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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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What?

I don't understand the question.

Now if you mean sexy alien vampire furry cyborg Jedi pirates I can handle that!

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Oh goody!

Another Sci-Fi TV show that will last one season before being cancelled.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Copyright aping nature.

It says a lot about copyright in general when a monkey has more rights than the owner of the equipment.

Looks like the simians are alive and well working at the various copyright offices of the world.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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There is a simple fix for this problem

Most password hacking relies on having a system that allows continuous retries until a password works. ALL password systems should work on the basis of an incorrect entry equaling a wait time for each retry with the wait time increasing exponentially for each incorrect entry. First inccorect entry. 30 seconds. Second 5 minutes. Third 30 minutes and so on.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Proof if ever there was

That those that make overreaching (overbearing?) laws don't understand the future consequences of making said laws. Laws need to be more flexible to change/adjustment when those laws come into conflict with public interests. Unfortunately it is VERY difficult to change laws once they are signed off (at least in the UK).

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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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The system acts unfairly

My brother is currently unemployed. He is trying his hardest to find another job. He has a wife and young daughter. He rents a house.

He lost the last job he had which was on a 3 month trial basis due to 'gross' misconduct according to the welfare state and could be sanctioned for this losing his benefit. The misconduct was due to him falling asleep at the wheel of his vending machine delivery vehicle. He was expected to work from 3:30am to 4pm but often got home at 6pm because of traffic and lack of proper training so he took longer to do his rounds. As stated he was hired on a trial basis so it wasn't even a permanent job yet. It takes time to adjust to shift hours and some people are not cut out for it. Forcing people to take shift work jobs can causes serious issues including death (he could have been killed/killed someone).

My argument here and it will be if it has to go to appeal is that it was not 'willful' misconduct. It was one of health and safety. He did not wish to lose his job. He did not do it 'willfully' like punching the manager in the face etc. I see it like firing a road sweeper because he had leg cramp (granted this is not life threatening in any way).

The system is unjust and penalizes those at the very bottom of the chain with no wiggle room to argue the more complex issues surrounding why you are on benefits in the first place. Peoples lives are complex. You cannot tar everyone with the same brush.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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In a politicians office far far away...

In a politicians office far far away the sounds of deep labored breathing can be heard. No it's not Darth Osborne fiddling the tax system. It's Nick Clegg writing up his next UK election exit speech.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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It's the wololf! It's the wololf!

The sky is falling!

We may never really know what happened. I think that is the scariest part.

Excuse me there's a knock at the door...

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

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Lovely flavours

All those delicious flavors to choose from. The cool looking tech designs. Those big clouds of vapor. The group 'chic' of it when hanging out with friends. Obviously these are desirable by youths. Obviously they are gateway to other nasty stuff.

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Oh they already have and of course this will be one way they will use to crack down on it, ban it and/or tax it to death.

It's not about the money oh no...

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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If only it had been Nolan

What the movies lack is grit, forgetting about the science behind the gadgets, a good sense of humor and characters (actors) that are charismatic and likeable. The last episodes were full of CGI, stiff as board acting/characters, too much pseudo science bullshit and the humor was shoe horned in by way of stupid aliens and robots.

A lot of the gung-ho from the originals was lost. It's not a sci-fi movie. It's a cheesy cowboys and indians movie that just so happens to be set in a sci-fi universe. A universe where we do not need to worry about things like gravity or the vacuum of space (sound). It's more about the storytelling and empathizing with the characters than sweating the small details. These things set the overall tone of a movie and allow us to decide whether it's enjoyable or not.

I can never forgive Lucas for reducing the force to something detectable in the bloodstream. It's like telling you father Christmas and the tooth fairy don't exist when you are aged 5.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Flufflepuff!

I just came to post that I only clicked on this article because of Flufflepuff!

But on net neutrality. In the end we all have to pay for something somewhere up the pipeline and if advertising does not cut it then something (someone) else has to give in order to support it. Just because you pay your ISP a fee each month for access does not mean everything else on the net should be provided for free.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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iWatch Pron

With the iWatch Pron you no longer need to charge your 'i' device as it works on friction.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Shooting blanks?

This is a stick up and it's stuck up here!

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Names. Names. NAMES!

I've just had an idea. People keep going on about how complicated IPv6 is when setting up. Mostly for internal networks I may add. I think the answer is that the devices need to have their own DNS translation system inbuilt. Instead of you having to enter a specific IPv6 address you just enter a unique name and let the device translate that into a unique (out of the gazillion possible addresses) IPv6 identifier. So for instance HTCM8.ABC.123. Dealing with all this numbering network nonsense should have been done away with ages ago. We only need a unique identifier for each device and the hardware should automatically translate it to the required address without any collision without even a network guru having to touch it.

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Re: Names. Names. NAMES!

I meant to add that it's not the lack of number address that is the problem. It's the lack of EASY TO REMEMBER names that is at issue here. It's kinda like when you sign up on a big forum or social network and find that the username you want to use has been used by untold other. Tom1234 instead of plain Tom for example.

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Names. Names. NAMES!

I can understand it for devices that wish to auto connect to other stuff whereby you don't need to know what their address is. But say you want to access your home energy system remotely. Entering a series of digits, letters, colons and wotnot does not really inspire much confidence now does it? You want a simple DNS system to connect over IPv6 don't you? Ah! But a helluva lot of names are already taken in the existing DNS system. All the easy to remember ones at any rate. You want to access Toms.Home.Energy? Tough 1,000 others already have variations of that including jumbled digits for letters and capitalizations. The only other way would be to have your own unique domain (tomshome.co.uk) and uses sub domains I guess.

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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My HTC One sucks

I have a HTC One M7 and sure it was a poor choice of phone when it comes to photos (not bad in low light but terrible at everything else) but then again I carry a Canon S90 around for any photo opportunities. For everything else I use a 70D (Previously a 450D) if I know I going someplace interesting. I have seen very few shots from a smartphone camera that are 'good enough' yet. There are some examples on display on the net of course. But not to be found on most social sites. There is more to photography though than merely pointing a lens at your mates in the pub or your furry friend (pets included). Light, composition, subject matter etc. Everyone can be a photographer but not everyone has an eye for something you want to look at more than once.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Oh well.

Luckily my old Dlink router has a free service for one domain. I've just registered and will use that from now on. dyndns was good while it lasted though.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Meh!

Call me again when they (the TV and media player) can playback The Hobbit in it's native 48FPS. I look forward to higher dynamic range. Higher frame rates (120FPS support would be nice). Refresh rates above 120Hz. Infinite black levels. No motion judder or blur. No clouding or halos. High contrast. Doesn't lose it's brightness after a year or two's usage or pixels going bad. Doesn't have color uniformity issues. Motion interpolation that doesn't have nasty artefacts. Doesn't have image burn or retention issues. Doesn't have a PSU or caps that buzz or need a fan that makes a noise after a few months use. I am not even interested in all the so called 'Smart' TV crap.

4K without much in the way of content isn't much use either although I agree it does look nice when you get it. Besides 4K isn't even true 4K which is why we get the UHD moniker.

Until then you can stick your curvy TV's up your curvy bottom hole!

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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A bright idea.

Just don't stand next to bright lights. That was just off the top of my head.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Muh data!

I'd rather trust the NSA with the aquisition.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Where there is a demand..

Like this has ever worked in the past.

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Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

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Spotty fy more like

They are somewhat spotty on their international music rights. I still cannot listen to most of what Asia has to offer. World music seems to be a bit lacking. Until I can listen to the latest Yui Horie track they can take a run and jump of a short plank.

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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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All I want...

...is a 4K OLED

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: Exploiting National Resources for Fun and Profit

I read a news item a few weeks back about some guy who was using uni resources to mine crypto currency. He obviously was interviewed anonymously but I wonder if it could be the same person. Perhaps Harvard saw the news item and decided to dig around in their systems to make sure it wasn't them being exploited and caught him. It may just be coincidence though.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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GCHQ

GCHQ. We hear you. We just don't care.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Something else you should know

If you are on Three network and have a block on 08 numbers (why is this still not been sorted yet I thought they was going to banish call charges on 0800 at least?) in some cases you still get charged. Or rather the call will be allowed through. If you are in credit or a credit is due to be paid back to you for the following month you will get charged if you make a call to an 08 number. I think the saem applies to international numbers too.

I rang a number in France last month and even though the phone never picked up I still got charged for it (£1 something). So international calls still get charged even if they do not pickup.

The entire system is a mess and it's about time roaming charges were scrapped altogether. Imagine if Captain Kirk had switch off his communicator every time he visited Ursa Minor for fear of some huge intergalactic phone bill.

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

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Re: Isn't Bitcoin itself ...

Crypto currency is a gamble (albeit an educated one) like any other. It's like investing in things at the stock exchange. You may never get rich working your 9-5 job. But if you invest in crypto currency and are good at working the system a lot of money can be made from it (or lost obviously).

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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You can only hear the difference if you have something to refer it against. In other words you would need the studio master to know whether a piece of spinning plastic is authentic to the original or not. That and a decent hi-fi and 'good' hearing.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

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Re: Blatant sexism at El Reg

Surely it should be called Fappy Birds?

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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I'm alright Jack

The problem has ALWAYS been an attitude of 'I'm alright Jack' with the voting public. Until an issue directly affects them then they will continue to vote for the status quo (not the old rock group variety). As soon as it affects them in the pocket they stand up and take notice. Also. Nobody cares about privacy when their entire life story is on social media sites. Until it comes and bites them on the arse when they're looking for a new job of course.

It's the great British apathy. We're too busy doing too many other things to worry about politics. I personally believe that voting should be compulsory. At least we would get a 'real' idea of what the public think that way.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Ahem!

"Perry accepted there were limits to what the government could achieve through legislation. “We can’t force people (i.e. parents) to turn filters on.”"

But you have. It's opt out, not opt in.

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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Hurr

The NSA and GCHQ etc don't need to request from Apple because....wait for it....

...there's an app for that!

Badum tsh! Thank you very much.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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Complete shite

I have an issue where I can't see close things with my glasses on and can only see distant things. I can get bifocals but I didn't want to have to keep tilting my head up and down between blurry and non-blurry vision. The top of the glasses would be the distant vision so where this sits it at the top would not work for me. Also why can't these just be attached to regular glasses? Why the fuck do I have to buy a new pair of glasses? It's can't be hard to make a version that just clips to the side of regular glasses after all.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: join the club...

It's because the cursor automatically defaults to the Google page search box instead of the URL. I blame the browsers for allowing it to steal focus at startup.

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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Forget the local loop

I could do with the French peer my ISP is currently routing through sorting out their damned router! Proxad.net's routing to a site I stream to has been b0rked for at least two weeks now with massive packet loss in the evenings. What are those French doing I wonder. Hogging the bandwidth with Grand Freres(sp)?

But my ISP tells me it is out of their control. :(

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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People who wear glasses

Someone up above said that the bar on these things could obstruct vision. So can the bar on any spectacles if you have a penchant for fashion (some specs have large sides). Anyhow. All Google has to do is ad an app that detects idiot pedestrians, that you are driving too close to the car in front, a speedo that alerts you when you are going over the limit etc and they will become a required addition to driving that is set in law.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Now if they could only build

An 8K HD 3D display into them.

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Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues

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And so it begins

The first thing I thought of when they announced a few years back how we would have all these 'smart' devices connected to the net was 'I bet someone figures out how to turn them into zombie spambots or worse'. I must not have been the only one to think this was a dumb idea in the first place. You don't really need your fridge connected to the internet ordering milk you lazy sods out there with too much money and too little sense to operate one.

Now look at what's happening. It will be a nightmare to try and sort this crap out in years to come. I say we scrap the internet and start again. Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

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Alien

The greys are coming

They now have a list of who is naughty and who is nice. Don't feel butthurt about it though.

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Target hackers: Woohoo, we're rich! Um. Guys? Anyone know how to break bank encryption?

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POS

Err. I don't think it means what you think it means.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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Advised my father to get a Nook HD

No regrets yet. It's small and light enough to hold for long periods. It has a great display. Latest firmware gives you the Play store. It has a rubberised casing as he often falls asleep in the chari/bed and drops it to the ground so it survives those knocks easily. Runs rather speadily too for what it does. Oh and it was cheap!

But again it's all about marketing so Amazon steals all the glory.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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I just deleted my G+ account

I feel so much better now.

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Slurped self-destruct selfie slinger Snapchat so sore, suddenly says sorry

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Something about horses and bolts

If they never listen. Will they ever learn?

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Good enough don't cut it

I'm probably in the minority. I have a Core2duo 7600 overclocked to 3.4Ghz, Nvidia GTX 560Ti and 8GB DDR2 memory. My video card performance is being bottleneck by the CPU so I don't get the best out of it. I could also get an SSD but would not feel the full benefit of it on SATA2. I put a cheap USB 3.0 card in but I bet on a dedicated motherboard with the new boosting tech it (USB 3.0 on the motherboard) would run faster.

It consumes more power than I would like as well so an upgrade would save some money in that regard too.

I am definitely going to upgrade.

Originally I thought about about just getting a base model. But I think if I am going to do this then I may as well get the best I can afford and make it last another 5+ years. Plus I can always sell on the older system to help with the cost.

But I can understand why a lot of people think their PC is 'good enough'. Especially if they don't do much more than browse the web, use office a bit and play some casual non-demanding games.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Meh!

Gimmie high contrast OLED with great lifetimes and HFR (No 48FPS support in TV and BluRay players? WTF are they doing? No Hobbit in native framerate for you!). All this 4K nonsense is only good for VERY large displays or if you put your nose to the screen. Lack of content won't help either. It also takes a lot more bandwidth and processing power (h265) to compress, stream and decode. With the death of Panasonic plasma division we need something with better PQ not just more pixels.

Besides. It's not true 4K. It's UltraHD (4K is over 4K pixels whilst the so called '4K TV's are 3840 pixels wide by 2160 in order to keep the same ratio as HDTV's.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: So this is why windows PCs slow down over time.

It's called the Conservative party.

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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Duuh!

What they really need to do is use the tracking facilities of these phones and actually do their job to trace them to the crooks. But no. that's more like actual police work and far too costly and time consuming for them right? Ever reported your phone stolen? Have the police ever done anything to try and trace it? I rest my case.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Using another DNS will not work

With the filter 'ON' using another DNS server will not work. BT are blocking any external DNS server ports outside their network when the filter is set to 'ON'. Unless yu can find a way to bypass the blocked ports somehow you are stuffed. I am unsure if DNSCrypt bypasses it though.

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

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Who'd-a-thunk it!

I always had that nagging suspicions AV apps for Android were pretty much useless and uninstalled the first time I tried one (AVG). All they are good for really is remote tracking and possibly wiping your phone (although I found that to be particularly hit or miss upon testing). Other than that they are just a memory hog.

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