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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: You know all this talk of things being more expensive

As far as I can tell, both the Yes and No campaigns are both lying as much and as often as possible.

The only thing you can tell for sure at this point, is that half of Scotland is going to be really pissed off on Friday morning. I'm just not sure which half.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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Re: But that UK weather.....

But interesting, and you'll never be short of a conversation.

Even bloody foreigners get the hang of talking about the weather after a little while, as long as you speak SLOWLY AND LOUDLY.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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Re: Waterproof...

I've sent several USB sticks through the washing machine and they've all survived, so I think that an SD card would probably be ok.

And you do all your washing at 60 degrees? Your 'leccy bill must be massive!

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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Re: Must be a bit too old...

You could play it on an Amiga, and Amigas are most emphatically not the same as IBM PCs.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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On the other hand, the advantage of basing your company in a place that isn't London is that you can employ people who actually live in that town, rather than people who have to spend £1000 per month to rent a one room flat 20 miles away from where they actually work.

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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Re: Back to maths class!

It was around the time we introduced 2007, so most of the documents would have been older versions. I don't work at that job any more so I'm not sure what they're getting now.

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Re: Right, good up until the fact that only LTO-6 exists..

Well there's the basis for an article; What have the LTO group promised in the past, and have they delivered?

As far as I know they've always managed to hit the capacities and speeds that they've planned for LTO-2 to 6, but maybe not the release dates.

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Re: Lowest-cost archive medium

I guess that's almost where Amazon Glacier is aiming for.

Currently it's supposed to be business only, but I'm sure you could get them to archive your data to tape by throwing money and a bit of pretending.

(edit, looks like I'm not the first to have that idea:

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-amazon-glacier-as-a-dirt-cheap-backup-solut-1460814873)

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Re: Back to maths class!

I'm not sure why you got a downvote there as you're entirely correct.

For reference, at my old job we used to get compression rates of around 1.5-2:1 on user files (Word and Excel docs, pst files etc.).

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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The one reason I liked the iPhone is because they were pretty much the only phone that hadn't jumped on the "bigger screen = better" bandwagon.

Oh well, it's not like I was going to buy one anyway.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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Re: Easy

From TFA:

"Embassies therefore need to switch off satellite connections to the internet"

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

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Re: ISIS too good for them

Maybe he just meant Banque Nationale de Paris?

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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I'd agree, the Apple Watch isn't going to appeal to anyone who doesn't want to buy an iPhone, so I'd assume that the potential market for smart watches that work with Android would be larger.

That said, the Andriod market covers the cheap end of the mobile phone market, and people who have a cheap Android phone are unlikely to want a smart watch.

Personally I like my Pebble, which works with both, although Apple have just pushed them out of the iOS market, and Android Wear has started to push them out of the Android market so I'm not sure what their chances are now. Sometimes being the first to market isn't an advantage.

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TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists

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Even lazier

I had to clean some malware off a clients computer yesterday which had dumped text, html, and .lnk files across many directories claiming to have encrypted all of the files, and offering a website through which you could pay a ransom.

Thing is, we couldn't find *any* files which were encrypted. It looks like the whole plan was just to scare people into paying the ransom without even checking their files.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

"'I stuck a 128GB memory card in my Note 3.' Good stuff, and miles better than tw*tify, but how does that work when you receive a call, use your Note 3 as a satnav?"

If it's anything like my phone, it either turns the volume down, or pauses the current track, which is a lot more useful than a standalone music player that you have to scramble to turn the volume down on when you receive a call.

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Virgin Media hit by MORE YouTube buffering glitches

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Re: You get what you pay for

VM have the advantage that in many areas they offer the fastest home internet connection available.

They seem to manage to cock something up like this about once a month, which is about par for the course for all of the home ISPs I've used over the years (except Be*, who _used_ to be fantastic).

You get a semi-static IP (changes every few years), the bundled Superhub is crap, but can be put in modem only mode, and they charge you more if you don't get a phone line off them.

So there you go, VM, not great, but not so bad I can be bothered to switch providers (and who is an alternative?)

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Why not sell it?

Why not offer an iPlayer subscription service? Pay £X and get access to everything that is licensed for your country, maybe 24 hours after it's released so local broadcasters (ABC in this case) can get their viewers.

BBC Worldwide have probably spent time and money trying to reduce piracy of their shows, which will earn them no more money than they do now. Instead put time and money into finding new ways to sell stuff to people who clearly want to view it.

There's a difference between pirating content because it's the only way you'll get to watch it, and pirating it because you don't want to pay. I have sympathy for the former, but less so for the latter.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Re: mod up and...

What exactly alarmed you about Dropbox?

After all, the entire point of it is to take your files, and upload (and sometimes download) them to the internet, so the minimum set of permissions you can give it would still be full R/W on your personal files, and network access.

You either have to trust Dropbox with your personal information, or not use it.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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"Law enforcement officials would be able to get ahold of this token from a suspect's PC while hackers might be able to obtain it through more nefarious means, either malware or phishing."

The difference between hackers and law enforcement breaking into your phone only differs in viewpoint, not in the methods they use. (Although it's probably cheaper to hire some skiddy to install a RAT rather than pay some security company to rent the software to do exactly the same)

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: Just the beginning

..complete with a link to ebay so you can buy a stol^^^^second hand one for yourself.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: Not forgetting regional variations

Up north it's just pa£word, because they're skint.

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Re: It isn't eight cores and it's still embarassingly slow

The FX-8320E has an RRP of $146, at that price on NewEgg I can't find ANY i5's, you have to spend $179 to get a i5-4440 which is a quad core, with no Hyperthreading. Even if it's slow and hot, it's still the cheapest eight threaded CPU you can buy right now.

(And Intel have been pretending for years that HT is as good as second core, so I can't blame AMD for trying the same tactic)

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Re: Hey

Not sure where el reg got that from, the linked press release says they all use AM3+.

http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-fx-8370-2014sep02.aspx

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Re: An 8 core chip for $147?

For gaming you're still better off with fewer, faster cores, so Intel is still the way to go for a gaming box.

I'm still waiting for AMD to be properly competitive again, it'll be good for us consumers to have the old days of AMD vs Intel again.

Mind you, $150 for 8 cores is great value if you've got a heavily multi-threaded workload, I don't think Intel sell anything with that many threads near that price.

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Re: temperature...

The 8.7GHz(!) run was using LN2 according to this source:

http://hwbot.org/submission/2615355_

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: Lounge?

And of course we're not going to be installing ceiling speakers in a rental property either.

(Fortunately I don't need to worry about soundproofing as I live on the end of a terrace with two thick walls and a room between me and the neighbours)

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Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams

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Re: Will they be worth it?

I remember learning a few useful skills and tricks* back when I did my MCSA (back in the XP/2003 era), but most of those were just things that the instructor shared, rather than anything on the curriculum.

Mind you, I wasn't paying for the course so I was happy. I was wondering about renewing my certs, but my current employer is mainly linux based, so it's not much use to me now. Do employers still looks for Microsoft certifications any more?

* eg, Windows key+e will open an Explorer window on pretty much any version of windows, handy that, and much quicker than finding My Computer.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: Polaroids FTW

And if you do take polaroids, please don't leave them on the floor of your room where an innocent housemate might run across them whilst borrowing a cable.

Mentally scarred for years, I was.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: iCloud security is the real story here

Or possibly it was an employee who's been collecting these pictures as they came across them, and then they (the employee) got hacked?

I'm sure that there's a few stashes of private pics that have been collected by unscrupulous employees at cloud firms and mobile phone networks etc.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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He's talking about renewing his license, not the sort of situation a cooling off period is required for.

I'm not sure, but I'd assume that the time it would take to get a firearms license in the UK is probably far longer than the cooling off period in any US state. Over here a gun is a privilege, not a right.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

If you wandered into the centre of Cheltenham at a weekend, and took a picture of the crowds shopping, you'd probably be taking a picture of a GCHQ employee, or the pictures I took at my friend's wedding, which included his parents who worked at GCHQ. Nieth of these is likely to be illegal, because it's not obvious from the photo what those people do.

However, if you take a photo of the same person as they're walking through the door into the doughnut, it's pretty obvious what they do for a living, and thus they're open to blackmail, etc.

I'm guessing that's why the police can't give a snappy one line answer about which photos are legal.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: Title goes here

3D Printers aren't for mass production, in the same way that books and newspapers aren't printed on desktop printers.

They're for limited runs of objects printed on a whim.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Re: Poor IBM

I'm not sure what they were expecting, if a supplier rings me up and asks if we're thinking of buying anything new I tell them "no", and put them to the bottom of the list.

Don't call me, I'll call you when I need something.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: the bug

I read a comment yesterday (possibly here?) saying that from the orbit it looked like the final stage had burned perfectly, but in the wrong direction, which is a plausible error to make.

The trouble is, to get back into the correct orbit they're now going to need twice the delta-v of the final stage, or some fancy orbit shenanigans.

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Gamma's not a goner! UK ISP sorts out major outage

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Re: Not Gamma

Some ISP called COnnexus that one of our customers used was down as well.

We found it quite amusing as they're just migrating *to* Connexus, against our advice.

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Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

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FAIL

No comments about what a mare the Racing Post website is? Or how it's got knackered security?

No quips about laying long odds of it happening again, or asking who dobbin'd them in to ICO?

No horse racing puns at all commentards? FOR SHAME!

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Quite right

"Wait.... wouldn't they have video on a destruction engineering run?"

They've been using a drone copter to get cool footage recently. I can see why they didn't want to send that up if they were expecting an explosion.

Also, they tend to take a few days to release footage even when they do get some, not sure why, but i suppose it's their prerogative.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Two girls and a cup

Well, it did contain two girls, and one cup, so you can't say the title was misleading, it just didn't cover everything...

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Digital avatar

"created using pioneering lean-CGI techniques developed entirely in-house."

MS Paint?

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Yeah, well, like, you know.

I'm assuming they're referring to this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

Given that the US claims a policy of "Innocent until proven guilty", shooting a US citizen, in a foreign country where they have no official jurisdiction, was rude at best, and probably illegal under US law.

Of course in most countries, if the government does something it's legal by default, but Americans are weird about stuff like that.

Possibly they're referring to al-Awlaki's son, who was also a US citizen and who was killed two weeks later, and doesn't seem to have any connections with terrorism beyond his father.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Never gonna replace windows

When Valve first released Steam the only reason most people installed it was because it was necessary to run Half Life 2 (but oh how we grumbled, especially those of us still on dial-up).

Valve could do the same to drive uptake of SteamOS. Personally I can't see Half Life 3 (or L4D3 or whatever) being a Linux exclusive, but even a one week exclusive would drive a massive increase in users.

Also, just by releasing games on Linux Valve are helping the platform, whether it's passing bug fixes and performance enhancements upstream, or just raising the profile of penguin gaming. A lot of the most used game engines (eg Unity) make it pretty simple to export to Linux (and OSX) as well as Windows now.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: Flash

At the last few gigs at the O2 in Bristol* that I've been to the bouncers have taken to shining torches at anyone recording with the flash on, and then going to have a word if the punter doesn't notice.

Mind you, they had never managed to catch the guy having a crafty spliff in the middle of the crowd last time I was there.

* not a particularly good venue, but it gets the big bands, so...

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: That's nice.

Is there *any* race car that can do any of that?

If you're looking for an electric vehicle to carry lots of people, dogs and cargo, at least compare your current car to something like this: http://www.smithelectric.com/smith-vehicles/models-and-configurations/

Which doesn't have the range you need, but can probably do everything else. Unlike a race car.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Boffin

The scary bit is that Philae (the lander), doesn't have any thrusters, so it's landing will be more of a fall. Fortunately the comet's gravity is pretty weak, but to get an accurate landing the boffins are going to have to map it's (presumably wonky) gravity field, and take into account the pressure from any out-gassing from the surface and the solar wind.

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Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

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Re: Good for them, and for Yubico

Yup, it behaves as a USB keyboard. In our environment we use them to log into the more sensitive systems (that contain customer info etc.), and it's a case of typing your password, then press the button on the Yubikey whereupon it outputs a string of characters followed by a carriage return and you're logged straight in.

Each user has a unique yubikey, and they're so small they easily fit on a keyring.

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Oculus sucked by Zuck? 'I'm over it' – Minecraft supremo Notch

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Re: Word of warning, Notch

I have a Oculus rift DK2. I do not have a facebook account. I can guarantee that there is absolutely no facebookery in the Rift.

I'm not entirely sure how facebook *could* put their oar in to be honest. Unless they only allowed sales through facebook (which is not currently the case).

When I first heard about facebook buying Oculus I was pissed off as well, as I'd just given them money, but there is really nothing to worry about. and if they ever do start inserting floating banner ads or something equally stupid, then vote with your wallet and buy one of the other VR headsets that will undoubtedly be coming out in the next few years.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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All the security features in the world can't protect users from themselves, if your want to allow a program such as Dropbox, then you're also allowing enough access for a malicious program to steal your files and upload them somewhere else, no matter that either program can't directly access RAM or peripherals.

Of course, the user still needs to install/run the malware, but you can always find someone willing to click "Allow" for the promise of porn/money/free things etc.

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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"Senior managers at "money service businesses" face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities*"

* Unless they happen to be HSBC or one of the other large firms that we play golf with while laughing at the plebs, in which case we'll just fine them a bit. Don't want to risk that cushy consultancy gig lined up with them after you leave HMRC eh?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20673466

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

It's quite possible to support the aims of Wikileaks, whilst thinking that Assange is a self aggrandising dickhead.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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Headmaster

Deep-sea pipelines are often towed in bundles, so 'towing the line' is possible.

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