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Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Translation

Regulatory capture, we call it.

But the second sentence to me crosses a line from state sanctioned violence and oppression in the name of liberty to being an end in itself with liberty a constraint on its effectiveness. Anybody else in Oz find that a little scary?

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: I hate that quote

"Safety means not getting beaten up.

Liberty means not getting beaten up by the police.

You can't choose between these two things."

You can indeed choose between those and that is the choice our are government(s) are currently offering. That there may be other choices does not suit their agenda so it fails to get mentioned. At least not in the mass media.

I think your last line would be better phrased as "That's no choice at all"

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Draconian

"'Trying' is excusing failure in advance. Do you know what 'agile' is? Agile is desperate. Agile is running blind. Agile is whoring yourself out because you can't find enough customers or clients who will pay a decent price for your offerings so you'll sell whatever you can to whoever you can for whatever you can get"

I'm having flashbacks to my boss out of his skull on single malt scotch and Malaysian pain killers in the bar of Traders in KL on day five of a SE Asia meeting marathon.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Anyone heard from a server admin anywhere yet?

Yes, several. Colour me pleasantly surprised.

The first I actually heard of this was from a charity book store run by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence*. Over 24 hours I got a warning that the server was going down for patching, an explanation of what was patched and finally a suggestion that I change my password ASAP.

My bank had a notice at log in with 24 hours of the announcement explaining why it wasn't an issue for them - and in surprisingly technical terms, clearly not written by the PR department (no crayon or drool in sight).

A couple of "community" type forums. I suspect they all run the same version of vBulletin.

But notably missing in action are any of the household names.

* I was going to make a joke about molesting little boys but removed it as I think they are to be commended on this one.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: someone was spying on these kids ?!?!?!

Its probably done through Nielsen Netratings. It sends usage data based on clicks and links (or at least it did a few years back when I first encountered it and ran some basic traffic analysis - it may be more sophisticated now but I seriously doubt it). I have it running on a couple of test boxes at work and every year around November they send me a store card for a few hundred dollars which goes toward the end of year piss-up (market research funds alcohol consumption). Christ alone knows what sort of data they get from those machines.

The point is, I don't see any way they can tie this to user age except for the sign-up questionnaire. Having seen it from the test subject side of the fence I would take any results with a whole bucket load of salt.

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

Cpt Blue Bear

Qantas can just about be trusted do cheese and biscuits and their coffee was decent on domestic routes.

I learnt years ago to avoid eating on flights international or otherwise. Even if its good, the environment means you won't enjoy it. Besides, skipping a meal helps to screw up your body clock and makes it easier to get it reset for local time.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Spirts in the sky nut jobs and such

"There is some rumor that, once upon a time, a trio of poor SF writers, Hubbard, Phillip K Dick and another, were debating how to make lots of $. Hubbard's supposed idea? Found a religion."

The third was Roger Zelazny and I read it in an interview with him years ago. Long enough ago that it was in print. I've been trying to remember who the other writer was (Dick) since the first post above bringing it up. Zelazny's story was that the three of them went on a binge in San Diego and after many hours of drinking and talking the topic of religion came up.

"Anyone can start a religion", says Hubbard, "based on anything at all, the more nonsensical the better"

"Bullshit" , say they other two

"Bet you $20", says Hubbard and next week had the first draft of Scientology.

I wish I could find that interview again, outside of this it was very funny.

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Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: A question

I was just thinking the same thing. Apple spent a lot of money on advertising that one feature, clearly they thought it would differentiate their product in the market and motivate people to buy the product. I don't know if it the same in the US, but here in Oz those ads had a text notice at the bottom of the screen advising that these were edited sequences - if that warning was absent in another market it would seem to indicate that they were aware that the ads were potentially misleading under local laws.

Unrelated to this, our soon-to-be-formerly local car maker, Holden, are currently advertising their products on the basis that they have "Siri integration". I wonder how well that works then...

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Usefulness?

That was my experience - people used it to show off, rapidly discovered that it wasn't very good, often while showing it off, and then forgot about it. I've never seen anyone use it for real.

I don't think that is because Siri is bad at what it does so much as the whole idea is a gimmick.

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Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: TV Magic

Let's call a spade a spade:

"it's not a lie, it's just TV magic"

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Why? Why?

Personally, I agree. But there are people out there - I know a few - who will put up with the horrendous picture and diabolical sound quality in order to watch a film that has not been released here yet. And there lies your clue: staggered release fuels this.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod?

I have it on good authority that most cams are shot from tripod in the projection booth...

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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: First to file vs first to invent patents

"So someone explain to me why "first to file" is such a great idea that the US had to switch to it, instead of the rest of the world switching to "first to invent"?"

It reduces the investigative burden and legal exposure of the patent office.

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ABC finally brings iView to Android

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Despite running Jelly Bean on both tablet and phone

"Seriously glad I I'm not using Android, it's a mindf*ck just to work out if your device is compatible with anything."

Its not, which you'd know if you ran android. Don't be a dick.

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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Erm...

" But then a USB Drive and a fireproof - well secured - safe doesn't cost $40-billion."

It also doesn't service the whole country, provide any other services or, in reality, work as a fireproof backup . In any sort of decent building fire its highly unlikely the interior of the safe will remain cool enough to save your paper records or cash (remember we have plastic notes here in Oz), so the likely result is your flash drive with it's precious back up will be a smouldering lump or plastic when you get the safe out of the wreckage.

"Well, if it is going to be that useful/profitable; why aren't more people paying for their own better link"

The short answer is because its not profitable if everyone has to build their own. That's the point of public infrastructure.

Further the claim of at least 25Mb is highly dubious given the state of the last mile copper in this country. A position largely due to Telstra having failed to do maintenance over the last decade. I know from tests done by Internode that the cause of the drop from 18Mb to 8Mb were I am is completely due to the last mile. I assume most of the country is in the same boat.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Federal Toilet Paper Regulations

There is a reason* for those ridiculous specification documents. Its a bureaucracy's attempt to stop the contractor, having agreed to supply the best available, shipping whatever rubbish he has lying around or can source the cheapest. As with most bureaucratic solutions, it doesn't work well because it attempts to address the result rather than the cause of the problem (that the suppliers are fundamentally crooked). In a bureaucracy decisions and thus blame are collectivised to protect the otherwise unemployable. They cannot simply inspect what is offered and refuse it as not up to standard because someone would have to take responsibility.

The fact that they still get a rubbish product at an inflated price shows how well it works.

In this particular case, the specification document, assuming it is on letter sized paper, if torn into squares, and hung on a name could provide around 2 and a half man years worth of what it describes.

* Please note that I didn't say it was good reason.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Mere tissue of a story

"most take dumps? er, what do the others do then?"

They are in management.

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: What story?

The story is that these muppets are so self obsessed they even take selfies at a memorial service. Its about Mandela, not you publicity seeking whores.

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Dark bog

It may be the product of growing up in places where the power was flakey* but I don't get the panic.

Its not rocket surgery: finish task at hand, find paper dispenser by feel, wipe nether regions, raise strides and secure. You really should have done these tasks enough times by to be able to do them without visual clues. The next bit can be tricky but there are only so many ways a cubicle door catch can operate. Think of if as a test: if I can't escape a toilet cubicle in the dark should I really be playing with other people's expensive equipment?

Number ones are actually more of a challenge as you must remain calm and steady when the lights go out if you are to avoid splashback and/or ruined shoes. The upside is you don't cut the back of your hand open groping for the paper dispenser leaving an unseen trail of blood that causes a panic when the lights come back on.

Once free and with everything stowed for transit, my experience is there are plenty of clues as to the way out. If all else fails, listen for distant swearing. The biggest danger are those double door systems with you trying to open the inside one at the same time some over eager twat with a torch comes barging in the outside...

* Darwin at the end of 1970s was particularly memorable: local folklore had it that Dr Who was a major cause of blackouts. When the season started a large portion of the populace would turn on the goggle box at 6PM, the resulting extra load would cause the little mouse running in a wheel at the power plant just out of town to go on strike.

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BOFH: It's DANGEROUS to go alone. Take THIS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: many moons ago

In the late 80s I worked in a place with a phone system that used the same caps...

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

Cpt Blue Bear

I've noticed a trend among the young bucks as they climb the corporate greasy pole: at about thirty and hitting a management level they suddenly decide a watch is something they should be wearing. I think it's seen as the grown up thing rather than fishing for a mobile phone whenever you want to know the time. It's become like getting a good rather than just decent suit.

The problem for smart watches is that they don't fit this market.

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Turnbull to NBN contractors: Dance, baby, dance!

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: I hope there are penalty clauses

You've not had anything to do with running big long term projects, have you?

In Real Life(tm), costs can change over the life of the project. If costs go up such that the contractor makes a loss they, being in business after all, will make the call based on whether its cheaper to finish the job or cut their losses and bail out. This happens frequently. If you play hardball with the contractor, they walk away and you have to contract someone else to finish the job, baring in mind that you are now over a metaphorical barrel with your pants around your metaphorical ankles and a metaphorical sign inviting buggery. You can threaten to sue all you like but that takes time and costs more money.

In this case, Turnbull is playing to the peanut gallery.

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Construction industry outlook is bad news for Turnbull's alt.NBN plan

Cpt Blue Bear

There's no pleasig some people

And if he'd accepted the Telstra quote unopposed you'd be crying foul at that.

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Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed

Cpt Blue Bear
FAIL

That word you keep using...

I don't think you understand what security through obscurity means. Having a lock on a door relies on a shared secret (the key). Security through obscurity would be relying on only authorised people knowing to push the buttons.

Secondly, the Death Star was a fictional and it's flaw was a required plot device.

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Cpt Blue Bear

That gives me an idea

Can't we bury these muppets under reports of not-for-commercial-use freeware?

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Soylent days and soylent nights

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Re: Bah!

I grew up in New Guinea, back when it was spelt that way and the only thing standing between you and a (short) lifetime of sweating and farting was a little yellow quinine pill. I can still taste the bastards thirty five years later. For a decade or so after we moved to less malarial climes I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes - my theory is that quinine has sod all effect on a the actual malaria beasties but it makes your blood taste so foul that the mozzies won't touch you.

Another G&T? Don't mind if I do - Fever Tree and Cadenhead Old Raj for preference.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

Ironic given the Wattney's [SHUDDER] Red Barrel comment above...

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Optus: Australian telcos are RUBBISH

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Flame Suit: Engaged

Why the flame suit? Of course its a marketing ploy. I'm guessing Optus have looked at the state of the market and their customer satisfaction surveys and decided its best to be the first to jump. Kind of like Essendon and performance enhancing dru... sorry, supplements. The ploy worked so well for them...

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Windows 8 'sales' barely half as good as Microsoft claims

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Competing with themselves

Neither. Pro version licenses come with "downgrade" rights. Have done since XP(?). You have to sort out media and drivers and (possibly, I've never had to myself) call MS for a working license key. Fortunately, vendors who want to sell their kit into a business environment generally ship it with a suitable disc image to load.

So, MS make the same regardless of what OS you install and you can relax.

I'd be interested to see what proportion of those licenses "sold" have downgrade rights. My experience is that a large propportion of those are exercised.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

Cpt Blue Bear
FAIL

For the benefit of the under 15s out there

The OP's quote is from Ghandi.

The English should remember him - skinny bloke, caused some trouble in that empire thing you used to have.

Americans should probably look him up 'cause he fits well with your political rhetoric if not the reality. Both might want to reflect on his words,

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: F*&^ knows what they'd have done with my chemistry teacher

" The timid small piece of sodium didn't turn affect the litmus paper - so a larger lump was used. Much fizzing and sparks followed by a loud bang - and the classroom echoed with boyish cheers."

My chem teacher demonstrated the sodium-water reaction in front of us on an overhead projector so we could all see. He'd have had us doing it in pairs (the usual arrangement, I presume so that there was some to help the vicitim) but the school couldn't afford it. The small piece of rather elderly sodium failed to impress so he fished it out, scraped the oxidisation and wax off with his thumb nail and tossed it back in. MUCH more impressive.

Supposedly they watch videos now. We seem to be turning into a society that watches things rather than doing them. Like porn and cooking...

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Re: Bloody ridiculous

My high school chem teacher* taught us how to make black powder, gun cotton and touch powder after we ran out of curriculum two months short of running out out of term. The last on the basis that some of us would probably try anyway and it was safer if it was him who showed us rather than we tried to figure it out from a dodgey recipe. I still remember his advice on the subject: never make more than a teaspoon at a time because that way you'll still have one good hand to dial the hospital (say it deadpan in a Dutch accent for best effect). The experimental application was the destruction of flies on the window sill...

We put his gunpowder recipe to good use making skyrockets but quickly discovered that Goex was both more powerful and more reliable.

The other uses we put his lessons to I won't go into to in order to protect the extremely guilty (but laughing like maniacs) but here's a hint: sulfuric acid and a cafe sugar dispenser...

In those days we used to buy our ingredients over the counter at a local chemical wholesaler. The only request that even raised an eyebrow was for half a litre of fuming nitric acid. Those were the days...

* A charming but crazy Dutchman

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Outback geothermal plant goes live

Cpt Blue Bear
FAIL

Re: Hollywood got there first

One is a fifty year old movie and the other is real life. So no, no similarities at all. Jeeze this meme is tired.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

Cpt Blue Bear
FAIL

Re: Godwin's law invoked

Is there a corresponding law that predicts some muppet screaming "Godwin's Law"? If not I propose there should be.

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Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Dangerous thinking ..

"They could take their ire out on companies that operate in the US, but they cannot compel a US company to make a foreign company break the laws of another country where they are operating."

Don't be naive - they can and they have. Just ask a Canadian bank or the government of a Caribbean island..

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

Cpt Blue Bear
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Re: 'helluva' lotta rubbish!

Genius colorpage!? In normal operation, they were lucky to make it out of warranty before failing. If any of those are still working then they aren't being used so the owner won't notice that it isn't plugged in.

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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Oh God

I'm stating to fear the same thing. My only hope is that the current scheme is sufficiently advanced and the enough contracts signed that this whole alternative scheme is, like the "stop the boats" rhetoric,a pose to differentiate them from the incumbent muppets.

Sometimes I despair at the quality of government we get.

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Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Tony Abbott's NBN

I'll fetch a mop, your sarcasm is dripping...

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Australia IS NOT educating more personal trainers than IT pros

Cpt Blue Bear

Politically motivated

This needs to be viewed in the context of the debate (actually, that's glorifying it) here over skilled worker visas. The speech Mr Dalton was so taken with is another piece in the current myth-building effort.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: NZ shows the way ...

That's just a freight forwarding service, mate. Try MyUS or Shipito. You'll find the airfreight is cheaper direct.

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Cpt Blue Bear
FAIL

Re: From personal experience...

I call Bullshit.

A DVD, depending on how you pack it might slip in under $3 or you might be up for $6.50.

Camera lens from Brisbane to Adelaide was about $20 including insurance. I actually did this recently.

One and a half kilo fragile and very valuable item from Adelaide to the boonies west of Brisbane under $30 including insurance and tracking. I also did this recently. Worst case on this was Aussie Post's "Express

Platinum" service which would indeed have cost $50 but would have gone overnight (except it wouldn't in this case 'cause it was going to the boonies...)

Those prices a third of what you claim but still much higher than the article assumes. But if you are shipping volume you don't use Aussie Post, you have a deal with a courier company.

On the other hand we had fun and gams yesterday: we were quoted $34 freight for moving something two suburbs - a distance of about 4km being really optimistic. When challenged as to why it wasn't the usual $10 we were told it was over 70kg total weight. Our response: send it in two lots and save $14. The driver was very unimpressed, especially as their crappy dispatching system made him actually do it in two loads...

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

Cpt Blue Bear
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Re: Empowering cutting-edge infrastructures

[Golf clap\

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: The ads don't work

Awesome. Feelgood Hit of the Summer popped into my head last week during a particularly boring meeting. I couldn't remember the order and didn't fancy searching for it (note the lack of a verbed brandname) as I was inside a corporate network controlled by lunatics. I'd probably have to submit a urine sample before they'd let into the building next time after that hit the filter.

I think I'll turn off adblock, log into Google and try it now to see what effect it has their targeted ads. On second thoughts, I'll probably just get a series of full and fatuous anti-smoking ads rather than anything in any way entertaining.

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: The in app purchases are insanely priced

This is the franchise's modus operandi translated into digital sales.There is always something else to you "need" to buy and as you get in deeper the prices go up until you find the customer's limit. I remember working this out at the age of 11 or 12, as did most of my mates.

I shouldn't pick on My Little Pony alone - Barbie, Star Wars, etc are all the same.

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Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Sorry?

Because it's more entertaining that way. You don't want it over too soon. Well, in most cases you don't.

It could start off mild and ramp up with each offense. Or buzzwords could be graded according overuse, weaseliness, bastardisation of the english language, etc.

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Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'

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You've obviously never used their software. I find it quite credible that they might be a front for an anti-computer group. No need for John Mcafee's involvement.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Cpt Blue Bear

From personal experience of social science practitioners, they have no control group for one of two reasons. Either they don't understand the importance (or possibly the concept, it can be very hard to tell the difference) or because it prevents them getting the result they are after in order to draw their pet conclusion.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

Cpt Blue Bear
Stop

Re: Who pays the tax?

This is cant.

By that logic companies don't pay wages or rent either - their customers pay those too. Thus we'll all benefit if those are avoided to. It can be applied equally to individuals - I work around three months of the year to pay my taxes.

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: How did it take the crooks this long?

It didn't - it took Symantec this long. Or at least this long for a sufficiently dull month in security land for them to sink to this nonsnse.

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

Cpt Blue Bear

Re: Tim

Finally! You got it.

The Sheldon Coopers are out in force today.

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