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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

I like manual controls.

Do you still get out of your chair to push buttons on your TV and DVD players or do you use a remote control?

IoT - despite the nonsense of internet connected toaster and the like - is all about making things easier for us, allowing things to be remote controlled when that makes sense. IoT success will be far less glamorous than vendors would have us believe in promoting the technology to us.

Ignore what vendors say it could do and simply consider how it could be useful for you. It will likely make a whole lot more sense then.

How many wouldn't want a handy "f--k off" button for when cold callers ring the landline and the answer phone kicks in with "about your accident/PPI claim"? Perhaps an IoT call ID unit which could email Ofcom the number of cold callers, deluge them in complaints until they do something about them? All at the push of a button.

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Lack of protocols

It's not surprising there's such a lack of adherence to common protocols when those protocols didn't exist and manufacturers had to go their own way or not release a product at all. I expect every manufacturer used protocols they thought were best and hoped theirs would become dominant or the de facto standard. Every other manufacturer thought they could do better and 'market forces' were left to sort things out. End result; the mess of incompatibility we have.

It's not a new story and I suspect all emerging technology goes through the same process unless there's an agreed spec up-front. In situations where necessity of product precedes agreed specification it's always going to be somewhat messy.

Now we have a wider penetration of IoT-style devices it is easier to see what is and may be needed and what protocols should cater for and hopefully that will become an agreed industry-wide specification which everyone follows from now on and everyone benefits from. That doesn't mean everything is solved just yet but we are on the way.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Windows 11

With start-up music from Spinal Tap, obviously.

I think they missed a trick there.

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: Nobody reads those things

And why would anyone? Most T&Cs simply boil down to "we may abuse you any and every way we can", the rest is ensuring they are immune from complaints and devoid of responsibilities.

The only time I read T&Cs is to check exactly how I will be abused, particularly regarding copyright as many claim rights over anything and everything with respect to their service.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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I actually agree with him, but -

I believe that in some exceptional circumstances there can be powers which are not normally exercised and I also believe we generally already accept that in the west and it's measured using 'for the greater good' principles.

The covenant between us is that we allow those powers on the understanding they will only be used in genuinely exceptional circumstances.

Unfortunately the powers that be - particularly during the last decade - have come to a completely different view of what exceptional circumstances are, circumstances which suit them rather than suit us. In fact that it has become 'us' and 'them' shows the degree of the problem; they no longer work for us but are a law unto themselves and that's the root problem

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Hang on ...

Doesn't this simply tell us that Swedish employers are fatist?

How are things in the UK, or America for instance?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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As 'tards have pointed out, IP cameras etc. aren't equipped with Bash, why would they be ? Embedded stuff, even more substantial items like NAS boxes routers, come with Busybox only.

Would you bet your life on either of those claims?

It might feel true, and I suspect most likely don't use bash, but it's not guaranteed to be true and we have no idea how true it may be.

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Re: Not as serious as openssl issue

It's not simply "one patch" if the system is embedded and everything boots from on-board flash chips. Those can be very difficult to patch and especially if the manufacturer has deliberately made it that way.

Desktop systems and the like probably can be easily patched, it's the billions of routers and IoT-type devices which are the big risk.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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Re: Is it just me...

When you have seen one phone in a blender you have pretty much seen them all dropped in a blender. The first time (so many years ago) it was an amusing novelty, proved what people thought would happen did happen at no cost to themselves, "neat", but now it's rather tedious.

Like firework displays, you have to go bigger and better to keep people interested, but the destroyers seem to have run out of fresh ideas.

Show me something which doesn't blend.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: BBC documentaries

Part of the problem with programme material for the BBC is it has to fit the BBC time slot but may also be sold to other broadcasters who have shorter slots, especially advertising based channels. It is easier to make the programme for the shorter slot and pad it out than it is to cut to fit. Recaps fall after where ad breaks would appear and many may have been made for advertising channels in the first place.

I am sure the reason we have so many 'coming next' and other BBC self-promotions and pointless idents are to make imported programmes fit the artificial 'on the hour' programme start times we expect in the UK.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: wtf

Iceland food stores sell frozen square sausage slices. Rather like a square pork burger, 12 to a bag for a quid. I imagine the real thing is even more tasty, and probably less healthy :-)

http://groceries.iceland.co.uk/plumtree-farms-12-lorne-slices-720g/p/48383

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

There is (probably) no law against asking the question but in the case of this referendum there is law which makes the publishing of exit poll results and similar a criminal offence.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

who the fuck drives dangerously where there's a police car near by?

Seems to me everyone tends towards that. I suspect most drivers feel pressured by the presence of a police car on their tail, keep checking their speedos and mirrors looking to see if they have gone yet and worrying they are about to get pulled for some reason. Trying to drive absolutely perfectly and simple paranoia seems to do odd things to normal people.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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It's good to laugh at Apple ...

But let's be fair, we would have been a whole lot more abusive had they gone ahead and released with a buggy API and we found out they were aware it wasn't fit for purpose. In the circumstances it seem they have done the right thing, there would be more damage done by shipping than not, but let's hope they can fix it sooner rather than later.

Not a fanboi, just someone who hasthemselves faced the 'ship now and be criticised' or 'hold back and be criticised' dilema. Even keeping quiet until everything is perfect for shipping will invite criticism. No matter what one does it will be criticised.

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Year Of Code

I am sure there is some link between school kids being so enamoured with Minecraft and it being Year of Code. After all, we all know that programming is simply 'moving the blocks around until the program does what it's meant to' :-)

It could be quite the gravy train if schools were forced to have it via the curriculum. Especially at a time when schools are moving away from the traditional desktop PC to iThings and tablets. A little bit of lock-in goes a long way.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Oxford Street

Many busy pavements (sidewalks) could benefit from having lane segregation; a "dawdle" and a "fast" lane in both directions, even 'hard shoulders' for people browsing in shop windows or stopped to cross the road.

Most people tend to 'lane' naturally and, like ants, it seems it's mainly follow the leader. It generally works okay until the stream runs into an individual coming the other way, or someone creates a rival stream in the hope of overtaking and getting there faster which invariably causes everyone to jam up as streams start criss-crossing each other.

I don't think we actually need lane markings; just tell people that's the best way to do it as it seems some people simply haven't figured it out yet.

Of course there is no way to enforce lanes without impinging on someone's right to do whatever they damn well please, even if that spoils things for the rest of us. Unless we introduce draconian punishments for not walking in correct file. That did work for 'school crocodiles' so perhaps we need some form of detention; fenced-off areas where people have to stand it out for some time for not doing it right. Whining down the pub later won't get them any sympathy if the majority buy into the idea.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Mushroom

In other news

Superior forces of the American military will whup the asses of third-world, first century savages armed only with rocks and sticks in a matter of weeks at minimal cost.

It doesn't always go the way the analysis might predict.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: industry subpar knock-offs

You need a 64-bit CPU to access more than 3 gigabytes of RAM, though (same as with a PC)

You seem to be confusing address bus width with data bus width, though the definition of "N-bit CPU" does seem to have changed over the years. You can connect a humble 8-bitter to any amount of memory you want if your fancy takes you, though it's often sensible to have register and data bus width the same size as address bus width for efficiency.

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Re: Not for fitness nuts

If they can do away with the heart strap, I might be tempted... I am no sure how reliable the "pulse" measurement is compared to the electrical pulse measured by my polar...

That should be pretty easy using reflected IR and should be just as accurate.

I was actually thinking about this problem just a couple of days ago, wondering why I needed a heart strap when a finger tip push against an IR sensor works just as well. One only needs a few consecutive pulses to determine BPM and missing pulses can be easily compensated for through software filtering. It should be easy enough to built a wrist mounted pulse reader and I doubt Apple would have gone with that if it didn't work reasonably well.

Of course, I was wondering how I could build such a device for a few quid; wasn't dreaming of paying Apple prices. Maybe I could use a Raspberry Pi? Lugging a car battery around to power it should also do wonders for my cardio workouts :-)

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Re: Does it really matter who shot it down?

Whoever fired it and was able to hit a target flying six miles up at nearly 500 miles an hour miles up knew exactly what they were doing with complex anti-aircraft weaponry...

Or perhaps saw the "target acquired" light come on and simply hit the launch button, whooped with delight until they realised what they had brought about.

The transcript which puts the blame on the rebels even has them talking of shooting down an enemy plane and I can well believe that's exactly what they thought they'd done and intended to do. A simple repeat of bringing down a Ukrainian transporter as they'd already done earlier.

There was nothing to be gained by rebels deliberately shooting down a civilian airliner and everything to lose so I cannot believe it was intended if the rebels did bring it down.

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All systems go for take-off

Pilots and crews are busy enough in the final few minutes before takeoff. You are talking about adding another technical check at that busy time.

I would rather they do that check before they trundle down the runway and find themselves up shit creek during take-off. It shouldn't be an overly onerous or time consuming check; probably just checking whether the "out of kilter" light is red or green. It's not like we are asking pilots to do something pointless. And lives are at stake, including the pilots' own.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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The fundamental premis is flawed

I have a hard time believing coding is (or will be) an absolutely essential skill that people will need to have and find it hard to believe kids believe that either and suspect those who say otherwise are simply repeating what they have been told to believe.

It's snake oil for the 21st century.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Siri....

"... please explain voice connected thin client networking to me".

Having a central mainframe and a termina^W voice connection to it is all well and good until you don't have a connection, bandwidth or contention becomes a problem.

I expect, just as we are about to burn our apps and rely entirely on Siri, someone will remind us of the advantages of running local apps on our own devices and we can run round the circle again.

If only using Siri for voice activation and controlling local apps, that's an argument for putting Siri on the phone. And that adds another app :-)

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Good, but Banana Pi is the better beasty.

The ODROID-W might be of particular interest to Pi owners, especially those wanting to use LiPo or other battery power. That uses the same SoC as the Pi does and runs the exact same software as the PI -

http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php

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

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Cry me a river

Slater says he made a mere £2,000 in licensing the image - which, we're told, only just covered his travel expenses to Indonesia to obtain the photo.

I am sick of hearing this. He never knew he would get this shot and, if he hadn't got lucky, he would not have had any photograph at all which commanded anywhere near the royalties he has received.

I don't mind him arguing he owns copyright and is entitled to licensing fees - I believe he does and is - but that his outlay was only just covered is an irrelevancy, was a risk he took when he set off. Unless he can prove that he went with the deliberate intent of taking 'that photograph' as the means to break even, and from what else he has said about it, it would appear not.

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

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Brian Blessed

Will be last man standing I reckon now Oliver Reed has gone. Shame no one else will be around for the triumphant "VICTORY IS MINE!" shout echoing around the world and across the universe.

And don't give me any Chuck Norris nonsense - he's a lightweight! Bring it on :-)

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Explosives factory

So; are you going to open one, or at least apply to open one?

That's got to be worth a few giggles along the way.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Sorry...

We no longer care, oh, hold on - we never really cared to begin with.

Speak for yourself. True, I don't particularly care about Assange per se, but I do care about the predicament in which he finds himself.

Given what passes for American justice, due process and punishment, I believe he has every reason to fear for his future. That he chose to break the law in jumping bail and effectively imprisoned himself rather than risk being extradited shows what a terrible state of affairs we have.

There, but for the grace of god...

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Why?

The basic idea of a HUD is good, just cut out all the other crap.

Absolutely. I don't care how much it improves their networking interactions and access to social media but I do care how much it impacts on my safety.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

The real problem is that IPv6 goes far beyond fixing the limitation of 32-bit IP addresses.

If tasked with solving the problem I would have simply added more bytes on the left to extend global addresses and on the right to allow more local (but globally accessible) addresses.

Of course that was far too simple but, more importantly, doesn't provide a gravy train to ride.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Coat

An alternative viewpoint is...

That Londoners don't have much else worth stealing. Perhaps because they've blown all their money on fancy must-have gadgets, sky-high mortgages and over-priced beer.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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Re: He can STAY there for all I care

he fled to Russia.

Or, more accurately, he fled from America.

And I can't say I blame him.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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"That's why this judgement is, well, lunacy, really."

No; the judgement couldn't really have been any different in the light of the guilty pleadings.

The same also applies to "the law is an ass" and similar comments elsewhere; they had an option to plead not guilty but chose not to do so.

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Re: The guilty plea

And the police aren't adverse to using "admit guilt and we'll go easy on you" persuasion. In fact that's build into our British justice system.

People will often believe they have committed offences even when they haven't so plead guilty rather than risk it all. Having 'other matters' dropped can also work wonders in helping sway the decision. If it seems the best deal available most people will take it. Everyone has some skeleton in their closet which can be twisted to appear far worse than it is.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Boffin

Boom Boom BOOM BOOM

Isn't this why anyone having a secret conversation whacks the Hi-Fi up to 11?

Ironically apt icon -->

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: What can I say?

Current Status: Fucking an idiot.

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Re: Of course, had we not abandoned the Apollo project...

If we had a colony up there it would probably spend most of its time fighting other colonies or finding excuses to fight other colonies.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: WTF...?

IF you have something that can only run iOS 4 or 5 it should have been binned a long time ago - it will be a sack o crap compared to a new device.

But they currently work just fine as Sonos remotes.

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Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE

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Re: Dear Vlad

Thank you for this valuable intelligence snippet, in which you reveal your current inability to identify Tor users.

Or is that simply what Russia wants Tor users to think?

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Big Brother

Let's see...

Question: Would you ever partake in an uprising, insurrection, insurgency or terrorist activity?

Downvote: No, not under any circumstances.

Upvote: Yes, if I believed it was necessary to do so.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: As pointed out above

like it or not, the writ of the US does not and cannot extend beyond this planet.

Are you sure you're not some sort of stinkin-commie-subversive-hippie-fag?

I am quite sure many Americans believe their laws and rule should extend, not just across the whole earth, but across the whole universe and that, one day, God will provide. Hallelujah! USA! USA! USA!

In the meantime it provides America with a legal pretext for military conflict with anyone who disagrees with America's dictating of how things will be should that be needed.

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

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I say bullshit

Thus Facebook taking the image down is damn all to do with US law, decency or even moderate good sense. It's to do with protecting us from our own laws.

I don't believe that for one minute. If America's supreme court ruled FB had no right to remove the image in question and doing so infringed the poster's constitutional rights; do you think they would allow it to be reinstated or would they continue to protect us from our own laws?

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Re: TSA Proof?

it would be nigh impossible to hide a bomb inside

I am sure the bad guys would love the TSA and everyone else to believe that.

I suspect getting through security check-in is more likely to become harder rather than easier once the bad guys have shown a viable bomb can be disguised as a battery and every glass phone reveals a potentially suspicious battery. Security checks are not so much about checking items are safe but checking items are not on their list of not allowed.

Fear of battery bombs seem to be what is behind the latest security clamp down and the safety check there is to make sure the device powers on.

Because we all know there's never going to be a battery which provides power and is also a viable explosive device, right?

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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Sheesh

The exaggerated, hyper-indignant, internet outrage bandwagon rolls on.

The ironic thing is that it is FB and other social media which have brought us this mob rule, 'grab the pitchforks and light the torches', collective complaining and whining "me too" group-think culture on such a scale.

It used to be a British national sport but now seems to be an international one.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Nobody wants storage

With perfect clouding etc, there would be no need for storage at all, beyond a few kbytes needed to boot a device.

I gave you an up-vote because if we had such a utopia you would be correct.

In the real world however; neither BT or VM could even find my cloud in recent days.

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

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

it is quite easy for a 37.5kHz pinger to drift down to 33kHz once the batteries are nearly dead.

And the evidence for this claim is?

If the frequency dropped from 37.5kHz to 33kHz during the minimum 30 day battery life then it would seem the ULB was not performing to specification.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Britain's got secrets

They know perfectly well that the public will be incandescent when they fully realise what has been going on. They fear that.

I don't think they do. They won't welcome it but they certainly won't fear it. The worst which will happen in Britain is they get pushed out of office but the system will endure and they will find their way back in after a few years or decades. Meaningful outrage, revolution and fundamental change is for other countries.

In fact it's a fundamental part of the elected dictatorships the west calls democracy and is what makes those a success. Governments can fall on their swords to appease the citizens but the system and establishment remains untouched.

Big Brother isn't running the show from parliament nor Downing Street. You are simply looking at puppets there.

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'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

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Understatement of the century?

But bear in mind, when Google says the sky is falling, it doesn’t mean it necessarily is. And like any powerful corporation, it may have an agenda of self-interest.

"May have an agenda of self interest"?

I believe it is self-evident that Google does and, wanting to whatever Google wants to do, explains opposition to anything which gets in the way of that.

"Do no evil" becomes a whole lot easier when it is held that there is no evil which can be done.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: Swindon's Magic Roundabout

It would probably do a better job than many human drivers placed in in the same predicament.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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AIUI...

... a YouView box can be used with any ISP, just that you won't get the so-called 'added value services' BT and TalkTalk provide, you have fork out a ridiculous amount of money to buy the hardware yourself or find someone selling a second hand box.

A traditional STB suits many people even though there are other ways to get the content but its unsubsidised cost is prohibitive unless with BT or TalkTalk.

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