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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re: Re-ThornH

If you are on-site and want to record measurements, a fondleslab could be useful. Likewise if you are with your customer and want to show some design ideas, you could use a fondleslab, though I suspect traditional dead-tree paper might be better because you can leave it with them.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: My PI

And if you need the cable *now* rather than when the postman next passes your house, then Currys Essentials hdmi cables aren't too much of a rip-off.

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Twitter must unmask racist French twits or face $1,300-a-DAY fine

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Re: Mmmm

In the Spamhaus case, they replied to the state court saying it was a matter that should be considered by a Federal court. Then they ignored the Federal court summons.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: Hmm...

That is the case in the US, where individual farms are typically the same size as Wales. In most of the rest of the world, we get more energy out than we put in.

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Apple shares dive after quarterly report disappoints Wall Street

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Re: The real story here

The $13bn profit is a 2.1% return on their market capitalisation. Before the share price went down, it was a lower return than that. A 10 year US government bond will give you 1.83%.

You can have the best company in the world and still have a share price that is too high for what the company is worth.

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Re: "Post-PC Era"

People buying new PCs to replace an elderly or broken one are not as profitable as people buying one for the first time.

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Re: The Downside Of Being Fashionable ....

The share price is based on the assets of the company + the present value of expected future profits. The fact that profits are the same as last year means that future profits are expected to be lower than what they thought they would be last year.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: We are not doing anything illegal or immoral

I don't know about the koran, but the bible says it here:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022&version=KJV Matthew 22:21

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

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Re: You have to admire the cheek

They lend it back to the home country, at usurious rates of interest, which means they get to spend the money, and reduce their US tax bill.

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AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

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Re: There's no issue here.

You would use Wifi for data on the phone when in range, but getting voice calls over wifi is a bit more difficult, especially if you want incoming calls to hand-over seamlessly between wifi and 3G outside the house.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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I don't get it

Mega charging by the MB for storage is not like Tesco charging a flat price per kg of food whether it is horse burgers or single malt whisky. It is like a courier company charging by the kg to move stuff, or a storage company charging by the m^3 to store it.

Why on earth should Mega charge different amounts for storage of files depending on some "perceived value" of the data being stored. Their scarce resources are bandwidth and disk space, so that's what forms the basis of their pricing strategy.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: Surface Pro will also fail

"I can't see spending a thousand bucks for a tablet when you can get a great laptop for that price"

I think you are making much the same mistake that Microsoft is making.

You don't buy a tablet because it is cheaper than a laptop. You buy a tablet because it is easier and quicker to pick it up to check emails and the latest news on El Reg than it is to do it on a laptop.

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Re: Surface Pro will also fail

To be honest there is no reason at all to buy either of them.

I have an iPad, a MacBook Pro (and a Galaxy Note, Windows 7 desktop, Windows server and SuSE Linux server). I use the correct tool for the job I want to do, and what Microsoft still don't get is that laptops and fondleslabs are used for different things, and therefore require different user interfaces.

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Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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Not quite as simple as that.

You have two offshore companies in different tax havens. Lets call them Google Finance Co and Google Property Co. You have the trading company in somewhere like Ireland or Luxembourg, and a service company in the UK.

Google Finance Co lends the money to Google Property Co. Google Property Co rents the building to Google Service Co. Google Trading Co outsources work to Google Service Co.

The tax rate on rental income for an offshore company (20%) is lower than the tax rate for trading profits for a UK company (24%). Rent is an allowable expense for the service company. Loan interest is an allowable expense for the property company. Interest received by one offshore company from another offshore company is outside the reach of the UK Exchequer. The service company has to be competitive with outsourcing providers in countries like India, so it won't make a lot of profit, if any.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

"It has a poor driver model (each hardware device usually wants a specific driver installing)"

Huh? Is that any different from any other operating system?

"It only runs on Intel."

Not that much of a problem for its target market of Intel computers. Previous versions have run on Power PC, Sparc, Alpha and Itanic. Nobody wanted to buy them.

"The directory layout is crap - "program files(86)" - Users/My Documents" etc. No! I want to work from a subdirectory that hangs directly off "C:\""

You can work from a c:\ subdirectory if you really want to. Other operating systems have similar directory structures, albeit with different names.

"Also, compared to, say OSX or Linux operating systems, Windows 7 has an utterly terrible command line. Unix command line is simply a must-have for power-users."

Have you tried PowerShell? Certainly it's not the same as Bash. I find it does somethings better, some things not quite so well, but overall much the same.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Re: greetings from Austria

There's only 5mm at the moment, and the country is already at a standstill.

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Is this a Verizon press release?

Vodafone owns 49% of Verizon, so yes, they are the US version of Vodafone.

My PHB hires companies like that to do security audits because they are big companies, so they must be good.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Trevor Moore

He was at Comet before those two ...

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Re: And once again, gift cards are not being honoured

Legally once the warehouse man (or woman) goes to the shelf with the picklist (it might be on a handheld computer, doesn't matter) and lifts the goods of the shelf, they are legally yours and they must give your them. If they have not been picked off the shelf when they go bust, then they are not yours, and they don't have to give you them.

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Re: It was only a matter of time

A monopoly on the distribution of dead tree newspapers and magazines. I stopped reading dead tree computer magazines when I realised that I was reading things on it that I had read on places like El Reg about 2 months ago.

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

They pay 20% VAT on their sales though, unlike Amazon's Channel Islands based Indigo Starfish which sold CDs and DVDs until the VAT loophole was closed and the Luxembourg based Amazon MP3 store which pays 3% VAT.

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Twitter's Tweetdeck must 'file accounts or be struck off'

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Actually there is a major problem with the current punishment regime.

A lot of people set up a new company, trade for about 2 and bit years without filing accounts until it gets stuck off, and then get away with not paying any tax on the profits, because the company no longer exists, and therefore HMRC is unable to collect the tax. The fines that Companies House levies don't get collected for the same reason.

Also, there is no legal investigation into the actions of the directors.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Re: What a surprise!

If you think Windows 8 is hostile to keyboard/mouse input, then you haven't tried using Android with a keyboard/mouse

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/11/03/review_netbook_toshiba_ac100/

But then Google don't claim that it is suitable for use with a laptop.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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Re: The other shoe dropping...

The malware can contain the rooting script ...

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Reuters rubbishes report rubbishing cheap iPhone rumor

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Re: (untitled)

I can't really see how you could make the iPhone any smaller and still have a useable touch screen phone. Whereas, it is certainly possible to have a phone that is smaller than the S3. On that basis, I think there is more chance of a 5" iDevice than something smaller than the iPhone.

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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They could always use their super-accurate TV detectors

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/06_june/24/licensing_detector_vans.shtml

It says they have them here, so it must be true. The BBC operate to the highest possible standards of honesty and integrity. They would never make inflated claims in a press release.

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Chinese Twitter Sina Weibo goes bilingual

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Re: Oddly enough...

I guess the big difference is that over here, you can say what you like about the Peterloo Massacre, and you could even back when it happened. If you were to suggest that a similar event took place in Beijing about 24 years ago, the Chinese authorities might feel the need to block you.

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Oracle, Dell, CSC, Xerox, Symantec accused of paying ZERO UK tax

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Re: illegal already

It would work actually, except that HMRC would want to tax the profits on your BVI company under controlled foreign company rules. Starbucks gets round that because the offshore company isn't controlled by a UK resident.

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Re: Go right ahead...

No. If Microsoft Ireland ships out Windows 8 boxes to the UK, they don't have to pay any UK corporation tax on the money they make from them. Foxconn China certainly don't pay any UK tax on the fruity devices they ship here.

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Re: Like, they wouldn't want to sell stuff in the UK any more?

They already have that rule, but for the companies listed, the revenue from UK customers isn't UK revenue, it is Irish revenue. Then the Irish company pays the UK company to provide outsourced support. What sort of money is suitable for that contract? I guess it has to be competitive with an Indian call centre, so that is a good starting point.

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Re: Go right ahead...

Well the Amazon Kindle Store for example is based in Luxembourg. That doesn't stop Amazon selling ebooks here, and there is absolutely nothing the UK government can do about it. Amazon can pick whichever EU country they like to set up shop for any reason, or for no reason.

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

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Re: @Cyborg If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,

You can compress a blu ray movie to about 5GB without any noticeable drop in quality. Quadruple the size for the extra pixels, and you still have plenty of space on a standard blu ray disk.

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Wi-Fi, WiGig Alliances to wed, breed 60GHz progeny

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Re: Specs: Does it penetrate walls? Useful range?

Does it penetrate walls? Not a chance

Will it penetrate a human body standing in the way? Not a chance

Useful range in air is limited by the fact that Oxygen atoms will also get in the way, so in many ways it is probably less useful than infrared.

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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Re: That's the plan that sunk Kodak...

I am that niche market, but I got a Canon IP8500 to do the printing. That particular model is long since discontinued, but still working just fine for me. When it comes to replace it, I will get another Canon or maybe an Epson printer.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: Oh go on, I'll feed em...

On internet facing servers, the number of linux machines is around the same or a bit higher than the number of windows machines. If you are a botnet operator, those sorts of machines are much more valuable than desktops.

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China turns the screws on netizens with real-name registration plans

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Yes, but you can get a pay as you go SIM for cash in a supermarket without telling anyone who you are.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: re. Bootnotes

Trying to think how to explain it in terms a non-musician would understand.

Beat - you should generally be able to bang the table or your foot or something at a regular speed, and the changes in notes will generally fall into that beat. In a lot of music, the drummer will do pretty much that, in classical music, the conductor will wave a stick to keep time.

You may notice when listening to the beat, that one beat in every four for example is stronger than the other beats. That stronger beat represents the beginning of the bar.

In Britain we generally use words based on italian words to describe note lengths. These are as follows, with each one half the length of the previous one in the list

Breve, Semi Breve, Minum, Crotchet, Quaver, Semi Quaver

The Americans use english translations of the german words. These are as follows, with each one the same as the equivalent position in the previous list

Double note, whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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Some comments here

Some comments here:

When the evil bankers extract money from us, they do it in the form of bonuses, which for tax and reporting purposes is additional salary. Bankers bonuses are a lot lower than they used to be, which probably makes up the bulk of the explanation of why wages have gone down as a proportion of GDP.

When the government takes money off us in tax to spend on nurses and doctors, the bulk of it is spent on their salaries.

If you are looking to see where GDP is going if it isn't going on salaries, you need to look at three things. The first is imports. That is the money that leaves the country to pay Chinese Foxconn workers to make all our shiny iDevices. It isn't wages in this country. The second is benefits payments. Benefits go to people in this country, but they are not wages. The third is rent payments for our houses and commercial properties. That is money that goes to the evil capitalists that isn't wages.

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China switches on 'BDS' civilian nav-sat rival to GPS

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Re: So when do we start to see consumer SatNav

Probably quite soon. Most recent phones use both GPS and Glonass, because Russian import duty is a lot cheaper that way, and having designed the chip that does both, they may as well put it in every device. Also, while the accuracy of both systems is approximately the same, the accuracy if you use both systems together is a lot better.

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

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A fleet of white vans isn't the only way to lose your data

Another way you could lose your data is if you have a fire or flood. CDs and LPs might survive a flood, but not a fire. Hard disks almost certainly won't survive either. If it isn't sensitive data, then using the cloud for offsite backup could be useful, but as you point out, there are many ways you could lose your cloud data, so don't rely on it too much, but it could help.

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BT's 4G bid WON'T lead to mobile network launch

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Re: "ofcom was touting how its pricing methods would ensure spectrum is well utilised"

They, and before that Netvigator and Tele2 have tried to sell the concept of wireless broadband that works at around the same speed as cable based products of that time in Reading, but nobody really seems to be interested. In the past they have advertised on local radio, had local billboard adverts, stands in shopping centres, and junk mail to all the households and businesses in the coverage area. If people won't bite in Reading, I doubt the rest of the country will be any different. Maybe people in rural areas would like to have it because they have no alternative, but range that 3.5GHz offers doesn't make rural coverage particularly viable.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: Curious...

The difference is that activesync is far superior to the open alternatives and is much better supported by mobile devices (other than Blackberry), whereas docx and xlsx don't really offer any benefits over doc and xls and are also proprietary formats.

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PayPal founder funds 'tornado-driven' power plant

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That is essentially geothermal energy, which provides most of Iceland's electricity requirements.

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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

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Re: i have to use outlook.com

There is an outlook.com app for Android which is basically the same as the hotmail app with different branding.

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Dutch operators: Ugh, we really overdid it on the 4G last night...

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Re: mike@plokta.com

O2 of course did just that to switch some of their 900MHz spectrum over to 3G use.

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In the UK, it would be classed as capital expenditure which isn't automatically allowable. It certainly isn't covered by any of the Annual Investment Allowances on offer at the moment, so that leaves the Plant & Machinery allowance which allows you to deduct 18% of the cost against your taxable profits. The definition of Plant & Machinery is pretty broad, but I'm not sure that covers spectrum licences either.

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Phone-hack saga: Police cuff man in southwest London

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Unhappy

and doesn't live in South West London

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Re: "Protest the funerals"?

I can assure you that out of the 1 billion or so Christians in this world, 999,999,900 or so of them absolutely deplore what the Westboro Baptist Church is doing, and there is plenty of material in the bible that says that what they are doing is totally against God's teachings. This is absolutely not how Jesus would have done things.

Secondly, it is not entirely clear that the word translated in the bible to "sodomy" refers specifically to gay people. It covers sexual deviance in general such as rapists, paedophiles and so on. Words change their meaning over time, and when you translate, there is never a perfect 1:1 relationship in the meanings of words in different languages. Take the word "gay" for example. 200 years ago, it would have meant "happy, carefree'. 100 years ago, it got the connotation of loose morals. 50 years ago, it referred to someone of homosexual tendencies. Now it is increasingly being used to describe an inanimate object that doesn't function as it is supposed to. Eg Windows 8 is gay, or Apple iOS 6 maps is gay.

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ITU to treaty haters: Enjoy your pricey roaming, boatloads of spam... suckers

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Re: The conference broke down for good reason

Well if for example I attempt to visit http://thepiratebay.se , I am informed that I'm not allowed to visit that page, so this sort of thing is already happening.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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Re: What a deal

Darty actually paid them money to take the company off their hands. The money was to cover pension liabilities, but I suspect that will be dumped on the pension protection fund.

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