* Posts by steviebuk

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Re: Imprisonment would be fair, I think

That's because they just get given a database of all properties with no licence and then seen the knobs round to harass.

I don't have a problem with the licence, after all I pay for Netflix but I don't like the way the BBC lie either. When signing up for a licence this year for the first time, before purchase it claimed I required one even if I just had a DVD player hooked up to a monitor. Once purchased the next page said I actually didn't require one if I had a monitor hooked up to a DVD player.

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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Stick it..

...into the NHS. It could do with a bit of change.

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: RE: asynchronous nature of geo-replication could have led to data loss

That's cause Mark Russinovich is in charge.

I'm not a fan of the cloud and yes Mark, it is because I fear for my job, but also because of issues like this.

But he's always been quite honest since moving to Microsoft after they bought Sysinternals. Especially when he does his Sysinternal talks and pokes fun at the Office team. But he's also done a talk before about another time when Azure went down big.

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Not doing themselves any favours

Considering people dislike the EU due to the way they are behaving over brexit you'd think they'd be trying to make friends and not enemies. I voted remain but with this behaviour I can understand why people voted leave.

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Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

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Re: Impressive consequences

They prob chose the dark side due to getting screwed by management all the time so had had enough. Not an excuse but I can see why they prob went down that path. When you have the likes of companies like Equifax that no doubt won't pay for the talent and would rather do everything on the cheap. You get what you pay for as the saying goes.

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Would of told her...

...to fuck off and find some other mug to sort their shit out

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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The..

... overpriced nature didn't help them. The comment they are no longer visible on the high street is not completely true. Our local store hasn't been rented yet so the sign is still up :)

Junior in the title for Jones means someone i can pay shitty wages to, to make the brand take off again. The prices are key. If all overpriced again then it will fail again.

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Did they watch...

...Tom Selleck in Runaway?

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World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

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Hmmmm...

...a sketch you say? Or could it of just been them rubbing a stone or flint on the wall to make it sharper?

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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She's...

...a fucking idiot. Sorry to be so blunt... actually, no, I'm not sorry. She is a fucking idiot.

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Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

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"Sorry....

....we are down for maintenance". Is what you'll be seeing randomly and then over a Christmas when you happen to have a week off to play.

No thanks. I'd rather have local copies than cloud versions.

Also in the UK "unlimited" doesn't mean unlimited. How the fuck they still get away with that I don't know, but most of the time it's fare use. So what happens when everyone on the street is using the same pipe to stream movies AND games all at the same time during a holiday period. And if you reach your "fair use" everything gets cut off including your game streaming. Or you'll get a not obvious warning that "We're now charging you £1 per 1MB over your fair use". Before you know it, your £30 game has cost you £1000 in broadband overcharges.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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So the government have....

....so easily forgotten the Ashley Madison hack then?

This is doomed to fail. Just get the pop corn, sit back and enjoy the show (verify your age first)

:)

WHAT! First time using the icons and there's no pop corn one? What's going on!?!?

:)

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

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I predict...

...."Lessons have been learnt".....then a year later same shit will happen again showing clearly no fucking lesson has been learnt.

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: BT was going to outsource security says leaked memo.

A director or exec would use cyber. They love buzz words as they are mostly dicks and will never admit they don't know what they are fucking talking about.

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It used to be...

...the worlds fav airline. It hasn't been for ages.

We all know going with IBM probably wouldn't of helped. Doesn't appear to have stopped TSB from going offline again all weekend.

I'm not saying this is the case but telling a load of your security staff "we need to spend more on security but we're gonna outsource you." Knowing full well the outsource company will then prob make them redundant. Doesn't do much for morale.

I wonder if there is the chance the security team then thought "we've been telling you for ages you need to spend more on security as we're under funded but you've never listened. Now you're outsourcing us and no doubt we'll be made redundant so fuck it. We'll just do as little as we can get away with but still be paid."

I wonder.

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UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

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Instead they've...

...been busy pointlessly chasing people over IR35.

Regarding the "Voice is my password". I still want to test that. I did the recording and recorded myself at the same time. I want to ring them back and play back the recording to see if it works but I can't work out at what point it asks you to speak because you never get the option. You just get told about it.

If they play back of the recording works have they never actually watched the fucking film before they stole the idea?

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Odd....

...that this is a new thing as I've been doing it for years. I think only once in the late 90s did I get a bundle because I couldn't afford the phone unlocked, outright at that time.

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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"We want....

....to be Infrastructure free. The cloud never goes down".

Yeah right. Considering our own data centre hadn't been down in probably over a year. The only other time it went down was through hardware failure of new kit out of our control. Ooo, bit like how the cloud is out of our control.

When will they realise the cloud is just "Someone else's computer you have no control over" and if you are small fish, you're at the bottom of the support list of companies to get back online.

And "Infrastructure free" isn't a fucking term that exists! Stop making shit up!

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Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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I know they appear to have nothing on there that really needs it but....

....surely the NCA site should have an SSL cert now. If they are trying to be cheap just get a Let's Encrypt one which is fucking free.

Jesus.

Doesn't look great when you go to their site and Chrome says NOT SECURE :)

For a national security agency.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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I might be blind but...

...on mobile can we have it so the to view My Posts, I don't have to go into any comments section, scroll right to the bottom until I then find the My Posts. In the desktop browser its nicely to the fight when I go into any comments section.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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The ribbon annoyed me as well when it first came along. But then I sat and watched a "Promo" video from MS for it. Yeah obviously they were biased but she did present it in a way that made me see why it was good, useful and how it actually worked.

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UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

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Re: O.M.G

You could argue Scots first language isn't English. But then I don't want to get lynched.

:)

Sorry. I'll get my coat.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Re: Over Your Head

And when you realise a company and its management are like that you go into record mode. Record everything you do and everything you warn them about, via e-mail. Then take backups of said recordings. So when the shit hits the fan you can prove it wasn't your fault and you gave them plenty of warnings. As I guarantee they'll try and blame you if they think they can.

Not that I'm taking advise from him as I've known this for years, but, and ignore political views, Michael Cohen comes to mind. He appeared to love Trump (he was clearly just kissing arse to get what he wanted) but even he was wise enough to record sessions he'd have with Trump (is that actually confirmed as fact yet?), I assume for his own protection in case he ever got screwed over by said person.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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I haven't read this fully yet...

...but I don't understand. Why do the online companies need to support the BBC? Don't get me wrong, I like the BBC and it's programs. I like there being no adverts but why should big online companies have to pay for it? Who then decides what company is big enough that it then is required to pay a tax to fund the BBC? I don't object to the TV Licence to fund it but I do object to the TV Licence scare tactics I saw when purchasing my first one (Someone else was paying it for me before). The claim as I was purchasing, on their own site, that I was required one if I owned a VCR, DVD Player. Then once purchased it said "Actually no you don't need one if you only use a VCR, DVD player."

So although I haven't read it yet, I was confused when I saw this article elsewhere.

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

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So did you say this..

...was just a misuse of the FOI system by Comparex so they could advertise their bollocks?

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It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Sainsburys REALLY....

...needs to fing sort out theirs. They are the shittest machines. Put the bag on the hook thing to keep it open. Start putting stuff in. It can't detect that you've put the stuff in so moans. OK. I'll shift it around then. Maybe an issue with your scales. Nope, 1 item later it starts doing it again.

Bollocks I say.

The most reliable one I've come across so far is Waitrose and then M&S in that order.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

Especially when saving. File save as. What? Why can't I save as JPG etc.

Oh, what? I have to choose "export" instead? Really when every other fucking program just has it in the Save As bit. Why did they go the "export" route?

Still. Can't complain, it's free.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Ironic

"an innovative, cost effective system that are easily scalable, more flexible and resilient, and require considerably less infrastructure and maintenance"

Although it wasn't the cloud host that was the issue, part of cloud is the link to it that can also be an issue. Greedy companies relying to much on "the cloud" is what annoys me.

I still don't understand how London airport can run it's air traffic control 80 miles from the airport. Yes they claim to have redundancy in place. But the whole idea of it being at the fucking airport is when John McClane is around, if the anything happens you can look out the fucking window with binoculars.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Old joke!

Not in the UK. If they were picked up before they arrived by the post office you'd notice. And they'd have to do it on a massive scale to make a difference.

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Re: Old joke!

Agreed. Postal Votes are where the flaw is, although still quite secure because there are so many people you'd have to pay off.

You can have the Postal Vote scanner just reject the verification form (I think it was called), although the Postal Vote Scanner never actually sees the votes. Again, you'd have to pay off several people in the room. Actually you'd probably have to pay off the whole room including senior management. Everyone being aware if/once caught, they all will get jail time.

Only election staff are allowed in the room. Then you have the people opening the votes. They count those and they go to the postal vote scanner. That person scans in and verifies by eye the scan matches what is in the database and that the scanner software read it correctly. The amount of mums and dads that sign for their kids because the kid is at Uni is mad. Do they really think we won't spot that? Anyway. That is the point you could just reject and those votes wouldn't then be counted. However, it is then up to a deputy returning officer/s to double check that they also agree with your rejections. A senior member of the elections team may also check.

So even Postal Voting is quite secure. Not as secure as it could be, but still not as bad as people think. Blame the public for Postal Votes. It was them that wanted it.

All these people would need to be paid off and you do get serious jail time if caught.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/5259918/Six-jailed-over-election-fraud.html

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Re: Old joke!

No they are not. If anyone ever actually did election work they'd know. The stubby pencils leave a VERY clear mark that they've been rubbed out. When on election work you'd also know you don't even get time to rub any marks out. The counts are counted IN FRONT of councillors/MPs or whoever is standing. They can stand and watch counts and request recounts. The conspiracy theory nut jobs that claimed "Here's a video of election staff rubbing out votes" clearly don't understand how any of it works. The votes are counted, then put on a specific bit of paper that is then taken to the front where all the election staff (can't remember their specific names) are there to verify the counts match the tally they have. If they don't they are asked to go back and recount. THAT is the number they were rubbing out. The incorrect tally count.

Simple when you've worked it and know there is no conspiracy. There are so many checks in place you'd easily get caught unless you paid off EVERYONE in the room which itself would be spotted.

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Re: Old joke!

Short stubby pencils here in the UK to. Why? Cause they don't run out of ink. If asked, people are told they can use whatever pen or pencil they like. Despite what the nut job conspiracy theorists during Brexit thought.

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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I could be wrong but...

...weren't Gartner the ones that said Equifax were amazing.

I wouldn't listen to a bullshit word they had to say.

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: And yet...

Like the cat flap someone I know bought!

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Another reason...

..not to live in Australia. I think New Zealand is just as bad with the way they handled the Kim Dotcom issue.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Thats typical NHS IT politics for you which is why I've grown to hate it. Unless your "in with the boys" (they don't employ many women it seems) or an over paid consultant you'll always be ignored.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Forcing....

...apps on people is a sure fire way of getting people to not use them. I've disabled the Bixby button on my S8.

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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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I had a thought the other day...

....and because I don't know how WhatsApp end to end encryption works I don't know if I'm talking bollocks or not. But I thought this.

You're in WhatsApp with its end to end encryption. You're then using GBoard from Google within WhatsApp. We know Google loves to collect data so are they actively collecting data from GBoard while its in the end to end encrypted WhatsApp? If so, are they then essentially breaking the end to end encryption by storing what you've typed? So could someone, if they knew, ask for the data that terrorist was typing while in his/her WhatsApp and using the GBoard?

Again, I don't know enough about this so I could be totally wrong (and I suspect I am) but just got me thinking the other day.

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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So...

....who wants to put a bet on that all cloud hosting within the government will now switch to AWS?

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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I'm considering....

....a indexing system for a library that is on small cards that you then put in draws. You can have a wooden cabinet full of these draws*

You can then get some Ghostbusters to come a long and clean up the goo off them.

*Actually had that system back in my old school in the 80s. I loved it. For some reason I still want a set.

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Bit like this pager.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y3qeCz7JRmQ/UzUSvs4g9jI/AAAAAAANGxQ/DIyJwsXg61E/s1600/Columbo_Cries_Wolf-1990-VCSS4-229.jpg

Love Columbo.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

MagicSensation no longer owned by you as you've just mentioned it to the world before getting your official copyright on it*

**

*As far as I was aware that's what happens if you have a good idea and tell the world before patenting it.

** I'll get my coat.

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Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

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So essentially...

...all data stored in Chinese data centres WILL be monitored and harvested and sounds like Google doesn't give a shit.

I know it went out the window years ago but even more so now there "Don't be evil" is truly dead.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Until the price...

...is right I'll still be stuck buying old skool platter drives. Still cheaper than large SSDs. Having said that, where I can afford it, I do replace old drives with SSDs. Like I did in my Lenovo. A cheap 1TB SSD has brought new life into my old war horse. Boots into Windows 7 in around a min now where as with the old skool drive it was taking about 5 mins.

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BETA Site

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Thanks :)

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BETA Site

I have it set on my phone now but can't find the article about the BETA site so can't set my PC to it. Anyone?

And I can't even see where this Cafe Vulture is on the forums? I can only see it when I go to create a post? The forums seems quite confusing.

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Is that actually a case of....

...we won't renew the licence openly. We'll just keep it quiet and force any engineer working on it to never speak of it.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Thats Southern Water...

...buggered then when Crapita goes bust soon.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Why haven't the EU...

...done the same to Apple yet?

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