* Posts by Havin_it

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Re: Safety issue

Ick. Thanks (not so much) for reminding me of that traumatic recollection of my last trip to The Smoke.

Looking back, I think that discovery of black snot after an afternoon's moderate tube travel was the pivotal moment at which I said to myself: I will NEVER live or work here.

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@Martin Re: Cabbage

"OMG I went into a public environment and some of the people therein are having the temerity to audibly communicate with each other!!!eleventyone"

It's not for me to comment on why the tube is so stressful in the first place, I'll have to take your word for that, but why does hearing other people conversing make it more so?

I ask as someone who strongly values a bit of contemplative solitude himself, but would never expect to achieve it on public transport.

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Re: Cabbage

According to the Standard the guy is an NHS worker hailing from Colorado (one of the more enlightened states of the Union I'd say, though others may not), from a small town where it's common to know and chat with pretty much everyone you meet in your day-to-day life (and because they weren't living in London, they were generally having a better day most of the time so the chat was more enjoyable). My background is similar and it's a facet of rural life that I do miss since becoming an urbanite.

I may go against the grain here, but I think it's a tragedy how insular people in London seem to be, and I bet there are more people on those trains than you care to acknowledge whose misery is in no small part due to the crippling loneliness of their lives, for which this prevailing attitude is far from blameless.

I think it's a good idea. It doesn't compel anyone to be sociable if they don't want to, and it might just end up making the odd few people a bit happier. Where's the harm?

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FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

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I sure hope you haven't watched any nature docs featuring any of these species, then.

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Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over

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@PJD Re: VinceH : People still use this!?

Hi PJD, sorry this is a bit late in the day but have you tried opening these old docs in OOo/LibO?

If they render satisfactorily, there are some format conversion options available under the hood, on the commandline - not sure if that includes batch conversion but even if it doesn't, you could likely use a smattering of shell-scripting (or possibly Python as that's what the internal scripting engine uses) to do batch conversion. Worth looking into.

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Re: People still use this!?

There was growing dissent among the dev community for some time even under Sun's stewardship of OO. The pace at which changes were accepted was glacial, lots of (supposedly) critical improvements were sitting in bureaucratic limbo, and the devs were getting frustrated.

I think the Oracle takeover was just the excuse most of them were waiting for to make the fork they'd been itching to do, but hadn't out of conscientious reluctance to fracture one of FOSS's most prestigious brands.

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Re: Wish LO would give credit due to the OOo contributors

Is the code (or other material) you contributed still present in LibreOffice? AIUI they ripped out a lot of stuff before even their first release.

If your contribution was in initial release(s) but has since been removed, would there still be an expectation to remain in the credits of future releases? Serious question as I don't have an inkling of the etiquette in such scenarios.

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

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Re: I'm safe

Eat some bread in the process. It helps, trust me.

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Re: WhatsApp, WhatsApp, why have you forsaken me?

Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while

I see a Zuckerbitch comin' riding many a mile.

...and we know how that worked out, don't we?

/GallowsCoat

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@phuzz: This. I use FB only via web, my missus had Whatsapp for a while before she joined FB (including an overlapping period after the buyout) and after the buyout, I started getting friend suggestions of her friends with whom I'd had no contact on FB. Can't see any other way that could have happened.

So a fat lot of good withholding my phone number from Zuckerbitch did me, in the end.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Terminator

I feel your pain, Grunchy. I knew about I, Robot from the off, but I've just learnt that he's playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. I wasn't much invested in that item to begin with, but now it's arrived at "Aw HELL no"sville.

(Okay, I'm still faintly intrigued to see Jared Leto Joker, because he has in my mind always been the-guy-you-call-when-Heath-Ledger's-not-available, so this casting was no great surprise. I expect I will forevermore watch his movies and ponder how Heath would have played it, but that's my psychosis. Oh, and a hot Asian chick with katanas is never a reason *not* to watch a movie in my book. But still, probably gonna pass on balance.)

Hancock was also a tragic waste of a good premise, but I only give him a small share of the blame for that trainwreck.

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Re: Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of dung

Thanks for the background, Ian. That pic of Kirk standing disconsolately in a veritable ball-pit of them would be rendered quite horrendous by the notion that they were all crapping all over him all the while.

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(Horrendous but undeniably tittersome. I am a bad human being.)

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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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Re: PORN-A-CHU, I CHOOSE YOU!!!

Yes, and Pornhub have reported a massive spike (ooer) in searches for the said genre since the game's release. I'm now wondering if the two are connected ...

Oh wait, no. I just remembered what people are like. No further analysis necessary.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Re: David Davis vs. David Davies

>he has been a Eurosceptic for years before Brexit made it fashionable

You mean he's a Euroskeptic AND a hipster?

#WurrDoomed

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Wow

><role credits>

Why just the role credits? Don't the crew and the catering truck deserve a mention too?

Or did you mean "Roll credits"?

(Agree with your thesis though.)

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: New PM

Isn't "the mid-term Brown appointment" one of Teresa's videos?

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Own up:

You latched onto this story as it gave you an excuse to make (and photograph) a double Decker fried egg and ketchup sarnie, didn't you? Or do you expect me to believe you had that on file waiting for the perfect story?

#Need a "chinny reckon" icon

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Bah!

I'm up for inventing a new language. How do we do it without falling into these traps of the mind, so we can flog it to all the lingo-stakeholders of the world? It would make life so much easier, and mean Google would've wasted quite a bit of cash.

Ursprech (or Oor sprech if you're Scots). Who's up for it?

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

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Re: Frankly,

What 6pm news are *you* watching? I've seen plenty of that on ours.

Get this: most people away from the battlezone don't *care*, or not enough anyway, until it's their town or someone they care for that gets bombed or shot. And when that happens, the response isn't all that constructive but is along the lines of "Let's fly over there and bomb them some more! BOMB ALL TEH BOMBZ!!!!!one" because they're angry.

Until then they're too busy getting angry about "tidal waves" of immigrants and how that's imagined to affect their own immediate environs, without sparing a thought for realistic resolution of the issues that are causing it. The culmination of this is that, as now starts to look worryingly likely (I've been trying to deny this until now), next Thursday we'll do the society-level equivalent of taking our ball home and saying "fuck all y'all". And it won't have the desired effect in the slightest. Bunker mentality and kicking the can down the road.

If I felt that our elected representatives were doing anything of greater merit to undermine Daesh and/or stop the same thing happening again a year or two later anyway, I might join you in slating Anon's campaign. But I really don't. Shame.

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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>I can't honestly see much advantage for things like Libreoffice.

Well for starters it'll mean I can actually install the bastard on my unstable Gentoo lappy - more than I've been able to do for a loooong time because I don't have two days spare to compile it and the prebuilt binary version is perennially ruled-out by DLL-hell (OK, SO-hell but you get me).

I'm not sure who I blame more for this: LO devs for linking to flaky bleeding-edge libraries, or the devs of those libs (icu, poppler and harfbuzz seem to be prime offenders, whatever the hell they are for anyway) for breaking their ABIs with every fscking point-release (grr).

DLL hell can be a real PITA for some packages on Gentoo, so I'm not surprised their devs have been all over this.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Meh

It's a start I suppose

However, why do I get the feeling that

(a) he'll only serve a fraction of that time; and

(b) he'll find a way to get around the probation restrictions?

Jaded, moi?

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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That was a popcorn-tastic read!

So is the typist his next wife, or do they all play as well as work together?

I HAVE TO KNOW!

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Re: Don't blame the OEMs

Funny you should mention Tizen as this timely burp from Samsung makes me think they have an opinion on this...

I'm not sure how much it'll appeal to other OEMs though, unless they can ensure Sammy won't be in a position to wield just as much influence with it in underhand ways as Google can/are with Android.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Judges and lawyers on heavy drugs are the real criminals here!

Do you have a newsletter?

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Millions of 'must be firewalled' services are open to the entire internet – research

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It's not news TO YOU. The thread immediately following yours shows that it was of interest to someone and the insight gained may just have made the net a better place.

So, y'know, how about you just shut the fuck up if this is all you have to say, huh? Sooo bored of reading this post over and over.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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Re: Wait.... How does this prove 2-factor has a problem?

My thoughts exactly, AC. It's just a bit too bloody convenient otherwise, especially on the same day FB announce they're nobbling mobile-browser access to FB messaging and expecting everybody to use the app instead...

They already have my number thanks to my nearest'n'dearest using FB/WhatsApp on *their* phones (cheers, y'all) but damned if I'm handing it over directly.

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Re: Password strength lesson

>Password re-use is worse than weak passwords.

Weeeeel, it *shouldn't* be, ideally salts and other techniques discussed above should be used so the stored hashes would never be the same from one site to the next. But if they all just blindly do sha1($pw) then of course it's a problem.

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Re: Re-Secured?

Waitaminute, surely it's cheaper than a pint to test your hypothesis...

>clickety-click<

...Ooh, you crafty bugger. You've cracked it, changed the password, and are going to change it back to "dadadada" just in time for whoever's adjudicating to check it. Veeeery clever. You can have this one on the house.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Not Vista

Shitballs. Is that concrete that Vista is in the firing line? I have a manager's BYOD lappy that's on it (yeah, I know, don't start) and I don't have ready access to it to do preventative measures. I'll have to -- oh gods -- talk them through it on the phone! /dies a little inside

Is this authoritatively factual?

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Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

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Time for a bit of democracy?

The flaw in the existing "tree of trust" model is underlined once again. The root CAs prove once again to be unworthy of that trust.

What's needed is a way of democratising the level of trust in a CA or lower-level cert holder. Look at BitTorrent and how its model all but eradicated malicious payloads which had become the bane of earlier p2p networks: admittedly there had to be an initial "sacrificial lamb" to download the malicious payload and identify it as such, but from that point onwards the torrent would never gain traction.

I'd like to see CRLs being used to spank CAs for malfeasance based on user reporting. You signed a cert that got misused? Poof, there goes your own cert. Now enjoy explaining to all your legit customers why their websites are throwing a dirty big warning sign instead of that nice padlock they paid for.

Who would (everyone trust to) manage this process, and how would they guard against malicious false reporting, are the tricky bits. Maybe there's a decentralised, p2p method of going about this part too?

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Re: Why is this shocking or even surprising?

This is a step further than that, because they don't need to install the certificate on your machine: it's signed by a root CA that all browsers already trust by default.

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Re: Too early to celebrate

200 lb is very weedy for a gorilla. And 5 stone is a child, or maybe a midget.

Just sayin'. I'd still pay good money for ringside seats.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Re: Not Much Sympathy

While I don't disagree, I think that's pretty unlikely in Thiel's case. Unless he was kicking about in Uganda without his minders or wallet the day the story broke.

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Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

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Re: At which point...

Come off it. Did you ever actually *see* a 1st-gen Windows tablet? They were about as portable as a breezeblock, and about as useful unless you took the power brick everywhere with you. The touchscreens were desperately unresponsive as well. Yuk. There's good reason they were a rarity.

Apple won out because they timed it right; the hardware capability was finally there to make a non-dire product. With convertibles, that ship has largely already sailed. Not that they couldn't leverage a good chunk of the market on the strength of their brand alone, but because they're not first to market this time, there'll be a lot tougher scrutiny from the criticsphere, so they had better not mis-step on the hardware or they'll have their very own Zune experience (which would give me a chuckle).

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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While preparing to answer this I realised I wasn't sure either, but I think it goes like this:

Browser generates a random temporary (symmetric) encryption key, encrypts it using the server's certificate (which is its public key) and sends this as part of its request to the server.

Server decrypts the browser's key with private key that only it has, and uses it to encrypt and decrypt everything from there on.

MitM can't communicate back to the browser because they can't decrypt and use the key that the browser is expecting them to use.

(Well they could try, but you'll know they're at it if there's an unusually large fruit-machine in the corner with "D-Wave" written on the side lol).

That was sort of an exercise to self, in case you couldn't guess ;)

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: Hobbyists

If you can just get one more upvote you'll be almost bang-on in your percentage :)

10 / (10 + 2) = 0.833(repeating)

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Very likely true, sadly. There's a shitstorm of under-funding coming the Treasury's way as vaping gains momentum (much as I hate much of the TPD's content and loathe the interests behind it, I don't think it'll reverse what's happening) so they'll have to raise more cash from somewhere, and vaping's the obvious Daily-Mail-pleasing target.

I just hope our constituency grows enough before they get their arses in gear to start enacting that move, that we can fight it.

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Re: Regulation is sensible the article is not

>The purpose of an e-cigarette is to introduce a pharmecutical into the body through the lungs.

Ur doin it rong. Depending on your technique, only a very small percentage is likely to be absorbed through the lungs because the particle size of vapour is much larger than that of smoke. The nicotine is much more readily absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose; especially the nose, so really the optimised method of vaping is to stick it up your hooter (though I like most vapers find it just a little odd to be doing this in public).

You're right that a lot of the bill is perfectly sensible, but I submit that the regs on bottle and tank volume and concentration are not. We've already heard from one of the MEPs (now a Lord) involved in drafting the EU law admitting to the House that Big Pharma were heavily involved in the process, and this speaks volumes about whom the chosen limits serve. Any bottle I've ever bought has been child-proofed anyway, so I fail to see why volume's a concern; you can do yourself far more harm with a smaller volume of drain-cleaner, and they sell that by the gallon. Same goes for tanks, although even more so as I'm as likely to let children near my e-cig as I was my cigs and lighter. These quantitative limitations serve one purpose only: to make vaping less competitive against traditional NRT.

If I may go anecdotal again (for your benefit as you admit you are not a "vapper"): I smoked heavily for 20 years. Many attempts in that time to quit both with and without conventional NRT products got me absolutely nowhere near that goal. I tried Gen 1 e-cigs when they came on the market, but while promising, they didn't get me there either. (From what I've since read, this may well have been because although I chose 2.4 strength, the delivery was less efficient so the effective dose was much lower.) Late last year I tried again with a modern entry-level system, and within a fortnight I had stopped smoking altogether and didn't miss it. given how entrenched I'd been, I wasn't convinced I really didn't miss it and tried one at Christmas: although it was a "wimpy" budget ciggy compared to the unfiltered rollups I used to smoke, I was too disgusted to finish it.

Would the story have been the same with only 2.0 liquid available? Impossible to say, though I have my doubts. I didn't find the e-cig *more* satisfying (of my cravings) than a cigarette; it simply achieved parity. (The bonuses of smelling better, having more energy and money etc. didn't really kick in until a bit later so they wouldn't have got me there.) And I'm quite certain there are smokers still out there who are hooked harder than I was. If they don't achieve parity, if it's not *as* satisfactory, they won't quit that way and may not at all. That would be a real shame, especially when I know it's only happened so Big Pharma can trouser more cash from the NHS and us with their inferior (for many) solutions.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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I'd tolerate a lot more behaviour in online ads than it seems like most posters here would: I don't object to some canvas transitions as long as they're at a sedate pace that doesn't induce epileptic fits; video is legitimate as long as it doesn't autoplay and I could even tolerate some level of scripting and tracking as long as it was curated and regulated by an independent overseeing body. Makes me a rare breed around here, I know.

That proviso, by the way, should very much extend to the content of the ads: print and TV ads in the UK are subject to oversight by the ASA (and as uk.gov watchdogs go, it's actually got some teeth). If they make bullshit claims, they get called on it and often fined. I'd like to see this happen at the international level, as is necessary for the nature of the web. Hell, if such an entity existed, it might even be in a position to take some serious action against spammers as well ... well, one can dream...

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Re: Acceptable Ads?

>I use an anti Adblock killer[...]

Wait, that's a thing now? Let me parse that down.

An app that prevents their prevention of your prevention of their ads?

This isn't going to end well...

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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>what possibilities does it open up?

Office 97, obv. Duh.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Every one of us has a Craig Wright lurking

He could be working at Burger King, encrypting your onion rings/

Or in the parking lot, circling, screaming "I'm Satoshi!" with his firewall down and his server up...

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

>id.ee

How this wasn't already bought up by a disruptive French hot-desking startup, je ne saura jamais.

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Re: Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

Wow. That's unexpected to say the least. I'm not sure whether I think it's the greatest bit of transparency and open governance ever, or a recipe for abuse of some kind that I haven't identified yet. Probably moot as our gov wouldn't give such an idea the time of day, but interesting. Must learn more about this...

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: I don't know.

No nerdgasm has ever felt so shameful :(

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Re: I don't know.

>Now we know. Now we know. Now we know.......

Uh... Are you making a porno while typing that post?

/Mitchell&Webb

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Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

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Re: 8,192-bit keys

I saw this and wondered if the meaning was "8 x 192-bit keys" (which would be rather less fancy in most use cases). I had to check there wasn't a space after the comma.

Reg, find yo'self a better-kerned font! kthx

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

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Re: Nice gig and celebs, shame about

Bit harsh. My company have used MSP (then Protx) for more than a decade, and if you met us I hope you wouldn't think we're douchebags. I mean I am, totally, but my colleagues are stout fellows and keep me in check for the most part ;)

We're a very small player and only use the Form off-site processing portal, so can't speak for more heavy duty integrations, but the only problems we've had have been the couple of outages they've had in all that time (and who hasn't?). Re the transparency of what's happening with transactions, I find it very comprehensive in that regard and I actually wonder if the vendor wasn't snowing you there.

I've no idea if the grass is greener among other PSPs, because I've never looked, but any I've heard of have been in these pages for some clusterfuck or other.. We went with Protx on a recommendation from ... a WorldPay sales droid. True story.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Childcatcher

For some reason I thought of Stewart Lee's delivery on reading that, not the redoubtable Mr. Presley.

[Icon: Thought I'd strayed onto the Grauniad by mistake]

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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We Didn't Mean To Go To CRC32?

[PS: "HOW marked the harbour?" is a clear nod to the folly of security-by-obscurity.]

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