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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT TO THE RESCUE!

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Re: US only: What I wish to say is somewhat off topic but here goes:

I have gone AC on occasion when I have made what could be seen as a semi-revealing or rude comment on my sector, which is not so big that I would be lost in the crowd. But normally, yes, it bugs me too, if only to have to identify with AC one is replying to in one's reply.

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Re: I can see how that would work...

Over here in the UK, some companies are taking the lazy way out of getting around the law by asking contractors to 'take a break' for two weeks over Christmas, i.e. leave their contract and of course of course we'll hire you back in January. I know one manager (mine) whose flabber was gasted when I used the 'break' in employment to get another gig.

Likewise, contractors at Microsoft, in 18 months, will have a decision point: they can wait around for six months in the hope of being signed on again, or go elsewhere. Let's get some popcorn and sit back...

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: I would laugh at this if it weren't so sad

AC on Hawai'i: read up about the Spanish American War, especially in the Philippines, and that will really open your eyes.

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this? @Wzrd1

And are we seeing a wave or arrests as the NSA turn over child porn to the DOD? Are USA child molesters being rounded up by the horde? No?

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Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Re: It's funny

Not that amusing -- most accused do have a penis because most people in power are men, and some men (although not my lovely colleagues) get a wee bit confused about what is appropriate use of power and what is not. On the other hand, one of the most vicious bullies I've ever worked for was female. Power tends to corrupt...

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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If it was such a mild breach...

...why not come clean with the details? Why be coy and say a Freedom of Info request has to be waved in order to pry the details out of their hands?

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Speaking as a Canuck myself...

Would Mr Babcock want to clarify how many As in Khan?

As in KHAAAAAAAN?

As spoken by that fine Canadian actor, Mr Shatner.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is precident

Except that they do monitor US citizens in the USA.

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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

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Re: Amazon needs a good bollocking

I too am finding Amazon less than a lovely experience these days. I have to be extremely vigilant not to be tricked when I am in a hurry, and I know that have smaller vendors by the short and curlies and are very happy to keep tightening the grip. As they have extraordinary heft in the marketplace, the playing field is not level. If I can get products from anywhere else, and I usually can, I tend to shop there. I am also increasingly uncomfortable buying from companies that use trapped labour. I would never shop at Walmart or Primark (the latter using pretty much slave labour) and Amazon is not so far away from these models. Poor people have fewer choices of employment, so again there's isn't level playing field. My saving a few bucks here and there is not worth it when I look at what I am supporting.

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Can't pee standing up?

Remove their right to vote immediately!!

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: What are the odds...

I can imagine pretty eye-catching billboards set against a great horizon. If you could position one so that Manhattan was visible through it, and then have people apparently parkouring all over the skyscrapers? Of course, you'd have to keep changing the action or we'd get bored.

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

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Not bad

For a small, pretty hairless, bipedal ape, not bad. First we covered Africa, then we ventured into the neighbouring contents, up rivers and along the ocean shores, crossed the Bering Strait and followed the new continents down to where the cold began again. We reached to north and south poles of our own world, our highest mountains, rose into the air, spread our eyes and ears beyond our planet, walked the moon, and now we drive our tools across Mars and hear the noise of interstellar space from our own creations. Not bad, homo sapiens, not bad.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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yes, TWB

...it is the same in female couples. The other female, however tends to remember better than blokes apparently do. Not hard -- calendar note on smartphone...

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Re: Major downside

Perhaps they just know better than you.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: I had a break in Dubai, last year

I just had a work gig there, and it struck me as being in a city on Mars. You can't really step outside and inside the only thing to do is work or shop. It is a place for money, by money. Save for the slave-labour it is built with and runs on, it's a great place if you want to divorce yourself from anything real and meaningful. It didn't take me a moment to turn down the offer of a full-time gig there.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: Gel implant bras

A Modesty Blaise novel used this exact, erm, transportation mode. Not a bomb, but a small radio, etc.

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Re: Prevailing winds

Or indeed Mr Harris himself, in person. For quite a long time.

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Barbican Digital Revolution exhibition: Techies, arty types get intimate

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Not brutalist, but...

One New Change, in the City of London, has to be the ugliest, most user-unfriendly building ever built. It is a blot.

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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

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Re: sustainability

What's the playlist for taking out the garbage? Doing your taxes? Watering the plants on the balcony?

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Re: debate settler?

You need look no further than Rye and Winchelsea in Kent. They were once harbour, fronting right ont he Channel. Even Hastings had a rather good harbour, but in the late 1200s a big storm began the process of filling in the Sussex/Kent coastline. That storm is now considered to be the opening act of the weather shift we now call the Little Ice Age.

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QLogic exec chairman HK Desai dies aged 68

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Maybe it came without warning?

It can be like high blood pressure: no obvious symptoms until you have a massive stroke.

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Alex Bouzari on his big data storage firm: First, we got rid of the VCs

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Good for them

I'd rather run my own ship and sail, or sink, because of my decisions and my response to the marketplace. I have a contact whose modest but clever start-up (he was Systems for other friends' new little company) was more or less flattened by the weight of VC demands, expectations, and lack of patience.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Flexitime makes sense in principle

The fact that only parents used to be given this, but not, say carers, means that the law is now more fair. However, the colleagues of mine who have perked up with interest either are already parents who use this to their advantage, and now see it as a way of getting even more time working from home (and the most eager do the least when at home), or are work-shy type who now see this as a way of getting more nap-time.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: Integrated Strap? @Hunter case

I am afraid I am nerdy enough to want, really want, a pocket watch-shaped device that is my phone -- a phone/watch that does everything, with its little round screen able to show porthole-adapted movies. Steampunk the case and have a watchchain/usb-cable thingie and I am there.

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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

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Re: Can't wait

At least you can't accuse these countries of hypocrisy or failing to meet what they tout as the major differentiator in their favour, as do the Yanks when they spout about their love of freedom, liberty and free speech, while busily not doing them when it counts.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: bad news - Democrats screw the little guy??

I can't help but notice that the Supremes tend to support the Big Guy, especially when that Guy is a corporation (who are now, of course 'persons'). I searchand find very little evidence that the actual decisions made by them do anythign but support the Big Money interests.

I am not an American, just a bemused outside observer.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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I laughed, I cried...

Oh, yes, yes, yes. All true. I know, for me, it's the beginning of the end when I read the latest in a long line of emails or slide decks and start screaming with unbelieving laughter. It tells me that my kool-aid tolerance has been used up and it is time to move on.

I have accepted that big business (big multinationals, especially financial services) are in existence only marginally to do what's on the tin (banking, investment, whatever); a good 80% is a self-sustaining boxing ring for senior chaps to wrestle for power and prestige. So projects are about their, um, manhood, size and swing-worthiness, and not actually about business value. Once I got that, I was able to play nicely. Until that moment of unbelieving laughter arrives...

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One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars

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Call me a science fangrrl if you will

But the fact that we can drive little vehicles all over another planet and see its horizons and know its chemistry is F*CKING awe-inspiring. The science is great, the technology is great, and humans are the most amazing monkeys ever.

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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Next: public park benches for rent

Want one in the shade on a Sunday in Kensington Gardens? {sharp intake of breath} W-e-e-l-l-l, that's gonna cost you.

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

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As long as I can see it...

...I can ask them politely to remove it. When the Glass bit get so small that it's hard to tell whether it's just a fancy frame or Glass, I will be bothered.

I recently read an article on Google Glass, suggesting newbie salespeople could be mentored by their managers via Goggle Glass while they were talking to clients, and also how salespeople could collect lots of useful info (photos) while face to face with clients, making a pitch. How many clients would permit themselves to be Glassed? How many clients will say 'first take off the Glass, then we will shake hands and talk.' I'm thinking maybe...100% ?

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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Re: If there is more than one Higgs boson . . .

The Higgsettes!

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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Some things useful, most not

I could see the point of .xxx, but never got why anyone would use .museum or .aero or the trillion others being pumped out. Living in London, I see adverts all over for .london, but to me these are not useful and often become mild extortion: 'Wouldn't want some slimebag to take a variation of your name, now would you, squire? Why not buy .uncle and .tom and .cobbley and .all and be safe?'

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Vulturization: 'Privacy' is fightin' words to cloud touters – they get angry

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Duration?

My first bit of feedback is that i can't see how long this podcast is. I like to know for what time I am committing myself before I click 'play.'

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US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

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Re: This is not the ruling the press is making it out to be @Tom13

Roe vs Wade a horrible law? Really? Were you personally forced to change your entire life because of it? Did it destroy all your future hopes and plans?

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

Um, no. Feminists see men coming into traditional 'female' spaces, but traditional 'male' spaces are still closed to women, so now men have many more job opportunities and women have fewer. Also, men going into traditional 'women's' areas tend to rise faster and higher than women in that field, thus the many teachers', nurses' etc organisations with a man as the head/director/chair of them -- any man in a 'woman's' field is seen as better and more properly leader of them. Also seen in grocery stores, where a 25 year old bloke is manager of dozens of older women staff. But, Daggeredge (love the moniker, BTW) what you are really saying is 'feminists are illogical girlies who hate men', so perhaps I should save my breath to cool my porridge.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: @stanimir @ Michael Wojcik

Yes, Doctor is an ancient pre-medical title, and at Oxford and Cambridge, the highest form of Doctor is Doctor of Divinity. The Doctor of Medicine is a johnny-come-lately and these have to trail behind Doctors of Philosophy, Humanities etc etc.

Most people's interactions with a doctor are with the medical breed, so to them that is the 'real' kind, just as one's own currency is 'real' money.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Already infected, why not make money?

I would figure that, since I know my computer is stuffed full of malware despite all my apparent security, I might as well get paid for hosting it.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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The Lily Cole who got a First from Cambridge?

Ever think that maybe she was smart enough to try out a website on NESTA's money? In stead of being stupid enough to sink her own into it when star-struck and dim NESTA folks would hand it over in buckets?

Having had a close encounter with NESTA myself some years ago, they would hand money over to a turnip if the pitch was right. Why shouldn't someone roll up to the trough? Those who think that Starbucks etc are entitled to pay the tax legally owed, as opposed to voluntarily paying more tax not legally owed, should in the same spirit see taking NESTA's money.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: It's all a matter of perspective @Dodgy Geezer

Or, in your case, I presume, ALWAYS WRONG.

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Re: Re Christoph: Equilibrium?

Noah's Ark and flood myths: even back then, in a sparsely populated earth (populated by humans, that is -- many other species were enjoying their last millennia of life), people travelled, talked to each other, and swapped stories. Those humans on, say, the Black Sea would have connected to other people on the high Asian steppe and told this great story about a flood. And those people passed it on.

Memes are not exactly new.

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Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack

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Um, that was covered in the story, Liam 2

Useful to read all the way through.

I worked in a bookshop decades ago where I often had to hand-write in the card number, because our click-clack machine was so old that I couldn't get a good impression. I anticipate good penmanship making a comeback.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Dear Don Jefe

You underestimate the appetites of American for petty vindictiveness.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Copyright

rm -rf, I can only guess that you don't produce any music, art, written words etc for sale outside your employer's environment, so you have never watched something you devised and spent a long time to create suddenly become 'free'. I do think that the antique ways that individuals can enforce copyright works against their interests. We need a lot more controls built into anything we release. I am not meaning DRM, but sort of 'who is using'?

When a short story of mine appears in an anthology selling for 49cents, grabbed by thieves and added to an ebook, or when someone grabs it and offers it as their own work online it loses all value for me, because people will not buy if they can use a pirated copy. I not only lose the tiny bit of money i would get, but the recognition for my work. And really, the recognition is important, because the money is something.

But I guess you'd say my stories want to be 'free' and that there can be no concept of my 'owning' them if I offer them digitally. I guess that leaves me with my paperbacks, and closed out f the modern world. Is this where you want to head? The little guy elbowed out of the creative arena?

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Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers

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Re: Banks are all the evil that exists in the World

I think you'll find that someone once said 'the love of money is the root of all evil'. Banks are just a way of exchanging, lending and storing money. They are no more evil than our wallets, unless we allow them to be.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: @AC101 - @stu4

I learned Latin and it taught me not just to make some sense of French, Italian and Spanish, but also how to think and express myself with a different set of tools. Latin sentences work differently, so your brain works differently. It also taught me that people thinking a different way is not bad or inferior, just different.

Before I bought a car I did an evening class one winter on the car. I wanted to be able to do simple things (although I ended up stripping down and rebuilding an engine) so I was not helpless, but what it also taught me is that cars are not mysterious boxes and I can deal with them.

I think teaching a bit of coding not only exposes kids to a different language, but show them how all our everyday devices work: it is not magic how a tablet works, it is some people working on code. That code lies at the bottom of functionality. That from simple logic comes the wonders of our digital world.

And, if you find it really interesting, you could help build that world when you grow up.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Steve Knox - good try but you're wasting your time.

I regret my earlier upvote. Someone who uses 'baaaah-lieve' can't be taken as someone adhering to disinterested logic. You beg your own question, as it were, with your language.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Re: @nomnomnom

Keep working on that, 3N.

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Re: US problem

with Rutabaga, the Boy Wonder.

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Re: WTF?

Mr Pott, sing it loud, brother

- A fellow Canadian.

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Gracias

Thanks, workforce. Good luck with finding something else. Rough for people who had hoped that, with Motorola, they might have a future.

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