* Posts by CaptainHook

261 posts • joined 27 Aug 2010

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

CaptainHook

Advertising on websites

Advertisers already know a fair bit about a site reader by knowing about the site not the reader. If I'm reading TheReg or Slashdot, I'm probably interested in Tech, so advertise Tech related products to me. If I'm reading a Motorbike forum, show me a picture of that latest Ducati.

You don't need to track me individually from the Tech related site to the Motorbike related site just to show me an Intel ad while I'm asking a forum about bleeding brake lines.

I've never had a big problem with ads, except maybe Popups etc which get in the way of the article I'm reading, but I have a big problem with companies I have no relationship with logging every webpage I visit and that desire to avoid tracking is what forces me to run with RequestPolicy etc.

The Online Advertising industry seem more interested in tracking than advertising.

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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

CaptainHook

After all the fuss they've walked into by now you'd have expected them to have learned some lessons.

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Lessons were learnt, unfortunately the lesson wasn't sale of patient data is bad, it was don't let privacy campaigners find out about the scheme ahead of time.

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

CaptainHook

Well, that article all seemed a bit wishy-washy and didn't really go anywhere.

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

CaptainHook

Auto Switching

The only Smart Meter that I would consider worth while would be one which compares the unit prices on offer from each supplier at different times during the day and auto switched supplier for me.

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

CaptainHook

Re: A revelation

+1 for Request Policy here

However, trying to find the right combination of domains to enable to see the content you wanted to look at is not always an easy thing to do.

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mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

CaptainHook

Re: mSpy statement

As I understand things, if mSpy had been UK-based then it would be legally obliged to inform people if personal data it holds on them had been breached.

"Dear X, you don't know it, but we've been snooping on you and harvesting details about your personal life....."

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Don't companies in this country also need informed consent to collect personal data? Seems mSpy would fail at the first hurdle in this country because they would need permission of every target they are tracking to be able to collect anything.

Employers would be able to make users of company phones give consent but then it's not a secret monitoring system any more.

Parents giving consent for collection of personal data on their children is a bit murkier. I'm not sure how that would work.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

CaptainHook

I see the value coming from 2 directions

1) Today's poorest are tomorrows outsourcing locations

A bit of investment now gains you a huge market share for those groups most likely to have big percentage increases in income in the future. A group who will be very easy to profile by the gatekeepers because all the traffic is in plain text.

2) Chance to become de facto communications provider

A bit of investment now means you already have a network in place ready for expansion as a poor country starts to increase it's communications requirements as it takes on outsourcing work for the 1st world, why use a local company when Internet.org already has a fledgling comms network in place and serving people in exactly the sort of locations outsourcers are likely to want a comms network.

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Amazon fires rocket up FAA for dithering on drone approval

CaptainHook

Re: So

"If they weren't allowed to make test flights in the US, how has the model approved for the test flights already become obsolete?"

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I believe no approval is needed for indoor flights, presumably the data gained from those flights which didn't need approval were enough to move the design forwards but eventually outdoor flights/real world flights will be needed

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

CaptainHook

Re: snail mail

I suspect the slightly longer composition time is not the reason someone like that might prefer snail mail to email.

Snail mail is harder to forward to people that weren't on the original addressee list. Someone has to have physical access to the letter and time / desire to forward it to someone else, and the more people you want to forward it to the more effort it takes. And of course, a physical letter is much easier to destroy, in fact short of taking deliberate steps to preserve a letter chances are it will be lost / destroyed in a fairly short time.

Email on the other hand is trivial to forward to lots of people, doesn't require physical access to the document and has a nasty habit of sticking around somewhere for long periods of time and also tends to have logs to backup it's authenticity to some extent.

I suspect that people like those mentioned in the article prefer not to use email because it has a tendency to resurface years later at embarrassing times.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

CaptainHook

Re: In other news...

Why? It says they are uploading custody photographs

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You're assuming they are matching the custody photo to other custody photo's as opposed to say matching a custody photo to a picture of someone on the street (public protests, sporting events cctv images etc) as a way of identifying people outside of custody.

The masks will be worn in public, not in custody.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

CaptainHook

Re: That's not even tax avoidance, that's tax evasion.

And illegal. For him, and for you too, if you know he's going to do it. Which you do, because why else would he give you a discount for cash?

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With Cash In Hand, he can go straight to the building yard, buy the materials he needs for this or the next job and if he's using cash directly in like that then there is no waiting for transactions to clear, no bank fees for paying the money into the bank account etc. Sure Tax Avoidance is a possible reason for a reduction but by no means the only one.

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

CaptainHook

All the previous commenters missing the point

Amazon are not really unprofitable, they are just making sure that all the profits they make are 'reinvested' so that the don't have any tax to pay.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

CaptainHook

​What, then, is Sway for?

it's for the one thing it already does... forcing greater adoption of OneDrive

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

CaptainHook

Re: Card clash detection

How are TFL detecting card clash?

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I don't know for sure, but the obvious check would be to find 2 transactions from the same scanner less than a few seconds apart.

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

CaptainHook

Re: Offers?

What inflation? The leaf can't last forever and there is a hard albeit variable limit to the supply each year.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

CaptainHook

Re: I would love to use solar panels

Except I refuse to pay such a price for something that only has a 20% efficiency rating, and doesn't last a decade at that rating.

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Why do you care about efficiency when you are talking about making use of energy which is currently not exploited at all (i.e. 0% efficiency).

Surely what you actually care about is price per kW, efficiency plays into that by affecting the surface area of the panels needed to provide a certain kW / day but if you can get solar for less per kW than the grid provides it, even if only using cells which were 5% efficient, wouldn't you take it?

Sure, in a future and every spare inch of roof space is already generating power then efficiency becomes a significant decision maker in it's own right but at the moment, cost per kW is king.

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

CaptainHook

Re: Operation battery death

So presumably anybody on the affected network has their phone battery flattened as the thing shouts away at the top of its voice?

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No, only the phone with the correct ID.

Seems to me that if the user monitored transmit power relative to signal strenght then they might have an easy indicator that the phone is not connected to a normal base station.

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

CaptainHook

There's a man who'll end up stabbing himself one day.

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Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

CaptainHook

"We’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans."

And as Google+ extends its reach into different Google services, so my participation in those services decreases. I'm basically down to my email address now which ironically has my real name as a the user part of the address.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

CaptainHook

Re: Sensless!

I had the same thought, I think the idea is to have light patches/wire purely intended for easy identification of which suit is which based on colour and maybe pattern, not as a beacon to aid in locating a suit or help identify orientation which for a item which can theorecticaly have any orientation relative to the observer seems a bit weird.

Personally I would have had a light wire on viewable from every angle running down the lenght of the arms and legs (to help show that human shape), with a standardized easy to recognise pattern at the top and bottom of the torso to help identify orientation, maybe something as simple as a single wire running around the bottom of the torso and 2 parallel towards the top, finally a light panel front and back, again something simple light a large circle front and a large square at the back to indicate orientation and maybe a non equilateral triangle on top of the helmet with the sharper pointing forwards.

Then you have either colour or maybe patterned patches on shoulders to identify individuals if needed.

That makes it easy to location, orientate and identify a suit.

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

CaptainHook

Re: Jobs was a genius

The hardware turns over ok.... if once every four to five years is ok.

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My last TV lasted 20 years.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

CaptainHook

Re: Mozillidiots

There nothing, NOTHING, wrong with charging for free software. Zero, zip nada, not a thing. You can even charge for GPL software, there is no problem.

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This is a Trademark / Contract issue. If there weren't any restrictions associated with the use of the Trademark then you would be correct. As it is, you're an idiot.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

CaptainHook

Re: Ah-

The shark is lurking in the bath; last place you would expect one.

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Actually, the last place I'd expect a shark is the aircondition duct.

Think about it, you, being a sauve internationally recognised undercover agent, are casually walk around the room looking for venomous snakes or spiders or scorpions with a lighter and a can of deodorant thinking you're being all cleaver.

You open the airconditioning ducting and an angry 3000kg Great White slids out of the duct onto your head toothy end first.

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

CaptainHook

Re: why just cars?

I agree, a home dropbox would make more sense in most cases but I think it will be more expensive than you realise for a dropbox idea.

A modern car already has all the necessary components build it, secure area with electronically controlled locks, with onboard power to drive the locks and possibly data commuication channels for checking authenticity.

Any home dropbox solution has to provide all of those things just to allow access for the occasional delivery.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

CaptainHook

Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS

However, should you subsequently end up in a court dispute, you will likely have problems introducing said covertly recorded conversation as evidence.

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I would have thought that the moment the company plays that "Calls maybe recorded" message, that the notification requirements have been met, it doesn't matter that the side doing the recording isn't the side which gave the notification.

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

CaptainHook

Re: clean cut & paste

All word processors have that option, but it's NEVER the default, nor it is possible to MAKE it the default,

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Try SHIFt+CTRL+V

That often, but not always gives a plain text paste operation on window applications..

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

CaptainHook

Jesus give it a break with the rootkit nonsense.

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The rootkit was less a privacy issue and more of a damaging their customers own equipment issue, purely for the benefit of Sony.

As consumers, we have pretty much no power, watchdogs are toothless unless it becomes a political issue.

As consumers, our only power is to not buy from a company and that means you don't forget. Sony deserve to have potential future customers reminded about how they have treated those customers in the past for the root kits, other DRM schemes and for removing features from products after they were sold.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

CaptainHook

Re: Future of work

exactly, there's money to be made

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

CaptainHook

Re: Block by default

JS is an integral part of a modern website!

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Only because so many browsers allow JS by default, start turning off JS by default in browsers and you'll see more and more websites return to the good old days where content was provided as simply as possible and not requiring local resources to transform that content into something usable because if they didn't then they would lose page viewers.

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

CaptainHook
Devil

Re: @Grogan 20:45

True gamers sweat pure caffeine as a result of all the coffee, red bull, and mountain dew they consume.

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Which suggests the best thing for a gamer pulling all nighters would be to lick the sweat off another gamer

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

CaptainHook

A Møøse once bit my sister ...

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

CaptainHook
WTF?

Massive Graduate Unemployement

In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline.

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Large numbers of unemployed graduates in a subject suggest that there are too many graduates for that subject. So a meeting is arranged to discuss how to get even more students to study the subject.

Does anyone else see a flaw in this plan?

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Twitter, Facebook and pals keep BEELLIONS from treasury with exec pay tax break – report

CaptainHook

Re: The downside of atheism

Effectively the company is giving away something valuable (a stake in itself) and GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN

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A part from being able to make up part of the staff pay packet in a form which doesn't affect cash flow while actually increasing staff loyalty because they generally can't get at the shares which haven't yet vested if they leave. I.e. if the staff leave, they have to willing lose part of the compensation they earned with their previous employment.

The share options don't get counted as part of the wage at the point of being issued: as such it also reduces the company NI contributions compared to what the staff would have been paid without substituting part of their pay packet cash for share options.

Yep, company is getting nothing in return for those staff share options and are only doing it because the government is pushing them that way.

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How the W3C met its Waterloo at the Do Not Track vote showdown

CaptainHook

Re: 105

The reason the Do Not Track functionality exists is because the creepy line has already been crossed.

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

CaptainHook
Big Brother

"Customers are caught in a Catch-22. They're afraid to deploy technology for fear of violating workers' privacy" even though security intelligence tools are ultimately the best way to protect personal information, Coviello argued.

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Read as: "we've just spent a fortune developing a big data analysis tools but since the NSA leaks none of our customers want to be seen as collecting private information".

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

CaptainHook

Re: A reason for a standard

@ Swathy

should want the W3C and Sir Berners-Lee to develop a DRM Standard.

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This isn't DRM Standard, it's a standardised method for DRM to interact with the browser. MP/RIAA are still going to be the ones creating/commissioning the DRM programs. Those programs can still decided they only want to work with certain hardware or operating systems etc. so there is still no guarantee that this will lead to Linux usable streamed media.

All this has done is provided a means to ensure all browsers interact with the DRM application in the same way. It's a way to reduce DRM development costs.

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Sun-seeking Cambridge boffins chase Solar Challenge car crown

CaptainHook

Why GPS to work out where the sun is?

Why not just a half circle hoop of Light Dependant Resistors mounted on that half circle part behind the cockpit.

Each LDR is facing in a slight different direction and which ever one registered the most light is probably the best direction to point the solar cells in, that way the panels are actually pointing at the strongest source of light and not just where the sun should be which could be obscurred locally by trees and landscape.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

CaptainHook

Re: People are starting to realise

With their hollow transparent fibre optic like hairs, Polar Bears would make brilliant chanderliers and cast a warm even light everywhere.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

CaptainHook

372GB

for an OS partition?

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Dragons' Den star's biz Outsourcery sends yet more millions up in smoke

CaptainHook
Headmaster

"These sorts of numbers will hardly cause traditional IT suppliers to quiver in their boots at the much-talked-about threat from the new bread of channel services firms. "

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Baguettes? Ciabatta?

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UK's Get Safe Online? 'No one cares' - run the blockbuster ads instead

CaptainHook
Facepalm

Here's A Crazy Idea

"The study warns that attacks on computer networks could soon threaten critical infrastructure"

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Don't put critical infrastructure on networks accessible from internet. Even if you think you have a firewall filtering that traffic... don't do it.

Put an air gap in front of everything critical, it really is that simple.

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Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

CaptainHook

Re: Flawed

The browser url will be tracked too.

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Of course it will, but since it's a one time password it doesn't matter.

Of course you are still vulnerable to being tapped by Man In The Middle attacks but thats not the fault of the key generator

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

CaptainHook

Encrypted Contents

Although an interesting read in general. In the specific case of Snowden, surely the US Government already know what the contents are, since it was copied from them.

What they are trying to do is find out who now has a copy of it and maybe work out how Snowden is communicating and with whom.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

CaptainHook

Re: What has it got to do with SOCA?

I want comically organised crime... is there an agency for that?

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Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

CaptainHook

Interesting as the prototype is, there remains the question of why one would want such a thing.

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Shops need to updated price labels on shelf, at the moment it requires someone walking around changing the paper tickets.

A system like this would allow a member of staff to change the label just by holding a NFC device next to the label.

In fact I can think of an even better workflow allowing head office to dictact far more directly what goes on each and every shelve.

Since it's a NFC device is must have a unique identifier, so when a member of staff holds their handheld device to a shelf it knows exactly which shelf the staff member is looking at. The device can then update the price if needed but it could also change the label to an entirely different product indicating that the shelf needs to have all the jars of tomato sauce removed and restocked with tins of Christmas Pudding.

I've just removed all the shop floor managers need to organise stuff, their only role now is for staff 'motivation'

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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

CaptainHook

Re: Impossible conditions

Wanted developer with 5 years Windows 8 experience(mandatory)

Recruitment drones get a bit annoyed when you point out that there is no one on the planet with that experience. "It's what the customer wants" they wail.

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Actually a developer working on the OS from inside Microsoft might do. Although obviously thats not what the company actually wants.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

CaptainHook

Re: Duh

The point of celebs using twitter is that all their fans (mostly normal people) can see what they are up to.

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It's not entirely clear but I don't think thats the point.

It more like a 1 way filter, the celeb can make posts to FB which fans can follow and view but they can't friend the celeb directly. Then the celeb can keep track of what the fans are saying about their post without having to friend random people or join groups etc.

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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

CaptainHook

Re: Many testicles are lost annually to kitchen appliance malfunctions

What? what are you doing with the toaster/kettle/washer/food processor ????

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Real Men don't use shop brought gadgets for their "Will It Blend" experiements.

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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

CaptainHook

Re: Fiduciary duty

Fiduciary duty means the executives of a company must work in the best interests of the shareholders... that does not mean they have to use all possible methods to maximise profits.

For example:

Step 1) A telephone company changes the contracts for it's customers making the company vastly more money for than expected for a few years as the customers are trapped.

Step 2) As the various customer contracts end, the customers leave and swear to never touch that company again.

The executives have maximised the profit of a company for several years, but they haven't worked in the best interests of the shareholders because by maximising profit for a year or two they destroy the profit of the company futher down the line.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

CaptainHook

Re: Redundancy?

The change of location counts as redundancy for the role.

IIRC, if a company moved its office more than 15 miles from the original office location they have to offer redundancy to any staff member who doesn't want to move because the role in the original office is now redundant. Thats a good thing, because it forces the company to pay proper compensation instead of just firing people who wouldn't move and avoiding all compensation for it.

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