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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

ysth

"If you ate at 33 of these"

I would have thought almost no one would have eaten at all 33.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Address his mental health problems? How un-American. Mentally ill people belong homeless on the street or in jail.

"if the court will give me the chance ... I will give it 100 per cent. I am ready to get my life together and quit all this nonsense." - much virtue in "if".

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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One thing I want to know...

Is "journalisming" pronounced with 4 syllables or 5?

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

Just out of curiosity, what interest rate are you getting on your banked funds?

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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WTF?

Andrew, can you explain

Andrew, can you explain how the EFF is "waging a ceaseless war on the individual's digital rights"?

With examples?

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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many more in his possession?

So you think he is lying when he says he has nothing?

I loved the "it is generally held" bit; how about citing your sources? Who are these people generally holding this, and how do *they* say they know?

My source? The NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/18/world/snowden-says-he-took-no-secret-files-to-russia.html

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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It appears the title and end of the story have been corrected; thanks.

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The end of the article seems very flawed (and the title very carefully worded). Nothing RSA says contradicts the allegations; of course they deny actual knowledge of a backdoor or weakened encryption. If anything you can take the RSA blog post as a confirmation that they did take the NSA money to put in the NSA-selected algorithm.

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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I too would like to see the email *to* Cook.

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Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

ysth

A year or three? You are thinking of some other company, maybe. Google moves faster than that (when it wants to).

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

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FAIL

"were the company watching every penny"

Which part of "Foundation" did you not comprehend?

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We'll build Elon Musk's Hyperloop ... if you lob us ONE-MEELLION dollars

ysth

Is HTT a Doc Smith reference?

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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FAIL

Cuba is in North America.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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In fact, however, it seems likely that the chances are you are indulging in whitewashing speculative "journalism" without benefit of any actual research whatsoever.

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REVEALED: Hungry termites nibbling at Oracle's foundation

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FAIL

Either write a...

Either write a SQL vs NoSQL article or an Oracle vs non-Oracle article. You've mashed the two together in a way that provides much less clear information than either would separately.

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DARPA uncloaks unTerminator for $2 million robotics challenge

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But does it run Perl?

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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FAIL

money back?

You are making a mistake if you think Apple employees as a group agree with Apple in their self-described thermonuclear war on Android.

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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

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Devil

You can determine whether there's been compliance with candor and good faith simply by noting you are dealing with the U.S. Government.

I'll let you all decide which way to take that.

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AWS stops some EC2 servers without warning

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FAIL

Nothing to see here

Um, this is part of what cloud means, at least in AWS's visualization of it. If you have something to "repair" when an instance goes away, you are doing it wrong.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

ysth
Devil

Code that includes thousands of macros

Is he talking about the Perl 5 source?

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Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

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FAIL

Re: Big tech companies promote "copyleft"? That's new to me.

You are making the same error that the article made. Copyleft is not the opposite of copyright, it is copyright used for a particular kind of purpose.

And I get the feeling there is general ignorance of RMS's positions on *non*-software IP - something I'd like to see change.

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Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

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Is that true?

I also would question the truth of that - though I would say the dividing line is that free/libre software will fix the first part; just open source may not.

SaaS too certainly doesn't have to - by day I'm a closed-source SaaS developer, and almost all customer data is exportable; where it's not, it's because I'm so busy :)

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Microsoft supporting Surface with Windows RT until 2017

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Re: What does "support" mean though?

Agreed; "support" doesn't mean anything more than security updates for a version of the OS that no one develops for any more; it would be surprising if it meant supporting older hardware for newer OS or application releases.

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Gay porn burglar must pay $150k for each grumble flick

ysth
Headmaster

Wobbly?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobbly

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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

ysth

I was going to suggest...

I was going to suggest "MexiPhone", but that's way better!

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HP to partners: sew your way to vertical Win 8 success

ysth
WTF?

I have no idea what you just said.

What is this article about?

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Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

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Re: Headline is very misleading

No, they were out and out paid (but lost more than they gained, as it happened). Just as Barnes and Noble was paid to drop their anti-competition complaint against Microsoft (and may also come to regret it).

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FAIL

Headline is very misleading

The headline is very misleading; there is nothing in the story about ASUS getting "paid", the way Nokia is being paid for its Windows Phone efforts.

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Apache promotes OpenOffice to top-level project

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It's all about the license

It's all about the license. And there is room (and desire, apparently) for both free and non-free licensing.

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Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

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Re: A PR failure?

Think of a website with a Donate button; should that be opt in? The first time you visit, present you with a confirm dialog "Would you like to see the Donate button?" and store the result in a cookie?

I haven't tried 12.10 and am unlikely to any time soon, but it really doesn't sound like that big a deal.

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A PR failure?

Lots of people buy things from Amazon. Lots of people use Ubuntu and wouldn't mind doing something easy to support it. Seems like they've just made that possible. Is that such a big deal?

As a search tool, the new feature sounds useless, I admit. So think of it as a Donate button - except that it donates Amazon's money, not yours.

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Re: Lost the plot

I said the same. Then a co-worker inspired me to actually try it - to just install 12.04 and live with it for a couple of weeks. So I did, with just the stock 12.04 experience, no tweaks, no add ons, and I adapted. It's really not that bad.

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

ysth

Obligatory google calendar complaint

Why oh why do they refuse to support floating times? There's a *reason* they are in the iCal specification.

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

ysth

Making this make sense

Karen Sandler's keynote at Linux.conf.au 2012 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XDTQLa3NjE ) gave me for the first time some insight into *why* Gnome Shell/Unity/Metro are heading us in this direction.

Still don't like it.

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It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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Who is MWR Infosecurity? No wikipedia page; not much web presence at all other than their thin website.

I'm a little baffled by this; are there some other permissions the app should use when displaying advertisements besides the permissions the user granted? What do these users who weren't informed of something (not sure what) expecting?

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Cyber-security startup to flash major Android soft spots at RSA

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Devil

A security startup with $26M in funding and a bizarrely hand-wavy business model makes a first splash with a planned expose of Android weaknesses? Do you smell Microsoft? I do.

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Apple and Google ramp up proxy war

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Terminator

Oh, Florian

"Google must have consented to this action because" just doesn't pack the same punch, does it?

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Google finally admits it wants to OWN YOU

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Where's the joke? :)

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10 years ago today: Bill Gates kicks arse over security

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FAIL

Err, security number one priority? no

The memo repeatedly places availability before security.

I'm not going to say anything about Office 365. Really, I'm not.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

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The intended use is not the problem here

Well, at least not the major problem. I actually believe carriers when they say they only want to use CarrierIQ to help customers. But in a world where police feel free to seize and strip data off your phone without a warrant, it doesn't help that the information would have been only transfered to the carrier after encryption, or how well they protect anonymity in handling the data. They have to not log it in the first place.

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Hey everybody! Microsoft's discovered social networking

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"extremely difficult to understand their plan"

While Buffett seems to understand IBM's plan very well...to continue to convince companies to voluntarily submit to vendor lock in. That's something that's worked very well the last 20, 30, 40 years. But it's an idea whose time has passed. Pity Buffett doesn't get that.

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Have everything. Own nothing. Learn the difference

ysth

paradox?

I don't see the paradox. Perhaps you meant irony?

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DRM or not is orthogonal to license vs. own.

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Divorcing couple ordered to share Facebook and dating site logins

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Facepalm

Err, I don't do facebook, but isn't it against their TOS to share your password?

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Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

ysth
Pirate

roadmap

I had the pleasure of talking and listening to Monty for quite a while at OSCON, and MySQL may have an uncertain roadmap but the same is not true of MariaDB.

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Google gives in: Schmidt to face US antitrust grilling

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liable for arrest

"Failure to appear before the committee would have meant they'd broken US law and were liable for arrest."

And, if they grabbed a bunch of Google's cash and fled the country, they'd be in danger of being charged with embezzlement too. And suppose they hijacked the plane and ordered it to take them to China to start a new Internet Empire on the other side of the Great Firewall? Then there would have been serious diplomatic consequences. Should they actually succeed in taking over a majority of Chinese internet traffic, they could then expand their new services to Europe and the Americas, replacing the Google "monopoly" with a much bigger, better, global one.

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

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Already too late?

Aren't any of these "security issue" TLDs already an issue with a poisoned DNS server?

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Google trebles its force of lobbyists ahead of FTC probe

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Tie to FTC probe?

So far I see *nothing* tying this to the FTC probe other than journalists' assertions.

To me, it seems much more likely to be tied to the Nortel auction (and Google's general position in the patent wars). That's something lobbyists will be able to help.

(I'd love it if Google chose to "invest" 3.14 billion on getting software patents abolished and fixing other problems in the patent system...)

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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Imaginary?

Yup, imaginary. Cookie cutter "claim charts" with no actual content. This is bullying with the threat of an, at best, dubious lawsuit, nothing more.

"expert patent troll/lobbyist Florian Mueller", I think you meant. To be fair, I'm pretty sure he was never in the SS.

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MeeGo and the Great Betrayal Myths of tech history

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Re: The lesson (call it myth if you want) of MS vs OS/2 is vitally important today

> It's all a giant conspiracy.

Thanks for responding. I guess your conspiracy is my well-thought out plan. Or rather, Microsoft's.

Do you think they don't have one? Or that they do, but some of the components I mentioned are not part of it?

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