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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

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That's nice

Who's next PETA, Animal liberation fund, I Luv Noddy group ?

if I make a donation can I also request the criminal background details of my neighbours ?

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Siemens to throw CEO overboard after profits slashed a FIFTH time

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The official reason

Since this is a megcorp I presume that the official internal memo will read along the lines that the "CEO is leaving in order to persue familly accomplishments".

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Search Terms

How do they know the search terms that peados use, or drugs users , or thiefs etc ....

I imagine that the criminal underworld have their own terms, synonyms etc for their wares.

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'Fat Wallet Bob' leaves Apple tech chief spot for Special Projects Bureau

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Re: Bob the builder works for Apple ?

No, I don't think that they do. That's what so special about Bob, he is the 2nd highest earner. As the article stated that only Larry Ellison earns more...

Bob the Builder is not a CEO, he is just an employee ( OK he was on the comex).....but that still makes for one hell of a salary.

This is the Forbes list for CEO's ( not employees).

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2012/12/ceo-compensation-12_rank.html

I couldn't even find a list for employees.

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Bob the builder works for Apple ?

I wonder who pays Apple enough money that they can afford to pay one of their employees that kind of money ?

Fanboi mania, some people are just laughing all the way to the bank.

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Apple: 'Average' iPad toiler does a mere 46-hour week

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85 Million requirements.

Elsewhere on El Reg today, we read about Builder Bob earning 85 Million a year.......I wonder how much these factory workers would be happy to know that.....

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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Re: A true shocker

>Even my kids now have zombie accounts

Kinda makes you wonder how mean "real" accounts actually exist.

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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Re: I'm totally fed up with swearing ...

"If aliens landed and saw how we use the web they'd leave for another 10,000 years."

It's true that the web does have its "DailyFail" side of things..... I suppose at the end of the day it probably is quite representive of society. ( That's a depressing thought and it's only Monday)

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Re: I'm totally fed up with swearing ...

Quick get Martin off of the web and into that Kindegarten immediately. He might actually be suffering ffrom an immediate strain of SwearWordsOntheWeb.......

He came to El Reg and expected "nice"...... OMFG, WTF......Faint, swoon, fetch me some water..... We have a believer..

Nah, but seriously Martin, most of the Web does not contain profanity and you are free to browse only the content that you desire, simples really. There are lots of nice Christian websites, some might even be orientated towards IT. If not why not start some up...

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What is wrong with the children ?

If the children need so much protection it must be because the government got things wrong in the first place.

If that is the case, then the govenrnment should be changed because they are the ones that are in need of protect, from themselves.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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@Amorous Cowherder

Isn't a fridge a bit redundant in Scotland ?

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

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Re: Google Switch

@Bakunin

Are you "absolutely" sure about what you are saying or are you new to the game?

Will your solution really stop "Wifi" location being sent to Google, directly or indirectly through third part apps.

Will it also stop GPS location information being sent to google.

If I were to find a wireshark equivalant, you are saying that, I could be assured that by turning of "syncing for the Google account." no traffic would any longer be sent to google.

C'mon wake up man, there is far more to google/android than your contact list and porn browsing habits.

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Google Switch

Is there also a BIG button which can be used to stop the phone/addressbook/browser/etc from phoning home to Google with user stats.

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Deadly Spanish train disaster exploited by malware mail scumbags

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Major tabloids no better

I have never bought a tabloid newspaper for exactly the same reason. The people that exploit these situations are no worse that those that consume it....

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Guinness: Have a quick bonk over the bar and receive FREE BEER

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Re: To the Tavern!

Real men don't wear iPhones.....

but they do drink these ------>>>>>>>

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

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Frenchy stuff coming up

Just to let you know, the standard joke in France relating to the "Why the cock is the national symbol".

Because it is the only animal, that even while standing both feet in the shit, continues to sing.

Et maintenant en Francais

"Parce que c'est le seul animal qui, même quand il a les pieds dans la merde, continue à chanter."

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MYRA HINDLEY found working in Capita's benefits & revenues unit

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Re: So basically

It's Friday, the El Reg hacks are tired and it's almost Pub o'Clock.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Don't the planets "fly" slightly slower than UFOs and also represent a much larger masse.? ( Deathstar not included)

Also, the military must have some major doubts about their radar detection in order to mistake a planet for an "invador".....

I can imagine the pilots reaction when realising that his target was approxiamtely 750 000 000 million kms away. "Base, I don't think that our heatseekers are up to the job, we will need something a little bit more interstellar, returning to base".

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Android 'Master Key' DEMON APPS sniffed out in China

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Re: At the rish of being downvoted into Oblivion

<quote>AFAIK, having the master keys mean that each and every Android device is open to being attacked. Changing the keys would be next to impossible (AFAIK).</quote>

They are not open to attack UNLESS the user installs some dodgy software from bad sources.

HOWEVER, should any of this software end up on the Google Play Store then that really could be a nightmare. ( I am thinking repackaged Angry Birds or whatever the next fad game will be)

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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

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Re: Always on culture

It is far too early to know the real reasons for the suicide, I presume that within the next few weeks we will learn about some stealing, cheating, sordid affairs etc etc .that he was involved in......

There have been a few high profile cases recently in Switzerland and I can't imagine that this will be any different.

William Hill should start taking bets on the real reason, it would be far more interesting than taking bets over a baby's name.

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One month on, Edward Snowden cleared to leave Moscow airport

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Oportunity knocks

I wonder if he managed to snaffle any of the Russians secrets during his stint in the airport ?

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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

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Re: to see if the named fish responded?

<quote>

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.

But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.

The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the 'Star Spangled Banner', but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.

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Douglas Adams knew a long time ago that Dolphins were very special.......

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E-shopkeepers stabbed with SQL needles 'twice' as much as other sites

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Re: Politician's 'perfect 'solution for a 'perfect world'

Looks like someone posted to the wrong forum......

Or was it the word "injection" that got you going.....

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: Some daring

Buck Futter,

You must belong to that strange minority that doesn't try new gadgets with your gloves on............especially the sheepskin mitten variety......when they are wet and slightly frozen.......

My God lad, don't you do an UAT.

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Symantec snaps up PasswordBank, touts SSO logins to biz

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Corporate Policy

Our Corporate Policy requires password to be changed quite often and on a regular basis. I used an SSO for a few weeks and i found it to be more of a PITA than storing my passwords in Keepass.

I have been a heavy Keepass user for years and I think i will remain that way.

I wonder how far Symantec can be trusted these days, Passwords "backed up" in the cloud........the word trust does not spring to mind..

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Oi, Google, you ate all our Wi-Fi keys - don't let the spooks gobble them too

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Don't forget Cisco + Linksys

I think it will be safe to assume that Cisco + Linksys have also been pwned by the NSA several years ago. This would give the PRISMERATI a nice direct access to your home equipment...

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Technically Literate Children

Children have endless amounts of imagination and lots of time on their hands. They will persue the web endlesssly looking for ways to circumvent these kinds of restrictions, sloqwly but surely they will find the method/program/proxy etc etc . When they do find the circumvention method they will then spend hours circulating that information to other children.......

During this time dear old Mater and Pater are completely oblivious and feel quite smug that their children are apparently protected from the "horrors" of the web.

Never treat children like fools, they will show you up every time...... Imagination is far more powerfull that any lock will ever be...

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One end is for the computer, the other is for the wall, if you mix them up your data will flow the wrong way.

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Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

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Re: He's still a tool.

The chuch and the slaughterhouse are equal targets, the principal remains the same. Once you are throught the locked gates however what you do with the "swag" is very important.

There is no point in saying that Sputn1ck was wrong because it does not change the fact that the deed has been done. It is far more imoportant to discuss what can be done in order to prevent further replication or how to avoid making the swag worthwhile.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

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FAIL

Ironic, you start of by calling everyone grumpy ol bastards then you proceed to demonstrate what's not good about SkyDrive.

By the way, did you actually read the article, SkyDrive will become the "default drive", in other words it's not a backup device at that moment, it becomes your "principal" and therefore "unique" copy of whatever file you are working on......

And pray tell, what solution is available to you when SkyDrive goes titsup..

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That damned cloud again

If the wisdom of MS is pushing us towards the cloud, we would probably be far better of using ChromeOS, at least it was written intentionally for the cloud.

MS are treading on very thin ice, if it breaks they will sink......

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Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

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Carefull don't go dumping all of your dead bodies in the same bag.

The English might have an obsesssion for the royalty, I am not so sure that any else really cares.

The Scottish : Well the queen owns some nice property but thats about it as far as the Scots are concerned.

The Irish ( Northern Irish), have a very split idea of things.......touchy subject depending on your faith ;-)

The Welsh - I dont have the foggiest idea what they think, although I can imagine that they don't benefit very much from the Royal Entourage either....

The term "British" is actually a very vague term.... It all depends on the subject whether or not it concerns everyone that lives on the island(s).

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Scam Titles

I am sure that the El Reg readership could come up with some interessting title for the scamware emails.

Example :

* Duchess of Cambridge bares her finest asset whilst giving birth.

* Is the baby bald or has the Duchess just had a brazilian.

* The Duchess of Cambridge in stirrups, as you have never seen her before.

et cetera....

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Re: Pffft, can anything on google maps these days :D

When you are tripping, geographical location has no relevance :-)))))

<---- Mines the Techni-Coloured Dream Coat....

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Re: Pffft, can anything on google maps these days :D

The above link translates to approxiamtely 6.4 miles north of woodstock.... wonder if it was initially developed by some aging hippies trying to determine the maximum speed at which a joint could be successfully lit..

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Verity's summer songs for programmers: Sing your pals to sleep()

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In memory of Steve Ballmer

To the tune of L. Cohen - Hallelujah)

Now I heard there was a secret code.

That a monkey typed and it pissed the Lord.

But you dont really care for good code do ya.

He typed and he flailed

Till the compiler failed

He smashed his screen and he threw his chair

and the stressed out Steve he cried out loud

I hate computers , I hate computers,

I hate computers , I hate computers.........

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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No need to ban porn

Wouldn't it just be easier for Mr Cameron to ban "people" or ban wanking..

Porn is after all just another form of escapism, so I presume that instead of Porn people will start turning to other less welcome practices....

There are no real politics today, a lot of knee jerking but no thinking. No one seems to go behind the scenes in order to try and understand why Porn has such a following. Wasn't porn initially created for/by the Gentry....( Paedophilia might be a different cup of tea, I honestly don't know).

Think about the children : Doesn't that phrase just make you cringe..........

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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

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Re: Adventures in the Netherlands

@Turtle

I understand what you are getting at but the difference in this case is this it is not me that is doing the Piracy. It's a bit like listening to the radio in the morning, I have no idea if the Radio Station pays for the music it plays, I presume that it does but I honestly do not know. YT is exactly the same, I have no way to know whether the video was payed for, whether it is the artist themselves that put it online, whether it is pirated or not etc etc .. I can only presume that it was put there legally.

Google ( YT) provide a service , for ( almost) free.. Why should I not use it.

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Adventures in the Netherlands

Just the title of the report gets the mind wondering about what you are about to read. ( don't worry it's SFW)...

I only perused a 10 or so pages, 26 pages of Spotify, MusicMetrics publicity is not for me .

What I did retain though was the fact that MusicMetrics did not include YouTube in their analysis which, in my opinion, severly sways the balance. In the last 2 years or so I have never before seen such a large quantity of music available on YT.

I am not an audiophile, so I don't really care about bitrate or codec quality, what this means is that Youtube is absolutely perfect for me and probably another couple of hundred millions other viewers/listeners.

I don't need to pirate anything, I don't need to pay Spotify, it's a freetards wet dream.....

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French boffins: Regard, our record-breaking long, fat, wet pipe

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Re: Not if

Thank <deity> that I live on the continent..

Why is this such a big issue with the Brits anyway? Are there more peado bears in GB than anywhere else. Are the majority really that shocked about porn ?

Or is this just shit politics bearing down upon an ignorant public...

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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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Re: Sniff!

Andy, let me adjust your phrase, just slightly

These days Steve IS doing all kinds of "unnovating" and "misdesigning" and "incompetence".

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Chipzilla gives computers the finger with gesture acquisition

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World+dog

<quote> its faith that world+dog wants nothing more than a computer they can wave at </quote>

It would be interesting to learn just how many "world+dog" actually equals...

I can understand people that have 5 metre interactive screens, think Jeff Fahey + Lawnmower Man or Tom Cruise + Minority Report, might require this functionality but "world+dog" don't really have the need or the requirement.

However, I am sure that there must be other usages for example: a warehouse person guiding an industrial robot ( modern fork lift), a steel industry worker moving molten lava about the shop floor ( at a distance)etc .... I presume that the army already have some nefarious ideas as well..

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Google teases hush-hush Android event on July 24

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Carefull

This actually be the announcement of the official PRISM version. It's ths one in which you must first ask for clearance from our USA "friends" who then authorise or not your calls/application usage.....

On the other hand the article mentioned, Android has not been updated for at least 5 months... That really is an eternity to wait for "not a lot at all". From ICS to JB there was a severe lacking of "newness", "originality", "usefull"..

I think that the OS in itself can't really stretch out much further now, Android and IOS have come a long way, they are already very mature : what we need is seem cool hardware. It would be nice to see bendy phones, fold-out phones that can work at A7, A6, A5, A4 sizes, "long" battery lives, quick recharges ( 15 minutes from empty to full).

The OS revolution is mature we need to concentrate our efforts elsewhere. ( The last thing that we want is what has happened to Windows, Linux - TIFKAM, Unity etc are dying attempts at adding something new)..... To be fair various Linux distros let us choose alternatives....

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From Russia with no love: Prez Putin dubs Ed Snowden 'unwanted gift'

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Snowden is living proof that it is not worthwhile being honest.

The US are not honest with its people, they don't seem to be too worried.

The UK are not honest with its people, they don't seem to be too worried.

Snowden was honest, he is now "Extremely" worried......

I can easilly imagine though that he thought that he was doing the right thing at the time ........Sheremetyevo will never be the same again....

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulls his own music off Spotify

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Re: Spotify

I think it is more important to know how much Spotify actually took in and then deduct what was paid out...

500 Million sounds like a lot but it depends entirely on

* how many different bands it was paid out to

* How the pay outs are calculated - Do young bands get the same pecentages as U2 for example

* Over what period were the monies paid out.

* How much did spotify earn... HOW MUCH !!!!!!!!

* Who else is paid outside of the bands. ( promoters, agents, publicity etc ).

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

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Sperate dealings

Tha hard disks should be removed from the comptuers "before" the computers they leave the hospital.

These disks should then be handled by "validated" security firms that are capable of destroying/wiping the disks correctly.

This is a failure on behalf of the NHS management: in this day and age any manager above a certain level definately should have enough savvy to know the risks involved and the appropriate measures that should be taken. If he does not then he is obviously in the wrong position.

You do not have to be a IT expert to know that confidential data is confidential data.

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: But who gets it in the neck?

Pete, I understand completely what you are saying, if a counterarguement is required it all boils down to "finance".

The accounting departments has requested that 1 Tb of data "must" be backed up every day ( theri choice no yours). Ok, no problem the price of Disks/Tapes/Hardware will be X per year.

My role as the IT Guy is to also say to them that maybe the alternative is to back up only a subset of that data. ( Everything else can be archived) In such a case only 20Gb of data will be backed up daily, ther cost will be Y per year. Will be be lower if you are carefull. You gain not only in in cost but also in backup time ( this is important when problems arise), in recovery time ( vital for the DRP scenarios- get them up and running quicker). BUT it "must" be the Accounts department which make the decision as to which data is vital and which it not.

The bean counters understand figures far better than technology.

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Some extra points

* Ask yourself : How will I cope with vendor lock-in.

* What is backed up is the reponsability of the data owner not the IT Department. Are the other departments aware of the costs/time involved. Ask them to reconsider what they need compared to what they want.

* Add the time it take to bring the Offsite backup tapes "Onsite" into the restoration SLA.

* VERIFY YOUR LOGS......EVERYDAY

* Inform people when backups fail - it is after all their data..

* ALWAYS have more than one backup media ( hard disks + Tapes ) example - Hard disks Onsite + Tapes Offsite.

* Ensure that new Network Shares are added to the backup selection....

* Have you tested restoring your back up tapes on another Site / hardware / Server. If your building and your hardware are completely destroyed you will be glad that you can recover your data elsewhere.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

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High Fives no longer.- Whoop , Whoop

As you pass by the door just after purchasing the latest iGadget you wil no longer get a Whoop, Whoop with a high five.

Instead an iNurse will swipe with you a swab and an iDoctor will inject your some with some iRemedy to protect against Whooping Cough.

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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Re: Fragmentation

And somewhere far away, a certain Mr Balmer was thinking along the same lines.

<-- Coincedence or irony, both Tux and Ballmer are bald.

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