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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Check your USB keyboards too...

... My Mac Pro disabled the USB keyboard... no amount of unplugging and plugging made it work again. Plugged it into a Windows box, and it was detected ok, then plugged it into the Mac and hey presto... it worked again.

God only knows what they've done this time...

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: What can go wrong ?

The Andromeda Strain...

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unisys screwed up

Of course Unisys engages standard CYA protocol: "A hacker! A hacker did this! Didn't you watch Hackers? They're all these wayward kids who steal and break things and who wear funny clothes and speak in l33t language!"

What Unisys *should've* done was: "Oops. yeah, we cocked up, sorry! We'll fix the files and ask the guy in question nicely to the delete the ones he has and give him a fixed archive".

OY VEY!

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Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

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Watch...

... As this university also gets banned from 'the platform' because it exposed the data slurp, as per Facebook standard MO.

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Re: Obscene? Nah.

But... but... but... THINK OF THE CHILDREN! (*in a shrill Mary Whitehouse voice*)

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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

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Re: OpenSSL

Cryptography in SSH does not necessarily require Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for authentication. GSSAPI also works. Password also works. Certificates (*not* public/private key) also work. This is just another plugin...

That the comms channel is encrypted is separate to the authentication mechanism that does it *over* the comms channel. GSSAPI is, bizarrely, doubly encrypted in SSH (SSH's own comms channel, along with the encrypted tokens being passed along).

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Re: Handy

@bombastic bob, oh MAH GAHD! DA-RAHMAH! *eyeroll*

This is not much different from password managers already, except good implementations of these and other APIs (and methods of 'automatic' authentication) can mitigate risk significantly.

Google does OIDC already, Facebook does too, the scientific and academic communities ON THE PLANET rely on OIDC, SAML (SAML2 Web Profile to be specific), and certificates, so this... this is just a natural progression.

Nothing overly DA-RAHMAH-tic here.

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh... revenge is sweet. See ya, UberPop...

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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

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Re: It is not just lost VAT ...

Typically. But not necessarily within the reach of the HMRC.

Besides, when one says "does it need a bank account", it usually means "they need actual sort code and account number". Requiring a credit or debit card (and not bank details) does *not* mean it's not traceable, but it adds a level of indirection, which adds more work, more resources.

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The Far East sellers don't have local warehouses. They ship direct via Hong Kong Post. If they *do* have local warehouses, it's hand-written and inevitably appears to be someone's garage or something.

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Re: It is not just lost VAT ...

Amazon doesn't need a bank account... just a debit card/credit card. eBay still uses Paypal a lot but apparently they are moving away from them to their own card solution.

But I'm glad to see that they are starting to do *something* about this... now if they could only start doing something about the fake goods sold on both market places (apparently Facebook is the 'new' thing with their Marketplace, and it's overrun by cheap fakes too).

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1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak

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Re: Just goes to prove

@jonathan1, that is provided the ICO *bothers* to.

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

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Re: Its Not Just Videos That Aren't DELETED

There is the problem of data synchronisation here. If you deleted posts, and they then reappear within hours, it's entirely possible that whatever the algorithm is that tries to resolve any conflicts between different slices/shards of databases opts to go for 'retain the data' instead. With the Social Book Post Manager extension for Chrome, I've deleted quite a few years of my Facebook statuses, comments etc from there, and have also gone back a few days later to verify everything's been removed properly. It's worth doing if you prefer to not lose your friends list but don't like leaving tracks.

There *is* metadata though that you cannot delete (much to my annoyance), other than through deleting your account properly, and then recreating one.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Who are the Council for Education and Research on Toxics?

Toxics? TOXICS? Yet another half-baked cockamamy 'council' which is probably said lawyer and his wife or something equally stupid...

FFS...

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SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

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Re: CNN clickbait

Well, CNN let go of the one good aviation journalist they had...

Idiots.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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Sounds familiar

If you turn up in a van then you are refused entry as "commercial".

Yes, sounds familiar... and if it's a rental van (which is usually clearly marked as such), beware as they'll tell you that a week-long rental is considered 'commercial' too (despite being more cost-effective than renting it over two weekends. Yes, Oxfordshire County Council's Redbridge site, I am looking at you w***ers.

If you don't have a car then they charge GBP60 for every three items to be collected from your house.

Well, good old Oxfordshire County Council won't even let you into their sites without a car (bike not allowed) for 'safety reasons'. And here you pay £26 *per item* for a maximum of three items. And then they wonder why people fly tip...

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No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

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Re: Hit me with your crypto shtick

Nice! Excellent segue into pop! *applauds*

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: I guess we shouldn't be surprised

It's not just artists. It's scientists who rely on computations to be exact. Not 4.1. Not 4.3. 4.0. Nothing else.

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Women of Infosec call bullsh*t on RSA's claim it could only find one female speaker

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This is a massive problem...

Aviation has this problem. Infosec has this problem. Computing has this problem.

I fail to understand why conference organisers fail to find these women in aviation, in STEM, infosec etc... they are out there!

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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I hate to say this...

... But... I TOLD YOU SO. Before this godforsaken piece of ultimate consumerist crap launched.

It's insane to spend a grand on an iPhone... on a Vertu (encrusted with Swarovski crystals and gold) perhaps, but *not* a bloody iPhone.

*eyeroll icon here*

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La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: I've always found

@Missing Semicolon, big sad face here in commiseration. QC1 and QC2 were great for noise-cancelling (especially on the older generation jets in the back), so I feel for you. The QC3s are on-ear so are liable to slipping off. And the Bose in-ear phones are just totally and utterly uncomfortable despite the 'horns' to anchor them.

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Sennheiser...

... Is well-known to have audio reproductive qualities superior to many earphones and headphones within the price range that Bose and Beats hang out in. That said, I've given up on OTE headphones. They are big, clunky, look utterly ridiculous. Something small and unobtrusive, beautifully balanced for sound, yep, that works. Pricey, yes, but so damn worth it.

Surprisingly, the dinky cheap Sennheisers for £20 also work pretty well.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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Re: Why?

Remember though that joining EFTA also requires full agreement from all EFTA members (I recall this analysis being done shortly after the referendum). Norway at the time of *that* discussion pondered whether the UK joining EFTA instead would be a good idea for the other EFTA members, with the implication that Norway would be inclined to vote 'nei' when it came to it. Of course, what was said then and what might be arranged in the future is... two widely different things :-)

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Re: Why?

@Graham Dawson, but Norway has to, like Switzerland, pay in for regulations (and is bound to them), which is what Brexit was all about breaking free from... i.e. 'Taking back control'.

But as usual, Britain wants the cake and eat it too, i.e. free trade with the EU with none of the regulations to be bound by, freedom to trade with others the way it sees fit. It wants what it can't have.

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Re: Haha - back to the communist economical theory

If the Netherlands are a lynchpin in arrangements like Double Dutch Irish Sandwiches, the Dutch 'Foundation' system etc, the pressure should be on the Dutch government to change its tax laws to make such things impossible or unprofitable (and I have it from several Dutch citizens that their government will still prefer not to rock the boat because in their view 1% of a decent-sized pie is still better than 15% of a smaller pie or no pie at all).

While it's easy to say 'oh, let's tax Google et al 2% of turnover', the more difficult question then becomes 'who gets what size cut of the 2% pie'... You can be guaranteed that there'll be a lot more squabbling going on then... especially when it then becomes clear that those countries with large offices (like Germany with Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, France with Paris, Italy with Rome, and the UK with London) are the ones getting the most dosh and the other EU26 countries lose out.

But hey, it's easy to take 'leaks' like this one from the French finance minister as truth when the story is much more complex.

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Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

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Fibre...

... The new buzzword.

I support CityFibre and Gigaclear in this. The ASA screwed up royally. They should come out with their hands up saying "yeah, we cocked this up, let's fix this".

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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Hallelujah!

A man after my own heart!

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The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid

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To be fair...

... I have a specific playlist at work that I cycle over and over and over every day. Why? Because it contains tracks *I* like. Would that mean that Spotify would suddenly tell me "sorry mate, but play something else, otherwise you're a bot"?

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Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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Given that...

... Apple is all about young hipsters and not 'fat middle-aged nerds', the imagery is probably appropriate ;-)

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US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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Lovely...

And The Notorious RBG delivers yet more common sense. *applauds*

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BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: So RIPA...

This is not a case of 'you have a god given right to have you're [sic] entertainment subsidised by everyone else'. This is a case of 'this is what the law says and means, and this is what TV Licensing believes they can get away with'. If I don't watch/listen to BBC programming, why should I be funding it? TV Licensing is notorious for browbeating vulnerable people, old people, and those who do not own a TV set (like students often who prefer watching their programmes over tablets, phablets, and laptops) into paying for a TV licence which is not necessary in some instances. They use reprehensible tactics that induce unnecessary stress (especially the 'we're going to take you to court' kind of aggressive letters) and they believe they can act with impunity. They *must* be put back in their place and kept in line.

The way the government decided it would resolve this was to cover online streaming and catch-up TV (which to be fair was inevitable given the trend to move online with entertainment), so yes, those who watch iPlayer on catch-up on laptops, mobiles and other devices capable of streaming, are now required to pay for a licence despite the licence now being misnamed. It is technically no longer a 'TV licence'. It is now a 'BBC funding tax' because it pretty much only covers the BBC funding.

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Re: So RIPA...

Catch-up TV on the Beeb is now also covered by the TV licence. You wanna watch Blue Planet on iPlayer at 2am? Where's your TV licence? I quote:

But you will need a licence if you watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

It does not however cover watching DVDs on TV (because you're licenced to watch it by the copyright holder), or watching ITV, Channel 4, or other commercial TV channels on TV without a TV licence, because they are paid for by commercial advertising.

It's annoying. They could've simply gone for a PPV system where you log in, watch your programme, pay 50p or something via your mobile, and your total bill per calendar year (or whatever 12 month period) would be that year's annual TV licence fee. So if you watch less, you pay less. If you watch more, you pay up to the TV licence. Everyone's happy...

But yes, like someone else points out, it is *not* illegal *not* to have a TV licence if you do not have a TV (as opposed to some European countries where you pay a 'TV tax' regardless of whether you have a TV or not), and if you do *not* have a TV, or you have a TV that is not connected to any receiving equipment or tuner (like a decoder/antenna/internal receiver/tuner), you are entitled to tell TV Licensing to FOAD. I have found in the past that a stern letter threatening them with a restraining order has the desired effect that they will back right off.

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Unfortunately...

... Private companies *have to* police the political views of their employees... *expressed in the workplace* (as is their right under appropriate workplace legislation). By saying 'Keep politics out of the workplace' you are expecting them to police the workplace (to ensure politics stays out of it). Of course, the fact Google find themselves in this situation because they possibly *didn't* police their workplace appropriately (they possibly felt that being able to express your political view in a respectful manner is possibly conducive to good workplace morale, and had lax controls/rules surrounding this), is somewhat ironic.

One motto that has held true for online communities/IRC channels/workplace communications is: Don't discuss religion. Don't discuss operating systems. Don't discuss politics. :-)

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Re: Does that mean...

Do you feel discriminated against when one of the male sex refers to others of his own sex as 'sausage fest'? Really? REALLY?

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Re: Does that mean...

Google can't get it right, can they? Rock. Hard place. Oy vey!

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He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

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Re: Historical?

It only becomes expensive if the different services don't cross-share. Some do. Having Prime + NowTV works, but yes, having to add Netflix is potentially a necessity soon. :-/

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: To be honest...

Amen, @K, amen. That's how you deal with this problem.

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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Ahhhhh Clarion!

Like @OffBeatMammal, I had that pleasure. And COBOL. IBM COBOL II, I think... or was that VS COBOL II? Hell knows...

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US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

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Re: Testing irl

This is how a certain Buckinghamshire business (Emissions Analytics) does it. They are the experts who were brought in for this gem by the BBC News team:

How Toxic Is Your Car Exhaust

The results are actually rather surprising... And it does involve that famous German two-letter brand caught cheating in the US.

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Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

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Re: Bizarre calls for legislation

Just to follow up on this, the Beeb now reports a slightly different version:

The mayor wants a change in the law so the journey has to start or end in the area the minicab is licensed. But at the moment, technology has again outpaced regulation.

Now that makes a lot more sense. If you are registered in the lovely City of Dreaming Spires, the job you accept must either start there or end there, or both. But you shouldn't be able to take a job that goes (with Uber) from London to London even though you don't have a TfL licence. But there it *still* is a question as to how this resolves the current Uber problem.

I want to play Uber driver, I'd get a licence from both my local authority *and* TfL... They have TfL-licensed vehicles all over the South of England and Wales (apparently Brighton is teeming with TfL-licensed cabs).

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Bizarre calls for legislation

It's lovely that TfL is starting to take safety seriously.

But the Beeb also reports that TfL has a bizarre request for the government... national legislation to require journeys by private hire cabs to *both* start and end in the authority where they are licenced.

It added it was also lobbying the government to introduce national legislation which would require taxi journeys to start and end in the area in which a driver and vehicle was licensed.

So, all cabs operating in Oxfordshire would need to be licenced by the Oxford City Council, the Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, Cherwell District Council... and, oh... Tf-bloody-L for those journeys to Heathrow.

And this is supposed to solve the Uber problem how exactly?

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: "Yeah, stop reading us."

Yet, @troland, you're still here! You really do still like the SJW 'propaganda' from the Reg San Fran office...

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Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

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Excellent article...

More of this please! I *love* this stuff! *adds Porthcurno to the 'Things to do in Cornwall' list*

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

@Charles 9,

Except there needs to be a justification for an amount that high.

This is the United States. You don't need *any* justification for *anything* in a lawsuit. Just launch it and see if it sticks...

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Trust science...

... To both take the fun out of an off-the-cuff comment, and add more fun into that off-the-cuff comment to see if it leads to actual science.

I love this field of work. *inserts PMSL icon here*

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Funny that...

... Here multiple executives are very good at using the Surface Pro. I have yet to see someone here using an iPad Pro...

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OpenSSL alpha adds TLS 1.3 support

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"A grand redesign"...

... Should we be worried?

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Classic...

... Especially when you've just had the person come off the naughty step.

Hell, in some employers, you'd be escorted back to your desk to collect your personal belongings only, in others, you can collect them at the end of the/on the next day in a box.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Good.

Skipping bail does not excuse you from going to jail for skipping bail just because the original offence that you've been placed on bail for has gone away. You're *still* on the hook for skipping bail. End. Of.

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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TNMOC is not inside the fence

While BPT owns the whole site, TNMOC has a separate building and site (it's past all the parking lots all the way to the top of the site). You can easily visit TNMOC without having to enter the fenced-in BPT 'attraction'. :-)

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