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Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches

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FAIL

FFS

Almost tempted to wipe OS X and stick W7 on. But not quite yet.

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Seagate to whip out 1TB 2.5-incher

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Been waiting for this.

I'll take two - one for the laptop, one for the backup drive.

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Breakfast cereal freebie CD dishes up hard-core smut

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Coat

They don't sell these here.

We have to make do with Porn Flakes, Honey Smut Loops and Golden Shower Grahams.

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Fujitsu-Siemens pulls a Sony with Windows 7 virtual switch off

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Troll

But

Who in their right minds would buy a Sony or Fujitsu branded computer?

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Sony to make rechargeable batteries last 4x longer

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Flame

Fire?

Just wondering if they burn easily.

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Amazon prices up Zune HD

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WTF?

HD?

480 x 272... that's a couple of pixels off Full HD, isn't it?

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Google polishes another Chrome beta

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Mac

It's available for Mac too. Running it quite happily.

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High Court shields database state from blame

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FAIL

@Anonymous

That's right anon, you immigrate [sic].

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Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

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FAIL

Web 'filtering'

Doesn't work. EOD.

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Now Apple expands time

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Megaphone

RAID != backup

If you drop your little RAID box, or it gets fried from a mains surge because that cheap "surge protector" you bought doesn't protect like it should, or you're unlucky and a second drive dies before you get around to swapping out the one you should have, or you delete an important file...

Then you realise that RAID isn't backup. It's a live duplicate of your data - and it's stored right next to the data itself.

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ISPs scorn government net snoop plan

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@Si

"Or are the terrorists just being used as a scapegoat again to make it easier for the government to spy on us?"

Yes.

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12 of the best... travel gadgets

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WTF?

So if we take all of these with us...

... we can be the saddest, most paranoid geeks at the festival?

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Gmail shoves 'on behalf of' feature to one side

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Happy

@James Dunmore

Yes I have my mail set up that way and just tried your suggestion. It works perfectly, thanks!

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Johnson signs off ID card for UK citizenry

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Coat

Massive white space

Will it have the massive white space around it too? Is that paper, so you can fold it up in itself to hide it from prying eyes?

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Spotify: iPhone sideloads for £120 a year, unlimited

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Go

Sounds good

Only one problem: MP3. I'll stick with the streaming service (which I'm happy to pay for, as it's brilliant) until they do lossless downloads.

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WD unfurls 1TB Scorpio

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Excellent

Only one question: Will it fit in laptops, or will it be too tall?

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Microsoft airbrushes anti-Apple ad

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Not again

Time to have the debate again.

MacBooks do, at some price points, cost more money than 'equivalently specced' generic x64 laptops which comes with Windows installed. Here are some the things you get with a MacBook:

* A light, solid case that doesn't bend and cause damage to your components, nor crack after being 'lived with' for some time.

* Well designed and implemented cooling, so your fan doesn't come on so often, at such a high speed, or sound so annoying.

* A keyboard that's a joy to use. Unless you're on a MacBook, 'business' HP or ThinkPad, you're probably getting a pretty nasty keyboard, with spongy keys, lots of flex, and poor reliability.

* An incredible touchpad. Touchpads are rubbish in general. I have to use an external mouse to be at all productive - except on ThinkPads (trackpoint) or MacBooks.

* A very nice LED backlit display. Beats most laptop displays I've seen.

* Very good battery life.

* Magsafe power connector. Yes there are stories of people breaking these, but they seem to be idiots who yank the thing around by its cord. IME it's brilliant.

* Last but definitely not least: A copy of, and a guarantee of compatibility with, OS X. If you don't like it or need it, fair enough, but lots of people swear by it.

Of course, how much you care about your OS depends on what you do with it, but some things are likely common to Windows and OS X users. Here are a few of the obvious differences, off the top of my head:

* When you resume Windows by opening the laptop lid, it takes ages for it to be usable again. This is getting better, but it's still not like in OS X where the thing is ready instantly.

* When you resume WIndows, it takes ages for the thing to be connected to a wireless network again. In OS X, it's ready to use by the time you try to use it.

* You don't need 'malware' protection. This may change in the future, but for now, it's nice to not have to bother with such crap.

* Built in search works, is incredibly fast, and you don't notice it slowing your machine down, unlike Windows Search.

Having said all this, I really like Windows since Vista SP1 / Server 2008 and especially like W7, which I use all through the work day. I find the W7 taskbar much more usable than the OS X dock and task switching, which I find uncomfortable and clunky.

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Bezos begs forgiveness for Amazon's Big Brother moment

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FAIL

Apology not accepted

Never buying a Kindle.

Advising everyone I know to steer well clear.

Damage done.

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Acer Tempo M900

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FAIL

Fashion

"Stick either in an inside suit jacket pocket and it looks like your mother dressed you, so it’s just as well Acer bundles a rather fine leather belt clip."

Because wearing a 'phone on your belt doesn't make you look like your mother dresses you?

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

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Stop

Versus DSLR?

Considering the entry level DSLRs from Canon and Nikon are available for less, why would anyone buy one of these?

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Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel

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Coat

Metaphor

Are they just a metaphor for the human race?

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Masked passwords must go

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I'm with Nielsen

Most of the replies to this article seem to be by those sure that hiding a password /must/ be more secure than showing it. It's obvious, right?

Security measures require careful consideration.

If you make it inconvenient for people to use security measures, they will try to make them more convenient for themselves, thus degrading security. It's easy to end up with less security that you might have had before adding 'enhancements', such as obscuring passwords as they're typed.

Unfortunately reality doesn't care what you believe. It is what it is.

Disagreement with received wisdom. I'll get my coat.

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Facebook knuckle-raps Intel, AMD

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Idea

If MySQL can only run 4 threads to speed itself up, surely to take advantage of more cores per box, they would run multiple copies of MySQL per server?

Does the writer believe that they _aren't_ doing that, for some reason?

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Fifty Quid Bloke, meet Spotify's 14p man

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Love for Spotify

The Spotify client is excellent. It's incredibly smooth and light in feel, it's easy to navigate, it's pretty intuitive and streaming has never paused for me - nor has it ever taken a noticeable amount of time to begin.

The service itself is also excellent. There's a huge amount of music on it and I've been really enjoying finding other releases by artists I already know - and exploring new stuff, including via links to tracks/albums/artists/playlists that people create. It's also great being able to send people a link to one of the above.

Where I've liked albums, I've gone out (or rather gone to a website) and bought the CD so that I can rip a FLAC copy. If Spotify provided a 'buy this as FLAC files' for the same price as the CD normally sells for, I'd be using that instantly.

I am paying for the premium version because: 1. I want to support the artists. 2. I hate adverts.

Spotify is a portent of the future of music distribution. It may not turn out to be the actual shape of what comes, but it's a step in the (IMO right) direction.

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LG XD2 500GB

Rik Hemsley
Troll

Macs

But A. Coward, don't you know that Macs are bad? Who in their right minds, apart from someone who liked stuff to work, would buy one of those monstrous contraptions?

Icon aimed at my sarcastic self.

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First plug-in Prius paraded by car rental firm

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Coat

Not for me.

I'm not squatting next to the power outlet holding the plug in while it charges.

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Apple's 13in MacBook Pro in online strip tease

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500GB drives

Laptop drives hit 500GB some time ago. When I bought my MacBook, I bought a 500GB drive to go with it. It's easily user-replaceable. I paid less than £100 for it. Apple charge £160.

I paid the slight premium for their RAM to get it upgraded to 4GB, but I wouldn't have paid an extra 60% for a drive upgrade - that's just silly.

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Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

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Dead Vulture

@Steve Foster

This site talks about IT, it doesn't necessarily know about IT.

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New York cops seek tech solution to plod-v-plod shootings

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Coat

Too late...

... for Pryzbylewski :(

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Google Docs caves to MS Office 2007 file formats

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Dead Vulture

Sorry

My previous comment, which you censored, suggested that you should not have used the term 'caves in', as this was pointlessly anti-Google. I now realise that I was in error, and that adding support for a competing file format is not a brilliant piece of work, it's caving in. To something.

Actually, no, your headline is pointlessly anti-Google.

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Sharp creates true-hue five-colours-per-pixel LCD

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Coat

So where's the

screenshot?

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KOffice 2.0 available for early adopters

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@Charles

What is this perfectly good word processor? I'd love to use it. I haven't ever used a half-decent one.

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Street View forced to reshoot Japan

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@Stu

'Surely if its a "street-view" thing, then it should be set to average eye level'

Except that wouldn't work too well when it's got cars either side.

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Snooping?

"following a Data Protection Authority ban on further snooping"

Taking pictures in a public place is not snooping.

Poking cameras through people's letter boxes would be snooping.

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Daydreaming? You're actually solving complex problems

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Sorry

My mind wandered half way through the article.

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iRiver P7 8GB portable media player

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AAC

What kind of lunatic even considers releasing a hardware player which won't play the stuff people have downloaded from the iTunes store or ripped using iTunes?

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Google auto-links YouTube, Google accounts

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Dead Vulture

So...

How is this not just a helping hand?

You failed to explain.

Also, insisting on referring to Google as the "Mountain View Chocolate Factory" is just childish.

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Intel playing virtual silly buggers

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Guess

Did Chris Mellor just try to play with XP mode and find his computer didn't support VT?

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Unicode bloat blights SAP upgrades

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UTF-32?

"Macro4 SAP product specialist Markus Fehr told The Reg that Unicode requires four bytes of memory per character"

It does, if you use UTF-32, which is an odd choice, as most Unicode based systems use UCS-2 or UTF-8. Perhaps SAP needs to support Old Persian and Mahjong tiles?

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Nikon Coolpix P90 bridge camera

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Do what?

"Instead of lugging around a DSLR camera and a stack of lenses, you can stick a massive zoom onto a camera that’s a little smaller than your average DSLR and simply carry that around."

Because doing that will give you comparable picture quality as buying the DSLR and the lenses, right? They've managed to make just one, cheap, lens which is not only practically free of distortion and chromatic aberration, it's also incredibly sharp and super fast, meaning that the amazing AF sensor has to do little work.

I'll take two, plus whatever the reviewer's smoking.

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Samsung samples 500GB laptop HDD

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New?

The Western Digital 500GB 2.5" drive is 9.5mm high.

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Edifier Luna 2 desktop speaker set

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Dead Vulture

Class D amp?

"The upsides of this are improved sound quality [...]"

Er, no. Class D amps are shit. Copying the article text from the back of the box again?

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Info Commissioner contacted 74 times over Street View

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Black Helicopters

So...

Still waiting to hear any actual privacy concerns beyond the rather vague mumbling about having a privacy concern - but providing no further information. Any chance of spelling some out for me? I'm genuinely at a loss as to what concerns people about Street View. I believe people are entitled to privacy, so I'd love to be against it. Please help me out!

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Flying-rifle robocopter: Hovering sniper backup for US troops

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Military fuckwits

"[...] cause collateral damage - deaths, injuries and destruction - which may wipe out any gains achieved by killing the target"

Right, because what's important is getting the right balance of deaths and injuries.

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Start-up Bee pledges 'affordable' British e-car

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Nice

I'll take one.

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BT wins Starbucks Wi-Fi deal

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I hope...

...they have Phorm enabled!

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Farmers furious at EU's sheep-chip scheme

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Pounds per what?

"The total cost to UK farmers - the biggest bloc of sheep keepers in the Union- is expected to be in the region of £65m."

So this is a one-off? Or is this how much it'll cost before they cancel it?

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State-owned RBS to axe 9,500 workers

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Coat

Bonus

Saving the bank this much money deserves a bonus!

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Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law

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Joke

This is getting beyond a joke.

Personal subscriptions, please. Ones that can use wherever we are. The sort we tap into devices to authenticate with the BBC. Yes, the system will be abused, but so is the current piss poor system. At least people will be able to use the licence they paid for wherever they want to, including outside the UK. And the BBC will be able to sell subscriptions to non-Brits, too.

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BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day

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Figures

40,000? Sounds like a plausible number for a single web spider working on behalf of a search engine. Or is that unique IPs? If so, that's a bit scary and the papers are right about paedos being everywhere. Not too sure I can believe it though.

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