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Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu

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Re: Who next

Meg completes the crown - you forgot Leo.

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Blame

I am interested to know what portion of blame is to be attached to the different parties. I have little doubt that an element of smoke and mirrors was in Autonomy's accounts; the question is whether they amounted to attaching 'ambitious' (but legally defensible) values to various assets, or whether it was a devilish fraud on the level of Enron. If it is the former, HP and Meg deserve to go to fiery hell for being taken for a pair of mugs.

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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"Came across them when they first launched (one of my old bosses contributed some cash to their development IIRC). Played around a bit, but it was a bit *meh*,..."

I genuinely thought you were referring to ISIS when I read that.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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This Windows 1.0 operating system sold by that Ballmer fellow looks like a very good, functional replacement for Windows 8. I'm sending off for it now.

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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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Anyone who has ever done even the meanest job for a financial services company will have the riot act read to them about money laundering. When I trained for a McJob in a bank call centre 10 years ago, I had to be trained about money laundering, and it was made clear to us that we could go to prison for not reporting it when we had suspicions. Perhaps senior management didn't go on this training?

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Re: Today, smart phones and tablets........

"Linux is the OS of tomorrow."

And it always will be.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Works well enough if you ask me, though adblocks for mobile devices should work better.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Stupid Password Policies

I've noticed that some websites - with very high security requirements - often have unstated limits on password length. I created a very large new password using a password manager, it was accepted on the 'New Password' dialogue box, but then when I tried to enter it to log in, it was refused. It was clear that the maximum password length is set at about 15 characters. This is stupid; I don't know what these institutions gain from this policy.

TSB and Legal & General, I'm looking at you here!

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Re: there is a legitimate use for these...

There may be circumstances when it makes sense to borrow money from a payday loan company, but I genuinely fear what they are. The saddest thing is people borrowing money from them to waste on rubbish.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Command economies 'don't work'

That depends what you mean by not working. The Soviet Union enjoyed consistent growth throughout it's history, with the exception of the last few years. I'm not suggesting it was a panacea, and outwith the big cities it was immensely poor. But clearly something was done correctly during it's economic history. I suspect very cheap gas had something to do with it, but central planning cannot be fatal to economic functioning.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Public money

"In most commercial businesses pissing £100m up the wall for no useful output would actually endanger the future of the business, and probably result in a complete change of both board and IT management."

LOL

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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I question the extent to which Twitter triggered this condition. This woman had 'Ideas of Reference', where she believed random events had huge significance for her. Wikipedia gives a number of examples of the phenomenon, and this would appear to be just another example. If Twitter didn't exist, likely something else would have caused this woman to have this delusion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideas_of_reference_and_delusions_of_reference

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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

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It is apparent from the Guardian's story that the objective was to punt the guy using any means necessary (also, it is clear that some BBC executives do not understand that stuff they say in emails can come back to bite them):

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/07/sacked-bbc-technology-chief-wins-unfair-dismissal-john-linwood

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: I call bollocks.

"A lot of it (in my experience with teaching parents) is that the older generation appear to be more afraid of breaking something."

I am surprised at the number of people that think that a micro USB device charger must be the one that came with the device, and not just any old micro USB charger from a reputable manufacturer.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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So many details missing here:

-Who sent them the images?

-Could forensics find whether the images had been accessed by the men?

-Why did they not have solicitors?

-Why plead guilty?

It's a shame court transcripts aren't available online to find out what happened.

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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I want to see the facts aired in public. Right now, Autonomy looks flakey and HP looks stupid, but either opinion could be unfair until things are sorted out in court. This is getting silly now.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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It couldn't be worse than my mum's Samsung smart TV. To be fair, it does catch up TV and Netflix well, which is the main thing. But everything else is slow, half baked and confusing. The software was designed in the spirit of 'will-this-do?'. If LG have got away from that, they deserve to do well.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: This seriously sucks...

'I wish our government (US) would just leave the poor guy alone.'

Where is it written that the US government have bothered him since he won his extradition battle?

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Special Snowflake

Is there any example of extradition being refused in England and Wales and granted in Scotland? I will eat my hat if the answer to this is 'Yes'. Even if there is an example of this, does anybody seriously think that the Scottish Government would grand extradition when Teresa May didn't? Of course not. In that case, why on earth is GM actually drawing attention to this 'problem', when nobody would otherwise know or care?

Gary McKinnon should accept that he won his extradition battle and leave it at that.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

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'My Snowdon card beats your McKinnon card!'

Handsomeness: McKinnon 1, Snowden 10

Not being saved by mummy before the eyes of the world: McKinnon 1, Snowden 10

Geopolitical significance: McKinnon 1, Snowden 10

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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"Do give it a few seconds to adjust to the presenter's whiny voice"

Christ, you weren't wrong about the whiny voice. Did someone digitally alter his voice as a prank?

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Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8

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Re: keys to my castle(s)

Presumably the passwords file is encrypted, and not accessible by 1password at all? I use Keepass and it is very good.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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Those taxi drivers were neither optimising nor 'satisfacting'. They were being retarded. If they bothered to think through the problem for ten seconds it would have occurred to them to work long hours on rainy days and shorter ones on dry days to make more money for less work overall.

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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I worry about the day when Amazon decides that the opposition have been crushed sufficiently for them to start 'leveraging' their monopoly, and consumers, publishers and authors have to dance to their tune. Right now, I like Amazon, but the day could arrive when they resemble total bastards.

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'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter

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Re: Plods really are dumb

It was going to be Sergeant Michael Hunt, but he went AWOL. His superior is asking everyone if they have seen Mike Hunt.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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How did the STEREO satellite survive the blast?

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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Re: Bin royalties for the platform.

Yes, they can give it away. Did you read the article?

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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

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"Average ball possession became a critical factor with the need to look at receiving the ball, control, passing and pass completion."

This will come as a shock to Woy Hodgson, whose tactics of losing the ball, incompetence, and passing the ball to the opposition were key to victory.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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"I think there's still enough love for them that..."

The Register commentards think they love Nokia, but for the average punter Nokia has as much resonance as Matsui, Phillips, Bush and other electronics brands from days gone by. Nokia made that phone they got for Christmas in 2002 that they liked.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Re: Shades of Couch Potatoes of the World, Unite

Every time I hear the word 'creative', I want to scream. When people comment on how 'creative' someone is, it is generally because they aren't that bright or have a poor work ethic: 'Fair enough, John never was good at maths, and has an alternative lifestyle that does not involve actual effort, but he is so >creative<.'

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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At least the start of this film sounds comprehensible, unlike The Phantom Menace. That film made no sense. Aside from that, this film is totally anticlimactic and pointless.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Was Nokia Android simply a ruse to get MS to buy Nokia? 'Buy us, or watch us pump yet more Android devices out to India'!

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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Re: Told you so

No, the rot started long before he joined. Nokia made some calamitous decisions (to be more accurate, non-decisions) between 2007-2010 and left the door open to Apple, Samsung, HTC and RIM to take it's market share.

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NAO slaps down Cabinet Office gov-IT savings claims AGAIN

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"GDS calculates savings based on cases where its directly "enforces" a change in a project's scope, which cancels or reduces costs. It then compares the revised and approved forecast to the original spend estimates submitted for approval."

You can bet as many civil servants worked on this numbers game as worked on the projects themselves. Also, I am at a loss as to how one can compare a 'forecast' to an 'original estimate' and conclude a saving has been made.

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Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'

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Re: So...

"What's wrong with supporting your local library instead?"

Local libraries are for women who want to read books about beaten-but-unbowed Victorian lasses who end up marrying his Lordship's son; for those with more diverse interests, they are not so good. That is perhaps unjust, but I see less value in local libraries.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: See ...

Given the arrests were made using existing powers, I fail to see what they have to do with the new powers?

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Re: Baffling

"Boom/bust cycles only hurt during the bust."

No shit Sherlock. And jumping from an aeroplane without a parachute only hurts if you make contact with the ground.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much

I thought commentards thought Netbooks are amazingly awesome - or do they cease being so when MS bring out 'Netbook v2'?

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: Good luck with that F35

The article doesn't mention it, but they have managed to build a working prototype from the information stolen. They have drilled a large hole in the ground and are attempting to fill it up with gold bars!

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Re: How to sort out DNS problems properly

"However, why go through all that testing for local DNS servers etc. to use, when you can simply configure a standalone DNS server that is seeded with the root servers?"

Or just use Google?

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Email has already been invented.

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Brit bank Barclays rolls out voice recog for telephone banking

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With the exception of words like 'yes' and 'no', it never works. I can only think banks are laughing at us when they ask us to read a 16 digit card number to these systems.

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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

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Hive

I got Hive for my house, even though I knew it would not reduce my gas consumption by that much. The main benefit is the ability the switch my heating on from the comfort of my bed at the weekend if I happen to wake early. There is also the sheer satisfaction of being able to switch the heating off if I know I will be out in the evening and I won't waste any gas.

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For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

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"This is a romp of a very different sort: a Victorian era social commentary with various ingredients including secrets and lies, philandering and unrequited love, a bit of the old incestuous allusions and, of course, a healthy dose of syphilis."

Is this the promised mash up between The Terminator and Fast and Furious?

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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

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Let's hope the bastards who committed this heinous crime rot in prison for the rest of their lives.

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

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O2...

...have their own service called O2 Tu Go. It's great for making calls or sending texts, but it doesn't work for notifying you of incoming calls and texts. This is pretty shit and defeats a big part of the reason for this kind of service.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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'ISIS Don't Do Facebook'

According to the BBC, they do Twitter, Instagram and YouTube instead:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27912569

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Re: Agile approach?

I suggest an old scoping document that nobody but the auditor looked at since it was typed up said 'this project will use the Agile methodology', because that was the terminology in vogue at the time.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: Who?

It's the incredible sums of money charged in some of these apps that get me - £80 for a 'heap of gold' or some shite.

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Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

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"Gonzague Gay-Bouchery"

This name is surely a joke?

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