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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Lets Get Real

This is not about rape allegations anymore. It is about breaching bail conditions.

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Re: Lets Get Real

Skipping bail and a warrant out for the arrest of the perpetrator does not fall under a statute of limitations...

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: "those PVC sheets every single sex shop sells "

Come on then. What's the real German version... Ein Deutschsprecher wants to know ;-)

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Re: They just block them.

@Version 1.0, that may be true, but remember that those same traditional Tory voters won't ever be *seen* to be main consumers of porn. They deny it. But they are perfectly fine to disadvantage everyone else purely based on 'I'm alright, Jack'.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: Just another pre-installed program

Seconded. I'm glad Mathematica remains available, but like Mike, I don't use Mathematica on Pi, so pre-installing it does not help matters. But I guess some form of comms before this change would have been much more appreciated than the post-oops scramble.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Well that's a shame...

... It was a big fat money sink, yes. But like a few others here, the effects on STEM subject participation is not to be underestimated. This has been seen time and again; Apollo and Saturn V, Thrust SSC and others have had a distinct (but delayed, obviously) effect on STEM. I really hope this administration does not stop that wave from happening. :-/

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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@Rich 11

And they said accelerator engineers and beamline scientists don't have a sense of humour... ;-)

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

@El kabong, please. If scientists the world over are impressed, they tend to be impressed for a reason. The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet (although it accelerates protons, not electrons), and it works by *smashing* things together. The 14 TeV are actually 2 x 7 TeV in opposite/oblique directions.

The most powerful electron accelerator on the planet currently *only* does 17.5 GeV (in one direction), and it only emits a monochromatic X-ray class beam of radiation of 25 keV. To emit a beam that has energies of 25 TeV or more... add energies inside the quasar by another order or three (or four... you get the drift) of magnitude.

Find me a man-made toy that emits a radiation beam of 25 TeV before speaking again about 14 mosquitos vs 25 mosquitos.

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Not for me...

The only thing that matters to me is 2).

If you can't make a watch that runs for more than 24 hours, then we're not friends. Garmin beats this with my trusty old vivoActive (7 days with 6 days of at least 2 hours/day active training with chest strap)... just over a week's worth of juice (8 days at a stretch).

The Apple Watch 2 I was given never made it out of its box... it still sits there, 2 years later. *SHRUG*

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: 128K of ISDN

Ahhh, ISDN. I still have my old Digi DataFire ISDN card that I used to use to dial into the US with for 64K uncontended connectivity directly into our HQ's services, instead of the crawling 33.6K (you try running Lotus Notes over PPTP on 33.6K and 16K international data throttling and tell me it's not anything but crawling) I had for standard Internet before that. The 56.6K Sportster went back into its box until I moved countries.

The phone bill dropped by almost 2/3 when that DataFire arrived and I kicked it into action...

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

Even easier... streamers! Enough to foul up the props for long enough to disrupt airflow and cause it to lose air space. ;-)

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: stdin?

Yes... @Chris King is right... I know this is true because a class colleague of mine ended up at a fancy uni studying for a B.A. Informatics degree, whereas I was at the equivalent of a polytechnic and got a diploma for the exact same thing. Where they studied on all the theory of everything that is business administration, we got dumped in the deep end with our first COBOL classes within two weeks of arriving there and not even knowing where to switch the workstation (an ancient, even for that time, Olivetti one) on.

To add more fun, some machines had the old 5.25" 360K drives, whereas others had the more modern 5.25" 1.2MB ones, and... even more fun, the third-year lab had... *GASP* 386es with both 5.25" *AND* 3.5" 1.44MB drives! That lab was always busy... with DOOM players.

It was bizarre to have my class colleague begging me to teach her COBOL at the end of her second year, where I was already having loads of fun with things like ADABAS/NATURAL, Pascal and C (COBOL? Who dat?). Her course was 4 times the price of mine, yet here I was teaching *her* stuff that her lecturers didn't bother to teach them!

Yeah. Now she's a house wife (nowt wrong with that, but a bit of a waste of 3 years at uni). I'm messing about in science, aviation and IT. Funny how that works.

YEAH POLY! POLY FOREVER. :-D

P.S. And yeah, I am of the vintage where dodgy hardware things are all too familiar... and this story is not unplausible at all.

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US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: What's the net benefit to workers?

No, Sanders is not for "just doling out other people's money". What Sanders is for is a fair wage without necessarily having to rely on the government to keep your head above water because your shyster of a boss is paying you just about enough to get away from any legislation that could cost him more in fines & reputation. Where he *will* "dole out other people's money" is when people do end up needing assistance from the government (like losing your job, needing healthcare) or for something that universally leaves society better off (like free education). It doesn't mean irresponsibility.

Paying employees a decent wage so they don't need to rely on government handouts makes perfect sense. They will pay their taxes, they will be net contributors to society and the economy, and the government can spend what they save on their handouts on better things (education, not the slush fund that's called the DoD). ;-)

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Re: I honestly don't know...

Many live in shared houses or HMO... Others work multiple jobs. You won't believe how many people are run ragged by low wages.

:-(

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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Re: Utter shite

Sorry Katrina, but someone I know who knew ClamAV very well did something similar to this in the nineties for a corporate he worked for. Probably didn't include the pretty message footer, but he was very good with this. :-)

I told him to milk the daylights out of that one... commercialise it to kingdom come. I don't think he did. Hi Ozzie Jack! *waves*

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Mission Creep

The US does require you to have a US address when entering (or transiting) because the blasted ESTA is required even during transit. You can only have an ESTA if you provide a US address. Provide the airport's address instead. When they look incredulous, point out that you're only transiting.

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Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Re: Rather that waste time tweeting...

Absolutely seconding Lee here. Switch your account. Make sure you open your account as early in the month as possible, you do not want to do the account switch when your salary is due any day. Also, the switch guarantee does not guarantee within 6 days of account opening (be aware of this). It guarantees a switch within 6 days of you/your new bank *starting* the switch. This date is usually confirmed to you within a week or so of you opening the account.

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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

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"From my 50,000 feet position"...

... Oh, you're in an F-15, are you? Or is that a U2?

I hate hate hate poncy overblown terminology like this. DO. EFF. OFF. With it! Jesus Mary and Joseph!

UGH! *walks off ranting about poncy execs who need a smacking for using such terminology*

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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I will give both FP and MP social media teams kudos...

Their GIF game is strong. And appropriate. With appropriate humour. :-)

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Re: Partial solution

LASERS. S not Z. *ahem* *cough*

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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Re: Rules are not equal

@Spartacus, yes... deferred taxes are an evil all of their own!

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@Arthur The Cat is right though... the point of the EU argument was that the effective tax rate Apple paid was much lower than what the standard tax rate is. Also the amount of 'revenue' and 'income' that is channelled through Ireland was substantial, but it also included dosh from outside the EU. Since it is likely that there is a taxation agreement (if you pay tax in the US, you don't pay the tax again in the EU and vice versa) between the US and the EU, Apple can effectively repatriate a lot of its profits to the US, pay the once-off reduced tax, and doesn't have to deal with the EU. Which is why this is a once-off back-tax payment deal...

The problem with the EU's 'digital revenue tax' scenario is that if they can, the US can retaliate with the same on any EU-based company providing services to US citizens etc. It opens a whole can of worms that you really don't want to have opened. Tax laws from the sixties, seventies and eighties being dragged into the digital age are a big problem, especially in a multi-taxed-but-single-economic-bloc environment like the EU.

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Re: This:

Yes. That is one reason why Ireland doesn't want the extra dosh. It will skew the GDP data for the next assessment period for EU membership fees, and Ireland would prefer to continue to pay a lower fee commensurate with their *real* GDP, not these once-off blips.

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: Astonishing isn't it

@Lee D, sorry but I absolutely disagree.

The mobile phone companies known full well when the subsidy for the mobile phone is fulfilled and the device paid off. There is *nothing*, and I mean *nothing*, stopping them technology-wise to send a message at the end of the contract term to say "hey there, your contract term has ended, and as such your phone is paid off, so we're dropping the subsidy element of your monthly fee from next month."

If they can do it for things like Spotify/NowTV/Sky Sports (with Vodafone) or other 'goodies' that are part of your bundle, they can do this for the phone too. But, there are some providers who effectively use the subsidy as a 'lease', so you get free upgrades whenever you become eligible, whether you want/need them or not.

I *do* agree with you though that "let's force the mobile companies to pay everyone back" is stupid. Force them to change their procedures, sure, but forcing them to refund? Nah.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

@SkippyBing,

And it's only because Boeing said "Ok then, we'll make this a fixed-price deal" that the Congressional comittee deciding this stuff bought into it... they baulked at the price per plane, and the inevitable cost escalations that went with redevelopment of an ancient (ok, 30 year) airframe design.

I'm so glad to see that Boeing has to suck up these delays on their own dime...

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

The KC-46 is based on the B767. The B767 was designed to be as slippy as possible... when you then add stuff like drogues, booms, newer/different wings, extra other things to it and you don't have any previous fluid dynamics data (like the B777 or the B787 do now) to see what happens when you add that extraneous stuff, you'll find all sorts of interesting (read annoyingly surprising) things from within the airframe and the aerodynamics that cause... erm... delays. Why Boeing didn't simply use the B777 (probably because the B767 is on the way out) is beyond me.

The Airbus A330 is fully CAD. The A330 MRTT (the Airbus equivalent of the KC-46) was also delayed by several years because of manufacturing and testing issues with the refueling boom that the Australian Air Force wanted. The RAF version of the MRTT (Voyager) uses drogue units only because Airtanker (who run the Voyagers on behalf of RAF) use several in a civilian capability.

Airbus was happy to partner with Northrop Grumman to do the conversions for the US version of the MRTT in Alabama, but Boeing kicked up such a fuss about the contract award and pulled every string they had to have the award tender re-run (a second time, after Boeing had it the first time and lost it because of pork barrel stuffing), that Airbus just said "we're not interested in more time wasting, see ya!"

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Fatal hull loss is more accurate

Yeah, the B777 is pretty safe.

Actually the first fatal hull loss is the Asiana flight (pilot error and bad documentation by Boeing) into San Francisco that cost several occupants their lives when the tail was ripped off.

Both Malaysia Airlines flights occurred after that.

There are some other incidents that have cost lives but not the hull (BA flight at Denver International), and vice versa (notably the BA pancake at Heathrow due to icing, the Cairo Egyptair cockpit fire due to electrics, the Emirates pancake at Dubai International due to bad landing and pilot error).

For a production run of around 560 examples of the B772, 4 hull losses (excluding the Malaysia Airlines incidents) are pretty good going. The B773 has racked up one hull loss (Emirates, and that was Emirates' first hull loss ever too).

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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The current structure has served Amazon well by allowing Bezos to drive innovation and expansion by *reinvesting* in the business, investors be damned. Those who got in the Amazon game (like I would've *loved* to back in the nineties) early now have stock that is worth 100 times more. That is long game, that is faith in what he's doing it worth it.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

@Snow Wombat,

What's your problem with the rainbow-haired crowd? You won't believe how many rainbow-haired people are excellent and vital contributors to the open source community. And judging people on their hair-colour choice is just... hairist. And why are you so hung up on pronouns? If you want to be known as 'he', fine, or as a 'she', fine... don't apply your binary choices on others who would prefer to be referred to as 'they', or 'it'. Open Source has for a long time been "Live and let live", as long as your code contributes something positive and complies with the rules of the community that you're contributing to. How has it changed?

As for Linus, it's just about time he realised that he cannot go on like that. If he steps back and takes a breather, then that can only make Linux better. Being a control freak is exhausting... and it's clearly taken a toll.

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: Why...

No, he used it several times... but happened to assign a job to Ada the night payroll was running.

And you are talking about Nagios. You do realise that Nagios' predecessor was first released in 1996... Look at what the article says:

This week, our confessional column is taking a trip back to a college in the late ‘80s, with “Bryan”.

Back then, Nagios was not even a glint in its creator's eye, since he was barely in secondary school then...

Just sayin'...

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

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They do what the National Audit Office does in the UK... checks if there's value for money in what people do, do forensic auditing in things like these pesky data bureaux (like Equifax), etc etc etc...

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Re: Impressive consequences

This is where Monitis and other services come in handy... they monitor from outside the perimeter (i.e. 'run a bad query and see if we get a response, if so, something's wrong'). And internally, yes, being paranoid about anything certificate-related would be good. It amazes me how there are no double checks (both a positive and a negative check) in data critical infrastructures like Equifax's!

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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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Re: Couldn't have said it better myself

Well, that and ignorance and racism.

And EMPAAAAAAHHHHHHHRRRRRR (Empire for those who don't get it).

*sigh*

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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£1500 *is* ludicrous, agreed. I already had this argument last year with friends who just *had to* have the X... Oh the first day. Despite complaining how expensive living in Los Angeles was.

However, I disagree with your depreciation argument. When did the iPhone6s come out? Have a look on eBay for a decent-condition iPhone6s and you'll find that their value remains still surprisingly high for a phone of its vintage. It's holdouts like me who probably keep the market alive! ;-)

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Re: Apple ecosystem

The user experience in the Apple world is more consistent between releases, and as much as it is tightly controlled, it helps stability-wise.

Going from Cyanogenmod on Oneplus One to their horrible own-brew OS, to Samsung's special brews, to Android generic, Android experiences are in some instances jarring and discombobulating. If Nokia manages to make their Android UI experience as consistent as Apple's, I am very tempted to switch to Nokia instead.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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I DON'TS LIKES IT!!

;-D

Oh, alright then. Twist my arm. Go on.

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

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That's what I suspect Jones is banking on... the residual customer loyalty to a point...

Jessops surprisingly seems to cope ok after their resurrection.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: Yawn....

Oh, no Barry Rueger, you are definitely not the only one.

Apple sent me a message to tell me that the event was starting on Twitter and I went... 'uhhhh, meh?'

I know... so unusual for an Apple Fanboi, right? ;-)

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Re: Let's see...

@tea hound,

True, but you have to send it in, and Apple don't guarantee that you get your own phone back (they tell you that you must back it up in its entirety and then factory reset it and turn 'Find my iDevice' off).

Given that I have some items in the secure enclave on the phone that I *really* *really* don't want to have to reset, I am loathe to swap the phone unless it's an upgrade. :-/

Call me a... What exactly do you call someone like me? ;-)

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Let's see...

... How many iPhone 7s, iPhone 8s and iPhone Xs end up on Fleabay and/or how much some phone vendors will discount the old models...

*looks at trusty old iPhone 6s whose battery apparently needs replacing*

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Penny Pinching Budget Protectors

Sounds all too familiar...

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Re: @Dan Holdsworth

Have to agree with Nick Kew here. Two reasons why:

1. A friend of mine has some severe hand problems and as such, before she was diagnosed, typing became a real problem. She invested in Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS), and in fact is now a premium dealer for Nuance (who make it) because of her extensive expertise in it (and everything around it). She deals with lawyers a lot, and they seem to have similar issues (mostly morning or really late evenings). She hersef has said that when she gets tired, DNS doesn't quite understand her and she *really* has to work hard as clearly enunciating her words to get it to recognise what she is saying.

2. I used to have to transcribe interviews a lot, often late into the night after a long day on a race track. Following my friend above's advice, I invested in DNS and during the day (the day *after* an event), the transcription would be ok, but after a long day? Forget it. It would truly make a hash of it. It was mostly the inflection that changed sufficiently for DNS to understand slightly different words (not garbled, but slight misunderstanding), which in the end turned out to be more work to correct than the original typing I did. So... just like the lawyers, I canned that investment. :-/

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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@Loyal Commenter, it's a play on the 'alt-right' who believe George Soros is behind all fake news...

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Re: Be careful...

Usenet has short memories these days... trying to find a decent Usenet server that holds *all* categories for starters is a lot of fun.

And WBM follows robots.txt directives. If you have a robots.txt in your root that explicitly stops *all* crawlers, then you're SOL when looking for an archive of your site. :-)

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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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Re: Taxing revenue is inherently unfair

@YAAC, correct. From what I understand, purely digital stuff is levied at 3%. Is AWS digital only? Possibly. Amazon Retail is not (obviously). The Amazon Payments system cut may however be.

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Re: Beware of False Profits

The point of this digital revenue tax is that it'll be the revenue inside the EU that will be taxable at 3%, *not* profit, regardless of whether it slips into a Double Dutch Irish sandwich or not. That's why Luxembourg and Ireland are dead-set against it. They know they'll have a lot of their 'digital giants' possibly moving to the Channel Islands (as a certain tech giant has already investigated and done) or elsewhere in the bloc where the tax (levy, whatever you wanna call it) won't apply. Except, the way I understand it, if it's sold into the EU (regardless of where you're headquartered), it will be subject to this levy.

But like others have pointed out, it makes the attractive DDI tax efficiency mechanism not so attractive anymore. Not for digital revenues anyway (like Amazon's AWS services, Apple's iTunes and Apple Music, Google and Facebook's ad income). Of course, the cat-and-mouse game of what's digital revenue will start, and the whole cycle will go around again... *sigh*

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: Fly-tipping is a problem created entirely by the local councils

@JDX, you'll also find that in Scandinavia, people grow up with a sense of civic duty and responsibility. There you won't find people bitching about having to separate their recycling, or having to recycle, full-stop. It's just... there. You just... do it. You don't want to annoy your neighbours by being the odd one out.

Germany and the Netherlands are almost a halfway house between the British "we want everything for free because we've paid our £100/month in council tax, how dare you charge us extra" and the Scandinavian "we know we're taxed to high heaven but we still do our civic duty by pre-sorting and doing half of the work ourselves" - The Dutch and the Germans love bitching about how much they pay for this and how things must be just so.

I'm glad our local district council has a quick and easy "Report your non-emptied bin" option on their site, it saves time. You usually get an email back saying "we'll have Biffa come round again tomorrow, please leave the bin out". :-)

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Re: FFS

LucreLout and those opposed to their statements about fly tipping make good arguments on both sides.

Out here in the Shire, our local county council ran a consultation about the local recycling centres (and tips) because they had to start cutting costs and they felt that social services were not to be touched, so others (like waste management) had to take the hit. The choices were 'we keep the centres open 3 days a week' or 'we'll pay to use the centres'. The former was voted down for precisely the reason LucreLout stated: "If you shut the centres for four days a week, fly tipping will go through the roof". So, the council opted for the other option... now we have to pay to get rid of 'non-household rubbish'. Those with vans get to apply for an e-permit, which gives them access once a month. Those with rental vans are SOL unless the rental is for 3 days.

So, unscrupulous commercial operators, who were able to get away with dumping 'non-household' waste (i.e. DIY/building waste, which the council is *not* obliged to process) at the local recycling centre now happily go and fly tip, or, if they're close to the border to another county/district, drive across and dump it there if they can (but the councils there are also now doing the same kind of registered vehicle schemes as they do here). Those who don't own vehicles got screwed. Those who used to just walk over with a bag of recyclable/household stuff they wanted to get rid of got screwed (because of 'elf-'n-safety). Where does that end up? The unscrupulous ones fly tip or shove their stuff into the council rubbish bins on the road-side. The honest ones will grind their teeth and pay the £26 charge from the council to take it away, or beg their friends to help them out with a sedan (which is fine to go to the centre with).

Ironically, all this tightening up and cost cutting has led to our county-wide recycling proportion dropping from 72% (one of the highest in the country) to 56%.

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Microsoft Germany emerging from behind Deutsche Telekom cloud

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Re: Not just GDPR

Despite Microsoft EU being a different legal entity to Microsoft USA, the fact remains that even though the CLOUD Act was brought in, the US government will continue to assert that Microsoft EU is a subsidiary and under the ultimate control of Microsoft USA and that Microsoft USA can force Microsoft EU to comply. And the politicians in the zoo that is Congress will happily continue to conflate the issues and play off on this subtle difference despite being wrong just to score cheap points, just like our politicians continue to play off the worn-out idea of taxing turnover, not profit to do the same.

This is the same overreach the US government likes to employ with its currency: "The fact alone that you quote prices in USD means you use our currency, which means you fall under our sanctions regulations". This is what cost Standard Chartered a LOT of money in US fines (because they facilitated payments in USD between Iran and non-US entities that were not subject to Iran sanction regulations) and why Iran changed all its oil contracts to EUR and CNY. Europe does not have that sanctimonious attitude, neither does China. And it is also this that has effectively forced everyone to stop doing business with Iran in the latest palaver despite the EU claiming it would protect legal entities within its borders.

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Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

There's nothing to stop him from declining the £480K 'historic' bonus... If his contract states that his compensation is in line with 'in lieu of notice', then fine. They could put him on gardening leave for the notice period, and then no-one would be complaining.

That said, contract provisions for colossal failures like this one should become more... common. Being told that 'if you so utterly screw up that you damage the reputation of this institution, you'll lose all of this' should be enough impetus not to screw up, but then again, any savvy senior exec would refuse to sign such a contract.

It's a rock-and-a-hard-place situation. I'm not saying it can't be changed, but it'll be hard to sell to any new C-suite exec...

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