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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

FlatSpot

Re: What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?

Internet Bloater

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DON'T PANIC! Satellite comms hacking won't be able to crash an aircraft

FlatSpot

Re: VHF?

err unfortunately not all the time;

http://mashable.com/2014/06/24/ntsb-releases-asiana-airlines-crash-report/

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Angel

Re: No spare wheel?

Is a POI tyre repair layer provided on the SatNav for this purpose or do you need to prepare a map before you drive off?

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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FAIL

Re: Use of email addresses as usernames

But that also provides an attack vector, as it allows a hacker to determine valid usernames as you would have to check if the username was already in use during the login/signup process.

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Devil

Re: These hackers are monsters!!

Although SQL injection exploits have been known for a long time, even the OWASP doesn't seem to mention UTF8 Multibyte character exploits on its top ten list.

Whats required are some very solid security templates to be able to build sites, without the weight or steep learning curve of a full framework. Plus some good penetration tools that aren't ££££ks to buy!

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

FlatSpot

Re: ADSL, VDSL built in / requires modem

Agreed. Looks like you need the ASUS DSL-AC68U variant;

Compatible with ADSL2/2+, ADSL, VDSL2, fibre and cable services for complete future-proofing

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SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

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Holmes

Re: Very impressive

NASA's Deep Impact and Stardust were flyby and smash into a comet missions, rather than a rendezvous. I guess you could play on the semantics of what is a rendezvous.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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"Delete your cache now and put on a tin-foil helmet as soon as possible!" - My God, I thought it was only a tin-foil hat that was needed.

It's where the male brain is right??

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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WTF?

Happy Snapper

"The peers said that people charged under their proposed amendment would have had to believe, at the time the picture was taken, that the image was to remain private."

So how are you going to prove this, the absence of a release form signed by all parties? Guilty as charged...

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

FlatSpot
FAIL

Re: Wasn't a DNS issue...

Yep wasn't a DNS issue. I tried Google DNS and not BT DNS and it was still not routing correctly, some sites were ok, some were not!?!

More likely that GCHQ black box failed....

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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FAIL

Re: Doppler Shift and Timing of Satellite Signals

You mean you never bothered to actually search;

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/2014/considerations-on-defining-the-search-area-mh370.aspx

Burst Timing Offset (BTO)

The BTO is a measure of the time taken for a transmission round trip (ground station to satellite to aircraft and back) and allows a calculation of the distance between the satellite and the aircraft. Based on this measure, a possible location ring can be mapped on the surface of the earth (Figure 3). An analysis of SATCOM system parameters showed that the accuracy of the rings was ± 10 km. This analysis was validated using recorded BTO values from the initial stage of the flight when the aircraft’s position was known.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Megaphone

Re: A textbook example

Its not the same as buying a car.. you are being *given* money and the giver decides not to give it to you anymore, so how are you therefore entitled to compensation?

Secondly the savings can be whatever you chose them to be, depending on how you define the timeline to suit your argument/agenda. If you decide the timeframe as 1yr then it will be zero savings, but over 10 yrs or 20 yrs the savings will be considerable.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Impressive

I can only understand about half of what the guy is mumbling in the advert

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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FAIL

"Martindale says he isn’t out for personal enrichment, but wants to raise awareness of digital property theft – a digital right that self-styled “digital rights” activists never seem to recognise, let alone defend."

Don't be a tool.. what is good for the goose is good for the gander.... its a crime just ask the FBI. An open and shut case $250k and 5 yrs in a federal prison.... it also funds terrorism so actually make that a cool $1 mill..

Nice pic BTW

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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Pint

colourful rosette designs = jobs for the boyz

Can't help but think, if the Network from Network Management was removed, £80bil is a nice little job to get involved with if you're a soon to be a booted out MP or Business Secretary.

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Google in talks to nail Virgin as 'partner' in satellite internet plan

FlatSpot

Re: Hmm. Already happening

But we could wear a disguise maybe.. like a tinfoil hat

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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

FlatSpot
Stop

Re: Late to the game

Sure mobiles track you and card spending can also be used but these are held by different companies. I think the point being made is that Google is becoming a single owner of all data and gathering all this information in a single space and therefore could mine it for whatever reason.

Whether you are comfortable with that is your decision. Well until such time as there isnt a non-Google option, maybe they should change their name to Weyland-Yutani

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: Lost in Space

Is it not just a marketing company buying (potentially) another marketing company... with a bit of tech in between and a large legal team overlay.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

FlatSpot

Re: Far too creepy Tesco

"Just one problem, Banknotes get changed now and then, so if you do not use them for very long, your millions of notes will soon be worth **NOTHING** !!!!"

Thats not true.. The Bank of England will pay face value of any UK note you present to them, you just have to journey up to London.

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Holmes

Re: Far too creepy Tesco

I've always wondered if they do similar if you don't use a loyalty card but pay using the same debit card each time. Do they also link all those transactions together, as it must be pretty easy to then find the address of the card holder.

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SpaceX touts latest gear: new module, rocket demo

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Facepalm

Re: We ARE living in the future!

@Kharkov - Its a little disingenuous to compare old with new for pricing. If you took COTS hardware today you could probably build rockets even cheaper but someone had to pay to develop and build the initial hardware and for that to be refined and cheaper copies made as a result.

For example the first Atlas V launch was 2002 and SpaceX wasnt founded until 2002.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

FlatSpot

Re: I often

Grass is always greener... but by being single you'll be saving a fortune in not buying wine

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

FlatSpot

Re: Disappointed by the BBC recently

Isn't the popular now piece auto-generated by what people click on? Which in itself is targeted by twitter campaigns to push random items up the list?

If you look at the BBC front page there is;

Sacking over poor elderly home care

Stop and search powers to be reviewed

Farage will not stand in by-election

Oklahoma inmate dies after 'botched' lethal injection

You pick you choose, its not all fluffy stuff.

Personally I watch Ch4 news as its more indepth.

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FlatSpot
WTF?

Re: employee benefits

"* Perhaps because for a lucky few, they can buy their way out of such a fate. The BBC's generic recruitment page - here - includes dental insurance, critical illness insurance and private medical insurance amongst the perks. Just sayin'."

Hidden agenda maybe?? If you read the page it states under *VOLUNTARY BENEFITS*;

We also offer other optional benefits that can be paid through *net pay deductions.*

So its opt-in and paid for by the employee after tax and the employee is then additionally taxed benefit in kind by the government. (1) Hardly a free lunch but what I would expect from any large corporation (like FTSE 100 companies) that can cut deals with big health providers. You know the bit about trying to be nice to your employees, investors in people, all that stuff.

1) It's more annoying that the tax man feels everything in life is a perk and should be taxed, hot food the peasant class should eat food cold, Energy saving materials pah freeze you filth....

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Marauding quid-a-day nosh hack menaces teepee hippie villages

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Angel

Re: Is it foraging still if......

Maybe not the grass but if you are near the countryside there is Wild Garlic in flower at the moment and also Ground Elder (eat the young shoots) which you can eat.

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A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Facepalm

Dogs

Why don't you eat the dogs and give your challenge an authentic edge?

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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

FlatSpot
Mushroom

See below

Military–industrial complex....

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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WTF?

Re: They Actually Make Things In Germany

You realise Thatcher left office almost 25yrs ago? The UK does high tech manufacturing very well, think Satellites and F1 as examples.

Pulling coal out the ground or weaving jumpers is cheaper in China and Asian countries from a wage perspective but there is a resurgence in clothing manufacturer in the UK, again high end and not the 2 for a £1 T-shirts in Asda.

Also don't forget the EU affect, it's obsession with global temperature which has pushed for the reduction of Carbon output, typically manufacturing/industrial and coming to a motorway near you soon. When we are crawling along at 60mph I presume you will blame Thatcher for that as well?

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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WTF?

Re: Read the details, there's more*

"And they also made up counterfeit working "next-gen" X-box consoles, sold one on eBay for $5000."

Wow amazing what you can do with 3D printers these days, where did they hide the 45nm fabrication plant in the basement?

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

FlatSpot
Facepalm

Re: It's our fault.

Yep but unfortunately the masses are also on the fiddle as they only vote for parties that bribe them, ie. child benefit, winter fuel payments, free bus passes, free tv licenses etc.

The reality that they took the money out of your wallet in the first place, process it and then give it back to you as some kind of special favor seems to pass everyone by.

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Assange not running in new Australian election

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Tunnel

You would have thought by now he would have dug a tunnel, perhaps we could club together and send him a dvd of The Great Escape for inspiration.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

FlatSpot

Re: Of course NSA puts USA at risk

"no longer be ashamed of being British when abroad."

Slightly random, I've been to many places in the world, Middle East, US, Europe and never felt ashamed to be British and never faced any hostility either.

I also hope Scotland votes Yes as well, it will give you the opportunity to loose the chip on your shoulder that you like to polish and froth about.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

FlatSpot

Re: Question

How can you stop someone from cutting the wires??

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

FlatSpot

Re: Apple don't lose money on the unsold ones anyway right?

Are you thinking of SoR (Sale or Return)

Option 1) Carrier buys x units for £x. After agreed period, x wks/months, the stock that doesnt sell, they send back to the manufacturer who gives them their money back. (Carrier takes the initial hit)

Option 2) Carrier doesnt pay anything for x units but agrees higher (sometimes) £x back to the manufacturer for each sale. After agreed period, x wks/months, manufacturer takes back the remaining stock. (Manufacturer takes the hit)

Helpful for tax avoidance eg. realise the sale and receiving your stock back unsold after the closer of your financial period etc

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Pint

RIP

"If we can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people"

"Keeping people hopeless and pessimistic - see I think there are two ways in which people are controlled - first of all frighten people and secondly demoralise them."

"An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern."

Tony Benn

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

FlatSpot

Re: Why ...

Because for such a low priced product it would be more efficient to put it through as an expense claim then raise a Purchase order.. no crackpot conspiracy theory required.

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

FlatSpot

Re: Black Box

Is the problem that it doesnt fit with the 24/7 news agenda or that its not a reliable, tried and tested solution?

Posts above give an indication of the very small likelihood of a plane crash so how many haven't been solved due to a pulverised black box?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: @AC Sounds about right

If the bath water is cold, taking a dump in it wont help

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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WTF?

London centric view or complete arse?

"At the risk of sounding churlish, the whole scheme will probably work in Scandinavia, land of saunas and sexual liberation, but might not be so great in **scary old Blighty, home of street violence and car crime.** "

Citation required... or stop with pumping out the Daily Mail narrative of lies

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

FlatSpot

Re: does it matter?

"if we carry on burning hydrocarbons as we are we are going to run out "

So that kind of fixes itself then, market forces will make it expensive, so another source will be more attractive/viable e.g. nuclear

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Project Tango: Google's all-ringing, all-dancing 3D-sensing smartphone

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Pint

Furniture Fun

I'm guessing it will be useful but I'm also feeling it will be more expensive than just using a tape measure.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

FlatSpot

This may be a stupid question but bitcoins aren't real money right? Its not like I have this bitcoin and can jog off down to the bank and ask for a suitcase of money in return... it seems more like bitcoins are like IOUs and only useful to buy illegal goods. Or have I missed something?

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

FlatSpot
Pint

Re: Tata

Surely it shows he works in IT.... talking of which, time for a cuppa

(need a Tea icon :)

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

FlatSpot
Stop

Leave it out

The real problem is that of politicians, they like to meddle and interfere with things that pretty much work fine.

Why not meddle in the stuff that needs fixing, ie. tax evasion/avoidance

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Cops cuff 5 suspects after Silk Road copycat secret drug souk bust

FlatSpot

Surely it would have been better to take payment say yeah its in the post guv, and then closed down?? Rinse and Repeat...

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Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

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WTF?

Couple of corrections, massive bias

Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge (>>*LABOUR*<<) attacked the DWP's poor record on building the new benefits system, saying:

"Confusion and poor management at the highest levels have already resulted in delays and at least £34m wasted on developing IT. If the Department doesn’t get its act together, we could be on course for yet another catastrophic government IT failure."

Why is the £34m wasted, whats the basis of this argument? If its an Agile implementation then its built in stages so why is it wasted? The mention of weird and exotic project management seems to be more based on not understanding how Agile works?

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Microsoft's Bing bods exploit fanbois' Apple maps misery

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Megaphone

Re: Why bother?

Cut out the middle man.....

http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/

and

http://blog.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/2011/09/mapping-applications-for-your-phone/

Ironic in this case that they use MS technology but you cant have everything ;)

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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Pint

Re: Interesting ...

Buy a dehumidifier, we have a part solid walled house (old part of the house) and it did the trick to remove the fridge smell from some of the rooms we dont use in winter. Additionally our neighbour has put this product on and reckons it does the business, Wallrock Thermal Liner.

Also when I replastered the walls and ceiling in the office, I had that bubble wrap with foil on both sides stuff fitted, the room is now 2'c warmer than the other rooms.

Good Luck

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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

FlatSpot

Re: Enough bickering you lot...

Rifle range.. them yanks like shooting stuff... with a few magnets it might be possible to shoot yourself in the back of the head, Darwin theory

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Survey: Most TV viewers surf while they watch

FlatSpot

Isnt it more of a case that blokes surf and turn on the TV to drown out the sound of the wife?

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