* Posts by Hollerith 1

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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Re: @Hollerith 1 - Obstacle or Enabler?

I hired and trained my team (a small one) and I always listed and reported to the IT department once a year, asking them to help me replace a 'temporary' work-around with a better solution. I said if I screwed anything up I would fall on my sword. But IT were like 'well...it's low-level and it's working so...' I was not the only one downloading Chrome (huge IT risk there...) and I worked hard to give reasonably intelligent solutions to managers who really were going to instal crapware, solutions I paid for and had licences to and all of that. Yes, I was a security risk, yes, I didn't want to do it, but I wasn't paid to tell senior people 'there's no solution out there' when there was one. I've worked with great IT team-mates and we all had a 'can-do' attitude, but when I've run into the Dead Walking, my loyalties are with the profit-centres and not the IT dept. So far, I have moved from job to job with good references and rising levels of pay and I have never heard -- once -- that anything I left behind caused an iota of risk or damage. So far, so good.

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Re: Obstacle or Enabler?

I raise my hand as a bad Circumventer. My IT is so locked down that nothing can get done. They gave me a CMS (I'm the web person) that didn't work in the company browser, but I was forbidden to download a browser where it would work. Well...I did it anyway. They couldn't allow me to do this, that and the other, even after I had pointed out that I had done upteen security checks and it did not even cross the firewall yadda yadda, so I did it anyway, delighted a bunch of senior managers, became known as the 'go-to' guy and I can't even pretend to weep crocodile tears. Guys in their 50s with a world-view from 2003 have to catch up or be left behind. I would love to work within a safe, sensible, security environment, but since I don't have one, I have to meet business needs the best way I know how.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Ah!

Trevor, you are now as a god to me.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Re: I bow to the master

Who could forget? All the proof you need that There Is A God.

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I bow to the master

Coming from the land of Poutine, I thought I could look any heart-attack-inducing cuisine in the eye with pride, but recently I saw a macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed glazed doughnut from the USA and now this -- THIS -- from Portugal. Portugal wins, because the Frenchie, unlike the mac-and-cheese doughnut, looks awesomely delicious.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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My knife and I...

...I forgot my little penknife and went through four different Canadian and USA airports, until finally caught on my way back to the UK. It was taken off me--a sad loss, as it was a great little knife. I am now carrying a small ceramic folding knife, as I regularly forget I have one on me as I approach airports.

On other surveys: I see on eBay and other selling sites that vendors beg to be scored the top mak (5 out of 5, usually) if they have delivered the correct goods on time. Anything less than 100% is market death. They also ask that if you are not perfectly satisfied, then not to report at all, but to contact them, presumably so that they can ritually apologise and appease you. I always thought that a 3 or 4 meant: order was fine, thanks. and that a 5 meant 'they were bloody brilliant, it came the next day and they threw in a freebie' or something like that. As it is, these 'ratings' are now as bollocks as any other feedback.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Cojones...

Sony needed some testicular courage if it was going to face up to Loeb. He gets them to make themselves look mean and lean and then cashes out -- why heed anyone who is in it to make a quick killing? What does he know of about a well-run business, or how to build one?

That being said, Sony is clearly a mess, and now a disembowelled mess.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: Small business are packing up because of it!

My wife ditto -- plans to sell kniting patterns in Europe as well as around the world and thinking this will be a serious headache. A small yarn business is offering a "we'll handle your VAT payments for a fee" service and will probably clean up.

I note that the report dismissed as 'sniffy' in this article mentions that the site was tested on four people. That rings a tiny alarm-bell for me.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Has anyone read a Google digitised book?

I have had the unfortunate experience, and have found that the quality is cr*p. They clearly went into their stooges' libraries (that is, academic libraries with custodians too stupid to get what what going to happen) and shoved books through scanners so fast that whole pages could be lost or distorted, and text turned into confetti or gobbedygook stays that way. I had to abandon them and never go near them any more.

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Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

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Written in haste?

Or does nobody proofread before posting?

But this article is very cheering. Those guys give me the creeps.

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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I have straddled that gap

I came into the IT world from a marketing/comms direction, and I have been the 'translator' in company meetings, explaining what the business managers wanted to the IT guys and what the IT guys were saying to the business people. Sometimes the gap was frighteningly wild. IT wanted a beautiful, logical, locked-down structure, business wanted a fluid, turn-on-a-dime, creative and more risky approach. Both were, in their own spheres, right, but to get them to a place where each got most of what they wanted and gave up the minimum took years -- years -- off my life.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Re: When archeologists aren't quite sure

There was a reconstructed Iron Age village where people lived, and one day a visiting archaeologist came, saw a shallow pit just inside the entrance, and was dumbfounded that it was there -- they had assumed these depressions were of religious significance. The people recreating village life said 'oh, that's where the chickens roll when they come in out of the rain.

In short, a chicken wallow.

I have been skeptical of 'religious significance' or 'ritual object' ever since.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: 2 things

Hi boys and girls. Your task, on this first day of primary school, is to ensure security! Now we are all taking out our mobile phones and...

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Re: Cut'n'paste

I am sure El Reg's female readership is game to try to moustache route.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: Gender parity == hogwash.

I don't think the Government or external forces can create cultural and social change. In fact, I think they are intrinsically unable to create gender parity, because, in the words of Audre Lorde "The master's tools will never tear down the master's house." So, as a feminist (no quote marks needed), I don't seek outside help. I accept that I have to be 70% better than the average man to get a job, because I can't just be as average as they are and have a hope in hell.

So far, so good...

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Re: Tech reporting

Sarah Bee, come back!!!!!

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Re: Without women there wouldn't be computers

Hmmm... 'men tend to be better at it'. How do you know? Just because more men do it doesn't mean they are better at it. Last time I checked, 100% of drivers in Saudi Arabia were men. Because they are better at it? I think women 'leave' IT to men because men have made it a male-preferred work zone.

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'I went from a two-hour commute to a 10-min scooter ride by the sea'

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If you are straight

My partner was offered a job there, looked into how I would be able to come along, found out that it would take too many lies and trickery to be able to manage it and, given that the job was legal/compliance, made an uncomfortable ethical fit. so we didn't' go. We were also offered Turks and Caicos, gawd help us. Four houses and a salt swamp.... (although lovely people).

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Code for London: 020

Sadly, I foam at the mouth over this. 0207 0208, and then your number is....? So if I dialled that within the code area, I would reach you?

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Re: Number seven

I discovered that, when I picked up, the phone didn't actually connect my caller to me for about 1,5 seconds, so when I said Hello [my] Firstname Lastname, they got the last few letters of my last name, and so had to ask 'Is this Firstname Lastname?' So I modified my script to say, 'Good morning/afternoon, [my] Firstname Lastname', and I stopped getting the question. Which saved everyone aggro. The aggro started when they then asked 'How are you today?'

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Re: Confession - OED

The OED records common usage, not proper usage. At least not any more. So I no longer turn to it for clarity. There are other sources of (correct) information. Although, of course, I pride myself on rarely needing to refer to an oracle, because I know my language.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: About recording calls.

One final letter, and the next comes from your solicitor. I give them three calls and three letters, to demonstrate (if required) that I did all a reasonable person could do, and then I sic the law dogs on them, and you'd be surprised how fast a resolution happens. Worth every penny to the solicitor, especially as my experience is that the original trouble gets sorted out and I get some goodies for mental stress etc etc.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

I don't care for the term 'redneck' -- how about we try 'working class' or even 'rural working class'? Of course they like anything that makes them feel less powerless, more a force to be reckoned with, etc. In a sense, it's more dignified to own a gun and swear you will go down to defend your liberties than to shrug or acquiesce or not to care any more. I am not the type any rural working class would defend (female, lots of degrees, urban, well-off, lesbian, Canadian...) but I respect their attempt to balance odds that will never be balanced.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: why goes it have to be the game?

Saw The Lego Movie on a long-haul flight recently and thought it was clever and charming. But Lego figures have, y'know, faces...

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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On the other hand

"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" is one of the most beautiful and poetic lines you can find anywhere. KJV: can't beat it.

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: Autocorrect?

As well as other typos. Tich!

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

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Miley

She's not wrong. All those things do hurt your brain.

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

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Re: "my suspension of disbelief finally broke"

I think you'll find that many gay people procreate. Sometimes they grit their teeth and do it the old-fashioned way, because they want children, sometimes they use medical intervention.

I wouldn't call a minority preference 'deviant', especially when it is so deeply embedded. That would be to suggest that all left-handed people are 'deviant'. Right-handedness is the majority 'practice', but that means nothing at all. It just is.

Showing minority 'practices' is not teaching sex-ed, it is showing the world as it is. Children who are cocooned to believe that the world is just mummies and daddies are not being helped to face the world they'll live in when they grow up.

However, I always suspect a lesbian kiss or sex scene, as it always seems there to titillate the male part of the audience than for any plot-driven reason (I am speaking more widely that Dr. W) From a rough count through memory-land, I think it's about eight women-women kisses to men-men kisses on TV. Strange bias...

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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I have to stick to black cabs

Black cabs are my only choice when I am traveling with my disabled partner. I need a taxi that will be able to load and safely transport someone in a wheelchair. The fact that this functionality comes with every back cab I've ever hailed is the one that cements my loyalty. If black cabs disappear, we will need to call the special disabled bus, which doesn't, to my knowledge, pick up from restaurants in town late at night and take you straight home.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Your dog is more popular than your daughter

I'd like to think it's because parents (or dads, at least) instinctively ring-fence their daughters and keep them safe by not using their names. Am I a soft romantic?

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Re: BT guilty here..

Welcome 1 is the standard password given out in my company for a specific system, with the u/n being your email. Fun thing is that users can't change their username or password. So it doesn't take a brainbox to be able to log in as anyone. Financial Services, yay!

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: No fair use? Nope.

There is the right to (very restricted) quotation for journalistic or scholastic or critical purposes, but no general 'fair use', which is just as well, as 'fair use' is seen as 'I am pure of heart, so I will help myself.'

When I was in publishing, I used to have to count the lines of poetry in a poem being quoted by a contributor to meet the boundary of 'quotation used for...' rules.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: I'm being discriminated against! @Andy E

So you've lost out on jobs? Are you unemployed now? Have you noticed non-whites or white women being promoted ahead of you or being chosen instead of you? Have you actually suffered on the job market? No? So what queue are you at the back of?

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Mork Calling Orson @fruitoftheloon

Fight the good fight, my friend. I think depression is about as rough a ticket as they can hand you. No one can see the pain, so no one helps or respects you for it. But when you have won through, as I hope you will, then the victory will be the sweeter for being self-won.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: @ Swarthy

Some religions have that 'come again' thing covered.

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Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Re: Mozilla Lost Me

It lost me too, to SeaMonkey, after it became so slow that I thought ice ages would come and go before the damn thing loaded. But as for 'daring to have his own opinion' -- everyone is entitled to that, and to back it up to donations to those who promote the causes one agrees with, but if you are going to be a leader in any organisation, you have to demonstrate that you are 'for' your employees, that they will all get a fair deal, that they all have the same employment rights and the same career progression, if they merit it. So we have a guy who is CEO whose personal opinion is that some people should not have the rights others have, for whatever reason. As a private individual, sure. As an officer of a company, no. If he is active enough to donate, he would be active enough to oppose or reject any recognition of gay unions within his company, to oppose health benefits to same-sex couples...I need not go on.

Being an executive officer of a company, like being an officer in the military, means being able to put your own needs, opinions, fears, etc second and the good of the team first. Eich's team had reason to doubt that he'd be watching their backs equally.

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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Re: Hope he likes the lady lizards ;D

Or the lady lizards while well be gay. And no, not let him watch.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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@Al Jones

As Lariat.net is standing between Netflix and the end customer (assuming it is the only game in town) then Netflix should have an interest in helping Lariat.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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If it's on Google it must be free

I constantly have to explain to people in the very big international company I work for that images and music taken off Goggle are not free for the taking and, if anyone sees that photo or hears that music in a soundtrack in a publication or video of ours and knows we didn't pay for it and kicks up a fuss, we are in serious legal trouble. Yet if they saw a photo of, say, their baby on someone else's brochure or whatever, they would go mental. Somehow, taking what you want is never bad if you have an innocent heart.

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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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