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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

raving angry loony

Optional solution.

My solution is "don't use Facebook". So far that's worked for me. The original solution was "just give them fake info". Which also worked, but I was spending too much time on it, so I went with the new solution.

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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Apple marketing.

You have to admit, they're consistent:

we went from "you're holding it wrong" when the reception sucked,

to "you're storing it wrong" when it bent while in people's pockets,

and now "your security expectations are wrong" from people who actually expect a minimum of security.

I can only wonder what their next attempt to blame everyone but themselves will be.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Sceptical...

Colour me very, very sceptical. Microsoft does not have a history of being honest about anything, from secret APIs to dishonest dealings with "partners". I can only wonder what hidden traps they'll have in their definition of "open source", or their implementation of the "open source" version.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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for a laugh?

Are you sure he was doing for a laugh, and not because those were the only directions he could remember but he didn't want to admit it?

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Too soon.

Personally, I've found beans to be explosive WMD (weapons of mass disgust) only AFTER I've eaten them. Maybe their mileage varies?

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

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Links?

Links to original source for such claims are always welcome in my books.

So http://www.maravedis-bwa.com/en/ or http://www.ipass.com/Wi-Fi-growth-map/

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Hmm. User rated? So "Web of Trust" or dozens of others? Another example of USPTO incompetence, methinks. Sounds like the Wizard's Apprentice got a job there and never left.

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India to develop an API for entire government

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Not Friday...

Subheading says "...already wining approval"? What, no beers?

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Pirate Bay co-founder JAILED for three years after massive CSC HACK ATTACK

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Trust?

Only goes to show how low governments have fallen in my "trust" dept when the first thing that comes to mind is "yeah, his computer probably was pwned. By some government organization who wanted to shift blame to an easy target.". Meh, hardly matters any more. Governments lie to us. Corporations lie to us. Even the bloody cops lie to us these days. Good luck figuring the "good guys" from the "bad guys" in cases like this.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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Insults?

These guys (and one woman) keep calling me claiming that they're solving a technical problem.

The only thing they've done is let me practice my invective and insults in a creative fashion without worrying that I'm doing it to anyone whose opinion I care about. It's quite refreshing really, kind of cathartic. I always feel a little better after one of their calls. I hope they call again, there's a few more insults I want to try out on a receptive audience. It's not the sort of thing I'd want to try out on another person, but the fact that they're active scammers makes them, to me, not "people" in the sense of me caring one whit about hurting their "feelings", assuming they have any.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Averages

I left, so the national average weight went down. Apparently my local pub also had serious financial difficulties after I left. I'm apparently a one-person economic bonanza to pubs and restaurants. Works for me.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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He really said this? "It's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,"

What is he, so divorced from reality that he actually believes this drivel? Or so misogynist that he thinks just women should believe that drivel? Either way, he's a fucking idiot.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Fired?

Yeah, not allowed to do that unless you pay AT&T money, then it's all good.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Marketing

Maybe they're only kicking up a stink to make it LOOK like the encryption will actually stop them from snooping? Wonder how much the marketing dept of these companies had to pay for these resounding votes of confidence?

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Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

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Homework

In other news, Google has announced a homework completion service, Google Homework. By data mining the information provided by all these students, Google Homework can finish your homework for you by copying the most likely answers from others at your and other schools.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Ah yes, the Ostrich Security System deployed to airports everywhere. If you can't see security, they can't see you. Also known as "Head In The Sand" security or "Security Theatre". Idiots.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Spin, spin, spin

HA! I knew it! They've responded in their typical Apple fashion: it's not the phone, it's how you sit. Just like they did with the reception issue: it's not the phone, it's how you hold it.

Apple isn't so much at excellent design as they are about decent but sometimes flawed design with absolutely cracking good marketing and spin doctors.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Yet another argument

Sadly, you'd also be arming the gabby bastards who want to shout down the phone. So they'd get to fire back. What we really need is a "trade your phone for a firearm" policy at the boarding gate. THEN we might see some politeness. Even if the "firearm" was just a paintball thrower.

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Sadly, we won't be allowed to forcibly defenestrate (de-plane? de-avion? what might the correct term be?) the gabby bastard next to us who thinks that yelling into their phone makes up for the poor connection. I have a problem with this.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Go MOM...

Sure. How about... wonder how long before they start forcing their poor to emigrate to Mars? Your typical Indian farmer could probably terraform that sucker in a generation.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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ZEE Ex?

ZEE Ex? Fucking ZEE Ex? Fuck him with a rusty chainsaw! I will not compete for a "ZEE Ex".

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Answer?

So the answer would seem to be that if the content "producers" (really the middle-men who don't produce anything but are more in the business of legally ripping off the actual artists) were to create sites that make it easier to access the music, films and books people actually want, they would profit more? Alternatively, impose a levy on the advertisers on those other sites?

Because closing their fists tighter and tighter on a broken business model seems to not be working very well, especially for the artists themselves. With a few exceptions of course - just like the lottery, if they can keep the hope alive, there's always fools who will flock in to get fleeced.

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Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up

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Re: *cough*Salesforce.com*cough* Excellent idea

Good point, well made. I didn't realize Salesforce didn't allow local servers. Learn something new... etc.

Amazing what some businesses will trust. And as an American company, they answer to the US State Dept (in a roundabout way), an organization with a documented history of helping American companies no matter what the cost to non-American interests. Wonder how many Russian organizations are using Salesforce these days?

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Excellent idea

Go ahead, business people. Give all your business data and financial information to IBM. I'm sure nobody else will look at it or use it against you. Not that Google doesn't already have big chunks of it already, of course.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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They're just pissed off because Apple got caught. Shareholders like that are always on about how a corporation must put profits ahead of everything else. They elect boards of directors whose views are to put profits ahead of anything else. Then they get all pissy when the laws and ethics they trample on their way to bigger profits rise up and say "no, you can't do that".

Now if only there was a way to put the shareholders on trial for getting what they asked for.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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Fairly typical really

So these are the people who think Snowden and Assange are "traitors" and should be executed. Yet when their own services are caught being actual criminals, all they require is a mealy mouthed apology whose only accuracy is that they're sorry they got caught. No charges, no criminal investigation, no jail time, no firing, no repercussions at all.

Then they wonder why so many people think the USA is run by little more than a bunch of murderous hypocrites.

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Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Before 1982, technically.

Starting running a "store and forward" BBS node in about 1983? 84? About then. Memory failure. Eventually ran one of the first versions of FidoNet, whenever that came out. 300 then 1200 baud modem connecting to the "next" node that was a far away as possible without incurring long distance charges. Eventually upgraded to 14.4.

But was "connected" to ARPANet prior to that through work, starting with teletype "display" on 110 baud connection, graduating to green-screen VT100 terminal in the early 1980's.

How are we going to define "internet"? I define it as "single connection point to access required information" (as opposed to having to dial in to a specific system). That was probably late 1980's for me, through a work-provided modem dialup.

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Sadly, it's not April 1st.

Lovely. Another example of just how broken the USPTO really is. The fact that the USPTO hasn't laughed them out of the office right away is a sad, sad reminder that the whole blindingly stupid and greedy department should just be scrapped.

I can think of several ways this has been implemented in several different systems since the late 1970's. In one case using "cat > /dev/tty##" in an suid bash script (when such things didn't immediately result in the dismemberment of the perpetrator). But really it seems they're just trying to patent a fairly typical botnet "chat control" system where systems not only chat in a group account, but the group account can control the systems. No prior art there I guess, especially since the USPTO still seems to think computers still run using paper tape or something.

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Rule of law.

Ah yes, another megacorp that thinks laws are for the little people, and only the little people. Name a megacorp, and it's the same damn story in countries around the world. Best of the luck to the rule of law in Europe on this one.

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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Yet again someone who doesn't see the difference between "whistleblower" and "traitor". To some, they're one and the same. The government is the country, and the country can do no wrong, therefore to speak against them is to be a "traitor". The government can do no wrong, and is always right, therefore to escape any rightful "justice" they want to impose is being a "traitor". Ethics, law (local and international), treaties, agreements, nothing else matters

We've seen the attitude before. We'll see it again. I don't agree with it, obviously. Not even sure if Andreessen actually believes what he's saying or if he's just positioning one of his companies as "whiter than white" in some government deals he has going. We'll probably never know.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Here's my guess.

My guess? They got one of those "secret" US government orders to put in a back door, one that included instructions not to reveal they got the order in any way. So they came up with a bullshit solution to shut themselves down while staying within the letter of the law.

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

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Meaningful resistance

The main difference seems to be that China advertises that they spy on anyone they can in order to actively discourage any kind of meaningful dissent, whereas the USA tries to pretend that they actually honour a concept called "privacy" while doing everything they can to sabotage any kind of meaningful dissent. The operative term being "meaningful". The USA is more than happy to let the crazies do their ranting, but are quick to make sure that anyone dangerous to their ruling class is carefully vilified and threatened with anything from seclusion in solitaire prison to assassination.

Stunning how to such different (on the surface anyway) political systems seem to have merged in how they want to deal with meaningful dissent.

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Employees grab Apple and Google's $325 MEEELLION olive branch in hiring suit

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Another sad day for the rule of law.

So yet again corporations get away with doing something whose profits probably cost them a lot less than the out-of-court settlement. That amount is probably less than petty cash for these companies.

It's a very sad legal system when those doing wrong can pay off the "complainants" and the government then sits back and says "oh, nothing wrong must have happened then". Kind of like mobsters making the witnesses disappear - but legal.

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

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Translation

What the Autodesk CEO really means: "Since we haven't found a way to lock people in to our software when doing this, we don't think it's worthwhile". They're really the Microsoft (in every negative sense) of the CAD world, but with a much inferior interface and really good lawyers. Personally I think they've only escaped official sanction because they're smaller, and not because of lack of dirty tricks they keep playing.

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Autodesk to release 'open' 3D printer

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Autodesk newspeak strikes again.

Autodesk - that paragon of closed, proprietary, lock-in tech that goes out of its way to buy up and close down anything that might compete - is about as likely to release anything "open" as I am to become Patriarch of the Orthodox Church. I suggest that the headline writer and whoever wrote this drivel have fallen victim to a well-known scam known as "the press release".

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Odd world.

Inspired by a video game. Commits robbery. People get all upset about games, hardly talk about any other background.

Inspired by a religious book. Commits murder and/or any number of other major crimes. No mention of banning the book in question. People get all riled up if you dare mention it.

It's an odd world.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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So that's where they went.

I was wondering where the arrogant know-it-all fuckwit developers went after the demise of Gnome. Now I know. They went to Firefox. Want to customize where the tabs are located? You can't any more - because "the developers know best". Several other formerly popular options have been removed, and require either add-ons or extensive manual about:config customization to restore.

Either the Firefox developers get their head out of their arses and start giving people a CHOICE of how they want to configure things, or they're going to find themselves in the same pickle as Gnome did. Which, admittedly, might be their goal. I don't know.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Took a while, but I see Microsoft finally managed to buy the entire U.S. "justice" (so-called) system. From getting away with its anti-competitive actions to this latest saga, Microsoft is a prime example of "money trumps justice", the true American achievement. Ethics? Morality? Law? Who cares, so long as you have MONEY! That's the true "American Way".

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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"Biting the hand that feeds" doesn't mean "turning into the Daily Mail"

So, I see El Reg has succumbed to the old "trial by press" bug. The one that sweeps the whole concept of "INNOCENT until proven guilty in a court of law" into the manure pile while slagging anyone the police care to arrest, making sure that even if they are subsequently found guilty their lives will be pretty much ruined. Not a shred of objective analysis, but instead just a rehashing of the same tired "rah rah rah go police rah rah" press release. Sickening, really.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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It's obvious

They've official denied it. This proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that they actually did do it.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Sir, one does not need children to purchase Lego!

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I'm guessing the only reasons he's on about it is that the fucker stepped on one while going to the loo in the middle of night. In those cases, yeah, Lego is the work the devil. Or, in the contest of "small things giving much pain", at least Australian.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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That's what happens...

That's what happens when you completely ignore the people actually using your product and go your own way, insisting that nobody else has a clue and nobody else can possibly have any valid opinions. Perhaps those who made those decisions should put their money where their mouths used to be? Unless they don't have any money? Oh well, goodbye Gnome. Someone will possibly re-use the nicer bits and pieces.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

@Bill B:

You'd be so wrong! Beer is obviously much better for dehydration than water. If the Daily Mail says so it must be true!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-491236/A-pint-beer-better-workout-water-say-scientists.html

Sadly, I couldn't find the peer reviewed journal article, but I'm sure it exist. Somewhere. In someones mind, at least.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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I always blame the accountants. I'm rarely wrong.

My work involves connecting to databases and source code on other machines - I could do the work using Window 95 on a 386.

However, I want to find the accountant who figured it was a good idea to cheap out on the furniture and use their skin as the chair mat. I figure anyone whose epidermis contains so much teflon that any blame just skims off would be best used for some purpose other than making sure we purchase the cheapest, nastiest, most uncomfortable furniture.

Unfortunately, my boss is a "bums in seats" counter, and doesn't believe that useful work can be done outside of the office.

I've found the main problem with I.T. is the accountants who don't know jack shit about computers and think that getting something for 30% less is "good" even if the performance is 30% of what was actually ordered, because they aren't judged on the kit's performance, only its price.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

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Where are you?

Could El Reg please start putting a dateline or some other idea of which country the articles apply to?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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quote "Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers, with more than 400,000 vacancies"

Bullshit. Complete, utter bollocks. There isn't a shortage of ICT workers. there's a shortage of people who meet the EXACT criteria determined by NON-IT literate HR companies for "ICT" positions. The best example I have is the HR company that wanted 5 years experience in Java, when the language had only been INVENTED two years previously. The problem has only gotten worse.

Fire/burn/murder-death-kill the HR companies doing the "searching", and the "shortage" would magically vanish overnight. There are thousands of people out there with the right knowledge - the incompetent trolls running HR just won't admit they exist.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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meh

If I'm in a bar and someone comes in and starts recording me without my approval (apart from the 17 security cameras and accidental photo-bombs of the incessant selfies of self-congratulatory students about how brave they are coming to the bars I hang out in)... oh wait, I guess it doesn't really matter if yet another wanker starts recording me in a public dive.

I'm guessing the glasses were grabbed as a very standard ploy to distract from the real theft of the purse/wallet/phone. It worked.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Hypocrisy Inc.

U.S. banks (and financial groups) have FAR more involvement in illegal activity (in dollars) than BitCoin. For that matter, their own government 3-letter agencies have far more involvement in illegal activity - on the "wrong" side. Another flaming hypocrite from the US government.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: dum di-di dum dum

quote: " Talk about shoddy accounting."

Quite the contrary. It was a brilliant bit of creatively criminal accounting. Do you know how hard it is to hide the loss of 750,000 of anything in a budget report in such a way that nobody notices?

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