* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

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I'm sure the prophet was etc etc etc

However the members of ISIS have shown no mercy to captives, no kindness, no patience, so as far as I'm concerned ISIS are not an islamic organisation,(and quite a few true followers of Islam say that too) and in fact, closely resemble the nazi SS in the way they treat people different to them.

And as a civilisation, we should say to ISIS "surrender or die ... your choice"

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Just recieved

some helpful advice from a non-techie friend

"windows 10 is not very good, do not upgrade"

Actually thats not what he said, but I've made it polite

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: Windows 10 Sales: (Off Topic)

wont be long before linux gets banned then......

Yes we're watching you....

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Re: Whose PC again?

Until the HDD has an accident and is 'accidently' pulled out of the drive bay and has an encounter with a steam hammer followed by several days in the melting furnace..*

Then a shiny new blank HDD is fitted and Linux mint installed and none of the users noticed.

*if thats enough to wipe the stain of win10 off the disk...

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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TEN YEARS!

TEN *&%^$^&ING YEARS FOR PIRACY?????????????????????????

I know a scumbag who got involved in kiddie fiddling and child porn.

He was caught and done for it.

Because he pleaded guilty to everything , he got an 8 year sentence, later increased on appeal to 10

So in the media morguls minds , ripping and copying game of thrones is the same as molesting children.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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WTF?

And according to a rumour

just posted by the dialy mirror

Windows 10 will delete any pirated software, and disable any hardware that should'nt be connected.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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Re: oh the humanity!

Not as many as are going to die during testing of said space plane.......

Icon.....for all those space planes I built and never made it further than :-

a) 1km up

b) 500m up

c) 14 km up but in pieces

d) blowing up on the runway

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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The rise

in productivity should be accounted for when planning people's education.

In teaching them howto fill out all those hours of downtime with other activities and howto appreciate our wonderful cultur... who am I fucking kidding?

What has happened with the rise in productivity is that workers have been booted off to long term unemployment while the remaining 'lucky' few still have to flog themselves working 40 hrs+ per week.

Take the establishment i attend... 25 yrs ago it had 4 lathe setters, 4 milling setters, an inspector, and about 20 unskilled machine operators.

Currently it has 3 lathes, 3 millers, 1 odd job (me) an inspector and 4 unskilled operators(although 1 is being trained up to setter)

We put out as much work as we did 25 yrs ago, and the rise in productivity is all due to the advent of computers.

Which all brings us to the vital question for our times, what do we do with all the unemployed machine operators/toll collectors/ etc etc etc. ?

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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FAIL

Makes me glad

I switched off the auto-update on the laptops, along with the immortal phrase yelled out across the factory:

"What w***er re-enabled the f***ing windows updates on these laptops..... our software only works on win7 and has'nt been approved for that p.o.s that is win10"

Seriously though

If win10 manages to install itself, can I roll back to win7 or (god help me) 8

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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WTF?

outdoors?

theres a world beyond programming stuff? naw I dont believe it.

Next he'll be saying the proper colour for the sky at night is black with small bright lights, not the usual orange glow.

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

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Re: Invasive hiring process?

yes

along with the 900 page application form with questions such as

"Have you at any time been a member of a terrorist organisation?" yes/no

"If the answer is yes, please detail the groups and length of membership below"

I ask you.. who the f*** is going to say yes to that?

and more so, whos going to be dumb enough to fill in the details of membership?

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: One thing does

And then after Mr truckie is allowed to do a 168 hr week, Mr airplane pilot wants to do the same and dives his aircraft into the ground because he forgot to lower the flaps as he slowed to land.

The rules regarding working hours are not there to prevent people from earning lots and lots of money, they are there to protect the rest of us from a sleep deprived truckie/pilot/train driver desperate to pay for his week's vacation....

oops was that a red stop signal?

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One thing does

occur

especially at the bottom of the heap.

Your fantasy would result in workers forgoing vacations, weekends and other down time in order to make some money.

For example, what about truck drivers, shall we have them under the same conditions as your self employed IT contractors who work 12 hr days 6&1/2 days a week.

Do you really fancy driving to your job knowing the truck driver behind you, through having a big family and a bigger morgage, has worked 100 hrs in the past 6 days and is flying on caffine pills and sugar drinks?

The working hours rules and the various benefits put in place were'nt some great evil socialist plan to destroy capitalism, they were designed to make capitalism better for the workers so they'd be less likely to stage a revolution and kill all the ruling class.

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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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Would'nt it be cheaper

to do things the proper american way and just buy a few dozen congress critters to tack a rider on some big important bit of policy for whatever party is in charge..

Cynic? me?

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Re: Goodness.

Bollocks.

There is more than likely a whole series of vast improvements in windows 10 over windows 7 (and 8,but its not hard improving 8, taking a dump on the screen would improve that pile of poo)

But m$ have decided to hide all the extra goodness in win10 under a layer of giltzy crap.

Updates? sending data back to homebase?, a UI that takes the best from classic windows and the best(hah) from windows 8 and tries to shoe horn it together.

And then they make it free for current m$ victi.. sorry customers to upgrade.

Which says to me they're either desperate for the customer base to move to win10 and lock them in, or m$ themselves dont think win10 is actually worth paying for.

And if I'm getting an OS for free, I'm installing linux mint

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Joke

I think

crucifying in the foyer the first person caught installing win10 would be of great benefit to any organisation.

Plus it would be a great talking point

"My word, the easter decorations are a bit severe this year dont you think?"

PS I'm only joking............ or am I?

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Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker

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Whoever

thought it would be a good idea connecting car control systems to the internet should be taken out of the factory to the sheds round the back and given a damn good kicking.

You dont do it in aerospace stuff because a hack to the control systems can kill people... so why allow it in cars?

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Thats a point

Quote : They're going to have the same problem with Windows 10, only worse. In an always-updating OS, what's the excuse for not updating it with new features five years from now?

How will commecial software devs test their software against windows 10 if windows 10 keeps changing all the time?

StarCAM, as tested on windows 10 on 21-07-16.... please dont use it on a later version M$ changed the driver interface software....

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Meh

Add me to the meh pile

Good.. win10 is a step up from win8, but then stepping in a puddle of runny dog poo is a step up from win8.

Bad : forced updates....how long until it breaks something and you've got 10 000 angry grannies ringing PC world saying "my computer does'nt work and its all your fault"... shortly before ringing any relatives who vaguely work with computers.(not that theirs work either because of the update....)

But the meh factor is

I dont see any reason to update.......... theres no killer application that needs win10, Win7 does the job well here.

And to be honest, the linux box sitting next to me does the job of being a PC just as well, runs openoffice, can talk to the HP scanner/printer/fax just as well as this Win7 box.

The only reason I have to stick with win7 is for my steam games library, if linux could run everything in there, its game over for windows

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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I'll believe in equality

when I see a woman robot tech lying under one of the wretched things having oil dripped on them from a leaky hose, then for good measure having to pull a dead pump from an ikky coolant tank and fix the thing, while having the boss standing behind them all day going "time is money time is money time is money"

Boris

<<not had a good day

"wheres the shower icon?"

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Re: Blighty

It still does

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You can probaly blame

my brother, Stephen the Cockroach, as he works in a buildings management company.

You see, the clients give them the money to 'refurbish' the newly aquired offices, and the less money they spend on the job the more profit they make.

And they know exactly where to get those blue carpet squares and everything else for a knock down price...

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Meh

Is what he did

any different from

"Hi, I'm John from HSBC, we've detected what appears to be fraud on your HSBC credit card, now we need to double check the details against the data we have so if you can give me the card number and your pin number , we can then verify if its been used for fraud"

whether an account/password has been obtained by levering open a SSH login to accept dodgy data or a fake call to obtain said data.. its still a hack.

And the company is still liable in both cases.

But then part of me wants top politicians/MPs outed from this for lulz factor.... hence the icon

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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I would have thought

the easy solution is to limit the power on the control transmitters so they have a range of about 600' (200meters'ish) after that , your drone shuts down automatically and lands.

If you cant get it back... tough luck.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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I wonder

if they looked at the risk involved to the patient during said surgeries

EG a bypass done on a otherwise fit and healthy middle aged male has a 1 in 100 chance of killing said patient anyway..... and as for letting a robot do it..... no way in hell am I consenting to that next time.

I prefer my surgeons to the human (and leave forceps/sissors/swabs/gloves/ and the piece of metal that holds the chest open inside me) themselves

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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All I think

they are doing is digging out the old e.mail server code from before they used google and giving its a quick zap and get it going again.

I'm a long time NTL/virgin/liberty/next buyer sufferer

Oh and my yahoo mail accounts are the throw away ones, while the ntl one remains a private one.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: That's what happens...

Wonder if he did get it from Kerbal side of the road enterprises.

At least they found the cause, just need to make sure it stays fixed.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: Commons

Sorry we're not important enough to be written about, since we're already back in bonded serfdom

bonded to the banks/money lenders that is, and in any case thoughly distracted with beer, football and a cheap lottery.....

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: Would you like some Cinammon with your Mint or what...Mate?

It is already fatally holed and has been for a long time

Its just a question of how long those manning the pumps will last (Office and business lock ins)

Because Johnny consumer does'nt care what OS he uses, so long as it works.

Wheres the sinking ship icon?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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I can

think of several dozen politicians/world leaders who need a practical demostration of a nuclear weapon and the ensuring results.

In fact they should be given a close up tour of the bomb an hour before its due to go off to see just how small it is and how cleverly designed it is..... did anyone remember to reset the firing clock from summer to winter timBOOM

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Here we go

One of the big problems is that the machine tool builders put something like this in the agreements for using the machine tool

"The control software is proven against the OS installed in the controlling PC, Under no circumstances update the OS in the PC as XXXXXXXXX machine tool company will not be liable for any damage , injury, or death resulting from this".

But then we only have 2 windows based tools left, all the rest are fanuc or Linux

Also is the fact its a small company, with a largely tech illiterate manglement, not to mention the employees, so running update control on the bought in server they have is right out

Eg if they decide to buy a new laptop, they'll go down to currys and buy a cheap one on display.. (explains why we have TWO win8 machines now)

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Here we go

We've already got flash as a vector for borking our systems up, now m$ are going to force updates on us.

What happens when small businesses like us suddenly have an update forced on us that crashes the £3000 per seat CAD/CAM software we use?

Is m$ going to compensate us for down time until the CAD/CAM software peeps can find/fix the problem and give us an update?

This is the reason our machines have update off and manually check for updates 1 week after patch tuesday, so we dont get blue screened and lose money in downtime.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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If

the following m$ products to Xp were'nt so crap, there'd be a bigger user share for each of them

Vista and win8 were/are total and utter piles of poo, Win7 works.. but then win7 needs a higher spec machine than Xp, and you cant buy new licences for it anyway.

Which explains why people have winxp machines still

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Surviving Hurricane Katrina: A sysadmin's epic DR (as in Didn't Realise) odyssey

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I'm very sorry

but I just cant extend sympathy to the guy, sure heriocs were involved in recovering from the disaster of Katrina.

But somehow, no.

Why?

Because I was in New Orleans when Ivan came barrelling through, unable to get out as every last aircraft seat had been booked, and the best thing I could do was hunker down with friends, share the drinks and hope the storm moved east of its predicted track (It did).

But Ivan should have been a huge wake up call for everyone who lived and worked in Southern Louisiana.

Instead we had the long week of phoning what numbers worked and saying "have you seen xxxx?" when Katrina struck, while the disaster played out on our TV screens.

And yes, my friends were ok, although their area did take a bit of a pounding.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Let the guy hang

heck I'd hang him by his ankles in a vat of acid.

Have you lot ever tried dealing with a pair of hyperactive nephews who want to go zombie bashing/car racing on their brand new console and some shit has ddos sony's network?

Flames... because he deserves a go in those too

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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I just

updated damnit.

If it was'nt for candy crush, flash would die on this box

Wow lined 5 up!

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

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When you

read the official state media coming out of North Korea, it makes you think one thing.

"I'm sure the official translator is having a laugh, nobody could believe this pap"

So I guess the defectors write their news in much the same way

Its bit like one side publishing the star and the other publishing the sunday sport(but without the boobies)

Both are equally valueless when it comes to the news..

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Sorry

But I cannot see a single reason to get windows 10

(I'm running win7 on this desktop and Fedora 14 on the dev box, and centos 6.whatever on my laptop).

I've looked many times at updating my 2 linux PCs with a newer version, and cant see for the life of me how gnome3 or unity will make my job easier, and I'm comparing the screen images of windows 10 with windows 7 and thinking the same damn thing.

If I want a tablet/phone interface, I'd buy a tablet or a phone and expect the software to show a tablet style UI, a desktop PC and I'd want a desktop UI, not some 1/2 way mish mash.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Re: Year 7 = 11 years old

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"11 years old is well past the "swallowing batteries" stage of development."

You have'nt met some of the 16-18 yr olds we've put up with when they've been booted out of school.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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And looking at the pictures

it does'nt even goto 11

Drummer icon

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: (Drifting OT) Teller-Ulam configuration

I thought we got the 1958 weapons treaty with the yanks because we went from non nukes to having a better design of H-Bomb than the yanks had managed.

And the yanks wanted our H-bomb designs because ours were smaller and lighter for the same yield.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: Aren't Rods odds the same?

The odds I expect are a million to one

And as we know from the late Pterry's works, the odds of a million to one shot coming up are about 9 times out of 10

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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FAIL

Rolls royce got

nationalised because it was deep in the do do building the first trent engines (you know.. the things that power 1/2 the world's commercial aircraft)

Plus the fact it had various stratigic military products our defence needed.

Was it right to bail it out? yes.

BR was a different kettle of fish entirely, it was trying to run a national rail system in the face of unions and a subsidy less than the one given to the Paris metro

It could do nothing BUT fail

Then rail got privatised in the most illogical and stupid way until you realise it was all about breaking the power of the rail unions, you could hive off the pesky track people to sub contractors, each rail line would have multiple train operators on it so if one companies drivers went on strike, the trains would mostly still run.

Of course there was a downside

that was called railtrack...

<exec> oh why do we grind the rails every 3 months... if we did it every 6 the rails would last twice as long, anyone know?

<vice exec> nope we got rid of all those expensive engineering types who know why

<exec> ok 6 months it is..... .. .. . .. . .. . . . . what was that bang?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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I suspect

it has more to do with the rising value of copper metal than any interest by BT in making out for a better service.

More fibre goes in, the more copper comes out and can be sold...

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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Re: What a surprise...

Its all fake outrage.

The only reason France, Germany, UK work with the yanks for spying operation is so that they get a feed on want the french, germans , yanks, and english are upto.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Should be shutting down soon

But then RBS falls over when word spreads that the depositers are removing their money,the resulting bank run busts RBS wide open, with other banks seriously in the firing line because of loans made to RBS, and the whole banking sector has to be bailed out again to the tune of 222 trillion pounds this time

(thats 2 trillion to safeguard the banks,20 trillion in bounses to the bank's various executives and 200 trillion to goldman sachs whos foresight in placing options on the banks is entirely due to senior goldman sachs staff having a revolving door policy with the various financial regulators.. alledgedly)

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Only way to solve this is vote with your money

It sure will.

They charge you a fair % for your being in debt to them.

The size of the debt really makes no odds, its those charges they are after.

Move to another bank and that bank will make money from your debt rather the shoddy bunch of idiots you are currently with.

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

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It happens

everywhere

The 'star' player who refuses to write up documentation , then snoozles upto the management with ideas hes 'had'(in other words , pilfered off the rest of us) and finally can be seen working 12-14 hr days to prove to the management how valuable he is.

And the management pay him as such.

And nobody in the manglement ever thinks as they send just him out for training on new technology "What happens if this guy DOES get hit by a bus?"...........

Need a bus icon

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Coat

And just like the real

thing, complete with viruses for those without protection....

Boris

<<<putting his inside a rubber overcoat

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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A lack

of skills is holding back.....

So wheres the solution to that.... a quick round of blaming tech companies for internal transfers..... or maybe looking at just how much it costs to train up us techie type people to the required standard, then realise that a lot of us as individuals cant afford that sort of outlay. £5000 for a Open university course anyone? thought not.

If the governments want a better skilled population, do you think it would be a good idea if they invested in a better skilled population?

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