* Posts by Mark 110

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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I am guessing someone forgot to proof read after copying and pasting the original newsletter.

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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

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"Glad I'm shot of Capita now."

I think I may have have dodged a bullet recently as they decided I was over qualified to work on a their contract with Manchester Police. Apparentlly while I was a good fit for the role they wouldn't have known what to do with me when the delivery finished.

Anyway - give it about 18 months and expect to see their failure to deliver that contract to be in these pages . . .

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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Doesn't the US have VAT - just tax everything at a flat rate. Much simpler.

As for taxing corporations, theres a good economic argument (not one I entirely go along with) for not taxing them at all (tax any profits they pass to shareholders instead) to give them more resourrces to invest and become successful.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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If its anywhere near as bad as as wifi on trains in Britain then I can't see anyone paying for it more than once.

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Probably not good enough

I have worked in one of these supposedly legally separated environmments in the energy industry. And whilst us low level guys had all sort of strict ways of woorking to adhere to, and regulatory training to sign off on, I always had more than an inkling that in practise, at boardroom level, the supposedly separate legal entity got tonnes of preferential access to and influence from the group just by the general practicalitiess of sharing geographic locations and personal relationships between thee two boards.

Its a start, but probably not good enough. Theres no good argument for not doing complete separation.

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Inside Android's source code... // TODO – Finish file encryption later

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Joke

Open source

Maybe Apple could just open source their implementation for Google to port . . .

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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The big news!!!

"a representative at Apple told The Register"

Since when did Apple start talking to the vulture again?

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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They work fine on my Firefox.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Nail in coffin for Android???

Isn't this the device firmware rather than Android. Its not accessing data within Android - its the device and SIM information its accessing.

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Re: I don't see espionage

You have paid for it. The OEMs pay Google. You pay the OEM.

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Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

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Re: Simple solution

I just dropped in to make the same proposal but got beaten to it.

Anyway. I would run it similar to Network Rail:

- one public organisation runs the mobile network infrastructure (removing all the duplication of hardware and operating costs associated with running 4 networks)

- the money saved from duplication can then be used to improve geographic coverage

- that network operator could have access to other publlic infrastructure to install the network (I am thinking lamp-posts and rail infrastructure.

- commercial organisations buy access to the network with penalties on the network operator for failure to deliver availability, coverage and/or capacity

- hopefully as consumers we would get a better cheaper network. We would still pick up the bill, but the bill should be smaller.

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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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Re: Russia's idea is not a *new* trick..

Don't forget the EU itself does the same, though has exclusions. Though most businesses get around it by insisting non-EU access to data has contracted privacy/security clauses to meet EU standards.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Re: Price hikes on the way.

Oh deity I hate those middle lane drivers. As for the guys/girls that think indicating halfway through their manouvre (if at all) . . . I just work on the basis that I need to expect the unexpected.

To add to the list:

- the people that think the best time to change lanes to overtake a lorry is when they are 3 inches from its back bumper just when I am coming level with them

- the people that think the best time to come out of the fast lane to exit the motorway is when they are 3 inches from the exit

- the people working on their playlist/messaging/phone call/laptop instead oof looking at the road

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Cocks

"a person might cut off an autonomous vehicle because he is confident the other car will avoid a collision itself"

People do this to human drivers as well. You really have to have your wits about you the way some cocks drive.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Competition

I think this is a great move and we should all applaud. The more competition for Oracle the better. Its still going to be an oligopoly though and unlikely to have a big impact on pricing. The more enterprise ready DB platforms available to us the better. Currently we have SQL, Oracle and DB2 (well, I have seen big enterprises using it to save money).

We aren't going to drive costs out of IT til we get more.

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Re: "Can it run Crysis?"

It may be only a matter of time before Microsoft release a version of Windows that has a unix/linux backend. Windows GUI. Linux kernel.

I am talking in the 50 - 100 years timescale here.

You techie guys tell me. What is the next big leap in OS? Who is working on it? When is it going to happen? We just seem to be stuck in a horrible hole at the moment with user friendly but insecure and bloaty Windows; versus slick secure Linux that has poor app support and in my experiencce requires you to learn an archane annd unintuitive commmand line language to make it work. (And when writing a support model I have to double the server support costs for Linux versus Windows (and yes thatss offset by licensing, though Red Hat aren't that cheap).

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Re: Drawbridge

Maybe Linus could get that built in to Linux. Killer app for Linux on the desktop, finally making it the year of Linux on the desktop (as well as losing the command lineand replacing it with a GUI for people that are too old, stupid and/or lazy to learn the command line - like me).

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The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

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Re: Buzzword Bingo

How do I give you more upvotes?

The comparison with building standards is an awesome one. Why are we not insisting the security standards for every connected device/application are not public and audited/auditable?

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Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

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At least . .

They tell you what they are collecting and open source the code so you can check. But yeah. They should have asked at install.

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Re: GDPR to the rescue

Only iif they do tie it back. The MAC address on its own is noot personally identifiable. IIts its in a table with their name, address, and phone number I agree. But its not.

If you don't want anyone to have access to the MAC address on your phone then turn wifi off.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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Re: Streaming

You would be surprised what a heroin addict will take to get their fix. All that music on physical media? All gone.

I lost my entire CD collection (200 CDs) in a burglary 10 years ago and have been digital only since then.

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That looks perfect for what I want. Particularly as it wil give me local storage which I can then sync to cloud. No subscription needed as far as I can see.

Pricey though. 2 external and 2 internal is going to knock me back nearly £1k.

Edit: The tags for the windows are a good idea too. Hmmm. Tempted.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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Cars

As for the car business making a loss, its hardly unusual for a new product in any market to run a loss for a while til it gets the economies of scale it needs to become profitable. Basic economics.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: If Only Google Could Get A Handle On Their Own Security Problems

I thought the Android malware was mostly apps users are tricked into installing tthat come with bonus malware.

I'd like Android to give me a bit more info on whats going on. What network connecctions its opening to what IP addresses (and where those IPs are registered and to who)? What Apps are accessing what data actively at any time?

Then I can whitelist, blackliist, uninstall as needed. Shouldn't be too difficult should it?

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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Re: Business benefit?

I would have thoughht the integration would be with Dynamics rather than Office. Which is why Salesforce are complaining annd why Salesforce also wanted to buy Linkedin.

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Re: Please let them

Go to bed!!! And dream happy thoughts!!! Too much bitterness and hate in this world already and much worse things in this woorld than a software company :-(

Off to get Inmypjs too. Night all.

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"I'm sure everyone who gave away their data to LinkedIn could be persuaded to give it to any other site that might be set up, either by Salesforce or anyone else. "Unique" need only be a temporary description."

Equally if Linkedin were to launch a CRM suite to compete with Salesforce or Dynamics, would the EU then have to launch an antitrust suite against Linkedin for having an unfair competitve advantage due to the data they already owned?

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Hadoop experiencing growing pains in lamestream businesses

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Re: Translation please

Marketing speak.

In my experience enterprises don't really know what data they have or what they could do wiith it if they had the right tools. Hadoop is just a toolset that would let them do something with the data if they knew what they had or what they wanted to do with it.

Reminds me of the old thing learnt on a course around:

Data > Information > Knowledge > Wisdom (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIKW_pyramid)

So, I think what that sentence meant was, if an organisation understands the data at its disposal and has a toolset to turn the data iinto Wisdom it can then make good decisions around:

- Presales - what should we sell, who to and at what price?

- Postsales - did we sell well, make a profit, what should we do better next time?

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Do you really want the menus back? I'd kind of forgotten all that faffing about in endless menu trees looking for what I wanted was ever a thing. I hated the change at first (in Office) and was baffled by the design decisiions in Win8 (not intuitiive - had to invent ways to avoid the weird bits) but I have never had an issue with the Windows 10 GUI. They did listen and fixed it in Win10. It even works reasonably well when I switch to Tablet mode.

The Office GUI is quicker and easier than the old one. Just works. Ribbons are better than menu trees. Hated them at first, as I say, but these days I appreciate the ease of accessing certain things that used to be buried 4 menus deep from the task bar.

Agree on the telemetry. There should have been a clear opt in/out menu on install.

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Re: Lot of foxes in that hen house, huh.

"And/Or their apps will be developed to only run on Microsoft hardware."

And no-one else does that do they? Actually Microsoft don't do they? Didn't they make all their money by making an OS that would run on any x86 hardware . . .

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Re: Linux Desktops

"On servers, however, Linux has definitely deserved a place. If it's really big, web based and absolutely has to work even under load, Linux seems to be an easy default to pick.."

I think theres a chicken and egg thing there too:

- Windows used to be really unreliable, unstable and not fit for puurpose so all the architects that build big scale must work solutions do it on linux

- No-one knows how to (or ever does) do that stuff on Windows because all the people who 'know what they are doing' insist it must be done on linux

Having worked on two 'Digital Transformation' projects in the last three years its funny that:

- the small/medium sized one built on Windows was very stable having its 1st downtime 6 months in and that was taken down on purpose as a weird security issue with the app reared its head at year end.

- the big volume one built on Linux had 6 unplanned outages in the first 3 months all technical all due to architectural stability issues.

It wasn't actually a Linux issue with the big one. Crap architects rushed a solution live that hadn't been OAT'd properly and issues with the JVMs falling over in certain conditions, DB falling over in certain conditions, etc caused various outages. In both cases the servers were rock solid.

Anyway, I am agnostic server wise (not a techie). Just relaying experience. Just because its built on Linux doesn't mean its stable in my experience. Same for Windows but the historic inherent stability issues with Windows servers I haven't seen for a long time.

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: Statcounter

That Akamai site is rubbish. Can we not have a breakdown on the 'Other'? Is Firefox Mobile wrapped up in 'other'? Baffled by the numbers. They don't tally at all with the usage stats on a couple of web projects I have worked on lately. Breakdown on version of each is also useful but not given.

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Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

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Re: BigData! = Hadoop..

Not sure I would consider SPLUNK 'big data'. Yes there's alot of data and yes you can query it but its just for log aggregation (in my limited experience) for SIEM, or appllication monitoring / reporting. You aren't going to take strategic corporate decisions based on the output or put a new product to market.

I guess it may have other uses.

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Re: @AC

... target business execs who want to record a large volume of data, but have no clue what the data is, where it is stored or how it was gathered, OR WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH IT!!

FTFY

In seriousness I have seen both a Teradata platform doing amazing stuff for one of the biggest FMCG manufacturers in the world and I've seen one (well two - it had DR) sat in a data centre for 5 years burning power and support costs without ever running a single workload because the exec that bought it didn't realise he would have to spend another £1m (well £10m tbh - to fix the organisations data architecture) to get it to do anything useful and that wasn't in his budget.

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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

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If they really can (me? cynical? surely not) do 15 9s then I guess thats what you are paying for. I would be very selective about the data I wantted to archive at that price.

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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Re: Staggering

Agree completely. And if you do actually follow the ITIL playbook to the letter it puts people at the front of everything. Just people get hooked up on thinking the tech is going to solve the people factor.

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Lee - gave you an upvote for a great post.

Not losing any data ever and being able to roll back to any in time in the last 15 years gets expensive, particular in large enterprises where the volumes of data are huge. Need proper policies and architectuure. Lets look at an example:

A client I worked for had a requirement to retain all data relating to pension investments for the life of the policy (could be history going back 50 years plus by the time the the investments have matured and been paid out). They had the following data protection regime in place:

- Dual data centres with synchronous replication (protects against DC Disaster).

- in each data centre resilient Oracle database architecture storing to a high availability SAN

- infrastructure was virtualised so inherited the resilience/recovery characteristics of the virtual environment

- Weekly full plus daily incremental backups storing to HP StoreOnce disk based backup storage, replicated to the other data centre

- Weekly full backups offloaded to offsite tape storage on a six week rotation

- Monthly full backups offloaded to offsite tape storage on a 13 month rotation

- Annual full backups offloaded to offsite tape storage on a 15 year rotation

How many copies of the data were they storing? How much did that cost? OK so they had some good Dedup but it wasn't saving them more than about 50% capacity on that expensive HP Storeonce backup infraastructure.

And what really did my head in is they had everything available on production. There was no proper archiving of old data. You couuld lose nearly all the tape without deprecating the data protection architecture very much. The applications manager who had been there 20 years remember a single instance of recalling a tape and the data the business thought they wanted off it was useless to them anyway. It was already on their live system.

Working with the business and architecture we did some really good work to understand the business requirement properly, get a well thought through policy in place, and shaved probably a quarter of a million off thheir backup costs.

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Policy, process, procedure

Couple of great posts above from Version 1.0 and Lee D. But Volands Right Hand also makes excellennt points about the volume of data some instruments produce, whhethher its worth protecting and whether some of the data would be any use to anyone except the research team concerned anyway.

So you need:

a. a clear policy for data classification

b. data classification types mapped onto clear backup, retention, security policies

c. clear architecture for storage, backup, encryption, data loss prevention, intrusion prevention, etc to meet those policies (one client I worked with made you classify the data in every file you created - that metadata was then used by backend systems to determine the storage, backup, security applied to the file)

d. lots of training to ensure academic staff understand what to do and why

It doesn't sound like they had done any of that. Just bunged it on a raid config and hoped it would be fine.

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Re: Auto encrypt devices

The keys should be on a couple of physical devices locked in two different safes in two different buildings. Thats how I've always done it anyway.

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Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

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Re: Lawyers

Whilst I have issues with the rather one sided eextradition treaty these guys were well dodgy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NatWest_Three

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

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Re: not another brexit dig?

Agree with you that sterling was, and probably sttill is, overvalued if you are an exporter. The amount of money flowing into the City of London being the primary cause of that. However, as much as we might have a distaste for the City it provides huge employment opportunities for us IT workers and drives our wages up (even if the companies offshore to try and control that).

If we lose the City then IT remuneration will go down.

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Re: Exporting imports and jobs.

Levis is a great example. I used to love my Levis. Then after a couple of lower quality purchases 10 years ago I moved on and haven't gone back.

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Re: Strawmanning / Nixon, Carter, Reagan

Nice post. I had never heard of Harding though his successor Coolidge I had. I love the fact that "He conducted a front porch campaign, remaining for the most part in Marion and allowing the people to come to him". The just finished election would have been so much more civilised if the candidates just stayed home.

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Re: I am Mad

@Dan1980 - have an upvote for a considered well argued post. I am interested to know if your moderate government down under is more to do with you having proportional representation than compulsory voting (in favour of compulsory voting by the way) . . . off to Google . . . OK, so you have a system of preferential voting, not as good as my favoured system of proportional representation but way better then first past the post.

I would argue your moderate governmment comes as much from the absence of hard FPTP as it does from complusory voting.

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Re: "capitalism is now corrupt"

Those downvotes without a ressponse are incredibly annoying. I have made quite straightforward factual posts that have attracted a load of downvotes with mostly people not telling me why. In the worst case I knew exactly why, but still. A downvote won't change my opinion.

Intelligent discussion of the issues has a very good chance and is much more fun.

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Re: What the hell Register??

Agree completely. A few years ago I was tasked with handing over Change Management process from UK to offshore HCL. They had not a scoobies. Never heard of Change Management before. Risk assesment? Nah. Impact assessment? What. Scheduling for least risk/impact? Making things difficult wasn't I.

Back out plan? Why would we want to back out?

Rehearsal on preprod? Whats the value in that . . .

My heart bled :-(

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I was talking to the OP. He/she said "when I put a job opening out, a few applicants are foreign workers asking I take on their Visa costs, but there are dozens of better qualified U. S. Citizens applying for the same job".

All I was saying was hire the dozens of better qualified US citizens and make sure you can measure and prove the benefit to thhe business of your choice. You aren't a grinch at all unless you are in a position to hire staff, prefer off shore candidates, then moan about it.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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As I said in another thread somewhere. All US presidents have the fortunes of the rich as their main priority. They could not become president without the support of the very rich to fund theiir campaigns. Those rich people are not gooing to fund a candidate that will make them poorer.

Hence Trumps campaign fo the working man vote including swathing tax cuts for the very rich.

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That video . .

. . . is really unsettling. Is he really the leader of the free world? Eeeeeeeeeeek!!!!!

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UK's 'FBI' hit by DDoS barrage

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Brochureware

Just been and had a look. Brochureware site thats not worth spending oodles of taxpayers cash defending. I agree with them.

If it was me I would be thinking 24 hour RTO as an SLA with the providers.

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