* Posts by Thought About IT

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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One party state

When you look at the new government's priorities for the first 100 days, a pattern emerges:

Reintroduce the Snooper's charter & suppress free speech.

Repeal the European Court of Human Rights act.

Reduce trade unions' right to strike.

Threaten the BBC to toe the line or lose the license fee.

Gerrymander constituency boundaries - worth 20 seats - to make sure they win the next election.

One party state, anyone?

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: Action. Counteraction.

Before even thinking about this, Mozilla ought to fix Firefox so that it can communicate through a non-standard port with a secure server (ie. not supporting SSLv3), rather than giving up with "Cannot communicate securely with peer: no common encryption algorithm(s). (Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)"! As it is, I have to resort to using IE to configure WHM/cPanel.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Re: "the unchecked allegation of a Wikipedia administrator"

Surprised to get voted down for that, in a forum where everybody must have heard of wi-fi! Was that you Contribsx?

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Re: "the unchecked allegation of a Wikipedia administrator"

Shapps credibility wasn't helped when he said that you only needed to look at his diary to see that he was elsewhere when the edits were made. That from a man who made his fortune out of the Internet!

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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

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Don't let PayPal off the hook!

PayPal's email servers won't communicate with TLS protocols; they're still on SSLv3.

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FT and Guardian eagerly grab Google's 30 pieces of silver

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Good journalism has to be paid for

Given the stories which the Guardian has pursued, such as phone hacking, and the Snowden leaks, and the parlous state of its finances, I don't mind if it does accept Google's silver.

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Kaspersky Lab hits back at Bloomberg's Russian spy link hit piece

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Re: "You can trust US", says Uncle Sam - yeah, right!

"Of course US are good guys compared to Russia. You really do not see the difference between democracy and a post-communist mafia-style country?"

The US is a corporatocracy where corporations buy politicians to represent their interests. Not that different from fascism.

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Re: Be careful with that ax, Eugene

"many readers regard the whole "no smoke without fire" style of rumour-mongering a dirty trick"

For evidence to the contrary, you just have to look back at comments on articles here about climate change. Clear proof that spreading FUD about science has been very effective.

This insidious tactic against Kapersky Labs will quickly undermine them.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Fair trial

I think he wants a trial by jury, rather than one held in secret which has been stitched up in advance. The US government has refused.

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Massive DDoS racks up $30,000-a-day Amazon bill for China activists

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Chinese puzzle

At least greatfile.org know why it's happening. My server just hosts my software for free download and subsequent sale, but last year Chinese sites were downloading the same files all day, every day, until I throttled them. During the past couple of weeks, it's been subjected to a pirate bay attack, at a low enough level to be manageable with firewall tweaks. There have always been occasional attempts to break in from different countries, but this prolonged attack from China is quite disconcerting, as there's no obvious reason for it.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Subeditor needed!

"Kaspesky claims"

"platform they was developed"

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: So

So, on that basis, why should those without children pay for schools, or any of us pay for Trident's replacement?

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Re: Poll Tax?

The Reg has the same agenda as every other right wing rag in the country: if it's publicly owned, sell it off to their mates, especially if it's not denying anthropogenic climate change.

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Left-wing and biased?

@ GrumpyMiddleAgedGuy: ("it is deeply left-wing and biased")

The conservative press endlessly recycles the myth that the BBC has a left-wing bias, when one academic study after another has demonstrated that the opposite is the case. What they mean is that it's not as extremely right wing as they are, and they are determined to put that right by dragooning the government into privatising it.

I'm happy to pay my license fee just so I don't have to pay to watch 5 minutes of advertisements every 10 minutes, like you have to on subscription channels.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Black Helicopters

What exactly is the purpose of driverless cars?

They'll be ideal for keeping the security services aware of your whereabouts, when there's no signal for your mobile!

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Easier solution

Have you no sympathy for the devastation that would cause to the fossil fuel industries? To protect their meagre profits, they might have to start a propaganda campaign against the need for renewable sources of energy ... oh, wait!

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Re: Cultural marxism

"The APGW scam must be really important to somebody."

While all attempts to prevent controls on greenhouse gas emissions must be really important to the fossil fuel industries.

No wonder they've employed the best propagandists, who honed their skills in denying any connection between tobacco and cancer, to spread FUD about AGW, and made massive political contributions to James Inhofe, chair of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, who is very obliging about blocking any action.

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Re: I don't know for sure but...

"the idea seemed to come from nowhere"

Just because you don't know (or can't be arsed to find out) where an idea comes from doesn't mean it comes from nowhere. The basic physics of greenhouse gases was first proposed by Joseph Fourier in 1824 and has not been disputed by reputable scientists since. Without Fourier, we might still be struggling to solve partial differential equations and the signal processing problems in mobile phones, so I wouldn't like to argue with him about the greenhouse effect!

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Re: Scientists, eh!

"I'm quite capable of changing my mind in the climate change debate should a suitable argument be presented."

Well, you didn't say what state your mind is currently in, and posting as an AC doesn't allow previous comments to be taken into account, but I'd guess that the mountain of scientific evidence that current climate changes are due to our emissions of greenhouse gases doesn't count as a "suitable argument" to you.

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Scientists, eh!

The kind of people who engage in the debate about climate change below the line in comment sections are never going to convert each other, so the conclusion of this research is correct. Note though that “Strategies for building support for mitigation policies should go beyond attempts to improve the public’s understanding of science, to include approaches that will change the relationship between the two groups ...” states the obvious: AGW climate change is real and must be tackled.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: Microsoft's handling of Windows Phone has been inept

I know it won't help Microsoft's sales figures, but if you've got a great phone, why do you need to replace it when the contract expires?

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BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA

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Re: Many people don't own their cars..

I suppose that'll apply to hire cars as well. Time for a startup making Faraday shields.

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Dangers of encryption

"In the future, supervisory authorities are expected to increasingly pay special attention to vehicle IT, including investigating whether the scope for attacks could be reduced by suitable encryption"

Won't encryption make it more likely that the vehicles could be used for terrorist attacks?

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

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Lack of OS updates is a killer

Having found out the hard way that the version of Android on my old Samsung Galaxy was never going to be updated, when the contract expired I switched to a Lumia 925 which prompts me when OS updates are available. It's a great phone/camera/GPS/radio/communications device which also doubles as a torch/timer/translator etc. I daresay there are loads of apps not available for it, but I haven't missed them.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Phew...sort of

What's up with GiffGaff? I can only get a decent signal from O2 where I live, and GiffGaff are part of O2, so I was thinking of switching to them.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Warning Words

@NumptyScrub, you've completely misunderstood that report. Wilfully?

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Re: Warning Words

Why bother? Well, if it works for 12 hours a day, that could work out at a 50% reduction in fossil fuel use. Of course, if you're denying that the consequent CO2 emissions are having a damaging effect on the climate, I can see why that question might cross your mind. Otherwise, the answer is obvious!

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Re: 34?

From Firefox help:

"If you don't see the Hello button in the Additional Tools and Features drawer, please check back in a few weeks. The feature is being made available to users on a gradual basis to ensure that our server infrastructure is able to keep up with the load."

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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Re: Well GSM was designed in the 1980s...

"rouge base stations"

Cheeky!

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Ah...

He probably wrote the heading, though. Note the emphasis of the word "THICKER".

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: huh?

"I would be more than happy to pay for access to 'journalism' sites, (hereafter called 'deadstream' media), if they accurately reported the news, rather that exercises in how many ways to lie and how to help fellow liars get elected."

Are you insinuating that Fox News is not "Fair and Balanced", and when they say "We report, you decide", they only report stuff that fits their agenda? I'm shocked!

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: Do I care enough to comment???

I think you've put your finger on the solution there, Gray. We've been sold all these intrusions into other people's countries and our privacy as necessary to keep us safe, but all it's done is to reduce our safety and cause death and destruction elsewhere. If the US sorted out its own internal problems, starting with its totally corrupt government, the rest of us might feel a lot safer.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Overweening

We're getting to the state where if you've got nothing to hide, the security services will want to know why!

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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Chauvinism

The EC have been talking about a Single European Sky for 14 years, and actually adopted the regulation in 2008, so don't hold your breath for any progress. Air traffic controllers currently work within national boundaries, so there's a lot of turf fighting to be overcome before Governments agree to this. It probably doesn't help that we privatised ours, so can't tell them to share their duties with the rest of Europe, and UKIP and their like minded colleagues in the Tory party are hardly likely to agree to Johnny Foreigner controlling our airspace. Sensible idea though.

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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I wonder what language they've written it in that makes it difficult to implement on WinPhone?

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Re: This summer was globally the warmest on record

@codejunky:

"In his article I find no instance of global warming and climate change is only mentioned in the title of bob ward making the comments"

Indeed, but his choice of topic is a dog whistle to those who deny climate change is due to our emissions of greenhouse gases. Do you know that the fossil fuel industries are spending $500,000 a day to obfuscate the truth? No? Well don't expect Lewis to report on it!

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Re: This summer was globally the warmest on record

codejunky, you'll never see an article by Lewis reporting on the overwhelming evidence that global warming is due to our emissions of greenhouse gases, because that doesn't suit the agenda of him and his mates at the GWPF. His choice to write about the British summer, in the context of global warming, is cherry picking!

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Re: This summer was globally the warmest on record

"I have a question to the article author: Which part of "global" in global warming don't you understand?"

Indeed! Lewis is a past master at cherry picking climate data to suit his agenda.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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Re: I say good

Thankfully, having access to all our digital data means that the security services can really narrow down the threats:

British holidaymakers travelling anywhere in the world have been told to be vigilant as they are at risk of being attacked by Islamist terrorists.

Good to know that it's not for nothing that we've lost all our rights to privacy!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Global Warming Hiatus

"Starting in about 2006, we observed the longest solar minimum and weakest solar activity observed in the space age."

Lewis, please ask your pals at the GWPF to mention that fact, every time they go on about "no global warming for 18 years".

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WikiLeaks reveals new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Re: Unrepresentative

US democracy has long since been broken and its judiciary politicised. It costs so much to get elected there that the politicians only represent the corporations that fund them. With TTIP, those corporations are now trying to take control of democracy in Europe as well.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Cherry picking

Sigh! Lewis is as bad as the so-called educational charity fronted by Nigel Lawson in cherry picking research that fits his agenda.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: JavaScript performance

"The last 3 major releases of IE (9, 10, 11) have all been faster than the current version of Chrome at the time on the SunSpider JavaScript performance test..."

Here are the scores for the Octane benchmark on my 64-bit Windows 7 PC:

IE 11: 7,400

FF 32: 12,400

Chrome 38: 14,300

The V8 JavaScript engine makes Chrome nearly twice as fast as IE, but I'll stick with FF as I don't consider that to be spyware.

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JavaScript performance

Better than doing a deal to use Chrome would be one to use V8, its JavaScript engine. That's much faster than IE's.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Connecting to a PC

My Nokia 925 looks like another disk drive in Explorer, when it's plugged into my Windows 7 PC, so photos and music can be dragged and dropped in both directions.

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

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Re: Windows control app support still missing?

"I am going to take a shot in the dark here and assume they mean Windows for tablets and phones."

GoPro do have an app for Windows Phone:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/gopro/bca90c60-10c7-4009-b8b0-13df4ebcf9da

Haven't tried it so don't know if it's any good.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: I'm a little puzzled

"Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, told National Public Radio that the company had joined Alec, a lobby group that shares model legislation, for a campaign on an unrelated issue." Source.

This bears frequent repetition:

“The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.”

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Re: Crap rebuttal, as you would know if it had happened to you

"From the point of view of someone who has been accused of being an "AGW denier" ..."

The plural of anecdote is not data, but AGW deniers are not fond of data.

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FAIL

Nice try

According to the OED, a denier is "one who denies" something. They cite a few examples of its usage, the first dating from c1475, none of which mention the Holocaust. Of course, AGW deniers have tried strenuously to make that association, in an attempt to discredit the use of such an apposite term against them. Well, if the cap fits ...

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