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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

Richard Jukes

Punishment should fit the crime.

I say make him offer free 24/7 genuine IT support to the golden oldies. That would teach him.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Methinks this is the start of the bubble bursting.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Im with the chap who posted above, where are the Thinkpad X series in this review? Small, lightweight and idiot proof.

I require idiot proof. Im a PHB. Who says I need a laptop case? Fuck that!

I tend to get 2/3 years out of a Thinkpad X series, thankfully second hand ones are cheap on fleabay.

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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They are a good idea and they have their applications, however they will not replace the supply chain for parts.

I have looked at buying one, I could use it to print better plastic mats for the diggers in our fleet, or use it to print the plastic hand helds (£60 + VAT for a 5cm by 8cm bit of plastic) or the joystick controllers etc.

However, and this is the big hurdle - what about EU Certificate of Conformity's? If I design and print something I am accepting liability that it is safe and will do the job. Now you may say its a bit of plastic for a hand rest, however in this increasingly legal world am I going to take the risk of incurring liability to save myself £60?

Of course not.

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New security standard for CHAPS who have your CREDIT CARD data

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Re: @Richard Jukes - BAH!

That is just it, yourself and I are tech savvy (we do after all read this site) and I had the same impression as yourself 'WTF IS ALL THIS? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?'.

If people like you and I are getting stuck on the PCI DSS, what hope have small business got?

There really is a market there for PCI DSS config and review, I would happily pay £150 to £250 per year for it just to avoid the headache.

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Richard Jukes

BAH!

I hate PCI DSS annual review time. Thankfully we keep customers card details in an A5 notepad that is locked in a safe. As such the review is quite straight forward.

However if I were to keep those details on an electronic CRM (which would make my life a lot easier) I then have around about 80 pages of technobabble to wade through and complete. I can change default passwords of routers and do quite bit of technical stuff however I do get lost on the vast majority of the PCI DSS review (if I were to store details electronically). A lot of it is very network specific and I am out of my depth (and I consider my self more IT literate than average and certainly a lot more IT literate than the average business owner).

While I appreciate that PCI DSS is something that needs to be adhered to, not only for the sake of customers but also for the sake of the business - it is not something that I feel I can fully complete, hence we stick to the idiot proof paper and safe option.

There is a MASSIVE gap in the market for tech companies or contractors to offer PCI DSS compliance configuration and PCI DSS reviews, however many companies I have approached seem to wish to stay well clear.

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Brit online property bazaar Zoopla ponders BILLION-pound flotation

Richard Jukes

Value? Where?

I like zoopla, its a good website. However I just cannot see how they are worth 1.3bn - they cant be making that much surely?

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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erm?

Am I the only one who cant wait for a basic watch phone that can make and recieve calls? Im fed up of losing my phone and Im fed up of carrying it around in my pocket. I want a watch phone dog damnit!

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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I think this really crosses the line. Inside my head is my own special place where I retreat to for privacy and rest.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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erm

Is anyone actually surprised that programs like PRISM exist? Its been law in the UK for quite sometime for phone companies to keep records of all calls.

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

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Tasers

Are the tasers made in China with prison labour?... :p

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Richard Jukes

I've said it before.

And I will say it again, NODDY HOLDER! HE WOULD BE GREAT!

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Apple fanbois get one last chance to see spectre of Steve Jobs

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Erm?

Is Steve Jobs going to appear in hologramatic 3d and show the way for apple to go? Just like Hari Seldon and the Seldon Plan?

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

Richard Jukes

So where does one buy such a beast?

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Samsung: We're doing smart watches too

Richard Jukes

...

I do hope it can make and recieve calls!

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

Richard Jukes

Hostile Takeover

Just how low do facebook shares have to be, before google decides its just worth buying them out?!

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

Richard Jukes

Im sure Mr Clarkson will step forward and answer a charge of threatening behaviour etc if the victims are willing to step forward and identify themselves.

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Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

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Proceeds of crime

I would imagine now that there is this guilty verdict that the CPS will be pushing for a Proceeds of Crime ruling too - in essense they have to pay the £3m back or face a lot longer in jail. It is an effective death sentence - who can make £3m when they have had all their capital confiscated? So in all likely hood this chap will end up doing twice the sentence, he will get released and then for the rest of his life his earnings will be docked.

Crime really doesnt pay now a days. Even if you get away from the crime - you may well have to prove where those earnings came from 15 years down the line.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Richard Jukes

Luxery!

I manage on 300w total. If you want more power I would recommend you get a victron quattro inverter and some batteries, you should be able to draw upto 10kva then.

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

Richard Jukes

The only threat is if you resist.

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

Richard Jukes
WTF?

It is a lie! He is not John McAfee.

I AM JOHN MCAFEE!

(Lets try the Spartacus defence now.)

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John McAfee 'captured'

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Re: I bet he used ReiserFS

I believe that gag was used when the chap who wrote ReiserFS led the police to where he had buried his dead wife....

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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

Richard Jukes

We just dont need new machines to run web browsers, Im typing this on a 5 year old machine. Its the longest I have ever kept a machine, I really dont need anything quicker.

I am looking at getting a new machine next year, as this one can only take 4gb of RAM however I said the same last year....it just keeps running and runs everything I need it to!

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Goatse.cx opens up again - as an email provider

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erm, I'll chip in £20 if everyone else wishes to donate just so this cornerstone of internet 1.0 stays up, it has bought my priceless smirks - and embarassment too.

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Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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My thoughts

My thoughts exactly, how does he?

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French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

Richard Jukes

"Corporation tax should be paid, at a lower rate, on turnover, instead of profit. That way, all those ridiculous accounting techniques disappear."

And what rate of tax do you think is fair? 5%? 10%?

My profit margin on nigh on 1m turnover is around 8%. Yes, thats right - every million I turn over I 'earn' £80k.

Taxing turnover is not progressive and will ruin the economy.

I am however in favour or rounding up all accountants and doing a 'Clarkson' - even the good ones deserve it...

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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

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Because...

Because its Plextor....

From what I remember of Plextor (from the era of CD Rewriters) was that they made bloody good kit. I could of course be wrong now a days, but I would be tempted to pay a premium for quality.

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Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

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heh

I think I will just stick to storing invoices for 7 years - like HMRC request. I see no legal obligation to store emails or other communication for such a long period, and if its not here then I simply cannot hand it over can I?

Such a shame...

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SpaceX's Falcon places Dragon in desired orbit

Richard Jukes

erm

Dont you mean Monday the 8th? Or is there a time flux or something?

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Is this the ad...

Is this the ad with Branson dressed up as a Kung Fu master? If so, wouldnt people be too busy laughing to actually notice the details?

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Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

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heh

Rugby players...

I know of one chap round here (Rugby player too) who was offered his money back and begged not to come again. He even offered to buy two all you can eat buffet meals just for himself, and they still wouldnt let him continue!

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

Richard Jukes

1984 called

And they want their laws back.

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Ten external battery packs

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erm

There really shouldnt be a market for these things, if only phone manufacturers bundled their phones with a decent sized battery and made them more efficient...

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NHS eye hospital embiggens in-house open source system

Richard Jukes

As with most things, its not really possible to write a decent application unless you know how the organisation works. Every bit of hire software I look at just isnt right, so I'll end up writing my own :-(

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Facebook co-founder Moskovitz scrambles to offload his shares

Richard Jukes

heh

I know someone who works in IT who actually bought Facebook shares. No, really!

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New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

Richard Jukes

Im a firm believer that the more pointless paperwork one has to do, the more right wing one becomes.

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Nvidia rides the Kepler wave, proves bean counters wrong

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hmm

Time to short ATI and buy Nvidia then, gotta love the simplicity of trading on those two companies :p

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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just

Richard Jukes

Indeed

However, they were given the option of moving and Im sure some sensible relocation packages were also offered. So what Mr Jones has essentially done is forced the vast majority of the staff to quit without redundancy pay. Smart chap, if albeit a bit evil.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

Richard Jukes

against the grain

I know this is against the grain and somewhat controversal, however what would have happened if he had shouted out his tweet in the airport rather than broadcasting it via twitter?

I personally think that people should be held accountable for what they say on the web. Just because its faceless doesnt mean anything goes.

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E-Cat pitching cold fusion to Australians

Richard Jukes

Erm?

Have you guys read the website? Watched the video's? Or researched this at all? I have, I think it could be plausible that this may work. Watch the video available on the E-Cat site, it is quite informative.

Granted, I'll admit that Andre Rossi is a convicted criminal and has done fraud before... ;-)

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Volkswagen Up!

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hmm

I think the more pertinant (fuck off grammar nazi's!) question regards the engine mounts, are they the same and in the same position as other nice engines that VW make. Such as the 1.8 turbo petrol engine they produce?

That could be interesting :-)

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Ten... Mi-Fi HSPA 3G wireless mini-routers

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Telecom FM Dataroute ftw

I had a good look about last year and found the Telecom FM Dataroute to be the best for my needs, the fact that it will ping a server and auto reconnect if needed really sold it to me. Coupled with an 88cm aerial I have never been without signal.

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Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

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heh

My spread betting platform isnt letting me short them due to market conditions!

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Down they go

I think pretty much anyone with any sense is shorting this. Where is the money?

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Inside the Skynet ghost town built by bunker-based boffins

Richard Jukes

heh

I really cant see this making money.

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

Richard Jukes

Contiuum Hosting for me.

I have only ever used http://www.contiuum-hosting.co.uk and I've got to say its very rare I've ever had a problem, and on the occasions I have had issues I've just spoken to Laze on IRC and its been sorted or it is already in the process of being sorted.

I should probably admit that I've known the chap for a long time so I am biased, but the uptime talks for its self :-)

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Renault Twizy budget e-car

Richard Jukes
FAIL

I wanted one, right upon til the moment I realised it doesnt have windows.

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Busted Phobos-Grunt in harmless splashdown

Richard Jukes

Hmm

Is that also the same episode where covers are whipped off a local parade to show the parade is nothing but a load of tanks and missiles parading the streets? :p Classic imo!

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Honda NSX reborn as a hybrid

Richard Jukes

Hopefully they will hook up a 6kva diesel generator in and hook it up to a 200 amp fast charger, inverter and a nice big lion baterry bank. The 'electric' car revolution wont be won by burning anything other than diesel intially - a 6kva generator is used around about 1.5 litres of diesel an hour (charging at 200 amps, can be fine tuned to much less at less amps) using some clever software and fine tuning it would be possible to use the batterys/capacitors to provide instant peak load and start/stop the generator to provide both performance and efficiency.

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