* Posts by The Nazz

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Dosh

What a wonderful word. Lovely usage.

Most days, and in most articles, i have to refer to an online dictionary to understand a word that's new to me.

But "dosh" i'm familiar with.

Many thanks.

I shall now return and read the rest of the article.

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How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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From a naive sceptic ....

"Our algorithms for reinforcement learning"

Isn't that the same as saying "our programming for reinforcement learning"?

On the matter of 10^170 can someone quote a more realistic figure, as from what little of the game i know, the vast majority, 90%+ of possible opening moves are never used, even by absolute beginners.

That must reduce the number quoted by a large margin, maybe enough for the atoms in the universe to take the lead again.

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

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Den of thieves

re Christoph "Maybe the emails could be checked by a third party such as their lawyer, who would only pass on essential information? I've no idea of the legalities involved."

Don't take this personally but what a stupid f'ing idea, certainly here in the UK

Lawyer : "We examined your late relatives e-mail account today. The only relevant matter is the new will they drew up with ourselves yesterday, ahem, i meant to say six months ago. And in gratitude of our services, they generously left everything to our firm. Good day to you Sir."

A few years ago, (no link no bookmark to the actual article of the time), but on the topic of wills and estates, i do remember i was actually very surprised to see the Law Society giving this advice :

Do NOT make your lawyer, any lawyer, the executor of your estate.

Repeat DO NOT.

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Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

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Re: Violent Groups, nay, Individual snowfakes

In or out ?

A typical snowflake tweeting : "next time she says that, or looks at me funny, i'll smash her fucking face in." in response to a harmless and benign tweet, maybe the wrong time of month.

Usually by the same female snowflakes that otherwise abhor violence.

OK, she's unlikely to do it, but it just adds to the nasty undercurrent that's on there. As PM highlighted above, the aggression effect.

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Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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Simple solution

Make it a criminal offence to pass on, sell, or even buy and store indirect personal information. With criminal liability falling on the persons involved, certainly the executives. And pass the legislation quickly.

If for instance i buy some new windows from XXXX Co they obviously require certain personal information, name address and financial details as a minimum. But it should stop there and never be used by anyone else.

It also strikes me as being very odd when you take up a serious matter with many of the UK authorities, "ah well, we can't do anything ...because of Data Protection!" If they were private companies they'd be trading the data around at will.

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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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Look on the bright side

at least they weren't Somerset County Council

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-41523751

A bit more than a fine, for not doing their job.

In fact not only no fine, but they put their Council Tax up too. (probably, if it's owt like round here)

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

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Why worry about a piffling llittle overpriced cable...

when a pot hole costs you £1.8m.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-41523751

Cost of filling in pothole £842 **

Cost of not filling in pothole £1.8m compo; 38 days annual holiday, 11+ days "sick leave", 42 Fridays off for flexitime, and a gold plated pension all for the manager..

** 6 workmen, 5 to stand around for hours until a colleague finally bangs £2 worth of tarmac back in the hole.

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In current affairs news: Teen boffin with lots of potential crafts electric honeycombs out of oil

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Ohm my god

more financial layout required.

Last thing a Scotsman living in Yorkshire needs.

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

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An alternative to mothers maiden name?

If the "families" around here are anything to go by, they'd be better (and more secure) to start asking for the fathers name. Guessing that would take far more than three goes. I'd wager that some of the mothers no longer know, if ever they did.

I still recall a news clip from way back in the 80's when the Tories were looking at single parent benefits and a woman, sweeping her arm across her four kids, says "I don't receive a penny from any of their fathers."

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Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

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What confuses me .....

Is the US slapping a 230%ish tariff on Bombardier for "illegal" state subsidies and yet Amazon (and many others) are inviting BIDS for exactly the same thing.

I look forward to the EU slapping a 230% tariff on all of Amazon's EU trade once they have built this HQ.

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Did the Earth move for you, too? Grav waves sensed from black holes' bang 1.8bn LYs away

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Incomprehensible

Right, i've had enough.

A light year i can deal with.

A galaxy 100 light years across i can cope with.

But 1.8bn light years away is the final straw.

I bet it's not even near the edge either.

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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Hope he's sharing a good and lengthy laugh with ....

The late great Shel Silverstein, contributor to much of Playboy's humour. Who also, i believe, maintained a residence within the mansion. The others being in Key West, a

Sausolito houseboat, and somewhere else.

What a man, what a life.

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Trump's tax tease will be a massive payday for Valley tech giants and their shareholders

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Here's an idea

Repatriate the funds by 31.12.2017 at the going tax rate of 35%

or We will repatriate them for you taxed at 100%.

Plus an admin fee of 10%.

Seems fair enough to me.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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Oh Yes, Please

And only 266 characters to spare.

LOL.

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Firemen fund sues Uber for dousing shares with gas, tossing in a match

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Re: It's all about the money.......

If London's private hire business is run anything like it is around these parts, then i think you are overstating, vastly overstating, the potential Tax take to the Govt..

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As an amateur ......

I'm thoroughly sick of seeing advice of this kind : "Warning, investments in equity based products may go up or down in value".

So the (ahem) professionals of the Fireman's Fund should have known better. Especially with an investment of this nature.

as ST alludes to above, they get their personal rewards regardless.So should make their own contribution to the shortfall.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Good news, hopefully there are now 730,000 fewer

whingers moaning over zero-hours contracts and other ramifications of the "gig" economy.

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One thing for TfL to check ...

The Licence is currently held by Uber London Ltd.

Presumably therefore, all the revenue raised belongs to Uber London Ltd and is subject to UK Tax, both Corporation and VAT?

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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"After I clean my glasses, I wipe my 7+ off with the alcohol wipe"

Been watching hot steamy pron?

It don't half sting though.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: Mild Punning for a Mature audience

He meant all of it.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Nothing will change until this is changed ...

General counsel of the Internet Association, Abigail Slater.

"We would support a specific amendment that would allow victims to sue for civil penalties in court to seek some form of redress for the horrible things that have happened to them," she proposed.

Fucking typical, more civil cases more revenue for all lawyers (except maybe the truly incompetent).

With due respect to those involved, just how the fuck would DR be supposed to sue and gain redress?

With attitudes like AS, make no wonder the authorities have failed to progress. Support, nay instigate, criminal law now.

Would a local, or indeed national, newspaper get away with carrying the same ads?

And as for free speech, and other amendment "rights", if it's not acceptable to falsely shout "Fire" in a cinema then it's equally unacceptable to "sell human beings".

That said, there came a time when i'd gladly have PAID someone to take the ex away. Thankfully some lucky guy ( cueing Shel Silverstein's The Winner) did.

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

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Easy win for Uber?

Much as i dislike Uber and everything they stand for ( do they even stand for the national anthem?) they have a point.

"In the same period Fetch advised Uber on tactics to reduce ad fraud in mobile advertising".

An admission by Fetch that mobile advertising actually IS fraudulent.

Just the degree of fraud to be argued over now.

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AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

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It's not the first industry

to round up seconds to charge as a full minute.

Oops sorry, my mistake, i was thinking of minutes billed as hours.

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Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

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I'm somewhat confused.

Surely, the usual banks already offer and transact in "digital cash", online transactions, debit cards, standing orders etc? Denominated in GBP. US $, Euro's , Yen etc

Granted, they are not cryptocurrencies backed by blockchains.

Apple Pay, Paypal etc, aren't they also "digital cash"? Being ignorant of these, does Apple process all transactions themselves or is each and every one processed through a normal bank?

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Just a suggestion

but for use in the UK could the app be re-titled Gob.

As in there ain't half some gobby people about.

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EU's tech giant tax plan moves forward

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Juncker

It's a bit rich for Juncker to be moaning about low tax receipts throughout the EU.

Wasn't he involved in, or indeed the architect of, Luxembourgs very low tax rates?

Genuine question :

In a short while, will the new country of Catalonia be in the EU?

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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Contempt of court can also be committed by defying or ignoring a judicial order

Ha ha , ha ha, effing ha ha

Unless the one doing the committing ( on virtually every single occasion possible) is a mother in the Family Court, where the Judge will usually do feck all. With the rare exception.

On criminal matters, couldn't the justice system helps themselves considerably here. Have the evidence heard in Court in a matter of hours rather than the drawn out procedures which take days, even weeks (aside from the time taken to proceed at Court) to hear the same evidence.

For some political balance, wasn't Harriet Harman (the darling of Nu-Labour - did she ever actually DO anything?) involved with some similar shenanigins with her lawyer sister some time back?

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Google sued for paying women less than men

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Equal pay for .....

Women?

Isn't the genuine saying "Equal pay for equal work"?

Of course, it all depends on the definitions used.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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re elephants and asses

So why on earth do the millions upon millions of ordinary people keep voting for the same people, or virtual copies thereof? The personnel may change occasionally but not the policies/strategies. Surely it's time for a third way?

Also, i'll apologise profusely in advance, just in case anyone instantaneously vomits, but could we have some clarity on which hair was worth $5k dollars? Head or pubic**?

$50m and lifelong immunity wouldn't have tempted me in the latter.

**There again there will be some people, i amongst them, who may point out that there is little difference, in the whole.

Maybe if such as Clinton, and others, weren't so outrightly obnoxious and actually worked FOR the people, they wouldn't need protecting?

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

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I can't help but wonder if .....

These songwriters wouldn't be better off writing new compositions than wasting energy, and considerable expenses on lawyers, than making this prolonged fuss.

You know, precisely like they're supposed to, copyright protection affording them a living for a period of time whilst they create new works.

If ever the system develops to become a blanket licence/royalty to be fairly divided between all songwriters is the day i will publish an awful lot of crap lyrics set to tuneless musical notes.

Who knows, in these times, i may well have a hit.

Wish i'd installed the loos at these collection societies, imagine getting paid everytime someone took a piss or had a dump.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: $200 for headphones for working out?!

THIS workout has made me sweat a fair few times :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vruJVx5CNvo

Lost a fair bit of body fluid from 1.24 onwards.

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Re: Anything they can do..

I'll see your Peter & Gordon and raise you :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VzuVSKbIRQu :

Written by the late, great Shel Silverstein. One of many.

Ray Sawyer on a helium mix, lol.

To add to the equine theme, "Polly In A Porny" is worth three minutes of anyone's time.

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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

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cue Johnny Nash ...

There are more Que's tions than answers.

Now, if only the Govt. would do something about the multitude of Curry/Pizza flyers shoved through my door on an a weekly, nay make that daily basis.

Weird sort of humour they have: Large Pizza, some chips, err fries, and 2l of Coke for ONLY £19.99

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Even unlimited battery capacity

isn't much use when there's barely any power grid supply in the majority of the state.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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re Mark 85 and Apple

I had this strange thought over the last few days.

Wouldn't it have been wonderful if Hurricane Irma, passing through the Caribbean had liberated all of Apples $200bn+ stash, carrying it away on the winds and re-distributing it all over the US?

Sadly not.

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Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment

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Well done Judge

The guy deserves everything he got, stiff sentence and fine.

I wonder though, just how many years did the provider of the phone spamming service get? 10 years?

I'm also mindful of that lying twat of a slimy politician who used the phrase "Education, Education, Education". Something has gone terribly wrong of late, say a round two decades.

Mind you, he hardly set any good examples to follow, if at all, despite his supposedly being well educated.

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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Longer than that

Case in point :

If crocodiles have been around for 300m years, then i assume they have had sufficient intelligence to do so. Granted they may not pass any Baccalaureate, but then who'd argue with one?

I recall one time when one of 'em look took one look at the Mrs, now ex, and thought "hmmmm, lunch AND dinner in one package".

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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New signage

Interesting article and good use of software and analysis.

Mind you, i was always fascinated by the tracking ability of such as Rollercoaster Tycoon from way back when, admittedly in the thousands than the millions.

"Michael Schumacher, waiting in the queue for the go-karts (and subsequently whizz round lol) with a burger in one hand and a red balloon in the other, having recently puked up on the sidewalk between the Astrospacer and the popcorn stand"

The ride is suffering a 30 minute extended wait whilst Mr Bean causes havoc on the ride.

NEW SIGNAGE :

Whilst you're at it Tfl, couldn't you erect thousands of new signs with wording such as :

"SMILE it doesn't cost much."

"SMILE and make someone's day, it could be yours"

"SMILE just do it"

"SMILE you miserable bastards"

"WHO're you looking at?"

It can't be that expensive to translate such signs into 173 other languages now can it?

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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It's a good job this Kasperksy guy seems a good egg.

Otherwise, it seems to me, that such a guy, such an organisation, that leads in stopping threats would have all the skills to write malware and launch it on the US. At scale.

In what way is Russia hostile to the Yanks?

Apart from deterring regime change in Syria where the Yanks are arming/training the rebels/terrorists?

Oh, and recovering Crimea.

Any more?

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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At the risk of showing symptoms of Tourettes ...

What sort of subhuman f****** c*** comes up with those T & C's in a situation like this?

Aside, from jail time and asset confiscation for the data leak, they should suffer further punishment (having their privates steamed daily, maybe) for the T & C's malarkey. Talk of kicking people when they're down.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Just imagine the next case ...

Judge : It's safe to say you didn't invent e-mail.

Plaintiff : What makes you so sure?

Judge : You're only 17 years old now.

Presumably in the case at point, the guy had legal representatives acting (supposedly) for him?

Isn't it about time that they themselves suffered greatly, significantly, when losing such frivolous cases? Like say a 12 month ban on bringing any more cases.

It just may cut down on the caseload.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Well, i hope it happens ...

Perhaps if the Norks had any subtlety about them, maybe that's (the fissure) where they should aim their first nuke ICBM, if ever they get accurate guidance systems.

Plausible deniability.

I hope neither they, nor ISIS, are reading this.

There again, agreeing with your sentiment, does anyone have their contact details?

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Well, i hope it happens ...

In the next 4 to 20 years, i'll still be around to read news of the event.

I'm reminded of a geology program i watched about the 4km long land fissure in Hawaii.

The geologist explained that the fissure is widening and when it eventually gives way, which it will, and sinks the 15,000+ ft to the ocean floor, it will have such force that a tidal wave 1000ft high will wash over Australia.

Rather gleefully he added that he hopes it happens in his lifetime.

Presumably from a safe place in the Northern Hemisphere.

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Shouldn't she fire herself then?

As part of the (allegedly) real reason for firing Lynn was that he directly misled here.

But she then admits to a tweet stating that the entire New York Times article was false, ie a misleading, innacurate and false statement made by her.

Also, is there any real difference between what the US would call "soft money" and what,elsewhere in the world, they call it bribery eg the IOC or FIFA officials? Pursued as a criminal matter, often with large fines to the US coffers.*

They simply both buy the desired outcome.

*In a sense, extortion. If you want to do any more business in the US pay up now, or else.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Short trial on Facefooked

Out of a morbid curiosity i had a short spell of opening an account under a false identity, that of a 40 year old lesbian.

I abandoned it shortly afterwards after being pestered by ads for shaving products.

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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In the style of Twitter i'll just offer ...

#whatatool.

Note for Ms Wolf : In the Yorkshire sense, love.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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What name were you previously?

Wesley N Chapel?

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Re: Hiring

Perhaps they already do. In the UK.

What's the probability that it is an inside leak? An accomplice, associate or relative on the inside passing on the relevant information?

Some irony that Lloyds are mentionned, given that that have just, or are in the process of outsourcing their backroom data processing to India.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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The real thing ...

Surely, i can't be the last human being alive to prefer my juice from real life, fresh fruit? Natures own packaging.

Is there anything better than the juice from a ripe peach?

Get between the lips and oooooh ...

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Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

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I can't see this woman applying for that job ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41107089

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