* Posts by Dazed and Confused

1852 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage

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Re: Sig check

Might work for executables, as long as you can new hashes out in an AV update before new updates to the SW are released, but the only files I've added to my exclusion lists are the junk mail and trash cans for my email client. I don't need those virus scanning, that's where I put the shit. But they'll change all the time so can't have a stored hash.

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Surely every malware author knows

You need to call your dirty programs svchost.exe as every user is used to there being millions of these buggers on there PC, no one knows what they do and they frequently use 100% of a CPU.

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Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

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Re: my 2.6.34 and 3.10 kernels are happy

> ‌2.6.34

seems a bit new fangled to me, 2.6.32 is where RHEL/CentOS 6 is at. That 3.10 stuff comes with systemd in DeadRat land and we don't want to go there if we can help it.

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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Re: This, because we can't overwrite files that are in use. @Dazed

> Oh B*&^^&*r

Oh double triple B*&^^&*r

That advisory has just been followed up with. c05348215

Saying that you can't use HW encryption with bitlocker.

Now I just want to scream!

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Re: This, because we can't overwrite files that are in use. @Dazed

> HP has an advisory document regarding this problem.

Oh B*&^^&*r

> but losing the drive encryption is a big blow

You can say that again.

Pity they didn't tell me.

Pity they didn't tell me before I bought this laptop in June. It's a EliteBook Folio 1040 G3, which isn't on the list, but I assume it's being clobbered by the same issue.

Thanks

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Re: @Daniel

I mean: no computer is safe when an attacker has physical access. Including those which have applied HD encryption.

The data on your disk should be safe if the encryption is any good (ie doesn't have a May door). That's the whole point of encrypting the thing.

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Re: This, because we can't overwrite files that are in use.

The W10 1607 update seems to have real problems with drive encryption generally. This laptop and the one on my desk use HP's drive encryption and now everyday I get a nag from Windows saying an update failed. If I go through the fix it process then eventually it comes back and says that I need to remove the encryption SW, which means I need to decrypt the whole disk then once that has happened I can remove the SW and then I can update after which I would need to reinstall the encryption SW and re-encrypt my disk. Yeah like thanks guys. Just pull your F*&^ing fingers out and sort this, it isn't funny.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Re: Unless you're the FBI...

> Sue the bugger who stole the pics

Well because at the time he is alleged to have stolen the pictures he was working on behalf of the Toyota dealer and it was as "the dealer" he asked for and was given access to the phone.

If he'd give the guy his phone to look at in a bar social then no he shouldn't be allowed to sue the guys employer.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Pandora's box?

> Why waste valuable lentil-growing land to graze sheep

Coz sheep will graze on land you can't grow lentils on. Ever tried growing crops on the side of a mountain without cutting terraces?

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Re: Pandora's box?

> How do vegans / principle-based veggies feel about clothing made from wool, or stuff like hand-cream which contains lanolin?

If you don't wash the wools in harmful detergents before spinning and knitting the wool then you'll find the natural lanolin in the clothes you wear keep your hands beautifully soft.

On the other hand, my herdwick jumper is pretty scratchy so less soft hands might be a benefit.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: @boltar

I really believe that is the first time in my life anyone has suggested that I'm a lefty. I'm impressed by your originality, but you clearly didn't read what I wrote. You normally write quite sensible things here. What I had said which you failed to read was that I suspect that you wouldn't consider yourself of either of those things.

Please read carefully before picking up the flame thrower.

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@boltar

> situation that is clearly too complex for people like you to discuss.

Hardly, I just happen to enjoy winding racists up, that's all.

I also enjoy winding up extremist white supremacist Christians by reminding them that Jesus was an Arab Jew and so quite unlikely to be blue eyed and blond.

Now I wondering which camp of people I enjoy winding up you'd put yourself in. I suspect neither of the above.

Now have a nice day

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Re: @crazyOldCatMan

> Whilst the BNP may be obsessed with race, UKIP is concerned with EU control and immigration numbers

Pah, we're all bloody immigrant, we're all bloody Africans when it comes down to it.

Back to the topic of the story, are we sure it was an accident?

Or were these sub-sea cables dug up as Jersey wasn't monitoring their populations browsing habits properly and now there a chance to splice in some proper monitoring equipment?

Mine's the one with the black helicopter and tin foil hat in the pockets.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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> "I think..."______He doesn't

Not just "doesn't" more a case of "can't"

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Rational?

When is a strawberry legally dead?

Have an upvote for plugging TIMC

BTW, this pint looks clear enough to probably not be vegan either.

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Re: Fighting your way to the top of the food chain?

> Grass can grow on hill farms when very little else will.

Our beautiful "natural" landscapes like the Lake District and not at all natural. They are maintained by the sheep farming. This is why this were not culled in the Foot and Mouth disaster a few years back.

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Re: Vegans and the Provisional Vegan Front

> There are other vegans who extend that to trying to avoid all animal-based products.

Many vegans chose to eat organic food. Most organic food is grown using manure and even bone meal.

Do animal-based products become acceptable when they have been recycled by a vegetable or other sort of plant?

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Well...

I suspect this will do nothing except slow your connection down - they'll be storing NetFlow records, no doubt, which basically say "This IP had a TCP connection to that IP and this amount of data went in one way and another amount in the other direction."

Switching to UDP based protocol makes this so much more fun :-)

No formal "connection" to summarise. Log files can be orders of magnitude larger and the trick of playing with the packet sizes would probably work too.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: Death and taxes are still constant...

I thought Trump had shown that taxes aren't either.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Re: If I said the next thing a say will be a lie and the last thing I said was the truth

> Virtually all smaller ISPs resell services from larger ISPs

Well they make use of OpenReach for the cabling (and a few others, but OpenRetch in my case).

I guess the monitoring could be put in place before the packets are delivered to A&A, but if that were likely to be the case then they could always sell encrypting routers and the corresponding service at their end or just sell a service using an encrypted tunnel. In the Beeb's article the RevK was quoted as talking about using VPNs and non EU sites.

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Re: If I said the next thing a say will be a lie and the last thing I said was the truth

> Easily done. I have -for work- a file of passwords belonging to other people ...

The contracts that I sign regularly that have that sort of shit in them all changed a few years ago to include a clause excluding divulging the information to law enforcement agency when instructed to.

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If I said the next thing a say will be a lie and the last thing I said was the truth

My ISP has an interesting legal conundrum posed on their site.

They state that they don't have any monitoring or filtering systems in place. They point out that they could be forced to in the future and that they could be forced to lie. Failure to comply would put them in breach of the Snoopers Charter. However since they market their service as having neither filtering nor monitoring systems and base their business on this claim if they were to lie they would be in breach of the Fraud Act and it's difficult to see how they can be forced to break one law in order to comply with another.

Being forced to lie is also legally questionable.

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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

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Re: Controlling access to shared memory

If you go through the video you'll see they were talking about an atomics library to handle these issues. With current architectures they can't rely on native CPU instructions so they've chosen to implement this sort of thing with functions.

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Re: Actually a quantum leap will not be enough

> whereupon the main thread has to identify where and when it is located,

Surely it can't know both where and when it is at the same time, perhaps this information would need to be stored in an exclusionary variable.

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Debian putting everything on the /usr

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Re: "...a relic of the small disks in Linux's early days"

The idea is a lot older than Linux. Back when I ran a VAX with Ultrix 1.0 (Ultrix 1.0 was pretty pure BSD) the root filesystem was only 5MB and it was normal to have a copy on all the disks. That way when you came in in the morning to find the disk your root FS lived on had died over night you just had to switch around the drive numbers and you could reboot from any of the disks. The root FS would only have the small programs you couldn't live without and /usr got the luxury ones, so ed would be in root while luxuries like vi would be in /usr, /usr/ucb back then it only moved to /usr/bin later on.

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Re: Yep, that'll work

Yeah, like I noticed that the "Autumn Statement" didn't include a budget increase for the BBFC to allow them to employ 50,000,000 new censors, which is just what they'd need to start with if they want to start monitoring porn sites on the Internet.

Still it could solve the unemployment crisis at a stroke (or has that been banned?)

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

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Re: Ever since Einstein left...

> it's been going downhill.

No, it's not really going downhill it's just that patent space is curved. Or to use the technical term bent.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: Why 60Mb?

> A family with two children will easly use that and more, which is why 1g is needed per household

Sure I'd love a 1Gbps line. But it would only help with downloading stuff.

What do you need for a full HD high quality feed? About 3.5Mbps, so if you've got 2 kids and assuming 2 adults (OK I'm old fashioned) that would be 14Mbps you need for streaming. The time when the kids need/want more is when they're downloading the latest updates for Steam & the Playstation & the Xbox. My kids average Internet usage on their phones runs in the the 100s of Gigabytes per month and I have a broadband line for them (my normal service is metered, so I have an all you can eat one for them, it's cheaper than way).

I'm just interested to know where people got that figure from and what they think they'd use it for until everyone is looking at much higher res streaming.

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Re: BT & Fibre

BT wanted to lay fibre to homes over well over 20 years ago and the government stopped them by not allowing BT to offer cable TV services which was the only thing that wanted high BW links.

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Why 60Mb?

Respondents said average speeds should be at least 60Mbps

I'm curious as to why? What do most people do with that sort of speed? Does 4K TV need that sort of bandwidth? Surely the only reason for wanting that sort of bandwidth currently is downloading things. OK, I downloaded over 10GB of stuff yesterday (RHEL7.3 & a big service pack), but I wouldn't view my use as being that typical. I downloaded these over a ~35Mb link (it's an 'unlimited' link), I can't say that my life would be particularly improved if the link was 60Mb, not that I wouldn't be prepared to pay to get more BW.

How many video feeds do you need to stream into 1 house to use 60Mb?

In my case when FTTC rolled out in my area the first link clocked in at about 40Mb, a lovely jump from the previous ADSL2(?+?) at about 5ish. The moment I had a 2nd link enabled (I run bonded lines for HA reasons) the link fropped to sub 30Mb. I'm in the SE but not in London, we had FTTC before the various members of my family who do live in London and we weren't in the first wave of homes luckily enough to get it and our roll out was repeatedly delayed.

To get much better performance and probably to get 60Mb here with current technology they'd have to go to something like FTTP. We don't have anything like that because of stupid war between the house builders and the cable companies when my house was built. It was when the cable companies were digging up every street and laying free cable TV, but they tried to persuade the house builders that they should pay the cable company to lay on the wiring on the new estate, so the builders obviously refused to pay for something that everyone else got for free.

If the government want to help with the roll out of FTTP they should use the planning system. Refuse all planning for developments over a certain size (say 10 households) that don't include FTTP. That way there would be a lot of focus paid to getting the infrastructure to more parts of the country. You wouldn't get planning permission unless there was power, water and sewerage provision.

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IETF plants privacy test inside DNS

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Re: I'm confused

Although DNS provides a mapping from a domain name to an IP address and you then contact that IP address, the IP address in itself doe not identify the domain name or website you are contacting. Lots of website run on shared servers so a log of IP addresses accessed doesn't reveal a great deal about the sites you're visiting.

When you posted here the domain name forums.theregister.co.uk returned an IP address, but checking that IP address just reveals that currently El'Reg seems to be hosted by Cloudflare.

If you are using HTTP then of course the website you want is going to be in the packets you send to that address, so the ISP / BigBrother / monitoring service can see them then. If you are using HTTPS then the negotiation over the certificate is in plain text, but even this doesn't need to reveal the name of the site you are visiting as one certificate can cover multiple websites.

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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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Re: if there is a God. Please

> Will this be the death of 1366x768 laptop displays?

Then please take out 1080 screen next, why did the whole world need to take one big step backwards?

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

If I owe the bank $1 its my problem, if I owe them $1m its the banks. The US can simply not pay.

Well that might work, except that the US needs to borrow more (and more and more) and where is it going to borrow all that from if potential lenders see them defaulting on their debt. Sadly the US is a lost making business at the moment.

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Re: Trade War

The $1.2 trillion in US treasury debt held by the Chinese Government is a much bigger stick than the US's $330 billion trade deficit with China.

Words of Ankh-Morpork's "national" anthem some how spring to mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAqCbOJc6RU

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What do you give a bear that wants to fork SSL? Whatever it wants!

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25KB or RAM

My laptop has just asked to download a 200MB update to the WiFi driver!

It's really refreshing to see a coder looking at using sensible amounts of memory for a change rather than working on the principle of Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee memorry's cheap

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: That can't be a McDonald's burger

OK It's over 30 years since I've "eaten" in a McD but when I've been nagged into taking kids in there I don't remember them serving chips either, only sometime called French Fries that don't look anything like a) that or b) that came out of a potato.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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Re: Tabs != n*spaces

I promise you it really isn't that difficult. After a few hours of going through what it does I could usually get even non-programmers happily making changes to the file. It only looks scary because Eric was fixated with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ signs

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Re: Tabs != n*spaces

> , but mentioning sendmail.cf is just plain rude.

sendmail.cf was beautiful, it was elegant and no where near as scary as everyone made out, it's main problem was that everyone went around telling everyone else it was scary and for many years there was no good training to help anyone come to terms with it.

I used to teach people how it worked, it really wasn't that difficult.

But then I could never get my head around M4 because it writes such fud ugly sendmail files and always seemed to be a solution to a problem that didn't exist and if only they'd expended some energy on learning sendmail in the first place they wouldn't have needed to bother.

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Tab / Space, I can chill

I tend to use tabs until I've got to many levels of indentation to work properly in a standard 80 character screen. Then I'll switch to 4 spaces.

But I can cope, it's no big thing.

BUT WHAT I REALLY CAN'T COPE WITH IS MORONS THAT IMMEDIATELY PUT ANY WINDOW INTO FULL SCREEN MODE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I JUST WANT TO SCREAM

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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Re: Oh Goody

> "some tiny arm updates"

And PA-Risc updates too, just so I can get my museum more up to date. Still no drivers for the last generations of Itanic boxes - pah new fangled doodahs, serves them right. But PA is still riding onwards and upwards.

OK, I know that's not the tiny arms you were referring too.

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

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Re: Is it me, or?

Years ago I had a student working in our lab build me an junction box, because everything he built was beautifully made, far, far better than I could do. He came back the next day with the finish box and I had the sad job of having to ask him to re-wire it again, only this time more sloppily coz those 2 wires mustn't run parallel. I'd forgotten he was going to make the internal wiring look as neat as everything else. Oh well, I should have been clearer.

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Re: Breaking physics

> Hmmn - might need to call it a kimarse or some such to avoid confusion with bottom quarks

No need for confusion, one would be a bottom quark while the other would be a bottom quirk. Naming them kimarses would lead to a linguist battle with the inevitable discoverers of the kimass.

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Breaking physics

Surely to break physics you'd just need to find the right sort of a thing I believe is known as a "Kim's Bottom". We keep being told that these break the Internet so surely they can break physics too.

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Just another

attempt to get the focus back onto this story. They don't care whether there is any smoke, any fire or anything at all. They just want the story in the headlines to cut the number of headlines about their own candidate.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: the solution

> Is to destroy twitter, facebook, and other sites like them.

I guess it's easier to tweet than to write letters to the editor of the thunderer like we did before this confounded interweb thing came along.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Wasn't accepted?

Ah that's because it was before you copied it from Apple.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: We live in a parliamentary democracy

And parliament asked the people of the country to decide. Well I was in a minority it seems, the country voted to leave. Now it seems we no longer live in any sort of democracy at all, we live in a country where unelectable judges see fit to disregard the will of the people, who were asked by parliament to decide.

The thing about living in a democracy is accepting when you lose otherwise democracy has no point.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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> The Hawk ticks all the boxes, so the sensible replacement is another Hawk.

Yeah, but now that El'Reg have told the MOD about those 50p plastic things that's all the budget the team will be given.

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ESMA urges companies to disclose potential Brexit impact

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Re: Err

And the Irish have just stuck two fingers up at them too. If your business is suffering today there's no point in waiting before you start working out what you are going to want to do.

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Who will this apply to?

Is this just aimed at UK businesses are is this a European wide edict? It would be really useful for the negotiators on both sides to understand the likely impact of the coming changes. Pro-European leaders across the continent have expressed a wish to punish the UK for raining on their parade. A failed trade deal is going to hurt both sides so if those driving the negotiations can see that vengeance based ideology is going to hurt them they might come to the table with cooler heads.

Then again pigs might fly.

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