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Ireland or Atlantis? August 27, 2004

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Very interesting story just emmerging from the theory of a Swedish scientist. He claims that the lost land of Atlantis is actually Ireland. His theory based on geographical and historical studies could serve the tourism industry very well. Come to Ireland (formerly the lost island of Atlantis). source: CNN.com

Time for MS to Stop Copiers August 25, 2004

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Looks like a probe has been launched into a rumoured attempt by MS and Time Warner to acquire a digital copyright company, ContentGuard. Seemingly the division of the acquisition is set to be 50/50 but the probe was launched on speculation that this takeover might allow MS to gain substantial weight and dominance in the DRM (Digital Rights Management) market. source: Irish Times

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Bar Sales Fall August 20, 2004

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It appears that bar sales are dropping off in the last 12 months. Much to the joy of all publicans I would imagine, as they now have something else to say that the smoking ban is crippling them. However, off-licence sales are up so maybe it’s not just the smoking ban but that fact that a drink in the local can cost you an arm and a leg. Why go out when you can happy hour at home or in a mates place? source: Irish Times

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Google IPO Delayed August 18, 2004

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The long awaited floatation of Google to the stock market due to happen today has been delayed due to some issue regarding the search giant’s registration statement. Following a torrid few weeks of investigations regarding possible breaches of protocol prior to the float this is just another stumbling block that wasn’t wished for. All going well the shares will probably hit the market on Monday. source: Irish Times

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Sinister Day August 13, 2004

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Yes, today is international left handed day, the most sinister day of the year. 🙂 So greetings to all those who browsed on by with left-handed mouse movements and other such things. It still doesn’t beat international talk like a pirate day (September 19th – International Talk Like a Pirate Day). Keep your calendars free for that one.

Thought for the day August 11, 2004

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Some day, just some day things might go according to plan. People might embrace the joy of smiling or being polite. Each person will be happy to take on tasks that are handed down rather than pushed on. And some day we might all be treated to a world that doesn’t conform to the sanctuary of a building site with the control patterns of a troop of monkeys… Some day…

IFSRA says, “Shop Around” August 4, 2004

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Yeah, sure, good advice. Where exactly should we shop around? Banks might as well publish overcharging rates instead of interest rates. Car insurance cannot be purchased outside the country (mostly anyway there are very few exceptions I have heard of). Choose any phone provider but pay only one monopoly for your line rental. Get a broadband connection but you must have a phone line as the company involved seemingly doesn’t know how to only allow calls to a single number or filter for data only calls. Dear IFSRA please tell me where to find cheap alternatives as I have been shopping around for years without ever finding one… source: Irish Times

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More Overcharging August 4, 2004

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It’s happened again. Irish consumers have been incorrectly overcharged for services provided to them. This time the case involves the states landline provider. Last week I also heard rumours of a certain mobile provider ‘accidentally’ overcharging people too. What nonsense! The banks tried it and recognised that they were doing it and then repented when they didn’t get away with it. It’s plain and simple every company is doing it but are now comming forward due to the fear enduced by the penalties handed out to the banks. When will this country wake up??? source: Irish Times

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