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We all know that getting any kind of new project off the ground is a complex, stressful and potentially ruinous venture. So, while there are those that spend their own capital, sweat equity, there are those that seek funding in the forms of loans or investment. So what happened when two New Jersey men decided to bootstrap their proposed development of a leisure complex with bunker-like, "doomsday", apartments designed to withstand every thing from biological threats to a nuclear winter?

FCRO Subsection: 

Sorry, idiot. If you are going to try to scam us, at least don't make it clear right from the outset that it's a fraud.

BIScom Subsection: 

What top level domains are at the heart of most of the spam that comes into your servers? Here's our current top three ....

This might just be the e-mail that launches a million problems, or more. It is incredibly simple and extremely sneaky. And it passes some anti-spam filters.

FCRO Subsection: 

French law, in some circumstances, prevents the transfer of evidence gathered in criminal or administrative (i.e. cases involving the state) cases to investigators or courts overseas.

Advocat Charles Simon of the Paris bar explains why this came about and how it works in practice.

CoNet Section: 

Farming partnership B A L Ackroyd has been sentenced for safety breaches, following a fatal incident involving a telescopic front loader, bales of hay and a former employee.

CoNet Section: 

It was announced yesterday that IndiGo, a large budget carrier in India is expanding its fleet with an additional 300 Airbus A320 Neos with a headline price of USD33,000 million. IndiGo has, unlike several of its competitors, not gone out of business. But it is under the cosh precisely because it flies A320 Neos.

CoNet Section: 

When Valtteri Bottas pulled his car up to the pole position sign in the middle of the track at the Circuit of the Americas yesterday at the end of Qualifying for the 2019 US Grand Prix, there was no celebration as his crew walked around his car and prepared to push it away. After the interviews, he was left to walk back to the garage as an entirely solitary figure. Today, wasn't any better, despite him winning the race.

CoNet Section: 

OpenOffice.Org has some presets that can be extremely annoying. What's worse is that while it's easy to undo them on a case by case basis, to find out how to globally remove the preset is often very illogical.

For example, if one types _________ as, say, a divider between paragraphs, or to signify the end of a document, OpenOffice.org assumes that you want a full-page-width line.

What if you don't?

But the same facility that causes annoyance can also be set to save you lots of effort.

If you've ever visited a UK government website to make any kind of application, you've been met with the worst example of both process and design. But the UK Government is not alone - any process is designed by people who already know how to use it, so they assume everyone knows the same. Wouldn't it be nice if someone spent time looking at both the process and the forms and made them work for people who are visiting for the first time and know nothing except the objective they hope to achieve.

Well, someone did: Turkey's eVisa scheme is a model that, every company and government process and form designer should visit and learn from.

CoNet Section: 

New professional standards for barristers in England and Wales - are they a reminder of long-established principles or a gag?

CoNet Section: 

There's more than USD2,000 million in moneys clawed back from fraudulent deals.

Oh, wait. It's a spam-scam. And it wants you to send your identification documents "via" a telephone number. Genius.

FCRO Subsection: 

Don't say that: 

Don't say "accredited" when you mean "credited." We found this error in a financial document.

Do say this: 

Do say "credited" when you mean money has been added to an account.

Grab (a car booking service) has just added photo (aka facial) recognition to its app.

It just took me five minutes for it to take a photo it was happy with.

I'm not.