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US judge greenlights case against Google Wi-Fi slurp

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I get it

Google captured the network data. No question.

Google /could/ mine, index and cross-reference that data.

Google /could/ release that data and someone else /could/ do the mining etc.

This all /could/ lead to a massive loss of privacy.

I get that, I really do. And it raises many questions about how society and the law deal with such things.

But....

Is it really (really, really) a criminal offence to do little more than record what people are publicly blasting into the air? If I record on a dictaphone what someone in a public place is shouting, have I now broken some law? If someone put personal information on a billboard, are you guilty of a crime just for looking? These people are *giving* their information away.

Is Google the whipping-boy? I'm not so sure. Is it a PR disaster? Oh my yes. Should they have done it? I don't think so. Was it malicious or with bad intent? Probably not - I'm going with cock-up.

If YOU d not secure YOUR data on YOUR network, don't be too surprised when it goes AWOL.

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Microsoft floats 'site-ready' IE10 preview

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@Wortel

They don't need to produce a special browser per enterprise, they need to make it possible to manage FF in an enterprise environment in general.

If you want to stop enterprises "attaching themselves upside down and sideways onto one of it's branches with their proprietary deprecated crap", then you have to make it possible for them to use something else.

One can do this with IE, the fact one cannot do it with FF is a fail of epic proportions.

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Idiots

Mozilla are a bunch of cocks for not getting why they need to support the enterprise.

As much as I malign MS for also being a bunch of cocks, they are (in some places) actually supporting [emerging] standards and not poisoning the well for others. IE9 is the best browser they have ever produced and is arguably the best browser available. Certainly for the enterprise now that Mozilla have finally admitted they don't give two shits.

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Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud

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No thanks

What is the point of listening to someone flap their gums when their own websites proscribe that you use a Windows as your OS? Got OS X? Parcelforce don't care. Got Droid? Parcelforce don't care. Got a Linux? Parcelforce don't care. What non-Windows peeps will get is a big, fat warning that you must run Windows or your order may fail.

Don't believe me? Go here and try for yourself (don't use Windows, obviously): http://www.parcelforce.com/

1. Click any red "Buy" button

2. Click "Continue"

3. Wait....

4. See nice big warning message, Parcelforce do not want your business!

And why is this a fail? Well, so long as the browser support HTML/CSS standards, the web app should not care what OS you are on. Really, for a browser based application that is (or should be) standards compliant, who give a flying crap what the OS is? It runs in the browser!

Oh yeah, and they demand you have Adobe Acrobat too. Why? Search me. It's not the only PDF game in town.

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McAfee to wipe mess off .xxx pr0n sites

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This won't be a problem...

...in the UK (and probably no in Oz either). ISPs will just be told to block all ".xxx" sites. Why? To protect the children, dammit! </daily mail>

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Samsung NC110 matte-screen netbook

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Is there an edition...

...of Windows that isn't shit?

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Google battles MicroSkype with 'open' VoIP protocol

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@AC

<pedant>

And it will never use one Kb. Not ever. I leave it to you to figure out why.

</pedant>

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BT wary of rights holders' site-blocking proposal

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So...

...Big Music is represented, Big ISP is represented; where is the public voice?

Oh wait, the public can't buy the expensive junkets, so don't matter.

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Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

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VM seems fine to me

There again, I'm usually only playing Sauerbraten.

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Faking reviews? You should fret about more than illegality

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Not just web forums

There is a long history in publishing of authors for the same house giving each other glowing reviews. Will that now be stamped on?

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Bluetooth goes 3D with Apple

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Would the RF...

...ionising enough to damage the cells? I wouldn't have thought so (being below light), but what do I know.

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WTF?

"Wellness industry"

WTF is that?

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FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid

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If ones "cloud"...

...is in one location, then one really isn't getting the point.

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Programmers urged to code with their tootsies

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Real programmers...

...use butterflies. http://xkcd.com/378/

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BT, TalkTalk refused appeal against Digital Economy Act

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It's simple

On the one hand you have the public. You know, the whining sods who cause problems.

On the other hand you have the BPI, MPAA, RIAA etc. You know, the very nice people who bought that sumptuous dinner, tickets for football games and promised you that nice job if the public boot you out on your ear.

Who do you think they are voting in favour of?

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BMW intros revamped Mini as sporty MG-alike

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False advertising?

Is it just me or is the "Mini" now actually a "Maxi"?

Has anyone told Austin?

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Firefox web 3D engine fosters image theft bug

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My mistakes

It was "Context Information Security" who published the big report, MS who did some light-weight review.

But the question remains - Did they report it to Khronos/Mozilla/Google and give them time to fix before they went public?

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Probably the same

Assuming Linux suffers from this issue, by the sounds of it it would.

Just checked FF and the options are the same on a Linux.

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Here's a thing

MS found a vulnerability, jolly good. Did they report it to Khronos/Mozilla/Google and give them time to fix before they went public? Or did they just publish? (And only a short while after IE9 was spunked out - curious).

The story does not say, and it's an important question. Or should zero-days on MS products now be made public as a matter of course?

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Panasonic preps outdoor Android slate

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Matt display!

Yay! Can we get laptops with a matt display too, please? PUH-LEEZE!!!!!!

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States consider saner 'sexting' penalties for teens

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Depends...

...on how the picture were taken, who took them and who they get sent to. We don't want to reduce the ability to apply the law to paedos (yes, I know this is getting very close to the "think of the children" argument). I guess one could provide advice to the courts (can they do that in the USA?) that says something like "If the sending party was between 14-18 and the act of sending/receipt was consensual, then send them away with a flea in their ear."

Actually, give that advice to the cops. Much better that the teens get some education on privacy; before they find their bits plastered all over Facebook or something.

You are quite right about the puritanical furore that grips the USA at times. Look at the "Hot Coffee" hack. It's OK for a 14 year old to play a game where they can machine-gun down passers-by ("Hell yeah! Ah gots ah raht to mah guns, commie!") but simulated sex? Oh dear.

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I blame...

...the Daily Mail. "Fixing" these laws is political suicide *until* enough people have been crushed by them. That's happened in the USA, so the law can be sorted. Not sure if the same problems have happened here yet.

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Google Instant Pages: Search sites rendered before you click

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So...

...the browser reads-ahead on the results links to give you that "instant page"? That's Old Skool that is.

Watch your bandwidth caps and fair-usage clauses, people.

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Video vigilantes in trouble again

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There may be more to it

That bloke fell over in a public place.

The inside of a shop is not public.

Did I just defend The Sun? I feel dirty.

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

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Having met

A couple of devout scientists, I quickly formed the conclusion that it is not possible to be a scientist and to follow a faith. Well....maybe Bhuddism or something similar, but certainly not any Abrahamic faith or anything remotely like it.

Why? Well, a scientist must (crudely) have a theory, make a prediction, test that prediction and then publish results. Other scientists will then confirm/refute and we take a small step forward. Wall the time their is evidence, proof, invalidation, refinement etc. It all follows logical thought and it all must be supported by evidence an everything constantly questioned.

Faith? It's in a book. You must accept the book in totality. You may not question the book. The book is a translation of a translation of a translation of a.....but it is still the WORD and must be OBEYED UTTERLY WITHOUT QUESTION!

These two are, I put it to you, opposed and mutually exclusive. if you are a theistic scientist, then you are either a very bad scientist or a very bad theist. You cannot have it both way.

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It's not just there

It's in the UK too. At least they have separation of church and state. Meanwhile our government continues to throw public money at faith schools.

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Bitcoin slump follows senators’ threats

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FAIL

@David Hicks

"its image isn't helped by the fanbase of people who don't think they should have to pay any taxes, ever"

WHAT? It's backed by football players, music & movie stars, banks, supermarkets and mobile phone companies? Wow. That's some serious backing!

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Seems like...

...it is stabilising around the USA$19. For now.

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Taxman recruits fricking tax-collecting robots

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I've been trying...

...to call Mr. taxman about my new income, and I can't get through. ARGH!

I want to pay you Mr. HRMC. I have this misguided idea it might make a difference and I accept that I am too small to get cushy deals like Vodafone. I want to pay you - pick up the goddamned phone already!

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Cabinet Office talks to Facebook & co about new ID system

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No.

No, no, no, no!

Going to let a private corporation own our legal identity? Feck that for a game of soldiers.

My on-line identities do not equate to my legal identity nor should they IMHO. Sure, my bank can match my login to my legal-self, but I trust my bank slightly more than I trust FB. Why would somewhere that I may post picture of kittens doing somersaults have any need to equate to my legal self?

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Microsoft loses Supreme patent fight over Word

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Unless you are in the USA...

...where they are.

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Schadenfreude

And buckets of it. After decades of using patents as a weapon to crush opposition and stifle innovation, MS have just got bitten on the ass by their own tactic. I can't say I am sorry.

The fact that they are trying to spin this into them being the wounded party and now a fighter for patent reform is laughable. These are the very same people who are blowing a gasket about the attempt to reverse-engineer the Skype protocol (to pick one example) and continue to use patent threats (Android, Linux, MPEG....).

Bend over and take your medicine, MS. You were part of making this problem, you are still part of this problem and you can never be part of the solution unless you walk the walk and much as you talk the talk.

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Council fined for randomly emailing personal data

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Err...

...I think you mean "Taxpayers punished for civil servants' ineptitude", after all it's us who pay these fines to...err...ourselves in cases like this. Those who failed (if anyone) need to face the music, not our collective wallet.

Oh, wait, this is the civil service. I forgot.

Carry on!

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Adobe rushes out patch for all-platform Flash vuln

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@peter 45

No system is 100% secure. None. So a system will always starts out with, say W problems. Over time X more are found for any given time period t. So the total number of faults is W + Xt. This number grows with t.

Fixes, Y, for those problems are released. So the total number of faults is now W + t(X - Y).

Ah, but wait, those fixes may introduce some other issues, Z, so the total number of faults is W + t(X -Y +Z) where Z is some fraction of Y...say f, so Y is fY

W + t(X -Y + fY) which si W + t(X -Y(1-f))

So long as Y(1-f) > Z then a patched system actually gets more secure as time goes on rather than an un-patched one, because more are holes are getting plugged than are being discovered/created.

Just because Windows makes keeping a system up to date a raging pile of ball-ache does not make a highly patched system a bad thing. So long as those patches fix more problems than they cause.

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I see no issue

Regular updates mean a secure system. The more the better.

Just let your package manager handle the updates for your OS and installed apps, authenticate once, all done. You don't even need to reboot unless the kernel changes.

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Skype reverse-engineered and open sourced

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AIUI

The rules change depending on where one is. I think the rules in the article are for the USA and don't apply to the EU. Anyone know what the EU rules are? Can the article be updated with the EU rules?

If he did all this legally, I hope MS do respond and I hope they get told where to shove their complaint.

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Microsoft eyes Ubuntu and Debian love on Hyper-V

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I see...

...Project Embrace is proceeding well.

We all know which two projects follow.

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Russian computer programmer buries himself alive

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@Loyal Commentator

Aye, I am well aware that some herbs do have pharmaceutical properties. To quote Dara O'Brien:

"The good bits of herbal medicine became....MEDICINE!"

Although if the herb is potent enough for what ails you...may as well use that I guess.

Now where did I put those ginger pills.....?

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What is it...

...with seemingly intelligent people buying into happy-clappy, unproven BS these days? Homeopathy, chiropracty, cults of all shapes and sizes, crystal healing, reiki, etc.

Depressing. I best take some St. John's Wort.....

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Tesco pricing cock-up provokes beer stampede

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Great marketing campaign

Tesco is all over the press, on the front page of the Beeb. A cheap way to get your name plastered all over.

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Oracle drops OpenOffice on Apache, shuns forkers

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An enemy...

...divided is an enemy defeated. Hopefully Apache can heal the rift between OpenOffice and LibreOffice. We need two competing versions like we need a hole in the head just now.

Yes, choice is good, freedom is great; but division of labour won't do anything to help O/L-Office take on MS.

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Think PCs will drop in price? Think again, warns Intel

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Translation:

"There is no viable competitor, we have the lock-in, we can charge what we want".

That about right? Intel - the MS of the chip world.

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Rumbled benefits cheats offer sensational excuses

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Benefit fraud is a joke

Just look at how our MPs/MEPs treat their benefits....

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Vatican crackdown at Rome's Playboy Mansion-style monastery

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Childcatcher

Christians...

...are human too. Who'd a thunk it?

Give up the dogma, recant the hypocrisy and start enjoying life.

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HTC to stop locking smartphone bootloader code

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*blink*

Are handset makers starting to see sense?

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McKinnon's mum applauds Obama extradition stance

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Read...

..."The Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll.

They haven't learnt a thing!

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Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo

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@Shakje

Because I have never had satellite or cable, I needed fast broadband, I got a very good deal, I thought I'd give it a go. It's not worth it.

@Danny 14

No, you cannot (and I did state you won't have certain channels). As I don't watch Sky Sports etc, they're of no interest to me.

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I will be implementing pretty much what I stated when my contract ends.

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Network?

Can it be networked? Can I stream any media (flac, ogg, mp4, whatever) from any location on my network to that box? If the answer is "No" then this is an epic fail. I did scan the article but didn't spot it.

For that money I'd go get a small-ish, quite PC (something like a Fit-PC2, but maybe with more oomph) drop XBMC/Myth on it and stream from a common source (e.g. a desktop with a Freesat card). No ties-in, no limitations, no continuing charges.

OK, so I won't have FX, Discovery etc, but I have those now and really (apart from Mythbusters) there isn't much worth watching. Take the savings and throw some at the broadband connections, yer still quids in.

When will these companies realise that they are now just another utility?

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Ofnuke: UK is not Japan

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@Micky 1

...you can create as many straw men as you like, but my worry was that we suck at major contracts (which is why I said "any major UK contract"). Almost without exception, every major contract any modern UK government has tried has gone massively over-budget and been a total shambles.

Individual components are all well and good, but when they are put together by monkeys you get garbage like our two new carriers (one to be moth-balled, one to barely carry and planes, budget through the roof and they're not even nuclear!). Or Failtrack. Or the Metro Line. Or....

To give you straw-man some actual body; at a consumer level, the last semi-decent UK product I can think of was the Dyson Vacuum cleaner - but that's now made in China.

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Sarko to Schmidt & co: 'You can't escape' net regulation

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Er...

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité"? Really?

More like

"Control, Restriction, Slavery"

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