* Posts by Velv

1586 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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Re: Clarfication

If you have letters from HMRC confirming you were "legal" then you have nothing to worry about. Go to court and you will win. The laws cannot change retrospecitvely, and the courts cannot expect you to cover HMRCs mistake if they've made one, If.

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The law has not been changed. Like all laws the words rarely cover every eventuality (Rumsfelds "unknown unknowns"), so what happens is the words are reviewed by the courts and an interpretation given. These "schemes" are playing on technicalities in the wording and relying on the interpretation being avoidance and not evasion. They lost. As it says in the article, the employee was "technically" employed by the foreign company

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Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

Further to Evil Graham, if anything has the word "scheme" in the title, probably time to walk away!

Not just tax, anything.

"Scheme"

goodbye

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Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

@TheAxe

Contractors do have a guaranteed job, they are employed by their own company. And it's very clear from the operation of these EBTs that the contractor was an employee of the foreign based company.

What Contractors might be lacking is fee earning opportunities, that's why they charge the rates they do, to cover the slack and provide the pension as well as salary. So if the Contractor can't structure their business to cover the lean times and insist on stripping every penny and cent from the company while evading tax then that's just bad business and bad financial management. Stripping money from the company, even one you own, potentially leaving it unable to meet its financial obligations is fraud. Try getting your next contract with that conviction behind you.

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How to quietly slurp sensitive data wirelessly from an air-gapped PC

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If something is so secure it needs to be air gapped then generally it should probably be in a Faraday cage too.

Electromagnetic emissions have been known to be a problem since not long after they were discovered.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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Headmaster

"some political groups have expressed concern that the laws could hamper their ability to run campaigns"

Since when have politicians worried about the legality of any action they want to take

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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Maybe Amazon need to work closer with Uber and we can haver Corbin Dallas in a taxi too...

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Bug hunter reveals Apple iTunes, Mac app store receipt deceit

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Don't worry, it'll be fixed in the next OS release which will be available shortly to buy from the App Store...

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Mushroom

"Why would anyone want...", "I don't see the point of...", "that's a lot of money for..."

Who would ever want a phone you could take with you, you've got a phone in your house and your work, and there's pay phones if you need to make an urgent call. 25 years on and almost everyone has not only a mobile phone but a mobile computer in their pocket. "Why would anyone want a computer in their home" (Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977)

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: We don't even understand all of what we need to know

You're right. Talk of another "Earth" is rubbish. We don't know how long the list is to make another "Earth"

But we are finding evidence of planets that more and more match the criteria we know we require. They may be beyond our physical reach, but they are physically there.

And that just reaffirms my understanding of science being right and religion being bunkus.

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Who's laughing now???

While I upvote your RFID wallet, the key thing here is not the stealing of the card number, but the fact that merchants are accepting orders without checking the details. Why bother even stealing card numbers if the merchant isn't validating the address and CVV. Just make numbers up (there's a formula) and put the orders through, some will fail but I'm betting some will succeed.

Security works best when it's multi-layered. An RFID wallet is one good layer, but an RFID wallet is just as easily pick-pocketed as a standard wallet, so that's where all other protective measures come in to play. The big issue comes when Banks refuse to acknowledge fraud is possible at all stages.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Doesn't even need to be malware, they may be aware of a new tool that does background routing to prevent ISPs from blocking downloads.

Directing traffic to localhost:4001 means a service is running and listening. User google searches for required download, google returns link to 127.0.0.1:4001 and when clicked user can reach download site by VPN bypassing any ISP restrictions or take-downs of public servers.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Re: What's up DOC?

"using non-proprietary open formats guarantees you can still read these documents decades from now"

No it doesn't, An Open format no more "guarantees" anything will open these documents decades in the future than a proprietary one. There is as much risk of an open format being deprecated in a future release, and while there are Internet archives, if you want to guarantee reading a document at some point in the future YOU need to retain an archive of all the required tools and applications along with the documents.

Alternatively if in decades time you find you need to read an ancient document then at some point in history there will have been a published standard against which you can get someone to write you a program to read the documents. Assuming you've retained a copy of the open standard.

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Re: What's up DOC?

Ah, OK, I'm with you. We're going to save money by using Open Source, then still pay millions per year for Microsoft Licenses for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Visio, Project, etc.

Good one, that'll save lots of money.

If you're going to deploy free tools, you're going to need to re-train staff. Trust me, I've been through that loop. If its not "MS Office" the noise from the business is horrendous. Even when you point out that "Cut" and "Paste" do the same thing, they still don't get it. The trouble with Common Sense is that its just not that common.

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Cockup over Conspiracy...

...or simply just not being aware of tld's.

Nobody tells you what new tld's are available, you've got to go and look. And you've got to be aware that new tld's are being made available, something the vast majority of non-techies will be entirely unaware of.

OK, so you would hope an international business of this size would have at least one person who was aware. But if IT don't warn Marketing, who actually "markets" the online presence.

This wasn't the first and it certainly won't be the last

(Paris? who's applied for .hilton)

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Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

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Re: Hold on...passwords remain the same?

"You don't think they could use the same hash algorithm and arrange for Google to transfer the hash/salt values as part of the migration?"

They could.

They don't.

See above.

And since Virgin manage the password before its forwarded to gmail, they already have a copy to authenticate against on their new service, so of course it's not going to change.

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Re: Hold on...passwords remain the same?

This has been posted upon many times, yes, Virgin Media store your password in such a way that it can be supplied in normal form (I don't know if they store it "encrypted", but I have written proof they can decrypt and send it in a letter, so it's definitely not hashed).

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Re: who cares

An email service actually consists of two components:

o An address at which people can contact you; and

o infrastructure to move messages around and hold them, store and forward, that's how a (e)mail service works.

I maintain my own domain name, so my email address never changes. But I don't want to set up mail servers to do the infrastructure piece, so I've got to "buy" that service from somebody. Might as well be my ISP in my monthly subscription.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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" they do not receive company benefits such as pensions and employment benefits including the right to redundancy payments."

I'm a contractor and it really pisses me off when people trot out this type of statement.

You are an employee of your own company and that company provides your full package, salary, pension, redundancy cover, critical illness, medical, car, etc, etc, etc. That's one of the reason you get paid the day rate you do, because the rate covers more than just an hourly pay rate. If the company director chooses not to provided those benefits then punch them in the mouth.

As the article points out, you'll still be better off than your equivalent typically permie, and even on the lowly £43,000 starting point they quote you're still in the top 20% of earners in the UK.

I don't want to pay more tax. But I recognise how well off I am and I need to contribute to the greater good. Roll on the down votes.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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I think Windows 95 was the last time I got official media from Microsoft. Since then it's been downloads and you prepare your own install media.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Facepalm

If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you're the product being sold.

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Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart. Thursday doesn't even start. Friday I'm in .love

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Joke

Sooooo many possibilities ...

andymurray.love

man.love, and point it at the Russian Government? Or at least an spoofed Russian Government?

actually.love - Richard Curtis?

puppy.love - So many things you could put behind that

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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Hold your horses there Sparky

Apple (in the UK at least) use the term "Apple Watch". I could find no reference to "Apple iWatch" being used directly by Apple, so they have simply paid money to Google in the background to link the word to the product pages.

Google has a very clear policy on using trademark words in AdWords, the first Acton of which is for the trademark holder to file a complaint with Google.

So much as I like the schadenfreude of Apple being sued, this is never going to see a court or even result in a settlement

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Apple proffers FREE iCLOUD SUBS to tackle Greek debt crisis

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Ironic that your religious references to "‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" is practised most in the least religious countries of the world (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, all of which have great social systems), and ignored in the more religious countries (USA, Saudia Arabia, Isreal, Somalia)

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

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Re: Litmus test

There are plenty of various sized "Power Banks" on the market now. These are more flexible than changeable batteries as you can cover different devices and possibly get more than one recharge per use.

I don't know anyone who carries a spare battery for their phone (even where they can be changed), but I have lots of friends carry varying sizes of power bank depending on their day/weekend plans.

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Re: With a £20 limit...

£15 iTunes Credit

Which I guess you could just buy online, but that wouldn't give you the excuse to visit the Apple Store

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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

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I don't understand El Reg's obsession with the end of support for Server 2003. The world is not going to suddenly collapse.

We balance risks against rewards or costs on a daily basis. Getting out of bed carries risk. Stand on that Lego brick and it'll hurt, so you look where you're going.

There is nothing wrong with running an OS without vendor support as long as you understand (and perhaps mitigate) the risk of failure. I wouldn't front Server 2003 onto the Internet. But my SQLServer that's firewalled even from the internal users (1433 only) is relatively well protected against attack.

I expect down votes, but then I'm not being paid by Microsoft to spin the sale of upgrades.

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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

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Unless they can prove Dell colluded in a criminal manner with other shareholders then they haven't got a leg to stand on. That's investing. Something is worth what two people are prepared to trade it for. So assuming every share received equal return (I.e. no backhanders outside the deal) then the majority decision to sell is the value of the stock. That's the risk you take.

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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"the charity told us that it isn’t responsible for the actions of its employees"

We'll see if they feel the same after someone takes them to court and the court finds the charity liable. It's one of the reasons most businesses have very tight gross misconduct clauses because they know they are responsible for the actions of employees from company resources (computers, IP addresses, email addresses, etc)

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Re: Oh Adobe...

One of the problems of an all pervasive item like Flash is that when a fault is found it affects massive numbers. It's one of the reason everyone slags Windows, because one flaws affects 95% of the world.

As the world converges on a standard, any flaw in the standard will have wider reaching implications. And there will be flaws. Expect more frequent updates with less rigorous but more frequent testing. As we abstract away from the OS to the browser, expect exploits on Linux (inc. Android) and Apple users to increase dramatically (and I'm not blaming the OS before you rush to defend the Fanbois and Fandroids). No longer will your choice of hardware influence your vulnerability.

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UK politicos easily pwned on insecure Wi-Fi networks

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Re: No SSL/TLS?

@NoneSuch

"The only way forward is an open source methodology with international review combined with strong encryption standards where the algorithms are public and available for stringent testing."

Yes, because that's worked so well for OpenSSL.

The concept of open source is great, the reality is that we rely on other people not only to do the review, but we need to trust them to be honest with their review. So unless you co-ordinate the reviewers, how do you know you've got the right and appropriate reviews, and if someone does co-ordinate the reviewers, how do you know they've not influenced the results.

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Re: No SSL/TLS?

SSL?

That protocol that's now deprecated and shouldn't be used. If we in the industry can't get it right, what chance has Joe Public got?

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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The Knowledge

The Knowledge has gone if my experiences of London this May are anything to go by. Four hailed black cabs, three drivers who didn't have a clue where the destination was (hotel, restaurant), and wanted the postcode (which we didn't have to hand).

Three of the drivers were of foreign extraction and one Londoner, but crazily the Londoner was the worst not even getting the area right to start with. The Sikh driver was the only one who gave any confidence of the current black cab service.

Tip: if you want to go anywhere in a taxi then know the postcode of your destination (and not just in London)

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Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

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Re: I hope it fixes the little UI niggles

Anyone else noticed the space bar drop below the bottom row of keys sometimes (iPad Mini)?

I've given up posting faults on the Apple forums, all that ever happens is an Admin deletes the post with some accompanying email along the lines of "we've deleted your post because it didn't meet our criteria"

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Chromecast gains wired Ethernet dongle

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Given the relative price of Chromecadt and this accessory, would they not just have been better making an Ethernet ported Chromcast (i.e. Have two models in the range)

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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If history has taught us one thing it's that the Internet will do what the fuck it likes no matter what laws governments put in place.

Cripple the manufacturers and the world will add its own layer on top.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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"it is a concern that making a voice call to contact the emergency services is not something that would feel natural to them."

Having been in the unfortunate position of calling the emergency services a couple of times, it is not something that feels natural to anyone. ITS AN EMERGENCY ffs. Adrenalin is pumping and you're probably trying to do three or four things at once.

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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Pirate

It's lucky for Adobe's shareholders that the company doesn't offer a bug bounty, otherwise it would be more profitable for criminals to focus their efforts reporting the bugs than exploiting them

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More than 13,000 emails swiped in Edinburgh council cyber assault

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It's lucky I use unique email address for different companies and websites so when I get spam I can track it back to Edinburgh Councils breach. (unique@mydomain)

I can then seek compensation from Edinburgh Council for each instance

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Call that a mugshot? Aussie model/fugitive asks rozzers for more flattering pic

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Reminds me of the guy who got sent a speeding fine in the post with the photo of his car as captured by the Gatso

So he sent a photo of the money

The ticket office sent back a photo of some handcuffs

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WATCH OUT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob ding-dong

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Re: Tee hee...

Not making it clear something isn't stocked - don't see why any shop should be required to list the things it doesn't stock.

A shop passing something off without making it clear it isn't what the customer asked for? - seriously dodgy at best, illegal at worst.

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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Returning faulty goods to the manufacturer

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: France...

"- Then as he stands around waiting for Obama to scoop him up he finds that Obama does not want him."

Just as the statute of limitation runs out on the Swedish allegations a new danger becomes more prominent - there is a very real chance of a Republican president soon, and whichever of the candidates may prevail, they're unlikely to be as quiet as Obama in tracking down "commie terrorist traitors"

YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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This absolutely should be done, purely to see the look on the face of Creationists

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Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

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Re: 40m for a study

It's being headed up by Sepp Blatter

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Re: Geee... I wonder who is behind this lawsuit?

Israel is not a democracy.

When you have different classes of citizen who have different rights you are not a democracy.

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World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

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Re: Sounds like an opportunity

A whole new variety of selfie stick...

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Re: As usual the french make up the law as they go along

"you don't arrest individual members of staff of a company for the policies and activities of the company itself even if those policies might be in a grey area of commercial law"

Yes, yo do. Company directors are legally accountable for the actions of the "company", that is one of the joys of being a company director.

And they aren't breaking commercial law. Uber is breaking criminal law, a criminal law which was largely put in place to protect the innocent public. There is an arguement the law may be outdated, but that never gives anyone the right to break it without being subjected to judicial investigation.

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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If you open offices/factories where white people tend to live then you'll tend to get white people applying for jobs.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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"you cannot ask BBC to remove the actual news."

Yes, you can. You can ask them to remove anything. They are under no obligation to remove it unless you have a court order, but if you can provide a valid reason why something should be removed the BBC will consider your request.

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