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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Ah, so we need iptables rules for this new package too?

So there should be a new rule to block all traffic to the aforementioned address when this application gets installed, or have they made it so obnoxious that it won't work when it cannot connect?

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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I hope he took AppleCare

Otherwise I don't think you will get warranty after these simple tests.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Don't forget wave

The iPhone 6 will support Wave from the moment of unpacking, providing lightning fast charge cycles!

http://i.imgur.com/TX9dbK6.jpg

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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figure out how Mars went from being warm and wet to the current cold and barren dried-out

Sounds like they named the wrong planet after a woman!

I think we've all experienced this situation where they go from being all wet, warm and wild to becoming an ice queen. There's no mystery here.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: Almost as cool as the HP printer hack

Those two should be combined. When you get shot to hell in the game, your printer catches fire.

Makes "game over" get a whole new dimension.

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CryptoLocker-style ransomware booms 700 PER CENT this year

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Good to see

That with a good business sense one can still make a good profit even in an economic decline.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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There is no progress here

On the contrary: Feels like we're going backwards.

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Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge

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Re: Wait a minute

Yes, it's a classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do".

The government can:

- Profit from criminal activity

- Illegally surveil all of it's citizens

And of course many other things that you'd be thrown in jail for. It's the age of democracy people! Everyone is equal, it's just that some people are more equal than others!

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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He probably wanted to buy some more stock himself. Talk it down a bit so he can get it on-the-cheap.

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

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No thanks

Just give me my ARM tablet. x86 is really yesteryears platform if you ask me.

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

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Tried it once

Installed ESX on one of our servers. Then noticed I couldn't manage it, as I would have to install Windows first to run their management stuff. Went back to KVM/lxc.

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: Look at the price graph.

Which is expected now that you slowly see the "Big Boys" accepting it too. It makes it useful as a currency, instead of only something to speculate with.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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So apparantly they are asking Google not to determine placement in the results on whether the site matches the query, but on how "legal" the site is.

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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Windows fans

Do they even exist?

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Poll: Australians hate government data retention plan

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I'm not surprised

Since we have the silly data retention in the Netherlands, all reports about it shows that it does absolutely nothing to help catch more criminals. The only thing it does is eat up your tax money to increase government surveillance.

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

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Sorry for the downvote

But anybody using 'dell' and 'shiny' in the same sentence has lost his marbles.

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Re: No need to sign up with coinbase

Yes, DELL could do that when suppliers start accepting bitcoin too. That is why accepting bitcoin is such a big deal for a company like DELL. One of the reasons people are afraid to get bitcoins is the high volatility of the exchange rate. DELL does not necessarily improve that: they immediately sell the bitcoins they receive, but as the network of accepting providers becomes bigger the need for that will diminish.

People still would not need to sign up with coinbase though, which was my original point.

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No need to sign up with coinbase

This article has misunderstood what DELL is doing. DELL uses coinbase as their payment provider when you choose to pay with bitcoin. This means that DELL tells coinbase it wants a payment worth X USD. Coinbase will then create a bitcoin address, determine how many bitcoins will need to be paid for that amount.

Customer proceeds to transfer bitcoins from his wallet (which *could* be coinbase, but need not be). Coinbase sees an incoming payment and tells DELL the payment was complete. DELL will then get the given X USD on their bank account.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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They could always change their emergency number too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWc3WY3fuZU

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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The problems with bitcoin, as seen by governments

1. You can't regulate it. You cannot block a bitcoin transaction. The only thing you can regulate are things like exchanges and the businesses accepting bitcoin. If more and more people start to use only bitcoin for their entire transaction and not exchanging their coins for fiat currency there will be less and less to regulate.

2. Financial institutions don't like it. The bitcoin network does not need them so in an all-virtual-currency world they would soon perish. Obviously, they are using their financial influence to lobby governments to do whatever they can to discourage the usage of these cryptocurrencies.

3. You can't seize bitcoin. You can't freeze their wallet. If they have bitcoins, they can continue to buy things. Freezing a bank account to dry up resources for people not behaving exactly like the puppets the government would like them to be gain greater freedom, which is of course unwanted.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: What I don't get

Can your database system then execute the binary data being referred to without having an external file somewhere on the filesystem?

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What I don't get

is how this stuff gets executed. You have some non-ascii encoded cruft in your registry. You have a key in your registry creating an autostart entry to be ran at boot-time.

How does this autostart entry get to this non-ascii encoded cruft? Can an autostart entry refer to another registry key? Somehow it seems Microsoft left a door ajar somewhere waiting for it to be exploited.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Those prices seem reasonable

Seeing how easily Apple fanboys part with their money.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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Re: Android users do not upgrade their OS as much

And that's why you install a third-party rom like Cyanogenmod on your device. Did that to my original HTC Desire. The result was a phone that was much snappier and takes two to three times longer to drain the battery.

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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

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Received an invitation mail for it this morning. Too bad it's Windows-only at this point so can't run it. I'm waiting for the Linux version to be released though.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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And that is why

You do your best to avoid products with closed-source firmware as much as possible.

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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

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The only reason to get oracle support

is when you are vendor-locked to their proprietary crap.

Why anybody would want to use "Oracle Linux" and pay for their support is beyond me.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Add the 3d farce

I don't have a car, I have a recumbent bike which I use for greater distances (like the 50 KM work-related travelling I do daily). Haven't actually thought about a car having a proprietary ECU since I never even considered buying a car.

A blu-ray box will still have the same proprietary crap, it's just even more closed because now the platform is closed too. A blu-ray box most likely does not support the pulseaudio protocol I use to get the audio everywhere I want it to go. So all in all it's way too limited.

The high cost for blu-ray software is most likely due to the fact that they create artificial scarceness by not giving everybody a key. Another good reason to avoid that stuff like the plague.

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Add the 3d farce

As a reason fewer people go to the cinema. It really doesn't add anything to the experience, besides making the tickets more expensive (because they have to earn back their "investment").

Also irritating is, at least for those people not blessed with living in a native-english-speaking-country, are subtitles. They get in the way and distract you from the movie, even if you are perfectly capable of understanding the spoken english. Why they don't use the same technique as they do for 3d to give you the option of wearing those glasses to not see the subtitles I don't know.

What is left to me is downloading. It's the only viable option. Why not buy a blu-ray you ask? Well, those are encrypted and only allowed, closed-source applications can play them. I refuse to install closed-source crap on my system so the only way to watch a blu-ray is to bypass that encryption, which is a crime (and a much more serious offense than downloading).

So, given that the MAFIA (Music And Film Industry of America) does not give me any proper, paid options, they are not receiving a single dime of my money.

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Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

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Why don't they just block this dodgy CA altogether? Right now they can basically do whatever they want and still stay in business.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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The only secure flash plugin

Is one that isn't installed. Seriously, why even bother? Nowadays it's mostly used for advertisements anyway.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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This could be the model example of where to use renewable energy

Most cooling would be needed when the sun is heating strongest. Solar panels would thus simply deliver most energy when most is needed.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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What a lovely idea

A fully charged laptop battery can explode with roughly the force of a hand grenade when short-circuited. Good to see the good ole US of A is doing their bit to help those pesky terrorists. It's just so embarrassing when you try to blow up an airplane and your battery turns out to be empty.

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

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No cloud is still the best option

But if you have to have a cloud, a private cloud is acceptable too.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: Security scan?

And that's what the safe-rm package is for. Saved my hard disc once.

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Very unclear

Am I correct in that the problem is multiple wildcard expansion?

If I make a file called '*' (without the quotes) and it gets sent as an argument to a shell script, when this script calls something else the * gets expanded to mean every file in the directory.

That is actually really easy to prevent if you write your shell scripts properly. Enclosing a filename in quotes is usually enough. Most languages also have specific functions to escape shell arguments.

Basically, this is the same thing as SQL-injection.

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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

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Let them come

Anything better than Samsung and their overpriced, poorly-built garbage.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Don't really see the issue

Facebook is a site filled with willing guinea pigs. Nobody is forcing anybody to participate, everybody is there of their own free will. You don't like what they're doing? Don't use them. If enough people don't like what they're doing they will notice this.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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This looks to me like the physical incarnation of the Microsoft Office Assistant. I knew we weren't rid of that one yet.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Invite sent

I would like to add you to my professional network.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Being not from the UK and thus not knowing Stephen Fry I wonder if perhaps he is a comedian?

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Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

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Still don't get it

What does docker give that the plain LXC tools don't?

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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Case-insensitive passwords?

Uh-oh, sounds like somebody forgot to hash

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Don't read Microsoft EULA's

Don't use their products anyway.

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Linux app lets you control fruit fly brains - with frikkin' LASERS

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IMNSHO

This is just the prelude to the Star Wars Mosquito Defense System

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSIWpFPkYrk

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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You can't be more wrong about that

Copyright issues are only part of what the Pirate Party stands for. It stands for transparancy, as well as stopping unnecessary surveillance on innocent civilians.

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IT industry to benefit from India's new government

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Don't forget the stronger coin

Following the news of the election results, the INR immediately started getting stronger, and has gained over 5% in value. This of course means that the Indian government (as well as corporations) will be able to spend more on foreign technology vendors.

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Waterfront flats plan for IBM's UK HQ as housing market goes bananas

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FAIL

Part of the greater plan to severely mess up the economy?

The U.K. government is now doing exactly the same thing as the Dutch government has been doing: pumping money into the housing market. This drives up prices to an unrealistic high, stimulating people to buy, because it will keep rising, until it won't.

Then you have lots of people stuck with high mortgages, that cannot sell their house (overpriced and the seller can't lower the price because they need to somehow pay off the mortgage) and then suddenly the market collapses, banks topple and need to be saved by the government.

What a great plan, gaining some short-term financial growth for long-term crisis. My compliments to the U.K. government for making the right decision here!

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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The logical next step

A computer does not get tired, distracted or upset. Plus, when a majority of the cars has a system like this, cars could drive in much closer formations, reducing traffic jams and fuel usage.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Re: e-Cigs are not for quitting

They do actually help. When you smoke a cigarette, you finish it, because throwing away half a cigarette is wasteful. This makes it hard to reduce the amount you smoke, because it'll be an entire cigarette each time. With an e-cig, you can easily reduce the amount slowly.

Also, you can choose how much nicotine is in the mixture, so you can slowly alter that to lean more and more towards the "just water" side. This way you tackle the physical addiction first (while still "smoking" water vapor) to then slowly reduce that as well (or not: water vapor won't hurt you).

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