* Posts by Florida1920

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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You have been warned

"Once a title activates TruePlay, it can monitor for weird activity during runtime, log performance and incidents, and report incidents."

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A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new hope for Wannacry Brit hero – and more

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Re: Hutchins

No he won't... but he might swim to a boat off shore. If he gets onto a British flagged vessel, well, the odds of Unc Sugar getting him back aren't good.
Not if Agent Lucy has anything to say about it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_the_Needle_(film)

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Hutchins

Yeah, he's going to slip off the ankle bracelet and swim from California back to the UK. SMH.

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Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

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Four of its executives ... were charged

And soon they may be discharged.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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Of course, it's why our train service here in the Netherlands is fast, on time, and (comparatively) cheap :D

Cheap? Hell, it's free ! I bought a weekend return ticket Amsterdam-Utrecht and never had to show it to anyone. Could have done the ride for nothing. Loved the Netherlands, BTW.

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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Burning question

As the reusable launcher returns to earth, does the odometer turn backwards?

The one with the Zippo in the pocket.

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

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Re: Strange partners...

They probably deserve each other, but I can always turn off Microsoft, but not the government, so I wonder what is going on.
Now, it seems, if you turn off Microsoft, you're also turning off the government. Two for the price of one! Is America getting great again or what?

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Glad that's settled

The clouds are specially earmarked for use only by the government and its authorized contractors in order to kill off any chance the general public can snoop on classified instances.
No, they'll leave that to the North Koreans.

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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If you don't like courts

Next time you need help, call a hacker.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Comment from an American

It's cases like this that keep the NRA alive in the U.S. Their mantra has long been, "No matter how 'reasonable' the anti-gun movement proclaims their intentions, they will never stop. First it's firearm magazines, the next thing you know, you're being done for an Airsoft." Cases like this one go a long way toward proving their point, regardless of where you stand on gun ownership.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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Re: I will not have anything from google scanning my personal files. period

I am fully aware that Microsoft know pretty much everything about me.
True. SN and I were just talking about you the other day.

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Re: If only

How long before Google/Alphabet bans Windows and Mac OS from the interwebs? It just seems to be the natural progression of their efforts.
Right now, Google needs them. Firefox? Not so much.

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Re: That's funny

I don't even store my bookmarks on Windows anymore, I use Bookmark OS
So BookmarksOS knows and stores everything about your interests? Clever.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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C'mon Reg. Get with it.

Someone goosed Simon while he was typing.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Re: Hacking back against forged attacks

@Bill Stewart

Congress seems to be a bunch of Chaos Monkeys.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Whores

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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a tax on every household with a television

Richly deserved!

(The Kevlar one.)

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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I have a question

With all the hating and back-biting that happens on Twitter et al (though I'm not faulting McGowan), why do we call them "social" media?

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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"It was a 'whoops'."

Give MS a break, folks. They're obviously just a bunch of kids.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Re: Ministry of Truth

In any case, may I remind you that we have rewritten the dictionary

The government is trying to rewrite (or shred) the Constitution. It's ironic that the U.S. is actively trying to undermine the Venezuelan government, while our "president" and his clique are suggesting the same rights-violating tactics be applied at home.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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@Hans 1

If your dad has a high grade charger that can deliver 2 or more amps, then his cable will get "quite warm" and wear out sooner ...

I've often wondered about this. Say you buy a "quality" US-made cable and connect it to a cheap Far Eastern charger. Aren't you replacing the good American electrons in the cable with anemic Far Eastern electrons?

These are the sort of things that keep me awake at night.

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What does the Moon 4bn years ago and Yahoo! towers this week have in common? Both had an awful atmosphere

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Fly me to the Moon

Mike Pence is just looking for a way out of the toxic atmosphere in the White House.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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If that is the case then why are people using Linux albeit mainly on servers?

Because it's free?

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Re: The Russians ate my homework

@Powernumpty

The bit about guy taking it home is probably WSJ (written salacious junk) used to detract readers.

Use the "media" to propagandize the people? Back in the late 60s, when Nixon was president, he was known to be on good terms with the publisher of Readers Digest, which you'd hardly have called liberal or progressive. Yet, during that same time, before Nixon resigned in disgrace, RD ran several "true story" articles about how the Internal Revenue Service had destroyed peoples' lives over innocent mistakes on their tax returns. Oh, those horrible IRS agents! People lost EVERYTHING!

My friends said I was a paranoid delusional for thinking RD was publishing those "true stories" to scare people into not cheating one cent on their taxes.

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist.

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Meanwhile

Fox News reported today that Russian agents got an American NSA contractor drunk, causing the contractor to divulge Top Secret information regarding Trump's tax cheating American security. Sen. Mitch McDufus (R-KY) immediately called on congress to ban the importation of Russian vodka. "The Russian distilling industry is out to destroy our kleptocracy democracy!," McDufus exclaimed.

"Besides," he went on, "If Americans want to get drunk and spill secrets, there's plenty of Kentucky bourbon to go around."

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How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

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And they don't even realize it

The American Right is becoming the very thing they warned us against.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Re: Some nutter says "We'll cancel student debt"

@Naselus

most Western democracies have spent a considerable amount of the last 50 years avoiding teaching general critical thinking skills to the population because critical thinking generally leads to questioning government statements

I agree with everything before "because." I think you give government too much credit. The real reason is more likely because to teach critical thinking, the teacher must understand and practice it. And it's hard. Binary thinking is so much easier. You could put forth a good argument that this is an artifact of Western culture, especially that favorite theme: that the U.S. was founded on Judeo-Christian blah blah blah.

Now turn your Bible to the Book of Genesis and the J-C creation myth, and what follows. And what has followed. I'm not an anthropologist, but I've studied the creation myths of Native Americans and compared their relationships to the planet with the myths and ecological relationships of "average" white Americans. The latter are taught almost from birth to not think critically, to accept the Bible as the Word of $deity, accept monotheistic patriarchy as the one, true faith, and all that follows in the family sphere.

El Reg readers probably fall outside these limitations, but the bulk of Americans don't. I wouldn't presume to speak for Brits. But as we're talking about American corporations and the recent U.S. election, it's fair to say the problem isn't the government -- they aren't smart enough to run a long-term con like that. The problem is embedded in American culture. Thus, there are no short-term solutions. Google, FB and Twitter are a problem, but at the same time they have brought the greater problem into sharp relief. This greater problem has existed for a long time, but it's only now that we're giving it serious discussion.

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

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I believe that BT Internet and Yahoo were linked in some way

AT&T moved their Internet service customers over to Yahoo at some point, too, but the @att.com email address still worked. Yahoo merely provided the "service." That might include SBC and any other companies AT&T gobbled up.

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Geoboffins claim to find oldest trace of life in rocks 4bn years old

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Re: "firing into it with colts"

I've seen grizzlies in the wild. IMO, any weapon one man can carry unassisted isn't big enough, except maybe an anti-tank rifle.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: "I love the uneducated!"

@Stephen Battleware

"https://www.rt.com/usa/346658-clinton-donations-saudi-denial/"

Now you're quoting Russia Today? Are you sure you aren't really Steve Bannon?

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Re: "I love the uneducated!"

@Stephen Battleware

"Meanwhile, the Saudis paid for 20% of Hillary's campaign:"

Ummm, from one of your links:

Jordan says hack led to posting of 'false news' that Saudi funds Clinton

Jordan's official news agency said on Tuesday that it was hacked when, over the weekend, a story briefly appeared on its website that said Saudi Arabia is a major funder of Hillary Clinton's campaign to become the next president of the United States.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/deleted-official-report-says-saudi-key-funder-hillary-clinton-presidential-campaign-223282807

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"I love the uneducated!"

Trump said something like that during the campaign. I know it's naive, but the people who were swayed by Russia's tweets and FB ads were naive, too. They drank the Kool-Aid, from several other sources as well, and Trump got elected.

I mean, yeah, using Twitter and Facebook to steer an election is bad, but what about Fox "News?" Was there any greater propaganda tool for Trump? Is there now? We have a dolt for a president, and he was elected by dolts. If you somehow could turn off Twitter and Facebook tomorrow, the dolts would still see him as the New Messiah. That's where the problem lies.

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

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Re: Filling a seat

How did you draw the line between clan-appeasement, and keeping terrible people around just to avoid the interview process? That sounds like quite the tightrope act!

I was fortunate to be able to hire some good people and retain most of them until the Fortune 500 I worked for tanked. If I had a secret plan, it was to hire people not necessarily best suited for the positions, but with successful careers in work not entirely dissimilar. That kind of diversity makes for a rich workplace. Everyone I hired was better educated, which would have enhanced my possibility of advancement, had not Marketing scuttled the ship. Before you can be promoted you have to have someone qualified to take your position.

I always included the appropriate members of my staff in planning meetings, so they felt included in projects they had to complete, but I also always ran interference for them so they could do their jobs without having to deal with the politics and bureaucracy. And we had plenty of both. My goal was to create the kind of environment I'd want to work in. Unfortunately, the higher-ups were more into feathering their own nests and to Hell with the people who kept the wheels turning. Our Marketing department seemed totally uninterested in what we were making, only getting the company's name on their resumes so they could move on to something better. The people who took out the trash knew our products better than the Product Managers.

Fortunately for me, I had no formal management training (except from my father, who was a fair-minded exec and set a good example), I just made it up as I went. We became a successful department, well regarded in the company. That was in contrast to the situation before I deposed my boss, when our department was laughed at. Common sense. Treat others as you'd like to be treated, and don't let your position of authority go to your head. You need your staff more than they need you.

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Filling a seat

Typical management. "Somewhere in this stack of CVs is the right candidate."

"Not necessarily. Any one of them would be a drag on the department, not an asset."

Yeah, try to sell that to your manager. Man, I hated having to hire, always tried to keep the clan happy so they wouldn't quit and force me into interview mode.

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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Re: People who live in hurricane prone areas

Should have one of those hand cranked weather radios. Relying on a smartphone to listen to FM is stupid, because what do you do when it runs out of juice and you don't have power?

Congratulations on completely missing the point. The chips are there; all the SOB has to do is use his position to get them turned on. Sure, they're not a panacea, but they can't hurt. Oh, except the corporations this administration and its minions are in thrall to.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Diversity works!

Diversity HIRE :: JOB :: Software Engineer @ Amazon

Proof that Amazon hires even the intellectually challenged!

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FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report

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It isn't only FCC

Many if not most other government regulatory agencies are rolling back protections, in favor of, guess! Corporations. What else can you expect when you put a corrupt businessperson in the White House?

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Yahoo! search! results!, recommendations!, ad! flinging! code! is! now! open! source!

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Just! When! I! Thought! We'd! Seen! The! End! Of!!!!!

Make it stop! Make it stop!

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Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)

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The big problem isn't with browser speed

As the post above this one notes, waiting for endless scripts to load is what ruins browsing experience. Your browser may be faster, but most of the time the advantage is lost. This morning I tried to read breitbart.com to see how Goebbels Bannon was gloating about the Alabama election, and got a blank page. Yes, I'm using ScriptBlock (on Chrome, so sue me). Why is it necessary to endure boatloads of Javascript simply to view a site's home page?! Oh, the Breitbart page loaded fast all right, because there was nothing there. (On reflection, I figured there would still be nothing there worth reading if I disabled ScriptBlock, so I didn't bother.)

I appreciate browser makers trying to improve their product, but they're shoveling against the tide until sites wise up and stop dumping tons of garbage into their pages when all people want is CONTENT.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Rocket fuel

I love the smell of burning Vegemite in the morning.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Fort Bragg

Isn't Fort Bragg home of Special Operations Command?

The United States SOC is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Special_Operations_Command

Fort Bragg is the HQ for the US Army SOC, a different unit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Special_Operations_Command

Still, messing with military in any way is a guaranteed FAIL.

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Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

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The Minority Report

Somewhere, the ghost of Philip K. Dick is saying, "I warned you!" Only, instead of precogs, we have algorithms. If algorithms are ever allowed to stand for probable cause, we are well and truly screwed.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: Grilled Cheese Blues

I thought Yves was playing the opening chords of Psycho Killer (cheese).

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Eventually, when the regime in China falls

Too bad "CCleaner" can't remove that virus.

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Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

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Gregory Allen *Justice*

The irony is staggering.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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It's the singer, not the song

Drivers make racing teams. And I don't mean the software types. The reason Hamilton keeps winning probably has more to do with his talent than with any technological advantage Mercedes may have.

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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Re: If only abit of photoshop working in all cases...

Counterfeiting U.S. currency is allegedly working well for North Korea. The bills aren't used in the U.S., so less likelihood of discovery.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/28/north-korea-may-have-resumed-counterfeiting-operation/

There's a business model for you. Just don't spend the loot on nukes or ICBMs, okay?

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Gosh, and it doesn't come from Russia

Wonder how many Homeland Security types are running Avast at home?

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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the visuals themselves are quite unnecessary

I've been non-watching a lot of Brit and Scandinavian cop shows on Netflix lately. That means, I hear the audio but am off doing something else at the same time. I rarely have to go back to pick up a thread. Note to TV producers: if you can't make the visuals compelling, just give the actors distinctive voices so we can keep track.

Cramming a story into 42 minutes is tough. I get that, so all the blather is required. Ever notice that when two cops drive to a crime scene, one waits until they are out of the car at the scene to fill in the other cop about the people/place involved? On the way to the scene they must have been listening to old episodes of Gang Busters on MP3.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Mushroom

Full stop

"Brand Promise and Value, Recognisability and Position and finally the Company Story. Once we have that, we feed that into the design process to come up with a logo, banner, stationery elements and then at the very end we have the website restructure and rebranding."
I would have ended the meeting right here and taken the "Expert" to the window without further delay.

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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Use the 10 minutes wisely

To shop for a different OS, on your non-Windows smartphone.

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