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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

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Re: lol

I blame the Advertising watchdogs for letting them get away with this to the point of encouraging them. In the UK the watchdog (aka ASA-The Toothless Puppy) specifically permitted the use of words with a cvontradictory meaning. I seem to recall it related to 'traffic shaping' which was allowed even when they advertised 'we will not slow you down'.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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eloquently answered...

Those tax practices were intended so that multi-national companies could take advantage of areas of expertise and share the output across divisions in the other countries. It is still used that way by the majority of companies (how many data-centres do you really want to have running?) but is being 'abused' by a small number. Is it really practical to change the laws and penalise everyone because the 'bad-guys' accountants are better at finding loopholes than the Governments are at closing them?

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Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

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Re: What's the O in LOHAN?

Not so, especially in light of the L being Low. A Low Orbit could technically be just a few feet above ground for the whole orbit assuming you could maintain thrust although there are generally assumed values for the varying categories of orbital 'height'

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Re: "we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

Only if pried from......etc etc etc

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: LED lighting

Ah, that's because the regulations quote wattage and not lux/lumens/candelas per m2.

This means your 7 watts for a side light which gives you an incandesant bulb like a glow-worm allows you some LEDs which almost outperform halogen headlamps. Certainly the 50 Watt GU10 bulbs at home have been replaced with LEDs of the same brightness but rated at 5 watts

Always thought this was something which needed some attention.

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Re: Cruise control

The poor timing of your CC is a classic example of the diffence that extra inputs can make to predictive actions. You can see the brow of the hill approaching but the car cannot.

It has been said by people who know about these things that a really good driver can out-perfomr ABS as well, but we are talking about properly good drivers as in licensed race/rally type people.

As the article notes, a lot of the systems in cars both ancient and modern are average at best but hold to the 'good enough' theory of engineering. You could make it better but it would cost more unless you wait until next decade when a new thrugglewasher will be invented.

The one part which did catch my eye was the digitial wiring loom. As far as I am aware even the latest eco-warrior cars have central control boxes and long copper runs. At the best part of 60lb of weight saved from changing to a digital loom in his project this is an appreciable saving and if taken with changing to LED lighting then I could see this being a nice little earner for some Auto-Electric shops.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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I am amazed that no-one has so far suggested an added feature with Press 1 for #1 and 2 for #2

It's the weekend, I can't leave as I'm at home

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Re: The US isn't actually forbidding the export of crypto...

The point of the article is that the handling has changed from a slapped wrist if you made an after-the-fact revalation to a penalty. This raises a number of questions which have relevance due to the nature of the items in question.

Are all businesses now being fined for exporting without a license and admitting it later?

Are all other fines in line with the level of this one?

Does the treatment match any documented process to handle companies which export with no license?

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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Joke

So LOHAN has another tattoo....where's the story?

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Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

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WTF?

So...

Let me see if I got this right......a person using an alias has actually been identified as the same person using a completely different alias...

Wow....someone online who uses multiple identities, groundbreaking stuff here

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: I'm still mystified how...

Simple....he's training for the PFY slot by being as irritating as possible suggesting something in IT is straightforward and you, the user, are doing it all wrong.

He has no connection, no conversation, just a smirk as he wins another round.....PFY 10, (l)users 0

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Follow the money

Not so much who profits if it succeeds as who loses if it gets killed off?

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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I used to string them along and my favourite went on for over twenty minutes before I got bored and hung up telling them there was a good advert on TV I wanted to watch. My wife has now banned me from this game but my son has gamely picked up the baton and now critiques their script.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: What's the problem with this?

Alternatively pour them from lightest to densest using a thin funnel/tube set to the bottom of the glass (normally not a flat-bottom glass). This allows you to slowly raise the less dense fluids and reduces the eddy currents which are your main problem. With practise you can just pour direct to the edge of the glass and have the nectar sink but my hands are not steady enough due to a love of coffee :)

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I blame Mother Nature

We all know that women are prone to changing their minds at regular intervals for no apparent reason....maybe she was getting hot and needed some ice 'down under'

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Forced to use their real name?

So how do you go about differentiating between the various people called John Smith (or for our colleagues over the water John Doe)?

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: As we all know...

Oh how true. I know some of my comments crash and burn to beat any failed rocketry example but this just reminds me that I don't actually know everything and some people have a different opinion to me. The amazing thing is that is actually allowed in most countries and governing by Whiskas commercial* can lead to the Oozalum bird**

* if 8 out of 10 want it then let's make it compulsory

** flies in ever decreasing circles until it disappears up it's own backside

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Re: Toblerone & Cuckoo Clocks.

National service is still a requirement there and they get to take their rifles home with them but only in recent years did they stop them also taking ammunition. They do have a small problem with misplaced firearms though, last count I saw was over 10,000 but not sure what timescale that covers.

Scared yet?

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Well there you go

Apple finally join the party only to morph into an MS-style 'embrace-extinguish' party-pooper. It is a real shame that NFC never really got going but I guess the mobile world is almost evolving too fast for it's own good.

Maybe in 30 years or so when it stabilises and the whole financial world uses the Cayman Conch shell as it's currency we could have another crack at this.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: I thought America was all about the free market?

This type of legislation is proof that 'temporary measures' never include a graceful exit plan.

As long as there are 'old school' dealerships then this is needed (look at Phones4U to see what could happen otherwise) but new manufacturers should be automatically exempt unless they choose to franchise at which point they would be caught by it.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: The Longest Yard

Yep, Burt was the quarterback.....this was re-made as Mean Machine in an British setting with Vinnie Jones in Burt's role forming a team of prisoners to take on the guard's football team.

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Sad news

Really liked the way he played the role in both films and his conversion from the dark side was nicely scripted.

All in all it was a good role to get your teeth into

Yes...I've gone now

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?

Had the same experience with a spirit-level app. I would say that while some of this may be malicious, the vast majority is going to be down to incompetence and an inability to write minimalist code as in the old Windows Xp days when every game needed Admin level access to run.

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Welcome your new digital.. commissioners? Likely pair could fill Steelie Neelie's shoes

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Wow...generate HOW MUCH?

I just love how they come up with these figures and expect people to actually believe them. So a single Digital market will generate €250billion will it? Where from and what will it have to replace and how much will that cost?

I could see it having a value in that ballpark but this would not be new money, just existing value re-assigned.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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OK, I'll bite (and may get flamed for this)

If there are no default passwords, how does it get automatic updates? Surely any process to allow them is a potential hole?

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Am I missing the point here?

How far away from a 55" screen do you need to sit to take it all in without moving your head?

Oh yes, and how many modern houses have a room big enough to even get that monster in, never mind sitting far enough from it to watch.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Re: Remembering the bloke who was Admin for the PDP11...

I got severely chastised for setting passwords to 'Changed'

Seems users didn't know what I meant when I said "Your password is Changed"....maybe it lost something in translation

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Ah but..

Does this kill off my most hated MITM vector also known as 'Verified by Visa'?

That is such a secure model that as long as you know some basic trivia about a person you can reset the password. I no longer bother trying to remember it and do my best to avoid sites that inflict it on me.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: Breach or not?

How true, perhaps a more penetrating question in these situations would be..

'Does your default security system prevent brute-force style attacks?'

We all know that no security model is perfect but as many commentors abovce have said, there is an assumption from the public that you have a limited number of guesses since they see that on their bank cards etc etc etc.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Prior art?

So did they steal the idea from MassEffect with it's same-sex/different race seduction naughtiness possibility which caused a handbags at dawn moment in Singapore?

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Complaints

That's what I see here, nothing but complaints...

I for one am overjoyed to see the offerings and I would be willing to pay double, nay treble the cost to support such a well-meaning body.

Oh, not actually got any prices yet. Must have fallen into a Python moment there, apologies all

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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The USCO say what?

Just wondering what relevance the US Copyright Office have here as the photographer is not a US citizen and the photograph in question was not taken in the US...

Are they trying to jump on the Google Book Scan bandwagon?

If the US want to declare that you have to be able to prove a human took the photo in the US then that is their problem, I would say in response to @Joylon above though that this means your meat tripod DOES own the copyright.

Meanwhile. in the real world we can still continue using common sense (although it is getting less common by the day).

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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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Damned good thinking but it is probably a result of the early auctions where spectrum went for stupid money that I struggle to believe the companies could recover. All governments now see big pound/dollar signs in their time in office obscuring the option of, as you suggest, leasing it which means the other mob may get some benefit from it when you get kicked out of office.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Re: Let them feel

I think you forgot to add the Joke icon....

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Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment

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USPTO liability?

Is there anything in the rules under which the USPTO is governed/runs to exempt them from liabiity when they issue these patents which can be shown to ignore a library of prior-art?

It would be interesting to see if the lawyers could be set on the USPTO instead to try to make them do the job they are supposed to do. Plus that would keep the lawyers too busy to interfere in real life.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Whatever the final name,

just keep taking the Tree/Air Boundary Location/Evasion Tactics

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Eargasm...

Old-time civilian pilot defending his beloved Britannia against the upstart Tristar...

"which would you rather have...four screws or three blow-jobs?"

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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More to the point....you are connecting all the sources to a single display system?

This may work great in your minimalist loft-style apartment bachelor pad but as soon as you get a life (and at least one more person living in the property) the conflicts start where one wants to play on the XBox (other games consoles are available), one wants to watch the football on Sky (yada yada) and a third has bought that film that everyone wanted to watch but couldn't be arsed to pay out to watch in the cinema.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: I'm wainting with baited breath...

Indeed. Even the populist science gurus in Mythbusters work to fairly strict standards and if they get an answer they don't expect they look to see why. They are peer-reviewed (viewer responses) and have re-visited with different test methods to verify their results. Even then they are not always willing to label an experiment as passed or failed and leave it in the middle ground.

From the News Site viewpoint though they need viewers and that often requires click-bait headlines.

El Reg is exempt that accusation though as everyone knows they would never tease with a headline (or sub-head I hear)*.

*OK, I made that bit up.

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Re: Arrrrr

@Gordon 11 and @Anonymous Coward

Actually the wording is such that it does not require you to own the original. We are heading to the same state that exists in Switzerland (and I think Portugal) where copying of copyright material for personal use is permitted regardless of the source and yes, The Pirate Bay is accessible in Switzerland.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Immortalised in....

Just bought a bag of tungsten-tip screws: never gonna use 'em, Lyn, never gonna use 'em.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Alternatively....

If a third of the CO2 has been released and there was no significant change in temperature then does that not suggest that CO2 actually PREVENTS global warming?

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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

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Re: Apple,

I tried going to specsavers but couldn't read the signs so went home instead

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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But they cannot set a harsh penalty

Otherwise some smartarse will use that against media companies (such as BBC and chums) who quite happily steal content from the web to plump up their sites scraping off any inconvenient marks of ownership along the way. They could hit the four strikes in seconds...daily.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Confused

So is that a simplified version of the website or a website for simplified people

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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My 2p

I have to wonder if the people who 'could' be good TV drama/comedy writers are being blocked by comparison with the programs on endless loop from the 70's and such. There have been some good series more recently but in some cases there is a clear understanding that these series have a natural lifespan before they drag down the good start point while in others they are a little 'edgy' which makes suits uncomfortable especially if something happens in real life which could be taken as a parallel. Examples of 'live' stuff I am watching which stand up well are Bluestone 42 (totally not PC so may struggle to keep going) and Death in Paradise (already on a new lead actor in series 3).

There are good nuggets out there but the sheer volume of competition keeps them niche.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Only Lab-based tests?

Not when Mythbusters went about it. They have compared Drunk driving, Mobile use (with and without hands-free) and tired driving. None of them compared well with the 'normal' state of the drivers.

You may not feel that they used a sufficiently large sample size but the differences they recorded were big enough for each driver to be relevant and possibly a lot more relevant than stats which start by removing lots data to eliminate 'other' factors. You say that even if most ignore a ban at least some will observe it but could those be the same people that were careful before the ban and did not have accidents whilst on the phone?

Gets us into the territory where they list the cause of an accident as 'Speed'...this is simplification of cause for ease of collation. Speed is the cause of every automotive accident as without it no two object can come into contact with each other (although technically 0 is also a speed). The critical word missing is 'inappropriate'. Go at 60 round a bend marked at 30 and the likelihood is you will have an unintended occurence, travel at 90 on an empty dry well-lit motorway way and your are much less likely. Use your mobile phone in the midst of rush-hour traffic to get directions when you are lost and it is when, not if, you will hit something. Do the same on that aforementioned motorway and the reduction of attention on your actual driving is not so relevant.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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and this is why...

I always regretted not learning Latin. Bad enough that I couldn't understand some of the jokes in the Astrix books but now I can't understand my favourite Tech-site.....

I would add though that the clip from Life of Brian in the Sub-head was a real obstacle on my German A1 classes when trying to decline verbs

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: iOS is worse!

I would be careful with your degree of smugness.....I too like BB10 but when I wanted a spirit level and thought 'there must be an app for that' I found the first three all wanted access to my contacts and the Internet???????

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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

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So, handing over some control...

Must be about to announce the replacement products then leaving the channel partners to handle encouraging 'their' customers to migrate.

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