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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

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Re: Targeted vs. opportunistic

Precisely. The point must be to make mass surveillance economically or "strategically" infeasible

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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

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The race is on to start up twatch.com!

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Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google's appeal

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It would be interesting to see how much money Google has had to fork over in total due to this "rogue engineer"

I'm guessing it isn't enough to be certain that no more "rogue engineers" engage in legally shady practices.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

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Re: Question

I'm just going to reply so I can find this place easier later, when some wise sage has answered the question. Sorry I couldn't be of any help :)

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Meh

I don't think I know anyone who has ever viewed a film and - as the place was being shot up, or the wake was progressing slowly and mournfully - gone "Those curtains - my God they are fabulous. If only there was some way for me to identify their brand and purchase some for myself."

And frankly I don't believe that happens - and if it does I don't believe it happens enough to justify this gizmo.

If I am to be distracted from whatever content I am consuming (that's the correct lingo, right?), I do believe I'd prefer it be by cake and coffee or something along those lines.

As much as I love advertisements, I do believe that the money being paid to make those ads should help negate the costs for me for consuming content. So unless using this wonderful new invention means I'll be getting Netflix for free, I can't see this being anything I'd use.

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

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Unhappy

http://www.baekdal.com/opinion/how-inapp-purchases-has-destroyed-the-industry

He really isn't...

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Re: Who?

There could also conceivably be parents who buy some of these things for their kids.

"If you clean your room all week, then we can buy that engine upgrade for your super car"

Or something of that sort.

I mean it's at least possible

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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True to a point.

That point being when Google - doing this as standard - winds up with the inferior search engine.

"All I can find on Google about person X is that he's a fine upstanding citizen. Yet Bing/Yahoo/Duckduckgo/Startpage etc. etc. give me info about that scandal a few years ago. I knew I hadn't gone senile - I did recall X being involved in a prostitution ring."

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

Isn't patent law made in such a manner, that if you do not uphold your patent you forfeit it (or am I thinking of TM?)

Such that we just need a single company to very publicly make use of the patents for a short while. Once not action is taken against that company, the patents are forfeit

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Well I would certainly expect other results from buying ad-words than Google telling me it's working... I might even hope for an increase in sales o.0

So yeah - Google could tell me all sorts of shit, most likely they wont tell me shit. I'll trust that they target the advertisements, and if I see a proper amount of return from my investment, I'll probably renew my ad contract. If nothing happens, then I'd be a fool to continue advertising using Google.

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Re: @Irongut and others

I think it was a reference to national security letters in the US, where by a secret court gives a secret authorization to secretly demand data from a company that is not allowed to tell anyone that this even took place.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Edward Snowden isn't very good at logic (and neither is the NSA)

Perhaps it was more likely to raise flags if he tried to store emails from his own account, so he chose other more ripe targets.

Perhaps he thought that when he released evidence that the NSA has immense power, the conversation would be on that fact and on which course to take, and not about whether or not he followed appropriate channels, or if he had a horse as a child, or how his haircut is indicative of insanity, so it must all be crazy ramblings of a sick commie!

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Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

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Paris Hilton

So here's a question.

What's the worst case scenario for non-US citizens, if these fastlanes are forc... accep...lovingly embraced by the hard working patriotic American people?

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Joke

What the hell... If I wanted to be tracked by corporations and governments I'd probably carry around some sort of gps-enabled microphone and camera!

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Employees grab Apple and Google's $325 MEEELLION olive branch in hiring suit

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Re: Another sad day for the rule of law.

I would think the proper (read: legal) way to deal with something like this was to bind certain knowing employees with some kind of gag-order pertaining to their work?!

Adding such a clause to a contract might up the wage a bit, so I can see why it's easier (and now also cheaper) to simply make shady dealings with other companies.

Did the government already take some action against these companies? Will they? Can no action be taken at all?

These question are simply to quench the fire that is my ignorance (though it will likely continue to burn bright)

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Open wide, 'Friends': Facebook wants to give you a 'Privacy checkup'

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Sure there's a negative perspective to put on this...

But at least with more control and easier interface, it's "only" facebook you have to worry about (and probably some - if not all of the - apps/games).

So kudos for doing something in the right direction.

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

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I sincerely doubt that this is actually true.. but if true, that's pretty much Google done for? At least as far as ad revenue goes, which I'm lead to believe is the foundation of the business...

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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" "special-interest alien smugglers." "

I can not possibly be the only one, who really hopes this should be taken at face value.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

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One has to wonder how the infrastructure and ability to compete would have looked for the companies that could've spent $XX millions on upgrades and on servicing their customers...

It's almost like that would've been a good investment which would've ensured long term profits...

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FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

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"His proposal will ask citizens "if paid prioritization should be banned outright" "

Since I'm not a US citizen I don't fell I should directly meddle... but can we assume that Reddit et. al. are mounting campaigns to answer this asking with a resounding "Yep, it should. kkthx"

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Republicans turn up heat on FCC over net neutrality push

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"We don't want to stifle economic growth in America!

By that we mean that we don't want to stifle economic growth in select companies. Please make regulations such that wealthy and established players are able to combat smaller competitors and keep markets in an iron fist. Ideas for such regulation could be gained from a view towards regulation on stock markets and investments."

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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The more the merrier!?

See title...

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Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

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Re: The protesters have vowed to stay outside the FCC until its May 15 vote

That would probably be the very best thing that could happen, if you're a supporter of Net Neutrality. It might light a spotlight on it.

Wouldn't want to be the people being removed though.

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

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Re: Let's see how the ISPs spin this

It'll probably be framed to reflect on a more general fundamental principal of the great nation of the US!

"What we're doing is providing services in accord with free market principles and the capitalist ideals that made our nation the best in the world! Despite recent attempts to paint us as some kind of villains in this matter, we feel confident that our customers will see that we're upholding grand American traditions."

Or something to that effect...

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: vandalism?

I think there's an official server where you can stroll about, AND there's an option to download the map and stroll about.

Perhaps some would like to see the map before downloading a TB of data - or perhaps they have a dataplan in place and so would rather not spend it downloading all of Denmark, when all they're interested in is blowing up a couple of bits of the Capital...

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: Stupid

You could be right of course.

I doubt that you're right about "probably be popular". With Netflix, HBO, Youtube and Auntie Elizas vacation films all being available in Full HD provided your internet connection can handle it, I don't see how this could become too popular. Not before ISPs have ruined Net Neutrality and now Netflix et. al. are forced to implement something similar or be completely fucked by providers.

Oh what am I saying! The free market always leads to the best consequences for the consumers. Never mind me - it's 2pm and I haven't had a single cup of coffee yet!

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Looking at what Dreamworks apparently released in the first quarter of 2014 it's not really surprising.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Didn't even know what this was till I wikied it)

Need for Speed (because video game movies are always the best. Especially when released 4 months after the latest game)

Then of course there's sales of old film and what not. And surely they'll be going in to the green once How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out on June 13. Granted it's a sequel, but the first one wasn't bad, so surely people will flock to it - especially them folks with kids.

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Re: Allofmp3

And crap sequels - don't forget those!

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

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I don't like Google very much at all, but even I think this story has a certain smell to it.

Unless lots of the people who have had money taken in this way or former/current employees come forward, or some internal documents are leaked, I think we'll find the smell to be reminiscent of the excrement of a male bovine creature.

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

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Re: Jolla

Yeah... During whole Nokia sale thing, I was really hoping they'd use the money they made to turn around and start making new phones.

Jolla seems like a fit - provided they'd be interested in working (again for most of them, no?) for and selling to Nokia :)

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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

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Now I'm not a fancy big city economist, so I've deleted the lovely flawed economic model I had previously made in this place.

Let me instead ask a question: Is anyone eligible for jail time because of this? Why/Why not?

It seems to me that what these companies have done is in effect stealing. Now if I steal $10,000 from Apple, can I expect to get off with a fine (be it $10,000 or $100,000)?

Come to think of it, I probably could if I could pay 100k, but here another question arises; should I be able to get away with just paying a fine?

A fine - unless it's insanely massive, talking % of annual turnover - is unlikely to deter bad behaviour. Jailing executives for 5-10 years (and seizing assets) is - in my view - far more likely to deter bad behaviour.

In a country where others are jailed for years and years for petty thefts, why do these people get off without? (And I'd appreciate answers other than "Money, duuuuh!", cheers)

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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Hah!

"Wheeler said the agency would protect consumers from "abusive market activity.""

Okay okay... Let's just assume that the 5 people currently in the FCC actually will do this. What happens next year? In 5 years? 10 years?

It doesn't take more than 3 people on the FCC with a skewed view of what abusive market activity is, and it's doomed. Once the go-ahead is given once, it'll be a helluva fight to take it back again, better never to give it!

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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This is great!

Didn't the UK get something similar a few (I want to say) months back?

I think it's great so long as the process isn't reversed, I really don't want to s... *HISSSS* OH crap!

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Re: Stranger still?

Did you choose your icon based on how your post would make any potential reader feel? If so, good job!

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: Worst thing you can do right now

I'm confused about the whole thing.

For instance:

IVPN says Netflix wasn't affected, so doesn't need patching and you don't need a password change.

Mashable says Netflix was affected, has been patched, and thus you need a password change*

There's a fancy quote and everything on the Mashable, but I can't really tell if it's legit. The problem now becomes who do you trust in this regard? I can't find any statement made by Netflix regarding Heartbleed. In this case I'm inclined to trust IVPN for now, but I'm thinking in general I'll assume any site that hasn't posted any "we're not vulnerable to Heartbleed" is still vulnerable.

http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

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T-Mobile US increases pressure on rivals with fondleslab freebie

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What's this? Actual competitive practices in the land of the free market?! Unheard of.

Good on them. There are probably ways* this could harm the consumers, but so far it's looking good!

*more cynical people will point them out I'm sure :)

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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Re: The future has arrived.

Visualization based on writing style, it's a whole science: Facial Aesthetic Interpretive Linguistics!

Ever wondered how those great ancient writers - who weren't fancy enough to have a bust made - looked? Well wonder no more!

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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I might venture a guess. Having lots of 5-star apps, makes their store seem full of high quality goods.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Google cars are obviously recognizable!?

Some people seem to argue that it's obvious what Google cars are doing and that they are indeed Google cars.

But you might be forgetting the 86 year old Italian lady who hasn't got the faintest notion of what that newfangled strange looking car is for. Or anyone else who might actually not be too in tune to what's happening on the internet and in the tech world.

Argue all you want about the wrongs and rights of Google photographing all this stuff, but please stop presuming that everyone, everywhere know what a Google car looks like and what it's doing.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Or it could be the growing prevalence of alternative - legal - online ways to get to music?

Also:

"A search for the name of any leading artist followed by the term 'mp3' in the leading search engines still returns a vast proportion of illegal links on the first page of results."

So that's how it's done, I never really knew how to find the newest music I wanted for free - thanks IFPI

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Facebook snubbed Google's Silicon Valley wage-strangle pact, Sheryl Sandberg claims

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Good for her

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

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"Even Glassholes [...] don't deserve to be spied upon"

I agree! And neither do the people said Glassholes are looking at.

Good thing Google will have a more strict app-store policy for Glasses! Wouldn't want any unauthorized spyware on the Glasses - Google and NSA only

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Meh

I've said it before and I most certainly will again: I want an offline version of glasses please. Something with a little flashdrive hidden somewhere that can store images/videos I produce and can have a small database with a map of the area I plan to traverse and other could be interesting data.

If it can' access the internet, then it can't leak data to anyone... right?

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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The founding fathers!

Why is this such a trope in public discourse in the US?

Now granted I'm only following it from the sidelines, but it seems that somehow the argument that "it's what the founding fathers intended" or it's opposite is supposed to have weight.

And it might have weight if it wasn't used willy nilly all the bloody time! The argument is usually nothing more than "I think that Thomas Jefferson would agree with me".

So to Mr. NSA - if you truly believe that there is no trouble in how the checks and balances are applied, then why are many of these things apparently news to the committee meant to provide those checks and balances?

Oh and one last thing, this article was riddled with half-finished sentences and repeated phrases. Someone - not me - should proof read it.

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Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

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For once

I might be inclined to give the corporations a bit of a pass.

Who knows what they're allowed to say and when and to whom!?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: What happened to wireless charging?

We'll finally be where Tesla envisioned. Homes charged with electricity - though his idea was that it'd provide recuperation so that we wouldn't have to go to the seaside once a year.

http://www.teslacollection.com/tesla_articles/1912/popular_electricity_magazine/e_leslie_gilliams/tesla_s_plan_of_electrically_treating_school_children

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It might be premature, but if this is implemented as "intended" or at least as I see it being intended, then thank you very much!

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Ladies and Gentleman! The 45th president of these United States

Chris Christie!

Wooooh - Wuuuuh! YEAH!

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Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal

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"Google spies on you in order to make money to deliver you things you want so they can spy on your more."

This seems like it might be painting Google with too positive a brush.

Now I'm not saying I prefer Microsoft - by no means.

However I would reject that "[o]nly one of these two will hold the majority of the English-speaking search market". How about neither? A third player? Several more specialized search engines - perhaps through a central search engine that'll be forced to link through the specialized search engines that it's ripping its results from... I don't just speculation of course.

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"Those were a good 3 years getting courted by you Google. My term is about to end, but don't worry I'll make sure to strong arm whatever 'concessions' we agreed on through before I leave. See you in a year for my job interview"

And here I was thinking Almunia might just actually be one of the... not so bad guys.

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