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Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

JassMan
Trollface

Maybe the difference in figures between countries

might be down to how much they can sting each government making the request. There was a recent story on how M$oft make a minimum of $200 and often $400 or more on responding to many requests. European governments tend to be more stingy in paying for information they think should be available to law enforcement for free.

The only reason the US figure is not 100% is that if it was, it would show how much they enjoy selling your private info.

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

JassMan
Flame

They have to keep all that moolah offshore

so that they can buy jollies for the congressmen who they rely on to write the laws that let them get away with all the loopholes.

Whoever wrote "Government by the rich for the rich" may have thought he was being sarcastic but never has a truer word been written in jest.

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Bank-raid ZeuS malware waltzes around web with 'valid app signature'

JassMan
Trollface

Given the validation process on the xBox for checking passwords, perhaps the name on the certificate is a red herring. Perhaps windows doesn't even check the certificate if the downloaded file is unencrypted but just says it is. Has anybody checked?

Microsoft - so secure that a 5year old can crack it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/04/five_year_olds_xbox_live_password_hack/

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

JassMan
Trollface

Their big mistake...

was to get hacked. If they had sold off the data just like the NHSIC, it would be a pat on the back. They just weren't thinking big enough. Instead of losing 10K records they should have been beaten care.data off the mark by selling the medical records of the entire country (after first failing to send leaflets to everyone saying they have to opt out of course.)

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

JassMan

Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Silly me. There I was thinking that I spoke English as EN. Besides how are you supposed to guess there are other languages available when they don't show any pretty flags.

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JassMan
Trollface

Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

I don't fancy trying to find the appropriate support pages on the bq website if it all goes wrong. Good on them though for picking a European builder as well as a far eastern one.

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NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

JassMan
Coat

Maybe just maybe

"The Moon's surface is covered by a thin layer of very fine dust, the smallest remains of meteorites and other space debris smashing down. It's highly abrasive and clings to everything due to its electrostatic charge, so could make lunar living more troublesome. Thus, NASA wants to understand what's going on."

Perhaps, since the dust floating above the surface is the same as the dust which makes up the surface. A such it have the same electrostatic charge and like charges repel. Add in a bit of brownian motion and Bob's your uncle^H^H^H^H^H lunar sunrise.

Mine's the one with a few grand worth of lunar rocks in the pocket.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

JassMan

The worst thing

is that the politicians are still lying about this data and saying we don't need to worry becuase it is stored in an anonymous database. LIE! It is on partially anonymised when your data is sold on.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

JassMan

The last paragraph says it all

As they say, this is a MULTI-BILLION euro business, I am sure the regulators will find a way to make an exception. They are politicians after all. Just think of a certain French ex-prime minister and brown envelopes from a major beauty products company. Not saying anything was ever proven, just "nil combustibus pro fumo" ( © Flanders & Swann)

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

JassMan

Optional Functionality

"In addition, functionalities such as sensing, molecule delivery, or photothermal excitation can be added to rod-shaped motors, enabling them to carry out different operations directly inside cells that may be interesting for biomedical applications,"

Forget the molecule delivery, what they need is rotating knives or perhaps a nano version of the ubiquitous kitchen whisk, thus enabling it to completely trash an cancer cells it comes across.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

JassMan

Confused

Is this new phone being built/released by Nokia Devices & Services (the admittedly large chunk of Nokia bought by Microsoft) or is it another division that now feels free to get back into the phone business now that all the dead wood has been sold off?

Hopefully whichever division it is has some really good lawyers. I can't imagine that Microsoft didn't pop in a little no-compete clause, but equally I don't see that the head of the purchased division will be too happy with his minions producing a phone not based on WinPho.

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Ex-Oracle manager claims he was fired for asking to give Indian staff equal pay

JassMan

Hope he wins his case

It is about time someone stood up for equql pay for equal work. Too many global companies are getting away with importing lower paid foreign workers at the expense of equally qualified locals. These practices hurt everyone except the board members.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

JassMan
Joke

Re: "Blue Origin"

Aaaahhh! BO as in Blue Origin - there I was thinking Bezos had the other kind of BO and so I wasn't surprised they wouldn't let him near 39A

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

JassMan

Amazing how many leaders...

saying what a wonderful man he was are the same leaders who said he was a terrorist back in the 60s, 70s and 80s and did their best to supress anti-apartheid demonstrations. I believe Geoge Dubbya still had the ANC listed as a proscribed organisation as late as 2008.

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

JassMan

@AC 16:29

I always thought the menopause caused HOT flushes. The icy stare only results from mentioning the tabboo subject.

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

JassMan

Petition schmetition

They would get their 100000 sigs quicker if they hadn't put it on Google +. This smacks of trying to drum up cutomers for Gogle + in the same way as the big YouTube comments scam;

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

JassMan

Does it use a local dictionary?

If you are playing in the UK can you say MERDE or can you use words in in English which have no meaning in Merkin such as ARSE ('cos we all know they speak out of their ASSES) or even TWUNT?

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

JassMan
Joke

Re: Don't understand this!

Simple answer - they are obviously running the timebase from a multiplier based on "MicrosoftMinutes"

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

JassMan
Trollface

Simple answer

Since it doesn't atack .EXE files, just change the extension of all your important files. Any decent OS can work out what app to launch from the file contents. Oh wait... Did someone say it atacks MS based OSes.

Just tested it on a .DOC, .JPG and .TXT on my PC and seems to work well. I can even get rid of the extension completely and it still works. Does seem to confuse the thumbnails though - OOPS!

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Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods

JassMan
Trollface

All references to unicorns are just for the hype

as the articles says:

"...creature has a PAIR of unusually long, straight and close horns – resembling unicorn's head spike"

The clue is in the UNIcorns name ie UNI as in ONE, like a unicycle.

Apart from the fact it has 2 horns instead of 1, which are curved while everyone knows they are straight, it has no helices on either of them. Not only that but they face the wrong way.

Just like a wooden block is almost like an orange if it had an infinite number of faces instead of six, if it was orange istead of brown and if it was actually edible to anything other than termites.

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

JassMan
Trollface

cyber squatting

I would think if your name is Bill Jockeys or John Cursed, you could get these names for free. If they are selling the names off they are obviously not using them (therefore are jsust squqtting on them) and you would have a good case for a free transfer.

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

JassMan
Joke

London Olympics

Seeing that publicity photo, I can just imagine they will make the wearer look like a bad copy of one of the London 2012 Olympics mascots. Even the logo is sort of a mini Cyclops.

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MIT boffins show off spooky human action at a distance

JassMan

Re: anti-aliasing

Yeah. The biggest problem with making smaller pixels, is going to be the bandwidth. Halve the linear dimensions and you will need 8 times the bandwidth.

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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

JassMan

The Channel

Since Channel items also appear on the main Reg front page when can't you just make a comment thru the usual forum? I am sure I am not alone in not wanting to sign up for more stuff arriving in my inbox, preferring instead just to browse thru the Reg when I have a spare moment.

I mean come on :-

both

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

and

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

share comments on http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

so why can't other stories as well?

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

JassMan

Shame you can't upgrade to REX in your garage

This car would be much more useful if you could drive it as a BEV version during the week when you are going to work but when you want to go for a longer drive on the weekend, just jack up the car, clip in the IC engine with some giant dzeus fastners,plug the generator to the main electrical circuit - and hey presto, instant REX.

Also a bit of a shame the styling makes it look lmike its a VERY small car that has had some of of accident where it ended up inside the bottom half of a bigger car.

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HP to enter 3D printer market in mid-2014 says CEO Meg Whitman

JassMan

Re: 3D Jams @Robert Helpmann

While frogs are very tasty as an entrée, I don't think they taste very good as a jam.

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Brit boffins trap light in Lego-like lumps

JassMan

Who says gold, silver and aluminium are opaque? Vacuum deposited layers of any of these metals and many more are transparent - it is only when you have a thick layer that it becomes opaque.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

JassMan

Re: Brought to you from the same...

Sorry but I think you'll find that Apple look around to see what everyone else has done, add 2 of them together and patent that as something new - then sue the the arse off everone else. Prior art is not just about physical products.

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Boffins birth man-sized military ROBOT JELLYFISH

JassMan

Re: It is scary week all right

but not as scary as meeting a box jellyfish which although smaller can pack as much punch as a shark armed with a laser.

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

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

JassMan

Will nobody think of the programmers

While most sane people agree that monopolies are a bad thing, fragmentation by forking cannot be good for the market. Testing apps for a smartphones/tablets will be so involved that developers will be forced out of the market or end up prducing software that only mostly works some of the time.

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

JassMan

@Stuart Moore

If they mean what they say, they must be unique on the internet. ... Or their definition of spam is the original and they are saying no one has ever sent them a tin of processed meat - which could well be true.

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

JassMan

Tempting fate a bit

naming your OS after the famous BSOD of previous versions. If as claimed, the new version is more stable than previous, the last thing you want to do is remind your customers of its pedigree.

Also waiting for a lawsuit from IBM who have surely trademarked the word blue in relation to computing.

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

JassMan

I can't imagine it will do much for aerodynamics

Putting a giant fishnet on the outside of your super sleek stealth bomber may make it radar invisible but would absolutely ruin your coefficient of drag.

Still I don't suppose it will dissolve in the rain like that magic radar absorbing paint.

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Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys

JassMan
Trollface

@Larry F54

IMHO radiation generated random numbers are only suitable for a small batch produced in a relatively short time. OK many isotopes have an extremely long half life but they all have a half life. By definition this means that the output of the generator is "coloured" and therefore not truely random.

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West Virginia seeks Google Glass driving ban

JassMan

Someone else who's missed the point about privacy and GG

"The people who talk about privacy issues are being silly," Howell said. "When you're walking down a public street, you have no expectation of privacy there."

Someone who knows Mr.Howell should point out that the privacy problem is not what Google know about the wearer's movements and viewing habits but the what Google know about all the people in view of the camera when the wearer is not in a public place. I bet he thinks that being in a bar is also a public place.

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

JassMan
Joke

Just need a squad of Ho' dolphins

to give the battle dolphins their nookie BEFORE sending them out on their missions.

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France demands Skype register as telco

JassMan

The french may have some strange ideas at times

but you have to admit that with the convergence of telecoms and IP, taxing Skype the same as all other telecom operators makes a lot of sense. In my holiday home in France I have a FreeBox and the telephone is a VOIP service provided by the box. Sort of like Skype without the out of sync pictures. The best bit is that "free" calls to mobiles are bundled in with the adsl line.

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Retailer challenges Visa penalty fees in data security dust-up

JassMan
Unhappy

I would say FFS, Visa are a financial institution so what do Genesco expect them to do, except rip them off for any excuse.

BUT... any fines imposed should be in direct relation to potentional loss.

13M sounds like one hell of a fine for a security breach with no proven victims. A couple of K per day may be reasonable for a large customer base with full reparation for all proven cases of identity theft plus actual costs for contacting customers who may or may not have be subject to fraud.

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There's cling-ons on the starboard bow! Trekkies' wallets under attack

JassMan
Meh

Why no mention of the DeathStar project

Surprised that the article didn't mention the DeathStar why has had 300K pledged even though they state that the entire project is totally frivolous.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461687407/kickstarter-open-source-death-star

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Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine

JassMan

@Curly4

Amazing as it may seem, there are still places in the world where your neighbours will put the $100 greenback back through your letterbox to stop it going soggy in the rain. The question for the philosophers and psychiatrists is what makes city dwellers think they have a right to steal things which aren't locked down?

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JassMan

The real question is...

how much the politicians involved "earned" for their their services to the choclate factory.

The big Gs motto should not be "do no evil" but "make sure you aren't seen to pay too much when you are caught".

On the other hand, I am sure they are no more evil than another other global corporation who find it cheaper to buy the law makers than to have a conscience.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

JassMan

@ MGale Re: Billy Bob Gates and Microsoft

You are obviously forgetting the recent heavy fine for "accidenally" failing to comply with an EU court order.

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Google Glass to recognize you by your FASHION SENSE

JassMan

What they really need is software that will tell them who is likely to smash them in the face for wearing GGs.

I can see some interesting lawsuits coming up when people in a bar for instance request the wearer to remove their GGs, only for the wearer to refuse on the grounds that the bar doesn't have a warning sign, as in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/09/seattle_bar_bans_google_glass/.

IMHO there doesn't need to be a sign, the fact that it is not in the street is sufficient for anyone to expect a right of privacy.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

JassMan

Re: Tousers of time

I belive the problem is that modern jeans have a fly (buttons or zips) which is much shorter than when I was a lad. Or maybe bits just hang lower as you get older. Either way the problem is getting the todger over the top of the lowest part of the opening requires dropping the trowsers a bit. Given the fad of so many youth wearing their jeans pre-lowered, I supect the problem is of the first mentioned rather than second.

Personally I have resolved the problem by wearing braces which allows me to drop the keks slightly without fear of them dropping to the floor.

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Tech titans: Give it a rest with the SEP injunctions, wouldja? - economists

JassMan
Trollface

The real problem is,

that it takes both parties to settle amicably out of court. The moment one party takes the line that they are not going to pay for a SEP because other manufacturers get it for "free" when they cross-licence is what brings the system to its knees. I am thinking here of a fruity company who have decided that the R of R&D is optional and spend all their money on lawyers instead.

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Dotcom plans Mega IPO as case grinds on

JassMan

Re: Copyright my arse

Except that if any of the "secret" evidence becomes public it will show that it came from FBI, CIA and other agencies who should only be involved in crimes against the state. The reality is that the US state is owned by the global corporations and the the people who live there.

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JassMan

@ Rippy Re: Welcome to the new order

I think many would that UK and other countries with common law were reasonably "just" and had little corruption, with a reasonably good record on human rights. Sadly this is no longer the case.

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JassMan

Welcome to the new order

The same is happening all over the deevelopped world. <sarcasm>Obviously if you have done nothing wrong you have no need to fear that you will be falsely imprisoned on evidence that you can't contest. </sarcasm>

We in the west no longer have the moral high ground in terms of human rights.

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

JassMan
Trollface

Another excuse to give themselves a bonus

By not giving customers access to their own money, they get to make more money on the interst. The only only surprising thing is that they haven't embezzled all the funds, bought themselves some third world country and buggered off to live there. Especially now the EC is limiting their bonuses to a paltry 2 times their salary. FFS how come any of them can justify a bonus for anything in the last 15 years.

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Banged-up Brit hacker hacks into his OWN PRISON'S 'MAINFRAME'

JassMan
Happy

Life skills

Having been caught at his original game, he will now undoubtedly be offered a course in accountancy with specialisation in money laundering.

Bring back the good old days, when you were taught how to sew a mailbag - a much more useful skill for staying away from crime.

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