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Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

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Virgin Mobile have staff?

I though VM, like all beardy's other businesses was just a marketing front end for another major player?

Here VM is just Rogers for the cool kids at a lower price.

Wasn't it the same for Virgin Megastores, Money and airline?

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Re: Gold, Silver, Bronze or ... Silver versus low rent?

Back in the day of real cameras the makers would charge a premium for the black version over the silver.

People thought the black one looked more professional - and people would rather look like a paparazzi than just some rich idiot that bought the latest fashionable shiny toy

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Mini-Me, stop humping the 'L-A-S-E-R': New 3D tech can make a Mini-You

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Just a head

Would mean fewer cameras, quicker rendering and easier automatic reconstruction (most heads are approximately spherical.

You don't need to scan the body in the same detail as the face/head and you could even choose a body from a pre-calculated library of stock bodies of varying "assets"

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Ex-BT boss bags £9 MILLION bye-bye bundle, moves to key gov post

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Re: (Almost) lost for words.

A HUGE national almost monopoly with no real competition with automatic government contracts -

It's not like he turned Apple around is it ?

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

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Re: "front-runner for the chief executive seat"

I hope they remembered not to discuss this using Outlook.com

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Re: This is illegal isn't it?

Depends - if Elop was working for Microsoft all along rather than in the best interests of Nokia's shareholders then a visit to the naughty step might be in order.

But since they can't give Nokia it's shareprice back then blocking the deal with MSFT isn't going to be in anybody's interest.

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Re: @Goat Jam

There have been a few investigations where a local government suddenly stopped plans to switch away from Windows after a large Gates foundation donation.

And like any large charity it is a hedgefund first, to make the money it spends - some of it's investments have been a little less than ethical.

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>I think I prefer to have no millions but retain my integrity.

It would be nice to try the alternative though....

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Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

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Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"

Do you want mayonnaise on your chips?

GCHQ - the thin red line protecting you from the threat of Belgian invasion

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Come on

This place is crawling with them - national symbol and biggest pest.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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English Independence

When do we get a chance to vote?

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Study finds fraudsters foist one-third of all Tor traffic

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Re: Well knock me down with a feather.

s / tor / cash /

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NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH

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Re: Oldest, not closest

But Britain is at least their oldest enemy

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It also has the advantage that when you discover a bunch of dead civillians filled with 7.62 it's rather easier to blame it on the other side.

It's difficult to claim an Al Queda F15 bombed a wedding

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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Re: Google's Corporate Social Responsibility statement

He said they were addressing climate change - he didn't say they whether they were reducing or increasing it

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Re: Not such a good deal

It pays $1.3M for hangers, it would pay a lot more flying in-out of SFO or SeaTac and they wouldn't have the convenience of having a jumbo sized runway next door.

Private jets don't normally share the same airport as jumbos. Except in this case the "private jets" are jumbos - it's tricky to fly a 767 out of your local GA strip.

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Not such a good deal

Google get a free airport next door to the Googleplex instead of having to drive to the nearest commercial airport where they could land their full size passenger jets and wait in the same queues as everyone else and pay landing fees. they also get discount fuel.

So it's like me being allowed to use Buckingham Palace as a helipad, getting a fuel discount, not paying the congestion charge - and paying only the same for parking as I would anywhere else in London.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: Frankly I don't see the problem

Suppose you got the job (or several of the jobs) and instead of turning up yourself "sub-contracted" the work out to a cheaper illegal immigrant - keeping the difference.

Especially if you are the same minority group yourself and are relying on "all looking the same" to the managers.

Before the tightening up of security it was pretty much standard for most of the low paid workers at Heathrow.

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Privacy lawsuits: Will sueballs lobbed at US cloud services hit you where it HURTS?

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.... shareholders ....

Nobody really cares if the NSA are slurping your customers data

But if you are an IT manager at a Brazillian oil company and you put all the data in a US cloud to save a few $.

Now mysteriously US Oil companies all seem to underbid you in contracts

Then your shareholders might want a bit of your bonus back

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

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Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand

> Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand and buying an expert hardware team

No it isn't - anymore than Google became a HW company when they bought Motorola

It's about your lawyers being able to make money off other people's sales

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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In checked baggage

You can carry guns/ammunition in checked baggage but not a joke "take a number" sign shaped like a grenade?

In fact it's become standard practice among film-makers and photographers to pack a gun with heir expensive equipment and declare it - so that it gets special treatment, instead of being stolen by the baggage handlers or TSA.

Houston airport has a huge steel bar surrounded special luggage room just for lugagge with guns

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HP dumped from Dow Jones Industrial Average

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Re: Legacy of Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd

HP did go back to it's roots in measurement and test instruments and is still doing pretty well - only they sold that bit.

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Parallels pledges roll-back fix after silent 'trojan' freebie install triggers punter outrage

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Re: I know this is like kicking a dead horse, but...

It would only be really ironic if the director of the NSA used a Mac, and installed parralels....

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

You have to get past his legions of killer penguins (*with laser beams)

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Re: Read the source

Which is perfectly reasonable.

Use the Intel RNG if you are doing Monte Carlo simulations - use real random numbers if you are encrypting your plans to kill the president (of Belgium)

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

>suffers from a severe lack of both social skills and tact

"benefits" from ..

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Re: I doubt it has much to do with randomness

Remember when they were planning this feature the NSA presumably thought the enemy might be Russia or China, or Iran, or Belgium. It's difficult to persuade the KGB to use Google for it's root CA.

Although nowadays it's probable that both the NSA and KGB outsource to Booz-Allen

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Statistical tests for randomness DO NOT tell you if somebody else knows the sequence.

There are published books of random numbers, they pass all the tests for randomness (as does pi) but the next number in the sequence isn't a secret if you wrote the book.

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Declassified documents show NSA staff abused tapping, misled courts

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And how many of these traitors

Are are now being brought to trial?

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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There is still a lot of difference in "3" since we started farming !

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We have evolved a bit in the last 8000 years. A lot of us can now drink milk as adults and about half of us can metabolize alcohol and gluten.

Our bodies have evolved since we started doing farming, but not much since we started doing takeaway

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Re: Naturalist! = evolutionary biologist

No he makes the correct point that "number of offspring surviving to breeding age" is now totally disconnected with any genetically inherited characteristics.

If accidents are the major cause of death of young people it's hard to see the selection pressure - unless there is a gene for not stepping in front of a bus,

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

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Re: So if I live in Barnsley

> they should have passport checks at the border of Yorkshire anyway.

In or out ?

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So if I live in Barnsley

And want to visit London - do I need a visa ?

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

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Re: The least of its problems

>Not having a reset switch? Not a problem. (Pull the plug out, or use GPIO)

That's one of the problems in schools - the micro USB socket soon suffers from constant plugin-out especially when the little darlings aren't as careful as a BOFH

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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Re: re: Another code word they use is "bush2bush pipeman"

"There's no evidence for it - but it is scientific fact"

That used to be a joke before Theresa May

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Re: They jest surely

> Cameron, Microsoft, Nominet as "secret" codewords for particularly unpleasant acts

Steady on now - even criminals have standards

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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

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No - go for the 'P' model made by political prisoners - then there is no decrease in quality on a friday afternoon

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: French?

>I've found French very useful in France...

Why? You could only use it to speak to French people !

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

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Re: No trustees

And the Royal Bank of Scotland isn't Royal, isn't Scottish and the only similarity to a bank is that they are a(a) broke and (b) have little pens on chains.

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Google scrambles to block backdoors

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Re: Nice Encryption you've got there

Unless Google want to do business in that country - in which case the same friendly service will be extended to them

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: Apple and Nokia...

Zombies stumble around looking for brains to eat.

Apple fanbois simply stumble around looking for brains?

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Re: GSM

GSM wasn't particularly secure, partly because it had to be performed by 1980s era handsets and partly because it was designed in secret inside the companies by amateurs.

There was a weaker version of GSM for export to naughty countries - but I don't think anywhere seriously bothered and it was officially abandoned a few years ago.

GSM was really only secure against a journalist with an FM scanner listenining in to heirs to the throne - the government would simply tap the telco's network anyway.

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Re: Interesting...

There was a case recently where a phone company in the USA accidentally sent the bill for the wiretap to the subscriber (mafia IIRC) they were wiretapping.

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Re: The bottom line *so* far.

The Blackberry is secure if you are running your own BES. If you are using one provided by your phone company then in the words of Nelson Muntz "haw haw"

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Re: No surprise there.

Before the end of the cold war, they spied on CND, Greenpeace, opposition parties, trade unions journalists.

Now they spy on families of people shot by the police, families of people murdered where the police did nothing, people who object to fracking, animal rights campaigners.

And these are the cases where they actually bothered to insert actual agents - who do they spy on when it's more work to exclude somebody from a sweep than include them?

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Re: Android

> live in the daylight and admit our social sins

Unless you work for an oil company outside the USA - in which case apparently you are targeted in the national interest.

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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Re: Teaching people to pass lie detector test is illegal?

You can volunteer to take a test as a stunt and the prosecution can use your refusal to take a test but the result isn't admissible.

However it is used for government security vetting but regular companies can't use it internally

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

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Re: A guide to Hypocrisy

But remember Benjamin Franklin was a subversive supporter of terrorists - and worse than that a potential free thinking individualist

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