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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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Re: Pebble?

"If it is paired to a smartphone there is no need for compute power in the first place. This is the most ridiculous part about the current smartwatch generation. You already have a 4 core monster sitting somewhere nearby so why the hell are you sticking half a gig of RAM and 600MHz CPU as well as all radios known to man into a wrist device? WTF?"

Depends if you consider a device or an accessory.

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Re: Never mind the enterprise...

I have my backup in two places.

One is on the shiny discs that I purchase films on, and the other (somewhat quicker to recover from) is on BitTorrent.

For self generated content I'll happily back up every 4GB or so onto a DVD, that's what the DVD robot* is for. Then I have a pile of shiny, but very low cost, backup discs (and a robot to help load them back onto the next generation of storage if needed) as well as high speed access to those holiday snaps. At least the TV works better than a dusty slide projector ;)

Frankly the power savings over enough spinning rust to store 16TB of mostly static data should pay for the drive in relatively short order...That's what Facetwit et al. are looking for after all.

* OK the robot is cool, I got it cast off from the office when it got replaced. It was then used at a church until they stopped producing CDs and went to MP3. Very nice piece of kit, massively excessive for a house, but it would make the recovery phase easier.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: XFCE

I'm another XFCE user, I don't want menu bars all over the place, I slightly begrudge the panel it's real estate, but can't quite bring myself to run ion3 again (if I was back doing full time development then I would, but not my current operational role).

I did find xnest to be a good option in ion3 for while - run a full tech tiling workspace, and have one of the tiles (normally a large proportion of one screen) contain a "normal" windowing system.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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time warp...

20 minute ad in 10 minutes...

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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PMSE shifting again?

Bloody hell, not everyone wants to replace their hardware every time ofcom has another 'bright' idea...

Some of us have to make this stuff last decades - the paltry "if you bought it in the last 3 years" payment doesn't really help people who male stuff last. The theatre I work with depreciate theae things over 5-10 years...

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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Re: Sideload the certs already...

At the moment we are mostly forced to explicitly trust (goes to count on this system)...

Heck 21 certs from 10 organisations that start with the letter A alone, about 100 organisations in total (so about 200 certs, although I did notice that a handful of certs were labelled untrusted).

ANY one of those could be betrayed/hacked and I'm screwed, until ${authority} admits it, ${browser} gets updated by ${company} and I get the opportunity to upgrade.

If the DNS root trust is broken then it would need to be reestablished, but DMV servers already exist for that purpose already, whenever that chain of trust is broken (generally because of a middle level domain not supporting DNSSEC nowadays).

I also suspect that it would make the news, globally. Not just a "some Iranian cert authority is suspected to be hacked" item tacked onto a slow news day in southern Spain.

The people who run the root DNS servers have proved themselves capable of keeping such systems alive and (afaict) secure - I certainly trust them more than I trust some random ${geographical/political} authority I've never heard of.

Add a couple of DMV services (which you can use *if* you trust that organisation) and you're away. I'd suggest that each browser company might want to run their own DMV, after all you already implicitly trust them directly, so for the average user it's probably a good compromise to have that installed and ready to go if/when the root anchor is broken...

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Sideload the certs already...

DNSSEC and then the cert can sit in a defined DNS txt record.

Single point of trust (DNS root, and those guys have proved themselves worthy of trust in the past) allows anyone to provide their own certs, no problem.

There is no need to have yet another set of trusted keys automatically loaded to every computer from here to kingdom come... ready to be abused by whichever state/company can crack the lowest security one around.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Don't trust USB

Whyever not...

I just use my USB cable which comes without the data pins connected.

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

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I appreciate the paper based charts and notes at hospital, they have a tendency to carry on working in all sorts of situations....

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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More remarkable?

You can't get much more remarkable - although the failure of the harpoons AND thruster may have cancelled each other out somewhat

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Good luck, at the end of the day

At least the recoil didn't take it away from the comet!

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Annus HORRIBILIS for TLS! ALL the bigguns now officially pwned in 2014

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SSL is ok...

But as ever implementation is hard.

Ir ecall being told that I should avoid writing code as cleverly as I could, because bugs are always subtler than the code around them.

With really smart people working on this stuff I imagine some of the bugs are *really* subtle, and massively bad.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Click through

Or just small print with a link off to other T&C's somewhere

What happened to limitations on click through T&C's - is it possible to access the information without passing through the T&C's?

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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

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Re: Facebook's app isn't really mandatory

XMPP is certainly the way forward on a PC, but the floating heads do have some advantages on a proddable device.

I just need an XMPP proxy somewhere, so that I can get store and forward delivery to my XMPP clients, since they don't "catch up" when they reconnect.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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"Do you want decent mobile coverage or do you want a village untainted by modern transmission equipment? Pick one of two."

Because we couldn't put one up that looked like a telephone pole, or used a street lamp, and looked like a rock.

http://www.prattfamily.demon.co.uk/mikep/gsmnet.html

There are some really good ways to make these things non intrusive.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Re: Dopamine.

Yes - we should remove their license to drive, and they should go to rehab.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Why - I catch it with my right hand (so I still have three points of contact) then put it on my right wrist (retaining those three points)

I can't be stretched out, because then I'd have been unable to take it off my left wrist in the first place.

I quite like the idea, although I'd suggest not trying it on anything other than a windless day

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

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Coat

Only because the bleeding doesn't stop at the edge...

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: illicit viewers?

The beeb are trying to restrict the online catalogue to BBC only devices.

This will inevitably hit those with "smart" TVs, because the likelihood of "updated" firmware being available is, um... small.

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illicit viewers?

Yes because you're not using a BBC manufactured TV you can't view our online content.

I wonder how long it will take for nitro to be used by the likes of get_iplayer - since it is plugin based I reckon a few hours should do it...

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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HR / GPS / Bluetooth....

I can almost imagine buying one of these...

I'm assuming BT4, and hoping that additional sensors can be employed via said interface (but that's not a breaker)

I'm also assuming that it can do route following, with beep/vibrate alerts to look at it for directions.

Have nothing else windowsy to connect it to, but so long as it behaves reasonably as a standalone device that's no problem.

Microsoft back to doing what they do best - peripherals hardware (Microsoft mice and keyboards have been on my desk for years...)

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Is it the video or is my connection?

Sounded like they were going for 108% thrust at the time - which is "normal".

Full thrust from the rockets would destroy the launchpad (yes, I know this did some of that as well), as well as being possibly unstable for the vehicle. Ramping the throttle up allows for smoother flight.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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Netflix don't peer

They pump.

Peering arrangements imply traffic goes both ways.

Yes they should pay for their own connections to the internet - that's what these interconnect charges are aren't they?

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Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

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Surely...

" The firm gave the iPad Mini 3 a repairability score of 2/10, making the slab next to impossible to fix for most."

Surely it MEANS it's hard to repair, rather than making it hard to repair (that was done by apple)

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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

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Re: Backup ... do you mean Recovery products?

This is why I like the rsync and hard links option - rsync means every backup is an incremental (after the first, obviously) and the hard link architecture means that ALL of them are presented as full backups.

http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/

Obviously this would need more work in a serious enterprise, but for a smaller office, or a larger home this it works very well...

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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" Is it really practical to change the laws and penalise everyone because the 'bad-guys' accountants are better at finding loopholes than the Governments are at closing them?"

Yes - if a couple of kids in a playground can't avoid breaking the windows when playing cricket then no-one gets to play cricket any more.

Profit exporting is clearly daft - tax laws are far too complex and need a good rewriting (preferably onto no more than 4 sheets of A4)

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Water

Is water sufficiently conductive?

Given enough dissolved ions....

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: "wearable computing systems"

"i'm waiting for the shirts or jackets with gps and mapping to you can find your route just by looking at your sleeve... there's certainly nothing glassholish about that, is there?"

And how many are you going to buy?

I'll take a slim watch over something woven into a single item of clothing any day.

It would also need to be phone/tablet independent for many operations - so needs it's own GPS and storage.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Site blocked

Observed traffic down.

And VPN traffic? given that only the torrent file/magnet link need to be vpn'd...

Statistics measure use of gate, ignore broken fence...

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Doesn't need to shoot or retrieve enemy birds, it has enough fuel to simply deorbit them...

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

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"What's to stop someone chopping of your fingers to get you to reveal your pin?"

I'll give my PIN before my fingers get chopped. it's not worth it...

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Query

Can you set up an MVNO on each network, and then effectively merge them?

Would that take too much smarts on the devices themselves?

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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And when you are out of battery

you simply swap the SIM into.. oh wait.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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"Sony is forbidden in my household as well.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is not so easy to do without."

Nothing Sony gets a connection.

Nothing MS gets a look in, well that's not quite true.

They do make good mice, and quite nice keyboards.

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: Tablets will never be a full replacement for

"but you can't do any real work on them."

Oh dear - not that old objection. Yes you can.

Just in case you think I'm guessing my wife got a contract to write her second book from a publisher and fulfilled that contract on an iPad. If that's not creative "real" work then I don't know what is.

Yes - video editing is probably best left to beefier devices, but most "real" work can be handled by a tablet. You may want to consider the opportunities presented by bluetooth.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Re: why pay

For the hardware?

I paid for my NowTV boxes, and they do a great job.

I only wish that the various tablet remote control apps would allow you to NAME the devices, rather than remembering which one of "NowTV" and "NowTV" is the one the kids are watching downstairs, and which is the one sat in front of you upstairs.

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Something will happen in Google 'dominance' probe. Just don't ask me what - EU antitrust chief

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"Big data is the new currency"

And I thought bitcoin was the new currency of the internet.

Am I already out of date?

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Dematory

Surely if it's true - and a matter of record... then can not be libellous or defamatory.

This is truly Orwellian news, although combined with the Streisand effect it has resulted in me being completely uninterested in one person's financial woes - and concerned about what politicians/judges are looking to hide via this precedent...

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Why

Why would they knock it over - there was no benefit to be had. They knew he was in one of them, so you start at one end and open the doors!

Knocking it over onto it's door (so you can't get into it) is just the icing on the intelligence cake.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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And there was m...

...thinking that that was what the major version number was for.

"The update, which skips a version number to signify a new generation of Windows"

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

"I'm using wood heat in a large historical building and I think that's still fairly secure. However, your neighbor's kid is welcome to have a go at hacking my wood pile."

Arson is no joke...

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: I don't understand

Weren't there new payment methods only available from today - so if you wanted to move to DD (for instance) you couldn't do it in advance.

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

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Click Through DIalogue

And all the permission is there...

I assume they don't require a full interactive session explaining why leaking the data is bad...

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Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge

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Do they lose points

for a direct hit?

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

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So will it stop serving me ads...

After all I never click on any of them (sorry elreg), so it must realise that it's pointless showing them to me?

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Re: Not surprised that Apple didn't respond

"No rule book can cover all circumstances"

Yes it can - it just needs to be made simpler than the tomes which are currently provided to define tax law.

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Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

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"Any communications provider"

Twitter/Facebook etc aren't providing communications, they're using them (to sell more adverts)

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: If you do not sanitize CGI input

"Yes, it is remotely exploitable and yes it is only exploitable if CGI script writer did not bother to check input for garbage. Well, boohoo, who's fault is it ?"

By the time the CGI script is run the environment has already been set up and the exploit code has already been run - you're dead before your script starts, so it can't do anything to protect against this.

The CGI environment builder could do something, although I've not heard of any efforts to fix that yet (I know it's virtually obsolete, but still)

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Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

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Can I still ask my friendly sys admin to tap in a password...

so that I can get temporary access to a remote system?

Or will it lock them out halfway through the typing phase?

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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@laser73

Thank you - that's a brilliant video.

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