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HP and Microsoft prove it again: Big Business Doesn't Create Jobs

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Jobs?

I thought Jobs created a big business.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: I think...

An interesting comment on trainers. Some years ago, more years ago than I like to remember my wife and I both bought some as walking shoes for a relatively few dollars while in Washington DC. I do not remember the name of the maker, but it was no one famous . They lasted us for years. Never been able to buy anything with a similar lasting quality since. 12~24 months and they are clapped out. UK ones are all damned expensive someone is making far more than they should.

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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Re: I'm gonna start a new business, anyone care to join?

While I like your style are you really being rude about USA Zero(worth) Halliburton and USA Transocean.

Watch out for black Hellicopters soon.

The lesson appears to be DO NOT TRADE with the blood in their own hands Yanks.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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Re: Regardless who is the good boy here or the "less bad boy" I feel ......

The answer is simple, all in application purchases are null and unenforceable debts if there is no adequate protection mechanism in place. If (cr)apple get hit in the pocket rather than their silly customers getting hit perhaps they will sit up and smell the grass.

Mind you why anyone would be silly enough to give a child the keys to waste money in something as pathetic as silly electronic code pack purchases I cannot understand.

For god's sake or the child's help them to get a life.

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

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Word Play

If a supplier employs others in a way that does not conform to the contract you have with that party there is a clear breach of contract and trust. I do not know the terms of the contracts in China but if the local labour laws are being broken that does strike me as unlikely to be supported by the contract. If the entity contracting with the supplier feels the need to verify that laws and employment terms are not as they stipulated in the contract there is an obvious lack of trust.

If I cannot trust a supplier on one item could I trust them on anything else? Frankly no wonder Samsung are questioning whether they should use the company in question.

Playing about with the semantics of their statement might be a sarcastic way to show your beliefs, but I suspect that Samsung wanted to convey a belief that breaching the labour laws was unacceptable. By attempting to define the breach of trust they said too much they should have omitted anything after the fact that illegal practices are not supported, good bye.

I am not aware of Chinese contract law but in the UK indulging in illegal practices and bringing a purchaser into disrepute would likely raise serious legal doubts about whether the contract still existed. Most purchasers would have strong grounds for walking away from the contract as Samsung have threatened to do. Now I shall 'watch this space'.

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Re: No new dick extensions to China

Remember governments hate competition and the so called smart phones allow competitors to do what, (possibly better than the government) the government has been trying to do for years.

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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And That Awful Sky

Between News Of the Screws and Carp TV he has the whole thing sewn up, sadly.

Talk about a race to the bottom.

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FCC commish: We don't need no steenkin' net neutrality rules

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Re: …And Those Who Pull His Strings…

Almost there, customers are either money pits to be dug or turkeys to be plucked - perhaps both. And the FCC Commissioner is the dumb plucker, (did I type that right?) who will see they get robbed.

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Telefonica inks deal with mobile ads platform: Find your customer? There's an API for that

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Re: My choice?

Same here, I do not have a phone that supports this 'helpful activity', though unlike those phones mine does what I need.

It amazes me that people are happy to be hacked for the money others can make from them but get so worried that the billing info might be held for a while.

Mail filters are wonderful if you can get them to do what you want, though a delete key is pretty darned good.

If only I could now delete the ruddy scammers with whom I have NO relationship who ring and text to push PPI, double glazing, Microsoft 'support', solar panels, etc.

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Yelp files competition complaint against Google search biz in EU

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Who, What, Why

Who the heck are this apparently secret lot? Apart from having a name that sounds like a neighbour's dog complaining, why have I never heard of them before and more to the point, why would I need to know about them?

Broadly speaking I am in favour of choice, but I am also in favour of getting things done with the least effort. This does not included looking under every stone in case there is some other hidden group with which I may or may not be able to do some form of as yet unknown business.

If they are so darned good (at what?) why have I never heard of them?

Are they some form of yellow pages?

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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Sympathy For The Authors

I may sound an off beat tone but while I have sympathy for the authors who on average earn about £11,000 p.a. I am less able to show the same sympathy for the what is starting to feel like a Mafia who act as their intermediary. Trade rules are changing and the old order is always slow to 'wake up and smell the coffee'. Many industries are enjoying or suffering, (delete as required) dis-intermediation and this sounds like just another example of irresistible force meeting a wannabe immovable object in the shape of a publisher.

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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I'm Glad I don't Smoke What They Smoke

The title says it all, really I am glad that I am not into mind altering substances they way they are. Come to that I am glad that I am not into technocarp from them either. If this is the future bring back the quill pen or a possibly plastic version

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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I Have Just Seen and Had An Interesting Conversation

My daughter has one of these wonder phones, all singing and dancing except that the call she had was terrible and she barely understood a thing that was being said. I pointed out that my old Nokia has voice. Her answer was that modern mobile whatevers, (they are not apparently phones) are really just expensive game blocks with a voice bit stuck on as an afterthought and she does not like calls as she can never understand what is being said! Her 'real life' consists of (anti)social sites dealing with people she has never met and will never see. Still she 'knows three generations of their family'. She just cannot have a conversation with anyone she has actually met.

Could it possibly be that the obsession with distorted reality technology is suddenly not looking so bright. When electronic representations of people are just not quite so important as real wetware should be?

I leave it to the real social anthropologists to answer.

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Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe

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Re: What's the point of having all that money

It might have been a stunningly uninformative interview but were they not stunningly badly designed questions?

I am still unable to understand what is being questioned, call me whatever you will for that failing.

If I want a list of places that might be able to suggest where I might find someone to help me find something that is one question and I would need a search site for that.

However, most times when I go to Google I want an actually 'thing', e.g. a blade for a mower.

I do not want to find another search engine that might either (a) find a mower blade or (b) another darned search engine.

Can someone please tell me whether I will still get what I want or would it be a non optional list of things I do not need, e.g. alternative search engines.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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Re: This is news?

Now you have got me really thinking does this mean that we could get rid of that revolting crowd with Red Ed and his friend Mr Up, the Balls who previously help empty the treasury we are all having to pay to refill - my tax went up twice as fast as income as my contribution to the repair bill.

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Analyst: Chinese buyers shunning IBM, EMC, Oracle and Cisco

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Something About To Roost?

With all the moves to outsource production to China and thus funding the investment in high technology production methods and teaching them how well they can make things it is to be expected that they would want to cut out the middle men. Snowden undoubtedly provided a nice public hat peg on which to hang the change but the USA reservations about Huawei provided a lovely reason to tie several things together.

So we now have a perfect storm. We have lost most of the production capabilities and skills to China, spent our available investment there, chased a mirage that they had a market we could sell to. For good measure we have also set off a mare's nest of security threats, oh happy days and lost visibility of threats.

Looking on the slim bright side. I feel just a little better that personal and family health issues are making travel that little bit less likely.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: More "management versus labor" mentality

OK it is twelve years since I retired and things might have changed. However, I often used to work from home, dodging train strikes, tube strikes power issues, etc. and was always surprised at how much more I got done while not in the office. Most employers actually want the output not presentesim. I admit that I did miss out on the two hour grind into and out of the office, but the employer was not really employing me to do that they wanted the actual output.

The company's big issue appears to have been that the senior management were sat somewhere on a magic mushroom eating or smoking the darned thing until nothing was left. So like just about everyone retirement or redundancy was the result.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Perhaps Predictable

Most animals are vulnerable while engaged in the activity so there is probably an optimum time one can be distracted before leaving the scene, (I was tempted to say something about peeing off).

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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

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Re: Economic logic?

It does appear that in most places people suspend all judgement in order to rent something new. I hope that they know why but I worry they don't.

My mobile does what I want, is now elderly and cost me just over £5, about US 8 per month rent - and I get enough texts, minutes and unlimited land-line calls. I can almost like it.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

The way they treat smaller customers is to try to sell them Windows (H)8. The printer, scanner network upgrades alone will bring them to their knees - I know it was not compatible with anything and blue screened connecting with the print servers. Now I am a confirmed Win 7 shop.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: Why did it take them so long to start

There was some initial doubt about where they should be looking so at least a day or two would be lost due to that problem. As it became cl;ear that the flight path was not as expected a search area had to be worked out. From what I remember the first scientifically plotted idea took about 2 weeks to emerge using a technique that was at the time cutting edge and not used before. It was only thought up almost be chance when the 7 data bursts were confirmed.

The plane might appear large when you stand next to it, but in a huge mass of water it is frankly tiny. The fact that no one usually visits the area is a drawback. Most people know more about the inside of their colon than the world knows about the area in question. Sure planes have bits that might float. They might float very well if broken into tiny fragments free of anything that would make them sink. How many 1 cm bits would you spot in an area the size of the area now being considered? Anyone ever misplaced their car keys or phone in their own house? Earlier someone asked if anyone could find their car somewhere in France - possible too easy a task compared to this one, though we know that this particular 'car' is likely in an underground (water) garage bigger than Europe. Just for good measure, should anything escape from this underwater garage no one knows the currents, storm patterns or anything else about the area.

Frankly I do not like theories, they disrupt careful thought and delay progress. The only facts are, the plane took off and did not arrive as planned. What is more it can be see that it did not follow the correct flight path. We have the result of ground breaking mathematical study by Inmarsat to give a rough idea of a possible location. The wild theories are worse than reading Enid Blyton and expecting to find the answer.

Modern air crashes are always researched by cold, logical analysis to find the cause of the disaster and in the hope of preventing any risk factor that could affect other flights.

Uncertainty is hated.

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Send Bitcoin or we'll hate-spam you on Yelp, say crims

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Best Ignored

Reviews used to be useful though I was never really too keen on sites that existed only to host reviews. They are pretty much of a mine field.

When you see pretty the same negative review posted for all the products produced by a company you have to wonder what is going on. This is especially so when you get 50 good reviews and one or two rubber stamp jobs that have 'doubtfully valid' comments.

'Trap deviser' has been rousing the ire of many legitimate traders and frankly some negative reviews are almost impossible to reconcile with the places I know.

Disclaimer, I am not a trader of any sort having been retired for 12 years.

I do not want to be stung by a fraudulent trader, but neither do I want the task of finding something I need made more difficult by some brain damaged troll.

Review sites need to filter their reviews to validate them as at least being honest.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

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Re: Question

To move the buffers a little further down the track that the gravy train chugs along.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Nokia 3310

6230i looks pretty good apart from the shortage of batteries. However the hysteria sounds a little odd. There are what >20 million phones in the UK. Who in hell's name would try to install this on all of that lot except someone who wanted to create a DDOS on their own tracking system. OK, at some point, later than yesterday I will walk the old dog who may get as far as the field and we may or may not walk to the top of the field and back home again. Later the supermarket may take a hit when I buy some groceries and get captured on their video, wow. I might even visit my daughter and granddaughter coming home with two dogs as well as the said humans. fI trackamagic is really lucky they might pick up a message to say I will be there in 2 minutes. Frankly it is easier to work out my movements via traffic cams.

The biggest problem with most data sets is combing down a huge volume to the maybe one or two bits that are of some use.

Now some bait for the dodgy down voters.

If you are in law enforcement, do you want to know every one who uses a cashpoint (you can get that data from the bank anyway and HMRC do have easy access) or the scumbag who robs the darned thing or rips off your, or (more importantly) my account. My money is on catching the scumbag and since their methods are frankly illegal I do not care if they are identified via an initially dodgy method. I only hope that the arrest is solid and the stupid injustice system does not give them a £5 fine and a travel voucher along with indefinite rights to [rob] sorry stay in the country.

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Re: Well they do clame to be independant.

My daughter's dog can howl better than Justin Beber and she is house trained and does less damage to neighbour relations.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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"zones blanches"

What a damned good idea and one idea that the EU might like to mandate to replace some of their other real dross ideas.

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Re: Not so silly....

I understood that intra UK roaming was not previously supported, certainly not at the start to 'encourage' operators to built out to the maximum. Well clearly that has worked splendidly well as we now have no service deficient spots. Just like we have no towns or villages without banking facilities - oh wait a minute...

I used to carry at least two sim cards in two phones, though my back up sim will probably go off net soon as it is not used as I no longer travel into the far off waste lands 2 miles out of town.

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Re: You what!??

I doubted that it was a good idea for me but now I know I would never be able to work with it. For a range of reasons I do have periods when I do not do any photo-process work for periods of time. If the darned thing laid down and died while I was still PAYING to have the use of it would be totally unacceptable. To say I would be under-joyed would be an understatement, they really must have done that using a fully paid up suicide jockey

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Joke of the Year?

Surely this line is the winner of the joke of the year contest or is it an entrant for the understatement of the year contest?

"The AIIA's submission will do little to quell those emotions."

Its more likely to produce a suggestion they should burn in Hades with a nice smoky fire.

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Apple, Cisco line up to protect offshore data

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Let's Up The Anti a Bit

OK so let us say Germany get the hump. Mrs M or her successor says to the EU data person I am not happy at the illegal flouting of our EU laws so Either US Mega Corp stands up and acts like a citizen or visitor to the EU or we take action and here is the action plan.

You do not like our laws, fine we do not like;

You selling in our EU back yard, Remember all those lovely patents you used to have, they were agreed under old laws that do not apply under OUR extra territoriality doctrine.

Remember all that tax free dosh you have in the Bank, sorry your had in the bank, its been 'sorted out for you'.

Remember all those against human rights gaols you use for anyone from the EU, we have one just for you in Greece, we have outsourced gaoling to them as they need the work.

You get one phone call to tell your corporate friends.

Have fun.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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@Feature Phones'

I was sent what I guess was a feature phone about 18 months ago. It took me two days, (on one of which I was having spinal surgery) to find out that it featured nothing of use to me. It has not been switched on since. I still use the 8 year old handset that has no 'features' like meaningless web links or other valueless propositions.

The winphone might be useful to some and good luck to them. They can be happy what with the winphone, Apple 'thing' and the Android items they are spoiled for choice. Sadly, those devices may be SMART or feature but they lack function for me; anyone know how to build good replacement lithium batteries for functional phones?.

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Wintel pincers to squeeze iPads out of BYOD

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TypoSlabs

My first though was that they must be incredibly error producing. Though it now appears what goes around comes around, they are laptops or 'armtops'. The real question is 'do the typos come as standard?'

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'Think of the children', Putin tells startup-land

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Fishing Sites and Bank Details Stealing Sites are OK Then

I guess he will not want to kill of the export industry that his friends and lovers run stealing bank details and cash from the west as that would only be illegal in the west.

Is he still a gay icon with his horse riding shirt off images?

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Re: Oh Thank You Rubbish EU

Sorry Mage do you know anything? I read neither the UKIP they are your level of delusion nor Daily mail which is probably too high brow for you anyway, I also avoid the Gruniad or however that dopey paper misprints its name this week.

I did read the letters from the bank telling me the good news that the EU was downgrading my financial experience.

The bank was bounced into buying a lame duck outfit by Gorgon Brown. The Brussels perverts rewarded them by forcing the sale of branches to 'encourage competition' - perhaps they meant in fuel supply for the extra travel?

So sorry to burst your delusion; my inconvenience is a mash up between Gorgon Brown and the EU plain and simple minded.

Is that clear enough to overcome your bigoted view? Otherwise keep drinking 'federal grade silly juice' as dispensed by the Belgium based despots.

Thank god I have had already my back operation: I would not want to have to stick a pin in the map and come up with some secret hiding failure for a surgeon who could not even speak English.

Good luck to anyone who thinks that is a move forward.

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Re: Oh Thank You Rubbish EU

To the thumbs down funny bunnies.

Can I have your contribution to my increased travel bill now that I have to travel to another town to go to the bank?

No?

I guessed that would be your answer.

Who will allow me to find out about dodgy surgeons, not you either I guess.

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Oh Thank You Rubbish EU

Would this be the same damned EU that has just ensured that I will not be able to use the bank branch I have used for the past 22 years and that I will in future have to travel into the nearest town to conduct my business. (OK Gorgon Brown also helped to secure that fiasco.)

A great contribution to global warming and progress in reverse gear.

Will this also mean we can no longer trace all those dodgy builders, surgeons (we will bury you faster than a safe surgeon) and the like, due to having their crimes forgotten?

The rubbish EU dedicated to making the world less safe and comfortable.

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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Festival of Money Not Sport

Let us please be honest. This farce long ago ceased to have any relationship to sport or a game. FiFa have painted themselves as one of the most money grubbing outfits ever and of course where there is money, money talks. Usually where there is too much money it usually manages to shout the appearance of fraud along the way. The only way that this festival of money grubbing and people disadvantaging can continue is to strong arm sponsors to donate I wish the suckers would walk away.

Will I watch any of the festival of boredom? No, I can think of nothing more mind numbing, except perhaps watching a BBC drama production in which the sound is missing!

I have already accidentally heard enough about the mess to last me for the next 10,000 world cups, hopefully this will be the last one carried out under the present terrible arrangements.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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Re: Have You Really Been There?

Do not mistake what I saw and experienced for blind order following, at least not in the late 20th century Japan. Company plans were arrived at by consensus not by fiat. Their trick was to be inclusive not to exclude. The consensus contrast was huge when I returned to Europe. Back home decisions could never be made by consensus, rank was always being pulled, favours were called in and offered and the end result was considerably less pleasant.

Oh one point to consider, the Japanese did not work harder -though they did tend to work longer hours. (There was a reason offered for this in the 1980s, if they worked after 6:30 or so they had their evening meal bought by the company. Later this 'perk' came under pressure and hours were reduced.) What they all appreciated was the effect of working smarter, they wasted no energy in disagreement and knew that they could rely on team members to work with them. It was a two way trade, they worked with others who worked with them, higher productivity was the result of working together not carrying round resentments. I can tell you that being one of a ten man team working together is far nicer than being part of a ten man team of who never ore than 3 are facing the same way at any one time!

I can contrast this with scenes of 'mechanical handling' I saw in another country, a five man moving crew would lift the load on the back of one person who then carried the item while the others loafed. Not what I called team work and not what I ever saw in Japan.

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Have You Really Been There?

It is a characteristic of most societies that one does not usually launch into a critical attack in normal conversation. The Japanese society does take this even further than most, perhaps because it is a relatively small land area area with a relatively high population density. In general contentious subjects are not raised and this applies to such as the WWII. By not speaking about something the space for argument is reduced. The modern Japan is rather more keen to look forward and get on than to look back and discuss.

I lived and worked there for sometime and had two children born there so I can add in a few words based on experience.

At work they get where they are going by agreement. They will all meet, agree on a plan and work to that plan. If there is a flaw in the plan it is not the totally back biting disaster that we produce. They meet, discus what new plan is needed, agree on the new plan and go on forward. While they respect the past and do so with reverence they are not constantly digging up its bones to see if there is any more flesh left to chew on.

Once I used the system to change a corporate plan within a 30 minute window, (afterwards those Japanese with whom I worked directly, jokingly asked me how I had blackmailed the company president - did I have something on him or his wife?) No I worked the system.

By the way whenever a change of plan was needed, there was NEVER a long post mortem asking why we had followed the advice of sales, or marketing or accounting or whatever. The attitude appeared was; "The original action had been a joint choice, perhaps we were all guilty. Now we need a new plan and to go forward with that."

Contrast that we what I have seen here as the bones of the past are constantly chewed over; while we are wasting time and energy discussing who did, or did not do in the past; the world moves on. I just love the way that those who were too young to know and too inexperienced to understand have an answer to everything. They skim the surface of a history they do not even know the first thing about. They look for bones to justify why some long past event would not have happened if they were in charge. History is always written by the victor, it is always an edited version. Yet still we have volumes written on Agent Orange, napalm, Mai Lai and all.

Do not forget, airbrushing history is not just for the vanquished, there are plenty who seek to deny that the mass murders of WWII never happened, that Stalin never killed anyone, etc.

So yes for those who wish to study recent history there are HUGE volumes available covering the US, the UK, Russia, et al. Equally there are huge volumes available for the lead up to the First World War. An event which had clear roots back beyond 1870 for anyone who cares to look. It was a part of my history studies an almost historical number of years back when history was taught in a structured way rather than as random dissembled facts on which to pontificate.

In short we should learn from the past but not dwell on it. We should revise our plans on the basis of clear need rather than navel gazing uselessly. Forward movement is needed not sideline standing stone and bottle throwers. We already have too many of them

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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So does this mean that people will no longer get a cornflake by cornflake commentary about what others had for breakfast? How will the world survive, or is the answer 'rather better'?

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: The 70's?

I remember the 70s I bailed out of the country to escape the Wilson years when everything that mattered kept shutting down due to strikes. I worked overseas for years after that and every time I came back it was to find the streets paved with rotting rubbish as the bin men were on strike again. Or, I tried to use the trains, all run by those masters of transport Broken Rail. I remember one week the trains broke down every day for a two hour hiatus. In high dudgeon I stormed up to the station master's office and warned him I would use a very rude word. Shocked at the threat he huffed and puffed and then I spoke one word Maintenance. I left his office leaving a stunned silence before they could resume playing at not running trains.

Oh yes I remember the turn over from the 1960s into the 1970s, short time, blackouts, strikes, shortages, thank god I found a way out of the mad house.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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I bought a bicycle to Deliver the coal

I find the comments here are to do with not buying the right tool for the right job. No I did not get the bike for coal deliveries in fact since most of my road journeys involve transport of people, babies and dogs, so a car is rather more useful.

If I wanted a super computer I would not consider an abacus. If I wanted a simple fast boot machine for simple tasks all of which a chromebook would do, that would be what I bought. If my needs were different then I might buy something different.

Now where did I put that chisel? I need to unscrew something, oops I've a cut my finger I must need a bit of carpet to wrap up the finger.

Or should we all get real and use the tool(s) for the task(s), having first defined the task requirements?

(This is also useful when defining the details required for a supply contract...)

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

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Re: So the attack has started

You missed the several censured surgeons who would like it if you could not find out about the death rates they achieved when others achieved success rates.

If there is a stupid social (antisocial?) but non criminal act, in other words a fool showing them to be foolish, the right to be forgotten might just be reasonable. If it is someone committing an act that reflects on others to their detriment or is a reflection of an official record, can someone explain where and why there is a right be have this record discarded? I thought that was what the CRB does,or is supposed to do though sadly often quite badly.

Will the CRB have to shut up shop as it is affecting criminals ability to have a professional life?

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

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I'm Guessing They were Not Guests Then

Or was it a really dress down event?

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Apple files patent for typo-sensing buttons

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Double Roll Over Anyone?

I am sure that this was used on keyboards back in the 1980s and possibly before to stop double key presses and called something like the Double Roll over prevention.

Certainly interlocks have been used since a very long time, what is so different between this software version and the mechanical versions that existed since Noah was in short trousers - Oh heck will Apple now patent short trousers?

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: Should we pay for adverts as well?

I once tried to watch a catch up programme on the Itv player, all I ended up with was the ***** adverts and never tried the cr*ap option again. If I cannot fast forward through adverts for junk, rubbish or straight false hoods that I will never ever have any interest is buying or seeing again, then I will delist the channel.

Sorry Mr Dream works, I do not know what you are smoking, injecting or drinking but I suggest you go to rehab as soon as possible.

Your output is rubbish and fails to sell due to its lack of merits, I have not been to suffer a cinema experience in more than 10 years, Frankly watching the cr*p at home would take more effort that it could ever possibly justify.

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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One of the big complications is the fact that so many phones are now 'look at me and hold with two hands' devices. I saved my 8 or 9 year old blue tooth equipped device as its ability to operate all day without being touched, ever, to make or receive calls via the blue tooth headset is essential, its tasks include, telling me to divert due to a medical emergency while travelling, calls while in the supermarket, calls while dog walking in the rain or with cold near numb hands, while using both hands for some other activity. An 'iMust-touch-me phone' or a 'goggle-me-stupid' phone is useless. Perhaps the current market is just not compatible with mobile PHONE use.

I keep getting told they are now mobile computers, which I am sure they are but sadly this makes them totally incompatible with a range of other uses.

The mobile service providers are as much use as a sick headache for helping customers obtain a device which may be of use to them. Their last effort has sat in a rack unused for about 18 months as it requires two hands and full eye contact to get it to do anything - It is not just useless, it is not just unloved, but hated.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: Who did not see this one coming?

Sorry if that was too simple for you, since the USA has shown utter contempt for the laws of ALL other countries why should the Union of Slave and Subservient Republics under Putin not continue to do the same? If someone in another country annoys you just murder them, after the native laws of that country do not matter. He has form refusing to extradite any of his natives when they commit crimes including murder in another country.

Most would recognise the Yank action as confirming a very dangerous status quo -

'The laws of other countries, whatever they are do not apply to the USA'.

The rest of the world should, (but will not) go equal opportunity, if we do not like the anti British rhetoric and anti competitive Obama ignore all the crapple patents and tax all revenue generated within the UK by all US companies as though it was generated here, which it was. Apply a 100% surcharge for each of the past year's transgressions plus interest. This should pay off most of the national debt, which of course would no longer be recognised under our new laws, if it is not owed here it is not owed at all.

Apply that to the Russians as well, the property they bought must have come from criminal activity so they no longer own it, bank accounts, they do not own them either.

This is where not recognising laws should logically take you, even if you are a dumb arse like the pratt in a court in the bad old United States of Arrogance.

There, simple enough for you.

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Who did not see this one coming?

As someone far from the signed up tin foil hat brigade, to me this was just a public display of the imperial actions expected from the US. I am totally unsurprised.

No doubt Putin will restart his murder on the streets campaign as demonstrated several times in London - not that he ever stopped

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