on the side of the can.

And green peace et al will be against it because they like shivering in the dark when the wind stop blowing at night.

As a post script, the US congress bitched like hell at the cost of Hubble and its servicing missions. anyone remember the names of the nay sayers?

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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speed kills

thats the message the government throws at us all the time

except its bullshit

its bad driving that kills, because if speed kills , our motorways would be littered with the dead and dying, but they're the safest roads in the UK.

In any case , the guy I saw joining the motorway at 30 miles an hour would be the safest guy on the road, instead of rammed sideways by a truck and flying into the central armco

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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Re: Fellow commentards - help needed pls...

Quote : " Make sure the firewall is on and configured and you'll stop 99.99% of modern malware. Don't click on stupid emails/links/pictures and you'll stop most of the rest."

Good advice for us techie types who pretend to know what we're doing.

Sadly , out in the real world of users, you'll always going to be shot by someone who clicks on the cat pictures.jpg.exe file sent to them by Aunty Doris...... then spend the next 3 days trying to repair the damage.

Boris

<<<currently wanting to rip out the wi-fi antenna from a new laptop after someone linked it to the network and did just that

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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All this long

term stuff forgets one thing in the British economy.

Long term to british investors is 7 days

Channel 4 did a rather excellent documentry yesterday on how rampant short termism in the city is destroying british companies (and anyone else dumb enough to base themselves here)

Something that may happpen in 50 yrs time does not cross their minds as they will have already gotten their share of the cash and retired by then

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Do not

worry

These proposals will be bogged down for years... while everyone tries to figure out what the buzzword bingo bullshit actually means.

And I imagine all the MEPs are really trying to do is stopping some US megacorps (and an smelly australian) from buying up all the media outlets.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Do not worry

OEMs will soon fill up all the space m$ has managed to save with their pre-installed crapware and trial versions

Maybe m$ could re-write the memory management bit as well to stop it thrashing the HDD with the swap file... very important if your using an SSD

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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You are

Stephen Fry and I claim my £10

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Trouble is

IT is'nt just coding or using an office app, no matter what some egos may think

IT is about being able to come up with a solution to today's problem in your tech area.

We have a robot that somehow loses position during the day resulting in a re-boot every so often, is it a coding problem? nope..but its still an IT problem because the mechanics are fine.so it must be IT

The thing is... a lot of kids are not suitable coders, if this project finds the 1 in 10 000 kids who are suited to it , then fine, but then it will put off the kids I need for robot fixing from ever doing IT ever again.

Perhaps a better method would be teaching the kids the STEM skills they really need, and allowing them to find their own way in life rather than having this coding stuff forced down their throats.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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MP's Outside business interests

ARE the reason the tax code is full of holes that MPs will not shut down.

Because the employers of the MPs (as outside contractors/advisors/paid lackeys) will instantly stop funding any MP who comes up with the idea of reforming the tax code so that big companies(and little ones) can not massage their cash flows to make it appear to the inland revenue that they are making no profits.

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Its easy to spot

Just get the financial report from the New york stock exchange listing and see where they are making a profit.

Then buy shares, and demand to know why Google UK has never ever made a profit, indeed why is Google inc. subsiding an operation in a country that it makes no money from.

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: The very fact

Where do you think the useless "b-ark' idiots find a job when they only talent was to be friends with the government minister at Eton/Westminister/Oxford/Cambridge......

Alledgedly

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ALL comp-sci courses will have compulsory infosec lessons – UK.gov

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Info sec

Should be easy to master for us comp.sci types

1. Bounds checking when allocating memory

and thats about it

for the advanced course, we can have "beating the users to death with a sign saying 'don't f***ing open e.mail attachments' "

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

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Its what

any sensible Java developer does

Take a standard JRE, add /take off the extra bits you need/dont need.

Bundle the thing up with your software, and deliver to the customer so all they have to do is run the installer and away they go

Also avoids the browser thing and the crapware add ons( although quite why big companies stick in crapware that can only earn them pennies is beyond me)

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Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

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Meh

HMMmm

Universal App Platform (UAP) is the next big thing from M$ to try and convince people to buy their crummy products

(cue usual Boris anti-m$ rant)

But as when windows 11 comes out it will be known as Joint App Platform, followed by another change to Joint App Version Authoring... or Java for short

And the way they sell the different layouts thing smells distinctly of Java swing too

Hope they've got good lawyers :)

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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We just

got a windows 8.1 laptop to replace the ancient and nearly dead laptop we use around the factory

I've had to use it for 30 mins (in 2 shorter stints) trying to configure it to run the DNC comms package we use to talk to the machines

And after the 2nd stint I dearly wanted to rip out its hard drive and nuke it in the microwave to hopefully get rid of the abomination that is windows 8.

Even the jumps from XP to vista to win7 are'nt as bad, and to be perfectly honest, I'm experimenting with CentOS 6 on a laptop running Xp in a VM with access to the USB ports for the USB to serial converter we use as a better solution.

Plus the CAD/CAM package we use wont run on windows 8 and I cant face the propect of trying to find setting buried deeply in the OS that may or may not allow the programs to run.

Oh and if win10 is anything like win 8, we're going Linux throughout.

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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We have

gulls nesting on the roofs of the factory units where I pretend to work (and not lay under a machine with an iPad watching cat videos... thats just a nasty rumour)

And one thing we always tell the newbie employees when they start is

"For gawds sake, park at least 10 feet away from the building"

Why?

Well because the gulls walk upto the edge of the building and take off...... and shit at the same time, leaving a great big dollop of gull crap to descend to ground level.......

'tis funny though when the boss is welcoming some prospective customers in and the gulls take off because someone got a long pole and banged on the roof ......

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: handing the future to Murdoch

This would'nt be a problem if politicians stood up to the likes of murdock and said "print media.. or TV media... one or the other but you cant own both".

And any compulsary tax al la 'the poll tax' levied on every household at £200 a year... stuff that.

I maybe a virgin media customer and pay them X number of pounds to access cable TV... but I dont want the sky or netflix subscription services so I dont pay for them.. I dont want BBC either but I'll HAVE to pay even if I dont have a TV.

As for the silly 'we all pay for the NHS or roads or military" arguement, we use those services in our day to day lives.. some parts we hope not to use, some parts we hope never to use, but I've never heard of anyone being forced to watch BBC in order to defend their country or deliver parcels or have life saving heart surgery.

Guess when the levy comes in I'll be posting to el-reg from in prison

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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Once

they've perfected this technique.... theres no reason why the arm needs to remain attatched to the controller.

Imagine a robot in space (LEO) fitted with 2 bionic arms controled by a diabled guy sitting in mission control.

Or a remote handling situation else where on the planet

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re:But in a decent software company there would be peer reviews and QA testing.

So thats why microsoft and adobe products have so few patches and leaks

..

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Heres why

Marxism is bollocks... because it ignores human nature and our inbuilt desire to control as much and as many resources as possible.

Pure free market capitalism is bollocks for the same reason.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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I think human

colonization of the cosmos should occur with 3 classes of ships... the A ships for all the leaders and scientists and great thinkers, the C ships for all the workers and the doers, and the B ships for everyone else

And we send the B ships off first.

Imagine that.. an earth free of politicians, cost expense accountants, advertising execs, religious fruitbats, and virgin media call centers......

Boris

Oh well its nice to dream

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Coffee/keyboard

The

icon says it all

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Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

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Re: HMRC interested in 40% of my salary

Actually the best description of today's economic climate is 10 people around a plate of 100 cookies, someone takes 95 of them, then he says to the other 9 "look that poor guy at the end is trying to steal your cookie"

Well with more high worth people moving their cash to the UK, we can look forward to 2 things

Average wages going up (actually for 99% of us wages will be static) and

House prices continue to boom upwards as the money is hidde.. sorry invested in property.

Perhaps a new moral for today should be "I dont mind paying my fair share of taxes if everyone else is forced to pay the same % "

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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If

Companies did'nt "copy and paste" whole sections of code from the previous OS and re-written the thing from the ground up(like the advertisers have us believe) then the exploits would only affect 1 OS and not every single one since the days of Win 3.1

Maybe thats why flash is such a exploit laden POS too.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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I still

think the best name for the drone barge would be

"Well, it worked in Kerbal space program"

Mushroom cloud..... because us KSP'ers are known for those .....

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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So

you're investing your 100 million with us...

.

.

.

..

. ...... And its gone

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Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

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But will they

find themselves coming to a sticky end at the volcano lair when they fail Mr Musk in some way?

Oh well... you've survived one evil supervillian, you'll survive another

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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There could be

a perfectly valid reason they are doing this.

Such as once the entire population is on the database, they'll know who committed what crime and where.

So the politicians standing for power many years later get a nudge saying "Make sure the police get plenty of money, or we''ll tell the world exactly what you were doing behind the bikes shed aged 15&3/4 with Fionna Leatherington"

And they'll have the pictures to prove it!

Wheres the paper bag over your head icon ?

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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So us

climate sceptics are in the pay of big oil/fossil fuels are we?

Great... I'll write to BP, shell and exxon asking "Wheres my bloody money?"

Im a sceptic , not because of all the opinions that are thrown about, its because I believe in the scientific method such as

Observation

Hyposthisis

Testing

Theory

Proof

Then even after we've run through this with global warming (or cooling or climate change or whatever its called this week to match the weather we're having), theres still the thing that could be discovered to overturn said theory so its vital to keep testing said theory.

Without dissent, this will never happen.

But assuming mankinds emission of CO2 is the cause of climate change , we seem to have picked a very strange way of curbing the emission , such as building wind turbines that need a gas powered generator built to back them up, and turning off the nuclear power stations.

Mandating domestic appliances to be 5% more energy efficient would save a whole bunch more CO2, but lets rather raise power bills so that those who can afford and site solar power panels can have a feed in tariff.

And lastly , you hear of daft idea of if everyone installed a wind turbine on their house we could be micro generators and break the power of the fossil fuel lobby... except.... how big would the businesses supplying 200 000 wind turbine blades a year become, and it then start to lobby that we never even dream of building any other energy source.......

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Sorry

(un)lucki bstard, you're now on a watch list for coming up with a comment like that.

Sadly we're all lurching towards a Cromwell type moment when someone does stand up to the government and say "in the name of the people GO!" and it wont be very nice either

Oh well I'm now on the watch list too :(

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Eh?

The last SpaceX launch did not fail... in fact the payload is still safely docked at the ISS right now

The only thing that failed was the experiment to see if they could land the first stage on a barge after the last 2 soft landing attempts went pretty much ok

But this story is a good thing, because once SpaceX starting launching DoD payloads for 1/2 the price of ULA, ULA will have to lower prices to compete, which will result in some serious questions being asked of ULA along the lines of :

"If you can afford to charge us $200 million for the next DoD/NSA/NRA launch, why did you charge us $500 million last year?"

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Been here before

nothing to see

Working at a military base directly targeted by a 1meg russian nuke all the way though the cold war gives you a different perspective on the whole doomsday clock thing

Best solution we came up with was to lie on the concrete carpark outside the main lab in various obscene positions and wait to have our shadows burned into it.

Well , would give the tourist guides something to gloss over in 1000 yrs time

<guide> ah yes the famous fertility dance these primitives were doing just before they were vapourised...

<kiddie> why does this one look like his arm is stuck up this one's arse?

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Its

going to be free for the first year for a reason

Because windows 8 was such a pile of unpopular poo, m$ needs the free loaders to grab as many copies of win10 as possible before they start charging for them

Lets face it....even the m$ lover at work has dumped win8 and gone back to win7.....

But then the only reason I can think of that Linux has'nt got a bigger user desktop base now is the old saying of "nobody got fired for buying IBM.. sorry microsoft"

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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A better

use for this technique should be the restoration of damaged memories in stroke/brain damage patients, thus enabling the patients to have a memory of the wedding day/grandpas birthday / whatever.

But then thats never as much fun as getting your victim to have a false memory of that assination thus getting him/her to cough to it during an extended police interview and leving the real villian free.....

Boris

<<<putting this one in his evil mastermind folder

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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

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Perhaps

getting a bunch of 8 and 10 yr olds all excited about getting a new games console and games the next day, then having said pillock having to explain to them that the toy is broken because he broke it, then having to do that again to different 8 and 10 yr olds the next day and the next.... for about 2 years would be a suitable punishment.

But after a week of that, he'll end up begging to be extradited to the USA and banged up for 99 years.

Or more likely the trial will go like this

<Barrister> The defendent is accused of hacking into Sony's internet service

<Judge> Internet? whats that then?

<Barrister> M'lud, its where a lot of computers are linked up togeth

<Judge> Computers eh? what are they?

<Barrister> the machine in your office with lots of information

<Judge> Mmmm?

<Barrister> The screen on you desk that shows the women with nothing on

<Judge> Oh that!

<Barrister> and the defendant stopped a lot of people from using their computers

<Judge> Did he... well hang, draw, and quarter the little bastard!

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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This

is what happens when you give a Kerbal space program player unlimited funds to turn his dreams into reality..........

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: Employing

You're all going up the wrong tree here

Google SELLS advertising to British companies via their north London HQ

Google then make a profit on those sales that the price charged minus the wage and infrastructure costs

By swapping the profit out to Ireland, they pay no tax on that profit for business done in the UK by UK companies trying to sell to UK customers.

That is what is wrong, you can complain that they pay income tax, building rates, power charges, VAT etc.. but these are all known costs of doing business here and included in the costs.

They make use of all the taxpayer provided stuff such as roads, sewerage, fire brigade, police, NHS, etc etc WITHOUT PAYING ANYTHING FOR THEM.

If they want to do business in the UK and earn a profit from doing so, then they pay tax on their UK profit to the Inland revenue.

I have to pay my tax, the company I work for (being a UK company) has to pay its tax, why should google UK be any different?

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Employing

2000 people here and never once makes a profit?

Ermmmm to give an example the steel makers only have to make a slight loss and the workforce gets slashed, google never makes a profit here, yet hires loads more people... something stinks

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: First step

No ones ever been interested in seeing my todger :(

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Fahrenheit 451

Perhaps burning down the government would be a better use of the fire... whos that at the door? no no not the black bag over the head I dont want the comfy chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrr

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Its more

likely Elon Musk was playing Kerbal space program one morning, attatched parachutes to his first stage, then watched it blow up on landing , thought... what if I put on landing legs and kept some fuel back for a soft'ish landing.. and it worked.

Then ran into his office, called for a big meeting, and said " Guys... I was playing KSP this mornign and had this really really great idea.... "

And his engineers thought as one.

"Gawd, hes going to ask us to wear those big head masks and paint ourselves green again"

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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And

125% for bloody Audis!

Its not the rates of tax we should be worried about currently, its the mountains of regulations that the currrent tax system employs that leaves those who can afford clever accountants to comb the regs for loopholes, while the like of me and the rest of the PAYE mob cant afford to employ them.

Resulting in the PAYE mob having to pay the full whack of tax on our income , yet someone who is supposed to be taxed at 50% suddenly ends up with a 0% tax rate because the rules say that any whisky in liue of pay is to be taxed at 0% so rich bugger ends up being paid 1500 gallons of the stuff, that he sells on to a bottling plant(and gives a few bottles to MPs to make sure the regs are not changed)

Until that is changed theres no point concerning ourselves with what we need to pay tax on.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Won't somebody please think of the Kerbals?!

Its whether its going to give Frontier developments and the elite:dangerous servers any problem.

After all its not going to be el reg without their daily anti elite:dangerous story ;)

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