* Posts by adam payne

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Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Rose added that a lot of these organisations - including water, electric and telecoms organisations – are facing challenges, as their legacy systems increasingly interface with and are exposed to the internet

There should be no legacy systems anywhere near the internet, that's just standard best practice.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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The Facebook app shouldn't be a system app and should be removable but I guess that is what the zucker is paying them for.

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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The fourth variant can be potentially exploited by script files running within a program – such as JavaScript on a webpage in a browser tab – to lift sensitive information out of other parts of the application – such as personal details from another tab.

Potentially exploitable by scripts #thanksnoscript

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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"There is no indication the material was viewed by any unauthorised person," he added.

It was a DVD, how would you get an indication that the material on the disk has been viewed?

One question though was the data on the DVD encrypted?

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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But ICANN has been resistant to changing the current rules, in large part because powerful US corporate interests want the current rules retained and feel that European laws should not override the current system put in place by US corporations and overseen by a US organization.

A not for profit organisation being influenced and pressured from outside sources, typical.

It wants companies to continue to gather all the same registration information – including people's names, home addresses and telephone numbers - even if they don't publish it all.

Most of that information you do not need.

It wants them to come up with some kind of system to let authorized users to access that information.

Depends on what kind of authorised users you are talking about. Vetting?

It wants them to make it possible for third parties to contact registrants via email without having to seek permission from anyone else.

No just plain no! I do not want my email and my home address spammed thank you.

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Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

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Apparently Capita is preparing to roll out the big guns and will “deploy advanced digital and customer management capabilities to drive improvements in experience across all channels”.

Delivering your promises on time would be a big step.

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Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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I do kind of feel sorry for the staff of Kaspersky no real evidence has been presented to support the rumours about them. I myself don't know if they are helping Russia with their cyber activities but you really can't accuse people without evidence.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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The revelation comes as Facebook is trying to rehab its image in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook doesn't need to go to rehab it needs a defibrillator.

"To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended — pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data."

You gave them to tools to do it and they did it gladly

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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The complaint, which seeks $5m in damages under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and recognition as a class action, recounted the keyboard failures experienced by the two plaintiffs

Only two plaintiffs for now but you can bet there'll be looking for others.

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Family Planning office warns customers private parts may be exposed

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The agency apparently retained web form messages on the public-facing server, meaning if its database was breached, attackers would have access to individuals' messages to Family Planning.

Web form info on a public facing server #captainpicarddoublefacepalm

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Re: What's next?

del C:\*.* /q nowadays

/q so it does all nice and quiet

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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Henderson-Spruce submitted a change-of-address form that requested mail addressed to UPS' global HQ, at 5 Glenlake Parkway NE in Atlanta, be sent to 6750 N. Ashland Ave – his Chicago home.

Why would you use your own address for a scam like this? Surely it just makes it incredibly easy to catch you.

According to the United States Postal Service website, when someone fills in a change-of-address form, the postal service will mail a letter validating the move to the original address – it's not clear what happened to that letter in this case.

They didn't send the letter, it went to the new address or someone at UPS rubber stamped it.

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VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

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That will change in (northern) autumn 2018 according to a new post by June Yang, product management veep of Virtzilla’s Cloud Platform Business Unit.

Sysadmins around the world are rejoicing now.

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There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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Speaking of the latest job-shedding, chief exec Gavin Patterson, said: “I am really excited to be delivering the next stage of BT’s transformation and have put in place the team that will support me in achieving these objectives.”

You might be excited but I bet the thousands of people being given the axe aren't excited about it.

The statement is completely inappropriate.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Nonetheless, DT claimed that the Great British Public (bless their silly little heads) might get the two companies mixed up as a result of the pinkness:

Not sure how someone could mistake two different companies with different names.

"cease and desist… from all use of the Figurative Sign and the colour magenta and closely similar colour shades".

You have the trademark on a specific colour not similar shades so there is no case to answer.

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

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The Ministry of Justice is abandoning its experiment of breaking up big IT contracts into a so-called "tower model"

I though the tower model was [insert word here] up and move up.

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Mike Lynch's British court showdown v HPE pushed back to 2019

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HPE has alleged, among other things, that Lynch and his co-director and one-time CFO Sushovan Hussein “engaged in fraudulent activities while executives at Autonomy,” including “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures, and outright misrepresentations.”

Due diligence is your friend HP.

His lawyer, one John Keker, lamented after his client was found guilty: “It is a shame that the United States Department of Justice lent its support to HP’s campaign to blame others for its own catastrophic failings.”

He has kinda got you there HP.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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SQL on Linux, never thought i'd see that.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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The Canadian teen had faced the possibility of jail time for alleged unauthorized access to a computer when, earlier this year, he automatically downloaded some 7,000 documents from the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy website.

Why would you want 7000 freedom of information requests?

no grounds to lay charges

No kidding, you can't charge someone for illegally accessing publicly available files.

A bunch of records – which contained thousands of people's addresses, social insurance numbers, and other sensitive details – had accidentally been placed online in non-redacted PDFs by officials.

This is the reason you when after the kid, to cover up your own stupidity.

Are they going to apologise to the kid they accused of hacking and to the people that may have lost personal information?

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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I was sat at my desk one day looking at a couple of PCs trying to figure out why they had been sent back to IT as they had no note with them (don't get me started on that). It was too early in the morning for my crystal ball to work.

A panicked HR lady runs in and shouts 'the fax machine is on fire what do I do?' and in unison the whole IT department shouts back 'turn it off at the plug!'.

She runs off back to the fax machine that is supposedly in flames, while we all draw straws as to which one of us gets to deal with this. I lost, damn it. I ran round and the fax machine is smoking a little but there's no signs of any flames or burn marks on the plastic case but there is a strong smell of coffee. Sure enough on opening up said fax machine there was coffee in it.

Obviously no one owned up for the damage so we charged the new fax machine to the site cost code, that way each department on site paid towards it.

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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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Re: Motherf***ers. I strongly doubt this is the only HP that has done this.

I remember the days of the HP Deskjet 500 series with their 50ml cartridges.

Some things have changed over the years but one thing has remained the same is printer manufacturers shafting their customers.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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and literally showed people a block of plastic with some LEDs in at the Games Developer Conference two months ago

They did but it did look sexy though.

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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

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"At this stage it is unclear whether any delay in diagnosis would have resulted in any avoidable harm or death and that is one of the reasons [for] establishing an independent review."

The the ambulance chasers are already circling this one and rubbing their hands together.

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Xerox CEO resigns as company caves to activist investors

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So with Xerox under new management will they now sort out their technical support team?

This is the team that asks questions that you have already answered on your original email.

Will they also dispatch toner and other consumables on time? an auto order system is supposed to order consumables and send them before the machines stops running.

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Legal tech startup tries to haul 123-Reg to court over 24-hour backup claims

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Techie chasers, well that's new.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

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One question Mozilla, can I turn this 'function' off?

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Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

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But when HP's investigators later went over Autonomy's books, they found the firm's value had been staggeringly inflated, forcing HP to write off billions of dollars a year after the ill-fated acquisition.

If I was buying another company for $11 billion i'm sure as hell going to look at the books before I buy them.

Here's a tip for you HP, it's called due diligence

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More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

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That figure has been falling steadily from 1.6 million (6 per cent) in May 2016 to 1.1 million (4 per cent) a year later and downwards to 925,000 (3 per cent) as of the latest data captured in January 2018.

"Nevertheless, there are still too many people in the UK who cannot get a decent broadband connection," the regulator said (PDF).

You can make stats say anything.

I get 9Mbps. It's so speedy my other half streams video while i'm trying to shoot things online and kills my gaming experience.

Thankfully fibre has finally come to my part of town. Thanks BT / Openreach it's only taken you four years to do this part of the town.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

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A new feature called “Timeline” won’t be far behind, as it sorts your activities on an – erm – timeline and makes them searchable. The idea here is that if you know you started drafting an awesome news tip for The Register on Tuesday morning, it’ll be on the Timeline instead of you having to go into your email client and look in the drafts folder. Or use desktop search.

Hmmm...more data slurp?

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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The Register has asked TSB what the recruitment means for current infrastructure head Damon Yates, who is still listed as holding the role on LinkedIn – a job he began back in November 2016.

With our heartfelt thanks we present you with this can, bye and thanks for coming.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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But the bank claimed that "each of these instances were 'connected accounts' where third party access had been granted, typically to family members" and that no personal customer information was shared.

Bold statement but are you really sure? Wouldn't want that to come back to bite you are anything.

They hired IBM! Oh dear, they really do have no idea how to fix it.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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The sentence does seem a little over the top but he did have the discs professional made with all the logos on it. Professional made discs with other people logos on and trying to pass them off as genuine is always going to get you in trouble if caught.

This counterfeit software exposes people who purchase recycled PCs to malware and other forms of cybercrime, which puts their security at risk and ultimately hurts the market for recycled products."

Windows puts everybodies security at risk but I understand the point they are trying to make. These discs aren't genuine and you have no idea what could be lurking on them.

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

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"It is the court's assessment that the defendant killed Kim Wall," Burkoe told the packed courtroom. She and two jurors unanimously found him guilty, in accordance with Danish law. In addition to murder, Madsen was also found guilty of mutilating a corpse and sexual assault.

and so ends the most bizarre case in years, unless of course he decides to appeal with yet another bizarre excuse.

Let him rot in jail.

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Recycling tech biz bosses get years for VAT fraud, money laundering

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Efforts to recover the stolen VAT and criminal proceeds are under way, HMRC said

Asset strip them

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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A Microsoft spokesperson told The Register: "The HP Elite x3 and Alcatel Idol 4S are temporarily unavailable, but will be restocked and sold while supplies last. We remain deeply committed to helping customers discover, buy, use and love Windows 10 devices."

Well you were hardly going to say please buy all the old stock so that we can finally axe the entire platform.

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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There were also reports that TSB customers could access the accounts of other TSB users, including their account numbers, sort codes and transaction histories, and possibly having the ability to perform actions on these accounts, including transferring money.

A month before GDPR, lucky you TSB.

A TSB spokesperson told us yesterday: "We are currently experiencing large volumes of customers accessing our mobile app and internet banking which is leading to some intermittent issues with people accessing our services."

Well after you close so many branches you would I hope have been expecting that.

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Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

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And he said Capita would no longer bid for unsustainable contracts.

Why would you bid on those contracts anyway?

He said the firm's focus will be on developing its own proprietary software.

Proprietary software that will lock people and make it next to impossible to leave, well that's one way of generating income.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Makers of certain consumer electronics should take note that it is possible to create an update that both extends the life of a device and improves its performance

That as maybe but consumer electronics manufacturers have no incentive to support their old devices.

There's simply no money in it for them.

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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

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The report was designed “to avoid a moral panic,” Clement-Jones told us.

Shame there isn't a moral panic in the lords.

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

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Scotland is currently pursuing far more ambitious plans to deploy 30Mbps broadband to nearly all homes in the country under a £600m programme that is due to be done and dusted by March 2022, and which will be paid for by the Scottish administration.

Does nearly all homes exclude most of the highlands?

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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

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WannaCry was a shot across our bows.

A shot across the bows is a near miss this wasn't a near miss. Maybe you weren't hit as hard as you could have been but you were still hit.

Taylor said NHS Digital has developed a much more comprehensive disaster recovery plan since the WannaCry attack before embarking on a rigorous, ongoing testing regime

A comprehensive disaster recovery plan is something you should have already had. A rigorous testing regime for your disaster recovery plan is also something that should have already been implemented.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Calving says that to this day he’s never received a word of thank and his sister denies the whole incident ever happened.

Oh the denials are always funny.

We know what happened and that's enough.

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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"We're seen the apology tours before," Blumenthal said, before asking Zuckerberg whether he'd support opt-in for data usage rather than opt-out.

"That's certainly makes sense to discuss," said Zuckerberg.

Classic dodge there. Discuss it for a few seconds and then dismiss.

If we told people exactly how much information we collect and share, it would be so long, people wouldn't read it.

More like people would be truly shocked.

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

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Overall, iFixit rated the Huawei four out of ten (less than the iPhone X's six and on a par with the Galaxy S9+) for repairability.

Phone manufacturers have no reason to make them easily repairable, they want you to buy a new phone when it breaks/

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Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

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All civil servants must report to work

so that we can re-train you in how to spot email attachments you really don't want to open.

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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For some reason I now feel the need to boot up my Windows 3.11 VM.

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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CPU cooker

I was having a look inside a PII 350 PC. A clone machine with no badge on it and i've no idea where they got it from. PC was on, top off and I may have slightly nudged the CPU with my wrist.

Fast forward a couple of minutes just hung up the phone and smelt burning. Turn around and noticed said PII 350 was smoking, cue rip cables out the back and get the PC out the fire escape without setting the fire alarm off (good thing the fire escape was just across from the IT office, hmmm was that planned?).

After it had finished smoking I notice that the CPU didn't have the clips to properly secure it to the retention bracket, oops.

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Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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The firm is now attempting to sue IBM in a £130m lawsuit over the cancelled programme, having claimed Big Blue missed its deadlines. IBM has denied any wrongdoing.

Of course IBM denies any wrong doing they walk on water and they have a new corporate font so everything is good.

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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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Re: Empire

O2 was BT Cellnet and Cellnet before that.

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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This man should just stick to one story because it's getting confusing trying to follow this. Better still he should tell the truth.

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