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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: Practicality

> Not much fun to live there though. But safe.

I don't know - I think it would be entertaining to have a moat and drawbridge.

People trying to get me to change gas supplier - meet boiling oil.

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Re: @goldcd

Do you think the limited range of colours for head attire is what limits the number of women in technology?

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Re: re. "Maybe this happens in the UK."

That's a ridiculous statement, a good chap would never dream of asking another good chap such an impermanent question, You have to trust a chap.

It's like asking an MI5 candidate if they are actually a KGB agent - it's just rude really.

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: The "Free" Market, Eh?

There is something different about driving in the US/Canada which requires the oil to be changed every 4000mi. It doesn't matter if you are driving a Chevy or a Maybach - the same car that needs an oil change every 2 years in europe needs one every 2 months in the US. Doesn't matter if you are driving in Alaska or Texas - 4000miles.

To keep the warranty these need to be done at a dealer. With a special discount - if I prepaid the first three years of services - this came to about 10% of the price of the car/year. On a mid range Japanese saloon with the best reliability record in the business.

With an electric car there is no smog tests, no oil changes,with regenerative braking the brakes last for years and when something goes wrong the smartphone app tells you exactly what and how much it should cost.

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Re: IMO, Elon is a huckster

If Apple contributed as much to the gov of California as the dealers do in Jersey, only Apple would be allowed to sell computers.

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Re: Musk in salesman mode much?

But that's the prices to get your Ford fixed at Halfords. The annual "keeping the warranty" main dealer service costs on a $90,000 sports car is a lot more than $600

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

>Are they unable to open their own dealerships a la Ford et al in the UK

The car maker doesn't own the dealership.

They sell the franchise to whatever local Arthur Daily wants to it. The customer then deals with the dealer, argues with them, gets their customer service, pays their servicing prices, and remembers the process as the face of the brand - it's like the difference in buying from an Apple store or Comet!

The other problem with Tesla, and electric cars generally, is there is no servicing - so no profit for the dealer, so they only way the dealer would make money is if Tesla wholesale the cars at 40% discount.

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

>Does seem a bit dodgy - why should't they flog their motors directly?

Because then the poor consumer would be at the mercy of the evil car manufactures without having the services of honest car salesmen to protect their interests.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: "choice and competition were best served by having a single service provider.”

Car workers, unions and management all working together to produce a great product?

What kind of socialists utopia do you think this is - BMW, Mercedes or VW

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Re: All the wrong decisions for all the right reasons?

No, all the UK needs is duchy original biscuits, Hugh Grant movies and bankers

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Re: @ Jim Willsher

>I work for a government agency

Shouldn't you be exchanging documents by meeting on a bench in a park and picking up the other briefcase?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Re: NDA denies sending malware to "millions" of PC's

No it was just that they hacked 2,000,001 machines so that's not exactly a number of millions

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Re: he 'called' Obama, eh?

But how much did you donate to the election campaign?

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: Quelle surprise! - Why is Echalon upgrade such big news now?

Because Echelon was used by the US and UK to spy on the military activities of a USSR that sent millions of it's citizens to death camps and had 20,000 nukes pointed at us.

Using it to spy on every one of our own citizens 24x7 to make sure they had some dirt on anyone who ever complained to the local council is a little different.

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Re: lol

>The NSA are stuffed.

More importantly Facebook are stuffed.

If foreigners start thinking that Facebook just equals NSA they might not "like" it so much.

If foreign companies believe that Facebook is being backdoored by the NSA to hack their machines, as Linkedin was, they might start blocking Facebook.

If BRIC countries start to think that Facebook is just an NSA hacking front then they might start blocking Facebook from their entire country

So Zuckerberg paid to elect a president which has just destroyed his business.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Thats exactly why they are even more annoying than the targetted ads

It's as if when you went into a restaurant the waiter always recommended boiled rice - because it is very popular with a billion people in China or India

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Tip toe through the cat crap

>Our American cousin's insistence on the right to bear arms seem to make sense here.

Surely a bear, especially an armed one, would be worse than cats?

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

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HTTPS compulsory?

So is it actually an offence now to not use SSL?

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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And your closed source phone doesn't have any extra CPUs in the modem or screen or camera?

And you know that these extra CPUs don't have bus access?

And you know there are no errors in the OS - like a 10year old hole when displaying JPEGs - whihc give them unrestricted access

But at least you know that it doesn't matter because your commercial OS is pawned by a NSL anyway

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

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Re: Economic signalling

Of course not. Since any STEM student who was motivated by the thought of earning more than 16K would be working in banking anyway. By keeping wages low they attract only the truly dedicated !

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Re: The liberal arts people will game this

Already been done - when the govt announced it wanted more STEM graduates to go into teaching, and offered bursaries, the number went up 500% overnight.

Of course most of them were domestic-scientists and sport-scientists

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Re: Too bloody right!!

>what's the point of that

The point is to abolish youth unemployment by taking all 18-21 year olds off the market and having them pay 10k/year for the privilege. Even YTS paid you

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San Francisco says yes to GIANT Apple flagship store, public plaza

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Re: Apple invents the public plaza

But he previous Union Square didn't have rounded corners

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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And Windows7

Will be completely secure will it?

If your infrastructure makes a Win7 machine secure - ie. your ATMs don't

regularly login to facebook - then it will be secure for WindowsXP

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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A hypocritical politician

Not at all hypocritical.

She approves of the NSA spying on potential terrorists - like all Americans and all foreigners.

But anyone in government can't possibly be a bad guy so it is wrong to spy on them,

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Re: Found Jesus. Then Lost Him at the Bar

If you want to cover up information you put it in a Powerpoint

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Re: Heh

1, But the law doesn't apply to "cross border areas" which is anywhere within 100mi of a coastline or the canada/Mexico border.

2, Washington isn't a state

3, We're the fscking CIA, we don't need no steenkin laws

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Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

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It could work

Only include "new artists" who go out of fashion in 6months and are replaced by the next "new artist" - then you don't have to worry about keeping customers.

But keep charging 20quid for 20year old albums by real musicians.

A business model formerly known as "the singles chart"

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: I'm possibly wrong

> should be getting more per working hour ...because they are taking more risk

No - a contractor should be getting more per hour because that's what the market can stand

Or more likely - it comes off a different budget and it would take too much politics to get your head count increased, so it doesn't matter if it costs more in the long run it's easier to get a temp

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Re: Perspective

Capitalism would suggest that if you are paying somebody in the top 1% of salary then it is because you need their skills and you can't find anyone to do it cheaper.

So logically if they walked out the door you would be in trouble.

If it was easy to just pick up the phone and replace them with staff willing to work for 600quid then why haven't you already done so ?

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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> females may smoothen the talk a bit, allowing a consensus to be reached.

AKA - "The Thatcher effect"

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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Re: (no title): WTF, Mongo?

No, he is saying the exec is making all the right noises about counselling for co-workers and missing those killed - as HR and PR tell him to.

Yet when the guy you have been sitting next to for years is downsized is out of there with the same suddeness - then the same "HR best practice" is that you aren't allowed to mention any of the ones that were got rid of.

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Re: £1 billion for tags?

Or just invest in some chain and some heavy iron balls.

The price of scrap steel is pretty low at the moment

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Re: Dullards

And work without a view of the sky

And have a battery that lasted weeks

And was tamperproof

And could survive years of use by an antagonistic user but wasn't as large and heavy as the Army's new "portable" radios

And has to meet arbitrary govt standard 314159 which means you need to certify that the plant in China that makes the GPS chip is also certified to GS314159 - which you can't do so you have to buy the GPS chip from Thales for 10x the price

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Re: Dullards

The police order a bunch of Vauxhall Astras as patrol cars.

They then request that they fly and are invisibile

GM claims they want the development of a product that doesn't exist

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

>open up access to bank accounts

You own the contents of your bank account so you can will it to someone

Do you own your AppleId or do you pay for Apple for a service?

You don't inherit a netflix account or frequent flyer status

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Re: 1$ <> 1£

US students pay $50-100K to go to college so paying $200 for a textbook is noise.

UK students (until recently) didn't and so resented spending on anything other than beer - so you sell the same textbook for £30.

Students in India can't afford either so you sell it, printed on cheap paper, for $3

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Local content?

So can it stream content on any of my local machines or am I just paying to access their pay-per-view?

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Am I getting old ?

I automatically assume anything on TV is going to be dummed down to the point of painfullness. When was the last time Horizon was watchable compared to "In Our Time"?

About the last time TV compared to Radio4 was the port of Absolute Power.

Although a TV version of Cabin Pressure or Hut33 shouldn't be too expensive

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Re: Kill off BBC3

Some CGI to overlay tellytuby costumes on MPs and parliament channel could be watchable.

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Re: How much does..

Top gear is on netflix for $5/month

More old top gear is on UK netflix = $5/month for a VPN

New top gear is on iPlayer + $5/month for a VPN

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Re: Space is BIG ...

There is almost no destruction - if you were in the galaxy you wouldn't even notice.

Space is big and stars are a long way apart

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: KitPEG

Slight error, DCT is Discrete Canine Transform and is a cruder version of the more elegant Fast Feline Transform (FFT) used for smoother purrier cat pictures

The web has certainly moved on from the earlier days when it was dominated by the somewhat limited, Giraffe Image Format and the rather more limited appeal of Porn N' Gerbils files.

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NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

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Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here

I think NASA is going to continue having difficulties getting other countries on board.

It has cancelled too many projects because of budget cuts leaving European and Japanese partners with a lot of time and money invested in a bit of kit that won't fly.

Chinese, Brazilian and Indian partners are annoyed at export rules that prevent US partners sharing the details of anything more advanced than an Apple-II with them - and have decided to just build their own infrastructure.

And I don't think there is going top be much political will on either side for a joint US - USSR++ mission

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Re: well - the German language has a very fine

And a word to describe the CIA's activities against congress = "putsch"

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Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

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Re: Inconceivable!

I bet there is a guarantee in his contract that he gets paid a bonus even if they do go bust

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Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

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Re: Is this like certain other things?

>Well, I heard you can die from smoking cannabis . . .

There was a study where rats were given cannabis to smoke and then terriers wearing SWAT team jackets were released into the cage.

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