* Posts by Credas

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Damn

Musk also noted that although tweaks and improvements in battery technology had enabled the latest super-powerful battery, "we are quite close to theoretical limit."

That's unfortunate. The thing we really, really need to make electric cars attractive to the mainstream isn't face-ripping acceleration (which is a given with the torque characteristics of electric motors) but battery capacity and charge time. Where's the advance in battery technology going to come from?

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: I would actually argue..

and Bristol Buccaneers

Blackburn Buccaneers, surely?

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

I later found out (to my horror) that damn-near EVERY financial institution's ATM's run either Windows XP... or in some cases... Windows 95 Embedded.

Not saying they're using them, but of course there are versions of XP Embedded that are still in extended support.

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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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Re: Tell us more

The blog post linked to in the article does tell you more. However for the left-click challenged, the JavaScript file is loaded from a remote host; at the moment it's "just" a block of ads for other BHU products, but obviously that could change to be anything they wanted to make it.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Conspiracy theory

I don't believe in conspiracy theories but [...conspiracy theory...]

I really hope that you're wrong and that you are paranoid, because otherwise the diagnosis will likely be something much more serious.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: FB Useful

Using a common Facebook login for website comment sections and forums is possibly one of the most privacy-intrusive ways of using Facebook. Rather than just trivia about what your cats are doing today, they can reveal your thoughts and opinions across a wide range of interests.

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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

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Re: Meh

Eh? Haven't you heard about Project Lightning?

Yes - infilling in areas where they already have cable, but haven't previously bothered connecting up particular streets, or even premises. Worth doing, but very much plucking low hanging fruit - it's not cabling up new areas to compete with BT Openreach.

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Meh

But we think the pace of that migration will need to quickly pick up if Virgin Media's triple play services are to prove decisive in the ongoing fight for market share with BT

Nothing they do will be decisive in a battle for market share with BT, unless they do something about their roughly 50% population coverage. And since that would require significant investment, rather than just milking the assets buried long ago by defunct cable companies, there seems to be stuff all chance of that happening.

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Mastercard armours its contactless cards against relay attacks

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Still a very difficult attack in practice

- as the blog linked to in the article acknowledges. Not that that's prevented me from buying a wallet with RF screening, just in case - keeps the convenience of contactless payments, but with significantly lower risk.

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Loss-making data-viz biz to investors: You know what our problem is? We did too well

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Re: Am I being thick?

Sounds like they've been booking large multi-year enterprise deals, and paying commission on booking rather than when the revenue comes in. Add in the costs of starting up that kind of complex account and the overall costs of the business are horribly front-loaded, with profits coming in later years.

Of course that same explanation can also be used in a self-serving way to disguise declining margins, so you end up having to make a judgement on the integrity of any company that deploys it.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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It's this kind of intrusive bullshit that turned me from a fairly happy majority Windows 7/occasional Linux user to the reverse of that, to the point where Windows 10 is kept on hand for emergency use only. What on Earth are they thinking of???

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Not enough competition in payment processing tech, thunders regulator

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Could someone explain to me how near complete ownership of a monopoly payment processor (VocaLink) by a member (MasterCard) of the payment card provider duopoly is any way be better or more competitive than ownership distributed widely amongst the users of that infrastructure?

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

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There's a reason they're focusing on navigation

It's what they're really good at - their app is great for driving, displaying all the information you need very clearly, including the current speed limit. It's why they've been bought to put their navigation software in all the major German car manufacturers' vehicles. If one of the things the Strategy Boutique said, before suggesting a stupid name, was "stick to your knitting" then they got that right, at least.

OTOH their suggestions for local points of interest are pretty hit and miss, at least in my neck of the woods - presumably because they lack the depth of local knowledge that Google acquires through its search business - so maybe that's why they've given up pushing that aspect of it. Being directed to a "nearest" petrol station 10 miles away, and subsequently finding there were several others just around the corner, does not endear you to the app!

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Dubious extrapolation

Whenever I see projections of exponential growth continuing for decades ahead (which is what that energy consumption chart, noticeably devoid of any actual data points, indicates) my bullshit detector goes off the scale.

I'd also suggest that the 2015 energy consumption figure of 10^14 J/year does not justify the assertion that "the world's computing infrastructure already uses a significant slice of the world's power", when energy production is shown as well over 10^20 J/year!

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Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

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Appalling OpSec

Not much more to say, really. If you're doing something that's going to attract the attention of the Feds, even if it is just Homeland Security, you really shouldn't be reusing email addresses, trusting companies like Apple to keep your information confidential, or using IP addresses that can be connected to you or your other activities. Amongst other things.

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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Re: In this case though, I don't think it's really the cost that's the big deal

Or could maybe set it so once the battery was charged, it uses the panels to run the A/C at a low level - just making it a bit more pleasant whenever you decide to get back in.

Running the AC compressor typically uses something like 3kW. Just running the ventilation fan, as some vehicles already can when the engine's off, uses a couple of hundred ways - both well beyond the capability of a solar panel on the car's roof.

Sustainable energy policy needs a lot more practical engineers and a lot less wishful thinking and "every teensy weensy little bit helps" posturing from evangelists.

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LTE-U vs. WiFi fight gets closer to a settlement

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Trying to avoid building masts?

The whole point of a cellular system is that it can work with minimal spectrum by reusing frequencies in non-adjacent cells, and you can increase capacity by adding more cells. Acquiring more spectrum by stealing, sorry "borrowing", unlicensed spectrum is just a cheap way (for the telcos) to avoid speeding money on increasing cell site density.

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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

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Any idiot can achieve revenue of $1,300m if they're prepared to lose $400m doing so. It seems perfectly reasonable to sneer at that as an achievement - or a business, for that matter.

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Magical "EMP guns", firefighting aircraft equipped with swivel mounts and gunners, ... Someone's spent too long playing Call of Duty.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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17 seconds? Do they insist on finishing the chapter, or what?

It's the reality that the likes of Tesla are choosing not to acknowledge. A driver who's been lulled into a false sense of security because "the car's driving itself" not only isn't holding the steering wheel, and doesn't have feet anywhere near the brake, but will likely have let their attention drift and have no situational awareness. When the bing-bongs go off first the driver will just be startled, then they'll have to get their hands and feet into the controls, scan their instrument panel to work out what the hell caused that, and then start looking around outside their vehicle to start the process of working out what their vehicle's doing and what's happening around them. Only then can they decide what action to take and effectively take control (assuming they didn't do something daft when first startled). It doesn't at all surprise me that this might take 17 seconds.

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You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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Re: @scott

I can't change the PIN code on my bank or credit card.

Last time I checked, I could change the PIN for any of my (UK) debit and credit cards on the spot at an ATM.

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Google slammed over its 'free' school service

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Re: And is anyone surprised?

I totally agree that we need transparency over how Google et al use their users' data. But it should equally hardly be a surprise to anyone, and certainly not a school board, that a commercial organisation can't possibly supply its services free of charge without having some otter way of recouping its costs and ultimately profiting.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Anybody else think that humanity is reduced by this?

We've already done away with the likes of lighthouse keepers, now ships' crews are on their way out, drivers and pilots sure to follow not too long after. I can't help wondering what human beings will be left to do that doesn't amount to sitting behind a desk competing on cost with a server somewhere, or wiping someone's arse - unless you're one of the gods controlling capital.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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Who would have guessed ten years ago that in Britain by 2016 a VPN would be an essential tool if you wanted to visit any non-government approved website. I certainly didn't. What a deeply depressing state of affairs...

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Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

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Re: Are we surprised?

This "sharing" attitude becoming the norm isn't helped by presumably reputable companies routinely asking for waaaaaaay more personal information than they really need. Sign up for a Pets at Home (just a pet supplies retailer for those outside the UK) loyalty card and they not only want your real name (why?), email address and street address (why?), but also your date of birth (why?), gender (why?), landline and mobile phone numbers (why?), pets' names and dates of birth (why?), and a host of questions about things like pet insurance you may have (OK, I can guess why their marketing department wants to know that). I pollute their databases to the best of my ability, but I'd bet that most people just unthinkingly cough up their real details.

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Re: For context, how much has the rate increased for those over 30?

You'd be right to be sceptical; data on the CIFAS website (near the bottom of the page) seems to indicate that identity theft is growing more slowly among "millennials" than almost all older age groups.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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Re: Unremovable Google Bar?

Similarly for the apps being displayed one line per letter in the app drawer: long tap on the wallpaper, tap the three dots to get to the home screen settings, set drawer layout to paged and sorting mode to title, and you're back to the more familiar Android app listing.

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Drones, weed and prison: Bloke pleads guilty over plan

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Joke

But if they passed out weed wouldn't you just have folks lining up to get in to prison?

On the plus side, that would make the detection of drug crime much easier for the police, also letting the politicians pretend to have achieved something, and reduce the costs of those expensive trials as well. Unfortunately that last point means that the lawyers wouldn't allow it.

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Sirin Labs' Solarin isn't for pro-privacy bankers. It's for rich execs who want bling

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"High net worth" individuals

For when "rich" is just too vulgar, darling.

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: How exactly does this execute?

Nothing to do with a JVM. Windows helpfully comes with Windows Scripting Host, which provides an environment for JavaScript to execute in. Quite handy for creating batch files or other automation tasks, but why this is enabled by default in consumer versions of Windows is beyond me.

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

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Re: So you "secure" these tags but.... um....

Quite; this would just be an unremarkable and unnecessarily complicated way of implementing a phishing attack. Could be a NFC tag, but equally could just be a sticker with a QR code, or simply a printed URL with a plausible domain name. This is making a very big deal out of not very much.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Re: UK Energy Market

Like all EU governments the UK had a massive let-out if it wanted it, though - it wasn't compulsory if it was found not to be cost-effective. Given the eye-watering cost of the UK programme, and the negligible projected benefits, that should have taken about 5 minutes if our government wasn't so obsessed with green vanity projects - as long as someone else is picking up the tab, naturally.

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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Confusing waste of money

All this site does is cause confusion. It obfuscates the fact that electoral registration is a local government responsibility by expensively providing a central government shim, which won't help the prospective voter understand how the system works in the future, and it bypasses any front end the local ERO might already have and gives them more work to do. At most all that was needed was a curated set of links to the local ERO sites - hell, throw in a postcode lookup if you really want to look like you're adding value. Completely pointless, and now it's caused chaos with the need for emergency legislation, and possible legal challenge to that. Idiots.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Then there's the bit about "cat café". Is this were cat's eat or are they eaten?

Cat café.

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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Re: Airborne jammer - GPS/Flight Control wrecker

Airbus' aircraft are no more (or less) dependant on GPS than are Boeing's, say. If you're going to have a pop then at least first make the effort to understand the difference between a navigation and a flight control system.

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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

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Never quite understand these lawsuits

Like the Blackburn case, the Klarfeld complaint would look to collect money from Oracle, in this case to be distributed to shareholders

What's the point of shareholders extracting money from their own company? I could understand it if they were suing Larry et al personally for compensation, but targeting the company only seems to benefit the legal vultures.

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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

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Re: What about oil production?

That's probably what explains their enthusiasm for hydrogen-powered vehicles, including the national rollout of hydrogen fuel stations - guess where the hydrogen comes from.

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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Thank goodness for El Reg

Without Andrew having apparently free rein to write here about any of his pet hates I might have to read a general (non-paywalled - gasp!) news site to find out about NHS drug procurement practices. This permissive editorial policy will be particularly useful over the next few weeks, since with Euro 2016 imminent I feel certain that some in-depth comment on England's team selection and the wisdom of playing a 4-4-2 formation will be essential, particularly when linked to paywalled and geoblocked Sky Sports coverage.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: UnaPhone?

With all the connotations that prefix carries?

Outside the US, pretty much none. More likely thought of as a Spanish word, an obscure bit of urban slang, or a bit of cod Latin.

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Flytenow's other wing clipped: second appeal fails

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Re: Good. Serve's 'em right.

Sod the insurance. The problem for me is that you don't tend to get out of general aviation crashes with a bit of whiplash, the pain of which can be soothed by a bag-full of cash. No amount of "compensation" is going to do you personally any good if you're dead, and the equipment, training and likely flying experience of the average GA pilot makes that outcome considerably more likely than on a commercial flight - as demonstrated by the poor GA accident rate.

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Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

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Re: Possibilities...

Given that the purpose of this crapware was apparently to notify users of application updates, perhaps Lenovo could have just produced an updated version of their own app that would simply cause it to vanish up it's own arsehole when downloaded! Maybe after displaying a sincere apology to the user for having installed this junk on their machine in the first place.

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Silly judges

A wiser court will have sided with Hutter and Kraftwerk,

Isn't it a somewhat fine example of hubris (to be polite) to assert that one's personal opinion demonstrates greater wisdom than the considered judgement of the German Constitutional Court?

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Scrum.org hacked, may have lost crypto keys and some user data

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Re: Storing passwords that can be decrypted...

Why use two-way encryption at all for passwords, rather than salted hashing? Why would you ever need to recover the password; what are you going to do, email it to a forgetful user or something?

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Infosec newbie looking for entry level training? So is SWIFT

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SWIFT's security advice may well have been outdated, but it was just that - advice. Quite honestly any bank that's so clueless about IT security that it has to rely on advice from the organisation it's connecting to, rather than make its own decisions on how to protect itself from fraud, shouldn't be in the business of handling other people's money anyway.

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Any evidence SWIFT was hacked?

According to SWIFT the compromises were in the customer-bank networks connecting to SWIFT, not in their network itself, and I've read nothing to suggest that this is wrong. What evidence does El Reg have to suggest that SWIFT themselves were hacked - or do they just make an easy target for sloppy reporting?

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Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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Re: Sigh, When Will They Learn

It's probably easier to learn how to make a car, rocket, heating system, etc. than to learn how to be effective an effective software company.

So speaks the true software engineer. :)

The fact is that hardly any software companies try to be effective in the sense of producing robust and secure products, let alone achieving that at launch - the ability to patch defects cheaply has led to a culture of testing features, chucking it out of the door, and fixing defects later, options not really available if you make cars or rockets.

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KNOX knocked three times by Israeli infosec boffins

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Well done! I assume you also disable the lock screen and remove any device FS encryption, thus protecting yourself from any defects in those security features, too?

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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I can think of several words I'd substitute for "coolest". And "stories" doesn't do it justice, either.

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HPE staff letter revealed!

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Re: Management Focus, ??

Exactly what I was about to say. Any email to all employees that begins "Today we announced plans for a tax-free spin-off and merger" tells you precisely where the interests of employees figure in the plans.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: They are not comparable.

Since throughout the article, including the tables, it's made clear that the numbers are for smartphone sales, I'd say you're completely missing the point.

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