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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: Name and er, shame?

I suspect it will be Cisco Catalyst 6500/7600 switches with Supervisor 720 engines.

There are 2 models - one supporting up to 256K IPv4 routes and one supporting up to 1M IPv4 routes.

But....

The default configuration of the devices allocates 512K IPv4 routes and 256K IPv6 routes.

Other devices with insufficient memory would also be affected, but I suspect the deployment of Cisco 6500's in telco networks is very common and hence are the key to this issue being so widespread.

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Bath boffins put BUGS on chips – on purpose

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Re: What if ?

The hope is that exposing the devices to a variety of conditions globally will result in a mutant self-powered machine that can then be used for military purposes.

Scientists have built-in controls to prevent these devices becoming self aware. Or at least self aware before April 11, 2019 (there was a typo in the widely known dates when machines were supposed to become aware....)

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Awesome drives..

I went from a 128GB Crucial m4 to a 256GB Samsung 840 PRO based largely on price and need for more space - I didn't expect any difference in performance between the two SSD's.

I was wrong - the 840PRO's are quick...

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: It may be libel if...

Regarding the opinions, in the technology evaluations I have read from Gartner, they are fairly generic and can usually be backed up fairly easily. Where technology companies miss out is in publishing dates of reports - "missing major features" can mean your new product release shipped after the report date. "Struggling to deal with technical demands and rising expectations" can mean that you are growing rapidly and engineering/technical/support resources are stretched.

I don't know enough about NetScout and it's competitors to know if these apply.

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Re: Gartner says...

Are they used? Yes

At a minimum they are used by large companies for creating short lists of vendors to work with and I have worked with one company that choose a global telecoms provider based on a dubious Gartner report (i.e. the answer wasn't one of the two global providers that usually pop up for a global solution and the vendor had almost no presence at all in one of our key geographic regions when they were chosen.... i.e. the regional enterprise account managers dog accounted for 33% of the regional head count).

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: and there was me Re: Google revenue

My guess is that Google benefit from being able to cut out middlemen from looking at content as it passes between the client and servers. Less competition....

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: The Correct Term

And never specify what the "less than 1 percent" was for.

i.e. We are aware that some users were affected. This was less than 1% (of the worlds population).

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Double edged sword...........

For a more accurate sentence, try this:

"Salmond insisted that Scottish thieving bastards would be better off ruling Scotland than being subject to the whims of thieving bastards in Westminster whom Scots themselves hadn’t voted for."

If the answer is politicians (the current mob of self-serving, morally dubious sons and daughters of unwed mothers), then maybe people aren't asking the right question...

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Shoot marketing!

People will buy either by brand name because they have previously had good experiences with the vendors product, by recommendation, by coolest name or by random. The model numbers are only relevant to the 0.0001% of customers that discover model X has more CPU/RAM/flashing lights that allows it to run third-party firmware and make it a decent product.

Until we have rockets that can be flown into the sun for a reasonable cost, we have to give marketing people jobs where they are unlikely to do to much harm - hence stupid product names and incomprehensible model numbers.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Battery life

More than one days battery life is ridiculous - how are you supposed to remember to connect you phone to a charger if it isn't needed every day?

I remember the good old days where you had to run to the office in the morning to make sure you reached the charger before your battery died. These big phone batteries will just hasten the obesity crisis.

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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It was a misunderstanding

They were sending out the smut, they just forgot to include the policy....

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Cisco's first 8 Tbps MONSTER router goes live at Telstra

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Re: Downtime

With thefts from telco facilities increasing, the ability for a replacement unit to boot fast and update quickly allows the telco to restore services faster.

Sarcasm? No - it's all true....

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Re: Interesting

I'll start off by being a pedant - isn't it Treadstone?

As for expelling the local CIA station chief - didn't this happen every few months between the US and USSR during the Cold War? The station chief may have a role, but seems to be a disposable pawn in the spying game.

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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

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Re: PUE of 1.25??

I believe that the figure is 1.25 - it's just not comparable to a conventional data centre PUE.

Google/FB data centres PUE will generally include all power usage at the facility including all usage due to power transmission/moving coolant to the appropriate locations.

With the pod, I suspect the power usage is just for the pod - any power used to get services to the pod are excluded from PUE calculations as they are outside the vendors control.

Comparing Apples, Oranges, Bananas and Lemons...

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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WMD?

This type of secrecy makes me suspect that Mr Blair is hiding WMD's.

I think we should send in a UN team and if Mr Blair fails to comply, get the UN Security Council to vote on action.

Tempting though it is to recommend a tactical strike, I think freezing all assets should be enough to make him squeal....

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: DiViDeD

"And I've been to a number of concerts where hearing something different from what was coming from the musicians would have been an immense relief ;o)"

Well stop going to see Justin Bieber then....

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BAE retracts hedge fund hack allegation

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Re: BAe. Always trusted

Not sure they're shorting stock - think they were just banging their drum for a bit of business and banged a bit loud...

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Pension quango's £18.5m project FINALLY goes live... 2 months late

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If only...

If only there was a BOFH story poking fun at mission-critical systems based on Excel and Office macro's...

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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Re: So what about the auditors?

And take the "blue" accounts folder, not the "red" one....

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

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Re: More data required

Or if there is a queue of female cats waiting to use the lavatories

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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Re: Why go through all that?

You missed the "provide PR script about how wonderful the new FB de-dupe stack is" to generate a little investor hype and an increase in share price...

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: Sheep?

The problem with sheep is fitting/changing the grass catcher.

Note: I accept Australian and Welsh customers may find this an added feature.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Seriously?

Hiding the contrails is an added bonus - the longer journeys allow a wider coverage area.

My tin foil hat has a wide brim to protect me from the chemicals....

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Music at Glastonbury?

It's much more important to be able to text your mates saying "I've just paid £££ to stay in a real bed at Glastonbury" than listen to music...

http://www.woodlandsretreats.co.uk/special-breaks/glastonbury-festival

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

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Re: No, no, no Cisco!

I'm not sure if FNAR will provide sufficient entropy.

FNAR FNAR on the other hand would meet and exceed the recommendations for childish names in encryption technologies for the foreseeable future.

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Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

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Re: wtf?

I don't think there was any application of common sense involved - Gemalto patented a method where all functions were on a single micro controller and Google/Samsung/HTC/Motorola seperate the storage and processing functions.

Common sense would have been for the judge to tell Gemalto that there patents weren't worth the paper they were printed on due to prior art and the broad scope of the patents.

Point 1 is easy to prove, point 2 would take a lot of time and expensive lawyers.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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LinkedIn

Dear Mr Dabbs

I would like to connect you.

Based on your description of being "sweaty and shouty, slurring my jokes as I swirled my double JDs and leered into my conference colleagues’ faces", I think you would provide the perfect alibi for my public behaviour.

In return, I would be able to provide the same for you.

I look forward to your acceptance

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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How many people upgrade computers?

I would expect soldered memory to be significantly more reliable than a mechanical connection as any faults should be detected during manufacturing.

It won't be to every bodies taste, but it's a significant saving for someone wanting a cheaper Mac if they are unlikely to ever open the case.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Re: Market prices.

"With IT talent like this, imagine the mess the Aussies could make of FOSS."

I'm sure a kind consultancy could make a FOSS solution reassuringly expensive so that politicians would feel they weren't buying a cheap solution....

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: I want a high speed version of 10base2

You want DOCSIS?

Each to their own I suppose...

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: Reality bites (HDX)

Given the choice between blowing £600+ on a TV that is marginally better than the one I have to be able to see more detail of my team losing or blowing it (or a small portion anyway - it doesn't take much these days...) on alcohol to dull the pain of watching my team lose, I know which I'll choose...

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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Re: Why aren't Vodafone running end to end encryption to prevent this kind of thing?

IANAL but the monitoring appears to be a legal requirement for operating in some (all?) of these countries.

While end-to-end encryption sounds nice, I can understand Vodafone's reluctance to ignore the law in case they were shut down. Or is that just my pragmatic streak?

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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Re: While THE PATRIOT Act is in force so what?

The e-mail content is encrypted, but the SMTP header will still provide useful metadata about who you are talking to and how frequently.

Add that most of the people will probably use the same password for their encryption keys as for Google or users won't properly secure their tinfoil hats allowing state agencies to read their minds and the encryption doesn't really address the privacy concerns raised about the US based clouds.

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Your devices Heartbleeding - again

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Re: "possibly vulnerable"

So any RADIUS servers using a flawed released of OpenSSL are vulnerable, assuming they haven't already been updated, for TLS-based EAP authentication such as EAP-TLS/EAP-TTLS/EAP-PEAP.

I would imagine that the affected install base for this would be tiny (an OpenSSL 1.x release that hadn't been patched) with most installs either using OpenSSL 0.9.x or earlier for old systems or a patched release for current systems.

WEP/WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key aren't affected - they aren't that secure, but not because of Heartbleed.

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Dell planning to blend Compellent and EqualLogic arrays

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Or...

All model's will be re-branded but will continue to use the same OS and offer the same features.

Marketing's magic wand will be used to sprinkle special dust over everything to make it better, If you are really lucky, the units will now support larger drives that were previously usable not not on the "validated component" list.

Disclaimer: this is pessimism - any resemblance to reality is coincidental.

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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

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Re: This Just In Re:Nick Ryan

Isn't it obvious who paid for the Gartner report based on the winners?

I like when Garter split a market into pieces when different customers are paying :-)

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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YouView

Wasn't this an attempt to compete with Sky (and to a lesser extent Virgin)? Sky moving into triple play meant more revenue which meant more premium content moving to the platform.

Mid-2000's it wasn't clear where the competition would come from and I think the BBC saw an opportunity to compete and move from being a broadcaster to a broadcaster/content provider.

As we approach 10 years later, there is competition (Virgin and BT), I don't see anyway the BBC would be allowed to enter the ISP/telecom's space to compete on 3G and one of their partners (BT) looks like being a serious contender in that space.

So what are the BBC's plan's now?

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Such as the "use ROT26 encryption instead of AES-256" option?

I read "proprietary" to mean they developed ROT12 or ROT14 instead of ROT13.....

Unfortunately, reality is likely to be even worse :-(

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

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The moral is...

Setup as many server instances as possible and mine bitcoin/litecoin/whatever....

http://vertis.io/2013/12/16/unauthorised-litecoin-mining.html

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Whatever the question...

If the answer is another Adobe plug-in and the corresponding weekly update cycle to address security bugs, then surely the question is the problem that needs to be addressed.

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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Re: RE: Coming soon Stock Bubble Burst Saga...

If I spend some money on more shares will that allow me to keep winning?

I just need one more share....

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Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air

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Re: hardware engineers suck at software security

Most hardware engineers have a fairly good idea of how to secure hardware.

A carefully applied hammer can secure most hardware - maybe using cable cutters and a selection of screwdrivers for the more subtle alterations....

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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The Ancient Fear isn't that bad

Particularly if the final release becomes known as "The Disney Disaster".

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ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

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Re: This just might be the first nail in x86-64

As no one else is being pessimistic about this, let me jump in....

We have bandwidth numbers and some fluff about how the CPUs can talk but no real world details about performance/power usage/chip size/cost. The cache, memory bandwidth and I/O require die space and power.

There will be a market for this type of processor (i.e. mobile telco's) but that doesn't mean it will replace x86's or even the SPARC's that seem very similar in design philosophy (high core count on a fast interconnect).

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: "Besides, my kids start complaining after being without food for more than three days in a row."

Point them to Mr Haines nosh challenge - you could easily get them up to a month....

And I won't even charge you for that....

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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Re: Using someone else's hardware and electricity?

Quoting from Slashdot [http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/04/01/029249/dvrs-used-to-attack-synology-disk-stations-and-mine-bitcoin]:

"If memory serves, most of Synology's non-intel NASes are Marvell based. Marvell's fastest device, in terms of general compute, is the MV78460. 4 cores, ARMv7, up to 1.6GHz. As documented here [http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/What_kind_of_CPU_does_my_NAS_have] most Synology NASes ship with something slower than that."

For reference, a 1.6GHz 'Kirkwood' Marvell core is good for slightly under .2 meghashes/s. About half as fast as an Atom CPU, less than 1/4000th as fast as an AMD7970, and just plain embarassing compared to the ASICs that do most of the work these days. With devices that run on USB power alone pulling north of 1gighash/s, you could probably own every Synology ARM NAS in the first world and barely pay yourself for your time."

So every 10000 compromised DVR's gives you equivalent performance (at best) to a BitFury Red Fury (http://www.amazon.co.uk/BitFury-Red-Fury-Bitcoin-Miner/dp/B00HNR1HW8). Given that the compromise doesn't affect all devices in Synology range, I wouldn't expect more than 1 million devices were usable.

It is "free" once your compromise is in the wild, but I'm not sure you'll be retiring to your favourite tropical island any time soon. If you're prepared to settle for the occasional pint or two in Swindon then you maybe happy....

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

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I agree HP has a god given right...

If you keep employing execs who fail to see why the company is becoming irrelevant, you have a god given right to fail.

Or a market given right for all you atheists....

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Re: I've just...

I'd be more concerned about the translation performed from the letter to the forum comments by an unhappy Reg hack than spooks.....

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Rule of law: Turkish court nixes government Twitter ban ... for now

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Re: It's all rather illogical

I think you're mixing things up.

"Call-me-Dave" doesn't want to put too much pressure on Putin over the Crimea in case he needs to take similar action with a misbehaving neighbour. The Scots won't need an EU seat when they're all British again.....

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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

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Re: By definition

But not as stupid as HP.

Unless you have a few billion to spend on this software company that I have....

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