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3025 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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FFS

"provides access to SweetLabs' own app store"

It's cute 'n all the way Windows and Windows partners are trying desperately to copy the GNU/Linux package management system; if hilarious the way they are turning it into a total clusterfuck.

"Hey kids, Win8 sucks as. Here's a fix and a store you never wanted."

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WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

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Top tips

Have bullion? Here's two top tips to prevent pain like this:

1) Inform your insurer and make sure it's covered; or

2) Use a feckin' bank vault! (Recommended)

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: Not fair

"A thief (or a so-called locksmith in much of Europe) does not piss around picking a lock when it can be drilled"

This is noisy, it attracts attention (especially if the barrel is hardened against drilling). As for snapping, an anti-snap lock will leave the thief holding a useless shard of metal with the lock still firmly in the door. Bumping? Well helloooooo anti-bump locks. Yes, if you buy a £10 piece of crap then your points hold. If, however, you throw some actual wedge at an actual lock you improve your chances. And one good lock at that, not six shitty ones weakening the door and frame

When we moved house we changed the locks after a few lock-picking classes. Eye-opener. Bumping is a piece of piss on a cheap lock. If you are reading this, own property and you haven't been to lock-picking classes, go.

The goal is not to be impenetrable - the goal is to be too much bother so bastards move on.

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Re: Not fair

> And yet camouflage is still used even on armoured vehicles.

Nice try, and I did chuckle.

"Security by obscurity" is more like painting your armoured vehicle luminescent yellow and then getting all upset when people can see it. And, if you were the MPAA/RIAA/BPI demanding a law be passed to make it illegal for people to look at your luminescent yellow armoured vehicle rather than fix the actual issue.

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Re: Not fair

"Not really. You can easily make a "bump" key for an ordinary lock. This will enable anybody to open the lock in seconds"

Only if you buy cheap-ass, shitty locks (usually only rated for internal use). And if you have those on your front door - kiss any insurance cover goodbye.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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But they didn't. IT said "not our problem", the library staff said "it's the WiFi, not us". it was only when it went public on blog/Twitter that the library saw fit to stop censoring books.

More complete account

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Re: Why didn't he plug into ...

Because it is also filtered. The filtering happens at the network level.

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Excellent

We must protect the children from culture!

Err...hang on...

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NSA to world+dog: We're only watching 1.6% of internet, honest

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OK, that's fine then.

Paedos only rape 0.0001% of children, so that's OK too?

Terrorists only kill 0.001% of people, so is that OK?

Muggers only blight the lives of 0.01% of people, that must be fine.

Seriously NSA, you are meant to be smart. An immoral act is an immoral act, regardless of the number of people it affects.

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The man from Del Monte, he says... NO! .delmonte gTLD bid crushed, juiced

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Re: Is this still going on?

Here's a new paradigm - not making piles of cash and simply do their fucking job.

(Sorry for sweary, but I feel it is warranted)

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Re: I wonder if the top level domain "gimp" is available

I know who should request that. GIMP.

(Possibly the worst named application in IT.)

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.icant?

ICANN needs to get a grip. .org, .net. com etc...these are all cool. They make (some) sense.

.co.uk, .co.us etc...also good. One is a UK company, the other a USA one. They make sense.

Of course borders change, companies move (probably to avoid tax) so locking yourself into geographic domain might be a bit short-sighted. Back to the TLDs.

.bank? Yeah, that makes good sense. Especially if they have strict rules on security, who can join etc. I am sure you can think of more.

.coke? No. .cola? No. .buttplug? Ah...no; no thanks.

The increasing number of TLDs will make it harder on users as well. Should they go to creditcard.com? creditcard.co.au? credit.card? Or my.creditcard? "creditcard" will also have to register everything to prevent domain squatters and abuse. A nice money spinner for ICANN.

ICANN - defenders of ICANN's wallet!

Also, if DMC can object to DMI wanting .delmonte; can I object to a company using my family surname as a TLD? Heck, there's a money spinner right there. Register surnames and then sell off big.yin etc. ICANN won't complain too much, more money for them!

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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Do I understand this?

So if you are being trolled - don't go there. That simple.

If you are seeing porn - OMG! BAN THE INTERNETS! THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Rather than, y'know, block it yourself or simply don't look at it.

Does this po-faced monkey-boy understand WTF he is talking about?

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See a young Brit's mobe? 55% chance it has nekkid selfies on it, claims poll

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Re: @ The Big Yin - So...

It's already happened in the states IIRC. Girlfriend/Boyfriend swapped selfies (16-ish I think from memory) and BAM, all hell lets loose.

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So...

...arrest 55% of young Brits as being traffickers in Child Porn. Isn't that what Cameron wants?

Or will he legislate that phones should recognise naughty bits and refuse to take the photo? THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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Well...

...it's certainly a better role model than the usual crap flavours Barbie comes in.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

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Re: Surely misguided?

My connection has been going wonky too, but as I have a new router and have been having the power trip; I didn't put it down to VM

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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Re: Penalties?

Reading that, and the various bit about perjury, there appears to be know real penalty for issuing requests excessively.

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Penalties?

Are there any for a false DMCA request? e.g. fine or jail?

If not, there bloody well should be. Bot or not, a false request should result in the requester facing censure.

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Intel's homage to Raspberry Pi: The much pricier Minnowboard

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Missing the point.

AGAIN!

The point of the RasPi is for kids to learn on and it has to be cheap enough so that if it gets broken, no big deal. Any competitor has to be as cheap (or cheaper).

Ergo, this is no competitor. This is yet another small(ish) form-factor bandwagon hopper.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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I was annoyed...

...when I discovered my mobile internet service was censored. I didn't consider the site I was accessing to be "adult".

This just comes back to parents needing to take responsibility for their kids. Make the tools available. Educate people. But do not censor everyone "for the children".

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: So....

Assumption: total pron ban.

Sites affected by same: Well, the obvious ones (playboy etc).

DDG, Google etc as they will have to filter results

4chan, reddit etc where some of the boards contain pornographic images.

Maybe even sites like "The Sun" can contain erotic imagery on their front page.

Seriously...Cameron is a fucking moron. He clearly does not understand the Internet.

If parents want porn (or whatever) blocked, they can learn how to do it themselves or they can pay someone to sort it out for them.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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Re: What's the problem?

"I think that sentiment can easily be extended to any cloud service under [ANY] jurisdiction."

Unless, of course, you encrypt all you data prior to upload. Oh, and that personal cloud thing you run on your own VPS? You still need to encrypt.

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Re: Finnish swearing

Almost. "The devil's blunt-head".

I leave you to figure out which charming word takes the place of "blunt".

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

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Re: Hypothetically speaking

Shit happens, true. And as long as contracts have been signed, correct (i.e. vetted) procedures put in place, training given and procedures followed; if something goes wrong you simply have to shrug, call it "systemic" and try to fix the weak point.

But that's not this case is it? The NHS managers failed (no contract for a start!) and faced no comeback. Zero. None. Nada. Zip.

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MagicPlay creator crafts Raspberry Pi demo

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FAIL

Cobblers

The model A (sans case, P&P etc) was touted at USA$25 and that is exactly what it retails at. Farnell

The model B (first on which was release) retails at USA$35. Farnell

(USA links)

Prices in other countries (e.g. UK) are roughly comparable. e.g the model B retail at UK$28.07 which is pretty much bang-on the money when you allow for exchange rates and tax (20%).

I don't know where you are getting USA$103 from, care to cite?

Note: Your delivery cost will be higher due to p&p, nothing the RasPi folks can do about that.

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Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

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C'mon Android vendors!

Get your shit together and start integrating with Enterprise systems. MS are on the ropes, now is your time to carve up the market and ensure somethng approaching actual competition.

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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

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Re: Let me get this straight

Less wrong != Right

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Re: Let me get this straight

I know it's been going on since about 1985 - but I would not have expected Obama to accelerate the intrusion and oppression of freedom.

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Let me get this straight

It's "OK" for the USA to spy on everyone (even USAian) but it's not OK for China et al to do the same?

I had respect for Obama once, no more.

What can be done about these politicians (Obama, Cameron...) who have no respect for their nation, culture or people?

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Re: A suggestion to all those OEMs

ARG!

[Y]ou might just stimulate the wider IT market as they will [now] be free to innovate.

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A suggestion to all those OEMs

Lots of people would like those ARM units. Strip them of the OS, add some extra keys to the correct UEFI database (or just disable secure boot). Flog them naked.

You won't get all your cash back, but you will stem your losses and you never know, you might just stimulate the wider IT market as they will not be free to innovate.

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Dancing Sepp Blatter on 'World Cup site' creates security flap

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A fair world cup?

How about FIFA pay fair taxes to the host nation? Rather than the 0% rate FIFA demand from host nations.

Seriously. 0%. They pay athletes millions per year to punt a bag of air around, and yet are happy to deny an impoverished nation a share of their vast profits. No wonder the Brazilians are rioting. I don't blame them!

I also not the UK's total silence on this abhorrent tax avoidance by FIFA. Maybe Google and Starbucks should hire FIFA's lobbying firm?

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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

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That's nice

Maybe they'll have enough engineers spare to properly test their UEFI drivers!

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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

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Once more...

...the rich buy the justice they think they deserve. Nothing will be done. Cameron doesn't care (be wants the money and they're all his pals). Milliband doesn't care (same reasons). No one cares about Clegg.

Not only should the PIs be charged, those who I instructed should charged; the SOCA officers who suppressed this should be charged; the senior officers who fostered this culture should be charged; any who took bribes should be charged; and so on.

But nothing will happen bar, maybe, a few low ranking sods getting it in the neck for PR and some waffle about "lessons learned". Just like the tax and expense scandals, it'll be all about looks and nothing of substance.

We are governed by corrupt, self-serving assholes. There are no exceptions I am aware of.

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SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

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Well...

...I guess they need somewhere to store all that data for the NSA.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: Doubling? Did I miss something? Yes you did.

£1.10 is the cost of the underground, given that it only serves some parts of the city some parts of the day (not night service and little on a Sunday), the price is fair.

FristBus hold a near monopoly on buses in Glasgow (and as the city council are bunch of gutless wasters spunking money on jumped-up sports days when no destroying the local architecture - e.g. George Square); FirstBus get away with totally eye-watering prices (and a dreadful service).

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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Re: And folks it's happened

Prolly the same person.

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Re: Makers may need that...

"Strange but the "Win8" sticker requires that SecureBoot can be switched off by the end user."

Not on all platforms. On ARM it means that SecureBoot can't be switched off.

"So no problem there ASSUMING the user wants to install another OS."

The device (any device) is there to serve the user, not the OEM. End of discussion really. Anything that limits the actions of a user (up to and including destroying the device) is a bad idea. Of course, the OEM can set some sensible defaults; but the final say should always (always) be with the end-user (or, at least, their corporate IT department).

As for the 1%, you are confusing the traditional desktop with every other platform.

I know UEFI is not the same as SecureBoot, that's why I made it a separate point.

"if you want to taint a proper CSS system with that FossTard stuff."

Ah, a classic example of someone who has no point to make so has resort to name calling.

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Re: Makers may need that...

They will when the bad UEFI implementation bricks their shiny new Win8 toy (e.g. Samsung). When folks buy a car, they tend to do a bit of research (diesel vs petrol, Ford vs Skoda etc etc).

Why they don't clue themselves up a little before buying a PC always amazes me.

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Re: Makers may need that...

And I'll add:

It may provide security to the user, but at the moment it is purely a means to block competition. And as for UEFI - it's clear that this is a total clusterfuck due to OEMs (e.g. Samsung, Lenovo) not following proper testing strategies.

I'm running a 5 year old PC. The only thing I can't do is play modern games (e.g. Crysis 2). I don't care about modern games though (loads of much more innovative indie stuff around). As my PC does everything I need (plays HD video & music, allows me to documents, email yaddah-yaddah) I am not going to blow circa £750 on a new box just because MS have spunked some crap out.

MS is not Apple, it does not have fanbois with masses of disposable income wanting to be a pretend trend-setter.

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Makers may need that...

...users need/want a platform where they can install what they want, when they want and how they want. And also optionally lock-it down if they want.

MS can take their SecureBoot anti-competitive plot and ram it up their arse side-ways.

It may provide security to the user, but at the moment it is purely a means to block competition. And as for UEFI - it's clear that this is a total clusterfuck due to OEMs (e.g. Samsung, Lenovo) not following proper testing strategies.

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Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Let's assume a few things here

1) I am an evil minded terrorist/super-villain

2) I can amass enough people/equipment to make a viable assault on the G8 summit

3) I can do all this in total secrecy without tipping off the CIA etc.

Am I going to be thwarted by Google erasing some pictures? Err...no. Maybe I'll just go and buy, I dunno, a paper map! Or use one of my super-secrect-deepthroat-agents to procure detailed terrain info. Or any number of other things.

This is has security-purely-for-looks all over it.

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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

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Re: 2) They should have an indicator light hard-wired to the webcam power

A lot of those lights are software controlled though. Aye you 100% sure that Logitech one is hardwired to power?

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Re: Surprise!

But it's not an MS exploit, it's an Adobe Flash exploit. Flash still runs on GNU/Linux when using Chrome.

GNU/Linux has exploits too (which is why we get kernel updates etc). Almost all beyond trivial "Hello World" programs will have exploits.

A PC is only secure as the monkey who configured it.

That said, I do prefer GNU/Linux. That is partly personal preference, partly the fact I enjoy freedom and partly because I want to keep off the enforced upgrade-cycle. I can't afford a new PC every couple of years.

As for webcams....

1) They should have a physical cover; and

2) They should have an indicator light hard-wired to the webcam power and beyond software control (cam is on? That light is on, no way to bypass without a soldering iron).

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: KISS

"I refuse to buy any clothes where you pay extra for the brand name AND for the privilege of advertising it for them."

Yup. A discrete label or logo I'll accept. But "MEGA-CORP ULTRA TOGS" across....not so much.

I am reminded for a MAD cartoon with a guy wearing a T-shit that said: Meet a schmuck who pays to give free advertising to a multi-billion dollar company.

(Or something like that)

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Yeah

Like NOTHING will go wrong with that! This should be left to the end-user/owner. Education is the key, not restrictions on use.

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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So...

...are the MPs stating they have evidence of Google committing a criminal act? i.e. breaking tax law? yes? To the courts!

Oh wait, they're not. They are flapping their gums and trying to sound good.

Who wrote the laws?

Not me, not you; but the muppets who are now engaged in damage limitation.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: Follow the science

"I find the third outcome interesting, as it seems to indicate that the sick badgers are the ones slow/ill enough to get culled."

I don't like where that could lead...TB-immune super-badgers. They'll take over!

Are those three summary points from Krebs? I thought Krebs was meant to be bunk (comments above).

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Re: I'm on the fence on this one

"I have found it amusing how many people have been shocked at the idea of people being out in the countryside shooting"

And they'll complain about it as they tuck into venison, pheasant or rabbit!

I'm just not convinced nuking the badgers will solve the issue. I think (and I am prepared to be wrong) the main issue is a human one - dodgy farming practises.

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