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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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Re: Optional Title

It's called the 360 Secure Browser because it spits your information through 360 degrees when publishing it to the World. Seriously, would anyone voluntarily use a "Secure Browser" made by a Chinese biz? Talk about asking for trouble.

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Australia to 'relieve' telcos of need to disclose intercepts

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If you're going to do a lot more interception it makes sense to sweep those stats under the carpet.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Mightier than the sword

I think it is a very sad day when a malicious computer attack (and we all know this law will be abused to its fullest extent) resorts in a more severe punishment than GBH, aggravated assault, armed robbery, rape, and potentially even murder. Certainly leaves me feeling a lot safer knowing thugs, rapists and (potentially) murderers are set free before all those nasty hackers. I guess as far as politicians are concerned hackers can destroy potential directorships whereas murderers just thin the herd.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Very worrying!

I disagree with the author's sentiments.

"The key difference in a soft-SIM world is that you select, via a “ballot screen” which network operator you'll use. Who gets to choose who goes in this list? Apple does, from a pre-approved list chosen by Apple. "

The EU would not allow a device manufacturer to restrict the network on which the device can be used. It simply will not happen without massive fines.

Second, Google and Apple will not be the gatekeepers as if they try to restrict choice for the consumer the consumer will not purchase said device and someone else will step in to fill the void. The void being a tablet you can use on your network of choice. Hell, the someone else could even be disgruntled networks funding an incredibly similar tablet produced on the same Chinese production lines using the same OS (Android). With this much money at stake industry will route around the problem.

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Re: Why all the rage? Oh I see.

@DropBear: The thing is, even if they have taken off the shelf cheap as chips hardware and added someone else's OS and are flogging it for an eye-watering markup, they are no different from most other businesses in most other market sectors. It is up to the end customer to discern whether they are willing to pay that price for what they are buying. If they are then I don't see a problem, I also have a bridge to sell them. Caveat emptor as always.

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Julian Assange discovers Google's given MONEY to EFF

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The teacher was just an example. It doesn't have to be a teacher though does it, it could be a banker wrongly accused of fraud and, let's face it, you're not going to go out of your way to defend them but their livelihood could be laid to waste. It could be any type of wrongful accusation: rape, assault, domestic abuse, whatever. The person isn't important, the principle is.

On the OPs original point of

"The European Court judgement was silly, very silly, but nothing like as bad as it was painted. It has the same background in silliness as many other rulings from courts all over the world, it attempts to impose local rules on non-local companies."

I think you'll find Google is a local company (or rather has a local legal entity or two in Europe to avoid tax through) else they'd tell them to piss off.

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Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

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Re: Minor bump

This ^^^^^, the constant tab reloading is really starting to get on my tits and that's with hardly any apps (Safari and Mail) or tabs (reloads with more than 4) open.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

"Except that as I understand it the (UK) two years for not handing over the password is recurring - two years inside, and if they're feeling mean, if they ask you again and you refuse, back to court, rinse and repeat ad nauseum."

I'd like to see the rinse-repeat part pass the EU courts, Human Rights etc etc. That clearly counts as persecution.

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

That's the stupidity of the "reveal your key" laws. Anyone who's a serious wrong-un will take the punishment for not revealing the key over that for revealing what is concealed. Terrorists and security being the weakest strawman - if you were accused of being in the final stages of planning an attack (and you were) it's highly unlikely you're going to hand over a fucking encryption key.

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Re: Obama's Snooping

"The important question is, how do we stop this? Or do you just throw up your hands and decide that it's in Obama's nature to spy on everyone?

Remember, Obama can stop this with just one Executive Order. Why hasn't he? His own party has called on him to fire the head of the NSA. Why hasn't he?"

Surely a better question to ask is "just what hold do these agencies have over him?"

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Re: Obama's Snooping

"so the window for rolling back the clock has passed and the government knows it"

Not entirely. With everything starting to move to encryption as a first though rather than an add-on what exactly will they now be hoovering up? They are their own worst enemy. If they'd kept it all nicely transparent and through the legal system they'd likely not have the problems they will shortly be facing. There are plenty of eyes now on the problem of creating greater security and anonymity. More than there would have been. I believe Tor use will start becoming more widespread and may well end up being baked in to linux distros in an easy-to-use fashion so that noobs can easily use it. What then?

Let's not forget they never stopped 9/11 despite all the things that they actually knew at the time. They didn't prevent the Boston bombings and the attacks in Madrid and London seemed to have gone quite well given the extra security the public are supposed to receive in return for the last vestiges of their privacy being shredded.

Stupid is as stupid does.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: How easy is it to turn on in the release version?

I'd say that if this instrumentation is left in the final release, especially key-logging and other privacy invading parts, then Microsoft will have signed its own death warrant. There will be no trust and there could be no second chance. If a company with so much history of abuse and poor coding believed that it was acceptible to leave such code in place even "switched off" then that is the end for them.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: Competing on taxes

I disagree in part. I believe the EU should set a minimum rate to prevent the intra-block race to the bottom and let countries decide how they wish to levy their taxes. There will always be a trade-off between tax rate, barriers to entry/bureaucratic costs, employment costs, employment pools, access to ancilliary services, etc etc that can then be shopped around for but countries need not fear another block member charging 0.5% corporation tax. Outside the EU it's up for grabs, perhaps there should be a G20 minimum of 10-15% or something. Having one rate for the whole of Europe does not take into account the other factors in each economy and thus provides ever greater inflexibility and likely the demise of the majority of members, as if it isn't bad enough already with 50+% youth unemployment in Spain.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: e-bikes keep you fit!

Feeling fitter might be a nice placebo or it may be genuine as you now get out and cycle more in total than previously. What say you?

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Open software on these boxes?

Pretty sure I've seen somewhere on the QNAP forums about people having installed some version of Debian or Ubuntu on their boxes.

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Re: Or alternatively...

"This very article articulated problems with various brands and models of drives for a particular NAS. If the entire unit goes out, how do you know that you will ever be able to get a completely compatible replacement chassis? That's never a problem with just running a regular OS."

Pretty certain Synology and QNAP use standard linux software raid unless you choose the mystical do everything in mysterious ways RAID options rather than a stand 0, 1, 5, 6 etc. Also pretty certain I could stick my QNAP RAID 5 disks in A.N.Other case and use mdadm to access the array. YMMV.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: cynical remark

Just wondering how much software might be parsing the OS name and using OSName.StartsWith("Windows 9") as a Windows 95/98 shortcut?

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Opposition: we passed Australia's 'spook's charter' on PURPOSE

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I expect no less from the piss-weak spineless parasites on both sides of politics. Anyone with a backbone would stand up, especially in light of the Snowden leaks, and call out the blatant bs going on in this rights stripping security theatre. After all the high terror alert supporting sudden raids I think one person was charged. It is nonsense. Nobody gives a toss about Australia. Shorten needs to stand up and call a c*nt a c*nt and Abbott is one of the biggest modern politics the world over has to offer. He is an utter imbecile whose playground theatrics are hilarious if it weren't for the fact he's utterly f*cking the entire country. I cannot even begin to dig through the surface of the contempt and hatred I have for this tosser.

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Apple finally patches Bash Shellshock vuln that WAS NOT A WORRY, OK?

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"Or maybe they will grow up and bless MacPorts or Homebrew as the systems for managing their POSIX stuff and just integrate it with their software update GUI."

Yeah, that'd be nice. Took a whole load of effort for me just to be able to subscribe for UPS outage broadcasts from my NAS because OSX wants to be the first and only listener.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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The reason I use FLAC? It's my archive copy. CDs get scratched, lost and broken. They also degrade over time, especially in hot climates. My FLAC copies are backed up in multiple locations. Versus the original CDs: they are searchable; they are streamable; they are shareable en masse. I can also re-encode them quickly to AAC for use on portable devices and when AAC is surpassed by some other format in order to cram yet more music onto small devices I will re-encode to that.

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Apple nurses HealthKit apps back to life, discharges iOS 8.0.2

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Re: Battery Life?

"f you won't upgrade until you hear zero problem reports, you'll never perform another software upgrade on anything you own ever again."

Yep, but the third OS release in as many weeks isn't exactly going to speed us to the party is it? I think I'll wait a little bit until there's a stable period.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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Re: @beep54 So What?

"I wonder how many people would pay $175 a year for a social network."

That's the issue - at the moment there are essentially two models of operation

1. You are the product

2. You pay an annual subscription

The former is in the ascendency because most people are unwilling to pay and prefer "free" whilst not realising that they already paid with their privacy. As for (2) you could pay a subscription and still find there was gradual privacy creep as greed crept into the ownership base.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Streaming wins

"Of my parent's collections I listen to precisely nothing."

"I envy the digital generations who have none of that."

and I pity those whose parent's music collections will expire with them. I first discovered artists such as Led Zepellin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (along with a lot of Motown) from listening to the collections of my parents, friend's parents and other relatives. You can keep your poor quality intermittent connectivity based can only listen as long as you keep paying us popularity driven availability cloud nonsense and I'll stay old school with physical media and FLAC rips thanks.

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SURPRISE: Telstra STILL wants all its promised NBN booty

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Re: Paying to cut the copper

Nah, just break Telstra into two companies like BT - openreach and retail. It'll fuck their current model and they deserve it with bells on.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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I wonder...

...f this may be how the FBI got the silk road server to spit out information?

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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You forgot SDXC, the one thing it really is missing above all else.

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To answer your question: If a hardware veep had told uncle Steve he couldn't have a nice round integer multiple and instead they'd upscale to downscale he'd likely have torn him a new one before the door hit his arse on the way out. Jobsy was one for getting what he wanted.

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

"Even SanDisks have issues"

SanDisks are also some of the most counterfeited cards on the market. The situation is so bad I believe they even have a system for you to check the serial numbers. I'd never buy a SanDisk anywhere but from a reputable retailer it really is that bad.

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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"And if the EU tries to get fresh and sanction US officials committing crimes against EU citizens, that's going to be received very poorly in the US, with trade sanctions."

I wouldn't worry too much about that. You are getting to watch the rapid decline of an empire in real-time and once dollar hegemony ends so their nonsense will no longer be tolerated. In essence they can sanction at will because they control the dollar and lots is traded in it. In recent times central banks around the world have setup swap lines with the Yuan and trades are starting to be done in large size in other pairs - witness the Ruble/Yuan take your pick settlement for Russian gas. I'd imagine the Germans will soon be lining up for EUR/Ruble settlement. No need to price in dollars, no need to bow to the yanks. At best, and I do mean at best, the future reserve currency will be a currency basket thus giving them some influence. At worst the playground bully gets expelled. If you think about it all we get from them is actually from their global organisations that generally minimise their tax there so if push came to shove the USA really doesn't need to be involved.

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When the dollar's time at the top ends things will get interesting for a country with $16tn debt.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Surely you want the German variant TERROR<IST>MADEUP?

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Re: Tiger Air has been blacklisted

Couple of points:

What kind of petty minded think of the children nanny statist arsehole makes such a complaint in the first place?

What kind of an airline actually does this rather than tell the aforementioned tool to STFU and sit down?

Being blacklisted by Tiger is a form of salvation not punishment - in a land of poor customer service there are few that can surpass the inadequacies of Tiger airlines.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: @Steve Hersey

There are ways in which an OEM can differentiate its product. For example, given you generally have the phone with you all the time, a point of differentiation could be the quality of the camera on the phone. Phones are generally butchering the low end compact camera market (despite what many think they cannot butcher all of it due to quality issues and the laws of physics) and so a phone that clearly produces much better photographs (less fringing, better low light response etc) can therefore make a difference. My money would be on Sony in this department for the Android crowd given their constant innovation in the camera sector. Their A7 and A6000 lines for replacing typical DSLRs and the RX100 MKIII for the pocketable (ish) high quality compact market.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Re: "you've got that $1.25 a day at US prices to play with...

@Vic: I agree - if you choose such a low hurdle then of course you can say something doesn't exist. The issue is that poverty should be described a little more meaningfully than "has fuck all". If you're having to live in some overcrowded "single room with a sink" accommodation paid for by the state on a permanent basis then I would argue that you're impoverished and thus living in poverty. The UK has its fare share of homeless people. They are also living in poverty, $1.25 definition or not. I'd also argue that when you start regarding such things as just "inequality" then you lessen the impetous to do something about it. Inequality sounds like something a lazy-arsed scrounger would refer to.

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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I'll agree that I couldn't see any validity to the Long Tail argument. If you're comparing across regions then it is only right to compare the prices of what people are largely watching than what they clearly aren't in any meaningful numbers unless you are specifically doing a long-tail study. Timeliness and price of major blockbusters is always going to be the key comparison area. After all that is what is complained about with iTunes pricing too.

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Re: Pffft

"Not at the first-run cinemas, but you forget all the second-strings like cinema cafes, airlines, prisons, hospitals, etc."

Oh OK then I'll just head to prison, take a long-haul flight or get a hospital stay in order to watch the movie rather than PAY to see it in the comfort of my own home. Seriously, that's the most piss-weak argument I've ever heard. This is the reason piracy exists and from your level of understanding I can only assume you work for big content who think that because they pissed away $100m on a movie with a shit script and overpaid undertalented eye candy that means that is what it is worth (minimum).

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I have to agree with the OP here. When it comes to hearts and minds the battle is over. Setup netflix with prices and content the same as the US and I think you may tempt future generations but the current crop are done with big content. It's a shame in some ways but it's the road they chose to travel down. When DVDs can be picked up for a few pounds in shops like Tesco in the UK and yet for the same movie they wish to charge $20+ in Australia with around $40 for the blu-ray the battle is over. When they decided to rip-off the Australian people by overcharging and making everyone wait longer all they did was pull forward future earnings. Now we have gotten into things digital being largely free and without advertising. Too little, too late. Whilst I'm on the topic of advertising, Murdoch and his shitty cable channel can GGF if they think I'm going to pay hundreds of dollars per year to still have to sit through adverts.

Other companies still try to rob Australians but because they're dealing with physical goods life hasn't been so harsh to them. Yet.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Re: Not conspicuous enough! --> fail

Another fail is that with the country club you don't just get to plonk your dosh on the counter and you're in. You're vetted and need to be approved of before you can join so that everyone knows you're a good egg and their type of person. The $9k is just the first line of defence. It may work differently in the US but in the UK I'm pretty sure that it's cash + approval that ensures the exclusivity. Seriously, an exclusive website? FFS.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Registered office.

@LucreLout: I think you'll find RBS has a large office on Bishopsgate in London. It has never been and will not be post split "just a nameplate" in London. I would hazard a guess that they have and will continue to do rather a large amount of business in that location.

"In the event that Scotland goes independent, they will be the competition - effectively, France - and you don't have a bank in England pay most of its staff in France, so why would you think those jobs would stay in Scotland? They won't."

You really don't get how global businesses work do you, especially financial ones?

Post split there will be a Scottish legal entity and a UK legal entity. The staff in Scotland will be paid by the Scottish legal entity and those in London by the UK legal entity. The reason they got bailed out wasn't because the headquarters was in Scotland and Scotland is in the UK but because if the UK domiciled part of the bank (the bit with the Bishopsgate office - head office is the holding company not a trading entity) went tits up it would have taken a rather large chunk of the City with it. If Scotland had split and the head office remained there, although RBS would not have been "bailed out with UK taxpayer funds" with the Government owning the shares (as it would be a Scottish company) the UK legal entity would no doubt have a rather large revolving credit facility at the BoE achieving much the same result but without the taxpayer control. Rather like how the US legal entities of the UK banks could tap into Fed funding when they were strapped. If the US bit went down chances are the UK bit would have gone too as there are always large cross entity trades floating around. Hence my comment about the yanks not complaining they are paying UK wages whereas you think all jobs will come back from Scotland if the HQ relocates to the UK. Have you maybe thought that Scotland might remain a cheaper location in which to source English speaking staff that aren't required to be located in any particular location because they provide call centre and other such functions?

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Re: Registered office.

@LucreLout: If the UK owns the RBS shares how are UK taxes paying Scottish wages? UK taxes bailed out a UK domiciled bank certainly but I'm pretty sure that operating cashflow (£2.6bn profit in first half) pays the wages. It's generally able to run itself, it just has a shitload of bad debt on its books. Do you similarly gripe about UK taxes paying other nations wages in all the other countries that RBS operates offices? What about the yanks' ability to complain about paying UK wages given the size of the credit facilities that were accessed at the Fed? These are global institutions.

If we were talking about a token nameplate in the City and all the staff in Scotland it'd be a different matter but that simply isn't the case is it?

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Re: "What does Scottish independence and the break-up of the United Kingdom mean to businesses"

@AC: I think there will be some wealth generation but there is also a certain (large) element of broken window fallacy there too. All the things that will need to be duplicated that are currently shared amounts to a huge waste of money, money that could have been spent on other likely more fruitful endeavours.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Surprisingly disappointing

Here in Oz the iPhone 6 giant bastard edition is $999 for a 16GB device. Nearly a thousand dollars FFS! What shit are these idiots smoking? I like Apple kit but $999 for the plus and $869 for the normal 6 bottom of the range editions is nuts. It's not like you can stick a microSD card in it and get practically infinite storage. The 128GB 6+ is more expensive than a 13" Macbook Air. A poxy phone costing more than a laptop. If it weren't for the fact I'm not a fan of the Android interface I'd jump on board. Under the current pricing I hope my present phone lasts as long as I do.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

In this regard I like the Australian system (and only is this regard) in that you need to present your health card or you get billed

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Er... there's something missing here....

It's simple when it comes to the likes of the club of Rome - the very concept and name should invoke fear in every taxpayer - all you need to do is follow the money. If their predictions were to influence the easily led political classes no doubt new laws and taxes would follow as well as subsidies to large companies for whatever snake oil solution was created. Massive kick-backs and concentration of wealth would ensue thank you very much. Pretty much everything these days that comes about via such "research" is just an attempt to bleed the taxpayer for personal gain by parasite politicians and their wanker buddies.

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Re: Enery is the secret

and as we all should know, even though the Greenies will decry such a thing, cheap energy is how industrial revolution and bumper growth comes about. Make energy expensive and it all goes to shit.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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"Press Gazette's editor, Dominic Ponsford, has done some sterling work trying to find someone, anyone, who will take responsibility for this terrifying abuse of power by the police."

He's also likely now having all his metadata sifted.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: 16 Years of intensive R&D for more than just another vacuum cleaner

@N13L5: I keenly await the first story of a householder being blackmailed by their vacuum for, ahem, what they did the other evening.

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Re: A true Roomba competitior..

I just couldn't bring myself to tell people I'd brought a hombot though.

Regarding "The Dyson 360 Eye has come about after 16 years of “intensive R&D”, according to the British firm, and the company reckons it will blow other robotic slave hoovers out of the water."

In terms of price I have zero doubt it will blow everything out of the water including my car.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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It's clearly visa opportunities for overseas IT staff that will work for peanuts that we're short of hence the campaign by big business. If there were really a shortage then wages would rise across the board but, errr, they really don't seem to be especially when contrasted to living costs.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: Twats

"It's called picking your battles. If you know or expect that a site or account is going to be well-built and administered and it's of high-value to you, then by all means take the time and effort on your end to not be that weakest link."

Using a password generator and a storage mechanism such as a password manager isn't really time or effort.

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Re: um... no

@Roland6: You might want to do a little rethink on that statement. Jeremy Clarkson thought the same way but it turns out it isn't quite true.

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