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1388 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

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Re: I don't understand something here...

1) This would not report on what you are watching if it is a stream from another source... Internet TV, BluRay, local video file..... The data wouldn't have as much value to copyright lawyers if it just ID'd TV broadcasts.

2) Not to my mind.

Please remember that most businesses are not in business to benefit the consumer, no more than a farmer is in business to benefit sheep.

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Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

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Those

of average or above average intelligence will usually find that visiting Facebook is an excellent deterrent from using it.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: Pokki...? Seriously?

"Why, why, WHY?"

You are looking for altruism where there is none. This is about monetisation.

A commodity such as a consumer really shouldn't ask why. Be grateful we have listened and given you with the right hand whilst taking away with the left. Now just buy the product and capitulate.

Yours

CEO

Megacorp

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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Re: Puberty problems

"This sounds more like a requirement to boost numbers rather than provide any reasonable service."

Exactly my thoughts. Have an up.

This is about nurturing a bank balance, not nurturing youngsters in the pursuit of education.

I cannot see any university aspiring teenager getting any useful information from Linked In that could not be found elsewhere. Elsewhere places that don't request personal and private data in order to pass on that information.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

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Can I charge rent

for the transmissions that pass through and thus occupy space in my house?

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Apple: Of course we stalk your EVERY move. iOS 7 has a new map to prove it

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@helicoil Re: Step one...

Please don't quote me out of context.

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Step one...

Don't get mobile on contract.

Step 2. Buy phone from out of town anonymously or lie.

Step 3. Buy SIM anonymously or lie from out of town.

Step 4. Never leave switched on in a 4+(paranoia dependent) mile radius of home.

Step 5. Buy top-ups with cash.

As one is always tracked by the telco, and this can not be avoided, the data collected this way provides some anonymity. Do you need to be that anonymous? The problem lies with the data getting into the wrong hands, and most hands that aren't your own are the wrong hands.

The tracking Apple proposes is easy to avoid. Switch of the feature and if one can't, get a phone on which one can.

For a (n informed) consumer there is choice. And readers, as many of you are IT professionals, this shouldn't be a problem. It depends on how deeply one feels for the uninformed sheep I suppose....Bear in mind that their consumption, just like mine supports very rich people and keeps wage slaves in work.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Re: Training your replacement.

Careful... That SQL is awfully close to something a terrurist could use as a cyber-wipon*

Not a misspell... just dodging N5A keyword filters. ;-)

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Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

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Please, Please, Please

Not Billie Piper, a fair actress indeed in certain roles. As The Doctor? Ludicrous.

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Re: Call me old fashioned...

I agree have an up.... However as this is expected, the spoilers are at the tail of every episode. It would be prudent to have the remote within reach of ones mitt.

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

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Reminds me

of my 9 year old Nokia 6170, which I still use for one of my contact numbers.

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

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@Trevor:Re: Latest NEWS NSA says Snowden is lying, therefor he cant be prosecuted.

One filter ruleset for them and another filter ruleset for the rest of us.

Couldn't resist...I'll get my coat.

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Mozilla ponders blinkers for your browser

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The path to information discovery

can be more enlightening than the discovery itself.

Please leave me alone to stumble across those nuggets of information that I didn't know were there.

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Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000

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Raid millions of bank accounts....

Become a banker!

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Titsup Apple Developer Centre mystery: Database interloper fingered

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An intruder did or didn't

and they don't know?

Kudos to them for accepting the worse case scenario and overhauling their systems.

So many systems belonging to large corps are compromised so often that I think it is obvious that ones data is not safe in the hands of any company with Internet facing servers. I like to think that I know a bit about securing data and networked systems. The truth of the matter is that there will always be someone who could simply walk through any security measures I employ. I don't believe that there is any such thing as a secure system. Even if code and hardware can be made 100% secure, if a person other than oneself has access, it can be compromised.

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Flogging mobe ads over summer? Come to us, pleads Facebook

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Re: "The best minds of my generation have worked out how to block ads"

It seems NoScript, Adblock, BetterPrivacy, Ref Control, CookieMonster and User Agent Addons for Firefox do a pretty good job of hiding or misreporting the data sent/available during the session.

Basically BrowserSpy.dk reported my IP address, Browser, OS and DNS service correctly and precious little else.

I didn't enable scripts for the page, that would defeat the purpose of having NoScript. The downside of not allowing scripts to run is not knowing which tests rely on javascripting to display results and which tests rely on it to harvest data.

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Re: "Best minds of my generation are thinking how to make people click ads"

The best minds of my generation have worked out how to block ads

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Re: He was sure as hell right

I like your thinking.... have an upvote

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Sexbomb pop minstrel Taylor Swift PORN FIB used to lure fanbois

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Should I know

who Taylor Swift is?

Am I missing out on something that is essential for my continued existence and happiness?

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PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition

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If I had a heart

it wouldn't bleed for Apple.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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The wonderful world of words

"We do not provide any government with direct access to emails or instant messages. Full stop"

Does this mean that government agencies have to go through a proxy?

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Re: Dear Advertising Scum. STFU, GTFO, FOAD, & HAND.

Nice to know I am not alone in my abhorrence of unsolicited advertising. And that someone else goes to the same lengths as myself to avoid ever seeing it.

Have a thumbs up and an up vote.

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Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

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This has nothing to do with

providing Outlook for iOS.

It's all about flogging Office 365 subscriptions.

Sorry for stating the obvious.

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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WTF?

The guy needs help

not from a lawyer, from a psychiatrist. And not for his porn addiction.

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Re: In other news....

I heard someone once say that she slept on her face.

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Facepalm

Is this surprising?

If the user was concerned about security/privacy, they would not be using Chrome in the first place.

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Internet evildoers stitch together vile ransomware-survey scam chimaera

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@jake Re: Hi.

Your link doesn't work.

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Microsoft: 'Google's secret government meetings let it avoid import ban' - Report

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Mirror, mirror in my hand....

who's the most litigious in this land?

MS, you are so litigious that's true. But Apple are a thousand times more litigious than you.

I guess MS want a slice of Apple pie.

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Apple files patent for refrigerator-magnet iPads

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Re: Attaching something to a metal surface with magnets?

Nobel prize.. Research into magentism. Louis Eugène Félix Néel and Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén in 1970

Although their work, like the work of all modern physicists is based on the work of others before them. Perhaps this patent should be granted to André-Marie Ampère.

It is just common sense that easily oxidizable metal be covered in a non-oxidizing coating, this has been happening for years.

What I find intriguing is that anyone would want to mount their phone/mp3 player/fondleslab to a fridge door or any vertical metal surface. Perhaps I don't have the insight, imagination. Ok you could say to a metal wall... Here hold this for a minute. Although I never felt the need myself, besides metal walls are hard to come by, unless one is in the Navy.

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Outlook son of Hotmail goes titsup for many in the US and UK

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Re: Does anyone with a clue use

Well The Reg is read by at least... as of this time, 3 stupid people or MS shills.

@matthew25 I have 3 email addresses on Gmail that I use as spam traps too.

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Does anyone with a clue use

Hotmail/live mail/Outlook for anything other than a spam trap email address?

Ah.... Those that are about to downvote me.

Well all I can say is what wisdom is there in trusting MS and perhaps the NSA with your personal or professional communications?

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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FAIL

Mmm

"it runs what is basically Linux, so Swiss Cheese central. So this isn't exactly a surprise..."

It runs an Google developed shell/GUI on top of a modified Linux kernel.

It is exploitable because it was designed with revenue generation as opposed to security in mind.

When Android is hacked it is Android that is hacked not Linux

Every application asks for ridiculous permissions on install? No user will notice anything out of the ordinary. Why do they need those permissions? Profiling, tracking, advertising.... revenue generation.

I'm not defending Android, out of the tin it is not to be trusted. Perhaps it shouldn't be trusted when rooted, and "locked down" I shrug, even when I think I own my Android, I will never trust it with my bank details.

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The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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FAIL

Let's see

Downside:

May be mistaken for a weapon.

Upside:

Just as useful as eyelashes on car headlights.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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If Only

Windows 8.1 install script

if(touch_device) {

if(prompt("Install touch interface?") ) {

exec install metro;

exit;

}

}

if(prompt("No touch screen detected. Do you want to install a touch interface anyway?") {

exec install metro;

exit;

}

exec install desktop;

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ASA bans Samsung's 'misleading' free Galaxy Tab 2 ad

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Re: Advert Speak and meanings

Nothing acts faster - Everything else is just as slow.

One for your list AC.... Have an up vote too.

Spawn of Satan, not because the devil is in the detail.... The devil is the detail.

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FTC tells Google and pals: Not labelling ads properly is 'deceptive'

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Stop

If I want product I will search for it.

google.com##div#rhs_block

google.co.uk##div#rhs_block

google.com##div#tads

google.co.uk##div#tads

AdBlock element hiding rules

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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Re: Robert Grant - They are not alone in promoting nonsense

Being forced to go to Sunday school, being told that if I didn't capitulate to the rules of a religious system that fed me stories similar to those of the brothers Grimm. And the promise of eternal damnation if I didn't acquiesce was almost enough to sway me from my indoctrination. Even as a child I could see there was something wrong with this. Discovering that almost every religion on the planet prays to a different god convinced me that god is indeed a product of human imagination.

I don't need to read any book to see the obvious, just a critical mind that only accepts reasonable and verifiable explanations.

There are thousands of gods all requiring different behaviours from their followers.

There is only one truth, it is called reality.

Would the words of an advertiser selling product by providing unverifiable information about that product and threatening the end user with eternal damnation if they didn't buy it be considered free speech?

Why should religion be any different?

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They are not alone in promoting nonsense

"Psychic TV has been fined £12,500 for failing to remind viewers that it’s all nonsense"

I can think of several organisations that spout just as much nonsense if not more, many of them are registered as charities. They have big buildings with pointy tops in most if not all towns and cities throughout the UK.

Accepting that many of them actually do good work for the community, they should still be bound by law not to promote their own brand of superstition as fact.

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Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

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Re: Why Office 365

"When you loose your job and you no longer require a product that actually works..."

I'm self employed and doing OK, although I am thinking of issuing myself with a written warning for browsing the Internet and reading The Register during working hours.

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Why Office 365

When I can enable remote access to my LAN and use LibreOffice for free?

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NORKS harbouring 3,000-strong cyber army, claims Seoul

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Re: This always makes me wonder...

"My question would be that is it possible to "highly train" someone to be a world class hacker, or even a script kiddie?"

Script kiddie easy to train... " Here's Metasploit.... Clicking this button will cause an attempted exploit against the numbers (IP addresses) you enter into this box" They don't need much in the way of imagination or creative thought.

World class hackers can possibly be trained, but they have to be smart and capable of creative, lateral thinking and have a good imagination and visualisation skills to put the training into practice.

A self trained world class hacker is a different beast entirely. Not only do they need all the cognitive and mental skills of the trained world class hacker they also need passion and commitment to get to the next level with no assistance. They find exploits where none are thought to exist. The first thing a good world class hacker learns is how not to get caught. If they don't learn this then they ain't a world class hacker.

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Facebook: We now have one million real admen stalking you. Huzzah..?

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Happy

Facebook ads?

facebook.com##div.megaphone_content

facebook.com##div.ego_section

Just paste the above into your adblock element hiding rules

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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So?

If I was given one I would try to sell it.

MS couldn't pay me enough to use one.

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Not just telcos, THOUSANDS of companies share data with US spies

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@moiety Re: I didn't feel, despite the accusations....

No one is out to get you. They are after maintaining the status quo. If you think different you are a threat. If you're a threat then you are in danger. Safety comes from bending over.... or at least appearing to ;-)

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Re: I didn't feel, despite the accusations.... To clarify...

Trust has to be earned. There is not an institution, organisation or commercial enterprise anywhere in existance on this planet that has earned my complete trust. In my lifetime a handful of people have earned my trust, a couple of them betrayed that trust.

When one loves someone and one believes that that person loves you back, yet they can fuck you over in a heartbeat, how the fuck can anyone with emotion and intelligence trust a faceless entity?

Some do consider me paranoid, I just shrug my shoulders and expect to be dead before society evolves into something where I need to take arms to protect my loved ones.... Fortunately for me. Not so for my child.

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I didn't feel, despite the accusations....

that I was being paranoid.

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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

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Re: Not so sure

As you previously stated Trojans are platform independent. They are also independent of the security of the system when the user of that system is a consumer, not technically competent and allowed by the OS to install or execute code. Doesn't matter how secure the device is, if the user can run/install and grant privilege to software they will.

Security begins and ends with the user and most users these days are consumers, technically incompetent and would indeed be better suited to an appliance. And this is the direction Apple took, their products are more akin to appliances and are indeed more secure than they would be otherwise.

Microsoft are hoping they are not too late to the party, they want to lock Windows down and control the user experience/cash flow much in the way Apple farms its sheep now.

I don't have a solution that includes both security and user freedom. It seems the two are mutually exclusive. The consumer has to be technically competent to some extent or devices should really be appliances over which the consumer has little to no control over what is installed or where it is installed from.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Alert

If

the crowd sourced texts aren't moderated and are representative of the full range of human behaviour, then should we get a reply, I would expect it to arrive in the form of an alien HAZMAT team.

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