* Posts by vishal vashisht

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Top 5 billionaires find that global pandemics are good for business – and their wallets

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when you hear about chuck feeney..

it shows up the likes of Musk and Bezos for the greedy bastards they are.

This is the man who in secret gave away ALL his billions & it only really got put in the papers properly when his charity foundation finally ran out of money. The guy who encouraged Bill gates and Buffet to promise to give away 1/2 thier money. Amazing man

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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well maybe

IF they stopped shipping out jobs to India or any other cheap offshore location then Britain may have a tech industry in 50 years time.

Accenture, PWC, Serco, et al should be taxed a premium. Fine ship out the job BUT we're going to tax you the top up amount for EVERY employee. so if you THINK you're going to pay a £50k employee £10k in Eastern Europe or India, then we'll add £40k to your tax bill in a way that it can't be avoided.

Make it EXPENSIVE to outsource and offshore and you'll see tech jobs brought back here and we won't all be working in sweatshops making clothes for the Chinese by 2050

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Bad guy vs bad guy

no one forces you to buy an Apple device. You can always go Android and have Google ignore your privacy selection and screen scrape your phone.

Personally, I'll pay the extra, not to have apps talking to each other in the background feeding facebook info about where I've been and what I'm doing. Which is why I Don't have the app on the phone.

Even on the iphone, running Disconnectme, I'm blocking about a Gb of google cookies a month! its a joke.

eBay won't pass UK Digital Service Tax costs on to third-party sellers – unlike Amazon, which simply can't afford it

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Re: Flight capital of the world. Passport not required.

Ironically it was WW2 that started the UK's tax shenanigans. The US, after helping out didn't want the European powers going back to colonial business as usual.

I mean the Nat West building (tower42 to the younguns) was paid for by encouraging african despots to dump their money in london.

I mean now we have Russian, Chinese, Saudi money here. The City will NEVER say no to cash, no matter how dirty. Oligarchs who have stolen Billions form the people of Russia partying with Johnson and buying up our papers with their stolen cash.

With Brexit it'll only get worse, anyone wanting to steal money from their people and shove it in a friendly bank for themselves when they have to run away from said country will put it in London's institutions.

Theres a reason why the vast majority of tax havens have been British territories.

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Re: On the breadline then Bezos?

The UK has VAT rather than a sales tax.

Placing a tax on the LOCATION of the sale would wipe out a lot of the tax shenanigans from google, amazing et al overnight.

So it wouldn't matter where your head office is, where your sales force are, where your accountants are. If your customer is in London and buys services of goods in London, the sales tax is charged in London and there's nothing you can do about it.

The current system has huge holes in it, designed by the freaks at PWC,KPMG, Accenture who have a revolving door policy with jobs and secondments with HMRC so that they can sell services to clients to help "avoid" tax. A simplified tax system would kill the Big 4 accountancies and rightly so.

The upshot is that Bezos pays fuck all & your's and my taxes go up to pay for the services that firms like Amazon enjoy, like the police protecting their warehouses or the fire brigade turning up if they have a fire.

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years

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Re: So much for 'umbrella' services

HMRC don't seem to give 2 shits. One of the biggest scheme owners whose clients have been hammered by the Loan Charge, several of which have committed suicide is currently in the process of getting a building named after him by the Prince of Wales Trust.

The lesson with HMRC is make the crime big enough and they won't even bother coming after you. Miss out £50 and they'll fine you until the cows come home

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: Trade sanctions and cyberattacks

Or do you think the Indian Government is playing nice so they don't get involved in another spat with China?

There are definite incursions by China, there was an article I read, can't remember if it was Guardian or New York Times, but it was an interview with a farmer from the region and he was stating that China has slowly been developing infrastructure and moving further and further in to the valley. So far that people are now leaving the farming and herding to go get jobs in the cities.

China is well known to be grabbing land in and around it's borders to shore up its defences. Take moving millions of Han Chinese in to Tibet, more millions in to Xinxiang. In all cases to try to ethnically cleanse the areas so any claims for separation are muted or removed completely.

India knows that a war with China will be devastating, so like any bully, Modi who has happily shouted and screamed at minority groups inside the country, risked war with Pakistan to shore up his votes; he's basically shit himself when he's come up against a bigger bully in the shape of China.

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball

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Equity Partners looking for another payout

as we've seen time and time again, private equity buying up high street stores, selling the property, taking out massive loans thus loading previously perfectly profitable ventures with MASSIVE loan and rent payments have decimated the high street...NOT Amazon. Every store having issues can be traced to a PE firm loading it up with rent and loans.

Now we have a case where the Private Equity owners got screwed by their own actions because they thought they could buy it up, sell off the shops, load up on debt and sell it after paying themselves massive dividends and "management fees" but probably left it a "little late" because they tend to be useless at actually running a store. SO this time they actually seem to have lost money, which is why they've thrown their toys out of the pram like little kids.

now they're screaming that the telco's are at fault and not their own greed

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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obviously an economist

simples...because all those employees, the stores the groceries, the offices, everything NEEDS infrastructure! The servers don't appear by magic. The desktops don't look after themselves. The support structure because an accountant doesn't know how to physically open his laptop.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

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Re: Banks

to be fair, I stopped using HSBC when they started enabling drug dealers to move money in to the US..which I can legally say because they got caught TWICE! so screw them.

The problem is this has been coming for years. If people like Jesse Norman, Cummings et al want their neo liberal utopia; the country STILL has to pay for stuff. Tax payer money to be shovelled to arms companies, the roads need to be paid for, the proles annoyingly need water, rail, etc.

As the upper rates of tax have been cut again and again and again and again, corporate tax "avoidance" allowed by the giants like google, facebook, vodafone etc, SOMEONE has to pay for keeping the basics of the country moving..and thats the plebs.

We can't give the plebs too many rights or too much control otherwise the corporate overlords won't be able to pay themselves their multi million bonuses and buy their 3 yachts, so yuo cut services, call them too expensive, while at the same time DOUBLING national debt in 6 years as you shovel your money and tax cuts to the wealthy. You blame the poor for this even as you go off and take up your Editors job after you've screwed the country.

Now you have a bunch of loons who don't even pretend to care while they shovel private contracts to companies that don't even pretend to have the expertise. Ferry firms wiht no ferries, PPE firms from pest control companies with £5 in the bank, £5 billions for COVID testing to firms that don't have to share their results with the NHS (who are also banned frmo bidding) and you see a massive shift of money upwards and a shift of expertise to countries where there are so many people that even security guards need to have MBA's.

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Blatently set up by the big 4 consultancies

We already know there is a revolving door of assholes going between the big 4 accountancies and HMRC. What news that very soon Jessie "we're not directly responsible for the suicides of 7 people because of the loan charge" Norman gets a nice big far directorship with one of them?

So now instead of contractors, companies will force them through Umbrella companies, or more likely hire the consultancy services of those same companies that "advise" HMRC.

Couple that with Sunak being married to the daughter of billionaire owner of Infosys and we'll see all the IT expertise being sucked out of the UK to the lowest bidder.

I contract because I can't be arsed to deal with any of this happy clappy HR shit of "team building", useless team meetings. Being forced to listen to CEO "town hall" meetings where the C Suite come out and lie to your face about no redundancies 2 weeks before they pick up their bonuses and make 1/2 the company redundant. I can tell managers to piss off if they expect me to cancel plans to meet THEIR targets and I Can just walk if someone starts taking the mickey without the fear of losing a pension.

What people have to realise is that THEY may be OK NOW; but where will their kids be in 20 years time or 30 years time, when every job is a 0 hours contract, when their daughters can be abused in the office by managers with no come back and the idea of paid sick leave or paid holiday is a far off dream. Add to that the £50,000 debt from having to go to university and you literally will have a slave nation, indebted.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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because society helped them there.

I would never have got where I am without living in a tax payer funded society with safe streets, running water, a police service, an NHS, publicly funded libraries, lack of civil wars. Even though I was privately educated, my teachers were trained by the tax payer at university, ni those days fully funded with no fees, the enforced driving laws in this country mean that I'm far less likely to be run over here than in countries that don't have the laws or enforcement capabilities.

I was never kidnapped to join a child army, I am able to buy property and have it protected legally by a system of law paid for by the tax payer. My employer is legally obliged to pay me. I can walk down the street without the fear of being mugged, which when you compare London to other capital cities the risk is incredibly low. The food I buy is tax payer funded checked and safe. The work environment is checked and tax payer funded safety inspectors make sure that the chance of me dying at work is incredibly low.

It's always amazing that people who favour low taxes always mention Singapore but never Sudan. And realistically, what has Singapore brought to the table from an engineering, educational, medical perspective? It's a tax free banking hub where the rich live great lives and every other local is hidden in the dirt somewhere on the edges of the city

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the SALE is in teh UK

If your customer is in the UK, your SALE is in the UK. Doesn't matter where your servers are, where your head office is, where your corporation is.

I buy advertising in London, me, my company, are in the UK, the sale is in the UK, tax is charged in the UK. I guy a widget from Amazon, I'm in the UK, the SALE is in the UK, the tax is in the UK.

I buy a laptop from the Apple Store, the laptop is in the UK the sale is in the UK, the tax is paid in the UK. Thats the advantage of a sales tax over VAT or anything similar to that. LEGISLATE, get rid of VAT and state that the sale is located where the customer PHYSICALLY resides and all that tax avoidance goes out the window.

Unless you can talk every single one of your customers to incorporate in the Bahamas you're screwed.

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Re: just a reminder

you realise that the Laffer curve has been rubbished by most economists, only the neocons still refer to it and even Laffer himself is reported to have disowned it.

You'd think Britain made nothing in the 50s/60s/70s and we were only sat around scratching our asses.

Sweden, Norway,Finland, in fact MANY other countries have much higher tax rates and have amazing innovation. Nokia was doing perfectly well until they started to follow Anglo Saxon company practices and the Americans got involved

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YOU are paying those taxes

If your employer wasn't here, you'd be working for someone else. You'd be still paying NI, Income Tax, etc etc, spending money in the country and paying VAT. It might not be for a big multi national, it might be for a little less; or even considering the amount of outsourcing we have to compete against, it might be for a little more.

However, YOU would be more or less contributing the same to society as you are now.

We need to move away from this americanisation where we have to be grateful to our employers for our jobs. YOU are supplying YOUR skills that YOU took time to learn and hone. They aren't paying you for a laugh & would get rid of you at a drop of a hat if they could.

If Suddenly Google have to pay a Sales Tax, paid in the LOCATION of the sale, suddenly they wouldn't be able to shift all that VAT and tax about. they would HAVE to pay taxes locally or sell nothing in the UK. How many Billions does Google make selling Advertising in the UK? Do you think they'd suddenly bugger off if they only made 81% of those Billions?

The same with Apple, Facebook, etc. They threaten, tehy scream they cry, but they make TOO MUCH MONEY in the UK to leave. Even if they did, someone else would step in and take those £Billions of suddenly available business. Workers would still do the same jobs, just for different companies. The ONLY losers would be the tech firms who throw their toys out of the pram and suddenly have lost access to the UK/EU Market.

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Re: just a reminder

What Facebook? Google ? They're going to charge me more? doubt it.

As for Apple, Netflix, etc ,etc that I AM paying for, I'm ALREADY paying to cover their taxes by MINE being used to subsidise them with reduced services & higher taxes on my income to cover the billions lost through their shenanigans.

Each time the chancellor goes on about having to pay your way, remember YOU are paying YOUR taxes to subsidise the money lost, not only by the tech firms, but Starbucks, Phillip Green, Virgin etc. The leeches on society that take, take, take, drive legitimate businesses bankrupt & then turn around screaming for Government help because even though they shipped out all this cash, they haven't saved it for a rainy day like we, the plebs are supposed to.

Tax the fuckers till they squeal, then tax them some more. I'll quite happily switch to using whatever alternative Cloud and other stuff the French and Germans are building.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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How is no one in JAIL?!

Both Fujitsu and Post Office Board level Management should see people in jail for this. How Fujitsu can be allowed within a million miles of ANY Government contract after this as well amazes me. They should be stripped of ALL contracts that are currently running AND should pay compensation to all the families of the sub post masters involved, including those "feelings and hurt" compensation.

ANY public sector procurement team that uses Fujitsu should be fired on the spot. These kind of things make me REALLY angry. Ordinary peoples lives literally destroyed so that management in an outsourcing firm can keep their bonuses or meet their SLA's.

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble

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I blame the US Outsourcers

IBM in this case it seems, didn't they go through a "consolidation of staff" recently, including engineers working at Lloyds?

Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim

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Typical comments here

Typical and not surprised by the comments here.

Well paid IT bods essentially trying to justify slave labour and child labour & calling anyone who wants to do anything about it a bit of a busy body.

But woe betide anything happening to them..then the world falls apart.

Actually makes me WANT hmrc to push the loan charge even harder through even though I'm caught by it. Painful but at least it annoys the sh*t ormut of the type of people who think the Greenies should mind their own business and let the tech giants carry on literally killing children.

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman

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he probably deserved it

the pandering to the rich here really annoys me in its sheer cap doffing british lickspittling.

When hmrc had rules written by people on secondment from Accenture and pwc. When civil servants and ministers chase directorships, we see hmrc writing off billions of pounds for the wealthy and firms such as amazon.

These firms rely on tax payer funded roads, tax payer funded universities and schools.tax payer funded policing and fire brigade and in the case of Amazon, a high reliance on the local ambulance services near their warehouses.

We see tax EVADERS fetted by hmrc and offered discounts yet they won't take credit card payments from the self employed to save £3 million in cars fees.

While you guys go on about corporates using "intelligence" and being clever to avoid tax....WHO MAKES UP THE SHORTFALL?! When the Earl of Westminster gets out of £4 billion in inheritance tax..WHO is going to end up paying it?!

Yes...the pathetic tory voting middle and working classes who will see their services reduced and their taxes raised to pay for the super wealthy avoidance

No sympathy for this guy..he probably voted tory

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Re: I blame the cursed one

yes because he is obviously psychic and knew exactly where the gold prices were going to go...which is why he's currently a multi trillionaire able to predict exactly where the markets are going to go 5, 10, 20 years in the future

no one ever seems to remember him getting the telcos to pay £20 billion odd to pay down debt....

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Re: I blame the cursed one

OR....It could be the fact that Maggie allowed companies to raid their pensions to pay dividends in the years of excess in the 80s/90s...the so called "pensions holidays". One of the biggest set of benefactors of these were BT shareholders who suddenly got a whole lot more dividends from the people who actually made BT work.

If BT Hadn't taken a pensions holiday back in the day, they wouldn't have this hole in the first place. They should get hold of the CEO from the time AND sue him as well.

Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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This is all we need

More morons in the security arena who have no idea how to work with infrastructure and getting the server guys to do an their work for them...

In 20 years, the number of firewall or security consultants that actually understand how an IT infrastructure works can be counted on 1 finger.. Let alone 1 hand

How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

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Flame

Bloody tired of freetards

Im a amatuer photographer and this is a pain in the arse. Friends photographs are constantly being nicked, especially on Facebook and there is nothing that can be done about it.

At the end of the day a good camera costs close to £2000, lenses can cost way more than that. All that will happen is that people will stop putting good quality pictures on the net. Not one of the people who are trying to justify nicking pictures here would work for free. Infact, I'm sure if employers could get away with paying them minimum wage, they would.

Cropping a picture, removing the metadata is theft, simple as that, you KNOW what you are doing is wrong, otherwise you wouldn't remove all that marking. Most photographers can't afford to take a BBC or DAily Wail to court for nicking photographs, even with current law.

All that is happening is that this law will allow big firms to nick small photographers pictures with no come back, yet IF you nick that SAME work from the big firm, you will end up with a longer stretch in jail than if you murdered somone

Corporates! Bring in all-purpose filler for IT skills gap, thunders Steelie Neelie

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Re: I feel old

will get you a job as a CIO

Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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WTF?

Re: Nokia NEVER learn

no offense but if you can't figure it out, you shouldn't be allowed a phone.

the x20 series are better than the x00 series. The 15 Euro 105 is the most basic of the lot.

Most of us can actually tell the difference between iterations. ie 920 is newer than the 900 in the same way that 5 is better than 4. Also since 920 is higher than 820, it's a reasonable assumption that it is a more premium model.

Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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Re: In Redmond Microsoft fire the photo copiers up.

Didn't Nokia already CGI demo this on Youtube with teh Nokia 888?

Once again, Apple is bhind the curve

Julian Assange extradition: What's next for WikiLeaker-in-chief?

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Re: @Velv

there should be anonnimity on BOTH sides.

If the accused is found guilty THEN name him. If the accuser if found to be a lying shite then NAME HER!

cases like rape need to be treated slightly differently to other crimes because of the fact that people just assume that even when found not guilty and even when the judge specifically makes comments strongly pointing out the accuser lied, the person in the dock is assumed guilty anyway with the whole "there's no smoke without fire" thinking

Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid

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Pint

UK taxes bollocks

Vodafone got out of paying UK taxes by taking the head of the HMRC out to lunch. They might have got away with it in the courts, but I bet your bottom dollar I wouldn't get away with it if I didnt want to pay my taxes.

As it stands Vodafone DOESN't pay the taxes,it's staff do. Personally since France and Germany have tighter tax regulations, I dropped my vodafone contract which I could run up hundreds per month of calls on and am paying for the more expensive Orange contract because atleast I know they will be paying tax in france and germany where the old boys network doesn't work so well and it's harder for firms to avoid their taxes.

I would rather have my hard earned money go to French and German schools and healthcare via taxation that British institutional investors who shovel all their crap through the Caymen Islands or Jersey.

Mine's the Beer for Dave Harknett

Nokia's future phone sees red when you do

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give it 2 years and....

Apple will come out with something similar, patent it and try to sue Nokia for copying their "innovations"

Scotland Yard Four cleared - on phone-hacking

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Mushroom

well theres a suprise

Woman gets 5 months for taking a pair of nicked trainers worth a few quid, plod gets let off for taking bribes in the form of spa breaks worth £19,000 wasnt it?

guy gets arrested for wanting to organise a water gun fight, plod gets off even after being filmed smacking a peaceful protestor 1/2 his size twice with a baton.

Guy loses TWO jobs for tweeting a joke about wanting to firebomb Nottingham Airport, plod gets let off for killing a Brazilian electrician and then photoshopping his picture to make him look like the guy they SHOULD have been following...

says a lot about this country really....

London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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FAIL

had some mates try to get me to sign this

Surely most of the rioters are too young to have benefits and the older ones that are old enough are going to have them taken away by the Condems anyway, so it's a zero loss case for them.

Samsung H1 Vodafone 360

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good phone but

I got this phone as a marketing this from Vodafone so been using it since release and I definately find it less annoying than my old N96. The OS is faster. The only issue I find with this phone is the cloud stuff, it isnt syncing properly with Facebook yet and the msn messenger isnt working properly yet either. Vodafone have said that they are working on it, but would have been nice if the marketing guys had spoken to the IT guys before launching the service. On the plus side though, I find it, usually, nice and fast. Couple of niggles like not being able to book fortnightly meetings but hey ho.

T-Mobile coughs to data theft

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Question on Contract

Since this is a breach of contract, Data Protection being a very important part of any mobile contract, can my friend who has been on T Mobile and is now receiving upwards of 3 calls a day asking her to upgrade sue T mobile for the entire cost and charges to the contract and end the contract with no penalties?

I think that if a LOAD of T mobile customers call Breach of Contract and it loses a few millions pounds or preferably into bankrupcy, the other vendors will have to tighten up their procedures and we can hopefully kill off a few of these damned brokers as well.

Catholic priests, scientists head to Rome to ponder alien life

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Grenade

@Anonymous Coward 15:16

To be fair the bible was rewritten and repaged and fucked around with for hundreds of years, throughout the middle ages. The myth that what we read today was written by bronze age goat herders just isnt true. The Catholic church has too much invested in the book for it not to say what they want it to. The Greeks knew the Earth was round, that it circled the Sun and they even knew the size of the damned sphere to within a couple of thousand yards.

The fact that the bible goes on about the earth not moving just shows what a bunch of retards wrote it, what retards went over it and how much knowledge was destroyed by the Catholic church.

Bank sues Google for identity of Gmail user

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Paris Hilton

Not usually a fan of Google

But I completely support them in this. The Bank doesnt have a leg to stand on. Google has every right to tell them to kindly go fuck themselves.

WTF is someone sending details like this to a WEB email provider?! That alone would be cause for me to close my account. If any of these details are found on a russian server being sold on IRC, then the bank is 100% liable, legally and morally NOT Google.

The employee should be fired at the very least and their boss should also go. The bank should be fined by the SEC for failure to secure the data.

There should also be an investigation into who was supposed to receive the email. What kind of idiot asks for 1300 odd bank details to their GMAIL address.

Paris because she knows about things ending up being sold on the internet

Belgian boy's iPhone 'explodes'

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WTF?

@James 5

Ummmmm you cant say that....

If a supermarket sells 1 dodgy meal, which ends up giving ebola to the customer and they die. You cant then go and say "well its only 0.00000000000001%" of it's customers, it OK then"

Same with this. Even if 1 iphone explodes and injures someone, it just shows there is something wrong and rather than going "well it's only such and such percent", why not tell Apple to get it's arse in gear and sort the problem out, or will you only be worried when someones toddler gets it's face blown off by an exploding iphone?

Even MS admitted problems with the xbox 360 overheating, the fact that Apple are off trying to cover up every story with a palty "we'll replace your iphone" is nothing short of fucking pathetic.

Hackers serve up pre-release malware to Mac fanboys

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Grenade

wot no viruses on mac?

hmmmmmmmmm

Loch Ness Monster surfaces on Google Earth

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Pirate

looks like a boat to me..

pirates!!!

Mechwarrior maker claims Microsoft 'destroyed' studio's culture

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Grenade

Not just MS

Any company that has accountants and lawyers making the decisions will destroy any creative part of the company. Take a look at any music company or movie company, ideas go out the window and you get the same old crap being recycled.

The games industry is indicitive of this. How many TRUELY innovative new ideas have come out in the last 10 or so years? All we get is footbal version 200, another golf game, another shoot em up or another strategy game, just nicer looking and it's called innovative because the writers have managed to shoe horn some wii controller bits in.

You can have a go at MS for destroying the culture at FASA, which is a real shame as I lovede the Mechwarrior series on the PC, but it isnt just them. What should happen is that the board and HR, finance, etc have NO say how a creative department works in any company, this includes tech companies where engineers are doing blue sky thinking. It is the business managers who ruin a companies creativity.

Nokia launches laptop

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not all that much of a suprise

to be fair, a 10" laptop isnt that much of a jump from some of their smart phones and nokia has always been more of a fashion brand than other manufacturers. I know that if I wanted a netbook the Nokia one is a LOT nicer looking than some of the other ones and an aluminium netbook might take some customers away from Apple in that people buying the low end macbooks, just so they can sit in a coffeee shop surfing pron with an shiney silver laptop.

not at all bad...

Sony reveals slim PS3, drops price

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Grenade

xbox fan bois?

Seriously hated the xbox. A consumer product shouldnt crash like that so easily. THREE boxes in 2 1/2 years is crazy. Even though this last one was in warranty I just couldnt be arsed to replace it, so binned it.

The new generation xboxes are too loud to watch movies on, if you want them to last you will need to buy the extra cooling fans, which makes it even louder. The CD drive is insanely loud and the fact that you cant upgrade your harddrive without paying a fortune is a pain. It took me 2 minutes to upgrade my old 60Gb to 120Gb on the PS3 and I didnt have to bugger the warranty. I can backup the whole harddrive to an external drive, saving anything I have bought.

Im an IT guy and the damned explanation to upgrade an xbox 360 drive had me reaching for my Jack daniels! You shouldnt need to hack a box, just to upgrade it's storage. I also hate the fact that I paid for a 20 Gig drive an donly get 13 Gig of it to use.

Yes, teh new Sony is a bit ugly, but then it's all in the eye and if it IS quieter, awesome. No massive brick of a transformer sat on my floor either. My battery backed up extension box would scream every time I plugged my xbox in.

Oh yeah...screw linux as well. XP beats linux hands down in any environment.

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love the ps3

now my 3rd xbox has blown up and Im selling all the peripherals for it a slim line ps3 might be good in my bedroom. I bought the original the day it was released and love it. Contrary to some of the opinions above, I prefer teh ps3 controller, although thats probably because I had a ps2 for so long.

Personally I dont care about the linux bit, neither, I suspect do 99.9999% of PS3 owners. firmware 3 would be a nice upgrade.

I am wondering if the hard drive will be as easy to upgrade in the slim line version? The ability to drop in a new HD with no warranty stuff or any of the crap you have to go through to upgrade/hack an xbox 360 was a definate winner on the original ps3 and now that Im going to get a Play TV to replace my Sky (sky sucks, someone keeps strimming through the cable in my flat as well) being able to drop new harddrives in at will is a big plus.

also the fact that I havent had to replace my ps3 every 3-9 months like I did my xbox makes me happy.

Exploding iPhone injures French teen

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Grenade

It took your leg...but thats fine..WTF?!

can the fanbois PLEASE get a hold of this one.......it doesnt REALLY matter if there are a billion iphones and ipod touches out there, it doesnt REALLY matter if every other manufacturer has problems with exploding batteries. The fact of the story is this.....ipod touches and iphones CAN in SOME cases explode and Apple havent really done themselves any favours in sorting out the issue, instead just hoping to cover it up.

Im sure that these fanbois would suddenly change their tune (or should that be itune) if THIER iphone exploded in their faces.... bloody hell.......

anyway, I thought the iphone/ipod were built in China, hence ALL of them are cheap Chinese knock offs.......

Chinese youth beaten to death at net addiction bootcamp

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SSSHHHH.....dont tell the government

...what better way to get the youf of today off the dole queue when they realise they cant afford to send 50% of em to uni

Foxconn answers critics over suicidal iPhone engineer

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lets get child labour back!!

@AC - If your going to call me names, atleast have the maracas to use your real name.

Boycotts work, just like the SA one. If my ISP uses cisco kit that uses Foxconn stuff, thats something that I cant help or do anything about, bar complaining to cisco. What I CAN do, is refuse to buy Apple kit. I can refuse to buy ASUS kit. If this means I dont get the latest greatest gadget, then so be it. I dont measure my manhood by the size of the screen hanging off my wall. Personally I would rather spend the £500 odd quid for an iphone getting wasted with 18 year old goth chicks anyway.

I guess in your world it's OK for people to be beaten up by security, for kids to make stuff for you and for them to be abused and whipped, just so that you can have your £5 pair of elasticated pants for the extra WOW comfort.

and although I do read the Guardian, my stance comes from being a decent human being, rather than what Im told to do by a news paper (there is plenty of stuff I disagree with in the Grauniad)

vishal vashisht
WTF?

That old excuse.....

@Charles Manning....

Just because the workers at Foxconn get treated less shit than workers at other plants, that makes things OK then.......by your reckoning that would make rapists OK because they are not murderers! FFS!! People in this country sometimes amaze me....

It's easy to boycott Foxconn products...you can probably save yourself loads of money as well. Dont buy an Apple Mac or Iphone..easy because after 2 years workign with Mac OS at home, Im that fucked off with it that Im going back to XP. Iphone..easy cause O2 are shit. Tv, I already have one, so by not going out and buying the latest greatest then I can probably get away with that. If vendors see a big downturn in the number of people buying their products, they will FORCE safe and moral working practices down on their suppliers.

It just takes a little effort. But I guess people like Charles Manning are happy for their tshirts to be sewn by 5 year olds who are beaten regularly because its cheap and obviously because 5 year olds in other places are treated worse, the ones who got caught making GAP tshirts should be happy they are making a quid a month rather than being at school

Eurofighter Tranche 3: Oh please, God, no

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Its fucking disgusting!!

Forget the whole Defense companies are baby killers argument, we are paying something like £30,000 PER YEAR PER PERSON for everyone person who works in the defense industry in tax subsidies and hand outs to BAE. Can you imagine the kind of car industry we would have if the Government handed out the £900 million a year it does to the defense industry?

Its some sort of nostalgic bollocks to have a defense industry in this country. If BAe want to leave the country, let them, just dont pay them to do it! There is no rational economic argument to pay any sort of subsidy to the defense industry. The fact that they are all a bunch of murdering bastards is just icing on the cake.

Facebook denies denying Holocaust deniers

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Got to feel sorry for em

Got to feel sorry for facebook on this one, it is almost impossible for a site the size of Facebook to apply any coherent strategy on what stays and what goes, especially if the department that does it has several people in, all with varying opinions on whats offensive and whats not but in this case I do think they have been quite clear, allow free speech but disallow promoting violence

Another problem is that once they start getting rid of groups for being offensive, where do you stop. Yes the holocaust deniers ARE a bunch of lunatic wackos with probably too much time on their hairy hands and possibly do need a slapping, but as soon as you get rid of that group, how long before religious nuts start calling for Facebook to close down athiest groups because they are offensive, or "pro life" groups start calling for abortion help groups to be closed down.

We already see how companies, especially American companies, lack any amount of backbone when it comes to standing up to any type of pressure group and the whole point of free speech is that it IS free, including the stuff we dont like....

BT does Italian Job on London traffic lights

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bloody bt

"It's about time BT stopped looking at it's profits and invested in this countries quite frankly shocking infrastructure."

Err... how to make a company bankrupt... don't think about returns on your investments! Especially when the figures are in the billions...

Isn't it the job of the government to look after the country's infrastructure? "

Ummm no, it's BTs job! They are a private company and as such they should provide the infrastructure that they advertise, NOT the tax payer. We have spent the whole bloody day arsing about because BT's idea of resiliency means shoving 2 cables through the same pipe!! BT should be paying HUGE fines for this screw up.

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