* Posts by nsld

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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risk versus return

The 'gig economy' workers are usually not far above benefits level, deem them inside IR35 and you open up a whole can of tax credit worms and the potential that they will stop working and claim many other benefits so a net tax loss overall.

A skilled IT contracter making £600+ per day is a soft target and is unlikely to fall back on the state in the same way. They are also a lot easier to find and manage as they typically do submit tax returns etc.

Add in that the many and varied gig economy companies have tongues firmly buried up politicians and have open doors to post political careers for them and its little wonder they are not heavily targetted.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: It's all verry simple

Not so easy with many sealed unit items without removable batteries.

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Seems.

we are going to need a bigger shark....

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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I bet

The CIO didn't get the bullet for a complete failure of leadership.....

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: Wait a minute

The icon on the top right was an indication of the seriousness of the comment.......

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Coat

Wait a minute

Surely this is a great victory for feminism and female empowerment?

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FFS

If you have single points of failure you deserve everything you get.

That's not the fault of 'the cloud' it's down to incompetent shitgibbons who shouldn't be within a thousand miles of any critical technology.

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Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

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Seems cheap

At $800 ......

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Client Eastwood....

"saw it launch an unnamed aerial vehicle"

Derek, we shall call it Derek the Drone.........

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Handy timing that

Just as the IP Bill becomes law and the government is hoovering up all that data.

Almost a de facto recognition they cannot secure it.

You don't want to get caught leaking the dwarf porn viewing habits of your local MP if this goes through.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: Only the second week @Gumby

Ending of a visa waiver just means you need a visa.

Even countries within the visa waiver programme still have visa requirements.

So your comparison is nothing of the sort, you need to remember your audience here is clearly better educated than the shitkickers you drink with.

As for his plan to "counter the threat" its just going to be the same extreme vetting which already takes place for many people trying to get a US visa of any sort.

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Judge allows plan for Intel to reanimate McAfee. The brand, we mean

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Jedediah

Yeeee haaaaaw.......

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Mumsnet ordered to give users' real life IDs and messages to plastic surgeon they criticised

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makes a change

normally people just hack into mumsnet to get the information.....

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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I see a problem

"By the way, special mention for JavaScript, the runaway winner in this category: Broccoli, Brunch, Grunt, Gulp, Mimosa, Jake and Webpack, which list sounds like a roll call of firefighters in a forthcoming BBC puppet programme for the under-fives TheDonaldTrumpton."

Not sure Brocolli and Mimosa will qualify for visa's under Obersturmbahnfuehrer Rudd's new listing program....

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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The local squirrels down here in deliverance

Like to get a little jolt from chewing the phone line, its not enough damage to kill voice but it really stuffs up ADSL.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Facepalm

It will be horrific

Having had the joy of looking after tier 2 visa apps in my last job the paperwork alone will cripple business. Add in a £1000 tax per person and all those foreign language roles needed for a global trading economy will move to the EU.

How we expect to trade globally with a deficit of language speakers is going to be the big question, unless we expect everyone to speak English when they buy our innovative jams!

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Only yesterday

I rented a van from Enterprise and on collection I was asked to give a second phone number of someone they could contact in case of an emergency.

I said no, on the basis that I am an orphan so they would need Derek Accorah to contact my parents and that as my partner wasnt present I didnt have her consent to give her number. They insisted on a second number and so they got the broadband line which has no handset attached to it.

I explained to them that asking people for other peoples numbers was a dubious practice given the use of it for telemarketing spam and then today I read this article.

The best part was apparently this 2nd number was "enforced on the system" which was bollocks as I had rented a car 2 weeks prior and also have an enterprise account neither of which has never asked for a second number.

Got to wonder if the staff in my local branch of Enterprise aren't doing a little light data skimming?

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Re: IMHO, any modified vehicle should become immediately unfit for the road...@LDS

Your comment is all kinds of stupid.

Most "modification" to vehicles, for example changing the brakes means using stuff that is engineered to fit and work with the car to improve it. The same also applies to engine re mapping which is an extremely common thing to improve performance, economy, emmissions etc.

Putting better brakes on a car doesn't require type approval or crash testing, and neither does allowing an ECU overwrite or a new chip being added, the most dangerous thing in all the article if the fact the damn thing is connected to the internet!

Both our Land Rovers are chipped or remapped, as is one classic Lotus (which also has 8 pot calipers to stop it rather than the OEM Vauxhall crap that Lotus used in the 90's) and the 9 litre diesel horse lorry, the Landies to make them less rubbish, the Lotus to make full use of the turbo and the horse lorry because its now bearably crap. None of them are dangerous per se, they just work better.

However if you connected them to the internet and let the world loose on them that would be a different matter altogether.

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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The real crime

Is that Talk Talk can get bent over and data reamed, not once, not twice, but three times and yet its still bonuses all round for Dido and the executive.

Whilst the ICO has at least got some dentures it needs real teeth and the criminal negligence of the talk talk leadership should be the focus and not some idiot with access to a vulnerability scanner.

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Trade deals

I did see on Twatter that Daniel Hannan the MEP had shipped himself off to Colombia to flog some "innovative jams" or whatever we have to offer.

The sad reality is that we don't set the world on fire with physical goods production and what we do build like cars, steel, chips etc are primarily foreign owned and ultimately can be relocated.

Most of our "exports" are service based and again are easily movable.

Our food production is driven by low skilled EU migration and again the larger food producing agro industries can move to fields in mainland Europe as we don't have any unique climate crops.

Apparently according to UKIP's Suzanne Evens we have some massive trade advantage as we buy lots of stuff, I get the feeling she, like many kippers doesn't understand how global trade actually works or how the UK economy is so dependent on easily movable businesses.

So its not just tech thats rising in price, food and energy is as well.

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

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Re: What I don't get @2+2=5

Are you suggesting some kind of tapered relief approach?

I don't think the carrot mafia are going to be ok with a slow depletion of the animal stock and a bacon taper do you?

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Re: What I don't get

And thats the million dollar question the bacon dodgers like to avoid.

The reality is if we stopped eating meat we would need to cull millions of animals as no farmer is going to pay to fence and graze what has become wildlife.

Cows roaming free on roads, sheep randomly invading towns, pigs in your garden etc all breeding away etc.

Farmers would need to fence in crops, having seen how quickly escaped sheep can eat through an arable crop we could end up with food supply issues once we release all those cuddly ruminants and they graze through everything.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Another great step forward

To 2014/15 when Lenovo did this on the X1 carbon!

How long before Apple go to court over that?

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Dyn dinged by DDoS: US DNS firm gives web a bad hair day

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Paris Hilton

Whats the DevOps angle?

See title!

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HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

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Paris Hilton

Surprised

He didn't go full Conan and say:

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

Now that would motivate the sales team although the HR department might have some issues!

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: PWEI

Given what we have heard from our new home secretary Obersturmbannfuhrer Rudd and her penchance for lists is anyone surprised by this?

I think this is possibly a more appropriate PWEI track given the current state of the nation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xef60FAN6Vk

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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@Boltar

The UK has a partial membership of the WTO with much of its common agreements dependent on membership of the EU.

This gives a good overview from some legal experts in the field of the challenge the UK faces in re establishing full membership of the WTO if we do leave the EU/EEA/EFTA

https://www.monckton.com/brexit-mean-uk-wto/

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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visa free travel

As we are not part of the Schengen area of mainlaind Europe we currently rely on EU membership for Visa free travel within Schengen.

My colleagues from outside the EU (Australia, South Africa, India) have to purchase a Schengen visa to travel in Europe, currently France is the best value and once you have had a couple they will give you a longer duration one. Costs about £80 a pop!

Once we leave the EU and have 'taken control' of our borders we will be subject to Schengen rules and will need to get a visa unless a deal on that is done.

As for work, that will require work visa's for each country!

Less paperwork if we leave apparently, and £350 million a week to spend on roast beef, warm sturdy ale and the NHS!

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@Bolfar Re: I have said it before, I will say it again

"Good, fuck the human rights convention. A gravy train for legal parasites to make a killing preventing murderers and rapists being deported and allowing criminals to sue the police on spurious grounds. Go ahead mod me down, I'm not alone in my opinion."

Indeed you are not alone, which just proves that more than one person has no idea what they are ranting about!

Plenty of ECHR judgements which are very much in the public interest including challenges on sexuality and employment, military equipment to protect troops. Unlawful retention of DNA data etc.etc.

Not every human rights case is listed in the Daily Mail and most of those that are tend to be misreported!

Notwithstanding that one of the fathers of modern human rights law was Winston Churchill, who, I suspect has a little more gravitas than you do Bolfar!

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Re: "Journal of the American Osteopathic Association."??????

I think you are confusing Chiropractors with Osteopaths.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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Facepalm

Re: They are a media company

"Re: They are a media company

watta loada bullshit. Costs may have risen due to incompetance , but no tarrifs have been imposed . we are still in the EU"

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You are Nigel Farage and I claim my £5 British Pounds prize...........

Either that or you use flavoured Windowlene

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: "telling girls they have "pink brains""

to answer that you need to understand that if you are an extreme feminist certain things are verbotten and one of those things is to suggest that the male of the species might have a complaint as well.

Firstly, its not about equality, its about superiority, they actually care not one iota for things being equal.

Secondly you just have to follow the ramblings of people like Caroline Criado Perez for an insight into how they think, a good example is when one of the two people convicted of making threatening and malicious communications turned out to be female Ms CP said it was because the woman in question had "internalised mysoginy", in other words it was the mans fault again.!

So thats the key thing here, those of us who are penis wielding rationalists really dont care what colour the brain is depicted as and also recognise that men and women are different.

Whoever, if you are a fully paid up member of the extreme feminist brigade (perhaps it should be called "so called feminist state" ala ISIS and the BBC!) you are only interested in the pink jobs.

Whilst the great thinker Reg in the life of Brian wanted the right to have babies, the sad reality is that he can't actually fire them out even if granted that right because we are different, in exactly the same way that should one of the extreme feminist loons choose to write their name in the snow with their own urine via the micturation method she will just get wet feet!

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Meanwhile @ inmypjs

"Isn't it amazing that poor uneducated oiks tup north think democracy is more important than money - unlike so many wealthy toss pots sitting in their metropolitan echo chambers."

Let me know how you get on at Tesco's when you offer to pay in this new currency of "democracy" for your kids food.

The real irony is that the "wealthy toss pots" wont suffer as a result of this as they aren't working in the car factories but those democracy loving Northerners probably will.

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Facepalm

Meanwhile

The people of Sunderland are just getting to grips with Japan's membership of the EU and the impact it will have for Nissan!

The irony that a region so econimically dependent on EU membership and the single market voted so heavily to leave it isn't lost.

The fact that the normally very private and diplomatic Japanese have gone public with this shows just how much the rest of the world thinks we are a bunch of knuckle dragging half wits.

Welcome to Little Faragestan.....

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Re: Dyson

And the rate paid on those profits will be the standard rate all other UK companies pay.

That's the fundamental difference, it's a level playing field.

Which is why the Irish, Luxembourg and a few others offer these dubious arrangements to draw in overseas companies.

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Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

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Unless I am missing something on this

They seem to be talking about commencing recovery proceedings in the civil courts prior to any criminal conviction.

Not sure how you are going to show a crime was committed to justify the recovery, and it may also prejudice the criminal proceedings as well if the respondent wins the civil case.

It almost sounds like a dry run in a lower court at someone elses expense given the low rates of prosecution in the criminal courts.

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Is anyone surprised?

Given the uncertainty of when, if and what will happen over our membership of the EU its hardly surprising is it?

As for an investigation, that's a waste of resources as it's clear it's happening and why so what purpose will it serve apart from to show that those pesky experts that the rubbery faced shitgibbon Gove derided got it right (again).

It's ok though we can use the £350,000,000 to cover it......

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Evidence?

The problem with Twitter is that it relies on people to get followers, and typically the majority of followers share some or all of the viewpoints of the people they follow.

Milo has enough followers that he doesn't need to tell people to "get her" for them to pile in and post some nasty stuff, he can be fairly vague and yet get the same impact as a direct call to action. The key question is more for twitter to get to grips with, and that is how do you deal with overly popular idiots like Milo?

In the interest of balance you can of course look back at some of Leslie Jones tweets which exhibit racism, anti semitism and calls for her followers to "get her" in response to a tweet.

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/564664734268411906

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/169003034880376832

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/564965558408327168

https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/755218642674020352

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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So the bigger question is

Why did Facebook call it a glitch when they will have full logs of what happened, when and from what device?

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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At a trade show in Essen many years ago

I was setting up our stand at a trade show called FIBO and as the gentleman came over to check he got very excited, waved his arms around and said:

German guy "Where are your voles?"

Me: "Voles?"

German guy "Yes your VOLES?"

Me: "Voles, small creatures, live by the river?"

German Guy " NO VOLES"

Walks to end of stand and shakes the dividing wall

"VOLES, THESE ARE VOLES"

Me "oh you mean walls, we didnt order any"

German Guy "HERE IS FORM, GO AND GET VOLES"

Me: "How many voles do I need?"

German Guy " ENOUGH VOLES FOR ALL THE VOLES"

Me: "ok then"

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

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Re: Misleading @s2bu

The CDC looks at all causes of morbidity and mortality so the remit is far wider than just bacteria and virii.

With guns the NRA line is that mental illness is the problem but they don't want any research done just in case that turns out not to be the case!

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EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

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Re: Brexit bonus @ Dr Jones

"Try Googling "European Investment Bank" and "corruption" to get an idea of how much fraud and waste goes on. By contrast we sort of managed to do the Olympics on budget and on time."

Are you a Doctor of Bistromath?

If by "on budget" you mean an everchanging budget which magically meets the final price then yes, unfortunately thats not how budgets work.

All governmental organisations have levels of corruption from Parish councils upwards but try to erect an SEP around the Olympics (think G4S) isn't going to fly.

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

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How can it be that she still has a job?

She has presided over not one, but at least THREE data breaches in less than two years yet she retains her role?

What the fuck does her bonus plan measure to be so large? I guess its merely synced to her fitbit and as long as she twitches once a day it pays out.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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I guess

Hotspotting from the mobile was more effort than pissing and moaning on twatter?

The threat of OFCOM is like waving a lettuce leaf at a tank, lots of noise and no impact.

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

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Re: Bah!

no, based on 20+ years experience as a personal trainer.

If you fill yourself full of sugars and sit on your arse all day you will achieve your goal of making a bigger dent in the sofa, alternatively eat a sensible diet and do some exercise and you won't.

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Re: Bah!

Sorry but thats bollocks.

You are what you eat and do regardless of age, whilst we slow down as we get older middle age isn't particularly old and illness aside there is no excuse to turn into a sweaty ham beast.

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Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat

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Interesting

SaaS tech support will often ask for trace routes to look at issues connecting to services so using a spoof tech support email as cover is a clever tactic.

Worse part is that even if it doesnt auto run the non tech savvy end user will probably run the changed code anyway.

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Salesforce slaps UK Enterprise customers with 40% price hike

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Re: WTF?

In the joyous world of SaaS customer experience* which I inhabit we love these kind of buzzwords, here is a short glossary:

omnichannel - basically a list of all the ways the customer can contact you eg phone, live chat, email, facebork, twatter, Google + (yes I know), Instagram, viber and which ever shiny new insecure upstart pops up to "disrupt" the world of comms.

360 degree view - hoping you have pulled all the data into one place so when the client says "my sales rep said......" the agent has a vague hope of finding the email or call notes. And if you have outsourced the operation more stuff for them to steal and sell on.

Empower your agents - give them a tool with a better uptime than sex panther in the vague hope they can find the answer to the obscure question from the anorak on the freemium package.

*in the good old days it was service but now we want it to be an experience........

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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What could possibly go wrong?

See title, get popcorn and wait

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Prince of pop trash PerezHilton pwned, visitors hit with cryptxxx

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Paris Hilton

Lawsuit?

Got to be a class action opportunity for the lawyers in this.

Popcorn.......

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