* Posts by jeremy 3

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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It old bastards

How many of these folks saying they still run XP are the same as slag off Facebook (I don't have an account, how self righteous am I!)

Stay in the dark ages if you want but its nearly 20 years into the new century. Idiots!

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Cooperation

When Apple wouldn't try to unlock that iPhone and politicians went on about working with tech companies to get around encryption, is this the solution they came up with together with "the industry" aka Apple?

Some folk in the government security world are smart enough to say "well if breaking the lock won't sit well with consumers, what if we make opening it easier?"

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Who's paying, not buying!

My tech savvy friend recently asked me which Android phone I'd recommend (as a fairly long term Android user).

As I started to answer he proudly told me that you can bend an iPhone into close to 90 degrees with your bare hands!

My questioning look prompted him to tell me that he'd done exactly that to his pink iPhone 6/7 whatever, as he'd got yet another annoying call from his wife that evening, and bent the phone before throwing it in the traffic. (Drunk/ angry etc)

"I'm fed up of having last year's iPhone everytime my wife makes me but her a new one, she doesn't even do anything but call and browse Facebook"

I have a feeling he's wondering where $1000 is gonna come from right about now! I know her and she doesn't care, just so long as her friends see the latest in her hand. Apple know the buyers are often not the payers especially in Asia.

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Re: Perjury

"And, PewDiePie has raked in millions? Really?"

Yes, each of his videos has literally millions of hits within a couple of days and he puts them out multiple times a week.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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It support is where the basic people stay

The TL while maybe a dick but first asked him to use the .pst repair tool. There was no statement of "I have a non sanctioned tool". Ultimately it was a .pst repair tool that fixed it. Aside from scoring points I don't see any great skill here. Our protagonist is a dick trying to score points and make himself look better.

Honestly, if you were a developer and you had to do a slightly hacky thing to make something work you'd just say to your boss. Support people really think fixing an Outlook file is magic and all the twat colleagues in support are a hardship. You chose the dregs of IT work and have shown how twaty people are to fuck each other over.

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Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

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in a few years

I would love for any job i have EVER done to accept a report that was promised in one YEAR and then not delivered for 5 more years and even then vaguely suggested it might be coming sometime. There are quite a few government reports that fit that one (i think one of the Grenfell fire reports was another one).

No politician is ever held to any time frame, any promise any statement. IT where things work or it shows is a mugs game! (yep I am a mug).

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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made up words

We can have surveys until the cows come home, but getting a marketing person to stop with the bullshit is just not going to happen.

After 10 years plus of "Up to" and with companies STILL not obligated to tell you if they throttle the connection at peak times is it any wonder that one of the most technical products people buy is called by the stupid and meaningless name "superfast".

The fact that the article has to clarify that superfast is 24 and not 10 megabits shows the absurdity.

Why not say superfast broadband is measured by 270 african parrots flying in straight line against the wind.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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Re: Why the OS can't enforce user selections?

Like if you call a "private" API call in iOS for example.

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: I hope....

I was just going to say "boycott Sun equipment", but then i remembered we've all done that voluntarily already.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Office of Fair trading?

They supplied equipment that doesn't meet standards agreed by contract. Open shut no?

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Ask Watson?

"how do we fix IBM, Watson?"

I expect it'll give a deepthought type answer though.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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9 years

This is the problem with the Silicon Valley approach to business models (ie none).

In the olden days you had to have a business plan to start a business, whether borrowing from the bank or an investor.

To be honest soundcloud was not that bad a service but it always seemed to go from a free very limited service to really expensive for anything workable.

A friend of mine is a DJ and has close to 20 - 25 hour long mixes available for download. A 123 reg hosting account is far more economic so you don't pay for every single download. She started on Soundcloud and pretty much ticked every box for their ideal customer... and was willing to pay, just not as much as they wanted.

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Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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data conference?

Wouldn't it take as little as an excel spreadsheet (no AI needed) to figure out the mean age of the attendees and approximate age they were "rocking" and perhaps get an aging 80s one hit wonder.

Or perhaps its just a status thing.... we hired Snoop who is really expensive / exclusive just so we could say "meh".

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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"illegal" apps

The article suggests that any non-backdoored app will be illegal, but this isn't quite right.

It is legal for me to make it (I am not in a 5 eyes country), it is legal for me to publish it (google and apple both operate their app stores in many countries). What may be illegal is for you to keep it installed once you travel to a 5 eyes country, or install it from a 5 eyes country.

1) Is every phone going to be checked for apps on entry to the country (maybe, USA wants all that).

2) Can you download stuff you aren't supposed to in 5 eyes countries.... um, yep!

3) Is any central server sufficient distributed to avoid a single point of failure (ala Pirate Bay).

So...end result, software out there but who is the government calling illegal... only the users, and that is going to be very big game of cat and mouse... especially in Australia.. maybe it's like government pokemon?

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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OMG!!! Colour me shocked

Broadband providers are misleading in their advertising ..... is it 2005 again?

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Sorry but ElReg is wrong...

I think you are missing the point. The germans are saying they want to include encrypted comms in with other comms they have the right to listen on. AS THE ARTICLE said, while they may not have the technical ability they are creating the legal ability. Your point about mass surveillance vs targeted surveillance is irrelevant as things are either encrypted or they are not, this is not about mass surveillance in any way.

The only issue here is governments trying to force a technical impossibility due to their own lack of knowledge, suggesting that politicians are not as bad or as stupid about tech as we believe is not likely to be that popular a view on this website.

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

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Leave remain

This organisation exists as the result of a treaty.

This is my issue with the EU, treaties are defined and decided without any input from you and me... we're just citizens.

No one wants to rock the boat so it goes on. Too many self interests to represent anyone.

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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy

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Re: The Internet is Unstoppable?

It is not magical, it is the basis of how the internet works. That is what routing is all about - using different paths to a destination depending on availability or load.

The fact a country has few enough routes out that they can all be easily controlled is a financial, practical, commercial decision. The internet is not magic, but it was designed to continue to work when any given node goes down.

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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colour me surprised

I have nothing against the concept of a lactation room, i am wondering just how many new mothers are working in an office for this to be a good use of space.

"He only used it because we haven't got meditation rooms yet".... WTF, no wonder these startups burn through cash so quick. One of these days someone will come up with some crazy idea like a WORK room... maybe they can call it an office.

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Halifax

I believe I am a customer, I will first write a direct email to ask if this is the case, when they ignore it. I will close my account.

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NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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Re: Carrying on with the IR35 fiasco

I don't live in UK anymore but still have recruiters emailing.

The UK is not somewhere you would go to work (even as a born and bred Yorkshire man) if you have experienced literally anywhere else. Jobs in central London make me laugh the most "we'll give you mediocre money and ignore travel costs/chaos or ridiculous rent"... Ok UK keep killing the industry with political stupidity and devisive "they're not paying enough tax" daily hate stories. Lol

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Tech firms send Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

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Futile

This letter basically says "please abide by the laws you've been igoring all this time"

Government: yeah sure ok then (snigger)

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ServiceNow's new CEO thinks IT can spare us from corporate re-orgs

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Still in the dark.

"cloud giant" is the only explanation of what is ServiceNow.

I have a colleague who keeps asking me about it but I cant find any decent explanation of who they are or what they do....and more importantly who's using it.

More corporate yawn.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

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Vietnam is better too

Welcome to the result of the constant procrastination by government, BT and ofcom.

I have 4g here in ho chi Minh with download around 75mb/s

The UK talks alot but really is always a catch up country in terms of internet.

Can a new company lay fibre in the sewer in the UK ... No way, that would be accepting market forces and being efficient. Much better to make it political and wait for Asian countries to leave you behind.

Honestly, coverage in Vietnam pisses on the uk. It's standard to have 24mb in your house and true 4g on mobile. Keep that imperial arrogance uk, the rest of the world is actually getting on with it!

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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

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Predictable

I think there is quite alot of interest in VR from consumers right now.

The problem (the age old problem) is that right now its quite new, its all expensive (the PS4 one seems to be most reasonable), and there is lots of uncertainty about future uses and compatibility.

I was honestly going to shell out for some VR kit, but after hunting around for the best set up, i figured the only one that will definitely perform for 12 months + will be the PS4 one, and i don't have a PS 4 or TV so the price tag for that became as expensive as the rest. $500+ for experimental hardware and unknown interactivity / standardisation is not a risk i will take on tech anymore. $500 goes quite far in hookers and weed and its not virtual!

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Doesn't matter

I show as a software developer on LinkedIn. It's accurate, I write software for desktop and mobile (web when I want the pain of the 90s restored).

Mostly Indian guys message me trying to sell outsourced services.

They are getting good at the patter/rhetoric to engage but I'm not buying so rarely get past the first line.

AI doesn't yet understand the difference between looking and buying, or annoying and helpful.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Dear Apple.

Been an apple computer user for years, stopped iPhones at the 3s.

This week I sold my MacBook air (2015). I feel like I'm at AA telling you how great my first few days Apple free is.

It is.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Re: How much more do we need to hear?

But Uber are cheaper and they have sexy advertising.

Here in Vietnam, they just settled their government tax issues and can operate legally. The cabs here are not bad but twice the cost.

The alternative (Malaysian owned) Grab taxi / motorbike is better than Uber but again their motorbike taxi cost is 1/4 of the local cost and with the app there is no "white face" tax... you pay what the app says, not the inflated amount the local can try and extract from you.

I doubt there is a single Vietnamese person who has any clue about all the problems with Uber the company, and probably would just say "yeah like some companies here". Meanwhile it is cool to be using an app like you Americans to order your cab....

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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so much automation

I can set the washing machine going before leaving work, turn on the cooker, the fridge re-filled itself from Amazon direct and the Rhumba cleaned the floor..... why do i need to go home? i can stay at the coal face for a few more hours earning that state pension that wont be there when i retire.

I know people do have reasons for iOt stuff but who is so busy that they need to turn the oven on before they get home. I was told as a child NOT to leave the oven/cooker on when no-one was home.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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no edge cases for MS

I am not really a Windows user (always VMs), but recently I had to go back to it to make a desktop app with c#.

My client bought me a boring dell desktop and it has a factory install of windows 10. The main idea is for testing, but its good enough to do the dev on it too.

It is a development app that belongs to my client and at this stage i am not a registered windows developer.

If MS want to look at what's installed or even what i browse on this work machine, it is not going embarrass me, but if they want to breach my contracts for me, then that can make things difficult.

The article suggests i don't have too much to worry about, but still its the concept of "your data belongs to us, even when its not your data" ... kinda like the issue with the US border people.

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ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

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Am I the only one thinking.....

This website is a tech website and based on the comments i have seen over the years there is a fair few of us who know about some computer type things... the rest of us at least think we know about that stuff.

So.... while reading just about every story on this, i am thinking;- Isn't it just an emulator running on a raspberry pi... couldn't i get that up and running in about a week or so. Ok, for the casing, i have no real idea about that, but i do know people in China who could probably tell me where and how much.

Write off the crowd nonsense and build your own.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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9000 data breaches

Maybe Amber Rudd is working on the idea that they let anyone look at their data so it should be reciprocal.

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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IR35 is created to make you insane

"Let's come up with a tax that literally no-one can be 100% sure if they are liable or not"

"Yeah, then let's fiddle with it over about 10 years so accountants who learn about it have to re-learn and the confusion remains"

"Then, when people think we should just scrap it and come up with something new, we'll push out to all public sector workers, without telling them it will pushed on private sector people in 6 months".

Is Kafka running HMRC?

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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I blame Apple and the iPhone

Ok... not specifically but in a moment of empathy for stupid users, whom most of us look down on from a great height, we grownups have lived through the growth of the internet and the release of the iPhone.

This was when someone told us that our stupid phones would suddenly be pocket computers that did everything a looked sexy... and it was mostly true.

Now everyone believes anything about tech because the iphone happened.

Users are stupid but they are just following the marketing and buy this stuff.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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"the role of System Support Engineers is potentially redundant"

No technical person wrote that....ever,

Here, Nero play this violin while i get the fire started!

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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impressive co-ordination

I am ginger / irish, travel on a UK passport (Dad is English) but all the actions by America seem to be very coordinated to stop people coming there. I doubt this rule affects me but still, i am left with the 'idea' it affects me so another reason to avoid travel to the US. Maybe, when no-one come there anymore, the TSA will be over staffed and some of them will be sacked....

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Europe is looking better..

Not really.

I live in Asia and often have recruiters send me emails about jobs. I add up the costs and factor in the exchange rate (and tax uncertainty) and find that due to the exchange rate the UK doesn't pay very well anymore. Now USA, Australia and most of Europe pay better. Years of little pay rises and a sudden drop in the pound value. It's not a personal gain thing, its a "now you are level with alot of other potential employment locations" .

ie. not competitive.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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20 years old tech?

I can run up an emulator for most old consoles.

I often quite like StarFox64 on my android phone.

I had consoles when i was younger and kept a few for a while, but one or two games on an old classic and you'll be back on your PS4.

My money this year will go on a switch... its a real thing, i have actual people in real life whom i know and trust show me it. I can go to a store an buy it. It has quite modern tech (not opening that can of worms) and it seems quite good.

Even if it isn't, the idea of putting up cash for some aging retro gamer to try and relive their youth and squander the cash in the process just seems a little stupid to me.

You could probably run a spectrum emulator on an N-Gage... problem solved.

Case of the member berries.

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Borked browser baked into Nintendo Switch

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Re: A web browser is a GAMES CONSOLES????

Nintendo have already announced there will be downloadable expansion packs to some games.

If you don't have a web browser, how can they make a pretty interface to encourage you to spend the cash? Silly.

Also Netflix will be available on the switch which is pretty cool since it's got quite a nice screen (720p but only 6.2").

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

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Re: Flake

I have had a few iphones and a few android phones. I like Android better.

I develop for both platforms and so try and keep them in pretty much factory standard mode to be as similar as possible to target devices.

However, the fact that Android is open source is the opposite of dumb, because i can (if i choose to) root my phone and install android from scratch and be sure that it is secure. I am more and more tempted to do that despite mostly just using my phone for email and games on the move.

I'm not sure how giving me the opportunity to look after my own security and not have to rely on Apple's lawyers is a dumb thing.

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Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud over $170m IT upgrade shambles

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Re: Typical IBM

Because only they can afford the bidding process.

It's around a million per year in work.

Fujitsu, Capita, Accenture... Etc are others who fail but when no one else can risk a mill or so on bidding you get the same people.

The government in the UK even tried to make their own in house dev company but that's not really working out too well.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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no-one has yet commented on the last part of the article...

Talk Talk have a website called Beatthescammers. whatever....

Seriously, they are offering advice on not getting hacked / scammed ... just think about that for a moment.

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

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The same Accenture...

Who totally screwed a new ticketing system for Singapore Airlines.

Another crapita

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Yours is really the standard pro argument

1) Murdoch does not have a monopoly.

2) Other channels have demonstrated non advertising models.

3) The BBC is not impartial, just not.

4) By definition you cannot please all the people all the time.

So essentially, since you don't pay for my HBO subscription, why should I pay for your BBC. You can have it but YOU pay for it.

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Rate this as five stars or we'll bombard you with pop-up ads

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Kill the app market, complain that app developers find other means of making money.

It is foolish to think that anything other than a $100K budget is suitable for a mobile app.

I certainly only suggest mobile apps as supporting to a web based app or desktop app. There is lots of hopes and dreams in mobile and lots of BS too.

The main people who are looking to mobile developers these days are dreamers who have not even checked if their "amazing idea, that you need to sign an NDA for" is actually already about 15 apps.

Do people still download from app stores? They were saturated about 3 years ago, there is 10 apps for any possible requirement i have. I install almost nothing and begrudge all the google crap i can't uninstall.

It is fast getting to the point where i think that a jail broken phone managed by me is going to be more secure than anything google or their partners think is security. I already started re-writing the apps i like but screw you on security etc (like evernote... the open source alternative is quite interesting, evernote on my server with only people i approve using it... that is perfect right?).

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Rap for chat app chaps: Snap's shares are a joke – and a crap one at that

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traditional thinking...

I know it's unusual to apply maths and logic to any of this, but I am still at a loss about where the money comes from, whose money is it?

Typical situation today starts with a rubbish idea that wont make money, but gets $20,000000 then its gets some users and still doesn't make money, it starts to loose it.

Then they IPO and everyone "in the know" makes money, so where are the people loosing the money? Why are they still putting money into things like this.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Your man?

"The normally reliable Microsoft......" anything, is not a valid start to any sentence ever, especially for someone who considers themselves informed about tech.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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We accept the most basic lies!

I am sick of hearing the idea that if you know how much you are paying, then you use less.

I ALREADY KNOW how much my bills are because i pay them. If i think "my leccy bill seems high this winter" then i might look at what heating i am using (often electric so more expensive), how many lights / TVs etc are on in empty rooms... y'know the basic stuff.

Alternatively, if i am a mum of several children and i use the washing machine and dryer twice a day, I am going to think "Hey, nothing i can do, kids gotta have clean clothes", then they alter to afford the costs.

By the minute information on usage will just change people from concurrent usage to sequential... "the meter doesn't flash red when i do the laundry first and cook afterwards".

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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

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I used cloud based accounting software for two years

I understand that accounting is important but after miss entering our year end month there was no way to change it.

Two years added up to about £700 so it was a fair test.

My accountant has always told me that you need nothing more than excel to do your accounts and he's kinda right (bells and whistles aside)

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

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Eighty Euros

So more expensive than a local girl who will be equally as dead as a sack of spuds during sex and yet only cost you 25 euros for a quickie behind the rubbish nightclub on the beach front (away from that nice part of Barcelona).

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