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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

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Re: Lost Audience

Simple answer: block FB at work, except for those who need it for business purposes (i.e. marketing and PR).

Same for Twitter, Flickr and all the rest.

But not El Reg, that would be inhuman.

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Re: Good luck with that

Maybe that's the plan. Make the ads annoying and just before people start to flee offer them a deal "£5 to look at content your friends have given us for free and without ads!"

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Can you id the "sponsored crap"? You might be able to set up a GreaseMonkey script (or similar) to remove the crap.

I must admit, I feel a bit guilty at the level of ad blocking I employ as i know sites need money. I drop it every now and again to see if things have improved, but it has only got worse. Even on this very site, some floating puff for the latest MS sack of crap deigned to hover over the comments the other day (just like MS, still trying to catch up with last decade) and the length of time is takes to load all this junk (never mind the insidious tracking and profiling) caused me to raise shields again.

If the ads didn't flash and didn't jar with the content, I could tolerate them.

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EU launches formal Microsoft privacy policy probe

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And the rest

With the to-do over orphaned works and the land-grab being made by some to profit off the sweat of others without having to offer them any remunerations; is this any surprise?

By all means use social media; but always tag your pictures and only upload reduced quality. If people think your work is good, get them to come and pay you.

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Won't follow Apple Store rules? How 'bout an iTASER TREAT!

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Make your bloody minds up!

So this lady is apparently trying to buy up the entire USA stock of iPhone 5s to meet the staggering demand in China? But according to El Reg, 14th Dec there is Chinese indifference to the iPhone 5.

So which is it, El Reg?

As for the lady being tasered, I find it staggering that a fully trained police officer could not restrain her and decided to use potentially lethal force. Are USA officers not taught locks and holds? It is perfectly possible to hold some immobile and compliant with a joint lock (especially given the extra leverage cuffs allow for). Back-up was coming, why not just restrain her? And as there no other mall security closer?

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Grinchy Google to shut down another batch of services

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Aww, diddums. How nasty it is of the big Googly beast to make you pay for the labour of others.

Actually, it's not nasty at all.

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Re: Great.

"You're right - why are simple and common standard calendar functions so difficult to provide [for free]?"

I added the bit you missed. If you want a calendar service, why not pay for one (e.g. Outlook/Exchange) or help out/donate to the Lightning devs (Kewisch et al)?

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John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Make your bloody mind up!

Production halved, El Reg, Nov 29th

And now you claim they are ramping production to meet demand from the slavering Winbois. Which is it?

Or is this PR twaddle: they cut production, wait a fortnight and then 'ramp' production back to normal so they can crow about this mythical insatiable demand. Which, of course, it utter twaddle.

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Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality

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Re: Seems overcomplicated

Does this mean they are getting close to missing the ground? That's a vital area or research that is.

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

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Re: VAT

@Chet Mannly - Market economics and price elasticity of demand. Let's say corporate tax did go up 10%. Let's further say that 100% of that tax bill was passed on to the customer (which doesn't necessarily equate to a 10% price rise). The company has two problems:

They may not sell enough at the new, higher price (demand is highly elastic) and so have to lower it again; or

Their biggest competitor might know the above already and simply fire a few bodies to recoup the cost, or simply suck it up meaning that out fictional company cannot raise prices.

This, of course, does assume a near-perfect market with no monopoly player and no price fixing.

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Re: result

@AC - Top two hits for me are both xerox.com, and if you know you want xerox.com why not just add "site:xerox.com"?

"That is what the end user wants - a search engine clever enough to return the correct result just by typing a few words."

Which is why I use DDG.

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Re: Piro

@Ken Hagan - That's a result URL, not a search term.

DDG supports the "site:" operator, just like Google. It also supports other shortcuts like "!w".

Even on Google you sometimes have to nudge it in the right direction.

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Re: In before

@AC - I use DDG all the time. I think it's freaking awesome. It might be what you are looking for (some engines do seem to be better at some topics than others).

As for those manuals "Phaser 7500 manual site:xerox.com" at DDG works grand.

What's yer problem, caller?

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Re: Let me fix part of that for you

Better idea. Ask the MPs what they think Google should have paid. Subtract what Google did pay. Divide that by the number of MPs. Recover said sum for the assets of every MP.

Or, if they won't agree to that, ask them who passed the laws. Once you have a list of names, remove them from the house for gross incompetence and hold some elections.

You can bet than when it comes to the next round of tax law, all their minds will be more focused.

Either way, it's not Google, Starbucks' or anyone else's "fault". They are playing the game (perhaps a sharp and nasty game) but a game nonetheless and within the rules; we must blame cretins who gave us these rules.

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

"Will this run on linux?"

No, but the fact the it runs on Windows is a triumph of pig-headedness over elegant design. Even access would have been a step-up from what you describe.

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

If by "support" you mean "provide network shares and other services that Excel could consume" then the answer AIUI is "Yes".

More to the point, Excel barely supports Excel at times!

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Re: Install Linux and let 'em come

I came here to say something similar, but you can just ditch Windows and move to a GNU/Linux. There will be a lot of custom code that would need ported, assuming it can even be ported, and there may be show-stopper applications that can only run on Windows.

It might be cheaper/easier to just cough for the fees, which should have been paid anyway!

And, of course, depending on the nature of you business use MS may not demand license fees for their OS but licenses for the use of their patents; regardless of OS you are using.

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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

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Re: One tiny little country

I thought the law applied if the material was published in the UK? i.e. the website could be viewed here.

Isn't that why libel tourism is so lucrative?

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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Re: So, it's official

Oz is the 52nd, the UK is the USA's bottom bitch. Although the UK has played up of late, it's going to need a bit of slapping to brought back into line.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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I don't want a smart TV.

I want a big monitor. That way I can connect any PC/device of my choosing and it will do want I want, not be locked into the maker's walled-garden.

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Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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Re: A better solution...

@Lee Dowling - I find the little red/blue light a thousand times more annoying

Meant to say earlier, a little bit of black leccy tape over that front button works wonders. Now I don't get lasered in the eye when I sit down to watch the goggle-box.

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Re: A better solution...

@Lee Dowling - thank you very much for the detailed reply, it explains an awful lot. I may have to resort to using "modem mode" in the future in that case, which is going to be somewhat problematical.

Or drop VM and go to ADSL.

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A better solution...

...let us connect our own modem/routers and get rid of the SuperFlub.

Heck, I'm even willing for it to be a list of "approved" devices; just so long as I can chuck Tomato or OpenWRT or something, I'll be happy. Yes, I know all about "Modem mode".

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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Big intake of breath

LEARN TO READ A BLOODY MAP!

GPS is convenient and good for driving along with, but dear god never totally rely on it. Map, compass, know how to use them. Not only will this give your next trip an elite SAS feel, but paper maps don't run out of batteries. They're also great fun for spreading out over a table and discussing where to go next.

Seriously...if you drive long distances, take a map.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

"My arguments are perfectly valid"

What argument? All I see are some red herring statements on a totally separate topic.

"you have come out with stock dumb answers"

I think you'll find that all I have done is point out the irrelevance of your own statements.

"that with your limited intelligence"

"And all though you appear [too] dumb to realise it"

Ad hominems. This is what I mean about not being able to construct an argument.

"you have discussed your views and opinions."

I may have stated my opinions elsewhere within this forum, but I don't think I have discussed them with yourself; and I just checked, I haven't (until my recent statements, of course).

"So either preset a valid argument that is logic"

I have. I have logically and clearly deconstructed your statements and shown why they do not form a valid argument. I have managed to do this with resorting to personal slurs; something which I note you have failed to manage. A shame you feel the need to resort to such base tactics, if you would present and actual argument they would not be required.

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Re: According to wikipedia...

"Ad hominem". To the man and comes in multiple forms. I assure you I can recognise a reasoned argument, I am still awaiting one from yourself. Your abusive ad hominem wasn't really a good start, nor was the straw man you then attempted and which, in my opinion, also strayed into an abusive ad hominem.

Note: I assume you are all the same AC. This may be wrong. But as you are posting AC I have no way of determining if this is one person or many.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

"'I haven't presented an argument, merely pointed out that the one you provided was fallacious.'

Which obviously in itself is a good old fashioned ad hominem. Don't hate the player, hate the game."

Except for the small matter that it isn't. Pointing out that your argument is fallacious makes no comment about you as a person, belittles you or otherwise insults you; nor did I seek to put words into your mouth (as you did with me).

As for me being hypocritical, I make no claims to being perfect and at least I have the good grace to post under a handle where you can see my past history. I wouldn't go too far back though, the opinions I expressed in the past may not be the ones I hold now. See that's the thing about debate - when one's argument is shown to be weak/false it needs to be reconsidered.

In order to assist you in this matter, I shall make two simple statements:

1) Stallman raises some valid points about the Ubuntu Shopping Lens. I am not certain I agree 100% with his conclusions as he is a exponent of the slippery slope. However when it comes to matters technical, he does have an annoying habit of being rather prescient. He does at least raise many points for debate and I thought Bacon's response failed to address many of them;

2) On the other matter; I can find no reference to your claim on his Wikipedia page, I did manage to find it on his blog from 2006. On that I think he is wrong, assuming he still holds that opinion of course. You could always ask him and see what he says.

As you can see, I have also cited my sources. If you are going to make claims in the future, I suggest you do likewise.

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Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?

Canoncial is a business. It needs to make money. Why is this a surprise to many in the F/OSS community? Do they thinking money pops out of thin air or something?

First thing I did was uninstall the lens. If I want to search Amazon, I'll go search Amazon; I don't need the PC to do it for me. Even with the lens, I am not worried about Amazon potentially data-mining me (won't be possible unless Canonical pass up some kind of GUID) but Canoncial could profile me.

Oh, and Mr Shuttleworth? You don't have root until I say you can have root.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

"ditto for you"

I haven't presented an argument, merely pointed out that the one you provided was fallacious.

"So you support his views on pedophillia?"

Appeal to emotion. Ignored.

"I assume you would be quite happy for some adult to rape them"

Appeal to fear. Ignored.

"If not, you have no right defending him."

You have constructed a position for me which you have then attempted to tear down. Straw man. Ignored.

I have not discussed my personal views on such acts on children, nor my views on Stallman's purported opinion of such acts. l have restrained myself to pointing out that you have not yet presented a valid argument with regards the current topic; Canoncial's Shopping Lens and Stallman's assessment of that. Oh, and pointing out your fallacies.

So either present a valid argument or, as the saying goes, haud yer wheest.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

@AC Appeal to emotion, appeal to fear, Reductio ad Hitlerum. Come back when you can actually construct a valid argument.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

Just because RMS is wrong about one thing, does not make him wrong about another thing (I forget the name of that fallacy). Heck, Dawkins has some rather IMHO strange opinions on this subject. Does that now mean evolution is wrong, or that Dawkins is wrong about it?

RMS is a strange fish (I feel I can say that, I've met the man and spent time with him), if he were British we'd call him eccentric. He is often right on matters technical, although he does sometimes have an odd way of expressing it.

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Money

How do you think Canonical pays it's devs, testers etc? Kind wishes?

The shopping lens may well have been misjudged, it was certainly not received very well at all, but unless Canonical start making money Ubuntu (and all its derivatives) will no more. So where does Canoncial get the funds from?

OEM licensing deals? Not on the desktop (at least, not in any volume to make any real odds).

Cloud services? Possibly, but that makes them just another service player and you'll still lose your desktop.

Shuttleworth does not have infinite pockets, so where do the funds come from? It's got to come from you one way or another, so how does Canonical pay the bills?

C'mon, sensible answers, please.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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Re: Easy answer

"This, Sir, is demeaning to robots. I demand satisfaction!"

There's a robot for that...

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Re: Easy answer

Dear Anon,

Do get out more. There's a good fellow.

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Easy answer

Get the Apple and Samsung top brass together. Add their respective legal teams.

Put them all in a large sack.

Charge the public USA$5 to beat the sack with a stick until they are exhausted.

You'll always hit the guilty party, the obese USA-ians will get some much needed exercise and you'll raise some money to boot (donate that to charity).

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: Google worries me

"The anonymous poster has no problems with tracking."

I believe it's called a "negative profile". You don't need to be on there, you just need to be tagged/mentioned in posts and can be profiled from that. FB apparently do this.

I'm not worried about the Google Death Squads or anything, I'm just worried about the creeping invasion of privacy. What used to be done in public, but was reasonable anonymous, is now open to scrutiny and potential misuse.

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Google worries me

They track you via ads;

They track you via your email (if you use gmail);

They track you via your Kobo (see ads);

They now track you via social media;

They could track you via your mobile (and probably do is you a Google Maps or something running).

Am I being paranoid or there just too much of a threat from Google these days?

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Re: But wait!

Citation, please

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Re: To whine or not to whine

"I see people who do hard physical work outside in freezing weather who don't complain because they are getting paid well."

I bet they'd grumble if they got injured whilst working!

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Re: To whine or not to whine

Physician, heal thyself.

These are doctors - the fact they don't have the wit to sort out their own ergonomics is worrying.

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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Re: AC accounts have no use on this site

"Posting as AC can be helpful in that respect. Posting as AC doesn't necessarily mean that the poster is a troll or a shill."

This site does not run a real-name policy, no force you to use some global ID like G+, Facebook, OpenID or whatever. So the only reasons for posting AC are:

1) To troll - and one doesn't want the trolling to be linked to their actual handle; or

2) To shill - and one doesn't want that to be easily traced via post history.

Yes, one could use sock-puppet accounts etc.; I completely agree. So until someone can give me an actual good reason for AC (and I don't buy anything I've read so far) I shall continue to dismiss ACs as troll/shill.

And if I wanted to karma-whore, I'd align my handle here with what I use elsewhere; but I can't be arsed.

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages @The BigYin 18:52

"Windows is crap"

It is. I use Windows every day and feel qualified to state that it is crap. And Win8 is more crap than Win7. If you want some balance - GNU/Linux isn't perfect either; nothing is.

"You can do that in Linux (then usually qualified with things like "I'm sure" or "can pretty much bet"."

It may surprise you, but I don't have time to go around and test every aspect of Windows emulation on every DE on every distribution. Also if I haven't tried something myself, I don't like stating it as a fact.

My current DE is similar, but not identical to, Windows. I am fairly sure, but have conducted no tests, that any Windows user could use it. There are, of course, differences out of necessity, e.g. workspace switcher, window controls in different place (I could move them, but I like them where they are), different Super-key behaviours (again, I could change these but I don't need to). And that's before we get into the differences caused by the filesystem, but again these could be dealt with, I just haven't bothered.

"Not exactly likely to inspire confidence in the people you want to convert, though it will go over well here, so it's a nice safe thing to do isn't it?"

So Eadon writes off posts they don't like as "shill", and you write off posts you don't like as "preaching to the choir"? A bit hypocritical, no?

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages

"The thing is if you continue to think that anyone who disagrees with you is a shill (incidentally see the house rules about that) you're just going to alienate people"

I don't. I think anyone who posts as AC is probably a shill or a troll (note: I haven't accused you of being a shill). It is so easy to create a new account/handle that there is no need for AC IMHO. And as evidence to that I cite you stating you can't tell if Eadon or I are one and the same (we're not, but then I would say that).

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages @The BigYin 18:52

"Wrong. I'm neither. Dunno about other ACs."

Right. There is no real name policy here. You could call yourself "Galactic Wombat" for all the difference it makes. AC accounts have no use on this site except for shills and trolls.

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages

@Eadon - Agreed.

Considering just the graphical aspects (which is what most people probably will) Win8 and Ubuntu (one of the main GNU/Linux distros) suffer from the same problem; a desktop/tablet schizophrenia. In Ubuntu a few workflows might have to change, but annoyances remain (two clicks to switch a workspace for example). In Win8 it is just freakin' gawd-awful. The whole schism as it switches to desktop mode just shows how badly thought out it is.

At least on vanilla Ubuntu I can install another DE (MATE or whatever) should Unity not be to my taste and I can't be pretty damned sure all the important stuff will work. And if it doesn't? Use another. Or configure that one to is does work how I want.

On Win8? Meh, I'm screwed. I must follow the dikats of their UI people and be-damned to my work flow or muscle memory.

"Oh, but switching to GNU/Linux needs sooooooo much training." Not it doesn't. Just have one person fiddle with it and make it look Windows-y enough and I can pretty much bet the team will hardly notice (there are other factors I agree).

As to our AC shill, they are either that or a troll. Never reply to an AC, those accounts only exist fro shills/trolls. It's not like this place has a "real name" policy or something.

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Re: Currys/PC World

@Steve - the newer Samsung's look a little bit Apple-y; I think it's just the aluminium body. There's also a project running to get GNU/Linux stable on them, if that gains more traction I would seriously consider one as the Samsung's seem like nice kit for the price.

I wonder what their refund policy on the unwanted Windows license is?

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

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What is it about?

I see no posts with any real meat, just lots of "look at my blog!" crap and heaps of flashing pictures (some NSFW). I guess the flashing pictures and squares ties in with the Win8 tiles.

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Oh FFS

"Blacks don't like work. Not hiring 'em"

"The Irish don't like work. Not hiring 'em"

"Woman will just get pregnant and expect a free holiday. Not hiring 'em"

"Old people are set in their way. Not hiring 'em"

"Young people just want to do drugs and laze around. Not hiring 'em"

"Oh....why do I have no employees?"

Prejudice comes in all forms and whilst an iPhone might indicate a privileged background, it could also have been a prize. Even if they were born with a silver-spoon in their mouths, not all toffs are wastes of space (those become MPs). What you have to look at is the person in front of you.

So if you have Herman Barington-Smythe Fauntilory III in the chair with his personal driver sat at reception, but they are the best <insert job> applicant you have ever had and they seem keen; they you would be a blithering idiot not to hire them.

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