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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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question 4

Is that a trick question?

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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"...all part of Microsoft's effort to unite the desktop, server, and mobile versions of its OS around a single, common core."

I would hazard a guess as to that core being Microsoft servers/cloud. I cant help thinking that Microsoft would like Windows to fit the SaaS model. The design look and feel of Windows has slowly evolved such that there has been less and less distinction between local and remote/Internet content. Imho in a few more iterations of Windows there will be no difference at all.

I am sure many large software houses would like to see the end user in a computing environment over which they have little or no control, tied to a subscription.

If you don't already you might want to look into supporting open source alternatives and not just for operating systems.

I use Windows 7 and it's great for the things I use it for.. As it CentOS and Linux Mint, the right tool for the right job, or my preferred tool for the job. Whatever, the point is, I want my data local and I want to choose what my OS does when I am not looking. I want to choose my default programs and utilities I do not want to spend several hours changing settings in order to stop the OS and the web browser and the media player and umpteen other bits of software from phoning home first opportunity they get and henceforth ever after.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Who's idea of extreme?

Mr Cameron with all due respect, what right do you or any appointed body have to determine that which I will or will not find extreme? I presume I will be asked and will have an option. Or are such decisions beyond my easily swayed mind and should be left to higher mortals?

I am fucking sick of being patronised, I know what is right and wrong. Unfortunately you don't Mr Cameron. Therefore I disagree with you Mr Cameron. I would like to voice my disagreement or dissent (dangerous word I expect) in a peaceful and lucid way via the power of words.

Oh my, it seems my website with it's logical alternative policies and the eloquent rebuttal of all your arguments has been deemed extreme and cannot be viewed by anyone.

Do you have a clue about anything beyond your seemingly obsessive desire to control every aspect of our lives and create a sterile, smothered society capable of nothing but capitulation?

You earn trust, respect and a following. It's as simple as that. Trying to hide alternative views and approaches to which is "accepted" by calling them extreme will do nothing but generate mistrust.

I accept there is extremism out there Mr Cameron. Who the fuck are you to determine what is extreme? And why am I not able to determine that for myself?

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Re: More photos kept back >-(

They just making sure there are no kiddies in swimwear in the pictures

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CSC set for ANOTHER re-org but no redundancies involved

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It's true

“Just like any large organisation doing business in a fast changing market, we are always refining the way we operate and organise ourselves.”

My first contact with CSC was in 1993 and I can assure you they are always refining the way they operate. They refine the way they operate with scant regard for the client or employee.

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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

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It's free....

And like all free things, regardless of source. It is a lure, a hook, bait.

It will have use for some in free format, it will earn revenue from those who want more. Makes no odds to me, I manage to communicate with my clients well enough using pdf, odf, plain text, txt msg and word of mouth.

I don't need Microsoft for anything either, others do. They are called consumers, they don't think much beyond convenience, some don't think much at all. So if it is convenient, free and easy to get/use then it will find a user base. It just won't find one here.

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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Re: missing the point

After being web developer unfriendly since conceiving of IE... The tradition continues?

I think it's Microsoft testing beta software the way the usually do, by foisting it on to the end user.

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Storage, probably like a college girl buying a belt. Be ready for the freshman 15

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Re: Excuse me

comes prematurely after freshman 14?

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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@AC Re: "and others are critical of Apple's changes."

"People buy..." I guess I am not people then.

You defend Apple by implying that others do it.

How does holding up another privacy invading business model justify another?

I can't say that I approve of your logic but each to their own.

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"and others are critical of Apple's changes."

I have always been critical of Apple period. Not so much for overpriced hardware but resting control and choice from the consumer and ridiculous patent submissions.

I will be honest, I don't really care what Apple do, they won't do it to me. It's just that the very tiny part of myself that cares for those of my fellow humans whom are incapable of being objective, screams to the huge part of myself that doesn't give a fuck..... "You have a responsibility to tell the sheep that they don't need a shepherd".

If anyone thinks that Apple or indeed another multinational has the consumers best interests as a priority you are deluded. If you realise this then then why the fuck support them?

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Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

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Whilst I commend this innitiative...

and may look towards getting involved.

Without general public awareness of this initiative and the technology involved being described at the level which the average lay person can understand, this will become niche, available only to those with such awareness.

Public awareness is paramount in such an initiative and whilst I respect the skills and level of knowledge of those involved with this. I don't expect the general public to have a clue as to the credentials or expertise of these people. Such initiatives need promotion on news programs and the leading sponsored adverts for the various TV programming that the populous watches.

I think this is a good thing but is useless unless it is a resource that is accessible and understandable by the average person. Most of all they need to be aware of its existence.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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I expect there are some that care.

Share holders and those that see a pigs ear as a silk purse perhaps?

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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@Rich 11 .. Re: Missed Cyanide?

The Universe created life then life created gods.. I don't see the problem with creationism.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Thieves also have keyless entry...

It's called a center punch.

I accept that this does not start the car and only gives immediate access to any item left lying around.

However, ones car is more likely to be targeted by equipped opportunists rather than dedicated ringers/exporters.

This iKeythingy may provide some convenience but I can't see how it is any more secure than any current keyless entry system. This is not about innovation, it has been a long time since Apple was about innovation.

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Web developers: Special guests will give you a leg-up to Azure

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Exactly

Anyone capable of web development... That's building a development/testing environment and actually coding as opposed to drag and drop site building, doesn't need teaching how to use MS web development software. I wonder if the majority of those that have mastered MS web tools have a clue as to what is happening underneath all those setup wizards.

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Quantum key security steps outside the box

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Why does Eve

get such bad press?

I read somewhere that Bob and Alice's activities might be nefarious and Eve is really only trying to reveal the truth.

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Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Happy

"...cats and dogs masquerading as real people on the site."

Simply amazing might be worth a visit after all ;-)

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Microsoft sets up bug bounties for online services

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Re: Big mistake

"Come on, just how often have you found end-users doing things in a manner thought to be unlikely/unreasonable/damn strange by the developers?"

Sarcasm?

Seriously... all the fscking time. If it isn't bullet proof an end user will put a bullet through it.

End users *ARE* unlikely/unreasonable/damn strange.

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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"...security with a 10-year lifespan"

Is this a thought experiment?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Feed the homeless.....

to the hungry.

Two birds, one stone.

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VXer fighters get new stealth weapon in war of the (mal)wares

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Re: question

A registry is a flock of Register staff.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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.."have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six"

If I knew then what I know now...

I would have been subject to a great deal of psychoanalysis and considered a freak!

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Sites are blocked....

Because they contravene some UK based law, making them illegal.

Viewing or reading certain images or words has been deemed illegal by a group of people who think they know best. To protect the children UK populous from itself and from unwittingly happening upon illegal content and thus breaking the law, it was deemed that it would be pro-active to block access to illegal words and images.

Thus accessing sites on the block list means that you will be breaking the law by viewing illegal content. These sites are blocked *because* they contain illegal content, not because the content might be truthful, exposing, honest, alternative or sincere. All blocked sites are blocked because viewing them would result in illegal activity.

So was the person offering the proxy was encouraging a crime to be committed?

Is this not illegal?

I'd buy him a pint

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No "real" crime...

Unless looking at things and reading things is wrong. Ah I remember now there are laws that determine what you can look at, see and read legally.

So mother (uk gov) decides what is good for us and bad for us and hence what we can see or not see.

I guess that mother doesn't like one of the children picking the lock on the larder to allow all the other children to see what mother is eating.

Such a fat mother, keeping the juicy truth to herself whist feeding her children on what she thinks is best for them. Mother always knows best :-) It's for your own good.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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unsolicited

I agree with D3rrial. This is wrong.

If the half a dozen or so spam emails that find their way into my in box had illegal images attached instead of failed delivery notices from UPS or tax refund forms. It would be enough to convict me of possessing said images and possibly get my name on the sex offenders list?

This is so wrong it is scary. By this judgement all it takes is a bot herding mail spammer to attach a picture of a naked under age child to a spam mail and everyone who gets the email is guilty of possessing indecent images of children.

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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Megacorp: "I want

IP, employees are a liability"...Unless the employees are the IP.

You have but one soul. If you can sell it, then it ain't so unique. Or you don't understand what a soul is, if indeed there is such a thing. For the purpose of this exercise let's dispense with the word soul and instead use the word integrity.

Dr Dre would sell is ass if the price was right.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: Like, WOW, man!

"it's clear Apple owes customers some answers."

It's normal for a master to never answer to their slaves.

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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

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Every day,....

people find all sorts of interesting mundane items on Facebook that they don’t have time want to explore right away at all.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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They may

have hacked the six digit code of the remote control app, which means the software flaw is in an insecure software application and not the vehicle itself. And thus the Tesla Model S itself was not hacked. I guess the headline "Chinese Uni students hack smart phone app" isn't really click bait.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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Re: Why do the words...

"Although a positive identification is not enough evidence to result in a conviction"

Although it is enough to disrupt ones day completely leading to several hours in a police cell, missed appointments, the possibility of a loss of income or missing last orders at the local.

It also gives the police time to do some fishing. And they can always get the people that respond angrily on section 5 of the public order act to boost some league table statistic.

Cynical, me?

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Nothing wrong with Macs

at less than half the current retail price.

As the previous poster mentioned, can't be upgraded, so they are obsolete in a few years. Even though they are well engineered and well built kit, nothing would entice me to buy one. (I do graphic design amongst other things)

I am typing this on a machine that was once a 386SX (nothing of the original remains)

Apple roflmfao.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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It seems to be that

anyone who doesn't consume, conform and obey is an extremist.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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Yup...

Little shit seems more appropriate.

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

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Re: In the year...

Ty both, I am just an old school cantankerous old bastard that will never ever give up my privacy and freedom to choose.

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In the year...

In the year thirtyfive thirtyfive twenty - one nine

Ain't gonna need to tell the truth tell no lies

Ev'rything you think do and say is in the pill app you took ran today.

In the year fiftyfive fiftyfive twenty twentyfive your arms are hangin' brain is limp at you you're dead inside side

Your legs mind's got nothin' to do

some machines doin' that for you.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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I know my desktop

I know my laptop, I know my servers, I know my mobile, I know my tablet. Why do they need to look and behave the same?

That was a rhetorical question. I can understand the need for unified interfaeces ( no speelin error here) for those too lazy or too thick to hold more than one vision in their head.

I accept I could make my "IT" experience easier and more streamlined but life sucks without a challenge. Besides the right tool for the right job works for me... Windows for games, Mint for desktop, touch for tablet and mobile and command line for servers. Of course I am completely wrong and outta my fsckin head as the downvotes will show. roflmfao.

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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I don't know why u were down voted

Have an up vote for two reasons.

1) Its is a good move having most of Googles services in ones hosts file.

I don't just stop at analytics ;-)

2) To counteract the down votes.

Anyone one with a care for their privacy should have up voted you.

I have never visited Buzzfeed, never will.

The Registers target demographic is intelligent IT types.

So perhaps Buzzfeed gets a few people out of its demographic too?

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Firewalling cell phone data connections

I really don't know enough about Android. Perhaps some tinkering with rild the radio interface layer daemon and its user space library would provide some sort of "x is trying to establish a connection to y. Press ok to allow" dialogue. Perhaps it is possible to code protection into the kernel. I never compiled a kernel for Android though. If I wasn't so lazy or I cared more I might research this. My mitigation is I don't install just any app on my phone. And I never install apps that are nothing more than a gateway to a website.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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Until

it becomes a criminal offence NOT to use such devices, until choice is removed, I really don't give a shit. No matter how useful my shit is to some marketeer would want to throw food advertising in my direction.

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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Re: Money For Nothing

"...sell something that is already owned by the public"

Common practice for gov.uk

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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I have only

ever bought 2 PC's, a 386SX with 4Mb RAM was the 2nd one which I bought to replace an Epson PCe.

Needless to say none of the original 386SX remains. Although I do have the original 256Mb Seagate hard disk somewhere. Nothing wrong with a viable upgrade path. And I still have the Epson.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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25 Cents

per valid email address perhaps. Anyone read the T&C's or privacy policy? I certainly can't be bothered as my interest in the app and the story ends here.

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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

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Meh

I hadn't...

noticed.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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Re: Sieze the opportunity

I was moved to Sky from Be There. I thought I would give them a chance as I am inherently lazy. I can't complain so far. My connection is the same speed +/- 1meg (approx) 12-14Mb/s depending on the weather... Something between me and the exchange doesn't like the rain. It hasn't gone down yet, I got a static IP, I use a BiPAC 7800DXL router, I don't use Sky DNS and my bills are the same. Nothing to hate yet despite looking for a reason.. I like small independents that make a nice living not multinational corps that take the piss. Unfortunately there are none left.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: Why is this any surprise?

I was gonna say public is public. If ya don't want anyone to know what you are saying.... put it in a sealed envelope and use snail mail or encrypt with 2048bit PGP and sten it into a picture of a kitten.

Anything that is posted on line is accessible to the sys admin or law enforcement with or perhaps without a warrant.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Super...

An article or a product of superior size, quality, or grade.

Fatuous...

foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.

What kind of model is she really?

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Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

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Never

See title

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Re: So...

Don't feed it any data... except perhaps your IP address and that can be hidden via proxy.

Coookie Monster, RefControl, Adblock, NoScript, User agent control.

I really don't care if those not informed enough don't employ such measures. There are enough of them to make it uneconomical for websites to counter people like me. So I thank the clueless, long may they continue to take the flak.

I do try to educate but all to often I am met with blank stares. I never see an advert on a website more than once. I do visit Facebook, I use it to promote my business. I have put nothing on there that I do not wish to be made public. Facebook is the only place where Facebook scripts are allowed to run. As for doubleclick and googleadservices they are blocked at the router.

So I am a leech, like I give a fuck, my life, my eyes, my mind, my computer. That said I will pay subs to a site with something more than advertising to offer. Cue the down votes yay, like I give a fuck about that either. if you down vote me you must be one of the leeches that uses advertising and privacy invasion to make a living... Shame on you... The Golgafrincham B Ark is waiting for ya.

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Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

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Is it so hard

for IT professionals to think like consumers?

I have deleted dozens of these emails from my inbox...emails along the lines of tax refunds, cant deliver a parcel, your invoice is attached, you have been billed for..., thank you for your payment etc.

All mails contain zipped attachments with an exe inside the zip. I know what they are immediately because I do IT, I read things about IT, I play with malware on a VM.

When the FBI took control of some C&C servers it was news worthy for a day. If a lay person did not see the news on that day where else would they get a warning from? I don't read national newspapers of any kind so cannot comment on the coverage in the tabloids and broadsheets.

Clued up IT people are in the minority. Ill informed consumers are the vast majority.

Email users unaware of such scams see the email and are either concerned or curious about the contents because of the subject line. So they open the zip and run the contents.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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Re: Nice, but ...

"It would be even nicer if the random MAC was also used for making a connection. Any practical reason why that couldn't be so?"

Services that see your MAC address as a positive identification of an allowed device and tie that MAC address to a known user. Used in conjunction with a user name password combination this would add a further layer of security..... ACL on a service gateway for instance.

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