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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

Jim Cosser

I agree with AC, Google don't shove the data they gather in your face.

It's a smart move but at some point a drive for profits will cause Google to play the cards they so carefully gather in a more overt way. I think if/when they overstep the mark people will finally think about the broad amount of data they are gathering and that may drive some competition in the search space again.

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'Supermodel' glow-in-the-dark pocket monkeys created

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Glowing...but not

I dont get how these creatures are described as 'glowing' but they only glow under UV light...bloody useless! We need the nightlight monkeys and we need them now.

Admittedly they could be useful for working in nightclubs as glowing waiters.

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Obama pledges 3% of GDP for science

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Great news

Now this really is good news, not good for the UK though we need to do something similar. Investment is Science will bring serious financial benefits in the future if directly correctly.

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Amazon UK kicks off low-end price scuffle with iTunes

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Amazon Top it

It may just be a stunt and short lived re: 29p tracks but I've used amazon a fair bit for MP3s and they have been V. competitively priced with no DRM and high quality.

No DRM and cheap, why would you use iTunes again? I think Apple needed some serious competition to kick them into gear and this might do it.

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Apple iTunes Store goes '100% DRM-free' - allegedly

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Amazon

Regardless of how it happened the facts are Amazon is generally cheaper (albums from £3 songs from 59p) and DRM Free, it doesn't seem a hard choice really.

Fair enough upgrade your old albums on iTunes then buy everything from Amazon from now on ;)

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Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price

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Wii Vs Xbox

Mmmm flames, I don't own an Xbox but it is more powerful and has a wider range of games. I don't know anyone who has owned a wii for more than 6 months who is still using it.

They get Wii fever and then they get over it. Wow special controllers quirky games big whoop.

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Sony e-book reader to debut in UK tomorrow

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Can Do

Yes it can do PDFs and its not 'late to market' its 'late to this market' been out in the US for longer than the kindle. They previous version has been out for well over a year.

I bought one from the US and its one of my fav gadgets.

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Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard

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Blank out

Not just in the article:

I assume the article blanking is a joke with reference to the linked PDF as simply copying the text or images in the PDF reveals what is blacked out.

Jim

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Alan Sugar leaves Amstrad

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@ Ben Cross

I think the £800 was a joke about a probably property crash... :)

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Will your mobile squeal to the police?

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Re: Confused

Odin,

I think thats what the article is saying, the the area used least is generally blank space especially on something as large as the iPhone.

If it constantly puts it in blank space then the deleted files are rarely overwritten until the whole 16GB is used.

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Google unveils Image Search image ads

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Images in google

They already shoe-horn in images in the normal search results. Anyone remember google being quick and image free once upon a time?

I hate the YouTube vids they shoe-horn in (Who owns YouTube again?) with thumbnails.

But now ads in image search, another fine way to slow down your searching and bloat your bandwidth.

Thanks google for 'improving my experience'

Someone recommend and competitor I wont feel dirty using.

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Jacqui Smith un-downgrades cannabis

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Unhappy

Wasted my time

Well I've wasted my time contacting Gordon Brown and Jacqui Smith and my local MP just to see what they will say.

I don't care what classification Cannabis is as long as its done fairly and its well researched and is sound policy. But they go and waste my money getting a report only to ignore it, not good.

To contact GB asking him why he said cannabis is lethal when the lethal dose its 1500 pounds consumed orally click below :)

http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page821.asp

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French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading Kylie content

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Re: Google?

Google is automated, this was as they said 'An editorial decision' so its very different.

Whether is right or not is another matter.

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Sony pledges Blu-ray Profile 2.0 PS3 update this month

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Interactive content

Why do I have a feeling this is going to be more irritating than useful?

Also what happens when companies forget to renew their domains and the naughty people get hold of them? Can we expect PS3 Targetted malware? or just porn ads on our Blu-Ray discs?

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Chancellor props up SMBs with loans, gov work

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Corp tax rise

No mention of the *small* business corporation tax rise then?

"While business was pleased to see the main rate cut, there was dismay among smaller firms that the rate they pay would rise from 19% to 22% in 2009"

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HMV blames rival for PS3 PlayTV pre-order puzzle

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Re: Nice try

The PS3 has standard laptop HDs user upgradeable, and accepts USB HDs, who cares what comes as standard?

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Coastguard, plods swoop on fake Facebook yachtmaster

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Lies

'The writer is a former professional seafarer...He was also for some of those years an RYA-qualified sailing instructor.'

I dont believe you lewis, upload your certificate :)

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Dial-a-phone 4u?

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Dial-A-Phone bad!

Seriously bad company, took them 3 months to delivery my PS3 that was supposed to come with my contract and that was after much hassle.

Why would you keep that brand? oh right Phones4u is mildly more hated, I see.

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Former top brass call for first-strike nuke option

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Joke

Bomb anyone?

This is a great idea, we can bomb anyone we want and with a nuke there is no need to find any WMDs as we've blown the enemy's weapons to dust!

I bet Tony wish he thought of that one.

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Nintendo kills Wii ads due to console shortage

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Demand restriction

I know many people who have got interested in the wii purely because they have heard about the stock shortages, it creates intrigue and its great marketing.

If you get plenty in stock in early/mid December you gain sales not lose them.

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Wii tops online search poll

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Wii stock?

So Coventry is the only city with stock, all my stores locally seem to have it in stock. I thought it was a normal Nintendo 'get it in stock just before Christmas' scam.

Anyone else seem them in stock? or should I be buying them all and flogging on ebay?

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Dell punts $4450 World of Warcraft notebook

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Strange...

Ok it may not be the strangest thing about this story but surely anyone who likes WoW that much is going to already have a copy of the bloody game?

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UK database of children delayed

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Poll tax

Rioting in the streets please, or at the very least more people donating to no2id.

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Will Darling's data giveaway kill off ID cards?

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Gave mine

Glad the No2ID campaign called the pledge in. Also a godsend taking paypal :o)

http://www.no2id.net/

Maybe they will help look after/limit our data.

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Amazon's $399 folly book reader

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Ugly!

This machine is HUGE and ugly, I have to say though my PRS500 (sonys baby) is the best gadget I have ever bought (and thats a lot!)

Eink displays are pretty damn cool I much prefer reading books on my Sony reader than in paperback as its easier to handle I can carry hundreds with me and if you have a small attention span you can flick between any of them instantly.

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US man dies in Taser incident

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@Joe

Personally? Scared shitless. I just think they are not thought of as dangerous and so may end up being used 'routinely'

Also Dan, those are pretty good ideas on making police more accountable.

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Met's de Menezes photo 'manipulated', says prosecution

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Andy Tut tut

Nice excuse for a Paris icon at the last minute there! didnt see it coming.

As for the terrorism comments, I have to agree terrorism barely exists in the UK. I'd like to see the statistics I bet more people die from 9 Volt batteries.

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Pilot sacked for footie star on flightdeck shocker

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Email them

It might not make a difference but I dropped them an email and I will avoid traveling with them in future.

A serious lack of common sense is more hazardous to my health than the likelihood of any terrorist attacking me (What are the actual odds of a terrorist attack? I think people have lost their way...)

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Italian website names 40GB PS3 price

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PS3 HD

Yes in answer to the HD questions I've upgraded my PS3 to 160 Gb and it doesnt invalidate warranty in fact they have made it really easy to do.

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US men wrangle over three-year-old amputated leg

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Dollar to Pound?

Joe you yankie lover, those conversions are very favourable considering the current exchange rate! :)

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Best Buy adds disclaimer to 'secret website'

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Re: PC World UK; 2GB USB stick: web £12, in-store £30

Isn't their tag line -Internet prices to take home today?

Ouch.

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New cracks in Google mail

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RE: RE: security? what security??

Paul,

Hardly a fair comparison, how many users did your Uni mail have vs Gmail.

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Email with attachements?

If it forwards all email with attachments won't that just be all spam now?

Since attachments are the new signal for spam this doesnt seem like a great filter.

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Halo 3 packaging in disk-scratch rumpus

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Xbox or Covers?

Wasn't there a story of the console itself eating discs for breakfast? I guess microsoft don't want you to have your games for too long.

I have to agree with Scottie Halo is bland and Deus Ex was an amazing game.

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Sony delays launch of PS3 virtual community

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Games cost the earth?

"which is what happens when you buy one and realise you can't afford mortgage payments and the games cost the earth each"

They cost from £31 to £40 how is that any more expensive that any other next gen console? or even PS2 games?

People really need to look at reality not just make things up.

PS3 games are cheap, the only fair criticism is that there aren't more.

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Brussels deploys Galileo rescue plan

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Farmers?

Can we give the 'unspent' money to the farmers currently getting robbed by our governments cock up with foot and mouth please?

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Doggers dogged over the dog and bone

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Cleared?

"Zamano was cleared of providing inappropriate information to minors as it was operating an "adult" short code (starting 89)"

Well the minors didn't subscribe apparently so why does it matter that the code started 89? Its not like they chose to text the 89 number?!

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Beethoven's barnet fused into diamond

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Waste

What a waste of science, time and money. Please somebody shoot the employees who made it and the eBayer who buys it.

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Innocent 'terror techie' purges DNA records

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@ Chris Cooke

"In Scotland you have to be convicted for your DNA to be kept on the UK database. If you're acquitted, it's removed. I see from Wikipedia that that's about to change for the worse though."

I hope you weren't reading that Wikipedia entry on a train or your likely to feel the full force of UK justice!

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The Christmas Console Wars: round one to Xbox?

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£60 a game? where?

For the PS3 who pays £60 a game? Its £40 a game from the UK and less if you choose to import.

Get your figures straight before you next gen bash Mr Wii fan, when the gimmicky controllers run out of steam you will have to move to the next gen and take your pick between Ps3 or Xbox 360.

I am a proud PS3 owner but I have to give it to the Xbox 360 this Christmas as there simply aren't enough PS3 games out.

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Great British fry-up under threat

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Cost of eggs?

I never understand this, just jack up the price of eggs and give the farmers the money. Has anyone ever put back a pack of eggs because of the outragous price? Seriously I always look round the supermarket wondering how the hell the farmers survive at these cheap prices.

If only you could trust the supermarkets to give the extra to the farmers... I suppose thats an issue in itself.

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iPhone software-unlocked, easy-to-use tool to follow

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April 1st?

The software is called iBrickr? Seriously?

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Get a passport, enjoy casual sex with foreigners

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail is a family paper? Please please don't indoctrinate the kids!

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O2 starts charging for calls to non-places

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Re: dont trust o2.co.uk email addresses as these are NOT COMPANY ONES!

I believe this is genuine although I suppose it could be spoofed, I received a text from o2 telling me this was an option and an automated reply from o2 customer services afterwards.

But I supposed (snail)mailing is safer.

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10% of calls nonsense

They cant only do it for people who make more than 10% of their calls to the numbers as in the contract there is a clause stating that if they charge more for inclusive minutes you can end your contract with no penalty.

So don't take that rubbish look up the contract its clause 8.4 (c)

(c) you are a Consumer Customer and we increase charges for calls, messages or

data that form part of your inclusive allowance or your Line Rental Charges or

change this Agreement to your significant disadvantage in accordance with

paragraph 9.2 of the General Terms, provided you give us a minimum of 30 days’

written notice (and provided you notify us within one month of our telling you

about the changes). This does not apply where the increase or change relates solely

to Additional Services in which case you may cancel, or stop using, that Additional

Service.

http://www.o2.co.uk/assets/O2HybridNav/Static-files/PDFs/newcontract.pdf

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Keep the phone

Yes, you get to keep the phone (and in my case the PS3) and dont pay any outstanding months on the contract. Lets all give o2 what they deserve a BIG headache and less full pockets.

You can also just email instead of posting you need to include your mobile number and a scan of your signature. Email address is: disconnections242@o2.co.uk

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Or not?

o2 Customer service droid told me that they are looking at maybe changing this as so many people are canceling their contracts (myself included)

I got a free PS3 with my last contract and im 4 months into my 18 month contract. Plus the 0845 will now cost 20p a min (how is that local rate?)

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Toshiba to tempt Matrix buffs with freebie HD DVD player

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Big cue for nothing

Great get in a huge cue to get the losing format for next gen! Nice :o)

Not that I'm bias but I'll stick to my PS3!

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El Reg protests North Korean internet domain

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Evil

And they are doing the adult industry out of Spu.nk

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Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

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RE: RE: If they'd have any sense

I think the first comment was more at making the film available online immediately so fans over the world can watch it in the way they want.

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