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3254 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

We'll punish crims faster... with lots of shiny new tech - minister

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What these tech clowns seem to over look is ...

the reason an in-custody alleged offender is entitled to come before a magistrate is to allow such people the opportunity to bring to the courts attention any matter that be alleged offender might have from health matters, food and legal affairs / representation.

Furthermore, an accused is entitled to face anyone giving evidence, in person, and to challenge 'evidence'. How many cases have turned on the cut and thrust of cross examination?

How can anyone be sure a tele-witness is not being coached by someone off-screen? Personal interaction between a barrister/lawyer and a witness is critical; Body language can not be clearly seen on TV screens.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Most Word users don't use many of the fearures

In my experience, many Word users are happy with Word 2003 and 2008 - and even these have far too many unused features on them.

However, if you are in the graphics presentation business they are most likely very useful.

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India preps craft for first mission to Mars

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Re: Racist diatribes!

India is both sexist and racist. (They kill unborn female children to increase male births).

And it is high time Britain stopped sending money to support this 'struggling' nation. Using birth control would be a big start.

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Move over Raspberry Pi, give kids a Radio Ham Pi - minister

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Talking Electronics - an unbeatable teaching resource

I encourage youngsters I know to visit < http://www.talkingelectronics.com > so they can select projects that are within their capability and pocket change.

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Hams: We're good in a disaster – UK Radio Society boss

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Amatuer radio, the cheapest emergency networks around

These are unsung hero's.

Living in a country where the are very few amateurs, authorities are often left bereft of communications other than cell.

Morse code might sound dated, but minimal equipment is all that is needed to communicate. Many commercial designers rely on amateur radio technical handbooks to keep up with the latest techniques that work.

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UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils

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A better reason to ....

subscribe to Phil Zimmerman's new encryption software doesn't exist.

These governmental fools should understand it is easier to circumvent their unfettered access in to the citizenry's most private communications.

If councils need to invade communications, let them go get the police and they should get a warrant. Bloody garbage collectors don't need all these powers.

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Apple cracks down on black market in iOS beta passes

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Who said Jobs was dead?

Even if he is, his ghost sure is around making Apple as mean spirited, in so many ways, as it always was.

Cutting a little slack often generates goodwill.

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Microsoft sets October date for Windows 8 release

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Oh, wonderful ... more StartUp Repair on it's way

It would be nice if they had done a better job on Win 7. Weekly updates means week StartUp Repairs for many machines.

How I love my good, old, reliable Win XP, as do many others.

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UN deploys ITU to seek FRAND patent peace treaty

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Good Luck in the USA

All US international agreements (treaties) have to be ratified by the US Congress.

Since the name of their game seems to be to auction their votes off to the highest bidder, who knows how effective it will be.

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US law enforcement phone snooping on the rise

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Remember, most all electronic 'exchanges' have dial in taps, ...

certainly all the CALEA systems in the US. The FBI can remotely tap any land-line phone, from any of their offices, in the USA.

The cell systems are a new source of information and as long as dumb criminals use their regular SIMS or don't turn their cells off, they leave one hell of a mouse droppings trail.

Mind you, a lot of dummies reside on Wall Street, too, as their cell phones turn up a lot of evidence that have put some way for decades. No time off for Federal crimes in the US, either.

Get smart, use Phil Zimmermann's new Silent Circle cell app, he has never catered to cops sticking their noses in too your business. Coming soon. (Still won't beat Geo-location, though)

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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When I lived in Canada, all Canadians are cold experts, I ...

made a remote control that simply switched the thermostat into circuit. Most systems have a 40 F minimum built in for anti-freezing purposes and all it required was to switch in the normal thermostat. My switch was activated through the phone line using touch-tone controls.

Way under $600, too.

BTW, bill payers, if you have children who seem to be working for British Gas and always are turning the ;stat up high, fit another, concealed, thermostat in series with the regular thermostat so no matter how high they set it, you control the maximum!

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UK judge hands Samsung win for being 'not as cool' as iPad

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Old Farts dressed in strange hairpieces have ...

never been my idea of a technical resource.

This guy's advice seems as unreliable as David Pogue - the alleged wife beater who lectures at seminars against violence to women (he was arrested and charged) - of the New York Times whose present bed warmer is a woman employed in the California tech PR business.

Talk about bias, or maybe the judge is so dumb he can only handle simple things.Like powdering his funny wig,

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US ponders fibre link to Guantanamo

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Cuba: The USA's little pain n the a*se

Cuba has always been linked to the US mainland, Miami, for telecommunications - even though no one in the US was able to call the island.

Canada could, using US communications links, and for a while Canucks made a fortune connecting displaced Cubans to their families in Cuba using call forwarding. This was before Cuba was connected via satellite.

The US-Cuban link had to be maintained under international agreement.

I wonder in the US has the right to run cable through Cuban territorial waters, or is it one of those grey areas? Not that the US would give a hoot, anyway.

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Cisco backs down on cloud control of routers

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Cisco and Facebook, the same but different

Both Cisco and Facebook seem to treat customers with disdain; Cisco changing it's firmware AND imposing conditions without giving a choice and Facebook, who just changes everything, exposes private data all without notification to users.

The difference? At least CISCO apologises and restores the status quo.

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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BA ... the anacronym for British A*seholes won't be getting me

because it has to be, without a doubt, one of the worst air carriers in the world led by it's equally vain Wee Willy Walsh.

So many carriers are superior to BA. I flew EVA from Toronto to Ho Chi Minh City and the flight attendants addressed people by their name, after asking how they would like to be addressed - Sir/Madame, Mr Phillips or James. Wasn't some trick, either. On departing the aircraft most of the Biz and First Class were not only addressed in the right language but by their name. (I confused them by speaking Mandarin!)

No pads or tablets, just excellent training that matched the care they lavished upon customers.

Cathay, VietNam, Thai and Singapore airlines know how to treat you well and there is no need for yet another intrusion in to a persons privacy. AirAsia/AirAsiaX do a great job in the low cost carrier group.

But BA ... it's for the dogs. Database, indeed.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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Who is this heretic ...

if he is allowed to voice this opinion hundreds of lawyers will be unemployed, unable to do anything except draw strange numbered drawings and write unintelligible prose.

No patents in electronics ... Jobs will arise and smite him down.

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

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Waterproof at1 metre for up to 30 minutes? Translated ...

that's the same as 3.5 hours in a SaiGon shower or 2 hours in a Da Nang monsoon!

Damn sight better than buying a replacement motherboard for an iThingy @ Dong2,000,000 every time in rains.

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China reveals new strategy of stockpiling rare earths

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No sweat ... the Japanese are digging a bloody big hole in ...

the north of VietNam where a new, rich source of some rare metals has been discovered.

The ore will be refined in Japan. See: < http://www.livinginvietnam.com/forum/component/kunena/7-vietnam-news-highlights/11138-japan-vietnam-push-on-with-rare-earth-mining-plan?Itemid=0 >.

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China trains its cannons on digital pirates

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Get the noodles out, China goes to war

China's 'crackdowns' are pure theatre.

I've been there during one of their feature events and whilst bulldozers, made on Japan, rolled up and down on a pile of CD-DVD look-alikes, I could still go in to the electronic market in downtown GuangZhou and select my choice of pirated goods without a hassle.

If the Chinese really wanted to crack down, they are more than capable of it,, but their heart isn't in copyright protection.

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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

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Most likely a unique iCloud feature ...

making sure downloads are kiddie safe, by disabling them.

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Now Apple faces Siri court room showdown

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I guess Apple screwed up and ...

didn't do it's due diligence.

So easy, all they gad to do was ask Siri a question.

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Euro Parliament kills ACTA treaty before court can look at it

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If the EU rejects it ...

and with a population greater than that of Canada and the USA, it effectively kills it world wide.

Notice how the EU is doing a lot of good things that the US Congress no longer does, because they get bought off?

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HTC bags UK win in patent war with Apple

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There is only one answer to this stupidity ...

and that is to have a WTO-like patents agreement where the rules are internationally standardised.

Remember, it is the CONSUMER who is getting shafted by Apple, etc. so ending these court activities will only make it better for US.

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Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email

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Facebook ...

the poster boy for incompetence and lying,

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iPhone spontaneously combusts on CCTV

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If Jobs were still alive ...

he would be busty saying it never happened whilst his PR guys were slipping a confidentiality agreement in the hand of the unlucky user.

Happened too many times for people not to believe it.

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Bad generator and bugs take out Amazon cloud

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Super reliable power supply breeds complacency

North America enjoys a pretty reliable power supply but when it goes down, it really makes a job of it.

I was in Toronto when the Northeast US and southern Canada suffered a blackout, a few years ago, that lasted up to 5 days. Generator sales went crazy, even the local butcher had two going to keep his refrigerators working.

Countries that experience failures on a regular basis are usually well prepared - with either portable or standby power units ready for service. High-rise apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City list their features such as swimming pools, sun decks and always emergency power is listed as a feature.

Many moons ago I worked a a technician at a Decca Navigator transmitter station and our station manager, the late John Pratt, always surprised us with his sneak power failures not only during the day but also in the middle of the sleeping watch at night. We had banks of batteries that carried the load whilst the generator started up.

When the real thing happened, our transmitter performed flawlessly.

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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

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Be must think Google is like ..

Apple, when it comes to pinching IP>

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Border Agency comes out with another e-Borders deadline

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Just got my new 48-page passport ...

and I seethe RFID is still readable for many metres.

Popped over to a vendors press shop and it is an RFID no longer. Up yours, May, why not use short-range units? Like the Americans?

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Security boffins brew devilish Android rootkit

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Hey, Xuxian Jiang, Googles on the phone ...

they want to know if you want a job?

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Will Android, HTML5 tempt tabloid tablet tyrant Rupert Murdoch?

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"the largest collection of our news and publishing brands"

Considering that the Wall Street Journal was a reference newspaper before Murdoch took iit over and today it is hardly fit even for use in the bottom of a bird cage, I don't think people have much to fear.

In any event, I don't think he will be around for too more many years.

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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

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Having been rear-ended by people texting ...

I bought an accessory for my motorcycle, in HongKong, that set me back the equivalent of 29 pounds whixh jams all cell and GPS frequencies including 3G.

It's small enough to fit in my under-seat storage and the antennae are fairly inconspicuous.

In the city the range is approximately just over a 100 metres (tested against cells and a GPS receiver). In the open country/highways things get much better. As our CGST (highway police) use speed traps with GPS attached and speed checking is far shorter distanced with a plastic bodied motorcycle/motorscooter, than a huge blob of steel in the form of a car or truck (lorry). Without GPS readings the courts will not accept speeding tickets. The GPS reading is on the picture along with the time, date, compass direction and speed.

I suspect BAE's wet dream could be as easily defeated.

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UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

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Would Virtual Immigration Circumvent the Law?

Apart from the fact the government seems to protect big business and put the boot to the small guys, would claiming to be Canadian or Russian continue to offer predication?

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Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

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Italy calls their bluff!

Apple has had it's way it has obviously become a law unto itself.

One year warranties are too short, any charged warranty extensions are, in reality,price increases which are very popular in North America.

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Apple lobs pocket change to Proview, ending Chinese IPAD name row

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Yet anothr case of Apple pinching ...

IP, as it did with it's logo and corporate name decades ago.

Two other companies used them first and used to advertise with half-page adverts in the paper version of Byte magazine.

Microsoft is no better, either.

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Gah! EU data protection will STIFLE business, moans gov.UK

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How can the Conservative government be trusted with numbers ...

when they can;t even get the budget right on the umpteenth time around?

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Capita ITS asks to-be-axed staffers to pose for marketing pic

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What about releases and fees?

Capita better get photo releases and the employees should demand modelling fees BEFORE signing. (Bet the snapper guy is getting paid)

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Apple hardware fixer Bob Mansfield retires from Cupertino

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Quality of life over money

Bob Mansfield is a smart guy if he is throwing out the opportunity to get rich and opting for the opportunity to enjoy life and undoubtedly improve the quality of his life.

I had the opportunity to live where I wanted, work my own hours and be remunerated on a per project basis and have never regretted my lifestyle choice.

Money can't buy everything, as no doubt Bob Mansfield realises.

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

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Chrome is the world's most popular browser

Sure is. It seems to attract every deleterious bug and spyware floating around.

When I run my anti-virus software it always has more junk in it than all of the three browsers I have on my computer put together.

And Chrome doesn't like my wife's ASUS EeePC, either, which runs Win 7. Neither automatic nor hand job installs will mount Chrome! SketchUp is OK, though.

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Maude to gov IT suppliers: If you are rubbish you will be binned

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Capita, surely not!

I thought Capita and the Conservative Party were bonded like twins.

Is the Old Boy system breaking down?

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Brits get to fondle Google Nexus 7 slab in just a fortnight

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Is ASUS handling distribution and service?

ASUS VietNam is a little closed mouth about this device.

Does anyone know the distribution channel being used and who will do repairs?

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Half the team at the heart of the RBS disaster WERE in India

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Where is the Immigration / Foreign Worker Control?

Seems to me that the government needs to tighten up on who and why foreign workers are allowed to work in Britain.

I would be very suspicious of, in this case, Indian companies trying to bring workers in to the UK.

This whole fiasco highlights the shortsightedness that British jobs can simply be exported to other countries where the pay is minimal. I suspect any money saved has long been burned up by management trying to rescue the operation.

Only bankers could interpret this as implementing economies.

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

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India, you say, must be just down the road from the HSBC sweatshop call centres

HSBC has got all this stuff covered.

They call it Unscheduled Maintenance.

Then, when their long suffering customers actually try calling their branch, they get shuffled off to Sweatshop India where totally inept people, who speak a form of English that is totally incomprehensible to the average English person, try to confuse you.

By the time you have wasted your time trying to communicate with Customer Support (India) for ten or fifteen minutes you will find the Unscheduled Maintenance is over.

Can't beat exporting British jobs.

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Texas sues Google for 'withholding' documents from antitrust probe

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It's the election, stupid

Perry, the brainless fool who had a go running for the presidency, has big problems.

He's sold off State assets and his books are still in a mess.

He's allowed all the Frackers to have their way - the State Railroad Commission looks after most of the fracking licences.

Fracking has a small problem, poisonous well waste water. Got all the junk they pump in plus benzene. So they drill yet more wells and pump this poisonous soup down these holes at extreme pressures, way above the ability of the ground to absorb this junk. so it being fluid does it's own thing and starts popping out of farmers water wells and long abandoned wells.

So Perry has a problem. So what better solution than to sue Google? All the newspapers ooh and aah over Google and the Fracking poisons loose their coverage.

Simple.

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Posner to Apple, Motorola: 'And don’t come back'

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US Judges Getting Increasingly Smarter

What with the Oracle case judge actually learning basic programming and this cases judge telling both parties to take a walk, perhaps the lawyers will be given a back seat and let the technicians and designers do their thing.

Good ruling, for the public.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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"because the company continues to purvey the myth that TV viewing is growing"

Sounds like they have the same mentality of the TV licence spotter vans who are firmly convinced everyone watches TV, even if there is no TV in the house.

I tossed my TV years ago and only am able to watch through my daughter's computer, which gas an adapter.

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Kodak's using bankruptcy to rob us of our rights – Apple

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"Apple says that the bankruptcy court doesn't have the expertise necessary to hear a patent case "

Maybe, but any court knows a frivolous argument when the hear one and the are good at determining a*seholes like Apple.

Little wonder the US lags the Chinese market - they work to get the product out.

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Apple cops $AU2.5m fine for misleading consumers

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Please pass the ...

Petty Cash box, we have a small bill to settle.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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John Belushi, sadly missed, but what a memory

My favourite scene was the Mother Superior at the top of the stairs.

The mall demolition scene was filmed in 1979 at the Dixie Square Mall located in Harvey, Illinois which was essentially abandoned until it's official demolition began in February 2012!

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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TThis is good news for McBarfs ...

now they can cut down the rest of the Amazon Forest.

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Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

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HSBC has these ...

they call them unscheduled maintenance periods then they refer you to a dead-brained call centre operator in Mumbai.

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