* Posts by Velv

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Interesting spin...

"Backers" are upset at not getting their product or full refund. But how many of the backers are being vocal? I'll bet it's not 100%, and that as suggested above, most of the backers understood they were venture capitalists who might lose their money if the project failed.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: UV blue

Most "blue" flowers photgraph as purple or violet (or at least they did on good old film). I believe it's down to attracting insects which have a different visible light range to humans.

Lithospermum was one of the few that looked the same to the human eye in real ire as on film.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: Abuse of market power?

Abuse of market power is usually regulated by the government.

Given the political pressures being brought it is highly likely the government had a hand in "asking" PayPal to drop some customers.

No conflict of interest there then...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Overtly sexualising women

The Diet Coke ads always puzzled me.

Is it really the blatant sexist sell to women of the hunky guy stripping off?

Or is it much subtler. Is it trying to sell Diet Coke to men, since let's face it ALL the women in the Diet Coke ads are pretty foxy, so which straight guy wouldn't aspire to be the workman/lift operator/lawnmower man.

Mines the one with the spray stains...

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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

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Paying by Twitter handles,Mehta could possibly go wrong...

Like when The Rangers Football Club launched a fighting fund to save the club but published the wrong PayPal address, and BlueNose the Clown received thousands of pounds unexpectedly.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Nothing wrong with Patent Trolls...

So what's wrong with someone buying the rights to some intellectual property and then licensing that in the future? The "inventor" gets cash now, and the "investor" risks money on that idea being useful and sellable in the future. Standard investment model.

OK, now you're fuming, here's the problem. All sorts of shit is being granted a patent, and the detail of patents is so loose that they are being applied to scenarios that the original inventor never even thought of.

So yes, the patent system needs overhauled. But don't blame the players, blame the game.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: MIcorosft contributing security fixes to Samba

I don't fully support googles 90 day limit, but I understand there needs to be a limit otherwise some vendors will just prevaricate until the end of time.

Perhaps Google needs to enhance its rules - give the vendor 90 days to announce a patch release (with the detail redacted), and the release must occur within the following 30 days (which should catch most vendors scheduled release cycles). Rushing out patches is as dangerous as delaying them longer than necessary.

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

@'TSeng

RTFA, detailed instructions were linked

Or go search Mythbusters, they did it in their garage

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Linux 15

Or Linux 2015

Makes it appear more advanced than the other mainstream OSs. (But seriously, since it won't change yearly, it does at least give a base indication of how ancient the core is following future releases - when did "3" come out (rhetorical)).

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Tax and government...

You'll find that the cost to administer tax differently for government from other businesses actually makes the whole thing even more complex. Better to have one set of rules for everyone, then complete any internal transfers at a later date (Assuming they can get that bit right).

"Tax doesn't need to be taxing" :)

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Re: Two things

@Chris Miller, point 2 - sadly it's not as simple as that. If your business deals primarily in zero rated or VAT exempt goods, then you can't claim back the VAT on goods you purchase, even all the IT hardware. You end up with a "balanced rate" negotiated with HMRC.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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So how do these SMS notifications work if you use something like O2s Tu Go?

SMS gets diverted to your device of choice (tablet, laptop, desktop), defeating the point that the system relies on "something you have". Opens up the possibility of remote attack if someone compromises your telephone number.

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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D'oh!

Building bridges between two systems substantially increases the risk of infection being passed from one system to another. Rats crossed rivers on ferries, barges and bridges and the plague spread across Europe. So if you're going to plug a device from one system to the next you no longer have an air gap and you need to put protections in place. Gates, guards, immigration controls and quarantine.

It's not rocket science, we've been doing it for hundreds of years.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: "both channels failed at the same time"

Which is one of the arguements for having your Business Continuity operation provided by an alternative supplier who hasn't seen what has been implemented by supplier 1.

London Internet Exchnage does it with two entirely different sets of infrastructure providing the twin service.

Not cheap, extremely difficult to integrate, and potentially susceptible to other failures, but a balance to be had where something is mission critical.

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Reminds me of the Grebulons in Mostly Harmless who lost their stored memories when the backup computer was placed in the same hole left by the original computer :)

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: He's obviously dangerous

"What Assange was charged with in Sweden was not rape."

He has not been charged at all. An arrest warrant has been issued so he can be questioned in relation to alleged sexual offences. Like every other suspect there is due process to follow, and if it is as "trivial" as you claim, then he would either be free now, or would have finished any custodial sentence.

But neither of those would serve this publicity seeking vermin. Wikileaks as a concept is vital to open government and business. Assange is not helping their cause

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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To quote the age old phrase

"Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns"

Criminals carrying guns has increased since various bans were introduced over the last 40 years as more criminals are prepared to go on a job "tooled up". Now I'm not advocating we relax the current gun laws, but it just proves that for anyone attempting to break one law breaking other laws isn't really seen as an obstacle.

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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Once again the phrase"if you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you are the product being sold" is proven to be true

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Nothing Nowhere

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

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EE has been having trouble in North Central Edinburgh since December. iPad shows 4G, but if you actually try to use it it then shows 3G, but still fails. Tether to my O2 3G phone and it rockets.

It did work in early December, but I've only got 20 days left so will be trying someone else next

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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I feel sorry for people who don't drink.

When they wake up in the morning they know that's the best they're going to feel all day.

(Dean Martin)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: Next step

Now that they know the location, they could call out the AA.

Although I think you might need to be standing next to it with your membership card.

(Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory)

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Dear El Reg

Please stop putting huge irrelevant annoying pictures on every article. Not all of your readers are on SuperFast 6G ultraband and they waste not just paid bandwidth but precious time in loading.

If you do insist on continuing with pictures, if you're going to put a a picture of a man giving the bird (even a cartoon) then please put NSFW in the article title.

And please feel free to copy this comment to the forum about recent changes to the format of El Reg - I couldn't find a link to it.

Thanks

Velv

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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"Marriott remains committed to protecting the security of Wi-Fi access in meeting and conference areas at our hotels."

There's your problem. You shouldn't be encouraging anybody to trust the security of your network. lUsers need to be taught not to trust any network they don't own, and what protections they need to take before using someone else's network.

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

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Please remind the Danish government of the Microsoft Ireland v US Government case, as data like this could be requested by the US if the telco has a vague US connection, WITHOUT the need to ask the Danish.

Talk about the NSA getting data surreptitiously, this is giving them it on a plate!

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GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

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How can 8,933,876 ever have been granted when it actually cites the Kinect?

Just proves the Merkin patent office is broken

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Microsoft lets devs with form skip MCSD exam

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The vast majority of what you pass exams on at school is irrelevant (and often not the truth or out of date, but that's a separate issue).

The vast majority of what you pass exams on at University is irrelevant.

Tha vast majority of what you pass exams on with a vendor is irrelevant to the day to day bread and butter of the job.

But in each you've proven you can read boring shit relevant to a subject and remember some of it at a later time. And this might be the differentiator between two people who claim to be rocket scientists. Once you've worked at NASA for 3 years and proven you know your shit your next NASA job is granted by who you know, not what you know. If can't prove you know somebody or something, then to your next potential employer you're shit.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Lies, damned lies and statistics...

"A recent report from analytics firm Flurry placed small-screen phones at just 2 per cent of new devices activated during the Christmas week."

Is it however chicken and egg...

Has the lack of small screen models (I can't name one) driven the lack of activations?

Like so many others, I've stayed with the iPhone 5 as I find the size just fits my pockets, and there doesn't seem to be much in the Android or Windows lines that's getting smaller either. Maybe there isn't a market, or maybe there is a market and nothing to fill it...

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Call me cynical, but I suspect the Year Review feature was discussed in great depths with the pros and cons being deeply explored. And the Marketing wanks won't see any downside to the "bad" publicity which has now developed.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Somebody booked the NATS Christmas party for tonight and in order for everyone to attend they need to close the centre...

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Two words...

Barbra Streisand

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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Re: The end of the Surveillance State?

I think you'd struggle to break those windows.

Well, not without using C4, and I suspect the breaking of the window would be the least of your worries after that.

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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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Re: 100W ?!?!?

From looking up the standards it appears devices can negotiate their power capabilities, so lower power devices can in theory have smaller cables that won't melt since their power will be capped.

In theory

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Re: Um... What Gonzalez vs Google Sp. actually said:

So Andrew, extrapolating from the ruling and googles response...

If Google was to designate the data controller to be outside the EU, it would not need to comply with the EU ruling. It's advertising business could continue in each country, but the search would be outside the EU.

So in theory Google could purchase a jurisdiction and nominate that as the data controller for all search results no matter where in the world the request originated. It could for example purchase Sealand and remove all persky search rules from every other country and the UN.

Somehow I suspect International Law doesn't match here either...

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Re: or because it could mean an inside job!

It could even be that North Korean spies infiltrated many organisations a long time ago, living as sleepers and just waiting for instructions from on high to unleash dastardly deeds.

Has Big Ben struck 13 recently???

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: missing the point

@Professor Clifton Shallot

Mostly for legal and compliance reasons. Back in the good old days each bottle could contain, well, almost anything at almost any %abv. Then along came the Weights & Measures Act which established some conventions (and later amendments) such as spirits are generally sold in fixed sized bottles at a fixed %abv.

Scotch Whisky after distillation and storage typically leaves the cask between 50%abv and 65%abv (although it can be more or less depending on what went in and how it's stored). The vast majority is filtered, blended with other casks (even if from the same distillation) and watered down to 40% to make a consistent product.

The addition of water (even in the factory) releases the oils, esters and aromas, all of which may effect each drinkers palate in a different way, so each individual needs to "add water to suit their taste". Which is one reason you taste the whisky, maybe add a small amount of water, taste and repeat (although if you need to repeat too many times whisky is probably not your drink).

In an ideal world all whisky would be sold "Cask Condition" a la SMWS, but sadly the general public just want their consistent bottle of Famous Grouse or Johnnie Walker.

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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TV show "Mighty Ships", look for Tyco Resolute

Probably available on an On Demand service somewhere (assuming you're on the right end of the broken cable)

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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It's not just memory it hogs, it fairly hammers the CPU.

I first noticed on a laptop when the fan would kick in if I opened Chrome, pumping out heat across the desk. Close Chrome and it would immediately return to a quiet cool state. Investigations in the simple Task Manager showed Chrome using 30% just as the only app open (and on a single blank page).

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Re: Call me a sceptic

Yes it really is such fun managing all those users across each and every Linux installation. Users changing their password on each application server every 30 days and scores of admins picking up the password resets for those that have screwed up. You do have a password change policy, don't you? It's just good security practice.

If you want efficient, good practice security you'll use a centralised authentication service, be it on Windows, Linux, Mainframe or cloud. And all centralised services suffer the same potential drawback of service outage.

But then Linux die-hards don't really get the point of IT serving the business. Users are just an inconvenience getting in their way of tinkering with the techie stuff. Meanwhile business marches on ignoring the IT department that doesn't adapt to the business needs.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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You didn't hear the EU screaming about The Yellow Pages abuse of its market position.

For years it was the dominant business telephone directory in the UK and sold prominence to the highest bidder. Until the Thomson Local Directory came along you had little other choice of "search engine" if you want to find a plumber.

This is worse than Google, as has been pointed out you do at least have a choice of search engines on the Internet.

Politicians around the world really have no concept of reality, do they...

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: funny....

The flaw in your observation is the audience (and people can call me a snob if you like). Not everybody reads books regularly.

People who read books regularly tend to have been reading books for most of their lives, and will have developed the correct muscle structure to handle the changed force angles, a structure that developed through childhood as their bodies morphed to adulthood.

Smartphones are now being used for several hours per day by people who haven't picked up a book in 20-30 years.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Why is that when a man sends naughty pictures to a woman its sexual harassment, but when a woman sends a man naughty pictures it's 15 tokens each?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: Fair point

http://youtu.be/aGQbgrp6uR4

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They are a monopoly since the costs to enter the national market are prohibitively expensive.

Small scale schemes are not really competing, they're typically filling a gap that the national providers don't consider economical.

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Fail

So there are ways to get these things in, we all know that. But why is the data being allowed to get out?

If this is really targeting the types of organisations claimed, surely (sarcastically) the governments etc know what traffic is leaving their network, especially the "sensitive" bits of the network, the bits worth spying on? Or have they been stupid enough to let any old traffic exit the building...

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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Re: Single point of failure?

Only if the routing tables permit the traffic to bypass GCHQ.

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Re: So...

You know what they say about people who assume...

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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Maybe I've missed something. If the "deal" was drawn up, how can either side appeal against the deal?

The whole point of agreeing a deal is so that you don't go through the court process. I can only see a case for a legal challenge if one side was duped into an unfair deal, something I find it hard to believe would happen to Apples lawyers.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Way to go Europe

just what we need. Another layering of company operations that will present new legal opportunities for tax avoidance.

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