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2332 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Yahoo! scuppered! in! Dailymotion! buyout! attempt!

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Re: Nice to see

You want to go live in France for a bit and see where this protectionism leads you.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Re: Practical solutions

Apple, Google, Starbucks et al are doing nothing wrong, they are operating precisely under the rules they have been told to operate under.

If you want to direct your ire at someone, it should be your MP, who has the ability to effect changes in tax laws, but chooses not to for reasons of political expedience.

In other words, targeting a corporation is unlikely to have any effect. Since 1977, Nestle has been the target of a worldwide, co-ordinated activist boycott campaign. Nestle's profits last year, £6.5 billion pounds.

If you want a corporation to change it's behaviour, legislate against it. If your legislators won't legislate against it, change your legislators.

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Re: re: Google and Microsoft have already done this

Except when Microsoft does it, it doesn't get a whole article written about it ...

Ok, but then ...

"Microsoft Raises Nearly $3 Billion in Bond Sales"

you link to a whole article written about it.

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Re: @reno79

I don't understand this 'innovating' thing. There has been no innovation in phones for a very very long time. Processors get faster, interfaces get slightly slicker, but no phone has delivered anything innovative or special in a long time. Anything I said for phones also applies to tablets; tablets are just big phones.

What I mentioned was how Apple haven't really done anything radically different in their last two hardware revisions for their primary mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), and if we're allowed to forecast from their previous revisions of hardware for the next one, we won't see anything new in the 5S or next ipad, just a spec bump.

Shocker! Phones to remain phone like.

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Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes

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Re: And if 8 isn't enough...

Or even go one step better, run Debian sid.

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'Facebook, Twitter, Google: Ad companies masquerading as tech ones'

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Re: Google is a delivery service

That's like saying NI is a typesetting company.

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Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

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Zuck and co. need to sharpen their filth filters a bit

I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades. They probably hired the guy straight outta HP.

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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

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The system will absolutely refuse to do anything until the rebuild process is complete and a rebuild of four 4TB 7200 RPM drives takes over four days

Yeah, no. The kind of person that buys this thinks they are spending £1.5k on something that will ensure their business continues to run in case of failure. This is a RAID array that takes almost the entire working week to rebuild the array, it's worse than useless.

Plus, it's only got 4 bays. What to do when you've filled it, buy the next one? Fuck that.

You can get a 24 bay Norco hot-swap chassis for fuck all these days, put 4 disks in that, put on Nexenta (built in ZFS, NFS, CIFS, iSCSI and a web gui to manage them all), and you can keep adding extra sets of disks as you need them. ZFS at least works when degraded, and a full rebuild is significantly shorter.

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Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

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Too pretty

They've spent too much time and money making the rack mount appliance look pretty - well, imo, any time/money spent making it look sexy is a waste. It could be a bog standard supermicro chassis, but no, it's gotta look sexy for the brochure. Never mind it will sit in a cabinet and never (hopefully) be touched or looked at again. Adds thousands to the cost, adds nothing to the quality.

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Facebook to plonk $1.5bn data centre in Iowa - report

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Re: Microsoft already has...

From November to March, the average monthly high for Iowa ranges between -1° C and 8° C, the average monthly low over the same period is between -10° C and -1° C.

November to March is a "large chunk of a year", and temperatures consistently below freezing is "fucking cold".

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Re: Microsoft already has...

It's also fucking cold for large chunks of the year, whilst still being fairly central, which is more to the point.

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

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Stats are interesting

In 2012, Apple had 73% of the tablets in the UK. 5% of the population had tablets, so 3.65% had Apple tablets.

In 2013, Apple had 63% of the tablets in the UK. 19% of the population had tablets, so 11.97% had Apple tablets.

Apple are surely doomed, someone call the stonemason.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: He'll probably/hopefully get sued

Just because you know someone has your stuff doesn't give you the right to accuse them of theft

It's a pretty good start though. Much better than just accusing anyone.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: so if I don't like it

DSA doesn't apply if you've opened the box. It's meant to cover the situations where you order something, it arrives and you think "Wait, what? I thought I was getting a XYZ". It's not meant to cover the situation where the thing is what you are expecting, but doesn't quite work as well as you want.

The intention is that it gives you the same chance to back out as if you were in a store, all the goods have been rung up and it is time to pay.

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Re: What gives ANY company the right...

In reasonable countries, the consumer has protection against wilfully unfair terms and conditions in contracts, as it has sensibly been noted that when a consumer enters into an agreement with a business, the business has undue control over the terms specified.

Therefore, this agreement, whereby you give up your rights to dispose of the entity that you are purchasing, would without doubt be invalid in the EU.

If google truly wanted to do this in the EU, they would have to apply a rental model - which is what this in fact is, you pay $1500 in order to rent it for $0/pcm, but as far as Google are concerned, they still own the device.

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Apple branded porno-peddling perverts by Chinese Pravda

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Re: So why are they LOOKING for smut?

Why not look for smut?

Isn't People's Daily the Daily Mail sized rag with the Page 3 style nudie pics on the back page?

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

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My fingers pick things up and deposit them in the fridge. At a later point, the same fingers pick things up and take them out of the fridge. This is operating a fridge.

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I'm slightly confused, who doesn't currently use 3 dimensions and finger controls to operate their fridge? Is there a huge number of people out there with flat, 2D fridges, pressing the buttons with their noses?

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: Support

And when you get the new HTC or Nokia, it's a new phone. A few minutes after turning on the iphone, and it is your phone, exactly as it was at the last backup.

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: DRM mince

Spotify have no problem with being a streaming service that allow you to pre-cache the stream.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Re: You want to know if it'll work?

Ask Williams F1.

Their KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System - for those who do not follow F1) solution is a flywheel design and they've spent a lot of time, effort and cash in getting it to work properly.

Ask Williams what - why they don't use the flywheel design in F1? Ted Kravitz went through in in-depth detail the exact operation of a Williams F1 KERS system just this Sunday, it has no flywheel, just a mass of Li-ion batteries.

IIRC they spun out the flywheel tech to use in roadcars, they never used it in F1.

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Re: Odd for a kickstarter

You're confused, a kickstarter project is not intended to actually work or deliver anything useful, just keep some post grad dicking around with their pet hobby, subsidised by schmucks who think they are changing the world by pledging money from their tablets.

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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

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I'm confused about how the security researches discovered this without breaking the law. Presumably, paypal didn't contract them to do this research, so this means they just started fuzzing paypal urls till something crashed.

Don't get me wrong, I think that is valuable research and should be legal. However, just altering the url a server gives you is enough to be considered hacking in the US (see iphone/AT&T snafu). How does one do security research and not get slammed in gitmo?

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Re: Seems like...

Depends where you go. When I was in Shanghai, my (native) co-workers looked after me really well, took me to some fantastic local places for lunch, we'd eat a lot and it would cost no more than 20 kwai. Dinner in a reasonable chinese restaurant (as opposed to a gwailo restaurant) - well, one night I spent 60 kwai, 6 beers and so much food I couldn't eat it all.

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Re: Sounds familiar

Of course ask a GPL person about this and you'd get into a protracted war.

It's none of their business what happens to BSD code, you can tell they had FA to do with it because it is still BSD licensed and freely usable by anyone who fancies a bit of that. Which is the point of BSD license.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: Declining number of speakers you say?

You clearly didnt read the article.

Welsh speakers … are a tiny market and obviously not seen as viable by epublishers.

Y Lolfa, a small publisher based near Aberystwyth, is leading a campaign to put Cymru back on the Kindle.

Amazon won't distribute a publisher's books on the Kindle because 'Cymru' is not in their list of supported languages. They don't want to do this:

INSERT INTO kindle_supported_languages (name, iso-639-1, iso-639-2) VALUES ('Cymru', 'cy', 'cym');

and that is being dicks, given the number of other esoteric languages they do allow in there.

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Re: Why are these public sector idiots allowed...

Forget the headline and work it out. Since 2005, they've spent £14m. That's £1.75m a year. Say this is in-house developed tech - a lot of the costs are in development personnel, lets say £40k/person for public sector IT, which would cost the force ~£50k once you take into account EE NI. Lets assume a team of 20 developers - that's £1m/year. There were probably external costs - equipment, training, auditing, the 'independent report' which led to it's binning.

Now, the report says that they spent £14m and threw it away. That's probably not accurate. They built and maintained the system for 8 years, for which it 'worked' to a certain extent. At some point, they looked at this 8 year project, looked at what their needs for the next few years are, and estimated how much work it would be to get it to a state that they now need.

Obviously, having done this analysis, they decided that it was more cost effective to ditch it and start again, and even more cost effective to ditch it, and buy a solution rather than implement it in house.

Who hasn't had to do this at work? That PoS VB application that your predecessor poured his time in to, but still doesn't bloody do the job - do you fix it, or bin it? Do you reimplement it yourself, or is there COTS solutions available now that didn't exist back then?

This is not necessarily black and white.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: How did they manage to log on?

So either no security set or the security was hacked - bad in either case. Don't know which but even the least techy person uses full hard disk encryption these days on laptops.

.. later ..

What I didn't say is that 'every' non-techy does - which is what I think you are implying.

English isn't your strong point, I take it.

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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

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Re: GPU encoding @James Hughes

Yep, this is true. The problem is that GPUs will be sold with this feature to consumers, and they will act like the video encoders in todays set of hideously expensive graphics cards - poor quality, and poor speed. With GPUs, this is without doubt due to "good enough" implementation of the software.

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Re: Patients?

If H264 was so ruined by patents, how come it's the dominant video codec used in broadcast video, blurays, internet video, webcams, digital camcorders, "the scene".....

PS - 'Patents' not 'Patients'.

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GPU encoding

Current GPU encoding of H264 is of shocking quality. It might go fast (then again, it might not), but it regularly produces daft encoding results:

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/128681-the-wretched-state-of-gpu-transcoding

http://www.behardware.com/articles/828-1/h-264-encoding-cpu-vs-gpu-nvidia-cuda-amd-stream-intel-mediasdk-and-x264.html

Quote from one of ffmpeg's developers:

In general, developers believe that you generally get slower encoding with worse quality if you are not using the CPU. … The typical case is a very fast CPU with a GPU that encodes slower at a significantly worse quality.

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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

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use Google Map Maker to make the map of the United Kingdom (along with Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey)

Wonder what Alderney did to piss off Google

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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WeeXchange

Where you can swap urine products with other like minded urine enthusiasts.

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Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

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Re: AC Destroyed All Braincells Gordon BTRFS? You must be joking...

Your ten reasons:

Reason 1 is "I love the GPL", Reason 2 is not true (this list is from 2006), Reason 4 is "ZFS is for servers", Reasons 3,6,7,8,9 and 10 are all "I mistrust and dislike Sun". Reason 5 is the best, "don't use ZFS, we've got Resier 4".

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Re: zpool scrub == fsck

Also, zfs scrub is exactly the same purpose and design as a data scrub/patrol read on a RAID array. It's the one thing people with RAID arrays often forget about until they have a single disk failure, do a rebuild and find out they have double disk failure.

zfs or RAID, if you aren't scrubbing your data each week, you don't know it's actually there.

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Re: Tom 38 Open source purity

"Slowaris" - what are you, 12?

There is more going on here that meets the eye, I'm sure. Show me on the doll where Jonathan Schwartz touched you.

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Re: Back into medieval times

4 upvotes for a philistine who wants to close libraries?

Do whatever you want with ebooks, get your mitts off our libraries. If anything, we need more and larger libraries, not cheap ways for the privileged to get ebooks.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

But that's the problem - when I go to California, I'm in a rental car - I don't have a GPS holder on the dash. If I need to look at the GPS on the phone, I've got to pick it up in my hand, or find some spot by the cupholder where it will sit with a good viewing angle.

Or rent the right kind of car. Or fix a detachable holder. Or any number of things apart from "ignore the law and break it because it doesn't apply to me, I'm special".

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Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

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Hacking

But one ticket recipient claimed to have found that by tweaking values in this web address, he could access thousands of other digital photographs of other people's vehicles.

In certain climes, this is considered hacking. I'm glad in the UK we see it as a privacy failure by the firm, rather than hacking by the punter.

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Nokia Life touches down in Kenya, jingles pocketful of Microsoft money

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Re: Can't help yourself, can you?

Isn't it funny how Windows Phone users generally have no problem with Android or iOS users, but you fanbois and fandroids have just gotta hate, haven't you?

This the Tribe Effect. If you are in a big strong tribe, you can be rude and mean about the other tribes, you've got plenty of homies to back you up.

However, if your tribe is small and feeble, then you have no-one to back you up, and hence you have to try to get along with everyone.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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Re: 1.38 x 10^4

"Oh I'm not right, so I'll just claim it should be obvious and you're a cretin for saying it is not" - I'd have marked you down if you tried that shit.

In this particular case, there are no units listed because there are no units to be listed. The value quoted is a ratio of the speed of "speed of spooky action" against the speed of light in a vacuum.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Re: clearing...

The 'requirement' for a degree generally means you're working for a company/manager who doesn't really understand what they need.

Not really, it just means you are working for a company that has an HR department. "No degree" is a standard first level filter for HR.

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Re: makes sense

Maybe you should learn to read, it isn't me having the problems, it is people who expect me to fix their shit.

They have no problems making windows run slower over time. Most of them even pay some dude called McAffee to do it for them.

One of my relatives has an aged Vista machine, it takes about 10 minutes from pressing the power button to opening a browser and having the webpage displayed. Vista post-dates XP, no? In the NT line? Or is this one of the "Vista doesn't count" exclusions?

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Re: makes sense

A tablet that runs windows - real windows - isn't a tablet, it's a laptop that has no keyboard. It will behave like a laptop, get slower like a laptop, have shit software installed like a laptop.

I've had to fix various family members issues with shitty ancient laptops for the last ten years. I've never had anyone ever ask me to do anything to fix an ipad.

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

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It wasn't the mortgages that banks themselves loaned out that was the problem, it was the mortgages that other companies sold, which were then packaged up into financial instruments offering a high rate of return for apparently zero risk.

These instruments were then sold around the world to other banks. It is these debts which became toxic, the liquidity issue was due to the fact that all these banks had these toxic instruments, but no-one could tell, or was willing to find out, the true value/risk associated with them.

ABN Amro wasn't saddled with massive debts because the Dutch don't pay their mortgages, it was because it used it's assets to buy this external debt that turned out to be worthless.

This crisis was caused by the creation, marketing, selling of these financial instruments, all of which came with AAA ratings from the people who are supposed to assess risk. The ratings agencies made fuckloads of money rating these bonds, the companies creating and bundling these mortgages made a fortune turning worthless sub-prime into AAA gold.

None of these people have ever had to answer for fucking us all in the ass.

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RBS went bust because it bought ABN Amro for too much money.

It was only too much money because ABN Amro was lying about the value of it's mortgage assets, with the connivance of the rating agencies. It's like saying someone who drowns has died of suffocation, technically it is accurate, but it's missing the bloody point.

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

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Love that film, although I thought it portrayed Gates as someone who would fuck anyone over to get the result he wanted, Steve Jobs as the crazy maniacal business genius - all sharp suits and smooth talk - who shouts at people until he gets what he wants - the scene where he reams out a developer at 3 in the morning is class - and Woz as a out of his depth techy slowly going mad under Job's thumb.

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Prime Ministerial exploding cheese expert to become 'entrepreneur'

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WTF?

en·tre·pre·neur

/ˌäntrəprəˈno͝or/

Noun

A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.

I don't know the chap that well, but it doesn't seem to me that he has ever done either of those two things.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Browsium said […] no one it has spoken to has made Chrome the primary office web browser

They can't have talked to that many people. Which makes their 'insight' into the browser market somewhat dubious.

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