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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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It's already been said, but I have to say it again. Google did not produce the content so how exactly can Google be the polluter?

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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So let me get this straight. An update to fix a slow wake up results in a two hour boot time?

It just works.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Single gender recorded visual content for sexual stimulation? Doesn't make much of an acronym though.

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@Tom Chiverton 1 sure it's not just you? Was working for others in Manchester yesterday.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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"One part per billion would be akin to a blade of grass on a football field."

I worry about the accuracy of their research if they think there's as many as a billion blades of grass on a football field.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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The people who think that this is somehow a sinister new development are missing something about the way the police operate and have always operated. When investigating a crime it has always been common practice to investigate known local criminals, criminal groups and criminal families. After all if a crime is committed on the turf of a known criminal group then the police would be foolish not to investigate that group. This is using technology in a similar way.

And those who think that this could be used to secure a conviction haven't got a clue how the courts work.

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

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"Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys"

or how about "Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway with HTTP server enabled? What sort of moron are you?"

Fixed it for you.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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"According to the cops, Hayes, who was seemingly happily married for 17 years and had five children, had a "prostitution relationship" with Tichelman – whom he met via the website SeekingArrangements.com, which matches up "Sugar Daddies" with "Sugar Babies.""

Seemingly being the significant word there. And if he was out there actively looking for and paying for whores who's to say he wasn't also into recreational drug use?

If one thing (his marriage) isn't what it seems then it's not too much of a stretch to wonder whether other things weren't as they seem.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Youtube for one seem perfectly willing and able to block content in specific countries. Why can't farcebook do the same?

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Who's dumber, VM or their users?

Look at the commentards who change DNS providers every time VMs DNS goes down, and then switch back as soon as VMs servers are working again. How many times do Virgin's DNS servers have to play up before these idiots realise they're better off changing DNS servers or better yet changing ISPs?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"raise awareness of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings in 1969."

Since when was the 45th anniversary of anything at all significant?

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: The Stasi

I thought everything was state owned and controlled in the old DDR. As such there was only one entity - the state - as such it could not have any sub contractors.

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"These include Linux Journal, which the code calls an "extremist forum," "

Well of course you're an extremist if you run Linux. If you support Linux or any other open source or free software then you are not doing your bit to support US corporates. As eny fule know failure to support US corporations by throwing money at them is exactly the same as being a communist islamist jihadist fundamentalist.

And who knows maybe those last four words together will put me on some NSA blacklist. And El Reg with me if you're not already there.

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

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The people who "know" Bigfoots (bigfeet?) and Yetis exist are surely no different from those who "know" that god or any other deity exists. If the latter can continue to believe without supporting evidence, why can the former not do the same?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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I work for an ISP and this week we have had any number of calls that start with "Are you having any network problems at all?"

The answer has always been no. In most cases it's been a perfectly normal circuit fault, but there's no doubt that the number of "no fault" calls we've received has gone up this week. I think we can lay this firmly at the door of the media's reporting of the BT outage at the weekend. As soon as somebody has a problem whether it's a webpage not loading, a genuine connection problem, a mistyped URL or anything else the user is assuming it must be an outage on the scale of BTs problems on saturday.

BTW Virgin's DNS has been ropey for as long as I can remember.

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Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe

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Google weights it's search results on what users have clicked through to before, yes? I've never quite understood why this would be considered good practice in two areas.

The first being that I want the best match for my search, not the ones that people making broadly similar searches have clicked on before. Often you have to go down a page or more to find a page containing your exact search term.

The second area being commercial, and it's not just about Google pushing their own services. Once something gets to the top of the search rankings it's hard to get it off there simply because lazy idiots don't bother reading the results that just click on the top ones. This has a positive feedback effect on search rankings. This not only means that Google's own services will be hard to shift from the top of the rankings, it means that other popular businesses will stay at the top of the rankings even if there are better competitors around. All of which has the result that companies pay to have their search rankings skewed by various means. Which in turn means that the supposed theory behind Google's search rankings being the best way of doing things gets blown out of the window by the fact that the more money you spend the further up the rankings you go. As such up and coming companies stand no chance even if they provided the best product or service unless they can find funding to distort Google's supposedly impartial search results.

Oh and I haven't used Google for quite a while for the first reason I mentioned.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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I've always had a problem with contractual terms such as this; Firstly because all bets should be off as soon as your former employer stops paying you, the contract should only be enforcible so long the employer is keeping up their side of things - that is to say paying you for the work you do; And secondly because in many specialized jobs the only people you would be able to go to work for are the competition. IOW such contract clauses are specifically designed to prevent you finding alternative employment and are, as such, unreasonable.

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Amazon reseller lobs sueball at etailer and Apple over listings yank

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Regardless of the merits of this particular case it highlights a problem with systems like this.

The Takedown Notice is a common theme on the internet and it always seems to follow the pattern of takedown first ask questions later. As such it is open to abuse. Got a competitor who is causing you problems? Fire off a few takedown notices. Even if they are proved to be invalid damage will have been done to your competitor and their only recourse will be a lengthy and no doubt expensive court action.

When considering allegations of counterfeiting we should compare the situation with that of the patent courts. How many actions are taken for breach of patent which subsequently fail? Such patents disputes require court action before anything happens, why shouldn't retailing takedown notices be subject to the same constraints.

The simple solution is that takedown notices such as this should not be actioned without a court order. Indeed it should be an offence for such action to be taken without a court order.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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"Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties."

No. It is a phrase used to mean an individual who is vulnerable.

Simple.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Re: Wasn't a DNS issue...

"I got called into work as our primary BTNet wasn't routing data, as wasn't the backup BT Infinity"

You use a home broadband product for work?

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Eggs and Baskets

I have never relied solely on my ISP for DNS. Using your ISP as primary DNS is probably best from a performance POV, but why have the same provider for secondary (or even tertiary) DNS?

What amazed me about so many commentards on saturday morning was how many of them thought they were smart because they knew how to change DNS servers, but were still dumb enough only to point themselves at one DNS server.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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"Many rural licence-fee payers gave the thumbs down to the BBC’s reporting of the badger cull, arguing they invariably pictured healthy or “fluffy” badgers and failed to represent the farmer’s point of view, and the arguments for the cull."

So the assumption of the report's writer seems to be that the majority of it's 12 million rural licence payers are actively involved in dairy farming? The author obviously knows less about the country than the rest of the BBC.

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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

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Re: There are always trade-offs

It doesn't matter what the basket is or where you keep it, you still shouldn't put all your mission critical eggs in it.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Hold on though. Which stations are actually run by network rail? I thought they'd farmed most of the stations out to be run by train operators. As such shirley network rail have no say over what goes on in those stations.

Most of the stations hereabouts are unstaffed anyway, but neither of the two that are are operated by network rail.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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There is a way to get a cheap Chromebook with reasonable specs. I got a seconhand Acer Aspire 5738G, dropped Chromium OS on there then "restored" Chrome OS - easy if you think about it. And tried a Chromebook for a few weeks without the expense.

My conclusion was that a Chromebook is a very useful thing for travelling if you don't already have a laptop. If you've got a desktop in the office and a desktop at home then a Chromebook is useful when you're on the road. However if you already have a laptop your existing laptop will do everything a Chromebook will. So I can see a Chromebook for people with no laptop (either those who have desktop(s) or nor computer at all) but I don't see a Chromebook as something that would be of any use to somebody with a laptop already.

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Re: Sadly

Some people hoped from day 0 that the Chromebook would be a way to get hold of a cheap laptop to install Linux without paying for a Windows licence and as a result that's all they see. Of course a laptop designed to run browser apps is never going to have enough RAM or disk space to run a full blown OS, but these people just can't get that stupid idea out of their heads.

Or maybe it's a case of hope springs eternal, but if it is why criticize Toshiba for building a laptop to suit Chrome OS rather than another OS? Why not just buy a laptop suited to your chosen OS?

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Windows 8, the triumph of marketing over common sence.

Odd isn't it that MS were chasing after Android and IOS with Windows 8, but the way they did it made no sense.

They dominate the desktop/laptop OS market so in order to leverage that dominance they decided to totally change the GUI and make the desktop GUI like their new phone GUI. How does that even begin to make sense?

How to make your loyal userbase move with you into a new market? Totally alienate them if you're Microsoft.

After all did Apple try to unify IOS and OSX?

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Re: Wot no Vista?

'S funny, but this laptop still runs Vista and I've never had any issues with it. The problem with Vista wasn't the OS itself it was Microsoft's marketing.

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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Re: A great man

Much as I love most of Adam's work reading Don't Panic lead me to a interesting conclusion. And this was that by the eighties he was running out of original ideas. Much of Life the Universe and Everything was as you say largely rehashed from an unshot Doctor Who plot, and as it says in the book you can hear the tyres squealing as the plot is forced to fit the H2G2 characters. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was essentially a rewrite of Shada.

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish was good apart from the bits that weren't and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul really worked.

But then we come to Mostly Harmless. In Don't Panic Gaiman suggests that Certain passages in So Long and Thanks hinted at a resentment of the success of Hitchhikers and specifically the expectations of fans. In Mostly Harmless that resentment is almost tangible.

It's sad really. If Adams had completely stepped away from Hitchhiker after the third book I think he might have produced some great work.

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Your devices Heartbleeding - again

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"as it is only possible for him to prove something is vulnerable, he can't prove the reverse."

If we are talking about a specific vulnerability then a simple test will show that something is vulnerable or it isn't. Since in this case we are talking about a specific vulnerability your statement makes no sense.

What we see here (once again) is a security researcher trying to make his research look as newsworthy as possible by exaggerating the scope of the vulnerability he has "discovered". Of course journalists tend to fall for this ploy by simply paraphrasing the press release (some don't even do that) and doing no research at all.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Don't Panic!

Chrome is the dominant browser in the market now, by some distance at that. Depending on exactly who you believe Firefox has less than half Chrome's market share in third place. Do you really think Google are concerned about Firefox? I'm not saying Google are in the right here, I'm saying that this is the harsh reality of the browser market.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Let's not forget that all these scam emails flying around will probably hit more people running later versions of windows and those not running windows at all. And no doubt a significant number of those people will fall for it.

I've come across plenty of cases where people have clicked on links in scam emails and been infected or scammed even though the email didn't even apply to them.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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So is it a good idea to build the security of your entire web operation around code written by four unpaid volunteers?

This isn't to criticize the volunteers, but those companies who are panicking now because they built their operations around this code and just assumed it would be secure.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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A lot of people* sticking with XP are doing so because they are too tight to buy a new OS or a new PC or just too lazy to do anything about it. As such this advice means nothing to the majority of XP users.

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Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

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Re: at best...

Ah, but the law also requires that the owner takes reasonable steps to maintain the goods in working order. If you bought a car and drove it without servicing until the cambelt snapped you would not have a claim against the manufacturer or retailer. I suspect that Juniper can sidestep this by saying that reasonable maintenance means keeping the software patched up to date.

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Re: Computer Misuse Act

That would surely depend on whether evidence of intent is required for that offence to be proven.

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Re: This is rather mean.

The thing is that routers like this should be maintained by proper technical bods and proper technical bods know how important it is to keep things patched up to date. The problem is that managers don't.

Management don't like the expense of paying for software upgrades and even when they are available free they don't like the expense of paying people to perform the upgrades. They don't like the idea of downtime in working hours, but they don't like the idea of paying for overtime to do the work OOH.

Then of course there are those managers who decided there was no need to pay for that expensive maintenance on all the network hardware. I knew one manager who decided he didn't need maintenance on a large estate of Cisco kit. He decided it would be much cheaper to get hardware replacement cover only. Of course he then started complaining when he needed an IOS upgrade for a 6500 and he no longer had access to the downloads he used to have. He wanted to know if the hardware support company could get him the IOS image. He started trying to blame his tech people when the supplier pointed out exactly what "hardware replacement only" means and how software cover would cost a lot more.

Managers are the biggest reason why there are so many routers, firewalls, switches and other network hardware out there running horribly outdated software.

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Re: FAIL everywhere

"This is not unique to the IT industry."

Too right. For example, GM failed to build an ignition lock barrel that can cope with the weight of a bunch of keys safely. It's not an IT industry problem. Nor is it down to the bean counters. It's simply a lack of forethought. And that is just human nature.

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

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Re: Are these customers blind, it is a Very Common exploit spam tactic to spoof retailers now!

"Like the article says "It is not clear how the fraudsters got customer details from CCL's database"."

Except if you read further up it isn't just CCL customers who received the email so the spammers didn't get customer details from CCL's database. What they actually did was get hold of a genuine dispatch note and spam lots of people with their scam.

I frequently get scam emails purporting to be from companies (often banks) with whom I have never dealt. It's not an uncommon tactic. Using legitimate looking dispatch note details is not something I've specifically come across before, but it's not a massive leap and would not require any breach of security in CCL's customer database.

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Re: I got it,

When I read the story my first thought was "how do they know it only went to CCL customers?" and my second thought was "if it only went to CCL customers there must have been a data breach."

Well since it clearly didn't go only to CCL customers there was no data breach.

The author needs to do a little fact checking before submitting copy.

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Re: He is just annoyed that they are texting ...

We all know that the pictures could equally depict people web browsing, playing games or indeed browsing/updating facebbok. However this twat thinks that he can con us into believing that these drivers are all texting simply because he doesn't want to be seen to be saying that facebook is bad in any way.

The point is that all phone use (including hands free) whole driving is potentially dangerous. Some idiots don't use their phones until they are driving. I saw a woman in the car park at work today walk to he car, get in, start the engine, fasten her belt, then get he phone out, dial and then drive off with the phone pressed to her ear. Why could she not make the call on the walk to the car? Why could she not make the call before she set off? Because for some people using a phone has become part of driving.

Something else have seen a lot of drivers doing is actually using their phone as a hand held satnav while driving. That's just plain weird, but I suspect some of the people in those pictures might be doing just that.

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Re: RTFA

"He said they were taken as a passenger."

Maybe they were, but he's encouraging others to submit their own TWAT pictures. If he doesn't realise that this will be seen by some as encouragement to take photographs while driving then he's an idiot.

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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

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Re: What a surprise!

Well of course it was a ponzi scheme. What concerns me however is that it's amazing how many such schemes pop up with their creators seemingly believing the have a legitimate, sensible and workable business model.

Not saying that was necessarilly the case here...

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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Stormi-Lee? Really?

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: Tax on cryptocurrency

There are a lot more taxes than just VAT.

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Re: Conflicting reports

Not only that, but it's can be very difficult to know what is and isn't classified. Could you remember decades after the fact which jobs and which bits of jobs you worked on were classified, so best bet would be to assume all of it was classified to avoid mistakes.

Anyhow the nature of NDAs is such that on every job you sign an NDA which says you will disclose nothing of what you learn or do on the job.

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Re: At least 2 people deny it

"since it was in a public document they could use it even if we specifically told them not to."

That is true, but it doesn't mean that to do so wouldn't be actionable. Nor does it mean that in doing so regularly they wouldn't quickly gain a reputation for printing worthless nonsense.

Publish and be damned indeed.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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30 minutes out of every six hours. So that's a maximum of five and a half hours without a break. I think we got that from europe. But on past form we're probably the only country who adheres to it.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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Here's the thing: You'd have to be a complete idiot to turn down a free ten bucks. So guess what that makes Joe Drunk?

Except of course that he's not just an idiot, he's a snob too.

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Re: DON'T tell your friends!

Why does nothing designed by lawyers make the slightest bit of sense?

How about just paying $10 to the first 5 million claimants? That would make a lot more sense.

Why $40M rather then the full $10M? Easy. No doubt some law firm will take $10M in administration fees, even though administering such a distribution would cost less than administering $10 each to 5 million claimants.

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