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Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

Quinch
Joke

A true cross-platform vulnerability that affects all browsers

So how do they plan to fix the users?

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Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

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FAIL

Re: I'm not seeing the problem

Such a walk can be artificially affected - and the article points out that the reason Mayhew was pulled aside because the cane was noticeably heavier than they tend to be - hence the presumed checking for said illicit items.

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Facepalm

I'm not seeing the problem

They spotted something that looked like a possible weapon, carried by someone who looked like he could use it with deadly efficiency. They pulled him aside - didn't steal anything, didn't land their Millenium Falcon in his exogorth - he was in and out in five minutes.

While I haven't had any firsthand experience with the TSA {and the horror stories I hear make me avoid transferring via US, damn the plane costs}, this looks like exactly the kind of thing they - and any airport security, for that matter - is obligated to do. Keep eyes open, identify possible threats, investigate quickly, politely and professionally and if no threat exists, thank the passenger for their time and send them on their way.

Authority abuse is apparently commonplace in the TSA, but the knee-jerk reaction to jump down their throats whenever they do anything is counterproductive, IMO.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Alien

Re: Time to pack up and leave

Just make sure it's a woods and not a mountain. Otherwise, a few years down the line, you'll get a phone call about that book you were supposed to have written by now.

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Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

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Facepalm

Re: The reality

Because field of view is not a thing? I'm fairly sure Google Glass will be able to record things that are outside a 5° angle.

As for activation prompts, I give it a week after release before a package with a user-friendly setup hits the net.

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

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Joke

Re: Bah!

Of course, you tight-fisted nincompoop. How do you expect the author to make a living from his books if we shorten the copyright?

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

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Mushroom

Re: So, ...

Or, depending on how much they paid for the specs, shit them.

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Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

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Thumb Up

So...

Bill Gates, funding research for malaria.

Larry Page, funding research for his sore throat.

It's good to have priorities.

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

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Meh

"Cupertino is reportedly planning changes to Applecare with a move towards shop-based iDevice repairs and a potentially lucrative subscription service scheme."

Call me cynical, but I think the last word is misspelled.

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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Facepalm

"...pay a fine of 800,000 ISK ($6,829) per day."

I'm sure they'll hasten to comply. I mean, that's almost an entire rounding error.

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British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

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"This beautiful handset took 9 weeks of detailed intricate work"

So basically, just long enough for it to become obsolete?

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

Quinch

Re: That first photo

"I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that."

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Mushroom

I've got no sympathy.

EA has pulled this crap again and again in the past {and again, and again, and again, and again}.

Those who do not learn from history and all that.

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

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Angel

Unrelated, I'm sure...

To the sudden trend of small-scale patent trolls suing large ones.

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Jimmy Wales: 'I'm Wikipedia's monarch'

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Boffin

Re: Wikipedia as a reference? ...

My personal tipping point came some years ago when I was trying to find out how to calculate the angles of a right triangle {atan, yes, but I didn't know at the time}. Wikipedia kindly provided the formula of {somethingsomethingsomething}/((a^2+b^2)-c^2).

I've never looked back.

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Quinch
FAIL

Wikipedia, c'est moi?

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Facebook finds new way to wring hundreds from users

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FAIL

Too little, too late?

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Aw grandad, I asked for an iPad and you got me an iPod

Quinch
FAIL

Does that mean that Apple can now sue itself for patent infringement, as Apple's products are similar enough to Apple's products to confuse the average customer, thus making Apple lose revenue or however the usual lawyer bait goes?

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Vodafone India appoints SECRET SNITCHES

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Black Helicopters

I'm not sure how to feel about this. On one hand, I'm all too happy to see buzzed, cellphone-distracted morons being discouraged by *some*one. On the other hand, quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Open source smartphone OS?

Quinch
IT Angle

Open source smartphone OS?

Just an idle thought slash discussion fodder - discuss the feasibility and prerequisites for an open-source OS running on the currently popular crop of smartphones. How possible would it be? How worthwhile? Legal ramifications? Cultural?

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UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

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FAIL

"The wider collective might claim to be leaderless," Massie explained. "But the IRC channel had a power structure and hierarchy that was clear from looking at what was going on."

And this is new how? Every mob has its instigators - what do you think the ablative armor in front is for if not for rhetorical hiding behind?

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Toshiba reveals spin transfer RAM

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"spinning left AND right"

Prior art - every politician ever?

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Big Brother

Re: 9 years old

Keep dreaming. At this rate, by the time this 9-year-old is old enough to vote, having sensible views on copyright will be grounds for imprisonment, let alone public service.

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BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

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Holmes

I concur. If you need the footnote, you won't get the joke.

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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

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Coat

Re: Don't believe a word she says...

Auuggghh!!

Knuckle! Knuckle!

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Joke

Re: Yoinks!

Oh, please. You know as well as I that the planetary angular momentum is achieved solely through well-fed human females.

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Apple CEO: Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

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Devil

Re: You know the end days are coming...

Well, the devil you know and all that.

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

Quinch
Joke

Obligatory webcomic reference

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2761

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Boffins prescribe SNAKE VENOM as future pain killer

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Joke

Re: "patent troll versus Black Mamba"

Bite them both and the one who survives gets the patent?

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Guild Wars 2 game review

Quinch
Unhappy

That's nice. Too bad they had to kill City of Heroes to push it.

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

Quinch
Terminator

No XKCD, but...

Along the lines of no-manual-driving predictions.

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-08-29

{foot the note}

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Toothbrush fixes ISS’ stuck bolt

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Flame

Okay, but what are they going to fashion the flamethrower from?

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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Re: Can they be made waterproof?

That's okay, we have lots of them.

What? What do you mean endangered?

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Chinese man blows off hands, builds new pair

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Unhappy

Re: "Wasn't there a Bond villain with attachments for that?"

No Space Truckers?

For shame.

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Did Mitt Romney really get 117,000 REAL Twitter followers in ONE DAY?

Quinch

That's a lot of hired followers

I suppose he realized that an escort service can come with a bulk discount.

The question remains - does he tip?

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

Quinch

Re: Who wants to bet

http://xkcd.com/864/

The day we have flying cars is the day I move to a cave and never emerge again. Cave bears would be safer.

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

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FAIL

Re: Abusing their position

The word is about, there's something evolving

Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving

They say the next big thing is here

That the revolution's near

But to me it seems quite clear

That it's all just a little bit of history repeating...

{with apologies to Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads}

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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

Quinch
Alien

"Tonight there are at least four countries who are on Mars..."

"At least"? Is there a hitch-hiker hiding in a trunk they can't remember if they let off?

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

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FAIL

"These figures don't take into account the takings from from digital sales and online gaming subscriptions."

And won't once they're trotted out as another reason why we need stronger "anti-piracy measures"*.

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*the usual way of saying "you should pay us for the service of handing your machine to us"

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How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

Quinch

So a flubbed program cost a company botting stock exchanges a few hundred million dollars?

Please observe as I shed a single salty tear.

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MYSTERY as six people SURVIVE deadly VAMPIRE BAT BITES

Quinch
IT Angle

Re: Draculin???

It's even less of a stretch between the two, once you consider the origins of the vampire myth - namely rabies symptoms.

Both are contracted by bites - I'm not sure how widespread blood-sucking bats are across the globe, but it dovetails nicely with the traditional vampiric ability to transform into flying rats {the featherless kind}.

Rabies' scientific name is hydrophobia - a quite literal fear of water that usually comes from the victim's inability to swallow. Especially holy water, as the local godbothering institutions quickly took out a "solution for repelling hemo-oriented entities" patent.

Aversion to sunlight, which while it doesn't quite turn the rabies victims to dust, the photosensitivity would probably make them wish it did.

And of course, the massive drooling combined with the aforementioned difficulty to swallow which gave rise to the iconic showing of the fangs.

Or maybe Count Dracula was just patient zero...

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Dell airdrops military-grade data-centre-in-a-crate

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Mushroom

Re: ...data centre that "blended in" ... would not be a target)

I think the merkins have a standing policy of not fighting anyone who can afford post-cold-war equipment.

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Smartphone-wielding Obamaniacs trounce Romney in poll

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Flame

Of course, there'll be also-rans, with voting numbers in single digits {or decimal points, for that matter}.

But then again, if recent history is to be believed, the American electorate can barely be bothered to tell the difference between two candidates, let alone a dozen. Might as well flip a coin and be done with it.

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Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft

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Boffin

Re: If only a quality, user friendly Linux distro was available...

User friendliness - or lack thereof - in whatever Linux distro be your preference is probably the biggest contributing factor that Windows managed to get as entrenched in the nineties as it did, and the "by geeks, for geeks" mindset is something the Linux development community still needs to get out of.

The day the word "compile" is excised from the basic help files for Joe Luser is the day Linux stands a chance as a consumer OS.

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Japan Anonymous aims to fight download law by picking up litter

Quinch
Trollface

Protesting *constructively*?

How long do you think it'll be before Anonymous officially disavows them?

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Tomb Raider dev denies Croft rape scene

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WTF?

White Knighting

Am I the only one who actually takes a positive view at this? I mean, let's reiterate what we know so far;

The eponymous heroine is captured and cornered. One of the captors attempts to rape her and *promptly gets his ass gunned down by his would-be victim*. Followed by cries of objectification and "poor raped Lara".

The only message I'm seeing here is "you don't have to be a victim". That even if a woman can't prevent an attempted rape, however dire the circumstances, she can prevent a successful one. I can't speak for members of the double-X demographic, but I find the situation where a female character is put in a nauseating position and *gets herself out of it* empowering more than anything else.

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Legendary sci-fi fantasy author Ray Bradbury exits planet Earth

Quinch

Re: He didn't just write science fiction....

Sounds like Dandelion Wine, maybe.

Antelopes.

Gazelles.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Quinch
Angel

Somehow I fail to be surprised at yet another, if literal, implementation of the "walled garden" principle.

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The cyber-weapons paradox: 'They're not that dangerous'

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Black Helicopters

So... they sneak through the defenses, travel undetected and there is no trace of them until they have already done their damage or destroyed their target? It's all so clear - cyber-weapons are just a red herring to distract us from the fact that they're hiring ninjas!

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