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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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I would have thought the main reason for employing anyone is their ability to do the job to the standard required. The second reason has to be, will they fit in with the other employees so there is no tension in the workplace other than work induces tensions.

If a big headed green male martian midget fits those requirements, hire him. Likewise anyone else until you have enough staff to run the company efficiently. Trying to meet some abstract diversity targets is just stupidity.

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Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

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Mr Almunia, exactly how many chances does Microsoft and partners get to revise Google's search biz offer?

There I think that is the headline you wanted.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: I think...

I think that should be the honest answer given by the climatologists as well.

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Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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Re: Please...

Agreed, this 'patent' should be batted into the long grass and lost but it won't be because it is from apple.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Security

What is it with Americans and security? skiddies can get into the pentagon with little effort and now the banks appear to have an open door policy.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: First things first

I expect that you are correct but I would add that it is doubtful that we will ever know how many of them are from the Indian subcontinent and of a religion that must not be named.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

AC you are M W-T and I claim my £5.

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Re: See ...

The act was sailing through parliament anyway and nothing was going to stop that.

But this will placate the Daily Fail readers who otherwise would be outraged - now they will have mind turned away from the loss of privacy angle to screaming about paedophiles in stead.

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

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They should not have problems with that since Iliad has been doing that under their Free brand for quite some time here in France.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Something wrong @Adam 1

That is the reason I take ALL phone reviews with a large shovel full of salt.

Without that key bit of key information it might as well be a review of a very small tablet.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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Re: Emails and Announcements

I have an account for the very same reason since in most cases that is all my younger siblings will use. I have told them that if they want to contact me use my normal e-mail because if they use facebook I very likely won't see it - I log on maybe once a month just to see what they have been doing and that generally boils down to 'not a lot'.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Patent This!

This was mentioned in several SF stories of the 50s and 60s so all we now have to do is wait for the USPTO to give someone the patent - Apple maybe. Me cynical Shirley not :)

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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

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Is it really the job of the company purchasing something from a manufacturer to police the manufacturing company? I would have thought CLW would do better going to the Chinese authorities concerning labour laws rather than chasing Samsung. Or is CLW another of these organisations that would cease to exist if they didn't have several companies to shake down?

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: "If you want to listen to great-sounding music"

There is a problem with that - concert halls with good acoustics are few and far between.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: No problem for me then !

A 'dangerous individual' by their definition is anyone that is not a politician, a civil servant or a member of the police - in other words all the plebs. In actual fact it is those that are in fact the most dangerous.

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: Did it ever cross anyone's mind in Redmond...

You don't expect common sense from microsoft do you?

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Now when they are able to do that speed over 7 km of crappy copper cable they just might have something to shout about.

As has been said, if they are bringing fibre to just outside the building why not take it all the way in. That is what should be done in built up areas but there are a lot of us living out in the country that would like a little more speed - at some times it is faster to use a carrier pigeon and a usb stick.

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: A luxury iwatch

Keeping sheeps on the hills no joke it is. A comment overheard in a rather hilly part of the UK.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: What's to look forward to?

jason 7,

When you moved those people did you just upgrade their existing machine from XP to 7/8 or did you supply a totally new machine?

If it was a new machine then I think there is the reason that non of them has gone back. If you used the old machine did you make it dual boot so they could change back if they wanted to?

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: A Sensible Plan B

Hear. Hear.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

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Is it time for an 'I told you so' moment?

A lot of us said this would happen when MS first launched it and now it happens and I assume it will continue year on year.

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HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

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Why?

The question that I don't see an answer to is: why?

Why do we need to move data between devices faster than the devices can handle it?

I can't see it being used in the data centre because of lack of sufficient individual channels and I have yet to find a home use that requires that speed of data transfer/

At the moment this is very much a solution looking for a problem to attach itself to.

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

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Re: debate settler?

Naughtyhorse, it appears you follow the green CAGW religion because of your comment.

I will agree with you that it will settle nothing for the simple reason the warmists will start changing the raw data to something that fits their agenda - just as they are doing with the land temperature data where they go as far as making up complete sets of figures to make the pre 1990 temperatures colder and the post 1990 temperatures higher.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Another way to help their bottom line would be to sell things to mainland Europe.

A couple of times they have had something I wanted (available in small quantities whereas over here it was only available from wholesalers) but it was, a) only available on line, b) could only be delivered to a UK address and c) they couldn't guarantee a delivery day. Not a very helpful way to do business.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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Re: More official advice completely divorced from reality

So all your example shows is that a shitty (non conforming with the standards) charger is likely to be just that - shitty.

If the output is isolated from the mains section - as is required for compliance - then there is no way that mains voltage can appear on it.

On the other hand the cheap shitty units without isolation should be banned and it is the job of the authorities to see that they are. The equipment manufacturers that grossly over charge for such items are also to blame because people wanting extra units will tend to buy lower priced units - it is human nature to do so.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

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The next question: what are the other search engines doing about it or is it just discrimination against Google?

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

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Trevor, what you are saying is what we have been saying to our clients for several years. It even got to the stage where we offer free off site backup for the simple reason it means we can get them up and running that much quicker when everything at their end goes poof because clod in the office thought they knew of a better way of doing things.

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Re: Since I started using the internet in 1998,

Hear. Hear.

The youngsters think they know it all - they don't.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Something simple...

...Negative Income Tax, so simple that the Whitehall minions would scuttle it as soon as it was mentioned because it would put so many og them out of a job.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Re: "zones blanches"

I have to say it works extremely well and there also appears to be some cooperation between the French and Spanish operators, at least near the border because I have never been charged extra for the times my phone has latched onto a Spanish operator when I have been up in the Pyrenees overlooking Spain.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Interesting, but of little consequence

Thorne, I think you may have missed a couple of points.

1) The small amount of CO2 on the atmosphere is responsible for the increased plant growth that is making the planet overall greener.

2) The greenhouse effect of CO2 pails into complete insignificance when compared to water vapour. The only reason the watermelons chose to demonise CO2 is because it is easy to tax - there is no other valid reason.

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

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Re: Industrial use.

I am sorry edge_e but I don't 'get' what you are talking about. How will it make service engineer's salaries smaller?

If you are charging per job (as we do) and you do more jobs per month then the salary goes up not down.

The only way it would go down is if your contract of employment was so worded that any increase of efficiency on your part was somehow penalised, in which case more fool you for signing such a contract..

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Industrial use.

Now if there were software that allowed superimposing what the camera sees over information from a service manual these would be the ideal way to carry and use service information in an industrial situation.

I know everyone will po-po this use mainly because they have a down on Google but something like I describe will eventually arrive and make the service engineer's life a little easier.

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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All this 'put it in the cloud' hype is all very well if: a) you are in a city or somewhere with a fast internet connection and b) your clients are in the same situation.

When you are a small company out in the countryside and you have, at the best, a 1meg connection that may or may not be up 24/7 you keep everything in house of necessity.

I am of the old school that says if you have physical access to it then you control it, not some faceless corporation that may play fast and lose with your and your clients data.

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: A cheaper solution...

An even cheaper and much more permanent solution would be to remove the USPTO in its entirety and declare ALL US patents null and void.

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The rise of the humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge

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Hear, hear.

The only other time I look at my phone is to check the time until I get new batteries for my 22 year old digital watch.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

In other words you are looking for what IBM did with their service packs for OS/2 - you only ever needed the latest one because all the previous fixes were incorporated in it. Life was easy in those days.

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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Re: Bad poll?

@Eddt Ito,

They also lumped air pollution in with CO2 which will also change how people view what was asked, especially in the cities.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: I can just hear the GW deniers ....

@Grikath you know the AGW greens will say this is where the missing heat has gone and use it to say their models are correct - even if it is just natural.

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

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Re: Punishment

Are the Bing and Yahoo officials included in that? If it is just Google then it is blatant discrimination and the ruling should be overturned on that ground.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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How true. In most cases of those saying 'my network' I would imagine that they are only the managers of it and not those that actually own it and therefore by blocking something on a whim are, in fact, leaving themselves open to censure.

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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Plant food

One has to ask why they are so down on the best free plant food available, CO2, especially when water vapour is a better greenhouse gas.

As it stands this looks like a greenwash by people like Big Al Gore who would like a few million more in his retirement fund.

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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So this is Google doing something to comply with the court ruling. Now the question is, what are the other search providers doing about it? They seem to be rather quiet, are they hoping that they will not be noticed?

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

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I can mount on any OS

Are you sure? We have never been able to get truecript to work on any of our industrial computers OSs. Maybe you mean any WINDOWS OS.

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: What about all the conventional capacity needed

Aitor 1, how do you store all that power you are gathering so that you will have power and lights at night?

The other thing, why should other people pay a subsidy to you for your electricity, especially when no matter how much you produce the power company has to have the equivalent on standby to take over when you are not producing that power.

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BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

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Re: Ah the Utopia vision

Another bit of reality. You go to boil the kettle to make a pot of tea and it responds, 'I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that because there are not enough windmills generating at the moment.'

Energy usage control by the back door.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Re: Scale

You forgot that this is supposed to cut down on the amount of plant food being produced by the engines so it will ultimately be self defeating - something the green wash never mentions.

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Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

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Re: No longer really useful

Hear, hear.

There is nothing more annoying than finding pages of junk by people wanting to sell you something when you just want technical information. It is almost as bad as those sites that want to display PDF documents in the browser (even when you don't have a reader plugin) and you want to just download them to read later.

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

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One does wonder if the video was made last Friday or some time a year ago. Does that make one rather cynical when dealing with anything from North Korea?

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Discovering texting at 92

AC, I couldn't agree more. I have my old Nokia 1600 that makes and receives calls which is what I expect a phone to do. It can also make calls in places where smart phones are struggling yo get a signal. My annual call costs are zero since Free telecom gives free calls for users of their internet service.

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