* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4558 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Re: Microwave Oven

And the chances are that your 8-bit Oven is not connected to the internet.

I really think that Intel and MS are going to make a whole slew of new PC's not update to a future release. This will force users to buy new hardware which is what Intel wants. IT is failing miserably to get new CPU's out on time so what better ruse than to obsolete currently supported CPU's?

A new System means CPU revenue for Intel and a new Windows License for MS. Gradually, over time the percentage of 'free' upgrade to W10 systems will drop towards zero and MS will be back to where they were before W10 came along.

It is all about the money folks.

This is IMHO, their cunning plan.

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Re: Intel Baked Features...

That leads me to ask how long will it be before there is some 'baked in feature' that a future W10 release demands and is not available on AMD this rendering all W10/AMD systems hobbled at boot?

Any takers?

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UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

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Can they target the...

"National Windows Replacement Scheme" scammers next?

Then the

"Lifestyle Surveys" data slurp.

I'm sure that the PPI scammers will reach a peak in spring 2019.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Give B-G a single finger

The middle one naturally.

{for all the grief you and the company you founded has given the world which shows no sign of abating}

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GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

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Re: If they release the source implementation into the public domain before being granted a patent

Maybe yes, maybe no.

The key thing is the dates

1) Of the release of the source code

2) And the date of Filing the patent application

If 2) is before 1) then No

if 1) is before 2) then yes and someone in Farcebook will be getting their pink slip pretty soon.

The USA moved to a 'First to File' system some years ago.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: Installing from floppy

If they manage to do it then then next task should be to install Office 3.1 again from Floppy.

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: Everyone knows...

Yes this is Uber. We won't forget their brand name. It (like RyanAir at the moment) stinks so we won't use them unless we really, really have to.

Uber is in dange of becoming a 4-letter swear word for bad practices, screwing drivers and being generally the worst company around.

Uber == [see icon]

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: iPhone 5s - v10.3.3 here

That means that you don't have any 32-bit apps. You are in the clear.

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Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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Re: Yeah

Quote:The registry is a mess, but not because of it's storage format. Because it's completely unmanaged and undocumented.

That's what I was alluding to in my post (and the rest of your post makes a lot of sense) but the downvoters have been let out of school but hey, that's life eh?

SystemD is not the answer either but for very different reasons.

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The 'Registry'

Is IMHO the achilles heel of Windows systems. A single point of failure if ever there was one.

I'm surprised that there have not been more attacks on it in the past.

Perhaps this news will spur the bad guys to target it in the future.

So much crud gets put in it that is really becomes unmanagable pretty Quickly

Group Policies is another area that IMHO gets used for all sorts of things it shouldn't

Perhaps (wishful thinking I know) one day MS will remove the registry and replace it with something more appropriate?

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: What use is a Quad HD screen?

not a lot if you are viewing 4K Videos on the handset.

But Marketing said that 4K is where it is at and so here is a 4K screen on a handheld device.

It will sell lots to the 'My thing is bigger than your thing brigade'. sigh.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Coat

Er.... Better go watch

Space 1999

Coat with a copy of 'On the Beach' in the pocket

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Re: Makes a note ... new business idea

Sorry, you will be too late to Mars.

Amazon will be there first, followed by Uber and Deliveroo (the ones making all the noise)

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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Remembering details

Amazon and other ecommerce sites spring to mind as ones that I may not use for a few months but might want it to remember my details next time I do

What about NOT letting your browser store them (where some malware can get at them) and using one of the many tools such as 1Password etc to manage them? Then they are all held in an encrypted store.

Then you can clear your browser history every day or when you close your browser. Isn't that a better solution?

Then at least Amazon can't ID you when you want to do a bit of window shopping. That means less of the 'based upon your browsing history, we think you would like' emails.

The less these people know about you the better IMHO.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Holmes

The words....

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink came to mind when reading this article.

Recluse herself? "Say no more"

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Windows vs Linux ... really?

Sadly for many until things like systemd are erased completely they will stick with their variant of the Software and not see much (if any) of the work excellent being done on the kernel.[1]

At least we have that choice unlike Windows Users.

Sometimes this level of choice can be daunting especially for newbies. A little more friendliness and less 'get off my patch and ask elsewhere' would help a lot of waverers move away from Slurp.

[1] I looked at the concepts behind the 5 level page tables. Mind boggling. Kudos to the people that put that together.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Not 'Network Rail'

but BR - Good old turned up at the corner sandwiches, let the train take the strain - British Railways.

They even had some decent hotels at one point in time. Stayed at the one at St Pancras when I were a nipper. We took the Thames-Clyde express to Glasgow the next morning. Still Steam halued for part of the journey.

Yes, that dates me.

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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All cars will have SIM's soon

so that they can report oh things like

- Who is in the car

- Where you are going with speed etc

- What you are saying

- What you are listening to on the infotainment system

etc etc etc

Who pays for this data slurp is a bit unclear to me.

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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

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Holmes

In other words...

What's yours is our and what's ours is ours. Got that? Good now bend over.

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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How?

Badly and that's best we can hope for.

Nevermind, it will provide endless entertainment for us here.

Hey, it is a Government IT system. It can't be that bad can it?

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How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

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WTF?

A Fuss over nothing?

but great clickbait?

Lets start with a disclaimer.

I admit to using some Apple gear. 1) a 2012 15in MBP and 2) an iPhone 6s (bought last week secondhand) but Farcebook? No way in a million years.

As for Apple taking over the internet... Who is dreaming up this stuff? IMHO, it is Google that is more dangerous.

With Android powering the vast majority of phones around the world and Chrome having almost a monopoly chare of the browser market then Google is far more of a threat than Apple who outside the US is often a bit player in many markets.

Therein lies the crux of the issue. Most Americans do give a toss about the rest of the world. Many never travel outside their county let alone their state or god forbid abroad where they might not be able to get their fix of 30 different types of American fast food and they don't speak their brand of English.

In essence, not news, move along, nothing to see.

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Spotify just can't wash those songwriters out of its hair

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Paying the songwriters

means less profit to forecast which in turn leads to less IPO Profits for the current management and they'll be unable to buy that island in the carribean at post hurrican knock down prices.

It would be interesting to know how the other streaming services stack up against Spotify. Is Spotify the only bag egg or are they all up to it?

I would hope that at least Tidal is paying the artist properly as it is apparently run by one.

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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Re: "and it's obviously not illegal"

He'll find out if it is illegal (or not)when he is woken up at 04:00 one morning when HMRC force entry to his house and get thir missing VAT back with interest.

IMHO, HMRC should start surcharging Amazon and EBAY for the unpaid VAT. They'll either come into line or quit the country.

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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

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Drones are not evil

just as long as we are the only people allowed to use them....

Said a MOD spokedroid who did not want to be named (joke)

However, being serious, it is only a matter of time before some Jihadist (other bad guys are available) launches a drone with a few kilo of C4 onto a very prominent public building. There are literally dozens of them in London and every other major city of the world.

Then scale that up and you could get a few hundred all flying into things at the same time all over the world thanks to the Internet.

So Mr MOD, are Drones evil?

And what are you doing to protect us from them? Oh nothing? Now there's a surprise (not)

Cynisism included free of charge.

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

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Ah, Mr O, the go to guy for an article

to slag off Apple.

Like Apple, El Reg does not change much over the years

Glad to see you are on the ball as usual. Keep it up.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Here's the lowdown...

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Re: you could just apply for a real job with them?

I have worked almost continuiously since '69. 3 years off for Eng BSc and 1 year with the big 'C'.

So at the 'Beatles age' (64) I have hung up my coding sheet and debugger because no one really wants an old codger who speaks the truth and will be gone in a year (if the job does not go to India before then like my last one did).

Would you hire me?

I thought not.

and no, even though McD's is building a new obesity outlet almost at the end of my street, I won't even go there let alone want to work there.

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If I were 30yrs younger

I'd probably apply in a shot.

But you don't want an old codger with a lifelong interest in technology and in recent years, renewables and has the temerity to drive a mostly electric car now do you?

But you don't want someone who does not suffer fools gladly (Government and opposition Mouthpieces especially)

But you don't want someone who isn't afraid to express an opinion especially after a pint or three.

So you don't want me.

Anyway, I'm off for a ride on the bike (pedal powered) and a pint of Harveys (Lewes) Best at lunchtime.

Yours

Grumpy old man.

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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will the rise of the Robots

also cause an uprising of those displaced by them?

There is a potential for well over 50% of the workforce to be replaced by Robots and A.I. over the next 10-15 years. As Robots and A.I. Systems don't pay any taxes, the government coffers will be even more up shit creek then than they are today.

Poverty will rise to levels not seen for at least 200 years.

"Let them eat cake" contributed to a lot of people losing their head. Will these pesky non tax paying immigrant robots suffer the same fate?

I find it slightly ironic that Elon Musk is talking about this. He has stated previously that he wants to make cars with as little human involvement as possible. I wonder if he has had a change of thought?

Interesting times we live in...

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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A bloody nose for Analists?

A number of no doubt highly paid Analists including the pseudo diety called Kuo got this wrong.

They seemed to predict that Apple would release wireless charging but it would be proprietary and run at half speed.

It seems that they got it wrong.

Kudos for Apple for going with the QI system but naturally they will be called out for copying other phones. Whichever way they went they'd get slagged off.

No matter, I don't think I'd use wireless charging no matter what type of phone I had. It just seems so inefficient when compared to taking a second or so to plug in a cable but that is probably just me.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Animals and copyright

so by your argument, if I setup an IR sensor to trigger if say a Fox goes through the IR Beam and causes a picture is taken, then the Fox owns the copyright?

Oh, the fox that triggered my last picture is probably dead by now because it was years ago. So who owns it then?

Do you see the fault in your logic?

The US Judge did and because it was his kit and he setup the shot he owns the copyright.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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Joke

Eh?

I didn't know donkeys needed electronics?????

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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Re: How it's done

Step 5 is missing

5) Generate reams of PowerPoint that is full of Management speak that shows the problem but hides it just well enough so that the PHB's can't see it even though it is right in front of their eyes.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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OS Downloads

A few years ago, Apple was hit with a class action law suit relating to this very thing but in reverse.

It was because there was no limit to the LTE/3G/4G downloads that dozens of people went into deep $$$ do-do so they went out for blood.

So Apple put a limit on the non WiFi downloads.

Very few people have Unlimited Mobile data so what do you want Apple to do? Satisfy the majority or the minority?

Or just do the updating using WiFi like everyone else....

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Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

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In other words

If you have ANY Oracle Hardware in Europe then it is time to Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell.

You will be lucky to get any support in future.

Contracts? 4-hour support that costs the earth? more than likely not worth the paper it is written on.

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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Another problem is with Number withheld

calls.

I'd love to be able to block all of them but the effing NHS insists on using withheld numbers when they call you. The excuse is Patient Confidentially.

One day I hope that someone will realise that people block these calls because scammers use this tactic and because of the blocking people don't get important calls about their or their families health.

They could put a publically available number in the call but no, they can't be bothered to setup their telephone systems.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Iphone owners are in the know

Think of the other upside. All those Fanbois will be trading in their one year old iPhones in order to fund their latest Apple Drug Fix. That means a good number of used phones becoming available.

And they'll get several years of updates.... I'll be in the market for an iPhone 7 to replace my iPhone 6.

Saves a packet of money over the years.

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Re: blatant display of cynicism

Hey, this is Apple we are talking about. This level of cynicism is allowed and indeed expected when anything related to Apple is concerned.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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IS going against Chromebooks

a good thing or not?

It is nice to see someone trying something different but I can't help but think this is a device who's time has past.

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Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

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Solaris.Next

Select one or more from the options below

- Collectors

- Final Cut

- Swansong

- Is that still going?

- Why

- Can't be bovvered.

As Oracle is all about 'the cloud' and screwing its salesforce there is obviously no place for anything that runs on real hardware.

Oh, how the mighty has fallen... (like HP, IBM etc)

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Re: ADD

Microsoft perhaps?

ducks to avoid incoming

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Oracle throws weight behind draft US law to curtail web sexploitation

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further proof

(as if any was needed) that Oracle is living in a parallel universe where Supreme Leader Ellison rules with an iron fist covered in Red (blood naturally).

As for the author... Some of us can remember back to the days when any article by Mr O didn't have a comment section. Hopefully, that era is long gone.

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Amazon crowd-sources new HQ location, Bezos tells mayors to woo him

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A White Elephant in the making

A few years down the line, virtually everyone who works for Amazon will be replaced by Robots. The same goes at Tesla, McDonalds and a host of other companies.

The Robots don't need breaks, pay no Taxes (not that is ever a problem at Amazon), don't need healthcare etc etc etc.

But Mr Bezos, with everyone out of work and in poverty or close to it, how will anyone but the few remaining super rich be able to afford even food let alone the rest of the 'tat' that you flog?

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Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

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Re: Bad Karma

Oreo biscuts are just bad for you. The use of High Fuctose Corn Syrup in no many US made foods is a disaster that is unfurling before our very eyes.

It seems that the OREO software release isn't much better.

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HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

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Just more shuffling of the deckchairs

On the RMS HPE-Titanic.

The Iceberg was hit when Meg took over. Now we are just waiting for the water to come over the gunwhales.

with the damage done in recent years, you won't be missed when you finally file for Chapter 7.

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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I guess

that the longer that this goes on and the more widespread its effects become then the harder it will be for Oracle to hire Sales Droids. That may in turn lead to a downward spiral in profits.

Will this lead to old Leisure Suite Larry taking to the road again (Steppenwolf's 'On the road again' springs to mind)?

With this going on why would any business want to sign up for a new deal with Oracle? Their (oracle's) ethics suck. And to think that I almost took a job there once. shudder.

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Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

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re: Microsoft products - exploitable by design.

Microsoft products - exploitable.

There fixed it for you.

{they simply don't care as long as they get all that lovely data they insist on slurping from you}

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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

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Re: Court is right

Someone ought to brief the lawyers of shithole companies such as Sports Direct where even toilet breaks are timed and deducted from your pay.

The sooner those companies are sent to the wall the better IMHO.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Checking FaceBook

Never done that. Someone did set up an account for me about 5 years ago but neglected to tell me the password.

Couldn't be half-arsed to even try now.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Re: Perfect for that "virtual border" the UK is meant to have with the Irish Republic after Brexit

I guess it will blow its top when 5,000 "Jerry Adams" pass through from Eire to the North in one day.

No matter, it will be 5 years late and 300% over budget and still not work.

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Re: What will Google do

Don't you mean that they'd get "promoted"?

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