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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

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And in tomorrows news...

Google buys an insurance company

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

you can enable AHCI post-install.

change one registry entry, reboot

then reboot again and change the setting in your bios to AHCI

job done

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

I always say the media should stop referring to a ceasefire and just call it reloading

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Re: "contains nothing of use."

Maybe the "nothing of use" means to the hacker, it doesn't say anywhere that what it does contain isn't traceable in some way (and I would be surprised if it wasn't)

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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working perfectly here

been working perfectly here (lincs via eclipse), wasn't aware there was any sort of an outage. been buying bits for a few projects.

sounding more like a dns fault with some isp's not having picked up on changes yet.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Er....

would you be referring to the eagle statue as the "Interesting Bug"?

that worked through RF resonance and harmonics which shifted very slightly with vibration (like sound)

all that was needed was a transmitter (on the right frequency) and a very sensitive receiver close by.

Still took them years to work out how it worked

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: Do any of the wireless BlueTooth speaker systems work well?

if you want to try a cheap bluetooth set of headphones try the logitech h800.

They won't blow you away with sound quality but what they produce is not harsh, I tend to use them on the computer when I need to hear something but can't fire up the speaker system (someone else on the phone in the office) or for long train journeys.

I have NEVER had any issues with syncing or gaps in the sound etc

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Re: @ Simon Harris - This new stuff looks boring

You wouldn't happen to mean the trusty wharfedale Linton 3XP's would you

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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uBlox gps chips have a flight mode command switch which allows use above 12,000m as long as the speed of movement stays below a certain limit (300mph has been mentioned elsewhere)

different makers seem to have interpreted the gps restrictions in different ways,

ublox have taken the view that max height AND max speed = restriction

others have taken the view that max height OR max speed = restriction

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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for quick / hassle free (and cost free) drive imagine have a look at SelfImage

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

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I had a house where I couldn't switch providers because of an old unpaid bill of £20.

every month a bill arrived addressed to FAO : Abbey National

turned out that three owners before me the owner had died and the house had been reposessed by abbey national.

the fun part was that without the bill being paid the power company wouldn't allow changes to the tariff or allow the change of supplier. And they wouldn't accept payment from me for the bill in question because the bill was in no way my responsibility. (nice little lock-in technique there)

That was 8 years ago, I bet the current owner still gets that bill monthly.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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we only want pain, not torture

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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more likely google are just paying viacom the advertising revenue

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: Strange (Jess)

Hmmm so having to install a file manager app and then using that to gain access to the file system counts as direct access in your mind.

In my mind if I have to go and get something that is not included as standard on the devices operating system it is not direct access.

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Re: Strange

maybe its because on most mobile devices the user doesn't have direct access to the file system or the data stored without going through the installed app they assume that means it is only ever accessible through or by the app concerned.

compare that to a laptop or desktop environment where the user has access to the file system and can usually see what is being stored where and how.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Good luck trying to organise that without it being picked up by the very surveillance that you intend to protest against.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

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Prior art within 15 feet of me

3 x Asus monitors (annoying touch buttons on the bezel)

Dell laptop (touch buttons for media control, play pause etc admittedly not on the bezel)

Sharp TV (touch buttons on the bezel for all controls)

The last place I want touch sensitive buttons is on a laptop screen bezel, sods law says that I will hit the power button when I adjust the screen angle to get rid of a reflection over what I am trying to see

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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I always wonder how many artists play with deliberate de-phasing at low frequencies, I can think of a few tracks that have the effect in them which when played on a full stereo system (or headphones) produce an interesting effect but when played back on a 2:1 / 5:1 or 7:1 system just has the effect of ramping the bass up and down.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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knocked out in lincolnshire at around 8:30 this morning, working again now

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Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

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"The criminal complaint against Faiella today alleges he "sold Bitcoins – the only form of payment accepted on Silk Road – to users seeking to buy illegal drugs on the site" between December 2011 and October 2013."

What next... going after ISP's because they sold internet access - the only way to access silk road - to users seeking to buy illegal drugs on the site?

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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

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The answer is not very dense.

Microsoft came out with SkyDrive at roughly the same time as bSkyb (better known as Sky) got into the ISP business with their Sky Broadband.

I know my first experience of SkyDrive was when a Sky Broadband customer used it to send some files to me (natural assumption was sky email address + file storage system with sky in the name = probably the same company)

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

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@Zacherynuk

You may not give a car a bad review if it arrived without the keys, but You probably would give it a bad review if it came with an engine that was unable to start because there were too many other people in the world running a similar engine.

In my mind not being able to play a game because of a failure of a remote system shows up a fundamental failure of the games design.

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Italian woman stunned by exploding artichoke

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Re: Next food attack:

I prefer the option of Trifles

I can just picture them shuffling (and wobbling) their way across the landscape

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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makes me glad I run an older version of java so the browser refuses to allow it to run without me saying it's ok.

have to run an older version for a couple of legacy apps I work with otherwise it wouldn't be installed at all

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HP mounts channel attack on EMC: We're a Bugatti, they're a VW bug

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given the other stories about HP over the last couple of days they have got the expensive to maintain part sorted

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Never had a problem with ebuyer (apart from citylink who cant decide whether my house exists or not)

had my fair share of returns with them too, got a couple of memory sticks waiting to go back right now (they failed after 9 months)

I generally detail the fault finding I have done to save them having to work though it with me.

I have done work with a similar retailer to ebuyer and worked on their tech support line, Best one I had was a customer wanting to return a brand new PC

they had gone for top of the line on everything for the machine aroud £7k (built to order) and a few of us had looked at the machine when it was built simply because it really was top notch.

customer was on the phone swearing at everyone that "this f*****g machine is no good, it won't f*****g turn on, you will refund my f*****g money right now" etc etc

eventually I calmed him down enough to work out he was pressing the reset button instead of the power switch.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Meh

Why don't they do something useful, insist every phone supports wireless charging, that way, no issue with connectors and a lot less waste as no wires to throw away.

Nice idea.....

now which standard for wireless charging were you thinking of?

Power Matters Alliance (PMA)

Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) (Qi)

Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP)

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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simple idea

why not make it so if you change the sim (or the phone cannot connect to it's home network for > 24 hours) lock the phone down until a password (hard coded) is entered.

the password would be supplied to the customer on paperwork when they purchased the handset.

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'Leaked Intel roadmap' promises... er, gear that could die after 7 months

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Re: Where are the 1TB+ Flash drives then?

You mean like the 1 & 2TB drives mentioned already in the article

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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I thought the Australian change in packaging also coincided with a massive increase in tax on cigarettes.

with that in mind it may be worth remembering that other factors than a change in packaging could be leading to an increase in imported cigarettes

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

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a quick look at one of my honeypot accounts reveals the following variants all landing in the same honeypot within a short time of each other (suggesting the same source)

DHL Delivery Report - Delivery Status ID_{10 digit hex number}

DHL REPORT - DHL Report ID:{10 digit hex number}

HSBC Bank Plc - You Have (1) New Security Message

PayPal - Security measures against impairment of the safety information

Skype - Voice Message Notification

Skype Communications - You received a new message from Skype voicemail service

Skype Voice Message - New Voice Message

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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Re: What next, Storage Hunters?

A better option would be Windows RT Tablets

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Perhaps

Phones that stop working when moving would be pretty useless for passengers

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

laptop screens are a doddle

tools required = small phillips screwdriver + stanley knife blade (it's thin & strong enough to release the clips around the edge and its wide enough to leave no mark)

most desktop screens need the same tools.

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Joke

I think the next claim for this terrible infections capabilities will be encoding data and sending it by flashing the screen (at higher frequencies than the human eye can see) and any other device with a camera being instantly infected (your tablet, your phone, your digital camera and your old vhs camcorder)

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Re: Uh ... computer says no. @jake 04:56

re : the flyback on crt tv's

I wonder whether jake ever had the misfortune to spend time working on tv's.

I too can hear it, to the point where I could stand at a friends front door and tell them whether they had a tv on in the house. newer widescreen crt's seemed to have been demanding too much from the flyback in terms of power, they always had a nasty screech too them which changed massively with the brightness of the screen.

at the time it seemed to me that people that worked on tv's (repairing them) could clearly hear the flyback system but people that just watched tv seemed to have developed a natural notch filter around the noise since the noise (on a standard pal tv) was somewhere around 15kc and should have been well within normal hearing range but most people couldn't hear it

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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Re: My office comforts...

Decent Keyboard (the less extras the better)

sat here typing this on an original ibm ps2 keyboard (still has its sticker on the bottom showing 1988)

Wired Mouse

I have tried and tried with wireless mice and find that they always go to sleep, leading to a couple of seconds of shaking it to wake it up, or worse having to press a button to wake it (which of course registers on the pc wherever the mouse happens to be)

Wireless Headset

currently using the Logitech H800, simple / basic PC & bluetooth headset, 6 hour battery life and usb charging.

Extra monitor

Why stop at 2 screens?

I run 3 22" screens and didnt realise how much more they allow me to get done until one failed and had to be replaced (under warranty).

My only gripe with a triple monitor setup is that if you have the center screen set as primary windows messes up the background image (XP / 7 ultimate) since it uses top left of the primary screen as 0x0 for the positioning of the background meaning that the image stretches across the right screen before wrapping onto the left screen

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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

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Joke

Re: Agencies seek to find the needles in the haystacks

A roll in the hay with the right person will almost certainly find it at an inopportune moment

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Re: This is the thin edge...

wasn't the forced looking at a different site a fairly common tactic about 14 years ago

I seem to remember some sites using the tactic of "follow this link and then tell us the 27th word in the 3rd paragraph"

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

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Re: Open code

Why cant it work via the plugin framework that exists in most browsers with a couple of treaks

the browser delivers the encrypted stream to the plugin system, if there is a suitable drm plugin installed then the plugin system feeds the encrypted stream in and accepts the decrypted stream out ready to pass to the renderer.

if it can be handled in this way then the drm plugin wouldnt have access to anything like history, passwords etc

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Canuck truck stuck in muck

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Re: How is the U of M supply truck doing.

I would imagine it's parked up in Coober Pedy.

from the article

"Michigan's quest to improve on three previous third places is over after it ran off the road in Coober Pedy, where it will stay overnight to effect repairs."

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

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As I see it the standard proposes being able to pass an encrypted stream through a 3rd party plugin before handing off to the video renderer, basically think along the lines of adding a netflix plugin to your browser to enable viewing netflix content via any browser that will support the plugin.

if that is all it is then I don't see it causing any harm

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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Re: Re:

The sending mail server was exchange (I don't know the version) the receiving server was Mailenable (used internally by that dept.)

the 4tb was 3 2tb drives in a raid5 array.

As Tom pointed out the user had submitted the email to the 1st server and it had submitted fully, and it was the 1st server that was doing the stupid re-send even though the transfer was already in progress.

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worst one I came across was between 2 mail servers within the same company which had no attachment size restrictions in place.

everything worked perfectly (for years) until an idiot decided to send a 30gb file as an attachment before leaving on a friday evening.

the initial mail server accepted it and started sending it onto the 2nd server.

the second server started to receive the email with no problems and everything appeared fine... for 5 minutes.

5 minutes after the initial sending from one server to the other had started the first mail server went back over its outbound queue and found this 30gb email that hadn't been delivered (because it was still transferring) and resent it.

5 minutes later it found 2 undelivered emails and started resending them

<5 minutes per step>

1 email (30gb)

2 emails (60gb)

4 emails (120gb)

8 emails (240gb)

16 emails (480gb)

32 emails (960gb)

64 emails (1920gb)

128 emails (3840gb)

256 emails (7680gb)

512 emails (15360gb)

1024 emails (30720gb)

2048 emails (61440gb)

4096 emails (122880gb)

<end of 1st hour>

By saturday morning the second mail server had died completely having used up 4tb of previously empty storage while the 1st email server was unable to display how many emails were in its oubound queue.

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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Re: Pushrods!

Most 2.4 ghz systems I have come across react to loss of signal by setting the throttle below 0 (ensuring that any engine / motor is shut down) and if set the receiver puts all other controls to a pre-programmed failsafe position, on my aircraft its set to bank slightly to the left and trimmed to glide as slowly as possible (it worked perfectly when I fell in a lake complete with tx)

the apm system that el-reg has gone for uses this signal to trigger whatever its programmed to do (Return to Base, circle over position etc)

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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Re: Re:

in reference to milking your taxes, I did to the tune of £289.20 over 8 weeks (£36.15 per week) and that money was used to buy wondrous luxuries like food, electric, water or pay rent & council tax.

in those 8 weeks the business paid for the following...

1. put my friend through his driving test (he passed first time luckily)

2. something that resembled a car, it was an old X reg austin metro that you could see the road through the floor in (I believe that we paid around £60 for it which was the amount that could be reclaimed from the tax disc in it's windscreen)

3. Insurance for my friend to drive the car (third party only)

4. a roof rack

5. 2 sets of ladders (so we didnt have to keep borrowing the neighbours)

6. buckets etc

getting that lot together took the 8 weeks, at which point the business had certain work to ensure £80 per week coming in (I signed off and took £40 per week of that leaving the other £40 to cover the business costs).

Still not sure whether it would be legally classed as fraud because until I had signed off I was not receiving any money for the work because any money generated was used on what was needed for the business.

comments invited

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Re: Re:

I beleive that they took that approach with me because it was cheaper / less bureaucracy than going through the official channels to gain a small business grant to set up the business etc etc.

I went in there with the expectation of having to apply for some form of grant to get the business off the ground.

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I was raised in the classic benefit trap, Only child in a one parent family existing on benefits from a very early age

once I left school (with crap results) the situation I was in was young enough to not have transport, no income to either get a license or vehicle (even a moped) and then no way of insuring any form of vehicle.

that's not too bad if you happen to live in a town or somewhere with sensible transport links (sorry but the earliest bus each day being at 10:45 am is not sensible, neither is the last bus being at 3:30 pm)

I joined up with someone else in the same situation and started a small business (window cleaning of all things) while we were both still claiming, the money from the business was ploughed back into the business and to get the pair of us transport (which in turn meant we could expand the business).

While we were doing this I was honest with the dole office (I cant remember what name they were using then) and the adviser I spoke with said simply "I didn't hear any of this, but I will mark you as very actively seeking work", as soon as the business was able to support itself and one of us I signed off, once the business grew further the other person also signed off.

now (almost 20 years later) I run 2 successful businesses (in 2 completely different sectors so if something affects one the other is likely to continue without problems) and I have worked for a company not owned by me for a grand total of 4 weeks.

Just saying "there aren't any jobs" and carrying on claiming is entirely the wrong attitude, if nobody is offering you a job then make yourself a job, people will always be willing to pay for others to do what they see as menial tasks like cleaning windows and similar (you would often be surprised how much they will pay).

there is almost always a way of getting off benefits if you want to.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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I predict that sales of my dog turd powered phone will increase by 100% over the next year (someone might actually buy one)

just saying an objects sales have increased by a percentage quantifies nothing (a million percent of nothing is till nothing)

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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So MOS are trying to sue spotify because I could create a playlist that recreates their collection of tracks by sourcing the tracks from either the original artist's singles or albums, some other publishers compilations or even tracks held on my own computer.

Given the amount of different club edits or mixes available for a given track the odds of me exactly replicating a MOS compilation are pretty slim.

if I then choose to call my playlist MOS ultimate collection (or whatever) then it is still none of their business UNTIL I share that playlist with others, about the only thing they can ask is that spotify prevent the sharing of playlists that exactly match their compilation names

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