* Posts by fajensen

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Why Not? Nobody challenges these things anymore, it is expected news, page 17 stuff like " dog bite postman" so it just becomes a routine check-box procedure where not much actual creativeness and skill is applied.

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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

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Re: I'm not so worried about the drones...

... loved ones getting arrested not for what we write, but what some AI believes we are thinking ...

Arresting? That would be getting off easy!

"We" are right now droning hundreds of people annually based on some religious belief that AI's can find terrorists based on very, very few samples of actual terrorists. Totally as would be expected the failure rate measured in "terrorist vs. collateral damage" is about the same as was achieved with the bombing of Dresden!

This special brand of lunacy is only rarely questioned or criticised by any serious media or politician!

Ignoring the morals, it should be concerning enough that every "population management technique" that is now being tried out on the "coloured people" in "the colonies" will eventually come back here and be used on us for the same purposes!

Indefinite Detention, Secret Courts, Secret Laws, Mass Surveillance, Militarised Police shooting anyone that looks wrong to them with impunity -> Development is Done, and now Already here. Torture could be next. Because - Why Not?

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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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Re: Purpose

Too clever by half! But very typical con-sultant thinking in only re-telling the client what the client was thinking all along anyway for 6000 USD/hour and with many, many PowerPoint slides.

I find it intersting to observe that only when someone of importance is "wounded", then those dodgy things that everyone has known about for years and years suddenly becomes news*, then they become a scandal, and then the person of importance is finally finished off:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-tony-podesta-a-washington-power-broker-lost-it-all-1524065781

*) Bill Cosby, Weinstein, Weiner, Podesta, The Nobel Committee House Perv ...

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Well. One is being paid to hang fairly-lights round ones bum so fairy-lights on bum it is!

And so on.

Most work is meaningless busywork and will become even more so until “They” figure out what to do with the huge overhang of surplus workers created by decades of increasing productivity!

Using the money wisely and investing ones ambitions / emotions in a hobby and family instead of the workplace is the only way to win.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Re: Trigger Warning /rant

The antics of the SJW’s and the perpetually twiggered “millennials” is a part of what got Donald Trump elected!

Well Done. Truly a victory for “diversity”.

/sarc.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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I cannot see how they are going to ever prove the data integrity and access security of these systems?

And ... Why would Lloyds want to be restoring and auditing TSB-transaction data for a year or two?

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hands over control to a few sociopathic institutions, who will go on to screw the country mercilessly, either by malice or incompetence.

Why not both? Then add "For Their Own Good", with cashless and only a bit of mass surveillance and computing power, we could stop the fatties from buying unhealthy foods, muslims from buying pork alcohol and entrance to bars, jews from buying un-kosher and the vegans could stop anyone buying anything at all except grass.

The Swedes KNOWS that this will be exactly the outcome in Sweden, there nothing the swedish mind likes more than to be the Big Sister to everyone else and they will simply not be able to stop themselves with only "Systembolaget" when there is so much good to be done for other people!.

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Re: It's TSB. This time around...

TSB was hived off from the Lloyds group to provide customer choice.

I somehow imagine that getting your bills paid and your money kept safe kinda beats "customer choice" by a generous margin?

And, It's not there there is actual choice either - presently, TSB victims cannot get their money out and move their accounts to a competent bank!

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: British Jobs For British Workers

They are. They usually do insurance and stock trading scams.

The stock broker scammers are all talking with a pretty smooth British accent, the perfect mix between Scholared Gentleman/Wimmen and the plain ruffian who know how to work "The Street" and who will get you the goods, no matter what. They pretend to be Valets, basically.

Probably runs their boiler rooms out of Malta or Spain via VPN for legal reasons.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Laser canon and sonic death rays.

You don't think that the US will be able to place the source of multiple incidents against military aircraft with high accuracy?

Technically, yes. For public consumption and political decision making absolutely not. The US will just straight-up lie, fake-up evidence, bribe and pressure "allies" to get whatever war, humanitarian intervention, regime change, assignation, sanctions and so on that the White House Regime wants to have this week. Then next week it is something different. But the melody is always the same.

<>And that they'd be very careful about making an accusation against the Chinese base?<>

Really!?! Wonder what it would look like if they were more liberal with the accusations than now. They would have to feed Nikki Haley speed intravenously to keep up the good work.

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Re: What to do?

Well. You are right. Because, I know it will cheer me up to hear when someone have served him a round of ”morgenkaffe” -

In prison this is a pot of boiling water with sugar added, served by throwing into face.

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Re: Well....

When will companies and mangers learn IT matters and isn't something you can just do on the cheap and outsource

Never. The important question is: When will IT-people (and engineers) learn that if one is not one of: Management or Sales (which pulls in the profits) one is merely an Operating Expense (a destroyer of shareholder value, something that must be minimised and something that the other two productive classes indeed get incentives to get rid of).

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Re: Hmmm...

3 - We've had the capability to turn them into a molten puddle for decades

Not with Trident, we haven't!

Odds are that we might nuke ourselves or even that occasional ally who usually does the friendly fire workings.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/23/how-did-the-trident-test-fail-and-what-did-theresa-may-know

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It would be professional incompetence if Porter Down didn't run some batches of the stuff. At least enough for NMR, RAMAN spectroscopy and whatever else one uses to identify chemicals quickly.

Working out how it kills and maybe countermeasures would also be within the scope of Porter Down. It is a bloody disgrace that we need to have such a facility but since we do need it, it has to keep up with developments.

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I bet everyone working there always brings their drinks with them to the loo. I would!

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Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Re: Roundabouts

In Abingdon there is a notorious double roundabout, where the round things are merged into some kind of peanut shaped blob.

Notorious because nobody even after many years of daily practice can figure out how to navigate that thing correctly - and yet, I know of no accident there exactly because nobody can figure it out and therefore navigate it very carefully, looking in all directions.

A simple tee-junction onto Culham road, however -> carnage about once every week!

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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

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Re: Why would the show up for just £400

The new GDPR-compliant DPA comes into force in May.

One of those things that Brexit will fix for you?

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Grindr: Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn't charge them!

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Re: Far more damaging than Facebook 50m

Amazing how Big Tech gets a 'free-pass' from most of the MSM. Why are aren't they raising hell over this:

Not so amazing when one is considering that most of the MSM are owned by Big Tech / Big Corp outright, most of the "news items" are written by Big Tech bot technology running on Big Tech clouds and selected for MSM publication by some algorithms also provided by Big Tech!?

As a result of "progress", most of todays would-be "hell-raisers" are now eking out a small existence as bloggers and freelancers on the very fringes of MSM, where all fake-news and Russian-agitprop is floating around also. No lucrative Washington Post jobs or professorships for "Disturbers of the Peace and Officialdom" in these so enlightened times!

If I was a gay muslim person, I'd be very afraid that perhaps some of the local jihaddi boyz or nazis now have the tools and resources to take names and kick ass all thanks to "Social Media" mass-surveillance and subsequent data-scraping for something as trite and 110% useless as the ad-pushers.

Me being all out of optimism and all, I guess it will take several "bodies of importance" before anyone will care to regulate "The Market".

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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Re: not bad, all things considered

Nope, I think it is generally a waste that nobody saw the pretty fireworks.

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

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In the Great Global Game of Risk

The dice has been rolled and obviously, it is now the turn of the Americans to play The Soviets.

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Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

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... anything to avoid using a proper CAD system. Completely inappropriate but cheap!

One does not want non-CAD users to be using a proper CAD system because whatever they produce, while using an enormous amount of time on the task, will still be straight-up garbage and has to be redone anyway!

The proper CAD systems come with numerous rules, requirements and licensing costs that none of the "clients" that "just" want a design done according to the rules and processes that the business requires have time, staff and budget to deal with.

With Google they probably get Scetch-up too - which is good enough to explain to the CAD-person what one wants and a standard tool (since they roll it out everywhere). Of course Boeing now also get acces to everything via TISA; but, anything to keep the yanks happy!

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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Re: Closing down sales

Could it be that they can write off more if they go into the bankruptcy with higher prices?

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Skype account

If one uses “appear.in”, https://appear.in, there is nothing to install and one can avoid this kind of ritual for the digital gods!

- doesn’t work on Safari, of course but, what does?

- appear.in it is a browser based video chat system, what Skype could have been if MS hadn’t decided to route all traffic via Langley, Virginia.

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Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well...

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Re: It's free

I do hope some well-monied Russian outfit buys it on the bankruptcy auction; just for the griefing :)

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Bombshell?

OK we have some bank fraud charges now "following the money"

Is it not ironic that we have actual fraud as in forging of signatures on documents by that bailed-out by the taxpayers unicorn treasure RBS and nobody ever goes to jail over that .... whereas a few internet trolls from an economy smaller than Belgium ... are a huge threat to Western Democracy.

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Re: Wonderful timing!

Actually the one fact that the West has failed to grasp about Mr Putin is that he is the best Russian leader for them

Maybe the West has grasped this? After Boris Yeltsin sold everything cheaply to oligarchs and western bottom-feeding investors, the very one thing that would absolutely hurt Putin's election numbers would be if he is somehow seen as "approved" by those same Western Business Interests.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: What a waste of time and money

Isn't there something more useful that we can spend the money on?

Dunno - Destroying the planet faster, perhaps?

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If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

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Re: lol

Crazy! Mark Me Words: As soon as Watson mange to hack into the nukes and nukes itself to stop it's tortured mind from dreaming of "IBM standard solutions and offerings", it is also over for humanity!

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Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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Re: This...

Sure. Ripped it off Charles Stross "Laundry Files" myself, so maybe it's "hot"

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Re: This...

I don't know, I don't use bluetooth headsets because the batteries.

I had a "Marshall Monitor BT" headset for Christmas to keep the gibberings of the mind eaters prowling my open-office hell-space.

The battery life on this particular headset is obscene - about 30 hours of continous use which in my case is about one month of actual use. I have so far charged them exactly once.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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automatically send it off to everyone INCLUDING my current employer?

Not automatically, it's a service :). Of course one has to expect that your employers HR people can subscribe to various "Linked-In Events" regarding people already working with them. Updates and Up-ticks in page reading activity and so on. I'd think that would be a feature since a long time back.

Maybe this is more real-time - They see someone opening a resume during work-hours and they can send Security to black-bag them before it's even done?

Since we are doing salary "negotiations" soon, I shall update my Linked-In profile just to rattle them a bit, I think.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Re: "raise property taxes slightly"

Not that I have any sympathy for these neoliberal con-artists.

The Church of Neoliberalism worship The Market - so, lets go with that: All of these folks behind this little scheme, they have kidneys, yes? They only need one kidney?!

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: It was also HARDWARE that no longer exists.

You'd still need decoding software.

One advantage that places like NASA has, is a near infinite supply of grad students with no life of their own yet, many of them quite smart too. They could get a bunch of them to hack something up in GNU-radio for the Glory and for their school project.

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

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It beggars belief that the military aren't all over the security implications of personal mobile devices and rigorously training personnel ...

Really? Since ages past, the military have handled both Adversaries and Enemies - The adversaries are the expected ones (Napoleon, Russia, China, Terrorists ....). Except, nothing big really happens there, so, when there is not in fact a hot war going on with everyone getting plenty of personnel, funding and glory showered upon them, all of the abundant military energy and ressources are firmly concentrated on the enemies - The Other Services! Nothing else matters!!

"They" got all the names and such anyways:

https://www.wired.com/2016/10/inside-cyberattack-shocked-us-government/

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Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts

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The Singularity is Here!

... but not exactly "The Singularity" that The Holy Church of Singularity(tm) wanted.

These kind of news items are written by robots. Other robots attach adds to the news items. Yet other robots read all the news and all of the adds on behalf of other robots, who trade bitcoin, stocks, exotic derivatives or to drive click-ratings. Still other robots do A/B split testing to optimise the spammi-ness

Finally robots make fresh new news items from the output from the preceding shoal of digital servants and the loop is closed for another trip.

What we see is that the world becomes more and more surreal and impossible to understand.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Snowflakes

Link? I’d like to see that.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: Blockbuster,.....

... we rented two different films, made at the same location with the same props, ...

The Japanese pioneered that technique with the "Godzilla" movies - which are still more entertaining and a good deal less retarded than the US remake!

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Re: CGI is killing sci-fi

In my opinion Dick's best book is A Scanner Darkly - which is magnificently paranoid and twisted. Also an excellent film.

Philip K. Dick did epic amounts of LSD and other psychotropic chemicals - as did many of the creative people of his generation (Maybe there should be a logartimic "Shulgin scale" to quantify what "a lot" is).

I think being smashed out of ones head during working hours, inspired quite a few of the more visually stunning / intriguing stories and for Philip K. Dick drugs definitely created many of those story lines exploring common difficulties in figuring out what objective reality is and who it applies to, and of course the general paranoia.

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: What does SJWing even mean?

She's pushing the claim that she is Transracial. That you can identify as a different ethnicity than the one you actually are.

.... And the rantings of this particular brand of lunacy only seem to matter and only gets reported because too many people spend too much time on "social media" immersed in a torrent of globalised stupidity rather than going to the pub and rant & rave impotently like a normal, healthy, person does.

Sometimes, more and more often, I think the internet will turn out to be the worst invention ever!

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Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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Re: Err, no

... but it's certainly not stable.

The *trajectory* towards a strong and perhaps even colourful impact on those rocks at the bottom of the cliff is stable - which is pretty much what the May-bot actuator and communications unit actually means (the personality matrix is obviously stored in a secure facility that used to be targeting Moscow and has now been repurposed).

Since "it has been decided" to smash the country onto the rocks and grab whatever spills out, like the worlds biggest piñata party, ballistic guidance is still the best system for the job: It can't be interfered with, it cant be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with - and it will not stop, Ever, until millions are Dead on the NHS or Impoverished!

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Isn't that kinda the same thing?

See, first "They" slurp all of our data "for the children & freedom" then they share it with "our allies" like the #1 and #2 in terrorist atrocities, USA, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and finally someone leaves the lot on a laptop that will invariably get nicked during a pub-crawl?

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: FWIW

My dog smiles at me and my wife - it doesn't look so good on a doggie face, but thats what she does. She has a different expression with strangers.

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Re: But how do they spread fires?

Somehow I don't think they steal matches or cigarette lighters.

Parrots would. They have a similar intelligence to cats only they are much smarter and craftier!

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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Re: Tax Laws

They just happen to be using laws not in the manner intended when the laws were written.

They are using the laws they paid for *exactly* as intended!

Both the government and corporate lobbyists have exclusive access to the very best tax lawyers of the land and we are supposed to believe that they, only in this very specific area, are a bunch of screw-ups who makes unfixable "mistakes"!?

The only fear the government has is the "democratisation" of tax avoidance - the cat is out of the bag so to speak, when every country competing on lowering those "barriers to business" and automation in the form of multi-nation 9.99 EUR/Month accounting support systems available to anyone with web browser and a CC. Eventually even a lowly self-employed plumber can incorporate in, f.ex. Estonia, for a small fee and not pay tax in the UK exactly in the same way that the big, bad, corporations already do today (and paid lavishly for also). Exclusivity is rapidly being lost!

And who would need the special services of Westminster then? All those good hunting trips, seminars at Aruba, F1 tickets and what-not .... Gone! Never to Return!!

Quite a bind for "our" politicians - they somehow have to unwind most of the bennies they gave to their special friends to regain their bargaining power and raise their value in "the market". Biting those hands that feed them, at least for a while, while promising to devise new scams for their special friends and supporters "later". Quite a hard sell, one would think.

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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Re: I wish the European Commission luck in getting any US court to listen to it.

I don’t care much for the Americans but I would feel a lot better about “ourselves” if “we” hadn’t agitated for and participated in ruining Iran, Iraq and Libya!

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Re: "by undertaking acts entirely within the United States"

How Barbaric! Anyone knows that one have to use a missile equipped drone for that otherwise any Tom, Dick and Harry can play and there would be no sports in it.

Outrageous, really.

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Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Nah.

He has just found that obscure paper with the mathematical proof for the impossibility of an universal computer, but, he still wants part of the stash going into AI.

So, it’s Hype On.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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She is not suffering and she is not harming anyone.

“Help” would make her suffer and take something from her that she enjoys. For no reason other that imposing conformity.

Hardly an ethical thing to do, I think

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I’d say this was the Best news item of the entire week.

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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Re: Horrible green stuff

There is a bar in Århus, Denmark (Le Coq) who has the current world record in selling Chartreuse, 1897 bottles in 2016. The first bottle of the day is 10 DKK about a quid, so get there Early (and be found face-down in the canal a couple of days later by rescue dogs)

http://aarhusupdate.dk/hvad-er-chartreuse-den-groenne-munkelikoer/

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Re: freebie USB sticks

Let's not forget how ungodly SLOOOOW the freebie flash drives are.

The daemon inside allows itself some time to relish the entropy created from your precious data!

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