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Trojan plunders $480k from online bank account

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What utter tripe

All of this malware relied on THREE points of failure:

- An insecure windows install

- An idiot user

- Banks with weak authentication

I've been using online banking, antivirus AND windows together for nearly 10 years, and the only place this seems to happen is the US with usernames and passwords for account holders.

Dutch banks use two-factor authentication, and I have yet to hear of a real-life case where this was hacked, despite many scare stories from security twits.

Dan - I'm disappointed.

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Michael Dell: Netbooks go sour after 36 hours

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Jaded?

Cade, you're seriously jaded.

I think Dell is as useless as the next guy, but Michael's right - this is *exactly* the response most people have to a netbook if they're used to a normal lappy.

Netbooks are nice as a second "check the internet quick" machine, or for some specialist applications, or maybe as a primary machine if you're on an extreme budget, but for many applications, a second-hand laptop is probably a better bet.

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Volkswagen boffins turn staircase into giant working piano keyboard

Edwin
Happy

FAO Schwarz

maybe they can get these guys in to run stairs instead of tapdance?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6je44_fao-schwarz-big-piano_music

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Amazon tosses gelded Kindle at UK readers

Edwin
Pirate

Geeks?

Funny that the touchscreen is seen as the geek feature.

Personally, I use my Sony only for books (not RSS or whatnot) and since a book will last me a few days, I don't mind hooking it up to my PC via a wire to add or remove content.

For me, it's the wirelessness that's the geek feature.

My money's on Sony. I ran into a Kindlista recently and was appalled at teh loss of real estate to the buttons, but all he could go on about was a quarter of a million books, which I believe I can beat on my PRS-500.

If only Sony can get the advertising right.

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Apple flounces out of US Chamber on greenhouse gases

Edwin
FAIL

neither comprehensive nor international?

That's rich, coming from the country that wouldn't sign Kyoto.

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Linus calls Linux 'bloated and huge'

Edwin
Linux

PEBKAC

For years, we have known that compiling your own kernel is cool and results in a faster kernel.

For years, we have complained that ordinary users won't use Linux.

For years, ordinary users have feared Linux because it's not easy to install or use.

More recent distros are much more user friendly precisely because the kernel is so bloated.

So what do we want - a universal kernel that will run on pretty much anything, or some form of hideous hardware scanning autocompilers that recompile the kernel as soon as you plug in a new USB device?

It's a little like Apple's iPhone business model: it sucks, but 90% of the planet likes it, so we happy few will have to live with it.

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Armless getaway driver leads police a merry dance

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FAIL

@dunncha

"some strange Russian country that nobody has every heard off."???

http://www.satirewire.com/news/jan02/geography.shtml

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NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts

Edwin
Troll

Base stations?

Is it not possible that they see a way to compensate for the 'inevitable decline in property values' that the recession has brought the US?

More amusingly: if they're suing their local governemnt, who do they think they're hurting?

Profitards.

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Soundcast Outcast Junior

Edwin
Megaphone

ASBOs

Listening to the umptieth yoof pedal by with crap music blaring from their mobe, I wonder if increasing the sound quality and the volume at the same time would change my annoyance level any.

Probably not. However, it does look like you could give it a good swing either into the middle distance or the offending twits' head, so there is that to be said for it...

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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

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Jobs Horns

Giggle

When M$ releases a new OS and a bunch of things don't work, then Windows is crap, billg/monkeyboy are the root of all evil etc etc etc

When Apple releases something new which is stupidly and confusingly named just like a previous incarnation, and a bunch of stuff doesn't work, the fanbois go on about how great it is that things do work.

I guess Jobs is better at expectation management, no?

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How to run Mac OS X on a generic PC

Edwin
Pirate

ASEM has a point...

They've no doubt invested heavily in their product, and if it wasn't encrypted, it'd be on tpb within seconds since the hardware is probably just a flash drive...

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Sony takes on the Kindle

Edwin

Could be interesting...

to see who wins.

Mind, for me - I'll have the Sony sans touchscreen but with WiFi so that I can have e.g. RSS updates when abroad and the non-reflective screen.

Or lose the WiFi and the touchscreen and give me a nice discount instead.

In any case, how about selling the bloody thing in more countries?

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US Stealth bombers may get nuke-bunker nobbler for 2010

Edwin
Headmaster

Popsci

Don't know if it was amended, but popsci now reads 'used' at the end of the 'biggest' sentence...

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Nikon unveils world's first projection camera

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Power?

Hope they bundle a power brick. I imagine the projector uses quite a lot of power...

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Amazon may plug in-book advertising into Kindle

Edwin
WTF?

Stick with me Sony

Saw my first Kindle on a plane a few weeks back. Nice screen, and the merkin who owned it waffled on about a quarter-of-a-million books.

Shame half the real estate is wasted on a keyboard (eBOOK - geddit?). Taking further cm2s away just reinforces my prejudice. I'll stick with Sony, thanks.

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Police told to use Wikipedia for court preparation

Edwin
Terminator

@EdwardP

The rub lies in the assumption of halfway decent defense council.

This is creepy stuff

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Eurostar tunnels through UK border ring of steel

Edwin
FAIL

Frequent traveller to the UK

Why don't you Brits just give it up and join Schengen?

De facto the added border controls only serve to keep twits like Geert Wilders out, but I'm sure you have worse over there as well.

Imagine - being able to fly to and from the UK without queueing for hours at immigration. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

(PS: while you're at it, adopt the euro)

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Panasonic patches cameras to block rivals' batteries

Edwin

PR disasters...

I think you could argue Panasonic has a distinct interest in ensuring only 'safe' batteries are used in their cameras.

Remember the uproar about exploding Nokias a few years ago, where (as it turned out) all (or nearly all) exploding batteries were third party? People remember 'exploding Nokia', not 'oops - it was a third party battery'.

Not that there isn't a strong profit motive here also, of course.

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Designer pitches flat-pack power plug

Edwin
Troll

Geez...

@Trygve Henriksen: of course there is. Once you have devices on teh circuit, of course, there will be some voltage there also.

The city of Delft in teh Netherlands used to have no neutral - just 2 lives out of phase. Ask them how well that worked (rolls eyes)

I like the idea, but why don't you brits just adopt the plug standard northern europe uses? A double-insulated device like a laptop PC shouldn't need a ground pin, so you could then use the nice, small europlug standard. Which is also less than 1cm. While you're at it, have the Euro too.

That having been said, this is still a brilliant idea!

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Spanish court in favour of topless celebs

Edwin
Coffee/keyboard

@Sarah

Hmmmm.... Custom El Reg fresh in my mailbox...

Can I have Big-G's boobies then?

Wait - that didn't come out right.

*claws eyes out of skull at the mental image of Big-G's boobies*

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Nokia Siemens clamps down on Iran snoop claims

Edwin
Boffin

@AC 11:37 GMT

Nonono. You miss the point.

The Iranian government has tampered with elections, whereas the Chinese government hasn't.

See? Makes perfect sense.

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NASA takes stick over feet and inches

Edwin

Silly brits

I keep seeing these comments about how luvverly blighty is so metric it's practically french.

And somehow, you can't do the conversion on your cars and roads.

Clarkson et al are still quoting miles per hour, causing the poor subtitlers over here ("the continent") to have to reach for their calculators regularly.

Not to mention your persistence in using 'stone' (which even the merkins gave up) as a unit of weight.

Nono, you may only be taught in SI, but the home is still a distinctly imperial place.

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People just not that into Blu-ray

Edwin
Boffin

What more to say?

I own a blu-ray player.

It takes the bloody thing ages to load a film

It's region-crippled, which isn't nice when my kids grandparents bring them films from abroad

-> it can't compete with my old Pioneer DVD player.

I own no blu-ray disks.

I rented the latest bond in blu-ray, and although the image quality is veeeeeeery impressive on my HD telly, I won't pay the premium to buy or rent blu-ray disks.

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Che Guevara's granddaughter poses for PETA

Edwin

"an homage of sorts"

yes. let's not try to divine *what* sort.

(LuMan - you very nearly owe me a keyboard)

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Ice air con system aims for cool on the cheap

Edwin
Boffin

Energy storage?

No, if we're "storing cold", it's an "energy vacuum" or an "unenergy storage" or an "energy "unstorage" or something.

People like this drastically increase Newton's kinetic energy...

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Periodic table adding new element

Edwin
Boffin

Emergencium

after the european emergency services number.

Cheeky boffins may opt for:

seewhaticandoium

ohshitium

watchthisium

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Next-gen e-book readers to slim down

Edwin

feature-bereftness

Not sure about the later sony's, but my PRS-500 only plays MP3s in sequence and the battery dies at a ridiculous pace if you use it for music.

What you're missing though, is that many people want their ebook reader to be mostly screen. Something the Kindle clearly isn't.

The DRM issue is a major pain, but there are now enough players in the market that that should sort itself over the next few years.

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Playboy to take on World of Warcraft with Bunny-themed MMORG

Edwin
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LSL10?

'nuff said

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Darth Vader tops movie misquote poll

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illiterati?

of course, the snow white quote quoted here as a misquotation is correct in my translation of the fairy tale.

If we're starting to see film as definitive over original print, I can't help but worry...

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Car-prang secretary bites off boss's todger

Edwin
Coat

but was it

...bitten off in a Buick?

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Obama declares war on Ireland over tech tax avoidance

Edwin
Happy

Hurrah for the Dutchies

It seems the incompetent zealot that dumped the dutchies on the list has had their wrist slapped, and I no longer live in a tax haven.

Mark Haanen's hit the nail on the head, and I understand Obama's ire: all of these companies would have to pay tax on these cash transfers if they were all based in the US. Of course, I don't know why he thinks they would shift their operation to the US if the Dutchies changed their tax law...

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Leyio demos UWB personal data-sharing device

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Nice

but it's soooooooo expensive.

bung in a simple MP3 player and an easy way to sync it with my various computers, and I'm sold.

Oh - and lose the embarrassing typo on the Leyio site's opening flash animation....

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Acer DX900 dual-SIM Windows smartphone

Edwin
Boffin

Almost, but not quite...

Hitting the 'call' button defaults to using Sim1

*SO* close to implementing LCR (Least-cost routing)

It's the ONLY thing that would make this phone an absolute killer in the enterprise space. Having the phone automatically pick your German SIM when you're in Germany and your British SIM when you're in the UK and the German SIM when calling Germans from China and and and....

Oh well, maybe next time.

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Craigslist founder defends 'erotic' listings

Edwin

Blatant public relations stunts

...after all, Craigslist seems to be putting in some effort to 'keep it clean'

What would these twits do if craigslist packed up and went to south america, offering exactly the same content with less policing and with a higher margin. Invade?

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Former Qwest CEO headed to prison

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@Henry Wertz

'scuse me?

Trumped up?

Joseph Nacchio is one of the biggest crooks in years. Just ask anyone dealing with KPN/Qwest in Europe a few years ago: it looked like such a nice joint venture until Nacchio bailed out and left KPN holding the bag and thousands of customers scrambling to preserve their WAN links.

Biggest headache I've had in years, but at least the boss sprung for backup links from DIFFERENT providers after that ;)

Send him to Leavenworth, please!

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NASA rover resurrected twice over Easter weekend

Edwin
Alien

Where's me tinfoil hat?

Aliens have three fingers

Three-fingered salutes reboot machines

Coincidence?

I think not

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MySpace rant was not private, rules US Court of Appeal

Edwin
Boffin

Push vs. Pull

I find it quite hard to form an opinion on these sorts of cases.

On the one hand, the woman should indeed not have published anything she didn't want someone else to read, but I think she has a point about the newspaper publication.

Two points here:

- Copyright: whether or not she published it on MySpace, she wrote it and the newspaper should at the very least have asked for permission before publication.

- Push vs. pull: her mySpace target audience chooses to read her rantings voluntarily - "pulling" the content. By publishing the post, the newspaper "forces" its target audience to read the rantings - "pushing" the content.

I think a distinction should be made between this sort of "passive" vs. "active" publication, and until the law recognises that, these sorts of cases are going to continue to eat up too much bench time...

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EC blasts mobile masts away from schools and hospitals

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Stop being cynical!

It's Europarliament election time soon, innit?

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Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases

Edwin

Sheesh

Whether or not you like Vista is beside the point.

I rather suspect that it's illegal to legislate that a given supplier's product cannot be used (unless it's non-'merkin, in which case the UN might find it illegal, but 'merkins don't care).

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Florida cops taser satnav lake plunge woman

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@sarah fans

can we have a paypal whip-round and buy the nice lady a pint?

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Newfangled rootkits survive hard disk wiping

Edwin
Boffin

Stupid users vs. clever hackers

@Eddie:

the kiddies (who frequently also maintain mummy's PC for her) will no doubt find it an inconvenience to open the case and leave the switch open.

I once had a BIOS that "included" virus protection, e.g. it threw a warning on the screen if something tried to write to the BIOS or to the boot sector. Problem was that this completely hosed any Windows instance that was running. Maybe that should be brought back.

Alternatively, how about a momentary write-enable pushbutton on the mobo that enables writes for e.g. 1 hour?

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Ad-supported webcam border surveillance hits Texas

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@merkuh

I don't care whether they want to rely on vigilantism to patrol their borders or not.

But they should definitely not whine and bitch when the whole system massively backfires or serves to hide a multi-billion dollar drug importing biz.

Remember: there are no SLAs or quality metrics with Aussie pub-goers

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Obama CIO a confessed petty thief

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@Throatwobbler

Of course, it's also possible that the FBI background check *DID* pick this up, but those in question sensibly decided it wasn't relevant.

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Google clones search ad machine on photo sharer

Edwin
Flame

Adtards?

@people like pjnola:

While there's a balance between money-grubbing and altruism, ask yourself whether our beloved ElReg hacks are volunteers or if it's possible that the ads you clearly loathe so much are paying for your ability to read this comment.

sigh

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Sofia Dark Knight Englundh protests footie chant slur

Edwin

@Mike Flugennock

I was thinking of their sprog:

- Moon Unit

- Dweezil

- Ahmet Emuukha Rodan

- Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen

I mean... honestly...

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Edwin

@Sarah

to say nothing of Frank Zappa et al...

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@Andrew

Although Danny may also have married a Swede, in point of fact the poster was not Danny.

Perhaps the moderatrix can confirm the above post came from a user who is not, in fact, even British or living in the UK.

You'll have to take my word for being married to a Swede.

Oh yes, I'd like the five quid back in EUR please :-P

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Solwise 3.5G plus WLAN Mobile Server Router

Edwin

@steogede

According to Solwise, it comes with a UK plug and you can buy a europlug.

However, no US or Asian plugs are on offer. That's a shame, since it then requires a plug adapter to work in e.g. China or the USA. Note that it will, in fact take 100-240V in.

A full set of interchangeable tips would make up for a lot though.

I'm based in the Netherlands, and so UK is abroad for me. I know El Reg is a UK-based site, and Solwise is UK-based. But shipping rapidly becomes very expensive when you cross borders, to say nothing of e.g. RMAs (ouch ouch ouch)

My assumption was indeed that Solwise has these manufactured OEM and that they're not an original design - the question is has anyone else done so - that drastically increases my chances of finding the same features locally.

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Interesting alternative use

I frequently visit other offices where there may be a free desk, but not necessarily a free cat5 cable or WLAN available.

It looks to me like you could plug this 'between' an existing PC and its cat5 cable using the second RJ45 connector, and then use the WLAN yourself.

Shame about the plug, since I usually only travel with one adapter. The Dlink travel router can run off USB...

I don't usually fancy ordering hardware from abroad though.

Does anyone know who manufacturs this thing?

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Inside the world's greatest TV remote

Edwin

@vince

There used to be an application for the HP48S/G series of calculators that did that.

It worked, but drained batteries at a pretty alarming rate.

Apologies for the pointless trivia.

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