* Posts by K

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ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: How is this helpful?

If they store credit card data, they need to be PCI compliant... They should thank their lucky stars their Bank and the main Card brands (Visa etc) have not blacklisted them!

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Would be interesting to get some details on "classified" systems.

When I was a teen (90's), I was convinced by "Grapevine" and other hacker mags that the NSA was listening to every call in the US for certain keywords.. after entering the industry, I realised this was boll*cks, these days, I suspect the classified millitary systems are kept under wraps just cause they are probably running Pentium CPU's, which would make the related departments global laughing stocks... But still I love a good conspiracy theory :D

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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Re: More FUD

"any idea how little a civil servant"

I do, as my wife is one of them!

To be fair to the original AC, these level of civil servants earn a f*CK load off private consultancy with the likes of BAE, Raytheon and other military/intelligence contractors for several years after "retirement", which I'm fairly certain he would be making the most of - and rightly so, and so would any of us.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Re: A common problem

Rules of natural selection, as my Spanish-wife calls it (shes Dr). Her favourite mentions:

- you'll rarely find a yellow line or "mind the gap" signs in train stations in Spain, if people are too stupid or drunk to see the gap, well that's their fault

- They don't close a whole motorway after an accident, just the lane, people should see the results of stupidity

Have an upvote and a beer :)

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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

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I've been asked to investigate the potential of Cyber Insurance at least half a dozen times over the past 7-8 year, at the various companies I've worked at - None of them ended up purchasing. There are several reasons for this

- There is no clear info about what your getting.. Just marketing spiel hyping up the dangers (At least with car insurance its clearly mapped out)

- The costs are not clearly laid out. When discussing with the broker, you almost see the plumber caricature, rubbing his chin and saying "hmmm.. that's gonna cost ya.."

In all, it was just vague and didn't inspire confidence that the policies would be useful when the sh*t hits the fan...

In addition, getting indicative costs an details is too consuming, most companies have a very short attention span. By making this so opaque, they are driving potential customers away.

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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rather than "BCC is hard"...

I read that as "BBC is hard.." and assumed it must a fetish and related to pornh*b...

Then I started to wonder, if I spend too long on that site?!

But it goes to show, our mind often completely mis-interprets what is in front of it!

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Apple will start coughing up government app takedown demand stats

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to disallow Value's Steam Link app

Admittedly I have a Macbook Pro for work, purely because its the closest thing to a Linux OS the IT team will allow.. But I have no iCloud account and on principle will never ever purchase anything from the Appstore or iTunes.

I use Android phones, but won't buy anything that I can root.. quite simply because if I purchase a device, then what I install and how I use it, is up to me. This includes what Apps I want installed, whether ads should be shown etc.

Manufacturers who artificially limit or restrict a users experience for the intend of lining their own pockets, are nothing more than 21st century version of cartels and pimps.

I refuse to line their pockets as much as possible by

  • Ensuring I run ad blocks (on everything!)
  • Will not use apps or games that promote micro-transactions
  • I install apps via FDroid where possible
  • Obtain apps direct from the developers (often they include additional features Google/Apple will not allow)
  • Use alternative sources, such as PirateBay (joke.. never do this)

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Nailed it... Think you've summed in up in the most perfect fashion.

Even if your innocent, you'll never get a phone call or email saying they were mistaken, or apologising. The most you will ever get, if your lucky, after X months of them dithering, is a letter stating "They will not be pressing charges at the present time, but circumstances may change if new evidence comes to light"

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Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain

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Re: Can't wait for their cheap folding bikes!

Oooo When a shark bites.. you could bite back

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It's doubly hard in the UK; the market is going backwards

Its only Fanbois (not just Apple) that would think this, once Joe Blogs and Co figures they can have high-quality products for a lot less, then brand loyalty goes out of the window.

Given the price point that Xiaomi sell at and the breadth of products they have, they could own the whole European market. For example

1) Their "Flagship" phones cost 50% less than Samsung (Comparing Mi Mix 2S to Galaxy 9S),

2) They have a massive eco-system of home-automation products, which are inter-operable will nearly every system out there (as they use Zigbee), these devices sell at 60-80% less than Samsung, Fibaro, Belkin and Philips (Ironically .. The Xiaomi Lights are actually made by Phlips, but rebranded for the Chinese market and cost upto 50% less)

I won't deny I'm a huge fan of Xiaomi.. I'm personally waiting for the Mi Max 3..

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

"A dishonest businessman"

Weigh up the facts before you start labelling somebody that..

A lot of businesses rely upon some form of tax-minimisation to reduce their prices and to boost their profit (Actually, virtually every gambling company has some presence in Gibraltar for this very purpose).

I won't defend these practises, but I think the government is picking on the little man here who they see as an easy target - We're yet to see them apply these tactics (i.e. going after them) to the mega-corporations, where surely it would have more impact. On the same note, how are these smaller companies meant to compete with the likes of Amazon etc when they are allowed to get away with it?

As for dishonest - i will say this, I've only purchased once from Aria, but from my dealings, they are about the most honest supplier I could find recently. In March, I wanted a GTX 1080, every other reseller was taking the p*ss by using the excuse of "shortages" to push up prices, retailing what should cost £500 for about £700.. Aria was the only place that was selling them for close to the MRRP.

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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"So long as it wasn't a recurring subscription"

There is instantly a problem - If its cloud-based, then the seller has got to maintain the infrastructure and pay electricity. Customers would Bjork at the price the company would have to charge in order to cover costs of maintaining it, plus add on some margin.

I'll happily pay a subscription, as long its reasonable and total inclusive.. What I will not accept, is micro-transactions!

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UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

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Where can I make a donation?

Happy to help chuck them a few quid... even if only buy a coffee before the court hearing!

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: As long as they run a 3G service ...

I'm on Three, and there are even some parts of London that I can't even get a signal!

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TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

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Re: ISP email

That was my thoughts at first...

But saying that (and I may be stereo-typing here), but I suspect these are the same people who don't shop-around a lot (Broadband, energy, phones etc), it does what they need, why change?

Personally I do.. but live and let live..

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Get this round my area..

Its always in the same spots, theres a little hidden Cul-de-sac, at the end you'll frequently find dumped beds, couches, fridges etc etc... actually somebody even left a caravan!

What frustrates me, it happens so frequently (at least 1-2 times a week), that it would be worth the effort to setup surveillance (just some hidden cameras) for a few weeks, to identify the constant perpetrators - Then jump on them all at once! It might be costly, but it will get the message out.

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Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries

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Good news, everyone!

Now you can all look forward to a truly mobile gaming laptop.. If only they added Graphene, they could have gotten 1000 hours! (admit it, your read that in the professor Farnsworth's voice!)

But on a serious note, I do feel there has been weekly news with promises of "improved batteries" for the past 5 years, yet none of them have been put into commercial production (if they have, then we've been duped).

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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@AC - "he is the creator"

"Watson, I'd hypothesise that this AC is in fact the mysterious author, he's trying the common tactic of shifting the focus and blame.." - Sherlock Groans

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Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

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Garmin rock, but for the budget conscious

Go check out Amazfit Stratos..

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Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash

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Re: My browser already has this feature

I found this doesn't work everywhere, for example with CNET, it's one of the reason I now just black hole their whole DNS, including downloads.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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My boy has an Huawei and my partner has an Honor, both of them are working perfectly fine :)

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Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

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As an IT Manager (until recently), the biggest complaint I used to receive was how slow the normal Dell desktops were (Latitudes). Intel practically owns the SME market, they also do a lot of back-end wheeling and dealing to keep it that way.

So it will be interesting to see how many tier-1 suppliers (Dell, HP etc) ship these and in what volumes.

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US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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Re: Simple change to the law will fix it

"We really need European style data protection in the US!"

It'd be a cold day in hell before that happens - Politicians rely too heavily upon corporate ownership sponsorship. In order to achieve this, the first thing you'd need to do, is massively curtail this and second is place heavy limits on the amount any company or organisation can spend of lobbying.

Even though some of the lobbying has some potential public interest (Net Neutrality), but all you need to do is examine the tens of millions (possible hundreds) that have been ploughed into both sides of the argument, then also look at the clout organisations such as the NRA have.

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Yay for Nvidia, GPU giant report decent first quarter results despite recent setbacks

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GPU card prices are dropping..

I brought a GTX 1080 about 6 weeks ago, which cost me about £540.. You can now pickup some of these cards for under £480.

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UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house

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lmao... never heard that one, but thats now part of my goto motos!

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I'm not sure, look at my partners role, it seems pretty sweet - Her core hours are 10am to 3pm, she can work from home 3 days per week, on top of that she earns over £70k. On top of that, they supplied her with a dock and massive curved monitor for home.

Obviously not the same for everybody.. but still

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Fitness band-it Garmin adds mobe bank Starling to bonk-to-pay fold

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Love Garmin watches..

They give incredible battery and great functionality, and definitely don't get the press space they deserve..

Say that, their latest models are far to too expensive these days. Which sucks as I was in the market for one a couple of weeks ago after my old VivoActive HR got damaged when skiing. I've now replaced it with one of these

https://us.amazfit.com/shop/stratos?variant=373265

Amazing bit of kit.. and all for the bargain sum of £130..

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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Re: demotionalise

baaaa dum tshhh!

What I meant was, forget the fact this article is basically calling you a statistic, and marketing droids are trying too milk you for more cash. But if you have a shit experience, you will shop elsewhere.

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Re: "People are buying experiences, not products"

I hate articles like this, I also hate companies who sell experience (if I wanted this, I'd see a hooker).

But if you demotionalise it, you are buying an experience, even if your budget conscientious. For example, if you shop at Aldi, but start finding it crowded or constantly taking too long to get through checkout, you'll start to shop elsewhere.

On the topic of CxO's, often they are the biggest penny pinchers of them all!. A couple of years ago I worked with the CTO of one of the UK's biggest FTSE companies, he drove a 10 year old Skoda Octavia, which he then part exchanged for a.... second hand Kia Sportage!

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Africa's internet body hit with sexual harassment cover-up claims

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Yep.. No oversight, no accountability, no morals.

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Congratulations, we all survived Star Wars day! Now for some security headaches

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Re: SB315

That was my assumption too... seems to be politiks 101 these days - Rather than engaging people, you create a fictional boogie man, whilst offering a solution that will "make the big bad very scary men go away!"

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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"direct surveillance of potential targets of interest"

Would love further details on how they achieve this.. as drones at best have 20-25 minutes of battery life, so whilst its ok for very short views, its not very realistic for anything more. Saying that, there was a guy a couple of years ago who discovered his wife was cheating using such means:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiZH5eH5eDw

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Apple somehow plucks iPad sales out from 13-quarter death spiral

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Re: Or maybe...

"Just lie desktop / laptops that of course have been dead for the last 5 years."

It made me laugh when people predicted the end of the PC... even today reports say the market is declining, maybe consumer purchases, but businesses are purchasing in larger numbers than ever.

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Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don't want it

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Re: XML

Agreed... sure as hell made a look more sense than YAML

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Scum...

I've worked in Tech and with "big-data" (yeah I hate that term too!) for a looooonngg time and I've never wanted to brand any company this.. until now! What they have done not only taints the IT industry, but they've also managed to scare the living sh*t out of me.

I've seen companies use this strategy before, when I worked in Financial Services, this was common when a company's name became synonymous with bad practice and they come under threat of investigation or law suite.

What really pisses me off about it though, is the shady accounting practices that go with it, such as the "old" company depreciates its assets (specifically software, data, domains and other IP) and sells it's to the new company for £5k, yet weeks before they would have valued it at £500m (made up figures, just to demonstrate!).. they often try it with physical assets as well (But that is substantially more difficult).

The end result is, it's almost impossible to recover any fines or compensation for the damage they've caused!

After the chaos they have caused, these people should be barred from company directorships!

Now I've ranted, I can sleep in peace!

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Xerox CEO resigns as company caves to activist investors

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Re: “[a] passive minority owner"

Nailed it!

Thing is, he does this and then sits their scratching his balls, as he actually had no better plan.

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Graphene-wrangler Paragraf slurps a cool £2.9m

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"spacecraft-built-from-graphene-could-run-on-nothing-but-sunlight"

The ship has fondly been given the moniker "DS2", which translates to Deep Space Deep Shit!

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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If I didn't already have electricity in my shed, I 100% would buy this... Big thumbs up to them :)

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: @Rob. D.Whats the issue?

"by not tying it to a dying protectionist bureaucracy"

Just as rest of the world is turning protectionist, such as tarrifs from USA and China etc, aha yep that's a clever move!

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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On the face of it

Is there really any difference? Admittedly, I'm a Kubuntu fan, but if you stood a screenshot from 14.04, 16.04, 16.04 and 18.04.. they all look the same!

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Chinese boffins on 3D XPoint: If it works like phase-change memory, it's probably phase-change memory

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An easy way to tell, just use a tricorder

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Yes, drone biz DJI's Go 4 app does phone home to China – sort of

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To be honest..

I'd prefer my beans spilt in China... that the US or UK these days!

They're welcome to all the aerial snaps taken on my local park and back yard...

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IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

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@m0rt - "Three days? That is just silly. 6 Months, sensible. 12?"

Think you hit the nail on the head. This is just sound-byte and headline porn, but technical BS!

PCI-DSS states you should keep at least 3 months worth in a warm auditable environment, and 12 months cold stored. I've not bothered checking NIST.

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Read the suit....

For quality sarcasm, educating the ignorant and giving a "nailed it" summary.. have an up vote and a beer!

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Windows insider Program

Sorry, but will completely disagree with point 4.

It's the "experts" that gaves us the Ribbon panels and Windows 8 (remove start bar and metro panels)

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UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear

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Re: "excellent prices"

I'm sure it was an american (Google co-founder) who said, "People who don't want to share, usually have something to hide" (or something along those lines).

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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Re: I'm interested

You've got to be nuts to pay that! Your paying for the privilege of lack of features..

What Samsung should really concentrate on is decent parent controls... My company mobile is locked down so tight, it can't even fart, why can't those type of features be available to parents?

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: actually any productive work being done by WIPO?

lmao +1 for you, I had to take a 2nd read of that.. Though you should have added the troll icon.

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Wow... So I guess this will be Battistelli's next role when he gets bored at the EPO -

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/31/battistelli_tries_again_to_break_epo_union/

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