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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Replace the airbags with spikes :) This should instantly result in improved driving standards.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Nooooo :) all new Ford ecokaboom engines have a turbo to make up for their pitiful displacement and allow them to quote an mpg that is an order of magnitude or from what you can realistically expect to get If it will last long enough before expiring!

Although the new Aston inspired grille ads at least 20hp.

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Awesome, add a turbo and you have next year's Fiesta engine.

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Softbank boss promises 'massive price war' if he can buy T-Mobile US

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Re: Blah, blah, blah

They sped up network vision, they decided to keep virtually all the clear sites to increase site density rather than decommissioning them as planned, they launched 'framily' etc. Son has managed to shake some things up but I think he has been fighting the culture at sprint which is why we are seeing senior staff leaving and not add much progress as anticipated.

I'm not sure the merger will help much, tmo's spectrum is generally over committed although the do have 50MHz of mid dial spectrum in most markets and there would be significant savings. The technology difference is minor given the move to lte, newer phones would just have a couple of extra bands and keep the legacy gsm / cdma voice carriers and a small 1x/ hspa commit for a few years. It will be very interesting to see what Dish does, they may prove key.

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With dish amassing spectrum they could form a new 4th player and buy tmo's site leases (which sprint realistically won't need the majority of over time) or enter a network sharing deal with the newly merged company. Sprints network vision sites are designed to be able to easily support more bands and different tech (gsm, lte ca etc).

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Indonesia plans 10 Gbps FTTP as part of 20-million-premises broadband project

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Re: I applaud their ambition.

Thinking about it you could probably manage it a lot cheaper by bonding multiple connections either via an iso that supports it (eclipse?) or in property using something like a firebrick (there's another company makes a similar product but all I can remember was it was yellow, the joys of parenthood destroying brain cells sorry).

Bonding at the isp will probably cost more and add a little latency but will give you double the connection speed for a single transfer, in home bonding will give you double the total capacity but not for a single transfer and without any change in latency).

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Re: I applaud their ambition.

I guarantee you can get a faster connection. You will just need to pay the install fee for the leased line and the monthly rate will not be 12.99. I live on a volcanic rock in the middle of the pacific and I can get a 1 gbps drop, just not in the same order of magnitude pricing wise as a consumer product. You may encounter some fun with permits if you live in an area of outstanding beauty but money solves that.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Every time...

Pono is a Hawaiian term, it means balanced / fair / righteous and about 20 other things. Very haole of them to use it on a commercial product.

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NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

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Re: easy solution

Yes because what the world needs is more MBA's :) We might run out of lawyers then what we use for ballast under railway tracks.

I did a stint at DuPont in research and I honestly did not find what you mention although that was commercial research, designing and evaluating catalysts, rather than pure academia. The biggest ism I ever encountered was ageism. I always found the world outside far worse for isms. The corporate world isn't much better. Don't women hold less than 5% of CEO positions for fortune 500 companies? I doubt it is much better at board level.

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Re: easy solution

I get the feeling you may be deliberately misunderstand the situation. Yes the budget for CMO and AMO is a fair portion of the total budget but the scope of their responsibility is significant. You are talking about maintaining, commissioning and decommissioning all their facilities as programs come and go, dealing with all the training and safety costs, the IT spending, the list is pretty long. They have to deal with keeping facilities just because the state its just because a senator pulled some strings or with , in the space of a couple of years demolishing or decommissioning 70+ buildings at one site alone because constellation was canceled, or with downsizing the rocket propulsion testing facility at White sands after the shuttle got canned. They built a groundwater treatment plant due to some contamination, the budget also covers buying supercomputers ($150 m a year on IT iirc).

Seriously, those two departments are a catchall that deal with pretty much anything and everything that isn't directly related to a currently in progress project. If anything it seems like they deliberately shift costs out of projects and into this budget to make their missions look cheaper.

I don't advocate writing a blank check but a normal company doesn't work the same way, NASA isn't a company. It has to operate in a world where maintaining any kind of mission stability is akin to wallpapering fog. How efficient is any company going to be when you give it a task as large as constellation then can it 6 ish years later.

Companies like space x etc can do what they do cheaply and efficiently because they don't have to deal with anywhere near as many unknowns. NASA put men on the moon over 40 years ago from a start point of not having a clue what most of the problems would be, these companies are rethinking an existing solution to make it more efficient.

NASA is cheap, the f35 program would find NASA for somewhere around 50 years. We throw money at the military like crazy, we found $800 + bn for the war in Iraq yet we can't find the money for peaceful space exploration?

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Re: easy solution

Half the college sports budgets would free up nearly $4bn, even just removing the subsidy would provide over $2.3bn a year (I know that's not a direct government expenditure). That should allow for some more projects.

I agree with using more cost effective private solutions for near earth 'routine' stuff as long as they are safe and that doing it in house wouldn't allow for synergies. NASA should be doing (and be funded to do) more ambitious projects. Yes they are inefficient compared to a private company but they also manage to do things private companies cannot. The shuttle would have been cheaper if it hadn't of had military requirements and how many of these (admittedly very talented) young space companies are standing on NASA's shoulders. We need NASA, we also need it to be doing bat sh!t crazy stuff like a moon base or landing on an asteroid. Not even because of what we might discover there or the technologies we might invent along the way but because we need to inspire the next generation. We want kids to aspire to be scientists who design supersonic passenger jets and Moon bases not just football players or Paris Hilton clones, that can be their fallback. What chance do we have when is not a priority for us?

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'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

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Re: Not Bribe

No you are missing the point :) at$t are so evil it must be considered a bribe yet when tmo pay people is them being all helpful and nice and not to be considered bribery.

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Re: This t-mo CEO is rude and unprofessional

At$T's gsm is fine add they have low dial spectrum which is better for building penetration, that and they generally have a better built out network so gsm is not really to blame. Tmo is making advances with mimo which will help plus it purchased some 700 MHz lower A block spectrum from Verizon but it comes with issues (channel 51 interference in some markets for a while, not nationwide, needs new rru's and antenna at every site, will mean a move away from sharing handset design with at&t potentially = higher cpe costs). Right now sprint (when its network vision rollout completes and there's nation wide triband lte) and Verizon have the brightest future although upcoming auctions (aws & 600MHz) could change.

Legere is just creepy though. I challenge anyone to find a picture of him smiling normally. Time will tell if he can build the network he is selling, right now it's sub par.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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Re: Xerox should sue then me thinks lol

Why? If you know the history you know Xerox have no case. It wasa tragic case of not knowing the value of what you have.

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Re: R & D

Amen to that. Throw the 13bn sammy are going to spend on marketing at R&D and they won't need to advertise in the first place. The note 3 is great but I'm not sure how much better a phone needs to be, a mild spec bump won't see me buying a note 4.

The legal and marketing budgets might just make a difference!

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Re: You're banning it wrong

The s2 is still being sold quite a lot, just through mvno's and regional carriers. It's cheap and has a huge amount of aftermarket trinkets for it, plus it isn't all that bad specification wise. I think El reg has mistaken it not being sold directly by tier one cell networks for it not being sold at all.

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Quite a few regional carriers sell the s2 as well. It's cheap and for ghetto pcs or mvno operations it's a good choice.

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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Re: Hence

That's the trade off with Apple. They release an upgrade and it's usually compatible with most of their phones (although sometimes not all features will work with all phones) but to be fair this is at the expense of choice. Apple only needs to test it against a few phones and several steps are in house for Apple that aren't for Android phone makers. I'm not suggesting either approach is better, it's just a choice between pretty much guaranteed updates for a couple off years (by which point you will probably upgrade) or having more choice over the specification of your phone. I would not be shocked to find that Samsung released more phone variants in 2013 than Apple have released in total.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: What A Crock of SHIT

Exactly. The law was grossly unsound and when it was removed from the books it should have resulted in am official apology to anyone with a conviction and any convictions being expunged. A pardon suggests guilt. He may have broken a law but the law was as unsound as they get. It should never have been a law and if our elected officials weren't spineless, greedy, moronic sacks of excrement it would have been dealt with properly.

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Google: Surge in pressure from govts to DELETE CHUNKS of the web

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alleged illegal activity

One can only presume it was submitting an accurate expense claim.

I agree people should not be able to publish lies but an important piece of information is missing, had the allegation been tested in court and is the removal backed by an injunction based on it being proven untrue. If not there is a big problem here. No person should have any more (or any less) protection here. If it is untrue the author should face consequences, if it is true then the authors right to free speech is paramount. We have courts to decide if it is true, if the author publishes prior to a judgement then they leave themselves open to a greater punishment. I have a deep suspicion regarding any unnamed mp getting to silence allegations about crimes, for all we know it could have been TB and Iraq War crimes.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Isn't this the same Vodafone...

One reason quoted for the high price paid (200% of the share price) was actually because of the tax liability, but perhaps it went to the patent company and not Voda uk?

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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Re: 9Pm deadline

Unless you have Bt broadband and their smutwall, then just watch channel 5.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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Re: The mightiest of the seven sins

https://www.google.com/search?q=nigerian+email+scam+life+savings&client=ms-opera-mobile&channel=new#channel=new&q=nigerian+email+scam+life+savings&spell=1

Sadly yes, people have even stolen money to send. Hard to believe but greed is powerful and some folks are both weak and stupid.

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Re: The mightiest of the seven sins

Yup, you only have to look at how many people willingly hand over their life savings to help Nigerian Oil heirs. I'm going out on a limb here but it is a combination of greed and stupidity rather than wanting to help that nice ambassadors son get his inheritance that gets them on the front page of the newspaper.

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Re: rm -rf /*

How about, your bitcoin is located inside the computer, it's the silver circular thing below the Cpu. Your bit coin balance is written on the front, some folks are lucky enough to have 2032 coins in CRedit.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Hmm so the toymaker parodied (seemingly legally) a BB song. BB wrote to them and said we don't like it please stop. The toymaker then sued BB 'preemptively', BB then sued to toymaker.

All over something that is legally protected (parodies). I can however see the logic in only allowing parodies for non commercial use, i.e. a comedy sketch not an advert \ commercial.

This is also a superb example of why lawyers should all get 24 hours WOO.

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

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Re: Ban them entirely

To be fair many planes have had phones on a lot of seats for a long time, they have just been $10 a minute to use which pretty much cut out the random shouting of mcdonalds orders. Just allow texting and require phones to be on vibrate.

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Look behind you, T-Mobile US: Sprint wants to GOBBLE you – allegedly

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AT&T and Verizon 'donate\lobby' somewhere in the region of 15-20 million a year. Sprint is closer to 2-3 million, tmo about 1/3rd of that. I can't see this being allowed :)

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Re: That... would suck

I'm on TMO and have been following their plans with interest (not far off switching back to sprint when they get lte here). It's pretty obvious that Legere has been buffing tmo for a sale. A lot of what he has been marketing is not sustainable in the long term. The whole hey stream video all day long is not realistic, especially as they gain subs (without enough cash to buy big in the 600MHz auction AND build it out quickly) and people naturally shift towards smartphones, average data use is going through the roof and they don't have the spectrum to deliver in the long run.

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Re: Combining GSM and CDMA?

Not at all. Sprints network vision project should be able to handle this without much problem. TMO is already refarming hspa spectrum to LTE and this would basically just expand Sprints triband lte to quadband lte. Keeping legacy voice cdma and gsm around would have a pretty low spectrum cost and volte would make this go away in the long run.

It would be a multi year project but sprint is already basically rebuilding its network from scratch and doing it with an eye on flexibility. It won't be easy but it's far from a disaster. TMO is already doing the reverse with metro pcs.

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AT&T's acquisition wasn't denied specifically because 4 is better than 3 (although that was a consideration) but because there were more significant worries such as being the sole gsm carrier, their refusal of many of the compromises requested re spectrum divesting etc.

AT&T didn't want tmo for any other reason than they wanted to screw customers which is why it didn't get through. It wasn't about being stronger, it was simply about killing competition.

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

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Re: Do the pipes go....

And in the right order!

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Why America is no longer slurping electricity from Russian nuke warheads

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Re: Hmmmm.

As it was so excellently explained above it was cheaper that taking it by force or defending against it, so it was free in an Internet Explorer accounting sense.

War is insanely expensive, didn't the US get paid a couple of billion for the first Gulf conflict.

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Re: FIVE HUNDRED TONS of highly-enriched uranium

The reason it was kept quiet was because it wasa remarkably same thing to do and it wouldn't be good if people found out they could be sensible and cooperate. We might expect them to do it more often! Just imagine where that would lead us, a peaceful world and effective government that represents the people's best interests. That would get in the way of screwing with voting laws and starting wars to boost the shares you hold in arms companies. Perish the thought.

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Sugarsync add to the fails of cloud storage

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True, but I think Google have managed to change people's perception of what to free means (with respect to reliability and longevity of service). I would rather pay because then I can complain if something goes wrong. Companies still have to pay for the free storage they offer, if it isn't coming from your wallet that creates an element of uncertainty. The very reason this type of deal needs a backup is because it's free to you. You can't guarantee the companies strategy will pay off so you stand to lose the free service. I just don't understand why people get upset at the company in situations like this. They either can the service or continue to run it at a loss and possibly go bankrupt at which point you lose the service anyway. No point being angry at them. Free services come and go, they often require something from the users like watching adverts, which people bitch about Do they reduce them and make less money then can the service. If you want to ensure the service pay for it, otherwise there's a fair chance it might stop at some point. Seems they have been very fair in allowing people 2 months to get their days off.

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Oh gosh, how terrible, I shall call the rspca at once!! ;)

They tried that business model and for one reason or another the sums didn't work out. It was either from the advertising budget to sell other services, subsidised by profit from paid subs (although with google et al able to offer very cheap space thats a tough market) or just money to grow market share or a combination, it just didn't make sense. They have given warning and you can transfer to another provider. Theres plenty of them around, it's easy to pickup 5gb for free, you can even get 50gb for free from a few places. Owncloud is another option, either on your home pc if you are happy securing that otherwise a VM or a VPS would be another way.

It will be interesting to see if any of the major cloud providers jump on this, if they have any sense they will offer a gratis migration service for the data to help capture the refugees. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

I wonder what this will mean long term. MS \ Google will probably have a 'free' (at the point of use) tier for a hell of a long time if not forever but what it will mean for box \ dropbox \ tresorit etc will be interesting to find out. Dropbox probably has enough momentum and paid subs. The rest may go the same way.

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Penis Head

Excellent joke!

So do femidoms come in different sizes? From prom night to Wayne's granny hooker?

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Re: Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?

True, there was an article by the BBC on their news site about that. Every so often a group of individuals would deliberately read it to get it on the most read section on the front page. They most have orchestrated quite a campaign as it 'popped up' quite often.

There is some modest variation between some ethnicities and therefore to a slightly lesser degree by location (due to increased mobility) . The actual amount isn't that much. I would also question the sample size as to eliminate all the possible variables you would have to do a lot of measuring !

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Well caught :) my apologies, you are odd course correct.

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Have they ever shown a movie that included any scenes of the beast with two heads? It would seem rather contradictory if they had!

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Can't see the problem with this being shown later at night? Methinks perhaps it is not the 'sexual reference' being inappropriate but rather a religious prejudice \ prudishness on the part of a few individuals in a position of power with half an excuse acting as a fig leaf.

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Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

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Re: Fine by me

I understand (and to a point agree) with what you are saying but what really bothers me is that these companies are allowed to bribe, sorry lobby, politicians that we elect and we pay every month to pass laws that suit themselves and not the general good. If there is logic in reducing the tax companies pay (and there may well be) then this should be done properly. A by the back door approach screws local companies who aren't large enough to fiddle the books and Germany has shown exactly how important small to medium sized local companies are to an economy. The sooner we reign in the brown bag approach to law making the better, laws should not be for sale and should offer equal protection.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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Re: Subtle thinking

Whilst making another euro or two off the exchange rate spread, because they get you coming, going and then charge you for making you wait in the middle, and you'll be damn grateful for it thank you very much.

However, at least Euro banks (especially UK ones) have some sanity when it comes to electronic transactions. A sort code and an account number and an amount is all you need to make a transfer for free within the UK and it's usually done within an hour or two. I REALLY miss that side of it over here, here it's yeah write a check, email a picture of it to the other person and they can use our uber l33t banking app to add it to their account in a few days time, maybe.

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Re: I think Bitcoin will die a death very soon

We abandoned the gold standard long ago, but pay off the attraction of gold and silver was always that they had limited usefulness but we're hard(ish) to obtain but people wanted them. The strength of a currency will always be determined to some degree by what people have sunk into it. Bit coins probably have some future to them as some folks have quite a lot sunk into it, even if it's just via their electric bill, they test will be how it matures, adapts to regulation etc.

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Re: Subtle thinking

Oh dear dear, you really are not seeing the issue here. The 25% the nice chaps at the bank cream off is a predictable fee for a service rendered. This is entirely different to the inherently volatile nature of bitcoins. The fact that even Carol Vorderman couldn't predict how much you will normally end up paying the bank for whacking a button on the computer (which they normally graciously allow you to whack for them via internet banking) isn't instability, no, it is a representation of how complex the nature of their job is. However, lucky soul you, it is possible to mitigate some of this by, for a token fee payable to the parasites, sorry bankers, to bet against currency shifts to ensure that the value of the transaction will not fall by an unpredictable amount, but rather by the quite predictable fee levied. Any loss in value of the original transaction is then made up by whichever poor sod the banks conned into securing the transaction, seemingly of late, by refusing to loan them money unless they did so or just by using your pension funds. Then of course they extracted a fee from them for that as well.

There are days I think I chose the wrong career, then I am reminded I have a soul.

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Hmm odd that a bank would be against regulation ;) The cynic in me believes what they find most attractive about it is the lack of regulation. Cue the next global financial collapse.

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Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

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If you had ever had to purchase replacement batteries for an AED you would not find them in any way calming! Biggest con going.

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Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

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Re: How refreshing

sorry, Nikon not non :) Phones auto correct got the better of me again.

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Re: How refreshing

I wonder if they are involved in this year's stupid patent case I.e. Non vs the company currently renting the name polaroid over making a camera that is also small and white.

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Re: I wonder if the lawyers at Morrison & Foerster

I'm sure Apple will innovate a larger screen phone next year! Then expect a lawsuit against htc, samsung, LG et al for copying their phablet.

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