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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

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So what's the first...

hopefully look down the end to see how it works.

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Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

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it *IS* a sign

this is a sign from Gaia warning the delusional of the futility in worshiping false idols.

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Balinese lad seduced by bovine temptress

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Hard to resist...

a female making cows eyes at ya!

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Hack on e-commerce co. exposes records for 200,000

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SELECT * FROM titles WHERE relevancy='1'

"It was stolen in late January using a “highly unusual” search command."

SELECT * FROM customer_data

Nah, it couldn't have been that simple surely.

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Google buys Invite Media, invites protest from rivals

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Block 'em all,

block 'em all, block 'em all,

the long and the short and the tall,

there'll be no promotion of nicknacks nor potions,

so cheer up my lads block 'em all.

Bless all the host files and ad filters too,

bless wonderful Firefox and adblock bless you.

So we're saying goodbye to them all,

as with my dear Firefox I trawl,

the Internet is ad free if you really want it to be,

So cheer up my lads block 'em all.

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The world's ugliest dog is dead

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mmmm

I thought it was about a member of one of those shallow, talentless and plastic footballer shagging girl bands

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Advertisers set iPad pester-standards

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Adblock for iPad

Yup good idea. The problem is Apple own your iPad, and your iPhone for that matter. These devices despite the high cost are only rented from Apple, even though you don't have to give it back.

Apple control the content and how it is used. Should someone develop an ad blocking app for iPad, Apple will never allow it to be released. Apple do not control the web content that can be accessed via their devices, *yet*. If Apple could limit the Internet connectivity of their devices so they had to connect through Apple owned gateways they would. Then for every web page visited a full screen ad would be displayed before the content.

If used via wifi through your own AP then ad servers can be blocked. Else wise expect to see ads become more pervasive on these devices. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple began to display full screen ads when any application is launched.

These are proprietary consumer devices not computers and should not be seen as such. The only freedom to use them is that which Apple grants. If you can live with this fair enough, they look like sleek and useful devices for the right situation.

When it comes to devices that I use to store information regardless of the sensitivity of that information I am a bit of a control freak. I will never rent an Apple device.

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iPad apps may need to be disabled-accessible

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Section 508, Pas 78 and now BSI 8878

I will checkout BS 8878 later today. It isn't too difficult creating such sites (content dependent) to be honest, providing accessibility and usability features are not added as an afterthought. As I have discovered to my emotional and mental discomfort ;-)

I agree that one International standard should be sufficient, Pas 78 is based on the US section 508 standard and the guidelines specified by W3C, these are the standards I use when developing sites.

As far as I am aware there is a legal requirement for websites to satisfy at least level A of WCAG. If a site or web application is standards compliant and fulfills this requirement, any failure of the site or web app to render/function correctly on a particular platform should be considered the fault of the platform. I want a standards compliant Internet, hardware and software. I don't want to code several versions of the same content so that it is displayed correctly across all platforms.

It's sunny I am taking the rest of the day off.... Beer garden here I come ;-)

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Microsoft: IE6 lives 'cause it busts Facebook

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Compatible code?

is that the kind that runs on browsers with proprietary non-standard rendering or do you mean W3C standards compliant code that will run on all standards compliant browsers?

My point is exactly the point you raised: "Web devs shouldn't have to code for specific browsers..."

But we do or do you not use <!--[if IE]> <!--[if !IE]> tags so that standards compliant code will render correctly? I presume you are a web dev and thus know what is being said.

I am suggesting we don't code for different browsers, but code to W3C standards and that broken non-standards compliant browsers be ignored. However a broken page appearing in IE6 looks like sloppy coding unless the user is told why the page does not render correctly.

ps it's adnim but you can call me what ever you like ;-)

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Nonsense

"Businesses are sticking with Internet Explorer 6 to prevent employees from wasting time on Facebook."

It has been said already: firewall rules, host lists.

Microsoft IE senior director IE Ryan Gavin has said that it's his job to "kill" IE 6. "Part of my job is to get IE6 share down to zero as soon as possible,"

Instead of coding for IE6 web devs should simply detect IE version and inform the user that the website will not render correctly and that their browser is broken and obsolete and needs to be upgraded. Of course in the interests of usability a link should be provided to download Firefox.

I have persuaded two of my clients to adopt this position. If web devs can work in unity on this, IE6 will be dead in less than a year. Perhaps charging the client extra for developing IE6 specific code will help hurry IE6's demise.

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'Clickjacking' worm hits hundreds of thousands on Facebook

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Correction.

"Virtually every browser is vulnerable, although many browsers come with safeguards that can make exploitation harder."

Virtually every browser is vulnerable, although many browsers are used by the clueless which regardless of safeguards makes exploitation trivial.

FB users and links to banal subject matter... kittens and balls of wool.

Perhaps my experience helps me realise that links/topics such as the one used for this exploit are drearily commonplace, often predictable and are seldom worth the effort of a click. It can't be common sense that stops me clicking such links, for by definition common sense occurs frequently, is usual and shared amongst humanity. If it was common sense, no one would click such links.

Is the average FB users life so empty that a link entitled "LOL This girl gets OWNED after a POLICE OFFICER reads her STATUS MESSAGE" becomes such an exciting opportunity to seek entertainment that it cannot be ignored?

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...He'll Save Every One Of Us

I wanna be Stevies bitch too.

How many Apple products do I have to buy to become owned?

I Agree with you regarding Flash, it is totally blocked in my browser. The thing is though, I have blocked flash by *CHOICE*.

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Snails on crystal meth: The facts

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There is a reason for forgetting.

It is a survival mechanism.

It is essential to those of us with less than impeccable social habits and a flexible (depending on alcohol/blood ratio) morality in order to maintain a level of self esteem that does not beg suicide.

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Statistics prof nails Blackpool hoopla scam

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And when one does win...

the value of the prize is usually less than equal to the cost of playing the game. Presuming nothing has changed in the 30 years since I last gave, sorry, threw my money away at one of these scams.

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Mountain View delivers Google Analytics opt-out

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Don't forget...

to add

http://*google.com/adsense/*

http://*googlesyndication.com/*

http://*googleadservices.com/*

http://*.doubleclick.net/*

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Copernicus reburied with full Catholic honours

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Faith in science

"...Science and faith can be reconciled."

I will agree with this statement when and only when, the catholic church and every other religion promote their respective beliefs and faith as theory rather than fact.

There can be no reconciliation whilst faith contradicts reality.

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Fake joke worm wriggles through Facebook

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try not to laugh... I'm falling about laughing.

"try not to laugh xD http://www.fbhole. com/omg/allow.php?s=a&r=[random number]"

People click on links like this?

I wonder how many FB users would click on such a link were it inside an unsolicited email.

What makes them dispense with all common sense when such links appear in FB?

It only confirms my suspicions regarding the level of quick witted foresight possessed by the average FB user.

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'Draw Mohammed' call prompts Pakistan Facebook ban

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offence is a relative reaction.

"The group's organisers say it is not designed to offend ordinary Muslims"

But it will. It is not just Muslims, but a lot of organised religion types are very touchy when it comes to folk, even the lay or secular type, criticising or ignoring the propaganda spouted by their various respective religious tombs.

Should you care? well it's up to, you my book says I have no right to judge you, should you not agree with me.

Personally though, I couldn't give a flying one.

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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses

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whats the big deal

Any service that allows a user to upload data can be used to issue commands and instructions.

Ah read article again... scripts that allow the brain dead to control bots, means more people trying to herd bots, means...

Still don't think it's a big deal

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Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks

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Dumb or ignorant?

They were only ever informed of the benefits of this service and never told of the ills and pitfalls...

Same goes for every consumer product, products are always shown in the best light and described by half truths.

Does ignorance of the dark underbelly of favorable product information make one dumb?

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New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection

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Cool

I thought about this kind of Tom foolery some time ago. I think about a lot of things I am too lazy to investigate, or lack the skills (read patience to learn those skills) to achieve.

I have often wondered if indeed this kind of AV hoodwinking has been accomplished already.

To be honest I don't really care, my experience and understanding of IT/computer security tells me NEVER to store anything illegal, shameful or embarrassing on a computer connected to the Internet. If one needs to bank online then use an account that is usually empty and transfer cash into it as required.

I think I am smart, I think I am secure, but I only think these things, it doesn't make them so. There are far smarter hackers out there than I.

Trust me I am not an MP.

It's a wonderful war!

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Javascript guru calls for webwide IE6 boycott

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Ole Juul:control freaks

It's about how the client, the person that hires the developer wants a website to look.

It's about coding css and html which will render the same regardless of browser

it's about only having to code to standards compliance and not having to hack the code for it to work across multiple platforms.

People *are* free to look at the web in anyway they want. What is restricting you?

Yes companies should poll every person on the planet and ask them how they want the new corporate website to look. Maybe the design and layout shouldn't be consistent with the company image.The developer could then code several billion different versions for all those less smart than yourself who can't customise browser rendering.

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Suits me, suit you sir?

10% market share, various hacks required to get standards compliant code to render correctly.

It's about time all developers forgot it ever existed.

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Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos

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Saw through that one.

"A rather less plausible email scam has also been doing the rounds, claiming that boffins at the Large Hadron Collider are about to create a black hole."

$3000 to a travel agent in Mumbai? As if I would fall for that, I booked my flight via BA.

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Microsoft slings out Windows Home Server beta

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Vail?

The words "Virtual fail" sprung to mind with such ease. Now I wonder why that might be.

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Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased

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I thought

it would be illegal to torture sheep in the US. I also think that as the tasering of resistant, even slightly petulant suspects is so common place is the US, there would already be plenty of data regarding the effects of tasering on high/stoned/drunken humans.

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Labour unfriends Twitter rant candidate

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Snivelling little shit...

"Some of the things I twittered before I became a candidate were very, very silly and I can see they are offensive. I have let myself and my friends down and am really sorry."

What he should have said:

"Some of the things I Twittered before I became a candidate were succinct, accurate and to the point. I have no regrets, I stand by my Tweets. If you don't like my opinion, fuckoff."

If he didn't mean what he Twittered he should of kept his mouth shut.

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Apple drops HTML from iPhone and iPad

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It's wonderful.

I have been honing my iHTML skills in preparation for the global adoption of the tech. Being slightly ahead of the curve with this may just give me the advantage I need. I am looking forward to a bright future.

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World Cup-themed PDF attack kicks off

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Symantec on the ball as usual

I read the published Symantec analysis...

"Next the malware does a DNS lookup on some subdomain of microsoft.com (e.g. wwwco2vip.microsoft.com), and then it receives some information from that page, we don’t know what that is."

Why not, where the packets encrypted?

"It looks like the malware also attempts to contact other machines on the same network, probably to try and propagate the threat."

"it looks like", " probably"

Are these the words of erudite professionals?

I could do better myself, for the right kind of incentive.

As for using the world cup as a potential earner...

It doesn't matter what the occasion, if a viable percentage of Internet users are interested in an event, news item or some celebrity gossip, then some criminal somewhere is going to, or is going to employ someone to exploit the situation.

This is more expected than news.

Yes, despite all the "protection" offered by AV vendors the only real defences are the wits of the end user.

Sorry to finish on such a negative note ;-)

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One in four UK schoolkids admits hacking

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Let me correct the title for you

One in four UK schoolkids admits running a program or script in an attempt to hack.

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UK is safer from al-Qaeda 'bastards', says security minister

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I only wanna take a picture officer

"some very nasty bastards out there who aim to do us harm"

Well that's enough about the house of commons, what about terrorists?

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Brown promises Budget in a fortnight

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He's having a giraffe

"We have got through this storm together but there are still substantial risks ahead. There will be bumps in the road. And I believe the only way to overcome them is by displaying the same strength and resolve as we did during the crisis."

Together:

In association with or in relationship to one another; mutually or reciprocally.

By joint or cooperative effort.

I must have missed my invite to the discussions concerning the bailing out of the banks.

Seems to me that any decisions that were made to get through this storm were reached without any relationship or co-operation with the British tax payer. And were in fact, entirely unilateral.

We have got through this storm by stealing from the poor and giving to the rich whilst allowing still substantial amounts of bonuses to be leeched from the system. There are potholes in the road which will be filled by the tax payer to create a smooth surface for the rich to ride upon. I believe the only way to maintain growth is to make sure the proles are thoroughly taxed and kept in place with piecemeal laws introduced to obscure our true agenda and instill fear. This paves the way for us to display the same strength and resolve that allowed the crises to deepen in the first place, only this time our incompetence will be offset by extra taxation and hidden by statistics.

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Microsoft flaunts cross-platform gaming goodies

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With a 90%

code share all this cross platform goodness is doomed to be an homogenised focus upon those architectures which are quickest to develop for.

Each platform and indeed device within that platform has it's own hardware dedicated to graphics and audio functions amongst other things, so in order to leverage the best from each platform device dependent code is required. And in most instances that code would certainly comprise of more than 10% of the total source.

Microsoft are again just telling halve truths or exaggerating if you will, after all they do have product to sell.

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Dibble gets mobile dabs checker

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Having never been fingerprinted...

I want to know is this a fingerprint checker or a fingerprint capture and recording system. Are the captures disregarded after the the matching process?

Do you think the police would listen when I told them that their device would not identify me? I am pretty sure they would fingerprint me anyway, especially as they would likely see me as being guilty until I could prove my innocence.

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SeaWorld killer killer whale must die, Bible insists

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Wild animal...

kills two humans. Not entirely unexpected, considering the animal my have been stressed in such an unnatural environment. I am sure if this whale was aware of the ten commandments he would have acted differently.

I think he needs a bigger place to live, preferably the ocean if he is able to survive out there.

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Twitter hits fan as scams smite banks, cabinet ministers

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It just goes to show

that the weakest link in any form of computer/IT/account security is the user.

Curiosity may have killed a few cats, but it has compromised far more credentials.

Is this a photograph of you?

Notice of unreported income.

My name is Ursula and I want to be your friend.

I can make a system very secure. Almost completely secure in fact against scripted attack. But as soon as there is a user account on that system other than my own, I consider it highly vulnerable and likely to be compromised.

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I would just like to add

Phishing is not hacking.

Hacking requires skill.

Phishing requires the ability to copy+paste and stupid/ignorant/curious (delete as appropriate) users.

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Woman sues 50 Cent over sex vid leak

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She was aware...

of the camera. She only has herself to blame. I am not surprised the dude has had his face blurred, I too would be embarrassed if I came after two minutes of penetration. Selfish bastard didn't even get her off when he finished.

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BT could face criminal case over Phorm trials

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What about Phorm?

Pursuing criminal charges against BT is well and good, but what about Phorm? Do they just slink away quietly under the rock from which they first emerged and avoid prosecution? Technically BT are responsible for the monitoring of private communication, but Phorm read/handled stolen data/goods.

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Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen

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A single step in the right direction

Now how about a choice of media player, email client, instant messenger or indeed anything else that isn't part of the core OS. And why not options to set up online services such as mail, search, storage and browser home page to something other than the MS defaults during install. Yes it would confuse the hell out of the complete novice, but isn't that what help files are for to alleviate confusion and inform.

MS use their dominance of the desktop OS market to push every other service and product they sell, with no mention of alternatives or consumer choice. I don't like it at all, and because of my dislike of this practice they should desist immediately. I would be only to happy to tell them what they could and couldn't do with their OS. ;-) It's only fair, after all they have been trying to control what I do with Windows and how I use it for as long as I can remember.

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Microsoft genuinely chuffed as judge drops WGA case

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Weasel words

"The suit had alleged that WGA was falsely advertised as a security update"

It was a security update, it likely helped Microsoft secure more profit.

It's a bit like those claims on food produce... "New improved recipe". An improved recipe from the point of view of the manufacturer. ie:reduced ingredient costs and/or a cheaper manufacturing process.

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New cig peril: Third-hand smoke coats puffers in poison

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As a smoker

I can turn any whiny sanctimonious non-smoker into a smoker.

All it takes is a match a little bit of petrol and a gallon of piss.

I used to scrape the nicotine of my leaded paint covered walls when I ran out of ciggies.

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Gov tempts young London onto ID database with booze, 'games'

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FAIL

Hardly a convincing argument.

"Youngsters between the ages of 16 and 24 are being tempted into the scheme - and therefore onto the National Identity Register - with the prospect of being able to buy "alcohol, computer games and DVDs, going to the cinema or to a club."

I presume youngsters are aware that they can do all the above without an ID card, or are some draconian changes in legislation regarding the sales of such items impending?

I cannot imagine many people forking out cash for the privilege of doing something that they already do for free.

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YouTube and Hulu dabble in for-pay vids

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We could always...

encourage them further and endorse such practices by using the services.

Alternatively...

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Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

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@AC: Jesus people

I bet my cock's bigger than yours ;-)

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Ignorance is bliss

Why is it that security researchers and hackers can find hundreds of holes, flaws and exploits in MS software, yet the developers themselves and the security officials at MS always appear to be unaware of any flaws or attacks exploiting them?

Tavis' report only hit full disclosure at around 7pm UK time, and as his report contains a link to "Possibly naive example code for triggering this condition". So I would imagine that Microsoft security officials will be aware of attacks targeting the flaw soon enough.

Tavis informed MS on the 12-Jun-2009 about this flaw, so MS security officials have had over 6 months to look into and mitigate this risk. Please don't go providing excuses for their tardiness in this matter by stating they have the "potent Internet Explorer bug" to work on.

If MS can afford the best lawyers to protect their patents from infringement and themselves from litigation they can afford to hire a greater number of security researchers and fully test their abominations before foisting them on the market place for beta testing.

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Bob the Builder slapped with CGI rendering

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It's all about the money

When I was a lad there were real cartoons too.

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Microsoft finally cuts Bing data retention time to six months

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I had forgotten

that Bing existed.

And just as I expected when I made a decision to never use Bing, it has not been to the detriment of my Internet experience.

Scroogle-ssl and no cookies.

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Yanks floored by nail guns, computers and baseballs

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@Matt Bryant:I must be getting old but...

Thats all very well and good, and Hilti should be commended. But there will still be those who look down the business end whilst simultaneously pressing the trigger, pushing back any contact guard and saying "What the fsk is wrong with this". Perhaps even using the head to push back the contact guard.

A solution maybe to label everything, tag every single object in the US with an impossible to miss warning label. Alternatively remove the warning labels from everything, let's not interfere with evolution eh?

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Lethic botnet knocked out by security researchers

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@lglethal

I get your point but rather than manufacturers, I think that the companies behind the sales sites that are linked to in spam emails should be prosecuted. Spammers would not spam if they were not being paid to do so, or receiving payments as affiliates of such sales websites/companies.

Manufacturers can not always be held responsible for how retailers market the product they make.

Of course manufacturers could refuse to supply companies who use spam to promote the product, so they are not entirely blameless.

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