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Governments 'one step behind' tech firms in tracking tax – Meg Hillier

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yes its legal but...

I have no trouble with firms making big profits nor employing armies of accountants to find the best way to AVOID paying the taxes they are not required to..... however,

Companies like Google and Apple are keeping huge amounts of money in multi-regional setups to avoid tax in all countries.

It is a utopian view, i realise, but if there was a few more billion coming through tax, we could argue against personal tax increases more easily.

Government needs to hike our taxes and cut our services partly because they are not as much money as they claim they need.

No-one wants to pay tax and this situation will not go away because no country will agree a mutually fair arrangement. But when there are X million iphones in the UK and X million iTunes accounts, shouldn't they pay the same as a company located in the UK? (no more, no less).

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

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disruption

Isn't this a perfect opportunity to set up a competitor.... "do all the hanky panky you like in our cars"...

Ok, it would be smothered in law suits pretty quick, but its a nice thought, no?

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

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not a dig at the EU but...

One of the things i don't like about the EU / any european treaty organisation.... is that nothing ever seems to make a difference. How long has this guy been reported on this website, yet hearings and reports go by with nothing changing.

Maybe there are good reasons for european unity in many places and things, but the lack of accountability by the various (and there are many) europe-wide organisations is the real problem.

I don't think this guy is doing this because he's French, i think he's doing it because he can.

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Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

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Surprising how?

None of the meat sacks who are getting the sack have the ear of the board.

If you're replaceable don't be surprised when you are removed.

Company loyalty and employee respect died years ago. Work for yourself or face getting fired at some point for restructuring reasons.

This is not new information.

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Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

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Your costs are off

... because whatever the cost of this service I STILL NEED A PC, so how does this do anything except move the company's licensing costs on the spreadsheet, the IT dept still needs to provide about 90% of whats required.

And anyone who has been in office where there is construction near by will know that even in big cities a digger (or back haul ?) can break fibre without blinking.

Oh and now i have a quad core chip in my cheapy android phone and the next laptop will likely come with 8gb of ram minimum.... when will I be without my own computing power to run these apps?

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Phishing tackle ships data catch to net sharks

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Buy your malware here

Just give me your credit card details and the software is yours.

YouTube is doing the world a favour letting script kiddies get scammed but don't be fooled.

Someone more experience would expect this and use a stolen credit card and a vanilla Gmail. They might even have dedicated separate Bitcoin accounts for buying on the onion net.

If he didn't back door his sales tools he's an amateur and shouldn't be dealt with.

As Mr units said above, how nieve. But he wins either way and it's not like you can sell malware in shops now is it.

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Tech giants warn IoT vendors to get real about security

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Android updates

Given how long and difficult and even unsuccessful this has been I can't see IoT improvements happening. The only way to implement it will be whitelists of devices in network kit from the likes of Cisco.

Then of course the trade war with China begins in ernest.

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Facebook recruits some help to fight fakes, but doubles down on wisdom of the crowd

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Re: Censorship?

Agreed, but the laziness of FB users is extreme.

I have been in a few groups on Facebook, usually relating to my local (non home) country.

People will post in facebook what they should post on google... "where can i buy rice", "is x movie being released in this country". I don't understand why they don't know or care they can get the answer instantly if they just used the internet a little bit more.

Fake news... i think we need to define that term better, if we have the same story from the too left BBC and the too right Fox, they wont be the same... which is fake and which is the trusted source?

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Here's another option

I love how people post on here their ire at social media.

Whatever, you don't have to join, but you do understand that having a handle and posting here is still a form of social media. Maybe it's the self righteous anti social media folks posting on social media about how they don't use social media who need to disappear up they're own arse?

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Few things i think are being missed in all this....

How long is manufacturing going to be a human process. The levels of automation are already pretty high so any manufacturing job in the next 10 years may be up for the chop.

China has got rich on being the world's factory, their middle class is growing. The poorest people are less poor than they were. The cheap labour is a finite resource, again something that 10 years will show.

Overall, jobs globally are declining, we're just getting more efficient.

Any politician that is not talking a basic state wage and clinging to the union view of "jobs jobs jobs" is going to be bitten on the arse when they can't provide them.

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AWS: We're gonna make mobile apps great again with Lambda functions

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Parse.com

I dont get these zeeo code backends. I've never seen a backend that wasnt very custom and usually linking to other web based systems. Mobile apps dont operate in a vacuum.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Not related but support

Only on Friday night (10pm) I got a call to help someone charge their new laptop. Bought that day. Post Facebook user, first laptop. After talking, sending images with big red arrows I got asked "can't you come here and help me" ... If only it was a ploy to get me there, but sadly it was a real request and I said #$&-&##&-_#

Blood relatives only now, and that's because I've trained them.

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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

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Re: A clear case of embiggening if you ask me

You want lawyers to define "secure", clearly you've missed the whole US tech law industry that is based on arguing about non defined terms. Grow up, if secure had a definition it would already be law.

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commercial vs domestic

Putting sensors on trackors is a good idea, there is some sense, some logic and quite a large number of farmers.

Why i need my toaster/kettel/fridge connected to the internet still illudes me. I had a smart 3D tv for a while (generous landlord) but it just wasn't worth plugging it into the internet. We plugged HMDI cables from laptops to watch torrented content, but that does not need a smart tv but provided said content in 1080p HD with no lag. The internet connected to stupid stuff doesn't make that stuff smart, it just makes it connected to the internet. Again why does my fridge / kettle/ toaster / light bulbs / door locks etc need to go online?

I honestly expect to see people with a cat 5 (or 6 now) cable up their butt anytime soon.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Re: Delaying Hope

So by the time this gets certification they'll be dead anyway. How selfish are we humans, kill anything for an extra 5 minutes of this life of confrontation.

I'm adding a clause to my donor card, not John Savard. Bury my organs and let him die :)

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Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

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Is it still a leak when it comes from a sieve

Recruitment databases are a wealth of out of date information and old email addresses.

They are shared, sold, re-indexed etc regularly. If you have ever been on one, you will never be removed.

I get emails from recruiters who last saw a CV 15 years ago, they still think i am looking for the same job.

Anyone who's information was 'leaked' from this system is unlikely to even notice.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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who sees a wifi network called that and then calls the police.

... the level of stupid is pretty high. If it was a real connection its like calling your wifi "terrorists r us".

The person who reported this should be getting a fair amount of shame for their "think of the children"... "OMG its an arabic word, terr-ist".

Sadly these muppets just dont get that they work for the bad guys by curtailing our values and our free speech etc etc ... freedom to make (bad / in poor taste) jokes.

Offense is taken, not given.

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Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

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no ones mentioned OSX yet...

Apple too give huge downloads for any update.

And while Windows 10 is now gathering all kinds of information about you. The apple store, from where all your software must come, knows what you have installed but still just gives you the multi-GB file.

If you are using W10 then you already lost your privacy, so at least this looks like a good thing to come out of MS.

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Microsoft's IFTTT competitor goes live for suits & sysadmins alike

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IFTTT

Worst thing on the internet.

Can't connect anything actually useful to any else that is remotely useful.

Do you want to automatically post your facebook to pinterest? No, give me a way to automate the stuff i do, not what google stats says most people do.

Although, a small python script will pretty much do anything these services are trying to do.

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EU €120m Wi-Fi spend explained, but not excused

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why not...

Just offer free wifi for 3 years to a "public" service such as a library or sports facility.

Seems much more simple and easier to tell if said 'thing' is a real place.

I cant see many people arguing with the EU paying the libraries internet.

Everyone and their dog offer free wifi (in exchange for spamming you forever)... do we need an EU wifi.

Actually, in a little while we wont be eligible so being from UK, i'll shut up now. Waste the money EU, soon not our problem. (c'mon, gotta find the positives, even you stanch remainers).

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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UK is so quaint

Market forces yeah... We'll have 5 (count Em, 5) competing networks... No wait 4... Merger, what merger... Ok 3.

Yeah, market forces at work.

Here in Vietnam I pay about $10/month for 4g and I haven't found anywhere remote enough to avoid coverage, only in tiny valleys.

UK Government: please please please

Tellcos: Me, me, me , me, me.

The west and not least UK need to stop sitting on their laurels before they are the "developing" country... Even Cambodia is rolling out 4g.

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: My phone gets switched off before boarding

My smart device is more than a phone, allowing me to watch movies and listen to music.

I also communicate with friends and family.

Oh and sometimes , just somtimes, work email or call,.

If you are so important that you are indispensable on a flight, you're probably exactly the person who should have his phone on, no?

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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

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Children are noisy and they smell

They are also the biggest single bad thing you can inflict on the environment with their lifelong carbon dependant existence.

I would rather spill it over the floor/bed/tissue than give someone who denies natural selection (of fertile potential parents) a chance at killing my world some more because "my biological clock is ticking" .... Get a f**king cat.

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Salesforce rules out Twitter bid

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Facepalm

who saw this coming... maybe everyone?

I tried to get it, i signed up at least twice. I even talked to the company's social media person (some 20 something cross-channel specialist.. whatever that is).... but i could not get over the pointlessness of twitter. It actively took technology that was available and clipped its wings.

Hey Silicon Valley, a business model includes a way to make money. The current 'build something' and then wonder how to make cash from it is taking any means of assessing value from things leading to $18 billion being paid for Whatsapp.

Watch Dragon's Den or talk to an accountant. The value of a business is a fairly simple equation of costs, income, customers etc so by any intelligent definition of the term, Twitter has always been worthless!

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: John Smith

I'm tempted to set up two fake john Smith account's to attack each other. Is it a hate crime when I'm attacking my alter ego?

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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On the same network as the coffee machine...

'Nuff said.

Not finding it easy to see the benefit in lots this IoT stuff.

I want to, but making coffee is hardly a big deal.

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

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App development

Gave up because Apple are twats and customers think that if they use the word simple in the requirements it means cheap.

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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

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UK is already in the dark ages

...listen to you all .. you'd think putting actual physical connections in the ground is the only way to get broadband to rural areas...

In Spain, i often visit some friends in a village. Its about 12 miles up into the mountains and after Telephonica refusal to put in a line for years, another company rolled out some form of wimax repeaters up the valley and now everyone has a small microwave antenna on their house for up to around 8 or 10 M/Bit.

A few towers were much cheaper than digging a hole.... but the UK has been so focused on BT and the cost of digging holes, tech has moved on.

I don't know how politicians can even say "market economics" when BT exists and has fought for it's monopoly with apparent government support at every turn.

Now i write this, i am wondering why the likes of Vodafone don't roll out 4G to rural places first and steal the march (and the customers) from BT's hole digging empire.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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More I thing nonsense

I bought a Mac book air because its quite a good computer.

I don't want or need I devices. Leave my laptop alone.

After at least 5 or 6 macs I may head back to Linux on my next hardware update.

*iThing was being auto corrected by Android

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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faulty

That happened to me once. They put an extra stick of ram in my new laptop wrong, messed it right up.

I went back to the shop, explained and they gave me new one. The end.

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Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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actually

The idea is not entirely stupid.

I have been approached by a number of possible clients over the last 4 or 5 years to make some kind of app that allows people to send thoughts, prayers, gift etc to other people who you may or may not know.

This kind of thing is alien to me, if i like you enough i will actually make an effort, not use some website or app. Nevertheless, enough people do think like this and religion doesn't help. Just look at how many muppets click like and share on the picture of the kid with cancer.

Having said all that, she was welcome to do exactly as she has done with a private investor and fail privately (like everyone else). The problem here was public money being wasted.

People want to be nice to each other and send good wishes / help. But people don't want to pay to it.

Its not a difficult concept to grasp and a little research beforehand might have given a hint at that.

None of this is helped by the "sharing economy" .. where i share freely and a company sells it for profit. More people are wising up to that.

Want to help someone;- visit that elderly neighbour, buy the big issue, sign greenpeace petitions...

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

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amazed no-one made a connection

I appreciate the FCC role given the Marriott thing, which was clearly spectrum related mischief (as stated in the article)... what actually happened is much more like Star Bucks or Pizza Hut asking you not to drink or eat your own food in their restaurant.

Planes are trying it but those that charge for a sandwich on flight usually have high prices and crap sandwiches so i bluetooth or usb mine at 35,000ft.

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Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m

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Re: Fighting over cities

I find it a constant source of amusement that there are so many people who live in the middle of nowhere but set up a web based business or just generally bitch about bad internet.

You moved there, I grew up there and the lack of internet taught me to live in cities if you want netflix and online businesses.

You don't hear complaints from city folk about the lack of green space and countryside, we already get the trade off.

Pay for satellite or move, I don't care cry me a river.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Re: Another "oh think of the children" BS story.

While perhaps not legally binding, given that it was the first time we were asked since 1975 and it has been a political hot potato for years, there is no politician who would dare to go against it.

Having another referendum after the exit deal is on the table is not only idiotic, but its impossible... Y'know article 50 etc

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Another "oh think of the children" BS story.

There has been a steady stream of "what will happen to poor old me now brexit happened".

The people who are clearly still sore at having a democratic decision made, seem to forget that this is EXACTLY what the politicians are talking about when the say we need to negotiate our way out of Europe.

The headline grabbing nonsense about immigration is just sound bites for the masses, the real deals will be on things like this.

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And while i get down voted for being pro brexit, can anyone tell me why this guy in the article doesn't know that non EU goods are sold in the UK and in the EU. Samsung et all make electronics outside of this region. Perhaps looking at how a larger more established company does business will be more productive than blogging like a petulant teenager something that essentially says "not much is like to change soon, keep calm and carry on".

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Israeli Pentagon DDoSers explain their work, get busted by FBI

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FAIL

very vague

"claimed to have attacked the Pentagon".

If you are in this business you should be sure of your targets. If you get any hint of government, then whatever you do next, you best be prepared for it.

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Punters want heart-throbs, not brains, when thinking wrist-jobs

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target buyer

I am probably in the target market for some kind of smart watch.

The apple watch was not ever considered by me due to the requirement to have an iPhone.

The Samsung watch has the same limitations.

I have had Apple phones, then i moved to Android and have moved to different brands over the years (including Samsung and Sony).

Make a smart watch that is smart enough to use any phone or no phone.... then you open the potential buyers to those who spend less than $500 on a phone (which is actually quite a large number of people especially in Asia).

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Extra Bacon? Yes please, even though the Cisco bug of this name is bad for you

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Sysadmins and tinfoil hats

There are so many sysadmins (yes they haven't even heard of sysops yet) who live under a rock and just think the know everything.

Its usually the bunch on here who never miss an opportunity to say they don't have Facebook.

These are the guys who don't patch routers.

*IMHO

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NBA's Golden State Warriors sued for 'mic snooping' mobile app

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Re: Answer Is Simple

"Don't install apps that are so cavalier with peoples privacy."

This is exactly the point. How do you know apps are cavalier with people's privacy?

I am trying to find a decent android email client, because y'know work.

I installed one, had a few issues with it that made me install a packet sniffer. It was directing all mail through it's own servers. Googling this showed other people had found that too.

Do we all need to either ignore modern technology and refuse all apps or is some basic pen testing required by ordinary users.

Its easy to say "Don't install bad apps" & "deny permissions" but both of those can be true and you still get apps over stepping the mark.

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Lawyers! win! millions! in! bonkers! Yahoo! email! snooping! case!

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bad precedent

Not sure if they have precedent in US law, but anyway...

This is a another case of simplifying technical concepts into non-technical terms that are not relevant.

Data in transit or at rest is a term you can apply to a paper letter, but digital data can really be in transit AND at rest at the same time. Which is it is still irrelevant to whether or not someone is scanning my emails... they are or they are not.

UK: Internet Connection Records - still no clear definition for how a 60s telephony concept can be crowbar'd into modern digital networking theory.

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EU privacy czars mull privacy regulation for Skype, WhatsApp

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I don't think they are using the term correctly.

OTT used to mean multiple services at the same time, for example you watch "Britains got nothing to do on a Saturday night" and you can follow along on your iPad and get extra "Over the top" services like voting and more info on each person and all that other wonderful stuff.

If it now just means anything that is "over the top" of a telco cable, its pretty broad and we kinda had a name for that already; the internet (not just the www).

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Families of men slain by ISIS gunman told: No, you can't sue Twitter

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no sympathy

This is nothing but an attempt to cash in on the deaths of their "loved" ones.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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i know but...

ok, so i know we're not out of europe yet... but

and its likely to be one of the negotiating points...

and .. it probably would not be retrospectively applied but...

does leaving europe take away the "european arrest warrant" that was what started this.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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alien life ... obviously

Well not obviously in any way... but this would be the way we will first meet aliens, not because they found our probes with the weird crosswords (all that stuff printed that the average human couldn't figure out let alone a non-human).

We'll find an anomaly and gradually we will realise it is not naturally occurring ... we'll do little probes and over some time there will be theories that it is made by intelligent life.

definitely not some reck neck getting and anal probe in the woods :)

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Uncle Sam set to flog Silk Road's Bitcoins

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government and maths again ! (Yes, its plural, i am in the UK)

Bitcoins are not considered currency in the US, as shown in the recent case where some cops bought bitcoins and claimed they were going to buy stolen credit cards with them, then tried to fit up the seller on money laundering charges.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/26/ponzi_bitcoin_case_kaput/

The judge said bitcoins were goods. This is the line of thought for an auction.

However, there is an exchange rate for bitcoins, so an auction is relatively pointless as whoever bids 1c less than the current exchange rate will win. Anyone who bids over the current exchange rate, can't count and anyone who expects to get some kind of good deal has the time and money to waste speculating.

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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

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wow... el reg really is visited by only old cynical IT hacks

Read these comment and they say "dont buy bitcoins they are new fangled and scary" ... what a bunch of tinfoil hated muppets you ignorant people are. To be fair, whenever there is story about facebook all you old dodery geezars come out to say "i never liked or joined it, its bad... "... why on earth do you bother with the internet when you don't accept any development in tech.

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I don't like Mondays, Pokemon, Twitter or Facebook – Sir Bob Geldof

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I dont like bob geldof... but even if i did.

He's always angry about stuff, he can't just have a conversation. I find that really tedious in people.

He's welcome to have a grumble, but his negative bs is just tiresome.

If he'd taken a little time to consider what he was saying he might have dug up research that shows younger people are not joining facebook and twitter. Of course they are joining whatever is the next thing (and me being older, i have no idea what it is).

I wonder if he'd been born 50 years earlier he would have bemoaned the electric guitar.

Twat.

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Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

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Mr nokia and mr Razr

Yes you clearly are luddites so you're comments that you are superior due to your failure to adopt new tech make you look Amish at best and plain stupid at worst.

I wish these people who just post to say we should have stopped the Internet in 1996 would die already. No one cares how clever you are, i can talk to my 1000 Facebook friends about how irrelevant your opinion is. The world moves on. Get over it.

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Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

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Am i the only one thinking....

That what the fuck is acceptable about Amber in multi-million dollar projects?

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