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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

Because she gets paid a metric fuckton more than a mechanic.

Not really. Mechanic wages go at about £25/hour + VAT. She only earns more than that on locum overtime, which is above and beyond existing hours. You know, the ones involving 13 hour on-call shifts, lates, earlies, weekends, nights... not many mechanics work those.

A doctor has a responsibility to treat your illnesses, not your sensitive ickle feelings.

Also, fuck you.

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Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

My better half is an anesthetist. Give me one good reason why she should care more about you than a car mechanic does about your shitty Fiesta?

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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The downvoter has never run a business, I see.

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Tom 38: VAT is exactly zero-sum for businesses because you reclaim what you spend and pay out what you charge, minus interest you can shuffle on funds held for repayment.

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But you can register at any turnover over £1500, I believe. And most do.

And your example is reasonable IF you're not selling to another VAT registered company (in which case, they don't care about the VAT surcharge) AND if your raw materials/labour/contractors/bills are not subject to VAT. Which would make you pretty much unique.

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@AC -

1. That's nonsense. Charging VAT on sales and reclaiming purchased VAT would be zero sum if the two were levied at the same time but since they're not, the cashflow actually makes a VAT registered money in the long term.

2. Companies don't pay income tax. And if you increase the VAT on say, petrol, that leaves somebody on £5K paying exactly the same tax as somebody on £500K - it's hard to drive one hundred times as far or eat one hundred times as much or watch one times more films or whatever.

Stop kidding yourself.

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1. Companies don't pay VAT. At least, VAT-registered ones don't (which is everyone with a turnover - not profit! - of more than about £10K/year). VAT is a tax that Government outsources to companies to collect from us, citizens.

2.No, I would not be fucking happy. VAT is a regressive tax which hurts low incomes much harder than it hits high incomes.

What a stupid, stupid idea.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Re: And television sitcoms cause ...

Jake,

Other nations have video games but didn't have to create a special phrase such as "school shooting" for a regular occurrence.

Other nations have bad parenting but do not have 900 dead since the last school shooting from GSW.

The only difference between the societal pressures in the USA and everywhere else are a) availability of mental health treatment and b) availability of guns.

You could quite easily regard the last 50 years as a double-blind test measuring the twin factors of private healthcare and public access to firearms. The result is clear - dead children.

Basically, you get to choose. Decent healthcare and less guns or more dead children.

Your call.

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Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations

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@Big-nosed Pengie

They're running Windows

[citation needed]

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Assuming the systems in question run Windows.... Neither the article nor the accompanying PDF specify an OS.

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The forkers saving open source from a corporate bear hug

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Re: Alternate reality

Hallelujah!

Clearly, it is the Time Foretold, the Hour of Linux on the Desktop ushered in under the wise tutelage of Eadon, Prophet of Android!

Or alternatively, maybe you just weren't as annoying as usual.

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Wanna really insult someone? Log off and yell it in the street - gov

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Re: Being "insulting" should not be illegal in its own right

@Christoph

I actually saw this happen a long time ago where an American interviewer was utterly incapable of calling Linford Christie "black" at his request when he objected to being called American (on the grounds that, er, he isn't).

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Re: Oh good, can I have a couple of neighbours arrested.

someone who doesn't even know me called me an idiot.

Your complaint only serves to indicate their perceptiveness.

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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Re: So does it violate standards?

Short answer - "No, it doesn't."

Long answer - It doesn't support USB mass storage. It supports MTP, Apple do NOT support MTP (although there are very effective linux implementations out there).

But it doesn't violate any standards because it's not following the one you think it's following.

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Re: Finally!

They're probably the same two people who run Safari on Windows.

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Re: Question

Can't edit post awaiting moderation, so apologies for double-posting.

It just occurred to me that even though WP doesn't support Access, neither does does Office for Mac.

So no real loss to Mac users there.

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Re: Question

Is there something that can be done on a WM8 or WM9 that can't be done on an iPhone ? I am thinking along the lines of MS Exchange/Outlook or MS Office ?

Office comes baked-in, except for (I believe) Access. But Access is foul anyway.

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Belgian watchdog barks at Apple: Take care when you flog that warranty

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"Apple has not replied to our request for comment."

You know, this has become one of those "who's going blink first" things. One day you'll forget to ask them about something. That day might be before or after they forget to pretend you don't exist.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: Rents and rates

Agreed.

Why are so many high streets infested with pestilential charity shops?

Because they don't pay the Business Rates which are killing everyone else.

Pretty soon, those are all we'll have left. Well, that and Greggs.

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Another place where you could actually browse effectively lost.

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The 10 best … Windows Server 2012 features

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Re: Windows Server is obsolete except as an exchange server

I only post anon on items related to the bodies that I work for, mostly government agencies.

Also, you'll note that I have no hesitation in insulting you directly Eadon, you prick.

That anon is far better-spoken than I am.

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India's tough hacker crackdown: IT security leaflets with every device

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Re: Eadon and personal abuse ..

Reminds of nothing more than the abuse heaped on anyone who dared criticise the church of $cientology ..

Chicken and egg. Eadon's constant abuse is similar to the the abuse the Scientologists heap on anyone who disagrees with them and is therefore returned in kind.

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Rumors say Dell again thinking of going private

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Sure they do, if one of those litigious corporations is one of the private equity suppliers that funded the buy-back.

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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@Roger Greenwood

To my simple mind, that looks like a contradiction, so it could eventually turn into a security hole

No. The "jailbreak" is for Windows Desktop applications, assuming there any compiled for ARM which there aren't. Store Apps is the new term for Metro apps and those can be sideloaded by developers for testing anyway. Anyone can get a free key to allow this from MSDN.

So... no contradiction.

And Silverburn, you can't rootkit a UEFI Secure Boot (no matter how much you want to or you claim that such a thing is mean to linux) and all RT devices must have Secure Boot enabled.

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Re: It's not a security hole

Hard to see how it can possibly cost money.

Obviously, I'll be downvoted for appearing to "defend" Microsoft but this can't save them money in any way.

Think it through -

1. In order to run this jailbreak, you need to have a second machine with Visual Studio running a remote debugger session to the Windows RT device.

2. There is no pre-compiled ARM software out there for WinRT. You'd have to write your own.

3. Even if you did, the jailbreak does not - and cannot! - survive a boot. So one boot later, your imaginary software won't run unless you jailbreak the device again, using the VS remote debugger.

4. The stuff Microsoft charges for is Windows Store apps, and you can already sideload those - in fact, MSDN specifies exactly how to do it. Not exactly a big money-saving secret.

So, this article? Just more mudslinging. Or the author is technically illiterate and too lazy to check anything at all. Or both.

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Oracle patches Java 0-day, goes to Defcon 2

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@stretch - Enterprises use Java, it's not dying, .NET is not more secure - although you could argue that it is harder to exploit since the compiler is less holey and a lot less portable - but the third statement "Enterprises use .NET" is pretty accurate.

Companies tend not to be fanbois so they don't have religious objections to technology on the grounds that they love something else. They just use whatever works. There are many situations where Java works and many where .NET works.

Desktop Java is pretty horrendous though.

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Re: .NET has been officially killed by Microsoft

care to explain why C# exists?

I doubt anyone who didn't commission it could say for sure but Anders Hjelsberg is on record as saying he wanted to create a version of Java that didn't suck.

There are oddities in C#, sure, but it doesn't suck. And yes, I was partially trolling because Eadon is unbearable little prick who will even use a vulnerability in Java to tell the world how horrible Microsoft (and all its works bar none, not one, nothing they have ever done remotely redeems them) are.

When faced with that kind of dribbling fuckwittery, one sometimes gets exasperated.

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Re: .NET has been officially killed by Microsoft

All very well, except that .NET is alive, C# has been extended and Java has always been a pile of buggy old crap for poorly educated children who think C++ is hard.

Eadon, your ignorance is horrifying. The fact that you trumpet it so often is hilarious, though.

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Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

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Re: Feed the children Microsoft crack whilst young....

Since they only did this to troll Eadon, I'd call it a roaring success.

Also, there's support bundled. It's probably just as expensive to go FOSS when you count in support and maybe more so when you consider retraining all those part-time school admins/maths teachers, who frankly have better things to do anyway.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook

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Re: Win-8 is Hideous

What's the purpose?

Running Office 13? If so, your beloved Android is unfit for purpose.

Playing AC3, for example? Oh dear, Android is unfit for purpose.

I could go on but you bore me to tears and it's Friday afternoon.

I don't need a geek card - I have a job. Go away and grow up.

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Re: Win-8 is Hideous

Technical? You?

Thanks, been a while since I laughed that hard.

You just called a working OS "not fit for purpose". You don't even know what that means.

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Re: Win-8 is Hideous

Oh go away, gimpy.

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'Mauro, SHUT THE F**K UP!'

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Re: Mauro should get a job

You should get a job at SCO. Nothing they do will ever see the light of day so you'd be safe for humanity there.

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Mistranslation? More like outright invention

Given that Elop's Spanish isn't up to an interview, it was conducted in English.

As such, Nokia retain an English transcript.

That transcript is here, hosted by WMPowerUser.

"Anything's possible"? He never said it. Or anything remotely like it.

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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@Silverburn - if it was easy, it wouldn't need to be done programmatically. The list of instructions to follow is actually way beyond most device owners. Most of them won't even know what the VS debugger is, let alone how to conduct a remote session. Then configuring trust levels in memory... yeah, SOOOOO easy.

And next time you boot, do it again? And again? Within 24 hours of the iPhone 4's release, you could jailbreak it by opening a website.

This is a whole different bucket of cod.

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I would agree with you, Silverburn.

IF.

1. You didn't need a remote debugger session to the WinRT tablet running to perform this hack.

2. You didn't need to rerun this hack (with remote debugger) EVERY. TIME. YOU. BOOT.

This is not any kind of practical jailbreak and even if it were, what are you going to run on it? Paint.net? Wow.

This FAIL is for you.

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Hellish XML demon exorcised from Windows, IE bug stays

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Re: Why did my XP Pro box crash 5 TIMES.....

@AC - are you suggesting it's immature and unstable?

(I bet this AC doesn't know that some linux fixes - for example, I speak as one involved in a long-term love/hate relationship with debian - can take up to nine years. I bet this AC just wants upvotes from the "we hateses micro$haft lolz0rs crowd).

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Re: Why did my XP Pro box crash 5 TIMES.....

Because you're using a ten year-old OS? Maybe?

Honestly, if you're that much of a cheapskate, install something free.

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Re: "Of course ... you could also just update your browser to Internet Explorer 9 or 10"

In that instance, AC, if you get infected while at work then it's the IT department's fault for a) not screening the malicious page or office document that infected you and b) using a 10 year old OS.

So relax.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: What exactly is good about it?

This is why McDonalds have 3 Michelin stars, right?

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@ Al Taylor re - DropBox

Well, you should have said.

Here's a dropbox client for WP8.

boxfiles

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According to both HTC and Nokia - who do not see the 8X as infringing on their turf, so Elop says - the colours are in order to complement the OS.

That makes a certain amount of sense to me or rather it would if you couldn't change the tile colours. Which, obviously, you can. Also, you can get black handsets but no black tiles, which sucks.

Also @Al - Skydrive makes DropBox and iCloud look like half-assed university projects. 25GB of free space and free Office? No contest.

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: It isn't a competition for consumers!

well said.

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Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

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Re: I wonder how many installations are simply as the machine came?

For a touch centric OS it's very telling that people keep saying that ;)

I'm having some trouble in understanding your point here - although a brief perusal of your post history indicates strongly partisan anti-Win8 views so it might be an attempt at a snide comment - so let me walk you through why it's important.

Most PCs don't have touchscreens. Win8 expands on Win7s keyboard shortcuts - you know, those things professionals use, you might have heard of them - making Win7s shortcuts a subset of the new larger collection. Because the desktop is still there and the launcher is still just a launcher regardless of how much people try to insist that it's a whole OS by itself, these shortcuts have no learning curve and make for a painless transition.

Not so hard, was it?

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Re: I wonder how many installations are simply as the machine came?

@HollyHopDrive

you have to boot into windows to get to the bios

Er, no you don't. I use a Win8 box for development. The ASUS motherboard was already UEFI enabled (just as it was when the same machine ran win7) and in order to get to the secure boot switches in UEFI, you just have to, er, press DELETE during the UEFI boot.

Same as you would with a BIOS boot.

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You haven't actually tried this, have you? Why are you criticizing something you haven't tried?

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Re: Hummm!

And yet you trust Matt Assay's opinion, based on one month's estimated figures and viewed through the TOTALLY IMPARTIAL eyes of a professional Open Source advocate who writes nonsensical clickbait columns on the Register for money.

Seems legit.

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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Re: Is this a good thing though?

I think the reason it's a bad thing is that it allows Apple to sue whoever they like for rounded corners while merrily refusing to pay FRAND rates for legitimate patents.

How much did the judgement cost Tim Cook?[1] A crate of iPads?

[1] Actually, how much did this cost Paul O'Grady in his shiny new Tim Cook persona. There is no Tim Cook.

Also - in before Eadon says this is Microsoft's fault.

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

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The facts come from experience / speaking to people

I see your problem, AC. Those aren't facts, they're anecdotes. Learning the difference will help you a lot.

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Re: Remember Instagram

Photos such as Tux the Linux mascot, photos of the World of Warcraft poster on the wall, photos of their dorky mates at some live action role playing event and so on

You prefer pictures of sepia-toned hipsters and food then?

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