* Posts by Libertarian Voice

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QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

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I am just not prepared to do that.

I can see from the number of... Well as you like to call us capable of independent throught "Coviditots" it is only right to reciprocate so I will go with sanctimonious c-ov-unts, that my opinion will not exactly be popular, but if you think I am going to allow myself to be used as a data collection node for the state then you have another think coming.

As those capable of independent thought have already pointed out, there are ways to circumvent this authoritarian nonsense and I shall utilise every single one of them.

PS. If that involves me not spending my hard earned cash in your establishment then that is YOUR loss, not mine.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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People talk about "cloud" like it is something that is going to be for ever rather than just a fad. Well these things go around and come around; remember when we all used to call cloud computing terminal services.

Don't get me wrong, from the pov of the provider there is nothing better and easier to manage than terminal services, as someone who develops applications in ncurses I can say this from a first hand perspective as many of the headaches around security are vastly reduced. But I do think that when it comes to everyday applications like office suites, one day the worm will turn and these subscriptions models from MS, Adobe, et. al. will be overtaken by applications that run exclusively on the users own hardware. And I think that ultimately the change will be driven by excessive data slurping.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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DAB Is dead in the water

Internet radio has taken over from DAB and is far more reliable, if anything I have got to the point where I prefer it to FM; it means that I can listen to local stations like XS Manchester while I am working down in Essex and with modern car radios doing bluetooth well I can listen to the uninterrupted signal while travelling too. I just do not see the sense in DAB.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: Yay! Its groundhog day!

Whether it is "safe" or not is irrelevant; even whether it is deemed "safe" is irrelevant because it is just not possible.

Look at it this way: You can download the source code for openssl and its dependencies and change the algorithms and remove any malicious code that may generate a key pair that would grant anyone with a master key access. You could even do something as simple as add another layer of security.

Another way to circumvent it without developing any further software is to encrypt it with 2 keys. If CA's are mandated to generate certificates that would require a master key then you get one of the CA for transportation purposes and encrypt the data with a self signed key.

At the end of the day, it is just pure unadulterated bullshit.

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Re: OpenPGP

Never mind pgp, what about OPENSSL? Just about the only way you could possibly allow access to openssl encrypted communications is with a master certificate so anyone who contributes to the openssl project or even went through the code (yes I know ossl code is a nightmare; I work with it) could find and circumvent the generation of any key pair that could be circumvented by means of a back door (and that is nowhere near as difficult as it sounds).

In essence they can legislate as much as they like, but there is no way that anyone is going to use encryption with a built in back door and no way that the only encryption will be closed source. It is completely nuts or it is more bullshit virtue signalling.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Re: we constantly change our use of language, master/slave white/black can and must change

If you have nothing better to do than come up with bullshit like that then I guess you must be furloughed.

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WTF?

Wow! Just Wow!

I never thought of a blacklist as being racist before. What sort of messed up person do you need to be to link the two. As for master and slave, my mind takes me to kinky sex before racism (I read the backs of too many bog doors in the 90's).

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Bluetooth stack api

Rumours are swirling that there is an api that will allow those who are granted access to it the ability to switch on radio without user intervention or even notification. Anyone know if this is true? I mean I would not be installing the app regardless, but the the api would be delivered by the vendor rather than the application so if this is true I will not be updating my phone in the foreseeable future and long term I will be going back to my Blackberry.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: If only!

Our house only develops in 2 flavours now, web based and ncurses; everything stays on the server and you can use whatever you like to access it.

In reality MS is the bastard child and for business it is getting worse with ever release. I would not even class it as an operating system any more, it is a data acquisition node that happens to run applications.

The future being terminal service... oops sorry "Cloud based computing" puts MS in a position where sooner or later it is just going to have to accept that it needs to become a desktop that runs on linux in the same manner as KDE; Gnome; et al. in order to evolve and remain relevant.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

We use Thunderbird and have a considerable number of HTML documents with embedded images, we just attach them and inline them, it's no big deal and ensures correct formatting even if something is changed upstream.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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Re: Benito Jonsolini

"Yep. Leavers who don't like the EU have had 40 years when they could have fucked off somewhere else if they didn't like it."

And now it is your turn; jog on!

Brit couch potatoes increasingly switching off telly boxes in favour of YouTube and Netflix

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Re: Smart speakers?

I shared in your journey!

War is over, if you want it: W3C, WHATWG agree to work towards single spec for HTML and DOM

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Re: Why not save the planet at the same time?

You base your whole argument on the false premise that anthropogenic co2 can drive climate or is in other ways harmful to the planet; it is not.

The insulation properties of co2 are so low that it cannot possibly drive climate because its addition to the atmosphere causes global greening (healthier plants). As these plants are much more heathy they decay less and subsequently produce less methane.

Methane has insulation properties 12 times greater than co2 therefore there is no way that co2 can drive climate.

The amount of meat we eat on the other hand, and general over population are without doubt a serious problem, but not co2.

If you want to save the planet then the greatest contribution you can make is not to have children.

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech

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Oh, how I whiled away the hours daydreaming of getting my hands on Matthew Broderick's WOPR

Former UK PM Tony Blair urges governments to sort out online ID

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Re: Yeuch...

I am afraid that the dumb turkeys are the ones that voted for Christmas because they were told that goose was on the menu. Let us be honest here for a moment: When asked if they wanted less government, less control over their daily lives, fewer politicians and less regulation 48 percent of voters said NO! Seriously!!! How fucking thick are 48 percent of voters?

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

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Re: GDPR?

I do not think that I have ever read anything that quite so spectacularly misses the point! I mean the EU bringing in mandatory speed control technology; black box recorders and eCall notwithstanding, the whole point of leaving the EU is that we reduce the number of law makers and those that remain are far more accountable to the people that vote for them.

Perhaps the greatest example of this in action is our current parliament. For years it has blamed the EU for every undemocratic action it has ever taken; it is completely unprepared to take responsibility for itself which is why both of the main political parties are collapsing and it is becoming seriously threatened by people and parties that are prepared to be representative (or populist as some term it).

As we develop a more representative parliament (which granted will take time), these laws will have no place in our country, but we cannot expect this to happen over night when our parliament has used the stock excuse of "don't blame us, it is all coming from Europe" for the last 40 years.

And if you want evidence of this, just look how scared both Labour and the Conservatives are about holding European elections!

You were warned and you didn't do enough: UK preps Big Internet content laws

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Of course the simple solution to that is to give Ireland a vote on reunification; Re-unite or have a border, it is up to you. And let the Scottish have another independence vote if they want one while we are at it.

Without the Scottish and the Irish England would never vote for membership of the rotten EU.

I just cannot comprehend why people are so supportive of a regulatory body such as the EU; Do they actually enjoy or feel a need to be told what to do? Are they too spineless to stand up for themselves and feel the need to bully by proxy? Or are they simply brainwashed? Who Knows?

The ironic thing is that if they EU were a regulatory body for the internet then the vast majority of proponents of remaining who read this site would be dead set against it. Why should we accept this freedom inhibiting bunch of cretins in real life but fight tooth and nail against it when somebody wants to regulate the internet in the same manner?

IR35 contractor tax reforms crawl closer to UK private sector with second consultation

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Re: Companies will take the easy & safe choices

Big multinationals also employ thousands of people and are quite happy to shift production to countries who are not as greedy when it comes to tax.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

As a vehement leave voter I can assure you that I am certain that the EU is just as democratic as the UK parliament.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Using percentages masks the fact that a 1.2 million majority favoured leaving the EU.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

A one million two hundred thousand difference is hardly an indecisive result.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Dialup

Anyone still have a modem dial 08452121666 see if it still works.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Mushroom

Re: What an engineer does in the UK

Well that really depends on the sort of repair that you want. For those of us that go off piste and work on digital presses with bespoke environmental and configuration problems who have to bend and fabricate hardware and software in order to meet customer expectations, the title of engineer is what you will use or you will be told to piss off and do it yourself if you think you are so clever.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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No Access to Galileo is a win

Galileo is all about road user charging and spying on people, particularly in their cars. If we have no access to it whatsoever than I really cannot see how that would be a bad thing; It may not stop the inevitable greedy government from coming up with new and innovative ways to shaft drivers, but it may hold them back a bit.

If one little company moves out of the UK then I can live with it while thinking of all the money I am saving by not paying for every mile I drive for a little longer.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Next ones 's a Dell

Yeah, I had already decided this a while ago, I am still using my iMac at the moment, but when it decides it has had enough of this world I won't be buying a new one. Don't get me wrong, it has been a good box, and I like osX, but I don't like the direction apple is taking.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Re: Eh?

Just imagine how stupid the average voter is and realise that 48 percent of them are stupider than that.

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Fuck it

I voted Brexit and I wholly agree with you; in fact I am looking forward to it immensely.

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There will be a period of adjustment and that is all as there is a price to freedom, but it is always preferable to living in somebody else' shadow. It is just like when the little snowflakes move out of mummy and daddies house and get their own place; they have to start taking responsibility for themselves and have to start paying the bills, but that does not mean that they would be better off tied to mummy and daddies apron strings.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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It's not the features, it is how you use them that counts!

I write a lot of code in C++ that has to interface with C libraries and do not have the time nor inclination to create wrappers for every library as I would never get any work done. This is what happens in the real world; most companies are not prepared to pay you to write wrappers and would much rather employ programmers that have a reasonable understanding of C and can use it withing C++ programs and find workarounds where necessary.

The problem with c++ is not the code itself (you either use STL features or you don't, it is up to you); it is the evangelists who insist that you should write everything using strict OOP and every single available feature to write a hello world program.

The good thing about the STL is that it can save an awful lot of documentation if used properly, and OOP too has its place. Where I start to get a little annoyed with cpp is its determination to hide or mess around with what are basically pointers just for the hell of doing so, it makes no sense and over complicates things unnecessarily.

I like the language, I like the features and I like the fact that I can still use C code quite comfortably within, should the need arise or should it make the code more readable (which in many cases it does).

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Oh deer; How sad; Never mind

Galileo has nothing to do with security and everything to do with road user charging so thankfully it will set the uk gov back in its quest to futher milk its favourite cash cow. I really cannot see how delays in the UK government's timeline for further shafting drivers can ever be a bad thing.

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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It is about time that they developed a portable one that can quickly take out speed cameras.

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

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Re: What's that old saying?

The only theft that is going on herer is that committed by HMRC on behalf of the UK government.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Why would we have speed limits for autonamous cars?

Surely we don't need speed limits once autonomous cars have proliferated, certainly not the heavily retarded speed limits that we have at present.

There definitely should be no need for the rather laughingly named "Smart" motorways. The whole idea of autonomous cars is that they can communicate with each other and will no longer require the stopping distances that human drivers require. They should also be able to go much faster, much safer.

There will of course need to be an offence of Jaywalking, but that is inevitable anyway otherwise kids and the car hating hippy greens would wreak havoc.

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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You can bet your life it will be object orientated, so you should certainly be able to buy and adapt the framework.

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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It is a bit 2 dimensional

They seem to be thinking along the lines that car ownership will be similar to what it is now (and it simply will not be). Most journeys will be made by autonomous courier vehicles which will be hired by the journey or be provided as part of an automated courier service. For personal transportation most people will opt for an autonomous Uber like service (probably integrating with high speed rail for longer journeys).

By the time cars become fully autonomous they will also be electric and so will likely take themselves off to an induction loop type charging system when they are not needed; This sort of infrastructure will make personal car ownership a little silly for the majority of people and the big tech firms that are ploughing all their money into autonomous vehicles can see this. Uber is base class for the future of personal transportation; nearly all autonomous vehicle use will be derived from it (and this legislation will not fit well with that model).

The good news is that the government's favourite cash cow (the motorist) will no longer provide it with the revenue that it likes to steal; The not so good news is that, government being government, it will find new and innovative ways to steal money from individuals.

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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WTF?

Baffled

I really don't get why so many in IT (so many on here at any rate) support the EU? In IT speak it is blindingly obvious that the EU is tantamount a global variable with input from all directions constantly changing things and no idea who is changing what; why; and more importantly how to stop it. There isn't even anything in place to limit its scope; the very foundation of the EU is what makes it the truly corrupt organisation that it is.

Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

The evidence is based on the models, and the models are not reflecting reality. Additionally no baseline data has been released (i.e. what do the models predict would happen to the climate without additional releases of co2). We can be certain that the climate is changing and we can be certain that either some or all of this change is natural, so surely we should have some data on how we should expect the climate to change without anthropogenic co2. If you ask for this data you are stonewalled.

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Re: Belief has nothing to do with it: The fundamental difference between religion and science

The problem is that the models are continually getting it wrong. The data is going in, the algorithms are being crunched and future trends are being predicted that are completely out of the ball park. Why is this? Is it because we do not understand the feedback mechanisms? More than likely! Co2 has a tiny GWP and global greening is absorbing far more than we could ever imagine; Could it simply be that the world can easily cope with anthropogenic co2 without changing any more than it ordinarily would. We know that the planet can cope with far more co2 than we can produce and we know that the climate will always change The problem that I have with climate "science" is that when we get data like the Vostok ice cores we are saying "Ok we know that Co2 is causing climate change so why is the data showing that past rises in temperature precede rises in Co2". There is not a single climate scientist working on the theory that the model of anthropogenic Co2 driving climate might be wrong (because they are all following the money). What science shows us is that Co2 is a greenhouse gas; what it has failed to do up until now is show us that when combined with other elements releasing more than a certain amount into the atmosphere will drive climate change. All we know at the moment are that the models are too inaccurate to make predictions and that notwithstanding the political bias, the truth is that the science is far from settled.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Benefits

So let's just say that we have another referendum and remain win by; hmmmm...; let me think for a minute.... 52%. Do you think that we should have a further referendum or would that be satisfactory for you? 1.7million more people voted to leave than remain; notwithstanding the use of percentages to trivialise it, that is a substantial margin! You lost; get over it; now you know how I felt when the country elected tony friggin blair!

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

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Re: Orwellian redefinition of "predjudice"

I think along similar lines about people who use the perverse term "social responsibility". And I am Libertarian which is far removed from both the alt-right and the oxymoron that is antifa (the fascist left).

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: Am I missing something here?

Thanks for your clarification.

Yes Bind9 is a pain, but I have used it so long that I kinda understand its way of thinking to the extent that it has corrupted me. In any event I also admin AIX machines and on those it is either Bind9 or the hosts file.

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Am I missing something here?

Haven't looked at Debian 9 yet, but am I to understand that systemd is trying to replace bind 9 with some bastardised version?

I was pissed off enough that samba started building in a DNS server so I can well do without another one.

DO ONE THING AND DO IT WELL.

I do not want to have to disable 10 conflicting DNS servers every time I do an install.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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I get mad at firefox, but the others aren't any better

Leave Firefox running in the background for any length of time and you will quickly see that it has more memory holes in it than a politician's alibi. It can leak a couple of gig and lock my mac up if I leave it overnight. Opera isn't much better, and I won't use Chrome, but it is not just the browsers fault. When I go to a news site or a blog, I do not want it to look like something out of Harry Potter; If I wanted to watch a video I would turn the fccking telly on.

But yeah, it would be nice if they could stop these browsers leaking like a sieve.

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Two things that will happen ...

Haha. I was already thinking how I would be able to get debian on it, I would also disable all the telemetics.

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It was done some time ago.

Range rover did this with the BECM in the range rover P38 in 1994. There were certainly issues with this model, but once you got used to it, it wasn't all bad.

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Vive BB10

I have played with 4 phones over the last few years and am currently using 2 as daily drivers. 1 is a Z10 that I have had so long that the otter case is wearing out and the other is a priv. Nevertheless, when I want to do anything serious I always go back to my passport.

When I got the priv I could not believe that you couldn't open the ports for samba without rooting it (something that I had taken for granted on BB10 and that I make use of every single day [I cannot piss about in the registry on a customers computer just so I can use some bastardised version of samba on my droid]). I have warmed to android and Blackberry have done a good job of securing it, but I would go back to BB10 tomorrow if it had decent app support.

Getting music off iTunes using blackberry link was so piss poor that I wrote my own software to parse the playlists and then used rsync to dump the files across, but for my music now, it is unbeatable. Syncing to android was no better anyway.

WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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I did

Ok; a few years ago now, but I did indeed upgrade our servers to a maintained OS: Debian! Oh, and for anybody considering it we have never looked back. We replaced exchange server with Postfix and Dovecot, For calendar, tasks and contacts we use davical and for the web httpd (or Apache as most people call it). It is far more stable than its MS equivalent ever was; and not only that; it hasn't cost us a penny!

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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They don't want it to be too good.

In these days where most of us do not believe the mainstream media any more content that is not freely available will be marginalised. They need to get people talking about their content in order to promote it. A little poxy trailer will not fulfil the requirement.

For this reason they will always accept that they need pirated content to promote their material and therefore it is highly unlikely that it will ever be fully secured. This is more about striking the balance to maximise profit; and whether they like it or not, they know that profit needs pirated material to be out there.

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Re: It's not just government snooping, I trust big companies even less.

The good thing about big companies though is that they haven't got the biggest gang in town (The police) to enforce their monetization of your data using fine and forfeiture.

Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Printing costs have been underpriced for years

The retail cost of digital print has been underpriced for years; Independent resellers cannot compete because they cannot even buy the toner for the price that the likes of KM and Xerox charge for a click. I for one welcome this news and look forward to a much more prosperous year for our company.

There used to be good profit in IT, but that has all gone now thanks to cheap imports. If the cost of imports goes up then people will keep equipment for longer and have it serviced rather than keep going out and buying new and throwing perfectly good equipment away because it is cheaper to buy a new one than it is to replace the print copy cartridge.

I look forward to being able to be competitive in the years to come rather than being undercut by the concessionaires at every turn; And if you don't like it then there are another 27 countries that you can go and live in.

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