* Posts by nematoad

1053 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

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FAIL

Sad

The saddest thing about all this is that a lot of people will just swallow these price rises and then pass them on to the public.

If any of them had an ounce of sense they would be reaching out for alternatives, Linux , naturally springs to mind. Red Hat could not be described as a "fly by night" company having posted over a $ billion dollars in revenue last year. But they won't, they will just carry on as before.

Absolutely crazy!

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Cloud Foundry aiming to be 'the Linux of the cloud'

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FAIL

Re: Aim higher

This is FUD, pure and simple.

No one uses Linux? Well what does Android run on, eh?

Can't get it to work properly. Have you tried a MODERN distro? With most distros aimed at new users, to coin a phrase "It just works." No searching for drivers with Linux.

Can't make money from it either. Better tell Red Hat that then or maybe the one billion dollar annual revenues that it has just announced is a mirage.

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

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Happy

As yes, but...

This is hilarious, but the news that Facebook was trying to grab the word "book" was published a few days ago and so presumably is NOT an April Fools joke. Even though it is.

See: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/facebook-book-trademark/

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Capita poises axe over 1,000 staff - jobs headed to India

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Alert

Wrong name

CITS? SHITS is more like it.

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Hard-up Iceland plumps for cheaper open source

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Re: License fee vs transfer costs

Just a couple as examples.

xfree86 > xorg

openoffice.org > libreoffice.

Both these forks seem to have worked out O.K. as I don't see many using the original anymore.

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Open source

So no iPads etc. for the Icelandic government eh?

Wonder how well that will go down. I expect the government might just get a few calls from MS, Apple and friends.

Seriously, its about time that cash strapped organisations started to examine the feasibility of using Gnu/Linux and its associated ecosystem to provide IT services.

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

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Happy

Might expect a call.

I think this man might soon get a call from Ryanair.

After all if they can reduce the size of the fuel bill you can bet that they WILL take a look at this.

Probably need a holiday to get over the flight though.

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Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

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Re: Tiles

Agreed, and why did GEM fail on PCs?

Because Apple saw a competitor and set out to cripple it, and they did.

BTW, GEM on the Atari ST was not crippled and did work well as it avoided the lawsuits from Apple.

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FAIL

Oh?

"the “first operating system on the planet” to provide the same user interface from handheld gadgets powered by ARM Systems-on-a-Chip (SoC) to fatter boxes with x86 chips from Intel and AMD."

Seems that he has never heard of Linux. Arch, Bodhi, Ubuntu, Debian anyone?

If it's going to be that tiled abortion called Windows 8, then as far as I'm concerned he can keep it.

Oh and by the way, Linux runs on everything from most of the top performing super computers down to Android mobiles, so running on two different platforms is pretty pathetic

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Ex-Google man laments Larry Page's 'single corporate-mandated focus'

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Stop

Got that wrong

"Advertisers and publishers cherish this kind of personal information"

No, advertisers COVET this kind of information, I CHERISH my privacy and would never willingly give these characters the time of day.

As for being an American, have a look at the football shirt and what he is holding, it maybe that he is a Scot. Just a guess.

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Megaupload boss: Site popular among US government users

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FAIL

Hmm...

"it does seem that Dotcom is willing to name names when his case comes the trial."

Do you know something we don't?

I think that a little thing called "due process" has to be gone through before he has to name names?

He probably will be extradited but don't you think that you should give the New Zealand courts a chance to make up their minds first?

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Users: 'Personalized internet? Fuggedaboutit!'

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Re: Ad trolling... maybe not

Chrome?

Do you really mean to say that you trust a browser from Google?

You'd be better off switching to the IRON browser, Chrome stripped of all the Google tracking stuff.

Alternatively try Firefox with Adblock Plus, Beef Taco, Noscript and so on. Keeps the ads at bay and stops a lot of tracking.

Also think about Duckduckgo, the newish search engine.

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The Facebook test: Why social Big Data is important

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FAIL

No, thanks.

"analyse every aspect of a person’s online identity"

And what if, like me, you have no online presence? I wouldn't touch Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin,etc. with a bargepole, so does that mean that I will just have to attend a boring old style interview instead?

If that is the case then I think that it is a price well worth paying just to keep my personal affairs out of the hands of these organisations.

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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Linux

A bold leap?

Look, either the devs. at Microsoft, Gnome and Canonical know something we don't, and on that I have my doubts. Or, they are all jumping onto a bandwagon that they know is there but have no real idea where it's heading.

The form factor of the day is currently the tablet, whether it will take over from the desktop/laptop is uncertain. One thing I am sure of is that if MS, Gnome and Canonical get this wrong they are in dire trouble and have just handed Apple a real advantage.

Me, I'll just stick with XFCE and wait till all the dust settles.

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'Why would I make any more Star Wars movies?'

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Well, it may or may not be a good thing that George Lucas is threatening to retire. Some of his stuff is good Star Wars, some not so good "Howard the Duck" being an example of the latter.

With "Red Tails" Lucas has put right a wrong that has lasted for far too long. The 332nd Fighter Group or "Tuskegee Airmen" have never been given the credit which they are due. As a bomber escort group they were exemplary, they gained a reputation for never abandoning the bombers assigned to their care and it was only the colour prejudice of senior commanders that denied several of the pilots of the group from gaining ace status.

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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Stop

Read the article on venomous porridge about the terms and conditions imposed by Apple if you use ibooks author for commercial purposes.

http://venomousporridge.com/post/16126436616/ibooks-author-eula-audacity

There you will see what Apple is all about.

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A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes

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Stop

Tell that to the voters in Egypt

"or put in puppet leaders (see the first laws passed in the new Iraq, or look in Afganistan or Egypt)."

In actual fact if the polls are right then the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Nour Party are going to form the majority in the new Parliament. Not something the people in Washington or Israel will welcome surely. So where are your "puppet leaders" going to come from?

The Egyptians got rid of Mubarak by themselves with no help from outsiders.

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Cupertino lawyers mull 'driPhone' name ban

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Facepalm

This stirs a memory

Didn't Intel try to copyright the letter "i" many years ago? And had it chucked out as you cannot copyright the letters of the alphabet.

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Space soldiers save satellite from FLAMING DEATH

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FAIL

Wait a minute

Space Vehicle 1?

Methinks that would be Sputnik launched in 1957 not some Johnny-come-lately launched in 2010.

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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Happy

Oh!

"And the trees will be largely apricots, if you're wondering."

Surely they should be Cox's Orange Pippin, Bramleys and so on, shouldn't they?

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Ubuntu penguins build Linux TV challenge

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To be honest...

I think that Unity is much more suited to be shown on a television rather than a large monitor.

It may be that this was the plan all along, forget the computer/monitor set up and aim for the mobile/entertainment stuff instead. If so Canonical seem to have achieved their aim of shifting people off using Ubuntu on their computers, just look at the stats on Distrowatch to see people voting with their feet and shifting to Linux Mint and other distros instead.

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2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last

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FAIL

Sigh.

This looks just like the push to the cloud. A lot of overpaid executives anxious to get their hands on your money and data.

Google or PayPal? No thanks, I think that I will keep my hand on my wallet thank you. After all you can trust Google and E-bay can't you?

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It's time to end the Windows Wait

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Linux

Oh, right.

I haven't used Windows in years so I'll have to take your word for it that PCs loaded with Microsoft's finest are slow and full of bloat.

As Andrew Baines has said once the price of SSD comes down to within touching distance of a HDD then I'll think about jumping ship, until then I'll just have to put up with my Linux boxes booting in about 30 seconds or so.

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Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux

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Stop

What?

"Canonical will start to focus on making a mobile Ubuntu".

Bah! I thought that they already had with that Unity rubbish.

The "Janet and John" of UIs.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Unhappy

Yes but...

... what a lot of people seem to have forgotten about the threat that Jobs made about spending all the money Apple had to defeat the "theft" of Apple's IP is that it was not his money to spend as he saw fit. It was the shareholders'.

What did he think Apple was, a piggybank?

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

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Quite right

This from the man who quite shamelessly named his company Apple Computer knowing full well that the name Apple was already taken by The Beatles for their own company Apply Corps.

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Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?

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Stop

Hmmm

"it is not bad once you understand the workflow". Yes, but that's the point. The UI should get out of your way and let you do stuff. Not keep tripping you up in order to try and figure out how the programmers think you should work. You should be the master not the UI.

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Top Tory 'lost voters' personal info' days before ID fraud week

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FAIL

Well maybe

"They are not documents of a sensitive nature."

Bet you that the people who wrote the letters to Mr. Letwin might have another view on this.

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Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

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Linux

Nah...

us poor Linux users get what's called a new distro every six months or so.

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Microsoft's Android patent ransom to 'total $444m' next year

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Unhappy

Stand and deliver!

The point here is where does all that lovely money come from?

Indirectly from the end-user, that's who.

You don't for a minute think that the likes of HTC or Samsung will fail to pass the added cost onto their customers, do you? No, this is a shakedown of biblical proportions and I can't for the life of me see who is going to stop it.

Google? Maybe, as although they make no money from Android itself they are being squeezed by the fact that MS is making the Android ecosystem less attractive by increasing costs and thereby slowing down Google's ad revenue, but I won't be holding my breath.

Motorola, that's debateable, as they seem to be a bit short of cash just now.

Other than those two who has the resources and motivation to put a stop to this appalling highway robbery?

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Faustian descent into backup hell: A play in two acts

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Linux

Should...

... have got hold of a copy of Clonezilla. It is Linux so that might scare some people off but as Mr. Collins was in a hole anyway what had he to lose? Cetainly not his data. Link: http://clonezilla.org/news.php

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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

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Happy

Great.

"Microsoft delivered IE6 a decade ago and despite three successors, it remains firmly entrenched because so many businesses-critical apps in the public and private sector – things like Siebel CRM – were hardwired for the browser at the time."

Now that's what I call lock-in. Shame that MS is not actually benefitting from it though. Hah!

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MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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Actually..

I think you mean William Gibson

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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Well, maybe

I agree that the EU might well look on this as a form of monopoly manipulation by MS, but the US?

I am not so certain that they would, look at the way the DOJ handled the last monopoly case against MS. That didn't do much harm to MS did it? After all they do invoke the magic words "security"in their specifications for Windows 8 and you know how keen the authorities are on that. It would not surprise me if MS spun this as a tool in the "fight against terror" or something.

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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

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Totally agree

What I think we are seeing here is something like "justifying your existence" or in this case job.

Having thought about the changes in the UI that have been introduced lately, i.e KDE 4 Gnome 3 and Unity, I think that they have basically run out of things to do with the, shall we say, conventional desktops and are frantically searching about for new ideas that will allow them to do "neat things". Unfortunately for them, they seem to failed to grasp what the user really needs, something that launches applications and allow maintenance of the users' system but basically gets out of the way. As they say in cricket "if you don't notice the wicket keeper, then he's doing his job."

I think that Xerox PARC got it right all those years ago, after all if you were to design a hammer from scratch I would put money on it looking like a hammer when you finished. They're just designing solutions looking for a problem.

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Agreed

It seems strange that any of the distros based on Mandriva score high in the newbie friendly stakes but Mandriva itself is going in the same direction as Ubuntu. I can recommend either PCLinuxOS or Mageia. Mainly because they both use Diskdrake and Mandriva Control Centre. One other thing, PCLinuxOS uses apt. That makes installing applications a breeze. Personally I much prefer apt-get but new users might need Synaptic.

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Stop

Don't bother

Mandriva has started down the same road as Ubutu, something to do with an outfit called Rosa Labs I think. Nope, for the real Mandriva experience you now have to go to Mageia. I've taken a look and it seems fine to me, just like Mandriva used to be in fact. That's the one to look at.

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XFCE

Try it, its now Linus's desktop of choice.

It's good, lightweight and reliable.

Recommended.

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No thanks

I mainly use a 24" widescreen monitor, why on earth would I want something that would be more at home on a 5" smartphone? The size of the icons would be huge and I see no benefit to stuffing everything into a bar on the side of the screen. Canonical must be having a laugh with this name "Oneiric Ocelot" more like " Onanistic Ocelot" to my mind.

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

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FAIL

Agreed

"The evidence is clear: the way to lower software piracy is by educating businesses and individuals about what is legal"

Yes, I agree, just use Linux, then you can show these characters the door.

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Spamhaus victorious after 5-year fight with mass mailer

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FAIL

Why...

... should they have to pay anything? As hinted at in the article the UK has not yet become the 51st state of the USA. It seems to me that the US courts are starting to suffer from delusions of grandeur, their arm may be long but to coin an old phrase "their writ does not run here."

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Google+ is an identity service, Schmidt says

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Linux

OK

I'll have to give RMS the word that he's going to have to edit the GPL

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Slow broadband blackspots mostly in south, not north

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Unhappy

Hah!

"but if you are sharing your concentrator in the exchange with 49 other people, and a large number of those are on-line and making use of bandwith-heavy applications (streaming media, bittorrent, etc), then you can *easily* find yourself down to speeds in the 1-2 MBps range at peak times."

1-2 MB/s. I wish! That's about as high as I ever get and that not often. As said above it depends on the distance from the exchange and I'm over 2 miles away from mine.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Unhappy

I'm surprised...

... that no-one seems to be using or developing Trinity, the KDE 3 fork. I may be wrong, I sincerely hope so, but it seems to be being totally ignored. If I could get hold of a distro with Trinity I might be able to abandon my Mandriva 2008.0 setup!

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Icons on the desktop

If you have got your desktop set up as you wish that's great. What a lot of people posting here are saying is that they should be allowed to setup their desktops as they wish. If that includes icons then why should they be denied them?

No, the desktop environments should get out of the way and let the user have the last say in how things are organised. Speaking as a someone who cannot get on with KDE 4 or any flavour of Gnome I am still stuck on KDE 3.5 and am currently looking at Trinity 'cos that works the way I like it.

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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

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Mushroom

Dangerous...

... for whom? Looks like the the arms industry have just declared war on the civil population. I think that we should all invest in body armour, which would also boost the profits for the merchants of death (tm), so a win-win for a much neglected and vital corner of industry.

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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

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FAIL

or...

... the fact that they are a convicted monopolist, with the same ethical standards as Capt. Jack Sparrow "take what you can, give nothing back" and a stunning lack of innovation.

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running a business?

No, what they are really doing is the same old monpolistic trick that has served them so well and the buying public so badly. Churn, churn,churn, that's what all this is about. To quote Bob Geldof "Give us your ------- money!

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BSkyB/News Corp merger: Wait for the cops, says Ofcom

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Stop

Neither do I, but...

by allowing the takeover the authorities would give News Corps a very powerful position in the political life of the country. Just because you and I do not read News Corps offerings does not mean to say that everyone will be immune to the slanted news and opinions given in the papers and on TV etc. Remember " It was the Sun wot won it." or something like that. Politicians seem to be terrified of Murdoch and his minions and I reckon they might just have good reason for their fear.

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Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

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FAIL

Right...

Presumably you are not an IT person as such, rather a "gifted amateur".

Two things immediately spring to mind:

1) Who carries the can when things you have done to your laptop cause it to go belly up? Don't tell me your IT department repairs things for free.

2) I presume that in order to be in post and be issued with a laptop by your employers, you are expected to do some work from time to time. If you are not working for the IT department why are you wasting your employer's money doing stuff for which they are not employing you?

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