* Posts by Mark 110

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Re: @ wolfetone

Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour.

Carriers are just for bullying people that can't shoot back.

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

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Re: Last name on the list is not likely to be Russian

Yes. Who paid them? Russia or Trump?

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Re: Is lies! Lies! All lies!

Yup - fake news obviously . . .

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Coop Bank, Sopra Steria, IBM . . .

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Nowhere near corrected

"Amid the turmoil, Bitcoin – the cyber-cash poster child – has seen a massive drop (or "price correction" depending on whose side you're on) that has cut its trading price from a high of nearly $20,000 in mid-December to under $7,000 in early February. Crypto? More like crypt-doh!"

Once its back around £500 we might consider it to be corrected.

Seriously though, since the purpose of a currency is to be traded in exchange for goods and services, and therefore it has value, I would be interested to know how much Bitcoin is actually traded in exchange for goods and services (as opposed to being traded for other currencies), and how that compares to a normal currency like the pound or the dollar.

If bitcoin is actually being used to buy stuff it might have some value.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

Yes - excellent news. Amazed it took so long.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Scope creep

Oh don't be an arse. Why do you want to be in an all male environment?

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Where?

@Ledswinger

So go back to ADSL then? I'm sorry but having been on Virgin for 10 years before I moved house you really don't want to give it up. BTs network is so shit compared to Virgins. Either stop moaning and switch back to BT or stop moaning.

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Re: Exchange-only lines?

Central Liiverpool I am still running 1.2Mbps max . . . Only bad thing about buying this flat was moving out of a Virgin area :-((

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: You forgot to mention

So I heard on the radio the other day (comedy show, unreliable) that the reason we can't have a tunnel between Scotland and NI is that we have dumped so muchh dodgy ordinance (including chemical weapons) into the Irish Sea that its not safe.

Is that true?

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'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town

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O-M-G!!!!

I finally got mentioned in a Register story:

"leading some to comment it could be heading for a massive crash"

:-)

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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Re: probably best known for the thoughtful 1972 "anarcho-utopian" tale The Dispossessed

No. I bought Left Hand of Darkness from waterstones within the last 10 years. Was reissued by Gollanz under their scifi masterworks series iirc.

Wonderful wonderful book. Proper scifi. About society as much as science.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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Re: Sorry Reality I'd Harsh

Briansa - thats ridiculous!!

Much as I abhor TCS, HCL, etc bringing people over to do UK work on UK contracts its a tiny proportion of the workforce. Example, my last contract where I dealt with one of these, UK office, around 60 HCL staff, 50% British, TUPE'd over when HCL won the contract, and a few of those Key Men - contract would flounder without them. HCL kept hold of them.

50% were Indian visa workers and some of them were great, awesome people. The other 50% were variable and the bottom half were disappeared back home quite quickly.

Whats ridiculous is to think that India doesn't provide jobs for people. In addition to those 60 HCL people working in the UK there were 100+ working back in India (on a very good Indian salary) and very few of the 60 UK jobs couldn't have been done from India. They were just hanging onto their UK talent and trying to treat their customer better by having staff on-site. None of their staff were particularly happy with HCL management though.

I really don't like out-sourcing / off-shoring. Not because there are foreigners involved. Because IT is one of your differentiators. You do your IT well you are better, so do it yourself. Outsourcing just lowers your IT to the common denominator.

Anyway - the party is not over in India. Barely starting. Same as UK. Most Indians are nice people, so are most Americans, and most of my fellow Brits are. Can't we just all get along?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Microwaved

"I think it's hilarious I actually got a thumbs-down for that comment."

Mate, you can get a thumbs down on here for saying something fucking genius. Its all to do with you slating someones comment five years ago and on reflection you were in the wrong anyway and probably went back to the thread to apologise but they never read it and they are still steaming about it . . .

Either that or there are trolls roaming the El Reg forums looking for clever posts to downvote just so people don't get above themselves. Which would actually be a good thing. Nothing like a few down votes to make you either work out if you were pissed when you posted it or if you were wrong.

Anyway, personally, as a hater of sprouts, I am going to forego steaming and investigate the whole burnt bacon and chestnuts miracle.

It does sound like a miracle . . .

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

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No context

Wheres the context?

If its just percentage of respondents said . . then its meaningless. If 2% of respondents are enormous (Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Centrica, Barclays, etc) and 98% of respondents are small to medium then its not a big issue for the on premise suppliers. Issue yes. Shut down and give up- no.

Unilever probably buy 100 times more IT then the very biggest company on the FTSE250.

So at least do some analysis on the figures rather than just spew them out as a scare story.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: A real world example of determination

Ahhh. Makes my previous comment redundant. My experience of playing games under Linux is limited to WOW on WINE. Why would they drop OpenGL support . . .

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Re: End of the Road

Won't most games run pretty well using OpenGL. I haven't played a game for a few years but back when I used to play through WINE I never had an issue.

It was Linuxes inability to do game sound and voice comms at the same time that made life more difficult.

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Re: Windows programs on Windows.

"Try running IE8 in Windows 10..."

I wasn't masochist enough to run it back in XP days and now you want me to WHAT!!!!!

Perv!

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Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

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Re: Is this a twisted PR stunt?

Well said :-)

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Liberty Global's sale of Austrian biz paves way for Voda merger plans – reports

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Malone won't sell Liberty. Its his life not his job. More likely he would acquire Voda.

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When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

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Have a good one

Just dropped in to say have a great break to my fellow commentards. Not sure this thread will get enough traffic but can't see another one thats appropriate.

Happy Christmas. Have a great New Year. Lets hope its a good one.

See you all in the New Year. Lets hope for peace throughout the world (one can dream)!!

Enjoy.

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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Re: LCD

Cheers - I'd never noticed. I might start using it. See if I still get that annoying obligatory down vote on everything I post.

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Re: LCD

"I never take it to heart or feel any disappointment because I know that there are some commentards with a lot more wisdom and experience than myself and there are some idiots, it's all about balance."

The only ones I take to heart are the downvotes just because its me. I disagreed with someone once and they are looking for me to downvote me even when I am just telling an anecdote. Anyway - preferable to posting as AC when I want to be controversial - which I could but never do.

I'm sure that people on here faff about logging out to post their controversial opinions. Thats just weird. Put your name on it. Its your opinion.

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Re: Facebook is depressing?

Have an upvote.

Its not so much the site is always sewage. Its not. I'm not a very active user but I do get made aware of some stuff going on that I need do something about on there. Bereavements and break ups particularly. Times when People I don't see very often need my support. I also like to be able to say well done on the good stuff.

Its good that they are implementing some things to help people protect themselves when things go a bit pear shaped. Probably better not to live your life through your computer. Check in once a week not once an hour. But each to their own.

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Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz

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Don't Do Evil

Hmmmmm

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Brit banks told to publish details of major incidents that stop punters' payments

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Re: PR Guff

Well as a guy that works in availability and recovery I've always been really interested to know why these 5 9s requirement things broke. And why it took so long to get them back up. 5 9s is hard yeah, but doable. I think I know what the problems were (legacy systems not designed for 5 9s, outsourcing contracts to staff that don't know how to keep those systems up - been there done that), but unless they share how am I to be sure its not a simple error that I am making as well.

How can we all improve at this stuff if we don't share our mistakes?

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: A very long time ago...

You had been smoking some shit hadn't you?

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: Apropos Monty Python ...

Isn't there a bit of Rolls Royce engineering there as well - or am I getting confused. Its nearby anyway.

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Re: Bit more than Ghost Town....

"Still a shithole mind."

It can't be still that desert of soulless concrete I remember from the 70s / 80s . . Can it?

Anyway - its a good thing - did Liverpool a world of good getting the European version and Hull has just done well out of the UK version.

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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

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Re: LINX

It was interesting to hear on the radio this morning that Australia have shipping & fishing exclusion zones around their cables with very heavy fines for intrusion and good policing.

We are rubbish at everything aren't we :-(

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LINX

Back in my Telewest days (ok - 20 years ago - things may have improved). LINX was the bane of our lives - anytime it had a glitch we had nightmare. We set up more diverse routing through some other providers but it always seemed a bit silly that, at the time, 75% of the UKs internet traffic went through one building in the centre of London (biggest nuke target outside of New York, Moscow and Washington DC).

Its good they are starting to think this through. Might be time to buy a few shares in a deep sea cabling company. Knowing the government they will probably contract BT to build and run a matrix network linking all the cable landing sites together, and buying BT shares would be like buying the Daily Mail (my mum made me do that once), unpalatable.

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Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

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Redundancies

So. I am not seeing any stories of Dell redundancies. Lots of stories of HP redundancies. Whilst HP are moving into defensive mode, Dell, having gone back private, are aggressively attacking the market and winning. I really don't know the ins and outs, but when Dell was in public ownership it went into decline . . . Now he's back in charge the numbers speak for themselves.

If I were the HP chair I would wonder if I had the right CEO.

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Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

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Re: Buyer's remorse

Agree. HP had no clue what they were doing. Idiots.

Though I do think Autonomy are probably guilty of massaging their figures thats absolutley no excuse for HP not doing proper diligence.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: It is known

Nothing wrong with looking at porn - I do. And I have known a fair few women that wanted to watch porn with me - their idea not mine. Whats wrong is doing it on a work PC / network. Its not your thing to do what a lot of people find disreputable on

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Anyway. Anecdote. My first proper IT job (I'm 48 - do the math) was on the Home Office IT Desktop Support Contract. Working for Sema (now long absorbed into Atos). The security team had their own little secure office but had a shared printer just outside the office door. Occasionally as you went to pick up your print a red faced security man or woman would bumble out and grab their print off the printer with you getting a quick flash of monochrome pics of various levels of depravity.

People are people whether they work for the government or not. We all get horny. But, as my best mate says "don't shit on your food".

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Edit: Another anecdote.

Not long, 7-8 years after my home office stint I was working at Cheshire County Council - dull job - bit of a filler. I got pulled into an office one day and quizzed on the websites I had been accessing at work. Porn? Gambling? Political? No. The agency website I needed to go to submit my time-sheet, and of course, guess? El Reg.

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US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder

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Not identities worth stealing

"The data store would have been a treasure trove for identity thieves and fraudsters, although there is no evidence information was lifted by miscreants."

Maybe. Not really much point in stealing the identities of people that need help with their credit score. Its still incredibly clumsy though.

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Oops: LinkedIn country subdomains SSL cert just expired

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Re: Wouldn't have happened if Microsoft were Linux !!!

And who is to say Linkedin doesn't run on Linux?

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Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake

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Why amazed?

"Somewhat to our amazement, Dell has more than a million individual HCI configurations, millions in fact, taking all the nit-picking options into account."

Dell have an established and profitable distribution network with established relationships between account managers and their clients. Seems a bit obvious that established players will establish better sales than new players without the sales network.

Its not amazing. Obvious?

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

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Bitcoin probably doesn't fall under the legal definition of money. Therefore its a good.

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Or this:

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/new-fund-means-criminal-cash-4922228

http://lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/our-money/grant-funding/commissioners-poca-grants/

http://cashbackforcommunities.org/

Looks like this is happening everywhere.

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Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

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Re: Evidence is portable...

Not that simple:

- the victim was in Mexico

- the perpetrator was in US

I would have thought its the perpetrator that commits the crime.

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Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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Re: The Case

As I understand it there was very little harm done to anyone (please correct me I haven't followed the case in detail). No-one has died. No-one has lost their livelihood. Just the americans had to spend a load of money tightening their security when they realized how crap it was. Happy to be corrected.

The offenses were committed in the UK - just get it done here. The US penalties would class as cruel and unusual punishment in my mind.

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Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

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Patents?

You normally detail the patents for us, El Reg. And often proffer an opinion. :-(

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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

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Re: Yes kudos on "faecebook"

"why must a heavy-handed GUMMINT-style "solution" be set against Google and Face-bitch, just because a lot of us do not LIKE them ???"

Its economic theory. When a player develops a monopoly position its bad for consumers in the medium to long term, particularly when that dominant position can be used to expand the monopoly into other markets. (See Googles expansion from search into services and prioritizing its services in search results.)

Capitalist theory relies on competitive markets to benefit society. Monopolies don't do that (benefit society) usually.

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

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Re: Next year ....

Just reading some of the comments lower down and there really are some guys of questionable attitudes to women on here. Its not a joke, women that just want do their job without feeling like they are a sex toy everyday is a real thing. That's your mum, your sister, your daughter.

My worst, almost first hand, experience of this shit happened to my sister. Having built a successful digital marketing business she eventually sold out to a bigger organization that wanted her technology, data and expertise (yeah, I know, marketing . . we had that conversation).

Anyway - taken out to dinner, once the deal was sealed, what do you think the end of the evening entertainment on her new employers agenda was? Go on guess? You've just hired a woman and are sealing the deal with a night out . Where would you take her . . . Stripclub!!!! Cunts!! (true story - she eventually after about 6 years of pain sued for constructive dismissal but that shit really is not cool - anyone saying it is please get a grip)

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Re: Next year ....

ITS A WORK ENVIRONMENT!!!!!!

It really doesn't matter (well it does actually cos men tend to have the power) who is what and when and why. Filling a trade show with scantily clad women for the entertainment of men who are supposed to be working isn't cool.

If you are a woman there doing their job it must be fucking awful.

(I have nothing against burlesque dancers by the way. I just don 't have them dancing by my desk all day. I'd get sacked)

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OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

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I think NDAs like that are a bit shit. Who wouldn't. I like oit with movies where theres a valid reason that benefits me. But theres no risk of a spoiler with this.

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Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

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Agree completely - the test for mergers should be whether its good for the consumer. Currently it seems to be whether its good for the shareholder.

If there's no net benefit to the consumer then these mergers should be knocked back. Its then about building a successful company for long term profitability, instead of what currently happens which is putting a shine on the results to become a target for acquisition (Autonomy anyone?).

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I am with you both. Mellanox looks like a viable business and with the right management could gfrow to be a big player.

Starboard just bought into an undervalued (probably correct assessment) share, and are now putting stuff into the news to ramp the price up and get their quick buck. The seedier side of capitalism.

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Re: Big up Tech and then screw Tech contractors - illogical dear Chancellor

Theres barely any benefit tax wise to contracting anyway unless you go with one of the dodgy schemes you get a call about occasionally. Not paying NI is about it. Oh and claiming back work work related expenses as tax exempt but thats not much.

I would be pissed if it got worse I admit.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

@Shad - No tablet here. My Lenovo Yoga can act like one if you fold it over but my use cases have been limited to proof reading documents. I've never see the need for one - my phone does what I might use a tablet for (email / web).

I genuinely do use an A4 pad for office stuff that I see people taking twice as long to do with a tablet.

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