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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Brexit means codgeup

Anyone who voted out needs to go into a corner and be miserable. The remaining 5/8 of the electorate needs to figure out how we are going to get out of this sorry hole.

Ideally, we say "Oops!" and announce that not enough people voted for it(*) and we are looking to send Nigel, Boris and Gove to Washington as new cleaners for the embassy.

(*) No, it wasn't 52% of the electorate. It was little over a third of electors who voted for the economic seppuku of Brexit.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Childcatcher

Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

Referundum question :- IN\OUT of EU; OUT won by 13:12 in a legally advisory only vote.

No. The "Out" vote got 37.5% of the electorate. They seem to have won 3 to 5 - where they got the 3...

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

The following phrases and their synonyms are regarded as interchangeable

Log off

Shut down

Restart

Unplug

Dismantle

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Arithmetic needed

72.2% voted in the opinion poll

51.9% of them voted to leave

0.722 * 0.519 = 0.374718 so we can round that up to 37.5% or three out of 8 of the electorate.

That meant the other 5 did not.

And that is before you consider that a sizeable proportion of the Brexiters were elderly white people and that demographic is a shrinking percentage.

If we leave now, this country is going to want back in and the terms will not be so favourable...

None of Maggies discounts

Join the Euro

and so on

So leaving now will cost our children dearly and will not only be undone but we will be more deeply part of it once the historical blunder of Brexit is recognised as such,,,

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FAIL

They wouldn't be so stupid as to over-rule a referendum, would they?

There is nothing to overrule. The OPCKATR was not legally binding and had less than half the electorate choosing Brexit.. Parliament regularly ignores advice - much of it good advice. It is no stretch to ignore this too.

OPCKATR - Opinion Poll Commonly Known As The Referendum

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Boffin

Re: Handy....

By "project fear", I presume you mean the inconvenient facts and experts the politicians found unacceptable?

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Re: Those who like facts will pay attention. Otherwise not.

I would trust a review of a medical breakthrough more from the BMJ than, say, the Daily Mail.

I think many people would trust a review more from the Beano than the Daily Mail.

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A sorry Brexcuse! Systemax blames Brexit for car crash Q3 results

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Meh

@jess

We might end up remaining in the EEA (which is really all that the referendum question gives a mandate for).

The referendum did not give a mandate for anything. It was not legally binding either. The only mandates we have around here are ones supplied by parliament or possibly the Queen.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Facepalm

20% ???

They obviously think the pound has further to fall.

In the meantime, just think of it as advance Gullibility Tax.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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@I ain't Spartacus

This is not the fault of your Estates Department, It's the law!

Some professional suit wearer somewhere decided that it was confusing having 3 different colours - black red and cream for most office and domestic extinguishers. Just think of it as if they wanted to replace the 3 different foot pedals in our cars with just the one!

Should you even have water extinguishers in your area?

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Happy

Re: On Loitering Aircraft.

Isn't the Apache a better loiterer?

Loitering is not the only thing. The Feet want something overhead that is slow enough to be accurate, tough enough to take punishment, dangerous enough to take out everything from a piece of concrete to a main battle tank and bowel looseningly scary. That's an A10 then...

Those things sound weird!

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

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Boffin

Natural Unit

Why no Smoots?

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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Black Helicopters

@Tom Paine

Perhaps everyone who knows that they "have nothing to hide" should start using encryption?

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Big Brother

Re: No hiding place

long been a vital part of life in remote areas

Although I come from Orkney, I live in what I regard as "the south", not far from Coventry in fact. I regularly come across people around here who say that they are too remote to get email! My old family home there has access to some seriously fast fibre.

No the North Isles are not suitable for wannabe Robinson Crusoes.

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Euro Patent Office staff demand new rights to deal with terrifying boss

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Black Helicopters

Reforms?

As with those done in the UK, you need to indicate the possible reality by calling them "reforms".

This quotation marks would indicate that someone had used the word but that they were not necessarily truly an advancement or improvement.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Pint

Re: Shoosht!

Stop subsidising the reclaimed swamp.

Fit 5G, cycle lanes,serious public transportation systems and provide relocation subsidies to the true middle of the UK - Morecambe!

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Go

The lady saying good morning has a strong chance of addressing an affable Kiwi or a friendly Swede and should get a response.

What other fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs might one hold a conversation with?

Scotch?

Chillies?

Mandarins?

...

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Alien

@Martin

Standing on the left makes sense.

The majority of people are right handed and civilised countries drive on the left so that divers passing can shake hands. For the slightly less friendly, you can engage in high speed commerce.

Why does London do something so counter intuitive as to get people to stand on the right?

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Pint

Re: Urbanity

other nicer and cheaper parts of the country

Do you mean, almost all of it then?

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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@David Lawton

The iPhone was killed a while ago. They make up less than 10% of new sales. The rest are Android with the rest hidden in the rounding error somewhere.

iPhones are generally a couple of years behind technically. The interface screen looks pretty much the same as it did when it was on the iPod Touch. It has been happily copying what it sees as good ideas from other peoiple but not a decent UI.

Nobody is copying Apple but if they want to copy others, this may help.

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Flame

Re: For Google, Europe, as usual...

And two better than Google tends to think of.

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Copying Apple would loose them money

Whilst there are certainly a lot of reasons to buy Android phones - price, functionality, battery etc - there is some reasons to not buy Apple including Apple business practices, being treated like a moron, restrictions and so on. One of the biggest is that their phones look #shiny and distinctly dated. Many Android users might keep away from something that aped what they are happily not using.

I have not seem many pictures but, fortunately, it does not look like an iThing. It looks like a phone. Glass on one side, metal or whatever on the other, rounded corners(!) and so on.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Yep - this is the phone to convert iOS users

. like not spying on users, and making them agree to let you keep that data into perpetuity (you may want to actually read the conditions for a change). Not going to happen, not just because I value the privacy of my family but also I actually have a professional duty to protect my clients.

Like having a UI that isn't basically unchanged since the iPod Touch?

Like not being the "must have" for wannabe Beautiful People and the terminally uninformed?

Like being a smartphone rather than a fashion accessory?

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Pint

Bohemia

If they had called it Bohemia, they could have behaved in a Bohemian manner...

Lots of parties, sleep through the morning, clothing styles, slightly dodgy morals and so on.

Great for some types of tourism,

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Devil

Re: "Morally deficient director"

That phrase, whilst far from a universal description, does seem to contain a redundancy. What one will we hear next? "Sociopathic director" or "dodgy politician"?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Holmes

@Pompous Git

And if your bank's online banking software only works with IE you don't deserve to have an opinion.

No. If your bank's software only works with IE, they do not deserve your business - or even the privilege of looking after your overdraft.

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Boffin

What does "Bing" mean?

As a child, I lived in central Scotland - Fife is about 2/3 of the way up the the UK.

There were a lot of Bings but they are less common when I go back now.

A bing is one of those funny shaped hills that use to be so common where there were coal mines. They are all the rubbish that was dug up but do not contain much that is useful.

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Coat

Re: Cant be her,

It's not so much the nostrils as the septum (the fleshy bit between them).

Mine's a deviant...

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EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

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Linux

Let me set DNS on my Router then

Once upon a time, I used Open DNS and set up my router to use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for all devices in my home. I was able to block things that *I* did not like from my children. I did not need a "filter" from the Government, who would block anything a lawyer or friendly dictator wanted or a dodgy US corporate that would block a nipple before an assault rifle.

My children grew up using computers largely unsupervised. I only recall one question as to why I blocked a particular item. If either of them figured how to get around this, they did it very discreetly which is good enough for me.

For a long time now ISPs seem to have liked to supply routers where users have no control over anything. Defaults are good but we need to be able to override. My children are young adults and in their own homes. I don't need to set a DNS range any more. If I do, it will have to be on individual devices. One day, I might have grandchildren and they will probably have their own devices. Will I have to manually enter it onto their machines when they come round?

Let me choose my own DNS for my own devices from the router which I have paid for too.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Do we have some actual reviews?

The USA? I believe that they like to test these things on their fellow citizens.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Go

Re: Sounds all to familiar

A while back, I was involved in testing Open Office. This was running the programme and seeing what was wrong with the interface etc. It was sometimes reporting things as silly as a missing full stop in a dialogue box.

I came across someone in the USA who was about to report that it was defaulting to "non-existent or imaginary" paper sizes and units of measure, They did indeed exist and were not imaginary, Yes, the paper sizes were things like A4 and the units of measure were mm...

There is a difference between ignorance, which can be excusable, and planned ignorance which is not.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Black Helicopters

Re: Errrmmh....

Either that or the web has a deadly disease that sucks up all available bandwidth, has memory leaks and poor process queuing to the point where it can lock up a PC.

Its the same disease that causes problems everywhere else - US Corporations. As they are obliged to pay more attention to shareholder remuneration than ethics, customer satisfaction, the law or even good taste combined; human beings are seen as having less relevance than the colour of socks worn by the CFO.

If companies want to be treated like people, they need to act like adult ones.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Thumb Up

Re: Boff?

It is also also a word for humanity's favourite activity!

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Black Helicopters

Re: Perhaps they do not like Facebook

Lookheed and BAE sound like much more interesting places to work.

Unless you are lumbered with principles and don't want to work towards killing people?

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Re: Amerifrica - Live there to see: The US is at 'War with Itself'

Is it the independent streak? The innate distrust of government dating from its origins? Something about the US just seems to make things turn ugly...

Or was it that the victim was black? You mentioned Switzerland and Japan. Neither of those are so internationally famous for race discrimination and ethnic specific slavery.

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Boffin

Re: "I think I'll just leave this link from Not the Nine O'clock News here." @Jedit

PS I will say I don't think it's just institutionalised racism causing these problems.

Sometimes it is just total ars^&*!es that cause the problems. If they didn't discriminate against "thick lips and curly hair", they would find someone else to be unpleasant towards. Perhaps they might discriminate against people of Irish ancestry, they might want to discriminate against plebs who didn't go to the right sort of school or perhaps they like Ginger jokes.

Not behaving in that sort of way is not "political correctness". It is human decency, or perhaps just good manners.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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Facepalm

Re: Haven't seen a doctor in years.

Some will die sooner than others.

It is considered rational to not want to be in the "sooner" group.

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UK.gov rolls out 10 years' chokey for industrial scale copyright pirates

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Devil

Sovereignty

We just had a referendum where a major consideration to some was the, completely obsolete, concept of national sovereignty.

As we have now pulled ourselves away from our neighbours, this must actually mean something to some people.

The USA is a much bigger risk of impinging on our sovereignty without even noting it or giving a t*ss if they do realise it.

The USA has a very different culture froim us. It is far more intolerant and their justice system considers itself to be a lesson for us all. It is a lesson for us, but perhaps not how they think.

If he broke a law, he should be tried here. If he didn't do anything that we would jail him for, end of story. If he did not something we would punish him for, he gets punished here. That's where it should end.

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Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

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Black Helicopters

It depends on which commercial organisations

Do I trust all companies 100% - no

Do I distrust all companies 100% - no either

Which ones do I mistrust more?

1. Very large ones that have been convicted, without help from rivals, and fined for abusing monopolies.

2. Ones that spend the most on lawyers and PR whiz kids.

3. Any headquartered in the land of the NSA. CIA. FBI and other criminal groups like them.

4. Any that think that consumer rights are "liberal nonsense".

As for trusting my own government. - Very variable. They got my fingerprints and some blood a few decades ago for an army ID card.They are the default repository for a lot of my other information anyway - DOB, family, driving licence, NI number and so on. Do I think that they can't get my travels, phone records and medical stuff as fast as they want? - Don't be silly but I trust them more with it than I would Microsoft, Apple or IBM.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

Too Young

I agree with what others have said, some ashes should be taken up by the next Vulture Flight and released .

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

Haggis is pretty common around the world. Apparently, there is even something similar in (South) Korea. It are just poor people food that has been adopted as a national icon because it's very nice.

Like several items of Scottish culture, they can be traced to France rather than the southern half of this island.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Re: It's not "Help Desk"

I've done ITIL. Whatever we call it, users call it "Help Desk" and are irritated by other names.

Who thinks "HR" is better than Personnel used to be?

Nobody rings 666, or whatever, to be serviced. They want help. As for what help the caller wanted, I suspect it was somewhere between the entire Brigade of Ghurkas and perhaps 100 Tornados.

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Google stretches Scratch

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Meh

Re: It's in my diary

Google will have to buy it first. Scratch is from MIT.

That said, I agree with you. I have lost useful things from Google dropping them. You don't know a replacement for My Tracks do you?

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Meh

Esperanto?

Not a perfect idea.

At least with German, English, French, Mandarin and so on there are a large number of people who speak it already. There are no native Esperanto speakers and more of us did Latin in school than that.

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@ disgustedoftunbridgewells

The problem may be that the "English" they standardise on is not quite English.

I'm not talking about, for example, a German using their own sentence construction. That just depends on their fluency. I'm sure my French grammar follows the rules of English at times. Fair enough..

I find it slightly naff that a lot of people from Central Europe etc seem to have learned their English somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic!

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Paris Hilton

Re: That will be why my VOIP suddenly works over my mobile data

I didn't know the referendum was only for England!

The leave campaign seems to be pretty overwhelmingly so,

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

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Black Helicopters

Future plans

A lot of providers like to block you from changing your DNS to something other than them (OpenDNS, Google etc) People changing that for themselves has irritated the powerful in the past. Are they just thinking ahead on this?

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Boffin

Re: WiFi Routers are multi-functional devices

I'm sure that I saw a project for making one with a Raspberry Pi. Anyone who proposes to firtle around with their router can do one of those.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

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Pint

No surprise there.

How strange. People in SAP can count!

Their whole business is maths, Of course they will see that if it is better for their customers (us), we will have more money to buy their stuff.

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