* Posts by Dave 15

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China unveils Internet Plus plan for FIRST time (actually third time)

Dave 15

no, no, no.... you have it all wrong

What you need to do is to spend billions on foreign trains and then pretend that adding to the countries debt was a really good idea while you pocket the bribes and take up the nice shiny attractive position in the european gravy train.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

All those reasons are just as valid for the UK.

As would recreating our motor industry, ship building, mining, aircraft and promoting without shame our military production.

Instead our governments (Labour, Conservative, hybrid) all seem to actively embrace getting rid of as much British know how as possible

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Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

Using our aid to make space rockets, nuclear missiles and buy British companies...

I guess though we also give billions to the EU so they can write rules the UK paper shufflers can use to ensure we buy foreign while they don't...

Frankly the worrying things are:

a) We seem to think we can afford to give money away when we have a massive deficit and a colossal debt.

b) We have so little self respect

c) The Indian run companies appear to have a better grasp of basic management than the over paid fruitcakes that run the few remaining UK companies

d) The people of the UK have so little in the way of balls that the situation continues government after government with not one of the governments being held to account for it

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Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

So the Indians are making the rockets as a loss leader?

And France still makes some for fun... and the Americans, Russians...... et al.

Of course rockets are profitable, if they weren't these other countries wouldn't do it.

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A country that can't afford

So a country that can't afford a space rocket of its own is using the rocket of a country it sends billions of pounds of 'aid' each year... you couldn't make it up

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Do svidaniya to public record as Russia passes NEED to be forgotten bill

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Where we are heading

Wait for the first 'google didn't remove me quick enough' law suit and the EU law will become like this.

We have censorship here already, the Germans are now trying to restrict when certain books can be sold, the UK shut down website access all the time. The Russians are just a bit ahead of us. Just because the web could be a useful source of un-molested information doesn't mean that governments of any flavour will ever allow it. Those who think that digital books, news sources and cloud storage are a good idea forget how easy it is going to be to manipulate them and deny you access .. the ministry from 1984 will not have to do any 'real' work to rewrite history :)

For myself I buy books and paper ... and keep it, sure a fire could destroy all but I hope to get away with it for a bit longer than waiting for some arbitrary government manipulation of data.

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Polish plane IT attack? Apparently not, just a simple DDoS

Dave 15

simple...

Yup... sounds like simple to bring all of europes planes to a halt even more effectively than Iceland :) Perhaps a suitable attack could stop America flying...

The terrorists will be watching and thinking by now

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

Dave 15

Re: Well perhaps...

Which generally means an old long in the tooth engineer like myself stands half a chance... where as most kids are used to object obfuscation programming and stand no hope of working anything out without a degree in pointless buzzwords making the obvious sound impressive

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Dave 15

Re: Consequence

Frankly Santander screwed up my credit rating by refusing to take several payments sent to them and then reporting it as my fault. And still haven't/ won't make the correction.

Of course the mistake was made by having anything to do with Santander in the first place... their 'security'.... name on the account, account number, address (look on a stolen statement for all of these), single or joint (50/50 and as many re-goes as you need) and then the killer... what was the last cash withdrawal/ payment/ transaction.... well, if you are like my dad and keep all paper it is in the stolen wallet with everything else, if like me you don't take the slips then it is a matter of your memory...

The approach is neither sensible nor secure and basically is a good reason to scrap any account with them before you are robbed blind.

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Dave 15

Well perhaps...

Perhaps these banks should try employing some new IT people? After all there are plenty of posts advertised but you always have to have 25 decades of banking experience to get an interview... no new blood in here please is the message.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

Dave 15

Expect more problems

Already have the situation where I have had to install windows on a new drive in an existing machine following drive failure (caused by an over zealous wifes fist when she was frustrated by how very very slow the OS was).... and the OS now claims not to be genuine and keeps sticking stupid messages everywhere.

I think MS secretly want to close the company and are doing their utmost to drive customers away and into the arms of linux. Perhaps an opportunity for a new company? After all MS are a mess and Linux crowd are wildly unpleasant (what... were you not born with that knowledge in your head... then you are an idiot who doesn't deserve to breath)

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

Dave 15

Re: Yes, good point

Forms that force people to fill in all sorts of 'required fields' and obey rules about names, dates etc. are programmed by complete idiots and are best avoided.

IF someone forces me to fill in an address and phone number when I don't want to I go and look up the companies address and phone number and use that.

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Dave 15

pointless rule so ignore it

Everyone else does.

Most ridiculous thing ever (well nearly)

Just try using paypal... I used it for years and years buying hundreds - probably thousands of pounds of stuff then they decided suddenly they needed a copy of my passport to prove who I was... told them to go forth and reproduce, I have no intention of sharing copies of my passport with people that will lose it

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

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Insult? How is the truth an insult?

Any car parking charges foisted on motorists by the 'authorities' who already s****t the motorist at every available excuse is just another piece of rude theft.

come the glorious day.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Good for the Belgiums

They have gone up in my estimation

Pity we rerouted the eurostar into St Pancras... can never understand why we stopped rubbing the collective French nose in 'Waterloo' when they visited :) Good fun

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

Dave 15

STUPID stupid stupid

For heavens sake what do these people think about all day?

If I want to communicate with Fred and John about something 'naughty' then I can do so quite simply with coded phrases on my facebook status or a chat room... for example going to see auntie suzy might mean all sorts of things if you know what code I am using. The government themselves used a similar innocuous phrase to alert the resistance in France to d-day on the bbc radio news....

monitoring everyones communications will not stop a brainy terrorist, and these people might be misguided but they are NOT stupid. Proper thinking police and intelligence officers are needed not mass surveillance.

Besides, I don't trust the security services, police or politicians as far as I could throw the lot of them..

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

Dave 15

Re: "Broseker is Van Horn's mother"?

I knew an old woman who swallowed a fly........

oops sorry everyone, just seen I was beaten to it :( can't 'see a delete button though :(

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Dave 15

Re: Inspections dont work in the UK

Yup, had the same, never bother with the untrustworthy leaches myself... frankly also avoid estate agents (the yankee ones are overly expensive anyway). Do it your self. You can also save a pack on the lawyers as well... used one once who charged me stacks for drawing up the contracts, when the vendor broke the contract and took hundreds of pounds of fixtures and fittings the contract clearly said were to stay... the answer... well you could sue but you are unlikely to get my fees covered or all the money back... so the contract was fit only for toilet paper,

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Land of the free

What cobblers, to be honest usa and europe have overstepped the mark by miles with their surveilance and control of the population. The thing that annoys me most is the vast bulk of the criminally stupid who ramble on about being kept safe and nothing to hide nothing to fear.... they should fear me ever getting to power, anyone who has ever posted comments stating that crap would be shot to prove they were wrong.

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Wouldn't want u2 or any other tunes forced onto my phone but

Are the Russians seriously wondering whether a man ever cuddles his son? I admit the picture on the cover is a little creepy... actually just plain revolting... but really, not my issue, not me, not mine, not going to buy it... if someone else thinks they like it then good luck to them, plenty of things I like and buy they wouldn't want.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

Dave 15

Re: "Wouldn't wear it in the CEO's office?"

In my dreams my secretary doesn't wear that much :)

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Dave 15

I hate this 'exploitation' bullshit

For heavens sake who is exploited? No one forces the women to dress like this and generally they are making a huge amount more money than the engineers they are tempting. The only people exploited are the gullible males and frankly I don't mind being exploited in this way! (Far better than the other forms of exploitation we are all put through daily as our management prostitutes us to the highest bidder while giving us a pittance)

And I would love to book a booth so I can have some fully naked booth babes... after all they only worry about revealing attire, not revealing non-attire, it isn't a 'public' event being ticket only so there is no issue of public decency :)

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

Dave 15

And that is precisely why...

The stupidity of KFCs claim is beyond me.

We need to stop this stupidity, the Americans (and recently the British) seem to think they need to sue someone for everything from a stubbed toenail to injured pride.

IT is pathetic and only a strong reaction from the courts will stop it. At the very least I would want PROOF (not hearsay but real proof) that there was ANY change in KFC sales anywhere in the world that had a PROVEN link to this particular rumour. When they can't (and they can't) then charge KFC something like their years turnover as a fine for wasting the courts time.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Dave 15

Re: Dan 55 Robocop

The police close roads because someone broke a light bulb, they do it pretty quickly, far quicker than tramping from local house to local house looking for a suitable bedroom to tramp their muddy boots through before they litter the floor with tons of discarded cartridge cases.

You can't defend the police here, it was a stupid thing they did... in keeping with their general behaviour

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Re: Lots of stupid in this thread

1... does it matter if the farmer (or perhaps a vet) owned the animal, I am quite sure they could have dealt with it until the real owner was found

2.... yeah, same applies to a broken down car, children crossing, people on pushbikes, trees... I suppose it would stop the population crisis in the world if we shot everyone who might possibly cause a problem...oh yes, forgot the police are trying this

3... Yes bullets do go through things but if you are shooting from a height it would go through the cow and into the earth (well, possibly, most likely it would deform on impact with the bone mass of the skull and stay somewhere in the dead cows head). If you shoot parallel to the ground then there really is a chance of it going through and hitting an innocent bystander... however I doubt there were a massive number of school children in the field watching the police shoot the cow... the police don't normally like an audience for this sort of behaviour.

4... The fact that the bolt is poor as a method of killing is another (important I admit) subject and doesn't mean we want the police wandering around farms all over the country randomly shooting any animal they find in order to save it distress in the slaughter house.

5... Amazingly I see SINGLE farmers herding large collections of cows (herds :) ) every day... Part of the reason this is successful is they don't use nooses and try hanging on to several tons of running cow. But maybe this is because while farmers have an extraordinary collection of blindspots and blame badgers, foxes and other wildlife for every ill imaginable they actually do know how to handle a cow.

Personally I like thinking before kicking off, although I admit things like facts are also useful before a really good rant can hit home :)

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Dave 15
Flame

Precisely why

This is precisely why we should remove all firearms from the police, they have neither the intelligence nor the ability to ask those who do have the brains what to do in any circumstance. I really give up on the country where we have police of this low a standard able to tot guns and take life because they don't have the brains to find a farmer or vet to cope with a cow who is chewing the cud.

Personally I would actually go further and disband the British police services altogether - probably just lock the lot of them up... what with shooting people on tube trains, kettling pregnant mothers who dare to protest and killing newspaper salesmen I think the country would be safer without them. It would also rid the motorist of one form of parasitic growth and free us of worry about speed cameras and spying all over our road network (except of course the areas around our schools which obviously need no speed control or similar)

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

Dave 15

The biggest shame of all

Is that our government believes that 'Britain is an incompetent crock of shit' and the only thing they can do is buy from those 'wonderful, intelligent and far sighted Americans'. One day those Americans will produce a plane as good as the Harrier, TSR-2 or Vulcan but they haven't yet. If the British managed to reassemble an aircraft industry and prove once again that we can produce world beating aircraft you can bet your last bottom dollar that the UK government would still go begging the Americans to let us have some of theirs... even when they are ALWAYS delivered late, over budget and under specd

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Metal fatigue

Can't we xray scan things these days and detect the cracks that are the issue?

Shuttleworth has planes from the beginning of the 1900's still flying so there must be some way we can manage.

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SourceForge sorry for adware, promises only opt-in in future

Dave 15

Re: . too late.

I tried to get filezilla from SF and having had to spend a day getting rid of the resulting trojans and viruses commented direct to filezilla about it. To date no info.

It is a wonder that google can block all sorts on government instructions but doesn't just block SF for being the worlds biggest distributor of computer viruses.

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Dave 15

Stopped using source forge

After downloading one app and ending up with several gigabytes of trojans, viruses and other crap.

If I ask to download ONE thing I do NOT want to have have to 'opt out' of downloading a pile of other crap. Worse still when it has undergone ZERO vetting and is full of undesirable extras. Cost me a day to clean up my machine. A total disgrace, whoever thought it was a 'good idea' should be sacked and preferably beaten with wooden sticks to an inch beyond his life.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

Dave 15

Its a wonder anyone noticed

I have arrived at Stansted and been unable to get off the shuttle because the passport hall was too full, a quarter of the stands manned and a guy peering over his glasses at the disaster looking pleased.

Of course, the Americans can do all of this better than anyone else... I arrived at SeaTac with wife, kid and dog to be faced with a queue of over 6 hours for the 1 man immigration desk. When they eventually (after about 4 hours) found a second person they directed a newly arrived aircraft full right around the existing queue to him!

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Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

Dave 15

Maybe the service is having trouble uploading the data to the nsa

Why don't American corporations cut the middle man out and ask the NSA to provide the storage, that way at least there is only one copy of all the data not 2.

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Microsoft: 'Google's secret government meetings let it avoid import ban' - Report

Dave 15

Microsoft should keep its mouth shut

Its revelation that its security algorithms are so bad they can be got around, and that it tells others how they can have killed it off so it should die in peace and quiet.

ex-msft

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

Dave 15

Re: CYA

Thats the old one...

The guy at the bottom says its a crock of shit...

by the time it gets to the top it is a top quality product that will make everything grow - sure you could look it up on the old internet

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Dave 15

Re: All this pain might be worth it ...

@LoyalCommentator

The 'lucky' ones have mainly worked damned hard to have their own house, and even harder if they have managed to put money away as well. What they haven't done is had holidays, been drinking down the pub, smoking like chimneys etc etc because if they have they wouldn't have the money.. There are of course a very very very small umber who happen to know the right person at the right time and are CEO of some bank or other... but they are such a small number that while annoying they aren't really relevant.

The hard workers pay for their house and savings with sweat and time, they then see both taken away in taxes, funding old age or other things while being told that they have so much money they don't need the money that is given freely to the lazy feckless few who you see pissed as parrots every night of the week.

If the welfare system was actually doing the job you allude to - helping those on hard times - then I wouldn't mind. And no, I don't have a house, I don't have thosuands (or even hundreds) in the bank, I do work 2 jobs and a lot of hours - so one day I might - but a massive chunk of what I earn is taken in tax to pay for the rest.

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Dave 15

Re: Skills and fail

Impossible to implement in the couple of years its been hammering around, heavens I could have implemented such a simple system in a couple of evenings at home. It really isn't - and shouldn't be - rocket science or difficult. Its a database with some numbers and a rule.

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Dave 15

Re: Whoopsie.

The problem with a minimum wage is that it doesn't take into account the minimum cost of a reasonable life. Such things as housing, getting to work, washing...

The problem for this country is that successive governments have massively increased the costs -

Housing, the selling off and not replacing council houses coupled with unlimited publicly financed rents has pushed rental up, rental yields up and therefore the price of houses up by an enormous amount. Add the blunder in the last budget with more housing lending and the prices are not falling to match the fall in wages.

Energy - for getting to work, washing, keeping house warm etc. has been a complete disaster ever since 'privatization' with more or less unrestricted hikes in taxes and prices. My latest gas and electric bill suggest a cost of £200 a month (on a summer bill!) for a tiny 3 bed semi with top notch insulation and double glazing and heating that has been off the entire time!

I can not, can not under any circumstance, compete with a guy in India who pays a few pence for a house, nothing for heating etc. if I have bills like this and the only competition is price.

Government needs to become radically cheaper. It can do this by cutting staff hugely - so a single flat benefit for all, a single flat tax on all that is earned, nothing more - no bbc licence fee, no road fund licence, no council tax, no vat, no any of the others.

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Dave 15

Questions

What company was employed to build the IT system (which of the big boys), where was it built (UK, USA, India?). how much money has it cost (so far) and estimated cost by the end? I'd love to know this because I dare say there are many many small UK companies who would have done the job right for less using UK engineers in a fraction of the time but were overlooked in the purchasing decision because of the lack of foreign sales trips, back handers and of course 'seats on the board'

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Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

Dave 15

Buy a phone with a bloody great battery?

Why?

Why not buy a phone with an operating system and applications designed to eek the best out of the processor and battery.... oh yes, I forgot, that was toasted by Elop wasn't it?

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

Dave 15

And?

And does this mean that the samsung actually works better with less swearing from the user who is p***d off at waiting days for something to happen? I don't have an iPhone and won't - in much the same way as I don't have the iphone clones that are being made today. I want a phone with a proper keyboard, a proper button to take a photo/video with, proper buttons to zoom etc. Most of all I want to press the buttons and have a reaction in a time I don't notice - instantly to my eye. What I hate - and hate more than anything else - is a smooth plate screen where you can't get anything done because you get no tactile feedback and the screen takes an age to update.

It makes me swear. It makes me swear when my computer takes 5 minutes to get to a usable state when I switch it on, it makes me angry when I want to take a photo on my camera phone and it takes it 10 keystrokes to unlock and find the camera app and 2 minutes for it to init the camera and be ready to shoot.. The 808 has a dedicated button to take a photo - it opens the app, sets the camera, focuses and takes the photo in less time than it takes me to find the camera app button on a Samsung. (And I've not tried an iPhone, but I'm pretty sure the experience is as dreadful on that as it is on the Samsung)

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

Dave 15

Re: Google apps optional

Symbian is NOT used anymore, you can still get the 808 pureview and a few of the last of the smartphones, it is not, repeat nto being used in any 'feature phones'. S40 is still used in feature phones. The last few UI's made the two look very similar but the S40 will not run Symbian applications - the 808 pureview, n8 etc. will.

Nokia were creating a linux phone (by the strange method of cutting down an android software stack and replacing the UI... strange I know) but that was canned last year (when the last massive wave of redundancies were announced).

Nokia has just two OS - windows (which it is using increasingly on lower end devices in a vain attempt to get some numbers) and S40 which it has on occasion dubbed a 'smartphone' in order to make its numbers look slightly less pathetic than they would otherwise be. It has nothing else, nor anything else up its corporate sleeve.

Elop is a one track pony - a lame half dead one going the wrong way on a street leading to the desert and an ocean to drown in, but he is just that - one track. I daresay that having persuaded the EU to fund Nokia's purchase of Symbian and its subsequent destruction (by himself) he will end up a bloody site better off than you or me when Nokia eventually dies.

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Dave 15

Re: Google apps optional

I doubt there is any written contract - none of the forked tongue folk at the top of Microsoft or Nokia are quite that dumb. BUT they are all chums on the same golf course... as normal, not what you know but who you know,.

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Dave 15

Re: Google apps optional

Symbian was a UK smartphone OS - created from psion software and its epoc32 OS and the input of a number of companies. At one point you could get a Sendo (British company based in Birmingham) with Symbian (with Nokia's S60 UI) - so you could get exactly what you wanted.

Unfortunately the Apple loving BBC and Rory 'Apple' jones did such a good advertising job for Apple that they had a heavy part in the damage to Symbian and Nokia that left it all wide open to the intrusion of the idiot Elop who then persuaded the EU to give him the funds to buy Symbian and destroy it totally in favour of his American chums... oh well - when history is written the Americans will once again take full credit for a British invention and no one will question it.

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Dave 15

Re: Oh, this old chestnut

Wouldn't be too sure... the manufacturers tend to share engines, gearboxes etc etc etc around these days.

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Dave 15

Re: So in other words

You are right, Apple ships with what Apple wants and thats tough shit on everyone else, and indeed it controls the only way you have of putting a competitive product on its phone - so you're really stuffed good and proper.

But, Apple having a dominant monopoly? When? In the early days there were plenty of Symbian competitor phones - and damned good ones at that - pity that the BBC trashed them, then Nokia's new CEO trashed it... after getting the EU to stump up a pile of our cash so he could ensure that his trashing it would clear the path for Microsoft.... despite the failure of the policy costing Nokia very dear - and probably in due course destroying what is left of the company.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Dave 15

Re: Interesting article

Pay over the odds? Not a chance. Devon and Cornwall are prime examples at the moment. The local companies are all claiming there are massive problems with lack of talent and demanding all sorts of 'action' - but - I notice that none of them - not one - is paying the national average wage while expecting to get qualified IT professionals with 30+ years of experience in the very latest technologies... amusing if it weren't so misguided and sad.

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Dave 15

Re: Nothing Has Changed

Theres more now... 'affordability'.... recently I was told that I couldn't afford a mortgage whose repayments were 20% less than the rent I was paying...

And another bank decided that I could only afford a mortgage of 90% of my annual permanent salary because I was paying maintenance for my boy... never mind a 3x or 4x salary mulitplier try a 0.9x

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Dave 15

Tosh

Moving from rental is longer and more costly than moving between purchased houses. 6 month minimum rentals, massive deposits, lag between moving and getting the deposit refunded, huge costs associated with 'referencing' and the delays there - not to mention the hassle of finding a house where your kids and pets are acceptable to the landlord.

Selling up and buying are much quicker in any market where the price is sensible.

The problem at the moment is the very over inflated house prices - pushed up by buy to let landlords who make a colossal 'killing' out of over inflated rents - sustained in large part by the same landlords over inflating the purchase price in the first place.

When will business and the government learn that we (the normal plebs) need somewhere to live, something to eat and fuel to get to work, the company that employs us will need energy for the office. So by uniting to increase energy, fuel and food costs by the 'green agenda' and propping up unsustainable house prices the government policies are the reason companies are shutting and moving abroad and are the reason for the unemployment.

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Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

Dave 15

Re: Don't they realise that the cat ...

PGP keys...

Interesting... I wonder how many of the various snooping programs coming out of the USA, China, Russia are designed to dig out your private pgp key so they can decrypt your communications with less effort.

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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

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I refused to take part

For the reason that the British government was spending British tax payers money on paying an American company to provide data on all British households to the Americans.

Nothing came of that refusal despite the dire warnings about court proceedings etc.

I think I was entirely right, and think anyone who complied with that ridiculous census was stupid.

The British government should be spending British tax payers money on British companies and British workers - every time it spends our money.

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