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Axe to fall on staff at IBM's Global Technology Services 'this Friday'

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Re: 15 Consecutive Quarterly Losses

While IBM makes money, the revenue decline has been happening for quite some time (~10 years) and IBM have used every trick in the book to slow the decline and post "healthy" numbers.

At some point, losing money on outsourcing deals won't be able to be hidden behind tax efficiencies and redundancies and the mountain of cash that they have been using for share buy backs will dwindle.

It's not in HP territory yet, but it only takes one Autonomy....

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

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Re: You can't solve all your problems with air strikes.

Are you sure?

Without wanting to sound too much like a UK prime minister (most of them anyway...), I can't think of any of my problems that an indiscriminate airstrike wouldn't improve to some degree.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

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Re: If the amount of kit in your data centre changes significantly

All this talk about faulty fire suppression equipment, but no body seems to be mentioning how there was NO fire damage to any of the equipment.

Impressive no?

Where is the suppressed fire icon when you need it?

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Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

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Re: Chickens coming home to roost

Well, IBM didn't buy Autonomy for almost double what it was worth....

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Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

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RE: multi-billion PR company

Isn't a multi-billion PR company just a $100 PR company that convinces HP to buy it?

Hmm - this might be a business opportunity. I'll start by approaching Larry with my "business" and getting rejected and putting a note in my accounts saying "we don't make any money yet, but these projections show we could make billions". Now I just have to sit back and wait....

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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Re: Missed deadlines....

Maybe they could meet the deadline by sending out the unassembled components with a note about not using glue for assembly?

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

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I think you will find...

"As for humans getting in the way of the signal, the solution is simple:"

The specs allow for a brief (upto 1 second at 2kW) directed beam to allow any path to be cleared of obstructions.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Too many processors will confuse the market

I thought the whole idea of the names was to confuse the market and get buyers to make decisions based on i3/i5/i7 and maybe a performance sticker.

In most retail settings, there will be multiple processor generations and getting what you want without referring to Intel ARK is challenging.

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HP overtakes Cisco in cloud infrastructure revenues

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So...

Who was the loser in cloud sales?

Would it be fair to guess HP won the additional sales at the expense of Lenovo as the IBM server business transitioned?

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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Re: Money for old rope

Lets see - I average one FB status update every 4 years so the annual time saving of updating to a new iPhone would be less than one fart.

I think there could be a marketing byline in that...

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

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Re: So it is true...

The problem with a unified worldwide spectrum allocation is that either:

a) the allocated range is significantly smaller than what is currently allocated limiting potential uses (check the wiki page for the common frequencies that are unused by all regulatory domains)

b) move or remove existing users to free up space. As a lot of the usage is weather/military radar I suspect the time frame for doing that is measured in decades.

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Re: So it is true...

The problem with the acceptable bands is that they vary by country. i.e.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels#5.C2.A0GHz_.28802.11a.2Fh.2Fj.2Fn.2Fac.29.5B16.5D

So the issue is that effectively the radios can be used in any country and are software selectable for the chosen country. If the firmware allows the country to be set, then setting the AP to Russia gives more available frequencies without that DFS/TPC reducing your signal strength.

They really need a solution would be providing a way for the radios to work out their location and restricting how they operate

i.e. while I can think of how to identify your country if you have Internet access using GeoIP, how do you do it on devices that have limited or no Internet access or incorrect GeoIP details? And while DFS/TPC can help with restricted bands, they rely on detecting an active channel so if a channel is used infrequently you still have the possibility of interference

And this is ignoring any issues with software quality from manufacturers.

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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

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Re: Now this is interesting...

I'm not sure there is any Net Neutrality argument where the manufacturer of network equipment is the cause of the throttling - I believe the two arguments are either it is done via ISP policy (and the network equipment configuration that results from that policy) or bandwidth limitations on interconnects (either via policy based on peering agreements or financiallimitations of not paying for more ports/lines/bandwidth).

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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

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The $500,000 reward...

Is it an actual $500,000 reward or is it $20 for the reward and $480,000 notes that could be a reward if they ever come back to ALM?

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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Re: in the Sixties

I tried this in the 90's with NZ air.

I think I got my branding all wrong when I called it "Placebo"....

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Intel keeps droning on, as PC sales continue to tumble

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Drones?

These are not the terrible PC sales you should be looking at

* waves latest niche product at manufacturers to make them believe sales will increase real soon *

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Programming magazines

You missed the best part of monthly programming magazines - the misprints/errors/missing lines where you tried to debug what was wrong and failed and waited until the next months issue for the fix.

The good old days of copying a non-functional program to tape, removing the DFS ROM from a model B to free up additional memory and then re-running the program to get useful error messages...

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Re: Log in

Throw away Hotmail too much effort?

Try https://10minutemail.net/ or https://www.guerrillamail.com/

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: down voting

The down votes are from Ashley Madison's PR people trying to clean up their image....

AM are now looking to provide the next generation of directory enquiries....

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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Re: How do you do this?

South Park produced an excellent documentary about the F35 design process in the episode "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Elephant_Makes_Love_to_a_Pig)

I'm sure YouTube will have the episode if you need to watch it....

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Re: Google

Google does have a significant investment in this game - they are rumoured to have a larger existing network than any of the other US providers and contribute around 50% of total Internet traffic (i.e. YouTube), but they have a relatively small number of users for their ISP business relative to the big players.

A costly regulatory fix hurts their potential competitors if they are looking to expand their ISP business.

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Re: some protective googles

It is possible to have more bandwidth the the consumers can use, but it generally begins to fall down when:

- you start adding more boxes and eventually reach a point where there will be bottlenecks once vendor slot or port limits are hit

- you start adding latency

- you start adding costs

- you start adding third parties (and their design choices) to reach the destinations you desire

We have had (and still have) networks that deliver the bandwidth they promise, they just happen to be significantly more expensive and most people don't want to pay for the extra "quality". i.e BT Infinity 1 costs £27.99/month versus a 10Mbps Internet link in London costing around £500/month (rising to around £850/month for 40Mbps). This may not guarantee you the bandwidth to the destination you want, but working with your ISP (or changing ISP) may allow you to remedy that for more money....

I realise this isn't a perfect example (i.e. different providers charge differing amounts for differing levels of service - i.e. Cogent/Sprint vs AT&T/Verizon in the US) but it's a significant step up from treating the Internet as a single Ethernet switch.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: 50 days in a year?

I suddenly feel much older....

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: "Other countries are bounding ahead"

My understanding from the article was that:

- the government would provide funding for services that benefited the whole of the country (examples given of news and children's TV but not necessarily limited to that)

- further services would then need to be provided by a subscription service

- the current DVB-T hardware does not have uniform hardware support for hardware necessary to support a subscription model

- DVB-T2/HEVC is a EU standard and moving to this would allow the introduction of hardware to support subscriptions as a standard in addition to supporting 4K

Personally I believe the BBC needs to change and has needed to for some time - not so much through the current, apparent political conflict but more due to the changing nature of their audience and competing services.

Younger audiences (16-24) watch significantly less TV content than older audiences across all UK channels and have been for some time as this is beginning to affect the older demographics as well (i.e. 25-34).

Combined with BT/Sky's competition of new series and sporting events, the BBC stands to become left behind unless the change how they deliver and charge for their content.

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RC4 crypto: Get RID of it already, say boffins

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Quick overview of WLAN security options

So, we now have the following WLAN protocols that are unsuitable for WLAN connectivity where there is an expectation of security:

Open

WEP PSK

WEP Enterprise

WPA with TKIP and PSK

Suitable for restricting access to a WLAN network and making decrypting captured information difficult in less than one month (maybe longer):

WPA with TKIP Enterprise

WPA with AES and PSK

WPA2 (includes AES and CCMP) PSK

Secure to the extent WLAN allows (assuming sensible key lifetimes):

WPA with AES Enterprise - should still be OK, should strongly consider migrating to WPA2

WPA2 (includes AES and CCMP) Enterprise

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...

And fire. Bankers, lawyers, celebs, politicians, their respective genitals and fire.

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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

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How about:

2013-2014: US$3.4b

2014-2014: US$2.9b

Growth: around -15%

I don't see anything that will stop the decline - as capacities increase, research costs increase and sales remain reasonably flat.

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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Re: 15.8 billion!?

I suspect you could get one and a bit failed NHS IT projects for that amount.

What do you mean that wasn't the answer you were after?

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Re: sleight of hand

Based on information available from Snowden and other sources, telco's in the UK/US/Canada/Australia/NZ were more than happy to work with governments to install the technology to capture information flowing across the telco networks without having to go to extraordinary lengths to install equipment covertly.

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Re: How is this 'Hacking'?

The suspicion is that people are getting into these locations with buckets (or similar containers), cutting these cables and collecting what falls out to take home and analyse looking for state/industry secrets to profit from.

P.S. please great flying spaghetti monster, tell me I don't have to use the joke icon for this....

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

While these things are always open to interpretation/different points of view:

- IMHO smart phones and HD video killed the FlipVideo market. I suspect FlipVideo was a disaster for Cisco as there was little of real value in the IP

- while Linksys may have provided a useful change of direction for Cisco by increasing the use of open source software, Linksys and their open source violations meant there was a lot of pain involved. Couple that with a consumer market that was in a race to the bottom for home network gear and I suspect this was another expensive mistake as the likely target was improving set top boxes which hasn't been one of Cisco's star performers in recent years.

So the previous owners of FlipVideo/Linksys are probably happy - the employees that didn't get a share of the acquisition pie would be less so.

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Fujitsu shrinks SMB file transfer metadata traffic jams

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Directory scans aren't needed for HTTP as on the client side the path is determined by the webpage or on the server side the path is determined by the web server config or webpage - you aren't doing a remote directory retrieval or the other overhead introduced by CIFS/SAMBA.

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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

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Re: Exponentially? NP-complete?

Correct - scarestories are only BS-complete

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: The channel is talking itself into a panic - Stop it!

Greece is about to fall over heralding a new global recession.

The Windows 10 previews are just a cover for MS re-releasing Windows 3 .x as senior management believe that if they cycle back to that, they will get another 10-15 years of success.

My dog just relieved itself on your floor.

It's bad now but it's only going to get worse.

I'll give you a tenner for the lot - you can't say fairer than that...

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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Re: To be expected - keep watching though

But surely once Scottish Government IT were free of their English oppressors they would rise up and create new, mighty IT systems?

Or have I been watching too many SNP election advertisements that I recorded to pass the time? What do you mean sad?

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'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

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Re: This obsession with growth...

Exactly - I speak as an Oracle hater (you want HOW MUCH more for your licences and support this year?), but they are still making a lot of money

Yes, cloud is eating into some of their sales (and will continue to), but almost US$11b/year gives you a few ways to address that when your margins are sohealthy.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Now it becomes clear.

In Al Qaeda's defence (how often do you hear that....), they were only hiding your remote control to thwart Mossad's attempts at hiding your remote control.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Re: Asked and answered

The ending had not been maintained for some time and a decision was made to close it for free users.

It is still available for customers paying for premium access to stories.

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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

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The threat comes in the form of the telecoms quad-play - broadband/mobile/TV/Internet

In 2014, Ofcom gives BT a estimated market share of 31% of broadband and EE say they have a 33% market share. BT's relationship with OpenReach helps for providing backhaul bandwidth to mobile towers and BT are starting to invest more in TV to improve content provision.

This is largely theoretical, but any precedent set allowing BT/EE will likely be countered by the two main competitors in triple/quad play: Vodafone and Sky

Now for pure speculation:

If it does go ahead, I would expect Vodafone take Virgin and Sky to take O2/3 leaving anyone outside these large players (virtual MNO's, ITV, BBC) in an uncomfortable place.

As for consumers? They will probably benefit from more content (whether they want it or not) but it will come at a higher cost.

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: i bet....

I'll take your bet...

Corporate e-mail pretty much comes down to three conflicting features:

- cost. Cloud services offer per user costs that scales nicely with the business versus on-premises solutions.

- security/control. Cloud services rely on international treaties/contracts between parties vs having it in-house under your control.

- functionality. Do you want Google's search capabilities vs Microsoft's calendaring. Or maybe IBM's retro feel of this is how crap e-mail was in the 90's?

Having used e-mail systems from all the major player's in large (20,000+ seat) environments and having seen the differences Google Mail maybe a good fit for UK government

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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Re: My God:

The snakes are also NOT riding on the backs of laser-equipped sharks OR taking drugs and driving dangerously.

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Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

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Re:Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

And if you remove the middle men who have been endlessly looping the same content through different channels, will you end up with any content at all?

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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Re: Did the insurance company require an audit of the insured network?

If there was an industry-wide regulation that covered storage and transport of health details then "adequate" would be defined as meeting those requirements.

i.e.

While it may not be mandatory, encrypting your data provides “safe harbor.” If your data is somehow breached or lost, provided it was properly encrypted, it will not be considered a breach of unsecured protected health information. To protect yourself and your data, make sure protected health information is encrypted in any possible location.

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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Re: We didn't need that many TLDs afterall.

FIFA is the 1000 lb leech stuck to the side of football while ICANN are the monkeys on the typewriters of Internet regulation.

The monkeys are locked in the room and their hygiene is poor, hence the smell...

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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Or combine the two systems to make 802.11acdc

That would really rock!

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Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index

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Re: Forecasts

Here's the 2010-2015 predictions to judge by:

http://www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/public/sep11/nowell_01_0911.pdf

2010: 20EB/month

2011: 28EB/month

2012: 38EB/month

2013: 50EB/month

2014: 63EB/month

2015: 81EB/month

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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Re: LG

In defence of the overpaid rebranding consultancies - the good ideas get rejected by the client and so they are utterly dependent on the account manager taking the client out for an all you can drink business meeting where said account manager has to come up with some "brilliant" idea while smashed out of their skull on booze and coke.

I would however question why said account manager almost solely depends on toilets for their inspiration. i.e. the ideas all resemble crap.

Note: maybe this isn't 100% accurate. Lets just agree on high 90's...

Note 2: maybe overpaid rebranding consultancies don't require defending...

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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If Google can't be trusted to baby sit my children who can?

This is a serious question - I would like to go for a beer.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: coming from ireland, Re:David_H

You were lucky - we were allowed to plough the fire breaks (quiet roads....) but were never allowed to carry out an unsupervised burn off.

There's something about a burn off that is very satisfying... Or it could be the barely suppressed arsonist in me....

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All hail Mad Frankie Maude, noble Lord of Cabinet Office Axemen

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Re: Thank god

Are you sure we need the tags? I think I need a sponge to catch the drips...

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