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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

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How about banning bribes altogether? Sorry, that should be lobbying budget and campaign contributions...

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Re: The only thing more staggering...

Frank Herbert had the right idea, there were two major sins, both punishable by death, corruption by a member of the government and attempting to corrupt a member of the government...

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Apple, FBI probe nude celeb hacks

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Re: Isn't that what makes their products so intuitive to use?

On the other hand, most cloud services don't have limits, or the limits are large. Some may slow down the retries if they hit a certain number, or block an IP address for a few hours. Or require email verification (probably the best method), if a certain number of attempts are made.

If they locked the account every time a few wrong attempts were registered, many users would spend much of the day re-enabling their account - okay, they would then see that they are under attack and they might change their password, or enable second factor authentication.

Brute forcing attempts are probably something most cloud services have to put up with every day. How would push email work, if your account is getting locked every 15 minutes?

There needs to be a replacement for passwords. I agree unlimited attempts is wrong, but so is simply locking the account.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: "hard core of folks"

@Grikath

I'll give you an up vote for the first part of your post.

After SP1, Vista wasn't bad and even pre-SP1 it was an improvement over XP in functionality, even if it required more horsepower.

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Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

They couldn't claim Window 8/8.1 was so bad, if it reported a double digit uptake...

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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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Re: PR BS

In fact, it is a legal requirement in the USA for email providers to actively scan email for known kiddie pr0n. They are given a list of signatures or checksums for all "known" illegal KP images and any mails with images matching those signatures have to be reported to the authorities.

It isn't an admin, it is the KP equivalent of a spam filter.

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Re: why cant the US gov simply obtain an order in ireland separately

They chose to have the Irish data center for exactly this reason in the first place. Any data captured in Europe about a European citizen cannot leave the EU without the users express permission and it cannot be handed to a third party (in this case the US Government) without the express permission of the persons identified in the communications or a valid EU search warrant (an Ireland being part of the EU, an Irish warrant).

There is Safe Harbour, but that doesn't seem to be worth the paper it isn't written on.

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And the stupid thing is, there have been processes in place for getting this information legally for decades, but now that takes too long for the US Government, so they are trying to argue that an Irish server, on Irish soil, owned by an Irish company falls under US jurisdiction, because it is connected to the Internet and the parent company has a presence in the USA.

The really stupid thing is, if they had gone through channels and asked the Irish to issue a warrant, they would have the information by now - assuming they could prove that the case had merit

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Interesting?

the whole future of the Cloud, or at least an international cloud with any presence in the USA is in the balance here.

If the US Government prevails in this case, it will be the death knell for the US Cloud industry, although it will possibly spur on national cloud services.

This could be devastating for Google, Amazon, SalesForce, Apple etc. although Microsoft could benefit, as they have a good range of server products, so they could switch from growing Azure to going back to selling licences to cloud providers to make their own clouds.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Hmm, Office works fine with Windows... And reasonably well with OS X, iOS and Android... Next question please.

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Re: The wonder...

You mean like the EU did over a decade ago? Huge fines, strict rules on how they can sell their products, forcing them to release API documentation for their "hidden" APIs?

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JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack

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Re: Yes.

Stupid is as stupid does...

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Re: Yes.

I've never understood, why they would upload such photos onto an online service in the first place. Surely these are personal and private photos? They have no reason to be on an online service, if they are supposed to be private, don't store them in public.

It seems stars have always had nude photos of themselves and sometimes they were stolen from their homes, but now it seems they are getting more and more lax about their security.

That said, it doesn't excuse the abhorrent hacking of their accounts and publishing thr photos.

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

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Re: Italy? And Germany

Germany also has a similar attitude. Most people seem to be switching to SIM free phones and the cheap Nokias were a lot better than Androids at the same price - although the likes of the Moto G are starting to change that.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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Re: One word: disintermediation

I think the big problem isn't that they are cutting down on the middle man - you don't connect direct with the driver, you connect with Uber, who contact a driver and send him to you.

They just use a smartphone app to do it automatically, as opposed to you phoning the taxi company and them radioing the taxi to come and get you...

And that is the problem, if you are plying for hire, you have to have a licence, you have to ensure the vehicle meets certain safety standards and you have to have commercial insurance and you have to pass background checks etc. These are all things that Uber and Lyft seem to argue don't apply to them, because they don't use a telephone to book fares, they use a smartphone...

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@Pascal,

yes, that is the problem. They are a private hire taxi service, that doesn't think it needs a licence, because it uses a smartphone instead of a telephone to do the booking.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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The tiles are a waste of time either way...

"We have a blank page, what can we do to slow the machine down and make it ugly?"

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Or you can just turn them off in the settings, as explained in the article...

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: In its way, a good sign

My iMac is still working, but it is stuck on Snow Leopard, with no security updates...

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Re: In its way, a good sign

Android suffered from slowdown until 4.3 brought TRIM support.

My Galaxy S3 went from instant switching between the home screen and mail to over 10 seconds to switch! A wipe and reinstall after 4.3 was made available solved the problem, it hasn't slowed down again.

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Re: In its way, a good sign

6 - 8 year replacement cycle on Macs? Apple stopped supporting mine after 5... On the other hand, my 8 year old PC is still getting updates.

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Re: performance hike?

Is that like HP / Ton? The higher the clock rate and the lower the weight of the tablet, the faster it runs?

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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Re: I don't see it working

With my current phone, I can adjust the volume when out walking, with the phone in its case, in my pocket. I can feel the "lump" of the buttons through the leather case and can push them... If they were resistive, then I wouldn't be able to push them, even if I managed, through blind luck, to press on the right position...

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Re: He wha?

Exactly Diogenes. If I say something in confidence and somebody publishes it online, that is an invasion of my privacy. The same with photos taken at a private party, family BBQ etc. if somebody publishes photos with me in them online without my permission, that is an invasion of my privacy.

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PhabletPhace: All the cool kids are doing it in Asia

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Re: Phones with a 7"+ screen???

People are spending less and less time using their phone to talk and more and more time to surf and use apps. If you talk for less than 10 minutes a month on your phone, but use it in data mode for several hours a day, I can see a larger screen being more useful.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

@Vic, @depicus

Exactly, you can deprive the artists / copyright owner of possible income due to copying, but you don't actually steal his product.

Both are obviously abhorrent, but copying isn't theft.

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Re: Sir

I agree, although I see a big difference between recording it for your own "enjoyment" or maybe giving it to a couple of friends and selling copies to anybody and everybody.

If he was selling it at 1.50 a pop, then he deserves whatever is thrown at him, but as has been pointed out, this is essentially a civil offence, not a criminal one...

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Re: Short Development?

If it is just re-skinned Linux, then it is possible. If it is a ground-up OS, then it is unlikely.

That said, if a new OS has a hope of getting market share, then it is a Chinese one, in a market that is essentially state controlled. That said, their last effer didn't really take off.

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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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Only if they can prove that the cloud company are providing access to their own employees or to third parties without getting permission from the account holder - and the account holder would in turn need to get permission from each affected person.

More worrying is the other case, in the USA, where the US courts are saying that it is irrelevant if the data in Outlook.com is held on servers outside US jurisdiction and the servers are owned by a company not incorporated in the USA (MS Ireland), MS USA is incorporated in America and is the parent company and "it is only data", so the USA has jurisdiction in Ireland to obtain the data with a US search warrant.

If MS lose the appeal, then it will effectively make using any cloud service with ties to the USA unusable, because you could face prosection at any time in the EU for violating the Data Protection laws, when the cloud provider hand over non-US data to the US Government without getting a valid EI warrant.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: @Arnaut the less RE"......... but for the mass market it just costs far too much....."

@P.Lee we use them here with dual 24" displays on the desktop, in a dock and then just the tablet for meetings and client visits. It works very nicely.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: "Premium smartphone buyer"

I generally keep my smartphone for 3 - 4 years.

My fiance got my old iPhone 3GS - I got that when it launched - and we finally replaced it a couple of months ago.

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EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Forgotten?

Over here the child prosecution would be sealed and the judge wouldn't normally be able to see it. Likewise the bankruptcy conviction has a shelf life, after that date it is no longer relevant, when making decisions about a persons creditworthiness.

And this isn't an attempt to suppress the media, in fact it is the opposite. The article is still there and still searchable, but not using the complainant's name.

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Re: Forgotten?

@AC public figures are explicitly excluded from the ruling, as their lives are in public and it would fall under public interest and that trumps the right to be forgotten.

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Re: Forgotten?

A lot of the original sites fall under public record, freedom of the press or freedom of speech. Therefore they cannot be removed.

All you can do is make it harder to find. Using the above example, if you get links to the site removed, when using the name "kryptonaut", searching for your name won't return the article.

Searching for "kryptonaut fondles goats" won't return the result.

Searching for "fondles goats" would return the link somewhere in the results.

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Re: Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue

Freedom of the press? The reason why Google has to remove the results when searching for a specific name (all other keywords on the originating page should still return a link to that page) do not affect the original page. The page is still there and you can still find it using the BBC search.

Only the lazy won't find the article, if they google using the person's name, and that is the whole point of the ruling.

The article must remain, as it is public record / falls under freedom of the press, and it is still searchable using any other combination of keywords.

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Re: Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue

It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. If the information is relevant, the link cannot be removed. The original article is still there (and would be searchable over the internal site search of the host). Searching for the article using keywords other than a person's name should still return the article.

Using the original case that caused this kerfuffle: The site still hosts the article (freedom of the press, public record etc.), the article should still be searchable under keywords like bankruptcy, house auction etc. But it won't return any results when using the complainants name or his name in combination with the above keywords.

The problem seems to be Google overreaching and imposing censorship, where none is intended, in order to prove a point that doesn't exist.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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Re: Thought it would be great

It is more aimed at tablets with real digitizers and pens, not the rubble nippled guff.

I've been using it on a Windows tablet with a WACOM digitizer and pen for over a year and it is great.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

I'm working on a project at the moment with SharePoint and I find it very good - except the pages are half in Russian... It is easy to use and getting at the information is easy. It is certainly a lot better than the other system I have to use, SAP SolMan...

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

@t.est they already had the PCs, they just needed to reprovision them. That is a lot cheaper than throwing away 15,000 perfectly good PCs and buing 15,000 new Macs... Replacement cycles would also be longer on Linux / Windows, given Cupertino's glee in stopping support on older hardware.

Also, don't foget at the time of the transition, that would have been transitioning to PowerPC, maybe there was something technical - such as the VMs for keeping virtual Windows instances around for special programs that didn't have a Mac equivalent were so abysmal back then... Now they could use Parallels or VMWare or even dual boot with Bootcamp, back then it was Microsoft's VirtualPC, which was a dog.

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Sounds like you ran that through Google Translate, AC.

I would guess that that is 80% of employees, not every employee has a computer, or even a desk. That was 80% of all jobs, not 80% of all PC users, there is a difference.

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

@Volker Hett

we don't have a policy either, regarding mobile devices. But with our Exchange set-up it takes less than 10 minutes from getting a new phone out of the packaging to having it connected to Exchange... "less than a week" is not a good yardstick.

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Re: I smell a shill

An evaluation of whether the project was a success and whether it is sustainable is warranted. They should look at how the solution is running in the day to day business of the council.

Have they actually saved money? Are the users having specific problems? Are the users happy or unhappy?

I've dealt with upgrades in the past, moving from IBM DisplayWrite IV to WordPerfect 5.1, which was a much better product, we still had a small handfull of users who caused problems, because they knew DW4 inside out and people used to come to them with questions and they were scared of using their status, as everybody went back to square one and had to learn the way the new system worked.

The finance director was shocked at how much the support calls had increased, until we pointed out that, apart from his assistant, calls had actually dropped! She thought, if she could overload the helpdesk with calls, they company would switch back to DW4 - she logged the same problem (by converting from DW to WP the software ignored the set paper size (A4) and switched to Letter, which isn't a standard size in Europe, so the first time a document was opened in WP, the user had to set the paper size manually to A4, otherwise the printer would display an error message and not print) for each and every document she opened.

Her boss tore her down a strip for wasting company money, after that the support calls sank to lower levels than before the upgrade.

So that is the question, the users having problems, are they users genuinely struggling to get to grips with Linux or are they trouble makers who fear they have lost their cachet as the Windows Guru in the change and will do anything to get Windows back?

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

GMail is a non-starter, it is cloud only and the data will be stored outside of Germany (also see the current court case with Microsoft fighting to keep data held under European law from being illegally handed over in the USA), that is a grey area for a business, but it is a non-starter for a council.

They aren't allowed to store any personally identifiable information (emails, contacts, calendar invites etc.) on a server outside the EU and no tax relevant information outside of Germany, without getting a special dispensation from the Finanzamt (Inland Revenue).

It isn't so much Outlook as Exchange running in the background that makes it a coherrent whole. We have Mac users here, using Outlook 2011 with Exchange, who complain about the lack of facilities, compared to Outlook 2010 with Exchange.

Finding an open source equivalent of Exchange + Outlook is a very tough call. I don't know what they use in Munich, so I can't comment.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Aww that's just unlucky

She was calling from an aircraft at the time. Not sure how they transfer into the normal telephone network....

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Re: Germany

@Sorry

In fact I have German friends who did exchange years in America, while they were at school, in the 80s and 90s (i.e. before 9/11) and they all say the same thing, the freedoms that they had in Germany were severly curtailed in America...

In Germany it seems to be that your freedoms are set in stone in law and the constitution, i.e. many of the laws declare that you have freedom to do something, not that you can't do something.

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In Germany it is probably that they are constrained to the same rules as taxis, but they are not following them - no licences, no insurance, no regular inspections of the vehicles for safety, no regular testing of their meters etc.

In Germany you are not allowed to ply-for-hire if you do not have a "geichte" Meter (tested and approved). This needs to be done annually and inspectors can request a "for hire" vehicle to get its meter tested at random, to ensure that the meter is still accurate.

No meter / non-certified meter, no plying for hire and a big fine.

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Re: Germany

Many of those are local by-laws or Hausordnung (house rules).

Hanging washing out on a Sunday - haven't heard that one. You aren't allowed to mow your lawn or use loud tools outside on a Sunday though.

Making noise generally has rules. You are not allowed to use loud machinery (including lawn mowers) during the "Mittagsruhe" (12:00 - 14:00) in a residential area and not after 21:00 in the evening. Rules for mowing the lawn vary from region to region.A friend near Hannover has to mow his lawn at least once a month, where I live there is no such rule.

BBQ on the balcony is generally allowed, but due to the smell and smoke, you are often limited in the house rules as to how often you can grill, so that you don't annoy the neighbours too much. Some flats do ban it, but it isn't a general rule.

Dogs barking - local law, although probably comes under the 21:00 rule above for noise polution. You can't stop a dog barking, but if it is consistent (long periods every day), then you can complain the the Ordnungsamt.

Car washing - not on a Sunday in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). That is a state law. The not washing your car at home is for water table polution. Every car wash has to have a Klaranlage (water filtration system) to remove the chemicals etc. from the water before it is allowed into the drains. You don't generally have such a filtration system in your drive...

Failing the driving test 3 times - never heard that one, but then both daughter passed their tests first time and I took my test in the UK in the 80s.

Winter tyres (or all weather tyres) are compulsory when there is snow or ice on the road. It is a recommentdation to change in October. "Oktober bis Ostern" (October to Easter) is the traditional wisdom for winter tyres.

A fine for shouting abuse etc. is generally not allowed - "Nötigung" or causing duress is illegal, although generally unless it becomes violent or threatening it is generally ignored.

Recycling inspectors looking in bins - well, that is their job... :-S

Weed killer ban - sort of. There are certain types that can be used, but again it is for protection of the water table and nature.

Clearing snow - tell me about it, we have an "Eckgrundstück" (corner plot), so I have to not only do the front, but the side of the property, which is a around 150M in total. But you can't use salt any more (water table again), only clear the snow and grit. If you fail to do so, you are legally responsible for any accidents on the pavement in front of your property.

Our neighbours are generally very tollerant, as are we. We complain that they make noise sometimes, among ourselves, but nobody would think of grassing up the neighbours.

I would assume, as long as Uber requires all drivers to get people carrying licences and insurance to cover paying guests and that they use the legislated rates and meters, then they shouldn't have any problems.

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Re: Questionable legality here

Yep, they are plying for hire, whether that be a designated taxi ranks, hailing, by phone reservation or smartphone app reservation. That means that they have to follow the rules for public hire vehicles - meters, licences, insurance, safety inspections etc.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting

Or Java trying to download Chrome?

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: pff.. what a load of Bollocks

It doesn't seem to have affected P. T. Barnum's offspring at any rate!

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