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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Re: 1000 jobs tranferred

"how long before slavery is just another tool to enhance shareholder value?".

Just wait for Brexit. Icon just for polite I am.

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Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

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Steve Wozniak

I am surprised Steve is not mentioned as I believe he was the first to "spot" Xiaomi as far as I remember, and I do.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: "no choice but to shut down the program"

If you look at airbus.com you find this about the A380.

Total orders 317, total deliveries 222. aircraft in operation 222. Apparently not quite dead yet, but a niche market looking at the numbers no doubt..

Also:

"As of 31 December, Airbus’ overall backlog of jetliners remaining to be delivered stood at 7,265 aircraft – a new industry record."

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France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

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Re: Energy supply, water, transport, telecoms and public health

I think you are a bit mixed up.

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Loyal Commenter

"since you never are in possession of all the facts you should never make a decision".

Funny that, you have all the facts, even the Americans have the facts. see the Rand corp.

https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2200.html

"Key Findings

The economic analysis shows that the UK will be economically worse-off outside of the EU under most plausible scenarios. The key question for the UK is how much worse-off it will be post-Brexit.

The option of leaving the EU with no deal and entering World Trade Organization (WTO) rules would lead to the greatest economic losses for the UK. This would reduce future GDP by around five per cent over ten years, which is a loss of $140 billion.

Under WTO rules, the EU would also lose out economically, but nowhere near the same proportion as the UK — about 0.7 per cent of its overall GDP, which is $97 billion.".

Brexit was built on lies and dreams, perhaps on alternative facts. And there you go with a two party system where both parties are more concerned by the next election than the well being of the people.

Two idiots at the helm, "in the name of the people". What is there to expect but unicorns.

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An Assessment of the Economic Impact of Brexit on the EU27

"But in other countries we're told that the UK leaving is bad news because the costs for those other countries will significantly rise because the UK no longer contributes to the EU anymore.

So what is it, you can't have it both ways."

The EU has made it's impact assessment here:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/595374/IPOL_STU(2017)595374_EN.pdf

Worth a read for anybody.

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This paper, managed by the Policy Department on Economic and Scientific Policies for the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, assesses the likely impact of Brexit on EU27, together with some scenarios for the terms of the UK’s secession. For the EU 27, the losses are found to be virtually insignificant, and hardly noticed in the aggregate. By contrast, for the UK the losses could be highly significant, over ten times greater as a share of GDP. Impacts on various Member States – in particular Ireland – and sectors in the EU27 could be more pronounced.

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Sunderland

I think Sunderland was mentioned in some comment.

This vid I find quite interesting much because both the politicians and the experts have a go at the problems and great opportunities involving different scenarios regarding the Brexit agreement. Also how Aston Martin and Nissan differ in how they work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F3LZTJOzSA

Business and Enterprise Cttee: Brexit and the Automotive Industry.

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Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

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@Pompous Git

"wheat, barley, or rye".

According to on the Wiki, "mustamakkara" black sausage what we have in Finland.

"Mustamakkara (literally black sausage) is a type of Finnish blood sausage traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam. It is nowadays available in many stores across Finland, but is held in the position of local delicacy and speciality of Tampere. Mustamakkara is at its best when bought and eaten fresh at market stalls, to which it is delivered hot in styrofoam boxes from the factories directly after baking. A typical practice of reheating the sausage is to just fry it in a pan.

Mustamakkara is known to have been eaten as early as in the 17th century and was generally cooked over a small fire, in a hot cauldron or in an oven. Mustamakkara is made by mixing pork, pig blood, crushed rye and flour, "

But as always people use what they have available, be it oatmeal, wheat, barley, or rye if they do it themselves, which they don't these days.

And then there is "Verilätty" in Finish, "Blodplättar" in Swedish, according to the Wikipedia used only also in Norway which cannot be true as it's such a quick way of using the blood.

Of course "modern" people don't like to eat blood, which in a way, is a bit silly, as you will always eat blood too if you eat meat, no matter how you kill the animal.

On blood pancakes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodpl%C3%A4ttar

Blodplättar, or blood pancakes (veriohukainen, verilätty or verilettu in Finnish), are a dish served in Finland, Sweden and Norway made of whipped blood and other ingredients. It is similar to black pudding, but is thinner and crispier.

Blodplättar may be fried in a frying pan. The pancakes are occasionally served with pork or reindeer meat.

In Swedish, the word may also be used to refer to blood platelets."

What else, my deity how much oat porridge one had to eat as a child, and now it would probably be all for the good to day too.

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Re: Ee, bah, eck etc

The Black is blood and used around the world from the beginning of time.

The Wiki on this mentions:

"Black pudding is also eaten along the North Sea coastal regions of Fryslan and Drente (both Netherlands), in Lower Saxony from Ostfriesland to Bremen and Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein mostly Nordfriesland, France, Slovenia, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Latvia and Lithuania.[clarification needed]".

And I would add the rest of the world too without feeling like a trump.

And the butcher and his saviour (not the original?) is here;

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-42648624

PS. stay proud, I doubt you ever had a choice, most of us are similar in that respect. And the alternative is silly.

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Re: Badlands delivery ?

@rmason

I have a feeling Frenchie Lad has been down voted for forgetting the Joke Alert icon.

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Re: Badlands delivery ?

You forgot the "no-go" areas in the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8AwFc9hlf4

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Japanese giant NEC gobbles Brit IT firm Northgate for £475m

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Re: Getting sovereignty back

Business and Enterprise Cttee: Brexit and the Automotive Industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F3LZTJOzSA

People from the Automotive Industry, incl. Aston Martin explaining how it works.

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Re: Self employed and BYOD

"And for some reason we've always been the most zealous implementors of every EU rule".

And the French are the very opposite. And to believe that you have to be British. It's quite a popular idea in more or less every EU country that we <inset country> stick to the rules while nobody else does it.

Repeating bullshit year after year is how it's done, nothing new under the stars.

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: Back in the day.....

"What am I missing?"

Only your youth.

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Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery

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Re: Another quality delivery from HP!

"I've never had a laptop that didn't have a user-replaceable battery".

We have to pay more attention to what we buy, a lot more.

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Re: To be fair...

@ Voland's right hand,

If you want to choose something about the topic and from that part of the world, choose quality like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiz_qbViE0

Good music has no borders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DFsF_0tfiM

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Pehaps

Finland and Sweden would finally join NATO under this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iagm6-riUus

Porilaisten marssi / Björneborgarnas marsch

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rneborgarnas_marsch

And back to reality like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM3t-17Godc

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: AMD not vulnerable

Sadly it doesn't seem to be "just" a microcode error that could be mended in the microcode.

As for 64bit, AMD was indeed ahead of Intel but one could also point out that 64bit processors were available years before that.

The Wiki on AMD 64bit:

"The original specification, created by AMD and released in 2000, has been implemented by AMD, Intel and VIA. The AMD K8 processor was the first to implement the architecture; this was the first significant addition to the x86 architecture designed by a company other than Intel. Intel was forced to follow suit and introduced a modified NetBurst family which was fully software-compatible with AMD's design and specification."

Ps AMD never copied Intel, the had tp do a "clean room" to do the microcode themselves.

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UK Foreign Sec Bojo to tell Kremlin: Stop your cyber shenanigans... or else!

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Re: What's happened to the UK?

@Boris the Cockroach

"hence oddities like Paris keeps Berlin time".

Perhaps, in order not to show you lack of knowledge, you should look at how GMT works in Europe and why, like here:

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

My advice for Britain would be to join Central European Time, business would gain from it and the cows would hardly oppose it either.

As for the rest of your comment, hogwash that too, however, happy new year to everybody, regardless if at times we wake up on the wrong foot at times.

Life is so unfair at times too, look the French went for the metric system too.

And think about all those American states with neighbours who decide to take a different time zone must be annoying and all because of the cows.

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Re: What's happened to the UK?

Try to stop blaming the rest of the world, for once try to take a look at yourself, your class society so well expressed in education and in your two party system. As one British author long ago wrote - the English have been so interested in studying other people that they have forgot to study themselves.

I have a feeling that the EU will try to save you, reluctantly, from your self, as you are run by a bunch of idiots right now.

Sometimes I think Charles de Gaulle knew you too well, but that would be about the generation of Brits that should not be around anymore.

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Nobody abroad will ever take him seriously, why some Brits do it, is a bit beyond me, a sort of a nice clown perhaps, but why in such a position in the government. What a piece of cake for a fox like Lavrov.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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"what's the point if it's not Apple".

That is the point.

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Merry Christmas, UK prosecutors: Here's a special gift... a slap from the privacy watchdog

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@ Hans 1

Referring to British MEP's I would claim you are rather unfair as Farage wasn't the only one and I am sure there was quality MEP's too.

But you know how it is, if in an elevator with say twenty people one is farting, everybody becomes a suspect and nobody is pleased.

Written with some experience on a Linux laptop.

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Re: Haa Haa Haa

"the UK being the second largest contributor to EU funds".

No the UK is not the second largest contributor nor the second largest economy.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/france-britain-uk-world-s-fifth-largest-economy-brexit-eu-referendum-a7123761.html

Doesn't matter and I cannot see any win/win result out of this, nor was there any Brexit plan in the first place.

So we have to wait and see. Unions seldom like to lose members, I believe that goes for the UK too.

One possible loser will be Poland as they are about to lose the EU contribution if the Polish government doesn't come to their senses, the number one country when it comes to EU funding.

Jule Öl and Happy Christmas.

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China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

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Re: State subsidies will allow Chinese firms to eat everyone's lunch

"Japan almost put Intel out of business in the early '80's by dumping RAM on US markets".

That, of course, is the standard story as always, in reality Japan was just better at it with a higher yield per wafer, if I remember the expression right.

There is a very interesting book about Intel, the name is "Inside Intel": Andy Grove and the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Chip Company by Tim Jackson.

Lots of interesting stuff for us old enough to remember.

The question about subsidies is interesting too. On the other hand international trade and agreements try to keep it fair, (like within the EU too), but on the other hand everybody would like its government to support domestic industry and the country. Remember how many wanted the UK government to do something regarding ARM when a Japanese company bought it.

Regarding the USA I suppose some Americans tend to forget that the worlds largest company, the US Army, is a state subsidized company helping lots of other companies in the same manner too, like say Boeing. Only the Chinese can compete at a similar level today.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Any of these seem to work in this situation...

@ Marketing Hack

If you write "-misattributed" then the same probably goes for Lincoln too, not that it matters at all.

Some interesting stuff about it here:

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161924

Some good marketing stuff but also a claim "Its earliest use was in French in 1684 in Traité de la Vérité de la Religion Chrétienne,a work of apologetics by Jacques Abbadie, a French Protestant.

My theory, a work in progress, is that it was first used by a angry camel buyer in a used camel shop some three thousand years ago in the Middle East, something he got from a Chinaman but forgot about.

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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Voyna i Mor

Very true, over time I suppose fox hunting would become more interesting though.

It's quite funny to compare the landscape of Finland and Denmark as it's the opposite regarding the size of woods and fields.

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: Only the small fish?

"so who gets to decide who is "too objectionable" and who is not".

Quite simple, those who run and own Twitter.

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Re: Chad H.

@ Jonathan Schwatrz

Calm down, create a Twitter or buy it, Ban whoever you like.

It's good to remember that freedom of speech doesn't mean that anybody has to listen or repeat that speech.

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

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ESIEA

ESIEA (university),

The École supérieure d'informatique, électronique, automatique (ESIEA) is a French grande école for engineers. Its five-year general engineering program focuses in the field of Science and Technology in the Digital Computer, electronic and automatic.

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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"these problems are a user's own fault in the end."

So true, and I am happy I never joined. My dear wife delegated her FB to me to remember birthdays etc and do the appropriate clicking. Had enough in a few weeks and never signed on.

A FB with a less strong feeling of me being the product, perhaps.

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NASA says New Horizons' next stop might have a moon

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Re: Not again...

"The Sun has no moons.". They are called planets for some odd reason.

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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Re: So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?

@phuzz, so true.

From the article:

"It’s the first time the dust has been found in urban dirt. Previously, the frozen wastes of Antarctica were the usual collection sites."

But to be more precise it's apparently the first time they have tried to look in urban dirt and the reason they collect in Antarctica is that it's so much easier to spot bigger pieces against the ice or snow.

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Re: So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?

Who cares. A few kilos is enough for scientific use. People collect stuff like that as souvenirs, just put a price on it and more will turn up. Some will be found on Ebay too.

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Re: Nomenclature

"Will the first one be called Moonbase Alpha?". Be serious, think again.

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Re: Caveat

NASA and it's core mission explained here and a few other facts about the GOP of to day, here represented by Ted Cruz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peL7Qecg3qQ

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Re: Caveat

Yes, this on France24 "US researchers flock to join Macron's climate change project".

http://www.france24.com/en/20171211-climate-france-macron-paris-accord-planet-great-again-us-researchers-grants-trump

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@Big John

Are those guys like Stockman and Bucshon really what you belive in. As it is twats like that we find only in (in office) in the USA these days. And it's all about money or it's even worse. You did have a hint with "Scientologists".

The vid is old but so is stupidity.

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

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Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

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Re: Smile, it's Tate & Lyle

The problem DD has is that he says one thing in Brussels and the something else at home to please then brexiteers. But I agree with him on one point, he is not too smart and this double speak will not be acceptable in Brussels although they understand the British domestic problem in moving from fantasyland towards reality.

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

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As everything else is probably already said should one then just add - something to sue about.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: So?

"However with Clarkson it is an act.". What ever but he is also a hell of a spin doctor. If a Brit can spot the spin is an other question. The car part is OK with me though.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

"What every country needs is more than a binary choice.".

Came to think about it, are there any other, in practice, two party countries but the UK and the USA. The damn thing is that it creates a one party government, and I would hate that to happen where I live and that goes for "my parties" too.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

"I'm talking about Roy Moore and this coming week's special election in Alabama. Trump threw his unconditional support behind Roy Moore.".

Farage and Bannon are also there, I don't know if I am surprised or not.

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Re: And people actually voted for him on purpose??

@ handleoclast

For those few who did perhaps not understand the "Shersh" I believe it's here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-medical-exam-slurred-speech-public-results-health-concerns-white-house-a8098716.html

(and elsewhere)

So what is it with him. Is it cocaine, (with his nose), not original teeth running loose, or well, I had an uncle, (nice guy, but died) and he started to sound like that when Alzheimer struck him.

Perhaps just drunk, (first glass of wine ever). Is Pence looking worried.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Never has so many been fooled by so few.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: It's a tradition...

@ I ain't Spartacus

France overtakes Britain as world’s fifth largest economy as Brexit fears hit markets

Pound falls against the euro, putting France ahead of Britain for first time since 2014

From:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/france-britain-uk-world-s-fifth-largest-economy-brexit-eu-referendum-a7123761.html

Wednesday 6 July 2016 20:00 BST

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Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

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Trade deals

They sound so complicated so I decided to send a message to Liam Fox to ask him to take a day off to fix it, now that he is in the mood, going strong, and has been "over there" already perhaps several times. Just wanted to inform you (and him) should he forget to mention my part in our success.

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Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate 'Nazi judge' it attacked

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Re: Easy there

@ Phil O'Sophical

"Did you read the whole article?". Well that is my point, the header.

And the header is "Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate Nazi judge.." when you read just the header and not the article.

So let me explain, if I can, why when you write a header you should contemplate what the header implies without reading the article. (a Nazi judge was not reinstated by ...)

I knew guys who wrote for different IT magazines and they told me about the rules Microsoft demanded they stick to. The main rule was to never write a negative header no matter what. Suppose for instance that say three departments out four was in the red then the header had to be like "Microsoft still increasing ..." while in the article more details was allowed. Associating viruses to Windows was a red line too. You will hardly find a header like "yet new errors found in Windows enabling more viruses,,,".

The reason is that most people scan more headers than read the texts. And this is used for propaganda too. I would claim the "Enemies of the people" regarding the judges in Britain as such a use of a header.

My favourite header from those times, early Linux, is this which went "One million Europeans will lose they jobs if people turn to Linux".

So perhaps I am just stubborn but easy with the headers, they should not give the wrong impression when just scanned.

And please Kieren, no hard feelings. And the appropriate icon this time.

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