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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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amaze. wow. much users. a bit scare

That's a decent number of users suddenly having access to 50GB mailboxes. But if Microsoft can't handle Exchange/AD then no one can. No pressure then!

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Re: What legit email admin ...

"... doesn't bounce toys like yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc. in the first place?"

One who perhaps has to deal with proper business-critical mail servers that live in the actual real world of e-mail?

Go ahead and live in your own e-mail cave. It doesn't sound like many people need to contact you anyway*. Burrrn!

*Apologies, smiley face, I couldn't resist

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Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

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Patched

Patched within a few hours of announcement, nice.

It's frightening when you think of how long it takes proprietary software vendors to acknowledge and fix bugs. Let alone how many undiscovered and undisclosed/exploited bugs must exist in proprietary software.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Shame

It's a shame that the infrastructure that results from this won't end up being owned by the taxpayer. A government funded proper FTTP roll-out, fair enough BT doing the build, then any from a wide range of comms provider can pay to provide service to customers.

It's not like trains where privatisation just results in local monopolies rather than national monopolies. With this there would be no physical or technical barrier preventing a whole host of comms providers from running services to customers in the same town/street. Plus the taxpayer gets to make money back over the long-term and ends up owning a decent blob of national infrastructure. Plus it would give Ofcom something to do.

It seems like a bunch of public money given to a private company to build themselves a nice expensive train set that we'll only be allowed to play with at weekends. And at a price we're powerless to ever argue against.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Rubbish

Wow this tactic reminds me of the early days of domains, where nearly all registrars had fees for any single conceivably action.

These guys are complete jokers, on the same level as UKReg/Fasthosts. Most companies I've worked for have had an account and I always push for a switch.

Not to mention the control panel looks like it's not changed since 1998 and feels like a bunch of cobbled together CGI scripts and Apache Server Side Includes. Don't even think about managing more than 5 domains with it.

I actually hate the way that the contact details and owner information for UK domains has to now be managed at the registry rather than the registrar as well. Want to change the ownership information? That'll be £10+VAT to Nominet.

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

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Yep, ditch Wordpress.

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ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS

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Turning circle of a...

Turning circle of a... gov department.

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

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Much scale, wow, big data, so hip

Funny as you see all these startups using FlapsDB (or some other NoSQL database trending on GitHub) because traditional RDBMS just can't operate at the scale they need. Are you sure about that? Facebook, Twitter, now that's scale.

Or maybe using NoSQL just increases their chances of getting their grubby hipster hands some Silicon Valley dosh, because like Big Data Cloud Internet Of Things is like so hot right now.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Pirate

Never

I'm still a while away from entering old-fart territory but I don't listen to modern mainsteam music. Even if I did, I would never buy it at new price from an actual shoppe.

For over 10 years now I've been buying (and selling) CDs/DVDs almost exclusively from 2nd hand sellers on ebay, discogs, Amazon marketplace. If I remember correctly, buying 2nd hand is piracy in the eyes of UK law just as much as downloading. And until the City of London Police* start seizing ebay/amazon etc domains then their persuit of download sites comes across to me as farcical.

The stuff I collect is more niche (70s/80s soul, rare groove, disco etc). Or modern electronic from specialist online download sites (traxsource.com or direct from artist/label).

* It appears that the City of London Police are the UK's copyright enforcement agency these days. I can only assume their charter must have been officially amended at some golf club somewhere. Either that or they've solved all their other crimes, all those financial irregularities we keep hearing about at city firms.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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LibreOffice, ImgBurn, 7-Zip, Notepad++, SumatraPDF, CutePDF writer, Pidgin, IrfanView, GIMP, Inkscape, FileZilla, WinSCP, Audacity, VLC

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Re: PDF

+1 for SumatraPDF. Used to deploy FoxIt but it became bloated adware.

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Re: OpenOffice?

OpenOffice is gone. I've used both, alot, and the first year of LibreOffice saw more improvement than the previous 3-4 years of OpenOffice.

So another +1 to LibreOffice

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Google grabs Gmail-using HTTPS refuseniks and coats them with SSL

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Cryptic

I'm assuming the phone calls coming in from the NSA/GCHQ to ask for any of their users' sh*t will be encrypted as well? Because I'm fine with that. Not.

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Re: Good

I honestly can't think of too many alternative languages that are as mature and would be able to operate at the same scale on the same hardware investment though.

ASP.NET? Java/Scala?

Python and Ruby possibly but nowhere near as battle tested at scale as PHP. Especially since with HipHop it's effectively just running C/C++. Good luck to them I say for pushing the limits and feeding that back.

Perl, they could use Perl.

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Doesn't sound like PHP's fault to me. Sounds like you should actually be angry at your boss for buying a crap software developer/crap human.

The problem with PHP is that most developers started off as website designers who then followed some Wordpress plugin tutorials. It's easy to weed out the flakes.

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Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

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Yes. Er no

Yes Mr NSA, they were fully aware. They were also fully aware of the court order you gave them from your secret military court telling them to keep it buttoned or else.

"If you have to go back to court every time you look at the information in your custody, you can imagine that would be quite burdensome". Yes Mr NSA, that's literally the entire point of judicial oversight.

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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

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LOL

I don't believe these stats because, well, it's rubbish. I hardly ever see IIS in the wild these days.

And personally, I wouldn't even trust it to run a domain parking page, which seems to account for most of the IIS market last time I looked.

One thing that may add an element of truth is people starting to use Azure's cloud object storage service, whatever that's called, and adding DNS records to it.

What everyone doesn't realise is that the Azure cloud is probably running haproxy, nginx, Apache just with the Server HTTP header changed to appear as IIS. I joke of course but the thought of Microsoft trusting their own software to handle the business-critical applications of paying customers has put me right off my breakfast.

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Yeah pretty much, noone runs IIS for anything serious. I only ever see it used for small AD auth endpoints.

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Cloud buyers: Why it makes sense to think local

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cloud != cloud

Most smaller/local providers offering "cloud" are basically giving you a few Dell PowerEdge nodes, in the same country, in a single datacentre, the same datacentre as all their other stuff, the same network as all their other stuff, and in the same racks as all their other stuff.

Just because the ESX nodes have been configured as a "cluster" that doesn't make it a cloud. That's just some dedicated servers with a "mission critical" premium added to the pricing. In those cases, you're better doing it yourself and spreading the risk around multiple DCs.

Proper cloud to me is the abstraction of resources through APIs and geographic redundancy.

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Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

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16/8/4/2 Git/sec

How do you quantify that in Olympic swimming pools? A bonkers unit of measurement even by El Reg standards!

Pedantic, moi?

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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amaze. wow.

much fisheye!

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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clouds

Sometimes I create free cloud accounts and fill it with chunks of random junk data, a 10minutemail e-mail address, then never go near it again. Just for the hell of it, to mess with them.

All these companies are just massively overselling/under provisioning... lets see how deep their pockets really are and burst this .cloud bubble. Who's with me?

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Accessibility requirements?

Official government line: Any accessibility requirements? Then go F yourself.

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Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg

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I've only ever used 123reg briefly, when transferring domains out for clients, and their control panel always struck me as a horrible mish mash of technologies and frameworks. They sit in the same bracket as Fasthosts to me. I wish the best of luck to all their customers and nothing but bankruptcy to both companies.

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Bye ChromeOS

For several years now I've had HTPCs of various ilks hooked up to my TV. A shuttle box for a long time and currently an ageing mini-ITX Atom (Zotac nVidia ION) which has done a sterling job. These were usually on 24-7 as an all round home server web browsing kiosk Skype music YouTube etc. Early last year I bought a RaspberryPi and stuck OpenELEC on there and that's sorted all of the media playback stuff. The problem is I still end up with the HTPC on probably most days because of two annoying proprietary MS technologies, Silverlight and Skype. I would have switched it over to Linux years ago had it not been for Eurosport Player being Silverlight only.

A cheap, small, fanless x86 box would make an ideal replacement for the old HTPC and this looks pretty good. That's if I can kill the ChromeOS.

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Get kids into computer science

Get kids into computer science?

Nope. Increased footfall in the gift shop required to fund CEO-level salaries.

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Microsoft-backed lobby group demands market test of Google's proposed 'search fix'

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google site:microsoft.com

Funny because the only way to actually find what you're looking for on the MS site is to ignore the built-in Bing and go Google.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Politicians

Yeah forget empowering people properly. Let's just do whatever we want and assume the hoi polloi are OK with it. I mean they're just like us we're all in this together man on the street private supper club what what?

"Politicians are not born, they are excreted."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero *

* note there's no actual evidence of Cicero saying this but it sounds about right to me so it must be true.

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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Honeypot?

That is all.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Re: Citrix

Ah apologies, it was FreeBSD rather than OpenBSD. I knew it was one of them.

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Citrix

I'm sure last time I deployed a Citrix NetScaler virtual appliance I remember it running an OpenBSD base. I also remember it cost ££££.

I would think Citrix had more than $20k in profit lying around as a result of this product anyway!

I do realise that most of these mega-corps already support many open source projects both technically and financially but surely they're are worth a bit more to them than is usually the case.

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Network Solutions apologises for 'You just paid us $1850' email

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Apologies

Now apologise for being a totally horrendous company in every single other respect.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Overselling

It sounds to me like someone doesn't have enough product to go around, or can't afford to supply the product to all its customers.

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Also...

Presumably they'll also be blocking...

Google, Yahoo etc since in my experience they are the best places to search for pirated material.

Also... eBay, Amazon Marketplace, Discogs, gemm and any other sites that facilitate the purchase of 2nd hand CDs/DVDs/games etc.

Yeah right. People might have a bit more respect for the enforcement of piracy if it was enforced consistently.

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Docker loads up $15m to push containerization into bit barns

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Awesome

The great thing about Docker isn't the virtualisation and low overhead, it's the ease with which you can make deployments of applications. You configure your Docker from a base image, effectively recording a diff. Then all you really need to deploy is that diff from the base, the run file. And you know it's all self contained and a fresh environment with nothing screwed up during build/deployment.

Been playing around with it a bit at work and it's got some serious advantages.

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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Consumer vs Enterprise

I've always gone with consumer drives unless you need a small+quick array, in which case you probably go for SAS or flash these days. The I in RAID stands for inexpensive and using "enterprise" drives would double the cost.

Generally there's no difference, apart from when WD infamously changed the TLER flag on their consumer drives mid-way through a batch of drives a few years ago and people wondered why half their arrays kept spontaneously re-building.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: Tragic

Ha ha, fair enough. Good point, well made!

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Tragic

It's tragic that so much money and man-power goes into this stuff. Haven't governments these days got anything better to do?

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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This...

http://motherfuckingwebsite.com

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Health Sec opens new data centre: Biz not Surrey to be in Godalming

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Cost effective

Cost effective! Value for money! Efficient! Savings!

Won't stop them charging 500% the market rate back to the gov though will it.

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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1366 x 768

1366x768 should have been shot and killed 8 years ago. Yet it's impossible to find anything else at the £400-£500 price point.

In 2004 I bought an Asus Z71VP which had 1680x1050 and since then that is the minimum I expect.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Netbooks

Don't diss 'em! I still rock an Asus 1005HA-P. It's one of the 10" screen ones, not those early ones with a glorified CF card "SSD", massive black borders around the screen and a cut-down Linux OS.

Dual boot Win XP (gah) and Linux Mint, battery life still getting 9+ hours (covers a full transatlantic flight + airport faffing), 4GB RAM and only 1Kg in the bag. Replaced the HDD with a cheap SSD last year and it goes like a train. Well it struggles a bit with HD video on Youtube, or vimeo and anything to do with Silverlight. But I get infinitely more done on this than I ever could on a tablet. Being able to run real desktop applications is just ideal. At £200 for the amount of use it's had over 4 years it's been a total bargain. How much is the Nexus 7 again?

Unfortunately when it comes to replacing my netbook, I'm probably going to end up with both an Ultrabook(tm) and probably a tablet, for those times when the ultrabook is too big. This netbook though, goes in the bag and works everywhere.

If they had just dumped stock Android on these Chromebook things from the start instead of ChromeOS then that would make people seriously consider them, as the hardware generally seems decent. Internet access coverage when travelling around is nowhere near complete, reliable or cheap enough to go cloud only.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: FTC all around us, but not from our cabinet

Yep, business park on the edge of a medium-sized town. Residential cabinets all done a couple of years ago. Still stuck with 5Mbit down and 0.6Mbit up ADSL!

I wish the gov would actually own the whole lot at the end of the roll-out, then charge BT etc to use it. I'm sure GCHQ would approve as well!

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Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

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Impressive

As much as it's fashionable to bash Facebook their engineering teams do an impressive job.

The HopHop compiler is a great concept. Taking an interpreted language and boiling it down to C bytecode... that will make your application hugely performant. I spend most of my time wrangling Java applications that need 32GB+ memory just to service 500 concurrent users. They are working on the HHVM to make it more compatible with general PHP applications and frameworks. Then the work on the FB patch for MySQL and the bug reports that they feed back in to Oracle and MariaDB.

Anyone who slates FB or their technology stack has to remind themselves of the insane scale that they need to operate at.

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Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

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Offset touchpads and screen res

Just stop it, ok? I don't care if you think a numeric keypad gets in the way. Just stop.

Well done for the ethernet port though!

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Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

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Re: Fine by me

@ Dominion

No not at all. My point is that of all the low-life scum bucket organisations I want to see in charge of the fair distribution of my tax money, our central government in its current form is not deserving of more, no matter how much they plead. Their track record of waste and mis-placed priorities is abhorrent. I would prefer, and do, give modest sums of money to charity which attempt to remedy the social problems that successive government consistently fail to address.

In any sensible system politicians would be paid on performance of their division/department or attendance. Not because, they think they've done such a super job across the board.

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Fine by me

This is fine by me. I pay the minimum amount of tax that I'm legally obliged to as well. I assume all those complaining about the actions of these companies must be making additional voluntary tax donations themselves? No, didn't think so.

It's a publicly-traded company and its responsibility is to its shareholders. If I was a shareholder in such a company I would damn well hope that they were paying only their minimum legal tax obligations.

Oh dear, I feel a rant brewing...

"Oooh it's morally repugnant" say the politicians, as if a politician can be morally superior to anyone or anything. By definition that is impossible. What is morally repugnant is consistently failing to change the laws, which is essentially your job, and instead blaming others and trying to guilt trip companies into paying more tax than they should. What, the rules are too complicated to change? Shut your faces then.

Yes I'd like to see a country have more money to be able to ensure the entire population is healthy, well educated and has the best opportunities in life. But I believe that tax payers (personal and corporate) already give governments more than enough dosh to make this possible. Unfortunately governments appear to be incapable of not wasting most of it. Give our government access to more money? Only once they've proved to me that they can spend what they already get responsibly.

Apologies for that outburst. Felt good though :)

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ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

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Stupid

It seems you can basically make any claims you like in an advert, generate sales/revenue immediately, then worry about a slap on the wrist or a small fine from the ASA about a year later. Surely that's completely arse about face?

Unless you're going to impose such massive fines as a deterrent for blatently flouting the rules. Oh, not that either.

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Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

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Joke

"Not only does this highlight the growth in our cloud services business but it also highlights our continued commitment to investment and innovation in paying as little global corporation tax as possible"

There, fixed that quote for you!

* I should say that I have no problem with anyone paying their legal minimum requirement of tax, I do exactly the same every month.

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