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We're not, er, 'cut-throat' capitalists – VC formerly known as ISIS

an it guy

ISIL, or IS, or ISIS. These guys need to work on their branding. It's getting confusing for all of us, and they effected the murder of a dog in downton abbey (so I'm told), so really cruel people!

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

an it guy

Re: A missed opportunity

hear hear. collect plus has been very handy as well. Not sure about International delivery though having just checked their site.

on the plus side, their site does load very quickly

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

an it guy

hang on

so a former user of apple has to tell apple they went elsewhere, and cupertino can keep stats of this? can you imagine coming back and they tell you that they give you a discount (ha ha) because you're a long lost soul?

Since when is this a good use of personal data? And since when did this become acceptable.

Apple got more creepy when they automatically sent an email to a long-dead email address* when I had to buy something in store based on recognising a credit card number and I'd last bought something off them over 5 years ago. Clever, yes. creepy? Yes as well

* the email address was on the receipt.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

an it guy

Re: @Wolfetone - Speaking as a Linux user

k9 perhaps? Works well for me

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

an it guy

Re: IE5?

Not 4.7 - you might be thinking of Netscape communicator. It was that pain called IE 5.5. It didn't render anything like the windows version - partly down to System 9's controls (buttons, forms, etc) being different than windows, and partly who knows what.

I'm very glad that one never flew much further from the cuckoo's nest

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LastPass releases Open Source command line client

an it guy

so,the millions of scripts that die and fall over when lastpass servers conk out

and you've just changed the password for all those scripts to pick up...

this could be fun

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

an it guy

Re: from stats, it's actually quite nippy

All right, for those who actually care, here's a rough overview of who *never* fully completed an interaction (requiring 2x automatic interaction with a server). These are from September. Note, you can't get a device type from the information we have (annoying by Apple). As it's anonymised data, should be fine.

iOS 5: 4.5%

iOS 6.0.x: ~6%

iOS 6.1.x: 8-10% (yep, got worse)

iOS 7.0.x: 10-11%

iOS 7.1.x: 9%

iOS 8.0.x: 3% <-- finally got better

Sample sizes run in the millions over a the last two weeks in September those wanting to try to nitpick.

Specifically this is measured over users of Safari

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an it guy

from stats, it's actually quite nippy

Internal stats that I can't release show iOS 8 being a device that's finally quite good at processing the web. beforehand, I was lumping it as about as fast as Windows Vista running IE7 or 9 -- and that's not good, not at all.

While I prefer android, I think iOS 8 (performance-wise) is a better operating system, so people should be upgrading.

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

an it guy

finally. a nice place where, if executed well, the store could mean the BBC makes money. Perhaps reduces the license fee?

Okay, that last part might be wishful thinking

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

an it guy

I've seen a the compact with a tiny bit of sand in the pocket. scratches really easily. not exactly what you want after going to the beach with your phone...

that's the reason I'm considering the HTC One (M8)

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

an it guy

and all this is why...

my next phone is going to be unlocked, and stock. Then I only have to worry about the firmware the manufacturer adds.

The discussion of which phone is best is another long one, and it's going to take me time to find. Any suggestions? Not the New Z1 mini because someone I know has it, and it scratches a tad fast with sand (front and back) when on holiday.

Sorry to derail the discussion, but suggestions?

- MicroSD is a must,

- 4G not worried about

- removable battery not worried about as current removable batter is original to an HTC and over 4 years old, with enough to eke into the second day if needed

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

an it guy

I reiterate the point of Belarc advisor

works really quite well. From their own site and personal tests, the below is accurate, and insanely useful. If anyone else is likely to be in a pinch, get that information in advance.

No, I don't work for them. Just been very happy with it in many cases, and so happy to recommend it

from: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

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Researcher lights fire under Tesla security

an it guy

and botnet herders via a Tesla?

surely methinks the date should be checked

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Dell tells customers: 'Opt out' if you don't want a channel service

an it guy

hmm. dell. The company who I tell every three months that I'm not planning on buying from them as I don't have the authority (and we don't need to buy new computers at the moment). However, they call me back with a new account manager like clockwork.

You'd think that someone would have noted it down, and re-read it realising it's a broken record.

As an aside, I like dell, and have one at home that's lasted for 6+ years and I hope will continue to last as the hardware is good (not a cheap laptop at the time). just please, sort out your agents. Please, and don't sell my data onwards.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

an it guy

peripheral vision

use it (or lose it -- potentially)

'nuff said

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

an it guy

I'm with @tony here. I've an old Dell D820, and ubuntu's install of '12.10' and '13.04' was quite a performance drag. Xubuntu which I've now got installed works fine, and is very quick especially given it's installed in the slow part of the hard drive.

Next, I'll see how the Windows 7 upgrade works (or not). It's worth a try for some gaming, and some things that just are harder to get to work under Linux (age of empires 1, for example). If I look around, I've even got Chip's Challenge kicking about (Win 3.11).

Aah, nostalgia.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

an it guy

I agree with you for *my* use. However, it's not got the most intuitive of interfaces. Come to think of it, most non-technical users still have trouble with zip managers...

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

an it guy

Re: upgrading old boxes

Well, I've had a Win 7 license transferred to me just recently. Think I'm going to give it a go, and try not to format all my data away (very glad to have been insistent on my data on a separate partition). I'm currently on Xubuntu, and the install has so far been fiarly pleasant and painless. Much nicer than standard ubuntu.

*I like ubuntu, but the interface is also a radical change, and actually hard to get on to. I like a nice organised start menu. it works really well.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

an it guy

Re: @p_0

I think a few people here are posting without pilot's licenses. I've taken tests in a couple countries, and the same thing is the case. You learn to communicate without radios. Even ATC has a means to communicate without radios.

If went for a straight in approach to an airport without radios, you'd be assumed to be a maverick as well as a liability, but an ATC would clear the area for the nutter coming in, and prep the emergency department. They would try to communicate with you using light guns (not as fun as they sound). You can acknowledge these with a waggle of the wings.

Let's assume that this 'flotsam' is not the plane for a moment (last I checked it's not verified), but assume the comms/controls were stopped by a glitch.

SO, as the plane changed direction and flew for a while it was flyable, and at least under *stable* flight. that means it wasn't entirely damaged. If the systems were causing problems, a clever pilot might even assume that Rolls Royce (or others) were monitoring things, and use Morse code in the engine speeds to send a signal assuming it were impossible to alter the controls. It would probably log something in the black box as well.

Tedious, but doable, especially if you suspect the connections to the black box are severed. Doing that when over a country would make for some odd changes in altitude to say *something* was odd. We're not hearing much anything about this though.

The problem with this is that the information given out is piecemeal and handled badly. Other than that, I hope and pray some other explanation other than a crash is found. For the families of those on the plane at least. The rest of the misinformation peddlers can then wonder what to do in penitence (I hope).

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

an it guy

Re: Golden Image

Your comment on extra RAM made me think. I would personally say: get someone there to install belarc system advisor and email that document per machine.

It's a small file, but has masses of information (and sometimes product keys, I'm told) and I've used it before to get information to prep a machine install for someone who was in london with no internet connection, in the days of very non-smart phones.

turned out handy as I'd downloaded the drivers, and the source of the problem was a USB keyboard driver trying to 'ping' a server and causing the machine in question to hang. Why? the keyboard had a light on it to tell you if you were connected to the internet.

So, Drivers, drivers, drivers. It's going to suck if you don't know exactly which one(s) you need for a certain hardware configuration.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

an it guy

Re: Bah!

that works until someone actually buys you one of those for a present.

"But, but, it was on your wishlist!"

Hope you made it private.

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Seven Great Moments in World Wide Web History

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Re: Futurama?

the world would evolve beyond all recognition, and he'd be left with many useless facts from yesteryear. Perhaps the rest world would thank the archaic organisation called BBC for its foresight, and increase of actual knowledge in the world. Then again, the BBC might actually rule the world by that point via dissemination of news that causes the world governments to implode, and fund itself by forcing the world to pay a license fee.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

an it guy

Re: Fountains of the deep

well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of that. I was debating posting that because it has always struck me as something odd, with many people saying it's rubbish because it doesn't make sense.

Except now it looks likely that it does make sense

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

an it guy

wikipedia download too big?

Um. What about zipping it up. lots of +1 and -1 sounds like it should zip (or rar, or bzip, or etc.) fairly well.

Or, does wikipedia allow .torrent files? What about wikileaks? Private data that's not being made public? sounds like a sort of fit...

Ways and means exist.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

an it guy

website design

I guess that their do's and don't's are annoyingly hard to read so no-one does?

Seriously, light grey on a white background?

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

an it guy

hahahahaha.

You're kidding, right?

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an it guy

Re: Thank God for O2

Yes, bars are a non-reliable indicator. The only way to tell signal strength is to download something like root metrics - http://www.rootmetrics.com/uk/app/

that gives you coverage details and signal strength. I'd test with that, submit the data as well, so the relevant operators know it's a little worse. Will it help you? probably not, other than to know what's good/bad, but you can also use their online map to see coverage data for each operator in your area. It's handy

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Sync'n'share firm Box secretly files for IPO

an it guy

re: $2m valuation for 100M

glad I'm not the only one who went 'eh?'

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

an it guy

okay, there is one possible reason. Google wants the web to work the way it wants. So, mobile themes/designs for mobile users. It's perhaps a huge stick that might get the rest of the web to follow. I'm kind of surprised that reddit does not have a mobile theme (no, I've not taken the time to actually check).

Should we follow Google's every whim? Perhaps not. But a good mobile device design is hard to get working and so that's the bit that needs fixing.

The other thing is what John said. an excellent tap to zoom essentially renders desktop ads useless on a mobile device as you see the content and nothing else. Low click through rates means less income for the site and google.

That said, opera mini on kitkat works just like it always has: well. When on an underpowered device I can have 18 tabs open and the phone is usable, I consider that good engineering. Oh, and many advertising companies don't bother with Opera Mobile, which seems like a missed market, given it's 12% of mobile devices...

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Foot-loving cat burglar nicks THREE THOUSAND individual socks

an it guy

interesting

but where's the it angle?

okay. I know, it's bootnotes, but no veiled attempt to get anything IT into the story at all...

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

an it guy

space ship in natural environment

perhaps it's too early on Monday morning, but there is nothing 'natural' about a spaceship in orbit. It's man-made, and we chucked it up there. If left to natural things, it would fall to earth and burn up.

Even the moon's orbit is not stable, given a very long time to spin, and it's much more natural than a space craft

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

an it guy

I'm amazed people use premium rate numbers

No, it's not because I live in a big city with somewhat ubiquitous 3G coverage. Rather that why can't those who do just call a friend who has internet access or just plan in advance?

It's not like phone calls are expensive.

I know, certain segments of the population don't have internet access, and certain areas don't have a good bit of (mobile) phone coverage, but that's why they invented a good old phone book. been working quite well for a few decades.

I am guessing that this is based on fixed line rentals for much of the above.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

an it guy
Happy

so, older hyardware need not apply.

I'm glad I have a laptop with no user facing camera. And no, not even on my phone. I can plug one in. That's much better

And, yes, I'm feeling smug

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Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...

an it guy

twice a year, interactive graphs

As above.

And a link to the raw data so we can check/provide alternative transforms for our bosses if we're comparing amazon to google, and no-one else. i.e. We could have decided who we want to work with because of factors other than cost.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

an it guy

Re: Is this a story?

I know those who are on their feet for 12 hours a day (or very close to it), and do that 4-5 times a week.

Nurses. Some of those are very fit (physically) after all this. Any it's full time job, working weekends. You do get used to it

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Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

an it guy

thanks

as the OP of that post,I was surprised to see thumbs down on a post I thought was a useful addition to the article.

Oh well. At least it's a net thumbs up

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an it guy

the later DNS problem was an Akamai cache error

"Service Unavailable - DNS failure. The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later. Reference #11.27ddf180.1385076682.341919,"

speaking as one who's had problems when a DNS server failed the routing and I couldn't get access to fix it. that's definitely Akamai reporting a problem contacting servers. I'm guessing something propogated badly into Akamai and was harder to eradicate than anyone thought. It's a design I've seen used (and fail) before.

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

an it guy

24/7 service on weekends?

Does that include friday night? It would help many people get home and feel more secure about it. Night buses aren't the most fun thing in London, and I know some ladies would prefer the tube to a series of night buses

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Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

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so you hit your head harder when your presentation's not working

might be an improvement on the entertainment value of some presentations.

Hair's to one from Sony, but you can bet that it will only work with the most recent Sony products.

But seriously, a wig? A pointer works well. Now, if it were a google glass knock off where you can activate parts of a presentation by looking at it, that might actually add value. It's a stretch to say might even here though.

Oh the fun of watching people look right/left really fast to 'swipe' to the next slide and inexitably jerking their head

Icon: because, well, this is nonsense

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Top500: 'Sky River 2' still rules as graphics tech leaves HPC applecart largely untouched

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Re: If the current trend continues...

ah, but will they play crysis?

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

an it guy

Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...

well, in my experience at my office, those who have upgraded to iOS 7 are advising the rest of the office not to upgrade. it's about 50/50 of those who have or have not upgraded. I know it's nowhere near a large enough sample, but I'd warrant lots are on iOS7, but quite a large number have chosen not to upgrade.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

an it guy

Re: bibles

@ Suricou Raven: "China not only allows bibles: They have a state-run Christian church."

Speaking from experience and people I know there. The state-run 'christian' church is not allowed to preach on all parts of the bible, specifically the book of revelation. Say what you will about the contents of the book, but actively telling a religion what parts are permitted to be taught is dubious.

Some Christians in China 'belong' to the state run church in order to legitimise having a bible in their possession. Otherwise, having a bible can easily get you arrested and thrown in jail. I know of minority Christians who have to hide having a bible because that could get them roughed up by the police simply because they have one. They're not trying to badmouth the government, but rather love one another.

@ Just_this_guy: I was not trying to say how large the death toll is/was. The quote at end of the BBC article is that the number of people persecuted, often simply for being a Christian is huge and very ignored by mainstream media, and the number of deaths, while we can quibble over figures, is still unacceptable

e.g.: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9041841/the-war-on-christians/

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an it guy

bibles

I note everyone talks about the desperate housewives part. I heard about the bibles part recently, from another source. It's a really sad day where you can be executed for having a piece of religious material, but this is also normal in places like China where we get many of our electronics. Note: I personally know people who have been there and reported on this.

Christianity is actually the most persecuted faith in the world, despite what a few media outlets would have us believe. Angela Merkel in the USA today also talks of this. Remember, this is the country that adds additional taxes if you profess to be part of a religion, so kind of ironic, but fair

For Balance:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-religion-christianity-persecution-idUSBRE9070TB20130108

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/04/02/middle-east-christians-need-our-protection-column/2047473/ (Angela Merkel quote)

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323277504578191963741245422

No, I'm not going to be an anonymous coward on this one

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Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

an it guy

what about cost

imagine the small web user wants to do so. Adding SSL to a VPS is okayy, and not that difficult, but often not a point and click thing. It's also an additional cost. If Google were to add it to blogspot.com, then that would make things easy for quite a few people, but it's still a cost and burden that the 'masses' can;t afford technically or cost-wise

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

an it guy

Re: So, not a Michelson-Morley moment yet?

I was thinking the same thing. Michelson Morley came to mind with the 'we need to build an even more sensitive sensor' and rinse and repeat again until they had to give up when it was in the 6th decimal place that they were looking for a significant result

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

an it guy

anyone think Wall-E when reading this?

I just suddenly imagined lots of the UK filled with overweight people because it's just too darn convenient than walking

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

an it guy

Re: Faraday cages

Try http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/20/radio_blocking_paint/

£10/kilo from the article, but I'm not sure if they're actually selling it...

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Doctor Who's 50th year special: North American theater tix on sale Friday

an it guy

wow. Quite an amazing bit of planning and effort, considering that this is a simultaneous worldwide release in many places. Few films manage this level of coordination, so hats off to the BBC

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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

an it guy

Re: eMail fail

"To my mind, there is nothing more efficient than e-mail. It is to the point, ensures all recipients get the same version of a file, and doesn't require the avoidance of needless chat by seeming to be rude - you simply don't respond."

Email can be efficient. The people using it often aren't and you get included on conversations on which you did not need to be. Being assigned the task, and being able to remove yourself from the conversation is a good thing, but with email you're at the mercy of the person sending. So:

Asana.com (from personal use): I've used it and it works for small teams (as well as being free up to 30 users). The attachments are stored in one place so you don't needlessly get sent 3-4MB emails. It's on one location, and non-technical users grasp it quite easily, and your email is them broken nicely into projects. I wish more people would use it

Sharepoint: if you want multiple collaborators and don't want Google's cloud, and have the servers. Works well. Still doesn't stop people saving the document and emailing it around (negating the point of sharepoint...)

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

an it guy

"Is it not mandatory to do a fire drill at all places of work...?"

except that an embassy is not the UK, or the police would have entered it and arrested him much earlier. UK Health and Safety rules don't apply here

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