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Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence

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Re: bing ka-shing!

Interestingly this doesn't work in chrome browser on KitKat.

Nice work ms.

Hmmm... a bit like advertising in Gaelic...

Google trends is an alternative approach, and appears to favour a yes vote.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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the power of delete + death by red tape

No. Sorry. We deleted that.

(They can still model and profile users based on the data they do have before deleting it.)

User x is a B61.4a.

Oh, thanks. Can I see their emails?

Ok, but not their deleted ones. Right, your request has been logged and will be published publicly in 6 months time and the person concerned will be informed directly. If you need a 3 month extension we will require a court order within 5 months.

Er, but this is a case of national security.

Here, fill in form 27c in triplicate and mail it to the idgaf department. They will liaise with our legal team and get back to you in 7 months time.

But...

Here's your data. We have complied with your request. Is there anything else we can help you with today?

What's a B61.4a

That's an internal user rating.

But what does it mean?

I don't know. It's a computer generated code. Here's form 42d...

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Re: Just as my phone got 8.1

Eh? I'll admit that 8.1 is pretty good, but so is KitKat. When comparing like for like there isn't a great deal of difference if you ignore the fanboyism. Personally I favour android but that doesn't mean I wouldn't get something else next time I change my phone.

What is this Bluetooth integration you speak of? The only Bluetooth I use is when connecting to the parrot in my car, and I've had no issues with that.

I'm surprised more OEM's haven't told ms where to stick their mobile os after what they've done with surface and Nokia. What ms should fear now is not the shift from desktops and laptops to tablets and phones but rather the android invasion from tablets and phones to laptops and desktops! Their current strategy does exactly nothing to address this and the total lack of "sameness" from XP to 8.x and the ribbonisation means users are left wondering "wtf how do I use this" which plays right into the hands of the competition. They just haven't capitalised on this. The #1 reason for sticking with windows is continuity and ms have "pissed all over" that.

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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methinks

They're gonna need more blue blocks...

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: OEM Pricing?

Are you talking about windows 3.1?

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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nope

No way am I clicking that link.

This is what I hear

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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I want

...my laptop and/or tablet "shell" with a slot for docking my (full desktop OS) smartphone, simultaneously charging it and letting me get work done. It's being experimented with - 1 example, sans "phone":

http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/01/19/ice-xpc-modular-x86-computer-is-as-small-as-a-smartphone-crowdfunding/

I like this concept a lot - if only it had a touch screen and mobi hardware incorporated into the design. SOON.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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@irrelevant response

You do not need a TV licence to listen to the radio just like you don't need one to go for a dump.

And I wasn't comparing content, but...

UK produced original content like "strictly come wanking"? Actually, that I'd watch. On channel 5.

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Re: Not bad value really

I disagree.

£145/12= £12 per month

That's extortionate when compared with "non live TV" alternatives Amazon prime and Netflix costing HALF THAT.

Sky is not a fair comparator as a premium is charged for sport and movies, and exclusive content from the likes of hbo that would never be broadcast by the BBC.

I used to watch BBC breakfast before work and of course the news, and the f1 before they sold most of it to sky, but now I don't watch any BBC content. I should cancel. The BBC should be VERY AFRAID - I hadn't realised it was possible to stop paying, and I won't be alone... crap I don't watch vs BOTH Netflix and Amazon prime for the same money? No brainer.

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

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"hacking"

More like "coughing"

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Goto considered harmful...

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/G0-T0

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Re: Foundations

TEACHERS TEACHERS TEACHERS.

You're absolutely right. Most teachers can't tell their XP from their w7 from their ms office, and rightly so. Teachers need to have a solid understanding first, and I'd say this is a completely different kettle of fish from, say, teaching kids about WW2.

Planning? Ugh. Boring. Way to suck all the fun out of coding/programming. The best way to learn is to fail, to fail BIG, not to temporarily absorb data into your brain for the purposes of passing tests/exams, then promptly forgetting all but the least useful bits.

However, I think what you say there also makes a lot of sense and should be a part of the curriculum somewhere... I just think it should be taught separately from the coding/programming to ensure maximum fun/engagement.

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#slurpsvictorygin

Existing geeks don't make good cyber warriors; we are too old and opinionated - and we remember a world before CCTV and intrusive surveillance. We are too much like Winston.

Enter the new hip young naive pliable cyber kids who don't "get" our point of view, and probably never will.

I imagine that's the government thinking anyway.

Dangerous...

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Microsoft? Talk to users? ROFLMAO.

(3) Continue to roll out 'THE' number one office/productivity suite in the world, which remains so to this day, encouraging end users (businesses and Jo Public) and software companies/developers alike to buy into the OS dependency.

I agree with a lot of what you said, however you have to give credit where it's due. Personally I'd like (3) not to exist, it's the #1 reason for going with windows over, say, apple or gnu/Linux/Unix, and I think it's an appalling heap of shite, but I'm not your average buyer, I'm just a user/victim.

Things are changing, just a little slowly. MS have some very strong hooks in corporate IT. All that training/certification; why would you chuck it in the bin and start afresh with something new? Even if it is arguably "better"? MS will continue to dominate; I just wish they'd, well, regain my respect and learn from past mistakes.

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summer holidays/vacations

Skewey skewey skewey skewey data.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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'The' reason to update anything is and has always been safety. Speed/features are (sometimes) nice too, but it's the security aspect that makes updating (a) necessary (evil).

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Re: Sharon - FTFY

My alias:

Juan Kehr

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: /me Applauds

Agreed. Her "cofounder" should have backed her up. Who is the spineless cretin she worked with and why did they let her jump under a bus while they kept drinking the gravy?

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

@tim if the average rating is 1 or 2 stars out of 5 after 50 people have rated it, it's shit. If less than 50 people have rated it the criteria for removal would not have been met so it would be left alone.

@cornz 1 er, what? Maybe there's some google translate fun going on or something. I suspect Tim's downvotes were from people who, like me, thought of Harry Enfield when they read Tim's response...

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um

Volume isn't that important: quality is.

Android was similarly chastised in the beginning over having less apps than apple. Now it's full of crap.

I'd rather have a choice of 10 quality applications in a "store" than 1000 time wasters.

Anything less than *** with more than 50 reviews should be removed immediately; simple uat...

Wait... I'm now thinking of ms primarily as a smartphone/tablet vendor... How the mighty have fallen! Oy! Numpties! Turn your attention back to the desktop where it belongs!

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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cannibalism

I'm waiting for the mass graves and special cookery books to be uncovered...

This sounds a lot like the start of a b movie...

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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responsibility

If I own a, um... fish mongers... and I sell you a dodgy, um, trout and it gives you the shits I can't turn around and blame the fisherman. I have a duty of care that makes me responsible for the quality of the products sold through my store. I make a profit, therefore I am liable.

I see no difference in these app markets. Failing to check for the third eye with the ecoli in it is my bad... and it's in my interests to check, lest customers think me negligent/incompetent/untrustworthy.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Re: Ahh.So this explains

Reading/writing this mid jobby

Just thought I'd share...

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understood, but

I've never understood this stance on security. It's at best lazy and at worst negligent. It might be your boss, or your boss' boss that's to blame on this, but you don't have to drink the Kool Aid. Call a spade a spade. Too many people just "accept" this.

Nobody said work had to be easy.

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Re: Spelling in Title

...yet missed "buisness"

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Did it fall or was it pushed?

Surely the real question is:

How does it feel?

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.

Er, hate to be a killjoy but surely it's USB that's inherently insecure, irrespective of OS?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Oh ye glods, not more

PORN

That is all

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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this is great news

People forget that information on jobs is appalling. There's no pov YouTube video showing you someone's average day doing jobs x, y and z, and telling you that even if you're the best person alive doing that it doesn't mean you'll get a promotion. In business a job needs doing and promoting someone that's great at x into position y means losing a great x and gaining an unproven y, then getting a less great x. Best to get a new y from another company... But if the x is a low paid, high churn position great, we can just get another one that's just as committed.

Degrees make sense though; it doesn't matter what it's "in", employers can assume you aren't completely useless if you've got one. I don't so I have to work a little harder to convince them otherwise. BUT, once you are IN a big company the focus isn't on the degree any more, it's on you. A " you" with detailed knowledge of the business/processes/real world experience vs a you that has a degree in an area a bit like what the job entails? Hmmm...

If, as a teen, you have a "calling" to work in I.T. then this is great news as it offers a much better chance to gain real world experience while getting paid, and you'll probably end up with a better job faster than a grad.

Assuming there isn't another recession and business gives up on the idea... Er...

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

So when are we firing a giant ball of garbage at it?

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Re: Foxit is nice enough...

Active PDFs?

Ew.

That is all...

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Re: Foxit is nice enough...

Firefox and chrome render most PDFs without need of plugins or local PDF readers. It amazes me how many users stick with ie.

For anything else you can get away with Sumatra, foxit or perhaps pdfxchange. I'm using foxit at the moment but preferred Sumatra and may go back. I'm not a heavy PDF consumer and have yet to find anything the above couldn't handle.

Have you tried chopping the problem file up using something like pdfsam?

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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bollocks

I can only make and receive calls on o2 in the office. No other networks work.

My flat is a black hole. No networks work at all. 1 bar if I'm lucky, intermittently.

I switched to 3 from T-Mobile thinking 4g was coming. So is winter.

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Re: The complexity of Adobe Reader is the main problem with it

PDF viewing is baked into most w3c compliant web browsers.

Flash is going to die. So sayeth Ming.

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Re: Adobe update headache

Wish everyone else would just uninstall flash & air...

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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Re: One rule for

I washed the blood from my trembling hands after killing the Grammar Criminal and removing their head with that bread knife over there.

They're not going to get their There's confused ever again!

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Thin naked model slips out of Apple's secretive lab ... it's an 'iPad Air 2'

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I wonder

Will it be "cheap"?

If apple are concerned about volume they may be contemplating a lower price point.

phbbbb bwah cough splutter a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Sorry... a further 30% markup it is then...

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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daten, bitte

Why do they want/need the data?

NOT why don't you want them to share it.

Is this about convenience? Is it about crime? Or is because of someone like me; a geek obsessed with connecting everything together and creating transparency, blinkered to everything but this vision of purity and logic, unwittingly the herald of the next Nazi regime?

To me this isn't about sharing data. It's about watching those sodding watchers and only providing access where it is relevant and legal. That's the difficult bit. How do you make a beautiful system and ensure the people using it have morals and integrity? I suppose you only give a small number of people direct access to this data, let's call them Intelligence Moderators. They operate under strict rules/guidance and all data shared is logged. Not the actual data shared but the type of request, by whom, when etc. Then we publish those logs publicly. How do we trust these people not to share too much? I don't know. It's imperfect. Maybe they have to meet really strict screening requirements for the job and we pay them very generously for what they do to avoid corruption. I can start tomorrow. Now... The real issue after all this political bs... how do we stop this being hacked and used for evil?

Let's not bother shall we...

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Re: Why won't they sort it out?

Because they've got plenty of time...

Big volume businesses are already committed to upgrading to win7.

I remember exactly 1 business user with a vista laptop; they were a "consultant" and bought it from PC world themselves. It only had 1gb of ram but was very shiny.

Business users with win8 will be like that consultant; buying hardware themselves from retail stores where there is no choice other than "pc or mac". They aren't "real" business users, just consumers that happen to use their laptop for business.

The next ms own goal will be office. "Wee don't want no steenkeeng subscreeption". Our users currently have office 2007 and some are managing to sneak through upgrades to 2010 but hell will freeze over before we allow 2013.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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I refuse to do backups - on principle

If something is important it belongs on a server. If you lose something that was filed locally then boo hoo.

Notable exception: outlook PST files. These ***** things constantly corrupt when kept in network locations so HAVE to be stored locally. They are an utter joke/and constant irritation. Is anyone aware of an alternative for archiving mail in an outlook 2007/exchange 2010 environment? ...Other than storing emails in file sys.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Bring it on!

I'll wait for MKIII with the "fills self with fuel and uses car wash so you don't have to" addons.

And the built in toilet. "The car in front is a Kohler Mira GTi"

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

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why

would anyone want to trust adobe??????

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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popular

Get Boris to embrace Linux then the rest will follow.

Dr pepper

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Re: time for MS to

Sanity.

Now, let's get the schools and colleges to do the same thing please.

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soon...

"We've got this 300MB spreadsheet with macros in it a consultant from CapGemeni made us in 2002 linked to an Access database that we've been using to do business critical bean counting stuff every day for the last 12 years. It's broken. Can you fix it?"

Becomes

"Hello, I.T.? This consultant says we need MSAccess or he can't help us."

"Good. Tell him to fuck off"

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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hmmm

Firefox on KitKat isn't as good as chrome.

But chrome still has no addons.

I therefore put up with all the crap aimed at mobile users on some websites because, generally, chrome is faster/smoother/better.

Damn google, your evil schemes do work... Even on me...

If chrome browser had adblock etc I'd be happily enjoying mobile browsing without generating ad revenue. Once all the ads are gone the internet becomes quite a nice, well designed place, even on mobile. This is why I'm glad so many adverts still use flash...

We don't need no steenkeeng mobile sites or mobile apps, just a better advertising model. I for one favour having a setting in my browser that renders all adds 100% transparent. Let them be served to me, just let me not see them please...

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Sigh......

We have

Cheap and nasty migraine inducing fluorescent lighting.

Gloss open plan desks to reflect said light directly into your eyeballs.

Those blue swivel office chairs everyone hates.

White walls.

Cheap and nasty diarrhoea brown coffee (or is it blood) stained carpet tiles.

Windows that don't open.

Air con that is either too humid, too dry, or, strangely, heating...

A big patch of grass outside that someone decided should be left to grow into some kind of idyllic nature jungle. It looks like a heroin addict's garden.

...but we have a fake Starbucks that does good coffee

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Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

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Re: LinkedIn

Agreed. Everyone's just on there in case they get canned..

I avoid myface and shitter like the plague but I'm on LinkedIn.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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...for how long?

Year 1: cheaptastic. This is great.

Year 2: it's how much? Well... OK... We've moved a lot of users over now, it'd be a pain to go back...

Year 5: this is ridiculous, and the service keeps going down for extended periods. What can we do to get off this?

Year 7: mummy?

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Toilets

There aren't special private thrones at our head office for the board members to use so they have to poo with the rest of us.

We therefore have cleaners working all day long and our shitters smell lemon fresh.

I wonder if this is what we need to get the same approach to be taken with security? Perhaps we need an epidemic to force action, just like that one filthy loo seat with no toilet paper the MD was forced to use one day prompted this obsession with cleanliness? Do we need some skiddies to get in and replace all our corporate documents with bestiality?

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