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23/03/2018 19:28:51  

The answer may dismay and confuse you

Software is not a good, the Court of Appeal in London, England, has ruled.…

23/03/2018 19:28:49  

Hark, dear reader, the echoes of Enron

Comment I've a special reason to remember Enron and the summers of 2000 and 2001. The mighty Enron was being lauded as a pioneer and an innovator. It was a Wall Street darling. IBM and AOL jumped into bed with Enron to create a new retail energy provider. The sun shone, and Californians had plenty of energy capacity.…

23/03/2018 19:28:43  

It’s hard for voters to buy what you’re selling if you don’t quite know what that is

While the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has worked frantically this week to stitch together an against-the-odds deal to deliver Australia’s biggest businesses a tax cut, backed by a trailing chorus of corporate captains on a charm offensive (hi Pauline) – the Greens have been coming to terms with their loss in Melbourne last weekend.

The first resort from the Greens leadership, in public at least, has been to blame the party’s internal divisions for the Batman byelection defeat.

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23/03/2018 19:28:43  

A hawk among hawks, Bolton has advocated for pre-emptive strikes against North Korea and Iran, and pushed anti-immigration rhetoric

Fifteen years ago to the week, the US began its invasion and occupation of Iraq. Among the war’s many architects and cheerleaders was John Bolton, at the time a senior adviser to George W Bush on issues of arms control and international security. And while many early invasion supporters have, in the clear view of hindsight, conceded that the decade-plus long odyssey was at least misguided, Bolton has reached no such conclusion.

Related: Democrats attack Trump's choice John Bolton as 'reckless partisan'

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23/03/2018 19:28:25  

Newcomers act like a cross between a tech firm and pizza delivery, but can they sustain it?

It is not exactly the most exciting household purchase: we buy one on average every 12 years, they cost hundreds of pounds – if not thousands – and they hardly enhance the look of your home.

But new businesses like Eve Sleep, Simba and Casper, which look and act like tech firms, are using massive marketing budgets to make the rather dull business of buying a new mattress seem like fun and promote the idea of a “bed in a box” that is delivered to your front door like a pizza.

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23/03/2018 19:28:24  

Universities UK makes offer in order to end 14 days of disruptive strike action until end of summer term

Universities have made fresh proposals to staff in an effort to end strikes set to disrupt the exam season next term – including an offer to maintain the pension benefits at the heart of the dispute while discussions continue.

Universities UK (UUK), representing employers with staff members belonging to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), has made the improved offer after its previous attempt to end the strike at more than 60 universities was rebuffed earlier this month.

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23/03/2018 19:28:23  

Complaints against staff at AFC Harrogate include assault and battery, FoI request reveals

Staff at the army’s foundation college were accused of 50 cases of assaulting or mistreating teenage recruits between 2014 and 2017, the Guardian can reveal.

Allegations made by 16 and 17-year-old soldiers or their parents and guardians about staff at the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate, north Yorkshire, included assault, battery and ill-treatment.

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23/03/2018 19:28:19  

More than 130 whales have died after being washed up on a beach in Western Australia. Veterinarians and volunteers are racing to save more than a dozen other short-finned pilot whales. Authorities have warned people to stay away from the beach in Hamelin Bay as the dead and dying animals could attract sharks 

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23/03/2018 19:28:19  

There are other friendlies *ongoing*, some of which you might find interesting, relevant or both:

Turkey are beating Republic of Ireland 1-0, while Kazakhstan are winning 3-1 in Hungary. Tunisia and Iran are goalless, as are Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.

Lionel Messi is on the bench for Argentina against Italy – in a match that is, of course, being held at the Etihad Stadium.

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23/03/2018 19:28:18  

A new era for Dutch football begins this evening. It’s the Oranje’s first match under former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman. They’ve also named a new captain in Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool man will marshal a three-man defence alongside Stefan de Vrij of Lazio and latest Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.

An interesting selection by Gareth Southgate. Two right-backs in the shape of Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, three if you count Joe Gomez, though he’s a central defender at heart and that’s where he’ll play today. Walker will also take a spot in the centre of the defence. An engine room of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson. Marcus Rashford takes the place of the injured Harry Kane. And it’s Jordan Pickford who gets a run-out in goal, much as expected.

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23/03/2018 19:28:17  

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23/03/2018 19:28:17  

Online advertising is an effective way to get messages across, but the strategy must be smart

Figures released this week by the Electoral Commission are the simplest way to demonstrate the growing influence of Facebook on British politics. Political parties nationally spent about £1.3m on Facebook during the 2015 general election campaign; two years later the figure soared to £3.2m.

In each election it was the Conservatives that spent the most, with decidedly mixed results. For David Cameron’s successful re-election in 2015, the party spent £1.2m; that rose to £2.1m in 2017, but it was far less help to Theresa May.

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23/03/2018 19:28:16  

Vladimir Uglev, developer of Soviet-era chemical weapons, contradicts Russian denials at existence of novichok nerve agents

A developer of Soviet-era nerve agents related to the one used against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has told the Guardian that a similar poison was used in the murder of a Russian businessman in the 1990s.

The remarks by Vladimir Uglev, a Soviet chemical weapons scientist, contradict official Russian denials that the country had any chemical weapons programme tied to the name novichok, with the formal codename foliant.

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23/03/2018 19:28:16  

Smith went against party policy by calling for a referendum over the final Brexit deal

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Owen Smith, has been sacked by Jeremy Corbyn after advocating a public referendum over the final Brexit deal.

Smith, who challenged Corbyn for the party leadership in 2016, wrote an article in the Guardian urging his party to reopen the question of whether Brexit was the right thing for Britain.

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23/03/2018 19:27:40  

An anonymous reader writes: Makers of Mint Box, a diminutive desktop which runs Linux Mint -- an Ubuntu-based OS, on Friday announced the Mintbox Mini 2. While the new model has several new aspects, the most significant is that the Linux Mint Team has switched from AMD to Intel (the original Mini used an A4-Micro 6400T). For $299, the Mintbox Mini 2 comes with a quad-core Intel Celeron J3455 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 60GB SSD. For $50 more you can opt for the "Pro" model which doubles the RAM to 8GB and increases the SSD capacity to 120GB. Graphics are fairly anemic, as it uses integrated Intel HD 500, but come on -- you shouldn't expect to game with this thing. For video connectivity, you get both HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. Both can push 4K, and while the mini DP port can do 60Hz, the HDMI is limited to 30.

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23/03/2018 19:24:44  

The newborns were found in a freezer at the mother's home near Bordeaux.
23/03/2018 19:24:34  

Labour leader removes Owen Smith from shadow cabinet after he called for a second EU referendum.
23/03/2018 19:24:31  

The comedian will be carried to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for his funeral in a horse-drawn hearse in a nod to his coal merchant father.
23/03/2018 19:24:30  

It is estimated the tours could be worth £4m annually to the local economy.
23/03/2018 19:24:29  

The Greatest Showman soundtrack spends 11 weeks in a row at UK number one - the same as Adele's 21.
23/03/2018 19:24:25  

It's part of a strategy to get people to sign up to the site's new music subscription service.
23/03/2018 19:24:19  

The college dropout made his fortune in waste disposal before he owned the video store chain.
23/03/2018 19:24:18  

The UK information commissioner wants access to records and data at the London-based company.